Posts Tagged ‘Super_Stakes_2011’

Olenasduallyfeather dusts the competition

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Darren Simpkins on Olenasduallyfeather.

Teamwork — the story in a nutshell of Olenasduallyfeather’s $100,000 championship win in the 2011 XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes yesterday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Shown by Darren Simpkins for her Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals rider, Lisa Hewitt, the Cats Red Feather daughter scored 220.5 points, as the first horse in the second set of the 20-horse Open Finals and gave Simpkins his first NCHA Triple Crown event win.

The score to beat was 217 points, marked by Sticky Spot and Mackie Hursh in the first set, a score that would be duplicated, after Olenasduallyfeather’s run, by SVR Reyl Smart, with Beau Galyean, and Moms Stilish Cat, with Clint Allen — a reserve championship triumverate.

“From the first round to the  second round and then in the semis, she felt really good,” said Simpkins, who was catch-riding Olenasduallyfeather for co-reserve champion Clint Allen.

“After Lisa’s run in the Non-Pro Finals, we just worked her on the flag a little bit.”

Olenasduallyfeather prevailed through eight performances between Friday, April 8 and the Non-Pro and Open Finals on April 16.

Bred by Jon Cates, Weatherford, Texas, Olenasduallyfeather was three and in training with Sean Flynn, when Hewitt first spotted her.

“She was quite green at the time, but you could just see her talent through and through,” said Hewitt, who had come to the States from Australia to learn to show as a non-pro and was working for Flynn.

“She really had an impressive move even then. She goes into a stop and crouches and waits to see what a cow is going to do before she does it.

“She has a big move, but she can control it at the same time, and that’s what I saw the first day.”

Hewitt’s family owns cattle ranches in Australia, where they compete in the demanding sport of camp drafting, which requires that a contestant cut a cow; run it through a course that includes figure eight turns; and finally drive it through a gate, all within 40 seconds.

“I remember the first time I ever showed a cutting horse, Sean asked me when I got done, if I was nervous,” said Hewitt. “I wasn’t at first because when you campdraft you use a snaffle bit with two hands. Then I got in the (cutting) herd and realized that I had to get one of those out with no hands.”

Simpkins, resident trainer for Slate River Ranch, is also from Australia, but met Hewitt for the first time in the States. Clint Allen is a former New Zealander.

Cody Hedlund wins Non-Pro championship

Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Teles Bout This Cat

Cody Hedlund on Teles Bout This Cat.

A “big three” win in Will Rogers Coliseum was something that Cody Hedlund, 21, had dreamed about. He just didn’t expect his 217-point score, first crack out of the herd, to stand up through 19 other competitors in the XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro finals yesterday.

“I just went out there and tried to cut for the biggest check I could,” said Hedlund, who rode Teles Bout This Cat. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, but those cows got tough (as the event progressed) and kind of helped me out.”

Kade Smith, winner of the Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited on Spork, claimed the Super Stakes Non-Pro reserve championship, as well, on his gelded son of Hes A Peptospoonful.

Teles Bout This Cat, by WR This Cats Smart, is a family legacy for Hedlund, whose father, Rock Hedlund, trained the mare and her dam, Teles Lies.

“I was the last one to show her mother before we retired her,” said Cody. “This mare looks so much like her mom when she runs and stops. She’ll just bury her butt in the ground. And she has some of her dad, too, the way she is up into a cow. It’s a good match.”

Hedlund moved from California to Texas three years ago to be closer to major cutting events and has been staying with all-time open and non-pro money earners Phil and Mary Ann Rapp in Weatherford, Texas.

“Phil and Mary Ann are like my second parents,” said Hedlund. “They do everything they can for me and more. I appreciate their help so much. They’re two very great people.”

Cheers to Stylish Martini with 220.5-point Semis win

Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Roger Wagner

Roger Wagner.

Stylish Martini, who tied NCHA Futurity champion One Time Royalty with the high cumulative Super Stakes go-round score of 436.5 points, ccme back on Firday, to win the Super Stakes Semi-Finals with 220.5 points, under Roger Wagner for Marvine Ranch, Meeker, Colorado.

One Time Royalty, shown by Lloyd Cox for Matthews Cutting Horses, Weatherford, Texas, scored 220 points to tie with Sticky Spot, ridden by Mackie Hursh for Kyle Hooper, Andrews, Texas.

