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Gary Barker claims Classic Amateur Unlimited title

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Gary Barker on Smooth Nu Cat Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 11, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., scored 224 points on Smooth Nu Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, to win the 2018 Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. Jacob Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex., claimed the reserve title with 223.5 points aboard Little Jewels Olena, by Athena Puddy Cat, while Danny Jones, Alberta, Can., and Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal, placed third with 223 points.

Matt Gaines showed Smooth Nu Cat for Gary and Shannon Barker as an open finalist in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, as well as the 2016 Super Stakes and NCHA Derby, and the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

It was in 2017 that Barker started showing the gelding and racked up an impressive record as champion of the Cotton Stakes 5/6 Non-Pro, as well as champion of the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, reserve champion of the Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and a top 10 finalist in the Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro; the Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited; the Non-Pro Cutting 5/6 Non-Pro; and the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited.

The Barkers bred Special Nu Cat, as well as 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion Second Spot LTE $274,686, also shown for them by Matt Gaines, and Sticky Spot LTE $108,982, the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve champion.

Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, the dam of Smooth Nu Cat, won the 2015 NCHA World Championship with Gaines and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame. The dam of six NCHA money earners, Special Nu Cat, with $143,681, is Special Nu Baby’s top money earner. Gary Barker is the NCHA earner of $544,787.

Jacob Taurel on Little Jewels Olena. Hart Photography.

Jacob Taurel was a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited finalist (6th) with Metallic Martinis, by Metallic Cat. Taurel, the NCHA earner of $149,207, also won the 2016 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited on VV Hellcat, by Smoother Than A Cat, and the 2015 Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited on WH Cat And Mouse, by Wild Haired Cat.

Five-year-old Little Jewels Olena, by Athena Puddy Cat, carried David Taurel as reserve champions of the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur, and as an Amateur finalist in the 2017 NCHA Derby and the 2017 West Texas Derby.

Danny Jones, NCHA earner of $505,199, and 6-year-old Play Miss Boonsmal came into the Classic Amateur Unlimited Finals off of a 223-point first go-round score and a 221-point Semi-Finals score. They also claimed the 2018 Cattlemen’s 5/6 Amateur Unlimited championship and the 2017 Brazos Bash 5/6 Amateur Unlimited championship, and had placed (4th) in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited.

Play Miss Boonsmal, the earner of $137,380, has also had a successful Open limited age event career for Jones under Eddie Flynn.

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

Nelson Vivas wins Super Stakes Amateur championship

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Nelson Vivas on Playboy Is Smooth. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 11, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Nelson Vivas, Redland, Fla., scored 216 points on Playboy is Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, to win the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals. John Rockey, Palmdale, Fla., scored 214.5 points on Dureyngo Kid, by Reys Dual Badger, for the reserve championship, while Bobbie Kay Davis, Templeton, Calif., placed third with 214 aboard RN Starlights Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Nelson Vivas earned his first, and previously only, checks in limited age event competition, in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals, riding Downtown Fort Worth, by Dual R Smokin. Before Wednesday’s win, he had total earnings of $4,712.

Vivas was introduced to cutting three years ago by David Taurel, also an amateur competitor, who had shown Playboy Is Smooth to win the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship.

John Rockey on Dureyngo Kid. Hart Photography.

John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid, winners of the 2018 Cattlemen’s Amateur and Amateur Unlimited championships, also placed in the finals of the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals. Rockey, the NCHA earner of $165,958, also qualified with Medal Of Honor, by Metallic Cat, for Thursday’s Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals.

Bobbie Kay Davis, the NCHA earner of $27,401, placed in the finals of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur and Amateur Unlimited riding Looks Sweeter, by Sweet Lil Pepto, who she also showed to place (6th) in the 2017 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Amateur Finals.

Davis’s Super Stakes mount, RN Starlights Cat, by High Brow Cat, placed third in the 2017 PCCHA Futurity Open with Russ Westfall, who also showed her as a finalist (19th) in the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby.

