Paula Wood takes the lead

December 1st, 2019
Paula Wood on Kitty Kat Boon. Seth Petit photo. Showing Kitty Kat Boon, by Kit Kat Sugar, Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., claimed an impressive 222-point lead on Sunday, the third day of 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited go-round competition.  Kylie Knight Rice, riding Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, earned 220 points, the second-highest score from three days of competition, after scoring 219 points on Friday with Guantanamo Rey.

Two of Sunday’s riders also earned 219 points, the day’s third-highest score – Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., on DMAC In Good Faith, by Metallic Cat, and Caylee Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., riding Notamomenttoosuen, by Boon Too Suen, in the Limited Non-Pro.

Since 2001, when she placed third on My Blue Hagan LTE $333,113, by Duals Blue Boon, Wood has shown 13 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalists, with eight placed among the Top 10, including 2010 reserve champion Little Black Boon LTE $116,501, by Duals Blue Boon.

Paula Wood, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,422,204, bred Kit Kat Boon out of Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, the Boon Too Suen daughter trained by Paula’s husband Kobie and shown by Paula to win the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, the dam of Donas Suen Boon, has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Cool N Hot LTE $342,691, NCHA’s 2018 Open Horse of the Year.

The  NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $531,658, Kylie Rice first showed as an NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist in 2011, when she placed with both Austin Rey LTE $202,835, by TR Dual Rey, and Knight Reys LTE $12,727, by Peptoboonsmal.

Jae Zee, who Rice showed on Sunday, qualified for the Open Semi-Finals with Tim Smith. Owned and bred by Rice’s  parents, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Jae Zee is a half-sister, out of Eazee E LTE $211,145, to 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Crey Zee LTE $300,801, shown by Tatum Rice.

Madalyn Colgrove was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist riding Hammer Hughes LTE $41,494, by Thomas E Hughes, also the Non-Pro Futurity Gelding champion. The NCHA earner of $674,811, Colgrove won the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship on Hes A Heapinspoonful LTE $153,143; was reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Derby and Breeders Invitational on Sweet Baby Marie LTE $187,701; and has also won six Cotton Stakes championships.

DMAC In Good Faith, Colgrove’s 2019 NCHA Futurity mount, is a half-sister, bred by David and Stacie McDavid, to Pharoah And James LTE $202,671 and DMAC Wise Guy LTE $142,176.

Junior Youth rider Caylee Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., was raised to the sport. Her family, including father, Austin; mother, Stacy; brother, Cade; and grandfather, Sam Shepard, all Hall of Fame inductees, have earned a total of more than $12 million showing cutting horses. Austin Shepard won the 2007 NCHA Open Futurity with High Brow CD LTE $502,202 and the 2017 Futurity on Dual Reyish LTE $371,608, and was reserve champion in 2016 riding Sir Long Legs LTE $365,015.

When he was 17, Caylee’s brother, Cade, won the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, as well as the 2019 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro, riding Chexy Louella LTE $99,988. Ultra Brow Time, Caylee’s 2019 Non-Pro Futurity mount, is out of Ultra Time LTE $50,831, by One Time Pepto. Ultra Time’s dam, MH San Tules Dually $330,220, shown by Stacy Shepard as 2008 Millionheir Classic Non-Pro champion, is the dam of eight money earners of $801,013, including Bamacat LTE $351,360, by High Brow Cat, and Christy Hughes LTE $177,834, by Thomas E Hughes.

The 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited first go-round continues through Monday, December 2.