2020 NCHA Futurity Daily Update

2020 NCHA Futurity Daily Update Photos by Seth Petit Photo courtesy of NCHA
December 16, 2020

A New Standard
The 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales concluded on Saturday, December 12, as the new standard by which all other cutting horse sales will now be measured.
Held live daily, beginning on December 7, at  Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, and with online bidding also available, the sale sessions shattered the 2014 overall all-time record average of $27,936 by an increase of 20%, for a new all-time record of $34,504 with completed sales of 83.5%.

Photo PHC, courtesy of NCHA

The 2020 sales also saw a record 22 horses sell for $100,000 or more (the previous record was set in 2007 with 21 horses), and an all-time record price of $1,050,000 for an individual horse at public auction.
Session III of the Preferred Breeders Sale, the final day of the sales, reflected the overall strength and consistency of the six-day sales agenda, with 10 horses selling for $50,000 or more, including three at $100,000 or higher, and 87.6% completed sales from 129 through the ring, for an average of $26,315.
Lil Lularey, a yearling Dual Rey daughter consigned by Holmes Performance Horses/Linda Holmes, was Session III’s high-seller at $180,000. Purchased by Don Bell, Millsap, Tex., Lil Lularey is a full sister to Two Time Dual LTE $188,129, as well as a half-sister to Sir Long Legs LTE $403,770, reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, among 10 NCHA money earners out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, by Smart Lil Lena.
Babes My Style, consigned Drummond Land & Cattle, was Session III’s second-highest seller at $150,000. The yearling Dual Rey daughter sold to Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., who purchased 2-year-old Wood She B Magic on the first day of the Futurity Sales for $1,050,000. Babes My Style, is a half-sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $430,304, among 11 money earners out of out of Moms Stylish Babe LTE $37,565, by Docs Stylish Oak.
CR Tuff Sweetie, a yearling consigned by Center Ranch, brought $100,000 from Jay and Shelley Hall, Granbury, Tex. The Woody Be Tuff daughter is a half-sister to Spots Hot LTE $527,682, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open champion and leading sire of 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion Second Spot LTE $449,607, as well as Hottish LTE $286,109, a leading sire of earners of over $4 million. CR Tuff Sweetie is out of the Shorty Lena daughter Sweet Shorty Lena LTE $114,276, a leading dam of earners of over $1.5 million.
For the online catalog and daily sale results from the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales, as well as information on upcoming sales produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., visit westernbloodstock.com.

2020 NCHA Futurity Champion All Spice
Owned by Holmes/Hill Partnership, Glen Rose, Tex., and shown by Adan Banuelos, All Spice delivered on her name with a 224-point performance on Sunday, December 13, to win the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open championship and $246,880.


The Once In A Blu Boon daughter first drew attention as one to watch when she scored 221 in the first go-round. Bred by Royce Stallcup, Seymour, Tex., All Spice is a full sister to 2018 NCHA Futurity reserve champion Badboonarising LTE $348,383, shown by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La.
Out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, All Spice is also a half-sister to 6-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $348,383, bred by Royce Stallcup and shown by Beau Galyean as a leading money earner from the cutting crop of 2014.
Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,489,553, was also reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Futurity aboard Once In A Blu Boon daughter Twice In Santiago LTE $256,587, a leading 2020 4-year-old money earner owned by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Gail Holmes, owner of Double Dove Ranch, is also a Holmes/Hill Partner in All Spice.
Dottie St. Clair Hill, a Holmes/Hill partner, also owns and bred the Hottish-sired stallion Sueper Hot, who placed tenth in the Futurity with 219 points under Beau Galyean. In 2014, Phil Hanson won the NCHA Futurity riding Classy CD Cat for the High Brow Cat daughter’s owner and breeder, Dottie St. Clair Hill. At the same time, Lloyd Cox claimed the reserve championship on Smooth Talkin Style, bred and owned by Gail Holmes. Today Holmes/Hill Partners own Smooth Talkin Style, who is a 2020 first year leading sire.


Bugattii, owned and bred by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, Aspen, Colo., and shown by Wesley Galyean, claimed the reserve championship and $193,572 with 223 points, and earned an additional $25,463 as Champion Open Gelding. One of seven, out of the 23 Open finalists, sired by Metallic Cat, Bugattii is also the first money earner out of Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, by Dual Rey. Button Down Supercat’s dam, Highbrow Super Cat LTE $366,230, is a leading producer of earners of 23 earners of over $1.5 million.
Bugatti’s three-quarter sister Pearl Snap, sired by Metallic Rebel and consigned by Wes and Kristen Galyean, was the high-selling yearling filly, at $145,000 to Circle Y Ranch, earlier in the week, during The Evening Session of the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales.
Wesley Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,082,181, won the 2004 NCHA Futurity on Spots Hot LTE $502,682, who he owned at the time, and was reserve champion in 2010 on the Spots Hot daughter Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, who he also owned.
Honey Im A Ten, shown by Jose Cruz, scored 220.5 points to place third in the finals and earn $141,572. Bred by her owner G & A Performance Horses, Tioaga, Tex., the Smart Time Pepto 10 daughter also placed fifth and earned $6,687 in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals.
Honey Im A Ten is from the second crop of $155,230 earner Smart Time Pepto 10, by One Time Pepto. Bred by James Eakin, Hondo, Tex., and also owned by G & A Performance Horses, Smart Time Pepto 10 was shown to place fifth in the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity by Adan Banuelos’ father, Ascencion Banuelos, and won or placed in eight other limited age events under Adan.
Jose Cruz, the NCHA earner of $77,380, placed fifth in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding NZ Reytalic LTE $11,780, by Metallic Cat, for Shannon Lamb, Gainesville, Tex. Cruz earned his first major check in limited age event competition as reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited on Wild Starz, owned by Nachos Quarter Horses. He also was reserve champion of the 2019 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Open Limited with Little Jewels Olena, owned by James Figiel.

Bushaw claims McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur title
Charles Russell Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points on Friday, December 11, to win $28,679 as the 2020 NCHA Futurity McAlister Assets Amateur Unlimited champion. Bushaw was aboard the Hottish colt Hawk Falcon, who he also showed to qualify for the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals.


Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., posted 217 points for the reserve championship and $25,702 riding Meytallic, by Metallic Cat, and Kristen York, Saratoga, Wyo., scored 216 points to place third and win $15,226 on Smart Smilen Rey. Ken Schultz and Meytallic had also won the Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals with 218.5 points, on Monday.
The NCHA earner of $128,219, Charles Russell Bushaw won the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited championship on Wood You See LTE $45,168, by Woody Be Tuff, and was a finalist in this year’s NCHA Senior Youth Finals riding Peptotoodie LTE $169,823, by Peptotime.
Hawk Falcon, owned and bred by Crown Ranch LP, Weatherford, Tex., is out of the Choice Acres daughter La Femme Nikita LTE $122,141, who won the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals with Traci Burgess. La Femme Nikita is the dam of five NCHA earners of $106,177, including La Déjà Vu LTE $55,131, by Cat Ichi.
Ken Schultz, earner of $375,129, has placed in the NCHA Futurity finals seven times, including in the Non-Pro, the Non-Pro Limited, the Amateur Unlimited, and the Amateur. Last year he showed the Dual Rey gelding TF Reysin Chex LTE $27,680 as an Amateur Unlimited finalist, and in 2018, he rode both Rockin Those Tricks LTE $57,724, by Rockin W, and Calvin Baloo LTE $107,532, by Lil Catbaloo, as Non-Pro Limited and Amateur Unlimited finalists.
Meytallic is the oldest foal out of the Dual Rey daughter Reys Of Starlight LTE $127,054, who was shown by Schultz in nine major limited age event finals, including the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic; Schultz and Reys Of Starlight also placed fourth in the 2019 NCHA World Finals.
Kristen York, the NCHA earner of $123,357, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist in 2019 riding Smoother Than U LTE $12,386, by Woody Be Tuff. Smart Smilen Rey, York’s 2020 finalist is a full brother to DBL Smart LTE $76,721, by Dual Smart Rey out of This Cats Smilen, by WR This Cats Smart.

Brandon Westfall wins 2020 Non-Pro Futurity championship
Brandon Westfall scored a near-record 227 points riding Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, to win his second consecutive NCHA Non-Pro Futurity championship, on Saturday, December 11. Only two other riders have won back-to-back Non-Pro Futurity titles, S.J. Agnew in 1970 and 1971, and Sandy Bonelli in 2004 and 2005.

Brandon Westfall on Fiddle And Steel. Seth Petit photo, courtesy of NCHA

Westfall’s hard-won 227-point score is the second-highest in the 53-year history of the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Mary Ann Rapp won the event in 2002 with a record 228 points on Little Janey Lena, by Smart Little Lena. Westfall’s winner’s share of $74,605 is also the second-richest in Non-Pro Futurity history. Only Wes Shahan, with $77,917 in 1985 riding Miss Silver Pistol, has won more.
Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, riding Nitreyious, a Metallic Cat gelding, claimed the Non-Pro reserve championship with 222 points and earned $51,349, while Ali Good, Ringling, Okla., placed third and earned $44,673 on the Metallic Cat gelding Lucky For U.
As qualifiers for the Non-Pro Futurity, Westfall and Fiddle And Steel earned 440.5 points, the second-highest cumulative with go-round scores of 222 and 218.5 points.
Westfall showed I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, as co-champion of the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and also placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.  In 2017, Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist as well aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.
Fiddle And Steel, bred by Westfall’s parents, Janet and Russ Westfall, is out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal, the dam of Ringo, Brandon’s NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist in 2018.
Reyly Plendl, the NCHA earner of $277,700, was a Top 10 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited finalist in 2017 and 2018 showing LHR Play Boon LTE $43,588, by Boon San, and Reyly Rey LTE $26,235, by Dual Rey, respectively.
Nitreyious, Plendl’s 2020 reserve champion, was also shown in the Open go-rounds by Dirk Blakesly, where he scored 221.5 and 217.5 and qualified for the upcoming Open Semi-Finals. The Metallic Cat gelding is out of Dual Rey daughter Cherrey LTE $27,646, the 2013 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited champion with Dean Domann. Cherrey is out of Shesa Smarty Lena LTE $211,380, dam of 13 earners of $253,711.
Ali Good, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $442,924, won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited on Sneakish LTE $74,953, by Hottish, and in 2018 placed tenth in the Non-Pro Limited with Sabrina Boon LTE $74,542, by Boon A Little.
Last year, Good showed both Smart Stella Rey LTE $25,837, by Dual Smart Rey, and CR Too Tuff To Break LTE $29,483, by Woody Be Tuff, in the Non-Pro Limited Finals, and was also a Non-Pro finalist on Smart Stella Rey.
Good also qualified Lucky For U for Saturday’s Open Semi-Finals with a cumulative score of 435.5 from go-rounds of 216 and 219.5. Lucky For U is out of Bingos Lil Bay Rey LTE $10,894, a three-quarter sister to Dually Lena LTE $336,582, the 1995 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion under Winston Hansma.

Riders with scores of 216 and above headed for the Non-Pro Finals
Riding Reyzin Nu Desires, by Reyzin The Cash, Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., scored 222 points to win the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals. Twenty-three riders with 216 points or higher, from 63 semi-finalists, will compete in the Non-Pro Finals on Friday, December 11, including Brandon Westfall, Granbury, Tex., who earned 221, the second-highest score, as well as Chelsea Tatum, Overbrook, Okla., and Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., who tied with 219, the third-highest score.

Madalyn Colgrove, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $721,557, was a 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity finalist on Hammer Hughes LTE $42,129, by Thomas E Hughes. And last year, Colgrove was a Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist riding DMAC In Good Faith LTE $6,558, by Metallic Cat.
Colgrove and Reyzin Nu Desires qualified for the 2020 Semi-Finals with 438.5 cumulative points from go-round scores of 216.5 and 222.
Reyzin Nu Desires, Colgrove’s 2020 mount, is owned and bred by Madalyn’s sister, Blakley Colgrove Simoneaux, out of Desires Nu Catillac LTE $58,923. A full sister to Thundercat LTE $302,762, among earners of $1,572,227, Desires Nu Catillac is out the leading producer Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990.
Madalyn’s sister, Blakley Colgrove Simoneaux, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fames earner of $773,141, also qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals, with a cumulative of 434 points, showing the Reyzin The Cash colt He Haz Reyzin, owned and bred by Madalyn.
Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, showing Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, earned 440.5 points, the second-highest cumulative, with go-round scores of 222 and 218.5 points.
Westfall was the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro co-champion showing I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, and placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.  In 2017, Westfall was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.
Fiddle And Steel was bred by Westfall’s parents, Janet and Russ Westfall, out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal. Little Bit Reckless is the dam of Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, who Brandon Westfall showed as an NCHA Futurity Open and Open Limited finalist in 2018.  
Chelsea Tatum, riding Cardi Bay, by One Time Royalty, qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals with a cumulative of 434 and go-round scores of 216 and 218 points, and also showed in the Non-Pro Limited Finals. The NCHA earner of $165,119, Tatum was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist in 2016 showing Bobs Smart Rey LTE $183,976, by Dual Rey, who she rode as the 2017 PCCHA Non-Pro Champion. Cardi Bay is the first money earner out of No Way In Hal LTE $135,092, by Halreycious.
Kristen Galyean, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $864,115, was last year’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro co-champion  riding Coureygous LTE $118,406, by Dual Rey. She qualified for the 2020 Non-Pro Futurity with 436.5 cumulative points, following go-round scores of 221 and 215.5 on Luminnous, by Metallic Cat. A full brother to Some Likeit Metallic LTE $107,624, Luminnous is out of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, the 2010 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion under Kristen’s husband, Wesley Galyean.

