Peeptos Cat wins $25,000 Novice championship and Mike Woods tops $2 million

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

On Sunday, June 23, Peeptos Cat scored 221.5 points to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, $25,000 Novice championship under Mike Wood, who also showed reserve champion Little Jackson Cat, with a score of 221. Gettin Hott In Here placed third with 219 points under Ryan Moore.

Peeptos Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Ted Petit Photography.

Peeptos Cat LTE $103,990, an 8-year-old Cat Ichi daughter out of Little Bow Peepto, by Peptoboonsmal, was bred by Peter and Nora Stent and is owned by Christine King, Scottsdale, Ariz. As an Open limited-age event finalist, Peeptos Cat was reserve champion of the 2015 Southern Futurity, as well as of the 2017 Bonanza 5/6 Classic, under Matt Gaines. She was also reserve champion of the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic with Alexa Stent.

Christine King, Peeptos Cat’s owner and the NCHA earner of $296,087, was reserve champion of the NCHA Western Nationals $5,000 Non-Pro Novice Finals in 2016, riding TR Misty Smooth. Last year, she placed fourth in the NCHA World Championship $5,000 Non-Pro Novice on Metallicsfirstchoice, the horse she also showed as 2017 Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Amateur champion.

Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Ted Petit Photography.

Little Jackson Cat LTE $220,298, a 9-year-old High Brow Cat daughter out of Rey To Play, by Dual Rey, was bred by Kenneth Jackson and is owned by Dawn Chapman, Chandler, Ariz. Little Jackson Cat began a successful limited age event career as 2013 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion, and last year won the NCHA World Championship $25,000 Novice Finals for the second consecutive time, placing first in the $25,000 Novice World standings.

Owner Dawn Chapman, the NCHA earner of $258,082, also showed Little Jackson Cat to place third in last year’s $25,000 Non-Pro Novice World Finals.

Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood topped the $2,000,000 NCHA earnings’ mark in Sunday’s $25,000 Novice Finals, where, in addition to Peeptos Cat, who won $4,175, and Little Jackson Cat, with $3,436, he also earned $1,311 for a 12th-place finish on Candy Girl, sired by Sly Cat and owned by Sandero Ranch Ltd., Lac La Biche, Alberta.

Gettin Hott In Here LTE $18,067, a 5-year-old Hottish son out of Black Lace Cat, by High Brow Cat, was bred by Beechfork Ranch and is owned by Ryan Moore, who purchased him for $4,000 as a yearling, during the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Last year, Moore, the NCHA earner of $279,240, showed Gettin Hott In Here to place as Open Limited reserve champion of the 2018 Southern Futurity. And earlier this year, the pair placed third and seventh, respectively, in the NCHA Eastern National Championships $5,000 Novice and $25,000 Novice Finals.

Gettin Hott In Here also qualifed for Monday’s $5,000 Novice finals, ranking fifth with a 218 behind Ben Roberson’s 220 on Laneys Gotta Player, owned by Kandace Stone.

Moore also showed Catareycious, sired by Halreycious and owned by Larry Grimes, Thayer, Okla., to tie 13/14 with 214.5 points, in Sunday’s $25,000 Novice Finals.

NCHA Western Nationals Youth Champions

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

The NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, concluded the first day of its eight-day venue with the Junior and Senior Youth Finals, on Saturday, June 22.

Colt Moore on Badazz Cat. Ted Petit Photography.

Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth champion on Catscratch Fever, made a clean sweep of the NCHA Senior Youth Nationals with a 221-point championship win on Saturday, riding 6-year-old Badazz Cat, owned by Rick Croft, Cherokee, Okla. Last year, Croft showed the High Brow Cat son to place ninth in the finals of the NCHA Western $50,000 Amateur division.

Moore, the NCHA earner of $97,230, claimed his first Youth title at eight, as NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year, and continues a family legacy. His father, trainer Casey Moore, won the NCHA National Finals Senior Youth National championship in 1990, before the event was split into the Eastern and Western Nationals.

McKenzie McBride on Indian Clay. Ted Petit Photography.

McKenzie McBride, Fort Lupton, Colo., scored 219.5 points to claim the Western Nationals reserve championship aboard the 10-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep son Indian Clay, who she showed to win last year’s Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur championship. McBride also won the Denver Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals in 2017 riding RM Lightning Merada.

Third-placed finalist Mattie Marie Dukes, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points on Saturday riding Dr Cuzin, by Dual Rey, owned by Tom and Sarita Murrell, Elm Grove, La. Last year, Dukes placed third in the NCHA Eastern Nationals riding One Time Player.

Fifteen-year-old Dr Cuzin, winner in 2015 of the NCHA World Finals $15,000 Amateur championship with Tom Murrell, is an NCHA Nationals veteran who has carried three National Youth finalists and has also competed in 11 NCHA Nationals divisions between 2016 and 2019. On Saturday, before the NCHA Western Senior Youth Finals, he carried Aden Bernhagen, as winner of the Junior Youth championship. His performance in Saturday’s Senior Youth Finals, marked the gelding’s fourth run of the day.

Aden Bernhagen on Dr Cuzin. Ted Petit Photography.

Aden Bernhagen, Corsicana, Tex., scored 217 points to win the NCHA Western Nationals Junior Youth championship aboard Dr Cuzin. Previously, Aden had shown Dr Cuzin to place sixth in this year’s Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Finals, as well as fourth in the Eastern $2,000 Limited Rider Finals.

Kate Roberson on Sassi N Smooth. Ted Petit Photography.

Kate Roberson, Mineral Wells, Tex., scored 214.5 points on Sassi N Smooth, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Scott Skinkis, Brillion, Wisc., to claim her second consecutive NCHA Western Junior Youth reserve championship. Last year, Kate was reserve champion on Catmerize, and the year before placed ninth with Smart Olee Smoke.

Alexis Bylo, Sullivan, Mo., scored 213 points on 10-year-old Pretty Bo Catt to place third in the Junior Youth. Andy Bylo, Alexis’s father, showed Pretty Bo Catt, by Sophisticated Cat, to placed eighth in this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals, and last year was an Eastern and Western Nationals finalist on the mare in the $35,000 Non-Pro and the Non-Pro Novice divisions.

Taliate tallies 230-point win

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Taliate, shown by Casey Green for Shannon Lamb, Lake Kiowa, Tex., claimed the PCCHA Core Balance Derby Classic-Challenge championship and $11,000 with an unassailable 230 points. Reyning Cats, under Russ Westfall for Jerry and Suzanne Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., scored 227 for the reserve championship, while Ruby Rita and Grant Setnicka took third with 223 points for Robert Thigpen Jr., Chilton, Tex.

Taliate LTE $184,054, a 5-year-old gelding sired by Metallic Cat and bred by Linda Holmes, is the first performer out of Reytaliate, a half-sister to Little Jackson Cat LTE $220,298. Green first showed Taliate to place seventh in the 2017 NCHA Futurity. Earlier this year, Taliate won the Cattlemen’s Classic Challenge to earn his first working championship.

Six-year-old Reyning Cats LTE $108,204, bred by Jimmy Kemp, earned her richest individual check as seventh-placed finalist with Westfall in the 2017 NCHA Derby. Most recently, the Dual Rey daughter placed fourth in the 2019 Augusta Classic/Challenge Open Finals.

Ruby Rita LTE $75,306, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter bred by owner Robert Thigpen, is a full sister to 4-year-old Metallic Rita LTE $41,747, who Thigpen showed to win the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur championship. The pair also placed as finalists in the NCHA Futurity Amateur, and Setnicka showed her to place in the Abilene Spectacular.

Setnicka also showed PCCHA Derby Classic Challenge high-scoring qualifier (449 points) Reysin Kittens to place fourth in the Finals with 220.5 points. Six-year-old Reysin Kittens LTE $233,481, sired by Dual Rey and bred and owned by Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., won the 2017 PCCHA Derby Open with Jaime Snider, as well as the 2018 PCCHA Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited with Bonnie Martin. Earlier this year, Martin and Reysin Kittens won the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur Limited.

The PCCHA Core Balance Derby in Las Vegas continues through Sunday, June 16. Check schedule and results here.

So far, so good

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

As the 2019 NCHA Limited Age event year nears midpoint and breeding season nears its end, the 2019 sire statistics, thus far, merit consideration. Metallic Cat, at 14, the youngest living stallion on the Top 10 list of All-Time Leading NCHA Sires, leads 2019 standings by a wide margin – $1,003,806 to Kit Kat Sugar’s $642,153, for second-place among sires of 4-year-olds, and $1,070,508 to Dual Rey’s $454,230, for second-place among sires of 5/6-year-olds. Thirteen stallions, however, share the limelight with Metallic Cat, so far, in 2019.

Ranked #2 and #3, respectively, among top sires of 4-year-old earners in 2019, Kit Kat Sugar and Dual Smart Rey out-rank all-time leading sires High Brow Cat (#4), and Dual Rey (#5), in this field. Kit Kat Sugar’s 4-year-old competitors include Sugrspiznevrthingniz (2019 earnings: $147,141), reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Open Super Stakes. Sugrspiznevrthingniz is second among leading 2019 limited age event money earners to #1 ranked Sueper Trouper ($149,359), by Dual Smart Rey. In addition to Sueper Trouper, Non-Pro champion of the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes, Dual Smart Rey is also represented among 2019 leading sires by NCHA Super Stakes Open champion Hiss N Vinegar ($99,251); Super Stakes Classic Open champion Rollz Royce ($52,868); and Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion Carolena Reyn ($33,471).

Metallic Cat’s top 2019 earner is Metallic Curveball (2019 earnings: $103,188), who placed third in the NCHA Super Stakes and claimed first in the Super Stakes Novice and Open Gelding divisions. High Brow Cat, NCHA’s All-Time Leading Sire, with lifetime offspring earnings of over $78 million, and 2019 offspring earnings of $741,679, counts 4-year-olds The Cat Doctress ($59,250), Brite Lil Kitty ($45,281), and The Red Mamba ($37,987), as his top 2019 earners.

Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 All-Time Leading Sire, with offspring earnings of $38,735,811, passed away during last year’s breeding season, at the age of 24. His top performers of 2019 include 2018 NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee, with $89,931 in 2019 earnings and a lifetime total of $272,992.  

Ranked #5 among All-Time Leading NCHA Sires with $25 million in offspring earnings, 20-year-old Smooth As A Cat is sixth among 2019 sires, with offspring earnings of $500,457. Four-year-old Smoothest Ride (2019 earnings: $47,030), Bonanza Non-Pro reserve champion and sixth-placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals, is his top 2019 earner.

Hottish and Kit Kat Sugar, at 11 years, are the youngest leadings sires of 2019; they also count among seven stallions that appear on the Top 10 list of leading 4-year-old sires, as well as on the Top 10 list of leading 5/6-year-old sires. Hottish ranks seventh overall among sires of 2019, with offspring earnings $474,652 for the year.

Woody Be Tuff (#6 with $295,986), Once In A Blu Boon (#9 with $197,476), and Bamacat (#10 with $183,591), also rank among 2019’s Top 10 sires of 4-year-olds; while High Brow CD (#5 with $282,217), Bet Hesa Cat (#6 with $256,385), and Spots Hot (#7 with $237,611) rank among the 2019’s Top 10 sires of 5/6-year-olds.

Leading Sires of NCHA 4-year-olds 6/4/2019
1METALLIC CAT$1,003,806
2KIT KAT SUGAR$642,153
4HIGH BROW CAT$440,966
5DUAL REY$400,032
6WOODY BE TUFF$295,986
8SMOOTH AS A CAT$201,560

Leading Sires of NCHA 5 & 6-year-olds 6/4/2019
1METALLIC CAT$1,070,508
2DUAL REY$454,230
3HIGH BROW CAT$300,713
4SMOOTH AS A CAT$298,898
5HIGH BROW CD$282,217
6BET HESA CAT$256,385
7SPOTS HOT$237,611
10KIT KAT SUGAR$109,566

Slooow Ride on fast track with Cox

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Slooow Ride, shown by Lloyd Cox for Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Derby championship and $53,309 on Saturday, the final day of competition, with 225 points in a tie-breaking workoff with NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee, shown by Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex. The two horses tied with 224 points in the 24-horse finals; Crey Zee scored 222 points to Slooow Ride’s 225 in the workoff.

The Breeders Invitational championship marked the first major win for Slooow Ride, a Metallic Cat son and half-brother to 2004 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 2019 Top 10 sire Spots Hot.

Bred by Alvin Fults, Slooow Ride LTE $91,688 is out of the Shorty Lena daughter Sweet Shorty Lena, dam of earners of over $1.3 million. Earlier this year, Slooow Ride was an Open finalist in the Ike Hamilton Derby and the Cattlemen’s Derby under Adan Banuelos, and also placed with Pat Taylor in the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Unlimited Finals.

The Breeders Invitational counted as Crey Zee’s second reserve championship in 2019. The NCHA Futurity champion, sired by Dual Rey, won the 2019 Ike Hamilton Derby and was also reserve in the Cattlemen’s Derby with Rice. Bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Crey Zee LTE $272,992 is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Eazee E LTE $211,145, a three-quarter sister, by Smooth As A Cat, to Smooth Asa Zee $616,978.

Sugrspiznevrthingniz LTE $156,114, owned by Jim Vangilder, scored 222 points under Matt Gaines to claim third place in the Breeders Invitational Derby. The Kit Kat Sugar daughter has also claimed three major 2019 Open reserve championships: the NCHA Super Stakes; the Arbuckle Mountain Derby; and the Bonanza Derby.

For complete results in all divisions go to Breeders Invitational

Breeders Invitational in full swing

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

The 2019 Breeders Invitational, in Tulsa, Okla., which began on May 11, moves into its second week of competition on Sunday, May 19, with the first day of 4-year-old Open go-rounds. Following is a breakdown of the 5/6 Classic/Challenge competition, which concluded on Saturday, May 18, with Non-Pro Limited, as well as Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Classic/Challenge Open Finals
Im Quintan Checks, shown by John Sanislow, won the Classic/Challenge champion title and $21,377 with 222 points, in a tie-breaking workoff, after he and Hott Heels, ridden by Lloyd Cox, tied with 225 points. Crafty With Cows, under R.L. Chartier, scored 224 points for third.

Five-year-old gelding Im Quintan Checks LTE $133,887 was bred by Circle Y Ranch, owner of his sire, Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642, as well as his dam, Quintan Blue LTE $594,637, producer of earners of over $1.1 million. Quintan Blue won the 2007 Breeders Invitational Classic/Challenge Open under Roger Wagner, and Im Countin Checks was reserve champion of the 2006 Breeders Invitational Open with Matt Gaines.

The Breeders Invitational represents 5-year-old Im Quintan Checks’ first limited age event finals in 2019. He was a finalist in five major events in 2018, including a fourth-place finish in the NCHA Super Stakes. He was also a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity.

Five-year-old gelding Hott Heels LTE $72,846, by Hottish, was bred by Jackie Davidson out of Miss Peptonstilettos LTE $84,809,  and is owned by Julie Jarma, who showed him to place in Friday’s Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals.

Crafty With Cows LTE $383,168, by High Brow CD, was shown by R.L. Chartier for Carol Ward, who is also the 6-year-old gelding’s breeder. Crafty With Cows launched his career under Chartier, when he placed third in the 2016 NCHA Futurity.

Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals
Elizabeth Quirk scored 222 points to win the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Finals on Catillac Reys LTE $154,755, by Metallic Cat, while Jessica Pounds scored 219 points for the reserve champion title, riding Etch N Sketch LTE $47,930, by Kit Kat Sugar. Greg Coalson, NCHA Non-Pro earner of over $1.8 million, placed third with 218 points on Juana Bet LTE $46,995, by Bet Hesa Cat.

Bred by Michelle Cannon, 5-year-old Catillac Reys is a full brother, out of Tootsie Rey LTE $200,876, to Chrome Catillac LTE $100,193. Adan Banuelos, who showed Catillac Reys as reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Derby, also showed the gelding as a finalist in this week’s Classic/Challenge Open Finals.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $905,333, won the 2017 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Novice division on Holmeboy LTE $65,692, by Metallic Cat.

Five-year-old Etch N Sketch was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Jessica Pounds, who also showed the gelding as Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2018 Waco Texas Futurity. Pounds, the NCHA earner of $323,962, won the 2016 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Novice division riding Brown Bear LTE $38,665, by One Time Pepto.

Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals
Taylor Worley, the NCHA earner of $54,672 from Newkirk, Okla., won the Classic/Challenge Amateur with 219 points aboard Bliztkat LTE $88,795, by Metallic Cat. Worley was reserve champion of the 2018 Breeders Invitational riding My Pinky Promise LTE $8,814, by High Brow CD.

Tina Lattanzio, San Clemente, Calif., the NCHA earner of $32,451, scored 218 points to tie with Jack Kelly for reserve. Lattanzio was riding Smooth Movez LTE $31,721, by Im Countin Checks, while Kelly, Weatherford, Tex., the earner of $86,127, was aboard Sugar Wrush LTE $32,780, by Gold Wrush.

Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited Finals
Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., won the Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited Finals with 225 points. Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., and Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, placed second and third, with 219.5 and 219 points, respectively.

Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $284,897, was aboard the High Brow CD gelding High Stylin CD LTE $184,630, who Pattillo also showed as 2018 Breeders Invitational Classic/Challenge Amateur champion. Earlier this year, Pattillo and his gelding won the Bonanza Classic Non-Pro championship and took reserve in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited.

Stacie McDavid, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,057,065, showed DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $161,395, a 6-year-old daughter of WR This Cats Smart. McDavid and DMAC Piccolo Pete also were reserve champions of the 2018 Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited.

Reyly Plendl, the NCHA earner of $212,885, was aboard 6-year-old Mr Metallic Rey LTE $148,883, by Metallic Cat. Plendl showed the gelding earlier this year as reserve champion of the Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Classic/Challenge and champion of the Cattlemen’s Classic/Challenge Amateur Unlimited.

NCHA Super Stakes record for Dual Smart Rey

Monday, May 6th, 2019
Hiss N Vinegar helped give Dual Smart Rey a unique record
at the 2019 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes. Ted Petit Photography.

With the conclusion of the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes in April, Dual Smart Rey became the only stallion in the 39-year history of the NCHA Super Stakes to sire Open and Non-Pro champions in both age divisions of the event, in the same year. Only High Brow Cat has come close, with Classic Open and Non-Pro champions Dont Look Twice and Pantera Cat, as well as Non-Pro champion ARC Catmando, in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes.

Dual Smart Rey, the #4 leading sire of cutting horse earners in 2019, as well as Open champion of the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes, was represented in the 2019 Super Stakes by 4-Year-Old Open champion Hiss N Vinegar;  4-Year-Old Non-Pro co-champion Sueper Trouper; 5/6-Year-Old Open champion Rollz Royce; and 5/6-Year-Old Open champion Carolena Reyn.

In addition to his stand-alone record as a Super Stakes sire, Dual Smart Rey is one of only six stallions in 49 years to have sired an NCHA Futurity Open champion; an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion; and an NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity champion (Dual Smart Kitty, 2013 NCHA Futurity Open champion; Stuffin My Pockets, 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion; and Duals Lucky Charm, 2016 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity champion). The other five stallions in this elite company include Doc Bar, Peppy San Badger, Smart Little Lena, Dual Rey, and One Time Pepto.

Dual Smart Rey, by Dual Rey out of The Smart Look, is owned by Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, Tex., and stands at Brazos Valley Stallion Station, Stephenville, Tex.