Archive for September, 2015

Record $3.2 Million for Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Boon San Baby. Photo by Jim Arnold

It was the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, when the final hammer fell on Tuesday, September 22, for Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd. at Rocking W Ranch in Millsap, Texas.

Eighty-nine horses and embryos, the culmination of five decades of Walton’s selective breeding, sold for $3,230,500, with an average of $36,298. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more; five brought $200,000 or more.

“We knew it was going to be a great sale,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “But it was truly phenomenal. “

The sale topper, Boon San, a leading sire in 2014, sold to Robert Patton Jr. for $500,000. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, the 12-year-old stallion was one of 11 horses purchased by Patton, including the sale’s second-highest seller at $410,000, 5-year-old Boon San Baby LTE $197,332, with her 2016 embryo by The Boon.

Patton, a Fort Worth businessman, investor, and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also purchased 3-year-old Rockin Sallycat, by Rockin W out of One Sallycat, along with her 2016 embryo by Boon San, for $200,000; 2-year-old filly Pattie Rocks, by Rockin W out of Stylish Baby Doll, for $200,000; 6-year-old Boon San Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Boon San Kitty, along with her 2016 embryo by Rockin W; and a 2016 embryo by Boon San out of Stylish Baby Doll.

Altogether, Patton, who recently acquired Marvine Ranch, Jon and Abby Winkelried’s showcase cutting horse facility in Aledo, Tex., bought 11 Walton lots for a total of $1,793,500 and an average of $163,045.

“None of this was pursuant to a grand plan,” said Patton, who has rechristened the former Winkelried facility as Rocking P Ranch. “I looked at buying the property as a good investment. Then someone mentioned that Alice Walton was selling all of her cutting horses in a few days and I ought to go out there and take a look.

“I didn’t know anything about cutting horses, but it got me to thinking and one thing led to another. I looked at it as a business, and thought if these people (who work for Rocking W Ranch) are going to be out of a job, I’ll take a leap of faith that Alice Walton hires good people and hire them for my ranch. Then we’ll have good people and a good facility, possibly two of the hardest things to find. And that’s when I approached Jesse (Lennox, formerly Rocking W’s resident trainer).

“I’d never met Alice Walton before the day of the sale, but I asked Jesse questions about different horses, and I think we kind of kept the core of her operation together. That was my goal. It was just really fortunate that things fell in place they way they have.”

Alvin and Becky Fults, owners of leading cutting sire Metallic Cat, acquired Stylish Baby Doll, a leading producer in 2014 and the sale’s third-highest seller at $350,000. Sired by SR Instant Choice and out of Stylish Oak Susie, 13-year-old Stylish Baby Doll, the earner of $201,425 and producer of earners of $360,314, sold with a 2016 embryo by Boon San.

The Fults also paid $50,000 for Zacks Lena LTE $150,413. The 1998 Zack T Wood daughter, dam of the earners of $376,000 with a 2016 embryo by Rockin W, was one of 16 horses that sold for $50,000 or more.

Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., owners of 2014 NCHA Open Futurity champion Classy CD Cat, as well as co-owners of 2014 NCHA Open Futurity reserve champion Smooth Talkin Style, also purchased 11 Walton lots, including the 4-year-old mare Rockin Kitty, by Dual Rey out of Boon San Kitty, who they bought in partnership with Gail Holmes, also co-owner of Smooth Talkin Style.

Other Hill purchases at the sale included 8-year-old Rose Rey, by Dual Rey out of Stylish Rosie and with a 2016 embryo by Boon San, for $65,000; and 4-year-old Boon San Reyette, by Boon San out of Stylish Reyette, and with a 2016 embryo by The Boon, for $50,000.

Center Ranch, which will hold a production sale, also conducted by Western Bloodstock Ltd., at their ranch in Centerville, Tex. on October 10, 2015, paid $85,000 for 3-year-old Boon Sans Stylish. The Boon San daughter, out of Stylish Rosie, sold with an embryo by The Boon.

Seven-year-old stallion The Boon, whose first foals are yearlings of 2015, and who is the sire of many of the sales’ 2016 embryos, sold for $65,000 to King Ranch, home of 1977 NCHA Futurity champion and leading sire Peppy San Badger, and his sire, NCHA world champion, Mr San Peppy.

For complete sale results, as well as catalog, and information on upcoming sales go to www.westernbloodstock.com

Taps for Tap O Lena

Monday, September 14th, 2015
Tap O Lena

Phil Rapp on Tap O Lena. Don Shugart photo

Tap O Lena, arguably one of the greatest cutting horse performers and producers ever, has died at age 25.

Bred by Phil Rapp, whose father bought the mare’s dam for him to ride when Phil was a teenager, Tap O Lena won 17 major NCHA championships. She produced earners of $596,000. And her daughters produced earners of $1.4 million.

