Archive for April, 2012

Kitty McCoy 06 is $10K Novice champ

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Kitty McCoy 06

Shad Platt on Kitty McCoy 06. Forrest Photography.

Shad Platt marked 220 on Kitty McCoy 06 to win the $10,000 Novice finals for owner Sammy Nevis of Yuba City, California Monday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada. Platt also placed third on Lynne Trouchon’s Dazzlenas Hula Cat.

Bred by Juniper Ridge Ranch, Kitty McCoy 06 is by WR This Cats Smart out of Jewels McCoy, a Dualin McCoy mare that won the Non-Pro division of the 2003 Northwest Ranch Festival Futurity.

Kitty McCoy 06 has been an Open, Non-Pro and Amateur finalist in limited age events in California, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. The 6-year-old mare had earned more than $31,000 on her way to Reno, and will add about $4,900 to her total with her $10,000 Novice win.

The reserve championship went to Brian Anderson with a 218.5 on Little Ichi Sue, a 6-year-old mare by Cat Ichi out of World Champion Meradas Little Sue, bred and owned by Frank Vandersloot.

Ben Neasham leads $2,000 Limit Rider qualifiers

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Ben Neasham

Ben Neasham on Peptos Chic Olena. Forrest Photography.

Ben Neasham of Goleta, California marked 221 on Peptos Chic Olena to top a slate of 22 qualifiers for tomorrow’s $2,000 Limit Rider finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada. It took a score of 209 or better to advance to the finals.

Last year, Neasham ranked 53rd in the NCHA World Standings after earning checks with Wena Money Doc at four shows.

In Reno, he rode Lauren McIntyre’s 6-year-old mare Peptos Chic Olena to set the pace as the next-to-last contestant in the $2,000 Limit Rider go-round.

Bred by Bruce and Connie Clark, Peptos Chic Olena is by Sweet Lil Pepto out of Chic Olenas Promise, a Smart Chic Olena mare that has also produced another NCHA money earner.

Pedro Ornelas marked the second high score in the $2,000 Limit Rider go-round, a 217.5 on Rouge Blues, a Peptoboonsmal 5-year-old owned by Connie and Richard Bertel.

Peptos Opus Cat leads first round of Open

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Russ Westfall

Russ Westfall.

Hall of Fame rider Russ Westfall and Peptos Opus Cat marked 223 Monday to lead the Open go-round at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada. They set the bar competing last in the day’s second set of cattle.

Fifteen horses marked 214.5 or better to advance to Tuesday’s $20,000-added finals.

Bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestcok, Peptos Opus Cat is a 6-year-old mare by Peptoboonsmal out of NCHA Futurity finalist Opus Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Peptos Opus Cat is owned by David and Lisa Anderson of Calgary. She won the 5/6-year-old finals at the Pacific Coast Derby this spring, and has earned more than $54,000.

Don Pooley posted the second highest score in the go-round with a 221 on Marcy Blanchard’s Hickorys Indian Macy, by Hickorys Indian Pep. Blanchard won the Non-Pro title at last year’s Eastern National Championships on the mare.

Peptos Opus Cat

Peptos Opus Cat. Forrest Photography.

Pair share lead in $3,000 Novice

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Spookys Nine Eleven

Spookys Nine Eleven. Forrest Photography.

Spookys Nine Eleven and TF Cee Dee Stars both marked 221 to tie for the lead in the first round of the $3,000 Novice at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada, Sunday.

Twenty-nine horses marked 213.5 or better to advance to Tuesday’s finals in the $20,000-added event.

Spookys Nine Eleven is a 6-year-old mare by High Brow Cat, bred by Jeff Barnes and owned by Jeff and Kay Barnes of Wilton, California and ridden by Brent Erickson. She is out of Spookys Cash, an NCHA Futurity finalist and earner of $284.000. Spookys Nine Eleven has earned more than $14,000.

TF Cee Dee Stars

TF Cee Dee Stars.

TF Cee Dee Stars, was bred by Travelers Farm and is ridden by Tom Long for Kimberly Thome of Santa Rosa, California. The 6-year-old mare is by CD Olena out of Starlight Dreamin, a Grays Starlight mare that is a granddaughter of 1983 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity winner Miss Doc Hollywood. TF Cee Dee Stars has earned more than $59,000. Thome was a Limited Non-Pro finalist on her at the 2009 NCHA Futurity, and the mare has also been an Open finalist at the NCHA Classic Challenge, Pacific Coast Derby and the El Rancho Futurity.

Double Smart Cat takes first-round lead

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Double Smart Cat

Russ Elrod on Double Smart Cat. Forrest Photography.

Russ Elrod and Double Smart Cat marked 222 to lead Sunday’s $10,000 Novice¬† go-round at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada.

Twenty-three horses marked 214.5 or better to advance to Monday’s $20,000-added finals.

Bred by Juniper Ridge Ranch and owned by Harvey and Lynette Doman of Bend, Oregon, Double Smart Cat is by WR This Cats Smart out of Dox Double Down, a Grays Starlight mare that has produced earners of more than $155,000.

Double Smart Cat was reserve champion of the 2009 Pacific Coast Futurity, and won the 4-year-old division at the 2010 Idaho Futurity. The 6-year-old mare has earned more than $51,000 on her way to Reno.

Cookie Banuelos marked the second highest go-round score of 219.5 on Rey Ja Vu, a Dual Rey mare owned by his wife, Kate Banuelos, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

NCHA Super Stakes Sale boasts highest average since 2008

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Cats Peptolena

Western Bloodstock’s NCHA Super Stakes Sale, on Saturday, April 14, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, saw its highest overall average for the sale since 2008. In addition, the overall average of $13,775 on 119 head reflected an increase of $1,475 per head over 2011.

Western Bloodstock spokesman, Jim Ware, also noted that this year’s top 20 horses sold for an average of $42,250, an increase of $16,325 over the $25,925 average for 2011’s top 20.

Show-quality horses four and older and started on cattle averaged $18,200, according to Ware, while Futurity-quality yearlings average $20,500.

Cats Peptolena, by High Brow Cat, was the sale topper, as well as the high-selling show horse, at $148,000. William Randle, Ocala, Fla., purchased the 7-year-old red roan mare from Brewer Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., which dispersed 42 head of horses (29 percent of the 147-head catalog) through the sale.

Cats Peptolena, the NCHA earner of $99,074, sold with an embryo by Brewer Ranch sire Pepto Rio Playboy, an 11-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal, who brought $12,000.

Brewer Ranch also accounted for the high-selling 3-year-old, Cats Boonolena, for $80,000. The High Brow Cat daughter, a full sister to Cats Peptolena and in training with Ben Roberson, went to Center Ranch, Center, Tex.

Cats Boonsmal, also a Brewer Ranch consignment and a full sibling to Cats Peptolena and Cats Boonolena, was the high-selling yearling. The red roan filly brought $55,000 from Pat Rorison.

Fifteen-year-old Hangem High Playboy, a Freckles Playboy daughter and the top-selling broodmare, brought $117,000 from Gilmar Garcia, Pres Prudente, Brazil. Consigned by Jackson Land & Cattle, the lifetime earner of $75,543 and dam of the earners of more than $425,000, Hangem High Playgirl is half-sister to Kwackin, whose foals have earned $589,000.

Hangem High Playgirl sold with two embryos, one by Jackson Land & Cattle sire Peptoboonsmal, and one by Metallic Cat.

2012 NCHA Super Stakes Sale Averages
Gross sales on 147 head: $13,657
RNAs on 28 head: $13,157
Net sales on 119 head: $13,775
Top 5:    $89,600
Top 10: $64,600
Top 20: $42,250
(15 head withdrawn from sale)

Dam good offspring

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The NCHA Super Stakes was created as a showcase for offspring of subscribed stallions, but the pedigrees of this year’s crop of Open and Non-Pro 4-year-old finalists also point out the power of dam lines.

Individually the dams of the 20 Open finalists have earned an average of $100,748, while dams of the 21 Non-Pro finalists have average lifetime earnings of $52,108.

More significantly, offspring of the dams of the Open finalists averaged $38,915 in lifetime earnings; offspring of the dams of Non-Pro finalists averaged $32,853.

Full or half-siblings of Open and Non-Pro finalists include: Copaspepto, $403,819; Highbrow Supercat, $364,690; Desires Little Rey, $287,519; Pretty Katz, $254,961; Halreycious, $227,549; and Thomas E Hughes, $391,978.

Full or half-siblings of the dams of Open and Non-Pro finalists include: Little Badger Dulce, $657,276; Stylish Curly, $189,705; Dually Lena, $336,582; Bet Hesa Cat, $253,849; Reytheon, $172,388; SR Shortening, $174,868; Smart Mate, sire of earners of over $6.5 million; and Cats Full Measure, $235,563.

These lists, of course, do not include the progeny of other full and half-siblings.

Here is a breakdown of NCHA Super Stakes finalists’ dams (click here and go to page 3 for lists of dams):

Open Dams – 20
Total lifetime earnings – $2,014,965
Average lifetime earnings – $100,748
Total produce earnings – $3,268,849
Total no. money earners – 84
Average earnings per money earner – $38,915

Non-Pro dams – 21
Total lifetime earnings – $1,094,260
Average lifetime earnings – $52,108
Total produce earnings – $2,398,245
Total no. money earners – 73
Average earnings per money earner – $32,853