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Hot dawgs – Cade Shepard and Bama Dawg lead the way

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Cade Shepard on Bama Dawg. Hart Photography.

Cade Shepard scored 219 points riding Bama Dawg on Tuesday, to win the first day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro second go-round competition and, with one remaining day in the second round, to claim the leading cumulative score of 435 points. Elizabeth Quirk on Catillac Reys and Lance Cooper aboard Zen And Tonic tied with 217.5 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Bama Dawg, by High Brow Cat, and Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., share a lot of history. Bama Dawg, out of MH San Tules Dually LTE $330,220, is a full brother to Bamacat LTE $351,360, bred, trained and shown by Cade’s father, the #4 all-time leading earner of $7,066,200. And MH San Tules Dually, by San Tule Freckles, won the 2008 MillionHeir Classic Non-Pro with Stacy Shepard, Cade’s mother. In addition, Christy Hughes LTE $97,828, a three-quarter sister to Bama Dawg, by Thomas E Hughes, carried Cade to win the 2017 NCHA World Series Congress Non-Pro Finals.

Cade Shepard, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro member and earner of $569,395, has an impressive list of over 20 limited age event wins, including the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and 2015 NCHA Derby Non-Pro championships aboard Twistful Thinking LTE $277,218.

Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals, scored 219 points on Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, to top the second day of Non-Pro first go-round competition and qualify for the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals. They also scored 2015 as Non-Pro first go-round contenders.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $92,416, made his first mark in an NCHA Futurity in 2014, when he was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Limited and placed in the Non-Pro Finals riding Post Card From Paris LTE $65,907. In 2015, he was a Non-Pro finalist on Smart Lil Bugley.

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., purchased Catillac Reys from his breeder Michelle Cannon, following the NCHA Futurity Open go-rounds; the Metallic Cat son out of Tootsie Rey LTE $200,876, had scored 219 points in the first round for Cannon under Ascencion Banuelos. Quirk is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $644,296.

Rice and Ashlock tops on Monday

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Kylie Rice on Fadie Lou and Lindy Ashlock on High Time Pepto shared Monday’s top score. Hart Photography.

Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., and Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., tied with 219 points on Monday, the last day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first round competition, to share the second-highest score for the go-round with earlier days’ high scoring riders Megan Miller and Lance Cooper. Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex.,each  earned 216.5 points, the day’s third-highest score. Armando Costa Neto, who showed Rosita Bela on Sunday, scored 220 points to top the go-round.

Rice showed the Woody Be Tuff daughter Fadie Lou, a full sister to CR Tuff Lucy LTE $354,635, out of Lucindas Catolena LTE $170,241, by High Brow Cat. CR Tuff Lucy was shown by Kylie’s brother-in-law, trainer Tarin Rice, to place fourth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity and reserve in the 2015 NCHA Derby.

Kylie Rice, the NCHA earner of $406,819, placed tenth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Master Mate, and won the 2013 Mercuria NCHA World Finals with Dual Lights LTE $156,645, by CD Lights.

This year, Rice’s presence has been felt on the Mercuria NCHA World Series circuit, where she showed Snap Crackle Cat LTE $189,856, by High Brow Cat, as reserve champion of the Idaho event, and placed third at the PCCHA Derby World Series, as well as the World Series Mane Event.

Lindy Ashlock will be honored as the owner and rider of In Reyverse $87,653, the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, on Wednesday evening, December 6, during Western Bloodstock’s Select Yearling Sale and Gala. Ashlock and her 4-year-old Dual Rey gelding claimed Non-Pro championships this year in the NCHA Super Stakes, the El Rancho Futurity and the PCCHA Derby, as well as reserve at Arbuckle Mountain.

High Time Pepto, Ashlock’s 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro mount, is by One Time Pepto and out of High Brow Queen LTE $81,214, by High Brow Cat. Ashlock, a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, is the earner of $1,440,766.

