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Vangilder prevails in Non-Pro Ltd.

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Jim Vangilder on Take It Eazee. Hart Photography.

August 4, Fort Worth, Tex.
Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., scored 220 points on Saturday to win the 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro Limited on Take It Eazee, by Smooth As A Cat. Lauren Minshall, Vine Grove, Ky., and her Woody Be Tuff daughter, CR Sister Tuff, claimed reserve with 218 points, while Ali Good, Ringling, Okla.,  and Sneakish, by Hottish, placed third with 216.5 points.

In 2002, Jim Vangilder won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited and the NCHA Derby Amateur championships on the Meradas Money Talks gelding Merada Clone, who Clint Allen, at the time assistant to trainer Matt Gaines, had shown as reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Futurity Open Limited. Merada Clone would go on to earn over $400,000 with Gaines and Vangilder in the saddle, but when Vangilder won his 2002 NCHA Derby championships, he had been showing for a little more than a year.

Today Vangilder, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,197,911, has a record in Fort Worth, alone, that includes the 2008 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro championship on Pet Squirrel LTE $389,160; the 2005 NCHA Derby Non-Pro and 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro championships on Quintan Blue $594,637; and the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur championship on Smooth Sailing Cat LTE $87,178.

Take It Eazee LTE $44,119 is a full brother, out of Zee Dualy LTE $201,899, by Dual Pep, to Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,978.

Lauren Minshall on CR Sister Tuff. Hart Photography.

Lauren Minshall, the NCHA earner of $350,593, won the 2013 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited riding Little Sweet Spot LTE $113,915, by Spots Hot. CR Sister Tuff LTE $47,148, was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist and Open Limited Finalist under Gabe Reynolds, who also showed the Woody Be Tuff mare as reserve Open champion of the Augusta Futurity.

Minshall has shown CR Sister Tuff to place fourth in the 2018 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro and the third in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited.

Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $72,242, and Sneakish LTE $28,523 won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited championship and placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Sneakish’s dam, Smooth Sneakin LTE $73,716, placed eighth in the 2012 NCHA Derby Non-Pro under Dustin Adams.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Ashley Flynn leads to the Non-Pro Semi-Finals

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Ashley Flynn on Smooth Lines. Hart Photography.

August 1, Fort Worth, Tex.
Following Thursday’s second go-round of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro, 45 horses and 34 riders are set for Friday’s Semi-Finals. Ashely Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the first go-round with 221 points aboard Smooth Lines LTE $55,249, by Smooth As A Cat, leads the field with the high cumulative score of 436 points.

Scotty Rice on Times Be Tuff. Hart Photography.

Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., on Times Be Tuff $39,021, by Woody Be Tuff, and Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, on Cats Lightning Rey LTE $37,289, by NRR Cat King Cole, tied with 218.5 points, the high score of the second go-round. They also tied with 434.5 points, the second-highest cumulative score.

Regan Plendl on Cats Lightning Rey. Hart Photography.

Plendl and Cats Lightning Rey scored 219.5 points in the first go-round, on Wednesday, to claim high score in the Limited Non-Pro division. The pair qualified for the Non-Pro Limited Finals on Saturday, June 4., where four other riders who also qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals will also compete – Lauren Minshall on CR Sister Tuff $38,307, by Woody Be Tuff; Kenli Marvin and Cinderella Cat LTE $17,544, by Thomas E Hughes; Bridey Greeson on CR Smart Boots LTE $185,370, by Boon Too Suen; and Traci Shehady with You Cant Buy Love LTE $26,914, by Cats Gotta Diamond.

Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., qualified for the Semi-Finals with three horses: Teles One Time, by One Time Royalty; Purrfect Reyflection LTE $3,485; by Dual Smart Rey, and Iggy Reyzalea LTE $66,657, by Dual Smart Rey. Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $874,567, placed third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals with Iggy Reyzalea, and was sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Teles One Time LTE $45,722.

Four riders each qualified for the Semi-Finals with two horses: Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., on Duramax Dually LTE $111,556, by Dual Rey, and on Lightening Strike LTE $22,555, by Dual Rey; Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., with Reyhannon LTE $21,621, by Metallic Cat, and on Fadie Lou LTE $33,622, by Woody Be Tuff; Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., on Manteca Moe LTE $60,187, by Hydrive Cat, and with Poor Lil Guy LTE $15609, by Kit Kat Sugar; and Bobby Ray Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., aboard CD Wood LTE $18,523, by High Brow CD, and on Taliate $115,946, by Metallic Cat.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Justin Chalmers and Reystylin Smooth claim Open Ltd

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Reystylin Smooth, ridden by Justin Chalmers. Hart Photography.

August 1, Fort Worth, Tex.
Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth, bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young, San Angelo, Tex., to win the 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Derby Open Limited Finals with 220.5 points. Kevin Walden and Couture De Force, bred and owned by Lori and Bobby Gale, Conway, S.C., claimed reserve with 219 points, while Andy Sherrerd and Shesmypridenjoy, bred by Alvin Fults and owned by Mark Stucks, Burleson, Tex., placed third with 217 points.

Reystylin Smooth LTE $21,768, by Smooth As A Cat, is out of Rey N Style LTE $102,608, by Dual Smart Rey. The Youngs sold the then 5-year-old Rey N Style to Rex and Rhenda Tillerson’s Bar RR Ranches, for $89,000 in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Sale. Reystylin Smooth is Rey N Style’s first performer.

Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Open Limited and place seventh in the Cattlemen’s Derby Open. The pair also placed third in the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited and ninth in the Derby Open.

Chalmers, 2006 NCHA Senior Youth Rookie of the Year and NCHA earner of $92,539, won the 2017 NCHA Derby Open Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited riding HC Herd Boss LTE $28,824, also bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young.

Couture De Force, ridden by Kevin Walden. Hart Photography.

Couture De Force LTE $8,615, by Stylish Wood, is out of Short A Shay LTE $175,691, by Shorty Lena. Walden showed her as a an NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited finalist, while Bobby Gale rode her as a finalist in the NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited. Her dam, Short A Shay, who placed third in the 2006 NCHA Open World Championship standings, is the producer of six NCHA money earners, including 4-year-old Hershay Kiss LTE $23,497, by Metallic Cat, and Sashay Cat LTE $37,798, by High Brow Cat.

Kevin Walden is the NCHA earner of $424,907.

Shesmypridenjoy LTE $1,505, by Metallic Cat, is a full sister to five horses who have each earned over $100,000, including Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Their dam, Sweet Abra LTE $117,725, by Abrakedabracre, has produced 12 NCHA money earners of $1,079,294.

Andy Sherrerd, the NCHA earner of $968,760, showed Smart Catarey, also owned by Mark Stucks, as a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited finalist, after Stucks and the Dual Rey daughter competed in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals.

Regan Plendl on Cats Lightning Rey. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Derby first go-round winners
Ashley Flynn, who scored 221 points on Tuesday riding Smooth Lines, by Smooth As A Cat, remained the top-scoring of Non-Pro rider at the conclusion of first go-round competition, on Wednesday. Regan Plendl, who scored 219.5 points on Wednesday riding Cats Lightning Rey, by NRR Cat King Cole, claimed the top score in the Limited Non-Pro division.

Bridey Greeson, with 219 points on CR Smart Boots, by Boon Too Suen, marked the second-highest score in both Non-Pro divisions, while Megan Miller with 218.5 points on Spur That Spot, by Spots Hot, claimed the third-highest and Kevin Murray with 218 points on Rockin Metallic was third-highest in the Non-Pro Limited division.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Ashley Flynn tops Day One of Non-Pro

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Ashley Flynn on Smooth Lines. Hart Photography.

July 31, Fort Worth, Tex.
Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221 points on Monday atop Smooth Lines LTE $55,249, by Smooth As A Cat, to top the first day of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Derby Non-Pro go-round competition. Bridey Greeson, Victoria, Tex., claimed second place with 219 points riding CR Smart Boots $185,370, by Boon Too Suen, and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., was third with 218.5 points aboard Spur That Spot LTE $15,405, by Spots Hot.

Ashley Flynn showed Smooth Lines as a finalist (18th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, as well as the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro (12th), and claimed the reserve championship of the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro riding the gelding.

Flynn, the NCHA earner of $611,862, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity with LHR Smooth James Rey LTE $168,999, who also carried her to place third in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro. In 2014, Flynn placed fourth in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro aboard Cow Scents LTE $65,993, who she had shown to win the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro.

Bridey Greeson, the NCHA earner of $207,482, won this year’s 2018 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Unlimited 5/6 Classic with TC Heiress LTE $52,565, and placed (14th aboard CR Smart Boots in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited.

Greeson earned her first major check as a finalist in Fort Worth with a sixth-place finish in the 1987 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro riding Florida Freckles $29,868. In 2012, she won the NCHA World Finals $50,000 Amateur with A Copper Spoonful $103,317, as well as the $50,000 Amateur World championship.

CR Smart Boots, third-placed in the 2018 Breeders Invitational Open with Boyd Rice, won the NCHA Derby Open second go-round under Rice yesterday to qualify for the NCHA Derby Semi-Finals on Saturday.

Megan Miller, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,126,905, won the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship with Carolena Reyn LTE $145,790, by Dual Smart Rey, and also claimed the reserve championship of the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro with Spur That Spot.

Bridey Greeson and CR Smart Boots also topped Tuesday’s Non-Pro Limited competition, where Traci Shehady and You Cant Buy Love LTE $26,914, by Cats Gotta Diamond, earned the division’s second-highest score of 217.5 points.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

CR Smart Boots wins Open second round

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

CR Smart Boots, ridden by Boyd Rice. Hart Photography.

July 30, Fort Worth, Tex.
CR Smart Boots LTE $185,370, by Boon Too Suen, and Boyd Rice won the Open second go-round with 221.5 points; Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $38,393 sired by Hottish and ridden by Sean Flynn, and The Animal LTE $169,633, sired by Cat Ichi and shown by Lee Francois, tied for second with 220.5 points.

Owned by Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex., CR Smart Boots was bred by Center Ranch out of CR Smart Lil Kitty, an unshown full sister to Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045. Ty Brown showed the gelding to place fourth in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open and third in the Open Limited. Boyd Rice has shown the gelding in three 2018 major events, including the Breeders Invitational, where they placed third with 222 points.

Rice won the NCHA Derby for two consecutive years: in 2008 with 224 points on Peptos Stylish Sue LTE $226,056, and in 2009 with 228.5 points on Third Cutting LTE $528,268.

Catillac Reys LTE $63,764 scored 224 in the last set of the first go-round of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Derby to win the round under Adan Banuelos. Yesterday, in the second-go-round, Banuelos and the Metallic Cat gelding added 218.5 points to their tally to advance to Friday’s Open Semi-Finals with 442.5 points, the high cumulative score where 37 horses with cumulative of 434.5 or higher qualified for the Semi-Finals. Reystylin Smooth LTE $21,768 and Justin Chalmers, second in the first go-round with 223 points, earned 440.5 points, the second-highest cumulative score.

Catillac Reys was bred by Michelle Cannon, by Metallic Cat out of Brazos Bash champion Tootsie Rey, an earner of $200,876. The gelding is owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, and was Non-Pro reserve champion at the Ike Hamilton Futurity this spring with Elizabeth.

Sean Flynn, who tied with the second-go-round’s second highest score on Hott Nu Cowboy also showed Cool N Hot LTE $231,699, by Hottish, to tie Rice and CR Smart Boots with 439 points, the third-highest cumulative score.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

First round goes to Catillac Reys

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Catillac Reys, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

July 29, 2018
Catillac Reys, the first horse to show in the last set of the first round of the Open Derby, marked 224 to lead the round with Adan Banuelos Sunday at the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Justin Chalmers posted the first round’s second high score, 223, on Saturday riding Reystylin Smooth. Sean Flynn on Paula Wood’s Cool N Hot, and Jesse Lennox on Rocking P Ranch’s Summer Shandy, both marked 221.5 Sunday for the third high score.

