Archive for March, 2018

Round 2 Classic Open: Cinca Im Hot

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Cinca Im Hot, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Hart Photography.

2018 NCHA Super Stakes – March 31, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Five-year-old Cinca Im Hot, ridden by Jesse Lennox, lived up to her name in the second go-round of the Super Stakes Open Classic with the top score of 222 points. Added to her first go-round score of 217.5, Cinca Im Hot, owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., ranks fourth among 29 horses with cumulative scores of 436 points or higher that advanced to the Open Classic Finals on Sunday, April 1.

Cumulative leader Metallic MIstress, ridden by Matt Miller. Hart Photography.

Metallic Mistress, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Matt Miller for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, claimed the highest cumulative score of 441.5 with go-round performances of 221 and 220.5 points, while Somethingtobelievein, by Hydrive Cat, with owner Brett McGlothlin, and CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon, under Tarin Rice for Joel and Jayne Colgrove, took second and third with cumulative scored of 441 and 440.5, respectively.

Cinca Im Hot, by Spots Hot, a 2016 NCHA Futurity finalist (16th) with Lennox, won the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open and placed ninth in the 2017 NCHA Derby Open. This year, she placed fifth in the Bonanza 5/6 Open.

Cinca De Maya, by Spots Hot and the dam of Cinca Im Hot, by Dual Rey, is out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat, dam of the NCHA earners of $1.2 million.

 The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

 

Metallic Mistress and CR WRS Gotcha Covered Tie

Friday, March 30th, 2018

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – March 30, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

CR WRS Royal Tee, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Hart Photography.

Metallic Mistress, with Matt Miller, and CR WRS Royal Tee, ridden by Jesse Lennox, tied with Friday’s high of 221 points, while Dis Cats Dynamite, Stylish Look Bella, and Cattomatic tied with 220 points, the day’s next-highest score. Dis Cats Dynamite and Stylish Look Bella were both shown by Morgan Cromer, in the third set of the day, and Phil Hanson rode Cattomatic.

Six-year-old Metallic Mistress, by Metallic Cat, made her premiere as a 2015 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (24th place) under Grant Setnicka. Owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Weatherford, Tex., Metallic Mistress and Matt Miller claimed the reserve championship of the Ike Hamilton Futurity Classic and has NCHA earnings of $149,526.

Five-year-old gelding CR WRS Royal Tee, by WR This Cats Smart, is owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., who purchased him at the 2015 Center Ranch Sale. Earlier this year, CR WRS Royal Tee, the career earner of $79,378, and Rocking P Ranch trainer Jesse Lennox scored 221 points to tie with Copperish and Lloyd Cox for the championship of the Abilene Spectacular Classic. Cox is a leading rider going into the second go-round with 221 points earned Thursday on 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot.

Only nine of the 110 horses that qualified with 215.5 points or more for the Classic second go-round scored 220 points or higher, and Morgan Cromer was aboard two of them – Dis Cats Dynamite and Stylish Look Bella. Dis Cats Dynamite is a 6-year-old mare sired by WR This Cats Smart and owned by Brenda Higbee, Redmond, Ore. Higbee claimed the 2017 PCCHA Futurity 5/6 Amateur championship on Dis Cats Dynamite, after Cromer had won both the Idaho Futurity and the El Rancho Futurity with the mare, who has NCHA career earnings of $93,535.

Stylish Look Bella, a 6-year-old daughter of Dual Smart Rey, is owned by Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, Santa Maria, Calif. She has earned money in both NCHA and NRCHA events, in open as well as non-pro and amateur competition, and has combined earnings of $120,194, including $108,580 in NCHA events. At three, she placed fourth in the National Stock Horse Association Futurity Open with Justin Wright, and most recently took first with Cromer in the 2018 Mercuria NCHA World Series Mane Event.

In addition to Dis Cats Dynamite and Stylish Look Bella, Cromer scored 219 points on Friday riding Betchalou, owned by Clarke Butte Ranch, Bend, Ore.

