2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular Daily Update

Cassie Cerny wins NCHA Derby Limited Non Pro
Cassie Cerny, Brazoria, Tex., scored 222 points on Rose E, to claim her second 2020 championship win on the Thomas E Hughes daughter, in the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited Finals. Colette Lesh, Stillwater, Okla., was reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Non-Pro Ltd. with 217.5 points on Stevia, by Kit Kat Sugar, while Cash Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., riding CR Tuff Low Brow, by Woody Be Tuff, placed third with 216.5 points.

July, 29 - Cassie Cerny, a Senior Youth competitor and earner of $18,403, showed Rose E LTE $11,669 to place in the 2020 Non-Pro and Non-Pro Intermediate Finals of The Non-Pro Plus at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Her father, Clay Cerny, who trained Rose E, was Open Intermediate reserve champion and placed third in the Open Limited at the same show.


Colette Lesh, the NCHA earner of $12,903, purchased Stevia this past March from Chelsea and Cass Tatum, Overbrook, Kan. Cass Tatum, showed Stevia as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and Open Limited Finalist, and Chelsea Tatum also showed the mare to win the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Non-Pro Limited. Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Forth Worth, Tex., Stevia LTE $27,215, is out of a full sister to Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, the dam of seven NCHA earners of $964,656.


Cash Ashlock, an NCHA Junior Youth competitor and the earner of $10,712, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist riding Reys Of Hope, by Smooth As a Cat. He also placed fifth in the 2020 NCHA Junior Youth World Finals with Amafoxy Cat $50,763, by Cats Red Feather.
CR Tuff Low Brow, bred by Center Ranch, has been shown by Lindy Ashlock, Cash’s mother, to earn $21,922 this year, including as Non-Pro reserve champion of the The Non-Pro Plus, and to place third in the Abilene Spectacular.

Ali Good leads Derby Non-Pro field
July, 28 - Riding Angel N Disguise 016, by Kit Kat Sugar, Ali Good of Ringling, Okla., scored 221 points to top the first go-round of NCHA Derby Non-Pro competition at the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular Monday in Fort Worth. Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., claimed the second-highest score of 220 points riding Coureygous, by Dual Rey, while Brad Wilson, Lone Grove, Okla., and Lance Cooper, tied with 219 points, showing Sumkinda Kitkat, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Wiskeemakemefriske, by Smooth As A Cat, respectively.

It took a score of 214 points or more to advance to the second go-round, where 53 riders will vie for a slot in the Non-Pro Finals on Wednesday, July 29. Cassie Cerny, Brazoria, Tex., with 218.5 points on Rose E, by Thomas E Hughes, topped the Non-Pro Intermediate field of 14 riders, who qualified for Wednesday’s Intermediate Finals.


Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee Ali Good, with lifetime NCHA earnings of $395,625, won last year’s NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited on Sabrina Boon LTE $72,607, by Boon A Little, and the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Limited with Sneakish LTE $74,041, by Hottish.
Angel N Disguise 016 LTE $21,173 placed seventh in the NCHA Derby Open Finals under Chris Hanson eight days ago, and was second in the Derby Novice division, as well. The Kit Kat Sugar daughter was bred by Rusty Simpson, out of 2013 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251.
Kristen Galyean, the Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $840,721, showed Coureygous LTE $106,836, to win last year’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship. The Dual Rey daughter is out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, a leading producer of earners of more than $1.4 million.
Gaylean, who won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro championship in 2010 riding Harley LTE $203,574, by Spots Hot, also won the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro on ZR One LTE $75,178, by Petoboonsmal. So far this year, Galyean and Coureygous have won the Bonanza Non-Pro championship and placed third in The Non-Pro Plus Open at Ardmore. Wes Galyean has shown Coureygous as an Open finalist in three 2020 events, as well.

Quirk leads Non-Pro field
July, 27 - Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana, put together scores of 222 and 219 to lead the qualifiers for the Non-Pro Classic Challenge at the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular in Fort Worth on Sunday.

Her 441 on Catillac Reys put her in front of Langston Pattillo with 439 on Miss Lacey, followed by Chad Bushaw (Bittersweet), Kylie Rice (Crey Zee) and Missy Jean Etheridge (Metallic Royal Mate), all at 437.5.


Quirk, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2017, won the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro Classic last year with Catillac Reys. The Metallic Cat gelding was bred by Michelle Cannon out of Tootsie Rey. Catillac Reys has earned more than $220,000 including Open reserve champions with Adan Banuelos in the 2018 NCHA Derby, and in the NCHA Classic Challenge at this show.
Twenty-two horses marked 434 or better to advance to Wednesday’s Non-Pro Classic Challenge finals.
Langston Pattillo of St. Elmo, Illinois, is an NCHA earner of $419,000. He is heading to the finals with a 439 on Miss Lacey, a six-year-old mare by Kit Kat Sugar out of Smart Gemolena that he rode to win the Unlimited Amateur at the Bonanza earlier this year.
Pattillo is also advancing on Shesa Tuff Teaspoon (436), a Woody Be Tuff mare he rode for the reserve championship in last year’s NCHA Derby. He also showed her in the Amateur Classic Challenge finals last week.

Prime time for Michelle Reichart in 5/6 Int. Amateur Finals
July, 26 - Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind., and Sweet Lil Prime Time have enjoyed a rewarding two weeks during the 2020 Summer Spectacular. Paul Hansma showed the 5-year-old Sweet Lil Pepto gelding to place eighth in the Classic Challenge Open Finals and Reichart scored 221 points on him in the Amateur first go-round, then tied for third in the Amateur Finals. But the best was yet to come.

Reichart and Sweet Lil Prime Time scored 221 points to win the NCHA Metallic Cat 5/6 Amateur Intermediate championship, the last of three finals held on Saturday, July 25. Vick Etheridge, Corinth, Miss., claimed reserve with 219 aboard Metallic Royal Mate, by Metallic Cat, while Andrea Sutten, Weatherford, Tex., placed third with 218 points on Wicked Metal, by Metallic Cat.
In addition to her winner’s share of $5,967 from the 5/6 Intermediate Amateur purse, Reichart, the NCHA earner of $179,246, earned first-place money in the Gelding division for a grand total of $8,907.
Reichart also showed 4-year-old R Maximillion Kat, by High Brow Cat, to place fifth in the NCHA Derby Amateur, where they won the Gelding division, claimed second in the Novice division, and placed eleventh in the Derby Amateur Intermediate, as well.


Vick Etheridge, the NCHA earner of $235,186, enjoyed his first success in Will Rogers Coliseum, as an Amateur Unlimited finalist and Amateur Semi-Finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity on Chexs For Shoes LTE $39,251, by Im Countin Checks. But 2020 has been a banner year for Etheridge and 6-year-old Metallic Royal Mate LTE $119,724, by Metallic Cat. The NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Intermediate Amateur counts as the second reserve championship this year for Etheridge and his stallion. They also claimed reserve in the Arbuckle Mountain Intermediate Amateur, and placed third in the Amateur at the Non-Pro Plus Open in Ardmore.
Rodrigo Taboga, who shows Metallic Royal Mate for Etheridge in limited age Open competition, was reserve champion with him last week in the Classic Challenge Open Intermediate and placed ninth in the Open Finals.
Andrea Sutten, the NCHA earner of $176,230, placed third in the 2011 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur on Money Talks Mate LTE $44,797, by Meradas Money Talks. But since 2018, when she was third with the then 4-year-old Wicked Metal, Sutten and the red roan Metallic Cat gelding have become leading contenders, with a win in the 2020 Ike Hamilton 5/6 Amateur, and reserve championships in the 2019 and 2020 Cattlemen’s 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, and the Bonanza Amateur Unlimited, as well as wins in Gelding divisions of the events.

Big payday for Austria Arnold in 5/6 Amateur Finals
Austria Arnold, Terrell, Tex. scored 220 points showing Cat About Houston to win the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Finals and the 5/6 Amateur Gelding championship, on Saturday, July 25. Troy Stewart, May, Tex., scored 219.5 on Little Puma to claim the reserve championship, while Jacob Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex., and Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind., tied for third with 218 points riding V Eight Looks Hot and Sweet Lil Prime Time, respectively.


In addition, to her NCHA winner’s share of the purses ($8,224 and $3,450), Arnold was also awarded the $15,000 Metallic Cat Incentive, as the owner of the highest-scoring Metallic Cat entry, and $12,500 from the Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA), as the owner of the highest-scoring Texas-bred horse. Altogether, Austria Arnold, the NCHA lifetime earner of $132,875, claimed $39,177 for her win.
Arnold placed ninth in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur on Bet Sheza Kat, but Saturday’s win on Cat About Houston was her first limited age event win in Will Rogers Coliseum. So far this year, Arnold and 6-year-old Cat About Houston, by Metallic Cat, her most consistent money earner, have won the Cattlemen’s Amateur Unlimited; claimed reserve in The Non-Pro Plus Open Amateur Intermediate, the Bonanza Amateur, and the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Intermediate; and earned the Gelding champion’s purse in five events.
Cat About Houston, bred by Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., is a three-quarter brother to Bet On A Cat LTE $414,798, out of Bet On Houston LTE $42,089, the dam of 11 earners of over $900,000 and half-sister to NCHA Open World champion Bet Hesa Cat LTE $267,465, among over $1.2 million earners out of NCHA Open World champion Bet Yer Blue Boons LTE $332,960.

Troy Stewart, the NCHA earner of $217,684, bred his horse Little Puma LTE $23,294, by Sweet Lil Pepto, out of the High Brow Cat daughter Lil Puma LTE $54,403, who he showed to place fourth in the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Amateur. Last year, Stewart and Little Puma placed sixth in the NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Amateur, as well as tenth in the Brazos Bash 5/6 Amateur.
In addition to his reserve championship purse of $5,581, Stewart also earned $3,581 as winner of the Senior division, and $7,500 from the TQHA.
Michelle Reichart and 5-year-old Sweet Lil Prime Time LTE $73,625 have enjoyed a rewarding two weeks during the Summer Spectacular. Paul Hansma showed the Sweet Lil Pepto gelding to place eighth in the Classic Challenge Open and Reichart scored 220.5 points with him in the Amateur first go-round. In addition, Reichart and Sweet Lil Prime Time tied with 218 points, the second-highest score leading to the Classic Challenge Intermediate Finals.
Reichart, the NCHA earner of $179,246, also showed 4-year-old R Maximillion Kat, by High Brow Cat, to place fifth in the NCHA Derby Amateur, where they won the Gelding division and claimed second in the Novice, and placed eleventh in the Derby Amateur Intermediate, as well.
Jacob Taurel, the NCHA earner of $227,910, is no stranger to Will Rogers Coliseum. He placed fifth in  the 2014 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited on Shesa Scoot, and was reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6 Classic Amateur Unlimited on Little Jewels Olena. During the 2020 Summer Spectacular, in addition to V Eight Looks Hot LTE $39,875, by Hottish, he also showed Bet On Banner LTE $16,512, by Bet Hesa Cat, to place seventh in the NCHA Derby Amateur and fourteenth in the Amateur Intermediate.

