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Austin Blake dominates Non-Pro with 222

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Austin Blake

Austin Blake and One Rockin Pepto.

Austin Blake and One Rockin Pepto blasted through a stalemate of 20 preceeding performances with an average of 202 points, to score 222 points to top the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals last night in Fort Worth.

Paula Wood and Little Black Boon claimed the reserve championship with 219 points.

“We had some cows picked and stuck to our plan,” said Blake, who drew eight to work in the second set.

“He’s a neat horse. Smart. He just wants to be a good horse and tires to please me every time.”

This was the first time that Blake, 29, has shown in the NCHA Futurity finals, and it was the last time that he will show One Rockin Pepto. He sold the gelded son of One Time Pepto to Rick Reeves, Hallsville, TX, just before the Non-Pro Finals.

It was during the 2008 NCHA Futurity Sales that Blake purchased One Rockin Pepto for $9,800. The horse is a half-brother to Rockin By Choice, earner of over $313,000.

Blake, who credits leading trainer Boyd Rice for his foundation in cutting, trained One Rockin Pepto himself, with some help from Casey Carson,  Mackie Hursh, and most recently, Matt Budge.

James Hooper of Decatur, Alabama, won the Non-Pro Senior title with a 212.5 on Dox Sugar Blue, by Mecom Blue.

Misplaced Cat: Right place, right time

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Laura Fenimore

Laura Fenimore on Misplaced Cat.

It was a case of the best saved for the last, with Laura Fenimore and Misplaced Cat with a score of 219.5 points, working third-from-last in the Amateur Finals last night at the Borden Milk NCHA Futurity.

“I was a little nervous because we didn’t have much left for cows,” said Fenimore, 21, a Texas A&M student, who had to make daily trips to coordinate the Futurity schedule and final exams.

Fenimore raised Misplaced Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, the first foal out of Tangy Starlight, a mare that she showed to win the NCHA $10,000 Novice Non-Pro World championship.

“She had a lot of expression,” Fenimore said of the dam. “With her natural ability, she was a true cow horse.”

Fenimore started riding with Ronnie Rice as a Youth in 2003, and it was Rice who trained Misplaced Cat.

“Ronnie has had her since the beginning and he’s done a phenomenal job,” said Fenimore. “She’s been pretty tough. She’s a hot little mare and he’s camped on her – sometimes all day long. He’s put a lot of effort into her.”

Robert Tiemann’s 215 on Ubet Ima Barmaid earned him the Senior Amateur title. Ubet Ima Barmaid is the first registered foal by Ubet I Wood, a 1998 son of Zack T Wood.

Laura Fenimore’s 436 top Non-Pro cumulative score

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Laura Fenimore

Second round leader Laura Fenimore.

Mary Ann Rapp, winner of the 2002 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity riding Little Janey Lena, scored 218.5 points on Friday, to top the last day of Non-Pro second-round competition on Shrimp Shack Shooter, by Smooth As A Cat at the Borden Milk NCHA Futurity.

Rapp had scored 215.5 points in the first go-round to give her a combined score of 434 points.

Meanwhile, Laura Fenimore, with a cumulative go-rounds score of 436 points on Misplaced Cat, retained her position as leading contender going into the Non-Pro Semi-Finals.

Mary Ann Rapp

Mary Ann Rapp had Friday's top score of 218.5.

Shrimp Shack Shooter was slated for the NCHA Open Futurity with Rapp’s husband, Phil, until two days before the first go-round, when the gelding pulled up sore.

“Phil was supposed to show him, instead of my mare (Lahaina Lena) that he ended up showing,” said Mary Ann.

All-time NCHA money earner Phil Rapp qualified two horses for the Open Semi-Finals: Smooth Bye Design (435 points), owned by Smoothe Design Ltd, and Mary Ann’s mare, Lahaina Lena (434 points).

“She’s the kind of horse that takes a lot of time, one-on-one,” said Phil Rapp of Lahiana Lena, one of the last foals out of Rapp’s great show mare and producer, Tap O Lena.

“When I got the flu in July, I couldn’t ride for almost two weeks, so Mary Ann started riding Lahiana Lena and she got along really well with her. Mary Ann did an outstanding job of training her.”

Shrimp Shack Shooter, by Smooth As A Cat, out of Awesome Autumn, was purchased by the Rapps from the Awesome Autumn Partnership. Following the purchase, the Rapp’s changed the gelding’s name to Shrimp Shack Shooter, after a band from the 1996 Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!

Redneck Yachtclub, a 2004 gelded son of San Tule Freckles and shown by both Phil and Mary Ann to earn $500,000, was named for a Craig Morgan song.

Where it all begins: 2010 NCHA Futurity Sales

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Looking for the next NCHA Futurity champion or the next hot sire?

Look no further than the NCHA Futurity Sales, which begin Friday, December 3, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center, during the last week of NCHA World Championship Futurity competition.

High Brow CD, 2007 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and 2008 NCHA Horse of the Year, was an NCHA Futurity Yearling Sales purchase.

