Archive for October, 2017

Southern Cutting Futurity Non-Pro Champions

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Elizabeth Queen

Elizabeth Queen.

Elizabeth Queen, Lipan, Tex., and Sasha Thompson, Buffalo, Tex., claimed center stage on Wednesday, October 25, during the $175,000-added Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Miss. Riding Nighttiming, Queen scored 223 points to win the Derby Non-Pro Finals, while Thompson and Sho Nuff Hot topped the Classic Non-Pro Finals with 221 points.

On Saturday, October 28, Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Peaceful EZ Feelin, by Lizzys Gotta Player, prevailed in the two go-round average to claim the Finals win with 432.5 points. Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, N.C., riding Sanjo Playn Jacks, by Cats Quixote Jack, placed second with 430 points, and Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., and Priscilla Wilson, Unadilla, Ga., tied for third with 428 points riding Light Em Upp, by Light N Lena, and Springtime Catt, by Sophisticated Catt, respectively.

As an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Rider, Elizabeth Queen has earned $1.5 million and won more than 20 major non-pro championships, as well as three NCHA Super Stakes reserve titles. Sister CD LTE $833,214, shown in open competition by Paul Hansma and in non-pro and open by Elizabeth’s husband, Skip, carried Elizabeth for seven non-pro championship wins. The One Time Pepto son Nighttiming LTE $34,191, Queen’s 2017 Southern Derby champion, also placed fourth with her  in the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby.

Reserve champion Jody McGlothlin, Perrin, Tex., scored 220.5 points in the Non-Pro Derby Finals aboard Somethingtobelievein LTE $105,459, who also gave Jody the Derby Non-Pro Ltd. win, and placed in the Open Finals with Jody’s husband, Brett McGlothlin. This was the fifth championship for Jody and her Hydrive Cat daughter, who also claimed Non-Pro Ltd. wins in the NCHA Futurity, the Brazos Bash and the Cotton Stakes.

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., placed third in the Derby with 219 points on Sparklin Dual Shorty LTE $12,215, by Dual R Smokin. Colgrove, the NCHA earner of $488,870, also claimed fifth in the Derby Finals aboard Tank Tallic LTE $34,507, and won the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Derby on Sweet Baby Marie LTE $129,965.

Sasha Thompson and her Spots Hot gelding Sho Nuff Hot LTE $24,482, swept all three Southern Futurity Non-Pro divisions with wins in the Classic Non-Pro Finals, the Non-Pro Ltd. Finals, and the Gelding Finals. Thompson came into the Southern Futurity Classic after placing first in the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Litd. aboard Thommo. Thompson was also 2014 reserve champion of the Southern Futurity Non-Pro Derby riding One Time Player.

Kade Smith, Mineral Wells, Tex., and his Third Cutting daughter Hay U LTE $184,390 scored 220 points for reserve in the Southern Classic Non-Pro. Smith, the NCHA earner of $522,988, won the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on Lean This Rey and this year placed reserve in the PCCHA Derby Classic on Hay U.

Missy Jean Etheridge, Bush, La., the NCHA earner of $297,530, scored 218 points for third on Tommies Playgirl , who she recently rode to place fourth in the Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro. Tommies Playgirl LTE $92,003, by Thomas E Hughes, was also a 2017 Southern Futurity Open Classic finalist with Steve Oehlhof.

Champions all

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The $175,000-added Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Miss. was in high gear on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, with four finals, including the Open Derby and the Open Futurity.  In the Derby, riding 2016 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion and 2017 NCHA Derby champion Sir Long Legs, Austin Shepard scored 224 points and realized his tenth Southern Cutting Futurity win. In the Open Futurity, Willie J Rey, a five-time limited age event open finalist under James Payne, scored 221 points to earn his first championship.

Austin Shepard

Shepard, who rides Sir Long Legs LTE $271,872 for Lew Hall, Highland City, Florida, won the 2016 Southern Cutting Futurity aboard Kual Lil Wendy LTE $48,540, a maternal granddaughter of Dual Kual LTE $96,136, who Shepard showed in 2000, to earn his first Southern Cutting Futurity win. As the sport’s #4 all-time leading NCHA open rider, Shepard has won championships in every major event, including the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Derby.  In addition to Sir Long Legs, Kual Lil Wendy and Dual Kual, he has also won Southern Cutting Futurity titles on Widows Intentions LTE $352,665 (2004); Like It That Way LTE $83,381 (2004); Cees Little Poo LTE $228,618 (2005); Starstruck Ichi LTE $104,302; Peppy Catalena LTE $92,384 (2010); Cats In Ya Dreams LTE $268,895 (2011); and Divas On Time LTE $167,495 (2013).

Sir Long Legs, also winner of the 2017 NCHA Derby, was sired by High Brow Cat out of Lil Lena Long Legs $189,672, by Smart Little Lena.

Southern Futurity reserve champion 4-year-old Desires Some Time LTE $69,576, by One Time Pepto, was the Open Derby reserve champion with 219.5 points under Lee Francois, who showed the red roan mare’s dam, Reys Desire LTE $393,766, to win the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes. Desires Time was bred and is owned by Woody Bartlett, Pike Road, Ala., who also owned and bred her dam and granddam Playguns Desire LTE $124,352.

Open Derby third-placed finalist Reyvinmetallicat LTE $43,277 was shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. The red roan mare, who also won the West Texas Futurity Open Novice division under Payne, is a daughter of 2017 leading sire Metallic Cat.

Open Futurity champion, with 221 points, and Open Gelding champion Willie J Rey LTE $25,710, is a gelded son of Dual Rey owned by Charlie and Denise Seiz, Cedartown, Ga. Willie J Rey has been an open finalist in the 2017 West Texas Futurity and the Cotton Stakes with Payne, as well as a West Texas Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Denise Seiz.

Reserve champion Thommo LTE $16,374, by Thomas E Hughes, scored 217 points for reserve under NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Craig Thompson, Thompson  bred and owns Thommo with his wife Sasha, who showed the gelding to win the 2017 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Ltd.

Three horses tied and split third through fifth places with 216.5 points: A Little Wild Cat, by Boon A Little, shown by Dell Bell for Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex; Cornfucius, by Auspicious Cat, shown by Paul Hansma for Gary and Michelle Reichar, Frankton, Ind.; and Metallic Smooth Cat, by Metallic Cat, shown by Lee Francois for Richard Carney, Kemp, Tex. A Little Wild Cat, the 2017 Cotton Stakes Open and Open Ltd. champion under Bell, also won the Southern Futurity Open Ltd.

Iridescent Cat shines in Southern Futurity Open Classic

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Cullen Chartier

Cullen Chartier.

Iridescent Cat, shown by Cullen Chartier for Tom and Hillary Watson, Stilwell, Kan., scored 223.5 points on Monday, October 23, in Jackson, Miss., to win the Southern Futurity Open Classic. Shes Full Of Hope, owned by Cowan Ranch, Ardmore, Okla. and shown by R.L. Chartier, scored 223 points for reserve, and Jose Uno Gato, with Austin Shepard for Jan Newman, Rosedale, La., placed third with 222.5 points.

This was the first major win for Iridescent Cat LTE $81,341, although the 5-year-old gelded son of Catty Hawk was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Michelle Cowan, and reserve champion of the unlimited amateur division at the 2017 Brazos Bash with Hillary Watson. R.L. Chartier had shown the gelding as an open finalist in the 2016 PCCHA Derby and Cullen Chartier was aboard as a finalist in the 2017 Augusta Futurity Classic Open.

Shes Full Of Hope LTE $126,053, a 5-year-old Smart Mate daughter, won the 2017 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Non-Pro championship with owner Bill Cowan, as well as the 2017 Non-Pro 5/6 at The Non-Pro in Oklahoma City. Chartier has shown her as a finalist in 12 major events.

Brothers R.L. and Cullen Chartier were raised on cutting. Their late grandfather, NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member M.L. Chartier was the owner of Dry Doc, shown by Buster Welch as the 1971 NCHA Futurity champion. Their father, trainer Randy Chartier, also a NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, won the 1978 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on the Dry Doc daughter Miss Dry, and their mother, Kelle Chartier, is a NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, as well.

R.L. Chartier, 33, launched his training career with the 2008 NCHA Futurity Open Ltd. championship win on Haymaker for Wrigley Ranches; it was his first time to show in the Open Futurity. Last year, he showed A Little Bossy to the 2016 NCHA World Championship. A member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame, Chartier is the lifetime earner of $2 million.

Cullen Chartier, 29, winner of the 2014 NCHA Derby Limited Open on Sensacious, is the NCHA earner of $549,481.

Five-year-old gelding Joses Uno Gato LTE $45,529, by Bet Hesa Cat, placed tenth in the 2016 Augusta Futurity with Austin Shepard and was shown by Madalyn Colgrove as reserve champion of the 2016 Southern Futurity and Cotton Stakes Unlimited Amateur divisions. Current owner Jan Newman most recently placed eighth on the gelding in the Cotton Stakes 5/6 Unlimited Amateur.

Austin Shepard, the lifetime earner of over $7 million, is a NCHA Riders Hall of Fame member and the #4 all-time leading rider.

The Southern Futurity continues through Saturday, October 28.

A record for NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

My Cats Hips R Metal. Jim Arnold photo

On the final day of the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Saturday, October 14, it was standing room only in John Justin Sale Arena, for Session II of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. A strong market with 88% final sales had been affirmed on Friday in Session I of the Yearling and Broodmare Sale, and the Select Two-Year-Old Sale had averaged $19,669.

When the final gavel fell on the two-day NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, a record total of 243 horses (31% more horses than in 2016) had sold for an average of $12,461 and a total of $3,028,100, compared to the 2016 sum total of $2,288,000. Consignors and buyers included leading breeders, owners and trainers in both the NRCHA and the NCHA.

Highlights from the sales sessions included Shiine, at $90,000, high seller in the Select Two-Year-Old Sale. The buckskin son of One Time Pepto, was consigned by John and Melanie Lowrance, in training with Hunter Meinzer; Short On Sugar 016, a buckskin colt sired by Kit Kat Sugar and high-seller in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $44,000; and My Cats Hips R Metal, a 2016 colt by Metallic Cat and the top-seller in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $35,000.

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NRCHA Futurity Sales shine on Day One

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Friday, October 13, the first day of the 2017 NRCHA Futurity Sales, proved a lucky day for buyers and sellers, as 88% of sales were completed in Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale. Session II begins on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The sales are being held this year, for the first time, in Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, and produced by Western Bloodstock, Ltd., the leader in Western performance horse sales.

Shiine, at $90,000, was the day’s high seller, in the Select Two-Year-Old Sale. The buckskin son of One Time Pepto, was consigned by John and Melanie Lowrance, in training with Hunter Meinzer, and purchased by Alison Bendale. Shiine’s dam is a Shining Spark daughter and AQHA cow horse point earner, whose oldest foal is a 3-year-old by CD Lights.

Short On Sugar 016, a buckskin colt sired by Kit Kat Sugar, topped Session I of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale at $44,000. A three-quarter brother to Short Drive, NCHA earner of $87,718, as well as half-brother to the dam of Pounce, NCHA earner of $239,776, Short On Sugar 016 was consigned by Shadow Oak Ranch and purchased by Chelsea Barney, Oakdale, Calif.

The NRCHA Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, October 14. For complete results go to

Sweet win for Sweat Son in PCCHA Futurity 4yo

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Lloyd Cox

Sweat Son, by Metallic Cat, scored 221.5 points under Lloyd Cox to win the 2017 PCCHA Futurity Open 4-year-old finals and $16,000 on Tuesday, October 10, in Las Vegas. Betchalou, shown by Morgan Cromer, and SVR Caught Ya Lookin, with Grant Setnicka, each scored 219 points to earn $12,500 and split second and third.

This was the third major win in 2017 for Sweat Son LTE $71,665, who is owned by N.W. VandeSteeg, Hailey, Idaho. The red roan stallion also won the Cotton Stakes with Cox and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with Tom Shelly, and placed second in the PCCHA Cutting Stakes with Cox.

Shown exclusively in open competition by Cromer, Betcha Lou LTE $90,844, a gelding sired by Bet Hesa Cat and owned by Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore., was an open finalist (7th) in the NCHA Super Stakes, where he won the Novice division and placed second in the Open Gelding division. He also won the PCCHA Derby Novice division.

SVR Caught Ya Lookin LTE $38,678, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Carmel Cutting Horses, Carmel, Calif., won the El Rancho Futurity Open Novice with Setnicka, as well as the El Rancho 4-Year-Old Amateur championship with Taylor Deregt. He also claimed the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro Novice division under Tom Deregt.

Lloyd Cox also placed fourth in the 14-horse PCCHA Derby Finals riding Copperish LTE $117,805, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla.

Metallic Rebel realizes sixth major win in 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean are continuing their winning ways.

Metallic Rebel LTE $377,496, winner of the 2017 Brazos Bash Open Classic on September 25 in Weatherford, Tex., scored 225 points on Monday, October 9, to claim the championship of the PCCHA Futurity Classic Challenge, in Las Vegas, Nev. Shown by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., the 5-year-old red roan stallion, sired by Metallic Cat, is the leading contender for 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, as well as 2017’s leading money earner.

The PCCHA Classic Challenge, with a winner’s purse of $16,000, was Metallic Rebel’s sixth 2017 limited age win and his eleventh major lifetime win.

Cromed Out Cat LTE $172,367 scored 223.5 points for the reserve championship and $13,000. Shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, the 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat was open champion of the 2016 PCCHA Derby and recently also won the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Open.

Stylish Look Bella LTE $82,705, ridden by Morgan Cromer for Marvin and Paulette Teixiera, Santa Ynez, Calif., scored 222 points to place third and earn $11,000 in the Classic Challenge. The 5-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter also was an open finalist under Cromer in the 2017 El Rancho Futurity and the 2017 PCCHA Derby 5/6.

The PCCHA Futurity continues through Saturday, October 14. Click here for complete results and live coverage.