Archive for March, 2016

Little in the lead

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Janice Little and Wendels Player topped the first day of Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Classic Amateur competition. Hart Photography.

Janice Little and Wendels Player topped the first day of Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Classic Amateur competition. Hart Photography.

Janice Knox Little of Johnson City, Texas, marked 219 on Thursday to lead the Rios of Mercedes NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth, Texas.

She rode Wendels Player, a 5-year-old gelding bred by Sunrise Ranch by High Brow CD out of 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion Playin Tag.

Little won the West Texas Derby Amateur with Wendels Player last summer, and  has finished in the top three at the Cattlemen’s , Ike Hamilton and Abilene Spectacular Classics this year. Wendels Player has earned more than $17,000.

John Rockey of Palmdale, California, had the second high score of 217 in the Amateur go-round on Thursday, riding Let Georgie Do It, a son of Metallic Cat.

Candy Abshire of Tomball, Texas, led the first day of the Unlimited Amateur Super Stakes Classic with a 217 on Thata Rey, a 5-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Cat Smarts. Abshire won the Unlimited Amateur at the Southern Derby on the gelding, and has also been a two-time reserve champion with him at the Brazos Bash.

The Amateur qualifying rounds of the Super Stakes Classic continue through Sunday.

Feiner leads field to finals

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Steven Feiner on Button Down Supercat led the go-rounds for the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Steven Feiner on Button Down Supercat led the go-rounds for the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Defending champion Steven Feiner of Aspen, Colorado, and Button Down Supercat, maintained his lead after the second round of Non-Pro competition in the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth on Wednesday. He marked 215.5, which with his first-round score of 221, gave him a total of 436.5 points.

Twenty-six horses marked 430.5 or better to advance to next Wednesday’s finals.

Button Down Supercat, bred by Paul Dean’s Cross Timbers Cutting Horses, is a full sister to Lil Rattler, the mare Feiner rode to win the Super Stakes Classic in the last two years.

She is by Dual Rey, out of Highbrow Supercat, an NCHA Futurity champion and $892,000 producer. Trainer Wesley Galyean won the Open Bonanza Classic on the mare this spring, as well as a reserve championship at the Breeders Invitational and a third in the NCHA Derby last year.

Feiner has collected checks on the mare at the NCHA Futurity, Brazos Bash and Pacific Coast Derby.

Cody Hedlund and Meteles Cat, by Metallic Cat, put together back-to-back 218s to the second highest cumulative score of 436.

Three riders, including teenagers Madalyn Colgrove and Cade Shepard, advanced two horses to the finals.

Kyle Manion of Aubrey, Texas, who shared the first round lead on A Smooth Dually with Feiner, will head to the limelight with A Smooth Dually and Some Smooth Cat, both by Smooth As A Cat.

Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, advances with a 434.5 on One Catty Cupid (One Time Pepto) and a 430.5 on CD Stylish Girl (High Brow CD).

Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, advances with a pair of 432s on Twistful Thinking (One Time Pepto) and Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD).

Manion, Feiner lead first day of Non-Pro

Monday, March 28th, 2016
Kyle Manion on A Smooth Dually shared Monday's top score. Hart Photography.

Kyle Manion on A Smooth Dually shared Monday’s top score. Hart Photography.

Kyle Manion of Aubrey, Texas, and Steven Feiner of Aspen, Colorado, both marked 221 Monday for the high score of the first day of Non-Pro competition at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth.

Madalyn Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, and Ken Schultz of Sacramento, California shared the next highest score at 219.

Manion rode A Smooth Dually, a 5-year-old Smooth As A Cat gelding bred by Tommy Manion, Inc. out of Dually San Lena, by Dual Pep. Kyle Manion was a Non-Pro finalist on A Smooth Dually at the NCHA Futurity, Derby and Super Stakes, and he won the Non-Pro Gelding division of the NCHA Derby with him. A Smooth Dually has earned more than $89,000.

Manion is a two-time reserve champion of the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic.

Steven Feiner on Button Down Supercat shared Monday's top score.

Steven Feiner on Button Down Supercat shared Monday’s top score.

Feiner, who won the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic back-to-back in the last two years with Lil Rattler, was on a full sister to that mare Monday. Button Down Supercat was bred by Cross Timbers Cutting Horses by Dual Rey out of NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat.

Feiner has been a Non-Pro finalist on Button Down Supercat at the Pacific Coast Derby and the Brazos Bash, and a Limited Non-Pro finalist at the NCHA Futurity. Trainer Wesley Galyean was second at the Breeders Invitational and third at the NCHA Derby on the mare, and won the Bonanza Classic on her this spring. Button Down Supercat has earned more than $137,000.

In the Limited Non-Pro division, Brandon Westfall of Los Olivos, California, topped the first day with a 218.5 on Johnny Royal. The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, by CD Royal out of Sues Best Bet, a daughter of World Champion Meradas Little Sue.

