Tarin Rice and CR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff X Lucindas Catolena) had two great runs preceding the Finals in Abilene earlier this week. But their Finals winning run was what folks were going to remember heading into the spring cutting season.
DID YOU KNOW....an average of only 4% of all horses entered into the NCHA Futurity actually advance to the Finals? This year we captured 4 spots on that elite list! It's not ALL luck, folks... Our program is building, growing and producing BETTER HORSES through good pedigrees and solid training.
Four, count'em FOUR of our horses are finals bound! ALL of our riders are returning on what is sure to be an amazing night of cutting at the NCHA Open Finals Tonight!
Here's how they did last night in the NCHA Semifinals:
-Tarin and CR TUFF LUCY (by Woody BE TUFF)-219.
-Ronnie and CR MISSNJETHROWOODY WOODY-(by Woody BE TUFF) -216.
-Boyd and CR HIGHLIGHT 218.5.
-Tarin and CR A LITTLE PEEK 217.5!
This is a compilation of the 2014 NCHA Open World Finals Championship. In a record 4 round sweep, Center Ranch's CR Sun Reys and Boyd Rice take the show title and remind us all what the best of the best looks like!
After marking 226 to lead the go-rounds, Boyd Rice matched the high 226 score again on Center Ranch’s CR Sun Reys for an impressive 4-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Saturday, March 1st. While it was was the first trip to the Mercuria finals for the 6-year-old mare by Dual Rey, it certainly wasn't Boyd's "first rodeo..."
Rice, who won the National Reined Cowhorse Association’s World’s Greatest Horseman championship in Fort Worth a week earlier, has earned an excess of $180,000 on CR Sun Reys. The flashy mare earned the title of 2013 Bonanza Open Champion, was third in last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge, and fourth in the 2012 Super Stakes.
And the good news doesn't stop there. Like her father, Boyd Rice’s daughter, Trea, is no stranger to winning either- earning two buckles atop "Bonnie." Trea won the NCHA Sr Youth Cutting Championship at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Saturday with an impressive score of 149. She also won the Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting on the mare at last year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular. Trea says the money from the competitions are going to help her pay for college.
CR Sun Reys is out of Play Peek A Boon, an NCHA Futurity finalist and earner of more than $200,000. She will continue to show this year, and we have big plans for her back at home. Already one of our standout broodmares, CR Sun Reys rounds out an elite lineup of Center Ranch producers, as she is on her way to becoming one of the highest earning daughters of Dual Rey.
Will Rogers Arena is always home to the NCHA Triple Crown events, but only once a year is the first class cutting seen by the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo crowd. Boyd Rice marked an impressive 223 on CR First Tuff in the Open Cutting, earning them the Reserve Title at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. He and CR Sun Reys (shown) had a great run as well, earning another check with a 4th place finish! Way to go Team! Special thanks to Laura Rodgers for this excellent action shot.
Ben Baldus, trainer and clinician based out of the Waggoner Ranch in Electra, Texas had a great day showing in the AQHA Ranch Versatility Challenge during the FWSSR Ranching Heritage Weekend! My Boots Are Tuff placed first in Conformation, second in Ranch Riding and third Overall! Ben Baldus say's he's "Super proud of this big hearted mare," and later went on to win the Open Reserve Champion title in the Ranching Heritage Challenge.
Boyd Rice and High Brow Letha (High Brow Cat X Smart Letha) 'made the cut' after a solid 218.5 ride at the NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals Friday night. Adding tot he excitement, "Letha's" sire, High Brow Cat, made a rare and impressive appearance Friday night under the lights of the Will Rogers Arena, as he has sired seven (7) NCHA Open Futurity winners, including 9 this Open Finalists this year. Boyd and Letha will be advancing our High Brow Cat Mare alongside an elite group of 26 other riders and horses to the Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 14, 2013. We wish them the best of luck!
Craig Crumpler and his homegrown Nitas Wood daughter Junie Wood proved their mettle on Wednesday, when they finished a close second to Mary Ann Rapp and Autumn Shy in the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (217.5 to 217). But last night, Thursday, December 12, they commanded the spotlight with a gritty 220.5 performance. It was the second NCHA Futurity championship win for Crumpler, who claimed the trophy in 2008 aboard Woodys Bad Boy, another homebred by Nitas Wood.