Nate Miller and Lil Jackson Cat top John Deere Open Classic Challenge

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Lil Jackson Cat

Nate Miller on Lil Jackson Cat

It was a dominant 219-point win for five-year-old Lil Jackson Cat, shown by Nate Miller for Tom and Natalie Humphreville, Glenwood, NM, in the Classic Challenge Open Limited finals, on Monday, July 20 during the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Hisstereya, with Nate Lansford for Jennifer and Jeffrey Foland, and Ima Hot Model, under Greg Wright for Lincoln and Bonnie Clifford tied for second with 214.5 points.

“The first cow really started her off good, right in the center of the pen,” said Miller. “We liked that cow when they settled and that is what we went down there to cut first. She’s been good every time I’ve shown her here, so I was confident that if I did my job, she would do hers.”

Prior to the Classic Challenge Limited, Lil Jackson Cat, by High Brow Cat, most recently placed tenth in the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited and had career earnings of $49,953. She earned $4,272 for Monday’s win. But her debut came as a finalist in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Limited Open.

The Humphrevilles purchased Lil Jackson Cat as a yearling, for $100,000, at the 2011 NCHA Futurity Sales, after her two-year-old full brother, High Brow Jackson was “passed out” at $330,000. High Brow Jackson would go on to earn $236,384 and place as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity Open Limited and champion of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited with Monty Buntin.

Hisstereya, LTE $103,338, by Dual Rey out of Hissy Cat, was the last to work in the 10-horse finals, while 5-year-old Ima Hot Model, LTE $10,068, by Spots Hot, drew seventh.

Winning Connections: Riddled with champions

Monday, July 20th, 2015

By Sally Harrison

Bill Riddle with daughter Kelly Good and Miss Stylish Pepto. SH @

It pays to have connections. Take the NCHA Classic Challenge Open finals on Friday, July 17, at Will Rogers Coliseum. The champion Boon San Spoon, with 225 points, is a legacy from five generations of champions bred by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch.

But reserve champion Cat Atat Cat, with 224 points, represents an equally storied line through his pedigree, as well as his connections – owners and breeders Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., and rider Bill Riddle, Ringling, Okla.

“He (Cat Atat Cat) has a lot of credentials,” said Riddle, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider who has shown horses for the Drakes for more than 25 years. “I trained his mother, his grandmother, his full sister, a full brother to his mother – I’ve had them all.”

Riddle, 70, was a PRCA roper and high school teacher and coach, before he followed his brother Terry’s lead and turned to cutting. Terry Riddle co-owned 1975 NCHA Futurity champion Lenaette, shown by Shorty Freeman, and was co-reserve champion of the 1976 NCHA Futurity on Freckles Playboy, owned by Marion Flynt.

Docs Otoetta gave Bill Riddle his first major win, in the 1981 NCHA Derby. Within six years of that event, Riddle would become cutting’s leading money earner, due at the time in no small part to the $1 million prize money he won for Fares Ranch atop Poco Quixote Rio in the 1987 Gold & Silver Stakes. He also earned a hefty check that year for placing third with Aglows First Rio in the NCHA Futurity.

Today, Riddle ranks tenth on the all-time list of money earners with $4,716,209.

Cat Atat Cat is sired by High Brow Cat, but his taproot stands as a testimony to the influence of both Bill and Terry. His dam, Miss Stylish Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal, was bred by the Drakes and shown by Bill to win $216,005.

Miss Stylish Pepto’s full sister, Peptos Stylish Miss, also bred by the Drakes, earned $296,598 under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch.

Miss Stylish Pepto’s dam is Stylish And Foxie, by Docs Stylish Oak, one of cutting’s all-time leading sires and dam sires. Docs Sylish Oak was trained and shown by Terry Riddle.

Stylish And Foxie, LTE $303,739, was trained and shown by Bill for Glenn Drake, who also showed her in non-pro and amateur limited age competition.

Stylish And Foxie’s dam was Foxie Merada, by Freckles Merada, bred by Terry Riddle and Joe Ayres, and trained and shown by Terry.

Foxie Merada’s sire, legendary sire and maternal grandsire Freckles Merada, was also trained and shown by Terry, as was Freckles Playboy, the sport’s #4 all-time leading sire and #2 all-time maternal grandsire.

Freckles Merada’s dam, of course, was Lenaette, who produced many other champion offspring.

