230-point Open win for Dual Reyish and Shepard

January 25th, 2020

Dual Reyish LTE $371,608, the 2017 NCHA Futurity champion owned by Billy Wolf and shown by Austin Shepard, scored 230 points on Friday to win the Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open Finals. It was the 6-year-old Hottish son’s fourth limited age event win and a career high score, although he came close in 2019, when he won the NCHA Open Eastern Nationals with 229 points under Shepard.

Hows Your Memorey LTE $42,304, shown by Billy Weir for Robert S. Collins, Blackville, S.C., scored 226 points for the 5/6-Year-Old Open reserve championship, while Willie J Rey LTE $85,556, owned by Charlie Seiz and shown by Walt Erwin, placed third with 222 points.

This is the fourth Augusta Futurity 5/6 Open win for Austin Shepard, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.1 million. In 2015, he won on homebred Bamacat LTE $351,360, the sire of 5-year-old Bama Jelly LTE $149,055, the 2019 Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Open champion, who Shepard also showed to score 218.5 points and place fifth in Friday’s finals. Bamacat is also the sire of Barney Ross LTE $67,349, who Austin’s son, Cade, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $859,188, showed to win Fridays Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro championship. In 2007, Austin showed Woody Be Tuff LTE $351,063 to win the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Open, while in 2010, he showed Playin At The Mall LTE $292,399 for the win.

On Saturday, Shepard will again be looking to top his record number of Augusta Futurity wins, as he shows  four of the 13 finalists in the Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Finals. In addition to last year’s title on Bama Jelly, Austin scored consecutive 4-Year-Old wins in 2016, 2015, and 2014, on High Brow Clay 012 LTE $86,846, Paradox Cat LTE $205,726, and CD Kual Gun LTE $92,145, respectively. He also showed High Brow CD LTE $502,202 for the win in 2008.

Reserve champion Hows Your Memorey, a 5-year-old High Brow CD daughter, was shown in 2019 competition by Ryan Rapp to win the PCCHA Non-Pro Cutting Stakes, and to place in four other major events, including as reserve champion of the Non-Pro Plus The Open.

Billy Weir, the NCHA earner of $134,334, placed fourth in the 2018 Augusta Futurity Open Limited riding A Sassy Nurse LTE $19,940, by High Brow CD, who he also showed as an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist, as well as an Open semi-finalist.

Third-placed Willie J Rey, by Dual Rey, won the 2019 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Open championship with Walt Erwin, and has been a frequent major event Non-Pro finalist with Denise Seiz, who showed the 6-year-old gelding’s dam, Cat Black I LTE $208,229, including as champion of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic.

Walt Erwin, the NCHA earner of $709,108, will also show Southern Side for Mark Senn, in Saturday’s 4-Year-Old Futurity Finals, while Senn will show the Metallic Cat daughter in the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals.

Cade Shepard wins Non-Pro title with Barney Ross

Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., showed 5-year-old Barney Ross LTE $67,349, by Bamacat, to win Fridays Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro championship. Bret Parsons, Carlock, Ill., scored 218 points for reserve aboard 6-year-old Terris Sugar Daddy LTE $12,225, while Corrie Rousy, Carlsbad, N.M., placed third with 217 points on 6-year-year-old Dual Prime Time LTE $105,068, by Dual Rey.

Eighteen-year-old Cade Shepard, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $859,188 and the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion, won the 2018 Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro title on Christy Hughes LTE $177,834. Among his many other wins, Cade can claim the 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes and the 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Twistful Thinking LTE $280,813. Last year, he also won the Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro on his NCHA Futurity champion Chexy Louella LTE $99,988, by Im Countin Checks.

Cade’s grandfather, Sam Shepard, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $2.4 million, had shown Barney Ross as reserve champion of the 2019 Augusta Open Futurity, while Cade placed eighth riding the gelding in the Non-Pro Finals. Sam had also won the 2011 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Open on Dees Mr Charles LTE LTE $192,976.

