Lizzys Gotta Babe wins at El Rancho

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Lizzys Gotta Babe

Morgan Cromer and Lizzys Gotta Babe won the Mercuria World Series finals at El Rancho Futurity. Ted Petit photo.

Morgan Cromer marked 225 on Lizzys Gotta Babe to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series Open finals at El Rancho Futurity on September 19.

World Champion One Time Choice finished second with Chubby Turner with a 223, and the recent Idaho Mercuria champion, Peptos Chic Olena, finished thrid with Todd Bimat with a score of 222.5.

It was the first World Series win for Lizzys Gotta Babe, and the second for Cromer, a Hall of Fame Rider who scored at Las Vegas this summer on Woodys Wildest Cat.

Lizzys Gotta Babe is owned by Tim and Missy Drummond of Pawhuska, Oklahoma and was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. The 8-year-old mare is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, an NCHA Derby finalist that has produced earners of  $685,000, including Cat Mom Do ($187,000), My Lizzy Babe ($152,000) and Card Trick ($108,000).

Moms Stylish Babe is out of $822,000 producer Playboys Mom. And Playboys Mom was out of NCHA Futurity champion and $426,000 producer Lenaette.

Adan Banuelos won the El Rancho 5/6-year-old with Lizzys Gotta Babe in 2012. The mare has been a Mercuria World Series finalist seven times. Her win with Morgan Cromer will take her earnings over $72,000.

Jay Moss Cougar

Bill Lacy on Jay Moss Cougar.

In the Non-Pro division, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Bill Lacy of Crested Butte, Colorado marked 223on Jay Moss Cougar to win by one point over Katie Fonsen Young on For Instance.

Jay Moss Cougar is a homebred 6-year-old by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey, a Dual Rey mare that won the West Texas Futurity and earned $85,000. This was the first Mercuria World Series finals for Jay Moss Cougar, who won the Western States Fall Classic Non-Pro and has been a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza. The gelding has earned over $66,000.

For Bill Lacy, it was his second Mercuria finals and his second win. He rode Cats Puma to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series in Lyon, France in 2011.

Peptos Chic Olena takes Mercuria win

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Peptos Chic Olena

Todd Bimat on Peptos Chic Olena. Hitchhiker Productions photos.

Peptos Chic Olena and Todd Bimat marked 227 for a one-point win over Auspicious Cat in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho Futurity on August 31. The win, worth $10,529, was the biggest yet for the 7-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto.

Peptos Chic Olena is owned by Lauren McIntire of Goleta, California. She was bred by Bruce and Connie Clark out of Chic Olenas Promise, a Smart Chic Olena mare from the family of $681,000 producer Quejanamia.

It was the first Mercuria win for Bimat, who won the Las Vegas Classic with Joes Last Cat, by High Brow Cat, on his way to Idaho.

Peptos Chic Olena has been a South Point Classic finalist and a Mercuria finalist at last year’s El Rancho Futurity with Ben Neasham. Bimat made the Mercuria finals with the mare at Las Vegas last month before the breakthrough in Idaho.

Sly Chance

Ashley Snider and Sly Chance.

Ashley Snider of Bluffdale, Texas and Sly Chance marked 228 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series, earning $10,087.

Rieta Dufurrena was second with a 225 on Miss Ella Rey.

Snider had the second high score of 225 in the go-round, behind Dan Hansen’s 225 on Woody Be Lucky.

Sly Chance an Snider enjoyed a successful aged event career, with wins at the Bonanza, and Arbuckle Mountain (twice), as well as a reserve championship at the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Sly Chance was bred by Glade Knight by That Sly Ct out of Oaks Smart Chance, a Doc’s Oak mare that was an NCHA Futurity finalist with John Mitchell. Oaks Smart Chance’s second dam, Dox Smart Chance, was a full sister to Smart Little Lena.

With his latest win, 7-year-old Sly Chance has earned over $167,000.

Snider was marking the 10th anniversary of her win in the Idaho Derby with Instant Bucks. She has career earnings of more than $286.000.

Solid Results for 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Big Shoes To Phil

The 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., preceded the NCHA Derby Finals on August 2, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, and topped the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale with 87% completed sales, including a strong $33,300 average for the top five high sellers.

“We had the largest crowd ever at this Summer Spectacular Sale and a very strong market with 87 percent completed sales,” said Jeremy Barwick of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “Show horses were in demand, as well as prospects in training. But all ages sold well, which indicates an even stronger market in the near future.

