• Western Bloodstock, Ltd

Ashley Flynn tops Day One of Non-Pro

July 31st, 2018

Ashley Flynn on Smooth Lines. Hart Photography.

July 31, Fort Worth, Tex.
Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 221 points on Monday atop Smooth Lines LTE $55,249, by Smooth As A Cat, to top the first day of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Derby Non-Pro go-round competition. Bridey Greeson, Victoria, Tex., claimed second place with 219 points riding CR Smart Boots $185,370, by Boon Too Suen, and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., was third with 218.5 points aboard Spur That Spot LTE $15,405, by Spots Hot.

Ashley Flynn showed Smooth Lines as a finalist (18th) in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, as well as the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro (12th), and claimed the reserve championship of the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro riding the gelding.

Flynn, the NCHA earner of $611,862, was reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity with LHR Smooth James Rey LTE $168,999, who also carried her to place third in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro. In 2014, Flynn placed fourth in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro aboard Cow Scents LTE $65,993, who she had shown to win the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro.

Bridey Greeson, the NCHA earner of $207,482, won this year’s 2018 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Unlimited 5/6 Classic with TC Heiress LTE $52,565, and placed (14th aboard CR Smart Boots in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited.

Greeson earned her first major check as a finalist in Fort Worth with a sixth-place finish in the 1987 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro riding Florida Freckles $29,868. In 2012, she won the NCHA World Finals $50,000 Amateur with A Copper Spoonful $103,317, as well as the $50,000 Amateur World championship.

CR Smart Boots, third-placed in the 2018 Breeders Invitational Open with Boyd Rice, won the NCHA Derby Open second go-round under Rice yesterday to qualify for the NCHA Derby Semi-Finals on Saturday.

Megan Miller, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,126,905, won the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship with Carolena Reyn LTE $145,790, by Dual Smart Rey, and also claimed the reserve championship of the PCCHA Derby Non-Pro with Spur That Spot.

Bridey Greeson and CR Smart Boots also topped Tuesday’s Non-Pro Limited competition, where Traci Shehady and You Cant Buy Love LTE $26,914, by Cats Gotta Diamond, earned the division’s second-highest score of 217.5 points.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

CR Smart Boots wins Open second round

July 31st, 2018

CR Smart Boots, ridden by Boyd Rice. Hart Photography.

July 30, Fort Worth, Tex.
CR Smart Boots LTE $185,370, by Boon Too Suen, and Boyd Rice won the Open second go-round with 221.5 points; Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $38,393 sired by Hottish and ridden by Sean Flynn, and The Animal LTE $169,633, sired by Cat Ichi and shown by Lee Francois, tied for second with 220.5 points.

Owned by Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Tex., CR Smart Boots was bred by Center Ranch out of CR Smart Lil Kitty, an unshown full sister to Thomas E Hughes LTE $393,045. Ty Brown showed the gelding to place fourth in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open and third in the Open Limited. Boyd Rice has shown the gelding in three 2018 major events, including the Breeders Invitational, where they placed third with 222 points.

Rice won the NCHA Derby for two consecutive years: in 2008 with 224 points on Peptos Stylish Sue LTE $226,056, and in 2009 with 228.5 points on Third Cutting LTE $528,268.

Catillac Reys LTE $63,764 scored 224 in the last set of the first go-round of the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Derby to win the round under Adan Banuelos. Yesterday, in the second-go-round, Banuelos and the Metallic Cat gelding added 218.5 points to their tally to advance to Friday’s Open Semi-Finals with 442.5 points, the high cumulative score where 37 horses with cumulative of 434.5 or higher qualified for the Semi-Finals. Reystylin Smooth LTE $21,768 and Justin Chalmers, second in the first go-round with 223 points, earned 440.5 points, the second-highest cumulative score.

Catillac Reys was bred by Michelle Cannon, by Metallic Cat out of Brazos Bash champion Tootsie Rey, an earner of $200,876. The gelding is owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, and was Non-Pro reserve champion at the Ike Hamilton Futurity this spring with Elizabeth.

Sean Flynn, who tied with the second-go-round’s second highest score on Hott Nu Cowboy also showed Cool N Hot LTE $231,699, by Hottish, to tie Rice and CR Smart Boots with 439 points, the third-highest cumulative score.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

First round goes to Catillac Reys

July 29th, 2018

Catillac Reys, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.

July 29, 2018
Catillac Reys, the first horse to show in the last set of the first round of the Open Derby, marked 224 to lead the round with Adan Banuelos Sunday at the NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Justin Chalmers posted the first round’s second high score, 223, on Saturday riding Reystylin Smooth. Sean Flynn on Paula Wood’s Cool N Hot, and Jesse Lennox on Rocking P Ranch’s Summer Shandy, both marked 221.5 Sunday for the third high score.

Leader Catillac Reys was bred by Michelle Cannon, by Metallic Cat out of Brazos Bash champion Tootsie Rey, an earner of $200,876. The gelding is owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, and was Non-Pro reserve champion at the Ike Hamilton Futurity this spring with Elizabeth.

Hall of Fame Rider Adan Banuelos placed third with Catillac Reys at the Bonanza, and has been a finalist at Abilene and Arbuckle Mountain.

Cool N Hot, ridden by Sean Flynn. Hart Photography.

Tying for Sunday’s second high score of 221.5, Cool N Hot is bred and owned by Paula Wood of Stephenville, Texas. He is by Hottish out of Donas Cool Cat, an earner of $315,014 and producer of $944,154, including Donas Suen Boon, the mare that Wood won the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity with in 2012.

Cool N Hot won the NCHA Super Stakes and the Bonanza with Kobie Wood, and was reserve champion at the Breeders Invitational with Sean Flynn. He has earned $231,699, and his 2018 earnings of $196,136 make him the top NCHA money earner to date of the calendar year.

Summer Shandy, ridden by Jesse Lennox. Hart Photography.

Also with 221.5 on Sunday, Summer Shandy is ridden by NCHA Hall of Famer Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch. The mare was bred by Crown Ranch and sold for $375,000 at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.

She is by Metallic Cat out of Pippis Longstocking, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Chad Bushaw. Summer Shandy has been an Open finalist in the Breeders Invitational, Arbuckle Mountain and Bonanza. She has lifetime earnings of $28,850.

A total of 136 horses marked 214 our better to advance to Monday’s second round of the NCHA Derby.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Reystylin Smooth wins the day

July 28th, 2018

Reystylin Smooth, ridden by Justin Chalmers. Hart Photography.

July 28, Fort Worth, Tex.
Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth, bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young, San Angelo, Tex., to score 223 points, the high score on the first day of 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Derby Open go-round competition. Desiresomemettalic, with Beau Galyean, and Rey Good Lookin, under Chris Johnsrud tied with 221 points, the second-highest score of the day.

Reystylin Smooth LTE $21,768, by Smooth As A Cat, was bred by Eddie and Barbara Young out of Rey N Style LTE $102,608, by Dual Smart Rey. The Youngs sold the then 5-year-old Rey N Style to Rex and Rhenda Tillerson’s Bar RR Ranches, for $89,000 in the 2013 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sale. Reystylin Smooth is Rey N Style’s first performer.

Justin Chalmers showed Reystylin Smooth to win the Cattlemen’s Derby Open Limited and place seventh in the Cattlemen’s Derby Open. The pair also placed third in the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited and ninth in the Abilene Spectacular Open.

Chalmers, 2006 NCHA Senior Youth Rookie of the Year and NCHA earner of $92,539, won the 2017 NCHA Derby Open Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited riding HC Herd Boss, also bred and owned by Eddie and Barbara Young.

Desiresomemettalic LTE $73,860, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist under Ashley Galyean, has been an open finalist with Beau Galyean in four 2018 limited age events and a finalist with Ashley in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro. Sired by Metallic Cat, Desiresomemettalic is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading dam of earners of $1,341,660.

Beau Galyean, NCHA earner of $3,495,296 and member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, showed Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, the 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, as well as Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837. In 2018, he has earned the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Open aboard Rollz Royce LTE $112,604, by Dual Smart Rey, who he showed on Saturday to score 217 points in the Derby Open first go-round.

Rey Good Lookin LTE $122,204, by Dual Rey, placed fourth with Chris Johnsrud in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals and was also an Open Semi-Finalist. In 2018, Rey Good Lookin and Johnsrud have placed third in the NCHA Super Stakes Open and won the Open Gelding division, and placed fourth in the Bonanza Open.

Ken Hanson, Weatherford, Tex., owner of Rey Good Lookin, showed the gelding as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited and has earned money with him in nine divisions of major 2018 limited age events.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com.

Victory for Varnadore

July 27th, 2018

Joey Varnadore on Reyminate. Hart Photography.

July 27, 2018
Joey Varnadore of Appling, Georgia and Reyminate won two rounds of the NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals while earning 11 points to win the show championship. Ali Good of Ringling, Oklahoma, was second in the World Finals with 8 points, and a rousing 226.5-point run in the third round. Chaser Ray Crouch of Coriscana, Texas was the runaway winner in the year-long World Champion’s race with 226 points.

Varnadore placed fourth in the first round with a 214 behind Ali Good’s leading 222. He won the second round with a 217, and placed third in the third round with a 219 behind Good’s 226.5. His 650 point cumulative score earned him the non-working finals round and an 11-point total for the show.

Five years ago, Varnadore won the Junior Youth World Finals on Reyminate. Last spring, he was a Senior Youth finalist on the gelding at the NCHA Eastern Nationals. Earlier in the year, he was an Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finalist at the Augusta Classic on Pitchforks Bet 013.

Varnadore is an NCHA earner of $91,000.

Reyminate is a 12-year-old bred by Linda Holmes by Dual Rey out of Amanda Stargun. He won the Abilene Spectacular with Paul Hansma in 2010, and was sold for $80,000 at the 2012 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. He has now earned more than $111,000.

