2019 El Rancho Futurity

September 17th, 2019

3-Year-Old Open Futurity Champions
Armani Blue, shown by Adan Banuelos, nailed the El Rancho 3-Year-Old Futurity Open Finals in Murietta, Calif., with 225 points, worth $12,000 for owners Jeffrey and Griselda Neidhart, Weatherford, Tex. Lethal Rey Boon and Andrew Coates scored 219.5 points to earn the reserve championship and $10,500 for Dee and Ed Elkins, Bend, Ore.

A blue roan son of Smooth As A Cat and winner of the 2019 Idaho Futurity, Armani Blue LTE $27,848 is out of Autumn Boon, ranked #4 among cutting’s all-time leading producers. Autumn Boon’s dam, Royal Blue Boon, is cutting’s #1 all-time leading producer of earners of over $2.6 million. Coincidentally, reserve champion Lethal Rey Boon, by Dual Rey, is out of Royal Blue Boon Two, a clone of Royal Blue Boon.

4-Year-Old El Rancho Derby Open Champions
Dual Cat Pepto, owned by Mike and Debra Flashman, Rancho Murieta, Calif., and shown by Monty Buntin, earned $9,000 for his 221-point win in the El Rancho Derby. Metallic Curveball, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch LLC, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 218 points for the reserve championship and $7,500.

Dual Cat Pepto LTE $115,953, reserve champion of the 2019 PCCHA Derby under Buntin, also counts the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup Open and Non-Pro, as well as the Cascades Futurity 4-Year-Old  Open Derby, among his 2019 championship wins. Owner Mike Flashman has earned money with the Dual Rey-sired gelding, out of Swiss Cat Pepto LTE $165,977, in 17 working and non-working major event divisions, including as sixth-placed finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur and fifth in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur.

In addition to Dual Cat Pepto, Monty Buntin also qualified for the El Rancho Derby Finals and placed sixth with Metallic Cat-sired Mada Drallup LTE $30,992, owned by Julie Sandford, Orange, Calif. In the 5 & 6-Year-Old Finals, Buntin showed Steel Betty LTE $27,045, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Ravi Tumber, Winters, Calif., to place fourth.

Metallic Cat-sired Metallic Curveball LTE $133,079, was a major money earner at the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes, where he placed third in the Open Finals and topped the Novice and the Open Gelding divisions. Metallic Curveball and Lennox also placed seventh in the Breeders Invitational and the Cattlemen’s Derby, as well as eighth in the NCHA Derby.

Jessie Lennox also showed Rocking P Ranch’s One Suspicious Mind LTE $23,616, by One Time Pepto, to tie for ninth place in the Derby Finals.  In the 5 & 6-Year-Old Finals Lennox was reserve champion on CR WRS Royal Tee LTE $134,636, by WR This Cats Smart, and placed fifth and eleventh on Summer Shandy LTE $68, 023, by Metallic Cat, and Spots Hot-sired Cinca Im Hot LTE $251,651, respectively, all owned by Rocking P Ranch

5 & 6-Year-Old El Rancho Classic Open Champions
Catty Bluz, shown by Morgan Cromer for Barry and Michelle Barnes, Clarkston, Wash., scored 223 points to win the El Rancho Classic and $8,500, while CR WRS Royal Tee, with Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., claimed reserve and $7,000 with 222 points.

Sired by Catty Hawk and bred by Cowan Ranch, 6-year-old Catty Bluz LTE $125,361 won the 2018 Idaho Futurity Non-Pro and 2018 El Rancho Classic Non-Pro with Bill Cowan. She has also won four 5 & 6-year-old Non-Pro and Amateur divisions and four reserves in 2019 with owner Michelle Barnes.

In addition to Catty Bluz, Morgan Cromer also showed Travalen Miles LTE $44,758, by Cats Full Moon, to place third in the Classic and earn $5,500 for Troy Boutonnet, Salinas, Calif. And in the 3-Year-Old Futurity, Cromer showed CD Can Dance LTE $17,495, by High Brow CD, to tie for third and earn $8,866 for owner Karen Brody, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Go to El Rancho Futurity for complete results of the 2019 event, which concluded on September 15.

A Star Is Borne

September 7th, 2019

A Star Is Borne, lived up to her name on September 5, when she claimed the championship of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity, in West Monroe, La. Shown by Michael Cooper for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., the Boon Too Suen daughter scored 222 points for her first official paycheck. Bred by Rose Valley Ranch, A Star Is Borne is out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth LTE $225,782, dam of three NCHA money earners, including Yall Count Me In LTE $85,768 and Hesa Money Maker LTE $83,948, by Im Countin Checks.

Metallic Sweetness was awarded the reserve championship and $8,200, her first career check, for a 221.5-point performance under Russ Westfall. Owned by Jerry Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., Metallic Sweetness is out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter A Spoonful O Sugar, an NRCHA earner of $78,414.

Third-placed Sweet Lil Aristo came into the Cotton Stakes with $14,852 earned as West Texas Futurity Open reserve champion and Open Gelding winner. Shown by Beau Galyean and bred and owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., the Sweet Lil Pepto-sired gelding is out of the Smart Aristocrat daughter Aristo Katz LTE $260,144, dam of 15 NCHA earners of $641,914.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.

Ms Baby Cakes makes two for Barker Ranch and Cox at Cotton Stakes

September 6th, 2019

Ms Baby Cakes tallied her second consecutive 4-year-old championship of the year with a 226-point score under Lloyd Cox in the 2019 Cotton Stakes on Tuesday, in West Monroe, La. Royal Red Brow with Boyd Rice scored 224.5 points for reserve, while Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard placed third with 223.5 points.

Bred and owned by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC, Madill, Okla., Metallic Cat daughter Ms Baby Cakes was an NCHA Futurity finalist under Cox and including the $7,500 Cotton Stakes winner’s purse, has earned $81,596 so far in 2019. Out of 2015 NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, Ms Baby Cakes is a three-quarter sister to Smooth Nu Cat LTE $193,816.

Barker Ranch and Lloyd Cox also teamed with 6-year-old Second Spot, by Spots Hot, to win the Cotton Stakes Classic with 224.5 points. Second Spot, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion under Matt Gaines, is the lifetime earner of $421,569. Her 2019 record with Cox includes the Ike Hamilton Classic championship and the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Royal Red Brow, owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist with Kenny Platt and placed in the finals of three 2019 limited age events before the Cotton Stakes. The High Brow Cat daughter, bred by Michelle Cannon and a three-quarter sister to Catillac Reys LTE $177,182 and Chrome Catillac LTE $100,193, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $36,693.

Bama Jelly, sired by Bamacat and owned and bred by Madalyn Cogrove, Boligee, Ala., was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Shepard, and went on to earn substantial payouts with a fourth-place finish worth $45,032 in the NCHA Super Stakes and with the Arbuckle Mountain Derby win, worth $30,000. In addition, Bama Jelly and Shepard won the Augusta Futurity, placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational, and earned money in two additional finals.

Bama Jelly is currently ranked fifth among 2019 NCHA leading 4-year-old money earners. Sueper Trouper, owned and shown by Non-Pro competitor Constance Jaeggi, as well as by Grant Setnicka in Open, tops the 4-year-old list with $193,409.

Metallic Drifter, reserve in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open with 220.5 points, is shown by Matt Gaines for Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, lifetime earner of $113,486, also won the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Classic.

Hott Heels, third-placed in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open, ranks third, with $104,036, among 5/6-year-old money earners in 2019. Shown by Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., the Hottish-sired gelding won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Classic Non-Pro with Jarma and placed reserve in the Open. He was also Open reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational Classic, and placed third in both the NCHA Classic Challenge Open and Non-Pro Finals.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.

Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale increases over 2018

September 3rd, 2019

The final night of Quarter Horse racing’s three-day Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, on Sunday, September 1, at Ruidoso Downs, NM, produced the sale’s top-three sellers, led by the $400,000 purchase of Oro Crystal by Stan Sigman and Johnny Trotter. The final night’s average per horse sold was $55,420, a boost of seven percent over 2018. The total for the three-day sale, with a catalog offering of 389 head and 343 actual sales, finished up 6.5 percent with an average of $49,585 per horse sold, compared to last year’s $46,580.

Oro Crystal, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Walk Thru Crystal, was consigned by Lazy E Ranch, LLC, agent. Walk Thru Crystal won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Grade 2 Kindergarten Futurity to earn her championship title. Corona Crystal, the dam of Walk Thru Crystal, was a stakes winner and is a Grade 2 stakes winning producer.

The sale’s second high-seller at $340,000 was Danjerous, a daughter of Favorite Cartel and Shez Jess Toxic. Danjerous was bought by the Arden Sue Floyd Family Trust and was consigned by Burns Ranch Inc., agent. Shez Jess Toxic is a “now” mare with her son Danjer the odds-on favorite winner of Sunday’s $200,000 First Down Dash at Ruidoso Downs. Danjer also won last year’s $100,000 All American Juvenile and was third in the Grade 1, $1,050,000 Texas Classic Futurity. Shez Jess Toxic was the winner of the Grade 2 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship and placed in 11 stakes races.

The only other horse in the sale to pass the $300,000 mark was Lady La Belle, a daughter of One Famous Eagle and champion and world champion producer Apollitical Time. Lady La Belle was purchased by Scott Bryant from the Julianna Hawn Holt consignment. Apollitical Time was honored as Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and Broodmare of the Year.  During her career, she won four Grade 1 stakes and earned $914,242. Her son Apollitical Jess was named World Champion, Champion 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and is now a leading sire.

The sky’s the limit

August 29th, 2019

The NCHA Futurity, held from late November through mid-December, is the gold standard, as well as the tap root of all limited age cutting horse events. As such, it has spawned other 3-year-old events, with the caveat that horses performing in events preceding it are not eligible to be shown in the NCHA Futurity. And over the years, these “early fall futurities” have helped to build and strengthen limited age event competition, including NCHA Triple Crown events in Fort Worth.

Early fall futurities, such as the recently concluded 2019 West Texas Futurity, offer an option for horses who, for a variety of reasons, might benefit from a gradual transition to major league events. As an example, five out of 11 winners of the West Texas Open Futurity between 2009 and 2018 went on to earn $100,000 or more during their careers.

Following her 2018 West Texas Futurity win, Stylish Hailee LTE $112,574, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, won the 2018 Southern Futurity and the 2018 Cotton Stakes Futurity, then went to Fort Worth, where she placed fourth in the 2019 NCHA Derby and ninth in the NCHA Super Stakes. Payne and Moore also teamed up in the 2014 West Texas Futurity with winner DMAC Spicy Spoon LTE $151,871, who placed second in the 2014 Brazos Bash, then earned an even bigger paycheck as fifth-placed finalist in the 2015 NCHA Open Super Stakes.

Other former West Texas Futurity Open champions who went on to become substantial money earners include Smooth As I Can LTE $175,832, shown by Matt Miller in 2012 for Janice Eaton, and Sweet Baby Marie LTE $171,186, shown by Miller in 2016 for Joel Colgrove.

Boon San Kitty, shown by Eddie Flynn for her breeder, Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, is the richest mare not to have been shown in the NCHA Futurity. At three, the High Brow Cat daughter out of Boon San Sally won the 2003 PCCHA Futurity, the first of her seven major limited age event championships, and at four she claimed the title of 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Boon San Kitty retired as one of NCHA’s all-time leading money earners, with official earnings of $498,188.

RW Sallycat, Boon San Kitty’s full sister, was entered in the 2003 NCHA Futurity, but did not advance to the semi-finals. She did, however, go on to earn $110,781 with Flynn, as well as with her owner, Alice Walton.

While Boon San Kitty is the richest mare not to have been entered in the NCHA Futurity, Dont Look Twice, NCHA’s all-time leading female money earner, was entered and did not advance to the semi-finals. However, shown by Phil Rapp for Louis and Corliss Baldwin, the High Brow Cat daughter followed her 2008 NCHA Futurity experience with an unparalled career during which she earned $824,546.

Owned by Jim Vangilder and shown by Roger Wagner and Jim Vangilder, Pet Squirrel, was another successful early contender, who won four events at three, including the 2005 Music City Futurity Open and Non-Pro titles, and the Brazos Bash and Suncoast Futurity Open championships. In short order, in January 2006, the Playdox daughter captured the 2006 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship and Open reserve titles, and the Augusta Futurity Open. Pet Squirrel concluded her limited age career at six with high-dollar finishes in seven events, including the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Open championship, and with lifetime earnings of $389,160.

For results follow these links to popular 2019 fall futurities: ICHA Futurity, Aug. 24-Sept.1; Cotton Stakes, Sept. 1-8; El Rancho Futurity, Sept. 6-15; Brazos Bash, Sept. 18-29; PCCHA Futurity, Oct. 3-12; Southern Futurity, Oct. 19-26.