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

Chelsea Tatum Classic Non-Pro Limited Champion

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Chelsea Tatum on Bobs Smart Rey. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 10, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Chelsea Tatum, Overbrook, Okla., scored 225 points in the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited Finals to overtake Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., who had earned 222 points earlier in the 12-horse field. Gentry Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., placed third with 218.5 points.

Tatum showed the 5-year-old Dual Rey daughter Bobs Smart Rey, the horse that launched Tatum’s limited age event career, when they placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity. In 2017, the pair won the PCCHA Futurity 4-year–old Non-Pro; took reserve in the Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro Limited; were finalists in the Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro (4th).

Earlier this year, Tatum and Bobs Smart Rey were reserve champions of the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro and won the Non-Pro Limited of that event. They have also qualified for the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Finals, slated for Thursday, April 12.

Chelsea Tatum is the NCHA earner of $81,541 and Bobs Smart Rey is the earner of $80,164. Bobs Smart Rey is out of Bobs Smart Change LTE $219,581, by Bob Acre Doc, and producer of earners of over $400,000.

Langston Pattillo on High Stylin CD. Hart Photography.

Langston Pattillo showed High Stylin CD, by High Brow CD, who he also qualified for the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals. Pattillo also qualified for the Classic Amateur Finals with 215.5 points on Dualins Smooth Legacy, by Smooth As A Cat.

After winning the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur, High Stylin CD and Pattillo kept up the pace with the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited reserve champion title and the 2018 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Amateur championship win, as well as money earned as a finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur and the Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited.

Pattillo is the NCHA earner of $66,237 and High Stylin CD is the earner of $33,008.

Gentry Gonsalves, an NCHA Senior Youth competitor with $5,255, prior to the Super Stakes, more than doubled her earnings with her third-place check aboard Georgia Bootlegger, by Dual Smart Rey. This marked 5-year-old Georgia Bootlegger’s first time to earn limited age event money, as well.

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

 

 

 

Rodriguez tops second day

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Alberto Rodriguez on Mo Metallic. Hart Photography,

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 9, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Alberto Rodriguez, Tioga, Tex., scored 217 points on Mo Metallic, by Metallic Cat, to top the second day of NCHA Super Stakes Classic go-round of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition. Gary Rosenbach, Weatherford, Tex., showed the Metallic Cat gelding Pharrel to post 216 points, the day’s second highest score.

Five riders tied with 215.5 points: Bobby Ray Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., on CD Wood, by High Brow CD; Blake Heid, Fort Worth, Tex., with PRF Cats Value, by Hydrive Cat; Jose Ignacio Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., riding Grenache Grape, by Sigala Rey; Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., aboard Littledougdeal, by Dealnwithacoolcat; and John Rockey, Palmdale, Calif., on Dureyngo Kid, by Reys Dual Badger.

Alberto Rodriguez, the NCHA earner of $13,268, and Mo Metallic made their debut together in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals and won the 2018 Ike Hamilton Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited. They also placed in the Ike Hamilton Amateur (3rd), as well as in the Bonanza Amateur (3rd) and the Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur (6th).

Gary Rosenbach is a two-time NCHA Super Stakes champion. He won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited riding Herding Instincts, by Herding Cats, as well as the 2013 Super Stakes Amateur with Scooters Daisy Dukes, by Dual Smart Rey.

Pharrel LTE $42,233, carried Rosenbach as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited, and has been a 2018 finalist with Michael Cooper, who shows for Rosenbach’s Rose Valley Ranch, in the Cattlemen’s Derby Open, the Bonanza Open, and the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open.

Bobby Hawkins and CD Wood have earned money in the Senior Non-Pro divisions of the NCHA Futurity (4th) and the Abilene Spectacular (1st). Hawkins, the NCHA earner of $368,411, won the 2015 Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited aboard Reybellion, by Dual Rey, and the 2014 Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited with Lil Ruby Rey, by TR Dual Rey.

