Cattalou claims Breeders Invitational Open Classic

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Beau Galyean

Low-profile go-round contender Cattalou switched to high gear for a 226-point championship win in the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge on May 12, in Tulsa, Okla. Shown by Beau Galyean, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat topped a 24-horse finals. JJS Catless Merada, under Michael Cooper, claimed reserve with 224.5 points; Swiss Cat Pepto and Clint Allen placed third with 221.5 points.

Five-year-old Cattalou, also champion of the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain Classic Challenge, collected $26,036 for the Breeders Invitational win, which increased his official career earnings to $149,558. A full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $264,537, and half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523, Cattalou is owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex.

JJS Catless Merada, by Cats Merada, came into the finals with the high cumulative go-round score of 444 points (223/221), with 435.5 points as the cutoff for qualification. Cattalou qualified with 436 points; third-placed Swiss Cat Pepto with 440 points.

Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., 5-year-old JJS Catless Merada won the 2014 Abilene Spectacular Classic under Cooper, and also placed eighth in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. His Breeders Invitational earnings bring his career total to $97,703.

Swiss Cat Pepto, a 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto, is owned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, Weatherford, Tex. Margaret McCoy showed her to third place in the 2014 Bonanza Amateur Classic, while the McCoy’s daughter, Shannon, rode the mare as reserve amateur champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Swiss Cat Pepto has career earnings of $99,544.

Clint Allen was the leading rider of the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge with a total of $31,390 earned on four mounts: Swiss Cat Pepto (3rd for $16,028); Starz N Boon (8th/tie for $6,523); Blu Ray (12th for $5,838); and Shesa Dirty Martini (24th/tie for $3,000). Starz N Boon, Blu Ray, and Shesa Dirty Martini are all owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.

Shaeffer steps up

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Pam Shaeffer

Pam Shaeffer on Royal Red Rey.

Pam Shaeffer of Eagle, Colorado, got her biggest paycheck to date Thursday by winning the Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. She marked 219 on Royal Red Play to earn an estimated $6,200, while Sandra McBride of Azle, Texas, took the reserve title on Boonshadows.

Shaeffer tied for the third highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Brad Wilson’s 218.5 on Freckles Darn Cat. She drew third in the finals for her winning score.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch by Play Red out of Peek A Boon. The 7-year-old gelding is a half-brother to Rey Nounce, which Regan Plendl rode to win both the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at this show.

Royal Red Play has earned more than $50,000, including a Non-Pro Classic win at last year’s Utah Futurity, and an Amateur win at the Western States Fall Futurity the year before that.

Shaeffer was a Limited Non-Pro and Amateur finalist on Royal Red Play at the 2010 NCHA Futurity and has also won Amateur limited age titles at the Idaho Futurity and Utah Futurity in recent years with Krunch Time.

Reserve champion Sandra McBride rode her homebred mare Boonshadows, by Quejanaisalena out of Pinkolena, another homebred, that earned her more than $53,000. Boonshadows is Pinkolena’s first money earner. She has made more than $120,000 now, and has Non-Pro wins at the Cattlemen’s Classic, the Chisholm Trail Fall Classic and the Western States Fall Classic to her credit.

$15,000 Novice Non-Pro

Traci Burgess

Traci Burgess on PKR Big Mac.

PKR Big Mac had a busy show at the Western Nationals, picking up five checks for an estimated $16,500. The biggest payoff came in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro when Traci Burgess won with a 222, while Kristen York finished second with a 218 on Smooth One Time Soon.

PKR Big Mac was bred by Joann Parker by Starlights Gypsy out of Justa Swinging Gal. The 6-year-old gelding went over $100,000 at Denver as reserve champion in both Novice classes under Jon Burgess, his $15,000 Novice Non-Pro win with Traci, as well as making the finals in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and the Non-Pro with Traci.

On closing day of the Western Nationals, PKR Big Mac tied for the second high score of 217 in the go-round, behind Catswanna’s 219.5 with Scott Cusick. He came back that afternoon as 25th of 27 horses to win the finals.

Traci Burgess, a lifetime earner of more than $350,000, pulled down the biggest check of her career with PKR Big Mac when she finished fourth in the Non-Pro NCHA Derby in 2012. She was also an NCHA Super Stakes Classic finalist with him this spring.

Reserve champion Kristen York of Saratoga, Wyoming, marked 218 on Smooth One Time Soon, a 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare bred by Dave and Clare Capps out of Sheza Boonsmal. York won the Western States Fall Derby on her in 2012.

No nightmares for Dirty Dreamin

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Dirty Dreamin

Marla Gonnett on Dirty Dreamin.

