Metallicity measures up

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Craig Thompson marked 223 on Metallicity. Hart Photography.

Craig Thompson marked 223 on Metallicity. Hart Photography.

Two-time NCHA Futurity champion Craig Thompson and Metallicity took the lead Friday in the first round of the Open at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, in Fort Worth.

They marked 223 in the third set of the day to move ahead of a three-way tie for second at 221, shared by Sylver Dollar, The Golden Shot and BFR Call Me Catniss.

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson

Metallicity is by Metallic Cat out of Ms Silver Pitchfork, by Playgun. The 3-year-old mare was bred by Patrick and Laura Collins, who also bred and owned Thompson’s NCHA Futurity winners, Oh Cay Felix (2006) and Oh Miss Caroline (2011).

She is owned by the Collins’ son, Quinn of Washington, Texas, and his wife, Caroline, who is Oh Miss Caroline’s namesake.

Metallicity’s dam, Ms Silver Pitchfork, earned $12,000, and has produced Cotton Stakes champion and NCHA Derby finalist MC Simply Smooth. Ms Silver Pitchfork is a granddaughter of Sons Pitchfork, the mare Wayland Long rode to win the NCHA World Finals the year he was NCHA Non-Pro World Champion.

Thompson, 46, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, with career earnings of $2.3 million. He has qualified for the NCHA Futurity finals six times, and won twice.

Friday’s new member of the 221 club, BFR Call Me Catniss, is bred and owned by Beechfork Ranch and ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan. The mare is by High Brow Cat out of SDP Finely Tuned.

Sylver Dollar and The Golden Shot marked their 221s on the first day of competition.


Sylver and Gold top Day 1

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Clay Johnson on Sylver Dollar. Hart Photography.

Clay Johnson on Sylver Dollar. Hart Photography.

Sylver Dollar and The Golden Shot shared the lead with scores of 221 after the first day of Open competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas on November 17.

Clay Johnson.

Clay Johnson.

Clay Johnson and Sylver Dollar hit the mark in the fourth set, while James Payne and The Golden Shot followed up in the sixth set as 101 contestants faced the judges.

Sheza Surefire Kitty, ridden by Steve Oehlhof and Rose Colored Rey, ridden by Beau Galyean, both had the day’s next highest score, a 219.

Johnson, a Hall of Fame Rider who won the 2013 NCHA Futurity on Dual Smart Kitty, rode Sylver Dollar for Lone Oak Performance Horses. The red roan stallion was bred by Linda Holmes by Metallic Cat out of Reymember Me, a Dual Rey mare that was a Non-Pro Futurity finalist with Holmes in 2008.

Reymember Me’s first and second dams, Nurse Elaine and High Brows Nurse, both carried Holmes to reserve championships in the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity. High Brows Nurse is a half-sister to $31 million sire Dual Rey.

Johnson, who also won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes on KR Isadora Dual, has career earnings of $871,000.

James Payne.

James Payne.

The Golden Shot, ridden by Hall of Famer James Payne, is owned by Kathleen Moore. Payne and his wife, Nadine, bred the palomino mare by WR This Cats Smart out of Velvets Best Shot. Payne won the 2009 Chisholm Trail Classic on Velvets Best Shot.

The mare’s first money earner is Velvets Revolver, a full brother to The Golden Shot, which Nadine Payne rode to win the Non-Pro Super Stakes last spring. Velvets Revolver has won more than $158,000 in Open and Non-Pro competition.

Payne is a two-time NCHA Classic Challenge champion with career earnings of $2.3 million. His first Classic Challenge win was with Sarenadual in 2012. The Golden Shot’s owner, Kathleen Moore, had won the Amateur NCHA Derby with Sarenadual two years earlier.

Payne is a three-time NCHA Futurity finalist.