Once You Go Black goes back-to-back for Showdown

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Alexis Stephas

Alexis Stephas won the Unlimited Amateur Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown, riding Once You Go Black.

Alexis Stephas, riding 6-year-old Once You Go Black, by Hydrive Cat, scored 221 points on Sunday, July 19, to claim the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown Unlimited Amateur championship and a $20,000 winner’s check.

Bo Buckley, Salado, Tex., and Von Sutten, Fort Worth, Tex. tied for second-place with 218 points. Buckley, who showed CD Bronze Cat, by CD Lights, and Sutten, riding Hi Ho Nabisco, by Smooth As A Cat, each earned $14,000.

“I think it is a really cool deal to show like this for that much money,” said Stephas, referring to the hefty payouts in the inaugural Showdown in Cowtown.

Stephas was especially thankful for the opportunity to make amends for her performance as the last rider in the last set of the Rios of Mercedes Classic Challenge Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round, immediately preceding the Showdown finals.

“I was really upset because we only marked a 212 and that was our last limited age event (in Will Rogers Coliseum),” said Stephas. “I wanted revenge, and I was really proud of my horse for being able to last for two runs. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. There was just enough time to wrap and rewrap and go down there again.”

Stephas has owned the black stallion for his entire career and most recently won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited on him, one of 17 major aged event finals he has obtained with her. Sunday’s win pushed Once You Go Black’s career earnings well past the $100,000 mark.

“He’s fun to show,” said Stephas. “He’s small and swoopy. I have a few babies on the ground by him. None of them are black, but they’re all built like little tanks, just like him.”

Von Sutten on Hi Ho Nabisco, who has won previous titles in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on Smartware (2008 Super Stakes Amateur) and Whiskers And Rumors (2013 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amtateur) collected $14,000 for sharing second with Bo Buckley on CD Bronze Cat.

Hi Ho Nabisco is by Smooth As A Cat out of Little Hickory Gal, and was bred by Ellen Reeder. Little Hickory Gal won $182,000 in Open and Non-Pro events, including the 1994 NCHA Challenge with Larry Reeder. She has produced earners of  more than $610,000.

Bo Buckley’s co-reserve Champion CD Bronze Cat, by contrast, brought NCHA earnings of $53 to the Summer Spectacular. Bred by Judy Firmin, CD Bronze Cat is by CD Lights and is the first NCHA money earner out of Bronze Starlet Cat.

Boon San Spoon dishes up a 225-point win

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Boon San Spoon

Jesse Lennox on Boon San Spoon.

Boon San Spoon and rider Jesse Lennox scored 225 points on Friday, July 17, to claim the title of 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Champion for Walton’s Rocking W Ranch. Millsap, Tex. Cat Atat Cat and Bill Riddle marked 224 points to takes reserve for Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., while Donas Suen Boon and Kobie Wood placed third with 220.5 for Paul Wood, Stephenville, Tex.

Six-year-old Boon San Spoon made her debut, under Lennox, as a finalist in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd, and as a 4-year-old placed in the finals of 12 major events, including the Brazos Bash, where she won the Open Ltd championship and was reserve champion of the Open division.

“She’s been shown a lot and she’s really responsible,” said Lennox of Boon San Spoon, who he trained and has shown all of her career. “Tonight I just tried to throw down as soon as I could and stay out of her way.

“She’s very fast and it can be tricky to stay out of her way. Alice (Walton, owner of Rocking W Ranch) has been working with me a lot on (Boon San Spoon’s) angles. She is my eyes on the ground at home, and I feel like tonight we really hit the nail on the head.”

Boon San Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful, is the product of four generations of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch breeding. She is a half-sister to 2009 NCHA Futurity champion Rockin W, and out Boon San Kitty LTE $565,504, 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year.

Lennox also tied for seventh place, with 217 points, on 5-year-old Boon San Baby. Also owned and bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and trained by Lennox, Boon San Baby LTE $198,251 is by Walton Ranch sire Boon San and out of Stylish Baby Doll LTE $201,425, winner of the 2006 NCHA Derby.

Boon San Spoon, Boon San Baby, Boon San, Stylish Baby Doll, as well more than 100 other Walton-bred horses, embryos, and equipment will be offered at public auction on September 21 and 22, at the Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal, conducted by Western Bloodstock Ltd., at the Rocking W Ranch, in Millsap, Tex.

“It’s time for me to pull back and focus on other things that really matter to me,” said Alice Walton, 65, who Time magazine recognized as one of the world’s most influential people in 2012, and who has owned and shown cutting horses since she was 14. “I have loved this business and this way of life. And let me say, first and foremost, no matter who owns the horses, I will always be rooting for them, because I will always consider them ‘my’ horses.”

While Lennox, 26, was the second youngest rider in the finals, Bill Riddle, 70, was the oldest as reserve champion on Cat Atat Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto. While the $25,000 in earnings he brought to Fort Worth ranked on the lower end of the finalists, like the winner, he had depth of breeding behind him.

Riddle, who has shown horses for Glenn and Debbie Drake for a quarter-century, noted that Cat Atat Cat’s dam, Miss Stylish Pepto, earned more than $200,000 and her dam, Stylish And Foxie, earned $300,000 and has produced earners of $750,000.

“I trained his grandmother, his mother, his full sister, a full brother to his mother,” Riddle said, “and this is one of the nicest ones. This sucker is an athlete. He’s now thinking about cutting instead of just thinking about being a stud, and that’s helping him quite a bit.

“This was the softest I’ve ever had a horse feel, going that fast. He’s as soft as a feather and he can fly.”

Cat Atat Cat

Bill Riddle marked 224 on reserve champion Cat Atat Cat.

McCall Hansma wins Classic Challenge Ltd Non-Pro

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
McCall Hansma

McCall Hansma and Chex My Cat.

Eighteen-year-old McCall Hansma, of Weatherford, Texas, rode third to the herd and marked 223 to top a field of 16 Limited Non-Pro finalists in the NCHA Classic Challenge at the Summer Cutting Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, in Fort Worth Thursday afternoon. Hansma rode Chex My Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, to win by two and a half points over Sheridan Clark on Meradas Puddy Cat.

Hansma was sharing 6-year-old Chex My Cat with her dad, trainer Paul Hansma, who qualified the horse for Friday’s Open Classic Challenge finals.

Hansma family 1996

Paul and Julie Hansma with daughters Cade and McCall after Paul won the 1996 NCHA Futurity on Playboy McCrae. Sally Harrison photo.

McCall was scoring her first win in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. Last year, her twin sister, Cade, won this event on Chucks Little Pepto. Paul Hansma has won 11 finals in historic WRMC, including the 1996 NCHA Futurity (Playboy McCrae) when McCall and Cade were in the winner’s photo at the age of two months. The girls’ mother, Julie Hansma, won the non-working finals of the 2006 Super Stakes Novice Non-Pro on Bob Dualin.

Chex My Cat was bred by Sunrise Ranch by Smooth As A Cat out of Bueno Chex Dually, by Dual Pep. Paul Hansma showed Bueno Chex Dually for Dick Brown and was reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Derby on the mare. Bueno Chex Dually has produced earners of more than $700,000, including Cherry Chex Dually an Abilene Spectacular Open champ with Eddie Flynn which Jon Winkleried also rode to win the 2010 Amateur NCHA Classic Challenge.

McCall has been a finalist on Chex My Cat at the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge, 2015 Super STakes, Brazos Bash, Waco Texas Classic, and the Non-Pro Classic.

Sheridan Clark, who has won three Limited Non-Pro titles in Will Rogers Coliseum on Meradas Puddy Cat, added $7,200 to the 5-year-old mare’s career total with her reserve championship. Meradas Puddy Cat is by Athena Puddy Cat out of Meradas Beauty Bars, by Freckles Merada.

Sheridan Clark

Sheridan Clark on Meradas Puddy Cat.

Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

By Sally Harrison

Alice Walton with Sally Cats Hot

Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, breeder of 2009 NCHA Open Futurity champion Rockin W and
his dam, 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, will hold an absolute dispersal sale on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22. Western Bloodstock Ltd. will conduct the sale at the Rocking W Ranch in Millsap, Texas. In addition to all of the horses, the two-day sale includes all of the ranch equipment.

“The depth of this offering is incredible,” said Western Bloodstock Ltd. owner Jeremy Barwick. “These horses represent five generations of selective breeding at its finest.”

“It’s called realigning my priorities,” said Alice Walton, 65, who Time magazine recognized as one of the world’s most influential people in 2012. “I have loved this business and this way of life. And let me say, first and foremost, no matter who owns the horses, I will always be rooting for them, because I will always consider them ‘my’ horses.

“But it is time for me to pull back and focus on other things that really matter to me. I opened Crystal Bridges (Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.) in 2011, and that takes a lot of my time. I also have other philanthropic interests that I want to focus on.” Walton is CEO of the Walton Family Foundation’s Crystal Bridges Museum; her father is the late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.

In addition to champion show horses; 3-year-olds trained by Jesse Lennox; 2-year-olds; yearlings; and weanlings, the sale features Walton-bred stallions Boon San and The Boon. Boon San, with average offspring earnings of $21,649, is a full brother to Boon San Kitty LTE $565,504. Both Boon San and Boon San Kitty are out of Walton Ranch’s matriarch, Boon San Sally. The Boon, by Peptoboonsmal and out of Boon San Kitty, is a 7-year-old and his first foals are now yearlings.

“Raising the babies and working on the genetics has always been my true love,” said Walton, who acquired her first cutting horse when she was 14 years old and has been showing and breeding cutting horses for fifty years.

“What I’m most excited about is that our best ones today are double-bred. You don’t want to double up too closely, but when you have that kind of genetic power and can double up on it without faults, then it really hones in on the qualities that Boon San Sally had – monster speed, brains, and cow sense.”

Show horses included in the sale are 5-year-old Boon San Baby LTE $188,956, by Boon San, and 6-year-old Boon San Spoon LTE $138,306, out of Boon San Kitty and by Hes A Peptospoonful. Both horses are currently qualified for the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge under Walton Ranch trainer Jesse Lennox.

“The unique things I have noticed riding the babies of Boon San, The Boon, and Rockin W, which all go back to the Boon San Sally genetics, include their intensity and intelligence,” noted Lennox. “They are very intense and expressive when they are working a cow and yet they remain calm. Then there is their incredible foot speed. There are other fast horses out there, but not a lot that can combine an analytical frame of mind and make a good decision, as they move that quickly.

“Another trait, and possibly the strongest, is the reach and front extension as they’re crossing a pen, Lennox added. “ It’s like when a swimmer puts their head down and does an over stroke. These horses kind of do that through the sand with their shoulders and it puts you at a real advantage to stop. And the horse that’s quickest across the cow and the quickest to stop is the one that usually gets the biggest check.”

Three daughters of Boon San Kitty, and two daughters of RW Sallycat, full sister to Boon San Kitty, are among the sale horses, as well as Boon San Baby LTE $188, 956 and four of her foals; as well as Stylish Baby Doll LTE $201,425, by SR Instant Choice, and with produce earnings of $349,527.

“Boon San Sally was my God-send,” said Walton. “Then the great Stylish Oak Susie, and Rose Chex, the dam of Stylish Rosie. Those are the three stalwarts of my broodmare band. And, of course, Sally’s line has managed to produce the three great studs.

“This (move) has been some time in coming really,” Walton added. “I’ve been stretched in too many directions and I want to get focused. I’ve got a house in Fort Worth, so I’m going to move to town.

“Tell everybody they’re not rid of me. I’m keeping my box (in Will Rogers Coliseum) and I’ll be there with bells on.”

For more information and a complete list of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale catalog, go to www.

Chex My Cat leads semi-finals

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Paul Hansma

Paul Hansma.

Hall of Famer Paul Hansma and Chex My Cat marked 221 to lead the semi-finals of the Open Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance on July 14.

Wesley Galyean on Steven Feiner’s Little Rattler, by Dual Rey, was second with 220.5, while Beau Galyean was third with a 220 on Alvin and Becky Fults’ Sannman, by Metallic Cat.

Twenty-six horses marked 216 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Bred by Sunrise Ranch, Chex My Cat is by Smooth As A Cat, out of Bueno Chex Dually, a mare that earned $153,000. Hansma rode Bueno Chex Dually to the reserve championship of the 2000 NCHA Derby, and posted major wins at Steamboat Springs, the Bonanza, and the SunCoast Classic.

Bueno Chex Dually has produced earners of $698,000, including Cherry Chex Dually, winner of the Abilene Spectacular and Brazos Bash with Eddie Flynn, and the Amateur NCHA Classic Challenge with Jon Winkelried.

Chex My Cat, owned by Hansma and his wife, Julie, was third in the Cattlemen’s Classic this spring. The Hansmas’ daughter, McCall, was a Limited Non-Pro finalist on him at last year’s Summer Spectacular.


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