Archive for December, 2014

2014 NCHA Futurity

Monday, December 15th, 2014

All-Time Record for NCHA Futurity Sales

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

It was the best of times and the best of times, from Monday, December 8 through Saturday, December 13, as Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales set sale session records and concluded with an all-time average of $27,696 – 23% above the previous record of $21,370 set in 2006.

“We felt that sales would be strong, but we never imagined we would top the record average by such a huge amount,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased Western Bloodstock Ltd. in 2012. Last year’s NCHA Futurity Sales average came within $48.00 of breaking the old record.

“We are grateful to the consignors and buyers and feel privileged to be able to contribute to the growth of the cutting horse industry,” added Barwick.

From a total of six sessions, over six days, 614 horses, representing 84% of those offered, sold for a gross of $17,005,850.

The high-selling horse from all sales was 2-year-old Eight Mile, at $400,000. The Metallic Cat son was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, and purchased by Daniel and Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.

The high-seller on December 13, the last day of the sales, was Bet On A Cat , by High Brow Cat, also consigned by Crown Ranch, and purchased for $110,00 by The Over Forty Ranch, Wichita Falls, Tex.

The top 10 selling lots from all sales averaged $206,200; the top 20 lots averaged $163,400. There were 20 horses that sold for $100,000 or more.

Complete results and catalog can be found at

Another benchmark with Western Bloodstock Producers Sale

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Western Bloodstock Ltd. set another Futurity Sales benchmark with its Producers Sale on Wednesday, December 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, where 93% of the 57 consigned horses sold for an average of $8,997. At last year’s sale, 85% of the consignments sold for an average of $4,800.

On Monday, December 8, Western Bloodstock Ltd. launched its 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales with a record-setting Two-Year-Old Sale where 122 sold for an average of $32,579. On Tuesday, December 9, the Western Bloodstock’s Select Yearling Sale and Gala realized an average of $71,655 with 84% completed sales.

At Wednesday’s Western Bloodstock Producers Sale, the high-seller was Metallic Al at $30,000. The yearling son of Metallic Cat was consigned by Jerry Rava and purchased by Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex.

The second- highest seller, at $25,000, was Playadualin, a yearling colt sired by Playgun and consigned by David Hartman DVM. Kenneth Munseell, Andrews, Tex., was the buyer.

Jared Lesh, Whitesboro, Tex., purchased Cutters Edge Cat, the third-highest seller, for $19,500. The 8-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat was consigned by David Barr’s Rosemont Cattle Company.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, December 13 Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. For catalog and results go to

2014 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale & Gala – A Night to Remember

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tappin A Cold Brew at $255,000

Western Bloodstock Ltd. reached a benchmark on Tuesday, December 9, with the second consecutive day of record-breaking NCHA Futurity Sales, as the Select Yearling Sale realized over $3 million on 41 horses sold, with an average of $69,134 and 82% completed sales.

On Monday, December 8, the opening day of Western Bloodstock’s 2014 Futurity sales venue, the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale set all-time 2-year-old sales records in terms of high-selling horses and percentage sold at public auction, so expectations were high for the Select Yearling Sale.

“It was an exciting night, with the finest yearlings the industry has to offer selling to so many of the industry’s top owners and trainers,” said Jeremy Barwick, Western Bloodstock Ltd., of Tuesday’s sale.

Tappin A Cold Brew, consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., topped the Select Yearling Sale at $255,000. The Smooth As A Cat colt, three-quarter brother to cutting’s all-time high-money-earning mare, Dont Look Twice LTE $823,504, sold to David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex.

Copperish, a Metallic Cat daughter consigned by Double Dove Ranch, was the second-highest seller at $210,000. Out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $289,524, and half-sister to Hottish LTE $301,843; Pepto Bloom LTE $244,783; Halreycious LTE $227,459; and Reydiculous LTE $149,054, Copperish was purchased by Jimmie Miller Smith, Gary, Okla.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, December 13, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex. For a schedule of sales and complete catalog, as well as sale results, visit

NCHA Futurity 2-Year-old Sale breaks all records

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Eight Mile at $400,000

Western Bloodstock Ltd. launched its 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales with an all-time record Two-Year-Old Sale on Monday, December 8 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex., where 122 horses sold for an average of $32,580 with total sales of just under $4 million.

Eight Mile, by Metallic Cat, was the high seller at $400,000, followed by Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi, at $300,000, and Moses Man, by Metallic Cat, at $210,000.

The top five sellers averaged $232,000, while the top 10 averaged $157,1000, and the top 20 brought an average of $109,000.

“This was a fantastic sale,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We had so much interest coming into the Futurity that we anticipated sales were going to be good, but this was better than we ever dreamed.”

The 2013 Futurity Sales, where the highest price from all sales combined was $210,000 and averaged $21,323 overall, was just shy of the all-time record of $21,370, set in 2006. This year’s sale, which continues on Tuesday, November 9 with the Select Yearling Sale, is on course to blow past the 2006 mark.

Daniel and Nancy Burkes, new owners of Eight Mile

Eight Mile, a flashy chestnut colt in training with Hunter Meinzer, was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, LP/Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., and purchased by Daniel Burkes, Hibbing, Minn. Eight Mile is out of Cappuccino And Pasta LTE $155,522 and half-brother to the earners of $475,800, including Mocha Cappuccino LTE $223,318 and Frappuccino N Pasta LTE $105,472.

Crown Ranch, with a total of 14 consignments to the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, also has a red roan yearling full sister to Eight Mile, Cattuccino, consigned to Tuesday’s Select Yearling Sale, and 6-year-old Bet On A Cat, current earner of $313,469, consigned to the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 13, preceding the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.

Ichis My Choice, a bay filly consigned by Todd Nelson and in training with Richard Jordan, was purchased by Constance Jaeggi, Weatherford, Tex., who showed Saguaro Ichi, also by Cat Ichi, this past week at the NCHA World Championship Finals to clinch her title as 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion.

Mosses Man, a sorrel colt sired by Metallic Cat, sold in training with Hayden Upton, his consignor, and was purchased by Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex.

On Tuesday morning, December 9, the first ever NCHA Futurity Select Cow Dog Sale saw all four consignments sell, following a demonstration of their skills. Ruby, a 3-year-old intact female consigned by Ross Bryant, brought $13,250; Snow, a 4-year-old neutered male consigned by Roy Cox, sold for $10,250; Diablo, a 2-year-old male consigned by Upton and Carr brought, brought $,9250; and Rex, a 4-year-old male consigned by Kevin Radford, sold for $5,000.

The 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales continue daily through Saturday, December 13. For the online catalog and sale results visit

Sheila Welch, 1938 – 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

By Sally Harrison
Sheila Dolin Welch, 76, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee and wife of cutting legend Buster Welch, passed away on Sunday, December 7.

Born in Wolf Point, Montana, Sheila acquired a love of horses from her grandfather Dolin, an entrepreneur and newspaper publisher who served on the board the Wolf Point Stampede and counted Will Rogers and Charles Russell among his friends.

When she was 10, Sheila’s family moved to Fresno, Calif., where she won her first award on horseback, as a participant in the annual Christmas parade. Although she was competitive in tennis, volleyball and gymnastics as a girl, her natural instincts for riding led her to the California Rangerettes, where she participated as a drill team member for six years. During this time she also made forays into jumping, dressage, roping, cutting and gymkhana events, and was runner-up queen of the Salinas Rodeo.

After attending California State University at Fresno, Sheila married and helped her first husband operate a busy feedlot. At the time, she also found herself drawn away from other horse events and into cutting, which had only recently created a class for non-pro contenders.

Although her first cutting horse had been trained by famed West Coast horseman Jimmy Williams, Texas was the home of cutting horse competition and in 1966, Sheila traveled to the Lone Star State for a clinic given by Buster Welch, who would win his third NCHA Futurity that same year.

“I was awestruck,” Buster later said of his first impression of Sheila on horseback. “She could really ride a horse and she was sure pretty on one.” Seven months following the clinic, Sheila won the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship Finals, defeating B.F. Phillips, Jr., the Non-Pro World Champion.

Sheila and Buster married in 1972, and in addition to nurturing their combined families of six children (Nina and Dolin Morris, and Georgia, Greg, Ken and Ruth Ann Welch), Sheila became a top ranchhand, assisting Buster with his cattle operation and semi-annual roundups.

In 1974, Sheila and Buster moved to the King Ranch, where Buster had been hired as trainer, as well as consultant for the world famous ranch’s Quarter Horse program. It was during this time that Sheila came to know her cherished mentor and friend, Helen Groves, great-granddaughter of King Ranch founder Richard King.

In 1972 and 1978, Sheila ranked among NCHA’s Top Ten non-pro riders aboard Mr San Peppy and Peppy San Badger, respectively. In 1980, she won the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion on Doc O Leo and broke an all-time annual NCHA earnings record for open and non-pro riders, alike. She also set a record that year by winning all four go-rounds of the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Sheila’s prestigious wins in “limited age” events include the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, on Dolly Olena; the Augusta Futurity, on CD Chica San Badger; and the Memphis Futurity on Haidas Becky. With a record of more than $1 million, she is among cutting’s all-time leading money earners.

Rather than retire from competition when felled by a stroke in 1999, Sheila used riding as a tool for recovery. In May 2001, she made a triumphant return to the cutting arena by winning the reserve championship of the NCHA Non-Pro Gelding Stakes on Myhaida.

“When people ask me about my favorite win, I always tell them it’s the last one because I might not have another,” said Sheila, who has been featured in articles in Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Town & Country, and Texas Monthly.

As a cutting competitor, Sheila inspired men and women, alike. “You watch Sheila,” the late NCHA Futurity champion trainer Larry Reeder told fledgling rider Kathy Daughn. “This lady can ride a cutting horse as pretty as anybody you’ll ever see.”

“Sheila has been a great inspiration to me,” said Daughn, who ranks as one of only two women (Lindy Burch, another admirer of Sheila Welch, is the other) among cutting’s top ten all-time professional money earners.

Reflecting several years ago on a life dedicated to family, horses and the Western tradition, Sheila said, “The two things most difficult to find in life are a good husband and a good horse, and I was lucky to find both.”

Arrangements for services are pending.

Careity Celebrity Cutting marks 20 years

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The 20th Anniversary of the Careity Celebrity Cutting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, December 5 in Will Rogers Coliseum.

This year, four-time Grammy Award winner and performance horse enthusiast Lyle Lovettjoins a cast of celebrities from music, sports, broadcasting and the local media, as well as health-care celebrities in the front lines of the battle against cancer.

This year’s celebrity roster also includes:

  • Country music legend Tanya Tucker
  • Radio icon Bob Kingsley
  • Wounded Warriors manager of strategic partnerhips, Dan Nevins.
  • Singers Sonny BurgessHannah BlaylockLeah TurnerJon PardiKaty Keenie and Amanda Stevens
  • Sports stars Jay Novacek, Aaron Cook and Cameron Rupp
  • Health care superstars Drs. Amy Gunter and Ben Barkley
  • Media personalities Shelly Mowery, Hal Brown, and Malone

The show benefits the Careity Foundation and NCHA Charities. Order tickets now.