Stallion Power at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Spots Hot

Spots Hot

Western Bloodstock Ltd. has announced the unprecedented sale of two all-time leading money earners, who are also contemporary sires of top money earners. Spots Hot LTE $529,435 and Third Cutting LTE $545,146 will be offered for sale in December during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Spots Hot, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Champion, is the sire of earners of $3.2 million, including Hottish LTE $301,843; Tattoos On This Town LTE $197,188; and Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383.  From his six crops to perform, Spots Hot has sired 143 money earners with average earnings of $22,925. Third Cutting, the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Open Champion, is the sire of 64 NCHA money earners of $918,418, including current 4-year-old This Isa Third LTE $97,340 and 5-year-old Cisco Kid $89,095.

“Stallions of the stature of Spots Hot and Third Cutting are few and far between at public auction,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife Candace of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We are fortunate to be able to offer these outstanding individuals during the NCHA Futurity Sales, which are attended by owners and breeders from across the country and around the world.”

Spots Hot, consigned by Sunrise Ranch, and Third Cutting, consigned by Carl Smith, will be sold during the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions held on December 7, 8 and 9. The NCHA Futurity Sales kick off on Monday, December 5 with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale – Session I, followed by the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale – Session II on Tuesday, December 6.

Stylin Cat LTE $112,850, another sire of NCHA money earners, will also sell during the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions. Consigned by John McClaren, the 13-year-old son of High Brow Cat is sire of 15 NCHA earners of $275,073, for an average of $18,338 per money earner.

The Select Yearling Sale & Gala will be held on Tuesday evening with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the Select Yearling Sale at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 will begin with the Select Cow Dog Sale and Demonstration, followed by a Hard Eight BBQ  lunch and Session I of the Preferred Breeders Sale.

Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9 will begin with complimentary breakfasts preceding Sessions II and III of the Preferred Breeders Sale.

The NCHA Futurity Sales will conclude with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on December 10.



2016 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala

Monday, October 17th, 2016

crop_06-behindpodium-gala-50346Only 50 yearlings make the grade each year for the NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale. This year’s selection reflects the cutting horse industry’s finest – past, present and future.

A complete list of the offering, including pedigrees with produce and performance records, can be viewed at Here are a few of the highlights:

SMOOTH WALKIN STYLE, by Smooth AsA Cat – Full sister to 2014 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and 2015 NCHA Horse of the Year SMOOTH TALKIN STYLE LTE $300,379

UNO CALIENTE CAT, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to DONT LOOK TWICE LTE $843,096

TIME FOR CHECKS, by Im Countin Checks – Three-quarter sister to leading sire One Time Pepto LTE $331,097

SMOOTHEST RIDE, by Smooth As A Cat – Full brother to SMOOTH ASA ZEE LTE $614,384

FANCY METALLIC, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to SLY PLAYGIRL LTE $343,467

SUPERMAN REY, by Dual Rey – Full brother to LIL RATTLER LTE $328,273 AND BUTTON DOWN SUPERCAT LTE $219,787

ONE TIME MAISIE, by One Time Pepto – Full sister to JAE BAR ONE TIME LTE $199,850

DAVY CROCKET, by Dual Rey – Full brother to JOHNNY REYNGO LTE $181,511 and HISSTEREYA LTE $117,852

MOMMY DEAREST, by Smooth As A Cat – Three-quarter sister to MOMS STILISH CAT LTE $267,278 and THIS CATS GOT STYLE LTE $190,098

CASHIN UR CHEX, by High Brow Cat – Three-quarter brother to CHERRY CHEX DUALLY LTE $251,103

METALLIC ROYALTY, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to CAT BELUE LTE $190,232

MISTY REYN, by Dual Rey – Three-quarter sister to ARC CATTY DUAL LTE $168,762

DESIRES GOT STYLE, by Docs Stylish Oak – Half-sister to THUNDERCAT LTE $306,644 and DESIRES LITTLE REX LTE $287,519

DOCS SWEET CD 15, by Docs Stylish Oak – Three-quarter brother to HIGH BROW CD LTE $542,101, a leading sire of NCHA money earners

MISS CHARLY REY, by Dual Rey – Out of a full sister to NCHA Futurity Champion HE BEA CAT LTE $345,996

BOON SAN ALICE, by Boon San – Out of a full sister to NCHA Futurity Champion ROCKIN W LTE $329,722

The 2016 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., will be held on Tuesday evening, December 6th in the Round-Up, at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the Select Yearling Sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. For details go to








Reyzin gets the vote at Congress

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp and Reyzin marked 226 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on October 13.

Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, padded her lead in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings with a 227-point win in the Mercuria Non-Pro finals on Light N Lily.

Reyzin, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, South Carolina, marked 222 in the go-round to qualify sixth in the seven-horse field. Her 226 in the finals gave her a three-point margin over R.L. Chartier on Gary and Karen Fields’ A Little Bossy.

Bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin is by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine, a Dual Rey mare that earned more than $119,000.

Seven-year-old Reyzin brought earnings of more than $358,000 to Congress. She’d been Open reserve champion at the Breeders Invitational and the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown with Phil Rapp, and had been named NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year for her achievements with Mary Ann Rapp. She added $10,846 to her career total in the Mercuria finals.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily.

Kaitlyn Wimberly picked up $10,984 for her Mercuria win on Light N Lily, giving her a lead of more than $20,000 as the point year closes in on the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth.

Former Senior Youth World Champion Priscilla Wilson marked 224.5 for second in the Non-Pro finals at Congress.

Wimberly rode Light N Lily, a Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay mare bred by her father, Billy Martin. In their limited age campaign, Wimberly and Light N Lena won championships at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the West Texas Classic.

They won the Mercuria World Series event at the Pacific Coast Derby earlier this year.

Light N Lily has now earned more than $241,000. Wimberly was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame this summer.


Setnicka, Bozeman win Mercuria at El Rancho

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice and Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity Friday. Both horse and rider teams were claiming their second major wins of the year.

Grant Setnicka

Grant Setnicka

Setnicka, who tied for top score of 226 in the go-round, came back with a 229 in the finals to beat veteran rider Tom Shelly and Metalic Al by one point. The win was worth $13,676, taking Ichis My Choice’s career earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark.

Ichis My Choice was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra, an Abrakadabracre mare that was reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular and that earned $64,000.

J Five Ranch of Weatherford, Texas owns Ichis My Choice. J Five’s Constance Jaeggi won the Non-Pro Pacific Coast Derby on the mare earlier this year. Setnicka was the Breeders Invitational champion with the 4-year-old. Setnicka was also an NCHA Futurity finalist and Super Stakes reserve champion on Ichis My Choice.

Stuart BozemanFresh from his win in the Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, and Checkers Live Oak marked 225 to earn $11,146 in the Mercuria finals at El Rancho. Janet Westfall placed second on Just As Reckless with a 221.

Checkers Live Oak was bred by Dale Stallkamp by Im Countin Checks out of Cats Live Oak, a mare that won the Breeders Invitational Classic with Lloyd Cox in 2008.

Bozeman, an accomplished NRCHA competitor, bought the 6-year-old mare three years ago as a reined cow horse prospect, but switched her to cutting after the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Since then she has taken him to finals at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Derby, The Ike, West Texas, Cattlemen’s, the Bonanza, Idaho, El Rancho, and the AQHA World Show, earning more than $120,000.

Glitter’s hat trick

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos won their third Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals Tuesday at the Idaho Futurity. They marked 230 for a five-point win over Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice.

Glitter Done previously won the Mercuria event at the Pacific Coast Derby with a 227.5 and the West Texas Futurity with a 226.

Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.

Bred and owned by Sue Hearst, Glitter Done is by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Cat Lady. She’s a three-quarter sister to $108,000 earner Im Hal On Heels. Eight-year-old Glitter Done has now earned more than $30,000 and should jump from #22 to the top five in the 2016 World Standings.

Hay, Hay, Kade!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Kade Smith on Hay U.

Kade Smith on Hay U.

Kade Smith, 27, of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Hay U marked 225 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho CHA Futurity Tuesday evening. The win was worth $10,178.

Carol Ward of Rancho Murieta, California and Spooked By A Cat marked 220 for second place.

Two year’s ago, Smith’s sister, Ashley Snider, won the Non-Pro Mercuria at the Idaho Futurity riding Sly Chance. Their dad, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Greg Smith, the breeder of Hay U, has been a five-time Open finalist in Mercuria World Series events.

Hay U is a 5-year-old mare by Third Cutting out of A Little Reylena, the Dual Rey mare that Kade rode to win the 2008 Limited Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge in Fort Worth.

Most recently, Kade and Hay U were Mercuria finalists at the West Texas Futurity. They placed third in the NCHA Classic Challenge in July. They’ve also been finalists this year at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Mercuria NCHA World Series in San Antonio and at the Abilene Spectacular.

This show takes Hay U’s earnings over $90,000. Kade, the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion on Lean This Rey, has earned more than $414,000.

Pat Jacobs, 1937-2016

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Pat JacobsLong-time NCHA member Pat Jacobs, 79, passed away August 29. Jacobs was an NCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee, and he also received the NCHA Judges Distinguished Service Award.

A popular musician and raconteur, Jacobs showed against the sport’s legends, and he judged cuttings for more than 40 years, including the first monitored show. He placed the longest running advertisement in the history of NCHA’s Cutting Horse Chatter magazine.

As a teenager in Kansas, Jacobs earned walking around money by driving cattle to the rail yards and helping load them onto stock cars.

“My heroes were always cowboys, so I helped drive cattle every chance I got,” he said. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.”

He saw Buster Welch ride Marion’s Girl at a county fair, and immediately forgot about his aspirations to be a roper.

“Until that moment, I thought cutting was for old men who couldn’t rodeo,” he said. “After watching Buster, I wanted to cut.”

He got a job working for a trainer and picked up the trade mostly “through osmosis.” By the early 1960s, he was judging shows.

Pat Jacobs“I was just a tall, skinny cowboy and cutting horse trainer from Kansas,” he recalled. “I believe the only requirement then to be a judge was you had to belong to the NCHA for at least two years, and not have any suspensions. Back then, if you could get $25 for judging a cutting, you were pretty well paid.”

As a showman and as a judge, Jacobs was always looking for ways to improve the sport. After a weekend show, he and his fellow cutters would brainstorm, and more often than not Jacobs was the one chosen to deliver their ideas to NCHA headquarters.

“On Monday, I would call (NCHA Executive Director) Zack Wood and bend his ear, telling him about our ideas. I did it often enough where if I didn’t call him on Monday, he would call me and ask, ‘What did you come up with?'”

Jacobs once recalled a time when cattle suppliers would make sure only their best stock would be used at the shows.

“It was a showcase for them to have their cattle on display at the county fair,” he said. “A lot of times, the cattle were furnished, with the trucking and everything else, at no cost. Maybe our new members need to look back and reflect on all the efforts of the judges, the ranchers  and livestock men who tightened their belts to help a growing association.”

Jacobs’ adventures were featured in Tom McGuane’s collections of essays, Some Horses, and in his own book, Outcasts, Outlaws, and Second Chance Horses: The Pat Jacobs Story.

A viewing will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland Ks at 7:00pm on Friday Sept 2, 2016. The funeral will take place at 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 3. A celebration of life will be held in this area at a later date.