Ichi La Roo dominates $3,000 Novice

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Guy Woods

Guy Woods.

Riding Ichi La Roo for EE Ranches, Guy Woods marked 224 for a 3-point win in the $3,000 Novice finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships on Thursday.

It was the 11th Novice or Open championship Woods has claimed at the Eastern Nationals since 1995.

Ichi La Roo is a textbook example of EE Ranches’ breeding program. The 6-year-old is by Cat Ichi, which Woods showed to win the NCHA Derby in 2004. Cat Ichi is a son of foundation mare Laney Doc, who produced NCHA earners of more than $1.3 million.

Ichi La Roo’s dam, Snicker Roo, is a daughter of Meradas Dee Jay, and a granddaughter of Laney Doc. Meradas Dee Jay earned $147,000, won the $5,000 Novice at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, and produced $100,000 earners Dee Acre Doc and DJ Tracker.

Ichi La Roo was a two-time finalist at the AQHA World Show, and finished third in the $10,000 Novice at last year’s Eastern Nationals. Owner Jo Ellard took him to the Unlimited Amateur finals at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity on the way to Jackson, Mississippi for this year’s Eastern Nationals.

Ichi La Roo’s latest paycheck will take his earnings to more than $36,000.

Pettys Little Lizzy takes $10K Novice

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Josh Townsend

Josh Townsend.

After qualifying on top in the go-round, Josh Townsend and Pettys Little Lizzy marked 223 Wednesday to win the $10,000 Novice class, the first title awarded at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi. The show continues through March 15.

Bred by Dee and Vicki Merritt, Pettys Little Lizzy is an 8-year-old mare by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Petty Little One, by Smart Little Uno. She’s owned by Doug Adamson Jr. of Durant, Oklahoma.

Townend showed her in several aged event finals earlier in her career, and took her to the AQHA World Show finals two years in a row. The mare’s win will take her earnings over $55,000. She was also a $10,000 Novice finalist at the Eastern Nationals last year.

He marked a 220 to lead the go-round at Jackson, and his 223 in the finals gave him a half-point lead over Skip Queen on TGI Playtime, by One Time Pepto.

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.


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