Archive for December, 2009

2009 NCHA Futurity Amateur

Monday, December 14th, 2009
217.0
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DESIRES PRISSY CAT R: JAMIE GOERTZ O: JAMIE GOERTZ
(HIGH BROW CAT x DESIRE SOME FRECKLES, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $9,958
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MATES SPECIAL BOY R: KIM ZIEGELGRUBER O: KIM ZIEGELGRUBER
(SMART MATE x HICKORYS SPECIAL GAL, by DOC’S HICKORY)
Earned: $9,958

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2009 NCHA Futurity Ltd Open

Monday, December 14th, 2009
222.0
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JOJO BOON R: GEOFFREY SHEEHAN O: JOHN & HOPE MITCHELL
(PEPTOBOONSMAL x BAMBI FRECKLES, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $23,766

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2009 NCHA Futurity Ltd Non-Pro

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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BOBS A PLAYER R: ASHLEY SNIDER O: JAIME & ASHLEY SNYDER
(BOBS FRECKLE x TAQUITAS PLAYGIRL, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $14,409

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Rockin W rolls with record 229-point NCHA Futurity win

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Rockin W rocked the house last night in Fort Worth with a 229-point victory in the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. Tony Piggott was aboard the Dual Rey son for Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, which accepted the winner’s check of $250,000. The score ties that of Royal Fletch in 2000 as the all-time Futurity record.

Reserve champions Yadacat and Michael Cooper scored 226 points, as the seventh to work in the first set, immediately before Rockin W and Piggott rode to the herd.

“It’s amazing,” said Walton (with Rockin W in NCHA photo by Jill Dunkel) who raised Rockin W, a fourth generation Walton-bred out of 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, a mare Walton fondly refers to as Miss Piggy because of her appetite for food and life.

“For him to be Miss Piggy’s first baby and always so special, and then I’m silly enough to name him after my ranch, it’s kind of a Cinderella thing,” Walton added.

This was Piggott’s first time to show in the NCHA Futurity Open Finals and although he works for Rocking W, he was catch-riding Rockin W for Gary Gonsalves, who trained the colt, but opted to show two other horses instead.

“He’d been laid off for a couple of months because he had a bruised coffin bone from being shod,” Walton explained. “Gary loved him, but that’s why he didn’t show him. (more…)

Paint horse, Gunnatrashya, wins NRHA Futurity

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

An American Paint Horse stallion, Gunnatrashya, captured the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity title in Oklahoma City last weekend, outscoring over 400 horses entered in the open division. The Paint stallion won with a score of 228.5, earning $125,000 in prize money.

This is only the second time in history that a Paint horse has won the event. Gunnatrashya now joins RR Star, who won the event in 2001. Gunnatrashya’s sire, Colonels Smokingun, known simply as “Gunner” in the reining world, is the first million-dollar Paint sire in NRHA history, as well as the highest-earning Paint horse performer in NRHA history.

Gunnatrashya is owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA in Weatherford, Texas, and was shown by top NRHA rider Shawn Flarida. “He’s been one of my favorites all year long,” said Flarida of the 3-year-old colt. “ I knew when we were done that he had performed really well. I knew my horse was as good as he could be, and I didn’t make any mistakes. This horse is just really special, with so much feel and talent.”

Arcese purchased the horse in May 2009, sight unseen, from Bill Horn and John Dorminy. John and Katarina Dorminy of Fitzgerald, Ga. bred the horse and own his dam, Natrasha by Trashadeous. Eleuterio Arcese, who lives in Italy, also breeds and shows cutting horses.

Click here to see Gunnatrashya’s winning run. Photo Courtesy of NRHA & ©Waltenberry

NCHA Futurity Sales update

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

After a promising Sale of 2-Year-Olds on December 9, with a substantial increase in average price over the 2008 event, the NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth softened to reflect the trend at this year’s earlier events.

Through Saturday, December 12, with five of six days of sales completed, 711 head lots have sold for an actual average of $12,423.  Last year’s final results for a total of 1120 lots reflected an average of $13,688.

The Select Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale, on Sunday, December 13, will be the final session. Check here tomorrow for final results and analysis.

2009 NCHA Futurity Sales strong

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

With two days down and four to go,  the NCHA Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, are on a course to eclipse results of last year’s sales. Wednesday’s sale of 2-Year-Olds by Select Sires was especially strong with an average of $16,847 on actual sales of 120 lots, compared to last year’s $15,830 for 139 lots.

Below are official prices for horses that sold for $50,000 or more through Wednesday, December 9:

$125,000 – Spookystimetoshine
’07 sorrel colt – One Time Pepto x San Starlight
Consignor: McLaughlin Ranch

$113,000 – Iced Out
’06 red roan mare – Smooth As A Cat x Absolutely Stunning
Consignor: Waco Bend Ranch

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