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GAINES IS “COUNTIN CHECKS” IN CLASSIC/CHALLENGE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 23, 2007 –
Coming into the Bonanza Cutting,
Cats Quixote Jack, a son of High Brow Cat out of Oh Cay With Me
by Oh Cay Quixote, owned by Andy and Karen Beckstein, Uniondale,
Ind., had only been shown twice, winning over $43,362; however,
he had never won a championship.
The Bonanza Cutting changed all
that, with the stallion, ridden by Kory Pounds, Newport Coast, Calif.,
winning the top score of 224.5 in the 20-horse finals. The pair
earned $25,005.95, making the 4-year-old’s total earnings
$68,367.95. Cats Quixote Jack’s prior earnings included $40,362
from the NCHA Open Futurity and a $3,000 paycheck from the South
Point Winter Championship Derby.
The Bonanza Cutting, celebrating
their 25th anniversary, was held March 13-21 in Abilene, Texas.
With $109,000 in added money, the event included a Derby for 4-year-olds,
sired by Bonanza-subscribed stallions, and 5/6-Year-Old division,
which was Open to any horse. Open, Non-Pro, Amateur classes were
held, with gelding awards given within the Open finals.
The Reserve championship of the
4-Year-Old Division was split, with Winston Hansma, Weatherford,
Texas, riding CD Peptofilly, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of
CD Fillylena by CD Olena, owned by David Anderson, Calgary, Alb.,
Canada, winning the most money. John Wold, Argyle, Texas, rode Starcat
Merada, a son of High Brow Cat out of Merada Lena by Freckles Merada,
owned by the Furst Ranch, Bartonville, Texas, also scoring a 219
in the finals. Hansma took home $19,739.46, after placing
second in a go-round while Wold took home $18,739.46. Both horses
were chalking up their first paydays.
Also taking home his first lifetime
paycheck was Scootin N Bermuda, a son of Smart Lil Scoot out of
Playin In Bermuda by Playgun. Owned by Howard Sutton, Oil City,
La., and ridden by Mackie Hursh, Colorado City, Texas, the pair
won $1,890 for being the leading gelding. Go-round winners included
BSR Cat, a High Brow Cat out of Cinderella Starlight by Grays Starlight,
owned by Bob Kingsley, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Matt Gaines
and Ristos Fair Lady, a daughter of Smart Aristocrat out of Cat
N Gail by High Brow Cat, owned by Jack and Susan Waggoner, Bridgeport,
and ridden by their new Australian trainer Aaron Wheatley.
The championship of the 4-Year-Old
Non-Pro Division was split between Mark Pearson, Spearman, Texas,
riding Clifford Rey, and Skip Queen, Weatherford, Texas, riding
Dual Badge. Both scored a 218 in the finals, however, Pearson won
the first go-round and finished second in the second go-round, plus
the gelding award, taking home a $14,362.29 total paycheck. Queen
pocketed $11,632.29, after he won the second go-round.
Clifford Rey is sired by Dual Rey
out of Flo Little Lena by Smart Little Lena, while Dual Badge is
sired by Playboys Badge out of Dualin by Dual Pep. The go-rounds
were a dual between the two horses as Clifford Rey won the first
go-round, while Dual Badge captured the honors in the second go.
and George Manor
Amateur Judy Manor, Millsap, Texas,
had come close, but she had never won an aged-event championship
until she showed in the finals of the $50,000 Amateur at the Bonanza
Cutting. Riding Little Leos Starlite, a son of Soula Jule Star out
of Little Leos Hickory by Smart Little Lena, Manor scored a 218
in the finals, winning a clear-cut victory and a $3,395.10 paycheck.
The first go-round had been won by Ray Baldwin of Waco Bend Ranch,
Fort Worth, Texas, riding CD Boonsmal, a son of CD Olena out of
Poosmal by Peptoboonsmal, while Manor finished second. However,
in the finals, the places switched with Baldwin taking second and
the $2,656.07 check.
With $16,600 in aged-event earnings
to date, Little Leos Starlite had been ridden by Manor at the South
Point Winter Championship Amateur Derby, tying for the championship.
However, the pair lost a work-off and had to be content with the
reserve title. They also placed in the Amateur Division of the 2006
NCHA Futurity, placed sixth at Augusta in the $100,000 Amateur and
split third and fourth at the Abilene Spectacular in the $50,000
Amateur. CD Boonsmal now has a grand total of $92,326 in aged-event
earnings, which includes the championship of the 2006 South Point
Matt Gaines was definitely counting
his checks at the Bonanza, winning the first go-round and the finals
on Im Countin Checks, a 5-year-old stallion by Smart Lil Ricochet
out of Autumn Boon by Dual Pep, owned by Tommy Manion, Inc., Aubrey,
Texas. The pair took home a total of $21,587.47, giving the stallion
over $283,221 in lifetime earnings. The pair’s largest checks
came for a third in the 2006 NCHA Futurity and the Reserve Championship
title at the 2006 Breeders Invitational Derby.
The Reserve title and $15,135.94
went to Lil Lady Playmaker, a 6-year-old daughter of Smart Lil Paradign
out of Lady Playmaker by Freckles Playboy, ridden by Brett Davis.
Owned by Jeffrey Fuquay, Jefferson, Texas, the mare has current
earnings of over $36,338, and the Bonanza check was the largest
and also was her first championship.
The champion gelding was Cats Royal
Jewel, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Lenas Jewelette
by Doc O’Lena, owned by Robert and Connie Rust, Gordon, Texas,
ridden by Robert. The second go-round was won by Sean Flynn riding
Neat Little Cat, a stallion by High Brow Cat out of Neat little
may by Smart Little Lena, owned by Jim and Judy Spaulding, Rocky
Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas,
rode Donas Cool Cat, her 6-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out
of Sweet Peppy Again by Peppy San Badger, to the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro
title with her 223 finals score. The mare currently has earnings
of $125,455, which includes the championship of the Non-Pro 2006
NCHA Finals. The pair won $14,518.76 at the Bonanza, which included
a second place in the second go-round.
Winning the first go-round and
taking the Reserve title was Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas,
riding Reytilda, her 6-year-old daughter of Dual Rey out of Lost
The Farm by Doc’s Hickory. The pair has now won over $125,138,
which includes the Reserve Non-Pro title at the 2007 Augusta Futurity
The gelding champion was
CD Hombre, a son of CD Olena out of
Hickory Prescription by Doc’s Hickory, owned and ridden by
Skip Queen, Weatherford, Texas. The pair also finished fifth in
the finals, for a total paycheck of $8,649.40. The gelding
has now won over $140,800, including a 9/10th split in the Non-Pro
of the 2005 NCHA Futurity.
Marty Prellwitz, Weatherford, Texas,
won the $50,000 Amateur division of the 5/6-Year-Old division riding
Kathys Jewel, a 6-year-old daughter of Dualin Jewels out of Kathleen
Dry by Dry Doc. The mare scored a 217, for $3,649.38, and now has
lifetime earnings over $39,000. This was the pair’s first
The Reserve title went to Paul
McGeehee, Lipan, Texas, riding Macs Dry Betsy, a 6-year-old daughter
of Quixote Mac out of Betsy Dry Doc by Dry Doc. The pair scored
a 216.5 and took home their first aged-event paycheck of $2,959.56.
IT’S A “LONG” DAY
AT PASO ROBLES
TOM AND JILL LONG WIN DERBY TITLES
March 19, 2007, Paso Robles,
One day after his wife, Jill, won the non-pro Division
of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Derby, Tom
Long, Gardnerville, Nev., wrapped up the Open Derby title riding
Purely Gorgeous, a daughter of Peptoboonsmal out of Purely Smart
by Smart Little Lena. The pair took home $13,336 for their 219 finals
score. Jill rode Cats Gotta Diamond, a son of High Brow Cat out
of Diamond J Starlight by Grays Starlight, winning $4,555 for their
217 finals score.
The event, held March 10-17, 2007
at the Paso Robles Events Center, Paso Robles, Calif., featured
over 800 entries from several states. It not only included aged
events, with a variety of divisions, but also a Ranch Invitational
Cutting and an Invitational Celebrity Stick Horse Cutting. The PCCHA
has moved its two 2007 signature shows to Paso Robles. The second
event will take place in late October.
Tom drew up first in the finals, admitting that
was usually not a good draw. However, he had to agree the draw turned
out for the best. “Today it worked just the opposite,”
said Tom. “I knew this mare could make a run and she did.
It was a tough class.”
Purely Gorgeous is owned by Coy
Sanders’ Cutter Ridge Ranch LLC, also from Gardnerville.
But Jill had a much bigger problem
than Tom, as during the preliminary competition, she suffered an
injury that left her with five stitches and two black eyes. As she
was leaving the arena, her horse kicked out at another horse while
she was removing his protective leg boots. The blow caught Jill
right between her eyes.
Although someone else had to warm
up her horse for the finals, Jill said “It all turned out
fine. He’s just a really, really good horse. If I get my cows
cut, he will always do his job. I’ve waited a long time to
show another really great horse like him.”
Tim Smith, Temecula, Calif., rode
four horses in the 16-horse Open Classic/Challenge Finals, earning
four of the top-five cumulative scores in the preliminaries. Smith
also carried the highest cumulative score of 444 going into the
final round on Fancy Frostina, as the pair had won both go-rounds,
then scored a 227 to win the championship. The 6-year-old
daughter of Smart little Lena out of SPL Altisimo by Sugar Pep Leo
is owned by Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas.
“This mare works really good
in this arena,” said Smith, who won the Wine Country Derby
in this arena last fall. “And she’s better on tough
cows, which these were today. If things are too easy, her mind will
wander. Smith claims the run was one of the hardest runs of his
career and the win put Fancy Frostina’s lifetime earnings
over the $100,000 mark.
The Non-Pro Challenge championship
was won by Dana Heinrich, Fresno, Calif., on her bay mare Precious
Lil Pearl, sired by Travalena out of Docs Precious Pepy by Peppy
San Badger. The pair turned in an exciting run that earned them
a big score of 224 and a $7,356 paycheck.
“I cut the three cows my
trainer (Scott Weis) told me to cut and it worked out just right,”
said Dana. “She was just incredible. She’s a really
good mare. I didn’t get to show her as a 3-year-old. But when
I brought her from Texas to California in the middle of her 4-year-old
year, we really started to come together.”
Heinrich who still owns the mare’s
mother raised the 5-year-old mare. Precious Lil Pearl is named after
Dana’s late mother-in-law, Pearl. “She was really a
special person,” said Dana, “and this is a very special
horse to me.”
The Open 7-Up class, held for horses
7 years of age and over, was won by Flos Jewel, a 7-year-old daughter
of Mr Peponita Flo out of Fletchs Jewel by Lenas Jewel Bars, owned
by Whitney’s Wild Oak Ranch, Exeter, Calif., ridden by David
Costello.The gelding award went to Colonels First Pic, a 1992 gelding
by Just Plain Colonel out of Dual Pic by Dual Doc, owned by Time
and Diane Smith, ridden by Tim.
John Kratzer, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,
rode Catlight, an 8-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Smart
Starlight by Smart Little Lena, owned by John and his wife, Kara,
to the Non-Pro 7-Up Finals. Diane Smith rode Colonels First Pic
to the gelding award.
The 7-Up Non-Pro Senior was
Chip Hanly, Minden, Nev., riding Buddie Hallmark, a 7-year-old gelding
by SR Hallmarked out of Ciegil Badger Girl by Peppy San Badger,
while Margot Hazell, Livermore, Calif., rode
Somebodys Gold, a 1999 palomino gelding by Somebody Smart out of
Docs Yellow Hanky by Docs Hanky Pankey, to the $50,000 Amateur and
Amateur Gelding 7-Up finals. The Senior Amateur finals was taken
by Ulrich Rachner, Kilauea, Hawaii, riding Luminosa Dunny, a 1994
dun daughter of Parkman Bar out of Lumi Doc by Doc’s Prescription.
The Spoons, a gelding by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Playin Cube
by Freckles Playboy, owned by Dave and Lani Miller, Lincoln, Calif.,
and ridden by Brad Vaughn won the Open Derby Gelding title as well
as being Reserve Champion of the Open Derby.
The Non-Pro Derby $200,000
Ltd. Finals was won by Norm Nelson’s Norin Inc., Gonzales,
Calif., riding Cee D Fly, a bay gelded son of CD Royal out of Genuine
Fly Cee by Genuine Jeep. The Non-Pro
Derby Gelding Finals was won by Tom Mertle, Windsor, Calif., riding
Hesa Holly Oakie, a 4-year-old gray gelding by Lenas Telesis out
of Docs Holly Oakie by Doc’s Oak. The pair was also Reserve
Champions of the Non-Pro Derby.
The Derby $50,000 Amateur finals
was won by Clarence Williams, Vacaville, Calif., riding Moras Spoonfull,
a daughter of Hes A Peptospoonful out of Miss Hickory Pep by Doc’s
Hickory. And Alex Penovaroff, Hilo, Hawaii, rode Misters Lil
Pep, a daughter of Mister Dual Pep out of intensive Lil Laura by
SR Intensive, to the $50,000 Amateur Senior title.
The $50,000 Amateur Gelding title
went to Julie Christensen, Burbank, Calif., riding Pimp My Roan,
a son of folks Montaluc out of Peptos Sugar by Peptoboonsmal.
Lizzy, a 5-year-old sorrel gelding by Lizzys Gotta Player out of
Stylish Sharon by Docs Stylish Oak, owned by Greg Reyes, Saratoga,
Calif., was ridden by Andrew Coates to the Reserve title in the
Open Classic/Challenge. The pair also won the Open Classic Challenge
The Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Senior
Finals was won by Harry Rogers, Poway, Calif., riding Whittle Lano
Lana, a 5-year-old daughter of Doc O Wena out of Little Lano Lena
by Smart Little Lena. The pair was also Reserve Champions of the
Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Finals.
The Non-Pro Classic/Challenge $200,000
Ltd. Finals was taken by Roni Tanner, Salinas, Calif., riding Boo
Lou Cat, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat out of Smile Ima Lena
by Doc O’Lena. The Non-Pro Classic/Challenge $200,000 Ltd.
Senior Finals was won by Monte Lamb, San Miguel, Calif., riding
Just As Smart, a 5-year-old gelding by Ill Be Smart out of Hi Lida
Star by Grays Starlight. The pair also won the $200,000 Ltd. Gelding
The Classic/Challenge $50,000 Amateur
Finals was won by Jim Bob Kaufmann, Roseburg, Ore., riding Trona
Commander, a 6-year-old daughter of Little Trona out of Peppy Commander
by Hesa Commander.
Purina $100,000 Amateur
Series: The Purina $100,000 Amateur Series was taken by
Kristen Finch, Ojai, Calif., riding Silver Colt, a 9-year-old gray
gelding by Smart Little Pistol out of Montanas Lady by Montana Doc.
The eight-day event was sponsored
by the Golden Hills Auto Center, owned by Mark Borjon and Fred Roy.
“There have been several
of us that have been committed to bring
(cutting) shows here to Paso for years,” said Borjon. “We’re
thrilled that the PCCHA made the decision to bring their shows here.”
Tim Smith, who won the Open Classic
Challenge, agreed, saying, “The town has really been behind
the event this week; there’s so much to do here. All in all,
this would make a good home for the PCCHA shows. I’m excited
Cathy Cook, Executive Director
of the PCCHA agreed. “The city of Paso Robles has given this
event tremendous support,” said Cook. “Mayor Frank Meachum
and City Manager Jim App have gone above and beyond and are truly
Cook also expressed her appreciation
to Mike Rawitser and the show committee for taking care of every
last detail, making the show a success.
RONNIE RICE CAPTURES SOUTH POINT DERBY RIDING
MISS CAT OLENA
J. B. MCLAMB WINS CLASSIC/CHALLENGE ON
PEPTO RIO PLAYBOY
By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 5, 2007 – Las Vegas, Nev.
The facilities were the great,
the horses were outstanding and the event was one of a kind. Where
else could entrants and spectators never have to leave a facility
and even watch the action on a plasma television screen in their
The 16th annual South Point Winter
Championships held Feb. 20-March 3 at Michael and Paula Gaughan’s
South Point Casino & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas had $171,700
in added money and a total payout of $689,207. The event was held
with the MillionHeir Classic, which had a total purse of $1,886,460,
making the total payout for the 12 days a whopping $2,575,667.
The event was not the best one
for Paula Gaughan and her daughter, Katie, as both of them missed
most of the show for health reasons. Paula had two bulging discs
in her back and was confined to a wheel chair; however, she directed
the show from her room in the hotel. Katie was hospitalized with
a kidney stone only days before the event but still managed to show
her horse in the go-rounds.
The largest division, with 409
total entries, was the 4-year-old Derby, which paid out $367,367.
The largest paycheck was paid to Ronnie Rice who rode Miss Cat Olena
for Jim and Laura Bilbrey, Conyers, Ga. The pair scored a 220.5
in the finals of the 157-entry Open Derby and collected $25,000
for his final win.
