Clark Marks Big Scores on DB Little Cat

As the second round of the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro wrapped up on Wed..April 15, Sheridan Clark came back again with a strong run on DB Little Cat to top the composite scores. The two cut to a 220 in the first go-round and came back in the second with a 219 to secure a 439-point aggregate score heading into Thursday’s semi-finals, which presented a four-point lead over the competition.

Click here to read more about Clark and DB Little Cat.

Trailing by half a point, Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth cut to a 218.5 during the second go-round on Dmac Magician. The pair posted a 216.5 to have the second highest composite score of a 435.

Dmac Magician was bred by the Marvine Ranch and purchased by the McDavids as a 2-year old. The High Brow Cat gelding is out of Dualin Blue and came to the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes with $16,000 earnings. He was shown by the McDavid’s resident trainer, Clint Allen, at the 2014 NCHA Futurity where the two advanced to the Open semi-finals. McDavid, who boasts a record of $700,000 in lifetime earnings also made the Non-Pro Classic finals on Starz N Boon, where she placed 5th.

It took a composite score of 425.5 points to advance to the Non-Pro semi-finals, which will take place on Thurs., April 16.


Clark Tops Non-Pro First Go

CLARKOn Tues, April 14, the second day of the Non-Pro first go welcomed more than 100 non-pro riders and their horses to the pen as they put forth their best efforts to try and advance to the next round.

Topping the day’s scores in the last set of the day was Sheridan Clark and DB Little Cat. The two cut to a 220 to lead the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro scores. Clark, 15, who also won the Limited Non-Pro in the Classic portion of the show on Meradas Puddy Cat, came to the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes with $76,000 in earnings. That duo also claimed the Limited Non-Pro win at the 2013 NCHA Futurity and the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular.

Following her success in the Super Stakes Classic, Clark jumped on the recently purchased DB Little Cat to have a go in the 4-year-old competition of the NCHA Super Stakes.

DB Little Cat was bred by Darren Blanton and purchased by Wrigley Ranches at the 2013 NCHA Futurity Sale. The roan mare, by Metallic Cat, is out of Mattes Little Cokette, a Smart Mate mare that earned nearly $160,000 during her show career before producing six NCHA money-earners to date.

RAPPPrior to Clark’s 220 on Tuesday, Mary Ann Rapp held the high score of the day after marking a 219 on Tuned Up To Drive. The Hydrive Cat mare is out of SDP Finely Tuned, by Smart Little Lena out of Hicapoo. Rapp and the mare were Reserve at the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity last year, which put $41,820 on the horse’s record. This year, they won the Cattleman’s Derby, were Reserve at the Abilene Spectacular and made the finals at The Ike, bringing the mare’s total earnings to $66,580 before the NCHA Super Stakes.

Rapp’s 219 matched Kyle Manion and A Smooth Dually’s run on Monday during the first day of the Non-Pro first go-round. Click here for full results.


2015 Super Stakes Non-Pro First Go Leaders

Kyle Manion, Aubrey, Texas took the early lead in the 2015 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Non-pro when he marked a 219 aboard A Smooth Dually during the first set of the first day of competition.

To date, A Smooth Dually (Smooth As A Cat x Dually San Lena) has earned $37,700. $31,000 of that was for splitting 10/11 place at the 2014 NCHA Futurity Non-pro. The pair also made money earlier this year in Glen Rose at The Bonanza.

Manion owns his gelding’s sire Smooth As A Cat (High Brow Cat x Shes Pretty Smooth x Wheeling Peppy) who made over $500,000 in open and non-pro competition. Smooth As A Cat’s offspring have grossed more than $13 million in the show pen. Shes Pretty Smooth was shown by Manion’s dad Tommy to win the 1994 NCHA Futurity Non-pro.

A Smooth Dually and Manion’s resident trainer Phil Hanson had an aggregate score of 430 in the open that was 1.5 points shy of the Open semi-finals.

