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☛ Dakota Lindsey Harrell indicted for second felony 8-18-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 18, 2016

Dakotah Lindsey Harrell, 28, Whitesboro, Texas, was arrested and indicted by a grand jury for the second time within a four-month period of time, this time for the theft of money, over $1,500 and under $20,000 on March 10-11, 2016, from the bank account of Dale R. Koller, Bethlehem, Pa.  She posted a $5,000 bond on July 22.

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Harrell was also arrested on March 10, 2016, for theft of up to $300,000 on a warrant filed by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. With bond set at $50,000, she was released on March 11 after her bail was posted.

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A hearing on the first felony was scheduled for Aug. 12, 2016; however, it was decided by the court that a hearing will be held on both indictments on Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville, Texas.


Charges on both of Harrell’s arrests included systematically stealing money from Smith’s and Koller’s bank accounts through Internet transactions over the past four years while working for cutting horse trainer Merritt Wilson, Whitesboro, Texas.


The first Indictment for theft of $200,000 or more from Miller Wade Smith was labeled a First Degree Felony, while the second theft of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 is listed as a State Jail Felony.


Smith and his wife, Tresa, are involved in the cutting horse business, with Wade and their son showing as Non-Pros in NCHA competition. Also a vested-interest partner in the horse business is Wade Smith’s mother, Jimmie Miller Smith, also of Geary.


Koller is a partner with Keith Feister of Brightstone Ranch Stallion Services, Gainesville, Texas, in the ownership of Sophisticated Catt and Palo Duro Cat, full brothers by High Brow Cat out of Shania Cee.

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☛ NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale results 8-16-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 16, 2016

The NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, produced by Jeremy Barwick’s Western Bloodstock, held Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Complex, featured 130 consignments, with 109 selling for $964,800, averaging $8,851 for an $8,000 median (Median is halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse). This is down from the 2015 sale, which had 171 consignments and 135 selling for $1,359,350, averaging $10,069. The high-selling horse in the 2015 sale, Miss Aristolcrat, brought $85,000.


This year the high-selling horse, brought a $34,000 final bid. Noodles Brown, a 3-year-old red roan mare sired by Metallic Cat out of Jitters Brown by Smart Little Lena, bred by David Brown, Gainesville, Texas, and sold by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. Noodles Brown had been sold by David Brown as a yearling to Jody Galyean, who six months later resold the mare in December 2014 to Guinn.

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Showing the results from a poor economy this year, last year, six head brought over $30,000, while this year only the top two sellers brought $30,000 or more. The second high seller, bringing $30,000, was Lil Pepto Memory, a yearling sorrel stallion consigned by the Shrontz Family Ltd. Partnership, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto out of NCHA Futurity Champion, Some Kinda Memories by Smart Little Lena.

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Although one 6-year-old gelding brought $21,000, a 3-year-old stallion and a 7-year-old gelding brought $20,000, a weanling mare brought $19,500 and an 8-year-old gelding brought $15,000, leading the average of multiples by the age of the horses, were six 4-year-old geldings averaging $14,617, nine 3-year-old mares averaging $14,367 and two 3-year-old geldings averaging $14,250.


These figures more than likely show that buyers are currently looking for young, trained cutting horses they can show and have fun with, with 14 money earners (that were not broodmares) averaging $14,879 for a $14,000 median. Money-earning broodmares averaged $8,786 on seven head.


Probably thinking the economy would be better in two or three more years, three weanlings sold, averaging $15,000; however, 36 yearling mares averaged a disappointing $6,803 and 20 yearling stallions averaging $6,360. One yearling gelding only brought $2,200.

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The leading sire of horses, with 2 or more sold) was High Brow Cat, with three head selling for an $18,667 average. Catish, a 2012 gelding brought $23,000, Cats Reyvenge, a 2013 stallion brought $20,000 and Drs Starlight, a 2012 gelding brought $13,000, for a total of $56,000 and $18,667 average.


The second leading sire was Once In A Blue Boon, with two head averaging $18,250. They included two unnamed weanlings bringing $19,500 and $17,000, for an $18,250 average. Third was Smooth As A Cat, with two head averaging $15,500, followed by Metallic Cat with nine head averaging $15,222.


Woody Be Tuff had the most offspring selling, with 17 head averaging $9,788.  All of his offspring were sold by Center Ranch, the owner of Woody Be Tuff, with the high-selling offspring, CR Purrty Tuff, a yearling filly bringing $25,000, followed by CR Tuff Telecatster and CR Della Wood, both yearling fillies bringing $20,000 each.

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No buyers were provided by the sale company.

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☛ Kenneth Platt/Moms Stylish Player win NCHA Summer Spectacular 8-9-16

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





Aug. 9, 2016
By Glory Ann Kurtz

Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo., hit a homerun when he purchased Moms Stylish Player, nicknamed Sprout, from Lawson Hadlock as a 2-year-old, on the advice of his trainer Kenneth Platt, Fort Lupton, Colo.


The gelding, sired by Lizzys Stylish Player out of Moms Stylish Babe, bred by the Drummond Land and Cattle Company, Pawhuska, Okla., scored a whopping 228 being ridden by Platt during the finals of the 211-entry NCHA Open Derby, held Saturday, Aug. 7 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The pair had previously won the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes with the identical score of 228, earning a $90,487 paycheck. This year’s Summer Spectacular Derby paid Tregemba $64,327, for a total of $154,814 in those two events. The NCHA Summer Spectacular was held July 16-Aug. 6 in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.


Platt opted not to buy Moms Stylish Player for Tregemba as a yearling because of his small size. However, when Hadlock, the gelding’s owner at the time, showed him the little gelding as a 2-year-old, Platt really wasn’t impressed with what he saw – until he rode him.


“I felt something in him that was different,” said Platt, who was the 2010 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Champion riding Downtown Smarts.  “He’s been a tough horse to train – it hasn’t been a battle but he sure had to get trained every day. But it’s paid me back,” said Platt.


Platt has made seven semifinals in Will Rogers Coliseum. He made the Open semifinals at the 2015 NCHA Futurity; however, his Super Stakes win was the first NCHA Triple Crown win for either Platt or Tregemba. They’ve now made it two major NCHA Triple Crown wins in a row!


Reserve Champion, scoring a 223, was John Mitchell, Weatherford, Texas, riding MK Cats Kitty (Spots Hot x MK Cats Lil Kitty x High Brow Cat) owned by the Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. The pair, also finalists at the Super Stakes, Abilene Spectacular, Bonanza and Arbuckle Mountain Futurity this year, earning more than $38,000, took home $35,234. The pair had been in the lead following the first two go-rounds with a 440.5 score.


Mitchell also rode TOF Smooth Operator (Smooth As A Cat x Rio CD Yadayadayada), also owned by the Slate River Ranch to the Derby finals, for an additional $7,628 paycheck


“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” could be Mitchell’s theme during the Summer Spectacular, as he also was Reserve Champion of the Classic/Challenge riding CR Tuff Lucy, also owned by the Slate River Ranch, with a 228 score being worth $23,516. He was also in the finals of the Open Classic Challenge riding Foxie Cat (That Sly Cat x Peptos Stylish Miss) for an additional $5,040 – for total earnings from the NCHA Summer Spectacular of $71,418. Not bad for a bridesmaid!

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John Burgess, Cleburne, Texas, and Clay Cerny, Brazoria, Texas, tied with a 222 for the Championship of the John Deere Limited Open Division. Burgess was riding a gelding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal by Justa Swinging Peppy) for Steve Anderson, Victoria, Texas, while Cerny was riding Mare E Hughes (Thomas E Hughes x Short On Sass), owned by Don and Kathy Boone, West Columbia, Texas. They both took home a paycheck of $4,437.


Littlemak was bred by Joann Parker by her stallion, Starlights Gypsy. Burgess and his wife Traci, as well as Steve Anderson, have been successful in the cutting arena riding Littlemak’s full brother, PKR big Mac, earning over $167,000.


Burgess is training a 3-year-old full sibling to Littlemak that he bought as a 2-year-old from Parker. “He’s cowy, hard-stopping and moves good,” said Burgess, describing Littlemak. The Gypsys geta  little strong minded sometimes, but they’re strong and they’re capable. They like what I do and I kind of like what they do. They’ll try their guts out.”


Burgess also qualified for the Open semifinals with Littlemak; however, failed to make the Open Finals. However, this was his third John Deere Division win. He won the 2015 Super Stakes Classic riding Gold From Home.


Clay Cerney was riding Mare E Hughes for his in-laws, Don and Kathy Boone, East Columbia, Texas. The mare was bred by Lake Gulch Cutting horses by Thomas E Hughes (owned by the Boones) out of Short On Sass, a Shorty Lena mare.


Cerney was a professional calf roper when he married Jodie Boone, the 1995 NCHA Youth World Champion and Non-Pro Hall of Famer. His in-laws, Don and Kathy Boone, are both in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, while his grandparents-in-law are the now-deceased Jim Reno, a seven-time NCHA President and Members Hall of Fame inductee, whose sculpture stands outside the NCHA and AQHA headquarters and Non-Pro Hall of Famer Mary Jo Reno Hawkins.

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Brazilian Armando Costa Neto became the first NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown winner when he rode Watch Me Whip, a homegrown daughter of Playgun out of Look The Look, a High Brow Cat mare that Costa and John Mitchell rode to the Non-Pro and Open finals of the NCHA Futurity, culminating his fourth major win in Will Rogers Coliseum – the NCHA 131-entry Non-Pro Derby. Look The Look goes back to The Smart Look, a $1.7 million producer. Watch Me Whip, who picked up a $17,246 paycheck at the Non-Pro Derby, was also named the Non-Pro Horse Of The Year for 2016.


Costa also finished eighth in the Non-Pro Derby riding Super Sarahs Boon (Mr Boonsmal To You x Sarahs Super Cat), scoring a 216 and taking home and additional $8,094. He also tied for 12th in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge riding Arosefirst (Sweet Lil Pepto x Arosesuchaclatter) taking home an additional $6,362 for total take-home pay of $31,702. Costa has now had four major wins in the Will Rogers Coliseum. In addition to this year’s Summer Spectacular Championship, he won the 2014 NCHA Derby riding Ms Regret.


The Reserve Championship went to A Smooth Satin Doll (Smooth As A Cat x Autumn Boon), owned by Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas, ridden by his son Kyle Manion, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee, to a 220. The pair earned $15,792.


The mare was bred by Karen Freeman, Clarksville, Tenn., who owns Autumn Boon, a $1.6 million producer.

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Fifteen-year-old Ryan Rapp captured his first aged-event title, riding Tuff Julie (Woody Be Tuff x Missys Powder) to a 222, taking home an $8,533 paycheck. Rapp, the son of the winningest team of cutters, Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, who own Tuff Julie, took the title only a week after winning the Junior Youth World Finals riding Spookystimetoshine, which was also held during the NCHA Summer Spectacular at the Will Rogers Complex. Phil Rapp is currently the NCHA President,


Ryan also finished in a fourth-place tie in the Non-Pro Division of the Non-Pro Derby riding Tuff Julie, scoring a 218 to tie with Kelle Earnheart, Weatherford, Texas, riding Flash N Silver. Both picked up a $12,156 paycheck, making Rapp’s take-home pay $20,689 for the event. Not bad for a 15-year-old.! He was also a Limited Non-Pro finalist on the mare at the 2015 NCHA Futurity and placed third at the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes. He also made the Non-Pro and Limited finals at the Breeders Invitational


Reserve Champion was Teresa Padgett, Gainesville, Texas, riding Cutting In Black, sired by Third Cutting out of Miss Docs Command to a 216, earning $7,654. Padgett and Cutting N Black also finished 16th in the Non-Pro Derby Finals, scoring a 211 and taking home an additional $5,012, for a total of $12,666.


Padgett has also been Reserve of the 2010 NCHA Limited Non-Pro Futurity on Boonlight Fishn and NCHA Derby Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finalist on Very Good Bourbon, a half brother to Cutting N Black.

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Scoring a 219, John Hulsey, 63, Gainesville, Ga., rode R Smokin Cat (Dual R Smokin x Playgirls Cat x High Brow Cat), to the championship of the Amateur Derby.  The Amateur and Unlimited Amateur classes had 181 entries.


According to NCHA, Hulsey, who owns an environmental business that supports the agricultural community by reclaiming food waste to be used for biofuels and by feedmills, bred R Smokin Cat. He took home a paycheck of $7,812, which included $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches, taking his career earnings to over $36,000. His previous largest win was the All American Quarter Horse Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.


The Reserve title, scoring a 214, was Robert Thigpen, Jr., Chilton, Texas, riding Barbies Blue Cat (Metallic Cat x High Barbie). Thigpen collected $6,101 and was also a finalist in the Unlimited Amateur, taking home an additional $1,100.


The Unlimited Amateur Derby title went to Douglas P. Pritchett, Quinlan, Texas, riding Dual Glen Rey 012 (Dual Rey x Stylish Amanda) to a 219.5 and earning $8,274, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. Pritchett has been a winner of Limited Non-Pro senior championships at the NCHA Futurity and Derby.


The Reserve Unlimited Amateur Derby title was tied between Bear Davis, Sacramento, Calif., riding Red Solo Catt (Metallic Cat x Amanda Starlight) bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley, and Susan Koser, Weatherford, Texas, riding DMAC Moveslikejagger (Smooth As A Cat x Cherry Chex Dually), bred by the Marvine Ranch. Cherry Chex Dually carried Jon Winkelried to the 2010 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Championship.


Both Davis and Koser scored a 218.5 and took home $5,423.   Davis previously won the Unlimited Amateur at the Super Stakes and the Amateur at the Breeders Invitational on a related gelding. However Davis and Red Solo Catt were also finalists in the Amateur Division for an additional $1,732, earning a total of $7,155.

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 Gary Gonsalves, riding Reyzin The Cash for Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch, topped the 150-entry Open Division of the Classic Challenge, scoring a whopping 229, the highest of the entire aged events, for a $51,259 paycheck, which included $25,000 for the winner sponsored by Faith Mountain Ranch.  According to the NCHA, Reyzin The Cash (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash) and Gonsalves joined Shakin Flo and Third Cutting as the only NCHA Derby/Classic Challenge winners in successive years since the 5-year-old and 6-year-old classes merged in 1995,


Gonsalves had previously ridden Reyzin The Cash’s dam, Spookys Cash, an earner of $285,000 and an Open finalist in the NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes, Super Stakes Classic and Classic Challenge. This win puts Spookys Cash over half a million in produce earnings.


Reyzin The Cash also won last year’s NCHA Derby, Pacific Coast Derby, NCHA Super Stakes Novice and this year’s Arbuckle Mountain Classic. He has now earned over $210,000.


Reserve Champion was John Mitchell riding CR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff x Lucindas Catolena), also owned by Slate River Ranch to a 228, earning $23,516. As mentioned above, he also rode Foxie Cat in the finals for an additional $5,040. His take-home pay from the event totaled $71,418.


CR Tuff Lucy was bred by Center Ranch. Tarin Rice showed her to fourth in the NCHA Futurity and the Reserve Championship of last year’s NCHA Derby. Mitchell was Reserve Champion with her in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic this spring and was also a finalist at the Abilene Spectacular, Cattlemen’s Derby and Arbuckle Mountain. She has now won more than $275,000.


Her owner, Glade Knight,  also earned $4,350 more for placing in the Non-Pro Division of the Classic Challenge on CR Tuff Lucy.

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In the Senior Open Division of the Classic/Challenge, J. B. McLamb, Stephenville, Texas, took both first and second place. He won the division riding VR Cowgirl Kakie (Cowboy Cattylac x Ms Acre) owned by Paul and Carolyn Ritchie Middleton, Md., with a total of 432 in a total of two go-rounds, for a $1,602 paycheck. Second place, also ridden by McLamb went to Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep) owned by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., with a total score of 430, earning $1,068.



Elite Cat (High Brow Cat x Little Swiss Miss x Haidas Little Pep), bred and owned by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Grant Simon, also from Weatherford, won the John Deere Limited Open Classic/Challenge Finals. The pair scored a 222 in the finals, taking home the $2,757 first-place paycheck. Simon, from Australia, came to the USA in the late 1990s and worked for John Mitchell for seven years. He won the John Deere Division of the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes riding Decimate.  Prior to the NCHA Summer Spectacular, Elite Cat had previously won approximately $5,000.


The Reserve title went to Rosie Boon San (Boon San x Stylish Rosie), bred by Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, owned by Kelly Gates, Martinez, Ga., and ridden by Walt Erwin, Cleveland, Ga. Rosie Boon San’s dam, Stylish Rosie, was sired by Docs Stylish Oak and was Reserve Champion of the 2001 NCHA Derby with Eddie Flynn in the saddle.


The pair scored a 219 in the finals, taking home a $2,416 paycheck.  The pair also won last year’s John Deere Division of the NCHA Derby.

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Stuart Bozeman, 33, Idalou, Texas, rode Checkers Live Oak (Im Countin Checks x Cats Live Oak x High Brow Cat) to the championship of the 110-entry Non-Pro Classic Challenge. The pair scored a 221, earning $17,180.


The mare was bred by Dale Stallkamp and Bozeman bought her from NRHA Hall of Famer Don Murphy, thinking she would make a good snaffle-bit horse, but after riding her on cattle, he discovered she would also be a good cutting horse.  He was right!


Prior to the NCHA Summer Spectacular, the pair earned approximately $79,000 in the cutting arena and that amont added to their $17,180 paycheck as winners of the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro gives them lifetime earnings of close to $96,200.  Plans are to now haul the mare to some of the Mercuria NCHA World Championship series.


Reserve Champion Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Texas, rode Meteles Cat  (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies by Lenas Telesis) to a 218.5 for the Reserve title and a paycheck of $15,718. The pair also won the Western bloodstock Summer Showdown in Cowtown and the Breeders Invitational last year and The Ike and the Bonanza this year – pushing their lifetime earnings close to $400,000.

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The Limited Non-Pro division of the Classic/Challenge was taken by Judy Rogers, Rockdale, Texas, riding Dualin Cat Lena (Dualin Boon x Little Cat Lena), scoring a whopping 223 and taking home an $8,498 paycheck. Reserve went to Jaylee Hall riding High Brow CD Deuce (High Brow CD x WJ Pretty In Pink) to a 221 and earning $7,720.

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Zachary Bahm, 27, Stillwater, Okla., won the Amateur division of the NCHA Classic/Challenge riding Metallic N Blue (Metallic Cat x Haidas Little Lass), owned by Dorvan Solberg, Ray, N.D., collecting a $9,465 paycheck for his 218.5 winning run. The 5-year-old mare, bred by Donald and Jane Wolf, Edmonton, Ky., had previously placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur and the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur earlier this year. He was also Reserve Campion of the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Finals on Cat Duallin Doll.


Co-Reserve Champions were Sadye Simpson, Nemo, Texas, riding Metallic Little Cat (Metallic Cat x Seca Rey Lena), bred by Dr. David Hartman, with vet clinics at Gainesville, Texas, and Marietta, Okla., and owned by Rusty Simpson, along with Colton Wade Smith, Geary, Okla., riding Lil Pep N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Lil Pep), bred by Matthews Cutting Horses and owned by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. Both scored a 217 and took home $6,525.


Simpson won the Amateur and $25,000 Amateur Finals with Metallic Little Cat at last year’s Pacific Coast Derby, while Smith was Reserve Champion at the Cattlemen’s Classic and third at the Breeders Invitational with Lil Pep N Time earlier this year. There were 263 entries in the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur Division of the Classic/Challenge.

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The Unlimited Amateur Classic/Challenge was taken by Von Sutten, 39, Fort Worth, Texas, riding One Stylish Pepto (One Time Pepto x Frecklesinstyle) with a 222, earning $11,598, which included $2,500 sponsored by Bar RR Ranches. The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Cows & Horses Etc., and his dam Frecklesinstyle is a multiple aged-event champion, earning $184,000.


Sutten was a Breeders Invitational finalist with One Stylish Pepto this spring. This was Sutten’s third major win in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum as he won the 2008 NCHA Amateur Super Stakes with Smartware and the 2013 Unlimited Amateur NCHA Derby with Whiskers and Rumors.


Reserve was Madalyn Colgrove, daughter of Joel M. Sr. and Jayne Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., riding One Catty Cupid, also sired by One Time Pepto out of ARC Catty Dual, bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, and Champion of the Pacific Coast Futurity. The pair scored a 221.5 for an $8,698 paycheck.  The pair previously won the Unlimited Amateur at the Breeders Invitational this spring.

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A Senior and Junior Scholarship Cutting was held in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular.


A whopping 233 was scored by Lane Cooper in the Senior Division of the NCHA Youth Scholarship Cutting riding Holly Is Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Holly N Zack) owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Texas. The Reserve title went to Regan Plendl riding C Spot Cut (Spots Hot x Ruby Duece), owned by Joe Wes Davis, Jr., New Franklin, Mo. Third was a tie between Marley Leeann Wood riding Donas Suen Boon (Boon Too Suen x Donas Cool Cat) owned by Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, and Blakley Colgrove, riding SS Blacks Lil Kitty (Blue Bayou Boon x Show Biz Kitty) owned by Julie Jarma Weatherford, Texas. Both scored a 224.


In the Junior Youth, Katherine Queen, 12, won the division with a 220 riding Princess And The Pea (Halreycious x A Purrfect Cat) owned by Skip and Elizabeth Queen, Allendale, S.C. Skip Queen won multiple major events at Will Rogers Coliseum and Elizabeth Queen was the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion. Reserve, scoring a 218, was Jaycee Lowery riding Catarose (High Brow Cat x Rosies Playboy Lena), owned by Keith Waid, Gardendale, Ala.


Third was Cassie Cerny, daughter of Jodie and Clay Cerny, Brazoria, Texas, making her first Scholarship Cutting finals riding Belles N Bullets (Smart Lil Ricochet x Santa Belle). Her father is Clay Cerny, a roper-turned-cutter, who tied with Jon Burgess for the Championship of the John Deere Limited Open Division at this year’s Derby. She is a fourth generation cutter and is the great granddaughter of seven-time NCHA President, the late Jim Reno.

