Archive for June, 2018

Lightning strikes at Western Nationals

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
RM Lightning Merada

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion RM Lightning Merada, ridden by Paula Platt.
Ted Petit photos.

RM Lightning Merada, ridden by Paula Platt marked 218.5 to take the final championship of the NCHA Western Nationals Saturday, in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division. Coooter Brown, ridden by Denise Cox, was reserve champion with a 217.5, while Disco Barbie, ridden by Mandy Kirchner, placed third with a 217.

Platt won last year’s Idaho Classic Amateur Gelding title with RM Lightning Merada, and she was an Amateur finalist with him at this year’s NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

The 6-year-old gelding was bred by Reed McClymont by Cats Merada out of Choice Jewels, bu SR Instant Choice. Choice Jewels has produced earners of more than a quarter-million dollars, led by Fancy Hughes, a Thomas E Hughes mare which Kenny Platt rode to win the Brazos Bash and Idaho Futurity in 2014.

Kenny Platt showed RM Lightning Merada to a string of Open limited age event finals, including the Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Derby as well as Open and Novice finals at past NCHA Western Nationals. McKenzie McBride won the $2,000 Limited Rider champion with the gelding at last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals.

Paula Platt, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, has earned more than $55,000 in her 20 years as an NCHA member.  Her biggest previous win was in the 2008 Rocky Mountain Classic, where she was Non-Pro champion on Freckles Dual Rey.

Coooter Brown

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve champion Coooter Brown, ridden by Denise Cox.
Ted Petit photo.

Reserve champion Coooter Brown is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Gordon Sevig by Dualin Puddy Tap out of GS Kittys Littlelena, a half-sister to $211,000 earner GS Counting On Kitty.

Coooter Brown’s third dam, Cats Full Measure, won the 1999 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity with Phil Rapp, and Rapp bought Coooter Brown for $4,000 at the 2013 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Phil and Mary Ann Rapp won some 4-year-old money with the horse.

Lawson Hadlock has shown Coooter Brown for Denise Cox, including a reserve championship at the Utah Derby.

In all, Coooter Brown has won over $75,000 with his latest paycheck.

Cox, of Ogden, Utah, has career earnings of more than $91,000. She won the $35,000 Non-Pro at the NCHA Western Nationals with Hillbilly Handfishin, another former Rapp horse.

In third, Mandy Kirchner of Clarinda, Iowa, marked 217 on Disco Barbie. The 6-year-old mare by Little Disco Tucker, was bred by Phil Langstraat out of Stylin Barbie,  a mare that won the 2002 All American Quarter Horse Congress Classic. Disco Barbie was an NCHA Classic Challenge Limited Non-Pro finalist with Kirchner last year.

Kirchner, who won the $2,000 Limited Rider championship at the 2005 NCHA Western Nationals, has also won multiple Non-Pro championships at the Iowa Futurity and the CHA of Nebraska Futurity.


Carson Pearson wins $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro title

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
White Leg

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro champion White Leg, ridden by Carson Pearson.
Ted Petit photos.

Carson Pearson, riding White Leg, by Dual Smart Rey, scored 219.5 points on Saturday to win the $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro championship. Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., claimed reserve with 218.5 points on Ferrarey, while Jim Short, Fulshear, Tex., and Duce Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., tied for third with 218 points riding Exackta and Mr Connerey, respectively.

Carson Pearson, Spearman, Tex., was a finalist riding Neverey, by Dual Rey, in last year’s $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and $5,000 Novice Non-Pro at the NCHA Denver Nationals, where his father, Mark Pearson, showed White Leg as reserve champion of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

This was the first major win for Pearson, the NCHA earner of $38,870, who also placed as a finalist on White Leg in the $25,000 Novice-Non-Pro division on Saturday. White Leg LTE $28,769, by Dual Smart Rey, is owned by Carson’s grandfather, Dan Pearson.


$5,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve champion Ferrarey, ridden by Glenn Barlow.
Ted Petit photo.

In the past three and a half  years, Glenn Barlow, the NCHA earner of $417,316, has won 11 limited age event finals, in addition to numerous non-working finals. His largest single paycheck came as a 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist aboard Mr Connerey, who Duce Barlow, his son, showed to tie Jim Short for third in the $5,000 Novice-Non-Pro division.

Six-year-old Ferrarey, by Dual Rey, was bred by Barlow Livestock and carried Barlow to win the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited championship, as well as the finals of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro, Non-Pro Limited, and Amateur divisions.

Ferrarey and 9-year-old Mr Connerey are full siblings out of Cats Good Intentions LTE $106,229. Glenn Barlow also showed Mr. Connerey to win the 2015 Breeders Invitational Unlimited Amateur, as well as place third in the NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur, and fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur.

Duce Barlow, the NCHA earner of $31,761, showed Ferrarey earlier this year to place (8th) in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Jim Short, the NCHA earner of $305,227, was a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur finalist on Exackta, as well as a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur finalist on Call Me What U Want. He also showed Exackta as a finalist this week in the Western Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division.

Five-year-old Exackta, by Boon A Little, is the NCHA earner of $39,150, and a full sister to Steve Earl LTE $71,384, shown by Short as 2013 Brazos Bash Unlimited Amateur champion.

Ali Good delivers 223-point win

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Ali Good

Non-Pro champion Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Ali Good and Cat Atat Cat scored 223 points on Saturday, the last day of 2017 NCHA Western Nationals competition, to win the Non-Pro championship. Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., claimed the reserve title with 219 points aboard Flash About, while Stacey Johnson, Duluth, Minn., placed third with 217 points on Short N Smooth.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Hottish-sired Sneakish, who she also showed as a finalist (17/23) in the Western Nationals Non-Pro finals. But it was 8-year-old Cat Atat Cat, by High Brow Cat, who carried Good to win this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship, as well as the Eastern National Senior Youth division. Good, with NCHA career earnings of $59,186, earned her first winner’s trophy when she was 11, as NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth champion aboard Cees Little Poo, by SR Instant Choice.

Cat Atat Cat, the NCHA earner of $94,318, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge Open with Bill Riddle, Good’s grandfather, who also showed Cat Atat Cat’s dam, Miss Stylish Pepto, to earn $216,005.

Gary Barker

Non-Pro reserve champion Gary Barker on Flash About. Ted Petit photo.

For Gary Barker, the NCHA earner of $581,484, his win on 9-year-old Flash About LTE $241,011, by Purdy Boy Flash, in the 2015 NCHA Winter Showdown Unlimited Amateur counts as one of his biggest paydays. The next biggest would be his 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur win on Smooth Nu Cat, by Smooth As A Cat. Barker showed both horses in the NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro finals to finish second and eighth, respectively, and also showed Special Nu Cat as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro division finals.

Stacey Johnson, the NCHA earner of $65,906, also showed 10-year-old Short N Smooth LTE $296,625, by Smooth As A Cat, earlier in the week, as a finalist (7th) in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals of the NCHA Western Nationals, where she placed (9th) with MK CD High Roller, as well.

Tyler Delange wins $35,000 Non-Pro title

Friday, June 29th, 2018

$35,000 Non-Pro champion Tyler Delange on Louis The Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Tyler Delange, Fort Gratiot, Mich., showed Louis The Cat to a definitive 224-point win in the NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro finals in Denver, on June 28. Israel Valles, Mesilla Park, NM, scored 219 points for the reserve championship, and Dannica Percevich, Belle Fourche, SD, placed third with 218.5 points.

Tyler Delange, the NCHA earner of $82,336, and Louis The Cat placed first in last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division and second in the same division of this year’s Eastern Nationals. Owned by Amy and Mike Delange and Rick Dubay, Fort Gratiot, Mich., Louis The Cat also scored 222 points on Sunday, June 24, to win the NCHA Western Nationals $25,000 Novice division under Casey Crouch.

Nine-year-old Louis The Cat LTE $217,558, by High Brow Cat, is a full brother to Louellas Cat LTE $302,483 and Cattalou LTE $295,057, as well as half-brother to Movin Downtown LTE $334,523. The siblings’ dam, Louella Again, by Dual Pep, is a leading producer, with 13 NCHA earners of $1,478,776.

Israel Valles

Reserve champion Israel Valles on Smokem Jo Lena. Ted Petit photo.

Israel Valles and Smokem Jo Lena won last year’s NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro. Valles was a $2,000 Limited Rider finalist in the 2015 NCHA World Finals on Justa Cat Sprat and a $15,000 Amateur finalist in 2017 on Smokem Jo Lena. A 10-year-old gelding sired by Joes Midnight Son, Smokem Jo Lena is the NCHA earner of $64,651. Israel Valles is the earner of $34,793.

Dannica Percevich, the NCHA earner of $31,204, won last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship and was reserve champion in the $15,000 Amateur aboard Imasmoothlittlecat, by Smooth As A Cat. Earlier this week, Todd Adolf showed Percevich ‘s mount, 9-year-old Wild Haired Lilly, by Wild Haired Cat, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice division. Wild Haired Lilly is the NCHA earner of $49,564.

McKenzie McBride wins $15,000 Amateur championship

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

$15,000 Amateur champion McKenzie McBride on Indian Clay. Ted Petit photos.

McKenzie McBride, who won the NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur go-round with 219 points on Wednesday, June 27, topped herself on Thursday with a 220.5-point winning run in the finals. She was riding Indian Clay, the horse she also showed as a finalist in the Senior Youth finals, last Saturday.

Hailey Schafer, Queen Creek, Ariz., scored 219 points on Smart Chula Dual to earn the reserve championship, while Audrey O’Connor, Parker, Colo., placed third with 216 points on Halion and tied (10/13) with 212 on High Rey Of Freckles.

Last year, McKenzie McBride, Fort Lupton, Colo., won the NCHA Denver Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider championship on RM Lightning Merada, and placed in the Senior Youth with Sleeper Cat. Nine-year-old Indian Clay LTE $32,380, by Hickorys Indian Pep, is owned by Paula Platt, Fort Lupton, Colo. McKenzie McBride is the NCHA earner of $5,913.

Hailey Schafer

Reserve champion Hailey Schafer on Smart Chula Dual. Ted Petit photo.

Hailey Schafer and Smart Chula Dual also placed (10th) in the $2,000 Limited Rider finals earlier in the show. Last year, Schafer and her 14-year-old Chula Dual-sired gelding placed third in the $2,000 Limited Rider Mercuria NCHA World Finals, as well as sixth in the same division of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

Smart Chula Dual is the NCHA earner of $15,154; Schafer has NCHA earnings of $15,514.

Audrey O’Connor, Parker, Colo., the earner of $9,035, placed in the finals of the 2015 NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur division riding A M Wild Aggies, by Wild Haired Cat. Her mounts this year were 8-year-old Halion LTE $21,467, by Halreycious, and 5-year-old High Rey Of Freckles LTE $22,760,  by Dual Rey. High Rey Of Freckles previously placed second as a 3-year-old in the 2016 Western States Fall Futurity Open under Tarin Rice, and as a finalist (7th) in the West Texas Futurity Open. In 2017, she placed third with Rice in the Western States Fall Futurity.

Gianna Pietrafeso wins $50,000 Amateur

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

$50,000 Amateur champion Gianna Pietrafeso on Smokin Tap. Ted Petit photos.

Gianna Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., and Smokin Tap, winners of last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division, scored 222 points on Thursday, June 28 to win the NCHA Western Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship. Jo Ellard, Whitesboro, Tex., and Ichi La Roo claimed the reserve title with 220 points, while Stephanie Croft, Cherokee, Okla., scored 219 points for third on Cat Xcellent.

Thirteen-year-old Smokin Tap LTE $88,347, by Smokin Trona, also carried Pietrafeso as a finalist in last weekend’s NCHA Western Nationals Senior Youth. Together, the pair has gained the finals in 13 events, winning two championships, two reserves, and two NCHA World Championship Top 10 placings. Pietrafeso is the NCHA earner of $54,164, most of which she earned with Smokin Tap.

Reserve champion Jo Ellard on Ichi La Roo. Ted Petit photo.

Non-Pro Hall of Fame champion Jo Ellard is the NCHA earner of $642,062. Ellard has bred and owned (as EE Ranches) countless NCHA National champions and finalists, as well as limited age event performers, including 2004 NCHA Derby Open champion Cat Ichi, the sire of 10-year-old Ichi La Rue.

Ichi La Roo LTE $116,169 carried Ellard to win the 2014 Brazos Bash Amateur Unlimited championship and, more recently, as a finalist in the Non-Pro division of this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals, where Guy Woods also showed him in the Open finals.

Ellard also placed in the $50,000 Amateur finals on the Cat Ichi gelding Ichin In The Reyn, who Dusty Nelsen showed to win the $5,000 Novice championship on Monday.

Stephanie Croft, Cherokee, Okla., the NCHA earner of $87,785, enjoyed success last year in limited age event competition with Toy Story Three and Badazz Cat. She won the Western States Fall Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur riding Badazz Cat, by High Brow Cat, and the Non-Pro Limited championship in the same event on Toy Story Three, by Cats Merada. She also showed Toy Story Three as an Amateur finalist in the Breeders Invitational and the NCHA Derby, as well as an NCHA Derby Unlimited finalist.

Her mount, Cat Xcellent LTE $6,811, in this year’s NCHA Western Nationals $50,000 Amateur, is a 4-year-old Metallic Cat gelding, who was shown by James Payne to earn money in the Open Gelding division of the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity.

Whitaker clocks go-round win

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

On Wednesday, June 27, at the NCHA Western Nationals in Denver, David Whitaker, Kaysville, Utah, scored 218 points aboard Cartier Time, to win the go-round of $35,000 Non-Pro division. Dannica Percevich, Belle Fourche, S.D., and Wild Haired Lilly, placed second with 216.5 points in the 73-rider go-round, where a 213.5-point score advanced 30 entries to Thursday’s finals.

Whitaker and 11-year-old Cartier Time, by One Time Pepto, placed (7th) in last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division, where Lawson Hadlock showed the gelding as a finalist (5th) in the $25,000 Novice. Earlier this week, Hadlock and Cartier Time placed (8th) in the Open finals.

In February, Whitaker showed Cartier Time to place (4th) in the $100,000 amateur division of the World Series of Cutting Mane Event in Las Vegas. Whitaker is the NCHA earner of $55,600; Cartier Time has $57,242 in lifetime earnings.

Dannica Percevich, the NCHA earner of $31,204, won last year’s NCHA Denver Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship and was reserve champion in the $15,000 Amateur aboard Imasmoothlittlecat, by Smooth As A Cat.

Earlier this week, Todd Adolf showed 9-year-old Wild Haired Lilly, by Wild Haired Cat, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice division. Wild Haired Lilly is the NCHA earner of $49,564.