E.C. “Gabby” Bryant, 1927-2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Gabby Bryant and Doc's Solano

Everett Clyde “Gabby” Bryant, Jr., died Monday, May 5, in High Point, N.C., his longtime home. Bryant, a retired furniture industry executive, and his late wife, Jean, also maintained a ranch in Weatherford, Tex., where they at one time stood their Quarter Horse champion and leading cutting sire, Doc’s Solano.

A relative newcomer to the sport of cutting, when he purchased Doc’s Solano as a yearling, in 1972, Bryant had nevertheless done his homework. Doc’s Solano’s sire, Doc Bar, had become a significant force in the show and performance horse world, and Doc’s Solano was an impressive individual. At the tender age of 26 months, Bryant’s colt became the youngest horse ever to achieve an AQHA champion’s title, with points in halter, cutting, reining and western pleasure. And by that time, his full sister, Doc’s Marmoset, in 1973, had won the NCHA Futurity.

Through Doc’s Solano’s progeny, Bryant became an all-time leading breeder of cutting horses. Today, the stallion ranks among cutting’s top 35 all-time leading sires, as well as top 30 all-time leading broodmare sires.

Bryant was also a leading force behind the creation of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Futurity, which evolved into the Augusta Futurity, the richest limited age event east of the Mississippi River. Bryant served as a director and also president of the Augusta Futurity and was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Members Hall of Fame in 1999.

“He was a major force in the cutting industry,” said bloodstock and breeding agent Jim Ware, who partnered with Bryant in the 1980s to produce the Bryant-Ware Sales, the first cutting horse auctions held in Weatherford, Tex., the “Cutting Capitol of the World.”

“Gabby was the first person that I know of in cutting to establish a second home in Weatherford,” Ware added. “He was the original pioneer that made it fashionable to live elsewhere yet have a cutting operation in Weatherford. He introduced a lot of people to cutting and to Parker County, Texas.”

Bryant is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Bryant Young and her husband Ron of Weatherford, Tex.; Lynn Bryant Finnegan and her husband Jim of High Point; and Jean Neal Bryant, Dallas, Tex., as well as grandsons James Patrick Finnegan; Everett Bryce Young; and Reilly Bryant Finnegan.

In accordance with Bryant’s wishes, services will be private.

Cattalou claims Breeders Invitational Open Classic

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Beau Galyean

Low-profile go-round contender Cattalou switched to high gear for a 226-point championship win in the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge on May 12, in Tulsa, Okla. Shown by Beau Galyean, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat topped a 24-horse finals. JJS Catless Merada, under Michael Cooper, claimed reserve with 224.5 points; Swiss Cat Pepto and Clint Allen placed third with 221.5 points.

Five-year-old Cattalou, also champion of the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain Classic Challenge, collected $26,036 for the Breeders Invitational win, which increased his official career earnings to $149,558. A full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $264,537, and half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523, Cattalou is owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex.

JJS Catless Merada, by Cats Merada, came into the finals with the high cumulative go-round score of 444 points (223/221), with 435.5 points as the cutoff for qualification. Cattalou qualified with 436 points; third-placed Swiss Cat Pepto with 440 points.

Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., 5-year-old JJS Catless Merada won the 2014 Abilene Spectacular Classic under Cooper, and also placed eighth in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. His Breeders Invitational earnings bring his career total to $97,703.

Swiss Cat Pepto, a 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto, is owned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, Weatherford, Tex. Margaret McCoy showed her to third place in the 2014 Bonanza Amateur Classic, while the McCoy’s daughter, Shannon, rode the mare as reserve amateur champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Swiss Cat Pepto has career earnings of $99,544.

Clint Allen was the leading rider of the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge with a total of $31,390 earned on four mounts: Swiss Cat Pepto (3rd for $16,028); Starz N Boon (8th/tie for $6,523); Blu Ray (12th for $5,838); and Shesa Dirty Martini (24th/tie for $3,000). Starz N Boon, Blu Ray, and Shesa Dirty Martini are all owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.

Shaeffer steps up

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Pam Shaeffer

Pam Shaeffer on Royal Red Rey.

Pam Shaeffer of Eagle, Colorado, got her biggest paycheck to date Thursday by winning the Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. She marked 219 on Royal Red Play to earn an estimated $6,200, while Sandra McBride of Azle, Texas, took the reserve title on Boonshadows.

Shaeffer tied for the third highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Brad Wilson’s 218.5 on Freckles Darn Cat. She drew third in the finals for her winning score.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch by Play Red out of Peek A Boon. The 7-year-old gelding is a half-brother to Rey Nounce, which Regan Plendl rode to win both the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at this show.

Royal Red Play has earned more than $50,000, including a Non-Pro Classic win at last year’s Utah Futurity, and an Amateur win at the Western States Fall Futurity the year before that.

Shaeffer was a Limited Non-Pro and Amateur finalist on Royal Red Play at the 2010 NCHA Futurity and has also won Amateur limited age titles at the Idaho Futurity and Utah Futurity in recent years with Krunch Time.

Reserve champion Sandra McBride rode her homebred mare Boonshadows, by Quejanaisalena out of Pinkolena, another homebred, that earned her more than $53,000. Boonshadows is Pinkolena’s first money earner. She has made more than $120,000 now, and has Non-Pro wins at the Cattlemen’s Classic, the Chisholm Trail Fall Classic and the Western States Fall Classic to her credit.

$15,000 Novice Non-Pro

Traci Burgess

Traci Burgess on PKR Big Mac.

PKR Big Mac had a busy show at the Western Nationals, picking up five checks for an estimated $16,500. The biggest payoff came in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro when Traci Burgess won with a 222, while Kristen York finished second with a 218 on Smooth One Time Soon.

PKR Big Mac was bred by Joann Parker by Starlights Gypsy out of Justa Swinging Gal. The 6-year-old gelding went over $100,000 at Denver as reserve champion in both Novice classes under Jon Burgess, his $15,000 Novice Non-Pro win with Traci, as well as making the finals in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and the Non-Pro with Traci.

On closing day of the Western Nationals, PKR Big Mac tied for the second high score of 217 in the go-round, behind Catswanna’s 219.5 with Scott Cusick. He came back that afternoon as 25th of 27 horses to win the finals.

Traci Burgess, a lifetime earner of more than $350,000, pulled down the biggest check of her career with PKR Big Mac when she finished fourth in the Non-Pro NCHA Derby in 2012. She was also an NCHA Super Stakes Classic finalist with him this spring.

Reserve champion Kristen York of Saratoga, Wyoming, marked 218 on Smooth One Time Soon, a 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare bred by Dave and Clare Capps out of Sheza Boonsmal. York won the Western States Fall Derby on her in 2012.

No nightmares for Dirty Dreamin

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Dirty Dreamin

Marla Gonnett on Dirty Dreamin.

Marla Gonnet and Dirty Dreamin marked 218 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Wednesday.

Dirty Dreamin was a $3,000 Novice finalist with Dustin Gonnet earlier in the show. Marla rode the 6-year-old mare to a reserve championship in the Calgary Stampede Classic last year.

Dirty Dreamin was bred by Wingate Ranch by SR Instant Choice out of Saddle My Dreams. She has earned over $28,000 with her Western Nationals paychecks.

At last year’s Western Nationals, Marla Gonnet took the Non-Pro reserve championship on Dirty Dreamin.

Linda Butlin of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Reyd won the reserve championship with a 217.5. Reyd is an 8-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Three Trees Ranch out of Meradas Missy, a Freckles Merada mare that won the 1996 NCHA Classic Challenge with Jody Galyean, and has produced earners of $660,000, including Rambo Merada ($205,935), Starched Wranglers ($194,643) and Little Merada Lena ($94,326). The Western Nationals paycheck will take Reyd well over $60,000 in lifetime earnings.

Butlin was a $50,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro finalist on Reyd at last year’s Western Nationals.

Plendls a’plenty

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Reyly Plendl

Reyly Plendl on Dual N Tuff

After Regan Plendl won the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships, Reyly Plendl captured the $50,000 Amateur finals on Tuesday, riding Dual N Tuff.

Reyly had previously been third in the $35,000 Non-Pro with the horse. Reyly will take an estimated $10,000 home to Kingsley, Iowa, from the Western Nationals.

She marked 221 in the $50,000 Amateur finals to win from Carlos Nin0 De Rivera with a 217 on Barnmasterson. She had tied for the sixth highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Susan Piatelli’s 219.5 on His Reyflection.

Dual N Tuff is an 8-year-old gelding by Dual Rey, bred by Stephan Ralston out of Cats Little Gal, a daughter of NCHA Challenge champion and $608,000-producer Little Hickory Gal.

Reyly was also a finalist on Dual N Tuff in last year’s NYCHA Scholarship Cutting at the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Reserve champion Carlos Nino De Rivera of Holdrege, Nebraska, marked 217 on Barnmasterson, a 7-year-old son of Cat T Masterson out of Amanda May.

A win for Juanita

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Juanita Steen

Juanita Steen on Bugsy Maloy

Juanita Steen, 72, of Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho, marked 222 on Bugsy Maloy to win the $15,000 Amateur finals Monday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

She was a $10,000 Amateur finalist with Bugsy Maloy at the Western Nationals in 2009, but this was her first major event win on the 13-year-old gelding.

Bugsy Maloy was bred by Kelly and Janice Cornforth by Bugs Valentino out of Downtroden, who was a daughter of $256,000 earner Freckles Docs Oak. The gelding’s career earnings will pass $25,000 with his win in Denver.

Steen marked 215 in the go-round to tie for the seventh high score, behind Kara Nielsen with a 219 on Leave N Las Vegas. In the finals, her 222 gave her a 5 1/2-point cushion over reserve champion Gail Costello of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Costello rode Joes Midnight Son, a 16-year-old San Jo Lena gelding that has earned $90,000.

$35,000 Non-Pro

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, and Rey Nounce picked up their second championship of the Western Nationals in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals on Sunnday.

Their 221 gave them a one-point lead over Virginia Kilduff of Prescott Valley, Arizona, on Wood I Jazz.

Despite drawing last in the first set of the finals, Plendl found the cows she needed for a winning score in the $35,000 Non-Pro. A day earlier, she won the Junior Youth finals while working first in the draw.

Rey Nounce is a Dual Rey x Peek A Boon 9-year-old bred by Double Dove Ranch.

Reserve champion Virginia Kilduff rode Wood I Jazz, a 12-year-old Zack T Wood mare hat has earned over $50,000.


Lucchese Cogdell and Bentley Boon prevail

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Lucchese Cogdell

Lucchese Cogdell on Bentley Boon.

Lucchese Cogdell of Tulia, Texas, marked 221 on her 8-year-old gelding Bentley Boon to win the Senior Youth title at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Saturday. Derek Waters finished second with a 217.5 on Sassy N Smooth.

Bentley Boon was bred by Kenneth Rodgers by Peptoboonsmal, out of $99,00-earner and $661,000-proucer Sheyssmatlittlelena, by Smart Little Lena. Sheyssmatlittlelena is also the dam of MillionHeir champ Redneck Yachtclub ($517,000). With earnings of $79,000, the gelding had a successful limited age career with Alvin Fults and Beau Galyean before Lucchese got him.

She has been a finalist with Bentley Boon at the West Texas Futurity, Brazos Bash and the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals.

Reserve champion Derek Waters of Macksville, Kansas, showed his 8-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare Sassy N Smooth. The mare was bred by Gene Cunningham out of Sammie Jo Lena. Derek won the Kansas Classic on her two years ago.

Junior Youth

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, marked 219 to win the Junior Youth finals. She rode Rey Nounce, a 9-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Double Dove Ranch. Rey Nounce, an earner of $106,000, is out of Peek A Boon, whose offspring have earned $574,000, including Play Peek A Boon ($205,000).

Regan, who marked the second high score of 217 in the go-round (behind Payton Paul’s 218 on Badger Poo), drew first in the finals for the winning run.

Stephanie Croft’s 216.5 on Frosted Feathers nailed down the reserve championship. Frosted Feathers is an 8-year-old Cats Red Feather mare out of CJ Little Rachel.


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