Archive for November, 2017

World Finals outlook clarifies in Round 3

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Metallic Rebel, ridden by Beau Galyean. Hart Photography.

Metallic Rebel, ridden by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, marked 231 Thursday evening to win round three of the Open division of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

World Champion-to-be Deluxe Checks marked 228 with Austin Shepard for second in the round.

Metallic Rebel, who is also NCHA Horse of the Year for 2017, was bred by Alvin Fults by Metallic Cat out of Sweet Abra. The 5-year-old stallion’s career earnings have topped $400,000 in the course of the World Finals.

This has been a banner year for Metallic Rebel, with limited age championships at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Brazos Bash, Abilene Spectacular, Pacific Coast Futurity Classic, Pacific Coast Derby Classic and Arbuckle Mountain. He was also reserve champion at the NCHA Classic Challenge, Idaho and West Texas.

He has moved up from fourth to third in the World Standings, with one working round and a non-working finals to be decided on Saturday.

Round three saw Deluxe Checks move closer to the all-time World Championship earnings record of $142,346 established last year by Special Nu Baby. Through round three, Deluxe Checks has $139,494, and enjoys a six-point lead in the cumulative score which determines the non-working finals payouts. Go-round payouts range from $6,035 for first down to $966 for eighth.

Lauren Middleton of Weatherford, Texas, took no prisoners in the third round of the  Mercuria NCHA Non-Pro World Finals as she and Sweet Reyvenge marked 228 for a seven-point win over Cade Shepard on Gini One Time.

Lauren Middleton on Sweet Reyvenge.

Middleton’s 228 equaled April Widman’s first-round high score of the event, and it gave her successive wins in the second and third rounds.

Sweet Reyvenge was bred by Bobby and Francie Butler and is owned by Middleton’s parents, Dr. Robert and Debbie Middleton. The 9-year-old gelding is by Reys Dual Badger out of Sweet Camille, by Chicks Achy Braky.

This year, Middleton and the gelding have won Mercuria NCHA World Series events at Houston and El Rancho, and placed second at the Pacific Coast Derby. Middleton also rode Cake By The Ocean to a reserve championship at the Ike Hamilton Derby.

Kylie Rice on Dual Lights marked 220 to split 3/4 with Paula Wood on Donas Suen Boon in the third round, while April Widman and Woodys Baby placed eighth in the round with a 215.5. That gave Widman an unbeatable lead of $114,650 to Rice’s $100,999 in the race for the World Championship, with one working round and a non-working finals left.

This is just the fourth time in the history of the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship that the top two competitors have both earned more than $100,000 for the year.

Anderson and Barlow top first day

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Bella Anderson on Bobby Jack Cat. Hart Photography

Glenn Barlow seized the day with 216 points, as the first rider to the first herd in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur/Amateur first go-round. Bella Anderson, riding Bobby Jack Cat in the second set, earned 217 points, the day’s high score and the top Amateur score. Barlow and his gelding Reyzer claimed the high mark among Unlimited Amateurs.

Bella Anderson, Victoria, Tex., also qualified earlier in the week for the Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finals on Martina Jack. Both Bobby Jack Cat and Martina Jack are sired by Cats Quixote Jack LTE $276,696 and were bred by Bella’s family-owned ranch, Anderson Cattle Co.

Earlier this year, Bella, an NCHA Youth rider, won the Amateur championship of the NCHA Classic Challenge with The Reyl McCoy LTE $145,026, as well as the Non-Pro Cutting 4-Year-Old Amateur championship on Jackie A. The NCHA earner of $71,828, Bella was also an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the 2016 NCHA Futurity riding Reyl Purdy.

Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., placed fourth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited riding Ferrarey LTE $95,035, a full sister to Reyzer. Both horses were bred by Barlow, by Dual Rey and out of Cats Good Intentions, by High Brow Cat. Barlow has earned money on Ferrarey as a finalist in eight 2017 limited age events, including a championship win in the Western States Fall Futurity Classic.

Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, also an NCHA Youth rider, showed Cats Lightning Rey to score 215 points, the second-highest score among Unlimited Amateurs and the third-highest score of the day. Regan and Cats Lightning Rey qualified for the Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finals, as well.

The NCHA earner of $170,364, Regan placed sixth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Amateur on MK Kenli LTE $34,296, and won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur with the Smooth As A Cat daughter. In 2017, she has won four limited age 4-year-old championships – the Non-Pro and the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Unlimited with Mr Metallic Rey LTE $90,040, and the Western States Fall Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Stallion Stakes on Sunday Drive LTE $40,524.

Little Jackson Cat wins $25K Novice World Finals

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Les Bates. Hart Photography.

Little Jackson Cat, shown by Les Bates for Dawn Chapman of Chandler, Arizona marked 228 Thursday to win the second round and the show championship in the $25,000 Novice at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth. The 7-year-old mare strung together scores of 219.5 / 228 / 447.5  and earned $4,287 for the show title.

Juan Catty Chica, ridden by Monty Buntin for Michelle Van Amburg marked 226 for second in the second round, while Yall Count Me In, ridden by Todd Gann for Jerry Gann, placed second overall with 445.

Louis The Cat, shown by Casey Crouch for Delange & Dubay, took the World Championship.

Little Jackson Cat was bred by Kenneth Jackson by High Brow Cat out of Rey To Play, an NCHA Futurity finalist that earned over $165,000. Little Jackson Cat was reserve champion of the Limited Open NCHA Futurity in 2013 with Grant Simon. She has gone on to earn more than $135,000.

Emily Meyer on Rubys CD Legacy.

In the $35,000 Non-Pro division, won the second round with a 219. Along with her first round score of 222, that gave her a 441 to top the non-working finals, and her $2,632 earned her the show championship. She moved up from 11th to fourth in the World Standings through  the course of the show to claim her first major victory.

Brian Pearse, riding Reyd, earned the World Championship with $10,662.

Emily Meyer rode Rubys CD Legacy throughout the year and at the World Finals. The 9-year-old mare was bred by Phil Hanson by CD Lights out of Smart Little Ruby. She’s a three-quarter sister to Rubys Royal CD, an earner of $248,000.

Michelle Barnes on Stylish Swagger.

Michelle Barnes and Stylish Swagger put together scores of 220 / 218.5 /438.5 to tie for the first round win and take the non-working finals outright. Their $3,828 earned at the World Finals made them the show champions.

Von Sutten and One Stylish Pepto won the second round with a 221. The World Championship went to Ron Davis and Kits Little Headlinr with $45,481.

Stylish Swagger was bred by Matt and Megan Miller by Stylish Rey out of Carolena Moon. The 7-year-old gelding now has career earnings of more than $115,000. It’s been a banner year for  Barnes, who won Unlimited Amateur championships at both the Pacific Coast Futurity and Derby, and won the Mercuria NCHA World Series at the Pacific Coast Derby, with each of those wins coming on different horses.

Jameson Grimes on Cyndi Cat.

In the $2,000 Limit Rider, first-round winner Jameson Grimes and Cyndi Cat marked 220 / 216 / 436 to win the pencil finals and earn $2,632 for the show championship. Grimes also claimed the World Championship with $14,626 in total earnings.

Jack Bell and Spin To You marked 219 to win the second round of the World Finals.

Cyndi Cat was bred by Jerry and Melinda Black and is owned by George Dorros. The 10-year-old mare is by WR This Cats Smart out of Dox Little Cindy, and she has career earnings of more than $172,000. Grimes teamed up with the mare at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals to win the $2,000 Limit Rider finals this year.


Big win for Little Jo

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Little Jo Cat ridden by Pedro Ornelas. Hart Photography.

Little Jo Cat, ridden by Pedro Ornelas for Anderson Cattle Co. carved his niche in history Wednesday night, November 29, by winning the Limited Open division of the NCHA Futurity. The gelding by High Brow Cat out of Jojo Boon, is the first Limited Open Futurity winner produced by a Limited Open Futurity winner.

Little Jo Cat marked 224 as the #22 horse in the 24-horse finals to top the 221 lead established by Nate Lansford on Cat About Houston as the second horse in the first set.

Little Jo Cat was bred by Anderson Cattle Co. by High Brow Cat out of Jojo Boon, by Peptoboonsmal. Jojo Boon was bred by John and Hope Mitchell, and earned more than $100,000, including a win the NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge with Hope Mitchell.

Jojo Boon won the 2009 NCHA Futurity Limited Open for Steve and Michelle Anderson, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan. Steve Anderson won the West Texas Non-Pro Derby on the mare, placed fourth in the NCHA Derby and made multiple major limited age finals.