Hott time at Preferred Breeders Sale Session I
It seemed fitting. The name was Hott Attack. And he sold for $185,000 on Thursday, December 10, to top Session I of the NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale, where 92% of the offering sold for an average of $23,056, a substantial 33% increase over the same session in 2019.


The sale, which featured yearlings, broodmares, and weanlings, saw four yearling stallions and a yearling mare claim the five highest prices.
High-seller Hott Attack, a Hottish colt consigned by Ty M. Smith, Whitesboro, Tex., was purchased by Cleve Randy Massey, Alcon, Tenn. Bred by Curtis and Brenda Weeks, Cotulla, Tex., Hott Attack is out of the Grays Starlight daughter SDP Kitty Star Cat, dam of eight earners of $330,413, including GS Counting On Kitty LTE $213,533.
Hott Bunz, a yearling stallion consigned by his breeder Waco Bend Ranch Ltd., Graham, Tex., was purchased by Dustin Adams, Springtown, Tex., for $115,000, the sale’s second-highest price. The Hottish son is out of Dont Look Twice LTE $843,096, NCHA Open Horse of the Year and dam of eight earners of $710,585, including Dont Stopp Believin LTE $463,962, by Dual Rey.
Dontt Happen Twice, a 6-year-old Woody Be Tuff half-sister to Hott Bunz and also consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, sold for $260,000 on Wednesday night, December 9, in The Evening Session of the NCHA Futurity Sales.
One Time Royalty daughter Moria N Time, at $71,000, was the high-selling yearling mare and third-highest seller from Session I. Consigned by Hill Ranches, Glen Rose, Tex., and purchased by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., Moria N Time is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Smart Cat Moria LTE $44,854, dam of nine NCHA earners of $476,245.
Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales resume on Friday with Session II of the Preferred Breeders Sale and will continue through Saturday, December 12 with Session III of the Preferred Breeders Sale, followed by the Select Cow Dog Demonstration and Sale. For the online catalog and daily sale results visit westernbloodstock.com.

Bennett claims Limited Non-Pro title
Laura Bennett, Hereford, Tex., scored 218 points on Wednesday, December 9, to win the 2020 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro championship and $15,002. Jessica Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., reserve champion with 215.5 points, earned $14,565, while Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., third-placed with 214 points, took home $12,128.


Laura Bennett on Charlie Brown

Laura Bennett, the NCHA earner of $65,826, was a Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finalist in 2019 riding Twice The Twist LTE $33,982, by Dual Rey. This year Bennett is showing the Dual Rey gelding Charlie Brown, who was bred by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex., out of Moms Stylish Scoot LTE $151,228, dam of the earners of $114,323.

Jessica Gonsalves, the NCHA earner of $334,064, won the 2012 NCHA Limited Non-Pro aboard Poundcake Deluxe LTE $81,194, by Cats Quixote Jack, and was a 2010 Limited Non-Pro finalist on Scooby Ruby Doo, by Mylanta Lena.
This year Gonsalves is aboard Now Yer Talkin Cash, a Reyzin The Cash daughter bred by Susan Hearst out of Now Yer Talkin, a three-quarter sister to Rey Down Sally LTE $404,170.
Kim Adolf, the NCHA earner of $240,870, was a 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist on the Bet Hesa Cat gelding Pitchforks Bet 013 LTE $38,739, who also carried Todd Adolph to win the Limited Open championship the same year.
This year, Kim Adolf is riding Reys Talkin, a Smooth Talkin Style gelding bred by Dottie Hill out of Rose Rey LTE $59,951, by Dual Rey, and a half-brother to Cats N Reys LTE $32,087, by High Brow Cat.

Impressive increase for Cutting Horse Sale session
On Wednesday morning, December 9, the third of six days of 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales, the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale sold 88% of its total offering for an average of $33,957, showing a 13% increase over the 2019 Cutting Horse Session.



The morning’s top price of $78,000, paid by Mike Rutherford Jr., Houston, Tex., was for the High Brow Cat gelding Mr Stormy Cat LTE $84,610, in training with Tatum Rice and consigned by Milner Enterprises, LLC. Seven-year-old Mr Stormy Cat, bred by GCH Land & Cattle, was “The Non-Pro” 2017 Open champion under his original trainer, Chris Bates. His dam, Miss Peppy Dual, by Dual Pep, is from the female line of Copaspepto LTE $480,433 and Stylish Martini LTE $480,433.
Six of Wednesday morning’s sale lots brought $60,000 or more, including the show horses Ristos Fair Cat and Take It Eazee, who each sold for $66,000.
The 5-year-old High Brow Cat gelding Ristos Fair Cat LTE $77,113, consigned by SMF Cutting Horses, LLC, in training with Grant Setnicka, sold to Billy Kidd, Saint Cloud, Fla.  Six-year-old gelding Take It Eazee LTE $112,773, by Smooth As A Cat, was consigned by Jim Vangilder and sold in training with Matt Gaines to Randy Mesalam, Versailles, Ky.
At $65,000, Kit Kat Crazy, by Kit Kat Sugar, was the morning’s high-selling 3-year-old. In training with Beau Galyean, Kit Kat Crazy, whose dam Kitty Can Dual LTE $124,535, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to 2011 NCHA Derby Non-Pro champion Cancan Reyvolution LTE $180,222, was consigned by Ellen Carter and purchased by Sarah Sherman, Yelma, Wash.
The NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale session on Wednesday was followed by The Evening Session for Yearlings and Broodmares.
Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales will continue daily through Saturday, December 12. For the online catalog and daily sale results visit westernbloodstock.com.


Makayla Cowan wins 2020 Rios of Mercedes Amateur Championship
Makayla Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., had to wait through most of the last set in the Amateur Finals for her turn in the herd. But the winner of the 2019 NCHA Senior Youth World Finals made the most of her first time to ride in an NCHA Futurity Finals, with a winning score of 219.5 points on Redneck Hillbillie, by Light N Lena.


Makayla Cowan on Redneck Hillbillie

Bobbie Kay Davis, Templeton, Calif., posted 216.5 points on Just U N Me Baby, by Metallic Cat, for the reserve championship, while Michael Gregory, Rociada, N.M., placed third with 215.5 points on CR Tuff To Do It, by Woody Be Tuff.
The NCHA earner of $36,753, Makayla Cowan has had a successful year. She was a 2020 NCHA Senior Youth World finalist with the CD Lights colt Brinking Lights LTE $29,417, her 2019 World Finals winning ride, and she was reserve champion of the Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Amateur on the Catty Hawk daughter Sweett Chaos LTE $34,572, who also carried her as a finalist in the Unlimited Amateur Finals.
Redneck Hillbillie was bred by Cowan Ranch out of the Catty Hawk daughter Billies Catty LTE $225,578, who Bill Cowan showed as a Non-Pro finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity. Billies Catty’s first foal is 4-year-old Billies Secret, who Makayla showed as an Amateur Limited finalist in the 2020 Brazos Bash and Makenzie Cowan rode to win the 2020 Southern Futurity Limited Amateur championship.
Redneck Hillbillie’s 3-year-old full brother, Handle On Randel, qualified for Thursday’s Non-Pro Semi-Finals with Bill Cowan.
Bobbie Kay Davis, the NCHA earner of $111,728, was a semi-finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited aboard Audi Smooth LTE $16,631, by Smooth As A Cat. This year Davis claimed the PCCHA Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited on RN Starlights Cat LTE $119,055, by High Brow Cat, who she also showed to place third in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals.
Bred by Davis, Just U N Me Baby is the first foal to show out of the Nitas Wood daughter Wood U N Me Baby LTE $179,286, who was shown by Russ Westfall in Open limited age events. Wood U N Me Baby is a full sister to Woodys Baby LTE $391,396, NCHA Non-Pro World Reserve Champion in 2016.
Michael Gregory, the NCHA earner of $6,098, showed as an Amateur Unlimited rider in his first limited age event, the Western States 4-Year-Old Futurity, riding the Stylish Rey gelding Seven S Blue Rey LTE $25,838. This year, Gregory and Seven S Blue Rey also earned money as Amateur Intermediate 5/6 finalists in the NCHA Classic Challenge.
CR Tuff To Do It, bred by Center Ranch, is out of CR Dees Boon Meow, an unshown daughter of Peptoboonsmal and a half-sister to the earners of $334,149 out of Dees Cats Meow, including CR First Tuff LTE $191,305, by Woody Be Tuff.

Futurity 2YO Sale Session 2
2-Year-Old Sales topple records in Fort Worth
Whether live or remote, bidding was fast-paced and electric at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth during Session II of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, on Tuesday, December 8. Session I, on Monday, had seen 70 horses sell for an average of $51,299, with an all-time record price of $1,050,000 paid for a cutting horse at public auction.
And Tuesday’s bidders kept pace.


Boon San Bunny topped Tuesday’s sale at $400,000. Photo Credit: Performance Horse Central, courtesy of NCHA

 

Although the million-dollar range for one horse wasn’t breached, Tuesday saw 78 horses sold for an average of $46,387, including seven of them for $100,000 or more, and two for $200,000 and higher.
Altogether in Session I and II of the 2020 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale a record number of 11 horses sold for $100,000 or more, and the sessions’ combined average of $48,387 was up 30 percent from 2019.
Boon San Bunny, consigned by Alan Chappell, Collinsville, Tex., in training with T.J. Good, was Session II’s high-seller, purchased for $400,000 by Charles Stanford, Verhalen, Tex. The Im Countin Checks daughter is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Boon San Kitty LTE $565,504, the 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and dam of 19 NCHA money earners of $883,211, including Rockin W LTE $329,722, the 2009 NCHA Futurity Open champion.
Ima Rockabilly Rebel, Session II’s second-highest seller and the high-selling colt, was consigned for Buck Creek Quarter Horses, Nemo, Tex., by Hayden Upton, Agent, and sold for $200,000 to Gabe Salmons, Weatherford, Tex. A son of 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel, Ima Rockabilly Rebel is out of the Dual Rey daughter Flo Dancing With Rey LTE $25,493, the dam of two money earners, Herding Reys LTE $38,454, by Herding Cats, and Reytallic LTE $37,373, by Metallic Cat.
Boon To Be A Star, consigned by Bill Neef, Humble, Tex., was Tuesday’s third-highest seller at $185,000.  The Boon Too Suen daughter was purchased by Lach Perks, Rockford, Il., who bred and showed her dam Catrina Starlight LTE $99,456, as well as her second dam, Stella Starlight LTE $292,408, who he showed as the 2000 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.
Catrina Starlight is the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $667,017,  including Deluxe Checks LTE $283,156, the 2017 NCHA Open World Champion; her dam, Stella Starlight, has produced 22 NCHA earners of $1,260,226.
Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the NCHA Futurity Sales resume on Wednesday, December 9 with the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, featuring trained cutting horses and 3-year-olds. The Cutting Horse Sale will be followed at 4 p.m. by The Evening Session for Yearlings and Broodmares. 2020NCHA Futurity Sales will continue daily through Saturday, December 12. For the online catalog and daily sale results visit westernbloodstock.com.

Pearson and Freitas tie in Amateur Semi-Finals
Carson Pearson, Spearman, Tex., and Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., each scored 218.5 points on Tuesday, December 8, to tie with the high score in the 2020 Rios of Mercedes Amateur Semi-Finals riding Smart Like Bill and Special Dual Edition, respectively.


Carson Pearson on Smart Like Bill

Five other riders, Jaco Messenger, Mutal, Okla., on Cowgirl Blue 17, by Once In A Blu Boon; Janet Trefethen, Napa, Claif., on Special Nu Lady, by Metallic Cat; Grace Ornelas, Weatherford, Tex., on Hand Me Downz, by Hottish; Scott Miller, Hershey, Neb., on Newz Flash, by Smooth As A Cat; and Reysed To Life, by Dual Smart Rey, all tied with 216 points, the second-highest go-round score.
Carson Pearson, the NCHA earner of $86,373, was reserve champion in the 2019 Amateur Finals riding LHR One Smooth Pepto LTE $31,005, by One Time Pepto out of LHR Smooth Jamie May LTE $251,430. He was also a double finalist in 2015 Amateur Unlimited and Amateur competition showing Boon N Ichi LTE $17,681, by Cat Ichi.
In addition to qualifying for the 2020 Rios of Mercedes Amateur Finals, Pearson also qualified for the Non-Pro Limited Finals and the Non-Pro Semi-Finals riding Smart Like Bill, a gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey and bred by Bill Willers, Norfolk, Neb., out of Miss Kitty Boon LTE $55,174.


Eric Freitas on Special Dual Edition

Eric Freitas, the NCHA earner of $82,737, is a first-time NCHA Futurity finalist, qualifying for both the 2020 Mercedes Amateur and the McAlister Assets Unlimited Finals on Special Dual Edition, a Dual Rey gelding out of PG Special Edition LTE $110,332, the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $140,867.

2021 Super Stakes
New Additions Coming to the 2021 NCHA Super Stakes
FORT WORTH – The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has released the tentative dates for the 2021 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes. The event is scheduled for March 25 through April 18, 2021, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  
NCHA is excited to announce a revised class structure that will offer the option for additional aged horses to compete along with the return of the $100,000 incentive from the Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA).

