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Cutting

Mane Event to Reyzin The Cash

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Gary Gonsalves on Reyzin The Cash. Midge Ames photo.

Hall of Fame Rider Gary Gonsalves and Reyzin The Cash marked 227 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Mane Event Saturday evening, February 18. Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cade Shepard and Gini One Time won their division with a 228. The show was held in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gary Gonsalves.

This was Gonsalves’ ninth trip to the Mercuria finals, but his first win in the prestigious series, open to horses of all ages. Reyzin The Cash collected $8,061 from the $43,216 Open purse.

Bred and owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado, Reyzin The Cash is a 6-year-old by Dual Rey out of Spookys Cash. An NCHA Futurity finalist, Spookys Cash earned more than $284,000 and has produced earners of $560,000. Spookys Cash is a daughter of $1.4 million producer San Starlight.

Reyzin The Cash and Gonsalves won the NCHA Derby / NCHA Classic Challenge double in 2015/16. They’ve also taken major championships at the Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Idaho Derby, El Rancho Derby, and Arbuckle Mountain.

CR Gotcha Covered, ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel and Jane Colgrove; and QB Cat, ridden by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, both marked 221 for second place in the Open.

CR Gotcha Covered is a 5-year-old son of Dualin Boon out of The Catattac, by High Brow Cat. QB Cat is a 9-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Quintan Blue.

Cade Shepard on Gini One Time. Midge Ames photo.

In the Non-Pro division, 15-year-old Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, earned $7,845 from the $44,458 purse with his 228 on Gini One Time.

Cade Shepard.

It was the first major win for Gini One Time, a 7-year-old mare bred by Gary Dellinger by One Time Pepto out of Paving The Rey, by Dual Rey. Cade’s father, Austin Shepard, took reserve championships on the mare at Augusta and the Southern Derby, and the mare has now earned more than $83,000.

Gini One Time’s dam, Paving The Way, is a full sister to Brazos Bash champion and $200,000 earner Tootsie Rey.

Shepard has earned Non-Pro championships at the NCHA Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic and Derby, along with a host of other shows. He won the 2017 Ike Hamilton Classic with Twistful Thinking on his way to Las Vegas.

This was Shepard’s fourth appearance in the Mercuria finals, and his first win in the World Series of Cutting.

Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas, and Little Miss One Time marked 223 for second place in the Mane Event. Little Miss One Time is a 7-year-old mare by One Time Pepto out of Puddy Kat, by High Brow Cat.

Open
F Horse Rider Owner Earned
227 Reyzin The Cash Gary Gonsalves Iron Rose Ranch $8,062
221 CR Gotcha Covered Tarin Rice Joel & Jane Colgrove $6,546
221 QB Cat Clint Allen David & Stacie McDavid $6,546
220 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish $5,031
218 George C Merada John Wold Furst Ranch $4,021
216 Notsharonmylizzy Adan Banuelos Tim & Melissa Drummond $3,010
215 Clays Little Kit Cat Mike Wood Dawn & John Chapman $2,000
212 Dream Little Sue Chubby Turner Chubby & Ginger Turner $2,000
208 Stylish Bet Lindy Burch Oxbow Ranch $2,000
207 Bea Pure Cat Morgan Cromer Jill & William Roth $2,000
0 Little Pepto Cat Cullen Chartier Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000

Non-Pro
F Horse Rider Owner Earned
228.0 Gini One Time Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard $7,845
223.0 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Lindy Ashlock $6,871
218.0 Snap Crackle Cat Kylie Rice Tk Cutting Horses $5,897
217.0 Smartys Man Emily Jones Emily Jones $4,923
215.5 Big Daddys CD Page Bowman Mike & Libby Bowman $3,948
212.0 Cat Black I Denise Seiz Denise Seiz $2,974
210.5 Gentle Ben Brandon Westfall Brandon Westfall $2,000
209.0 Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000
205.0 Reyvelation Christina Cox Christina Cox $2,000
0.0 Swoopn Indian Constance Jaeggi J Five Horse Ranch $2,000
0.0 Harley Kristen Galyean Kristen Galyean $2,000
0.0 Spoonalittle Hunter Hicks Hunter Hicks $2,000

A Bonanza for Lloyd Cox

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Lloyd Cox

NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Lloyd Cox tied himself for the championship of the 2017 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open on Monday, February 13, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex.

Cox scored 223 points showing Copperish, owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, and 223 points on his own horse, Nothing Elz Matters, to claim the double championship; he also placed fifth with 218.5 points on Sly Reygirl, owned by Rocking L Cutting Horses. Pharoah And James, shown by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, and Crafty With Cows, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Carol Ward, scored 219 points as co-reserve champions.