Ali Good on Cat Atat Cat. Hart Photography.

With her wins in two rounds of the World Finals, Ali Good has been on a streak over the past year. She was Limited Non-Pro champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity on Sneakish, rode Cat Atat Cat to win the Non-Pro at this year’s NCHA Western Nationals, the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and Senior Youth at this year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals, and the $35,000 Non-Pro at last year’s Non-Pro Cutting. She got her first win in Will Rogers Coliseum in the Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting on Cees Little Poo in 2010.

Her mom, Kelly Good, won the 1996 Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge on War Lena Babe.

Cat Atat Cat is an 8-year-old gelding bred by Glenn Drake and owned by Jim Good, by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto. The horse has earned more than $100,000.

Chaser Ray Crouch on GS Zans Cat. Hart Photography.

World Champion Chaser Ray Crouch is an NCHA earner of $33,094. He won the Senior Youth at this year’s NCHA Western Nationals on his World Finals mount, GS Zans Cat. The 11-year-old mare by Smooth As A Cat out of Zans Red Gold has earned more than $167,000.

Chaser earned points at 78 shows during the point year, and also showed Louis The Cat and Smartys Star.

Reserve World Champion Ali Good earned 145 points when all was said and done. In addition to Cat Atat Cat, she also showed Steve Earl.

Lance Cooper wins NCHA Senior Youth Scholarship

July 27th, 2018

Lance Cooper on Fancy Rey. Hart Photography.

July 27, 2018
Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., last year’s NYCHA World Finals Junior Youth champion on Light N Lily, scored 223 points on Friday with Fancy Rey to win the 2018 NCHA Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting. Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., claimed reserve with 220.5 points on Dont Stopp Believin, while Jessica Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., placed third with 220 points riding Spookystimetoshine.

Lance Cooper, who won his first Youth title in the 2013 Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting aboard A Little Bossy LTE $403,677, by CD Lights, won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Zen And Tonic LTE $128,609, by High Brow CD, and racked up 10 more Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited wins this year on the High Brow CD daughter.

Lance, the NCHA earner of $223,523, showed the 7-year-old Dual Rey daughter Fancy Rey $132,470, owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Georgia, in this year’s Senior Scholarship Cutting.

Ryan Rapp on Dont Stopp Believin. Hart Photography.

Ryan Rapp, 2015 NCHA Junior Youth Rookie of the Year and NCHA earner of $187,237, was reserve champion in the 2017 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals riding Im Reydioactive LTE $140, 944. This year he placed fourth and fifth, respectively, riding Manteca Moe LTE $187,237, by Hydrive Cat, in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals and Non-Pro Limited Finals. He also showed Poor Lil Guy LTE $15,609, by Kit Kat Sugar, to place third in the 2018 Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Novice and Non-Pro Limited.

Jessica Pietrefeso, the NCHA earner of $39,213, won the NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur in 2016 with Hal Ofa Filly LTE $73,722, by Halreycious, who she also rode to place tenth in this year’s NCHA Western Nationals Senior Youth division. Purely Badger LTE $102,535, by Reys Dual Badger, carried her as a finalist in the 2018 NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division, as well.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com

Makenzie Cowan earns winner’s crown

July 27th, 2018

Makenzie Cowan on Exclusive Thyme. Hart Photography.

July 27, Fort Worth, Tex.

Makenzie Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., scored a homerun with 222 points aboard Exclusive Thyme in the 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Scholarship Finals. Jade Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex., earned 219 points for reserve riding Junie Wood, and Emma Grace Rapp claimed third place with 218.5 points on Reyzin.

This was Makenzie Cowan’s first time to show in Fort Worth and she made her trip count in the first go-round, where she scored 219 points to place third. Her 11-year-old gelding Exclusive Thyme LTE $109,404, by One Time Pepto, earned money in limited event open competition with Sean Flynn and in limited event non-pro competition under former owner Tim May.

Jade Mitchell on Junie Wood. Hart Photography.

Jade Mitchell, Perrin, Tex., won the 2017 NCHA Junior Youth World Finals aboard Junie Wood, her 2018 Junior Youth Scholarship mount. Owned by Glade Knight, Weatherford, Tex., Junie Wood LTE $524,800, by Nitas Wood, was the 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year and 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion under Jade’s father John Mitchell.

Jade also claimed the reserve championship of the NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals on Friday riding the High Brow Cat daughter Miss Stylish Cat LTE $58,357, owned by Glade Knight and also shown as a limited age event finalist under John Mitchell.

Emma Grace Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., was reserve champion of the 2017 NYCHA Junior Youth Scholarship Cutting riding Reyzin, her 2018 Junior Youth Scholarship mount. Reyzin LTE $414,288, by High Brow CD, was 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year with Mary Ann Rapp, Emma Grace’s mother, who won five limited age event championships on the mare. Emma Grace’s father Phil also showed Reyzin as reserve champion in the 2013 Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Open and as 2016 NCHA World Finals Open champion.

The 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular continues daily through Aug. 5th. For live webcast and live scoring go to NCHAcutting.com