Archive for July, 2012

Hottish hottest with 228 in NCHA Derby

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Photo by Alan Gold

Nothing is perfect in life or the cutting horse world, but Hottish and Lloyd Cox came within a whisker of every rider’s dream of the perfect run on Saturday night, at the NCHA Derby in Fort Worth.

Their 228-point score was half-a-point under the Derby record set by Third Cutting and Boyd Rice in 2009, and it tied the score of Triple Crown champion Chiquita Pistol in 2003.

Cox already holds the NCHA Futurity record with his 230-point win aboard One Time Royalty in the 2010 NCHA Futurity.

But scores in the stratosphere of cutting are relative.

“If he starts doing any more, I’m going to have to get somebody else to ride him,” said Cox, with smile and a nod to Hottish’s smooth and polished control of whatever is dealt him.

“Some horses stop that hard, but you aren’t sure if they will be able to handle it,” said Cox. “But the harder he stops, the better he gets.”

Owner Dustin Adams, Dublin, Tex., won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Hottish, after Cox and the colt struck out in the second go-round and Adams bought a non-pro slot.

Last night, Adams was a finalist in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with two mounts: Smooth Sneakin (8/10) and Cats Ridin Dirty (16th).

Hottish, by Spots Hot, is the fifth foal out of Stylish Play Lena to earn $100,000 or more. Stylish Play Lena earned $264,474 under Cox; Hottish has unofficial NCHA earnings of $185,000.

Spoonfulla Cat, by Hes A Peptospoonful, scored 223 points with Jonathan Rogers for the NCHA Derby reserve title. Rogers also placed (12/13) on Little Kitty Sista. Both horses are owned by Robert and Carrie Tiemann, Pflugerville, Tex.
Bet on Bushaw

Chad Bushaw and iron horse Bet On A Cat won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 222 points, in the lost hole of the first set of the finals.

One set later, Bet On A Cat scored 219 points under Tom Dvorak to place fifth in one of the toughest Derby Open finals in recent memory. It was the gelding’s eleventh performance during the 20-day show and his fifth finals run.

“He keeps getting stronger and smarter, but he’s been the same good horse every trip, whether Tommy shows him or I show him,” said Bushaw, who won the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro with the gelding in June.

Dvorak and Bet On A Cat were champions of the NCHA Super Stakes John Deere Division in May.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a horse like this,” said Bushaw, who won the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Jerryoes and the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Cats Ruby.

Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 218.5 points aboard Smooth N Cattacular, by Smooth As a Cat.

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Husby Cutting Horses Complete Dispersal

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Dave and Georgia Husby. 2006 photo by Sally Harrison

Dave and Georgia Husby met with early success as owners and breeders of cutting horses. It was a trend that never lost momentum, until February 10, 2012, when Dave passed away suddenly, following routine surgery.

On Wednesday, September 26, one day prior to the Brazos Bash, Western Bloodstock will conduct Husby Cutting Horses Complete Dispersal at Silverado on the Brazos, Weatherford, Tex. Every horse and all equipment from the Husby’s Shirrocco South Ranch will be sold, including 3-year-olds paid to date to the NCHA Futurity and in training with Matt Gaines, Clint Allen and Matt Miller.

Show horses will include the 5-year-old red roan stallion Blue One Time, with earnings of $185,029, currently being shown by Clint Allen. Sired by One Time Pepto, an NCHA Futurity champion sire from his first crop, Blue One Time is out of Quintan Blue, a leading earner of $609,139 and dam of the earners of over $360,000.

“We bought this colt because of his pedigree and obviously to stand him,” said Georgia Husby of Blue One Time. “He is so close to $200,000 and only halfway through his five-year-old year. He will be a superior sire, no doubt about that.”

The Husbys were no strangers to NCHA Triple Crown competition. Their colt Hydrive Cat, now owned by and standing at Buffalo Ranch, was reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Futurity under Clint Allen. The High Brow Cat son, out of Ruby Tuesday DNA, also won the 2007 Pacific Coast Futurity and was a finalist in 13 other major events at four.

