Wesley Galean marked the second high score in the semi finals on Lone Woolf. * Photo by Amy Olson

23 Make NCHA Futurity Open Finals

Horses from across the country make up the field for the 2023 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open finals in Fort Worth, Texas.

The clean-slate finals, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, includes 23 horses hailing from top breeding programs and royal bloodlines. Leading the way into the finals is Open is Dont Stop Swingin and Ryan Rapp, who marked the high score of 227 in the Open semifinals on Friday, Dec. 8. Other high marks from the Open semifinals were Lone Woolf, 225, and four horses who marked a 222: Breykin Bad, CR Miss Mayzie, Mustanng Sally and Whiski Sauer.

The stallion with the most progeny in this year’s field is Stevie Rey Von, who had six make the Open finals. The lineup also includes three offspring of first-crop sires: two by NCHA Open World Champion CR Gotcha Covered and one by NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Rollz Royce.

Per usual, the marepower is strong. This year’s field includes two offspring of EquiStat Elite $2 Million Dam Stylish Play Lena—Cat and Areybe—as well as Breykin Bad, a stallion by EquiStat Elite $2 Million Dam Sweet Abra. Stylish Play Lena and Sweet Abra are among the leading producers of all time in the Western performance horse industry.

Tarin Rice on CR Miss Mayzie and Adan Banuelos on Katteye during the Open Semi Finals. * Videos by Amy Olson

2023 NCHA Futurity Open Finals Draw

Set 1
DrawHorsePedigreeRiderOwnerBreederState Foaled
1Cat (M)(High Brow Cat x Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak)Monty BuntinLinda HolmesLinda HolmesCO
2Areybe (S)(Stevie Rey Von x Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak)Kenny PlattLinda HolmesLinda HolmesCO
3Ms Milania (M)(Hashtags x Little Miss One Time x One Time Pepto)Wes AshlockJeremy BarwickWes/Lindy AshlockTX
4Mustanng Sally (M)(High Brow Cat x The Doctress Orders  x Dual Rey)Michael CooperStar C Land & Cattle Co LLCST Cattle CompanyTX
5CR Miss Mayzie (M)(CR Gotcha Covered  x Miss Mayzie Wood x Nitas Wood)Tarin RiceRaymond/Brenda LipseyBlakely SimoneauxAL
6Empress (M)(Metallic Cat x Special Nu Baby x Dual Rey)Wesley Galyean3G’s Partnership LLCBarker Ranch Cutting Horses LLCOK
7Sugarr Daddy (S)(Kit Kat Sugar x Andreya x Dual Rey)Matt GainesMatt Gaines Cutting Horses LPMatt Gaines Cutting Horses LPTX
8Shezsomethinsweet (M)(Metallic Rebel x Sweet Lil Amanda x High Brow CD)Matt MillerChris/Tracy BrengardChris/Tracy BrengardTX
9Nightmarezz (M)(Dual Smart Rey x Big N Smooth x Smooth As A Cat)Sean FlynnSean/Ashley FlynnSlate River RanchTX
10Precious Blu Metal (M)(Once In A Blu Boon x Maid Of Metal x Metallic Cat)Morgan CromerBitterrot Springs RanchBitterroot Springs RanchMT
11Katteye (M)(Dual Smart Rey x Kattalyst x Metallic Cat)Adan BanuelosTen/27 Ranch LLCTen/27 Ranch LLCLA

Set 2
12Whiski Sauer (S)(High Brow Cat x Moms Stylish Scoot x Smart Lil Scoot)Rodrigo TabogaJames & Lisa StricklandDarren BlantenTX
13Yung Mula (G)(Reyzin The Cash x Money Making Rose x Metallic Cat)Gavin CallahanMarvin Marmande, JrIron Rose RanchCO
14SJR Gina Rey Von (M)(Stevie Rey Von x SJR Smooth Gina x Smooth As A Cat)Kasen YorkKristen YorkSan Juan RanchTX
15Don’t Stop Swingin (G)(Dont Stopp Believin x Swing Thru The Drive x Hydrive Cat)Ryan RappPhil/Mary Ann RappPhil/Mary Ann RappTX
16Honey Beez (M)(Stevie Rey Von x Desire To Play x Mecom Blue)Justin WhiteMelissa HoelscherMargaret CoppiniID
17Breykin Bad (S)(Stevie Rey Von x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre)Beau GalyeanFults Ranch LTDFults Ranch LTDTX
18Da Baby (S)(Metallic Cat x Boon San Baby x Boon San)Jesse LennoxRocking P Ranch LLCRocking P Ranch LLCTX
19Smokedcha (S)(CR Gotcha Covered x Smokin Tap x Smokin Trona)Jason ClarkThad/Kristen YorkRon/Adrienne PietrafesoCO
20Oooh La La (M)(Rollz Royce x A Little Loopsie x Metallic Cat)James PayneKathleen MooreLanny StakerID
21Shimmy Shake (S)(Stevie Rey Von x Sugar Chex Dually x Smart Sugar Badger)Cass TatumCary AasnessCary AasnessMN
22Cool Guitar (S)(Stevie Rey Von x This Kats Kool x WR This Cats Smart)Morgan CromerPinwheel PartnersDonna FlaniganCA
23Lone Woolf (S)(Metallic Rebel x A Little Reylena x Dual Rey)Wesley GalyeanBilly WolfBilly WolfTX