Record 229 for Dual Reyish and No. 9 for Austin Shepard

March 7th, 2019
Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit Photography.

His 229-point win aboard Dual Reyish in the 2019 NCHA Eastern National Championships on Thursday, marked Austin Shepard’s ninth Eastern Nationals Open championship win. The accomplishment stands as an Eastern Nationals record. In 2017, riding Deluxe Checks, he tied with his father, Sam Shepard, who was riding Twistful Thinking, owned by Austin and his wife, Stacy.

In addition to his win on Dual Reyish, Shepard also claimed the Open reserve championship with 223 points on Sir Long Legs, and scored 219 points on CR Dualin to tie for third with Guys Woods and Ichi Sangria. Shepard and Sir Long Legs had won the $25,000 Novice championship on Tuesday, with 225 points.

With his 229-point score in the Eastern Nationals, Dual Reyish $357,051, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., topped his personal record of 228 points, earned as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity. The Hottish-sired colt and Shepard also won the 2018 Breeders Invitational, and the AQHA Congress Derby.

Sir Long Legs, ridden by Austin Shepard. Seth Petit Photography.

Sir Long Legs $338,569, owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., and sired by High Brow Cat, was shown by Shepard as reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity and champion of the 2017 NCHA Derby.

CR Dualin Tuff $68,883, sired by Woody Be Tuff, and owned and bred by Center Ranch, was a finalist with Shepard in the 2017 NCHA Futurity, and most recently placed fourth in the Ike Hamilton Classic, as well as placing in the finals of the Eastern Nationals $25,000 and $5,000 Novice divisions.

Ichi Sangria $162,203, sired by Cat Ichi, and owned and bred by EE Ranches, was a finalist with Guy Woods in the 2013 NCHA Futurity, and placed fourth in the 2014 NCHA Derby. This was her fourth time to place among the Top Ten Eastern Nationals Open finalists, including last year, when she placed fourth. In 2016, she won both the $15,000 and the $5,000 Novice championships, and she also claimed the $5,000 Novice title in 2015 and 2017.

Guy Woods also showed 9-year-old Ichi La Roo $121,283, by Cat Ichi, and owned by EE Ranches, as a finalist in Thursday’s Open Finals.

Austin Shepard’s NCHA National Championship Open wins

Austin and Stacy Shepard with children Cade and Caylee when Widows Intentions won. Alan Gold photo.
  • 2019 – Dual Reyish $357,051 , by Hottish; owned by Billy Wolf
  • 2018 – MK Rey Girl $76,866, by Dual Rey; owned by Austin & Stacy Shepard
  • 2017 – Deluxe Checks $283,156, by Im Countin Checks; owned by Amanda & Rhein Standish
  • 2015 – Cat Sheree $253,379, by High Brow CD; owned by Plantation Farms
  • 2011 – Playin At The Mall $292,399,  by Playdox; owned by Buster Quirk
  • 2006 – Smart Pistolero $22,326, by Playgun; owned by Josh Hamilton
  • 2005 – Widows Intentions $352,665, by Widows Freckles; owned by Jim Langdale
  • 2003 – Uno Dos Seventyseven $171,388, by Peppy San Badger; owned by Jim Johnson
  • 2002 – Widows Freckles $113,522, by Freckles Playboy; owned by Robert & Debbie Middleton

Taliate tops Cattlemens Open Classic Finals

March 7th, 2019
Casey Green.

Taliate and Casey Green, next-to-last to work in the 14-horse finals of the Cattlemen’s Open Classic, on Wednesday, in Graham, Tex., scored 222.5 points to top Cinca Im Hot and Jesse Lennox, second to work in the herd, by one-half point and win the championship. Crafty With Cows and R.L. Chartier scored 221.5 points for third. The win was worth $15,500, while second place earned $13,000, and third place rated $12,000.

Taliate $165,054, a 5-year-old red roan gelding sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Bobby and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., has been a consistent money earner since 2017, when he placed seventh in the NCHA Open Futurity with Green. He qualified for the Cattlemen’s Open Classic with go-round scores of 220 and 217 points. Although shown primarily in Open events, Taliate carried Bobby Hawkins as a finalist in the 2018 NCHA Derby Non-Pro.

Bred by Linda Holmes, Taliate is the first money earner out of Reytaliate, an unshown daughter of Stylish Rey and a half-sister to Little Jackson Cat $214,858.

Cinca Im Hot $177,656, sired by Spots Hot and owned by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., was a 2016 NCHA Futurity finalist with Lennox. The pair followed the Futurity with the 2017 Breeders Invitational win and have since been finalists in 10 major events. So far this year, in addition to the Cattlemen’s Classic, they have claimed reserve championships in the Bonanza Cutting Classic and the Ike Hamilton Classic.

