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2016 NCHA Futurity Sales shine

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd, affirmed the strength of the cutting horse economy in a dazzling week of sales. The $23,235 average was the second-highest in NCHA Futurity Sales history with 701 horses, from 893 offered, selling for a total of $16,287,700.

“It was an amazing sale that reflects the dedication and commitment of so many people to the cutting industry and to the popularity of the sport of cutting,” said Jeremy Barwick, co-owner with his wife Candace of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We are so grateful to the consignors, buyers, breeders, trainers, riders, and our terrific sales staff.”

The NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 10, capped the week with finished cutting horses sold while working cattle. Magic Metallic LTE $128,537, a 6-year-old in training with Beau Galyean, was the high seller at $140,000. Consigned by Fults Ranch, the Metallic Cat daughter, out of Sweet Abra, was purchased by Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Tex. Magic Metallic is a full sister to the earners of $639,983, including Metallic Rebel LTE $195,124 and Sweet Metallic $157,607.

Mercedes Smoothe LTE $140,980, in training with Gavin Jordan, was the second-highest seller at $100,000. The 7-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, out of CDs Masterpiece, by CD Olena, was consigned by Reata Cutting Horses and purchased by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.

A total of 13 horses sold for $100,000 or more during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales:

Sly Playgirl – Lot 5145 $800,000 2007 mare by That Sly Cat
Spots Hot – Lot 5040 $550,000 2001 stallion by Chula Dual
Summer Shandy – Lot 2041 $375,000 2014 mare by Metallic Cat
Third Cutting – Lot 5080 $285,000 2005 stallion by Boonlight Dancer
Smooth Walkin Style – Lot 0010 $200,000 2015 mare by Smooth As A Cat
Rey Luis – Lot 2048 $172,000 2014 stallion by Dual Smart Rey
Misty Reyn – Lot 0011 $150,000 2015 mare by Dual Rey
Magic Metallic – Lot 6059 $140,000 2010 mare by Metallic Cat
Desires Got Style – Lot 0006 $125,000 2015 mare by Docs Stylish Oak
Mercedes Smoothe – Lot 6020 $100,000 2009 mare by Smooth As A Cat
Metallic Quintan 014 – Lot 1024 $100,000 2014 mare by Metallic Cat
Metallic Lil Playboy – Lot 2076 $100,000 2014 stallion by Metallic Cat
Whip Then NaeNae– Lot 0040 $100,000 2015 mare by Dual Smart Re

For complete results from the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as the complete catalog, go to



Second shall be first

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Matt Gaines on Second Spot. Hart Photography.

Second Spot and Matt Gaines brought down a packed house with a 229 in the Open finals of the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance December 10 in Fort Worth. That gave Gary and Shannon Barker’s homebred mare a seven-point lead for the win.

Austin Shepard took the reserve championship on Lew Hall’s Sir Long Legs with a 222.

Second Spot is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000. Gaines was an NCHA Derby finalist and Brazos Bash and Tunica reserve champion on Reycy Moon. Gary Barker also earned some money on the mare in Non-Pro finals including the NCHA Classic Challenge.

Reycy Moon, in turn, was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch by Cats Moonshine out of Twice As Reycy. Twice As Reycy earned $194,000 as the 2003 NCHA Futurity reserve champion and an NCHA Derby finalist under Lloyd Cox. Reycy Moon has produced earners of $450,000.

And Twice As Reycy was bred by Holmes by Dual Rey out of Rey Lena Girl, a $525,000 producer. Rey Lena Girl was out of Jay Moss, a 1966 Rey Jay mare that produced earners of $761,000, including Rey Lynx, which Paige Alexander rode to a string of Non-Pro Top 5 finishes from 1989-1996.

Peppy San Badger
Dual Pep
Miss Dual Doc
Chula Dual
Smart Little Lena
Smart Fancy Lena
Docs Fancy Peppy
Spots Hot
Doc O’Lena
Shorty Lena
Moira Girl
Sweet Shorty Lena
Son O Sugar
Quixotes R Sugar
Zan Ote
SECOND SPOT, sorrel m. 2013
High Brow Hickory
High Brow Cat
Smart Little Kitty
Cats Moonshine
Genuine Doc
Genuine Moonshine
Peppys Red Moon
Reycy Moon, LTE $209,363
Dual Pep
Dual Rey
Nurse Rey
Twice As Reycy, LTE $194,141, PE $450,108
Smart Little Lena
Rey Lena Girl, LTE $21,715, PE $525,409
Jay Moss, LTE $560, PE $761,139

Second Spot moved through the go-rounds with scores of 220.5 (10th), 219/439.5 (2nd), and 225 (1st) in the semi-finals.

For Gaines, the win filled a conspicuous void in his trophy case. He’s won the NCHA Super Stakes twice, the NCHA Derby, and last year, the NCHA World Championship. He also won the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity in 1990 on Playboys Lynnea, a mare his dad, Dick Gaines, bred.

