Archive for December, 2015

$6.7 million sums up first two days of sales

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Desires Kalupa

Desires Kalupa

Western Bloodstock Ltd. is on track for a record with sales of $6,705,900 for the first two of six days of NCHA Futurity Sales.

A rousing first day, Monday, December 7, saw three horses top $100,000 in Session I of the NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale, followed on Tuesday with Session II, where four horses topped $100,000 and 76 lots sold for an average of $28,474.

Momentum built on Tuesday night, when Desires Kalupa brought a winning bid of $200,000, as the first lot to sell in the Select Yearling Sale. When the last hammer fell, 41 horses had sold for $2,370,500 and an average of $57,817.

In just two days, four horses brought prices of $200,000 or more, nine sold for $100,000 or more, and the average price for 203 total horses sold was $33,033.

Zee Im Smooth, at $225,000, was the high seller from the Select Yearling Sale. Consigned by Tommy Manion, the Smooth As A Cat daughter is a full sister to earners of more than $600,000, including NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and Hall of Fame member Smooth Asa Zee LTE $563,000. Zee Im Smooth was purchased by Terrie Brown, Nocona, Tex.

Desires Kalupa, at $200,000, was the sale’s second-highest seller. Consigned by Woody Bartlett DVM, she was purchased by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., also the leading buyer of the Select Yearling Sale. Sired by Dual Rey, Desires Kalupa is a full sister to NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic champion Reys Desire LTE $409,000.

In addition to Desires Kalupa, Rocking P Ranch also purchased Reyzinnette, a filly by Cats Merada; Gettin Dark, a black filly by Metallic Cat; Kit Cat Corn, a colt by Kit Kat Sugar; and a colt by Spots Hot, for a combined total of $502,000.

TGI Showtime, the sale’s third-highest at $95,000, was purchased by DT Horses, Bend, Ore. The One Time Pepto daughter was consigned by Carroll’s Cutting, LLC.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue daily through Saturday, December 12. For complete schedule and daily results go to

Melting Snow a hot ticket

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Melting Snow sold for $280,000 on Monday, December 7, to top the first of six days of NCHA Futurity Sales, during the NCHA Futurity Festival in Fort Worth.

Consigned by Hayden Upton, agent, Melting Snow, a Metallic Cat daughter trained by Upton, was one of three horses that sold for more than $100,000 during Session 1 of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, which concludes on Tuesday, December 8 with Session II.

Bred by Linda Holmes, Longmont, Colo., Melting Snow is out of Nurse Moss, a full sister to Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 all-time leading, living sire.

Desires Cat Dot Com, at $125,000, commanded Monday’s second-highest price. The High Brow Cat daughter, in training with Hunter Meinzer, was consigned by JBRS Partnership. Her dam, Desire Some Freckles, by Freckles Playboy, has produced earners of more than $1,120,000, including Desires Cat Dot Com’s full siblings Thundercat LTE $306,644 and Desires Katrina LTE $135,433.

Smart Dual Kat brought Monday’s third-highest price of $110,000. The Dual Smart Rey colt, consigned by and in training with Wes Ashlock, is half-brother to Little Miss One Time LTE $105,849.

Eighty-three horses sold for $2,101,200, and an average of $25,316, on Monday. See for each day’s results.

This Cats Got Style with 229-point Showdown win

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
This Cats Got Style

This Cats Got Style

This Cats Got Style lived up to her name with a 229-point win worth $75,000, on Friday, December 4, in the 2015 Western Bloodstock NCHA Winter Showdown during the NCHA World Championship & Futurity Festival. Lil Rattler and rider Wesley Galyean claimed second and $50,000 with 222 points for SMF Cutting Horses, Aspen, Colo., and Junie Wood and John Mitchell took third and $22,000 for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.

“It was the biggest run I’ve ever had on her and it was a good place to have it,” said Dustin Gonnet, 33, who showed 6-year-old This Cats Got Style for Ronald Patton, Nanton, Alberta, Canada. “It’s kind of a dream come true because this is the first time I’ve been able to show her in Texas and everybody wants to win in this pen. That’s what it’s all about.

“These are the best horses in the world, so when we made it through the short round, I was pretty pumped. There was not one that did not deserve to be there.”

The 15-horse field, ranging in age from 10 to four years, was possibly the richest that has ever competed in Will Rogers Coliseum, with cumulative earnings of $2,947,761 and average earnings of $196,517.

Six-year-old Lil Rattler LTE $278,273 drew first to cut in the Finals, followed by 6-year-old Donas Suen Boon LTE $283,473 with Kobie Wood, who scored 219 points for fifth place and $19,000. Five-year-old Little Dirty Deeds LTE $86,403, who followed 5-year-old Junie Wood LTE $437,936, as the next-to-last horse to cut, scored 219.5 points for fourth place and $21,000 under Morgan Cromer for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses.

This Cats Got Style, by High Brow Cat out of Moms Stylish Pepto, was bred by Rhodes River Ranch, Arlington, Wash., and purchased by Patton as a 2-year-old started by Wayne Robinson.

“When we drove into Wayne’s yard and saw a mare tied to the wall, I thought, man, I hope that’s the horse we came to look at,” said Gonnet, who has had This Cats Got Style since then. “We wanted something well bred and big and strong like she is because we show in the Northwest States and Canada and we wanted a horse that could handle all types of cattle.

“She’s been the best horse I’ve ever gotten to train and show,” Gonnet added. “She’s so physical and has so much eye appeal. When those cows come to her, she’ll just crawl on her belly and look real pretty.”

This Cats Got Style and Gonnet won the 2012 Canadian Supreme Futurity and the 2014 Canadian Supreme 5/6 Classic, and took reserve in the 2014 Calgary NCHA World Series. This past year they won the $15,000 Novice championship at the NCHA Western Nationals.

Including her Winter Showdown winnings, This Cats Got Style has NCHA lifetime earnings of $175,868.

Gonnet, who owns and operates a training facility in Nanton, an hour south of Calgary, grew up on a PFRA community pasture (Canadian land management service created in the 1930s for the Prairie provinces) near Outlook Saskatchewan, where they cared for 1200 mother cows.

“I grew up cowboying and started riding cutting horses about 15 years ago,” said Gonnet. “Now where we live there is a lot of day work, and if we can, we work our horses in the morning and go cowboying in the afternoon.”

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown Series was conceived by Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife, Canadace, of Western Bloodstock Ltd., which produces the NCHA Triple Crown Sales in Fort Worth, along with select cutting horse production sales and dispersal sales. In addition to the NCHA Super Stakes, NCHA Summer Spectacular, and NCHA Futurity Sales in 2015, Western Bloodstock Ltd. also produced Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Dispersal, in Millsap, Tex., and the Center Ranch Production Sale, in Centerville, Tex.

For information on 2016 NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown events and upcoming Western Bloodstock sales see

Julie Jarma 2015 Winter Showdown Non-Pro Champion

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Julie Jarma on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

It was full throttle in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Non-Pro Showdown in Cowtown November 30, where Kelsey Conn and Boon Tooth, second to show in the 14-rider field, set the stage with 222 points and Julie Jarma followed with a blistering 229-point ride on SS Blacks Lil Kitty.

Jarma and 9-year-old SS Blacks Lil Kitty claimed the championship and the $50,000 winner’s purse, but not without challenges. Blakley Colgrove and Vespaa, who drew twelfth to ride, scored 225.5 points for second place and $35,000, while Cody Hedlund and Meteles Cat, fifth to work, marked 224 points for third and $20,000.

“It was pretty fast,” said Jarma of her winning run. “My help tries to keep me from going too fast most of the time, so whenever I get to cut a fast cow it sure is fun.”

Jarma, 27, a business management student from Weatherford, Tex., purchased SS Blacks Lil Kitty, by Blue Bayou Boon, in May 2010, as an unshown 4-year-old.

“She’s been a late bloomer,” said Jarma, who hit her stride with SS Blacks Lil Kitty in 2012, when she won the Brazos Bash Classic Challenge and the PCCHA Non-Pro Ltd. Classic Challenge on the mare. “Lloyd Cox helps me with her and does a good job of keeping her calm and slowed down and thinking.”

In 2013, Jarma and the black mare won the Mercuria NCHA World Series American Royal Non-Pro championship and placed sixth in the NCHA Non-Pro World standings. With her 2015 Winter Showdown earnings included, SS Blacks Lil Kitty has lifetime earnings of $164,075. Jarma, whose first win in Will Rogers Coliseum was aboard Crazy Rey in the 2008 NCHA Derby Amatuer, has NCHA earnings of $433,792.

Fourteen-year-old Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., and her 6-year-old gelding Vespaa, by CD Olena, earned a total of $20,500 as finalists in the 2015 Summer Showdown Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur Finals. Vespaa’s Winter Showdown payout boosted his lifetime earnings to $223,665 and Blakley’s total to $416,794.

Blakley will also show Vespaa as a contender in the 2015 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals with the final go-round on Saturday, December 5 in Watt Arena.

Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., who won the 2015 Summer Showdown on Meteles Cat, has reaped a total of $55,000 from the two events, giving Meteles Cat has lifetime earnings of $294,911.