Moms Stilish Cat, with Clint Allen for Jerry and Vickie Durant, Weatherford, Texas, placed fourth with 219 points.

Stylish Martini, bred by Marvine Ranch, is by Docs Stylish Oak (deceased), while One Time Royalty is by freshman sire One Time Pepto.

Sticky Spot’s sire is Spots Hot, whose oldest foals are 5-year-olds of 2011.

“She’s a great little mare — tough and gritty — and she tries all the time,” said Hursh of Sticky Spot, who he showed for her owner and trainer, Kyle Hooper.

Hursh also showed Sticky Spot,out of Bowmans Fancy Mate, as a finalist in the Abilene Spectacualar Futurity.

Armando Costa Neto is Non-Pro Gelding champion

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Armando Costa Neto

Armando Costa Neto on Smooth Dox.

Armando Costa Neto, Weatherford, Texas, scored 219 points on Smooth Dox to win the XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Gelding Finals in Fort Worth last night.

“I thought the second cow was going to be pretty tough and she was,” said Costa Neto, who cut three cows for his winning run, midway through the 16-horse finals.

Costa Neto and Smooth Dox, by Smooth As A Cat, are also finalists in Saturday’s NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals. John Mitchell, resident trainer of Neto’s Weatherford, Texas training facility, is among today’s NCHA Super Stakes Open Semi-Finalists aboard Smooth Dox.

“John (Mitchell) trains the horse very well,” said Costa Neto. “I’ve been showing him everywhere and John has been showing him, too.”

Smooth Dox has earned over $50,000 under Costa Neto, Mitchell, and Geoffrey Sheehan, who showed him as a limited finalist in the 2010 NCHA Futurity.

Costa Neto, 19, is a native of Brazil. His father’s owns an arena that hosts prestigious Brazilian equine events, including cutting. Neto-owned Arosesuchaclatter, a 5-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter, has earned over $250,000.

He is the second foreign-born competitor to win a championship at this year’s Super Stakes. Constance Jaeggi of Switzerland took the Non-Pro Super Stakes Classic on Dual R Smokin earlier in the show.

225-point win for Dufurrena

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Brandon Dufurrena

Brandon Dufurrena on Miss Ella Rey.

Brandon Dufurrena, Gainnesville, Texas, earned his first championship in Fort Worth with 225 points aboard Miss Ella Rey, in Thursday’s Matthews Cutting Horses Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited at the XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes.

Steven Feiner, Los Angeles, California, was reserve champion with 222 points on Rascal Cats, by High Brow Cat.

“It doesn’t always work out like this, but this time it did,” said Dufurrena, 25, who came cutting next-to-last in the 27-horse finals and found three game cows

“That was my biggest score ever,” said Dufurrena, except that I tied in the (NCHA) Derby Semi-Finals with 225 points on Miss Ella Rey.

“She does it all — she has everything that we want in a horse. We can say that we trained that into her, but a lot of that is her – just the way she is.”

Six-year-old Miss Ella Rey was bred by the LKC Ranch and trained by Ed Duffurena, Brandon’s father. Shown both by Ed and Brandon in open and non-pro competition, Miss Ella Rey has earned over $130,000. She is by Dual Rey out of Huggs Olena. Her latest win will take her over the $140,000 mark.

Brandon collected the first check on the mare in the 2008 Oklahoma Early Bird Futurity. Since then, she has been a finalist in 21 limited age events.

Robert Thigpen Jr. won the Senior title on Cowtowns Cat, a son of High Brow Cat

435 earns Earnheart Non-Pro high cumulative

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Kelle Earnheart

Kelle Earnheart and Cancan Reyvolution.

Kelle Earnheart thinks Cancan Reyvolution is “one of the better horses I’ve ever ridden.”

That’s high praise from a former NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and Derby champion.

Yesterday, in the second go-round of the XTO Energy NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes competition, Earnheart added 216 points to her first round mark of 219 points to claim the high cumulative go-round score.

Cancan Reyvolution, by Dual Rey, was trained by Clint Allen. Earnheart placed third with the gelding in the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, then claimed non-pro championships of the Tunica Futurity and the Bonanza.

Allen showed Cancan Reyvolution to place third in the NCHA Super Stakes Open Gelding Finals ,earlier this week.

Hope Mitchell shared yesterday’s high score of 218 points with Roger Turner and also placed second in cumulative standings with 434 points aboard Shes Playin Cricket.