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The NYCHA World Finals was also held during the NCHA Summer Spectacular, determining the NCHA World Champion youth. Kenli Marvin, the daughter of Tommy and Susan Marvin, Barnsdale, Okla., riding MK Vivian was the Senior Youth Champion with a total score of 231 following three go-rounds and a Finals. The Reserve title went to Chaser Ray Crouch, the son of Casey and Chelsea Crouch, Corsicana, Texas, and grandson of Janna Robinson of Boyd, Texas, riding GS Zans Cat. Chaser scored a total of 227 points.


Points were determined by placings in each go-round plus the finals added to their year-long points up to that time. Kenli had a 2 points in the first go for third, scoring a 217 and 3 points in the finals for second for a total of 5. That added to her year-long total of 226 points gave her 231 points for the year.


Chaser had 1 point in the first go for a 211.5, 2 points for a tie for fourth place, a 220.5 for a third in the third go and 2 points for the finals – also earning a total of 5 points. With year-long points of 222 at the start of the year, those 5 points gave Chaser 227 total points for the Reserve title for the year.


Third place went to Austria Arnold, daughter of Kenneth and Carroll Arnold, Terrell, Texas, who was unable to compete as she was showing in Australia for an American Youth Team title. She retained her total of 173 points for the year.


Fourth went to Christina Huntley, daughter of E. J. Huntley, Houston, Texas, riding Smart Frosty Cat. The pair had 120 points prior to the finals and earned 15 points in the finals after finishing second in the first go and winning the second and third go-rounds as well as the Finals, for a total of 15 points – giving her a grand total of 135 points.


In the Junior Youth World Finals, Lexington Brooke Slaughter, daughter of Bryant & Jeanine Slaughter, Hempstead, Texas, won the title riding Frecky Lena Pep to a grand total of the 147 points she had come into the Finals with, as she failed to gain any additional points during the Finals.


The Reserve title went to Claire Shelton, daughter of Daryl and Johnna Shelton, Krum, Texas, who came into the Finals with 122 points and failed to earn any additional points during the Finals.

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Some information for this article was taken from the NCHA website.

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☛ Lawsuit against stallion owners, vet regarding HERDA 8-4-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 4, 2016


Federal Court filings in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, lists a lawsuit entitled Shawn, and Lisa Victoria Minshall, and Lauren Victoria Minshall  vs. Ed Dufurrena, Ed Durfurrena Cutting Horses, Anthony And Dufurrena, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC), and Dos Cats Partners dated Oct. 30, 2015.


The filed public court records allege the Plaintiffs suffered specific damages arising from the material fact that the Plaintiffs bred their mare to Auspicious Cat, a stallion owned by the Defendants, and the produced foal owned by the Plaintiffs suffers from HERDA. The court filings continue to state the Defendants specifically misrepresented the HERDA designation on Auspicious Cat in an advertisement, prior to the breeding, stating the sire was HERDA negative or HERDA N/N.


Shawn and Lisa Victoria Minshall reside in Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, and Lauren Victoria Minshall resides in Pine Grove, Ky. Ed Dufurrena and Ed Dufurrena Cutting Horses are in Gainesville, Texas, and according to their website, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC) have two locations in Whitesboro, Texas and Marietta, Okla.


Dos Cats Partners is a general partnership and includes the following current members and/or former members, identified by Defendants as being involved at all material times: Ed Dufurrena, Shona Dufurrena, Karen Claycomb, Tom Donaghe, Linda Donaghe, Gary Craighead, Barbra Hanselman, Michael Nolan, Tracy A. Agrall, Butch Redish and Blair Vissar.


Specifically, in the Plaintiff’s Third Amended Complaint, dated April 7, 2016, the Defendants represented to the Plaintiffs that their stallion Auspicious Cat (sired by High Brow Cat who is out of Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena) and out of the mare Lenas O Lady, whose dam Doc O Lady was by Doc O’Lena) – meaning the stallion was double-bred Doc O’Lena) was free of the HERDA gene and not a carrier of the disease.

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HERDA is a genetic skin disease that surfaces usually in the second year after an afflicted horse begins training and results in large painful lesions over large areas of the horse’s body, as well as hyperextensible skin and scarring. There is no cure and the majority of diagnosed horses have to be euthanized. HERDA has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance, which means it could pop up in future generations. HERDA carriers is critical for the selection of mating pairs as breedings of carrier horses (those with at lease one recessive HERDA gene have a 25 percent chance of producing an affected foal.


However, nestled in the court documents, was a copy of a web page ad with Dufurrena riding Auspicious Cat, noting he stood at Pinnacle Equine Veterinary services, with Chelsea Makloski-Cohorn as Principal, with a $2,500 stud fee and marked HERDA N/N – meaning he didn’t have the HERDA gene.

