2015 World Series Houston Open Finalists

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Austin ShepardDraw: 1
Rider: Austin Shepard
Go-Round: 224
2009 s (High Brow Cat x MH San Tules Dually, by San Tule Freckles)
Breeder: Austin Shepard
Horse LTE: $232,701
Owner: Bamacat Syndicate
Rider LTE: $5,873,835

  • Augusta Classic champion last year.

kirby_johnDraw: 2
Rider: John Kirby
Go-Round: 218

2007 g (One Time Pepto x Escada Cat, by Shorty Lena)
Breeder: Carroll<0x2019>s Cutting
Horse LTE: $59,723
Owner: Brenda Berry
Rider LTE: $264,202

  • John Deere Division finalist at NCHA Summer Show.

hollis_terryDraw: 3
Rider: Terry Hollis
Go-Round: 220

2006 m (Smart Lil Scoot x Smart Little Jena, by Smart Little Uno)
Breeder: Mel Turner
Horse LTE: $37,606
Owner: Anissa Teskey
Rider LTE: $490,389

  • Finalist in this event in 2012.

Matt GainesDraw: 4
Rider: Matt Gaines
Go-Round: 219

2006 m (Dual Rey x Nu I Wood, by Zack T Wood)
Breeder: Crystal Creek Ranch
Horse LTE: $342,429
Owner: Baker Ranch Cutting Horses
Rider LTE: $7,178,824

  • Won 2015 Mercuria World Series at San Antonio.

flynn_eddieDraw: 5
Rider: Eddie Flynn
Go-Round: 217

2004 s (High Brow Cat x Beckys Haida, by Haidas Little Pep)
Breeder: Danny Jones
Horse LTE: $110,579
Owner: Alexa Stent
Rider LTE: $2,493,519

  • This is 10th trip to Mercuria World Series finals.

bimat_toddDraw: 6
Rider: Todd Bimat
Go-Round: 217

2006 m (Sweet Lil Pepto x Chic Olenas Promise, by Smart Chic Olena)
Breeder: Bruce & Connie Clark
Horse LTE: $83,323
Owner: Lauren Mcintire
Rider LTE: $2,722,612

  • Mercuria winner at Idaho last summer.

Phil Rapp.

Phil Rapp.

Draw: 7
Rider: Phil Rapp
Go-Round: 220.5

2009 m (High Brow CD x Miss Reycine, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
Horse LTE: $255,803
Owner: Gale Force Quarter Horses
Rider LTE: $8,290,956

  • All-time top rider on Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

dufurrena_edDraw: 8
Rider: Ed Dufurrena
Go-Round: 217

2005 s (High Brow Cat x Lenas O Lady, by Peppy San Badger)
Breeder: LKC Ranch
Horse LTE: $288,375
Owner: Ed Dufurrena
Rider LTE: $1,108,499

  • World Champion Stallion, known for big runs.

kirby_johnDraw: 9
Rider: John Kirby
Go-Round: 218.5

2007 g (WR This Cats Smart x Foxs Molly Brown, by As Smart As The Fox)
Breeder: Carlos Verdecia
Horse LTE: $62,900
Owner: Terry Strange
Rider LTE: $264,202

  • Multiple finals in major limited age events.

combs_zackDraw: 10
Rider: Zack Combs
Go-Round: 217

2006 m (High Brow Cat x Win A Lena, by Doc O<0x2019>Lena)
Breeder: Donald & Netha Lester
Horse LTE: $147,885
Owner: Harry Perrin
Rider LTE: $185,814

  • Past winner of $3,000 Novice at World Finals.

Boyd RiceDraw: 11
Rider: Boyd Rice
Go-Round: 220

2008 m (Dual Rey x Play Peek A Boon, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Oxbow Ranch
Horse LTE: $275,722
Owner: Center Ranch
Rider LTE: $3,808,070

  • Won Mercuria NCHA World Finals in December.

smith_gregDraw: 12
Rider: Greg Smith
Go-Round: 222

2007 s (High Brow Cat x Moms Stylish Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Jerry Durant
Horse LTE: $221,819
Owner: Redtail Ranch Perf Horses
Rider LTE: $1,225,882

  • Reserve champion in San Antonio this month.

