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Danny Jones tops Day One of Classic Amateur

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Danny Jones

Danny Jones on Play Miss Boonsmal. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 5, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Danny Jones, Ponoka, Alberta, blew off the lid on the first day of Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur go-rounds with a score of 223 points on Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal. Blake Heid, Fort Worth, Tex., marked 219 points, the second-highest score, on Catty Lil CD, by High Brow CD, and Joe Wood, Heber Springs, Ark., was third with 218.5 points aboard Olenas Dually Time, by One Time Pepto.

Jones, who placed sixth in the 2000 NCHA Super Stakes aboard Lenas Smart Twist, showed Play Miss Boonsmal to place fourth in the 2016 Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited. Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $136,688 and Jones won the 2017 Brazos Bash 5/6 Amateur Unlimited and the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Amateur Unlimited. Jones also was a 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Non-Pro finalist (7th) aboard Bowmerang LTE $68,044, by High Brow Cat.

In 1995, Jones claimed his first major check in Fort Worth as a finalist (16th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro riding Lenas Genuine Peppy, by Genuine Peppy. Tag Rice won the Futurity Non-Pro championship that year on Brigapep, and Linda Holmes was reserve champion with High Brows Nurse.

Blake Heid came into the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes after winning the NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider last month on Stylindipity, and placing (9th) in the Junior Youth aboard Zacks Spotlight, by CD Lights.

Heid, the NCHA earner of $34,069, was also a 2018 finalist in the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur with Catty Lil CD, by High Brow CD, as well as in the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old  Amateur and Amateur Unlimited on PRF Cats Value, by Hydrive Cat, who Heid showed as an Amateur finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity.

Joe Wood and 5-year-old Olenas Dually Time, by One Time Pepto, scored the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Amateur Unlimited reserve championship, and Wood placed fifth in the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals of the same event on Souix Kitty Sue, by Cat Man Blue, who he also showed as a semi-finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited.

Last year, Wood, the NCHA earner of $11,045, also showed WR Cat Proof Cat, by Cat Proof, as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Elizabeth Quirk leads way to Classic Non-Pro Finals

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Elizabeth Quirk on Kattalust. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 5, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham, La., scored 221 points riding Kattalyst on Wednesday to win the second go-round of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro, and claim the top cumulative score with 437 points.

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., who won the first go-round with 221 points, posted a cumulative score of 436.5 points riding Sweet Baby Marie, and Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., ranked third with 435.5 points on Littlemak.

Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $689,528, most recently won the 2018 NCHA World Series Mane Event with Cat Sheree LTE $179,988. She also placed as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on Catillac Reys LTE $60,718.

Six-year-old Kattalyst LTE $117,710, a Metallic Cat daughter bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, claimed the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on Sunday, April 1, under Adan Banuelos.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Reyefied win for Brent Erickson

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Reyeified, ridden by Brent Erickson. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 4, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Brent Erickson and Reyefied, by Dual Rey, scored 221 points on Wednesday to win the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited championship. Eric Magby and One Sneaky Bluegrass, by Bluegrass Cat, took reserve with 219 points, while David Facincani on ARC Cat N The Mist, and Hayden Upton on Big Shoes To Phil, tied for third with 217 points in the eight-rider finals.

Brent Erickson, the NCHA earner of $636,963, placed fourth in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on One Time Smarty, owned by Iron Rose Ranch. He also won the Utah Futurity 3-Year-Old Open and Open Gelding in 2016 aboard Reyrfied, bred by Kelly Mahler and John Meredith, and owned by Dacole Investment Co., Reno, Nev. Five-year-old Reyefied  is the NCHA earner of $31,530.

One Sneaky Bluegrass, ridden by Eric Magby. Hart Photography.

Eric Magby, the NCHA earner of $142,953, and One Sneaky Bluegrass, owned and bred by Browne’s Bar XL Ranch, Wilburton, Okla., also competed in the finals of the Super Stakes Classic Open, where they scored 216 points to place 16th in the 29-horse field. Magby and the red roan gelding claimed two Open Limited championships in 2017 – in the Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Derby and the Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Derby. Earlier this year they won the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open Limited.

Five-year-old One Sneaky Bluegrass, the NCHA earner of $49,407, made his limited age event debut as champion of the 2016 Waco Texas 3-Year-Old Limited with Magby in the saddle.

Hayden Upton, the NCHA earner of $199,648, won last year’s Super Stakes Open 5/6 Classic Limited riding Superfly, owned by Brett and Shaye Johnson. Big Shoes To Phil, his 2018 mount, sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Bar RR Ranch and bred by Waco Bend Ranch, is a full brother to Dont Look Twice LTE $824,546, cutting’s all-time #1 money-earning mare. Tapt Twice LTE $279,457, dam of Dont Look Twice and Big Shoes To Phil has produced 21 NCHA earners of $1,372,074.

