Peep show

November 30th, 2020
Peepaboo, ridden by Paul Hansma. Seth Petit photo.

Peepaboo, ridden by Paul Hansma, bounced back from a tough-luck run in the first round to win the second go-round of the NCHA Open World Finals with 231 points, in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Sunday night, November 29.

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice, was second with a 225 points, while Blues Hot and Todd Bimat scored 222.5 for third. The remaining rounds of the Open and Non-Pro World Finals will be decided on Thursday and Saturday.

Bred and owned by Alexa Stent of Aledo, Tex., who is also showing Bowmerang in the Non-Pro World Finals, Peepaboo is a 7-year-old mare by Docs Stylish Oak out of Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559.

Stent rode Little Bow Peepto to third place in the 2011 Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, and Eddie Flynn showed her to multiple major limited age event finals.

Little Bow Peepto, who is also the dam of another 2020 NCHA World Finals contender, Kreepin Cat, is out of million-dollar producer Bowmans Little Jewel, the dam of Stent’s Non-Pro mount, Bowmerang.

Peepaboo will sail past the $100,000 mark with Sunday’s win. Paul Hansma, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $6,225,059, showed 1994 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Hicapoo and 1996 NCHA Futurity champion Playboy McCrae, but Peepaboo, currently ranked #4 in the World, with a shot at the top, could give him his highest position ever in the year-end standings.

Crey Zee, the 2018 NCHA Futurity champion and 2019 Horse of the Year, is a mare bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, Tex. She is by Dual Rey out of Eazee E, a daughter of $1.3 million producer Zee Dualy.

With Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice, an earner of $2,645,277, on board, she is sitting in third place in the tightly packed field for the World Championship.

In fact, this is probably the first time that all 15 horses in the Open World Finals have had a mathematical chance to win the World Championship mid-way through the show.

Galyean and Chiarelli tie on Day 3 of Non-Pro go-round

November 29th, 2020

Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and Carly Chiarelli, Poolville, Tex., tied with 221 points on Sunday, November 29, to top the third day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round competition, where Austin Adams, Springtown, Tex., posted 219.5 points, the second-highest score. With one day remaining in the go-round, Elizabeth Quirk remains the leader with the 225 points that she scored on Saturday, riding Cinca Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Kristen Galyean on Luminnous. Seth Petit photo.

Kristen Galyean, 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion on Coureygous LTE $118,406, is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $864,115. In addition to Coureygous, Galyean has shown two other NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalists – Fed Ex LTE $78,771, by Spots Hot, in 2016, and Dark And Sultry LTE $84,728, by Spots Hot, in 2012.

Galyean scored a solid 216 points on Friday riding Reyckoning, by Reyzin The Cash, but it was Luminnous who gave her 221.5 points on Sunday. Sired by Metallic Cat and bred by Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., Luminnous is out of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, who Kristen’s husband, Wesley Galyean, showed as 2010 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion, and who Kristen showed as 2011 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro champion.

Luminnous is a full sister to Some Likeit Metallic LTE $107,624, also shown by Wesley and Kristen, and her second dam, Mighty Fine Sue LTE $73,494, by Smart Little Lena, is a full or half-sister to the earners of $1,528,504, including seven with earnings of $100,000 or more, out of Meradas Little Sue LTE $670,098, by Freckles Merada.

Carly Chiarelli on Reys A Little Hell. Seth Petit photo.

Carly Chiarelli, the NCHA earner of $330,866, was a 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Justa Jasmine LTE $36,667, by Smooth As A Cat. In 2018, Chiarelli won the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited championship on the Metallic Cat daughter Olive Martini LTE $135,472, who Chiarelli also showed to place fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Reys A Little Hell, who Chiarelli rode to earn 221 points on Sunday, is a gelding by Hellcat, out of the Dual Rey daughter Savannah Blue Rey LTE $67,919, who won the 2015 West Texas 3-Year-Old Futurity Open under Geoffrey Sheehan. Savannah Blue Rey, by Dual Rey, is out of the Doc’s Hickory daughter Savannah Hickory, whose dam, out of Savannah White LTE $155,020, produced NCHA earners of $664,059.

Austin Adams, the NCHA earner of $454,394, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist three times, in addition to being a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, and an Amateur finalist four times, including as reserve champion in 2007 with WRS Dually Smart LTE $16,508, by Smart Little Lena. Adams also placed seventh in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Limited aboard Metallic Special Cat LTE $26,086.

Adams’ 2020 Non-Pro contender A Shoot N Star, by Smooth Talkin Style, was bred by Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., out of the WR This Cats Smart daughter SG Catty Starlight LTE $34,667, the dam of Riddler LTE $28,487, by Hottish. SG Catty Starlight is a full sister to Starlights Lil Cat $136,000, winner of the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale National Open Championship.

The schedule for Monday, November 30, includes the fourth and final day of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round, which will be followed by the 2020 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Finals.

Miller dominates Day 2 of World Finals

November 29th, 2020
Megan Miller on Round 2 winner Metallic Smart Cat. Seth Petit photo.

Riding Metallic Smart Cat, Megan Miller of Poolville, Tex. scored 229 for an eight-point win in the second round of the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals on Sunday, November 29, in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Katherine Whitby placed second with a 221 on Dual Rider, while Ali Good was third with a 220.5 on Cat Atat Cat. Elizabeth Quirk, riding Reystylin Smooth earned sixth-place money with a 218.5, which was enough to give her an unbeatable lead in the race for the year-end World Championship.

Megan Miller, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2010, has lifetime earnings of $1,252,260. She’s a two-time winner of the NCHA Super Stakes (Itawtathenapuddycat in 2009 and Carolena Reyn in 2018) and Super Stakes Classic (Travs Scooter, 2009 and Carolena Reyn, 2019).

Metallic Smart Cat LTE $203,447, her only World Championship mount for 2020, was bred by Cynthia Villa, by Metallic Cat out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721. Smart Jerry Lee has produced earners of $399,538, including Smartlee As A Cat LTE $64,284.

Katherine Whitby of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. rode Dual Rider to the NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship last year. She has career earnings of $68,053 and she and Dual Rider were finalists in two legs of the popular Way Out West Series this year.

Dual Rider is a 9-year-old gelding bred by the late Skip Jacques, by Flo Rider out of Bella Dual. Bella Dual’s dam, Santa Belle, was a Top 5 Open horse in 1993 and has produced earners of $776,000.

Elizabeth Quirk, who tied with Megan Miller to lead the first round, secured her 2020 World Championship with Sunday’s $1,931 paycheck. With her 2018 World Championship, she will join Mary Jo Milner, Carol Rose and Debbie Patterson as women who have won more than one NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

The last shall be first

November 29th, 2020
Mamas Stylish Sophie, ridden by Chris Hanson. Seth Petit photo.

Mamas Stylish Sophie came into the NCHA Open World Finals “on the bubble,” so to speak, as the 15th-ranked horse in the World Standings. But her 228-point win with Chris Hanson in the first round of the NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on November 28, earned $6,035 and shot her into the Top 10 for the year.

Hott Nu Cowboy, ridden by Cullen Chartier, placed second in the round with a 226, while Little Jackson Cat’s 225 under Mike Wood gave him third in the round, but nudged him into a $38 lead in the World Standings.

Mamas Stylish Sophie LTE $130,733 is owned by German Lugo of Gainesville, Tex. and was bred by Mama’s Ranch. She’s a 6-year-old by Dual Rey out of Stylish Amanda LTE $109,648. Stylish Amanda has produced earners of $633,451 including LHR Royal Flush LTE $161,415, One Flashy Style LTE $81,381 and Super Stakes reserve champ Creepy Crawler LTE $74,971.

Hanson and Mamas Stylish Sophie won last year’s Waco Texas Classic and have been finalists in seven other major Open aged events. Chris Hanson is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,174,830. He’s shown four Top 15 horses.

Hott Nu Cowboy is owned by Circle R Cutting Horses and was bred by Wrigley Ranches by Hottish out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268. Special Nu Kitty has produced earners of $525,566, including Special Nu Boon LTE $188,246, who placed third in the NCHA Futurity under Michael Cooper. Special Nu Kitty is a half-sister to 2015 NCHA World Champion Special Nu Baby.

Little Jackson Cat LTE $296,165, now holding a narrow lead in the World Standings, is owned by Dawn Chapman and was bred by Kenneth Jackson by High Brow Cat out of Rey To Play.

The 10-year-old mare was an NCHA Derby and Super Stakes finalist and went on to be $25,000 Novice World Champion in 2018 with Mike Wood.

It is not a quirk: Elizabeth leads 2020 Non-Pro Futurity and World Finals go-rounds

November 28th, 2020
Elizabeth Quirk riding Cinca Cat. Seth Petit photo.

On Saturday, November 28, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship leader, tied with 228 points on Reystylin Smooth in the World Finals go-round, and 225 points on Day 2 of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro go-round aboard Cinca Cat. The Futurity go-round score was the highest following two days of first go-round competition, with two days remaining before the second go-round begins on Tuesday, December 1.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points, the second-highest score from two days of competition, on My Wayward Son, while Brandon Westfall, Granbury, Tex., claimed Saturday’s third-highest score, 222 points, riding Fiddle And Steel.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,157,950, is the current leader in contention for the title of 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. She was also an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist in 2019 riding Ireydescent LTE $101,644, who she showed as Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash, as well as Candi Cat LTE $124,351, her winning mount for the 5/6 Brazos Bash Non-Pro championship.

Bred by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and purchased by Quirk for $100,000 at the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sale, Cinca Cat, by High Brow Cat, is out of the Spots Hot daughter Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open finalist, as well as the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open champion, under Jesse Lennox.

Cinca Im Hot is out of Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, the dam of six NCHA earners of $535,180, including Metallic Curveball LTE $190,704, by Metallic Cat. Cinca De Maya, in turn, is out of High Brow Cat daughter Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, dam of Super Fein, shown by Kylie Knight to top Non-Pro go-round competition with 222 points on Friday, November 27.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,643,540, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist 14 times, as well as an Amateur finalist one time. He won the Non-Pro championship twice – in 2001, on Jerryoes LTE $252,780, and in 2017, with Bittersweet LTE $195,757 – and rode two finalists in each of three years, 2007, 2008, and 2012. He has also been a Semi-Finalist 33 times, including three times as an Open rider, and has bred many of his own Finalists and Semi-Finalists, including My Wayward Son, under the name of Crown Ranch.

Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, My Wayward Son is out of the Peptotime daughter Peptotoodie LTE $169,823, who carried Chad and Amie Bushaw’s son, Charles Russell, to the Junior Youth championship of the 2017 NCHA Eastern Nationals, the reserve championship of the 2018 NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as a finalist in the 2019 Summer Scholarship NYCHA Junior Cutting, and the 2020 NCHA Senior Youth Cutting. If My Wayward Son qualifies for the Futurity Semi-Finals, he will become the first money earner from Peptotoodie’s four oldest foals, all 2017 models, from four different sires.

Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, won the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship showing I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, and placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.  In 2017, he was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.

Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, bred by Brandon’s parents, Russ and Janet Westfall, is a half-brother to Ringo, Brandon’s 2018 NCHA Futurity finalist out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal, and third generation Westfall breeding, tracing back to Trouble Lynn 495, the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $751,200.

Ladies’ Night at the World Finals

November 28th, 2020
Elizabeth Quirk on Reystylin Smooth. Seth Petit photo.

Cutting has always been the great equalizer, with the deck getting a good shuffle every time a rider goes to the herd. So far, exactly half of the 56 NCHA Non-Pro World Championships have been won by women.

This year is the tie-breaker, and we already know the winner in this battle of the sexes.

For the first time ever, 15 women filled the 15 coveted spots in the World Finals. They included World Champions Mary Jo Milner (8 times, starting in 1981), Ali Good (2019), and 2020 World Standings leader Elizabeth Quirk (2018).

