Archive for November, 2019

Moms night out

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Moms Stylish Player, ridden by Kenny Platt. Seth Petit photo.

Moms Stylish Player, ridden by Hall of Famer Kenny Platt, marked 230 to win the second round of the 7 Ranch 2019 NCHA Open World Finals on November 30 in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

CR Gotcha Covered, who will be crowned World Champion next week, placed second in the round with a 229. Cattalou and Just Happy Tobe Here both marked 224.

After winning Friday’s first round with a 227, Moms Stylish Player is leading the World Finals cumulative score by 13 points with a 457.

Moms Stylish Player is owned by Robert Tregemba of Lawrence, Kansas. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. by Lizzys Gotta Player out of $1.3 million producer Moms Stylish Babe. An earner of more than $380,000, Moms Stylish Player won the NCHA Derby, Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational Classic and Bonanza Classic during his aged event career.

He came into the World Finals ranked ninth for the year, but with his World Finals successes, he’s moved up to fourth place in the standings.

CR Gotcha Covered is shown by Hall of Fame Rider Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama. With his go-round paycheck, the Dualin Boon stallion has a lead of more than $35,000 in the Open World Standings.

Adams takes aim with 219.5 points

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Austin Adams on Twistd Mister. Seth Petit photo.

sallyharrison.com Riding Twistd Mister, by Smooth As A Cat, Austin Adams, Logandale, Nev., scored 219.5 points on Saturday, the second day of 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited competition, to tie Alexa Dahl, who showed Smoothie Lou Who on Friday. Page Bowman, riding Bunz Of Steel, by Metallic Cat, earned 218.5 points, Saturday’s second-highest score, while Cody Hedlund marked 218 on Lyin With Royalty, by One Time Royalty.

A ten-time NCHA Futurity finalist, Austin Adams earned his first Futurity buckle in 2003, when he showed Dual N Pep Lena to place fifth in the Amateur Finals. He has shown five times as a Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist and, in 2018, he placed seventh in the Futurity Open Limited riding Metallic Special Cat.

The NCHA earner of $402,765, this year Adams has shown 4-year-old Royalty And Cats, by One Time Royalty, to place among the top 10 Non-Pro finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes, the NCHA Derby, and the Breeders Invitational, and to earn $70,385. Twistd Mister, out of LB Ms Cowtown Twist LTE $56,267, by Doc O Lena Twist, is a full brother to Smooth As A Twist LTE $147,928.

Adams was also among the high-scoring Non-Pros on Friday with 217.5 points, riding One Blu Fox, by Once In A Blu Boon.

Page Bowman, Simpsonville, Ky., is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $645,274. In 2014, she won the NCHA Non-Pro Derby riding Big Daddys CD LTE $168,989, one of a trio of geldings, including Tom E Boy LTE $142,786, in 2015, and Athena Mad Man LTE $114,097, in 2014, who carried her for three consecutive Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Non-Pro championship wins.

Bowman also won the 2013 NCHA $15,000 Non-Pro Novice World Finals on Scoot Over Here LTE $120,656, a three-quarter brother to Snazzy Easter Bunny LTE $165,637, the dam of Bunz Of Steel. Snazzy Easter Bunny is also the dam of Big Daddys CD, and her dam, Oh Cay Shez Snazzy, is the maternal granddam of Tom E Boy, all bred by Page’s parents, Mike and Libby Bowman.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $983,817, made his first showing in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity when he placed fifth in 2010 aboard Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047. Since then, Hedlund has been a finalist five more times, including in 2017, when he placed third riding Iggy Reyzalea LTE $84,451, by Dual Smart Rey.

On Friday, Hedlund scored 218.5 points on Luv The Way U Lie, a Once In A Blu Boon daughter out of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047. Lyin With Royalty and Teles Bout This Cat, as well as Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, are all out of Teles Lies LTE $93,206, the producer of six earners of $814,523, owned and shown by Cody’s father, Rock Hedlund.

For complete up-to-date schedule and results for the 2019 NCHA Futurity and World Championship Finals, click here.

Good deal!

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Seth Petit photo.

Ali Good of Ringling, Oklahoma tightened her grip on the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion’s title with a 227-point win in the second round of the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Saturday, November 30.

The show continues with go-rounds on December 5 and 7, plus a non-working finals based on cumulative scores over the four rounds. The World Finals champion will be determined based on money earned over the five rounds.

Good, who brought an unbeatable lead to the show, rode second to the herd to earn another $6,035 on Cat Atat Cat. That brings her total for the year to $86,664.

Cat Atat Cat is a 9-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto, with earnings of more than $232,000. Ali’s grandfather, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Bill Riddle, showed the gelding through its aged event career for breeders Glenn and Debbie Drake, including a reserve championship in the 2015 NCHA Classic Challenge.

