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Dual Reyish and Shepard win Open Semi-Finals

December 10th, 2017

Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard. Hart Photography.

The line was drawn in the sand Saturday night, when 24 horses with scores of 217 points or higher, from a field of 69 semi-finalists, qualified for the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Finals. On top of the roster, with 223 points were Dual Reyish, by Hottish, and Austin Shepard, for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Texas; followed by One Time Pepto daughter Timely Collette, with 222 points under her owner Kelle Earnheart; and Im Quintan Checks, by Im Countin Checks, with 220.5 points under John Sanislow, for Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex.

Austin Shepard, who won the 2007 NCHA Futurity on High Brow CD, also qualified for the Open Finals with 218 points on CR Dualin Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff, owned and bred by Center Ranch. Center Ranch-owned CR Look At Me Now, with 217 points under Gary Gonsalves, also qualified for the Finals.

Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex and Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., were the only 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist owners represented by two horses. Finalists Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and Special Nu Boon, by Boon Too Suen, are both owned by Rose Valley Ranch and both earned 219 points in the Semi-Finals under Michael Cooper. In addition to Austin Shepard, Michael Cooper was one of just three riders to qualify two horses for the Open Finals. The third is Morgan Cromer who qualified with 220.5 points on Metallikhaleesi, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif., and 217 points on Little Dirty Harry, by Metallic Cat and owned by West Coast Cutting Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif.

Dual Reyish represents the first crop of performers sired by Hottish, who was bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,477. Stylish Play Lena has produced earners of $1,664,563, including 2014 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232.

Hottish also sired Just Getting Started, owned by Lloyd and Christina Cox, Marrietta, Okla. Just Getting Started qualified for the Finals with 218.5 points under Christina’s father Jody Galyean, who won the 1986 NCHA Open Futurity with Royal Silver King. Christina’s brothers, Beau and Wesley are both also NCHA Futurity Open champions – Beau in 2008 on Metallic Cat, and Wesley in 2004 on Spots Hot.

Jody Galyean, 63, and Ronnie Rice, 65, are the oldest riders to qualify for the 2017 NCHA Futurity. Rice, who qualified with 217.5 points on Gary Goodfried’s Woody Be Tuff daughter Docs Fanci Cabernet, has won the NCHA Futurity three times – in 1998 aboard Dainty Playgirl; in 2001 on San Tule Freckles; and as co-champion with his nephew’s son Tarin in 2012, riding CR Tuff Hearted.

Hottish and Sigala Rey are the only first crop sires among the 2017 NCHA Futurity Finalists. Sigala Rey , also bred by Double Dove Ranch, is the sire of C Biscuit, who qualified with 219 points under Jason Clark for Christy Leeth, Weatherford, Tex. Sigala Rey is also half-brother to 2017 Open Futurity Finalist Bordeauxx, shown by Kenny Platt and owned by Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex.

High volume sales mark 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales

December 10th, 2017

Session III high-seller Splittin Aces, photo by Jim Arnold

Mares and stallions were the order of the day for the Preferred Breeders Sale Session III, on Saturday, December 9, where 99 horses sold for $1,907,100, with an average of $19,264. The final sale of the six-day 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales, the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Sunday prior to the NCHA Futurity Open Finals, will cap an exceptional week that so far has exceeded the record for volume of sales.

Splittin Aces, a yearling stallion by High Brow Cat, topped the Preferred Breeders Sale Session III at $85,000. Consigned by Tiffany Manion and purchased by James and Debbie Glover, Claremore, Okla., Splittin Aces is a full brother to Cat Rey Lou LTE $119,065 and out of Farra Rey LTE $101,252, by Dual Rey.

Dual Peppy Kitty, consigned by Isbell Quarter Horses and purchased for $60,000 by Ty Smith, Edmond, Okla., was the day’s second-highest seller. The 2005 Dual Pep daughter, out of Smart Little Kitty, by Smart Little Lena, is a half-sister to High Brow Cat, the sport’s all-time leading sire. Her first three performers have earned $141,000 and she sold with two embryos by Smooth As A Cat and one with WR This Cats Smart.

Metallic Juice, a 2016 red roan filly by Metallic Cat and consigned by Monty Johnson sold for $55,000 to Ben Emison, agent. Her dam, Smart Kitty Rey RG LTE $78,688, is out of Smart Kitty RG LTE $211,383, reserve champion of the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity.

Yearling filly Quaintrelle, consigned by Jeff Oswood, agent for Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch, was purchased by Center Ranch Centerville, Tex., for $50,000. Sired by Dual Rey and out of Autumn Kitty LTE $80,331, whose siblings, out of leading producer Autumn Boon LTE $258,185, have earned $1,748,101.

Center Ranch also purchased Sweet Shorty Lena LTE $114,276, for $45,000 from Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex.  The 1996 daughter of Shorty Lena is a leading producer of earners of $1,084,135 and sold with an embryo by Metallic Cat.

The yearling stallions Peptos Katz Stylish and CR Tuffer N Rey each brought $40,000 from Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., and Duncan Steele-Park, Weatherford, Tex., respectively. Peptos Katz Stylish, by High Brow Cat, was consigned by Glenn and Debbie Drake and is out of Miss Stylish  Pepto LTE $224,930, which makes him a full brother to Cat Atat Cat LTE $78,202 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $66,507. CR Tuffer N Rey, by Woody Be Tuff, was consigned by Center Ranch and is a half-brother to Hay Maker LTE $261,827, out of Calie Del Rey LTE $109,261, by Dual Rey.

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Sunday, December 10. For the online catalog and daily results: www.westernbloodstock.com

Preferred Breeders Sale II: Another banner day

December 9th, 2017

Awesome Autumn, high-seller at $200,000 in Preferred Breeders Session Sale II

Friday, December 8 was another banner day for NCHA Futurity Sales with total sales of $2,408,200, an average of $20,237 on 119 head, and 87 percent completed sales. Broodmares were especially in demand, as well as yearling fillies.

Awesome Autumn, a 2004 black mare by Smart Little Lena, was the day’s high seller at $200,000. Consigned by Glenn and Debbie Drake and purchased by Lone Oak Performance Horses, Las Vegas, Nev. Awesome Autumn sold with an embryo by Metallic Cat. Out of Autumn Boon LTE $258,000, a leading producer of earners of over $1.7 million, Awesome Autumn has produced earners of $395,637, including Shrimp Shack Shooter LTE $164,147, by Smooth As A Cat,  and Memorey LTE $77,820, by Dual Rey.

Lahaina Lena LTE $100,027, a 2007 daughter of Dual Rey, consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, brought $85,000 from Diamond LK Performance Horses, Dallas, Tex. The dam of Lahaina Cat LTE $27,519, Lahaina Lena is out of Tap O Lena LTE $502,145, the dam of Tapt Twice LTE $285,226 and granddam of NCHA Open Horse of the Year Don’t Look Twice LTE $843,096. Lahaina Lena sold bred to Metallic Cat.

Manytimes LTE $112,024, also consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, sold for $77,000 to Hashtag Ventures. Sired by One Time Pepto and out of Cats Twisted Whisker LTE $121,175, by High Brow Cat, 8-year-old Manytimes sold with an embryo by Stevie Rey Von.

Quivering Cat, a 2016 colt by High Brow Cat, was the day’s high-selling stallion at $77,000. Consigned by Charles Burger and purchased by Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex., Quivering Cat is out of TM Quiver LTE $151,544, a half-sister to leading sire Smooth As A Cat LTE $501,874.

Metallic Chereykee, by Metallic Cat, was the day’s high-selling yearling filly. Consigned by Joan Dee Haun, she went to Ten27/ Ranch, Denham Springs, La., for $60,000. Her dam, Sigourney Rey LTE $22,785, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to Rey To Play LTE $166,305, dam of Little Jackson Cat LTE $133,047, and half-sister to Playboys Molly Mac LTE $158,519, producer of seven NCHA money earners.

CR Tuff Lucinderella, sired by Woody Be Tuff and consigned by Center Ranch, went for $52,000 to JH Nail Ranch, Albany, Tex. The 2016 black filly is out of Cat Digs Lucinda, by High Brow Cat, a full sister to Lucindas Catolena LTE $176,086. CR Tuff Lucinderella’s second-dam, Lenas Lucinda LTE $161,760, is a leading producer with earners of $899,418.

Once Mor, a 2016 brown filly by Once In A Blu Boon, was consigned by Upton Carter Partners and sold for $50,000 to Curtis Weeks, Cotulla, Tex. Her dam Smart Cat Moria, by High Brow Cat, is a full sister to NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Smart Kitty RG LTE $211,383, out of Smart Moria LTE $55,651, producer of earners of $669,251.

Sweet win for Bushaw and Bittersweet

December 9th, 2017

Chad Bushaw on Bittersweet. Hart Photography.

Chad Bushaw owned the night, Friday, December 8, with a 225-point championship performance on Bittersweet, by Metallic Cat, in the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Brandon Westfall on Smooth Lil Cowtown, by Smooth As A Cat, took reserve with 221 points, and Cody Hedlund placed third with 220 points on Iggy Reyzalea, by Dual Smart Rey.

This was the second NCHA Non-Pro Futurity championship title for Bushaw, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,259,465. He won the 2001 Non-Pro Futurity on Jerryoes LTE $252,780, and has been a finalist eight other times. His first NCHA Futurity success came as a finalist in the 1991 Amateur, when he was 18. Friday evening, his son, Charles Russell Bushaw, 14, was a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Finals.

In addition to the NCHA Futurity, Bushaw has also won the NCHA Super Stakes (2008 on Cats Ruby) and the NCHA Derby (2012 on Bet On A Cat), and was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Super Stakes on Mocha Cappuccino.

Bittersweet, out of Miss Sea Rey, by Dual Rey, was bred by Marilyn Jo Franz and is a full sister to three other NCHA money earners out of Miss Sea Rey LTE $31,890, by Dual Rey. Bittersweet and Bushaw also won Thursday’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals with 219 points.

Brandon Westfall on Smooth Lil Cowtown.

Brandon Westfall, 17, Los Olivos, Calif., was also a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Reckelle, by Metallic Cat. Smooth Lil Cowtown, his reserve champion mount, is out of Sweet Lil Cowtown LTE $74,422, a half-sister to Smooth As A Twist LTE $143,431 and will be shown by his father, Russ Westfall in the Open Semi-Finals.

Westfall, the NCHA earner of $303,799, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist aboard Big And Reckless LTE $13,173, by CD Royal, the stallion owned and shown by his mother, Janet Westfall, as reserve champion of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Brandon was also reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes riding Laguna Girl LTE $59,119, by CD Royal, and a 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist on Lil Dusty Lucy LTE $27,666, by CD Royal.

Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $763,122. He placed fifth in the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity riding Strey Cat, by Smooth As A Cat, and fifth in the 2005 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, the dam of Iggy Reyzalea, his 2017 Futurity mount.

Hedlund had also been a 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist with Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, by Metallic Cat, who he showed as Reserve Non-Pro Champion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes and Reserve Non-Pro Champion of the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge.

Rocky Davis rocks in Unlimited Amateur Finals

December 8th, 2017

Rocky Davis on Redneck Creyzy. Hart Photography.

Showing Redneck Creyzy, as the next-to-last rider on Friday, in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Finals, Rocky Davis posted 219.5 points for the championship win. Bella Anderson, aboard Bobby Jack Cat, earned the reserve title with 219 points, and Reyly Plendl, riding LHR Play Boon, scored 218.5 points for third.

Davis, from Valley View, Alberta, Canada, earned 216.5 points on Wednesday to win the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur semi-finals on Redneck Creyzy; the pair also showed in the Limited Non-Pro Finals on Monday.

An NCHA earner of $144,251, Davis came into the Unlimited Amateur semi-finals off of wins on 4-year-old Mouse Ichi LTE $11,565, by Cat Ichi, in the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur and Senior Amateur Finals, as well as a win on Monster Cat LTE $48,377, by High Brow Cat, in the Canadian Supreme Classic Amateur Finals.

Redneck Creyzy is by Dual Rey and out of Xquizit Cat LTE $13,435, by High Brow Cat.

Bella Anderson on Bobby Jack Cat.

Bella Anderson, Victoria, Tex., showed Bobby Jack Cat earlier in the week to win the Amateur go-round and to place third in the Futurity Amateur Finals. She also rode Martina Jack to qualify for the Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Both Bobby Jack Cat and Martina Jack are sired by Cats Quixote Jack LTE $276,696 and were bred by Bella’s family-owned ranch, Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex.

Earlier this year, Bella, an NCHA Youth rider, won the Amateur championship of the NCHA Classic Challenge with The Reyl McCoy LTE $145,026, as well as the Non-Pro Cutting 4-Year-Old Amateur championship on Jackie A LTE $25,290. The NCHA earner of $71,828, Bella was also an Unlimited Amateur finalist in the 2016 NCHA Futurity riding Reyl Purdy.

Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, has enjoyed a banner year in 2017 as a finalist in six limited age events on 4-year-old Sunday Drive LTE $42,524, by Hydrive Cat. Their highlights include the title win of the Non-Pro Cutting Amateur, and third-place finishes in the Non-Pro Cutting Unlimited Amateur, the Breeders Invitational Amateur, and the NCHA Derby Amateur. They were also finalists in the NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur and the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited.

LHR Play Boon, by Boon San, was bred by South Lazy H Ranch out of Rey Jay Play LTE $215,177, the dam of  three NCHA earners of $106,719. Plendl is the earner of $124,306.

Banner day: Preferred Breeders Sale Session I

December 8th, 2017

High seller Magic With Moves, by Abrakadabracre

The Preferred Breeders Sale Session I, on Thursday, December 7, maintained the momentum of high volume sales from Wednesday’s Select Yearling Sale. Eighty-seven percent of the 138 horses offered on Thursday sold for $1,982,100. And the market was especially strong for mares and yearling fillies.

Magic With Moves, consigned by Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., was the day’s high-seller at $64,000. The 2008 daughter of Abrakadabracre sold to Kelly Crum, Weatherford, Tex., with two embryos by Metallic Cat. Out of MH Oh Cay With Moves LTE $75,898, Magic With Moves is a full sister to SFR Magic Doll $51,908.

Understated Style, a yearling filly by Docs Stylish Oak, brought $50,000, the second-highest price of the day, from Lew Hall, Highland City, Fla. Consigned by Alexa Stent, Understated Style is out of Olenasduallyfeather LTE $263,022, whose oldest foal is a 3-year-old.  Olenas Dually, dam of Olenasduallyfeather, is the producer of 19 earners of $652,058.

Somebodys Spots Hot LTE $32,688, consigned by Fults Ranch, sold for $42,000 to Ray Brazzel, Abilene, Tex. The 2009 daughter of Spots Hot sold with two embryos by Metallic Cat.

Also, each selling for $42,000, were the yearlings fillies One Hot Clover, by Hottish, and Dirti Dancin, by High Brow CD. One Hot Clover, consigned by Miller Cutting Horses and purchased by Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyo., is a half-sister to A Smooth Criminal LTE $134,686 and Reylena Moon LTE $118,302, as well as to 13 other money earners out of Carolena Moon LTE $81,347. Dirti Dancin, consigned by Hill Ranches and purchased by Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex., is out of Peppys Stylish Lena LTE $183,779, by Docs Stylish Oak and dam of six NCHA money earners.

Hill Ranches was also the consignor of Metallic Metal, the high-selling stallion at $38,000. The 2016 son of Metallic Cat is out of Nurse Gray LTE $93,188, dam of the earners of $608,426. He was purchased by John Semanik, Jacksonville, Fla.

John Wreyne, a 2016 stallion by Dual Rey, sold for $37,000 to Mark Froman, Cameron, Tex. Consigned by Jeff and Jennifer Foland, John Wreyne is out of Hissy Cat LTE $314,699 and a full brother to Johnny Reyngo LTE $191,079 and Hisstereya LTE $131,663.

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales continue through Sunday, December 10. For the online catalog and daily results: www.westernbloodstock.com

Bittersweet best for Bushaw

December 8th, 2017

Chad Bushaw on Bittersweet. Hart Photography.

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., topped Thursday’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals with 219 points aboard Bittersweet, by Metallic Cat. Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., was second with 218 points on Iggy Reyzalea, by Dual Smart Rey, and three riders tied with 217.5 points for third: Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., on Princess Betty Rey, by One Time Royalty; Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., on Sheza Smokin Hot Gal, by Hottish; and Jessica Pounds, Lipan, Tex., on Etch N Sketch, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Altogether, 21 riders with 215 points or more qualified for Friday’s Non-Pro Finals. Metallic Cat and Smooth As A Cat are each represented by three offspring in the Non-Pro Finals, while High Brow Cat, Hottish and Dual Smart Rey each sired two.

Chad Bushaw, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $3,259,465, won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship riding Jerryoes LTE $252,780 and has been an NCHA Futurity finalist eight more times since then. His 2017 mount Bittersweet, out of Miss Sea Rey, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to three other NCHA money earners.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cody Hedlund, the NCHA earner of $763,122, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist in 2010 and 2014, where he placed fifth on Teles Bout This Cat and Strey Cat, respectively. His 2017 Futurity mount Iggy Reyzalea is out of Teles Bout This Cat LTE $230,047, who also carried Hedlund as 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro champion.

Jessica Pounds, earner of $289,551, was a 2009 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Reys Dreamgirl LTE $49,853. This year Pounds placed eighth on Farmer Brown in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro and also won the Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding class. Her Futurity mount is out of Reychell Rey, a full sister to Halreycious LTE $227,459, and half-sister to Pepto Boom LTE $296,183 and 2014 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232.

Kathleen Moore, NCHA earner of $455,412, was an NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist in 2011. She was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist, and a 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist on Reyvinmetallicat LTE $43,277, as well as on The Golden Shot LTE $22,471. Princess Betty Rey is out of Betty Greyble LTE $50,156, by Stylish Rey.

Ty Moore, NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member and earner of $898,729, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist in 2016 with two horses – One Good Lookin Babe LTE $38,520 and Smooth XTC LTE $50,436. He also showed Shesmisscongeniality LTE $44,434 as a finalist in 2015, and Small Promises LTE $36,473 in 2014. Sheza Smokin Hot Gal is out of Smooth N Smokin LTE $42,917, shown by Moore in 9 limited age event finals.