Archive for February, 2016

2016 Arbuckle Mountain

Monday, February 29th, 2016

2016 NCHA World Series at Houston

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Cool Cat Dual Rey takes Houston

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
Kobie Wood on Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Kobie Wood on Cool Cat Dual Rey.

Five-time NCHA World Champion Kobie Wood marked 227 on Cool Cat Dual Rey, for a one-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on Saturday. It was Wood’s first win in World Series competition.

Phil Rapp and Dont Stopp Believin finished second with a 226, while Steve Oehlhof and Tapt Out, place third with a 223.5.

Cool Cat Dual Rey is a homebred 7-year-old by Dual Rey out of Donas Cool Cat, a $315,000 earner that also produced Donas Suen Boon, which Wood rode to seventh place in the Mercuria finals with a 220.

Cool Cat Dual Rey was the Novice Champion at the 2014 Abilene Spectacular, and he was a top five finalist at Abilene, the Bonanza, the Non-Pro & The Open, and the Waco Texas Classic. His win at Houston takes his earnings over $121,000.

Constance Jaeggi takes second Non-Pro of 2016

Constance Jaeggi.

Constance Jaeggi.

Constance Jaeggi of Weatherford, Texas went two-for-two in the Mercuria World Series for 2016 by marking 225 on Saguaro Ichi to win the Non-Pro finals at Houston. Kaitlyn Wimberly placed second with a 224 on Sir Stylish Lizzy while Ray Baldwin was third with a 220.5 on Dont Look Twice, the richest cutting horse in training today.

The win padded Jaeggi’s lead in the 2016 Non-Pro World Standings. She was World Champion in 2014 and Saguaro Ichi was NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

Saguaro Ichi is by Cat Ichi out of the Freckles Playboy mare Playboys Heidi. The 10-year-old has won more than $280,000.

Jaeggi, who is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, has earned more than $530,000. She has now won six Mercuria finals, tying Dan Hansen’s Non-Pro record in the program. All but one of those wins have been with Saguaro Ichi.


Bonanza Wrap Up

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Button Down Supercat, and Wesley Galyean

Button Down Supercat, and Wesley Galyean

The Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Open Finals belonged to Wesley Gaylean and SMF Cutting Horses, who claimed the top titles with Button Down Supercat, by Dual Rey, and Cowcat 511, by Metallic Cat.

Button Down Supercat, a full sister to Lil Rattler LTE $328,273, out of 2005 NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, scored 223 points to win the 5/6-Year-Old Open under Galyean; Cowcat 511 took reserve with 221.5 points. Beau Galyean, Wesley’s brother, scored 220.5 points for third aboard Magic Metallic, owned by Alvin Fults and sired by Metallic Cat.

This was the first major win for 5-year-old Button Down Supercat, but not her richest paycheck. She earned $42,803 as reserve champion of the 2015 Breeders Invitational, and placed third to claim $25,173 in the NCHA Derby Open. She has lifetime earnings of $134,356.

Five-year-old Cowcat 511 earned $21,283 as winner of the 2015 Breeders Invitational under Galyean, and was also champion of the Pacific Coast Derby Open Gelding division. The red roan gelding has lifetime earnings of $84,271.

Five horses each scored 218 points to tie for fourth through eighth, including Dino Velvet, by Smooth As A Cat, owned by Kyle Manion and ridden by Jason Clark. Clark also won the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open aboard Smooth Scooten, owned by Tommy Manion and sired by Smooth As A Cat. Also tying with 218 points were Metallic Man, by Metallic Cat, with Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid; Smart Kitty Rey RG, by Dual Rey, with Lloyd Cox for Monty Johnson; Stylin Sweetie, by Stylin Cat, with Lloyd Cox for John McClaren; and Lil Jackson Cat, by High Brow Cat, with Lloyd Cox for Thomas and Natalie Humphreville.

Kelle Earnheart won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro championship with 219 points on Flash N Silver, by Purdy Boy Flash, and Lindy Ashlock too reserve with 218 points riding Smooth Kwackin Cat, by Smooth As A Cat. Cody Hedlund scored 225 points to claim the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro aboard Meteles Cat, by Metallic Cat and Brandon Dufurrena scored 218.5 points as reserve champion aboard, Purple Reyn, by Metalic Cat.

