Sibling rivalry in West Texas 5/6 Open Classic

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Five-year-old Badboonarising LTE $303,079, sired by Once In A Blu Boon, scored 228 points under Adan Banuelos, for Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La., to win the West Texas 5/6 Open Classic on Tuesday, August 11, in Amarillo. His 6-year-old half-brother, Rollz Royce LTE $302,496, by Dual Smart Rey, was shown by Beau Galyean, for Thomas, Guinn, Philadelphia, to claim reserve with 225 points. Both stallions are ranked among leading 5/6 money earners and  were bred by Royce Stallcup, Seymour, Tex., out of the High Brow Cat daughter Show Biz Kitty, dam of 4 NCHA money earners of $881,959.

Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $132,896, ridden by Cullen Chartier for Circle R Cutting Horses, Oclala, Fla., scored 223 points to place third. The 6-year-old Hottish-sired gelding was bred by Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Tex., out of the High Brow Cat daughter Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268, dam of 7 NCHA earners of $491,951.

Beau Galyean also placed fourth in the 16-horse finals with 222.5 points aboard Warlock LTE $108,763, owned and bred by Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex. Sired by Metallic Cat, 5-year-old gelding Warlock, is a full brother to Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, the 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Sweet Abra, dam of Metallic Rebel and Warlock, is a leading producer of the earners of over $1.6 million.

Adan Banuelos showed three other 5/6 Classic finalists, in addition to champion Badboonarising. He scored 222 points on 6-year-old Reystylin Smooth LTE $231,668, by Smooth As A Cat, to place fifth for Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La. He also scored 218 points on 6-year-old Metallic Mania LTE $37,407, by Metallic Cat, to split 7/8 for SMF Cutting Horses, Aspen, Colo., and 11/14 with 214 points aboard Catillac Reys LTE $224,826, by Metallic Cat, for Ten/27 Ranch.

The West Texas Futurity continues through Sunday, August 16. For live website and scores, as well as work orders and results go to

Sanctus claims fifth 2020 championship win

Monday, August 10th, 2020
After winning the NCHA Derby last month, Sanctus took the West Texas Derby on Monday. Seth Petit photo.

When Sanctus wins, he wins big. And the West Texas Open Derby, on August 10 in Amarillo, Tex., was no exception. Shown by Rodrigo Taboga, for Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex., Sanctus gave a 228-point performance that topped the 226 points he scored in each of three previous championship wins. The West Texas Derby win also represents his fifth this year and makes him a six-figure earner, as well as the leading 2020 earner. Including his $10,000 West Texas Open winner’s share, as well as $6,500 as reserve champion of the Open Intermediate, Sanctus is the current earner of $110,361.

Sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Isidro Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., Sanctus is a full brother to Sofies Choice Cat LTE $59,735, out of Sofie Rey LTE $148,557.

Twice In Santiago, with Adan Banuelos for Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, scored 223 points for the West Texas Derby reserve championship. The Once In A Blu Boon daughter was also reserve champion to winner Sanctus in the NCHA Derby, as well as in the Cattlemen’s Derby, and was reserve champion to Metallic Rey Mink in the 2019 NCHA Futurity.

Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Twice In Santiago LTE $240,337 (including $9,000 from the West Texas Derby) is the top money earner among cutting horse foals of 2016. Her dam, Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, by Dual Rey, has produced seven NCHA earners of $966,323, including Pedel To The Metall LTE $263,494 and Reycy Moon LTE $209,363.

Kat Play scored 222.5 points under Hayden Upton to place third and earn $8,400, in the West Texas Open Derby. The pair also won the Open Gelding Finals with 222.5 points, and placed third in the Open Intermediate Finals with 222 points. Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, Kat Play came to Amarillo with $9,534 earned primarily by Upton and owner Hal Harvey Keene, Weatherford, Tex., in the NCHA Derby, and earned a total of $16,005 for his West Texas Derby Open performances.

Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Special Nu Kitty will be offered in the Rose Valley Ranch Sale. Alan Gold photo.

Rose Valley Ranch, owner and breeder of some of today’s top performers and producers, will hold a reduction sale on Friday, September 25, at the ranch in Weatherford, Tex. In addition to on-site bidding, the sale, conducted by Western Bloodstock Ltd., will also be live-streamed for off-site bidders.

