Archive for June, 2013

J.M. Frost III, 1914-2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

NCHA Hall of Fame member J.M. Frost III of Houston, passed away June 20 at the age of 98.

A fourth generation Texan, whose family arrived shortly before the Texas Revolution and whose paternal grandfather was one of the first breeders of Brahman cattle in this country, Frost grew up riding his pony, “Pinto,” to school every day and tying him to the tree that still stands in front of Lanier Middle School. His lifelong love of horses drew him to jumping as a young man, and later to cutting horses and race horses.

Frost, a Director Emeritus of the American Quarter Horse Association, was recognized at this year’s AQHA Convention as the senior member of the AQHA board.

When Frost was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2007, it was noted that he helped the association get on a sound financial footing in its early days. Secretary Doug Mitchell’s salary would typically be delayed for a few months at the end of the year until the following year’s membership renewals came in.

At his own expense, Frost hired a CPA to help him set up a viable bookkeeping system for the association, and applied for NCHA’s non-profit status.

In addition to showing horses from coast to coast, Frost was a successful cutting horse breeder. At the 1954 Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, two horses he bred, Fiesty B King and Honey B Joe, finished first and second in a field of 39 junior cutting horses.

“I’ve done everything horseback that a person can do, but riding a cutting horse is by far the most enjoyable,” he said.

He is survived by his son, Ford Jay Frost, his granddaughter Ann Chiles Frost, his daughter-in-law Claudia Wilson Frost, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Mickey Frost, brother W. Scott Frost, and sister Marian Frost Keenan.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman Street in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a favorite charity.

J.M. Frost III

Reyzin in the sun

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Reyzin and Mary Ann Rapp. Photo by John O'Hara

Reyzin, owned and shown by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, is currently the leading NCHA money earner for the 2013 calendar year with $155,097. Lil Catbaloo, shown by Lloyd Cox for Gene and Michelle Morris, is ranked second with $116,717.

Lil Catbaloo and Cox won the Breeder’s Invitational 4-Year-Old Derby in Tulsa on June 18, where Reyzin and Phil Rapp claimed reserve. But Reyzin, from the first crop of 2007 NCHA Horse of the Year High Brow CD, has won three non-pro championships this year with Mary Ann Rapp and has been an open and/or non-pro finalist in nine major events.

Lil Catbaloo, by High Brow Cat, is out of Sweet Lil Boo, a half-sister to High Brow CD. Lloyd Cox also showed Lil Catbaloo to place fourth in the 2012 NCHA Futurity and to claim reserve in the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.

Top 2013 NCHA money earners (through June 18) ranked by earnings:

REYZIN $155,097


HES A HOT CAT $112,993



QUICK BE A CAT $80,153

LIGHT N LILY $79,818










SLY CHANCE $61,567



PEYOTEE $59,028

2013 PCCHA and The Non Pro on the books

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Beau Galyean

Two major limited age cutting events concluded this week with Cattalou and Beau Gaylean claiming the biggest check, in the PCCHA Open Derby in Las Vegas, Nev. Cattalou, owned by Curtis Chester, scored 223 points for his win and $14,863; Neat Little Nellie, shown by Mackie Hursh for Rick and Debbie Reeves, marked 222.5 points for reserve and $13,262.

Skip Queen

Meanwhile in Oklahoma City, TGI Playtime and Skip Queen scored 219 points to win $7,500 and the championship of the 4-Year-Old Open Non-Pro for Carroll’s Cutting LLC. Mo Faye Rey and Grant Setnicka placed second with 218 points to earn $5,000 for Charlie and Denise Seiz. Setnika also scored 216 points to tie for third place on Hi Ho Nabisco, owned by Charles Burger. Reys Your Bet, shown by Clay Volmer and owned by Viki Williamson, scored 216 to tie for third, as well.

Cattalou, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Louellas Cat ($210,436), out of the leading producer Louella Again, also dam of Movin Downtown ($334,523), by Movin On Hickory. In a nod to serendipity, Neat Little Nellie, by Neat Little Cat, is out of a daughter of Peppys Lil Wil, owned at one time by Curtis Chester.

Trainer Morgan Cromer claimed the the most money in the PCCHA Open Derby – $25,244 – with third place on Duals Dancer, owned by Bitterroot Spring Ranch; sixth on Melodys Pepto, owned by Catherine and Bill Lacy; 12th on Bueno Chex Madi, owned by Lesley Day; and 14th with RBR Lady Boon, owned by Holy Cow Performance horses.

Sean Flynn dominated the 5/6-year-old division of the Non-Pro Open Finals with a 223.5-point-$7,500 win on Reycy Moon, owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, and 222 points for reserve and $5,000 with Cat Man Blue, owned by Lazy M Cattle Co. Flynn also placed 15th on Peptos Kitty, owned by the Barkers, and 17th on Rey N Style, for Eddie Young.

Fortune Bend scored 225 points to claim the PCCHA Open Derby championship with Cookie Banuelos for Gerald and Theresa Gillock, while the reserve was a tie at 222 points for My Lizzy Babe, ridden by Tim Smith, and This Kittys Smart with Morgan Cromer.

For complete results of all divisions of the PCCHA Derby and Classic/Challenge click here and here for The Non-Pro Derby and Classic.

2013 The Non-Pro & The Open

Monday, June 17th, 2013

2013 Pacific Coast Derby

Monday, June 17th, 2013

An elephant in the winner’s circle

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

One Quick Eagle, fastest qualifier for the Ruidoso Futurity. Gay Harris photo

Instead of the winning horse, there was an elephant in the winner’s circle for the $700,000 G1 Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, June 9.

Obviously in distress, Cartel Quick was vanned off the track before the ceremony, where owner Sergio Enriquez, trainer Alonso Orozco, and jockey Tanner Thedford were congratulated for the win.

The official press release from Ruidoso Downs noted that Cartel Quick “did not make it back to the winner’s circle due to stress and exhaustion.” On June 10, the day after the race, he was euthanized due to kidney failure. The cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.

Following revelation that eight winners of 25 trials for the 2012 Ruidoso Futurity tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin, as well as a well-timed series in the New York Times about illegal drug use on tracks, including Ruidoso Downs, the heat has been on the racing industry for reform.

On April 2, 2013, legislation that will more than double funds available to the State Racing Commission for drug-testing was signed into law by New Mexico governor Susana Martinez. The same day she also signed a law to allow the commission to impose penalties of up to $100,000, or the amount of a horse’s winnings if that is greater (Cartel Quick’s winnings in the Ruidoso Futurity were $315,000) for violation of the rule against the use of illegal drugs. Current penalties are limited to $10,000 for each violation. The new laws go into effect in 2014.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced in May that he will sponsor a bill giving authority to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to police all race tracks with simulcast wagering. Udall is being backed by Republican senators Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Joe Pitts pf Pennsylvania.

“This is the organization that cleaned up bicycle racing with Lance Armstrong and the Olympics,” Udall said. “Racing groups have promised drug reform for decades, but this bill would bring in real standards and enforcement from an organization with a proven record for cleaning up sports.”

The idea of federal legislation does not sit well with many in the racing industry. While it remains to be seen whether the newly created state bills will make a difference with New Mexico racing, the chance of Udall’s proposal becoming law is deemed a longshot.

In the meantime, what will Cartel Quick’s autopsy results reveal about his death? – Anyone taking bets?

New ownership for Western Bloodstock

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Western Bloodstock, for over 20 years the premier sale company for the cutting horse industry, has been sold by Ben Emison and Milt Bradford to Jeremy and Candace Barwick of Stephenville, Tex.

“I could not be happier,” said Emison, 75, a licensed auctioner with over 40 years experience in the cutting horse business. “Milt and I are still going to be on the Western Bloodstock team. Don’t look for any changes, except for having a young guy with a lot of bright ideas to move things forward.

“Jeremy knows as much as I do about the horse industry,” added Emison, who first met Barwick at a Silverbrook Ranch Sale in the late nineties, when Barwick was a teenager, and has known Candace and her family for 30 years.

The Barwicks, who also own Shadow Oak Ranch, a Quarter Horse breeding, training and rehabilitation center, are both NCHA World Champions. Jeremy, 36, claimed the NCHA Open World Championship in 2006, 2007, and 2009 on Dual Rey Me, the career winner of $818,177, ranked third among cutting’s all-time leading money earners. Candace was 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion on Dual Rey Me.

“I’ve trained horses for the last 15 years, along with operating the breeding and rehab facility, but the biggest part of my business has been fitting people with horses to show or breed,” said Barwick. “It’s the part of the business I love the best and this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Candy and me.

“When I first approached Ben and Milt about it, I thought we’d probably never be able to get it done. But part of the arrangement is that they both will be working very closely with us and all of the policies and procedures will remain the same.

“They have obviously built a very successful business and we will not make any changes without consulting with them.”

Western Bloodstock was founded in 2000, and it’s first venue was the 2000 NCHA Futurity Sale. Since then the company, which also produces farm and ranch sales and dispersals, has become an integral part of the cutting horse industry through three major sales in Forth Worth: the NCHA Futurity Sale, the NCHA Super Stakes Sale, and the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale. In the past 20 years, more than 26,000 horses have gone under the hammer at Western Bloodstock auctions.

“We had a meeting with the NCHA Sale Committee before we went ahead with the transaction and everyone was very enthusiastic about it,” said Milt Bradford who, at 63, has been involved with equine sales for over 30 years. “Jeremy and Candace have the business experience and resources behind them to make a very positive impact for horse owners and breeders, as well as for the NCHA.”

Candace Barwick’s mother, Mary Lee Dixon, is the granddaughter of Charles W. Lamar Sr., founder of Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company, the nation’s largest owner and provider of highway billboards and signs.

“My mom and my step-dad, Bill, have kind of guided us in the right direction through this,” said Candace. “They were our sounding board and have been a big factor in everything we’ve done.”

Western Bloodstock’s next venue in Fort Worth is the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales, August 2 and 3, 2013, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center. For details: