Cutting

Reyzin to the top

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Reyzin and Phil Rapp marked 231 Saturday to win the fourth round and the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Open championship in Fort Worth.

A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier took the World Championship, while NRR Cat King Cole, ridden by Tracy Barton, is the Reserve World Champion.

Reyzin, owned by Lori and Bobby Gale of Conway, South Carolina, strung together scores of 219, 221, 224.5 and 231 for the top total of 895.5. That gave earnings of $18,346 to win the World Finals title by $121 over Ichis My Choice, ridden by Grant Setnicka for J5 Horse Ranch. She finished sixth in the year-end standings.

Bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin is a 7-year-old mare by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine. She was Non-Pro Horse of the Year in 2013 and has now earned $396,000.

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy. Hart Photography.

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy. Hart Photography.

A Little Bossy earned $98,246 for the year to earn his World Championship. The 11-year-old gelding is ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas. He’s by CD Lights out of the Smart Little Lena mare Pistol Smart, and he’ll be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame at the Convention next June.

Chartier’s rivals in the World Finals included his brother, Cullen, on Little Pepto Cat, and their father, Randy, on Cat Black I.

A Little Bossy went over $400,000 in earnings at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. R.L. Chartier, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, has earned more than $1.7 million.

Reserve World Champion and Champion Stallion NRR Cat King Cole is a High Brow Cat son owned by North Ridge Ranch and ridden by Tracy Barton.

The World Champion Mare is Paula Wood’s Donas Suen Boon, by Boon Too Suen, trained by Kobie Wood. Donas Suen Boon finished fourth in the World Standings.

Wimberly’s winning year

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, brought a big lead to the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, but she didn’t stop there. She kept piling on the points with Light N Lily in the Watt Arena until she emerged with wins in the non-working finals, the Show Championship and the World Championship.

Wimberly strung together scores of 227, 221, 200 and 223.5 for a cumulative 871.5. That earned her $19,312, a lead of nearly $5,000 for the World Finals title.

For the year, she collected $131,436, the second highest Non-Pro bankroll in history.

April Widman won the Reserve World Championship with $103,065 riding Woodys Baby. She will also be recognized as the top rider of a single horse through the year.

This is just the third time in history that both the World Champ and Reserve have broken the $100,000 mark.

Through the year, Wimberly earned money on Light N Lily, Laredo Montana and Sir Stylish Lizzy. The first two are Light N Lena offspring bred by her father, Billy Martin. Sir Stylish Lizzy is son of Lizzys Gotta Player bred by Tim Drummond.

Wimberly, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, claimed her first NCHA title in the 2009 Super Stakes Classic when she won the Limited Non-Pro with Keechi Pep.

She won Mercuria NCHA World Series events at Augusta and Congress in 2012 with Laredo Montana. In 2013, she won the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic with Light N Lily.

And this year she picked up Mercuria NCHA World Series wins with Light N Lily at the Pacific Coast Derby and Congress.

Her career earnings sailed past the $700,000 mark at the World Finals.

 

Four more winners crowned

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Mike Wood on Buzzted. Hart Photography.

Mike Wood on Buzzted. Hart Photography.

As the Mercuria NCHA World Finals came down to the wire on Saturday, four more show winners emerged ahead of the evening’s Non-Pro and Open showdowns.

In the $5,000 Novice, Mike Wood and Buzzted marked 222.5 to win the second round and the non-working finals to earn a winning $3,981 at the World Finals.

Bred by Billy Martin by Light N Lena and owned by Christine King of Scottsdale, Arizona, Buzzted has career earnings of $230,000, highlighted by an NCHA Derby championship with Sean Flynn in 2013.

He finished the year in third place behind World Champion Hes Gotta Be Good, ridden by Tom Long for Phyllis Sorbet; and CR Kitts Gotta Gun, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Patty Walker.

This is the third straight year Wood has won the $5,000 Novice at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He scored with Scoot Justa Lil in 2014 and with Clays Little Kit Cat last year.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

After winning the first round, Ed Wold and Big Bow Pepto tied for third in the second round to take the pencil final by half a point. That gave him $3,889 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $50,000 Novice.

Bred by Alexa Stent, Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal out of Bowmans Little Jewel, a mare that won the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes and earned $76,000. She has produced earners of $898,000.

Big Bow Pepto has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.

Shane Crawford of Mount Olive, Mississippi marked 218 to win the second round on his way to the World Championship. He rode War Dually to finish the year with earnings of $49,818.

Karen Boughnou and Copenhagen Cat is Reserve World Champion with $40,202.

