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Sir Long Legs and Pharoah And James rule with 223

Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Sir Long Legs

Austin Shepard on Sir Long Legs. Hart Photography.

Sir Long Legs, ridden by Austin Shepard, and Pharoah And James, with Clint Allen, tied with 223 points on Sunday, July 30 to top all NCHA Derby Open first go-round contenders. One hundred and forty-three horses with 213.5 points and higher advanced to Monday’s second go-round.

Sir Long Legs LTE $214,682, by High Brow Cat, is owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., who purchased him for $90,000, at the 2014 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Two years later, under Austin Shepard, the sorrel colt earned $195,407, as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity. Since the Futurity, Sir Long Legs and Shepard have placed in the finals of the Augusta Futurity and the Ike Hamilton Futurity, and earned money in the semi-finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and the Breeders Invitational.

Bred by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Tex., Sir Long Legs is out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, and a full brother to Cat Belue LTE $189,189, as well as half-brother to Two Time Dual LTE $123,189, who on Friday, was reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur with Jimmy Baros.

Austin Shepard, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $6.9 million, won the 2009 NCHA Classic Challenge on Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,043, and the 2007 NCHA Futurity and 2008 NCHA Super Stakes on High Brow CD LTE $502,202.

Shepard also scored 219.5 points on Sunday to qualify for the NCHA Derby Open second go-round on Tap This LTE $44,369, by Metallic Cat, owned by Joel and Jayne Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.

Clint Allen on Pharoah And James. Hart Photography.

Pharoah And James LTE $81,968, owned and bred by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., earned his first paycheck as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist under Clint Allen. Since then, Allen and the gelded son of Hickorys Indian Pep have been finalists in nine major events, including the NCHA Super Stakes, and the Bonanza, where they placed third.

Out of Wise Little Miss LTE $72,567, by Wise Play, Pharoah And James is a full brother to DMAC Wise Guy LTE $73,451, also bred and owned by the McDavids, who own the sire Hickory Indian Pep. In 2016, Stacie McDavid showed DMAC Wise Guy to placed second in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Gelding division, and to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Senior title.

Clint Allen, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $4.5 million, won the 2009 NCHA Derby and NCHA Super Stakes on Wood I Never LTE $356,137. He was also reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Futurity on Hydrive Cat LTE $410,627.

In addition to Pharoah And James, Allen also qualified for the second go-round of NCHA Derby competition with 218 points on Hashtag Cow LTE $6,269, and 217 points on DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $72,598, both also owned by David and Stacie McDavid.

Open Derby: Day One

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Matt Miller on Metallic Smart Cat. Hart Photography.

Metallic Smart Cat, shown by Matt Miller for Cynthia Villa, Chico, Calif., grabbed the lead with 222 points on Saturday, July 30, the first day of 2017 NCHA Derby Open competition. Cattomatic scored 221 points with Phil Hanson for Kelly and Donna Graham, Weatherford, Tex., while Reyzurbetsonthiscat marked 220.5 points under Craig Thompson for Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, NC. Altogether, 60 of the 120 horses shown scored 215 points or higher.

Metallic Smart Cat LTE $42,086, by Metallic Cat, was bred by his owner out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721, by Smart Little Jerry, and is a three-quarter brother to Smoothlee As A Cat LTE $54,765, by Smooth As A Cat. Matt Miller showed Metallic Smart Cat as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, and most notably placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Finals, second in the Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open Gelding, as well as in the Novice division, and earned more than $29,000, in that one event.

Cattomatic LTE $34,327, by High Brow Cat, shown by Phil Hanson, was also a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, placed fifth in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Finals, and earned money as a finalist in the Breeders Invitational.  Cattomatic’s dam, Haida Rey LTE $20,138, is by Dual Rey and out of a Haidas Little Pep daughter. Cattomatic, is the youngest of her five performers and also her highest money earner.

Reyzurbetsonthiscat LTE $64,531, by Bet Hesa Cat, won the NCHA Futurity Amateur championship, as well as Amateur Senior championship, with owner Ramsey Barnwell. He also claimed the 2017 Augusta Futurity Open with Craig Thompson, as well as the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open and Open Gelding.

Reyzurbetsonthiscat  is out of Ariel Rey LTE $100,480, sired by Dual Rey and out of a Smart Little Uno daughter, and is a three-quarter brother to Jay Moss Cougar LTE $141,678 and half-brother to Melodys Pepto LTE $135,369.

Three horses scored 220 points on Saturday: HR Cats Starlight, shown by Tarin Rice for E.J. Huntley, Houston, Tex.; Mistresssis, with Grant Setnicka for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif.; and Reyning Cats, with Russ Westfall for Bobby Kay Davis, Templeton, Calif.

