Archive for May, 2014

Metallika shines in Breeders Invitational

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Tag Rice

Metallika, shown by Tag Rice, captured the Breeders Invitational Open championship and $61,939 with a 225-point performance on Saturday, May 24 in Tulsa, Okla. RW Rockin and Lloyd Cox claimed reserve with 224 points, while Autumn Kitty, also under Cox, and Sannman, shown by Beau Galyean, tied for third with 221 points.

Meanwhile Stop Toying With Me and Dean Holden won the Non-Pro championship with 223 points; Meteles Cat and Cody Hedlund took reserve with 222 points.

Metallika, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Scotty Rice, had been off the radar since January, when he and Rice placed 12th in the Abilene Spectacular Open and fifth in the novice division of the event.

RW Rockin, however, was already an eight-time major event finalist with earnings of $78,166, before she arrived in Tulsa.

Sired by Dual Rey, owned by Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Tex., and bred by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, RW Rockin is out of NCHA Horse of the Year and prolific producer Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188.

In addition to RW Rockin and Autumn Kitty, Lloyd Cox also tied for ninth place on Stylin Sweetie, owned by John McClaren. Altogether, Cox earned $72,293 on three mounts in the Derby Open Finals.

Non-Pro champion Stop Toying With Me is by Dual Smart Rey, sire of 2013 NCHA Futurity champion and 2014 Abilene Spectacular champion Dual Smart Kitty, who tied for seventh with 219 points in the Breeders Invitational Open with Clay Johnson.

Dean Holden and Stop Toying With Me LTE $136,434 were Open and Non-Pro finalists (4th Non-Pro and 10th Open) in the NCHA Futurity and also placed in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

Meteles Cat, trained by Rock Hedlund, was reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cody Hedlund, Rock’s son, who also showed the Metallic Cat son as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist (24th).

Megan Miller placed third with 219.5 points in the Non-Pro Finals aboard Booreylicious, by Halreycious, bred and trained by Megan’s husband, Matt Miller. Matt won the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship riding Booreylicious’ dam, Travs Scooter, who carried both Matt and Megan for $221,560 in official NCHA earnings.

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Kiss My Hocks lives up to his name in Ruidoso Futurity Trials

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sam Houston Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks, trained by Toby Keeton, made his Ruidoso Downs debut on Thursday, May 22, with a three-length win, and the fastest qualifying time from 12 trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

The Tempting Dash son, owned by Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and ridden by Cody Jensen, covered 350 yards in :17.281. Horses with the five fastest times from Thursday’s trials will join the five-fastest qualifiers from Friday’s 12 trials in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 8.

“He is the soundest 2-year-old I have ever seen,” said Graham, who bred the colt out of Romancing Mary, by Tres Seis. “He’s a big colt, but very light on his feet.

Kiss My Hocks came into the Ruidoso Futurity trials from two wins at Sam Houston Race Park, in his first two starts, including a 330-yard track record of 16.433 in the trials to the Sam Houston Futurity. He won the $564,000 Sam Houston Futurity by one-half lengths.

“He is just an unbelievable horse,” said Keeton. “You can’t ask for anything more. He’s the real deal – the horse of a lifetime.”

Second-fastest qualifier Jm Famous Master also has stakes experience. The J&M Racing and Farm-owned son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon came off a third-place run in the Grade 2, $267,651 West Texas Futurity and won the eighth trial in :17.348 by 1 3/4 lengths. Alonso Rivera was aboard for trainer Jose Muela.

The remaining three qualifiers were Bodacious Eagle (:17.382), Madmax (:17.448) and Separate Dynasty (:17.461).

2014 Breeders Invitational

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

E.C. “Gabby” Bryant, 1927-2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Gabby Bryant and Doc's Solano

Everett Clyde “Gabby” Bryant, Jr., died Monday, May 5, in High Point, N.C., his longtime home. Bryant, a retired furniture industry executive, and his late wife, Jean, also maintained a ranch in Weatherford, Tex., where they at one time stood their Quarter Horse champion and leading cutting sire, Doc’s Solano.

