Archive for November, 2016

Pitchforks Bet 013 crowned in Limited Open

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Todd Adolf on Pitchforks Bet 013. Hart Photography.

Todd Adolf on Pitchforks Bet 013. Hart Photography.

Pitchforks Bet 013 emerged as the first champion of the 2016 Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, when he won the Limited Open finals Wednesday evening in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum.

Todd Adolf.

Todd Adolf.

Todd Adolf marked 219.5 on the son of Bet Hesa Cat to win by half a point from Dualin Cats, ridden by Robbie Boyce.

Pitchforks Bet 013 was bred by James Eakin, who sold him as a yearling for $22,000 at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He is by Bet Hesa Cat out of Pitchforks Lena, an earner of $64,000, and  a producer of earners of $74,000. Pitchforks Lena is out of Sons Pitchfork, which Wayland Long showed in his Non-Pro World Championship campaign of 1989.

Kim Adolf of Morristown, Arizona owns Pitchforks Bet 013. The 3-year-old marked a pair of 216s in the Open go-rounds, missing the cut-off for the semi-finals by half a point.

This is Adolf’s first NCHA Futurity paycheck. He has won a long list of limited age events, including the Western States Futurity, Rocky Mountain Futurity, Utah Futurity and Wyoming Futurity.

Robbie Boyce on Dualin Cats.

Robbie Boyce on Dualin Cats.

Reserve champion Dualin Cats is a son of Metallic Cat out of Lethal Dually, bred and owned by Cowan Select Horses of Havre, Montana. His dam is a half-sister to $393,000 earner Thomas E Hughes.

In the last two years, Boyce has won an Open title at the Chisholm Trail Fall Roundup, and Limited Open championships at the Ike Hamilton, Arbuckle Mountain, Chisholm Trail and West Texas Futurities.

In the second round of the Non-Pro, Lance Cooper marked 219 to give him the high cumulative score of 435.5. He rode Bet Shes A Smoothie, a mare bred by Bar RR Ranches by Smooth As A Cat out of Play A Bet, by Bet On Me 498. Play A Bet is a winner of $35,000.

 

Mercedes Smoothe tops first round

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Gavin Jordan on Mercedes Smoothe. Hart Photography.

Gavin Jordan on Mercedes Smoothe. Hart Photography.

Reata Cutting Horses’ Mercedes Smoothe and Gavin Jordan marked 222.5 to lead the first round of the $25,000 Novice Wednesday at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Phil Rapp was second on Lane & Sons Cattle Company’s Rattle Tap with a 219.5.

Mercedes Smoothe, who brought a $15,000 lead into the World Finals and will emerge as the World Champion, is a 7-year-old mare bred by former Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

She is by Smooth As A Cat out of CDs Masterpiece, a Northwest Ranch Festival Futurity champion that has produced earners of $350,000.

Mercedes Smooth was an NCHA Derby and Super Stakes Classic finalist with Matt Gaines, and has earned more than $145,000 in her career.

Shannon Lamb on Hes A Rubypepto. Hart Photography.

Shannon Lamb on Hes A Rubypepto. Hart Photography.

Shannon Lamb of Boerne, Texas, led the first round of the $35,000 Non-Pro with a 221 on Hes A Rubypepto. Linda Davies was second with a 219.5 on Cetas Ahoy Mate.

Hes A Rubypepto was bred by Ruby Tuesday Partners by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Ruby Tuesday DNA. The 8-year-old gelding has earned more than $86,000.

Linda Davies’ second-place finish in the go-round gave her an unbeatable lead in the 2016 standings. Davies was champion of the NCHA Western Nationals last year in the $15,000 Amateur, and was a Mercuria NCHA World Finalist in that class.

Erin Bimat on CT Desireable. Hart Photography.

Erin Bimat on CT Desireable. Hart Photography.

Erin Bimat of Peaster, Texas, and CT Desireable marked 222 to win the first round of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. Ed Wold of Murrieta, California, placed second with a 219 on Simply Bird.

Bimat and Wold came into the World Finals placed first and second in the standings, and Bimat’s first-round win sealed her position as the World Champion.

Bred by Cox Trinity Equine, CT Desireable is a 6-year-old gelding by Cat Ichi out of Desires Smart Lena with earnings of $32,000. Hes a half-brother to Abilene Spectacular champion and $189,000 earner Desires Blue Trinity.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

Dalton Vicar on Cat In White Nikes. Hart Photography.

