Archive for October, 2015

2015 Pacific Coast Futurity

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

CR Tuff Lucy tops Center Ranch Production Sale at $600,000

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

CR Tuff Lucy

The recording-breaking sale of show mare CR Tuff Lucy for $600,000 was the highlight of the Center Ranch Production Sale on Saturday, October 10, in Centerville, Tex. But there were plenty of other high points as 78 horses sold for a total of $1,889,200 ($24,221 average) and bidding was spirited on 19 horses for which reserves were not attained.

“We knew this would be an outstanding sale and it was exceptional,” said Jeremy Barwick, whose Western Bloodstock Ltd. produced the Center Ranch Sale, close on the heels of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal, which realized $3,230,500. “These recent sale results certainly bode well for the cutting industry, as well as for the NCHA Futurity Sales that begin in Fort Worth on December 7th.”

Four-year-old CR Tuff Lucy, by Center Ranch’s foundation sire Woody Be Tuff, was purchased by Glade Knight, owner of Slate River Ranch, also home to 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Junie Wood, earner of $441,381 and a full sister to Woody Be Tuff.

CR Tuff Lucy, trained and shown by Tarin Rice to win the 2015 Abilene Spectacular and place second in the NCHA Derby, is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Lucindas Catolena, earner of $176,086 and sister to earners of nearly $900,000.

The sale’s third-highest seller, yearling filly CR Tuff To Beat, a full sister to CR Tuff Lucy, brought $92,000 from Kevin Knight, Weatherford, Tex.

CR Tuff Digs Lucinda, at $110,000, claimed the sale’s second-highest price. The 2-year-old mare is a full sister in blood to CR Tuff Lucy and CR Tuff To Beat. Purchased by Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., CR Tuff Digs Lucinda, by Woody Be Tuff, is out of Cat Digs Lucinda, by High Brow Cat.

Six-year-old stallion CR First Tuff, with lifetime earnings of $144,353, brought $89,000, the fourth-highest price of the sale. Trained and shown by Boyd Rice, the Woody Be Tuff son is out of Dees Cats Meow, by High Brow Cat, and went to to Jarrett Callahan, McConnells, S.C.

Cr Tuffer Than Nails, a 2-year-old mare by Woody Be Tuff, out of CR Hot Meow, by Spots Hot, and 3-year-old mare CR Boon To Be Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, out of CR April Boon, by Duals Blue Boon, each sold for $85,000. Cr Tuffer Than Nails sold to Rocking P Ranch, Aledo, Tex., home of recently acquired stallion Boon San, from the Walton Dispersal. CR Boon To Be Tuff went to Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Tex.

For complete results of the 2015 Center Ranch Production Sale and an online catalog go to, where you will also find nomination details for the 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales, with a deadline of October 20, as well as an up-to-date list of early consignments.

More ‘Special’ records in Mercuria World Series

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Matt Gaines

Matt Gaines.

Special Nu Baby and Matt Gaines revised the record books again with their win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on October 8. Joe howard Williamson and Sweet Little Cats took the Non-Pro division. Both Special Nu Baby and Williamson lengthened their leads in the NCHA World Standings for 2015.

Special Nu Baby marked marked 230 for a six-point win over Cat Black I, ridden by Randy Chartier, earning more than $11,000.

It was the first time that any horse has won four World Series finals in a row, or that any horse has won five of the prestigious events in a single calendar year. Congress was the eighth and final event of the series for 2015.

Only one horse, Dont Look Twice with eight Mercuria wins spanning three years, has collected more Open victories in the World Series of Cutting. Dan Hansen’s Woody Be Lucky has won six of the events in the Non-Pro class.

Special Nu Baby, who also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio, Las Vegas, Idaho and El Rancho, is piling up a big lead in the 2015 World standings. She’ll have about $115,000 in the bank in 2015, roughly twice what the second horse in the standings, Smart Stingrey, has earned. 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.

Joe Howard Williamson

Joe Howard Williamson.

In the Non-Pro finals, three-time World Champion Joe Howard Williamson of Wichita Falls, Texas, marked 220 on Sweet Little Cats for a five-point win over Paula Wood on Pepto Boom.

Williamson, who posted a 221 to lead the go-round, was winning his second World Series event at Congress. Last year he scored on Acatbequick.

Sweet Little Cats was bred by Wendel & Eakin by High Brow Cat out of Sweet Little CD, making him a full brother to Horse of the Year High Brow CD. He had won Open championships with Austin Shepard at the Bonanza and the Cotton Stakes before Williamson bought him earlier this year.

Williamson, who won World Championships in 1999, 2004 and 2006, will come out of Congress with about a $20,000 lead in the standings, followed by fellow World Champions Dan Hansen, Stephanie Haymes, Mary Jo Milner and Constance Jaeggi.

The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting paid out more than $590,000 in 2015, with Special Nu Baby collecting $66,601. Ninety-three different horses, 85 riders and 92 owners earned at least one paycheck in the 2015 World Series.

2015 Canadian Supreme

Monday, October 5th, 2015

2015 Brazos Bash

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Major League Baseball owner Bobby Patton scores with Boon San

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Bobby Patton and Boon San. Photo by Sally Harrison

The showcase Parker County, Texas horse ranch Bobby Patton had just purchased was an investment. Looking ahead, Patton envisioned keeping a few barrel racing horses there for his daughter Rachel, 15, who rides barrels and shows steers in 4-H competition. Then a friend casually mentioned Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton’s upcoming cutting horse dispersal sale, just days away, on September 22, at Walton’s Parker County ranch.

“None of this was really pursuant to a grand plan,” said Patton, 52, a Fort Worth businessman, investor, and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who found himself the owner of 11 blue-blooded cutting horses at the tune of $1.8 million, at the conclusion of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch dispersal.

“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, 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.”

The Walton dispersal offered a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone with the wherewithal to acquire the cream of a renowned cutting horse program five decades in the making and backed by seven generations of selectively bred champions.

Preeminent Rocking W Ranch sire Boon San will be the cornerstone of Patton’s Rocking P Ranch breeding program. The 12-year-old stallion, a $500,000 purchase, will be joined there by his 5-year-old daughter Boon San Baby, earner of $197,332, and four other champion offspring, all still eligible to show in lucrative NCHA limited age events.

Patton also acquired an in utero foal sired by Boon San, out of Stylish Baby Doll, for an all-time record of $100,000. Due in 2016, the embryo is a full sibling to Boon San Baby. In addition, Patton also purchased two-year-old Pattie Rocks, a Stylish Baby Doll daughter sired by 2009 NCHA Futurity Open champion Rockin W, whose dam, NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, is a full sister to Boon San and a current leading producer of cutting horses.

“It’s all built on one mare, Boon San Sally,” said Jesse Lennox of Patton’s program. “Boon Sans are really freaky, great movers. Their foot speed is incredible and they have a stride and front extension that is unique to the line. It gives them a lot of reach across a cow. When they have that reach, they’re at an advantage to stop, and the horse that’s quickest across the cow and can stop quickest is the one that gets the biggest check.

“I’ve felt really lucky to start my career on these great horses and now to be able to continue with them.”

Boon San, whose oldest performers are five-year-olds, was the last horse, other than the nine-year-old gelding Boon San Stan, that Alice Walton had retained out of Rocking W Ranch matriarch Boon San Sally. A Boon Bar daughter foaled in 1980 out of Hula Stopa, by Hula San, Boon San Sally (deceased) is an NCHA top 25 all-time leading producer of the earners of $1.1 million.

“I looked at the Marvine property as a good investment and a good facility that was clearly created by someone who had an incredible amount of passion,” said Patton, whose new Rocking P Ranch was the former Marvine Ranch, owned by Jon and Abby Winkelried and home to some outstanding cutting horses, including multiple champion and champion producer Quintan Blue.

“I thought the ranch had value, but when I bought it, I thought maybe we’d have a few barrel horses on it,” Patton added. “Then Alice’s sale came up and the next thing I know, I’m in the cutting horse business. It was just really fortunate the way things fell in place the way they have.”

Reflecting on the recent turn of events for Patton, it is hard not to think of another “Bobby,” who 30 years ago had no intention of getting into the cutting horse breeding business.

“You can buy good mares, but to get a good stud, you have to be very lucky,” Bobby Pidgeon told me in 1990. “I never thought I’d own a stud; then I bought Dual Pep. It was the luck of the draw.”

Dual Pep helped make Pidgeon’s Bar H Ranche the number two all-time leading breeder of cutting horse earners and has left an indelible mark on the pedigrees of generations of champions, including Walton-bred Rockin W, by Dual Rey, by Dual Pep.

“I did not think I was going to pay $500,000 for Boon San, but I knew I had to,” said Bobby Patton, who plans to stand the stallion at Weatherford Equine Breeding Center. “I couldn’t let him go to someone else, and fortunately he didn’t.“