Two cutting veterans, Michelle Anderson, Victoria, Texas, and Megan Miller, Poolville, Texas, both finished the day with scores of 217.5. Anderson rode Peptos Jazzy Cat (High Brow Cat x Jazzys Pep Talk). That gelding came to the Super Stakes with just $1,765 won while Miller’s gelding, Check Out My Moon (Im Countin Checks x Carolena Moon x Peptoboonsmal) made $36,729 for being sixth at the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro.

In the Super Stakes Limited Non-Pro, senior rider Robert Tiemann, marked a 216.5 on Cats Lady 05 (Palo Duro Cat x Shortys Pretty Lady x Shorty Lena) to take the lead. Tiemann, Pflugerville, Texas was the 2014 Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur Co-reserve Champion and the Senior Champion on Foxy Spoonful who is out of the same dam as Cats Lady 05.

Seven sets remain of the Super Stakes Non-Pro.


Gonsalves/Payne Lead Aggregate

The second go-round of the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes concluded on Sunday, April 12, granting 61 riders that accumulated 431.5 points or more between the go-rounds a spot in the semi-finals on Fri., April 18.

Topping the aggregate scores with a 438-point total were James Payne and Gary Gonsalves. Payne rode Dmac Spicy Spoon to a 222 in the first go (Click here to see the run) and a 216 in the second. Gonsalves piloted Reyzin The Cash to a 216 during the first go and a 222 (Click here to see the run) in the second to match Payne’s efforts.

Dmac Spicy Spoon is owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla. Click here to read more.


Gary Gonsalves & Reyzin The Cash

Reyzin the Cash, owned by Iron Rose Ranch, was shown by Gonsalves at the Futurity last year. The two topped the first go-round then with a 220, but went out during the second go. Gonsalves explained that the he’s felt the horse has always had great talent, but has just had tough luck in the show pen. To date, Reyzin The Cash has earned just over $6,000, which was at the Abilene Spectacular earlier this year.

The Dual Rey is out of Spookys Cash, a mare that earned $284,000 during her show career. Gonsalves, earner of $3.2 million, rode her to fourth place at the 2000 NCHA Futurity and also earned the Reserve Championship at the 2002 NCHA Futurity on her full sister, Spookys Smarty Pants.

The 61 Open semi-finalists will each receive $7,377. The payout for the Open Super Stakes is an estimated $780,423.

Payne Leads Aggregate After First Day of the Second Go

Saturday’s festivities of the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes continued the first go of the Open in the coliseum and wrapped up with the highly attended Cajun Cutter’s Party in the Watt Arena.

The competition of 4-year-old horses in the Super Stakes Open catered to more than 100 horse and rider teams as the pursuit a spot in finals on April 18.

PAYNEContinuing their run of good scores, James Payne and Dmac Spicy Spoon hold the top aggregate score, a 438, in the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes Open at the end of the first day of the second go-round. Payne added a 216 to their 222 in the sixth set.

Sweet Lil Amanda (High Brow CD x Amanda Stargun x Playgun) and Matt Miller also continued their dominance when a 216.5 took their aggregate to a 437.5.

Also making a move into the top three were Lil Metallic Cat, owned by Richard Carney, and Lee Francois who paired a first round 218.5 with a 219. The red roan stallion is by Metallic Cat and out of Lil Foxie Starlight by Grays Starlight.


Lee Francois and Lil Metallic Cat

He was bred by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif., and purchased by Carnery, Kemp, Texas, as a 2-year-old. With earnings of nearly $12,000, Lil Metallic Cat ranks third of the three money-earners out of Lil Foxie Starlight. Foxies Travalin Lite tops that list with $45,654 in lifetime earnings.

Five more sets remain of the Open second-go on Sunday, April 12. The semi-finals will commence at 8am on Fri.,April 17. On Sunday, April 12, Carter Bloodcare will be set up between the coliseum and exhibit hall until 1pm. Visit for a full list of events happening during the NCHA Super Stakes.