Cattomatic is owned by Kelly Graham, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old High Brow Cat son, earner of $48,684, made his debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Hanson and this year has been a finalist in the Bonanza Classic Open (7th place) and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open (10th).

 The Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Hashtags leads the way

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Tatum Rice on Hashtags. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – March 29, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

If the first day of the 2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes is an indicator, the next 24 days will rival the best. Hashtags, the leading 4-year-old money earner in 2017, leading 5/6-year-old money earner in 2018, and champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, shown by Tatum Rice, took the lead with 222 points in the first set of the Super Stakes Classic.

In the next two of the day’s seven sets, CR Gotcha Covered and Tarin Rice scored 221.5 points, while 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot, with Lloyd Cox, and Somethingtobelievein, with Brett McGlothlin, each claimed 221 points.

Ichis My Choice, 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, and Grant Setnicka posted 219.5 points, the day’s fourth highest score, in the sixth set, and between sets two through seven, seven additional horses earned 219 points.

Hashtags, a 5-year-old blue roan stallion sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Hashtag Vetures, Weatherford, Tex., earned his first paycheck as a finalist (8th place) in the 2016 NCHA Futurity. Since then he has banked more than $203,647, for a total of $282,983. Thus far in 2018, he has placed in the finals of three limited age events, which include the open win of the Bonanza Classic and the reserve championship of the Augusta Futurity Classic.

Tatum Rice, who has shown Hashtags throughout the stallion’s career, earned his first big paycheck as third-place finalist aboard Johnny Reyngo in the 2013 NCHA Futurity Open, and placed fourth in the 2010 NCHA NCHA Derby on Shes Twice As Smooth. Thirty-two-year old Rice is the NCHA earner of $1,730,602.

Six-year-old CR Gotcha Covered, owned by Joel and Jayne Colgrove and sired by Dualin Boone, made his debut as a finalist (11th place) in the 2015 NCHA Futurity with Tarin Rice. Since then, he has placed in nine major events and has NCHA career earnings of $156,434.

Tarin Rice, 29, Tatum’s brother, won the 2012 NCHA Futurity aboard He Bea Cat and the 2014 NCHA Derby with Miss Callie Cat. Rice, who has earned $1,954,738, earned his first major check at 18, as non-pro champion of the 2007 MillionHeir Classic on MH Willing To Cut.

Second Spot, a 5-year-old mare sired by Spots Hot and bred and owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., won the 2016 NCHA Futurity under Matt Gaines. As a 4 and 5-year-old under Cox, she has been a finalist in five major events, including as reserve champion of the 2017 Cotton Stakes, and a finalist in the 2017 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open and the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Classic.

Somethingtobelievein, a 5-year-old mare sired by Hydrive Cat, was bred by Brett McGlothin and his wife, Jody. Jody won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Somethingtobelievein and together she and Brett have shown their mare to earn $128,479.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Cheyenne Johnson claims $50,000 Amateur title

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Cheyenne Johnson on Tom E Toy. Hart Photography.

2017 NCHA Eastern National Championships – March 16, 2018 – Jackson, Miss.

Cheyenne Johnson, Pine Level, Ala., and Tom E Toy, won the NCHA Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur Finals with 217 points. Jason Britt, Seven Springs, N.C., and DMAC Hipster took reserve with 213.5 points, while Brittany Overstreet, Kenansville, Fla., and Two Good A Boon placed third with 212.5 points.

Since she placed as Junior Youth reserve champion in 2009 on Freckles Blue Jewel, Cheyenne Johnson has been a finalist in 11 other NCHA Eastern Nationals Finals, including last year, when she placed with Tom E Toy in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals. Earlier this week, Johnson and 8-year-old Tom E Toy LTE $19,617, by Thomas E Hughes, also placed as finalists in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals.

Cheyenne Johnson was the recipient of the 2012 NCHA Todd Drummond Memorial Award and the 2012 Whitney and Greg Welch Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

Jason Britt on Dmac Hipster. Hart Photography.

Jason Britt, was also a finalist and topped the go-round in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division with 218.5 points on DMAC Hipster. Britt and the 5-year-old gelded son of Hickorys Indian Pep, won the Congress Futurity Amateur Unlimited and placed in the finals of the 2018 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Non-Pro. Britt was an NCHA Eastern Nationals finalist last year in the $50,000 Amateur riding Dontreynonmyparadesf.

Brittany Overstreet, the NCHA earner of $56,597, showed Fays Sugar Guard as a $10,000 Amateur finalist in the 2008 NCHA Eastern Nationals. Overstreet has been showing since 2000, mostly in weekend competition. Nine-year-old Two Good A Boon LTE $46,843, by Peptoboonsmal, also carried Waylon Overstreet to place in the Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals, earlier this week.

Alexis Stephas wins Non-Pro Eastern National Championship

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Alexis Stephas on Once You Go Black. Hart Photography.

2017 NCHA Eastern National Championships – March 16, 2018 – Jackson, Miss.

Alexis Stephas, Chattanooga, Tenn., carried the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro Finals with a 217.5-point championship win on Once You Go Black. Amanda Standish, Baton Rouge, La., scored 216.5 points for the reserve title riding Divas On Time, and Jordan Thompson, Crossville, Tenn. placed third with 216 points on Hard Eight BBQ.

Stephas and Standish each qualified two horses for the 16-horse finals. Stephas also showed Ima Little Ichi, by Cat Ichi, to split 4/5 with Kolby Don Moore, and Standish, on Im Countin Starz, by Im Countin Checks, split 8/10 with Lew Byars and Mike Bowman.

Stephas, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $683,339, placed third in the 2016 NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro standings with Once You Go Black and third in the 2013 NCHA $15,000 Novice Non-Pro standings on Ima Little Ichi. Nine-year-old Once You Go Black LTE $185,083, by Hydrive Cat, has been shown almost exclusively by Stephas, although Cullen Chartier showed him to win the 2015 NCHA Western Nationals Open and place in five other events. Twelve-year-old Ima Little Ichi LTE $278,401 has been a finalist in 11 Eastern Nationals divisions, including in 2014 and 2016, when he carried Christopher Little and Garrett Hampton, respectively, to win the Senior Youth championships.

Amanda Standish on Divas On Time. Hart Photography.

Amanda Standish and 10-year-old Divas On Time LTE $169,717, by One Time Pepto, won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro championship in 2014 and the $50,000 Amateur championship in 2016. This year 6-year-old Im Countin Starz has also put Standish in the spotlight with wins in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, as well as the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited and Non-Pro Limited. Standish and Im Countin Starz claimed the reserve champion title in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro.

Jordan Thompson and 10-year-old Hard Eight BBQ, LTE $93,659, by Boonlight Dancer, won Friday’s first go-round of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro division with 218 points. Thompson was reserve champion in 2011 of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth riding Cats Rascal, and a Non-Pro finalist in 2014 on Hard Eight BBQ, as well as last year on One Gone Cat. Her brother Cameron has also shown Hard Eight BBQ in four Eastern Nationals finals, including last year when he placed third in the Non-Pro finals.

 

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro Co-Champions

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

2017 NCHA Eastern National Championships – March 15, 2018 – Jackson, Miss.

Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., and Eric Vanboekel, Mt. Elgin, Ontario, each scored 216.5 points to tie for the championship of the 2017 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro division. Kolby Don Moore, Williston, Fla., placed third with 215 points.

Eric Vanboekel on Peppys Cashin Checks. Hart Photography.

Eric Vanboekel showed 7-year-old Peppys Cashin Checks LTE $120,356, by Im Countin Checks, who he rode as reserve champion of Wednesday’s $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals, as well as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited, and champion of the 2016 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited. Peppys Cashin Checks also won the 2015 Southern Futurity Open with Lee Francois.

Vanboekel, the NCHA lifetime earner of $372,044, won the 2016 Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited on Wendels Little Missy, as well as the 2012 Tunica Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited with Mister Boss Hog, and the 2011 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur on Scarlet Catdancer.

Lauren Middleton on Ironn Butterfly. Hart Photography.

Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider Lauren Middleton showed 8-year-old Ironn Butterfly LTE $99,344, by Just Playin Stylish. Middleton, the lifetime earner of $667,640, won the NCHA World Non-Pro Finals last December in Fort Worth on Sweet Reyvenge LTE $166,774, who she showed to placed fourth in the NCHA Non-Pro World standings.

Middleton has placed four times in the NCHA Non-Pro World standings (2002, 2010, 2011 and 2017); Thursday’s $5,000 Novice Non-Pro title marked her ninth NCHA Eastern Nationals championship win. She won has won the Non-Pro title three times – in 2002 on Widows Freckles, and in 2010 and 2015 on Cees Little Poo.

Kolby Don Moore, the lifetime earner of $64,486, won the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider division, the same year that he also placed third in the Junior Youth.  He has placed in the finals of nine NCHA Eastern Nationals events, including six Youth finals, including 2015, when he was reserve champion of the Senior Youth.

Highbrow Nadine, Moore’s mount in this year’s $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals, is a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow CD and the earner of $4,311.

Moore will show Highwood Dancer and Catscratch Sister in Friday’s Non-Pro go-round, where Eric Vanboekel will also be showing Peppys Cashin Checks and Times For Desire. Catscratch Sister LTE $111,104 carried Kolby’s brother, Colt Moore, to place third in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals earlier this week, and Colt’s and Kolby Don’s father, Casey Moore, showed the WR This Cats Smart daughter last week to place fourth in the Open Finals. Colt Moore won the Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro in 2015 with Highwood Dancer.

NCHA Eastern National Championships action continues through Friday, March 16. For complete results: http://www.nchacutting.com/events/national_championships/eastern/schedule

Ali Good wins second championship

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Hart Photography.

2017 NCHA Eastern National Championships – March 14, 2018 – Jackson, Miss.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 222 points on Wednesday to claim the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship, three days after she posted 221 points to capture the Senior Youth championship. Eric Vanboekel, Mt. Elgin, Ontario., earned the reserve champion’s title with 220 points, while Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., placed third with 217.5 points.

Ali Good, 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited champion aboard Sneakish, showed Cat Atat Cat LTE $86,903 to win both the Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and Senior Youth  championships. A gelded son of High Brow Cat, 8-year-old Cat Atat Cat also carried Good to win the $35,000 Non-Pro division of the 2017 Non-Pro Cutting and to place third in the 2017 NCHA World Series Non-Pro at the AQHA Congress.

Good, the lifetime earner of $44,375, won the 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth competition riding Cees Little Poo, when she was 10 years old.

Eric Vanboekel on Peppys Cashin Checks. Hart Photography.

Eric Vanboekel showed 7-year-old Peppys Cashin Checks LTE $120,356, by Im Countin Checks, who he rode as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited and champion of the 2016 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Amateur Unlimited.

Vanboekel ,the NCHA lifetime earner of $372,044, won the 2016 Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited on Wendels Little Missy, as well as the 2012 Tunica Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited with Mister Boss Hog, and the 2011 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur on Scarlet Catdancer.

Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., was the 2009 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year and has been an NCHA Eastern Nationals finalist 10 times, including 2014, when he won the $35,000 Non-Pro Finals on Highwood Dancer. Three days ago, he placed seventh in the Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Finals on Catsratch Sister LTE $108,636 by WR This Cats Smart, who was also his mount in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro. Moore is the NCHA lifetime earner of $108,636.

NCHA Eastern National Championships action continues through Friday, March 16. For complete results: http://www.nchacutting.com/events/national_championships/eastern/schedule