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Queen rules Non-Pro round 1

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Hall of Famer Elizabeth Queen of Allendale, South Carolina marked 220 on Tuesday to lead the first round of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. She rode Nighttiming, by One Time Pepto.

Four riders each scored 218.5 to tie for second in the go-round. They were Sarah Morine of Weatherford, Texas, on Georgy On My Mind, by Third Cutting; Michelle Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Pink Catty, by Catty Hawk; Christina Cox of Marrietta, Oklahoma on Nothing Elz Matters, by Metallic Cat; and  Janet Trefethen of Napa, California, on Hissylicious, by Halreycious.

One hundred eighty-four riders marked 204 or better to advance to the second round of the Non-Pro.

Nighttiming was bred by Carroll’s Cutting by One Time Pepto out of Uno Reba, by Smart Little Uno. Uno Reba has produced six earners of a combined $106,000.

Elizabeth Queen, the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion of 2009, first qualified for the NCHA Amateur Futurity in 1997. She has been a Non-Pro finalist three times since 2004.

In the Limited Non-Pro division, Michelle Barnes of Lewiston, Idaho, marked 219 to lead 74 contestants who advanced from a 205 bubble. She rode Bet Shesa Diva, a mare bred by Pat Kirkpatrick by Bet Hesa Cat out of Plumbin Time, by Peptotime. Plumbin Time earned $20,000 in NCHA competition.

 

 

 

Pounds, Mitchell share Monday’s high score

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Monday's leaders, Jessica Pounds and Hope Mitchell.

Monday’s leaders, Jessica Pounds and Hope Mitchell.

Jessica Pounds of Lipan, Texas, and Hope Mitchell of Weatherford, Texas, shared Monday’s high score of 216.5 as the first round of Non-Pro competition continued at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth.

Sarah Morine and Georgy On My Mind retained the overall lead with a 218.5 from Saturday.

Pounds rode Farmer Brown, a gelding bred by David and Stacie McDavid by Smart Mate out of Quixotes Pretty Lady, by Doc Quixote. In the early 1990s, Sandy Bonelli made both the Open and Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Futurity on Quixotes Pretty Lady, and went on to place third in the Non-Pro Super Stakes and win the Non-Pro NCHA Derby on the mare. Quixotes Pretty Lady has produced earners of $156,000.

Pounds, who made the NCHA Futurity finals with Reys Dreamgirl in 2009, won the Non-Pro Novice division of the Breeders Invitational with Brown Bear earlier this year.

Mitchell rode Smooth Movin Marie, a mare bred by Isbell Charolais by Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Marie, by Smart Little Lena. Smart Marie’s siblings have earned more than $552,000.

Mitchell, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee with earnings of $1.6 million, first made the NCHA Amateur Futurity finals in 1990. She’s been a Non-Pro finalist seven times since, taking the reserve championship in 2008 on Lannies Freckles.

 

Three-way tie on second day of Non-Pro

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Sunday's leaders, Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart.

Sunday’s leaders, Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart.

Non-Pro Hall of Famers Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart shared the top score of the day Sunday as the first round of Non-Pro competition continued at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Each of them marked 216.5 to lead Sunday, while Sarah Morine and Georgy On My Mind retained the overall lead with a 218.5 from Saturday.

Westfall, from Los Olivos, California, rode Laguna Girl, a mare bred by Switchback Cutting Horses by CD Royal out of Cats Stylish Diva. Westfall was reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on CD Royal. Cats Stylish Diva was a limited age finalist at the Calgary Stampede and Western States Fall Futurity. Westfall has qualified for the NCHA Futurity four times.

Holden, from Marietta, Oklahoma, rode Samson Made Of Metal, a gelding bred by Jan Moles by Metallic Cat out of Peptos Barbie. He is a half-brother to Peptos Stylishbarbie, an earner of $66,000. Holden is a five-time NCHA Futurity finalist, with a best finish of fourth on Stop Toying With Me in 2013.