The revised class structure will now offer a 4-year-old Derby, 5-year-old Special and a 6 and 7-year-old Classic.  Additional details regarding entry fees, class structure and schedule will be forthcoming. This decision was made in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on our industry and will only be allowed for the 2021-point year.
To be eligible for the TQHA incentive, both owners and riders must be a current TQHA member; horses must be registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and foaled in the state of Texas. Incentive payouts will be announced in the coming weeks. TQHA Applications can be found online by visiting nchacutting.com/tqhamembership.


Ken Schultz wins McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals
Ken Schultz, Sacramento, Calif., showed the Metallic Cat daughter Meytallic on Monday, December 7 to win the McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals with 218.5 points. Julie McBurney, Burbank, Calif., was second with 218 points on Fifty Shadz Of Rey, by Dual Rey, while Christina Huntley, Houston, Tex., and Michael Kemna, Valley View, Tex., tied for third riding Barr Down, by Smooth As A Cat, and Teles Where You Itch, by Cat Ichi, respectively.


Ken Schultz on Meytallic

Ken Schultz, the earner of $375,129, has placed in the NCHA Futurity finals seven times, including in the Non-Pro, the Non-Pro Limited, the Amateur Unlimited, and the Amateur. Last year he showed the Dual Rey gelding TF Reysin Chex LTE $27,680, by Dual Rey, as an Amateur Unlimited finalist, and in 2018, he rode Rockin Those Tricks LTE $57,724, by Rockin W, as a Non-Pro Limited and Amateur Unlimited finalist, as well as Calvin Baloo LTE $107,532, by Lil Catbaloo, in the same finals.
Meytallic is the oldest foal out of the Dual Rey daughter Reys Of Starlight LTE $127,054, who was shown by Schultz in nine major limited age event finals, including the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Classic. In addition, Schultz and Reys Of Starlight also placed fourth in the 2019 NCHA World Finals.
Julie McBurney, the earner of $247,316, has been an NCHA Futurity finalist twice – as a Non-Pro in 2012, showing Spoonevous LTE $29,162, by Hes A Peptospoonful, and as a Limited Non-Pro in 2015 on Caticus LTE $6,131, by WR This Cats Smart.
Fifty Shadz Of Rey was bred by Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, the dam of earners of $710,313, including successful 2020 freshman sire Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376.
McBurney also qualified for the 2020 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finals on her Bet Hesa Cat gelding Jensie, who she bred out of Spoonevous.
Christina Huntley, the earner of $104,124, placed third in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finals riding Double Cat Flash LTE $67,391, by High Brow CD, and was a finalist in the 2017 and 2016 Amateur Finals riding Dibz LTE $8,539, by Woody Be Tuff, and HR Cats Starlight LTE $251,139, by High Brow Cat, respectively.
Barr Down, Huntley’s 2020 mount, is out of the One Time Pepto daughter Chiquita Pepto LTE $32,711, dam of earners $234,820 and is, in turn, out of NCHA Triple Crown champion Chiquita Pistol LTE $545,000, winner of the NCHA Futurity, Derby and Super Stakes and dam of earners of $234,820.

Futurity 2YO Sale Session I
AN ALL-TIME HIGH!
Wood She B Magic lived up to the question posed by her name on Monday, December 7, in Fort Worth, when she sold for $1,050,000 in Session I of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.
Consigned by Wes and Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., and trained by Wes, Wood She B Magic, by Woody Be Tuff, was purchased by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., owner of 2017 NCHA Futurity Open champion Dual Reyish LTE $427,941.

Wood She B Magic’s price broke an all-time record for a cutting horse sold at public auction. The previous record was set nearly 20 years ago, when 1996 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Meradas Little Sue sold for $875,000, in the NCHA Futurity Sale.
Bred by Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Tex., Wood She B Magic is out of Metallic Cat daughter Magic Metallic LTE $164,052, a full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $438,315, and one of 18 earners of $1,674,584 out of Sweet Abra LTE $117,725, by Abrakadabracre.
Billy Wolf is also owner of Fancy Deville, the high-scoring go-round contender coming into the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals. Fancy Deville, by Once In A Blu Boon, was purchased by Wolf in the 2019 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale and is being shown by Dual Reyish’s rider, Austin Shepard.
Konna, a High Brow Cat daughter, bred by Jose Sigala, Weatherford, Tex., and consigned by Todd Nelson, Los Altos, Calif., in training with Richard Jordan, sold for $400,000, the second-highest price of a day that averaged $51,299 on 70 horses. A full sister to Sanctus LTE $137,556, winner of the NCHA Open Derby and the leading 2020 four-year-old money earner, Konna was purchased by Jim and Mary Jo Milner, Southlake, Tex.
Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the NCHA Futurity Sales resume on Tuesday, December 8 with Session II of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale and continue daily through Saturday, December 12. For the online catalog and daily sale results visit  westernbloodstock.com.

On to the McAlister Assets and the Rios of Mercedes Semi-Finals
The Amateur & Unlimited Amateur go-round of the 2020 NCHA Futurity concluded on Sunday, December 6 with that day’s high-scoring rider, Unlimited entry Khader Daoud, Crestview, Fla., posting 219 points aboard Once A Kitty, by Once In A Blu Boon. Jacob Morris, Dabel, Okla., an Amateur and Unlimited Amateur entry, scored 218.5 points on Talks To Angels, by Smooth Talkin Style, while Jaco Messenger, Mutal, Okla., also a double entry, marked 218, the day’s third highest score, on Cowgirl Blues 17, by Once In A Blu Boon.


Khader Daoud on Once A Kitty

Khader Daoud, the NCHA earner of $169,914, qualified for his first NCHA Futurity finals in 2006, riding the High Brow Cat daughter A Lynxs Cat LTE $44,036, and that same year won the NCHA Classic Challenge 5/6 Non-Pro championship on Peponita Times Two LTE $193,123, by PA Pete Bolton. In 2017, Daoud was an Amateur Unlimited finalist aboard Cat In A Dually LTE $46,030, by Bet Hesa Cat.
Once A Kitty, bred by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex., is a half-sister to the Dual Rey son Rockin W LTE $329,772, winner of the 2009 NCHA Open Futurity. Once A Kittys dam, 2004 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty LTE $498,188, has produced 19 NCHA earners of $883,211.
Jacob Morris, the NCHA earner of $11,776, was reserve champion in November of the 2020 Waco Texas 3-Year-Old Futurity Non Pro and won the Non-Pro Limited riding Smooth Chandolenacat, by Smooth As A Cat. He also won the 2020 Cotton Stakes 5/6 Amateur Limited and the Western States Fall $50,000 Amateur on Kickin In The Stix LTE $9,762, by Cats Merada.
Talks To Angels was bred by Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., and is a first foal out of Peptos Opus Cat LTE $75,456, by Peptoboonsmal. Peptos Opus Cat is a three-quarter sister to Shesa Spoonful A Fun LTE $97,690 and Mr Opus Time LTE $81,004. Her dam, Opus Cat LTE $59,385, by High Brow Cat, is out of Flips Lil Angel $68,397, by Colonel Flip, a 1996 NCHA Futurity Open finalist under Leon Harrel.
Jaco Messenger, the NCHA earner of $34,647, won the 2020 PCCHA Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur and Intermediate championships, as well as the Brazos Bash Amateur, on Sneakinaroundtheboon LTE $20,679, by Once In A Blu Boon.
Cowgirl Blues 17, bred by Wade Rust, Gordon, Tex., is a half-sister to Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, out of the Sweet Lil Pepto daughter Sweet Lil Cowtown LTE $74,422. Sweet Lil Cowtown is a half-sister to Smooth As A Twist LTE $148,086.
The McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals, with 79 riders who scored 213 or better, will be held on Monday, December 7. The Rios of Mercedes Amateur Semi-Finals, with 75 riders who scored 210 or better, will be held on Tuesday, December 8.

Teresa Padgett tops Limited Non-Pro Semi-Finals
Teresa Padgett, Gainesville, Tex., scored 218.5 points on Sunday, December 6, in Fort Worth, Tex., to win the Semi-Finals of the 2020 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro. Blake Heid, Fort Worth, Tex., and Gentry Gonsalves, Millsap, Tex., tied with 218 points. Riders with scores of 212 or higher in the Semis qualified for the Limited Non-Pro Finals to be held on Wednesday, December 9.


Teresa Padgett on Dripping N Finesse

Teresa Padgett, the earner of $185,509, has been an NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist six times. She was reserve champion in 2010 riding Boonlight Fishin LTE $22,872, by Boonlight Dancer, and in 2019, she tied for fifth riding Tigeronagoldleash LTE $24,157, by Cats Merada, and Only Live Once LTE $9,748, by Once In A Blu Boon. She was also a finalist in 2017 riding Booger Money LTE $24,990, by KTZ Rey Of Cash, and in 2013 on Very Good Bourbon LTE $57,620, by Very Good Remedy.
This year Padgett is showing Dripping N Finesse, by Once In A Blu Boon, who will become the sixth NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist bred by Padgett out of Miss Docs Command, an unshown daughter of Miss N Command. Padgett and Dripping N Finesse, who scored 220 points in first go-round competition, missed qualifying for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals by just one-half of a point.
Blake Heid, the earner of $166,797, has also been an NCHA Futurity finalist six times, including as a Limited Non-Pro, Unlimited Amateur, and Amateur rider. In 2018, he won the Amateur championship and the Gelding division riding Nothing Comes Easy LTE $54,935, by Kit Kat Sugar. Last year, he showed Jane Blu Boon LTE $11,861, by Once In A Blu Boon, in both the Limited Non-Pro and the Unlimited Amateur Finals.
Heid’s 2020 Limited Non-Pro mount, Betcha Like Me Now, by Reyzin The Cash, is a three-quarter brother to Dual Prime Time LTE $157,382, out of Prime Time Kat LTE $127,428, who is also the dam of Sweet Lil Prime Time LTE $92,342, by Sweet Lil Pepto. Prime Time Kat, in turn, is a three-quarter sister to Arosesuchaclatter LTE $323,079, by Smooth As A Cat.
Gentry Gonsalves, the earner of $86,293, placed fifth in last year’s NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro and was a Non-Pro Semi-Finalist, as well, riding Royal Beach LTE $15,352, by One Time Royalty.
Gonsalves’ 2020 Limited Non-Pro mount Glitteracrownroyal, a mare also sired by One Time Royalty, was bred by Susan Hearst out of the Dual Smart Rey daughter Glitter Done LTE $46,259, who won three NCHA World Series championships under Adan Banuelos. Glitter Done is a three-quarter sister to Im Hal On Heels LTE $114,713, by Halreycious.


Double victory for Little Jackson Cat
Winning the NCHA Open World Finals presented by 7 Ranch in Fort Worth on December 5 catapulted Little Jackson Cat from second place in the standings to the World Championship.
Ridden by Mike Wood for Dawn Chapman of Chandler, Ariz., Little Jackson Cat is a 10-year-old mare bred by Kenneth Jackson. She’s by High Brow Cat out of Rey To Play, a Dual Rey mare that was an NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes finalist under Lloyd Cox.


Little Jackson Cat, ridden by Mike Wood

This was actually Little Jackson Cat’s third World Finals win. She won the $25,000 Novice titles in 2017, ridden by Les Bates, and the following year with Wood. Wood also showed her to the 2018 World Championship in that class.
Wood and Chapman also teamed up for wins in year’s $5,000 Novice and $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals with Crispy Kreme.
In her 2020 World Finals runs, Little Jackson Cat posted scores of 225 / 219 / 220 / 231 / 895 for earnings of $17,139. That took her career earnings over $310,000. She earned $52,464 for the World Championship, after earning checks at 47 shows during the regular season.
Wood, a Hall of Fame Rider with earnings over $2.3 million, has won multiple Novice World Championships, but this was his first Open World title. He was previously Reserve World Champion in 2015 with Smart Stingrey.
First-round winner Mamas Stylish Sophie, by Dual Rey, ridden by Chris Hanson for German Lugo of Gainesville, Tex., placed second in the World Finals with earnings of $14,966.
Pedel To The Metall, ridden by Hall of Famer Ascencion Banuelos for Faith Mountain Ranch of Houston, is the 2020 Reserve World Champion with earnings of $48,321. The Metallic Cat gelding was bred by Double Dove Ranch, out of million-dollar producer Twice As Reycy.
Adan Banuelos, Cookie Banuelos and R.L. Chartier also took turns in the saddle on Pedel To The Metall during the point year.

It’s Miller time!
Megan Miller and Metallic Smart Cat claimed a clear victory in the Non-Pro division of the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals at Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Saturday night, December 5 earning both show champion and reserve world champion titles.


Megan Miller on Metallic Smart Cat

She posted the top score in three of the four working arounds, plus the non-working finals to earn $25,950 at the show, leading World Champion Elizabeth Quirk, who earned $14,363 on Reystylin Smooth.
Miller, of Poolville, Tex., is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee with career earnings of $1,278,211. She’s a two-time winner of the NCHA Super Stakes (Itawtathenapuddycat in 2009 and Carolena Reyn in 2018) and the Super Stakes Classic (Travs Scooter in 2009 and Carolena Reyn in 2019).
Metallic Smart Cat LTE $235,839 is a 7-year-old gelding bred by Cynthia Villa by Metallic Cat out of Smart Jerri Lee, by Smart Little Jerry. Miller’s husband, Matt, showed the gelding to Open reserve championships at the NCHA Derby and NCHA Classic Challenge, and won the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes with him.
Megan Miller and Metallic Smart Cat strung together scores of 228 / 229 / 221 / 229 / 907 at the World Finals. That helped her pass third-round winner Mary Jo Milner to take the Reserve World Championship.
Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, Louisiana, earned her second Non-Pro World Championship. The 2003 NCHA Limited Age Rookie of the Year was inducted into the Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2017, and was World Champion in 2018. She has career earnings of $1,172,313.
She earned $68,064 for her 2020 World title, riding to the herd in 54 shows prior to the World Finals.

Champions emerge at World Finals
Crispy Kreme claimed his second title at the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals on Saturday, December 5 when he and Hall of Fame Rider Mike Wood earned $4,593 to win the $5,000 Novice World title. Earlier in the show, owner Dawn Chapman of Chandler, Ariz. had won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro Reserve World title on him.
In all, winners were established Saturday in the $50,000 Amateur, $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and $15,000 Amateur, as well as the $5,000 Novice, after two rounds and a non-working finals, ahead of the Featured Open and Non-Pro finale on Saturday night.



Crispy Kreme, ridden by Mike Wood


Crispy Kreme swept the $5,000 Novice division, winning all three rounds with scores of 227-228-455, as well as taking the World Championship with earnings for the year of $40,329. It’s the fifth Novice World Championship for Wood.
Crispy Kreme is a 7-year-old gelding bred by D & D Quarter Horses by Metallic Cat out of My Other Toys A Car. He brought earnings of more than $155,000, mostly in Non-Pro and Amateur competition to the World Finals. He’ll leave the World Finals with earnings of more than $164,000.
Smokin Smooth Dually, a 7-year-old son of Smooth As A Cat, shown by Tosten Peterson for Scott Wardley of Okotoks, Alberta, placed second in the show after finishing second in each round.
The Reserve World Championship went to Smashing Reys, a 6-year-old Dual Rey mare shown by Casey Crouch for James and Heather Todd of Corsicana, Tex.


Jim Vangilder on Metallic Legacy


Jim Vangilder of Weatherford, Tex. swept the World Finals with scores of 229-228-457 to earn $4,593 for the show championship in the $50,000 Amateur on Metallic Legacy. He also moved into the Reserve World Championship for the division’s year-end tally.
Metallic Legacy is a 5-year-old mare by Metallic Cat out of Docs Stylish Legacy. She was reserve champion of the Pacific Coast Futurity with Gary Gonsalves in 2018, and has earned more than $108,000 with her World Finals check.
Vangilder, 74, was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2006, and built an enviable breeding program before taking an extended break from competition.
Alisha Southworth of Weatherford, Tex. and Metallic Maria Rey, by Metallic Cat, placed second in the World Finals with earnings of $3,216.
The World Championship went to Justin Rockey of Lancaster, Calif., with a total of $41,341 for the year. He rode to the herd in 37 shows prior to the World Finals, riding Dureyngo Kid and Metallic Tax.


Etch N Sketch, ridden by Jessica Pounds


Etch N Sketch and Jessica Pounds of Lipan, Tex. scored 229 in the second round of the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro to earn $3,736 and the show championship.
Pounds put together scores of 220.5-229-449.5 for the win on the 6-year-old Kit Kat Sugar gelding. Etch N Sketch was bred by Double Dove Ranch out of Reychell Rey, a daughter of $2 million producer Stylish Play Lena. She rode Etch N Sketch to the finals of the NCHA Futurity and Derby and the Breeders Invitational.
Betchalou, ridden by Julie Clarke of Bend, Ore., placed second in the World Finals with earnings of $3,124. The 7-year-old gelding is by Bet Hesa Cat.
Emma Rey, ridden by Amanda Smith of Wembley, Alberta, earned $981 in the World Finals to win the World Championship by just $61.01 over Highbrow Nadine, shown by Terry Moore of Valdosta, Georgia.
Emma Rey went to the herd 42 times before the World Finals, earning a total of $25,306. The 7-year-old mare bred by Cows & Horses, Etc. is by Dual Rey out of Frecklesareinstyle.


Pegeen Anderson on Ticking Time Bomb


Pegeen Anderson of Buckley, Wash. and Ticking Time Bomb won the second round and pencil finals to win the World Finals in the $15,000 Amateur with $2,388 in show earnings. They strung together scores of 216-220.5-436.5.
Ticking Time Bomb is a 15-year-old gelding bred by Nick and Gayle Karanges by Peptotime out of Stylish Amanda, making him a half-brother to Open World Finals contestant Mamas Stylish Sophie.
First-round winner Tia Harari of Scottsdale, Ariz. finished second in the World Finals and won the World Championship with show earnings of $1,692 on her 13-year-old WR This Cats Smart gelding Smart Lookin Cat. She piled up $9,584 for the year.
Brian Moore, also of Scottsdale, took the Reserve World Championship with $9,335 on Rio Tazzy, and Tonz More Fun. Rio Tazzy, his World Finals mount, is a 15-year-old Pepto Taz gelding.

Bushaw tops Day 4 of Amateur go-rounds
Charles Russell Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 219 points, the top score from the fourth day of 2020 NCHA Futurity Amateur & Unlimited Amateur go-round competition. Bushaw, an Unlimited Amateur entry, was showing the Hottish colt Hawk Falcon, who he also rode to qualify for the Non-Pro Limited Semi-Finals, to be held on Sunday, December 6.


Charles Russell Bushaw on Hawks Falcon

Kim Ezell, Perrin, Tex., and Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., tied with 218 points, the day’s second-highest score. Ezell, an Amateur entry, showed Let It Flo, a filly by Metallic Cat, while Hall, an Unlimited Amateur entry, rode Lews Chrome, a colt by High Brow Cat.
Charles Russell Bushaw, the NCHA earner of $128,219, won the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited championship on Wood You See LTE $45,168, by Woody Be Tuff. He was also a finalist in this year’s NCHA Senior Youth Finals riding Peptotoodie LTE $169,823, by Peptotime.
Hawk Falcon, owned and bred by Crown Ranch LP, Weatherford, Tex., is out of the Choice Acres daughter La Femme Nikita LTE $122,141, who won the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals with Traci Burgess. La Femme Nikita is the dam of five NCHA earners of $106,177, including La Deja Vu LTE $55,131, by Cat Ichi.
Kim Ezell, the NCHA earner of $109,326, placed fourth in the 2013 NCHA $5,000 Non-Pro Novice standings, as well as tenth in the 2005 NCHA $10,000 Amateur World standings. Her biggest check in limited age event competition came as a finalist in the 2007 NCHA Classic Challnge 5/6 Amateur riding Kaboomsmall LTE $54,190, by Peptoboonsmal.
Let It Flo is out of Oh Flo LTE $33,419, the dam of two earners of $10,574, whose dam, Flo Little Lena LTE $80,954, by Smart Little Lena, won the 2000 NCHA Amateur Futurity with Mark Pearson. Flo Little Lena is the dam of eight NCHA earners of $314,330, including Clifford Rey LTE $129,407, by Dual Rey.
Lew Hall, the NCHA earner of $41,600, won the 2020 Augusta Futurity $50,000 Amateur Any Age Finals on Sir Long Legs LTE $391,427, reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity and champion of the 2017 NCHA Open Derby under Austin Shepard.
Lews Chrome, bred by Steven Marcello, is the one of five 2017 foals, and first foals out of Sensacious LTE $81,076, by Halreycious. Sensacious is out of unshown Tracys Alittle Rey, a half-sister to Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, among earners of $591,981 out of Rey Lena Girl LTE $21,715, by Smart Little Lena.

Thursday was Bobbie Kay Davis’s day
Bobbie Kay Davis, Templeton, Calif., an Unlimited Amateur riding Just U N Me Baby, by Metallic Cat, scored 219.5 points on Thursday, December 3, to top all competitors to-date in the Amateur & Unlimited Amateur go-round of the 2020 NCHA Futurity. The go-round, which began on Wednesday, December 2, concludes on Sunday, December 6, and determines qualifiers for the McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals on December 7 and the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Semi-Finals on December 8.

Bobbie Kay Davis on Just U N Me Baby

Xavier Rodriguez, Miama, Fla., riding CR Tuffsoutaurleague, by Woody Be Tuff; Fernando Loza with Gotachangeurevilways, by Kit Kat Sugar; and Julie McBurney, Burbank, Calif., showing Fifty Shadz Of Rey, by Dual Rey, each scored 219, the go-round’s second-highest score.
Bobbie Kay Davis, the NCHA earner of $111,728, was a semi-finalist in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited aboard Audi Smooth LTE $16,631, by Smooth As A Cat. This year Davis claimed the PCCHA Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Limited on RN Starlights Cat LTE $119,055, by High Brow Cat, who she also showed to place third in the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals.
Bred by Davis, Just U N Me Baby, is the first foal to show out of Nitas Wood daughter Wood U N Me Baby LTE $179,286, who was shown by Russ Westfall in Open limited age events. Wood U N Me Baby is a full sister to Woodys Baby LTE $391,396, NCHA Non-Pro World reserve champion in 2016.
Last year, Xavier Rodriguez, the NCHA earner of $48,970, showed Bohemianne Rhapsody LTE $3,020, by Dual Rey, as a semi-finalist in both the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur Semi-Finals of the NCHA Futurity. CR Tuffsoutaurleague is out of the Dual Pep daughter DPS Lenas Lucinda LTE $70,987, dam of 13 earners of $379,451, including Cats Dual Olena LTE $97,174, and CR Lucys Playboy LTE $95,802, by Pepto Rio Playboy.
Fernando Loza, the NCHA earner of $27,689 and highest-scoring 2020 Amateur go-round entry through Thursday’s competition, won the 2019 Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Amateur Finals with Guitars N Cattlelacs LTE $15,802, by Bet Hesa Cat. Gotachangeurevilways is out of the Dual Rey daughter Wicked Wanda Rey LTE $30,885, dam of two earners of $75,333, including Wicked Little Cat LTE $70,958, by Metallic Cat.
Julie McBurney, NCHA earner of $247,316, has been an NCHA Futurity finalist twice – as a Non-Pro in 2012, showing Spoonevous LTE $29,162, by Hes A Peptospoonful, and as a Limited Non-Pro in 2015 on Caticus LTE $6,131, by WR This Cats Smart. Fifty Shadz Of Rey was bred by Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo., out of Spookys Cash LTE $284,313, dam of earners of $710,313, including successful 2020 freshman sire Reyzin The Cash LTE $274,376.

World Finals winners crowned

Peeptos Cat, ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Wood for Christine King of Scottsdale, Ariz., scored 229 to win the second round of the $25,000 Novice at the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Thursday, December 3.


Peeptos Cat, ridden by Mike Wood

Betchalou, ridden by Hall of Famer Morgan Cromer for Clarke Butte Ranch of Bend, Ore., placed second in the round with a 229, but won the non-working finals 448 to Peepto Cat’s 445, and the World Finals title, based on show earnings, with $3,981 to Peeptos Cat’s $3,185.
Peeptos Cat took the World Championship, with $33,523 to $32,568 for Montanas Bad Cat, ridden by Casey Crouch for Patrick and Denise Bendele.
Peeptos Cat is a 9-year-old mare bred by Peter and Nora Stent by Cat Ichi out of Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559. She had a successful aged event career, with Open reserve championships at the Bonanza and Southern Derby with Matt Gaines, and the Brazos Bash Non-Pro Classic with Alexa Stent. She has career earnings of more than $158,000.
Betchalou is a 7-year-old gelding bred by Oxbow Ranch by Bet Hesa Cat out of Louella Again. He’d won more than $255,000 with Cromer and owner Julie Clarke prior to the World Finals.
Reserve World Champion Montanas Bad is a 9-year-old gelding by Mr Black And Decker out of Montanas Dual Badger, bred by Douglas Ward. He was also a Top 15 finalist in the $25,000 Novice in 2018.
Sharmon Huber of East Wenatchee, Wash. and Metallic Oaks scored 223 to lead the second round of the $35,000 Non-Pro, edging Parker Johnson on LHR Smooth James Rey at 222 and World Finals winner Chaser Crouch on GS Zans Cat.


Sharmon Huber on Metallic Oaks

Bred by Dottie Hill, Metallic Oaks is a 6-year-old son of Metallic Cat out of Scooters Stylish Oak, by Docs Stylish Oak.
Chaser Crouch, of Corsicana, Tex. won the first round with a 224 on GS Zans Cat, as well as the non-working finals with a 442. He earned $2,444 to win the show championship by $396 over Huber.
GS Zans Cat is a 13-year-old mare bred by Gordon Sevig and owned by Crouch, of Corsicana, Tex. She is by Smooth As A Cat out of Zans Red Gold and has earned more than $197,000. She is a former Top 10 Open horse, and has made no fewer than 20 appearances in NCHA National Championship finals.
Chaser Crouch won the Senior Youth championship on GS Zans Cat at the NCHA Western Nationals in 2018, and he has career earnings of more than $46,000.
World Champion Virginia Kilduff of Prescott Valley, Ariz., added $1,429 to her year’s total at the World Finals to finish 2020 with $15,197 in the $35,000 Non-Pro division. She showed Kisses On My Bottom throughout the year. The 11-year-old mare, bred by Marvine Ranch. is by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Playful Ricochet, by Smart Ricochet.
Kilduff has been an eight-time finalist at the NCHA Western National Championships.
Aden Bernhagen of Corsicana, Tex. took the Reserve World Championship with $12,513 in earnings, including $828 at the World Finals. He rode Dr Cuzin which carried him to the World Finals and World Championships in the $2,000 Limited Rider division last year.
Dr Cuzin is a 16-year-old gelding bred by Kelly Schaar by Dual Rey out of Short Candy.
Crispy Kreme, ridden by Dawn Chapman won the first round and pencil finals to win the NCHA World Finals and take the Reserve World Championship in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. They put together scores of 221-215.5-436.5 for a 2.5-point lead in the aggregate, but $794 in the crucial earnings column.
Crispy Kreme is a 7-year-old gelding bred by D & D Quarter Horses by Metallic Cat out of My Other Toys A Car. He brought earnings of more than $155,000, mostly in Non-Pro and Amateur competition to the World Finals.
This is the fourth time in six years that Dawn Chapman has finished in the Top 10 in NCHA Novice Non-Pro classes.
TR Shes A Cat, ridden by Audrey O’Connor of Parker, Colo., won the second round of the World Finals with a 217. Bred by Terry Dean, TR Shes A Cat is a 6-year-old mare by Bet Hesa Cat out of Tea Ares Dual Rey.
O’Connor showed the mare as an Amateur Intermediate finalist at the recent Pacific Coast Futurity. O’Connor has been a six-time finalist at the NCHA Western National Championships.
Rey My Belle, owned by Jim and Laura Jorde of Scottsdale, Ariz., and shown by Laura, is the 2020 World Champion with $5,000 Novice Non-Pro earnings for the year of $27,296.
Bred by Carroll’s Cutting, Rey My Belle is a 7-year-old son of Dual Rey out of Belle Mate, who was a three-quarter sister to Hall of Fame Horse Belles N Bullets. Laura Jorde has career earnings of more than $210,000. She showed the 2015 $15,000 Novice Non-Pro Reserve World Champion Razor.
World Champion Joseph Boyd of Scottsdale, Ariz. won the first round of the $2,000 Limited Rider on Bless Chu Mate. But Allison Welling of Weatherford, Tex. posted the division’s top score, a 227, in the second round, to win the non-working round and tie with Boyd for top money at the show. Each of them earned $2,444 in Fort Worth.
Boyd clinched the World Championship with his first-round win on Wednesday. He and Bless Chu Mate won the NCHA Western National Championships in the $2,000 Rider class in 2019.
He wrapped up the year with $14,268 in earnings.
Bless Chu Mate is a 13-year-old mare bred by Anderson Cattle Co. and owned by Gerald Dorros. She is by Smart Mate out of HB Dear Chula, and has earned over $87,000.
Welling was a finalist this year at the NCHA Eastern National Championships on Thiskittywearsacrown.
Metallic Alex is a 7-year-old gelding bred by Alex Franz by Metallic Cat out of TM Smart Alexis. He has earned more than $133,000, mostly with owner Stephanie Sheen.
The Reserve World Championship goes to Chrystal Ainsworth of Georgetown, La., riding SDP Hydrive Royalty. The 9-year-old mare was bred by Dave and Georgia Husby by Hydrive Cat out of CD Royalty, by CD Olena. She earned $9,386 for the year, including $376 picked up at the World Finals.

Wednesday’s big slate of World Finals competition
The first rounds of the $25,000 Novice, $35,000 Non-Pro, $5,000 Novice Non-Pro and $2,000 Limited Rider were held in the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Wednesday, December 2.



Smart Sugar Kitty, ridden by Wes Ashlock. Seth Petit photo.


Wes Ashlock scored 224 on Smart Sugar Kitty to win the $25,000 Novice go-round over Betchalou, ridden by Morgan Cromer at 222, and Chrome Catillac ridden by Cody Lamont at 219.
Smart Sugar Kitty, bred by Rusty Simpson and owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses of Nemo, Tex., is a 5-year-old mare by Kit Kat Sugar out of NCHA Futurity champion Dual Smart Kitty.
Smart Sugar Kitty won last year’s Abilene Spectacular with Ashlock and Amateur titles at Abilene this year with Sadye Simpson. She came into the World Finals ranked #12, with $25,000 Novice earnings of $12,044.



Chaser Crouch on GS Zans Cat. Seth Petit photo.


In the $35,000 Non-Pro, Chaser Crouch won the round with a 224 on GS Zans Cat, over World Champion Virginia Kilduff with a 219 on Kisses On My Bottom, and Parker Johnson with a 217.5 on LHR Smooth James Rey.
GS Zans Cat is a 13-year-old mare bred by Gordon Sevig and owned by Crouch, of Corsicana, Tex. She is by Smooth As A Cat out of Zans Red Gold and has earned more than $197,000. She is a former Top 10 Open horse, and has made no fewer than 20 appearances in NCHA National Championship finals.
Chaser Crouch won the Senior Youth championship on GS Zans Cat at the NCHA Western Nationals in 2018, and he has career earnings of more than $46,000.



Crispy Kreme, ridden by Dawn Chapman. Seth Petit photo.


Crispy Kreme, ridden by Dawn Chapman of Chandler, Ariz., scored 221 to lead the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro go-round. Rival A Traction, ridden by Ehrin Dawson placed second with a 220.5 and Nite Prowler, ridden by Colleen Johnson, was third.
Crispy Kreme is a 7-year-old gelding bred by D & D Quarter Horses by Metallic Cat out of My Other Toys A Car. He has earned more than $155,000, mostly in Non-Pro and Amateur competition, and is positioned to be Reserve World Champion behind Rey My Belle following Thursday’s finals.
Dawn Chapman has finished in the Top 10 in Novice Non-Pro classes three times in the past six years.



Joseph Boyd on Bless Chu Mate. Seth Petit photo.


Joseph Boyd of Scottsdale, Ariz., showed why he will be the 2020 NCHA World Champion in the $2,000 Limited Rider division when he marked 225 on Bless Chu Mate to win the first round.
Boyd came into the World Finals with a nearly insurmountable lead at $11,824, and Wednesday’s win pushed him over the top.
Bless Chu Mate is a 13-year-old mare bred by Anderson Cattle Co. and owned by Gerald Dorros. She is by Smart Mate out of HB Dear Chula, and has earned over $87,000.
Boyd and Bless Chu Mate won the NCHA Western National Championships in the $2,000 Rider class in 2019.
Cassie Finley was second with a 221.5 on Catamus Maximus, while Allison Welling followed with 219.5 on Metallic Alex.

On to the Non-Pro Semi-Finals
Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., posted 221.5 and 220 on Herradura Cat, by High Brow Cat, for the top cumulative score of 441.5, on the last day of Non-Pro go-round competition for the 2020 NCHA Futurity. Rice was one of 63 riders with 431.5 points or higher to advance to the Non-Pro Semi-Finals on Friday, December 11.
Rice, the NCHA earner of $518,106, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist four times and a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, including in 2017, when he showed Times Be Tuff LTE $87,928 to place ninth in the Non-Pro Finals, and in 2003, when he was a Non-Pro finalist and placed third in the Limited Finals on Dee Cats Meow LTE $134,216.
Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, showing Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, earned 440.5 points, the second-highest cumulative, with go-round scores of 222 and 218.5 points.
Westfall, who lives in Granbury, Tex., won the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championships showing I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, and placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.  In 2017, he was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.
Austin Adams, Springtown, Tex., riding A Shoot N Star, by Smooth Talkin Style, and Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., aboard Reyzin Nu Desires, by Reyzin The Cash, tied with 438.5, the third-highest cumulative. Adams was a first go-round leader with 222 points, while Colgrove shared the second go-round high score of 222 points with Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., who showed Hot Sauzz, by Im Countin Checks.
Adams, the NCHA earner of $454,394, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist three times, in addition to being a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, and an Amateur finalist four times, including as reserve champion in 2007 with WRS Dually Smart LTE $16,508, by Smart Little Lena. Adams also placed seventh in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Limited aboard Metallic Special Cat LTE $26,086.
Madalyn Colgrove, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $721,557, was a 2018 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity finalist on Hammer Hughes LTE $42,129, by Thomas E Hughes. Last year Colgrove was a Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist riding DMAC In Good Faith LTE $6,558, by Metallic Cat.
Reyzin Nu Desires, Colgrove’s 2020 mount, is owned and bred by Madalyn’s sister, Blakley Colgrove Simoneaux, out of Desires Nu Catillac LTE $58,923. A full sister to Thundercat LTE $302,762, among earners of $1,572,227, Desires Nu Catillac is out the leading producer Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990.
Blakley Simoneaux, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $773,141, also qualified for the Non-Pro Semi-Finals, with a cumulative of 434 points, showing the Reyzin The Cash colt He Haz Reyzin, owned and bred by her sister Madalyn.


Langston Pattillo on Hot Sauzz

Langston Pattillo’s gelding, Hot Sauzz, was also bred by Madalyn Colgrove, out of Sweet Lil Sue, a High Brow CD daughter that Madalyn showed to earn $47,769. Hot Sauzz is Sweet Lil Sue’s first foal to show. Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $452,331, placed ninth in last year’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals aboard Catsa U Later $32,733, and was a 2018 Non-Pro Limited and Amateur finalist riding Kit Cat Kisses LTE $21,585, by Kit Kat Sugar. Catsa U Later, by Boon Too Suen, also carried Pattillo to place third in the 2020 NCHA Derby Amateur, and to win the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Amateur Unlimited.

Non-Pro second round leaders, first day
On November 27, riding Herradura Cat, by High Brow Cat, Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., posted 221.5, the second-highest score from the first day of 2020 NCHA Futurity go-round competition. On Tuesday, December 1, Rice and Herradura Cat came back in the first day of second go-round competition with 220 points and a leading cumulative score of 441.5.

Scotty Rice on Herradura Cat

Austin Adams, Springtown, Texas, and Shoot N Star, by Smooth Talkin Style, claimed the next highest average of 438.5 points (219.5 and 219), while Bill Cowan and Handle On Randel, by Light N Lena, were third with 438 (219 and 219).
Scotty Rice, the NCHA earner of $518,106, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist four times and a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, including in 2017, when he showed Times Be Tuff LTE $87,928 to place ninth in the Non-Pro Finals, and in 2003, when he was a Non-Pro finalist and placed third in the Limited Finals on Dee Cats Meow LTE $134,216.
Herradura Cat was bred by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex., out of the Smart Mate daughter Mate Stays Here LTE $112,317. A sixth-placed finalist in the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity under Jason Clark, Mate Stays Here is the dam of five NCHA earners of $120,702, including Dapper Cat LTE $71,011, a full brother to Herradura Cat.
Austin Adams, the NCHA earner of $454,394, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist three times, in addition to being a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, and an Amateur finalist four times, including as reserve champion in 2007 with WRS Dually Smart LTE $16,508, by Smart Little Lena. Adams also placed seventh in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Limited aboard Metallic Special Cat LTE $26,086.
A Shoot N Star, by Smooth Talkin Style, was bred by Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., out of the WR This Cats Smart daughter SG Catty Starlight LTE $34,667, the dam of Riddler LTE $28,487, by Hottish. SG Catty Starlight is a full sister to Starlights Lil Cat $136,000, winner of the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale National Open Championship.
Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., the Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $993,800, has been an NCHA Futurity finalist four times, a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, and won the Futurity Non-Pro Limited in 2008 riding Catty Hawk LTE $239,044.
Handle On Randel, bred by Cowan Ranch, is out of the Catty Hawk daughter Billies Catty LTE $225,578, who Cowan showed as a Non-Pro finalist in the 2014 NCHA Futurity. Billies Catty’s first foal, Billies Secret LTE $9,768, by Once In A Blu Boon, won the 2020 Southern Futurity 4-Year-Old Amateur Limited with Junior Youth rider Makenzie Cowan.
Billies Catty is out of the Mecom Blue daughter Little Bonnie Blue LTE $45,318, who was reserve champion of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open Limited under Ryon Emerton, and also shown as a 2008 NCHA Derby Non-Pro and Non-Pro limited finalist by Bill Cowan. Little Bonnie Blue is also the dam of Billies Catty’s full brother Cattys Bonnie Blue LTE $68,969.
The 2020 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro second-ground concludes on Wednesday, December 2. The Limited Non-Pro Finals will be held on Wednesday, December 9, and the Non-Pro Semi-Finals on Thursday, December 10.