Rachel Patton wins NCHA Derby Ltd. Amateur championship
Rachel Patton, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 216 points to become 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Derby Ltd. Amateur champion, riding Cinca Metallic, by Metallic Cat. Jim See, New Braunfels, Tex., on Smart Stella Rey, by Dual Smart Rey;  Aaron Cook, Alvarado, Tex., on Kit Kat Stix, by Kit Kat Sugar; and Ezequiel Bustamante, Valley View, Tex., on Reina Smart, by Sigala Rey, all tied for reserve with scores of 215 points.
Her winning ride in the NCHA Derby Ltd. Amateur was just Rachel Patton’s third time to ever show. She had shown Metallic Curveball, Cinca Metallic’s full brother, and Summer Shandy LTE $79,929, by Metallic Cat, as a finalist in the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Limited Finals earlier in the week, and she was confident in her horses and her help, including Jesse Lennox, who had trained Cinca Metallic LTE $28,250 and Metallic Curveball LTE $173,169, as well as Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, their half-sister by Spots Hot. The three siblings are out of Dual Rey daughter Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, a full sister to to Lil Rattler LTE $338,873 and Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, among 22 money earners of $1.5 million out of 2005 NCHA Futurity champion and leading producer Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690.
Jim See, the NCHA earner of $16,227, had previously been a 2010 NCHA Derby Amateur finalist riding Mecoms Gloacre, by Mecom Blue, and a 2015 PCCHA Derby Amateur finalist on Smooth D Rey, by Smooth As A Cat. His 2020 NCHA Derby mount, Smart Stella Rey LTE $23,929, by Dual Smart Rey, had been shown in limited-age Non-Pro competition, including as an NCHA Futurity finalist, by Ali Good, who sold her to Jim See in June.
Ezequiel Bustamante, the NCHA earner of $13,370, won the 2019 West Texas Futurity Amateur Limited on Wheely Smooth LTE $14,040, by Smooth As A Cat, and the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Limited with his Sigala Rey daughter Reina Smart, who also carried him as an NCHA Derby Amateur Intermediate finalist, and as reserve champion in the Cattlemen’s Amateur Limited.
Aaron Cook, the NCHA earner of $24,129, has won money as an Amateur finalist in seven events, including the 2015 NCHA Derby on Metallic Bourbon LTE $16,594, by Metallic Cat, and the 2018 Breeders Invitational Classic on Mystic Candle LTE $12,854, by Metallic Cat. His 2020 NCHA Derby mount Kit Kat Stix, by Kit Kat Sugar, is a full brother to NRCHA champion Scooter Kat LTE $223,947, out of Scooters Daisy Dukes, by Dual Smart Rey.

Rocking P Ranch Sale
Rebelin Hot, a yearling by Metallic Rebel out of Cinca Im Hot brought the top price of $60,000 at the Rocking P Production Sale Friday.


The first annual Rocking P Ranch Production Sale on Friday, July 24, the first day of Western Bloodstock’s 2020 Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale, recognized winning bids from as far North as Canada, as far West as California and Wyoming, as far East as North Carolina, and as far South as Miami, Florida. Many buyers were on-site at Will Rogers Memorial Center, during the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, but others placed their winning bids off-site, remotely, thanks to a new feature offered by Western Bloodstock.
The high seller, at $60,000, was the yearling filly Rebelin Hot, by 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, out of Cinca Im Hot LTE $265,169, by Spots Hot. Rebelin Hot was purchased by Beau Galyean, who showed Metallic Rebel, as well 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Cat LTE $574,494, the all-time leading, living sire of earners of over $34 million. In addition, Rebelin Hot represents the power of Rocking P breeding, as the paternal granddaughter of Metallic Cat and the maternal granddaughter of Spots Hot, both of whom are owned by Rocking P Ranch.
Get Outta The Rey, by Dual Smart Rey, purchased by Colette Lesh, Stillwater, Okla., was the sale’s high selling stallion at $53,000. Sold in training with Jesse Lennox, 3-year-old Get Outta The Rey is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Ms Peppy Cat LTE $271,091, a two-time NCHA Open World Champion.
Pattie Rocks, the sale’s high-selling broodmare, went for $30,000 to Jim Good, Alvarado, Tex. The 7-year-old daughter of Rockin W, she is half-sister, out of Stylish Baby Doll LTE $193,587, to earners of over $600,000, including Boon San Baby LTE $244,049, by Boon San, and Fortune Bend LTE $173,302, by One Time Pepto. Pattie Rocks sold with a foal at her side and bred back to Spots Hot LTE $527,682, and with an embryo transfer by Metallic Cat LTE $637,711.
The Western Bloodstock 2020 Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale continued on Saturday, July 25, with results to follow here.

Don Bell captures Amateur Intermediate Derby with Cat Killer
July 25 - Cat Killer, sired by Dual Smart Rey and bred by Don and Joetta Bell, Millsap, Tex., carried Don Bell to a 221-point win, in the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Amateur Intermediate Derby. Debra Mullins, Lancaster, Tex., riding Greater Expectations, by Third Cutting, and Natalie Rector, Rogersville, Mo., on Smart Delight CD, by High Brow CD, tied with 216 points for the reserve championship. Mike Townsend, Edmond, Okla., reserve champion of the Derby Amateur, earned 214.5 points, third-highest score in the 21-rider Intermediate Amateur Finals on Movin Too Suen, by Boon Too Suen.

Don Bell and Cat Killer won the championship of the 2020 Amateur Intermediate at The Non-Pro Plus Open in Ardmore, and placed third in the Amateur finals, as well. The Dual Smart Rey gelding also carried Bell to place fifth this past week in the NCHA Amateur Derby.
Bell, the NCHA earner of $106,987, won the 2012 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Limited on the High Brow Cat son Thundercat LTE $302,762, and was champion of the 2011 Cotton Stakes 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity, as well as the West Texas Futurity Non-Pro Limited, riding Rosie Mate LTE $24,819, by Smart Mate.

Cat Killer is out of the Metallic Cat daughter Shesa Metallic Star LTE $69,052, purchased by the Bells at the 2011 NCHA Futurity Yearling Sale, and trained and shown by Wesley Galyean. Cat Killer and 4-year-old Once In A Blu Boon daughter Shesa Metallic Boon, with $5,422 in NRCHA competition, are Shesa Metallic Star’s first money earners. Second dam Amanda Stargun LTE $91,468, by Playgun, has produced 23 earners of $1,140,995, including the High Brow CD daughters Amandas CD LTE $283,571 and Sweet Lil Amanda LTE $266,914.
Debra Mullins, the NCHA earner of $55,446, earned her first major limited age championship showing Looney Lights LTE $33,346, by CD Lights, in the 2016 Amateur Classic 5/6 at The Non-Pro Plus Open. Earlier this year, Mullins showed her Third Cutting-sired gelding, Greater Expectations LTE $16,515, to win the Cattlemen’s Amateur championship and also earned money in four divisions of The Non-Pro Plus Open.
Greater Expectations LTE $16,515, bred by Robert Masterson, Guthrie, Tex., is out of the Mister Dual Pep daughter Miss Biscalena LTE $61,557, the dam of six money earners, including Little Guy Cat $66,737.

