Archive for February, 2019

Last but not least: Four champions

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The tenth annual Arbuckle Mountain Futurity concluded its 2019 schedule of events on Sunday, February 24, with four Amateur champions. Rocky Davis, Alberta, Can., claimed the 4-Year-Old Amateur with 216.5 points on Her Royal Queen, by One Time Royalty, while Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., scored 222 points on Exs N Ohhs, by Kit Kat Sugar, to win the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur title. In the 5/6 Classic divisions, Richard Minnix, Midland, Tex., won the 5/6 Amateur Classic with 221 points aboard Metallic Tax, by Metallic Cat, while Bonnie Martin topped the 5/6 Amateur Classic Unlimited with 225 points on Reysin Kittens, by Dual Rey.

This is the third Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old championship title for Rocky Davis, the NCHA earner of $244,075. He won the 2014 Amateur on Nitarey Cine, by Nitas Wood, and the 2017 Amateur with Mouse Ichi, by Cat Ichi. Last year, Davis won the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited on Her Royal Queen’s half-brother, Redneck Creyzy $121,770, who also carried him as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited championship. Her Royal Queen and Dual Rey gelding Redneck Creyzy, bred by Carroll’s Cutting, are the only NCHA earners out of Xquizit Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Lynn Goforth, Max Meadows, Va., and Viki Williamson, Argyle, Tex., tied for second with 216 points riding Cat A Rally, by Cat A Rey $13,445, and the Metallic Cat gelding Metallic Prince $20,236, respectively, in the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals.

This is the fifth Arbuckle Mountain finals title for Gary Barker, the NCHA earner of $616,263. He won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and the 4-Year-Old  Non-Pro Limited in 2010 riding Dually Dually $65,358, by TR Dual Rey; the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Novice in 2011, on Pepto Blues $42,666, by Peptoboonsmal; and the 2016 Amateur Classic 4-Year-Old Unlimited on Kitkat $36,303, by Peptoboonsmal.

Barker’s mount, Exs N Ohhs $40,232, also placed ninth in the Arbuckle Mountain Open, her fourth open finals in 2019, with Lloyd Cox. Out of Reycy Moon $209,363, Exs N Ohhs is a half-sister to 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot $348,193, by Spots Hot.

Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., scored 218.5 points on Calvin Baloo $19,602, by Lil Catbaloo, as reserve champion of the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur; Lynn Goforth placed third with 216.5 points on Cat A Rally $13,445, by Cat A Rey.

Richard Minnix, the NCHA earner of $49,072, showed his 2019 Arbuckle Mountain champion mount, Metallic Tax $73,095, last year to win the PCCHA Derby Amateur Classic; the Idaho Futurity Amateur Classic; and the PCCHA Futurity $35,000 Amateur Classic. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat gelding had also been a 4-year-old open finalist under Morgan Cromer.

John Lavelle, Athens, Ohio, scored 217 points on 6-year-old Missie Cat $18,744, by High Brow Cat, to become reserve champion in the 5/6 Amateur Classic; Kelsey Sayko Kennedy, Sheffield, Tex., placed third with 215.5 points on 5-year-old One Instant Boon $31,425, by Boon San.

Bonnie Martin, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,005,618, showed her 2019 Arbuckle Mountain champion, Reysin Kittens $173,656, by Dual Rey, last year to place third in the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic and claim first in the Non-Pro Classic Senior division. Martin and the 6-year-old gelding won the 2018 PCCHA Futurity Non-Pro Classic and Non-Pro Classic Limited. In addition, Reysin Kittens placed fifth in the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Open Classic under Grant Setnicka.

Martin bred Reysin Kittens out of the High Brow Cat daughter Kittens $270,700, dam of nine NCHA earners of $557,169. Between 2006 and 2008, Kittens carried Martin for nine major limited age event championship wins, and was also shown in 17 Open finals by Russ Miller, with six championship wins and three reserves.

Michelle Barnes, Lewiston, Idaho, scored 221 points on 6-year-old Catty Bluz $63,206, by Catty Hawk, to claim the 5/6 Classic Amateur Unlimited reserve championship; Jim Vangilder placed third with 219 points on 5-year-old Take It Eazee $66,732, by Smooth As A Cat.

Ashley Flynn scores Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic win

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Ashley Flynn

Riding Smooth Lines, by Smooth As A Cat, Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points on Saturday to win the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic . Chelsea Tatum, Overbrook, Kan., earned reserve with 218.5 points aboard Bobs Smart Rey, by Dual Rey, and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., placed third with 217.5 on Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey.

Ashley Flynn, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $650,767, was reserve champion of the 2015 Non-Pro Futurity on the Dual Rey gelding LHR Smooth James Rey $173,716, who she also showed to place third in the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, and to win the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic. This is the second Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic win for Flynn, who also claimed the championship in 2011 on Smart Frosty Cat $195,917, by Smooth As A Cat.

Five-year-old gelding Smooth Lines $100,575 carried Flynn to the finals of the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, and five additional finals in 2018, including as non-pro champion of the Southern Futurity, and as reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational. Last month, Flynn and Smooth Lines, were also reserve champions of the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic.

Chelsea Tatum, the NCHA earner of $112,235, and 6-year-old Bobs Smart REY $114,692, have been partners since 2016, when Tatum earned her first limited age event check riding the Dual Rey daughter to place fourth in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, and as a Non-Pro Limited finalist. Since then, the two have placed in 10 major events, with three championship wins and three reserve championships. The wins include the 2017 PCCHA 4-Year-Old Non-Pro; the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited; and the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Megan Miller, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,164,700, showed 5-year-old Carolena Reyn to win last year’s NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, while Megan’s husband, Matt Miller, showed the Dual Smart Rey daughter as 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open champion. The Millers bred Carolena Reyn out of Carolena Moon $76,150, and so far she has won four open and non-pro championships for them, as well as two reserve championships.

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Kelsey Johnson wins Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Non-Pro title

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points riding Smart Cat Rey RG, by Dual Smart Rey, to win $12,724 and the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. Constance Jaeggi, of Weatherford, claimed reserve with 220 points aboard the Dual Smart Rey son Sueper Trouper, while Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., placed third with 218 on Gingrsnap, by Woody Be Tuff.

Kelsey Johnson and Smart Cat Rey RG $49,151 placed fifth in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals and earlier this month placed fifth in the Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $676,507, Johnson won the 2011 NCHA Futurity Amateur championship on One Sweet Sis $94,925, and also claimed 2012 Amateur championships riding the One Time Pepto daughter in the Cotton Stakes and Brazos Bash. In 2013, she showed Metallic Jones $163,273, by Metallic Cat, to claim the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited reserve championship.

Constance Jaeggi, the NCHA Non-Pro earner of $644,614, was the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion riding Saguaro Ichi $293,796, who was also NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Jaeggi was also an Arbuckle Mountain Classic finalist in 2018 showing Sueper Trouper’s dam, Ichis My Choice $418,693, who was 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year under Grant Setnicka. Sueper Trouper is the first foal out of the Cat Ichi daughter to perform.

Michelle Cowan, the earner of $495,206, showed Gingrsnap $25,548 to win the Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Intermediate division and to place sixth in the Non-Pro Finals. In 2015, Cowan rode Iridescent Cat $118,522, by Catty Hawk, to claim the NCHA Futurity reserve championship, and in 2018, she placed third with Shes Full Of Hope $172,046, by Smart Mate, in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic.

Sweet win for Bama Jelly

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Bama Jelly, owned by his breeder Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Miss., and shown by Austin Shepard, scored 222.5 points on Thursday, to win the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Futurity and $30,000. Sugrspiznevrthingniz and Justa Lil Brownsugar, both sired by Kit Kat Sugar, owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., and shown by Matt Gaines, scored 222 and 219 points, respectively, to place second and third, and earn $25,000 and $22,500. Earlier in the day, Gaines and Vangilder’s gelding, Metallic Drifter $93,720, had scored 222 points to win the 5/6-Year-Old Classic.

Austin Shepard

This was the second championship win for Bama Jelly $75,863, who won the Augusta Futurity under Shepard, in January. Bama Jelly’s sire, Bamacat, was bred by Shepard and shown by him as 2015 NCHA Open World Champion Stallion. Shepard, who tied for second-place in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic riding Sir Long Legs $334,758, owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., also tied for 6/7 in the 4-Year-Old Finals with 217.5 points on Metallics MVP $55,628, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., and placed (23rdd) on his own horse, Chexy Louella $59,721, 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion under Cade Shepard..

Sugrspiznevrthingniz $65,855, bred by Robert Rust, came into the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity after claiming reserve in the Bonanza Futurity, where she also earned first-place money in the Open Novice division. Justa Lil Brownsugar $52,388 placed fourth with Jim Vangilder in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and also earned  first-place money for the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Senior and Non-Pro Limited Senior, as well as a check as a Non-Pro Semi-Finalist.

Justa Lil Brownsugar was bred by Matt and Megan Miller, and is out of Travs Scooter $221,566, Matt Miller’s 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion. Miller won the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open aboard the Dual Smart Rey daughter Carolena Reyn $193,577, also bred by the Millers and shown by Megan to win the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro.

The 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity and Classic has been especially rewarding for Matt Gaines and Jim Vangilder. Gaines, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and an NCHA all-time leading money earner of $8.3 million, showed one of Vangilder’s first cutting horses, Zacks Lena $135,240, who Vangilder rode to win the 2002 Brazos Bash Amateur. In 2006, Jim Vangilder was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, and in 2009, he held a complete dispersal of his cutting horse operation, which had been developed by Hall of Fame trainer Roger Wagner. At the time of the dispersal, Rock Creek Ranch was the #4 all-time leading cutting horse owner,with $3.6 million in earnings.

Vangilder, who in the past few years has started showing again, said at the time of his 2009 dispersal, “If you want to do well in this sport and be consistently competitive, you must either live in Texas or spend a lot of time in Texas. Since my daughter Grace is no longer home schooled, but attending sixth grade in Missouri, I had to choose between being there with my family or being here without them for much of the time, this was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made.”

This week, riding Vangilder horses at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, Gaines earned a total of $81,641; and Jim Vangilder, who is showing in the 4-year-old and 5/6-year-old Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur divisions, has already qualified for the 5/6 Classic Finals riding Wicked Little Cat $42,447, the horse he rode to win the 2018 Non-Pro Limited Amateur championship.

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity continues through Sunday, February 24.

Metallic Drifter claims Arbuckle Mountain Classic

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Metallic Drifter and Matt Gaines, first to work in the 22-horse Arbuckle Mountain Classic Open Finals, posted a 222-point challenge that proved unbeatable. The three closest challengers tied with 219.5 points: Sir Long Legs with Austin Shepard; Candi Cat under Geoffrey Sheehan; and Rollz Royce with Beau Galyean.

Matt Gaines
Matt Gaines.

Metallic Drifter earned $7,500 for the win and also collected first-place money in the Open Novice and Open Gelding divisions. Owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., the 5-year-old Metallic Cat gelding placed fourth with Gaines in the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Derby, as well as taking reserve last year in the Augusta Futurity and the Idaho Futurity.

Bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, out of Ruby Bagonia $114,255, Metallic Drifter $93,720, is half-brother to three $100,000+ earners, including ARC Ruby Playgunia $207,186, Rubys Radar $141,297, and Ruby Duece $111,773.

Six-year-old Sir Long Legs $334,758, by High Brow Cat, is owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., who purchased him from his breeder, Michelle Cannon, at Western Bloodstock’s 2014 NCHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale. Shepard showed the colt as reserve champion of the 2016 Futurity and as champion of the 2016 NCHA Derby. The pair also won the 2017 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Open and claimed the 2018 Southern Classic championship, as well.

Sir Longs Legs is out of Smart Little Lena daughter Lil Lena Long Legs $189,672, dam of eight NCHA earners of $749,259.

Rollz Royce $194,584, by Dual Smart Rey, is owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. The 5-year-old stallion’s record of five major championship wins includes the 2019 Bonanza Classic, which he won earlier this month. He was also reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes.

Rollz Royce is half-brother to SS Blacks Lil Litty $185,839, as well as Badboonarising $173,534, and Show Biz Kit Kat $65,129. The four half-siblings are the only NCHA earners from seven foals out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat. Show Biz Kitty’s dam is 1993 NCHA Open World champion Show Biz Sandy, who was shown by Billy Ray Rosewell, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, who passed away earlier this week.

Candi Cat $65,700 is owned by Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat is a full sister to 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion High Brow CD, the sire of earners of $8.5 million.  Sheehan showed Candi Cat as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity and most recently, prior to the Arbuckle Mountain Classic, the pair were finalists in the Ike Hamilton Classic.

CR Dualin Out Tuff wins Open 1st go-round

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The $155,000-added Arbuckle Mountain Futurity got underway on Monday, in Ardmore, Okla., with the first go-round of 4-Year-Old Open competition, which carried over into Tuesday, and was followed by the 5/6-Year-Old Open go-round.

Austin Shepard

CR Dualin Out Tuff, shown by Austin Shepard for Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., topped 150 first go-round entries with 221 points. Sugrspiznevrthingniz and Scantly Clad, shown by Matt Gaines and Lloyd Cox, respectively, tied with 220.5 points, while Ted Blade, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan, and Metallics MVP, under Shepard, tied with 220 points. Ninety horses with scores of 214.5 points or higher qualified for Wednesday’s Open second go-round.

Sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Center Ranch, CR Dualin Out Tuff $39,584 placed ninth with Beasley in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals and has carried her to two championship wins so far this year, in the Augusta Futurity Amateur Unlimited and the Ike Hamilton Amateur. Shepard took the mare’s reins in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well, to place seventh in the Open. CR Dualin Out Tuff is a full sister to 5-year-old CR Dualin Tuff $67,723, who Shepard also showed in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, placing fourth in the Classic for Center Ranch.

Sugrspiznevrthingniz $33,564, by Kit Kat Sugar, is owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex. Gaines had shown the mare as an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and, last week, claimed the Bonanza Cutting reserve championship with her.

Scantly Clad $23,337 is owned by her breeder Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. The Metallic Cat daughter was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist under Ty Moore, and last week carried him as champion of the Bonanza Futurity Non-Pro.

Ten Blade $11,499, owned by Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., earned money in 2018 when he tied for fifth in the West Texas Futurity under Sheehan, and also placed in the Cotton Stakes with Austin Shepard.

Metallics MVP $41,644, by Metallic Cat, is owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex. The red roan stallion, a full brother to Moms Stylish Player $351,262, was an NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist with Hayden Upton, and claimed the reserve championship of the Ike Hamilton Futurity under Shepard.

In addition to CR Dualin Out Tuff and Metallics MVP, Shepard also qualified for the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity second go-round with 217.5 points on Hammer Hughes $30,469, owned and bred by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.; with 216.5 points on his own horse, Chexy Louella $57,721, winner of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Austin and Stacy Shepard’s son, Cade; and with 216 points on Bama Jelly $45,863, the 2019 Augusta Futurity Open champion, owned and bred by Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity continues through Sunday, February 24.

Billy Ray Rosewell, Sr., 1933 – 2019

Monday, February 18th, 2019
Billy Ray Rosewell on Show Biz Sandy.

Billy Ray Rosewell, 86, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and World Champion, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Born and raised near Mt. Pleasant, Tex., where his father raised cattle and farmed, Billy Ray began training cutting horses in 1967 and had won three Appaloosa World titles before he hooked up with Show Biz Sandy and her owner Starkey Smith. Rosewell began showing Show Biz Sandy for Smith in 1992, when the Son Ofa Doc daughter was five.

In a historically close race, where less than $500 separated the top three contenders for 1993 NCHA Open World Champion, Show Biz Sandy and Rosewell prevailed with $42,812; Commandicate and Kenny Patterson earned the reserve championship with $42,385; and Red White And Boon and Kobie Wood placed third with $42,314.

“Kenny (Patterson) was like thirteen dollars ahead of me on Saturday night,” Rosewell pointed out, following his win on Sunday, during the World Finals. “I ended up winning it by not very much.

“I love the weekend shows,” added Rosewll, who compiled NCHA career earnings of $576,013, showing primarily in weekend competition.

Billy Ray Rosewell’s’s survivors include three sons and one daughter-in-law, Billy Rosewell, Jr. of Cookville, David and Maria Rosewell of Kilgore, Texas, and Tommy Joe Rosewell of Mt. Pleasant; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and John of Reno, Nevada; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Katy Rosewell of Cookville; one sister Betty Ann Phillips of Mt. Pleasant; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements have been made with Harrison Funeral Home, 500 Hwy 67 West,  Naples, Texas. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Friday, February 22nd, at 10:00 a.m, Interment will follow at Omaha Cemetery in Omaha, Texas.