Shae Forby Takes $2,000 Limited Rider Win


For Illinois cutter Shae Forby, 15, winning at Jackson was far more significant than collecting a Championship title and buckle. Competing at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch, Shae rode Cats Miller Time to a 214.5 to place first in the $2,000 Limited Rider division.

Shae’s parents, Jason and Sarah, own a cutting horse operation in Goreville, Ill. Jason is a professional trainer. Tragedy struck in January of 2011 when a faulty refrigerator caught fire and set the family’s barn ablaze. Everything was lost – tack, equipment and Jason’s livelihood. Only one horse survived. Treated for severe burns, that horse – Cats Cant Dance – recovered, and he was shown in the $15,000 Amateur at Jackson with Elvis Cameron.

According to Shae’s grandfather, Kenny Forby, Cats Miller Time is the first “legitimate” horse that Shae has had since the fire. Kenny couldn’t have been happier after watching his granddaughter top her division.

“It’s more than just a win – it’s extra special,” he said with a big grin. “This is really the first good horse she’s had since the fire. I bought this horse for both of us to show. But Shae’s done so well with him that I’m going to let her have him. She earned him.”

Cats Miller Time (High Brow Cat x Little Smashed x Peppy San Badger) is a 6-year-old gelding bred by Rodney Sharp. Kenny said that Tommy Marvin was the horse’s original trainer. Matthew Dedden showed Cats Miller Time to success, including winning the Rios of Mercedes Amateur division at the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular. After his recent win at Jackson, Cats Miller Time has right at $25,000 in earnings.

Kenny purchased the horse last December. Cats Miller Time was in the process of enjoying a little down time in the pasture at Nick Pilcher’s place in Indiana. The gelding had long hair and no shoes. Kenny looked at the gelding, and then asked Dedden if he could try the horse for 30 days before writing a check.

“The horse has just got so much ability and talent. I knew that Nick could get that out of him,” Kenny said. “Nick has done a wonderful job with him and I’m tickled to death. That horse is so athletic. He’s got so much personality. He’s a 6-year-old now, but he’s got the brain of a 4-year-old. He wants to play, and I just really like that.”

Shae was thrilled with how Cats Miller Time performed Jackson. The horse certainly came to town on their final cut, which presented quite a challenge.

“I felt him really stop hard a couple of times,” Shae said about how her horse handled the determined steer. “The third cow made me a little nervous – it was running a lot, more than I wanted it to. But I really like the way this horse works, and he’s got a good personality.”

Reserve in the $2,000 Limited Rider division was shared by riders who marked identical 214 scores. Kristyn Kleeman, Madill, Okla., rode Imaginerey (Dual Rey x Peek A Boon x Smart Little Lena), a 7-year-old mare bred by Double Dove Ranch. Sandra Halliday Patton from Ohio competed on Magic Abbie (Abrakadabracre x Little Peppy Polka x Peppy San Badger), a 10-year-old mare bred by Mark Stucks.

Patton also tied with Kelsie Archer and Need A Nurse Now, owned by Larry and Karon Sullivant, to win the go-round of the $2,000 Limited Rider with a 215.5. Both ladies received a $100 gift certificate, courtesy of Circle S of Summerdale, Ala.


Sheridan Clark Claims Senior Youth


Sheridan Clark rode Short N Smooth to the Senior Youth Championship with a 218.

The winner’s circle is a familiar place for Sheridan Clark, 15, Weatherford, Texas, who won the Senior Youth Championship on Short N Smooth. The pair marked a 218 in the finals at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. This was a consecutive title for Clark; she topped the Junior Youth last year on Wood Ya Wanna with a 224-point finish.

“It’s a really fun show,” Clark said about the Eastern Nationals. “Last year was my first year and I did good, so I wanted to come back. I also get to see all my friends.”

Sheridan was armed and ready for competitive action, thanks to Short N Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Playin Shorty x Playin Stylish), a 7-year-old gelding owned by Darren Blanton. The horse was bred by Ronald Edward Shelton, and, according to Sheridan, Ed Duffurrena did the early training. Short N Smooth has a mile-long resume and his earnings stand at more than $250,000. His best finishes include: fourth-place tie in the Open at the 2012 Super Stakes with Paul Hansma; co-Reserve in the 2014 Super Stakes Open Classic with Jason Clark; and fourth in the Non-Pro at the 2012 Super Stakes with Blanton.

While Sheridan won the Senior Youth at Jackson, her little sister, Kamryn, finished seventh in the Junior Youth. Their mom, Becky, brought the girls to the show. Their dad, Jason, stayed home in order to prepare horses for the upcoming NCHA Super Stakes.

“He’s the best,” Sheridan said about the way her dad trains horses and coaches. “He gives really good advice and he explains things in a way you can understand. Whenever I’m showing, he just walks me through it and helps me calm down.”

It was strange, Sheridan added, not having her dad there in Jackson. But, prior to the Senior Youth finals, he was on the phone, encouraging her and offering advice. After that, Jason handed the line over to his good friend Austin Shepard.

“I’m glad I have Austin,” Sheridan said, explaining that he offered advice and pointed out a few cows as she rode into the finals as second in the draw.

Sheridan cut her first selection, drove it to the front, and then put her hand down. Instantly, the testy steer dashed toward the corner.

“Austin got it stopped before it ran me over,” Sheridan said about what happened next. “We got back in place. My second and third cows were really good. I cut them in a good spot, and my horse was really good the whole time.”

Sheridan is a powerful competitor in the cutting arena. She has posted close to $80,000 in earnings, including winning the Limited Non-Pro Championship at the 2013 NCHA Futurity on Meradas Puddy Cat as well as the Limited Non-Pro at the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular. Sheridan plans on showing that horse, along with two 4-year-olds, at the upcoming NCHA Super Stakes.

Reserve in the Senior Youth was won by Kolby Moore, Williston, Fla., riding SDP My Man Sam (Smart Little Lena x Justaswinging Peanut x Justa Swinging Peppy). The two marked a 216. SDP My Man Sam is an 11-year-old, bred by Dean Sanders and owned by Jarrett and Shannon Callahan, McConnells, S.C.

Lauren Oehlhof led the Senior Youth go-round aboard WH Smart Pepto with a 218.5 and was awarded a $100 gift certificate to be used at any vendor present at this year’s Eastern Nationals. The go-round was sponsored by Mike and Libby Bowman.

Cade Shepard Sweeps Junior Youth


Cade Shepard won the Junior Youth at the NCHA Eastern Nationals aboard Some Kinda Highbrow.

This is the first time that Alabama cutter Cade Shepard, 13, claimed the Junior Youth Championship as all-his. At the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch, Shepard rode Some Kinda Highbrow to a remarkable 222 score to win the division by a three-point margin. At the two previous Eastern National Championship events, Shepard rode Pepto Stylish Babe to 220-point scores – placing Reserve last year and finishing as co-Champion in 2013.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Shepard was on his best game. Bred by Shrontz Family Partnership, Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD x Some Kinda Memories x Smart Little Lena) started as a futurity prospect that Shepard’s dad, Austin, owned in partnership with Todd Quirk. The partners decided to sell Some Kinda Highbrow in the summer of his third year.

“I tried to sell him to four or five different people, and nobody would buy him,” Austin recalled. “The first time Cade worked him on a cow was right before the Derby, when the horse was 3. They got along great.”

Shepard bought Quirk’s share, and it turned out to be a wise family investment. At the 2013 NCHA Futurity, Cade showed Some Kinda Highbrow to the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro semifinals, while Bret Davis rode the gelding to the Open semifinals. Austin and Some Kinda Highbrow finished Reserve in the Open at last year’s NCHA Super Stakes, plus they made the finals at the NCHA Derby.

