Archive for February, 2014

2014 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity

Monday, February 24th, 2014

MK Reymate and Cattalou take Arbuckle Open championships

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Tommy Marvin

MK Reymate, bred and owned by McGowen Quarter Horses, Norman, Okla., and shown by Tommy Marvin, scored 220 points to claim the championship of Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, on Saturday, February 22, in Ardmore, Okla. The first-place check of $20,000 was the first earned by the Dual Rey son in limited age events.

Miss Priss Pepto, shown by Matt Gaines for Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex., and a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity Open, was reserve champion with 218.5 points, while Metallic Savanah, with Wesley Galyean for Steven Feiner, Aspen, Colo., placed third with 217 points to earn his first limited age event check. Miss Priss Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal, is out of Prissy Cat $42,962, half-sister, by High Brow Cat, to The Silver Spoon $235,307, by Hes A Peptospoonful. Metallic Savanah is by Metallic Cat out of Savanah Holli $111,781, by Holidoc.

Matt Gaines also tied for fourth and fifth place with 216.5 points aboard One Timing Cat, by One Time Pepto, for Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex., and Im Struck On You, by High Brow Cat, for Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif. And Wesley Galyean and Metallic Savanah won the 4-Year-Old Novice championship.

MK Reymate is out of the Smart Mate daughter Runnin Mate $69,214, dam of 11 money earners, including MK Vivian $103,775, by Kit Dual, as well as MK Chapman $63,566, MK Smooth Runnin Cat $58,418, and MK Smooth Cat Mate $47,603 all sired by Smooth As A Cat.

Beau Galyean

Cattalou, by High Brow Cat, captured the 5/6-Year-Old Open championship with 222 points under Beau Galyean, for Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex., while Fort Worth Pipeline, with R.L. Chartier, and Thundercat, ridden by Wesley Galyean, tied with 221 points each for reserve.

Cattalou, 3rd-placed in the 2013 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and a full brother, out of Louella Again, to Louellas Cat $252,956, as well as half-brother to Movin Downtown $334,523, earned $15,115 for the win to boost his career total to $122,071.

Six-year-old Thundercat, sired by high Brow Cat and owned by Steven Feiner, increased his earnings by $11,941 to $270,389; six-year-old Fort Worth Pipeline, sired by Cats Merada and owned by Lisa Bankston, Fort Worth, Tex., has earnings of $96,743.

Steven Feiner was the leading owner of the two open finals. In addition to Cattalou, Thundercat and Metallic Savanah, he also owns Lil Rattler and Spots Spiderman, fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 5/6-Year-Old Finals with Wesley Galyean. Spots Spiderman and Galyean captured the Novice championship, as well.

Clarence Scharbauer Jr., 1925 – 2014

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Prominent horseman Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., 88, who owned 1987 Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba, died Friday, February 22, following emergency surgery.

Scharbauer’s family founded Scharbauer Cattle Company near Midland, Tex., in 1901, and established one of the largest herds in the west. Later their cattle country yielded a rich bonus of oil from the Permian Basin. Clarence Jr. assumed the reins of the family businesses in 1946, several years after the death of his father, when the giant ranching enterprise covered nearly 500,000 acres in west Texas and southeast New Mexico.

Scharbauer’s reputation as a renowned horseman was well-earned. He served as president of the American Quarter Horse Association when the one-millionth horse was registered; saw Marion’s Girl, a mare that he bred, become a world champion cutting horse; campaigned the champion race stallion Double Bid; and was influential in the development of Lone Star Park and the drive to return pari-mutuel racing to Texas.

“I was raised on the ranch and on horses,” said Scharbauer. “It doesn’t make any difference if it’s a Quarter Horse, a Shetland, a Percheron, a Thoroughbred, I know what I’m looking at.”

In 1991, Scharbauer and his wife, Dorothy, who passed away in 2005, built Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. The state-of-the-art Thoroughbred breeding facility, with 18 miles of fence and four showcase barns, is home to some of the top stallions in the Southwest.

The couple’s interest in Thoroughbreds began with the 1959 Kentucky Derby, which Dorothy’s father, Fred Turner Jr., won with Tomy Lee. With the goal of winning another Derby, the Scharbauers began buying Thoroughbred yearlings in 1984 and never lost their passion for the sport. According to longtime Valor Farm manager Ken Carson, the Scharbauer-bred filly Fiftyshadesofgold won the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Park last weekend, which Scharbauer was able to watch via the internet.

In addition to many other honors, Scharbauer was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame (1992), as well as the the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2001); was a recipient of the National Golden Spur Award (1991); and received the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).

Scharbauer is survived by son Clarence Scharbauer III and wife, Kerry, of Midland; son Douglas Scharbauer and wife, Karen, of Midland; son Chris Scharbauer and wife, LaVonne, of Amarillo; daughter Pamela Scharbauer of Palm Springs, Calif., and numerous grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending with Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home in Midland.

2014 Bonanza Cutting

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Two-for-one Bonanza

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Jason Clark had 4 finalists, including the co-champion, in the 5/6-Year-Old Open Finals

Just one-half of a point separated the four top-scoring horses in the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Cutting, in Glen Rose, Tex., where Creedence Clearwater and Starlight Starbrite were co-champions with 220.5 points, and That Sly Bob and Thundercat tied for reserve with 220 points. Cattalou and He Bea Cat tied with the third highest score of 219 points.

Jason Clark, who showed Starlight Starbrite, by Somebody Smart, for Jayme Toledo, Granbury, Tex., also earned the fourth highest score, 218.5 points on Katz Flash, and marked 217.5 points aboard DFB Mates Brow.

Six-year-old Starlight Starbrite inaugurated her career as reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited under Geoffrey Sheehan and was champion of the Cattlemens Derby Open Limited with Sheehan. With an approximate $35,000 won in the Bonanza Open division, Starlight Starbrite has unofficial NCHA earnings of over $114,000.

Creedence Clearwater was shown by Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Tex. The 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter won the 2013 Pacific Coast Stakes under Cox, and most recently placed fifth with Cox in the Abilene Spectacular, where Johnson showed her as Non-Pro Senior reserve champion.

Creedence Clearwater’s Bonanza win should boost her lifetime earnings past $80,000.

That Sly Bob was ridden by Paul Hansma for Dub and Christy Leeth, Cleburne, Tex. The 6-year-old gelded son of That Sly Cat was reserve champion of the 2012 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Gelding class with Tarin Rice. That same year, Rice also showed him as the Cattlemens Derby Open Gelding champion and as reserve champion in the Open division of the same event.

Rice and That Sly Bob also won the 2012 Super Stakes Open Gelding championship, and was NCHA Derby Non-Pro Senior champion for Christy Leeth.

That Sly Bob has official NCHA earnings of $126,362, not including his Bonanza winnings of approximately $17,000.

Thundercat, shown by Wesley Galyean for non-pro rider Steven Feiner, Aspen, CO, came to the Bonanza with close to $250,000 in official earnings earned under Galyean and Feiner in 2013, as well as with Matt Miller and non-pro Don Bell in 2011 and 2012.

The 6-year-old son of High Brow Cat carried Miller as a 2011 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (17th) , an NCHA Super Stakes finalist (7th), and as reserve champion of the 2012 Breeders Invitational.

Thundercat is out of Desire Some Freckles, the dam of earners of more than $900,000, including Desires Little Rex (NCHA -LTE $287,519), by Smart Little Lena.

He Bea Cat, ridden by Tarin Rice, and Cattalou, shown by Beau Galyean, are both 5-year-old sons of High Brow Cat. He Bea Cat, with unofficial earnings of more than $300,000, was the 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion with Rice, as well as winner of the 2013 Cattlemens Derby Open and Open Gelding and the Southern Open Futurity.

Most recently, He Bea Cat, bred and owned by Jim Crawford, Lexington, Neb., was Open reserve champion of the Abilene Spectacular.

Cattalou, owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve champion of the 2013 Pacific Coast Open Derby with Galyean, and most recently placed as a finalist (14th) in the Tunica 5/6-Year-Old Classic.

Shesa Metallic Star shines in Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open
Shesa Metallic Star and Wesley Galyean scored 220.5 points to claim the Bonanza Futurity championship over Johnny Reyngo and Tatum Rice, who took reserve with 220 points. Junie Wood, the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Craig Crumpler, claimed third with 219 points, under John Mitchell.

Owned by Don and Joetta Bell, Weatherford, Tex., Shesa Metallic Star was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist under Wesley’s father, Jody Galyean. The Bonanza win marked the Metallic Cat daughter’s first time to light a final’s board in 2014.

Johnny Reyngo, owned by The 51 Partners, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with Rice in the NCHA Open Futurity, and was also a finalist (22nd) in the 2014 Abilene Spectacular. The Dual Rey son came to the Bonanza with unofficial earnings of $97,536.

Note: Since the Bonanza Cutting prize money distribution has not been published, the unofficial estimates above are based on 2013 prize money.

2014 NCHA World Series San Antonio

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Bossy in San Antonio

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
R.L. Chartier

R.L. Chartier

A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas, marked 225.5 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Sunday.

Woodys Wildest Cat, ridden by Matt Gaines for Mandy Chisum of Atascadero, California, finished second with a 222.5.

A Little Bossy and Card Trick (another Matt Gaines finalist), tied for top score in the go-round at 222. In the finals, the winner drew 12th in the 13-horse field to take the $6,019 check.

Bred by Bailey Quarter Horses, A Little Bossy is a 9-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Pistol Smart, by Smart Little Lena. He and Chartier won the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in both the Open and the $10,000 Novice divisions in 2012. This was their fifth appearance in the finals of the Mercuria World Series of Cutting.

A Little Bossy will top $235,000 in career earnings with the San Antonio win.

Allie Roger

Allie Roger

In the Non-Pro, Allie Roger worked eighth in the finals on Billy Joe Rey and marked a 219.5 to win.

Three-time World Champion Joe Howard Williamson marked 217 on Acatbequick for second.

Roger won a championship with Billy Joe Rey at  El Rancho Futurity in 2009 and  took reserve titles at the Idaho Futurity that year, and at the Brazos Bash in 2011.

Bred by Jim McNulty, Billy Joe Rey is a 9-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Hug Me Darling, by Hug Me Doc. His $7,830 paycheck will take his career earnings over the $64,000 mark.