Harris Shepard wins Open Limited championship
It was a bittersweet win for Harris Shepard, Verbena, Ala., who scored 225 points to win $10,340 and the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open Limited championship, on Monday, November 30.  Harris was aboard the Bamacat son Playful Bamacat, a colt owned by his father, NCHA Hall of Fame Member and Open Rider Sam Shepard, who passed away on September 22, 2020.
Playful Bamacat, ridden by Harris Shepard

Harris, the NCHA earner of $92,505, had shown Especially Thomas LTE $37,506, as a Non-Pro Futurity finalist in 2012, when he was 18. Earlier this year, he won the Cotton Stakes 5/6 Open Limited riding Countin Catillacs LTE $23,249, who he also showed as reserve champion of the Southern Futurity 5/6 Classic Open Limited.
Speak Easie, ridden by Cass Tatum

Playful Bamacat, out of Playful Ricochet, by Smart Lil Richochet, was bred by Jerome Bradford, Hoschton, Ga. His dam earned over $84,000 in limited age event competition under Sam Shepard and produced 10 NCHA money earners, including Playful Highbrow CD LTE $55,623, winner of the NCHA Eastern Nationals Open championship with Walt Erwin. Playful Ricochet’s dam, A Genuine Playgun $60,616, was a full sister to Playguns Desire LTE $124,352, and half-sister to Desire Some Freckles LTE $188,990, who produced earners of over $1.5 million.
Cass Tatum, Overbrook, Okla., the first rider in the field of 28 finalists and a Top 10 contender going into the Open Semi-Finals with a combined score of 440 (220 and 218), marked 223 points in the Limited Finals on Speak Easie, by Smooth Talkin Style, for the reserve championship and $9,427.
Tatum, a former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Lloyd Cox and the NCHA earner of $97,055, made his first appearance as a Futurity finalist in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Stevia, who he also showed as a Futurity Open Semi-Finalist, as well as reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash Open Limited.
Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and owned by Holly Davidorf, Johnstown, Ohio, Speak Easie is a half-sister to the Kit Kat Sugar daughter Stevia LTE $51,661, shown by Cass Tatum as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist. Speak Easie’s dam, SDP Miss Caba Rey, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, reserve champion of the 2003 NCHA Open Futurity with Lloyd Cox, and a half-sister to High Brow Cougar LTE $194,141, third-placed in the 2003 NCHA Open Futurity under Tim Denton.
Zeb Corvin, Canyon, Tex., scored 219 points to place third and earn $8,514 riding Metabra, by Metallic Cat, and also showed Megician, by Metallic Cat, to earn $2,509. Corvin, the NCHA earner of $280,270, was reserve champion and also placed third in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited showing Tin Man LTE $34,556 and Suenperstitious Cat LTE $19,669, respectively, for Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex.
Metabra Cat, owned by the Zeb Corvin and Stella Swanson Partnership, was bred by Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., and is a full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel LTE $411,837, among NCHA earners of $1,674,584 out of Sweet Abra LTE $117,725,  by Abrakadabracre. Sixteen of Sweet Abra’s 18 NCHA money earners are sired by Metallic Cat, including nine who have earned $100,000 or more.

Feiner claims final day’s high score
The first go-round of 2020 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro competition concluded on Monday, November 30, with Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., leading the way to the second go-round with 225 points. A score of 209 or higher was required for Non-Pros to advance, and 210 for Non-Pro Limited riders.

Steven Feiner on Aftermath

Monday’s high-scoring rider was Steven Feiner, Aspen, Colo., with 221 points on Aftermath, sired by Metallic Cat and owned and bred by SMF Cutting Horses LLC. Megan Johnsrud, Weatherford, Tex., earned 220 points, the day’s second-highest score, aboard Little Woody Gal, sired by Woody Be Tuff and bred by Bluestem Ranch.
Steven Feiner, the NCHA earner of $363,689, was a 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited finalist riding Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, by Dual Rey, and Cowcat 511 LTE $131,940, by Metallic Cat. But his greatest success in Fort Worth came riding Aftermath’s dam, Lil Rattler LTE $338,873, to win back-to-back Non-Pro championships in the 2014 and 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro 5/6 Classics, and to claim the Non-Pro reserve championship of the 2015 NCHA Summer Showdown.
In addition to Aftermath, Lil Rattler has close ties to two other high-scoring horses from the 2020 Non-Pro first go-round, including Elizabeth Quirk’s go-round winner Cinca Cat. Sired by High Brow Cat, Cinca Cat is out of Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, whose dam, Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, is a full sister to Lil Rattler, as is Coureygous LTE $118,406, the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion with Kristen Galyean.
Super Fein, by Dual Rey out of Highbrow Supercat, with 222 points in the Non-Pro first round under Kylie Rice, is a full sister to Lil Rattler, Button Down Supercat, Coureygous, and Cinca De Maya, as well as nine other money earners.
Megan Johnsrud, the NCHA earner of $266,852, an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro semi-finalist last year on Lil Bagheera, by Lil Catbaloo, was also a 2019 Non-Pro finalist, and placed fifth in the Non-Pro Limited, riding Smooth Billie LTE $69,885, by Smooth As A Cat.
Little Woody Gal, out of 2002 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Lil Pepto Gal LTE 490,951, is half-sister to 21 NCHA earners of $1,249,229, including Little Pepto Cat LTE $649,116.
The NCHA Futurity Non-Pro second go-round begins on Tuesday, December 1 and concludes on Wednesday, December 2, and the Limited Non-Pro Finals will begin at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, December 9, followed by the Rio of Mercedes Amateur Finals.

Open World Finals 2nd Go
Peepaboo, ridden by Paul Hansma, bounced back from a tough-luck run in the first round to win the second go-round of the NCHA Open World Finals with 231 points, in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on Sunday night, November 29.

Peepaboo, ridden by Paul Hansma

Crey Zee, ridden by Tatum Rice, was second with a 225 points, while Blues Hot and Todd Bimat scored 222.5 for third. The remaining rounds of the Open and Non-Pro World Finals will be decided on Thursday and Saturday.
Bred and owned by Alexa Stent of Aledo, Tex., who is also showing Bowmerang in the Non-Pro World Finals, Peepaboo is a 7-year-old mare by Docs Stylish Oak out of Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559.
Stent rode Little Bow Peepto to third place in the 2011 Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, and Eddie Flynn showed her to multiple major limited age event finals.
Little Bow Peepto, who is also the dam of another 2020 NCHA World Finals contender, Kreepin Cat, is out of million-dollar producer Bowmans Little Jewel, the dam of Stent’s Non-Pro mount, Bowmerang.
Peepaboo will sail past the $100,000 mark with Sunday’s win. Paul Hansma, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $6,225,059, showed 1994 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Hicapoo and 1996 NCHA Futurity champion Playboy McCrae, but Peepaboo, currently ranked #4 in the World, with a shot at the top, could give him his highest position ever in the year-end standings.
Crey Zee, the 2018 NCHA Futurity champion and 2019 Horse of the Year, is a mare bred and owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, Tex. She is by Dual Rey out of Eazee E, a daughter of $1.3 million producer Zee Dualy.
With Hall of Fame Rider Tatum Rice, an earner of $2,645,277, on board, she is sitting in third place in the tightly packed field for the World Championship.
In fact, this is probably the first time that all 15 horses in the Open World Finals have had a mathematical chance to win the World Championship mid-way through the show.

Miller dominates Day 2 of World Finals
Riding Metallic Smart Cat, Megan Miller of Poolville, Tex. scored 229 for an eight-point win in the second round of the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals on Sunday, November 29, in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena.
Megan Miller on Round 2 winner Metallic Smart Cat

Katherine Whitby placed second with a 221 on Dual Rider, while Ali Good was third with a 220.5 on Cat Atat Cat. Elizabeth Quirk, riding Reystylin Smooth earned sixth-place money with a 218.5, which was enough to give her an unbeatable lead in the race for the year-end World Championship.
Megan Miller, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 2010, has lifetime earnings of $1,252,260. She’s a two-time winner of the NCHA Super Stakes (Itawtathenapuddycat in 2009 and Carolena Reyn in 2018) and Super Stakes Classic (Travs Scooter, 2009 and Carolena Reyn, 2019).
Metallic Smart Cat LTE $203,447, her only World Championship mount for 2020, was bred by Cynthia Villa, by Metallic Cat out of Smart Jerri Lee LTE $52,721. Smart Jerry Lee has produced earners of $399,538, including Smartlee As A Cat LTE $64,284.
Katherine Whitby of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. rode Dual Rider to the NCHA $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship last year. She has career earnings of $68,053 and she and Dual Rider were finalists in two legs of the popular Way Out West Series this year.
Dual Rider is a 9-year-old gelding bred by the late Skip Jacques, by Flo Rider out of Bella Dual. Bella Dual’s dam, Santa Belle, was a Top 5 Open horse in 1993 and has produced earners of $776,000.
Elizabeth Quirk, who tied with Megan Miller to lead the first round, secured her 2020 World Championship with Sunday’s $1,931 paycheck. With her 2018 World Championship, she will join Mary Jo Milner, Carol Rose and Debbie Patterson as women who have won more than one NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Galyean and Chiarelli tie on Day 3 of Non-Pro go-round
Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and Carly Chiarelli, Poolville, Tex., tied with 221 points on Sunday, November 29, to top the third day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round competition, where Austin Adams, Springtown, Tex., posted 219.5 points, the second-highest score. With one day remaining in the go-round, Elizabeth Quirk remains the leader with the 225 points that she scored on Saturday, riding Cinca Cat, by High Brow Cat.

Kristen Galyean on Luminnous

Kristen Galyean, 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion on Coureygous LTE $118,406, is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $864,115. In addition to Coureygous, Galyean has shown two other NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalists – Fed Ex LTE $78,771, by Spots Hot, in 2016, and Dark And Sultry LTE $84,728, by Spots Hot, in 2012.
Galyean scored a solid 216 points on Friday riding Reyckoning, by Reyzin The Cash, but it was Luminnous who gave her 221.5 points on Sunday. Sired by Metallic Cat and bred by Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Tex., Luminnous is out of Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, who Kristen’s husband, Wesley Galyean, showed as 2010 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion, and who Kristen showed as 2011 Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro champion.

Luminnous is a full sister to Some Likeit Metallic LTE $107,624, also shown by Wesley and Kristen, and her second dam, Mighty Fine Sue LTE $73,494, by Smart Little Lena, is a full or half-sister to the earners of $1,528,504, including seven with earnings of $100,000 or more, out of Meradas Little Sue LTE $670,098, by Freckles Merada.


Carly Chiarelli on Reys A Little Hell

Carly Chiarelli, the NCHA earner of $330,866, was a 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist on Justa Jasmine LTE $36,667, by Smooth As A Cat. In 2018, Chiarelli won the NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited championship on the Metallic Cat daughter Olive Martini LTE $135,472, who Chiarelli also showed to place fourth in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.
Reys A Little Hell, who Chiarelli rode to earn 221 points on Sunday, is a gelding by Hellcat, out of the Dual Rey daughter Savannah Blue Rey LTE $67,919, who won the 2015 West Texas 3-Year-Old Futurity Open under Geoffrey Sheehan. Savannah Blue Rey, by Dual Rey, is out of the Doc’s Hickory daughter Savannah Hickory, whose dam, out of Savannah White LTE $155,020, produced NCHA earners of $664,059.
Austin Adams, the NCHA earner of $454,394, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist three times, in addition to being a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, and an Amateur finalist four times, including as reserve champion in 2007 with WRS Dually Smart LTE $16,508, by Smart Little Lena. Adams also placed seventh in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Limited aboard Metallic Special Cat LTE $26,086.
Adams’ 2020 Non-Pro contender A Shoot N Star, by Smooth Talkin Style, was bred by Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Tex., out of the WR This Cats Smart daughter SG Catty Starlight LTE $34,667, the dam of Riddler LTE $28,487, by Hottish. SG Catty Starlight is a full sister to Starlights Lil Cat $136,000, winner of the 2017 NCHA Scottsdale National Open Championship.
The schedule for Monday, November 30, includes the fourth and final day of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro first go-round, which will be followed by the 2020 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Finals.

The last shall be first
Mamas Stylish Sophie came into the NCHA Open World Finals “on the bubble,” so to speak, as the 15th-ranked horse in the World Standings. But her 228-point win with Chris Hanson in the first round of the NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena on November 28, earned $6,035 and shot her into the Top 10 for the year.


Mamas Stylish Sophie, ridden by Chris Hanson

Hott Nu Cowboy, ridden by Cullen Chartier, placed second in the round with a 226, while Little Jackson Cat’s 225 under Mike Wood gave him third in the round, but nudged him into a $38 lead in the World Standings.
Mamas Stylish Sophie LTE $130,733 is owned by German Lugo of Gainesville, Tex. and was bred by Mama’s Ranch. She’s a 6-year-old by Dual Rey out of Stylish Amanda LTE $109,648. Stylish Amanda has produced earners of $633,451 including LHR Royal Flush LTE $161,415, One Flashy Style LTE $81,381 and Super Stakes reserve champ Creepy Crawler LTE $74,971.
Hanson and Mamas Stylish Sophie won last year’s Waco Texas Classic and have been finalists in seven other major Open aged events. Chris Hanson is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,174,830. He’s shown four Top 15 horses.
Hott Nu Cowboy is owned by Circle R Cutting Horses and was bred by Wrigley Ranches by Hottish out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268. Special Nu Kitty has produced earners of $525,566, including Special Nu Boon LTE $188,246, who placed third in the NCHA Futurity under Michael Cooper. Special Nu Kitty is a half-sister to 2015 NCHA World Champion Special Nu Baby.
Little Jackson Cat LTE $296,165, now holding a narrow lead in the World Standings, is owned by Dawn Chapman and was bred by Kenneth Jackson by High Brow Cat out of Rey To Play.
The 10-year-old mare was an NCHA Derby and Super Stakes finalist and went on to be $25,000 Novice World Champion in 2018 with Mike Wood.

It is not a quirk: Elizabeth leads 2020 Non-Pro Futurity and World Finals go-rounds
On Saturday, November 28, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Elizabeth Quirk, Denham Springs, La., the 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship leader, tied with 228 points on Reystylin Smooth in the World Finals go-round, and 225 points on Day 2 of the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro go-round aboard Cinca Cat. The Futurity go-round score was the highest following two days of first go-round competition, with two days remaining before the second go-round begins on Tuesday, December 1.