The 5/6-year-old Classic/Challenge
had a total of 362 entries vying for $80,800 in added money and
a total purse of $321,840. The 117-entry Open Classic/Challenge
champion was J.B. McLamb riding Pepto Rio Playboy for the Brewer
Ranch, Weatherford, Texas. The pair scored a whopping 226 in the
finals, collecting an $18,000 paycheck. Matt Gaines, Weatherford,
Texas, took the Reserve title in both divisions, riding Lenas Affair
to the Derby check and Im Countin Checks for the Classic/Challenge
paycheck. Altogether, Matt went home with over $52,000.
Miss Cat Olena, a daughter of High
Brow Cat out of Thief O Hearts by Peppy San Badger, failed to pick
up a check in the two prior go-rounds, however, their win in the
finals gave the mare her first championship, with total earnings
to date of $27,000. The pair had previously earned $2,000 at the
Memphis Open Futurity.
Ronnie Rice rode Miss Cat Olena
to the South Point Open Derby Championship
Going into the clean slate finals
on top was the Reserve Champion Lenas Affair, a daughter of Smart
Little Lena out of Haidas Connection by Haidas Little Pep, ridden
by Matt Gaines and owned by Carroll Baggett’s Carrolls Cutting
Horses, Turkey, N.C. The pair had scored a 217.5 in the first go
and a 219 in the second go for a total of 436.5. However, their
219 score in the finals, gave them the Reserve title.
The mare now has over $33,560 in
lifetime earnings, as they finished seventh at the Abilene Spectacular
Derby and were Reserve in the $10,000 Novice Horse division. Third
place and the gelding title went to CD Graceful Dual, ridden by
Clint Allen and owned by Dave and Georgia Husby, Weatherford, Texas.
The first go had been won by LHR Smart Time, a
Smart Little Lena stallion out of Times Oak by Doc’s Oak ridden
by Phil Hanson and owned by the Lazy H Ranch of Thorp, Weatherford,
Texas, with a 220 score. The pair also won the Open Derby
$10,000 Ltd. Horse division. The second go had been won by Play
Dually, a stallion by Docs Haida Playboy out of Dees Dually by Dual
Pep, ridden by Neil Roger, owned by the Driggers/Rogers Partnership
with a 221.5. Gaines and Lenas Affair finished second in the finals,
picking up a $21,000 paycheck for the Reserve Championship.
Winner of the South Point
Open Classic / Challenge was J.B. McLamb riding Pepto Rio Playboy.
He is shown with his wife Ginny.
Pepto Rio Playboy, a 6-year-old
stallion by Peptoboonsmal out of Barbi Freckles Rio by Freckles
Playboy, bred and raised by Tim Brewer, failed to place in either
go-round and after two go-rounds had an accumulated total score
of 436.5. The win was especially notable for Brewer, as it
was his first time at an aged event since the loss of his wife a
couple of years ago. Pepto Rio Playboy has now earned a whopping
$96,446.50 and his $18,000 paycheck
was the second largest of his career, only topped by the $23,347
he earned in the 2004 NCHA Futurity.
Leading the two go rounds was DMAC
Snoop Dog, a 5/6-year-old gelding by CD Olena out of Graciela Dual
by Dual Pep, ridden by Gary Gonsalves and owned by Stacy and David
McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, with a 444 total. The pair had won the
first go-round with a 224 and was second in the second go with a
220. Winner of the second go, and straight from a win at the Augusta
Classic/Challenge was Woody Be Tuff, a 6-year-old stallion by Nitas
Wood out of Tuffs Junie by Tuff Lena, owned by Lana Jill Peacock,
Wichita Falls, Texas, and ridden by Austin Shepard. The pair scored
a 222 for second in the first go and a 220.5,winning the second
Matt Gaines was Reserve Champion in both the Open
Derby and Open Classic Challenge riding Lenas Affair and Im Countin
Matt Gaines and Im Countin Checks
rebounded in the finals, after not picking up a check in the go-rounds,
scoring a 224 for the $15,000 Reserve check. Im Countin Check is,
a 5-year-old stallion by Smart Lil Ricochet out of Autumn Boon by
Dual Pep, bred by Karen Freeman, Clarksville, Tenn., and owned by
Tommy Manion Inc., Aubrey, Texas. The stallion has lifetime earnings
of over $261,630, after placing third in the 2005 NCHA Futurity
and earning the Reserve title at the 2006 Breeders Invitational
Derby. The Gelding title went to Credible Cat owned by Lazy H Ranch
of Thorp, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by Phil Hanson, Prineville,
Ore., and Weatherford.
Tim Barry rode Set Em Up Mate to
the Non-Pro Derby title.
The 65-entry Non-Pro Derby was won
by Tim Barry, a livestock company owner from Byron, Ill., riding
Set Em Up Mate, a Smart Mate gelding out of Hickory Durazno by Doc’s
Hickory, that he purchased from Pat Fitzgerald.
The pair took home the $11,000
first-place paycheck for their finals score of 215, giving them
lifetime earnings to date of $23,000. The pair also won the Gelding
award. Reserve Champion was Julie Hansma, Weatherford, Texas, riding
Flo And Tell, a Soula Jule Star gelding out of Sandy Bonelli’s
great mare Shakin Flo by Mr Peponita Flo. The pair had previously
earned money at the 2006 NCHA Futurity and 2007 Abilene Spectacular
Julie and Paul Hansma at awards party.
Go-round winners were Bill Lacy,
Crested Butte, Colo., riding Ariel Rey and Stacie McDavid, Fort
Worth, Texas, riding DMAC Sterling Spoon.
