Archive for October, 2019

Candy Man (U) captures Southern Futurity title

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Candy Man (U), sired by Kit Kat Sugar and shown by Salvador Cabral, cleared the board by six points, when he laid down a 224-point run, as the last horse to work in the 2019 Southern Futurity 3-Year-Old Open Finals. Rey Playin Up, shown by James Payne, and Blu Too Smart, also shown by Payne, tied for reserve with 218 points.

In addition to the $15,050 winner’s share that he earned as champion, Candy Man (U), owned by Billy Powell, Gainesville, Tex., also claimed $1,235 in the Open Gelding division, as well as $10,028, as the top-scoring Open 3-year-old in the Southern Cutting Stallion Incentive.

Shown by Cabral to place in the Open finals of both the West Texas and the Idaho Futurities, and to win the PCCHA Futurity Open Int., Candy Man (U) currently ranks among the Top Five 3-year-old money earners of 2019, with over $48,500. Out of Cotton Candy (DNA), Candy Man (U) is a three-quarter brother to That Sly Bob LTE $198,788 and Candy Girl (U) LTE $83,815, both sired by That Sly Cat.

Rey Playin Up, a mare sired by Dual Rey and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., was a finalist with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and has career earnings of over $18,500. Blu Too Smart, a red roan gelding sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Robert Masterson, Guthrie, Tex., placed third with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and fifth in the Brazos Bash. With $52,000, including money earned at the Southern Futurity, he currently ranks third among 3-year-old money earners of 2019.

Out of Too Smart Toodie, by Smart Mate, Blu Too Smart is a three-quarter to Peptotoodie LTE $169,599, by Peptotime, and a half-brother to Miss Masterson LTE $100,029, by Cat T Masterson.

The Southern Futurity continues through Saturday, October 26 with the Non-Pro and Amateur go-rounds and Finals.

Peggy Hightower 1936 – 2019

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Peggy Hightower, 83, Chappell Hill, Tex., passed away on October 23. Although she did not compete in cutting events, she was an avid fan and supporter of the sport. Her late husband, cutting horse trainer Olan Hightower, who passed away in 2014, won the 1976 NCHA Futurity on Colonel Freckles, and their son, Faron Hightower, is an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Chappell Hill, Tex.

The Dewd, the Hottist

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

The Dewd, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Beau and Ashley Galyean, Fort Worth, Tex., won the 2019 Southern Cutting Derby with 228 points. Hottist LTE $56,652, by Hottish, with Kelle Earnheart aboard for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex, claimed reserve with 225 points, and Summer Time Fun LTE $88,538, by Metallic Cat, placed third with 222.5 points, under James Payne for Ty Moore, Madill, Okla.

Following his Southern Cutting Derby performances, The Dewd is now within $3,440 of becoming the seventh $100,000 earner sired by Metallic Cat out of Sweet Abra, including 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837. With NCHA career earnings of $74,352 coming into the Southern Cutting, The Dewd claimed $15,000 as the Open Derby champion; $4,208 as the Open Limited reserve champion; and $1,773, as the Open Gelding champion.

This fall, The Dewd won the 2019 PCCHA Stakes Non-Pro Int. with Ashley Galyean, and was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby and the West Texas Derby Open Limited divisions with Rodrigo Taboga.

The Dewd’s owner, Beau Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4 million, scored 226 points to win the Southern Cutting Classic and earn $15,000 riding Desiresomemettalic, by Metallic Cat, for Atwood Quarter Horses Inc, Kenwood, Calif.

Somethingtobelievein LTE $314,323, by Hydrive Cat, scored 222 points for reserve under co-owner Brett McGlothlin, Cecilia, Ky., and Metallic Starburst LTE $43,900, by Metallic Cat, placed third with Chris Hanson for Billy Foster, El Dorado, Ark.

Desiresomemettalic LTE $168,505 a three-quarter brother to Thundercat $302,762, also placed seventh in the Southern Cutting Classic with 213 points, under Rodrigo Tabogo.

2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales over the top

Sunday, October 20th, 2019
DT Mr Catsanova sold for $77,000. Jim Arnold photo.

Fort Worth, Texas, October 18 -19, 2019
An average price of $15,851 – a 19% increase over last year’s sale – and 91% of horses sold from a total of 115 through the ring marked a banner second and final day for the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, which had seen 85% of horses sold on the first day sold.

A total of nine horses, three on Friday and six on Saturday, sold for $50,000 or more. Yearling stallion DT Mr Catsanova was the sale topper, at $77,000, while 7-year-old mare Tazs Dreamgirl brought $75,000 as the high-selling broodmare.

DT Mr Catsanova, a black stallion sired by Hickory Holly Time out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cat Mist, is a half-brother to 2018 NRCHA Open Futurity champion SJR Diamond Mist LTE $179,883, as well as to 2007 PCCHA Open Futurity champion ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762. NRCHA Stakes eligible, NCHA Super Stakes nominated, and enrolled in the National Reining Breeders Classic, DT Mr Catsanova was consigned by DT Horses, LLC, and purchased by Mark Cross, Davenport, Iowa.

DT Horses LLC also sold DT Hickorys Chex Mix, by Hickory Holly Time, to Melissa Garbrick, Ellensburg, Wash., for $57,000. The red roan yearling colt is out of Lil Miss Shiney Chex, a Top 10 all-time leading dam of RCH money earners, including 2019 NRCHA Open reserve champion Nineteen Ten, a full brother to DT Hickorys Chex Mix, and 2013 NRCHA Open reserve champion Blind Sided LTE $224,468, by Peptoboonsmal.

Tazs Dreamgirl, by Pepto Taz, was consigned by her breeder, Kathleen Moore, and purchased by Robert Simpson, Kirkland, Ariz. The earner of $106,229, Tazs Dreamgirl sold with a Stevie Rey Von foal in utero, which will be eligible for the NRCHA Stakes. Her 2016 Metallic Cat son, Honky Tonk Dreams, is the earner of $15,012.

Cats Nu Shine, consigned by Wagonhound Ranch and purchased for $65,000 by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, was the high-selling yearling filly. Sired by WR This Cats Smart, Cats Nu Shine is out of the Shining Spark daughter Shiney Nu Annie, 2014 NRCHA Open Futurity reserve champion and NRCHA Celebration of Champion Open champion, and earner of $104,961.

LBR Chic Olena brought $60,000 as the second-highest selling yearling filly. Consigned by Charles Burger and purchased by Blue Allen, Alamosa, Colo., the Smart Chic Olena daughter is a half-sister to Simple Livin LTE $140,060, a Top 10 finalist in the 2011 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

Playgirls Miss Grace LTE $100,717, a 14-year-old daughter of Mister Dual Pep and dam of multiple money earners, sold for $52,000. Consigned by WW Ranch, LLC and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund Okla., Playgirls Miss Grace sold with an embryo by Hashtags.

For complete results from the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, and up-to-date consignments for the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales, go to Western

Strength in numbers at NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Nurseware. Photo by Jim Arnold.

Friday, October 18, the first day of the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale, was exceptionally strong, with 85% completed sales from a total of 107 horses.

Nurseware, consigned by Wagonhound Land & Livestock and purchased by Susan Steward, Las Vegas, Nev., was the day’s high-seller and the high-selling mare at $55,000. The 12-year-old Dual Rey daughter, with a foal in utero by WR This Cats Smart, is the dam of 6-year-old Smart Lookin Nurse LTE $97,290 and 4-year-old Wares The Nurse LTE $23,829, full siblings sired by WR This Cats Smart.

Cats Shiney Pistols, the day’s high-selling performance horse brought $50,000 from Don Murphy, Marietta, Okla. The 6-year-old stallion, sired by Smooth As A Cat and in training with Todd Bergen, is the earner of $49,318 and was consigned by Roxanne Koepsell.

Hes Wright On, earner of $172,067 and a leading NRCHA sire in 2015 and 2016, including Plain Wright LTE $90,098, NRCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, brought $50,000, as the day’s high-selling stallion. Consigned by Hes Wright On Partnership, the 16-year-old son of Lenas Wright On brought $50,000 from Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Tex.

Please Me One Time, consigned by Jeremy Barwick and purchased by Ty Smith, Edmund, Okla., was the high-selling yearling filly at $31,000. The black daughter of One Time Pepto is out of ARC Cat Her Please LTE $127,467, 2008 NCHA Open Classic Challenge Reserve Champion and 2007 NCHA Derby Open finalist. Please Me One Time sold eligible for the NRCHA Stakes and nominated for the NCHA Super Stakes.

The 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale will conclude on Saturday, October 19 with the Snaffle Bit Futurity Yearling and Broodmare Sale Session II. For complete results go to Western

Bob Kingsley 1939 – 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Bob Kingsley.
Sally Harrison photo.

Bob Kingsley, country music radio legend and generous benefactor, as well as dear friend to the cutting community, passed away at his home in Weatherford, Tex., October 17.

“While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease,” Kingsley shared through Rubin Media, on Oct. 9, just eight days before his death from bladder cancer.

The Country Music Hall of Fame radio host found his calling while serving in the U.S. Air Force, where his rich and distinctive baritone voice brought him to the attention of Armed Forces Radio. When he returned to civilian life, he began a career in radio that spanned six decades.

In 1973, Bob Kingsley became producer of nationally syndicated American Country Countdown, and served as the show’s host and Country Music’s most distinguished voice from 1978 through 2005. Having moved from Los Angeles to Weatherford in 1995, in order to be close to the cutting industry, in 2006, Bob and his wife and business partner, Nan, began producing Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, currently carried by over 300 stations, from their studio in Weatherford.

Bob Kingsley fell in love with cutting when country star and cutter Lynn Anderson put him on a cutting horse in 1993, to raise money for a charity, and shortly after, he was invited to an NCHA roundup on Helen Groves’ ranch. At about the same time, Bob and Nan met NCHA show and sale producer Ben Emison, and his wife Jan, who would become their mentors and close friends.

“We moved here in 1995 and the reason was because of horses and cattle,” said Bob. “I really wanted to learn and to get involved. And it turned to be exactly the right move. My main objective was to raise (cutting horses).”

In 2004, Bob Kingsley purchased Little Pepto Gal from Crystal Creek Ranch in Weatherford. The Peptoboonsmal daughter had been trained and shown by Matt Gaines as 2002 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.  In 2004, Kingsley showed Little Pepto Gal to win the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro. It was his first time to show her and his first finals as a Non-Pro.

 “It was the most amazing ride of my life,” said Bob. “I wish everybody could have an opportunity to ride a horse like that.”

By the time she was retired, Little Pepto Gal had official NCHA earnings of $490,951. As a broodmare she has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Little Pepto Cat LTE $601,910 bred by Bob and Nan Kingsley’s Bluestem Ranch.

Bob Kingsley’s love and enthusiasm for cutting was contagious. Over the years he introduced celebrities from the Country Music world to the sport through participation in the NCHA Celebrity Cutting, held during the NCHA Futurity. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 has been an official NCHA sponsor since 1995, and Bob never turned down a request to serve as “the voice of cutting” for NCHA special events and presentations. Bob and Nan’s generosity has also extended to many charities in the larger community, as well as in Weatherford and Parker County.

A memorial service will be held for Bob Kingsley on Friday, October 18 at Doss Heritage Center, 1400 Texas Drive, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Bob Kingsley on Little Pepto Cat.

Hydrive Cat 2003 – 2019

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Hydrive Cat, reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity and sire of the earners of $3.9 million, was humanely euthanized on Wednesday, October 16.

Owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., Hydrive Cat was sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Esperanza Ranch out of Ruby Tuesday DNA. Owned by David and Georgia Husby, when he was shown by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Clint Allen to claim the title of NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Hydrive Cat was purchased by SDP Buffalo Ranch in 2007 and was shown by ranch owner Shane Plummer to win the 2008 South Point Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro Ltd.

Inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame in 2009, Hydrive Cat was champion stallion in 10 of 21 limited age working finals and earned an NCHA career total of LTE $410,627.

As a sire, Hydrive Cat ranked among the Top 50 NCHA All-Time Leading Sires with get earnings of $3,939,343. In October 2019, his 6-year-old daughter Somethingtobelievein LTE $301,580, owned and shown by Brett and Jody McGlothlin, ranked #6 among all 2019 NCHA 5 and 6-year-old money earners.