• Dennis Moreland Tack


Winner’s market at NCHA Futurity Sales

Friday, December 9th, 2016

It was a winner’s market for buyers and sellers at the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions I and II, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8, during the NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, Tex., where 88 percent of the 349 horses offered sold for $4,324,600. Session II set the standard with an average of $17,290 on 145 horses sold, while Session I set the bar with 90.5 percent sold from 178 through the ring.

The high-seller from both sessions, at $93,000, was Desires Smart Lena, a 2002 mare by Smart Little Lena, who sold on Thursday. Consigned by Old Tascosa and last bred to Dual Rey on May 22, Desires Smart Lena is the dam of Desires Blue Trinity LTE $190,038, as well as three other NCHA earners, for a total of $321,075 in offspring earnings. She was purchased by Dr. Richard Beck, Hemet, Calif.

Desires High Fives at $85,000 was the second-highest seller from both sessions. The 2015 High Brow Cat colt was consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch and purchased by Richard Taggard, Henderson, Nev. His dam, Desire Some Freckles LTE $205,444, has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Thundercat LTE $306,644, a full brother to Desires Some Five.

Swiss Cat Pepto LTE $165,977, a 2009 mare by Sweet Lil Pepto, was the high-seller and the high-selling mare from Session I, at $80,000. Consigned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy and purchased by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., Swiss Cat Pepto sold with an embryo by Sanman, conceived on April 6, 2016.

Center Ranch also purchased Beechfork Ranch consignment Catotonic for $65,000. The 2015 Highbrow Cat colt is out of The Doctress Orders LTE $150,752, dam of earners of $549,874, including Boonsmal Doctress LTE $210,856.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Friday, December 9, with the Preferred Breeders Sale Session III, and conclude with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 10, preceding the NCHA Open Futurity Finals.  For the full catalog of sales go to www.westernbloodstock.com.

Off on the right lead with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

webmetallicquintanwes-ashlockMetallic Quintan 014 was the high seller at $100,000 during the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, on Monday, December 5. The 2-Year-Old Sale kicks off six days of Western Bloodstock Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center during the final week of NCHA Futurity competition.

Trained by consigning agent Wes Ashlock, the Metallic Cat daughter was purchased by Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex., owner of 2013 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Smart Kitty. Out of Quiolena, by CD Olena, Metallic Quintan 014 is half-sister to Quintan Blue LTE $609,140. Quintan Blue is the dam of nine NCHA money earners of $815,943, including Blue One Time LTE $252,869 and Cat Man Blue LTE $197,581.

Comebackcat, purchased by Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Co., was the sale’s second-highest seller at $98,000. Trained by consigning agent Hunter Meinzer, the red roan colt is by Metallic Cat and out of the unshown CD Lights daughter Riolight, a full sister to Rio Bud $44,967, dam of five NCHA money earners, including Rio CD Yadayadayada, dam of Yadacat $193,609.

Freckle Kitty, purchased by James Hooper, Decatur, Ala., consigned by Turner West Performance Horses and trained by Turner West, was the third-highest seller for $82,000. The Bet Hesa Cat daughter is out of unshown PlayinThe Spots, by Spots Hot LTE $529,435. Playin The Spots is out of MH Quixote Plays LTE $251,902.

Ten sold during Session I for $50,000 or more with a staggering $44,475 average for stallions.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Tuesday, December 6, with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session II and in the evening the Select Yearling Sale and Gala. For the full catalog of sales go to www.westernbloodstock.com.

McGlothlin has Somethingtobelievein

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Jody McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein. Hart Photography.

Jody McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein. Hart Photography.

Jody McGlothlin of Perrin, Texas, marked 222 on Somethingtobelievin to win the Limited Non-Pro finals Monday evening at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. Australia’s Peter Ryan was second with a 219 on Drip Drop Of Reyn.

Somethingtobelievein was bred by Shane Plummer by Hydrive Cat out of Playin T Etta, by TR Dual Rey. Playin T Etta was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Breeders Invitational and an NCHA Derby finalist with Christina Galyean. She earned over $100,000, mostly in Non-Pro competition.

Playin T Etta is also the dam of Tallica, a Mettalic Cat mare that was also a Breeders Invitational reserve champion with Ty Moore, and an earner of $50,000.

