Archive for February, 2018

Cooper and Fenimore reign as Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Champions

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Lance Cooper on Zen And Tonic. Hart Photography.

Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., claimed his sixth 2018 championship with a 222-point win in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Futurity on Zen And Tonic LTE 78,784, by High Brow CD. Chad Bushaw, also from Weatherford, placed second with 217 points, and also won the Non-Pro Novice division, aboard Snappcat LTE $26,987, by High Brow Cat; while Ashley Galyean, Forth Worth, Tex., was third with 215 points, and second in the Non-Pro Novice , riding Desiresomemettalic LTE $38,280, by Metallic Cat.

Seventeen-year-old Cooper and Zen And Tonic came into 2018 with $30,532 earned as 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro champion and NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist. In addition to Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro wins, the pair won the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro; claimed reserve in the Bonanza Non-Pro, as well as first in the Limited Non-Pro; and placed fifth in the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Futurity.

Cooper, the lifetime earner of $124,513, won the 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals on Light N Lily by Light N Lena LTE $281,078, and earned his first major limited event money at 13, as a finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, and reserve in the Limited Non-Pro., riding Post Card From Paris, by Light N Lena.

Chad Bushaw, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, is the lifetime earner of over $3.3 million; Ashley Galyean in the earner of $387,824.

Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Non-Pro Classic

Riding Reymaniscent LTE $58,396, by Dual Smart Rey, Laura Fenimore, Lexington, Okla., scored 221 points to win the title of Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Non-Pro Classic champion. Jessica Feiner, Aspen, Colo., scored 219 points for reserve, as well as champion of the Limited Non-Pro and Non-Pro Gelding divisions, on B Nimble LTE $68,424, also by Dual Smart Rey; while Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., placed third and won the Non-Pro Senior, as well as reserve in the Non-Pro Gelding on Reysin Kittens LTE $114,428, by Dual Rey.

This was the first win of the year for 6-year-old Reymaniscent, who carried Fenimore, her breeder, to place fifth in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals, as well as second in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. The pair also won the 2016 Southern Futurity Unlimited Amateur.

Fenimore, the lifetime earner of $247,571, won the 2010 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship on Misplaced Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, and was reserve champion of the 2014 Breeders Invitational, as well as reserve in the Non-Pro Limited, on Mr Quenique, by Quejanaisalena.

Jessica Finer is the lifetime earner of $178,509; Bonnie Martin, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, is the lifetime earner $866,707.

For complete results for all divisions of the $50,00 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, held February 19-25 in Ardmore, Okla:





Carolena Reyn and Matt Miller reign

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Matt Miller

Matt Miller.

With her 222-point win in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity, Carolena Reyn, owned by Matt and Megan Miller and shown by Matt, currently ranks second among all 2018 4-year-old limited age money earners with $50,391, and limited age career earnings of $59,783. The Dual Smart Rey daughter also carried Megan Miller recently to place third in the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and was an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Matt.

Rockin KW, by Rockin W, and Duramax Dually, by Dual Rey, tied with 217.5 points to split second/third. Rockin KW, shown by Dylan Meyer for Whit and Kim Davis, Sacramento, Calif., collected his first limited age earnings, a total of $31,709, during the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity – in the Open Finals, as well as in the 4-Year-Old Open Novice and Limited Open divisions.

Duramax Dually, bred and owned by Glover Gaylean Partnership, Claremore, Okla., and shown by Wesley Galyean, was also a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Open Futurity, as well as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. He has current career earnings $49,089, and his 2018 earnings of $39,696 place him fourth among 2018 4-year-old limited age events, following:

  • #1 Cool N Hot – $64,857 in 2018
    Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open and Non-Pro Champion under Kobie Wood and Paula Wood; sired by Hottish. Limited age career earnings of $100,420, including $34,813, as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist (5th) with Paula Wood.
  • #2 Carolena Reyn – $50,391 in 2018
  • #3 Catillac Reys – $44,071 in 2018
    Sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., Catillac Reys, with limited age career earnings of $44,071 (he was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Quirk) was also an Arbuckle Mountain Open finalist with Adan Banuelos, who showed him to place third in the Bonanza Open and as a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular

Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open Finals

Miss Stylish Katz, shown by Adan Banuelos for Lone Oak Performance Horses, Cresson, Tex., scored 223 points to win the Arbuckle Mountain Open 5/6 Classic. Mr Luckys with Matt Gaines for Jim Vangilder, Jackson, Mo., claimed reserve with 221 points, while Copperish, under Lloyd Cox for Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., and Call Me Catniss, with Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 219.5 points to split third and fourth.

Five-year-old Miss Stylish Katz, by High Brow Cat, placed fifth with Banuelos in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, and placed sixth in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Open, and is the career earner of $80,892.

Mr Luckys LTE $18,655, by High Brow Cat, earned his first limited age paycheck in the 2017 Brazos Bash, where he placed in the Open Finals and Gelding division with Gaines, and also in the Unlimited Amateur Finals with Grace Vangilder.

Call Me Catness LTE $20,104, by High Brow Cat, was an Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open finalist with Sheehan in 2017; Sheehan also showed her as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist. Copperish LTE $146,244, by Metallic Cat, won the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open with Cox, and was also a 2018 IKE Open 5/6 and Bonanza Open 5/6 finalist. The 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic was his marked his fourteenth limited age open finals.

Stylish Look Bella sweeps The Mane Event

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Morgan Cromer on Stylish Look Bella. Midge Ames photos.

Stylish Look Bella and NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Morgan Cromer marked 225 as the final contestants to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Saturday at The Mane Event, South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the Non-Pro division, Hall of Famers Bill Cowan and Elizabeth Quirk shared the spoils with 218s on Billies Catty and Cat Sheree, respectively.

Stylish Look Bella’s only previous Mercuria finals was in the Non-Pro at El Rancho last fall, ridden by Tracey Woodward, daughter of owners Marvin and Paulette Teixeira of Los Alamos, California. It was Cromer’s third Mercuria victory. She previously scored with Lizzys Gotta Babe at El Rancho and Woodys Wildest Cat at the Las Vegas aged event, both in 2014.

Bred by Bishop Ranch, Stylish Look Bella is a 6-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Stylishious, by Docs Stylish Oak. Her family produced NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity reserve champion Love M N Lena.

Stylish Look Bella sold for $2,900 as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, and she earned some reined cowhorse money herself early in her career. In her cutting campaign, she has now made more than $98,000, as an Open finalist with Cromer at the Pacific Coast Futurity and Classic, Pacific Coast Winter Roundup, Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Classic. Tracey Woodward has won a good chunk of money with her in rider classes, including the $100,000 Amateur and Unlimited Amateur championships at El Rancho.

Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event Open Finals

225.0   Stylish Look Bella Morgan Cromer Marvin & Paulette Teixeira $10,568
222.0   Reysin Autumn Andrew Coates Coyote Rock Ranch $8,426
217.0   Hes A Smart Guy Chris Hanson Charles Burger $6,284
216.0   Dream Little Sue Chubby Turner Chubby & Ginger Turner $4,142
214.0   Hashtags Tatum Rice Hashtag Ventures $2,000
212.0   Notsharonmylizzy Adan Banuelos Tim & Melissa Drummond $2,000
207.0   Smartys Man Tom Diaz Emily Jones $2,000
0.0   Fancy Rey Chris Hanson Charles Burger $2,000

Bill Cowan on Billies Catty.

In the Non-Pro division, Bill Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma marked 218 on his homebred 7-year-old mare Billies Catty in his first shot at a Mercuria paycheck.

Billies Catty is by Catty Hawk, which Cowan rode to win the Limited Non-Pro championship at the 2008 NCHA Futurity, out of Little Bonnie Blue a Mecom Blue mare that was Limited Open reserve champion at the 2007 NCHA Futurity with Ryon Emerton.

Cowan showed Billies Catty in the Non-Pro finals of all the NCHA Triple Crown events, and won the Breeders Invitational Classic with her last year. With The Mane Event check for $9,642, Billies Catty has now earned more than $165,000.

Elizabeth Quirk on Cat Sheree.

Sharing the Non-Pro win was Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana on Cat Sheree. Quirk, had previously been in four Mercuria finals, including one with Cat Sheree.

Cat Sheree was bred by Bill Paxton by High Brow CD out of Nurse Sheree, a Peptoboonsmal mare from the family of  $34 million sire Dual Rey. The 8-year-old mare got a jump start on her cutting horse career when Wayne Robinson won the Limited Open championship with her at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. She went on to win Open and Novice titles at the NCHA Eastern Nationals with Austin Shepard, and take a string of Open aged event checks with Shepard and with Sean Flynn.

Meanwhile, Quirk picked up Non-Pro money with the mare at the NCHA Classic Challenge and Breeders Invitational. Cat Sheree has now earned more than $174,000.

Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event Non-Pro Finals

218.0   Billies Catty Bill Cowan Cowan Ranch $9,642
218.0   Cat Sheree Elizabeth Quirk Ten 27 Ranch $9,642
217.5   Hay U Kade Smith Kade & Emily Smith $6,367
213.0   Light N Lily Kaitlyn Larsen Kaitlyn Larsen $4,183
208.0   Spookys Catchin Reys Jeff Barnes Jeff & Kay Barnes $2,000
193.0   Some Smooth Cat Kate Banuelos Kate Banuelos $2,000
185.0   Little Pepto Cat Mary Jo Milner Jim & Mary Jo Milner $2,000
180.0   Dont Stopp Believin Mary Ann Rapp Phil & Mary Ann Rapp $2,000

Bonanza for Paula Wood and Elizabeth Queen

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Paula Wood.

Paula Wood and Cool N Hot scorched competition on Thursday, with 221 points in the 2018 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals. Just three days earlier, Cool N Hot and Kobie Wood, Paula’s husband, had claimed the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Finals, for a rare double championship.

Paula Wood’s Bonanza winnings of $13,411 boosted Cool N Hot’s career earnings to $100,450 and places him firmly in the ranks of leading 4-year-old money earners. Sired by Hottish and bred by Paula Wood, Cool N Hot is out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, dam of the earners of more than $760,000, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $420,965.

Lance Cooper scored 216.5 points to earn the reserve championship and $10,728 on Zen And Tonic LTE $60,671. Cooper and Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Ltd. Non-Pro championship, as well as the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship

Megan Miller and Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, placed third with 215 points. Carolena Reyn is out of Carolena Moon and half-sister to A Smooth Criminal LTE $134,686, as well as a  three-quarter sister to Reylena Moon LTE $118,075, and Stylish Swagger LTE $177,833.

Elizabeth Queen

Elizabeth Queen.

Elizabeth Queen scored 221.5 points on Nighttiming, by One Time Pepto, to win the championship of the Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Classic. Queen and Nighttiming LTE $56,003 won the 2017 Southern 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, and Skip Queen, Nighttiming’s trainer and Elizabeth’s husband, showed the horse as a finalist in the 2018 Bonanza Classic Open.

Three riders split third through fifth place with 216 points: Blakley Colgrove on Sparklin Dual Shorty, by Dual R Smokin; Alexa Stent on Bowmerang, by High Brow Cat; and Ty Moore on Smooth XTC, bu Smooth As A Cat.

For complete results go to:



Cool N Hot scores hot win

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Kobie Wood.

Cool N Hot and rider Kobie Wood turned up the heat on Monday, February 12, with a 222-point win worth $34,570, in the 28-horse Bonanza 4-Year-Old Finals. Cheshire Cat and Beau Galyean claimed reserve and $27,656 with 218.5 points, while Catillac Reys and Adan Banuelos took third and $24,199 with 218 points.

Cool N Hot is owned by his breeder and Wood’s wife, Paula, who showed the Hottish-sired colt to place fifth in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. Paula Wood also showed Cool N Hot’s dam, Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, to win the 2007 Bonanza Non-Pro Classic and the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Cool N Hot, with up-to-date earnings of $84,853, is a half-brother to Donas Suen Boon LTE $420,965, by Boon Too Suen, and to Cool Cat Dual Rey LTE $190,475, by Dual Rey, both bred and shown by Paula and trained and shown by Kobie.

Cheshire Cat , owned by Jeffrey Neidhart and bred by Karen Freeman, earned his first limited age paycheck in the Bonanza. The High Brow Cat son is out of Autumn Boon LTE $244,470, the dam of NCHA earners of over $1.7 million.

Cattilac Reys, owned by Ten/27 Ranch and bred by Michelle Cannon , was The Ike Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion most recently with Elizabeth Queen. The Metallic Cat son is the career earner of $47,792.

For complete results and live action from the Bonanza, go to:


Hashtags posts impressive win

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Tatum Rice.

Hashtags, cutting’s number one 4-year-old money earner in 2017, earned $20,870 and his first major win of 2018 with 223 points on Saturday, in the Bonanza 5/6 Classic. Ridden by Tatum Rice, the blue roan stallion, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Hashtag Ventures, was also a recent finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Classic and the Augusta Futurity Classic, and has lifetime earnings of $288,609.

Cattys Hope, also a top ranked (number 4) 4-year-old money earner in 2017, scored 222 points for reserve under Michael Cooper. The 5-year-old daughter of Catty Hawk, owned by Rose Valley Ranch, earned $16,696 and has lifetime earnings of $228,063.

Under The Reydar, shown by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, placed third with 221.5 points. The 6-year-old Halreycious-sired gelding earned $14,557 and has lifetime earnings of $75,557. He is out of Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, the dam of six NCHA money earners of $544,973.

Banuelos also showed the 6-year-old Dual Smart Rey gelding B Nimble LTE $56,673, owned by SMF Cutting Horses, as well as the 5-year-old Lizzys Gotta Player daughter My Stylish Babe LTE $5,500, owned by Tim and Melissa Drummond, to place 11th and 14/15, respectively.

Michael Cooper also showed Ripping Ichi LTE $128,016, sired by Cat Ichi and owned by Reata Cutting Horses, as a finalist with 211 points, in the 25-horse field.

For complete results and live action go to:


Thomas B. Saunders IV 1934-2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Tom B. Saunders IV, who passed away on February 1, 2018, at his home in Weatherford, Tex., was solidly rooted in the history of Texas, the cattle industry, and the National Cutting Horse Association. His father, Tom B. Saunders III, was a founder of the NCHA and one of the association’s first presidents.

Until her death in 2006, Jane Venita “Skeet” Calhoun, Tom B. Saunders IV’s sister, was the longest standing NCHA lifetime member (1946). Her father-in-law, H. Calhoun, succeeded Tom B. Saunders III as president of NCHA, and her husband, Jim Calhoun, who rode the 1957 NCHA World Champion King’s Pistol, served as the association’s president in the early 1970s.

Tom B. and Skeet’s great-grandfather, W.D.H. Saunders, blazed a trail from South Texas to New Orleans during the Civil War and became the first trail driver to swim a large herd across the Mississippi River. W. H. D.’s brother, George W. Saunders, sent cattle up the trail to Abilene and Dodge City in the 1870s and later helped organize the famous Trail Drivers Association.

Tom Saunders II, W.D.H.’s son, was the first cattle dealer to office in Fort Worth’s Stockyards district and in 1918, sixteen years after he opened his office, became the first rancher to deliver his cattle to the Stockyards in trucks. He also helped organize the world’s first indoor rodeo, the predecessor of the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo, held in the Fort Worth Stockyards in 1908.

It was Tom II’s son, Tom B. Saunders III, who published the first Cuttin’ Hoss Chatter, a ten-page newsletter on a mimeograph machine at his office at the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange, in 1949. “My dad and Jim (Calhoun) were devoted to preserving the history of cutting,” Skeet Calhoun said.

In addition to his ranching interests, which over the years included 60,000 acres, Tom B. Saunders IV, was  a director of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and honorary vice president and director of the South Western Exposition and Livestock Show, and devoted to the preservation of ranching heritage and the Doss Heritage Log Cabin Park in Parker county, Tex.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the First United Church in Fort Worth. Memorials may be made in the form of a contribution to the Doss Heritage Log Cabin Park.