The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) tried a new schedule at the Futurity Sales to give the Marketplace session a boost, and Xtra Half N Half did his part to lift the numbers.
The hammer fell at $64,000 near the end of the Dec. 7 sale in Oklahoma City when Templeton, California, reiner Jimmy Nichols outbid his competition for Hip No. 3048. The sorrel yearling colt was consigned by Heritage Farms, who also sold third-highest seller HF A Winforthechics with Parker Slavin Performance Horses.
Xtra Half N Half (by Shiners Voodoo Dr) is out of Cremes Chic Olena, a Smart Chic Olena daughter with 17 registered foals and eight performers listed in Equi-Stat. He is headed into training with Mathieu Buton of Aubrey, Texas.
“We’re excited. We just like the way he’s bred and the way he’s made; he’s so pretty-headed. Watching in his video, he seems really physical but really quiet-minded,” said Nichols, who also purchased second-highest seller Lil Whizin Inferno for $46,500. “We’re excited to see what happens.”
Cremes Chic Olena’s progeny record is so extensive, it was the only maternal information listed on the catalog page for Xtra Half N Half. Among her leading performers are 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Shiners Dun Juan ($117,299, by Smart Shiner) and American Quarter Horse Association Amateur Reining World Champion Big Creme Chic ($90,455, by Big Chex To Cash). Three of the mare’s offspring are earners in the reined cow horse arena.
“Not a bit,” Nichols said about any concerns he had due to the cow horse connection. “When I was a kid, I worked for Benny Guitron for three years. It kind of helped me [make the decision to buy]. With the ‘Chics’ in there, it just seems like it works.”
Catalogued as Hip No. 3046, Lil Whizin Inferno was a double-registered consignment from Terry and Warnetta Martin. The red dun yearling filly had 60 days of training with Josh Visser. A daughter of Inferno Sixty Six, she is out of reining money-earner Miss Jacspins Whiz (by Conquistador Whiz), the mother of European performer Miss Magnum Whiz (by Magnum With A Dream).
“She’s not very big, but she’s so physical,” Nichols said. “We’re going to take her home, and I’ll ride her myself and get her ready. I’ve shown in the Open all my life. We’ve had our own now for five or six years, and I’m actually considering going back and doing the Non-Pro with her.”
Gabriel de la Torre signed the $31,000 ticket on Hip No. 3053, HF A Winforthechics. By NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion HF Mobster and out of Win Smart Chicy (by Smart Chic Olena), the buckskin yearling filly is a half-sister to one money-earner — cow horse Duallers Smart Chic (by The Dualler).