Cutting

Milo Sullivan, 1932-2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Milo SullivanMilo Sullivan of Perrin, Texas, former Secretary-Treasurer of the National Cutting Horse Association passed away May 19 at the age of 84.

Sullivan grew up in east Texas and began working in advertising sales for the Dallas Morning News and later worked for Quarter Horse Journal in Amarillo.¬† He became Secretary-Treasurer of the National Cutting Horse Association in the late 1950s and was editor and publisher of The Cuttin’ Hoss Chatter.¬† He left that position in 1960 to join Wayne Cook Associates auctioneers.

On leaving NCHA, he said, “My favorite project has been in building this publication. It is not a major magazine, except to cutting horse people, and to most of them, they’d rather cancel the Saturday Evening Post than the Chatter.”

Sullivan was succeeded at the NCHA helm by Zack Wood, who held the position for three decades.

Sullivan later worked in the oil field industry and as a real estate broker.  He worked for Bob Tomes Ford from 1983 until 1998.  He was also a regular columnist for Lone Star Horse Report for many years.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Cheatham of Arlington, Texas and Lynette Williams of Perrin, Texas; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Estelena, and by two brothers and four sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas.

Hitting the hot Button at BI

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Button Down Supercat and Wesley Galyean won the BI Classic.

Button Down Supercat and Wesley Galyean won the BI Classic.

Button Down Supercat and Wesley Galyean marked 226 for a half-point win over Sweet Lil Amanda and Matt Miller in the Breeders Invitational Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma May 15.

Galyean and Button Down Supercat also won at the Bonanza earlier in the year, and then went on to make the Super Stakes Classic finals. Owner Steven Feiner placed fourth in the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic on the 5-year-old mare.

Bred by Paul Dean’s Cross Timbers Cutting Horses, Button Down Supercat is by Dual Rey out of Dean’s NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat. High Brow Supercat’s babies have now earned more than $950,000. They include Lil Rattler, a 2009 full sister to Button Down Supercat that Galyean and Feiner showed to earn more than $328,000.

Button Down Supercat’s earnings now stand at more than $188,000.

 

 

Non-Pro title for Holly Muench

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Holly Muench and CD Pretty Cat won the Non-Pro. Ted Petit photos.

Holly Muench and CD Pretty Cat won the Non-Pro. Ted Petit photos.

Holly Muench of Marietta, Oklahoma and CD Pretty Cat marked 222 for a four-point win in the Non-Pro finals on May 6 at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

CD Pretty Cat is an 8-year-old gelding bred by M.R. Austin by Pretty Boy Cat out of Katie May CD, by CD Olena. He brought earning of more than $25,000 to the Western Nationals.

Muench, whose previous biggest win was in the 2005 West Texas Futurity with Pretty Little Weed, was a Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Eastern Nationals last year on CD Pretty Cat. She was also a finalist in both Novice Non-Pro classes with the gelding at the Western Nationals the year before that. She has career earnings of more than $60,000.

Heidi Evans of Ogden, Utah, marked 218 on Sues Last Time for the reserve championship. Sues Last Time, an earner of more than $105,000, is a 6-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto out of three-time World Champion Meradas Little Sue.

jody radomskeJody Radomske of Weatherford, Texas, and Shesa Spoonful A Fun marked 220.5 to win the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro finals.

The 7-year-old homebred mare  is by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Opus Cat, a 2003 NCHA Futurity finalist with Tim Smith.

Shesa Spoonful A Fun won the Unlimited Amateur at last year’s Cattlemen’s Classic with Jody, and was an NCHA Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro finalist in 2013 with Jody’s husband, Harland. The mare has earned more than $45,000.

Prior to her wins with Shesa Spoonful A Fun, Jody’s biggest win was in the 2004 IDaho Classic on another homebred mare, Miss Smoke Travels.

Alexis Stephas of Chattanooga, Tennessee took the reserve championship with a 218.5 on Once You Go Black, the son of Hydrive Cat that won the Open finals with Cullen Chartier earlier in the show. One You Go Black has now earned more than $160,000.

Scott Chartier and Halreyzn Swinger won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

Scott Chartier and Halreyzn Swinger won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

Scott Chartier marked 219.5 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals on Halreyzn Swinger.

Chartier was the Non-Pro champion this spring at the NCHA Eastern Nationals on Halreyzn Swinger, as well as being a $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finalist at that show.

Halreyzn Swinger was bred by Iron Rose Ranch by Halreycious out of One Smart Swinger, by Smart Little Lena. The 5-year-old mare’s second dam was $323,000 earner Swinging Little Gal.

This is the fourth National Championship for Chartier. He also won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro at the Eastern Nationals with Rumble Bee Time in 2013, and the $2,000 Limited Rider with Wild Start at the Eastern Nationals in 2010.

There were co-reserve champions in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro in Denver. Jody Radomske on Shesa Spoonful A Fun and Christine King on her TR Misty Smooth, by Smooth Stoppen Dualy, both marked 218.

John Carmichael tops $35K Non-Pro

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
John Carmichael and Catmerize won the $35,000 Non-Pro. Ted Petit photo.

John Carmichael and Catmerize won the $35,000 Non-Pro. Ted Petit photo.

John Carmichael of Dallas, Texas, marked 218 to win the $35,000 Non-Pro finals on Catmerize at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver Wednesday.

Paige Morse of Ogden, Utah took the reserve title with a 217 on Exotic Ride.

Catmerize was bred by Three Trees Ranch by High Brow Cat out of Merada Missy, a full sister to three-time World Champion Meradas Little Sue.