One Time Pepto, NCHA Super Stakes Champion and 2010 Leading Freshman Sire, was an NCHA Futurity Yealring Sales purchase.

2010 NCHA Horse of the Year LHR Smooth Jamie May was an NCHA Futurity Yearling Sales purchase.

2010 AQHA Super Horse Play Dual Rey sold in the  NCHA Futurity Sales as a yearling and the following year at two.

Spookystimetoshine, with the second-highest cumulative go-round score going into next week’s NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals, was an NCHA Futurity Sales graduate.

This year’s leading Non-Pro Futurity contender, Leave N Las Vegas, shown by Caleb Anderson with 221 points in the first go-round, has a full brother brother in the NCHA World Finals on Saturday, December 4 during the NCHA Futurity. Their dam, Real Plain Jane, sells in the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale on December 9, and their yearling Smooth As A Cat-sired half-brother sells, as well.

The sales kick off with the NCHA World Finals Sale sessions on Friday and Saturday, December 3-4.

They pick back up daily on Tuesday morning, December 7 with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, offering 109 NCHA money winners with average earnings of $41,661 – the highest average ever offered for this sale session.

That same evening, the Western Bloodstock Invitational Yearling Sale offers up 115 yearlings whose dams have combined show and produce earnings of $39 million – an all-time high average for the sale.

The Invitational Yearling Sale will be broadcast live on RFD-TV at 5:00 p.m. CST.

The Invitational Mare Sale, back for the first time since 2001, features 39 mares with combined show and produce earnings  with an average of $170,650. The Invitational Mare Sale will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10.

The sales continue through Saturday, December 11, the same day of Western Bloodstock’s Annual Super Stallion Saturday and the NCHA Futurity Finals.

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Laura Fenimore leads second round of Non-Pro

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Laura Fenimore

Laura Fenimore with Misplaced Cat

Texas A&M student Laura Fenimore claimed the Non-Pro second go-round lead yesterday with 219.5 points in the Borden Milk NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth. Her cumulative score of 436 puts her half a point ahead of Kyle Manion on Calm Cool Smooth.

“There weren’t many cows left,” said Fenimore, who had scored 216.5 points in the first go-round. “I knew I needed to be clean and it worked out a little better than that.

Fenimore is riding Misplaced Cat, the first foal out of Tangy Starlight, the horse that she showed to win the 2005 NCHA $10,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals.

“She’s pretty much the spitting image of her mother,” said Fenimore. “Her attitude and the way she works a cow, they’re pretty much the same as her mother.”

Misplaced Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, was trained for Fenimore by Ronnie Rice.

“He does such a great job with her,” said Fenimore of Rice. “I don’t think you can put this mare in a bad spot.

“She’s so solid and reads a cow really well. I think if I kicked her out there a little too far, she’d probably come right back to me.”

Although Fenimore has competed in weekend events since she was small, this is her first time to show at the NCHA Futurity.

Tim May, Saltillo, MS, and Dan Hansen, Weatherford, TX, tied with 218 points, yesterday’s second-highest score.

Hansen is showing Cornrey Twitty,  who he bred out of Bobcorn, the horse that he rode to win the 2007 NCHA $10,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship and more than $150,000.

“The way he moves, he reminds me of his sire,” said Hansen, who trained the Dual Smart Rey-sired gelding himself.

Tim May purchased his mount, Exclusive Thyme, in September from Jo Goertz. The One Time Pepto-sired colt is trained by Sean Flynn.

“I really like his stop and his intelligence,” said May. “He’s probably the most athletic colt I’ve had, but his brain is his biggest asset.”

McKenzie Merrill tops third day with 218

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
McKenzie Merrill

McKenzie Merrill and A One Time Stray had yesterday's top score of 218.

Caleb Anderson, 17, proved untouchable with 221 points aboard Leave N Las Vegas, in the first go-round of Non-Pro competition in the Borden Milk NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth. The first round concluded yesterday sending scores of 204 and better to the second round.

James Hooper, riding Dox Sugar Blue, and Kyle Manion on Calm Cool Smooth, were Anderson’s closest challengers, each with 219 points. Patrick Collins, on Oh Miss Peacock, and Kade Smith, with Spork, were the next highest-scoring riders with 218.5 points.

McKenzie Merrill, riding A One Time Stray, topped Wednesday’s action with 218 points — one-half point more than her sister, Megan Miller, scored aboard Jesse Woodson James, on Tuesday. It was Megan’s husband, Matt Miller, who trained A One Time Stray, by One Time Pepto; McKenzie acquired the mare this past October.

“I’ve been away from cutting for four years, concentrating on cowhorse competition,” said McKenzie, who won the 2009 Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate division and was Non-Pro reserve champion on Ill Be Skeets, by Skeets Peppy.

McKenzie’s brother, Tyler Merrill, earned the third-highest cumulative score – 436 points – from the Open go-rounds. Megan Miller also scored 217 in the Non-Pro first go-round on Sweet Calico Cat; and McKenzie qualified for the second go-round with 207 points on Scootin Round Town.

Sly Chance

Ashley Snider

Ashley Snider

Ashley Snider and Sheri Matthews each marked 217.5 points to tie with Wednesday’s second-highest score.

“He is a good horse, but he’s pretty green and we have to be careful about how we do things,” said Snider of her gelding, Sly Chance, trained by her husband, Jaime Snider.

“He colicked this summer and had to have two and a-half months off, at a critical time.”

The Sniders, who live in Burleson, TX, purchased Sly Chance, by That Sly Cat, as a yearling, during the NCHA Futurity, from Slate River Ranch.

“We actually bought him in the parking lot,” said Snider. “Johnny (Mitchell) was leading him across, when we were headed out. We stopped him and he made us a deal.

“Jaime made the Open semi-finals on another Sly Cat (Sly Playgirl, owned by Robert Borick). Those are the only Sly Cats we’ve had, so we’re fans.”

Time N Sympathy

Sheri Matthews

Sheri Matthews

Sheri Matthews, Warsaw, NC, began and ended Wednesday on a high note. She scored 211 points in the second set of cattle riding Smartish, by Smart Little Lena, a Christmas present, two years ago, from her husband, Jeffrey Matthews, who owns 2010 leading freshman sire One Time Pepto.

Matthews’ 217.5-point score came aboard Time N Sympathy, by One Time Pepto, in the last set of the day.

“I was a little nervous because I had only worked her once,” said Matthews of Time N Sympathy, trained by Paul Hansma and shown in Open competition by Todd Graham. “She feels like riding a really fast sports car.”

Matthews purchased her Non-Pro slots to prepare for the Amateur division, which begins on Saturday.

Time N Sympathy is out of Nu She Wood, a full sister to Nu I Wood, NCHA earner of over $405,000, and dam of three $100,000-plus earners, including Special Nu Kitty $264,962 and Special Nu Baby $182,015.

Paul Hansma qualified for the Open Semi-Finals aboard the Matthews’ coltNod N Smile Baby, by One Time Pepto.

Caleb Anderson claims Non-Pro lead with 221

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Caleb Anderson

Caleb Anderson with Leave N Las Vegas.

So far this week, it has been the best of both worlds for Caleb Anderson.

The 17-year-old high school junior from Fort Worth is one of the Top 15 contenders in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals, on Thursday and Saturday.

He also leads all NCHA Futurity Non-Pros in the first go-round with 221 points. The score is the highest so far from all Open and Non-Pro go-rounds, tying that of Wiley Cat and Dirk Blakesley in Open competition.

“I knew I was on a good horse and I just wanted to get him shown and through the run as clean as I could,” said Anderson of Leave N Las Vegas, a full brother, by Smart Mate, to his World Finals mount, CA Las Vegas Lights.

“It’s fun to get to ride the ‘old man’ and the young one. This one (Leave N Las Vegas) doesn’t get himself into as much trouble as the other one. The other one is harder to ride at times. You have to manage him, but he has a little more cow.”

Leave N Las Vegas, by Smart Mate, was bred by Caleb’s father, Steve Anderson, who has consigned his dam, Real Plain Jane, by Real Doc, to the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale on December 9.

Oh Miss Peacock

Family also factors into Patrick Collins’  success on Oh Miss Peacock, with 219 points, the leading contender going into the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals, and a full sister to 2006 NCHA Futurity Open and Amateur champion Oh Cay Felix.

“This is her fourth go here,” noted Collins, after he scored 218.5 points yesterday, in the Non-Pro first go-round, on the High Brow Cat daughter out of Oh Cay Shorty.  

Craig Thompson, who showed Oh Cay Felix to his NCHA Futurity win, also trained Oh Miss Peacock and rode her in the Open, only to be taken out of competition by a runaway cow in the last seconds of the second go-round run.

“She’s more sweepy and smooth than Felix, but not quiet as intent,” said Collins. “But she’s real level and low maintenance, You just sit for that stop and then ask her to head the cow.

“Felix had a big motor and you had to ride him down. She’s the female version of Felix — smart on a cow, but easier to ride.”

Miller tops on two

Megan Miller, new mother of Emery, born in September, was back in form this week with two high-scoring mounts: Jesse Woodson James, with 217.5 points, and Moonstruck Player, with 216.5.

“It’s been fun getting back in the saddle,” said Miller, who showed 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Itawathenapuddycat, by Athena Puddy Cat.

Megan’s husband, trainer Matt Miller, re-named Jesse Woodson James, after the Miller’s purchased him as a yearling from Lannie Mecom.

“His nickname in the pasture was Outlaw, so we changed his registered name,” said Megan, who showed the Hickorys Indian Pep gelding’s dam, Colonels Smart Gal, to win the 2002 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur champions and capture reserve in the 2002 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur.

“Lannie bought that mare from my mom (Robin Merrill),” said Miller. “We bought him because I loved his mom — I feel I have a connection with him because of her.”

Moonstruck Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, also hits a strong chord with Miller, who showed his dam, Carolena Moon, by Peptoboonsmal, as 2003 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited reserve champion.