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Reyzin The Cash raises the ante

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Reyzin The Cash joined elite company Friday night when he and Gary Gonsalves won the NCHA Classic Challenge with a 229 at the NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas. He joins Hall of Fame Horses Shakin Flo and Third Cutting as the only NCHA Derby/Classic Challenge winners in successive years since the 5-year-old and 6-year-old classes merged in 1995.

Reyzin The Cash is a 5-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Spookys Cash, bred and owned by Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado.

Top qualifier John Mitchell and CR Tuff Lucy marked 228 to lead the first set.

“I thought his run was outstanding,” said Gonsalves, who drew fourth in the second set. “I really thought there’s the winner right there.

“I just wanted to get showed, to have a clean run and do my job, and leave it to (the judges). We had a good draw and cut some good cows. Anything can happen, and it happened the way we wanted it to.”

Gonsalves rode Reyzin The Cash’s dam, Spookys Cash, an earner of $284,000 and an Open finalist in the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic, and Classic Challenge. This latest win puts Spookys Cash over half a million in produce earnings.

“His mother was a low-moving horse like him,” Gonsalves said. “She was gritty, and I think that’s where he gets his grit from. They both have a big heart.”

Reyzin The Cash earned an estimated $51,259 for the win, including $25,000 for the winner sponsored by Faith Mountain Ranch.

“I think I’ll give them a big kiss,” Gonsalves said. “It’s awesome that they did that.”

Reyzin The Cash won last year’s NCHA Derby, Pacific Coast Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Novice, and this year’s Arbuckle Mountain Classic. He’s now earned more than $210,000.

Reserve champion CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch. The 6-year-old by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena has now earned more than $275,000.

Tarin Rice showed her to fourth in the NCHA Futurity and the reserve championship in last year’s NCHA Derby.

Mitchell was reserve champion with her in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring, and has also been a finalist at the Abilene Spectacular, Cattlemen’s Derby and Arbuckle Mountain.

Reserve champion John Mitchell on CR Tuff Lucy.

Reserve champion John Mitchell on CR Tuff Lucy.

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Rogers takes Ltd Non-Pro

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Judy Rogers on Dualin Cat Lena.

Judy Rogers on Dualin Cat Lena.

Judy Rogers of Rockdale, Texas, who set the top score in the go-round, came back to win the finals with a 223 in the Limited Non-Pro division of the Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

She rode Dualin Cat Lena, a 5-year-old gelding bred by Jim Bilbrey by Dualin Boon out of Little Cat Lena, a mare that goes back to Sheila Welch’s 1983 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion Dolly Olena.

Dualin Cat Lena was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Judy’s husband, Jonathan, who had earned more than $50,000 on the gelding prior to the Summer Spectacular.

Judy Rogers“I’ve only had him a couple of weeks,” Judy Rogers said. “I showed him at a weekend cutting and did not get along very well at all. Jonathan bought a slot for me here just for the Limited because he didn’t know what was going to happen, nor did I.

“But it worked, with his hard work. I just cut my cows. He and the horse did the rest.”

Jaylee Hall and High Brow CD Deuce marked 221 as the first contestant in the finals. But Rogers wasn’t thinking about that as she rode to the herd in the middle of the set.

“I just try to show my horse and do the best that I can do,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Dualin Cat Lena can be a handful, but Jonathan had him dialed in for the finals.

“We’ve formed a bond, and it’s just worked,” she said. “He’s just smart and sticky and very athletic.”

Rogers has been successful with her 8-year-old Hes A Peptospoonful gelding Spoonfulla Cat, a Mercuria World Series finalist at Houston this year. And that may have helped her turn around with Dualin Cat Lena between her frustrating weekend show and the Will Rogers Coliseum win.

“Maybe I was just thinking about my older horse and how I show him, and I just tried to make it the same here,” she said. “Just mind over matter.”

This is Rogers’ second Limited Non-Pro win in the Classic Challenge. She was co-champion with Cade Hansma in 2014, riding CD Pretty Lady.

Jaylee Hall, 18, of Weatherford, Texas, held on for the reserve championship on High Brow CD Deuce. The 6-year-old gelding is by High Brow CD out of WJ Pretty In Pink. Hall has won Amateur championships at the Brazos Bash and Abilene Spectacular on the gelding, and was reserve champion at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown in Cowtown.

In Thursday’s Non-Pro competition, Lindy Ashlock and first-round leader Little Miss One Time stayed in front after the second round with a cumulative 438.5.

Twenty-three riders marked 433.5 or better to advance to Sunday’s Non-Pro Classic Challenge finals.

 

 

 

Grant Simon, Elite Cat take John Deere Division

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Grant Simon and Elite Cat won the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge Wednesday.

Grant Simon and Elite Cat won the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge Wednesday.

The first champion of the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, was crowned Wednesday as Grant Simon and Elite Cat marked 222 to win the John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge. Walt Erwin took the reserve championship with a 219 on Rosie Boon San.

Grant Simon.

Grant Simon.

Elite Cat is bred and owned by Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas, who was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame a few weeks before the Summer Spectacular got underway.

The 6-year-old mare is by High Brow Cat out of Little Swiss Miss, by Haidas Little Pep. She’s a full sister to Swiss Cat, a mare that produced $165,000 earner and NCHA Derby and Classic Challenge finalist Swiss Cat Pepto, as well as Little Swiss Desire, the mare that Ken Sitton rode to the Limited Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic last spring.

Elite Cat had only earned about $5,000 before the Summer Spectacular.

“She’s unbelievable,” Simon said. “She should have won $130,000. I started her in a hackamore in March and she just let down and it was like the light bulb came on.”

The mare steadily improved through weekend shows at Simon’s base at Silverado, and then marked 218.5 / 216.5 in the Classic Challenge go-rounds.

“I came in here with a lot of confidence, and she marked a 218.5 in the first go and she was good, but not as good as I thought she could be, like tonight,” Simon said.  “She had a fast second go. I just wanted to go home and work her really slow and correct.

“We got a good draw in the finals and we cut some good cows, and she was just dead-on where whe needed to be.

“She’s really smart on a cow and hit that stop good. She was perfect tonight.”

Simon, an Australian who came to the USA in the late 1990s and worked for Hall of Famer John Mitchell for seven years, won the John Deere Division of the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes on Decimate.

Walt Erwin and Rosie Boon San won last year’s John Deere Division of the NCHA Derby before taking the reserve championship in this year’s Classic Challenge.

Bred by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and owned by Kelly Gates of Martinez, Georgia, Rosie Boon San is by Boon San out of Stylish Rosie, a Docs Stylish Oak mare that was reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Derby with Eddie Flynn.

In Non-Pro competition, Lindy Ashlock and Little Miss One Time held on to the lead with their 222 as the first round of the Classic Challenge concluded. Kyle Manion moved into second place in the first round with a 220.5 on Smooth Two Tapper, by Smooth As A Cat out of Hold On Loosely.

Judy Rogers and Dualin Cat Lena led the Limited Non-Pro with a 218.5, ahead of Jackie Davison on Cajun Grace. Nine contestants marked 215 or better to advance to Thursday’s Limited Non-Pro finals.

 

Ashlock tops first day of CC Non-Pro

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Lindy Ashlock on Little Miss One Time. Hart Photo.

Lindy Ashlock on Little Miss One Time. Hart Photo.

Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas, marked 222 to lead the first day of Non-Pro Classic Challenge competition Tuesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 19.

She rode Little Miss One Time, a 6-year-old mare bred by Eddie and Barbara Young by One Time Pepto out of Puddykat, by High Brow Cat.

Ashlock has won championships at the Brazos Bash, Abilene Spectacular and West Texas Futurity with the mare. Little Miss One Time has earned more than $128,000.

Cody Hedlund marked 219 for Tuesday’s second high score with Shez Like Texas. The 5-year-old mare bred by Billy Martin is by Light N Lena out of Dual Delight, which Martin rode to win the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro championship in 1997.

Hedlund was reserve champion with Shez Like Texas at the Pacific Coast Derby this year.

Judy Rogers of Rockdale, Texas marked 218.5 to top the first day in the Limited Non-Pro division. She rode Dualin Cat Lena, a 5-year-old Dualin Boon gelding bred by Jim Bilbrey. Judy’s husband, Jonathan, showed Dualin Cat Lena in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Open finals. Judy Rogers was reserve champion in the 2014 Limited Non-Pro Classic Challenge with CD Pretty Lady.

The first round of the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro Classic Challenge concludes on Wednesday.

CR Tuff Lucy heads to finals in front

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
CR Tuff Lucy and John Mitchell. Hart Photography.

CR Tuff Lucy and John Mitchell. Hart Photography.

CR Tuff Lucy, ridden by John Mitchell posted the top cumulative score of 442.5 after the first two rounds of the NCHA Classic Challenge concluded Monday at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas.

They put together scores of 222 and 220.5 in the go-rounds.

Twenty-six contestants marked 436.5 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. She is by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena. An earner of more than a quarter-million dollars, she won the Abilene Spectacular and was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby under Tarin Rice, and was reserve champion of  the Super Stakes Classic this spring with Mitchell.

Wesley Galyean on Button Down Supercat and Kobie Wood on Cool Cat Dual Rey both marked 442 for the second high score after round two.

Button Down Supercat (218 / 224), is a 5-year-old mare by Dual Rey out of NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat, owned by Steven Feiners SMF Cutting Horses of Aspen, Colorado.

Cool Cat Dual Rey (221 / 221) is a 6-year-old son of Dual Rey out of $315,000 earner Donas Cool Cat, owned by Cotton/Davis Cutting Horses of Kaufman, Texas.

Walt Erwin and Rosie Boon San, who won last year’s John Deere Division of the NCHA Derby, posted the top score of 435.5 among this year’s Classic Challenge John Deere Division qualifiers. The Boon San x Stylish Rosie mare is owned by Kelly Gates of Martinez, Georgia.

Lil Jackson Cat leads first round

Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Lloyd Cox

Lloyd Cox.

Lil Jackson Cat and Lloyd Cox marked 223 Sunday for the high score in the first round of the Open Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Ninety-two horses marked 214 or better to advance to Monday’s second round.

Lil Jackson Cat is a 6-year-old mare bred by Ken Jackson and owned by Thomas and Natalie Humprheville of Glenwood, New Mexico.

She is by all-time leading sire High Brow Cat out of Money Talks Smart, making her a full sister to $245,000 earner High Brow Jackson.

With Cox riding, Lil Jackson Cat won last year’s Cotton Stakes, and was a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring. The mare also won last year’s John Deere Division of the Classic Challenge with Nate Miller on board. She has earned more than $104,000.

Three horses marked 222 for the second high score. They were CR Tuff Lucy and Johnny Royal from Saturday, and Sweet Lil Amanda, ridden by Matt Miller for Chris and Tracy Brengard on Sunday.

CR Tuff Lucy, Johnny Royal lead first day

Saturday, July 16th, 2016
John Mitchell.

John Mitchell.

CR Tuff Lucy, ridden by John Mitchell, and Johnny Royal, ridden by Russ Westfall, shared the first day’s high score of 222 in the NCHA Classic Challenge Saturday as the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, got underway in Fort Worth, Texas.

CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. She is by Woody Be Tuff out of Lucindas Catolena. An earner of more than a quarter-million dollars, she won the Abilene Spectacular and was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby under Tarin Rice, and was reserve champion of  the Super Stakes Classic this spring with Mitchell.

Russ Westfall

Russ Westfall.

Johnny Royal is a 5-year-old gelding bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, and owned by George and Charlene Lane of Lancaster, California. He’s by CD Royal out of Sues Best Bet, a daughter of three-time World Champion and $1.4 million producer Meradas Little Sue. Johnny Royal was reserve Non-Pro champion of last year’s Pacific Coast Derby with Russ Westfall’s son, Brandon. The gelding has earned more than $44,000.

Five horses marked 220 or better on the first day of competition. They included Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD) ridden by Austin Shepard at 221; Countess Cat (Im Countin Checks) ridden by John Sanislow at 220; and Eazee E (High Brow Cat), ridden by Tatum Rice, also at 220.

The first round continues Sunday, with the second round scheduled for Monday.