Archive for February, 2020

Jarma and Cooper tie for Non-Pro title

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., on  Metallic Bonus, and Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., aboard Wiskeemakesmefriskee, tied with 222 points on Friday, February 28, to each earn $11,683, as co-champions of the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity. Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., scored 219 points for the third-place payout of $7,807, riding Tweezin My Brow.

Julie Jarma the NCHA earner of $590,414, won last year’s Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic on Blackish LTE $180,399, by Hottish, as well as the West Texas Classic, and the reserve championship of the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic on Hott Heels, by Hottish. Metallic Bonus LTE $16,061, by Metallic Cat, is the first NCHA money earner out of the Dual Rey daughter Reys My Way LTE $10,827.

Lance Cooper, the NCHA earner of $247,524, won the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Futurity on Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, after he and the High Brow CD daughter had won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro. Cooper and Wiskeemakesmefriskee LTE $28,067, by Smooth As A Cat, also won this year’s Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro.

Wiskeemakesmefriskee, out of Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, is a half-brother to Wendels Little Missy LTE $158,117, by High Brow CD.

Ty Moore, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,165,589, won the 2012 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro on Mrs Bay Cat LTE $78,908, by High Brow Cat. Last year, in addition to championship wins in the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and the Brazos Bash Non-Pro aboard Scantly Clad LT $113,634, by Metallic Cat, Cooper also showed Tweezin My Brow to win 3-Year-Old Non-Pro championships in the PCCHA Futurity and the West Texas Futurity.

Tweezin My Brow LTE $51,784, by High Brow Cat, is a full sister, out of Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005, to Cat Atat Cat LTE $242,665 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $101,748. In addition to her 2020 Arbuckle earnings under Moore, Tweezin My Brow placed seventh in the Open Finals with Lloyd Cox, and was third in the 2019 PCCHA Open Futurity with Cox, as well.

John Johnson scores 228-point championship win in Arbuckle 5/6 Non-Pro

Riding Miss Masterson, by Cat T Masterson, John Johnson, Ardmore, Okla., put six points between himself and his closest competition on Friday, in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Non-Pro Finals. Kelsey Johnson and Jessica Gonslaves, riding Smart Cat Rey RG and Mean Bean, respectively, tied with 222 points to split second and third.

Johnson, the NCHA earner of $142,166, and 6-year-old Miss Masterson LTE $109,450 have been solid competitors since 2017, when they placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In 2018, they placed eighth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited, and in 2019 the claimed the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited reserve championship. NCHA Hall of Fame rider James Payne has also shown Miss Masterson successfully for Johnson in Open limited age events. Payne also showed the mare’s half-sister Peptotoodie LTE $169,652, by Peptotime.

Kelsey Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $713,345, showed Smart Cat Rey RG to win the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, after the pair’s debut together, as fifth-placed Non-Pro finalists in the2018 NCHA Futurity. They were also finalists in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, and Clay Johnson, the mare’s trainer and Kelsey’s husband, has shown Smart Cat Rey RG successfully, as well.

Sired by Dual Smart Rey, 5-year-old Smart Cat Rey RG LTE $81,948, is a half-sister to Ironn Butterfly LTE $112,368, by Just Playin Stylish, as well as to Once Mor LTE $70,893, who Clay Johnson showed as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist, as well as a 2020 Abilene and Arbuckle Open Finalist. Kelsey also showed Once Mor, by Once In A Blu Boon, to place fourth in the 2020 Bonanza Non-Pro Finals.

Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., the NCHA earner of $304,355, claimed her first major title as Non-Pro champion of the 1996 PCCHA Cutting Stakes, riding Starlight Jewel, by Grays Starlight. In 2012, Gonsalves claimed the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Poundcake Deluxe, by Cats Quixote Jack.

Mean Bean LTE $17,509, by Dual Rey, was trained and shown as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist by Jessica’s husband, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Gary Gonsalves. The 5-year-old gelding is a full brother, out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, shown by Gary Gonsalves to win the 2015 NCHA Derby, among seven major limited event wins.

The 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity concludes on Saturday, February 29 with Amateur Finals.

Blu Laney Bird and Woods win Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open Limited

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Thursday belonged to Blue Laney Bird and Guy Woods at the Arbuckle Mountatin Futurity in Ardmore, where they scored 221.5 points to win the 4-Year-Old Open Limited Finals. Paradox Blue Rey and Nick O’Dell claimed reserve with 221, while Ahhh Honey Honey and Clay Johnson placed third with 217.5. Heavy Metal Faith and Tiger Onagoldleash tied for fourth with 217 points under Tommy Marvin and Craig Thompson.

Blu Laney Bird, bred and owned by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., is by Once In A Blu Boon out of Catalaney LTE $11,126, a full sister to Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, sire of the earners of over $6 million. Laney Doc, the dam of Cat Ichi and Catalaney, is a leading producer of earners of more than $1.4 million, including seven who have each earned more than $100,000.

Guy Woods and Blu Laney Bird came to the Arbuckle Futurity following a fourth place finish in the Ike Hamilton Futurity Limited Open. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $2,710,059 million, who showed Cat Ichi, as well as five more of Laney Doc’s $100,000 earners, has also won 16 NCHA Eastern National championships riding EE Ranches-bred horses.

Once In A Blu Boon gelding Paradox Blue Rey, bred and owned by Mike and Sue Christensen, Walton, Neb., came into the Arbuckle Futurity with $32,150, most of which was earned in the NCHA Futurity, where he carried Mike Christensen to fourth place in the Amateur Unlimited Finals and collected first place payout in the Amateur Unlimited Senior and Amateur Unlimited Gelding divisions. He also placed in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited with O’Dell, and was an Amateur Semi-Finalist with Christensen. Paradox Blue Rey, out of Thimblerey LTE $47,757, is a half-brother to Paradox Cat LTE $209,298, also bred by the Christensens.

Nick O’Dell, Fort Scott, Kan., winner of the 2011 Nebraska Futurity and reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic  Open Limited on Sheez All That LTE $100,539, by Cat Ichi, is the NCHA earner of $812,197.

Kinky Bootz claims Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Augusta Futurity champion Kinky Bootz, bred and owned by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., and shown by Austin Shepard, scored 228.5 points on Wednesday to claim his second title in 2020, as champion of the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. The winner’s payout and bonus added $30,000 to the Dual Rey son’s earnings, which now total $43,536.

Kinky Bootz’s score was an all-time high for the Arbuckle Futurity, topping the 226.5-point record set by Game On Smooth under T.J. Good in 2017. Additionally, Shepard is the first rider to win back-to-back Arbuckle Futurity Open championships; last year he showed Bama Jelly LTE $162,488 for the title. This year, Bama Jelly and Shepard tied for tenth place in the Arbuckle Mountin 5/6 Open Finals.

NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Twice In Santiago LTE $185,929, bred and owned by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 226.5 points under Adan Banuelos to claim the Arbuckle Open reserve championship and $25,000. A daughter of Once In A Blu Boon, Twice In Santiago is one of seven earners of $904,634 out of Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, including the Metallic Cat gelding Pedel To The Metall LTE $249,321, also shown by Banuelos, and Reycy Moon LTE $209,363, by Cats Moonshine.

Countin Hot Checks LTE $34,910, bred and owned by Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex., placed third in the Open Finals under Jaime Snider, and also earned the payout as the highest-scoring entry in the 4-Year-Old Open Novice division. The Hottish son, out of Cat Countin Checks LTE $168,987, by Im Countin Checks, previously earned money as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist and has current earnings of $34,910.

Metallics MVP lived up to his name in Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open Finals

Metallics MVP, shown by Beau Galyean, claimed his turf and title with 228 points, as the first horse to work in the 5/6 Open Finals. His closest challenger was Rollz Royce, also shown by Galyean, who scored 224.5 to earn the reserve champion’s title.  Slooow Ride, shown by Lloyd Cox, placed third with 223.5 points.

This is the fourth Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open win for Beau Galyean, who also claimed titles in 2017, aboard Metallic Rebel; in 2015, as co-champion on Sweet Metallic; and in 2014, with Cattalou. In addition, Galyean has won three Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open titles: in 2015, as co-champion on Magistic Moon; in 2013, on Peyotee; and in 2011, with SVR Reyl Smart.

Metallics MVP LTE $126,530 is owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., and was bred by Cows & Horses Etc, Dallas, Tex. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist under Hayden Upton, and most recently won the 2020 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic with Galyean. My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,653, Metallics MVP’s dam and a Lizzys Gotta Player daughter, shown primarily on the West Coast, won the 4-year-old and 5/6-year-old championships at the Pacific Coast Futurity under Tim Smith. My Lizzy Babe is also a full sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $405,562.

Six-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $280,700, a leading four as well as 5/6-year-old money earner, is owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., and was bred by Royce Stalcup. The Dual Smart Rey son has won seven open major events and placed second in five others with Galyean, including the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Five-year-old Slooow Ride LTE $145,858 was bred by Alvin Fults and is owned by Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex. The Metallic Cat son, winner of the 2019 Breeders Invitational Open with Cox, is a half-brother, out of Sweet Shorty Lena, to Spots Hot LTE $502,682, sire of the earners of $6 million.

Galyean and Desiresometallic dominate 5/6 Open Limited Finals

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Jody Galyean and Desiresometallic scored a definitive win with 223 points on Tuesday, in the 12-horse Arbuckle Mountain 5/6-Year-Old Limited Open. It was the first win of the year for the pair, although earlier this month, Galyean had won the Bonanza Open Intermediate on Lil Miss Jackson and placed fourth in the Open Limited on Desiresometallic.

Clay Johnson showed  Ima Rey Kat, owned by William and Billie Aylesworth, Lipan, Tex., to earn 218.5 points and the reserve championship; while Teryn Muench and Reyvenge, owned by Gale Knickelbein, Pilot Point, Tex., placed third with 218 points.

Sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Atwood Quarter Horses Inc., Houston, Tex., 6-year-old Desiresometallic LTE $173,607 collected three wins last year, with Beau Galyean in the Southern Futurity 5/6 Open, and with Rodrigo Taboga in the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Open Intermediate and the Brazos Bash 5/6 Open Limited. She earned her second-biggest payout, however, as a 4-year-old finalist under Jody Galyean, in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open; Beau would show her later that summer to place in the NCHA Derby.

Jody Galyean, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $4.2 million, collected his first major payout in 1985, when he showed Smokin Leo Lady to place fifth in the NCHA Open Futurity. The next year he won the NCHA Futurity riding Royal Silver King LTE $164,065. Last year, Galyean was an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist on LBR Chic, and placed third in the NCHA Derby aboard Exs N Ohhs LTE $109,368.

Sired by Kit Kat Sugar and bred by Billie Aylesworth, 6-year-old Ima Rey Cat LTE $40,976 has  been shown almost exclusively in amateur and non-pro events, with the exception of the 2019 Waco Futurity 5/6 Open, where he was a finalist with Clay Johnson.

Clay Johnson, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $1,170,809, and winner of the 2013 NCHA Futurity with Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251, as well as the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes under KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164, has been a 2020 finalist in the Bonanza with Lil Metallic Ace and at Abilene under Smart Cat Rey RG and with Once Mor LTE $68,847, who he showed as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Futurity.

Five-year-old Reyvenge LTE $13,264, by Reys Dual Badger, won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Open Limited with Muench, and placed third and sixth, respectively, in the Non-Pro Open Limited and the Cotton Stakes Open Limited. Teryn Muench is the NCHA earner of $113,767.

Arbuckle Mountain Futurity underway

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The first two days of the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, Sunday and Monday, February 23 and 24 in Ardmore, Okla., set the stage for Tuesday’s 4-Year-Old Open second go-round and 5/6 Open Limited Finals.

On Sunday, 75 horses, with scores of 215.5 or more from 123 entries in the first go-round of the 4-Year-Old Open, qualified for the second go-round. Bohemian Rhapsody, shown by Michael Cooper, for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., topped the day with 225 points, followed closely by Kinky Bootz with 224.5 under Austin Shepard, for Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif.

Justa Girl Named Sue, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Ellen Carter, Dallas, Tex., and Niki Sixx, with Tarin Rice for Sixy Syndicate, Poolville, Tex., tied with 222, the third-highest score.

Justa Girl Named Sue LTE $20,440, by Metallic Cat, is the richest of the four high-scoring horses, with money earned as a 2020 Open finalist under Taboga in the Abilene Spectacular, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, and the Bonanza. The red roan daughter of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, by Hottish, also placed tenth in the 2019 PCCHA Open Futurity with Beau Galyean.

Kinky Bootz LTE $13,506, by Dual Rey, comes into the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity as champion of the 2020 Augusta Open Futurity under Shepard. Niki Six LTE $13,761, by Metallic Cat, earned 2020 payouts with Rice, prior to Ardmore, in the Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza, while Bohemian Rhapsody LTE $8,657, by Metallic Cat, claimed all of his earnings as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist under Cooper.

The 5/6 Open go-round, which leads directly to the Finals, was topped with 226 points in a tie between CR Dualin Out Tuff, ridden by Austin Shepard for Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and Ms Baby Cakes, with Lloyd Cox for Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC. Five-year-old Ms Baby Cakes LTE $122,82, by Metallic Cat, was reserve champion of the 2020 Abilene Spectacular under Cox; 5-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $82,073, by Woody Be Tuff, was a 2020 finalist with Shepard in the Augusta Futurity.

The 4-Year-Old Open second go-round of the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity begins on Tuesday morning, February 25, and is followed by the 5/6 Open Limited Open Finals. The 5/6 Open Finals will be held on Wednesday morning, followed by the 4-Year-Old Open Finals.

