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Somethingtobelievein leads Open hopefuls

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Competition in the first go-round of the NCHA Super Stakes Open began on Wednesday with four working sets, continued Thursday with seven sets, and concludes Friday with seven sets. With 169 horses worked; 111 yet to be worked; and a bubble yet to be established, 12 horses have emerged as leaders with scores of 218 points or higher:

Brett McGlothlin

Brett McGlothlin

221 – SOMETHINGTOBELIEVEIN LTE $40,892, by Hydrive Cat
Shown and owned by Brett McGlothlin, Perrin, Tex. Brett’s wife, Jody, rode the mare to win the 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro, and Brett rode the mare as a finalist in the Augusta Futurity and the Cattlemen’s Derby.

220 – KREEPIN CAT LTE $21,506, by Metallic Cat
Shown by Sean Flynn for Mark Senn, Augusta, Ga. Flynn was reserve champion of the Abilene Spactacular aboard the red roan stallion.

220 – METALLIC D NERO LTE $17,735, by Metallic Cat
Shown by Cullen Chartier for Damiano Avigni of Italy. Avigni placed as a Super Stakes Amateur finalist earlier this week aboard Metallic D Nero and was an NCHA Futurity finalist in both the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur.

219.5 – LOU LOU LOUISE LTE $67,238, by Dual Smart Rey
Shown by Matt Miller for Lannie Louise Mecom, Avondale, Colo. Lou Lou Louise placed ninth with Miller in the NCHA Futurity and fifth in the 2017 Ike Hamilton Futurity.

219.5 – HES REAL SPECIAL LTE $32,017, by Dual Smart Rey
Shown by Casey Green for Leigh and Holly Bilton, Canada. Green showed Hes Real Special as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity. Dam is half-sister to World Champion Special Nu Baby.

219.5 – HC TAILGATE DATE LTE $19,570, by Herding Cats
Shown by Wes Ashlock for Eddie and Barbara Young, San Angelo, Tex. Ashlock placed third with HC Tailgate Date in the Abilene Spectacular and also as a finalist in the Bonanza.

219 – REYTALIC LTE $9,754, by Metallic Cat
Shown by Clay Johnson for Lone Oak Performance Horses, Santa Maria, Calif. Johnson rode Reytalic as a finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Cutting.

219 – TIME FOR A SMOOTHIE LTE $12,523, by Smooth As A Cat
Shown by Randy Chartier for Denise Seiz, Cedartwon, Ga. Seiz was reserve champion of the Augusta Futurity Unlimited Amateur aboard the red roan mare, and showed her this week as a finalist in the Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur.

218.5 – RHEDD FOXX LTE $1,238, by Metallic Cat
Shown by Bill Riddle for Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif. The red roan stallion is half-brother, out of Stylish And Foxie LTE $303,736, to Peptos Stylish Miss LTE $296,598 and Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005. Riddle rode Stylish And Foxie as reserve champion of the 1987 Super Stakes.

218.5 – DESIRES TIME LTE $11,776, by One Time Pepto
Shown by Lee Francois for H. B. Bartlett, Pike Road, Ala. Desires Time, a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, is out of Reys Desire LTE $393,766, who Francois rode as 2010 Super Stake champion and 2011 Super Stakes Classic champion.

218.5 – PURRN LIKEASMOOTHCAT LTE $94,257, by Smooth As A Cat
Shown and owned by Ascencion Banuelos, Jacksboro, Tex. Banuelos showed the dun stallion to place sixth in the NCHA Futurity.

218 – STYLISH BROW LTE $11,286, by High Brow CD
Shown by Kenny Platt for Robert Tregemba, Lawrence, Kan. Tregemba showed Stylish Brow as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur and most recently as a finalist in the Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur.

Colgrove and Colgrove

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Blakley Colgrove

Blakley Colgrove and Paradox Cat won the
Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., won the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro championship with 225 points aboard Paradox Cat, by High Brow Cat. Traci Burgess, Cleburne, Tex., claimed reserve with 223 points on La DĂ©jĂ  Vu, by Cat Ichi, and Armando Costa Neto, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 222.5 points riding Watch Me Whip, by Playgun.

Fifteen-year-old Blakley Colgrove rode to the herd Wednesday night just hours after her grandfather, Joel Colgrove, won the Super Stakes Classic Amateur championship. It was Joel who introduced Blakley and her sister, Madalyn, to cutting and to Austin Shepard, who taught them how to show and trains their horses.

Blakley and Paradox Cat LTE $115,002 first connected in the 2014 NCHA Futurity, where Blakley won the Amateur Finals, after Shepard lost a cow on the High Brow Cat son in open competition. Joel also won the 2014 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited on One Catty Cupid.

At 13, Blakley became the youngest rider to ever win an NCHA Futurity championship. One month later, Shepard won the Augusta Futurity on Paradox Cat and between them, Shepard and Blakley have earned over $115,002 on the gelding, including Blakley’s payday for the 2015 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur championship.

Vespaa LTE $245,095, a 2009 gelded son of CD Olena, gave Blakley her first taste of success. Together the pair placed as finalists in 27 limited age events, including amateur and/or non-pro wins in the NCHA Classic Challenge, the Breeders Invitational, the Cotton Stakes, the Tunica Futurity, the Augusta Futurity, and the Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Blakley Colgrove has NCHA earnings of more than $540,000.

Traci Burgess

Traci Burgess on La Deja Vu.

Traci Burgess raised La Deja Vu out of La Femme Nikita LTE $122,141, who she and her husband Jon purchased as a yearling, in 1999. Traci trained the mare herself and showed the Choice Acres daughter to place seventh in the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Limited Non-Pro and in 2007 won the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals. La Deja Vu LTE $11,251 and her full brother, Key West Ichi LTE $5,804, also a 2011 model, are the mare’s first performers.

Burgess is the NCHA earner of $383,942. She was a 2008 and 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro finalist on Poco San Playboy and PKR Big Mac, respectively, and also placed third in the 2005 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited aboard Chula Madalena.

Armando Costa Neto and Watch Me Whip LTE $149,098 laid claim to the NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown with their championship wins in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, and the 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship. This year, Costa Neto and the 5-year-old mare won the Cattlemen’s Classic Non-Pro championship; took reserve in the Bonanza 5/6 Non-Pro; and placed fifth in the Abilene Spectacular Classic Non-Pro.

Costa Neto, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $1,019,299, also showed Watch Me Whip’s dam, Look The Look LTE $172,784, to place fourth in the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals.

Colgrove prevails in Classic Amateur work-off

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Joel Colgrove

Joel Colgrove and Preycious Gem won the Super Stakes Classic Amateur
in a 4-way work-off. Hart Photography.

Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., won the Rios of Mercedes Classic Amateur championship at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes with 220 points, in a work-off, after he, Jimmy Baros, Katherine Vanboekel and Kenneth Warner tied with 217 points in the 33-horse finals. Co-reserve champions Baros, Vanboekel and Warner split second through fourth-place money.

Colgrove, with NCHA earnings of $75,043, showed 5-year-old Preycious Gem LTE $16,306, by Halreycious, for the win and also placed as a finalist on Reyl Smart Dot. Preycious Gem and Colgrove were finalists in the Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur division, as well. Reyl Smart Dot, by Dual Rey, had been a 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist under Tarin Rice.

Winner of the 2014 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur championship on One Catty Cupid, Colgrove came into the 2017 Super Stakes off of dual 2017 Ike Hamilton Futurity Amateur wins – in the 4-year-old division on Tank Tallic LTE $12,374, by Metallic Cat, and on WSR Dunnit With Jose LTE $30,131, by Pale Face Jose, in the 5-year-old division.

Jimmy Baros

Jimmy Baros on
Two Time Dual.

Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex., and his gelding, Two Time Dual, came into Wednesday’s Classic Amateur Finals after winning the Classic Unlimited Amateur championship with 220 points the night before. Two Time Dual LTE $64,184, by Dual Rey, earned his biggest check as sixth-place open finalist in the 2016 NCHA Derby under Grant Setnicka, but also collected earnings in open and amateur divisions of  17 other major 2016 events.

