Archive for November, 2015

Breeding breakdown

Monday, November 30th, 2015
The NCHA Futurity trophy.

The NCHA Futurity trophy.

No place beats Fort Worth, when it comes to buying and selling cutting horses, especially during the NCHA Futurity. This year’s Western Bloodstock’s Futurity Sales catalog offers 1022 horses. The sales begin on December 7 and continues through December 12, the last day of the Futurity – a time frame that allows buyers to consider the pedigrees of horses who have qualified for the Open and Non-Pro Semi-Finals.

Here is a breakdown of leading sires, broodmare sires, breeders and owners of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals qualifiers:

Sires with 5 or more qualifiers –
Metallic Cat – 12
Smooth As A Cat – 12
Dual Rey – 11
High Brow Cat – 5
Third Cutting – 5

Broodmare sires with 5 or more qualifiers –
High Brow Cat – 11
Peptoboonsmal – 10
Dual Pep – 9
Dual Rey – 6

Breeders with 2 or more qualifiers –
Dottie St. Clair Hill – 3
Slate River Ranch – 3
Drummond Ranch/Tim Drummond – 2
Alvin and Becky Fults – 2
Jackson Land & Cattle – 2
Kathleen Moore – 2
Oxbow Ranch – 2

Owners with 2 or more qualifiers –
Slate River Ranch – 3
Beechfork Ranch – 2
Terri Brown – 2
Center Ranch – 2
David and Stacie McDavid – 2
Kathleen Moore – 2
Oxbow Ranch – 2
Peter and Beth Spadoni – 2
Robert Tregemba – 2
Waco Bend Ranch – 2

Norman Bruce, 1935 – 2015

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Norman BruceNorman Bruce, 80, Rutledge, Ga., breeder of champion cutting horses and inductee into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, as well as the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Before he owned cutting horses, Bruce breed and showed AQHA halter and performance horses. In 1970, he earned his first check riding in an NCHA event and never looked back. In 1973, he purchased Doc’s Haida, a 1969 daughter of Doc Bar.

Doc’s Haida carried Bruce as a Top 10 NCHA World Championship contender in 1974, 1976 and 1977. When he retired her and bred her to Peppy San Badger, he got Haidas Little Pep, who became the 1986 NCHA Open World Champion and a top sire. Bruce’s other stallions included Docs Sugs Brudder; Docs Sugs Brudder’s son Squeak Toy; and the Haidas Little Pep son Haidas Magic.

Norman Bruce won the Augusta Classic on Squeak Toy.

Norman Bruce won the Augusta Classic on Squeak Toy.

Bruce was influential in the cutting horse world as a supporter and past president of the Southeast’s Area 18 Cutting Horse Association. He also served as president of the Augusta Futurity and as an NCHA Executive Committee member.

“You try to do for your (area) association what is good for NCHA,” Bruce told me in 1995, reflecting on the founding principles for Area 18 put forth by his longtime friend and associate Roger Odum, who died in 1994. “I think that is the true secret to the success of Area 18. It’s been done for everybody. Roger was a very special person. He didn’t work for anything personally, he worked for everybody. I loved him like a brother. And I’ll miss him until the day I die.”

Services are pending at Wages Funeral Home, Snellville, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NYCHA or CIA through the NCHA Foundation, 260 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals Stats

Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Lindy Burch in 2015 on Bet Shes Smooth and in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany.

Lindy Burch in 2015 on Bet Shes Smooth and in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany.

On Friday, November 27, after nine days of first and second go-round trials, 76 horses qualified for the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals, the final portal to the NCHA Futurity Open Finals. The Open Semi-Finals will be held on Friday, December 11; the Finals, with a winner’s purse of $200,000, begins at 6:00 pm, on Saturday, December 12.

Lindy Burch, the longest-standing past NCHA Futurity Open champion among this year’s Open Semi-Finals contenders, won the prestigious event 35 years ago aboard Mis Royal Mahogany. Tarin Rice, co-champion of the 2012 Futurity on He Bea Cat, is the group’s latest winner, while Ronnie Rice, Tarin’s uncle, is the only 2015 Open Semi-Finalist with more than one NCHA Futurity Open championship win. Ronnie won the 1998 Futurity riding Dainty Playgirl; in 2001, he claimed the win on San Tule Freckles; and in 2012, he was co-champion riding CR Tuff Hearted Cat.

Other past champions among 2015 Open Semi-Finalists include Gary Bellenfant, with Peptoboonsmal, in 1995; Paul Hansma in 1996, aboard Playboy McCrae; Tag Rice on Chiquita Pistol, in 2002; Wesley Galyean and Spots Hot, in 2004: Tommy Marvin with Highbrow Supercat, in 2005; Beau Galyean and Metallic Cat, in 2008; and Lloyd Cox with One Time Royalty, in 2010.

Sixteen riders each qualified two horses for the Open Semi-Finals:

437 – Bet Shes Smooth – Oxbow Ranch
432 – Salsa Style – Oxbow Ranch

436 – Smooth Nu Cat – Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla.
431 – Special Nu Metallica – Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex

435 – Cromed Out Cat – Beechfork Ranch, Millington, Tenn.
432 – Hellcat – Beechfork Ranch

434.5 – Metallic Mistress – Texas Holy Cow Perf. Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif.
433.5 – Ichis My Choice –J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt., Weatherford, Tex.

434.5 – Play Purr View RG – Gary & Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind.
431 – Denvers Purdy – Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla.

433 – Smooth Flow – Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo.
432.5 – Moms Stylish Player – Robert Tregemba

433 – Tassa Mia Cat 012 – rider, Fort Worth, Tex.
431.5 – Blues Hot – Rusty & Diane Leaver, Weatherford, Tex.

432.5 – CR Lucys Playboy – David & Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.
430 – Aristocratic Rey – McDavids

432.5 – One Super Cat – John & Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex.
430 – Metallic Mike – Bellenfant,Β  DeLeon, Tex.

432.5 – Papas Shadeaux – Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.
432.5 – Ricci Ricardo – Ronnie & Theresa Rice, Centerville, Tex.

432 – Kittys Got Faith – Michael & Emily Townsend, Edmond, Okla.
431.4 – Cryogenic – Marvins, Barnsdall, Okla.

432 – Metallic Rebel – Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.
431 – Chrome Catillac – Ellen Carter, Jackson, Wyo.

432 – Oklahoma Breykdown – Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex.
431 – Set Fire To The Reyn – Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

431.5 Smooth Runnin Dually – Terri Brown, Nocona, Tex.
430 – ARC Reynin Cats – Terri Brown

431 – Lone Star WR – Peter & Beth Spadoni, Wenatchee, Wash.
430 – Mayham – Spadoni

430.5 – SJR Smooth Gina – San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.
430 – Boonsmals Cowgirl – Kit & Charlie Moncrief, Fort Worth, Tex.

Four million-dollar mares in Monday’s line-up

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Four million-dollar producing mares will have offspring in Monday’s first round of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, the fifth day of Open competition.

The Smart Look.

The Smart Look.

Million-dollar mares The Smart Look, Autumn Boon, Ruby Tuesday DNA and Louella Again will be represented, along with $500,000-producers Playgiarism, Stella Starlight, Peek A Boon and Aristo Katz. Stella Starlight and Aristo Katz both have two horses showing Monday.

In the sixth set, American Snyper is by Dual Rey out of $1.6 million producer The Smart Look. He was bred by Strawn Valley Ranch and is owned by Rose Valley Ranch. The Smart Look’s offspring include 2003 NCHA Futurity Champion One Smart Lookin Cat and four other $200,000 earners, SVR Reyl Smart, Dual Smart Rey, WR This Cats Smart and Smart Lookin Hi Brow.

In the first set, Scatcat, a Smooth As A Cat x Autumn Boon mare is a owned by Phil and Leah Hanson. Phil already qualified full sister A Smooth Satin Doll for round two. Autumn Boon has produced earners of nearly $1.6 million including Im Countin Checks ($509,000), Once In A Blu Boon ($318,000), Boon A Little ($118,000) and Absolutely Stunning ($106,000). Karen Freeman is the breeder.

Also in the first set, PRF Smooth Cat Ruby, owned by Peter Deleeuw and bred by Ruby Tuesday Partners by Smooth As A Cat out of Ruby Tuesday DNA. The dam has produced earners of $1.1 million including Hydrive Cat ($410,000) and Ruby Tuesdays Color ($137,664).

The fifth set has Smoothee Lou, a Smooth As A Cat x Louella Again mare bred by Oxbow Ranch and owned by Jimmie Miller Smith. Louella Again’s babies include Movin Downtown ($334,000), Louellas Cat ($288,000) and Cattalou ($234,000).

Offspring of $500,000 producers going Monday include:

  • Moms Blue Rex in the first set, owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant and bred by Rhodes River Ranch by Desires Little Rex out of $983,000 producer Moms Stylish Pepto
  • Play Purr View RG in the fourth set, owned by Gary and Michelle Reichart and bred by Mariposa Farms by Metallic Cat out of $784,000 producer Playgiarism
  • Sweet N Starlight in the second set and Stevie Rey in the sixth set, both bred and owned by Lach and Jan Perks. Lach won the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on their dam, Stella Starlight. Sweet N Starlight is by Smooth As A Cat while Stevie Rey is by Dual Rey
  • Peek A Cat in the fourth set is owned by Jeffrey and Griselda Neidhart and was bred by Teddy Price by Metallic Cat out of $691,000 producer Peek A Boon
  • Andie Do in the first set and Aristocratic Rey in the sixth set are both bred by Jerry and Vickie Durant out of $571,000 producer Aristo Katz. The Durants own Andie Do, while David and Stacie McDavid own Aristocratic Rey

Amandas CD scores an A

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
Matt Miller on Amandas CD. Hart Photography.

Matt Miller on Amandas CD. Hart Photography.

Amandas CD, shown by Matt Miller for Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark., scored 220 points on Saturday to command the lead following the first three of six days of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition. Peptos Scootin Man, with Roy Carter for RPX Enterprises, Medicine Lodge, Kan., ranks second with 219 points. A Smooth Satin Doll, under Phil Hanson, and Metallic Mistress, with Grant Setnicka, are tied for third with 218.5 points.

Sired by High Brow CD, Amandas CD is a full sister to Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $130,979, shown by Matt Miller to win four open limited age events and place eighth in the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open. Their dam, Amandas Stargun LTE $91,468, was shown successfully in open and non-pro limited age competition by both Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, and has produced earners of more than $500,000.

A Smooth Satin Doll, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Lynn Leedy, Aubrey, Tex., claimed the second highest score on Saturday with Phil Hanson, winner of last year’s NCHA Futurity with Classy CD Cat, owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill, Granbury, Tex.

A Smooth Satin Doll is a half-sister to Smoothee LTE $60,657 and out of Autumn Boon, producer of the earners of $1.6 million, including the stallions Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642; Once In A Blu Boon LTE $318,012; and Boon A Little LTE $118,405. Autumn Boon’s dam is Royal Blue Boon, all-time leading producer of the earners of $2.5 million.

Bet Shes Smooth, bred and owned by Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and ridden by Lindy Burch, ranked as Saturday’s third-highest scoring horse with 218 points. The Smooth As A Cat daughter is out of NCHA Open World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960, and half-sister to earners of $863,100, including the sires Bet Hesa Cat $267,465; Bets CD $117,429; and Bet On Me 498 $101,832.

Bet Shes Smooth is also half-sister to Stylish Bet $LTE $109,157, who Burch showed last week for Oxbow Ranch to qualify for the Winter Showdown in Cowtown Finals on December 4, in Will Rogers Coliseum. Stylish Bet is also the dam of Salsa Style, by Smooth As A Cat, who Burch rode to scored 217 points last Thursday and qualify for the second go-round of the NCHA Open Futurity, which begins on Wednesday, November 25.

Lindy Burch, Grant Setnicka, and Geoffrey Sheehan are the only riders from the first three days of Open first-go-round competition to have each qualified two horses for the second go-round with 217 points or more. Setnicka scored 218.5 points on Metallic Mistress and 217.5 with Ichis My Choice; Sheehan marked 217.5 on Hellcatt and 217 riding Cromed out Cat.

Barker wins Showdown on borrowed horse

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Gary Barker on Flash About.

Gary Barker on Flash About.

It was Gary Barker’s first win in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum and the second biggest paycheck of his career. Thanks to his wife, Shannon, who suggested he show her mare Flash About in the Unlimited Amateur division of the 2015 Western Bloodstock NCHAWinter Showdown in Cowtown, Gary earned $20,000 for his 220-point win.

Jaylee Hall scored 218 points for second place and $15,000 riding High Brow CD Deuce, while Sherry Graham and Rouge Blue took third and $14,000 with a score of 216.5 points. The Finals’ field of 17 horses earned a total of $168,000

β€œShannon was supposed to ride this horse, but she wasn’t showing at the Futurity and I was, so she let me show her,” said Barker. β€œAlthough I’ve only shown her a few times, I love to ride this mare.”

Barker Ranch Cutting Horses, Madill, Okla., purchased 6-year-old Flash About this past February from Kelle Earnheart, who had shown the Purdy Boy Flash daughter to claim seven major limited age event non-pro championships and earn over $200,000. Flash About’s dam, Play Miss LTE $180,165, was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Derby under John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch.

Gary and Shannon Barker are also the owners of 9-year-old Special Nu Baby, who set an earnings record of $123,034 leading up to the 2015 NCHA Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals under her trainer Matt Gaines, and has an unbeatable lead for 2015 NCHA Open World Championship.

Five-year-old High Brow CD Deuce LTE $71,870 has been a solid money earner for Jaylee Hall, Weatherford, Tex., who most recently showed the High Brow CD daughter to win the 2015 Brazos Bash Amateur 5/6 championship.

Eight-year-old gelding Rouge Blues LTE $97,722, by Peptoboonsmal, earned owner Sherry Graham, Canyon, Tex., her single biggest payday in cutting competition.Β  In 2008, Graham showed Playboys Lil Smarty to earn $29,188 and place fourth in the $10,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship standings.

Tricks On You trumps Day Two competition

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
T.J. Good

T.J. Good

Sandwiched between two scores of zero, deep in the sixth set on Friday, Tricks On You and T.J. Good earned 218 points, the high score on the second day of NCHA Futurity Open go-round competition. Armani Cat and Dos Kamikazes, ridden by Morgan Cromer and Wayne Robinson, respectively, each scored 217.5 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Bred and owned by Jackson Land & Cattle Performance Horses, Tricks On You, by Smooth As A Cat, is out of Trick Pepto LTE $59,391, a Peptoboonsmal daughter shown by T.J. Good. Trick Pepto’s dam, Tricka Lena, by Poco San Lena, was shown as 1996 NCHA Futurity Amateur reserve champion with Lisa Clark and is the dam of Trickalenas Choice LTE $85,977.

Armani Cat, by Metallic Cat, is owned by his breeder, West Coast Quarter Horses, Sherman Oaks, Calif. His dam, Tipofthestar, by Grays Starlight, is a full sister to San Starlight, dam of earners of more than $1.3 million, including Reyzin The Cash, 2015 NCHA Derby Open champion under Gary Gonsalves. Armani Cat is half-brother to A Star In Jewels LTE $59,372 and to Royal Tipster, NRCHA Futurity Ltd. Open reserve champion.

Dos Kamikazes, by Scootin Boon, was bred by her owners, Leea Arnold and Dudley Caraway, Weatherford, Tex., out of Smart Lil Tapt, a three-quarter sister to Dont Look Twice $806,394, who is out of Tapt Twice $279,457, producer of earners of more than $1.25 million.

Five horses scored 217 points on Friday, the fifth-highest score from two days of Open first go-round competition: Bea Cats Cat, shown by Cullen Chartier for Rocking L Cutting Horses, Boca Raton, Fl; CR Lucys Playboy, ridden by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., Riskee Gamble, with Kathy Daughn for Joe and Gwynne Brooks, Blanco, Tex.; Rockin Sallycat under Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and Roudini, owned by Casey and Cody Green and shown by Pete Branch.