In the $2,000 Limit Rider, Dalton Vicar of Scottsdale, Arizona marked the high score of the day, 223, to win the first round over Logan Warren with a 217.

Vicar, who finished fourth in this class at the NCHA Western Nationals last spring, rode Dr. Gerald Dorros’ Cat In White Nikes.

Cat In White Nikes is an 11-year-old mare bred by Robert Ballard by High Brow Cat out of Smart Little Nike, by Smart Little Lena. Smart Little Nike was a Super Stakes Open finalist and earned over $95,000.

Cat In White Nikes has earned over $46,000.

Vicar brought an unbeatable lead into the World Finals and will be the World Champion in the $2,000 Limit Rider class.

 

 

Queen rules Non-Pro round 1

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Ellizabeth Queen on Nighttiming. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Hall of Famer Elizabeth Queen of Allendale, South Carolina marked 220 on Tuesday to lead the first round of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. She rode Nighttiming, by One Time Pepto.

Four riders each scored 218.5 to tie for second in the go-round. They were Sarah Morine of Weatherford, Texas, on Georgy On My Mind, by Third Cutting; Michelle Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Pink Catty, by Catty Hawk; Christina Cox of Marrietta, Oklahoma on Nothing Elz Matters, by Metallic Cat; and  Janet Trefethen of Napa, California, on Hissylicious, by Halreycious.

One hundred eighty-four riders marked 204 or better to advance to the second round of the Non-Pro.

Nighttiming was bred by Carroll’s Cutting by One Time Pepto out of Uno Reba, by Smart Little Uno. Uno Reba has produced six earners of a combined $106,000.

Elizabeth Queen, the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion of 2009, first qualified for the NCHA Amateur Futurity in 1997. She has been a Non-Pro finalist three times since 2004.

In the Limited Non-Pro division, Michelle Barnes of Lewiston, Idaho, marked 219 to lead 74 contestants who advanced from a 205 bubble. She rode Bet Shesa Diva, a mare bred by Pat Kirkpatrick by Bet Hesa Cat out of Plumbin Time, by Peptotime. Plumbin Time earned $20,000 in NCHA competition.

 

 

 

Pounds, Mitchell share Monday’s high score

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Monday's leaders, Jessica Pounds and Hope Mitchell.

Monday’s leaders, Jessica Pounds and Hope Mitchell.

Jessica Pounds of Lipan, Texas, and Hope Mitchell of Weatherford, Texas, shared Monday’s high score of 216.5 as the first round of Non-Pro competition continued at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth.

Sarah Morine and Georgy On My Mind retained the overall lead with a 218.5 from Saturday.

Pounds rode Farmer Brown, a gelding bred by David and Stacie McDavid by Smart Mate out of Quixotes Pretty Lady, by Doc Quixote. In the early 1990s, Sandy Bonelli made both the Open and Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Futurity on Quixotes Pretty Lady, and went on to place third in the Non-Pro Super Stakes and win the Non-Pro NCHA Derby on the mare. Quixotes Pretty Lady has produced earners of $156,000.

Pounds, who made the NCHA Futurity finals with Reys Dreamgirl in 2009, won the Non-Pro Novice division of the Breeders Invitational with Brown Bear earlier this year.

Mitchell rode Smooth Movin Marie, a mare bred by Isbell Charolais by Smooth As A Cat out of Smart Marie, by Smart Little Lena. Smart Marie’s siblings have earned more than $552,000.

Mitchell, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee with earnings of $1.6 million, first made the NCHA Amateur Futurity finals in 1990. She’s been a Non-Pro finalist seven times since, taking the reserve championship in 2008 on Lannies Freckles.

 

Three-way tie on second day of Non-Pro

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Sunday's leaders, Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart.

Sunday’s leaders, Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart.

Non-Pro Hall of Famers Janet Westfall, Dean Holden and Kelle Earnheart shared the top score of the day Sunday as the first round of Non-Pro competition continued at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Each of them marked 216.5 to lead Sunday, while Sarah Morine and Georgy On My Mind retained the overall lead with a 218.5 from Saturday.

Westfall, from Los Olivos, California, rode Laguna Girl, a mare bred by Switchback Cutting Horses by CD Royal out of Cats Stylish Diva. Westfall was reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on CD Royal. Cats Stylish Diva was a limited age finalist at the Calgary Stampede and Western States Fall Futurity. Westfall has qualified for the NCHA Futurity four times.

Holden, from Marietta, Oklahoma, rode Samson Made Of Metal, a gelding bred by Jan Moles by Metallic Cat out of Peptos Barbie. He is a half-brother to Peptos Stylishbarbie, an earner of $66,000. Holden is a five-time NCHA Futurity finalist, with a best finish of fourth on Stop Toying With Me in 2013.

Earnheart, the 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champ on Badgers Perscription from Weatherford, Texas, rode Snap Kwackle Pep, which Earnheart bought on the eve of the Futurity. Snap Kwackle Pep was bred by Stephen and Lisa Ralston by One Time Pepto out of Kwackin. Kwackin, a granddaughter of Open NCHA Futurity champion Lynx Melody, has already produced earners of $519,000, including Catting ($225,000) and High Brow Kwackin ($152,000). Earnheart has qualified for the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity 12 times, as well as once in the Open, and twice in the Limited Non-Pro.

 

Rogers on a roll

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Judy Rogers on Spoonfulla Cat. Hart Photography.

Judy Rogers on Spoonfulla Cat. Hart Photography.

Judy Rogers and Spoonfulla Cat followed their opening night 229 with a 227 to win Saturday’s second round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Non-Pro division in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

April Widman placed second with a 222 on Woodys Baby, while World-Champion-to-be Kaitlyn Wimberly marked 221 for third on Light N Lily.

Spoonfulla Cat was bred by Rob and Carrie Tiemann by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Cats Barmaid Chick. The 8-year-old gelding was an NCHA Futurity finalist and NCHA Derby reserve champion with Judy’s husband, Jonathan Rogers, and has now earned more than $214,000.

It’s been a banner year for Judy Rogers who won the Limited Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Classic Challenge last summer on Dualin Cat Lena. She also won the Limited Non-Pro at the Cotton Classic with him.

She’s moved from tenth to a solid fourth in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings for 2016.

Wimberly’s third-place finish on Saturday boosted her earnings for the year to $120,573. Only Dan Hansen, with $134,396 in 2011, has earned more as a Non-Pro World Champion.

In Saturday night’s Open division, brothers R.L. and Cullen Chartier tied for the win with 224 points. Kobie Wood placed third with a 221.5 on Donas Suen Boon.

R.L. Chartier rode A Little Bossy for Gary and Karen Fields, increasing his lead in the standings to nearly $12,000 over NRR Cat King Cole, ridden by Tracy Barton for North Ridge Ranch.

A Little Bossy is an 11-year-old son of CD Lights. He’ll be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in June. His career earnings are now over $402,000.

Cullen Chartier rode Little Pepto Cat for Jim and Mary Jo Milner. The High Brow Cat gelding is out of Horse of the Year Little Pepto Gal. Mary Jo Milner is also riding the 10-year-old in the Non-Pro World Finals.

Lindy Burch and Stylish Bet tied for fourth Saturday, and are currently leading the World Finals with earnings at the show of $8,087.

The Open and Non-Pro World Finals continue on Thursday. The Mercuria World Finals for other classes will begin Wednesday in the Watt Arena.

Morine and Georgy lead Non-Pros

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Sarah Morine on Georgy On My Mind. Hart Photography.

Sarah Morine on Georgy On My Mind. Hart Photography.

Sarah Morine of Weatherford, Texas, and Georgy On My Mind posted Saturday’s high score of 218.5 in the first day of Non-Pro competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth.

Morine led both the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro divisions with her score.

Russ De Cordova and CR Tuff Bandit, by Woody Be Tuff, marked 217.5 for the second high score in the Non-Pro division. Charles Russell Bushaw put up a 217 on Bellas Cat, by Cats Quixote Jack, for the second high in the Limited Non-Pro.

Georgy On My Mind was bred by Ty Moore by Third Cutting out of Hey Georgy Girl, a Wild Thing DNA mare that Bruce Morine rode to the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity finals, and which Moore, now a Non-Pro Hall of Famer, won several Amateur championships on.

Hey Georgy Girl has produced earners of $198,000 so far.

Sarah Morine has been a Limited Non-Pro finalist three times and a Non-Pro finalist once at the NCHA Futurity. Her best finish was fifth in the Non-Pro on Im Bounce N Checks in 2011.

She has won Non-Pro championships at the Brazos Bash and Chisholm Trail Fall Roundup, and Limited Non-Pro championships at the Breeders Invitational and Augusta Futurity.