Natalie Rector, the NCHA earner of $62,674, was a 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist riding Oscar Meyer Wendel, by High Brow CD. Earlier this spring, Rector placed eighth on Smart Delight CD in the Amateur Unlimited finals of The Non-Pro Plus Open. Bred by Grace Ranch, the High Brow CD gelding is out of Peptos Smart Delight LTE $26,946.
Mike Townsend, the NCHA earner of $108,038, bred Movin Too Suen LTE $15,876 out of the High Brow Cat daughter Catsa Movin LTE $103,046, also dam of Catsa U Later LTE $32,370, winner of the 2020 Abilene Spectacular Amateur Unlimited and a full sister to Movin Too Suen.

Will Bushaw wins Amateur Derby
Will Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 218.5 points on Ava Rey, by Dual Rey, to win the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Amateur Derby on Thursday, July 23. Michael Townsend, Edmond, Okla., scored 218 points on Heavy Metal Faith, by Metallic Cat, for the reserve championship, while Bridget Trenary, Nashville, Tenn., on Sugar Smak, by Kit Kat Sugar, and Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., on Catsa U Later, by Boon Too Suen, tied with 216 points for third in the 26-rider field.

July 24 - Will Bushaw, the NCHA earner of $89,993, was a 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist riding Crown 57 LTE $18,217, by High Brow CD. He was also 2020 NCHA Eastern Nationals Junior Youth reserve champion aboard Smooth Sailing Cat LTE $132,779, by Smooth As A Cat, and placed in the 2020 Junior Youth World Finals on Velvets Revolver LTE $277,351, by WR This Cats Smart.
Ava Rey LTE $8,787, bred by PJ Cutters, Fort Worth, Tex., was shown as a Non-Pro finalist in the NCHA Futurity by Will’s father, Chad Bushaw, who will show the Dual Rey daughter on Monday, July 27, the same day that Will is entered to show Crown 57.
Ava Rey, who earned $8,009 as the NCHA Derby Amateur champion, is a half-sister to The Kwack Shack LTE $57,692, by Spots Hot, who won the 2019 NCHA Derby Open Limited under Pedro Ornelas for Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Tex.
Michael Townsend, the NCHA earner of $108,038, won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur championship and was reserve champion in the Amateur Unlimited on Faith In My Kat LTE $98,441, a three-quarter brother to Heavy Metal Faith.
Heavy Metal Faith LTE $5,968 was shown by Tommy Marvin to place fourth in the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain 4-Year-Old Open Limited. Her dam, Faith In Your Mate, an unshown daughter of Smart Mate, has produced 11 NCHA earners of $755,616, all bred by Lakeside Ranch, Edmond, Okla., including Faith In My Cat LTE $559,706, by High Brow Cat.
In addition to the Amateur Finals winner’s purse of $5,336, Townsend also won the $15,000 Metallic Cat Incentive, and earned $2,138 as the Amateur Novice champion.
Bridget Trenary, the NCHA earner of $116,898, showed Sugar Smak to win the 2020 Non-Pro Intermediate and place third in the Non-Pro Limited at The Non-Pro Plus Open in Ardmore, and placed ninth in the Amateur Finals at Arbuckle Mountain. Trainer Rodrigo Taboga won the NCHA Futurity Open Limited championship and placed twelfth in the Futurity Open on Trenary’s Kit Kat Sugar daughter, as well.
Sugar Smak LTE $60,763 is out of the unshown Smart Mate daughter Mates Pretty Special, also dam of Special Wild Hair LTE $29,563, a 2009 gelding sired by Wild Haired Cat.
Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $419,148, was the 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year and also owner of 2018 Amateur Horse of the Year High Stylin CD LTE $268,416, by High Brow CD. Pattillo showed High Stylin CD to win the 2018 and 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited championship, as well as the 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur, among many other wins.
Last December, Pattillo showed Catsa U Later to place ninth in the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. This year, he and the Boon Too Suen daughter won the Abilene Spectacular Amateur Unlimited and placed ninth in the Non-Pro division, and also placed in the Amateur Finals at Arbuckle Mountain. Catsa U Later LTE $27,244 is out of Catsa Movin LTE $103,046, by High Brow Cat, dam to the earner of $13,152, including Peeks Peps Cat LTE $110,907, by Peeka Pep.

Hauerland wins 5/6 Amateur Limited
July 23 - John Bradley Hauerland, Columbus, Tex., scored 217.5 points riding Metallic Dual Cat, on Wednesday, July 22, to win the NCHA Metallic Cat 5/6  Amateur Limited championship. Astrid Chacon, Weatherford, Tex., showed Safari Smooth Cat to claim the reserve championship with 217 points, while Rachael Lacy, Crested Butte, Colo., placed third with 216 points on Cougars Diesel.

Hauerland, the NCHA earner of $21,929, came to the Summer Spectacular after showing Shes Fire And Ice as the Amateur Limited 5/6 reserve championship and placing eighth in Amateur Intermediate at The Non-Pro Plus Open. Shes Fire And Ice LTE $48,801, is a half-sister, by Spots Hot, to Duramax Dually LTE $229,112, winner of last week’s 2020 NCHA Classic Challenge Open under Wesley Galyean. Hauerland also showed Metallic Dual Cat LTE $22,787 to place seventh and ninth in The Non-Pro 5/6 Amateur Intermediate and Amateur Limited, respectively.
Metallic Dual Cat, by Metallic Cat, also placed fifth, at four, under Clay Cerny, in the Waco Texas Open Futurity. Bred by Whitley Ranch, Brenham, Tex., 6-year-old Metallic Dual Cat is the first NCHA money earner out of Duallys Little Lady LTE $41,513, by Dual Pep.


The Classic Challenge reserve champion’s payout of $1,668 increased Astrid Chacon’s NCHA earnings from $2,974 to $4,642, and represented her first limited age event paycheck. Her horse, 6-year-old Safari Smooth Cat LTE $19,088, by Smooth As A Cat, had carried Isidro Sigala to win the 2018 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited championship and to place in three other major events. Chacon purchased Safari Smooth Cat from the mare’s breeder, Jose Sigala, last summer.
Safari Smooth Cat is a half-sister to Sofie Rey LTE $148,557, the dam of 2020 NCHA Derby Open champion and Open Intermediate reserve champion Sanctus LTE $93,861, bred by Isidro Sigala and shown by Rodrigo Taboga.
Rachael Lacy, the NCHA earner of $3,444, won the 2020 Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Amateur Limited earlier this year on Cougars Diesel LTE $126,018, by High Brow Cougar.
Cougars Diesel has been a consistent limited age event finalist throughout his career, including with Adan Banuelos in Open competition and with Bill Lacy in Non-Pro events. The 6-year-old was bred by Karen Griffin, Bellingham, Wash., out of the Mr Peponita Flo daughter Miss Remanita, dam of eight NCHA earners of $416,852.


Prime time in 5/6 Amateur go-rounds
July 22 - It was prime time for Jerry Durant, Weatherford,Texas, on Tuesday, July 21, when two horses bred by him out of Prime Time Kat LTE $127,428, by High Brow Cat, topped the Classic Challenge Amateur go-round of the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular.


Corrie Rousey, Weatherford, Tex., won the Classic Challenge Amateur round with 221 points riding Dual Prime Time, a 6-year-old gelding sired by Dual Rey out of Prime Time Kat. And Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind., scored 220.5 on the 5-year-old gelding Sweet Lil Prime Time, by Sweet Lil Pepto. In addition, Reichart and Sweet Lil Pepto tied with 218 points, the second-highest score leading to the Classic Challenge Intermediate Finals.
In the Intermediate and Limited Amateur go-rounds, a pair of Kit Kat Sugar daughters carried the winners. Holly Ann Holsey, Lovelady, Tex., won the Classic Challenge Amateur Limited go-round with 220 points on 5-year-old Sugar Railena, by Kit Kat Sugar, while in the Classic Challenge Amateur Intermediate go-round, Sadye Simpson, Nemo, Tex., was the high-scoring rider with 218.5 points aboard 5-year-old Smart Sugar Kitty, by Kit Kat Sugar.
Corrie Rousey, the NCHA earner of $118,123, has shown Dual Prime Time LTE $117,972 to earn over $14,000 in 2020, including as a Non-Pro finalist in the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic and winner of both the Augusta Amateur and Amateur Intermediate 5/6 championships. Tate Bennett also showed Dual Prime Time successfully in 2018 and 2019 Open limited age competition, including as reserve champion of the 2018 Abilene Spectacular.
Holly Holsey, the NCHA earner of $10,149, placed seventh in the 2017 Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur on Smooth Reycelle LTE $18,496, by Smooth As A Cat, and third in the 2018 Western States Derby with Reckelle $18,094, by Metallic Cat. Sugar Railena LTE $50,068, Holsey’s Classic Challenge mount, placed fourth in the 2020 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Intermediate under Brett McGlothlin, who also showed her as reserve champion in both the 2019 West Texas Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Intermediate and Open Limited divisions.
Bred by Greg Smith, Sugar Railena LTE $50,068, is a half-sister to 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Reyish LTE $402,130, out of A Little Reylena LTE $126,058, by Dual Rey. Sadye Simpson, the NCHA earner of $66,375, was Amateur reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Classic Challenge and, in January of this year, showed Smart Sugar Kitty to win both the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amateur Unlimited and Amateur Intermediate championships. In addition, Wes Ashlock showed Smart Sugar Kitty as champion of the 2019 Abilene Spectacular Open, and to place ninth in 2020.
Smart Sugar Kitty LTE $68,692, bred by Rusty Simpson, is out of 2013 NCHA Futurity champion Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251.

DMAC Agent Orange and Mitch Butler claim Derby Open Ltd.
DMAC Agent Orange and Mitch Butler scored 219.5 points on Saturday, July 18, to win the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Limited Derby. How Sweet Rey Is and Daniel Sanchez scored 219 for the reserve championship, while Two Hot and Justin Chalmers placed third with 218 points.

Owned and bred by David McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., DMAC Agent Orange had carried McDavid as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist and Amateur Unlimited semi-finalist. The Smooth As A Cat daughter is out of Shesa Little Dually LTE $55,851, who Stacie McDavid showed as a Non-Pro finalist in three major events. DMAC Agent Orange is a full sister  to 4-year-old DMAC Mr Plumley LTE $17,571, also bred by David McDavid, and shown by Stacie to place sixth in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited.
Mitch Butler, the NCHA earner of $79,359, placed fifth in 2018 NCHA Derby Open Limited on Princess Of Bel Air LTE $36,183, sired by Metallic Cat, bred by the McDavids, and shown successfully by Stacie in Non-Pro and Limited Amateur competition. Butler also placed eighth in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited on DMAC Smooth N Wise, sired by Smooth As A Cat and also bred by the McDavids.


How Sweet Rey Is was bred and is owned by Chris Brengard, Paragould, Ark., who showed the Dual Smart Rey daughter’s dam, Sweet Cat RG LTE $25,523, by High Brow Cat, in Amateur/Unlimited aged event competition. Daniel Sanchez has been a competitive NRCHA and NSHA Open Limited competitor with earnings of over $60,000. Earlier this year he won the NRCHA Derby 4/5 Open Limited and placed third in the Open Intermediate on Reyny Day Nickle, a half-brother to Metallic Cat son Catillac Reys LTE $222,341, reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Open Derby and 2020 NCHA Classic Challenge under Adan Banuelos.
Bred and owned by Jeff and Jennifer Foland, Weatherford, Tex., Two Hot was a 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist with Jennifer Foland. The Spots Hot daughter, out of Shes Twice As Smooth LTE $191,734, by Smooth As A Cat, is a full sister to Fed Exx LTE $77,829, and a half-sister to 5-year-old Dual Rey son Kreyzy Horse LTE $63,368, the NRCHA earner of $63,368, and 2020 reserve champion of the Tres Osos Cow Horse Derby with Kelby Phillips.

