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Cutting

Walter Hellyer 1923 – 2017

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Walter Hellyer, Waterford, Ontario, an NCHA Hall of Fame Member, past president of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, and influential breeder of cutting horses, passed away on May 3, at the age of 93.

Hellyer grew up on a farm in Ontario, where he developed a love for working horses. By the late 1950s, he had become active in American Quarter Horse (AQHA) events, and he joined the National Cutting Horse (NCHA) in 1963. During the same period, he met pioneer cutting horse trainers Buster Welch and Shorty Freeman, who both showed horses for him.

As Hellyer expanded his Quarter Horse broodmare band, he shipped many of them to Texas, under the care of Shorty Freeman and Terry Riddle, who also trained and showed many of their offspring. In 1973, Hellyer purchased half-interest in the 1970 NCHA Futurity champion Doc O’Lena from Freeman, who had shown the Doc Bar son, out of the famed cutting champion Poco Lena.

In 1978, Freeman and Hellyer syndicated Doc O’Lena for $1.2 million, each retaining 10 shares from the total 70 shares. It was the first major syndication of a cutting stallion and was to have a lasting impact on the sport of cutting.

Doc O’Lena’s influence as a sire and grandsire is legendary. His Hellyer-bred offspring include Lenas Jewel Bars, sire of earners of $4.7 million and Playboys Madera LTE $409,761, 1988 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and dam of 1993 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Playboy McCrae.

Hellyer is survived by his wife of 71 years, Doreen, as well as their children Pam Hellyer, Brenda (and Murray) Wivell, Warren (and Diana) Hellyer, Victoria Hellyer (and Dave Pavey), Margaret Kotsch, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Little but mighty: Meradas Little Sue 1990 – 2017

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Meradas Little Sue

Meradas Little Sue with Nancy Pearce and Penny Youngblood. Photo by Constance Jaeggi.

Meradas Little Sue, three-times NCHA World Champion, 1996 NCHA Horse of the Year, and NCHA earner of $670,098, was put to rest on April 21, 2017, twenty-seven years to the day after she was foaled, in 1990. She spent her final years at Circle Y Ranch in Millsap, Tex., under the devoted care of Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce, who purchased her in December 2014, at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

“We were looking at a daughter of Meradas Little Sue … and as I was thumbing through the (sale) catalog, there was Meradas Little Sue, and my heart stopped beating,” said Pearce. “We thought, if nothing ever happens with this mare, reproductively, if we can buy her, she will have a wonderful loving home for the rest of her life. The rest is history.”

Sired by Freckles Merada and out of Docs Hickory Sue, by Doc’s Hickory, Meradas Little Sue was bred by NCHA Hall of Fame Member Kenneth Galyean and shown by his son, Jody Galyean, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, to place fifth in the 1993 NCHA Futurity.

Meanwhile, Kobie Wood, who had shown the stallion Cash Quixote Rio as 1990 and 1992 NCHA World Champion for Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, had his eye on Meradas Little Sue and convinced the Heiligbrodts to purchase her in April 1994.

“She was a little mare, but real gritty, with a lot of heart and intensity,” said Wood. “She was one that if you cut for two and a half minutes, she would. A horse that can hold one for two and a half minutes, whether it runs out of air or whatever, is a good horse.”

In 2001, Meradas Little Sue was sold by the Heiligbrodts, also prominent Thoroughbred owners, at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales for an all-time cutting horse record of $875,000. “When we bought her, Kobie and I both showed her in the open and non-pro and we advanced to the finals 90 percent of the time, in both of them,” said Corinne Heiligbrodt. “That tells you what kind of horse she is. Dynamite comes in small packages.”

Meradas Little Sue is the dam of 26 NCHA money earners of $1,490,354, with an average of $57,321. Two clones, bred and owned by Circle Y Ranch, were foaled in 2015 – Meradas Little One and Meradas Little Two. Circle Y Ranch is also the home of Im Countin Checks, a current leading sire of NCHA money earners.

Hashtags #1

Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Hashtags

Super Stakes Open champion Hashtags, ridden by Tatum Rice.
Hart Photography.

Hashtags, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Jose Raul Garcia, Caracas, VZ, scored 220 points under Tatum Rice to win the 2017 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes.  Melting Snow, owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses, Nemo, Tex. and also sired by Metallic Cat, scored 219.5 points for the reserve championship under Clay Johnson. Hot Revolver, sired by Spots Hot and shown by James Payne, scored 219 points to place third for owner Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Hashtags made his debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Finalist (8th place) and this year has been a finalist in the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Ike Hamilton Futurity. Including his Super Stakes winner’s check of $74,095 and prior official earnings of $81,390, the blue roan stallion has earned $155,485.

Rice, whose biggest single paycheck came when he placed third in the 2013 NCHA Futurity riding Johnny Reyngo, had NCHA earnings of $1,355,492 coming into the Super Stakes; he is slated to be inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in June.

