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Sweet Lil Prime Time for PCCHA Futurity

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

A heady roster of limited age divisions worth a total of more than $647,000 drew contestants nationwide to Las Vegas’s South Point Equestrian Arena, for the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity on October 4 through 13. The Futurity Open Finals, with a total of $154,865, offered the richest rewards and Texas owners, with seven of the 14 finalists, reaped the benefits.

Owners Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., dominated the 3-Year-Old Futurity Open Finals with Sweet Lil Prime Time and Metallic Legacy, the champion and reserve champion, respectively, and Little Swiss Rey, who split 10/11 in the 14-horse field.

Phil Hanson.

Durant-bred Sweet Lil Prime Time, by Sweet Lil Pepto out of Prime Time Kat, by High Brow Cat, scored 222 points for his $25,000 win under Phil Hanson, while Metallic Legacy, sired by Metallic Cat and purchased by the Durants at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, scored 218.5 points to earn $22,500 with Gary Gonsalves. Third-placed Haldou Do, sired by Halreycious, owned by Hanson Revocable Trust, Weatherford, Tex., and shown by Phil Hanson, earned $19,000. Hanson also showed Little Swiss Rey, and rode Roan To Da Bone for the Durants in the 4-Year-Old Derby Finals (8/9).

Rollz Royce LTE $158,604, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., scored 225 points with Beau Galyean to win the Derby Open championship and $14,000. Matt Miller and Megan Miller-owned Carolena Reyn LTE $189,855, also sired by Dual Smart Rey, claimed the reserve championship and $12,000 with 221.5 points under Matt Miller; and Taliate $160,787, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Casey Green, placed third with 218.5 points for Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. Green also split 5/7 in the Derby riding Rey Luis, by Dual Smart Rey, for Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.

In addition to his Derby win aboard Rollz Royce, Beau Galyean placed (10th) in the Derby on his own horse, Desiresomettalic, by Metallic Cat, and placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Classic with Rose Colored Rey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Ellen Carter, Teton Village, Wyo., and Bet Yer Metallic, by Metallic Cat, owned by Jeffrey Neidhart, Farmington, NM.

Six-year-old Metallic Cat daughter Cromed Out Cat, LTE $238,770, the 2016 PCCHA 4-Year-Old champion and 2017 Classic reserve champion, won the Classic Open with 228 points under T.J. Good for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Five-year-old Second Spot LTE $333,912, by Spots Hot, scored 224 points with Lloyd Cox to claim reserve for Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., while Stylish Look Bella LTE $172,140, by Dual Smart Rey, placed third with 220.5 points under Morgan Cromer, for Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, Santa Maria, Calif.

T.J. Good also placed tenth in the Classic riding 5-year-old Tricked Ya, by Smooth As A Cat, for Bitterroot Ranch, Las Vegas, Nev , and was fourth in the Derby aboard Beechfork-owned Candi Cat, by High Brow Cat, as well as ninth in the Futurity with Stunner Cat, by Metallic Cat, for JLC Performance Horses, Marietta, Okla.

For complete results go to 2018 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity

Dont (never) Stopp Believin

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Phil Rapp

Phil Rapp.

Dont Stopp Believin pulled out all the stops to win both the Open and the Non-Pro Finals of the 2018 All American Quarter Horse Congress Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting with matching scores of 226 points. Owned and shown by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., the 7-year-old stallion, sired by Dual Rey out 2011 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice $824,546, sailed well past $400,000 in earnings with a winnings total of $21,369 from the Congress Mercuria event.

Hashtags, the 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, who is leading the 2018 NCHA World standings under Tatum Rice for Hashtag Ventures LP, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points to earn $8,343, as Open reserve champion, while 6-year-old Ettafied, by High Brow CD, shown by Gabe Reynolds for Shaun O’Hearn, placed third with 214 points.

Mary Ann Rapp.

Phil Rapp, current president of NCHA, is cutting’s all-time leading money earner with $9,136,543. Mary Ann Rapp, with earnings of $4,602,271, is NCHA’s all-time leading woman and leading Non-Pro money earner. Together they have earned an all-time total of $13,738,814.

Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., claimed the reserve championship in the Non-Pro Finals with 221 points aboard 10-year-old Sweet Reyvenge, by Reys Dual Badger. Middleton, an NCHA Hall of Fame Inductee, has won two of her four Mercuria championships riding Sweet Reyvenge $178,074.

Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Tex, took third in the Non-Pro with 220 points on 12-year-old Little Pepto Cat, by High Brow Cat. Milner, with a record eight NCHA World Championships, won her first Mercuria event in 2014 with Smooth Asa Zee at the Clagary Stampede. Little Pepto Cat was 2017 NCHA World Champion Open Gelding.

Brazos Bash Non-Pro champions

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Kylie Rice.

The 2018 Brazos Bash concluded this weekend with finals in the 4-year-old and the 5/6-year-old non-pro and amateur divisions. Kylie Knight Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points to win the Non-Pro Derby on Fadie Lou, by Woody Be Tuff, while Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., and Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat, claimed the Non-Pro Classic with 219 points.

Kylie Rice, lifetime earner of $482,850 and NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion in 2017, first showed Fadie Lou as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist. This year the pair placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational; claimed third-place at Idaho, as well at the El Rancho Futurity; and earned $11,227 as finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes. Including her Brazos winnings, Fadie Lou has current earnings of $69,336.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Riders Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., finished second and third in the Non-Pro Derby with 218.5 and 217.5 points, respectively. Payne, 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion and career earner of $510,256, won the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro 3-Year-Old division on her 2018 mount, Peaceful EZ Feelin. This year Payne and the Lizzys Gotta Player daughter also placed (5th) in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro and third in the Cattlemen’s Derby.

Elizabeth Quirk, NCHA earner of $787,385, and her Metallic Cat gelding Catillac Reys built on a successful season, which began at the Abilene Spectacular, where Quirk was eighth in the Non-Pro Finals and Adan Banuelos placed in the Open. Banuelos and Catillac Reys also claimed reserve in the NCHA Derby Open and third in the Bonanza, while Quirk and the gelding earned reserve at the Ike Hamilton Futurity and El Rancho.

In addition to showing Catillac Reys in the Brazos Bash Derby Non-Pro, Quirk also placed third in the Classic with B Nimble, by Dual Smart Rey, and was a finalist on Holmeboy, by Metallic Cat.

Alexa Stent, NCHA earner of $384,852, and her homebred gelding Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat, gained the finals of seven major events prior to their Brazos Bash championship, with a win in the Non-Pro Cutting and reserve championships in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and in the Bonanza. They also won the Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Intermediate.

Stent also showed Peepaboo, by Docs Stylish Oak, to place seventh in the Classic. Peepaboo’s maternal granddam, Bowmans Little Jewel, is also Bowmerang’s dam.

Kathleen Moore, NCHA earner of $507,110, scored 218 points for the Classic reserve championship riding The Golden Shot, by WR This Cats Smart. The pair had previously, this year, scored reserve in West Texas Futurity Classic Non-Pro, and were finalists in both the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge.

For complete results for all divisions of the 2018 Brazos Bash go to brazosbash.com.

Dual Pep – 1985-2018

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Dual Pep, one of cutting’s most influential sires, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, at the age of 33. He had been in good health until his last day, and at the end his good friend Winston Hansma was there with him, “as he peacefully left this earth.”

Photo by John Brasseaux

Year after year, for more than two decades, Dual Pep offspring dominated the cutting charts, as do the offspring of his sons and daughters, today. On Sunday, September 23, Dual Pep’s daughter, Tears From Heaven, won the 2018 Brash Bash, making Dual Pep the oldest living sire ever to have a major cutting futurity champion. In addition, Stunner Cat and CDs Kual Gun, whose maternal granddams were sired by Dual Pep, placed second and third in the same event.

Bred by Nic-A-Lode Farms of Boise, Idaho, and sired by Peppy San Badger out of Miss Dual Doc, by Doc’s Remedy, Dual Pep claimed the open reserve championship of the 1989 Memphis Futurity for then owner Reidy Land & Cattle Company. Not long after that, Bobby Pidgeon, a beverage distributor from Memphis, Tenn., purchased him as a non-pro mount for himself, as well as for an open mount with Pat Earnheart. By the end of his show career, at six, Dual Pep’s official NCHA earnings stood at $302,054.

In 1991, Bobby Pidgeon established Bar H Ranche, Weatherford, Tex., as a training and breeding facility and hired Winston Hansma as manager and trainer. Dual Pep’s first crop of foals, born in 1991, included Smokin Dually, bred by Pidgeon’s Dogwwod Farms, trained by Hansma, and shown by Hansma and Pidgeon to earn $314,705. Olena Dually, also bred by Pidgeon and from Dual Pep’s first crop, was shown in the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open finals by Paul Hansma, who had joined his brother at Bar H Ranche. Olena Dually would go on to win acclaim for non-pro competitor Charles Spence and to earn $289,133.

Dual Pep’s leading money earner, and an all-time leading earner, with $812,942, was Dual Rey Me. Foaled in 1999 and shown by Jeremy Barwick, Dual Rey Me topped the NCHA Open World Championship standings in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

With offspring earnings of $24,032,926, Dual Pep ranks fifth on the roster of all-time leading sires and is the only stallion among the top five with a son on the list – Dual Rey, with offspring earnings of $36,790,588, who died earlier this year.

Brazos Bash Open Championships

Monday, September 24th, 2018

It was payday for Brazos Bash Open finalists on Sunday and Monday at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex. Tears From Heaven earned 222 points under Michael Cooper on Sunday to score the championship and $20,000 for Rose Valley Ranch, while PG Heavily Armed and James Payne marked 227 points on Monday to earn $20,000 for Michael and Beverly Armstrong, along with the Classic championship.

Also on Monday, Cool N Hot, under Kobie Wood for Paula Wood, and Rollz Royce, with Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, tied for the Derby win with 225 points and $19,000 apiece.

Micael Cooper

Dual Pep daughter Tears From Heaven was reserve champion of the West Texas Futurity Open, as well as a Cotton Stakes finalist under Matt Miller. She is a half-sister to Suen You Will See LTE $163,778. In addition to Tears From Heaven, Michael Cooper also showed Judgement Day LTE $117,037, by High Brow Cat, as a finalist for Rose Valley Ranch in the Brazos Bash Derby, and Ripping Ichi LTE $152,401, by Cat Ichi, as a finalist in the Brazos Bash Classic for E.J. and Audrey Huntley.

Futurity Open reserve champion and third-place awards went to Stunner Cat, by Metallic Cat, and CDs Kual Gun, by High Brow CD, with 217 and 215.5 points, respectively. Stunner Gun, shown by T.J. Good for JLC Performance Horses, previously placed as a finalist in the Idaho Futurity. CDs Kual Gun, owned by Jim Vangilder and shown by Matt Gaines, won the Idaho Futurity and was reserve champion of the El Rancho Futurity.

Kobie Wood.

Cool N Hot, leader in 2018 NCHA earnings, with $230,957 , strengthened his bid for the title of 2018 NCHA Horse of the Year with his Brazos Bash co-championship. The Hottish son, bred by Paula Wood, won the NCHA Super Stakes Open with Kobie Wood, and claimed the Bonanza Open and Non-Pro championships with Kobie and Paula, respectively. He also won the Open division of The Open & Non-Pro Cutting this summer with Sean Flynn on board. He has career earnibgs of $266,520.

Beau Galyean

Rollz Royce LTE $144,604, a Dual Smart Rey son shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, won the West Texas Derby Open with Galyean, as well as reserve championships in the NCHA Super Stakes, Ike Hamilton Derby, and Cattlemen’s Derby. In addition to showing Rollz Royce, Beau Galyean was also a Brazos Bash Classic finalist riding Bet Yer Metallic, by Metallic Cat, for Jeff Neidhart.

One Alley Cat LTE $94,083, third-placed in the Brazos Bash Derby with 221 points under Cullen Chartier, won the Abilene Spectacular Open early this year with Chartier, and also placed third in the Cotton Stakes Open. The High Brow Cat son also carried owner Hilary Watson to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited.

James Payne

PG Heavily Armed LTE $218,507 has been shown throughout his career by James Payne, for Michael and Brenda Armstrong. The six-year-old Playgun son also won this year’s NCHA Classic Challenge and was a finalist in the Super Stakes Classic. James Payne also showed The Golden Shot, sired by WR This Cats Smart, and Hot Revolver, by Spots Hot, as finalists in the Brazos Bash Derby for owner Kathleen Moore.

Brazos Bash Classic Open reserve and third-place awards went to CR Gotcha Covered and Second Spot, with 223.5 and 223 points, respectively. CR Gotcha Covered LTE $212,190, sired by Dualin Boon and shown by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove, has been a finalist in seven limited age events, including the Non-Pro Open, where he claimed the reserve championsip.

Second Spot LTE $321,912, by Spots Hot, won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open with Matt Gaines and is shown for owners Gary and Shannon Barker by Lloyd Cox. Her seven other Open limited age event finals with Cox include the West Txeas Futurity Classic, where she was reserve champion.

It was Reyning Cats in Mercuria El Rancho Open

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Reyning Cats, ridden by Russ Westfall. Ted Petit photo.

Reyning Cats, shown by Russ Westfall for Jerry and Suzanne Rava, took the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting El Rancho Open by storm with a 225-point win in the six-horse finals.  Hashtags, under Tatum Rice for Hashtags Ventures, scored 216 points for second, and Some Kinda Highbrow, owned by Michelle LeMaster and shown by Gavin Jordan, placed third with 208 points.

Reyning Cats, a 5-year-old daughter of Dual Rey, claimed her second-richest check ($12,780) with the El Rancho Mercuria win, while her Idaho Classic Open reserve championship tops her 2018 limited age event performances. In 2017, Reyning Cats and Westfall placed third in the El Rancho 4-Year-Old Open, and her seventh-place finish in the 2017 NCHA Derby Open ranks as her most lucrative ($20,635) performance.

Westfall, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $3,129,451, won the 2011 NCHA El Rancho Mercuria Open on Lil Bit Reckless, by CD Royal, and won the 2016 El Rancho Futurity on Bobs Smart Badger, by Reys Dual Badger.

Hashtags, a 5-year-old stallion sired by Metallic Cat, is leading the race for the 2018 NCHA World Championship and is the top 2018 money earner of his crop. His earnings this week as El Rancho Classic Open champion and Mercuria reserve champion will increase his lifetime total to $434,686, making him Metallic Cat’s leading money earner.

Tatum Rice, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with $1,867,707, won last year’s El Rancho Mercuria Open championship on Eazee E, by High Brow Cat.

Bill Cowan on Billies Catty. Ted Petit photo.

Bill Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and homebred Billies Catty marked 226 to win the Non-Pro division of the El Rancho Mercuria. Suzanne Rodoni Silverberg placed second with a 222 on Whiskey Cat, while Elizabeth Quirk was third with a 216 on Cat Sheree.

Cowan, who is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, was racking up his third Mercuria of the year with Billies Catty. They were co-champions with Elizabeth Quirk and Cat Sheree in the Mercurias at both the Pacific Coast Derby and The Mane Event, earlier this year.

Billies Catty is by Catty Hawk, which Cowan showed to win the Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Futurity. The stallion is poised to break the $1 million mark for his NCHA earners, and has already surpassed that when his NRCHA earners are included.

Billies Catty is out of Little Bonnie Blue, by Mecom Blue, Limited Open reserve champ of the NCHA Futurity with Ryon Emerton, and and NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist with Cowan.

In her aged event career, Billies Catty, now seven years old, won Non-Pro championships at Breeders Invitational and Arbuckle Mountain with Bill, and at the Waco Texas Derby with his wife, Michelle.

In second at El Rancho, Whiskey Cat is an 8-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Jitters Brown. He was previously a Mercuria Open champion at last year’s Pacific Coast Derby, ridden by Russ Westfall.



Hashtags connects with another win

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Tatum Rice on Hashtags. Hart Photography.

Hashtags, leader in 2018 NCHA Open World Standings, claimed his fourth limited age win of the year on Monday with 226 points in the El Rancho Futurity. Owned by Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas, 5-year-old Hashtags, a stallion sired by Metallic Cat, was bred by Jim Haworth and is shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice.

Ichis My Choice, 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, sired by Cat Ichi, earned the reserve championship with 224 points under Grant Setnicka for J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, Weatherford, Tex. The 6-year-old Cat Ichi daughter has lifetime earnings of over $414,000.

Bet Shes Smooth, bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221.5 to place third with Lindy Burch. Sired by Smooth As A Cat, 6-year-old Bet Shes Smooth, with earnings of $122,702, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity under Burch. Her dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons, won the 2000 NCHA World Championship, as well as the 2000 and 1997 World Finals with Burch, and has produced earners of over $1.1 million, including five that have each earned $100,000 or more.

Hashtags, earner of $424,430, ranks second among Metallic Cat’s all-time money earners. Out of Dual Rey Tag, a daughter of NCHA Super Stakes champion Playin Tag, Hashtags has bankrolled more than $169,000 in the 2018 calendar year with limited age event wins at the Breeders Invitational, Bonanza, Idaho and El Rancho. In the weekend column, he scored Mercuria World Series wins at the Calgary Stampede and the Idaho Futurity, as well as reserve at the West Texas Futurity. Later this week he will also contend in the El Ranch/NCHA Mercuria Open.