Davide Facincani, the earner of $35,699, won the 2017 Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Open Limited riding Six Pack Cat, owned and bred by Rose Valley Ranch. He first showed ARC Cat N The Mist, also owned by Rose Valley Ranch, as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Limited (4th place) finalist and as an Open Semi-Finalist. Sired by Dual Rey, 5-year-old ARC Cat N The Mist is a three-quarter sister to ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Madalyn Colgrove claims first go-round

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
Madalyn Colgrove

Madalyn Colgrove on Sweet Baby Marie. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 3, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., took control of the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro first go-round in Tuesday’s first set with a 221-point score on Sweet Baby Marie that was never threatened. Colgrove, who also earned 215 points on Tuesday with WRS Dunnit With Jose, leads the 78-rider field that qualified for Wednesday’s second go-round with scores of 210 or higher.

Colgrove, who placed seventh in the NCHA Non-Pro World standings and is the earner of $552,503, showed Sweet Baby Marie as reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro, as well as of the 2017 Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. The talented pair also won the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro championship and the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Non-Pro.

Five-year-old Sweet Baby Marie, by High Brow CD, was bred by Grace Ranch out of Hangem High Pep, dam of Time To Hangem LTE $247,374, by One Time Pepto. Sweet Baby Marie is the earner of $147,049.

Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., and her palomino mare The Golden Shot, claimed 217.5 points, Tuesday’s second-highest score. Moore was a finalist (12th) in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Princess Betty Rey and placed fifth in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic Non-Pro with Docs Crooked Cat. Moore, the NCHA earner of $480,881, also won the 2010 NCHA Derby Amateur on Sarendual.

Five-year-old The Golden Shot LTE $27,042, by WR This Cats Smart, made her debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with James Payne, and Moore showed the mare as a finalist (15th) in the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro.

Chelsea Tatum, Overbrook, Okla., and Cameron Thompson, Poolville, Tex., tied with 217 points, Tuesday’s third highest-score. Tatum was showing 5-year-old Bobs Smart Rey, the Dual Rey daughter who carried her to place fourth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, and for the championship of the 2017 Pacific Coast Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. Most recently, Tatum and Bobs Smart Rey claimed the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic Non-Pro reserve title and won the Non-Pro Limited division of the same event.

Bobs Smart Rey is out of Bobs Smart Chance LTE $219,581, who carried Glade Knight as reserve champion of the 1999 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur division and Nelson Knight as reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Classic Amateur.

Cameron Thompson, the NCHA earner of $169,892, rode 6-year-old This Isa Third, who he showed to win the 2017 Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur Unlimited. This Isa Third won the 2015 NCHA Futurity Limited Open and placed third in the NCHA Futurity under Kody Porterfield. The gelding, sired by Third Cutting, is the NCHA earner of $141,658.

Thompson won the 2012 NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship on Tracker Jones, and was reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge aboard Hard Eight BBQ, who he also showed as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Classic Amateur.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Steve Anderson and Littlemak mark day’s high score

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Steve Anderson on Littlemak. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 2, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., scored 219 points to top the first of two days of NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro first go-round competition. Austin Blake, Canyon, Tex., and Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., each earned 217 points, the second-highest score, while Langston Patillo, St. Elmo, Ill., and Carly Chiarelli, Poolville, Tex., tied with 216.5 points.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee Steve Anderson, the earner of $732,177, was a 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic 5/6 Non-Pro Semi-Finalist riding Cats N Reys, and showed Little Jo Cat as a Non-Pro finalist (7th) and Non-Pro Gelding champion in the 2017 NCHA Futurity. He also showed Smooth N Cattacular as reserve champion of the 2012 NCHA Derby Non-Pro.

Six-year-old Littlemak has earned $134,241 under Anderson and trainer Jon Burgess. Burgess showed the Starlights Gypsy gelding as Limited Open champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2016 NCHA Derby, and most recently placed fourth with him in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open.

Burgess also showed Littlemak’s full brother, PKR Big Mac LTE $183,289, out of Justa Swinging Gal, by Justa Swinging Peppy.

Austin Blake is a two-time NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion, as well as a two-time NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finalist, and a Super Stakes Non-Pro Novice champion. He won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Lookin Sneaky’s full sister, Stuffin My Pockets LTE $72,365, and the 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on One Rockin Pepto LTE $144,665.

In 2009, Blake placed eighth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and also won the Novice Non-Pro division on Smartys Gonna Pass, the dam of Lookin Sneaky and Stuffin My Pockets; in 2012 he placed seventh in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro riding Sly Lil Cat.

Five-year-old Lookin Sneaky, sired by Dual Smart Rey and bred by Blake, carried Blake to place third in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, as well as the finals of three major 2017 limited age events, and as a Non-Pro semi-finalist in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby.

Lindy Ashlock, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and the earner of $1,476,286, won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with In Reyverse LTE $89,108 and was reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro riding Rey Nounce LTE $116,134.

Five-year-old Catin Safari, by Cats Moonshine, was bred by Ashlock’s parents, Tom and Jan Merryman, out of Safari Belle, who is the dam of Smart Sweetnlow LTE $290,975, by Smart Sugar Badger. Ashlock showed Smart Sweetnlow to place sixth in the 2007 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and went on to win the $150,000 winner’s check with her in the 2008 MillionHeir Classic 4-Year-Old Non-Pro.

Ashlock and Catin Safari earned $62,536 in 2017, including earnings as Non-Pro champion of the Brazos Bash and Non-Pro reserve championships of the Breeders Invitational and the El Rancho Futurity.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Stevie Rey Von ties Triple Crown record with 231-pt win

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Stevie Rey Von, ridden by Beau Galyean. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 1, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Stevie Rey Von and Beau Galyean rewrote the NCHA Record Book with a 231-point win in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finals. The score was the highest ever marked in the Super Stakes Classic and tied for the Triple Crown all-time record, set in the 2001 Super Stakes by Sunettes Dually and Matt Gaines. Galyean held the old Super Stakes Classic record with 229 points aboard Metallic Rebel in 2017.

Six-year-old Stevie Rey Von, NCHA Horse of the Year and winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, also scored 231 points last month to win the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Classic Open under Galyean for new owners Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex. The Fults’s, who purchased Stevie Rey Von in February, had owned his sire Metallic Cat, the 2008 NCHA Futurity champion and NCHA Horse of the Year shown by Galyean, as well.

Stevie Rey Von brought career earnings of more than $370,000 into the Super Stakes Classic finals.

Until Stevie Rey Von eclipsed the field, as draw 28 from 29, Kattalyst, bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, was the horse to beat and became the eventual reserve champion. Shown by Adan Banuelos, the 6-year-old Metallic Cat daughter scored 226 points late in the first set of cattle. Her closest challenger was Somethingtobelievein with 223.5 points, under owner Brett McGlothlin, for third place.

Kattalyst, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

Kattalyst LTE $94,134, owned by Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., made her debut as a 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Sean Flynn and has been a consistent finalist in limited age events, including non-pro competition with Ten/27 Ranch owners Todd and Elizabeth Quirk.

Five year-old Somethingtobelievein LTE $128,479, bred by Shane Plummer and sired by Hydrive Cat, entered the 2018 season with a championship win for Brett McGlothlin in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic and a third-place finish under Jody McGlothlin, Brett’s wife, in the Non-Pro division of the same event. It was Jody who launched the mare’s show career with the 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro championship. Last year, Brett was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Limited Open aboard Somethingtobelievein.

 The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Round 2 Classic Open: Cinca Im Hot

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Cinca Im Hot, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Hart Photography.

2018 NCHA Super Stakes – March 31, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Five-year-old Cinca Im Hot, ridden by Jesse Lennox, lived up to her name in the second go-round of the Super Stakes Open Classic with the top score of 222 points. Added to her first go-round score of 217.5, Cinca Im Hot, owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., ranks fourth among 29 horses with cumulative scores of 436 points or higher that advanced to the Open Classic Finals on Sunday, April 1.

Cumulative leader Metallic MIstress, ridden by Matt Miller. Hart Photography.

Metallic Mistress, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Matt Miller for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, claimed the highest cumulative score of 441.5 with go-round performances of 221 and 220.5 points, while Somethingtobelievein, by Hydrive Cat, with owner Brett McGlothlin, and CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon, under Tarin Rice for Joel and Jayne Colgrove, took second and third with cumulative scored of 441 and 440.5, respectively.

Cinca Im Hot, by Spots Hot, a 2016 NCHA Futurity finalist (16th) with Lennox, won the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open and placed ninth in the 2017 NCHA Derby Open. This year, she placed fifth in the Bonanza 5/6 Open.

Cinca De Maya, by Spots Hot and the dam of Cinca Im Hot, by Dual Rey, is out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat, dam of the NCHA earners of $1.2 million.

 The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes