Adan Banuelos/Quick To Dual Top First Go of Open Classic



Adan Banuelos

At the end of the first round of the Open Classic of the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, Adan Banuelos and Quick To Dual led the field of the 5-and-6-year-old horses with a score of 221.

“Those cows in there have been tough,” Banuelos said of Friday’s herds. “We cut some good cows which hasn’t been easy to do, and she performed the way she was supposed to. The last cow we cut with nearly 30 seconds on the clock. She kept her feel all the way through the run for me. A lot of horses, right at the end, will start giving out a bit but she kept on going.”

Quick To Dual (Dual Rey x Slick Quick Cat x High Brow Cat) is a 6-year-old mare bred by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup. The mare sold as a late 2-year-old to Jayme Toledo De Resende, Granbury, Texas. According to NCHA records, Quick To Dual arrived at the Super Stakes with $58,937 earned.

Started by Geoffrey “Spud” Sheehan who made the finals of the Cattlemen’s Derby on the mare, Quick To Dual went on to win the 2013 Brazos Bash Derby Open with Jason Clark. Owned by Brazilian native Jayme Toldeo De Resende, Quick To Dual is now in training with Granbury’s Banuelos.

“Spud did a great job of putting a nice foundation on this horse, and Jason continued building that great foundation,” Adan said. “She’s a real gritty mare with a lot of heart. She’s just a really good horse.”

Quick To Dual’s sire, Dual Rey, is one of the cutting industry’s leading sires with offspring that have won more than $26 million. His highest money earners are Rey Down Sally ($404,170), Reys Desire ($393,766) and Special Nu Baby ($356,204). The dam, Slick Quick Cat earned $42,030 in the cutting pen, and she has four performing offspring that have won $78,453 in NCHA money. Quick To Dual is her most successful foal.

Three horses finished the first go-round of the Open Classic with 220-point scores: Cat Sheree (High Brow CD x Nurse Sheree x Peptoboonsmal) and Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala.; Desires Little Kitty (High Brow Cat x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy) and Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas; and Little Dirty Deeds (High Brow CD x Dirty Little Dancer x Dual Pep) and Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif.

A total of 218 cutters were entered in the Open Classic. It required a 214.5 to progress to the second round, which takes place Sat., March 28.


Miller Tops Day One of NCHA Super Stakes on Desires Kitty Cat


Desires Kitty Cat and Matt Miller; Hart Photo

Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas, led the pack on Thursday, March 26, when he and Desires Kitty Cat marked a 220 in the first go of the Open Classic at the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes. The High Brow Cat mare, owned by Rockin 5 Ranch, Fairhope, Ala., made her debut as a 3-year-old with Miller when the two made the Open finals of the NCHA Futurity in 2013. They have since earned approximately $86,000, which includes a strong finish in last year’s NCHA Super Stakes Open finals.

See the run here.

Desire Kitty Cat’s dam, Desire Some Freckles, was the 2001 NCHA Classic Challenge Open Champion with Sam Shepard and has gone on to produce earners of more than $1 million. Her top two money earners, Thundercat and Desires Little Rex, have both earned approximately $300,000. The mare is also still owned by Rockin 5’s Arthur Corte.

Other top scores of the first day of the Open first go included a 219 for James Payne and SLR This Kats Kual and a 218.5 from last year’s Open Super Stakes Classic Champions, Skip Queen and TGI Playtime. Casey Green and The Cuteness matched that score, followed by John Sanislow and Cha Ching And Chang that cut to a 218 yesterday.








Lauren Chartier Wins Third Eastern National Non-Pro Title


Lauren Chartier rode Cees Little Poo to the NCHA Eastern Nationals Non-Pro Championship


Competing in Jackson, Mississippi, was like coming home for Texas cutter Lauren Chartier, 28. Riding her dependable gelding Cees Little Poo, Chartier competed in front of cheering family and friends to win the Non-Pro Championship and $4,224 at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. The pair marked a 218.5 in the finals of the division that featured 76 entries.

Aubrey Pigg is no stranger to the winner’s circle at Jackson, and this time the Alabama cutter ride Royals Magnificat (High Brow Cat x CD Royalty x CD Olena) to a 217 for the Non-Pro Reserve Championship.

Originally from Mississippi, Lauren Chartier has competed at that event since she was 9 years old. This was her third Non-Pro Championship, having also won at the 2003 Eastern Nationals on Widows Freckles, and at the 2009 Eastern Nationals on Cees Little Poo. According to Chartier, she won multiple times in the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro and $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro divisions, along with collecting several Reserve Championships.

This year’s Eastern Nationals was a great show for Chartier and her husband, Cullen. Cullen made the finals in multiple events and tied to win the $5,000 Novice class aboard Poundcake Deluxe.

“Cullen is a really good coach and we make a really good team,” Chartier said. “It’s been pretty special.”

Cees Little Poo (SR Instant Choice x Perry Poo x Perry San) is a 13-year-old gelding bred by Bar H Ranche. Chartier’s family bought the horse when he was 5, and the talented fellow has performed well during what has turned out to be a long, strong cutting career. Cees Little Poo, or “Ceasar” as he’s known, had $224,095 in earnings prior to this latest success. He carried Chartier to fourth-place finishes in the NCHA World Non-Pro standings in 2010 and 2011. In his early years, Cees Little Poo and various riders qualified for finals at several major limited-age events in the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur divisions.

“He’s just been amazing,” Chartier said, adding that Cees Little Poo has had a big impact on her and Cullen’s lives. “He bought our house. He a paid to re-do it. He paid for the barn. He’s just worth his weight in gold.”

