Archive for November, 2012

Two for Tate

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Rios Jewel

Tate and Laura Bennet and Bella Anderson with Rios Jewel.

Tate Bennett held the top score of 221 points from all first go-round contenders, before he even rode to the herd yesterday. His performance aboard Nothing To Lose on Monday had secured the lead.

Yesterday Rios Jewel delivered his own gem of a performance and another 221-point score for Bennett.

“We did a little more than we planned to do, but it worked,” said Bennett. “It was a little bit scary because he is so cowy, sometimes he gets a little hard to cut on.”

Bennett, 28, grew up ranching and roping. But when he scored 225 points on Reyn Maker to win the 2011 NCHA Open Super Stakes Limited finals, it was just his third time to show in Fort Worth.

Before the 2011 Super Stakes, Bennett mainly bought yearlings and trained them as 2-year-olds to sell as Futurity prospects. He and his wife, Laura, live in Hereford, Tex., where Laura’s father, Joe Perrin runs up to 5,000 head of cattle.

“I doctor all of my father-in-law’s horses and he lets me work them,” said Bennett. “So I am able to keep a lot of good cattle in front of my horses. We rope on them and drag calves and I think that helps get them broke and makes them stronger.”

Reyn Maker, now owned by non-pro rider Michelle Anderson, has earned $108,336, and was the first horse that Bennett trained and showed himself.

“A lot of people made fun of me when I bought him ‚ÄĒ he was real leggy and kind of wormy,” said Bennett of Reyn Maker. “I didn’t give much for him, but when I walked in his stall, I knew I wanted him. I really liked his personality and it always stayed that way.”

Rios Jewel is another “ugly duckling” turned swan, although Bennett said people still comment about his short ears and neck and less than pretty head.

“He’s a horse that no one would have given much of a chance the way he’s made,” said Bennett, who purchased Rios Jewel from his breeder, JRS Quarter Horses, Catoosa, Okla., as a 2-year-old.

“But I was kind of partial to him because he’s out of the same mare as a horse I trained that Ronnie Rice was second on in last year’s Futurity (Jewel Bars Cat, LTE $184,686). They have a lot of similarities.

“He’s just like the Little Engine That Could,” Bennett added. “He always tries and he is so quick and cowy, he can overcome a lot of things because of it.

“He has never really wanted to do it my way, yet I can’t take it away from him. He loves a cow and he loves his job.”

High Brow Cat son Nothing To Lose, also owned by Bennett, was a $32,000 purchase at the 2010 NCHA Futurity Sales.

“It took a while to get him to flow like I wanted him to and get settled into the ground,” said Bennett. “But he has a presence about him and even when I struggled with him, whenever someone else was watching, they would tell me how good he looked.”

Rios Jewel was not the only high-scoring horse on Thursday that Bennett has had a hand on recently. Shesa Hollywoodcat, shown by Phil Rapp for Ray Baldwin, Fort Worth, Tex., was also trained by Bennett and purchased by Baldwin at the Brazos Bash this past September.

“She a wonderful mare and Tate did a great job with her,” said Rapp who scored 219 points, the go-rounds second-highest score, on the High Brow Cat daughter.

“I was teasing him and told him if she’s as good as his other horse, I should have left her with him and caught rode for him.”

Rapp also scored 219 points earlier in the week on Manytimes, by One Time Pepto, owned by Baldwin’s parents, Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Tex.

Tom Shelly with Cats Me If You Can; Tom Dvorak on Pippis Longstocking; and Tag Rice with PRF Badgers Goldmine, also earned scores of 219 points.

A serving of Rice

Boyd Rice

Boyd Rice.

The surname Rice can usually be found among event leaders, as it is this week in the first go-round.

In addition to Tag with 219 points on PRF Badgers Goldmine, and 215.5 points on Chiquita Pepto, for Tooter Dorman, Oakwood, Tex., Boyd Rice scored 218 points on Botero, by Reys Dual Badger, for Wagonhound Land & Livestock, Douglas, Wyo., then came back in the next set to mark 217.5 points on CR First Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, for Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.