Two Time Dual is out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve champion with Shannon Hall. He is also half-brother to Sir Long Legs LTE $206,080, reserve open champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity, and Cat Belue LTE $189,189, both sired by High Brow Cat.

Kenneth Warner

Kenneth Warner on
That Kotn Pikn Pepto.

Kenneth Warner, Clover, S.C., and That Kotn Pikn Pepto LTE $31,431, by One Time Pepto, warmed up just weeks before the 2017 Super Stakes with a championship win in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur. The 6-year-old mare had previously earned money as an open and open limited finalist in six 2015 limited age events, including a championship win in the Southern Futurity Open Limited with Cory Deel. Warner, with NCHA earnings of $6,295, also showed That Kotn Pikn Pepto as a 4-year-old finalist in the Non-Pro Limited and Amateur divisions of the 2015 Southern Futurity.

Katherine Vanboekel

Katherine Vanboekel on
Sweet EE Motions.

Katherine Vanboekel, Ontario, Can., rode 6-year-old Sweet EE Motion, by Cat Ichi, who she also showed to split 15/18 in the Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur, and also as a 2017 finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain and the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur divisions.

Vanboekel, with NCHA earnings of $51,181, previously claimed her biggest check as reserve champion of the 2016 West Texas 5/6-Year-Old Futurity. She also won the 2015 Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur championship on SDP Johnny Cash, by TR Dual Rey, and was reserve champion of the 2015 Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur Gelding division with Total Reycall, by Dual Rey.

Baros, Rosenbach and Rutherford Amateur champions

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Jimmy Baros

Classic Unlimited Amateur champion Jimmy Baros
on Two Time Dual. Hart Photography.

April 4, Fort Worth, Tex.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals
Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex., and his 5-year-old gelding Two Time Dual, by Dual Rey, took on 37 other finalists to win the Rios of Mercedes Classic Unlimited Amateur championship with 220 points at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes.

Grace Vangilder

Reserve champion Grace Vangilder on Smooth As Puddin.

Grace Vangilder and Smooth As Puddin, by Smooth As A Cat, reserve champions of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur, scored 219.5 points for the 2017 Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur reserve title. Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., placed third and fourth with 219 and 218 points, respectively, on Magistic Moon, by Metallic Cat, and Smoothee Lou, by Smooth As A Cat.

Baros and Two Time Dual, who qualified for Wednesday’s Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals, also placed in the finals of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited and earned money with third-place in the Unlimited Senior division of that event. They also claimed unlimited amateur reserve championship titles in the 2016 PCCHA Derby and the PCCHA Futurity 4-Year-Old division, as well as earnings in the amateur gelding, unlimited amateur gelding, and unlimited amateur senior divisions of those events.

Grace Vangilder, 19, Weatherford, Tex., had a banner year in 2016 with two championship wins and three reserve championships showing 6-year-old Shes Smokin Dually and 4-year-old Peppy The Poo. It was Shes A Smokin Dually, by Third Cutting, who Grace showed to place third in the 2014 NCHA Derby Amateur and as reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Finals.

Grace Vangilder has NCHA earnings of $95,207; Smooth As A Puddin is the NCHA earner of $80,204.

Gary Rosenbach

Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur champion Gary Rosenbach on Herding Instincts.

NCHA Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur Finals
Gary Rosenbach scored 220.5 points on Herding Instincts, by Herding Cats, to win the Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur championship. Eddie Young, San Angelo, Tex., took reserve with 218.5 points riding Herding Reys, also sired by Herding Cats. Both Herding Instincts and Herding Reys were bred by Young and his wife Barbara, and are from the only crop of Herding Cats to perform. Michael Holman, Benjamin, Utah, riding Metallic Moe, by Metallic Cat, and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., on Studio Fifty Four, by Hes A Peptospoonful, tied for third with 218 points.

Gary Rosenbach, owner of Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., home of NCHA World Champion Stallion Boon Too Suen, also won the 2013 Super Stakes Amateur championship, riding Scooters Daisy Dukes, as well as the 2013 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship and the Super Stakes Classic Amateur with Tapt Out. Rosenbach has NCHA earnings of $118,656.

Eddie Young

Reserve champion Eddie Young on Herding Reys.

Eddie Young, the NCHA earner of $362,657, was a finalist aboard Herding Reys in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro and won the Senior division of that event on the mare. He also showed her dam, Flo Dancing With Rey LTE $25,423, by Dual Rey, and her granddam, Que Floyd LTE $42,469, by Freckles Floyd. In addition, in 2010, Young showed Short Nitas Jazz, the dam of Herding Instincts, in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Semi-Finals.

Stacie McDavid and her husband David owned Studio Fifty Four’s sire, Hes A Peptospoonful LTE $72,851, who died at 13, in 2011. Stacie showed Studio Fifty Four’s dam, Cee Stylish Oak LTE $51,668, as a non-pro finalist in the 2002 NCHA Classic Challenge and the Music City Futurity 5/6-Year-Old division, as well as reserve champion of the 2002 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic.

Studio Fifty Four is also a full sister to DMAC Fuzzy Spoons LTE $39,207 and DMAC Cee Jane Go LTE $36,780, both non-pro limited age events finalists under Stacie McDavid.

Michael Holman and Metallic Moe LTE $19,461 won the 2016 Utah Futurity Non-Pro, Non-Pro Limited and Non-Pro Gelding championships. They also placed as reserve champions of the 2016 Big Sky Futurity Non-Pro and the Idaho Futurity Non-Pro gelding divisions. Holman is the NCHA earner of $94,314.

John Kaden Rutherford

Super Stakes Amateur champion John Kaden Rutherford on Fantastic One.

NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals
Kaden Rutherford, Forth Worth, Tex., won the Super Stakes Amateur championship with 215 points riding Fantastic One, by Fantastic Cat. Rick Thompson, Bryan, Tex., scored 214 points aboard Smooth Lil Operator, by Smooth As A Cat, for the reserve championship. Thomas Herold, West Point, Iowa, and German Lugo, Gainesville, Tex., tied for third with 213 points riding Desires Phenom, by Dual Rey, and Ichi Bitsy Spider, by Cat Ichi, respectively.

Rick Thompson

Reserve champion Rick Thompson on Smooth Lil Operator.

Rutherford and Fantastic One, who had scored 218.5 points in the go-round, came to the Super Stakes with the reserve championship title from the 2017 Bonanza Amateur Finals. Fantastic One was also 2017 Abilene Spectacular Open Limited reserve champion under Kody Porterfield, who will show him this week in the Open first go-round. Rutherford, who has NCHA earnings of $37,551, also took the 2017 Bonanza Amateur 5/6 reserve title riding Hey Mr Buddy Boy.

Thompson, with NCHA earnings of $14,052, and Smooth Lil Operator had previously placed fourth in the 2017 Bonanza Amateur Finals.

 

Marco Sacchetti tops Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round with 219 points

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Marco Sacchetti

Marco Sacchetti and Shinee Boon marked 219 Monday. Hart Photography.

Marco Sacchetti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, showing Shinee Boon, by Boon Too Suen, scored 219 points on Monday to take the lead in the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur go-round competition of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes. Kaden Rutherford, who showed on Sunday, outscored Amateur go-round entrants with 218.5 points aboard Fantastic One, by Fantastic Cat.

Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., claimed the second-highest score in the Unlimited Amateur  division, with 218 points on Studio Fifty Four, while Sacchetti’s countryman, Damiano Avigni, Viadana, Italy, scored 218 points showing Metallic D Nero in the Amateur division.

Sacchetti had never ridden a horse until his daughter began taking riding lessons in 2005, at a stable where a local trainer worked his cutting horse on a flag. “I fell in love with it,” said Sacchetti. “It changed my life. I bought more land, more horses.”

In 2011, Sacchetti traveled to Fort Worth to show 4-year-old Smart Freckled Cat, trained by Brad Mitchell, in the NCHA Super Stakes, where he placed sixth in the Non-Pro Limited Finals and was reserve champion of the Amateur division. He also placed seventh in the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur on Little Too Sly.

In addition, Sacchetti, who has NCHA earnings of $85,533, won the 2012 Mercuria NCHA World Series Non-Pro division in Lyon, France riding Coupe Dualville and the 2013 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship on Puddy Lil Puppy.

Stacie McDavid and her mount Studio Fifty Four share a lot of history. Stacie and her husband David McDavid owned the mare’s sire, Hes A Peptospoonful, who died in 2011, with just six crops of foals and an impressive roster of performers.  Stacie showed Studio Fifty Four’s dam, Cee Stylish Oak LTE $51,668, as a non-pro finalist in the 2002 NCHA Classic Challenge and the Music City Futurity 5/6 division, as well as reserve champion of the 2002 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic.

Studio Fifty Four is also a full sister to DMAC Fuzzy Spoons LTE $39,207 and DMAC Cee Jane Go LTE $36,780, both non-pro limited age events finalists under Stacie McDavid.

Damiano Avigni, NCHA earner of $16,180, showed Metallic D Nero LTE $13,028, by Metallic Cat, as an Amateur and Unlimited Finalist in the 2016 NCHA Futurity. Metallic D Nero is a three-quarter brother to BSR Cat LTE $110,285.

The Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Amateur Finals begins at 8:00 a.m., tomorrow, April 4, and is followed by the Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur  Finals, and the Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur Finals. The Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals begin at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 5.

Jessica Banuelos Feiner claims Non-Pro Ltd. championship

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Jessica Feiner

Jessica Feiner and B Nimble won the Super Stakes Classic
Ltd Non-Pro. Hart Photography.

Jessica Banuelos Feiner, Aspen, Colo., posted a 220-point challenge, as the first rider in the 13-horse Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited Finals. Showing 5-year-old B Nimble, by Dual Smart Rey, Feiner held her advantage to claim the championship title. Debbie Day, Reno, Nev., scored 216.5 points with Moooy Bueno, by Cats Moonshine for reserve, while three riders tied with 212 points for third: Don Lee Smith, Bowie, Tex., on Shes Precious Metal, by Metallic Cat; Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., on Shady Lil CD, by High Brow CD; and Tracey Woodward, Santa Maria, Calif., on Stylish Look Bella, by Dual Smart Rey.

Showing  Highbrow Time LTE $205,900, trained and also shown in open competition by her brother Adan Banuelos, Feiner was a finalist in last year’s NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. Highbrow Time, by High Brow CD, also carried Feiner for her prior top wins – the 2014 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Amateur championship, and the 2015 Pacific Coast Non-Pro Limited and Non-Pro Gelding 5/6-Year-Old  championships.

Debbie Day

Ltd. Non-Pro reserve champion Debbie Day and Moooy Bueno.

Debbie Day, Reno, Nev., showed two horses in the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited Finals – 6-year-old Moooy Bueno, the reserve champion, and 5-year-old Ringtime Style, who placed ninth with 203 points. Day, the lifetime earner of $403,448, who competes primarily on the West Coast, also placed seventh with Ringtime Style in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited Finals, and will show the One Time Pepto gelding in the Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals on Tuesday, April 4.

Day and Moooy Bueno also won the Limited Non-Pro Senior championship at the Super Stakes.

Hilary Watson, Overland, Kan., will also show 6-year-old Shady Lil CD in the Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals on Tuesday, April 4. Watson, the NCHA earner of $146,770, showed Shady Lil CD as a finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals, and most recently won the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur championship riding the High Brow CD daughter.

Tracey Woodward, with NCHA earnings of $176,415, has shown 5-year-old Stylish Look Bella as a finalist in six limited age events, including a win as the 2016 El Rancho Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur champion.

Don Lee Smith, the NCHA earner of $285,959, was a finalist in the 2016 in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited with Shes Precious Metal; claimed that event’s  Non-Pro Limited Senior reserve title; and also placed eighth in the 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited on the now 5-year-old red roan mare.

Hardy Rogers

Hardy Rogers and Questionable Past marked 218.5 to lead the first round of the Unlimited Amateur Super Stakes.

In the Rios of Mercedes Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions of the Lucas Oil Super Stakes, both first-day leaders marked 218.5.

Hardy Rogers of Madill, Okla., rode Questionable Past to lead the Unlimited Amateur division. Rogers, who has won championships at the NCHA Eastern Nationals, Tunica, and the Oklahoma Futurity, was Unlimited Amateur champion at the Cattlemen’s Derby this spring with Questionable Past. The gelding, bred by Ty Moore, is by That Sly Cat out Zack Be Quick, the mare that Non-Pro Hall of Famer Moore rode when he won the $2,000 Limited Rider division at the NCHA World Finals in 2004.

John Kaden Rutherford

John Kaden Rutherford and Fantastic One marked 218.5 to lead the first day of the Super Stakes Amateur.

In the Amateur division, John Kaden Rutherford of Fort Worth, Tex. rode Fantastic One, a gelding bred by Jim See that he rode to a reserve championship at the Bonanza this spring. Fantastic One was also a limited open reserve champion with Kody Porterfield at the Abilene Spectacular.

The gelding is by Fantastic Cat out of Star G Peptonita. Rutherford, a former Waco Texas Futurity Amateur champion, took reserve championships at the Bonanza in both Amateur age divisions, riding Fantastic One and Hey Mr Buddy Boy.

Record–breaker for Metallic Rebel in NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Metallic Rebel

Beau Galyean and Metallic Rebel marked a record 229 to win
the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Metallic Rebel LTE $204,825, ridden by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., set a new Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open record with a 229-point win on Saturday, April 1. The 5-year-old red roan stallion was bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex., who own his sire, Metallic Cat.

CR Tuff Lucy LTE $302,785, shown by John Mitchell for Glade Knight, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points for the reserve championship. The 6-year-old mare was bred by Center Ranch, who owns her sire, Woody Be Tuff.

Button Down Supercat $235,116 scored 222 points under Wesley Galyean, for third place. The 6-year-old daughter of Dual Rey is owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, Aspen, Colo.

The  NCHA Super Stakes Classic is the third championship for Metallic Rebel and Galyean in 2017. They also won the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open. In 2016, they racked up wins in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, the Pacific Coast Derby, the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes, and the West Texas Derby.

Metallic Rebel  is out of Sweet Abra LTE $117,725, by Abrakadabracre, and full brother to three individual earners of $100,000-plus: Sweet Metallic LTE $130,962, Magic Metallic LTE $128,165, and Magistic Moon LTE $106,217 – all also bred by Fults and trained and shown by Galyean. Metallic Cat, from three crops to show, was the leading sire of NCHA money earners in 2016 and is on track as leading sire in 2017. He has more than $1 million in progeny earnings already this year.

Beau Galyean, a member of both the NCHA Non-Pro and the NCHA Open Riders Halls of Fame, and 2008 NCHA Futurity Open champion aboard Metallic Cat, is the NCHA earner of $2.9 million.

CR Tuff Lucy

Reserve Champion CR Tuff Lucy, ridden by John Mitchell.

Reserve champion CR Tuff Lucy was also reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open with John Mitchell. The 6-year-old mare’s sire, Woody Be Tuff LTE $351,063, is a full brother to Junie Wood LTE $523,782, who won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Open and 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, as well as seven other major open championships under Mitchell for Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch.

Wesley Galyean, a member of both the NCHA Non-Pro and the NCHA Open Riders Halls of Fame with NCHA earnings of $3.5 million, won the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes on Hes A Hot Cat, sired by Spots Hot, the stallion Galyean showed to win the 2004 NCHA Futurity. Wesley and Beau Galyean are brothers and their father, Jody Galyean, and grandfather, Kenneth Galyean, are also NCHA Hall of Fame inductees.

Lee Holsey

Lee Holsey and Miss Laureyna marked 219 to lead the first round of the Unlimited Amateur.

Lee Holsey scored 219 points in the last set on Saturday, to top 327 contenders in the three-day Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Classic Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round.

Holsey , an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member with earnings of $191,952, was riding 5-year-old Miss Laureyna $55,675, by Smart Royal Rey, and will compete in the Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals on Tuesday, April 4.

The Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at 8:00 a.m. Katherine Vanboekel led the first round with a 218 on Sweet EE Motion, a Cat Ichi mare bred by Jon and Traci Burgess. Vanboekel was reserve champion of the West Texas Classic on the mare last year.