Hashtags is out of Dual Rey Tag LTE $50,706, by Dual Rey; his second dam, Playin Tag LTE $220,949, won the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cara Barry Brewer.

Melting Snow

Open reserve champion Melting Snow and Clay Johnson.

Reserve champion Melting Snow LTE $77,803 was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and 2017 Abilene Spectacular finalist with Clay Johnson, who had won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes riding  KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164. Melting Snow, a $280,000 purchase at the 2015 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, is out of a full sister to Dual Rey, cutting’s #3 all-time leading sire of NCHA money earners.

Clay Johnson, winner of the 2013 NCHA Futurity aboard Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251, by Dual Smart Rey, is a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and has earnings of $994,363.

Hot Revolver LTE $65,249 was an Abilene Spectacular and Arbuckle Mountain finalist under James Payne, before coming to the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes. The gray daughter of Spots Hot, sire of 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot, is the first performer out of Baretta Boon LTE $58,000, by Playgun.

James Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,470,281, has had two previous NCHA Super Stakes finalists and was reserve champion in 2013 on Quick Be A Cat $83,786.

Lindy Ashlock locks up NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship

Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Lindy Ashlock

Non-Pro champion Lindy Ashlock on In Reyverse. Hart Photography.

Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., took command Saturday in the second set of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals and never looked back. Riding In Reyverse, by Dual Rey, Ashlock scored 222 points to win the championship and $39,982. Brandon Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., earned 220.5 points on Laguna Girl, by CD Royal, for the reserve championship, and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 219 points aboard Molokai, by Metallic Cat.

Ashlock and In Reyverse placed fourth in the 2017 Augusta Futurity Non-Pro, and then claimed the reserve championship of the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro. Ashlock, a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame and NCHA earner $1,280,656, also placed in the non-pro finals of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, as well as the 2016 Super Stakes Classic and the 2015 Super Stakes on Prowlin High, by High Brow Cat.

Wes Ashlock, Lindy’s husband, won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals with 222 points riding HC Tailgate Date, by Herding Cats, and came back to tie for sixth in the Super Stakes Finals.

In Reyverse was bred by Double Dove Ranch out of the CD Lights daughter Havanna Lights, whose dam, Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, has produced earners of more than $1.5 million, including NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style $293,232. Dual Rey, sire of In Reyverse, ranks third on the list of All-Time Leading NCHA Sires, with offspring earnings of $33 million.

Brandon Westfall

Non-Pro reserve champion Brandon Westfall on Laguna Girl.

When he was 14, Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $225,038, showed Lulu Snow to place eighth in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals; last year he was an NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro finalist with Johnny Royal. Brandon’s father, trainer Russ Westfall, was reserve champion of the 2004 NCHA Futurity riding Jeeps Posi Traction LTE $332,058, and reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Super Stakes Classic with Smart Like Dusty $174,024.

Laguna Girl’s sire, CD Royal, is owned and was shown by Russ and Janet Westfall, who have also shown many of the stallion’s top performers. Janet also claimed the 2000 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding CD Royal. Laguna Girl, with earnings of $868 before the NCHA Super Stakes, is out of Cats Stylish Diva, by High Brow Cat.

Mary Ann Rapp is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and a leading NCHA earner of $4,465,237. She won the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro riding ARC Catmando and the 2003 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Amanda Stargun. Earlier in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, Rapp placed as a finalist in the Non-Pro Classic riding Miss Kitty Reycine LTE $31,752.

Rapp showed Molokai LTE $5,741 as a finalist in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. The Metallic Cat daughter is out of the Doc’s Hickory daughter Hickorys Tornado Rio LTE $71,376.

Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Open finalists

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Here’s a look at the line up for Saturday’s Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals.
Watch the webcast at nchacutting.com.

1

PHAROAH AND JAMES / Clint Allen

(Hickorys Indian Pep x Wise Little Miss, by Wise Play)
Breeder: David & Stacie McDavid
Owner: David & Stacie Mcdavid, Fort Worth, TX
Rider Earnings: $4,350,583
Horse Earnings: $36,031

R1 R2 Comb SF
220.5 217.5 438.0 217.5
  • Clint Allen is in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.
  • He’s taken seven horses to the Super Stakes finals before tonight and has three in this time.
  • He won the 2007 Super Stakes on Wood I Never.
  • Clint rode Pharoah And James to the NCHA Futurity semi-finals and the finals at the Bonanza and The Ike.
  • The gelding’s dam, Wise Little Miss, was a Brazos Bash champion, earning $72,000.

2

HOT REVOLVER / James Payne

(Spots Hot x Baretta Boon, by Playgun)
Breeder: Hunter Williams
Owner: Kathleen Moore, Madill, OK
Rider Earnings: $2,414,021
Horse Earnings: $8,989

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.0 216.5 435.5 219.0
  • James Payne is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • He’s had two previous Super Stakes finalists, and was reserve champion in 2013 on Quick Be A Cat.
  • He’s a two-time winner of the NCHA Classic Challenge.
  • James was an Abilene and Arbuckle Mountain finalist with Hot Revolver.
  • The mare’s dam, Baretta Boon, was an Amateur LAE champion with Hunter Williams, earning $57,000.

3

LOU LOU LOUISE / Matt Miller

(Dual Smart Rey x Miss Woody Two Shoes, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Lannie Louise Mecom
Owner: Lannie Louise Mecom, Avondale, CO
Rider Earnings: $2,882,763
Horse Earnings: $67,238

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.5 216.0 435.5 217.5
  • Matt Miller is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • This is his seventh trip to the Super Stakes finals.
  • He rose Lou Lou Louise in the finals of the NCHA Futurity and the Ike Hamilton Futurity.
  • The mare’s dam, Miss Woody Two Shoes, has produced earners of $366,000.
  • Her second dam, Miss Echo Wood, is a $1.3 million producer.

4

MAGNETIK PLAYBOY / Walt Erwin

(Metallic Cat x Playboys Mom, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Darol Rodrock
Owner: Mark Senn, Augusta, GA
Rider Earnings: $464,625
Horse Earnings: $23,989

R1 R2 Comb SF
217.0 218.5 435.5 215.5
  • This is Walt Erwin’s debut as a Super Stakes finalist.
  • He was an NCHA Derby finalist last year on R Smokin Cat.
  • Walt won the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals last year on Playful Highbrow CD.
  • He rode Magnetik Playboy in the Limited Open finals and the Open semi-finals at the NCHA Futurity.
  • They also won the Limited Open at the Ike, and were Limited Open finalists at the Super Stakes.
  • Magnetik Playboy’s dam, Playboys Mom, is a $975,000 producer.

5

KOPYKAT / Bubba Matlock

(Metallic Cat x Playgiarism, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Mariposa Farms
Owner: Mariposa Ranch, Fort Worth, TX
Rider Earnings: $1,036,555
Horse Earnings: $0

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 219.0 435.0 217.0
  • Bubba Matlock will be inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in June.
  • He was reserve champion of the 2009 Super Stakes Classic and the 2007 NCHA Futurity on Desires Little Rex.
  • This is his fourth Super Stakes finals.
  • Kopykat’s dam, Playgiarism, produced earners of $819,000.

6

KREEPIN CAT / Sean Flynn

(Metallic Cat x Stylish Little Bow, by Docs Stylish Oak)
Breeder: Peter & Nora Stent
Owner: Mark Senn, Augusta, GA
Rider Earnings: $2,401,418
Horse Earnings: $21,666

R1 R2 Comb SF
220.0 213.5 433.5 215.0
  • Sean Flynn is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • This is his seventh Super Stakes finals.
  • He won the Super Stakes Classic in 2012 with Cat Man Blue.
  • He was an Abilene and Arbuckle Mountain finalist with Kreepin Cat.
  • Sean’s brother, Eddie, showed Kreepin Cat’s dam, Stylish Little Bow, to earn $231,000.
  • Second dam, Bowmans Little Jewel, is a $911,000 producer.

7

SOME LIKEIT METALLIC / Wesley Galyean

(Metallic Cat x Some Like It Hott, by Spots Hot)
Breeder: Wesley Galyean
Owner: Wesley & Kristen Galyean, Claremore, OK
Rider Earnings: $3,504,861
Horse Earnings: $15,168

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 216.5 432.5 214.5
  • Wesley Galyean is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • He’s had nine previous Super Stakes finalists, and two more tonight.
  • He won the 2013 Super Stakes on Hes A Hot Cat.
  • Wesley was a semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity and a finalist at Arbuckle Mountain on Some Likeit Metallic.
  • Wesley won the NCHA Futurity on this horse’s sire, Spots Hot, and was reserve champion on its dam, Some Like It Hott.
  • Some Like It Hott is a granddaughter of $1.4 million producer Meradas Little Sue.

8

REYS SOME STYLE / John Mitchell

(Dual Rey x Peptos Stylish Miss, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Glade Knight
Owner: Glade Knight, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $3,980,517
Horse Earnings: $2,349

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.5 216.0 432.5 215.0
  • John Mitchell is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • This is his ninth trip to the Super Stakes finals.
  • He won the Super Stakes in 2014, and the Classic the following year, with Junie Wood.
  • He was a Cattlemen’s Derby finalist with Reys Some Style.
  • John Mitchell earned more than $296,000 on this mare’s dam, Peptos Stylish Miss.

9

DMAC BELLINI MARTINI / Clint Allen

(High Brow Cat x Miss Martini Play, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Marvine Ranch
Owner: David & Stacie Mcdavid, Fort Worth, TX
Rider Earnings: $4,350,583
Horse Earnings: $15,710

R1 R2 Comb SF
217.5 216.0 433.5 214.5
  • Clint Allen is in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.
  • He’s taken seven horses to the Super Stakes finals before tonight and has three in this time.
  • He won the 2007 Super Stakes on Wood I Never.
  • Clint rode Dmac Bellini Martini in the NCHA Futurity semi-finals and the finals of the Bonanza and The Ike.
  • The mare’s dam, Miss Martini Play, is a million-dollar producer whose babies include Horse of the Year Copaspepto.

10

METALLIC BOOM / Ronnie Rice

(Metallic Cat x Peptocandy, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Kelly Schaar
Owner: Decordova Cattle Co, Grosebeck, TX
Rider Earnings: $5,102,478
Horse Earnings: $11,163

R1 R2 Comb SF
214.5 218.5 433.0 214.5
  • Ronnie Rice is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • At 65, he’s the only Senior rider in tonight’s finals.
  • He’s been a Super Stakes finalist 14 times before, going back to 1988.
  • He’s a two time Super Stakes reserve champion.
  • Metallic Boom was a Non-Pro semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity with Cody De Cordova, and a Bonanza Open finalist with Ronnie Rice.
  • Ronnie was reserve champion of the 2005 NCHA Futurity on Metallic Boom’s dam, Peptocandy.

11

METALLIC INA / Rowdy Larson

(Metallic Cat x Hickory Badger Ina, by Doc’s Hickory)
Breeder: Laurie & Mike Jones
Owner: The Over Forty Ranch, Wichita Falls, TX
Rider Earnings: $278,152
Horse Earnings: $12,902

R1 R2 Comb SF
218.5 214.5 433.0 216.0
  • Rowdy Larson makes his debut tonight as an NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist, and he has qualified two tonight.
  • He’s been an NCHA Futurity and Derby finalist since 2012.
  • He was reserve champion of the Limited Open here on Metallic Ina, and also won that class on Johnny English.
  • Metallic Ina was an Open finalist at the Bonanza, a Limited Open finalist at Arbuckle Mountain, and an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist.
  • The mare’s dam, Hickory Badger Ina, has produced earners of $479,000.

12

HASHTAGS / Tatum Rice

(Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: James Haworth
Owner: Jose Raul Garcia, Caracas, VZ
Rider Earnings: $1,355,492
Horse Earnings: $81,390

R1 R2 Comb SF
218.0 219.0 437.0 219.0
  • Tatum Rice will be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in June.
  • This is his third trip to the Super Stakes finals.
  • He rode Hashtags to the finals of the NCHA Futurity and Cattlemen’s Derby. Hashtags was also a finalist at The Ike.
  • Hashtags’ second dam, Playin Tag, won the 2004 Super Stakes with Cara Brewer.

13

MISS STYLISH KATZ / Adan Banuelos

(High Brow Cat x Miss Stylish Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Glenn & Debbie Drake
Owner: Lone Oak Performance Horses, Santa Maria, CA
Rider Earnings: $1,570,085
Horse Earnings: $13,455

R1 R2 Comb SF
217.0 216.0 433.0 217.0
  • Adan will be inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in June.
  • Miss Stylish Katz was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist with Todd Bimat.
  • Her dam was $216,000 earner Miss Stylish Pepto a full sister to Peptos Stylish Miss ($296,000) and Eyez On Me ($136,000). 

14

MELTING SNOW / Clay Johnson

(Metallic Cat x Nurse Moss, by Dual Pep)
Breeder: Linda Holmes
Owner: Buck Creek Quarter Horses, Nemo, TX
Rider Earnings: $929,185
Horse Earnings: $12,625

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.5 219.0 435.5 215.0
  • Clay Johnson is in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.
  • He won the Super Stakes in 2012 with KR Isadora Dual.
  • He was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalst and Abilene Spectacular finalist on Melting Snow.
  • Melting Snow was a $280,000 purchase at the 2015 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.
  • Her dam is a full sister to $33 million sire Dual Rey.

15

DESIRES TIME / Lee Francois

(One Time Pepto x Reys Desire, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: H B Bartlett
Owner: H B Bartlett, Pike Road, AL
Rider Earnings: $2,791,391
Horse Earnings: $12,681

R1 R2 Comb SF
218.5 218.0 436.5 217.0
  • Lee Francois is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • This is his eighth Super Stakes finalist.
  • He won the 2010 Super Stakes and 2011 Classic on this mare’s dam, Reys Desire.
  • Lee’s wife, Holly, won the Limited Non-Pro finals last night on Smart Dual Kat.
  • Lee rode Desires Time to the semi-finals of the NCHA Futurity.
  • Breeder Woody Bartlett’s Bartlett Ranch won AQHA’s Best Remuda award last year.