“It seems like people are willing to sell and there are definitely buyers ready to buy,” Barwick added. “I was also pleased with the number of young stallions represented by the sale yearlings, which sold very well.

“Also, we definitely owe a debt of gratitude to Hard Eight BBQ, which catered a great lunch for a crowd of 600 people during the sale.”

The sale’s high sellers represented a full range of ages and sexes, including:

Big Shoes To Phil, a yearling stallion sired by High Brow Cat, was the sale topper at $40,000. Consigned by his breeder, Waco Bend Ranch, Big Shoes To Phil is out of Tapt Twice, an NCHA leading producer of earners of $1.2 million, including Big Shoes To Phil’s full sister, Dont Look Twice, NCHA Horse of the Year and earner of $823,504. Big Shoes To Phil was purchased by Renda Tillerson, Argyle, Tex.

CR Tuff Doc Olena, a 4-year-old gelding sired by Woody Be Tuff and consigned by his breeder, Center Ranch, was the second-highest seller at $35,000. Just hours following his sale to Renise Doerr, Katy, Tex., CR Tuff Doc Olena tied for eleventh place in the NCHA Derby under trainer Tarin Rice to earn $14,924 for a career total of $26,845.

Spoon My Desire, a 5-year-old mare sired by Hes A Peptospoonful, sold for $30,000 to Paula Overstreet, Weatherford, Tex. Consigned by J.E. Jumonville, Jr. and in training with Chris Johnsrud, Spoon My Desire, earner of $30,240, is half-sister to Desires Blue Trinity ($175,954), an NCHA Futurity and Derby open finalist, as well as Abilene Spectacular Derby Champion.

Here To Reymember, a 10-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey and consigned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, sold to Larry Knowlton, Heath, Tex., for $30,000. The NCHA earner of $147,721 and full brother to NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Twice As Reycy ($198,361), Here To Reymember sold while in training with Casey Green.

West Coast Cat, a 3-year-old black stallion by Tomcat Chex, brought $30,000 from Robin Branch, Gladstone, Va. Consigned by Charles and Nancy Knight, West Coast Cat is out of Camolena Badger, a Top 10 NRCHA Open Futurity and AQHA World Junior Working Cow Horse. Originally trained by Larry Trocha, he sold in training with Clay Johnson.

The 2014 Summer Spectacular Sale grossed $822,600 on 95 horses sold for an average of $8,659. From the catalog of 109 horses, reserves of $140,700 on 14 head (an average of $10,050) were not attained.

The next sale on Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s calendar is the Western Fall Roundup, on September 6 in Texarkana, Ark. The Big Bash on the Brazos, will be held on Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex., the day before the Brazos Bash Futurity. All horses sell while working cattle. The NCHA Futurity Sales and Select Yearling Gala are scheduled for December 8-13 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

For NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale results and details go to

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World champs dominate Calgary

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

One Time Choice

Chubby Turner on One Time Choice.

Reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice and Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner dominated their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, July 9.

One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for the Jaeggi Family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, marked 226 as the last contestant in the Open finals. Her $8,900 paycheck took the late-blooming mare’s career earnings over $212,000. The 7-year-old was bred by Walt & Lou Ann Burdette, by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Choice.

This was her second win in Mercuria World Series of Cutting events, following her victory at the Idaho CHA Futurity last year.

Mary Jo Milner

Mary Jo Milner on Smooth Asa Zee.

Mary Jo Milner, who claimed her eighth World Championship in 2013, marked 219 on Smooth Asa Zee to win by three points over David Anderson on CD Peptofilly.

Smooth Asa Zee, inducted in the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame at the 2014 NCHA Convention in Salt Lake City, went over the $500,000 mark in earnings with the win. The 9-year-old Smooth As a Cat gelding was bred by John and Hope Mitchell out of Zee Dualy.

While Milner has been a finalist in 16 prior Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting events, this was her first win in the series.

The Non-Pro and Open

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Pete Branch

Little Rey Whirlacat and rider Pete Branch capped off The Non-Pro Cutting in Oklahoma City with a 220-point win in the 4-Year-Old Open, on Tuesday, June 17. The $7,500 winner’s check was the richest from the 8-day, 12-division event.

