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$50,000 Amateur go-round

May 7th, 2017

$50,000 Amateur go-round leader Kimberly Irons
on Caviar Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Kimberly Irons, San Jose, Calif., scored 220 points on Caviar Cat to top the $50,000 Amateur go-round, where riders with scores of 212 points and above advanced to the finals at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. Mia Webster, Bend, Oregon, marked 219.5 points on Lean This Rey, the second-highest score, and Brian Butlin, Scottsdale, Ariz., was third-highest with 217.5 points riding El Gato Bonito.

Kimberly Irons and Caviar Cat won the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6 $25,000 Amateur and also placed sixth in the Amateur Finals. They also placed in the 2016 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions.

Caviar Cat LTE $81,037, by High Brow Cat, also placed eighth in the $5,000 Novice division of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals under Eric Wisehart. The 7-year-old mare is a full sister to Overdrive LTE $150,182, reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Open Derby.

Mia Webster and Lean This Rey also placed sixth on Saturday in the Junior Youth Finals of the Scottsdale Nationals. In 2016, Mia showed Cats Smart as a finalist in the $2,000 Limit Rider division of the NCHA Western Nationsals.

Nine-year-old gelding Lean This Rey LTE $120,305, by Dual Rey, won the 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with Kade Smith and is a three-quarter brother to Dual Rey Me LTE $812,942, three-times NCHA Open World Champion.

Brian Butlin won the NCHA Western Nationals $5,000 Non-Pro Novice in 2015 on This Whisps A Cat and has NCHA lifetime earnings of $99,161. Nine-year-old gelding El Gato Bonito LTE $151,198, is by WR This Cats Smart.

Youth Champions at Scottsdale

May 6th, 2017

Nicole Pietrafeso wins Senior Youth championship

Nicole Pietrafeso and Purely Badger won the Senior Youth. Ted Petit photos.

Nicole Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., scored 218 points on Purely Badger to win the 2016 Scottsdale Nationals Senior Youth championship. Claire Shelton, Krum, Tex., riding Boon Style scored 212 points to take the reserve championship, while Kylie Kaufman, Clovis, Calif. and Simple Livin, placed third with 211.

Nicole and 11-year-old Purely Badger LTE $93,660, sired by Reys Dual Badger and owned by Ron and Adrienne Pietrafeso, were finalists in the 2016 NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Finals, as well as in the 2016 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals. They were also $50,000 Amateur and Senior Youth finalists in 2016, at the NCHA Western Nationals.

Claire Shelton showed Nutn Buta Houndog in 2016 as a Junior Youth finalist in the NCHA Eastern Nationals, the NCHA Western Nationals and the NCHA Summer Spectacular Youth Cutting. Her Scottsdale Nationals mount, nine-year-old Boon Style LTE $47,660, is sired by Mr Boonsmal To You and owned by Bronc and Patti Willoughby.

Kylie Kaufman placed tenth in the NYCHA World Finals on One Instant, in 2016. Her mount in the Scottsdale Nationals is the 9-year-old mare Simple Livin LTE $122,894, sired by CD Royal. Simple Livin was a 2011 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist under Janet Westfall. Now owned by Kylie’s father, Tom Kaufman, Simple Livin has been a finalist in seven amateur and non-pro finals.

Faith Farris Junior Youth Champion

Junior champion Faith Farris on Reytheon.

Faith Farris, Midway, Tex., scored an overwhelming 222-point win aboard Reytheon in the Junior Youth Finals. Swing Thru The Drive and Emma Grace Rapp marked 216 for the reserve, while Jake Shelton placed third with a 210 on Simply Harry.

Farris, who has an 8-point lead in the 2017 Junior Youth World Standings as that race enters its final month, was a Junior Youth finalist at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi with Ginger Pepto earlier this year. She was also a finalist in last year’s NYCHA Youth World Finals on Quite The Fat Cat, and in the NYCHA Scholarship Cutting on Bingos Mate.

Reytheon is owned by Scottsdale’s Christine King. The 15-year-old gelding was bred by Chester Bell III by Dual Rey out of Teninos Taco, and earned more than $200,000, mostly with Non-Pro Julie Hansma and Hansma’s brother, Tom Dvorak, in Open competition. The late Spencer Harden got a standing ovation in Will Rogers Colisuem when he rode Reytheon in the historic NCHA Futurity Champions’ Cup, marking 50 years of the NCHA Futurity.

Emma Grace Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, rode Swing Thru The Drive, owned by her parents, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp. The Hydrive Cat mare is out of Justa Swinging Peanut, the dam of Horse of the Year Justa Smart Peanut.

Morgan and Monty Open Co-Champions

May 6th, 2017

Morgan Cromer, riding Bea Pure Cat, and Monty Buntin, on Starlights Lil Cat, each scored 223 points to tie as co-champions of the 2016 NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. Gavin Jordan placed third with 220.5 points aboard CR Kittys Gotta Gun.

Bea Pure Cat and Morgan Cromer were co-champions
in the Open finals. Ted Petit photos.

Bea Pure Cat LTE $121,572, an 8-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat, is owned by Jill and William Roth, Paso Robles, Calif. Jill Roth showed the full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat LTE $356,219 as the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion and World Champion. Roth and Bea Pure Cat also won the 2015 Pacific Coast 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Gelding and the 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Senior divisions.

Morgan Cromer, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $2,258,002, also placed with CR Kittys Gotta Gun in the 2016 Scottsdale Nationals Open Finals, as well as on six other horses, three each, in the $5,000 Novice and $25,000 Novice Finals.

Starlights Lil Cat and Monty Buntin were Open co-champs.

Starlights Lil Cat LTE $74,817 is owned by Steven and Stacy Morgan, Lincoln, Calif. Buntin also showed the 7-year-old daughter of WR This Cats Smart as champion of the 2016 Scottsdale Nationals $25,000 division and a finalist in the $5,000 Novice division.

Buntin, the NCHA earner of $589,917, also placed with Juan Catty Chica in the 2016 Scottsdale Nationals Open Finals, as well as in the $5,000 Novice division, and showed Wild Kate in the finals of the $5,000 Novice and I Got My Smooth On in the $25,000 Novice Finals.

Gritty’s got it

May 6th, 2017

$5,000 Novice champion Dual N Gritty with Cody Lamont. Ted Petit photo.

Top qualifier Dual N Gritty held true to form with a 222-point win in the finals of the $5,000 Novice class at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships Saturday morning. She had marked a 221 to lead the go-round.

One Time At Night took the reserve championship with a 219.5, while Sandman Rey finished third with a 219.

Cody Lamont rode the winner for KT Ranch of Roosevelt, Utah. Dual N Gritty was bred by Scott Amos by Neat Little Cat out of Lilleth Merada. Amos was a limited age finalist on Lilleth Merada.

Dual N Gritty’s second dam, Lilly Dual, produced earners of nearly $700,000, including Merada Clone ($421,000) and Mighty Joe Merada ($163,000).

The 5-year-old mare now has earnings of more than $11,000.

This is Lamont’s second National Championship. He won the Open finals at the NCHA Western Nationals in 2014 on Zack And Blue.

The $5,000 Novice reserve champion, One Time At Night, was ridden by Mike Wood for Teresa Home of Santa Ynez, California. The 7-year-old gelding is by One Time Pepto out of Lenas Snow.

In third, Sandman Rey is a Metallic Cat x Wanda Rey 6-year-old owned by Penny Bailey of Morristown, Arizona and ridden by Todd Adolf.

Novice title for Starlights Lil Cat

May 5th, 2017

Starlights Lil Cat and Monty Buntin won the $25,000 Novice. Ted Petit photos.

Starlights Lil Cat, ridden by Monty Buntin for Steven and Stacy Morgan of Lincoln, California, marked 224 to win the $25,000 Novice finals at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Friday.

Royal Red Play and Todd Adolf took the reserve championship with a 220.5, while top qualifier Daintys Kual Kitty, ridden by Morgan Cromer, was third at 220.

Starlights Lil Cat is a 7-year-old mare bred by Scott Gaddy by WR This Cats Smart out of Starlights CD. She had earned $70,162 prior to Scottsdale, including a win in last fall’s Utah Classic. She was also a Pacific Coast Futurity finalist as a 3-year-old.

Buntin’s previous biggest championships include the NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open and the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup with High Brow Jackson. He now has NCHA earnings of more than $590,000.

Starlights Lil Cat has also qualified for Saturday’s $5,000 Novice and the Open finals.

Royal Red Play, the $25,000 Novice reserve champion, is owned by Pam and George Shaeffer of Banner Wyoming and ridden by Todd Adolf. The 10-year-old gelding was bred by Double Dove Ranch by Play Red out of $723,000 producer Peek A Boon.

He was NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro champion in 2014 and $50,000 Amateur champion last year with Pam Shaeffer, and has earned more than $85,000. He has also qualified for tomorrow’s Open finals.

In the Open go-round on Friday, 15 horses marked 213.5 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals. Three of them, Juan Catty Chica, One Red Mist and Scootin Solano, shared the top score of 219, while Some Kinda Highbrow and Starlights Lil Cat were next in line with a 218. Here’s a look at the top qualifiers:

  • Juan Catty Chica 2010 (Juan Bad Cat x Slip Down Girl), bred by Adam Pollard, owned by Michelle Van Amburg of Gardenville, Nevada, and ridden by Monty Buntin. LTE $56,542.
  • One Red Mist 2009 (One Time Pepto x Cat Mist), bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, owned by Stephen and Rebecca Drake of Brenham, Texas, and ridden by Mike Wood. LTE $123,209.
  • Scootin Solano 2007 (Smart Lil Scoot x Boon Glo Solano), bred by Gentry & Running, owned by Dan and Janice Eaton, Peachland, BC, and ridden by Mike Wood. LTE $194,325.
  • Some Kinda Highbrow 2010 (High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories), bred by Shrontz Family Partnership, owned by Michelle and Jeff LeMaster of Las Vegas, Nevada, and ridden by Gavin Jordan. LTE $312,692.
  • Starlights Lil Cat 2010 (WR This Cats Smart x Starlights CD), bred by Scott Gaddy, owned by Steven and Stacy Morgan, Lincoln, California, and ridden by Monty Buntin. LTE $70,162.

Co-champs split $2,000 Ltd Rider win

Eric Ferreira of Lincoln, California, and Jameson Grimes of Templeton, California, both marked 218 to share the championship in the $2,000 Limited Rider class on Friday.

Eric Ferreira on Rittle Me This.

Ferreira, who had been a Limited Open finalist at the Utah Futurity last year, brought NCHA earnings of $2,754 to the show. He rode Rittle Me This in Scottsdale, a 5-year-old gelding bred and owned by Adam and Hollyn Pollard. Rittle Me This is by Riosmysister out of Slip Down Girl. He won the 4-year-old Non-Pro with Adam Pollard at the Utah Futurity last year.

Jameson Grimes on Cyndi Cat.

Grimes rode Cyndi Cat, a 10-year-old WR This Cats Smart mare out of Dox Little Cindy, bred by Jerry and Melinda Black and owned by Dr. Gerald Dorros. Grimes has been on a roll in 2017 adding $3,638 to his career earnings this year for a lifetime total of $5,409 prior to Scottsdale.

Daintys Kual Kitty sets pace in $25K Novice

May 4th, 2017

Morgan Cromer.

Daintys Kual Kitty and Morgan Cromer led the go-round of the $25,000 Novice Thursday as the inaugural NCHA Scottsdale National Championships got underway in Arizona. Cromer marked 222 on the 8-year-old mare for Clarke Butte Ranch of Bend, Oregon.

In fact, Cromer rode three of the top five qualifiers, and fellow NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood rode the other two. Sixteen horses marked 215.5 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Daintys Kual Kitty was bred by Austin Kenyon by Dual Smart Rey out of Kats Dainty Gal, a daughter of NCHA Futurity Champion Dainty Playgirl. Cromer won the El Rancho Derby and South Point Derby with Daintys Kual Kitty, helping the mare earn more than $116,000 so far. Owner Julie Clarke has also been a major event finalist on the mare in Unlimited Amateur and Limited Non-Pro divisions.

Cromer’s other top five mounts in the go-round were Dis Cats Dynamite (220 for third) and Two Smart A Cat (219.5 for fifth). Dis Cats Dynamite is a WR This Cats Smart 5-year-old that Cromer rode to win at Idaho and El Rancho last year. She is owned by Terry Ratto of Morgan Hill, California. Two Smart A Cat is a WR This Cats Smart 7-year-old with earnings of more than $74,000. She is owned by Tammy Valley of Encinitas, California.

Mike Wood was second in the go-round with a 221 on Buzzted, and tied for third with a 220 on Stylish Swagger.

Buzzted is owned by Christine King of Scottsdale. He was bred by Billy Martin, who will be inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame next month, is by Light N Lena out of Honey Bee Time. The 8-year-old gelding was an NCHA Derby champion with Sean Flynn, and Wood rode him to win the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $5,000 Novice last winter. Buzzted has earned more than $243,000.

Stylish Swagger is owned by Michelle and Barry Barnes of Lewiston, Idaho. He’s a 7-year-old son of Stylish Rey out of Carolena Moon and was bred by Matt and Megan Miller. He has earned more than $74,000.


Dual N Gritty leads $5K go-round

May 4th, 2017

Cody Lamont.

Cody Lamont marked a 221 on Dual N Gritty to lead the first round of the $5,000 Novice at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Thursday.

Monty Buntin had the next best score with a 220.5 on Juan Catty Chica, while Mike Wood placed third in the qualifying round with a 219 on One Time At Night. In all, 21 horses marked 214.5 or better to advance to Friday’s finals.

Lamont, who was Open Champion of the NCHA Western Nationals in 2014 on Zack And Blue, rides Dual N Gritty for the  KT Ranch of Roosevelt, Utah. The 5-year-old mare was bred by Scott Amos by Neat Little Cat, out of Lilleth Merada. Dual N Gritty’s second dam, Lilly Dual, produced earners of nearly $700,000, including Merada Clone ($421,000) and Mighty Joe Merada ($163,000). Dual N Gritty brought earnings of $8,364 to Scottsdale.

Monty Buntin rode Juan Catty Chica for Michelle Van Amburg of Gardenville, Nevada. The 7-year-old Paint mare is by Juan Bad Cat out of Slip Down Girl. She has earnings of more than $56,000.

Mike Wood was on board One Time At Night for Teresa Home, of Santa Ynez, California. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Matthews Cutting Horses by One Time Pepto out of Lenas Snow. He has earned $68,000.