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The Minshalls bred their mare, Miss Tassa Lena, to Auspicious Cat, with the resulting foal, Dr. Ozz, coming up positive for HERDA disease after the Plaintiffs incurred significant costs and expenses based on the Defendant’s misrepresentations and other wrongful conduct by Defendants, for which they are now seeking damages allowed by law.


Miss Tassa Lena was sired by Smart Little Lena by Doc O’Lena and out of Duntay Pistolena, whose dam also went back to Doc O’Lena. This made Dr. Ozz’s pedigree going to Doc O’Lena FOUR TIMES.


According to court documents, Dos Cats Partners is, upon information and belief, a general partnership with its principal place of business in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas. Ed Dufurrena’s wife, Shona Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, is also mentioned “as an individual who may be served also – wherever she may be found.”



Minshall is the owner of a top-class Thoroughbred racing operation, which is ranked and held out as one of the top Canadian breeding and training operations for cutting horses.

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Court documents involve Dr. David Hartman of Hartman Equine Reproduction Center. During a deposition of Dr. Hartman on April 6, 2016, it was learned that Dr. Justin Voge and Dr Hartman performed the extraction of semen from Auspicious Cat for use in artificial insemination and he was responsible for handling the logistics of inseminating the mare with Auspicious Cat’s semen. They Plaintiffs claim that Hartman knew that there was a high likelihood that Auspicious Cat was a HERDA carrier while Auspicious Cat was stationed at his vet clinic. He testified that “most good sons of High Brow Cat were HERDA carriers” and he told Dufurrena such in an effort to encourage him to be responsible and test Auspicious Cat for HERDA in 2011.


The case is being held in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, because the Defendants reside in the Eastern District of Texas. Also, the Stallion Service Contract provided by the Defendants, purports to fix venue in Grayson County Texas, because “all of the terms and provisions of (The Agreement) are performable in Grayson County.



Hartman’s response to the Third Amended Original Complaint filed by the Minshalls, filed April 20, 2016, denied that he engaged in any material misrepresentations and false advertising that resulted in injuries and damages to the plaintiffs related to Auspicious Cat. He denied representing that Auspicious Cat was free of the HERDA gene. He stated he did not have sufficient knowledge of most of the other allegations and although he admitted he was a Texas professional association, he denied that his principal place of business was in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.

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In the middle of the case, Edward L. Dufurrena, Edward Dufurrena Cutting Horses LLC, Anthony and Dufurrena, Inc. and Dos Cats Partners, settled with the Minshalls. Therefore on April 28, an Order Of Dismissal with Prejudice was granted by United States District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, dismissing all parties in the suit except for Defendants Hartman Equine Reproduction  Center, P.A. and Shona Dufurrena. Dismissal with prejudice, means the plaintiff is barred from filing another case on the same claim.

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Following the dismissal of the case, the Plaintiffs’ lawyer, Aaron J. Burke of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP, Dallas, Texas, put out a press release on July 11, 2016, regarding the settlement of the case, stating “the owners of a nationally ranked stallion have paid $60,000 to settle claims that they made false and material misrepresentations and failed to disclose the status of their stallion as a carrier of HERDA.”


Burke said that he learned through discovery that the defendants’ stallion had indeed tested positive for HERDA years before and those results had never been revealed. He also said that “sometimes stallion owners, incentivized by large breeding fees, have been known to intentionally misrepresent a stallion’s status, claiming the stallion is not a carrier of HERDA or hiding test results.”


He also claimed his clients “had offered to settle prior to litigation for the approximate cost of raising and training the foal to that point, the defendants rejected the offer and the mare owners had no choice but to seek the court’s help in adjudicating their claims.”

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According to AQHA, Auspicious Cat has 138 foals, with 2 foaled in 2010, 10 in 2011, 12 in 2012, 45 in 2013, 45 in 2014, and 24 in 2015. He has sired 10 performing foals in 2016. A total of 14 of his foals have been performers.



Causes of Action in the lawsuit include 1) Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against all Defendants state they indirectly engaged in false, misleading and deceptive acts and practices declared to be unlawful to the DTPA, Tex. Bus & Comm. Code 17.46(a) and (b); 2) Breach of Contract against all defendants for breaching contract dated April 15, 2012; 3) Negligent Misrepresentation and Negligence against all defendants by representing that Auspicious Cat was not a carrier of the HERDA gene; 4) Fraud against all defendants; 5) Fraudulent Concealment/Fraud by Nondisclosure against all defendants; 6) Joint Enterprise against defendants, Mr. Dufurrena, Dos Cats and HERC for obtaining profits from marketing, sales and promotion of Auspicious Cat’s semen by breed it with mares; 7)Civil Conspiracy against Defendants, Mr. Dufurrena, Dos Cats and HERC, incorporating all the previous allegations and 8) Aiding and Abetting Liability (against HERC), for assisting, encouraging and participation in Mr. Dufurrena’s negligent, tortuous and/or fraudulent conduct.