Second Spot’s $225,395 paycheck, including a $35,000 bonus from Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance, will give Gaines career earnings of more than $7,890,000 and position him to become the sport’s second $8 million rider next year.

Second Spot’s 229 is tied for the second highest score in Futurity history. One Time Royalty set the record with a 230 in 2010. Royal Fletch (2000) and Rockin W (2009) have also marked 229s in the showcase event.

The Barkers, of Madill, Oklahoma have been enjoying great success over the last two years. Before the Futurity, they’d already  won the 2015 World Championship and four Mercuria World Series finals with Special Nu Baby. Gary has won Unlimited Amateur championships at the 2015 Showdown in Cowtown, plus two divisions at Arbuckle Mountain this year, in addition to senior titles.

Austin Shepard on Sir Long Legs. Hart Photograpy.

Reserve champion Sir Long Legs was bred by Michelle Cannon and was purchased by Lew Hall of Highland City, Florida, for $90,000 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

The son of High Brow Cat is out of Lil Lena Long Legs, a mare that Shannon Hall showed to the reserve championship of the 2006 Super Stakes, and an earner of $189,000. Lil Lena Long Legs has produced earners of $293,000 including Cat Belue ($189,000), a 2011 NCHA Futurity finalist.


Hot bidding results in cool $4 million sales in Friday’s Preferred Breeders Session III

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Sly Playgirl, Jim Arnold photo

The weather outside was frigid, but bidding was heated inside John Justin Sale Arena on Friday, December 9, during Session III of the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale, where 144 horses sold for $4,077,900, with an average of $28,319. And at $800,000, Sly Playgirl brought the second-highest price ever paid for a cutting horse at a public auction.

Consigned by Rocking L Cutting Horses, Sly Playgirl earned $343,467 during her show career and her oldest foal is a three-year-old.  The 2007 That Sly Cat daughter, out of Taquitas Playgirl, by Freckles Playboy, sold to Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., with an embryo by Smooth As A Cat. Rose Valley Ranch is also home of the stallion Boon Too Suen, whose dam, Meradas Little Sue LTE $743,275, holds the record as the all-time high-selling cutting horse at public auction. Fifteen years ago this week, Meradas Little Sue sold for $875,000 during the 2001 NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale.

Also on Friday, established sires Spots Hot and Third Cutting sparked highly competitive bidding from the standing room only crowd. Spots Hot LTE $529,435, an NCHA Top 20 Sire in 2016, brought $550,000, the second-highest price from five days of 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales. Consigned by Sunrise Ranch, the 15-year-old Chula Dual son was purchased by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex.

Third Cutting LTE $528,268, consigned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, sold for $285,000 to Logan D. Alley-Metallic Echo LLC, Walsh, Colo. The 11-year-old son of Boonlight Dancer was the NCHA #12 Leading Sire in 2016 and has lifetime offspring earnings of more than $1 million.

The 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales conclude on Saturday, December 10 with the 2016 NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale. For complete results and catalog go to





Second Spot takes the first spot

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Matt Gaines on Second Spot. Hart Photography.

Second Spot, ridden by NCHA Hall of Famer Matt Gaines for Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma, marked 225 to lead the Open semi-finalists Friday night at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.

Twenty horses marked 216.5 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals.

The Barkers’ homebred mare is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000, mostly with Gaines. Reycy Moon won the Cattlemen’s Derby, and was reserve champion at the Brazos Bash and Tunica. Her dam, Twice As Reycy, was reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity with Lloyd Cox and earned $194,000. Twice As Reycy’s dam, Rey Lena Girl, produced earners of $525,000, while Rey Lena Girl’s dam, Jay Moss, has earners of $761,000 to her credit.

Austin Shepard, who won the 2007 NCHA Futurity on High Brow CD, marked 222 in the semi-finals on Sir Long Legs, a High Brow Cat x Lil Lena Long Legs stallion owned by Lew Hall of Highland City, Florida.

Tatum Rice marked 221.5 on Hashtags, a Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag stallion owned by Jose Raul Garcia of Miami, Florida.

Jesse Lennox marked 220 on Cinca Im Hot, a Spots Hot x Cinca De Maya mare owned by Rocking P Ranch of Fort Worth, Texas.

Grant Setnicka also marked 220 on Mistresssis, a Metallic Cat x Smart Crackin Chic mare owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses of Weatherford, Texas.

Winner’s market at NCHA Futurity Sales

Friday, December 9th, 2016

It was a winner’s market for buyers and sellers at the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions I and II, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8, during the NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, Tex., where 88 percent of the 349 horses offered sold for $4,324,600. Session II set the standard with an average of $17,290 on 145 horses sold, while Session I set the bar with 90.5 percent sold from 178 through the ring.

The high-seller from both sessions, at $93,000, was Desires Smart Lena, a 2002 mare by Smart Little Lena, who sold on Thursday. Consigned by Old Tascosa and last bred to Dual Rey on May 22, Desires Smart Lena is the dam of Desires Blue Trinity LTE $190,038, as well as three other NCHA earners, for a total of $321,075 in offspring earnings. She was purchased by Dr. Richard Beck, Hemet, Calif.

Desires High Fives at $85,000 was the second-highest seller from both sessions. The 2015 High Brow Cat colt was consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch and purchased by Richard Taggard, Henderson, Nev. His dam, Desire Some Freckles LTE $205,444, has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Thundercat LTE $306,644, a full brother to Desires Some Five.

Swiss Cat Pepto LTE $165,977, a 2009 mare by Sweet Lil Pepto, was the high-seller and the high-selling mare from Session I, at $80,000. Consigned by Jeff and Margaret McCoy and purchased by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., Swiss Cat Pepto sold with an embryo by Sanman, conceived on April 6, 2016.

Center Ranch also purchased Beechfork Ranch consignment Catotonic for $65,000. The 2015 Highbrow Cat colt is out of The Doctress Orders LTE $150,752, dam of earners of $549,874, including Boonsmal Doctress LTE $210,856.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Friday, December 9, with the Preferred Breeders Sale Session III, and conclude with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 10, preceding the NCHA Open Futurity Finals.  For the full catalog of sales go to

Off on the right lead with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

webmetallicquintanwes-ashlockMetallic Quintan 014 was the high seller at $100,000 during the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, on Monday, December 5. The 2-Year-Old Sale kicks off six days of Western Bloodstock Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center during the final week of NCHA Futurity competition.

Trained by consigning agent Wes Ashlock, the Metallic Cat daughter was purchased by Rusty Simpson, Nemo, Tex., owner of 2013 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Smart Kitty. Out of Quiolena, by CD Olena, Metallic Quintan 014 is half-sister to Quintan Blue LTE $609,140. Quintan Blue is the dam of nine NCHA money earners of $815,943, including Blue One Time LTE $252,869 and Cat Man Blue LTE $197,581.

Comebackcat, purchased by Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Co., was the sale’s second-highest seller at $98,000. Trained by consigning agent Hunter Meinzer, the red roan colt is by Metallic Cat and out of the unshown CD Lights daughter Riolight, a full sister to Rio Bud $44,967, dam of five NCHA money earners, including Rio CD Yadayadayada, dam of Yadacat $193,609.

Freckle Kitty, purchased by James Hooper, Decatur, Ala., consigned by Turner West Performance Horses and trained by Turner West, was the third-highest seller for $82,000. The Bet Hesa Cat daughter is out of unshown PlayinThe Spots, by Spots Hot LTE $529,435. Playin The Spots is out of MH Quixote Plays LTE $251,902.

Ten sold during Session I for $50,000 or more with a staggering $44,475 average for stallions.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Tuesday, December 6, with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session II and in the evening the Select Yearling Sale and Gala. For the full catalog of sales go to

McGlothlin has Somethingtobelievein

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Jody McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein. Hart Photography.

Jody McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein. Hart Photography.

Jody McGlothlin of Perrin, Texas, marked 222 on Somethingtobelievin to win the Limited Non-Pro finals Monday evening at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance. Australia’s Peter Ryan was second with a 219 on Drip Drop Of Reyn.

Somethingtobelievein was bred by Shane Plummer by Hydrive Cat out of Playin T Etta, by TR Dual Rey. Playin T Etta was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Breeders Invitational and an NCHA Derby finalist with Christina Galyean. She earned over $100,000, mostly in Non-Pro competition.

Playin T Etta is also the dam of Tallica, a Mettalic Cat mare that was also a Breeders Invitational reserve champion with Ty Moore, and an earner of $50,000.

This is McGlothlin’s second win in Will Rogers Coliseum. She was Amateur champion of the 2006 NCHA Derby on Platinum Bob.

Peter Ryan on Drip Drop Of Reyn. Hart Photography.

Peter Ryan on Drip Drop Of Reyn. Hart Photography.

Reserve champion Peter Ryan, from Moura, Queensland, rode Drip Drop Of Reyn, a Dual Smart Rey mare out of Cats Freckles Oak, by Smooth As A Cat. Drip Drop Of Reyn was bred by Pine Island Ranch. Her dam was reserve champion of the Cattlemen’s Derby with Winston Hansma, and she earned $38,000.

Drip Drop Of Reyn was a $15,000 purchase at last year’s Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Ryan has previously been a finalist twice in the Amateur division of the NCHA Futurity, once in the Limited Non-Pro and once in the Non-Pro. His highest placing was third in the 2011 Amateur with Smart Rey Badger.