16

FED EXX / Wesley Galyean

(Spots Hot x Shes Twice As Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat)
Breeder: Jeffrey & Jennifer Foland
Owner: Claire Binkowski, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $3,504,861
Horse Earnings: $28,331

R1 R2 Comb SF
218.5 217.0 435.5 215.0
  • Wesley Galyean is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • He’s had nine previous Super Stakes finalists, and two more tonight.
  • He won the 2013 Super Stakes on Hes A Hot Cat.
  • Fed Exx was a Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Futurity with Kristen Galyean.
  • Wesley has taken Fed Exx to the finals at Abilene, the Bonanza and Arbuckle Mountain.
  • Fed Exx’s dam, Shes Twice As Smooth, won the Non-Pro Super Stakes with Jennifer Foland and earned $191,000.

17

JOHNNY ENGLISH / Rowdy Larson

(Metallic Cat x Turtle Pie, by Son Ofa Doc)
Breeder: Crown Ranch
Owner: Nick Meagher, Antonita, CO
Rider Earnings: $278,152
Horse Earnings: $18,620

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.0 215.5 434.5 215.0
  • Rowdy Larson makes his debut tonight as an NCHA Super Stakes Open finalist, and he has qualified two tonight.
  • He’s been an NCHA Futurity and Derby finalist since 2012.
  • He won the Limited Open at this show on Johnny English.
  • Rowdy was an Open finalist and Limited Open champion at the Cattlemen’s Derby on Johnny English.
  • Johnny English’s dam, Turtle Pie, has produced earners of $351,000 including Non-Pro NCHA Futurity champ Jerryoes.

18

BETCHALOU / Morgan Cromer

(Bet Hesa Cat x Louella Again, by Dual Pep)
Breeder: Oxbow Ranch
Owner: Julie Clarke, Bend, OR
Rider Earnings: $2,183,370
Horse Earnings: $6,127

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 219.0 435.0 216.0
  • Morgan Cromer is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • This is her second Super Stakes finals.
  • She won the Super Stakes Classic last year on Maid Of Metal.
  • Betchalou’s dam, Louella Again, was a Bonanza champion and a $1.1 million producer.

19

ROSE COLORED REY / Beau Galyean

(Dual Rey x Rose Colored Cat, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Brad Wilson
Owner: Ellen Carter, Jackson, WY
Rider Earnings: $2,882,650
Horse Earnings: $37,804

R1 R2 Comb SF
213.5 219.0 432.5 214.5
  • Beau Galyean is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.
  • He rode Rose Colored Rey to the finals of the NCHA Futurity.
  • The mare’s dam, Rose Colored Cat, earned $141,000 with Beau’s dad, Jody, in Open competition, and with Brad Wilson in the Non-Pro.
  • This is Beau’s sixth Super Stakes finals. He won the Super Stakes Classic this year on Metallic Rebel.

20

DMAC PICCOLO PETE / Clint Allen

(Wr This Cats Smart x Cherry Chex Dually, by Hes A Peptospoonful)
Breeder: Marvine Ranch
Owner: David & Stacie Mcdavid, Fort Worth, TX
Rider Earnings: $4,350,583
Horse Earnings: $48,518

R1 R2 Comb SF
217.5 215.5 433.0 218.0
  • Clint Allen is in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.
  • He’s taken seven horses to the Super Stakes finals before tonight and has three in this time.
  • He won the 2007 Super Stakes on Wood I Never.
  • Clint took Dmac Piccolo Pete to the finals at the Pacific Coast Futurity, West Texas, Cotton Stakes and Brazos Bash.
  • The mare’s dam, Cherry Chex Dually, was an Open champion at Abilene and the Brazos Bash, earning $230,000.

21

HC TAILGATE DATE / Wes Ashlock

(Herding Cats x Dulces Date, by Dulces Smart Lena)
Breeder: Josh & Amy King
Owner: Eddie & Barbara Young, San Angelo, TX
Rider Earnings: $262,580
Horse Earnings: $19,570

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.5 215.5 435.0 222.0
  • This is Wes Ashlock’s first Super Stakes finals.
  • He was a Super Stakes Classic finalist in 2014 on Amafoxy Cat.
  • He’s a two-time winner of the Super Stakes Classic Limited Open.
  • Wes was a finalist at Abilene and the Bonanza on HC Tailgate Date and placed third in the Limited Open at this show.
  • HC Tailgate Date is a member of the only crop by Herding Cats.
  • Her dam, Dulces Date earned $36,000 for Josh and Amy King.

Holly Francois wins NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited championship

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Holly Francois

Holly Francois and Smart Dual Kat won the Ltd Non-Pro Friday. Hart Photography.

Holly Francois, Murchinson, Tex., and Smart Dual Kat, scored 217.5 points to win the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited championship on Friday, April 14, in Fort Worth, Tex.  Becky Galyean, Purcell, Okla., claimed reserve with 215 points riding Smooth Little Linda, while Charles Israel, Birmingham, Ala., and Twisted Metal, took third with 213.5 points.

Francois and Smart Dual Kit also scored 214.5 points in Thursday’s Non-Pro Semi-Finals to qualify for Saturday’s NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals.

