Archive for March, 2018

MK Rey Girl and Austin Shepard win NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

MK Rey Girl and Austin Shepard. Hart Photography

MK Rey Girl and Austin Shepard nailed down the NCHA Eastern National Open championship with 221 points on Thursday. EE Ichi Bar and Zeke Entz claimed the reserve championship with 219 points, and Shepard and Christy Hughes placed third with 218 points.

The Open win represented Shepard?s third 2017 Eastern Nationals championship title and the second aboard his own horse. He won the $25,000 Novice riding 6-year-old Christy Hughes LTE $127,904, owned by Austin and his wife, Stacy, and was reserve champion in the same event on Sir Long Legs, owned by Lew Hall.

Shepard was also notching up a record eighth Open championship at the Eastern Nationals. His past winners were Widows Freckles (2002), Uno Dos Seventyseven (2003), Widows Intentions (3005), Smart Pistolero (2006), Playin At The Mall (2011), Cat Sheree (2015), and Deluxe Checks (2017).

Eight-year-old MK Rey Girl LTE $73,401, by Dual Rey, was purchased by Austin and Stacy from Gale Forces Quarter Horses at the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales for $35,000. She had earned money in 13 open, novice, and amateur events, including the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Eastern National Championships with trainer Kevin Walden. MK Rey Girl?s dam, Runnin Mate LTE $69,214 has produced 18 earners of $613,800.

EE Ichi Bar and Zeke Entz. Hart Photography.

Eleven-year-old EE Ichi Bar LTE $249,365, by Cat Ichi, is owned by Keith Waid, Gardendale, Ala. The bay gelding made his debute as a 2010 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist with Dianna Helm, who he also carried to win the 2011 Tunica Futurity Limited Non-Pro and to take reserve in the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro and in the 2011 Arbuckle Mountain Limited Non-Pro.

EE Ichi Bar continued his successful career after he was purchased by Jaycee Lowery, who showed him as an amateur and non-pro, and was 2014 NCHA $15,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champion. Josh Dozier and Zeke Entz also showed the gelding in open events, including the 2014 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, where he placed second in the $15,000 Novice with Dozier.

Blackish claims second major win

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Lloyd Cox

Lloyd Cox.

Blackish, shown by Lloyd Cox, scored 225 points to win the Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Open in Graham, Tex. It was her second major win in 2018. Rollz Royce scored 224.5 points under Beau Galyean for reserve, and Metallic Drifter, with Matt Gaines, placed third with 220 points.

Blackish LTE $53,087, by Hottish, was bred by her owner, Julie Jarma, Weatherford, Tex. Earlier this year, the brown mare and Cox claimed the Ike Hamilton Futurity Open champion’s title, as well as the event’s Open Novice win.

Jarma showed Blackish’s dam, SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $185,839, by Blue Bayou Boon, to win the 2012 Brazos Bash 5/6 Non-Pro Classic and was a non-pro or amateur finalist on her in 14 other limited age and NCHA World Series events.

Rollz Royce LTE $47,133, by Dual Smart Rey, is owned by Tom Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., who also owns 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, shown by Beau Galyean. Galyean won the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Open Classic on Wednesday with 228 points on Stevie Rey Von, owned by Alvin and Becky Fultz.

Metallic Drifter LTE $53,069, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Rock Creek Cutting Horses, was reserve champion of the Augusta Futurity Open with Gaines, and also placed fourth in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open.

Sweet win for Stevie Rey Von

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Beau Galyean

Stevie Rey Von LTE $370,096, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, scored 228 points under Beau Galyean to win the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Classic Open for new owners, Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex. Miss Stylish Katz, shown by Adan Banuelos for Lone Oak Performance Horses, scored 221 points for the reserve championship, while HR Cats Starlight, ridden by Tarin Rice for E.J. Huntley, posted 220 points for third.

Six-year-old Stevie Rey Von, by Metallic Cat, was purchased in February by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex. The Fults’s owned Metallic Cat, 2008 NCHA Futurity champion and NCHA Horse of the Year under Beau Galyean and an all-time leading sire of earners of more than $16 million. In September 2017, Fultz Ranch sold Metallic Cat for an undisclosed amount to Bobby Patton’s Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Stevie Rey Von is Metallic Cat’s third-highest money earner and first NCHA Futurity champion.

Miss Stylish Katz LTE $93,892, a 5-year-old High Brow Cat daughter, out of Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005, placed fifth with Banuelos in the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes, and won the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic and reserve in the Cattlemens 5/6 Classic with Banuelos, as well.

HR Cats Starlight LTE $157,229, a 5-year-old gelding sired by High Brow Cat, and a leading 4-year-old money earner with Rice, was reserve champion of the 2017 Breeders Invitational and claimed the win in the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Open. He also won the 2017 Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Non-Pro championship with E.J. Huntley and the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic Amateur with Christina Huntley.

Tite Fittin Genes leads open field

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Bill Pierce on Tite Fittin Genes. Hart Photography.

Tite Fittin Genes, shown by Bill Pierce for J3 Cutting Horses, Kentwood, La., scored 220 points on Wednesday to lead a field of 18 qualifiers for Thursday’s 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Open Finals. Ichi La Roo, with Guys Woods for EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., and Christy Hughes, owned and shown by Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., tied with 219 points, the second-highest score from the go-round, where horses with scores of 215 points advanced.

Tight Fittin Genes, a 6-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, came into the 2018 NCHA Eastern National Championships following a finals performance with Pierce in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Classic. She was a 2017 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice finalist; earned the 5/6 reserve title in the 2017 Congress Futurity 5/6 Open; and placed as a finalist in the Southern Futurity 5/6 Open.

Ten-year-old Ichi La Roo, sired by Cat Ichi and bred by EE Ranches, is a former NCHA Eastern Nationals champion and a 12-time NCHA Eastern and Western Nationals finalist. He won the 2014 $3,000 Novice championship and was an Eastern Nationals Open finalist in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as a 2014 Western Nationals Open finalist. Rider Guy Woods also placed third in Tuesday’s $25,000 Novice Finals aboard Laneys Gotta Player, owned by EE Ranches, while Ichin In The Reyn, by Cat Ichi, placed as reserve champion for EE Ranches in the $5,000 Novice on Wednesday, under Dusty Nelsen for EE Ranches.

Christy Hughes and Austin Shepard won the $25,000 Novice championship on Tuesday with 224 points, after also topping the go-round. Bred and owned by Shepard and his wife Stacy, 6-year-old Christy Hughes, a three-quarter sister to Bamacat LTE $351,360. She is by Thomas Hughes and out of MH San Tules Dually LTE $330,220.

Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045 was trained by Sam Shepard and shown by Stacy as champion of the 2007 Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and reserve champion of the 2007 Southern Futurity. Austin was aboard Thomas E Hughes for championship wins in the 2008 Cotton Stakes 5/6 Classic Open and the 2009 NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Open.  Altogether, the stallion won or placed in 23 open or non-pro events.

Stacy Shepard won the 2008 MillionHeir 5/6 Non-Pro Classic on MH San Tules Dually, who throughout her career was shown by both Austin and Stacy, while Christy Hughes has earned most of her money under their son Cade, 16, who most recently won the 2018 Ike Hamilton 5/6 Classic Non-Pro and Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Non-Pro on her.

Ettafied verified champion

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Gabe Reynolds on Ettafied. Hart Photography.

Ettafied, ridden by Gabe Reynolds, scored 223 points Wednesday to win the $5,000 Novice championship at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Miss. Ichin In The Reyn, shown by Dusty Nelsen, scored 217.5 points for the reserve championship, and Catareycious placed third with 217 points under Ryan Moore.

Ettafied LTE $20,000, a 6-year-old High Brow CD gelding, owned by Lisa and Jamie Johnson of Benson, N.C., had scored 218 points on Tuesday to win the $5,000 Novice go-round and was also a finalist in the $25,000 Novice division.

Bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Ettafied is out of the Travalena daughter Travs Foxetta, who is out of Stylish And Foxie LTE $303,000, producer of the earners of $756,463, including Peptos Stylish Miss LTE $296,005 and Miss Stylish Pepto $216,005. This past January, Ettafied was an Open finalist with Reynolds and an Unlimited Amateur finalist with Lisa Johnson at the Augusta Futurity Classic.

Ichin In The Reyn, a 6-year-old gelding sired by Cat Ichi, is owned by his breeder EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., who also bred and owns Cat Ichi, sire of NCHA earners of over $5.6 million. EE Ranches, a leading owner of NCHA Eastern Nationals champions, also bred and owns Ichi La Roo, by Cat Ichi, who Guy Woods showed to mark 219 points, the second-highest score, on Wednesday in the Open go-round.

Woods also showed EE Ranches’ 5-year-old gelding  Laneys Gotta Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, to place third in the $25,000 Novice Finals, and was a finalist in the same event with Ichi Sangria, by Cat Ichi, while EE Ranches’ Lizzys Gotta Player daughter Lizzys Gotta Ichi placed sixth in the $25,000 Novice Finals with Dusty Nelsen.

Catareycious, owned by Larry and Carol Grimes, Thayer, Mo., came into the $5,000 Novice Finals following a fourth-place finish with Moore on Tuesday in the $25,000 Novice Finals. Moore and the 6-year-old Halreycious gelding won the 2016 Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Limited Open and also placed in the Open Limited Finals of the 2015 NCHA Futurity and the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes. The duo placed eighth in the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice World standings, as well.


Shepard’s one-two punch

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

$25,000 Novice champion Christy Hughes, with Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

After leading the go-round on Christy Hughes, Austin Shepard came back with the mare to win the $25,000 Novice finals with a 224 at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday. He also took the reserve championship with a 219 on Sir Long Legs.

It was the fourth time Shepard has finished first and second in a Novice division finals at the Eastern Nationals. He did it in the $10,000 Novice in 2012 with Great Chief and Sweet Lil Cat 007; in the $15,000 Novice in 2015 (Cat Sheree and Sweet Little Cats), and last year in the $25,000 Novice (Deluxe Checks and Paradox Cat).

Christy Hughes, was bred  by Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama, and his wife, Stacy. She is a 6-year-old mare by Thomas E Hughes out of MH San Tules Dually. Shepard won the NCHA Classic Challenge and was Reserve World Champion with Thomas E Hughes. He and Stacy, earned more than $330,000 with MH San Tules Dually. That mare has produced earners of $706,0o0 including Bamacat, World Champion Stallion of 2015.

The Shepards’ teen-age son, Cade, won Non-Pro championships with Christy Hughes at Augusta and The Ike this year, as well as a Mercuria World Series win at Congress last fall, and the Southern Derby in 2016.

With her latest win, Christy Hughes has earned nearly $130,000. Shepard, a Hall of Fame Rider with $7.5 million in career earnings, was notching up his 14th championship at the NCHA Eastern Nationals, going back to his Open title on Widows Freckles in 2002.

Sir Long Legs with Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

Reserve champion Sir Long Legs is a 5-year-old owned by Lew Hall of Lakeland, Florida. The son of High Brow Cat was bred by Michelle Cannon out of Lil Lena Long Legs and purchased by Hall for $90,000 at the 2014 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Sir Long Legs was reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity and won the NCHA Derby and Southern Derby last year. He has earned more than $280,000.

Laneys Gotta Player marked 218 with Guy Woods to place third in the $25,000 Novice for Jo Ellard’s EE Ranches of Whitesboro, Texas. Laneys Gotta Player is a 5-year-old son of Lizzys Gotta Player out of Catalaney, a daughter of EE Ranches’ foundation mare and  $1.4 million producer Laney Doc.


Ettafied leads $5K go-round

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Gabe Reynolds on Ettafied. Hart Photography.

Ettafied, ridden by Gabe Reynolds for Lisa and Jamie Johnson of Benson, North Carolina, marked 218 Tuesday to lead the first round of the $5,000 Novice at the 6666 Ranch Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi.

The 6-year-old High Brow CD gelding also showed in the $25,000 Novice finals later in the day.

Ettafied was bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake out of Travs Foxetta, a Travalena mare that Devlyn Drake showed to win the Amateur division of the El Rancho Classic in 2007. Travs Foxetta is out of Stylish And Foxie ($303,000 earner and $756,000 producer), who in turn was out of $539,000 producer Foxie Merada.

In January, Ettafied was an Open finalist with Reynolds and an Unlimited Amateur finalist with Lisa Johnson at the Augusta Classic.

Two horses, Metallic Sister and Mayzie Cats, marked 217 for the second highest score of the $5,000 Novice go-round.

John Leign Townsend showed Metallic Sister for Tommy and Kay James of Gainesville, Texas. The 6-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Little Baby Sister, was a frequent Amateur finalist with Vick Pannell over the last two years. Her dam, Little Baby Sister, is a $1.2 million producer whose babies include Sister CD ($833,000).

Scott Wray rode Mayzie Cats for Jarrett and Shannon Callahn of McConnells, South Carolina. The 4-year-old mare is by King Of The Cats out of Miss Mayzie Wood, a half-sister to $552,000 producer Play Miss. Wray was an Augusta Futurity finalist on Mayzie Cats earlier this year.

The $5,000 Novice finals are scheduled for Wednesday.