“She’s been our little golden egg from Day One,” said Mitchell of the homebred daughter of Teles Again, an Australian-based stallion owned by Hope and her husband, trainer John Mitchell.

“She’s had some bad luck, but she’s been such a good horse. She’s waiting for her turn.”

The Mitchells bred Shes Playin Cricket out of Shes Playin Red, a daughter of Acres Of Red, the stallion shown by Hope in nine major finals.

Roger Turner

Roger Turner.

Roger Turner made the most of his next-to-last draw in the yesterday’s fourth set, with a 218-point score on CD Frosted Lights, by CD Lights.

“I’d rather be last here than first,” said Turner, who had scored 209 points in the first go-round. “We’ve always been just a half-point or a point off, but she’s a fantastic mare.”

CD Frosted Lights was trained by David Stewart, who showed her as a semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity and a finalist at the Abilene Spectacular.

Jennifer Foland earned 432.5 points, the third-highest cumulative, on homebred Cat Nasty, a three-quarter brother to Hissy Cat, the earner of more than $300,000, who Foland rode to win the 2008 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur championship.

“He’s been one of my favorites since he was a baby,” said Foland of the Cat T Masterson son. “I like that he’s a cow horse and he tried to do his job. He’s been one of my kid’s favorites, too.

Cat Nasty was shown by his Tatum Rice as a finalist in the 2011 Bonanza Futurity and the Bonanza Gelding Open.

Co-champ geldings Mate So Smooth and Sir Stylish Lizzy

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Michael Cooper and Paul Hansma

Michael Cooper and Paul Hansma.

Mate So Smooth, with Paul Hansma, and Sir Stylish Lizzy, under Michael Cooper, posted back-to-back scores of 220 points to become co-champions of the XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes Open Gelding division Tuesday.

The $8,441 payout was the first money earned by Mate So Smooth, a Smooth As A Cat son owned by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Texas.

“He’s a good little horse; we’ve just had some tough luck with him,” said Hansma, who acquired Mate So Smooth last spring, when Jason Clark, who had trained him for Blanton to that point, became resident trainer for the McDavid Family.

“He tries hard and he’s a neat moving horse,” added Hansma. “I’ve been lucky with geldings the last few years.”

Hansma, the #3 all-time leading NCHA money earner with over $5 million, has trained and shown some of the sport’s top geldings in the past decade, including Sister CD, with $820,574; Rockin By Choice, with $313,077; Al Poocino, with $254,763; and Patrick La Dual, with $237,976.

Sister CD (2006) and Rockin By Choice (2005) were Super Stakes Gelding champions under Hansma, as well as Starring CD (2001) and KG Dual Smart (1998).

Mate So Smooth is a full brother to Arosesuchaclatter, earner of $245,000, ridden by Bart Nichols, as limited champion and also as a finalist in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes.

Sir Stylish Lizzy, shown Michael Cooper for Darol Rodrock, Bucyrus Kansas, made his debut as an open horse in February, at the Tunica Futurity, Cooper’s first show back following reconstructive knee surgery that kept him out of competition from November through January.

“He’s a good horse, but not many people know him,” said Cooper of the Lizzys Gotta Player son.

Sir Stylish Lizzy didn’t make the Tunica Futurity Finals, but ARC Moonstruckplease, ridden by Cooper for George Ward, was reserve champion.

Cooper also showed ARC Moonstruckplease in the Super Stakes Gelding Finals for a payout of $1,223.

Wiley Cat, shown as a 2010 NCHA Futurity finalist and reserve champion of the 2011 Abilene Spectacular, was also trained by Cooper, but shown by Dirk Blakesly, as catch-rider.

“I hate it for Michael, but I’m sure glad he let me ride this horse,” said Blakesley, referring to Cooper’s layoff following his surgery.

Spookystimetoshine, another 2010 NCHA Futurity finalist trained by Cooper, was shown by Steve Oehlhof.

“Michael trained him all year,” said Oehlhof, “and when he asked me if I’d be interested in riding him, I said absolutely.”

Cooper has been resident trainer for Rodrock for the past two years. But recently, Rodrock was instructed by doctors to give up riding and he is in the process of reducing his stable. Cooper will continue to operate out of Rodrock’s facility for now, but will also accept outside horses for training.