Archive for July, 2011

Stylish Martini straight up with 224.5

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Stylish Martini

Roger Wagner on Stylish Martini.

It was hot time in Cowtown on Saturday, when Stylish Martini,  won the 2011 NCHA Derby with 224.5 points under Roger Wagner for Marvine Ranch, owned by Jon and Abby Winkelreid.

“She’s just so quick through that turn, that she can be on the other side of a cow before it gets (back) there,” said Wagner, who also showed finalist (20th) Stylish Boonsmal for Marvine Ranch.

“The first two cows were maybe a little soft, the last cow sure tried her. I knew I had to cut that cow to have a shot at winning it, and we worked her for a long time – a bit over 30 seconds.

“That mare really felt dialed in. She had one miss that worried me a little bit, but she got back in and held on good and waited in that stop and thought about that turn.”

Stylish Martini, sired by Docs Stylish Oak and bred by Marvine Ranch, out of Miss Martini Play, placed fourth with Wagner in the NCHA Futurity, and sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes.

“She’s been a good mare for me in all three finals here in Fort Worth,” said Wagner. “But tonight, we finally managed to cut good cows and get it all together.”

It was the first NCHA Derby win for Wagner, who had won the 2007 NCHA Classic Challenge on Quintan Blue, whose son, Cat Man Blue, tied for fifth in the Derby Open under Sean Flynn.

RPL Ich This, by Cat Ichi, scored 221 points as reserve champion, under Tim Smith for Bobbie Atkinson.

“I knew she was really good, and we cut her some good cows and she handled it really well,” said California-based Smith, who was catch riding for Phil Rapp.

“She was outstanding, and she actually got better every run we made this week. The best horse won it. But that was a pretty impressive group of horses. I was tickled to do so well. I thought we might finish somewhere in the middle.”

RPL Ich This, winner of the PCCHA Futurity and the Music City Futurity under Rapp, is out of Ruby Duece, earner of over $115,000, and the first horse that Smith showed as a catch rider for Rapp, cutting’s all-time leading money earner.

Read more in the Daily Chatter.

Full results.

Earnheart tops Non-Pro Derby with 225

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart on Cancan Reyvolution

Kelle Earnheart, at 15, was the youngest rider to ever win an NCHA major event in Fort Worth, when she captured the 2000 NCHA Futurity on Justa Swinging Jane.

Last night, Earnheart added another Derby trophy to her cache with 225 points aboard her gelding Cancan Reyvolution, by Dual Rey.

“I had the draw (midway through the second set) and I had some good cattle picked out,” said Earnheart. “My herd holders, Clint Allen and Sean Flynn told me that we needed to cut black cattle because the colored cattle hadn’t been very good. So I listened to them and it all worked out.

“The cattle stayed in the middle of the pen and they were perfect. And my horse crawled around a little bit and was great.”

Earnheart, who counts the NCHA 2009 Non-Pro Futurity among her wins, noted that 225 points was the highest that she has ever scored in Will Rogers Coliseum.

The Derby Non-Pro record of 225.5 points belongs to the late Bucki James, with Rambo Merada in 2002.

This is the fourth major win non-pro win for Clint Allen-trained Cancan Reyvolution, also third-placed with Earnheart in the NCHA Futurity. Earnheart and the gelding also won at The Bonanza and Tunica, as well as taking Gelding classes at The Bonanza and the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

For Holly Francois, reserve champion with 219 points aboard Dualsadie, by Dual Pep, her finals run replayed in her mind like a dream sequence.

“I remember getting down there and and I was able to find my cows so easily and it seemed like everything just flowed so easily,” she said.

“The only other thing I remember is that Lee (her husband) wasn’t talking to me through the run like he normally does. I was pretty nervous and I think he thought I might lose it.”

The Summer Spectacular was a great show for the Francois family – Lee was a finalist aboard Sofie Rey and Reys Desire in the Classic Challenge, and daughter Sidney was a finalist in the Junior Youth Cutting.

“I had a lot of confidence in my mare and a great support team,” said Holly, who had also been reserve champion of The Non-Pro on Dualsadie, last spring.

Read more in the Daily Chatter.

Full results.

Tate Bennett wins John Deere Open with 225

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Tate Bennett

Tate and Laura Bennett with Reyn Maker.

No relief for drought stricken North Texas, but Reyn Maker came through with 225 points and a championship win, yesterday, for his owner and rider, Tate Bennett, in the John Deere Open. It was the second Fort Worth title for Bennett and the Dual Rey gelding, winners of the NCHA Super Stakes John Deere Open, in April.

“He’s always been good, but he’s getting stronger,” said Bennett, who also scored 218 points mid-morning, yesterday, to qualify for today’s Open Finals. “He comes through for me every time.

