Archive for February, 2017

2017 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity

Monday, February 27th, 2017

T.J. Good

Game On Smooth scored 226.5 points on February 23 in Ardmore, Okla, to claim the Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity championship, as well as the Open Novice and Open Gelding division. Metallic Merry was Open Futurity reserve champion with 225 points.

Shown by T.J. Good for Mike and Debbie Schraeder, Tomball, Tex., and sired by Smooth As A Cat, Game On Smooth earned a total of $39,957 during the event. Including limited non-pro earnings with Mike Schraeder, as well as money earned as an open finalist with Good in the Abilene Spectacular, Game On Smooth currently has career earnings of $53,239.

T.J. Good also scored 217 points to tie for 8/10 riding Lenas O Dual, owned by Lu Liles, Marietta, Okla.

Shown by her owner, Cara Brewer, Jay, Okla., Metallic Merry placed 12th in the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, was an open finalist in the Abilene Spectacular, and has career earnings of $74,333. The Metallic Cat daughter is out of Playguns Star LTE $115,267, who was shown by Brewer, as well as by Brewer’s parents, Tim and Sue Barry.

Metallic Smart Cat, owned by Cindy Villa, Reno, Nev. and shown by Matt Miller, placed third in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity with 221 points. Sired by Metallic Cat, Metallic Smart Cat, a semi-finalist in the NCHA Open Futurity with Miller, also earned second-place money in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Novice and Open Gelding divisions and currently has career earnings of $39,506.

Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, riding Mr Metallic Rey, claimed both the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Futurity and the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur championships. Her score of 223 points topped the Non-Pro Futurity, where NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., and In Reyverse took reserve with 221 points. Ashely Snider, Lipan, Tex., who placed third with 218 on Sly Style, also won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Novice division.

Mr Metallic Rey, by Metallic Cat, also placed fourth with Nick O’Dell in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity. At 16, Regan Pendl won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur riding MK Kenli and was also a finalist in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur aboard Mr Metallic Rey.

Metallic Rebel pushed his lifetime earnings to $212,486 with a 229-point win in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6-Year-Old Open. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., ranks second among 2017 money earners, through 2-26-17, with unofficial earnings of $43,790. Metallic Cat gelding Metallic Manziel, with $52,467 through 2-26-17, ranks first among 2017 money earners.

PG Heavily Armed LTE $94,165, scored 227 points under James Payne as reserve champion of the 5/6-Year-Old Open. The 5-year-old Playgun son is owned by Michael and Brenda Armstrong, Marietta, Okla.

Six-year-old Ruby Shadow Cat LTE $$86,166, by Metallic Cat, won the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro and the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Gelding with a score of 221 points for Mike Kemna, Valley View, Tex. Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., claimed reserve with 216 points on Set Fire To The Reyn LTE 56,513, by Dual Rey.

Mike Kemna also won the 5/6-Year-Unlimited Amateur with 227 points on Ruby Shadow Cat, while Bonnie Martin placed second and third with 222.5 and 221.5 points on Autumn Rey and Tricks On You, respectively.

In the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur, won by Regan Plendl with 224 points on Mr Metallic Rey, Alexis Stephas, Chattanooga, Tenn., was reserve champion with 220 points riding Queen Of Hots LTE $20,793. Rocky Davis, Alberta, Canada, scored 213 points on Mouse Ichi, by Cat Ichi, as champion of the 4-Year-Old Amateur, while Carl Hanna, Wichita, Kan., claimed reserve on Hesa Palooza Cat with 211 points.

The 5/6 Amateur championship went to Hilary Watson, Stilwell, Kan., with 225 points on Shady Lil CD LTE $80,367, by High Brow CD, while Peter Parker, Frisco, Tex., and No Time For A Miss, by One Time Pepto went reserve with 219 points.

For complete results from the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity go to


Mane Event to Reyzin The Cash

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Gary Gonsalves on Reyzin The Cash. Midge Ames photo.

Hall of Fame Rider Gary Gonsalves and Reyzin The Cash marked 227 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Mane Event Saturday evening, February 18. Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cade Shepard and Gini One Time won their division with a 228. The show was held in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gary Gonsalves.