Heavy Metal Playgirl and Trent Harrison win 5/6 Open Limited
July 18 - Trent Harrison, showing Heavy Metal Playgirl for Jared Tapp, Hanson, Ky., scored 222 points on Friday, July 17, to win the 2020 NCHA  Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Open Limited and a winner’s check of $4,512. Bear Davis claimed reserve with 220.5 points on My Beach My Wave, owned Whit and Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex.; and Davide Facincani and The Kwack Shack scored 218 points to place third, for owner Anderson Cattle Company, Victoria, Tex.

Trent Harrison, the NCHA earner of $74,878, showed Heavy Metal Playgirl LTE $32,944 as a finalist in last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited, after Tapp purchased her from Janet Trefethen, who had shown her as a finalist in the 2017 NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur finals and to place third in the PCCHA Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited. The 6-year-old Metallic Cat daughter was bred by Glenn Drake, Napa, Calif., out of Playboys Samantha, a Freckles Playboy daughter out of 1975 NCHA Futurity champion Lenaette.


Bear Davis, the NCHA earner of $182,279, was reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur aboard Red Solo Catt LTE $168,845, by Metallic Cat, who he had shown as Unlimited Amateur champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes.

Six-year-old My Beach My Wave LTE $68,417, by Metallic Cat, was shown by Dylan Meyer to win the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited reserve championship. Davis showed the Metallic Cat gelding as a non-pro finalist in the 2020 Ike Hamilton 5/6 Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Classic, and earlier this week, Davis and My Beach My Wave placed seventh in the NCHA Classic Challenge Open Intermediate finals.
Davide Facincani, the NCHA earner of $77,981, was a finalist in the 2020 Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open Classic and won the Open Limited Novice of that event on 5-year-old Cayman Rey, by Dual Rey, also owned by Anderson Cattle Co. Five-year-old The Kwack Shack LTE $57,692, by Spots Hot, was trained by Pedro Ornelas and shown by Bella Anderson as reserve champion of the 2018  NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro and champion of the 2019 PCCHA Derby Non-Pro Intermediate. Ornelas also showed the Spots Hot gelding to win last year’s NCHA Derby Open Limited championship.

 

Metallics MVP and Taboga claim win in the 5/6 Int. Open
July 16 - Metallics MVP LTE $133,892, shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., won the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular 5/6 Open Intermediate finals with 221.5 points on Thurday, July 16. Taboga also claimed reserve with 221 on Metallic Royal Mate, for Belle Terre Ranch, Corinth, Miss., and tied for fourth with 219 on The Dewd, also owned by Belle Terre Ranch. Bradey Davis placed third with 219.5 points riding Rammer Jammer, owned by Bradey Davis Performance Horses, Texarkana, Tex.


This was Metallics MVP’s third Open win in 2020. The 5-year-old Metallic Cat son also won the Abilene Spectacular and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open championships with Beau Galyean. Bred by Cows & Horses Etc, Dallas, Tex., Metallics MVP is out of My Lizzy Babe LTE $163,656, a full sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $413,087, winner of the 2016 NCHA Derby.


Six-year-old Metallic Royal Mate LTE $105,160 and Taboga were also finalists (9-12) in Wednesday’s 5/6 Open Finals. Earlier this year, the 6-year-old Metallic Cat son carried Taboga to win the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open Limited, as well as owner Missy Etheridge, to win the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Non-Pro Intermediate, and Vick Etheridge to place second in the Arbuckle Mountain Amateur Intermediate.

Bred by the JH Nail Ranch, Albany, Tex., Metallic Royal Mate is out of Royal Red Rinpoche, a half-sister to 2000 NCHA Futurity champion Royal Fletch LTE $235,598.
Rammer Jammer LTE $23,715 was reserve champion with Bradey Davis in the 2019 Cotton Stakes Open Limited and also placed third in the Open Intermediate. The 5-year-year old Bamacat daughter is half-sister to One Time At Bandcamp LTE $92,445, out of DCD Every Which Rey LTE $37,983, by Dual Rey.
Rodrigo Taboga, the NCHA earner of $354,260, has been a consistent limited age event Open and Open Limited winner in 2019 and 2020, including the NCHA Futurity Open Limited with Sugar Smak, owned by Bridget Trenary Nashville, Tenn., and the 2020 Cattlemen’s Derby with Sanctus, owned by Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex.
Bradey Davis, the NCHA earner of $328,950 most recently won the 2020 Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Open Limited on Redhead From Denver, who he also rode to win the 2019 Congress 4-Year-Old Open Futurity.

Duramax Dually wins NCHA Classic Challenge
On Wednesday, July 15, Duramax Dually LTE $209,178, reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge, scored 226 points to this time claim the winner’s trophy, in the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Open Classic Challenge.

Bred and owned by Glover/Galyean Partnership, Claremore, Okla., and shown by Wesley Galyean, the Dual Rey-sired stallion came into the NCHA Summer Spectacular following a 230-point win in the 2020 Non-Pro Plus 5/6 Open at Ardmore, Okla. The NCHA Classic Challenge win adds $19,934 to his official NCHA earnings.

Catillac Reys LTE $200,008, reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Derby, scored 225 points for Wednesday’s reserve championship. Shown by Adan Banuelos for Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., the 6-year-old Metallic Cat son earned $17,568 for second-place, plus the  winner’s share as champion gelding. In addition, he received the $40,000 Metallic Cat Incentive winner’s award, and $25,000 from the Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) Incentive. Catillac Reys was bred and foaled in Texas by Michelle Cannon, Waxahacie, Tex.


Reystylin Smooth LTE $207,085 placed third with 224 points, shown also by Adan Banuelos for Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La. The six-year-old Smooth As A Cat gelding was shown earlier this year by owner Todd Quirk for Non-Pro championship wins in the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Year-Old Classic and the Bonanza 5/6 Year-Old Classic.
Five-year-old Summer Time Fun LTE $97,136, co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Metallic Cat Derby, scored 221 points for fourth place under James Payne for owner and breeder Ty Moore, Madill, Okla. The Metallic Cat daughter had been recipient of the 2019 Metallic Cat Incentive, which she split with co-champion Caution Piping Hot.
The NCHA Classic Challenge Open go-round cumulative leader, Badboonarising LTE $289,845, was also shown by Adan Banuelos to place fifth with 220 points in Wednesday’s finals. The 5-year-old  Once In A Blu Boon son is owned by Plantation Farms, Denham, La.

 

Magby and Slaughter take the second round of the Youth World Finals
The race for the youth world champion title continues in Fort Worth as the juniors and seniors battle it out in the dirt.

July 14 - Brody Magby and SS Blacks Lil Kitty marked 224 to lead Round 2 of the NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals on Tuesday. Following his 222 on Monday, he has a solid lead overall with 446 points and is sitting second in the year-end standings.

Lexington Brooke Slaughter and LHR Smooth James Rey posted a 225 to lead the second round of the NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals on Tuesday.

Badboonarising in Fort Worth
July 13 - Badboonarising, shown by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La., scored 221.5 points on Monday, July 13, the first day of NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge second go-round competition, to post the high cumulative score of 443 points. Hott Nu Cowboy, owned by Circle R Cutting Horses, Ocala, Fla., claimed the day’s top score with 226 points under Cullen Chartier and tallied a cumulative of 441, the day’s second-highest. Sweet Lil Prime Time, shown by Paul Hansma for Gary and Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind., marked 223, Monday’s second-highest individual score, as well as a cumulative of 439.5 points.

Sired by Once In A Blu Boon, 5-year-old Badboonarising LTE $289,845 currently ranks fifth in earnings among 5 & 6-year-old limited age event competitors. He was reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Futurity with Banuelos, and has never placed less than tenth in ten other working finals, including the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes, where he was fourth.
Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $3.2 million, was also reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Futurity on Twice In Santiago, owned by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., who he qualified for Thursday’s second go-round of the NCHA Derby. In addition to Twice In Santiago, by Once In A Blu Boon, Banuelos also qualified Ireydescent, owned by Brumbaugh Ranches, Aledo, Tex., and Bohemiann Rhapsody, owned by Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., for the second go-round of NCHA Derby competition, which concludes on Friday.
Six-year-old Hottish-sired Hott Nu Cowboy LTE $126,802 is currently ranked fifth among 2020’s five and six-year-old money earners, with $37,369 earned under Cullen Chartier in four major events, including The Non-Pro Plus Open reserve championship. Chartier also qualified two horses for this week’s second go-round of the NCHA Derby – Twise Baked, by High Brow Cat, and Caliente, by Hottish, both owned by Circle R Cutting Horses.
Two other horses earned cumulative scores of 440 on Monday, 6-year-old One Alley Cat LTE $154,028, shown by Gavin Jordan for Tom Watson, Overland Park, Kan., and 5-year-old Bama Jelly LTE $167,844, shown by Austin Shepard for Madylyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.
One Alley Cat, by High Brow Cat, began his career as champion of the 2018 Abilene Spectacular under Cullen Chartier and carried Hilary Watson to place third in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited finals.
Bama Jelly, sired by Bamacat and bred by his owner, Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., was Open champion under Shepard in the 2019 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, as well as the Augusta Futurity. Earlier this year, Colgrove showed Bama Jelly to place third in the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro finals, and Shepard showed him to win the any age NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship.
Five-year-old Sweet Lil Prime Time LTE $61,183, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto and bred by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Tex., won both the Pacific Coast Futurity and the Waco Texas Futurity Open championships at three with Phil Hanson.

Sanctus tops the Open Derby first go-round
July 12 - It was business as usual for Sanctus LTE $58,232 on Sunday, July 12. Shown by Rodrigo Taboga for Scott Durham, Fort Worth, Tex., the High Brow Cat son scored 223 points to top the first go-round of the NCHA Derby during the 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular in Fort Worth, Tex. The top 103 horses, with 214.5 points or higher, will advance to the second go-round on Thursday, July 16.

So far in 2020, Sanctus has claimed three championships and one reserve championship, and ranks second among leading 2020 four-year-old money earners. He was Open champion of both the Cattlemen’s Derby and The Non-Pro Plus Open; Open Limited champion of the Abilene Spectacular; and reserve champion of the Bonanza.
Only Buonvino, shown by Beau Galyean for Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex. has earned more than Sanctus in 2020. A Metallic Cat gelding who scored 218.5 points on Saturday to advance to the second go-round of the Derby, Buonvino is the 2020 four-year-old leader with $82,896 earned in the finals of six major events.
Sanctus was bred by Isidro Sigala, who showed his dam, Sofie Rey LTE $148,557, as Amateur reserve champion of the 2011 NCHA Classic Challenge. In addition to Sanctus, Sofie Rey LTE $148,557, by Dual Rey, has produced seven other money earners, including Sanctus’s full sister Sofies Choice Cat LTE $59,735, Amateur reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Futurity with Tom Williams.
Coureygeous LTE $100,744, winner of the 2019 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity and 2020 Non-Pro Bonanza under Kristen Galyean, posted 221 points, the third-highest score from the first go-round (Metallic Hill with 222 points on Saturday is second). Coureygous has been an Open finalist in four 2020 events with Wesley Galyean, who shows the Dual Rey daughter for the Glover/Galyean Partnership, Claremore, Okla. Coureygeous is out of 2005 NCHA Futurity Open champion Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, a leading dam of earners of over $1.4 million.
Jukebox Time LTE $13,213, owned and bred by McLamb Inc, Stephenville, Tex., and Rosa Del Pepto, owned by Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex., tied with 220.5 points, the go-round’s fourth highest score. Jukebox Time, sired by One Time Pepto and shown by Casey Green, was a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity, as well as a finalist in the 2020 Cattlemen’s Derby. Green also showed Im A Platinum Kitty, owned by Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex., to score 219.5 points on Saturday. Rosa Del Pepto LTE $40,580, sired by One Time Pepto and shown by Zeb Corvin, was an NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist with Corvin.

Metallic Hill on Top
July 11 - The first day of 4-year-old Open Derby go-round competition in the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular, on Saturday, July 11, saw some solid performances from the 63-horse field. Another 128 are slated to work on Sunday, but so far, Metallic Hill, shown by Jesse Lennox for Rocking P Ranch, is the standout with 222 points.
Texas Tuxxedo and Im A Platinum Kitty tied with 219.5 points, Saturday’s second highest score, while seven horses tied with 219 points, the third highest score. Owned by Thomas and Debra Herold, West Point, Iowa, and sired by Once In A Blu Boon, Texas Tuxxedo is shown by NCHA Hall of Fame rider R.L. Chartier, who was co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Derby aboard Caution Piping Hot, owned by Anderson Cattle Co.  Im A Platinum Kitty, by Metallic Cat, is shown by Casey Green for Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex.

Metallic Hill, a semi-finalist with Jesse Lennox in the NCHA Futurity, was bred by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., also the owner of Metallic Hill’s sire, Metallic Cat, a leading sire of earners of over $29 million, and the title sponsor of the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular. Reys Desire LTE $393,766, dam of Metallic Hill, won the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes and 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic with Lee Francois.
Jesse Lennox also scored 219 points on Saturday showing Sitnonthedokofthebay LTE $8,314, a Once In A Blu Boon gelding owned by Rocking P Ranch. Others scoring 219 in Saturday’s Open Derby first go-round include Metal Mulisha, by Metallic Cat, owned and shown by Zeb Corvin, Canyon, Tex.; Kinky Bootz, sired by Dual Rey, and shown by Austin Shepard for owner-breeder Glenn Drake, Napa, Calif.; Hughes Captain Hook, by Thomas E Hughes, shown by Clay Cerny, for John Hauerland, Columbus, Tex.;  Twise Baked, sired by High Brow Cat and shown by T.J. Good for Circle R Cutting Horses LLC, Ocala, Fla.;  Blu Too Smart, by Once In A Blu Boon and shown by James Payne for owner and breeder Robert Masterson, Guthrie, Tex.; and Camo, by Light N Lena, owned, bred and shown by Sean Flynn, Weatherford, Tex.
Saturday’s 4-year-old Derby go-round was preceded by the last sets of first go-round of Classic Challenge Open competition, which concluded with a 215-point bubble for advancement to the second go-round on Tuesday, July 14. Summer Time Fun, co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Derby, scored 224 points under James Payne to top the Open go-round, while the Lizzys Gotta Player gelding Most Stylish Player, shown by Nathan Gribble for Cowan Ranch, Ardmore, Okla., topped the Open Limited field with 220 points.
The NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Cutting Spectacular Open Derby first go-round will continue and conclude on Sunday, July 12. The 76-horse Open Classic Challenge second go-round will begin at 8:00 am on Monday, July 13.

July 10 - Former Derby champions top the day

Two previous NCHA Derby winners, both shown by James Payne on Friday, July 10, the first day of 2020 NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge competition claimed the day. Summer Time Fun, co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Derby with Payne, scored 224 points to top the eight-set day, while The Animal, winner of the 2018 NCHA Derby, marked 222 points, Friday’s second-highest score. Adan Banuelos showed 2018 NCHA Futurity reserve champion Badboonarising to place third with 221.5 points.

Summer Time Fun LTE $96,438, co-champion with Caution Piping Hot and R.L. Chartier of last year’s NCHA Derby, is owned by her breeder Ty Moore, Madill Okla., and is one of 30 horses (25%) from Friday’s  119-horse field that were sired by Metallic Cat, the title sponsor of the show. Her dam, Hey Georgy Girl, by Wild Thing, has produced 12 money earners, including Summer Time Fun’s full brother Let Georgie Do It LTE $145,663, shown by the late John Rockey as 2016 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year.
The Animal LTE $229,870, winner of the 2018 NCHA Derby and reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Futurity under Lee Francois, is owned by Cindy Perez, Winnie, Tex., and was bred by EE Ranches, who own his sire, Cat Ichi. The Animal is a full brother to Ichis My Choice LTE $418,693, owned by Constance Jaeggi and shown by Grant Setnicka as 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.
James Payne, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $3.5 million, won the 2012 and 2014 editions of the NCHA Classic Challenge, respectively, on Sarenadual LTE $174,153, owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., and Once In A Blu Boon LTE $318,012, owned by Charlotte Farms, Rosston, Tex.
Payne also scored 219.5 points on Friday riding Stylish Hailee LTE $131,492 for Kathleen Moore. Bred by Kathy Knost, the Halreycious daughter and Payne placed fourth in last year’s NCHA Derby.
Five-year-old Badboonarising LTE $287,490, by Once In A Blu Boon, was bred by Royce Stallcup and is owned by Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La. In addition to Badboonarsing, yesterday Adan Banuelos also showed Catillac Reys LTE $195,129 and Reystylin Smooth LTE $200,919 to score 219.5 and 217 points, respectively for Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La.
Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of over $2.2 million, showed Catillac Reys, by Metallic Cat, as reserve champion and champion gelding of the 2018 NCHA Derby, and 6-year-old Reystylin Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, to win the West Texas Classic and the Brazos Bash Classic in 2019.
Mitch Butler and Dmacs Pink Martini led the Open Limited with 219.5 points, followed by Bear Davis and My Beach My Wave with 219. Dmacs Pink Martini LTE $31,294, by Woody Be Tuff, is owned and was bred by David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex. My Beach My Wave LTE $62,814, by Metallic Cat, is owned by Whit and Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex. Bear Davis, the NCHA earner of $182,279, was reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Derby Amateur Unlimited and won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited on Red Solo Cat. Mitch Butler, the NCHA earner of $77,806, placed fifth in the 2018 NCHA Derby Open Limited on Princess Of Bel Air and was eighth in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited riding Dmac Smooth N Wise. The NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge continues through Wednesday, July 29.
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