HR Cats Starlight LTE $95,279, by High Brow Cat, has earned money in 15 limited age event finals with Rice, as well as with owner E.J. Huntley and his daughter Christina Huntley, who  showed her own horse on Saturday in the 2017 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals and is ranked second in the year-end standings.

Tarin Rice also scored 219 points in Saturday’s go-round on CR Tuff Digs Lucinda, for Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., and 217 points with Cowtown Lucy, owned by Crockett Sand & Gravel, Crockett, Tex.

Mistresssis LTE $154,727, by Metallic Cat, placed fourth under Setnicka in the NCHA Futurity, and also earned money as an Open finalist in the Breeders Invitational, the PCCHA Derby, the Arbuckle Mountain Cutting, and as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes. Setnicka also scored 216 points on Sunday showing SVR Caught Ya Lookin, for Carmel Cutting Horses, Carmel, Calif.

Reyning Cats LTE $28,902, by Dual Rey, was an NCHA Futurity Sem-Finalist with Westfall and also placed sixth in the PCCHA Derby Open.

2017 NYCHA World Finals Champions: Lance Cooper and Jade Mitchell

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The NCHA Summer Spectacular marks the end of one show season and the beginning of another for Youth competitors and is the highlight of their year. The 2017 High Brow CD NYCHA Junior and Senior World Finals, held on Friday, July 28 were also a highlight for spectators who cheered on the tough and talented youngsters who represent the future of the sport.

Ryan Rapp, 16, Weatherford, Tex., came into the NYCHA Senior World Finals as the unbeatable point leader and built on his base with go-round scores of 220, 221 and 219. Ryan ended the year as 2017 NYCHA Senior World Champion with 190 points. His mount for the finals was 7-year-old Im Reydioactive LTE $121,280, sired by Dual Rey and owned by his parents, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp.

Ryan, the NCHA earner of $105,778, also placed sixth in the 2017 Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting riding Don’t Stopp Believin and won the 2015 Junior Youth Cutting on Spookystimetoshine.

World Finals winner Lance Cooper on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper, 18, Weatherford, Tex., was the undefeated 2017 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals champion. He won all three go-rounds, with scores of 227, 223 and 227 points, had the aggregate high score of 677 points, and moved up in year-end standings from 5/7 to fourth place.

Lance, the NCHA earner of $91,600, showed 10-year-old Light N Lily LTE $279,652, sired by Light N Lena and owned by Billy Martin. He also won the 2013 NYCHA Junior Youth Cutting riding A Little Bossy LTE $403,667, sired by CD Lights.

Christina Huntley, Houston, Tex., is the 2017 NYCHA Senior Youth Reserve Champion. Christina showed 12-year-old Smart Frosty Cat LTE $185,007, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by E.J. Huntley, in the Senior Youth World Finals, , where she scored 222 points and earned the fourth-highest aggregate in the second go-round. Christina and Smart Frosty Cat also won the 2016 NYCHA Senior World Finals.

Jade Mitchell and Junie Wood. Hart Photography.

Jade Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex., won the 2017 High Brow CD NYCHA Junior World Finals with go-round scores of 217.5, 224 and 220 points for an aggregate of 661.5 points. Jade showed 7-year-old Junie Wood LTE $524,171, the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, sired by Nitas Wood and owned by Glade Knight. Jade and Junie Wood were also finalists in the 2017 NCHA Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting.

Charles Russell Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., had an aggregate of 647.5, the second-highest from the Junior Youth World Finals, with go-round scores of 225, 201 and 221.5 points. Charles Russell showed 8-year-old Peptotoodie LTE $157,887, sired by Peptotime and owned by his parents, Chad and Amie Bushaw. Most recently, prior to the Summer Spectacular, Charles Russell and Peptotoodie won the Junior Youth division of the NCHA Eastern Nationals.

Ryann Packard, Sun City, Kansas, the 2016 NCHA Western Nationals on MK Lollie Pop, finished the year as 2017 Junior Youth World Champion. Ryann showed Sir Stylish Lizzy LTE $217,929, sired by Lizzys Gotta Player and owned by RPX Enterprises, in the Junior World Finals, where she earned an aggregate of 610 points. She also placed third in the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited, earlier in the Summer Spectacular, on Peptos Scootin Man.

Faith Farris, Midway, Tex., who scored 220 points in the first go-round of the Junior Youth World Finals on her own horse 12-year-old Quite The Fat Cat LTE $244,700, by Mr Peppy Freckles, finished her year as 2017 Junior Youth World Reserve Champion. Faith also won the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Junior Youth riding Reytheon LTE $216,499, by Dual Rey.

Sizzling Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Case Robertson on Little Rey Whirlacat. Hart Photography.

The heat was on in the 2017 Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting Finals, on Friday, July 28. In the first go-round, Kenli Marvin, Lauren Oehlhof and Regan Plendl posted scores of 220, 221 and 222, respectively and in ascending order, as the tension mounted.

In the end, it was Case Robertson, Farwell, Tex., who won the day. Showing midway through the last set, Robertson posted 224.5 points on Little Rey Whirlacat. Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, with 222 on Twistful Thinking, claimed the reserve championship, and Lauren Oehlhof, Norman, Okla., placed third with 221 points on Suen You Will See.

Case Robertson was a 2016 Senior Youth Scholarship finalist on Reymember That Cat LTE $100,043, by High Brow Cat, and a 2016 NYCHA World Finalist aboard Little Rey Whirlacat LTE $103,261. Owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup and trained and shown in open competition by Pete Branch, Little Rey Whirlacat also carried Marley Wood as a 2015 Senior Youth Scholarship finalist, and won the 2014 NCHA $15,000 Novice World Finals with Branch.

Regan Plendl on Twistful Thinking.

Regan Plendl placed in the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur Finals on Friday morning, riding Mr Metallic Rey, who she also showed to win the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro; the Unlimited Amateur 4-Year-Old Finals in The Non-Pro Cutting; and the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur. Mr Metallic Rey, by Metallic Cat, was bred and is owned by Regan’s parents, Rick and Michele Plendl and will be shown in the Derby Open by Nick O’Dell.

Six-year-old Twistful Thinking LTE $268,669, by One Time Pepto, is owned by Austin and Stacy Shepard, and was shown by Regan’s fellow Senior Youth contender, Cade Shepard, as reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, and as Non-Pro champion of the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes and 2015 NCHA Derby. Altogether, Twistful Thinking carried Cade as a finalist in 22 limited age events, including 11 championship wins and four reserves.

Lauren Oehlhof is a five-time NYCHA Summer Spectacular finalist. She placed third in the 2011 Junior Youth aboard WS Snicklefritz;  was reserve champion in the 2012 Junior Youth riding RCC Skeet N Scooter LTE $192,795; showed WH Smart Pepto in 2014; and rode Tapt Out LTE $151,117 in 2015 and 2016.

Six-year-old Suen You Will See LTE $154, Lauren’s mount for the 2017 Scholarship Cutting, was shown by Michael Cooper as 2014 Futurity Open Finalist, and is currently owned by Ken Sitton. This year, Lauren also placed second in the $35,000 Non-Pro Finals of The Non-Pro, riding Intention Del Rey, and was a finalist in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Unlimited Amateur on Dang Hot by Spots Hot.

In like Flynn in Junior Scholarship Cutting

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Madison Flynn and Cat Man Blue. Hart Photography.

After setting the pace in the qualifying round with a 226, Madison Flynn and Cat Man Blue came back in the finals with a 223 for a two-point win over Emma Grace Rapp on Reyzin in the NYCHA Youth Scholarship Cutting Friday in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum.

Flynn, an 11-year-old from Weatherford, Texas, is the daughter of Hall of Fame Rider Sean and Ashley Flynn. Sean won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Cat Man Blue, and he also showed Buzzted to the NCHA Derby championship in 2013.

For most of the year, Madison has been riding her own horse, Santana Gay, but she marked a 75 on Cat Man Blue when she teamed up with him at a weekend show in April.

Madison was a finalist last year in the Scholarship Cutting on Bowmans Cat, and she placed third in the Junior Youth the year before that at the NCHA Eastern National Championships on Herding Cats.

Owned by Lazy M Cattle Co., Cat Man Blue is a 10-year-old stallion by High Brow Cat out of $594,000 earner Quintan Blue. He was bred by Jim Vangilder and purchased for $210,000 at Vangilder’s Rock Creek Ranch Dispersal, presented by Western Bloodstock, in 2009. His first foals will be eligible for this year’s NCHA Futurity.

Emma Grace Rapp on Reyzin. Hart Photography.

Emma Grace Rapp placed second in the Junior Scholarship Cutting with a 221 on Reyzin, the horse her mother, Mary Ann Rapp, rode to be 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Rezyin was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine. The NCHA Hall of Fame Horse has earned more than $411,000 and is owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, South Carolina.

Emma Grace, 11, has two other reserve championships on her resume this year. She placed second in the Junior Youth at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships on Swing Thru The Drive, and in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at The Non-Pro Cutting on Teninas Smooth Cat.

