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In the Blood: Royal Isabella

IntheBlood 01 RoyalIsabella pedThe fall futurities mark the beginning of many a fine young horse’s show career. It also marks the beginning of the breeding career of the first-crop sires – those great young stallions that oftentimes thrilled us in the arena.

When Kathy Ferguson and her Royal Isabella won the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro, it prompted a closer look at the mare from the first American crop of One Time Royalty. The three wins netted Ferguson $28,951 in earnings. Royal Isabella and Ferguson also won the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Rode To Reno Futurity Novice Non-Pro.

Ferguson and her husband, Dave, bought Royal Isabella from Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Corey Cushing earlier this year at the urging of trainer Erin Taorimino. Royal Isabella had been owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn, who bought the mare in 2014 from breeder Matthews Cutting Horses LLC.

Royal Isabella & Kathy Ferguson • Photo by Primo Morales

Sire Line

Royal Isabella’s Snaffle Bit Futurity win marked the arrival of the first American-bred foals by her sire One Time Royalty, who, with Lloyd Cox, won the 2010 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open with a record score of 230. He was owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, who bought him from breeder Double Dove Ranch in 2007. Susan Marchant, of Goondwindi, Queensland, Australia, purchased One Time Royalty in 2011, and he is currently owned by SDM Quarter Horses Pyt. Ltd. Prior to his retirement, One Time Royalty earned $447,382 while adding championships in the 2011 Breeder’s Invitational 5/6-Year-Old Open and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Classic Open.

IntheBlood 03 OneTimeRoyaltyOne Time Royalty & Lloyd Cox • Photo by Suzanne ForrestOne Time Royalty started his breeding career in 2011 in the Southern Hemisphere via frozen semen with a limited book of Australian mares. He started his Northern Hemisphere breeding career in 2012. His early foals include: Attracted To Royalty (out of Perfect Attraction x Playin Attraction), a 2016 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity finalist; and Rollin With Royalty (out of Catty Lil Secret x High Brow Cat), who has three American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Open Working Cow Horse points and is qualified for the AQHA World Show.

One Time Pepto ($331,097), the sire of One Time Royalty, won the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes Open. He is by Peptoboonsmal (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar) and out of One Time Soon (Smart Little Lena x Uno Princess x Jose Uno). 

One Time Pepto started his breeding career by siring One Time Rey Jay, the 2010 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion. He followed that up with One Time Royalty and 2010 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion One Rockin Pepto. One Time Pepto already has offspring earnings of more than $18 million.

One Time Royalty’s dam is Royal Serena Belle, the 1996 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion. The earner of $124,196 was bred by Spencer Harden, owned by Gail Holmes and ridden by Lloyd Cox.

Royal Serena Belle, who is sired by Shorty Lena, has an Equi-Stat offspring record of $701,030. Her foals include Treymendous ($80,683), Kit Wit ($54,952) and Bela Sera ($51,739). Bela Sera was a 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalist and is a full sister to One Time Royalty. Royal Serena Belle is out of Jazabell Quixote, by Doc Quixote. The dam of Jazabell Quixote is Bill’s Jazabell (Cutter Bill x Royal Jazabell x Royal King).

Dam Line

Oaks Rowdycat, the dam of Royal Isabella, is an unshown daughter of High Brow Cat, who is No. 7 on the Equi-Stat Lifetime Cutting Statistics maternal grandsires chart with earnings of more then $18 million. Oaks Rowdycat is the dam of horses with Equi-Stat records totaling $142,495. They include One Rowdy Cat ($64,634) and One Rowdy Kitty ($63,848), who are both sired by One Time Pepto, making Royal Isabella their three-quarter sister.

Katie Be Acre Doc ($80,233), the dam of Oaks Rowdycat, was the 1994 Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open Reserve Champion. Her foals have Equi-Stat records worth $211,667 and include Hokies Cat ($153,388), a full brother to Oaks Rowdycat.

Katie Be Acre Doc is sired by Bob Acre Doc, the 1991 NCHA Open World Champion who also carried Susan Cardwell to the 1994 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship. Bob Acre Doc is an Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire. Bob Acre Doc is sired by Son Ofa Doc (Doc Bar x Jazzy Socks x Royal King).

Hohokam Oak ($14,660) is the dam of Katie Be Acre Doc. Her foals have earned $179,314 and include Hokies Pepto ($70,680, by Peptoboonsmal). Hohokam Oak is sired by Doc’s Oak and out of Ka Ti Be Globars (Driftwood Bars x Dora Glo x King Glo).

Royal King Again

When surveying the pedigree of Royal Isabella, Royal King shows up again through the mares Royal Blue Boon, Smart Peppy and Jazabell Quixote. The QHN Insider recently made reference to the influence of these Royal King-bred mares on the industry’s leading producers, and there is a new member of this group in Jazzy Socks.

Spencer Harden won the 1969 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship on Jazzy Socks. She went on to produce Son Ofa Doc and NCHA Hall of Famer Doc Wilson.

A look at the bottom side of Jazzy Sock’s pedigree finds an influential cross for Royal  King. Her dam is Tony Jazzy, by Cody’s Tony. Tony Jazzy is out of Jazmau, by Little Jazz. The dam of Jazmau is Maurzy, by Band Time, and Maurzy is out of Sis Bailey B, by Fred Bailey.

Royal Jazabell is out of Jazmau, thus Jazzy Socks and Royal Jazabell are three-quarter sisters. Jazzy Socks is a full sister to Royal Jazzy, Bubba Cascio’s famous top 10 cutting mare. Jazzy Socks gives us another tie to the important Royal King mares found in such champions as Royal Isabella.

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