“I was pretty green when I first started showing (Tap O Lena’s dam),” said Rapp, who was 15 at the time. “I’d get her in binds that I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to get horses into. At some weekend shows, I’d cut for darn near two minutes on her.

“Tap O Lena has all her mother’s guts, and Doc O’Lena put the finesse on her.”
Even as early as her NCHA Non-Pro Derby win, Rapp recognized Tap O Lena’s special qualities.

Tap O Lena

Tap O Lena winning the El Cid Non-Pro Classic. Sally Harrison photo.

“She’s as good as I’ve ever had,” he said in 1994. “I don’t think I’ll get another one like her. We said that about Playboys Ruby, but this one’s awfully good. She takes care of me.”

Rapp took care of the mare, too.

“I go to bed very few nights when I don’t go check her,” he said in the midst of the mare’s brilliant career. “Mary Ann says, ‘You want to bring her into the bedroom, maybe?'”

Tap O Lena bred true and the bloodline has given Rapp a steady stream of champions including Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice, and the 2015 Super Stakes Champion Dont Stopp Believin.

Tap O Lena’s Major Wins

Year Show Class Age Rider
1994 NCHA SUPER STAKES OPEN 4 PHIL RAPP
1994 AUGUSTA FUTURITY NON-PRO 4 PHIL RAPP
1994 NCHA DERBY NON-PRO 4 PHIL RAPP
1994 CHISHOLM TRAIL DERBY NON-PRO 4 PHIL RAPP
1994 PACIFIC COAST DERBY NON-PRO 4 PHIL RAPP
1995 NCHA CLASSIC CHALLENGE OPEN 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1995 NCHA CLASSIC CHALLENGE NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1995 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS DERBY NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1995 CHISHOLM TRAIL FUTURITY NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 NCHA SUPER STAKES CLASSIC OPEN 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 NCHA SUPER STAKES CLASSIC NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 BONANZA NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 CHISHOLM TRAIL FUTURITY NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 MEMPHIS FUTURITY NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 EL CID FUTURITY NON-PRO 5/6 PHIL RAPP
1996 SOUTHERN FUTURITY NON-PRO 5/6 MARY ANN RAPP
1997 NCHA WORLD FINALS NON-PRO ALL MARY ANN RAPP

2015 NCHA World Series El Rancho

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Special hat trick at El Rancho

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Special Nu Baby

Matt Gaines marked 234 on Special Nu Baby at El Rancho Futurity. Ted Petit photos.

Special Nu Baby and Matt Gaines completed the hat trick at El Rancho Futurity on September 12, winning their third Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals in a row. And they did it in a big way, marking 234 for a six-point lead over Mike Wood and Smart Stingrey.

Only one horse has won three Mercuria finals in a row before, Dont Look Twice. She swept the finals at Augusta, San Antonio and Houston in 2012.

And Special Nu Baby tied Dont Look Twice for another honor – Special Nu Baby’s 234 at El Rancho and Dont Look Twice’s 234 at Idaho in 2011 are the highest scores ever recorded in the Mercuria NCHA World Series.

Gaines is no stranger to high scores. He also holds the record for an NCHA Triple Crown finals in Will Rogers Coliseum. He marked 231 on Sunettes Dually in the 2001 Super Stakes. Coincidentally, that was the same year he won the NCHA Derby on Nu I Wood, the dam of Special Nu Baby.

Special Nu Baby, who also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio earlier this year, is piling up a big lead in the 2015 World standings, pursued by Smart Stingrey. She’s also qualified for the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame this year, which gave owners Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma another item to scratch off their “to-do” list.

Special Nu Baby was bred by Eddy Longley’s Crystal Creek Ranch, by Dual Rey out of Nu I Wood. Gaines showed Nu I Wood for Longley, earning over $400,000. The mare’s babies have earned more than $900,000 so far.

Stephanie Haymes

Non-Pro winner Stephanie Haymes on Card Trick.

Stephanie Haymes, the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion of 2008, marked 223.5 on Card Trick, to win the Non-Pro at El Rancho over Jeff Barnes on Spookys Cat Deville (222) and Bill Lacy on Melodys Pepto (221).

Her win should move her up a notch to third in the Non-Pro World standings, where the top four contenders are all previous World Champions: Joe Howard Williamson, Dan Hansen, Haymes and Mary Jo Milner. Two other World Champions, Constance Jaeggi and Paula Wood, are also ranked in the top 10.

Card Trick, who was also an Open Mercuria finalist with Matt Gaines twice last year, was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe.

The 2008 gelding has earned more than $170,000.

Haymes, a Non-Pro Hall of Famer with earnings approaching $850,000, has also showed Mercedes Smoothe and Im Struck On You this year. This was her eighth Mercuria NCHA World Series finals, and her first win in the program.