Copperish, bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, an all-time leading producer of earners of over $1.5 million, and by Metallic Cat, is a three- quarter sister to Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, the 2105 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, also shown by Lloyd Cox. Including her Bonanza earnings of $21,725, Copperish, an open finalist with Cox in the Abilene Spectacular and Ike Hamilton Futurity, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $42,366; Nothing Elz Matters, also sired by Metallic Cat, has earnings of $36,410.

Pharoah And James, sired by Hickorys Indian Pep and most recently an open and novice finalist at the Ike Hamilton Futurity, has NCHA earnings of $33,213. Crafty With Cows, by High Brow CD, third-placed in the 2016 NCHA Futurity and Reserve Champion Gelding in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular, has NCHA earnings of $162,497.

In addition to Copperish, Nothing Elz Matters and Sly Reygirl, Cox also tied with 215.5 points, the seventh-highest score in the 33-horse finals, on Im Highly Decorated, sired by High Brow CD and owned by Norda and Jim Berger, and Smooth XTC, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Kathleen Moore.

Cox, also a finalist in the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Open on Miss Meow, owned by Tommy Manion, has earned a total of $64,313 in 2017 Bonanza competition and is an NCHA all-time leading earner of $7.7 million.

Mom’s day at Bonanza Cutting

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Moms Stylish Player

Moms Stylish Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, open champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby, staked another major claim with a 228-point win on Saturday, February 11, in the 2017 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Cutting, Weatherford, Tex., under Kenny Platt.

Peeptos Cat, by Cat Ichi, scored 223 points for the reserve championship with Matt Gaines, while Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat; CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon; and Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal, tied with the third highest score of 221 points under Beau Galyean, Tarin Rice and Eddie Flynn, respectively.

Low-key in the first go-round with 217 points, Moms Stylish Player came back to score 225 points and tie Reyzin The Cash LTE $256,682, by Dual Rey, and Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $36,310, for high score of the second round.

Owned by Robert Tregemba, of Castle Rock, Colo., 5-year-old gelding Moms Stylish Player had NCHA lifetime earnings of $217,448 coming into the Bonanza, where the 2016 5/6-year-old open champion, Button Down Supercat, earned $19,338.

Moms Stylish Player, bred by Drummond Land & Cattle out of million-dollar producer Moms Stylish Babe, is a full brother to Card Trick LTE $187,511; My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653; Lizzys Gotta Babe LTE $91,137; and Stylish Lizzie LTE $90,697; as well as half-brother to Cat Mom Do LTE $199,423.

The Bonanza Cutting continues through February 18; for complete results go to http://www.nchabonanza.com/

2017 The Ike Futurity and Classic

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Reyzurbetsonthiscat and owner Barnwell Ramsey

Reyzurbetsonthiscat cashed in at The Ike Futurity & Classic, held from January 27 to February 4, 2017, at the Ike Hamiliton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Ridden by Craig Thompson for Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, NC, the Bets Hesa Cat son scored 223 points to win the 4-Year-Old Open Finals and the 4-Year-Old Gelding Open for a total of $24,854. Reyzurbetsonthiscat is a half-brother to Melodys Pepto LTE $135,369 and Jay Moss Cougar LTE $120,175.

Hes Real Special scored 220 points as reserve champion in both classes under Casey Green, for Leigh and Holly Bilton, Alberta, Can. Sired by Dual Smart Rey, Hes Real Special is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268.

These were the fourth and fifth consecutive championships for Reyzurbetsonthiscat , who won the 2017 Augusta Futurity Open with Thompson, as well as the 2016 NCHA Amateur Futurity and Senior Amateur under Ramsey, and has unofficial career earnings of $57,121. Hes Real Special also earned money in the 2016 NCHA Futurity, as an open semi-finalist with Green, and has unofficial career earnings of $31,857.

Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 218 points on Smooth Sailing Cat to win the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, where Lauren Middleton marked 217.5 points on Cake By The Ocean for reserve. Smooth Sailing Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, also carried Flynn for the reserve championship of the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and has unofficial career earnings of $29,091.

Cake By The Ocean, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto, earned $12,405 as the Ike Non-Pro reserve champion and has unofficial career earnings of $13,300.

For complete results from the 2017 Ike Futurity & Classic go to http://www.nchadella.com/ike/index.shtml

Jeff Fisk, 1942-2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

NCHA Executive Committee member Jeff Fisk, 74, of Walton, Kentucky, passed away suddenly January 31, 2017.

He was the owner of National Cleaning Company, Inc., served on the first coaching staff for Simon Kenton’s initial football team, and served on the board of directors for Highland-Independence Cemeteries. Jeff’s true passion though was horses.

Fisk represented Region 4 on the NCHA Executive Committee. He raised, owned and trained them including a World Champion Cutting horse. Jeff’s involvement with the equine industry included serving on the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, the board of directors of the Racing Health and Welfare Fund, the executive board of the Kentucky Horse Council, and helping prepare for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife (of 47 years) Sue Spegal Fisk; children, Kimberly Dawn Reed (Bill) and Jeffrey Beaumont Fisk; grandchildren, Tyler Trentman and Mackenzie Reed; mother, Helen McGraw Fisk; and brother, Rodney Fisk (Pam).

Visitation will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon with services immediately following at noon at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home in Independence, KY. Interment will take place at Independence Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund, 422 Heywood Ave, Louisville, KY 40208. Online condolences may be expressed to www.chambersandgrubbs.com.

Bobby Brown remembered

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

NCHA Members Hall of Fame honoree Robert (Bobby) Brown, Sr., 85, passed away on January 31, 2017, in Collierville, Tenn. While Brown participated in many aspects of the Quarter Horse industry, he was perhaps best known for his 1974 NCHA World Finals Open win on Delta, the only Paint Horse to earn the title of NCHA World Champion mare, which she also did under Brown.

Brown began his career with horses in 1958 at the Adobe Ranch in Memphis, Tenn., where he trained and showed AQHA champions, including Poco Bay, by Poco Bueno.  In 1962, he became part owner, as well as manager, of Twin Hill Ranch, which grew to include 6,000 acres and a 700-head commercial cattle breeding operation.

It was Christmas Four, 1965 NCHA Futurity reserve champion under the late Matlock Rose, who gave Brown his first notoriety as a trainer of young cutting horses. Brown had trained Christmas Four for Barney Liles of Memphis, Tenn., who sold her to Rose and his partner, George Tyler.

“Christmas Four didn’t have any popular cutting breeding in her,” Rose told me in 1996. “But she had a lot of ability and she was a pretty mare. She was fine-boned, with a little neck, and she was hard as nails. She’d get her head down so low with a cow that she’d bump the shank of her bit with her foot. She’d be a star today.”

Brown also trained Holly Bobby, a mare named after him and sold to Rose by Liles, prior to the 1970 NCHA Futurity. Holly Bobby and Rose tied for fourth place in the Futurity and went on to win the 1971 NCHA Derby.

“I used to go down to Matlock’s (Gainesville, Tex.) and stay a week before we went to the Futurity,” Brown told me in 1995. “About the only time we saw each other was at the (limited age) events. But we used to have some good times. He’s a hell of a fellow and he’s been a hell of a horse trainer all of his life. Everybody admires him and I probably admire him a lot better than a lot of folks.”

In 1977, Brown, riding Jigger Fulla Juice, a race-bred colt by Bar Deck, and Rose, riding Doc A’Lock, by Doc Bar, tied for fifth place in the NCHA Futurity.

In addition to training, showing, and ranch management, Brown was a mentor to many cutting horse competitors and served for decades as an NCHA director, as well as an NCHA judge. He was also an AQHA judge for 17 years and judged every major AQHA event in the U.S. and Canada.

“I had the opportunity to know Bobby Brown all of my life and I have seen his appreciation and love for horses and the cutting sport,” said Alisa McCleary, Michigan City, Miss. “He has been an inspiration to me and many others locally and nationwide.”

Brown is survived by his son, Bobby Brown, Jr., and daughter, Jackie Brown Clark, both of Abbeville, La., as well as daughter Staci Brown DeMilt and her family, Cumming, Ga. Services for will be held on Saturday, February 4, at Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, Tenn.

Jay Moss Cougar wins Mercuria at Augusta

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Gaylon Wells on Jay Moss Cougar. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Gaylon Wells.

Gaylon Wells and Jay Moss Cougar marked 223 for a four-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity January 21.

Curry Diehl and Cats Lena scored a 219 for second place.

Jay Moss Cougar earned $9,104 for the win, owned by Shannon Lamb of Boerne, Texas. The 9-year-old gelding, bred by Bill and Catherine Lacy, is by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey. The earner of $130,000 previously won a Mercuria finals at El Rancho Futurity, with Bill Lacy in the Non-Pro division in 2014.

Wells, a Zane Schulte Memorial Award recipient, finished third in the 2016 NCHA World Standings riding Rue Du Ichi.

Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta Futurity Open
223.0 Jay Moss Cougar Gaylon Wells Shannon Lamb $9,104
219.0 Cats Lena Curry Diehl Frank & Ora Diehl $7,623
218.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish $6,142
215.0 Button Down Supercat Wesley Galyean SMF Cutting Horses $4,662
212.0 Reyvelation Lloyd Cox Lloyd & Christina Cox $3,181
195.0 Gini One Time Austin Shepard Gary & Gin Dellinger $1,700
0.0 SDP Lil Ichi Maddie Sam Shepard Maben & Julie Thompson $1,700
0.0 Tommie Canduit Bubba Matlock Missy Jean Rosenberg $1,700
0.0 Reyzurbetsonthiscat Craig Thompson Barnwell Ramsey $1,700