Westfall, 15, was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Pacific Coast Derby and was an NCHA Derby Limited Non-Pro finalist on Johnny Royal.

 

Maid Of Metal tops second round

Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Morgan Cromer and Maid of Metal led the first round of the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Morgan Cromer and Maid of Metal led the second round of the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Morgan Cromer marked 217 on Maid Of Metal Sunday in the second round of the 2016 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth to top the cumulative scores at 439.

Bred by Beau and Ashley Galyean, and owned by Judy Siebel of Ross, California, Maid Of Metal is a 5-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Pretty Smart Kitty. Pretty Smart Kitty is a direct descendant of Doc’s Kitty, the 1970 NCHA Derby champion with Shorty Freeman.

Maid Of Metal was reserve champion at the Idaho Derby and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with Cromer, and has earned more than $44,000.

Cat Sheree, by High Brow CD, ridden by Sean Flynn for Plantation Farms, posted back-to-back 219s for the second high cumulative score of 438.

Dont Stopp Believin, last year’s Super Stakes co-champion, posted Sunday’s high score of 220 and will advance to the finals with a cumulative score of 434.5. The Dual Rey x Dont Look Twice 5-year-old is owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, and ridden by Phil.

Twenty-nine horses marked 434 or higher to advance to the finals, scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

Maid Of Metal has a lock on first round

Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Morgan Cromer and Maid of Metal led the first round of the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Morgan Cromer and Maid of Metal led the first round of the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Hall of Fame trainer Morgan Cromer marked 222 on Maid Of Metal Saturday to claim the first-round lead in the 2016 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth.

Bred by Beau and Ashley Galyean, and owned by Judy Siebel of Ross, California, Maid Of Metal is a 5-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Pretty Smart Kitty. Pretty Smart Kitty is a direct descendant of Doc’s Kitty, the 1970 NCHA Derby champion with Shorty Freeman.

Maid Of Metal was reserve champion at the Idaho Derby and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with Cromer, and has earned more than $44,000.

Friday’s leader, One Catty Cupid, with Austin Shepard, held on to second place in the first round with her 220.

Time N Tequila, a 6-year-old One Time Pepto x Nu She Wood gelding ridden by Craig Thompson for Mike and Debbie Schraeder of Tomball, Texas, marked 219.5 for the third high score of the first round.

One hundred twenty-two horses with scores of 213.5 or higher advance to the second round of the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic is scheduled for Easter Sunday.

One Catty Cupid takes aim on first day

Saturday, March 26th, 2016
First day leader One Catty Cupid, ridden by Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

First day leader One Catty Cupid, ridden by Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

Austin Shepard marked 220 on One Catty Cupid to lead the first day of the 2016 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Good Friday. The 5-year-old One Time Pepto mare is owned by Joel and Jayne Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama.

Three horses tied for the day’s second highest score at 219. They were Cat Sheree, by High Brow CD, ridden by Sean Flynn for Plantation Farms; Spookys Catchin Reys, by Dual Rey, ridden by Gary Gonsalves for Jeff and Kay Barnes; and TF High Chex CD, by High Brow CD, ridden by Morgan Cromer for Travelers Farm.

One Catty Cupid was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses out of Arc Catty Dual, a $168,000 earner that Phil Rapp rode to win the 2007 Pacific Coast Futurity.

Joel Colgrove won the Unlimited Amateur championship at the 2015 NCHA Futurity on One Catty Cupid. Austin Shepard went on to win the Cotton Stakes and take the reserve championship at the Augusta Futurity on her. Most recently, Shepard placed third on the mare in the $5,000 Novice at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships.

The first round of the Super Stakes Classic continues Saturday.

Lauren Middleton wins 7th Eastern title

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Lauren Middleton and Sweet Reyvenge won the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Hart Photography.

Lauren Middleton and Sweet Reyvenge won the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Hart Photography.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer Lauren Middleton of Weatherford, Texas, marked 220 on Sweet Reyvenge, by Reys Dual Badger, Wednesday to win the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro finals at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday.

Page Bowman took the reserve title with a 217 on Big Daddys CD, by High Brow CD.

It was Middleton’s seventh win at the Eastern Nationals. She’s a three-time Non-Pro champ with Widows Freckles (2002), and Cees Little Poo (2010 and 2015). She’s also won the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro three times before, with Cees Little Poo (2010), Swoopn Indian (2013) and Spoonful Of Tears (2014).

Sweet Reyvenge is an 8-year-old gelding bred by Bobby and Francie Butler by Reys Dual Badger out of Sweet Camille, by Chicks Achy Braky. He was an Open limited age finalist multiple times with Casey Morris and Sam Shepard, and has now earned more than $75,000.