Archive for December, 2019

2019 NCHA Futurity Sales stellar results

Monday, December 16th, 2019
The Dark Alley
The Dark Alley sold for $200,000 Saturday.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales concluded its exceptionally strong six-day schedule of sales on Saturday, Dec. 14, when the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale saw an average of $29,750, the highest since 2007, as well as completed sales of 88%.

Overall the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales averaged $24,923, an increase of 11% over 2018 sales, with 20 head selling for $100,000 or more.

On Saturday, The Dark Alley LTE $164,654, consigned by Wes and Kristen Galyean, was the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale’s high seller at $200,000. The 4-year-old Spots Hot daughter, in training with Wes Galyean, had placed fifth in the 2018 NCHA Open Futurity with Wes Galyean and third in the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes under Kristen Galyean. She was purchased by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., which owns leading sire Metallic Cat, as well as Spots Hot.

Driven Miss Sallie LTE $52,536, consigned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp and shown by Phil Rapp in the 2018 NCHA Futurity, was purchased for $150,000 on Saturday by Gale Force Quarter Horses, Conway, S.C. , and sold with a 2020 paid breeding to Don’t Stopp Believin. The 4-year-old Hydrive Cat daughter, a half-sister to 5-year-old Carmylantalized LTE $45,030, is out of Mylanta Lano LTE $91,947, by Mylanta Leo.

Five-year-old Metallic Royal Mate LTE $66,413, consigned by Nail Ranch, was the high-selling stallion at $82,000. The Metallic Cat son, the 2019 West Texas Open Limited Champion under Rodrigo Taboga, sold to Missy Etheridge, Canton, Miss., in training with Beau Galyean.

For complete results, as well as catalog, for the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales go to www.westernbloodstock.net.

Mink stole the show

Sunday, December 15th, 2019
Metallic Rey Mink, ridden by Gary Bellenfant. Seth Petit photo.

Hall of Fame Rider Gary Bellenfant earned two championships, and a place in the history books with his victory on Metallic Rey Mink in the 2019 Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity presented by the North Texas Chevy Dealers on December 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bellenfant is the oldest rider ever to win an NCHA Triple Crown Open finals, and he also collected the Senior Championship. Along with his NCHA Futurity win on Peptoboonsmal in 1995, he set a record for the longest span between championships in Triple Crown events.

Metallic Rey Mink, by Metallic Cat, was bred and is owned by the historic Los Jaboncillos Ranch, Premont, Tex.

Twice In Santiago, sired by Once In A Blu Boon, and owned and bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., placed as Reserve Champion with 223 points under Adan Banuelos.  Hot Whittle Kitty, by Hottish, and Pipe Bomb Dream, by Metallic Cat, tied with 220 points for third, shown by Cookie Banuelos, for Paula Gaughn, Las Vegas, Nev., and Geoffrey Sheehan, for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., respectively.

At 69, Bellenfant is the oldest rider to ever win the NCHA Open Futurity. He is also one of just nine Open riders to have won the 58-year-old event more than once. In 1995, Bellenfant scored 225 points for his first Futurity win, showing Peptoboonsmal , who became an all-time leading sire of earners of over $23 million.

When asked, in a post-Finals interview, which win meant more to him, Bellenfant said, “This one means more because I thought the other one would be the last.”

Bellenfant showed as an NCHA Futurity finalist for the first time in 1978, when he was 28, riding the Doc Bar daughter Docs Linda. Since then, Bellenfant has been a finalist 12 times and a semi-finalist 30 times, including in 2014, when he was a semi-finalist aboard Dual Rey Mink, the dam of Metallic Rey Mink.

Bellenfant’s first major NCHA win came with Gins Solano in the 1985 Breeders Cutting. He’s won the NCHA Super Stakes twice (MNY Peppy Star Rio and Bayou Short in 1989 and 1996), the Super Stakes Classic (Bayou Shorty), and the NCHA Derby (MNY Peppy Star Rio). His 2019 Futurity win puts him over the $3 million mark in NCHA earnings.

Twice In Santiago
Twice In Santiago, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Seth Petit photo.

Twice In Santiago, shown by Adan Banuelos for her breeder, Double Dove Ranch, is a full sister to Pedel To The Metall LTE $244,270, also shown by Banuelos. Including Pedel To The Metall and Twice In Santiago, who earned $155,020 in the NCHA Futurity Finals, Twice As Reycy, is the dam of seven earners of over $868,000.

