Archive for August, 2019

The sky’s the limit

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The NCHA Futurity, held from late November through mid-December, is the gold standard, as well as the tap root of all limited age cutting horse events. As such, it has spawned other 3-year-old events, with the caveat that horses performing in events preceding it are not eligible to be shown in the NCHA Futurity. And over the years, these “early fall futurities” have helped to build and strengthen limited age event competition, including NCHA Triple Crown events in Fort Worth.

Early fall futurities, such as the recently concluded 2019 West Texas Futurity, offer an option for horses who, for a variety of reasons, might benefit from a gradual transition to major league events. As an example, five out of 11 winners of the West Texas Open Futurity between 2009 and 2018 went on to earn $100,000 or more during their careers.

Following her 2018 West Texas Futurity win, Stylish Hailee LTE $112,574, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, won the 2018 Southern Futurity and the 2018 Cotton Stakes Futurity, then went to Fort Worth, where she placed fourth in the 2019 NCHA Derby and ninth in the NCHA Super Stakes. Payne and Moore also teamed up in the 2014 West Texas Futurity with winner DMAC Spicy Spoon LTE $151,871, who placed second in the 2014 Brazos Bash, then earned an even bigger paycheck as fifth-placed finalist in the 2015 NCHA Open Super Stakes.

Other former West Texas Futurity Open champions who went on to become substantial money earners include Smooth As I Can LTE $175,832, shown by Matt Miller in 2012 for Janice Eaton, and Sweet Baby Marie LTE $171,186, shown by Miller in 2016 for Joel Colgrove.

Boon San Kitty, shown by Eddie Flynn for her breeder, Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, is the richest mare not to have been shown in the NCHA Futurity. At three, the High Brow Cat daughter out of Boon San Sally won the 2003 PCCHA Futurity, the first of her seven major limited age event championships, and at four she claimed the title of 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Boon San Kitty retired as one of NCHA’s all-time leading money earners, with official earnings of $498,188.

RW Sallycat, Boon San Kitty’s full sister, was entered in the 2003 NCHA Futurity, but did not advance to the semi-finals. She did, however, go on to earn $110,781 with Flynn, as well as with her owner, Alice Walton.

While Boon San Kitty is the richest mare not to have been entered in the NCHA Futurity, Dont Look Twice, NCHA’s all-time leading female money earner, was entered and did not advance to the semi-finals. However, shown by Phil Rapp for Louis and Corliss Baldwin, the High Brow Cat daughter followed her 2008 NCHA Futurity experience with an unparalled career during which she earned $824,546.

Owned by Jim Vangilder and shown by Roger Wagner and Jim Vangilder, Pet Squirrel, was another successful early contender, who won four events at three, including the 2005 Music City Futurity Open and Non-Pro titles, and the Brazos Bash and Suncoast Futurity Open championships. In short order, in January 2006, the Playdox daughter captured the 2006 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro championship and Open reserve titles, and the Augusta Futurity Open. Pet Squirrel concluded her limited age career at six with high-dollar finishes in seven events, including the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Open championship, and with lifetime earnings of $389,160.

For results follow these links to popular 2019 fall futurities: ICHA Futurity, Aug. 24-Sept.1; Cotton Stakes, Sept. 1-8; El Rancho Futurity, Sept. 6-15; Brazos Bash, Sept. 18-29; PCCHA Futurity, Oct. 3-12; Southern Futurity, Oct. 19-26.

Cutting’s crown jewel, the NCHA Futurity, begins on Thursday, Nov. 21 and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The 2019 NCHA World Finals, held simultaneously with the NCHA Futurity at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, runs from Friday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 7.

The NCHA Futurity Sales will be held from Monday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Watt Arena and John Justin Sale Arena.

Emison services to be webcast

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

The funeral Service for NCHA Members Hall of Fame Inductee Ben Emison will be webcast at 2 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, August 21 from the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, Weatherford, Tex.

Go to during the services to watch the webcast.

Emison, a popular and influential figure in the performance horse world, passed away August 15. Read more . . .

Ben Emison 1937 – 2019

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Ben Emison, 82, Weatherford, Tex., passed away on August 15, 2019. As a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association; an NCHA Director and Executive Committee member; the producer of seminal horse sales and limited age events; as well as a founding partner of Western Bloodstock, the cutting and performance horse world’s premier auction company, Emison’s contributions to the cutting horse world were invaluable.

Born and raised on an Arkansas cotton farm, following high school, Emison worked on a number of ranches with the goal of becoming a horse trainer. In 1968, he went to work as manager of Thaggard Farms in Maddon, Miss., where with the encouragement of owner and mentor Dr. Lamar Thaggard, he became involved with cutting events and horse sales.

In 1975, Emison began producing consignment sales on his own, as well as in conjunction with cutting horse shows, and in 1979, was asked by Silverbrook Ranch owner Helen Groves to manage her famous Silverbrook Farm sale in Virginia. In the meantime, Emison had become good friends with legendary auctioneer Ike Hamilton and after attending an auctioneering school in Decatur, Ill., acquired his auctioneer’s license.

“I love the people and the cutting horse business, and that was the direction I wanted to go,” said Emison. “So from there on, I stayed with the cutting horse bloodlines.”

Along with the late Bobby Pidgeon, in the 1990s, Emison produced the Western Heritage series of limited age events at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as well as  Abilene and Belton, Texas, which were popular for their big purses and schedule of activities that helped make cutting fun for all participants. In addition, he purchased an equine insurance company in 1997, which became the highly respected Ben Emison Insurance Agency.

“He was a friend to all and he treated everyone with fairness and integrity,” said Milt Bradford, also a founding partner of Western Bloodstock and longtime friend and associate of Emison’s. “We were partners for 13 years and in all those years, there was never a cross word between us. It is hard to imagine the Futurity Sale this year without him standing next to the podium with a catalog in his hand.”

In 2012, looking toward retirement, Ben Emison and Milt Bradford sold Western Bloodstock to NCHA world champions and cutting horse breeders Jeremy and Candace Barwick, with the gentlemen’s agreement that they would continue to be supportive during the sales.

“We met when I was 16 years old and from that day forward, he has been the greatest friend and mentor anyone could want,” Jeremy Barwick said of Emison. “Through my years of training and selling horses, I always had Ben to call, and once I decided to make a career change into the horse sale business, Ben again was the one to call.

“Thanks to Ben and Milt I am able to do everyday what I love to do. And if I ever have a problem come up, it never fails that I ask myself, ‘What would Ben say?’ His philosophy has always been to make the customer happy. He left me a legacy and I will do everything in my power to make him very proud of what he built and entrusted me with. We at Western Bloodstock love him and will do all we can to keep him proud.”

Last year, Emison received NCHA’s highest honor, when he was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame.

Ben Emison is survived by his wife, Jan, as well as by a brother, Larry Emison, Jonesboro, Ark.; son, Michael Ben Emison, Lambert, Miss.; grandson Blake Adams and his wife, Stephanie, Tupelo, Miss., granddaughter Lauren Adams, Lambert, Miss.; and three great-grandchildren, Peiffer Ann Adams, Emison Blake Adams, and Sage Adams Brading. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Emison, Jonesboro, Ark.; and by his parents, Ray and Annette Emison, Caraway, Ark

Tuesday, August 20th – 6pm-8pm
White’s Funeral Home
130 Houston Ave
Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Funeral Service
Wednesday, August 21st – 2pm
Parker County Sheriff’s Posse
2251 Mineral Wells Hwy
Weatherford, Texas 76088

Riley Farris doubles down in AQHYA World Show

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

NCHYA member Riley Farris, Madisonville, Tex., won dual titles this week at the 2019 AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. Riding Play Purr View RG, by Metallic Cat, Riley scored 220 points to earn the Level 2 and Level 3 championships. She also scored 218 points in the Level 2 Finals for reserve on Smartys Secret, while her cousin, Faith Farris scored 218 points on Big Shoes To Phil, by High Brow Cat, as reserve champion in the Level 3 Finals.

Riley Farris
Riley Farris.

Last year, Faith Farris, Midway, Tex., won her second consecutive AQHYA Cutting World Championship on Smooth Serena Rey, by Smooth As A Cat, and her brother, Kyle, won back-to-back AQHYA Cutting World titles in 2011 and 2012. Faith also placed third with Big Shoes To Phil in this year’s NCHA Senior Youth World standings.

Riley Farris has been riding 7-year-old Play Purr View RG LTE $46,936, trained by Paul Hansma, since last December, when her father, Mike Farris, purchased the mare from Michelle and Gary Reichart, who had shown her successfully in Non-Pro and Amateur competition.

“She’s just amazing,” said Riley Farris of Play Purr View RG. “She’s stout and powerful, and the biggest horse I’ve ever had.” Out of Playgiarism LTE $42,121, Play Purr View RG is a full sister to Playin With a Cat LTE $191,072, and half-sister to Duals Play Kit LTE $235,489.

Smartys Secret LTE $17,725 is an 8-year-old gelding sired by Smart Lil Scoot and shown in 2015 limited age events by Craig Thompson.

Big Shoes To Phil LTE $47,562, was shown by Faith Farris earlier this year to place in the NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth Finals, as well as in the NCHA Senior Youth World Finals. The 6-year-old gelding, shown in limited age competition by Clint McDaniel and Hayden Upton, is a full brother 2011 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and 2012 NCHA Open World Champion to Don’t Look Twice LTE $824,546.        

Hot, Fun in the Derby

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne, and Caution Piping Hot, ridden by R.L. Chartier, both marked 226 to share the win in the Open finals of the NCHA Derby at the Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular on August 4.

Veteran Jody Galyean placed third with a 223 on Exs N Ohhs, while Payne also took fourth place with a 221.5 on Stylish Hailee.

Summer Time Fun, ridden by James Payne. Ted Petit Photography.

The co-champions each earned an estimated $32,344 share of the purse, while Summer Time Fun collected an additional $100,000 in the Metallic Cat Incentive. The $300,000 incentive program pays based on owners who held 2019 breeding contracts to Metallic Cat.

Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, and a three-time NCHA Classic Challenge winner, was notching up his first win in the NCHA Derby. His wife, Nadine, won the Non-Pro Derby on Blu Velvet just prior to the Open finals, making them the first couple ever to win Open and Non-Pro championships at the same NCHA Triple Crown event.

Summer Time Fun was bred by his owner, Ty Moore, 28, from Madill, Okla. The mare is by Metallic Cat out of Hey Georgy Girl, which carried Moore to Amateur championships at The Non-Pro Cutting, South Coast Winter Championship, and West Texas Classic. Hey Georgy Girl was also an Open LAE finalist, including in the NCHA Futurity, with Bruce Morine, earning more than $130,000 in her career.

Hey Georgy Girl has produced earners of more than $450,000, including Let Georgie Do It, LTE $145,521, the 2016 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year with the late John Rockey.

On her way to the Derby, Summer Time Fun was a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, reserve champion at The Non-Pro and The Open Cutting, and a finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes and the Breeders Invitational.

At the Derby, she put together scores of 221 / 216 / 221 to place second in the first round, seventh in the cumulative second round, and first in the semi-finals.

With her Derby win, her career earnings passed $75,000, which does not include the Metallic Cat Incentive.

Caution Piping Hot, ridden by R.L. Chartier. Ted Petit Photography.

Co-champion Caution Piping Hot is owned by Anderson Cattle Co of Victoria, Tex. The gelding was bred by Lisa Bankston of Fort Worth, Tex. by 2012 NCHA Derby champion Hottish (Lloyd Cox) out of Fort Worth Pipeline, a Cats Merada mare that Bankston showed in Amateur classes and Chartier and John Wold showed in the Open, earning more than $165,000. Wold won the Augusta Classic and the AQHA Junior Cutting (twice), Chartier was reserve champ of the NCHA Classic Challenge while Bankston won titles at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and Brazos Bash.

Ironically, when Chartier took the reserve championship on Caution Piping Hot’s dam in the 2014 Classic Challenge, the champion that year was James Payne on Once In A Blu Boon.

Like Summer Time Fun, Caution Piping Hot was an NCHA Futurity semi-finalst, and they shared the same score after the second round of the Derby finals. Caution Piping Hot put together scores of 218 / 219 / and 220.5 for second in the semi-finals.

Prior to the Derby, the gelding picked up Open checks in the Ike Hamilton Derby and the Pacific Coast Derby, along with Amateur earnings under previous owner Pat Fasano at the Cattlemen’s Derby. Anderson Ranch’s teen cutter Bella Anderson landed Caution Piping Hot in the Amateur Unlimited NCHA Derby finals earlier in the show. Caution Piping Hot now has estimated earnings of more than $81,000.

R.L. Chartier, whose grandfather, Mel Chartier and parents, Randy and Kelle Chartier are all Non-Pro Hall of Famers, and whose dad is also in the Riders Hall of Fame, is himself an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, who was notching up his first Open championship in Will Rogers Coliseum.

R.L.’s first big win came in the NCHA Eastern Nationals in 1999 when he rode Four Skeet Jewel to win the $20,000 Non-Pro championship. He won the Limited Open at the 2008 NCHA Futurity on Hay Maker. He also won the Open and $10,000 Novice NCHA World Finals in 2012 on A Little Bossy, in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

In third place, Exs N Ohhs is a mare bred and owned by Barker Ranch of Madill, Okla. She is by Kit Kat Sugar out of Reycy Moon and is a half-sister to NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot. Rider Jody Galyean, 64, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and was the oldest contestant in the finals.

In fourth, Stylish Hailee is owned by Kathleen Moore, Ty Moore’s aunt, who purchased her for $35,000 at the 2017 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. Stylish Hailee is by Halreycious, out of Keep Me In Style.

Fun Fact #1: James and Nadine Payne are the first husband and wife to win an NCHA Triple Crown event in the same year. But Phil and Mary Ann Rapp won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open (Phil on Dont Look Twice) and Super Stakes Non-Pro (Mary Ann on Arc Catmando) in 2010.

Fun Fact #2: Three of the top four horses in the 2019 NCHA Derby have owners from Madill, Oklahoma: Summer Time Fun (Ty Moore), Exs N Ohhs (Barker Ranch) and Stylish Hailee (Kathleen Moore).

Nadine Payne wins NCHA Derby Non-Pro title

Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Nadine Payne on Blu Velvet. Ted Petit Photography.

Working ninth in the 11-horse first set of the Metallic Cat NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals, where 217 was the high score by four points, Nadine Payne and Blu Velvet, by Once In A Blue Boon, took control and served up a 221-point challenge. Langston Pattillo and Shesa Tuff Teaspoon, by Woody Be Tuff, came close with 220.5 points, deep in the second set, to earn the reserve championship, while Ty Moore and Scantly Clad, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 220 points.

Nadine Payne, the NCHA earner of $605,003, and Blu Velvet came into the NCHA Derby with $44,107 in 2019 earnings, including over $27,000 from the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, where they tied for third and fourth, and nearly $10,000 for sixth place in the Breeders Invitational. Their win in the NCHA Derby brings their 2019 tally to $61,628.

Blu Velvet, a half-sister to Velvets Revolver LTE $271,541, was bred by Nadine Payne out of Velvets Best Shot LTE $53,156, by Playgun. Payne showed Velvets Best Shot, as well as Velvets Revolver, who carried her to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship. Both horses were shown by Nadine’s husband, James Payne, co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Open Derby.

Langston Pattillo on Shesa Tuff Teaspoon. Ted Petit Photography.

Langston Pattillo, the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year, who came into the 2019 Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular with official earnings of $310,846, has made the most of his entries during the show. He rode High Stylin CD LTE $224,218, by High Brow CD, to win the Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited championship and the Amateur Unlimited Gelding division, and he also placed third with High Stylin CD in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro, and collected second-place money in the Non-Pro Gelding division. In addition, Pattillo also showed Zinging Some Reys LTE $9,783, by Stylin Cat, to place in the Derby Amateur Unlimited, and to collect money in the Amateur Unlimited division. Altogether during the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular, Pattillo collected $51,121, in estimated NCHA earnings. 

 Shesa Tuff Teaspoon was bred by Harland Radomske out of Shesa Spoonful A Fun $82,335, who carried Harlan and Jody Radomske as Amateur and Non-Pro limited age event finalists, including last year, when Jody won the PCCHA Derby All-Age  Amateur Unlimited on the Hes A Peptospoonful daughter.

Ty Moore, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,117,549, won the 2019 Bonanza Cutting Non-Pro championship on Scantly Clad, and also placed with her in the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Breeders Invitational, and the Arbuckle Mountain Derby.

Moore showed Shez Smokin Hot Gal LTE $60,384, by Hottish, to place fourth in last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro, and was third in the 2016 NCHA Derby riding Set Fire To The Reyn LTE $132,646, by Dual Rey.

Scantly Clad LTE $80,490 is out of Scoot A Lil Closer LTE $67,150, by Smart Lil Scoot, a half-sister, out of Miss Echo Wood LTE $57,186, to earners of over $1.3 million, including Peptacular LTE $110,362, the dam of Tictac Sugar LTE $26,897, by Kit Kat Sugar, a 2019 NCHA Derby Open Limited and Non-Pro Limited finalist under Tate and Laura Bennett, respectively.

Good show for Ali and Sabrina Boon

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Ali Good on Sabrina Boon. Ted Petit Photography.

Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 218 points on Saturday, July 3, to win the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited aboard Sabrina Boon, by Boon A Little. Rebecca Sheehan, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve championship with 216.5 points on Counting Starz, by Smooth As A Cat, and Laura Bennett placed third with 214 points on Tictac Sugar, by Kit Kat Sugar.  

Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $260,008, also scored 2018 points riding Sabrina Boon in Friday’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Semi-Finals. The score was the second-highest among qualifiers for Sunday’s 22-rider NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals.

Good’s first success with Sabrina Boon came as a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, where she placed tenth. Earlier this year, she won the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Limited on the sorrel mare; was reserve champion of the Augusta Non-Pro Futurity; placed in the Non-Pro Finals of the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well as the Breeders Invitational; and placed sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited.

Sabrina Boon LTE $59,944, bred by the Riddle Family Trust and trained by Good’s grandfather, Bill Riddle, is a half-sister to Quejana Reeves LTE $121,611.

Last year, Good placed third in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited riding the Hottish-sired gelding Sneakish LTE $59,439, who she had also shown as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In addition, Good placed second in last year’s NCHA World Finals Non-Pro aboard Cat Atat Cat LTE $202,706, who her grandfather had shown as reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Open Classic Challenge.

Rebecca Sheehan on Counting Starz. Ted Petit Photography.

Rebecca Sheehan, the NCHA earner of $26,770, also qualified for the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Finals with Counting Starz LTE $38,403, who she had shown to place twelfth in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. This year, Rebecca’s husband, Geoffrey Sheehan, showed the mare as a finalist in the Breeders Invitational and the Arbuckle Mountain Open Finals.

Counting Starz LTE $38,403 was bred by Rebecca out of the Somebody Smart daughter Starlight Starbrite LTE $136,764, who Geoffrey Sheehan showed as reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Futurity Open Limited, as well as an Open Limited or Open finalist in six other events. Sheehan also won the 2010 NCHA Derby Open Limited on Dualin Cats Merada LTE $107,406.

Geoffrey Sheehan was the only rider to qualify three horses for Sunday’s 23-horse NCHA Derby Open Finals: Toytallic LTE $60,193, sired by Metallic Cat, and bred and owned by Beechfork Ranch; and Ten Blade LTE $37,581 and The Cat Doctress LTE $59,250, both sired by High Brow Cat and owned by Beechfork Ranch.

Laura Bennett, the NCHA earner of $16,130, showed Tictac Sugar as a Semi-Finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes. Tate Bennett, Laura’s husband, won the Open Limited championships of the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby on Reyn Maker $169,801. He also showed Tictac Sugar as a finalist on Wednesday, in the NCHA Derby Open Limited Finals.

Bred by Matt Gaines Cutting Horses, Tictac Sugar is a half-sister to Smooth N Cattacular LTE $121,281, and out of Peptacular $110,362, a half-sister to Woodys Wildest Cat LTE $342,510. Her second dam is Miss Echo Wood, an all-time leading producer of cutting earners of over $1.3 million.