Abilene Spectacular Amateur champions

January 11th, 2020

Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., scored 222 points on Catsa U Later LTE $19,784, by Boon Too Suen, to win the Abilene Spectacular Amateur Derby. Hunter Williams, Nolan, Tex., took second with 219 points on Rumor On The Street, by Dual Rey, as well as first in the Amateur Gelding division. Williams also placed sixth in the seven-horse finals aboard Mightee Merle, by WR This Cats Smart.

Last December, Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $392,682, showed Catsa U Later to place ninth in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and was reserve champion of the NCHA Non-Pro Derby riding Shesa Tuff Teaspoon LTE $21,680, by Woody Be Tuff.

In 2018, Pattillo showed High Stylin CD LTE $263,681 to claim the title of NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year. Altogether, in 2018 and 2019, Pattillo and his High Brow CD gelding earned money in 41 limited age events finals, including 21 wins.

Hunter Williams, the NCHA earner of $104,973, placed sixth aboard Little Naughty Kitty LTE $23,672, by Metallic Cat, in the 2019 NCHA Amateur Derby, and was a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge Amatuer Unlimited on Way To Naughty LTE $39,598.

Sadye Simpson and Smart Sugar Kitty $50,009, by Kit Kat Sugar, reigned as champions of the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Finals with 224 points, while Duff Sinclair and Ima Rey Kat  LTE $30,522, by Kit Kat Sugar, scored 221.5 to claim the reserve championship and win the 5/6 Amateur Gelding division.

Sadye Simpson, the NCHA earner of $50,650, claimed her biggest NCHA check as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Amateur Classic Challenge on Metallic Little Cat $144,555, by Metallic Cat, and also placed third in the 2015 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smooth Sophie Rey LTE $19,067, by Smooth As A Cat.

Smart Sugar Kitty and 4-year-old Dualin Kit Kat LTE $7,579, by Kit Kat Sugar, are the first foals out of Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,252, winner of the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity.

Duff Sinclair, the NCHA earner of $181,915, was reserve champion of the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited last year riding Goodlookinsonofaich LTE $89,334, and placed ninth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited with Gimmeabreaklilkitty LTE $15,071, who also carried Sinclair as champion of the Waco Texas 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited.

Sinclair also showed Ima Rey Kat this year as reserve champion of the Non-Pro Plus Amateur Unlimited and champion of the Waco Texas Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited.

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Rodrigo Taboga rules Open Ltd Finals

January 10th, 2020

The odds for Rodrigo Taboga going into the Abilene Spectacular  4-Year-Old Derby Limited Finals, on Thursday, January 9, could not have been better. With five horses in the 13-horse field, the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited champion had a good shot at going home with another championship trophy, which he did, with 226 points on Sanctus, owned by Scott Durham of Fort Worth.

But Taboga did not stop with the win. The young Brazilian, who moved to Texas in 2018 to work for NCHA Hall of Fame rider Beau Galyean, also placed second, fourth, fifth (tie) and thirteenth, respectively, on Metallic Time, owned by Beau and Ashley Galyean, Fort Worth, Tex.; CR Tuff Lucinderella, owned by JH Nail Ranch, Albany, Tex.; Martini In Style, owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill, Glen Rose, Tex. and Justa Girl Named Sue, owned by Ellen Carter, Dallas, Tex.

Following the Derby Limited Finals, Taboga moved on to the 10-horse Classic Limited Finals, which he won with 224 points on Metallic Royal Mate, owned by Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., and also placed as reserve champion with 223 points on Rocky Mountain Blues, owned by Selena Orchard Barbosa, Paso Robles, Calif.

In the Derby Open Limited go-round, champion Sanctus, a High Brow Cat son, who earned his first check in the Limited Finals, tied Justa Girl Named Sue, also shown by Tabogo, and Hesa A Little Guy, ridden by Adrian Mortimer, with the high score of 219 points.

Open Limited reserve champion Metallic Time collected his first money in the Finals, as well, and also received a check as winner of the Open Limited Gelding division. The red roan Metallic Cat son is out of Dual Rey daughter Mamas Time Soon, a half-sister to earners of over $1.1 million, including One Time Pepto LTE $256,244, sire of the earners of over $13 million, including 2007 NCHA Futurity champion One Time Royalty LTE $442,674.

Classic Open Limited champion Metallic Royal Mate, also a Classic Open Finalist (16th), came to Abilene with $66,413 earned with Taboga in 14 limited event divisions, including 2019 wins in the PCCHA Futurity 5/6 Open Intermediate, the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Open Limited, and the Breeders Invitational 5/6 Open Limited. Six-year-old Metallic Royal Mate, by Metallic Cat, is out of a half-sister to Royal Blue Dually, dam of Royal Fletch LTE $235,098, winner of the 2000 NCHA Futurity.

Classic Open Limited reserve champion Rocky Mountain Blues, a 5-year-old son of Smooth As A Cat, also came to Abilene with 2019 Open Limited championships and reserves earned under Taboga, including the Southern Futurity, the Ike Hamilton Derby, and the Bonanza.

The Classic Open Limited third-placed finalist with 218 points, Cheshire The Cat, shown by Dave Stewart for Jeff Neidhart, Farmington, N.M., had previously earned $64,210 under Beau Galyean (2018), and Dave Stewart (2019). The 6-year-old High Brow Cat gelding is half-brother to the sires Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642 and Once In A Blu Boon LTE $318,012, among 32 NCHA earners of $1.9 million out of Autumn Boon LTE $244,470.

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Metallics MVP lives up to his title in Abilene Classic

January 9th, 2020

Metallics MVP, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Beau Galyean for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., scored 227 points on Wednesday night to win the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open Classic. Ms Baby Cakes, by Metallic Cat, scored 224 points for the reserve championship under Lloyd Cox, for Barker Ranch Cutting Horses, Madill, Okla. Sundance Jessie, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex, placed third with 223.5 points.

Five-year-old Metallics MVP came into the Abilene Spectacular with $92,431 earned in eight limited age events, including as a finalist in the 2018 NCHA Open Futurity, and as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Open Derby and the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes.

My Lizzy Babe, the dam of Metallics MVP, earned $163,653 and is a half-sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $402,019, as well as to Just U Babe, the dam of  2020 Abilene Spectacular Futurity Open Finalist Babes Smart Cat, shown by Tatum Rice. My Lizzy Babe and Just U Babe are out of Moms Stylish Babe, the dam of 11 earners of over $1.3 million.

Beau Galyean, Metallic MVP’s rider, also showed 4-year-old Buonvino, owned by Billy Wolf and sired by Metallic Cat, as a finalist in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Derby.

Ms Baby Cakes earned $110,363 prior to the 2020 Abilene Spectacular, including as winner of the 2019 West Texas Open Derby and the Cotton Stakes 4-Year-Old Derby. Her dam, Special Nu Baby LTE $481,197, the 2015 NCHA Open World Champion, is the producer of eight money earners, including Smooth Nu Cat LTE $193,816.

Sundance Jessie LTE $58,612, earned the high-score of 224 points from the Open Classic go-round. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat gelding was a top 10 finalist with John Mitchell last year in both the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge, and is a half-sibling, out of the Grays Starlight daughter Jessies Starlight Ms, to the earners of more than $650,000.

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Ireydescent and Stole A Kiss Co-Champions of Abilene Open Derby

January 9th, 2020

Ireydescent, shown by Adan Banuelos, and Stole A Kiss, with James Payne, were the stars on Wednesday, January 8, at the Taylor County Expo Center, as 221.5-point co-champions of the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Derby. Miss Blu Boon, ridden by Lloyd Cox, was next with 219 points, while Jae Zee, with Tatum Rice, scored 218 points to place fourth, with the third-highest score in the 28-horse Finals field.

Ireydescent, a Dual Rey daughter, is owned by Brumbaugh Ranches, Aledo, Tex., and was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist under Elizabeth Brumbaugh Quirk. Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., Ireydescent is out of Desires Katrina LTE $128,812, a full-sister to Thundercat LTE $302,762, and out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, a leading producer of NCHA earners of over $1.5 million.

Stole A Kiss LTE $72,128, the seventh-placed finalist in the NCHA Futurity under James Payne, is owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. The Metallic Cat daughter is out of Smart Lookin Mate LTE $54,240 and a half-sister to When Ur Hott Ur Hott, also a finalist in Wednesday’s Abilene Spectacular Derby, with 216.5 points under Lloyd Cox, for Bradley Rogers, Madill, Okla.

Miss Blu Boon, is sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. Miss Blu Boon was bred by Dan Churchill out of Mates Memory, by Smart Mate,  and was an NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finalist under Glynn Whitman.

Jae Zee, sired by Boon Too Suen and owned by his breeders, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., tied Ireydescent and Adan Banuelos with 222 points, the high score from the second go-round of the Open Derby. Jay Zee came to Abilene with $15,546 earned as an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist and  Non-Pro Gelding Finalist with Kylie Knight Rice, as well as an Open Semi-Finalist and Open Senior Finalist under Tim Smith.

Jae Zee is a half-brother to Crey Zee LTE $300,801, by Dual Rey, also shown by Tatum Rice, as champion of the 2018 NCHA Futurity. Rice also showed Eazee E, LTE $211,145, dam of Crey Zee and Jae Zee, who are Eazee E’s first performers.

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High stakes in Abilene Open go-rounds

January 8th, 2020

The stakes were high on Tuesday at the Abilene Spectacular, where the second go-round of Open 4-year-old competition saw 28 horses with cumulative scores of 434.5 points or more advance to Wednesday’s Derby Finals, and 19 Open 5- & 6-year-olds with scores of 220.5 points or more advance to the Classic Finals.

Boondexterous under Cullen Chartier, and Jae Zee, with Tatum Rice, topped the 4-year-old field with scores of 441 points. Shorty Katz and and owner Jason Clark claimed the second-highest cumulative with 440 points. Jae Zee and Rice tied Ireydescent and Adan Banuelos with 222 points, the high score of the second go-round, while Boondexterous and Chartier had tied Babes Smart Cat and Tatum Rice with 222 points, the high score from the first go-round.

Boondexterous, sired by Once In A Blu Boon, is owned by Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss. Jae Zee, by Boon Too Suen, is owned by his breeders, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex. Ireydescent, by Dual Rey, is owned by Brumbaugh Ranches, Aledo, Tex., and Babes Smart Cat, sired by WR This Cats Smart, is owned by Cows & Horses, Etc., Dallas, Tex.

Sundance Jessie LTE $58,612, shown by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., earned the high-score, 224 points, from the Open Classic go-round. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat gelding was a top 10 finalist with Mitchell last year in both the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Classic Challenge, and is a half or three-quarter sibling, out of a Grays Starlight daughter, to the earners of more than $650,000.

Second and third place in the Classic go-round went to Slooow Ride LTE $139,258, with 223.5 points under Lloyd Cox, for Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex., and Rocky Mountain Blues LTE 38,450, with 223 points under Rodrigo, Taboga, for Selena Orchard Barboso, Paso Robles, Calif.

Five-year-old Slooow Ride, by Metallic Cat, won the 2019 Breeders Invitational with Cox, while Rocky Mountain Blues, sired by Smooth As A Cat and shown by Taboga, won the 2019 Southern Futurity Open Ltd, placed second in the Ike Hamilton Open Ltd, and was third in the NCHA Derby Open Ltd.

Slooow Ride is one of four Abilene Spectacular Open Classic finalists ridden by Lloyd Cox. The other three are Hott Heels LTE $169,223, sired by Hottish and owned by Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex.; Ms Baby Cakes LTE $110,363, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla.; and Cocktailhrcatastrphe, owned by SDM Quarter Horses, Weatherford, Tex.

Cox also qualified with three horses for the Abilene Spectacular Derby: Miss Blu Boon, sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla,;  Oreyginal Gangsta, sired by Dual Reys Playmate and owned by Pat and Lisa Taylor, Pilot Point, Tex.; and When Ur Hott Ur Hott, sired by Hottish and owned by Bradley Rogers, Madill, Okla.

Babes Smart Cat and Boondexterous top Abilene Open go-round

January 7th, 2020

The 2020 limited age event calendar for cutting horse competitors began on Monday, January 6 in Abilene, Texas, where Babes Smart Cat and Boondexterous tied with the high score of 222 points in the Open first go-round of the Abilene Spectacular Futurity.  On Tuesday, January 7, horses with 215.5 points or more will compete in the Open second go-round, with the Finals to be held on Wednesday, January 8.

Boondexterous LTE $4,736, shown by Cullen Chartier for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., made his debut as an  NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finalist with Missy Etheridge. The Once In A Blu Boon red roan stallion is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cats Smart Lady LTE $6,578 and half-brother to DB Cats Sweet LTE $33,970, fifth-placed finalist in the 2013 NCHA Derby with Jason Clark.

Babes Smart Cat, shown by Tatum Rice for Cows & Horses, Etc., Dallas, Tex., and as yet not an NCHA money earner, is sired by WR This Cats Smart. Her dam, Just U Babe, by Lizzys Gotta Player, is a full sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $402,019, 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Open Champion under Kenny Platt.

Shorty Katz LTE $4,736 scored 221.5 points, under owner Jason Clark. The High Brow Cat son, shown in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals by Sheridan Clark, is a full brother  to six other money earners, including Cat Atat Cat LTE $242,665 and Miss Stylin Katz LTE $101,748.

Stole A Kiss LTE $72,128, shown by James Payne for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., and Buonvino, under Beau Galyean for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., tied with 220 points, the go-round’s third highest score. Stole A Kiss, a Metallic Cat daughter out of Smart Lookin Mate LTE $54,240, was the seventh-place finalist in the NCHA Futurity under Payne. Buonvino, not as yet an NCHA money earner, is a Metallic Cat son out of Never Reylinquish LTE $84,709, the dam of four NCHA earners, including Catoker LTE $42,541.

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2019 NCHA Futurity Sales stellar results

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.