Archive for December, 2013

A Reyzin in the sun

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Mary Ann Rapp with Reyzin and Phil.

What could be more fitting than to honor Mary Ann Rapp and 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Reyzin on New Year’s Eve, exactly one year after they began their journey? In addition to winning the prestigious title, Rapp and her homegrown High Brow CD daughter also scored a number of “firsts” in the process.

Phil Rapp, Mary Ann’s husband, rode Waco Bend Ranch’s great mare Dont Look Twice to claim Horse of the Year in 2011. With Mary Ann’s title, the Rapps became the first couple to ever earn individual NCHA Horse of the Year awards.

LHR Smooth Jamie May is the only Open Horse of the Year (2010) to be sired by an Open Horse of the Year (Smooth As A Cat in 2005). But Reyzin, with lifetime earnings of $215,725, is the only NCHA of the Year from the first crop of an NCHA Futurity champion, and is one of three Non-Pro Horses of the Year sired by an Open Horse of the Year. Reys Dual Badger, 2006 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, sired Kelle Earneart’s 2010 and 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Horses of the Year, Badgers Perscription and Dual with Style, respectively. High Brow CD, Reyzin’s sire, won the 2007 NCHA Futurity and became Open Horse of the Year in 2008.

“I had her at the (NCHA) Futurity, but made some mistakes in preparation,” Mary Ann recalled about her first show experience with Reyzin. “She’s funny about noises. I tried a few things that didn’t work and I also loped her too much.

“Then I showed her at Silverado on December 31 (2012) and she was really incredible, and we started out in January with a bang.”

Reyzin and Rapp earned $12,000 and the non-pro champion’s title at the Abilene Spectacular in early January. It was first of five major wins for the year.

Less than a week after the Abilene, Texas show, Reyzin was in Georgia for the Augusta Futurity, where she placed sixth with Mary Ann and ninth with Phil in the open.

In early February, Reyzin and Mary Ann were back in Texas, where they won the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. Their next stop, in early March, was the Cattlemen’s Derby in Graham, Tex., where they claimed their third major win in three months. Two weeks later, still in the month of March, Mary Ann and Phil doubled up on Reyzin in the NCHA Super Stakes. Mary Ann placed sixth and earned $22,648 in the non-pro division; Phil claimed 15th place and $18,214.

Reyzin realized her biggest single-event payday in May in Tulsa, Okla., where Mary Ann and Phil again doubled up on her in the Breeders Invitational. Phil claimed the open reserve championship and $49,323, while Mary Ann placed fourth in the non-pro and earned $15,284.

June brought yet another win for Mary Ann and Reyzin in the Pacific Coast Stakes Non-Pro, while July saw the pair secure the non-pro reserve champion’s title in the NCHA Derby.

In August, Reyzin and Rapp claimed their fifth championship in the West Texas Derby, a noteworthy number alone, but especially relevant because High Brow CD won five championships, albeit open, at four.

“She was real trainable and cowy,” said Mary Ann of Reyzin, who she raised and took into her string of show horses at two. “Her mother was extremely cowy and, of course, High Brow CD was extremely cowy.”

Reyzin’s dam, Miss Reycine, by Dual Rey, earned nearly $120,000 as a five and six-year-old for Rapp, who purchased her at five from non-pro rider Robert Graves. Bred by Gail Holmes, Miss Reycine is out of the Smart Little Lena daughter Smart Pudden, who won the Gold Coast Classic and Abilene Western Classic in 1995 with trainer Ronnie Rice.

“Her mom had a really big move,” said Rapp, referring to Miss Reycine. “But she’d drop down in the middle of a turn and rocket across that cow. And it made it really hard for me to ride her.

“Reyzin wanted to do the same thing, but I thought, no, I lived through that once, I’m not doing it again. So I made her stay up as she moved across the cow and not drop down in the middle. She was real willing and wanted to do whatever I asked her to do. I just needed to teach her how to move.”

Rapp and Reyzin were honored for their achievements during the 2013 NCHA Futurity, where High Brow CD was making a splash with his second crop of foals, which included two champions (Ltd. Open and Unltd. Amateur), as well as two open finalists. It was a proud yet bittersweet moment for Rapp, who had sold Reyzin to family friends, Bobby and Lorie Gale, Conway, S.C., two weeks earlier.

“The Gales are going to get to enjoy Phil showing her next year,” said Rapp. “We were pursued pretty hard all last year to sell her. I wanted to keep her and Phil wanted me to stay on her and have an opportunity to win Horse of the Year.”

Dual Smart Kitty takes NCHA Futurity with 224.5 points

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Dual Smart Kitty

Blame it on tricky cows, poor cuts or bad luck, but the NCHA Futurity was still wide open when Clay Johnson rode to the herd on Dual Smart Kitty, draw no. 18 in the 27-horse field.

The first move on the first cow. That was all it took. Dual Smart Kitty was locked and loaded.

“She just grabs a hold of a cow and you’ve got to be ready because it’s going to come right back to you, so I just sat there and let her do her thing,” said Johnson, after his 224.5-point winning ride on the Dual Smart Rey daughter owned by Rusty and Shelley Simpson, Nemo, Tex.

“I cut the first two cows really clean and it was great. The third cow from out list was supposed to be the wildest, but when she turned around she didn’t go anywhere. She just kind of stood there and gave me this evil stare. I was scared to death.”

But Johnson stayed tuned to the mantra ingrained in his head by helpers Casey Green and Jaime Snyder – “Sit and wait on her.”

Johnson sat and Dual Smart Kitty waited for a final shot, which came in the final second, dead center in front of the herd. Their winners’ bounty – $200,000.
“She’s the cowiest horse I’ve had in my 12 years of doing this,” said Johnson
, who won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes and $100,000 on KR Isadora Dual. “I really want to thank Jeremy and Candace Barwick for giving me the opportunity. They hired me right after this year’s Super Stakes, when they bought Western Bloodstock.

“Jeremy had this mare for himself and he trusted that I could carry her on. He had her pretty much trained when I got there. I just lucked into her and held her together.”

Barwick, earner of over $1.3 million and NCHA Open World Champion on Dual Rey Me, turned over the reins of his training operation to Johnson in May, when he and his wife Candace purchased Western Bloodstock, the auction company that produces the NCHA sales in Forth Worth, as well
as private owner venues.

“When Clay went to work for us, I told him, that’s the mare you can win the Futurity on,” said Barwick. “He did an awesome job. It was a great win for Clay and a great win for Dual Smart Rey.”

Jeremy and Candace also operate Brazos Valley Stallion Station in Stephenville, Tex., managed by Debbie Patterson, a three-time NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. Dual Smart Rey was the only horse that home building magnate D.R. Horton retained, when he sold all of his horses at his Strawn Valley Ranch Dispersal, managed by Western Bloodstock, on September 25, in Weatherford, Tex.

“He has always been very special to me,” said Horton of Dual Smart Rey, who won the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes and over $330,000. “He will be my only horse now.”

Following his dispersal sale, which was produced by Western Bloodstock, Horton moved Dual Smart Rey to Stephenville to stand at Brazos Valley Stallion Station.

“Her daddy crawled around just like that,” noted Johnson of the unique hard-stopping, belly-to-the-ground style passed down to Dual Smart Kitty through Dual Smart Rey, who sired two Open Futurity finalists from 10 total entries, as well as two Non-Pro finalists, including Stop Toying With Me, who placed 10th in the Open finals and fourth in the Non-Pro finals, under Dean Holden.

Johnson had enjoyed limited success as a cutting horse trainer and had even considered changing careers, before he won the NCHA Super Stakes for James and Gay Karhan, Blanco, Tex.

“Things started picking up after I won the Super Stakes,” said Johnson. “I don’t think you could stick a piece of dynamite under me and get me to quit right now.”

Rusty Simpson, who owns rock quarries in South Texas that provide crush rock for oil field operations, purchased Dual Smart Kitty, his first cutting horse, for $70,000 at the 2012 NCHA Futurity Sale. It was his daughter Sadye, 15, who peaked his interest in the sport, when she started riding at the Barwick’s Shadow Oak Ranch in Stephenville.

“Jeremy put us on to her,” said Simpson of Dual Smart Kitty. “He’s been telling us all along that she was going to win it. So we had our hopes up pretty high. But it’s still unbelievable.”

Dual Smart Kitty was consigned to the 21012 sale by Todd Nelson, Los Altos, CA, who her under saddle with Richard Jordan. Nelson had purchased the filly for $8,000 at the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Sale, from her breeder Tim Brewer, who also bred her dam, Cats Peptolena LTE $136,767, by High Brow Cat, and granddam, Peptolena Lucinda, by Peptoboonsmal.

Near all-time record for NCHA Futurity Sales

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A Smooth Satin Doll. Jim Arnold photo.

“It was our first year for the NCHA Futurity Sales and it was better than we could have dreamed,” said Jeremy Barwick, new owner of Western Bloodstock, the sale company that produces the NCHA Triple Crown Sales in Fort Worth.

The 2013 NCHA Futurity Sales averaged $21,323, just $47.00 shy of the all-time record of $21,370 set in 2006. Net sales for the 618 lots that sold was $13,177,650; 82 percent of the 811 lots offered were sold.

“It was a fantastic sale,” said Milt Bradford, a Western Bloodstock founding partner. “Prices stayed steady all week, completed sales were great, and the Select Yearling Sale and Gala was a bigger success than anyone expected for its first year.”

The high seller overall during the Futurity Sales, A Smooth Satin Doll at $210,000, came from the Select Yearling Sale & Gala, a totally new concept conceived by Barwick this year. Fifty of the cutting industry’s best yearlings were spotlighted for sale, after prospective buyers enjoyed dinner served by candlelight and a video presentation honoring the dams of each yearling.