The Plaintiffs are asking for 1) a trial by jury on all issues triable to a jury; 2) an award of up to three times Plaintiffs’ actual damages and mental-anguish damages, based on Defendants’ willful and intentional violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, 3) Plaintiffs’ actual damages and benefit-of-the-bargain damages; 4) an award of exemplary damages based on Plaintiffs’ fraud by nondisclosure claim based on a showing by clear and convincing evidence; 5) Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees, pursuant to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Texas Business and Commerce Code and other provisions of the law; 6) an award of court costs, prejudgment interest and post judgment interest and 7) any and all additional relief to which Plaintiffs show themselves to be entitled.


The Plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial which is currently tentatively set for sometime in January.



The latest item on the case in the court docket is that a Mediation Session was held on July 28, 2016 by John B. Shipp, the assigned mediator; however, the mediation did not result in a settlement.  “I will continue to work with the parties to try to bring this matter to resolution,” said Shipp in the Mediator’s Report.

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☛ One-of-a-kind Don Bussey passes at 79 8-4-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 4, 2016

Don Bussey

Every year when I went to the NCHA Convention, one of the highlights was listening to Don Bussey. I don’t know how many years he was on the Executive Committee, but I do know he was the 2004 President, the year he passed the gavel. Right after he passed the gavel, he left the room, but couldn’t resist a joke about Phil Rapp when he left. That was the last time I ever saw him.


But that light was dimmed on Aug. 2 when Bussey passed away at age 79.


The banker, member of Guin’s Industrial Development Board and civic leader was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame. He was addicted to cutting, which traced back to the 1970s when he visited a friend in Oklahoma. He said he loved cutting because it was fun!


He did what he could for the cutting horse industry, donating his time to not only be President of the NCHA, but also the President of the Alabama Cutting Horse Association. He promoted the Amateur Cutting Tournament and helped revive the Memphis Cutting Futurity, which continues today as the Tunica Futurity – one of the largest west of the Mississippi River.


Bussey’s services will be held Friday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Guin First Baptist Church, with burial in the Guin City Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the Guin First Baptist Church.

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☛ Dakotah Lindsey Harrell arrested for second felony 7-28-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 28, 2016


Dakotah Lindsey Harrell, 28, Whitesboro, Texas, was booked into the Cooke County, Texas, jail on March 10, 2016, and arrested for theft of up to $300,000 on a warrant filed by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. With bond set at $50,000, she was released on March 11 after bail was posted.


On Friday, July 22, Harrell was again arrested, this time for theft of property in the amount of $50,000 on March 10-11 from another cutting horse owner Dale R. Koller, Bethlehem, Pa.  At the time of the theft, Harrell was working for Wilson. She posted a $5,000 bond the day of her arrest.


Charges on both Harrell’s arrests included systematically stealing money from Smith’s and Koller’s bank accounts through Internet transactions over the past four years while she was working for cutting horse trainer Merritt Wilson, Whitesboro, Texas. Harrell’s Facebook page shows she was an assistant trainer at Wilson’s training facility.


Following the first theft, Harrell was charged with Texas Statute 31.03(7) a felony of the first degree if the value of the property stolen is $300,000/$200,000 or more. The second theft was theft for property up to $300,000, also a felony. Harrell has now been charged with two felonies within four months.


The first arrest required a grand jury indictment, which was originally scheduled for May 11, 2016, with Assistant District Attorney Lisa Decker. However, for reasons unknown, the grand jury hearing was put off until Friday, June 24. At that time, an arraignment hearing, where Harrell will be allowed to plead guilty or not guilty, was set for Aug. 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.  No date has yet been set for Harrell’s indictment on this latest theft case.


Smith and his wife, Tresa, are involved in the cutting horse business, with Smith showing as a Non-Pro in NCHA competition. Also a vested-interest partner in the business is Wade Smith’s mother, Jimmie Miller Smith, also of Geary.


Koller is a partner with Keith Feister of Brightstone Ranch Stallion Services, Gainesville, Texas, in the ownership of Sophisticated Catt and Palo Duro Cat, full brothers by High Brow Cat out of Shania Cee.


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