Junie Wood polishes off another win

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Junie Wood winning 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic

Junie Wood winning 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic

There is no stopping 6-year-old Junie Wood, who claimed her ninth major open championship under John Mitchell last week in The Ike Classic and increased her official NCHA earnings to $498,111. The 228-point win was the second this year for 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood, owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.

Sired by Nitas Wood, Junie Wood won the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship for her breeder, Craig Crumpler, who sold her to Slate River Ranch owner Glade Knight following Crumpler’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro win. Knight showed Junie Wood in 2015 to win the Non-Pro Senior divisions of both the NCHA Classic Challenge and the Brazos Bash.

In other news from The Ike, Metallic Rebel scored 225 points to win the Open Derby championship with Beau Galyean, for Tom Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. The red roan stallion was one of six Metallic Cat offspring in the 19-horse finals. As a group they earned $64,661 (Metallic Rebel’s winner’s share was $21,751) or 44 percent of the total 4-Year-Old Open purse of $147,937.

Galyean also showed fifth-placed Metallic Cat son Chrome Catillac to win the 4-Year-Old Open Gelding and 4-Year-Old Novice Horse divisions, and placed third in the Open Classic aboard Magic Metallic, for Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., owner of Metallic Cat.

Amandas CD, winner of the 2016 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open, took reserve in The Ike Open under Matt Miller. The High Brow CD daughter is owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard.

Meanwhile, 6-year-old Meteles Cat, by Metallic Cat, took home the biggest check from The Ike Classic with combined earnings of $29,466, as Non-Pro champion and Open reserve champion. Meteles Cat, official earner of $333,739, was bred and trained by Rock Hedlund and shown by his son, Cody Hedlund, in both divisions of The Ike.

NCHA limited age event competition continues on Wednesday, February 10 in Glen Rose, Tex. with the first day of competition in the $139,000- added Bonanza Cutting.

Amandas CD and Junie Wood: Abilene Open Stars

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Amandas CD

Amandas CD

Amandas CD, shown for Chris and Tracy Brengard by Matt Miller, and Junie Wood, with John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, claimed the 2016 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old, and 5/6-year-old Open championships, respectively,  in Abilene, Tex.

Amandas CD, by High Brow CD, scored 223.5 points to earn the $20,000 4-Year-Old Open winner’s check. NCHA Futurity champion Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat, marked 223 points with Ed Duferrena for Reserve, and Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 219.5 points under Beau Galyean.

Amandas CD and Miller placed ninth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, after winning the first go-round and the Semi-Finals. Amanda CD’s full sister, Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $144,479, out of Amanda Stargun, by Playgun, is also shown by Miller, who qualified three other mounts for the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Finals – Shorta CD, owned by Ryder Carpenter; Tricks On You, for JLC Performance Horses; and Desires Star Cat, owned by Janice Eaton.

The 31-horse Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Finals field awarded an estimated total $178,050. Smooth As A Cat was the leading sire in terms of finalists with six, followed by Metallic Cat with four; and Dual Rey with three.

Junie Wood LTE $477,936, the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year owned by Slate River Ranch and shown by John Mitchell, claimed her eleventh major win (she also won the 2015 title) with her 2016 Abilene Spectacular Open 5/6 championship. The Nitas Wood daughter scored 225 points to top reserve champion Miss Callie Cat, who scored 221 points under Tarin Rice for owner Jim Crawford. Short Drive, under Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, and Smooth As Puddin with Tatum Rice for Grace Vangilder, tied with 220 points to split third and fourth.

Reserve champion Miss Callie Cat is by High Brow Cat and a full sister to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat LTE $341,597, also shown by Rice, and bred and owned by Crawford. Short Drive and Smooth As Puddin, both geldings, are sired by Hydrive Cat and Smooth As A Cat, respectively.

Metallic Cat and Dual Rey were the leading sires in terms of numbers from the 21-horse 5/6-Year-Old Open field.

Hat trick for Metallic Cat at Abilene Spectacular

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Adelle and Lindy Burch

Metallic Cat, leading sire of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales and sire of Futurity Open champion Stevie Rey Von, ruled on January 7, the second day of the Abilene Spectacular, cutting’s first major limited age event of 2016. Three Metallic Cat offspring tied with 219 points to top the first go-round of Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old competition – Adelle, owned by Oxbow Ranch and shown by Lindy Burch; Magic Metallic, shown by Beau Galyean for her breeder, Alvin Fults, also the owner of Metallic Cat; and Miss Metallica, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch.

Five-year-old Adelle LTE $65,391 claimed 219 points in the first set of the day. Bred by Oxbow Ranch, Adelle’s roots, like those of her sire, run deep with Oxbow bloodlines. Metallic Cat, by High Brow Cat, is out of Chers Shadow, who was bred and shown by Oxbow’s Lindy Burch. Chers Shadow won the 1995 NCHA World Finals and lifetime earnings of $211,380.

