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☛ Today’s News 5-30-14




By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 30, 2014

American Horse Council to hold forum on “Where Have All The Horses Gone;” the NCHA Convention scheduled for June 20-22 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, a free Youth clinic will be held at Carol Rose Quarter Horses on July 12-13, sponsored by SRCHyA and Vesicular Stomatitis detected in five horses in Texas county.



The American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum will be held June 24 in Washington D. C., with the AHC Annual convention running from June 22-25 at the Washington Court Hotel, and will feature panels from across the horse industry on “Where Have All the Horses Gone.”


Tim Capps, Director of the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville will be the keynote speaker. The Forum will feature three panels featuring  cross-section of leaders of breed registries, trainers and other stakeholders. Scheduled to speak are Jeff Blea, DVM, president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Debbie Fuentes, Registrar/Sr. Director of Registry and Member Services, Arabian Horse Association: Jim Gagliano, President & COO, The Jockey Club; Jim McGarvey, Chairman, Back Country Horsemen of America; Josh Pons, Maryland Horse Breeders Association; Lori Rawls, Executive Director, U.S. Equestrian Federation; Robin Richards, President, National HBPA; Cynthia Richardson, President, Arabian Horse Association; Don Treadway, Executive Vice President, American Quarter Horse Association; Rick Violette, President, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association; and Scott Wells, President & General Manager, Remington Park Racing Casino.


Attendees will also provide an update on Time To Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, by Patti Colbert of PCE Enterprises. Time To Ride has launched an ambitious national campaign and contest with the goal of introducing 100,000 new people to a horse experience between May 31-Sept. 7, 2014, nationwide.


There will also be an update on the Industry’s National Equine health Plan and the Equine Disease Communications Center by Dr. Nat White, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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The NCHA Convention is scheduled to be held June 20-22 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registrations must reach the NCHA office before June 16 to pay the lower fee of $100. After that date, and for on-site, registration will be $125.  You can find Registration forms on the NCHA website:


You will be able to participate in a bus tour to beautiful Park City and Olympic Park on Thursday, June 19. Those adventures will be able to ride the bobsled racing speeds of over 70 mph and experience 4 Gs of force. You can also sign up for the 5h Annual Zack T Wood Memorial golf Tournament.

Call 1-800-437-5288 for hotel registration.



A free Youth Reined Cow Horse Clinic will be held July 12-13 at Carol Rose Quarter Horses, 4500 N I-35, Gainesville, Texas. Youth riders will learn from NRCHA champions Todd Crawford, Russell Dilday, Shawn Hays and Chris Dawson.


Pre-registration is required by July 9, 2014, to ensure enough cattle will be available and will be limited to the first 40 kids!


Lunch on July 12 will be provided by Carol Rose and RV camping, motels and stall rentals will be available nearby. On July 13, there will be a Horse Show for clinic participants with awards provided by the NRCHA. You do not have to be an NRCHA or SRCHA member to participate.


For information, registration and reserving stalls, contact Karen Widler, SRCHyA parent at 682-333-1151 or e-mail Visit the SRCHyA youth page at for more information.



The first case of Vesicular Stomatitis has been detected in five horses in far Southwest Texas, in Kinney County, southeast of Del Rio. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the viral infection of five horses that were tested after the owner observed blistering and swelling on the animals’ muzzles and contacted their veterinarian. Testing confirmed the virus. The infected group of horses are currently under quarantine by the TAHC, which will be for a minimum of 21 days.

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☛ Legendary sire Peptoboonsmal sells 5-7-14

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment



By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 7, 2014

The legendary sire Peptoboonsmal was recently purchased from Richard Fields by Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas. Photo by John Brasseaux

In 2007, the performance horse industry was shocked when Elaine Hall, the widow of Larry Hall, sold the great red roan stallion Peptoboonsmal, to Richard Fields, owner of Jackson Land & Cattle Company of Jackson Hole, Wyo.


Seven years later, the industry collectively was again shocked when they heard that on Friday, May 4, the stallion had been sold to industry newcomers, the Aaron Ranch, owned by Phillip and Lori Aaron of Commerce, Texas. Their ranch, is one of the largest landowners in Hunt County, Texas, and have been in the cattle business for decades, as well as breed and raise working cow horses.  The ranch is a family operation, with Phillip and Lori sharing ranching duties with their two children Nelson and Cresha. No price was reported.


Fields, a native New Yorker and one-time consultant to Donald Trump is best known for his business success in the casino gaming and entertainment business.  Fields said that he agreed to sell the stallion when he was assured that Peptoboonsmal would be able to live out his life in comfort on the Aaron Ranch, where he will be mainly breeding their own mares.  Fields still owns some performance horses and his trainer T. J. Good trains and rides for him.


“The sale of Pepto was an ongoing discussion,” said Chance Able, Field’s Ranch Manager. “They had inquired about Pepto awhile back and Richard was not wanting to sell him, but discussions started back up when Richard felt comfortable with the direction of the Aaron ranch program..”



Even though the Aarons have only been involved in the horse business for a very short time, their horse Blind Sided, a son of Peptoboonsmal out of Shiney Chex by Shining Spark) ridden by their trainer Jay McLaughlin, were the Open Reserve Champions of the September 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity held in Reno, Nev.  Up until that time, one of their main objectives was to preserve the versatile Blue Valentine bloodlines. Their stallion roster included A Shiner Named Sioux, a 2006 son of Shining Spark out of Docs Sulena by Doc O’Lena, with earnings of $154,971, that the Aarons purchased for a reported $850,000 at the Carol Rose Dispersal Sale; Jasons Peptolena and Duals Blue Boon, both sired by Peptoboonsmal; Leo Hancock Hayes sired by Blue Valentine; Funny B Blue Muchaman; Stone Blue Valentine; Rojo Goose and Dry Fork Roan.


“We just love the blue and red roans,” said McLaughlin, giving one of the reasons why the Aarons wanted to purchase Peptoboonsmal. According to Cresha, besides their own mares, they will be open to breeding 10 outside mares a year, but they would have to be exceptional mares. “We already have three contracts,” said Cresha.


She went on to say that Pepto arrived today and he is just having a fabulous time. He has settled in and seems happy here and we are just tickled to bits with him! We are excited to have the opportunity to own a stallion with such a legendary history, he will live out the rest of his years here at Aaron Ranch.”



Peptoboonsmal has sired offspring that have earned close to $22 million in NCHA, NRHA, NRCHA, AQHA, SHOT, team penning and ranch horse competition.

The beautiful 1992 red roan stallion, bred and raised by Larry and Elaine Hall, Weatherford, Texas, is sired by Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy), and out of the great mare Royal Blue Boon by Boon Bar.


According to an article in the April 2006 Western Horseman by Jerry Circelli, in 1991 they bred Royal Blue Boon to Peppy San Badger and transferred three embryos from the dam to surrogate mares. The result was the birth of a stunning red-roan colt, followed days later with the births of a red-roan filly and a pitch-black filly ­ all full siblings. The only problem was that only one of the foals could be registered as this was prior to the AQHA rule change following a lawsuit by Kay Floyd et. al. that was mediated in court, so that multiple embryos could be registered out of a single mare in a single year.


The Halls decided the red-roan colt would be the one they would register but wanted to come up with a name that wouldn’t be forgotten, which they did when they came up with Peptoboonsmal, that was inspired by his color.


According to AQHA records, Peptoboonsmal, won a total of $180,487, capturing the 1995 Open title of the NCHA Futurity with Gary Bellenfant in the saddle; the 1996 Gold Coast Open Derby, finished fourth at the 1996 NCHA Open Super Stakes and was a finalist in the 1996 NCHA Open Derby and Augusta 4-year-Old Open Futurity.



And it wasn’t long before he became a legendary sire. According to AQHA records, through the 2013 crop year, he has sired 1,327 foals, with 841 (over 63%) being performers, earning close to $22 million in NCHA, NRHA, NRCHA, AQHA, SHOT, team penning and ranch horse competition. As a Maternal Grandsire, he had 1,407 grandbabies, with 419 (30%) performing to the tune of close to $11 million.


The first Peptoboonsmal offspring that made him a household name was a beautiful roan yearling colt named One Time Pepto that was sold by David and Clare Capps, who owned his full brother, and was out of their great mare One Time Soon, sired by Smart Little Lena and out of Uno Princess by Jose Uno. The yearling was purchased through the 2002 NCHA Futurity Sale by Jeffrey Matthews, Warsaw, N.C., for a whopping $380,000 and the stallion went on to become an NCHA Super Stakes Champion and an AQHA leading Freshman Sire, a Quarter Horse News leading Junior Cutting and Reined Cow Horse sire and an NRCHA Million-Dollar Sire.


