Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Underway

Jarma and Cooper tie for Non-Pro title
Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., on  Metallic Bonus, and Lance Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., aboard Wiskeemakesmefriskee, tied with 222 points on Friday, February 28, to each earn $11,683, as co-champions of the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity. Ty Moore, Madill, Okla., scored 219 points for the third-place payout of $7,807, riding Tweezin My Brow.
Julie Jarma the NCHA earner of $590,414, won last year’s Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic on Blackish LTE $180,399, by Hottish, as well as the West Texas Classic, and the reserve championship of the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic on Hott Heels, by Hottish. Metallic Bonus LTE $16,061, by Metallic Cat, is the first NCHA money earner out of the Dual Rey daughter Reys My Way LTE $10,827.

Lance Cooper, the NCHA earner of $247,524, won the 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Futurity on Zen And Tonic LTE $133,638, after he and the High Brow CD daughter had won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro. Cooper and Wiskeemakesmefriskee LTE $28,067, by Smooth As A Cat, also won this year’s Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro.
Wiskeemakesmefriskee, out of Justa Lil Freck LTE $113,253, by Bobs Freckle, is a half-brother to Wendels Little Missy LTE $158,117, by High Brow CD.
Ty Moore, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,165,589, won the 2012 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Non-Pro on Mrs Bay Cat LTE $78,908, by High Brow Cat. Last year, in addition to championship wins in the Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro and the Brazos Bash Non-Pro aboard Scantly Clad LT $113,634, by Metallic Cat, Cooper also showed Tweezin My Brow to win 3-Year-Old Non-Pro championships in the PCCHA Futurity and the West Texas Futurity.
Tweezin My Brow LTE $51,784, by High Brow Cat, is a full sister, out of Miss Stylish Pepto LTE $216,005, to Cat Atat Cat LTE $242,665 and Miss Stylish Katz LTE $101,748. In addition to her 2020 Arbuckle earnings under Moore, Tweezin My Brow placed seventh in the Open Finals with Lloyd Cox, and was third in the 2019 PCCHA Open Futurity with Cox, as well.
John Johnson scores 228-point championship win in Arbuckle 5/6 Non-Pro
Riding Miss Masterson, by Cat T Masterson, John Johnson, Ardmore, Okla., put six points between himself and his closest competition on Friday, in the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Non-Pro Finals. Kelsey Johnson and Jessica Gonslaves, riding Smart Cat Rey RG and Mean Bean, respectively, tied with 222 points to split second and third.
Johnson, the NCHA earner of $142,166, and 6-year-old Miss Masterson LTE $109,450 have been solid competitors since 2017, when they placed seventh in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited. In 2018, they placed eighth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited, and in 2019 the claimed the Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited reserve championship. NCHA Hall of Fame rider James Payne has also shown Miss Masterson successfully for Johnson in Open limited age events. Payne also showed the mare’s half-sister Peptotoodie LTE $169,652, by Peptotime.
Kelsey Johnson, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $713,345, showed Smart Cat Rey RG to win the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, after the pair’s debut together, as fifth-placed Non-Pro finalists in the2018 NCHA Futurity. They were also finalists in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro, and Clay Johnson, the mare’s trainer and Kelsey’s husband, has shown Smart Cat Rey RG successfully, as well.
Sired by Dual Smart Rey, 5-year-old Smart Cat Rey RG LTE $81,948, is a half-sister to Ironn Butterfly LTE $112,368, by Just Playin Stylish, as well as to Once Mor LTE $70,893, who Clay Johnson showed as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist, as well as a 2020 Abilene and Arbuckle Open Finalist. Kelsey also showed Once Mor, by Once In A Blu Boon, to place fourth in the 2020 Bonanza Non-Pro Finals.
Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., the NCHA earner of $304,355, claimed her first major title as Non-Pro champion of the 1996 PCCHA Cutting Stakes, riding Starlight Jewel, by Grays Starlight. In 2012, Gonsalves claimed the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Poundcake Deluxe, by Cats Quixote Jack.
Mean Bean LTE $17,509, by Dual Rey, was trained and shown as an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist by Jessica’s husband, NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Gary Gonsalves. The 5-year-old gelding is a full brother, out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, to Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376, shown by Gary Gonsalves to win the 2015 NCHA Derby, among seven major limited event wins.

Blu Laney Bird and Woods win Arbuckle 4-Year-Old Open Limited
Thursday belonged to Blue Laney Bird and Guy Woods at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in Ardmore, where they scored 221.5 points to win the 4-Year-Old Open Limited Finals. Paradox Blue Rey and Nick O’Dell claimed reserve with 221, while Ahhh Honey Honey and Clay Johnson placed third with 217.5. Heavy Metal Faith and Tiger Onagoldleash tied for fourth with 217 points under Tommy Marvin and Craig Thompson.

Blu Laney Bird, bred and owned by EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., is by Once In A Blu Boon out of Catalaney LTE $11,126, a full sister to Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, sire of the earners of over $6 million. Laney Doc, the dam of Cat Ichi and Catalaney, is a leading producer of earners of more than $1.4 million, including seven who have each earned more than $100,000.
Guy Woods and Blu Laney Bird came to the Arbuckle Futurity following a fourth-place finish in the Ike Hamilton Futurity Limited Open. Woods, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $2,710,059 million, who showed Cat Ichi, as well as five more of Laney Doc’s $100,000 earners, has also won 16 NCHA Eastern National championships riding EE Ranches-bred horses.
Once In A Blu Boon gelding Paradox Blue Rey, bred and owned by Mike and Sue Christensen, Walton, Neb., came into the Arbuckle Futurity with $32,150, most of which was earned in the NCHA Futurity, where he carried Mike Christensen to fourth place in the Amateur Unlimited Finals and collected the first-place payout in the Amateur Unlimited Senior and Amateur Unlimited Gelding divisions. He also placed in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited with O’Dell and was an Amateur Semi-Finalist with Christensen. Paradox Blue Rey, out of Thimblerey LTE $47,757, is a half-brother to Paradox Cat LTE $209,298, also bred by the Christensens.
Nick O’Dell, Fort Scott, Kan., winner of the 2011 Nebraska Futurity and reserve champion of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Classic  Open Limited on Sheez All That LTE $100,539, by Cat Ichi, is the NCHA earner of $812,197.

Galyean and Desiresometallic dominate 5/6 Open Limited Finals
Jody Galyean and Desiresometallic scored a definitive win with 223 points on Tuesday, in the 12-horse Arbuckle Mountain 5/6-Year-Old Limited Open. It was the first win of the year for the pair, although earlier this month, Galyean had won the Bonanza Open Intermediate on Lil Miss Jackson and placed fourth in the Open Limited on Desiresometallic.
Clay Johnson showed  Ima Rey Kat, owned by William and Billie Aylesworth, Lipan, Tex., to earn 218.5 points and the reserve championship; while Teryn Muench and Reyvenge, owned by Gale Knickelbein, Pilot Point, Tex., placed third with 218 points.

February 26, 2020 - Sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Atwood Quarter Horses Inc., Houston, Tex., 6-year-old Desiresometallic LTE $173,607 collected three wins last year, with Beau Galyean in the Southern Futurity 5/6 Open, and with Rodrigo Taboga in the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Open Intermediate and the Brazos Bash 5/6 Open Limited. She earned her second-biggest payout, however, as a 4-year-old finalist under Jody Galyean, in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open; Beau would show her later that summer to place in the NCHA Derby.
Jody Galyean, the NCHA Open Hall of Fame earner of $4.2 million, collected his first major payout in 1985, when he showed Smokin Leo Lady to place fifth in the NCHA Open Futurity. The next year he won the NCHA Futurity riding Royal Silver King LTE $164,065. Last year, Galyean was an NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist on LBR Chic, and placed third in the NCHA Derby aboard Exs N Ohhs LTE $109,368.
Sired by Kit Kat Sugar and bred by Billie Aylesworth, 6-year-old Ima Rey Cat LTE $40,976 has been shown almost exclusively in amateur and non-pro events, with the exception of the 2019 Waco Futurity 5/6 Open, where he was a finalist with Clay Johnson.
Clay Johnson, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider with earnings of $1,170,809, and winner of the 2013 NCHA Futurity with Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251, as well as the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes under KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164, has been a 2020 finalist in the Bonanza with Lil Metallic Ace and at Abilene under Smart Cat Rey RG and with Once Mor LTE $68,847, who he showed as a finalist in the 2019 NCHA Futurity.
Five-year-old Reyvenge LTE $13,264, by Reys Dual Badger, won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Open Limited with Muench, and placed third and sixth, respectively, in the Non-Pro Open Limited and the Cotton Stakes Open Limited. Teryn Muench is the NCHA earner of $113,767.

The first two days of the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, Sunday and Monday, February 23 and 24 in Ardmore, Okla., set the stage for Tuesday’s 4-Year-Old Open second go-round and 5/6 Open Limited Finals.

February 25, 2020 - On Sunday, 75 horses, with scores of 215.5 or more from 123 entries in the first go-round of the 4-Year-Old Open, qualified for the second go-round. Bohemian Rhapsody, shown by Michael Cooper, for Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., topped the day with 225 points, followed closely by Kinky Bootz with 224.5 under Austin Shepard, for Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif.
Justa Girl Named Sue, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Ellen Carter, Dallas, Tex., and Niki Sixx, with Tarin Rice for Sixy Syndicate, Poolville, Tex., tied with 222, the third-highest score.
Justa Girl Named Sue LTE $20,440, by Metallic Cat, is the richest of the four high-scoring horses, with money earned as a 2020 Open finalist under Taboga in the Abilene Spectacular, the Ike Hamilton Futurity, and the Bonanza. The red roan daughter of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, by Hottish, also placed tenth in the 2019 PCCHA Open Futurity with Beau Galyean.
Kinky Bootz LTE $13,506, by Dual Rey, comes into the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity as champion of the 2020 Augusta Open Futurity under Shepard. Niki Six LTE $13,761, by Metallic Cat, earned 2020 payouts with Rice, prior to Ardmore, in the Abilene Spectacular and the Bonanza, while Bohemian Rhapsody LTE $8,657, by Metallic Cat, claimed all of his earnings as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist under Cooper.
The 5/6 Open go-round, which leads directly to the Finals, was topped with 226 points in a tie between CR Dualin Out Tuff, ridden by Austin Shepard for Julie Beasley, Montgomery, Ala., and Ms Baby Cakes, with Lloyd Cox for Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC. Five-year-old Ms Baby Cakes LTE $122,82, by Metallic Cat, was reserve champion of the 2020 Abilene Spectacular under Cox; 5-year-old CR Dualin Out Tuff LTE $82,073, by Woody Be Tuff, was a 2020 finalist with Shepard in the Augusta Futurity.
The 4-Year-Old Open second go-round of the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity begins on Tuesday morning, February 25, and is followed by the 5/6 Open Limited Open Finals. The 5/6 Open Finals will be held on Wednesday morning, followed by the 4-Year-Old Open Finals.

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By NCHA Press Release