Cutting

John Hulsey smokes Amateur Derby

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

 

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey on R Smokin Cat.

John Hulsey, 63, and R Smokin Cat marked 219 for a five-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Robert Thigpen Jr. took the reserve championship with a 214 on Barbies Blue Cat.

Hulsey, whose environmental business supports the agricultural community by reclaiming food waste to be used for biofuels and by feedmills. The Gainesville, Georgia, businessman bred R Smokin Cat by Dual R Smokin out of Playgirls Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that has produced three NCHA money earners.

Hulsey’s biggest previous win was the All American Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.

He earned $7,812 for his Amateur Derby win, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. That takes his career earnings over $36,000.

Reserve champion Barbies Blue Cat is a Metallic Cat x High Barbie gelding bred and owned by Robert Thigpen Jr. of Chilton, Texas.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.

Reserve champion Robert Thigpen Jr. on Barbies Blue Cat.

 

 

Stage set for flurry of finals

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The heat is on Wednesday and Thursday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, as finals in no fewer than eight divisions will be decided in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

Blakley Colgrove.

Blakley Colgrove.

Blakley Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama brings the high score of 225 into Wednesday’s NYCHA Senior Youth Scholarship finals. She’ll be riding Julie Jarma’s $166,000 earner SS Blacks Lil Kitty, by Blue Bayou Boon. Twenty-nine contestants marked 216.5 or better to qualify for the finals.

Two riders tied with a high score of 219 for the Junior Youth Scholarship finals, where 16 riders advanced with a 214 or better.

Jake Shelton shared the lead on Davette Stegman’s Simply Harry, by Dual Reward; along with Lexi Slaughter on John David Tolbert’s Sheza Jazzy Cat, by Smooth As A Cat.

Four Rios of Mercedes Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals, presented by Bar RR Ranches, will be held Wednesday and Thursday.

In Wednesday’s $50,000 Amateur Derby, Bear Davis of Sacramento, California and Vick Pannell of Alexander, Arkansas, shared the lead of 217, with 23 riders marking 212.5 or better to qualify. Davis is riding Red Solo Catt, by Metallic Cat, while Pannell is on board Metallic Sister, also by Metallic Cat.

In Wednesday’s Unlimited Amateur Derby, Jennifer Rector of Rogersville, Missouri marked 218 on Smooth Reyn to lead 28 finalists who scored 214 or better to qualify. Smooth Reyn is by Smooth As A Cat.

The top qualifier for Wednesday’s $50,000 Amateur Classic Challenge at 218 is Ray Smith of Kingsbury, Texas on Athena Wildcat, by Athena Puddy Cat. Thirty-five riders scored 213.5 to advance.

Thursday’s Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge finals will have 32 riders who marked 215.5 or better. They are led by Robbie Gale of Conway, South Carolina, with a 221 on Cat N Corn, by High Brow Cat.

The third and final round of the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals on Thursday will decide both the show champions and the point-year champions in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

 

 

Non-Pro title to Stuart Bozeman

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak.

Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak.

The last time Stuart Bozeman made the finals in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, he was 11 years old in the NYCHA Scholarship Cutting. On Sunday, the 33-year-old from Idalou, Texas, rode into his second finals, and rode out with a $17,199 winner’s check in the Non-Pro Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Stuart Bozeman

Stuart Bozeman.

He marked 221 on Checkers Live Oak as the third rider in the first set and held on for a 2 1/2-point win over Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

Checkers Live Oak was bred by Dale Stallkamp, by Im Countin Checks out of Cats Live Oak, a High Brow Cat mare that won the Breeders Invitational with Lloyd Cox, and was a limited age finalist in a long string of events with Dirk Blakesley.

Bozeman bought the 2010 mare from NRCHA Hall of Famer Don Murphy with the idea of maybe winning the Snaffle Bit Futurity. That’s not too far-fetched when you consider he’s been a Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro finalist multiple times, and once won a total of five championships at the NRCHA Celebration of Championships.

“I worked her on a cow, cutting on her, the first time in March of her 3-year-old year,” Bozeman recalled. “She had not worked many cows, but she told me that day, ‘I’m going to be a great cutting horse.’ I thought I could get her ready for the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but it was too much training for her.

“The day after the Snaffle Bit, I said, ‘Okay, we’re going to be cutting on you because that’s what you need to be doing.'”

On the way to the Summer Spectacular, Checker Live Oak and Bozeman made Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finals, earning more than $79,000 together.

“She’s taught me what a legit great horse is,” he said. “So I get frustrated riding some of my other horses, sometimes.

“She’s always at the stall door waiting on you. She’s good around people. She’s like a big, old dog. But when it’s time to ask her for her life, she always steps up to the plate. That’s everything I could want in a horse.”

Bozeman, who marked 216 and 217.5 in the go-rounds to qualify for the finals on the bubble, said, “I felt like I was catching fire a few times at this show. We just got her cut clean. I couldn’t have asked her to stop any harder and she just got better and better every time I showed her here.”

But he did get nervous waiting through the next 18 horses, which included some of the sport’s most accomplished Non-Pro riders of recent years.

This was Checkers Live Oak’s final show in Will Rogers Coliseum, and she’s closing in on $100,000 in career earnings. Bozeman may take her to some Mercuria NCHA World Series shows next year, and he’s already got three babies on the ground, with another trio on the way.

Reserve champion Cody Hedlund of Lipan, Texas, and Meteles Cat marked 218.5 midway through the second set.

Bred by Cody’s parents, Rock and Landy Hedlund, Meteles Cat is by Metallic Cat out of Teles Lies, by Lenas Telesis. The reserve championship takes the horse’s unofficial earnings over $399,000.

Hedlund and Meteles Cat won the Western Bloodstock Summer Showdown in Cowtown and the Breeders Invitational last year, as well as the Bonanza and The Ike this year.

Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat.

 

Jennifer Rector leads Unlimited Amateur

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Jennifer Rector on Smooth Reyn. Hart Photography.

Jennifer Rector on Smooth Reyn. Hart Photography.

Jennifer Rector of Rogersville, Missouri marked 218 on Smooth Reyn to lead after the first round of the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Derby, presented by Bar RR Ranches at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance.

Twenty-eight horses marked 214 or better to advance to the finals.

Smooth Reyn was bred by Kathy Knost by Smooth As A Cat out of Ruby Reyn, a daughter of $1.7 million producer Playboys Ruby.

Rector and Smooth Reyn were Unlimited Amateur finalists at the NCHA Futurity and the Super Stakes, and also in the $50,000 Amateur division of the NCHA Futurity. They also took the reserve championship in the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.

In the Amateur division, Bear Davis of Sacramento, California, on Red Solo Catt and Vick Pannell of Alexander, Arkansas, on Metallic Sister both marked 217 to lead 23 contestants advancing to the finals. It took a score of 212.5 or better to advance.

Bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley, Red Solo Catt is a son of Metallic Cat out of Non-Pro Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic champion Amanda Starlight. Davis has won championships at the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational, Pacific Coast Derby and Pacific Coast Winter Roundup on the gelding this year.

Bar H Ranche bred Metallic Sister by Metallic Cat out of $1.2 million producer Little Baby Sister. Pannell rode the mare to the Amateur reserve championship at The Ike this year.

 

Reyzin The Cash raises the ante

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Reyzin The Cash joined elite company Friday night when he and Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge with a 229 at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas. He joins Hall of Fame Horses Shakin Flo and Third Cutting as the only NCHA Derby/Classic Challenge winners in successive years since the 5-year-old and 6-year-old classes merged in 1995.

Reyzin The Cash is a 5-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Spookys Cash, bred and owned by Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado.

Top qualifier John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy marked 228 to lead the first set.

“I thought his run was outstanding,” said Gonsalves, who drew fourth in the second set. “I really thought there’s the winner right there.

“I just wanted to get showed, to have a clean run and do my job, and leave it to (the judges). We had a good draw and cut some good cows. Anything can happen, and it happened the way we wanted it to.”

Gonsalves rode Reyzin The Cash’s dam, Spookys Cash, an earner of $284,000 and an Open finalist in the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic, and Classic Challenge. This latest win puts Spookys Cash over half a million in produce earnings.

“His mother was a low-moving horse like him,” Gonsalves said. “She was gritty, and I think that’s where he gets his grit from. They both have a big heart.”

Reyzin The Cash earned an estimated $51,259 for the win, including $25,000 for the winner sponsored by Faith Mountain Ranch.

“I think I’ll give them a big kiss,” Gonsalves said. “It’s awesome that they did that.”

Reyzin The Cash won last year’s NCHA Derby, Pacific Coast Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Novice, and this year’s Arbuckle Mountain Classic. He’s now earned more than $210,000.

Reserve champion CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch. The 6-year-old by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena has now earned more than $275,000.

Tarin Rice showed her to fourth in the NCHA Futurity and the reserve championship in last year’s NCHA Derby.

Mitchell was reserve champion with her in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring, and has also been a finalist at the Abilene Spectacular, Cattlemen’s Derby and Arbuckle Mountain.

Reserve champion John Mitchell on CR Tuff Lucy.

Reserve champion John Mitchell on CR Tuff Lucy.

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Rogers takes Ltd Non-Pro

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Judy Rogers on Dualin Cat Lena.

Judy Rogers on Dualin Cat Lena.

Judy Rogers of Rockdale, Texas, who set the top score in the go-round, came back to win the finals with a 223 in the Limited Non-Pro division of the Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

She rode Dualin Cat Lena, a 5-year-old gelding bred by Jim Bilbrey by Dualin Boon out of Little Cat Lena, a mare that goes back to Sheila Welch’s 1983 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion Dolly Olena.

Dualin Cat Lena was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Judy’s husband, Jonathan, who had earned more than $50,000 on the gelding prior to the Summer Spectacular.

Judy Rogers“I’ve only had him a couple of weeks,” Judy Rogers said. “I showed him at a weekend cutting and did not get along very well at all. Jonathan bought a slot for me here just for the Limited because he didn’t know what was going to happen, nor did I.

“But it worked, with his hard work. I just cut my cows. He and the horse did the rest.”

Jaylee Hall and High Brow CD Deuce marked 221 as the first contestant in the finals. But Rogers wasn’t thinking about that as she rode to the herd in the middle of the set.

“I just try to show my horse and do the best that I can do,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Dualin Cat Lena can be a handful, but Jonathan had him dialed in for the finals.

“We’ve formed a bond, and it’s just worked,” she said. “He’s just smart and sticky and very athletic.”

Rogers has been successful with her 8-year-old Hes A Peptospoonful gelding Spoonfulla Cat, a Mercuria World Series finalist at Houston this year. And that may have helped her turn around with Dualin Cat Lena between her frustrating weekend show and the Will Rogers Coliseum win.

“Maybe I was just thinking about my older horse and how I show him, and I just tried to make it the same here,” she said. “Just mind over matter.”

This is Rogers’ second Limited Non-Pro win in the Classic Challenge. She was co-champion with Cade Hansma in 2014, riding CD Pretty Lady.

Jaylee Hall, 18, of Weatherford, Texas, held on for the reserve championship on High Brow CD Deuce. The 6-year-old gelding is by High Brow CD out of WJ Pretty In Pink. Hall has won Amateur championships at the Brazos Bash and Abilene Spectacular on the gelding, and was reserve champion at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown in Cowtown.

In Thursday’s Non-Pro competition, Lindy Ashlock and first-round leader Little Miss One Time stayed in front after the second round with a cumulative 438.5.

Twenty-three riders marked 433.5 or better to advance to Sunday’s Non-Pro Classic Challenge finals.

 

 

 

Grant Simon, Elite Cat take John Deere Division

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Grant Simon and Elite Cat won the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge Wednesday.

Grant Simon and Elite Cat won the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge Wednesday.

The first champion of the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, was crowned Wednesday as Grant Simon and Elite Cat marked 222 to win the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge. Walt Erwin took the reserve championship with a 219 on Rosie Boon San.

Grant Simon.

Grant Simon.

Elite Cat is bred and owned by Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas, who was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame a few weeks before the Summer Spectacular got underway.

The 6-year-old mare is by High Brow Cat out of Little Swiss Miss, by Haidas Little Pep. She’s a full sister to Swiss Cat, a mare that produced $165,000 earner and NCHA Derby and Classic Challenge finalist Swiss Cat Pepto, as well as Little Swiss Desire, the mare that Ken Sitton rode to the Limited Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic last spring.

Elite Cat had only earned about $5,000 before the Summer Spectacular.

“She’s unbelievable,” Simon said. “She should have won $130,000. I started her in a hackamore in March and she just let down and it was like the light bulb came on.”

The mare steadily improved through weekend shows at Simon’s base at Silverado, and then marked 218.5 / 216.5 in the Classic Challenge go-rounds.

“I came in here with a lot of confidence, and she marked a 218.5 in the first go and she was good, but not as good as I thought she could be, like tonight,” Simon said.  “She had a fast second go. I just wanted to go home and work her really slow and correct.

“We got a good draw in the finals and we cut some good cows, and she was just dead-on where whe needed to be.

“She’s really smart on a cow and hit that stop good. She was perfect tonight.”

Simon, an Australian who came to the USA in the late 1990s and worked for Hall of Famer John Mitchell for seven years, won the John Deere Division of the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes on Decimate.

Walt Erwin and Rosie Boon San won last year’s John Deere Division of the NCHA Derby before taking the reserve championship in this year’s Classic Challenge.

Bred by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and owned by Kelly Gates of Martinez, Georgia, Rosie Boon San is by Boon San out of Stylish Rosie, a Docs Stylish Oak mare that was reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Derby with Eddie Flynn.

In Non-Pro competition, Lindy Ashlock and Little Miss One Time held on to the lead with their 222 as the first round of the Classic Challenge concluded. Kyle Manion moved into second place in the first round with a 220.5 on Smooth Two Tapper, by Smooth As A Cat out of Hold On Loosely.

Judy Rogers and Dualin Cat Lena led the Limited Non-Pro with a 218.5, ahead of Jackie Davison on Cajun Grace. Nine contestants marked 215 or better to advance to Thursday’s Limited Non-Pro finals.