Today Peptoboonsmal is listed in the top of the lists of sires in the performance horse industry in Quarter Horse News statistical issues, with the most recent being the “All-Industry” statistics, published May 15, 2013 through 2012, where Peptoboonsmal is the second leading sire, with a total of $17,473,513 won by his offspring in cutting ($16,239,842), reining ($253,016) and reined cow horse ($980,655).


In the 2013 Quarter Horse News Lifetime Cutting Stats ending in 2012, 667 of his offspring had earned $18931,964 in the cutting arena, toped by Little Pepto Gal, $526,229; Copaspepto, $471,994, One Time Pepto 4331,097, Peptos Stylish Miss $305,712, Boon Too Suen, $261,641, Freckles Lena boon, $259,818 and Sweet Lil Pepto $237,783.


And what does the future hold for Peptoboonsmal?  Hopefully, as planned, he will spend the rest of his life grazing the beautiful East Texas pastures of the Aaron Ranch, with a few girlfriends to keep reminding him that he is a legendary horse and one of the industry’s leading sires!


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☛ Rice becomes NRCHA $1 million rider 5-4-14

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS | 0 comments

Boyd Rice riding BFR Igniting Sparks, sired by Shining Spark and owned by Beechfork Ranch to 6th place in the NRCHA Hackamore Classic. The $3,747.87 he collected put him over the $1 million mark.



Courtesy NRCHA – Photo by Primo
May 4, 2014 

When Spearman, Texas, horseman Boyd Rice won the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman Championship in Fort Worth, Texas aboard his 2007 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Oh Cay N Short (Oh Cay Quixote x Bit Of Shorty x Shorty Lena), he became the only rider in the association’s history to win both those titles on the same horse.


Now, Rice has achieved another historical milestone: NRCHA Million Dollar Rider status! Already a National Cutting Horse Association multi-million dollar earner, Rice’s resume now also includes $1,009,381 in NRCHA money.


In 2002, the first year Rice qualified for the NCHA Futurity finals, he also branched out into the reined cow horse arena, showing his first Snaffle Bit Futurity horse, Deltas Color (Color Me Smart x Delta Flyers Bueno x Delta Flyer). They finished 6th in the Open and 3rd in the Limited Open.


In the years that followed, Rice steadily added to his reined cow horse resume, becoming a perennial NRCHA Premier Event Open finalist and claiming two of the association’s crown jewels: the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship in 2007 and the World’s Greatest Horseman Championship in 2014.


Rice’s most recent NRCHA Premier Event paycheck came at the 2014 NRCHA Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colo. On Saturday, May 3, he piloted BFR Igniting Sparks (Shining Spark x Sliden Wright By x Smart Little Lena), owned by Beechfork Ranch, to 6th place finish and earned the high score of the fence work-only finals, a 148.


Rice’s NRCHA Million Dollar Rider status will be officially recognized at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev., where he will receive with a commemorative Carol Owens bronze.  Rice is the eleventh rider to join the elite NRCHA Million Dollar Club, which also includes Todd Crawford, Ted Robinson, Todd Bergen, Anne Reynolds, Jon Roeser, Jake Telford, Corey Cushing, John Ward, Bob Avila and Doug Williamson.

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☛ Zane Davis wins NRCHA Hackamore Classic 5-4-14

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy NRCHA
Photos by Primo
May 4, 2014


Zane Davis won the Open Hackamore Classic title and $10,708.20 riding Rubys Radar, a stallion sired by One Time Pepto and owned by Billie Filippini. Photo by Primo

In 1988, leading National Reined Cow Horse Association professional Zane Davis won a National High School Rodeo Championship at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. Twenty-five years later, he returned to the same venue to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Open Championship aboard Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger), owned by Billie Filippini.


Saturday morning, May 3, the day of the Hackamore Classic finals, Davis visited the fairgrounds outdoor rodeo arena, spending a quiet moment in the exact spot where he made his winning National High School Rodeo bronc ride.


“I stood on the same bucking chute that I got in when I won the national championship. I could remember everything that happened that day, 25 years ago. I thought, ‘You know, I might lose any other day, but not today,’” he said. “Nobody was over there. I’ve been wanting to go over there for years. I haven’t been back in so long. That was the biggest thing that ever happened in my life, even to this day.”


Davis and Rubys Radar held the high preliminary score coming into the fence work-only finals. They were last to work, a draw position that suits the 2009 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion horseman just fine.


“I’ve had real good luck being last. When I won the Futurity I was last. I like last,” Davis said.


Rubys Radar, a 2010 stallion, scored a 145 in the finals cow work. Added to his preliminary score of 440.5 (146 herd/146.5 rein/148 cow), the 585.5 composite was enough to win the Hackamore Classic title by a four-point margin. The Championship came with a $10,708 check; a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Gist buckle from the NRCHA; a gift certificate from San Juan Ranch, a division of Santa Cruz Biotechnologies; and a custom sheet from Classic Equine.


Davis has had Rubys Radar in his training program since the 2010 stallion was a long yearling. He initially bought Rubys Radar for longtime customer John Semanik. When Semanik decided he wanted to sell the horse, Davis knew exactly who to call.


“Billie Filippini wanted a roan stud prospect, and she bought him,” Davis said. As a 3-year-old, Rubys Radar finished 5th at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and then last month in Las Vegas, Nev., he claimed the NRCHA Stakes Reserve Championship.


Filippini, who usually comes to the shows to watch her horse compete, decided not to make the trip to Pueblo.


“She’s in her 70s and couldn’t find a traveling partner. Her exact words were, ‘I’ve had horses in training for 30 years and I ain’t never won nothin’.’ And now she’s winning everything, so she’s pretty excited,” Davis said.


However, the Blackfoot, Idaho, horseman, whose NRCHA earnings now exceed $822,000, was initially unimpressed with Rubys Radar as a hackamore horse.


“I usually start putting them in the hackamore in November or December of their 3-year-old year after they’re done showing, and he was terrible. He’s a really soft horse, but he was a terrible hackamore horse. I rode him for two or three months and never got anywhere with him. This last month, he got a little bit better, but he wasn’t good, until we got here. I knew he’d do everything, but he just didn’t feel good. Then, all of a sudden, we got here and he felt good. He’s always been a show horse. At home, he’s a terrible cutter. At the show, he cuts every time. Usually you have the opposite problem; they’re good at home and terrible to show. He’s been good to show and not as good at home,” Davis said.


He thanked his herd help, particularly fellow trainers Brandon Buttars and Zeph Schulz, and appreciated his wife, Holly, for “putting up with the life that a horse trainer’s wife has to.”


The next stop for Rubys Radar will be the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, Calif., in June.


Davis had a second horse in the finals, Brother Jackson (Peptoboonsmal x Shes Icing Onthe Cat x High Brow Cat), owned by John Semanik. Brother Jackson finished in 8th place, earning $2,677.


The Hackamore Classic Open Reserve Champion was CD Pepto (CD Lights x Peptowood x Zack T Wood), shown by Luke Jones for owner Kenneth Schueller. He scored a combined 581.5 (145 herd/142.5 rein/147.5 cow/146.5 finals cow), earning $8,567.

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Intermediate Open Champion


Justin Lawrence rode Coolreys, a daughter of Dual Rey, owned by Robin Dangel to the Intermediate Open title at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic. Photo by Primo

Alzada, Mont., horseman Justin Lawrence piloted Coolreys (Dual Rey x Olena Cindy x Doc O’Lena), a 2009 mare owned by Robin Dangel, to the Hackamore Classic Intermediate Open Championship. They came into the cow work finals with the top Intermediate Open preliminary score, a 430.5 (145 herd/142 rein/143.5 cow), and scored a 140.5 in the finals cow work to seal the Championship with a total 571 score.


Coolreys collected $3,123 for the Intermediate Open win, and banked another $2,677 for 9th place in the Hackamore Classic Open. Her prizes were a Gist buckle from the NRCHA; a Cow Trac system donated by Cow Trac; and a custom sheet from Classic Equine.