Stallion Power at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Spots Hot

Spots Hot

Western Bloodstock Ltd. has announced the unprecedented sale of two all-time leading money earners, who are also contemporary sires of top money earners. Spots Hot LTE $529,435 and Third Cutting LTE $545,146 will be offered for sale in December during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Spots Hot, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Champion, is the sire of earners of $3.2 million, including Hottish LTE $301,843; Tattoos On This Town LTE $197,188; and Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383.  From his six crops to perform, Spots Hot has sired 143 money earners with average earnings of $22,925. Third Cutting, the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Open Champion, is the sire of 64 NCHA money earners of $918,418, including current 4-year-old This Isa Third LTE $97,340 and 5-year-old Cisco Kid $89,095.

“Stallions of the stature of Spots Hot and Third Cutting are few and far between at public auction,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife Candace of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We are fortunate to be able to offer these outstanding individuals during the NCHA Futurity Sales, which are attended by owners and breeders from across the country and around the world.”

Spots Hot, consigned by Sunrise Ranch, and Third Cutting, consigned by Carl Smith, will be sold during the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions held on December 7, 8 and 9. The NCHA Futurity Sales kick off on Monday, December 5 with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale – Session I, followed by the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale – Session II on Tuesday, December 6.

Stylin Cat LTE $112,850, another sire of NCHA money earners, will also sell during the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions. Consigned by John McClaren, the 13-year-old son of High Brow Cat is sire of 15 NCHA earners of $275,073, for an average of $18,338 per money earner.

The Select Yearling Sale & Gala will be held on Tuesday evening with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the Select Yearling Sale at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 will begin with the Select Cow Dog Sale and Demonstration, followed by a Hard Eight BBQ  lunch and Session I of the Preferred Breeders Sale.

Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9 will begin with complimentary breakfasts preceding Sessions II and III of the Preferred Breeders Sale.

The NCHA Futurity Sales will conclude with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on December 10.



2016 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala

Monday, October 17th, 2016

crop_06-behindpodium-gala-50346Only 50 yearlings make the grade each year for the NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale. This year’s selection reflects the cutting horse industry’s finest – past, present and future.

A complete list of the offering, including pedigrees with produce and performance records, can be viewed at Here are a few of the highlights:

SMOOTH WALKIN STYLE, by Smooth AsA Cat – Full sister to 2014 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and 2015 NCHA Horse of the Year SMOOTH TALKIN STYLE LTE $300,379

UNO CALIENTE CAT, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to DONT LOOK TWICE LTE $843,096

TIME FOR CHECKS, by Im Countin Checks – Three-quarter sister to leading sire One Time Pepto LTE $331,097

SMOOTHEST RIDE, by Smooth As A Cat – Full brother to SMOOTH ASA ZEE LTE $614,384

FANCY METALLIC, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to SLY PLAYGIRL LTE $343,467

SUPERMAN REY, by Dual Rey – Full brother to LIL RATTLER LTE $328,273 AND BUTTON DOWN SUPERCAT LTE $219,787

ONE TIME MAISIE, by One Time Pepto – Full sister to JAE BAR ONE TIME LTE $199,850

DAVY CROCKET, by Dual Rey – Full brother to JOHNNY REYNGO LTE $181,511 and HISSTEREYA LTE $117,852

MOMMY DEAREST, by Smooth As A Cat – Three-quarter sister to MOMS STILISH CAT LTE $267,278 and THIS CATS GOT STYLE LTE $190,098

CASHIN UR CHEX, by High Brow Cat – Three-quarter brother to CHERRY CHEX DUALLY LTE $251,103

METALLIC ROYALTY, by Metallic Cat – Three-quarter sister to CAT BELUE LTE $190,232

MISTY REYN, by Dual Rey – Three-quarter sister to ARC CATTY DUAL LTE $168,762

DESIRES GOT STYLE, by Docs Stylish Oak – Half-sister to THUNDERCAT LTE $306,644 and DESIRES LITTLE REX LTE $287,519

DOCS SWEET CD 15, by Docs Stylish Oak – Three-quarter brother to HIGH BROW CD LTE $542,101, a leading sire of NCHA money earners

MISS CHARLY REY, by Dual Rey – Out of a full sister to NCHA Futurity Champion HE BEA CAT LTE $345,996

BOON SAN ALICE, by Boon San – Out of a full sister to NCHA Futurity Champion ROCKIN W LTE $329,722

The 2016 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., will be held on Tuesday evening, December 6th in the Round-Up, at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the Select Yearling Sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. For details go to








Reyzin gets the vote at Congress

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp on Reyzin.

Phil Rapp and Reyzin marked 226 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on October 13.

Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, padded her lead in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings with a 227-point win in the Mercuria Non-Pro finals on Light N Lily.

Reyzin, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, South Carolina, marked 222 in the go-round to qualify sixth in the seven-horse field. Her 226 in the finals gave her a three-point margin over R.L. Chartier on Gary and Karen Fields’ A Little Bossy.

Bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin is by High Brow CD out of Miss Reycine, a Dual Rey mare that earned more than $119,000.

Seven-year-old Reyzin brought earnings of more than $358,000 to Congress. She’d been Open reserve champion at the Breeders Invitational and the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown with Phil Rapp, and had been named NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year for her achievements with Mary Ann Rapp. She added $10,846 to her career total in the Mercuria finals.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily.

Kaitlyn Wimberly on Light N Lily.

Kaitlyn Wimberly picked up $10,984 for her Mercuria win on Light N Lily, giving her a lead of more than $20,000 as the point year closes in on the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth.

Former Senior Youth World Champion Priscilla Wilson marked 224.5 for second in the Non-Pro finals at Congress.

Wimberly rode Light N Lily, a Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay mare bred by her father, Billy Martin. In their limited age campaign, Wimberly and Light N Lena won championships at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Cattlemen’s Derby, Abilene Spectacular and the West Texas Classic.

They won the Mercuria World Series event at the Pacific Coast Derby earlier this year.

Light N Lily has now earned more than $241,000. Wimberly was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame this summer.


Setnicka, Bozeman win Mercuria at El Rancho

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice and Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity Friday. Both horse and rider teams were claiming their second major wins of the year.

Grant Setnicka

Grant Setnicka

Setnicka, who tied for top score of 226 in the go-round, came back with a 229 in the finals to beat veteran rider Tom Shelly and Metalic Al by one point. The win was worth $13,676, taking Ichis My Choice’s career earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark.

Ichis My Choice was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra, an Abrakadabracre mare that was reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular and that earned $64,000.

J Five Ranch of Weatherford, Texas owns Ichis My Choice. J Five’s Constance Jaeggi won the Non-Pro Pacific Coast Derby on the mare earlier this year. Setnicka was the Breeders Invitational champion with the 4-year-old. Setnicka was also an NCHA Futurity finalist and Super Stakes reserve champion on Ichis My Choice.

Stuart BozemanFresh from his win in the Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, and Checkers Live Oak marked 225 to earn $11,146 in the Mercuria finals at El Rancho. Janet Westfall placed second on Just As Reckless with a 221.

Checkers Live Oak was bred by Dale Stallkamp by Im Countin Checks out of Cats Live Oak, a mare that won the Breeders Invitational Classic with Lloyd Cox in 2008.

Bozeman, an accomplished NRCHA competitor, bought the 6-year-old mare three years ago as a reined cow horse prospect, but switched her to cutting after the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Since then she has taken him to finals at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Derby, The Ike, West Texas, Cattlemen’s, the Bonanza, Idaho, El Rancho, and the AQHA World Show, earning more than $120,000.

Glitter’s hat trick

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done. Scootem N Shootem Photography.

Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos won their third Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals Tuesday at the Idaho Futurity. They marked 230 for a five-point win over Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice.

Glitter Done previously won the Mercuria event at the Pacific Coast Derby with a 227.5 and the West Texas Futurity with a 226.

Grant Setnicka showed Glitter Done to win a Novice division title in the 2013 West Texas Classic. Banuelos was a Pacific Coast Classic Challenge finalist with her the following year.

Bred and owned by Sue Hearst, Glitter Done is by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Cat Lady. She’s a three-quarter sister to $108,000 earner Im Hal On Heels. Eight-year-old Glitter Done has now earned more than $30,000 and should jump from #22 to the top five in the 2016 World Standings.