CR Sun Reys bright in Houston

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Boyd Rice

Boyd Rice

After marking 226 to lead the go-round, Boyd Rice marked the same score again on Center Ranch’s CR Sun Reys for a 4-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Saturday. It was the first trip to the Mercuria finals for the 6-year-old mare by Dual Rey.

CR Sun Reys was bred by Oxbow Ranch out of Play Peek A Boon, an NCHA Futurity finalist and earner of more than $200,000. Oxbow Ranch also bred and owns the second-place horse in Houston’s Mercuria finals, Louellas Cat.

Rice, who won the National Reined Cowhorse Association’s World’s Greatest Horseman championship in Fort Worth a week earlier, has run up earnings of more than $180,000 on CR Sun Reys. The mare was third in last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge, and fourth in the 2012 Super Stakes. Rice’s daughter, Trea, won the Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting on the mare at last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Reserve champion Louellas Cat is a High Brow Cat x Louella Again mare shown by Lindy Burch.

In the Non-Pro finals, Mica Chartier took SL Jaybird over the $400,000 mark with a 224.5-point win. Like Rice, she also won the first round, with a 225.

SL Jaybird is a 12-year-old gelding by Smart Little Jerry out of Peyote Bird, bred by Renee Carter. Chartier won both the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic on the gelding in 2008.

Kelsey Weeks and GS Counting On Kitty, by Im Countin Checks, finished second at Houston.

MK Reymate and Cattalou take Arbuckle Open championships

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Tommy Marvin

MK Reymate, bred and owned by McGowen Quarter Horses, Norman, Okla., and shown by Tommy Marvin, scored 220 points to claim the championship of Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, on Saturday, February 22, in Ardmore, Okla. The first-place check of $20,000 was the first earned by the Dual Rey son in limited age events.

Miss Priss Pepto, shown by Matt Gaines for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., and a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity Open, was reserve champion with 218.5 points, while Metallic Savanah, with Wesley Galyean for Steven Feiner, Aspen, Colo., placed third with 217 points to earn his first limited age event check. Miss Priss Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal, is out of Prissy Cat $42,962, half-sister, by High Brow Cat, to The Silver Spoon $235,307, by Hes A Peptospoonful. Metallic Savanah is by Metallic Cat out of Savanah Holli $111,781, by Holidoc.

Matt Gaines also tied for fourth and fifth place with 216.5 points aboard One Timing Cat, by One Time Pepto, for Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex., and Im Struck On You, by High Brow Cat, for Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif. And Wesley Galyean and Metallic Savanah won the 4-Year-Old Novice championship.

MK Reymate is out of the Smart Mate daughter Runnin Mate $69,214, dam of 11 money earners, including MK Vivian $103,775, by Kit Dual, as well as MK Chapman $63,566, MK Smooth Runnin Cat $58,418, and MK Smooth Cat Mate $47,603 all sired by Smooth As A Cat.

Beau Galyean

Cattalou, by High Brow Cat, captured the 5/6-Year-Old Open championship with 222 points under Beau Galyean, for Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex., while Fort Worth Pipeline, with R.L. Chartier, and Thundercat, ridden by Wesley Galyean, tied with 221 points each for reserve.

Cattalou, 3rd-placed in the 2013 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and a full brother, out of Louella Again, to Louellas Cat $252,956, as well as half-brother to Movin Downtown $334,523, earned $15,115 for the win to boost his career total to $122,071.

Six-year-old Thundercat, sired by high Brow Cat and owned by Steven Feiner, increased his earnings by $11,941 to $270,389; six-year-old Fort Worth Pipeline, sired by Cats Merada and owned by Lisa Bankston, Fort Worth, Tex., has earnings of $96,743.

Steven Feiner was the leading owner of the two open finals. In addition to Cattalou, Thundercat and Metallic Savanah, he also owns Lil Rattler and Spots Spiderman, fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 5/6-Year-Old Finals with Wesley Galyean. Spots Spiderman and Galyean captured the Novice championship, as well.

Two-for-one Bonanza

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Jason Clark had 4 finalists, including the co-champion, in the 5/6-Year-Old Open Finals

Just one-half of a point separated the four top-scoring horses in the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Cutting, in Glen Rose, Tex., where Creedence Clearwater and Starlight Starbrite were co-champions with 220.5 points, and That Sly Bob and Thundercat tied for reserve with 220 points. Cattalou and He Bea Cat tied with the third highest score of 219 points.

Jason Clark, who showed Starlight Starbrite, by Somebody Smart, for Jayme Toledo, Granbury, Tex., also earned the fourth highest score, 218.5 points on Katz Flash, and marked 217.5 points aboard DFB Mates Brow.

Six-year-old Starlight Starbrite inaugurated her career as reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited under Geoffrey Sheehan and was champion of the Cattlemens Derby Open Limited with Sheehan. With an approximate $35,000 won in the Bonanza Open division, Starlight Starbrite has unofficial NCHA earnings of over $114,000.

Creedence Clearwater was shown by Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Tex. The 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter won the 2013 Pacific Coast Stakes under Cox, and most recently placed fifth with Cox in the Abilene Spectacular, where Johnson showed her as Non-Pro Senior reserve champion.

Creedence Clearwater’s Bonanza win should boost her lifetime earnings past $80,000.

That Sly Bob was ridden by Paul Hansma for Dub and Christy Leeth, Cleburne, Tex. The 6-year-old gelded son of That Sly Cat was reserve champion of the 2012 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Gelding class with Tarin Rice. That same year, Rice also showed him as the Cattlemens Derby Open Gelding champion and as reserve champion in the Open division of the same event.

Rice and That Sly Bob also won the 2012 Super Stakes Open Gelding championship, and was NCHA Derby Non-Pro Senior champion for Christy Leeth.

That Sly Bob has official NCHA earnings of $126,362, not including his Bonanza winnings of approximately $17,000.

Thundercat, shown by Wesley Galyean for non-pro rider Steven Feiner, Aspen, CO, came to the Bonanza with close to $250,000 in official earnings earned under Galyean and Feiner in 2013, as well as with Matt Miller and non-pro Don Bell in 2011 and 2012.

The 6-year-old son of High Brow Cat carried Miller as a 2011 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (17th) , an NCHA Super Stakes finalist (7th), and as reserve champion of the 2012 Breeders Invitational.

Thundercat is out of Desire Some Freckles, the dam of earners of more than $900,000, including Desires Little Rex (NCHA -LTE $287,519), by Smart Little Lena.

He Bea Cat, ridden by Tarin Rice, and Cattalou, shown by Beau Galyean, are both 5-year-old sons of High Brow Cat. He Bea Cat, with unofficial earnings of more than $300,000, was the 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion with Rice, as well as winner of the 2013 Cattlemens Derby Open and Open Gelding and the Southern Open Futurity.

Most recently, He Bea Cat, bred and owned by Jim Crawford, Lexington, Neb., was Open reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular.

Cattalou, owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve champion of the 2013 Pacific Coast Open Derby with Galyean, and most recently placed as a finalist (14th) in the Tunica 5/6-Year-Old Classic.

Shesa Metallic Star shines in Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open
Shesa Metallic Star and Wesley Galyean scored 220.5 points to claim the Bonanza Futurity championship over Johnny Reyngo and Tatum Rice, who took reserve with 220 points. Junie Wood, the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Craig Crumpler, claimed third with 219 points, under John Mitchell.

Owned by Don and Joetta Bell, Weatherford, Tex., Shesa Metallic Star was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist under Wesley’s father, Jody Galyean. The Bonanza win marked the Metallic Cat daughter’s first time to light a final’s board in 2014.

Johnny Reyngo, owned by The 51 Partners, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with Rice in the NCHA Open Futurity, and was also a finalist (22nd) in the 2014 Abilene Spectacular. The Dual Rey son came to the Bonanza with unofficial earnings of $97,536.

Note: Since the Bonanza Cutting prize money distribution has not been published, the unofficial estimates above are based on 2013 prize money.

Bossy in San Antonio

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
R.L. Chartier

R.L. Chartier

A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas, marked 225.5 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Sunday.

Woodys Wildest Cat, ridden by Matt Gaines for Mandy Chisum of Atascadero, California, finished second with a 222.5.

A Little Bossy and Card Trick (another Matt Gaines finalist), tied for top score in the go-round at 222. In the finals, the winner drew 12th in the 13-horse field to take the $6,019 check.

Bred by Bailey Quarter Horses, A Little Bossy is a 9-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Pistol Smart, by Smart Little Lena. He and Chartier won the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in both the Open and the $10,000 Novice divisions in 2012. This was their fifth appearance in the finals of the Mercuria World Series of Cutting.

A Little Bossy will top $235,000 in career earnings with the San Antonio win.

Allie Roger

Allie Roger

In the Non-Pro, Allie Roger worked eighth in the finals on Billy Joe Rey and marked a 219.5 to win.

Three-time World Champion Joe Howard Williamson marked 217 on Acatbequick for second.

Roger won a championship with Billy Joe Rey at  El Rancho Futurity in 2009 and  took reserve titles at the Idaho Futurity that year, and at the Brazos Bash in 2011.

Bred by Jim McNulty, Billy Joe Rey is a 9-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Hug Me Darling, by Hug Me Doc. His $7,830 paycheck will take his career earnings over the $64,000 mark.