The 9-year-old gelding won the Non-Pro Southern Classic in 2013 with previous owner Robert Fullwood. Carmichael rode him as a $35,000 Non-Pro and $15,000 Amateur finalist at least year’s NCHA Eastern National Championships.

Carmichael, who was also a $35,000 Non-Pro finalist on Nitros Real Deal at this year’s Eastern Nationals, was a $50,000 Amateur finalist on that horse at the Western Nationals. In limited age competition, he’s been an Unlimited Amateur finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic (Miss Metallic Chick) and the Bonanza (Rockin Smart) this spring.

The reserve champion in the $35,000 Non-Pro, Paige Morse, of Ogden, Utah, rode Exotic Ride, a 5-year-old mare bred by Lannie Louise Mecom by Im Countin Checks out of Little Exotic Dancer.

 

Jessica Pietrafeso takes $15K Amateur

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Jessica Pietrafeso and Hal Ofa Filly won the $15,000 Amateur. Ted Petit photo.

Jessica Pietrafeso and Hal Ofa Filly won the $15,000 Amateur. Ted Petit photo.

Jessica Pietrafeso, 15, of Elbert, Colorado, marked 215.5 on Hal Ofa Filly for a narrow win in the $15,000 Amateur finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver Tuesday.

Jan Currier of Wickenburg, Arizona, and Keith McMahan of Mounds, Oklahoma, shared the reserve championship at 215.

Hal Ofa Filly is a 7-year-old mare bred by C.B. Fincher by Halreycious out of CD Fillylena, by CD Olena. The mare was an NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist with Sam Good in 2013, and has earned more than $55,000. Jessica rode her to the Senior Youth finals at the Western Nationals last weekend.

Jessica tied for the top score of 216 in the $15,000 Amateur go-round.

She has been a three-time finalist in the NCHA Scholarship Cutting at the Summer Spectacular.

Co-reserve champion Jan Currier rode Short San Gin, a 14-year-old gelding by Short San Badger out of Meerly Gin. Keith McMahan rode Pale Face Jose, a 17-year-old by CD Olena out of Joses Dually that has earned more than $235,000.

Shaeffer wins second Western title

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Pam Shaeffer and Royal Play Red won the $50,000 Amateur championship.

Pam Shaeffer and Royal Red Play won the $50,000 Amateur championship.

Pam Shaeffer of Banner, Wyoming, and Royal Red Play, by Play Red, marked 219 for a decisive win in the $50,000 Amateur finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver Monday.

Shaeffer and the 9-year-old gelding were also the Non-Pro champs at Western Nationals two years ago.

Hilary Watson of Westwood, Kansas and Leann Wilson of Saratoga Spring, Utah, tied for the reserve championship at 214.5.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Peek A Boon, a daughter of all-time leading producer Royal Blue Boon. Peek A Boon was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Lindy Burch and has produced earners of more than $710,000.

Shaeffer was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Royal Red Play in the Limited Non-Pro and Amateur classes. They went on to win limited age championships at the Utah Futurity and Western States Fall Futurity.

Royal Red Play was also an Open finalist at this year’s Western Nationals with Todd Adolf, and has now earned more than $80,000.

Co-reserve champion Hilary Watson rode Shady Lil CD, a 5-year-old High Brow CD mare out of Shady Lil Aristocrat. Co-reserve Leann Wilson rode Bada Boo, a 7-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto out of Travs Scooter.

Shut out for Chartier in Open finals

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Cullen Chartier

Cullen Chartier.

Cullen Chartier took both the championship and the reserve in the Open finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western Nationals in Denver on Sunday.

He marked 221 on Once You Go Black for the win, and 220 on Scooter McGavin for second place. Kenny Platt placed third with a 218 on top qualifier Bea Pure Cat.

One You Go Black is a 7-year-old bred by Ronald Abbott and owned by Alexis Stephas of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is by Hydrive Cat out of RG Sugar Lena, a daughter of $900,000 producer Moria Sugar.

Stephas has won Unlimited Amateur championships on Once You Glo Black at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Summer Showdown, the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the NCHA Eastern Nationals, the Southern Derby and the Waco Texas Classic. The horse has now earned more than $150,000.

Chartier was an Open finalist with the horse at the NCHA Eastern Nationals, and made the Novice finals at both Eastern and Western this year.

Reserve champion Scooter McGavin was bred by Wayne and Jody Robinson and is owned by Tom and Hilary Watson of Westwood, Kansas. The 7-year-old gelding is by Smart Lil Scoot out of Natalie Rey, by Dual Rey.

Chartier had previously won with Scooter McGavin at the Waco Texas Classic and the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Bosack goes 1-2 in $2,000 Limited Rider

Not to be outdone by Chartier’s dominance in the Open finals, Ashley Nicole Bosack of Scottsdale, Arizona finished first and second in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals on Sunday.

She marked 220 on Backwoods Smoker, owned by Tim Kaehr, and 218.5 on Reys Hot Wheels, owned by Jacque Accomazzo.

Bosack, the 2015 NCHA World Champion in this class, was reserve champion on Backwoods Smoker at last year’s Western Nationals. The 17-year-old gelding was bred by Dolores Pendola by Lenas Telesis out of Docs Angelfish, an own daughter of Doc Bar. Backwoods Smoker brought earnings of more than $61,000 to Denver.

Reserve champion Reys Hot Wheels is a 10-year-old gelding bred by Brinkman Ranch by Dual Rey out of Smart Little Beauty, by Smart Little Lena. He has earned nearly $150,000.