Blake Heid, the NCHA earner of $34,069, qualified for the yet-to-be-held 2018 Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals and the Super Stakes Amateur Finals on Catty Lil CD, by High Brow CD. He showed PRF Cats Value as a finalist (7th) in the NCHA Futurity Amateur, and as a finalist in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Amateur and Amateur Unlimited finals (4th and 10th).

Jose Sigala, the NCHA earner of $71,517, was a 2017 Super Stakes Classic Amateur finalist (11th) on Tassa Mia Rey II, by Dual Rey, and a 2016 Super Stakes Amateur finalist (6th) with Wasabi Spice by Smooth As A Cat. He was also an NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finalist aboard Grenache Grape.

Carol Ward, the NCHA Non-Pro earner of $867,663, also qualified for the 2018 Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Semi-Finals with the High Brow CD gelding Crafty With Cows, who she showed as 2017 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited champion.  She placed fourth in the Non-Pro Senior division of the 2017 NCHA Futurity riding Littledougdeal, her Super Stakes Amatuer mount.

John Rockey, entered in the Amateur and Amateur Unlimited divisions posted 217 points on Dureyngo Kid on Sunday, and followed it on Monday with 215.5. He also qualified for the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited with Medal For Honor, by Metallic Cat. The NCHA earner of $165,958, Rockey placed third in the 2016 Super Stakes Classic Amateur on Let Georgie Do It, by Metallic Cat.

Rockey and Dureyngo Kid won both the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur Unlimited and Amateur championships.

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

Hilary Watson tops Amateur first day

Monday, April 9th, 2018
Hilary Watson

Hilary Watson on One Alley Cat. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 8, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., launched the first day of NCHA Super Stakes 4-year-old competition with a high score of 220 points on Sunday, in the first go-round of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition.

John Rockey, Palmdale, Calif., was second with 217 points, while four riders marked 216.5 points: Ken Hanson, Weatherford, Tex.; Will Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex.; Melissa Drummond, Pawhuska, Okla.; and Eric Vanboekel, Mt. Elgin, Ontario.

Last week, Watson qualified for the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited Finals, to be held Wednesday, April 11, with Iridescent Cat (219), by Catty Hawk, and Reychel (217.5), by Light N Lena. Her Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited mount, One Alley Cat LTE $40,411, by High Brow Cat, won the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Open and Open Novice, and placed (23rd) in the Bonanza Open under Cullen Chartier.

Watson, who placed (3rd) in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited and eighth in the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited on Shady Lil CD, by High Brow CD, is the NCHA earner of $185,070.

John Rockey showed Dureyngo Kid LTE $16,103, the Reys Dual Badger gelding that he showed to win both the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur and Amateur Unlimited championships. Rockey, the NCHA earner of $165,958, placed third and won the Senior division of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic riding Let Georgie Do It, by Metallic Cat.

Ken Hanson, the NCHA earner of $210,100, rode Rey Good Lookin LTE $54,401, by Dual Rey, who he showed as an Amateur Unlimited finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity, as well as a finalist in the 2018 Bonanza Amateur Unlimited. Chris Johnsrud also showed Rey Good Lookin for Hanson as an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist and to place fourth in the 2018 Bonanza Open.

Will Bushaw, an NCHA Junior Youth competitor in 2017, was also a 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist and Amateur Unlimited finalist riding Wood You Rather, by Woody Be Tuff. His 2018 Super Stakes mount Where Its At, by Dual Smart Rey, is out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Smooth As A Twist $144,015, raised and trained by his father Chad and also shown by Will.

Melissa Drummond, the NCHA earner of $83,699, showed the homebred Metallic Cat gelding Metallize LTE $17,423, who was shown in 3-year-old limited age event Open competition by Adan Banuelos. Drummond was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finalist on My Stylish Babe, the maternal granddam of Metallize. Metallize is out of Lizzys Gotta Babe LTE $91,137, by Lizzys Gotta Player.