This marks the second consecutive NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Championship for Adan Banuelos, who showed Badboonarising LTE $268,398 to place second in 2018. Banuelos, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider of nearly $3 million, also placed as the 2018 NCHA Derby reserve champion riding Catillac Reys LTE $182,765, owned by Ten 27 Ranch.

Cookie Banuelos, Adan Banuelos’s uncle, tied for third place riding Hot Whittle Kitty, who he also showed to place in the Open Limited Finals. Currently the NCHA earner of over $1 million, as a new face on the cutting scene, Cookie Banuelos won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Open Limited showing Abrakadabracre for his brother Ascencion Banuelos, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.

Hot Whittle Kitty, bred by Paula Gaughan, is the second money earner out of the unshown High Brow Cat daughter Smart Whittle Kitty, a half-sister to the earners of over $650,000, including Whittle Red Boon LTE 201,419 and Whittle Mike O Dual LTE $140,057.

Shown by Geoffrey Sheehan and bred by Alvin Fults, Pipe Bomb Dream is a full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, one of seven $100,000-plus earners sired by Metallic Cat out of $1.4 million producer Sweet Abra, by Abrakadabracre.

Sheehan, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of over $1.5 million, won the 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding JoJo Boon LTE $159,941, by Peptoboonsmal, for John and Hope Mitchell. In 2015, Sheehan was an NCHA Futurity finalist riding both Hellcatt LTE $83,504, by High Brow Cat, and Cromed Out Cat LTE $242,020, by High Brow Cat, for Beechfork Ranch.

Sheehan also placed tenth in the Open Finals and won the Open Gelding division on Nine Lives Left, owned by Beechfork Ranch.

An NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals to remember

Sunday, December 15th, 2019
Pipe Bomb Dream
Pipe Bomb Dream, ridden by Geoffrey Sheehan. Seth Petit photo.

It was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals to rival any finals, with 11 scores of 220 or more and a 218.5-point cut-off for the 20-horse finals field. Pipe Bomb Dream, a Metallic Cat son shown by Geoffrey Sheehan for Beechfork Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., earned the high score of 225 points, just half-a-point more than Hottish-sired KR Isadorable, who scored 224.5 points under Lloyd Cox for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Countess Catrina, by Im Countin Checks, and Metallic Lil Jazz, by Metallic Cat, tied with 223, the third-highest score, shown, respectively, by Austin Shepard, for Amanda and Rhein Standish, Baton Rouge, La., and Justin White, for his family’s Rocking W Ranch, Chappell Hill, Tex.

Bred by Alvin Fults, Pipe Bomb Dream is a full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, one of seven $100,000-plus earners sired by Metallic Cat out of $1.4 million producer Sweet Abra.

Geoffrey Sheehan, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $1,368,160, won the 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding JoJo Boon LTE $159,941, by Peptoboonsmal, for John and Hope Mitchell. In 2015, Sheehan was an NCHA Futurity finalist riding both Hellcatt LTE $83,504, by High Brow Cat, and Cromed Out Cat LTE $242,020, by High Brow Cat, for Beechfork Ranch.

Sheehan also qualified for this year’s Futurity finals on Nine Lives Left, a High Brow Cat x Hicapep gelding bred and owned by Beechfork Ranch.

KR Isadorable, ridden by Lloyd Cox. Seth Petit photo.

KR Isadorable, bred by James Karhan, is a full sister to 5-year-old Just Getting Started LTE $142,960, and half-sister to 5-year-old KR Isadora Royal LTE $66,227, by CD Royal. Just Getting Started, KR Isadora Royal and KR Isadorable are the first money earners out of 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164, by Smooth As A Cat.

Lloyd Cox, the All-Time Leading Open earner of over $9.2 million, won the 2010 NCHA Futurity on the One Time Pepto son One Time Royalty LTE $442,674, bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch and owned at the time by Matthews Cutting Horses. He also claimed the NCHA Futurity reserve championship three times – in 2014 on Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, owned by Holmes and Hill; in 2003 on Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, owned and bred by Gail Holmes; and in 1996 on Royal Serena Belle LTE $124,196, bred by Spencer Harden and owned by Gail Holmes.

Since 1999, Lloyd Cox has been an NCHA Open Finalist 16 times, more than any other rider. He is also tied with Matt Gaines for the 20-year-record as an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist. Both Cox and Gaines have shown 29 Open Semi-Finalists. Gaines is a finalist this year on Smooth As Mercedes, a Dual Rey x Mercedes Smoothe mare owned by Jim Vangilder.

Preferred Breeders Sale Session III hits 90%

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
My Little Denver sold for $120,000 Friday.

