June 2017

Congratulations to dear friend Billie Buckeridge! She is the owner of Sparkys A Dreamer who just qualified for the Tamworth Futurity finals in Australia!

Congratulations to dear friend Billie Buckeridge! She is the owner of Sparkys A Dreamer who just qualified for the Tamworth Futurity finals in Australia!


We want to congratulate all the 2017 NCHA Hall Of Fame Inductees, especially Reyzin. She was the first "Wendel" baby to earn Horse Of The Year honors and now she is the first "Wendel" baby to be inducted to the NCHA Hall Of Fame. Reyzin was bred, raised and trained by Phil & Mary Ann Rapp, and is now owned by Bobby & Lori Gale.

We want to congratulate all the 2017 NCHA Hall Of Fame Inductees, especially Reyzin.


Out on the West Coast at the PCCHA Core Balance derby we have two "Wendel" babies headed to the Open Derby Finals. Congratulations to the birthday boy Matt Miller & Sweet Baby Marie, and to Darren Simpkins & Crafty With Cows!

The West Coast results are in and the "Wendel" babies are rockin it! At the NRCHA Derby in Paso, Randy Paul & CD Highlights are in the lead going into the cow work. Matt Miller & Amandas CD picked up a nice check in the NCHA Open class today. Keep up the good work!

The "Wendel" babies are in the house at the NRCHA Derby, Paso Robles, CA.!!! TWO horses! THREE OPEN FINALISTS!!! Congratulations to Randy Paul & CD Highlights on making the Open Finals, and the Intermediate Open Finals. Joining them in the Intermediate Finals is Doug Williamson R Little C D Cat. Well done guys!! Good luck in the finals!

This girl is on FIRE! Cat Sheree won the NCHA Open last night with Adan Banuelos in the saddle. This morning she came back with her owner Elizabeth Quirk and qualified for the Mecuria Non Pro finals!! Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda smoked a run this morning and are qualified for the Mecuria Open finals! Congrats to all!

This girl is on FIRE! Cat Sheree won the NCHA Open last night with Adan Banuelos in the saddle. This morning she came back with her owner Elizabeth Quirk and qualified for the Mecuria Non Pro finals!! Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda smoked a run this morning and are qualified for the Mecuria Open finals! Congrats to all!


PCCHA OPEN DERBY CO-CHAMPIONS!!!

Congratulations to Jaime Snider who rode Reysin Kittens owned by Bitter Root Ranch LLC and Darren Simpkins who rode Crafty With Cows for Carol Ward both scoring 223’s.

We are humbled by the consistency of his offspring.

PCCHA OPEN DERBY CO-CHAMPIONS! Congratulations to Jaime Snider who rode Reysin Kittens owned by Bitter Root Ranch LLC and Darren Simpkins who rode Crafty With Cows for Carol Ward both scoring 223’s.


May 2017

Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda have consistently been INCREDIBLE in the arena. They ended up 4th in the finals at the Breeder’s Invitational in the Classic Open. The $$$$$ they won today puts Sweet Lil Amanda over $237,000 in lifetime earnings to date!

Congratulations go out to Katherine VanBoekel & Wendels Little Missy! They were on fire today in Tulsa at the Breeder’s Invitational. They won TWO Championships!!! They are the Classic Unlimited Amateur Champions and the Classic Amateur Reserve Champs!!

April 2017

Congratulations to Hilary Watson & Shady Lil CD! They tied for 3rd place in the Limited Non-Pro finals last night and they tied for the Limited Non-Pro Senior Reserve Championship title! They get to go again in the Unlimited Amateur Finals Wednesday! Congrats and good luck!

The "Wendel" babies had a good day in the Amateur finals today at the NCHA Super Stakes. Congratulations Robert Tregemba & Stylish Brow, John Brengard & Sweet Lil Amanda, Hilary Watson & Shady Lil CD. Tomorrow they will have the Classic Amateur finals and we want to wish Bradley Newman & CD Gracie Marie good luck!

March 2017

Congratulations Lilly and Playful Highbrow on your reserve championship win!! Watch out Walt Erwin you may not get your horse back!

Congratulations Lilly and Playful Highbrow on your reserve championship win!! Watch out Walt Erwin you may not get your horse back!


"Wendel" babies wrapped up the Cattlemen's on top! Janice Little & Wendels Player picked up a few more championship titles. They were the Reserve Champs and the Senior Champs in the 5/6 Classic Amateur. In the Derby Amateur Greg Jeter & Chita Blue Cat clinched the Gelding Championship. John Brengard & Sweet Lil Amanda threw up a big 225 on the scoreboard to clinch the Classic Unlimited Amateur Championship! The big winners were Lica Pinkston & Stylish Top Brow! They captured THREE Championships at their first LAE together! They earned the Derby Unlimited Amateur Championship, Derby Unlimited Amateur Gelding Championship, and the Derby Unlimited Amateur Senior Championship. Congrats to all the CHAMPIONS!

Well done Ashley Davis & CDs Pepto Gal! These two just added over $4300 to their bank account and a bunch of really nice prizes. Congratulations from all of us at Team Wendel! Ashley Davis and CDs Pepto Gal bested a field of 26 with a 214 in the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals to win the Championship at the NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi. Nice job!

February 2017

Congratulations Tim May & Stylish Top Brow on winning the non-pro derby senior CHAMPIONSHIP at The Ike Derby! Stylish Top Brow is one that we raised here on Grace Ranch, so we are extra excited to see them doing well!

Average Foal Earnings $27,629!!! Stud Fee $3,000!!!

No other stallion in this industry has stats like this......with a stud fee like this!

The Open Derby finals just finished up at the Bonanza. Lloyd Cox tied himself for the win and RL Chartier & Crafty With Cows tied with Clint Allen for second & third! It is really amazing to see how far these young horses have come since the futurity. Lloyd Cox & Im Highly Decorated and both of Matt Miller's mares Staci Stargun, and Sweet Baby Marie all had good runs. Congrats to all the finalist!

How about John Brengard & Staci Stargun winning the Unlimited Amateur Derby Finals at the Bonanza!!! Congratulations you John!!

Congrats Hilary Watson & Shady Lil CD on winning the 5/6 Amateur Finals with a smokin 225 run!!! That run also landed them the 5/6 Amateur Sr Championship too! It was truly an amazing run!

January 2017

We have some champions at the Abilene Spectacular we want to send a BIG congratulations out to! RL Chartier & Crafty With Cows are the Open Derby Gelding Reserve Champions, and Greg Jeter & Chita Blue Cat are the Amateur Derby Gelding Champions! Way to go guys!

RL Chartier & Crafty With Cows are the Open Derby Gelding Reserve Champions, and Greg Jeter & Chita Blue Cat are the Amateur Derby Gelding Champions! Way to go guys!


Congrats to Ken Hanson his "Wendel" baby High O Silver!! They are racking the championships up at the Abilene Spectacular!!

Congrats to Ken Hanson his


We have ANOTHER CHAMPION! Great news coming from the Fort Worth Stock Show! Danielle Lybbert & Hi Hill Bud are the NRCHA Open Bridle Champions! Congrats from all us at Team Wendel!

The Augusta Futurity wraps up today. We have multiple "Wendel" babies in the finals today and we want to wish the all good luck!

5/6 Classic Amatuer

  • Robert Graves & Dun Playin My CD

Non Pro Mecuria

  • Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow

December 2016

Congratulations RL Chartier & Crafty With Cows on earning the Open Gelding Futurity Champion & Open Futurity 3rd Place.

Congratulations RL Chartier & Crafty With Cows on earning the Open Gelding Futurity Champion & Open Futurity 3rd Place.


NEWS FLASH!!!

In 2008, Grace Ranch purchased High Brow CD (aka Wendel). At that time we were excited to own the greatest new and upcoming stallion in the cutting horse industry, and many of our friends and supporters were happy to join “Team Wendel!”

As we’ve learned more about this industry from the vantage point of stallion owners, we have come to better appreciate the important part that mare owners play in the success of a stallion. High Brow CD has a loyal breeder base, dedicated owners, and enthusiastic trainers who welcome HBCD foals into their program. We are very grateful for all of these team players.

We continue to be overwhelmed by the love that fans and breeders have for Wendel, and we are very excited about the championships being earned by our High Brow CD offspring in the show arenas throughout the United States and abroad. Our excitement is only enhanced by the fact that High Brow CD foals are performing well in the cutting pen as well as in the reining, reining-cow horse, barrel racing, and roping events. We love the fact that “Team Wendel” is extending to so many performance horse disciplines and in so many venues.

We want to see this trend continue to grow and to further solidify Wendel’s reputation as a Champion Siring Champions! To that end, we would love to partner with more mare owners in this upcoming breeding season. In order to ensure that everyone who wants to be a part of “Team Wendel” has an opportunity to do so, we have decided to lower the stallion fee for High Brow CD in 2017 to $3,000. We hope this will encourage our loyal breeders to continue breeding to High Brow CD and inspire others who’ve always wanted a High Brow CD baby to join “Team Wendel” this breeding season.

This is an exciting time, and now is the time to join “Team Wendel”!

Chris & Staci Thibodeaux

November 2016

Congratulation to Scott Wray & CD Sparkles on winning the Classic Limited Open Championship at the Waco Texas Futurity. Phil Rapp & Reyzin are due for some congrats too...... They are the AQHA Sr Reserve World Champions!

October 2016

Congratulations to Ryder Carpenter & Shorta CD on their 5th place finish in the Non Pro Derby Finals at the Brazos Bash!! Shorta CD is a home grown Grace Ranch "Wendel" baby!

Congratulations to Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce on winning one Non Pro Championship, one Non Pro Reserve Championship, and one Limited Non Pro Championship at the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation Cutting. We also want to congratulate Matt Miller & Amadas CD, and Lee Francois & Wendels Little Missy on advancing to the 2nd go of the Open Derby at the PCCHA Futurity.

Congratulations to Matt Miller & Amandas CD they marked a 217 and ended up in a 3 way tie for 4th place in the Cutting Stakes Finals at the PCCHA Futurity!

How about TWO more CHAMPIONS!!! Phil Rapp & Reyzin won the Open Mecuria at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress tonight!!! At the PCCHA Futurity in Las Vegas, Matt Miller & Amandas CD marked a 223 to tie for the Championship win with Geoffrey Sheehan & Chromed Out Cat in the Open Derby Finals. Congrats to all!

Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow win $10,000 in the Classic Open Finals today at the Southern Cutting Futurity!!!! This pushes Some Kinda Highbrow way OVER the $300,000.00 in LIFETIME EARNINGS!!! Cade qualified him to the Classic Non Pro finals today too, so that number just keeps getting bigger!! Congrats to all!!

Cade qualified him to the Classic Non Pro finals today too, so that number just keeps getting bigger!! Congrats to all!!


September 2016

Another CHAMPION "Wendel" baby!! Tootie Truesdell & Wendels New Addition are the 2016 Gabilan Ranch Horse Cutting Champions!! They won this GORGEOUS buckle and beautiful saddle!!! Congrats Tootie!!

Another CHAMPION

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This BIG stopping "Wendel" baby has done it AGAIN..... Amandas CD & Matt Miller laid down a smokin hot 225 to win the Open Derby at the Cotton Stakes !!! Congratulations to Matt Miller, and to the Brengard's who own her.

The Cotton Stakes wrapped up this afternoon. Congratulations to the FIVE Champions Josh Crumpler & SDP Moms CD- Classic Limited Champions, Matt Miller & Amandas CD - Open Derby Champions, Todd Quirk & High Brow Clay 012 - Non Pro Derby Champions, Eric Van Boekel & Wendels Little Missy - Derby Unlimited Amatuer Champions, and Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce - Classic $50K Amatuer Champions. We also had one Reserve Champion and that was Matt Williams & Big Daddys CD - Classic Limited Reserve Champs! Congratulations to all!

Oh what a day Matt & Ella have had!!! They marked their highest score to date.... a WHOPPING 226 to win the Open Derby Finals, at the Brazos Bash! This is their 2nd win in a row....... AND THEY ALSO JUST WENT OVER THE $200K MARK IN LIFE TIME EARNINGS!!!!! Their CONSTANT WINNING ways got them there in less than a year in the show pen!! Congratulations to Matt Miller & Amandas CD, and to the Bernard’s who are the owners of this incredible mare!

Congrats to Paul Hansma & High Cash Girl who is owned by Lisa Bernholt! They tied for 4th in the Classic Open Finals today at the Brazos Bash!! Another "Wendel" baby who CONSISTENTLY wins the big $$$$$!

August 2016

Congratulations to Morgan Cromer & What About Blue! They are the 2016 ICHA Classic Open Gelding Champions! They also finished 4th in the Open Classic Finals. Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda finished 12th. Congrats to all!