On Saturday, November 28, Quirk extended her lead by scoring 228 points and tying with Megan Miller in the first round of the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Quirk rode Reystylin Smooth, while Miller was on Metallic Smart Cat. Jody McGlothlin picked up third place in the go-round on SDP Moms TR with a 222.

Quirk had shown nine different horses through the Covid-curtailed point year to earn $53,701, giving her a $12,655 lead over Milner coming into the World Finals. She padded that by $5,433 in the first round.

Quirk, who was the NCHA limited age event Rookie of the Year in 2003 and earned the NYCHA’s Whitney Welch Memorial Award in 2007, entered the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2017.

Her World Finals mount, Reystylin Smooth LTE $262,842, is a gelding bred by Eddie and Barbara Young by Smooth As A Cat, out of Rey N Style, a $102,000 earner that Sean Flynn showed in the 2011 NCHA Futurity finals.

Megan Miller, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2010, has lifetime earnings of $1,252,260. She’s a two-time winner of the NCHA Super Stakes (Itawtathenapuddycat in 2009 and Carolena Reyn in 2018) and Super Stakes Classic (Travs Scooter, 2009 and Carolena Reyn, 2019).

Metallic Smart Cat LTE $203,447, her only World Championship mount for 2020, was bred by Cynthia Villa, by Metallic Cat out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721. Smart Jerry Lee has produced earners of $399,538, including Smartlee As A Cat LTE $64,284.

The NCHA World Finals continues Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Watt Arena.

Non-Pro go-round Super Fein for Kyle Rice

November 28th, 2020
Kylie Rice on Super Fein. Seth Petit photo.

Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points showing Super Fein on Friday, November 27, to take the lead on the first day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro go-round competition, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., posted 221.5, the day’s second-highest score, on Herradura Cat, while Codie Green, Perrin, Tex., was third with 221 points on Supercute.

Kylie Rice, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $608,244, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist last year showing Guantanamo Rey LTE $30,375, and a Semi-Finalist on Jay Zee LTE $85,046, who she also showed as a 2020 NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist. In 2014, Rice was a Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist aboard Master Mate LTE $110,150.

Super Fein, owned by Kylie’s parents, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., is a Dual Rey daughter, bred by Cross Timbers Ranch, Claremore, Okla., out of Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690. Winner of the 2005 NCHA Open Futurity with Tommy Marvin, Highbrow Supercat is an all-time leading producer of 22 NCHA earners of $1,476,154, including five with earnings of more than $100,000 each, all sired by Dual Rey and full siblings to Super Fein. The “Super” five include the mares Lil Rattler LTE $338,873; Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048; as well as Coureygous LTE $118,460, who was shown by Kristen Galyean as 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.

Scotty Rice, the NCHA earner of $518,106, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist four times and a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, including in 2017, when he showed Times Be Tuff LTE $87,928 to place ninth in the Non-Pro Finals, and in 2003, when he was a Non-Pro finalist and placed third in the Limited Finals on Dee Cats Meow LTE $134,216.

Herradura Cat, a colt sired by High Brow Cat, was bred by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex., out of the Smart Mate daughter Mate Stays Here LTE $112,317. A sixth-placed finalist in the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity under Jason Clark, Mate Stays Here is the dam of five NCHA earners of $120,702, including Dapper Cat LTE $71,011, a full brother to Herradura Cat.

Codie Green, the NCHA earner of $450,209, was reserve champion of the 2005 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and a Non-Pro finalist showing homegrown Buckaroo Boon LTE $196,122, who her husband Casey showed as a finalist in the Open Futurity. Codie also showed Roudini LTE $36,157, a gelding out of Buckaroo Boon $196,122, as an NCHA Non-Pro Semi-Finalist in 2015. Buckaroo Boon, by Peptoboonsmal, is the dam of seven NCHA earners of $266,105, including Hal Raiser LTE $117,201.

Supercute, Codie’s 2020 Futurity mount, was bred by Casey and Codie. The Hottish-sired mare is out of The Cuteness LTE $93,659, who Casey showed as reserve champion of the 2013 West Texas 4-Year-Old Futurity and as a 2013 NCHA Derby Open finalist.