Play Peek A Boon, Adelle’s dam, won $205,795 under Burch, and produced Oxbow-bred CR Sun Reys, by Dual Rey, who won the 2014 and 2015 NCHA World Finals and earned $330,789 under Boyd Rice for Center Ranch.

Burch was also a top contender on the first day at Abilene with 217 points in 4-Year-Old competition on Oxbow-bred Bet Shes Smooth LTE $88,126, the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion. Bet Shes Smooth’s dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960, was also shown by Burch, as 2000 NCHA World Champion, as well as champion of the 2000 and 1997 NCHA World Finals.

The Abilene continues today with the second go-round of the 4-Year-Old Open and concludes on Wednesday, January 13 with both age divisions of the Non-Pro Finals.

NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

PodiumSix-year-old Cha Ching And Change, at $85,000, was the high seller and high-selling mare on Saturday, December 12, the last of six days of Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Consigned by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., and sired by Im Countin Checks, Cha Ching And Change has earned more than $108,607 in open competition, most recently as Brazos Bash Open Ltd. Classic Challenge champion. She was purchased by Bar RR Ranches LLC, Bartonville, Tex.

Sumkinds Maverick, at $75,000, was the sale’s high-selling stallion and high-selling 4-year-old. Consigned by his trainer, Boyd Rice, agent, the Dual Rey son was the 2014 NRCHA Int. Open Futurity reserve champion under Rice and was purchased by David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex.

At $70,000, My Redemption LTE $39,847, consigned by Crown Ranch LP, was the high-selling 4-year-old mare and realized the third-highest price of the sale. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of the Dual Pep daughter Dual Kaul LTE $96,136, My Redemption was purchased by John Kolar, Duluth, Minn.

Reckless Child LTE $95,094, sired by CD Royal and in training with Russ Westfall, sold for $63,000. The 6-year-old full sister to Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124 and Just As Reckless LTE $174,778 was consigned by Eddie and Angela Patterson and purchased by Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex.

The Hills also purchased Reyce Lights for $60,000. The 4-year-old daughter of CD Lights, in training with Wesley Galyean, has earned $40,101 and is a hal-sister to Reycy Moon LTE $209,363 and Pedel To The Metall, $122,077.

Electric win for Stevie Rey Von

Sunday, December 13th, 2015
2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat. Hart Photography.

2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat. Hart Photography.

His name evokes a famous Texas-born singer, songwriter and electric guitarist. And on December 12 in Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Tex., Stevie Rey Von hit the high note with a 225-point championship win in the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity.

Shown by his owner, Ed Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., and sired by Metallic Cat, Stevie Rey Von earned $200,000 for the win. Bet Shes Smooth, shown by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points to claim the reserve champion’s title and $88,126.

Rockin Sallycat, owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. and shown by Jesse Lennox, scored 217.5 points to tie for third place with This Isa Third, ridden by Kody Porterfield for Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Tex. Each horse received $71,280.

Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat, came into the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals with a low profile 431-point cumulative go-round score, where 430 points marked the cutoff. But he struck a chord with Dufurrena’s daughter Rieta, who showed him to win the NCHA Futurity Ltd. Non-Pro Finals with 220 points.

In the Open Semi-Finals, Stevie Rey Von scored 222 points to place second behind Amandas CD and Matt Miller, who ranked first with 224 points.

Stevie Rey Von is a full brother to Purple Reyn LTE $233,508, shown by Dufurrena’s son, Brandon, as 2015 NCHA World Finals champion and 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, dam of Stevie Rey Von and Purple Reyn, has carried all three of the Dufurrenas to championship wins. Most recently, during the NCHA Futurity Festival, the 10-year-old Dual Rey daughter was a contestant with Rieta in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Bet Shes Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, earned 437 points, the highest cumulative score, going into the NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals, where she ranked fourth out of the field of 76 horses with a score of 219.5 points.

Burch, who won the NCHA Open Futurity in 1980, showed Bet Shes Smooth’s 7-year-old half-sister, Stylish Bet LTE $129,416, by Docs Stylish Oak, as a finalist in the 2015 NCHA Open World Finals, and placed fifth in 2015 NCHA Open World Championship standings.

Rockin Sallycat, by Rockin W, was one of 11 horses, including the stallion Boon San, purchased by Bobby Patton, Fort Worth, Tex., this past September, out of Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal. Since that time, Patton, a first-time cutting horse owner, has acquired other well-bred prospects, including five yearlings at Western Bloodstock’s Select Yearling Sale.

Boon San daughter Boon San Sally LTE $209,332, also purchased by Patton through the Walton Dispersal, was a finalist in the NCHA Western Bloodstock Winter Showdown during the first week of the Futurity.

This Isa Third, bred and owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, is by Third Cutting LTE $528,268, also owned by the Smiths and one of two Open finalists by the first-crop sire. In addition, This Isa Third and Kody Porterfield won the NCHA Futurity Open Ltd with 222 points.

Strong sales continue

Saturday, December 12th, 2015


Western Bloodstock NCHA Sales continued strong on Friday, December 11 with the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II.

At $95,000, six-year-old Reyhanna LTE $147,787, with an embryo by Metallic Cat, was the day’s high seller. The Dual Rey daughter, in training with Tatum Rice, was consigned by Kevin and Sydney Knight and purchased by John Kennedy, Sundance, Wyo.

Bet Twice 002, with two embryos, one by Metallic Cat and one by Smooth As A Cat, commanded $86,500, the day’s second-highest price. Consigned by Oxbow Ranch and purchased by Neidhart Cutting Horses, Weatherford, Tex., Bet Twice 002 is a full sister to Bet Yer Boons LTE $73,000 and half-sister to Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, 2011 NCHA World Champion.

The dam of Bet Twice 002, Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $350,615, was 2000 NCHA World Champion and is also the dam of 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist Bet Shes Smooth, shown by Lindy Burch, who also trained and showed Bet Yer Blue Boons.

One Alley Cat, at $67,000, was the high-selling yearling of the day, as well as the high-selling stallion. The High Brow Cat son out of Nod N Smile Baby, by One Time Pepto, was consigned by his breeder, Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, and purchased by Hayden Upton, Weatherford, Tex.

Shimmering Rey, at $60,000, was the high-selling yearling filly. Consigned by Linda Holmes and Jeff Oswood and purchased by Lisa Kruse, Celina, Tex., Shimmering Rey is by Dual Rey and out of Shes Icing Onthe Cat LTE $249,884, by High Brow Cat.

Lisa Kruse also paid $55,000 for the yearling filly Twiced Bet, consigned by Oxbow Ranch. Twiced Bet is sired by High Brow Cat out of Bet Twice 002.


Armando Costa Neto nails NCHA Futurity Non-Pro win with 224 points

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto and Watch Me Whip. Hart Photography.

Armando Costa Neto, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points on Thursday, December 10 in Fort Worth, to claim the title of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion. Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., and Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 218 points as reserve champions.

“She’s the whole package,” said Costa of Watch Me Whip, a Playgun daughter that he raised and trained. “She tries to stop that cow every time.”

Watch Me Whip and Costa qualified for the Finals with a Semi-Finals score of 217.5 points, after earning the second-highest cumulative score of 436.5 points from the go-rounds.

Costa, a Brazilian native who manages Barrinha LLC in Weatherford, purchased Watch Me Whip’s dam, Look The Look, through the 2010 NCHA Futurity Futurity Sale. The High Brow Cat daughter, trained by John Mitchell, was shown by both Mitchell and Costa as an Open and Non-Pro finalist in the 2011 NCHA Futurity and had career earnings of $172,784.

“John Mitchell is the one that wanted me to breed her mom to Playgun and he turned out to be right,” said Costa. Playgun, a leading sire of NCHA earners of more than $7 million, owned by Pieper Ranch, Marietta, Okla., died at the age of 23, just days before the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals.

Trained by Jody Galyean and shown by Galyean and Pieper, Playgun earned $168,408 during his show career, which included grand slam Open and Non-Pro championship wins in the 1996 Augusta Futurity. Playgun’s dam, Miss Silver Pistol, won the 1985 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity with Wes Shahan, who bred Playgun, and Tag Rice was reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Open Futurity on the gelded Playgun son Mr Beamon.

Look The Look, Watch Me Whip’s dam, is out of a half-sister to the dam of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champion Michelle Cowan’s mount Iridescent Cat, by Catty Hawk. Iridescent Cat’s dam, Smart Lookin Hi Brow LTE $216,395, is out of The Smart Look, a leading producer of the earners of more than $1.6 million, including 2003 NCHA Open Futurity champion One Smart Lookin Cat.

Co-champion Ashley Flynn was aboard LHR Smooth James Rey, by Dual Rey out of LHR Smooth Jamie May LTE $251,430, the 2010 NCHA Derby Open champion and Horse of the Year with Phil Hanson. Flynn won the 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Ltd. championship aboard Bobs A Player and the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals on Sly Chance.

Armando Costa Neto won the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Ms Regret and has been an NCHA Futurity Finalist six times. He placed third in the 2008 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals.

Michelle Cowan placed fifth in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Ltd. Finals riding Merada Jo, and has been an NCHA Non-Pro Ltd or Amateur Finalist six times.