We have some really cool results coming out of the Idaho Cutting Futurity. In the Open Futurity Scott Martin & Highbrows Swinging CD, and Matt Miller & Sweet Baby Marie made the finals!! This is the 3rd finals, at this show that Matt Miller has qualified for on a "Wendel" baby. He was a Classic Open Finalist on Sweet Lil Amanda, Open Derby Finalist on Amandas CD, and Open Futurity Finalist on Sweet Baby Marie! All of these great mares are MULTIPLE Finalists! Proof "Wendel" babies are consistent in the show pen!

July 2016

ALL the finalists were rocking it last night at the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Open Finals! A lot of those horses walked to the herd for the last time in the iconic Will Rogers Arena, because they are aging out of the aged events. They always give 110% but you have to wonder if they give a little more than that knowing it is their last show in the Will Rogers? No matter how you looked it, last nights finals were SPECTACULAR, and we were honored to have THREE 'Wendel" babies in them! Congrats Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda, Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow, and Sean Flynn & Cat Sheree!

Jaylee Hall will always have fond memories of Fort Worth. She and her fabulous gelding High Brow CD Deuce have done well in the BIG HOUSE over the last few years! This afternoon they marked a 221 to the earn the 2016 Classic Limited Non Pro Reserve Champion Title!!! PLUS, they went way over the $100K mark in lifetime earnings! Jessica Feiner & Highbrow Time were 7th, and Jackie Davison & Cajun Grace were 8th in the finals.

June 2016

HUGE WIN today for Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD!! They are the 2016 PCCHA Core Balance Classic Open CHAMPIONS!! Their 224.5 point winning run earned them $12,500.00 and pushed them well OVER $100K in life time earnings! Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda finished in the TOP 10 in the finals, and are homing in on the $200K mark in life time earnings! Congrats!

There isn't anything little about this mares heart and try! Wendels Little Missy & Lee Francois marked a 225 to earn the 2016 Open Derby Reserve Championship title at the PCCHA Core Balance Derby. Wendels Player & Janice Little finished 6th in the $50K Classic Amateur finals today too!

"Wendel" babies were making their sire happy on father's day! They were winning championships all over the country!

PCCHA Core Balance Derby:

  • Julie Clarke & What About Blue cinched the 2016 Reserve Championship in the Classic Unlimited Amateur Finals.
  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time marked a 225 to earn the Reserve Championship in the Non Pro Mecuria Finals.

The Non Pro at Oklahoma City:

  • Tammy Jones & SDP Moms CD won the Reserve Championship in the Classic Limited Non Pro.
  • Frank Harrison & Betrus are the Classic Senior Unlimited Champions.
  • Hillary Watson & Shady Lil CD are the Classic Senior Unlimited Reserve Champions.

Congrats to all!!

May 2016

Congratulations Hilary Watson & Shady Lil CD on being the 2016 NCHA Western Nationals $50,000 Amateur Reserve Champs!! Shady Lil CD ( HIGH BROW CD X SHADY LIL ARISTOCRAT)

The Breeder’s Invitational Open Classic Finals did not disappoint! What a tough finals! 226 Was what it took to win it....... Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda earned the Reserve Championship title with a SMOKING 225.5 run, and Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD laid down a beautiful 225 run to place third! "Wendel" babies took home $36K+ in winnings today! Congrats to all!

Way to go Cade & Some Kinda Highbrow!!! 227 to win the 2016 Breeder’s Invitational Classic Non Pro Championship!!!!

Another Championship for Matt Miller & Amandas CD! They added the 2016 Open Breeder’s Invitational Derby Reserve Championship to their already long list of accomplishments. This Championship pushes Amandas CD over the $150,000 mark in LTE....... all won in the first SIX months of her show career!! Ryder Carpenter & Shorta CD finished in the top FOUR in the Non Pro Derby Finals. Congrats to all! It was another great show for "Wendel" babies! Safe travels to all!

April 2016

Jessica Banuelos and Highbrow Time added more $$$$ to their winnings last night in the Classic Limited Non Pro finals! They get the day off today and will compete in their SECOND finals tomorrow in the Unlimited Amateur finals. This great gelding has been a consistent winner and finalist throughout his career, and has amassed earnings will over $165,000.00! Congrats!

We have another CHAMPION in the BIG HOUSE! Jackie Davison & Cajun Grace (High Brow CD X Pepto Olenas Dually) are the 2016 Classic Unlimited Amateur Champions!! They set the pace early on in the first set with a scorching 221 run!! Pretty exciting run for their first trip to the finals together! Congratulations to Jackie, and Eddie & Barbara Young who own this super mare.

We have our 2nd CHAMPION in TWO DAYS at the NCHA Super Stakes! Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow (High Brow CD X Some Kinda Memories) marked a 222 to win the 2016 Classic Non Pro Championship! This win pushes Some Kinda Highbrow over the $250K mark in lifetime earnings! Congrats Cade!

This win pushes Some Kinda Highbrow over the $250K mark in lifetime earnings! Congrats Cade!


The 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Finals did not disappoint! They were full of extraordinary runs! We were so honored to have FIVE "Wendel" babies in the finals! Congrats to Megan Johnsrud & Somekindacrimsontide, Kayla Norris & Kual Lil Wendy, Todd Quirk & High Brow Clay 012, Matt Miller & Amandas CD, and Lee Francois & Wendel Little Missy!!

March 2016

Matt Miller and his "Wendel" mares banked OVER $22K this week at the Cattlemens. He won the Open Derby on Amandas CD with a rockin 224 run today, and that win pushed her LTE well over $100K!!!! Yesterday he placed 6th in the Classic Open Finals on Sweet Lil Amanda. Matt and these fabulous mares CONSISTENTLY continue to earn their place among the best of best.

MORE CHAMPIONS!!!! Congrats to Morgan Cromer & What About Blue on winning the Classic Open at the PCCHA Round Up. Morgan also placed third on TF High Chex CD in the Classic Open finals. We also want congratulate Tammy Jones and SDP Moms CD on winning ANOTHER championship. They are the 2016 Catllemens Non Pro Classic Reserve Champs! All these "Wendel" babies have impressive win records that span the length of their careers, just like their sire!

Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD win ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP!!! They are the 2016 Cattlemens Classic Senior Champs! The also finished 7th in the Classic Non Pro Finals, 10th in the Classic Amateur Finals, and 3rd in the Classic Senior Amateur Finals!!! Janice Little & Wendels Player ended up 4th in the Classic Amateur Finals!! Congrats from all of us at Grace Ranch!

Congratulations on ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP Page & "Chilly"!!

Congratulations on ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP Page & Chilly!!


February 2016

Matt Miller & Amandas CD continue to win championships! Their latest is the 2016 Open Ike Futurity Derby Reserve Championship Title with a smoking 224!! Congrats to the Brengard's who own her, and to Matt Miller!

Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD have had an incredible two weeks! They won the Non Pro Classic last week at the Augusta Futurity, which put Big Daddys CD aka "Chilly" over the $100K mark in LTE. Today they won the reserve championship in the Non Pro Classic, plus they won the Non Pro Classic Gelding championship! Tammy Jones & SDP Moms CD finished 6th in the Non Pro Classic, plus they won the Limited Non Pro Classic championship! This is their second limited age event show this year, and their second championship! Congrats to all!!

Janice Little & Wendels Players are another duo that are on roll this year! They added a few more championships to their win record yesterday at the Ike. They are 50K Amatuer Senior Champions, and the 50K Classic Amatuer Reserve Champions!!! Mark Senn & Juice In The Goose, and Devon Klamon & CD Gracie Marie also made the 50k Classic Amatuer finals. Mark Senn & Juice In The Goose finished 3rd in the 50k Classic Amatuer Finals! It was great to see Madalyn Colgrove & Sassy Little Sue in the Classic Unlimited finals, along with Janice Little & Wendels Player. Our home grown CD Last Pudden carried his owner Laura Landers to their 2nd finals appearance the year in the Derby Unlimited Amatuer Finals. Congratulations to all! We could not be prouder of each and every one of you!

January 2016

The "Wendel" babies started off the Abilene Spectacular with a bang! 5 of the 6 who were entered, have advanced to the second round!!! Way to go Matt Miller- Shorta CD, Amandas CD, Josh King- Mountain Music CD, Casey Green- CD Last Pudden

Lee Francois- Wendells Little Missy. A cool side note to this, is that our very own Randall Ward started THREE of these babies, and we bred and raised TWO of them. Shorta CD, CD Last Puddin, and Wendells Little Missy were all graduates of Randall's two year old training program, and Shorta CD & CD Last Pudding were bred and raised here at Grace Ranch. Wendells Little Missy was bred by Arthur Noble.

Wendells Little Missy was bred by Arthur Noble.


Matt Miller and "Wendel" babies make a good combination! Truth be told Matt is one of the best in the business, and we are honored that he chooses to ride "Wendel" babies. We want to wish him good luck in the Open Derby Finals today at the Abilene Spectacular! He qualified BOTH Amandas CD, and Shorta CD to the finals. Go get'm Matt!

ANOTHER Champion!! Congrats to Matt Miller and Amandas CD on winning the Abilene Spectacular Open Derby Finals. This mare is one of many "Wendel" babies the Brengard's own. We appreciate their continued support of "Wendel", and Grace Ranch.

THREE MORE CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN ONE DAY! Congratulations to Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce on scoring a 223 to cinch the Classic Amateur Champion Title!!! Janice Little & Wendels Player earned the Classic Amateur Reserve Championship Title, AND Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD are the Senior Amateur Champs!!

ANOTHER CHAMPION! Laura Landers and CD Last Pudden are the 2016 Abilene Spectacular Unlimited Amateur Derby Champs!! This great gelding is the last one out of Pudden Freckles, who was one of our favorite mares here at Grace Ranch. Congrats Laura!

Congratulations Tammy Jones & SDP Moms CD on winning the 2016 Abilene Spectacular Limited Non Pro Reserve Championship title! That brings our total up to 8 Championship titles at the Abilene Spectacular!!! Congrats to all the winners!

We have THREE finalists at the Augusta Futurity in the Classic Open. Austin Shepard qualified Some Kinda Highbrow & Cat Sheree, and Scott Wray qualified CD Sparkles. The finals will be held Friday.

Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD were on fire last night, at the Augusta Futurity! They marked a WHOPPING 222 to win the 5/6 Classic Non Pro Finals!! Congratulations Page & "Chilly"!

Three "Wendel" babies made the Open Derby Finals at the Augusta Futurity, and they finished in the TOP four!! Congrats to Austin Shepard & High Brow Clay 012, Brett Davis & High Brow Playmaker, and Austin Shepard & Kual Lil Wendy!

Congrats to Austin Shepard & High Brow Clay 012, Brett Davis & High Brow Playmaker, and Austin Shepard & Kual Lil Wendy!


December 2015

The Showdown In Cowtown lived up to it's name last night! What a SUPERIOR event! These two gritty mares held their own on some very tough steers last night. Combined they won over $33,000! Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds drew up at the bottom of the herd, but they finished in the top FOUR! Matt Miller and Sweet Lil Amanda held some really tough steers, including one that would not move to the center of the pen. Even when three of the four turn back help moved to one side of the arena to encourage the steer to move to the center! Sweet Lil Amanda hold a special place in our hearts. She was started by a very own Randall Ward, who just turned over the reins of her 2 year-old full sister to Matt Miller. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to German Lugo & Twice The Bet, and Peter Dunn & Dunn Dreemin on making the 2015 NCHA Futurity Amatuer Finals!!!! Good luck in the finals this evening!

There are TWO "Wendel" babies going in the Unlimited Amatuer Semi Finals today. Peter Dunn & Dunn Dreemin are competing in their THIRD semi finals! Laura Landers will be competing on CD Last Pudden aka "Brother". "Brother" is one we bred, raised, and our very own Randall Ward started.

There is ONE "Wendel" baby going in the Non Pro Semi Finals. Ryder Carpenter will be showing Shorta CD, who was also bred, raised here at Grace Ranch, and started by Randall Ward. Good luck to all!

Matt Miller & Amandas CD won the 1st go, won the semis, and finished in the TOP 10 in 2015 NCHA Open Futurity Finals. Watch out 2016! We can't wait to watch Matt show her, and her full sister Sweet Lil Amanda. Congrats to Matt Miller Cutting Horses, and to the Brengard family on a great futurity!

Watch out 2016! We can't wait to watch Matt show her, and her full sister Sweet Lil Amanda. Congrats to Matt Miller Cutting Horses, and to the Brengard family on a great futurity!