The sale will offer horses of all ages, including the outstanding broodmares Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268, by High Brow Cat, and Sly Playgirl LTE $343,467, by That Sly Cat.

Special Nu Kitty is the dam of eight earners of $561,773, including current 6-year-old money earners Special Nu Boon LTE $211,015, by Boon Too Suen, and Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $151,059, by Hottish. Special Nu Kitty sells with an ET for 2021 by Rollz Royce.

Sly Playgirl is the dam of six NCHA earners of $303,623, including current 6-year-old money earners Sly Pepto Girl LTE $105,335, by One Time Pepto; Sly Smooth Girl LTE $72,074, by Smooth As A Cat; and Rey Luis LTE $55,028, by Dual Smart Rey. Sly Playgirl sells with an ET for 2021 by Metallic Cat.

Seven-year-old Cattys Hope LTE $281,030, sixth-placed in the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, will sell while working cattle.

For more information about the Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale consignments, as well as information on off-site bidding, visit

Langston Pattillo wins Classic Challenge Non-Pro

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Langston Pattillo on Miss Lacey. Seth Petit photo.

Langston Pattillo, St, Elmo, Il., scored 224 points riding Miss Lacey, by Kit Kat Sugar, to win the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Non-Pro Classic Challenge on Wednesday, July 29. Rebecca Sheehan, Weatherford, Tex., on Counting Starz, by Smooth As A Cat, and Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., showing Code Belue, by Cat Belue, tied with 222 points for the reserve championship while Cody Hedlund and Kristen Galyean tied with 218.5, showing Teles One Time, by One Time Royalty, and Duramax Dually, by Dual Rey, respectively.

In addition to his win on Miss Lacey, Langston Pattillo, the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year and NCHA earner of $419,148, also showed his 2019 NCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion Shesa Tuff Teaspoon to place seventeenth in Wednesday’s Classic Challenge Non-Pro Finals. Earlier this year, Pattillo won the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur Unlimited with Miss Lacey LTE $24,342, and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur on Shesa Tuff Teaspoon LTE $35,226, by Woody Be Tuff.

Pattillo also won the 2019 and 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited, as well as the 2018 Classic Challenge Amateur championship riding High Stylin CD LTE $269,179, by High Brow CD.

Bred by Jon and Traci Burgess, Weatherford, Tex., Miss Lacey is a half-sister, out of Smart Gemolena, by Smart Little Lena, to Im On A Safari LTE $205,416, 2003 NCHA Classic Challenge Open champion under Kobie Wood.

Rebecca Sheehan on Counting Starz. Seth Petit photo.

Rebecca Sheehan, the NCHA earner of $42,839, was last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited reserve champion showing Counting Starz, and also won this year’s Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro Limited on the Kit Kat Sugar daughter. Bred by Rebecca Sheehan, Counting Starz LTE $49,836 is out of Starlight Starbrite LTE $136,764, who was shown as 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion and NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist by Geoffrey Sheehan, Rebecca’s husband and trainer of Counting Starz.

Ali Good on Code Belue. Seth Petit photo.

Ali Good, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $395,625, showed Code Belue LTE $84,647 as reserve champion of the 2020 Bonanza 5/6 Non-Pro and earned finals money at the Cattlemen’s and Arbuckle Mountain. In addition, Good and Code Belue were finalists in the NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro Intermediate and Gelding divisions, and she tied for tenth in Wednesday’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals on Angel N Disguise 016.

Good won last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited and Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited riding Sabrina Boon LTE $72,607, by Boon A Little. She also won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and placed third in the 2018 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited with Sneakish LTE $74,041, by Hottish.

Bred by Charles Burger and shown in Open limited age competition by Chris Hanson, Code Belue is out of Duals Play Kit LTE $235,489, winner of the 2006 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro Limited with Clay McCullar, and dam of 12 earners of over $420,000.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,043,237, showed  Teles One Time LTE to place fifth in the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro and as a finalist in the Open Limited. The 6-year-old gelding, earner of $89,664, is a half-brother to 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, bred by Cody’s parents Rock and Landy Hedlund, out of Teles Lies LTE $93,206.

Kristen Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $840,721, showed Duramax Dually LTE $229,112, who her husband, Wes Gaylean, had ridden on July 15, to score 226 points and claim the 2020 NCHA Classic Challenge Open championship.

Kristen Galyean had won the NCHA Non-Pro Derby and the Non-Pro Limited in 2010, on Harley LTE $203,574, by Spots Hot, and was Non-Pro champion of last year’s NCHA Futurity, aboard Coureygous LTE $106,836, by Dual Rey, who she also showed as a finalist in Wednesday’s Finals.

Bred by the Glover/Galyean Partnership, Claremore, Okla.,  Duramax Dually is a half-brother to the Peptoboonsmal gelding ZR One LTE $75,178, who Kristen showed to win the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship.  

Scotty Rice wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Scotty Rice on Champayne Dreams. Seth Petit photo.

Riding deep in the last set of the 24-day NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular, on Wednesday, July 29, Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 226 points on Champayne Dreams, by Metallic Cat, to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship. Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Tex., claimed the reserve championship with 220.5 points aboard PRF Madera Model, by Smooth As A Cat, while Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., riding Ireydescent, by Dual Rey, and Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., on Miss Blu Boon, by Once In A Blu Boon, tied with 219.5 points for third.

Champayne Dreams, owned by Scotty Rice and shown by his brother, Tag Rice, in Open competition, came through the 20-horse NCHA Derby Open Finals on Sunday, July 19, with third-place earnings of $19,336. But the Metallic Cat daughter left as the richest horse of the day, as winner of $100,000 from the $300,000 Metallic Cat Incentive. And the next morning, she was back in Will Rogers Coliseum with Tag to collect her first championship, as winner, with 225 points, of the NCHA Derby Open Intermediate Finals, as well as first-place earnings in the Novice division.

Scotty Rice, the NCHA earner of $489,000, collected $18,073 for his NCHA Non-Pro Derby win, in addition to the $20,000 winners’ award from the $300,000 Metallic Cat Incentive. Altogether he realized a haul of $172,277 with Champayne Dreams, and earned another $8,359, as reserve champion of the Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited on Parke That Kat LTE $13,752, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex., Champayne Dreams LTE is out of the Dual Rey daughter Hoo Rey For Dreams $173,678, dam of seven NCHA money earners, including Found My Dream LTE $34,169, by Smooth As A Cat.

Kyle Manion on PRF Madera Model. Seth Petit photo.

Kyle Manion, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,836,555, placed fourth last year showing Smoothest Ride LTE $76,602, by Smooth As A Cat, in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro. He also won the 2011 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro with A Smooth Criminal LTE $137,656, by Smooth As A Cat, and earned his single biggest payout in the 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals on fourth-placed A Cool Smoothie LTE $86,904, by Smooth As A Cat.

Bred by Peter Deleeuw, Paige, Tex., PRF Madera Model, by Smooth As A Cat, claimed her first earnings under Manion, as 2020 NCHA Derby Non-Pro reserve champion.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,053,402, and 2018 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, first showed Ireydescent as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist, and Adan Banuelos rode the mare to win the Abilene Spectacular Open, as well as to place fourth in the NCHA Derby Open Finals.

Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., Ireydescent LTE $67,893, is out of Desires Katrina LTE $128,812, a full sister to Thundercat LTE $302,762, one of 30 NCHA money earners of over $1.5 million out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990.

Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,177,297, placed third in last year’s NCHA Non-Pro Derby, riding the Metallic Cat daughter Scantily Clad LTE $113,634, who he also showed to win the Brazos Bash Derby. Miss Blu Boon LTE $25,772, his 2020 Derby mount, bred by Dan Churchill, Moline, Il., was an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist with Glynn Whitman, and was shown as an Open finalist by Lloyd Cox in the Abilene Spectacular, as well as at the Arbuckle Mountain and The Non-Pro Plus.

Bill Cowan wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro Int

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Bill Cowan on Sweett Chaos. Seth Petit photo.

Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., scored 223 points riding Sweett Chaos, by Catty Hawk, to win the NCHA Metallic Cat Derby Non-Pro Intermediate on Wednesday, July 29. Cassie Cerny, Brazoria, Tex., claimed the reserve championship with 219 points on the Thomas E Hughes daughter Rose E, while Alexa Dahl, Granbury, Tex., placed third with 218 points aboard Smoothie Lou Who, by Smooth As A Cat.

Bill Cowan, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $960,631, had shown Sweett Chaos in June as a Non-Pro finalist at the Non-Pro Plus at Ardmore. Bred by Cowan Ranch, out of Gar Bella Lena LTE $84,955, by Duals Blue Boon, Sweett Chaos is a full sister to Catty Bluz LTE $132,505. Bill Cowan had also shown both Gar Bella Lena and Catty Bluz, and his previous success at the NCHA Summer Spectacular included 2012 and 2015, when he placed third and fourth in the Derby Non-Pro Finals showing Sandy Boon LTE $66,543, by Peptoboonsmal, and Billies Catty LTE $225,578, by Catty Hawk, respectively.

Cassie Cerny on Rose E. Seth Petit photo.

Cassie Cerny, a Senior Youth competitor and earner of $18,403, had shown Rose E on Tuesday, July 28, as champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited Finals, and in addition to her reserve in the Derby Non-Pro Intermediate on Wednesday, was also a Derby Non-Pro finalist tying with 216 points to split ten through 13.

Rose E LTE $15,883 was bred by Jodie Cerny, Cassie’s mother, and trained by her father, Clay Cerny, who also showed Rosie E in Ardmore, as Open Intermediate reserve champion and to place third in the Open Limited. Cassie also showed Rose E in Ardmore, to win the Non-Pro Limited championship.

Alexa Dahl, the NCHA Earner of $184,941, showed Smoothie Lou Who as reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, and the pair have been on a streak in 2020 with over $27,000 earned in the Bonanza, the Non-Pro Plus, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, and the NCHA Derby. Smoothie Lou Who LTE $37,858 was bred by Beechfork Ranch, out of Reyal Money, an unshown Dual Rey daughter, whose dam, Money Talks Smart, by Smart Mate, is the producer of 15 earners of $580,386, including High Brow Jackson LTE $246,037 and Lil Jackson Cat LTE $118,741.

Cassie Cerny wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
Cassie Cerny riding Rose E. Seth Petit photo.
Cassie Cerny riding Rose E. Seth Petit photo.

Cassie Cerny, Brazoria, Tex., scored 222 points on Rose E, to claim her second 2020 championship win on the Thomas E Hughes daughter, in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited Finals. Colette Lesh, Stillwater, Okla., was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd. with 217.5 points on Stevia, by Kit Kat Sugar, while Cash Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., riding CR Tuff Low Brow, by Woody Be Tuff, placed third with 216.5 points.

Cassie Cerny, a Senior Youth competitor and earner of $18,403, showed Rose E LTE $11,669 to place in the 2020 Non-Pro and Non-Pro Intermediate Finals of The Non-Pro Plus at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Her father, Clay Cerny, who trained Rose E, was Open Intermediate reserve champion and placed third in the Open Limited at the same show.

Colette Lesh riding Stevia. Seth Petit photo.

Colette Lesh, the NCHA earner of $12,903, purchased Stevia this past March from Chelsea and Cass Tatum, Overbrook, Kan. Cass Tatum, showed Stevia as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and Open Limited Finalist, and Chelsea Tatum also showed the mare to win the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Limited. Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Forth Worth, Tex., Stevia LTE $27,215, is out of a full sister to Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, the dam of seven NCHA earners of $964,656.

Cash Ashlock, an NCHA Junior Youth competitor and the earner of $10,712, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist riding Reys Of Hope, by Smooth As a Cat. He also placed fifth in the 2020 NCHA Junior Youth World Finals with Amafoxy Cat $50,763, by Cats Red Feather.

CR Tuff Low Brow, bred by Center Ranch, has been shown by Lindy Ashlock, Cash’s mother, to earn $21,922 this year, including as Non-Pro reserve champion of the The Non-Pro Plus, and to place third in the Abilene Spectacular.