Six-year-old Cinca Im Hot is out of Cinca De Maya $106,341, whose dam, 2005 NCHA Futurity champion Highbrow Supercat $364,690, is an all-time leading dam of earners of $1,291,234.

Crafty With Cows $328,795, by High Brow CD, began his career as third-placed finalist in the 2016 NCHA Futurity under R.L. Chartier. Owned and bred by Carol Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif., the 6-year-old gelding has earned money in 46 open, non-pro or amateur divisions of 14 major limited age events. His half-sister, Lil Dulce Lu $224,621, by Dulces Smart Lena, was a successful NCHA World Championship Open and Non-Pro, as well as limited age event competitor, and is the dam of Lil Lou Rey $70,670, who carried Ward as reserve champion of the 2015 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited.

Dual Smart Dee Jay claims $5,000 Novice

March 6th, 2019
Dual Smart Dee Jay, ridden by Bill Pierce. Ted Petit Photography.

Dual Smart Dee Jay, shown by Bill Pierce, scored 218.5 points on Wednesday, in Jackson, Miss., to win the 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice championship. The Sancho, ridden by Bill Kidd, claimed the reserve title with 218 points, while Gettin Hott In Here, under Ryan Moore, placed third with 217.5 points.

Owned by Lyndi Polk, Edwards, Miss., 7-year-old Dual Smart Dee Jay $48,428 was a finalist with Pierce last year, in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice finals, and placed third with Melinda Polk in the $35,000 Non-Pro finals. The Dual Smart Rey gelding launched his career at three, as Open and Non-Pro champion of the 2015 Waco Futurity under Cullen Chartier and former owner Gayle Karanges, who also showed him that year to win the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Futurity.

Bred by EE Ranches of Texas, Dual Smart Dee Jay is out of Meradas Dee Jay $147,686, who won the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice in
1995 under Guy Woods. A producer of 11 NCHA earners of $363,532, Meradas Dee Jay, is out of Laney Doc $221,332, an all-time leading NCHA dam of the earners of over $1.4 million, including Cat Ichi $238,691, the sire of earners of over $6.1 million.

In addition to Dual Smart Dee Jay, Bill Pierce also showed Dontt Say A Word, owned by Don McGraw, Canton, Miss., as a finalist in the $5,000 Novice finals, as well as Tite Fittin Genes $65,066 and Looks Halreycious $100,827, also owned by McGraw, in Tuesday’s finals of the $25,000 Novice.

The Sancho, ridden by Bill Kidd. Ted Petit Photography.

Six-year-old The Sancho $29,180 was bred by James Eakin and is owned by Sandy Barrios, Homestead, Fla. Shown by Chris Hanson at four, the Bet Hesa Cat son was an Open finalist in three major events, including the NCHA Derby.

The Sancho’s rider, Bill Kidd, is the NCHA earner of $414,270, and was Open reserve champion of the Eastern Nationals riding Smokin Flite $30,382 in 2009. Last year, Kidd showed Dirty Cat Tini as a finalist in the NCHA Western Nationals $5,000 Novice.

Five-year-old Gettin Hott In Here, by Hottish, was bred by Beechfork Ranch and is owned by Ryan Moore. The pair also showed as finalists in Tuesday’s $25,000 Novice, where they tied (7/8) with Monroe In Mink $14,185, shown by Moore for Stan Flowers, Dexter, Mo.

Moore, the NCHA earner of $229,028, was an Open and Open Limited finalist in last year’s NCHA Futurity riding Pepsi Boon $25,597, by Once In A Blu Boon. He also showed Catareycious $49,967, by Halreycious, last year to place third in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice and fourth in the $25,000 Novice.

The 2019 NCHA Eastern Nationals continue on Thursday with the $15,000 Amateur go-round, followed by the Open Finals.

Sir Longs Legs lays claim to $25K Novice championship

March 5th, 2019
Sir Long Legs, ridden by Austin Shepard. Ted Petit Photography.

Six-year-old Sir Longs Legs looked the champion on Tuesday, March 5, as NCHA Hall of Fame rider Austin Shepard dropped his hand on his first cow, a testy sidewinder, and the High Brow Cat son, draw number 23 in the 25-horse field, met the challenge to score 225 points and win the $25,000 Novice Finals, in the NCHA Eastern National Championships.

Last year, Sir Longs Legs, reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity and 2017 NCHA Derby champion under Shepard, was the $25,000 Novice reserve champion to Christy Hughes $177,834, also shown by Shepard, who won the 2017 championship, as well, with 228 points on Deluxe Checks $283,156.

Sir Longs Legs, also recently Open reserve champion of the Arbuckle Mountain Classic, is owned by Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla.

High Brow Playmaker, ridden by Brett Davis. Ted Petit Photography.

High Brow Playmaker, shown by Brett Davis for Jeffrey Fuquay, Jefferson, Tex., scored 218 points to earn the NCHA Eastern $25,000 Novice reserve champion title, while Chrome Catillac, with Gabe Reynolds for Ellen Ganey, Ashewille, N.C., placed third with 217.5 points.

Seven-year-old High Brow Playmaker $28,922, by High Brow CD, placed third in the 2016 Augusta Futurity Open and was a Classic finalist in the 2017 the Augusta Futurity. Brett Davis, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,949,174, has a solid record at the Nationals in Jackson, with Open wins in 2001 and 2010, on Son Of Olena and A Track Runs Thru It, respectively, as well as Novice wins in 2003, under Prince Is My Name, and in 2006, with Lil Lady Playmaker $74,267, the dam of High Brow Playmaker.

Seven-year-old Chrome Catillac $95,352, by Metallic Cat, was a successful 4-year-old limited age event finalist with Beau Galyean, as well as at 5 and 6 with Jessie Pritchard. He also carried owner Ellen Ganey, as a finalist last year, in the NCHA Eastern $35,000 Non-Pro.

Gabe Reynolds, the NCHA earner of $605,670, showed Ettafied, by High Brow CD, to win last year’s Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice championship.

The NCHA Eastern National Championships continue on Wednesday, March 6 with the first go-round of Open competition, followed by the $5,000 Novice Finals.

Shepard and Dual Reyish nail top score on first day

March 4th, 2019
Dual Reyish, ridden by Austin Shepard. Ted Petit photo.

The NCHA Eastern National Championships mark the 40th year that the esteemed event has been held in Jackson, Miss., and on Monday, Austin Shepard, defending champion of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open and $25,000 Novice divisions, topped the first day of competition with 223 points. The NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, with NCHA earnings of over $7.8 million, marked the score in the first go-round of the $25,000 Novice riding Dual Reyish $356,551, the 2017 NCHA Futurity champion sired by Hottish and owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex.

Shepard won the $25,000 Novice championships at last year’s NCHA Eastern Nationals aboard his own horse, Christy Hughes $177,835, by Thomas E Hughes, as well as the year before with the Im Countin Checks daughter Deluxe Checks $283,156, owned by Rhein and Amanda Standish, and ridden by Shepard to win that year’s NCHA World Finals and claim the titles of NCHA World Champion and World Champion Mare.

Last year, Shepard also showed his own horse, MK Rey Girl $76,866, by Dual Rey, to win the NCHA Eastern Open championship. The previous year, he tied his father, Sam Shepard, with 224 points, for the Open championship riding Deluxe Checks. Sam Shepard was riding Austin and Stacy Shepard’s One Time Pepto daughter, Twistful Thinking $280,813, who had won the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Non-Pro championships under the Shepards’ young son, Cade.

In addition to MK Rey Girl  and Deluxe Checks, Austin Shepard’s NCHA Eastern National Open champions include Cat Sheree $253,379 (2015), owned by Plantation Farms; Playin At The Mall $292,399 (2011); Smart Pistolero $22,326 (2006); Widows Intentions $352,665 (2005); Uno Dos Seventyseven $171,388 (2003); and Widows Freckles $113,522.

The NCHA Eastern National Championships continue through Friday, March 15, with the $25,000 Novice Finals on Tuesday, March 5.

Last but not least: Four champions

February 25th, 2019

The tenth annual Arbuckle Mountain Futurity concluded its 2019 schedule of events on Sunday, February 24, with four Amateur champions. Rocky Davis, Alberta, Can., claimed the 4-Year-Old Amateur with 216.5 points on Her Royal Queen, by One Time Royalty, while Gary Barker, Madill, Okla., scored 222 points on Exs N Ohhs, by Kit Kat Sugar, to win the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur title. In the 5/6 Classic divisions, Richard Minnix, Midland, Tex., won the 5/6 Amateur Classic with 221 points aboard Metallic Tax, by Metallic Cat, while Bonnie Martin topped the 5/6 Amateur Classic Unlimited with 225 points on Reysin Kittens, by Dual Rey.

This is the third Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old championship title for Rocky Davis, the NCHA earner of $244,075. He won the 2014 Amateur on Nitarey Cine, by Nitas Wood, and the 2017 Amateur with Mouse Ichi, by Cat Ichi. Last year, Davis won the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited on Her Royal Queen’s half-brother, Redneck Creyzy $121,770, who also carried him as champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited championship. Her Royal Queen and Dual Rey gelding Redneck Creyzy, bred by Carroll’s Cutting, are the only NCHA earners out of Xquizit Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Lynn Goforth, Max Meadows, Va., and Viki Williamson, Argyle, Tex., tied for second with 216 points riding Cat A Rally, by Cat A Rey $13,445, and the Metallic Cat gelding Metallic Prince $20,236, respectively, in the 4-Year-Old Amateur finals.

This is the fifth Arbuckle Mountain finals title for Gary Barker, the NCHA earner of $616,263. He won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and the 4-Year-Old  Non-Pro Limited in 2010 riding Dually Dually $65,358, by TR Dual Rey; the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Novice in 2011, on Pepto Blues $42,666, by Peptoboonsmal; and the 2016 Amateur Classic 4-Year-Old Unlimited on Kitkat $36,303, by Peptoboonsmal.

Barker’s mount, Exs N Ohhs $40,232, also placed ninth in the Arbuckle Mountain Open, her fourth open finals in 2019, with Lloyd Cox. Out of Reycy Moon $209,363, Exs N Ohhs is a half-sister to 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot $348,193, by Spots Hot.

Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., scored 218.5 points on Calvin Baloo $19,602, by Lil Catbaloo, as reserve champion of the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur; Lynn Goforth placed third with 216.5 points on Cat A Rally $13,445, by Cat A Rey.

Richard Minnix, the NCHA earner of $49,072, showed his 2019 Arbuckle Mountain champion mount, Metallic Tax $73,095, last year to win the PCCHA Derby Amateur Classic; the Idaho Futurity Amateur Classic; and the PCCHA Futurity $35,000 Amateur Classic. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat gelding had also been a 4-year-old open finalist under Morgan Cromer.

John Lavelle, Athens, Ohio, scored 217 points on 6-year-old Missie Cat $18,744, by High Brow Cat, to become reserve champion in the 5/6 Amateur Classic; Kelsey Sayko Kennedy, Sheffield, Tex., placed third with 215.5 points on 5-year-old One Instant Boon $31,425, by Boon San.

Bonnie Martin, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,005,618, showed her 2019 Arbuckle Mountain champion, Reysin Kittens $173,656, by Dual Rey, last year to place third in the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic and claim first in the Non-Pro Classic Senior division. Martin and the 6-year-old gelding won the 2018 PCCHA Futurity Non-Pro Classic and Non-Pro Classic Limited. In addition, Reysin Kittens placed fifth in the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Open Classic under Grant Setnicka.

Martin bred Reysin Kittens out of the High Brow Cat daughter Kittens $270,700, dam of nine NCHA earners of $557,169. Between 2006 and 2008, Kittens carried Martin for nine major limited age event championship wins, and was also shown in 17 Open finals by Russ Miller, with six championship wins and three reserves.

Michelle Barnes, Lewiston, Idaho, scored 221 points on 6-year-old Catty Bluz $63,206, by Catty Hawk, to claim the 5/6 Classic Amateur Unlimited reserve championship; Jim Vangilder placed third with 219 points on 5-year-old Take It Eazee $66,732, by Smooth As A Cat.

Ashley Flynn scores Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic win

February 24th, 2019
Ashley Flynn

Riding Smooth Lines, by Smooth As A Cat, Ashley Flynn, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points on Saturday to win the Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic . Chelsea Tatum, Overbrook, Kan., earned reserve with 218.5 points aboard Bobs Smart Rey, by Dual Rey, and Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., placed third with 217.5 on Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey.

Ashley Flynn, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $650,767, was reserve champion of the 2015 Non-Pro Futurity on the Dual Rey gelding LHR Smooth James Rey $173,716, who she also showed to place third in the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, and to win the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic. This is the second Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Classic win for Flynn, who also claimed the championship in 2011 on Smart Frosty Cat $195,917, by Smooth As A Cat.

Five-year-old gelding Smooth Lines $100,575 carried Flynn to the finals of the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, and five additional finals in 2018, including as non-pro champion of the Southern Futurity, and as reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational. Last month, Flynn and Smooth Lines, were also reserve champions of the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic.

Chelsea Tatum, the NCHA earner of $112,235, and 6-year-old Bobs Smart REY $114,692, have been partners since 2016, when Tatum earned her first limited age event check riding the Dual Rey daughter to place fourth in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, and as a Non-Pro Limited finalist. Since then, the two have placed in 10 major events, with three championship wins and three reserve championships. The wins include the 2017 PCCHA 4-Year-Old Non-Pro; the 2018 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Limited; and the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Megan Miller, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,164,700, showed 5-year-old Carolena Reyn to win last year’s NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes, while Megan’s husband, Matt Miller, showed the Dual Smart Rey daughter as 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Open champion. The Millers bred Carolena Reyn out of Carolena Moon $76,150, and so far she has won four open and non-pro championships for them, as well as two reserve championships.

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