“I haven’t done this very long, so I rely on my help more than I probably should. They get me through it and keep putting up with me and give me pointers to keep him going. I can’t thank them enough.”

Bennett, 27, grew up on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle and conditions 2-year-olds for the NCHA Futurity Sale. But Reyn Maker is the first horse that he trained to show himself.

“I sold a filly last year to Clint Allen and I went and watched him work her,” said Bennett. “Watching him made me see what it took to step one up and that helped me a lot.”

Bennett purchased Reyn Maker as a yearling for $5,400, at the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale. “I kind of wanted a Dual Rey and he was the first one that I ever bought,” he said. “The plan was for us to keep him and me train him, and that’s what we’ve done. He’s been a blessing, that’s for sure.”

Chris Johnsrud, reserve champion to Bennett with 219 points on Smart Uni Brow, also scored 215 points to place sixth on Desires Blue Trinity, who Johnsrud qualified for today’s Open Finals.

“She’s super cowy and quick,” said Johnsrud, who shows Smart Uni Brow for her breeder and original trainer, Angel Pinuelas, Scottsdale, AZ. “She’s a little mare, but there isn’t anything she can’t do because of her size. I got her in January and this is only the second event that I’ve shown her. I’m pretty excited about her.”

Desires Blue Trinity, who Johnsrud showed to win the Abilene Spectacular, as well as in the finals of the NCHA Futurity, is owned by Trinity Compress Real Estate.

Roger Wagner was the star of the Open Semi-finals on Friday, with the high score of 219.5 points on Stylish Martini, and the second-highest score of 219 aboard Shorty Boonsmal. Both horse are owned by Marvine Ranch.

Read more in the Daily Chatter.

Earnheart and Gerwien share Non-Pro Gelding title

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart on Cancan Reyvolution

It was a draw yesterday, in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Gelding finals between Kelle Earnheart and Carl Gerwien, who tied with 220.5 points on Cancan Reyvolution and Mia Smart Quejana, respectively.

Gerwien, from Alberta, CAN, also placed eighth in the 11-horse finals aboard Short N Suave.

“I knew that wasn’t where I wanted to go,” said Gerwien, who scored 208 on Short N Suave. “But Mia Smart Quejana is more solid, so I was in better shape on him.”

Carl Gerwien

Carl Gerwien on Mia Smart Quejana

Gerwien trains his own horses — Mia Smart Quejana is out of a mare that he also showed — but since the 2010 NCHA Futurity, he has enlisted the help of trainer NCHA Horse of the Year trainer Phil Hanson, to hone his mounts.

Gerwien is the leading NCHA non-pro money earner who currently resides in Canada, and along with Peppy San and Phil Collins, is one of just three NCHA Hall of Fame members of the NCHA and Canadian Halls of Fame.

Kelle Earnheart and Cancan Reyvoultion haven’t slowed down since the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, where they placed third. Since then, the pair have claimed championships in the 2011 Tunica Non-Pro Futurity, as well as the Bonanza Non-Pro, and the Bonanza Gelding division.

“I cut fresh cattle and they held up, even though we were next to last,” said Earnheart, who also rode Cancan Reyvolution on Thursday to qualify for the NCHA Derby Non-Pro finals.

Collbran Larsen

Collbran Larsen on DS Mrs Wilsonfreckle

Classic Challenge Non-Pro Ltd

Collbran Larsen and DS Mrs Wilsonfreckle blew away the competition in the 25-horse Classic Challenge Limited Non-Pro finals with 222 points, as the first to the the herd in the finals. Page Bowman and Scoot Over Here claimed reserve with 215.5.

“I went in there and cut as clean as I possibly could,” said Larsen, who celebrated his seventeenth birthday on the day of his win. “Before I went in, I knew she was ready.”

Collbran, whose father, Dana Larsen, trained DS Mrs Wilsonfreckle, prepped for his run by watching videos of Lee Francois and Jason Clark, who had also recently claimed wins from the number one draw.

Larsen’s family owns Wilsons Lil Freckles, sire of DS Mrs Wilsonfreckle.

Read more in the Daily Chatter.

Lenas Star War claims on-target Gelding win

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Tarin Rice

Tarin Rice, with his wife Katie, and Lenas Star War

Lenas Star War and Tarin Rice took down the 222-point target posted by early draw Woodys Wildest Cat and Clint Allen, to claim the 2011 NCHA Derby Open Gelding Finals, yesterday, with 223.5 points.

“We cut the three cows that we had planned and they stayed good for a long time,” said Rice. “Everything was real controlled.”

This was the first open win for Rice, 22, a two-time former NCHA Youth Scholarship champion, who trained Lenas Star War from start to finish.

“He can trap a cow and he’s a pretty mover,” said Rice. “He travels real low and, if a cow ever looks at him, he gets even lower and has a really pretty look.”

Rice has worked for his father, Boyd Rice, who won the 2009 NCHA Derby and 2010 Classic Challenge with Third Cutting, since he turned pro late in 2008. But shortly after the 2011 NCHA Futurity, Tarin plans to move to Jacksboro, Texas to work for Carl Smith, owner of Third Cutting, the earner of over $500,000.

Lenas Star War is owned by his breeder, Brenda Michael, Amarillo, TX, who owns and showed his sire, Lenas Busy Bee, as well as his dam, Lena Leo War Lady.

Michael is the daughter of the late Benny Binion, famed early-day Las Vegas casino operator, who also owned the first NCHA world champion, known as Benny Binion’s Gelding.

Woodys Wildest Cat was previously reserve champion of both the 2011 Abilene Spectacular Open with Clint Allen, and the Amateur division of the same event with owner Rick Ford.

Lenas Star War was a finalist with Rice in The Non-Pro Open.

All finalists in the NCHA Derby Open Gelding division also qualified for Friday’s Open semi-finals.

See results.

Non-Pro Derby leaders

Sam Good and his gelding Cat Toy, by WR This Cats Smart, won the second go-round of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby with 219.5 points, and also claimed the top cumulative score of 436.5 points.

Vanessa Hooper, riding Sticky Spot, by Spots Hot, and Glade Knight, aboard Katz Have More Fun, by Dual Pep, tied with 435.5 points — the second-highest cumulative. Kristen Galyean and Some Like It Hott, also by Spots Hot, placed third with 435 points.

Read more in today’s Daily Chatter.

Smoothe Bye Design draws top scores

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Smoothe Bye Design

Phil Rapp with Smoothe Bye Design.

Smoothe Bye Design and Phil Rapp carved out a special niche on Monday, as winners of of the second go-round of the NCHA Open Derby with 221 points, in addition to claiming the high cumulative score of 437 points.

“I had three cows that I wanted to cut and we went in there and got it done,” said Rapp, who showed Smoothe Bye Design midway through the second of nine sets of cattle.

“He was spot on. The first day, we didn’t get him quite as tired as we needed to before I showed him. He’d been off since the Super Stakes, what with the BI being canceled, and when you give him some time off, he likes to buck and play

“But we got his mental focus right today. He’s a very good horse and today we got to see some of that in this pen.

Smoothe Bye Design, a stallion sired by Smooth As a Cat out of Absolutely Stunning, is owned by a partnership consisting of Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Tommy and Chris Manion, and Lynn Leedy. He was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Rapp, won the Augusta Futurity championship, and placed third in Tunica, as well as sixth in the Abilene Spectacular.

“He’s quick and light on his feet and really fast-footed,” said Rapp. “He’s the kind of horse that can put it all together and have a run like he did today.”

Rapp showed Dont Look Twice, owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin, to place third in the Classic Challenge  last week. The payout elevated the High Brow Cat daughter to the celebrated ranks of the winners of $500,000 or more in NCHA earnings.

“Smoothe Bye Design and Dont Look Twice are the happiest and most cow fresh horses, when you go to (show), that I’ve ever ridden,” said Rapp, the sport’s all-time leading money earner with $7.3 million.

“I just work him once every day, but I start on Monday and it’s Thursday or Friday before he’s relaxed and tired. And Dont Look Twice is just like that, too.”

SVR Reyl Smart, by Dual Rey, and  ridden by Beau Galyean for breeder Strawn Valley Ranch, earned the second-highest second go-round cumulative of 436.5 points.

Benefit account opened for J.B. McLamb

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
J.B. McLamb

J.B. McLamb

There are times in everyone’s life when they encounter unexpected difficulties.  This is such a time for NCHA Hall of Fame Rider J.B. McLamb, of Weatherford, Texas.

Following his double knee replacements, he has developed an infection in one knee which will require him to undergo further surgical procedures and treatment for the infection.  He will be unable to work for several months.  As with most of us, extended time off work makes it difficult to meet financial obligations.  J.B. is not the kind to ask for help, and is even considering selling his and Ginny’s ranch and home in order to make it through this tough time.  That does not need to happen.

This is an opportunity for J.B.’s many friends to finally be able to help him as he has so willingly and tirelessly helped us in the cutting pen.  Whether you have been the recipient of J.B.’s expertise at a weekend show or the biggest aged event, you know how freely he donates his time.

A group of J.B.’s friends have set up a bank account that only he and Ginny can access.  Know that every penny will go directly to them, and all donations are anonymous.  When you think of all the times you have had J.B. in your corner, think about giving back the cost of one of those classes to help him now.  Whether the amount is the cost of a $200-added or a big time aged event entry, it will be appreciated.

Please send your donation to:
Jasper B. McLamb Benefit Account
Town and Country Bank
P.O. Box 1157
Stephenville, TX  76401