Archive for July, 2013

2013 NCHA Derby

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Chartier and DMAC Spoonbill savor 221.5-point win

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cullen Chartier on Dmac Spoonbill.

Cullen Chartier and DMAC Spoonbill commanded an eleventh hour win with 221.5 points in Tuesday’s John Deere Open Limited Finals.

Dean Domann, who scored 220 points as the third entry from 20 finalists in the two-set finals, placed as reserve champion.

“I’m on cloud nine” right now,” said Chartier, following the win. “I knew I had a good horse, I just didn’t know he could do that.”

It was the first win in Fort Worth for Chartier, 26, whose richest previous win came in the 2012 Open Limited Southern Futurity.

“He’s honest and doesn’t ever step a foot out of place and that’s a testament to Paul,” said Chartier, who was catch-riding DMAC Spoonbill for Paul Hansma, one of the sport’s top ten all-time leading money earners with over $5.1 million.

DMAC Spoonbill, by Hes A Petospoonful, was purchased by   Steve Dees in 2012 at the Marvine Ranch Reduction Sale. Following the sale, Dees put the horse with Hansma at Bar H Ranch in Weatherford, where Chartier is an assistant.

Dees placed seventh with the gelding in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Ltd division; won the 2013 Abilene Spectacular Amateur UnLimited; was third in the Cattlemen’s Amatuer Derby; and placed in both amateur divisions of the Breeders Invitational.

Chartier also qualified DMAC Spoonbill for Wednesday’s Open Gelding Derby Finals, where Hansma will ride Hez All Cat, owned by Lori Maling, an Open Derby finalist for Hansma, as well, as is Overdrive, owned by Dub and Christy Leeth.

“I’ve always loved watching Paul show and loved watching his horses,” said Chartier. “He trains a real cowhorse and I always thought, if I could ever chose anybody to work for, it would be Paul. And last year it came true.
“It’s been great. We work really hard, but there are no bad days. I love it.”

Cullen’s brother, R.L. Chartier, showed Light N Lily as an Open Finalist in last week’s Classic Challenge for Kaitlyn Larsen, and qualified SDP Overdrive for Richard Hollingworth in the Derby Open Finals.

Reserve champion Dean Dorman and owner Rodney Wrinkle, Lebanon, Mo., purchased Cantebury Cat, by High Brow Cat, as a weanling.

“He was bred good and he looked the part,” said Domann, 38, who 10¬† days ago won the Summer Spectacular Open Classic Challenge Limited and was also an Open finalist aboard Cherrey, owned by Wrinkle Cutting Horses.
Domann, many times champion in fall futurities that precede the NCHA Futurity, won the 2012 NCHA Eastern National Championship $3,000 Novice with KTZ Rey Of Cash, who he also showed as reserve champion of the 2012  NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited.

John Carter, 1925-2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Legendary cutter, raconteur and NCHA Hall of Fame inductee John Carter passed away July 24.

Born in Denton County, Texas,¬† Carter was breaking horses by the time he was nine. His father, Homer Carter, had a band of “Spanish mares”¬† that he bred to a Percheron stallion. The resulting colts were nearly four before Homer thought they were ready for their first saddle.

“You’d better be bowed up when you got up there,” John said of those rough-string days on his father’s farm where he also broke a white Brahman bull. The bull was the first of his breed in North Texas and Homer bought him in 1937 to start his own herd. In order to dispel rumors about the Brahman’s man-eating disposition, Homer had John and his brother ride “Tag” as proof his docile disposition.

Carter said he left home at 13 to work as a cowhand, until he joined the services in 1942. When he returned from duty, he married Jerry. Their sons, Punk and Roy, were born in 1946 and 1951.

He saw his first¬† cutting at the 1948 Fort Worth Fat Stock Show, when George Glascock and Benny Binion’s gelding won. Since Carter had always ridden a “handling horse,” the cutting horses made quite an impression. Soon John was using one of his father’s mares to cut, although Marge already had a reputation as a roping horse.

“She was a Waggoner-bred mare,” Carter recalled. “A little dun mare, broncy, but nice. My brother-in-law borrowed her one time and said that he couldn’t stop her, so he roped a fence post. Tore the saddle off of her and liked to killed him.”

One day when John was hauling Marge in his 1946 Studebaker pickup, he slid into a ditch and the mare was killed. “It was a year before I told him,” says John, remembering the dreaded moment when his father learned the news.

Carter said his first cutting horse was half-Tennessee Walker and half-Quarter Horse. “She’d ‘saddle’ to the herd but she’d really work a cow,” said Carter. Then he rode Brian H for Bob Hunsaker. “I won the first big cutting that I went to and that kind of spoiled me,” Carter admits. “I thought I was King Kong.”

In the beginning, Carter received a lot of help from Bob Burton, who owned the great cutting champion Miss Nancy Bailey and the celebrated Paint mare, Calamity Jane. “He’d help you until you beat him, and then he’d cuss you,” recalled Carter.

Carter’s big break came when he went to work for B.A. “Barney” Skipper Jr. of Longview, Texas, wealthy oilman who chartered planes to fly Poco Lena from coast to coast when he was campaigning her in the late 1950s.

“I worked for $200 a month and broke 40-head of horses,” Carter said. “When I sold Poco Mona (to Edgar Brown) for $20,000, I went with her and Skipper told me, ‘Boy, I had you in my will.’¬† I told him, ‘The way things are going, you’re going to outlive me.'”

Brown also employed Matlock Rose, Bubba Cascio, and Amye Gamblin. “We had the top six horses in the country in that barn,” said Carter. “At one time we were riding 100 horses. He would tell us if one beat us to buy it.”

As the years went by, Carter kept up with the changing times. “I rode a lot of those feather-legged horses that would buck you off in a New York minute, but if you rode them far enough they were pretty good. What we called a good horse back then wasn’t anything compared to now. But we don’t drive a Model-T anymore either.”

Carter was the go-to man for settling the herd at the Futurity for decades, a role he reprised at the NCHA Futurity Champions Cup in 2011.

He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren excel at cutting, was inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Members Hall of Fame in 2000. A list of the great horses he watched reads like a Who’s Who of cutting horse history.

“Marion’s Girl was one of the greatest mares that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Sugar Vaquero rung his tail and jumped up and down because he was an athlete. Jessie James was a nice, ill, cow-eating athlete.

“But there’s a bunch of good ones now,” he added in 1994. “Back then you’d go to a 100-horse cutting and have ten horses to beat. Now you go to a 100-horse cutting and you have 99 to beat. Its a lot different, and cutting has come along with the times. That’s good, but if you don’t think that youth takes over, you’re a complete idiot. That’s just life.”

Services for the legendary John Carter will be held Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m. in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the NCHA Foundation, 260 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107, to support the National High School Rodeo Association Finals cutting.

Rice and Cooper take Youth titles

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Trea Rice and Lance Cooper were on point Thursday with 226 and 225-point wins, respectively, in the Senior and Junior Youth Scholarship Finals.

Lane Wood with 221.5 points and Sheridan Clark with 220  points claimed the Senior and Junior Youth reserve titles.

“She’s just awesome,” said Rice, 15, of her mount, CR Sun Reys, owned by Center Ranch. “That’s the highest score that I’ve ever marked.”

Boyd Rice, Trea’s father, has shown 5-year-old CR Sun Reys to earn over $140,000 for Center Ranch in open competition, most recently as champion of the Bonanza Classic. Trea was also a finalist as a Junior Youth in 2011 aboard Dual It My Way.

Lance Cooper, 12, steadied his nerves by remembering to stay focused, and was buoyed by the memory of his 223-point ride on A Little Bossy in the 2012 Junior Youth go-round.

Lance Cooper on A Little Bossy.

“I knew I could get second or third, if I didn’t lose a cow,” said Lance, son of trainer Michael Cooper.
Lance was riding A Little Bossy, owned by Gary and Karen Fields, for the second consecutive year. The eight-year-old gelded son of CD Lights has a sterling reputation in Fort Worth. Last year, he won the NCHA Open World Finals under R.L Chartier with 231 points and the $10,000 Novice World Finals with 227 points.

Senior Youth reserve champion Lane Wood, 17, and her family-owned mount Pepto Boom, by Peptoboonsmal, are no strangers to Fort Worth, either. In 2012, they won the NCHA World Finals $35,000 Non-Pro division aand placed fifth in the World Finals Senior Youth division.

This year, Lane and Pepto Boon took reserve in the NCHA World Series Non-Pro at San Antonio and placed fifth in the series at Houston.

“He does whatever I want,” said Lane. “I can ask him for his heart and he’ll give it to me. He’s taken me to the winner’s circle many times. He’s mine and he takes care of me.”

Lane and her father, world champion rider Kobie Wood, are currently ranked in the top five open and non-pro standings for 2013. Her mother, Paula, was 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion on Donas Suen Boon.

Although Sheridan Clark, 13, is a three-times Junior Youth finalist, this year stands alone for her.

“I was so excited to be able to ride her, ” said Sheridan of her mount Special Nu Kitty, owned by Wrigley Ranches.

“She stops so hard for a little horse and does so many cool things. She crawls around and has her head on the ground the whole time.”

Nine-year-old Special Nu Kitty, by High Brow Cat, created a sensation in the 2007 NCHA Futurity, when she scored 227 points in the first go-round under Clint Allen. She went on to claim offical NCHA earnings of $298,770 under Allen, owner Julie Wrigley, and trainer R.L. Chartier.

Special Nu Kitty’s first money earner is 4-year-old One Time Kitty, with $32,422.

Tieperman, Dedden share Amateur Derby title

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Robert Tieperman and Sugar Fatz.

Dual scores of 217 points earned Robert Tieperman, Jewett, Tex., and Matthew Dedden, Edmond, Okla., co-champion’s titles in¬† the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby Finals, the first of four amateur showdowns on Wednesday’s schedule.

Tieperman rode Sugar Fatz, who carried him as Reserve Amateur champion  and Reserve Amateur Unlimited. champion in the NCHA Super Stakes.

“He’s gotten so much stronger just in the last two months,” said Tieperman of his Smart Sugar Badger gelding, trained by Craig Thompson. “I really had a strong mindset coming into this one. He is just so much fun to show.”

Tieperman and Sugar Fatz also claimed the Amateur reserve title at the Tunica Futurity and placed sixth in the Amateur unlimited.

Matthew Dedden.Matthew Dedden, 15, admitted to feeling more nervous in the go-round than in the finals.

“This is my first time to show here in a limited age event, so it’s pretty special to win it the first time,” he said. “I just wanted to make it to the finals and not mess anything up.”

Dedden rode Cats Miller Time, by High Brow Cat, a gelding trained by Tommy Marvin that Dedden purchased last month at The Non Pro Cutting.

I’ve been cutting since I was eight,” said Dedden, who placed third in 2012 NCHA Junior Youth World standings. “I started on a beginner horse and worked my way up and now it’s my life.”

Amateur Classic Challenge Champion and Reserve

Gary Rosenbach.

Gary Rosenbach, Vail, CO, nailed the Amateur Classic championship with 218 points on six-year-old Tapt Out, who he had shown as reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic.

In addition, Rosenbach split 12/13 with 211 points in the same set of yesterday’s Amateur Classic finals on SDP Locked N Loaded, where he also showed Bet Harolds A Cat for just the second time and lost a cow.

“I like how smart and gritty he is,” said Rosenbach of Tapt Out, a gelded son of Smart Little Lena and half-brother to all-time winning mare Dont Look Twice.

Tapt Out was trained by Ryon Emerton and has earned over $100,000 under Rosenbach and Michael Cooper, resident trainer for Rosenbach’s Rose Valley Ranch.

Taylor Carbo and his six-year-old stallion Moms Stilish Cat set the bar with 217 points early in the first set of the Amateur Classic Challenge to come through with the reserve championship.

Last year the duo won the event, then followed with a reserve in the Brazos Bash Amateur Classic.

This year they won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Ltd; took reserve in the Bonanza Amateur Unlimited and the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Ltd; and won the Bonanza Ltd. In addition, Jeremy Barwick, Carbo’s mentor and trainer, was reserve champion with Moms Stilish Cat in the Abilene Spectacular Open.

“I am very fortunate,” said Carbo. “I have a great team and it’s been fun.

“This stud is something special. He’s got a big stop and he’s so snakey across a cow. Everytime we go down there he gives 100 percent. It’s fun every time.”

Brandon Dufurrena wins Classic Challenge Non-Pro

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Brandon Dufurrena on Nievas.

“I really wanted to do well on her, this being her last run in here,” said Brandon Dufurrena, following his 223-point win aboard six-year-old Nievas, by Cats Merada, in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro.

“I feel like I’ve had the opportunity before and just never sealed the deal. I just had to let the chips fall where they would and she was really good.”

Kaitlyn Larsen scored 221 points to take reserve with homebred Light N Lily, by Light N Lena. Steven Feiner scored 217.5 points for third aboard Thundercat, who was also a finalist in the Classic Challenge Ltd. Non-Pro Finals, and placed fourth in the Open Finals under Wes Galyean.

“The cows were just decent,” said Dufurrena, who drew first to work in the second set; Larsen showed as the third rider in the first set. “They would start out good and then they’d stop. When they do that, a horse will kind of get to stuttering. But as soon as they would break again, it was like she was starting her run all over again. She is very, very smart.”

Dufurrena, 2012 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion credits Nievas’s experience on the road last year in weekend shows with helping her be able to “step up and not get rattled” in difficult situations.
Nievas and Dufurrena won the 2011 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd and placed third in the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic.

Kaitlyn Larsen also credits weekend “hauling” for giving her six-year-old mare Light N Lily an edge in limited age competition.

Less than $1,000 separated reserve champion Larsen and champion Dufurrena, in last year’s NCHA Non-Pro World standings.

“I credit it so much with taking her down the road last year,” said Larsen. “When you’re hauling, the horses are not as pampered, and she learned the hard way how to be a solid horse.”

Light N Lily, currently a leading contender for 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, was also an Open Classic Challenge finalist under R.L .Chartier, and carried Larsen as 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion.

“She’s had a long week,” said Larsen. “But I don’t think it was as hard as it might have been for her last year.
“My first cow tonight was real tough and I loved it. Those are the kind you want to have in the finals, and she’s so much fun to cut tough cows on.

“I was frustrated that I didn’t get my second cow separated real pretty, but it ended up being a good cow. We cut all three cows that we talked about cutting and they were all good.

“The cows in the second herd were not as good and I felt bad for people because there were a lot of nice horses in there.
“I was hoping just to finish in the top three or four with a 221, but we hung in there for second.

Lennox and Domann split the win

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Salvador Cabral and High Up Cat set the tone for the John Deere Division Open Limited Finals on Monday with a gritty 220-point opening run in the 12-horse field.

Cabral was immediately followed by Dean Domann on Cherrey, who took the lead with a 222-point performance.

Jesse Lennox on Sally Cats Hot.

Jesse Lennox and Sally Cats Hot, number 10 in the working order, threatened to upset Domann’s lead, but in the end drew 222 points, to tie for the championship.

Fons De Barbanson and Felix The Cat, and John Kirby with One Time Shorty tied with 219 points  to split fourth and fifth.

Burke Sullivant and Need A Nurse Now scored 215.5 points to tie with Adan Banuelos and Magic With Moves and split sixth and seventh.

This was the second consecutive championship win for Lennox and Sally Cats Hot, who also claimed the 2013 Super Stakes Classic Open Ltd. for owner and breeder Rocking W Ranch.

“She’s just a great mare and I’m lucky to get to ride her,” said Lennox of the six-year-old Spots Hot daughter. “It’s that Rocking W horse power that Miss Alice (Walton) has been breeding for four or five generations that makes all the difference.”

Lennox also placed tenth last night on Walton-owned and bred Rose Rey, who he showed on Saturday night in the Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Boon San Spoon, whose dam is a full sister to the dam of Sally Cats Hot, afforded Lennox, 23, his first brush with success in Fort Worth, with 222 points and third place in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd.
Lennox grew up in Ontario, Canada, where his parents are social workers and where he cleaned stalls for the opportunity to ride horses. Later, trainer Gerry Hansma took Lennox under his wing, and four years ago Lennox moved to Texas to apprentice with Tony Piggott and Gary Gonsalves, and eventually took up the reins with Rocking W Ranch.

Dean Domann on Cherrey.

The John Deere Classic Challenge co-championship win was Dean Dormann’s first in Fort Worth.
“This is the first time that I’ve done very good with her at a big show,” said Dormann of six-year-old Cherrey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Rodney Wrinkle. Cherrey and Dormann also were finalists in the Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Domann, 38, trains for Wrinkle Cutting Horses, Gainseville, Tex., and purchased Cherrey last year from Burke Sullivant, who scored 215.5 points on Need A Nurse Now in last night’s finals.

“She has a pretty way of doing things and is real cowy,” said Domann of Cherrey, who is a half-sister, out of world champion Shesa Smarty Lena, to the dam of Metallic Cat.

Domann was reserve champion of the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Ltd on KTZ Rey Of Cash.