The Preferred Breeders Sale Session III, on Friday, Dec. 13, the next-to-last day of the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales schedule, saw an impressive peak of 90% for completed sales and a high of $120,000 on a yearling Metallic Cat filly consigned by Fults Ranch, Ltd.

My Little Denver, by Metallic Cat, is a three-quarter sister to 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice LTE $425,517, the dam of 4-year-old Sueper Trouper LTE $202,138. Sweet Abra, the daughter of second dam The Better Choice, produced 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266.

My Little Denver, a bay roan filly, was purchased by Curtis Weeks, Cotulla, Tex.

Haywood Bartlett, consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch, LLC, was the day’s high-selling yearling colt. The High Brow Cat son, out of 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion Reys Desire LTE $409,603, sold to Kristin Omvig, Kalispell, Mont., for $67,000.

Six-year-old SVR Look Cat Me, consigned by Wrigley Ranches, LLC, was the high-selling mare at $67,000. A daughter of The Smart Look, an all-time leading producer of earners of over $1.9 million, SVR Look Cat Me sold to Mark Cross, Davenport, Iowa, with two embryos due in 2020 by Dual Rey.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Sales conclude on Saturday, Dec. 14 with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale at 9:00 a.a. in Watt Arena, followed by the Select Cow Dog Demonstration and Sale. Go to www.westernbloodstock.net for complete sale catalog and results.

Galyean and Westfall Co-Champions of NCHA Non-Pro Futurity

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Brandon Westfall, Weatherford, Tex., aboard I Reckon So, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., showing Coureygous, by Dual Rey, tied with 222 points on Friday, Dec., 13, to become co-champions of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity; each earned $52,672. Westfall also claimed the reserve championship and $37,726 with 218.5 points on Desires One And Only, by One Time Pepto.

Kristen Galyean on Coureygous. Seth Petit photo.

Kristen Galyean, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $763,734, placed in the finals of the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity riding Fed Exx LTE $77,620, by Spots Hot, and in 2012 on Dark And Sultry LTE $84,728, by Spots Hot. This year, Galyean showed The Dark Alley LTE $144,173, by Spots Hot, to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, and Duramax Dually LTE $195,452, by Dual Rey, as reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic.

Coureygous is a Dual Rey daughter out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open winner Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, by High Brow Cat. Highbrow Supercat is a leading producer of earners of over $1.3 million, including Coureygous’ full siblings Lil Rattler LTE $338,873, Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, and Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341.

Brandon Westfall on I Reckon So. Seth Petit photo.

This will be the second year for 19-year-old Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $487,186, to ride in NCHA Futurity Open competition. His first Futurity check came in 2014, when he qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals on Johnny Royal LTE $61,131, by CD Royal.  In 2017, he was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion on Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $124,460, and in 2018, he showed Ringo LTE $53,803, a full brother in-blood, by Kit Kat Sugar, to I Reckon So, as an Open and Open Limited Futurity finalist, and The Bluez Feather, by the Bluez Man, in the Non-Pro Finals.

Both I Reckon So and Desires One And Only are owned by Brandon’s parents, Russ and Janet Westfall. I Reckon So’s dam, Just As Reckless, is out Trouble Lynn 495, producer of NCHA earners of $747,768, all sired by Westfall-owned stallion CD Royal. Russ also qualified for the 2019 Open Futurity Semi-Finals on homebred Sugarlesss, by Kit Kat Sugar and out of the Trouble Lynn 495 daughter Lil Bit Reckless.

Brandon showed Desires One And Only to qualify for the Open Semi-Finals with 440 points, the second-highest cumulative score. Bred by Rockin 5 Ranch, Desires One And Only is a half-brother, out of $1.5 million producer Desire Some Freckles, to Thundercat LTE $302,762 and to 2007 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Desires Little Rex LTE $287,519.

Shehady shines in Unlimited Amateur

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Traci Shehady on Once In Love. Seth Petit photo.

Traci Shehady of Poolville, Texas, marked 217.5 for a half-point win in the Unlimited Amateur finals at the Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity presented by North Texas Chevy Dealers in Fort Worth on December 13.

Reagan Glenn of Paso Robles, California scored 217 for the Reserve Championship. while Bridget Trenary of Nashville, Tennessee, placed third with 216.5.

Shehady rode her home-bred mare Once In Love to earn $26,185 for the win. Once In Love is by Once In A Blu Boon, out of Biscuit Love, by Smart Aristocrat.

