Archive for February, 2013

2013 Meruria NCHA World Series Houston

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Helm claims a double in Arbuckle Non-Pro

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Dianna Helm and EE Ichi Bar

Dianna Helm and Cat In The Night, who won seven futurity championships in 2012, claimed their eighth title with 220 points in the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Futurity. In addition, Helm took the reserve championship with 219 points aboard Boons Playin, which also secured the 4-year-Old Non-Pro Novice championship for her.

Cat In The Night, by Cat Ichi, has earned more than $50,000, including his $9,029 winnings in the Arbuckle Futurity, in open and non-pro limited age events, all under Helm, who owns and operates a custom pre-conditioning cattle yard in Nowata, Okla. with her husband Bill, an amateur competitor and Arbuckle Futurity Amateur champion, with 218 points, on Boons Playin, by Mr Boonsmal To You.

“We run the yard ourselves, in grass traps,” said Dianna. “Working with cattle has helped me in cutting, and cutting has helped me with getting sick calves removed from the group to get them treated. Our yard has drive lanes everywhere, so you learn what cattle want to do and it helps you (in cutting).”

Helm also owns 6-year-old EE Ichi Bar, by Cat Ichi, who has earned over $95,000 with her and Bill, and trainer Tommy Marvin.

Ashley Snider and Sly Chance, by That Sly Cat won the Arbuckle Non-Pro Classic with 224 points, while Kyle Manion and Hot Pipes, by Dual Rey, placed second with 220 points.

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ARC Ruby Playgunia wins in Houston

Monday, February 25th, 2013
Arc Ruby Playgunia

Matt Budge on Arc Ruby Playgunia.

Matt Budge marked 229 on Arc Ruby Playgunia to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this evening.

Mississippi Cat, currently first in the NCHA World Standings, finished second with a 222.5.

Bred by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, and owned by Terry Green’s Jackpot Ranch, Arc Ruby Playgunia is a 7-year-old gray mare is by Playgun out of Ruby Bagonia, a daughter of $1.5 million-producer Playboys Ruby.

Budge won last year’s Abilene Spectacular 5/6-year-old on her, and also made the finals of the Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge.

In Houston, she posted a 221, the sixth highest score in the go-round behind Ronnie Rice’s 225 on Center Ranch’s Jewel Bars Cat.

Brandon Dufurrena

Brandon Dufurrena on Nievas.

Brandon Dufurrena of Gainesville, Texas marked 226 on Nievas for a four-point win over Crystal Lehrmann and So Sweet Santana in the Non-Pro division. Dufurrena qualified a day earlier in the middle of the pack with a 217.5, behind Sammy Broussard’s pace-setting 222 on Mr Dagwood.

Nievas, a 6-year-old mare by Cats Merada out of Smart Little Boogie, has earned more than $224,000. Dufurrena, the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, has won with her at El Rancho Futurity, the Southern Futurity, Idaho Futurity, as well as the Limited Non-Pro at the NCHA Derby.

“She’s bright on a cow like her mom, but this mare has a little better stop, but her mama and her both have the same way of trapping a cow,” Dufurrena said. “They both are really smart on a cow and they both have the way of drawing a cow to them.”

Between his second in the Non-Pro and his third with Russ Carroll in the Open, Crystal Lehrmann’s So Sweet Santana was the evening’s top money earner, taking home over $12,000. The 9-year-old by Short Of Santana has career earnings of mre than $126,000.

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Big payday for Peyotee and Galyean at Arbuckle Mountain Futurity

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Beau Galyean

Peyotee, owned and ridden by Beau Galyean, scored 220 points in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity to win the championship and $20,000. It was the first major limited age event finals for the Hickorys Indian Pep son.

Lil Catbaloo was reserve champion with 219.5 points under Lloyd Cox, for Gene and Michelle Morris, Florence, Mont. Gaylean also scored 216.5 points and earned $15,000 in place third on Cattalou, owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex.

Beau and Ashley Galyean purchased Peyotee as a yearling for $17,500 from his breeder, Lannie Louise Mecom, at the NCHA Futurity Sales. His dam, an unshown daughter of Dual Pep, is out of The Smart Look, an all-time top producer of the earners of over $1.3 million, including Dual Smart Rey, $257,553; WR This Cats Smart, $236,514; One Smart Lookin Cat, $225,310; Smart Lookin Hi Brow, $216,395; and SVR Reyl Smart, $179,153, who was owned and shown by both Beau and Ashley.

Lil Catbaloo, by High Brow Cat, came to the Arbuckle Futurity with $128,925, earned under Cox in the NCHA Futurity (4th place) and the Bonanza Futurity (6th). Bred by John Harrah, he is the first money earner out of Sweet Lil Boo, a full sister to Sweet Lil Pepto, $219,595, as well as half-sister to Sweet Little CD, $106,085, dam of High Brow CD, NCHA Horse of the Year and earner of $542,101.

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2013 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Once In A Blue Boon twice an Arbuckle champion

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

James Payne

Five-year-old Once In A Blue Boon and rider James Payne claimed their second Arbuckle Mountain Cutting title with a 224-point win in today’s 5/6-Year-Old Classic. Last year the pair were champions of the 4-Year-Old Futurity.

Payne also scored 222 points as reserve to Once In A Blue Boon, on Poo Smoothie, owned by Kathleen Moore.

Owned by Charlotte Farms and bred by the late Bill Freeman, Once In A Blu Boon is by Peptoboonsmal and out of Autumn Boon, earner of $244,470 and dam of NCHA earners of over $1.15 million. In addition to the Arbuckle Futurity, the bay roan stallion and Payne also won the Chisholm Trail Fall Futurity and The Non-Pro Open Futurity in 2012, placed as reserve champions of the Brazos Bash and West Texas Futurity, were third in the NCHA Derby, and have together racked up earnings of over $135,000.

Poo Smoothie placed fourth with Payne in the 2011 Arbuckle Futurity, and third with Moore in the 2012 Arbuckle Non-Pro Classic. The 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, out of Dual Poo by Dual Pep, has lifetime earnings of over $80,000.

For Payne, 2012 was a breakout year. Not only did the 34-year-old Oklahoman earn over $225,000, but he won the NCHA Classic Challenge with 223 points on Sarenadual, also owned by Moore.

“If you had told me I was going to mark a 222 yesterday and a 223 today, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Payne after the NCHA Classic Challenge win, his first in Will Rogers Coliseum.

Payne began his career just out of high school, in 1996 at Pieper Ranch, Marietta, Okla., home of $8 million cutting sire Playgun. He stayed with Dick and Brenda Pieper for eight years, then took on training responsibilities at Polo Ranch, also in Marietta, where he stayed for the next five years, before going out on his own.

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity continues through Monday, February 25 at the Hardy Murphy Arena, Ardmore, Okla.

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Meet the author: Ben Emison

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Ben Emison

Horseman, auctioneer, bloodstock agent, sales producer, all of those titles fit Ben Emison,a prominent figure in the world of Western performance horses for the past 50 years.

This week, Emison, a founder and co-owner with Milt Bradford of premier performance horse sales company Western Bloodstock, took on a new title as co-author of The Search for Hannah Lea, a crime thriller published by CreateSpace and available through

“I’ve always been somewhat of a dreamer,” said Emison, who fleshed out the bones of what would become The Search for Hannah Lea twenty-five years ago. “I had a vivid imagination, but not really the time to do anything with it. When I got involved with training and showing and then Western Bloodstock, I laid everything else aside.”

In 2006, Emison, who lives in Weatherford, Tex., attended his 50th high school reunion in Caraway, Ark., a small farming community in northeastern Arkansas, and reconnected with schoolmate Jerry Branscum. “We discovered that he was interested in writing, too,” said Emison. “So later he came to visit us in Texas and we began to go through my dead book file.

“Everything I had written was in long-hand, in notebooks or legal pads, and after (Jerry) skimmed through (The Search for Hannah Lea), he asked if he could take it home and write with me, and I said, ‘Yes, of course.'”

Emison, who was raised on a farm and grew up “behind a team of mules,” dreamed, when he was in high school, of a career as a hands-on cowboy. Branscum, however, pursued a career in agri-business that eventually took him around the world.

“Jerry was always the whizz kid in school and this (book) would not have worked without his help,” said Emison. “I excelled in ag, and was intersted in history and geography, but I didn’t like English and they kicked me out of typing. I had the imagination, but not the education to do anything with it.”

Emison’s plot and and Branscum’s story line come together in a perfect pitch in The Search For Hannah Lea.