Archive for March, 2019

Summer Time Fun on March 31

Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne. Ted Petit Photography.

Ms Zee LTE $8,569, the first horse to the first herd of the 2019 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes Open go-round competition, set the pace on Sunday, with 219 points under Chris Hanson, for Charles Burger.  Sired by Smooth As A Cat and out of million-dollar producer Zee Dualy, Miss Zee is a three-quarter sister to Eazee E, the dam of 2018 NCHA Futurity Open champion Crey Zee LTE $245,015, who worked fifth in the first herd with Tatum Rice and scored 217.5 points.

It was NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist Summer Time Fun, however, third to work following Crey Zee, who topped the set, as well 82 other entries, with 220 points, under James Payne. Bred by her owner, Ty Moore, and sired by Metallic Cat, Summer Time Fun is a full sister to Let Georgie Do It LTE $145,521, and out of Georgy Girl, by Wild Thing DNA.

Tatum Rice, riding in the third set, posted 219.5 points, the second-highest score of the day, aboard Miss Kitty Russel LTE $44,019, bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, also the breeders and owners of Crey Zee, by Dual Rey. Miss Kitty Russel, by High Brow Cat, was a money earner for Kylie Knight Rice in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals.

Four horses claimed 219 points, Sunday’s third-highest mark, including Hiss N Vinegar LTE $77,433, shown by Phil Hanson, who rode her to place seventh in the NCHA Futurity and as a finalist in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. The Dual Smart Rey daughter was bred and is owned by Jeffrey and Jennifer Foland. Her dam, Hissy Cat LTE $307,009, the producer of 19 NCHA earners of $932,163, placed fourth in the 2007 NCHA Super Stakes and the 2009 Super Stakes Classic under Darren Simpkins.

A Cat Named Johnny LTE $34,434, shown by Sean Flynn for Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, also earned 219 points. The Metallic Cat gelding was an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist and a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular and the Ike Hamilton Futurity with Flynn, as well.

Ten Blade LTE $27,186 earned 219 points with Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch. The High Brow Cat gelding placed third in the 2018 Cotton Stakes Futurity with Austin Shepard and fifth in the West Texas Futurity with Sheehan. This year, Ten Blade and Sheehan have earned finalist checks at Arbuckle Mountain and the Cattlemen’s Derby.

The Countess LTE $1,368 also earned 219 points for her owner and rider Casey Green. The Metallic Cat daughter is out of Lively Dual LTE $20,790, by Dual Rey.

NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes Open go-round competition continues daily through Thursday, April 4; with Semi-Finals on Friday, April 5, and the Finals on Saturday, April 6.

441.5-points, times-three, tops Classic Open go-rounds

Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Cinca Im Hot, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Ted Petit Photography.

Rollz Royce LTE $201,485 and Beau Galyean, last to work in the 99-horse second go-round of the NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Stakes Open Classic, matched the top combined score of 441.5 points earned by Cinca Im Hot LTE $192,409, by Spots Hot, and CR WRS Royal Tee LTE $98,878, by WR This Cats Smart, both shown by Jesse Lennox in the fourth set of the memorable day.

In the end, 6-year-old Dual Rey gelding Reysin Kittens LTE $182,226 and Grant Setnicka, who immediately preceded the 5-year-old Dual Smart Rey son Rollz Royce and Galyean, tipped the balance with a 219-point run and a combined score of 437.5, and raised the Classic Open Finals qualifying bubble to 437 points. Among the on-the-bubble qualifiers was 5-year-old Reystylin Smooth LTE $63,828, by Smooth As A Cat, shown by Adan Banuelos for Ten/27 Ranch, who scored 221 points to tie for the second go-round win with 6-year-old High Brow Cat gelding HR Cats Starlight LTE $211,847 and Tarin Rice, who fell just short of the bubble.

Jesse Lennox, showing 6-year-old Cinca Im Hot and and 6-year-old CR WRS Royal Tee for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., came into the fourth set of the second go-round off of first round scores of 222 and 223 points, respectively. In the second round, Lennox claimed 219.5 and 218.5 points on Cinca Im Hot and CR WRS Royal Tee for matching combined scores of 441.5 points.

R.L. Chartier, riding 6-year-old Crafty With Cows LTE $340,795, by High Brow CD, for Carol Ward, Rancho, Murieta, Calif., marked 220.5 points to earn a combined score of 440 points, the second-highest qualifying score. Matt Miller, aboard 6-year-old Metallic Smart Cat LTE $143,542, sired  by Metallic Cat and owned by Cynthia Villa, Chico, Calif., scored 219.5 to qualify with 439.5 combined points, as did Lloyd Cox with 219 points on Jimmie Miller Smith–owned Copperish LTE $217,178, a 6-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, who scored 220.5 in the first go-round.

In addition to Cinca Im Hot and CR WRS Royal Tee, Jesse Lennox also qualified for the Classic finals with 438 (219 and 219) aboard 5-year-old Little Redd Corvette LTE $30,816, by top 10 leading sire Metallic Cat, also owned by Rocking P Ranch.

The NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Stakes continues on Sunday with the first go-round of the Open Super Stakes. The Super Stakes Classic Open Limited Finals, with eleven finalists, including Classic Open Finals qualifier One Sneaky Bluegrass, will be held on Thursday, April 4, following the Super Stakes Open second go-round. The Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals is scheduled for Friday, April 5 at 10:00 am, and the Super Stakes Classic Open Finals will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Super Stakes Open Finals.

Rollz Royce rolls on

Friday, March 29th, 2019
Rollz Royce, ridden by Beau Galyean. Ted Petit Photography.

Rollz Royce, ridden for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., scored 222 points, to top the second and last day of first go-round Open Classic competition at the NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes, in Fort Worth. CR WRS Royal Tee, with 223 points on Thursday under Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, won the go-round, while Cinca Im Hot, also shown by Lennox for Rocking P Ranch on Thursday, tied Rollz Royce with 222 points, the go-round’s second highest score.

One Sneaky Bluegrass, shown by Eric Magby for Browne Enterprises LLP, Wilburton, Okla., earned 221.5 points, Friday’s second-highest score, and the third-highest score of the go-round. The score was also the highest in Classic Open Limited competition, where eleven horses with 216 points or more qualified for the Classic Open Limited Finals, to be held on Thursday, April 4th.

Ninety-nine horses with scores of 215.5 points or more advanced to Saturday’s Classic Open second go-round.

Five year old Rollz Royce, by Dual Smart Rey, was 2018’s third-highest 4-year-old NCHA money earner with $173,604, and total earnings of $201,485 coming into the Super Stakes Classic. So far in 2019, Rollz Royce has claimed the 5/6 Open win at the Bonanza Cutting; the 5/6 reserve title at Arbuckle Mountain; and a finalist payout from the Ike Hamilton Classic.

Last year, Rollz Royce and Galyean won four major events and placed second in five others, including the Super Stakes, where they claimed the reserve championship. In addition, Beau Galyean has won the last two Super Stakes Classic championships. Last year, he set a Super Stakes Classic record with 231 points on Stevie Rey Von $418,947, owned by Fults Ranch, and in 2017, he scored 229 points for the win aboard NCHA Horse of the Year and World Champion Stallion Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, bred by Fults Ranch and owned by Thomas Guinn.

Six-year-old One Sneaky Bluegrass $77,554, by Bluegrass Cat, was reserve champion of the 2018 Super Stakes Classic Open Limited and an Open finalist with Eric Magby. Together, Magby and the roan gelding have won four open limited championships and four reserve open limited championships, as well as the reserve championship of the West Texas 3-Year-Old Futurity.

The NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes continues on Saturday, March 30, with the second go-round of Open Classic competition.

Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes kicks off with a 223-point high

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
CR WRS Royal Tee, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Ted Petit Photography.

The 2019 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes kicked off its 24-day calendar on Thursday, the first day of Open Classic go-round competition, and the first day of a three-year title sponsorship thanks to the generosity of Barbara Allsup, Clovis, N.M., breeder with her late husband, Lonnie Allsup, of Kit Kat Sugar (Skeet), who stands at Brazos Valley Stallion Station.

Kit Kat Sugar, the 2012 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and earner of over $240,000, was reserve champion of the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes with his trainer, Pete Branch. Branch also trained and showed Kit Kat Sugar’s granddam, Little Badger Dulce LTE $657,276, winner of the NCHA Super Stakes, and six other major events in 1993, the same year that Little Badger Dulce was honored as NCHA’s very first Horse of the Year.

Thursday’s action got off to a fast pace, when 6-year-old Metallic Cat son Metallic Alex LTE $72,428, shown by Casey Green for Dave and Stephanie Sheen, San Angelo, Tex., scored 220 points early in the first set of cattle. CR WRS Royal Tee and Jesse Lennox rose to the occasion in the second set with 223 points, the top score of the day. Then Lennox claimed the third set with 222 points, the second-highest mark of the day, aboard Cinca Im Hot.

Both CR WRS Royal Tee LTE $98,878, by WR This Cats Smart, and Cinca Im Hot LTE $192,409, by Spots Hot, are owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., as are 5-year-old Kit Cat Corn LTE $21,061, by Kit Kat Sugar, who scored 219.5 points with Chris Hanson; and the Metallic Cat-sired 5-year-olds Little Redd Corvette LTE $30,816 and Summer Shandy LTE $53,399, who earned 219 and 218 points, respectively, under Lennox.

Metallic Cat, shown by Beau Galyean as 2008 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, is owned by Rocking P Ranch and is a top ten all-time leading sire, as well as the title sponsor of the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Late in the sixth and last set on Thursday, Copperish and Lloyd Cox marked 220.5 points, the day’s third-highest score, for Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla. Six-year-old Copperish LTE $217,178, sired by Metallic Cat and trained and shown by Lloyd Cox, launched her 4-year-old career with wins in the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Bonanza, and also won both the 2018 and 2019 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic titles.

CR WRS Royal Tee LTE $98,878, a 6-year-old gelding sired by WR This Cats Smart, was a finalist in last year’s Super Stakes Classic with Lennox, after the pair won the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Classic. Earlier this year, they earned money in the Open Gelding division of the Abilene Spectacular Classic.

The 2019 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes continues on Friday, March 29 with the second day of Open Classic first go-round competition.

Sonitalena, 1987-2019

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Willie Richardson on Sonitalena. Don Shugart photo.

Sonitalena, the Open World Champion Cutting Horse of 1996, owned and shown by Willie Richardson, died on March 23 at the age of 32.

Richardson had won the 1985 NCHA Super Stakes, in a three-way tie with Doc Per and Boons Sierra, riding Sonitas Joy for Herman Bennett Ranch. After Bennett sold Sonitas Joy to John Gerhardt, Richardson continued to ride the Sonita’s Last daughter, and eventually convinced Gerhardt to breed her to Doc O’Lena. Sonitalena was the result of that breeding.

Phil Hanson started Sonitalena, before Gerhardt sent the bay stallion to Richardson, who was interested in buying him. “It’s pretty tough to talk a banker into loaning you money to buy a cutting horse,” Richard said. “It surprised me that they did. But by that time he was three and I had been riding him and really liked him. His mother was a great mare, and I thought Doc O’Lena was about the greatest stallion that ever lived. So I just knew this colt had to be a special horse.”

Richardson was a Memphis Futurity finalist with 4-year-old Sonitalena and the horse just missed qualifying for the World Finals that season. He placed fourth in the World the following year, while also adding to his aged-event credentials, despite the fact that Richardson was sidelined with a broken leg for several months, early in the year.

When Richardson was showing Sonitalena, following a good run, he would offer the stallion a packet of sugar. “He knows when he’s had a good run, because when I get off, he’ll start looking around for that sugar,” Richardson noted. “But if he’s had a bad run, he doesn’t even bother looking.”

In 1996, Sonitalena earned $91,628 to win the World Championship. He retired with career earnings of $188,876 and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 1996. In addition to his own NCHA earnings, Sonitalena sired 87 earners of $850,215.

Cade Shepard claims NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro championship

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Cade Shepard on Chexy Louella. Seth Petit Photography.

The NCHA Eastern National Championships concluded in Jackson, Miss., on Friday, March 15, with the Non-Pro Finals, won by Cade Shepard with 222 points on Chexy Louella, the mare Shepard also showed to win the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship.

Eight years ago, Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., was named the 2011 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year. In 2016, he was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, and currently has NCHA earnings of over $786,000. In addition to the NCHA Futurity win, his impressive list of Non-Pro championships, some of which he has won multiple times, and in both 4 and 5/6-year-old divisions, includes the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Derby, the PCCHA Derby, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, the Southern Futurity, the Cotton Stakes, the Augusta Futurity, and the Breeders Invitational.

Cade’s mount, Chexy Louella LTE $59,721, by Im Countin Checks, was bred by Oxbow Ranch and is the first money earner out of Louellas Cat LTE $302,483, by High Brow Cat, and a full sister to Cattalou $306,149, winner of the 2014 Breeders Invitational Open. Chexy Louella was a $30,000 purchase as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

Blake Graham on Legal Dream. Seth Petit Photography.

Blake Graham, Rockledge, Ga., earned the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship with 217.5 points riding Legal Dream, while Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., placed third with 217 points aboard Catscratch Sister.

Blake Graham was Amateur reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity on Zacks Smoothie, and also showed the Smooth As A Cat daughter to win the 2017 Augusta Amateur Unlimited Futurity. He showed Legal Dream in 2017, as well, to take win the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro reserve championship.

Fourteen-year-old Legal Dream LTE $181,028, by Dual Rey, has carried Graham as a finalist in 11 divisions of the Eastern Nationals, over four years, including in 2015, when Graham was Junior Youth reserve champion.

Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., third- placed with 217 points aboard Catscratch Sister LTE $132,187, won the Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship, last weekend, riding the 10-year-old WR This Cats Smart daughter. Moore and Catscratch Sister also claimed the 2016 Senior Youth championship.

Moore, the 2009 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year, is the NCHA earner of $74,297. He won the 2015 Eastern Nationals riding Highwood Dancer LTE $74,122, and placed third in the same division last year on Catscratch Sister.

Cheyenne Johnson wins second $50,000 Amateur championship

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Cheyenne Johnson on CR Tuff Boo Bear. Seth Petit Photography.

Cheyenne Johnson, Pine Level, Ala., scored 219 points on Friday, to win the NCHA Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur championship for the second consecutive year. Doug Secrest, Blacklick, Ohio, was reserve champion with 216.5 points, and Jason Britt, Seven Springs, N.C., posted 214 points to place third.

Cheyenne Johnson won last year’s $50,000 Amateur Eastern Nationals on Tom E Toy, by Thomas E Hughes. This year she was aboard CR Tuff Boo Bear LTE $51,410, by Woody Be Tuff, who also scored 219 points in the first go-round of the Amateur.

Johnson is the NCHA earner of $65,596 and was winner in 2012 of both the Todd Drummond Memorial and the Greg and Whitney Welch Memorial Awards. She also won the NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth championship in 2009, and followed with the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth championship the next year, as well. Both times she was riding Freckles Blue Jewel LTE $39,466, by Duals Blue Boon, who carried her as an Eastern Nationals Youth finalist for six consecutive years.

Doug Secrest on Smooth Spyder Rey. Seth Petit Photography.

Doug Secrest had shown his $50,000 Amateur reserve champion, Smooth Spyder Rey LTE $69,854, as a finalist in the $25,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals on Wednesday, March 13, at the same time that he also showed Dual Smart Sherman LTE $25,500. Both horses have carried Secrest as an amateur and non-pro limited age event finalist as well, most recently at the 2019 Augusta Futurity, where Secrest and 6-year-old Smooth Spyder Rey, by Smooth As A Cat, placed sixth in the Non-Pro Classic.

Secrest also was a finalist with 9-year-old Dual Smart Sherman, by Dual Smart Rey on Friday, in the $50,000 Amateur finals.

Jason Britt, the NCHA earner of $97,549, showed DMAC Hipster LTE $52,624, the horse he also rode to claim last year’s Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur reserve championship. Britt and the 6-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep gelding have been finalists in numerous limited age events, including earlier this year, where they placed third in the Ike Hamilton Amateur Classic and fifth in the Augusta Futurity Classic Amateur Unlimited.