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Bama Jelly rolled on Monday

November 19th, 2018

Austin Shepard

Monday, November 19
Bama Jelly, ridden by Austin Shepard for owner and breeder Madalyn Colgrove, scored 220.5 points to top the field on Monday, as the first go-round of Open competition concluded at the 2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. Horses with scores of 213.5 points and above advanced to the second go-round which begins on Tuesday, November 20.

Monday’s second-highest score of 219 was posted by One Time Legend, shown by Ty Brown for Larry Hall Cutting Horses. Would You If and Jon Burgess, riding for Crown Ranch, posted 218.5 points, the day’s third-highest score.

Bama Jelly is by Bamacat out of Wood She Be Neat, by Nitas Wood. The sorrel stallion is the first performer out of Wood She Be Neat ($27,600), who carried Colgrove as Amateur Unlimited reserve champion of the 2014 Cotton Stakes, as well as in the finals of six other limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro.

One Time Legend, a gelding sired by One Time Pepto, was bred by Cowan Select Horses out of HR Playin Legend, by Little Lenas Legend. HR Playin Legend ($83,884) placed in the Open finals of the 2004 PCCHA Futurity and in the 2005 NCHA Derby with James Payne. She is also the dam of One Time Legend’s full siblings, Legendary Pepto ($54,452) and One Playin Pepto ($40,725).

Wood You If, by Woody Be Tuff, is out of the High Brow Cat daughter CR Smart Lil Kitty, whose first performers are 2014 half-sibling CR Smart Boots ($222,684), by Boon Too Suen, and full sibling CR Tuff Lovin Cat ($21,899). CR Smart Lil Kitty is a half-sister to Thomas E Hughes ($393,045) and full sister to Lethal Weapon I ($144,398. Her dam, Smart Letha, has produced earners of $840,942.

DMAC Doggfather, by Kit Kat Sugar, shown for David and Stacie McDavid by Clint Allen, was one of four horses to score 218 points on Monday. Bred by Winston Hansma, DMAC Doggfather is out the Dual Pep daughter Graciela Dual, dam of eight earners of $624,311, including CD Graceful Dual ($184,241), Dual Lights ($167,146) and DMAC Snoop Dog ($122,212).

Hotty Mc Hotty, by Hottish, was shown by Morgan Cromer for Eric Freitas, owner of Reycan In The Cash, shown by Greg Wright to also score 218 points. Reycan In The Cash, sired by Dual Rey and bred by Cinder Lakes Ranch, is a full brother to Cancan Reyvolution ($176,682) and Kitty Can Dual ($108,297). Hotty Mc Hotty, bred by Freitas, is out of CD Cinco De Mayo ($62,524).

The Doctress, sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Rhodes River Ranch, is owned by Beechfork Ranch and shown by Geoffrey Sheehan. The sorrel mare is is out of The Doctress Orders ($150,752), Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Futurity. Sheehan also scored a 221 earlier in the week on Toytallic.

Ms Baby Cakes stakes her claim

November 18th, 2018

Ms Baby Cakes, ridden by Lloyd Cox. Hart Photography.

Sunday, November 18
Ms Baby Cakes, ridden by Lloyd Cox for owner and breeder Barker Ranch, marked 222 on Sunday as the first round of Open competition at the 2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance continued in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was the top score of the day, and second best overall to Fracker Brown’s 223 the day before. Sunday’s second high score, 219, was posted by Crown That Cat in the last set of the day. Four horses, Maggic Mike, The Kwack Shack, Bet Some Memories 15, and Pepsi Boon, all marked 218.5 for Sunday’s third highest score.

Ms Baby Cakes is by Metallic Cat out of Special Nu Baby, the 2015 NCHA World Champion and 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year for Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma. Special Nu Baby earned $481,197, and has produced earners of $266,000 including Smooth Nu Cat ($193,816), which Gary Barker rode to win the Unlimited Amateur championship at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic last spring.

Special Nu Baby’s dam, Nu I Wood, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Horse, and winner of the NCHA Derby and Super Stakes Classic.

Sunday’s second top horse, Crown That Cat, is a $19,000 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales graduate ridden by Greg Wright for Star C Land and Cattle Co. of Oklahoma City. Crown That Cat was bred by Lannie Louise Mecom by Metallic Cat out of Princess Clarence. Princess Clarence earned $42,337, and was reserve champion of the 2011 Cattlemen’s Derby. Princess Clarence is the dam of Spur That Spot, Megan Miller’s mount as reserve champion of Non-Pro at the Pacific Coast Derby.

Crown That Cat’s second dam, Miss Woody Two Shoes, was an NCHA Futurity finalist and $430,000 producer. Miss Woody Two Shoes’ dam, Miss Echo Wood, was a $1.3 million producer.

Marking 218.5 on Sunday, Maggic Mike is a son of Metallic Cat owned and ridden by Salvador Cabral of Jacksboro, Texs. Bred by Alvin Fults out of $1.1 million producer Sweet Abra, Maggic Mike is a full brother to 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel ($411,837), Magistic Moon ($187,608), Magic Metallic ($157,174), Magic Metalman ($131,348) and Sweet Metallic ($130,962).

The Kwack Shack is a son of Spots Hot ridden by Pedro Ornelas for Anderson Cattle Co. of Victoria, Texas. Bred by PJ Cutters, he sold for $7,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He is out of Kwackin Cat, a mare Ornelas showed in multiple Novice finals at the NCHA Eastern and Western Nationals. Kwackin Cat is a full sister to $225,000 earner Catting, and a half-sister to NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champion Smart Crackin Chic.

Bet Some Memories 15 was ridden by Brett Davis for E.T. Jones of Dallas, Texas. Bred by James Eakin, he sold for $10,500 at the 2016 NCHA Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He is by Bet Hesa Cat out of 1997 NCHA Futurity champion Some Kinda Memories. Some Kinda Memories has produced earners of $987,000 including Some Kinda Highbrow ($447,788), Some Kinda Sweety ($134,193) and My Lil Catillac ($107,939).

Pepsi Boon, ridden by Ryan Moore for Jerry and Luann Jeffries of Naylor, Missouri, was another $10,500 purchase at the 2016 NCHA Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He was bred by Denny Vest by Once In A Blu Boon out of Paula Dual, by Dual Pep. Paula Dual earned more than $40,000 in weekend shows.

The first round of Open competition concludes with seven sets on Monday.

Fracker Brown takes the lead

November 17th, 2018

Fracker Brown, ridden by Chris Johnsrud. Hart Photography.

Saturday, November 17
Fracker Brown, ridden by Chris Johnsrud for Schmitz & Brown of Gainesville, Texas, posted a 223 on Saturday to take the lead from the 221s set by Toytallic and Crey Zee in the first round of Open competition at the 2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas.

CR Tuff Taboo and Slooow Ride both marked 220s on Saturday for the next highest score.

Fracker Brown was bred by David Brown by Smooth As A Cat out of Jitters Brown, by Smart Little Lena. Jitters Brown was an aged-event finalist with earnings of $1,875, and she has produced earners of more than $402,000. Her top performer was Whiskeynadirtyglass ($183,978), who won Limited Open championships with Brett McGlothlin in Will Rogers Coliseum at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Jitters Brown’s second dam was Doc’s Serendipity, who was ridden by Joe Heim to place second to Peppy San Badger in the 1977 NCHA Futurity.

CR Tuff Taboo is a Woody Be Tuff mare bred and owned by Center Ranch and ridden by Boyd Rice. The 3-year-old is out of Cats Boonolena, by High Brow Cat, Cats Boonolena’s dam, Peptolena Lucinda, was an NCHA Futurity finalist with J.B. McLamb in 2003, and has produced earners of more than $446,000, including NCHA Futurity finalist Cats Peptolena ($138,462).

Peptolena Lucinda’s dam, Lenas Lucinda, was an NCHA Futurity finalist in 1982 and went on to producer earners of $867,000.

Slooow Ride is ridden by Ascencion Banuelos for Pat and Lisa Taylor. He was bred by Alvin Fults, by Metallilc Cat out of Sweet Shorty Lena, by Shorty Lena. Sweet Shorty Lena was an Open and Non-Pro finalist in multiple aged events for Jodie and Wesley Galyean. Her first money earner was Spots Hot, which Wesley rode to win the 2004 NCHA Futurity on his way to becoming NCHA Horse of the Year.

Sweet Shorty Lena’s babies have combined earnings of more than $1.2 million.


Toy story

November 16th, 2018

Toytallic, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan. Hart Photography.

Friday, November 16
Toytallic, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, marked 221 Friday to tie for the lead in the first round of Open competition at the 2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth Texas.

The homebred Metallic Cat mare equaled the high score set the previous day by Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice for his in-laws, Kevin and Sydney Knight.

Badboonarising, ridden by Adan Banuelos, marked 219.5 for the second high score so far in the go-round. It was the second of five days for Open first-round hopefuls showing in historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

Toytallic is out of Smartlittlelenastoy, a 2003 Abilene Spectacular that also earned money in the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby go-rounds with Ronnie Rice before she retired with over $21,000.

Smartlittlelenastoy, by Smart Little Lena, has produced earners of more than $462,000, headlined by Lean On Rey, a Bonanza Non-Pro champion under Sam Good, and an earner of $153,000.

A full sister to Toytallic, Metallictoy, has earned more than $96,000, with Amateur championships at the Breeders Invitational, West Texas and Cattlemen’s Classics, ridden by Madison Crum.

Toytallic’s third dam, Badger San Doc, was reserve champion in the Non-Pro NCHA Super Stakes with Sheila Welch in 1989, and also won the Bonanza Non-Pro that year. Badger San Doc later went on to win the 1991 Southern Classic Non-Pro with James Hooper, who would become president of the NCHA a few years later, and is now in the NCHA Members Hall of Fame.

Badboonarising, whose 219.5 on Friday ranks him third currently in the Open NCHA Futurity, is ridden by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms of Denham Springs, Louisiana. The horse was bred by Royce Stallcup, who sold him for $150,000 at last year’s Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

He is by NCHA Classic Challenge winner and second-year sire Once In a Blu Boon, out of Show Biz Kitty, a High Brow Cat that has produced three money earners of more than $417,000.

Show Biz Kitty won over $185,000, mostly in Non-Pro competition for Julie Jarma, and has produced $93,000 earner Blackish, winner of this year’s Ike Hamilton Futurity and Cattlemen’s Derby with Lloyd Cox.

Show Biz Kitty is also the dam of  the third-ranked 4-year-old money year of 2018, Rollz Royce, who has Open championships at the Brazos Bash, Pacific Coast, Southern Derby and West Texas Derby under Beau Galyean, earning more than $173,000.

Badboonarising’s second dam, Show Biz Sandy, was 1993 NCHA World Champion with Billy Ray Rosewell.

Sueper Trouper, ridden by Grant Setnicka for J Five Horse Ranch of Weatherford, Texas, marked 219 to tie three horses from Thursday for the next highest score. Bred by Todd Nelson, Sueper Trouper is by Dual Smart Rey, out of Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi.

Ichis My Choice earned more than $418,000 and won multiple Open and Non-Pro titles with Grant Setnicka and J Five Ranch’s Constance Jaeggi on the way to being named 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year. Ichis My Choice is also a full sister to the 2018 NCHA Derby champion, The Animal.

A Crey Zee start to NCHA Futurity

November 15th, 2018

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice. Hart Photography.

Thursday, November 15
Tatum Rice and Crey Zee marked a 221 in the seventh of eight sets to post the high score of the first day of Open competition at the 2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Three horses put up 219s to tie for the day’s second high score at historic Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the first of five days for Open first-round hopefuls.

Crey Zee is bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, Texas. The mare is by Dual Rey out of Eazee E, last year’s Reserve World Champion.

