World champs dominate Calgary

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

One Time Choice

Chubby Turner on One Time Choice.

Reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice and Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner dominated their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, July 9.

One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for the Jaeggi Family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, marked 226 as the last contestant in the Open finals. Her $8,900 paycheck took the late-blooming mare’s career earnings over $212,000. The 7-year-old was bred by Walt & Lou Ann Burdette, by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Choice.

This was her second win in Mercuria World Series of Cutting events, following her victory at the Idaho CHA Futurity last year.

Mary Jo Milner

Mary Jo Milner on Smooth Asa Zee.

Mary Jo Milner, who claimed her eighth World Championship in 2013, marked 219 on Smooth Asa Zee to win by three points over David Anderson on CD Peptofilly.

Smooth Asa Zee, inducted in the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame at the 2014 NCHA Convention in Salt Lake City, went over the $500,000 mark in earnings with the win. The 9-year-old Smooth As a Cat gelding was bred by John and Hope Mitchell out of Zee Dualy.

While Milner has been a finalist in 16 prior Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting events, this was her first win in the series.

The Non-Pro and Open

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Pete Branch

Little Rey Whirlacat and rider Pete Branch capped off The Non-Pro Cutting in Oklahoma City with a 220-point win in the 4-Year-Old Open, on Tuesday, June 17. The $7,500 winner’s check was the richest from the 8-day, 12-division event.

Reserve champion Cool Cat Dual Rey, with 219 points under under Kobie Wood, earned $3,894; while third-placed Playful Highbrow CD, ridden by Walt Erwin, claimed $3,149 with 215 points.

Little Rey Whirlacat, by Little Dulces Rey, is owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup’s El Cid Land & Cattle Company, Clovis, N.M., and was bred by the Allsups, who also own Little Dulces Rey. Little Rey Whirlacat is the first NCHA money earner out of the High Brow Cat daughter Whirlacat, who was a 2005 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (10th) under Branch, a Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $3.5 million.

Branch was also a The Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Open finalist aboard MS Curious Kitty, owned by El Cid Land & Cattle.

Cool Cat Dual Rey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Cotton and Davis Quarter Horses, was bred by Kobie Wood’s wife, Paula, out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104. Paula placed third in The Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals last week on Boon Too Suen-sired Donas Suen Boon, 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity champion with Paula and half-sister to Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Kobie also placed third with 5-year-old Donas Suen Boon in The Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Open and showed Ted and Dee Berry’s stallion Sues Cat Jack, by Cats Quixote Jack, to place eighth in the 4-Year-Old finals.

Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro finals with 219 points on Dizzy Lizzy Girl, by Lizzys Gotta Player. Megan Miller took reserve with 218 points aboard Booreylicious, by Halreycious, and Luis De Armas was third with 216 points on Sensacious, also by Halreycious.

Payne and Dizzy Lizzy Girl also won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited. The two wins this week mark the third championship for the pair, who also won the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited. James Payne, Nadine’s husband, has also been successful with the bay mare, beginning in 2013 with a reserve title in the West Texas Open Futurity; fifth-place in the PCCHA Open Futurity; and third in the Cotton Stakes.

James Payne

James Payne also claimed the 5/6-Year-Old Open at The Non-Pro with 224 points aboard 6-year-old Once In A Blue Boon, owned by Charlotte Farms. The Peptoboonsmal son was one of three horses shown by Payne in the finals. Payne also placed sixth on Highrey Cat, owned by Andy Beckstein, and 13th with Peptotoodie, for Bill Masterson, the breeder of Dizzy Lizzie Girl.

Five-year-old Smooth Strategy, sired by Smooth As A Cat and ridden for Ken Sitton by Steve Oehlhof, was reserve champion of the 5/6-Year-Old Open with 220 points.

Megan Miller and homegrown Booreylicious came to The Non-Pro off of a third-place finish worth $19,486 in the Breeders Invitational, as well as the reserve title in the Non-Pro Novice of the same event.

Booreylicious, trained by Megan’s husband, Matt, is out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Matt, and 2009 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro champion with Megan. Travs Scooter’s first foal, 5-year-old Bada Boo, by One Time Pepto, also owned and shown by the Millers, is the earner of $34,507.

In the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, Kelle Earnheart and her 5-year-old Purdy Boy Flash daughter Flash About took the champion’s title with 223 points. Chad Bushaw and 6-year-old Bet On A Cat, by High Brow Cat, claimed reserve with 221 points, and Paula Wood on Donas Suen Boon, and Lauren Chartier on Spoonful Of Tears, tied for third with 219.5 points.

This was the sixth championship win for Earnheart and Flash About. The dynamic duo came to Oklahoma City with three 2014 non-pro titles: the Tunica Futurity, Arbuckle Mountain, and Breeders Invitational.

Dual Smart Kitty scores big in Vegas

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Dual Smart Kitty. Photo by Midge Ames

NCHA Futurity champions Dual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson scored 226 points on Thursday night in Las Vegas to win the PCCHA Derby. What About Blue and Countin On Stella, ridden by Morgan Cromer, placed second and third, respectively, with 223 and 221.5 points; Cromer also scored 216 points in a three-way tie for sixth on Little Dirty Deeds.

Dual Smart Kitty, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex., is the leading contender for NCHA Horse of the Year, with a championship win in the Abilene Spectacular, finalist rankings in four other major events, and earnings of $285,000.

What About Blue, sired by High Brow CD, had previously placed as a finalist in four non-pro and non-pro limited events with owner Jacob Pinheiro, Los Alamos, Calif. Countin On Stella, by Im Countin Checks, was an open finalist (20th) with Cromer in the Breeders Invitational, and placed as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur (9th) and as Amateur reserve champion of the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with owner Terry Ratto, Los Altos, Calif.

Metallika shines in Breeders Invitational

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Tag Rice

Metallika, shown by Tag Rice, captured the Breeders Invitational Open championship and $61,939 with a 225-point performance on Saturday, May 24 in Tulsa, Okla. RW Rockin and Lloyd Cox claimed reserve with 224 points, while Autumn Kitty, also under Cox, and Sannman, shown by Beau Galyean, tied for third with 221 points.

Meanwhile Stop Toying With Me and Dean Holden won the Non-Pro championship with 223 points; Meteles Cat and Cody Hedlund took reserve with 222 points.

Metallika, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Scotty Rice, had been off the radar since January, when he and Rice placed 12th in the Abilene Spectacular Open and fifth in the novice division of the event.

RW Rockin, however, was already an eight-time major event finalist with earnings of $78,166, before she arrived in Tulsa.

Sired by Dual Rey, owned by Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Tex., and bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, RW Rockin is out of NCHA Horse of the Year and prolific producer Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188.

In addition to RW Rockin and Autumn Kitty, Lloyd Cox also tied for ninth place on Stylin Sweetie, owned by John McClaren. Altogether, Cox earned $72,293 on three mounts in the Derby Open Finals.

Non-Pro champion Stop Toying With Me is by Dual Smart Rey, sire of 2013 NCHA Futurity champion and 2014 Abilene Spectacular champion Dual Smart Kitty, who tied for seventh with 219 points in the Breeders Invitational Open with Clay Johnson.

Dean Holden and Stop Toying With Me LTE $136,434 were Open and Non-Pro finalists (4th Non-Pro and 10th Open) in the NCHA Futurity and also placed in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Meteles Cat, trained by Rock Hedlund, was reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cody Hedlund, Rock’s son, who also showed the Metallic Cat son as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist (24th).

Megan Miller placed third with 219.5 points in the Non-Pro Finals aboard Booreylicious, by Halreycious, bred and trained by Megan’s husband, Matt Miller. Matt won the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship riding Booreylicious’ dam, Travs Scooter, who carried both Matt and Megan for $221,560 in official NCHA earnings.

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E.C. “Gabby” Bryant, 1927-2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Gabby Bryant and Doc's Solano

Everett Clyde “Gabby” Bryant, Jr., died Monday, May 5, in High Point, N.C., his longtime home. Bryant, a retired furniture industry executive, and his late wife, Jean, also maintained a ranch in Weatherford, Tex., where they at one time stood their Quarter Horse champion and leading cutting sire, Doc’s Solano.

A relative newcomer to the sport of cutting, when he purchased Doc’s Solano as a yearling, in 1972, Bryant had nevertheless done his homework. Doc’s Solano’s sire, Doc Bar, had become a significant force in the show and performance horse world, and Doc’s Solano was an impressive individual. At the tender age of 26 months, Bryant’s colt became the youngest horse ever to achieve an AQHA champion’s title, with points in halter, cutting, reining and western pleasure. And by that time, his full sister, Doc’s Marmoset, in 1973, had won the NCHA Futurity.

Through Doc’s Solano’s progeny, Bryant became an all-time leading breeder of cutting horses. Today, the stallion ranks among cutting’s top 35 all-time leading sires, as well as top 30 all-time leading broodmare sires.

Bryant was also a leading force behind the creation of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Futurity, which evolved into the Augusta Futurity, the richest limited age event east of the Mississippi River. Bryant served as a director and also president of the Augusta Futurity and was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Members Hall of Fame in 1999.

“He was a major force in the cutting industry,” said bloodstock and breeding agent Jim Ware, who partnered with Bryant in the 1980s to produce the Bryant-Ware Sales, the first cutting horse auctions held in Weatherford, Tex., the “Cutting Capitol of the World.”

“Gabby was the first person that I know of in cutting to establish a second home in Weatherford,” Ware added. “He was the original pioneer that made it fashionable to live elsewhere yet have a cutting operation in Weatherford. He introduced a lot of people to cutting and to Parker County, Texas.”

Bryant is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Bryant Young and her husband Ron of Weatherford, Tex.; Lynn Bryant Finnegan and her husband Jim of High Point; and Jean Neal Bryant, Dallas, Tex., as well as grandsons James Patrick Finnegan; Everett Bryce Young; and Reilly Bryant Finnegan.

In accordance with Bryant’s wishes, services will be private.

Cattalou claims Breeders Invitational Open Classic

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Beau Galyean

Low-profile go-round contender Cattalou switched to high gear for a 226-point championship win in the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge on May 12, in Tulsa, Okla. Shown by Beau Galyean, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat topped a 24-horse finals. JJS Catless Merada, under Michael Cooper, claimed reserve with 224.5 points; Swiss Cat Pepto and Clint Allen placed third with 221.5 points.

Five-year-old Cattalou, also champion of the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain Classic Challenge, collected $26,036 for the Breeders Invitational win, which increased his official career earnings to $149,558. A full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $264,537, and half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523, Cattalou is owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex.

JJS Catless Merada, by Cats Merada, came into the finals with the high cumulative go-round score of 444 points (223/221), with 435.5 points as the cutoff for qualification. Cattalou qualified with 436 points; third-placed Swiss Cat Pepto with 440 points.

Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., 5-year-old JJS Catless Merada won the 2014 Abilene Spectacular Classic under Cooper, and also placed eighth in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. His Breeders Invitational earnings bring his career total to $97,703.

Swiss Cat Pepto, a 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto, is owned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, Weatherford, Tex. Margaret McCoy showed her to third place in the 2014 Bonanza Amateur Classic, while the McCoy’s daughter, Shannon, rode the mare as reserve amateur champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Swiss Cat Pepto has career earnings of $99,544.

Clint Allen was the leading rider of the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge with a total of $31,390 earned on four mounts: Swiss Cat Pepto (3rd for $16,028); Starz N Boon (8th/tie for $6,523); Blu Ray (12th for $5,838); and Shesa Dirty Martini (24th/tie for $3,000). Starz N Boon, Blu Ray, and Shesa Dirty Martini are all owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.

Shaeffer steps up

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Pam Shaeffer

Pam Shaeffer on Royal Red Rey.

Pam Shaeffer of Eagle, Colorado, got her biggest paycheck to date Thursday by winning the Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. She marked 219 on Royal Red Play to earn an estimated $6,200, while Sandra McBride of Azle, Texas, took the reserve title on Boonshadows.

Shaeffer tied for the third highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Brad Wilson’s 218.5 on Freckles Darn Cat. She drew third in the finals for her winning score.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch by Play Red out of Peek A Boon. The 7-year-old gelding is a half-brother to Rey Nounce, which Regan Plendl rode to win both the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at this show.

Royal Red Play has earned more than $50,000, including a Non-Pro Classic win at last year’s Utah Futurity, and an Amateur win at the Western States Fall Futurity the year before that.

Shaeffer was a Limited Non-Pro and Amateur finalist on Royal Red Play at the 2010 NCHA Futurity and has also won Amateur limited age titles at the Idaho Futurity and Utah Futurity in recent years with Krunch Time.

Reserve champion Sandra McBride rode her homebred mare Boonshadows, by Quejanaisalena out of Pinkolena, another homebred, that earned her more than $53,000. Boonshadows is Pinkolena’s first money earner. She has made more than $120,000 now, and has Non-Pro wins at the Cattlemen’s Classic, the Chisholm Trail Fall Classic and the Western States Fall Classic to her credit.

$15,000 Novice Non-Pro

Traci Burgess

Traci Burgess on PKR Big Mac.

PKR Big Mac had a busy show at the Western Nationals, picking up five checks for an estimated $16,500. The biggest payoff came in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro when Traci Burgess won with a 222, while Kristen York finished second with a 218 on Smooth One Time Soon.

PKR Big Mac was bred by Joann Parker by Starlights Gypsy out of Justa Swinging Gal. The 6-year-old gelding went over $100,000 at Denver as reserve champion in both Novice classes under Jon Burgess, his $15,000 Novice Non-Pro win with Traci, as well as making the finals in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and the Non-Pro with Traci.

On closing day of the Western Nationals, PKR Big Mac tied for the second high score of 217 in the go-round, behind Catswanna’s 219.5 with Scott Cusick. He came back that afternoon as 25th of 27 horses to win the finals.

Traci Burgess, a lifetime earner of more than $350,000, pulled down the biggest check of her career with PKR Big Mac when she finished fourth in the Non-Pro NCHA Derby in 2012. She was also an NCHA Super Stakes Classic finalist with him this spring.

Reserve champion Kristen York of Saratoga, Wyoming, marked 218 on Smooth One Time Soon, a 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare bred by Dave and Clare Capps out of Sheza Boonsmal. York won the Western States Fall Derby on her in 2012.


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