Kristen Galyean, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $664,440, showed Metallic Mania, a red roan gelding sired by Metallic Cat and purchased by her husband, NCHA Hall of Fame trainer Wesley Galyean, at the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales. Out of Purdy Aristocrat LTE $100,403, by Smart Aristocrat, Metallic Mania is a three-quarter brother to Cat Of Monte Cristo LTE $120,637, by High Brow Cat, and Pur Tee LTE $111,943, by Cat T Masterson.

Ryan Rapp and Manteco Moe, by Hydrive Cat, are also Limited Non-Pro contenders, who scored 217.5 points on Sunday.

Costa carries Day 3 with 220

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Armando Costa Neto on Rosita Bela. Hart Photography.

Armando Costa Neto, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship, as well as the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro on Watch Me Whip, scored 220 points Sunday, November 26, to take the lead on Rosita Bela in the first go-round of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, following three days of competition. Jarrett Callahan on Double Ur Bets and Brandon Westfall tied with 218 points, Sunday’s second-highest score; Ryan Rapp earned 217.5 points on Manteca Moe, the day’s third-highest score.

Rosita Bela was bred by Billy Emerson by High Brow Cat out of Royal Red Rosita, a mare that Shannon Hall showed to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Open NCHA Futurity. Royal Red Rosita is a grand-daughter of $887,000 producer Playgiarism.

Costa is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $1,108,133. Among his 2017 wins, Costa, who lives in Weatherford, Tex., counts the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro and the Pacific Coast Derby Non-Pro on 4-year-old Watch Me Nae Nae LTE $51,145, as well as the Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro 5/6 Classic on Watch Me Whip LTE $171,446. Watch Me Whip and Watch Me Nae Nae are full siblings by Playgun, bred by the Costa family’s Fazenda Barrinha Corp. and out of Look The Look LTE $172,784.

Jarrett Callahan, McConnells, S.C., the NCHA earner of $371,779, placed sixth in the Non-Pro Finals of the 1999 NCHA Futurity riding Bob Acre Venture. Most recently, he won the 2017 Augusta Non-Pro Futurity aboard Calico Spots LTE $39,936.

Double Ur Bets, by Bet Hesa Cat, was bred by Joel Colgrove out of FMR Double The Pepto, half-sister, out of Badger San Doc LTE $162,542, to the earners of $560,146, including Smart Sugar Badger LTE $176,210.

Brandon Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., NCHA earner of $303,799, was 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve champion riding Laguna Girl LTE $59,119, by CD Royal. Smooth Lil Cowtown, his Futurity mount, is by Smooth As A Cat out of Sweet Lil Cowtown LTE $74,422, by Sweet Lil Pepto, and was a $36,000 purchase at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales.

Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., 2017 NCHA World Finals Senior Youth reserve champion and NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth reserve champion riding Im Reydioactive, earned his first major check in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals, on Tuff Julie. Since then the Rapp and his Woody Be Tuff daughter have racked some impressive credentials, including fourth place in the 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals and a championship title in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited , as well as reserve in the 2017 Bonanza Non-Pro 5/6 Classic.

Manteco Moe, by Hydrive Cat, is out of Memorey LTE $77,519, by Dual Rey, a half-sister to Shrimp Shack Shooter LTE $160,851, and three-quarter sister to Awesome Lil Catilac LTE $99,160.

 

 

 

Lance Cooper claims Day 2 of Non-Pro

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals, had just the tonic on Saturday for the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round. Riding Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, Cooper scored 219 points to top the second day of Non-Pro competition. Gary Byrd, on Fear The Frog, and Ashley Galyean, aboard Desiresomemettalic,  tied with 218.5 points, while Ty Moore earned 217.5 points, the third-highest score of the day, on Sheza Smokin Hot Gal.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $92,416, made his first mark in an NCHA Futurity in 2014, when he was reserve champion of the Limited Non-Pro and placed twelveth in the Non-Pro Finals riding Post Card From Paris LTE $65,907. In 2015, he was a Non-Pro finalist on Smart Lil Bugley. Last year, Cooper earned money as a Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist with Bet Shes A Smoothie LTE $39,763, and this year he showed the Smooth As A Cat daughter as reserve champion of the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro as well as reserve champion in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited.

Zen And Tonic, Cooper’s current mount, was bred by Greg Coalson out of Dual Citizen LTE $61,820, the dam of four NCHA money earners of $50,589.

Gary Byrd, Athens, Tex., won the 2016 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur on Thirds Catmas LTE $46,432 and claimed the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur reserve title with Platinum Metallic LTE $36,721. He purchased Fear The Frog, a Metallic Cat son and three-quarter brother to Catty Hawk LTE 239,044, at the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales. Byrd is the NCHA earner of $60,167.

Ashley Galyean, the NCHA earner of $382,506, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist riding Metallico, by Metallic Cat. Desiresomemettalic, a Metallic Cat daughter, scored 218.5 points in the first go-round of Open competition with Ashley’s husband Beau Galyean. Bred by the Rockin  5 Ranch, Desiresomemettalic is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading dam of NCHA earners of $1,211,397, including Thundercat LTE $302,762, by High Brow Cat, and 2007 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Desires Little Rex LTE $287,519, by Smart Little Lena.

Ty Moore’s numerous wins include, most recently, the Brazos Bash 5/6 Non-Pro on Set Fire To The Reyn LTE $113,097, and the Brazos Bash Futurity with Sweet Sister Cat. Moore, from Madill, Okla. and the NCHA earner of $898,729, bred Sheza Smokin Hot Gal, by Hottish, out of Smooth N Smokin LTE $42,917, by Smooth As A Cat.

Megan Miller sets the bar

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Megan Miller on Hey Boo Boo. Hart Photography.

Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., scored 219 points on Friday, the first of four days of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round competition. Miller rode Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey. Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., aboard Sneakish, by Hottish, was second with 218 points and Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, was third with 217 points on Cats Lightning Rey, by NRR Cat King Cole.

Hey Boo Boo was bred by Megan and her husband Matt out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, by Smart Lil Scoot, and is half-brother to Bada Boo LTE $112,860, by One Time Pepto, and three-quarter brother to Booreylicious LTE $60,573. Matt Miller showed Travs Scooter to win the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, the 2007 Music City Non-Pro Futurity, and 2007 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby. Megan also showed the black mare to win the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic.

Megan Miller is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $975,806. In addition to the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro win on Travs Scooter, she also won the 2009 Super Stakes Non-Pro on Itawtathenapuddycat LTE $325,363.

Last week, Matt Miller, who turned professional in 2009, earned a cumulative of 436.5 points, as one of the top qualifiers for the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals, riding Carolena Reyn, also by Dual Smart Rey, and bred by the Millers.

Ali Good, who placed third in the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Senior Youth division, is the NCHA earner of $22,331. This year, Ali showed Cat Atat Cat LTE $82,090, by High Brow Cat, to win the $35,000 Non-Pro all-age division of The Non-Pro Cutting, and  to place third in the NCHA Congress World Series Non-Pro.

Sneakish  was bred by Dustin Adams out of Smooth Sneakin LTE $73,716, who Adams showed as a 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist, and sold for $44,000 in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Sales.

Regan Plendl is the NCHA earner of $170,364. He placed sixth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals riding MK Kenli LTE $34,296, and went on to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur championship on the Smooth As A Cat daughter. This year, Plendl won the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, as well as the Amateur Unlimited of The Non-Pro Cutting, on Mr Metallic Rey LTE $90,040, by Metallic Cat out of Rey Of Oak. Rey Of Oak is also the dam of Cats Lightning Rey; Mr Metallic Rey is her first money earner.

All relish for Dual Reyish

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

The second go-round of 2017 NCHA Futurity Open competition concluded on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and owners and riders of the 69 horses were especially thankful. A cumulative score of 432 points from the first and second go-rounds whittled a field of 252 second go-round contenders down to 69 Open Semi-Finalists; 612 horses competed in the first go-round.

Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard, topped the qualifying field with 442.5 points. The Hottish son, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., won the first go-round with 222.5 points. Im Quintan Checks, shown by John Sanislow for Center Ranch, Millsap, Tex., was second with 441.5. The Im Countin Checks son and Dual Reyish were the only horses to score 220 points or higher in both go-rounds.

Eight other horses scored at least 220 points in either the first or second go-round, including the Hottish daughter Reyzmehot, shown by Wes Ashlock for John and Jana Thacker, Abilene, Tex., who scored 222 points in the first go-round and earned 217 points on Thursday, the second-highest score of the day.

Taliate, ridden by Casey Green, and Rey Some Sugar On Me, with Kade Smith, tied with 217.5, Thursday’s high score. Taliate, a Metallic Cat son owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., scored 220 points in the first go-round and qualified for the Semi-Finals with 437.5 points. Rey Some Sugar On Me, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned and bred by Greg Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex., qualified on the bubble with 432 points.

Austin Shepard also qualified for the Semi-Finals with 433.5 points on CR Dualin, sired by Woody Be Tuff and owned by Center Ranch. And Wes Ashlock qualified a second mount, Ketamine Kat, by Metallic Cat, with 432.5 points. Other riders with two high-scoring qualifiers include Kenny Platt with 436.5 on Bordeauxx, by Bet Hesa Cat, and 436.5 on CR Reyly Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, owned by Jose Sigala and Center Ranch, respectively; Michael Cooper with 436.5 on Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and 434.5 with Special No Boon, by Boon Too Suen, both owned by Rose Valley Ranch.

NCHA Futurity action continues on Friday, November 24 with the first day of Non-Pro go-round competition.

Im Quintan Checks in with 220.5-points high

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Im Quintan Checks, ridden by John Sanislow. Hart Photography.

Im Quintan Checks, bred and owned by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., and shown by John Sanislow, added an exclamation point to his 221-point score in the first go-round with a 220.5-point high score on Tuesday, the first day of NCHA Futurity Open second go-round competition. Dual Reyish, with Austin Shepard for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., scored 220 points to claim the high cumulative score of 442.5 points, following his first go-round win with 222.5 points. CR Smart Boots, shown by Ty Brown for Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex., scored 219 points, to take third in the cumulative with 439.5 points, following Dual Reyish and Im Quintan Checks.

The Open second go-round continues on Wednesday and concludes on Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day.

Im Quintan Checks, was bred and is owned by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., owners of his sire, Im Countin Checks, a leading sire of 2017. Im Quintan Checks’ dam, Quintan Blue LTE $594,637, also owned by Circle Y Ranch, is the producer of 10 NCHA money earners of $944,383, including Blue One Time LTE $253,869, Cat Man Blue LTE $225,403, QB Cat LTE $173,211, and Blu Ray LTE $129,748.

John Sanislow, the NCHA earner of $194,284, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist and fourth-placed 2017 NCHA Derby Open Limited finalist on Quintessential High LTE $26,684, a half-sister to Im Quintan Checks. Sanislow has also earned nine major Open Limited championships.

Dual Reyish, by Hottish, is out of the Dual Rey daughter A Little Reylena LTE $126,058 and half-brother to Hay U LTE $184,390, by Third Cutting. He is also from the first crop of Hottish foals to perform, including Reyzmehot, who scored 222 points in the first go-round with Wes Ashlock, and Smooth Hottie, with 218.5 points in the first go-round, under Josh Crumpler.

Austin Shepard, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and career earner of $7,050,634, ranks number four among cutting’s all-time leading money earners. Shepard won the 2006 NCHA Futurity aboard High Brow CD and claimed the reserve championship in 2016 riding Sir Long Legs.

CR Smart Boots, sired by Boon Too Suen, was purchased for $34,000 from Center Ranch, at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales. The sorrel gelding is half-brother to CR Tuff Lovin Cat $10,623, shown as a finalist in the 2017 Cotton Stakes Futurity by Boyd Rice. His dam, CR Smart Lil Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, is out of Smart Letha LTE $70,529, the dam of 11 NCHA money earners of $834,119, including Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045.

Ty Brown, the NCHA earner of $110,027, won the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited on Smartys Doctor, and most recently was reserve champion of the NRCHA Cowhorse Classic Derby Open Limited on Sioux Me Please.