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Co-Champions reign in Classic Challenge Amateur Finals

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Bella Anderson

Co-champion Bella Anderson on The Reyl McCoy. Hart Photography.

Bella Anderson, Victoria, Tex., riding The Reyl McCoy, and Jennifer Rector, Rogersville, Mo., on Smooth Reyn, tied with 218 points, on Thursday, July27, as co-champions of the NCHA Rios of Mercedes Classic Challenge Amateur. Kim Davis, Sacramento, Calif., was third with 217 points aboard Red Solo Cat.

This was Bella Anderson’s second major win in 2017. Earlier this year, she won the Amateur championship of The Non-Pro Cutting on Jackie A LTE $19,094, by Cats Quixote Jack.

The Reyl McCoy LTE $132,724, by Dual Rey, placed sixth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open under Tate Bennett, who also showed him to placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open, and to win the 2016 Arbuckle Mountain Open championship. Last week, Bennett and The Reyl McCoy split 11/12 in the NCHA Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Bella Anderson, NCHA Youth qualified  rider and the NCHA earner of $49,637, placed fourth in the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur with Jack And Jewel LTE $45,500, by Cats Quixote Jack. She also showed Cats Little Boomer LTE $181,787, by High Brow Cat, as a 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur finalist and 2016 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Amateur champion.

Jennifer Rector

Co-champion Jennifer Rector on Smooth Reyn. Hart Photography.

Jennifer Rector and Smooth Reyn LTE $61,554 made their debut together as Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalists in the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Since then, Rector, the NCHA earner of $68,726, and her Smooth As A Cat daughter have been Amateur or Unlimited Amateur finalists in nine major events, including the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2016 NCHA Derby, as well as the 2016 Breeders Invitational, where they earned the Amateur Unlimited reserve championship.

Earlier this year, Rector and Smooth Reyn also placed as $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $35,000 Non-Pro finals in the NCHA Eastern National Championships.

Kim Davis

Kim Davis on Red Solo Catt. Hart Photography.

Kim Davis, Sacramento, Calif. and Red Solo Catt LTE $113,850 made their limited age debut together  in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Finals, where they placed seventh. Prior to that, the 5-year-old Metallic Cat gelding had been shown by Kim’s son, Bear Davis, who racked up an impressive record of 27 finals checks in Unlimited Amateur and Non-Pro/Limited competition, including nine wins and six seconds. Most recently, Bear Davis and Red Solo Catt placed in last week’s NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited Finals.

Kim Davis has NCHA earnings of $34,812; Bear Davis has earnings of $119,294.

Christensen earns Derby Amateur crown

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Sue Christensen

Champion Sue Christensen on Auspicious Ruby Cat. Hart Photography.

Sue Christensen, Walton, Neb., won the 2017 NCHA Derby Rios of Mercedes Amateur Finals with 219 points aboard Auspicious Ruby Cat. Ryan Smith, Royce City, Tex., was reserve champion with 215 points on Suen Or Later, and three riders with 214-point scores split third through fifth places: Reyly Plendl on Sunday Drive; Duff Sinclair with Goodlookinsonofaich; and Rick Thompson aboard Smooth Lil Operator.

Christensen, who also claimed the 2017 Derby Senior Amateur winner’s check, showed Auspicious Ruby Cat LTE $13,052, by Auspicious Cat, earlier this year to place fifth among the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Senior riders. Christensen has won $83,682 in NCHA competition, including dual wins in the 2010 State of Missouri Futurity – with Thimblerey in the 5/6 Non-Pro and on Lil Stripper in the 4-Year-Old Amateur.

Ryan Smith

Reserve champion Ryan Smith on Suen Or Lator. Hart Photography.

Reserve champion Ryan Smith is also the top-scoring rider, with 218.5 points on Reys CD II, going into Friday’s Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur Finals. Suen Or Lator LTE $6,354, by Boon Too Suen, also carried Smith as an Amateur finalist in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular and the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes. Smith, the NCHA earner of $100,262, won the 2016 Waco Texas Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur riding Fancee This, by Gimme This.

Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, showed Sunday Drive LTE $20,780 as the 2017 Amateur champion of The Non-Pro Cutting. She also placed third on the Hydrive Cat daughter in the 2017 Breeders Invitational Amateur, as well as The Non-Pro Amateur Unlimited. Plendl is the NCHA lifetime earner of $110,922.

Duff Sinclair, Lipan, Tex., showed Goodlookinsonofaich LTE $4,792, as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist. This year, Sinclair and his Cat Ichi-sired gelding placed third in the Abilene Spectacular Amateur Finals, and placed in the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur Finals. Sinclair, the NCHA earner of $39,752, also showed High On This Cat as an Amateur  finalist in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes and placed second in the Amateur Gelding division.

Rick Thompson, Bryan, Tex., purchased Smooth Lil Operator as a yearling in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales from breeders Glenn and Debbie Drake. The Smooth As A Cat gelding carried Thompson as reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals and also won the NCHA Super Stakes Senior Amateur division.  Smooth Lil Operator is the career earner of $17,426; Thompson has NCHA earnings of $28,315.

Day Three: Classic Challenge Amateur/Unlimited Amateur

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Wednesday, July 26 wrapped up three days of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round. Thirty-four riders with 214 points or higher advanced to the Amateur Finals, to be held on Thursday, July 27, following the NCHA Derby Amateur Finals; 30 riders with scores of 215.5 points or higher advanced to the Unlimited Amateur Finals, to be held on Friday morning, July 28.

Ryan Smith on Reys CD II. Hart Photography.

Ryan Smith, Royce City, Tex., topped Wednesday’s action, as well as the full field of Amateur contenders, with 218.5 points on Reys CD II. Smith and the 6-year-old Dual Rey gelding placed fifth in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Amateur Finals, after claiming reserve in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Classic and placing third in the 2017 Bonanza Classic Amateur.

Reys CD II, the earner of $49,228, is a half-brother, out of Sweet Little CD, to leading sire High Brow CD LTE $502,202 and Sweet Little Cats LTE $212,095. Ryan Smith is the lifetime earner of $100,262.

Blake Pattillo on Mister Metallica. Hart Photography.

Blake Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., an Unlimited Amateur entrant, earned 218 points on Wednesday, the day’s second-highest score, as well as the second-highest score from all go-round contenders. Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $93,830, rode 6-year-old Mister Metallica LTE $60,201. Together, Pattillo and his Metallic Cat gelding have competed in the finals of 16 limited age events, including the 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur and the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur. Most recently they claimed the Unlimited Amateur 5/6 reserve championship at The Non-Pro Cutting.

Pattillo also owns TC Will, the 6-year-old gelding his son Langston showed on Tuesday to earn 218 points, as an Amateur entry.

Other high-scoring riders on Wednesday included Wendy Degroot, Ontario, Can., with 217.5 points  as an Unlimited Amateur, riding Smooth Nudge LTE $29,053, by Spots Hot. Degroot, the NCHA earner of $40,659, won the 2015 Unlimited Amateur 5/6 championship in The Non-Pro Cutting on TS Reys N Cats.

Michael Wood, Combine, Tex., secured both the Classic Challenge Amateur and Unlimited Amateur Finals on Wednesday with a score of 218 points on 5-year-old Looking For Caviar LTE $101,297, by WR This Cats Smart. Wood, the NCHA earner of $32,195, and Looking For Caviar most recently placed in the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions of the 2017 PCCHA Derby Classic.

Katherine Vanboekel, Ontario, Can., also scored 2017 on Wednesday to qualify for the Unlimited Amateur Finals. Vanboekel, the NCHA earner of $88,227, is riding Wendels Little Missy LTE $121,997, a 5-year-old High Brow CD daughter., who carried Vanboekel to win both the 5/6 Amateur Unlimited championship and the Amateur reserve championship of the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

Jade and Junie lead Juniors

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Jade Mitchell and Junie Wood. Hart Photography.

Jade Mitchell and 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood marked 224 to win the second round of the High Brow CD Junior Youth World Finals in Fort Worth Wednesday, July 26.

Jade, whose parents, John and Hope, are in the NCHA Open and Non-Pro Hall of Fame, respectively, is following in their footsteps with her win in historic Will Rogers Coliseum. John won the NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic double on Junie Wood in 2014/2015, while Hope won the 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge on Bambi Freckles and the 2002 NCHA Super Stakes on Freckles Lena Boon.

Jade came into the World Finals tied for 13th place in the standings, and she placed fourth in Tuesday’s first round with a 217.5.

Junie Wood is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch. The 7-year-old mare is by Nitas Wood out of Tuffs Junie, and she has earned more than $524,000.

The third and final round of the High Brow CD Youth World Finals is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Friday, following the finals of the NYCHA Youth Scholarship Cutting.

Lane Cooper on Holly Is Smooth. Hart Photography.

In the go-round for the Senior division of the Scholarship Cutting on Wednesday, Lane Cooper led the field with a 226 on Holly Is Smooth.

Lauren Oehlhof was second on Suen You Will See with a 223, while Case Robertson on Little Rey Whirlacat and Cade Shepard on Deluxe Checks, both marked 221.5. Twenty-six riders marked 216 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Lane Cooper, whose brother Lance won the first and second rounds of the Senior World Finals with 227 and 223 points, respectively, on Light N Lily, won last year’s Scholarship Cutting on Holly Is Smooth. The 11-year-old mare, sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Holly N Zack has earned more than $225,000. She is owned by Rose Valley Ranch.

Christina Huntley scored 222 points in the second round of the Senior Youth World Finals on her own horse, Smart Frosty Cat. The 12-year-old gelding, by Smooth As A Cat out of Evalita has earned more than $185,000 and carried Christina to win the 2016 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals.

Ryan Rapp earned 221 points in the second round of the Senior Youth World Finals on 7-year-old Im Reydioactive, the gelding he showed this year as reserve champion of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth and a finalist in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. In 2016, Ryan won the NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals on Spookystimetoshine, the same horse he showed the previous year as NCHA Junior Youth Scholarship champion.


Cooper leads first round of World

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Lance Cooper on Light N Lily. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper of Weatherford, Texas, marked a 227 Tuesday night on Light N Lily to lead the first round of the Senior division of the High Brow CD NYCHA Youth World Finals in Fort Worth.

Chaser Crouch was second with a 224 on GS Zans Cat, and Ryan Rapp was third with a 220 on Im Reydioactive.

Cooper, who won the Junior Youth NYCHA Scholarship Cutting in 2013, was reserve champion Non-Pro at the Bonanza Cutting this spring on Bet Shes A Smoothie.

His World Finals mount, Light N Lily is bred and owned by Billy Martin of Millsap, Texas, by Light N Lena out of Meradas Oh Cay. The 10-year-old mare was one of the go-to mounts for Martin’s daughter, Kaitlyn Wimberly when she was NCHA Non-Pro World Champion last year.

Cooper came into the World Finals tied for fifth place with 59 points. Rapp has a lock on World Championship with 183 points before Tuesday’s round.

Day Two: Classic Challenge Amateur/Unlimited Amateur

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Gary Barker on Smooth Nu Cat. Hart Photography.

Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., posted 219 points on Tuesday, July 25, the second day of NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Rios of Mercedes Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round. Riding 5-year-old Smooth Nu Cat, Barker topped the day’s Unlimited Amateur scores and tied with Robert Tiemann and John Brengard, who showed on Monday.

Rhein Standish, Baton Rouge, La., riding Im Countin Starz, and Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., aboard TC Will, were Tuesday’s leaders in the Amateur division with scores of 218 points, tying with Monday’s leader, Jimmy Baros, riding Two Time Dual. Langston Pattillo is also slated to show in Wednesday’s Senior Youth Scholarship go-round, where John Brengard is a contestant, as well.

Gary Barker is the NCHA earner of $495,423. He was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist riding Our Grey Goose in 2012 and won the NCHA Winter Showdown Unlimited Amateur on Flash About in 2015. In addition, Barker has claimed Non-Pro or Amateur/Unlimited wins in the Arbuckle Mountain Cutting, the West Texas Futurity, the Brazos Bash and the PCCHA Futurity. Most recently, Barker showed Smooth Nu Cat to place fourth in the Non-Pro Cutting’s 5/6 Non-Pro Finals.

Smooth Nu Cat LTE $87,449, by Smooth As A Cat, was an open finalist with Matt Gaines in the 2015 NCHA Futurity, the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby, as well as the 2017 Breeders Invitational. The bay gelding’s dam is Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, trained and shown throughout her career by Matt Gaines.

Rhein Standish on Im Countin Starz.

Rhein Standish and 5-year-old Im Countin Starz LTE $31,320, by Im Countin Checks, placed this year in the Augusta Futurity Unlimited Amateur and the Ike Hamilton Futurity Amateur. Standish, the NCHA earner of $34,698, also was the reserve amateur champion of the 2017 Ike Hamilton Futurity riding Bet On Leona 013, who he also showed to place sixth in the Unlimited Amateur Finals.

Langston Patillo on TC Will.

Riding TC Will, Langston Pattillo was Reserve Amateur Champion of the 2017 Non-Pro 5/6 Cutting, as well as an Amateur 5/6 finalist in the 2017 Bonanza and the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, and an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the 2017 Breeders Invitational. TC Will LTE $20,362, by Third Cutting, is out of a half-sister to Smooth As A Cat, a leading NCHA sire and the earner of $474,325.

The NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round concludes on Wednesday, July 26.

Charles Russell Bushaw tops Day 1 of NYCHA World Finals

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Charles Russell Bushaw on Peptotoodie. Hart Photography.

Charles Russell Bushaw of Weatherford, Texas, laid down a 225 on Peptotoodie Tuesday evening to take the first round of Junior Division of the High Brow CD NYCHA Youth World Finals. The World Finals continue on Wednesday and Saturday in Fort Worth’s historic Will Rogers Coliseum.

Bushaw came into the World Finals ranked third with 124 points, behind Ryann Packard (177) and Faith Farris (163).

Peptotoodie, an 8-year-old Peptotime mare, earned more than $157,000 and was Chisholm Trail Fall Futurity champion and Ike Hamilton Classic reserve champion under James Payne.

Bushaw won the Junior Youth title at the NCHA Eastern Nationals on Peptotoodie this spring. He was also an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist last winter on Bellas Cat.

Junior Scholarship to qualifier Madison Flynn on Cat Man Blue. Hart Photography.

In Tuesday’s Junior Youth NYCHA Scholarship Cutting go-round, Madison Flynn rode Cat Man Blue to a 226-point win.

Twenty riders marked 214 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Flynn’s mount, Cat Man Blue, is a 10-year-old stallion by High Brow Cat out of $594,000 earner Quintan Blue. Her dad, Sean Flynn, showed Cat Man Blue to earn more than $206,000.

Chance Cerny marked the second high score of the Scholarship go-round, a 224 on Mare E Hughes, while Cassie Cerny marked 219 on former Open Horse of the Year Copaspepto.

Jame Mitchell rode another Open Horse of the Year, Junie Wood, to a 218.5, while Emma Grace Rapp rode a former Non-Pro Horse of the Year, Reyzin, to a 218.