Archive for October, 2018

2018 Southern Futurity Champions

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Ashley Flynn

Ashley Flynn, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider with earnings of $628,515, collected $10,000 and her second Southern Futurity Non-Pro Derby championship win with 222 points on Friday, aboard Smooth Lines, by Smooth As A Cat. Flynn had also won the 2012 edition of the event riding Checks For Sure, by Im Countin Checks.

Nadine Payne, Overbrook, Okla., and Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Miss., tied with 218 points as reserve champions. Payne was riding her 2017 Southern Futurity champion Peaceful Ez Feelin, by Lizzys Gotta Player, and Colgrove was on X Marks The Spot, by Woody Be Tuff.

Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., has won over 16 major limited age events. She was 2015 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion on LHR Smooth James Rey, and placed third on Financial Sugar in the 2008 Millionheir Classic Non-Pro, where Flynn earned $36,000, her single richest check.

Madalyn Colgrove, the earner of $581,937, showed X Marks The Spot to place seventh in the West Texas Non-Pro Derby this summer. She also showed Sweet Baby Marie, by High Brow CD, earlier this year to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Classic Non-Pro. Sweet Baby Marie also carried Colgrove to reserve non-pro championships in the 2017 NCHA Derby and the 2017 Breeders Invitational.

Nadine Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro with earnings of $526,756, also won the 2018 Southern Futurity Non-Pro on Saturday riding Desires A Gun, by Boon Too Suen. In addition, Payne won the 2017 Southern Futurity Non-Pro on Peaceful EZ Feeling, who she also showed to win the 2017 Brazos Bash Futurity Non-Pro. Payne’s top wins came in 2014, when she claimed the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Great Expectations, by Third Cutting, and in 2016, when she won the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on Velvets Revolver, by WR This Cats Smart.

In the Southern 5/6 Non-Pro Classic, Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., an NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider with earnings of $868,772,  scored 220 points for the win on 6-year-old  Shes Full Of Hope, by Smart Mate. Kolby Don Moore, Crawfordsville, Fla., scored 218 points aboard 5-year-old Highbrow Nadine, by High Brow CD, for the reserve championship, while Lica Pinkston, Alice, Tex., placed third with 214 points on 5-year-old Stylish Top Brow, by High Brow CD.

Cowan, also placed seventh in the Southern Derby Non-Pro with Catty Minx, the horse he showed last month to win the El Rancho Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. In addition, Cowan won the 2018 El Rancho Classic with Catty Bluz, a full brother to Catty Minx, by Cowan Ranch stallion Catty Hawk, who Cowan showed as 2008 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited champion.

Kolby Don Moore, the NCHA earner of $85,000, showed Highbrow Nadine earlier this year to place sixth in the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro, as well as fourth in the NCHA Eastern National Championships Non-Pro.

Lica Pinkston, the NCHA earner of $370,000, claimed the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur Classic reserve championship with Stylish Top Brow and fifth placed with the gelding in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur, as well as seventh in the 2018 Cotton Stakes Amateur. Pinkston and Stylish Top Brow also won the 2017 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited and the 2017 West Texas  Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited.

The 2018 Southern 3-Year-Old Futurity final results were determined by a cumulative two go-round score. Nadine Payne was the winner with 429 points on Desires A Gun, reserve champion of the Southern Open Futurity with Nadine’s husband, James Payne, who won the 2018 Southern Futurity Open riding Stylish Hailee. Nadine Payne and Desires A Gun also won the 2018 West Texas Futurity Non-Pro.

Sasha Thompson, Buffalo, Tex., the NCHA earner of $230,408, scored 428 points to place second riding homebred My My Sharoana, by One Roan Peptos. Sasha won the 2017 Southern Futurity Classic Non-Pro riding Sho Nuff Hot, by Spots Hot, and placed third in the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro on Thommo, by Thomas E Hughes. Both Sho Nuff Hot and Thommo, were bred by Sasha and her husband Craig out of Miss Play Reyco, by Playgun, the mare who carried Sasha to win the 2010 Tunica Futurity Classic Non-Pro and place third in the Southern Futurity Classic Non-Pro.

Jessica Pierce, Noxapater, Miss., the NCHA earner of $209,371, scored 427.5 points to place third aboard the Hottish mare Hott Pockets, who Bill Pierce showed to place third in the Futurity Open.

The 2018 Southern Futurity in Jackson, Miss., concluded on Saturday with the 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals, as well as the Amateur and Amateur Unlimited Finals. For complete results go to 2018 Southern Futurity.

Southern Futurity double for James Payne

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

James Payne.

James Payne owned the Southern Futurity 3-Year-Old Open on Wednesday, after he scored 220 points on Stylish Hailee to win the championship and 216 points on Desires A Gun to claim reserve. Payne also placed fifth in the seven-horse field on Stella Merada to tally earnings of $32,337 in the $52,637 purse finals.

Hott Pockets, sired by Hottish, and bred, owned, and shown by Bill Pierce, scored 214.5 points for third place.

This was the third consecutive win for Stylish Hailee, by Halreycious, who was purchased for $35,000 by Kathleen Moore, in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales. Stylish Hailee’s dam, Keep Me in Style, by Doc Stylish Oak, has produced seven NCHA money earners, including Spoonfula Style LTE $56,011.

Reserve champion Desires A Gun, by Boon Too Suen, is owned by James and Nadine Payne, Marietta, Okla., and was shown by Nadine to win the West Texas Futurity Non-Pro championship.

Derby Open

Rollz Royce, ranked third among 2018 4-year-olds with $173,604, claimed his fourth consecutive win in two months with the Southern Futurity championship. Owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., the Dual Smart Rey son scored 225 points under Beau Galyean, who also placed fourth in the finals with 218 points aboard his own horse, Desiresomemettalic, by Metallic Cat.

Dual Reyish, by Hottish, the 2017 NCHA Futurity champion owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., scored 219.5 points for reserve under Austin Shepard, while Reystylin Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, scored 219 points with Adan Banuelos for third.

Classic Open

Austin Shepard, reserve champion of the Derby, and James Payne, champion and reserve in the Futurity, also claimed premium shares of the Southern Classic purse. Shepard scored 222 points for the championship aboard Sir Long Legs, while Payne and PG Heavily Armed earned 221 points for reserve. Christy Hughes, owned by Austin and Stacy Shepard, placed third with 220 points under Austin’s father, Sam Shepard, and James Payne took fourth with 219 points aboard The Golden Shot, owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Five-year-old Sir Long Legs LTE $324,063, by High Brow Cat, won the 2017 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Open with Austin Shepard, for current owner, Lew Hall, Highland City, Fla., who purchased the stallion for $90,000, at the 2014 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Yearling Sale. With Shepard in the saddle, Sir Long Legs earned the reserve championship title in the 2016 NCHA Futurity, and won the 2017 NCHA Derby.

Six-year-old PG Heavily Armed LTE $233,750, sired by Playgun and owned by Michael and Brenda Hughes, Marietta, Okla., came into the Southern Classic off of wins with Payne in the Brazos Bash Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge. With earnings of $94,121 in 2018, alone, PG Heavily Armed is ranked fourth among 2018 five/six-year-old money earners.

Six-year-old Christy Hughes LTE $164,971, by Thomas E Hughes, was bred by Austin and Stacy Shepard out of MH San Tules Dually LTE $330,220 and is a three-quarter sister to Bamacat LTE $351,360. She has carried all of the Shepard family members to championship wins, including Austin and Stacy’s son Cade, who showed her to win the 2016 Southern Derby Non-Pro, as well as the 2018 Ike Hamilton Classic Non-Pro and the 2018 Augusta Classic Non-Pro. Most recently, Cade’s sister Caylee showed Christy Hughes to win the 2018 Cotton Stakes Non-Pro Limited.

For complete 2018 Southern Futurity results go to:

A bestseller: NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Roadreyge, sale topper at $100,000

The 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales concluded on Saturday, October 20 with 90% of the entire offering –173 head –sold for an average of $13,620; on Saturday, the last day of the sales, 94% of the horses sold. Held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex., the sale offered a top roster of pedigrees eligible for the NRCHA Stakes, with many eligible for the NCHA Super Stakes, as well.

The overall high seller, at $100,000, was Roadreyge, a yearling colt consigned by Wes and Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex. Sired by Dual Smart Rey, whose earners of $4.8 million include NCHA Open Futurity champion Dual Smart Kitty and NRCHA Open Futurity champion Duals Lucky Charm. Doug Carpenter was the agent for Roadreyge’s buyer, Richard Gober, Seminole, Okla.

Shadow Oaks Ranch’s stallion One Shiney Metallic, who qualified for the NRCHA Futurity Open Finals under trainer Corey Cushing, was the high-selling 3-year-old, at $64,000. Sired by NCHA Horse of the Year and NCHA Open Futurity champion Metallic Cat, he was purchased by Teresa Martin, Vernon, Tex.

Redneck Royalty, a yearling colt sired by NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth As A Cat, brought $60,000 from Janet Handtmann, Santa Ynez, Calif. Consigned by Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., Redneck Royalty is out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter Royal Red Pepto, dam of earners of $338,089.

Specialeditionkitty, at $55,000, was the high-selling yearling filly. Consigned by Flag Ranch, LLC, Purcell, Okla., the daughter of NCHA Horse of the Year and NCHA Futurity Open champion Metallic Cat, is half-sister to Special High Brow, an NRCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist and Herd Work reserve champion. She was purchased by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo.

Eight-year-old SDP Got Fancy Genes, an NRCHA Non-Pro Futurity and Derby champion, was the high-selling broodmare at $34,000. Consigned by Walter Greeman, the RC Fancy Step daughter is half-sister to SDP Blue Blood LTE $120,210, an NRCHA Open Stakes co-reserve champion. She was purchased by Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Tex., breeder of 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel $411,837.

For complete NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity results and information on the upcoming NCHA Futurity Sales go to:

A Great Day for NRCHA

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

High seller at $100,000 Roadreyge, by Dual Smart Rey

The 2-day 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales concluded on the final day of the Futurity with 90% of the entire offering –173 head –selling for an average of $13,620.

On Saturday, the last day of the sales, 94% of the horses sold, including the sales topper, at $100,000, yearling colt Roadreyge, by Dual Smart Rey. Wes and Lindy Ashlock were the consignors and Doug Carpenter was agent for buyer Richard Gober, Seminole, Okla.

For complete results go to:

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

One Shiney Metallic, CHC photo

The two-day NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales got underway on a high note on Friday, October 19 with the sale of Shadow Oak Ranch’s 3-year-old palomino stallion One Shiney Metallic, by NCHA Horse of the Year and NCHA Open Futurity champion, Metallic Cat, for $64,000. The NRCHA Sales, held during the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Tex., continue through Saturday, October 20.

One Shiney Metallic, who qualified for the NRCHA Futurity Open Finals under trainer Corey Cushing, sold to Don & Teresa Martin, Vernon, Tex. His dam, One Shiney Rey, by Dual Rey, is half-sister to Shiney Shorty, by Shorty Lena, producer of NCHA earners of $228,434.

Here Comes The Boon, CHC photo

Here Comes The Boon, consigned by and in training with Myles Brown, was the high-selling 2-year-old at $50,000, purchased by Rocking BS Ranch, Brent & Suzie Steward, Las Vegas, Nev. Sired by Once In A Blu Boon, the bay roan colt is out of the Shorty Lena daughter Stay Outta My Shorts, an NCHA and NRCHA money earning producer.

Cantankerous One, by One Time Pepto, was the high-selling 2-year-old filly at $38,000. Consigned by Lone Oak Performance Horses, LLC and trained by Phillip Ralls, the red roan filly is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cancan Kitty,  and a half-sister to NCHA money earners Cancan Reyvolution LTE $177,029 and Kitty Can Dual LTE $124,535. She was purchased by Holy Cow Performance Horses Texas LLP, Weatherford, Tex.

The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale Yearling and Broodmare Sale Session I, to be continued on Saturday, October 20, reflected an especially strong market with 87 percent completed sales. Call Her Hilda 17, a Metallic Cat-sired yearling filly and a full sister to Call Me Mitch LTE $173,172, commanded the top price of $30,000. Consigned by James Eakin and purchased by Ty Marshall, Rosston, Tex., Call Her Hilda 17 is out of Miss Hickory Hill, by Doc’s Hickory, the producer of earners of $546,546.

Play Gunz And Roses, consigned by Fazenda Barrinha Corporation, brought $25,000, Session I’s second-highest price, from Geoffrey Porges, New York, NY. The 2-year-old gray Playgun filly is out of Arosesuchaclatter LTE $323,079 and is a half-sister to Arosefirst LTE $57,689 and Peptoboonshakalaca LTE $50,684.

The 2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales continue through Saturday, October 20th. For complete results go to


Sweet Lil Prime Time for PCCHA Futurity

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

A heady roster of limited age divisions worth a total of more than $647,000 drew contestants nationwide to Las Vegas’s South Point Equestrian Arena, for the PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity on October 4 through 13. The Futurity Open Finals, with a total of $154,865, offered the richest rewards and Texas owners, with seven of the 14 finalists, reaped the benefits.

Owners Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., dominated the 3-Year-Old Futurity Open Finals with Sweet Lil Prime Time and Metallic Legacy, the champion and reserve champion, respectively, and Little Swiss Rey, who split 10/11 in the 14-horse field.

Phil Hanson.

Durant-bred Sweet Lil Prime Time, by Sweet Lil Pepto out of Prime Time Kat, by High Brow Cat, scored 222 points for his $25,000 win under Phil Hanson, while Metallic Legacy, sired by Metallic Cat and purchased by the Durants at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, scored 218.5 points to earn $22,500 with Gary Gonsalves. Third-placed Haldou Do, sired by Halreycious, owned by Hanson Revocable Trust, Weatherford, Tex., and shown by Phil Hanson, earned $19,000. Hanson also showed Little Swiss Rey, and rode Roan To Da Bone for the Durants in the 4-Year-Old Derby Finals (8/9).

Rollz Royce LTE $158,604, sired by Dual Smart Rey and owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., scored 225 points with Beau Galyean to win the Derby Open championship and $14,000. Matt Miller and Megan Miller-owned Carolena Reyn LTE $189,855, also sired by Dual Smart Rey, claimed the reserve championship and $12,000 with 221.5 points under Matt Miller; and Taliate $160,787, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Casey Green, placed third with 218.5 points for Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. Green also split 5/7 in the Derby riding Rey Luis, by Dual Smart Rey, for Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.

In addition to his Derby win aboard Rollz Royce, Beau Galyean placed (10th) in the Derby on his own horse, Desiresomettalic, by Metallic Cat, and placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Classic with Rose Colored Rey, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Ellen Carter, Teton Village, Wyo., and Bet Yer Metallic, by Metallic Cat, owned by Jeffrey Neidhart, Farmington, NM.

Six-year-old Metallic Cat daughter Cromed Out Cat, LTE $238,770, the 2016 PCCHA 4-Year-Old champion and 2017 Classic reserve champion, won the Classic Open with 228 points under T.J. Good for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. Five-year-old Second Spot LTE $333,912, by Spots Hot, scored 224 points with Lloyd Cox to claim reserve for Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., while Stylish Look Bella LTE $172,140, by Dual Smart Rey, placed third with 220.5 points under Morgan Cromer, for Marvin and Paulette Teixeira, Santa Maria, Calif.

T.J. Good also placed tenth in the Classic riding 5-year-old Tricked Ya, by Smooth As A Cat, for Bitterroot Ranch, Las Vegas, Nev , and was fourth in the Derby aboard Beechfork-owned Candi Cat, by High Brow Cat, as well as ninth in the Futurity with Stunner Cat, by Metallic Cat, for JLC Performance Horses, Marietta, Okla.

For complete results go to 2018 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity

Dont (never) Stopp Believin

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Phil Rapp

Phil Rapp.

Dont Stopp Believin pulled out all the stops to win both the Open and the Non-Pro Finals of the 2018 All American Quarter Horse Congress Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting with matching scores of 226 points. Owned and shown by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., the 7-year-old stallion, sired by Dual Rey out 2011 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice $824,546, sailed well past $400,000 in earnings with a winnings total of $21,369 from the Congress Mercuria event.

Hashtags, the 5-year-old Metallic Cat son, who is leading the 2018 NCHA World standings under Tatum Rice for Hashtag Ventures LP, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points to earn $8,343, as Open reserve champion, while 6-year-old Ettafied, by High Brow CD, shown by Gabe Reynolds for Shaun O’Hearn, placed third with 214 points.

Mary Ann Rapp.

Phil Rapp, current president of NCHA, is cutting’s all-time leading money earner with $9,136,543. Mary Ann Rapp, with earnings of $4,602,271, is NCHA’s all-time leading woman and leading Non-Pro money earner. Together they have earned an all-time total of $13,738,814.

Lauren Middleton, Weatherford, Tex., claimed the reserve championship in the Non-Pro Finals with 221 points aboard 10-year-old Sweet Reyvenge, by Reys Dual Badger. Middleton, an NCHA Hall of Fame Inductee, has won two of her four Mercuria championships riding Sweet Reyvenge $178,074.

Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Tex, took third in the Non-Pro with 220 points on 12-year-old Little Pepto Cat, by High Brow Cat. Milner, with a record eight NCHA World Championships, won her first Mercuria event in 2014 with Smooth Asa Zee at the Clagary Stampede. Little Pepto Cat was 2017 NCHA World Champion Open Gelding.