Peptos Scootin Man claims Day One

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Roy Carter

Roy Carter

Peptos Scootin Man, shown by Roy Carter for RPX Enterprises, Medicine Lodge, Kan., set the bar with 219 points in the first set, on the first day of NCHA Futurity Open competition.

Metallic Mistress, with Grant Setnicka for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Snata Ynez, Calif., deep in the fifth of seven sets, was Peptos Scootin Man’s closest challenger with 218.5 points, while Catareycious and Ryan Moore, for Larry and Carol Grimes, Thayer, Mo., scored 218 points midway through the fifth set.

Scores of 216.5 points and above rounded out the top 10 from Day One and also included Ricci Ricardo with Ronnie Rice; Cromed Out Cat with Geoffrey Sheehan; Salsa Style with Lindy Burch; Adelita with Chad Bushaw; Lookin Likya Like with Tatum Rice; Magnetik with Sean Flynn; and Metallic Mike with Gary Bellenfant.

Four of the day’s top 10 scores came from Metallic Cat offspring.

Peptos Scootin Man, bred by H.E. Sutton, is by Smart Lil Scoot LTE $266,125, fifth-placed finalist in the 1999 NCHA Futurity under Roy Carter, and sire of earners of $4.4 million, including Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, winner of the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Matt Miller, and Dual Ya Scoot $175,863, winner of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur under the late Philip Layne.

Peptos Little Gal, the dam of Peptos Scootin Man, is an unshown daughter of Peptoboonsmal. Peptos Scootin Man is her first performer.

Metallic Cat daughter Metallic Mistress, bred by Singleton Ranches, is out of Smart Crackin Chic, the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champion, sired by Smart Chic Olena. Singleton Ranches, New Mexico and California, is one of the top five operations in the United States in terms of total acreage and cattle numbers.

Champion mares represented Friday

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Two mares that won the NCHA Futurity and one that won the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity will have babies in Friday’s first round of the 2015 NCHA Futurity at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

Shania Cee

Shania Cee, from the upcoming book, Through the Lenses of Ray Bankston and Don Shugart.

Shania Cee, herself a daughter of Futurity Champion Lynx Melody, won the 1999 NCHA Futurity under Shannon Hall, will be represented by her daughter, Cat Cee (Metallic Cat), to be ridden by Kory Pounds in the first set. Cat Cee is bred and owned by Bette Cogdell of Tulia, Texas. Shania Cee has already produced earners of $349,000, and her dam, Lynx Melody, is a $1.1 million producer.

The 2005 NCHA Futurity Champion Highbrow Supercat (under Tommy Marvin), will be represented by her son, Zeus (Dual Rey), owned by Wesley and Kristen Galyean, in the fourth set. Highbrow Supercat, owned by Paul Dean’s Cross Timbers Cutting Horses, has produced earners of $797,000, including Wes Galyean-trained Lil Rattler, an earner of $278,000.

Badgers Perscription won the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity for Kelle Earnheart. Her son, Hard Knocks (Hydrive Cat), is owned by Matt and Betsy Budge, and will go in Friday’s sixth set.

Phil Hanson rode Horse of the Year LHR Smooth Jamie May, and will ride her daughter, LHR Jamies Reyofhope (Dual Rey) for breeder South Lazy H Ranch in Friday’s third set.

Tapt Twice, the dam of Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice, will be represented in tomorrow’s third set by Tip Tap Cat (High Brow Cat). Tip Tap Cat was bred by Waco Bend Ranch and is owned by Fournerat Cattle Co.

Other horses with notable dams going Friday include:

  • Bea Cats Cat (High Brow Cat x Mae Bea Marie), a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity Champion He Bea Cat, bred by Jim Crawford and owned by Rocking L Cutting Horses in the fourth set
  • Joses Uno Gato: by Bet Hesa Cat out of $786,000 producer Joses Dually, bred by Ten 27 Ranch and owned by Blakley Colgrove in the fourth set
  • Smooth Runnin Dually (Smooth As A Cat) out of $742,000 producer Bueno Chex Dually, bred by Dottie St. Clair Hill and owned by Terri Brown in the second set
  • Cat Named George (High Brow Cat) out of $586,000 producer Smart Moria owned by Billy Crenshaw in the seventh set
  • Daylight Dual (CD Lights) out of $559,000 producer Graciela Dual, bred and owned by Winston Hansma in the fifth set
  • Thyme After Thyme (One Time Pepto) out of $555,000 producer KD Shorty, bred and owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk in the first set
  • Roudini (Dual Rey) out of 2005 NCHA Futurity John Deere Division Champion Buckaroo Boon, bred and owned by Casey and Codie Green in the fifth set


Metallic Cats prominent in first day entries

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Metallic CatTwenty-one sons and daughters of 2008 NCHA Futurity Champion Metallic Cat will go to the herd Thursday, November 19, in the first day of Open competition at the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Ninety-nine horses will show in seven sets on Thursday.

Other well represented sires on the first day include Smooth As Cat with 12, Dual Rey with 10, High Brow Cat with 8 and One Time Pepto with 6.

Sweet Little CD, the dam of 2006 NCHA Futurity Champion High Brow CD, will be represented by two three-quarter siblings to that horse, Smooth Lil CD 012 and Metallic Cat CD 012, in the first and second sets, respectively.

NCHA Derby Champion Nu I Wood, the dam of earners of more than $950,000, including Special Nu Baby, will be represented by Special Nu Metallica, a Metallic Cat mare owned by Jamie Hill and ridden by Matt Gaines in the sixth set. Gaines has ridden Special Nu Baby to the lead in the 2015 NCHA World standings, earning a record-breaking $123,034 during the regular point year, pending the results of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Other high-powered dams with offspring in Thursday’s go-round include

  • Million-dollar producer One Time Soon with Heavy Metal Time (by Metallic Cat) in the second set under Beau Galyean
  • Ms Peppy Doc, a $497,000 producer and dam of two-time World Champion Ms Peppy Cat, with Bacardi Time (One Time Pepto) in the third set
  • Playboys Mom, an $868,000 producer with RR Once A Playboy (One Time Pepto) in the seventh set
  • Horse of the Year and $717,000 producer Little Pepto Gal with Lil Pepto Valentine (Dual Rey) in the fifth set
  • Stylish Bet, who marked 224.5 for second high score in the rich Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown go-round, with Salsa Style (Smooth As A Cat), ridden by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch in the seventh set
  • NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion and $400,000 producer Twice As Reycy with Under The Reydar (Halreycious) in the fourth set
  • $784,000 producer Playgiarism with Not Too Shiny RG (Metallic Cat) in the third set


Junie Wood tops Open Showdown go-round

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Junie Wood and John Mitchell winning the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic

Junie Wood and John Mitchell winning the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Junie Wood LTE $425,540, ridden by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weather, Tex., scored 225 points on Tuesday to top a field of 74 vying for one of 15 berths in the December 4 finals of the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown.

Snap Crackle Cat, with Tatum Rice for John McClaren, and Stylish Bet, shown by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch, tied with 224.5 points. Five horses tied with the cutoff score of 221-points.

Five-year-old Junie Wood, by Nitas Wood out of Tuffs Junie, won the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro under Craig Crumpler before being purchased by Slate River Ranch owner Glade Knight. She has since won seven major events, including the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes, with John Mitchell, and Knight won the Non-Pro Senior divisions of 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge and the 2015 Brazos Bash riding her.

Six-year-old Snap Crackle Cat, by High Brow Cat out of Dualsnap, won the Brazos Bash 5/6 Open and Open Gelding, as well as the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open, and is the winner of $91,129.

Seven-year-old Stylish Bet LTE $109,157, by Docs Stylish Oak, is out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, three-time winner of the NCHA World Finals, also owned by Oxbow Ranch and shown by Lindy Burch.

The finalists ranged in age from four years to 10-year-old Third Cutting, who scored 222 points under Boyd Rice for Carl and Shawnea Smith. Third Cutting, a leading money earner of $522,421, was champion of the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby with Rice.

The Open finals will pay $330,000, with $75,000 going to the winner.

The Showdown in Cowtown go-rounds continue today with the Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur divisions. The first day of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition begins on Thursday, November 19. For webcasts, entries and results of both events go to

Showdown in Cowtown: Cutting with Clout

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Dont Look Twice, cutting's richest active money, will face a top field in the Showdown in Cowtown.

Dont Look Twice, cutting’s richest active money earner, will face a top field in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown.

A field of dreams, aka 74 horses competing on Tuesday, November 17 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, for the chance to compete in the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Open Finals, on December 4 during the NCHA Futurity.

Showdown in Cowtown Open entrants have earned a total of $12,865,761 and range in age from 12 years to four. The illustrious field includes the sport’s richest mare, Dont Look Twice $804,954, and champions of every stripe, including 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat; 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion Third Cutting; 2014 Super Stakes Open champion; 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open champion, and 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion Junie Wood; 2015 and 2009 NCHA Derby Open champions Reyzin The Cash and Buzzted, respectively; and 2014 and 2012 NCHA World Finals Open champions CR Sun Reys and A Little Bossy, respectively.

In addition, many of the Showdown in Cowtown Open contenders are also entered in the Non-Pro elimination round on Wednesday, November 18, or the Unlimited Amateur round on November 18 and 19. Pedel To The Metall, first-place Open winner of $60,000 in Slot Cutting #1 with Adan Banuelos will be on deck for Slot Cutting #2, as will Non-Pro winner Cody Hedlund on Meteles Cat, and Unlimited Amateur winner Alexis Stephas with Once You Go Black.

The Showdown in Cowtown was conceived by Western Bloodstock Ltd’s Jeremy Barwick, and was inaugurated with Slot Cutting #1, limited to 4, 5 and 6-year-old horses, during the 2015 NCHA Summer Spectacular. Horses 4-years-old and up are eligible for the current event, Slot Cutting #2, with a total purse of $713,500.

Twenty percent of go-round contenders from the three divisions will advance to their respective finals, and in the event of a tie, a workoff will determine which competitor advances.

The schedule for Showdown in Cowtown Finals is as follows: Thursday, November 21, Limited Amateur Finals, following six sets of NCHA Futurity Open first go-round competition; Monday, November 30, Non-Pro Finals, following six sets of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round competition; and Open Finals on Friday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. All go-rounds and finals will be webcast; for details and results go to or

CR Tuff Lucy tops Center Ranch Production Sale at $600,000

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

CR Tuff Lucy

The recording-breaking sale of show mare CR Tuff Lucy for $600,000 was the highlight of the Center Ranch Production Sale on Saturday, October 10, in Centerville, Tex. But there were plenty of other high points as 78 horses sold for a total of $1,889,200 ($24,221 average) and bidding was spirited on 19 horses for which reserves were not attained.

“We knew this would be an outstanding sale and it was exceptional,” said Jeremy Barwick, whose Western Bloodstock Ltd. produced the Center Ranch Sale, close on the heels of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal, which realized $3,230,500. “These recent sale results certainly bode well for the cutting industry, as well as for the NCHA Futurity Sales that begin in Fort Worth on December 7th.”

Four-year-old CR Tuff Lucy, by Center Ranch’s foundation sire Woody Be Tuff, was purchased by Glade Knight, owner of Slate River Ranch, also home to 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood, earner of $441,381 and a full sister to Woody Be Tuff.

CR Tuff Lucy, trained and shown by Tarin Rice to win the 2015 Abilene Spectacular and place second in the NCHA Derby, is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Lucindas Catolena, earner of $176,086 and sister to earners of nearly $900,000.

The sale’s third-highest seller, yearling filly CR Tuff To Beat, a full sister to CR Tuff Lucy, brought $92,000 from Kevin Knight, Weatherford, Tex.

CR Tuff Digs Lucinda, at $110,000, claimed the sale’s second-highest price. The 2-year-old mare is a full sister in blood to CR Tuff Lucy and CR Tuff To Beat. Purchased by Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., CR Tuff Digs Lucinda, by Woody Be Tuff, is out of Cat Digs Lucinda, by High Brow Cat.

Six-year-old stallion CR First Tuff, with lifetime earnings of $144,353, brought $89,000, the fourth-highest price of the sale. Trained and shown by Boyd Rice, the Woody Be Tuff son is out of Dees Cats Meow, by High Brow Cat, and went to to Jarrett Callahan, McConnells, S.C.

Cr Tuffer Than Nails, a 2-year-old mare by Woody Be Tuff, out of CR Hot Meow, by Spots Hot, and 3-year-old mare CR Boon To Be Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, out of CR April Boon, by Duals Blue Boon, each sold for $85,000. Cr Tuffer Than Nails sold to Rocking P Ranch, Aledo, Tex., home of recently acquired stallion Boon San, from the Walton Dispersal. CR Boon To Be Tuff went to Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Tex.

For complete results of the 2015 Center Ranch Production Sale and an online catalog go to, where you will also find nomination details for the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales, with a deadline of October 20, as well as an up-to-date list of early consignments.

More ‘Special’ records in Mercuria World Series

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Matt Gaines

Matt Gaines.

Special Nu Baby and Matt Gaines revised the record books again with their win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on October 8. Joe howard Williamson and Sweet Little Cats took the Non-Pro division. Both Special Nu Baby and Williamson lengthened their leads in the NCHA World Standings for 2015.

Special Nu Baby marked marked 230 for a six-point win over Cat Black I, ridden by Randy Chartier, earning more than $11,000.

It was the first time that any horse has won four World Series finals in a row, or that any horse has won five of the prestigious events in a single calendar year. Congress was the eighth and final event of the series for 2015.

Only one horse, Dont Look Twice with eight Mercuria wins spanning three years, has collected more Open victories in the World Series of Cutting. Dan Hansen’s Woody Be Lucky has won six of the events in the Non-Pro class.

Special Nu Baby, who also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio, Las Vegas, Idaho and El Rancho, is piling up a big lead in the 2015 World standings. She’ll have about $115,000 in the bank in 2015, roughly twice what the second horse in the standings, Smart Stingrey, has earned. She’s also qualified for the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame this year, which gave owners Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma another item to scratch off their “to-do” list.

Special Nu Baby was bred by Eddy Longley’s Crystal Creek Ranch, by Dual Rey out of Nu I Wood. Gaines showed Nu I Wood for Longley, earning over $400,000. The mare’s babies have earned more than $900,000 so far.

Joe Howard Williamson

Joe Howard Williamson.

In the Non-Pro finals, three-time World Champion Joe Howard Williamson of Wichita Falls, Texas, marked 220 on Sweet Little Cats for a five-point win over Paula Wood on Pepto Boom.

Williamson, who posted a 221 to lead the go-round, was winning his second World Series event at Congress. Last year he scored on Acatbequick.

Sweet Little Cats was bred by Wendel & Eakin by High Brow Cat out of Sweet Little CD, making him a full brother to Horse of the Year High Brow CD. He had won Open championships with Austin Shepard at the Bonanza and the Cotton Stakes before Williamson bought him earlier this year.

Williamson, who won World Championships in 1999, 2004 and 2006, will come out of Congress with about a $20,000 lead in the standings, followed by fellow World Champions Dan Hansen, Stephanie Haymes, Mary Jo Milner and Constance Jaeggi.

The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting paid out more than $590,000 in 2015, with Special Nu Baby collecting $66,601. Ninety-three different horses, 85 riders and 92 owners earned at least one paycheck in the 2015 World Series.