Cutting

Victory for Von

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Von Sutten on One Stylish Pepto.

Von Sutten on One Stylish Pepto.

Von Sutten, 39, of Fort Worth marked 222 for a half-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge, presented by Bar RR Ranches, Thursday morning at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance. Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, took the reserve title with a 221.5.

Sutten rode One Stylish Pepto, a 5-year-old gelding bred by Cows & Horses Etc., by One Time Pepto out of Frecklesareinstyle, a multiple aged event champion that earned $184,000. Sutten was a Breeders Invitational finalist with One Stylish Pepto this spring.

His latest win is worth $11,452, including $2,500 sponsored by Bar RR Ranches.

This was Sutten’s third major win in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. He won the 2008 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smartware, and the 2013 Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby with Whiskers And Rumors.

Reserve champion Madalyn Colgrove rode One Catty Cupid, a One Time Pepto mare bred by Arcese Quarter Horses out of Pacific Coast Futurity champion Arc Catty Dual. Colgrove rode the 5-year-old to win the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.

 

Doug Pritchett takes Unltd Amateur Derby

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Doug Pritchett and Dual Glen Rey 012 won the Unlimited Amateur Derby.

Doug Pritchett and Dual Glen Rey 012 won the Unlimited Amateur Derby.

Doug Pritchett of Quinlan, Texas, and Dual Glen Rey 012 marked 219.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Derby, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Bear Davis and Susan Koser shared the reserve championship wiht a 218.5.

Pritchett rode Dual Glen Rey 012, a Dual Rey x Stylish Amanda mare bred by James Eakin. Stylish Amanda earned more than $100,000 and now has offspring earnings of more than $400,000.

Pritchett, who has won Limited Non-Pro senior championships at the NCHA Futurity and Derby in recent years, was scoring his first finals win in Will Rogers Coliseum. He took home more than $8,200, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches.

Co-reserve Bear Davis of Sacramento, California, rode Red Solo Cat, a Metallic Cat, Amanda Starlight, gelding bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley. Davis won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes and the Amateur at the Breeders Invitational with the gelding who comes from the same distaff line as Dual Glen Rey 012.

Co-reserve Susan Koser of Weatherford, Texas, rode Dmac Moveslikejagger, a gelding bred by Marvine Ranch by Smooth As A Cat out of $230,000 earner Cherry Chex Dually, which carried Jon Winkelried to the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship.

 

Amateur Classic Challenge to Zach Bahm

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Zachary Bahm won the Classic Challenge Amateur with Metallic N Blu.

Zach Bahm won the Classic Challenge Amateur with Metallic N Blu.

Zachary Bahm, 27, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, marked 218.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Classic Challenge, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Sadye Simpson of Nemo, Texas, and Colton Smith of Geary, Oklahoma, shared the reserve championship at 217.

Bahm rode Metallic N Blu, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Haidas Little Lass mare bred by Donald and Jane Wolf. Bahm had placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, and the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur earlier this year.

Bahm, who was reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Suer Stakes Amateur finals on Cat Duallin Doll, was notching up his first win in historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

Co-reserve champion Sadye Simpson rode Metallic Little Cat, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Seca Rey Lena mare bred by Dr. David Hartman. Simpson won both the Amateur and $25,000 Amateur finals with Metallic Little Cat at last year’s Pacific Coast Derby.

Co-reserve champion Colton Smith rode Lil Pep N Time is a 6-year-old One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep mare bred by Matthews Cutting Horses. Smith was reserve champion at the Cattlemen’s Classic and was third at the Breeders Invitational with the mare earlier this year.

 

John Hulsey smokes Amateur Derby

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

 

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey, 63, and R Smokin Cat marked 219 for a five-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Robert Thigpen Jr. took the reserve championship with a 214 on Barbies Blue Cat.

Hulsey, whose environmental business supports the agricultural community by reclaiming food waste to be used for biofuels and by feedmills. The Gainesville, Georgia, businessman bred R Smokin Cat by Dual R Smokin out of Playgirls Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that has produced three NCHA money earners.

Hulsey’s biggest previous win was the All American Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.

He earned $7,812 for his Amateur Derby win, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. That takes his career earnings over $36,000.

Reserve champion Barbies Blue Cat is a Metallic Cat x High Barbie gelding bred and owned by Robert Thigpen Jr. of Chilton, Texas.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.

 

 

Stage set for flurry of finals

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The heat is on Wednesday and Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, as finals in no fewer than eight divisions will be decided in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

Blakley Colgrove.

Blakley Colgrove.

Blakley Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama brings the high score of 225 into Wednesday’s NYCHA Senior Youth Scholarship finals. She’ll be riding Julie Jarma’s $166,000 earner SS Blacks Lil Kitty, by Blue Bayou Boon. Twenty-nine contestants marked 216.5 or better to qualify for the finals.

Two riders tied with a high score of 219 for the Junior Youth Scholarship finals, where 16 riders advanced with a 214 or better.

Jake Shelton shared the lead on Davette Stegman’s Simply Harry, by Dual Reward; along with Lexi Slaughter on John David Tolbert’s Sheza Jazzy Cat, by Smooth As A Cat.

Four Rios of Mercedes Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals, presented by Bar RR Ranches, will be held Wednesday and Thursday.

In Wednesday’s $50,000 Amateur Derby, Bear Davis of Sacramento, California and Vick Pannell of Alexander, Arkansas, shared the lead of 217, with 23 riders marking 212.5 or better to qualify. Davis is riding Red Solo Catt, by Metallic Cat, while Pannell is on board Metallic Sister, also by Metallic Cat.

In Wednesday’s Unlimited Amateur Derby, Jennifer Rector of Rogersville, Missouri marked 218 on Smooth Reyn to lead 28 finalists who scored 214 or better to qualify. Smooth Reyn is by Smooth As A Cat.

The top qualifier for Wednesday’s $50,000 Amateur Classic Challenge at 218 is Ray Smith of Kingsbury, Texas on Athena Wildcat, by Athena Puddy Cat. Thirty-five riders scored 213.5 to advance.

Thursday’s Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge finals will have 32 riders who marked 215.5 or better. They are led by Robbie Gale of Conway, South Carolina, with a 221 on Cat N Corn, by High Brow Cat.

The third and final round of the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals on Thursday will decide both the show champions and the point-year champions in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

 

 

Non-Pro title to Stuart Bozeman

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak.

Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak.

The last time Stuart Bozeman made the finals in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, he was 11 years old in the NYCHA Scholarship Cutting. On Sunday, the 33-year-old from Idalou, Texas, rode into his second finals, and rode out with a $17,199 winner’s check in the Non-Pro Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Stuart Bozeman

Stuart Bozeman.

He marked 221 on Checkers Live Oak as the third rider in the first set and held on for a 2 1/2-point win over Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

Checkers Live Oak was bred by Dale Stallkamp, by Im Countin Checks out of Cats Live Oak, a High Brow Cat mare that won the Breeders Invitational with Lloyd Cox, and was a limited age finalist in a long string of events with Dirk Blakesley.

Bozeman bought the 2010 mare from NRCHA Hall of Famer Don Murphy with the idea of maybe winning the Snaffle Bit Futurity. That’s not too far-fetched when you consider he’s been a Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro finalist multiple times, and once won a total of five championships at the NRCHA Celebration of Championships.

“I worked her on a cow, cutting on her, the first time in March of her 3-year-old year,” Bozeman recalled. “She had not worked many cows, but she told me that day, ‘I’m going to be a great cutting horse.’ I thought I could get her ready for the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but it was too much training for her.

“The day after the Snaffle Bit, I said, ‘Okay, we’re going to be cutting on you because that’s what you need to be doing.'”

On the way to the Summer Spectacular, Checker Live Oak and Bozeman made Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finals, earning more than $79,000 together.

“She’s taught me what a legit great horse is,” he said. “So I get frustrated riding some of my other horses, sometimes.

“She’s always at the stall door waiting on you. She’s good around people. She’s like a big, old dog. But when it’s time to ask her for her life, she always steps up to the plate. That’s everything I could want in a horse.”

Bozeman, who marked 216 and 217.5 in the go-rounds to qualify for the finals on the bubble, said, “I felt like I was catching fire a few times at this show. We just got her cut clean. I couldn’t have asked her to stop any harder and she just got better and better every time I showed her here.”

But he did get nervous waiting through the next 18 horses, which included some of the sport’s most accomplished Non-Pro riders of recent years.

This was Checkers Live Oak’s final show in Will Rogers Coliseum, and she’s closing in on $100,000 in career earnings. Bozeman may take her to some Mercuria NCHA World Series shows next year, and he’s already got three babies on the ground, with another trio on the way.

Reserve champion Cody Hedlund of Lipan, Texas, and Meteles Cat marked 218.5 midway through the second set.

Bred by Cody’s parents, Rock and Landy Hedlund, Meteles Cat is by Metallic Cat out of Teles Lies, by Lenas Telesis. The reserve championship takes the horse’s unofficial earnings over $399,000.

Hedlund and Meteles Cat won the Western Bloodstock Summer Showdown in Cowtown and the Breeders Invitational last year, as well as the Bonanza and The Ike this year.

Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

 

Jennifer Rector leads Unlimited Amateur

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Jennifer Rector on Smooth Reyn. Hart Photography.

Jennifer Rector on Smooth Reyn. Hart Photography.

Jennifer Rector of Rogersville, Missouri marked 218 on Smooth Reyn to lead after the first round of the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Derby, presented by Bar RR Ranches at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance.

Twenty-eight horses marked 214 or better to advance to the finals.

Smooth Reyn was bred by Kathy Knost by Smooth As A Cat out of Ruby Reyn, a daughter of $1.7 million producer Playboys Ruby.

Rector and Smooth Reyn were Unlimited Amateur finalists at the NCHA Futurity and the Super Stakes, and also in the $50,000 Amateur division of the NCHA Futurity. They also took the reserve championship in the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.

In the Amateur division, Bear Davis of Sacramento, California, on Red Solo Catt and Vick Pannell of Alexander, Arkansas, on Metallic Sister both marked 217 to lead 23 contestants advancing to the finals. It took a score of 212.5 or better to advance.

Bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley, Red Solo Catt is a son of Metallic Cat out of Non-Pro Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic champion Amanda Starlight. Davis has won championships at the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational, Pacific Coast Derby and Pacific Coast Winter Roundup on the gelding this year.

Bar H Ranche bred Metallic Sister by Metallic Cat out of $1.2 million producer Little Baby Sister. Pannell rode the mare to the Amateur reserve championship at The Ike this year.