“Hydrive Cat was just a few days old when I picked him out,” said Georgia, who also selected Blue One Time to buy out of the Rock Creek Dispersal Sale in 2009.

“Georgia has a better eye for horses than I do,” said Dave in 2008.

Married for 20 years, the Husbys were from British Columbia, where Dave had built Husby Forest Products Ltd and diversified into other businesses, as well. The couple became interested in cutting horses when they purchased a horse farm in British Columbia.

“We had just bought Shirrocco North with a huge arena and no horses,” recalled Georgia. “Soon after, we went to a futurity in Cloverdale and watched Bill Freeman show a wonderful horse, which Dave wanted to buy immediately. His jaw dropped when Bill told him the price, but that didn’t stop us from entering the cutting world.”

Kevin Tienkamp taught the Husbys how to ride a cutting horses; later they hired Les Timmons as their first trainer.

Just Chicynn, a 1991 gelded son of Smart Chic Olena, was one of the Husby’s first cutting horses and a favorite of Dave’s.

“Just Chicynn was an amazing horse,” said Georgia. “He was Canadian open and non-pro champion may times over, But Dave’s favorite that we raised was Royals Magnificat, trained by Clint Allen. The horse was a real character and Dave loved playing games with him. He even had the opportunity to show him once and it was one of the high points in his career.”

Royal Magnificat, a 2005 gelding sired by High Brow Cat, is the lifetime earner of $185,000.

Royals Magnificat, a 2005 gelding sired by High Brow Cat, earned $184,628 during his career.

One of Georgia’s favorite mounts was Flickacat, the 2004 NCHA Open World Champion under Chubby Turner, who Georgia had shown in Canada and the Northwest. But her favorite among those that they raised was Clearcut Cat, trained by Roger Wagner.

“He was the first one that we raised and a great one, too,” said Georgia of the 2003 gelding, earner of more than $100,000 and a son of High Brow Cat. Clearcut Cat’s full sister, 5-year-old Cat Zahar, earner of $35,000 under Matt Miller, is also part of the dispersal, as is 4-year-old Smart Lookin Hanna, 2012 Bonanza Derby Open Finalist under Matt Gaines.

A complete list of horses, including nine 2-year-olds in training with Gerald Alexander, as well as broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, will soon be available at A partial listing of equipment includes trucks, trailers, a motor home, tractors, shreeders, mowers, panels, feeders, shop tools, arena implements and horse tack and equipment.

Carters Cookie takes the cake in Rainbow Futurity

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Carters Cookie, trained by Mike Joiner, held off Vancouver Moon for a 1 1/4 length victory in the $700,000 G1 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Down, on Sunday, July 22. It was the second career start for the gelded son of Carter Cartel, who won his trial to qualify for the 400-yard race with the third fastest time. His winning time of :19.612 in the Futurity earned a speed index of 92.

“In his trial he got the lead and raced a little green,” said rider G.R. Carter Jr. “Today he was really focused and ready for a big race. He blasted away from there and was more seasoned.”

Carters Cookie, from the first crop of 2-year-old champion Carters Cartel, is owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway. Allen and Blach also teamed up to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby with Mine That Bird.

A $40,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Carters Cookie is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to leading freshman sire One Famous Eagle, earner of $1.4 million.

Rainbow Futurity post time favorite Feature Hero finished fourth, while fastest qualifier Jetastar, who bled and was vanned off the track following the race, came in eighth. Blaze Carver, a 12-1 longshot placed third, half a length behind Vancouver Moon, the race’s second fastest qualifier.

Vancouver Moon, trained by Juan Gonzalez and ridden by Jaime Parga Leos to win her Futurity trial by 3 lengths, is a half-sister to champion and world record setter First Moonflash.

The order of finish in the Rainbow Futurity: Carters Cookie, Vancouver Moon, Blaze Carver, Feature Hero, Scatmandu, Pyro, Distant Fury, Jesastar, Eyegotitgoinon and Nellie Delaney.

Ochoa claims Rainbow Derby win

Ochoa won the $900,000 G1 Rainbow Derby, which boasted the largest purse in 38 runnings of the 440-yard stakes race.

Trained by Sleepy Gilbreath, Ochoa closed gamely to win by a head over Priceless Feature. He qualified for the race while defeating champion Feature Mr Bojangles in their trial.

“It was a good break for him,” said rider Roy Baldillez. “The horse next to me came over on me a little bit, but this horse has so much heart. He just dug in and went on.”

Sired by Tres Seis and owned by the partnership of his breeder, Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., with Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Douglas Benson, Ochoa won last year’s $2.5 million G1 All American Futurity and was named 2011champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding by AQHA. He remains undefeated at 440 yards and has earned over $1.5 million.

Both second and third-place finishers Priceless Feature and Jess Lips are trained by Eddie Willis. The remaining order was Feature Mr Bojangles, Jesscuzican, Feature Mr Who, Bills Last, YM Quick and CD Riggins.

Tom Tofell, 1946 – 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Thomas Stuart Tofell, 66, Millsap, Tex., passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, after a brief illness.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 17, at Whites Funeral Home in Weatherford, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 18, in the South Texas Room in the Amon Carter Building of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. The service will be officiated by Joe Howard Williamson and Dr. Jim Sanders.

Tom was born January 6, 1946 in Malin, Ore., to Emil and Mildred Tofell. He is survived by Jan, his wife of 27 years; his daughter, Lisa, Weatherford, Texas; his brother and sister in law, James and Kathy, Roseburg, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Meralee Tofell. Klamath Falls, Ore; numerous nieces, nephews, and an abundance of friends, as Tom never met a stranger.

Tom was nationally known through his long associations with well known cutting horse horse breeders and trainers, including NCHA Futurity and World champion Leon Harrel; leading breeder Dan Lufkin and his Oxbow Ranch; Ernest Cannon, owner of World champion Jae Bar Fletch; as well as with Texas congressman Tom Loeffler.

Tom and Jan owned and operated a cutting and race horse business at their ranch in Millsap and were proud of their association with world champion cutting horses Docs Playmate, Doc N Missy, Jae Bar Fletch and Bet Hesa Cat. Tom was a Quarter Horse racing partner and long time associate of Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock auction company.

Pallbearers will be Vin Betenbough; Todd Bimat; Mike Haack; Eddie Howard; Joe Landers; Bruce Lusk; Dennis Moreland; Chris Ray DVM; Bart Tofell and Jim Ware. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Cannon; Leon Harrel; D. Wayne Gilbreath; Gary Halousek; Neal Halousek; Wayne Hodges; Gordon Johnson; Gary Kennell; Dan Lufkin; Robert Lewis, DVM; Bobby Nelson; Gayle Trotter, DVM; and Sam Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom’s honor to the National Youth Cutting Horse Association Scholarship Fund, c/o NCHA, 260 Bailey Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Morris wins World Finals

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris on Quejanaisabella.

Amanda Morris marked 220 Wednesday in the third round of the Senior division of the Grace Ranch NCHA Youth World Finals to win the show championship. She tied for second with Ryan Howell in the third round, behind go-round winner Lane Wood, who marked 220.5 on Pepto Boom.

Morris rode Quejanaisabella to scores of 224, 214.5 and 220 for the show championship.

Rieta Dufurrena, who brought an unbeatable lead into the World Finals, won the 2012 Senior Youth World Championship.

Bred by Greg Coalson, 7-year-old Quejanaisabella is by Quejanaisalena out of Nip And Play, and has earned over $23,000. The mare is owned by John McClaren and trained by Amanda’s father, Craig Morris, who was a Super Stakes Classic finalist with her last year.

Marvin marks 227

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Kenli Marvin

Kenli Marvin on MK Vivian.

Kenli Marvin and MK Vivian posted a 227, the highest score of all three rounds at the Grace Ranch NCHA Youth World Finals, Wednesday in to win the show championship in the Junior division. It also gave her a come-from-behind tie with Jake Baca for the 2012 Junior Youth World Championship title.

