Posts Tagged ‘Summer Spectacular 2010’

LHR Smooth Jamie May all the way with 227 points!

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
LHR Smooth Jamie May

Phil Hanson on LHR Smooth Jamie May

Lights out. Curtain up. That was the scenario when action resumed at the NCHA Derby, after a scramble to restore power in Will Rogers Coliseum and a two hour hiatus.

Cutting resumed with the second set of the Non-Pro Derby, where Kristen Galyean and Carl Smith claimed champion and reserve titles.

Pounce and Phil Hanson set the Open pace with 223 points, as the third pair to work in the first group of cattle. Hanson came back in the second set with a 227-point power surge on LHR Smooth Jamie May.

“I would have never dreamed it,” said Hanson, who won the championship and tied Rascal Cats and Wesley Galyean for reserve with his 223-point performance on Pounce.

“She’s tight and smart on a cow and does everything that she needs to do,” said Hanson of LHR Smooth Jamie May, owned by Sherry Chamberlin’s South Lazy H Ranch. “She can look pretty on a soft cow and look pretty running and stopping and we had a little of both in that run.”

Hanson and the Smooth As A Cat daughter came into the Derby off of championship wins at the Breeders Invitational and the Bonanza Cutting.

Pounce, owned by Julie Clark, is sired by High Brow Cat and was trained through the NCHA Futurity by Zane Davis. She had earned $16,000 coming into the NCHA Derby.

“I’ve had some tough luck with Pounce, but it all came together here,” said Hanson. “She has a deep stop and a real curl to her neck. She doesn’t get as low as Jamie does, but she kind of bends in half to get back through there and has a lot of eye appeal.”

LHR Smooth Jamie May was started by Scott Johnston, who sold her to South Lazy H Ranch last June.

Rascal Cats and Wesley Galyean won the second go-round with a do-or-die 223-point performance following a 208-point first round wild cow fiasco.

“I always felt he could mark those (scores),” said Galyean of the High Brow Cat son, who he showed to place third at the Augusta Futurity and the Breeders Invitational.

“He’s always had that kind of talent, but it’s tough to get those runs.”

Rascal Cats, by High Brow Cat, was trained by Galyean for his breeder, Billy Martin, and is owned by Stephen Feiner.

Galyean and Harley take Non-Pro Derby

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Kristen Galyean

Wes and Kristen Galyean with Harley.

Kristen Galyean captured her second championship in 10 days riding Harley, a gelding trained and also shown as a NCHA Derby Open semi-finalist by Kristen’s husband, Wesley.

Kristen has been showing cutting horses for just two years.

“The other night, I think we did well because Harley is so creative and made the run with the cool things he does out there,” said Galyean of her NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited championship win.

“Tonight we had a tough run that had me sweating a couple of times. The cows were pretty testy, but Harley was right there and not about to give up.”

Harley is sired by Spots Hot, the stallion that Wesley showed to win the 2004 NCHA Futurity, as well as five other major events and over $500,000.

“I don’t know what Spots Hot felt like to ride, but Wesley always described him as a shark in the water — so fast and explosive, but so smooth at the same time.

“I think I feel that on Harley because he gets left and right so fast and you don’t even know how he got there. It’s like no other feeling I’ve ever had riding.

“He has amazing control over his body.”

Reserve champion Carl Smith scored 218 points on Mr Rister sired by Mr Boonsmal To You.

“I’ve been third four times (at major events), so I was real glad to move up a notch,” said Smith, who owns Third Cutting, winner of last year’s NCHA Open Derby and this year’s NCHA Classic Challenge with Boyd Rice.

Smith had gone back to the barn with Mr Rister after the lights went out and the cattle were removed, following the first set.

“We thought it would have to be (resumed) the next day,” said Smith. “But about the time we got his saddle off they said they were going to close the gate in 15 minutes.

“We just relaxed and had fun.”

Sheehan wins Derby’s John Deere Division

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Dualin Cats Merada

Geoffrey Sheehan on Dualin Cats Merada

Geoffrey Sheehan claimed his second Open Limited title yesterday aboard Dualin Cats Merada, with 220 points in the NCHA Derby John Deere Open division.

Jaime Beamer was second by a nose with 219.5 points riding GP Scooter Cat for Gil Porter.

“The two cows we watched were supposed to be good and they were,” said Sheehan. “That’s the best she’s been. I’ve just had bad luck on her lots of times.”

Geoffrey Sheehan

Geoffrey Sheehan

Sheehan, who also showed finalist (8th place) Sweet Little Kitten for Jayme DeResende, won the NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Jojo Boon, now owned by Steve Anderson, who qualified for Saturday’s Non-Pro Derby finals riding the Peptoboonsmal daughter.

“Before the Futurity, she was probably my favorite of the two,” said Sheehan of Dualin Cats Merada, by Cats Merada. “I trained her all the way through.”

Cal and Debbie Sanders purchased Dualin Cats Merada from Hope and John Mitchell (Hope Mitchell also owned and bred Jojo Boon). Sheehan is head trainer for Justice Farms in Camden, AR, owned by Hope Mitchell’s father, Arlis Justice.

A first for Fults

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Alvin Fults

Alvin Fults

“When a horse makes me look good, that horse is really trained well,” said Alvin Fults, following his 217-point championship performance aboard Tassa Cat in the Matthews Cutting Horses NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited.

Fults’ mount, Tassa Cat, by High Brow Cat, was trained by Beau Galyean, who showed Metallic Cat, also owned by Fults, to win the 2008 NCHA Futurity. This was the first win in Fort Worth for Fults, a commodities broker from Amarillo, TX, who has owned cutting horses for six years.

“Beau has been working the horse all week and he had him so good and so solid,” said Fults, who purchased his Limited slot after he lost a cow in the Non-Pro second go-round.

“I just went down there and had fun. My horse is six and it was his last hurrah here (in Will Rogers Coliseum). It was pretty exciting to end it like that with him.”

Tassa Cat, earner of nearly $200,000, began his career as an NCHA Futurity Open finalist under Jody Galyean, then won the 2008 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro title with Beau Galyean, Jody’s son, who turned pro later that year.

Cassity Mitchell was reserve champion of the Non-Pro Limited with 216 points on Special Blue Bayou, by Blue Bayou Boon.

Anderson and Foland top Non-Pro Derby Round 2

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s a new slate for 48 NCHA Derby Non-Pro contenders, who gained a slot in today’s Semi-Finals, with cumulative go-round scores of 421.5 points or more.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson, aboard Jojo Boon, and Jennifer Foland, on Shes Twice As Smooth, were the go-round leaders with cumulative scores of 434 points.

Anderson also won the second go-round with 218 points.

“I was pretty nervous,” said Anderson, following his winning run. “This is my favorite mare and it’s fun to get to ride her, but that’s the reason I tried hard.

“And I was okay once I crossed the (time) line.”

Anderson purchased Jojo Boon from Hope Mitchell during the NCHA Futurity, where Geoffrey Sheehan had shown the mare  for Mitchell as the Futurity Open Limited champion.

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland

The red roan Peptoboonsmal daughter is out of Bambi Freckles, who Mitchell showed to win the 2001 NCHA Non-Pro Classic Challenge.

“She’s strong and she’s got a  way of really swooping through a turnaround,” said Anderson of Jojo Boon. “I was really pleased with her.”

Jojo Boon carried Anderson as a finalist at the Augusta Futurity, while trainer Kory Pounds made the finals on her at the Bonanza Cutting and the Breeders Invitational.

“We haven’t pushed her,” said Anderson. “We want her around for a long time.”

Anderson also qualified for today’s Semi-Finals on Scootin Dualquita, his NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding champion.

Caleb Anderson, Steve’s son, won the 2009 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited title with Chulas Stargun.

Michelle Anderson, Steve’s wife, won the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro Derby aboard Cats Quixote Jack, and qualified for today’s Semi-Finals with 426 points on WSR The Supernatural.

Eleven of the 25 riders with the highest  cumulative scores coming into the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (434 to 426 points) were finalists in the Non-Pro Classic Challenge and/or the Derby Non-Pro Limited or are showing in the Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited, later this afternoon.

They include: Bonnie Martin, champion of the Classic Challenge Non-Pro division on Rubys Royal CD; Kristen Galyean, champion of the Derby Non-Pro Limited on Harley; Sam Good; Shane Plummer; Dustin Adams; Ray Baldwin; Christina Galyean; Mary Ann Rapp; Paula Wood; Nelson Knight; and Ty Moore.

Earnheart, Foland share lead

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Ninety-five Non-Pro contenders advanced to Wednesday’s second go-round of the NCHA Derby with scores of 206 or higher – one point less than the 207 needed in Open competition.

Kelle Earnheart and Jennifer Foland, each from Weatherford, TX, tied for the win of the first go-round with 218 points, scored on Monday.

Earnheart rode her 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity champion Badgers Perscription; Foland showed her NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes champion Shes Twice As Smooth.

In 2000, at 15, Earnheart showed Hernando to become the youngest winner to ever win the NCHA Non-Pro Derby.

Greg Coalson

Greg Coalson

Coalson times two

Tuesday’s high-scoring rider ,with 217 points (the second-highest score from the first round), was Greg Coalson, Weatherford, TX, aboard Lena This, by his stallion Quejanaisalena.

Coalson also marked 212.5 points riding Daisy Dots, by Quejanaisalena.

“It was pretty scary watching the cattle,” said Coalson who drew to ride both horses deep in the last set of the day.

“The bunch before us was pretty tough. You couldn’t let them get the edge on you.

“The two cows I cut on (Lena This) were really good. He needs something to challenge him and they made him get serious.

“I wish the first cow I cut on (Daisy Dots) had been better, but it was slim pickings there towards the end.”

Coalson and his wife Shelly raised both horses. Greg was a Derby Non-Pro finalist in 2005 on Lena This’s dam, Fancy Nancy Dual. He also showed Daisy Dot’s dam, Dual Citizen, to place third in the 2003 NCHA Non-Pro Derby.

Both of Coalson’s mounts were semi-finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes; Coalson and Daisy Dots were also finalists in the Breeders Invitational.

Classic Challenge champ looks to the Derby

Bonnie Martin, winner of the show’s 5 & 6-Year-Old Non-Pro title 10 days ago, scored 216.5 points yesterday on Light N Lindy to take her place among the leaders of the Non-Pro Derby first go-round.

“I was a little timid on the first cow because I don’t practice with her, I just get on and go show,” said Martin, whose husband Frank, a Las Vegas building contractor, also qualified for the second go-round.

“After the first cow, I felt like she knew I was up there, and she was a little more forgiving on the second cow.”

Light N Lindy, by Light N Lena, carried Martin as a finalist (13th place) in the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

View from the Sixth Box

Hans Kuhn

Hans Kuhn

Hans Kuhn, who owns a cutting horse training and breeding facility in southwest Germany, spent Tuesday honing his judging skills in the “sixth box” atop the judges’ stand in Will Rogers Coliseum.

Kuhn got hooked on cutting when he stayed at Manion Ranch while studying equine technology in Gainesville, Texas. Now he competes in Europe and also judges NCHA-approved European events.

“The cattle are very expensive over there,” said Kuhn. “We pay 65 to 75 euros a head per day.” That computes to about $84 to $97 in U.S. currency.

“Most of the shows in Germany we manage to get beef cattle, but it isn’t easy,” he added. “In France, they wait for a cattle truck that is on the way to the slaughter house.

“Truck drivers over there have to take a one to two-hour break every four hours, so (some) drivers will stop and unload, sleep two hours, get cash-in-hand, and load them back up and go on to the slaughter house. That’s the cheapest and easiest way.”

Non-Pro Futurity and Super Stakes champions top first day of Derby action

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart and Jennifer Foland reminded judges and spectators of their capabilities on Monday, the first day of NCHA Derby Non-Pro go-round competition, when they each marked 218 points — the high score of the day.

Earnheart won the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity on Badgers Perscription; Foland won the NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes on Shes Twice As Smooth.

Yesterday, Earnheart showed  Badgers Perscription deep in the fourth set.

“She has a lot of cow in her, so you’re never out of position,” said Earnheart of the Reys Dual Badger daughter, who she purchased from the stallion’s owner, Darren Simpkins, just weeks before the Futurity.

Earnheart, who lives in Weatherford, TX, followed her NCHA Futurity win on Badgers Perscription with the Abilene Spectacular reserve championship, and qualified for the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes and Breeders Invitational, as well.

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland

Jennifer Foland’s mount, Shes Twice As Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, was reserve champion of the 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Limited with Tatum Rice, who also showed her as a finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes and qualified her for the NCHA Open Derby Semi-Finals on Friday.

“I just wanted to be quiet (on her) and not take too much out of her for Tatum and I was happy to get that done,” said Foland, who drew second to ride in yesterday’s second set.

“I was very happy to be early. I just knew I had to get up out of (the herd) and cut clean,” added Foland, who drew first to work in the Super Stakes finals.

Shes Twice As Smooth was a surprise Christmas gift to Foland from her husband, Jeff Foland DVM, of Weatherford Equine Center.

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto, whose home is in Sao Paulo Brazil, earned 216.5 points, yesterday’s second highest-score.

Costa Neto was riding High Brow Kwackin, a son of High Brow Cat that he purchased last month from trainer T.J. Good, who showed the gelding as champion of the Breeders Invitational Limited and as a finalist in the open  division (5th), as well.

Costa Neto also shows Arosesuchaclatter in today’s second set. The Smooth As A Cat daughter, who he purchased last fall at the Rock Creek Ranch Dispersal Sale, has earned over $230,000 as a finalist in 12 major events under Costa Neto and Bart Nichols. Nichols also showed the mare as champion of the NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited.