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NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale on top

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Nu Metallic Lace, by Metallic Cat, at $250,000

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale, on Wednesday, December 6, completed sales on 88% of its offering, an all-time record for the sale, where 42 head sold for $2,424,000 and an average of $57,714.

Nu Metallic Lace, consigned by Eddie Longley, topped the sale at $250,000. The bay roan filly, sired by Metallic Cat, was purchased by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., home of Im Countin Checks, the sire of 2017 NCHA Open World Champion Deluxe Checks. Out of Nu I Wood LTE $427,152, an NCHA all-time leading producer, Nu Metallic Lace is a half-sister to NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby $LTE $481,197 and a three-quarter sister to Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268.

Metallic Mystified, by Metallic Cat, was the second-highest seller of the sale. Consigned by Fults Ranch, the bay colt brought $200,000 from Rocking P Ranch, owner of 2017 leading sire Metallic Cat. Out of Sweet Abra LTE $120,151, an NCHA all-time leading producer, Metallic Mystified is a full brother to Metallic Rebel LTE $404,910, 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year and 2017 World Champion Stallion.

Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas, also purchased One Time Pepto daughter Foxing Awesum for $150,000 from Waco Bend Ranch. The red roan filly is out of Dont Look Twice LTE $843,096, NCHA’s all-time leading female money earner. Her second dam is Tapt Twice LTE $285,226, a Top 10 NCHA all-time producer of the earners of $1,459,206.

Lou Rey, by Dual Rey, also went to Rocking P Ranch for $100,000. The Oxbow Ranch-consigned filly is out of Louellas Cat LTE $305,305, a full sister to Cattalou LTE $286,647 and half-sister to Movin Downtown LTE $346,715.

Shameless, a Dual Smart Rey daughter out of Miss Pepto LTE $100,727, by Peptoboonsmal, sold for $110,000 to John Thomas, Alberta, Canada. The red roan filly was consigned by Crown Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Sunday, December 10. For the online catalog and daily results: www.westernbloodstock.com

Rocky Davis tops Unlimited Amateur semis on Redneck Creyzy

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Rocky Davis on Redneck Creyzy. Hart Photography.

Rocky Davis, Valley View, Alberta, Canada, scored 216.5 points riding Redneck Creyzy on Wednesday to win the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur semi-finals. Jacob Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex., had the next highest score with 215.5 points on V Eight Smooth Ichi, and Bella Anderson and Hardy Rogers tied for third and fourth with 215 points on Bobby Jack Cat and Way To Naughty, respectively.

Rocky Davis came into the Unlimited Amateur semi-finals off of wins on 4-year-old Mouse Ichi LTE $11,565 in the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur and Senior Amateur Finals, as well as a win on Monster Cat LTE $48,377 in the Canadian Supreme Classic Amateur Finals.

Davis, the NCHA earner of $144,251, was also a finalist with Redneck Creyzy in last week’s NCHA Limited Non-Pro Finals. Redneck Creyzy is by Dual Rey and out of Xquizit Cat LTE $13,435, by High Brow Cat.

Jacob Taurel was an NCHA Super Stakes (6th place) and an NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur finalist this year riding 4-year-old Metallic Martinis LTE $14,566. The NCHA earner of $140,524, Taurel also placed fifth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur riding One Rowdy Cat LTE $64,634. V Eight Smooth Ichi, by Smooth As A Cat, is out of Clementine Ichi, by Cat Ichi.

Bella Anderson, Victoria, Tex., and Bobby Jack Cat, by Cats Quixote Jack, won the Unlimited Amateur/Amateur go-round on Saturday, December 2, with 217 points. They also placed third, to earn $7,425, in the Amateur Finals on Tuesday, December 5.

Bella, the NCHA earner of $71,828, and her father, Steve Anderson, also both qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals on December 7, Bella aboard Martina Jack, by Cats Quixote Jack, and Steve on  Little Jo Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Hardy Rogers, Madill, Okla., is the NCHA earner of $220,764. He showed Questionable Past LTE $46,425 in both the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur and the NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur. He was also a 2017 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur finalist with Bet Hesa Baygun LTE $64,060, who Hardy showed as Reserve Unlimited Amateur Champion of the Brazos Bash.

Way To Naughty, by Dual Rey, is out of Joys Indian Pep LTE $127,244, by Hickorys Indian Pep. Joys Indian Pep, the dam of five NCHA money earners, was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Limited Non-Pro with Justin Cunningham, and reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Classic with Hardy Rogers.

NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

CR Tuff Tizzy, Tuesday’s high seller at $350,000

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales began on a high note on Tuesday, December 5, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, where CR Tuff Tizzy, consigned by Meinzer Livestock LLC sold for $350,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. And Badboonarising, consigned by Royce Stallcup brought $150,000 from Todd Quirk, Denton Springs, La.

CR Tuff Tizzy, in training with Hunter Meinzer, is a daughter of Woody Be Tuff LTE $351,063, a leading sire in 2017 and sire of 2012 NCHA Futurity Open co-champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat. CR Tuff Tizzy is a half-sister to One Catty Cupid LTE $174,849, out of the Dual Pep daughter ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762. ARC Catty Dual, who sold in the 2011 NCHA Futurity Sales for $220,000, has produced eight NCHA earners with average earnings of $32,358.

Badboonarising, trained by his consignor, Royce Stallcup, is a black colt sired by Once In A Blu Boon LTE $319,002, whose first foals are 3-year-olds of 2017. A three-quarter brother to  SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $185839, Badboonarising is out of Show Biz Kitty, whose dam, Show Biz Sandy LTE $81,222, the 1993 NCHA Open World Champion, is the producer of five money earners with $363,933, including Show Biz Billy LTE $154,193.

Tin Cup, selling at $80,000, was consigned by Holmes Cutting Horses in training with Wes Ashlock. The red roan son of leading sire Metallic Cat is out of Nurse Moss, dam of Melting Snow LTE $99,157, by Metallic Cat, and a half-sister to Dual Rey LTE $123,449, NCHA’s #3 all-time leading sire of earners of $38 million.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue daily through December 10. For results and a complete catalog: www.westernbloodstock.com

Amateur dead heat

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

David Taurel and Robert Masterson. Hart Photography.

David Taurel of Whitesboro, Texas, and Robert Masterson of Guthrie, Texas, split the win in the NCHA Futurity Amateur finals Tuesday evening in Fort Worth, Texas. Taurel, riding Playboy Is Smooth, and Masterson on Little Guy Cat, both marked 215 to share the championship.

Bella Anderson.

Bella Anderson of Weatherford, Texas, posted the top semi-finals score of 217, and placed third in the finals with a 212.5 on Bobby Jack Cat.

It was the first major win for Taurel, 58. He finished third in the NCHA Amateur Derby in 2016 on Gin Is So Smooth, and was a finalist in that event this year on Little Jewels Olena. He was reserve champion at the Brazos Bash this fall on Little Jewels Olena, and has been a 2017 finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, West Texas, and Arbuckle Mountain.

Playboy Is Smooth was bred by Triple S Quarter Horses by Smooth As A Cat out of Mary Has Freckles, a Freckles Playboy mare that was an NCHA Derby Open finalist with Eddie Flynn, and has produced earners of $47,000.

Robert Masterson, 48, was a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Amateur Futurity on Ms Tail Feather. He won the 2009 Amateur at the Abilene Spectacular on Classy Mecom, and took that mare on to the Limited Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Classic Challenge and the Amateur finals of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Little Guy Cat was bred by Bill Masterson by Cats Merada out of Miss Biscalena, a multiple limited age finalist under Carlos Banuelos in Open competition, and Bill Masterson in restricted classes. Miss Biscalena has produced earners of $90,000, including Great Expectations, the Third Cutting mare that Nadine Payne rode to win the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

In third place, Bella Anderson rode Bobby Jack Cat, a gelding bred by Anderson Cattle Co. by Cats Quixote Jack out of Shestoostylish, a Dual Rey mare that earned $44,000.

Thirteen of the Amateur finalists have also qualified for Wednesday’s Unlimited Amateur semi-finals. They are:

  • Robert Masterson on Little Guy Cat
  • Bella Anderson on Bobby Jack Cat
  • Karen Murray on Suen To Be Brilliant
  • Tom Williams on Sofies Cat
  • Eddie Young  on Smooth Duallin Cat
  • Tyler Troop on A Fancy Blu Boon
  • Ladene Sanderson on MK Hals Smooth Girl
  • Jim Short  on Call Me What U Want
  • Will Bushaw on Wood You Rather
  • Bo Buckley on This Chic Be Tuff
  • Alberto Rodriguez on Mo Metallic
  • Duce Barlow  on Reyzer
  • Viki Williamson on Metallic Princess

In addition, Bella Anderson has qualified for Thursday’s Non-Pro semi-finals on Martina Jack.

 

Cooper and Good share Limited Non-Pro title

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Ali Good and Lance Cooper. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper and Ali Good staked their claims to the 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro co-championship in the first set of the 29-rider finals with matching scores of 222 points, riding Zen And Tonic and Sneakish, respectively. McCall Hansma took third place with 218.5 points on Tommy Shelby, and David Anderson, riding KR Isadora Royal, was fourth with 217.5.

Cooper and Good each earned $10,539, which included a $2,000 bonus from Great American Insurance Group and Jerry’s Chevrolet.

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, also qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals on Thursday, December 7. Cooper, who lives in Weatherford, Tex., first emerged as a championship contender in 2014, when he was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Limited and placed twelfth in the Non-Pro Finals riding Post Card From Paris. Cooper, the NCHA earner of $92,416, also won the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., the NCHA earner of $22,331, also qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals riding Augie Boon, who traces back on his dam’s side to Clarks Little Fanny, a foundation mare for his breeder, the Riddle Family Trust.

Good also won the $35,000 Non-Pro  all age event in the 2017 Non-Pro Cutting and placed third in the 2017 NCHA Mercuria Congress World Series Non-Pro riding Cat Atat Cat LTE $82,090. Sneakish, Good’s Limited Non-Pro champ, is by Hottish and out of Smooth Sneakin LTE $73,716, by Smooth As A Cat.

McCall Hansma on Tommy Shelby.

McCall Hansma, Fort Worth, Tex., won the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Limited Non-Pro and the 2015 Brazos Bash Limited Non-Pro championship on Chex My Cat LTE $68,310. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Non-Pro Cutting Classic on CDS Pepto Gal LTE $32,319, a three-quarter sister to Little Pepto Zack, the dam of the Hottish son Tommy Shelby, Hansma’s Limited Non-Pro champion.

David Anderson, Calgary, Alberta, also qualified for the Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals on his Limited Non-Pro mount KR Isadora Royal, by CD Royal, and out of KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164, the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion, by Smooth As A Cat.

John Baldwin, Hempstead, Tex., won the Limited Non-Pro Semi-Finals with 220 points on Quickie Rey, by Dual Rey, and earned $5,041 plus Senior Champion money in the Limited Non-Pro Finals. Prior to the 2017 Futurity, Baldwin had NCHA earnings of $20,379.

Limited Open – Unlimited opportunity

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

As the debut for many of the best bred cutting horses in the world, the NCHA Futurity is the launch pad for new talent. But in addition to its four-legged contestants, the show offers career-making opportunities for up-and-coming riders.

The Limited Open division of the Futurity, which was held last week, is reserved for riders with less than $200,000 in earnings on a rolling three-year basis. This year, a record 24 horses in the Open semi-finals will be shown by riders who entered the Limited Open. The previous record was 18 Limited Open entries in the Open semi-finals in 2009.

Tony Piggott

Tony Piggott

Tarin Rice.

And these riders are not necessarily fighting for a piece of the Hall of Famers’ leftovers. Two riders, Tony Piggott in 2009 and Tarin Rice in 2012, won the Open Futurity in the same year they showed in the Limited finals. Three others, John Mitchell in 1998, Ryon Emerton in 2008 and Kody Porterfield in 2015, placed third in the “big” finals after showing in the Limited.

In all, 178 Limited Open entries have had their shot in the Open semi-finals from 1990 through last year. Fifty-two of them have qualified for the Open finals.

At this Saturday’s semi-finals, all eyes will be on Pedro Ornelas, who won the Limited Open with a 224 on Little Jo Cat.

Then there’s John Sanislow (Im Quintan Checks), Ty Brown (CR Smart Boots) and Wes Ashlock (Reyzemehot), who posted the second, third and fourth highest scores of all Open riders from the go-rounds, 441.5, 439.5 and 439, respectively.

Ashlock and Chris Johnsrud both have two horses in the semi-finals. Ashlock’s other horse is Ketamine Kat. Johnsrud will be riding Rey Good Lookin and Mister Silver Pistol.

This year’s Limited riders who are past Open finalists include Greg Wright, who will be riding Sugarush in the semi-finals, Kody Porterfield (Fancy Cutting), Chris Johnsrud (Rey Good Lookin and Mister Silver Pistol), Nate Lansford (Cat About Houston), and Wayne Robinson (Scoots Peptolena).

But for people who look for omens, it’s worth noting that the two past Open champions who won after showing in the Limited finals, Piggott and Rice, both finished fourth in the Limited Open in their respective years. There was a tie for fourth this year, between Chris Johnsrud on Rey Good Lookin and Lindy Northcutt on Thatz All Folks.

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Rockey and Nelson rule on Sunday

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Glen Nelson and John Rockey. Hart Photography.

John Rockey, an Amateur contender from Palmdale, Calif., and Unlimited Amateur rider Glen Nelson, Mesa Ariz., topped the last day of four days of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round competition with matching scores of 216 points. Amateur riders with scores of 206 points or higher qualified for the Amateur Semi-Finals on Tuesday, Dec. 5; Unlimited Amateurs with scores of 210 points or higher qualified for the Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Bella Anderson, Victoria, Tex., held her status as Amateur go-round winner, with 217 points on homebred Bobby Jack Cat, by Cats Quixote Jack. Glen Nelson’s high score of 216 points tied with earlier Unlimited Amateur contenders Glenn Barlow on Reyzer, by Dual Rey; Russ De Cordova on Lucille Russel, by Metallic Cat; Jaycee Lowery on Rey Banz Cat, by Dual Rey; and Traci Shehady on You Cant Buy Love, by Cats Gotta Diamond.

John Rockey, the NCHA earner of $138,185, was a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur finalist on Medal For Honor, who he also showed to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur championship.  He was also a 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist on Let Georgie Do It, as well as Unlimited Amateur champion of the PCCHA Derby.

Dureyngo Kid, Rockey’s 2017 Amateur Semi-finalist, is a gelded son of Reys Dual Badger and out of Hissy Cat LTE $307,099, the dam of earners of $630,308, including Johnny Reyngo $191,079 and Hisstereya, both by Dual Rey and three-quarter siblings to Dureyngo Kid. Two yearling siblings out of Hissy Cat also sell this week in the NCHA Futurity Sales: the filly Hugs N Hisses, Hip #39, in the Select Yearling Sale, and the colt John Wreyne, Hip #3139, in the Preferred Breeders Sale, Session I.

Glen Nelson, NCHA earner of $113,868, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finalist on Mamas Reynman, who he also showed as an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the 2017 NCHA Derby and the 2017 Bonanza Derby. Mamas Sugar Kat, Nelson’s 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur mount, is by Kit Kat Sugar and out of Little Black Boon LTE $116,501.

Four riders on Sunday tied with 215.5 points, the second-highest score of the day:

  • 215.5 Amateur Gaia Salvatori of Modena, Italy, on American Beauty Cat (Smart Rey Pepto x Savannah Cathouse)
  • 215.5 Amateur German Lugo of Gainesville, Tex., on Toodie Rey (Dual Rey x Hickorys Toodie Lena)
  • 215.5 Unlimited Amateur Alberto Rodriguez of Tioga, Tex., on Metallic Mo (Metallic Cat x Mo Flo)
  • 215.5 Unlimited Amateur Kathy Strain of White River, S.D., on TR Sweet Justice (SDP Justice Is Comin x Sneakin Fly)