Ty Moore, 15, won a work-off for the Amateur Derby
The 39-entry Amateur Derby Champion
was determined by a work-off between 15-year-old Ty Moore, Madill,
Okla., riding Hey Georgy Girl, a daughter of Wild Thing DNA out
of Miss Sarah Solano by Doc’s Solano, and Judy Manor, Millsap,
Texas, riding Little Leos Starlite, a gelding by Soula Jule Star
out of Little Leos Hickory by Smart Little Lena. Both scored a 216.
In the exciting work-off, Moore scored the 218 winning score and
Manor scored a 215.
Judy Manor, Reserve Champion of the Amateur Derby,
shown with her trainer Gary Ray.
Hey Georgy Girl has now won over
$46,541. Moore is the son of Craig and Frieda Warren who were at
Las Vegas to cheer him on. He said that the family got involved
in cutting through his father’s friend Bradley Rogers. Even
though Manor had to be content with second, she said it was the
best she has ever done in aged-event competition. She gives a lot
of credit to her trainer Gary Ray for helping her make the finals
at every aged event she has entered, including the NCHA Futurity,
Abilene, Augusta and now the South Point event. Judy and her husband,
George, run the Double Eagle Cutting Horse Association, which has
events at the Salt Creek arena in Boyd, Texas.
Derby Limited Rider
Kaitlyn Larson, 17, champion of
the $250,000 Limited Rider class, shown with her father Billy Martin.
The Derby $250,000 Limited Rider
Champion was Kaitlyn Larson, 17, Millsap, Texas, riding Honey Bee
Time, a daughter of Peptotiime out of Quixote Honey that she purchased
from Julie Wrigley. Clint Allen showed the mare in the Open derbies
at the Brazos Bash and at the South Point, making the finals both
times. Kaitlyn, who is fresh off a win of the Amateur at Augusta,
was experiencing her first non-pro competition, after graduating
out of the Amateur. The daughter of non-pro cutter Billy Martin
is planning on attending college this fall and work toward a business
degree. She then plans to work toward an advertising and marketing
Lana Jill Peacock won the Classic/Challenge
Non-Pro riding her stallion Woody Be Tuff.
The Classic/Challenge 80-entry
Non-Pro was taken by Lana Jill Peacock, 25, Wichita Falls, Texas,
riding Woody Be Tuff. The pair scored a whopping 227 for the win.
Peacock, who is self-employed and moved to Wichita Falls from Georgia
to be closer to her trainer, Don Crumpler, has had a lot of success.
The stallion won the 2007 Augusta 5/6-Year-Old Open with Austin
Shepard in the saddle, scoring a 226 and taking home his largest
paycheck of $26,746. He also won the 2005 NCHA $10,000 Novice Horse
and $3,000 Novice Horse titles at the 2005 NCHA World Finals. The
stallion has current earnings of over $205,865,
Christy Leeth was Reserve Champion
of the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro riding Patrick La Dual.
Reserve champion was Christy Leeth,
Cleburne, Texas, riding Patrick La Dual, a 6-year-old son of CD
Olena out of Patty La Dual by Dual Pep. The gelding has lifetime
earnings of $102,114 after also picking up the Gelding title.
Elizabeth Brumbaugh rode MH Quixote
Plays to the Limited Rider title.
Elizabeth Brumbaugh, a Texas A&M
college student from Weatherford, Texas, won the $250,000 Limited
Rider award riding MH Quixote Plays, the mare that Austin rode to
the MillionHeir 5-year-old championship and the $68,000 paycheck.
Elizabeth, a freshman at Texas A&M University is a business
major, taking 18 hours this semester. The National Honor Society
student flew back to College Station, Texas, for classes on Wednesday
John Kratzer was the Classic/Challenge
John Kratzer, who owns a San Diego
real estate firm, rode Frecklesareinstyle, a 5-year-old daughter
of Docs Stylish Oak out of I Know A Secret by Freckles Playboy,
to the 68-entry Amateur championship with a 221 score. Kratzer,
44, claims that his wife, Kara, got him involved in cutting horses
when they lived in Rockwall, Texas. “She thought I was a workaholic
and needed something else to do,” said Kratzer. “I think
now she regrets the day she encouraged me to do this.”
Kratzer got hooked on cutting in
Texas but in 1998, when his business partner, Jon Morris, owner
of the San Diego Padres, moved to San Diego, he also moved. His
trainer is Tim Smith, whom he calls “the best in the business.”
He has shown on a limited basis in aged events and also finished
in the 4-year-old finals riding Waterloo Boon sired by Hes A Peptospoonful.
Jennell Presnell and David Booth
split the Amateur Reserve title.
The Reserve Amateur title was split
between David Booth, Acton, Calif., riding Flip My Chula, a 6-year-old
daughter of Chula Dual out of Flips Playmate by Colonel Flip, and
Jennell Presnell of Rusty Spur Quarter Horses, Orange, Calif., riding
Tap Dancing Cat, a 6-year-old High Brow Cat gelding out of Hickorys
Golden Flo by Mr Peponita Flo.
AUSTIN SHEPARD WINS FOURTH OPEN TITLE AT EASTERN NATIONALS
VAN GAL TAKES HOME TRAILER FOR HIGHEST SCORE
March 21, 2007 – Jackson, Miss.
Austin and Stacy Shepard
Austin Shepard, straight from a big win at the lucrative MillionHeir Classic and South Point Winter Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., showed he can also ride Open horses by winning the Open division of the NCHA Eastern Nationals. It was his fourth Open title at the 28th event held in Jackson, Miss.
The event held March 6-17 is held annually for horses and riders who qualified during NCHA weekend shows and featured record entries and over $350,000 in prize money, plus the one-year’s use of a trailer going to the highest-scoring horse during the 12-day event.