Most recently, Cade rode Some Kinda Highbrow to second place in the Non-Pro Classic division at the Augusta Futurity. When he arrived in Jackson, the dependable gelding had $118,963 on his earnings record. At the Eastern Nationals, Austin showed the horse in the Open after the horse was prepared by Cade’s little sister, Caylee.

“He’s very laid back,” Cade said about the horse’s demeanor. “He’s really chill.”

Cade may be a youth in years, but he’s a one of the cutting industry’s most serious competitors. Cade already has $60,000 in earnings, and has a full limited-age event and weekend show schedule planned for this season. His next stop will be the NCHA Super Stakes, where he’s slated to ride Some Kinda Highbrow in the Non-Pro Classic.

For as long as he can remember, Cade has been riding horses, and he’s been showing cutting horses for almost as long.

“I’m not very nervous at all,” he answered when asked how he feels before showing. “If I get nervous, it’s probably in Fort Worth – just a little bit.”

Reserve in the Junior Youth division at Jackson was Blake Graham, Rockledge, Ga., riding Legal Dream (Dual Rey x Short Candy x Shorty Lena. This horse, bred by Kelly Schaar, has close to $150,000 in earnings, including an eighth-place finish at the 2008 NCHA Futurity with Ronnie Rice. Graham has shown Legal Dream for several years at the Eastern Nationals, including in 2014 when they finished fifth in the Junior Youth division and made the $35,000 Non-Pro finals.

Pittman Turner was awarded a $100 gift certificate, sponsored by COLE Livestock, for winning the Junior Youth go-round aboard Hickorys Handy Man with a 215.5.

Millie Joe Rosenberg Wins The $15,000 Amateur Championship


Millie Jean Rosenberg rode Mr Peppy Pepto to the $15,000 Amateur Win

A determined dash to Jackson proved to be more than worthwhile when Millie Joe Rosenberg won the $15,000 Amateur Championship aboard Mr Peppy Pepto. At the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch, Rosenberg and her trusty gelding marked twin 216-point scores to top both the round and finals in the class, which featured 80 entries. The young cowgirl also received a $100 gift certificate to Calvin Allen Saddlery.

Reserve in the $15,000 Amateur was claimed by Brad Barker, Texarkana, Texas, riding PC Double Crown (High Brow Cat x Oh Cay Shorty x Shorty Lena). They marked a 215.5. This gelding is a full brother to NCHA Futurity Champions Oh Cay Felix (2006) and Oh Miss Caroline (2011).

Millie Joe Rosenberg, 14, who is from Bush, La., was pressed to make it to the Eastern Nationals in time for the first round of the $15,000 Amateur. She was supposed to take a social studies test at school that day, and it took a lot of sweet-talking to rearrange the schedule

“We had to convince the whole school – the principle and everybody – to let her take the exam early,” explained her mother, Missy Jean Rosenberg. “We got to school early, she had to go into the principal’s office, take the exam, and she got an A on the exam.”

“I had to take an exam in the morning and then quickly come here, get changed, and get on my horse,” Millie Joe said.

This was Millie Joe’s first win with Mr Peppy Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x Tequiero Peppy x Peppy San Badger). Stanley and Taryn Morris bred the 14-year-old gelding, and he arrived in Jackson with $89,959 on his resume. Early in the horse’s career, Gary Bellenfant rode Mr Peppy Pepto the Open finals at several limited-age events. Jason Clark also had Open success on the horse, while Darren Blanton did well on the gelding in non-pro competition.

A dependable, 21-year-old Listo Cat ($162,653) is Millie Joe’s other show horse. She got Mr Peppy Pepto as a replacement about six months ago. From the look of things, the new partnership is panning out nicely.

“He’s really smooth and he’s just a really fun horse,” Millie Joe confirmed.

Along with cutting, Millie Joe enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. Recently, she was selected to play the lead role in her school’s production of “Annie.” Missy Jean played a video of her daughter doing an amazing job singing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow,” without a microphone, in front of a crowd at her school.

As for her amazing performance in Jackson, Millie Joe was quick to voice appreciation.

