Bentley Baylor 1940 – 2019

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Resthaven Funeral Home: Bentley Dell Baylor, who passed away on December 2, 2019, was born on June 15, 1940, the firstborn of his parents Anna Jo and Wilson  William “Bill” Baylor of Odem, Texas. His sister Roxie Ann Baylor was born almost exactly 8 years later. Bentley graduated from Odem High School in 1958. He was a lifelong resident of Odem all of his 79 years.

Bentley began learning the cattle business at a very early age. His admiration for older businessmen in his family and community led him to become a student of what made them successful. He began to learn from his great grandfather, Norman Smith, who brought the first medical doctor to Odem, and who established what is now the Smith Gin Co-op. Bentley learned to be a cattleman from Joe MCullough, a brilliant cattleman, whose herd Bentley bought near the end of Joe’s life and Baylor Ranches was born. Bentley spent countless hours with his Uncle “Mon.” A lifelong student, Bentley learned everything he could and was ready to pass that knowledge along to anyone willing to learn.

Bentley’s true interest was in horses. He was an excellent horseman—he excelled at cutting horse competition including winning the NCHA Futurity Limited Non-pro Reserve Champion in 1995 as well as other cutting horse awards.

Bentley’s greatest accomplishment, however, was his family. He is survived by his sons and daughters:  Rocky Brent Baylor and his wife Lisa of Odem, William Lance Baylor also of Odem, and Leslie Baylor Starr of Wimberly, Texas.

Bentley has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as “Baddog.” Grandchildren of Bentley Baylor are: granddaughter Brittany Brent Baylor and great grandsons Hollis and Brady, granddaughter Bellamy Baylor Andrews and her husband Zachary and great granddaughters Brylee and Emily, grandson Shane Dell Baylor, grandson William Blaine Baylor, granddaughter Lacie LeAnn Baylor, grandson Zach Starr, grandson Brady Starr, and grandson Dillon Starr.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Odem. The Funeral Service will follow, 10:00 AM at the church. Interment will be Evergreen Cemetery, Odem. Guestbook available online at

Non-Pro Semi-Finalists

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Megan Miller on Hit Tha Flo. Ted Petit photo.

Sixty horses and 49 riders with cumulative go-round scores of 430 points following the conclusion of second go-round competition, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, qualified for the 2019 NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals, to be held on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Megan Miller, showing Hit Tha Flo, by Dual Smart Rey; Kylie Rice, riding Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen; and Brandon Westfall, aboard  I Reckon So, by Kit Kat Sugar, tied with the 437.5 points, the high cumulative score. All three also qualified with a second mount. Miller earned 432.5 points on Moonish, by Hottish; Rice claimed 434.5 points on Guantanamo Rey, by Dual Rey; and Westfall earned 431 points riding Desires One Time, by One Time Pepto.

In addition, Blakley Colgrove and Paula Wood, who tied with 436.5 points, the third-highest cumulative from the go-rounds, also tied with 435, the fifth-highest score. Wood, who won the first go-round with 222 points on Kitty Kat Boon, by Kit Kat Sugar, and claimed a cumulative of 436.5 points, also topped the last day of second round competition with 221 points and earned a cumulative of 435 aboard Dona Dey, by Dual Rey. And Colgrove showed R Rated Cat, by High Brow Cat, to earn 217 and 219.5 points and a 436.5-point cumulative, scored 217.5 points in both go-rounds aboard Rather Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat. Cody Hedlund, with a 435.5-point cumulative on Luv The Way U Lie, by Once In A Blu Boon, also showed Lyin With Royalty, by One Time Royalty, to earn 433.5 points.

Chad Bushaw, Austin Adams, Dean Holden, Jennifer Foland, and Christina Cox rounded out the field of riders with two qualifying mounts. Adams earned a cumulative of 434.5 with One Blu Fox, by Once In A Blu Boon, as well as 433 points on Twistd Mister, by Smooth As A Cat. While Bushaw rode Ava Rey, by Dual Rey, and What Ifs, by Metallic Cat, to earn 433 points and 432, respectively.

Dean Holden showed A Hope And A Future, by Metallic Cat, for a cumulative of 432.5 points, and Be Humble And Kind, also by Metallic Cat, for 430.5. Jennifer Foland showed Two Hot, by Spots Hots, to earn 432 points, as well as Why At Earp, by Smooth As A Cat, for 430 points, while Christina Cox, showed both Miss Sweet CD, by High Brow CD, and Super Tuff Kitty, by Woody Be Tuff, for cumulatives of 431.5.