Marla Gonnet and Dirty Dreamin marked 218 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Wednesday.

Dirty Dreamin was a $3,000 Novice finalist with Dustin Gonnet earlier in the show. Marla rode the 6-year-old mare to a reserve championship in the Calgary Stampede Classic last year.

Dirty Dreamin was bred by Wingate Ranch by SR Instant Choice out of Saddle My Dreams. She has earned over $28,000 with her Western Nationals paychecks.

At last year’s Western Nationals, Marla Gonnet took the Non-Pro reserve championship on Dirty Dreamin.

Linda Butlin of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Reyd won the reserve championship with a 217.5. Reyd is an 8-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Three Trees Ranch out of Meradas Missy, a Freckles Merada mare that won the 1996 NCHA Classic Challenge with Jody Galyean, and has produced earners of $660,000, including Rambo Merada ($205,935), Starched Wranglers ($194,643) and Little Merada Lena ($94,326). The Western Nationals paycheck will take Reyd well over $60,000 in lifetime earnings.

Butlin was a $50,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro finalist on Reyd at last year’s Western Nationals.

Plendls a’plenty

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Reyly Plendl

Reyly Plendl on Dual N Tuff

After Regan Plendl won the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships, Reyly Plendl captured the $50,000 Amateur finals on Tuesday, riding Dual N Tuff.

Reyly had previously been third in the $35,000 Non-Pro with the horse. Reyly will take an estimated $10,000 home to Kingsley, Iowa, from the Western Nationals.

She marked 221 in the $50,000 Amateur finals to win from Carlos Nin0 De Rivera with a 217 on Barnmasterson. She had tied for the sixth highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Susan Piatelli’s 219.5 on His Reyflection.

Dual N Tuff is an 8-year-old gelding by Dual Rey, bred by Stephan Ralston out of Cats Little Gal, a daughter of NCHA Challenge champion and $608,000-producer Little Hickory Gal.

Reyly was also a finalist on Dual N Tuff in last year’s NYCHA Scholarship Cutting at the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Reserve champion Carlos Nino De Rivera of Holdrege, Nebraska, marked 217 on Barnmasterson, a 7-year-old son of Cat T Masterson out of Amanda May.

A win for Juanita

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Juanita Steen

Juanita Steen on Bugsy Maloy

Juanita Steen, 72, of Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho, marked 222 on Bugsy Maloy to win the $15,000 Amateur finals Monday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

She was a $10,000 Amateur finalist with Bugsy Maloy at the Western Nationals in 2009, but this was her first major event win on the 13-year-old gelding.

Bugsy Maloy was bred by Kelly and Janice Cornforth by Bugs Valentino out of Downtroden, who was a daughter of $256,000 earner Freckles Docs Oak. The gelding’s career earnings will pass $25,000 with his win in Denver.

Steen marked 215 in the go-round to tie for the seventh high score, behind Kara Nielsen with a 219 on Leave N Las Vegas. In the finals, her 222 gave her a 5 1/2-point cushion over reserve champion Gail Costello of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Costello rode Joes Midnight Son, a 16-year-old San Jo Lena gelding that has earned $90,000.

$35,000 Non-Pro

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, and Rey Nounce picked up their second championship of the Western Nationals in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals on Sunnday.

Their 221 gave them a one-point lead over Virginia Kilduff of Prescott Valley, Arizona, on Wood I Jazz.

Despite drawing last in the first set of the finals, Plendl found the cows she needed for a winning score in the $35,000 Non-Pro. A day earlier, she won the Junior Youth finals while working first in the draw.

Rey Nounce is a Dual Rey x Peek A Boon 9-year-old bred by Double Dove Ranch.

Reserve champion Virginia Kilduff rode Wood I Jazz, a 12-year-old Zack T Wood mare hat has earned over $50,000.


Lucchese Cogdell and Bentley Boon prevail

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Lucchese Cogdell

Lucchese Cogdell on Bentley Boon.

Lucchese Cogdell of Tulia, Texas, marked 221 on her 8-year-old gelding Bentley Boon to win the Senior Youth title at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Saturday. Derek Waters finished second with a 217.5 on Sassy N Smooth.

Bentley Boon was bred by Kenneth Rodgers by Peptoboonsmal, out of $99,00-earner and $661,000-proucer Sheyssmatlittlelena, by Smart Little Lena. Sheyssmatlittlelena is also the dam of MillionHeir champ Redneck Yachtclub ($517,000). With earnings of $79,000, the gelding had a successful limited age career with Alvin Fults and Beau Galyean before Lucchese got him.

She has been a finalist with Bentley Boon at the West Texas Futurity, Brazos Bash and the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals.

Reserve champion Derek Waters of Macksville, Kansas, showed his 8-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare Sassy N Smooth. The mare was bred by Gene Cunningham out of Sammie Jo Lena. Derek won the Kansas Classic on her two years ago.

Junior Youth

Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl on Rey Nounce.

Regan Plendl of Kingsley, Iowa, marked 219 to win the Junior Youth finals. She rode Rey Nounce, a 9-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Double Dove Ranch. Rey Nounce, an earner of $106,000, is out of Peek A Boon, whose offspring have earned $574,000, including Play Peek A Boon ($205,000).

Regan, who marked the second high score of 217 in the go-round (behind Payton Paul’s 218 on Badger Poo), drew first in the finals for the winning run.

Stephanie Croft’s 216.5 on Frosted Feathers nailed down the reserve championship. Frosted Feathers is an 8-year-old Cats Red Feather mare out of CJ Little Rachel.

Greenbacks for Zack And Blue

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Zack And Blue

Cody Lamont on Zack And Blue.

Zack And Blue, ridden by Cody Lamont for Parri and Jerry Longworth of Scottsdale, Arizona, marked 222 on Friday to win the Open finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. Brian Anderson took the reserve title with a 220.5 on Sues So Smart for Bambi Gress of Ennis, Montana.

Bred by Jim Vangilder, Zack And Blue is by Mecom Blue out of Zacks Lena, a Zack T Wood mare that earned $135,000 and has produced the earners of $337,000, including Lena Rey Zack ($116,000).

Nine-year-old Zack And Blue has made over $107,000. He won his first Western Nationals championship in 2012 with Al Dunning in the $3,000 Novice. He has also been a finalist there three times with Parri Longworth in restricted classes, and with Cody Lamont in the $2,000 Limit Rider at the 2011 show.

Lamont showed Little Tazman in the $10,000 Novice finals at the Western Nationals in 2012, and took Smart Little Wood to the finals of that class this year.

In the Open, he marked 216.5 on Zack And Blue to tie for the third highest score behind Kenneth Platt’s  on Bea Smooth Marie and Jerry Palmer on Niki Blue, who both marked 219 in the go-round.

In the finals, he drew mid-way through the first set to post his winning 222. That was worth an estimated $5,090.

Reserve champion Sues So Smart was bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot by 6666 Ranch stallion WR This Cats Smart, out of three-time World Champion Meradas Little Sue. Brian Anderson has shown the 8-year-old mare for earnings of more than $63,000.

$3,000 Novice

Sues So Smart

Brian Anderson on To High For Sue.

Also on Friday, Brian Anderson rode a three-quarter sister to Sues So Smart to the championship in the $3,000 Novice finals for Sharon Waggoner of Jackson, Wyoming. he marked 220 on the 5-year-old mare to win from PKR Big Mac, ridden by Jon Burgess, with a 217.5.

Bred by the Vandersloots, Sues So Smart is by High Brow CD out of $1.1 million producer Meradas Little Sue. The broodmare’s offspring include Boon Too Suen ($248,000), Goody Two Sue ($124,000), Sue You ($116,000) and Meradas Blue Sue ($112,000).

Anderson was a Pacific Coast Derby finalist on To High For Sue last year, and her win in Denver will take her earnings over $21,000. Besides his reserve championship in the Open on Sues So Smart, Anderson was also a $10,000 Novice finalist on Didges Smart Kitty at this year’s Western Nationals. His other major wins have included El Rancho Futurity, Calgary Stampede Futurity and Big Sky Futurity.

Reserve champion PKR Big Mac went over the $100,000 mark at Denver for Jon and Traci Burgess of Cleburne, Texas. Bred by Joann Parker, the 6-year-old Starlights Gypsy gelding is out of Justa Swinging Gal. PKR Big Mac also took the reserve title in the $10,000 Novice.

$2,000 Limit Rider

Cara Glaze

Cara Glaze on Cee Sophi Kat.

After placing 18th last year in the $2,000 Limit Rider finals at the NCHA Western Nationals, Cara Glaze of Scottsdale, Arizona, came back this year to win the whole thing by marking 218 on Cee Sophi Kat, earning an estimated $5,090. Gianna Pietrafeso was second with a 216 on Smokin Tap.

Cee Sophi Kat is owned by Gordan Roper of Scottsdale, Arizona, and was bred by Troy Randolph. The 6-year-old palomino mare is by Sophisticated Catt out of Little Billie Smart, by Smart Little Jerry. She was the Super Stakes Amateur reserve champion with Randolph in 2012 and also won the Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur title with him that year.

Glaze was a $2,000 Rider finalist on MLPepto Cat at Western Nationals last year, and placed third in the class at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals on Lena Rey Zack last winter.


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