2020 Bonanza Non-Pro champions

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Kristen Galyean, riding Coureygous, and Brandon Westfall, aboard I Reckon So, tied as Non-Pro co-champions of the NCHA Futurity. On Wednesday, February 19, Galyean and Coureygous topped the Bonanza 4-Year-old Non-Pro Finals with 218 points, while Westfall and I Reckon So scored 217 for the reserve title, and Alexa Dahl and Smoothie Lou Who placed third with 214 points.

In addition to the Bonanza Non-Pro win, worth $13,472, Coureygous LTE $81,127 also collected $11,049 as Bonanza Open fourth-place finalist under Wesley Galyean and $3,306 in the Open Novice division. Sired by Dual Rey, Coureygous is a full sister to Lil Rattler LTE $338,873, Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, and Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, among 22 NCHA money earners of over $1.4 million out of 2005 NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690.

Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $816,924.

I Reckon So LTE $68,634 earned a total of $15,962 under Brandon Westfall at the Bonanza, including first-place payout in the Non-Pro Novice and Non-Pro Gelding divisions. Bred by Russ and Janet Westfall, Granbury, Tex., the Kit Kat Sugar son is out of Just As Reckless LTE $184,285, a full sister to Westfall-owned and bred Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124.

Last year, in addition to his NCHA Futurity Non-Pro co-championship, Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $586,674, also placed third in the Futurity aboard Desires One And Only, won the PCCHA Futurity Non-Pro 5/6 Classic with Laguna Girl, and placed in the finals of the NCHA Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting.

Alexa Dahl, Granbury, Tex., the NCHA earner of $158,036, was the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited reserve champion riding the Smooth As A Cat daughter Smoothie Lou Who LTE $28,533.

5/6 Non-Pro Finals
Todd Quirk, Denham Springs, La., scored 224 points on Reystylin Smooth to win the Bonanza 5/6 Non-Pro championship. Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., scored 221 on Code Belue for the reserve title, and Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., placed third with 217.5 riding Cool N Hot.

This is the second 2020 win for Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $665,924, and 6-year-old Reystylin Smooth $198,849, by Smooth As A Cat. The pair also won the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Non-Pro championship with 225 points. Last year, Adan Banuelos showed Reystylin Smooth to win the Brazos Bash Open 5/6 Classic and the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Classic.

Ali Good, the NCHA earner of $366,892, was 2019 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, as well as Non-Pro Limited champion of both the NCHA Derby and the Breeders Invitational on Sabrina Boon LTE $72,607. Five-year-old gelding Code Belue LTE $64,387, by Cat Belue, is one of 11 NCHA earners out of Duals Play Kit LTE $235,489, by Dual Kit.

Paula Wood and 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Cool N Hot LTE $364,329, came into the Bonanza off of the 2020 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Non-Pro championship win. Six-year-old Cool N Hot, by Hottish, was bred by Paula Wood, out of Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, who won the 2007 Bonanza 5/6 Classic Non-Pro with Wood. Cool N Hot’s half-sister, Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, carried Wood to win the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship. Paula Wood, also an NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,541,965.

Woody Be Lucky, 2000–2020

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Woody Be Lucky, ranked #6 with $699,276, among official NCHA all-time leading money earners, passed away on February 17, according to owner Dan Hansen. The Nitas Wood-sired gelding helped NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame honoree Hansen win two NCHA Non-Pro World Championships and also carried him to two NCHA Non-Pro World Finals wins.

Bred by Craig Crumpler, Wichita Falls, Tex., Woody Be Lucky won the 2004 Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open with Don Crumpler and placed in numerous other limited age open and non-pro events under Don Crumpler and Karen Hansen.

In 2007, Dan Hansen stepped aboard, and with 7-year-old Woody Be Lucky as his main mount, earned $101,578, to win the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.  Over the next seven years, Hansen and “Freak” became standard fixtures in annual NCHA World Non-Pro Top 10 standings. In addition to Non-Pro World Championships in 2007 and 2011, Hansen and Woody Be Lucky won NCHA Non-Pro World Finals titles in 2011 and 2012.

“Freak responds to the crowd and loves what he does,” said Hansen, following his 2012 World Finals win. “I trust him completely on cattle. He reads them so well and is so smart about it. When one is trying to be tricky and I’m not sure what they’re going to do, I just let him do it. He knows where we’re going.”

Following back-to-back wins in the NCHA World Series at San Antonio and Houston, the distinguished gelding was retired in 2015.

Woody Be Lucky is the leading money earner of Nitas Wood, whose #5 leading money earner is Woody Be Tuff LTE $351,063, the sire of earners of $4.2 million. Woody Be Luckys’s dam, Playboys Ladyluck LTE $29,675, by Freckles Playboy, was a 1985 NCHA Super Stakes and Derby Non-Pro finalist with Craig Crumpler. Playboys Ladyluck is a full sister to Playful Scotty LTE $198,001, a 1988 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (7th) under John Tolbert.