• Dennis Moreland Tack

Mandy and Metalman lead Mercuria

July 10th, 2017

Mandy Chisum.

Mandy Chisum of San Luis Obispo, California and her 5-year-old gelding Magic Metalman posted the top score of 221 in the first round of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting July 10 at the Calgary Stampede.

They lead a field of 10 contestants heading for the finals to be held on Wednesday. The first round of the Open is scheduled for Tuesday.

This will be the third Mercuria finals for Chisum, who has NCHA earnings of more than $379,000. She previously showed in Houston in 2014 and at the Pacific Coast Derby last year.

Her biggest limited age wins include the 2013 Tunica Non-Pro Classic and the 2013 Breeders Invitational Unlimited Amateur on Woodys Wildest Cat; and this year’s Ike Hamilton Non-Pro Classic on Cats Double Down.

Magic Metalman is a gelding bred by Alvin Fults by Metallic Cat out of Sweet Abra with earnings of more than $63,000. He and Chisum were Non-Pro finalists this spring at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the Breeders Invitational

Magic Metalman is a full brother to Metallic Rebel, the top money-earning cutting horse so far of calendar year 2017.

Here’s a look at the field for the Non-Pro Mercuria NCHA World Series at Calgary:

221.0 Mandy Chisum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Magic Metalman, 2012 g
(Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra, by Abrakadabracre)
220.5 Kaila Stewart, Crossfield, AB
Clays Little CD, 2006 s
(CD Lights x Clays Little Hickory, by High Brow Hickory)
220.5 Doug Wiens, Lindell Beach, BC
This Cats Max, 2009 g
(WR This Cats Smart x PF Docs Med, by Peppys Formula)
220.0 Debbie Day, Reno, NV
Catamini, 2008 m
(High Brow Cat x Spookys Cash, by Miss N Cash)
220.0 John Thomas, Spruce Grove, AB
Dual Smart Deal, 2010 m
(Dual Smart Rey x Cats Sweet Deal, by High Brow Cat)
220.0 Amanda Smith, Wembley, AB
Hoo Doo Hughes, 2011 m
(Thomas E Hughes x Acre Of Freckles, by Bob Acre Doc)
218.0 Scott Wardley, Okotoks, AB
Badgers Bad Apple, 2007 g
(Reys Dual Badger x An Apple A Day, by Doc’s Prescription)
218.0 Margaret Meagher, Calgary, AB
Mister CD Olena, 2010 g
(CD Olena x Miss Puro Quixote, by Doc Quixote)
217.0 Shannon Lamb, Boerne, TX
Rue Du Ichi, 2009 g
(Cat Ichi x Snicker Roo, by SR Instant Choice)
216.5 Chad Eaton, Arcola, SK
Wild Haired Qui, 2010 m
(Wild Haired Cat x Autumn Mate, by Smart Mate)

Mandy Chisum on Magic Metalman. Hudyma Photography.

Holly Muench and CD Pretty Cat prevail

June 29th, 2017

Non-Pro champion Holly Muench on CD Pretty Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Holly Muench, Marietta, Okla. , and CD Pretty Cat, scored 223.5 points to win Non-Pro finals of the inaugural  NCHA Denver Nationals on Thursday, June 29, the final day of the event, and one day after they had claimed the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve championship.

Harrison Perrin, Brenham, Tex., scored 222 points riding  Win A Kitty for the Non-Pro reserve championship, while Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., placed third with 219 points on Smooth Criminal Cat.

Holly Muench, the NCHA earner of $71,584, also won the Non-Pro championship of last year’s NCHA Western Nationals riding CD Pretty Cat LTE $48,249. Together, Muench and the 9-year-old gelding have won or placed in the finals of seven NCHA Nationals divisions between 2013 and 2017. Holly’s husband, trainer Teryn Muench, has shown CD Pretty Cat in five, including two divisions of the Denver Nationals – the Open division and the $25,000 Novice.

Holly Muench’s score in the Non-Pro Fianls was the second-highest from all go-rounds and finals during the NCHA Denver Nationals. Only Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player, with 225 points in the Open go-round, received a higher score.

CD Pretty Cat is by Pretty Boy Cat and out of Katie May CD, by CD Olena.

Reserve champ Harrison Perrin on Win A Kitty.

Harrison Perrin, the NCHA earner of $140,906, and Win A Kitty LTE $155,064 were competitive amateur and non-pro limited age event partners with a tally of 14 finals in 2011 and 2012. This week the 11-year-old High Brow Cat daughter proved she still has her edge. In addition to the Non-Pro reserve title with Perrin, Win A Kitty scored 222 points to claim reserve in the Open Finals with Kenny Platt.

