Archive for August, 2012

Western Bloodstock looks to the future

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Western Bloodstock, the performance industry’s leading auction company, announced today that Jim Ware has resigned to pursue personal interests.

“We wish him all the best,” said Milt Bradford of Ware, who along with Bradford and Ben Emison established Western Bloodstock in 2000. “But it is business as usual for us with three important sales this fall, in addition to the NCHA Futurity Sales in December.

“We are excited about the future, which looks very bright for the cutting industry with the increase in international buyers and breeders,” said Emison, who has 37 years experience as a cutting horse sale producer. Bradford produced the very first NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale, in 1990.

Western Bloodstock’s 2012 venue includes Husby Cutting Horses Complete Dispersal, on September 26 in Weatherford, Tex; the Marvine Ranch Reduction Sale, at the ranch in Weatherford on October 20; the HeadQuarters Working Ranch Horse Sale, on November 10 in Amarillo; and the NCHA Futurity Sales at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, December 10 through 15. For additional information:

2012 South Point Futurity

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Connections: Late summer and fall futurities

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Matt Miller

The NCHA Futurity in December, with its purse of nearly $4 million, is the standard against which all 3-year-old cutting events are measured. But “small,” early futurities have also launched many top horses, including 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, who made her debut at three as champion of the PCCHA Futurity, in November.

The West Texas Open Futurity, which concluded last weekend in Amarillo, offered a preview of breeding trends that might emerge from the 2012 NCHA Futurity, as well as a look at some of the riders likely to do well in Fort Worth.

Smooth As I Can won the West Texas Futurity with 221 points under Matt Miller for owner Janice Eaton; while Big Sheila claimed reserve with 219 points under owner Craig Thompson, winner of the 2011 NCHA Futurity aboard Oh Miss Caroline.

Smooth As I Can was one of four West Texas Futurity finalists, from a 13-horse field, sired by Smooth As A Cat.

Big Sheila, sired by Peptos Stylish Oak, was one of five finalists who claim Peptoboonsmal as their paternal grandsire. All five, however, had different sires. Cat Diesel, who placed fourth and was reserve champion of the Limited and Open Gelding divisions, is by One Time Pepto. Uno Triton and Peptotoodie, who split fifth, are sired by Pepto Taz and Peptotime, respectively, and Hesa Peptocat, is by Hes A Peptospoonful

Peptoboonsmal is also the sire of finalist Roanflakes, ridden by Beau Galyean, winner of the 2008 NCHA Futurity aboard Metallic Cat.

Roanflakes and Galyean, as well as Cat Diesel, shown by Adan Banuelos, also placed third and fourth, respectively in the South Point Futurity, which concludes tomorrow in Las Vegas.

For complete results for all divisions of the West Texas Futurity, click here.

2012 West Texas Futurity

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

2012 Big Sky Futurity

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

All American Futurity trials: PJ Chick In Black still perfect

Friday, August 17th, 2012

PJ Chick In Black, photo by Ty Wyant

PJ Chick In Black, with a time of :21.081, pushed her record to five wins from five starts on Thursday, August 16, at Ruidoso Downs, while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the 440-yard, $2,400,000 All American Futurity.

Horses with the 10-fastest times from the 26 trial races will compete for a guaranteed $1,200,000 first-place check in the All American Futurity, which offers the richest purse for any two-year-old race in North America, regardless of breed.

Owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms, and ridden by Esgar Ramirez, PJ Chick In Black won her trial by 5 3/4-lengths, by far the biggest winning margin of the day,

“She just finally put together a perfect race,” said co-owner Bowen. “She’s a whale of a horse.”

Bred by Fredda Draper and initially trained by Fredda’s husband, Carl Draper, PJ Chick In Black won her Ruidoso Futurity trial, then took the Ruidoso Futurity by a neck over Krash Cartel, who was the third-fastest qualifier to the All American Futurity. Following the Ruidoso Futurity, Draper sold her interest in the Desirio-sired filly to Jack Smith Farms, who moved her to trainer John Stinebaugh’s barn. Steinbaugh, with three of the 10 finalists, also trains Krash Kartel, as well as fourth-fastest qualifier Just Wanna Corona.

PJ Chick In Black began her career racing against New Mexico-bred competition. Following her decisive win in the $110,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park, her owners paid a $15,000 supplemental fee to enter her in the trials for the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity. Her $300,000 first-place check in the Ruidoso Futurity helped pay a $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the All American Futurity trials.

“If she’s the favorite, it works; she is training outstanding,” said Bowen, referring to PJ Chick In Black’s probable favorite status in the All American Futurity, where even if she finished last, she would earn $70,000.

Joining PJ Chick In Black in the All American Futurity on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, are Grade 1 winners One Dashing Eagle and BP Cartels Alibi. Ed Burke Million winner One Dashing Eagle came through in the 26th and final trial with a half-length win and the six-fastest qualifying time of :21.369.

One Dashing Eagle, One Famous Eagle, has three wins and one second from four career starts and is trained by Jose De La Torre for San Gregorio Racing Stables.

BP Cartels Alibi, winner of the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity, finished in a dead heat All American Futurity trial win with Aha Moment. They share the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.385.

Trained by Blane Wood for Raymundo Villareal Jr, BP Cartels Alibi, by Corona Cartel, was making his Ruidoso Downs debut and his first start since winning the Heritage Place Futurity by a head on May 26.

Here is the complete field of the 2012 All American Futurity by qualifying times: PJ Chick In Black (:21.081), Jess A Zoomin (:21.246), Krash Cartel (:21.251), Just Wanna Corona (:21.286), Native Tea Rose (:21.358), One Dashing Eagle (:21.369), Aha Moment (:21.385), BP Cartels Alibi (:21.385), Mr Perry Cartel (:21.400) and Sudden Thoughts (:21.404).

Buster Welch: 2012 Golden Spur Award

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Buster Welch, December 2011, NCHA Futurity Champions Cup. Sally Harrison photo

Buster Welch, rancher and horseman, as well as member of the American Quarter Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association Halls of Fame, will receive the 35th annual National Golden Spur Award on September 7, in Lubbock, Tex.

The only national award of its kind, the Golden Spur honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the U.S. ranching and livestock industry, and is a joint recognition by the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and Texas Farm Bureau, among other leading livestock and agribusiness organizations.

Welch, also a recipient of the prestigious Charles Goodnight Award, given to persons devoted to preserving the ranching way of life, has won a record five NCHA Futurity championships, as well as four NCHA World Championship titles. His latest championship title came this past December, when at 83, he took reserve in the NCHA Futurity 50th Anniversary Champions Cup.

“The cutting horse is the cowman’s computer,” says Welch, who operates his ranch on horseback, using former and future cutting competitors as mounts. Fellow ranchers, cowboys and friends join in on Welch’s roundups to gather cattle and sort and brand them.

Born and raised in big ranch country near Midland, Tex., with a “burning desire” to become a cowboy, Welch quit school after the sixth grade and earned his first wages on the Proctor Ranch near Midland, Texas, working for Foy and Leonard Proctor. who handled as many as 30,000 cattle a year. Foy Proctor received the Golden Spur Award in 1984, when he was 88.

Welch worked for the Proctors for two years, all the while absorbing invaluable knowledge that could never be taught in a classroom, and after he left the Proctor’s he continued to hone his skills on other ranches, including Reynolds’ Cattle Company’s Long X in far West Texas.

It was rancher and early-day Quarter Horse breeder Warren Shoemaker, Waltrous, NM, who awoke Welch to the possibility of training horses for competition. And it was Shoemaker’s neighbor, Homer Ingram, who sold Welch an unbroken, range-bred colt that he named Chickasha Mike and trained to be a top NCHA competitor in the 1950s.

Welch on Money's Glo in 1962

Welch’s long-term goal was to become a full-time rancher, with a herd of his own, and horse training afforded him the ability to maintain some mother cows, while building toward the future. Marion’s Girl, who he trained for Marion Flynt of Midland and showed as NCHA World Champion in 1954 and 1956, was the horse that launched him into a full-tilt training career that made him a legend with horses such as Money’s Glo and Chickasha Glo, the first two NCHA Futurity champions, as well as Rey Jay’s Pete, Mr San Peppy, Peppy San Badger and countless more.

When Welch retired as trainer and breeding consultant for King Ranch, in the late 1980s, his focus returned to his postponed dream of becoming a West Texas rancher. That dream came true near Rotan, Texas, where for the past two decades, Welch and his wife Sheila have raised cattle under their “B Lazy W” brand.

Welch’s cattle are now in as much demand as his cutting horses. For the past 20 years he has marketed his calves to Coleman Natural Meats, an initial decision that coincided perfectly with the public demand for naturally grown foods.

The Golden Spur Award will be presented to Welch at a dinner and reception at the Overton Hotel & Convention Center, 2322 MacDavis Lane, in Lubbock. Individual tickets to the Golden Spur dinner and Award program are $75 and reserved tables seating eight are available for $1,000. The reservation deadline is Aug. 31. For information, contact Vicki Quinn-Williams at 806-742-2498 or e-mail