Cory Lowery tops $50K Amateur

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Cory Lowery

Cory Lowery on JM Sky Mate.

Cory Lowery of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and JM Sky Mate marked 219 for a one-point win over Brad Barker and WH Smart Pepto in the $50,000 Amateur finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi, Saturday.

Lowery and JM Sky Mate were celebrating their second championship at the Eastern Nationals. Three years ago, they won in the $15,000 Amateur class.

JM Sky Mate is an 11-year-old gelding bred by Jeffrey Matthews by Smart Mate out of Sky Why, by Gallo Del Cielo. Along with a reserve championship in the $35,000 Non-Pro at Jackson, his career earnings will go over $60,000.

Lowery, who qualified for the Mercuria NCHA World Finals last year in the $50,000 Amateur class, also rode JM Sky Mate to win the $35,000 Non-Pro division at Tthe Non-Pro Cutting in 2012.

Chartier and Spoonful Of Tears rebound

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Spoonful Of Tears

Lauren Chartier on Spoonful Of Tears.

One day after taking the reserve championship in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro, Lauren Chartier and Spoonful Of Tears bounced back for a 224-point win in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi, Thursday.  CD To The Max and Michelle Reichart finished second with a 219.

Chartier bred Spoonful Of Tears by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Widows Tears, an earner of $92,000 that she rode in finals at the Super Stakes Classic, NCHA Classic Challenge, Southern Classic and Breeders Invitational, as well as the Eastern Nationals.

Spoonful Of Tears was a finalist in both Novice Non-Pro classes last year at the Eastern Nationals, as well as being a Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Classic Challenge, Cotton Stakes and Tunica Classic last year. He has earned more than $49,000.

Chartier was notching up her fifth Eastern Nationals championship. She’s won the Non-Pro twice, with Spoonful Of Tears maternal grandsire Widows Freckles, and with Cees Little Poo, along with three Novice Non-Pro titles.

Western Bloodstock expands venue

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Jeremy Barwick

In a move to broaden the market and offer premium auctions at moderate prices for all classes of performance horses, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has expanded its roster to include three new sales, in addition to their premier venues at the NCHA Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes, and NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales in Fort Worth.

The new sales are the Western Fall Roundup, to be held this year on Saturday, September 6, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.; the Big Bash on the Brazos, Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena, Weatherford, Tex.; and the Western Winter Roundup, Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.

“My intention when we bought Western Bloodstock was to expand our schedule,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased the cutting industry’s preeminent sale company last summer from co-founders Ben Emison and Milt Bradford.

“I felt we needed options to meet the needs of everyone and not just the owners who have cutting horses of the caliber that sell well in Fort Worth. I want to have a market for everyone, with a roster of sales that can accommodate everything from the $2,000 horse to the $500,000 horse.”

The Fall Roundup Sale and the Winter Roundup Sale will include all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, including ranch horses, roping horses, barrel horses, cutters, team penners, reiners, working cowhorses, yearlings, and broodmares. The consignment fee for each sale will be $250, with no pass out fee.

“The facilities for these sales are first-rate – brand new in Texarkana and newly renovated in Oklahoma City – completely climate-controlled, with lots of parking and easy access to major highways,” Barwick added.

Big Bash on the Brazos will be held the day before the start of the $1 million Brazos Bash, a 12-day limited age cutting event held at Silverado Arena. The sale will be limited to 50 horses, aged from two to six-years, that will sell while working on cattle. The consignment fee will be $800, with a pass out fee of $300.

“September and October is a big time to sell horses,” noted Barwick. “Especially three-year-olds. A lot of people are looking for them and a lot of people are selling them.

“There has never been a sale with those same stipulations for aged event horses. If the horse is entered in the Brazos Bash, the buyer can show it that week, plus there are still two or three shows before the end of the year where they can show.”

As a cutting horse trainer, Barwick, 37, has participated at all levels of the sport. He is an NCHA World Champion and Hall of Fame Rider; has won multiple limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes and the Brazos Bash; and has bought and sold horses at sales across the country.

“The overall market is extremely strong right now,” said Barwick. “The demand is high, but there aren’t that many horses available. When people find one they like, they know it is going to cost them a little more, but they are willing to pay it.

“Everyone has a different need and hopefully, by adding these three sales on top of the three that we already produce in Fort Worth, we will be giving everyone a chance.”

For additional information on Western Bloodstock’s upcoming sales, including the NCHA Super Stakes Sale on April 19, go to

Tama Boon takes $15,000 Novice Non-Pro

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Jason McClure

Jason McClure on Tama Boon.

Jason McClure of Hayesville, North Carolina and Tama Boon tied for the lead in the go-round, then came back for a narrow win in the finals of the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships Wednesday. In the finals, they posted a 219 for a half-point win over Lauren Chartier on Spoonful Of Tears.

Tama Boon was bred by Jim Bilbrey, by Dualin Boon out of Playboy Tamalena, by Tamulena. McClure was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on the gelding in 2009, and won the Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge with him earlier this year.

The win at Jackson takes Tama Boon’s career earnings over $100,000.

This was McClure’s second $15,000 Novice Non-Pro win at the Eastern Nationals. Two years ago, he scored with Freckles Meow.

Bramblett prevails in $35K Non-Pro

Monday, March 10th, 2014

James Bramblett

James Bramblett on Chief Hawkeye.

James Bramblett of Vine Grove, Kentucky, claimed his first major win Monday in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi.

Bramblett rode Chief Hawkeye, marking 221 to prevail over Cory Lowery on JM Sky Mate.

Chief Hawkeye was bred by Jack and Susan Waggoner by Cats Red Feather out of Aristolcrat, whose offspring have earned more than $270,000.

The 8-year-old gelding was reserve champion of the Brazos Bash in 2009 and has earned more than $50,000.

Bramblett also showed the gelding in last year’s $15,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the Eastern National Championships.

At this year’s show, he was also a finalist in both the $2,000 Limit Rider and the $15,000 Amateur, riding Dualing With Desire.

Third time’s the charm for Jenkins

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Laura Elizabeth Jenkins

Laura Elizabeth Jenkins on High Brow Doll

In her third appearance in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the 6666 Ranch Eastern National Championships Laura Elizabeth Jenkins of Amory, Mississippi, claimed the championship in Sunday.

But it wasn’t easy. She had to survive a work-off with Austria Arnold and Amy Larson to win the title.

Bred by former NFL star Mel Blount, who rode him to third place in the 2004 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, High Brow Doll (P) is a son of High Brow Cat out of the Paint mare Miss Skeeto Doll. He has earned over $200,000 and is owned by Ricky Brown of Warrenton, Virginia, who also owns Big Bow Pepto, winner of the Open championship at the Eastern Nationals this year.

Jenkins was a $2K Rider finalist at the 2010 Eastern Nationals on Sumboonsmal, and was reserve champion last year with TJ Gin Oak.

Christopher Little, Sheridan Clark take Youth honors

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Christopher Little

Christopher Little on Ima Little Ichi.

Christopher Little of Lula, Georgia and Sheridan Clark of Weatherford, Texas, won the Senior and Junior Youth titles, respectively, Sunday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi.

Little marked 222 on Ima Little Ichi for a three-point win over Kolby Don Moore and Smart Little Cranbar in the Senior finals.

Ima Little Ichi, by Cat Ichi, is an 8-year-old gelding bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Ms Bag Of Hope, a Pacific Coast Futurity champion under Lloyd Cox.

He is owned by Alexis Stephas, who rode him to the Senior Youth finals at the Eastern Nationals two years ago. He was also John Tolbert’s mount in the prestigious NCHA Futurity Champions Cup in 2011.

Sheridan Clark

Sheridan Clark on Wood Ya Wanna.

In the Junior Youth finals, Sheridan Clark marked 224 on Wood Ya Wanna for a four-point win over Cade Shepard on Pepto Stylish Babe.

Wood Ya Wanna was bred by former NCHA President Dick Gaines by Zack T Wood out of Curly Gray Hair. He carried Julie Wrigley to her NCHA Futurity Amateur championship in 2003 and has earned nearly $300,000.

Clark, and her parents, Jason and Becky, share a rare distinction in that all three of them have won championships in NCHA Triple Crown events in Will Rogers Coliseum. Clark joined the list with her win in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finals on Meradas Puddy Cat.

Clark also took a reserve title in the Junior Youth Scholarship cutting at last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular on Special Nu Kitty, and finished fourth in the Grace Ranch NYCHA World Finals on Wood Ya Wanna.


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