Passing of the Crown at the 2016 NCHA Futurity
by Kaden Rutherford
Cutting Horse Central

Charles Russell Bushaw proved to be a Non-Pro to contend with heading into the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity semifinals. The eldest son of Non-Pro Hall of Famer Chad Bushaw, twelve-year-old Charles Russell is the youngest to ever reach a Non-Pro semifinal at the Futurity which is NCHA’s most prestigious event (since publishing this article we learned this accomplishment tied Cade Shepard who was also 12 years old - see NOTE: below). Riding Bella’s Cat (sired by Cat’s Quixote Jack), Charles Russell marked a solid 217 in the first go and followed up with a 212 in the second round working deep in the sixth set to earn a spot in the semifinals which are set for Wednesday, December 7th.

Charles Russell is no stranger to success in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum; Bushaw recently captured the 2016 Jr. Youth Rookie of the year title with his 7th place finish in the Jr. Youth finals, as well as making three solid runs in the Jr. Youth World Finals at the 2016 Summer Cutting Spectacular.

Charles Russell is one of three boys that call Chad & Amie Bushaw’s Crown Ranch in Weatherford, Texas home. His two younger brothers Will (10) and Wesley (5) were both on hand to watch Charles Russell and their Dad, Chad make the Non Pro semifinals on Wednesday.




NCHA Futurity 2-Year-old Sale breaks all records

Sally Harrison
December 9th, 2014

Western Bloodstock Ltd. launched its 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales with an all-time record Two-Year-Old Sale on Monday, December 8 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex., where 122 horses sold for an average of $32,580 with total sales of just under $4 million.

Eight Mile, by Metallic Cat, was the high seller at $400,000, followed by Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi, at $300,000, and Moses Man, by Metallic Cat, at $210,000.

The top five sellers averaged $232,000, while the top 10 averaged $157,1000, and the top 20 brought an average of $109,000.

“This was a fantastic sale,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We had so much interest coming into the Futurity that we anticipated sales were going to be good, but this was better than we ever dreamed.”

The 2013 Futurity Sales, where the highest price from all sales combined was $210,000 and averaged $21,323 overall, was just shy of the all-time record of $21,370, set in 2006. This year’s sale, which continues on Tuesday, November 9 with the Select Yearling Sale, is on course to blow past the 2006 mark.

Daniel and Nancy Burkes, new owners of Eight Mile

Eight Mile, a flashy chestnut colt in training with Hunter Meinzer, was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, LP/Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex., and purchased by Daniel Burkes, Hibbing, Minn. Eight Mile is out of Cappuccino And Pasta LTE $155,522 and half-brother to the earners of $475,800, including Mocha Cappuccino LTE $223,318 and Frappuccino N Pasta LTE $105,472.

Crown Ranch, with a total of 14 consignments to the 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales, also has a red roan yearling full sister to Eight Mile, Cattuccino, consigned to Tuesday’s Select Yearling Sale, and 6-year-old Bet On A Cat, current earner of $313,469, consigned to the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 13, preceding the NCHA Futurity Open Finals.





Pippis Longstocking steps up with 219 points

Daily Chatter

It was a little nerve-wracking, the first day and with two horses in the same bunch,” said Tom Dvorak, who scored 219 points on Pippis Longstocking, as the first rider in the third set of cattle, and came back as the fourth rider to mark 217 points on Summer Stays Here.

The 219-point score topped the day, while 217 tied two others to rank fourth.

“Getting her through this first round was big,” said Dvorak of Pippi Longstocking, owned by Chad and Amie Bushaw, Weatherford, Tex. “She has a lot of try and a big heart, but she’s a wild little mare and I didn’t know what to expect.

“But she locked down in there for me. I never really went fast with her. You could mark a good score on her basically at the trot, but I feel like there is a lot more horse there, if I cut more cow.”

Bushaw, a top non-pro competitor with $2.3 million in lifetime earnings, purchased the Dual Smart Rey daughter, bred by Strawn Valley Ranch, at the 2010 NCHA Futurity Sale and trained her himself.

Last year, Dvorak showed Bet On A Cat, also owned by the Bushaws’ Crown Ranch, to place in both the Open and Open Ltd. NCHA Futurity.

The 2011 Futurity was bittersweet for Dvorak, whose wife of 14 years, Cindy, succombed to cancer the day before the finals. “I didn’t think it could get any tougher, but its even tougher now, coming back and remembering all of it,” said Dvorak, who showed in last year’s finals to honor Cindy’s last request. “But I know she’s up there for sure watching over us.”

NCHA Daily Chatter - November 26th, 2012


Bet On Bushaw

Bushaw’s Bet On A Cat Pays Off

Chad Bushaw and iron horse Bet On A Cat won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 222 points, in the last hole of the first set of the finals.

One set later, Bet On A Cat scored 219 points under Tom Dvorak to place fifth in one of the toughest Derby Open finals in recent memory. It was the gelding’s eleventh performance during the 20-day show and his fifth finals run.

“He keeps getting stronger and smarter, but he’s been the same good horse every trip, whether Tommy shows him or I show him,” said Bushaw, who won the Breeders Invitational Non-Pro with the gelding in June.

NCHA Daily Chatter - July 29th, 2012


Dvorak and Bet On A Cat!

Bet On A Cat lived up to his name with a 224 point win under Tom Dvorak.

Bet On A Ca tlived up to his name with a 224-point win under Tom Dvorak, as last to work in the 16-horse John Deere Division of the Open Super Stakes, on Saturday.

“We cut the three cows we wanted to cut and it worked out great,” said Dvorak, who showed the High Brow Cat son for his trainer, Non-Pro Hall of Fame competitor Chad Bushaw.

“My first cow was tough and the horse was reading it good, so it gave me the confidence to go ahead and expose him a little bit more,” said Dvorak.

NCHA Daily Chatter - April 8th, 2012