Archive for August, 2020

High notes from 2020 Idaho Futurity final day

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The 2020 Idaho CHA Futurity, at Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, concluded its 10-day agenda on August 30, with a full slate of Non-Pro and Amateur working finals.

Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Derby
Janet Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., was winner of the Derby 4-Year-Old with 217 points on Sugarlesss LTE $26,061, a homegrown Kit Kat Sugar gelding, who her husband, Russ, had shown to place twelfth in the Open Finals.  Sugarlesss is out of the CD Royal daughter Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, who won the 2010 Idaho Futurity 5/6 Open Classic under Russ Westfall, while Janet claimed reserve in the Non-Pro Finals.

Mia Webster, Portland, Ore., scored 216.5 points to claim reserve on the Catty Hawk gelding Catty Look, 2020 PCCHA Spring Roundup Open Derby Champion and 2020 Cascades Open Derby reserve champion under Morgan Cromer. Catty Look LTE $25,190, bred by Cowan Ranch, Ardmore, Okla., is out of 1999 NCHA Derby and Abilene Spectacular Open champion Smart Lookin Hi Brow LTE $216,395, dam of earners of over $475,000.

Webster and Catty Look also topped the Derby Non-Pro $200,000 Limited entries, and were second to Westfall and Sugarlesss in the Gelding division. Janet Westfall is the NCHA earner of $1,361,608; Mia Webster is the earner of $120,237.

Amateur 4-Year-Old Derby Unlimited Finals and $50,000 Amateur
Julie Sandford, Orange, Calif., scored 217 points on WR This Playgunsmart to win the Amateur Unlimited championship, while Charlene Lane, Lancaster, Calif., was reserve champion with 216 points on High Cattin Dual Rey.

Bred by  J.T. Bell,  Millarvile, Alberta, Can., WR This Playgunsmart, by WR This Cats Smart, placed tenth in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited with Sanford, the NCHA earner of  $142,928, and was Open reserve champion of the 2020 PCCHA Spring Roundup under Monty Buntin.

Charlene Lane, the NCHA earner of $110,393, and High Cattin Dual Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, also scored 215 points to win the 4-Year-Old Derby $50,000 Amateur Finals, where Erica Neff, Spanish Fork, Utah, claimed reserve with 208 points aboard Thee One From Bama, by Bamacat.

Non-Pro 5/6-Year-Old Classic
Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,072,671, and Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., the NCHA earner of $325,961.93 tied with 219 points as co-champions of the Non-Pro Classic and winners of the Gelding division. Quirk rode 5-year-old Dressedin Smartstyle, who she had shown to win the 2019 Idaho Non-Pro Derby. Gonsalves was aboard 5-year-old Mean Bean, who she had shown to win the 2020 Cattlemen’s Non-Pro Derby.

Dressedin Smartstyle LTE $171,259, bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and sired by Dual Smart Rey, was an NCHA Open Futurity and Super Stakes finalist under Adan Banuelos. He is one of eight individual earners of over $100,000 out of leading producer Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, including Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, one of five earners of over $200,000.

Mean Bean $41,355, sired by Dual Rey and bred by Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., is a full brother to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, out of the Miss N Cash daughter Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, dam of earners of over $700,000.

Amateur 5/6-Year-Old Classic Unlimited and $50,000 Amateur 5/6 Classic
Michelle Barnes, Lewiston, Idaho, the NCHA earner $541,939, scored a 223-point championship win riding Hotty Mc Hotty, by Hottish, in the 5/6 Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals. Reagan Glenn, Paso Robles, Calif., the NCHA earner of $90,798, and Debbie Day, Reno, Nev., earner of $528,694, tied for reserve with 219 points, respectively, riding 5-year-old Dual Smart Rey daughter Lottie Pearl LTE $50,760, and the 5-year-old Hottish gelding Hott Rox LTE $81,237.

On Tuesday, August 25, Hotty Mc Hotty won the Idaho Open 5/6 Classic with Morgan Cromer, following Barnes’ win on the gelding in the Cascades Futurity Non-Pro 5/6 Classic.

Kathleen Burr, Acton, Calif., the NCHA earner of $55,153, scored 218 points to win the $50,000 Amateur Classic aboard Stylish N Foxie, while Kathy Tomac, Cortez, Colo., the NCHA earner of $6,391 claimed reserve with 217 on Look Both Reys.

Kathleen Burr and 5-year-old Stylish N Foxie LTE $17,859 placed third earlier this year in the PCCHA Spring Roundup Amateur and had made the Amateur finals of three 2019 limited age events, including the Idaho Futurity, where they placed fourth.

This was the first limited age event finals for both Kathy Tomac, the NCHA earner of $6,391, and her Dual Smart Rey gelding Look Both Reys LTE $7,212, a half-brother to Watch Me Whip LTE $182,699.

For complete results from the Idaho Futurity click here.

Finis Welch 1938 – 2020

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Finis Welch, 82, Bryan, Texas, owner of Center Ranch, a leading breeder of cutting horse performers, including 2012 NCHA Futurity co-champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, passed away on August 24.

Welch, a nationally renowned Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California (UCLA) and Texas A&M University, as well as President of Welch Consulting, and Chairman of StataCorp LP, was born near Wichita Falls, Tex., and grew up in South Houston. His mother was a teacher and his father had been a farmer, until drought and the Great Depression sent him looking for work in the Texas oil fields.

Young Finis joined Future Farmers of America and worked at odd jobs and in the hay fields during the summers. “I showed turkeys for the first two years,” he said. “We didn’t have room for anything else and we didn’t have any money. By the time I got to college, I had navigated up to sheep, and finally I had one steer and that was it.”

After graduating from the University of Houston with a major in agriculture economics and a minor in mathematics, Welch received a full scholarship, with paid living expenses, to top-ranked University of Chicago, where he would earn his Ph.D.

Welch had been teaching at UCLA for nearly twenty years, when he founded Center Ranch as a cattle business and hay operation. Although the ranch kept a string of working horses, it was the 1999 NCHA Futurity that turned Welch on to the sport of cutting.

“I had never paid much attention to the sport before that, but I thought it was just great,” said Welch, who not long after purchased his first cutting horse, the yearling High Brow Cat daughter CR Cats Meow, who is currently the dam of ten NCHA money earners, including CR Tuff Hearted Cat.

In 2008, Welch purchased Woody Be Tuff, a substantial NCHA money earner, to establish the CR brand of cutting horses. “When we went looking for a stud and bought Woody Be Tuff, he was a gamble because he had yet to be proven (as a sire),” said Welch. “But he had everything we were looking for, a horse that the trainers respected, with good bone and a pedigree outcross.”

From his first crop of foals in 2009, Woody Be Tuff proved Welch’s gamble. Today Center Ranch, with a highly regarded equine breeding and veterinary clinic, as well as training facility, ranks as a leading breeder of cutting horses, and Woody Be Tuff is a leading sire of earners of over $4.5 million.

Plans for a service in memory of Finis Welch are pending.

Spotlight on Idaho Futurity Open champion Starlights Lil Fox

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Starlights Lil Fox, shown by Monty Buntin for Steve and Stacy Morgan, Lincoln, Calif., scored 222 points on Tuesday, August 25, in the Idaho CHA 3-Year-Old Open Futurity, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa. Double Zee, owned and bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221 points under Tatum Rice for the reserve championship, while John Doe, owned by Jim Crawford, Lexington, Neb., scored 220 to place third under Kenny Platt.

Bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., and sired by High Brow Cat, Starlights Lil Fox LTE $14,687  is a three-quarter sister to Lil Metallic Cat LTE $183,534, out of Lil Foxie Starlight, an unshown three-quarter sister to Peptos Stylish Miss LTE $296,598 and Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005, out of Stylish And Foxie LTE $303,736.

Starlights Lil Fox came to the Idaho Futurity following a ninth-place finish in the Cascades Futurity. Monty Buntin, who showed Steel Betty as reserve champion of the Idaho 5/6 Open Classic on Tuesday, also showed Mama Don No, owned by Ross Hardester; Kit Kat Kangaroo, owned by Sherry Stryker; and Sanndee Cat Pepto, owned by Mike and Debra Flashman, to place fifth, sixth, and thirteenth in the 14-horse Idaho Futurity finals.

Double Zee, from the first crop of 2015 NCHA Derby Open champion Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, is a three-quarter brother to 2019 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and 2018 NCHA Open Futurity champion Crey Zee, also shown for the Knights by Tatum Rice.

Double Zee LTE $28,328, who also earned top money in the Idaho Futurity Gelding division, came to Idaho after winning the West Texas Open Futurity, and claiming top money in that Gelding division, as well.

John Doe earned his first official money in the Idaho CHA Futurity. The aptly named unregistered gelding is out of the Smart Little Lena daughter Miss Little Marie LTE $15,532, a half-sister to He Bea Cat LTE $401,384, co-champion of the 2012 NCHA Open Futurity and 2013 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. Jim Crawford bred Miss Little Marie and He Bea Cat, as well as the 15 earners of $1,057,815 out of Mae Bea Marie, by Freckles Playboy.

Click here for complete results from the Idaho CHA Futurity and Classic.

Hotty Mc Hotty wins Idaho Open Classic

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Hotty Mc Hotty and Morgan Cromer were smoking with a 227-point win on Tuesday, August 25, in the Idaho CHA 5/6 Open Classic, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa. Steel Betty, with go-round scores of 225 and 224 points under Monty Buntin, scored 224 in the finals to claim reserve, while Sugrspiznevrthingniz, shown by Matt Gaines, and Brehr Rabbit, with Eric Wisehart, tied for third with 220 points.

Bred by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., and owned by Barry Barnes, Lewiston, Idaho, 5-year-old Hotty Mc Hotty, already the earner of $101,665, came to the Idaho Futurity Classic following a win with Michelle Barnes in the 2020 Cascades 5/6 Non-Pro Classic. With his Idaho Open win under Cromer, the 5-year-old Hottish-sired gelding increased his career earnings to $111,869.

Sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Ravi Tumber, Yuba City, Calif., 6-year-old Steel Betty LTE $57,636, bred by Linda Holmes, Longmont, Co., came to Idaho off of a third-place finish in the 2020 Cascades Futurity Open Classic. Her pilot, Monty Buntin, champion of the 2019 Idaho Futurity Classic on Bet N On Billi Jo LTE $125,851, by Bet Hesa Cat, came to the 2020 Idaho Futurity following a championship win in the 2020 Cascades 3-Year-Old Open Futurity aboard Kit Kat Kangaroo LTE $10,000, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Sugrspiznevrthingniz LTE $191,750, bred by Robert Rust, Gordon, Tex., and owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., came to Idaho following a championship win with Matt Gaines in the Cascades Futurity Classic. Gaines and the 5-year-old Kit Kat Sugar daughter earned significant money in 2019, including $63,633 for the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes. They also claimed reserve and $25,000 in the 4-Year-Old Arbuckle Mountain Derby, and placed third in the Breeders Invitational.

Brehr Rabbit LTE $29,789, bred by Tres Alamos Land & Cattle, Weatherford, Tex., and owned by Sharon Waggoner, Jackson, Wyo., earned Idaho Classic go-round scores of 223 and 222 points under Eric Wisehart, who had shown the 5-year-old Metallic Cat son earlier this month to place third in the Cascade Futurity Classic. Brehr Rabbit was also Intermediate reserve champion with Wisehart in the 2019 PCCHA Derby.

Click here for complete results from the Idaho CHA Futurity and Classic.

Smooth As Mercedes wins Idaho Open Derby

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Smooth As Mercedes and Matt Gaines drove home a 224-point win in the Idaho CHA Derby on Tuesday, August 25, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa. Dual Clay and Grant Setnicka claimed reserve with 223 points, while Setnicka also scored 221.5 on Spookys Honey Badger, to tie Metallic Missy and Richard Jordan for third in the 16-horse finals.

The win was worth $10,077 to Smooth As Mercedes LTE $63,021, who won the Cascades Derby with Gaines earlier this month. Bred by Reata Cutting Horses, Los Olivos, Calif., and owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., the Dual Rey daughter is out of Mercedes Smoothe LTE $148,900, a Smooth As A Cat daughter shown for Reata by Matt Gaines.

Dual Clay LTE $50,792, sired by Dual Rey and bred by Rick Beck, Hemet, Calif., has been a finalist with Setnicka in three other 2020 limited age events, including the NCHA Derby and the Bonanza, where she placed fifth and fourth, respectively. Owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management, Weatherford, Tex., Dual Clay is half-sister to Metallic Player LTE $75,410, out of the Freckles Playboy daughter Play Like Clay LTE $78,844.

Spookys Honey Badger LTE $30,834, owned by Robert Thigpen, Chilton, Tex., was bred by Jeff Barnes, Wilton, Calif. The Hottish-sired gelding, out of a half-sister to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, was shown by Setnicka as an NCHA Futurity  and Derby Open semi-finalist, and as a 2020 finalist at The Non-Pro and the West Texas Futurity. He also claimed first-place money in the Idaho Derby Open Gelding division, and earned money as an Open Gelding in the NCHA Futurity and Derby, as well. Bred by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Tex., and owned by Bob and Sharon Haider, Mandan, N.D., Metallic Missy LTE $24,366, was reserve champion of the the 2019 Idaho 3-Year-Old Open Futurity under Richard Jordan, and also won the Open Ltd. Sired by Metallic Cat, Metallic Missy is half-sister to Shiney Outlaw, an NSHA and NRCHA champion and earner of $109,205. Metallic Missy’s dam, Mereyda, an unshown daughter of Dual Rey, is a half-sister to Rambo Merada LTE $205,935 and Starched Wranglers LTE $203,747, among 13 earners of over $750,000 out of Merada Missy LTE $78,533, by Freckles Merada.

Click here for complete results from the Idaho CHA Futurity and Classic.

Playboy McCrae 1993 – 2020

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Playboy McCrae, the 1996 NCHA Futurity Open champion, was laid to rest earlier this month. Shown by Paul Hansma for Kay Floyd, the Dual Pep gelding’s breeder, Playboy McCrae had been owned since 1999 by NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider April Hames Widman, Weatherford, Tex., who showed him to top the 2000 NCHA $10,000 Non-Pro Novice World championship standings.

Playboy McCrae was out of Playboys Madera, whose sire, Freckles Playboy, reserve champion of the 1976 NCHA Futurity, was also owned by Kay Floyd. Playboys Madera, a leading earner of $409,761, had carried Kay to win the 1988 NCHA Non-Pro World championship.

“A lot of people who know Madera say that Gus (Playboy McCrae) works the same,” said Floyd. “He’s a big stopper like she was and he is really neat to be around.”

Floyd had also shown Playboy McCrae through the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals. “He got a little lethargic for Kay in the Semi-Finals,” said Hansma. “But when I worked him afterwards, he came back and tried hard for me.”

Cutting next-to-last in the Open finals, Paul Hansma tossed his hat in the air, before his winning score of 223 points flashed across the scoreboard. “I didn’t know what they would score me, but the cows were good and I felt in control the whole time. The crowd loved it and I knew we had a good run.”

Lloyd Cox, the leader with 219.5 points on Royal Serena Belle, before Playboy McCrae’s winning performance, was pleased with second place. “I had a good run, but the cattle were tough,” said Cox. “I was surprised that the 219.5 held up as long as it did. Paul had a great run. Mine was definitely second to his and I was glad for him.”

2020 Idaho CHA Futurity Open Classic

Monday, August 24th, 2020

The second go-round field of 43 in the Idaho CHA Futurity Open Classic was narrowed down to 14 with cumulative go-round scores of 442.5 points or higher, on Sunday, August 23, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa. The Open Classic Finals will be held on Tuesday, August 25, following the 4-Year-Old Open Finals.

Steel Betty, with go-round scores of 225 and 224 points under Monty Buntin, topped the talented field of five- and six-year-olds. Sugrspiznevrthingniz, shown by Matt Gaines, claimed the second-highest cumulative with 224.5 and 222.5 points and a total of 447, while Brehr Rabbit, with Eric Wisehart, and Metallic Legacy, ridden by Brent Erickson, tied with 445 points.

Sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Ravi Tumber, Yuba City, Calif., 6-year-old Steel Betty LTE $57,636 came to Idaho off of a third place finish in the 2020 Cascades Futurity Open Classic. Her pilot, Monty Buntin, champion of the 2019 Idaho Futurity Classic on Bet N On Billi Jo LTE $125,851, by Bet Hesa Cat, came to the 2020 Idaho Futurity following a championship win in the 2020 Cascades 3-Year-Old Open Futurity aboard Kit Kat Kangaroo LTE $10,000, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Buntin, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $1.3 million, also qualified for the 2020 Idaho CHA Classic with a cumulative of 442.5 (218.5 and 224 points) riding 5-year-old Dual Cat Pepto LTE $138,883, sired by Dual Rey and owned by Mike and Debra Flashman, Rancho Murieta, Calif. Buntin and the Flashman’s gelding won 2019 four-year-old Open championships in the El Rancho Futurity, the PCCHA Winter Roundup, and the Cascades Futurity, as well as the PCCHA Derby reserve championship. Mike and Debra Flashman have both also successfully shown Dual Cat Pepto in Non-Pro and Amateur limited event competition.

Five-Year-old Sugrspiznevrthingniz LTE $186,125, sired by Kit Kat Sugar and owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex.,  came to Idaho off of a championship win with Matt Gaines in the Cascades Futurity Classic, following significant performances in 2019, including the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes.

Gaines, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $8.7 million, also qualified for the 2020 Idaho CHA Classic with a cumulative of 442.5 (221 and 221.5 points) riding 5-year-old Soul Sista LTE $45,632, owned by Jim Vangilder and sired by Metallic Cat.

Five-year-old Brehr Rabbit LTE $24,164, owned by Sharon Waggoner, Jackson, Wyo., and sired by Metallic Cat, earned go-round scores of 223 and 222 points. Eric Wisehart, the NCHA earner of over $600,000, had also shown Brehr Rabbit earlier this month to place third in the Cascade Futurity Classic, and was Intermediate reserve champion with him in the 2019 PCCHA Derby.

Metallic Legacy LTE $61,523, by Metallic Cat, is owned by Jeff Barnes, Wilton, Calif., who showed the 5-year-old mare to place third in the 2020 Cascades Futurity Non-Pro Classic.  Brent Erickson, the NCHA earner of over $850,000, showed Metallic Legacy to win the 2020 PCCHA Spring Roundup Classic and to place fourth in the Cascades Futurity Classic, as well.

Click here for complete results from the Idaho CHA Futurity and Classic.