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Costa claims PCCHA Derby Non-Pro championship

Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto

Amando Costa Neto, Weatherford, Tex., scored 220 points aboard Watch Me Nae Nae to win the Core Balance PCCHA Derby Non-Pro on Sunday in Las Vegas. Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. was reserve with 219 points on Third Lucinda, while Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., tied for third and fourth with 212 points showing In Reyverse and Olive Martini, respectively.

Costa, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Inductee with earnings of $1,087,799, also placed fourth in the PCCHA Classic Challenge riding 5-year-old Watch Me Whip LTE $168,074, a full sister to Watch Me Nae Nae. The siblings, both trained by Costa, are by Playgun out of Look The Look, by High Brow Cat.

Costa and Watch Me Nae Nae LTE $43,745 won the 2017 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship and took reserve in the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro division. Watch Me Whip and Costa won the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, as well as the non-pro championships of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby.

Wade Smith, the NCHA earner of $367,452, has been a frequent 2017 limited age event non-pro and amateur (unlimited) finalist. He won the 2017 Bonanza Amateur Unlimited 5/6 Classic on Magistic Moon, who also carried him as reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Non-Pro and to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. Smith also won the Abilene Spectacular Futurity Amateur Unlimited riding Metallic Candlelight, his 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited champion.

Third Lucinda LTE $36,934 is sired by Third Cutting and out of Cattylac Jukebox, by Cowboy Cattylac.

Lindy Ashlock, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider with more than $1.36 million in earnings, also placed riding Sweet Reyvenge, by Duals Rey Badger, on Saturday in the PCCHA Mercuria Non-Pro Finals. In Reyverse is by Dual Rey and out of Havanna Lights, by CD Lights.

Megan Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider with $943,806 in earnings, placed ninth with Olive Martini in the 2017 Bonanza Non-Pro Derby. A Metallic Cat daughter out of Martinis Miss Peppy, Olive Martini is a half-sister to Miss Martini Play, dam of the earners of over $1 million, including NCHA Triple Crown winner Copaspepto LTE $413,885, by Peptoboonsmal and Stylish Martini LTE $361,920, by Docs Stylish Oak.

Michelle Barnes lands PCCHA Mercuria Non-Pro championship

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Michelle Barnes and Hillbilly Handfishin

Michelle Barnes, Lewiston, Idaho, scored 223 points on Hillbilly Handfishin, to win the  Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Non-Pro finals at the Core Balance PCCHA Derby, earning $8,750. Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., riding Sweet Reyvenge, scored 219 points for reserve, and Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 215.5 points on Snap Crackle Cat.

Barnes, with NCHA career earnings of $313,221, most recently placed seventh on Hillbilly Handfishin in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. She also placed fourth on Bet Shesa Diva in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, her biggest single-paying finish prior to the PCCHA Mercuria win.

Sired by Autumn Acre, 8-year gelding Hillbilly Handfishin began his career with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals under Mary Ann Rapp. Including his PCCHA Mercuria winnings, he has current lifetime earnings of $179,042.

Lauren Middleton is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member with NCHA career earnings of $602,415. To date in 2017, Middleton has shown Cake By The Ocean as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro, and Sweet Reyvenge as winner of the NCHA Houston World Series Non-Pro, third in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, and a finalist in the Eastern Nationals Non-Pro division.

Sweet Reyvenge LTE $115,602 earned his first limited age money as fourth-placed finalist in the 2012 Abilene Spectacular Open under Casey Morris. Sired by Reys Dual Badger and out of Sweet Camille, by Chicks Achy Breaky, Sweet Reyvenge is half-brother to Felix The Cat LTE $113,418.

Kylie Rice, NCHA career earner of $334,957, most recently earned money aboard Snap Crackle Cat as third-place finalist in the 2017 Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event Non-Pro and seventh-place finalist in the Mercuria NCHA Houston World Series Non-Pro. Rice was the 2013 Mercuria NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Champion riding Dual Lights. She also placed 10th in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals on Master Mate, who carried her to third place in the 2015 NCHA Summer Showdown, as well.

Eight year-old gelding Snap Crackle Cat LTE $131,455, by High Brow Cat, was an open finalist in ten major limited age events under Tatum Rice, Kylie’s husband, including  championship wins in the 2015 Brazos Bash 5/6 Year-Old  Open and the 2015 Arbuckle Mountion 5/6-Year-Old Open, and as high-scoring horse in the 2015 Brazos Bash Open Gelding division.

Co-champions prevail in 2017PCCHA Derby Open

Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Darren Simpkins

Darren Simpkins

Crafty With Cows, shown by Darren Simpkins, and Reysin Kittens, with Jaime Snyder, tied with 223 points to share the championship of the 2017 PCCHA Core Balance Derby Open, on Saturday, June 17, in Las Vegas. Dmac Piccolo Pete, under Clint Allen, placed third with 220.5 points.

Owned and bred by Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., Crafty With Cows, a gelded son of High Brow CD and half-brother to Lil Dulce Lu LTE $224,621, placed third in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open with R.L. Chartier. Including the $16,500 won for his performance in the PCCHA Derby, Crafty With Cows has career earnings of $188,920.

Jaime Snider

Reysin Kittens, owned and bred by Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., is by Dual Rey and out of the High Brow Cat daughter Kittens LTE $372,502, who was shown to 18 limited age championships under Bonnie Martin and NCHA Open Hall of Fame Rider Russ Miller. Reysin Kittens LTE $63,399 placed fourth in the 2017 NCHA Abilene Spectacular Open with Snider and won the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Senior with Bonnie Martin.