Shehady was a two-time World Finals winner in Novice Non-Pro divisions on Biscuit Love LTE $58,622, who also produced last year’s Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur reserve champ You Cant Buy Love LTE $65,271 and this year’s West Texas Derby Amateur champion, A Groovy Kindof Love LTE $39,032.

The NCHA earner of $249,291, Shehady first qualified for the NCHA Futurity finals in 2016, showing Wild And Playful in the Unlimited Amateur, and placed seventh last year on A Groovy Kindof Love. She also won the Unlimited Amateur 4-year-old at The Non-Pro & The Open Cutting last summer on A Groovy Kindof Love.

Catalic, ridden by Reagan Glenn. Seth Petit photo.

Reserve champion Reagan Glenn showed Catalic, a Metallic Cat daughter, bred by Beechfork Ranch out of Justasassycat, by High Brow Cat. Earlier in the show, Glenn also showed Catalic as a Limited Non-Pro Finalist and an Amateur Semi-Finalist.

Catalic’s dam, Justasassycat, a Super Stakes Open finalist under Phil Hanson and a daughter of $1.9 million producer Autumn Boon, also produced Fore Ever Smooth, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist last year with Kyle Manion.

Glenn, the Junior Youth champion at the 2018 Pacific Coast Futurity, won the 5/6-year-old Limited Amateur title at this year’s Pacific Coast Derby. Glenn brought career earnings of $35,805 to the Futurity, and added more than $31,000 to her total at the show.

In third place, Bridget Trenary marked 216.5 on Ametallicmanda, a Metallic Cat x Stylish Amanda mare bred by Mama’s Ranch. Stylish Amanda earned over $109,000, winning the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro with Gayle Karanges, and producing earners of more than $596,000.

Dean Holden tops Non-Pro Semi-Finals

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Dean Holden on A Hope And A Future. Seth Petit photo.

Dean Holden, Marietta, Okla., scored 222 points to win the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals riding the Metallic Cat-sired gelding A Hope And A Future. Ryann Packard, Mineral Wells, Tex., and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., tied with 219 points, the next-highest score, riding Kual Kat, by High Brow Cat, and Coureygous, by Dual Rey, respectively. Twenty riders with scores of 215 points or higher advanced to the Non-Pro Finals.

Dean Holden, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $961,899, has been a consistent NCHA Futurity finalist since 2011, when he showed Cat In A Cadillac to place 11th in the Non-Pro Finals. But the 2013 NCHA Futurity was a banner event for Holden, who trains his own horses. Riding Stop Toying With Me LTE $244,420, by Dual Smart Rey, Holden placed fourth in the Non-Pro Futurity and tenth in the Open Futurity, and also placed tenth showing Countingmyblessings LTE $40,270, by Im Countin Checks, in the Non-Pro Futurity.

In addition to A Hope And A Future, in the Non-Pro Semi-Finals, Holden also showed, but did not make the cut-off on Be Humble And Kind, by Metallic Cat. However, Charra Clark, Holden’s partner, placed fourth with Be Humble And Kind, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals.

A Hope And A Future is out of Mary Jo Starlight LTE $20,228, a 1994 Grays Starlight daughter out Mary Jo Lena LTE $19,001, by Doc O’Lena.

Ryann Packard and Kual Kat set the pace for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals with 219 points, as first to the herd in the first of five sets of cattle. The pair also placed in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited Finals on Monday, Dec. 9.

Ryann, who placed third in the 2019 NCHA Senior Youth Finals on Sir Stylish Lizzy LTE $240,624, has also had a big year showing 6-year-old High Stylin CD LTE $263,681 as a finalist in limited age events, including a championship win in the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Limited.

Ryann Packard is the NCHA earner of $139,607. Kual Kat, her 2019 NCHA Futurity mount, is a three-quarter brother to Smooth Going Cat LTE $215,019 and Shes Twice As Smooth LTE $191,734, by Smooth As A Cat, among earners of $572,414, out of Dually Lil Pep, by Dual Pep.

Kristen Galyean, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $763,734, placed in the finals of the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Fed Exx LTE $77620, by Spots Hot, and in 2012 on Dark And Sultry LTE $84,728, by Spots Hot. This year, Galyean showed The Dark Alley LTE $144,173, by Spots Hot, to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, and Duramax Dually LTE $195,452, by Dual Rey, as reserve champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic.

Coureygous is a Dual Rey daughter out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open winner Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, by High Brow Cat. Highbrow Supercat is a leading producer of earners of over $1.3 million, including Coureygous’ full siblings Lil Rattler LTE $338,873, Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, and Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341.