Brazos Bash Open on the books

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Kenny Platt. Sally Harrison photo

Fancy Hughes, ridden by Kenny Platt for Reed and Sheryl McClymont, Holdrege, Neb., scored an overwhelming 226-point win on Monday, September 29, in the Brazos Bash Open Futurity. The $23,000 winner’s prize represented the second consecutive 3-year-old champion’s title for the daughter of Thomas E Hughes, bred by the McClymonts out of Choice Jewels, by SR Instant Choice. In August, she won the Idaho Futurity, worth $12,737.

DMAC Spicy Spoon, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., claimed reserve with 220 points, while Smooth Serena Rey, with Geoffrey Sheehan for Toddy Pitard, El Dorado, Ark., was third with 219 points.

Junie Wood, 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Craig Crumpler, and 2014 NCHA Super Stakes champion under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., took the Brazos Bash 4-year-old championship and first-place money of $20,000 with 225.5 points. The Nitas Wood daughter, a full sister to Woody Be Tuff, sire of 2012 NCHA Futurity co-champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, is the official NCHA earner of $242,949.

Spoonful Of Stella, shown by Jason Clark for Wrigley Ranches, Weatherford, Tex., placed second with 224 points; RW Rockin, shown by Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., was third with 220 points.

Spoonful Of Stella, by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of 2000 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Stella Starlight, also won the Cotton Stakes Derby in September under Clark.

Once In A Blu Boon, with 10 major limited age event championship titles to his name, claimed his eleventh with 226 points in the Classic Open under James Payne. The 6-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal is owned by Charlotte Farms, Rosston, Tex., owned by Jill Freeman, widow of the stallion’s breeder and legendary trainer, Bill Freeman.

Once In A Blu Boon, the official NCHA earner of $299,000, is out of Autumn Boon, a leading producer of earners of over $1.5 million.

Reserve champion of the Brazos Bash Classic, Short N Smooth,scored 225 points with Jason Clark for owner Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex, who won the 2012 Brazos Bash Non-Pro champion’s title riding the Smooth As A Cat sired gelding. Including his Brazos Bash winnings, 6-year-old Short N Smooth has lifetime earnings of $249,000.

Six-year-old Cat Belue, by High Brow Cat, placed third in the Classic with 224 points, under Geoffrey Sheehan for Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga.

The Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., concludes its 11-day run on October 5 with the amateur finals.

Big Bash Sale barometer for healthy market

Friday, September 26th, 2014

High seller Louellas Bet. Photo by Jim Arnold

Competitive bidding at the inaugural Big Bash on the Brazos Sale, September 23 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., reinforced the demand for show horses in today’s market.

Two-year-old Louellas Bet, consigned by Oxbow Ranch and in training with Davide Facincani, was the high-seller, at $40,000, from a select number of cutting horses sold while working cattle. The red roan filly is from the first crop of 2011 NCHA World Champion Bet Hesa Cat,also bred by Oxbow Ranch, and is half-sister to Movin Downtown LTE $346,715, as well as three-quarter sister to Louellas Cat LTE $280,119 and Cattalou LTE $166,295. She was purchased by John Viola, Fort Worth, Tex.

Three-year-old Linkinparkafterdark, consigned by and in training with Matt Miller, was the second-highest seller at $29,000. The black daughter of Third Cutting is out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, Miller’s 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion.

Produced by Western Bloodstock LTD., the Big Bash on the Brazos, with a top five average of $25,800, offered a limited catalog of horses, from two to six-year-olds, all sold while working cattle. The well-attended sale, preceded by a complimentary lunch, launched the $300,000 Brazos Bash, held at Silverado Arena from September 24 through October 5.

The next sales on tap for Western Bloodstock LTD. are the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, December 8 through 13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex. The sales, including the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale on December 8, and the Select Yearling Sale and Gala, draw buyers from around the world to vie for cutting’s finest.

Deadline for consignment to the NCHA Futurity Sales is October 15. For additional information, visit

Lizzys Gotta Babe wins at El Rancho

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Lizzys Gotta Babe

Morgan Cromer and Lizzys Gotta Babe won the Mercuria World Series finals at El Rancho Futurity. Ted Petit photo.

Morgan Cromer marked 225 on Lizzys Gotta Babe to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series Open finals at El Rancho Futurity on September 19.

World Champion One Time Choice finished second with Chubby Turner with a 223, and the recent Idaho Mercuria champion, Peptos Chic Olena, finished thrid with Todd Bimat with a score of 222.5.

It was the first World Series win for Lizzys Gotta Babe, and the second for Cromer, a Hall of Fame Rider who scored at Las Vegas this summer on Woodys Wildest Cat.

Lizzys Gotta Babe is owned by Tim and Missy Drummond of Pawhuska, Oklahoma and was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. The 8-year-old mare is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, an NCHA Derby finalist that has produced earners of  $685,000, including Cat Mom Do ($187,000), My Lizzy Babe ($152,000) and Card Trick ($108,000).

Moms Stylish Babe is out of $822,000 producer Playboys Mom. And Playboys Mom was out of NCHA Futurity champion and $426,000 producer Lenaette.

Adan Banuelos won the El Rancho 5/6-year-old with Lizzys Gotta Babe in 2012. The mare has been a Mercuria World Series finalist seven times. Her win with Morgan Cromer will take her earnings over $72,000.

Jay Moss Cougar

Bill Lacy on Jay Moss Cougar.

In the Non-Pro division, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Bill Lacy of Crested Butte, Colorado marked 223on Jay Moss Cougar to win by one point over Katie Fonsen Young on For Instance.

Jay Moss Cougar is a homebred 6-year-old by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey, a Dual Rey mare that won the West Texas Futurity and earned $85,000. This was the first Mercuria World Series finals for Jay Moss Cougar, who won the Western States Fall Classic Non-Pro and has been a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza. The gelding has earned over $66,000.

For Bill Lacy, it was his second Mercuria finals and his second win. He rode Cats Puma to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series in Lyon, France in 2011.

Peptos Chic Olena takes Mercuria win

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Peptos Chic Olena

Todd Bimat on Peptos Chic Olena. Hitchhiker Productions photos.

Peptos Chic Olena and Todd Bimat marked 227 for a one-point win over Auspicious Cat in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho Futurity on August 31. The win, worth $10,529, was the biggest yet for the 7-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto.

Peptos Chic Olena is owned by Lauren McIntire of Goleta, California. She was bred by Bruce and Connie Clark out of Chic Olenas Promise, a Smart Chic Olena mare from the family of $681,000 producer Quejanamia.

It was the first Mercuria win for Bimat, who won the Las Vegas Classic with Joes Last Cat, by High Brow Cat, on his way to Idaho.

Peptos Chic Olena has been a South Point Classic finalist and a Mercuria finalist at last year’s El Rancho Futurity with Ben Neasham. Bimat made the Mercuria finals with the mare at Las Vegas last month before the breakthrough in Idaho.

Sly Chance

Ashley Snider and Sly Chance.

Ashley Snider of Bluffdale, Texas and Sly Chance marked 228 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series, earning $10,087.

Rieta Dufurrena was second with a 225 on Miss Ella Rey.

Snider had the second high score of 225 in the go-round, behind Dan Hansen’s 225 on Woody Be Lucky.

Sly Chance an Snider enjoyed a successful aged event career, with wins at the Bonanza, and Arbuckle Mountain (twice), as well as a reserve championship at the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Sly Chance was bred by Glade Knight by That Sly Ct out of Oaks Smart Chance, a Doc’s Oak mare that was an NCHA Futurity finalist with John Mitchell. Oaks Smart Chance’s second dam, Dox Smart Chance, was a full sister to Smart Little Lena.

With his latest win, 7-year-old Sly Chance has earned over $167,000.

Snider was marking the 10th anniversary of her win in the Idaho Derby with Instant Bucks. She has career earnings of more than $286.000.

Solid Results for 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Big Shoes To Phil

The 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., preceded the NCHA Derby Finals on August 2, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, and topped the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale with 87% completed sales, including a strong $33,300 average for the top five high sellers.

“We had the largest crowd ever at this Summer Spectacular Sale and a very strong market with 87 percent completed sales,” said Jeremy Barwick of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “Show horses were in demand, as well as prospects in training. But all ages sold well, which indicates an even stronger market in the near future.

“It seems like people are willing to sell and there are definitely buyers ready to buy,” Barwick added. “I was also pleased with the number of young stallions represented by the sale yearlings, which sold very well.

“Also, we definitely owe a debt of gratitude to Hard Eight BBQ, which catered a great lunch for a crowd of 600 people during the sale.”

The sale’s high sellers represented a full range of ages and sexes, including:

Big Shoes To Phil, a yearling stallion sired by High Brow Cat, was the sale topper at $40,000. Consigned by his breeder, Waco Bend Ranch, Big Shoes To Phil is out of Tapt Twice, an NCHA leading producer of earners of $1.2 million, including Big Shoes To Phil’s full sister, Dont Look Twice, NCHA Horse of the Year and earner of $823,504. Big Shoes To Phil was purchased by Renda Tillerson, Argyle, Tex.

CR Tuff Doc Olena, a 4-year-old gelding sired by Woody Be Tuff and consigned by his breeder, Center Ranch, was the second-highest seller at $35,000. Just hours following his sale to Renise Doerr, Katy, Tex., CR Tuff Doc Olena tied for eleventh place in the NCHA Derby under trainer Tarin Rice to earn $14,924 for a career total of $26,845.

Spoon My Desire, a 5-year-old mare sired by Hes A Peptospoonful, sold for $30,000 to Paula Overstreet, Weatherford, Tex. Consigned by J.E. Jumonville, Jr. and in training with Chris Johnsrud, Spoon My Desire, earner of $30,240, is half-sister to Desires Blue Trinity ($175,954), an NCHA Futurity and Derby open finalist, as well as Abilene Spectacular Derby Champion.

Here To Reymember, a 10-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey and consigned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, sold to Larry Knowlton, Heath, Tex., for $30,000. The NCHA earner of $147,721 and full brother to NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Twice As Reycy ($198,361), Here To Reymember sold while in training with Casey Green.

West Coast Cat, a 3-year-old black stallion by Tomcat Chex, brought $30,000 from Robin Branch, Gladstone, Va. Consigned by Charles and Nancy Knight, West Coast Cat is out of Camolena Badger, a Top 10 NRCHA Open Futurity and AQHA World Junior Working Cow Horse. Originally trained by Larry Trocha, he sold in training with Clay Johnson.

The 2014 Summer Spectacular Sale grossed $822,600 on 95 horses sold for an average of $8,659. From the catalog of 109 horses, reserves of $140,700 on 14 head (an average of $10,050) were not attained.

The next sale on Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s calendar is the Western Fall Roundup, on September 6 in Texarkana, Ark. The Big Bash on the Brazos, will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., the day before the Brazos Bash Futurity. All horses sell while working cattle. The NCHA Futurity Sales and Select Yearling Gala are scheduled for December 8-13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

For NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale results and details go to

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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.


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