DMAC Piccolo Pete LTE $85,598, sired by WR This Cats Smart and owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., made her debut as reserve champion of the 2016 West Texas Futurity. Stacie McDavid also showed her as reserve champion of the 2017 Ike Hamilton Futurity Non-Pro.

DMAC Piccolo Pete is out of Cherry Chex Dually LTE $230,488, by Hes A Peptospoonful, a leading sire of earners of more than $7 million. Hes A Peptospoonful, who died in 2012, was owned by David and Stacie McDavid.

Big win for Whiskey Cat in PCCHA Mercuria Open

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Whiskey Cat and Russ Westfall

Whiskey Cat, by Highbrow Cat, scored 228 points to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Finals on Saturday, June 17, at the Core Balance PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas, Nev. Metallic Rebel, winner of the PCCHA Classic Challenge Open earlier on Saturday with 227 points, scored 222 points in the Mercuria for reserve. Eazee E placed third with 221 points.

A 7-year-old gelding shown by Russ Westfall for Suzanne Rodoni-Silverberg, Soquel, Calif., Whiskey Cat had NCHA career earnings of $36,884 prior to the $10,292 PCCHA Mercuria win. His biggest previous check came as 17th-placed finalist in the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge Open under Westfall. Out of Jitters Brown, by Smart Little Lena, Whiskey Cat is a full brother to Whiskeynadirtyglass LTE $183,978.

Five-year-old Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat, shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., is currently the leading 2017 NCHA 5/6-year-old money earner with $110,501 and NCHA lifetime earnings of $279,197.

Eazee E, by High Brow Cat, is shown by Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz. The  7-year-old mare, with career earnings of $121,074, is out of Zee Dually LTE $201,899, and is a three-quarter sister to Smooth As A Zee LTE $616,978.

Metallic Rebel bullet-proof in Vegas

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Metallic Rebel

Core Balance PCCHA Classic champion Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean, pictured winning the Super Stakes Classic in April. Hart Photography.

Metallic Rebel shut out the competition on Saturday, June 17, in Las Vegas, with a 227-point win in the Core Balance PCCHA Classic Challenge Finals, after topping the go-rounds with 223 and 220 points. Shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., the 5-year-old son of Metallic Cat claimed $13,000 for his PCCHA win and has career earnings of $270,978.

Five-year-old CR Gotcha Covered, sired by Dualin Boon and ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., placed as PCCHA Classic Challenge reserve champion with 223.5 points, while What Daddy Don Know, a 5-year-old sired by WR This Cats Smart, shown by Morgan Cromer for Catherine and Monte Lamb, San Miguel, Calif., placed third with 222 points. Including their PCCHA Classic Challenge earnings,  CR Gotcha Covered and What Daddy Don Know have career earnings of $135,755 and $66,655, respectively.

Metallic Rebel, currently the leading 2017 NCHA 5/6-year-old money earner, has won nine major open limited age events, including four in 2017: the PCCHA Classic Challenge; the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Abilene Spectacular Classic, and the, Arbuckle Mountain 5/6-Year-Old Classic.

Bred by Alvin Fults out of Sweet Abra by Abrakadabra, Metallic Rebel is a full brother to Magistic Moon LTE $132,252, Magic Metallic LTE $132,156, Sweet Metallic LTE $130,962, and Magic Metalman LTE $62,784.

Cinca Im Hot with 225-point Breeders Invitational Derby win

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

BI champion Cinca Im Hot and Jesse Lennox
at the NCHA Futurity.

Cinca Im Hot scored 225 points on Saturday, May 27 in Tulsa, Okla. to edge out Cattys Hope and HR Cats Starlight, who tied with 224.5 points, for the championship of the 2017 Breeders Invitational Derby. The Spots Hot daughter, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., earned a payout of $70,362.

Bred by Paul Dean, owner of her dam, Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, by Dual Rey, as well as of her maternal granddam, 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion and million-dollar producer Highbrow Supercat $LTE $364,690, Cinca Im Hot LTE $104,180 placed 16th in the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, after tying for fourth place in the Semi-Finals. Rocking P Ranch purchased Cinca De Maya’s sire, Spots Hot, from Sunrise Ranch for $550,000 during the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Jesse Lennox also tied for 12th place with 217 points aboard Pattie Rocks, owned by Rocking P Ranch, and topped the million-dollar mark in NCHA earnings with his 2017 Breeders Invitational Derby success. In 2015, Lennox placed third in the NCHA Futurity riding Rockin Sallycat, bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and also owned by Rocking P Ranch.

Cattys Hope LTE $184,831 was shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. The Catty Hawk daughter was champion of the 2017 Abilene Spectacular and also placed sixth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity.

HR Cats Starlight LTE $77,308 was shown by Tarin Rice for E.J. and Audrey Huntley, Houston, Tex. The gelded son of High Brow Cat won the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby Non-Pro championship with E.J. Huntley and placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals with Christina Huntley.

See complete results for all divisions of the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

Trey Hunt loses battle with cancer

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Photo courtesy Bobby Hunt

Trey Hunt, 41, Millsap, Tex., an esteemed trainer and coach within the North Texas cutting horse community, lost a courageous battle with brain cancer on May 14, 2017. Hunt, the son of NCHA Senior Sales Executive Bobby Hunt Jr., is also husband of wife Jenna and father of daughter Kay. An NCHA member since 1988, Hunt specialized in starting and fitting two-year-olds and was the NCHA lifetime earner of $179,795.

Trey Hunt’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sherriff Posse Arena in Weatherford, Tex. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NYCHA.