Tunica doubleheader for Adan Banuelos

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Ascencion and Adan Banuelos

Adan Banuelos captured the 5/6-Year-Old Tunica Futurity Open championship with 221 points atop A Spoonful Short on Thursday, January 30, and scored 225 with Smart Time Pepto 10 to win the 4-Year-Old Open on Friday. Banuelos also placed two other mounts in the 4-Year-Old Open – Highbrow Time and Squirrely Cat.

Cougarace, with 220.5 points under Lee Francois, was reserve champion in the 4-Year-Old Open, where Im Hal On Heels with Grant Setnicka and Redman GB under Michael Cooper tied for third with 219 points. Card Trick and Matt Gaines scored 220 points as reserve champions of the 5/6-Year-Old Open, while PRF Badgers Goldmine placed third with 28.5 under Clint Allen.

Tunica Futurity Open champion Smart Time Pepto 10, by One Time Pepto, is owned by G&A Performance Horses, Tioga, Tex., and was trained and shown to place fifth in the 2013 NCHA Futurity by Adan’s father, Ascencion Banuelos.

“I never brought a horse to the Futurity that was as intelligent and strong and well-trained,” said Banuelos during the NCHA Futurity. Banuelos purchased the red roan colt for G&A Performance Horses as a yearling, at the NCHA Futurity Sales.

“I looked at the horse and it just filled my eye,” said Banuelos, who paid $20,500 for the colt. “I stayed there until midnight to buy it.”

Smart Time Pepto 10, with unofficial NCHA earnings of $78,418 (including $20,000 from his Tunica win), is a half-brother, out of 1999 NCHA Futurity finalist Uno Tassa Mia, to Duallys Uno LTE $58,418 and Sigala Rey LTE $55,723.

Reserve champion Cougarace, by High Brow Cougar, is owned by Jim and Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Tex. Mary Jo won the 2013 NCHA Futurity Amatuer UnLtd. Senior on the gelding and was also reserve champion in both the Non-Pro Senior and Amateur UnLtd. divisions, as well as a Non-Pro semi-finalist. Cougarace has unofficial NCHA earnings of $35,482, including $16,750 from the Tunica finals.

Redman GB, by High Brow Cat, and Im Hal On Heels, by Halreycious, also earned money at the NCHA Futurity. Redman GB, owned by James Hooper, Decatur, Ala., placed third with Hooper in the Non-Pro Senior division and was a Non-Pro semi-finalist; the red roan gelding also was a finalist (26th) under Cooper in the Open Finals. He has unofficial earnings of $24,218.

Im Hal On Heels, bred and owned by Sue Hearst, Paso Robles, Calif., was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist and has unofficial earnings of $25,713.

Tunica Futurity 5/6-Year-Old champion A Spoonful Short is owned by Alicia Akins, Gainesville, Tex. The 6-year-old Hes A Peptospoonful daughter was the 2012 Tunica Futurity Non-Pro champion under Kelle Earnheart, as well as a 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist (24th). A Spoonful Short has unofficial earnings of $71,217.

Reserve champion Card Trick is owned by Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif. The 6-year-old daughter of Lizzys Gotta Player, a 2013 Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open finalist (8th) and Brazos Bash Classic finalist with Matt Gaines and has unofficial earnings of $54,190. Card Trick, out of Moms Stylish Babe, is a full sister to My Lizzy Bable LTE $151,579 and Stylish Lizzie LTE $65,188.

PRF Badgers Goldmine, owned by Mandy Chisum, Atascadero, Calif., earned $44,599 as an NCHA Super Stakes and Derby finalist under Tag Rice. The 5-year-old gelded son of Reys Dual Badger has unofficial earnings of $57,099.

Trifecta for Austin at Augusta

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Austin Shepard

On Saturday, January 25, Austin Shepard collected his second Augusta Futurity championship title, in a singular sweep with the top three scores, including a 225-point win aboard CD Kual Gun, owned by Kayla Norris.

Shepard also claimed the reserve championship with 219 points on Big Daddys CD, owned by Mike and Libby Bowman, and tied Jonathon Rogers and Cat N Memories for third with 217.5 on his homebred horse, Circle S. All three of Shepard’s mounts are sired by High Brow CD, who Shepard rode to win the 2008 Augusta Futurity.

Earlier in the week, Shepard scored 225 points to win the Augusta Classic on syndicated Bamacat, by High Brow Cat; Gabe Reynolds and Shorty Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, took reserve with 220 points for owner Doug Secrest.

CD Kual Gun, 2013 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited champion with Norris, won the Augusta Futurity Amateur go-round and carried Norris as reserve champion of the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro division, won by Blakley Colgrove with 221 points on Sassy Lil Sue. Jill Peacock placed third in the Non-Pro riding DMAC Cool Spoon.

Sassy Lil Sue, by High Brow CD, also won the Augusta Futurity Amateur division for Colgrove with 220 points. Colgrove’s sister, Madalyn, placed fourth in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro on Sassy Lil Sue’s full sibling, Sweet Lil Sue. Blakley and Madalyn, NYCHA youth competitors from Boligee, Ala., also competed in the 2013 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals at Fort Worth, in December.

As winner of the 2008 Augusta Futurity on High Brow CD, Shepard collected $30,000 for owners Chris and Staci Thibodeaux This year he was paid $10,200 for the win, but claimed an additional $22,588 in Stallion Incentive earnings for High Brow CD.

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Meradas Little Sue joins the Golden Girls of Circle Y Ranch

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce with Im Countin Checks

While in her prime, three-time NCHA world champion, 1996 NCHA Horse of the Year, and (at the time) cutting’s richest mare, Meradas Little Sue, commanded the highest price ever paid for a cutting horse at public auction. That was in 2001, when she was 11 years old and Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt sold her for $875,000 to Frank VanderSloot, through the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale.

On December 12, 2013, Meradas Little Sue, about to turn 24, again went under the hammer at the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale. By now she had produced 27 foals, 22 of which were performers with official NCHA earnings of $1,128,914. Her last foal, a High Brow Cat filly, was born in 2013 and she was selling open, however, her breeding condition was not a factor when Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce made the winning bid of $46,000.

“We were actually looking at a daughter of Sue. We never saw any announcements that Sue was selling and we had not perused the sale catalog completely!” said Pearce, co-owner and associate manager of Circle Y Ranch. “After we passed on Sue’s daughter, I was thumbing forward through the catalog and went about ten pages past that mare and there was Meradas Little Sue! My heart stopped, and then I elbowed Penny and said, ‘Look! It’s Sue!’

“We thought nothing may ever happen with this mare reproductively, but if we can get her for a good price, she will have a wonderful loving home for the rest of her life. We may be able to get some oocytes out of her, but regardless, just to have her with us is like Christmas, Thanksgiving and July 4th all rolled into one.”

Two years ago, Youngblood and Pearce acquired their first cutting horse broodmares from Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch. NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty and her full sister RW Sallycat were especially dear to Walton, as the fourth generation of her breeding program. In addition, Boon San Kitty, the earner of $565,504, had produced Walton-bred Rockin W, winner of the 2009 NCHA Futurity.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever have two like them, but I am in the breeding business and it’s all about the next generation,” said Walton, when she sold the full sisters, twins from the same flush. “I can’t breed them to my stallions because Rockin W and The Boon are Boon San Kitty’s sons, and Boon San is a full brother. But I never would have parted with them, if I didn’t think it was the perfect home. I felt it was an opportunity to make sure they were together in the right place for the rest of their lives.”

Two months after the Circle Y Ranch became the proud owners of Boon San Kitty and RW Sallycat, Youngblood and Pearce purchased the young stallion Im Countin Checks, earner of $513,408, from his breeder, Tommy Manion. Five months later, they purchased Quintan Blue, multiple champion and winner of $609,140, along with her embryo by Smooth As A Cat, at the Marvine Ranch Reduction Sale.

Not long after they made their commitment to cutting horses, Youngblood and Pearce began looking for a ranch closer to the I-20 ranch corridor west of Fort Worth, than the original Circle Y Ranch, near Aubrey, Tex., northwest of Denton. As luck would have it, Dave and Clare Capps were selling their Radio Ranch cutting facility, with rolling pastures skirted by lovely wooded areas, near Millsap. Youngblood and Pearce purchased the property, along with venerable One Time Soon, 25, a top producer and dam of leading sire One Time Pepto. In the Summer of 2013, Circle Y also purchased the Peptoboonsmal daughter Poosmal, out of the great producer Hickapoo.

Improvements to the new Circle Y Ranch include bigger barns, paddocks, and mare motels to accommodate 14 broodmares and counting, along with foals, yearlings and two-year-olds. Also, beginning this month, John Sanislow joins Circle Y Ranch as resident trainer. “John worked for Gerald Alexander and Matt Gaines and he’s a great fit for the Circle Y,” said Pearce. “He’s excited about our breeding program and the horses we have coming up, and he will have two of our three-year-olds to show in the Futurity this year, although we will still have a few older horses with outside trainers.

“We wish we had started our cutting horse program years ago,” added Pearce. “We aren’t getting any younger and these great mares aren’t getting any younger. But we can hardly wait to see the Im Countin Checks babies out of these mares trained and shown.”


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