Ronnie Rice, Tag’s father and Boyd’s uncle, showed CR Tuff Hearted Cat, also¬† bred and owned by Center Ranch and sired by Woody Be Tuff, to earn 217 points.

Tatum Rice, Boyd’s son, scored 217 points riding Hisstereya, by Dual Rey, for Jennifer and Jeff Foland, Weatherford, Tex., and 216.5 points aboard Reyhanna, by Dual Rey, for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Scottsdale, Ariz.

PRF Badgers Goldmine claims Day 4 with 219

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Nothing To Lose with 221 points scored under Tate Bennett on Monday, still leads open first go-round contenders, after four days of Open competition and with two days remaining at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth.

Tag Rice

Tag Rice.

Meanwhile, PDF Badgers Goldmine, owned by Tag and Natalie Rice, Crowley, Tex., scored 219 points under Tag to top Wednesday’s action and tie the previous days’ contenders Cats Me If Ya Can with Tom Shelly; Manytimes¬† under Phil Rapp; and Pippis Longstocking with Tom Dvorak.

“He’s been working good and feels ready,” said Rice, who won the 2002 NCHA Futurity, as well as the Triple Crown on Chiquita Pistol.

“I’m more comfortable with him than I’ve been with a horse up here at the Futurity in a few years. That makes it nice.

“He’s smart and low-moving and real efficient with the way he does things, and he’s held up physically, which is a big part of this.”

Rice, who had ridden PRF Badgers Goldmine’s mother and full brother, purchased the Reys Dual Badger colt as a yearling for $6,500, at the NCHA Futurity Sale.

“His mother was strong and quick and could have been really good, if she hadn’t gotten crippled,” said Rice of PRF Maderas Lena, by Smart Lil Ricochet.

Rice also qualified for the second go-round with 215.5 points on Chiquita Pepto, a Petoboonsmal daughter out of Chiquita Pistol, LTE $545,001, owned by her breeder, Tooter Dorman, Oakwood, Tex.

“The mare is a little bit green, but we really like her,” said Rice. “She’s more like Chiquita Pistol than any of her other babies. She looks more like her mother and she moves more like her.”

Rice showed Chiquita Pistol’s colts Crown Him Pistol, LTE $95,628 and Chiquita Cat, LTE $43,239, as finalists¬† in the 2008 and 2009 NCHA Futurities, respectively. Chiquita Pepto is the Triple Crown winner’s first daughter to perform.

Ascencion Banuelos

Ascencion Banuelos.

Banner day for Banuelos brothers

Cookie Banuelos kicked off a streak on Tuesday that saw him and his brother Ascencion place three horses, through Wednesday, as top 20 qualifiers for the second go-round.

Cookie scored 217.5 points with High Savannah Acres, by Abrakadabracre, on Tuesday, then came back yesterday morning to score 217.5 points on One Mean Jose, by CD Olena.

Both horses were catch rides for trainer Grant Setnicka, who showed Mo Faye Rey and Hi Ho Nabisco to qualify with scores of 216.5 and 216 points, respectively.

“Grant and I are good friends and I was very lucky that he asked me to ride them,” said Cookie. “He is such a good hand, and there is a lot of similarity to our programs.

“I had been on the colt (One Mean Jose, owned by Setnicka) one time before today. But he feels very secure and comfortable and he has such a beautiful style and is so easy to ride.”

Ascencion Banuelos scored 217.5 points yesterday on SFR Magic Doll, bred and owned by Mike East, Sarita, Tex.

“This mare had her first saddle in September of her two-year-old year,” said Banuelos. “She was started on the Santa Fe Ranch and I brought her home with me after the Super Stakes this year.

“She’s a super smart cow horse.”

SFR Magic Doll, by Abrakadabracre, is out of MH Oh Cay With Moves, LTE $75,460, by Movin On Hickory, who East showed as a non-pro finalist in the Million Heir Classic and the NCHA Super Stakes.

In addition to Ascencion and Cookie Banuelos, Tim McCloud, riding Peptos Lil Acre, by Sweet Lil Pepto, for J.B. and Patricia Davis, Buffalo, Tex., and Kevin Walden, on Smoothness, by Smooth As A Cat, for Jerry Yelverton, Russellville, Ark., also scored 217.5 points on Wedneday.

Three share Tuesday’s top score

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Nate Lansford

Nate Lansford and Travelin Smooth.

“It’s going to look ugly for a little bit, but trust me it will be all right,” Boyd Rice assured Nate Lansford, as they surveyed the last set of cattle on Tuesday, where Lansford had drawn first to work on Travelin Smooth in the first round of the Open at the NCHA Futurity.

“I gottcha,” said Lansford, with a nod to Rice’s expertise. “That’s why we picked you (to settle the herd).

Cattle selection had proven tricky for many riders on Tuesday, with seemingly good cows gone bad. But Lansford and Travelin Smooth came out on top with 217.5 points, tying Lil Catbaloo, shown by Lloyd Cox, and High Savannah Acres, with Cookie Banuelos for high score of the day.

Travelin Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Karen and Brian Murray, Mission Hills, Kan., was trained by Michael Cooper.

“We’ve had the horse for two years and he has been really consistent and smart all along,” said Lansford, Cooper’s assistant, who also scored 214 points on Sunday riding Hes Thumpin Special for Paul and Cynthia Dean.

Lansford was a 2010 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd. finalist (6th) riding Purr N Cat for Darol Rodrock.

Lloyd Cox

Lloyd Cox.

Lloyd Cox, winner of the 2010 NCHA Futurity aboard One Time Royalty, earned two tickets yesterday to the second go-round: with 217.5 points on Lil Catbaloo, owned by Gene and Michelle Morris, Florence, Mont., and 215 points on No Way In Hal for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

“Mitch Davis had him and sent him to me,” said Cox of Lil Catbaloo, a stud colt by Peptoboonsmal out of Sweet Lil Boo, a half-sister to the dam of NCHA Horse of the Year and 2007 NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD.

“I had worked him at Paso Robles last year and he asked if I wanted to take him and see if he might be one I would show here,” Cox added.

“He turned out to be really nice. He’s¬† smart and easy to get along with and it doesn’t seem like many bad things run through his mind. So far he’s been pretty pure, and he usually tries every time.”

No Way In Hal, by first crop sire Halreycious, was  bred by Linda Holmes, Longmont, CO, and purchased by Moore one week ago.

“Linda sent her to me about five months ago and she really started coming on,” said Cox, who trained and showed Halreycious’ sire Dual Rey for Holmes, as well as many of the leading stallion’s prominent offspring. “She is real cowy, and she has a pretty way of doing things.”

Cookie Banuelos

Cookie Banuelos.

Cookie Banuelos was catch riding High Savannah Acres for Grant Setnika,  who trained the Abrakadabracre daughter for Clerc and Boudreaux, Baton Rouge, La.

“I rode her daddy in 2001 and he’s been my favorite horse of all times,” said Banuelos, who won the 2002 Augusta Futurity Open Ltd on Abrakadabracre. “She’s a lot like him. They do little things different and you have to be patient with them. She’s a beautiful mare and I love the way she moves.”

Two of Tuesday’s top-scoring horses seem to prove the adage that fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Our Grey Goose, with 216.5 points under her breeder, Clint Allen, is one of three full siblings entered in the Open Futurity out of Aristo Katz, the earner of $260,144 and dam of 5 NCHA money earners, including Pretty Katz, LTE $262,053.

Allen trained and showed Aristo Katz for her breeders, Jack and Susan Waggoner, and when the mare produced three embryos due by Peptoboonsmal in 2009, Jack gave one to Allen.

“He’s been fun all along,” said Allen of Our Grey Goose. “He’s the first one that I’ve ever bred and kept and shown. I wasn’t going to show him, if I owned him, but Gary and Shannon Barker¬† bought him late this past summer.

“He’s been tough to train, but after I gelded him I was a lot happier. He is real cowy and smart about a cow and he has always stopped hard. I was pretty excited to be able to get to show him.”

