Madalyn Colgrove claims Southern Classic Non-Pro title

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., showed Bama Jelly, by Bamacat, to a 225-point championship win worth $9,394, in the 5/6 Non-Pro Classic at the Southern Futurity, in Jackson, Miss., on October 29.

Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., riding Summer Time Fun, by Metallic Cat, scored 222 points and earned $7,650 for the reserve championship, while Missy Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., placed third and earned $5,907 on Metallic Royal Mate, by Metallic Cat.

Bama Jelly LTE $206,030 won the Open division of the Southern Classic this week with Austin Shepard, along with Open championships at Arbuckle Mountain, Augusta, and this year’s NCHA Eastern National Championships.

Five-year-old Bama Jelly, bred and owned by Madalyn Colgrove, is out of Wood She Be Neat LTE $27,600, by Nitas Wood. An NCHA Super Stakes Classic finalist with Colgrove in 2014, Wood She Be Neat has produced three earners of $225,737.

Madalyn Colgrove is the NCHA earner of $711,258.

Summer Time Fun LTE $144,892, bred by Ty Moore and owned by his aunt, Kathleen Moore of Madill, Okla., is a 5-year-old mare out of Hey Georgy Girl LTE $130,829, by Wild Thing DNA.

Hey Georgy Girl and Ty Moore won Amateur championships at the 2008 Non-Pro, the 2007 South Point Winter Championship, and the 2008 West Texas Classic. The mare has produced 12 earners of $535,522, including Let Georgie Do It LTE $146,017.

Ty Moore is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,205,647.

Six-year-old Metallic Royal Mate LTE $160,858, bred by J H Nail Ranch and owned by Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., is out of the Smart Mate  daughter Royal Red Rinpoche LTE $32,719, who was an Open finalist with Kathy Daughn at the 2003 NCHA Super Stakes and has produced five earners of $183,970.

Metallic Royal Mate was a 2020 NCHA Classic Challenge Open finalist under Rodrigo Taboga, as well as Non-Pro finalist with Missy Etheridge, and won the 2020 West Texas Open Limited Classic with Taboga.

Missy Etheridge is the NCHA earner of $464,075.

The Southern Futurity continues through Oct. 31.

Sweet win for Kidd Kat Sugar in Southern Open Futurity

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Kidd Kat Sugar, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., scored 222 points on October 27 to win the Open 3-Year-Old Southern Futurity on October 28, in Jackson, Miss. In addition to his Open Finals winner’s share of $17,145, Kidd Kat Sugar also earned $1,773, as the division’s top Gelding, as well as $7,596 from the 2020 SCHA Stallion Incentive.

Knicks N Lakers, owned and bred by EE Ranches of Whitesboro, Tex., and shown by Guy Woods, scored 218 points for the reserve championship and $14,300, while Double Zee, bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., and shown by Tatum Rice, placed third in the nine-horse finals with 217 points, to earn $11,456. Double Zee also claimed $1,245 in the Gelding division, and $6,077 from the 2020 SCHA Stallion Incentive.

Kidd Kat Sugar LTE $27,644, a gelding sired by Kit Kat Sugar out of Haidandsmoke LTE $47,741, was bred by Darrell and Stephanie Copeland, McAlpin, Fla.

Haidandsmoke, by Smart Smokin Pep, was reserve champion of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open and $10,000 Novice finals in 2008, with the late Sam Shepard. She has produced 2 earners of $114,685, including Barney Ross LTE $87,041, by Bamacat.

Missy Etheridge won the Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro championships on Kidd Kat Sugar at the Cotton Stakes in September.

Rodrigo Taboga has NCHA earnings of $526,592, with wins this year in the NCHA Derby and Cattlemen’s Derby on Sanctus LTE $131,906. He also won the Southern Futurity 4-year-old championship last year on The Dewd LTE $123,579.

Knicks N Lakers LTE $23,984, by Laker Doc, is out of the Cat Ichi daughter Snicker Bar Ichi LTE $12,876, a three-time Novice finalist at the NCHA Eastern and NCHA Western National Championships, under Guy Woods. Knicks N Lakers is Snicker Bar Ichi’s first NCHA money earner.

Guy Woods is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,764,918.

Double Zee LTE $60,554, by Reyzin The Cash, is out of Eazee E LTE $211,145, the 2017 Reserve World Champion and dam of three earners of $493,294, including 2018 NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee LTE $347,844 and Jae Zee LTE $84,896, who placed third with Tatum Rice in this week’s 4-Year-Old Southern Futurity.

Earlier this season, Double Zee and Rice also won the West Texas Futurity and claimed reserve championships at the Brazos Bash and the Idaho Futurity.

Tatum Rice is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,589,380.

The Southern Futurity continues through Oct. 31.

Kinky Bootz wins Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Open

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Kinky Bootz and Austin Shepard won the 220 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Open championship with 225 points, in a rousing finals on October 27, where five of the 19 finalists scored 220 points or more.

Hit Tha Flo and Matt Miller claimed the reserve championship with 224 points, while Jae Zee and Tatum Rice placed third with 223.5 points.

This was Austin Shepard’s fifth Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old championship win. His first came in 2004 aboard Widows Intentions LTE $352,665. In 2011, Shepard won with Cats In Ya Dreams LTE $268,895, and he claimed back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2017 on Kual Lil Wendy LTE $48,540 and Sir Long Legs LTE $388,977, respectively.

In addition, on Monday, October 26, Shepard won the Southern Futurity Classic with Bama Jelly LTE $196,636, as well as the reserve championship on Dual Reyish LTE $427,791.

Kinky Bootz LTE $77,331, sired by Dual Rey and owned and bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., is the first money earner out of the High Brow Cat daughter Sheza Stylish Cougar LTE $57,040.

The Southern Futurity championship was the third major 2020 win for Kinky Bootz, who also won the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain and Augusta Futurity 4-year-old championships.

Austin Shepard is a leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $8,372,312.

Hit Tha Flo LTE $64,566, by Dual Smart Rey out of Miss Woody Two Shoes, was bred by Lannie Louise Mecom and is owned by Matt and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex.

Miss Woody Two Shoes LTE $136,250  has produced 13 earners of $525,689, including Lou Lou Louise LTE $138,711, Miss Peptonstilettos LTE $84,809 and Shez Sinsational LTE $71,088. Hit Tha Flo also won the 4-year-old Bonanza Open this year.

Matt Miller is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,767,113.

Jae Zee LTE $84,896, owned and bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., and sired by Boon Too Suen, is a half-brother to 2018 NCHA Futurity champion  and 2019 NCHA Horse of the Year Crey Zee LTE $347,844, also shown by Tatum Rice and owned and bred by the Knights.

Jae Zee has been an Open finalist this year at the Abilene Spectacular, The Non-Pro and The Open, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, and the Brazos Bash, as well as a Non-Pro finalist with Kylie Rice at the NCHA Derby.

Tatum Rice is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,589,380.

The Southern Futurity continues through Oct. 31.

Bama Jelly rolls in Southern Futurity Classic

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard scored 228 to win the Open championship of the Southern Futurity 5/6-year-old Classic on October 26, in Jackson, Miss. Shepard also claimed the reserve championship with 225 points on Dual Reyish, while High Brow Lady Boon, shown by Matt Miller, and Rollz Royce ridden by Beau Galyean, tied for third.

Owned and bred by Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., 5-year-old Bama Jelly LTE $196,636 is by Bamacat and out of the Nitas Wood daughter Wood She Be Neat, whose first money earners are Bama Jelly and 5-year-old Neat Lil High Brow LTE $14,163.

Bama Jelly, a 2018 NCHA Futurity and 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist, won the 4-year-old Open at Arbuckle Mountain and Augusta last year and the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship this year.

Six-year-old Hottish son Dual Reyish LTE $430,281, the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion, is owned by Billy Wolf of Whitesboro, Tex., and was bred by Greg Smith out of the Dual Rey daughter A Little Reylena LTE $126,058.  A Little Reylena is the producer of 10 earners of $962,074, including Hay U LTE $200,245; Rey To Sly LTE $103,208; Lotterey Ticket LTE $58,588; A Little Royal Rey LTE $51,822; and Sugar Railena LTE $51,792.

