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Beasley leading Amateurs

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Julie Beasley on Metallic Twister. Hart Photography.

Julie Beasley on Metallics Twister. Hart Photography.

Julie Beasley of Montgomery, Alabama, brings a lead of 217 into Saturday’s final day of first-round competition in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur division at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Five riders, Natalie Newby, Grace Ann Vangilder, Bella Anderson, Bill Paxton and Catherine Wunder, have posted 216s.

Beasley is riding Metallics Twister in the Unlimited class, bred by Charlie Israel by Metallic Cat out of Some Kinda Twister. Some Kinda Twister earned $58,000 and also produced $201,000 earner Twistful Thinking, winner of the Non-Pro Super Stakes and NCHA Derby with Cade Shepard.

Beasley bought Metallics Twister as a yearling for $30,000 at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Beasley is a two-time semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity.

Friday’s first round leaders

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Bill Pierce on Pinkolena Boon. Hart Photography

Bill Pierce on Pinkolena Boon. Hart Photography

The first rounds of four classes of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals were held in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena Friday.

In the $5,000 Novice, Pinkolena Boon, ridden by Bill Pierce for Wiggins Quarter Horses of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, marked 221 for a two-point win over Hes Gotta Be Good.

Pinkolena Boon was bred by Jackson Land & Cattle by Peptoboonsmal out of Miss Cee Olena. The 7-year-old mare has earnings of more than $60,000. She moved up from seventh to sixth in the standings with her go-round win.

Hes Gotta Be Good moved up from second to first in the standings with his second-place finish. The Cats Gotta Diamond gelding, ridden by Tom Long, is now just $47 ahead of CR Kittys Gotta Gun, ridden by Gavin Jordan.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold on Big Bow Pepto. Hart Photography.

Ed Wold of Murrieta, California, won the $50,000 Amateur go-round by half a point with a 221.5 on Big Bow Pepto. Leann Wilson was second on Bada Boo.

Bred by Alexa Stent, Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal out of Bowmans Little Jewel, a mare that won the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes and earned $76,000. She has produced earners of $898,000.

Big Bow Pepto has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.

Love The Reys and Cassie Mitchell. Hart Photography.

Love The Reys and Cassie Mitchell. Hart Photography.

Love The Reys, ridden by Cassie Mitchell of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 to win the first round of the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro over Lil Luigi Long Legs and Sherry Graham with a 219.

Love The Reys was bred by Jeff and Wendy Oswood by Dual Rey out of Lovies Lass, by Grays Starlight. Mitchell made the 2014 Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Futurity on the mare, and went on to be a Limited Non-Pro finalist at the Super Stakes and NCHA Derby. Love The Reys has earned more than $53,000.

The go-round win moved Love The Reys from 10th to seventh in the year-end standings.

Lil Luigi Long Legs has a $548 lead over Bea Pure Cat and Jill Roth in the World Champion’s race.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Erich Schmoyer on Ms Nita. Hart Photography.

Eric Schmoyer of Macungie, Pennsylvania, marked 222 on Ms Nita to lead the first round of the $15,000 Amateur. Brian Pearse was next with a 220.5 on Reyd.

Ms Nita was bred by Kathleen Moore by Nitas Wood out of Teninas Tango, by Freckles Fancy Twist. The 8-year-old mare was a Limited Non-Pro and Limited Open NCHA Futurity finalist with Moore, and Rowdy Larson, respectively. She has earned more than $60,000.

Schmoyer, who made the $15,000 Amateur World Finals on Shesa Pepto Teaspoon in 2014, was also a finalist in two classes at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships that year.

His go-round win also sealed his lead for the 2016 World Championship.

Smooth move by Cooper

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Lance Cooper on Bet Shes A Smoothie. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper on Bet Shesa Smoothie. Hart Photography.

Fifteen-year-old Lance Cooper of Weatherford, Texas, marked 219 to move into the lead after Thursday’s second round of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. Riding Bet Shes A Smoothie, his scores of 216.5 and 219 gave him a total of 435.5, half a point up on Russ De Cordova riding CR Tuff Bandit.

In all, 61 riders marked 426.5 or better to advance to the semi-finals.

Bet Shes A Smoothie was bred by Bar RR Ranches by Smooth As A Cat out of Play A Bet, by Bet On Me 498. Play A Bet was a Limited Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Classic Challenge with Lica Pinkston and a Limited Open finalist at the Super Stakes Classic with Craig Gilham. She earned $35,000.

Lance Cooper has been a Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Futurity each of the last two years. Last summer, he marked a 233 on Holly Is Smooth while winning the Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting in Will Rogers Coliseum.

World Finals winners emerge

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
World Finals champion Hevvy Metal, ridden by Todd Gann. Hart Photography.

World Finals champion Hevvy Metal, ridden by Todd Gann. Hart Photography.

Four divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals were decided Thursday in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena, throwing the spotlight on Show Champions, as well as the World Champions of 2016.

In the $25,000 Novice class, Hevvy Metal and Todd Gann marked 223 to win the final round and the non-working finals, earning $4,287 for the World Finals title.

Bred by Cindy Smith and owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Hevvy Metal is a 6-year-old gelding by Metallic Cat out of Dual Nurse, who has produced earners of $350,000.

Gann won the Congress and Southern Classics with Hevvy Metal this fall in addition to his Novice campaign.

For the year, Hevvy Metal wound up Reserve Champion to World Champion Mercedes Smoothe, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Reata Cutting Horses. Mercedes Smoothe earned $43,589 for the year to Hevvy Metal’s 26,426.

Linda Davies on Cetas Ahoy Mate. Hart Photography.

Linda Davies on Cetas Ahoy Mate. Hart Photography.

Linda Davies of Lloydminster, Alberta, and Cetas Ahoy Mate marked 222 on Thursday to win both the second round and the non-working round of the Mercuria World Finals, as well as the World Championship.

Cetas Ahoy Mate was bred by Mark Nelson by Smart Mate out of Cetas Lady, by Doc Quixote. The 13-year-old gelding has now earned more than $141,000.

Davies won the $15,000 Amateur on him at last year’s 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships and she was also a finalist in that class at last year’s Mercuria NCHA World Finals. She made $16,628 for the year to win the 2016 World Championship in the $35,000 Non-Pro.

The Reserve title went to Kim Davis of Sacramento, California, with $12,425 on Boon Jovi, a 7-year-old Peptoboonsmal gelding.

Gilda Jackson on Scoots Lead Free. Hart Photography.

Gilda Jackson on Scoots Lead Free. Hart Photography.

Consistency paid off for Scoots Lead Free and Gilda Jackson of Paradise, Texas, in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals. They marked 215.5 and 217 to win the non-working finals and the World Finals championship with earnings of $2,185 at the show.

Scoots Lead Free is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Jeems Bayou Production Corp. by Scootin Boon out of Lead Free, by Doc’s Hickory. Lead Free was a Pacific Coast Futurity reserve champ with Tom Lyons back in 1990, and she has produced earners of $240,000.

Scoots Lead Free wound up the year with earnings of $19,593, good for third in the standings behind World Champion CT Desireable and Erin Bimat with $25,053; and Simply Bird and Ed Wold with $21,127.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar of Scottsdale, Arizona, made a clean sweep in the $2,000 Limit Rider division, winning every round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals as well as the World Championship. He marked back-to-back 223s at the show, riding Cat In White Nikes, an 11-year-old High Brow Cat mare owned by Dr. Gerald Dorros.

Vicar earned $15,256 for the year, to give him the World Championship over Brian Pearse from Sturgeon County, Alberta with $10,177

 

Pitchforks Bet 013 crowned in Limited Open

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Todd Adolf on Pitchforks Bet 013. Hart Photography.

Todd Adolf on Pitchforks Bet 013. Hart Photography.

Pitchforks Bet 013 emerged as the first champion of the 2016 Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, when he won the Limited Open finals Wednesday evening in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum.

Todd Adolf.

Todd Adolf.

Todd Adolf marked 219.5 on the son of Bet Hesa Cat to win by half a point from Dualin Cats, ridden by Robbie Boyce.

Pitchforks Bet 013 was bred by James Eakin, who sold him as a yearling for $22,000 at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He is by Bet Hesa Cat out of Pitchforks Lena, an earner of $64,000, and  a producer of earners of $74,000. Pitchforks Lena is out of Sons Pitchfork, which Wayland Long showed in his Non-Pro World Championship campaign of 1989.

Kim Adolf of Morristown, Arizona owns Pitchforks Bet 013. The 3-year-old marked a pair of 216s in the Open go-rounds, missing the cut-off for the semi-finals by half a point.

This is Adolf’s first NCHA Futurity paycheck. He has won a long list of limited age events, including the Western States Futurity, Rocky Mountain Futurity, Utah Futurity and Wyoming Futurity.

Robbie Boyce on Dualin Cats.

Robbie Boyce on Dualin Cats.

Reserve champion Dualin Cats is a son of Metallic Cat out of Lethal Dually, bred and owned by Cowan Select Horses of Havre, Montana. His dam is a half-sister to $393,000 earner Thomas E Hughes.

In the last two years, Boyce has won an Open title at the Chisholm Trail Fall Roundup, and Limited Open championships at the Ike Hamilton, Arbuckle Mountain, Chisholm Trail and West Texas Futurities.

In the second round of the Non-Pro, Lance Cooper marked 219 to give him the high cumulative score of 435.5. He rode Bet Shes A Smoothie, a mare bred by Bar RR Ranches by Smooth As A Cat out of Play A Bet, by Bet On Me 498. Play A Bet is a winner of $35,000.

 

Mercedes Smoothe tops first round

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Gavin Jordan on Mercedes Smoothe. Hart Photography.

Gavin Jordan on Mercedes Smoothe. Hart Photography.

Reata Cutting Horses’ Mercedes Smoothe and Gavin Jordan marked 222.5 to lead the first round of the $25,000 Novice Wednesday at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Phil Rapp was second on Lane & Sons Cattle Company’s Rattle Tap with a 219.5.

Mercedes Smoothe, who brought a $15,000 lead into the World Finals and will emerge as the World Champion, is a 7-year-old mare bred by former Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

She is by Smooth As A Cat out of CDs Masterpiece, a Northwest Ranch Festival Futurity champion that has produced earners of $350,000.

Mercedes Smooth was an NCHA Derby and Super Stakes Classic finalist with Matt Gaines, and has earned more than $145,000 in her career.

Shannon Lamb on Hes A Rubypepto. Hart Photography.

Shannon Lamb on Hes A Rubypepto. Hart Photography.

Shannon Lamb of Boerne, Texas, led the first round of the $35,000 Non-Pro with a 221 on Hes A Rubypepto. Linda Davies was second with a 219.5 on Cetas Ahoy Mate.

Hes A Rubypepto was bred by Ruby Tuesday Partners by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Ruby Tuesday DNA. The 8-year-old gelding has earned more than $86,000.

Linda Davies’ second-place finish in the go-round gave her an unbeatable lead in the 2016 standings. Davies was champion of the NCHA Western Nationals last year in the $15,000 Amateur, and was a Mercuria NCHA World Finalist in that class.

Erin Bimat on CT Desireable. Hart Photography.

Erin Bimat on CT Desireable. Hart Photography.

Erin Bimat of Peaster, Texas, and CT Desireable marked 222 to win the first round of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. Ed Wold of Murrieta, California, placed second with a 219 on Simply Bird.

Bimat and Wold came into the World Finals placed first and second in the standings, and Bimat’s first-round win sealed her position as the World Champion.

Bred by Cox Trinity Equine, CT Desireable is a 6-year-old gelding by Cat Ichi out of Desires Smart Lena with earnings of $32,000. Hes a half-brother to Abilene Spectacular champion and $189,000 earner Desires Blue Trinity.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

In the $2,000 Limit Rider, Dalton Vicar of Scottsdale, Arizona marked the high score of the day, 223, to win the first round over Logan Warren with a 217.

Vicar, who finished fourth in this class at the NCHA Western Nationals last spring, rode Dr. Gerald Dorros’ Cat In White Nikes.

Cat In White Nikes is an 11-year-old mare bred by Robert Ballard by High Brow Cat out of Smart Little Nike, by Smart Little Lena. Smart Little Nike was a Super Stakes Open finalist and earned over $95,000.

Cat In White Nikes has earned over $46,000.

Vicar brought an unbeatable lead into the World Finals and will be the World Champion in the $2,000 Limit Rider class.

 

 

Queen rules Non-Pro round 1

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Hall of Famer Elizabeth Queen of Allendale, South Carolina marked 220 on Tuesday to lead the first round of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. She rode Nighttiming, by One Time Pepto.

Four riders each scored 218.5 to tie for second in the go-round. They were Sarah Morine of Weatherford, Texas, on Georgy On My Mind, by Third Cutting; Michelle Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Pink Catty, by Catty Hawk; Christina Cox of Marrietta, Oklahoma on Nothing Elz Matters, by Metallic Cat; and  Janet Trefethen of Napa, California, on Hissylicious, by Halreycious.

One hundred eighty-four riders marked 204 or better to advance to the second round of the Non-Pro.

Nighttiming was bred by Carroll’s Cutting by One Time Pepto out of Uno Reba, by Smart Little Uno. Uno Reba has produced six earners of a combined $106,000.

Elizabeth Queen, the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion of 2009, first qualified for the NCHA Amateur Futurity in 1997. She has been a Non-Pro finalist three times since 2004.

In the Limited Non-Pro division, Michelle Barnes of Lewiston, Idaho, marked 219 to lead 74 contestants who advanced from a 205 bubble. She rode Bet Shesa Diva, a mare bred by Pat Kirkpatrick by Bet Hesa Cat out of Plumbin Time, by Peptotime. Plumbin Time earned $20,000 in NCHA competition.