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Little Lenas Cat scores Open Championship win

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Little Lenas Cat and Kenny Platt won the
Open finals. Ted Petit photo.

NCHA Riders’ Hall of Fame member Kenny Platt set a high bar in the inaugural NCHA Denver Nationals. On Sunday, June 25, Platt won the Open Finals with 222 points on Little Lenas Cat, claimed the reserve championship with 217.5 points aboard Win A Kitty, and placed eighth on Moms Stylish Player. Lawson Hadlock placed third with 217 points on Coooter Brown.

Earlier on Sunday, Platt had scored 225 points on Moms Stylish Player to win the Open go-round, as well as 222 points and 219 points, the second and fourth highest scores, on Little Lenas Cat and Win A Kitty, respectively. While on Saturday, June 24, he won the $5,000 Novice Finals riding Dualin Smooth Legacy and claimed reserve in the $25,000 Novice with Cats Out Of The Bag.

Little Lenas Cat LTE $96,861, by Smart Little Lena, is owned by Valerie Gove, Tijeras, NM. The 8-year-old gelding, a half-brother to Hes A Hot Cat LTE $161,269, was shown by Platt as $15,000 Novice Champion in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals. Platt trained and showed Little Lenas Cat for former owner Robert Tregemba, who showed the gelding successfully as a limited age event amateur contestant. Tregemba also owns 5-year-old Moms Stylish Player LTE $275,265 and 4-year-old Dualin Smooth Legacy LTE $10,669.

Win A Kitty LTE $152,223 is owned by Harry Perrin, Houston, Tex. The 2006 daughter of High Brow Cat carried Perrin’s daughter, Harrison, to win the 2011 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Amateur championship, as well to the amateur and non-pro finals of 13 other major events.

Coooter Brown LTE $45,332, by Dualin Puddy Tap, is owned by Denise Cox, Ogden, Utah. The 5-year-old gelding won the 2016 Utah Futurity 4-Year-Old Open with Hadlock and was a 2016 NCHA Derby Novice finalist under Phil Rapp.

McKenzie McBride wins first major title

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

McKenzie McBride and RM Lightning Merada won the
$2,000 Limited Rider finals. Ted Petit photo.

Fresh from a spot in yesterday’s Senior Youth finals, McKenzie McBride of Fort Lupton, Colorado, marked 221 to win her first major title in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the NCHA Denver Nationals on June 25.

Jaime Lynn Lucas, who won the Senior Youth championship, was reserve in the $2,000 Rider with a 219, followed by Samantha Cajka and Meghan Walters, both marking 216.

McBride rode RM Lightning Merada, a 5-year-old Cats Merada x Choice Jewels gelding bred and owned by Reed McClymont. The gelding was a $5,000 Novice finalist with Kenny Platt earlier in the show, and has earned more than $37,000.

McBride’s win continued a string of success for Team Platt. Kenny won the $5,000 Novice with Dualin Smooth Legacy, the Open with Little Lenas Cat, and placed second in the $25,000 Novice with Cats Out Of The Bag.

Last year, McBride was a $2,000 Limited Rider and Junior Youth finalist at the NCHA Western National Championships, as well as placing in the finals of the NYCHA Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting in Fort Worth.

Reserve champion Jaime Lynn Lucas of Crockett, Texas, rode Doc Holirey in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals. The 5-year-old gelding is by Dual Rey out of Hissy Cat.

In third place, Samantha Cajka of Lincoln, Nebraska, rode CR Spoonful Of Lucy, a 6-year-old mare by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Lucindas Catolena. Meghan Walters of Dorchester, Nebraska, rode Down And Twisted, a 14-year-old gelding by Freckles Fancy Twist out of Royal Sunetta, owned by Ralph & Brenda Lipsey Partners.

Lucas and Ferrier win Denver Youth championships

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Jaime Lynn Lucas and Doc Holirey won the
Senior Youth championship. Ted Petit photo.

Jaime Lynn Lucas, Crockett, Tex., won the NCHA Denver Nationals Senior Youth Finals with 218 points, while Pittman Todd Turner was reserve with 217.5 points and Zane Huffman took third with 215.

Jaime Lynn Lucas rode Doc Holirey, owned by Barry Tutor, Unionville, Tenn. Five-year-old Doc Holirey LTE $29,981, a gelding sired by Dual Rey and out of Hissy Cat LTE $307,099, is a full brother to Johnny Reyngo LTE $189,349 and Hisstereya LTE $130,956.

Jaime Lynn was a 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth finalist riding Smarts Best Peppy and has NCHA earnings of $2,256.

Pittman Todd Turner showed his own horse, Hickorys Handy Cat. Turner, from Franklin, Georgia, has NCHA earnings of more than $50,000. Hickorys Handy Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Hickorys Handy Kandy, has earned more than $167,000, and he won the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the NCHA Eastern Nationals in 2013 with Bobbie Hughes.

Zane Huffman of Poolville, Texas, rode Badgers Lil Diddy, a Reys Dual Badger x Jerrys Lil Mistress gelding owned by Newt and Pamela Huffman.

Ryleigh Ferrier and Ichi City Limits won the
Junior Youth championship. Ted Petit photo.

Denver Nationals Junior Youth champion Ryleigh Ferrier scored 215 points on her own horse, Ichi City Limits LTE $13,802, by Cat Ichi. Ryleigh, who lives in Aubrey, Tex., has also participated in U.S. Eventing Association events.

Hadley Ray earned the Junior Youth reserve championship on Spin To You, owned by Joel Schulz, Denver, Colo. Eight-year-old Spin To You LTE $62,766, by Mr Boonsmal To You and out of Spin N Roses, is a half-brother to Cat N A Hat LTE $114,407. Schulz rode Spin To You as a finalist in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals last month.

Aiden Marley, Cave Creek, Ariz., placed third in the Junior Youth Finals aboard Shimmerz LTE $57,844, owned by Pam Clements, Cave Creek, Ariz. Eleven-year-old Shimmerz, by Smart Lil Ricochet and out of Zee Dualy LTE $201,899, is a half-brother to Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,978.

NRR Ollie Tom Cat and Dualin Smooth Legacy tops

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

NRR Ollie Tom Cat, shown by Tracy Barton, and Dualin Smooth Legacy, under Kenny Platt, claimed the $25,000 Novice and $5,000 Novice Finals, respectively, on Saturday, June 24, at the NCHA Denver Nationals. Sired by High Brow Cat and owned and bred by North Ridge Ranch, Pierre, SD, NRR Ollie Tom Cat scored 222.5 points for his $25,000 Novice win, while Cats Out Of The Bag and Kenny Platt claimed reserve with 222 points, and Smooth Flow, ridden by Nate Miller, placed third with 219 points.

NRR Ollie Tom Cat began his 4-year-old career under Barton, as the 2016 Augusta Futurity Open reserve championship; coming into the NCHA Denver Nationals he had career earnings of $66,237. The 5-year-old black stallion, out of Uno Del Rey, is a full brother to NRR Cat King Cole $230,918 and Cats High Noon $141,740.

Cats Out Of The Bag, owned by Reed and Sheryl McClymont, Holdrege, Neb., made his career debut as a 4-year-old finalist in the 2013 Western States Fall Futurity under Platt. In 2015, the pair won the Idaho Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open and placed fourth in the Western States Fall Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open. The 8-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat had career earnings of $31,629 prior to the 2017 NCHA Denver Nationals.

Five-year-old Smooth Flow, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Robert Tregemba, Lawrence, Kan., was trained by Kenny Platt and made his debut as a 2015 NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist with Platt and an Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist under Tregemba. In 2016, Smooth Flow and Platt placed seventh in the PCCHA Derby, while Tregemba and the sorrel gelding placed ninth in the Amateur Unlimited.

Kenny Platt and Dualin Smooth Legacy won the
$5,000 Novice finals. Ted Petit photo.

Dualin Smooth Legacy, owned by Robert Tregemba, scored 222 points to win the $5,000 Novice Finals, where Louis The Cat and Casey Crouch scored 219.5 points for reserve, and Lintons Cat, with Scott Amos placed third with 219 points.

Dualin Smooth Legacy claimed his first major check as a finalist in the 2017 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open under Platt and had earnings of $8,794 coming into the NCHA Denver Nationals. The gelded son of Smooth As A Cat is a half-brother to Jerries Dual Legacy LTE $200,000. He was purchased at the 2014 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Louis The Cat LTE $99,403, an 8-eight-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat, out of the leading producer Louella Again, and a full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $302,483 and Cattalou LTE $258,487, is owned by Amy Delange, Fort Gratiot, Mich. Crouch showed  Louis The Cat was an open finalist at this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as reserve champion of the $5,000 Novice division of the same event. Tyler Delange and Louis The Cat also won the championship of the NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro.

Four-year-old Lintons Playcat, owned by Pam and George Shaeffer, Banner, Wyo., made his debut, under Amos, as reserve open champion of the 2016 Utah Futurity, where he also claimed second in the Open Gelding division. The gelded son of Auspicious Cat and Amos also placed third in the 2016 Western States Fall Futurity and won the Open Gelding division of the same event.

Coooter Brown leads $5K qualifiers

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Lawson Hadlock and Coooter Brown led the first round
of the $5,000 Novice. Ted Petit photo.

Lawson Hadlock and Coooter Brown marked 220.5 to top the first round of the $5,000 Novice Friday at the NCHA Denver National Championships.

Coooter Brown was bred by Gordon Sevig and is owned by Denise Cox of Ogden, Utah. The 5-year-old gelding is by Dualin Puddy Tap out of GS Kittys Littlelena, a Smart Little Lena mare that has produced earners of $86,000.

Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, who had bred Coooter Brown’s sire, and his second dam, bought the horse as a yearling for $4,000 at the Western Bloodstock, Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales. He went on to earn money in Gelding and Novice classes for the Rapps at NCHA Triple Crown shows.

Hadlock, who has NCHA earnings of more than $900,000, showed the gelding for Cox to place third in the  Western States Fall Derby and take the reserve championship of last year’s Utah Derby. Coooter Brown has earned more than $44,000.

Hadlock will also advance to the finals on Paige Morse’s Im Countin Checks mare Exotic Ride, after marking a 218.5 in the go-round.

Kenny Platt, who topped the $25,000 qualifiers earlier in the day, marked 219.5 on RM Lightning Merada for the second high score of the $5,000 Novice qualifiers.

RM Lightning Merada is bred and owned by Reed McClymont of Holdrege, Nebraska. The 5-year-old gelding is by Cats Merada out of Choice Jewels, by SR Instant Choice.

Platt has shown the gelding to major limited age event finals at the Pacific Coast Derby, Idaho Derby, and the West Texas Derby, and was an open finalist at last year’s NCHA Western National Championships.

Two horses, Cat Ladelle and Lintons Playcat, marked 219 in the $5,000 Novice go-round.

Cat Ladelle is a High Brow CD mare owned by Layne Bartl of Trilby, Florida and ridden by Ben Roberson.

Lintons Playcat is an Auspicious Cat gelding owned by Pamela and George Shaeffer of New Castle, Colorado and ridden by Scott Amos.

Cats and Platt set the pace

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Kenny Platt and Cats Out of the Bag led the first round
of the $25,000 Novice. Ted Petit photo.

Kenny Platt and Cats Out Of The Bag marked the top score of 223 in the first round of the $25,000 Novice as the NCHA Denver Nationals opened on  June 23. The show continues through June 29.

Twenty-four horses marked 215 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals of the $25,000 Novice.

Cats Out Of The Bag was bred by Mark and Marsha Chestnut and is owned by Reed and Sheryl McClymont of Holdrege, Nebraska. The 8-year-old gelding is by High Brow Cat out of Lil Dream Catcher. a Grays Starlight mare that has produced earners of $94,000.

Platt, who was inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame three weeks ago, won the Idaho Classic on Cats Out Of The Bag in 2015. Cats Out Of The Bag has $31,629 in NCHA earnings.

Lawson Hadlock and Cartier Time marked the second high score of 219 in the go-round. The 10-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto out of CD Bright Lights, is owned by David Whitaker of Kaysville, Utah. He has earned over $32,000.

Two horses by Smooth As A Cat, Smooth Flow and Smooth Little Holly, marked 218.5 for the third high score in the go-round.

Smooth Flow is a 5-year-old gelding out of Dual Flo, owned by Robert Tregemba of Lawrence, Kansas, and ridden by Nate Miller.

Smooth Little Holly is an 11-year-old mare out of Holly O Lena owned by Layne Bartl of Trilby, Florida and ridden by Ben Roberson.


Woodward claims PCCHA Classic Challenge title

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Tracey Woodward, Los Alamos, Calif., marked 219.5 points on Shesa Show Stopper to win the 2017 PCCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro championship. Kade Smith, Hailey, Idaho, riding Hay U, and Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., tied for reserve with 218 points.

Woodward, the NCHA earner of $195,916, most recently placed third in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited riding Stylish Look Bella and was also an Amateur Unlimited finalist on Shesa Show Stopper. Sired by Peptoboonsmal, 6-year-old Shesa Show Stopper LTE $44,739, is out of Absolutely Stunning LTE $106,787, a three-quarter sister to Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642. Absolutely Stunning is out of Autumn Boon, one of the all-time leading producers of NCHA money earners, with $1,680,044 in produce earnings.

Kade Smith, the NCHA earner of $499,811, has shown Hay U as a non-pro finalist in three other 2017 limited age events, including a third-place finish in the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Non-Pro. Sired by Third Cutting, 6-year-old Hay U LTE $143,061 was trained by Kade’s father, Greg Smith, and was shown by Kade to win the 2015 Idaho Futurity Non-Pro, the Calgary Futurity Non-Pro, and the Canadian Supreme Non-Pro championships. Hay U’s dam, A Little Reylena LTE $126,058, was also shown by Kade and Greg Smith.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider Lindy Ashlock was the third-place finalist in both the 2017 PCCHA Mercuria Non-Pro and the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro on Sweet Reyvenge and In Reyverse, respectively. Prowlin High LTE $83,473, her PCCHA Classic Challenge mount, has carried her as a non-pro finalist in eight limited age events, including the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes, the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Prowlin High, by High Brow Cat and out of Hangem High Playboy $75, 543, is a full sister to Hangem Cat LTE $267,432.