Archive for July, 2010

2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Ltd Non-Pro Senior

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
203.0
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SMOOTH ASA KITTY R: MONTE STRUSINER O: MONTE STRUSINER
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x COWSMART PLAYBOY, by FRECKLES PLAYBOY)
Earned: $3,564

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2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Ltd Non-Pro

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
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TASSA CAT R: ALVIN FULTS O: ALVIN FULTS
(HIGH BROW CAT x SMART LITTLE TASSA, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $8,593

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Anderson and Foland top Non-Pro Derby Round 2

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s a new slate for 48 NCHA Derby Non-Pro contenders, who gained a slot in today’s Semi-Finals, with cumulative go-round scores of 421.5 points or more.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson, aboard Jojo Boon, and Jennifer Foland, on Shes Twice As Smooth, were the go-round leaders with cumulative scores of 434 points.

Anderson also won the second go-round with 218 points.

“I was pretty nervous,” said Anderson, following his winning run. “This is my favorite mare and it’s fun to get to ride her, but that’s the reason I tried hard.

“And I was okay once I crossed the (time) line.”

Anderson purchased Jojo Boon from Hope Mitchell during the NCHA Futurity, where Geoffrey Sheehan had shown the mare  for Mitchell as the Futurity Open Limited champion.

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland

The red roan Peptoboonsmal daughter is out of Bambi Freckles, who Mitchell showed to win the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge.

“She’s strong and she’s got a  way of really swooping through a turnaround,” said Anderson of Jojo Boon. “I was really pleased with her.”

Jojo Boon carried Anderson as a finalist at the Augusta Futurity, while trainer Kory Pounds made the finals on her at the Bonanza Cutting and the Breeders Invitational.

“We haven’t pushed her,” said Anderson. “We want her around for a long time.”

Anderson also qualified for today’s Semi-Finals on Scootin Dualquita, his NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding champion.

Caleb Anderson, Steve’s son, won the 2009 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited title with Chulas Stargun.

Michelle Anderson, Steve’s wife, won the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro Derby aboard Cats Quixote Jack, and qualified for today’s Semi-Finals with 426 points on WSR The Supernatural.

Eleven of the 25 riders with the highest  cumulative scores coming into the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (434 to 426 points) were finalists in the Non-Pro Classic Challenge and/or the Derby Non-Pro Limited or are showing in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited, later this afternoon.

They include: Bonnie Martin, champion of the Classic Challenge Non-Pro division on Rubys Royal CD; Kristen Galyean, champion of the Derby Non-Pro Limited on Harley; Sam Good; Shane Plummer; Dustin Adams; Ray Baldwin; Christina Galyean; Mary Ann Rapp; Paula Wood; Nelson Knight; and Ty Moore.

Earnheart, Foland share lead

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Ninety-five Non-Pro contenders advanced to Wednesday’s second go-round of the NCHA Derby with scores of 206 or higher – one point less than the 207 needed in Open competition.

Kelle Earnheart and Jennifer Foland, each from Weatherford, TX, tied for the win of the first go-round with 218 points, scored on Monday.

Earnheart rode her 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity champion Badgers Perscription; Foland showed her NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes champion Shes Twice As Smooth.

In 2000, at 15, Earnheart showed Hernando to become the youngest winner to ever win the NCHA Non-Pro Derby.

Greg Coalson

Greg Coalson

Coalson times two

Tuesday’s high-scoring rider ,with 217 points (the second-highest score from the first round), was Greg Coalson, Weatherford, TX, aboard Lena This, by his stallion Quejanaisalena.

Coalson also marked 212.5 points riding Daisy Dots, by Quejanaisalena.

“It was pretty scary watching the cattle,” said Coalson who drew to ride both horses deep in the last set of the day.

“The bunch before us was pretty tough. You couldn’t let them get the edge on you.

“The two cows I cut on (Lena This) were really good. He needs something to challenge him and they made him get serious.

“I wish the first cow I cut on (Daisy Dots) had been better, but it was slim pickings there towards the end.”

Coalson and his wife Shelly raised both horses. Greg was a Derby Non-Pro finalist in 2005 on Lena This’s dam, Fancy Nancy Dual. He also showed Daisy Dot’s dam, Dual Citizen, to place third in the 2003 NCHA Non-Pro Derby.

Both of Coalson’s mounts were semi-finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes; Coalson and Daisy Dots were also finalists in the Breeders Invitational.

Classic Challenge champ looks to the Derby

Bonnie Martin, winner of the show’s 5 & 6-Year-Old Non-Pro title 10 days ago, scored 216.5 points yesterday on Light N Lindy to take her place among the leaders of the Non-Pro Derby first go-round.

“I was a little timid on the first cow because I don’t practice with her, I just get on and go show,” said Martin, whose husband Frank, a Las Vegas building contractor, also qualified for the second go-round.

“After the first cow, I felt like she knew I was up there, and she was a little more forgiving on the second cow.”

Light N Lindy, by Light N Lena, carried Martin as a finalist (13th place) in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

View from the Sixth Box

Hans Kuhn

Hans Kuhn

Hans Kuhn, who owns a cutting horse training and breeding facility in southwest Germany, spent Tuesday honing his judging skills in the “sixth box” atop the judges’ stand in Will Rogers Coliseum.

Kuhn got hooked on cutting when he stayed at Manion Ranch while studying equine technology in Gainesville, Texas. Now he competes in Europe and also judges NCHA-approved European events.

“The cattle are very expensive over there,” said Kuhn. “We pay 65 to 75 euros a head per day.” That computes to about $84 to $97 in U.S. currency.

“Most of the shows in Germany we manage to get beef cattle, but it isn’t easy,” he added. “In France, they wait for a cattle truck that is on the way to the slaughter house.

“Truck drivers over there have to take a one to two-hour break every four hours, so (some) drivers will stop and unload, sleep two hours, get cash-in-hand, and load them back up and go on to the slaughter house. That’s the cheapest and easiest way.”

Non-Pro Futurity and Super Stakes champions top first day of Derby action

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart and Jennifer Foland reminded judges and spectators of their capabilities on Monday, the first day of NCHA Derby Non-Pro go-round competition, when they each marked 218 points — the high score of the day.

Earnheart won the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Badgers Perscription; Foland won the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes on Shes Twice As Smooth.

Yesterday, Earnheart showed  Badgers Perscription deep in the fourth set.

“She has a lot of cow in her, so you’re never out of position,” said Earnheart of the Reys Dual Badger daughter, who she purchased from the stallion’s owner, Darren Simpkins, just weeks before the Futurity.

Earnheart, who lives in Weatherford, TX, followed her NCHA Futurity win on Badgers Perscription with the Abilene Spectacular reserve championship, and qualified for the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and Breeders Invitational, as well.

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland’s mount, Shes Twice As Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, was reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Limited with Tatum Rice, who also showed her as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes and qualified her for the NCHA Open Derby Semi-Finals on Friday.

“I just wanted to be quiet (on her) and not take too much out of her for Tatum and I was happy to get that done,” said Foland, who drew second to ride in yesterday’s second set.

“I was very happy to be early. I just knew I had to get up out of (the herd) and cut clean,” added Foland, who drew first to work in the Super Stakes finals.

Shes Twice As Smooth was a surprise Christmas gift to Foland from her husband, Jeff Foland DVM, of Weatherford Equine Center.

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto, whose home is in Sao Paulo Brazil, earned 216.5 points, yesterday’s second highest-score.

Costa Neto was riding High Brow Kwackin, a son of High Brow Cat that he purchased last month from trainer T.J. Good, who showed the gelding as champion of the Breeders Invitational Limited and as a finalist in the open  division (5th), as well.

Costa Neto also shows Arosesuchaclatter in today’s second set. The Smooth As A Cat daughter, who he purchased last fall at the Rock Creek Ranch Dispersal Sale, has earned over $230,000 as a finalist in 12 major events under Costa Neto and Bart Nichols. Nichols also showed the mare as champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited.