Earnheart, the 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champ on Badgers Perscription from Weatherford, Texas, rode Snap Kwackle Pep, which Earnheart bought on the eve of the Futurity. Snap Kwackle Pep was bred by Stephen and Lisa Ralston by One Time Pepto out of Kwackin. Kwackin, a granddaughter of Open NCHA Futurity champion Lynx Melody, has already produced earners of $519,000, including Catting ($225,000) and High Brow Kwackin ($152,000). Earnheart has qualified for the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity 12 times, as well as once in the Open, and twice in the Limited Non-Pro.

 

Rogers on a roll

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Judy Rogers on Spoonfulla Cat. Hart Photography.

Judy Rogers on Spoonfulla Cat. Hart Photography.

Judy Rogers and Spoonfulla Cat followed their opening night 229 with a 227 to win Saturday’s second round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Non-Pro division in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

April Widman placed second with a 222 on Woodys Baby, while World-Champion-to-be Kaitlyn Wimberly marked 221 for third on Light N Lily.

Spoonfulla Cat was bred by Rob and Carrie Tiemann by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Cats Barmaid Chick. The 8-year-old gelding was an NCHA Futurity finalist and NCHA Derby reserve champion with Judy’s husband, Jonathan Rogers, and has now earned more than $214,000.

It’s been a banner year for Judy Rogers who won the Limited Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Classic Challenge last summer on Dualin Cat Lena. She also won the Limited Non-Pro at the Cotton Classic with him.

She’s moved from tenth to a solid fourth in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings for 2016.

Wimberly’s third-place finish on Saturday boosted her earnings for the year to $120,573. Only Dan Hansen, with $134,396 in 2011, has earned more as a Non-Pro World Champion.

In Saturday night’s Open division, brothers R.L. and Cullen Chartier tied for the win with 224 points. Kobie Wood placed third with a 221.5 on Donas Suen Boon.

R.L. Chartier rode A Little Bossy for Gary and Karen Fields, increasing his lead in the standings to nearly $12,000 over NRR Cat King Cole, ridden by Tracy Barton for North Ridge Ranch.

A Little Bossy is an 11-year-old son of CD Lights. He’ll be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in June. His career earnings are now over $402,000.

Cullen Chartier rode Little Pepto Cat for Jim and Mary Jo Milner. The High Brow Cat gelding is out of Horse of the Year Little Pepto Gal. Mary Jo Milner is also riding the 10-year-old in the Non-Pro World Finals.

Lindy Burch and Stylish Bet tied for fourth Saturday, and are currently leading the World Finals with earnings at the show of $8,087.

The Open and Non-Pro World Finals continue on Thursday. The Mercuria World Finals for other classes will begin Wednesday in the Watt Arena.

Morine and Georgy lead Non-Pros

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Sarah Morine on Georgy On My Mind. Hart Photography.

Sarah Morine on Georgy On My Mind. Hart Photography.

Sarah Morine of Weatherford, Texas, and Georgy On My Mind posted Saturday’s high score of 218.5 in the first day of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth.

Morine led both the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro divisions with her score.

Russ De Cordova and CR Tuff Bandit, by Woody Be Tuff, marked 217.5 for the second high score in the Non-Pro division. Charles Russell Bushaw put up a 217 on Bellas Cat, by Cats Quixote Jack, for the second high in the Limited Non-Pro.

Georgy On My Mind was bred by Ty Moore by Third Cutting out of Hey Georgy Girl, a Wild Thing DNA mare that Bruce Morine rode to the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity finals, and which Moore, now a Non-Pro Hall of Famer, won several Amateur championships on.

Hey Georgy Girl has produced earners of $198,000 so far.

Sarah Morine has been a Limited Non-Pro finalist three times and a Non-Pro finalist once at the NCHA Futurity. Her best finish was fifth in the Non-Pro on Im Bounce N Checks in 2011.

She has won Non-Pro championships at the Brazos Bash and Chisholm Trail Fall Roundup, and Limited Non-Pro championships at the Breeders Invitational and Augusta Futurity.

 

 

 

Stylish Bet, Ichis My Choice tie in Round 1

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet.

Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet.

Stylish Bet and Ichis My Choice split the victory in the first round of the Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals Friday night in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena. Both horses marked 226, with Dont Stopp Believin placing third at 225.5.

Stylish Bet is bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch and ridden by Lindy Burch. The 8-year-old mare is by Docs Stylish Oak out of Bet Yer Blue Boons, the mare that Burch rode to win the 2000 NCHA World Championship. Stylish Bet’s half-brother, Bet Hesa Cat, is also an NCHA World Champion.

Stylish Bet has earned $163,000 and is now ranked seventh in the 2016 NCHA World Standings, with three working rounds left in the World Finals.

Grant Setnicka rode Ichis My Choice for J5 Horse Ranch. The 4-year-old mare was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra, an Abrakadabracre mare that was reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular and earned $64,000.

Setnicka won the Breeders Invitational and was reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes in limited age competition this year. The team also won the Mercuria NCHA World Series finals at El Rancho Futurity in the fall. Ichis My Choice has earned $286,000 and is sitting sixth in the World Standings.

Dont Stopp Believin, in third place in the first round of the World Finals, was bred by Waco Bend Ranch and is owned and ridden by Phil Rapp. The 5-year-old is by Dual Rey out of former World Champion and Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice.

Meanwhile, A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields, lengthened his lead in the standings by placing sixth was a 222. The 11-year-old gelding by CD Lights earned $1,689 to bring his total for the year to $91,849.

Judy Rogers

Judy Rogers

In the Non-Pro division, Judy Rogers marked a career best of 229 on Spoonfulla Cat to win by two points over Kaitlyn Wimberly and Light N Lily.

Spoonfulla Cat was bred by Rob and Carrie Tiemann by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Cats Barmaid Chick. The 8-year-old gelding was an NCHA Futurity finalist and NCHA Derby reserve champion with Jonathan Rogers, and has now earned more than $208,000.

The win moved Judy Rogers up from 10th to 4th in the 2016 Non-Pro standings.

Wimberly, however, put a lock on the World Championship with her second-place finish. She has now earned $116,952 for the year, and the math will keep her in the lead over April Widman, who currently has $89,305 in the second spot in the rankings.

At present, Wimberly has the third highest earnings ever for a Non-Pro World Champion, behind Dan Hansen with $134,396 in 2011 and Mary Jo Milner with $120,182 in 2001. Each round of the Open and Non-Pro World Finals pays $6,035 to the winner. So, with three working rounds and a “pencil” round left, both of those records are within reach for Wimberly.

Merry eyes lead with 20-20 vision

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
Cara Brewer on Metallic Merry. Hart Photography.

Cara Brewer on Metallic Merry. Hart Photography.

Metallic Merry and Cara Brewer matched their 220 in the first round with a 220 in the second to take the lead in the first day of Open second-round competition Wednesday at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Their cumulative 440 put them half a point ahead of Tatum Rice on Hashtags who marked 220,5 and 219 for a 439.5.

Metallic Merry is a bay roan mare bred by Cindy McIlvanie and owned by Michelle and Michael Merkley of Peoria, Illinois. She is by Metallic Cat out of Playguns Star, a Playgun mare that Cara Brewer’s mother, Sue Barry, rode to fifth place in the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

Playguns Star earned $115,000 and has produced five money earners, including Stars And Cats, a three-quarter sister to Metallic Merry that Brewer rode to the Breeders Invitational finals.

Brewer, who has earned more than $900,000, won the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes on Playin Tag. She is a two-time NCHA Futurity finalist, in 2004 and 2008.

UPDATE: Metallic Merry’s score held up to lead after the second round of the Open. Sixty-four horses marked 432.5 or better to advance to the semi-finals, scheduled for Friday, December 9.