Glitter does it again

August 20th, 2016
Adan Banuelos on Glitter Done. Suzanne Sylvester photos.

Adan Banuelos on Glitter Done. Suzanne Sylvester photos.

Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos marked 226 at the West Texas Futurity on August 20 to win their second Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals this year.

Julie Jarma and SS Blacks Lil Kitty marked 227 to win the Non-Pro division, and that was also their second Mercuria win.

Banuelos and Glitter Done won the Mercuria at the Pacific Coast Derby in June.

Bred and owned by Susan Hearst, Glitter Done is an 8-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Lady Cat, by High Brow Cat. She’s a half-sister to $103,000 earner Im Hal On Heels.

Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.

The mare has now earned more than $27,000.

Cullen Chartier marked 223 on Mary Jo Milner’s Little Pepto Cat for the reserve championship in the Open finals at the West Texas Futurity.

Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Non-Pro winner Julie Jarma led the qualifiers with a 225 before coming back to take the finals with a 227 for a six-point winning margin over World Standings leader Kaitlyn Wimberly on Sir Stylish Lizzy.

SS Blacks Lil Kitty is a 10-year-old mare bred by Starkey Smith by Blue Bayou Boon out of Show Biz Kitty, a daughter of Open World Champion Show Biz Sandy.

SS Blacks Lil Kitty has earned more than $173,000. She and Jarma won the Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown in Cowtown, the Brazos Bash Classic, and the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the 2013 American Royal Show.

Jarma, who won the Amateur NCHA Derby in 2008 on Crazy Rey, has also won Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro and Amateur championships at the Abilene Spectacular, Pacific Coast Stakes, Chisholm Trail Fall Futurity, and the State of Missouri Futurity.


Strong fields set for West Texas Mercuria

August 19th, 2016

West Texas FuturityAn all-star cast has been assembled for Saturday’s Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals at the West Texas Futurity in Amarillo.

Since the World Series was launched in 2009, more than $4.4 million has been paid out in purses for horses that have the talent – and the experience – to be at the top of their game.

Four hundred eighty-seven individual horses, 484 owners and 368 riders have shared in those purses, providing new incentives to horses that may have graduated out of their limited age event careers.

Fourteen of Saturday’s riders have earned their place in either the NCHA Riders or Non-Pro Hall of Fame.

This is the first time the West Texas Futurity has hosted the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. The 23 horses in the West Texas finals have combined earnings of more than $4.2 million. The riders have earned more than $39.9 million.

Top qualifier Cullen Chartier and Little Pepto Cat marked 228 in the Open Mercuria go-round.

Top qualifier Cullen Chartier and Little Pepto Cat marked 228 in the Open Mercuria go-round.

Horses qualified for the finals have already won a total of seven Mercuria NCHA World Series finals. The riders of  18 previous winners are showing.

It took a score of 224 or better – believed to be a Mercuria record – to advance to the Open finals. Cullen Chartier led the way with a 228 on Little Pepto Cat, owned by Mary Jo Milner. Milner, who has won a record eight Non-Pro World Championships, also qualified the gelding for the Non-Pro finals.

Julie Jarma led the Non-Pro qualifiers with a 225 on SS Blacks Lil Kitty. Lloyd Cox also made the Open finals with the 10-year-old mare.

If Non-Pro qualifier Constance Jaeggi should win, it would give her a record seven Mercuria Non-Pro victories. She’s currently tied with Dan Hansen at six.

Watch the live webcast Saturday evening.

Open Finalists

  • Little Pepto Cat, Cullen Chartier, 228.0
  • Ichis My Choice, Grant Setnicka, 227.5
  • Glitter Done, Adan Banuelos, 227.0
  • Donas Suen Boon, Kobie Wood, 226.0
  • No Way In Hal, Lloyd Cox, 226.0
  • Cats Sheree, Sean Flynn, 226.0
  • SS Blacks Lil Kitty, Lloyd Cox, 225.0
  • Eazee E, Tatum Rice, 225.0
  • George C Merada, John Wold, 224.5
  • CR Sun Reys, Boyd Rice, 224.0
  • Cats In Ya Dreams, Jason Taylor, 224.0
  • Stylish Bet, Sean Flynn, 224.0
  • Joes Last Cat, Todd Bimat, 224.0

Non-Pro Finalists

  • SS Blacks Lil Kitty, Julie Jarma, 225.0
  • Swoopn Indian, Constance Jaeggi, 224.0
  • Hay U, Kade Smith, 224.0
  • Sweet Little Cats, Joe Howard Williamson, 223.5
  • Woodys Baby, April Widman, 222.5
  • Peptotoodie, Chad Bushaw, 222.0
  • Louellas Cat, Andrew Viola, 221.0
  • Sir Stylish Lizzy, Kaitlyn Wimberly, 221.0
  • Lenas Star War, Katie Rice, 221.0
  • PKR Big Mac, Michelle Anderson, 220.0
  • The Cuteness, Codie Green, 219.5
  • Little Pepto Cat, Mary Jo Milner, 219.5


2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

August 9th, 2016

Noodles Brown

Strong sales defined the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale on Saturday, August 6, with 90 percent completed sales from 121 horses offered. Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the sale preceded the National Cutting Horse Association Derby Open and Non-Pro Finals at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

Noodles Brown, a 3-year-old in training with Beau Galyean, was the sale’s high seller at $34,000. Consigned by Thomas Guinn, the Metallic Cat daughter is a three-quarter sister to Whiskeynadirtyglass LTE $184,288 and was purchased by Robert Thigpen Jr., Chilton, Tex.

Lil Pepto Memory, purchased by William Raschen, Severen, Md. for $30,000, was the high-selling colt, as well as the high-selling yearling. Consigned by Shrontz Family Ltd. Partnership, the Sweet Lil Pepto son is full or half-sibling, out of NCHA Futurity Open champion Some Kinda Memories, to the earners of $765,984, including his full sister Some Kinda Sweetie LTE $134,193.

The Woody Be Tuff daughter CR Purrty Tuff, consigned by her breeder Center Ranch, was the sale’s high-selling yearling filly at $25,000. Bet N Sweet 013, a 3-year-old in training with Sean Flynn, also sold for $25,000. The Bet Hesa Cat daughter, a three-quarter sister to High Brow CD LTE $542,101, was consigned by Plantation Farms.

Four-year-old gelding Catish LTE $32,061 was the high-selling show horse at $23,000. Sired by High Brow Cat, Catish was consigned by Don and Joetta Bell. Six-year-old Clayreycious 10 LTE $28,155, a Halreycious gelding consigned by Steve and Karen Olsen and in training with Grant Setnicka, was the second highest-selling show horse at $21,000.

For complete results and a catalog of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale consignments, go to, where you will also find information about the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 5 through December 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

Player again!

August 7th, 2016
Kenny Platt on Moms Stylish Player.

Kenny Platt on Moms Stylish Player.

Super Stakes champion Moms Stylish Player and Kenny Platt marked 228 to win the NCHA Derby finals August 6 as the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, reached a thrilling conclusion in Fort Worth, Texas.

The winner’s check for $64,327, including $25,000 sponsored by Circle Y Ranch, will take the gelding’s career earnings over $200,000. Platt and owner Robert Tregemba of Castle Rock, Colorado, have been enjoying a banner year in 2016, with wins in the Super Stakes and Derby, plus a Novice championship on Little Lenas Cat at the NCHA Western Nationals.

John Mitchell, who rode first in the finals and marked 223 on MK Cats Kitty, was the reserve champion of the NCHA Derby.

Platt, 28, rode seventh in the second set and took three cows that showed off his horse’s speed, power and tenacity.

“We had talked about my third cow before I went down there,” he said. “It was a real ugly cow and I was a little skeptical about it. Grant Setnicka really liked it and he said, ‘let’s just cut it right now.’ I cut it and it was . . . if there’s any better feeling in the world, I have not felt it yet. It was pretty unbelievable there at the end.”

The score on the board was 226, but it was flagged for review. Platt fretted for 20 minutes after the set while the judges verified that he had satisfied the deep cut rule on his first cow. When it was all over, he had 228 points, the same score he’d earned at the Super Stakes.

He described the wait for the review to be completed this way: “You know that feeling right before you throw up? It felt real similar to that.”

Platt gave all credit to his horse.

“I’ve never seen a horse that cared as much as he does,” he said. “At the (NCHA) Futurity, I didn’t really have him ready mentally. I had him trained and he would go through the motions, but mentally he wasn’t prepared, and it showed in the semi-finals when he ran off.

“It took me awhile to figure out how to build him up, to go and have the confidence about what he’s doing. Once I got in his head, it was like the better I told him he was, the better he’d go out there and be.”

Moms Stylish Player was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe. The 4-year-old’s earnings this year have taken Moms Stylish Babe’s produce over the $1 million mark. Moms Stylish Babe’s dam, Playboys Mom, produced earners of $928,000. And her dam, Lenaette, won the 1975 NCHA Futurity with Shorty Freeman, and produced earners of $426,000. Lenaette’s dam, the 1966 mare Bar Socks Babe, was also a $400,000 producer.

“I really want this horse to last a long time, because he’s never going anywhere,” Platt said. “He’s real special to me and my family. I’m just going to go to the shows that aren’t going to spin him out and ruin him, and just try to keep him a really long time.

“You can really only do what these horses let you do. If you don’t have good horses, you can pretty much write off ever doing good.”

Reserve champion MK Cats Kitty is bred and owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch. The mare is by Spots Hot out of MK Cats Lil Kitty, a High Brow Cat mare that earned over $42,000. MK Cats Kitty was a Super Stakes finalist, and also made the finals at Arbuckle Mountain, Abilene, and the Bonanza. She’s earned more than $73,000 now.

John Mitchell on MK Cats Kitty.

John Mitchell on MK Cats Kitty.

Triple Crown triumph

August 7th, 2016
Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip.

Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip.

Armando Costa Neto, 24, and his gritty mare Watch Me Whip marked 223.5 to win the NCHA Non-Pro Derby Saturday evening at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas.

Along with their win in the NCHA Futurity, and co-championship at the NCHA Super Stakes, that made them the sport’s first Non-Pro Triple Crown winners, and installed Watch Me Whip as the Non-Pro Horse of the Year for 2016.

“This mare does so good every time,” Costa said. “We’re just a partnership. We know what our job is. When it’s time to come and get some big scores, that mare can hold the tough cows.”

After feeling some pressure coming into the show, which began to dissipate as he worked through the go-rounds, he admitted that his second cow in the finals caused concern.

“She was pretty scary,” he said. “The second cow went up to the judges stand and came back and I thought she was going to try to run us over, but the mare is so smart that she doesn’t really give the cow a chance to run us over.

“I just tried to let (Watch Me Whip) pay attention to that cow, and I backed off of riding her and just let her be smart.

“She can be a little wild, but she’s smart and gentle, just a good little cow horse.”

Homebred Watch Me Whip is by Playgun out of Look The Look, a High Brow Cat mare that Costa and John Mitchell rode to the Non-Pro and Open finals of the NCHA Futurity, eventually earning $172,000. She goes back to $1.6 million producer The Smart Look.

In addition to her Triple Crown wins, Watch Me Whip has placed second at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and Cattlemen’s Derby, third at the Pacific Coast Derby, and fourth at the Breeders Invitational.

With her latest win, she has earned more than $127,000, plus her place in history as NCHA’s first Non-Pro Triple Crown winner.

Sandy Bonelli and her great mare Shakin Flo came closest to the Non-Pro Triple crown in 1997/1998 when they won the Non-Pro Futurity and Super Stakes, and the Open NCHA Derby, while finishing 17th in the N0n-Pro NCHA Derby.

For Costa, it was his fourth major win in Will Rogers Coliseum. In addition to his Watch Me Whip hat trick, he won the 2014 NCHA Derby with Ms Regret.

Kyle Manion took the reserve championship in the Non-Pro Derby after setting the bar at 220 as the first rider in the first set. He rode A Smooth Satin Doll, a mare owned by his father, Tommy Manion, and bred by Karen Freeman by Smooth As A Cat out of $1.6 million producer Autumn Boon.

Manion, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, won the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge on Holly Is Smooth. He was 2009 NCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion on Smooth Rey Of Hope.

Kyle Manion on A Smooth Satin Doll.

Kyle Manion on A Smooth Satin Doll.

Rapp star

August 5th, 2016
Ryan Rapp on Tuff Julie.

Ryan Rapp on Tuff Julie.

A week after winning the Grace Ranch High Brow CD Junior Youth World Finals on Spookystimetoshine, 15-year-old Ryan Rapp came back to win the Limited Non-Pro NCHA Derby. This time he rode Tuff Julie at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

He rode second in the eight-horse finals to mark 222 for the win, worth $8,533. Teresa Padgett marked 216 on Cutting N Black for the reserve championship.

Tuff Julie was bred by Teresa Wilson by Woody Be Tuff out of Missys Powder, by Powder River Playboy.

Rapp was a Limited Non-Pro finalist on the mare at the NCHA Futurity, and placed third at the Super Stakes. He also made the Non-Pro and Limited finals at the Breeders Invitational. The mare has now earned more than $37,000, and is also a contender in Saturday’s Non-Pro finals.

Teresa Padgett on Cutting N Black.

Teresa Padgett on Cutting N Black.

Reserve champion Teresa Padgett bred her reserve champion Cutting N Black by Third Cutting out of $130,000 producer Miss Docs Command, by Miss N Command.

Padgett, who also qualified for Saturday’s Non-Pro finals, has been reserve champion of the NCHA Limited Non-Pro Futurity on Boonlight Fishn (2010), and NCHA Derby Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finalist on Very Good Bourbon, a half brother to Cutting N Black.




Three-way tie in Non-Pro semi-finals

August 5th, 2016

There was a three-way tie for the lead at 218.5 in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro semi-finals Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance.

Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip. Hart Photography.

Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip. Hart Photography.

Armando Costa Neto on Watch Me Whip, Stacie McDavid on Dmac Wise Guy and Elizabeth Quirk on Mosses Man shared the lead.

Twenty-one horses marked 215 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals.

Watch Me Whip is the first horse since Shakin Flo to win Non-Pro NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes championships, so she is in line to be the first Non-Pro Triple Crown winner. The mare, bred by the Costa family’s Fazenda Barrinha Corporation, is by Playgun out of Look The Look, by High Brow Cat. She brings earnings of more than $110,000 to the finals.

Costa Neto is a Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee. He won the 2015 NCHA Derby on Ms Regret.

Stacie McDavid on Dmac Wise Guy.

Stacie McDavid on Dmac Wise Guy.

Stacie McDavid is also in the Non-Pro Hall of Fame. Her homebred gelding Dmac Wise Guy is by Hickorys Indian Pep out of Brazos Bash Classic champion Wise Little Miss, by Wise Play. He was a Super Stakes Open finalist with Clint Allen, and McDavid has taken him to the Non-Pro finals at the Pacific Coast Derby, and the Super Stakes semi-finals. Dmac Wise Guy has earned more than $50,000. McDavid won the Amateur Super Stakes back in 1997 on Smart Little Tex.

Elizabeth Quirk on Mosses Man.

Elizabeth Quirk on Mosses Man.

Elizabeth Quirk and Mosses Man have been finalists at the Super Stakes and the Bonanza Cutting. The gelding was bred by Linda Holmes by Metallic Cat out of Nurse Moss, by Dual Pep. Nurse Moss is a full sister to leading sire Dual Rey. Mosses Man has earned more than $38,000 so far. Quirk is a former Youth World Champion.