Archive for November, 2009

2009 NCHA World Finals Open Round 3

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

After two great runs that went off track in their final moments, Lindy Burch and Play Peek A Boon (pictured) kept the excitement cranked up until the buzzer on the third night of the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals in the Watt Arena. They marked 229 to win the round over Thomas E Hughes (225.5) and Dual Rey Me (225) who are going down to the wire for both the World Finals show championship, and the 2009 World Champion’s title.

Play Peek A Boon is the poster child of the 2009’s new 6666 Ranch World Series and the new format of the Mercuria Energy World Finals which
have greatly enhanced the star power, earning ability and value of older cutting horses. Mercuria will also sponsor an expanded World Series program in 2010 which will add big money to eight championship shows across North America.

Burch placed fifth in the 2002 NCHA Futurity on Play Peek A Boon and won more than $170,000 on the mare in aged events. But a suspensory injury at seven apparently ended the mare’s show career.

When the World Series program came together, Burch, who had sold her best open horse, says, “I happened to look out in the pasture and Play Peek A Boon ran by and she looked sound and I went, ‘I wonder . . .'”

She brought the mare back into condition after three years, won the Houston Livestock Show, and went to enough carefully chosen shows to qualify for the Word Finals.

“When the horses get to this age, it’s more like a partnership between the rider and horse,” Burch said, “like with Jeremy and Dual Rey Me. It’s wonderful to see that teamwork.”
Dual Rey Me and Thomas E Hughes are tied for the show championship going into the final round. Dual Rey Me has an $8,199 lead for the World Champion’s title, with a winner’s share of $6,410 on the line for both Round 4, and the non-working finals that determines the show championship.

Here’s a look at the third round of the Mercuria Energy NCHA Open World Finals:

Score Horse Owner Rider Earned 2009 $
229.0 Play Peek A Boon Oxbow Ranch Lindy Burch $6,410 $25,634
225.5 Thomas E Hughes Don & Kathy Boone Austin Shepard $5,128 $80,327
225.0 Dual Rey Me Candace & Jeremy Barwick Jeremy Barwick $3,846 $88,527
224.0 Jazzys Pep Talk W T Alexander Robert Rust $3,077 $50,778
222.0 Cats Royal Jewel Robert & Connie Rust Robert Rust $2,564 $36,838
220.5 Whittle Wed Boon Kate Gaughan Cookie Banuelos $2,051 $33,181
220.0 Captains Choice Joe & Stacey Robinson Casey Crouch $1,538 $28,009
219.0 Neat Little Cat Jim & Judy Spaulding Scott McClurg $1,026 $53,507
218.0 Stylish Curly Katherine MacMillan Tanner Curly Tully $33,091
218.0 Starcat Merada Daniel Jaeggi Chubby Turner $22,137
216.0 Cats Dual Olena Jarrett & Shannon Callahan Eddie Braxton $26,032
214.0 Lenas Dualin Buck Daniel Mike Coleman $43,956
213.5 Hick Chicaroo Latigo Canyon Ranch Scott Weis $24,704
210.0 Tronas Chex Dale & Erin Robbins Dale Robbins $22,830
194.0 Acres Upon Acres Jane & Johnny Mancuso Raymond Shumate $31,407

2009 NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Round 3

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

In the Non-Pro division of the third round of the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals held in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday night, year-end leader Elizabeth Queen and Sister CD (pictured) took aim at the 224 marked by Mary Jo Milner and Show Biz Ben earlier in the set and posted a 228.

Queen also won the first round with a 230, but marked 211 in the second round. She leads Wade Rust by 5.5 points for the show championship, and Mary Jo Milner by $11,048 for the World Championship.

Here’s a look at the third round of the Mercuria Energy NCHA Non-Pro World Finals:

Score Rider Home Horse Earned 2009 $
228.0 Elizabeth Queen Lipan, TX Sister CD $6,410 $86,832
224.0 Mary Jo Milner Southlake, TX Show Biz Ben $5,128 $75,784
223.0 Janet Westfall Los Olivos, CA Jeeps Posi Traction $3,846 $31,627
220.0 McKenzie Mullins Gordon, TX Belles N Bullets $2,821 $44,568
220.0 Wade Rust Gordon, TX Aljerita Annie $2,821 $38,898
217.0 Joe Howard Williamson Archer City, TX NutN Buta Houndog $2,051 $41,781
216.0 Kate Gaughan Las Vegas, NV Instant Again $1,538 $34,669
213.0 Dan Hansen Weatherford, TX Neverey $1,026 $30,999
211.5 Julie Hansma Weatherford, TX Al Poocino $30,313
208.0 Kathy Boone West Columbia, TX OneSmartOne $28,475
206.0 Steve Norris Colorado Springs, CO Freckles Royally Doc $30,730
205.0 Karen Hansen Weatherford, TX Woody Be Lucky $27,619
202.0 Paula Wood Stephenville, TX Donas Cool Cat $48,096
195.0 Jessica McMakin Sour Lake, TX Lenas Star Acre $24,971
0.0 Don Boone West Columbia, TX Lights on Hickory $29,497

2009 NCHA World Finals Open Round 2

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Jeremy Barwick marked 231 on two-time World Champion Dual Rey Me to dominate the second round of the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals Wednesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. Austin Shepard, riding first-round winner Thomas E Hughes, placed second with a 225.5. Dual Rey Me has a $9,481 lead over Thomas E Hughes in the World Champion’s race.

“This horse tries so hard and you can cut as bad a cow as you want and he’s not going to miss it,” Barwick said. “He likes to go fast and stop hard. That’s really his deal, so it worked out really good tonight.”

Dual Rey Me’s $6,410 paycheck lifted his career earnings to $763,657. Barwick said he and his wife, Candy, hope to make the 10-year-old Dual Pep gelding the sport’s all-time leading money earner before retiring him.

Wednesday’s performance put Dual Rey Me half a point ahead of Thomas E Hughes for the World Finals title.

Here’s a look at round 2 of the Open World Finals:

Score Horse Owner Rider Earned 2009 $
231.0 Dual Rey Me Candace & Jeremy Barwick Jeremy Barwick $6,410 $84,681
225.5 Thomas E Hughes Don & Kathy Boone Austin Shepard $5,128 $75,199
225.0 Cats Dual Olena Jarrett & Shannon Callahan Eddie Braxton $3,846 $26,032
223.0 Jazzys Pep Talk W T Alexander Robert Rust $2,821 $47,701
223.0 Whittle Wed Boon Kate Gaughan Cookie Banuelos $2,821 $31,130
220.0 Captains Choice Joe & Stacey Robinson Casey Crouch $1,794 $26,471
220.0 Starcat Merada Daniel Jaeggi Chubby Turner $1,794 $22,137
218.5 Hick Chicaroo Latigo Canyon Ranch Scott Weis $1,026 $24,704
216.5 Acres Upon Acres Jane & Johnny Mancuso Raymond Shumate $31,407
215.0 Tronas Chex Dale & Erin Robbins Dale Robbins $22,830
211.0 Cats Royal Jewel Robert & Connie Rust Robert Rust $34,274
200.0 Neat Little Cat Jim & Judy Spaulding Scott McClurg $52,481
0.0 Lenas Dualin Buck Daniel Mike Coleman $43,956
0.0 Stylish Curly Katherine MacMillan Tanner Curly Tully $33,091
0.0 Play Peek A Boon Oxbow Ranch Lindy Burch $19,224

2009 NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Round 2

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Paula Wood, NCHA’s Non-Pro World Champion in 1993, marked 229 Wednesday night to win the second round of the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Wood, who had shown fewer times than any of her fellow Top 15 contestants at the end of the regular season, rode eight-year-old Donas Cool Cat, by High Brow Cat.

“I never rode a horse any better than her,” said Wood, a Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider with career earnings of $1.5 million. “That horse makes you think you’re invincible. She’s just so athletic and gritty. I’ve ridden her for awhile and we know each other, so that makes a big difference, too.”

Wood’s score was a high mark for her career, and it gave her an 11.5-point lead over Wade Rust for the World Finals show title. In the World Champion’s race, Elizabeth Queen picked up $1,282 on Sister CD to stretch her lead to $9,765 over seven-time World Champion Mary Jo Milner who is breathing down her neck in second.

Here’s a look at the second round of the Non-Pro World Finals:

Score
Rider Home Horse Earned 2009 $
229.0 Paula Wood Stephenville, TX Donas Cool Cat $6,410 $48,096
222.0 Wade Rust Gordon, TX Aljerita Annie $5,128 $36,077
221.0 McKenzie Mullins Gordon, TX Belles N Bullets $3,846 $41,747
219.0 Dan Hansen Weatherford, TX Neverey $3,077 $29,973
215.5 Steve Norris Colorado Springs, CO Freckles Royally Doc $2,564 $30,730
214.0 Joe Howard Williamson Archer City, TX NutN Buta Houndog $2,051 $39,730
211.0 Elizabeth Queen Lipan, TX Sister CD $1,282 $80,422
211.0 Kate Gaughan Las Vegas, NV Instant Again $1,282 $33,131
210.0 Julie Hansma Weatherford, TX Al Poocino $30,313
198.0 Mary Jo Milner Southlake, TX Show Biz Ben $70,656
197.0 Karen Hansen Weatherford, TX Woody Be Lucky $27,619
189.0 Kathy Boone West Columbia, TX OneSmartOne $28,475
60.0 Jessica McMakin Sour Lake, TX Lenas Star Acre $24,971
0.0 Don Boone West Columbia, TX Lights on Hickory $29,497
0.0 Janet Westfall Los Olivos, CA Jeeps Posi Traction $27,781

2009 NCHA World Finals Open Round 1

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Austin Shepard marked 229 on Thomas E Hughes to win the first round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth last night. Ranked second in the standings coming in to the World Finals, Thomas E Hughes narrowed the lead held by Jeremy Barwick’s Dual Rey Me, who marked 224 for third (behind Curly Tully on Stylish Curly).

“He has a lot of strengths, but he’s really intense on a cow,” said Shepard of the High Brow Cat son owned by perennial Non-Pro World Finalists Don and Kathy Boone. “We came in here behind, and Jeremy had a big score. I tried not to do anything stupid, but I tried to take advantage of an opportunity. This horse is very well trained – I can say that I guess – my dad trained him. When I bought him from my dad, that’s what I’ve done my whole life is ride horses my dad trained, so it kind of fit good.”

Thomas E Hughes earned $6,410 for the win, which moves him $8,199 behind Dual Rey Me in his World Champion bid, and also strengthened his lead in the World Champion Stallion category.

“This is a really good venue for the World Finals,” Shepard said. “Horses aren’t done when they’re seven. For them to have a big money show to let us do this during the Futurity when everybody who loves cutting is here in town, it’s just a great thing.”

Here’s a look at the first round of the Open World Finals:

Score Horse Owner Rider Earned 2009 $
229.0 Thomas E Hughes Don & Kathy Boone Austin Shepard $6,410 $70,071
226.5 Stylish Curly Katherine MacMillan Tanner Curly Tully $5,128 $33,091
224.0 Dual Rey Me Candace & Jeremy Barwick Jeremy Barwick $3,846 $78,271
221.0 Hick Chicaroo Latigo Canyon Ranch Scott Weis $3,077 $23,678
220.5 Cats Dual Olena Jarrett & Shannon Callahan Eddie Braxton $2,564 $22,186
218.5 Cats Royal Jewel Robert & Connie Rust Robert A Rust $2,051 $34,274
218.0 Neat Little Cat Jim & Judy Spaulding Scott McClurg $1,282 $52,481
218.0 Tronas Chex Dale & Erin Robbins Dale Robbins $1,282 $22,830
217.5 Jazzys Pep Talk W T Alexander Robert A Rust $44,880
217.0 Lenas Dualin Buck Daniel Mike Coleman $43,956
215.5 Captains Choice Joe & Stacey Robinson Casey C Crouch $24,677
214.0 Starcat Merada Daniel Jeaggi Chubby Turner $20,343
213.0 Acres Upon Acres Jane & Johnny Mancuso Raymond Shumate $31,407
207.0 Play Peek A Boon Oxbow Ranch Lindy Burch $19,224
201.0 Whittle Wed Boon Kate Gaughan Cookie Banuelos $28,309

2009 NCHA World Finals Non-Pro Round 1

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Elizabeth Queen marked 230 on NCHA’s leading active money earner, Sister CD, to win the Non-Pro, as the next to last rider in the first round of the 2009 Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth last night. She was followed by former Non-Pro World champion Paula Wood, who marked 226 on Donas Cool Cat.

“I tried to enjoy myself,” said Queen. “It was a great crowd and it was a lot of fun. I’m really thankful to (NCHA President) Chubby Turner and Mercuria and all the sponsors because it gave another opportunity to show him.”

Sister CD’s $6,410 paycheck gives him a career total of $771,060, and it moves Elizabeth Queen a little further ahead of seven-time Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner in the quest for this year’s title. After last night, Queen has an $8,483 lead over Milner in the year-end race.

Here’s a look at the first round of the Non-Pro World Finals:

Score Rider Home Horse Earned 2009 $
230.0 Elizabeth Queen Lipan, TX Sister CD $6,410 $79,140
226.0 Paula Wood Stephenville, TX Donas Cool Cat $5,128 $41,686
222.0 McKenzie Mullins Gordon, TX Belles N Bullets $3,846 $37,901
221.5 Wade Rust Gordon, TX Aljerita Annie $3,077 $30,949
220.5 Julie Hansma Weatherford, TX Al Poocino $2,564 $30,313
218.5 Joe Howard Williamson Archer City, TX NutN Buta Houndog $2,051 $37,679
215.0 Mary Jo Milner Southlake, TX Show Biz Ben $855 $70,656
215.0 Karen Hansen Weatherford, TX Woody Be Lucky $855 $27,619
215.0 Dan Hansen Weatherford, TX Neverey $855 $26,896
213.5 Janet Westfall Los Olivos, CA Jeeps Posi Traction $27,781
213.0 Kathy Boone West Columbia, TX OneSmartOne $28,475
212.0 Kate Gaughan Las Vegas, NV Instant Again $31,849
208.0 Steve Norris Colorado Springs, CO Freckles Royally Doc $28,166
200.0 Jessica McMakin Sour Lake, TX Lenas Star Acre $24,971
184.0 Don Boone West Columbia, TX Lights on Hickory $29,497

Another serving of Rice

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009


“I tried making money in the non-pro and I did fine, but if you’re going to make a living in this business, you’ve got to be in the open,” said Tatum Rice, following his 216-point first go-round performance on Saturday, in the NCHA Futurity at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth.

It was Rice’s first time to show as a professional, as well as his first time to ride in open competition. But the 24-year-old rider comes from a family as rich in “cutting genes” as the finest show horse.

Tatum works for his cousin, Tag Rice, who won the NCHA Triple Crown on Chiquita Pistol. Tatum’s father, Boyd Rice, was last year’s NCHA Super Stakes and Derby champion on Third Cutting; his uncle, Ronnie Rice, is a two-time NCHA Futurity champion; his grandfather, Sonny Rice, is a former NCHA world champion; and his brother, Tarin, 20, won the 2007 Non-Pro MillionHeir Classic, on MH Willing To Cut.

“I really felt less stress this year,” admitted Rice. “I paid two non-pro entry fees and two non-pro limited entry fees and had about $6,000 in it last year. At this show I have zero dollars in it and I can relax and just show the horses.

“I didn’t have the funding to be able to get enough horses to show in the non-pro,” he added. “I could have a couple, but never enough to have three-year-olds to choose from or four- and five-year-olds.”

Rice was catch-riding Shes Twice As Smooth, on Saturday, for his cousin, Tag, who scored 217 points on Sunday aboard his own horse, Chiquita Cat, out of Chiquita Pistol.

Ronnie Rice, Tag Rice and Boyd Rice are all members of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and have each earned more than $4 million, $3 million and $2.6 million, respectively.

The $4.5 million NCHA Futurity continues through Sunday, December 13.