Junie Wood tops round 2

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Junie Wood

John Mitchell and Junie Wood topped round 2 of the NCHA Classic Challenge.

NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood and John Mitchell marked 225 to lead the second round of the Open Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular in Fort Worth on Monday.

Their cumulative 444 also gave them the lead after the first two rounds, by half a point over Some Kinda Highbrow, ridden by Austin Shepard.

Junie Wood, owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, was bred by Craig Crumpler by Nitas Wood out of Tuffs Junie, by Tuff Lena. Crumpler won the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on her, where Knight bought her and launched her on her Horse of the Year campaign. The 5-year-old mare has won eight major events and has earned more than $381,000. She placed third with a 221.5 in Sunday’s Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown, earning $26,000.

Showdown in Cowtown for Pedel To The Metall

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Pedel To The Metall

Adan Banuelos marked 226 on Pedel To The Metall to win the inaugural Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown

It was Pedel To The Metall, with Adan Banuelos aboard, for a 226-point win in the 12-horse finals of the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown on Sunday, July 12, during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The win was worth $60,000 to the 4-year-old Metallic Cat son’s owner, Faith Mountain Ranch, Houston, Tex.

Reyzin, shown by Phil Rapp for Gale Force Quarter Horses, placed second with 223 points, and Junie Wood, with John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, was third with 221.5 points. Six-year-old Reyzin, by High Brow CD, earned $39,500; five-year-old Junie Wood, by Nitas Wood, earned $26,000.

“He’s a real strong horse and has an insane amount of natural draw to him,” said Banuelos, who qualified for the finals with 222 points in the 59-horse go-round, held at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., and drew fourth to ride in the finals.

“I didn’t plan on coming to cut with that much time on the last cow,” Banuelos added. “But I saw an opportunity and went for it without worrying about the clock. I didn’t know the cow. I just walked out with it and when I put my hand down, there was 40 seconds left on the clock.”

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Pedel To The Metall was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch out of the Dual Rey daughter Twice As Reycy, reserve champion of the 2003 NCHA Futurity and third in the 2004 NCHA Derby.¬† He is a three-quarter brother to Reycy Moon, the earner of $209,363, sired by Cats Moonshine.

Wes Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., trained Pedel To The Metall as a two-year-old, then Holmes sent the colt to Banuelos in January 2014, in preparation for limited age event competition. Banuelos and Pedel To The Metall qualified for the NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals, as well as for six major finals in 2015.

“This horse has been ready to offer something like this, and we haven’t been able to get anything done,” said Banuelos. “But we made up for it all tonight.”

Pedel To The Metall¬† is entered for this year’s NCHA Derby, as a condition of purchase for a slot in the Showdown in Cowtown,
The win was worth $60,000 to the 4-year-old Metallic Cat son’s owner, Faith Mountain Ranch, Houston, Tex. (the 2014 NCHA Derby winner’s payout during the Summer Spectacular was $35,457).

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown is an innovative event that offers big payouts and encourages participation in the NCHA Summer Spectacular. Entrants had to be entered in either the Derby or the Classic Challenge at this year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular, and owners could retain the rights to the slots in future years for competition, or for sale. Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur divisions will have their lucrative finals in the coming weeks.

Reyzin, the reserve champion of the Open Showdown in Cowtown, is by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine. Like the winner, she’s by a son of High Brow Cat out of a Dual Rey daughter. Bred by Phil¬† and Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin was Non-Pro Horse of the Year with Mary Ann, and she has now earned more than $335,000.


Phil Rapp marked 223 on Reyzin for the reserve championship.

Third Calgary crown for Turner

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Chubby Turner and One Time Choice won the Mercuria World Series at Calgary. James Hudyma photo.

Chubby Turner and reigning World Champion One Time Choice won the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede July 8 for the second year in a row, marking a 223 to beat current World standings leader Special Nu Baby, ridden by Matt Gaines, by two and half points.

It was the third time in four years that Turner has won at Calgary. In 2012, he scored on Daniel Jaeggi’s CD Boonsmal. He shows One Time Choice for the Jaeggi family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt. of Weatherford, Texas.

One Time Choice, by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Choice, by SR Instant Choice, is an 8-year-old mare bred by Walt and Lou Anna Burdette. The two-time World Champion has earned more than $280,000, including her $11,304 check at Calgary.

Last month, One Time Choice was inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame at the NCHA Convention, on the same evening that Turner went into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame.

Chubby Turner.

This was Turner’s 33rd trip to the finals in a Mercuria World Series event, and his sixth win in the program. Phil Rapp holds the record for Mercuria wins with eight, all on Dont Look Twice.

Reserve champion Special Nu Baby is just shy of $400,000 with her Calgary check. She’s a daughter of Dual Rey and Nu I Wood, bred by Crystal Creek Ranch. Gaines also rode Nu I Wood, an earner of $405,000, to wins in the NCHA Derby and NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Special Nu Baby, owned by Barker Ranch of Madill, Oklahoma, has won championships at the Bonanza and the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes, as well as this year’s Mercuria World Series event at the San Antonio Rodeo.

Non-Pro: Marla Gonnet on Dirty Dreamin
Local star Marla Gonnet of Cayley, Alberta, won the Non-Pro finals with a 222 on Dirty Dreamin, while Michelle Lund took the reserve title with a 219 on Youll Miss Me.

Bred by Wingate Ranch, Dirty Dreamin is a 7-year-old mare by SR Instant Choice out of Saddle My Dreams, by Smart Aristocrat. In the last two years, Gonnet has a championship and a reserve on the mare from the Calgary Stampede Futurity. She also won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro on her at last year’s NCHA Western National Championships. The mare brought earnings of more than $58,000 to Calgary.

“Competing against some of the best in the world here is unreal,” Gonnet said. “To make the finals, let alone win it, was pretty nice. She felt awesome today. She was on her game and ready to go cut.

“My favorite thing about her is how well we get along, how much she wants to work for me and take care of me.”

Reserve champion Michelle Lund of Red Deer, Alberta, rode Youll Miss Me, a 7-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto.

Non-Pro Champion Marla Gonnet on Dirty Dreamin. James Hudyma photo.

Cyndi Cat wins PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Cyndi Cat and Mike Wood

Cyndi Cat and Mike Wood,

Cyndi Cat, shown by Mike Wood for Dr. Gerald Dorros, Wilson, Wyo., nailed a 227-point win in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open on Saturday, June 13 in Las Vegas.

Pounce, shown by Morgan Cromer for Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., was second with 225 points; Special Nu Baby placed third with 223.5 points under Matt Gaines for Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla.

“Cyndi Cat has a really good, low style, so I try to play on that fact and cut some cows that she can keep in the middle and show off her good points,” said Wood, who also placed fourth with 222 points on Smart Stingrey, owned by Michelle LeMaster.

Eight-year-old Cyndi Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, qualified for the finals with 220.5 points in the go-round. Nine-year-old Smart Stringrey was the go-round winner with 223.5 points.

Dr. Dorros, a prominent cardiologist, among the first to perform coronary angioplasty in the U.S., purchased Cyndi Cat in October 2014 from Theresa and Gerald Gillock of Las Vegas, and qualified to ride her in the 2014 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals in Fort Worth, as well as the 2015 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Western Nationals in Reno.

“We bought her for Dr. Dorros to show, but I show her to keep her right for him, whenever he wants to show,” said Wood, who won the PCCHA Winter Roundup Pro-Am on Cyndi Cat, career earner of over $125,000.

Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi claim second consecutive Non-Pro title in Vegas

Constance Jaeggi on Saguaro Ichi

Constance Jaeggi on Saguaro Ichi

Back in action after a three month respite, following their winning 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship campaign, Constance Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi never missed a beat in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Non-Pro.

“My first cow was really, really tough and kind of set the pace for the rest of the run,” said Jaeggi, who scored 227 points for the win. “He had time off, but he doesn’t need much work and he gets back in shape pretty quick.”

Jaeggi and her nine-year-old gelded son of Cat Ichi, marked 219.5 points, the second-highest score in the go-round, won by Alexa Stent with 220.5 points on Little Bow Peepto.

“This is like my favorite place to show,” said Jaeggi, who also won the 2014 PCCHA Derby Mercuria Non-Pro title on Saguaro Ichi. “He has always been consistent. It was a little tough for a few months when I first started riding him because we had to get to know each other. But I know him like the inside of my pocket now.”

Cade Shepard, Summervale, Ala., and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., tied for second place with 221 points riding Some Kinda Highbrow and Starz N Boon, respectively.

Albert Paxton, 1922-2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Albert PaxtonAlbert Paxton, 93, who played a major role in the spread of cutting in Northern Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta region, passed away June 8. Paxton, who was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2002, established Paxton Quarter Horses in Tallulah, Louisiana after serving in World War II.

He was the first president of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

In 1956 Paxton and a few others brought cutting to the area with a $500-added show in Vicksburg, Mississippi. That led to the establishment of the North East Louisiana Cutting Horse Association in 1961.

In 1957, Paxton bought Poco Poco, an own son of King that was an NCHA money earner and a grand champion at halter. Poco Poco sired NCHA World Champion King Skeet.

One of the most famous horses he bred was Docs Otoetta, winner of the 1981 NCHA Derby with Bill Riddle. In 1982, she set a record for the most money ever won by a cutting horse in a single year with $92,390. She also won the NCHA Open Classic and placed second in the Non-Pro Classic that year, ridden by John Paxton.

Albert Paxton is survived by his wife, Suzanne Brunazzi Paxton; sons, Albert Henry Paxton, Jr. (Sarah), William Theo Paxton (Charlynne), John Houston Paxton, James Edward Paxton (Chris); daughters, Pamela Paxton Ferriss (David), and Valeria Paxton MacPhail (William); step-children Cecilia Grant Draper, Thomas Arthur Grant, III and Richard Arthur Grant; and many grandchildren.

Smooth Talkin Style alone, at last

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Smooth Talkin Style

The spotlight belonged solely to Smooth Talkin Style and Lloyd Cox, after a 225-point win in the 2015 Breeders Invitational Open Derby, on May 23 in Tulsa, Okla. Button Down Supercat and Wes Galyean scored 222 points for reserve and CR Too Tuff, with Ronnie Rice, claimed third place with 220 points.

Although the Breeders Invitational was Smooth Talkin Style’s third win, it was the first title he did not have to share with another horse. Trained and shown by Lloyd Cox for Gail Holmes and Hill Ranches, Smooth Talkin Style placed second with 225 points in the 2014 NCHA Futurity, then tied with Magistic Moon, ridden by Beau Galyean, for the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old championship, in February.

On April 18, in Fort Worth, Smooth Talkin Style and Cox tied Dont Stopp Believen and Phil Rapp with 223 points, to become co-champions of the NCHA Super Stakes. With earnings of $274,793, including the Breeders Invitational winner’s purse of $71,464, Smooth Talkin Style tops the charts as 2015′s leading 4-year-old cutting horse.

Bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch, Smooth Talkin Style is sired by Smooth As A Cat and out of Stylish Play Lena. Trained and shown by Cox to earn $264,474, Stylish Play Lena is a leading dam of the earners of more than $1.4 million, including Hottish $286,109, by Spots Hot; Pepto Boom $235,857, by Peptoboonsmal; Halreycious $227,459, by Dual Rey; Reydiculous $142,703, by Dual Rey; and Stilish Rey $101,680, by Dual Rey.

In addition to Smooth Talkin Style, Hottish (who won the 2012 Breeders Invitational), Hayreycious, and Reydiculous were also all trained by Cox, an all-time leader with $7 million in lifetime earnings.

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Lizzys Gotta Player – 1995 to 2015

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Lizzys Gotta Player, 2004 NCHA World Champion Stallion and sire of 61 NCHA money earners with $2 million and an average of $31,771, died May 12, following colic surgery. He was owned all of his life by Drummond Land & Cattle Company and buried on the Drummond Ranch near Pawhuska, Okla.

Bred by Oxbow Ranch and sired by Freckles Playboy, Lizzys Gotta Player was a full brother-in-blood to the noteworthy sire and dam’s sire Freckles Merada, whose offspring included Meradas Little Sue $670,098, at one time the sport’s all-time leading female money earner.

In 1997, the same year Drummond Land & Cattle Company sold their preeminent sire Docs Stylish Oak, Charles Drummand purchased Lizzielena from Oxbow Ranch, hoping the Freckles Playboy foal the Doc O’Lena daughter was carrying would be a “stud colt.”

“When we owned Docs Stylish Oak, the best cross on him was with Playboy mares,” said Tim Drummond, a fourth generation rancher and son of Charles Drummond. “So we wanted Lizzys Gotta Player to cross on our Docs Stylish Oak mares, with the theory of using that good cross in reverse.”

The theory proved all but flawless. The majority of Docs Stylish Oak’s money earners were out of daughters of Freckles Playboy or his son Freckles Merada, including 15 who each earned more than $100,000. Moreover, five of the 15 – Stylish Foxie $303,736; Stylish Play Lena $264,474; Mr Mom DNA $223,084; Stylish Playlin $181,525; and Playin Stylish LTE $111,330 – were bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Company. One of the five, Stylish Play Lena is also a leading producer of earners of $1.3 million, with four individual earners of more than $200,000 each, including Smooth Talkin Style, champion of the 2015 NCHA Open Super Stakes and reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity.

In addition to being the colt Charles Drummond had hoped for, Lizzys Gotta Player was a strong, cow-savvy athlete. Trained by Terry Riddle, who also trained and showed Freckles Merada, and showed Docs Stylish Oak throughout the stallion’s limited age event open career, Lizzys Gotta Player competed as an open finalist in five major 4-year-old events in 1999, including the Bonanza Futurity, where he won the open championship under Riddle. Tim Drummond showed Lizzys Gotta Player in 1991, as well, to win the Kansas Futurity Non-Pro finals.

In 2000, Kathy Daughn showed Lizzys Gotta Player as an open finalist in three major events, and in 2004, Robert Rust campaigned him to earn the NCHA World Champion Stallion title.

“He was a pleasure to ride,” said Drummond. “An absolute dream. He just wanted to please and to do whatever you wanted.”

“It’s been a constant goal of ours to raise good horses and improve our bloodlines,” Drummond continued. “That’s what my grandfather started years ago. We still breed a lot of horses for ranch work because we have need for them on a daily basis. One of my dad’s philosophies was that he only trained fillies (for competition). Most of the horse colts stay here as ranch geldings.

“After Lizzy went through his limited age event career, we brought him home and pasture bred him for four years to just a very limited number of mares. It takes a long time to develop (their babies) from the time you breed them to the time they get to the show pen. So we would have better served him, if we had stood him to the public earlier in his career. But he served us very well and we appreciate everyone who believed in him and bred to him. We also appreciate all EE Ranches did for him. He wasn’t just a tenant, they truly cared about him.”

The Drummonds stood Lizzys Gotta Player his entire public career at Jo Ellard’s EE Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Tex., also the home to six other stallions, including two-time NCHA World Champion sire, as well as Horse of the Year sire, Cat Ichi, owned and bred by EE Ranches.

“We will really miss him,” said Ellard of Lizzys Gotta Player. “Whenever I went to the stallion barn in the mornings and evenings, he was always one of the first to come to their stall doors and greet me.”

Lizzys Gotta A Player’s lifetime count of 61 NCHA performers includes 38 earners produced out of Docs Stylish Oak daughters, among them My Lizzie Babe $154,689; Sir Stylish Lizzy $142,514; Card Trick $142,514; and Lizzys Got Style $103,252, all bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Company.


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