Full slate of NCHA Futurity Sales

November 18th, 2014

At nearly 900 pages, the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales Catalog is a cutter’s wishbook filled with the largest and finest selection of cutting-bred horses offered at public auction.

The sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, begin on Monday, December 8, with the much anticipated NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, where horses are auctioned as they work cattle in Watt Arena.

The Select Cow Dog Sale, a first for the NCHA Futurity Sales, begins on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with working demonstrations of these highly trained dogs. The sale follows at 11:00 a.m.

The Select Yearling Sale & Gala, limited to 50 yearlings singled out because of their individual combination of outstanding pedigree and conformation, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 in the Round Up Inn. The special event, which includes a formal dinner and sales personnel attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, was inaugurated in 2013 to rave reviews from consignors and buyers.

This year, in appreciation of the cutting industry’s support, Jeremy and Candace Barwick, owners of Western Bloodstock Ltd. and producers of the NCHA Futurity Sales, will also present a complimentary concert featuring country music star Neal McCoy. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m., in the Round Up Inn.

The Western Bloodstock Producers Sale, beginning at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 10, in John Justin Sale Arena offers a variety of future show prospects, as well as of bred mares. It will be followed on Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12, by Preferred Breeders Sale Session 1 and Preferred Breeders Sale Session 2, each also held in John Justin Sale Arena and each beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Complimentary breakfasts sponsored by First Financial Bank, Plains Capital Bank, and Quarter Horse News, respectively, will be served preceding the sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, December 13, the day of the NCHA Futurity Open Finals, will kick off at 9:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, featuring trained horses and horses in training, which will be sold as they work cattle.

Detailed information about the NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as the complete catalog of all sales is available online at www.westernbloodstock.com, where the full slate of 2015 Western Bloodstock Sales will also be found.

A Little Bossy means business

November 14th, 2014

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy.

R.L. Chartier and A Little Bossy won their second Mercuria NCHA World Series event of the year at the American Royal Show in Kansas City. They marked 226 in the finals to beat leading Horse of the Year contender Junie Wood by two and a half points.

Bred by Bailey Quarter Horses and owned by Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas, A Little Bossy is a 9-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Pistol Smart, an aged event champion that earned $41,000.

A Little Bossy has earned over $275,000. Chartier won the Mercuria NCHA World Series event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo earlier in the year. In the past, they teamed up to win both the Open and $10,000 Novice divisions of the 2012 Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Runner-up John Mitchell and Slate River Ranch’s Junie Wood have won at the NCHA Super Stakes, Brazos Bash and Southern Futurity this year, as well as taking reserve titles at the NCHA Derby and Cotton Stakes.

In the Non-Pro finals at the American Royal, Allie Roger of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Billy Joe Rey for a four-point win over Mica Chartier on SL Jaybird.

Like the Open winner, R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy, Roger and Billy Joe Rey also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio this year.

Billy Joe Rey was bred by Jim McNulty by Dual Rey out of  Hug Me Darling, a Hug Me Doc mare that has produced five NCHA money earners.

Besides her Mercuria wins, Roger has shown the gelding to win the El Rancho Non-Pro Derby, and take reserve titles at the Brazos Bash and the Idaho Futurity. Billy Joe Rey has earned more than $89,000.

Runner-up Mica Chartier and SL Jaybird have teamed up for past wins at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, NCHA Classic Challenge, the Cotton Stakes, and The Non-Pro Cutting. SL Jaybird is a 12-year-old Smart Little Jerry gelding that has earned ove r$423,000.

Big wins for Chickaroos Firefox and Highbrow Time at PCCHA Futurity and Cutting Stakes

November 3rd, 2014

Morgan Cromer

The 35th edition of the PCCHA Futurity, which concluded on Saturday in Paso Robles, Calif., had something for everyone, including 39 classes packed into 13 days of competition. And the biggest paychecks went to the winners of the Open Futurity and the Open Cutting Stakes.

Three-year-old Chickaroos Firefox, shown by Morgan Cromer and bred and owned by Latigo Ranch, Los Olivos, Calif., earned $30,000 for his 223-point win over Slithering Spoon, with 218 points, in the Open Futurity. Slithering Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful, earned $24,000 under Clint Allen, for owners David and Stacie McDavid, Forth Worth, Tex.

Fancy Hughes, winner of the Idaho and Brazos Bash Futurities, claimed third with 217 points. The Thomas E Hughes daughter, shown by Kenny Platt, is owned by Reed and Sherry McClymont, Holdrege, NC.

This was the third PCCHA Futurity championship for Cromer, who won in 2011 aboard Faye Reys Sis, and also in 2008, with Bearly Tuf Taz. In addition to Chickaroos Firefox, Cromer also showed The Whole Cat, sired by Cats Merada and owned by Leslie Day, in this year’s Futurity Finals.

Chickaroos Firefox is by Hick Chicaroo, sire of six NCHA money earners, and out of TF Smartlittle Linda, by Smart Little Lena. TF Smartlittle Linda earned over $135,000 under West Coast trainer Scott Weis, who also showed Hick Chicaroo to earn over $200,000, for breeder/owners Jim and Joanne Carollo, Atascadaro, Calif.

Weis was also a Cutting Stakes finalist on Saturday with CD Super Dually-sired CD Skipper, owned and bred by Michael Douglas, Los Angeles, Calif.

Joanne Carollo, is a three-time Snaffle Bit Futurity champion, who won the 1999 edition aboard Roosters Chicaroo, the dam of Hick Chicaroo.

Adan Banuelos

Highbrow Time, shown by Adan Banuelos for his sister, Jessica Banuelos, scored 224 points for a $20,000 win in the Open Cutting Stakes. The 4-year-old gelding, sired by High Brow CD, was also the the Open Cutting Stakes Gelding champion, as well as the Non-Pro Gelding reserve champion. Reyz The Bar, by Dual Rey and shown by Grant Setnicka, was reserve with 218.5 points, while Metalic Al, by Metallic Cat, took third with 218 points with Tom Shelley.

Bred by Capps Radio Ranch, Highbrow Time was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and has placed as an open finalist in five major 2014 events, including the NCHA Derby and Breeders Invitational.

Highbrow Time’s sire, NCHA Futurity Champion and Horse of the Year High Brow CD, realized $2 million in offspring earnings just prior to the PCCHA Futurity. In addition, Highbrow Time’s PCCHA accomplishments boosted High Brow CD’s 4-year-old offspring record to an unprecedented 65 championships and reserves.

One Time Soon, dam of Highbrow Time, is a leading producer of 17 NCHA money earners, including leading sire One Time Pepto. The 25-year-old Smart Little Lena daughter owned by Circle Y Ranch, the home of Im Countin Checks, a leading sire in 2014, who had three offspring in the 12-horse PCCHA Cutting Stakes finals, including Count Me Smooth and Countin on Stella, both shown by PCCHA Futurity winner Morgan Cromer.

Adan Banuelos also placed fifth in the Cutting Stakes aboard Smart Time Pepto 10, sired by One Time Pepto and owned by G&A Performance Horses, Tioga, Tex.

World Champions win at Congress

October 10th, 2014
One Time Choice

Chubby Turner on One Time Choice.

Reigning World Champion One Time Choice and three-time Non-Pro World Champion Joe Howard Williamson dominated their respective finals at the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on October 10.

One Time Choice marked 229 after qualifying on the bubble with a 217 in the first round. It was her third World Series win, and her second this year. She won the Mercuria finals at the Calgary Stampede in July, and at the Idaho Futurity in 2013.

Bred by Wal and Lou Anne Burdette and owned by J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt., One Time Choice is a 7-year-old mare by One Time Pepto out of the SR Instant Choice mare Hickory Choice. Tuner rode her to the World Championship last year; her first and his second title.

They have a big lead in the 2014 standings, about $50,000 over the second horse when you include her $10,978 paycheck from Congress.

One Time Choice’s career earnings now go over $250,000, with the late-blooming mare making $130,000 of that total in World Series events.

Adan Banuelos marked 225 on Tim & Missy Drummond’s Lizzys Gotta Babe, by Lizzys Gotta Player to take second in the Open finals at Congress.

In the Non-Pro division, Joe Howard Williamson Acatbequick marked 224 to win by 3 1/2 points over the go-round leader, Lauren Chartier on Cees Little Poo.

Williamson, who won NCHA Non-Pro World Championships in 1999, 2004 and 2006, has been a Mercuria NCHA World Series finalist 17 times, but this was his first win in the program. Congress was the fourth time he took Acatbequick to the finals.

Acatbequick was bred by Elizabeth Quirk by High Brow Cat out of her $227,000 earner KD Shorty. KD Shorty’s offspring have now earned over $420,000, with Acatbequick accounting for  $228,000 of that total.

The Quarter Horse Congress also featured a bridleless cutting, where Kevin Walden marked 232 on Terrye Ward’s Show Biz Ben to win the Open finals, and Bret Parsons marked 228 on Terris Cat Daddy to win the Non-Pro.

Show Biz Ben is an earner of $303,000 by Show Biz Billy. Terris Cat Daddy is an earner of $16,000 by High Brow Cat.

Brazos Bash Open on the books

September 30th, 2014

Kenny Platt. Sally Harrison photo

Fancy Hughes, ridden by Kenny Platt for Reed and Sheryl McClymont, Holdrege, Neb., scored an overwhelming 226-point win on Monday, September 29, in the Brazos Bash Open Futurity. The $23,000 winner’s prize represented the second consecutive 3-year-old champion’s title for the daughter of Thomas E Hughes, bred by the McClymonts out of Choice Jewels, by SR Instant Choice. In August, she won the Idaho Futurity, worth $12,737.

DMAC Spicy Spoon, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., claimed reserve with 220 points, while Smooth Serena Rey, with Geoffrey Sheehan for Toddy Pitard, El Dorado, Ark., was third with 219 points.

Junie Wood, 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Craig Crumpler, and 2014 NCHA Super Stakes champion under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., took the Brazos Bash 4-year-old championship and first-place money of $20,000 with 225.5 points. The Nitas Wood daughter, a full sister to Woody Be Tuff, sire of 2012 NCHA Futurity co-champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, is the official NCHA earner of $242,949.

Spoonful Of Stella, shown by Jason Clark for Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Tex., placed second with 224 points; RW Rockin, shown by Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., was third with 220 points.

Spoonful Of Stella, by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of 2000 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Stella Starlight, also won the Cotton Stakes Derby in September under Clark.

Once In A Blu Boon, with 10 major limited age event championship titles to his name, claimed his eleventh with 226 points in the Classic Open under James Payne. The 6-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal is owned by Charlotte Farms, Rosston, Tex., owned by Jill Freeman, widow of the stallion’s breeder and legendary trainer, Bill Freeman.

Once In A Blu Boon, the official NCHA earner of $299,000, is out of Autumn Boon, a leading producer of earners of over $1.5 million.

Reserve champion of the Brazos Bash Classic, Short N Smooth,scored 225 points with Jason Clark for owner Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex, who won the 2012 Brazos Bash Non-Pro champion’s title riding the Smooth As A Cat sired gelding. Including his Brazos Bash winnings, 6-year-old Short N Smooth has lifetime earnings of $249,000.

Six-year-old Cat Belue, by High Brow Cat, placed third in the Classic with 224 points, under Geoffrey Sheehan for Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga.

The Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., concludes its 11-day run on October 5 with the amateur finals.

Big Bash Sale barometer for healthy market

September 26th, 2014

High seller Louellas Bet. Photo by Jim Arnold

Competitive bidding at the inaugural Big Bash on the Brazos Sale, September 23 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., reinforced the demand for show horses in today’s market.