flynn_eddieDraw: 13
Rider: Eddie Flynn
Go-Round: 222.5

2005 m (Peptoboonsmal x Bowmans Little Jewel, by Smart Little Lena)
Breeder: Alexa Stent
Horse LTE: $123,101
Owner: Alexa Stent
Rider LTE: $2,493,519

  • 5-time finalist in Mercuria World Series events.

wood_kobieDraw: 14
Rider: Kobie Wood
Go-Round: 217

2010 s (Dual Rey x Donas Cool Cat, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Paula Wood
Horse LTE: $55,782
Owner: Cotton Davis Quarter Horses
Rider LTE: $4,895,605

  • 5-time World Champion rider.

branch_peteDraw: 15
Rider: Pete Branch
Go-Round: 218.5

2010 g (Little Dulces Rey x Whirlacat, by High Brow Cat)
Breeder: Lonnie & Barbara Allsup
Horse LTE: $56,177
Owner: Lonnie & Barbara Allsup
Rider LTE: $3,572,130

  • Won $15,000 Novice at Mercuria World Finals.

2015 World Series Houston Non-Pro Finalists

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

widman_aprilDraw: 1
Rider: April Widman, Weatherford, TX
Go-Round: 218

2008 g (That Sly Cat x Cotton Candy (DNA), by Bob Acre Doc)
Breeder: Glade Knight
Horse LTE: $168,368
Owner: April Widman
Rider LTE: $308,844

  • Won NCHA Amateur Futurity and AQHA World.

baldwin_rayDraw: 2
Rider: Ray Baldwin, Fort Worth, TX
Go-Round: 219.5

2007 g (Smooth As A Cat x Little Tenina, by Peppy San Badger)
Breeder: Wagonhound Land & Livestock
Horse LTE: $26,629
Owner: Waco Bend Ranch
Rider LTE: $519,435

  • NCHA Super Stakes NP champ in 2013.

dufurrena brandon 20130409dDraw: 3
Rider: Brandon Dufurrena, Gainesville, TX
Go-Round: 219

2010 m (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey, by Dual Rey)
Breeder: Brandon Dufurrena
Horse LTE: $111,539
Owner: Brandon Dufurrena
Rider LTE: $692,521

  • NCHA Non-Pro World Champion

anderson_michelleDraw: 4
Rider: Michelle Anderson, Victoria, TX
Go-Round: 220

2007 g (Dual Rey x Mists Annie Oak, by Peptoboonsmal)
Breeder: Jack Silver Jr
Horse LTE: $156,691
Owner: Anderson Cattle Co
Rider LTE: $670,392

  • Won NCHA Non-Pro Derby in 2007.

conn_kelseyDraw: 5
Rider: Kelsey Conn, Hempstead, TX
Go-Round: 217

2006 g (CD Olena x Nurse Dualin, by Dual Pep)
Breeder: Crown Ranch
Horse LTE: $80,506
Owner: David & Laura Conn
Rider LTE: $374,956

  • Former NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Champ.

cerny_jodieDraw: 6
Rider: Jodie Cerny, Brazoria, TX
Go-Round: 217

2003 g (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Martini Play, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: 2L Contractors & Copa Casino
Horse LTE: $410,281
Owner: Kathy Boone
Rider LTE: $214,503

  • Former Youth World Champ on Horse of the Year

graham_sherryDraw: 7
Rider: Sherry Graham, Canyon, TX
Go-Round: 218

2007 s (Peptoboonsmal x Lena Crocker, by Smart Little Lena)
Breeder: Jan Newman
Horse LTE: $70,628
Owner: Sherry Graham
Rider LTE: $271,575

  • $15,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champ in 2013.

viola_andrewDraw: 8
Rider: Andrew Viola, Fort Worth, TX
Go-Round: 219

2005 m (Bet On Me 498 x Purdy Aristocrat, by Smart Aristocrat)
Breeder: Oxbow Ranch
Horse LTE: $73,172
Owner: Andrew Viola
Rider LTE: $88,970

  • Teen won major titles in California, Idaho, Okla.

milner_mary_joDraw: 9
Rider: Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, TX
Go-Round: 218

2005 g (Smooth As A Cat x Zee Dualy, by Dual Pep)
Breeder: John & Hope Mitchell
Horse LTE: $526,044
Owner: Jim & Mary Jo Milner
Rider LTE: $2,453,688

  • NCHA Non-Pro World champ a record 8 times.

