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Cotton Stakes Open champions

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Cotton Stakes in West Monroe, La., concluded its eight day slate on Sunday, September 10, after crowning  triple Futurity Open champions. A Wild Cat, with Dell Bell; La Bets Cash, under Austin Shepard; and Seven S Blue Rey, shown by Boyd Rice, all earned the top score of 219 points and $9,000, in the finals of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity.

A Little Wild Cat LTE $10,411 also won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Limited. The Boon A Little daughter is owned by Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex., who showed her dam, Wild Cat Girl LTE $28,582, to win the amateur division of The Non-Pro Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic in 2015.

La Bets Cash LTE 10,681 was also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion. Owned by Les Ammons, Foley, Ala., the gelded son of Bet Hesa Cat is out of Hollys Holy Cash LTE $99,946 and a half-brother to Dontreynonmyparadesf LTE $46,157.

Seven S Blue Rey LTE $14,005, also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion, is owned by Mike Gregory, Rociada, NM. The Stylish Rey gelding previously placed as an open finalist in the West Texas Futurity and Gelding division under Tarin Rice. Boyd Rice, who showed Seven S Blue Rey, also placed fourth with 218 points in the Cotton Stakes Futurity.

Lloyd Cox

Rider Lloyd Cox claimed the Cotton Stakes Open Derby with a 222-point championship win, worth $10,000, on Sweat Son LTE $38,415, also the Cotton Stakes Open Gelding champion, owned by Nick VandeSteeg, Santa Ynez, Calif. Cox also claimed the 221.5-point reserve championship on Second Spot LTE $241,874, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion, owned by Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla., and tied with 219 points for fourth place on Nothing Elz Matters $73,087, the Bonanza 4-Year-Old champion, owned by David Puryear, Byromville, Ga. Altogether, Cox’s mounts earned $24,350, or 48 percent of the purse, in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby Finals, alone.

Cattys Hope LTE $192,717, owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the Abilene Spectacular with Michael Cooper, placed third with 220.5 points in the Cotton Stakes Open Derby under Cooper.

Chromed Out Cat LTE $13,137, sired by High Brow Cat and shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points to claim the Cotton Stakes Classic Open championship and $9,000. Luck Xury LTE $42,274, by Im Countin Checks and shown by Bradey Davis for Lindy Wells, Madisonville, Tex., scored 221.5 points for reserve, while Tommies Playgirl LTE $75,853, sired by Thomas E Hughes and shown for Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., by Steve Oehlhof, placed third with 220 points.

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Metalic Al wins big

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Tom Shelly on Metalic Al. Scootemnshootem Photography.

Metalic Al, ridden by Tom Shelly for Metallic All LLC, Los Olivos, Calif., scored 225 points on Saturday, September 2, to win the ICHA Futurity Mercuria World Series Open Finals in Nampa, Idaho. Eazee E scored 220 points under Tatum Rice for second, while QB Cat, shown by Clint Allen, and Metallic Rebel, with Beau Galyean, each scored 219 points to split third and fourth-place money.

Metalic Al, a 7-year-old son of Metallic Cat and $90,000 NCHA Futurity Sale 2-year-old graduate, earned $10,970 for his win, increasing his lifetime earnings to $143,195. Shown exclusively by Shelly, primarily on the West Coast, Metalic Al won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open and earned money in 14 limited age event finals including as reserve champion of the Pacific Coast Classic, the Las Vegas Derby, and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup.

Tom Shelly’s first major win was the 1989 PCCHA Stakes on Awesome Oskar. Shelly has NCHA lifetime earnings of $579,330.

Eazee E was the ICHA Mercuria World Series go-round winner with 222 points. Owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz., the 7-year-old High Brow Cat daughter was reserve champion of the Mercuria World Series at the Calgary Stampede in July, and has also been a Mercuria finalist with Rice in the Pacific Coast Derby, the West Texas Futurity and in the Houston World Series. A three-quarter sister to NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,000, including her ICHA World Series paycheck of $8,653, Eazee E is the career earner of $153,549.

Tatum Rice, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with $1,551,863, also shows Hashtags, the Idaho Derby champion and current top-earning NCHA 4-year-old of 2017.

QB Cat LTE $164,144, owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex. and shown by Clint Allen, won the recent Mercuria Word Series event at the Calgary Stampede, and placed second in the 2017 World Series Mane Event. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of Quintan Blue LTE $594,000, QB Cat carried Stacie McDavid to non-pro limited age event reserve championships in the Brazos Bash Classic, the Tunica Futurity Classic, and the Pacific Coast Classic.

Clint Allen is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with career earnings of $4.5 million. He was reserve champion at last month’s West Texas Futurity riding Dmac Geisha Girl, also owned by the McDavids.

Metallic Rebel LTE $312,820, owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., is the current point leader for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, shown exclusively by Beau Galyean, has claimed four championship wins (NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Abilene Spectacular Classic , PCCHA Classic, and Arbuckle Mountain Classic)  in 2017 and four reserve championships, including the Idaho Futurity Classic.

Beau Galyean is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of more than $3 million. He rode Metallic Rebel’s sire, Metallic Cat, and won a Mercuria World Series event on the stallion’s dam, Sweet Abra.

Ward wins Mercuria Non-Pro championship

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Carol Ward on Spooked By A Cat. Scootemnshootem Photography.

Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., scored 221 points on Spooked By A Cat to win the 2017 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Mercuria World Series Finals, on Saturday, September 2 in Nampa, Idaho.  Kylie Knight Rice, Weatherford, Tex., claimed second with 219 points on Snap Crackle Cat, while Katie Fonsen Young, Cloverdale, Calif., scored 216 points on For Instance for third.

Ward’s win, worth $10,823, boosted Spooked By A Cat’s lifetime total to $305,568. The 11-year-old gelding, sired by Cat Ichi and out of $1.4 million producer San Starlight, has carried Ward as a finalist in seven Mercuria Non-Pro Finals, including a win in the 2016 Calgary World Series and second-place in the 2016 ICHA World Series. He has also placed in six Open Mercuria Finals, most recently with Darren Simpkins in the 2017 Calgary World Series.

Ward, the NCHA earner of $822,600, won the 2017 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur Finals, as well as the Unlimited Amateur Gelding and Unlimited Amateur Senior this summer riding Crafty With Cows.

Katie Rice and Snap Crackle Cat placed as finalists in the 2017 NCHA Mercuria World Series at the Pacific Coast Derby, as well as the Mercuria World Series Mane Event. Eight-year-old gelding Snap Crackle Cat, by High Brow Cat, earned $8,542 for his finish in the Idaho World Series and has lifetime earnings of $164,314. Rice has NCHA earnings of $381,681.

Katie Young and 10-year-old gelding For Instance, by SR Instant Choice, made their debut as Non-Pro champions of the 2010 PCCHA Futurity. Since then they have garnered 14 wins in limited age divisions. For Instance earned $6,262 in the ICHA Mercia Finals and has career earnings of $130,083; Young is the NCHA earner of $300,831.

Sir Long Legs lands the NCHA Derby championship

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Sir Long Legs

Sir Long Legs and Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

Sir Long Legs, owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla, and Austin Shepard pulled out all the stops for a rousing 229-point eleventh hour win, on Sunday, August 6, in the 2017 NCHA Open Derby Finals. Metallic Smart Cat, owned by Cynthia Villa, Chico, Calif., and ridden by Matt Miller, scored 224 points for the reserve championship. While Pharoah And James, with Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, Forth Worth, Tex., and Hashtags, shown by Tatum Rice for Hashtags Ventures, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 223 points to split third and fourth places.

Altogether from a field of 21 finalists, a record eight horses scored 220.5 points or higher.

Shepard and Sir Long Legs, by Highbrow Cat, drew last in the two-set, 21-horse field, which had already seen seven horses score 220.5 points and higher. But Shepard, who had scored 218 points on Tap This early in the first set, took no prisoners. Sir Long Legs’ score of 229 points stands as a new record for the NCHA Derby Open Finals.

Sir Long Legs, reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity under Shepard, is the current leader among NCHA 4-year-old money earners with $255,544. Lew Hall purchased the colt as a yearling, from his breeder, Cannon Quarter Horses, for $90,000 at Western Bloodstock’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales. Sir Long Legs is out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, by Smart Little Lena, and a full brother to Cat Belue LTE $189,189, as well as half-brother to Two Time Dual LTE $123,189.

Austin Shepard is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $6.9 million.

Metallic Smart Cat

Metallic Smart Cat and Matt Miller. Hart Photography.

Reserve Derby champion Metallic Smart Cat LTE $42,086, by Metallic Cat, was bred by his owner, Cynthia Villa, out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721, by Smart Little Jerry, and is a three-quarter brother to Smoothlee As A Cat LTE $54,765, by Smooth As A Cat. Matt Miller showed Metallic Smart Cat as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, and most notably placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Finals, as well as second in the Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open Gelding and Novice divisions.

Matt Miller, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earning of $2.9 million, also scored 221.5 points to place sixth in the NCHA Derby Finals on Lou Lou Louise, owned by Lannie Louise Mecom, Avondale, Colo.

Pharoah And James, owned and bred by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., earned his first paycheck as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist under Clint Allen. Since then, Allen and the gelded son of Hickorys Indian Pep have been finalists in nine major events, including the NCHA Super Stakes, and the Bonanza, where they placed third.

Out of Wise Little Miss LTE $72,567, by Wise Play, Pharoah And James is a full brother to DMAC Wise Guy LTE $73,451, also bred and owned by the McDavids, who own the sire Hickory Indian Pep. In 2016, Stacie McDavid showed DMAC Wise Guy to place second in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Gelding division, and to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Senior title.

Clint Allen, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $4.5 million, won the 2009 NCHA Derby and NCHA Super Stakes on Wood I Never LTE $356,137. He was also reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Futurity on Hydrive Cat LTE $410,627.

Hashtags LTE $179,446, by Metallic Cat and out of Dual Rey Tag, by Dual Rey, was champion of the NCHA Open Super Stakes with Tatum Rice. His second dam, Playin Tag LTE $220,949, by Playgun, was Open champion of the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes.

Tatum Rice, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with $1.5 million in earnings, placed third in the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity aboard Johnny Reyngo and eighth in 2016 on Hashtags.

Paula Wood – 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Champion

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Paula Wood

Paula Wood on Suen Too Be Black. Hart Photography.

Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., scored 219.5 points, on Sunday, August 6, to win the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals on Suen Too Be Black, by Boon Too Suen. Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., scored 218 points for the reserve championship on Sweet Baby Marie, by High Brow CD. Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., placed third with 217.5 points on Olive Martini, by Metallic Cat.

This was the second NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship for Paula Wood, who first won the event in 1997, riding the Cash Quixote Rio daughter Chita Cash LTE $207,169, second dam of Suen Too Be Black. Wood also showed Chitas Blue Boon LTE $55,805, by Duals Blue Boon, as a 2004 NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist.

Paula Wood is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, and earner of $2,263,226. Her many career highlights include the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on Donas Suen Boon LTE $388,939, bred by Paula, trained by her husband, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Kobie Wood. Donas Suen Boon, out of Paula’s 2006 NCHA World Finals Non-Pro champion Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, was also sired by Boon Too Suen.

On Saturday, August 5, Marley Wood, daughter of Kobie and Paula, placed fourth riding Suen Too Be Black in the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro Finals.

Madalyn Colgrove

Madalyn Colgrove on Sweet Baby Marie. Hart Photography.

Madalyn Colgrove and Sweet Baby Marie LTE $97,542 made their mark earlier this year as reserve champions of the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro, while Madalyn’s grandfather, Joel Colgrove, rode the mare as an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the Ike Hamilton Futurity. Matt Miller showed then 3-year-old Sweet Baby Marie to win the Open championships in the 2016 West Texas Futurity, the 2016 Southern Futurity and the 2016 Idaho Futurity and has continued to show her as a finalist in four 4-year-old events.

Madalyn, the NCHA earner of $424,760, won the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Amateur, when she was 14, riding Hes A Heapinspoonful, the horse she also showed as champion of the 2014 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Amateur, and the 2014 Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions. Madalyn also won the 2016 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Unlimited Amateur on One Catty Cupid.

In addition to her Derby Non-Pro championship on Sweet Baby Marie, Madalyn also placed fourth in the Derby Non-Pro Finals with 217 points on Peptos Turn To Dual LTE $27,488, by Dual Rey; and twelfth place on Tank Tallic $21,771, by Metallic Cat.

Megan Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $943,806, placed ninth in the 2016 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals riding Justa Lil Catfight LTE $70,978, a mare Miller’s sister, McKenzie Merrill, showed as a 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist. Miller also won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship on Itawtathenapuddycat and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter, who her husband, Matt Miller, now an NCHA Hall of Fame Open Rider, showed to win the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

Prior to the 2017 NCHA Derby, Megan and Olive Martini LTE $22,637 placed third in the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro and ninth in the Bonanza Non-Pro Finals. Olive Martini, out of Martinis Miss Peppy, is a half-sister to the Freckles Playboy daughter Miss Martini Play LTE $89,418, dam of 2007 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Copaspepto $414,619, and nine other money earners, including Stylish Martini LTE $361,920 and Shesa Dirty Martini LTE $361,920.

Following the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals on Sunday, Matt Miller placed as reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Open Finals on Metallic Smart Cat, and also claimed sixth place on Lou Lou Louise.


Cole Rothwell and Khaleesi Cat carry Non-Pro Limited Finals

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Colton Rothwell

Colton Rothwell on Khaleesi Cat. Hart Photography.

Cole Rothwell, Dallas, Tex., was the clear winner with 221 points aboard Khaleesi Cat on Saturday, in the NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro Finals. Lica Pinkston, Alice, Tex., claimed reserve with 217.5 points riding Stylish Top Brow, while Barney Mac Smith, Maryneal, Tex., scored 215 points to place third on Catillac Smooth.

Cole Rothwell, the NCHA earner of $400,242, won the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur championship riding Little Lady Stylish LTE $34,089. Khaleesi Cat LTE $56,381, by Jazarell Cat, carried Rothwell as the sixth-place finalist in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and  a finalist in the Limited Non-Pro. The pair also won the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby Limited Non-Pro and placed as reserve champion in the Non-Pro division of that event. Khaleesi Cat’s second dam, Bambi Freckles LTE $102,104, won the 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Championship.

Lica Pinkston

Lica Pinkston on Stylish Top Brow. Hart Photography.

Lica Pinkston, the NCHA earner of $261,767, also showed Stylish Top Brow as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur division. The pair also won the Cattlemen’s Derby Unlimited Amateur and Pinkston placed second in the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Unlimited Amateur aboard Stylish Metallic Cat LTE $71,142.

Stylish Top Brow LTE $46,693, is by High Brow CD out of Stylish Top Girl LTE $80,508, by Docs Stylish Oak.

Barney Mac Smith, the NCHA earner of $162,431, was 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist with Catillac Smooth. And in 2015, Smith placed third in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro riding One Red Mist LTE $135,480. Catillac Smooth LTE $31,907, is by Smooth As A Cat, and out of CDs Masterpiece LTE $99,877, by CD Olena, and a full sister to Mercedes Smoothie LTE $148,900.

Copperish claims Open Semi-Finals

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Lloyd Cox on Copperish. Hart Photography.

Copperish, shown by Lloyd Cox for Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., scored 221.5 points on Saturday to win the NCHA Derby Open Semi-Finals. Desires Time, owned by H.B. Bartlett, Pike Road, Ala., and shown by Lee Francois, scored 221 points for second; Sir Long Legs, under Austin Shepard for Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., and Cinca Im Hot with Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., tied for third with 220 points.

Twenty-one horses with scores of 217 points or higher from the 50-horse Semi-Finals qualified for Sunday’s NCHA Derby Open Finals.

Copperish LTE $67,534 has won or placed in five major 2017 events under Lloyd Cox, including championship wins in the Bonanza Cutting and the Cattlemen’s Derby. In addition, the sorrel mare earned money as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity and the NCHA Super Stakes.

Sired by Metallic Cat, Copperish is a three-quarter sister to Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, the 2015 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Their dam, Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, has produced 18 NCHA money earners of $1,602,114. Cooperish’s owner, Jimmie Miller Smith, has had a long and “colorful” career as a horse owner and breeder. In 1983, Smith’s flashy Appaloosa stallion, sired by Doc O’Lena and trained by Bill Freeman, who at the time also had the now legendary Smart Little Lena in his barn, won the 1983 PCCHA Derby. Another Smith-bred Appaloosa, Ima A Little Lena, from Smart Little Lena’s first crop of foals, was a 1988 Augusta Futurity finalist under Freeman, as well.

Miller purchased Copperish as a yearling from her breeder and consignor, Double Dove Ranch, for $210,000, at Western Bloodstock’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales.

Lloyd Cox, who also showed Copperish’s dam, Stylish Play Lena, as well as Smooth Talkin Style, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and is ranked third among all-time leading cutting horse trainers with earnings of $7,869,581.

Desires Time $33,817, by One Time Pepto, was bred by H.B. “Woody” Bartlett, out of Reys Desire, by Dual Rey. Reys Desire LTE $393,766 won the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Open and the 2011 Super Stakes Classic under Lee Francois, who showed her as a finalist in 24 major events.

Sir Long Legs LTE $214,682, by High Brow Cat and out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, by Smart Little Lena, was the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion under Austin Shepard. The sorrel stallion’s owner, Lew Hall, purchased him as a yearling from his breeder, Cannon Quarter Horses, for $90,000 at Western Bloodstock’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales.

Austin Shepard, who also qualified for the NCHA Derby Open Finals with 217.5 points on Tap This for Joel and Jayne Colgrove, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and NCHA earner of $6,895,065.

Cinca Im Hot LTE $102,540, by Spots Hot and out of Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, by Dual Rey, was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist and won the 2017 Breeders Invitational under Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, who owns Cinca Im Hot’s sire.  Second dam Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, won the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open championship and is a leading dam of earners of $1,170,000.