Reserve champion Cool Cat Dual Rey, with 219 points under under Kobie Wood, earned $3,894; while third-placed Playful Highbrow CD, ridden by Walt Erwin, claimed $3,149 with 215 points.

Little Rey Whirlacat, by Little Dulces Rey, is owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup’s El Cid Land & Cattle Company, Clovis, N.M., and was bred by the Allsups, who also own Little Dulces Rey. Little Rey Whirlacat is the first NCHA money earner out of the High Brow Cat daughter Whirlacat, who was a 2005 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (10th) under Branch, a Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $3.5 million.

Branch was also a The Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Open finalist aboard MS Curious Kitty, owned by El Cid Land & Cattle.

Cool Cat Dual Rey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Cotton and Davis Quarter Horses, was bred by Kobie Wood’s wife, Paula, out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104. Paula placed third in The Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals last week on Boon Too Suen-sired Donas Suen Boon, 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity champion with Paula and half-sister to Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Kobie also placed third with 5-year-old Donas Suen Boon in The Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Open and showed Ted and Dee Berry’s stallion Sues Cat Jack, by Cats Quixote Jack, to place eighth in the 4-Year-Old finals.

Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro finals with 219 points on Dizzy Lizzy Girl, by Lizzys Gotta Player. Megan Miller took reserve with 218 points aboard Booreylicious, by Halreycious, and Luis De Armas was third with 216 points on Sensacious, also by Halreycious.

Payne and Dizzy Lizzy Girl also won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited. The two wins this week mark the third championship for the pair, who also won the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited. James Payne, Nadine’s husband, has also been successful with the bay mare, beginning in 2013 with a reserve title in the West Texas Open Futurity; fifth-place in the PCCHA Open Futurity; and third in the Cotton Stakes.

James Payne

James Payne also claimed the 5/6-Year-Old Open at The Non-Pro with 224 points aboard 6-year-old Once In A Blue Boon, owned by Charlotte Farms. The Peptoboonsmal son was one of three horses shown by Payne in the finals. Payne also placed sixth on Highrey Cat, owned by Andy Beckstein, and 13th with Peptotoodie, for Bill Masterson, the breeder of Dizzy Lizzie Girl.

Five-year-old Smooth Strategy, sired by Smooth As A Cat and ridden for Ken Sitton by Steve Oehlhof, was reserve champion of the 5/6-Year-Old Open with 220 points.

Megan Miller and homegrown Booreylicious came to The Non-Pro off of a third-place finish worth $19,486 in the Breeders Invitational, as well as the reserve title in the Non-Pro Novice of the same event.

Booreylicious, trained by Megan’s husband, Matt, is out of Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Matt, and 2009 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro champion with Megan. Travs Scooter’s first foal, 5-year-old Bada Boo, by One Time Pepto, also owned and shown by the Millers, is the earner of $34,507.

In the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, Kelle Earnheart and her 5-year-old Purdy Boy Flash daughter Flash About took the champion’s title with 223 points. Chad Bushaw and 6-year-old Bet On A Cat, by High Brow Cat, claimed reserve with 221 points, and Paula Wood on Donas Suen Boon, and Lauren Chartier on Spoonful Of Tears, tied for third with 219.5 points.

This was the sixth championship win for Earnheart and Flash About. The dynamic duo came to Oklahoma City with three 2014 non-pro titles: the Tunica Futurity, Arbuckle Mountain, and Breeders Invitational.

Dual Smart Kitty scores big in Vegas

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Dual Smart Kitty. Photo by Midge Ames

NCHA Futurity champions Dual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson scored 226 points on Thursday night in Las Vegas to win the PCCHA Derby. What About Blue and Countin On Stella, ridden by Morgan Cromer, placed second and third, respectively, with 223 and 221.5 points; Cromer also scored 216 points in a three-way tie for sixth on Little Dirty Deeds.

Dual Smart Kitty, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex., is the leading contender for NCHA Horse of the Year, with a championship win in the Abilene Spectacular, finalist rankings in four other major events, and earnings of $285,000.

What About Blue, sired by High Brow CD, had previously placed as a finalist in four non-pro and non-pro limited events with owner Jacob Pinheiro, Los Alamos, Calif. Countin On Stella, by Im Countin Checks, was an open finalist (20th) with Cromer in the Breeders Invitational, and placed as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur (9th) and as Amateur reserve champion of the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with owner Terry Ratto, Los Altos, Calif.


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