November 2015

We want to congratulate Matt Miller & Amandas CD, Ben Johnson & Wendels Little Missy, and Chris Bates & Dual Platinum CD on making the Open Semi Finals at the NCHA World Championship Futurity!! Today the Non Pro competition kicks off. There are two "Wendel" babies going . We want to wish Missy Rosenburg & Freckatariet, and Hailey Cox & Highbrow CD Star good luck!

How about a little feel good back story on the 2015 NCHA Futurity John Deere Open Reserve CHAMPS Ben Johnson & Wendels Little Missy?! Some of you may remember that Ben was working for Austin Shepard when he was showing "Wendel". Ben was the one who got "Wendel" ready for Austin. Fast forward 8 years and now Ben is walking to the herd on a "Wendel" baby. Lee Francois asked Ben to catch ride Wendels Little Missy just days prior to them showing for the first time. Ben jumped on the opportunity, and it was a perfect fit the first time he worked 'Wendy" in the practice pen. Last night the two of them lit up the arena with a smokin 219 run, and earned the reserve championship title. "Wendy's" owners Eric & Katherine VanBoekel were impressed with the confidence Ben has in the mare, and can't wait to watch them go in the Semi Finals. Ben and his family, are family to us, and that just made last night another night in the Will Rogers we will not forget! Congratulations to all!

Ben and his family, are family to us, and that just made last night another night in the Will Rogers we will not forget! Congratulations to all!


October 2015

The "Wendel" babies had a great show in Reno, at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Randy Paul & CD Highlights are heading home with over $23,000 cash from making the Open Finals! Christian Lybbert & Hi Hill Bud are the 2015 Limited Open Hackamore Champions!

In Red Deer, Aberta Canada, Brady Jenson & Pamshighbrowcd won the Classic Open with a 149, at the Cow Horse Supreme. Congratulations to all!!

In Red Deer, Aberta Canada, Brady Jenson & Pamshighbrowcd won the Classic Open with a 149, at the Cow Horse Supreme. Congratulations to all!!


Out in Paso Robles, at the PCCHA Futurity we have TWO "Wendel" babies in the finals! Morgan Cromer and Little Dirty Deeds are headed to the Open Classic finals, and Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart are headed to the Open Derby finals!! Congratulations & Good Luck In The Finals!

Well they have done it AGAIN! Cade and Some Kinda Highbrow marked a 226 to WIN the Non Pro Classic, at the Southern Futurity. Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun made another finals appearance, and they placed seventh!! Congratulations to both!

Well they have done it AGAIN! Cade and Some Kinda Highbrow marked a 226 to WIN the Non Pro Classic, at the Southern Futurity. Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun made another finals appearance, and they placed seventh!! Congratulations to both!


September 2015

Our newest $100K LTE is What About Blue!! Morgan Cromer and "Blue" had an amazing run at the ICHA Futurity. That run put them in the money, and pushed them over the $100K mark! Congratulations!

Our newest $100K LTE is What About Blue!! Morgan Cromer and


Finalists!! We have them from Coast To Coast!! Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart are Open Derby Finalist at the El Rancho Futurity. Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow are 5/6 Classic Open Finalist, and Cullen Chartier & Shady Lil CD, and Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda are Open Derby Finalists at the Cotton Stakes. Way to go "Wendel" babies!

The "Wendel" babies just keep raking in the money! At the El Rancho Futurity Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart ended up 3rd in the Open Derby Finals. Scott Wray & Sheza Dualin ended up 4th in the Limited Open Derby Finals, Morgan Cromer & What About Blue ended up 3rd in the 5/6 Classic Open Gelding Finals, and Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time were 4th.

At the Cotton Stakes Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda had a little tough luck in the finals, and Cullen Chartier & Shady Lil CD tied for 11th place in the Open Derby Finals. Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow, and Tammy Jones & SDP Moms CD are both headed to the 5/6 Classic Finals! Congratulations to all!!

Congratulations to Paul and Jackie Fehrenbach, owners of the 2015 Cotton Stakes Open Futurity Champion, Madre Amore (High Brow CD X SDP Tapt Dancing. The flashy sorrel mare ridden by Matt Budge scored a 219, 1st out in the finals, and held on for the win and a $11,000 check, plus a set of Klapper Spurs.

We have two finalists at the Brazos Bash so far.Phil Rapp & Reyzin are Classic Open finalist, and Matt Budge & Madre Amore are Open Futurity finalist! Way to go guys!

August 2015

THREE OPEN FINALISTS at the West Texas Futurity!!! Congrats Cara Brewer & Stars And Cats, Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda in making the Open Derby Finals. Plus, Adan Banuelos made the 5/6 Classic Open Finals on Highbrow Time. Way to go "Wendel" babies!

Winner! Winner! Matt Miller and Sweet Lil Amanda win the West Texas Futurity Open Derby. with a sizzling hot 225! Congrats to the Brengard's, and Matt Miller!

Winner! Winner! Matt Miller and Sweet Lil Amanda win the West Texas Futurity Open Derby. with a sizzling hot 225! Congrats to the Brengard's, and Matt Miller!


The West Futurity wraps up this weekend. There are several "Wendel" babies and their owners competing today and we want to wish them all good luck!!

Derby $50k Amatuer:

  • John Brengard & Sheza Dualin CD
  • Janice Little & Wendels Player

Classic $50K Amatuer:

  • Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD

Derby Unlimited Amatuer:

  • Janice Little & Wendels Player

Classic Unlimited Amatuer:

  • Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD

Classic Non Pro:

  • Tammy Jones & SDP Moms CD

WOW the latest offspring stats for High Brow CD are in, and they are IMPRESSIVE!! There are ONLY 138 money earners, and their average earnings per money earner is $24,283!!! PLUS those 138 money earners have a combined total LIFETIME EARNINGS OF A WHOPPING $3,351,072.00!!!!

July 2015

It's finals day at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular!! There are 4 different finals, and there "Wendel" babies in ALL of them!!! 10 total finalists today!! Go Get'm! #HighBrowCD

Derby Amatuer Finalists:

  • John Brengard & Sheza Dualin CD
  • Andrea Sutton & CDS Starlight
  • Janice Little & Wendels Player

Classic Amatuer Finalists:

  • Caitlin Patty & Catamus Maximus
  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time

Derby Unlimited Finalists:

  • John Brengard & Sheza Dualin CD

Classic Unlimited Finalists:

  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time
  • Julie Clarke & What About Blue
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sassy Little Sue
  • John Rockey & Highbrow Silk N Lace

Some Kinda Highbrow will make his 2nd finals appearance this afternoon, at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. This time it will be with Austin Shepard in the saddle, and it will be in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals. He will make his 3rd appearance in the finals on Tuesday with Cade Shepard in the saddle!! How about that for consistency?!

Some Kinda Highbrow will make his 2nd finals appearance this afternoon, at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.


TWO Finalists and BOTH finished in the TOP FIVE of the 5/6 Classic Limited Non Pro finals, at the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular!! Way to go Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time, and Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow!

We will get to see Cade & Some Kinda Highbrow again in the Non Pro Finals next Tuesday. Some Kinda Highbrow has made the finals in EVERY class (3 total) he has be shown in at the 2015 NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular!!!!

June 2015

"Wendel" babies were on FIRE in Vegas at the PCCHA Core Balance Derby! We are very excited to see these great teams moving on to the 2nd go of the 5/6 Open Classic Challenge!

  • Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow 220 (pictured)
  • Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds 218.5
  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree 217
  • Brian Anderson & To High For Sue 216.5
  • Scott Weis & Rubys CD 216.5
  • Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time 215.5
Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow 22


It's Open Finals day at the PCCHA Core Balance Derby!! We are excited to see several "Wendel" babies in the finals!!

5/6 Classic Finalists:

  • Scott Weis & Rubys CD (Pictured)
  • Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds

Open Derby Finalists:

  • Austin Shepard & Wendels Grace
  • Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD
  • The Birthday Boy Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda

Good Luck to all!!

It's Open Finals day at the PCCHA Core Balance Derby!! We are excited to see several


Hello PCCHA Core Balance Derby Open Classic Gelding Champions, and 3rd place finishers in the Classic Open, Scott Weis & Rubys CD!!! Every where they go, money and championships are earned. Such an incredible team!

We want to wish these finalist good luck today at the PCCHA Core Balance Derby.

5/6 Classic Non Pro Finalist:

  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time

5/6 50K Amateur Finalist:

  • John Rockney & Highbrow Silk N Lace
  • Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel
  • Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi

5/6 Unlimited Amateur Finalist:

  • John Rockney & Highbrow Silk N Lace
  • Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel

The PCCHA Core Derby wrapped up earlier this week. The "Wendel" babies were cutting it up in Las Vegas. They earned 8 championship titles and made the finals in almost every class. Congratulations to all the owners, riders, and trainers!

NCHA Open Champion

  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree

5/6 Classic Open:

  • Scott Weis & Rubys CD- Open Finalist and Gelding Champion
  • Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds Open Finalist

Open Derby Finalist:

  • Austin Shepard & Wendels Grace
  • Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda
  • Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD

Non Pro Mecuria Reserve Champion

  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow

5/6 Classic Non Pro:

  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time- Finalist, Gelding Champion, and $200K Champion
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow- $200K Finalist
  • Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi- Senior Reserve Champion

5/6 Classic $50K Amateur:

  • Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel- Gelding Champion
  • John Rockey & Highbrow Silk N Lace- Reserve Gelding Champion, and Senior Finalist
  • Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi- Finalist, and Senior Reserve Champion

5/6 Unlimited Amateur:

  • Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi- Finalist, and Senior Finalist
  • John Rockey & Highbrow Silk N Lace- Finalist
  • Julie Clarke & What About Blue made their first finals in the Senior finals. We are really excited to see how this new team does in the future! They are already off to a great start!

May 2015

WOW! What a good 5/6 Classic Open Finals, at the Breeder’s Invitational. This is a little wider set up here, and it is great watch how the riders and horses adjust to it. Congratulations to all the finalist, especially these "Wendel" babies:

  • Kory Pounds & Lil Starlight CD
  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree
  • Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time
  • Phil Rapp & Reyzin

When the 5/6 Classic Amatuer and Unlimited Amatuer finished up last night at the Breeder’s invitational, we added 4 more finalists to our total so far!! That brings us up to 13, and the first week is not over yet! Congratulations to Madalyn Colgrove & CD Stylish Girl, Buster Quirk & Cat Sheree, and Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce who qualified in both!

Congratulations to Madalyn Colgrove & CD Stylish Girl, Buster Quirk & Cat Sheree, and Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce who qualified in both!


Woohoo! "Wendel" babies take the TOP TWO spots!!! Congratulations Cade, and Madalyn!!!

Woohoo!


"Wendel" babies had a good Non-Pro finals yesterday at the Breeder’s Invitational. We are very proud of each and every one of them! Congratulations Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce, Madalyn Colgrove & CD Stylish Girl, Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow, and Armando Costa Neto & Ms Regret.

The Breeder’s Invitational wraps up today in Tulsa, OK. We have 3 "Wendel" babies in the Open Derby finals today. We want to wish these incredible teams the best of luck today, Gary Gonsalves & High Cash Gal, Cara Brewer & Star And Cats, and Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda!!

April 2015

The 2015 NCHA Super Stakes finished up Saturday night. It was a super show from start to finish. We are so proud of all the "Wendel' babies, their owners, and trainers. Congratulations to all!

We had 7 Semi Finalists!

5/6 Classic Semi Finalist:

  • Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow
  • Sean Flynn & Cow Scents
  • Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds
  • Scott Weis & Rubys CD

Open Derby Semi Finalist:

  • Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda
  • Cara Brewer & Stars And Cats
  • Sam Shepard & Wendels Grace

We had 11 Finalists!

5/6 Classic Open Finalist:

  • Morgan Cromer & Little Dirty Deeds
  • Scott Weis & Rubys CD

5/6 Limited Non Pro Finalist:

  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue
  • Buster Quirk & Cat Sheree
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow
  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time
  • Eric Van Boekel & Elseware
  • Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue

5/6 Classic Non Pro Finalist:

  • Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow

Open Derby Finalist:

  • Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda
The 2015 NCHA Super Stakes finished up Saturday night. It was a super show from start to finish. We are so proud of all the Wendel babies, their owners, and trainers. Congratulations to all!



We had a wonderful evening at the ESMS On The Brazos Open House last night. We can't thank the staff their enough, for all their hard work getting things ready. They did a fantastic job!! "Wendel" enjoyed meeting everyone, and so did we!!

Wendel babies were rockin it on the West Coast yesterday too!! Congratulations to Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue on marking a 228 to become the 5/6 Non Pro CHAMPIONS at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association's Winter Round Up!!



We want to thank everyone who attended the crawfish boil at the NCHA Super Stakes. We enjoyed visiting with you all!!

We had a wonderful evening at the ESMS On The Brazos Open House last night. We can't thank the staff their enough, for all their hard work getting things ready.



March 2015

The Eastern Nationals wrapped up today in Jackson, MS. We sure are proud of the "Wendel" babies that got their fair share of the winnings! Here is our show wrap up!

Champions:

  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree - $15K
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow- Jr. Youth
  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree - Open

Finalist:

  • Brett Davis & Catamus Maximus - $5K Open
  • Brady Davis & Ausdun Shepard - $5K Open
  • Caitlin Patty & Catamus Maximus - $50K Amatuer
  • Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD - $15K Non Pro

Congratulations to all!

"Wendel" babies were rockin it on the West Coast yesterday too!! Congratulations to Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue on marking a 228 to become the 5/6 Non Pro CHAMPIONS at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association's Winter Round Up!! Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi marked 219, which placed them 7th!! Morgan Cromer Cutting Horses & Little Dirty Deeds marked a 225 to place 5th in 5/6 Classic Open!! Morgan also qualified TF High Chex CD to Open Derby finals! Way to go!




We have another OPEN CHAMPION at The Cattlemens Derby and Open! Congratulations to Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda, who is owned by Chris & Tracy Brengard on winning the Open Derby with a 225!!

Congrats also go out Cara Brewer & Stars N Cats, who is owned by Michele Merkley on making the Open Derby finals!

Congrats also go out Cara Brewer & Stars N Cats, who is owned by Michele Merkley on making the Open Derby finals!


OH WHAT A NIGHT!!!!! Phil Rapp & Reyzin marked a 221 in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals on March 4th, to tie for the WIN with John Mitchell & Junie Wood at The Cattlemens Derby & Classic. To top it off........ this win pushes Reyzin over the 300K in lifetime earnings! Congratulations to Phil Rapp her trainer, and to Bobby Gale who is the owner of this superb mare.

Phil Rapp & Reyzin marked a 221 in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals on March 4th

February 2015

"Wendel" babies had a good show at the Bonanza. We want to congratulate all the owners, riders, and trainers on all their success.

We had 7 finalist at the Bonanza!!!

5/6 Classic Open Finalist:

  • Phil Rapp & Reyzin
  • Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time

5/6 Classic Non Pro Finalist:

  • Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue
  • Armando Costa Neto & Ms Regret

Unlimited Amatuer Derby Finalist:

  • Von Sutton & CDS Starlight

50K 5/6 Amatuer Finalist:

  • Ron Malone & Rubys CD

5/6 Unlimited Amatuer Finalist:

  • Ron Malone & Rubys CD

We got our hands on the complete video of Lindy Burch doing a bridless demonstration on her "Wendel" baby Betrus at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Looks like they were having a lot of fun, and the crowd loved it! Great job Lindy & Betrus.

They are all about ties today at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. In the Open Derby Finals there were two that marked a 221 to tie for 1st & 2nd. Matt Miller and Sweet Lil Amanda marked the 2nd highest score of the day, with a 218.5 which was another tie for 3rd & 4th. Congratulations to the Brengard's who own Sweet Lil Amanda, and to Matt Miller who trains and shows her. Congratulations also go out to Cara Brewer & Star And Cats, who is owned by Michelle Merkley on making the Open Derby Finals, and placing 5th in the Open Derby Novice Horse Finals. We want to give Gary Reichart & Kual Lil CD a big shout out on earning the 2015 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 50K Senior Amatuer Derby CHAMPIONSHIP, and on their TOP 5 finish in the 50K Amatuer Derby finals!!



"Wendel" babies had a great show at The Ike. We want to congratulate all the owners, riders, and trainers on all their success. We had 3 champions crowned at The Ike!!!

  • Tyler Merrill & High Brow Sheree- Limited Open 5/6 Classic Champions
  • Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda- Open Derby Champions
  • Blakely Colgrove & Wendels Grace- Unlimited Amateur Champions

We had 14 finalist at The Ike!!!

5/6 Classic Finalist:

  • Phill Rapp & Reyzin
  • Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time

Open Derby Finalist:

  • Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda
  • Austin Shepard & Wendels Grace
  • Cullen Chartier & Shady Lil CD

5/6 Classic Non Pro Finalist:

  • Madalyn Colgrove & CD Stylish Girl
  • Armando Costa Neto & Ms Regret
  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow

5/6 Classic Limited Non Pro Finalist:

  • Madalyn Colgrove & CD Stylish Girl
  • Jessica Banuelos & Highbrow Time

5/6 Unlimited Amateur Finalist:

  • Eric VanBoekel & Elseware
  • Buster Quirk & Cat Sheree

Unlimited Amateur Derby Finalist:

  • Blakely Colgrove & Wendels Grace





We have our first CHAMPION at The Ike!! Tyler Merrill & High Brow Sheree are the Limited Open 5/6 Classic Champions!! We also want to congratulate Phil Rapp & Reyzin, and Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time on making the Open 5/6 Classic Finals, at The Ike!

Congratulations to Phil Rapp & Reyzin on their tie for 4th place, and to Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time on their tie for 6th place in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals at The Ike!! PLUS, we want to congratulate Austin Shepard & Wendels Grace, Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda, and Cullen Chartier & Shady Lil CD on making the Open Derby Finals at The Ike!!! Way to go guys!

And we have ANOTHER CHAMPION at The Ike!! Congratulations to Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda who is owned by Chris Brengard, on winning the Open Derby with a sizzling 225 run this morning! Extra special win for us, because Sweet Lil Amanda was started here at Grace Ranch by our 2 yro trainer Randall Ward!!

And we have ANOTHER CHAMPION at The Ike!! Congratulations to Matt Miller & Sweet Lil Amanda who is owned by Chris Brengard, on winning the Open Derby with a sizzling 225 run this morning!


January 2015

WAY TO GO CADE SHEPARD!!! Cade and Some Kinda Highbrow marked a 218, to earn the 5/6 Non Pro Classic Reserve Championship title at the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity!!!

"Wendel" babies also placed well in the 5/6 Classic Open. Walt Erwin placed 3rd on Playful High Brow CD, Austin Shepard placed 8th on Cat Sheree and 9th Some Kinda Highbrow. Austin also showed a full brother to "Wendel", Sweet Little Cats and placed 6th on him. Great genes make for SUPERIOR horses!

WAY TO GO CADE SHEPARD!

Congratulations to all the High Brow CD offspring CLASS WINNER, CHAMPIONS, and FINALIST at the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity!

Class Winner:

  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree- NCHA Open Winner

Champions:

  • Gary Reichart & Kual Lil CD- 4yro Unlimited Reserve Champions
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow- 5/6 Non Pro Classic Reserve Champions

Finalist:

  • Austin Shepard & Cat Sheree & Some Kinda Highbrow- 5/6 Classic Open
  • Walt Erwin & Playful High Brow CD- 5/6 Classic Open
  • Gabe Reynolds & High CD Bunny- Open Futurity
  • Cade Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow- 5/6 Classic Non Pro
  • Gary Reichart & Kual Lil CD- 4yro Unlimited Amateur
  • Page Bowman & High CD Bunny- Non Pro Futurity
  • Mark Senn & Juice In The Goose- Non Pro Futurity
  • Blakley Colgrove & Wendels Grace- Non Pro Futurity

 

Congratulations to Cara 'Barry' Brewer & Stars And Cats on qualifying for the open derby FINALS, at the Abilene Spectacular!!!!

Congratulations to the latest "Wendel" Champions!! John Churchill & Lil Starlight CD are the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Amatuer Senior Champions!! Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce are the 5/6 Amatuer Reserve Champions!! Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD also finished 4th in the 5/6 Amatuer Finals!!



December 2014

Congratulations to these Amateur Finalist Blakley Colgrove & Wendels Grace, John Brengard & Sheza Dualin CD, and Michelle Reichart & Kual Lil CD. They all won checks and great prizes in the finals at the NCHA World Championship Futurity!!

The Unlimited Amatuer Finals and the Non Pro Finals did not disappoint last night, at the NCHA World Championship Futurity. There were a lot of good runs, and tons of money and prizes handed out. Here is how the "Wendel" babies finished up:

Unlimited Amateur Finalist:

  • Michelle Reichart & Kual Lil CD- 24th place
  • Blakley Colgrove & Wendels Grace- 15th place
  • Roger Turner & Juice In The Goose- 3rd place

Non Pro Finalist:

  • Greg Coalson & Footloose Gal - 12th place

Congratulations to all the winners and finalist, from all of us at Grace Ranch!

Congratulations to Matt Budge & Maximum Royal Flush, and Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD on making the Open Futurity Finals at the NCHA Futurity! We are looking forward to seeing more of these "Wendel" babies in the show pen in 2015!

Congratulations to Matt Budge & Maximum Royal Flush, and Morgan Cromer & TF High Chex CD on making the Open Futurity Finals at the NCHA Futurity!



November 2014

6 CHAMPIONS, 2 RESERVE CHAMPIONS, and $65,992.33 won at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Futurity by "Wendel" babies!!!!

Yesterday was the final day of competition in Paso Robles. It was great to see the High Brow CD offspring out in full force!! Armando Costa Neto & Ms Regret ended up 3rd in the Non Pro Derby Finals.

Jeff Barnes & High Cash Gal WON the Non Pro Futurity Finals, and
John Rockey & Highbrow Silk N Lace won the 50K Amatuer Derby Finals!!

Congratulations to all!

High Brow CD Becomes $2 Million Sire

High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena), the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association Open Champion and and 2008 NCHA Horse of the Year, has become a $2 Million Sire. High Brow CD foals have earned $2,036,006, according to statistics from Robin Glenn Pedigrees. The majority of those earnings have been in the National Cutting Horse Association arena, with some money won in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition. There are 105 performing High Brow CD babies, and all of them are money-earners, with an average of $19,391 per horse.

High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena), the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association Open Champion and and 2008 NCHA Horse of the Year, has become a $2 Million Sire. High Brow CD foals have earned $2,036,006, according to statistics from Robin Glenn Pedigrees.



October 2014

We only had ONE "Wendel" baby entered in the Snaffle Bit Futurity and that ONE made the FINALS!! Way to go Christian Lybbert & Hi Hill Bud on placing 5th the Open Limited Finals!!

WOW! There are "Wendel" babies in the FINALS all over the country today!! We want to wish them all the best of luck!

Quarter Horse Congress:

  • Gabe Reynolds & Big Daddys CD- Open Derby Finalist
  • Walt Erwin & Playful Highbrow CD- Open Derby Finalist
  • Page Bowman & Big Daddys CD- Non Pro Derby Finalist

Brazos Bash:

  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue- 50K Amatuer Derby Finalist
  • Eddie Young & Cajun Grace- Unlimited Amatuer Derby Finalist
  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue- Unlimited Derby Finalist

Go "Wendel" babies Go!


Congratulations to Blakely Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on winning the 50K Amatuer Derby at the Brazos Bash! You two have been on fire all year! Congrats!

Congratulations to Blakely Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on winning the 50K Amatuer Derby at the Brazos Bash!



The Open Derby Finals at the Southern Cutting Futurity has 6 "Wendel" babies competing in it!!! Congratulations to all the finalists!

WooHoo!!! What a great day it has been for "Wendel" babies! Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart turned in the best score of the 2nd go in the Open Futurity at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity.

At the Southern Futurity "Wendel" babies earned OVER $20,000 in the Open Derby Finals today! Congrats to all the money earners:

  • Austin Shepard & CD Kaul Gun, Cat Sheree, and Some Kinda Highbrow
  • Bradley Davis & Ausdun Shepard
  • Scott Wray & CD Stylish Girl
  • Craig Thompson & High Brow Sheree
  • Austin Shepard & CD Kaul Gun, Cat Sheree, and Some Kinda Highbrow
  • Bradley Davis & Ausdun Shepard
  • Scott Wray & CD Stylish Girl
  • Craig Thompson & High Brow Sheree.

More good news from the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity! Bill Paxton & High Brow Sheree, and Hydie McAlister & Kual CD made the Non Pro Derby Finals!! Congrats to both of you!

More good news from the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity! Bill Paxton & High Brow Sheree, and Hydie McAlister & Kual CD made the Non Pro Derby Finals!!



The Southern Cutting Horse Futurity ended yesterday with more "Wendel" babies in the MONEY!!! Congrats Hydie McAlister & Kual CD, Bill Paxton & Cat Sheree, Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun, and Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue on all your success in the finals!! Combined they won over 13K in the finals yesterday!!!



September 2014

This dynamic duo is headed to the finals AGAIN! They will be in the Open Derby Finals tomorrow at the Idaho Futurity & Aged Event. Way to go Morgan & Little Dirty Deeds, who is owned by the Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC.!!