Eric Vanboekel, the NCHA earner of $333,265, rode the by Dual R Smokin daughter My Cats A Smoker, who he also showed as a semi-finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited. Vanboekel was a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited finalist (15th) on Ichis Ice Man, by Cat Ichi, and was reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited, as well as a 2017 Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro finalist (6th) riding Peppys Cashin Checks LTE $132, 625, by Im Countin Checks.

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

Pattillo claims high score for Day Three and more

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Langston Pattillo

Langston Pattillo on High Stylin CD. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 7, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, IL, scored 219.5 points on High Stylin CD to top the third and last day of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur 5/6 Classic first go-round competition. Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., showed Iridescent Cat to earn 219 points, the second-highest score of the day, while Kathleen Sullivan, Sioux Falls, S.D., came in third with 218.5 points.

Danny Jones, Alberta, Canada, who qualified for the Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals, remained the high-scoring rider from all Amateur and Amateur Unlimited go-round contenders with 223 points aboard Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal.

Langston Pattillo and 5-year-old High Stylin CD, by High Brow CD, topped the field (with 214 points or more) advancing to the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals on Thursday, April 12. But before that, on Tuesday, April 10, they will compete in the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited Finals. Pattillo also qualified for the Classic Amateur Finals with 215.5 points on Dualins Smooth Legacy, by Smooth As A Cat.

After winning the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur, High Stylin CD and Pattillo kept up the pace with the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited reserve champion title and the 2018 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Amateur championship win, as well as money earned as a finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur and the Cattlemens Derby 5/6-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited.

Hilary Watson, advanced to the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finals, along with 67 other riders with scores of 213 points or more. In addition to Iridescent Cat, by Catty Hawk, Watson also qualified on Reychel, by Light N Lena, with 217.5 points.

Earlier this year, Hilary Watson and Reychel earned the reserve championship of the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and placed (8th) in the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur finals, as well as in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur and 5/6 Amateur Unlimited divisions.

Kathleen Sullivan, the NCHA earner of $77,468, who last earned money in major limited age competition in 2008 aboard Bodee Quixote, by Bodee Boonsmal, qualified for the Classic Amateur Finals on Lectrifyn Royalty, the earner of $1,441, sired by One Time Royalty.

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

Pinkston and Taurel tie with Day Two high score

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Lica Pinkston on Stylish Top Brow. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 6, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Lica Pinkston, Alice, Tex., and Jacob Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex., tied with 219 points aboard Stylish Top Brow and Little Jewels Olena, respectively, to top Day Two of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur 5/6 Classic first go-round competition. Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., earned 217.5 points, the day’s second-highest score on Reychel.

Lica Pinkston and Stylish Top Brow won three Amateur Unlimited 4-year-old championships (Southern Futurity, West Texas Futurity and Cattlemen’s Derby) in 2017, in addition to claiming the reserve championship of the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro and ninth in the Derby Amateur Unlimited. This year, they have placed third in the Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Amateur Unlimited; fourth in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited; and fifth in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur.

Five-year-old Stylish Top Brow, by High Brow CD, is the NCHA earner of $93,010; Lica Pinkston is the earner of $316,769.

Jacob Taurel on Little Jewels Olena. Hart Photography.

Jacob Taurel, the NCHA earner of $149,207, was a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited finalist (6th) on Metallic Martinis, by Metallic Cat. He also showed V Eight Smooth Ichi, by Smooth As A Cat, as a finalist (18th) in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited.

Five-year-old Little Jewels Olena, by Athena Puddy Cat, carried Taurel as reserve champion of the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur, and as a finalist in the NCHA Derby Amateur, and is currently the earner of $13,679.

Earlier this year, Hilary Watson and Reychel earned the reserve championship of the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and placed (8th) in the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur finals, as well as in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur and 5/6 Amateur Unlimited divisions.

Five-year-old Reychel, by Light N Lena, is the earner of $21,109; Watson is the NCHA earner of $242,077.

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