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It’s Hangem’s time

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Time To Hangem, ridden by Gaylon Wells. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Time To Hangem, ridden by Gaylon Wells, marked 224 for a four-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity Thursday evening, January 18. Madalyn Colgrove took the Non-Pro division with a 220 on One Catty Cupid.

Gaylon Wells.

It was Wells’ second Mercuria win, and his second in a row at Augusta. He won last year on Jay Moss Cougar.

Time To Hangem was bred by Frank and Robin Merrill, by One Time Pepto out of Hangem High Pep, a mare that Frank rode to the Non-Pro finals of the Breeders Invitational in 2006. Hangem High Pep’s bottom line goes back to NCHA Futurity champion and million-dollar producer Lynx Melody.

Time To Hangem is a 10-year-old gelding owned by Victoria Johnson of Houston, Texas. He placed fourth in the 2011 NCHA Futurity with Austin Shepard, and went on to win the Cotton Stakes and qualify for many major finals, including the NCHA Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Augusta Futurity and the Breeders Invitational. With his $10,823 Mercuria paycheck, he has career earnings of more than $237,000.

Dont Stopp Believin, owned and ridden by Phil Rapp, marked 220 for second place, earning $8,542. Dont Stopp Believin is by Dual Rey out of all-time leading mare Dont Look Twice.

Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta Open Finals

Score Horse Rider Owner Earned
224.0 Time To Hangem Gaylon Wells Victoria Johnson $10,823
220.0 Dont Stopp Believin Phil Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $8,542
219.0 Little Pepto Cat Cullen Chartier Mary Jo Milner $6,262
215.0 CR Tuff Lucy John Mitchell Slate River Ranch $3,981
213.0 Stylish Bet Lindy Burch Oxbow Ranch $1,700
204.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish $1,700
180.0 Spoonfulla Cat Brett Davis Jonathan & Judy Rogers $1,700
0.0 SVR Shesgothelook Chubby Turner J Five Horse Ranch $1,700

Madalyn Colgrove on One Catty Cupid. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Madalyn Colgrove.

Teenager Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, earned a one-point win over Hall of Famer Lindy Ashlock in the Non-Pro finals. Colgrove rode One Catty Cupid, owned by her grandfather, Joel Colgrove Sr., for the win. It was her first win in five trips to Mercuria finals. She and One Catty Cupid placed second in their previous try, at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Colgrove’s achievements include an Unlimited Amateur win at the Breeders Invitational in 2016 with One Catty Cupid, Amateur championships at the NCHA Classic Challenge and Breeders Invitational, and no fewer than five Cotton Stakes trophies. She also finished seventh in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings last year.

One Catty Cupid is a 7-year-old mare by One Time Pepto out of Arc Catty Dual, the mare that Phil Rapp rode to win the Pacific Coast Futurity in 2007.

Like the Open Mercuria champion at Augusta, Time To Hangem, One Catty Cupid comes out of Austin Shepard’s program. Arthur Noble, for whom Shepard trained NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD, bought One Catty Cupid for $40,000 as a 2-year-old at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Shepard rode the mare to win the Cotton Stakes and a reserve championship at the Augusta Futurity, during a long string of successes. Between Shepard and the Colgrove family, One Catty Cupid has now earned more than $188,000.

Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta Non-Pro Finals

Score Horse Rider Owner Earned
220.0 One Catty Cupid Madalyn Colgrove Joel Colgrove Sr $10,914
219.0 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Lindy Ashlock $8,611
216.0 Miss Stylish Cat Hope Mitchell John & Hope Mitchell $6,307
215.0 Magic Metallic Ray Baldwin Waco Bend Ranch $4,004
212.0 Total Reycall Priscilla Wilson Priscilla Wilson $1,700
206.0 Gini One Time Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard $1,700
199.0 Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Mary Jo Milner $1,700

Lucy leads the first go

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

John Mitchell on CR Tuff Lucy. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

John Mitchell.

CR Tuff Lucy, ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame rider John Mitchell, marked 222.5 Wednesday to top eight qualifiers for Thursday evening’s Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals at the Augusta Futurity. Four horses, Dont Stopp Believin, Time To Hangem and Little Pepto Cat all tied with 222 for the second highest qualifying score. The finals will pay out $36,408.

CR Tuff Lucy is a 7-year-old mare bred by Center Ranch by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena. She placed fourth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity with Tarin Rice, and proceeded to win the Abilene Spectacular, take the reserve championship at the NCHA Derby and place in several other major finals.

Glade Knight of Slate River Ranch bought her for $600,00o at the 2015 Center Ranch Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock, Ltd. Since then, Mitchell rode the mare to reserve championships at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic (twice) and NCHA Classic Challenge. CR Tuff Lucy has earned more than $350,000.

Mercuria World Series Augusta Open Qualifiers:

R 1 Horse Rider Owner Home
222.5 CR Tuff Lucy John Mitchell Slate River Ranch Weatherford, TX
222.0 Dont Stopp Believin Phil Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp Weatherford, TX
222.0 Time To Hangem Gaylon Wells Victoria Johnson Houston, TX
222.0 Little Pepto Cat Cullen Chartier Mary Jo Milner Southlake, TX
222.0 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish Baton Rouge, LA
220.0 Stylish Bet Lindy Burch Oxbow Ranch Weatherford, TX
220.0 Spoonfulla Cat Brett Davis Jonathan & Judy Rogers Rockdale, TX
219.0 SVR Shesgothatlook Chubby Turner J Five Horse Ranch Weatherford, TX

Cade Shepard on Gini One Time. Suzanne Sylvester photo.

Cade Shepard.

Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, marked 223 on Ginni One Time to lead the Non-Pro qualifiers. Priscilla Wilson of Unadilla, Georgia was next with a 221 on Total Reycall.

Seven Non-Pros qualified for Thursday night’s finals.

Gini One Time is an 8-year-old mare bred by Gary Dellinger by One Time Pepto out of Paving The Rey. She has earned more than $119,000.

Shepard, who is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, won the Mercuria World Series at the Mane Event with the mare last year. Cade’s dad, Austin Shepard, was reserve champion of the Augusta Classic with her two years ago.

Mercuria World Series Augusta Non-Pro Qualifiers:

R 1 Horse Rider Owner Home
223.0 Gini One Time Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard Summerdale, AL
221.0 Total Reycall Priscilla Wilson Priscilla Wilson Unadilla, GA
220.5 Miss Stylish Cat Hope Mitchell John & Hope Mitchell Weatherford, TX
219.0 One Catty Cupid Madalyn Colgrove Joel Colgrove Sr Boligee, AL
218.5 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Lindy Ashlock Abilene, TX
218.5 Magic Metallic Ray Baldwin Waco Bend Ranch Fort Worth, TX
218.5 Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Mary Jo Milner Southlake, TX

One Alley Cat claims 2018’s first major win

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

One Alley Cat, shown by Cullen Chartier, scored 223 points to win the championship of the 2018 Abilene Spectacular on Saturday, January 6, in Abilene, Tex.  Three horses scored 220 points to tie for second through fourth: Catarism RG, under Michael Cooper, who won the 2017 4-Year-Old Open with Cattys Hope; Dontt Happen Twice, shown by Phil Rapp; and Dual Prime Time, with Tate Bennett.

One Alley Cat, sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Tom and Hillary Watson, Overton, Kan., earned $31,000 for his win and an additional $4,848, from the 4-Year-Old Open Novice division. Catarism RG, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Rose Valley Ranch; Dontt Happen Twice, sired by Woody Be Tuff and owned by Waco Bend Ranch; and Dual Prime Time, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Bennett, each earned $15,000 in the Open Finals, and $4,040 in the 4-Year-Old Open Novice division.

The top four Abilene Spectacular paychecks represent the first money earned by the four horses. Of the top 10 finalists, only three had previous earnings. Duramax Dually, tied with 219 points for 5/6, under Wesley Galyean, was an NCHA Open Semi-Finalist with $9,392; Mamas Sugar Kat, tied with 218.5 points for 7/8 under Kobie Wood, earned $10,478 with Glen Nelson, as fifth placed finalist in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur; and Little Jo Cat, also tied for 7/8, came into the Abilene Spectacular with $88,288 earned as NCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion, Open finalist, and Open Gelding finalist under Ornelas, as well as Non-Pro Gelding Champion and Non-Pro finalist with owner Steve Anderson.

Little Jo Cat ridden by Pedro Ornelas. Hart Photography.

Ornelas and Tate Bennett are the only riders to have won both the NCHA Futurity Limited Open and Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Limited Open championships. Bennet won the 2012 NCHA Futurity Limited Open and 2013 Abilene Spectacular Limited Open on his own horse Rios Jewel.

With current earnings of $101,016, including Abilene Spectacular money, Little Jo Cat, by High Brow Cat, ranks among 2018’s Top Ten 4-year old money earners.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Abilene Spectacular, which has taken its place as the first major limited age event on the cutting calendar. The first Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open championship was won by Bobs Smokin Joe and John Tolbert, also winners of  the 1993 NCHA Open Futurity.  Since then, only four other horses have won both the NCHA Open Futurity and the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open: Shania Cee 1999/2000 with Shannon Hall; Chiquita Pistol 2002/2003 with Tag Rice; Metallic Cat 2008/2009 with Beau Galyean; and Dual Smart Kitty 2013/2014 with Clay Johnson.

See complete 2018 Abilene Spectacular results here.




Mel Shearin, 1930-2017

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Mel Shearin.

Mel Shearin, of Saint Clair, Missouri, a horseman’s horseman and a giant among Midwestern cutters, has passed away at age 87. Shearin, who was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 2009, began working with horses when he was 13 and was an NCHA member from the 1950s.

Born in Farmington, Missouri on June 21, 1930, Shearin began working for local farmers as a 12-year-old, earning fifty cents a day, as well as setting pins at the local bowling alley for a nickel a game.

But by the time he was 13, he got a job driving a team of horses, and at 15, he spent summers working in Texas.

He served in the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart and the United Nations Service Medal. After the war, he worked for Adams Milk, driving a six-pony hitch in local events. He married Irma Smith in 1956 and they had four children, Lisa, Louis, Larry and Linda.

In the early 1960s, Shearin went to work for August Busch at Grant’s Farm, caring for their world-famous Clydesdales. He also began making a name for himself in the cutting world with horses like Gold Tender, with whom he won the American Royal, one of the biggest cuttings in the country at the time. He also won championships  at Congress, the Denver National Show, and the Kansas and Missouri Maturity.

A full page photo of Shearin on Gold Tender appeared in Sports Illustrated, along with a caption that described them as “apparently defying gravity.”

Shearin mentored many amateur and non-pro riders over the years, and had a special influence with youth cutters. His trainees included NCHA Youth World Champions Larry Shearin and Debbie Shaw, and future NCHA president Ernie Beutenmiller Jr.

Besides cutting, he trained halter and pleasure horses for many years. One of his stars, Van Decka, set an AQHA record for youth points.

When a reporter noted that Shearin had been called the ‘Stan Musial of the cutting horse industry,’ Shearin replied,  “I’m a little uncomfortable with that comparison. I’ve met Stan Musial. He was quite a baseball player and is a great person.”

He preferred to say that he was a simple man who had been fortunate to live his dream of being a cowboy.

Services for Mel Shearin are pending.

Champions converge in Dual Reyish

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Dual Reyish, the champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity, is the product of two horses that also won championships in historic Will Rogers Coliseum, but there are some surprising twists in his background.

Ridden by Austin Shepard, Dual Reyish is the only active cutting horse owned by Billy Wolf of Whitesboro, Texas. Bred by Greg Smith, the chestnut stallion is by freshman sire Hottish, out of A Little Reylena.

Chula Dual
Spots Hot
Sweet Shorty Lena
Docs Stylish Oak
Stylish Play Lena
Play Lena
DUAL REYISH, chestnut s. 2014
Dual Pep
Dual Rey
Nurse Rey
A Little Reylena
Smart Little Lena
Katie Little Lena
Doc’s Chico Girl

Hottish, ridden by Lloyd Cox. Alan Gold photo.

Hottish ($286,109) was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch by Spots Hot out of Stylish Play Lena.

Going back up the top line, Chula Dual was a grandson of 1977 NCHA Futurity champion Peppy San Badger (Buster Welch, $172,711). Chula Dual’s sire, Dual Pep, earned $302,054, and sired the earners of $23 million including Dual Rey Me ($812,942), Tapt Twice (dam of Dont Look Twice, $824,546), NCHA Futurity champion Playboy McCrae (Paul Hansma, $263,723).

Spots Hot was bred by Jody Galyean and was the first money earner out of Sweet Shorty Lena who went on to be a $1 million producer, including Steve Norris’ evergreen Innovation Time ($194,122) and His Reyflection ($130,195). Spots Hot won the 2004 NCHA Futurity with Wesley Galyean, after which the younger Galyean turned in his Non-Pro card on his way to the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. Spots Hot earned $502,682 and has sired earners of more than $4.3 million, including 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot (Matt Gaines, $245,874).

Trained by Lloyd Cox, Dual Reyish’s sire Hottish earned $286,109 for Dustin and Deena Adams. Cox won the Breeders Invitational, NCHA Derby, South Point Derby, Idaho Derby and placed 11th in the NCHA Futurity. In Non-Pro company under Dustin Adams, the stallion won the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Classic Challenge, and the Pacific Coast Futurity Classic.

The class of 2014 was Hottish’s first crop, and he will go down as the leading freshman sire of 2017. Besides his Open NCHA Futurity champion, he sired fifth-placed Just Gettin Started, Non-Pro finalists Cool N Hot, Sheza Smokin Hot Gal, Liimited Non-Pro champion Sneakish, Unlimited Amateur finalist Buckin Hot, Limited Open finalist Reyzmehot, and a number of finalists at the season’s smaller futurities.

A Little Reylena, ridden by Kade Smith. Alan Gold photo.

On his bottom side, Dual Reyish is out of A Little Reylena, who has already produced earners of $397,613. A Little Reylena was bred by Donata Loveless, who was reserve champion Non-Pro of the 1994 Iadho Derby on the mare’s dam, Katie Little Lena, by Smart Little Lena.

Ashley Snider, Greg Smith’s daughter, was a Non-Pro finalist at the Idaho and Utah aged events on Tronacate, a son of Katie Little Lena.

Kade Smith, Ashley’s brother, and Greg, would go on to have a great run with A Little Reylena. At 19, Kade won the Limited Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge on A Little Reylena and placed sixth in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro. They made Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, South Point Winter Championship, Brazos Bash, Breeders Invitational, El Rancho and more. Greg Smith made Open finals on the mare at Idaho and Utah.

A Little Reylena’s first money earner was the 2010 mare Four Eyed Cat, by Hydrive Cat, who took Kade to Non-Pro finals at Abilene,  and Arbuckle Mountain, earning $24,986.

The mare’s 2011 crop included Hay U (Third Cutting) and Lottery Ticket (Hydrive Cat). Hay U has made $186,268 with Kade winning limited age events at Calgary, Idaho and the Canadian Supreme, and making finals at the NCHA Classic Challenge, Super Stakes Classic and a string of other shows, and winning the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Series at Idaho.

Greg Smith has shown Lottery Ticket in Open company, winning back-to-back aged events at Calgary and earning $57,310.

Jaime Snider, Greg’s son-in-law, was an Open NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes finalist on Rey To Sly, A Little Reylena’s 2012 foal by That Sly Cat. Rey To Sly has earned $85,164.

A Little Royal Rey is a 2013 mare by One Time Royalty out of A Little Reylena that Christina Cox has earned $34,577 with, including a sixth-place finish in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Kade Smith was also a Non-Pro semi-finalist at the 2017 NCHA on Rey Some Sugar On Me, by freshman sire Kit Kat Sugar out of A Little Reylena.

Dual Reyish wins 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Championship

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

Dual Reyish, by first-time sire Hottish, scored 228 points on Sunday, December 10 in Fort Worth, to win the 2017 NCHA Open Futurity and $192,672. It was the second NCHA Futurity win for his rider, Austin Shepard, and the first for his owner Billy Wolf, of Whitesboro, Tex., as well as for his breeder, Greg Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex.

Austin Shepard won the 2007 NCHA Futurity on High Brow CD LTE $502,202, and was reserve champion in 2016 on Sir Long Legs LTE $271,872. Shepard also won his second NCHA Open World Championship earlier this month riding Deluxe Checks $279,235, by Im Countin Checks. His first World Champion was Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465. In addition, Shepard also tied for 12/13 place in the 2017 NCHA Futurity on CR Dualin Tuff, sired by Woody Be Tuff and owned by Center Ranch.

