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Big win for Lance Cooper in Open Limited

April 16th, 2018

Zen And Tonic, ridden by Lance Cooper. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 16, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

First to the herd in his first Open finals, Lance Cooper, 17, took no prisoners with a 223-point win in the Super Stakes Open Limited. Riding Zen And Tonic, by High Brow CD, owned by his parents, Michael and Jennifer Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., and with go-round scores of 216 and 213.5 points, Cooper stepped up to the occasion and was never threatened.

Garrett Hampton, riding Merlott, by Dual Rey, for Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., earned the reserve championship with 217 points, while Greg Wright on Sugarush, by Kit Kat Sugar, for Monte Strusiner, Northbrook, Ill., and Christian Miller on SDP Hy Jane, by Hydrive Cat, for SDP Buffalo Ranch, tied for third and fourth with 216.5 points in the 14-horse finals.

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic have been a team since the NCHA Futurity, where they won the Non-Pro Limited championship and placed 11th in the Non-Pro finals. Since then, shown exclusively by Lance, Zen And Tonic has claimed eight more major Non-Pro/Non-Pro Limited titles, in addition to Monday’s Open Limited championship.

Cooper, the NCHA earner of $180,719, cashed his first major event check in 2014, as a 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist (12th) and Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist on Post Card From Paris, by Light N Lena. But his first shiny buckle came as champion of the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth aboard A Little Bossy LTE $403,677, by CD Lights and owned by Gary and Karen Fields.

Merlott, ridden by Garrett Hampton. Hart Photography.

Garrett Hampton, 18, Weatherford, Tex., had earned $36,923 before Monday’s finals on Merlott, who had no NCHA earnings before the finals. Hampton’s biggest previous check came as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalst on Cattonoogalena, by Catto Boy. In 2016, he won the NCHA Western Nationals Senior Youth riding Ima Little Ichi, by Cat Ichi.

Greg Wright, Piedmont, Okla., showed Sugarush as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist and Open Limited finalist (12th), as well as an Open finalist in the 2018 Bonanza Open Futurity. Wright, the NCHA earner of $789,259, won the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited championship on Stars Freckled Girl, by Metallic Cat, and the 2016 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open Limited aboard Ima Hot Model, by Spots Hot. He also placed sixth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Limited and the Super Stakes Classic Open with Aristocratic Star, by High Brow Cat, a three-quarter sister to Sugarush.

Christian Miller, the NCHA earner of $111,584, who won the 2008 NCHA Eastern National Junior Youth championship on Bob Acre Ray, by Bob Acre Doc, earned his biggest check as a 2017 NCHA Derby Open semi-finalist and Open Limited finalist riding Daisy Poochanan, sired by Smooth As A Cat and owned by Paul and Julie Hansma. His Super Stakes mount, SDP Hy Jane had earned $56 prior to Monday’s finals.

The NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Three-peat for Cooper and Rose Valley Ranch

April 15th, 2018
Cat About Houston

Cat About Houston, ridden by Michael Cooper. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 15, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Michael Cooper, riding for Rose Valley Ranch, claimed both the individual high score and the cumulative high score on the first of two days of Open second go-round competition.

The gelding Cat About Houston, by Metallic Cat, earned 220.5 points to top Sunday’s competition. It was the third time and the third horse Cooper showed to mark 220 points or higher since the beginning of the Open go-rounds, on Thursday. At the end of Sunday’s competition, just seven horses, including Rose Valley’s three, had scored 220 or more in four days of Open go-rounds.

All three of Cooper’s mounts were also bred by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and are out of the same mare – Bet On Houston, by Peptoboonsmal. Cat About Houston, the NCHA earner of $49,190, was the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited reserve champion with Nate Lansford, and was a 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open Futurity finalist (4th), as well as an Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Open (13th finalist).

Judgement Day, a gelding by High Brow Cat and out of Bet On Houston, posted Sunday’s high cumulative of 440.5 points, with go-round scores of 222 and 218.5 points. Im Quintan Checks, by Im Countin Checks, and shown by John Sanislow for Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., had the second highest cumulative (222 and 218 for 440), while Cat About Houston and Cooper placed third with 438 (217.5 and 220.5).

Judgement Day, the NCHA earner of $49,905, was an NCHA Futurity Open finalist (16th) under Cooper, and also placed seventh in the Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open.

On Monday, Cooper will show Pharrel, who scored 220 points in the first go-round. Sired by Metallic Cat out of Bet On Houston, Pharrel is the earner of $53,686. In addition to being a finalist with Cooper in three major 2018 limited age events, the red roan gelding carried Rose Valley Ranch owner Gary Rosenbach as a 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist, and last Wednesday, April 11, to place third in the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Sunday’s second highest score, following Cat About Houston’s 220.5 points, was 219 points posted by the Dual Rey son Merlott, under Garrett Hampton for Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., and by CR Dualin Tuff, by Woody Be Tuff with Austin Shepard for Center Ranch. The NCHA earner of $47,993, CR Dualin Tuff was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (12th) with Shepard, as well as a 2018 Bonanza Open finalist and Augusta Futurity Open finalist.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Cowboys and Checks

April 14th, 2018

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 14, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

The cut that counted on Saturday, was the 213.5-point bubble score that admitted first go-round competitors to the Super Stakes Open second go-round beginning Sunday, April 15. Leading the 168-horse advance (from 273 entries), with 222 points, were Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and Mister Metallic, by Metallic Cat, who made their marks on Friday, and were joined by Im Quintan Checks, by Im Countin Checks, and Hott Nu Cowboy, by Hottish, who scored 222 points on Saturday.

Im Quintan Checks, ridden by John Sanislow. Hart Photography.

Im Quintan Checks LTE $50,620, owned and bred by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., and shown by John Sanislow, made his debut in the 2017 NCHA Futurity, where he placed in the Open and the Open Limited finals. Earlier this year, he was a finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Open and the Augusta Futurity Open.

Out of Quintan Blue $594,637, a leading producer of earners of $1,013,422, Im Quintan Checks is a half-brother to, among others, Blue One Time $252,869, by One Time Pepto; Cat Man Blue LTE $228,148, by High Brow Cat; and QB Cat $184,557, by High Brow Cat.

John Sanislow, NCHA earner of $234,523, won the 2014 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Open Limited aboard Cha Ching And Change for Circle Y Ranch, and in 2015 earned eight more Open Limited championship titles on Im Countin Checks-sired horses for Circle Y Ranch, the stallion’s owner.

Sanislow also scored 215.5 points on Ms Wendel Reycine, by High Brow CD, for Circle Y Ranch.

Hott Nu Cowboy, ridden by Phil Rapp. Hart Photography.

Hott Nu Cowboy, shown by Phil Rapp, was bred by Wrigley Ranches and is owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. The Hottish colt, NCHA earner of $976, is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268 and a half-brother to Special Nu Boon LTE $135,717, by Boon Too Soon.

Phil Rapp, the sport’s all-time leading money earner, as well as a leading breeder of cutting horses, also scored 218.5 points aboard Dont Happen Twice, owned by Waco Bend Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Judgement Day and Mister Metallic riding high

April 14th, 2018

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 13, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Following one and a-half days of Super Stakes Open go-round competition, Judgement Day, shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and Mister Metallic, with Matt Miller for Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif., carried the standard with 222 points.

Pharrel, also shown by Michael Cooper for Rose Valley Ranch, and Summer Shandy, with Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., tied with the second-highest score of 220 points. Coincidentally, Judgement Day, by High Brow Cat, and Pharrel, by Metallic Cat, are three-quarter brothers out of Bet On Houston LTE $42,089, by Peptoboonsmal.

Mister Metallic

Mister Metallic, ridden by Matt Miller. Hart Photography.

Mister Metallic, by Metallic Cat, is out of Smart Crackin Chic, winner of the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and dam of SCR Hydrive Cat, by Hydrive Cat, owned by Singleton Ranches, Lamy, N.M., and one of four horses who scored 219 points in the Open go-round, including SDP Hy Jane, by Hydrive Cat, and shown for SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., by Christian Miller; Cool N Hot, by Hottish, shown by Kobie Wood, for Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex.; and Bayou Metallic, by Metallic Cat, shown by Lindy Burch and owned by Barlajam Cutter Partnership, Oklahoma City.

Judgement Day, ridden by Michael Cooper. Hart Photography.

Judgement Day LTE $49,905, a full brother to Bet On A Cat LTE $381,154, was a 2017 NCHA Futurity Open finalist (16th) and a 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open finalist (8th) with Michael Cooper. His dam, Bet On Houston, bred by Oxbow Ranch, was a 2005 NCHA Super Stakes finalist (12th) under Lindy Burch.

Pharrel LTE $53,686, also out of Bet On Houston, placed third this week in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited with his breeder Gary Rosenbach, owner of Rose Valley Ranch, who also bred Judgement Day.

Mister Metallic LTE $15,840, a full brother, out of Smart Crackin Chic, to Mistresssis LTE $165,625, and Metallic Mistress LTE $160,527 was a finalist this year in the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Ike Hamilton Derby Open with Matt Miller.

The NCHA Super Stakes first go-round concludes on Saturday, April 14, and the NCHA Super Stakes continues through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

Steve Anderson scores 224-point win in Classic Non-Pro

April 12th, 2018
Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson on Littlemak. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 12, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Famer Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., and Littlemak covered all the bases with a 224-point win in the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., claimed reserve with 223.5 points on Bowmerang, and Michelle Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., and Brandon Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., split 3/4 with 218 points.

Steve Anderson, the NCHA earner of $732,177, has collected checks as a Non-Pro Triple Crown competitor in the NCHA Futurity, the NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby. In 2008, he placed tenth in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals aboard ARC Cattyboonsmal LTE $85,296, by Peptoboonsmal; earlier that same year he won the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Non-Pro with Guys Little Jewel $147,713, by Dualin Jewels.

In 2012, Anderson was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro riding Smooth N Cattacular LTE $121,281, by Smooth As A Cat; and in 2017, he placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals and won the Gelding division on Anderson Ranch-bred Little Jo Cat LTE $118,109, by High Brow Cat. Little Jo Cat also won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Limited championship under Anderson Ranch trainer Pedro Ornelas.

Alexa Stent

Alexa Stent on Bowmerang. Hart Photography.

Alexa Stent, the NCHA earner of $334,102, was a finalist in the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro riding Little Bow Pepto LTE $134,559,  who she bred, and who is a half-sister, by Peptoboonsmal, to Bowmerang LTE $68,044, by High Brow Cat, Stent’s 2018 Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro reserve champion, bred by Peter and Nora Stent, Alexa’s parents.

Six-year-old Bowmerang is out of Bowman’s Little Jewel LTE $76,636, by Smart Little Lena, also the dam of Stylish Little Bow LTE $231,164, by Docs Stylish Oak; Big Bow Peepto LTE $157,917, by Peptoboonsmal; Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559, by Peptoboonsmal; Bowmans Cat LTE $157,811, by High Brow Cat; and Zacks Bowman LTE $119,749, by Zack T Wood.

Michelle Cowan, the NCHA earner of $414,313, showed Shes Full Of Hope LTE $138,350, by Smart Mate. Brandon Westfall, the earner of $367,407, showed Laguna Girl LTE $59,119, by CD Royal.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

 

Pattillo and Vangilder Amateur Co-Champions

April 12th, 2018

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Langston Pattillo on Dualin Smooth Legacy. Hart Photography.

018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 12 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

It was Langston Pattillo and Jim Vangilder one-two-three in the Super Stakes Amateur Finals, where the two cutters tied with 221 points on Dualin Smooth Legacy and Smooth Sailing Cat, respectively, and Pattillo placed third with 219 points on High Stylin CD.

Pattillo, from St. Elmo, Ill., had already made his mark in the 2018 Super Stakes before Thursday’s finals. On Wednesday, he showed High Stylin CD, by High Brow CD, as reserve champion of the Classic Non-Pro Limited, and in the finals of the Classic Amateur Unlimited. Earlier this year, Pattillo and the 5-year-old gelding won the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur championship, claimed reserve in the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and were finalists in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur Unlimited and Amateur divisions, the Bonanza 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Amateur Unlimited.

This was Pattillo’s first win and first paycheck on Dualin Smooth Legacy, by Smooth As A Cat. The 5-year-old gelding had been a finalist in the 2017 Bonanza Open under Kenny Platt, and earned money with Robert Tregemba in the 2018 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Gelding division.

Pattillo is the earner of more than $90,000. Before the Classic Amateur Finals, Dualin Smooth Legacy and High Stylin CD had earnings of $14,753 and $46,716, respectively.

Jim Vangilder on Smooth Sailing Cat. Hart Photography.

NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member Jim Vangilder, earner of $1,150,144, won the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the 2006 NCHA Derby Classic Non-Pro championships on Quintan Blue LTE $594,637. He is also the breeder of 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open champion Cat Man Blue LTE $228,148; 2010 Super Stakes Open Limited champion Arosesuchaclatter LTE $323,079; and 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro champion Lena Rey Zack LTE $117,405.

The day before their Super Stakes Amateur championship run, Vangilder and 5-year-old Smooth Sailing Cat LTE $63,001 placed tenth in the Super Stakes Classic Amateur Unlimited. In 2017, Ashley Flynn showed the Smooth As A Cat gelding to win the Ike Hamilton Non-Pro championship and placed reserve in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro. Vangilder’s daughter, Grace Ann, also showed Smooth Sailing Cat as a semi-finalist in the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes

 

Rocky Davis strikes again

April 11th, 2018

Rocky Davis on Redneck Creyzy. Hart Photography.

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 11, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Rocky Davis, reigning Amateur Unlimited champion following his win in the 2017 NCHA Futurity, claimed his second consecutive title in Fort Worth aboard Redneck Creyzy, with 222 points in the Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited Finals.

Traci Shehady, Poolville, Tex., scored 217 points on You Cant Buy Love for the reserve championship, while three riders tied with 215.5 points to split 3/4/5: Gary Rosenbach on Pharrel, by Metallic Cat; Isidro Sigala with See Ya At Cadillacs, by Sigala Rey; and Hilary Watson on One Alley Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Davis, who scored 219.5 points to win the NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited title, drew second to work in the 40-horse finals and his score was never threatened. His past Super Stakes performances include 2015, when he placed (10th) in the Non-Pro Limited aboard Monster Cat, by High Brow Cat, and in 2013, when he was a semi-finalist in the Non-Pro and placed (13th) in the Non-Pro Limited riding Dualing Merada, by Cats Merada.

Davis, the NCHA earner of $183,438, won the 2017 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Amateur aboard Mouse Ichi, by Cat Ichi, as well as the 2017 Canadian Supreme 5/6 Amateur with Monster Cat.

Redneck Creyzy, by Dual Rey, is the earner of $52,048 and has won money under Salvador Cabral, including the 2018 Ike Hamilton 4-Year-Old Open Limited reserve championship.

Traci Shehady on You Cant Buy Love. Hart Photography.

Traci Shehady, the NCHA earner of $147,833, won the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals on Biscuit Love, by Smart Aristocrat. She was also a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist (19th) with Wild And Playful, by Wilds My Thing, and a 2015 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited finalist (8th) with Hyadualin Olena, by CD Olena.

Earlier this year, Shehady and You Cant Buy Love, by Cats Gotta Diamond, placed (7th) in the Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur Unlimited; they were also semi-finalists in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited.

You Cant Buy Love was bred by Daniel and Traci Shehady, out of Biscuit Love LTE $58,622, shown exclusively by Traci.

The NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic continue through April 22. For daily live action and results go to nchacutting.com/events/triple-crown/superstakes