Todd QuirkDraw: 10
Rider: Todd Quirk, Denham Springs, LA
Go-Round: 221

2009 s (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD, by CD Olena)
Breeder: Wendel & Eakin
Horse LTE: $109,700
Owner: Ten 27 Ranch
Rider LTE: $385,382

  • Two-time champ at NCHA Eastern Nationals.

hansen_danDraw: 11
Rider: Dan Hansen, Weatherford, TX
Go-Round: 217

2000 g (Nitas Wood x Playboys Ladyluck, by Freckles Playboy)
Breeder: Craig Crumpler
Horse LTE: $680,946
Owner: Dan & Karen Hansen
Rider LTE: $1,680,443

  • World Champ won San Antonio Mercuria in Feb.

Paula Wood.Draw: 12
Rider: Paula Wood, Stephenville, TX
Go-Round: 222.5

2005 g (Peptoboonsmal x Stylish Play Lena, by Docs Stylish Oak)
Breeder: Double Dove Ranch
Horse LTE: $229,639
Owner: Kobie Wood
Rider LTE: $2,091,987

  • World Champ and NCHA Futurity Champ.

Madalyn ColgroveDraw: 13
Rider: Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, AL
Go-Round: 218.5

2008 s (Hes A Peptospoonful x Miss Hickory Hill, by Doc<0x2019>s Hickory)
Breeder: Pam Deaville
Horse LTE: $95,741
Owner: Madalyn Colgrove
Rider LTE: $169,987

  • Won 4 major titles on this horse last year.

Galyean displays his mettle at Arbuckle Mountain

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Beau and Ashley Galyean with Magistic Moon. S.H. photo

There were lots open of winners at the 2015 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in Ardmore, Okla, on February 25. But the richest in terms of championships was Beau Galyean, who showed full sisters Magistic Moon and Sweet Metallic, by Metallic Cat.

Magistic Moon scored 221 points in the 4-Year-Old Futurity to tie for the win with NCHA Futurity reserve champion Smooth Talkin Style, sired by Smooth As A Cat and shown by Lloyd Cox for Gail Holmes and Hill Ranches.

Magistic Moon, is owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla. The wins were worth $18,750 for each horse. Splitting third and fourth were DMAC Spicy Spoon, shown for Kathleen Moore by James Payne, and Sweet Lil Amanda, with Matt Miller for Chris Brengard; each earned $11,639.

Sweet Metallic, owned by Galyean, was one of three horses who tied with 220 points for the 5/6 Classic championship. Co-champion Snap Crackle Cat, by High Brow Cat, was shown by Tatum Rice for John McLaren, McGregor, Tex., and JJs Catless Merada, by Cats Merada, was under Steve Oehlof for Ken Sitton, Freeport, Tex. The trio won a total of $42,148 ($14,049 each).

Sannman, by Metallic Cat, and No Way In Hal, by Halreycious, were co-reserve champions with 218 points under Beau Galyean and Lloyd Cox, respectively. Sannman is owned by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex.; No Way In Hal is owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Magistic Moon and Sweet Metallic, bred by Alvin Fults, are both out of Sweet Abra, winner of $117,725, and dam of five NCHA money earners, including Sweet Metallic LTE $93,157; Magistic Moon LTE $50,824; and Magic Metallic LTE $39,486; all sired by Metallic Cat.

A Bonanza for CR Too Tuff

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Ronnie and Theresa Rice

Center Ranch and head stallion Woody Be Tuff have a comfortable edge on 4-year-old open competition so far in 2015 with two out of four major championships. This year’s richest winner’s check came from the Bonanza Futurity, on February 15 in Glen Rose, Tex., where CR Too Tuff, shown for Center Ranch by Ronnie Rice, earned $33,044 for his 225.5-point win.

Kitty Kat Rey, by Dual Rey, was the Bonanza Futurity reserve champion with 222.5 points under Matt Miller, for Nachos Quarter Horses, while Phil and Mary Ann Rapp’s colt Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey, was third with Phil Rapp.

CR Tuff Lucy, by Woody Be Tuff, champion of the Abilene Spectacular with Tarin Rice, was also a Bonanza Futurity finalist, and one of four 2014 NCHA Futurity Open finalists owned by Center Ranch.

“We took five to the Futurity and he’s the only one that didn’t make the finals,” said Center Ranch owner Finis Welch of CR Too Tuff, who was a Futurity go-round leader and an Ike Hamilton Futurity finalist. “If he’s not my best horse, I don’t know anything. He’s really a super horse.”

CR Too Tuff, a stallion by Woody Be Tuff, was bred by Center Ranch out of Brogans Fancy Cat, by High Brow Cat.

“What I like about this horse is that every day it’s the same,” said Ronnie Rice. “It’s just been a pleasure to ride him. These (Woody Be Tuff) colts are big and strong and can move across the cow so pretty and so clean. And stop. They really can stop.

“They’re just cow-cutting sons-of-guns.”

Rice was co-champion of the 2012 NCHA Futurity on CR Tuff Hearted Cat, bred and owned by Center Ranch. It was his third NCHA Futurity championship win. Tarin, Ronnie’s great-nephew, showed He Bea Cat, bred and owned by Jim Crawford, to tie Ronnie and CR Tuff Hearted Cat for the 2012 Futurity win.

NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood, a full sister to Woody Be Tuff owned by Glade Knight and shown by John Mitchell, won the Bonanza 5/6 Classic with 225.5 points. Boon San Baby, by Boon San, was reserve champion with 224 points under Jesse Lennox for breeder Walton’s Rocking W Ranch. Lennox also rode Walton’s Boon San Reyette, by Boon San, as reserve champion of the 2015 Abilene Spectacular Futurity.

For detailed results from the Bonanza Cutting, as well as other major limited age events click here.

Center Ranch Production Sale and Cutting Clinic

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

CR Tuff Hearted Cat and Ronnie Rice

There was a lot of buzz about Center Ranch at the 2014 NCHA Futurity, where five of the ranch’s entries ranked among the top go-round contenders and four qualified for the Open Finals, a record showing for an individual owner.

On Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2015, Center Ranch will hold its first ever Production Sale with an offering of approximately 30 yearlings, 40 two-year-olds, 10 broodmares, and 10 finished 3-year-olds entered in the NCHA Futurity.

Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the sale will take place at the 9,000-acre ranch’s state-of-the-art breeding and training facility, located halfway between Dallas and Houston, just off of I-45 near Centerville, Tex.

“Fifteen years ago, Center Ranch began to put together one of the best broodmare herds in the industry and with the introduction of Woody Be Tuff is now producing some of today’s top athletes,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd.

“Center Ranch’s success at the 2014 NCHA Futurity not only reflects Finis Welch’s dedication to the cutting industry through his select breeding program, but also through the assembly of one of today’s finest training teams with Ronnie Rice, Tarin Rice and Boyd Rice. We are excited to be a part of this very special production sale.”

Center Ranch is the home of 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Co-Champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, bred by Center Ranch and sired by the ranch’s leading sire Woody Be Tuff, whose offspring, among those of other prominent stallions, will be offered at the sale.

“For this first sale, there will be a lot of Woody Be Tuffs among the yearlings and twos,” said Center Ranch owner Dr. Finis Welch, 76, a world renowned economist, who purchased Woody Be Tuff, the earner of $351,063, as an unproven seven-year-old stallion.

“When we went looking for a stud and bought Woody Be Tuff, he was a gamble because he had yet to be proven,” Welch added. “But he had everything we were looking for – a horse that the trainers respected, with good bone and a pedigree outcross. And now he is proving himself.”

The ranch will host an all-day open house on Friday, October 9, as well as ranch tours, cattle viewing, and at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon, Center Ranch trainers Ronnie Rice, Boyd Rice and Tarin Rice will conduct a free cutting horse clinic, a first-time event to include all three of the celebrated trainers.

On Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m., the ranch will conduct a commercial bred heifer sale of between 600 and 700 head. Then, at 2:00 p.m. the Center Ranch Production Sale will be held with all horses working on cattle as they sell.

Ronnie Rice, riding Center Ranch’s CR Tuff Hearted Cat, and Tarin Rice, aboard He Bea Cat, tied for the championship of the 2012 NCHA Futurity. It was Ronnie’s third NCHA Futurity win. Tarin also placed fourth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity and won the 2015 Abilene Spectacular on ranch-owned CR Tuff Lucy, by Woody Be Tuff, and placed seventh in the 2014 NCHA Futurity on CR A Little Peek. Ronnie was reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity, as well, on Jewel Bars Cat, owned by Center Ranch.

Boyd Rice showed Center Ranch-owned CR Sun Reys to win the 2014 Mercuria NCHA World Finals and earn an all-time record composite of 924 points, with go-round scores of 231, 229, 231 and 233 points.

For additional information and catalog, when available, go to

Who’s on first?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The 2015 season began for 4-year-old cutting horses on January 3, in Abilene, Tex., with the Abilene Spectacular. The event offers, as do all NCHA-sanctioned limited age events, purses for a gamut of official classes, but it is 4-year-old open competition that offers the biggest payoffs in prize money, as well as equally significant returns in breeding barns and training arenas.

The Abilene Spectacular is the first of a series of limited age cutting events, leading up to the NCHA Super Stakes, which will have a significant impact on the 2015 breeding season, initially predicated by the results of the 2014 NCHA Futurity. In that light, the 4-year-old open results of the Abilene Spectacular, the Augusta Futurity, and the Ike Hamilton Derby are worth a look.

High Brow Cat was the leading sire of the 2014 NCHA Futurity finalists with seven , including the champion and winner of $200,000, Classy CD Cat, shown by Phil Hanson for Dottie Hill. Metallic Cat tied Dual Rey with the second-highest number of NCHA Futurity finalists (3 each), but as of Feb 7, 2015, ranks first among sires of 2015 open 4-year-old major event contenders (NCHA Futurity, Abilene Spectacular, Augusta Futurity and Ike Hamilton Derby) with 18 finalists. High Brow Cat is next on the list of top sires with 15, followed by Dual Rey and One Time Pepto with 10 each, then Smooth As A Cat with eight, and High Brow CD with seven.

Metallic Cat – 18
High Brow Cat – 15
Dual Rey – 10
One Time Pepto – 10
Smooth As A Cat – 8
High Brow CD – 7

Among trainers, Lloyd Cox, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Futurity on Smooth Talkin Style, by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Holmes and Hill, leads the pack with nine finalists in the four events, followed by Austin Shepard with seven, and Michael Cooper and Grant Setnicka with four each.

Lloyd Cox – 9
Austin Shepard – 7
Michael Cooper – 4
Grant Setnicka – 4
Tatum Rice – 4
Tarin Rice – 3
Matt Gaines – 3
James Payne – 3
Jesse Lennox – 3
Jody Galyean – 3
Casey Green – 3
Chris Hanson – 3

Center Ranch takes center stage among owners of 4-year-old open competitors with six finalists from the four shows, including a record four finalists in the NCHA Open Futurity.

Center Ranch – 6
Kathleen Moore – 4
Walton’s Rocking W Ranch – 3
John & Hope Mitchell – 3
Rose Valley Ranch – 3

The Bonanza Cutting begins its 10-day run in Glen Rose, Tex. on Wednesday, February 11, followed by the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in Ardmore, Okla., beginning on February 22; the Cattlemen’s Derby, Graham, Tex. from March 2 through 8; the PCCHA Winter Round Up in Paso Robles, Calif., March 12 through 15; and the NCHA Super Stakes, which begins a 24-day run on March 26 in Fort Worth, Tex.

All-Time Record for NCHA Futurity Sales

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

It was the best of times and the best of times, from Monday, December 8 through Saturday, December 13, as Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales set sale session records and concluded with an all-time average of $27,696 – 23% above the previous record of $21,370 set in 2006.

“We felt that sales would be strong, but we never imagined we would top the record average by such a huge amount,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased Western Bloodstock Ltd. in 2012. Last year’s NCHA Futurity Sales average came within $48.00 of breaking the old record.

“We are grateful to the consignors and buyers and feel privileged to be able to contribute to the growth of the cutting horse industry,” added Barwick.

From a total of six sessions, over six days, 614 horses, representing 84% of those offered, sold for a gross of $17,005,850.

The high-selling horse from all sales was 2-year-old Eight Mile, at $400,000. The Metallic Cat son was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, and purchased by Daniel and Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.

The high-seller on December 13, the last day of the sales, was Bet On A Cat , by High Brow Cat, also consigned by Crown Ranch, and purchased for $110,00 by The Over Forty Ranch, Wichita Falls, Tex.

The top 10 selling lots from all sales averaged $206,200; the top 20 lots averaged $163,400. There were 20 horses that sold for $100,000 or more.

Complete results and catalog can be found at


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