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.