Jill Roth on Bea Pure Cat. Hart Photography.

Jill Roth on Bea Pure Cat. Hart Photography.

Jill Roth of Paso Robles, California, won the second round with a 225, the non-working finals, the show championship and the World Championship in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, riding Bea Pure Cat.

Bea Pure Cat was bred by Jim Crawford and is a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity champ He Bea Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Mae Bea Marie. Roth won the 5/6-year-old Unlimited Amateur with the gelding last year at the Pacific Coast Futurity. Bea Pure Cat has earned more than $114,000.

He got $3,797 of that at the World Finals, and finished the year with $35,518.

Lil Luigi Long Legs, shown by Sherry Graham, is the Reserve World Champion with $32,148.

Roth won both the World Finals and the World Championship in the $50,000 Amateur in 2013 with CD Headlight.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Eric Schmoyer of Macungie, Pennsylvania, was batting a thousand at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He won all three rounds of the $15,000 Amateur division to take the show title as well as the World Championship.

Ms Nita was bred by Kathleen Moore by Nitas Wood out of Teninas Tango, by Freckles Fancy Twist. The 8-year-old mare was a Limited Non-Pro and Limited Open NCHA Futurity finalist with Moore, and Rowdy Larson, respectively. She has earned more than $61,000.

Schmoyer marked 222 and 220.5 in the go-rounds to win the pencil finals by more than 11 points. His $2,820 at the World Finals gave him the show championship and his $17,670 for the World Championship.

Jim Townsend is the Reserve World Champion with $13,394.

 

 

Beasley leading Amateurs

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Julie Beasley on Metallic Twister. Hart Photography.

Julie Beasley on Metallics Twister. Hart Photography.

Julie Beasley of Montgomery, Alabama, brings a lead of 217 into Saturday’s final day of first-round competition in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur division at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Five riders, Natalie Newby, Grace Ann Vangilder, Bella Anderson, Bill Paxton and Catherine Wunder, have posted 216s.

Beasley is riding Metallics Twister in the Unlimited class, bred by Charlie Israel by Metallic Cat out of Some Kinda Twister. Some Kinda Twister earned $58,000 and also produced $201,000 earner Twistful Thinking, winner of the Non-Pro Super Stakes and NCHA Derby with Cade Shepard.

Beasley bought Metallics Twister as a yearling for $30,000 at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Beasley is a two-time semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity.

Friday’s first round leaders

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Bill Pierce on Pinkolena Boon. Hart Photography

Bill Pierce on Pinkolena Boon. Hart Photography

The first rounds of four classes of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals were held in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena Friday.

In the $5,000 Novice, Pinkolena Boon, ridden by Bill Pierce for Wiggins Quarter Horses of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, marked 221 for a two-point win over Hes Gotta Be Good.

Pinkolena Boon was bred by Jackson Land & Cattle by Peptoboonsmal out of Miss Cee Olena. The 7-year-old mare has earnings of more than $60,000. She moved up from seventh to sixth in the standings with her go-round win.

Hes Gotta Be Good moved up from second to first in the standings with his second-place finish. The Cats Gotta Diamond gelding, ridden by Tom Long, is now just $47 ahead of CR Kittys Gotta Gun, ridden by Gavin Jordan.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold of Murrieta, California, won the $50,000 Amateur go-round by half a point with a 221.5 on Big Bow Pepto. Leann Wilson was second on Bada Boo.

Bred by Alexa Stent, Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal out of Bowmans Little Jewel, a mare that won the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes and earned $76,000. She has produced earners of $898,000.

Big Bow Pepto has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.

Love The Reys and Cassie Mitchell. Hart Photography.

Love The Reys and Cassie Mitchell. Hart Photography.

Love The Reys, ridden by Cassie Mitchell of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 to win the first round of the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro over Lil Luigi Long Legs and Sherry Graham with a 219.

Love The Reys was bred by Jeff and Wendy Oswood by Dual Rey out of Lovies Lass, by Grays Starlight. Mitchell made the 2014 Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Futurity on the mare, and went on to be a Limited Non-Pro finalist at the Super Stakes and NCHA Derby. Love The Reys has earned more than $53,000.

The go-round win moved Love The Reys from 10th to seventh in the year-end standings.

Lil Luigi Long Legs has a $548 lead over Bea Pure Cat and Jill Roth in the World Champion’s race.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Eric Schmoyer of Macungie, Pennsylvania, marked 222 on Ms Nita to lead the first round of the $15,000 Amateur. Brian Pearse was next with a 220.5 on Reyd.