The Knights bought Eazee E for $49,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales in 2011. She earned more than $211,000 as a multiple aged-event finalist, including a reserve championship at the Brazos Bash, and she won the Mercuria NCHA World Series at El Rancho Futurity last year.

Eazee E’s dam, Zee Dualy, earned $201,000 and has produced earners of $1.14 million including NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee ($616,978).

Metallic Cattack, ridden by Wes Ashlock for John and Jana Thacker; Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne for Ty Moore; and Metal Art, ridden by 1996 NCHA Futurity champion Paul Hansma for Wes and Cindy Smooth; all marked 219 on Thursday.

Metallic Cattack was bred by Wichita Ranch by Metallic Cat out of Quiolena, and was sold for $31,000 as a yearling at the NCHA Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Quiolena won the 1999 Gold Coast Non-Pro Futurity with Sandy Bonelli, but her bigger distinction is as the dam of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Quintan Blue and earners of $772,202.

Summer Time Fun was bred by owner Ty Moore, by Metallic Cat out of Hey Georgy Girl, by Wild Thing DNA. Hey Georgy Girl was an Open NCHA Futurity finalist under Bruce Morine, and also took Moore to three major Amateur championships, earning $130,000.  The mare has produced earners of $352,152, including Let Georgie Do It, who went on to be 2016 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year with John Rockey.

Metal Art was bred by owner Cindy Smith by Metallic Cat out of Dual Nurse, by Dual Pep. Smith won the 1999 El Cid Classic Non-Pro on the mare, which earned $106,000. Smith won the Non-Pro World Finals on the mare and placed sixth in the year-end standings in 2003. Dual Nurse has produced earners of $382,934, including three individuals, Hevvy Metal, Good Time, and Macho Little Lena, who have six-figure bankrolls.

Two horses marked 218.5 for the next highest score. They were Jazzascooty, by Little Jazzarey, shown by Eddie Flynn for Twin Arrows Ranch; and Caution Piping Hot, by Hottish, shown by R. L. Chartier for Rocking V Horses.

Light N Lena, 2000-2018

November 3rd, 2018

Light N Lena, ridden by Billy Martin.

Billy Martin’s Light N Lena, the top siring son of Grays Starlight, died November 2.

The 2000 stallion was bred by Jay and Melissa Gribble, who sold him to Jerry Durant at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales in 2001. Martin bought him from Durant the following year, also at the Western Bloodstock Sales.

Light N Lena was out of Little Missie Lena an earner of $77,000 and producer of $494,000.

The stallion earned $160,442, with Billy Martin in Non-Pro competition, and Phil Rapp and Sean Flynn in the Open. He was an NCHA Super Stakes Classic and Classic Challenge finalist with Rapp, and he took Martin to fourth place in the Non-Pro NCHA Derby in 2004.

“It makes it awful easy for me, when you have one that can do what this horse can do, and is trained as well as he is,” Martin said in 2004. “He’s very explosive, but he has a lot of control on a cow. He waits and he makes big moves, and stops deep in the ground. It’s kind of exciting.”

Light N Lena went on to sire NCHA earners of $1.9 million, led by NCHA Derby champion Buzzted ($294,480).

Light N Lily earned $286,000 and won a string of events inlcuding the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic and Non-Pro World Finals with Martin’s daughter, Kaitlyn Larsen.

Laredo Montana banked $221,000 and took Billy Martin to the NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship at the age of 69, making him the oldest rider to win an NCHA Triple Crown event.

In addition to his cutting horses, Light N Lena was also represented by notable reined cow horses, including Oh Cay Meriah, reserve champion of the NRCHA Stallion Stakes and an NRCHA Futurity and Derby finalist with Todd Crawford.


2018 Southern Futurity Champions

October 28th, 2018

Ashley Flynn

Ashley Flynn, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider with earnings of $628,515, collected $10,000 and her second Southern Futurity Non-Pro Derby championship win with 222 points on Friday, aboard Smooth Lines, by Smooth As A Cat. Flynn had also won the 2012 edition of the event riding Checks For Sure, by Im Countin Checks.

Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Miss., tied with 218 points as reserve champions. Payne was riding her 2017 Southern Futurity champion Peaceful Ez Feelin, by Lizzys Gotta Player, and Colgrove was on X Marks The Spot, by Woody Be Tuff.

Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., has won over 16 major limited age events. She was 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion on LHR Smooth James Rey, and placed third on Financial Sugar in the 2008 Millionheir Classic Non-Pro, where Flynn earned $36,000, her single richest check.

Madalyn Colgrove, the earner of $581,937, showed X Marks The Spot to place seventh in the West Texas Non-Pro Derby this summer. She also showed Sweet Baby Marie, by High Brow CD, earlier this year to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Classic Non-Pro. Sweet Baby Marie also carried Colgrove to reserve non-pro championships in the 2017 NCHA Derby and the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

Nadine Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro with earnings of $526,756, also won the 2018 Southern Futurity Non-Pro on Saturday riding Desires A Gun, by Boon Too Suen. In addition, Payne won the 2017 Southern Futurity Non-Pro on Peaceful EZ Feeling, who she also showed to win the 2017 Brazos Bash Futurity Non-Pro. Payne’s top wins came in 2014, when she claimed the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Great Expectations, by Third Cutting, and in 2016, when she won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Velvets Revolver, by WR This Cats Smart.

In the Southern 5/6 Non-Pro Classic, Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider with earnings of $868,772,  scored 220 points for the win on 6-year-old  Shes Full Of Hope, by Smart Mate. Kolby Don Moore, Crawfordsville, Fla., scored 218 points aboard 5-year-old Highbrow Nadine, by High Brow CD, for the reserve championship, while Lica Pinkston, Alice, Tex., placed third with 214 points on 5-year-old Stylish Top Brow, by High Brow CD.

Cowan, also placed seventh in the Southern Derby Non-Pro with Catty Minx, the horse he showed last month to win the El Rancho Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. In addition, Cowan won the 2018 El Rancho Classic with Catty Bluz, a full brother to Catty Minx, by Cowan Ranch stallion Catty Hawk, who Cowan showed as 2008 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited champion.

Kolby Don Moore, the NCHA earner of $85,000, showed Highbrow Nadine earlier this year to place sixth in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro, as well as fourth in the NCHA Eastern National Championships Non-Pro.

Lica Pinkston, the NCHA earner of $370,000, claimed the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur Classic reserve championship with Stylish Top Brow and fifth placed with the gelding in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur, as well as seventh in the 2018 Cotton Stakes Amateur. Pinkston and Stylish Top Brow also won the 2017 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited and the 2017 West Texas  Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited.

The 2018 Southern 3-Year-Old Futurity final results were determined by a cumulative two go-round score. Nadine Payne was the winner with 429 points on Desires A Gun, reserve champion of the Southern Open Futurity with Nadine’s husband, James Payne, who won the 2018 Southern Futurity Open riding Stylish Hailee. Nadine Payne and Desires A Gun also won the 2018 West Texas Futurity Non-Pro.

Sasha Thompson, Buffalo, Tex., the NCHA earner of $230,408, scored 428 points to place second riding homebred My My Sharoana, by One Roan Peptos. Sasha won the 2017 Southern Futurity Classic Non-Pro riding Sho Nuff Hot, by Spots Hot, and placed third in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro on Thommo, by Thomas E Hughes. Both Sho Nuff Hot and Thommo, were bred by Sasha and her husband Craig out of Miss Play Reyco, by Playgun, the mare who carried Sasha to win the 2010 Tunica Futurity Classic Non-Pro and place third in the Southern Futurity Classic Non-Pro.

Jessica Pierce, Noxapater, Miss., the NCHA earner of $209,371, scored 427.5 points to place third aboard the Hottish mare Hott Pockets, who Bill Pierce showed to place third in the Futurity Open.

The 2018 Southern Futurity in Jackson, Miss., concluded on Saturday with the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, as well as the Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Finals. For complete results go to 2018 Southern Futurity.