A relative newcomer to the sport of cutting, when he purchased Doc’s Solano as a yearling, in 1972, Bryant had nevertheless done his homework. Doc’s Solano’s sire, Doc Bar, had become a significant force in the show and performance horse world, and Doc’s Solano was an impressive individual. At the tender age of 26 months, Bryant’s colt became the youngest horse ever to achieve an AQHA champion’s title, with points in halter, cutting, reining and western pleasure. And by that time, his full sister, Doc’s Marmoset, in 1973, had won the NCHA Futurity.

Through Doc’s Solano’s progeny, Bryant became an all-time leading breeder of cutting horses. Today, the stallion ranks among cutting’s top 35 all-time leading sires, as well as top 30 all-time leading broodmare sires.

Bryant was also a leading force behind the creation of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Futurity, which evolved into the Augusta Futurity, the richest limited age event east of the Mississippi River. Bryant served as a director and also president of the Augusta Futurity and was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Members Hall of Fame in 1999.

“He was a major force in the cutting industry,” said bloodstock and breeding agent Jim Ware, who partnered with Bryant in the 1980s to produce the Bryant-Ware Sales, the first cutting horse auctions held in Weatherford, Tex., the “Cutting Capitol of the World.”

“Gabby was the first person that I know of in cutting to establish a second home in Weatherford,” Ware added. “He was the original pioneer that made it fashionable to live elsewhere yet have a cutting operation in Weatherford. He introduced a lot of people to cutting and to Parker County, Texas.”

Bryant is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Bryant Young and her husband Ron of Weatherford, Tex.; Lynn Bryant Finnegan and her husband Jim of High Point; and Jean Neal Bryant, Dallas, Tex., as well as grandsons James Patrick Finnegan; Everett Bryce Young; and Reilly Bryant Finnegan.

In accordance with Bryant’s wishes, services will be private.

Cattalou claims Breeders Invitational Open Classic

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Beau Galyean

Low-profile go-round contender Cattalou switched to high gear for a 226-point championship win in the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge on May 12, in Tulsa, Okla. Shown by Beau Galyean, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat topped a 24-horse finals. JJS Catless Merada, under Michael Cooper, claimed reserve with 224.5 points; Swiss Cat Pepto and Clint Allen placed third with 221.5 points.

Five-year-old Cattalou, also champion of the 2014 Arbuckle Mountain Classic Challenge, collected $26,036 for the Breeders Invitational win, which increased his official career earnings to $149,558. A full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $264,537, and half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523, Cattalou is owned by Curtis Chester, Weatherford, Tex.

JJS Catless Merada, by Cats Merada, came into the finals with the high cumulative go-round score of 444 points (223/221), with 435.5 points as the cutoff for qualification. Cattalou qualified with 436 points; third-placed Swiss Cat Pepto with 440 points.

Owned by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., 5-year-old JJS Catless Merada won the 2014 Abilene Spectacular Classic under Cooper, and also placed eighth in the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. His Breeders Invitational earnings bring his career total to $97,703.

Swiss Cat Pepto, a 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto, is owned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy, Weatherford, Tex. Margaret McCoy showed her to third place in the 2014 Bonanza Amateur Classic, while the McCoy’s daughter, Shannon, rode the mare as reserve amateur champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Swiss Cat Pepto has career earnings of $99,544.

Clint Allen was the leading rider of the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge with a total of $31,390 earned on four mounts: Swiss Cat Pepto (3rd for $16,028); Starz N Boon (8th/tie for $6,523); Blu Ray (12th for $5,838); and Shesa Dirty Martini (24th/tie for $3,000). Starz N Boon, Blu Ray, and Shesa Dirty Martini are all owned by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.

Shaeffer steps up

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Pam Shaeffer

Pam Shaeffer on Royal Red Rey.

Pam Shaeffer of Eagle, Colorado, got her biggest paycheck to date Thursday by winning the Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver. She marked 219 on Royal Red Play to earn an estimated $6,200, while Sandra McBride of Azle, Texas, took the reserve title on Boonshadows.

Shaeffer tied for the third highest score in the go-round with a 216 behind Brad Wilson’s 218.5 on Freckles Darn Cat. She drew third in the finals for her winning score.

Royal Red Play was bred by Double Dove Ranch by Play Red out of Peek A Boon. The 7-year-old gelding is a half-brother to Rey Nounce, which Regan Plendl rode to win both the Junior Youth and the $35,000 Non-Pro at this show.

Royal Red Play has earned more than $50,000, including a Non-Pro Classic win at last year’s Utah Futurity, and an Amateur win at the Western States Fall Futurity the year before that.

Shaeffer was a Limited Non-Pro and Amateur finalist on Royal Red Play at the 2010 NCHA Futurity and has also won Amateur limited age titles at the Idaho Futurity and Utah Futurity in recent years with Krunch Time.

Reserve champion Sandra McBride rode her homebred mare Boonshadows, by Quejanaisalena out of Pinkolena, another homebred, that earned her more than $53,000. Boonshadows is Pinkolena’s first money earner. She has made more than $120,000 now, and has Non-Pro wins at the Cattlemen’s Classic, the Chisholm Trail Fall Classic and the Western States Fall Classic to her credit.

$15,000 Novice Non-Pro

Traci Burgess

Traci Burgess on PKR Big Mac.

PKR Big Mac had a busy show at the Western Nationals, picking up five checks for an estimated $16,500. The biggest payoff came in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro when Traci Burgess won with a 222, while Kristen York finished second with a 218 on Smooth One Time Soon.

PKR Big Mac was bred by Joann Parker by Starlights Gypsy out of Justa Swinging Gal. The 6-year-old gelding went over $100,000 at Denver as reserve champion in both Novice classes under Jon Burgess, his $15,000 Novice Non-Pro win with Traci, as well as making the finals in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and the Non-Pro with Traci.

On closing day of the Western Nationals, PKR Big Mac tied for the second high score of 217 in the go-round, behind Catswanna’s 219.5 with Scott Cusick. He came back that afternoon as 25th of 27 horses to win the finals.

Traci Burgess, a lifetime earner of more than $350,000, pulled down the biggest check of her career with PKR Big Mac when she finished fourth in the Non-Pro NCHA Derby in 2012. She was also an NCHA Super Stakes Classic finalist with him this spring.

Reserve champion Kristen York of Saratoga, Wyoming, marked 218 on Smooth One Time Soon, a 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat mare bred by Dave and Clare Capps out of Sheza Boonsmal. York won the Western States Fall Derby on her in 2012.

No nightmares for Dirty Dreamin

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Dirty Dreamin

Marla Gonnett on Dirty Dreamin.

Marla Gonnet and Dirty Dreamin marked 218 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver on Wednesday.

Dirty Dreamin was a $3,000 Novice finalist with Dustin Gonnet earlier in the show. Marla rode the 6-year-old mare to a reserve championship in the Calgary Stampede Classic last year.

Dirty Dreamin was bred by Wingate Ranch by SR Instant Choice out of Saddle My Dreams. She has earned over $28,000 with her Western Nationals paychecks.

At last year’s Western Nationals, Marla Gonnet took the Non-Pro reserve championship on Dirty Dreamin.

Linda Butlin of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Reyd won the reserve championship with a 217.5. Reyd is an 8-year-old son of Dual Rey bred by Three Trees Ranch out of Meradas Missy, a Freckles Merada mare that won the 1996 NCHA Classic Challenge with Jody Galyean, and has produced earners of $660,000, including Rambo Merada ($205,935), Starched Wranglers ($194,643) and Little Merada Lena ($94,326). The Western Nationals paycheck will take Reyd well over $60,000 in lifetime earnings.

Butlin was a $50,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro finalist on Reyd at last year’s Western Nationals.