The Animal, a full brother to 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi, scored 225.5 points for reserve and $169,404. The Animal and Ichis My Choice LTE $339,438 were both bred by EE Ranches. This was the second NCHA Futurity Reserve title for The Animal’s rider, Lee Francois, who was reserve in 2008 on Smart Kitty RG LTE $211,383; it was the first Futurity title for The Animal’s owners, Richard and Beth Carney, Kemp, Tex.

Special Nu Boon, sired by Boon Too Suen, placed third with 224 points under Michael Cooper and earned $126,134 for his owner Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Special Nu Boon also claimed the title of 2017 NCHA Futurity Champion Gelding. Michael Cooper also tied for 16/17 place on Judgement Day, owned by Rose Valley Ranch.

CR Smart Boots, also sired by Boon Too Suen, had already earned more than $19,000 at the 2017 NCHA Futurity, before he placed fourth with Ty Brown in the Open Finals to earn $111,292. Earlier in the 22-day show the sorrel gelding had placed third with Brown in the Open Limited Finals, and was a Non-Pro Semi-Finalist with his owner Bridey Greeson of Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex.

Just Getting Started, sired by Hottish and shown by Jody Galyean, placed fifth with 220 points to earn $100,660. The sorrel gelding is owned by Lloyd and Christina Cox, Marrietta, Okla. Lloyd Cox won the 2010 NCHA Futurity with the event’s record high score of 230 points on One Time Royalty LTE $442,674. This was the eighteenth NCHA Futurity Open Finals for Jody Galyean, Christina Cox’s father, who won the 1986 NCHA Futurity on Royal Silver King.

Complete results from the 2017 NCHA Open Futurity go to nchacutting.com.

NCHA Futurity Sales strong from beginning to end

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Sunday’s high seller Miss Meow at $190,000, photo by Jim Arnold

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales ended as strongly as they began, as 73 horses sold for $1,949,100 and an average of $26,700, on Sunday, December 10, in the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale. Over all the seven sales averaged $24,684, with 84% sales completed compared to 79% in 2016.

The sale topper, Miss Meow LTE $194,781, brought $190,000 from SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Consigned by Tommy Manion, Inc., the 5-year-old High Brow Cat daughter is a full sister to 2005 NCHA Horse of the Year and leading sire Smooth As A Cat LTE 501,874, out of Shes Pretty Smooth LTE $75,526, dam of the earners of $1,265,749.

Other highlights from the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale included Rey To Sly LTE $85,164, who sold to Holmes and Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., for $95,000. The 5-year-old daughter of That Sly Cat was consigned by Shadow Oak Ranch and is out of the Dual Rey daughter A Little Reylena LTE $126,058, the dam of six money earners, including Hay U $182,631, by Third Cutting.

Cat Stevens LTE $92,674, consigned by Faith Mountain Ranch, sold for $75,000 to Mel Smith, Dunnihan, Calif. The 7-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat is out $207,972 producer Shesa A Stylish Babe LTE $147,133, by Docs Stylish Oak.

Superey LTE $48,621, consigned by the Glover GalyeanPartnership and purchased by Von Sutten, Weatherford, Tex., was the day’s high-selling gelding at $51,000. A 4-year-old sired by Dual Rey and in training with Wesley Galyean, Superey is out of Highbrow Supercat LTE $366,230, the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion and a leading producer of the earners of $1,282,638.

Moooy Bueno LTE $111,036, a 6-year-old gelding sired by Cats Moonshine, brought $50,000 from Lynda Ross, Acampo, Calif. Consigned by Dacole Investment Company, Moooy Bueno is out of Tangy Moo Cha Cha, by Tangys Classy Peppy.

Also selling at $50,000 was Reyhanna LTE $147,787. Consigned by John Kennedy/Beaver Creek Ranch, the 2009 daughter of Dual Rey was purchased by Fortalesa De Santa Terezinna, Agricultuae Pecuaria.

For the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales online catalog and daily results, as well as information on upcoming sales: www.westernbloodstock.com