A Smooth Satin Doll, by Smooth As A Cat and out of top 10 producer Autumn Boon, was consigned by Tommy Manion and purchased by Lynn Leedy, Aubrey, Tex. The second-highest selling yearling filly was Smoothee Lou at $157,000. The Smooth As A Cat daughter out of Louella Again, by Dual Pep, was purchased by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. from Oxbow Ranch. Smith also purchased the high-selling yearling stallion, Denvers Purdy, by Metallic Cat, for $150,000 from Tejas Trading Company.

The 2013 NCHA Futurity Sales, kicked off on Monday, December 9, with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, where Metallic Little Cat, a red roan Metallic Cat filly, trained and consigned by Hayden Upton, brought $190,000. Later in the week, buyer Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex., would see his very first cutting horse purchase (during the 2012 NCHA Futurity Sales), Dual Smart Kitty, sired by Dual Smart Rey, win the NCHA Open Futurity under Clay Johnson.

Fourteen-year-old Dual Pep daughter Zee Dually, earner of $228,410 and a leading producer, also sold for $190,000, along with three embryos, two by Smooth As A Cat and one by Hydrive Cat. Consigned by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, she sold to to Tommy Manion.

Kittyswood, a 4-year-old Woody Be Tuff daughter in training with Steve Oehlhof, was the high-selling show horse at $125,000. Robert Ballard was the consignor and she was purchased by Alvin Fults.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming support of the consignors and buyers this year,” said Barwick. “I hoped to make a big splash the first year out. I think we accomplished that and I am already working on things to improve and make bigger and better for next year.”

For complete NCHA Futurity Sales results, visit the website at

2013 NCHA Futurity

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Select Yearling Sale & Gala celebrates record results

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A Smooth Satin Doll - photo by Jim Arnold

Western Bloodstock’s first annual Select Yearling Sale & Gala lived up to its name on Tuesday evening, December 10 in the Round Up Inn, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center. Formally attired staff served prospective buyers as they dined at elegantly appointed tables and bid on a menu of 50 select colts and fillies from the crop of 2012.

At evening’s end, buyers and sellers toasted the results: A record average of $61,134 with 83% sold and a top 10 average of $110,700.

A Smooth Satin Doll topped the sale at $210,000. Consigned by Tommy Manion, the Smooth As A Cat daughter, out of top ten producer Autumn Boon, was purchased by Lynn Leedy, Aubrey, Tex.

The second-highest seller, at $157,000, was Smoothee Lou, conisgned by Oxbow Ranch. The Smooth As A Cat daughter, purchased by Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., is out of black-type producer Loella Again from the family of Third Cutting LTE $511,749.

Smith also paid $150,000 for Denvers Purdy, consigned by Tejas Trading Company. The red roan colt is by Metallic Cat and a three-quarter brother, out of Purdy Aristocrat, to leading sire Purdy Boy Flash.

Chrome Catillac, also sired by Metallic Cat, brought $130,000 for Cannon Quarter Horses, from Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex. The red roan colt is out of the multiple champion Tootsie Rey LTE $209,117, by Dual Rey.

Oxbow Ranch also sold Crimson Bet, by Metallic Cat, for $100,000 to Bar RR Ranchesl, Bartonville,Tex. The red roan colt is out of NCHA world champion Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $350,615, and a three-quarter brother to NCHA world champion Bet Hesa Cat.

For complete Select Yearling Sale results, go to

National Treasure

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Dont Look Twice

Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice.

Horse of the Year. World Champion. All-time leading mare. At age 8, Dont Look Twice has won more accolades than a barn full of cutting horse champions.

Her 231 in winning the second round of the 2013 NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth enhanced another distinction she owns. It was seventh time she’s marked a score of 230 or better while winning a major event.

She’s marked 225 or better in 26 winning efforts. The following list does not include scores in qualifying rounds, nor non-winning scores (like her 228 that earned her second place in the 2009 NCHA Derby).

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Dont Look Twice’s Top Winning Scores

Year Event Score
2011 NCHA World Series Idaho 234.0
2012 NCHA World Series San Antonio 233.0
2011 NCHA World Finals 232.0
2011 NCHA World Finals 231.0
2012 NCHA World Series Augusta 231.0
2013 NCHA World Finals 231.0
2011 NCHA World Finals 230.0
2011 AQHA World Show 229.0
2011 NCHA World Series Battle In The Saddle 229.0
2012 NCHA World Series Idaho 229.0
2012 NCHA World Finals 229.0
2009 Augusta Futurity 228.0
2009 NCHA Derby 228.0
2010 Calgary Stampede 228.0
2011 Idaho Classic 228.0
2011 NCHA World Series Houston 228.0
2012 NCHA World Series Houston 228.0
2013 NCHA World Series Idaho 228.0
2011 West Texas Classic 227.5
2009 Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes 227.0
2009 El Rancho Futurity 227.0
2010 Cattlemen’s Classic 227.0
2009 Bonanza Cutting 226.0
2010 NCHA Super Stakes Classic 226.0
2011 NCHA World Finals 225.5
2011 Tunica Classic 225.0