Way to go Morgan & Little Dirty Deeds, who is owned by the Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC.



Over $19,000 won in one day by "Wendel" babies, at the Idaho Aged Futurity & Aged Event!!!! He will be a $2 Million Dollar Sire in no time! Congratulations to Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart on being the 2014 Idaho Futurity & Aged Event, Open Futurity Reserve Champs! Gary also finished 12th on High Cash Gal in the Open Futurity Finals. Morgan Cromer ended up 5th on Little Dirty Deeds in the Open Derby Finals. Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue had a great 1st round in the Non Pro Derby marking a 220 to advance the 2nd round. Go Gett'm Jake & "Blue"!!!

Phil & Reyzin marked a 219 in the Classic Open Finals, at the Cotton Stakes.

Congratulations to these 3 dynamic teams, Walt Erwin & Playful Highbrow CD, and to Austin Shepard on CD Kual Gun, and Some Kinda Highbrow on making the Open Derby Finals, at the Cotton Stakes.

Congratulations to these 3 dynamic teams, Walt Erwin & Playful Highbrow CD, and to Austin Shepard on CD Kual Gun, and Some Kinda Highbrow on making the Open Derby Finals, at the Cotton Stakes.



BIG congratulations to ALL 3 of the owners who made the Non Pro FINALS on "Wendel" babies at the Cotton Stakes!!! Way to go Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun, Blakely Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue, and Lauren Chartier & Tearjerker!

	BIG congratulations to ALL 3 of the owners who made the Non Pro FINALS on Wendel babies at the Cotton Stakes!!!



There are 6 "Wendel" babies in the finals at the Cotton Stakes. We want to wish them and their owners good luck.

Unlimited Amateur Finals:

  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue
  • Margot Hazell & Cee Dee Starz
  • Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun
  • Robert Fullwood & LHT Bella Rose
  • 50K Amateur Finals:
  • Hydie McAlister & Kual CD
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue

Congratulations to Robert Fullwood & LHT Bella Rose on being the 2014 Cotton Stakes Unlimited Amateur Derby CHAMPIONS!!

Congratulations to Robert Fullwood & LHT Bella Rose on being the 2014 Cotton Stakes Unlimited Amateur Derby CHAMPIONS!!



Congratulations to Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue on marking a 221.5 to win the Derby Amateur $50K Finals at the Cotton Stakes!!

Congratulations to Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue on marking a 221.5 to win the Derby Amateur $50K Finals at the Cotton Stakes!!



Gary Gonsalves & High Cash Gal scored the highest score in the 1st go of the Open Futurity at the El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta yesterday. They scored a smokin hot 222!!! He came back in the 4th set and scored a 215.5 on Swanky Smart! Good luck in the 2nd go!

Gary Gonsalves & High Cash Gal scored the highest score in the 1st go of the Open Futurity at the El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta yesterday.



He did it AGAIN!! Gary Gonsalves marked the highest score in the 2nd go of the Open Futurity at the El El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta, and he did it on a "Wendel" baby!! This time he marked a 221 on Swanky Smart, which brings their composite to a 436.5. Gary's other "Wendel" baby, High Cash Gal has a composite of 436. Both horses are headed to the FINALS! Congrats to Gary and his owners!

He did it AGAIN!! Gary Gonsalves marked the highest score in the 2nd go of the Open Futurity at the El El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta, and he did it on a Wendel baby!!



What will marking a 224 in the Open Futurity at the El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta get you?? How about the honor of wearing the 2014 Skyline Silversmith El Rancho Futurity Champions Buckle!!! Gary Gonsalves & Swanky Smart are the 2014 Open Futurity Champions!! Congratulations Gary, we can't wait to see you sporting one of the most prestigious buckles in the industry.



August 2014

The Non Pro Derby Semi Finals finished up this afternoon. We are excited to see 3 "Wendel" babies moving onto the Finals on Saturday. Congratulations to Armando Costo Neto & Ms Regret, Paige Bowman & Big Daddys CD, and Ashley Flynn & Cow Scents. That brings our total up to 31 High Brow CD offspring that have made the finals at the NCHA Summer Spectacular! We are so proud of each and every one of them, their owners, their riders, and their trainers!

Congratulations to Armando Costo Neto & Ms Regret, Paige Bowman & Big Daddys CD, and Ashley Flynn & Cow Scents


Congratulations to Armando Costo Neto & Ms Regret, Paige Bowman & Big Daddys CD on being co-champions of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Non Pro Derby! This was Pages's first time to qualify for the Non Pro Finals in Fort Worth. We sure are excited that she did, and that she won it on a "Wendel" baby.

Congratulations to Armando Costo Neto & Ms Regret, Paige Bowman & Big Daddys CD on being co-champions of the NCHA Summer Spectacular Non Pro Derby!


Craig Thompson and High Brow Sheree added $12,500 to their earnings yesterday when they WON the Open Derby, at the West Texas Futurity. That brings High Brow Sheree's LTE up to $65,028! Congratulations to Craig, and to Bill Paxton who bred, raised, and owns this wonderful mare. High Brow Sheree (High Brow CD X Nurse Sheree)

Craig Thompson and High Brow Sheree added $12,500 to their earnings yesterday when they WON the Open Derby, at the West Texas Futurity.


Congratulations to Morgan Cromer & What About Blue ( High Brow CD X Swingin Star Pepto) who is owned by Jake Pinheiro on their Open Derby Championship at the South Point Futurity & Aged Event today! That was one FABULOUS 224!

Congratulations Tracey Teixeria & Shes A Smokin CD, Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel, and John Rockey & Highbrow Silk N Lace on making the 50K Amateur Derby Finals at the South Point Futurity & Aged Event. 3 of the 5 finalist are 'Wendel" babies!! How exciting is that?!!!

Congratulations to Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue on their Non Pro Gelding Championship. "Blue" was also Open Derby Gelding Champion with Morgan Cromer in the saddle. All together What About Blue won over $10K at the South Point Futurity and aged event. Don't we all wish we could leave Vegas with $10k in winnings?!!!



July 2014

Phil Rapp & Reyzin marked a 216 in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals at the NCHA Summer Spectacular. It was another FABULOUS finals in the Will Rogers, and we are very thankful to see a "Wendel" baby in the finals. CONGRATS to her owners Bobby & Lori Gale and to Phil Rapp!!

Phil Rapp & Reyzin marked a 216 in the 5/6 Classic Open Finals at the NCHA Summer Spectacular


Congratulations to these 16 NCHA Summer Spectacular FINALIST! We are so excited for you all!!!

Amateur Derby Finalist - 8 Total

  • Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat
  • Marco Sacchetti & Nurse Wendy
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue
  • Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD
  • John Brengard & CD Stylish Girl
  • Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce
  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue
  • Hydie McAlister & Kual CD

Unlimited Amateur Derby Finalist - 7 Total

  • Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue
  • Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun
  • John Brengard & CD Stylish Girl
  • Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce
  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue
  • Hydie McAlister & Kual CD

Classic Unlimited Amateur Finalist -

  • Caitlin Patty & Catamus Maximus


Congratulations Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on being the 2014 Summer Spectacular Amateur Derby Champions!!

Congratulations Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on being the 2014 Summer Spectacular Amateur Derby Champions!!


Congratulations Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce on being the 2014 Summer Spectacular Unlimited Amateur Derby Reserve Champions!

Congratulations Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce on being the 2014 Summer Spectacular Unlimited Amateur Derby Reserve Champions!


How about an updated FINALIST count?!?! So far we have 25 FINALIST! Congratulations to all!

Limited Non Pro Derby Finalist - 2 Total

  • Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat
  • Blakely Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue

Open Derby Gelding Finalist - 4 Total

  • Scott Weiss & Rubys CD
  • Luke Huggins & Big Daddys CD
  • Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time
  • Austin Shepard & Some Kinda Highbrow

5/6 Classic Open Finalist - 1 Total

  • Phil Rapp& Reyzin

John Deere Open Derby Finalist - 2 Total

  • Luke Huggins & Big Daddys CD
  • Burke Sullivant & Lady Wendel

Amateur Derby Finalist - 8 Total

  • Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat
  • Marco Sacchetti & Nurse Wendy
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue
  • Scott Churchill & Lil Starlight CD
  • John Brengard & CD Stylish Girl
  • Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce
  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue
  • Hydie McAlister & Kual CD

Unlimited Amateur Derby Finalist - 7 Total

  • Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat
  • Madalyn Colgrove & Sweet Lil Sue
  • Kayla Norris & CD Kual Gun
  • John Brengard & CD Stylish Girl
  • Jaylee Hall & High Brow CD Deuce
  • Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue
  • Hydie McAlister & Kual CD

5/6 Classic Unlimited Amatuer Finalist - 1

  • Caitlin Patty & Catamus Maximus


Now we have a Open CHAMPION! Congratulations to Scott Weis & Rubys CD, who is owned by Ron Malone. Scott and "Ruben" were the first ones out tonight in the Open Gelding Derby Finals. They started it off right with a 220! We appreciate you hauling from the West Coast to show your "Wendel" baby at the NCHA Summer Spectacular! PLUS, we have a RESERVE CHAMPION! Congratulations to Luke Huggins & Big Daddys CD, who is owned by Mike & Libby Bowman. Luke is catch riding "Chilly" for Austin Shepard. That is a huge accomplishment to jump on one, and do EXCEPTIONAL in the Will Rogers!!!

Now we have a Open CHAMPION! Congratulations to Scott Weis & Rubys CD, who is owned by Ron Malone.!


We have another Reserve Champion!! Congratulations to Ashley Flynn & Cow Scents, they are the 2014 Summer Spectacular Non Pro Derby Gelding Reserve Champions. We are pretty sure Maddie is giving Cow Scents plenty of treats, and extra loving right now!

We have another Reserve Champion!! Congratulations to Ashley Flynn & Cow Scents, they are the 2014 Summer Spectacular Non Pro Derby Gelding Reserve Champions.






June 2014

WOW what a run Scott Weis & "Ruben" had yesterday at the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas! Congrats on making the Open Derby FINALS!!! There are 3 more "Wendel" babies joining them in the Open Derby Finals, Highbrow Time & Adan Banuelos, What About Blue & Morgan Cromer, Little Dirty Deeds & Morgan Cromer. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Jake Pinheiro & What About Blue on making the Non Pro Derby Finals at the PCCHA Derby!! What About Blue also qualified for the Open Derby Finals with Morgan Cromer!!

Congratulations to Morgan Cromer & What About Blue who is owned by Jake Pinheiro, on your Open Derby Reserve Championship win, and your Open Gelding Championship at the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas!! She and Little Dirty Deeds tied for 6th place with Adan Banuelos & Highbrow Time. Scot Weis & Rubys CD had one heck of run going, but the 2nd cow had other plans. It was a great night in Vegas for the "Wendel" babies!

Congratulations to Morgan Cromer & What About Blue who is owned by Jake Pinheiro, on your Open Derby Reserve Championship win, and your Open Gelding Championship at the PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas!


How about them "Wendel" geldings in Vegas?!

How about them Wendel geldings in Vegas?!

Check out this list of Non Pro & Amateur finalist from the PCCHA Derby, in Las Vegas, Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi - Non Pro Classic Amateur Finalist, Ron Malone & Rubys CD - Amateur Derby Finalist, and Andrew Viola & Galleta Cat - 50k Amateur Derby Finalist.

Congratulations to Ron Malone & Rubys CD, they are the 2014 PCCHA Amateur Derby Champions, plus they are also the Senior and Gelding Champions. Way to go Ron & "Rueben"!

Congratulations to Ron Malone & Rubys CD, they are the 2014 PCCHA Amateur Derby Champions



Congratulations Lesley Day & Bueno Chex Madi on your Reserve Championship win, in the PCCHA Classic Challenge 50k Amateur Finals, and in the Senior Classic Challenge Finals, at the PCCHA Derby, in Las Vegas.

Congratulations Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel on your 10K Novice Championship win in the PCCHA 10k Unlimited Amateur Finals, and your Reserve Championship in the Amateur Derby Gelding Finals, plus your 7th place finish in the PCCHA Amateur Derby Finals, in Las Vegas!!!!!!

Congratulations Michelle Barnes & Desires Wendel on your 10K Novice Championship win in the PCCHA 10k Unlimited Amateur Finals



Congratulations to Walt Erwin & Playful High Brow on placing third in the Open Derby Finals, and to Josh Crumpler & SDP Moms CD on their sixth place finish in the Open Derby Finals, at The Non Pro, in Oklahoma City yesterday. In the 5/6 Classic Open Phil Rapp & Reyzin ended up tied for eighth place.





May 2014

"Wendel" has another champion baby! Sharon Waggoner's great horse To High For Sue, who was shown by Brian Anderson marked a 220 to win the $3000 Novice, at the Western National's. Congrats to all!

Wendel has another champion baby!





April 2014

A huge CONGRATS to Ron Malone & Rubys CD on winning the amateur championship, and Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on being the co-reserve champions at the NCHA Super Stakes

A huge CONGRATS to Ron Malone & Rubys CD on winning the amateur championship, and Blakley Colgrove & Sassy Lil Sue on being the co-reserve champions at the NCHA Super Stakes






Cajun Cutters Party!

Join us Saturday, April, 12th for the 2014 Cajun Cutters Party 7:30pm - 10:30pm in the Watt Arena. Enjoy buckets full of delectable boiled crawfish with all the fixins!! It's a great time to get to know your fellow cutters as you gather round a long flatbed trailer while steaming crawfish, corn and red potatoes are unloaded. A great experience for your family and friends!

Cajun Cutters Party!




Congratulations to Austin & Stacy Shepard on their Reserve Championship on Some Kinda Highbrow, in the Open Derby, at the NCHA Super Stakes!!!!

We also want to give John Mitchell a BIG congrats on his Championship 229 run tonight, on Junie Wood, who is a full sister to our mare Wood She B A Knockout. It was great finals!

$234,000++ TOTAL EARNED BY "WENDEL" BABIES AT THE 2014 NCHA SUPER STAKES!!!! $2 Million here we come!





March 2014

"Wendel" is now a Million Dollar sire, with only one full foal crop!

Wendel is now a Million Dollar sire, with only one full foal crop!























12 Champions & 9 Reserve Champions from "Wendel's" FIRST full foal crop!

12 Champions & 9 Reserve Champions from Wendel's FIRST full foal crop!

































February 2014

Bill Miller & CD Stylish Girl earned their first CHAMPIONSHIP together, at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. They are the 2014 Limited Open Champions! Congrats go out to Chris Brengard, the owner of this nice mare, and to Bill Miller!




2014 continues to be a GREAT year for the High Brow CD offspring.

January 2014

At the Augusta Futurity Wendel babies swept all of the Derby Classes! Blakley Colgrove started the clean sweep, by winning the Amateur Derby on Sassy Lil Sue, by marking a 220. Kayla Norris placed 4th on CD Kual Gun, and Julie Beasley placed 6th on Doctor Love.







In the No Pro Derby, 5 High Brow CD babies were entered, and all 5 made the finals. Blakey & Sassy Lil Sue continued their winning streak by marking a 221 to win it. Kayla Norris and CD Kual Gun were 2nd, Madelyn Colgrove and Sweet Lil Sue were 4th, Stacy Shepard and Circle S were 1oth, and Cade Shepard and Some Kinda Highbrow were 14th.







In the Open Derby the High Brow CD babies continued to dominate the Augusta Futurity by taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 8th! Austin Shepard marked a sizzling hot 225 to win it on CD Kual Gun, a 219 to place 2nd on Big Daddys CD, and a 217.5 on Circle S to place 4th. Craig Thompson marked a 213.5 to place 8th on High Brow Sheree. In all, the Wendel babies earned over $90,000 in earnings at the Augusta Futurity!







The New Year is off to a good start for the High Brow CD offspring.

January 2014

The Abilene Spectacular started off the show season for Wendel babies. Tag Rice made the open finals on, Vick Etheridge's Wen N Chex, and Ashley Flynn won the non pro derby on her super gelding Cow Scents.









WOW what a difference a year makes!

December 2013

Wayne Robinson & Cat ShereeHigh Brow CD had 28 money earners, who earned $345,536 at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. Two of those were CHAMPIONS! Wayne Robinson, rode Bill Paxton's great mare Cat Sheree to the Limited Open Finals Championship. A few days later, Kayla Norris rode her super gelding, CD Kual Gun to the Un- Limited Amateur Championship.











2013 Non Pro Horse Of The Year

November 2013

Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin have earned the 2013 Non Pro Horse Of The Year title!

2013 Non Pro Horse Of The Year




The PCCHA Futurity was good to the Wendel babies!

October 2013

The PCCHA Futurity was good to the Wendel babies! Andrew Viola and Galleta Cat were very busy while they were in Paso Robles. They qualified for the Non Pro Futurity finals, and won the Amateur Futurity Finals! Mary Ann Rapp and Reyzin continued their winning ways, by winning the Non Pro Derby. This win earned them 12 points in the Non Pro Horse Of The Year race, and put them in the lead, with one more show to go.





Heading North to the Idaho Futurity

September 2013

Sandy Bonelli & False BravadoHeading north to the Idaho Futurity, was good for the High Brow CD babies. Andrew Viola won the Reserve Championship title, in the Non Pro Futurity, on Galleta Cat. Mary Ann Rapp and Reyzin ended up 3rd, in the Non Pro Mercuria, and 7th in the Non Pro Finals.

At the El Rancho Futurity we had two finalist in the Open Futurity. Lindy Burch showed Galleta Cat to an 11th place finish, and Sandy Bonelli seized the Championship title on False Bravado. Insert photo titled Sandy Bonelli & False Bravado- 2nd attachment

From California to Louisiana we go to the Cotton Stakes Classic. We had two in the Open Futurity Finals. Austin Shepard qualified for the finals on Circle S, and Lee Francois ended up winning it on Elseware. Stacy Shepard showed Circle S in the Non Pro Futurity, and ended up winning it.
















Highbrow So Smart circlingIn Reno, NV. the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity was taking place. This is the first year that we had any Wendel babies entered. Highbrow Clark Kent, and Highbrow So Smart both showed in the open, with Highbrow So Smart making the finals. It's pretty exciting for us to see the Wendel babies be so versatile, and successful in multiple events.











Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin Claim the Reserve Championship Title

August 2013

Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin claim the Reserve Championship titleMary Ann Rapp & Reyzin claim the Reserve Championship title, in the Non Pro Derby, at the Summer Spectacular. The small futurities kick off this month, with the West Texas Futurity in Amarillo, TX.This is where the 2nd foal crop deputed. We had two make the Open Futurity finals, Nitros Hi C, and Elseware who ended up 3rd. Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin had a sizzling run, and captured the Non Pro Derby Championship.








The Oklahoma Early Bird Fu turity was also this month. Steve Colclasure won the Open Futurity on Waving Flag. The 2nd foal crop is off to a pretty good start so far. Next stop on the futurity trail will be the Idaho Futurity.





Viva Las Vegas!

June 2013

Brian Anderson, To High For Sue, High Brow CD offspringViva Las Vegas! The PCCHA Derby was held at the South Point Hotel this year for the first time. It was great to see several High Brow CD babies do well at this event. Bueno Chex Madi was the big winner this time. Lesley Day jockeyed her to the 25K Amateur Championship, and she won 2 Reserve Championships in the Amateur, and the SR Amateur. Morgan Cromer finished 12th in the Open Derby finals on Bueno Chex Madi, and Brian Anderson finished 13th on To High For Sue in the Open Derby finals. We are looking forward to seeing how these High Brow CD babies do in Fort Worth at the Summer Spectacular.





Kayla Norris is having a great year so far

May 2013

Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin, High Brow CD offspringKayla Norris is having a great year so far on her horse Galatoire Cat. The duo weathered the storms in Tulsa to place 7th in the Amateur Unlimited class at the Breeders Invitational.

Reyzin was a ray of sunshine during the storms that kept the Breeders Invitational attendees on their toes. She was a consistent force to be reckoned with during both the Open & Non Pro go arounds. The solid mare went on to win big for both of her owners. Mary Ann placed 4th in the Non Pro finals, and Phil ended up with the reserve champion title in the Open Derby. All in all she won over 64K at the BI.





Super Stakes is one of our favorite shows

April 2013

Super Stakes, Crawfish Boil, High Brow CDThe Super Stakes is one of our favorite shows. For the last few years we have been hosting a Crawfish Boil on the grounds in Fort Worth. It is always a great time to visit with everyone and eat some good Crawfish!












Super Stakes, Phil Rapp, Reyzin, High Brow CD offspringHigh Brow CD babies continue to make a solid showing at all the aged event so far this year. At the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Mary Ann Rapp piloted her great mare Reyzin to a 4th place finish in the Non Pro finals. Kayla Norris and her gelding Galatoire Cat ended up 13th in the Non Pro Gelding finals. Then Reyzin came back in the Open Derby finals with Phil Rapp to place 15th.











We head out west for the 1st time this year

March 2013

Morgan Cromer, Bueno Chex Madi, 2009 High Brow CD offspringWe head out west for the 1st time this year to the PCCHA Winter Round Up. Bueno Chex Madi made the finals in the Open Derby with Morgan Cromer, and ended up placing 3rd. Then her owner Lesley Day placed 3rd on her in the $50,000 Amateur Derby finals. Not a bad show for the High Brow CD babies.

From the west we head south to Texas for The Cattlemens Derby & Classic. Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin continued to show their consistency by placing 4th in the Non Pro Finals. Next stop for them will be the Super Stakes in Fort Worth.





Reyzin and Mary Ann Rapp made their third straight finals

February 2013

Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin, 2009 High Brow CD offspringReyzin and Mary Ann Rapp made their third straight finals and earned their second title since early January by topping the Bonanza Cutting 4 Year Old Non Pro finals with a 222.5 to earn $13,692 at the Glen Rose, Texas show.

The mare (High Brow CD x Miss Reycine x Dual Rey), bred and co-owned by Mary Ann and her husband, Weatherford, Texas cutting trainer Phil Rapp, had carried Mary Ann to last month's Abilene Spectacular 4 Year Old Non Pro title with a 219 to earn $12,160 in West Texas. The pair made the Futurity Non Pro finals at late January's Augusta Futurity in Augusta, Ga., too, giving them three finals appearances in less than 60 days!

Mary Ann and Reyzin are likely to compete one more time at The Cattleman's before heading back to Fort Worth, Texas, for early spring's NCHA Super Stakes limited-age big money cutting.






Mary Ann Rapp, Reyzin Reign as Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Champions

January 2013

Elizabeth Quirk, Mr Austintatious, 2009 High Brow CD OffspringJanuary continued to be a good month for High Brow CD offspring! At the Augusta Cutting Futurity High Brow CD sired 7 finalist! One Open Derby finalist Phil Rapp & Reyzin, 5 Non Pro Derby finalist Elizabeth Quirk & Mr Austintatious, Mary Ann Rapp & Reyzin, Kayla Norris & Galatoire Cat, Jody Cerny & Grace Kellie, and Ray Baldwin & Ruby Delite. Kayla Norris also made the 100K Amateur finals on Galatoire Cat. In all the earned over $10,000.00 earnings!











Mary Ann Rapp and Reyzin, a mare she and her husband Phil Rapp bred and raised, earned $12,000 by winning the 4-Year-Old Open finals Wednesday with a 219 finish at the Abilene Spectacular limited-age cutting in Abilene, Texas.

Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, cutting’s all-time top-earning non-pro rider, and Rezin (High Brow CD x Miss Reycine x Dual Rey) failed to make the finals during their December debut at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth. They clicked quite well at their second show.

“I had some bad luck with her at the Futurity and didn’t make the finals, but she’s a really good horse,” Rapp said. “She’s getting better and better, so I’m really excited.”

High Brow CD’s owner, Grace Ranch, Jennings, La., provided the Rapps with a first-year breeding to their 2005 NCHA Futurity Champion horse, hoping that they’d compete well with the foal sired by aspiring young stallion. Mary Ann and Reyzin, also produced by a mare Rapp had competed well with in the past, certainly held up their end of the deal.

 

 

 

2012 NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sales

December 2012

High Brow CD is the highest average covering sire. $77,400 average per mare! He also had the highest selling filly by a first year show sire- Elseware sells for $50,000!

 

A Night to Remember!


December 2011

High Brow CD was shown at the 2011 champions cup at a the NCHA Futurity and marked an impressive 230 to be crowned the co- champion. His first full foal crop to go through the Futurity sales were outstanding. High Stepping CD sold for $62,000 while She's Playin Tag commanded $57,000!

 

 

High Brow CD wins New Sire Spotlight Award

December 2010

Western Bloodstock’s New Sire Spotlight Awards, for young stallions of foals no older than three, went to: High Brow CD, sire with the highest average – $30,500

 

High Brow CD Retires.

January 2009

High Brow CD was retired. He is now standing at Don Ham Quarter Horses

 

High Brow CD claims 7th victory in Brazos Bash Derby

October 3rd, 2008

From sallyharrison.com
High Brow CD claimed a new record with his 222-point, $21,000 win in the Brazos Bash Derby on Thursday, October 2. The victory, his seventh in limited age event competition, ties Little Badger Dulce’s record for highest number of limited age event wins in the first year of competition, and puts High Brow CD in his own realm, as the leading stallion in terms of first-year limited age event wins.

Ridden by Austin Shepard (pictured), for Grace Ranch, Jennings, LA, High Brow CD drew third to work in the first set of the Derby finals. Shepard selected the first cow, then came with cows on the top for his second and third cuts. High Brow CD handled them all with the trademark “take them as they come, good, bad or ugly” approach that has earned him close to $500,000, in less than 10 months of competition.

Peptos Stylish Miss (LTE $104,113), ridden by John Mitchell, and Toni The Tigress (LTE $33,468), with Matt Gaines, split second and third places on 218-point performances. Peptos Stylish Miss, owned by Slate River Ranch, had won the first go-round with 222 points. Mitchell also placed fourth with 217.5 points aboard Slate River’s Sarah’s Super Cat (LTE $103,956).

 

230-point win gives High Brow CD sixth championship

September 18th, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

Faced with 226 points to beat and the next-to-last draw, High Brow CD and Austin Shepard went straight for the kill in the finals of the Music City Futurity 4-Year-Old Finals on Wednesday, and marked a near bull’s eye with 230 points. It was High Brow CD’s sixth championship from seven career events, beginning with his win in the 2007 NCHA Futurity.

Reserve champion Cherry Chex Dually had set the target of 226 as the first entry in the second set of cattle, under Eddie Flynn. The Hes A Peptospoonful daughter, owned by Marvine Ranch, was champion of the Abilene Spectacular last January. Hesa Smart Taz, ridden by Michael Cooper, placed third with 219.5 points.

High Brow CD has career earnings of $467,057 and is the highest money-earning freshman in the past 24 years. The High Brow Cat son is owned by Grace Ranch, Jennings, LA.

Hats off to the NCHA Super Stakes Champions

April 21st, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

The NCHA Open Super Stakes had all the elements of a blockbuster. Peptos Stylish Miss and John Mitchell threw out the challenge with a gutsy 222-point performance as the third draw. The score held its number one rank until NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD and Austin Shepard came cutting, seventh down in the second set, looking for their fourth consecutive major title and the second leg of the NCHA Triple Crown.

Their 227-point run had the crowd roaring. Then Playin N Fancy Smart and Kory Pounds tied into the herd, three slots after High Brow CD, and scored 227 points.

But the cutting wasn’t over until Miss Stylish Pepto and Bill Riddle, cutting dead last, wrung 223 points out of a well worn herd and claimed the resertve championship and $80,418. High Brow CD, by High Brow Cat, and Playin N Fancy Smart, by Smart Little Lena, each won $103,776 as co-champions of the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes, and split $39,200 from the Super Stallion Incentive Fund.

“I felt like my first two cows were really good and my third cow was a little bit gentle,” said Shepard, who rides High Brow CD for the stallion’s new owner, Chris and Staci Thibodeaux’s Grace Ranch, Jennings, LA. “I think if me or Kory, either one or the other, got a better third cow, the one with the better third cow would have won.

“But I’m happy it ended like it did. We both won. I like tying with my friends.”

Austin Shepard talks about triple futurity champion High Brow CD

February 16th, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

High Brow CD, who was sold by Arthur Noble to Chris and Staci Thibodeaux this past week, is undefeated, after winning the NCHA Futurity, the Augusta Futurity and the Tunica Futurity under Austin Shepard. Shepard, who is 30, claimed his first limited age event title in 2000 with a win aboard Kit Dual in the Southern Futurity. Since then, he has earned more than $2 million

Following the sale of High Brow CD, I spoke with Shepard, who will continue to show the stallion throughout 2008.

Q: When I spoke with you after the first go-round of the NCHA Futurity, you were very enthused about this horse. You’ve ridden your share of good ones, what sets him apart?
A: He’s just so smart and intelligent about a cow. He’s very mature would be the easiest way to put it.

Q: Does that mean that he’s easier to show?
A: I get along better with a horse (like him) that’s smart about a cow as opposed to one that’s really athletic, but doesn’t think about a cow. One like that just doesn’t fit my style.

Q: Has he changed since the Futurity?
A: Not really, and he’s been put in every situation, as far as different pens, different conditions, weather, locations, arenas, buildings. He’s really low maintenance to work and to be around.

Q: What has impressed you the most about him during the past two months?
A: For him to adjust to every situation is probably what has impressed me the most about him so far. The Futurity is a big pen with a big crowd and a big rounded back fence. That’s the one arena that’s different from everywhere else. Then you go to Augusta and it’s a little small, square pen with bigger cattle and a different feel. Then we take him the very next week to Tunica, and Tunica’s a big pen with a flat-back fence and the cows kind of carry you across the pen.

A: Is he different in the show pen than at home?
Q: I think this horse knows when it’s time to perform. I’ve had horses that worked and showed really well, and I’ve had horses that showed well in go-rounds, but that I never could win anything with in the finals. I think this horse feels when the stage is set. When it’s his turn to perform, he knows it. He steps up to the plate. He doesn’t let much of anything bother him. A lot of really good horses are like that.

Q: What is he like when he’s not at work?
A: He’s pretty laid back. We turn him out and spend a lot of time riding him outside. He enjoys that a lot. But once you put him in front of a cow, whether you’re working him or showing him, he’s pretty much all business, and you can feel him really pick him up to another level. He knows his purpose.

Q: Do you have any concerns about showing him during breeding season?
A: I think whether they’ve been bred or not, they know the difference when the weather warms back up. It didn’t really affect him last year. He’s like any other stud. He has days when he’s a little studdier (acting). But it doesn’t take much to get him down to business. It’s obviously going to be a factor, but when we get down to it, I think he’ll know when we mean business.

Q: What is your agenda with him for this year?
A: We’ll go to the Super Stakes and the Cotton Stakes and the Breeders Invitational. Then we’ll see how everything goes through the Derby, and after that, we’ll probably all sit down and decide what we need to do from there.

Q: Do you feel any extra pressure showing this horse now that you two are undefeated?
A: It’s definitely pressure, but I think I’m more excited than I am worried. When you get down to it, if you’re competitive, it doesn’t feel any different than the Futurity. Once you’re nervous, you’re nervous. But I don’t know that when I’m showing that horse, I’ll be thinking about it. It will be more about the job at hand.

Q: You used to show a lot on the weekend level. Is that experience helpful with limited age events?
A: To show that much has given me experience in knowing how to handle different situations. Every time you go down there it makes you better. You take something positive from it.

Q: What other experience has proven valuable to you?
A: My dad (trainer Sam Shepard) taught me a lot about how to work a cow. He learned a lot of that through Buster (Welch). It has to do with the fact that these are cow horses. It’s what they’re bred for and what gets their hearts going. It makes them have so much personality and so much extra intensity and look. It all draws off of the cow.

 

High Brow CD carries on

February 13th, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity open champion, who remains undefeated in 2008, after winning the Augusta Futurity and the Tunica Futurity, recently sold to Chris and Staci Thibodeaux, Jennings, LA. What follows is a continuation of my post from January 12 and a photo of the principal players. From left to right: Austin Shepard, Arthur Noble, High Brow CD, Don Ham, Staci and Chris Thibodeaux.

Chris Thibodeaux had his sights on Absolutely Stunning when he went to Fort Worth, for the NCHA Futurity Sales. But he ended up as under bidder for the 5-year-old Smart Little Lena daughter, when the hammer dropped at $575,000, for Jackson Land & Cattle.

“We got up to $570,000 and Al Dunning and Carol Rose [agents for Jackson Land & Cattle] bid $575,000 right back,” recalled Don Ham, Thibodeaux’s friend and advisor. “[Auctioneer] Don Green looked at him and said, ‘You be $580,000, I’ll bet he’ll be $585,000.’

“Chris said, ‘Yah, I bet that’s right.” So that was it. We didn’t buy the mare. Chris bases a lot on gut feeling. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

For several years, Thibodeaux and his wife, Staci, who keep three broodmares and Rio N Freckles, the 2005 NCHA $10,000 Novice world champion stallion, on their 700-acre Grace Ranch in Jennings, LA, had been looking for a stallion to upgrade their program, along with a few choice mares.

“We’d been looking at stallions and several deals had fallen through for one reason or another,” said Chris. “We watched High Brow CD at the Futurity, never knowing that he would become available and we would be the ones to buy him.”

“This horse could not be in better hands,” said Jim Ware, longtime livestock marketing specialist and the breeder of 2007 NCHA Open Futurity finalist Playware. It was Ware, with Thibodeaux in mind, who contacted trainer Austin Shepard and owner Arthur Noble, to see if the High Brow Cat son, out of Sweet Little CD, was for sale.

“Austin Shepard is the first person that I contacted,” said Ware. “He understands what’s going on in this business and he was able to catch lightning in a bottle with this horse.”

After conferring with all parties, Ware drafted contracts and the deal was finalized on January 21 during the Augusta Futurity, pending a veterinarian exam and semen evaluation that took place on February 11.

“We never ran into anything that caused us to hesitate,” said Thibodeaux of the negotiation process. “Everything just fell into place.”

Thibodeaux’s plans are for Shepard to show High Brow CD through the end of this year. “Austin has done such a great job with him, we don’t want to change anything right now,” said Ham. “But there are some people with really, really good mares that want to breed to him, so we will hand pick a few and hopefully breed them with frozen semen.”

High Brow CD’s next show will be the NCHA Super Stakes, which begins on April 1, in Fort Worth. Until that time, he will remain at Shepard’s training facility in Summerville, AL, where Shepard’s veterinarian will collect and ship his semen to Don Ham.

Chris Thibodeaux, 42, owns a physical therapy practice and is one of eight founding shareholders of Louisiana Health Care Group, a home health provider throughout the Southeastern U.S. He and Staci, a retired attorney for the Federal Government, were high school sweethearts. As students at Louisiana State University, they would sometimes watch horse shows at the Coliseum in Baton Rouge and it was there that they became interested in cutting horses.

“As we were eventually able, we dabbled in it more and more,” said Chris. “We like being able to have our whole family involved. It’s real rewarding.” The Thibodeaux have five children: MacKenzi, 11; Madison, 10; Meaghan, 7; C.J., 6; and Marie, 15 months.

“It’s just a blessing,” said Chris of the turn of events in their lives. “There’s no other way to say it. We named our place Grace Ranch because we feel like we’ve been blessed. We don’t know why, but we just try to be good stewards of what God gives us.”

In 2009, the horse will stand at Don Ham’s breeding facility in Whitesboro, Texas. Ham, 40, grew up in the Pilot Point area of North Texas and has had his hand on the lead shanks of some high-power stallions. One of his first jobs was with Bob Perry Quarter Horses, home at one time to Zippo Pine Bar, Zips Chocolate Chip, Freckles Playboy and Travalena.

He left Perry’s to work for Tommy Manion, when High Brow Cat was there, along with Smart Little Lena. Later, he helped put together the Strawn Valley Ranch breeding program in Texas for owner Don Horton. In 1999, Don and his wife, Lisa, established their own business. They currently stand 11 stallions in Whitesboro, TX.

 

NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD sells

February 12th, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity open champion, who remains undefeated in 2008, after winning the Augusta Futurity and the Tunica Futurity, has been sold.

New owners Chris and Staci Thibodeaux, Jennings, LA, and former owner Arthur Noble, Madison, MS, finalized their agreement on Monday, February 11, following routine breeding and soundness examinations of High Brow CD at Louisiana State University. Also on hand were trainer Austin Shepard, who will continue to show High Brow CD; Don Ham, who will stand him in Whitesboro, TX; Jim Ware, agent, along with Ham, in the sale transaction; and Don McGraw, Noble’s attorney.

Price and terms of the sale remain confidential. Last year, however, former NCHA Futurity champion and established sire Peptoboonsmal sold for a rumored $5 million, at the age of 15. High Brow CD is the only stallion to ever win the NCHA Futurity and two other major events within six weeks. He currently has earnings of more than $300,000. Noble purchased High Brow CD as a yearling, at the NCHA Futurity Sales for $63,000.

I spoke with Chris Thibodeaux and Arthur Noble, as well as Austin Shepard, Don Ham, and Jim Ware on Monday, following the sale. For Noble, a homebuilder dealing with the disastrous real estate market, the sale was bittersweet, and he had difficulty articulating his feelings. But last night, I received an email from Noble, who said that I could share his thoughts with you. Tomorrow I will revisit the sale, as well as High Brow CD’s history and future, with Chris Thibodeaux, Austin Shepard, and Don Ham.

In the email that follows, Noble refers to High Brow CD as Wendel, after the stallion’s breeder, Bob Wendel, Bastrop, TX.

Dear Sally,

I apologize for not being able to talk to you today about the sale of Wendel to Chris Thibodeaux. It has been a very emotional couple of months for me. Wendel winning the Futurity, then at Augusta and Tunica, was absolutely amazing - the dream continued.

Chris and I had a contract for the sale of Wendel before the first go-round at Augusta. I told Chris how special a horse Wendel was and that I thought he was “the real deal.” Man, did he make me out to be a salesman or what?

The deal has been a blessing because of the character of the three men involved - Chris Thibodeaux, Don Ham and Jim Ware. I can’t say enough good things about these three. After Wendel won Tunica, I had a conversation about the events of the day with Chris on the way back to my motel. To show you the kind of person that he is, he was very concerned about the sale of Wendel breaking my heart.

Well, he is right, but I will have to get over it. I have a ring, belt buckle, trophy and several magazines to help me remember what we all did together and how special a time it was. And I have learned so much about the horse business from talking to Jim Ware over the past several weeks. I appreciate all that he has done to make this deal as easy and pleasurable as it has been.

Then there is Austin Shepard, who is not only my trainer, but also my friend, and now part of my family. I would not have sold this horse to anyone, if they would not have agreed to leave him with Austin. But it was never an issue.

Austin bought this horse for me - which is a story in itself - and arranged for Gerald Alexander to start him. Gerald did such a good job and Wendel didn’t do so bad for a horse that was believed not to be of open caliber. But I think Gerald was being a little modest. Austin got the horse after last year’s Futurity and the rest, to this point, is history.

Austin is a winner and he is not scared to win. In all three of his wins [on High Brow CD], he could have taken more time on his third cows, but he opted to show the judges that he had the confidence and the courage to win. I owe Austin much more than my gratitude. Honor, integrity and honesty are the words I would use to describe Austin, who I have to keep reminding myself is only 30 years old. I know Austin will win more than this one Futurity, but I am glad he won his first on Wendel.

Don McGraw, who got me into cutting, is my best friend and my attorney, who keeps me out of trouble. He feeds my horses, when I am too lazy to get out of bed; he was there when I purchased Wendel; he checked on Wendel for me at Gerald Alexander’s; he was there with me when Wendel won the Futurity and at Tunica; and he handled putting Whole Lotta Pretty down for me, when I didn’t have the heart to do it myself. And most of all, Don, who is an Ole Miss fan, spent all day at LSU and handled the legal portion of the sale of Wendel to Chris Thibodeaux.

Last, but certainly not least, there is Wendel, my buddy. He was the first yearling I ever purchased, had trained and that competed in the Futurity. What luck! Wendel, I believe, was a blessing from above. What else could it be? The story of how I purchased him is proof enough.

Him winning the Futurity has been the best thing that has happened to me other than my family. I owe the little horse with the big heart more than I could ever repay. And as I write this email, the Futurity trophy is sitting on my desk in front of me, reminding me of what Austin and Wendel have accomplished.

I am relatively new to cutting, only being in it for about seven years, so a lot of the history is also new. But I am learning almost every day how lucky I have been, and thanking God for the blessings he has bestowed on me.

Not being able to keep a Futurity champion, let alone the horse that I love, is very tough. I will be his biggest fan, next to Bob Wendel, and I will be at every event that I can to pull for him and Austin. And, l will get to see him when I go down to the beach, and I will get to breed some mares to him. And, just maybe, I will get to have another dream. And to all that have been trying to win the Futurity, big operators and the so-called little guys like me, I pray that you get to experience the feeling of having a Futurity Champion.

I know this is a rather long email and I hope you can use as much of it as possible in your blog, because Wendel and Austin are treading in areas of the greatest cutting horses in history. And to me he is the best!

Thanks!

Arthur Noble

 

High Brows CD secures third major win

February 2nd, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD claimed his third major title in as many events with a 228-point win in the 2008 Tunica (formerly Memphis) Futurity on Friday night. Special Nu Kitty placed second with 224.

“He’s one of those you dream about,” said High Brow CD’s trainer, Austin Shepard. “He’s just one of those that makes you feel like you’re bullet proof.”

Purchased as a yearling for $63,000 by Arthur Noble at the NCHA Futurity Sales from breeder Bob Wendell, High Brow CD won the NCHA Futurity semi-finals with 224 points; aced the NCHA Futurity with 226 points; then took Augusta with 222. He is the only horse in history to have won at the NCHA Futurity, Augusta Futurity and Tunica (Memphis), plus the NCHA semi-finals.

“He’s just real smart,” said Shepard of the 4-year-old stallion. “He wants to do right. He’s one step away from having his own barn in my house. He’s my buddy.”

High Brow CD is by High Brow Cat out of Sweet Lil CD, by CD Olena. Sweet Lil CD, the earner of more than $100,000, is half-sister to Sweet Lil Pepto, LTE $218,655; sire Pepto Taz, LTE $130,174; and Sweet Lil Boo LTE $61,759. Second dam Sweet Lil Lena is a full sister to sire Smart Lil Scoot, earner of $266,425.

 

 

NCHA Futurity champ claims Augusta title

January 26th, 2008

From sallyharrison.com

NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD, ridden by Austin Shepard for Arthur Noble, held his ground as reigning money earner from the crop of 2004, with a 222-point victory, worth $30,000, in the 2008 Augusta Futurity. The High Brow Cat son, out of a CD Olena daughter, qualified for the finals with go-round scores of 217. 5 and 213. It was his first major limited age event since the NCHA Futurity in December. He has now earned $280,000.

CDs Starlight Ms, by CD Olena, ridden by Allen Crouch for George Moore Jr., was reserve with 219 points. Shepard had won the 2007 edition of the Augusta Classic riding Woody Be Tuff, owned by Lana Peacock, and was a finalist in this year’s Classic on Ginas Cat and San Tule Uno.

High Brow CD is one of just two horses to win both the NCHA Futurity and the Augusta Futurity. Chiquita Pistol, who went on to win the NCHA Triple Crown, claimed the 2003 Augusta Futurity. Her rider, Tag Rice, won the 2008 Augusta Classic riding Copaspepto for Marvine Ranch.

 

High Brow CD and Austin Shepard claim NCHA Futurity

December 17th, 2007

From sallyharrison.com

From first go-round to the last, High Brow CD maintained his mettle and Austin Shepard proved his showmanship in the NCHA Open Futurity.

Last night, the dynamic duo upped the ante late in the first of two sets of cattle. Their 226-point score topped the field by 8.5 points and earned them $250,000. Only Desires Little Rex and Bubba Matlock, reserve champions with 222.5 points, came close enough to see their dust, four-deep in the second set.

“I was just trying to be smooth on my second cow, but it wouldn’t let me off and I kept having to be more aggressive,” said Shepard. “I didn’t think it was ever going to turn away. My horse was out of air and I was trying to slow myself down.”

When the first cow finally turned away, and Shepard turned back to the herd, Shepard spotted a volunteer close to the front. When helper Brett Davis told him that it was fresh, Shepard trotted up and cut it.

“I didn’t have any idea how much time I had,” he said. “It felt like I worked it forever. But when I went back (to the herd) I had twelve seconds left. So I kind of went back to my weekend experience.

“One thing I have learned through showing is that you can’t make a run like that. It just has to happen and you have to be aggressive and smart and pick your opportunities. But when it’s meant to happen, it happens.”

High Brow CD had tied for second with Al Poocino, ridden by Tom Dvorak, in the first go-round with 221 points. Special Nu Kitty, ridden by Clint Allen, won the first round with a record 227 points and the standings remained the same at the end of two go-rounds — Special Nu Kitty followed by High Brow CD and Al Poocino, with a tie.

If wagers had been taken before the Futurity Finals, Allen on Special Nu Kitty, for Wrigley Ranches, would have been the odds-on favorite. But it was not the High Brow Cat’s night to shine and Allen, last year’s reserve champion on Highdrive Cat, rode out, when with seconds left on the clock, a second cow joined the one he had cut.

“When that happened to him and he came straight out, I thought that showed a lot of character,” Shepard said.

It was in the Semi-Finals that High Brow CD and Shepard gave a taste of what was to come, with a 224-point “we’re out to win” performance.

“He’s been one of the nicest horses to train that I’ve ever had,” said Shepard of the High Brow Cat son, owned by Arthur Noble, Madison, MS. “He’s one of those you dream about.”

Noble purchased High Brow CD, his first yearling, for $63,000 at the 2005 NCHA Futurity Sales. Shepard happened to walk through John Justin Sale Arena just before the horse was to sell and Noble asked for his opinion.

“I told him that I loved the mare (High Brow CD’s dam) and we should look at the baby,” Shepard recalled. “If I hadn’t gone to work another horse in the practice pen, Clint Allen could have had that horse and his great mare (Special Nu Kitty). I stood right beside Clint and he was bidding against me.”

Last week during the NCHA Futurity Sales, Sweet Little Kitten, a full sister to High Brow CD out of Sweet Little CD, sold for $93,000, during Western Bloodstock’s Invitational Yearling Sale. Sweet Little CD, by CD Olena, is out of Sweet Lil Lena, a full sister to Smart Lil Scoot, sire of Philip Layne’s 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Non-Pro Limited champion Dual Ya Scoot, as well as Open finalists Moms Stylish Scoot (8th/9th), with Jason Clark for Darren Blanton, and Playware (15th), under Austin Shepard for Lynn Davis.

Sweet Lil Lena is also the dam of Sweet Lil Pepto, sire of Some Kinda Sweety, an Open Finalist under Shannon Hall for Clay McCullar, and Pepto Taz, sire of Heza Smart Taz, a finalist with Michael Copper for George Ward.

Ironically, it was Shepard, at the time part-owner of the horse, who started Futurity reserve champion Desires Little Rex on cattle. Bubba Matlock has had the Smart Little Lena son, with Futurity winnings of $197,004, since last February. Matlock had career earnings of just over $300,000 prior to the 2007 NCHA Futurity.

Shepard, who lives in Summerdale, AL and has NCHA lifetime earnings of nearly $3 million, was a finalist in the 2004 NCHA Futurity aboard Cats Good Intentions, and again in 2005 on CDs Nitty Gritty. He also rode Widows Intentions as 2006 Super Stakes Classic champion and NCHA Derby reserve champion.

 

High Brow CD high in NCHA Futurity Semi-Finals

December 16th, 2007

From sallyharrison.com

High Brow CD and Austin Shepard nailed three cows for a 224-point win last night in the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals. Peptos Stylish Sue was runner-up with 221.5 under Boyd Rice.

“He had it on his mind,” said Shepard of High Brow CD’s lock on the cattle. Shepard drew late in the fourth herd, after Rice had set the hurdle as the last rider in the second bunch.

“We had a few cows that we wanted and our first two were right there on the front,” said Shepard. “I got in a little bit of a hurry at the end and was probably about to cut the wrong cow. But my help told me to slow down and cut shape and that’s what I did.”

High Brow CD, owned by Arthur Noble, Madison, MS, placed second in the first go-round  with 221 points and earned the second-highest go-round aggregate of 437, behind Special Nu Kitty with Clint Allen for Wrigley Ranches.

“He got a little bit defensive about three days ago,” said Shepard of the colt, who he had been working in the practice pen, following the second go-round on December 2. “The cattle were kind of sorry, so I took him to James Hooper’s place and worked him there the last two days (before the Semi-Finals). It’s really relieved a lot of pressure from him.

“He’s really smart and if you put him in a lot of bad spots, he’ll start to stay inside a cow too much rather than take a big chance. He wants to do what’s right. Tonight, I could feel him get comfortable right off the bat.”

Noble purchased the High Brow Cat son for $63,000, at the 2005 NCHA Futurity Sales, from breeder Wendel Ranches. This past Wednesday, Sweet Little Kitten, a full sister to High Brow CD, sold for $93,000 during Western Bloodstock’s Invitational Yearling Sale.

Sweet Little CD, by CD Olena, the dam of High Brow CD, is out of Sweet Lil Lena, a full sister to Smart Lil Scoot, sire of Philip Layne’s 2007 NCHA Futurity Amateur and Non-Pro Limited champion Dual Ya Scoot, as well as Open finalists Moms Stylish Scoot, with Jason Clark for Darren Blanton, and Playware, under Austin Shepard for Von Sutten.

Sweet Lil Lena is also the dam of Sweet Lil Pepto, sire of  Some Kinda Sweety, a finalist in tonight’s NCHA Open Futurity under Shannon Hall for Clay McCullar, and Pepto Taz, sire of Heza Smart Taz, a finalist with Michael Copper for George Ward.

Shepard was a finalist in the 2004 NCHA Futurity aboard Cats Good Intentions, and in 2005 on CDs Nitty Gritty. He also rode Widows Intentions as 2006 Super Stakes Classic champion and NCHA Derby reserve champion.


 

 

 

 

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