Open Futurity Finals
2020 NCHA Futurity Champion All Spice
Owned by Holmes/Hill Partnership, Glen Rose, Tex., and shown by Adan Banuelos, All Spice delivered on her name with a 224-point performance on Sunday, December 13, to win the 2020 NCHA Futurity Open championship and $246,880.
The Once In A Blu Boon daughter first drew attention as one to watch when she scored 221 in the first go-round. Bred by Royce Stallcup, Seymour, Tex., All Spice is a full sister to 2018 NCHA Futurity reserve champion Badboonarising LTE $348,383, shown by Adan Banuelos for Plantation Farms, Denham Springs, La.
Out of Show Biz Kitty, an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, All Spice is also a half-sister to 6-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $348,383, bred by Royce Stallcup and shown by Beau Galyean as a leading money earner from the cutting crop of 2014.
Adan Banuelos, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $3,489,553, was also reserve champion of the 2019 NCHA Futurity aboard Once In A Blu Boon daughter Twice In Santiago LTE $256,587, a leading 2020 4-year-old money earner owned by Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Gail Holmes, owner of Double Dove Ranch, is also a Holmes/Hill Partner in All Spice.
Dottie St. Clair Hill, a Holmes/Hill partner, also owns and bred the Hottish-sired stallion Sueper Hot, who placed tenth in the Futurity with 219 points under Beau Galyean. In 2014, Phil Hanson won the NCHA Futurity riding Classy CD Cat for the High Brow Cat daughter’s owner and breeder, Dottie St. Clair Hill. At the same time, Lloyd Cox claimed the reserve championship on Smooth Talkin Style, bred and owned by Gail Holmes. Today Holmes/Hill Partners own Smooth Talkin Style, who is a 2020 first year leading sire.
Bugattii, owned and bred by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, Aspen, Colo., and shown by Wesley Galyean, claimed the reserve championship and $193,572 with 223 points, and earned an additional $6,651 as Champion Open Gelding. One of seven, out of the 23 Open finalists, sired by Metallic Cat, Bugattii is also the first money earner out of Button Down Supercat LTE $285,048, by Dual Rey. Button Down Supercat’s dam, Highbrow Super Cat LTE $366,230, is a leading producer of earners of 23 earners of over $1.5 million.
Bugatti’s three-quarter sister Pearl Snap, sired by Metallic Rebel and consigned by Wes and Kristen Galyean, was the high-selling yearling filly, at $145,000 to Circle Y Ranch, earlier in the week, during The Evening Session of the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales.
Wesley Galyean, the NCHA Hall of Fame earner of $4,082,181, won the 2004 NCHA Futurity on Spots Hot LTE $502,682, who he owned at the time, and was reserve champion in 2010 on the Spots Hot daughter Some Like It Hott LTE $183,383, who he also owned.
Honey Im A Ten, shown by Jose Cruz, scored 220.5 points to place third in the finals and earn $141,572. Bred by her owner G & A Performance Horses, Tioga, Tex., the Smart Time Pepto 10 daughter also placed fifth and earned $6,687 in the NCHA Futurity Open Limited Finals.
Honey Im A Ten is from the second crop of $155,230 earner Smart Time Pepto 10, by One Time Pepto. Bred by James Eakin, Hondo, Tex., and also owned by G & A Performance Horses, Smart Time Pepto 10 was shown to place fifth in the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity by Adan Banuelos’ father, Ascencion Banuelos, and won or placed in eight other limited age events under Adan.
Jose Cruz, the NCHA earner of $77,380, placed fifth in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding NZ Reytalic LTE $11,780, by Metallic Cat, for Shannon Lamb, Gainesville, Tex. Cruz earned his first major check in a limited age event competition as reserve champion of the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited on Wild Starz, owned by Nachos Quarter Horses. He also was reserve champion of the 2019 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Open Limited with Little Jewels Olena, owned by James Figiel.
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