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Bear Davis tops Non-Pro second round

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Bear Davis on My Beach My Wave. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 19, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Bear Davis, Millsap, Tex., riding My Beach My Wave, by Metallic Cat, scored 219 points on Thursday to win the Super Stakes Non-Pro second go-round and earn a cumulative score of 431. Megan Miller, winner of the first go-round with 220 points on Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, earned the high cumulative score of 435.5 points for both go-rounds.

Forty-nine riders with cumulative scores of 428 points or higher advanced to Friday’s Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Megan Miller also earned 432.5 points on Spur That Cat, by Spots Hot, and 428 on Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey. The top sires, with three or more semi-finalists from the field of 49, are Metallic Cat (8); Smooth As A Cat (6); Kit Kat Sugar (4); Woody Be Tuff (4); Dual Smart Rey (3); and Hottish (3).

Bear Davis, the NCHA earner of $150,066, won the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited championship and the 2016 Breeders invitational Amateur aboard Red Solo Catt LTE $128,365, by Metallic Cat. He also showed Dont Poke The Bear LTE $19,004, by Dual Smart Rey, as a finalist (6th) in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited and as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Futurity Non-Pro.

My Beach My Wave also carried Davis as an NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited semi-finalist, Dont Poke The Bear and Red Solo Catt earned Bear reserve championships in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited and 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited, respectively.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Megan Miller wins Non-Pro first round

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Megan Miller on Carolena Reyn. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 18, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., scored 220 points riding Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, on Wednesday to win the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro first go-round. Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., on Mizpah Cat, by Auspicious Cat, marked 218.5, the day’s second-highest score, while Lee Holsey, Lovelady, Tex., scored 218 points aboard Smooth Lil Cowtown, by Smooth As A Cat.

Megan Miller also scored 217.5 points with Spur That Spot, by Spots Hot, and 215 points on Hey Boo Boo, by Dual Smart Rey. Non-Pro riders with 210 or higher advance to Thursday’s second go-round; Non-Pro Limited riders with 214.5 points advanced.

Carolena Reyn, bred by Megan and her husband Matt, out of Carolena Moon LTE $76,150, is a half-sister to A Smooth Criminal $134,686, and three-quarter sister to Stylish Swagger LTE $120,061, and Reylena Moon LTE $118,075. Matt Miller showed Carolena Reyn, who had earned $60,182 coming into the Super Stakes, as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist, and as champion of the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open.

Megan, the NCHA earner of $1,021,452, won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro aboard Itawtathenapuddycat LTE $325,363 and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, shown by Matt Miller as the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.

Mizpah Cat LTE $5,012, shown by Brandon Dufurrena, is a three-quarter sister to 2015 NCHA Futurity Open champion Stevie Rey Von LTE $396,472 and Purple Reyn LTE $356,632, out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842. Dufurrena, the NCHA earner of $990,617, showed both Miss Ella Rey and Purple Reyn as Super Stakes Non-Pro finalists in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He also qualified for tomorrow’s second go-round with 213 points on Cherry Chapstick by Metallic Cat.

Beau Galyean showed Stevie Rey Von to win the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on Sunday, April 1.

Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $69,032, shown by Lee Holsey, was 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion with Brandon Westfall. Holsey who acquired the mare following the Futurity, showed her as reserve champion of the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro.

Holsey, the NCHA earner of $220,720, Showed Cowtown Lucy LTE $53,816, by Dual Rey, as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist. He also showed Miss Laureyna LTE $62,252, by Smart Royal Rey, as a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited finalist.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

 

 

Julie Hansma tops first day of Non-Pro

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Julie Hansma

Julie Hansma, riding Tommy Shelby. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 17, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Julie Hansma, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 218. 5 points on homebred Tommy Shelby, by High Brow Cat, to top the first day of Super Stakes Non-Pro competition. Reigning NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Chad Bushaw; Cody Hedlund; and Kyle Manion tied with 217.5 points, the day’s second-highest score.

Hansma, the NCHA earner of $1,448,135, showed Tommy Shelby as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist, while her daughter, McCall, showed the colt to place third in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. One month later, Julie showed Tommy Shelby as Non-Pro reserve champion and Non-Pro Novice winner in the Abilene Spectacular.

Tommy Shelby is out of Little Pepto Zack, by Zack T Wood, a half-sister to Little Pepto Cat $518,047.

Chad Bushaw on Bittersweet. Hart Photography.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship aboard his Super Stakes mount Bittersweet LTE $61,162, by Metallic Cat. Bushaw, who ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners, also won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Jerryoes LTE $252,790; the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cats Ruby LTE $143,998; and the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat LTE, $381,154, who is out of Bet On Houston, dam of three of the 2018 Super Stakes Open top-scoring horses going into thew Semi-Finals. Bittersweet is out of Miss Sea Rey, by Dual Rey, dam of seven NCHA earners of $191,033.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA earner of $826,194, from Lipan, Tex, showed Teles One Time. Although Hedlund and the One Time Royalty son have not as yet hit the boards in a limited age event, they share an impressive history. Teles One Time is out of Teles Lies LTE $93,206, shown in open competition by Cody’s father Rock Hedlund. Teles Lies, in turn, is the dam of Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, by Metallic Cat, shown by Cody as 2014 Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve champion.