“This is the first time for me to have a horse in the Open finals for these customers and have a major limited age event win. It’s pretty exciting for me,” Lawrence said. “We got through the reining decent. She was outstanding in the herd. She was good in the preliminary fence work, and it wasn’t quite the run I hoped for in the finals. We kind of left the door open for Kenny [Wold] to come get us, which was an interesting story because his horse, Real Smooth Cat, was right behind us in the prelims, and it was one I trained and sold to Kenny as a 2-year-old. It was fun to have two horses that we had in the hunt for it.”


Lawrence’s show horses do double duty as ranch mounts on the cattle outfit he and his wife, Kelcie, operate. He frequently reaches for a hackamore when tacking up his horses for outside riding.

“I’m a real big fan of the hackamore and this mare has been trained primarily the last four months in a hackamore. Riding her on the ranch, that’s what we use and it seems to make a better horse out of them,” he said.


Limited Open Champion

Lavert Avent rode his own horse, Jojo Tari , a daughter of Little Polo Joe, to the Championship of the NRCHA Limited Open Division of the NRCHA Hackamore Classic. Photo by Primo.

Lavert Avent, Watrous, N.M., rode his personal horse, Jojo Tari (Little Polo Joe x Tari Acre x Bob Acre Doc), to the Limited Open Championship with a total 568 score (145.5 herd/140.5 rein/141.5 cow/140.5 finals cow).


He earned $1,785 for the Limited Open win and took home another $1,896 for placing 3rd in the Intermediate Open. His Championship prizes were a Gist buckle from the NRCHA and a custom sheet from Classic Equine.


For Avent, the win was particularly sweet because of his history with Jojo Tari.


“I bought this mare in Amarillo, Texas, three years ago at the Western Bloodstock sale. I gave $1,400 for this mare. I kind of stole her. a guy in Texas had been training her as a cutter and she wasn’t going to make a big time cutter, so he sold her, and she’s been a blessing to me. She’s one of those wonder horses for me. Being so cheap, and turning out to be so good – when you’re a broke cowboy, trying to make it in the cow horse world, it takes something like this to be able to go make it, just because  I can’t pay a whole lot for a horse and you hope one of these cheap ones will make a good horse,” he said.


While Avent said the 2009 mare did not perform up to her ability in two out of the three events, he was pleased with her performance in the herd work.


“Her reining wasn’t as good as she usually is, and neither was the fence work, but the herd work was way better. I ended up with a 145.5, which was the third high score in the Open, so I was real tickled with that,” he said.


Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Champion

Tara Matsler aboard Soula Boon (Soula Jule Star x Blues Nu Boon x Peptoboonsmal), shown with her husband Cody and her parents, Annette and Terry Christiansen,

Based on her preliminary scores, Tara Matsler, Canyon, Texas, claimed the Hackamore Classic Amateur Championship aboard her homebred mare, Soula Boon (Soula Jule Star x Blues Nu Boon x Peptoboonsmal), and advanced to the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro finals, where she swept the Championships in all three divisions.


“Everybody always dreams of doing stuff like that, but in reality, it doesn’t work out. It’s still surreal. She’s such a special horse to me. After we got done, I asked my dad, ‘Will you finally re-breed the broodmare? Because I’d really like another one like her,” Matsler said.

She guided the 2009 sorrel mare to a total 569 score (139 herd/141 rein/145 cow/144 finals cow). The Non Pro Championship paid $3,133. Matsler collected another $1,567 for the Intermediate title and $523 for the Novice. Some of her prizes came in triplicate: three Gist Buckles from the NRCHA and three custom sheets from Classic Equine. She also took home a gift certificate from San Juan Ranch, a division of Santa Cruz Biotechnologies.


In the fence work-only finals, Matsler was first in the draw. Her 144 score placed her in the lead, and she had to wait and watch the remaining competitors to see whether she would hold on for the win.


“I was really glad the finals was another Fence work. That’s my strongest event and that’s her strongest event. I felt like I had the horse to go win it; I just had to go show her. It wasn’t as good as I know she can do, or I can do, but she gave me all of her heart,” Matsler said.


Matsler owns Soula Boon with her husband of almost a year, Cody Matsler. Her parents, Terry and Annette Christiansen, were in Pueblo to cheer her on and celebrate the wins. Terry is also an avid cow horse competitor, and the family raises their own show horses and does much of the riding themselves. Soula Boon’s grand-dam was successfully shown by Terry; and her dam, Blues Nu Boon, has been a stellar performer for Tara in years past.





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☛ Bergen takes NRCHA Stakes title 4-6-14

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments







By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 6, 2013

Todd Bergen captured the NRCHA Stakes riding This One Time, one of 8 finalists sired by One Time Pepto. Photo by Primo

Proving that a top pedigree does make a difference, NRCHA Million-Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point Ore., rode This One Time, a 5-year-old stallion, sired by the newest NRCHA Million Dollar Sire One Time Pepto, out of one of the industry’s greatest mares, Katie Starlight, (Grays Starlight x Colonel Gunsmoke x Colonel Freckles) to the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Stakes Championship. The beautiful chestnut stallion, bred by Cinder Lakes Ranch LLC, Valley View, Texas, has been owned by Pamela Bailey, Golden, Colo., since he was a 2-year-old.
The weeklong event, held in the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., March 30-April 5,included 4- and 5-year-old horses sired by NRCHA subscribed stallions in divisions of Open, Non-Pro and Amateur competition.


When Bergen finished his cow run as draw No. 17 in the 38-horse finals, including 20 Open entries, he threw his clinched fist into the air, denoting his excitement of a highly successful run.


Zane Davis rode Rubys Radar, another One Time Pepto stallion, to the Reserve Championship.

“It was probably the best fence run of my life,” said Bergen after his 228 score was announced in the Cow Work (often called the Fence Work). That followed a 218 in both the Herd and Rein Work for a total of 664, a full 11 points ahead of his nearest competitor. That was Reserve Champion Zane Davis, the 2009 winner of the NRCHA Futurity, riding Rubys Radar, another One Time Pepto stallion, owned by Billie Filippini, Beowawe, Nev., out of another great mare, Ruby Bagonia (Peppy San Badger x Playboys Ruby x Freckles Playboy), with a 653 total score. Both riders had three horses in the finals.


The 2011 NRCHA Futurity Champion, Todd Bergen earned $29,107.05 for his Stakes championship, plus a C. R. Morrison trophy, Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Mattie Neal; A Gist trophy buckle, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate and cooler tote bag from San Juan Ranch, a division of Santa Cruz Biotechnologies and equine supplements from Platinum Performance.


He had two other One Time Pepto foals in the Open Stakes finals, a pair of full siblings, both owned by Roxanne Koepsell. He finished 7th on the 2010 stallion One Shiney Pistol, out of Shiners Lil Pistol x Shining Spark, with a 647.5 score, and $7,659.75 paycheck, and 14th on the 2009 mare Peptos Shiney Pistol, earning $3,063.90 for a 633.5.


“I think the One Time Pepto horses fit this event good. A lot of them, conformationally, are built right to do all three events: herd work, reining and going down the fence, and obviously they’ve got the cow smarts. Most of them are really good-minded and take everything in stride,” he said in an NRCHA news release following his win.


With eight offspring in the Open Finals (7 in the Open and 1 in the Limited Open), One Time Pepto was obviously the leading sire of the event. His sire, Peptoboonsmal, sired the winner of the Limited Open Finals.


Other finalists sired by One Time Pepto included: Nick Dowers, who rode 2013 NRCHA Futurity Champion Time For The Diamond, out of Diamonds With Style, owned by Triple D Ranches LLC, for a 4/5-place tie, with a 651 composite score, taking home $12,255.60; Corey Cushing rode Lenas Last Time out of Lenas Peppy Cutter, owned by Frank and Cathy Corrigan to a 639 and $4,595.85 and Kelby Phillips rode Hickory Holly Time, owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, out of the great mare Hickorys Holly Cee to a 431.5 . The pair were leading after the Herd and Rein work, but Hickory Holly Time tripped and fell while trying to circle the cow in the finals, with Phillips being thrown to the ground and receiving a 0. His 431.5 score on two events earned the pair $2,297.93.


Altogether, the eight offspring in the event’s Open finals, earned offspring of One Time Pepto $890,430, which calculated out to be 52 percent of the $153,198 total purse.  The $29,107 championship paycheck, boosted This One Time’s earnings to close to $118,000 and his sire’s NRCHA offspring earnings over $1.8 million, with seven foal crops and only four crops old enough to show. One Time Pepto, owned by Jeff and Sheri Matthews, Weatherford, Texas, also received the $3,500 cash prize for nominating This One Time to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program and $2,000 for subscribing Rubys Radar.


This One Time’s dam, Katie Starlight, a 1993 daughter of Grays Starlight out of Colonel Gunsmoke  by Colonel Freckles, was bred by Nicholas Arismendi, Clements, Calif. In 1993 she sold to Art and Sandy Haskins, also from Clements; in 1994 she sold to David Hunsicker, Solvang, Calif., and in 2000 transferred to Paula Hunsicker, Los Olivos, Calif. Cinder Lakes Ranch purchased her in June 2005.


Prior to the Stakes, she had earned $126,170.43 in reined cow horse competition and then was the dam of 12 foals , with seven performers earning over $250,869.77 prior to the NRCHA Stakes. They included a 2002 stallion Nu Circle Of Light, sired by Nu Circle N Cash, with $100,947 in total earnings, including the 2005 NRCHA Futurity Championship ridden by Ted Robinson. The win gave him his seventh NRCHA Futurity title.


Her foals had a variety of sires including Nu Cash, Shining Spark (when she was leased to Carol Rose from March 3000 through February 2001); Nu Circle N Cash that she was bred to four times; Smart Little Lena (producing Lena In the Starlight, $21,334); High Brow Cat (producing Katies Kitty, $30,140); Chocolate Chic Olena (producing Kookie Jar, $3,720.98), and Walla Walla Whiz. She also has a 2012 stud colt named Smartly Starstruck sired by Very Smart Remedy.


Rubys Radar’s dam, Ruby Bagonia, is a 1994 sorrel mare bred by Philip Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, out of his great mare Playboys Ruby by Freckles Playboy. She is currently owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Weatherford, Texas.  The mare earned $114,255.22 in NCHA competition. She is the dam of 16 foals, with two not old enough to perform, with seven being money earners of $20,733.34 (prior to Rubys Radar Stakes earnings) in reined cow horse competition and $358,929.65 in cutting events.


She was bred to a variety of stallions, including Smart Little Jerry (producing Ruby Duece, $111,773 NCHA; Shorty Lena (Baggy Shorts, $42,274 NCHA); High Brow Cat (Catagonia, $8,462); Smart Little Lena (Little Bag of Rubies $924 NCHA, ARC Little Rubylena $2,400 NCHA); Doc’s Hickory; Chic Please (ARC Ruby Please $20,733 NRCHA); Dulces Smart Lena and Playgun (ARC Ruby Playgunia $193,097 NCHA). Besides Rubys Radar, she has two foals by One Time Pepto, including a 2011 red roan mare ARC Some Time Ago and a 2012 chestnut mare ARC Rubysinthabag.


With Hickory Holly Time’s dam, Hickorys Holly Cee, a 1994 daughter of Doc’s Hickory out of Miss Cee Nita by Peponita, bred by Kenneth Hill, Placerville, Calif., is also owned by Arcese Quarter Horses.  Hickorys Holly Cee earned  $87,265.37 in NRCHA competition, $64,406 in NRHA shows and $11,242.72 at the AQHA World Show.


On Jan. 1 of her 3-year-old year, she sold to the Palo Verde Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz., and in April sold to M/M Greg Walen and M/M D. Buccola, Clements, Calif. On June 1, 1999, she sold to Arcese Enterprise and transferred to Arcese Quarter Horses USA in January 2004. This is the great mare that “put trainer Todd Crawford on the map,” according to many in the industry


She has 22 registered foals with 13 of them being performers. She was bred to Chic Please five times, producing ARC Please Be A Chic, $11,339 (NRCHA); ARC Pleasedtoceeu, $3,000 (NRCHA), ARC Hollys Chicadee, $64,937 (NRCHA), ARC Cee Me Please, AQHA World Show qualifier, and ARC Chic Cee Please, $801 (NRCHA). She was bred to Matt O Lena three times, producing ARC Dyna Cee, $26,000 (NRCHA), ARC Matty Cee, $220 (NRHA), and ARC Hollena Cee, $5,696 (NRCHA). She was bred once to High Brow Cat, producing ARC Catmando, $63,182 (NCHA); Shining Spark, producing ARC Cee N Sparks, $19,060 (NRCHA),, WHIZ n Tag Chex, producing Hickory Holly Tag, $735 (NRHA).


She was first bred to One Time Pepto producing ARC Lady In Black, ARC Back In Black, with no earnings prior to producing Hickory Holly Time. She was also bred to Smart Little Lena, producing ARC Holly Cee Lena. She also has a 2011 daughter ARC Gunna Be First sired by Gunna Trashya; two 2012 mares, ARC Shesa Walla sired by Walla Walla Whiz and ARC Cee My Chrome sired by Custom Crome. She also has two 2013 fillies, ARC Who Do You See, sired by Walla Walla Whiz and ARC Cee Me Slide sired by Smart Spook.


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☛ NRCHA Stakes finalists-champions 1-3-14

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Information and photos from NRCHA Press Releases
April 3, 3014

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time top the NRCHA Stakes Open Finalists. Sired by One Time Pepto, the stallion sired seven of the 20, or 35 percent, of the finalists

With the preliminary herd, rein and cow work go-rounds of the NRCHA Stakes completed on Tuesday, April 2, at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., 20 horses and riders are headed to the clean-slate finals scheduled for Saturday, April 5. However, champions have been determined in four divisions: Open Novice Horse, Level 1 Limited Open, Amateur and Non-Pro Limited.





Nicolas Barthelemy won the Open Novice Horse Championship riding Very Red Remedy. The pair also qualified for the Open and Intermediate Open Finals.

The Stakes Open Novice Horse Champion is 4-year-old Very Red Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x Flo N Blue Boon x Pretty Boy Boon), owned by Sheri Jamieson and shown by Nicolas Barthelemy, Ramona, Calif.,. The pair scored a total of 646 on three events, taking home $3,188. The pair also qualified for the Open and Intermediate Open finals Saturday.


The 34-entry division was created to provide an opportunity for horses with lifetime earnings of less than $5,000 to win more limited age-event money.






Erin Taormino won the Level 1 Limited Open riding She’s Wright On for Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kan.


Erin Taormino, a trainer at Gardiner Quarter Horses, Ashland, Kansas, won the Stakes Level 1 Limited Open Championship riding the 5-year-old mare Shes Wright On (Hes Wright On x Sue C Shiner x Shining Spark), bred and owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner. The mare is one of three Gardiner-owned horses that Taormino qualified for Saturday’s Limited Open and/or Intermediate Open Finals.







Wilder Jones,King Hill, Idaho claimed the Stakes Amateur Championship aboard Very Bright, owned by his mother Anne Reynolds.

Wilder Jones, King Hill, Idaho won the Stakes Amateur Championship aboard Very Bright (Very Smart Remedy x Hiners Miss Hickory x Shining Spark), a 4-year-old gelding bfed and owned by his mother, NRCHA Million-Dollar Rider Anne Reynolds.











Nicole Petty, Roseburg, Ore., won the Non-Pro Limited riding Tangy Chexinic.

The Non-Pro Limited Championship went to Nicole Petty, Roseburg, Ore., riding her 4-year-old gelding Tangy Chexinic.




Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, Calif., won the Two-Rein Championship riding ARC Sparkin Chics.

Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, Calif., rode ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark) to the Two-Rein Championship by a whopping 7-point margin. The 6-year-old stallion is owned by the Rocking J Ranch. The pair took home $2,220. Williamson also has a finalist in the Open Stakes finals on Saturday.




Hickory Holly Time, a 4-year-old stallion by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Holly Cee, leads the field of 20 going into Saturday’s clean-slate finals. Owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner and ridden by Kelby Phillips, the pair previously won the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle bit Futurity. One Time Pepto is the leading sire of finalists with a whopping seven of the 20 Open and one in the Limited Open finalists sired by the son of Peptoboonsmal out of One Time Soon owned by Jeff and Sheri Matthews, Weatherford, Texas.


The 16 Stakes Intermediate Open Finalists are headed up by Very Red Remedy and Nicolas Barthelemy, the pair that also won the Open Novice Horse Championship.


The Eight Stakes Limited Open finalists are topped by Erin Taormino riding Shes Wright On, following their win of the Level 1 Limited Open Championship.


Bubba Petty, husband of Nicole Petty, who won the Non-Pro Limited Championship, heads up the seven Non-Pro Finalists, six Intermediate Non-Pro finalists, and 5 Novice Non-Pro finalists riding Pepinics Lil Outlaw (Smart Little Pepinic x Pand Delight).


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