Archive for June, 2010

Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame 2010

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Dr. Leanard Blach (left) and Paul Jones

Dr. Leanard Blach (left) and Paul Jones

Trainer Paul Jones; breeder Leonard Blach DVM; jockey Eddie Garcia; and leading money earner Mr Master Bug were inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 26.

Jones is the eight-time defending Quarter Horse training champion. Jones-trained horses have won more than 3,000 races, including 321 stakes races, and earned $57 million.

Blach has overseen the breeding careers of many successful Quarter Horse stallions, including Easy Jet, Go Man Go and Rocket Wrangler. He also opened the first equine surgical facility in New Mexico and managed Buena Suerte Ranch in Roswell.

Blach achieved international racing fame in 2009 as co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, who went on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes.

Garcia, winner of the 1993 All American Futurity aboard A Classic Dash, also the all-time leading rider of stakes winners (144) at Los Alamitos Race Course, including the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, the Golden State Million Futurity, the Los Alamitos Championship, and the Los Alamitos Derby.

Mr Master Bug, bred and owned by Marvin and Lela Barnes, won the 1982 All American Futurity, the 1983 Rainbow Derby and the 1984 All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Jack Brooks, he was the all-time leading money earner upon his retirement and is still the all-time leading money-earning stallion, with $1,793,718 in career earnings.

Mercuria NCHA World Series Reno Open

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Pete Branch.

Pete Branch.

Ms Peppy Cat and Pete Branch pulled further ahead in the 2010 NCHA World standings with a 227-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Reno Rodeo Saturday. Bubba Matlock, riding Thomas E Hughes, finished second with a 222.

It was Ms Peppy Cat’s second World Series win this year; she took the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo finals with a 227.5. Her $8,427 paycheck at Reno will take her earnings for the year to more than $51,000, about twice as much as her nearest rival. Ms Peppy Cat was the 2008 NCHA World Champion for owners Lonnie & Barbara Allsup of Clovis, NM. Branch also rode Daisy May Rey for the Allsups in the finals at Reno.

“I was sixth and seventh in the draw with nine horses,” Branch said. “I knew I was going to be in a little bit of a spot because most of the good cattle were being used by then.

“My first horse didn’t fit the cows quite as good. But one thing about Ms Peppy Cat is I can cut her about any kind of cow and she makes something happen with it. With tough cows I can run, stop, and she has a way of drawing a cow to the middle of the pen and making it look at her. That’s the great thing about her.”

Branch plans to show in Sweetwater, TX this weekend, before heading to Oklahoma City to show both mares in the next stop in the Mercuria NCHA World Series, the Battle in the Saddle, July 5-7.

Dual Rey Me’s $1,400 check in the finals nudged his career earnings up to $804,951, making him the sport’s richest active money earner.

Here’s a look at the Open finals at Reno:

227.0 MS PEPPY CAT, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MS PEPPY DOC)
Rider: PETE BRANCH Owner: LONNIE & BARBARA ALLSUP Earned: $8,427

222.0 THOMAS E HUGHES, 2003 (HIGH BROW CAT x SMART LETHA)
Rider: BUBBA MATLOCK Owner: DON & KATHY BOONE Earned: $7,021

218.5 TOMCAT CHEX, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MISS REED CHEX)
Rider: GAVIN JORDAN Owner: RICK & JALINDA COVEY Earned: $5,616

216.0 TACHITAS CAT, 2001 (HIGH BROW CAT x TACHITAS LAST)
Rider: GAVIN JORDAN Owner: MARGOT HAZELL Earned: $4,211

213.0 STARCAT MERADA, 2003 (HIGH BROW CAT x MERADA LENA)
Rider: CHUBBY TURNER Owner: DANIEL JAEGGI Earned: $2,805

202.0 DAISY MAY REY, 2003 (DUAL REY x JANIE JR TOO)
Rider: PETE BRANCH Owner: LONNIE & BARBARA ALLSUP Earned: $1,400

0.0 DUAL REY ME, 1999 (DUAL PEP x MISS SMART REY JAY)
Rider: JEREMY BARWICK Owner: JEREMY & CANDACE BARWICK Earned: $1,400

0.0 JUST PLAYIN SMART, 2000 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x SMART LITTLE PET)
Rider: MATT GAINES Owner: GRAY QUARTER HORSES Earned: $1,400

0.0 WHITTLE WED BOON, 2000 (PEPTOBOONSMAL x SMART WHITTLE WENA)
Rider: COOKIE BANUELOS Owner: KATE GAUGHAN BANUELOS Earned: $1,400

Mercuria NCHA World Series Reno Non-Pro

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Janet Westfall on Jeeps Posi Traction.

Janet Westfall on Jeeps Posi Traction.

Janet Westfall and her home-grown gelding Jeeps Posi Traction drew first and marked 224 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria / NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Reno Rodeo on June 26. Seven-time NCHA World Champion Mary Jo Milner finished second on Dulces Joker with 222.5 and Constance Jaeggi was third with a 220 on Dual R Smokin.

“I was a little bit nervous about going first, but Lindy (Burch) did a great job settling the cattle, and my husband, Russ, picked out three really good cows,” Westfall said. “Everything just fell into place. And he’s such a great horse that if he’s on target, he’s really easy to show.”

Westfall dedicated her run to the memory of west coast veterinarian Van Snow, who died in a plane crash in April. “He was a special friend who always took care of the horse,” she said. “I thought about him right before I went down there.”

While Westfall qualified for the 2009 Mercuria NCHA World Finals on Jeeps Posi Traction, Reno was only his second show of 2010.

“He’s a high-powered horse with a lot of energy, and he was really down and relaxed tonight,” she said. “I had a good feeling going in.

“I want to thank the people with Mercuria for making it possible to show all these horses. This is like going to an aged event, with an older horse, so it’s really special.”

Here’s a look at the Non-Pro finals:

224.0 JEEPS POSI TRACTION, 2000 (GENUINE JEEP x STARSTRUCK DB)
Rider: JANET WESTFALL Earned: $8,737

222.5 DULCES JOKER, 2005 (DULCES SMART LENA x MISS JOKER TANQUERY)
Rider: MARY JO MILNER Earned: $7,269

220.0 DUAL R SMOKIN, 2005 (DUAL REY x SMOKIN PEPTO)
Rider: CONSTANCE JAEGGI Earned: $5,802

219.0 TACHITAS CAT, 2001 (HIGH BROW CAT x TACHITAS LAST)
Rider: MARGOT HAZELL Earned: $4,335

216.5 LIL DULCE LU, 2004 (DULCES SMART LENA x MISS HAULIN HICKORY)
Rider: CAROL WARD Earned: $2,867

214.0 TOMCAT CHEX, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MISS REED CHEX)
Rider: JALINDA COVEY Earned: $1,400

194.5 SPECTACULAR PLAYBOY, 2000 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x NITA LIL LENA)
Rider: DAVID BOOTH Earned: $1,400

193.0 LITTLE PROUD PEPTO, 2003 (PEPTOBOONSMAL x LITTLE PROUD MARY)
Rider: CHARLES ROVEN Earned: $1,400

0.0 MS MIMOSA, 2001 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x MS PEPPY DOC)
Rider: STEPHANIE HAYMES-ROVEN Earned: $1,400

Margot Hazell tops Mercuria Non-Pro finalists at Reno

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Riding Tachitas Cat, Margot Hazell of Livermore, California, marked 221.5 to lead nine qualifiers for the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Reno Rodeo today. Hall of Fame trainer Gavin Jordan also qualified Tachitas Cat for the Open finals. Jordan also qualified Jalinda Covey’s Tomcat Chex for the Open finals and those were the only two horses to make both the Open and Non-Pro finals.

Tachitas Cat is a 9-year-old High Brow Cat gelding that has earned a big part of  his $173,000 after graduating from limited age competition.

Here’s a look at the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Series Non-Pro finalists at the Reno Rodeo:

221.5 TACHITAS CAT, 2001 (HIGH BROW CAT x TACHITAS LAST)
LTE: $173,454 O: MARGOT HAZELL R: MARGOT HAZELL

221.0 JEEPS POSI TRACTION, 2000 (GENUINE JEEP x STARSTRUCK DB)
LTE: $312,736 O: RUSS & JANET WESTFALL R: JANET WESTFALL

219.5 SPECTACULAR PLAYBOY, 2000 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x NITA LIL LENA)
LTE: $141,892 O: ROGER & ELIZABETH BOOTH R: DAVID BOOTH

219.0 TOMCAT CHEX, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MISS REED CHEX)
LTE: $113,512 O: RICK & JALINDA COVEY R: JALINDA COVEY

218.0 DUAL R SMOKIN, 2005 (DUAL REY x SMOKIN PEPTO)
LTE: $69,437 O: DANIEL JAEGGI R: CONSTANCE JAEGGI

218.0 DULCES JOKER, 2005 (DULCES SMART LENA x MISS JOKER TANQUERY)
LTE: $67,744 O: JIM & MARY JO MILNER R: MARY JO MILNER

217.5 LIL DULCE LU, 2004 (DULCES SMART LENA x MISS HAULIN HICKORY)
LTE: $74,115 O: CAROL WARD R: CAROL WARD

217.5 LITTLE PROUD PEPTO, 2003 (PEPTOBOONSMAL x LITTLE PROUD MARY)
LTE: $47,377 O: REATA CUTTING HORSES R: CHARLES ROVEN

217.5 MS MIMOSA, 2001 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x MS PEPPY DOC)
LTE: $161,303 O: REATA CUTTING HORSES R: STEPHANIE HAYMES-ROVEN

Mercuria NCHA World Series Reno Open finalists

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Top qualifier Dual Rey Me.

Dual Rey Me.

Three-time World Champion Dual Rey Me marked 223 to lead nine qualifiers for the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Reno Rodeo last night. Five of the finalists are by High Brow Cat, and they have collective earnings of  more than $2.1 million. Besides Dual Rey Me, the finalists include World Champion Ms Peppy Cat and 2009 World Champion Stallion Thomas E Hughes.

Pete Branch and Gavin Jordan each landed two horses in the finals of the $25,000-added event.

Dual Rey Me, who trails Sister CD by just $491 as cutting’s richest active horse, is poised to claim that distinction in Saturday’s finals at Reno.

Here’s a look at the qualifiers:

223.0   DUAL REY ME, 1999 (DUAL PEP x MISS SMART REY JAY)
LTE: $802,943 O: JEREMY & CANDACE BARWICK R: JEREMY BARWICK

221.5   THOMAS E HUGHES, 2003 (HIGH BROW CAT x SMART LETHA)
LTE: $335,768 O: DON & KATHY BOONE R: BUBBA MATLOCK

221.0   STARCAT MERADA, 2003 (HIGH BROW CAT x MERADA LENA)
LTE: $81,245 O: DANIEL JAEGGI R: CHUBBY TURNER

220.0   MS PEPPY CAT, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MS PEPPY DOC)
LTE: $209,038 O: LONNIE & BARBARA ALLSUP R: PETE BRANCH

219.5   WHITTLE WED BOON, 2000 (PEPTOBOONSMAL x SMART WHITTLE WENA)
LTE: $167,863 O: KATE GAUGHAN BANUELOS R: COOKIE BANUELOS

217.0   TACHITAS CAT, 2001 (HIGH BROW CAT x TACHITAS LAST)
LTE: $173,454 O: MARGOT HAZELL R: GAVIN JORDAN

216.0   DAISY MAY REY, 2003 (DUAL REY x JANIE JR TOO)
LTE: $27,281 O: LONNIE & BARBARA ALLSUP R: PETE BRANCH

216.0   JUST PLAYIN SMART, 2000 (FRECKLES PLAYBOY x SMART LITTLE PET)
LTE: $248,188 O: GRAY QUARTER HORSES R: MATT GAINES

216.0   TOMCAT CHEX, 2002 (HIGH BROW CAT x MISS REED CHEX)
LTE: $113,512 O: RICK & JALINDA COVEY R: GAVIN JORDAN

History on the march

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
Left to right: Patton, Pershing and Villa

Left to right: Patton, Pershing and Villa

News this week of General Stanley McChrystal’s indiscretions came 94 years to the day – June 21, 1916 – that the U.S. military “punitive” expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa was attacked by Mexican troops at Carrizal, Mexico.

The expedition was under the command of Brigadier General “Black Jack” John Pershing, whose aide, George S. Patton, would be relieved from his command of the U.S. II Corps 27 years later, for his own indiscretions (although he would later be given command of the U.S. Third Army).

During the 1916 march from New Mexico to Colonia Dublan, Mexico, Patton would note in his memoir, Pershing covered 120 miles in 30 hours on a borrowed artillery horse. The first halt, 30 miles into Mexico near a pile of boulders, was the same spot where Pershing had commanded a troop of U.S. Indian Scouts against Apaches in 1886.

Patton, an avid horseman who kept a stable of Thoroughbreds and polo ponies, played a major role during the last days of the WWII in evacuating a group of valuable Polish Arabians to the U.S., where they were relocated to a remount station in Pomona, CA, home of the famous Kellogg Arabians.

*Witez II

*Witez II

Included in the Polish importation was *Witez II, one of three young stallions sired by Ofir, who had already been removed to the Russian State Farm at Tersk.

During this time, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst also maintained a large herd of Arabians at his San Simeon Estate and in 1947, he hired Patton’s former farm manager (Patton died in December 1945), Preston Dyer, as San Simeon’s stud manager.

Witez II, foaled in 1938, would live another 20 years in the U.S. and sire many champions before his death in 1965.

2010 Leading NCHA riders

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Following are the leading riders of the 2010 calendar year, based on National Cutting Horse Association earnings.

RIDER 2010 $
MATT GAINES $237,927
MATTHEW TAYLOR BUDGE $235,167
PHILIP RAPP $210,042
TIM SMITH $203,637
PHILIP L HANSON $195,612
CHAD BUSHAW $186,873
AUSTIN SHEPARD $173,284
BOYD RICE $155,597
LEE FRANCOIS $153,203
CLINT ALLEN $143,098

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