“I thank everyone who helped me, especially Steve Oehlhof and my mom,” she said. “I also thank my helpers, Todd Gann, Billy Kid, and Cullen Chartier. I am really glad my stepsister, Lauren was here.”

About three hours after winning the $15,000 Amateur, Millie Joe and Lauren teamed up with three other riders in the Youth Team Cutting. Their team celebrated the movie “Grease,” and won the award for being the best-dressed riders.

Woods/Chartier Tie To Win NCHA Eastern Nationals $5,000 Novice


Guy Woods rode Ichi Sangria to the $5K Novice Co-Championship.

Texas cutters split first place in the $5,000 Novice division at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. Competing in a field of 82 entrants, Ichi Sangria and Guy Woods of Pilot Point scored a 219, a performance matched by Poundcake Deluxe and Cullen Chartier of Weatherford.

Ichi Sangria (Cat Ichi x Scratchin x Laker Doc) is a 5-year-old bred and owned by Jo Ellard’s EE Ranches, Whitesboro, Texas. This win pushes the mare’s total earnings over the $100,000 mark. As for their other successes together, Ichi Sangria and Woods reached the Open finals at the 2013 NCHA Futurity, finished fourth at the 2014 NCHA Derby, plus made the finals at a number of limited-age events.

Woods showed the sire and dam of Ichi Sangria, and he mentioned that the mare reminds him a little of both parents. Cat Ichi earned more than $300,000 in just seven months of showing that included making the finals at the 2003 NCHA Futurity, winning the NCHA Derby, splitting Reserve at the NCHA Super Stakes, and topping the Memphis Futurity. Scratchin, the dam, won $80,221 from several trips to major aged event finals, including the 2001 Super Stakes and 2002 and 2003 Super Stakes Classic events. She and Woods won the Open Championship at the 2004 NCHA Eastern National Championships.

“She’s a great cow horse,” Woods said about Ichi Sangria. “She is sort of a hybrid of both of her parents. She works like her mother, but she thinks like her daddy. She has that low, crisp move that Scratchin had. But then, she thinks like Cat Ichi – she’s trying to stop a cow all the time.”


Poundcake Deluxe and Cullen Chartier marked a 219 to tie for the $5K win.

Poundcake Deluxe (Cats Quixote Jack x Etta Rey x Dual Rey), a 6-year-old, was bred by Jessica and Gary Gonsalves. Jessica won the Non-Pro Limited finals on the mare at the 2012 NCHA Futurity, and a handful of other riders have ridden Poundcake Deluxe to a little more than $56,000 in cutting earnings. Charlie and Denise Seiz, Cedartown, Ga., purchased the mare as a 5-year-old.

“I was really happy with her,” Chartier, 28, said about their work in the finals at Jackson. “The more that run went, I could feel the more comfortable she got and the more confident she got.

“Really, she’s one of the easier horses I’ve had to work with,” Chartier continued. “She’s just got a good personality and wants to please you.”

Poundcake Deluxe is bred just right for the cutting pen, as well. Her sire, Cats Quixote Jack, earned $273,196 that began with making the Open finals at the 2006 NCHA Futurity. He won the 2007 NCHA Non-Pro Derby Championship, 2007 Bonanza Open Derby Championship, and 2007 NCHA Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro Championship. Etta Rey, the dam of Poundcake Deluxe, earned $56,235 that included finishing Reserve in the Open Limited division at the 2002 NCHA Futurity. Poundcake Deluxe is her highest-earning foal.

Chartier made note of Poundcake Deluxe’s celebrity barn name.

“We call her JoLo,” he said with a laugh, referring to the pop superstar Jennifer Lopez. “It’s because when she was younger she had a big, round rear – just like the singer. It fits that mare. She’s strong and she uses it.”

Dusty Nelsen won the go-round of the $5,000 Novice with a 221 on Tues., March 10 aboard Rue Du Ichi, owned by EE Ranches. Nelsen was awarded a $100 gift certificate donated by Kenny Kern Saddlery.