Ali, who placed seventh in last year’s standings and second in the World Finals on Cat Atat Cat, has also won championships with him at the NCHA Western and Eastern Nationals, The Non-Pro Cutting, and this year’s Way Out West Series at the Cascades Futurity.

Blakley Colgrove of Boligee, Alabama, marked 222 on Cat Man Blue, the same as her first round, for a cumulative score of 444 to take the lead in the “pencil” finals.

First-round leader Caitlin Rice marked 217 on Metallika for a cumulative score of 443.

Moms Stylish Player in front

Friday, November 29th, 2019
Moms Stylish Player, ridden by Kenny Platt. Seth Petit photo.

Hall of Fame Horse Moms Stylish Player, ridden by Hall of Famer Kenny Platt, marked 227 to win the first round of the 7 Ranch NCHA Open World Finals on November 29, 2019 in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.

Moms Stylish Player is owned by Robert Tregemba of Lawrence, Kansas. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Drummond Land & Cattle Co. by Lizzys Gotta Player out of $1.3 million producer Moms Stylish Babe. An earner of more than $380,000, Moms Stylish Player won the NCHA Derby, Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational Classic and Bonanza Classic during his aged event career.

He came into the World Finals ranked ninth for the year, but his Friday night win catapulted him into fifth place.

Two horses, Some Kinda Highbrow and Cattalou, marked the night’s second high score, 220.

Some Kinda Highbrow is ridden by Gavin Jordan for Michelle LeMaster of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 9-year-old High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories gelding has earned more than $480,000.

Cattalou is ridden by Brett McGlothlin for Billy Morris of Augusta, Georgia. The 10-year-old by High Brow Cat out of Louella Again, has earned more than $324,000.

CR Gotcha Covered, ridden by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove Sr. of Boligee, Alabama, has an unbeatable lead in the World Champion’s race. He earned $70,514 during the regular season, for a lead of more than $31,000. The stallion was bred by Jerry and Kathy Erwin by Dualin Boon out of The Catattac, by High Brow Cat. A finalist in 20 major limited age events, beginning with the NCHA Futurity in 2015, CR Gotcha Covered brought career earnings of more than $288,000 to the World Finals.

Alexa Dahl tops 1st day of Non-Pro 1st go-round

Friday, November 29th, 2019
Alexa Dahl on Smoothie Lou Who. Ted Petit photo.

sally@sallyharrison.com Alexa Dahl, Granbury, Tex., scored 219.5 points on Friday, Nov. 29, to top the first day of 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro go-round competition. Brandon Westfall, also of Granbury, Tex., and Kylie Knight Rice, Weatherford, Tex., tied with 219 points, the day’s second-highest score, while Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., earned the only 218.5-point score of the day.

Alexa Dahl’s mount, Smoothie Lou Who, by Smooth As A Cat, is a three-quarter sister to 4-year-old DMAC Kodiak LTE $57,827, the first performer out of the unshown Dual Rey daughter Reyal Money, a three-quarter sister to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion High Brow Jackson LTE $245,346.

Dahl, the NCHA earner of $147,972, was the 2012 NCHA $15,000 Amateur World reserve champion and won the 2012 NCHA $15,000 Amateur World Finals on Rita Wood LTE $55,880, by Nitas Wood. Last year, Dahl was NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited reserve champion and placed eighth in the Non-Pro Finals riding Playsomethingsmooth. This year, Dahl and her Smooth As A Cat gelding have earned money in Non-Pro divisions of six major events, including the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Kylie Knight Rice, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $531,658, first showed as an NCHA Futurity finalist as an Amateur in 2011, showing two horses – Austin Rey LTE $202,835, by TR Dual Rey, and Knight Reys LTE $12,727, by Peptoboonsmal. In 2012, Rice was a Futurity Non-Pro Finalist with the Smooth As A Cat daughter Maliblu LTE $47,266, and in 2014, she placed tenth aboard Master Mate LTE $110,150 in the Non-Pro and eighth in the Non-Pro Limited. In addition, Rice won the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals riding Dual Lights LTE $167,146. This year, she has also placed as a Top 10 finalist in three major limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, showing Reyhannon LTE $57,627, by Metallic Cat.

Rice’s mount on Friday, Guantanamo Rey, is a Dual Rey gelding out of Lil Pretty Richochet LTE $119,950, by Smart Lil Ricochet. This coming Sunday, she will show Jae Zee in the sixth set of the day. Jae Zee, owned and bred by her parents, Kevin and Sydney Knight, qualified for the Open Semi-Finals with Tim Smith. Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, is a half-sister to 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, shown by Tatum Rice, and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight.

Brandon Westfall showed Desires One And Only, owned by his parents, Russ and Janet, earlier this week to qualify for the Open Semi-Finals with 440 points, the second-highest cumulative score. On Friday, he showed I Reckon So, by Kit Kat Sugar, in the first go-round of Non-Pro competition. Russ Westfall had shown I Reckon So to earn 218 points on the first day of Open competition, but didn’t make the cumulative cut. He did, however, qualify for the Open Semi-Finals with 438.5 points on Sugarlesss, also sired by Kit Kat Sugar.

The NCHA earner of $487,186, Brandon Westfall showed Ringo LTE $53,803, by Kit Kat Sugar, to place as both an Open and Open Limited Finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity, as well as The Bluez Feather, by the Bluez Man, in the Non-Pro Finals.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $983,817, made his first showing in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity when he placed fifth aboard Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, in 2010. Since then, he has been a finalist five more times, including in 2017, when he placed third riding Iggy Reyzalea LTE $84,451, by Dual Smart Rey.

Luv The Way U Lie, Hedlund’s mount on Friday, is a daughter of Once In A Blu Boon, out of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, who Hedlund showed to win the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship, in addition to his fifth place finish in the 2010 Futurity Non-Pro Finals.

For complete up-to-date schedule and results for the 2019 NCHA Futurity and World Championship Finals, click here.

Rice rises to the top

Friday, November 29th, 2019
Caitlin Rice on Metallika. Seth Petit photo.

Caitlin Rice of Weatherford, Texas, marked 226 on Metallika, as the second rider to the herd, to win the first round of the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on November 29, 2019.

As a teenager, Rice had ranked in the Top 10 in the World Standings in the $10,000 Amateur in 2001, and in the $20,000 Non-Pro in 2003 and 2004, but this is her World Finals debut in the Non-Pro division. She came into the Finals ranked 10th in the World Standings. With Friday’s performance, she leapfrogs to sixth place.

Her mount, Metallika, is a 9-year-old gelding bred by Billy Martin by Metallic Cat out of Nyoka Pep, a mare that carried Martin to both the Open and Non-Pro finals of the 1998 NCHA Futurity.

Caitlin’s husband, Scotty, and brother-in-law, Tag Rice, showed Metallika in Non-Pro and Open aged events, respectively. Tag won the Breeders Invitational and The Brazos Bash Classic on the gelding. Metallika brings lifetime earnings of more than $173,000 into the World Finals. Caitlin Rice has career earnings of $260,000.

Blakley Colgrove marked 222 on Cat Man Blue to place second in the first round of the World Finals. Cat Man Blue is a High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue stallion bred by Jim Vangilder.

Colgrove, who placed third in last year’s NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Smooth Magick, was a Non-Pro World Finalist in 2015, placing seventh in the final standings.

Ali Good of Ringling, Oklahoma, has the math on her side to be the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. She came into the World Finals with an unbeatable $38,000 lead in the standings. At age 20, she will be the youngest NCHA Non-Pro World Champion in history. She’s riding Cat Atat Cat in the World Finals.

Hilary Watson, 1956-2019

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Accomplished NCHA member Hilary Watson, 63, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away November 27 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was an Unlimited Amateur finalist at all of NCHA’s Triple Crown shows, placing fifth at last year’s NCHA Futurity on Full Metal Jacket. In the past two years, she also collected trophies at all of the Pacific Coast CHA’s major events, The Non-Pro Cutting, Arbuckle Mountain and the Southern Futurity.

She earned more than $380,000 in cutting competition and was the 2019 recipient of the Mary Kingsbury Sportsmanship Award.

Her husband, golf legend and fellow cutter, Tom Watson, said, “The void she leaves will be filled by memories which will always remain as they leave indelible marks on our souls which we will never forget. She said she was dying to live, not living to die throughout her entire ordeal with her cancer. She’s my hero.”

Hilary grew up in Rhodesia—which is now Zimbabwe. She was an athlete who qualified for the 1976 Rhodesian Olympic team in the long jump, high jump and hurdles. She was also an avid golfer before she married Tom in 1999, later introducing him to cutting.

Despite her illness, Watson continued to compete at a high level, earning more than $84,000 in 2019, and winning senior titles at the NCHA Summer Spectacular and the recent Pacific Coast Futurity.

“Whether I’m feeling good or not, I was going to still get on that horse. And have some fun doing it,” she told the Kansas City Star last year. “That’s been a godsend for me.”

Hilary Watson is survived by her husband, Tom, and her children, Kyle Charles, Kelly Paige and Ross Donald, her step-children, Meg Carr and Michael Watson, and two sisters, Alicia Korte and Christine Holton. Her brother, Tommy, preceded her in death.

Services are pending.

Hilary Watson on One Alley Cat.