2014 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala – A Night to Remember

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tappin A Cold Brew at $255,000

Western Bloodstock Ltd. reached a benchmark on Tuesday, December 9, with the second consecutive day of record-breaking NCHA Futurity Sales, as the Select Yearling Sale realized over $3 million on 41 horses sold, with an average of $69,134 and 82% completed sales.

On Monday, December 8, the opening day of Western Bloodstock’s 2014 Futurity sales venue, the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale set all-time 2-year-old sales records in terms of high-selling horses and percentage sold at public auction, so expectations were high for the Select Yearling Sale.

“It was an exciting night, with the finest yearlings the industry has to offer selling to so many of the industry’s top owners and trainers,” said Jeremy Barwick, Western Bloodstock Ltd., of Tuesday’s sale.

Tappin A Cold Brew, consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., topped the Select Yearling Sale at $255,000. The Smooth As A Cat colt, three-quarter brother to cutting’s all-time high-money-earning mare, Dont Look Twice LTE $823,504, sold to David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex.

Copperish, a Metallic Cat daughter consigned by Double Dove Ranch, was the second-highest seller at $210,000. Out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $289,524, and half-sister to Hottish LTE $301,843; Pepto Bloom LTE $244,783; Halreycious LTE $227,459; and Reydiculous LTE $149,054, Copperish was purchased by Jimmie Miller Smith, Gary, Okla.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, December 13, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex. For a schedule of sales and complete catalog, as well as sale results, visit

NCHA Futurity 2-Year-old Sale breaks all records

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Eight Mile at $400,000

Western Bloodstock Ltd. launched its 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales with an all-time record Two-Year-Old Sale on Monday, December 8 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex., where 122 horses sold for an average of $32,580 with total sales of just under $4 million.

Eight Mile, by Metallic Cat, was the high seller at $400,000, followed by Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi, at $300,000, and Moses Man, by Metallic Cat, at $210,000.

The top five sellers averaged $232,000, while the top 10 averaged $157,1000, and the top 20 brought an average of $109,000.

“This was a fantastic sale,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We had so much interest coming into the Futurity that we anticipated sales were going to be good, but this was better than we ever dreamed.”

The 2013 Futurity Sales, where the highest price from all sales combined was $210,000 and averaged $21,323 overall, was just shy of the all-time record of $21,370, set in 2006. This year’s sale, which continues on Tuesday, November 9 with the Select Yearling Sale, is on course to blow past the 2006 mark.

Daniel and Nancy Burkes, new owners of Eight Mile

Eight Mile, a flashy chestnut colt in training with Hunter Meinzer, was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, LP/Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., and purchased by Daniel Burkes, Hibbing, Minn. Eight Mile is out of Cappuccino And Pasta LTE $155,522 and half-brother to the earners of $475,800, including Mocha Cappuccino LTE $223,318 and Frappuccino N Pasta LTE $105,472.

Crown Ranch, with a total of 14 consignments to the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, also has a red roan yearling full sister to Eight Mile, Cattuccino, consigned to Tuesday’s Select Yearling Sale, and 6-year-old Bet On A Cat, current earner of $313,469, consigned to the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 13, preceding the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.

Ichis My Choice, a bay filly consigned by Todd Nelson and in training with Richard Jordan, was purchased by Constance Jaeggi, Weatherford, Tex., who showed Saguaro Ichi, also by Cat Ichi, this past week at the NCHA World Championship Finals to clinch her title as 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion.

Mosses Man, a sorrel colt sired by Metallic Cat, sold in training with Hayden Upton, his consignor, and was purchased by Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex.

On Tuesday morning, December 9, the first ever NCHA Futurity Select Cow Dog Sale saw all four consignments sell, following a demonstration of their skills. Ruby, a 3-year-old intact female consigned by Ross Bryant, brought $13,250; Snow, a 4-year-old neutered male consigned by Roy Cox, sold for $10,250; Diablo, a 2-year-old male consigned by Upton and Carr brought, brought $,9250; and Rex, a 4-year-old male consigned by Kevin Radford, sold for $5,000.

