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Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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

Foxies Hibrow Cat

Strong bidding and 88% completed sales defined Western Bloodstock’s Preferred Breeders Sale, Day Session I. Foxies Hibrow Cat, a yearling colt sired by High Brow Cat and consigned by his breeders, Glenn and Debbie Drake, was the high seller at $100,000, and one of 12 horses to sell for $100,000 from Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon. The Wednesday Evening Session is expected to add to the growing list of high sellers.

Purchased by Jackpot Ranch, Whitt, Tex., Foxies Hibrow Cat is out of Stylish And Foxie LTE $329,502, dam of nine NCHA earners of $762,774, including Peptos Stylish Miss LTE $302,911/PE $327,218; Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $224,930/PE $249,576; and Eyez On Me LTE $136,938.

Yearling mare Lucky Lil Supercat, consigned by Pro Fit Equine, Agent for breeder Paul Dean, sold for $78,000 to Kevin Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz. The Dual Rey daughter is out of Highbrow Supercat LTE $366,230, the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion and an all-time leading producer of earners of $1,344,386.

Bet Shes Believin, a yearling filly consigned by Oxbow Ranch, also brought $78,000. The Don’t Stop Believin daughter, purchased by Bobby Gale, Conway, S.C., is out of Bet Shes Smooth LTE $124,272, the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion and half-sister to Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465; Stylish Bet LTE $218,087; Bets CD LTE $117,429; and Bet On Me LTE $101,832. Bets Shes Smooth’s dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960, NCHA Open World Champion and an all-time leading producer of earners of $1,195,437.

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales continue 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

Day Two of NCHA Futurity Sales: Another banner day

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

High CD Rates

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

A new record was set Monday, in Session I of Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, when Tin Man, by Metallic Cat, sold for $500,000. While Tuesday’s Session II of the 2-Year-Old Sale did not see another record-breaking price, it did see seven individual horses bring $100,000 or more.

In just two days of sales, 11 horses have sold for $100,000 or more, including Tuesday’s high seller, at $200,000, High CD Rates. The overall average for the two-day NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale was $30,805, with 71 % sales completed.

High CD Rates was consigned by Todd Nelson and purchased by Glade Knight/Slate River Ranch. The sorrel filly is a daughter of NCHA Horse of the Year and NCHA Futurity Open champion High Brow CD, a leading sire of money earners, who sells on Wednesday, December 5, in the Evening Session of the Preferred Breeders Session I. Dual Peppy Kitty, the dam of High CD Rates, is a half-sister to leading sire High Brow Cat.

Dual Clay

Todd Nelson was also the consignor of Dual Clay, a Dual Rey daughter who brought $140,000 from J Five Horse Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Dual Clay’s dam, Play Like Clay LTE $78,844, is a producer of six NCHA money earners, and a half-sister to Clays Little Peppy LTE $209,770, dam of earners of $778,622.

Sams Playin Dirty, a sorrel colt by High Brow Cat, brought $115,000 from Kevin Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz., for consignor Diamond LK Cutting Horses. Sams Playin Dirty is out of Playboys Samantha, a full sister to eight earners of $426,391, including influential sire and broodmare sire Freckles Merada, sire of Meradas Little Sue LTE $670,098. Knight also purchased the Metallic Cat son Cat Urban, consigned and bred by Crown Ranch, out of Meradas Sly Cat LTE $82,704, for $100,000.

Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., purchased Iridescent Girl for $107,000 from Meinzer Livestock. Sired by Metallic Cat, Iridescent Girl is in training with Hunter Meinzer. Circle Y Ranch, owner of Im Countin Checks, a Top 15 NCHA Sire, also purchased Ordered In Metallic, by Metallic Cat, for $125,000 in Session I on Monday.

Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., placed the winning bid of $105,000 for Tweezin My Brow, a High Brow Cat daughter consigned by RAD Cattle. Tweezin My Brow is a full sister to Cat Atat Cat LTE $123,170 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $101,022, and out of Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $224,930. Moore also purchased Rey Playin Up, a High Brow Cat daughter, for $100,000 from Carlon Performance Horses.

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Wednesday, December 5, with the Preferred Breeders Session I, and with sales daily through Saturday December 8. For online catalog and sale schedule: www.westernbloodstock.com

Blake Heid claims NCHA Futurity Amateur championship

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Blake Heid on Nothing Comes Easy. Hart Photography.

Tuesday, December 4, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Blake Heid, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 219 points, midway through the second of two sets, to win the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship. Tom Williams, Haleyville, Ala., scored 217 for the reserve championship, while Christina Huntley, Houston, Tex., and David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex., tied with 215.5 points, the third-highest score.

