Cutting

Bear Davis goes Solo

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Bear Davis and Red Solo Catt won the Unlimited Amateur at the NCHA Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Bear Davis and Red Solo Catt won the Unlimited Amateur at the NCHA Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Bear Davis of Sacramento, California and Red Solo Catt, by Metallic Cat, scored a three-point win in the Unlimited Amateur division of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth on April 5. He marked 219 to put him ahead of Amateur co-champion Mike Townsend of Edmond, Oklahoma on Faith In My Kat, by Smooth As A Cat.

Red Solo Cat was bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley by Metallic Cat out of Amanda Starlight, the mare that Mary Jane Kelley rode to win the Non-Pro Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic in 1993/1994.

Amanda Starlight’s babies include Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champ Amanda Stargun (Mary Ann Rapp) who in turn produced Open LAE champions Sweet Lil Amanda, Amandas CD and Reyminate.

Bear Davis won championships at the Big Sky Futurity and Pacific Coast Winter Roundup on Red Solo Catt on their way to the Super Stakes.

 

Davison wins with Grace

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Jackie Davison and Cajun Grace won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Jackie Davison and Cajun Grace won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Jackie Davison of Rockwall, Texas, and Cajun Grace, by High Brow CD, scored 221 for a three-point win in the Unlimited Amateur finals at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic on April 5.

Eric Vanboekel of Mt. Elgin, Ontario, marked 218 on Peppys Cashin Checks, by Im Countin Checks, for the reserve championship.

Davison, who rode fourth in the first set of the finals, picked up an unofficial $9,820 for her win.

Cajun Grace is owned by Davison’s parents, Eddie and Barbara Young and was bred by Pine Island Ranch by High Brow CD out of Pepto Olenas Dually, a Peptoboonsmal mare that was an Open finalist at the Abilene Spectacular and Cotton Stakes.

Cajun Grace has now earned more than $46,000. She has been an Open finalist with Sean Flynn at the Cattlemen’s Derby, and has won a string of Unlimited Amateur checks with Eddie Young.

Davison was an Amateur champion at the 2010 West Texas Derby on Miss Peptonstilettos, and placed third in the Amateur at the 2008 Breeders Invitational on Little Sugar Rey.

 

 

 

Plendl, Townsend tie in Amateur Super Stakes

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Regan Plendl on MK Kenli was co-champion of the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Regan Plendl on MK Kenli was co-champion of the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Super Stakes. Hart Photography.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa and Mike Townsend of Edmond, Oklahoma, both marked 217 to share the championship in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur finals at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes on April 5. Both of them rode Smooth As A Cat 4-year-olds.

Plendl rode MK Kenli, a Smooth As A Cat mare bred by the Gene McKown Living Trust out of MK Little Miss Trona, an NCHA Derby Open finalist out of $500,000 producer Jessies Starlight Ms.

Prior to the Super Stakes, Plendl and MK Kenli teamed up for sixth place in the NCHA Amateur Futurity, and then made the Arbuckle Mountain finals in both the Unlimited Amateur (third) and Amateur (eighth) divisions.

Co-champion Mike Townsend on Faith In My Kat.

Co-champion Mike Townsend on Faith In My Kat.

Townsend rode Faith In My Kat, a homebred son of Smooth As A Cat out of Faith In Your Mate. Faith In Your Mate also produced Faith In My Cat, an NCHA Hall of Fame Horse with earnings $524,000.

Townsend and Faith In My Kat also took the reserve championship in the Unlimited Amateur division. They were also reserve champion in the Unlimited Amateur at Arbuckle Mountain.

 

Greeson takes Amateur Classic

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Parke Greeson and Rumorhazzitt won the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Parke Greeson and Rumorhazzitt won the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Parke Greeson, 2015 NCHA Rookie of the Year, won his first championship in Will Rogers Coliseum April 5 in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur finals at the Lucas Oil Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth. He marked a 218.5 on Rumorhazzit, a One Time Pepto gelding bred and owned by his parents, Milton and Bridey Greeson.

Grace Ann Vangilder scored 218 for the reserve championship on Smooth As Puddin, by Smooth As A Cat.

Greeson, 24, was also an Unlimited Amateur finalist with Rumorhazzitt, and he placed fourth in the Super Stakes Amateur on Playin With Monty.

Rumorhazzitt is out of Jerries Dual Legacy, a Smart Little Jerry mare that earned $200,000. Graham Amos placed fourth in the Open NCHA Futurity on Jerries Dual Legacy, and Bridey Greeson made it to several Non-Pro and Amateur finals on her.

Parke Greeson was reserve champion at the Cattlemen’s Classic on Rumorhazzitt this spring. with his successful show at the Super Stakes and Classic, his career earnings will top $35,000.

 

 

Sitton on top

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Ken Sitton won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Limited Non-Pro on Little Swiss Desire.

Ken Sitton won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Limited Non-Pro on Little Swiss Desire.

Ken Sitton and Little Swiss Desire, by Desires Little Rex, marked 218 to win the Limited Non-Pro finals of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth Sunday evening. Sitton, a 57-year-old trucking company owner from Freeport, Texas, also took the senior championship.

Lisa Taylor of Pilot Point, Texas, marked 214.5 on Scootin In Stilettos, by Smart Lil Scoot, for the reserve championship.

Little Swiss Desire was bred by Jerry Durant out of Swiss Cat, a major LAE finalist that also produced $165,000 earner Swiss Cat Pepto.

Sitton bought Little Swiss Desire last fall and promptly won the Limited Non-Pro, Unlimited Amateur, Senior Unlimited Amateur and Senior Non-Pro on the mare at the Waco Texas Futurity.

Sitton, who has been cutting about 19 years, was getting his first win in Will Rogers Coliseum.

A former defensive back stand-out for the Oklahoma Sooners and a 1981 draft pick by Baltimore, Sitton said football brings out aggression, but cutting requires a more laid-back approach.

Reserve champion Lisa Taylor was riding her home-bred 6-year-old mare Scootin In Stilettos. She was an AQHA World Show finalist on the mare’s dam, Visa Lena, and has earned checks at the NCHA Classic Challenge, The Bonanza, and the Ike Hamilton Classic on Scootin In Stilettos.

Maid Of Metal’s gold medal run

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Morgan Cromer won the Open Super Stakes Classic on Maid Of Metal.

Morgan Cromer won the Open Super Stakes Classic on Maid Of Metal.

Hall of Famer Morgan Cromer and Maid Of Metal, by Metallic Cat, marked a 223 as the second contestant and held on for the win in the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic finals in Fort Worth Saturday. John Mitchell, third-to-last rider on CR Tuff Lucy, took the reserve title with a 222.5.

The win was the first for Cromer, 33, in historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

Maid Of Metal was bred by Beau and Ashley Galyean, and is owned by Judy Siebel of Ross, California. She is out of Pretty Smart Kitty, a Smart Lil Ricochet mare whose show career was reportedly curtailed by EPM. Pretty Smart Kitty is a granddaughter of Doc’s Kitty, the mare that Shorty Freeman showed to win the NCHA Derby and place second in the NCHA Futurity.

Cromer picked Maid Of Metal as a yearling, and Kate Neubert showed her as a semi-finalist at the 2014 NCHA Futurity. Cromer took reserve championships on the mare at last year’s Pacific Coast Winter Round-up and the Idaho Derby. She was a Pacific Coast Winter Round-up finalist again a few weeks before the Super Stakes Classic.

The Cromer/Siebel team have previously had success with Duals Dancer, a $100,000 earner that was a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes and a dozen other major events.

Maid Of Metal earned an estimated $64,800 in the Super Stakes Classic.  That eclipses Cromer’s previous top check in Will Rogers Coliseum of $47,277 with TF High Chex CD as an NCHA Futurity Finalist. She also rode TF High Chex CD and Little Dirty Deeds in tonight’s Super Stakes Classic.

Cromer’s previous highest finish in Will Rogers Coliseum was a fourth in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown in 2015 on Little Dirty Deeds.

Super Stakes Classic reserve champion CR Tuff Lucy, is owned by Slate River Ranch and shown by John Mitchell. She was a $600,000 purchase from breeder Center Ranch at the Western Bloodstock Center Ranch Production Sale last fall.

CR Tuff Lucy is by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena, by High Brow Cat. She won the Abilene Spectacular with Tarin Rice, and was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby, as well as being an NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes finalist.

Ashlock “Stars” in John Deere Division finals

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Wes Ashlock won the John Deere Division of the Super Stakes Classic on Metallics Star.

Wes Ashlock won the John Deere Division of the Super Stakes Classic on Metallics Star.

Wes Ashlock was the first rider to the herd on Metallics Star in the John Deere Division Limited Open finals of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth Friday, and he laid down a winning 221-point run.

Todd Gann took the reserve championship with a 218.5 on Hevvy Metal. The top two horses are both by Metallic Cat.

Owned by John and Jana Thacker of Abilene, Texas, Metallics Star was a $17,500 purchase as a yearling at the 2012 Western Bloodstock NCHA Summer Sale. He was bred by GS Cutting Horses out of Swingin Star Lady, a mare that Dean Sanders rode to win the Non-Pro Augusta Futurity and Steamboat Springs Derby in 1999. That mare has also produced $200,000 earnerr Swingin Star Pepto.

Metallics Star went over $50,000 in career earnings with his John Deere Division win. He has previous Limited Open championships with Ashlock at last year’s Abilene Spectacular and West Texas Derby.

Ashlock rode another horse for the Thackers, Amafoxy Cat, when he won his first championship in Will Rogers Coliseum, the John Deere Division of the Super Stakes Classic in 2014.

Reserve champion Todd Gann rode Hevvy Metal for Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Mississippi. Bred by Cindy Smith out of Dual Nurse, Hevvy Metal sold for $30,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sale. The gelding has earned more than $60,000.