Archive for October, 2011

Euro euphoria

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Push To Play

Gianluca Munarini on Push To Play. Andrea Bonaga photos.

Open and Non-Pro World Champion riders traveled to Lyon, France from the U.S. for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting, but Italian trainer Gianluca Munarini, riding Push To Play for Roberto Cuoghi of Italy, took the week’s top honors in the $25,000-added Open finals on October 30. It was the first Mercuria NCHA World Series event held outside of North America.

A large, enthusiastic crowd watched as Push To Play marked 223 for a one-point win over Shesa Little Cat, owned and shown by Marco Salvatori of Italy. Bronc Willoughby was the top American rider, taking Dual Reward to fourth place for Daniel Jaeggi of Switzerland. Push To Play’s win was worth over $8,000.

See the full results.

Push To Play is a 10-year-old Kit Dual mare out of Loverboys Missy, by Freckles Loverboy. She is a half-sister to $174,000 earner Honkytonk Diva.

Cats Puma

Bill Lacy on Cats Puma

The U.S. contingent fared better in the Non-Pro where Bill Lacy of Crested Butte, Colorado marked 216 to win by two points over Italy’s Livio De Michiel on Be A Peppy Hunter. Lacy rode Cats Puma, his 2009 Breeders Invitational finalist by High Brow Cougar out of Stylish Freckles, by Docs Stylish Oak.

Cats Puma, whose earnings will go over $50,000 with his $7,700 payday, is a 6-year-old three-quarter-brother to $112,000 earner Stylin Cat.

Livio De Michiel got his reserve championship on Be A Peppy Hunter, a son of Be A Smart Hunter that Gianluca Munarini rode to a reserve championship in the 2007 AICH Derby.

See full results.

2011 NCHA World Series Lyon

Monday, October 31st, 2011

2011 Pacific Coast Futurity

Monday, October 31st, 2011

2011 Southern Futurity

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Gemnist: Still a champ at 29

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Gemnist in September 2011

It has been 26 years since The Gemnist won the NCHA Futurity. At 29, he is the oldest living Futurity champion. Yet, the venerable gelding’s teeth are the only giveaway to his age.

“He’s fit as a fiddle,” said Harland Radomske, Ellensburg, Wash., who purchased The Gemnist as a weanling. “When you touch him, he’s hard. Never been lame a day in his life.”

Sired by Doc Bar Gem, a full brother to well known sires Boon Bar, Doc’s Remedy, Cal Bar and Nu Bar, as well as to Doc’s Haida, dam of Haidas Little Pep, one of cutting’s all-time leading sires, The Gemnist was bred by Jim and Mary Jo Milner and trained and shown by Kathy Daughn.

“The Gemnist was high-strung as a colt, but he was always extremely talented and extremely cowy, and I knew he had the potential to be a champion,” said Daughn. “It took a lot of patience, but it all came together at the Futurity.”

Following his limited age event career, where he earned nearly $350,000, The Gemnist was shown by Radomske at weekend events.

“If I’d known then what I know today, no telling how long he would have lasted,” said Radomske, who was 42 years old the first time he rode a horse and had became interested in cutting the same year that he bought the Gemnist.

“He was so solid, but at that time I practiced him three days a week and showed him three times a day, every Saturday and Sunday, for about two or three years. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I basically burned him out by practicing and showing him too often.

“I had offers from people who wanted to haul him for the World, but he had gotten so show smart, I knew he’d really have to be worked over hard to make him be correct, and I never had the heart to put him through it because he was so good to me.”

For a number of years, The Gemnist served as a ranch horse on Radomske’s Venture Farms, then eventually took over his current position as manager of the farm’s broodmares, which include Opus Cat,¬† who placed 6th in the¬† NCHA Open Futurity, with $60,000 and Miss Smoke Travels, PCCHA Open Futurity reserve champion, with $80,000.

“He’s amazing,” said Radomske. “If one’s missing, he’ll bring her back and come running to the fence. He gets all of his shots and his feet trimmed and all of that business, just like all the rest of the horses.”

All clear for Appaloosa World Show

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Appaloosa Horse Club received word from the diagnostic lab at UC-Davis that the ‚Äúsuspect‚ÄĚ horse at the Appaloosa World Show in Fort Worth is not infected with Equine Herpesvirus 1. The negative test result meant that the World Show Sale could be held Wednesday evening and that the show, which had been temporarily suspended, will continue with a consolidated class schedule on Thursday morning, October 27.

Appaloosa World Show suspended and voluntary quarantine implemented in Fort Worth

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Appaloosa Horse Club has taken the precaution of temporarily suspending competition scheduled for Wednesday October 26th at the World Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, pending official test results for a horse exhibiting neurological symptoms. With the advice of on-site veterinarians, the Will Rogers Equestrian Center has implemented a voluntary quarantine for animals.

Additional biosecurity measures have been implemented and exhibitors are cooperating in an effort to mitigate any potential risks of infection. Laboratory results are expected by later in the day on Wednesday.

ApHC and the Will Rogers staff are in communication with and following all recommendations of the Texas Animal Health Commission. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Appaloosa World Show, which began on Friday, October 21, was scheduled to run through Saturday, October 29 and included numerous classes, including cutting and the ApHC Cutting Futurity. The schedule for Wednesday, October 26 was to include the Appaloosa World Show Sale with 69 head of all ages.