Archive for November, 2014

Full slate of NCHA Futurity Sales

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

At nearly 900 pages, the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales Catalog is a cutter’s wishbook filled with the largest and finest selection of cutting-bred horses offered at public auction.

The sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, begin on Monday, December 8, with the much anticipated NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, where horses are auctioned as they work cattle in Watt Arena.

The Select Cow Dog Sale, a first for the NCHA Futurity Sales, begins on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with working demonstrations of these highly trained dogs. The sale follows at 11:00 a.m.

The Select Yearling Sale & Gala, limited to 50 yearlings singled out because of their individual combination of outstanding pedigree and conformation, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 in the Round Up Inn. The special event, which includes a formal dinner and sales personnel attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, was inaugurated in 2013 to rave reviews from consignors and buyers.

This year, in appreciation of the cutting industry’s support, Jeremy and Candace Barwick, owners of Western Bloodstock Ltd. and producers of the NCHA Futurity Sales, will also present a complimentary concert featuring country music star Neal McCoy. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m., in the Round Up Inn.

The Western Bloodstock Producers Sale, beginning at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 10, in John Justin Sale Arena offers a variety of future show prospects, as well as of bred mares. It will be followed on Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12, by Preferred Breeders Sale Session 1 and Preferred Breeders Sale Session 2, each also held in John Justin Sale Arena and each beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Complimentary breakfasts sponsored by First Financial Bank, Plains Capital Bank, and Quarter Horse News, respectively, will be served preceding the sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, December 13, the day of the NCHA Futurity Open Finals, will kick off at 9:00 a.m. in Watt Arena, with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, featuring trained horses and horses in training, which will be sold as they work cattle.

Detailed information about the NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as the complete catalog of all sales is available online at, where the full slate of 2015 Western Bloodstock Sales will also be found.

NCHA World Series American Royal

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A Little Bossy means business

Friday, November 14th, 2014

R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy.

R.L. Chartier and A Little Bossy won their second Mercuria NCHA World Series event of the year at the American Royal Show in Kansas City. They marked 226 in the finals to beat leading Horse of the Year contender Junie Wood by two and a half points.

Bred by Bailey Quarter Horses and owned by Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas, A Little Bossy is a 9-year-old gelding by CD Lights out of Pistol Smart, an aged event champion that earned $41,000.

A Little Bossy has earned over $275,000. Chartier won the Mercuria NCHA World Series event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo earlier in the year. In the past, they teamed up to win both the Open and $10,000 Novice divisions of the 2012 Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Runner-up John Mitchell and Slate River Ranch’s Junie Wood have won at the NCHA Super Stakes, Brazos Bash and Southern Futurity this year, as well as taking reserve titles at the NCHA Derby and Cotton Stakes.

In the Non-Pro finals at the American Royal, Allie Roger of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Billy Joe Rey for a four-point win over Mica Chartier on SL Jaybird.

Like the Open winner, R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy, Roger and Billy Joe Rey also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio this year.

Billy Joe Rey was bred by Jim McNulty by Dual Rey out of  Hug Me Darling, a Hug Me Doc mare that has produced five NCHA money earners.

Besides her Mercuria wins, Roger has shown the gelding to win the El Rancho Non-Pro Derby, and take reserve titles at the Brazos Bash and the Idaho Futurity. Billy Joe Rey has earned more than $89,000.

Runner-up Mica Chartier and SL Jaybird have teamed up for past wins at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, NCHA Classic Challenge, the Cotton Stakes, and The Non-Pro Cutting. SL Jaybird is a 12-year-old Smart Little Jerry gelding that has earned ove r$423,000.

Olan Hightower 1935 – 2014

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Olan Hightower, winner of the 1976 NCHA Futurity, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Raised to agriculture in East Texas, as a youngster Hightower gravitated toward ranch work and horses. By the time he married his childhood sweetheart, Peggy, Hightower was training and showing Quarter Horses, and took up cutting in 1959, at the age of 24.

Hightower had given up full-time training and showing in the early-1970s for a landscaping business in Houston, but was lured back to competition by Bob McLeod, who had purchased a talented 3-year-old colt from longtime NCHA president and cutting horse breeder Marion Flynt. McLeod wanted Hightower to prepare Colonel Freckles, a son of Flynt’s stallion Jewel’s Leo Bars, for the NCHA Futurity.

“Terry Riddle had started him and it was the middle of April when I got him,” said Hightower of Colonel Freckles, whose dam, Christy Jay, was by Rey Jay, sire of the 1966 Futurity champion, Rey Jay’s Pete. “And we took it from there and went to the Futurity with him and got lucky.”

The Hightower’s children, Faron, Dan, Melissa, Margaret and Tina Marie, were all involved with rodeos and horse shows as youth, but it was Faron, a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame, who most closely followed his father’s path.

In an article that appeared in the October 15, 2003 issue of the Quarter Horse News, Faron told author Lana Wells: “(Daddy) taught me that the Futurity is the first event, not the last one. He always said, ‘Don’t ruin a good son-ofa-buck just to win the Futurity.”

Wells concludes her article with a quote from Olan that will resonate with his legion of friends and the hundreds of amateurs and professionals that he helped over the years.

“When I’m dead and gone, if one person will stand up and say, ‘That old man helped me,’ it’ll be worth more than hundreds of folks saying what I’ve won.”

A Celebration of Olan Hightower will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead, Texas.

Big wins for Chickaroos Firefox and Highbrow Time at PCCHA Futurity and Cutting Stakes

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Morgan Cromer

The 35th edition of the PCCHA Futurity, which concluded on Saturday in Paso Robles, Calif., had something for everyone, including 39 classes packed into 13 days of competition. And the biggest paychecks went to the winners of the Open Futurity and the Open Cutting Stakes.

Three-year-old Chickaroos Firefox, shown by Morgan Cromer and bred and owned by Latigo Ranch, Los Olivos, Calif., earned $30,000 for his 223-point win over Slithering Spoon, with 218 points, in the Open Futurity. Slithering Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful, earned $24,000 under Clint Allen, for owners David and Stacie McDavid, Forth Worth, Tex.

Fancy Hughes, winner of the Idaho and Brazos Bash Futurities, claimed third with 217 points. The Thomas E Hughes daughter, shown by Kenny Platt, is owned by Reed and Sherry McClymont, Holdrege, NC.

This was the third PCCHA Futurity championship for Cromer, who won in 2011 aboard Faye Reys Sis, and also in 2008, with Bearly Tuf Taz. In addition to Chickaroos Firefox, Cromer also showed The Whole Cat, sired by Cats Merada and owned by Leslie Day, in this year’s Futurity Finals.

Chickaroos Firefox is by Hick Chicaroo, sire of six NCHA money earners, and out of TF Smartlittle Linda, by Smart Little Lena. TF Smartlittle Linda earned over $135,000 under West Coast trainer Scott Weis, who also showed Hick Chicaroo to earn over $200,000, for breeder/owners Jim and Joanne Carollo, Atascadaro, Calif.

Weis was also a Cutting Stakes finalist on Saturday with CD Super Dually-sired CD Skipper, owned and bred by Michael Douglas, Los Angeles, Calif.

Joanne Carollo, is a three-time Snaffle Bit Futurity champion, who won the 1999 edition aboard Roosters Chicaroo, the dam of Hick Chicaroo.

Adan Banuelos

Highbrow Time, shown by Adan Banuelos for his sister, Jessica Banuelos, scored 224 points for a $20,000 win in the Open Cutting Stakes. The 4-year-old gelding, sired by High Brow CD, was also the the Open Cutting Stakes Gelding champion, as well as the Non-Pro Gelding reserve champion. Reyz The Bar, by Dual Rey and shown by Grant Setnicka, was reserve with 218.5 points, while Metalic Al, by Metallic Cat, took third with 218 points with Tom Shelley.

Bred by Capps Radio Ranch, Highbrow Time was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and has placed as an open finalist in five major 2014 events, including the NCHA Derby and Breeders Invitational.

Highbrow Time’s sire, NCHA Futurity Champion and Horse of the Year High Brow CD, realized $2 million in offspring earnings just prior to the PCCHA Futurity. In addition, Highbrow Time’s PCCHA accomplishments boosted High Brow CD’s 4-year-old offspring record to an unprecedented 65 championships and reserves.

One Time Soon, dam of Highbrow Time, is a leading producer of 17 NCHA money earners, including leading sire One Time Pepto. The 25-year-old Smart Little Lena daughter owned by Circle Y Ranch, the home of Im Countin Checks, a leading sire in 2014, who had three offspring in the 12-horse PCCHA Cutting Stakes finals, including Count Me Smooth and Countin on Stella, both shown by PCCHA Futurity winner Morgan Cromer.

Adan Banuelos also placed fifth in the Cutting Stakes aboard Smart Time Pepto 10, sired by One Time Pepto and owned by G&A Performance Horses, Tioga, Tex.

2014 Pacific Coast Futurity

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

2014 Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014