2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales over the top

Sunday, October 20th, 2019
DT Mr Catsanova sold for $77,000. Jim Arnold photo.

Fort Worth, Texas, October 18 -19, 2019
An average price of $15,851 – a 19% increase over last year’s sale – and 91% of horses sold from a total of 115 through the ring marked a banner second and final day for the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, which had seen 85% of horses sold on the first day sold.

A total of nine horses, three on Friday and six on Saturday, sold for $50,000 or more. Yearling stallion DT Mr Catsanova was the sale topper, at $77,000, while 7-year-old mare Tazs Dreamgirl brought $75,000 as the high-selling broodmare.

DT Mr Catsanova, a black stallion sired by Hickory Holly Time out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cat Mist, is a half-brother to 2018 NRCHA Open Futurity champion SJR Diamond Mist LTE $179,883, as well as to 2007 PCCHA Open Futurity champion ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762. NRCHA Stakes eligible, NCHA Super Stakes nominated, and enrolled in the National Reining Breeders Classic, DT Mr Catsanova was consigned by DT Horses, LLC, and purchased by Mark Cross, Davenport, Iowa.

DT Horses LLC also sold DT Hickorys Chex Mix, by Hickory Holly Time, to Melissa Garbrick, Ellensburg, Wash., for $57,000. The red roan yearling colt is out of Lil Miss Shiney Chex, a Top 10 all-time leading dam of RCH money earners, including 2019 NRCHA Open reserve champion Nineteen Ten, a full brother to DT Hickorys Chex Mix, and 2013 NRCHA Open reserve champion Blind Sided LTE $224,468, by Peptoboonsmal.

Tazs Dreamgirl, by Pepto Taz, was consigned by her breeder, Kathleen Moore, and purchased by Robert Simpson, Kirkland, Ariz. The earner of $106,229, Tazs Dreamgirl sold with a Stevie Rey Von foal in utero, which will be eligible for the NRCHA Stakes. Her 2016 Metallic Cat son, Honky Tonk Dreams, is the earner of $15,012.

Cats Nu Shine, consigned by Wagonhound Ranch and purchased for $65,000 by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, was the high-selling yearling filly. Sired by WR This Cats Smart, Cats Nu Shine is out of the Shining Spark daughter Shiney Nu Annie, 2014 NRCHA Open Futurity reserve champion and NRCHA Celebration of Champion Open champion, and earner of $104,961.

LBR Chic Olena brought $60,000 as the second-highest selling yearling filly. Consigned by Charles Burger and purchased by Blue Allen, Alamosa, Colo., the Smart Chic Olena daughter is a half-sister to Simple Livin LTE $140,060, a Top 10 finalist in the 2011 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

Playgirls Miss Grace LTE $100,717, a 14-year-old daughter of Mister Dual Pep and dam of multiple money earners, sold for $52,000. Consigned by WW Ranch, LLC and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund Okla., Playgirls Miss Grace sold with an embryo by Hashtags.

For complete results from the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, and up-to-date consignments for the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales, go to Western

Strength in numbers at NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Nurseware. Photo by Jim Arnold.

Friday, October 18, the first day of the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale, was exceptionally strong, with 85% completed sales from a total of 107 horses.

Nurseware, consigned by Wagonhound Land & Livestock and purchased by Susan Steward, Las Vegas, Nev., was the day’s high-seller and the high-selling mare at $55,000. The 12-year-old Dual Rey daughter, with a foal in utero by WR This Cats Smart, is the dam of 6-year-old Smart Lookin Nurse LTE $97,290 and 4-year-old Wares The Nurse LTE $23,829, full siblings sired by WR This Cats Smart.

Cats Shiney Pistols, the day’s high-selling performance horse brought $50,000 from Don Murphy, Marietta, Okla. The 6-year-old stallion, sired by Smooth As A Cat and in training with Todd Bergen, is the earner of $49,318 and was consigned by Roxanne Koepsell.

Hes Wright On, earner of $172,067 and a leading NRCHA sire in 2015 and 2016, including Plain Wright LTE $90,098, NRCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, brought $50,000, as the day’s high-selling stallion. Consigned by Hes Wright On Partnership, the 16-year-old son of Lenas Wright On brought $50,000 from Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Tex.

Please Me One Time, consigned by Jeremy Barwick and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund, Okla., was the high-selling yearling filly at $31,000. The black daughter of One Time Pepto is out of ARC Cat Her Please LTE $127,467, 2008 NCHA Open Classic Challenge Reserve Champion and 2007 NCHA Derby Open finalist. Please Me One Time sold eligible for the NRCHA Stakes and nominated for the NCHA Super Stakes.

The 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale will conclude on Saturday, October 19 with the Snaffle Bit Futurity Yearling and Broodmare Sale Session II. For complete results go to Western

Bob Kingsley 1939 – 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Bob Kingsley.
Sally Harrison photo.

Bob Kingsley, country music radio legend and generous benefactor, as well as dear friend to the cutting community, passed away at his home in Weatherford, Tex., October 17.

“While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease,” Kingsley shared through Rubin Media, on Oct. 9, just eight days before his death from bladder cancer.

The Country Music Hall of Fame radio host found his calling while serving in the U.S. Air Force, where his rich and distinctive baritone voice brought him to the attention of Armed Forces Radio. When he returned to civilian life, he began a career in radio that spanned six decades.

In 1973, Bob Kingsley became producer of nationally syndicated American Country Countdown, and served as the show’s host and Country Music’s most distinguished voice from 1978 through 2005. Having moved from Los Angeles to Weatherford in 1995, in order to be close to the cutting industry, in 2006, Bob and his wife and business partner, Nan, began producing Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, currently carried by over 300 stations, from their studio in Weatherford.

Bob Kingsley fell in love with cutting when country star and cutter Lynn Anderson put him on a cutting horse in 1993, to raise money for a charity, and shortly after, he was invited to an NCHA roundup on Helen Groves’ ranch. At about the same time, Bob and Nan met NCHA show and sale producer Ben Emison, and his wife Jan, who would become their mentors and close friends.

“We moved here in 1995 and the reason was because of horses and cattle,” said Bob. “I really wanted to learn and to get involved. And it turned to be exactly the right move. My main objective was to raise (cutting horses).”

In 2004, Bob Kingsley purchased Little Pepto Gal from Crystal Creek Ranch in Weatherford. The Peptoboonsmal daughter had been trained and shown by Matt Gaines as 2002 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.  In 2004, Kingsley showed Little Pepto Gal to win the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro. It was his first time to show her and his first finals as a Non-Pro.

 “It was the most amazing ride of my life,” said Bob. “I wish everybody could have an opportunity to ride a horse like that.”

By the time she was retired, Little Pepto Gal had official NCHA earnings of $490,951. As a broodmare she has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Little Pepto Cat LTE $601,910 bred by Bob and Nan Kingsley’s Bluestem Ranch.

Bob Kingsley’s love and enthusiasm for cutting was contagious. Over the years he introduced celebrities from the Country Music world to the sport through participation in the NCHA Celebrity Cutting, held during the NCHA Futurity. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 has been an official NCHA sponsor since 1995, and Bob never turned down a request to serve as “the voice of cutting” for NCHA special events and presentations. Bob and Nan’s generosity has also extended to many charities in the larger community, as well as in Weatherford and Parker County.

A memorial service will be held for Bob Kingsley on Friday, October 18 at Doss Heritage Center, 1400 Texas Drive, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Bob Kingsley on Little Pepto Cat.

Hydrive Cat 2003 – 2019

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Hydrive Cat, reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity and sire of the earners of $3.9 million, was humanely euthanized on Wednesday, October 16.

Owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., Hydrive Cat was sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Esperanza Ranch out of Ruby Tuesday DNA. Owned by David and Georgia Husby, when he was shown by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Clint Allen to claim the title of NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Hydrive Cat was purchased by SDP Buffalo Ranch in 2007 and was shown by ranch owner Shane Plummer to win the 2008 South Point Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro Ltd.

Inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame in 2009, Hydrive Cat was champion stallion in 10 of 21 limited age working finals and earned an NCHA career total of LTE $410,627.

As a sire, Hydrive Cat ranked among the Top 50 NCHA All-Time Leading Sires with get earnings of $3,939,343. In October 2019, his 6-year-old daughter Somethingtobelievein LTE $301,580, owned and shown by Brett and Jody McGlothlin, ranked #6 among all 2019 NCHA 5 and 6-year-old money earners.

It’s a Rapp in the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., rode Hows Your Memorey, by High Brow CD, to win the PCCHA  4-Year-Old Derby Non-Pro championship and with 222 points. Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., claimed reserve with 217 points aboard Wood Ya Teles, by Woody Be Tuff, and Jennifer Foland placed third with 216 points on Hiss N Vinegar, by Dual Smart Rey. Rapp’s win was worth $9,000, while Hedlund claimed $7,000, and Foland earned $5,894.

Ryan Rapp, 18, the NCHA earner of $318,862, earned his richest single paycheck ($28,322) when he showed Manteca Moe, bred by his parents, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, to place fourth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro. So far, Rapp and the 5-year-old Hydrive Cat gelding have earned $107,804.

Hows Your Memorey, a three-quarter sister to Manteca Moe, was also bred by the Rapps, who both showed the siblings’ dam, Memorey LTE $77,519, by Dual Rey. Both Hows Your Memorey and Manteca Joe have been shown exclusively by Ryan, who placed with Hows Your Memorey in four Non-Pro working finals prior to the PCCHA Derby, including as reserve champion of The Non-Pro Cutting.

Ryan’s mother, Mary Ann Rapp, won the 4-year-old Non-Pro championship at the Pacific Coast Futurity in 2013 on Reyzin.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $976,817, has claimed 17 major Non-Pro limited age working event wins, including the 2019 Ike Hamilton Derby and the 2019 West Texas 4-Year-Old Derby on Wood Ya Teles LTE $44,900, whose dam, Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, was shown by Hedlund to win the 2011 Super Stakes, among other events. Teles Bout This Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, is a three-quarter sister to Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, bred by Cody’s parents Landy and Rock Hedlund, trained by Rock, and shown by both Rock and Cody.

Jennifer Foland, the NCHA earner of $356,029, showed Hissy Cat LTE $307,099, the dam of Hiss N Vinegar, to win the 2008 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship. Hiss N Vinegar LTE $187,074, winner this year of the NCHA Super Stakes Open under Phil Hanson, is one of four siblings out of Hissy Cat that have each won over $100,000. Altogether, Hissy Cat has produced 19 NCHA money earners of $1,112,476, all bred by Jeff and Jennifer Foland.

A Star Is Borne three-peat

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

A Star Is Borne, shown by Michael Cooper for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., scored 226 points as the first horse to work in the PCCHA 3-Year-Old Futurity and never looked back. Lourdes, owned and shown by Beau Galyean, Amarillo, Tex., scored 220 points for reserve, while Tweezin My Brow, with Lloyd Cox for Kathleen Moore, placed third with 218.5 points.

It was the third championship win from three 3-year-old limited age finals for A Star Is Borne, sired by Boon Too Suen and bred by Rose Valley Ranch. The sorrel mare, out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth LTE $225,782, also won the Cotton Stakes Futurity and the Brazos Bash Futurity with Cooper. Including her PCCHA winner’s take of $24,000, A Star Is Borne has NCHA earnings of $54,100 and is the leading 3-year-old money earner in 2019.

Metallic Cat daughter Lourdes, bred by Beau Galyean, won the Cotton Stakes Non-Pro and Non-Pro Int. Futurity, and claimed the West Texas Futurity Non-Pro reserve championship with Beau’s wife and co-owner Ashley Galyean. With NCHA earnings of $44,865, Lourdes is the #2 leading 3-year-old money earner in 2019.

Tweezin My Brow, by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto $216,005, and a full sister to Cat Atat Cat LTE $211,650 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $101,748, won the West Texas Non-Pro Futurity with Ty Moore, Madill, Okla. and, including her PCCHA Futurity Open paycheck of $17,000, has NCHA earnings of $40,100. The Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales graduate was bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake.

Warlock locks down title

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Warlock, shown by Beau Galyean for owner and breeder Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., scored 225 points to win the 2019 PCCHA Open 4-Year-Old Stakes on Sunday, October 6, at South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. Metallics MVP, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., and also shown by Galyean, scored 222 points to claim the reserve championship, while Slooow Ride, owned by Pat Taylor, and Sueper Trouper, owned by J Five Horse Ranch, tied for third with 220 points shown by Lloyd Cox and Grant Setnicka, respectively.

Warlock, a red roan gelding sired by Metallic Cat, made his debut as seventh-placed finalist under Galyean in the NCHA Futurity, and recently placed second in the Brazos Bash. His $15,000 PCCHA winner’s share, boosted Warlock’s NCHA earnings to $105,909, making him the sixth full sibling by Metallic Cat out of Sweet Abra to earn $100,000+. Metallic Rebel, 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, with NCHA earnings of $411,837, tops the list of six siblings followed by Magistic Moon LTE $187,608; Magic Metallic LTE $$158,474; Magic Metalman LTE $131,348; Sweet Metallic LTE $130,962, and Warlock.

Metallics MVP, bred by Cows & Horses Etc and sired by Metallic Cat, was an NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist under Hayden Upton and has placed in five Open finals this year with Austin Shepard, including as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Derby. The NCHA earner of $92,281, Metallics MVP is out of My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653, a full sister to Moms Stylish Player $370,949; Card Trick LTE $191,555; Lizzys Gotta Babe $91,137; and Stylish Lizzy LTE $90,697.

Slooow Ride, bred by Alvin Fults and sired by Metallic Cat, won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Open and placed in six other Open limited age events this year, in addition to the PCCHA Stakes, where he earned $10,500. The bay roan stallion, a half-brother to 2004 NCHA Futurity Open champion and $5 million+ sire Spots Hot, LTE $502,682, is one of four $100,000 earners out of Sweet Shorty Lena, dam of earners of over $1.3 million.

Sueper Trouper LTE $206,295, by Dual Smart Rey, has earned money in 24 divisions of major limited age events in 2019, under trainer Grant Setnicka and owner Constance Jaeggi, including the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby Non-Pro reserve championship. Sueper Trouper is out of Ichis My Choice $418,693, the 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, who was also shown by Setnicka.