Archive for September, 2019

Too Much Rope

Monday, September 30th, 2019

An image cast in bronze that reflects the power and grace, grit and glory of a cowboy’s horse and a cowboy’s life – no other twentieth century artist could capture the moment as perfectly as the late Jim Reno whose larger than life-size commissions are legend, including monumental works of the world’s two greatest race horses in their respective fields – Secretariat and Dash For Cash.

Many of Reno’s smaller-scaled pieces, however, were based on personal experience. “I usually have something in mind down the road,” he told me, as a prelude to the story behind a piece he called “A Montana Morning,” inspired by an incident on the John Scott Ranch.

“A horse was standing tied to a fence and he broke loose,” Reno recalled. “The saddle went under his belly and he started bucking and kicking that saddle apart. And this cowboy on a horse was trying to catch him.

“Afterwards, I took photos of that cowboy. He had a Montana crease in his hat, and he had on gloves and a Levi jacket, and fringed chaps, and a Montana-looking saddle. When I got home, I got my photographs out and went to work.”

Skip Hobbs, an NCHA competitor and 1973 Youth World Champion, owns a limited edition of “Too Much Rope,” a piece that exemplifies Reno’s special talent for depicting a horse and rider in action. Because a photo of it appeared in the May 1977 issue of the Quarter Horse Journal, Hobbs knows the piece was created before 1977, but beyond that fact he would like to know more.

If you have any information regarding “Too Much Rope” or have other Jim Reno stories you would like to share, please contact me at, and I will include them in future posts.

Jeff Chase, 1956 –2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Longtime NCHA member Jeff Chase, 63, died Thursday, September 19, 2019, at his home in Perryton, Tex. A lifetime resident of Perryton, born on July 6, 1956 to Hal Chase and Doris Wagnon Chase, Jeff Chase attended West Texas A & M in Canyon and began farming and ranching with his father at the age of 18. In addition to being a cattle producer, he raised, trained and showed cutting horses. In 2006, he won the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited with Light N Hickory, and in 2014 he placed eighth in the NCHA Western Nationals Open riding Leave N Las Vegas.

Chase was a member of First Baptist Church of Perryton and was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Roxanne Chase; and one brother, Hal Chase, Jr. He is survived by two sons, Tanner Chase of Perryton and Seth Chase and wife Casey, of Magdalena, NM; one daughter, Jesse Balzer and husband Kyler, of Perryton; two stepsons, Blaine Green and Brett Green, both of Amarillo; and grandchildren, Taren Chase, Jack Chase, Ellie Chase, Mason and Madison Price, and Bailey and Hailey Chase.

Funeral services were held September 23, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Perryton. The family suggests memorials be given to one’s favorite charity.

Brazos Bash, big bucks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

The 2019 Brazos Bash, which began on September 18 in the Silverado Arena, in Weatherford, Tex., and concludes on Sunday, September 29, has already awarded nearly $450,000 to finalists in the Open Futurity, Derby and Classic, including a $20,000 winner’s share to 3-Year-Old Futurity champion A Star Is Borne, shown by Michael Cooper; $20,000 to 4-Year-Old Derby champion Hot Lookin Cat, shown by John Mitchell; and $20,000 to Reystylin Smooth, shown by Adan Banuelos in the 5/6-year-old.

A Star Is Borne marked 222 for the title, ahead of Sticky Dual (219) and CR Stylish Lil Pepto (216.5). This is the second win in two starts for A Star Is Borne, owned and bred by Rose Valley Ranch, and sired by Rose Valley Ranch-owned Boon Too Suen.

The sorrel mare already won the Cotton Stakes, and the Brazos Bash takes her career total over $30,000. She is out of Holly Is Smooth, a Smooth As A Cat mare that earned over $225,000 with Open wins at Abilene and the AQHA World Show, as well as Non-Pro championships with Kyle Manion at the Bonanza and the NCHA Classic Challenge.

This was Michael Cooper’s third Brazos Bash win in a row. He was co-champion on Gato Borracho in 2017 and outright winner on Tears From Heaven last year.

Reserve champion Sticky Dual is a Dual Rey x One Time Rey Jay mare bred and owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses and ridden by Matt Miller. Her dam was reserve champion of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2010.

CR Stylish Lil Pepto is a Sweet Lil Pepto mare out of CR Stylish Cheena, ridden by Chris Johnsrud for breeder Craig Robinson.

Brazos Bash Derby winner Hot Lookin Cat marked 223 to edge Warlock (222). Badboonarising and Lets Go Crazzy tied for third with 219 points.

Bred and owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, Hot Lookin Cat is by Hottish out of Fancy Lookin Cat. As an NCHA Futurity finalist under John Mitchell, the gelding has now earned more than $114,000.

Reserve champion Warlock is a gelding by Metallic Cat our of $1.3 million producer Sweet Abra, bred and owned by Alvin Fults and ridden by Beau Galyean. Warlock is a full brother to 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel.

In third, Badboonarising is a son of Once In A Blu Boon ridden by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, while Lets Go Crazzy is son of Metallic Cat out of Miss Ella Rey, owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant and ridden by Phil Hanson. He’s a full brother to NCHA Futurity champion Stevie Rey Von.

In the Classic, Reystylin Smooth is a 5-year-old Smooth As A Cat x Rey N Style gelding shown by Adan Banuelos for Ten/27 Ranch. He marked 223.5 to win from Duramax Dually (222.5) and Reyning Cats (221).

Banuelos has been the leading trainer so far at the show, with earnings of more than $63,000, more than $20,000 ahead of the next rider. Besides his Classic win, he placed third and fifth in the Derby, seventh in the Classic and had two finalists in the 3-year-old division.

Duramax Dually is a son of Dual Rey and That Catomine bred and owned by the Glover/Galyean Partnership and ridden by Wesley Galyean.

Reyning Cats is a 6-year-old Dual Rey mare out of XY Zee owned by Jerry and Suzanne Rava and ridden by Westfall.

E.J. Holub, 1938–2019

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
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E.J. Holub, 81, Texas Tech’s legendary football Hall of Fame player, who went on to play for the Dallas Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs, and bred and showed cutting horses, when he retired, passed away on Saturday, September 21.

Born in Schulenburg, Tex., Holub grew up in Lubbock, where as an All-Star player for Lubbock High School, he attracted scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among other schools, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. When Holub graduated from Texas Tech, his jersey number was permanently retired.

Holub, who was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs’ Hall of Fame in 1976, played linebacker for the Chiefs from 1961 through 1967, and center from 1968-1970, and was the first player to start in the Super Bowl at two different positions.

The hands-on owner of ranches in Texas and Oklahoma, Holub trained and showed as an NCHA Open rider and earned his largest check when he placed eighth on Playboys Habit in the 1985 NCHA Super Stakes. He also bred the Docs Stylish Oak daughter Style O Bar, who won the 20002 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open with Todd Bimat and the 1999 Memphis Futurity Non-Pro with Charles Spence.

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2019 El Rancho Futurity

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

3-Year-Old Open Futurity Champions
Armani Blue, shown by Adan Banuelos, nailed the El Rancho 3-Year-Old Futurity Open Finals in Murietta, Calif., with 225 points, worth $12,000 for owners Jeffrey and Griselda Neidhart, Weatherford, Tex. Lethal Rey Boon and Andrew Coates scored 219.5 points to earn the reserve championship and $10,500 for Dee and Ed Elkins, Bend, Ore.

A blue roan son of Smooth As A Cat and winner of the 2019 Idaho Futurity, Armani Blue LTE $27,848 is out of Autumn Boon, ranked #4 among cutting’s all-time leading producers. Autumn Boon’s dam, Royal Blue Boon, is cutting’s #1 all-time leading producer of earners of over $2.6 million. Coincidentally, reserve champion Lethal Rey Boon, by Dual Rey, is out of Royal Blue Boon Two, a clone of Royal Blue Boon.

4-Year-Old El Rancho Derby Open Champions
Dual Cat Pepto, owned by Mike and Debra Flashman, Rancho Murieta, Calif., and shown by Monty Buntin, earned $9,000 for his 221-point win in the El Rancho Derby. Metallic Curveball, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch LLC, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 218 points for the reserve championship and $7,500.

Dual Cat Pepto LTE $115,953, reserve champion of the 2019 PCCHA Derby under Buntin, also counts the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup Open and Non-Pro, as well as the Cascades Futurity 4-Year-Old  Open Derby, among his 2019 championship wins. Owner Mike Flashman has earned money with the Dual Rey-sired gelding, out of Swiss Cat Pepto LTE $165,977, in 17 working and non-working major event divisions, including as sixth-placed finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur and fifth in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur.

In addition to Dual Cat Pepto, Monty Buntin also qualified for the El Rancho Derby Finals and placed sixth with Metallic Cat-sired Mada Drallup LTE $30,992, owned by Julie Sandford, Orange, Calif. In the 5 & 6-Year-Old Finals, Buntin showed Steel Betty LTE $27,045, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Ravi Tumber, Winters, Calif., to place fourth.

Metallic Cat-sired Metallic Curveball LTE $133,079, was a major money earner at the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes, where he placed third in the Open Finals and topped the Novice and the Open Gelding divisions. Metallic Curveball and Lennox also placed seventh in the Breeders Invitational and the Cattlemen’s Derby, as well as eighth in the NCHA Derby.

Jessie Lennox also showed Rocking P Ranch’s One Suspicious Mind LTE $23,616, by One Time Pepto, to tie for ninth place in the Derby Finals.  In the 5 & 6-Year-Old Finals Lennox was reserve champion on CR WRS Royal Tee LTE $134,636, by WR This Cats Smart, and placed fifth and eleventh on Summer Shandy LTE $68, 023, by Metallic Cat, and Spots Hot-sired Cinca Im Hot LTE $251,651, respectively, all owned by Rocking P Ranch

5 & 6-Year-Old El Rancho Classic Open Champions
Catty Bluz, shown by Morgan Cromer for Barry and Michelle Barnes, Clarkston, Wash., scored 223 points to win the El Rancho Classic and $8,500, while CR WRS Royal Tee, with Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., claimed reserve and $7,000 with 222 points.

Sired by Catty Hawk and bred by Cowan Ranch, 6-year-old Catty Bluz LTE $125,361 won the 2018 Idaho Futurity Non-Pro and 2018 El Rancho Classic Non-Pro with Bill Cowan. She has also won four 5 & 6-year-old Non-Pro and Amateur divisions and four reserves in 2019 with owner Michelle Barnes.

In addition to Catty Bluz, Morgan Cromer also showed Travalen Miles LTE $44,758, by Cats Full Moon, to place third in the Classic and earn $5,500 for Troy Boutonnet, Salinas, Calif. And in the 3-Year-Old Futurity, Cromer showed CD Can Dance LTE $17,495, by High Brow CD, to tie for third and earn $8,866 for owner Karen Brody, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Go to El Rancho Futurity for complete results of the 2019 event, which concluded on September 15.

A Star Is Borne

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

A Star Is Borne, lived up to her name on September 5, when she claimed the championship of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity, in West Monroe, La. Shown by Michael Cooper for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., the Boon Too Suen daughter scored 222 points for her first official paycheck. Bred by Rose Valley Ranch, A Star Is Borne is out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth LTE $225,782, dam of three NCHA money earners, including Yall Count Me In LTE $85,768 and Hesa Money Maker LTE $83,948, by Im Countin Checks.

Metallic Sweetness was awarded the reserve championship and $8,200, her first career check, for a 221.5-point performance under Russ Westfall. Owned by Jerry Rava, Paso Robles, Calif., Metallic Sweetness is out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter A Spoonful O Sugar, an NRCHA earner of $78,414.

Third-placed Sweet Lil Aristo came into the Cotton Stakes with $14,852 earned as West Texas Futurity Open reserve champion and Open Gelding winner. Shown by Beau Galyean and bred and owned by Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Tex., the Sweet Lil Pepto-sired gelding is out of the Smart Aristocrat daughter Aristo Katz LTE $260,144, dam of 15 NCHA earners of $641,914.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.

Ms Baby Cakes makes two for Barker Ranch and Cox at Cotton Stakes

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Ms Baby Cakes tallied her second consecutive 4-year-old championship of the year with a 226-point score under Lloyd Cox in the 2019 Cotton Stakes on Tuesday, in West Monroe, La. Royal Red Brow with Boyd Rice scored 224.5 points for reserve, while Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard placed third with 223.5 points.

Bred and owned by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC, Madill, Okla., Metallic Cat daughter Ms Baby Cakes was an NCHA Futurity finalist under Cox and including the $7,500 Cotton Stakes winner’s purse, has earned $81,596 so far in 2019. Out of 2015 NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, Ms Baby Cakes is a three-quarter sister to Smooth Nu Cat LTE $193,816.

Barker Ranch and Lloyd Cox also teamed with 6-year-old Second Spot, by Spots Hot, to win the Cotton Stakes Classic with 224.5 points. Second Spot, the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion under Matt Gaines, is the lifetime earner of $421,569. Her 2019 record with Cox includes the Ike Hamilton Classic championship and the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Royal Red Brow, owned by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., was an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist with Kenny Platt and placed in the finals of three 2019 limited age events before the Cotton Stakes. The High Brow Cat daughter, bred by Michelle Cannon and a three-quarter sister to Catillac Reys LTE $177,182 and Chrome Catillac LTE $100,193, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $36,693.

Bama Jelly, sired by Bamacat and owned and bred by Madalyn Cogrove, Boligee, Ala., was an NCHA Futurity finalist with Shepard, and went on to earn substantial payouts with a fourth-place finish worth $45,032 in the NCHA Super Stakes and with the Arbuckle Mountain Derby win, worth $30,000. In addition, Bama Jelly and Shepard won the Augusta Futurity, placed fourth in the Breeders Invitational, and earned money in two additional finals.

Bama Jelly is currently ranked fifth among 2019 NCHA leading 4-year-old money earners. Sueper Trouper, owned and shown by Non-Pro competitor Constance Jaeggi, as well as by Grant Setnicka in Open, tops the 4-year-old list with $193,409.

Metallic Drifter, reserve in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open with 220.5 points, is shown by Matt Gaines for Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, lifetime earner of $113,486, also won the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Classic.

Hott Heels, third-placed in the Cotton Stakes Classic Open, ranks third, with $104,036, among 5/6-year-old money earners in 2019. Shown by Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., the Hottish-sired gelding won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Classic Non-Pro with Jarma and placed reserve in the Open. He was also Open reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational Classic, and placed third in both the NCHA Classic Challenge Open and Non-Pro Finals.

The Cotton Stakes continues through Sunday, September 8.