Two-year-old Louellas Bet, consigned by Oxbow Ranch and in training with Davide Facincani, was the high-seller, at $40,000, from a select number of cutting horses sold while working cattle. The red roan filly is from the first crop of 2011 NCHA World Champion Bet Hesa Cat,also bred by Oxbow Ranch, and is half-sister to Movin Downtown LTE $346,715, as well as three-quarter sister to Louellas Cat LTE $280,119 and Cattalou LTE $166,295. She was purchased by John Viola, Fort Worth, Tex.

Three-year-old Linkinparkafterdark, consigned by and in training with Matt Miller, was the second-highest seller at $29,000. The black daughter of Third Cutting is out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, Miller’s 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion.

Produced by Western Bloodstock LTD., the Big Bash on the Brazos, with a top five average of $25,800, offered a limited catalog of horses, from two to six-year-olds, all sold while working cattle. The well-attended sale, preceded by a complimentary lunch, launched the $300,000 Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena from September 24 through October 5.

The next sales on tap for Western Bloodstock LTD. are the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 8 through 13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex. The sales, including the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale on December 8, and the Select Yearling Sale and Gala, draw buyers from around the world to vie for cutting’s finest.

Deadline for consignment to the NCHA Futurity Sales is October 15. For additional information, visit www.westernbloodstock.com

Market stability marks Keeneland Yearling Sale

September 23rd, 2014

Lexington, Ky – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction, closed Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, with results nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability.

Gross receipts for the 13-day sale, held Sept. 8-21, totaled $279,960,500. A total of 2,819 yearlings were sold versus 2,744, for $280,491,300, in 2013. The average price of $99,312 was down 2.8 percent from $102,220 last year. The median remained the same as last year, at $50,000.

“The success of this sale flows from the fact that we continue to operate in a fair, realistic market,” said Keeneland vice president of sales Walt Robertson. “We had a significant improvement in results the last two years. Now we’re seeing consistency and stability in the market, which fuels optimism, heightens buyer confidence, and spurs competition.”

Trade in the upper middle market, defined as horses sold for $400,000 or more, proved exceptionally strong despite 113 fewer horses cataloged. Thirteen yearlings sold for $1 million or more, including two for the sale-topping price of $2.2 million each, compared to 18 last year. Altogether, 121 yearlings brought $400,000 or more each versus 105 sold in that price range in 2013.

Further indication of the sale’s strong performance lies in the fact that during the first weekend and week 2 of the sale, the highest-priced yearling of each session exceeded the top price for the corresponding session in 2013. In each of those sessions, a yearling sold for $100,000 or more.

“There was all-out competition for horses from start to finish, and buyers were more determined to go home with horses,” said Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell.

In addition to the U.S., Europe and Dubai, buyers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Central and South America were also active at the sale.

John Ferguson, bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, was the sale’s leading buyer, acquiring 22 yearlings for $7.88 million. The second-leading buyer was Ben Glass, agent for leading U.S. owners Gary and Mary West, who purchased 29 horses for $7,805,000.

This year colts by two of the world’s most successful stallions each brought the sale-topping price of $2.2 million. The first was a son of War Front consigned by Claiborne Farm and purchased by M.V. Magnier. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. bought the second top-priced yearling, a half-brother by Tapit to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner New Year’s Day, consigned by Clearsky Farms, agent.

For the third consecutive year, Tapit, who stands at Gainesway, in Lexington, was the sale’s leading sire, with 36 yearlings that grossed $21,725,000. The average price for his yearlings was $603,472, the highest average for a sire at the September Sale since 2007, when 23 yearlings by A.P. Indy sold for an average of $858,043.

Moyglare Stud Farm paid $1.5 million for the sale’s top-priced filly, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Nereid. She was consigned by Royal Oak Farm.

During Sunday’s final session, Keeneland sold 178 horses for $1,913,300, for an average of $10,749 and a median of $6,000. There was no comparable session for last year’s 12-day sale. Lisa Orth paid the day’s top price of $120,000 for Fort Hope, a colt by Fort Prado out of the Vindication mare Zindi. The colt was consigned by MJK Bloodstock, agent.

Keeneland’s next sale will be the November Breeding Stock Sale, to be held Nov. 4-14.

 

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