Archive for March, 2017

John Brengard scores 218.5 points to top Friday’s competitors

Friday, March 31st, 2017

John Brengard and SDP Hicapoo Cat marked the top score of 218.5 Friday
in the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur. Hart Photography.

John Brengard, Paragould, Ark., topped a field of 128 riders on Friday, the second day of Rios of Mercedes Amateur/Unlimited Amateur go-round competition at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth. Brendgard ‘s 218.5-point score atop SDP Hicapoo Cat, by Hydrive Cat, tied that of Madison Crum and Metallictoy, who showed on the first day of the go-round.

Danny Jones, Alberta, Canada, riding Sweet Metallic Sugar, and Katherine Vanboekel, Ontario, Canada, tied for second place on Friday with 218 points, tying with Kadie Weeks Hermes, who marked 218 points aboard Ms Cat Walk on Thursday. Travis Linville and Little Sadie Rey scored 217.5 points on Thursday and repeated that same mark, the third-highest, on Friday.

Six-year-old SDP Hicapoo Cat LTE $52,248 is a three-time NCHA Super Stakes finalist. She was an Open Limited 4-Year-Old finalist in 2015 under Brett McGlothlin, who also showed her as 2015 NCHA Derby Open Limited champion, and she was a 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited finalist with Scott Wray. She carried Brengard as a 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited finalist, as well.

SDP Hicapoo Cat is out of 1994 NCHA Super Stakes Open reserve champion and Horse of the Year Hicapoo LTE $446,712, the dam of earners of $655,400, including SDP Hicapoo Cat’s full sister, SDP Hydriven Hicapoo LTE $135,289, who Brengard showed as 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Champion.

Brengard, with NCHA lifetime earnings of $146,754, also won the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited on Smooth As A Huntress, by Smooth As A Cat, who carried him as 5/6 Amateur champion of the 2015 Cattlemen’s Derby and Southern Futurity, as well.

Danny Jones and 6-year-old Sweet Metallic Sugar LTE $28,895 claimed the reserve championship of the 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited and have placed as 2017 amateur unlimited finalists in the Cattlemens Derby and the Bonanza.

Morgan Crum leads first day of Amateurs

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Morgan Crum and Metallictoy lead after the first day of
Unlimited Amateur competition. Hart Photography.

Thursday, March 30 marked the first of three days of Rios of Mercedes Amateur/Unlimited Amateur first go-round competition at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Madison Crum, Weatherford, Tex., scored 218.5 points on 6-year-old Metallictoy LTE $71,142, by Metallic Cat, to top the day, as well as all other Unlimited Amateur riders, including Kadie Weeks Hermes, Cotulla, Tex., who marked 218 points on 6-year-old Ms Cat Walk LTE $38,364, also by Metallic Cat.

Three Unlimited Amateur riders tied with 217.5 points, the day’s third-highest score: Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex., on 5-year-old Two Time Dual LTE $64,184, by Dual Rey; Hilary Watson, Overland Park, Kan., on 6-year-old Shady Lil CD LTE $86,063, by High Brow CD; and Travis Linville, Olympia, Wash., on 5-year-old Little Sadie ReyLTE $10,168, by Dual Rey.

Madison Crum also scored 215 points on Savannah Blue Rey LTE $57,502, by Dual Rey, who she entered to ride in the Amateur division.

Caitlin Patty and One Time At Bandcamp, by One Time Pepto, marked 216 for the top score in the Amateur division. She has been a finalist on the 6-year-old homebred mare at the Limited Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, the Augusta Classic Unlimited Amateur, and the Congress Classic Non-Pro. Brett Davis has been a major event finalist on the mare in Open competition.

Elizabeth Quirk and One Time In June led the second round of the
Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

The second go-round of NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro competition concluded on Wednesday, March 29, with Traci Burgess, Cleburne, Tex., aboard La Déjà Vu, by Cat Ichi, as the cumulative winner with 437 points., and Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., the go-round winner with 220 points, on One Time In June, by One Time Pepto.