This is McGlothlin’s second win in Will Rogers Coliseum. She was Amateur champion of the 2006 NCHA Derby on Platinum Bob.

Peter Ryan on Drip Drop Of Reyn. Hart Photography.

Peter Ryan on Drip Drop Of Reyn. Hart Photography.

Reserve champion Peter Ryan, from Moura, Queensland, rode Drip Drop Of Reyn, a Dual Smart Rey mare out of Cats Freckles Oak, by Smooth As A Cat. Drip Drop Of Reyn was bred by Pine Island Ranch. Her dam was reserve champion of the Cattlemen’s Derby with Winston Hansma, and she earned $38,000.

Drip Drop Of Reyn was a $15,000 purchase at last year’s Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Ryan has previously been a finalist twice in the Amateur division of the NCHA Futurity, once in the Limited Non-Pro and once in the Non-Pro. His highest placing was third in the 2011 Amateur with Smart Rey Badger.


Colgrove leads Unlimited Amateur

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Madalyn Colgrove on Tank Tallic. Hart Photography.

Madalyn Colgrove on Tank Tallic. Hart Photography.

Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, posted the top score of 218.5 in the first round of the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity presented by Great American Insurance. Ninety riders marked 210 or better to advance.

Colgrove rode Tank Tallic, from the breeding program of the late, great Spencer Harden. Tank Tallic is a son of Metallic Cat out of Otes Darlin, a mare that earned $72,000 in mostly Non-Pro competition in the late ’90s and has produced earners of $289,000. Otes Darlin is a granddaughter of Wee Darlin, the mare Harden rode to win the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity in 1975.

Colgrove already has a win in Will Rogers Coliseum to her credit. She won the Amateur NCHA Classic Challenge with Hes A Heapinspoonful in 2014. She was Unlimited Amateur champ at the Breeders Invitational with One Catty Cupid last spring.

Her sister, Blakley, won the Rios of Mercedes Amateur at the 2014 NCHA Futurity.

Five riders tied for the lead in the Amateur division with 216s. They were Jason Abraham on Mendota Phil (Metallic Cat), Charra Clark on Samson Made Of Metal (Metallic Cat), Christy Erickson on Reys Karma (Dual Smart Rey), Natalie Newby on Check On It (Im Countin Checks) and Peter Ryan on Drip Drop Of Reyn (Dual Smart Rey).

Seventy-seven riders marked 206 or better to advance to the next round.


Reyzin to the top

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Reyzin and Phil Rapp marked 231 Saturday to win the fourth round and the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Open championship in Fort Worth.

A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier took the World Championship, while NRR Cat King Cole, ridden by Tracy Barton, is the Reserve World Champion.

Reyzin, owned by Lori and Bobby Gale of Conway, South Carolina, strung together scores of 219, 221, 224.5 and 231 for the top total of 895.5. That gave earnings of $18,346 to win the World Finals title by $121 over Ichis My Choice, ridden by Grant Setnicka for J5 Horse Ranch. She finished sixth in the year-end standings.

Bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin is a 7-year-old mare by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine. She was Non-Pro Horse of the Year in 2013 and has now earned $396,000.

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy. Hart Photography.

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy. Hart Photography.

A Little Bossy earned $98,246 for the year to earn his World Championship. The 11-year-old gelding is ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas. He’s by CD Lights out of the Smart Little Lena mare Pistol Smart, and he’ll be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame at the Convention next June.

Chartier’s rivals in the World Finals included his brother, Cullen, on Little Pepto Cat, and their father, Randy, on Cat Black I.

A Little Bossy went over $400,000 in earnings at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. R.L. Chartier, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, has earned more than $1.7 million.

Reserve World Champion and Champion Stallion NRR Cat King Cole is a High Brow Cat son owned by North Ridge Ranch and ridden by Tracy Barton.

The World Champion Mare is Paula Wood’s Donas Suen Boon, by Boon Too Suen, trained by Kobie Wood. Donas Suen Boon finished fourth in the World Standings.

Wimberly’s winning year

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, brought a big lead to the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, but she didn’t stop there. She kept piling on the points with Light N Lily in the Watt Arena until she emerged with wins in the non-working finals, the Show Championship and the World Championship.

Wimberly strung together scores of 227, 221, 200 and 223.5 for a cumulative 871.5. That earned her $19,312, a lead of nearly $5,000 for the World Finals title.

For the year, she collected $131,436, the second highest Non-Pro bankroll in history.

April Widman won the Reserve World Championship with $103,065 riding Woodys Baby. She will also be recognized as the top rider of a single horse through the year.

This is just the third time in history that both the World Champ and Reserve have broken the $100,000 mark.

Through the year, Wimberly earned money on Light N Lily, Laredo Montana and Sir Stylish Lizzy. The first two are Light N Lena offspring bred by her father, Billy Martin. Sir Stylish Lizzy is son of Lizzys Gotta Player bred by Tim Drummond.

Wimberly, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, claimed her first NCHA title in the 2009 Super Stakes Classic when she won the Limited Non-Pro with Keechi Pep.

She won Mercuria NCHA World Series events at Augusta and Congress in 2012 with Laredo Montana. In 2013, she won the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic with Light N Lily.

And this year she picked up Mercuria NCHA World Series wins with Light N Lily at the Pacific Coast Derby and Congress.

Her career earnings sailed past the $700,000 mark at the World Finals.


Four more winners crowned

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Mike Wood on Buzzted. Hart Photography.

Mike Wood on Buzzted. Hart Photography.

As the Mercuria NCHA World Finals came down to the wire on Saturday, four more show winners emerged ahead of the evening’s Non-Pro and Open showdowns.

In the $5,000 Novice, Mike Wood and Buzzted marked 222.5 to win the second round and the non-working finals to earn a winning $3,981 at the World Finals.

Bred by Billy Martin by Light N Lena and owned by Christine King of Scottsdale, Arizona, Buzzted has career earnings of $230,000, highlighted by an NCHA Derby championship with Sean Flynn in 2013.

He finished the year in third place behind World Champion Hes Gotta Be Good, ridden by Tom Long for Phyllis Sorbet; and CR Kitts Gotta Gun, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Patty Walker.

This is the third straight year Wood has won the $5,000 Novice at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He scored with Scoot Justa Lil in 2014 and with Clays Little Kit Cat last year.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

After winning the first round, Ed Wold and Big Bow Pepto tied for third in the second round to take the pencil final by half a point. That gave him $3,889 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $50,000 Novice.

Bred by Alexa Stent, Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal out of Bowmans Little Jewel, a mare that won the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes and earned $76,000. She has produced earners of $898,000.

Big Bow Pepto has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.

Shane Crawford of Mount Olive, Mississippi marked 218 to win the second round on his way to the World Championship. He rode War Dually to finish the year with earnings of $49,818.

Karen Boughnou and Copenhagen Cat is Reserve World Champion with $40,202.

Jill Roth on Bea Pure Cat. Hart Photography.

Jill Roth on Bea Pure Cat. Hart Photography.

Jill Roth of Paso Robles, California, won the second round with a 225, the non-working finals, the show championship and the World Championship in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, riding Bea Pure Cat.

Bea Pure Cat was bred by Jim Crawford and is a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity champ He Bea Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Mae Bea Marie. Roth won the 5/6-year-old Unlimited Amateur with the gelding last year at the Pacific Coast Futurity. Bea Pure Cat has earned more than $114,000.

He got $3,797 of that at the World Finals, and finished the year with $35,518.

Lil Luigi Long Legs, shown by Sherry Graham, is the Reserve World Champion with $32,148.

Roth won both the World Finals and the World Championship in the $50,000 Amateur in 2013 with CD Headlight.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Eric Schmoyer of Macungie, Pennsylvania, was batting a thousand at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He won all three rounds of the $15,000 Amateur division to take the show title as well as the World Championship.

Ms Nita was bred by Kathleen Moore by Nitas Wood out of Teninas Tango, by Freckles Fancy Twist. The 8-year-old mare was a Limited Non-Pro and Limited Open NCHA Futurity finalist with Moore, and Rowdy Larson, respectively. She has earned more than $61,000.

Schmoyer marked 222 and 220.5 in the go-rounds to win the pencil finals by more than 11 points. His $2,820 at the World Finals gave him the show championship and his $17,670 for the World Championship.

Jim Townsend is the Reserve World Champion with $13,394.