Archive for December, 2015

NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

PodiumSix-year-old Cha Ching And Change, at $85,000, was the high seller and high-selling mare on Saturday, December 12, the last of six days of Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Consigned by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., and sired by Im Countin Checks, Cha Ching And Change has earned more than $108,607 in open competition, most recently as Brazos Bash Open Ltd. Classic Challenge champion. She was purchased by Bar RR Ranches LLC, Bartonville, Tex.

Sumkinds Maverick, at $75,000, was the sale’s high-selling stallion and high-selling 4-year-old. Consigned by his trainer, Boyd Rice, agent, the Dual Rey son was the 2014 NRCHA Int. Open Futurity reserve champion under Rice and was purchased by David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex.

At $70,000, My Redemption LTE $39,847, consigned by Crown Ranch LP, was the high-selling 4-year-old mare and realized the third-highest price of the sale. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of the Dual Pep daughter Dual Kaul LTE $96,136, My Redemption was purchased by John Kolar, Duluth, Minn.

Reckless Child LTE $95,094, sired by CD Royal and in training with Russ Westfall, sold for $63,000. The 6-year-old full sister to Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124 and Just As Reckless LTE $174,778 was consigned by Eddie and Angela Patterson and purchased by Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex.

The Hills also purchased Reyce Lights for $60,000. The 4-year-old daughter of CD Lights, in training with Wesley Galyean, has earned $40,101 and is a hal-sister to Reycy Moon LTE $209,363 and Pedel To The Metall, $122,077.

Electric win for Stevie Rey Von

Sunday, December 13th, 2015
2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat. Hart Photography.

2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat. Hart Photography.

His name evokes a famous Texas-born singer, songwriter and electric guitarist. And on December 12 in Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Tex., Stevie Rey Von hit the high note with a 225-point championship win in the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity.

Shown by his owner, Ed Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., and sired by Metallic Cat, Stevie Rey Von earned $200,000 for the win. Bet Shes Smooth, shown by Lindy Burch for Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points to claim the reserve champion’s title and $88,126.

Rockin Sallycat, owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. and shown by Jesse Lennox, scored 217.5 points to tie for third place with This Isa Third, ridden by Kody Porterfield for Carl and Shawnea Smith, Jacksboro, Tex. Each horse received $71,280.

Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat, came into the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals with a low profile 431-point cumulative go-round score, where 430 points marked the cutoff. But he struck a chord with Dufurrena’s daughter Rieta, who showed him to win the NCHA Futurity Ltd. Non-Pro Finals with 220 points.

In the Open Semi-Finals, Stevie Rey Von scored 222 points to place second behind Amandas CD and Matt Miller, who ranked first with 224 points.

Stevie Rey Von is a full brother to Purple Reyn LTE $233,508, shown by Dufurrena’s son, Brandon, as 2015 NCHA World Finals champion and 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, dam of Stevie Rey Von and Purple Reyn, has carried all three of the Dufurrenas to championship wins. Most recently, during the NCHA Futurity Festival, the 10-year-old Dual Rey daughter was a contestant with Rieta in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Bet Shes Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, earned 437 points, the highest cumulative score, going into the NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals, where she ranked fourth out of the field of 76 horses with a score of 219.5 points.

Burch, who won the NCHA Open Futurity in 1980, showed Bet Shes Smooth’s 7-year-old half-sister, Stylish Bet LTE $129,416, by Docs Stylish Oak, as a finalist in the 2015 NCHA Open World Finals, and placed fifth in 2015 NCHA Open World Championship standings.

Rockin Sallycat, by Rockin W, was one of 11 horses, including the stallion Boon San, purchased by Bobby Patton, Fort Worth, Tex., this past September, out of Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal. Since that time, Patton, a first-time cutting horse owner, has acquired other well-bred prospects, including five yearlings at Western Bloodstock’s Select Yearling Sale.

Boon San daughter Boon San Sally LTE $209,332, also purchased by Patton through the Walton Dispersal, was a finalist in the NCHA Western Bloodstock Winter Showdown during the first week of the Futurity.

This Isa Third, bred and owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, is by Third Cutting LTE $528,268, also owned by the Smiths and one of two Open finalists by the first-crop sire. In addition, This Isa Third and Kody Porterfield won the NCHA Futurity Open Ltd with 222 points.

2015 NCHA Futurity

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Strong sales continue

Saturday, December 12th, 2015


Western Bloodstock NCHA Sales continued strong on Friday, December 11 with the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II.

At $95,000, six-year-old Reyhanna LTE $147,787, with an embryo by Metallic Cat, was the day’s high seller. The Dual Rey daughter, in training with Tatum Rice, was consigned by Kevin and Sydney Knight and purchased by John Kennedy, Sundance, Wyo.

Bet Twice 002, with two embryos, one by Metallic Cat and one by Smooth As A Cat, commanded $86,500, the day’s second-highest price. Consigned by Oxbow Ranch and purchased by Neidhart Cutting Horses, Weatherford, Tex., Bet Twice 002 is a full sister to Bet Yer Boons LTE $73,000 and half-sister to Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, 2011 NCHA World Champion.

The dam of Bet Twice 002, Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $350,615, was 2000 NCHA World Champion and is also the dam of 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist Bet Shes Smooth, shown by Lindy Burch, who also trained and showed Bet Yer Blue Boons.

One Alley Cat, at $67,000, was the high-selling yearling of the day, as well as the high-selling stallion. The High Brow Cat son out of Nod N Smile Baby, by One Time Pepto, was consigned by his breeder, Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, and purchased by Hayden Upton, Weatherford, Tex.

Shimmering Rey, at $60,000, was the high-selling yearling filly. Consigned by Linda Holmes and Jeff Oswood and purchased by Lisa Kruse, Celina, Tex., Shimmering Rey is by Dual Rey and out of Shes Icing Onthe Cat LTE $249,884, by High Brow Cat.

Lisa Kruse also paid $55,000 for the yearling filly Twiced Bet, consigned by Oxbow Ranch. Twiced Bet is sired by High Brow Cat out of Bet Twice 002.


Armando Costa Neto nails NCHA Futurity Non-Pro win with 224 points

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto and Watch Me Whip. Hart Photography.

Armando Costa Neto, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points on Thursday, December 10 in Fort Worth, to claim the title of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion. Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., and Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 218 points as reserve champions.

“She’s the whole package,” said Costa of Watch Me Whip, a Playgun daughter that he raised and trained. “She tries to stop that cow every time.”

Watch Me Whip and Costa qualified for the Finals with a Semi-Finals score of 217.5 points, after earning the second-highest cumulative score of 436.5 points from the go-rounds.

Costa, a Brazilian native who manages Barrinha LLC in Weatherford, purchased Watch Me Whip’s dam, Look The Look, through the 2010 NCHA Futurity Futurity Sale. The High Brow Cat daughter, trained by John Mitchell, was shown by both Mitchell and Costa as an Open and Non-Pro finalist in the 2011 NCHA Futurity and had career earnings of $172,784.

“John Mitchell is the one that wanted me to breed her mom to Playgun and he turned out to be right,” said Costa. Playgun, a leading sire of NCHA earners of more than $7 million, owned by Pieper Ranch, Marietta, Okla., died at the age of 23, just days before the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals.

Trained by Jody Galyean and shown by Galyean and Pieper, Playgun earned $168,408 during his show career, which included grand slam Open and Non-Pro championship wins in the 1996 Augusta Futurity. Playgun’s dam, Miss Silver Pistol, won the 1985 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity with Wes Shahan, who bred Playgun, and Tag Rice was reserve champion of the 2001 NCHA Open Futurity on the gelded Playgun son Mr Beamon.

Look The Look, Watch Me Whip’s dam, is out of a half-sister to the dam of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champion Michelle Cowan’s mount Iridescent Cat, by Catty Hawk. Iridescent Cat’s dam, Smart Lookin Hi Brow LTE $216,395, is out of The Smart Look, a leading producer of the earners of more than $1.6 million, including 2003 NCHA Open Futurity champion One Smart Lookin Cat.

Co-champion Ashley Flynn was aboard LHR Smooth James Rey, by Dual Rey out of LHR Smooth Jamie May LTE $251,430, the 2010 NCHA Derby Open champion and Horse of the Year with Phil Hanson. Flynn won the 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Ltd. championship aboard Bobs A Player and the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals on Sly Chance.

Armando Costa Neto won the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Ms Regret and has been an NCHA Futurity Finalist six times. He placed third in the 2008 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals.

Michelle Cowan placed fifth in the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Ltd. Finals riding Merada Jo, and has been an NCHA Non-Pro Ltd or Amateur Finalist six times.

Momentum builds for 2015 NCHA Futurity Sales

Friday, December 11th, 2015

A total of 171 horses, representing 86% of those offered, sold for $3,217,800 and an average of $18,818 during Session I of the NCHA Preferred Breeders Sale on Thursday, December 10, during the NCHA Futurity Festival at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex.

Reys Delight

Reys Delight

At $160,000, Reys Delight, a yearling filly by Dual Rey and purchased by Teddy Price, Winnfield, La., was the high-seller from Session I of the Preferred Breeders Sale. Bred and consigned by Hill Ranches, Glen Rose, Tex., Reys Delight is out of Peppys Stylish Lena LTE $183,000, a finalist in the 2005 NCHA Open and Non-Pro Futurities and producer of three money earners, including  Peppys Cashin Checks,  2015 Southern Derby Open champion.

Platinum Metal, purchased for $110,000 by Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., was Session I’s second-highest selling yearling. Consigned by her breeder, Holmes Performance Horses, the yearling daughter of Metallic Cat is out of the full sister to Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 all-time leading, living sire.

Twelve-year-old Kual Gun LTE $103,205, at $110,000, was the sale’s high-selling broodmare. Consigned by Kayla Norris and purchased by Michelle Cannon, Waxahacie, Tex., the Playgun daughter has produced three NCHA money earners, including CD Kual Gun LTE $89,336, and sold with an embryo by High Brow CD.

Purchased for $72,000, by Gene Quirk, Jr., Denham Springs, La., Bet Hesa Player was Session I’s high selling stallion. Bred and consigned by Oxbow Ranch, the red roan yearling colt is by Bet Hesa Cat and out of Play Peek A Boon LTE $209,000, the dam of earners of $557,000, including CR Sun Reys LTE $299,000, 2014 NCHA Open Finals Champion.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue today with the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II and conclude on Saturday, December 12 with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale. For complete results and an online catalog go to

Barbara Brooks prevails as NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Champion

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Barbara Brooks on Smash Mouse, by Cat A Rey. Hart Photography.

Barbara Brooks on Smash Mouse, by Cat A Rey. Hart Photography.

“This was serendipitous,” said Barbara Brooks, following her 220-point win on Smash Mouse in the NCHA Unlimited Amateur Finals, where Carol Ward claimed reserve with 218 points on Lil Lou Rey, and Tim May placed third with 216 points aboard PRF Reys Ruler.

Brooks drew fifth to ride in the 35-horse field, for which she had qualified on the bubble with 212 points in the Semi-Finals, and 216.5 points in the go-round.  It was her first NCHA Triple Crown event win and one she had not anticipated.

“Before October I hadn’t shown since the 2013 NCHA Futurity,” said Brooks, who had been laid off with a ruptured disc and back surgery. “This was not in the plan at all, but Brad (Mitchell) showed him in the Open go-rounds and when he didn’t advance, I bought a slot. It’s mind boggling. I didn’t ever think it would happen.”

Brooks, who owns Painted Springs Farm in Nashville, Tenn., raised Smash Mouse, as well as his sire, Cat A Rey, by Dual Rey. Smash Mouse’s dam, Boonbay Smash, by Peptoboonsmal, was shown by Brad Mitchell to earn $125,510 and was a finalist in the 2005 NCHA Derby.

“”It’s ironic to me because I never showed Boonbay Smash or Cat A Rey, but now I think I can show one of her babies, so it’s super fun,” said Brooks. “He seems to like it. The more he got shown the better he did. He handled everything beautifully and didn’t struggle with anything. He let me help him a couple of times, but otherwise I was just trying to stay out of his way.”

Brooks, who has served as president of NCHA, earned her first check in limited age event competition in 1999 and has been a finalist in the NCHA Amateur and Non-Pro Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic, NCHA Derby and Classic Challenge, as well as the NCHA Futurity. Cat A Rey was a 2009 NCHA Futurity Open finalist under Mitchell; Smash Mouse is from his second crop of foals.

Reserve champion Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., was aboard Lil Lou Rey, by Dual Rey, out of Lil Dulce Lu LTE $224,621, a Dulces Smart Lena daughter also bred and shown by Ward, as was her dam, Miss Haulin Hickory.

Third-placed Tim May, Saltillo, Miss., showed PRF Reys Ruler, by Dual Rey. May is a many times NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist, most recently on Buzzted LTE $175,212 and Chief Red Warrior $52,598.