Smart Dual Kit, with no previous NCHA earnings, is a gelded son of Dual Smart Rey, who also sired fourth-placed finalist Cristy Erickson’s horse, Reys Karma. Smart Dual Kit was bred by Eddie and Barbara Young, San Angelo, Tex., the breeders and owners of HC Tailgate Date, by Herding Cats, 222-point winner, under Wes Ashlock, of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals, which preceded the Non-Pro Limited Finals on Friday. Smart Dual Kit is half-brother to Little Miss One Time LTE $183,232, owned and shown by Wes Ashlock’s wife, Lindy.

Herding Instincts and Herding Reys, champion and reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited, were also bred by Eddie and Barbara Young, and sired by Herding Cats.

Holly Francois is the NCHA earner of $120,953. Her biggest paychecks came from the reserve championship of the 2011 NCHA Derby Non-Pro aboard Dualsadie and her third-place finish on Poppin Tagz in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. Francois’s husband Lee, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,791,392, won the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Reys Desire LTE $393,766, whose daughter, Desires Time, he will show on Saturday in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Finals.

Becky Galyean

Reserve champion Becky Galyean on Smooth Little Linda.

Becky Galyean’s mount, Smooth Little Linda LTE $591, by Smooth As A Cat, is out of TF Smartlittle Linda LTE $137,434, by Smart Little Lena. Galyean, the NCHA earner of $139,850, placed seventh in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Panolas Spot and was also fourth-placed in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited on Ms Tazzy Lena.

Charles Israel, NCHA earner of $62,872, was a 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro finalist on My Lil Catillac, and most recently placed in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $25,000 Novice Non-Pro on Twisted Metal and Checking The Cats, respectively.

Twisted Metal, by Metallic Cat, is out of Some Kinda Twister LTE $58,298, by Freckles Fancy Twist, and half-brother to Twistful Thinking LTE $257,329, 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Champion with Cade Shepard.

Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalists

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Here’s a look at the line up for Saturday’s Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals.
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1

Holly Francois

SMART DUAL KAT
(Dual Smart Rey x Puddykat, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Eddie & Barbara Young
Owner: Lee & Holly Francois, Murchinson, TX
Rider Earnings: $120,952
Horse Earnings: $11,305

R1 R2 Comb SF
217.0 213.0 430.0 214.5
  • This team won the Limited Non-Pro finals Friday night.
  • Holly was reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Derby on Dualsadie.
  • Her husband, Lee, won the Super Stakes and Classic double in 2010-2011 on Reys Desire.
  • Smart Dual Kat is half-brother to Little Miss One Time, a winner of $183,000 in Non-Pro competition.

2

Cade Shepard

ALABAMA ROSE
(Bamacat x Aristo Rose, by Smart Aristocrat)
Breeder: Austin Shepard
Owner: Austin & Stacy Shepard, Summerdale, AL
Rider Earnings: $470,477
Horse Earnings: $5,009

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.5 214.0 430.5 212.5
  • Cade is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • He won the Super Stakes in 2015 on Twistful Thinking.
  • He took first and second in the 2016 Super Stakes Classic with Some Kinda Highbrow and Twistful Thinking.
  • He was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist on Alabama Rose.
  • The mare is the first money earner by Bamacat, which Cade’s dad rode for earnings of more than $350,000.

3

Christina Cox

A LITTLE ROYAL REY
(One Time Royalty x A Little Reylena, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: Greg Smith
Owner: Christina Cox, Marrietta, OK
Rider Earnings: $574,373
Horse Earnings: $5,742

R1 R2 Comb SF
213.0 213.5 426.5 214.5
  • Christina won the Ltd Non-Pro Super Stakes in 2012 on SDP Twist Of Sue.
  • She’s a five-time Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist.
  • She’s the only Non-Pro finalist with two horses tonight.
  • She was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist on this mare.
  • A Little Royal Rey’s dam, A Little Reylena, earned $126,000 and has produced earners of $302,000.

4

Denise Seiz

TIME FOR A SMOOTHIE
(Smooth As A Cat x One Secret Desire, by One Time Pepto)
Breeder: Jean Luxford & Pacific Research
Owner: Charlie & Denise Seiz, Cedartown, GA
Rider Earnings: $192,922
Horse Earnings: $13,549

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 212.5 428.5 215.0
  • Denise won the Amateur Super Stakes Classic in 2013 on Cat Black I.
  • She was an Unlimited Amateur finalist on this mare earlier in this show.
  • Time For A Smoothie’s second dam, I Know A Secret, has produced earners of $532,000.

5

Jessica Pounds

FARMER BROWN
(Smart Mate x Quixotes Pretty Lady, by Doc Quixote)
Breeder: David & Stacie McDavid
Owner: Kory & Jessica Pounds, Lipan, TX
Rider Earnings: $264,798
Horse Earnings: $11,604

R1 R2 Comb SF
213.0 216.0 429.0 214.0
  • Jessica is a two-time NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist.
  • She was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist and an Abilene Spectacular finalist with Farmer Brown.
  • Her husband, Kory, won the 2008 Open Super Stakes on Playin N Fancy Smart.
  • Farmer Brown’s dam, Quixotes Pretty Lady, won the 1995 NCHA Non-Pro Derby with Sandy Bonelli.

6

Michael Holman

METALLIC MOE
(Metallic Cat x San Tule Tari, by San Tule Freckles)
Breeder: Michael Holman
Owner: Michael Holman, Benjamin, UT
Rider Earnings: $95,702
Horse Earnings: $20,850

R1 R2 Comb SF
210.0 214.5 424.5 213.5
  • Mike Holman placed third in the Unlimited Amateur here with Metallic Moe.
  • They won both the Non-Pro and Ltd Non-Pro championships at last year’s Utah Futurity.
  • Metallic Moe is a home-bred son of $40,000 eaner San Tule Tari.

7

Brandon Dufurrena

RICKY N REYD STREAKS
(Dual Rey x Gs Kittys Littlelena, by Smart Little Lena)
Breeder: Gordon Sevig
Owner: Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, TX
Rider Earnings: $901,153
Horse Earnings: $11,909

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 216.0 432.0 214.5
  • Brandon is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • He was NCHA Non-Pro World Champion in 2012.
  • He has finished third three times in the Super Stakes or Super Stakes Classic.
  • He was an Arbuckle Mountain finalist on this gelding.

8

Ty Moore

MIDNITE CAT
(Smooth As A Cat x Heavens Little Angel, by Smart Little Lena)
Breeder: Ty Moore
Owner: Ty Moore, Madill, OK
Rider Earnings: $743,656
Horse Earnings: $15,916

R1 R2 Comb SF
215.5 216.5 432.0 213.0
  • Ty Moore is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • He’s a six-time finalist in the Super Stakes or Classic.
  • He was a finalist on Midnite Cat at the West Texas Futurity and Arbuckle Mountain.
  • He bred the mare out of his $46,000 earner Heavens Little Angel.

9

Alannah Chalmers

TOY CATS
(Smooth As A Cat x Toy Engine, by Playgun)
Breeder: Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
Owner: Alannah Chalmers, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $97,722
Horse Earnings: $19,944

R1 R2 Comb SF
214.5 214.5 429.0 212.5
  • Alannah was a Non-Pro and Ltd Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Futurity on this mare.
  • She was reserve champion of last year’s Super Stakes Classic on Smooth Very Smooth.
  • Toy Cats is out of $194,000 earner Toy Engine.

10

Dean Holden

SAMSON MADE OF METAL
(Metallic Cat x Peptos Barbie, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Jan Moles
Owner: Dean Holden & Charra Clark, Marietta, OK
Rider Earnings: $864,609
Horse Earnings: $16,452

R1 R2 Comb SF
213.0 212.0 425.0 216.5
  • Dean Holden is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • He’s a three-time Super Stakes finalist, with a reserve championship on Playin With A Spoon in 2013.
  • He won the Non-Pro Novice at the 2010 Super Stakes on Willys The Boss.
  • He was an NCHA Futurity finalist on Samson Made Of Metal.
  • His wife, Charra Clark, was an Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist on the gelding at this show.

11

Austin Adams

ROCKIN CAT MORIA RG
(Rockin W x Smart Cat Moria, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Gray Quarter Horses
Owner: Austin & Lindsey Adams, Little Rock, AR
Rider Earnings: $311,547
Horse Earnings: $12,719

R1 R2 Comb SF
215.5 212.0 427.5 213.5
  • Austin was an NCHA Futurity and Arbuckle Mountain finalist on this mare.
  • His best Super Stakes finish was 5th on Pur Tee in 2015.
  • Rockin Cat Moria RG’s dam won the West Texas Derby in 2010. Her second dam, Smart Moria, won the 1995 Abilene Spectacular.

12

Colton Rothwell

KHALEESI CAT
(Jazarell Cat x Bobbie Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Laurie & Mike Jones
Owner: Colton Rothwell, Dallas, TX
Rider Earnings: $386,490
Horse Earnings: $41,569

R1 R2 Comb SF
219.0 216.5 435.5 216.0
  • Colton Rothwell won the Amateur Super Stakes Classic back in 2004 on Little Lady Stylish.
  • He and Khaleesi Cat were Non-Pro and Ltd Non-Pro finalists at the NCHA Futurity.
  • They won the Ltd at the Cattlemen’s Derby and were second in the Non-Pro there.
  • The mare’s second dam, Bambi Freckles, was an NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro champion with Hope Mitchell.

13

Mary Ann Rapp

MOLOKAI
(Metallic Cat x Hickorys Tornado Rio, by Doc’s Hickory)
Breeder: Dan Churchill
Owner: Phil & Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $4,465,236
Horse Earnings: $5,741

R1 R2 Comb SF
214.0 216.0 430.0 217.5
  • Mary Ann is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • She won the 2010 Super Stakes on Arc Catmando and the 2003 Super Stakes Classic on Amanda Stargun.
  • She was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist with Molokai.
  • Molokai’s dam. Hickorys Tornado Rio, won the Open Abilene Western and earned $71,000

14

Jody Mcglothlin

SOMETHINGTOBELIEVEIN
(Hydrive Cat x Playin T Etta, by Tr Dual Rey)
Breeder: Shane Plummer
Owner: Brett & Jody Mcglothlin, Perrin, TX
Rider Earnings: $125,749
Horse Earnings: $40,892

R1 R2 Comb SF
220.5 211.0 431.5 220.0
  • Jody was Ltd Non-Pro champion at the NCHA Futurity on Somethingtobelievein.
  • They were Ltd Non-Pro finalists here last night.
  • She won the 2006 Amateur NCHA Derby on Platinum Bob.
  • Jody rode the mare for a reserve championship at Augusta and in the finals of the Cattlemen’s Derby.
  • Her husband, Brett, was an Open finalist with the mare at those shows, and in the Super Stakes Ltd. Open.

15

Lindy Ashlock

IN REYVERSE
(Dual Rey x Havanna Lights, by Cd Lights)
Breeder: Double Dove Ranch
Owner: Lindy & Wes Ashlock, Abilene, TX
Rider Earnings: $1,280,656
Horse Earnings: $16,173

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.5 216.0 432.5 214.0
  • Lindy is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • She was reserve champion of the 2009 Super Stakes on Rey Nounce.
  • She’s been a Super Stakes or Classic Non-Pro finalist 11 times before tonight.
  • She was reserve champion at Arbuckle Mountain and an Augusta finalist on In Reyverse.
  • The 4-year-old is a grandson of $1.5 million producer Stylish Play Lena.

16

Christina Cox

REYVIN MY ENGINE
(Dual Rey x Toy Engine, by Playgun)
Breeder: Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
Owner: Christina Cox, Marrietta, OK
Rider Earnings: $574,373
Horse Earnings: $5,267

R1 R2 Comb SF
214.0 215.5 429.5 213.0
  • Christina won the Ltd Non-Pro Super Stakes in 2012 on SDP Twist Of Sue.
  • She’s a five-time Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist.
  • She’s the only Non-Pro finalist with two horses tonight.
  • Reyvin My Engine was a West Texas Futurity finalist last summer with Lloyd Cox.
  • She’s a half-sister to another finalist tonight, Toy Cats.

17

Brandon Westfall

LAGUNA GIRL
(Cd Royal x Cats Stylish Diva, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Switchback Cutting Horses
Owner: Russ & Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, CA
Rider Earnings: $225,037
Horse Earnings: $868

R1 R2 Comb SF
215.5 216.0 431.5 215.5
  • Brandon was a Super Stakes finalist in 2014 on Lulu Snow.
  • He’s a two-time Mercuria NCHA World Series winner on Gentle Ben.
  • Laguna Girl’s dam was a Calgary Stampede Classic finalist.

18

Chad Bushaw

ARA MAE REY
(Dual Rey x Peppers Stylish Cat, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Daryl Anderson
Owner: Crown Ranch, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $3,220,316
Horse Earnings: $7,495

R1 R2 Comb SF
215.0 213.5 428.5 217.5
  • Chad is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.
  • He won the Super Stakes in 2008 on Cats Ruby, and has finished second twice.
  • He’s also an NCHA Futurity and NCHA Derby champion.
  • He was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalist on Ara Mae Rey.
  • The mare’s dam earned $106,000.

19

Julie Jarma

HALLE CAKE BERRY
(Halreycious x Shortcake Berry, by Shorty Lena)
Breeder: Twin Arrows Ranch
Owner: Twin Arrows Ranch, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $453,632
Horse Earnings: $2,500

R1 R2 Comb SF
210.0 216.0 426.0 215.0
  • Julie won the 2008 NCHA Amateur Derby on Crazy Rey.
  • She’s a three-time Non-Pro finalist in the Super Stakes or Classic.
  • Biggest Will Rogers Coliseum payday came with a win in the 2015 Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.
  • Halle Cake Berry was Amateur reserve champion at the Abilene Spectacular with Julie’s mother, Debbie.
  • The mare is a half-sister to $112,000 earner Short Scootin.

20

Jennifer Foland

BREYGO
(Dual Rey x Shes Twice As Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat)
Breeder: Jeffrey & Jennifer Foland
Owner: Jennifer & Jeffrey Foland, Weatherford, TX
Rider Earnings: $325,818
Horse Earnings: $0

R1 R2 Comb SF
216.0 217.5 433.5 214.0
  • Jennifer won the 2010 Non-Pro Super Stakes on Shes Twice As Smooth, the dam of Breygo.
  • She’s a four-time Non-Pro finalist in the Super Stakes or Classic.
  • Breygo’s dam, Shes Twice As Smooth, earned over $191,000, ridden by Jennifer in Non-Pro competition, and Tatum Rice in the Open.