Cutting

CR Gotcha Covered lead first day

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Tarin Rice on CR Gotcha Covered. Hart Photography.

Tarin Rice on CR Gotcha Covered. Hart Photography.

Tarin Rice, winner of the 2014 NCHA Derby, and CR Gotcha Covered marked 222 Friday to lead the first day of Open Derby competition at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

CR Gotcha Covered was bred by Jerry and Kathy Erwin and is owned by Joel Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama. He is by Dualin Boon out of The Catattac, a daughter of 2005 NCHA World Champion Mare Sprats Dualin Jewel.

CR Gotcha Covered was a finalist in the NCHA Futurity, Abilene Spectacular and Cattlemen’s Derby for Center Ranch on his way to the Summer Spectacular. He has earned more than $54,000.

Acres In Autumn, an Autumn Acre gelding owned by Rose Valley Ranch and ridden by Michael Cooper, marked 221.5, the day’s second highest score.

Kenneth Platt and NCHA Super Stakes champion Moms Stylish Player had the third highest score for owner Robert Tregemba, at 221.

The first round of the Open Derby continues Saturday.

 

 

No passing Lane

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Lane Cooper on Holly Is SMooth.

Lane Cooper on Holly Is SMooth.

Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum has been ground zero for great cutting horses and riders over the past half century, but 17-year-old Lane Cooper may have one-upped them all in the Faith Mountain Ranch NYCHA Senior Scholarship Cutting Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Riding Holly Is Smooth, Cooper marked 233, which is believed to be an arena record for NCHA-produced events. That gave him a 7 1/2-point lead over reserve champion Regan Plendl.

Cooper, of Weatherford, Texas, has ridden Hall of Fame Horses Auspicious Cat and SL Jaybird in past Scholarship Cuttings. On Thursday, he was on board Holly Is Smooth, a Smooth As A Cat x Holly N Zack mare bred by Kyle Manion and owned by Rose Valley Ranch. Ten-year-old Holly Is Smooth has earned more than $224,000.

Cooper’s dad, Michael Cooper, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $2.5 million.

Reserve champion Regan Plendl of Kinglsey, Iowa, has already earned more than $100,000 in NCHA competition. She marked 225.5 on Joe Wes Davis’ C Spot Cut, and 8-year-old son of Spots Hot that Garrett Hampton rode to win the 2014 Senior Scholarship Cutting.

Regan Plendl on C Spot Cut.

Regan Plendl on C Spot Cut.

Queen, Princess rule in Junior Scholarship cutting

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Katherine Queen and Princess And The Pea.

Katherine Queen and Princess And The Pea.

Twelve-year-old Katherine Queen of Allendale, South Carolina, marked 220 to win the Faith Mountain Ranch NYCHA Junior Scholarship Cutting Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance.

She rode Princess And The Pea, a 5-year-old mare owned by her parents and bred by Carroll’s Cutting by Halreycious out of A Purrfect Cat. Princess And The Pea has earned more than $46,000.

Queen, who has made the Scholarship Cutting finals three times before, going back to 2012, is the daughter of 2009 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion Elizabeth Queen and Skip Queen, who has won multiple major events in Will Rogers Coliseum.

Jaycee Lowery of Gardendale, Alabama, scored 218.5 on Catarose for the reserve championship. Catarose is a 10-year-old mare bred by Mahler and Meredith by High Brow Cat out of Rosies Playboy Lena, and owned by Keith Waid of Gardendale, Alabama. Jaycee was an Amateur finalist with Catarose in the 2012 NCHA Classic Challenge.

In third place with a 218 on Belles N Bullets, Cassie Cerny was making her first Scholarship Cutting finals. She is a fourth generation cutter, and is the great granddaughter of seven-time NCHA President, the late Jim Reno.

Jaycee Lowery and Catarose.

Jaycee Lowery and Catarose.

 

Victory for Von

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Von Sutten on One Stylish Pepto.

Von Sutten on One Stylish Pepto.

Von Sutten, 39, of Fort Worth marked 222 for a half-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge, presented by Bar RR Ranches, Thursday morning at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance. Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, took the reserve title with a 221.5.

Sutten rode One Stylish Pepto, a 5-year-old gelding bred by Cows & Horses Etc., by One Time Pepto out of Frecklesareinstyle, a multiple aged event champion that earned $184,000. Sutten was a Breeders Invitational finalist with One Stylish Pepto this spring.

His latest win is worth $11,452, including $2,500 sponsored by Bar RR Ranches.

This was Sutten’s third major win in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. He won the 2008 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smartware, and the 2013 Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby with Whiskers And Rumors.

Reserve champion Madalyn Colgrove rode One Catty Cupid, a One Time Pepto mare bred by Arcese Quarter Horses out of Pacific Coast Futurity champion Arc Catty Dual. Colgrove rode the 5-year-old to win the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.

 

Doug Pritchett takes Unltd Amateur Derby

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Doug Pritchett and Dual Glen Rey 012 won the Unlimited Amateur Derby.

Doug Pritchett and Dual Glen Rey 012 won the Unlimited Amateur Derby.

Doug Pritchett of Quinlan, Texas, and Dual Glen Rey 012 marked 219.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Derby, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Bear Davis and Susan Koser shared the reserve championship wiht a 218.5.

Pritchett rode Dual Glen Rey 012, a Dual Rey x Stylish Amanda mare bred by James Eakin. Stylish Amanda earned more than $100,000 and now has offspring earnings of more than $400,000.

Pritchett, who has won Limited Non-Pro senior championships at the NCHA Futurity and Derby in recent years, was scoring his first finals win in Will Rogers Coliseum. He took home more than $8,200, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches.

Co-reserve Bear Davis of Sacramento, California, rode Red Solo Cat, a Metallic Cat, Amanda Starlight, gelding bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley. Davis won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes and the Amateur at the Breeders Invitational with the gelding who comes from the same distaff line as Dual Glen Rey 012.

Co-reserve Susan Koser of Weatherford, Texas, rode Dmac Moveslikejagger, a gelding bred by Marvine Ranch by Smooth As A Cat out of $230,000 earner Cherry Chex Dually, which carried Jon Winkelried to the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship.

 

Amateur Classic Challenge to Zach Bahm

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Zachary Bahm won the Classic Challenge Amateur with Metallic N Blu.

Zach Bahm won the Classic Challenge Amateur with Metallic N Blu.

Zachary Bahm, 27, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, marked 218.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Classic Challenge, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Sadye Simpson of Nemo, Texas, and Colton Smith of Geary, Oklahoma, shared the reserve championship at 217.

Bahm rode Metallic N Blu, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Haidas Little Lass mare bred by Donald and Jane Wolf. Bahm had placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, and the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur earlier this year.

Bahm, who was reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Suer Stakes Amateur finals on Cat Duallin Doll, was notching up his first win in historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

Co-reserve champion Sadye Simpson rode Metallic Little Cat, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Seca Rey Lena mare bred by Dr. David Hartman. Simpson won both the Amateur and $25,000 Amateur finals with Metallic Little Cat at last year’s Pacific Coast Derby.

Co-reserve champion Colton Smith rode Lil Pep N Time is a 6-year-old One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep mare bred by Matthews Cutting Horses. Smith was reserve champion at the Cattlemen’s Classic and was third at the Breeders Invitational with the mare earlier this year.

 

John Hulsey smokes Amateur Derby

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

 

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey, 63, and R Smokin Cat marked 219 for a five-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Robert Thigpen Jr. took the reserve championship with a 214 on Barbies Blue Cat.

Hulsey, an auto parts dealer from Gainesville, Georgia, bred R Smokin Cat by Dual R Smokin out of Playgirls Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that has produced three NCHA money earners.

Hulsey’s biggest previous win was the All American Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.

He earned $7,812 for his Amateur Derby win, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. That takes his career earnings over $36,000.

Reserve champion Barbies Blue Cat is a Metallic Cat x High Barbie gelding bred and owned by Robert Thigpen Jr. of Chilton, Texas.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.