Archive for February, 2011

Leading ladies

Monday, February 28th, 2011

John Scott leads the wagon at Buster Welch's Double Mountain Ranch

When I heard that John Scott, 87, had died last week, I went to my files for a photo to post. I found a picture I’d taken in 2000 of Scott’s five 2-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughters. Two of the five went on to individually earn over $200,000; one won over $90,000; the other two collected $47,823 and $31,526.

How many people have bred two $200,000-plus female cutting earners from the same crop? It’s a short list.

Among the 20 all-time leading breeders of cutting horses, only three have produced two fillies  in the same year that each went on to earn $200,000 or more: Lonnie and Barbara Allsup (Reyann Hickory and Rey Jay Play); Phil and Mary Ann Rapp (Tapt Twice and Little Janey Lena); and Slate River Ranch (Pet Squirrel and Autumn Acre. Glenn and Debbie Drake, who rank among the top 40 cutting horse breeders, raised full siblings of the same age: Pepto Stylish Miss and Miss Stylish Pepto.

Scott was first and foremost a cattle rancher. He and his father, and grandfather before them, raised horses to use on their West Texas and Montana ranches. Cutting horses weren’t their priority, but John loved the sport, and two Scott Ranch stallions – Paddys Irish Whiskey and Doc O Dynamite – sired some outstanding performers. Doc O Dynamite is the maternal sire of Boonsmal O Lena, one of the five Peptoboonsmal daughters, but he and Paddys Irish Whiskey produced winners in rodeo, reining and barrel competition, as well as in cutting.

Along with the photo of the fillies, I also found interviews I’d recorded with John, as he talked about horses. At the time, Scott Ranches had bred over 1,500 registered American Quarter Horses.

John Scott on horses:

  • I don’t think I ever went to a horse outfit in my life that had been breeding horses for a long time, where the majority of their good horses didn’t usually go back to one old mare. She might not have been outstanding, but she was a broodmare.
  • Some of the old cowboys that worked for the big outfits claimed that those half-blood Percherons were the best cowhorses of all of them.
  • In ranching, we like a horse that travels good. But some of the best cutting horses are rough. They said the reason they (used) to lead them to the round up grounds was because they were too rough to ride.
  • I never could look at a horse and tell whether he’d travel easy or not. I guess I always went more for the way one felt than the way he looked. I’ve seen a lot of really good-looking horses that I didn’t like (because of) the way they felt to me.
  • In the early days in Fort Worth, one of the most outstanding young horses was Phil Williams’ Skeeter. He was some horse. Then I liked Fern Sawyer’s old Berlin. He was a Thoroughbred; Skeeter was, too. They were really nice horses in their day.
  • The ability to win – they call it class in race horses.
  • When I was in Montana, we had two ranches and for 20 years, we rode mares on one and geldings on the other. That’s probably one reason my horses turned out good. I would take the best mares and put them in the broodmare band. Those cowboys would sure hate to give them up.

2011 Tunica Futurity

Monday, February 28th, 2011

2011 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Twice nice, double tough

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Phil Rapp on Dont Look Twice

Phil Rapp on Dont Look Twice.

Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice capped a remarkable week by winning the Mercuria Energy NCHA World Series Open finals with a 228 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Satruday night.

Dont Look Twice edged out Bet Hesa Cat, who marked 227.5 with Austin Shepard riding.

Dont Look Twice’s Houston win follows the 6-year-old mare’s half-point victory over Third Cutting at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, 350 miles to the north in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Thursday.

The daughter of High Brow Cat and Tapt Twice is enjoying a banner year. She’s made more than $67,000 since the calendar turned, with championships at the World Series in Houston, Tunica and Arbuckle Mountain, a reserve at Augusta and a third at the Bonanza.

Owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin’s Waco Bend Ranch, Dont Look Twice is a granddaughter of Rapp’s great competitor and producer Tap O Lena. She’s won 11 NCHA limited age titles, as well as the 2009 AQHA World Show Junior Cutting. With her 2011 earnings, she’ll leave Houston with a career total of more than $480,000, closing in on Chiquita Pistol ($532,714) as the richest mare in training today.

Photo by Alan Gold

Dan Hansen wins Mercuria World Series at Houston

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Dan Hansen on Woody Be Lucky

Dan Hansen on Woody Be Lucky.

Dan Hansen, the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion of 2007, lengthened his lead in the 2011 World Championship race by marking a 225 in the finals of the $25,000-added 2011 Mercuria NCHA World Series at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo tonight.

Hansen and Woody Be Lucky marked 219 in yesterday’s go-round to tie for the fifth highest score going into the finals.

Woody Be Lucky, an 11-year-old gelding by Nitas Wood out of Playboys Ladyluck, by Freckles Playboy, picked up an estimated $8,512 in the finals to take his lifetime earnings over $430,000.

Last year, Hansen and Woody Be Lucky won the Mercuria NCHA World Series event at Calgary, and were second at San Antonio. They were also finalists at this year’s San Antonio Rodeo event.

Hansen has earned more than $1.1 million, and is leading the 2011 NCHA Non-Pro World standings. Tonight’s check will increase his lead to more than $8,000.

Justin White was second tonight on Wild Hickory Bob, the Bobs Hickory Rio gelding that carried him to a win in the NCHA Futurity.  Lauren Chariter tied for third with Kelsey Conn and will move into second place in the 2011 standings.

Jerry Carter services

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A memorial service for Jerry Carter will be held March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Covenant Church 8690 Liberty Rd., Cross Roads, Texas. Jerry, 85, was married to Hall of Fame member John Carter, and they would have marked their 67th anniversary on February 26. She was the mother of former NCHA President Punk Carter and Hall of Fame rider Roy Carter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the National Youth Cutting Horse Association, 260 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

John Scott, 1923-2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
John Scott

John Scott

John R. Scott Jr., 87, passed away on Tuesday, February 22 in San Angelo, TX.

“The Quarter Horse is noted for its Western heritage, and preserving that heritage is what the Scott Ranch is all about,” said Scott, who owned ranches in Texas and Montana, where his father bred some of the first horses registered by the American Quarter Horse Association.

Scott’s great-grandfather settled in West Texas, when it was part of the Republic of Texas. “At that time, they didn’t work the country with a (chuck) wagon,” Scott told me. “They’d just take a pack of horses and three or four of them would gather cattle. They called that a cow hunt.”

In the 1920s, Scott’s father, who owned a ranch in Miles, Texas, near San Angelo, purchased 10 daughters of a horse sired by Hickory Bill and known in that area as the San Antonio Sorrel. At the time, Scott owned the stallion Jazz, and offspring of the 10 San Antonio Sorrel daughters, by Jazz, were the foundation of the Scott Ranch herd. Jazz bloodlines contributed to many great cutting champions, including Royal Jazzy, Jazabelle Quixote, Jazzote, Son Ofa Doc, Bob Acre Doc, as well as 2010 NCHA Futurity Open champion One Time Royalty.

In partnership with his father and brothers, John Scott, Jr. established the Scott Ranch near Billings, Montana in 1948. At one time, the ranch encompassed 280,000 acres and employed 25 cowboys to tend 10,000 head of cattle.

In 1969, Scott held what was at the time the largest one-owner, one-brand cattle sale in the history of the U.S. and sold 5,300 head for a record $1 million, at the auction yards in Billings.

In 2000, Scott held a Quarter Horse dispersal at the Billings ranch. The 250-head catalog included ranch sires Paddys Irish Whiskey and Doc O Dynamite, as well as five 2-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughters trained by Gary Bellanfant. Meradas Boonsmal, Boons Freckle Lena, Freckles Lena Boon, Boonsmal O Lena and Boonsmal Doctress would go on to earn a total of over $620,000 in the cutting arena.

Peptoboonsmal 2-year-olds

John Scott's Peptoboonsmal 2-year-olds in 2000.

Horses bred by Scott have also earned major championships in reining and rodeo events: Scott also competed successfully in NCHA non-pro competition into his seventies.

A memorial service will be held in the Johnson’s Funeral Home chapel in San Angelo, Texas, on Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow.