Archive for June, 2019

Peeptos Cat wins $25,000 Novice championship and Mike Woods tops $2 million

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

On Sunday, June 23, Peeptos Cat scored 221.5 points to win the NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, $25,000 Novice championship under Mike Wood, who also showed reserve champion Little Jackson Cat, with a score of 221. Gettin Hott In Here placed third with 219 points under Ryan Moore.

Peeptos Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Ted Petit Photography.

Peeptos Cat LTE $103,990, an 8-year-old Cat Ichi daughter out of Little Bow Peepto, by Peptoboonsmal, was bred by Peter and Nora Stent and is owned by Christine King, Scottsdale, Ariz. As an Open limited-age event finalist, Peeptos Cat was reserve champion of the 2015 Southern Futurity, as well as of the 2017 Bonanza 5/6 Classic, under Matt Gaines. She was also reserve champion of the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic with Alexa Stent.

Christine King, Peeptos Cat’s owner and the NCHA earner of $296,087, was reserve champion of the NCHA Western Nationals $5,000 Non-Pro Novice Finals in 2016, riding TR Misty Smooth. Last year, she placed fourth in the NCHA World Championship $5,000 Non-Pro Novice on Metallicsfirstchoice, the horse she also showed as 2017 Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Amateur champion.

Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Mike Wood. Ted Petit Photography.

Little Jackson Cat LTE $220,298, a 9-year-old High Brow Cat daughter out of Rey To Play, by Dual Rey, was bred by Kenneth Jackson and is owned by Dawn Chapman, Chandler, Ariz. Little Jackson Cat began a successful limited age event career as 2013 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion, and last year won the NCHA World Championship $25,000 Novice Finals for the second consecutive time, placing first in the $25,000 Novice World standings.

Owner Dawn Chapman, the NCHA earner of $258,082, also showed Little Jackson Cat to place third in last year’s $25,000 Non-Pro Novice World Finals.

Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood topped the $2,000,000 NCHA earnings’ mark in Sunday’s $25,000 Novice Finals, where, in addition to Peeptos Cat, who won $4,175, and Little Jackson Cat, with $3,436, he also earned $1,311 for a 12th-place finish on Candy Girl, sired by Sly Cat and owned by Sandero Ranch Ltd., Lac La Biche, Alberta.

Gettin Hott In Here LTE $18,067, a 5-year-old Hottish son out of Black Lace Cat, by High Brow Cat, was bred by Beechfork Ranch and is owned by Ryan Moore, who purchased him for $4,000 as a yearling, during the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Last year, Moore, the NCHA earner of $279,240, showed Gettin Hott In Here to place as Open Limited reserve champion of the 2018 Southern Futurity. And earlier this year, the pair placed third and seventh, respectively, in the NCHA Eastern National Championships $5,000 Novice and $25,000 Novice Finals.

Gettin Hott In Here also qualifed for Monday’s $5,000 Novice finals, ranking fifth with a 218 behind Ben Roberson’s 220 on Laneys Gotta Player, owned by Kandace Stone.

Moore also showed Catareycious, sired by Halreycious and owned by Larry Grimes, Thayer, Okla., to tie 13/14 with 214.5 points, in Sunday’s $25,000 Novice Finals.

NCHA Western Nationals Youth Champions

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

The NCHA Transwest Western Nationals, presented by 6666 Ranch, concluded the first day of its eight-day venue with the Junior and Senior Youth Finals, on Saturday, June 22.

Colt Moore on Badazz Cat. Ted Petit Photography.

Colt Moore, Williston, Fla., this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth champion on Catscratch Fever, made a clean sweep of the NCHA Senior Youth Nationals with a 221-point championship win on Saturday, riding 6-year-old Badazz Cat, owned by Rick Croft, Cherokee, Okla. Last year, Croft showed the High Brow Cat son to place ninth in the finals of the NCHA Western $50,000 Amateur division.

Moore, the NCHA earner of $97,230, claimed his first Youth title at eight, as NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year, and continues a family legacy. His father, trainer Casey Moore, won the NCHA National Finals Senior Youth National championship in 1990, before the event was split into the Eastern and Western Nationals.

McKenzie McBride on Indian Clay. Ted Petit Photography.

McKenzie McBride, Fort Lupton, Colo., scored 219.5 points to claim the Western Nationals reserve championship aboard the 10-year-old Hickorys Indian Pep son Indian Clay, who she showed to win last year’s Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur championship. McBride also won the Denver Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider Finals in 2017 riding RM Lightning Merada.

Third-placed finalist Mattie Marie Dukes, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points on Saturday riding Dr Cuzin, by Dual Rey, owned by Tom and Sarita Murrell, Elm Grove, La. Last year, Dukes placed third in the NCHA Eastern Nationals riding One Time Player.

Fifteen-year-old Dr Cuzin, winner in 2015 of the NCHA World Finals $15,000 Amateur championship with Tom Murrell, is an NCHA Nationals veteran who has carried three National Youth finalists and has also competed in 11 NCHA Nationals divisions between 2016 and 2019. On Saturday, before the NCHA Western Senior Youth Finals, he carried Aden Bernhagen, as winner of the Junior Youth championship. His performance in Saturday’s Senior Youth Finals, marked the gelding’s fourth run of the day.

Aden Bernhagen on Dr Cuzin. Ted Petit Photography.

Aden Bernhagen, Corsicana, Tex., scored 217 points to win the NCHA Western Nationals Junior Youth championship aboard Dr Cuzin. Previously, Aden had shown Dr Cuzin to place sixth in this year’s Eastern Nationals Junior Youth Finals, as well as fourth in the Eastern $2,000 Limited Rider Finals.

Kate Roberson on Sassi N Smooth. Ted Petit Photography.

Kate Roberson, Mineral Wells, Tex., scored 214.5 points on Sassi N Smooth, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Scott Skinkis, Brillion, Wisc., to claim her second consecutive NCHA Western Junior Youth reserve championship. Last year, Kate was reserve champion on Catmerize, and the year before placed ninth with Smart Olee Smoke.

Alexis Bylo, Sullivan, Mo., scored 213 points on 10-year-old Pretty Bo Catt to place third in the Junior Youth. Andy Bylo, Alexis’s father, showed Pretty Bo Catt, by Sophisticated Cat, to placed eighth in this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro Finals, and last year was an Eastern and Western Nationals finalist on the mare in the $35,000 Non-Pro and the Non-Pro Novice divisions.

John Rockey Sr. 1952–2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

John Rockey Sr., Palmdale, Calif., who showed his gelding Let Georgie Do It to the title of 2016 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year, passed away on Thursday, June 6. An NCHA member since 1978, Rockey will be honored with a tribute on June 12, at the PCCHA Derby at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, where he had been entered to ride.

Last year, Rockey won both the PCCHA Futurity Classic Amateur Unlimited and the Non-Pro Limited titles riding Dureyngo Kid, who he also showed as reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur and the 2018 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited.

Last month, Rockey showed his 4-year-old gelding Sweet Toothe to win the Breeders Invitational Amateur championship, and collected money in seven other divisions of the event on Sweet Toothe and Dureyngo Kid.

Taliate tallies 230-point win

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Taliate, shown by Casey Green for Shannon Lamb, Lake Kiowa, Tex., claimed the PCCHA Core Balance Derby Classic-Challenge championship and $11,000 with an unassailable 230 points. Reyning Cats, under Russ Westfall for Jerry and Suzanne Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., scored 227 for the reserve championship, while Ruby Rita and Grant Setnicka took third with 223 points for Robert Thigpen Jr., Chilton, Tex.

Taliate LTE $184,054, a 5-year-old gelding sired by Metallic Cat and bred by Linda Holmes, is the first performer out of Reytaliate, a half-sister to Little Jackson Cat LTE $220,298. Green first showed Taliate to place seventh in the 2017 NCHA Futurity. Earlier this year, Taliate won the Cattlemen’s Classic Challenge to earn his first working championship.

Six-year-old Reyning Cats LTE $108,204, bred by Jimmy Kemp, earned her richest individual check as seventh-placed finalist with Westfall in the 2017 NCHA Derby. Most recently, the Dual Rey daughter placed fourth in the 2019 Augusta Classic/Challenge Open Finals.

Ruby Rita LTE $75,306, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter bred by owner Robert Thigpen, is a full sister to 4-year-old Metallic Rita LTE $41,747, who Thigpen showed to win the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur championship. The pair also placed as finalists in the NCHA Futurity Amateur, and Setnicka showed her to place in the Abilene Spectacular.

Setnicka also showed PCCHA Derby Classic Challenge high-scoring qualifier (449 points) Reysin Kittens to place fourth in the Finals with 220.5 points. Six-year-old Reysin Kittens LTE $233,481, sired by Dual Rey and bred and owned by Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev., won the 2017 PCCHA Derby Open with Jaime Snider, as well as the 2018 PCCHA Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited with Bonnie Martin. Earlier this year, Martin and Reysin Kittens won the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur Limited.

The PCCHA Core Balance Derby in Las Vegas continues through Sunday, June 16. Check schedule and results here.

So far, so good

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

As the 2019 NCHA Limited Age event year nears midpoint and breeding season nears its end, the 2019 sire statistics, thus far, merit consideration. Metallic Cat, at 14, the youngest living stallion on the Top 10 list of All-Time Leading NCHA Sires, leads 2019 standings by a wide margin – $1,003,806 to Kit Kat Sugar’s $642,153, for second-place among sires of 4-year-olds, and $1,070,508 to Dual Rey’s $454,230, for second-place among sires of 5/6-year-olds. Thirteen stallions, however, share the limelight with Metallic Cat, so far, in 2019.

Ranked #2 and #3, respectively, among top sires of 4-year-old earners in 2019, Kit Kat Sugar and Dual Smart Rey out-rank all-time leading sires High Brow Cat (#4), and Dual Rey (#5), in this field. Kit Kat Sugar’s 4-year-old competitors include Sugrspiznevrthingniz (2019 earnings: $147,141), reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Open Super Stakes. Sugrspiznevrthingniz is second among leading 2019 limited age event money earners to #1 ranked Sueper Trouper ($149,359), by Dual Smart Rey. In addition to Sueper Trouper, Non-Pro champion of the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes, Dual Smart Rey is also represented among 2019 leading sires by NCHA Super Stakes Open champion Hiss N Vinegar ($99,251); Super Stakes Classic Open champion Rollz Royce ($52,868); and Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion Carolena Reyn ($33,471).

Metallic Cat’s top 2019 earner is Metallic Curveball (2019 earnings: $103,188), who placed third in the NCHA Super Stakes and claimed first in the Super Stakes Novice and Open Gelding divisions. High Brow Cat, NCHA’s All-Time Leading Sire, with lifetime offspring earnings of over $78 million, and 2019 offspring earnings of $741,679, counts 4-year-olds The Cat Doctress ($59,250), Brite Lil Kitty ($45,281), and The Red Mamba ($37,987), as his top 2019 earners.

Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 All-Time Leading Sire, with offspring earnings of $38,735,811, passed away during last year’s breeding season, at the age of 24. His top performers of 2019 include 2018 NCHA Futurity champion Crey Zee, with $89,931 in 2019 earnings and a lifetime total of $272,992.  

Ranked #5 among All-Time Leading NCHA Sires with $25 million in offspring earnings, 20-year-old Smooth As A Cat is sixth among 2019 sires, with offspring earnings of $500,457. Four-year-old Smoothest Ride (2019 earnings: $47,030), Bonanza Non-Pro reserve champion and sixth-placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals, is his top 2019 earner.

Hottish and Kit Kat Sugar, at 11 years, are the youngest leadings sires of 2019; they also count among seven stallions that appear on the Top 10 list of leading 4-year-old sires, as well as on the Top 10 list of leading 5/6-year-old sires. Hottish ranks seventh overall among sires of 2019, with offspring earnings $474,652 for the year.

Woody Be Tuff (#6 with $295,986), Once In A Blu Boon (#9 with $197,476), and Bamacat (#10 with $183,591), also rank among 2019’s Top 10 sires of 4-year-olds; while High Brow CD (#5 with $282,217), Bet Hesa Cat (#6 with $256,385), and Spots Hot (#7 with $237,611) rank among the 2019’s Top 10 sires of 5/6-year-olds.

Leading Sires of NCHA 4-year-olds 6/4/2019
1METALLIC CAT$1,003,806
2KIT KAT SUGAR$642,153
4HIGH BROW CAT$440,966
5DUAL REY$400,032
6WOODY BE TUFF$295,986
8SMOOTH AS A CAT$201,560

Leading Sires of NCHA 5 & 6-year-olds 6/4/2019
1METALLIC CAT$1,070,508
2DUAL REY$454,230
3HIGH BROW CAT$300,713
4SMOOTH AS A CAT$298,898
5HIGH BROW CD$282,217
6BET HESA CAT$256,385
7SPOTS HOT$237,611
10KIT KAT SUGAR$109,566