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Ichis My Choice Named Open Horse of the Year

December 13th, 2016

Quarter Horse News
By Hannah Harrel

After a tight race between two 4-year-old mares, Ichis My Choice has emerged the victor in the contest for National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year honors.

Ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Grant Setnicka, of Grandview, Texas, Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre) made the battle interesting when she qualified for the top 15 in the NCHA Open World standings. While the mare, bred by EE Ranches of Texas Inc., trailed Amandas CD (High Brow CD x Amanda Stargun x Playgun) at the end of the limited-age event season, she had the chance for redemption.

Ichis My Choice and Setnicka marked a first-round 226 at the NCHA World Finals to tie for first and earn 18 points. A 210 the next night earned merely 4 points, but a third-round 231 added a total of 20 points to the tally. In round four, the mare marked a 220 for sixth place and 9 points.

Altogether, Ichis My Choice scored 887 points at the World Finals, and thanks to her second-place finish overall in the cumulative round, she increased her Horse of the Year total by 16 to 747 – merely 1 point more than Amandas CD.

Ichis My Choice, owned by J Five Horse Ranch LLC, of Weatherford, Texas, joins the ranks of some of the greatest cutting horses of all time. Amandas CD, who finished 2016 with 746 Open Horse of the Year points and nearly $190,000 earned with trainer Matt Miller just this year, ended her season as runner-up.

 

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Ichis My Choice Wins 3rd Go-Round of 2016 NCHA Open World Finals

 

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Ichis My Choice Earns Mercuria Open Title

September 18th, 2016

Quarter Horse News
By Hannah Harrel

Ichis My Choice has been wildly successful in her career so far, and she added another title to her résumé while at the El Rancho Futurity. She and Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Grant Setnicka were the final draw in the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting Open finals and they did not disappoint. They marked a 229 and claimed the Championship.

The title came with a check for $13,676, which brings the 4-year-old mare’s lifetime record to more than $250,000. Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre), who was bred by EE Ranches of Texas and is owned by J Five Horse Ranch, is the only money-earner out of My Little Abra and she is now the second-highest earner on Cat Ichi’s offspring record.

“I drew up last in a set of steers, which usually isn’t the most desirable spot to be,” Setnicka said. “I try to work that mare and keep her accurate. She’s really cowy and quick, so I just tried to keep her calm and smooth.”

 

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John Hulsey Smokes Amateur Derby

July 27th, 2016

Sally Harrison Online
By Sally Harrison

John Hulsey, 63, and R Smokin Cat marked 219 for a five-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Robert Thigpen Jr. took the reserve championship with a 214 on Barbies Blue Cat.

Hulsey, an auto parts dealer from Gainesville, Georgia, bred R Smokin Cat by Dual R Smokin out of Playgirls Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that has produced three NCHA money earners.

Hulsey’s biggest previous win was the All American Congress Non-Pro Derby in 2009 on Cowgirls Paradise.

He earned $7,812 for his Amateur Derby win, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. That takes his career earnings over $36,000.

 

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Nothing Left to Chance

Everything came together for Ichis My Choice and Grant Setnicka during the Derby Open finals at the Breeder's Invitational.

July 1st, 2016

Quarter Horse News
By Alex Lynch

After just missing the top spot in
the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals, Ichis My Choice and Grant Setnicka stepped up their game to win the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Open in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As the first draw in the 27-horse finals, Setnicka, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, knew he would need to leave it all out in the pen to earn marks that would hold. He walked Ichis My Choice to the herd with intention and threw down a smoking run that scored a 225. While a few other combinations came close, Ichis My Choice and Setnicka’s score out of the gate was the eventual winner. The Championship was worth a hefty $58,766 paycheck, which pushed the mare’s lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $175,000.

“I knew I had to have a really, really good run being first,” Setnicka said. “I wasn’t crazy about my draw, but I felt like I was lucky because I think the first set of cattle was a little bit better than the second set. I wasn’t leaving anything to chance. The first few moves, she just felt a little wild and reactive. Once I got a chance to really start using her, I think she settled in. Luckily, I cut some cows that really let her run and stop.

“Then I got to just sit there and bite my nails for the next three hours. Any one of those horses could have won it. Any way I looked at it though, I had a good check and agood run, so I was happy.”

Ichis My Choice’s owner, Constance Jaeggi, of J Five Horse Ranch LLC, also competed on the mare in the Derby Non-Pro finals, but it didn’t slow her down a bit.

“She had a lot of runs,” Setnicka said. “I didn’t really know how it was going to affect her, but it didn’t seem to affect her at all. Everything just really came together for us. I want to thank Matt Miller, T.J. Good, Lloyd Cox, and Constance and Chubby [Turner] for giving me an opportunity to ride this horse.”

