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Crey Zee good

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice. Hart Photography.

Sunday, December 9, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Even with a score of 222 points, as first to work in the 21-horse NCHA Open Futurity Finals, Crey Zee and Tatum Rice were plenty vulnerable. Last year’s winning score was 228 points, marked by Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish. And the last time a score of 222 won the event was in 2008, when Metallic Cat and Beau Galyean claimed the championship. Both Shepard and Galyean, as well as three other past NCHA Futurity champions were in Sunday’s Finals, as well.

But Crey Zee and Rice proved unbeatable on Sunday. Badboonarising and Adan Banuelos came closest with 221 points, while CR Tuff Taboo, ridden by Tatum’s father, Boyd Rice, scored 218.5 to tie SF Hottish Lumi Cat and Foster Johnson with the third highest score.

Crey Zee, a Dual Rey daughter bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., is the first foal out of Eazee E ($211,145), who Tatum Rice showed as 2017 NCHA Open Reserve World Champion. Kylie Rice, Tatum’s wife, and Kevin and Sydney’s daughter, also showed Eazee E as reserve champion of the 2015 West Texas Classic Non-Pro.

Eazee E is out of Zee Dually ($201,899), a leading producer of earners of $1.8 million, including Smooth As A Zee ($616,978). On Friday night, Blakley Colgrove placed third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals riding Smooth Magick, a full sister to Smooth As A Zee, and three-quarter sister to Eazee E.

Tatum Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,984,161, has shown in five previous NCHA Futurity Open Finals, including in 2016, when he rode Hashtags ($498,692), who would go on to win many limited age event championships with Rice. This year, Hashtags and Rice also won the NCHA Open World Championship.

BADBOONARISING, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

Badboonarising is owned by Plantation Farms., Denham Springs, La. Bred by Royce Stallcup, the black stallion is from the second crop of his sire, Once In A Blu Boon, who was also represented in the Futurity Finals by Pepsi Boon, shown by Ryan Moore for Jerry and Luann Jeffries.

Badboonarising is out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat and dam of SS Black Lil Kitty ($185,839), by Blue Bayou Boon, and Rollz Royce ($173,604), by Dual Smart Rey. Show Biz Kitty is out of Show Biz Sandy, 1993 NCHA Open World Champion and dam of 5 NCHA money earners with average earnings of $72,961.

Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,148,244, was an NCHA Futurity Finalist riding two horses in 2013, Cat Stevens ($92,674) and Metallic Warrior ($128,406)

CR Tuff Taboo, by Woody Be Tuff, is owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., and is one of three finalists sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Center Ranch, including CR Tuff Tizzy, shown by Travis Rempel for Rocking P Ranch, and CR Tuff Twinkie, winner of the Open Semi-Finals and shown by Jason Clark for Center Ranch.

CR Tuff Taboo’s dam, Cats Boonolena, by High Brow Cat, is out Peptolena Lucinda, maternal dam of 2013 NCHA Futurity Champion Dual Smart Kitty ($316,251).

Boyd Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,3454,123, is a past NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby champion, the 2005 NCHA Open World Champion on Bobs Hickory Rio, and an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champion.

SF Hottish Lumi Cat, owned by Linda Fielhaber, Jacksonville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist with Foster Johnston on November 28. The Hottish-sired colt is out of Ima Phat Cat, an unshown High Brow Cat daughter, whose first money earner is SF Hottish Lumi Cat. Ima Phat Cat is out of the Parkman Bar daughter Luminosa Dunny ($57,437), producer of three NCHA earners of $15,664.

Foster Johnston, the NCHA earner  of $369,323, was a 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist, but this was his first time to qualify for the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.

Strong and steady from first to last

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

Sancho Cat, photo by Jim Arnold

The NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 8, brought the six-day venue of 2018 NCHA Futurity Sales to a close. From the first day to the last, sales were exceptionally strong, as reflected in the overall final numbers: average of $22,411; 83% horses sold; 17 sold for $100,000, or more. In addition, Tin Man, by Metallic Cat, brought the all-time record of $500,000 for a two-year-old.

On Saturday, Sancho Cat, by Metallic Cat, topped the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale with a winning bid of $47,000 from Steven Norris, Colorado Springs, Colo. Consigned by Milt and Mary Bradford, the 7-year-old red roan gelding earned $94,179 as a limited age event amateur finalist, and was still active in 2018 events. His dam, CJ Sancha LTE $48,388, by CJ Sugar, placed third in the 2004 NCHA Futurity Limited Finals.

Catsonova, a 5-year-old red roan gelding by Metallic Cat, the day’s second-highest seller, brought $43,500 from Colin Van Den Brink, Chilliwack, BC. Consigned by Philip Wilson, Catsonova LTE $13,049 was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finalist, and  sold in training with Bill Riddle.

Fadie Lou, a 4-year-old daughter of Woody Be Tuff and the earner of $83,385, sold for $40,000 to Dustin Adams, Springtown, Tex. Consigned by Kevin and Sidney Knight, Fadie Lou’s most recent win came as the Brazos Bash Non-Pro champion under Kylie Knight Rice. She sold in training with Tatum Rice.

For complete NCHA Futurity Sales results, as well as a schedule of upcoming Western Bloodstock Sales: www.westernbloodstock.com

CR Tuff Twinkie leads the way

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

CR Tuff Twinkie, ridden by Jason Clark. Hart Photography

Saturday, December 8, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

CR Tuff Twinkie, shown by Jason Clark for Center Ranch, scored 220 points as first to the herd Saturday, in the 65-horse NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals. The Woody Be Tuff daughter was challenged, but never topped. Crey Zee, under Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sidney Knight, came closest to CR Tuff Twinkie with 219.5 points, while Ms Baby Cakes, with Lloyd Cox for Barker Ranch, and CR Tuff Tizzy, last to cut in the last set, with Travis Rempel for Rocking P Ranch, tied with 219 points. The ticket to the Open Finals was 216.5 points or higher, earned by 21 horses.

CR Tuff Twinkie was bred for owner Center Ranch out of Calie Del Rey ($109,261), by Dual Rey. Calie Del Rey is the producer of 13 NCHA earners of $405,402, including Hay Maker ($230,218), by Mr Jay Bar Cat.

CR Tuff Tizzy, also sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Center Ranch, is out of Dual Pep daughter ARC Catty Dual ($168,762), producer of 13 earners of $426,607, including One Catty Cupid ($191,577), by One Time Pepto. Rocking P Ranch purchased CR Tuff Tizzy for $350,000, in the 2017 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Crey Zee, by Dual Rey, was bred by owners Kevin and Sidney Knight out of the High Brow Cat daughter Eazee E ($211,145), who was also shown by Tatum Rice. Eazee E is out of Zee Dually ($201,899), a leading producer of earners of $1.8 million, including Smooth As A Zee ($616,978). On Friday night, Blakley Colgrove placed third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals riding Smooth Magick, a full sister to Smooth As A Zee, and three-quarter sister to Eazee E.

Ms Baby Cakes, by Metallic Cat, was bred by owner Barker Ranch out of the Dual Rey daughter Special Nu Baby ($481,197), 2015 NCHA Open World Champion and producer of seven earners of $268,499, including Smooth Nu Cat ($193,816), by Smooth As A Cat.

Energized market carries the day

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

WKG Lotus, Jim Arnold photo

On Friday, December 7, the 2018 NCHA Futurity Sales continued to reflect an energized market, with Session III of the Preferred Breeders Sale, where 90% of 153 horses offered sold for an average of $20,666. While yearling fillies accounted for nine out of 10 of the day’s top sellers, WKG Lotus, a yearling stallion, brought the top price of $150,000, and raised the number of horses sold for $100,000 or more, during the first five days of sales, to 17.

WKG Lotus, by Metallic Cat was consigned by Wesley and Kristen Galyean and purchased by Select Stock. The red roan colt is out of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, shown by Wesley Galyean, as reserve champion of the 2010 NCHA Open Futurity. Mighty Fine Sue LTE $140,694, dam of Some Like It Hott, is out of Meradas Little Sue LTE $734,122, an all-time leading producer of earners of $1,633,755.

Cool Time Dona, consigned by Kobie and Paula Wood, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. The red roan One Time Pepto filly is out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $316,745, by High Brow Cat, and producer of nine NCHA earners of $1,051,334, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $424,056; Cool N Hot LTE $277,581; and Cool Cat Dual Rey LTE $195,085.

Ooh Baby Baby, consigned by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses sold to Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., for $87,000. The High Brow Cat filly is a half-sister to Smooth Nu Cat LTE $191,347 and out of NCHA World Champion Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, by Dual Rey.

CR Sweet Stuff, consigned by Center Ranch and sired by Woody Be Tuff, brought $85,000 from Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex. The sorrel filly is by Sweet Metallic LTE $157,607, a full sister to Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266, 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year and Open World Champion.

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales conclude on Saturday, December 8, with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale. For the online catalog and complete results: www.westernbloodstock.com

Three-way tie for high score in Non-Pro Semi-Finals

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Thursday, December 6, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., and Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala. tied on Thursday with 218 points, the high score in the Non-Pro Semi-Finals, where 20 riders with 214 points or more advanced to Friday’s Non-Pro Finals.

Cade Shepard on Barney Ross. Hart Photography.

Cade Shepard, who turned 17 in November, won both the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Non-Pro championships in 2015 on Twistful Thinking. The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $690,937 scored 218 points on Thursday riding Barney Ross, by Bamacat. He also earned a qualifying score of 216 points on Chexy Louella, by Im Countin Checks. Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., was the only other rider to qualify with two horses, Very Reytro (216 points), by Dual Rey, and Desiresomeroyalty (215 points), by One Time Royalty.

Kathleen Moore on Khaleesi Kat. Hart Photography.

Kathleen Moore, the NCHA earner of $527,334, was a finalist in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro (12th) on Princess Betty Rey, by One Time Royalty. This year, she is showing Khaleesi Kat, who Cody Green showed on November 28 in the Open Limited Finals. Khaleesi Kat, by Bet Hesa Cat, is out of the Kit Dual daughter KD Shorty ($227,987), a producer of money earners of $697,990, who was a finalist in the 2004 NCHA Futurity (6th) under Austin Shepard, Cade Shepard’s father. Moore purchased Khaleesi Kat for $80,000 in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales from Ten/27 Ranch.

Madalyn Colgrove on Hammer Hughes. Hart Photography.

Madalyn Colgrove, the NCHA earner of $572,635, was the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion on Sweet Baby Marie ($161,326), by High Brow CD, and also placed fourth on Peptos Turn To Dual, by Dual Rey. Hammer Hughes, by Thomas E Hughes, her 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro mount, is out of the Dual Pep daughter Aint Got No Cents, a full sister to June Bug Dually ($222,860), who tied for third in the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open Finals under Darren Simpkins.

It is interesting to note that the three top Non-Pro Semi-Finalists all have ties to Austin Shepard, winner of the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity on High Brow CD, as well as winner of the 2017 NCHA Futurity on Dual Reyish, including the fact that Shepard rode the sires of the horses shown by the three finalists, Thomas E Hughes ($393,045), Bamacat ($351,360), and Bet Hesa Cat ($267,465).

The momentum continues

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

Reyfreshed – Jim Arnold photo

Completed sales of 89% on Thursday kept Western Bloodstock’s 2018 NCHA Futurity Sales momentum on track for an industry benchmark, as the Preferred Breeders Sale II highlighted a brisk market for yearlings, including the high-selling colt Reyfreshed, purchased for $80,000 from 3 T Ranch, Pilot Point, Tex.

Consigned by Lone Oak Performance Horses, LLC, Reyfreshed, by Dual Rey, is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Shes Icing On the Cat LTE $249,884, producer of earners of $243,195. Reyfreshed’s half-brother, Brother Jackson LTE $144,731, was the 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Bridle Spectacular Champion.

Yearling filly Supercats Valentine, consigned by Pro Fit Equine, Agent for Paul Dean, sold to Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga.,for $72,000. The Dual Rey daughter is out of NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat LTE $366,230, an all-time leading prodcer of earners of $1,344,386, including seven full siblings to Supercats Valentine.

SDP Eight O One, consigned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, brought a winning bid of $70,000 from Mike Carson, Fort Worth, Tex. The Sannman yearling colt is out of A Little Reylena LTE $126,058, the #2 NCHA Leading Producer in 2017, and dam of 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Reyish LTE $347,014.

Metallic Hurricane, a yearling son of Metallic Cat, brought $63,000 from Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex. Consigned by JJ and Tiffany Manion, Metallic Hurricane is out of Farra Rey LTE $101,252, a Dual Rey daughter and dam of earners of $479,344.

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Friday, December 7, with the Preferred Breeders Session III, and concludes on Saturday December 8 with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale. For the online catalog and sale schedule: www.westernbloodstock.com

High Brow CD tops Evening Session

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Wednesday Evening, December 5, 2018
Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

Following a stellar Session I Day Sale on Wednesday, Western Bloodstock continued its upswing in the Preferred Breeders I Evening Session with a $30,000 average and 82% completed sales.

High Brow CD sold for $401,000. CHC photo.

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion and a leading sire of the earners of $8.6 million, was the high seller of the evening. The 14-year-old son of High Brow Cat, consigned by Grace Ranch, brought $401,000 from Robert S. Collins/Homeplace Horse & Cattle, Blackville, S.C.

Magic Metallic, an 8-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, with an embryo by Hottish, brought the second highest price of the evening. Consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., the full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and World Champion Stallion Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266 sold to Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex., for $370,000. On Monday, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Swanson purchased the Metallic Cat son Tin Man for $500,000.

Money Talks Smart, a 16-year-old mare sired by Smart Mate and consigned by Beechfork Ranch, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., owner of leading sires Metallic Cat and Spots Hot. Money Talks Smart, dam of the earners of $557,103, sold with an embryo by Metallic Rebel and one by Purdy Boy Flash.

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales continues on Thursday, December 6, with the Preferred Breeders Session II, and with sales daily through Saturday December 8. For online catalog and sale schedule: www.westernbloodstock.com