Kylie Rice’s mount Jae Zee, a half-brother to 2018 NCHA Open Futurity champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, is the only horse to have qualified for both the Open and the Non-Pro Semi-Finals. The Metallic Cat gelding and Tim Smith advanced to the Open Semi-Finals with a cumulative of 438 points. Bunz Of Steel, who Page Bowman showed to advance with 437 points, the second-highest Non-Pro cumulative score, also qualified for the Open Limited Finals, with Matt Williams.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity, World Finals and Futurity Sales continue through December 15.

Talkin’ Smak in Ltd Open

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Sugar Smak, ridden by Rodrigo Taboga. Seth Petit photo.

Rodrigo Taboga and Sugar Smak marked 220 to be the first champions crowned at the 2019 Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity, presented by North Texas Chevy Dealers in Fort Worth’s historic Will Rogers Coliseum on December 4.

Tin Man, shown by Zeb Corvin, took the reserve championship with a 218.5. Two riders, Justin White on Metallic Lil Jazz, and Corvin on Rosa Del Pepto, tied for third with 218 points.

Bred by Chet Burrows, and owned by Bridget May Trenary of Nashville, Tennessee, Sugar Smak is by Kit Kat Sugar, out of the Smart Mate mare Mates Pretty Special, a mare that has also produced Special Wild Hair ($29,563).

Mates Pretty Special’s dam, also produced Quixotes Pretty Lady ($91,494), which Sandy Bonelli rode to win the 1995 NCHA Non-Pro Derby, after placing seventh in the NCHA Open Futurity.

The family has also produced El Rancho Futurity champion Smart N Special ($55,909) and $2.8 million sire Justa Swinging Peppy.

Taboga, who was Brazil’s leading rider in 2017/2018, placed third in last year’s Limited Open at the NCHA Futurity on The Dewd. He has had a string of successes this year, including championships at the Southern Derby, Ike Hamilton Derby and Classic, Breeders Invitational, Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6-year-old, Brazos Bash Classic and West Texas Classic. His Limited Open win in the Futurity takes him over the $200,000 mark in NCHA earnings.

Tin Man, ridden by Zeb Corvin. Seth Petit photo.

Reserve champion Tin Man was bred by Linda Holmes and is owned by Stella Swanson of Midland, Texas. He is by Metallic Cat out of Nurse Moss, a mare that also produced Super Stakes reserve champion Melting Snow ($101,643). Nurse Moss is a full sister to #2 all-time leading sire Dual Rey.

Zeb Corvin has won Limited Open championships at the Breeders Invitational and the Pacific Coast Derby.

TRs Best Player puts Wood in front

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Mike Wood, who has a record six NCHA World Finals Novice championships to his credit, moved closer to claiming another one on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in the first round of the $25,000 Novice at the 7 Ranch World Finals in Fort Worth,’s Watt Arena.

He marked 224 on TRs Best Player to lead Spoons Lil Buckaroo with 221.5 and Superfly with 220.5. The second round and the non-working finals in the $25,000 Novice, $35,000 Non-Pro, $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $2,000 Limited Rider will be determined on Thursday.

TRs Best Player was bred by Buffalo Ranch and is owned by Debra Winard, of Scottsdale, Arizona. The 10-year-old mare is by TR Dual Rey out of Lizzys Player. In her limited age career, she was reserve champion of the Southern Futurity. She came into the World Finals ranked 11th in the World Standings, but her first-round win moved her up to eighth place.

TRs Best Player will be represented by her baby Peptos Dualin Banjos, to be ridden by Michael Smith Friday in the first round of Amateur competition.

Peptos Scootin Man, owned and shown by Tim Smith, has a lock on the $25,000 Novice World Championship with a $13,000 lead in the standings.

$35,000 Non-Pro

Gavin Clarke of Jackson, California, clinched the World Championship in the $35,000 Non-Pro division by winning the first round of the 7 Ranch World Finals with a 223 on Rubys CD Legacy, the same mare that Emily Meyer rode to win the class at the 2017 NCHA World Finals.

Clarke led Debra Winard on Reys Hot Wheels with a 219 and Leah Stewart on Footprints By Gypsy with a 216.5 in the first round.

Rubys CD Legacy was bred by Phil Hanson by CD Lights out of Smart Little Ruby. The 11-year-old mare is a three-quarter sister to Rubys Royal CD, an earner of more than $248,000 with Hanson and owner Bonnie Martin.

Following the first round, Clarke had established a lead of $1,919 over James Figiel for the World Championship.

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro

Marilyn Kittelman of Yoncalla, Oregon, marked 223 on Smooth Like Foxetta to win the first round of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. A pair of Kings (unrelated) tied for second with 219: Christine King on This Isa Third and Amy Welch King on Countessa Kitty.

Smooth Like Foxetta is a 6-year-old mare bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake by Smooth As A Cat out of Travs Foxetta, by Travalena. Her second dam is Super Stakes reserve champion and $778,000 producer Stylish And Foxie.

Smooth Like Foxetta held steady in 14th place in the World Standings with her first-round win.

The World Champion will be Dual Rider, ridden by Katherine Whitby. The 8-year-old Flo Rider gelding has a lead of nearly $27,000 in the standings.

$2,000 Limited Rider

Heather Todd of Murray, Kentucky marked 221 on GS Zans Cat for a two-point win in the first round of the $2,000 Limited Rider. Parker Reynolds scored 219 on MK Jessie Rey, while Sharon Wilson posted a 217.5 on Cougars January Jonz.

GS Zans Cat was bred by Gordon Sevig by Smooth As A Cat out of Zans Red Gold, and is owned by Chaser Ray Crouch. The 12-year-old mare has earned more than $184,000.

Heather Todd’s go-round win moved her from sixth in the standings up to third.

Aden Bernhagen has an unbeatable lead for the World Championship with $12,965 going into the final round. Meredith Simister is sitting in second place with $7,206.

Miller, Rice and Westfall on top with 437.5

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

With a bubble of 424 points established on Tuesday, the first of two days of Non-Pro second go-round competition, Wednesday promises plenty of action. Megan Miller, Kylie Rice, and Brandon Westfall, tied on Tuesday with cumulative high scores of 437.5 points. Rice’s horse, Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, had also qualified for the Open Semi-Finals under Tim Smith, for her breeders Kevin and Sydney Knight, Kylie’s parents.

Brandon Westfall on I Reckon So. Ted Petit photo.

Brandon Westfall, who showed I Reckon So, by Kit Kat Sugar, on Tuesday, also qualified for the Open Semi-Finals with 440 points, the second-highest cumulative score, riding Desires One And Only, by One Time Pepto. Both I Reckon So and Desires One And Only are owned and were bred by Brandon’s parents, Russ and Janet Westfall. Russ Westfall was also a top Open qualifier, with 438.5 points on homebred Sugarlesss, by Kit Kat Sugar.

The NCHA earner of $487,186, Brandon Westfall showed Ringo LTE $53,803, by Kit Kat Sugar, to place as both an Open and Open Limited Finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity, as well as The Bluez Feather, by the Bluez Man, in the Non-Pro Finals.

Kylie Rice on Jae Zee. Ted Petit photo.

Kylie Knight Rice is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $531,658 and has competed five times in NCHA Futurity Finals, including her first year, as a 2011 Amateur finalist, when she qualified with two horses. Jae Zee, her mount this year, is a half-sister, out of Eazee E LTE $211,145, to 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, shown by Kylie’s husband, Tatum Rice, who is a top Open Semi-Finalist on Sly Criminal, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Barwick/Knight, Weatherford, Tex.

Megan Miller on Hit Tha Flo. Ted Petit photo.

In addition to tying with the top cumulative score, Megan Miller also posted Tuesday’s high of 221 points riding Hit Tha Flo, by Dual Smart Rey. Miller has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist four times, including in 2017, when she placed sixth aboard Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey.

The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of over $1.2 million, Miller has also won the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes twice, most recently in 2018 with homebred Carolena Reyn LTE $245,119, by Dual Smart Rey.

While Megan Miller and Hit Tha Flo marked 221 points, Tuesday’s high score, Sheridan Clark, Stephenville, Tex., was also impressive with 220 points aboard Shorty Katz, by High Brow Cat. The NCHA earner of $271,453, Clark won the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited championship riding Meradas Puddy Cat LTE $115,631, who she also showed to win the 2014 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited and the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited. In 2015, Clark was a Non-Pro Limited finalist showing two horses, including fourth-placed Shaken Not Stirrred.

The NCHA Futurity Non-Pro second go-round continues through Wednesday, Dec. 4, and is immediately followed by the Limited Open Finals. Thursday, Dec. 5, marks the beginning of the Amateur, Amateur Limited go-rounds, followed by the continuing Open and Non-Pro World Finals competition in Watt Arena. The 7 Ranch World Finals restricted classes begin on Wednesday.

Leaders Wood and Shepard

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

At the close of Non-Pro/ Non-Pro Limited first go-round competition on Monday, Dec. 2, riders with 210 points of more from both divisions advanced to either the second-go-round, beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 3, or the Non-Pro Limited Finals on Monday, Doc. 9.

Paula Wood on Kitty Kat Boon. Seth Petit photo.

Paula Wood, on homegrown Kitty Kat Boon, by Kit Kat Sugar, won the Non-Pro first go-round with 222 points. Kylie Knight Rice, riding Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, earned 220 points, the second-highest score from three days of competition, and also advanced with 219 points on Guantanamo Rey, by Dual Rey.

Alexa Dahl, riding Smoothie Lou Who, by Smooth As A Cat, and Austin Adams, riding Twistd Mister, by Smooth As A Cat, tied with 219.5 points, the Non-Pro go-round’s third highest score.

Junior Youth rider Caylee Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., topped the Limited Non-Pro division with 219 points aboard Notamomenttoosoon, by Boon Too Suen, while Laura Bennett, on Twice The Twist, by Dual Rey, and Erin Russell, riding Tuff Catty Dual, by Woody Be Tuff, earned 218.5 and 218 points, respectively, the Limited go-rounds second and third-highest scores.

Laura Bennett, Hereford, Tex., placed 10th in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Derby and third in the Derby Non-Pro Limited, riding Tictac Sugar, by Kit Kat Sugar. The NCHA earner of $36,748, Bennett also won the West Texas Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Tictac Sugar.

Twice The Twist is out of Twist Alittle Cat, a High Brow Cat daughter, who placed ninth in 2010 $3,000 Novice World standings. Twist Alittle Cat is out of Twistin Alitte LTE $130,492, bred by Kay Floyd and shown by Phil Rapp to win the 1998 Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza Non-Pro championships.

Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Tex., is the NCHA earner of $81,453. She was an NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist in 2011 showing SB Kay Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, and in 2015 placed third on CR Boon To Be Tuff LTE $51,030, by Woody Be Tuff. Russell also won the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Limited showing Under Lights, by CD Lights.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited second go-round continues through Wednesday, December 4.

Paula Wood takes the lead

Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Paula Wood on Kitty Kat Boon. Seth Petit photo. Showing Kitty Kat Boon, by Kit Kat Sugar, Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., claimed an impressive 222-point lead on Sunday, the third day of 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited go-round competition.  Kylie Knight Rice, riding Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, earned 220 points, the second-highest score from three days of competition, after scoring 219 points on Friday with Guantanamo Rey.

Two of Sunday’s riders also earned 219 points, the day’s third-highest score – Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., on DMAC In Good Faith, by Metallic Cat, and Caylee Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., riding Notamomenttoosuen, by Boon Too Suen, in the Limited Non-Pro.

Since 2001, when she placed third on My Blue Hagan LTE $333,113, by Duals Blue Boon, Wood has shown 13 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalists, with eight placed among the Top 10, including 2010 reserve champion Little Black Boon LTE $116,501, by Duals Blue Boon.

Paula Wood, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,422,204, bred Kit Kat Boon out of Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, the Boon Too Suen daughter trained by Paula’s husband Kobie and shown by Paula to win the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, the dam of Donas Suen Boon, has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Cool N Hot LTE $342,691, NCHA’s 2018 Open Horse of the Year.

The  NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $531,658, Kylie Rice first showed as an NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist in 2011, when she placed with both Austin Rey LTE $202,835, by TR Dual Rey, and Knight Reys LTE $12,727, by Peptoboonsmal.

Jae Zee, who Rice showed on Sunday, qualified for the Open Semi-Finals with Tim Smith. Owned and bred by Rice’s  parents, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Jae Zee is a half-sister, out of Eazee E LTE $211,145, to 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, shown by Tatum Rice.

Madalyn Colgrove was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist riding Hammer Hughes LTE $41,494, by Thomas E Hughes, also the Non-Pro Futurity Gelding champion. The NCHA earner of $674,811, Colgrove won the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship on Hes A Heapinspoonful LTE $153,143; was reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Derby and Breeders Invitational on Sweet Baby Marie LTE $187,701; and has also won six Cotton Stakes championships.

DMAC In Good Faith, Colgrove’s 2019 NCHA Futurity mount, is a half-sister, bred by David and Stacie McDavid, to Pharoah And James LTE $202,671 and DMAC Wise Guy LTE $142,176.

Junior Youth rider Caylee Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., was raised to the sport. Her family, including father, Austin; mother, Stacy; brother, Cade; and grandfather, Sam Shepard, all Hall of Fame inductees, have earned a total of more than $12 million showing cutting horses. Austin Shepard won the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity with High Brow CD LTE $502,202 and the 2017 Futurity on Dual Reyish LTE $371,608, and was reserve champion in 2016 riding Sir Long Legs LTE $365,015.

When he was 17, Caylee’s brother, Cade, won the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, as well as the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro, riding Chexy Louella LTE $99,988. Ultra Brow Time, Caylee’s 2019 Non-Pro Futurity mount, is out of Ultra Time LTE $50,831, by One Time Pepto. Ultra Time’s dam, MH San Tules Dually $330,220, shown by Stacy Shepard as 2008 Millionheir Classic Non-Pro champion, is the dam of eight money earners of $801,013, including Bamacat LTE $351,360, by High Brow Cat, and Christy Hughes LTE $177,834, by Thomas E Hughes.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited first go-round continues through Monday, December 2.