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.
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.
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!
- excerpt from the Daily Chatter, November 22, 2013. (special thanks & photo credit to Alan Gold)
Defending Futurity champion Tarin Rice posted 219 points Thursday on CR Tuff Doc Olena to claim the high score on the first day of Open competition. Spoonful Of Stella and Jason Clark were second with 218.5 points, and Cats Little Boomer and Tate Bennett were third-high with 218 points.
Last December, Tarin Rice and Ronnie Rice, Tarin’s great-uncle, tied with 222.5 points as co-champions of the NCHA Futurity. Ronnie was aboard CR Tuff Hearted Cat for Center Ranch and Tarin rode He Bea Cat, owned by Jim Crawford.
Yesterday, Tarin was mounted for Center Ranch, owner of Woody Be Tuff, the sire of both CR Tuff Hearted Cat and CR Tuff Doc Olena.
“Ronnie (Rice who trains for Center Ranch) and Finis (Welch, owner of Center Ranch) sent him to me when he was two and I’ve liked him the whole time,” said Rice of CR Tuff Doc Olena. “I had a little trouble with him earlier this summer and Ronnie kind of got him straightened out. Since then he’s felt pretty consistent. He’s been about like he was today, every time.”
It was a big night for 3 year olds at the West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-18 in Amarillo, Texas. There were 17 teams competing for the Futurity Open Championship, but in the end, it was CR Too Catty and Tatum Rice who led the field and took home the title with a 220.
Rice, of Weatherford, Texas, had two horses competing in the finals. He marked a 216 on his first horse, Shes A Smokin Dually, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, also of Weatherford. It all came down to the wire as he rode into the show pen for the second time aboard the Center Ranch-owned mare CR Too Catty (Cat T Masterson x Dually Lil Pep x Dual Pep), bred by Banawien Ranch of Little Rock, Ark. Despite a tough herd of cattle, Rice successfully showed the mare to a 220, only one point higher than Reserve Champions Dizzy Lizzy Girl and James Payne, to land the title. Rice's win came with a hefty paycheck worth $14,000.
"This was my first time to win an Open cutting," Rice said. "I won a cutting in the Non-Pro a long time ago, but I haven't won anything in the Open. It was good. I've had pretty good horses this year and felt like I had a chance to win several times, and it hadn't happened yet, so it was good to finally get that done."
With a busy show season ahead of him, Rice said he believes the mare will only gain more successful momentum with each show.
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CR First Tuff did not disappoint in Amarillo, marking consistently solid scores through the first and second rounds of the West Texas Futurity. "Tuffy" wowed the crowds Tuesday though, marking an impressive 222 and winning the well deserved title after a steady season of top ten finishes. We are so proud to see this great stud colt finally come out on top!