Cutting’s crown jewel, the NCHA Futurity, begins on Thursday, Nov. 21 and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The 2019 NCHA World Finals, held simultaneously with the NCHA Futurity at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, runs from Friday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 7.

The NCHA Futurity Sales will be held from Monday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Watt Arena and John Justin Sale Arena.


Emison services to be webcast

August 20th, 2019

The funeral Service for NCHA Members Hall of Fame Inductee Ben Emison will be webcast at 2 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, August 21 from the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, Weatherford, Tex.

Go to www.chclivescoring.com/ during the services to watch the webcast.

Emison, a popular and influential figure in the performance horse world, passed away August 15. Read more . . .

Ben Emison 1937 – 2019

August 16th, 2019

Ben Emison, 82, Weatherford, Tex., passed away on August 15, 2019. As a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association; an NCHA Director and Executive Committee member; the producer of seminal horse sales and limited age events; as well as a founding partner of Western Bloodstock, the cutting and performance horse world’s premier auction company, Emison’s contributions to the cutting horse world were invaluable.

Born and raised on an Arkansas cotton farm, following high school, Emison worked on a number of ranches with the goal of becoming a horse trainer. In 1968, he went to work as manager of Thaggard Farms in Maddon, Miss., where with the encouragement of owner and mentor Dr. Lamar Thaggard, he became involved with cutting events and horse sales.

In 1975, Emison began producing consignment sales on his own, as well as in conjunction with cutting horse shows, and in 1979, was asked by Silverbrook Ranch owner Helen Groves to manage her famous Silverbrook Farm sale in Virginia. In the meantime, Emison had become good friends with legendary auctioneer Ike Hamilton and after attending an auctioneering school in Decatur, Ill., acquired his auctioneer’s license.

“I love the people and the cutting horse business, and that was the direction I wanted to go,” said Emison. “So from there on, I stayed with the cutting horse bloodlines.”

Along with the late Bobby Pidgeon, in the 1990s, Emison produced the Western Heritage series of limited age events at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as well as  Abilene and Belton, Texas, which were popular for their big purses and schedule of activities that helped make cutting fun for all participants. In addition, he purchased an equine insurance company in 1997, which became the highly respected Ben Emison Insurance Agency.

“He was a friend to all and he treated everyone with fairness and integrity,” said Milt Bradford, also a founding partner of Western Bloodstock and longtime friend and associate of Emison’s. “We were partners for 13 years and in all those years, there was never a cross word between us. It is hard to imagine the Futurity Sale this year without him standing next to the podium with a catalog in his hand.”

In 2012, looking toward retirement, Ben Emison and Milt Bradford sold Western Bloodstock to NCHA world champions and cutting horse breeders Jeremy and Candace Barwick, with the gentlemen’s agreement that they would continue to be supportive during the sales.

“We met when I was 16 years old and from that day forward, he has been the greatest friend and mentor anyone could want,” Jeremy Barwick said of Emison. “Through my years of training and selling horses, I always had Ben to call, and once I decided to make a career change into the horse sale business, Ben again was the one to call.

“Thanks to Ben and Milt I am able to do everyday what I love to do. And if I ever have a problem come up, it never fails that I ask myself, ‘What would Ben say?’ His philosophy has always been to make the customer happy. He left me a legacy and I will do everything in my power to make him very proud of what he built and entrusted me with. We at Western Bloodstock love him and will do all we can to keep him proud.”

Last year, Emison received NCHA’s highest honor, when he was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame.

Ben Emison is survived by his wife, Jan, as well as by a brother, Larry Emison, Jonesboro, Ark.; son, Michael Ben Emison, Lambert, Miss.; grandson Blake Adams and his wife, Stephanie, Tupelo, Miss., granddaughter Lauren Adams, Lambert, Miss.; and three great-grandchildren, Peiffer Ann Adams, Emison Blake Adams, and Sage Adams Brading. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Emison, Jonesboro, Ark.; and by his parents, Ray and Annette Emison, Caraway, Ark

Tuesday, August 20th – 6pm-8pm
White’s Funeral Home
130 Houston Ave
Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Funeral Service
Wednesday, August 21st – 2pm
Parker County Sheriff’s Posse
2251 Mineral Wells Hwy
Weatherford, Texas 76088