When asked if there would ever be plans to sell Cees Little Poo, Chartier was quick to respond. “No!” she said. “He’s pretty much going to be a lifer with us.”

Chartier remarked that her gelding has certain pens he prefers – including the one at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio and the one at the Eastern Nationals in Mississippi. Not only did they feel at home riding to the herd in Jackson, but Chartier and her gelding also walked to the herd with a clear objective in mind.

“I knew it was going to be fast before we went down there because they always pick fast cows for Caesar,” Chartier explained. “Fast cows are his favorite and I expect those every time. I never worry about it because he handles the pressure the best of any horse I’ve ever ridden before.”



$50,000 Amateur Win For Wendy Johnson


Wendy Johnson rode Lily Shea Rey to the $50,000 Amateur title at the NCHA Eastern Nationals.

For Wendy Johnson, Perrin, Texas, winning the $50,000 Amateur title at the NCHA Eastern National Championships was a dream come true. Not only was it her most prestigious win, to date, but it was also a major success for her special, homebred mare Lily Shea Rey. The two worked to a 217.5 to top the 74-entry division and take home $4,080.

Reserve in the $50,000 Amateur division was claimed by Gary Reichart, Frankton, Ind., riding Boons Playin (Mr Boonsmal To You x Aristocrats Playgirl x Smart Aristocrat). The pair marked a 215.5.

Wendy Johnson and her husband, Butch, raised Lily Shea Rey (Dual Rey x Lil Shea Lena x Playdox). The Johnsons purchased her dam as a 3-year-old. Wendy showed that mare to a number of nice finishes, including a seventh place in the Amateur at the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes. In 2005, the Johnsons decided to breed Lil Shea Lena to Dual Rey.

The resulting Lily Shea Rey, a 2006 mare, was trained by Cody Hall and finished by the Phil Hanson team. Hall showed Lily, as she’s called, to the Open semi-finals at the 2009 NCHA Futurity, while Hanson finished fourth on her in the Open Classic at the 2011 Brazos Bash. Coming into the Eastern Nationals, the mare had $61,841 on her earnings record.

“She’s pretty quirky,” Wendy said about Lily Shea Rey. “She has a lot of personality and is strong-minded. Her mother is very strong-minded, too.”

The seasoned mare has a month-old Metallic Cat filly on the ground, and plans are to breed her back to Metallic Cat this season. The Johnson’s have a three-quarters brother to Lily Shea Rey, a 5-year-old TR Dual Rey gelding, that Butch shows in the limited-age events.

The win in Jackson was Wendy’s biggest, and she was pleased with her pretty mare.

“When she was born she came walking into the stall to greet us within an hour, and it’s been that way ever since,” Wendy said about her relationship with Lily Shea Rey. “Even when she was at the trainer’s, we could call her and she’d come right to us.”

The mare was friendly. But she had a fast and powerful side when it came to working a cow, and for a while that proved to be a little too challenging for Wendy.

“I didn’t start riding her until she was 6,” Wendy said. “Once I realized I had to sit real still on her and sit back – you can’t lean forward on her – we did fine together. She just does her magic out there.”

Wendy expressed thanks to those who helped her all week at the Eastern Nationals: Ben Roberson, Casey Crouch, Brent McGlothlin, Bill Pierce, and her husband, Butch.

Cutting Horses Back to Cowtown

Cowboys Flock to Will Rogers for Millions in Payouts

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) will host the second jewel of its “Triple Crown” March 26 through April 18 in Fort Worth, and NCHA is pleased to welcome Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the event.

Lucas Oil manufactures and sells high quality products in consumer, industrial and agricultural markets around the world. Lucas Oil offers more than 100 oil, grease, and fuel additive products – all designed to improve performance and increase mileage in trucks, automobiles, heavy-duty equipment, tractors, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. NCHA is pleased to partner with Lucas Oil in celebrating cutting’s important role within the cowboy traditions of horsemanship, ranching and the American West as well as welcome them to one of cutting’s premier events.

“We are excited about NCHA’s new partnership with Lucas Oil,” said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “As a cattle rancher, Mr. Lucas understands the agricultural community and whole-heartedly supports it. We believe this this will be an excellent fit for both parties.”

The first part of the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, the Super Stakes Classic, welcomes 5- and 6-year-old cutting horses and riders from numerous divisions including open, non-professional and amateur. This portion of the show offers more than $180,000 in added money and delivers impressive performances from the industry’s top horses and riders.

The second half of the NCHA Super Stakes caters to 4-year-old horses and tenders more than $800,000 in added money. This event serves as the second leg of NCHA’s Triple Crown, which kicked off with the first jewel of the series in December at the NCHA Futurity. Those then 3-year-old horses will now return to Fort Worth for another shot at claiming their portion of what is one of the largest payouts in equine history.

Slated to offer more than $2 million in cash and prizes, the Super Stakes focuses on the breeding of top cutting horses and all horses entered must have been sired by a subscribed stallion.

Finalists of both the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic will also be granted numerous prizes and trophies with a chance at claiming a prestigious NCHA Triple Crown buckle. Spectators will enjoy high-energy performances on finals nights, western shopping at the Best of the West Trade Show and numerous parties and social happenings throughout the duration of the event. The Cajun Cutters Crawfish party, hosted by High Brow CD and Grace Ranch, is a favorite of visitors and will take place Sun., April 12 at 7 pm in the Watt Arena.

Admission to the Best of the West Lifestyle Show is always free, while admission to the Super Stakes cutting events are free with the exception of the open finals on Friday, April 3, and Sat., April 18. For more information about the Super Stakes and to purchase tickets online, visit