Heid, the NCHA earner of $81,850, most recently collected a check as a finalist (7th) in Monday’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals, riding Nothing Comes Easy, his Amateur championship ride. Nothing Comes Easy, a Kit Kat Sugar gelding, will also carry Heid on Wednesday, in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals.

Last year, Heid  placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals with PRF Cats Value, by Hydrive Cat, who he also showed as an NCHA Super Stakes Amateur finalist. This year, Heid claimed reserve in the West Texas Futurity Classic Unlimited Amateur riding CC Capreycious, by Halreycious, and placed seventh in the NCHA Super Classic Unlimited Amateur on Catty Lil Cd.

Tom Williams on Sofies Choice Cat. Hart Photography.

Tom Williams, the NCHA earner of $115,527, rides Sofies Choice Cat, by High Brow Cat, a full sister to Sofies Cat, who Williams showed to place ninth in last year’s NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals.

Christina Huntley, the NCHA earner of $67,570, showed Double Cat Flash, by High Brow CD, in the Amateur Finals. Last year, Huntley placed in the NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals riding the Woody Be Tuff daughter Dibz, who also carried her as reserve champion of the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Finals. Huntley has also been competitive in this year’s 5/6-year-old limited age events aboard HR Cats Starlight, by High Brow Cat.

David Taurel, the NCHA earner of $57,247, rode Uno Calinte Cat, by Metallic Cat, in the Amateur Finals. Last year, Taurel won the NCHA Futurity Amateur championship riding Playboy Is Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat. He has also been competitive in this year’s Amateur limited age events showing Playboy Is Smooth and Little Jewels Olena, by Athena Puddy Cat.

The 2018 NCHA Futurity continues daily through Sunday, December 9; the NCHA Futurity Sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, begin Monday, December 3 and continue daily through December 8.

Three-peat for Ken Schultz

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Saturday, December 1, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Ken Schultz, riding Rockin Those Tricks, topped Thursday, the first day of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition, with 217 points. He came back with Rockin Those Tricks on Friday to tie Michael Schreck and Countin On Boon with 215 points, the day’s overall high score. Both men were showing as Unlimited Amateur contenders.

Ken Schultz on Calvin Baloo. Hart Photography.

On Saturday, riding Calvin Baloo as an Unlimited Amateur contender, Schultz scored 215.5 points to tie fellow Unlimited rider Blake Heid, Fort Worth, Tex., riding Nothing Comes Easy, for the high score of the day. Charles Russell Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., was Saturday’s high-scoring Amateur with 214.5 points on Wood You See.

Calvin Baloo, a gelding by Lil Catbaloo, is out of Dual Rey daughter Spookywearinstiletos, a half-sister, out of San Starlight, to 14 earners of over $1.4 million. Heid’s horse, Nothing Comes Easy, by Kit Kat Sugar, is out of Smooth Little Cat ($54,465), a full sister, by Smooth As A Cat, to Cat Black I ($208,229).

Blake Heid on Nothing Comes Easy. Hart Photography.

Blake Heid, the NCHA earner of $73,717, placed seventh in last year’s NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals with PRF Cats Value, by Hydrive Cat, who carried him this year as an NCHA Super Stakes Amateur finalist. Also this year, Heid claimed reserve in the West Texas Futurity Classic Unlimited Amateur riding CC Capreycious, by Halreycious. In addition, he placed seventh in the NCHA Super Classic Unlimited Amateur on Catty Lil Cd, who also carried him as an NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur finalist.

Charles Russell Bushaw, the NCHA earner of $82,578, showed Snappcat, by High Brow Cat, to place seventh in last year’s NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur. This year, he scored championship wins in the Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur aboard Velvets Revolver, by WR This Cats Smart; the West Texas Futurity Amateur with Bittersweet, by Metallic Cat; and the NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro with Peptotoodie, by Peptotime.

Wood You See, Bushaw’s 2018 NCHA Futurity mount, is a Woody Be Tuff daughter out of The Catattac, by High Brow Cat. Wood You See’s half-sister CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon, is the earner of $218,462.

The 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur/Amateur Unlimited first go-round continues daily through Sunday, December 2.

Schultz and Schreck tie with Friday’s high score

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Michael Schreck on Countin On Boon. Hart Photography.

Friday, November 30, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Ken Schultz scored 217 points aboard Rockin Those Tricks on Thursday, to top the first day of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition, as well as Thursday’s Amateur contenders. On Friday, Schultz and his Rockin W daughter earned 215 points to tie with Michael Schreck and Countin On Boon for the day’s overall high score. Both men were showing as Amateur Unlimited contenders.

Michael Shreck, Dike, Iowa, has proven hard to beat in Midwest limited age events during the past five years. He has won the Wyoming, Nebraska, Western States, and Iowa 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurities, as well as the 2017 Nebraska Futurity Open and Non-Pro championships on CR Tuff To Beat, by Woody Be Tuff.

On Thursday night, Schreck, the NCHA earner of $217,622, placed in the 2018 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals riding the Hydrive Cat son Play N Dirty ($47,801), who he also showed to win the 2016 Nebraska Futurity Non-Pro and the 2017 Nebraska Derby Non-Pro.

Countin On Boon, Schreck’s NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur mount, is by Im Countin Checks and out of Boon San Kitty ($498,188), the 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and dam of earners of $829,386, including 2009 NCHA Futurity Open champion Rockin W ($329,722).

Jessica De Filippo, Miami, Fla., earned 214.5 points on Friday, showing Smart Curley Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, as an Unlimited Amateur entrant. It was the second-highest score of the day.

De Filippo, the NCHA earner of $40,387, was a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur finalist on Wasabi Spice ($19,223), who also carried her as a finalist in both Amateur divisions of the Bonanza Classic. In the 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge, De Filippo showed My CD Player as a 5/6 Amateur Finalist.

The 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur/Amateur Unlimited first go-round continues daily through Sunday, December 2.

Mary Ann Rapp claims day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Mary Ann Rapp on Driven Miss Sallie. Hart Photography.

Tuesday, November 27, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., scored 217 points on Tuesday to top the field in the first day of Non-Pro second go-round competition. Her cumulative score of 433 points also marks her as a cumulative leader. Brandon Westfall’s 433.5 points leads cumulative scores, at the halfway mark, to qualify for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals.

Rapp, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $4,6006,783, and the All-Time Leading Female Rider, as well as the All-Time Leading Non-Pro Rider, is riding the Hydrive Cat daughter Driven Miss Sallie, a half-sister to Carmylantalized ($19,655), by Kit Kat Sugar. Driven Miss Sallie and Carmylantalized are out of Mylanta Lano ($91,947), by Mylanta Lena.

Little Janey Lena, by Smart Little Lena and out of Playboys Ruby, carried Rapp to win the Non-Pro championship of the 2002 NCHA Futurity. In 2014, Rapp was reserve Non-Pro champion of the NCHA Futurity riding Tuned Up To Drive, by Hydrive Cat, and in 2009 she placed third on Toy Engine, by Playgun.

Austin Adams, Springtown, Tex., who posted 218 points in the first go-round, also earned a cumulative of 433 points. Adams and Blaklely Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., were the high-scoring Non-Pros on Sunday, the third day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro/ Limited Non-Pro first go-round competition. Both Adams and Colgrove scored 218 points, while Glenn Barlow, with 217 points, was the high-scoring Limited rider, and posted the second-highest score of the day.

Adams, the NCHA earner of $350,341, was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals on WSR Dually Smart. His latest turn at the Futurity came as a 2016 Non-Pro finalist, when he rode Rockin Cat Moria RG.

Adams and Colgrove share Sunday’s lead

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Saturday, November 24, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Austin Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., were the high-scoring Non-Pros on Sunday, the third day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro/Limited Non-Pro first go-round competition. Both Adams and Colgrove scored 218 points, while Glenn Barlow, with 217 points, was the high-scoring Limited rider, and posted the second-highest score of the day.

Austin Adams on Metallic Special Cat. Hart Photography.

Austin Adams, the NCHA earner of $350,341, was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur on WSR Dually Smart. His last turn at the Futurity came as a 2016 Non-Pro finalist, when he rode Rockin Cat Moria RG.

Following  the 2016 Futurity, Adams and Rockin Cat Moria RG, by Rockin W, competed in three limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, where they placed eighth. This year, Adams is showing Metallic Special Cat, a Metallic Cat daughter he purchased during the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales.

Blakley Colgrove on Smooth Magick. Hart Photography.

Blakley Colgrove, NCHA earner of $518,385, won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship on the High Brow Cat gelding Paradox Cat, who also carried her to win the 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited and as the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion.

Colgrove’s 2018 NCHA Futurity mount, Smooth Magick, by Smooth As A Cat, is a full sister to Smooth Asa Zee ($616,978), as well as a three-quarter sister to Eazee E ($211,145), by High Brow Cat. Smooth Magick’s dam, Zee Dually, by Dual Pep, has produced earners of over $1,144,000.

Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., is the NCHA earner of $423,898. Earlier this year he won the Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited Classic on Ferrarey. The Dual Rey daughter also carried Barlow as a Non-Pro finalist in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and to place fourth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro Finals.

Barlow’s  2018 Non-Pro Futurity mount, Shez Shameless, is by Dual Rey, out of Joys Indian Pep ($127,244), by Hickorys Indian Pep.

The NCHA Futurity Non-Pro/ Limited Non-Pro first go-round concludes on Monday, November 26; the second go-round follows on Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday.