Archive for November, 2019

Sly Criminal and Tatum Rice claim day with 223 points

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Sly Criminal, ridden by Tatum Rice. Ted Petit Photo.

Ten years ago, Tatum Rice made his debut in NCHA Futurity Open competition riding a Smooth As A Cat daughter for his cousin Tag Rice. Shes Twice As Smooth and Rice scored 220 points in the first go-round and qualified for the Semi-Finals. Although they didn’t make the cut for the Open Finals, they did make the Open Ltd. Finals, where they claimed the reserve championship.

Shes Twice As Smooth would retire three years later with $191,734 earned with Rice and with her non-pro owner, Jennifer Foland. Since that 2009 NCHA Futurity, Tatum Rice has earned over $2.3 million and won 16 major events, including the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes and 2018 NCHA Open World Championship aboard  Hashtags LTE $476,725.

Now, following his championship win aboard Crey Zee in the 2018 NCHA Futurity, Tatum Rice carries the mantle of defending champion into the 2019 event with Sly Criminal, who he showed on Tuesday to win the first day of Open go-rounds competition with 223 points.

Bred by Rocking L Cutting Horses and owned by Barwick/Knight of Weatherford, Texas, Sly Criminal is by Metallic Cat and out of Meradas Sly Cat LTE $82,586, by That Sly Cat. Sly Criminal is on track to be Meradas Sly Cat’s first money earner.

Sugarless, ridden by Russ Westfall. Ted Petit photo.

Sugarlesss, shown by his owner and breeder, Russ Westfall, Granbury, Tex., and Tuff Nu Catillac, shown by Matt Miller for her owner and breeder, Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., tied with 221 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, Sugarlesss is out of Little Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, bred and shown by both Russ Westfall and his wife Janet, and is a full sister to 4-year-old Ringo LTE $53,803. Lil Bit Reckless is out of the Westfall mare Trouble Lynn 495, dam of 9 NCHA money earners of $747,768, all sired by Westfall-owned stallion CD Royal.

Tuff Nu Catillac, ridden by Matt Miller. Ted Petit photo.

Sired by Woody Be Tuff, Tuff Nu Catillac is out of Desires Nu Catillac LTE $58,923, by High Brow Cat. The dam of one money earner, 4-year-old Riding In Style, by Bamacat, Desires Nu Catillac, is half-sister to the earners of nearly $1.5 million, including Thundercat LTE $302,762 and Desires Some Rex LTE $287,519.

Sugar Smak, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Bridget Trenary, Nashville, Tenn., to earn 220.5 points, was the only horse, in addition to Sly Criminal, Sugarlesss, and Tuff Nu Catillac, to score above 220 on Thursday.  The Kit Kat Sugar-sired mare is out of the unshown Smart Mate’s daughter Mates Pretty Special, dam of one NCHA money earner, Special Wild Hair LTE $29,563, by Wild Haired Cat.

Storied past and secure future

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

It is the beginning and the end of the cutting season. Thursday, November 21 marks the first day of the 2019 NCHA Futurity, as 3-year-olds, making their show debuts, launch the first day of Open go-round competition in Fort Worth’s historic Will Rogers Coliseum. Non-Pro Futurity go-rounds begin on Friday, November 29 and are followed, on Thursday, December 5 by Amateur go-rounds.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening November 28, in Watt Arena, the 2019 NCHA World Championship Finals begins its seven-day schedule, which concludes on Saturday, December 7.

On Monday, December 9 at 9:00 a.m., the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales begin with the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Session I, in Watt Arena. The 2-Year-Old Sale continues on Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m., followed by The Evening Session at 5:00 p.m., in John Justin Sale Arena. The 2019 Futurity Sales continue with the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions in John Justin Arena on December 11, 12, and 13, and conclude with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 14, followed by the not-to-be-missed Select Cow Dog Demonstration and Sale in Watt Arena.

Finally, on Sunday, December 15, following 25 days of world-class competition, the 2019 NCHA Futurity will conclude with the NCHA Hall of Fame Presentations and the Open Finals.

Who’s on first?

The 516-horse 2019 NCHA Futurity Open first go-round field represents a storied past and a secure promise for the future. Here is a very small example, which represents the depth of breeding on display, from the first two days of the first go-round competition:

Thursday, Nov. 21
Set  #3
Metallic Mystified, full brother to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837

Set #4
Good Lord Lorrie, three-quarter sibling to 2015 NCHA Futurity champion Stevie Rey Vaughn LTE $418,947

Friday, Nov. 22
Set  #2
EE Wombat, full sibling to Ichis My Choice LTE $418,693, 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year
CY Dualin Kitty, full sibling to Rockin W LTE $329,722, 2009 NCHA Futurity Open champion out of 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188.

Set #4
Sweet Metallic CD 16, three-quarter brother to High Brow CD LTE $502,202, 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 2008 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.
Rather Smooth, full sibling to Smooth Asa Zee LTE $616,978 and three-quarter to Eazee E LTE $211,145, dam of 2018 NCHA Futurity Open champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801

Keith Bowden 1926 – 2019

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Longtime NCHA member Keith Bowden, age 93, Holladay, Utah, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Born in Holladay on October 1, 1926 Bowden lived his entire life in Holladay.

In 1950, Keith and his wife, Ardonna, started a successful family business boarding and training horses. An accomplished horseman and cutting competitor, Keith Bowden was one of the 10 founders of the Utah Cutting Horse Association (UCHA) and won many Open Intermountain championships in the 1960s and 1970s.

With one of the only indoor facilities available in the area, Bowden Arena attracted many clients interested in learning about the sport of cutting. Keith showed competitively throughout the intermountain west for many years and was the Utah State Open Champion many times.

The Bowdens retired in 1990 and enjoyed traveling together for many years. Ardonna passed away in 2013 and Keith independently maintained his home, while meeting friends daily for coffee, until just a few months before his death.

In addition to his wife Ardonna, Keith was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruce and Wayne; and daughter, Shauna. He is survived by sons, Corey (Kris) and Bart; 5 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services to honor Keith will be on Thursday, November 21, 2019, with a viewing for friends and family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary 4760 South State Street Murray, Utah. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 22, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive. For those attending services, feel free to wear Western attire, which is what Keith Bowden would have wanted.

Keith Bowden on Nipper Red.

Futurity Sales catalog online

Friday, November 15th, 2019

The complete catalog for the 2019 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales is now online.

Ricky N Reyd Streaks repeat

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Ricky N Reyd Streaks claimed his second consecutive AQHA World Show Amateur championship on Tuesday. Shown by Rieta Dufurrena, Gainesville, Tex., Ricky N Reyd Streaks won the 2018 championship under Rieta’s brother, Brandon. Rieta also won the AQHA World Show Amateur championship in 2014 riding Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842, the dam of Mizpah Cat, who Rieta also showed in Tuesday’s Finals to place third.

Ricky N Reyd Streaks and Smooth De Mayo, owned and shown by Don Perkins, Flint, Tex., tied with 222 points in the Finals, and Ricky N Reyd Streaks won the workoff.

Owned by Rieta and Brandon’s mother, Shona Dufurrena, 6-year-old gelding Ricky N Reyd Streaks LTE $81,227, by Dual Rey, has carried each of the Dufurrena family members for cutting wins, including father Ed Dufurrena, an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame earner of $1,596,134. Ed Dufurena also showed the gelding to place third in the World Open Cutting Finals on Sunday, and Mizpah Cat to place second in the Junior Level 3 Finals.

Smooth De Mayo, an 8-year-old daughter of Smooth As A Cat, carried Don Perkins to place third in both the Amateur and Amateur Unlimited divisions of the 2015 NCHA Derby, as well as to place third in Tuesday’s World Show Level 2 Amateur Finals.

Perkins, the NCHA earner of $111,839, was reserve champion of the 2010 AQHA World Show Amateur showing Suns Highball, by Mr Sun O Lena, the stallion Perkins showed to win the 1997 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Classic.

World Show Level 2 Amateur champions
Rockin KW LTE $147,273, winner of the 2019 AQHA World Junior Cutting championship with Dylan Meyer, scored 220.5 points to win the Level 2 Amateur championship with owner Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex. Davis and the 5-year-old Rockin W daughter also have a record of three Amateur wins in NCHA limited age events.

Show Biz Kit Kat LTE $75,043, shown by Susan Hanselman, Piedmont, Okla., scored 217.5 points to claim reserve. The 8-year-old daughter of Mr Peppys Freckles is out of Show Biz Kitty, whose three other money earners are Once In A Blue Boon $268,398, Rollz Royce LTE $251,607, and SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $186,148.

Bet Shes Smooth and Rockin KW win AQHA World titles

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Bet Shes Smooth scored 223 points under Lindy Burch to win the title of 2019 AQHA Senior Cutting World Champion, on November 10, during the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City. Pharoah And James, ridden by Clint Allen, claimed the reserve championship with 222 points.

Owned and bred by Oxbow Ranch, Lipan, Tex., out of NCHA World Champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, 7-year-old Bet Shes Smooth was the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion under Burch. Later this month, the 7-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, career earner of $165,725 will compete under Burch in the NCHA World Championship Open Finals. It was Burch who showed Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960 to win the 2000 NCHA World Open Championship and to set a record of 233 in the 1999 NCHA World Finals.

“It’s a great honor to win the AQHA World Championship,” said Burch, a two-time AQHA World Show reserve champion, who was the first woman to become NCHA Open World Champion, as well as the first woman to win the NCHA Open Futurity. Burch and Bet Shes Smooth also have an excellent shot at earning NCHA World Reserve Champion and World Champion Mare titles during the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals this December, in Fort Worth.

Bet Shes Smooth is a three-quarter sister to 2011 NCHA World Champion Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, one of five $100,000+ earners, all by different sires, out of Bet Yer Blue Boons, who died on May 1, 2019 at the age of 31, having produced 22 earners of over $1.2 million.

Pharoah And James, 2019 AQHA Senior Cutting Reserve World Champion, was bred by his owners David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex. The 6-year-old gelding, sired by Hickorys Indian Pep out of Wise Little Miss, has NCHA career earnings of $202,671.

Rockin KW claims AQHA World Junior Cutting title
Rockin KW, shown by Dylan Meyer for Whitney and Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex., scored 225.5 points to win the of 2019 AQHA Junior Cutting World Championship. Mizpah Cat, shown by Ed Dufurrena for Shona Dufurrena, earned the Reserve title with 223.5 points.

Rockin KW, a 5-year-old daughter of Rockin W, was reserve champion of the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Futurity with Meyer, and winner of the Amateur Unlimited finals with Kim Davis, who also showed the mare to win the 2018 Breeders Invitational Amateur championship. With over $147,000 in NCHA earnings, Rockin KW has collected money in the finals of 28 limited age final divisions.

Mizpah Cat LTE $42,536, a 5-year-old daughter of Auspicious Cat, bred by Brandon Duffurena, Gainesville, Tex., is a three-quarter sister to 2015 NCHA Futurity Open champion Stevie Rey Von LTE $418,947 and to 2015 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn LTE $356,632, both sired by Metallic Cat and out of Miss Ella Rey LTE $375,842.

Robert C. Norris 1929-2019

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Robert Norris, owner of the famous T-Cross Ranches of Colorado and Arizona, as well as Quarter Horse breeder, and former NCHA member, who played the first Marlboro Man on television, passed away on November 3, 2019 in the care of the Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs, Colo: Read more