Archive for March, 2013

Larsen leads Non-Pro Day 1

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Kaitlyn Larsen

Kaitlyn Larsen.

Kaitlyn Larsen of Millsap, Texas, and Sir Stylish Lizzy posted the top score of 219 Sunday, the first day of Non-Pro Classic competition at the NCHA Super Stakes, presented by XTO Energy in Fort Worth.

Kyle Manion marked 218.5 on Sid Smooth, while Brandon Dufurrena marked 218 on Nievas.

Bred by Tim Drummond, Sir Stylish Lizzy is a 6-year-old gelding by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Stylish Sharon. He won the Gelding Stakes at the 2011 Super Stakes with Michael Cooper, and was also reserve champion of the recent Cattlemen’s Classic with Cooper. He has earned more than $115,000.

Larsen, who has already won two major Non-Pro events this year with Light N Lily – the Abilene Spectacular and the Cattlemen’s Classic – has taken Sir Stylish Lizzy to the finals in the Bonanza, Abilene Spectacular, Augusta Classic and the Mercuria NCHA World Series at Augusta in 2013.

Manion’s mount, Sid Smooth, is by Smooth As A Cat, out of Sheza Playboy, the dam of $176,000 earner To Short To Play.

Dufurrena’s Nievas is a 6-year-old Cats Merada mare that has eared over $225,000.

Open, Round 2

Adan Banuelos marked 219 on Saturday to post the top cumulative score of 441 in the second round of the Open Super Stakes Classic. Banuelos, who is also competing in the John Deere Division, rode Innovation Time for Vincenzo Vario. The 6-year-old is by One Time Pepto out of Sweet Shorty Lena, the dam of NCHA Futurity winner Spots Hot.

Round 1 leader Look The Look, ridden by Matt Miller for Fazenda Barrinha Ranch, has the second high cumulative score at 440.5.

Spencer Harden, 1929-2013

Friday, March 29th, 2013
Spencer Harden

Spencer Harden at the NCHA Futurity Champions Cup in 2011.

Spencer Harden, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and a ground-breaking competitor and breeder, passed away March 28.

Harden was a Florida dairyman when he got involved in cutting in the late 1950s. He bought Rey’s Dixie, a 9-day-old palomino by roping sire Rey in 1959 and made her AQHA’s 1963 World Champion Junior Cutting Horse.

When he bred her to the Thoroughbred Wee Folk, the result was Wee Darlin, the second of three NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champions he rode. Along with Wee Darlin (1975), he won the Non-Pro Futurity in 1972 on Pecos Billie, and in 1982 with another homebred, Jazabell Quixote.

Harden was one of just two NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champions who also won the event’s Open crown. (The other was Dr. Allen Hamilton). Harden claimed that spot in the record books in 1989 with July Jazz, an unregistered son of Jazabell Quixote. July Jazz also gave him the Non-Pro Futurity reserve title that year. Harden was an early adopter of embryo transfer in the cutting horse world, and his son Mark also qualified for the 1989 NCHA Futurity Open finals riding Sons Royal Jazabell, a full sister to July Jazz.

Jazabell Quixote

Spencer Harden with Jazabell Quixote. Sally Harrison photo.

Jazabell Quixote produced earners of more than $1.2 million, including Royal Serena Belle, the dam of  2010 NCHA Futurity Champion One Time Royalty.

In 1992, a record four Jazabell Quixote babies cashed checks at the NCHA Futurity, with Non-Pro finalists Jazz Em Up (Gil Porter) and Jazzy Joe Lena (Mark Harden) and Non-Pro semi-finalist Chickasha Jazz (Monty Johnson) and Open semi-finalist Beau Jazz (Spencer Harden).

When asked about his consistent success as a rider, Harden, who left Florida to devote more attention to raising cutting horses in Texas, said, “I’m not riding what people bring me to ride. I have some faith in my breeding program. I’m riding horses that I have a little knowledge about, and some background in.

“I don’t have that many to train. When I train one and go to a show with it, I’m pretty well satisfied that I’ve got a trained horse. And I was satisfied before I started training it that I had something to train.”

Harden earned a standing ovation for his ride in the NCHA Futurity Champions Cup, which drew a packed house to Will Rogers Coliseum marking the 50th NCHA Futurity in 2011.

In a 1993 interview, he told me, “I’ve been in the business all my adult life. I’ve had a lot of disappointments, and I’ve had a lot of great things happen. You just have to hope that a little more good than bad comes along to keep you going.”

Services for Spencer Harden are pending.

A good Look

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Matt Miller

Matt Miller.

Matt Miller marked 222.5 on Fazenda Barrinha Ranch’s Look The Look to lead the first day of NCHA Open Classic Challenge competition at the $3.2 million NCHA Super Stakes, presented by XTO Energy in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bred by Ken Jackson, Look The Look was sold as a 2-year-old for $105,000 at the 2010 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sale and purchased by Armando Costa Filho. The mare is by High Brow Cat out of Dual Looking Pep, a daughter of million-dollar producer The Smart Look.

Look The Look was an Open and Non-Pro NCHA Futurity finalist under John Mitchell and Armando Costa Neto, respectively. in 2011. She also placed third at the Breeders Invitational and was an Abilene Spectacular finalist in 2012, earning more than $117,000.

Miller and Look The Look worked midway through the fourth of  seven sets on the opening day of Super Stakes Classic competition.

Two horses marked the day’s second high score of 222.

One of them was Innovation Time, a son of One Time Pepto and  Sweet Shorty Lena that is a half-brother to NCHA Futurity champion Spots Hot. He was bred by Double Dove Ranch and is owned by Vincenzo Vario and ridden by Adan Banuelos.

The other was WR Jillaroo, a mare by WR This Cats Smart out of Oaks Smart Peach, bred by Chris Cox. She is owned by Double G Cutting, and ridden by Gary Gonsalves.

The first round of the Open Super Stakes Classic continues through Friday.

2012 NCHA Eastern Nationals

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Rumble’s time

Friday, March 15th, 2013
Rumble Bee Time

Scott Chartier on Rumble Bee Time. Hart Photography

Scott Chartier of Marine City, Michigan marked 219.5 on Rumble Bee Time to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals Thursday at the NCHA Eastern National Championships presented by 6666 Ranch in Jackson, Mississippi.

His mother, Non-Pro Hall of Famer Kelle Chartier, took the reserve championship on Jenny Wade. The top two horses are both 5-year-olds by Light N Lena, bred by Billy Martin.

Martin collected a check in the Non-Pro Senior division of the NCHA Futurity on Rumble Bee Time, while Chartier went on to win the Limited Non-Pro title with the horse at last fall’s Southern Futurity. The horse’s dam, Honey Bee Time, earned more than $91,000 in the arena.

Chartier is no stranger to success in Jackson. Three years ago, he won the $2,000 Limited Rider finals at the Eastern Nationals with Wild Start.

Kelle Chartier and Jenny Wade qualified on the bubble for the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals. Jenny Wade is out of Nyoka Pep, a mare that Martin rode in the NCHA Futurity Open finals on his way to a Non-Pro reserve championship at the Augusta Futurity.

2013 PCCHA Winter Roundup

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Swoopn on top

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Swoopn Indian

Lauren Chartier on Swoopn Indian. Hart Photography.

Last year, Swoopn Indian took a pair of reserve titles at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. On Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi, he went one better with Lauren Chartier of Weatherford, Texas,  to win the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro finals.

Swoopn Indian marked 225 to top Royals Magnificat, ridden by Aubrey Pigg, with a 222.

Swoopn Indian posted a 218, the third highest score in the go-round behind James Bramlett’s 219 on Chief Hawkeye.

He marked his winning score as the 11th horse in the first set of the finals. Chartier also placed ninth on Spoonful Of Tears, a gelding by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Widows Tears. Chartier won the Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Eastern Nationals on Widows Tears’ sire, Widows Freckles.

Swoopn Indian is a 2006 gelding by Hickorys Indian Pep, bred by Robert Cunningham out of Dellaware. He was a finalist last week in Jackson in the Open and the $10,000 Novice with Cullen Chartier, and has now earned more than $70,000.

Reserve champion Royals Magnificat won the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro with Aubrey Pigg last December. Last year, Aubrey won the $50,000 Amateur title at the Eastern Nationals with the High Brow Cat gelding.