Meteles Cat is also the dam of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, by WR This Cats Smart, shown by Cody as the 2011 Super Stakes Non-Pro champion.

Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Tex., showed Smooth As Mimi LTE $32,054, by Smooth As A Cat, who he also showed as a finalist (7th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro (6th). Manion, the NCHA earner of $1,660,729, was the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve champion and Non-Pro Novice winner aboard Chet Smooth LTE $137,807, by Smooth As A Cat.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Big win for Lance Cooper in Open Limited

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Zen And Tonic, ridden by Lance Cooper. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 16, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

First to the herd in his first Open finals, Lance Cooper, 17, took no prisoners with a 223-point win in the Super Stakes Open Limited. Riding Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, owned by his parents, Michael and Jennifer Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., and with go-round scores of 216 and 213.5 points, Cooper stepped up to the occasion and was never threatened.

Garrett Hampton, riding Merlott, by Dual Rey, for Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., earned the reserve championship with 217 points, while Greg Wright on Sugarush, by Kit Kat Sugar, for Monte Strusiner, Northbrook, Ill., and Christian Miller on SDP Hy Jane, by Hydrive Cat, for SDP Buffalo Ranch, tied for third and fourth with 216.5 points in the 14-horse finals.

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic have been a team since the NCHA Futurity, where they won the Non-Pro Limited championship and placed 11th in the Non-Pro finals. Since then, shown exclusively by Lance, Zen And Tonic has claimed eight more major Non-Pro/Non-Pro Limited titles, in addition to Monday’s Open Limited championship.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $180,719, cashed his first major event check in 2014, as a 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist (12th) and Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist on Post Card From Paris, by Light N Lena. But his first shiny buckle came as champion of the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth aboard A Little Bossy LTE $403,677, by CD Lights and owned by Gary and Karen Fields.

Merlott, ridden by Garrett Hampton. Hart Photography.

Garrett Hampton, 18, Weatherford, Tex., had earned $36,923 before Monday’s finals on Merlott, who had no NCHA earnings before the finals. Hampton’s biggest previous check came as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalst on Cattonoogalena, by Catto Boy. In 2016, he won the NCHA Western Nationals Senior Youth riding Ima Little Ichi, by Cat Ichi.

Greg Wright, Piedmont, Okla., showed Sugarush as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist and Open Limited finalist (12th), as well as an Open finalist in the 2018 Bonanza Open Futurity. Wright, the NCHA earner of $789,259, won the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited championship on Stars Freckled Girl, by Metallic Cat, and the 2016 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open Limited aboard Ima Hot Model, by Spots Hot. He also placed sixth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited and the Super Stakes Classic Open with Aristocratic Star, by High Brow Cat, a three-quarter sister to Sugarush.

Christian Miller, the NCHA earner of $111,584, who won the 2008 NCHA Eastern National Junior Youth championship on Bob Acre Ray, by Bob Acre Doc, earned his biggest check as a 2017 NCHA Derby Open semi-finalist and Open Limited finalist riding Daisy Poochanan, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Paul and Julie Hansma. His Super Stakes mount, SDP Hy Jane had earned $56 prior to Monday’s finals.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Three-peat for Cooper and Rose Valley Ranch

Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Cat About Houston

Cat About Houston, ridden by Michael Cooper. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 15, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Michael Cooper, riding for Rose Valley Ranch, claimed both the individual high score and the cumulative high score on the first of two days of Open second go-round competition.

The gelding Cat About Houston, by Metallic Cat, earned 220.5 points to top Sunday’s competition. It was the third time and the third horse Cooper showed to mark 220 points or higher since the beginning of the Open go-rounds, on Thursday. At the end of Sunday’s competition, just seven horses, including Rose Valley’s three, had scored 220 or more in four days of Open go-rounds.

All three of Cooper’s mounts were also bred by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and are out of the same mare – Bet On Houston, by Peptoboonsmal. Cat About Houston, the NCHA earner of $49,190, was the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion with Nate Lansford, and was a 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity finalist (4th), as well as an Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Open (13th finalist).

Judgement Day, a gelding by High Brow Cat and out of Bet On Houston, posted Sunday’s high cumulative of 440.5 points, with go-round scores of 222 and 218.5 points. Im Quintan Checks, by Im Countin Checks, and shown by John Sanislow for Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., had the second highest cumulative (222 and 218 for 440), while Cat About Houston and Cooper placed third with 438 (217.5 and 220.5).