One Time Kitty, sired by One Time Pepto and shown by R.L. Chartier for Wrigley Ranches, is the first performer out of Special Nu Kitty, LTE $298,700.

“She’s really, really smart and she wants to stop and draw like her mother,” said Chartier of One Time Kitty, who scored 216 points yesterday.

Chartier also showed Special Nu Kitty for Wrigley Ranches.

Nothing To Lose with 221 points

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Tate Bennett

Tate Bennett.

Nothing To Lose, but a doggedly aggressive second cow.

“It really tried me,” said Tate Bennett of the heifer that tested his colt Nothing To Lose in yesterday’s second set.

“I’m still a little green to that here and I wasn’t sure what I needed to do, maybe try to quit that cow. I’m glad we didn’t because it held to the buzzer, but it sure was nerve-wracking.

The gutsy run put Nothing To Lose out in front of Open first round contenders with 221 points.

Cats Me If Ya Can, shown by her breeder, Tom Shelly, and Manytimes, with Phil Rapp, each earned 219 points to tie Tom Dvorak and Pippis Longstocking with the second-highest score, while Looks Halreycious and Morgan Cromer hold third with 218.5 points.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work, but he’s always had the ability,” said Bennett of the High Brow Cat son that he purchased as a yearling¬† for $32,000, at the NCHA Futurity Sales.

“It took a while to get him to flow like I wanted him to and get settled into the ground. The challenge was to get him to understand that it has to be my way.

“But he has a presence about him and even when I struggled with him, whenever someone else is watching, they always tell me how good he looks.”

Nothing To Lose is the first performer out of Spoonful Of Rosie, LTE $23,620, by Hes A Peptospoonful.

Phil Rapp

Phil Rapp.

Manytimes

“The good ones are all work,” said Phil Rapp, after a 219-point ride aboard Manytimes, bred and owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin, Fort Worth, Tex. “I haven’t trained one that was easy, yet.”

If anyone should know it would be¬† Rapp, who is the sport’s #1 all-division rider with over $7 million in earnings, and who trained and showed top NCHA money earner Dont Look Twice, LTE 710,965, also owned by the Baldwins.

“There’s one for you ‚ÄĒ she’s a good ‚Äėun,” Rapp told Louis Baldwin, when he saw two-day-old Manytimes for the first time, at the Baldwin’s Waco Bend Ranch in Graham, Tex.

“You could just tell,” said Rapp. “She had a presence about her, with her ears pointed together.

“She came by her name honestly, but this fall she has been a very good horse and we are really pleased with her.”

Sired by One Time Pepto, Manytimes is the first performer out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cats Twisted Whisker, LTE $112,934, who Rapp showed to win the 2007 Breeders Invitational Futurity.

Cats Twisted Whisker is out of Spins Gay Lena by Australian sire Docs Spinifex.

Tom Shelly

Tom Shelly.

Cats Me If Ya Can

Paul Skinner, Seattle, Wash., owns Cats Me If Ya Can, but Tom Shelly raised the Cats Merada daughter and showed her to earn 219 points yesterday in the first go-round.

“She’s a sweetheart,” said Shelly of Cats Me If Ya Can. “She’s strong and smart about a cow, and she’s pretty easy.”

Shelly showed Fannys Oskar, Cats Me If Ya Can’s dam’s sire, as a finalist in the 1983 NCHA Derby.

Morgan Cromer

Morgan Cromer,

Looks Halreycious

Looks Halreycious and Morgan Cromer  scored 218.5 points for owners Larry and Liz Stacy, Ardmore, Okla., but Phil Hanson trained the Halreycious son and asked Cromer to catch ride for him in the Futurity.

“I rode him in the pre-work at Ardmore and kind of had an idea of what I had to do with him,” said Cromer. “Phil is an awesome trainer, so it makes it easy for me.

“I don’t know the horse’s little quirks. I am sure they are there, but for me, every time I’ve been on him he’s been a gentleman, so I don’t worry about him much and just send him where I need him to go.”

Chad Bushaw

Chad Bushaw.

Lady Writer scripts another top score for Bushaw

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 218 points Monday on Lady Writer, a One Time Pepto daughter that he raised and trained out of his 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes champion Cats Ruby.

“It’s a big relief to get through the first go,” said Bushaw, who won the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Jerryoes.

On Sunday, Bushaw watched as catch-rider Tom Dvorak scored 219 points on Pippis Longstocking, a mare that Bushaw purchased as a yearling for $6,500, at the NCHA Futurity Sale.

“I showed a half-sister to (Pippis Longstocking), Peps Calm Down, by Peppys Boy 895, that was a really talented mare,” said Bushaw. “Over the years, when you ride a good one, you try to repeat it, when you find one that’s bred like that. And she’s by Dual Smart Rey, one of my favorite horses ever, when Phil (Rapp) showed him.

“I like buying those kind. It’s fun when it works, whether breeding, training or showing.”

Pippis Longstocking steps up with 219 points

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Bushaw and Dvorak

Chad Bushaw and Tom Dvorak.

It was a little nerve-wracking, the first day and with two horses in the same bunch,” said Tom Dvorak, who scored 219 points on Pippis Longstocking, as the first rider in the third set of cattle, and came back as the fourth rider to mark 217 points on Summer Stays Here at the 2012 NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 219-point score topped the day, while 217 tied two others to rank fourth.

“Getting her through this first round was big,” said Dvorak of Pippis Longstocking, owned by Chad and Amie Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex. “She has a lot of try and a big heart, but she’s a wild little mare and I didn’t know what to expect.

“But she locked down in there for me. I never really went fast with her. You could mark a good score on her basically at the trot, but I feel like there is a lot more horse there, if I cut more cow.”

Bushaw, a top non-pro competitor with $2.3 million in lifetime earnings, purchased the Dual Smart Rey daughter, bred by Strawn Valley Ranch, at the 2010 NCHA Futurity Sale and trained her himself.

Last year, Dvorak showed Bet On A Cat, also owned by the Bushaws’ Crown Ranch, to place in both the Open and Open Ltd. NCHA Futurity.

The 2011 Futurity was bittersweet for Dvorak, whose wife of 14 years, Cindy, succumbed to cancer the day before the finals.

“I didn’t think it could get any tougher, but its even tougher now, coming back and remembering all of it,” said Dvorak, who showed in last year’s¬† finals to honor Cindy’s last request. “But I know she’s up there for sure watching over us.”

Dvorak showed Summer Stays Here for Jason and Becky Clark, who raised the High Stylish Oak daughter out of Mate Stays Here, a Smart Mate daughter that Jason showed to place sixth in the  2006 NCHA Open Futurity.

“This is their personal horse,” noted¬† Dvorak. “Jason trained her and she’s a good mare. They could have picked a lot of other people to show her, but we go way back and are kind of like family.”

Summer Stays Here’s dam, Mate Stays Here, is a full sister to Mates Little Cokette LTE $158,881, who Clark also trained, and showed to place as reserve champion in the 2005 NCHA Open Derby.

Lee and Holly Francois

Lee and Holly Francois.

Desire A Lil Pepto

There was a piece of history riding to the herd with Lee Francois and Desire A Lil Pepto yesterday, when they earned 218 points, the second highest score of the day.

Desire A Lil Pepto, by Sweet Lil Pepto, is a half-brother to Reys Desire, the Dual Rey daughter that Francois showed to earn $391,795 and win the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes.

“It feels like he has a lot of the same qualities as her,” said Francois. “But he’s been a little tough to train because sometimes he wants to do things his own way. So we compromise with each other.

“He wasn’t maybe as ready for the show as I thought he would be, but he showed good and I was happy with him.”

Desire A Lil Pepto, bred by Woody Bartlett out of Playguns Desire, is owned by Reagan Lancaster, Pilot Point, Tex.

Matt and Tara Gaines

Matt and Tara Gaines.

Mercedes Smoothe

Smooth As A Cat-sired Mercedes Smoothe and Smooth Mitch tied at 217.5 points, yesterday’s third-highest score. Smooth Mitch, owned by Clear Cut Partners, Temecula, Calif., was shown by John Mitchell, while Mercedes Smoothe was shown by her owner, Matt Gaines.

“I’ve never shown one of my own,” said Gaines, who ranks #1 among open riders with open earnings of $5.7 million. “Its hard when you’re a trainer for the public to show one of your own. But it just happened that I think the two I am showing were the best ones I had, and the other owners were understanding.”

Mercedes Smoothe and Matt’s wife, Tara, share a lot of history. Mercedes Smoothe’s granddam, Play A Masterpiece, was the first horse that Tara rode when she went to work for Lindy Burch, in 2000. Later, Tara took care of CDs Masterpiece, Mercedes Smoothe’s dam, when she worked for Dean Sanders. In 2009, she was able to purchase CDs Masterpiece, along with her two weanlings, one of which was Mercedes Smoothe.

“She’s a lot like her mom,” said Tara. “She’s got a big motor, but she’s very thoughtful when it comes to a cow. Her mother was ready really early. That’s why she went to the small futurities. And this mare has been solid and ready to do her job.

“They’re both cow horses and care about that cow. Its important to them.

“I had (Mercedes Smoothe) for sale at the beginning of this year. She was one of seven 3-year-olds I put up for sale. I decided I would keep the last two that were left and she was one of the last two.

“The bottom line is that this is a business. She is the only filly that I have out of her mother and I would hate to sell her. At this moment she’s still ours, but I don’t know if we’ll keep her.”

Mare power

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Highbrow Supercat

The term “strong dam lines” has taken on a new meaning in today’s cutting world, where some mares have more entrants in a single aged event division than many stallions. Here are the mares with 3 or more foals entered in the 2012 NCHA Open Futurity. The first mare, 2005 NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat, owned by Paul Dean, Claremore, Okla., accounted for two of last year’s NCHA Open Futurity finalists and an Open Limited finalist.

Two of the 8 mares, Calie Del Rey and CR Cats Meow, are owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex. While only one of the mares, Play Miss, is owned by a Top 20-ranked industry leader – Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Slate River ranks #12 among among breeders of cutting horses with offspring earnings of $3.4 million, and #6 among owners of cutting horses with $3.7 million in earnings.

Highbrow Supercat by High Brow Cat – 4 entrants

Hes Thumpin Special – g. by Dual Rey
Lil Rattler – m. by Dual Rey
Rey Cool Supercat – m. by Dual Rey
Supercats Boonsmal – g. by Peptoboonsmal

10-year-old Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, owned by Paul Dean, Claremore, Okla., was the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion under Tommy Marvin. She has produced 5 NCHA money earners of $220,487, including 2 NCHA Futurity Open finalists in 2011 and one 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd finalist.

Scooters Stylish Oak by Docs Stylish Oak – 4 entrants

Flat Baroque – m. by Peptoboonsmal
Hills Stylish Oak – m. by High Brow Cat
Reys Stylish Oak – s. by Dual Rey
Scooters Rey – s. by Dual Rey

11-year-old Scooters Stylish Oak LTE $132,333, owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., placed 9th in the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity under Gary Gonsalves. She has produced 3 NCHA money earners of $44,619.

Aristo Katz by Smart Aristocrat – 3 entrants

Boon Katz – s. by Peptoboonsmal
Our Grey Goose – s. by Peptoboonsmal
Pepto Katz – m. by Peptoboonsmal

12-year-old Aristo Katz LTE $260,144, owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex.,won the Augusta Open Futurity and the Breeders Invitational Open at 4 under Clint Allen. She has produced 5 NCHA money earners of$362,072, including Pretty Katz LTE $263,053, 5th place finalist in the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity.

Calie Del Rey by Dual Rey – 3 entrants

SDP Hydrive Rey – s. by Hydrive Cat
SDP Red Mott – s. by Hydrive Cat
South Paws – m. by High Brow Cat

13-year-old Calie Del Rey LTE $109,261, owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., won the 2003 Wyoming Futurity. She is the dam of 5 NCHA money earners of $259,571, including Hay Maker, 2008 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd champion and 3rd-placed in the Open Futurity.

CR Cats Meow by High Brow Cat – 3 entrants

CR Gimme Cash Meow – m. by Peppy Plays For Cash
CR Smart Rey – s. by Smart Royal Rey
CR Tuff Hearted Cat – m. by Woody Be Tuff

11-year-old CR Cats Meow LTE $7,193, owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., is the dam of one money earner, 6-year-old CR Little Cat LTE $21,236.

Hissy Cat, by High Brow Cat – 3 entrants

Dark And Sultry – m. by Spots Hot
Hisstereya – m. by Dual Rey
Hissys Night N Vegas – s. by High Brow Cat

9-year-old Hissy Cat LTE $306,669, owned by Jennifer and Jeff Foland, Weatherford, Tex., was a 2006 NCHA Futurity Open finalist; these are her first foals of performing age.

Play Miss by Playgun – 3 entrants

Flash About – m. by Purdy Boy Flash
Play Brow Cat – s. by High Brow Cat
Playbrow – s. by High Brow Cat

9-year-old Play Miss LTE $180,165, owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., was a 2003 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist; these are her first foals of performing age.

Sweet Little CD by CD Olena – 3 entrants

One Sweet CD – s. by One Time Pepto
Sweet Little Cats – s. by High Brow Cat
Sweet Mr Katz – s. by High Brow Cat

15-year-old Sweet Little CD LTE $106,085, owned by Wendel Ranches, Bastrop, Tex., was champion at 3 of the Idaho Futurity. She is the dam of 7 money earners of $655,274, including NCHA Horse of the Year and 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion High Brow CD.

2012 NCHA Futurity: What are the odds?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

2012 NCHA Futurity“Horse sense is the thing a horse has that keeps it from betting on people.” W.C. Fields

Cutters would probably add the words “and cattle,” after “people” in Fields’ proclamation, but in the long haul, the odds bear scrutiny when it comes to the NCHA Futurity. Here is look at the this year’s open field:

There are 18 sires with 10 or more open entries in the 2012 NCHA Futurity and these 18 sires, including 4 (23%) *first-crop sires, represent two-thirds (417 from 630) of the open entries:

  • High Brow Cat 78
  • Smooth As A Cat 48
  • Peptoboonsmal 41
  • Dual Rey 35
  • One Time Pepto 33
  • Spots Hot 19
  • Sweet Lil Pepto 18
  • Cats Merada 17
  • Hes A Peptospoonful 17
  • *Hydrive Cat 17
  • Reys Dual Badger 17
  • *Cats Quixote Jack 12
  • *High Brow CD 12
  • CD Lights 11
  • *Halreycious 11
  • WR This Cats Smart 11
  • Dual Smart Rey 10
  • Wild Haired Cat 10

Three of the 18 have won the NCHA Open Futurity: Peptoboonsmal (1995); Spots Hot (2004); and High Brow CD (2007).

Three of the 14 stallions with foals old enough to have competed in previous NCHA Futurities have sired NCHA Open Futurity champions:

  • High Brow Cat (Oh Miss Caroline in 2011; Metallic Cat in 2008; High Brow CD in 2007; Oh Cay Felix in 2006; Highbrow Supercat in 2005; One Smart Lookin Cat 2003)
  • Dual Rey (Rockin W in 2009)
  • One Time Pepto (One Time Royalty in 2010)

Seven of the 18 stallions are sired by High Brow Cat, who also accounts for the greatest number of open entries. Three of the 18 are sired by Peptoboonsmal, and three more are by Dual Rey. That leaves two stallions on the list of 18 other than High Brow Cat, Peptoboonsmal and Dual Rey, or their direct sons. The remaining two are Spots Hot, by Chula Dual (by Dual Rey’s sire, Dual Pep), and CD Lights, by the Doc O’Lena son CD Olena, who was also an NCHA Futurity champion.

All 7 of the High Brow Cat sons have different dams sires, as do the Dual Rey sons. While, all 3 of the Peptoboonsmal sons are out of Smart Little Lena daughters.