Archive for November, 2018

Schultz and Schreck tie with Friday’s high score

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Michael Schreck on Countin On Boon. Hart Photography.

Friday, November 30, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Ken Schultz scored 217 points aboard Rockin Those Tricks on Thursday, to top the first day of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition, as well as Thursday’s Amateur contenders. On Friday, Schultz and his Rockin W daughter earned 215 points to tie with Michael Schreck and Countin On Boon for the day’s overall high score. Both men were showing as Amateur Unlimited contenders.

Michael Shreck, Dike, Iowa, has proven hard to beat in Midwest limited age events during the past five years. He has won the Wyoming, Nebraska, Western States, and Iowa 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurities, as well as the 2017 Nebraska Futurity Open and Non-Pro championships on CR Tuff To Beat, by Woody Be Tuff.

On Thursday night, Schreck, the NCHA earner of $217,622, placed in the 2018 NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals riding the Hydrive Cat son Play N Dirty ($47,801), who he also showed to win the 2016 Nebraska Futurity Non-Pro and the 2017 Nebraska Derby Non-Pro.

Countin On Boon, Schreck’s NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur mount, is by Im Countin Checks and out of Boon San Kitty ($498,188), the 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and dam of earners of $829,386, including 2009 NCHA Futurity Open champion Rockin W ($329,722).

Jessica De Filippo, Miami, Fla., earned 214.5 points on Friday, showing Smart Curley Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, as an Unlimited Amateur entrant. It was the second-highest score of the day.

De Filippo, the NCHA earner of $40,387, was a 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Unlimited Amateur finalist on Wasabi Spice ($19,223), who also carried her as a finalist in both Amateur divisions of the Bonanza Classic. In the 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge, De Filippo showed My CD Player as a 5/6 Amateur Finalist.

The 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur/Amateur Unlimited first go-round continues daily through Sunday, December 2.

Hesa Belle Cat catches the lead

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Hesa Belle Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Hart Photography.

Friday, November 30
Hesa Belle Cat, who will be the 2018 World Champion in the $5,000 Novice division, won the first round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Friday morning in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena. Ridden by Mike Wood for Butlin Ranches of Edmonton, Alberta, he marked 224 for a five-point lead over Smart Lookin Hanna, ridden by Richard Hayes for Terry Mize of Weatherford, Texas.

Bred by River Bend Ranch, Hesa Belle Cat is a 7-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of RBR Lady Belle, by Shorty Lena. He was an NCHA Derby finalist with Grant Setnicka during his limited age career, and he has earned more than $165,000 to date. During the 2018 point year, he made $53,849 in the $5,000 Novice, giving him a lead of more than $11,000 coming into the World Finals.

Kathy Bro on Superfly. Hart Photography.

Kathy Bro of Roosevelt, Utah, marked 222.5 on Superfly to win the first round of the $50,000 Amateur division of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. Colleen Wallace of Okotoks, Alberta, was second with a 221.5 on Onetime Is Short.

An NCHA earner of $131,000, Bro finished the point year in 12th place in the World Standings. Her first-round win moves her up to 9th in the standings. Bro was an Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist with Dual N Gritty earlier this year at the Pacific Coast Derby.

Superfly was bred by Dave and Georgia Husby by Smooth As A Cat out of Lenas Horn. The 6-year-old gelding has won Limited Open championships with Hayden Upton at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, Cotton Stakes and Brazos Bash.

Amanda Smith on Im Short And Smooth. Hart Photography.

In the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, Amanda Smith of Wembley, Alberta, led the field with a 218 on Im Short And Smooth. Emily Clark of Bend, Ore., and LHR Who Dat Cat were next with a 217.

Smith, an NCHA earner of $133,000, won the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Western Nationals in 2012 with Whirl N Play. She won the 7-Up championship at last year’s Calgary Futurity with Im Short And Smooth.

Im Short And Smooth was bred by Pine Island Ranch. The 10-year-old gelding is by Smooth As A Cat out of Chiquita Shorty, by Shorty Lena. He was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist with Michael Cooper in 2011, and he has earned more than $138,000.

Smith and Im Short And Smooth moved up a notch in the World Standings into eighth place.

Meanwhile, Priscilla Wilson of Unadilla, Georgia and Yadayadayadatime clinched the World Championship on Friday. They have $25,354 in earnings for the year, which puts them a few hundred dollars out of reach of Emily Clark and LHR Who Dat Cat.

Dannica Percevich on Wild Haired Lilly. Hart Photography.

In the $15,000 Amateur, Dannica Percevich of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, won the go-round with a 225 on Wild Haired Lilly, followed by Madison Melasky of Groesbeck, Tex., with a 222 on Two Time Dual.

Percevich, an NCHA earner of $54,000. She won the NCHA Denver Nationals last year in the $50,000 Amateur on Imasmoothlittlecat, and this week she secured the Reserve World Champion’s title in the $35,000 Non-Pro.  She has an unbeatable lead with $15,865 for the $15,000 Amateur World Championship.

Wild Haired Lilly is a 10-year-old mare bred by Pat Fitzgerald by Wild Haired Cat out of Lilly Mate, by Smart Mate. She has earned more than $62,000.

Schultz stakes claim on Thursday with 217

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Ken Schultz on Rockin Those Tricks. Hart Photography.

Thursday, November 29, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., scored 217 points on Thursday to top the first day of Amateur/Unlimited Amateur competition, as well as Thursday’s Amateur contenders. Mike Schraeder, Cypress, Tex., and Bella Anderson, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 216 points to top the Unlimited Amateur field.

Ken Schultz and Bob Acre Oak ($114,880) made their mark in the early 1990s. After placing third in the 1993 Futurity Non-Pro Finals, Schultz and his Bob Acre Doc gelding placed eighth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and won the Steamboat Springs Derby Non-Pro. After a two-decade hiatus, Schultz, the NCHA earner of $218,979, is back. Last year, he won the PCCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited championship, as well as the El Rancho Futurity Non-Pro Limited, on TF Cats Remedy ($63,369), by WR This Cats Smart.

Rockin These Tricks, Schultz’s 2018 NCHA Futurity mount, is a Rockin W daughter, out of Trick Pepto, the 2010 Cattlemen’s Derby Open and Limited Open champion under T.J. Good. Rockin These Tricks has produced three NCHA money earners, including Tricks On You ($124,644), by Smooth As A Cat.

Mike Schraeder, the NCHA earner of $295,115, won back-to-back Southern Futurity amateur championship in 2014 and 2015 riding Time N Tequila and Bearcat Merada. In 2017, he won the West Texas Futurity Limited Non-Pro aboard Smart About Cats and this year, he placed with Game On Smooth in the Breeders Invitational, as well with Sonic Smooth in the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur.

Aristocraticaly Cat, Schraeder’s 2018 NCHA Futurity mount, is a High Brow Cat son and three-quarter brother to Flash N Silver ($131,000), by Purdy Boy Flash.

Bella Anderson, the NCHA earner of $132,034, was reserve champion of last year’s NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur , and third-placed in the Amateur finals, riding Bobby Jack Cat, by Cats Quixote Jack. Anderson also won last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship aboard The Reyl McCoy, by Dual Rey.

Anderson’s 2018 NCHA Futurity mount The Kwack Shack, by Spots Hot, is out of Kwackin Cat ($10,444), a full sister, by High Brow Cat, to Catting ($225,025) and High Brow Kwackin ($154,134), as well as a half-sister to Smart Crackin Chic ($191,375).

The 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur/Amateur Unlimited first go-round continues daily through Sunday, December 2.

PG Heavily Armed fires again

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

PG Heavily Armed, ridden by James Payne. Hart Photography.

Thursday, November 29
PG Heavily Armed, ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame Rider James Payne, marked 231 on Thursday to add the third round of the Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals to his list of accomplishments. Dont Stopp Believin and Phil Rapp posted a 227 for second.

The show has four working rounds plus a pencil finals, with the World Finals champion determined by total money won at the show. The year-end World Championship is based on World Finals money, plus money earned during the regular point year.

PG Heavily Armed came to the World Finals in 15th place in the standings. His third-round win elevates him to sixth, with two more rivals in reach before the show concludes in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Saturday. The stallion has cracked the quarter-million dollar mark at the World Finals. He’s leading the cumulative score with 690.5 points, and his World Finals earnings so far stand at $16,898.

Payne shows PG Heavily Armed for Michael and Brenda Armstrong of Marietta, Oklahoma. The 6-year-old stallion is by Playgun out of 1997 NCHA Horse of the Year Not Quite An Acre. He won the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the West Texas Futurity this summer, as well as the NCHA Classic Challenge and the Brazos Bash Classic.

Hashtags, shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice for Hashtag Ventures of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222.5 in the third round of the World Finals to take his 2018 tally to $124,097. He has an unbeatable $48,000 lead for the World Championship. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Dual Rey Tag stallion is shown by Tatum Rice for Hashtag Ventures.

Another Good run

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Hart Photography.

Thursday, November 29
As the fourth rider in the third round of the Mercuria NCHA Non-Pro World Finals, Mary Ann Rapp and Dont Stopp Believin posted a formidable 226.

But 19-year-old Ali Good of Ringling, Okla., wasn’t intimidated. She stepped to the herd eight horses later and laid down a 227 to win the round on Cat Atat Cat.

After her 223.5 win in the first round, and her 222.5 for second in the second round, Good is leading the race for the World Finals championship with $16,898 to Lindy Ashlock’s $10,380. In the cumulative score for the non-working finals She has a 673 to 663.5 lead over Ashlock.

Competition concludes with the fourth round, and the fifth, non-working finals, on Saturday.

Good, who was co-champion in the Limited Non-Pro at last year’s NCHA Futurity on Sneakish, came into the World Finals ranked eighth in the World Standings. She’s now sitting in seventh place in the year-end race.

Good’s first major win came in the Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting on Cees Little Poo at the 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular. With Cat Atat Cat this year, she’s won the Non-Pro championship at the NCHA Western Nationals, and the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and Senior Youth titles at the NCHA Eastern Nationals.

Cat Atat Cat was bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto, The 2010 gelding has earned more than $133,000, ridden by Good, and by her grandfather, Hall of Fame Rider Bill Riddle, in the Open.

Four winners emerge

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Thursday, November 29
Four contestants claimed Mercuria NCHA World Finals victories Thursday in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena. They were Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Mike Wood in the $25,000 Novice; Brian Pearse on Reys Hot Wheels in the $35,000 Non-Pro; Tulsa Beck on Jet in the $2,000 Limited Rider; and Michelle LeMaster on Mootalic Cat in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro.

Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Hart Photography.

In the $25,000 Novice, Little Jackson Cat and Light Blue Smoothy tied for first with a 223. Light Blue Smoothy is a CD Lights mare shown by Justin White for Kristin Hahn.

Along with his first-round score of 223, Little Jackson Cat took the non-working finals and the show championship, with World Finals earnings of $4,440. She also won the year-end World Championship with $54,438. Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood shows Little Jackson Cat for Dawn Chapman of Chandler, Ariz.

Little Jackson Cat is a 2010 mare bred by the Estate of Kenneth Jackson by High Brow Cat out of Rey To Play, by Dual Rey. She has earned more than $202,000, including a Limited Open reserve championship with Grant Simon at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. Last year she won the Mercuria World Finals in the $25,000 Novice, ridden by Les Bates.

Mike Wood also showed the Reserve World Champion, Candy Girl (U) for Sandero Ranch. Bred by Glade Knight, Candy Girl (U) is an 8-year-old mare by That Sly Cat out of Cotton Candy (DNA), by Bob Acre Doc.

Brian Pearse on Reys Hot Wheels. Hart Photography.

In the $35,000 Non-Pro, Dannica Percevich of Belle Fourche, South Dakota won the second round with a 225 on her Wild Haired Cat mare Wild Haired Lilly. Brian Pearse and Colleen Pearse split 3rd/4th with 218.5, giving Brian and Reys Hot Wheels a winning total of 440.5 and World Finals earnings of $2,387 for the show championship.

Two years ago, Pearse was second in the World Finals and Reserve World Champion in the $2,000 Limited Rider division riding Reyd. He went on to win the $35,000 Non-Pro World Championship last year with Reyd. This year, he finished the regular point year in fourth place in the standings on Reyd and Reys Hot Wheels. He moved up a notch to third place in the standings with his World Finals win.

Reys Hot Wheels is a 12-year-old gelding bred by Brinkman Ranch by Dual Rey out of Smart Little Beauty. He’s earned more than $190,000 to date. Owner Colleen Pearse rode him to win the $50,000 Amateur championship at last year’s NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

Melissa Corcoran, of Alamo, Calif., won the World Championship with total earnings of $15,387. In the World Finals, she rode Smart Freckled Cat, a son of Widows Freckles. She also rode Scoot Justa Lil during the regular point year.

Tulsa Beck on Jet. Hart Photography.

In the $2,000 Limited Rider division, Tulsa Beck of Scottsdale, Ariz. put together back-to-back 221s to sweep both working rounds and the non-working finals to win the show with $2,820.

Beck, who brought NCHA earnings of $248 into the 2018 season, has been working for NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tim Smith. She’s in third place in the World Standings.

Jet, owned by Cows & Horses, Etc. of Encintas, Calif., was bred by Billy Martin by the late Light N Lena, out of Shania Pep. The 10-year-old gelding has earned more than $150,000.

Beck, whose World Finals payoff moved her into the Reserve World Championship with $9,548 for the year, also showed Cyndi Cat, Mr Willy  Dual and Tachitas Brigalena during the regular season.

The World Championship went to Mary Penner of Scottsdale, Ariz. who rode Cyndi Cat in the World Finals. She also showed Bless Chu Mate during the year. Her total earnings were $17,253.

Michelle LeMaster on Mootalic Cat. Hart Photography.

In the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, Christine King of Scottsdale won the second round by half a point on her Metallic Cat gelding Metallicsfirstchoice with a 221.

But Michelle LeMaster of Las Vegas, Nevada, marked 220.5 with Mootalic Cat for second in the go-round, and a winning 439 in the pencil finals. That gave her $3,675 at the show and $55,924 to win both the World Finals and the World Championship.

This is LeMaster’s fourth NCHA World Championship. She previously won the $15,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro in 2010 with Budha Cash, and the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro with El Gato Benito in 2012.

Mootalic Cat is a 7-year-old mare bred by Gary and Jessica Gonsalves by Metallic Cat out of Etta Rey.

The first round of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals for the $5,000 Novice, $50,000 Amateur, $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and $15,000 Amateur gets underway Friday in the Watt Arena.

Porterfield prevails as Limited Open champion

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Cat Gethr, ridden by Kody Porterfield. Hart Photography.

Wednesday, November 28, Fort Worth, Tex.
2018 North Texas Chevy Dealers NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance

Kody Porterfield, showing for J.C. Jackman, Clewiston, Fla., scored 223 points on Cat Gethr to win Wednesday’s NCHA Futurity Limited Open championship. Greg Wright claimed the reserve championship with 219 points, riding Reycan In The Cash for Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., while Rodrigo Taboga placed third with 218 points on The Dewd for Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Tex.

Kody Porterfield’s mount, Cat Gethr, a red roan Metallic Cat daughter, is a three-quarter sister to Roamin Cat ($116,320), by High Brow Cat , and out of Love A CD, by CD Olena.

Porterfield, the NCHA earner of $244,002, won the 2015 NCHA Futurity Limited Open and placed third in the Futurity Open on This Isa Third, by Third Cutting. He also placed as a finalist riding in last year’s NCHA Futurity Open and Limited Open aboard Fancy Cutting, a Third Cutting daughter that he has shown as a finalist in three limited age events this year.

Reycan In The Cash, ridden by Greg Wright. Hart Photography.

Greg Wright and Reycan In The Cash, by Dual Rey, marked 218 and 219 in the Open go-rounds to earn the fourth highest cumulative score. The sorrel stallion, out of Cancan Kitty, by Highbrow Cat, is a full brother to Cancan Reyvolution ($176,682) and Kitty Can Dual ($108,297). Kelle Earnheart showed Cancan Reyvolution to place third in the 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals and Kitty Can Dual to placed third in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals.

Wright, the NCHA earner of $813,391, was a finalist in last year’s NCHA Futurity Limited Open riding Sugarush, by Kit Kat Sugar. The pair also placed third in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open, and were finalists in the NCHA Derby Limited, as well. In addition to Reycan In The Cash, Wright also showed Crown That Cat, owned by Star C Land & Cattle Co., to qualify for the Open Semi-Finals on Saturday, December 8.

Rodrigo Taboga claimed his first NCHA earnings in a big way on Wednesday, riding The Dewd, a Metallic Cat gelding, and a full brother to five earners of over $100,000 each, including 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel ($411,837).  Alvin Fults, breeder of The Dewd, as well as of his full siblings, also owns Warlock, a full brother to The Dewd, and a leading qualifier for the Open Semi-Finals with Beau Galyean. It was Galyean, winner of the 2008 NCHA Futurity Open on Fultz-owned Metallic Cat, who also trained and showed Metallic Rebel.