This was the fourteenth championship win for 6-year-old Meteles Cat, who has lifetime earnings of $336,239. Six-year-old Purple Reyn is the lifetime earner of $260,396.

For complete results in all divisions click here.

2016 Bonanza

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Smooth As A Cat hits a triple in Bonanza

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Smooth Scooten and Jason Clark. Hart photo

Smooth Scooten and Jason Clark. Hart photo

It was smooth sailing on Monday, February 15 in Glen Rose, Tex., as Smooth As A Cat-sired offspring placed first, second and third in the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Open Finals.

Smooth Scooten, bred by Darren Blanton and owned by Tommy Manion, claimed the championship with 224 points under Jason Clark. The $22,599 winner’s share represented the blue roan stallion’s first paycheck.

The Copper Killer, owned and bred by Iron Rose Ranch, scored 219 points with Gary Gonsalves for the reserve championship and $18,879. The sorrel gelding had already earned three titles coming into the Bonanza, as 2015 Brazos Bash Open Futurity and Open Gelding champion and 2015 Idaho Futurity Open Gelding reserve champion, and has current earnings of $49,117.

Smooth Play Kit, bred by Grimes Ranch and owned by Tommy Manion, scored 217.5 points under Michael Cooper to tie for third with Dual Smart Rey daughter TS Katniss, ridden by Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma.

Smooth Play Kit previously placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals with Kyle Manion and eighth in the 2016 Abilene Spectacular Open with Cooper. She has lifetime earnings of $47,822.

TS Katniss, bred by Robert and Lynn Meyer, was a finalist with Cox in the recently concluded Ike Hamilton Futurity Open Finals and Novice division, and has earnings of $16,630.

In addition to Smooth Scootin, The Copper Killer and Smooth Play Kit, Smoot As A Cat is also the sire of Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Finalists Cienna Smooth, with John Sanislow for Circle Y Ranch, and Scatcat, with owner Phil Hanson.

Scooter turns in a winning run

Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Cullen Chartier

Cullen Chartier won the Mercuria World Series at San Antonio on Scooter McGavin.

Scooter McGavin, ridden by Cullen Chartier for Hilary and Tom Watson of Westwood, Kansas, marked 227 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the San Antonio Rodeo & Stock Show Sunday.

Rue Du Ichi and Gaylon Wells placed second with a 224, while Donas Suen Boon, ridden by Kobie Wood, was third with a 221.5.

It was Scooter McGavin’s first trip to the Mercuria finals, and Chartier’s first win in the lucrative program. Wayne and Jody Robinson bred Scooter McGavin by Smart Lil Scoot out of  Natalie Rey, a Dual Rey mare that Robinson took to the NCHA Futurity Open finals in 2005. Natalie Rey has also produced $56,000 earner Stormy Jack Cat.

Robinson was a John Deere Division finalist on Scooter McGavin at the 2012 NCHA Futurity, and the gelding went on to the NCHA Derby finals with Bill Pierce, and several major Non-Pro finals with Carol Dewrell.

The Watsons got him last fall, with Hilary riding him to the Southern Futurity Amateur Classic finals. Cullen Chartier guided the horse to a win in the Waco Texas Classic.

Scooter McGavin marked 223.5 to lead the go-round at San Antonio, and then laid down his winning run as the second horse in the finals. His $7,810 paycheck will take his earnings over $75,000.

Constance Jaeggi wins Non-Pro

Constance Jaeggi

Constance Jaeggi.

Constance Jaeggi, the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and Saguaro Ichi, the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, teamed up to win the Non-Pro division of the Mercuria NCHA World Series at San Antonio with a 229. It was Jaeggi’s fifth Mercuria win and Saguaro Ichi’s fourth.

Jaeggi, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame last year, was notching up her 25th finals appearance in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.

Saguaro Ichi was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of Playboys Heidi, by Freckles Playboy. Playboys Heidi was an NCHA Futurity finalist in 1992 with Guy Woods, and she has produced earners of more than $385,000.

Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi won the Mercuria events at Las Vegas in 2014 and at the Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Futurity last year.

She has lifetime earnings of more than $528,000 with her San Antonio win.

E.J. Huntley finished second with a 223 on Smart Frosty Cat, while Kade Smith was third with a 221 on Hay U.