Elizabeth Quirk riding Cinca Cat

Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points, the second-highest score from two days of competition, on My Wayward Son, while Brandon Westfall, Granbury, Tex., claimed Saturday’s third-highest score, 222 points, riding Fiddle And Steel.
Elizabeth Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,157,950, is the current leader in contention for the title of 2020 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. She was also an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist in 2019 riding Ireydescent LTE $101,644, who she showed as Non-Pro reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash, as well as Candi Cat LTE $124,351, her winning mount for the 5/6 Brazos Bash Non-Pro championship.
Bred by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and purchased by Quirk for $100,000 at the 2019 NCHA Futurity Sale, Cinca Cat, by High Brow Cat, is out of the Spots Hot daughter Cinca Im Hot LTE $259,169, a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open finalist, as well as the 2017 Breeders Invitational Open champion, under Jesse Lennox.
Cinca Im Hot is out of Cinca De Maya LTE $106,341, the dam of six NCHA earners of $535,180, including Metallic Curveball LTE $190,704, by Metallic Cat. Cinca De Maya, in turn, is out of High Brow Cat daughter Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690, dam of Super Fein, shown by Kylie Knight to top Non-Pro go-round competition with 222 points on Friday, November 27.
Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $3,643,540, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finalist 14 times, as well as an Amateur finalist one time. He won the Non-Pro championship twice – in 2001, on Jerryoes LTE $252,780, and in 2017, with Bittersweet LTE $195,757 – and rode two finalists in each of three years, 2007, 2008, and 2012. He has also been a Semi-Finalist 33 times, including three times as an Open rider, and has bred many of his own Finalists and Semi-Finalists, including My Wayward Son, under the name of Crown Ranch.
Sired by Kit Kat Sugar, My Wayward Son is out of the Peptotime daughter Peptotoodie LTE $169,823, who carried Chad and Amie Bushaw’s son, Charles Russell, to the Junior Youth championship of the 2017 NCHA Eastern Nationals, the reserve championship of the 2018 NCHA Eastern Nationals, as well as a finalist in the 2019 Summer Scholarship NYCHA Junior Cutting, and the 2020 NCHA Senior Youth Cutting. If My Wayward Son qualifies for the Futurity Semi-Finals, he will become the first money earner from Peptotoodie’s four oldest foals, all 2017 models, from four different sires.
Brandon Westfall, the NCHA earner of $618,068, won the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship showing I Reckon So LTE $78,580, by Kit Kat Sugar, and placed third on Desires One And Only LTE $52,576, by One Time Pepto.  In 2017, he was NCHA Futurity Non-Pro reserve champion riding Smooth Lil Cowtown LTE $127,352, by Smooth As A Cat, and in 2018, he placed in the Open Finals and the Open Limited Finals riding Ringo LTE $57,886, by Kit Kat Sugar, and was a Non-Pro finalist aboard The Bluez Feather, by The Bluez Man.
Fiddle And Steel, by Metallic Cat, bred by Brandon’s parents, Russ and Janet Westfall, is a half-brother to Ringo, Brandon’s 2018 NCHA Futurity finalist out of Lil Bit Reckless LTE $231,124, by CD Royal, and third generation Westfall breeding, tracing back to Trouble Lynn 495, the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $751,200.

Non-Pro go-round Super Fein for Kyle Rice
Kylie Rice, Weatherford, Tex., scored 222 points showing Super Fein on Friday, November 27, to take the lead on the first day of NCHA Futurity Non-Pro go-round competition, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. Scotty Rice, Weatherford, Tex., posted 221.5, the day’s second-highest score, on Herradura Cat, while Codie Green, Perrin, Tex., was third with 221 points on Supercute.

Kylie Rice on Super Fein

Kylie Rice, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $608,244, was an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist last year showing Guantanamo Rey LTE $30,375, and a Semi-Finalist on Jay Zee LTE $85,046, who she also showed as a 2020 NCHA Derby Non-Pro finalist. In 2014, Rice was a Futurity Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited finalist aboard Master Mate LTE $110,150.
Super Fein, owned by Kylie’s parents, Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., is a Dual Rey daughter, bred by Cross Timbers Ranch, Claremore, Okla., out of Highbrow Supercat LTE $364,690. Winner of the 2005 NCHA Open Futurity with Tommy Marvin, Highbrow Supercat is an all-time leading producer of 22 NCHA earners of $1,476,154, including five with earnings of more than $100,000 each, all sired by Dual Rey and full siblings to Super Fein. The “Super” five include the mares Lil Rattler LTE $338,873; Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048; as well as Coureygous LTE $118,460, who was shown by Kristen Galyean as 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion.
Scotty Rice, the NCHA earner of $518,106, has been an NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist four times and a Non-Pro Limited finalist three times, including in 2017, when he showed Times Be Tuff LTE $87,928 to place ninth in the Non-Pro Finals, and in 2003, when he was a Non-Pro finalist and placed third in the Limited Finals on Dee Cats Meow LTE $134,216.
Herradura Cat, a colt sired by High Brow Cat, was bred by Darren Blanton, Dallas, Tex., out of the Smart Mate daughter Mate Stays Here LTE $112,317. A sixth-placed finalist in the 2006 NCHA Open Futurity under Jason Clark, Mate Stays Here is the dam of five NCHA earners of $120,702, including Dapper Cat LTE $71,011, a full brother to Herradura Cat.
Codie Green, the NCHA earner of $450,209, was reserve champion of the 2005 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and a Non-Pro finalist showing homegrown Buckaroo Boon LTE $196,122, who her husband Casey showed as a finalist in the Open Futurity. Codie also showed Roudini LTE $36,157, a gelding out of Buckaroo Boon $196,122, as an NCHA Non-Pro Semi-Finalist in 2015. Buckaroo Boon, by Peptoboonsmal, is the dam of seven NCHA earners of $266,105, including Hal Raiser LTE $117,201.
Supercute, Codie’s 2020 Futurity mount, was bred by Casey and Codie. The Hottish-sired mare is out of The Cuteness LTE $93,659, who Casey showed as reserve champion of the 2013 West Texas 4-Year-Old Futurity and as a 2013 NCHA Derby Open finalist.

On to the Semi-Finals
The stage was set on Thanksgiving Day, after three days of Open second go-round competition, when 66 horses with combined scores of 435.5 points or more qualified for the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-finals, to be held on Saturday, December 12 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. In addition, eligible horses with 433.5 points or more qualified for the Open Limited Finals, to be held on Monday, November 30.

Reymiro, ridden by Shane Carlon

On Wednesday, November 25, Reymiro, shown by Shane Carlon, scored 221.5 points to earn an aggregate of 440.5 points and joined high-scoring horses from the previous days – Fancy Deville under Austin Shepard (443.5); Catolena Cashin In (443) with Tarin Rice; Timeless Cat (441.5) with Tarin Rice; and Aspenglow (440.5) under Sean Flynn – as one of the Top 5 highest-scoring horses to advance.
Owned by Richard Irby, Sulpher Springs,Tex., and purchased by Irby as a yearling in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Sales, Reymiro, by Dual Rey, was bred by Linda Holmes, out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter Nurse Nita, whose dam, High Brows Nurse, produced 14 earners of $712,253. High Brows Nurse, in turn, is a half-sister to Dual Rey, cutting’s #2 all-time leading sire.
Reymiro is a full brother to the gelding Rey Ahead, who was third-placed and won the Gelding division of the 2018 West Texas Futurity.
Shane Carlon, the NCHA earner of $98,015, also qualified for the Futurity Open Semi-Finals with 438 points (219 and 219) showing Sanndee Light, a Sannman daughter owned by Burten and Wendy Johnson, Perrin, Texas. Carlon qualified for the Open Limited Finals on Reymiro and Sanndee Light, as well.


Chaty Catty, ridden by James Payne

Chaty Catty, shown by James Payne, with an aggregate of 440 points (220.5 and 219.5), advanced to the Semi-Finals as the high-scoring Gelding. Owned by James and Nadine Payne and bred by Nadine, Chaty Catty, by Catty Hawk, is out of Velvets Best Shot LTE $53,156, and is a half-brother to Velvets Revolver LTE $278,225, shown by Nadine to win the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro championship, as well as other major Open and Non-Pro events under the Paynes.
James Payne, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,665,235, was an NCHA Futurity finalist in 2019, placing seventh on Stole A Kiss LTE $124,361, by Metallic Cat, for Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. He also won the 2019 Open Gelding division on When I Move I Groove LTE $29,078, also owned by Moore and sired by Metallic Cat.

Rice and Colgrove top team on Day 1 of Open 2nd go-round
Tarin Rice earned 219 points on Tuesday, November 24, aboard Catolena Cashin In to claim the day’s high aggregate of 443 points, after the pair scored 224 points to win the first go-round.
In addition, Rice topped Tuesday’s field with 222 points and claimed the second-highest aggregate score of 441.5 points riding Timeless Lil Cat who, like Catolena Cashin In, is owned and bred, by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala.

Timeless Lil Cat, ridden by Tarin Rice

Speak Easie, sired by Smooth Talkin Style and shown by Cass Tatum, with scores of 222 and 218, ranked third on Tuesday with an aggregate of 440 points, and Mister Temptation, who posted Tuesday’s second-highest score of 221 points under Andy Sherrerd, was one of four horses to earn the third-highest aggregate of 439 points.
Catolena Cashin In, by first crop sire Reyzin The Cash, scored 224 points under Tarin Rice to claim the high score on the first of five days of Open go-round competition, and the first day of the 2020 NCHA World Championship Futurity, running November 19 through December 13, at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Complex.
Owned and bred by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., Catolena Cashin In is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Dual Catolena LTE $37,917, dam of two money earners, Catn Bluez LTE $21,320, and the Woody Be Tuff gelding Catolena Express LTE $19,444, who Colgrove showed as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist.
Timeless Lil Cat, a One Time Pepto daughter owned and bred by Joel Colgrove, is out of the Dual Rey daughter CR Little Cat LTE $21,236, dam of earners of $101,633, including Double Cat Flash LTE $67,391. CR Little Cat, out of CR Cats Meow, by High Brow Cat, is also a full sister to CR Tuff Hearted Cat LTE $276,864, co-champion under Ronnie Rice of the 2012 NCHA Futurity.
Tarin Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,550,319, has been an NCHA Open finalist seven times, on six different horses, including in 2012, when he tied his grand uncle, Ronnie Rice, as the Futurity co-champion and placed fourth in the Open Ltd Finals riding He Bea Cat, also shown by Tarin as 2013 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and the earner of $401,384.
Mister Temptation, owned by Kelly Krueger, Whitesboro, Tex., and bred by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., is by Metallic Cat out of Shez Sinsational LTE $71,088, by Dual Pep, a half-sister to NCHA Futurity Open finalists Lou Lou Louise LTE $138,711 and Miss Peptoinstiletoos LTE $84,809.
Andy Sherrerd, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,129,851, has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist four times and an Open Limited finalist seven times, with a reserve championship in the 2002 NCHA Open Limited aboard Carolena Moon LTE $76,150.

Fancy Deville shines on Day 5 of Open go-round
Fancy Deville and Austin Shepard scored 223 points on Monday,  November 23, to top the last of five days of 2020 NCHA Futurity Open first go-round competition, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex. The Once In A Blu Boon daughter, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., posted the second-highest score of the first go-round.

Catolena Cashin In, sired by Reyzin The Cash and shown by Tarin Rice for Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., won the first go-round with 224 points, on the first day of competition.
Fancy Deville also topped the 2019 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale when she sold, consigned by Todd Nelson and in training with Richard Jordan, for $350,000 to Billy Wolf, whose first cutting horse was Dual Reyish LTE $427,941, the 2017 NCHA Futurity champion under Austin Shepard.


Fancy Deville, ridden by Austin Shepard

Bred by Lenis Fitzsimons, Pepin, Wis., Fancy Deville is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Louella Deville, a full sister to Cattalou LTE $333,051, Louellas Cat LTE $302,483, and Louis The Cat LTE $259,920, among 14 money earners of $1,731,357 out of Louella Again, a Top 10 NCHA all-time producer.
In addition to his 2017 NCHA Futurity win aboard Dual Reyish, Austin Shepard also won the 2007 Futurity championship and 2008 NCHA Open Horse of the Year title with High Brow CD LTE $502,202, and was reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Futurity showing Sir Long Legs LTE $391,427.
Shepard, who has shown a total of 14 NCHA Futurity Open finalists, is the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $8,429,806.
Lil Abratallic and Matt Miller posted 222 points on Monday, the day’s second-highest score and the third-highest score (shared by six other horses) of the go-round. Owned by Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, Santa Ynez, Calif., Lil Abratallic, by Metallic Cat, was bred by Fults Ranch out of My Lil Abra LTE $64,220, making her a three-quarter sister to 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice LTE $418,693 and 2017 NCHA Futurity Open reserve champion The Animal LTE $237,990.
Matt Miller, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,800,004 won the 2006 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on Travs Scooter LTE $221,566, and since turning professional has been an Open Futurity finalist seven times.
Baccardee, owned by RAD Cattle Co., Springtown, Tex., earned 221.5 points, Monday’s third-highest, under Ascencion Banuelos. The Hottish-sired colt was bred by James and Suzan King out of the unshown Metallic Cat daughter Metallic Rey. Metallic Rey’s dam, Reyann Hickory LTE $313,457, by Dual Rey, a 2005 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finalist under Linda Holmes, has produced eight earners of $116,763.
Ascencion Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,311,187, has been an NCHA Futurity finalist 11 times.
Horses with 214.5 points or higher from the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open first go-round qualified for the Open second go-round, which begins on Tuesday, November 24.

Spookys Favorite Cat tops Day 4 of Open go-round
Spookys Favorite Cat, shown by Josh Sleeman, scored 222 points to top Day 4 of 2020 NCHA Futurity Open first go-round competition, on Sunday, November 22, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex. Nitreyious, with Dirk Blakesley, posted 221.5, while Savannah Cat under Guy Woods, and Stars Copper Cat with Grant Setnicka tied with 221 points.

Spookys Favorite Cat, ridden by Josh Sleeman

Catolena Cashin In and Tarin Rice, who worked on Thursday, retain the first go-round lead with 224 points, while Spookys Favorite Cat is tied at 222, for second place, with five other horses: Aspenglow, with Sean Flynn; Intox O Cating, with Michael Cooper; Lil Ricky, with John Mitchell; Speak Easie, with Cass Tatum; and Sweet Lil Kit Kat, with Armando Costa Neto.
Owned and bred by Jerry and Kathy Erwin, Vancouver, Wash., Spookys Favorite Cat is a High Brow Cat daughter out of Perfect Hand Plum LTE $56,668, a 2009 NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist and 2010 El Rancho Futurity reserve champion under Todd Bimat. Perfect Hand Plum, by Mecom Blue, is out of the Lenas Telesis daughter Plum Spooky LTE $32,694, whose top money earner from six performers is Perfect Hand Plum.
Josh Sleeman, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,320,335, was a 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist on Patty La Cat LTE $84,480, by High Brow Cat.
Nitreyious, a gelding owned by Regan and Reyly Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, was sired by Metallic Cat and bred by Rodney Wrinkle Cutting Horses, Lebanon, Mo. Nitreyious’s, dam Cherrey LTE $27,646, by Dual Rey, is out of Shesa Smarty Lena LTE $211,389, the dam of 13 earners of $253,711, including Chers Shadow, dam of cutting’s leading living sire Metallic Cat. Cherrey has produced one money earner, Canterbury Breeze LTE $3,985, by Canterbury Cat.
Dirk Blakesley, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $1,495,740, won the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open Limited championship on My Gals In Trouble LTE $24,271, by Smart And Trouble. Blakesley has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist six times, including last year, when he placed sixth on Kual Kat LTE $161,532, by High Brow Cat.
Savannah Cat, by Laker Doc, is owned by his breeder, EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Tex., and is the first performer out of the Cat Ichi daughter Miz Savannah Ichi LTE $66,679. Miz Savannah Ichi is a full sister to Rue Du Ichi LTE $223,217, Ichi La Roo $123,132, and Ichis Snicker Doodle.
Guy Woods, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,779,370, has competed in nine NCHA Futurity Open Finals, including on Laker Doc LTE $175,663, in 1995; and on Cat Ichi LTE $238,691, in 2000. Both Cat Ichi and Laker Doc are owned and were bred by EE Ranches, out of Laney Doc LTE $221,332, an all-time leading dam of cutting horses.
Stars Copper Cat, a mare owned by J Five Horse Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and sired by High Brow Cat, was bred by Tommy Jones, Gainesville, Tex., out of Stars Miss Fancy LTE $40,482, by Grays Starlight. Stars Miss Fancy is the dam of 11 NCHA earners of $135,215, including Geronimos Catillac $93,335, a 2016 NCHA Futurity Open and Non-Pro finalist and full brother to Stars Copper Cat.
Grant Setnicka; the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,226,156, has been an NCHA Futurity finalist 10 times, including in 2015, on J Five Horse Ranch-owned Ichis My Choice LTE $418,693,  who Setnicka would also show as 2016 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.

With a 222, Lil Ricky with John Mitchell top Day 3 of the Open first go

Lil Ricky, shown by John Mitchell, scored 222 points to top Day 3 of 2020 NCHA Open first go-round competition, on Saturday, November 21. R Agent Scully, shown by Paul Hansma, posted the second-highest score, 221.5 points, while Gingersnaps, with Kate Neubert, and Versace On Da Floor, ridden by Lance Cooper, tied with 220.5 points, the day’s third-highest score. With two days remaining, Catolena Cashin In and Tarin Rice, who worked on Thursday, retain the first go-round lead with 224 points.

Lil Ricky, ridden by John Mitchell

Lil Ricky, a Meteles Cat gelding owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., and bred by Slate River owner Glade Knight, is the second foal of performance age out of Junie Wood LTE $525,774, winner of the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship with Craig Crumpler and 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year under John Mitchell, with three major 2014 wins, including the NCHA Super Stakes.
Junie Wood’s first performer, Ethell LTE $15,557, by Metallic Cat, was a 2019 NCHA Futurity and 2020 NCHA Derby semi-finalist, and a Bonanza finalist, under Mitchell, as well.
John Mitchell, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,456,550, won the 1998 NCHA Futurity Open Limited championship on Playdox LTE $52,888, and has claimed $768,147 in Futurity earnings, alone, in 16 NCHA Futurity finals, including 14 times for Glade Knight and Slate River Ranch.
R Agent Scully a mare sired by High Brow Cat, out of CD To The Max, by CD Olena, is owned and bred by Gary and Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind. Michelle Reichart showed CD To The Max LTE $95,509 as a finalist in multiple limited age events, including as Amateur champion in the 2013 Non-Pro Cutting Classic and the 2013 Arbuckle Mountain Classic.
Reichart also showed CD To The Max’s full brother, R Maximillion Kat LTE $15,921, to place fifth in the 2020 NCHA Derby Amateur finals and to earn first-place money in the Derby Amateur Gelding division.
Paul Hansma, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $6,225,059, won the 1996 NCHA Open Futurity aboard the Dual Pep gelding Playboy McCrae LTE $263,723, and has been an Open Futurity finalist a total of 16 times.
Gingersnap, a Smooth Talkin Style daughter owned by 7 R Ranch LLC, Jackson, Wyo., was bred by Flying V Ranch, Val Verde, Calif. Her dam, Catnaps LTE $79,920, by Highbrow Cat, is a full sister to Kittens LTE $270,700 and Wildcats LTE $89,696. Kittens has produced 11 earners of $753,976, including Reysin Kittens LTE $347,248.
Kate Neubert the NCHA earner of $221,926, made her debut as an NCHA Open finalist in 2016, when she showed Louellas Kitty LTE $22,340 in the Open Limited, after competing in the Open Semi-Finals. Additionally, Neubert was an Open semi-finalist in 2014 showing both Maid Of Metal LTE $205,605, and Whats In That Cat LTE $20,879.
Versace On Da Floor, a daughter of Im Countin Checks, is owned by Michael and Jennifer Cooper, Weatherford, Tex., and was bred by Rose Valley Ranch. A full sister to Hesa Money Maker LTE $104,290 and Yall Count Me In LTE $94,585, Versace On Da Floor is out of the Smooth As A Cat daughter Holly Is Smooth LTE $225,782, dam of earners of $343,413.
Nineteen-year-old Lance Cooper, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on New Years Eve 2020, is NCHA earner of $285,980. He won the 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited and placed in the Non-Pro Finals on his own horse, Zen And Tonic LTE $133,819, and in 2014 was a Non-Pro finalist and reserve champion of the Non-Pro Limited riding Post Card From Paris, owned by his parents, NCHA Hall of Fame trainer Michael, and Jennifer Cooper.

Deuces top Day 2
Intox O Cating, under Michael Cooper, and Aspenglow, with Sean Flynn, tied with 222 points on Friday, November 20, to top the second day in the Open first round of the 2020 NCHA Futurity. Catolena Cashin In, with 224 points, on the first day under Tarin Rice, remains the go-round leader.



Intox O Cating, ridden by Michael Cooper

Intox O Cating, a Boon Too Suen daughter, is owned by her breeder, Gary Rosenbach, Weatherford, Tex., and is a full sister to 2014 NCHA Futurity Open finalist Suen You Will See LTE $163,778, also shown by Cooper.

Cat O Conner LTE $68,291, a High Brow Cat daughter and the dam of Intox O Cating and Suen You Will See, has produced eight money earners of $332,428.
Michael Cooper, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,824,190, has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist aboard 10 horses, including Yadacat LTE $193,609, reserve champion in 2009, as well as Jae Bar One Time LTE $198,842, and the Boon Too Suen gelding Special Nu Boon LTE $188,096, third-placed in 2011 and 2017, respectively.

Aspenglow, ridden by Sean Flynn

Aspenglow, a mare sired by Metallic Cat out of Purdy Aristocrat, was bred by Old Tascosa, Amarillo, Tex., and is owned by Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Tex. Purdy Aristocrat LTE $100,403, by Smart Aristocrat, is the dam of 17 earners of $738,610, including Aspenglow’s full brother Denvers Purdy LTE $72,363, who placed eleventh in the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity with Paul Hansma.
Sean Flynn, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,808,522, has been an NCHA Futurity Open finalist four times, including in 2009, when he placed fourth on Catmas LTE $164,813. He also won the 2013 NCHA Derby with Buzzted LTE $295,862, and the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes Classic on Cat Man Blue LTE $286,023.
Eligante, ridden by Kathy Daughn for Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., posted 220.5 points, Friday’s second-highest score. Sired by The Boon, and bred by Double Dove Ranch, Eligante is a mare out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $264,474, cutting’s #2 all-time leading producer with earners of $2,045,751, including Smooth Talkin Style LTE $293,232, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Futurity under Lloyd Cox. Smooth Talkin Style is also the sire of Speak Easie, who scored 222 points on Thursday under Cass Tatum, and is tied with Intox O Cating and Aspenglow with the go-round’s current second-highest score.
Kathy Daughn, the NCHA Hall of Fames earner of $4,340,046, is a two-time NCHA Futurity champion. She won her first Futurity in 1985, riding The Gemnist LTE $349,823, for Harland Radomske. Her second win came in 2000, with 229 points on Royal Fletch LTE $235,098, who she owned in partnership with Kit Moncrief of Fort Worth. In addition to The Gemnist and Royal Fletch, Daughn has shown 14 other NCHA Futurity Open finalists, including Four Acres LTE $229,487 and Kit Dual LTE $251,691, who placed third in 1991 and 1997, respectively.

Catolena Cashin In on First Day of 2020 Ncha Futurity

Catolena Cashin In, a son of first crop sire Reyzin The Cash, scored 224 points under Tarin Rice to claim the high score on the first of five days of Open go-round competition, and the first day of the 2020 NCHA World Championship Futurity, November 19 through December 13, in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Complex.

Catolena Cashin In, ridden by Tarin Rice

Sweet Lil Kit Kat, a Kit Kat Sugar daughter shown by Armando Costa Neto, and Speak Easie, a Smooth Talkin Style daughter ridden by Cass Tatum, tied with 222 points, the day’s second-highest score, and Flashy Talker, also sired by Smooth Talkin Style, posted 221, the day’s third-highest score, with Craig Thompson.
Owned and bred by Joel Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., Catolena Cashin In is out of the High Brow Cat daughter Dual Catolena LTE $37,917, dam of two money earners, Catn Bluez, by The Bluez Man $21,320, and the Woody Be Tuff gelding Catolena Express LTE $19,444, who Colgrove showed as a 2018 NCHA Futurity Amateur finalist.
Tarin Rice, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,378,180, has been an NCHA Open finalist seven times, on six different horses, including in 2012, when he tied as the Futurity co-champion and placed fourth in the Open Ltd Finals riding He Bea Cat, also shown by Rice as 2013 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and the earner of $401,384.
Sweet Lil Kit Kat, owned and bred by Renato E Rezende Barbosa, Weatherford, Tex., is out of Sweet Smoke Lena LTE 37,314, by Sweet Lil Pepto, and is a half-sister to Bill Oreylly LTE $36,837, a 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Semi-Finalist under Costa.
An NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider and NCHA earner of $1,207,233, Armando Costa Neto has been a Non-Pro or Amateur Futurity finalist 13 times on 10 different horses, including in 2015, when he won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro championship on Watch Me Whip LTE $182,699, who he would show to become 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.
Costa Neto also scored 215 points in Thursday’s seventh set riding Stars Go Blu, sired by Once In A Blu Boon, and also owned and bred by Renato E Resende Barbosa.
Bred by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., and owned by Holly Davidorf, Johnstown, Ohio, Speak Easie is a half-sister to Kit Kat Sugar daughter Stevia LTE $51,661, shown by Cass Tatum as a 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist. Speak Easie’s dam, SDP Miss Caba Rey, by Dual Rey, is a full sister to Twice As Reycy LTE $194,141, reserve champion of the 2003 NCHA Open Futurity with Lloyd Cox, and a half-sister to High Brow Cougar LTE $194,141, third-placed in the 2003 NCHA Open Futurity under Tim Denton.
Cass Tatum, a former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Lloyd Cox, and the NCHA earner of $97,055, made his first appearance as a Futurity Open finalist in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited on Stevia, who Tatum also showed as a Futurity Open Semi-Finalist, as well as reserve champion of the 2020 Brazos Bash Open Limited.
Owned by Mark Senn, Augusta, Ga., and bred by Barker Ranch, Madill, Okla., Flashy Talker is out of Purdy Boy Flash daughter Flash About LTE $246,087, whose first and only money earner, Hottie Toddie LTE $48,123, by Hottish, was a 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Kelle Earnheart. Flash About’s dam, Play Miss LTE $180,165, is the dam of 10 NCHA earners of $754,292.
Craig Thompson, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $2,946,994, has won two NCHA Futurity championships – in 2006 with Oh Cay Felix LTE $466,878, and in 2011 with Oh Miss Caroline LTE $301,871, both owned and bred by Patrick and Laura Collins. Thompson has additionally been a Futurity finalist on five other horses for a total of $780,934, alone, in NCHA Futurity earnings.
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