Brody Magby, 11, of Wilburton, Oklahoma, finished third in the Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting with a 220, riding Little Moria Kittens, an EBR Kitty Hawk mare owned by Browne’s Bar XL Ranch.

Hot win for Canadian in Unlimited Amateur

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge champion Katherine Vanboekel
on Wendels Little Missy. Hart Photography.

Hot off a win in the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Unlimited Amateur, Katherine Vanboekel, Ontario, Can., came to Fort Worth and earned the NCHA Classic Challenge Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur championship. Riding Wendels Little Missy LTE $121,997, her Breeders Invitational mount, Vanboekel scored 221 points for the win. Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex., marked 218 points as reserve champion on Two Time Dual; Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., placed third with 216.5 points on Ferrarey.

Vanboekel, the NCHA earner of $88,227, also placed seventh in the NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur and Amateur divisions on 6-year-old Sweet EE Motion LTE $68,633, by Cat Ichi. Vanboekel had shown Sweet EE Motion as reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur.

Vanboekel also showed Wendels Little Missy to claim the 5/6 Amateur reserve championship of the 2017 Breeders Invitational. A 5-year-old daughter of High Brow CD, Wendels Little Missy made her debut in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, where she was Open Limited reserve champion under Ben Johnson.

Including her winner’s purse of $12,068 on Wendels Little Missy in the Unlimited Amateur and her seventh-place earnings on Sweet EE Motion, Vanboekel, who is entered to show both horses in next week’s Non-Pro competition, has already earned $26,524 at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.

Jimmy Baros on Two Time Dual. Hart Photography.

Jimmy Baros and Two Time Dual LTE $110,090 made their presence known in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, where they won the Classic Unlimited Amateur championship, took reserve in the Classic Amateur, and championship titles in the Classic Senior Unlimited Amateur and the Classic Senior Amateur. In addition to this week’s Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur reserve title, Two Time Dual also carried Grant Setnicka as a finalist in last week’s Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Sired by Dual Rey, 5-year-old Two Time Dual is out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672 and half-brother to Sir Long Legs LTE $214,682 and Cat Belue $189,189. Jimmy Baros is the NCHA earner of $72,127.

Glenn Barlow, NCHA earner of $325,363, was a 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, Non-Pro Limited and Amateur finalist on Mr Connerey LTE $186,702, a horse bred by Barlow. Mr Connerey was 2015 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year with Barlow. Ferrarey LTE $85,333 and Mr Connerey are full siblings, by Dual Rey and out of Cats Good Intentions LTE $106,229, by High Brow Cat.

Barlow showed Ferrarey as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited, and was also the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Senior champion.

Carol Ward proves Crafty With Cows in Derby Unlimited Amateur Finals

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Carol Ward

Champion Carol Ward on Crafty With Cows. Hart Photography.

Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., topped a field of 31 finalists, with 220 points on Crafty With Cows, to claim the championship of the NCHA Unlimited Amateur Derby, on Thursday, July 27. Kadie Hermes, Cotulla, Tex., scored 219.5 points on Reytalic for the reserve championship, and Ken Hanson, Weatherford, Tex., was third with 217 points on Crispy Kreme.

R.L. Chartier showed Crafty With Cows to place third in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open. The High Brow CD gelding has since added a win in the 2017 PCCHA Derby Open, under Darren Simpkins, to his resume. The 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Derby Unlimited Amateur Finals, however, marked Carol Ward’s first finals with Crafty With Cows, and the gelding’s second working finals win in 2017.

Carol Ward is the NCHA earner of $786,136. In 2015, she was reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur riding Lil Lou Rey, and in 2016 was the NCHA Mercuria Calgary World Series of Cutting Non-Pro champion on Spooked By A Cat.

Kadie Hermes

Reserve champion Kadie Hermes on Reytalic. Hart Photography.

Kadie Hermes and Reytalic LTE $24,445, by Metallic Cat, won the 2017 Breeders Invitational Unlimited Amateur championship. Clay Johnson also showed the gelding as an Open finalist in the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain Cutting.

Hermes, the NCHA earner of $158,922, also won the 2017 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Non-Pro Limited on Bet Mia Cat LTE $15,851, by Be Hesa Cat.

Ken Hanson was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finalist and placed second in the Senior division of that event on High O Silver LTE $31,279. Crispy Kreme LTE $22,052, by Metallic Cat, has proven his mettle to Hanson as champion of the Non-Pro Limited Finals in The Non-Pro Cutting, and an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain and Bonanza 4-Year-old events.

Ken Hanson is the NCHA earner of $161,021.