Ms Nita was bred by Kathleen Moore by Nitas Wood out of Teninas Tango, by Freckles Fancy Twist. The 8-year-old mare was a Limited Non-Pro and Limited Open NCHA Futurity finalist with Moore, and Rowdy Larson, respectively. She has earned more than $60,000.

Schmoyer, who made the $15,000 Amateur World Finals on Shesa Pepto Teaspoon in 2014, was also a finalist in two classes at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships that year.

His go-round win also sealed his lead for the 2016 World Championship.

Smooth move by Cooper

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Lance Cooper on Bet Shes A Smoothie. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper on Bet Shesa Smoothie. Hart Photography.

Fifteen-year-old Lance Cooper of Weatherford, Texas, marked 219 to move into the lead after Thursday’s second round of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. Riding Bet Shes A Smoothie, his scores of 216.5 and 219 gave him a total of 435.5, half a point up on Russ De Cordova riding CR Tuff Bandit.

In all, 61 riders marked 426.5 or better to advance to the semi-finals.

Bet Shes A Smoothie was bred by Bar RR Ranches by Smooth As A Cat out of Play A Bet, by Bet On Me 498. Play A Bet was a Limited Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Classic Challenge with Lica Pinkston and a Limited Open finalist at the Super Stakes Classic with Craig Gilham. She earned $35,000.

Lance Cooper has been a Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Futurity each of the last two years. Last summer, he marked a 233 on Holly Is Smooth while winning the Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting in Will Rogers Coliseum.

World Finals winners emerge

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
World Finals champion Hevvy Metal, ridden by Todd Gann. Hart Photography.

World Finals champion Hevvy Metal, ridden by Todd Gann. Hart Photography.

Four divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals were decided Thursday in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena, throwing the spotlight on Show Champions, as well as the World Champions of 2016.

In the $25,000 Novice class, Hevvy Metal and Todd Gann marked 223 to win the final round and the non-working finals, earning $4,287 for the World Finals title.

Bred by Cindy Smith and owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Hevvy Metal is a 6-year-old gelding by Metallic Cat out of Dual Nurse, who has produced earners of $350,000.

Gann won the Congress and Southern Classics with Hevvy Metal this fall in addition to his Novice campaign.

For the year, Hevvy Metal wound up Reserve Champion to World Champion Mercedes Smoothe, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Reata Cutting Horses. Mercedes Smoothe earned $43,589 for the year to Hevvy Metal’s 26,426.

Linda Davies on Cetas Ahoy Mate. Hart Photography.

Linda Davies on Cetas Ahoy Mate. Hart Photography.

Linda Davies of Lloydminster, Alberta, and Cetas Ahoy Mate marked 222 on Thursday to win both the second round and the non-working round of the Mercuria World Finals, as well as the World Championship.

Cetas Ahoy Mate was bred by Mark Nelson by Smart Mate out of Cetas Lady, by Doc Quixote. The 13-year-old gelding has now earned more than $141,000.

Davies won the $15,000 Amateur on him at last year’s 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships and she was also a finalist in that class at last year’s Mercuria NCHA World Finals. She made $16,628 for the year to win the 2016 World Championship in the $35,000 Non-Pro.

The Reserve title went to Kim Davis of Sacramento, California, with $12,425 on Boon Jovi, a 7-year-old Peptoboonsmal gelding.

Gilda Jackson on Scoots Lead Free. Hart Photography.

Gilda Jackson on Scoots Lead Free. Hart Photography.

Consistency paid off for Scoots Lead Free and Gilda Jackson of Paradise, Texas, in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals. They marked 215.5 and 217 to win the non-working finals and the World Finals championship with earnings of $2,185 at the show.

Scoots Lead Free is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Jeems Bayou Production Corp. by Scootin Boon out of Lead Free, by Doc’s Hickory. Lead Free was a Pacific Coast Futurity reserve champ with Tom Lyons back in 1990, and she has produced earners of $240,000.

Scoots Lead Free wound up the year with earnings of $19,593, good for third in the standings behind World Champion CT Desireable and Erin Bimat with $25,053; and Simply Bird and Ed Wold with $21,127.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar of Scottsdale, Arizona, made a clean sweep in the $2,000 Limit Rider division, winning every round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals as well as the World Championship. He marked back-to-back 223s at the show, riding Cat In White Nikes, an 11-year-old High Brow Cat mare owned by Dr. Gerald Dorros.

Vicar earned $15,256 for the year, to give him the World Championship over Brian Pearse from Sturgeon County, Alberta with $10,177