Archive for October, 2013

2013 Pacific Coast Futurity

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

2013 Southern Futurity

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Elseware right there with Southern Futurity win

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Austin Shepard

Elseware, shown by Lee Francois, gained the 2013 short list of leading 3-year-old money earners with her 221.5-point Southern Futurity win in Jackson, Miss. last week. Circle S, under Austin Shepard, placed second with 220 points, while Shepard’s wife, Stacy, claimed the Non-Pro championship on the same horse. Austin also placed third in the open with 219 points on Cats Replay, owned by Puryear Farms.

Elseware, owned by Richard Carney, and Circle S, bred by the Shepards, and are both from the second crop of High Brow CD, who Austin rode to win the 2007 NCHA Futurity and as 2008 NCHA Horse of the Year.

Elseware, also champion of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity and third-placed in the West Texas Futurity, has unofficial show earnings of $30,500, which places him third, behind Brazos Bash Open champion Dara TR Cocoas Preview, by TR Dual Rey, with $35,966, and Brazos Bash Open reserve champion VR Cowgirl Kakie, by Cowboy Cattylac, with $32,167, among 3-year-old earners of 2013.

Shepard also showed Elseware’s 3/4 brother, Bamacat, by High Brow Cat, to score 224 points as the Southern Derby reserve champion, and was co-champion of the Southern Classic with 221 points on Divas On Time, by One Time Pepto and owned by Amanda Standish.

2012 NCHA Futurity co-champion He Bea Cat was the star of the Southern Derby with 225.5 points under Tarin Rice for owner and breeder Jim Crawford. The $9,000 win increased the sorrel stallion’s earnings to $254,265.

Tapt Out, shown by Steve Oehlhof for Robert Ballard, shared the Open Classic win with Divas On Time, while Reycy Moon and Rose Rey, ridden by Sean Flynn and Jesse Lennox, respectively, tied with 217.5 points, the second-highest score from the Open Classic Finals. Divas On Time is owned by Barker Ranch, while Rose Rey is owned and bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch.

Jerry Roper, Gillsville, Ga., showed C Y Ima Tesoro, by Bets Smart Lena, as reserve champion, with a 419 composite score, to Stacy Shepard (428) in the Non-Pro Futurity. David Puryear placed third with Cats Replay, by High Brow Cat.

Missy Oehlhof, Grandview, Tex., claimed the Non-Pro Derby championship with 219 points aboard Light Of Grace, by CD Lights. Sasha Thompson, Buffalo, Tex. scored 216 points for reserve on One Time Player, by One Time Pepto.

Light Of Grace, who carried Missy Oehlhof as reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd. in July, was also a Southern Derby Open finalist with Missy’s husband, Steve.

The Southern Non-Pro Classic championship was claimed by Robert Fullwood, Como, Miss., with 221 points aboard Catmerize, by High Brow Cat. Kaitlyn Wimberly and Light N Lily, leading contenders for 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, scored 220 points for reserve. Light N Lily, by Light N Lena, was raised by Kaitlyn’s father, Billy Martin.

L.H. Wood 1926 – 2013

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Born in 1926, in the Texas Panhandle town of Clarendon, L.H. Wood picked up his hand on a cutting horse for the first time in Barrington, Ill., in 1955. It was the beginning of a lifetime love for the sport and a legacy passed on through his children and grandchildren, and the horses that he raised.

When Wood joined as NCHA Lifetime Member #28, the National Cutting Horse Association was nine years old and the first Quarter Horse that he purchased to train for the sport was foundation-bred Honey Farr, sired by Honey Dodger and foaled in 1956. But it was Chickasha Gay, trained and shown by Dr. Allen Hamilton, as NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion in 1971, who afforded Wood a significant impact as a competitor and breeder.

“I bought Chickasha Gay for $12,500 in 1973 and I thought I broke the bank,” said Wood, who hauled Chickasha Gay home to Breckenridge, Tex., in a narrow “inline” trailer. “The next day I called Dr. Hamilton and told him that the mare fought the trailer and he said, ‘If you don’t like her, bring her back. That mare is good enough to buy a trailer that fits her.’ And that’s what I did.

“The next day I took her to Phillips Ranch, all skinned up from fighting the trailer, and won the non-pro and novice on the same day. And the first 75 I ever marked in my life was on her. That was quite a thrill for me.”

Wood would remember Chickasha Gay as a hard-stopping horse with a show-stopping reach. “If you thought you were fixing to lose a calf, she would just run her head out there, seemed like another two feet and draw that calf (back).”

The talented mare and Wood also shared a taste for chewing tobacco. “She’d catch you climbing through the fence and if you had tobacco in your back pocket, she’d take you pocket off to get the tobacco,” Wood remembered. “And you couldn’t catch her until she’d eaten it all.”

Wood was an original shareholder in the syndicated stallion Doc Tari and bred Chickasha Gay to him every season. Her first foal, in 1980, was Tari Chick Gay, who would earn $165,291 under Wood as a non-pro and Wood’s son Kobie in the open division.

“I was probably closer to Tari Chick Gay than any of the others,” said Wood, who trained the mare. “I won a lot of money on her, but I never could ride her right. She was too quick for me. Kobie did a whale of a job riding her though.”

Chick An Tari, foaled in 1981, was Chickasha Gay’s next foal. “I rode Chick An Tari the best of the whole bunch,” said Wood of the sorrel stallion who would earn $222,536 under L.H. and Kobie. “He was a smoother horse and wasn’t quite as quick as Tari Chick Gay.”

Although Chick An Tari was Chickasha Gay’s highest money earner, it was her gelded son Chickasha And Tari who carried Wood for his crowning performance, as co-reserve champion of the 1985 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

“When I was reserve champion at the Futurity, it was the highlight of everything I had done with those horses,” said Wood. “Then in the (1986) Gold and Silver (Stakes), I had to work a tie and wound up reserve on Chick An Tari.”

Another thrill for Wood came in 1992, when he won the NCHA Senior Cutting championship aboard Cash Quiote Rio, the stallion that Kobie had trained and shown as 1990 and 1992 NCHA World Champion for Heiligbrodt Interests.

“Boy, this is like driving a Mercedes,” said would following his 224-point win aboard Cash Quixote Rio. “I knew the way he was getting into that ground, and as low as he was and as hard as he was turning, that we were going to beat somebody. Matlock (Rose) asked me if I saw his run and I told him I didn’t see anything for about five minutes after my run, my head was so big.”

In addition to cutting horses, Wood bred and trained border collies which were in high demand among other cutting horse owners and breeders.

Although he gave up competition in the last decade of his life, Wood was still a dedicated fan and especially proud of his granddaughters, Lane and Marley, successful NCHA Youth competitors and daughters of Kobie and Paula. Other immediate Wood family members who have distinguished themselves in NCHA competition are L.H. (Lewie) Wood Jr., champion of the 2003 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes on Peppy Plays For Cash; Lewie’s wife, Janie, 1996 NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Champion; and Kobie’s wife, Paula, winner of the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity champion.

L.H. Wood, Lewie Wood and Paul Wood are all members of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame. Kobie Wood is a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and a five-time NCHA Open World Champion.

Ruby goes to Congress

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Matt Budge

Matt Budge.

Matt Budge marked 227 on Jackpot Ranch’s Arc Ruby Playgunia to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Friday. John Wold took second with a 224 on Furst Ranch’s homebred George C Merada, by Cats Merada.

Bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, Arc Ruby Playgunia is by Playgun out of Ruby Bagonia, by Peppy San Badger. The 7-year-old mare marked 222.5 in the go-round, the second high score behind George C Merada’s 224, before swapping places with the gelding in the finals.

The winner’s $9,273 paycheck will take her earnings over $160,000 and move her into third place in the 2013 NCHA World Standings. This is her second Mercuria World Series win this year, following a victory at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and a second at El Rancho Futurity. In her limited age career, she won the Abilene Spectacular Classic Challenge, and was a finalist in nine other major events.

Lane Wood

Lane Wood.

Lane Wood, 17, of Stephenville, Texas marked 226 on Pepto Boom to earn $13,612 in the Non-Pro finals. Elizabeth Quirk finished second with a 220 on Cats In Ya Dreams. She had posted the third best score in the go-round, a 220 behind Daniel Jaeggi’s leading 225.5 on Ginas Cat.

Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Pepto Boom is an 8-year-old gelding by Peptoboonsmal out of NCHA Classic Challenge champion Stylish Play Lena, whose offspring passed the million-dollar mark in earnings this year.

Pepto Boom’s win boosts him over $190,000 in earnings. Lane won the Mercuria NCHA World Finals with him in the $35,000 Non-Pro division last year, and she’s taken him to the finals of Mercuria World Series events in Houston, San Antonio, Idaho and El Rancho in 2013.

2013 NCHA World Series Congress

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

2013 Congress Futurity

Thursday, October 10th, 2013