In addition to the NCHA Futurity, Dual Reyish won the 2018 Breeders Invitational Open Futurity, and the 2020 Augusta Futurity and Cotton Stakes Open Classics.

Austin Shepard, a leading NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $8,372,313, also claimed the 2013 and 2000 Southern Futurity Classic championships on Divas On Time and Dual Kual, respectively, as well as the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old championship four times – on Sir Long Legs in 2017; Kula Lil Wendy in 2016; Cats In Ya Dreams in 2011; and Widows Intentions in 2004.

High Brow Lady Boon LTE $57,053, a 5-year-old mare by High Brow Cat out of RBR Lady Boon LTE $87,550, is owned and was bred by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif. She is RBR Lady Boon’s first NCHA money earner.

Matt Miller, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,767,114, also placed eleventh in the 2020 Southern Classic on Im Countin On Annie LTE $62,047, owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses.

Six-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $339,164 is owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Miss. The Dual Smart Rey son was bred by Royce Stalcup out of Show Biz Kitty, the producer of four earners of $936,874, including Badboonarising LTE $318,279, SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $187,137, and Show Biz Kit Kat LTE $92,293.

Rollz Royce and Beau Galyean won the 4-Year-Old Southern Futurity in 2018, and have claimed wins this year in the 5/6-year-old Cattlemen’s Derby and Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Galyean, who won the 2019 Southern Futurity Classic on Desiresomemetallic, is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,358,169.

The Southern Futurity continues through Oct. 31.

2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales soar

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

The season’s first cold front blew through Fort Worth on Friday, October 23, but the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, were red hot all the way through Saturday, October 24, the last day of the sales.

On Saturday, Session II of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale saw 93% of the horses offered sold for an overall average of $18,633 – a 21% increase over 2019 – and with a two-day total of 16 selling horses for $50,000 and up.

Stevey Nix topped the sale at $110,000.

Saturday’s offering, Session II of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, included Stevey Nix, the high-selling yearling filly and overall high-seller at $110,000. Consigned by Gardiner Quarter Horses and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund, Okla., Stevey Nix is a daughter of 2015 NCHA Futurity champion Stevie Rey Von and out of Soula Jule Forever LTE $34,751, a 2020 AQHA Top 10 Dam of Money Earners and an All-Time Dam of RCH Money Earners, including Bet Hes Black LTE $142,703, the 2017 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion.

Breakn Bad sold for $85,000.

 Session II’s high-selling yearling colt, Breakn Bad at $85,000, was consigned by Chappell-White Partnership, and purchased by Russel and Tiann, Washoe Valley, Nev. Sired by 2010 NCHA Futurity champion One Time Royalty, Breakn Bad is out of NRCHA Open Futurity and Derby finalist Camilla The Cat LTE $93,461, by WR This Cats Smart.

Three of Saturday’s yearlings sold for $60,000 or more, including Whisker E Meyers, who brought $66,000 from Brad Spann, Paris, Tex. Consigned by Chappell-White Partnership, Whisker E Meyers is a son of NCHA Open Horse of the Year and leading sire Metallic Cat, out Abbey Roan LTE $42,292, by One Time Pepto.

Yearling colt Blind Sided, sired by Blinded By Guns and consigned by Wagonhound Land & Cattle LLC, sold for $65,000 to Barbara Deering/Cross Roads Logistics, LLC, Camanche, Iowa, while the yearling filly This Shiney Diamond, also consigned by  Wagonhound, brought $60,000 from Susan Seward, Las Vegas, Nev.  Sired by WR This Cats Smart, This Shiney Diamond is out of the Shining Spark daughter Shiners Diamond Lady, and is a full sister to NRCHA Futurity Open finalist Shiners Diamond Cat LTE $142,706.

For the complete catalog and results from the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, as well as consignments and catalog for the upcoming 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 7 through 12, go to

2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales Sizzle

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

The season’s first cold front blew through Fort Worth on Friday, October 23, but the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales at Will Rogers Equestrian Center was red hot.

The day’s offering included the Performance Horse Sale, the Select 2-Year-Old Sale, and Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale and averaged $17,660 overall. The Yearling and Broodmare Session realized 94% completed sales, while all (100%) of the Performance Horses sold, and the Select 2-Year-Olds averaged $24,082 with 87% sold.

ARC Cat N The Mist, with an embryo by Hickory Holly Time, was the high-selling Performance Horse at $50,000. The 7-year-old NCHA earner of $37,907 was consigned by Amy Jones and purchased by Barbara Deering/Cross Roads Logistics, LLC, Camanche, Iowa. Sired by Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 All-Time Leading Sire, ARC Cat N The Mist is a half-sister to earners of over $860,000 and sold in training with Michael Cooper.

High-selling 2-year-old CR Tuff Diggin Louie.

CR Tuff Diggin Louie, consigned by Center Ranch and purchased by Melissa Fischer, Sioux Falls, SD, was the high-selling Select 2-Year-Old at $88,500. In training with Boyd Rice, the Woody Be Tuff son is a full brother to NCHA Futurity finalists CR Tuff Digs Lucinda LTE $71,133 and CR Tuff Diggin Cat LTE $39,969.

CR Swiss Be Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, brought $75,000, the second-highest price of for a 2-year-old. A half-brother to Dual Cat Pepto LTE $149,633, in training with his consignor, J.D. Garrett, CR Swiss Be Tuff sold to Susan Steward, Las Vegas, Nev.

Top seller at $91,000 was Arosesuchaclatter.

Consigned by Fazenda Barrinha Corporation and purchased by Bob Day, agent, Buffalo, Wyo., Arosesuchaclatter LTE $324,707 was the day’s high seller at $91,000. The 16-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter has produced the earners of over $200,000 and sold with a foal in utero by Hickory Holly Time.

The 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, October 24. For full catalog and results go to

Smart Mate 1990 – 2020

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
Smart Mate, ridden by Pat Fitzgerald. Teresa Jett photo.

Smart Mate, the 1990 Smart Little Lena stallion owned by Pat Fitzgerald, Paoli, Okla., was euthanized on October 14, 2020, due to infirmities of old age. Through September 2020, Smart Mate had sired 396 NCHA money earners of $8,027,441.

Bred by Sandra Sims, Fullerton, Calif., and owned as a colt by Grant Finley, Theodosia, Mo., Smart Mate, was out of the Freckles Playboy daughter Freckles Playmate. Fitzgerald acquired Smart Mate in September 1996, won the Southern Futurity 5/6 Open Classic with him that year, and placed as an Open finalist in the Abilene Western and El Cid Futurity, as well. Shown at five by Dean Smith and also at six by Kobie Wood, Smart Mate was retired with NCHA lifetime earnings of $47,265.

Fitzgerald had also stood Doc Quixote and Doc’s Hickory, two of that era’s leading sires, and it was foals out of daughters of those two stallions who would produce many of Smart Mate’s leading money earners. Nutn Buta Houndog, from Smart Mate’s second full crop (1999), and also his top money earner, with $261,583, was out of the Doc Quixote daughter Liza Quixote. From twelve earners of $100,000 or more, four of Smart Mate’s leading money earners were out of Doc Quixote daughters; three were Doc’s Hickory daughters; and one was a Doc’s Hickory granddaughter.

Smart Mate’s first NCHA Futurity finalist, Belle Mate, came from his first full crop (foals of 1998), and was out of Santa Belle, by Doc’s Hickory. Mates Irish Rose, the earner of $156,124, and a 2000 Smart Mate daughter out of Hickory Badger Ina, by Doc’s Hickory, became a noted producer of seven NCHA earners of $596,357, including Arosesuchaclatter LTE $323,079. Arosesuchaclatter, in turn, has become one of many outstanding producers who carry on Smart Mate’s legacy.