Dave and Georgia Husby met with early success as owners and breeders of cutting horses. It was a trend that never lost momentum, until February 10, 2012, when Dave passed away suddenly, following routine surgery.
On Wednesday, September 26, one day prior to the Brazos Bash, Western Bloodstock will conduct Husby Cutting Horses Complete Dispersal at Silverado on the Brazos, Weatherford, Tex. Every horse and all equipment from the Husby’s Shirrocco South Ranch will be sold, including 3-year-olds paid to date to the NCHA Futurity and in training with Matt Gaines, Clint Allen and Matt Miller.
Show horses will include the 5-year-old red roan stallion Blue One Time, with earnings of $185,029, currently being shown by Clint Allen. Sired by One Time Pepto, an NCHA Futurity champion sire from his first crop, Blue One Time is out of Quintan Blue, a leading earner of $609,139 and dam of the earners of over $360,000.
“We bought this colt because of his pedigree and obviously to stand him,” said Georgia Husby of Blue One Time. “He is so close to $200,000 and only halfway through his five-year-old year. He will be a superior sire, no doubt about that.”
The Husbys were no strangers to NCHA Triple Crown competition. Their colt Hydrive Cat, now owned by and standing at Buffalo Ranch, was reserve champion of the 2006 NCHA Futurity under Clint Allen. The High Brow Cat son, out of Ruby Tuesday DNA, also won the 2007 Pacific Coast Futurity and was a finalist in 13 other major events at four.
“Hydrive Cat was just a few days old when I picked him out,” said Georgia, who also selected Blue One Time to buy out of the Rock Creek Dispersal Sale in 2009.
“Georgia has a better eye for horses than I do,” said Dave in 2008.
Married for 20 years, the Husbys were from British Columbia, where Dave had built Husby Forest Products Ltd and diversified into other businesses, as well. The couple became interested in cutting horses when they purchased a horse farm in British Columbia.
“We had just bought Shirrocco North with a huge arena and no horses,” recalled Georgia. “Soon after, we went to a futurity in Cloverdale and watched Bill Freeman show a wonderful horse, which Dave wanted to buy immediately. His jaw dropped when Bill told him the price, but that didn’t stop us from entering the cutting world.”
Kevin Tienkamp taught the Husbys how to ride a cutting horses; later they hired Les Timmons as their first trainer.
Just Chicynn, a 1991 gelded son of Smart Chic Olena, was one of the Husby’s first cutting horses and a favorite of Dave’s.
“Just Chicynn was an amazing horse,” said Georgia. “He was Canadian open and non-pro champion may times over, But Dave’s favorite that we raised was Royals Magnificat, trained by Clint Allen. The horse was a real character and Dave loved playing games with him. He even had the opportunity to show him once and it was one of the high points in his career.”
Royal Magnificat, a 2005 gelding sired by High Brow Cat, is the lifetime earner of $185,000.
Royals Magnificat, a 2005 gelding sired by High Brow Cat, earned $184,628 during his career.
One of Georgia’s favorite mounts was Flickacat, the 2004 NCHA Open World Champion under Chubby Turner, who Georgia had shown in Canada and the Northwest. But her favorite among those that they raised was Clearcut Cat, trained by Roger Wagner.
“He was the first one that we raised and a great one, too,” said Georgia of the 2003 gelding, earner of more than $100,000 and a son of High Brow Cat. Clearcut Cat’s full sister, 5-year-old Cat Zahar, earner of $35,000 under Matt Miller, is also part of the dispersal, as is 4-year-old Smart Lookin Hanna, 2012 Bonanza Derby Open Finalist under Matt Gaines.
A complete list of horses, including nine 2-year-olds in training with Gerald Alexander, as well as broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, will soon be available at www.westernbloodstock.com. A partial listing of equipment includes trucks, trailers, a motor home, tractors, shreeders, mowers, panels, feeders, shop tools, arena implements and horse tack and equipment.