Twenty-seven riders with scores of 429.5 points or higher advanced to the Non-Pro Finals, to be held on Wednesday, April 5. Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., scored 218 points on Ferrarey, by Dual Rey, to top 13 riders with scores of 214 points or higher, who advanced to the Limited Non-Pro Finals on Sunday, April 2.

Big win for Superfly and Hayden Upton in Ltd. Open

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Hayden Upton and Superfly won the Limited Open
of the Lucas Oil Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Superfly and Hayden Upton scored 222 points on Wednesday to win the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Limited Open. Five-year-old gelding Superfly LTE $21,901, by Smooth As A Cat, is owned by Brett and Shayle Johnson, Hico, Tex.

Reserve champion Jose Cruz on Wild Starz.

Six-year-old Wild Starz LTE $12,245, by Wilds My Thing, earned the reserve title with 216 points under Jose Cruz, for Nachos Quarter Horses LLC, Gainesville, Tex., while 5-year-old Creyzy Eights LTE $7,367, sired by Dual Rey and shown by Wes Ashlock, placed third with 215 points for John and Jana Thacker, Abilene, Tex.

Superfly is out of the Holidoc mare Lenas Horn LTE $72,390, who also produced Overdrive LTE $150,182 and Clearcut Cat LTE $103,408. He won the 2016 West Texas Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Limited with Upton, as well as the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Limited Open, where Upton also earned reserve in the 4-Year-Old Limited Open aboard Doggin That Cow.

Upton grew up riding Australian Stock Horses in New South Wales, where he competed in camp drafting events. He moved to the U.S. in 2000 and after four years as an apprentice horse chiropractor in Northern California, he went into business for himself. In 2009, he acquired and trained Shez Cat Action, by High Brow Cat, and showed her successfully as a non-pro to win four championships and earn $41,965. Upton and his wife, Summa, now live in Weatherford, Tex.

Upton turned professional in 2011 and was reserve champion of the 2011 Pacific Coast Futurity Open on Cats Date. He also won the Limited Open on the WR This Cats Smart daughter, and claimed reserve with her in the West Texas Futurity Limited Open.  It was Upton who initially trained High Brow Jackson LTE $245,346, who carried Monty Buntin as reserve champion of the 2012 NCHA Futurity Limited Open and Open Finalist, as well as the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open champion.

“Hayden did most of the work on him,” said Buntin, who acquired High Brow Jackson two months before the NCHA Futurity. “Outstanding fundamentals. Hayden taught that horse to learn. He did a phenomenal job.”

Brett Johnson, who showed Superfly as reserve champion of the 2016 Cattlemen’s Derby Gelding Non-Pro division, also showed One More Time Darlin as a non-pro finalist in the 2013 NCHA Futurity and the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes.

Bear Davis wins 1st go-round with 222 points

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Bear Davis and Red Solo Catt marked 222 in the first round of the
Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. Hart Photography.

Bear Davis, Sacramento, Calif., scored 222 points on Tuesday to win the first go-round of Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro/Limited Non-Pro competition. Davis and his horse Red Solo Catt, by Metallic Cat, were champions of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited division, as well as non-pro and/or amateur champions in seven other 4-year-old events.

Davis won his first major championship in the 2014 Pacific Coast Classic Challenge Amateur with Boons Trinity and has NCHA earnings of $103,313. Five-year-old Red Solo Catt LTE $90,810 is out of Amanda Starlight LTE $125,753, Mary Jane Kelley’s 1993 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Champion, as well as 1994 Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion.

Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., scored 221 points riding Billies Catty on Tuesday to tie with Cade Shepard, riding Christy Hughes, for the second-highest score of the go-round. Cowan, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member with lifetime earnings of $705,990, was champion of the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited aboard Miss Bay Gun LTE $48,629.

Billies Catty LTE $131,376, by Catty Hawk, carried Cowan as champion of the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Futurity, as well as the non-pro reserve championships of the 2015 Brazos Bash Derby and the Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. Cowan’s wife, Michelle, showed Billies Catty as non-pro champion of the 2015 Waco Texas 4-Year-Old Futurity, as well.

Cowan also qualified for the second go-round with 212 points on Shes Full Of Hope LTE $75,262, who he showed as non-pro champion of the 2017 Abilene Spectacular. The Smart Mate daughter also won the Abilene Stallion Incentive under  R.L. Chartier.

Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., rated third on Tuesday with 219.5 points aboard Paradox Cat LTE $111,523, by High Brow Cat. In 2015, when she was 13 and under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Rider Austin Shepard, Blakley became the youngest rider to ever win an NCHA Futurity title, as the amateur champion riding Paradox Cat.

During her relatively short show career, Blakley has earned $539,324. She has claimed amateur and non-pro winner’s trophies from the 4- and/or 5/6-year-old divisions of the 2014 Augusta Futurity, Tunica Futurity, NCHA Derby, Breeders Invitational, Cotton Stakes, Southern Futurity, as well as the 2015 Augusta Futurity, NCHA Derby, NCHA Classic Challenge and the Ike Hamilton Futurity.

Blakely also qualified for the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro second go-round with Wendels Grace $72,401, who she rode as amateur unlimited champion of the 2015 Ike Hamilton Futurity and who, like Paradox Cat is also shown by Austin Shepard.

Tomorrow’s second go-round includes 83 entries with scores of 211 or more from the first go-round.

Cade Shepard earns 221-point high mark on first day of Non-Pro competition

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Cade Shepard and Christy Hughes marked the top score of 221 on the first day
of the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. Hart Photography.

Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., aced the first day of Non-Pro first go-round competition at the Lucas Oil Super Stakes Classic with 221 points aboard Christy Hughes. Cade, the 15-year-old son of NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Austin Shepard, won the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Twistful Thinking and the 2016 Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic on Some Kinda Highbrow, where he also claimed the reserve championship with Twistful Thinking.

An NCHA Non-Pro Hall of member with earnings of $468,478, Cade will show Twistful Thinking LTE $241,517 on Tuesday, March 28, the second day of Non-Pro competition.

Five-year-old Christy Hughes LTE $64,821 was bred by Austin and Stacy Shepard, who both showed her dam, MH San Tules Dually LTE $330,220, as well as her sire, Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045. Christy Hughes is a three-quarter sister to Bamacat LTE $351,360, by High Brow Cat, and Wendels Grace LTE $72,401, by High Brow CD. MH San Tules Dually has produced six NCHA money earners of $601,776.

Ray Baldwin, Fort Worth, Tex., earned 219 points, the second-highest score of the day, riding Count Chokula, by Im Countin Checks. Baldwin won the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro aboard Shesa Hollywoodcat and, with career earnings of $640,349,  is slated to be inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame this year.

Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., and Traci Burgess, Cleburne, Tex., tied with 217.5 points, the third-highest score of the day. Hedlund, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $751,088, rode Shez Like Texas, by Light N Lena, and Burgess showed La Deja Vu, by Cat Ichi.

Six-year-old Shez Like Texas is a full sister to Cactis Jack LTE $61,144 and Shady Light LTE $44,633. All three horses were bred by Billy Martin, who owns their sire and showed Cactis Jack and Shady Light.

La Deja Vu, also a 6-year-old, was bred by Traci and her husband, trainer Jon Burgess, and is out of La Femme Nikita LTE $122,141, who Traci showed to win the 2007 NCHA World Finals.

CR Gotcha Covered lives up to his name

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Tarin Rice and CR Gotcha Covered shared Sunday’s lead and topped the first
two rounds of the Lucas Oil Open Super Stakes Classic.

CR Gotcha Covered, shown by Tarin Rice, and Metallic Rebel, with Beau Galyean, tied with 222 points to top the second go-round of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on Sunday, March 26. CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon, who scored 220.5 points in the first go-round, also claimed the highest combined total of 442.5 points. Twenty-six horses with a combined total of 435 points from the first and second go-rounds earned a berth in the Super Stakes Classic Open Finals on Saturday, April 1.

Velvets Revolver, owned and shown by James Payne, scored 221.5 points on Sunday to earn the second-highest combined total of 440.5 points. Payne also rode Cherry Peppers to mark 221 points in the second go-round and earn a combined total of 439 points, shared by Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean, and ranked third among second go-round contenders.

CR Gotcha Covered is owned by Joel and Jayne Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., while Metallic Rebel is owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean.

Sired by Metallic Cat and out of Sweet Abra LTE $117,725, producer of earners of $689,875, Metallic Rebel made his show debut as an Open Semi-Finalist with Galyean in the 2015 NCHA Futurity. In 2016, Metallic Rebel and Galyean claimed the 4-year-old championship of five major limited age events, and in 2017 they have already won championships in the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic.

Five-year-old Velvets Revolver LTE $169,011, by WR This Cats Smart, was the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion and Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding champion under James Payne’s wife, Nadine. Since then, the buckskin gelding has won or placed in the open and non-pro division finals of 27 other major limited age events.

In addition to Velvets Revolver, Payne also earned a cumulative average of 439 points, with go-round scores of 219 and 221 points, on Cherry Peppers LTE $127,828. Owned by Michael Hancock, Spotsylvania, Va., 6-year-old Cherry Peppers is by One Time Pepto and out of the Grays Starlight daughter Violets.

Play Miss Boonsmal claims first go-round

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Eddie Flynn and Play Miss Boonsmal marked 225 Saturday to take the lead
in the first round of the Super Stakes Classic. Hart Photography.

Play Miss Boonsmal, ridden by Eddie Flynn, scored 225 points on Saturday to top two days and 186 entrants in the first go-round of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open, where horses with scores of 213 points or more (141 horses) will advance to Sunday’s second go-round.

CR Gotcha Covered, shown on Saturday by Tarin Rice, and What Daddy Don Know under Morgan Cromer on Friday, scored 220.5 points to tie with the second-highest score. The third-highest score of 220 points was claimed by five horses, all shown on Saturday: One Stylish Doll with Chris Hanson; Cutting Commander with Tag Rice; Starlight Prowler with T.J. Good; Ripping Ichi with Michael Cooper; and Stevie Rey Von bred, owned and shown by Ed Dufurrena.

Owned by Danny Jones, Ponoka, AB, Canada, Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $51,172 has been an open finalist with Flynn in six major events, including third-place in the 2017 Bonanza 5/6 Classic. The 5-year-old Peptoboonsmal daughter has also carried Jones as an amateur unlimited finalist in five limited age events.

Bred by Slate River Ranch, Play Miss Boonsmal is a half-sister to Rissy Cat, who scored 219 points on Friday under Bill Riddle to qualify for the second go-round. Play Miss Boonsmal and Rissy Cat are out of Play Miss LTE $180,165, shown during her career by John Mitchell and Slate River Ranch owner, Glade Knight. Mitchell also qualified for the second go-round with 219 points aboard CR Tuff Lucy, 217.5 points on MK Cats Kitty, and 214.5 points on TOF Smooth Operator, all owned by Glade Knight.

Eddie Flynn is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and the earner of $2,556,553. He won the NCHA Derby in 2000 and 2006 riding BR Instant Replay and Stylish Baby Doll, respectively, as well as the 2005 and 2006 NCHA Classic Challenge on Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty.

CR Gotcha Covered LTE $111,077, sired by Dualin Boon and owned by Joel and Jayne Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., made his debut under Tarin Rice as a 2015 NCHA Futurity finalist. Since then he has placed in eight other major events with Rice in the saddle.

Tarin Rice, winner of the 2012 NCHA Futurity aboard He Bea Cat, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $1.7 million.

Of the five second go-round qualifiers with scores of 220 points, 5-year-old Metallic Cat son Stevie Rey Von LTE $329,388, winner of the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity, is the most accomplished. While 5-year-old  Ripping Ichi, sired by Cat Ichi and owned by Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif., is the earner of $75,719; 5-year-old Cutting Commander, sired by Third Cutting and owned by Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., has earned $61,587; 5-year-old Starlight Prowler, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Bitterroot Ranch, Las Vegas, Nev., is the earner of $60,723; and 6-year-old One Stylish Doll, sired by One Time Pepto and owned by Bill Willis, New Bern, N.C., has earned $12,196.