Leader Catillac Reys was bred by Michelle Cannon, by Metallic Cat out of Brazos Bash champion Tootsie Rey, an earner of $200,876. The gelding is owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, and was Non-Pro reserve champion at the Ike Hamilton Futurity this spring with Elizabeth.

Hall of Fame Rider Adan Banuelos placed third with Catillac Reys at the Bonanza, and has been a finalist at Abilene and Arbuckle Mountain.

Cool N Hot, ridden by Sean Flynn. Hart Photography.

Tying for Sunday’s second high score of 221.5, Cool N Hot is bred and owned by Paula Wood of Stephenville, Texas. He is by Hottish out of Donas Cool Cat, an earner of $315,014 and producer of $944,154, including Donas Suen Boon, the mare that Wood won the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity with in 2012.

Cool N Hot won the NCHA Super Stakes and the Bonanza with Kobie Wood, and was reserve champion at the Breeders Invitational with Sean Flynn. He has earned $231,699, and his 2018 earnings of $196,136 make him the top NCHA money earner to date of the calendar year.

Summer Shandy, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Hart Photography.

Also with 221.5 on Sunday, Summer Shandy is ridden by NCHA Hall of Famer Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch. The mare was bred by Crown Ranch and sold for $375,000 at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

She is by Metallic Cat out of Pippis Longstocking, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Chad Bushaw. Summer Shandy has been an Open finalist in the Breeders Invitational, Arbuckle Mountain and Bonanza. She has lifetime earnings of $28,850.

A total of 136 horses marked 214 our better to advance to Monday’s second round of the NCHA Derby.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Reystylin Smooth wins the day

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Reystylin Smooth, ridden by Justin Chalmers. Hart Photography.

July 28, Fort Worth, Tex.
Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth, bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young, San Angelo, Tex., to score 223 points, the high score on the first day of 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Derby Open go-round competition. Desiresomemettalic, with Beau Galyean, and Rey Good Lookin, under Chris Johnsrud tied with 221 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Reystylin Smooth LTE $21,768, by Smooth As A Cat, was bred by Eddie and Barbara Young out of Rey N Style LTE $102,608, by Dual Smart Rey. The Youngs sold the then 5-year-old Rey N Style to Rex and Rhenda Tillerson’s Bar RR Ranches, for $89,000 in the 2013 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sale. Reystylin Smooth is Rey N Style’s first performer.

Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Open Limited and place seventh in the Cattlemen’s Derby Open. The pair also placed third in the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited and ninth in the Abilene Spectacular Open.

Chalmers, 2006 NCHA Senior Youth Rookie of the Year and NCHA earner of $92,539, won the 2017 NCHA Derby Open Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited riding HC Herd Boss, also bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young.

Desiresomemettalic LTE $73,860, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist under Ashley Galyean, has been an open finalist with Beau Galyean in four 2018 limited age events and a finalist with Ashley in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro. Sired by Metallic Cat, Desiresomemettalic is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading dam of earners of $1,341,660.

Beau Galyean, NCHA earner of $3,495,296 and member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, showed Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, the 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, as well as Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837. In 2018, he has earned the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Open aboard Rollz Royce LTE $112,604, by Dual Smart Rey, who he showed on Saturday to score 217 points in the Derby Open first go-round.

Rey Good Lookin LTE $122,204, by Dual Rey, placed fourth with Chris Johnsrud in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals and was also an Open Semi-Finalist. In 2018, Rey Good Lookin and Johnsrud have placed third in the NCHA Super Stakes Open and won the Open Gelding division, and placed fourth in the Bonanza Open.

Ken Hanson, Weatherford, Tex., owner of Rey Good Lookin, showed the gelding as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited and has earned money with him in nine divisions of major 2018 limited age events.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.