Friday, June 14, 2013

Ben's graduation, the Hicapoo connection and NRCHA Derby prelims

The week is winding down and soon coming to a close. Ben's graduation Wednesday was a complete success and we couldn't be more proud of him. Seems like the music project I tortured you all with awhile back won the "Best project of 2013" award!
Here's a linky to all of you who havn't wrecked your eardums yet:

Proud father & son. (I'm still taller son!!)
 A beautiful day turned into a great evening celebrating our oldest's graduadtion with family and friends, thank you all!

"The Non Pro and Open" in  Oklahoma City is rolling and entering the 4th day of competition.
Today the 4-year old Non Pro is up with several interesting horses entered.

SDP Hydriven Hicapoo
From our perspective none more interesting than SDP Hydriven Hicapoo (Hydrive Cat-Hicapoo) ridden by Julie Jarma. This talanted mare recently won the Breeders Invitational Non Pro Limited, was a finalist in the Super Stakes NP, Breeders Invitational NP and Abilene Open Derby. She'll face stiff competition though from a number top ranked 4year olds and only 11 make Sundays finals. Her 1/2 sister SDP Hicarey (TR Dual Rey-Hicapoo) is entered aswell and looking through the draws and results from Oklahoma we find a heavy doze of Hicapoo represented! Hicapoo ($446.000) is in the NCHA Hall of Fame and was NCHA Horse of the Year for Paul Hansma and has been a great producer with offspring earnings close to $400.000. She also has produced 2 daughters with earners of more than $600.000 each!
Horses entered in the "Non Pro and Open" sprung from the Hicapoo line:

CD Boonsmal $311.000 (CD Olena-Poosmal, 2nd dam Hicapoo) posted a 222 in the Open Tuesday!
Boiler Room $188.000 (Dual Pep-Capoo, 2nd dam Hicapoo) in the 15k Amateur finals today!
Capoo $138.000 (CD Olena-Hicapoo) 5th in the 35k Non Pro finals yesterday, 17years young!
Cees Little Poo $206.000 (SR Instant Choice-Perry Poo, sister to Hicapoo) 9th in the NP Thursday
Playin At The Mall $280.000 (Playdox-Poosmal, 2nd dam Hicapoo) In the Open Saturday.
SDP Hicarey $400.00 (TR Dual Rey-Hicapoo) In the 4-yo Non Pro today.
SDP Hydriven Hicapoo $40.000 (Hydrive Cat-Hicapoo) In the 4-yo Non Pro today.
CD Boonsmal & Chubby Turner

On the west coast the Cowhorses are tearing it up in the NRCHA Derby. The preliminary round ended yesterday and the prelim.scoreboard looks like this:
Great to see Boyd on top with BFR Igniting Sparks followed by a pack of very talented horses and riders led by San Juan Ranch's Snaffle Bit Champ. CD Diamond & Cory Cushing. Chris Dawsons dynamic duo of Travelin Jonez & A Spoonful O Sugar in close third along with Davis Ranch's High Roller Rey. The top 20 will meet in the clean slate finals Saturday.
This is a wide open affair as always, Chris Dawson has ended on top alot lately with both his top mounts but his most impressive fencerun came aboard his third entry, Callme Mister Mister scoring a beautiful 222.5. Also noteworthy was yesterdays highscoring fencework, Red Moons Rising & Jake Telford. A spectakular fence run, crisp, smooth and gutsy to the tune of 226pts! Red Moons Rising is a full brother to Boyds 2011 Futurity Reserve Champ. Moonstruck Pepto $89.000 (One Time Pepto-Moonstruck Cat)
Great also to see Les Vogt making an apperance in the finals aboard his 2008 Nic It In The Bud gelding Nic It Smartly, good job!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Exciting week

Summers here and we're gearing up for Ben's graduation Wednesday, Idas grad from 4th grade Thursday and our coming trip to Idaho next Monday.

We're also having Ritzy's Dream preg.checked this week and hopefully she's safe in foal.
Ritzy's Dream
I started riding Kick The Cat again last week after her injury and 2.5 month layoff.
Kick The Cat
Knock on wood, she seems to be holding up fine. Havn't pushed her any though so we'll see in a couple of weeks when the intensity picks up but so far so good. Ofcourse the mares all caught a cold too, so we'll have to pull up some and wait that out aswell :(

Meanwhile, the NRCHA Derby kicks off today with the herdwork in Paso Robles, CA.
Most of the top 4 & 5 year olds are there and several of our friends have something entered! Maybe most excited to see how Snafflebit Futurity Champ CD Diamond has wintered.

CD Diamond
Also keeping our fingers crossed for Boyd's trio Mamas Money Talks, Highbrow Fletch and BRF Igniting Sparks.
Les Vogt is showing his sibling duo of Nic It Smartly and Nickin Along and our friends at Davis Ranch have their exciting young Dual Rey stud High Roller Rey ridden by Brandon Buttars.
High Roller Rey
Keeping an eye on Luke Neuberts This Cats Cracking in the same set, this one's been on my radar since his 2yo year. Very nice colt and I really hope Luke gets him shown.

Tomorrow also marks the start of The Non Pro and The Open in Oklahoma City.

The open go round looks super interesting with Dufurrenas Auspicious Cat facing off against Don't Look Twice, Cat Man Blue and ARC Ruby Playgunia among others.
Auspicious Cat
Don't Look Twice

 The Dufurrenas also have Nievas in the Non Pro going up against Rapps Reyzin, A Little Bossy, Catty Hawk, Smooth Asa Zee and Intention del Rey etc.

Will come back to the Non Pro and Open when the draws for the 4 year old divisions have been posted in a day or so.