Perrin, who made his first splash as the 2011 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Amateur champion on Win A Kitty, also still competes in limited age events on Sandman Cat, a 6-year-old gelded son of Metallic Cat, who has carried her as a finalist in six events, including the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Kim Adolf, the NCHA earner of $216,536, and Smooth Criminal Cat LTE $65,511 earned notice in May at the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale Nationals, where they claimed the Non-Pro reserve championship and a place in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals. Kim’s husband, trainer Todd Adolf, also showed Smooth Criminal Cat as an Open finalist at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

In addition to Smooth Criminal Cat, Kim Adolf also showed Athenitall in the NCHA Denver Nationals, with a fourth-place finish in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals, the same division the pair won at the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

Smooth Criminal Cat, an 8-year-old son of Smooth As A Cat, is out of Tanganilla LTE $69,479, by Tangys Classy Peppy.

Percevich wins $50,000 Amateur crown

June 29th, 2017

Dannica Percevich won the $50,000 Amateur
on Imasmoothlittlecat. Ted Petit photos.

Dannica Percevich, Belle Fourche, SD, showed Imasmoothlittlecat as the last performer in the NCHA Denver  Nationals $50,000 Amateur Finals and rode out the winner with 220.5 points.  Penny Bailey, Morristown, Ariz., scored 219 points aboard Sandman Rey for the reserve championship, and Paul Thompson, Aledo, Texas, placed third with 216 points on Bearly Lil Ricochet.

This was Dannica Percevich’s second time to receive an award and paycheck at the 2017 Denver Nationals. Last weekend, she earned the $15,000 Amateur reserve championship, also atop Imasmoothlittlecat. In addition, trainer Todd Adolf showed Imasmoothlittlecat as a finalist in the Denver Nationals $25,000 Novice division.

Sired by Smooth As A Cat and half-sister to Chulas Merada LTE $153,378, 8-year-old Imasmoothlittlecat LTE $34,159 carried Percevich and Adolf as finalists in the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro and $25,000 Novice divisions, respectively.

Reserve champ Penny Bailey on Sandman Rey.

Penny Bailey and Sandman Rey also claimed success earlier in the week as finalists in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro, the same division where they gained the finals at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals last month. Todd Adolf also showed Sandman Rey in the finals of the $5,000 Novice at the Scottsdale Nationals.

Sandman Rey, a 6-year-old gelded son of Metallic Cat, is out of Wanda Rey $88,757, a three-quarter sister to Catrina Starlight LTE $99,456, out of Stella Starlight LTE $292,408/PE $905,781. Penny Bailey is the NCHA earner of $48,163.

Paul Thompson, the NCHA earner of $41,512, and Bearly Lil Ricochet had just one cattle change following the $50,000 Amateur Finals to prepare for the Denver Nationals Non-Pro Finals, where they placed fourth with 218 points. But their first success as a team came in the finals of the 2012 the Non-Pro Cutting $35,000 Non-Pro division, and in 2014, they won the AQHA Select World championship.

Bearly Lil Ricochet was also shown by trainer Terry Hollis in the Denver Nationals Open Finals. The 14-year-old gelding, sired bySmart Lil Ricochet, Bearly Lil Ricochet LTE $28,829, is out of Bearly Nuf Cash LTE $39,207, by Miss N Cash.

Czisny and Coldstone Cat ice competition in $25,000 Novice Non-Pro

June 28th, 2017

$25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion Coldstone Cat,
ridden by Amber Czisny. Ted Petit photos.

Amber Czisny, Marietta, Okla., scored 218 points on Wednesday to win the NCHA Denver Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro championship aboard Coldstone Cat. Holly Muench, also of Marietta, Okla., marked 217.5 points riding CD Pretty Cat for the reserve championship. Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn., placed third with 215 points on Moms Dual N Badger.

Amber Czisny, the NCHA earner of $269,827, was a finalist in Tuesday’s Denver Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals on Little Third Cutting. Her previous money-earning performance on Coldstone Cat came as fourth-placed finalist in the 2016 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro, the same year that she won the Augusta Futurity Non-Pro on Meradas Molly Mac.

Seven-year-old Coldstone Cat LTE $27,659, by High Brow Cat, was bred by Black Rock Ranch out of Hagandaz LTE $49,289, by Grays Starlight.

Reserve champion CD Pretty Cat and Holly Muench.

Holly Muench, an NCHA earner of $71,584 won last year’s Non-Pro championship and placed third in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro division of the NCHA Western Nationals aboard CD Pretty Cat. This past week, Muench was a finalist in the Denver Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro division riding Rey My Belle and her husband, trainer Teryn Muench, placed as a finalist in the Open and $25,000 Novice divisions aboard CD Pretty Cat.

Nine-year-old gelding CD Pretty Cat LTE $45,585 is by Pretty Boy Cat out of Katie May CD, by CD Olena.

Nancy Burkes, the NCHA earner of $77,153, placed sixth in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals and second in that division’s Senior Finals riding RS Smooth Player. She also placed fifth in the 2017 Bonanza 5/6 Amateur  Finals on Call Me Queen B.

Yesterday, June 27, Burkes placed in the finals of the Denver Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro division riding Moms Dual N Badger, as well as in the finals of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro on Metallic Jones.

Nine-year-old Moms Dual N Badger LTE $176,721, by Reys Dual Badger, had a successful limited age event career for former owner Glade Knight and trainer Darren Simpkins. The gelding, a half-brother to Moms Stylish Cat $267,275 and This Cats Got Style LTE $195,443, placed in 30 major open or non-pro finals.

Tregemba and Smooth Flow prevail in $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals

June 27th, 2017

$5,000 Novice Non-Pro champion Smooth Flow,
ridden by Robert Tregemba. Ted Petit photos.

Robert Tregemba, Lawrence, Kan., scored 215.5 points on Smooth Flow to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals. Catherine Wunder, Stilwell, Kan., and Mark Pearson, Spearman, Tex., tied with 215 points for reserve, while Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., scored 214.5 points.

Smooth Flow LTE $40,490, a 5-year-old gelded son of Smooth As A Cat, had already made his mark last week in the NCHA Denver Nationals when he placed third with Nate Miller in the $25,000 Novice division. He also carried Tregemba and trainer Kenny Platt as an Open and Amateur Unlimited finalist in the 2016 PCCHA Derby.

This past spring, Tregemba earned finalist checks in the NCHA Super Stakes as an Amateur Unlimited finalist on Stylish Brow LTE $12,469 and as a Super Stakes Classic Amateur finalist on Sleeper Cat LTE $28,856. Stylish Brow had also carried Tregemba as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist.

Co-reserve champ Catherine Wunder on CDCatinthemirror.

Catherine Wunder earned her single richest NCHA check earlier this year as an NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur finalist riding Cdcatinthemirror, her NCHA Denver Nationals $5,000 Novice Non-Pro reserve champion (tie). In 2016, Cdcatinthemirror carried Wunder, the NCHA earner of $71,691, to place in the finals of six major limited age events.

A 6-year-old son of CD Olena, Cdcatinthemirror also won the 2016 Nebraska Futurity Open championship under Ashley Baxstrom.

Co-reserve champ Mark Pearson on White Leg.

Mark Pearson, Spearman, Tex., is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member with $868,018 in earnings. He won the 1999 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Possum Zack DG and came back in 2000 to win the NCHA Futurity Amateur championship riding Flo Little Lena.

White Leg LTE $15,618, Spearman’s NCHA Denver $5,000 Novice Non-Pro mount, is a 4-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey and a full sister, out of Meleena Olena, to SVR Reys Smart Chic $83,101.

Kim Adolf, the NCHA earner of $216,536, won the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale $5,000 Novice Non-Pro aboard Athenitall, her NCHA Denver Nationals mount. Last month, Adolf was also NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Non-Pro reserve champion and $25,000 Novice Non-Pro finalist on Smooth Criminal Cat LTE $63,888.

Athenitall LTE $22,867 is by Athena Puddy Cat and out of Uno Reba, by Smart Little Uno.

Gianna Pietrafesco wins $35,000 Non-Pro title

June 27th, 2017

Gianna Pietrafeso won the $35,000 Non-Pro
on Smokin Tap. Ted Petit photos.

Gianna Pietrafesco and Smokin Tap scored 222 points to top 22 finalists for the $35,000 Non-Pro championship of the  NCHA Denver Nationals, on Tuesday, June 27. Paige Morse scored 220 points on Exotic Ride to claim reserve, and Scott Miller placed third with 215.5 points riding Rio Wilson.

Smokin Tap and Gianna Pietrafesco, Elbert, Colo., had their first taste of success together in the NCHA Western Nationals in 2014, where they took reserve in the $2,000 Limited Rider division, and a month later won the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Junior Youth Cutting. In 2015, the pair placed second in the NCHA $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals, one of 10 finals events in their tally.

Twelve-year-old Smokin Tap LTE $76,262, by Smokin Trona, was bred and trained by Phil Rapp out of Tap O Lena LTE $450,639, dam of leading producer Tapt Twice LTE $279,457/PE $1,346,503, and maternal granddam of Dont Look Twice LTE $824,546, cutting’s richest mare in terms of show earnings.

Pietrafesco is the NCHA earner of $40,098.

Reserve champion Paige Morse on Exotic Ride.

Paige Morse, Ogden, Utah, and Exotic Ride LTE $44,569 first connected in the 2015 Utah Futurity, where they earned reserve in the 4-Year-Old Limited Non-Pro Finals. The following year, they claimed reserve in the event’s 5/6-Year-Old Limited Non-Pro and placed fourth in the Non-Pro division. Including their second-place finish in last year’s NCHA Western Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro and their recent Denver Nationals coup, Morse, the NCHA earner of $33,244, and Exotic Ride have earned four reserve championship titles.

Six-year-old Exotic Ride is a daughter of Im Countin Checks LTE $509,642 and out of Little Exotic Dancer LTE $82,522.

Scott Miller, Hershey, Neb., and Rio Wilson enjoyed their first success in the 2015 Western States Futurity, where they claimed the 4-Year-Old Amateur reserve title and won the Amateur Gelding division. Since then they have placed in three other limited age events, as well as last year’s $35,000 Non-Pro division of the NCHA Western Nationals.

Rio Wilson LTE $28,471 is by Bobs Hickory Rio and out of Lil Wilma LTE $58,485, by Wilsons Lil Freckles. Miller, who placed second in the 2014 Nebraska Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on DMAC Widowed, is the NCHA earner of $38,671.

Pietz takes the prize in $15,000 Amateur Finals

June 26th, 2017

$15,000 Amateur champion Paul Pietz
on Highrey Cat. Ted Petit photos.

Paul Pietz, Lakefield, Minn., won the NCHA Denver Nationals $15,000 Amateur championship Monday with 218, aboard Highrey Cat. Dannica Percevich, Belle Fourche, S.D., claimed the reserve title with 216.5 points on Imasmoothlittlecat, and Renee Sullivan, Poolville, Tex. placed third with 214 points, riding Peptos Olenas Cheri.

Pietz and Ryleigh Ferrier riding Ichi City Lights tied with 215 points to top the $15,000 Amateur go-round, where Pietz also qualified for the finals with Rey Cool Supercat. It was Rey Cool Supercat LTE $52,522, by Dual Rey, who carried Pietz as a finalist in the 2016 NCHA Western Nationals $15,000 Amateur and $35,000 Non-Pro divisions. However, Shady Lil Kitty launched Pietz into NCHA Western Nationals competition with a third-place finish in the Western Nationals $2,000 Limited Rider division in 2014.

Eight-year-old Highrey Cat LTE $123,683, by Dual Rey, made his career debut as a finalist under James Payne in the 2012 NCHA Open Futurity, and was a finalist with Payne in five major 4-year-old events. In 2015, Logan Ginkens showed Highrey Cat to place third in the Iowa Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open, and yesterday, June 25, placed sixth with him in the Denver Nationals Open Finals.

Reserve champion Dannica Percevich on Imasmoothlittlecat.

Dannica Percevich and Imasmoothlittlecat LTE $31,318 came into the NCHA Denver Nationals off a sixth-place finish in the $35,000 Non-Pro division of last month’s NCHA Scottsdale Nationals, where Todd Adolf showed Imasmoothlittlecat  to place eleventh in the $25,000 Novice Finals. Adolph and the 8-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter also placed seventh last week in the NCHA Denver Nationals $25,000 Novice Finals.

Renee Sullivan made her first mark in NCHA Nationals competition as a finalist in the $2,000 Limited Rider Finals of the 2011 NCHA Eastern Nationals riding Fancy Rio Hickory. Earlier this year, Sullivan and Peptos Olenas Cheri placed tenth in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $15,000 Amateur Finals and ninth in the same division of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals.

Peptos Olenas Cheri LTE $9,426, an 11-year-old daughter of Peptos Stylish Oak and out of Lenas Cheri who is a full sister to Lenas Telesis LTE $142,430, the sire of earners of $3.2 million.