Archive for March, 2015

Cattlemens titles go to the mares

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Mary Ann Rapp, Cattlemens Non-Pro Derby Co-Champion

Results for the last day of the 2015 Cattlemens Derby and Classic were posted Tuesday, March 10 and reaffirmed a gender trend established in the first three finals of the seven-day event. In the final tally, 16 mares had earned all but one of the 17 champion and reserve champion titles from all the posted working finals.

Pickin Up Strangers, winner of the Amateur Derby, was the lone male champion of the Cattlemens Derby and Classic. The High Brow Cat son earned 217 points under Cody Erwin; Shari Mohl was reserve champion with 214 points aboard the Smooth As A Cat daughter Done With Grace.

Tuned Up To Drive, ridden by Mary Ann Rapp, and Post Card From Paris, with Luis Dearmas, tied with 218 points each, as co-champions of the Cattlemens Non-Pro Derby. Tuned Up To Drive is a daughter of Hydrive Cat, while Post Card From Paris is by Light N Lena. Smooth Miss Trona, shown by Ryder Carpenter, earned 217 points, the Non-Pro Derby’s second-highest score.

Lisa Bankston and Deb Harold claimed champion and reserve titles with 216 and 215.5 points, respectively, in the Derby Unlimited Amateur divsion. Bankston rode the CD Lights daughter Hya Lights Me Now, and Herold was aboard the Metallic Cat daughter Lethal Kitty.

John Brengard won the 5/6 Amateur championship with 217 points aboard his 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, Smooth As A Huntress. Julie Sheedy claimed reserve with 215.5 points on Sweetallic, a 5-year-old daughter of Metallic Cat.

Jody Radomske posted 221 points, the second-highest score from all the finals divisions, to win the 5/6 Unlimited Amateur, on 6-year-old Shesa Spoonful A Fun, by Hes A Peptospoonful, while Eddie Young and 5-year-old Daratrcocoaspreview, by TR Dual Rey, scored 218.5 points for reserve.

Check here for complete results.

2015 Cattlemen’s Derby

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Mare power prevails at the Cattlemen’s Cutting

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Matt and Megan Miller with
Sweet Lil Amanda. SH photo.

The already accomplished mares Junie Wood, 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, and Reyzin, 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, tied with 221 points, as co-champions of the Cattlemen’s Open Classic, on March 4, in Graham, Tex. The next day, the High Brow CD daughter Sweet Lil Amanda scored 225 points to win the Cattlemen’s Open Derby, while 4-year-old mares Bet This Girls A Cat and Metallic Little Cat each scored 221 points to tie for reserve.

This was the second 2015 championship for Sweet Lil Amanda, shown by Matt Miller for John and Tracy Brengard. In February, she won the Ike Hamilton Open Futurity with Miller, and also placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain Open. Her $13,000 share of the Cattlemen’s purse boosted her career total to $60,639.

Phil Rapp showed Bet This Girls A Cat, by High Brow Cat, for Robbie Gale, while Clay Johnson was aboard Metallic Little Cat, by Metallic Cat, for Rusty and Shelly Simpson.

Five-year-old Junie Wood, sired by Nitas Wood and shown by John Mitchell for Glade Knight, increased her career total to $312,737 with the $13,000 Cattlemen’s win, while 6-year-old Reyzin, sired by High Brow CD and shown by Phil Rapp for Robbie Gale, currently has career earnings of $290,356.

Saturday morning, March 7, Pow Wow Pep and Arosefirst maintained the Cattlemen’s female sweep under Non-Pro owner Armando Costa Neto, who scored 219.5 points on Pow Wow Pep for the win, and took reserve with 219 points under Arosefirst. Pow Wow Pep, a 6-year-old daughter of Hickorys Indian Pep, is the lifetime earner of $68,169. Five-year-old Arosefirst, a Sweet Lil Pepto daughter and the career earner of $38,904, is out of Arosesuchaclatter LTE $322,825, owned and shown by Costa Neto.

The Cattlemen’s Cutting concludes on Sunday, March 8, with the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, followed by Amateur division finals.

Bamacat and Woody Be Lucky top Houston NCHA Mercuria Finals

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Austin Shepard

The first draw in the NCHA Mercuria Open Finals, during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Saturday, February 28, was the ticket for Bamacat, shown by Austin Shepard for the Bamacat Syndicate. The 6-year-old stallion, sired by High Brow Cat, won the qualifying go-round with 224 points, then came back with a 223-point win in the finals.

Eight-year-old One Time Shorty, sired by One Time Pepto and owned by Brenda Berry, scored 222 points for reserve, while 8-year-old WR This Cats A Lena, sired by WR This Cats Smart and owned by Terry Strange, claimed third place with 220.5 points. Both geldings were ridden by John Kirby.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Shepard of Bamacat, who he and his wife, Stacy, bred out of MH San Tules Dually, winner of $330,220. “He’s really smart and he tries hard.

“He had some stifle issues through his aged event career that hindered him. He was never lame, but it nagged at him. Since he had surgery for it last year, he’s gotten a lot stronger.”

Bamacat, who won the 2014 Augusta 5/6 Classic, earned the reserve title of the 2015 Augusta Classic last month.

Open results.

Dan Hansen wins Non-Pro Finals

Dan Hansen

It’s a rhetorical question, when it comes to Dan Hansen and his 15-year-old gelding Woody Be Lucky, who won the NCHA Mercuria Non-Pro Finals with 225 points. It was the pair’s second Mercuria win in 2015 and their sixth, altogether, since 2011. They are also two-time NCHA Non-Pro World Finals winners and two-time NCHA Non-Pro World Champions, with official NCHA earnings of $695,979.

“It was a hard run in that there was no down time,” said Hansen of the Houston Finals ride aboard his 15-year-old gelding. “The cows that we cut were pretty fast and testy, and consequently ‘Freak’ was doing everything he had to do to hold them.

“He was spot on and probably as good as he’s ever been. He had sand from his ears to his hooves. You know when they come out looking like that, it was a tough run.”

Woody Be Lucky, by Nitas Wood, was bred by Craig Crumpler, who also bred 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood, by Nitas Wood and owned by Glade Knight.

Michelle Anderson scored 220 points on 10-year-old Reyn Maker, by Dual Rey to earn the Non-Pro reserve title; Andrew Viola placed third with 218 points aboard 10-year-old Purdy Bet, by Bet On Me 895.

2015 Mercuria World Series: Houston

Sunday, March 1st, 2015