Hes Too Icy For Me by a nose in Rainbow Futurity

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

A showdown between Quarter racing’s two leading 2-year-olds, American Runaway and Llano Teller, gave veteran Hall of Fame rider Jacky Martin, 55, his fifth Rainbow Futurity win, aboard Hes Too Icy For Me on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

The win was worth $312,500 to Hes Too Icy For Me in his fourth career start. Fastest qualifier and Ruidoso Futurity winner American Runaway was second by a nose; Llano Teller finished seventh.

Hes Too Icy For Me is trained by Carlos Sedillo for Dolores and Robert Gerhardt.The gelded son of First Down Dash, a $36,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, raced 400 yards in :19.409 over a sloppy track.

“He didn’t break as well as he did in his trial,” Martin said of Hes Too Icy For Me’s start, where he veered out for several strides. “The seven horse (This Corona is Cold) had me beat about a half length and when I got by her, I could see American Runaway. He was coming at me at the end.

“This may be better than any win I’ve had,” added Martin, who has also won the All American Futurity a record seven times and recently returned to racing after a 4-year prohibition.

Hes To Icy For Me first gained attention at Sunland Park, when he finished sixth in the West Texas Futurity at 5-2 odds, after bucking during the race.

Sedillo then gelded the colt, passed on the Ruidoso Futurity in June, and pointed at the Rainbow Futurity trials, where Hes Too Icy For Me responded with a 1 1/4-length trial win and the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.491. His victory spoiled American Runaway’s bid to win the $4,000,000 All American Triple Crown bonus.

The complete order of finish in the Rainbow Futurity is Hes To Icy For Me, American Runaway, This Corona is Cold, Classy Nicole, Rock N Zoom, Quik Corona, Llano Teller, Bodacious Dash, Miss Barbra Allen and Dreams Fly By.

LHR Smooth Jamie May goes all the way with 439

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Wesley Galyean

Wesley Galyean and Rascal Cats marked 223 in round 2.

Don’t get mad — get even. That was Wesley Galyean’s winning formula Sunday, when he scored 223 points to claim the NCHA Derby Open second go-round on Rascal Cats, owned by Steven Feiner. Galyean came into the second go-round with 208 points, after a tough first round, where the bubble never rose above 207.

“I was pretty frustrated because you never thought a 208 would make it to the second go-round,” said Galyean. “Then it did and I found out I drew next-to-last.

“I was beyond feeling pressure (riding to the herd). I just wanted to come cutting and show everybody what kind of horse I have and make them believe I should be there.

“That horse is capable of doing about anything.”

Rascal Cats, by High Brow Cat, was bred by Billy Martin and sent to Galyean at three. Galyean showed the colt to place third in the Augusta Futurity and the Breeders Invitational and as a finalist in three other major events. Feiner purchased the horse this past May.

“The horse was probably the best he’s ever been,” said Galyean. “He really stepped up and was a big boy. I always felt he could mark those (scores), but to get everything put together is extremely difficult. It just all fit.”

Galyean also qualified for the Open Semi-Finals with 228.5 points on his own horse, Harley, by Spots Hot, who his wife Kristen showed to win the Derby Non-Pro Limited and shows today in the Non-Pro first go-round.

LHR Smooth Jamie May, ridden by Phil Hanson for Sherry Chamberlin’s South Lazy H Ranch, Weatherford, TX, claimed the high cumulative of 439 points with a 220-point win in the first go-round and 219, the second-highest score in the second.

Special Nu Baby, trained and shown by Matt Gaines for Gary and Shannon Barker, also scored 219 points in the second go-round.

“I think she’s one of the most spectacular horses I’ve ever had,” said Gaines, who rode the Dual Rey daughter’s dam, Nu I Wood, to win the 2001 NCHA Derby, as well as five other major events and over $405,000.

“She’s already won around $180,000, but she’s been a little inconsistent,” Gaines added. “I think she’s coming around and learning how to handle her body a little better and that’s letting her relax and be more confident.”

Gaines also earned the second-highest cumulative score of 436 points with 219 and 217, respectively, on A Smooth Criminal, a Smooth As A Cat son owned by Roxanne Koepsell.