The 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales continue daily through Saturday, December 13. For the online catalog and sale results visit

Sheila Welch, 1938 – 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

By Sally Harrison
Sheila Dolin Welch, 76, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee and wife of cutting legend Buster Welch, passed away on Sunday, December 7.

Born in Wolf Point, Montana, Sheila acquired a love of horses from her grandfather Dolin, an entrepreneur and newspaper publisher who served on the board the Wolf Point Stampede and counted Will Rogers and Charles Russell among his friends.

When she was 10, Sheila’s family moved to Fresno, Calif., where she won her first award on horseback, as a participant in the annual Christmas parade. Although she was competitive in tennis, volleyball and gymnastics as a girl, her natural instincts for riding led her to the California Rangerettes, where she participated as a drill team member for six years. During this time she also made forays into jumping, dressage, roping, cutting and gymkhana events, and was runner-up queen of the Salinas Rodeo.

After attending California State University at Fresno, Sheila married and helped her first husband operate a busy feedlot. At the time, she also found herself drawn away from other horse events and into cutting, which had only recently created a class for non-pro contenders.

Although her first cutting horse had been trained by famed West Coast horseman Jimmy Williams, Texas was the home of cutting horse competition and in 1966, Sheila traveled to the Lone Star State for a clinic given by Buster Welch, who would win his third NCHA Futurity that same year.

“I was awestruck,” Buster later said of his first impression of Sheila on horseback. “She could really ride a horse and she was sure pretty on one.” Seven months following the clinic, Sheila won the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship Finals, defeating B.F. Phillips, Jr., the Non-Pro World Champion.

Sheila and Buster married in 1972, and in addition to nurturing their combined families of six children (Nina and Dolin Morris, and Georgia, Greg, Ken and Ruth Ann Welch), Sheila became a top ranchhand, assisting Buster with his cattle operation and semi-annual roundups.

In 1974, Sheila and Buster moved to the King Ranch, where Buster had been hired as trainer, as well as consultant for the world famous ranch’s Quarter Horse program. It was during this time that Sheila came to know her cherished mentor and friend, Helen Groves, great-granddaughter of King Ranch founder Richard King.

In 1972 and 1978, Sheila ranked among NCHA’s Top Ten non-pro riders aboard Mr San Peppy and Peppy San Badger, respectively. In 1980, she won the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion on Doc O Leo and broke an all-time annual NCHA earnings record for open and non-pro riders, alike. She also set a record that year by winning all four go-rounds of the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Sheila’s prestigious wins in “limited age” events include the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, on Dolly Olena; the Augusta Futurity, on CD Chica San Badger; and the Memphis Futurity on Haidas Becky. With a record of more than $1 million, she is among cutting’s all-time leading money earners.

Rather than retire from competition when felled by a stroke in 1999, Sheila used riding as a tool for recovery. In May 2001, she made a triumphant return to the cutting arena by winning the reserve championship of the NCHA Non-Pro Gelding Stakes on Myhaida.

“When people ask me about my favorite win, I always tell them it’s the last one because I might not have another,” said Sheila, who has been featured in articles in Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Town & Country, and Texas Monthly.

As a cutting competitor, Sheila inspired men and women, alike. “You watch Sheila,” the late NCHA Futurity champion trainer Larry Reeder told fledgling rider Kathy Daughn. “This lady can ride a cutting horse as pretty as anybody you’ll ever see.”

“Sheila has been a great inspiration to me,” said Daughn, who ranks as one of only two women (Lindy Burch, another admirer of Sheila Welch, is the other) among cutting’s top ten all-time professional money earners.

Reflecting several years ago on a life dedicated to family, horses and the Western tradition, Sheila said, “The two things most difficult to find in life are a good husband and a good horse, and I was lucky to find both.”

Arrangements for services are pending.

Careity Celebrity Cutting marks 20 years

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The 20th Anniversary of the Careity Celebrity Cutting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, December 5 in Will Rogers Coliseum.

This year, four-time Grammy Award winner and performance horse enthusiast Lyle Lovettjoins a cast of celebrities from music, sports, broadcasting and the local media, as well as health-care celebrities in the front lines of the battle against cancer.

This year’s celebrity roster also includes:

  • Country music legend Tanya Tucker
  • Radio icon Bob Kingsley
  • Wounded Warriors manager of strategic partnerhips, Dan Nevins.
  • Singers Sonny BurgessHannah BlaylockLeah TurnerJon PardiKaty Keenie and Amanda Stevens
  • Sports stars Jay Novacek, Aaron Cook and Cameron Rupp
  • Health care superstars Drs. Amy Gunter and Ben Barkley
  • Media personalities Shelly Mowery, Hal Brown, and Malone

The show benefits the Careity Foundation and NCHA Charities. Order tickets now.

Full slate of NCHA Futurity Sales

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

At nearly 900 pages, the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales Catalog is a cutter’s wishbook filled with the largest and finest selection of cutting-bred horses offered at public auction.

The sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, begin on Monday, December 8, with the much anticipated NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, where horses are auctioned as they work cattle in Watt Arena.

The Select Cow Dog Sale, a first for the NCHA Futurity Sales, begins on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with working demonstrations of these highly trained dogs. The sale follows at 11:00 a.m.

The Select Yearling Sale & Gala, limited to 50 yearlings singled out because of their individual combination of outstanding pedigree and conformation, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 in the Round Up Inn. The special event, which includes a formal dinner and sales personnel attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, was inaugurated in 2013 to rave reviews from consignors and buyers.

This year, in appreciation of the cutting industry’s support, Jeremy and Candace Barwick, owners of Western Bloodstock Ltd. and producers of the NCHA Futurity Sales, will also present a complimentary concert featuring country music star Neal McCoy. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m., in the Round Up Inn.

The Western Bloodstock Producers Sale, beginning at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 10, in John Justin Sale Arena offers a variety of future show prospects, as well as of bred mares. It will be followed on Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12, by Preferred Breeders Sale Session 1 and Preferred Breeders Sale Session 2, each also held in John Justin Sale Arena and each beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Complimentary breakfasts sponsored by First Financial Bank, Plains Capital Bank, and Quarter Horse News, respectively, will be served preceding the sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, December 13, the day of the NCHA Futurity Open Finals, will kick off at 9:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, featuring trained horses and horses in training, which will be sold as they work cattle.

Detailed information about the NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as the complete catalog of all sales is available online at, where the full slate of 2015 Western Bloodstock Sales will also be found.

A Little Bossy means business

Friday, November 14th, 2014

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy.

R.L. Chartier and A Little Bossy won their second Mercuria NCHA World Series event of the year at the American Royal Show in Kansas City. They marked 226 in the finals to beat leading Horse of the Year contender Junie Wood by two and a half points.

Bred by Bailey Quarter Horses and owned by Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas, A Little Bossy is a 9-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Pistol Smart, an aged event champion that earned $41,000.

A Little Bossy has earned over $275,000. Chartier won the Mercuria NCHA World Series event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo earlier in the year. In the past, they teamed up to win both the Open and $10,000 Novice divisions of the 2012 Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Runner-up John Mitchell and Slate River Ranch’s Junie Wood have won at the NCHA Super Stakes, Brazos Bash and Southern Futurity this year, as well as taking reserve titles at the NCHA Derby and Cotton Stakes.

In the Non-Pro finals at the American Royal, Allie Roger of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Billy Joe Rey for a four-point win over Mica Chartier on SL Jaybird.

Like the Open winner, R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy, Roger and Billy Joe Rey also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio this year.

Billy Joe Rey was bred by Jim McNulty by Dual Rey out of  Hug Me Darling, a Hug Me Doc mare that has produced five NCHA money earners.

Besides her Mercuria wins, Roger has shown the gelding to win the El Rancho Non-Pro Derby, and take reserve titles at the Brazos Bash and the Idaho Futurity. Billy Joe Rey has earned more than $89,000.

Runner-up Mica Chartier and SL Jaybird have teamed up for past wins at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, NCHA Classic Challenge, the Cotton Stakes, and The Non-Pro Cutting. SL Jaybird is a 12-year-old Smart Little Jerry gelding that has earned ove r$423,000.

Big wins for Chickaroos Firefox and Highbrow Time at PCCHA Futurity and Cutting Stakes

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Morgan Cromer

The 35th edition of the PCCHA Futurity, which concluded on Saturday in Paso Robles, Calif., had something for everyone, including 39 classes packed into 13 days of competition. And the biggest paychecks went to the winners of the Open Futurity and the Open Cutting Stakes.

Three-year-old Chickaroos Firefox, shown by Morgan Cromer and bred and owned by Latigo Ranch, Los Olivos, Calif., earned $30,000 for his 223-point win over Slithering Spoon, with 218 points, in the Open Futurity. Slithering Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful, earned $24,000 under Clint Allen, for owners David and Stacie McDavid, Forth Worth, Tex.

Fancy Hughes, winner of the Idaho and Brazos Bash Futurities, claimed third with 217 points. The Thomas E Hughes daughter, shown by Kenny Platt, is owned by Reed and Sherry McClymont, Holdrege, NC.

This was the third PCCHA Futurity championship for Cromer, who won in 2011 aboard Faye Reys Sis, and also in 2008, with Bearly Tuf Taz. In addition to Chickaroos Firefox, Cromer also showed The Whole Cat, sired by Cats Merada and owned by Leslie Day, in this year’s Futurity Finals.

Chickaroos Firefox is by Hick Chicaroo, sire of six NCHA money earners, and out of TF Smartlittle Linda, by Smart Little Lena. TF Smartlittle Linda earned over $135,000 under West Coast trainer Scott Weis, who also showed Hick Chicaroo to earn over $200,000, for breeder/owners Jim and Joanne Carollo, Atascadaro, Calif.

Weis was also a Cutting Stakes finalist on Saturday with CD Super Dually-sired CD Skipper, owned and bred by Michael Douglas, Los Angeles, Calif.

Joanne Carollo, is a three-time Snaffle Bit Futurity champion, who won the 1999 edition aboard Roosters Chicaroo, the dam of Hick Chicaroo.

Adan Banuelos

Highbrow Time, shown by Adan Banuelos for his sister, Jessica Banuelos, scored 224 points for a $20,000 win in the Open Cutting Stakes. The 4-year-old gelding, sired by High Brow CD, was also the the Open Cutting Stakes Gelding champion, as well as the Non-Pro Gelding reserve champion. Reyz The Bar, by Dual Rey and shown by Grant Setnicka, was reserve with 218.5 points, while Metalic Al, by Metallic Cat, took third with 218 points with Tom Shelley.

Bred by Capps Radio Ranch, Highbrow Time was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and has placed as an open finalist in five major 2014 events, including the NCHA Derby and Breeders Invitational.

Highbrow Time’s sire, NCHA Futurity Champion and Horse of the Year High Brow CD, realized $2 million in offspring earnings just prior to the PCCHA Futurity. In addition, Highbrow Time’s PCCHA accomplishments boosted High Brow CD’s 4-year-old offspring record to an unprecedented 65 championships and reserves.

One Time Soon, dam of Highbrow Time, is a leading producer of 17 NCHA money earners, including leading sire One Time Pepto. The 25-year-old Smart Little Lena daughter owned by Circle Y Ranch, the home of Im Countin Checks, a leading sire in 2014, who had three offspring in the 12-horse PCCHA Cutting Stakes finals, including Count Me Smooth and Countin on Stella, both shown by PCCHA Futurity winner Morgan Cromer.

Adan Banuelos also placed fifth in the Cutting Stakes aboard Smart Time Pepto 10, sired by One Time Pepto and owned by G&A Performance Horses, Tioga, Tex.


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