Shepard, Summerville, Ala., was a catch rider and rode Smart Pistolero for Josh Hamilton, Maben, Miss., for the first time the day before the finals. The 9-year-old stallion by Playgun and Shepard scored a 221 finals score. He won the event in 2002 on Widows Freckles, in 2003 on Uno Dos Seventyseven and last year on Widows Intentions. Roy Carter had originally been scheduled to ride the stallion. Steve Colclasure took the reserve title on Stylishs Good Son, an 8-year-old gelding by Docs Stylish Oak, owned by Corbe Anderson, Shawnee, Okla.
Joe Wright, Lamar, Miss., rode Little Street Smart by Smart Little Jerry to the Non-Pro title, with a 219 finals run. Wright owns and operates JW Truck and Trailer in Mount Pleasant, Miss. The reserve title went to Jessica Fields, 22, Bowling Green, Ky., riding MK Kitty Lena, a daughter of CD Olena. Jessica recently finished training to become a massage therapist.
Nicholas von Gal, 23, Ramer, Ala., not only won the $50,000 Amateur finals, but also went home with the one-year’s use of a deluxe three-horse slant-load horse trailer compliments of Wayne Hodges Trailer, for posting the highest score — a 225. Von Gal, who ironically is a trailer dealer out of Montgomery, Ala., was experiencing his first Eastern Nationals Championship. He was riding Dual Bunny Miss, a daughter of Mister Dual Pep that he had laid off for six months following colic surgery. The Reserve title in the $50,000 Amateur went to Missy Rosenberg, Covington, La., riding Pepto Jack.
Lauren Minshall, 16, Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, the Senior Youth Champion from 2006, won the $20,000 Non-Pro title riding Suggies Travelin, a daughter of Travalena that she had only showed one time before and is owned by her father Shawn Minshall. The Reserve title went to Curt Rhodes, the owner of a construction company in Labelle, Fla., riding Smart Ginnin Wood.
$3,000 Novice Non-Pro & Youth classes:
Lee Garner, Batesville, Miss., made it a family affair when he won the $3,000 Novice Non-Pro title riding Tex San Sierra by Horseplayin, and his grandson, Levi Garner, 13, won the Junior Youth championship riding SS Pretty Boy, a son of Rositas Peppy San. The reserve junior youth title went to Nicole Knowles, Springfield, Tenn., riding Prince Is My Name.
Garner, who has hosted cutting events at his facility in Batesville, Miss., for more than 15 years, was experiencing his fourth Eastern National title. A member of the Non-Pro Hall of Fame, Garner is also a former NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion. Tim May, Saltillo, Miss., was reserve on Iza Be Oakie Dokie, a son of Smart Little Pistol.
The Senior Youth champion was A. J. Summerford, 19, Okeechobee, Fla., riding Daisys Money by Count Hickory. Katlyn Entz, 15, the daughter of trainer Zeke Entz, Collierville, Tenn., was the Senior Youth reserve champion riding Smart Lil Jewel. Katlyn was last year’s Junior Youth Champion.
$3,000 Novice Horse:
Robert Rust, Gordon, Texas, rode he and his wife’s horse, Cats Royal Jewel, to the $3,000 Novice Horse championship with 223 points. The 5-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat gave Rust his second $3,000 Novice title. Reserve went to Joey Carrol, riding Smart Merada (DNA) for Marion and Terry Lovelance, Raymond, Miss.
$10,000 Novice Non-Pro:
Alisa McCleary, Collierville, Tenn., rode Little Rey Dual by Dual Pep to her second NCHA Eastern Championships title with a 218 finals score. She won the Non-Pro title in 1997. The Reserve title also went Amanda Dawn Holden, Stapleton, Ala., riding Casberlena, a 9-year-old son of High Brow Cat that Shepard rode to the 2004 $10,000 Novice title.
$10,000 Novice Horse:
Lil Lady Playmaker, ridden by Brett Davis for Jeffrey and Dawn Fuquay, Jefferson, Texas, and Leadfreepeperoni, ridden by Zeke Entz for Tami and Dave Rocke, Lovington, Ill., were co-champions of the $10,000 Novice Horse class. Both scored 216 points in the finals and it was the second $10,000 Novice championship for both riders. Fuquay owns Blackburn Syrup Company, maker of syrups for the Waffle House restaurant chain. Lil Lady Playmaker is sired by Smart Lil Paradign. Leadfreepeperoni, a 7-year-old son of Peptoboonsmal out of a Doc’s Hickory mare, was Rocke’s team penning horse for three years before being trained by Entz.
Instant Clayton, ridden by youth rider Kay Alisa Parker, Cleveland, Ga., won the $10,000 Amateur title with a 218 finals score. Reserve, with a 216, went to Greg Trawick, Malvern, Ala., riding Safaris Little Lori.
$2,000 Limit Rider:
Jennifer Vaught, 17, Fruitland Park, Fla., was riding a borrowed horse in the Eastern Championships, after her horse Smart Hickory died following her run at the 2006 World Finals in Amarillo. Jody Coxwell offered her Ote Be Smart and the pair scored a 217 for the win. Vaught, who has been cutting for over a year, also qualified for the Senior Youth Finals. The Reserve title went to Jordan Thompson, 10, Crossville, Tenn., scoring 216.5 on Cats Rascal.
Several $2,000 riders disappointed:
Several $2,000 riders, however, were unable to compete in the show when there was a mix-up in the show schedule. When they received their notices in the mail, they were excited, scheduled their vacations, made arrangements for their horses and pets at home, and some made airline reservations. With it being one of the classes with the larges number of entries (111), they wrote checks for their $500 entry fee and $100 stall fee and counted the days.
However, to their dismay, after the date for entries had closed and two weeks before the start of the show, they received notice that the class was no longer scheduled for Friday March 9 and Saturday, March 10, but had been moved a full week later to Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, which was an extra day that had been added.
One disgruntled member is Steve Steiger from Ohio, who had prior commitments and couldn’t go to the event, claims he talked to Executive Director James Hooper and President Elect Bob Mayfield about the problem but was told “they didn’t know about it.” He said that he was told that a letter had been sent out to those affected, explaining what happened. However, he says that he has yet to receive such a letter.
Steiger thinks the change could have been made earlier, when they realized the large number of entries coming in. However, Steiger claims that the association had kept entries open late and even extended the deadline because there weren’t enough entries coming in at the beginning. The big influx of entries came when show manager Dave Brian was at the NCHA Finals in Amarillo, when he “thought there was a mistake in the number of entries in the $2,000 class and didn’t have time to deal with it.”
“I think it was a knee-jerk reaction,” said Steiger, referring to the schedule change. “It was poor judgment on their part. I think it shows a lack of sensitivity to the members that it affected.” They did, however, agree to refund the entry fees already paid.
Asked what else they could have done, Steiger replied, “I think they should allow those who can’t make the event because of the date change, to show in the class next year.” However, Steiger has already had some feedback from NCHA committee members saying that would be impossible. If you have a comment on this problem, contact Steiger at firstname.lastname@example.org@aol.com.
For full results from the Eastern
Championships, go to NCHAcutting.com.
HORSES DOMINATE MILLIONHEIR / SOUTH POINT EVENT
HORSES TRAINED BY SHEPARD EARN $424,376
OR 18 PERCENT OF PURSE
Article and photos by Glory Ann Kurtz
Austin and Stacy Shepard shown with their
March 5, 2007 - Las Vegas, Nev.
It was the world’s largest
cutting as far as added money and payout to the champion. It was
the MillionHeir Classic held during the South Coast winter Championships
held Feb. 20-March 3 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The event even surpassed the 2006
NCHA Futurity, where a record $1,002,365 was added and 1,652 entries
competed. The winner of the NCHA Futurity took home $250,000. The
MillionHeir Classic had 226 total entries, with $1.6 million in
added money. The champion, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., took
In fact, Austin and his wife, Stacy,
won over $424,376 during the entire event, which was held at the
South Point Hotel and Casino Equestrian Center, paid out a total
combined purse of $2,575,667. The Shepards took home over 16 percent
of that purse; however, horses ridden by Shepard and also ridden
by their owners, earned a total of $468,181.55 or 18 percent of
the total purse paid out during the 12-day event.
Shepard, 29, won the largest
MillionHeir Derby ever held, with 74 entries, riding San Tule Uno,
a gelding sired by San Tule Freckles out of Smart Little Thunder
by Smart Little Uno. The gelding was raised and owned by Mike Bowman,
an equine veterinarian, and his wife, Libby, Simpsonville, Ky. Mike
grew up on the race track with Thoroughbreds, but later got into
cutting horses. The paycheck for Shepard’s Derby win totaled
$309,949.91. So much for a horse only being ridden in the
Open or the Non-Pro, as Bowman also rode the gelding to the championship
of the second go-round in the MillionHeir Non-Pro Derby, taking
home an additional $8,877.67.
Shepard, the son of cutting horse
trainer Sam Shepard, also won the MillionHeir Classic riding MH
Quixote Plays, a 5-year-old daughter of Playboysalittlesmart out
of Lula Quixote by Doc Quixote, owned by Elizabeth Brumbaugh, Fort
Worth, Texas. The pair scored a 223 in the finals, taking home the
$68,000 first-place purse. Elizabeth, an honors college student
from Texas A&M, who flew back and forth several times between
College Station, Texas, and Las Vegas to compete in the event,
purchased the mare as a 3-year-old in August 2005 from the mare’s
breeder Wes Adams’ Western States Ranch, Dublin, Texas. Adams
is the owner of the MillionHeir program.
Brumbaugh also rode the mare in
the MillionHeir Non-Pro Classic, finishing sixth in the finals and
in the South Point Classic/Challenge, finishing third and winning
the $200,000 Ltd. Rider check for a total of $22,177.77.
Austin also took home a $5,500
paycheck in the South Point Classic/Challenge on Woody Be Tuff,
a Nitas Wood gelding owned by Lana Jill Peacock, Wichita Falls,
Texas, while she rode the gelding to the South Point Classic/Challenge
Non-Pro Championship, taking home $12,750.
Shepard’s wife, Stacy, rode
MH San Tules Dually, also sired by San Tule Freckles, to 10th in
the MillionHeir Non-Pro Derby, taking home $34,426.21 and Hot N
Smart to the South Point Derby finals, for an additional $6,500.
The MillionHeir event, a stallion
program held with the South Point Derby/Classic Challenge at the
South Point Equestrian Center, featured $1.6 million in added money
and a $1,886,460 purse. Its 226 entries made it the largest
since the program was created by Wes Adams, with a cool million
plus go-round money added to the 4-year-old Open and Non-Pro. The
5-year-old Classic had $300,000 in added money; the 6-year-old
Challenge Non-Pro had $180,000 in added money and the Amateur Challenge
MillionHeir Open Derby
Reserve Champion in the MillionHeir
Open Derby was Jae Bars Tule, a mare also sired by San Tule Freckles
out of the great mare Jae Bar Maisie by Docs Jack Sprat, owned and
raised by Ron Knutson, Spokane, Wash. The mare was ridden by Matt
Sargood, Acampo, Calif., to a 218, collecting a $69,949.91 paycheck
after also winning the first go-round.
Third place went to The Belle O
The Ball, a daughter of San Tule Freckles owned by Dustin and Deena
Adams, ridden by Zachary Henning, Dublin, Texas, taking home $57,238.73,
including go-round money. Fourth was Bill Riddle, Ringling, Okla.,
riding MH Toosmoothtolose, a Bodee Boonsmal gelding owned
by Nick and Gayle Karanges, Fort Worth, Texas, who pocketed the
$62,924.87, including go-round money.
MillionHeir Open Classic
The 33-entry MillionHeir Open 5-year-old
Classic had $300,000 in added money, plus go-round monies, split
between the Classic Open and Non-Pro. The first go-round was won
by Bodees Destiny,a daughter of Bodee Boonsmal owned by Frank and
Ora Diehl, Ruskin, Fla., ridden by Craig Morris. The leader after
two go-rounds was Paul Hansma riding Our Little Dyno, sired by Little
Dyno, last year’s MillionHeir Derby Champion, owned by Jeff
and Margaret McCoy, Burke, S.D.
The Reserve Champion was
Sir Ellwood, a Bodee Boonsmal stallion owned by EE Ranches, Pilot
Point, Texas, ridden by their Guy Woods, scoring 219.5 for
$22,000. Third was Bodee Quixote, another Bodee Boonsmal stallion
owned and ridden by Cara Barry, Jay, Okla., scoring 218 for an $18,387
MillionHeir Non-Pro Derby
Tarin Rice took home $156,935.68
The MillionHeir 54-entry
Non-Pro Derby title went to Tarin Rice, the teenage son of Boyd
Rice, Spearman, Texas, riding MH Willing To Cut, a Peppys Lil Will
gelding he bought from trainer Zack Henning. The pair won $156,935.68
and Tarin, who graduated from home school, has his eye on a 1975
Corvette. Reserve went to Nina Lundgren, Eltopia, Wash., who rode
San Tules Star to a $55,548.54 paycheck. Third was Greg Coalson,
Weatherford, Texas, riding Sids Sanolena to a $43,329.13 check.
MillionHeir Non-Pro Classic
Pat Fasano (right) and trainer Shannon Hall.
The MillionHeir 29-entry Non-Pro
Classic champion was Pat Fasano , 54, Chicago, Ill, who recently
retired from Motorola as Vice President/Sales. Fasano has had Playin
On Hickory since he was a 3-year-old but claims this is the first
time he got him showed, and received $50,000 for his efforts. The
Reserve title was split three ways by Dustin Adams, Dublin, Texas,
riding MH Bijous Bodee; Cole Benedict, Weatherford, Texas, riding
MH Inasmartbodee and Bill Lacy, Crested Butte, Colo., riding MH
The Competitor. Adams took home $16,756.43; Lacy, $24,374.76 and
Benedict, $13,354.05 with go-round money.
MillionHeir Non-Pro Challenge
Dustin Adams (right) shown with his father,
Wes, and mother, Liz. Wes Adams created the lucrative MillionHeir
The MillionHeir 20-entry Non-Pro
Challenge Champion was Dustin Adams riding the nine-month pregnant
mare MH Lay Down Lady, taking home $71,666.67. The great mare,
raised by Dustin out of his first cutting mare, now has earnings
topping $300,000. “We didn’t know she was pregnant until
a week before this event,” said Adams, explaining how the
mare had been bred to CD Olena and when it was thought she wasn’t
pregnant, she was given a shot to come back into heat – which
she never did. The Reserve Champion was rancher Wendell Reeder,
66, Clarksville, Texas, who is also in the gasoline business, riding
Miss Smokin Garfield and collecting $23,333.33. Third was Dave Husby,
Weaherford, Texas, riding MH Million Legacy.
MillionHeir Challenge $200,000
Leon and Alexa Harrell
with granddaughter Lexi, Kari and Charlie Eade and Robin and Lance
The MillionHeir 16-entry $200,000
Challenge Amateur title went to Charlie Eade, 46, Yuma, Ariz., who
was experiencing his first championship riding Million Oaks. The
pair took home a whopping $51,600. Eade is part of the Galles Ranch/Harrell
Cutting School and purchased the horse from Leon Harrell’s
wife, Alexa. Six team members, who were part of the aged-event division
of the school, entered the event. Eade, who imports and exports
Mexican cattle, had a background in cutting horses, as his father
was horseman Wes Eade, who rode with Don Dodge, Jimmy Bush and many
other legends in the industry.
Cole Benedict and his
wife, Crystal (left) both earned Reserve titles. They are shown
with Cole’s parents Vicki and Chris Benedict, Weatherford,
Reserve was Crystal Benedict, wife
of Cole Benedict, Weatherford, Texas, riding MH Rewarding Million
to a $16,066.67 paycheck. Third was Wendell Reeder riding
Miss Smokin Garfield. Husband-and-wife Cole and Crystal Benedict
both managed Reserve titles. Cole, a former roper, has lost 75 pounds
since starting to cut. Asked how, he replied, “I quit eating
so much,” saying that all his riding has kept him from eating
The MillionHeir Program and Wes
The MillionHeir program is a lucrative
incentive program for offspring of stallions in Wes Adam’s
MillionHeir breeding program. At first the stallions offered were
bred in the purple, however, did not have performance earnings and
were never shown. Later, some performing stallions were added to
the program, which will continue through 2011. However, Adams
has discontinued breeding for eligible entrants in the program and
the number of entries will go down following this year.
Adams who had surgery for
a kidney stone on Jan. 3, 2007, only to find through blood
tests taken for the surgery, that he had pancreatic cancer,
said he is going to spend more time with his family. Luckily, the
cancer was found soon enough and they removed
his spleen and part of his pancreas and Adams, a Las Vegas
building contractor, is now cancer free, which is highly unusual
for pancreatic cancer.
Even though the MillionHeir program
was not supported by the industry like Adams had hoped it would
be, he is looking at the program as being a glass half full rather
than half empty, claiming he has met many great people in the industry
and has received genuine “thank yous” from many cutters
for sticking to his word and paying off the program as advertised.
“I think I have paved
the way for other successful incentive programs to now come into
the industry,” said Adams, referring to the industry’s
reluctance to support the program due to several stallion programs
that had preceded his and which did not pay off as planned.