Marvin, from Barnsdall, Oklahoma, came into the World Finals in third place in the standings. She marked 220.5, 216 and 227 in the three rounds for the show title.

MK Vivian is a 5-year-old mare bred and owned by Gene McKown. She is by Kit Dual out of Runnin Mate, by Smart Mate. She’s earned over $100,000 and has won several Open limited age events with Kenli’s father, NCHA Futurity champion Tommy Marvin.

Jake Baca

Jake Baca on Jewelin Jo Chita.

The 2012 Junior Youth Co-World Champion, Jake Baca, is from Vega, Texas. He rode Jewelin Jo Chita for scores of 219.5, 205 and 213 through the World Finals to hold onto the lead he brought into the show.

Jewelin Jo Chita is owned by Jake’s parents, Tye and Julia Baca. The 12-year-old mare was bred by Skip Hobbs and is by Tachitas Jewels out of Brinks C Bars Jo. She has earned over $55,000 and carried Tye Baca to a Top 10 finish in the $20,000 Non-Pro standings a few years ago.

Last summer, Jake won the NCHA Junior Scholarship cutting riding the mare.

Blue One Time tops round 2

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Clint Allen

Clint Allen

Clint Allen and Blue One Time marked 221 to lead the second round of the Open Classic Challenge at the NCHA Summer Spectacular Tuesday in Fort Worth. Phil Rapp marked 220.5 on NCHA Futurity champion Rockin W for the next highest score.

Blue One Time, who marked 214.5 in the first round for a cumulative score of 435.5, was bred by Jim Vangilder by One Time Pepto out of Quintan Blue. He was the high seller at $245,000 in Vangilder’s 2009 Rock Creek Ranch Dispersal Sale. Owned now by Georgia Husby of Weatherford, Texas, Blue One Time was an NCHA Futurity finalist  and won the Tunica Futurity, and has earned more than $185,000.

Besides Rockin W with a cumulative score of 438.5, another Futurity Champion will advance to the finals. One Time Royalty, ridden by Lloyd Cox for Australia’s Susan Marchant, posted a cumulative score of 435.5.

It took a score of 434 or better to advance to the Open Classic Challenge finals.

Brandon Westfall

Brandon Westfall on Lil Bit Reckless.

In the Watt Arena, Lance Cooper marked 223 on Wrigley Ranches’ A Little Bossy to lead the go-round in the Junior Youth Scholarship cutting. Twenty-six contestants marked 213.5 or better to advance to Thursday’s finals.

In the second round of the Grace Ranch NCHA Youth World Finals, Brandon Westfall of Los Olivos, California marked 220 on Lil Bit Reckless to lead the round, over first-round leader Matthew Dedden on A Cat Named Sue.

Lil Bit Reckless, by CD Royal out of Trouble Lynn 495, was bred by Brandon’s parents, Russ and Janet, who have teamed up to win more than $227,000 on the 8-year-old mare in Open and Non-Pro competition.

Dedden’s second-place finish in the second round narrowed the gap between him and leader Jake Baca, promising an exciting final round Wednesday in the Watt Arena.

Rieta Dufurrena

Rieta Dufurrena

In the Senior division, World Champion Rieta Dufurrena and Kolby Don Moore split Tuesday’s honors with a 220-point tie.

Dufurrena, who came into the Grace Ranch NCHA Youth World Finals with an unbeatable lead, rode Auspicious Cat, while Moore rode Smart Little Cranbar.

Bred by LKC Ranch, Auspicious Cat is a 7-year-old son of High Brow Cat owned by Dos Cat Partners.

Kolby Don Moore

Kolby Don Moore,

Kolby Don Moore’s mount, Smart Little Cranbar, was bred by Jack and Susan Waggoner and is owned by Bill and Tara Wilkins of McAlpin, Florida.

The 7-year-old gelding is by Smart Little Lena out of Playgirl Peppy, who has produced the earners of more than $400,000.