Bret Parsons, the NCHA earner of $450,133, also scored 217 points on Terris Sugar Daddy to place third in Friday’s 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Finals. Terris Sugar Daddy, by Smart Sugar Badger, was bred by Bret’s father Bob Parsons, Congerville, Ill., who showed Haley Bop Hickory LTE $47,818, as reserve champion of the 2003 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Amateur.

Corrie Rousy and Dual Prime Time came into the Augusta Non-Pro Finals after claiming the 5/6 Amateur championship with 220 points, earlier in the day. Rousey, the NCHA earner of $97,312, and came to the Augusta Futurity after placing sixth in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Unlimited Amateur and with first and second-place money from the Amateur Intermediate Gelding and Amateur Unlimited Gelding, divisions, as well.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity concludes on Saturday, January 25.

Johnson and Minshall share title on Thursday

January 24th, 2020

 Augusta Futurity action began on Thursday, January 23 with with 70 entries in the 5/6-Year-Old Amateur go-round. Andrew Sligh, Altoona, Ala., the second rider in the first of five sets, laid down the pace with 219 points on the Kit Kat Sugar gelding Carmylantalized LTE $45,030, who had been an Augusta Open finalist in 2018 and 2019 with Todd Gann.

Matthew Coldiron, Jefferson, Ohio, won the day, however, with 220 points on Justa Lil Brown LTE $80,383 Sugar, by Kit Kat Sugar. Joey Varnadore, Appling, Ga., scored 219 on Sly Smooth Girl, by Smooth As A Cat, to match Andrew Sly, while four riders, including Coldiron, on McSugar High, by Smart Sugar Badger tied with 218 points. Robert Gale, Conway, S.C., riding Driven Miss Sallie, by Hydrive Cat; Eric Van Boekel, Mt. Elgin, Onario, on Spot The Hottie, by Spots Hot; and Steve Duff, Westerville, Ohio, aboard Countess Gunsnroses, by Im Countin Checks, also earned 218 points.

Nicholas Johnson, Benson, N.C., and Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky., tied with 218 points as winners of the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Intermediate Finals, which followed Thursday’s 5/6-Year-Old Amateur go-round. Johnson, the NCHA earner of $164,706, rode the One Time Pepto daughter Sweet On Pepto LTE $363,546, whose dam, Some Kinda Sweety LTE $134,193, is a half-sister to Some Kinda Highbrow LTE $480,632, out of 1997 NCHA Futurity champion Some Kinda Memories LTE $363,546.

Lauren Minshall, the NCHA earner of $398,035, was aboard the Reydioactive daughter Reyz Your Chelada, who also qualified Minshall for the Non-Pro Finals, and was an Open Intermediate finalist under Gabe Reynolds. Reyz Your Chelada is out of a three-quarter sister to Whiskeynadirtyglass $183,978.

“The 41” any-age events, exclusive to the Augusta Futurity, also held Open, Non-Pro and Amateur finals on Thursday, January 23. The Open Finals was won with 227 points by 7-year-old Sir Long Legs LTE $365,015, by High Brow Cat. Sir Long Legs was shown by Austin Shepard for Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla. Seven-year-old Kreepin Cat LTE $78,917, by Metallic Cat, placed second with 222 points, under Craig Thompson for Mark Senn, Augusta, Ga.

The 41 Non-Pro was won by Cheyenne Johnson, NCHA earner of $85,108 from Pine Level, Ala., with 220.5 points aboard 10-year-old CR Tuff Boo Bear LTE $70,922, by Woody Be Tuff. Blake Graham, the NCHA earner of $136,106 from Rock Ledge, Ga., was second with 220 points on Legal Dream, by Dual Rey.

 Jordan Vaughn, Forsyth, Ga., won the 41 Amateur with 222 points, while Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, N.C., placed second with 219. Vaughn rode Juan In A Million LTE $77,543, by Spots Hot,; Ramsey was aboard Reyzurbetonthiscat, by Bet Hesa Cat.

The 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Finals lead off a slate of six finals on Friday, January 24, in addition to the Pat Parelli Clinic and the ACCHA Stallion Stakes Auction.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity concludes on Saturday, January 25 with the Augusta Futurity Sale, followed by the Area 18 Youth Scholarship Finals and four limited events finals.

Pritchard wins Open Intermediate title

January 22nd, 2020

Jessie Pritchard and Who Ya Callin Shorty, by High Brow CD,  scored 222 points on Tuesday to win the Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Intermediate Finals. Walt Erwin and Sweet Metallic CD 16, by Metallic Cat, marked 218 to place second in the nine-horse finals, while Gabe Reynolds and Reyz Your Chelada, by Reydioactive placed third with 215 points.

Pritchard and Erwin also showed Hes Light N Catty, by Light N Lena, and Southern Side, by Metallic Cat, respectively, with 213 and 208, in the Open Intermediate Finals, and Erwin will show Southern Side in the Open Finals, on Saturday, as well.

Owned by Shannon Daugherty, Thompson Station, Tenn., and bred by Grace Ranch, Who Ya Callin Shorty LTE $5,806 is a full sister to Shorta CD LTE $91,006.

Jessie Pritchard, the NCHA earner of $328,236, placed ninth in the 2018 Augusta Futurity Open 5/6 Classic riding One Bat Cat LTE $38,967, by Dualin Boon, who he had shown to win the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Limited, the year before. In 2017, Pritchard also won the Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Open Limited riding Rey Too Purdy LTE $55,920, by Dual Smart Rey.

Sweet Metallic CD 16, owned by Mark Senn, Augusta ,Ga., also scored 214.5, on Wednesday, in the Non-Pro go-round under Senn, the Amateur/Non-Pro earner of $184,116.

Senn, who was reserve champion of the 2019 Southern Futurity 5/6 Amateur Classic on Kreepin Cat LTE $78,917, also placed fourth in last year’s Augusta Futurity Non-Pro Finals with Olena Shes Metallic LTE $37,430, by Metallic Cat, who Walt Erwin showed to place fourth in the Open finals, as well, and to win the 2018 Cotton Stakes Open Intermediate, and place ninth in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited.

Erwin, the NCHA earner of $709,108, won the 2019 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Open championship riding Willie J Rey LTE $85,556, by Dual Rey, and placed sixth in the Open 4-Year-Old Futurity on Smooth Pepto Pistol LTE $20,687, who he also showed as an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist.

Sweet Metallic CD 16, out of Sweet Little CD, dam of earners of $1.2 million, is a three-quarter brother to NCHA Futurity champion,  Horse of the Year, and leading sire High Brow CD LTE $502,202.

Mark Senn also owns the Cat Ichi gelding Gunnar Jensen, who Craig Thompson qualified to show in the 4-Year-old Open Finals. Thompson also marked 222 on Senn’s Kreepin Cat Wednesday to lead the go-round for Thursday’s 41 Open Championship.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity continues through Saturday, January 25.

Countess Catrina tops Augusta Futurity Open go-round

January 21st, 2020

Austin Shepard, who on Monday topped the Augusta Futurity Open 5/6 Classic on Bama Jelly, marked the high score of 220 points on Tuesday, in the 4-Year-Old Futurity go-round, with Countess Catrina, sired by Im Countin Checks and owned and bred by Amanda Standish. Jessie Pritchard, riding for Shannon Daugherty, scored 219.5 points on Who Ya Callin Shorty, by High Brow CD. Three horses tied with 219 points: Gunnar Jensen, with Craig Thompson; Reyz Your Chelada, shown by Gabe Reynolds; and Strength In Numberz, with Austin Shepard.

Countess Catrina LTE $86,742, fifth-placed under Shepard in the NCHA Futurity, is a full sister to Deluxe Checks LTE $283,156, who was shown by Shepard as 2017 NCHA Open World Champion and World Finals Champion. Stella Starlight $292,408, the granddam of Countess Catrina and Deluxe Checks, has produced 22 earners of $1.2 million.

Who Ya Callin Shorty LTE $5,806, bred by Grace Ranch, is a full sister to Shorta CD LTE $91,006, and the second money earner out of the Shorty Lena daughter Cheyennes Shorty LTE $18,847.

Gunnar Jensen, by Cat Ichi, is out of Pretty Uptown LTE $29,738, and will be the Pretty Boy Cat daughter’s first money earner. Reyz Your Chelada, by Reydioactive, is a half-sister to 5-year-old Once Uponatime LTE $1,540, out of Smooth Chelada LTE $2,691, a three-quarter sister to Whiskeynadirtyglass LTE $183,978. Strength In Numberz, by High Brow Cat, is a three-quarter brother to the Cat Ichi daughter Peeptos Cat LTE $115,794.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity continues through Saturday, January 25.

“A” is for Austin and Augusta

January 20th, 2020

Austin Shepard, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.1 million, holds the record for Augusta Open championship wins, with five in the Futurity and three in the 5/6 Classic. He claimed last year’s Futurity with 225 points on Bama Jelly LTE $149,005, by Bamacat, and on Sunday, January 19, he showed Bama Jelly to top the 2020 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic qualifying go round, with 222.5 points,.

In addition to Bama Jelly, bred and owned by Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., Shepard also qualified for the finals with 221.5 points, the go-round’s third-highest score, riding CR Dualin Out Tough LTE $70,239, sired by Woody Be Tuff and owned by Julie Beasley, and with 221 points on Dual Reyish LTE $371,608, the 2017 NCHA Futurity champion, sired by Hottish and owned by Billy Wolf.

Metallica Plays LTE $19,442, shown by Trey Wilson, scored 222 points, to rank second in the Classic go-round. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, a half-brother to Copaspepto LTE $417,440 and Stylish Martini LTE $361,920, is owned by Melissa Spinella, McDonough, Ga. Wilson also scored 217 points riding 6-year-old Whisskers LTE $25,393, by Dual Rey, for Brittany Overstreet, and 215.5 points with 6-year-old Springtime Catt LTE $53,473, sired by Sophisticated Catt and owned by Ashlyn Miller.

Phil Rapp, cutting’s #2 all-time leading money earner with over $9.2 million, second only to Austin Shepard with four Augusta Futurity Open wins, scored 221 points in Monday’s go-round on both Dontt Happen Twice and Driven Miss Sallie. Six-year-old Dontt Happen Twice LTE $67,896, by Woody Be Tuff, was an Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Non-Pro finalist last year with Ray Baldwin. Five-year-old Driven Miss Sallie LTE $52,536, by Hydrive Cat, was bred by Ray Baldwin and is owned by Lori Gale, Conway, S.C.

The 2020 Augusta Futurity continues through Saturday, January 25.

Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro champions

January 12th, 2020

The 2020 Abilene Spectacular concluded on Saturday, January 11 with the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, won by Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., with 222.5 points, on Cool N Hot. Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221 points as reserve champion on Miss Kitty Russel, while Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., placed third with 218.5 riding Blu Velvet.

Paula Wood is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,530,895, as well as an NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and a past NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, Super Stakes, and Derby champion. Wood won her first Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship showing My Blue Hagan LTE $333,113, in 2004.

Six-year-old Cool N Hot LTE $342,691, bred by Paula Wood and sired by Hottish, was the 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year under Paula’s husband, Kobie Wood. Cool N Hot’s dam, Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, is the producer of 14 NCHA earners of $1.2 million, including the Boon Too Suen daughter Donas Suen Boon, LTE $425,911, bred and shown by Paula to win the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

Kylie Rice, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $551,431, showed Guantanamo Rey LTE $14,078, by Dual Rey, as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, as well as Jae Zee LTE $15,546, in the Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Jae Zee, half-brother to 2018 NCHA Open Futurity champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, shown by Kylie’s husband, Tatum Rice, also placed fourth and won the Gelding division with Tatum in the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open.  

Five-year-old Miss Kitty Russel LTE $31,333, by High Brow Cat, was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist with Kylie Rice and a 2019 NCHA Open Super Stakes finalist under Tatum.

Nadine Payne is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $639,574. This past summer, Payne won the NCHA Non-Pro Derby on 5-year-old Blu Velvet LTE $64,471, a Once In A Blue Boon daughter, who carried Payne to place third in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, as well.

Payne had claimed three previous Abilene Spectacular championships. She won the 2016 Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Finals on Dizzy Lizzy Girl LTE $271,654, who also carried her as the Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Limited champion in 2014 and the 5/6-Year-Old Limited champion in 2015.

The Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, also held on Saturday, January 11, prior to the 5/6 Non-Pro Classic, was won by Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., with 224 points on Wiskeemakesmefriskee. Austin Adams, Springtown, Tex., scored 219 points as reserve champion on One Blu Fox, while Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Texas, placed third with 218.5 riding CR Tuff Low Brow.

Lance Cooper, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $234,042, won the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Derby, as well as the Non-Pro Limited on Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, who he had also shown to win the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. This past summer, Cooper showed Special Nu Boon LTE $160,264, by Boon Too Suen, as NCHA Summer Spectacular Senior Youth champion.

In addition to the winner’s share of $9,000 in the Non-Pro Finals, Cooper and Wiskeemakesmefriskee also earned $1,078 in the Gelding division, and $1,347 in the Novice division.

Austin Adams, the NCHA earner of $440,713, had shown One Blu Fox LTE 33,212, by Once In A Blu Boon, to place fourth in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Earlier in the year, Adams had also shown Royalty And Cats LTE $70,385, by One Time Royalty, to place seventh in the NCHA Non-Pro Derby and tenth in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Lindy Ashlock, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,696,620, is a three-time Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro champion. Her first win came in the 2011 5/6-Year-Old Classic, riding Rey Nounce LTE $116,134, by Dual Rey. Ashlock  later won the 2015 Non-Pro Classic on Little Miss One Time LTE $257,436, by One Time Pepto, and the 2016 Derby with Smooth Kwackin Cat LTE $82,498, by Smooth As A Cat. She also showed In Reyverse LTE $107,084, by Dual Rey, to earn the title of 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

The 2020 Abilene Spectacular gave Ashlock’s mount, CR Tuff Low Brow, by Woody Be Tuff, her first paycheck.

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Abilene Spectacular Amateur champions

January 11th, 2020

Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., scored 222 points on Catsa U Later LTE $19,784, by Boon Too Suen, to win the Abilene Spectacular Amateur Derby. Hunter Williams, Nolan, Tex., took second with 219 points on Rumor On The Street, by Dual Rey, as well as first in the Amateur Gelding division. Williams also placed sixth in the seven-horse finals aboard Mightee Merle, by WR This Cats Smart.

Last December, Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $392,682, showed Catsa U Later to place ninth in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and was reserve champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby riding Shesa Tuff Teaspoon LTE $21,680, by Woody Be Tuff.

In 2018, Pattillo showed High Stylin CD LTE $263,681 to claim the title of NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year. Altogether, in 2018 and 2019, Pattillo and his High Brow CD gelding earned money in 41 limited age events finals, including 21 wins.

Hunter Williams, the NCHA earner of $104,973, placed sixth aboard Little Naughty Kitty LTE $23,672, by Metallic Cat, in the 2019 NCHA Amateur Derby, and was a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge Amatuer Unlimited on Way To Naughty LTE $39,598.

Sadye Simpson and Smart Sugar Kitty $50,009, by Kit Kat Sugar, reigned as champions of the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Finals with 224 points, while Duff Sinclair and Ima Rey Kat  LTE $30,522, by Kit Kat Sugar, scored 221.5 to claim the reserve championship and win the 5/6 Amateur Gelding division.

Sadye Simpson, the NCHA earner of $50,650, claimed her biggest NCHA check as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Amateur Classic Challenge on Metallic Little Cat $144,555, by Metallic Cat, and also placed third in the 2015 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smooth Sophie Rey LTE $19,067, by Smooth As A Cat.

Smart Sugar Kitty and 4-year-old Dualin Kit Kat LTE $7,579, by Kit Kat Sugar, are the first foals out of Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,252, winner of the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity.

Duff Sinclair, the NCHA earner of $181,915, was reserve champion of the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited last year riding Goodlookinsonofaich LTE $89,334, and placed ninth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited with Gimmeabreaklilkitty LTE $15,071, who also carried Sinclair as champion of the Waco Texas 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited.

Sinclair also showed Ima Rey Kat this year as reserve champion of the Non-Pro Plus Amateur Unlimited and champion of the Waco Texas Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited.

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