Jojo Boon’s previous money earner, Gloria Boon, by Cats Quixote Jack, made $15,000 and was a Pacific Coast Futurity finalist.

Ornelas burst on the scene in 2012-2013, winning $2,000 Limit Rider championships at the NCHA Western Nationals, The Non-Pro Cutting, and Limited Open championships at the Breeders Invitational, Tunica, and the Western States Fall Classic.

The Andersons have been big supports of the Limited Open contestants, winning major championships in that division in recent years with Dustan Horne, Tate Bennett, Jon Burgess, and now Pedro Ornelas.

Cat About Houston, ridden by Nate Lansford.

NCHA Futurity Limited Open reserve champion Cat About Houston is bred and owned by the Rose Valley Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. He’s by Metallic Cat out of Bet On Houston, making him a full brother to Bet On A Cat ($370,000) and Cats Ninjago ($63,000).

Rider Nate Lansford was previously reserve champion in the NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open in 2013 on Wicked Wanda Rey. He placed 11th in last year’s NCHA Futuriyt on Rey Too Suen.

Champion Little Jo Cat and reserve champion Cat About Houston have both qualified for the Open semi-finals, to be held Saturday, December 9.



Wood knocks out Wednesday’s top score

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Paula Wood on Cool N Hot. Hart Photography.

Paula Wood of Stephenville, Texas, marked a 219 Wednesday on homegrown Cool N Hot to lead the final day of the second round of Non-Pro competition at the NCHA Futurity. Wood, a Non-Pro Hall of Famer who has won the NCHA Futurity, the NCHA Super Stakes (twice) and the NCHA Derby (twice),  had a cumulative score of 433.

In all, 61 contestants marked 426 or better to advance to the semi-finals.

Cool N Hot, is by freshman sire Hottish out of Donas Cool Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that earned $315,104 in Open and Non-Pro competition. Donas Cool Cat also produced Wood’s 2012 Non-Pro Futurity champion Donas Suen Boon, an earner of $398,000.

Teen-age Hall of Fame inductee Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama put together scores of 216 and 219 on Bama Dawg for the high cumulative score of 435. Bama Dawg is by High Brow Cat out of MH San Tules Dually, making him a full brother to $351,000 earner Bamacat.

Two riders marked 433.5 for the second high cumulative score. They were Kylie Rice of Weatherford, Texas on Fadie Lou, by Woody Be Tuff, and Lindy Ashlock of Abilene, Texas on High Time Pepto, by One Time Pepto.

Three riders tied Paula Wood for the next highest score of 433. They were:

  • Jarrett Callahan of McConnels, South Carolina on Double Ur Bets (Bet Hesa Cat x FMR Double The Pepto)
  • Ryan Rapp of Weatherford, Texas on Manteca Moe (Hydrive Cat x Memorey)
  • Megan Miller of Poolville, Texas on Hey Boo Boo (Dual Smart Rey x Travs Scooter)

The Non-Pro semi-finals will be held Thursday, December 7.


Watt Arena hosts World Finals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The first round of four divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals was held in the Watt Arena Wednesday, as year-end races draw to a close. The $25,000 Novice, $35,000 Non-Pro, $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $2,000 Limit Rider contestants rode to the herd. The second round and a non-working finals in those classes will be determined Thursday.

Yall Count Me In, ridden by Todd Gann. Hart Photography.

Yall Count Me In, ridden by Todd Gann for Jerry Gann of Leighton, Alabama, marked 224 to the lead the first round of the $25,000 Novice. Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Les Bates for Dawn Chapman of Grandview, Texas, marked 219.5 for second. Louis The Cat, who has an unbeatable lead for the World Championship, placed seventh with a 216. Casey Crouch rides Louis The Cat for Amy and Mike Delange and Rick Dubay of Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

Yall Count Me In is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Robert Norton by Im Countin Checks out of $225,000 earner Holly Is Smooth. He has career earnings of more than $70,000, including a fourth-place finish at the Breeders Invitational under Michael Cooper. He came into the World Finals wiht $13,754 from the regular season.

Mia Webster on Lean This Rey.

In the $35,000 Non-Pro, Mia Webster of Portland, Oregon, marked 225 on Lean This Rey for a three-point win over Emily Meyer of Jackson, California on Rubys CD Legacy.

Bred by Linda Holmes, Lean This Way is a 9-year-old gelding by Dual Rey out of Miss Smart Rey Jay, a million-dollar producer whose babies include three-time Open World Champion Dual Rey Me ($812,942). Lean This Rey won the 2011 NCHA Non-Pro finals with Kade Smith, and was a $35,000 Non-Pro and $50,000 Amateur finalist at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals this year with Webster.

Webster’s first-round win in the World Finals will move her up a notch in the standings to fourth place. Brian Pearse of Sturgeon County, Alberta, placed fifth in the round with a 214.5 on Reyd to tighten his grip on the World Championship.

Stylish Swagger, ridden by Michelle Barnes of Lewiston, Idaho, and Wild Kate, ridden by Sherry Stryker of Loomis, California, both marked 220 to split the win in the first round of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

Stylish Swagger is a 7-year-old gelding by Stylish Rey out of Carolena Moon, bred by Matt and Megan Miller. Carolena Moon earned $76,150 and has produced earners of more than $655,000. He has career earnings of more than $113,000 and is safely in third place in the World Standings with $31,613. Barnes rode him as a limited age finalist at the Pacific Coast Futurity Classic and Idaho Classic last year, and in this year’s NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

Wild Kate was bred by Butler Cutting Horses by Wilds My Thing out of Katys Satin Lady. The 7-year-old mare has earned over $146,000, including a reserve championship with Brent Erickson in the 2013 Idaho Futurity.

Sherry Stryker, who was $15,000 Amateur reserve champion at the Scottsdale Nationals on Boot Scootin Bonnie, will move up a notch into fourth place in the World Standings.

Kits Little Headlinr, ridden by Ron Davis, has an unbeatable lead in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro standings with earnings for the year of $44,991.

Jameson Grimes on Cyndi Cat.

Jameson Grimes of Templeton, California, extended his unbeatable lead in the $2,000 Limit Rider division by winning the first round with a 220 on Cyndi Cat. Nikki Kuklo of Shingle Springs, California, marked 219 on Good Times Roll for second in the round.

Cyndi Cat was bred by Jerry and Melinda Black and is owned by George Dorros. The 10-year-old mare is by WR This Cats Smart out of Dox Little Cindy, and she has career earnings of more than $172,000. Grimes teamed up with the mare at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals to win the $2,000 Limit Rider finals this year.

After round one of the World Finals, he has $12,934, nearly $4,000 ahead of his nearest rival for the World Championship, Hailey Schafer.

Hot dawgs – Cade Shepard and Bama Dawg lead the way

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Cade Shepard on Bama Dawg. Hart Photography.

Cade Shepard scored 219 points riding Bama Dawg on Tuesday, to win the first day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro second go-round competition and, with one remaining day in the second round, to claim the leading cumulative score of 435 points. Elizabeth Quirk on Catillac Reys and Lance Cooper aboard Zen And Tonic tied with 217.5 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Bama Dawg, by High Brow Cat, and Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., share a lot of history. Bama Dawg, out of MH San Tules Dually LTE $330,220, is a full brother to Bamacat LTE $351,360, bred, trained and shown by Cade’s father, the #4 all-time leading earner of $7,066,200. And MH San Tules Dually, by San Tule Freckles, won the 2008 MillionHeir Classic Non-Pro with Stacy Shepard, Cade’s mother. In addition, Christy Hughes LTE $97,828, a three-quarter sister to Bama Dawg, by Thomas E Hughes, carried Cade to win the 2017 NCHA World Series Congress Non-Pro Finals.

Cade Shepard, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro member and earner of $569,395, has an impressive list of over 20 limited age event wins, including the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and 2015 NCHA Derby Non-Pro championships aboard Twistful Thinking LTE $277,218.

Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., winner of the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals, scored 219 points on Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, to top the second day of Non-Pro first go-round competition and qualify for the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals. They also scored 2015 as Non-Pro first go-round contenders.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $92,416, made his first mark in an NCHA Futurity in 2014, when he was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Limited and placed in the Non-Pro Finals riding Post Card From Paris LTE $65,907. In 2015, he was a Non-Pro finalist on Smart Lil Bugley.

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., purchased Catillac Reys from his breeder Michelle Cannon, following the NCHA Futurity Open go-rounds; the Metallic Cat son out of Tootsie Rey LTE $200,876, had scored 219 points in the first round for Cannon under Ascencion Banuelos. Quirk is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $644,296.