Judgement Day, the NCHA earner of $49,905, was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist (16th) under Cooper, and also placed seventh in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open.

On Monday, Cooper will show Pharrel, who scored 220 points in the first go-round. Sired by Metallic Cat out of Bet On Houston, Pharrel is the earner of $53,686. In addition to being a finalist with Cooper in three major 2018 limited age events, the red roan gelding carried Rose Valley Ranch owner Gary Rosenbach as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist, and last Wednesday, April 11, to place third in the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Sunday’s second highest score, following Cat About Houston’s 220.5 points, was 219 points posted by the Dual Rey son Merlott, under Garrett Hampton for Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., and by CR Dualin Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff with Austin Shepard for Center Ranch. The NCHA earner of $47,993, CR Dualin Tuff was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (12th) with Shepard, as well as a 2018 Bonanza Open finalist and Augusta Futurity Open finalist.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Cowboys and Checks

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 14, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

The cut that counted on Saturday, was the 213.5-point bubble score that admitted first go-round competitors to the Super Stakes Open second go-round beginning Sunday, April 15. Leading the 168-horse advance (from 273 entries), with 222 points, were Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and Mister Metallic, by Metallic Cat, who made their marks on Friday, and were joined by Im Quintan Checks, by Im Countin Checks, and Hott Nu Cowboy, by Hottish, who scored 222 points on Saturday.

Im Quintan Checks, ridden by John Sanislow. Hart Photography.

Im Quintan Checks LTE $50,620, owned and bred by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., and shown by John Sanislow, made his debut in the 2017 NCHA Futurity, where he placed in the Open and the Open Limited finals. Earlier this year, he was a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Open and the Augusta Futurity Open.

Out of Quintan Blue $594,637, a leading producer of earners of $1,013,422, Im Quintan Checks is a half-brother to, among others, Blue One Time $252,869, by One Time Pepto; Cat Man Blue LTE $228,148, by High Brow Cat; and QB Cat $184,557, by High Brow Cat.

John Sanislow, NCHA earner of $234,523, won the 2014 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Open Limited aboard Cha Ching And Change for Circle Y Ranch, and in 2015 earned eight more Open Limited championship titles on Im Countin Checks-sired horses for Circle Y Ranch, the stallion’s owner.

Sanislow also scored 215.5 points on Ms Wendel Reycine, by High Brow CD, for Circle Y Ranch.

Hott Nu Cowboy, ridden by Phil Rapp. Hart Photography.

Hott Nu Cowboy, shown by Phil Rapp, was bred by Wrigley Ranches and is owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. The Hottish colt, NCHA earner of $976, is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268 and a half-brother to Special Nu Boon LTE $135,717, by Boon Too Soon.

Phil Rapp, the sport’s all-time leading money earner, as well as a leading breeder of cutting horses, also scored 218.5 points aboard Dont Happen Twice, owned by Waco Bend Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Judgement Day and Mister Metallic riding high

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 13, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Following one and a-half days of Super Stakes Open go-round competition, Judgement Day, shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and Mister Metallic, with Matt Miller for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif., carried the standard with 222 points.

Pharrel, also shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, and Summer Shandy, with Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., tied with the second-highest score of 220 points. Coincidentally, Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and Pharrel, by Metallic Cat, are three-quarter brothers out of Bet On Houston LTE $42,089, by Peptoboonsmal.

Mister Metallic

Mister Metallic, ridden by Matt Miller. Hart Photography.

Mister Metallic, by Metallic Cat, is out of Smart Crackin Chic, winner of the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and dam of SCR Hydrive Cat, by Hydrive Cat, owned by Singleton Ranches, Lamy, N.M., and one of four horses who scored 219 points in the Open go-round, including SDP Hy Jane, by Hydrive Cat, and shown for SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., by Christian Miller; Cool N Hot, by Hottish, shown by Kobie Wood, for Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex.; and Bayou Metallic, by Metallic Cat, shown by Lindy Burch and owned by Barlajam Cutter Partnership, Oklahoma City.

Judgement Day, ridden by Michael Cooper. Hart Photography.

Judgement Day LTE $49,905, a full brother to Bet On A Cat LTE $381,154, was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (16th) and a 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open finalist (8th) with Michael Cooper. His dam, Bet On Houston, bred by Oxbow Ranch, was a 2005 NCHA Super Stakes finalist (12th) under Lindy Burch.

Pharrel LTE $53,686, also out of Bet On Houston, placed third this week in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited with his breeder Gary Rosenbach, owner of Rose Valley Ranch, who also bred Judgement Day.

Mister Metallic LTE $15,840, a full brother, out of Smart Crackin Chic, to Mistresssis LTE $165,625, and Metallic Mistress LTE $160,527 was a finalist this year in the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Ike Hamilton Derby Open with Matt Miller.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes