Sweet win for Sugrspiznevrthingniz in Las Vegas

October 4th, 2020

Sugrspiznevrthingniz and Matt Gaines scored 226 points to claim the 2020 PCCHA Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Classic/Challenge championship. Held on Sunday, October 4, at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, the win was worth $15,000.

Blackish and Lloyd Cox scored 223 points to earn $12,000 and  the reserve championship, while third-placed Hot Melody and Russ Elrod earned $10,000 with 220.5 points.

Sugrspiznevrthingniz LTE $206,750, owned by Jim Vangilder, Weatherford, Tex., and shown exclusively by Matt Gaines, was Open reserve champion under Gaines of last year’s NCHA Super Stakes, Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Derby, and Bonanza 4-Year-Old Cutting. She also won the 2020 Cascades Classic this August, and placed in the 2020  Idaho Classic

Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, 5-year-old Sugrspiznevrthingniz was bred by Robert Rust, Gordon, Tex., and is the first money earner out of the Lizzys Gotta Player daughter Jewels Gotta Lizzy LTE $10,776, a half-sister to Cats Royal Jewel LTE $275,348.

Matt Gaines, the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame earner of $8,751,710, won the Pacific Coast Futurity in 2012 on Loony Cat LTE $97,298, a full sister to Little Pepto Cat LTE $645,514, who was also shown in limited age events by Gaines.

Six-year-old Blackish LTE $204,051, sired by Hottish and owned and bred by Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., is out of SS Blacks Lil Kitty LTE $187,137, who is also the dam of JJ Jazzarey LTE $52,296, ninth-place finalist in the 2019 NCHA Open Futurity.

Blackish won Open championships under Cox in the 2018 Ike Hamilton Derby and Cattlemen’s Derby, and carried Julie Jarma as Non-Pro champion of the 2019 Brazos Bash Classic.

Lloyd Cox, the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame earner of $9,560,398, is cutting’s all-time leading money earner.

Six-year-old Hot Melody LTE $102,904, by Spots Hot, is owned by Russ & Julie Elrod, Terrebonne, Ore., and was bred by Jerry Nye out of the WR This Cats Smart daughter Cats Melody, also the dam of 3-year-old Red Right Hand LTE $15,626, Open reserve champion of the 2020 Cascades Futurity with Russ Elrod.

Hot Melody won the 2018 Open and Non-Pro divisions of the Utah Derby under Russ and Julie Elrod, and has been both an Open and Non-Pro finalist at the Pacific Coast Futurity. Russ Elrod is the NCHA earner of $913,400.

The Pacific Coast Futurity continues through Oct. 10.

Resounding success for Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale

September 26th, 2020
Cattys Hope brought the top price of $625,000 at the Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale.

A strong market for proven cutting horse pedigrees was reinforced at the Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale on September 25, when 63 sold for $2,693,700, with an average of $42,757.

Special Nu Kitty, Hip #1, launched the sale with a winning bid of $285,000 from Julie Wrigley. The 16-year-old High Brow Cat daughter, with life time earnings of $301,268 and produce earnings of $573,215, sold with an embryo conceived by Rollz Royce.

Cattys Hope LTE $281,030 was the sale’s high-seller at $625,000. The 7-year-old Catty Hawk daughter was purchased by Rocking P Ranch LLC, Fort Worth, Tex., who also claimed 13-year-old  Sly Playgirl LTE $343,467, the sale’s second-highest seller, for $500,000. The producer of the earners of $303,940. Sly Playgirl, by That Sly Cat, sold with an embryo by Metallic Cat. Rocking P Ranch also acquired the 11-year-old Dual Rey daughter Wicked Wanda Rey, along with her embryo by Metallic Cat, for $150,000. Wicked Wanda Rey is the dam of the Metallic Cat daughter Wicked Little Cat LTE $70,196.

Three-year-old Gimme A Lyft, in training with Michael Cooper, brought $60,000 from Tom DeRegt/Carmel Cutting Horses, Carmel Valley, Calif. The Metallic Cat daughter, out of Bet On Houston LTE $44,972, is a half or three-quarter sister to the earners of $971,115, including Bet On A Cat LTE $428,995.

High selling yearlings included the Hottish stallion Im In Hott Water, at $57,000 to Ty Smith, Edmund, Okla. A half-brother to Suen You Will See LTE $191,141, by Boon Too Suen, Im In Hott Water is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cat O Connor LTE $70,071, who also sold with an embryo by Hottish, to Ty Smith for $57,000.

Slytly Sophisticated, a yearling filly by High Brow Cat out of Sly Playgirl, sold for $47,000 to Victoria Johnson, Houston, Tex., while Reyd Me My Rights, a yearling stallion by Stevie Rey Von out of Sly Playgirl, brought $42,000 from Lisa Kruse, Dallas, Tex.

A complete list of results from the sale is available on the Western Bloodstock website, as well as listings for the upcoming NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, October 23 and 24, and the NCHA Futurity Sales, December 7 through 12.

Elizabeth Quirk wins Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic

September 25th, 2020

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., scored 228 on Candi Cat to win $16,000, as champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash 5/6-year-old Non-Pro Classic, on September 25. Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., earned $14,000 and the reserve championship with 225 points on Cool N Hot, while Ryan Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 222 points to earn $12,000 aboard Driving Miss Em.

Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,097,943, and the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion riding Cat Sheree LTE $253,379, by High Brow CD, was also reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby on September 25, riding Ireydescent LTE $101,644, by Dual Rey.

In addition to her win in the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic, Quirk also earned $6,000 for eighth place riding CD Super Freak LTE $56,510, by High Brow CD.

Candi Cat LTE $110,944, sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Wendel & Eakin, is a full sister to High Brow CD LTE $502,202 and Sweet Little Cats LTE $213,270, out of Sweet Little CD LTE $106,085, dam of the earners of $1,242,906.

Paula Wood, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,568,476, counts NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, and Derby Non-Pro championships among her many wins, as well as the 1993 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Six year-old Cool N Hot LTE $413,367, by Hottish, was bred by Wood out of the High Brow Cat daughter Donas Cool Cat LTE $315,104, who carried Wood to win the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals. Donas Cool Cat has produced 14 earners of $1,306,405, including Donas Suen Boon LTE $425,911, who Wood showed to win the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.

As a 4-year-old, Cool N Hot won Open championships in the NCHA Super Stakes, Bonanza, and Brazos Bash under Kobie Wood, Paula’s husband. This year Cool N Hot has carried Paula as champion of the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic, as well as a Non-Pro finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge, Bonanza, and Cattlemen’s Derby. Kobie Wood has also shown the stallion this year as an Open finalist in four major events, including the Brazos Bash.

Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of over $423,874 and winner of the 2020 Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Non-Pro, showed 5-year-old Driving Miss Em earlier this year as Non-Pro reserve champion of the Cotton Stakes, as well as a finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge and The Non-Pro.

Owned and bred by Phil & Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Tex., Driving Miss Em LTE $58,332 is by Woody Be Tuff and out of Swing Thru The Drive LTE $100,168, by Hydrive Cat.

The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.

Mary Ann Rapp wins fourth Brazos Bash Non-Pro title

September 25th, 2020

Mary Ann Rapp scored 224 points on Reyzin You Suen, by Boon Too Suen, to win $16,000 as champion of the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby on September 25, in Weatherford, Tex. Elizabeth Quirk earned $14,000 and the reserve championship with 222 points on Ireydescent, while Ashley Flynn, riding Niteriider, scored 220.5 points for third place and $12,000.

Mary Ann Rapp, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $4,660,871, bred Reyzin You Suen out of Reyzin LTE $417,446, who she had shown as the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year. Reyzin You Suen LTE $18,288 is Reyzin’s fourth and highest money earner, and a half-sister to Reyzin Her Tuff, who Rapp showed as a Non-Pro semi-finalist in the 2019 NCHA Derby.

Phil and Mary Ann, Weatherford, Tex., ranked among the sport’s leading breeders and money earners, also bred True Believers LTE $7,478, winner of the 2020 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity under their son, Ryan Rapp. Ryan also placed sixth in this year’s Brazos Non-Pro Derby aboard Too Suen To Drive LTE $49,523, by Boon Too Suen. Mary Ann had won 2008 and 2009 Brazos Bash Non-Pro 3-Year-Old Futurity championships on Neat Little Ray LTE $58,866 and ARC Catmando LTE $98,715, respectively, as well as the 2002 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Derby on Straightshot Playgun LTE $248,133.

Elizabeth Quirk, the 2018 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,096,925, showed Ireydescent this past summer to tie for third place in the NCHA Non-Pro Derby. Adan Banuelos has also shown the Dual Rey daughter as an Open finalist in six major 2020 events, including as champion of the Abilene Spectacular.

Ireydescent LTE $101,644, owned by Brumbaugh Ranches, Aledo, Tex., was bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., out of Desires Katrina LTE $128,812, dam of three earners of $142,862.

Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $680,843, has earned payouts on Niteriider in four 2020 events, including top 10 finishes (fifth and eighth, respectively) in the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Derby and the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Derby.

Metallic Cat gelding Niteriider LTE $30,620 was bred by Alvin Fults Amarillo, Tex., out of Sweet Shorty Lena LTE $110,484,  the dam of 15 earners of $1,461,029, including Spots Hot LTE $502,682, Innovation Time LTE $195,273,  Slooow Ride LTE $165,813, and His Reyflection LTE $140,398.

The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.

Ryan Rapp tops Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old competition

September 24th, 2020

Ryan Rapp scored 436 points on September 23, in Weatherford, Tex., to win $5,000 riding True Believers in the Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Non-Pro. Bill Cowan and Catty Lights placed second for $4,000 with 435 points in the eight-horse field, while Alexa Stent earned $3,030 for third with 432 points aboard Ginger Snapz.

True Believers LTE $7,478, bred and owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Tex., is a gelding by first-crop sire Dont Stopp Believin, and the first money earner out of One Red Mist LTE $160,584, by One Time Pepto. True Believers and Maui Stopp Over, who Rapp showed to place eighth in the Brazos 3-Year-Old Non-Pro, are also the first money earners sired by Dont Stopp Believin LTE $462,124.

Ryan Rapp, the NCHA earner of $423,874, won the the 2018 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Limited on Get Drunk N Trashy, by Gunnatrashya.

Catty Lights LTE $4,354, sired by Light N Lena and bred and owned by Cowan Ranch of Ardmore, Okla., is the first money earner out of Pink Catty LTE $39,207, who placed third in the 2017 Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity with Michelle Cowan. Bill Cowan is the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $979,686.

Ginger Snapz, sired by Smooth As A Cat and bred and owned by Alexa Stent of Aledo, Tex., is out of Sweet Little Bow LTE $47,569, an Open finalist with Eddie Flynn at the Brazos Bash in both 2013 and 2014.  Alexa Stent, with NCHA earnings of $522,416, won the Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Non-Pro last year on homebred Smooth Little Bow LTE $47,569, by Smooth As A Cat, and the 5/6 Classic in 2018 with Bowmerang LTE $159,646, by High Brow Cat. Both Bowmerang and Smooth Little Bow, as well as Stent-owned and bred Stylish Little Bow LTE $231,164, are out of Bowmans Little Jewel, the second dam of Ginger Snapz.

The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.

Countin Hot Checks and Dual Clay tie for Derby win

September 21st, 2020

Countin Hot Checks, shown by Jaime Snider, and Dual Clay, under Grant Setnicka, tied with 228 points for the championship of the Brazos Bash Open Derby on September 21, in Weatherford, Tex. Sanctus and Rodrigo Taboga was next with 225.5, and Twice In Santiago, shown by Adan Banuelos, placed fourth with 222.5 points, the third-highest score.

Dual Clay  and Countin Hot Checks each earned a payout of $19,000; Sanctus received $16,000; and Twice In Santiago claimed $14,000.

Owned and bred by Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex., Countin Hot Checks LTE $79,425, by Hottish, is the first money earner out of Cat Countin Checks LTE $168,987, who Hill showed to win the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited. Last month, Countin Hot Checks and Jaime Snider won the West Texas Derby Open Intermediate, and earlier in the year also claimed first in the Arbuckle Mountain Open Novice.

Jaime Snider, the NCHA earner of $1,044,493, also won the 2013 Brazos Bash Classic on Sly Playgirl LTE $332,135, by That Sly Cat.

Dual Clay LTE $69,792, sired by Dual Rey and owned by J Five Horse Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., was bred by Rick Beck, Hemet, Calif., out of the Freckles Playboy daughter Play Like Clay LTE $78,884, an NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes finalist under Lindy Burch. Play Like Clay is the dam of seven earners of $188,466, including Metallic Player LTE $75,901, by Metallic Cat.

Since her debut with Setnicka as a 2019 NCHA Futurity semi-finalist, Dual Clay has placed fourth in the NCHA Derby and been a finalist in the Bonanza, the Arbuckle Mountain Derby, and the Idaho 4-Year-Old Futurity.

Grant Setnicka, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,142,688, was also a finalist in this year’s Brazos Bash Classic on Lady Metallic LTE $65,209, by Metallic Cat, and Brazos Bash Futurity on Smoother Lookin Cat LTE $5,941, by Smooth As A Cat.

Sanctus LTE $126,361, the top money earner of 2020 with wins in the NCHA Derby, the Cattlemen’s Derby, The Non-Pro and Open, and the West Texas Derby, is owned by Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex. Sired by High Brow Cat and bred by Isidro Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., Sanctus is out of the Dual Rey daughter Sofie Rey $148,557, who has produced nine earners of $301,330, including Sofies Choice Cat $60,025.

Rodrigo Taboga is the NCHA earner of $469,139, who also won the 2020 Brazos Bash Classic Open Limited, claimed the reserve championship, and placed fourth on Rocky Mountain Blues LTE $65,838, Metallics MVP LTE $145,936, and Hottshot LTE $33,274, respectively. Taboga also placed ninth in the 3-Year-Old Open on Generator LTE $26,263.

Reserve champion under Adan Banuelos in the 2019 NCHA Futurity, Twice In Santiago LTE $256,587 was bred and is owned by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. The Once In A Blu Boon daughter, half-sister to seven earners of $996,445, including Pedel To The Metall LTE $270,033, also shown by Banuelos, has claimed four major 2020 Open reserve championships: NCHA Derby, Arbuckle Mountain, Cattlemens Derby, and West Texas Derby.

Adan Banuelos is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,352,216.

The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.

High Brow Lady Boon wins Brazos Bash Open Classic

September 21st, 2020

High Brow Lady Boon won the Brazos Bash Open Classic championship with 225 points under Matt Miller, on September 21 in Weatherford. Tex. Summer Time Fun and James Payne, who immediately followed Miller and High Brow Lady Boon in the second set of the 17-horse finals, scored 224 points for the reserve championship, while Rollz Royce and Beau Galyean placed third with 223 points. The top three Classic finalists received payouts of $20,000, $18,000, and $16,000, respectively.

Owned and bred and by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses of Weatherford, Tex., 5-year-old High Brow Lady Boon LTE $56,903, by High Brow Cat, is the first money earner out of RBR Lady Boon $87,550, by Peptoboonsmal. High Brow Lady Boon and Miller came to the Brazos Bash following a fifth-place Cotton Stakes Classic finish earlier this month, and earned go-round scores of 221 and 222 points coming into the Brazos Bash finals. Last year, High Brow Lady Boon and Miller won the Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Derby.

Matt Miller is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,737,109. In 2017, he won the Brazos Bash 3-Year-Old Open championship riding Graces CD LTE $39,365, by High Brow CD.

Summer Time Fun LTE $137,242 and James Payne won the 2019 NCHA Derby and also placed fourth in this year’s NCHA Classic Challenge; Kathleen Moore, also won the 2020 West Texas Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro and placed third in the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Non-Pro on the mare. Bred and owned by Ty Moore of Madill, Okla., 5-year-old Summer Time Fun, by Metallic Cat, is out of Hey Georgy Girl LTE $130,829, the dam of 12 earners of $526,699, including Summer Time Fun’s full brother Let Georgie Do It $146,017.

James Payne, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,592,819, won the Brazos Bash Classic in 2018 on PG Heavily Armed LTE $263,735, by Playgun, and the 2016 Brazos Bash Futurity on Ichis Snicker Doodle LTE $51,851, by Cat Ichi.

Together 6-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $339,014 and Beau Galyean have compiled an impressive list of championship wins, including the 2018 Brazos Bash Derby, the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the 2019  NCHA Classic Challenge. This year they have claimed major 5/6 wins in the Cattlemen’s Derby, the Bonanza, and the Ike Hamilton Futurity, as well as reserves in the West Texas Futurity and the Cotton Stakes.

Sired by Dual Smart Rey, Rollz Royce is owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Miss., and was bred by Royce Stalcup out of the unshown High Brow Cat daughter Show Biz Kitty, dam of four earners of $934,393, including Badboonarising LTE $318,279, by Once In A Blu Boon, and SS Blacks Lil Kitty $187,137.  

Beau Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,315,248, also won the 2017 Brazos Bash Classic on Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, who he showed as 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

The Brazos Bash continues through Sept. 27.