This was Gonsalves’ ninth trip to the Mercuria finals, but his first win in the prestigious series, open to horses of all ages. Reyzin The Cash collected $8,061 from the $43,216 Open purse.

Bred and owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado, Reyzin The Cash is a 6-year-old by Dual Rey out of Spookys Cash. An NCHA Futurity finalist, Spookys Cash earned more than $284,000 and has produced earners of $560,000. Spookys Cash is a daughter of $1.4 million producer San Starlight.

Reyzin The Cash and Gonsalves won the NCHA Derby / NCHA Classic Challenge double in 2015/16. They’ve also taken major championships at the Pacific Coast Derby, Cattlemen’s Derby, Idaho Derby, El Rancho Derby, and Arbuckle Mountain.

CR Gotcha Covered, ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel and Jane Colgrove; and QB Cat, ridden by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, both marked 221 for second place in the Open.

CR Gotcha Covered is a 5-year-old son of Dualin Boon out of The Catattac, by High Brow Cat. QB Cat is a 9-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Quintan Blue.

Cade Shepard on Gini One Time. Midge Ames photo.

In the Non-Pro division, 15-year-old Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, earned $7,845 from the $44,458 purse with his 228 on Gini One Time.

Cade Shepard.

It was the first major win for Gini One Time, a 7-year-old mare bred by Gary Dellinger by One Time Pepto out of Paving The Rey, by Dual Rey. Cade’s father, Austin Shepard, took reserve championships on the mare at Augusta and the Southern Derby, and the mare has now earned more than $83,000.

Gini One Time’s dam, Paving The Way, is a full sister to Brazos Bash champion and $200,000 earner Tootsie Rey.

Shepard has earned Non-Pro championships at the NCHA Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic and Derby, along with a host of other shows. He won the 2017 Ike Hamilton Classic with Twistful Thinking on his way to Las Vegas.

This was Shepard’s fourth appearance in the Mercuria finals, and his first win in the World Series of Cutting.

Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas, and Little Miss One Time marked 223 for second place in the Mane Event. Little Miss One Time is a 7-year-old mare by One Time Pepto out of Puddy Kat, by High Brow Cat.

F Horse Rider Owner Earned
227 Reyzin The Cash Gary Gonsalves Iron Rose Ranch $8,062
221 CR Gotcha Covered Tarin Rice Joel & Jane Colgrove $6,546
221 QB Cat Clint Allen David & Stacie McDavid $6,546
220 Deluxe Checks Austin Shepard Rhein & Amanda Standish $5,031
218 George C Merada John Wold Furst Ranch $4,021
216 Notsharonmylizzy Adan Banuelos Tim & Melissa Drummond $3,010
215 Clays Little Kit Cat Mike Wood Dawn & John Chapman $2,000
212 Dream Little Sue Chubby Turner Chubby & Ginger Turner $2,000
208 Stylish Bet Lindy Burch Oxbow Ranch $2,000
207 Bea Pure Cat Morgan Cromer Jill & William Roth $2,000
0 Little Pepto Cat Cullen Chartier Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000

F Horse Rider Owner Earned
228.0 Gini One Time Cade Shepard Austin & Stacy Shepard $7,845
223.0 Little Miss One Time Lindy Ashlock Lindy Ashlock $6,871
218.0 Snap Crackle Cat Kylie Rice Tk Cutting Horses $5,897
217.0 Smartys Man Emily Jones Emily Jones $4,923
215.5 Big Daddys CD Page Bowman Mike & Libby Bowman $3,948
212.0 Cat Black I Denise Seiz Denise Seiz $2,974
210.5 Gentle Ben Brandon Westfall Brandon Westfall $2,000
209.0 Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000
205.0 Reyvelation Christina Cox Christina Cox $2,000
0.0 Swoopn Indian Constance Jaeggi J Five Horse Ranch $2,000
0.0 Harley Kristen Galyean Kristen Galyean $2,000
0.0 Spoonalittle Hunter Hicks Hunter Hicks $2,000

A Bonanza for Lloyd Cox

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Lloyd Cox

NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Lloyd Cox tied himself for the championship of the 2017 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open on Monday, February 13, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex.

Cox scored 223 points showing Copperish, owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, and 223 points on his own horse, Nothing Elz Matters, to claim the double championship; he also placed fifth with 218.5 points on Sly Reygirl, owned by Rocking L Cutting Horses. Pharoah And James, shown by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, and Crafty With Cows, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Carol Ward, scored 219 points as co-reserve champions.

Copperish, bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, an all-time leading producer of earners of over $1.5 million, and by Metallic Cat, is a three- quarter sister to Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, the 2105 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, also shown by Lloyd Cox. Including her Bonanza earnings of $21,725, Copperish, an open finalist with Cox in the Abilene Spectacular and Ike Hamilton Futurity, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $42,366; Nothing Elz Matters, also sired by Metallic Cat, has earnings of $36,410.

Pharoah And James, sired by Hickorys Indian Pep and most recently an open and novice finalist at the Ike Hamilton Futurity, has NCHA earnings of $33,213. Crafty With Cows, by High Brow CD, third-placed in the 2016 NCHA Futurity and Reserve Champion Gelding in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular, has NCHA earnings of $162,497.

In addition to Copperish, Nothing Elz Matters and Sly Reygirl, Cox also tied with 215.5 points, the seventh-highest score in the 33-horse finals, on Im Highly Decorated, sired by High Brow CD and owned by Norda and Jim Berger, and Smooth XTC, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Kathleen Moore.

Cox, also a finalist in the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Open on Miss Meow, owned by Tommy Manion, has earned a total of $64,313 in 2017 Bonanza competition and is an NCHA all-time leading earner of $7.7 million.

Mom’s day at Bonanza Cutting

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Moms Stylish Player

Moms Stylish Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, open champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby, staked another major claim with a 228-point win on Saturday, February 11, in the 2017 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Cutting, Weatherford, Tex., under Kenny Platt.

Peeptos Cat, by Cat Ichi, scored 223 points for the reserve championship with Matt Gaines, while Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat; CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon; and Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal, tied with the third highest score of 221 points under Beau Galyean, Tarin Rice and Eddie Flynn, respectively.

Low-key in the first go-round with 217 points, Moms Stylish Player came back to score 225 points and tie Reyzin The Cash LTE $256,682, by Dual Rey, and Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $36,310, for high score of the second round.

Owned by Robert Tregemba, of Castle Rock, Colo., 5-year-old gelding Moms Stylish Player had NCHA lifetime earnings of $217,448 coming into the Bonanza, where the 2016 5/6-year-old open champion, Button Down Supercat, earned $19,338.

Moms Stylish Player, bred by Drummond Land & Cattle out of million-dollar producer Moms Stylish Babe, is a full brother to Card Trick LTE $187,511; My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653; Lizzys Gotta Babe LTE $91,137; and Stylish Lizzie LTE $90,697; as well as half-brother to Cat Mom Do LTE $199,423.

The Bonanza Cutting continues through February 18; for complete results go to

2017 The Ike Futurity and Classic

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Reyzurbetsonthiscat and owner Barnwell Ramsey

Reyzurbetsonthiscat cashed in at The Ike Futurity & Classic, held from January 27 to February 4, 2017, at the Ike Hamiliton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Ridden by Craig Thompson for Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, NC, the Bets Hesa Cat son scored 223 points to win the 4-Year-Old Open Finals and the 4-Year-Old Gelding Open for a total of $24,854. Reyzurbetsonthiscat is a half-brother to Melodys Pepto LTE $135,369 and Jay Moss Cougar LTE $120,175.

Hes Real Special scored 220 points as reserve champion in both classes under Casey Green, for Leigh and Holly Bilton, Alberta, Can. Sired by Dual Smart Rey, Hes Real Special is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268.

These were the fourth and fifth consecutive championships for Reyzurbetsonthiscat , who won the 2017 Augusta Futurity Open with Thompson, as well as the 2016 NCHA Amateur Futurity and Senior Amateur under Ramsey, and has unofficial career earnings of $57,121. Hes Real Special also earned money in the 2016 NCHA Futurity, as an open semi-finalist with Green, and has unofficial career earnings of $31,857.

Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 218 points on Smooth Sailing Cat to win the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, where Lauren Middleton marked 217.5 points on Cake By The Ocean for reserve. Smooth Sailing Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, also carried Flynn for the reserve championship of the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and has unofficial career earnings of $29,091.

Cake By The Ocean, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto, earned $12,405 as the Ike Non-Pro reserve champion and has unofficial career earnings of $13,300.

For complete results from the 2017 Ike Futurity & Classic go to

Jeff Fisk, 1942-2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

NCHA Executive Committee member Jeff Fisk, 74, of Walton, Kentucky, passed away suddenly January 31, 2017.

He was the owner of National Cleaning Company, Inc., served on the first coaching staff for Simon Kenton’s initial football team, and served on the board of directors for Highland-Independence Cemeteries. Jeff’s true passion though was horses.

Fisk represented Region 4 on the NCHA Executive Committee. He raised, owned and trained them including a World Champion Cutting horse. Jeff’s involvement with the equine industry included serving on the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, the board of directors of the Racing Health and Welfare Fund, the executive board of the Kentucky Horse Council, and helping prepare for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife (of 47 years) Sue Spegal Fisk; children, Kimberly Dawn Reed (Bill) and Jeffrey Beaumont Fisk; grandchildren, Tyler Trentman and Mackenzie Reed; mother, Helen McGraw Fisk; and brother, Rodney Fisk (Pam).

Visitation will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon with services immediately following at noon at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home in Independence, KY. Interment will take place at Independence Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund, 422 Heywood Ave, Louisville, KY 40208. Online condolences may be expressed to

Bobby Brown remembered

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

NCHA Members Hall of Fame honoree Robert (Bobby) Brown, Sr., 85, passed away on January 31, 2017, in Collierville, Tenn. While Brown participated in many aspects of the Quarter Horse industry, he was perhaps best known for his 1974 NCHA World Finals Open win on Delta, the only Paint Horse to earn the title of NCHA World Champion mare, which she also did under Brown.

Brown began his career with horses in 1958 at the Adobe Ranch in Memphis, Tenn., where he trained and showed AQHA champions, including Poco Bay, by Poco Bueno.  In 1962, he became part owner, as well as manager, of Twin Hill Ranch, which grew to include 6,000 acres and a 700-head commercial cattle breeding operation.

It was Christmas Four, 1965 NCHA Futurity reserve champion under the late Matlock Rose, who gave Brown his first notoriety as a trainer of young cutting horses. Brown had trained Christmas Four for Barney Liles of Memphis, Tenn., who sold her to Rose and his partner, George Tyler.

“Christmas Four didn’t have any popular cutting breeding in her,” Rose told me in 1996. “But she had a lot of ability and she was a pretty mare. She was fine-boned, with a little neck, and she was hard as nails. She’d get her head down so low with a cow that she’d bump the shank of her bit with her foot. She’d be a star today.”

Brown also trained Holly Bobby, a mare named after him and sold to Rose by Liles, prior to the 1970 NCHA Futurity. Holly Bobby and Rose tied for fourth place in the Futurity and went on to win the 1971 NCHA Derby.

“I used to go down to Matlock’s (Gainesville, Tex.) and stay a week before we went to the Futurity,” Brown told me in 1995. “About the only time we saw each other was at the (limited age) events. But we used to have some good times. He’s a hell of a fellow and he’s been a hell of a horse trainer all of his life. Everybody admires him and I probably admire him a lot better than a lot of folks.”

In 1977, Brown, riding Jigger Fulla Juice, a race-bred colt by Bar Deck, and Rose, riding Doc A’Lock, by Doc Bar, tied for fifth place in the NCHA Futurity.

In addition to training, showing, and ranch management, Brown was a mentor to many cutting horse competitors and served for decades as an NCHA director, as well as an NCHA judge. He was also an AQHA judge for 17 years and judged every major AQHA event in the U.S. and Canada.

“I had the opportunity to know Bobby Brown all of my life and I have seen his appreciation and love for horses and the cutting sport,” said Alisa McCleary, Michigan City, Miss. “He has been an inspiration to me and many others locally and nationwide.”

Brown is survived by his son, Bobby Brown, Jr., and daughter, Jackie Brown Clark, both of Abbeville, La., as well as daughter Staci Brown DeMilt and her family, Cumming, Ga. Services for will be held on Saturday, February 4, at Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, Tenn.