Jaeggi was thrilled that her mare, who was picked for purchase by Turner, finally got her time in the spotlight.

“It has been a huge honor. After we bought her we sent her to Grant, and he has just done a phenomenal job with her. She has been in all of the finals, and we couldn’t ask for a better program for her to be in,” Jaeggi said of Ichis My Choice, who was also an Open finalist at the NCHA Futurity and Arbuckle Mountain Futurity, and was the Derby Open Co-Reserve Champion at The Cattlemen’s, in addition to her NCHA Super Stakes Reserve finish. “This is so big for us, and it is really exciting. She really deserved a first place, and I wanted her to get that reccgnition. We are proud of her and proud of Grant. I trust him with that horse. It turned out great.”

 

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Constance Jaeggi Tops PCCHA Derby Non-Pro

June 21st, 2016

Quarter Horse News
By Hannah Harrel

About a month after Ichis My Choice took home the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Championship with Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Grant Setnicka, Constance Jaeggi piloted the mare to the Derby Non-Pro Championship at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge. The duo marked a 223 and earned a check worth $9,319.

Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre), who also claimed the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open Reserve Championship with Setnicka, surpassed $200,000 with this win. Jaeggi, of Weatherford, Texas, now boasts lifetime earnings of more than $550,000 and was thrilled with the success her mare has had in the show pen.

“I’m really proud of my mare,” Jaeggi said. “Grant’s made the finals everywhere with her, so we’re really excited.”

 

2016 PCCHA Summer Cutting Non Pro Derby Champion

 

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Setnicka Wraps Up Breeder's Invitational with Derby Open Championship

May 28th, 2016

Quarter Horse News
By Alex Lynch

During the final day of the Breeder’s Invitational, riders in the Derby Open and Non-Pro divisions made sure they pulled out all of the stops.

In the 27-horse Derby Open, Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre) and Grant Setnicka were the first out, and they threw down a blazing 225 to set the bar high.

And although Amandas CD (High Brow CD x Amanda Stargun x Playgun) and Matt Miller marked a solid 222.5 for the Reserve Championship, Setnicka’s high score held up for the win.

The title on the EE Ranches-bred mare brought $58,766 for owner J5 Horse Ranch LLC, and the whole team is thrilled about the win.

“She got really settled in and had a great run,” Setnicka said.

 

2016 Breeders Invitational Open Derby Champion

 

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Constance Jaeggi takes second Non-Pro of 2016


February 28th, 2016

National Cutting Horse Association
By Sally Harrison

Constance Jaeggi of Weatherford, Texas went two-for-two in the Mercuria World Series for 2016 by marking 225 on Saguaro Ichi to win the Non-Pro finals at Houston. Kaitlyn Wimberly placed second with a 224 on Sir Stylish Lizzy while Ray Baldwin was third with a 220.5 on Dont Look Twice, the richest cutting horse in training today.

The win padded Jaeggi’s lead in the 2016 Non-Pro World Standings. She was World Champion in 2014 and Saguaro Ichi was NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

Saguaro Ichi is by Cat Ichi out of the Freckles Playboy mare Playboys Heidi. The 10-year-old has won more than $280,000.

Jaeggi, who is in the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, has earned more than $530,000. She has now won six Mercuria finals, tying Dan Hansen’s Non-Pro record in the program. All but one of those wins have been with Saguaro Ichi.

 

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Constance Jaeggi wins Non Pro


February 14th, 2016

National Cutting Horse Association
By Sally Harrison

Constance Jaeggi, the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and Saguaro Ichi, the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, teamed up to win the Non-Pro division of the Mercuria NCHA World Series at San Antonio with a 229. It was Jaeggi’s fifth Mercuria win and Saguaro Ichi’s fourth.

Jaeggi, who was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame last year, was notching up her 25th finals appearance in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.

Saguaro Ichi was bred by EE Ranches by Cat Ichi out of Playboys Heidi, by Freckles Playboy. Playboys Heidi was an NCHA Futurity finalist in 1992 with Guy Woods, and she has produced earners of more than $385,000.

Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi won the Mercuria events at Las Vegas in 2014 and at the Pacific Coast Derby and Idaho Futurity last year.

She has lifetime earnings of more than $528,000 with her San Antonio win.

 

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Fourth round goes to Constance Jaeggi on Saguaro Ichi

December 5, 2015

Constance Jaeggi and her Cat Ichi gelding, Saguaro Ichi would save the best for last in the fourth round of the 2015 NCHA Non Pro World Finals.


 

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Jaeggi Tops Non-Pro First Go Scores


December 2, 2015

National Cutting Horse Association
By Jessica Harms

The 2015 NCHA Futurity continues in Fort Worth, Texas, as riders from around the World illuminate the streets of the Will Rogers Memorial Complex with their top 3-year-old cutting horses. 

On Tues., Dec. 1, the first go of the Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro concluded, garnering 173 entries another chance to advance to the final round of Non-Pro competition. 

Topping Tuesday’s scores and the leading the first go-round was 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Champion Constance Jaeggi of J Five Horse Ranch Management, Weatherford, Texas. Jaeggi rode Ichis My Choice to an astounding 221-point performance during the horse’s debut on Tuesay. By Cat Ichi and out of My Little Abra, Ichis My Choice, was bred by EE Ranches, home to Cat Ichi. The bay mare was purchased at the 2013 NCHA Futurity sale by Todd Nelson, who also owned Dual Smart Kitty, the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity Champion, before selling her to Rusty Simpson. Jaeggi purchased Ichis My Choice at the Futurity Sale last year.

 

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Getting to Know Dual R Smokin


November 24, 2015

Competitor Central
By Lauren Crivelli

Constance Jaeggi, owner of J5 Ranch Management, LLC, has been working diligently to create an award winning breeding program. J5 Ranch is home to resident trainer Chubby Turner, who assists in breeding, training and showing. Chubby was a huge help in developing the program, with his vision for talent evident in every purchase. “He has an incredible eye for horse power and spots it before everyone else is onto it…He spotted the Saguaro Ichi, a horse that I won the World on last year as well as Non Pro Horse of the year. I wouldn’t have taken a second look at the horse if it hadn’t been for Chubby.” Constance noted.

Mare power is one of the driving forces of any breeding program; Constance started with several great mares including One Time Choice, a two time NCHA World Champion and Oaks Smart Chance, an earner of $60,354 and producer of over $240,000. Chubby is helping to bring new blood into the barn each year as well. “He spotted the Cat Ichi two year old filly that we bought in the Western Bloodstock sale last year and currently have in training with Grant Setnicka. Grant marked a 217.5 on her in the first go round of the futurity the other day. She is showing a lot of promise,” Constance said with a smile in her voice. The only thing missing was a great stallion.

J5 Ranch welcomed Dual R Smokin into their herd when Chubby pointed him out after Grant Setnicka won the Wild Card Cutting with an incredible score of 228. Dual R Smokin is bred for success, by Dual Rey, a sire of offspring with over $26.8 million and out of Smokin Pepto, an earner of $143,029, and a producer of offspring with over $300,000 in earnings. This cross is what attracted J5 Ranch to the young stallion, they felt that this cross would bring strength to the cutting horse industry and lead to opportunities in the Reining and Reined Cow Horse industries as well. “Dual R Smokin offers diversity and strength to the breeding pen. His outstanding confirmation is being passed onto his babies, making them perfect candidates for multiple disciplines,” Owner Constance Jaeggi noted.

Dual R Smokin had many successes in the show pen before he made the transition to the breeding pen. An earner of $220,073, this stallion started off his success at the 2009 Breeders Invitational by being named Reserve Champion in the 4 year old Open, he went on to earn multiple top ten and finalist finishes at major events including the 2010 El Rancho World Series Cutting Champion, and finished off his career earning the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes 5 & 6 year old Non Pro Champion and the 2012 Congress Mercuria World Series Non Pro Reserve Champion with Constance aboard. When asked what it felt like to show such an incredible stallion, Constance remembered, “He was incredibly athletic, he was always so fast and quick through the maneuvers. This is something I am now feeling in his babies. They drop in front of the cow and then curl around through the turns, it’s amazing. They leave you wondering, ‘How did they do that?’ It is so much fun being a part of it.”

With only 6 in this up and coming stallion’s oldest foal crop, the 4 years olds are starting to pass on the legacy of talent and strength with his top performing foal, Dual R Blazin, already earning over $50,000. “The foals all seem to be very even tempered and relaxed. It makes training much easier. The babies all carry the same great confirmation that Dual R Smokin has.” Constance mentioned. Their attitudes and confirmation are helping them to transition into the Reining and Reined Cow Horse industries. “We have a two year old in training with Todd Crawford. We hope to see him at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2016.” To further Dual R Smokin’s commitment to these disciplines, Dual R Smokin was a sponsor of the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity and will be in 2016 as well.

The 2015 NCHA Open Futurity has been treating the Dual R Smokin babies well. In the prelims, his foals are already earning high marks and setting their sites on making the finals: Smoke In The Cab and Smokin Da Boon marked a 215.5 while R Smokin Cat marked a 215! This year, twelve Dual R Smokin babies have consigned to this year’s Sale. Constance and Chubby have made a great team and their stock shows it, we have guided the ranch in the direction it has taken and together, we are working to run a successful and fruitful business.” Be sure to take a look and grab the opportunity to own a piece of this stallion’s bright future!

Dual R Smokin is standing at DLR Ranch Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas. His foals are eligible for the NCHA Super Stakes, PCCHA Cutting/Gelding Stakes, Bonanza Cutting, and Breeders Invitational. 

 

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In the Blood: Sneak A Smoothie


September 21, 2015

Quarter Horse News
By Larry Thornton

The fall futurity season is now in full swing. Each fall, an onslaught of events mark the beginning of show careers for a new crop of foals. Anticipation is high as owners, breeders and trainers hope these new horses fulfill their expectations.One of those newcomers, Sneak A Smoothie, lived up to those expectations when she won the 2015 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open. Owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management LLC, she scored a nice 220.5 with Todd Bimat in the saddle. GS Cutting Horses LLC bred Sneak A Smoothie. Let’s take a look.

The pedigree of Sneak A Smoothie starts with her sire, 2005 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Horse of the Year Smooth As A Cat, a winner of $500,038. Smooth As A Cat has offspring earnings of more than $15 million. He was bred by Tommy Manion Inc. and is owned by Tommy’s son, Kyle Manion. Smooth As A Cat is a son of the all-time leading sire of cutting money-winners, High Brow Cat. Smooth As A Cat’s dam is Shes Pretty Smooth (Wheeling Peppy x Smooth Hickory x Doc’s Hickory), who carried Tommy Manion to the 1994 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Championship. Shes Pretty Smooth was bred by Billy Morris III, a leading breeder of cutting horses and former Chief Executive Officer of Morris Media Network, which owns Quarter Horse News.

Sneak A Smoothie is out of Sneakin Cee, a winner of $135,542. Her foals have earned more than $100,000, with Sneakin Out To Play (by Freckles Playboy) her top earner at $55,947. Sneakin Cee was bred by the late Billy Cogdell, of Cogdell Ranch in Tulia, Texas.

The Cogdell breeding program was based around ranch-bred and -raised horses that could go to the arena and win. One of the ranch stallions was Maxi Lena, sire of Sneakin Cee. Maxi Lena (Doc O’Lena x Marian’s Clown x Gay Bar King) sired earners of more than $940,000, including Susie Dry, winner of the 1993 NCHA Derby Non-Pro.

sneakincee webIt was his interest in cutting that led Cogdell to the 1977 NCHA Futurity Sale and the purchase of a filly. The little filly (and she was little) was Lynx Melody. She was only about 13.2 hands when she competed in the 1978 NCHA Futurity, and she was already a mother, having foaled just prior to the Futurity. The new mother would go on to win the 1978 NCHA Futurity Open with Larry Reeder in the saddle. She returned in 1979 to win the NCHA Derby Open and was the NCHA Open World Champion Mare in 1980. Her career earnings were $113,682.

Lynx Melody was sired by NCHA Derby Open Champion Doc’s Lynx (Doc Bar x Jameen Tivio x Poco Tivio). Lynx Melody was out of Trona, who was by Leon Bars. Trona was out of Miss Royal Fleet, who was sired by Royal King, a son of King. Miss Royal Fleet was out of Fletter, by Sonny Kimble. Sonny Kimble is reported to be a three-quarters brother to the great King P-234. Sonny Kimble was sired by Zantanon, the sire of King P-234, and out of Queen, a daughter of Jabalina, who was the dam of King P-234.

Lynx Melody went to the broodmare band to produce 16 money-earners that banked $1,215,655. Her leading earner is Shania Cee, a winner of $408,633 and the 1999 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and 2000 NCHA Horse of the Year. Lynx Melody produced four foals that have earned more than $100,000, including Cattin (by Smart Little Lena), Crackin (by Smart Little Lena) and Sneakin Cee, the dam of Sneak A Smoothie.

Crackin is the dam of Kwackin (by Dual Pep), who is the dam of 2006 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Smart Crackin Chic (by Smart Chic Olena). Lynx Melody’s daughter Shakin Cee (by Colonel Freckles) is the dam of 1998 NCHA Horse of the Year Shakin Flo. Shakin Flo is the dam of Midnight Rondeevous, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion.

With her first win in the books, Sneak A Smoothie is now on to more shows to display her cutting skills as a representative of her deep roots in the Lynx Melody family.

 

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Sneak A Smoothie Wins Idaho Futurity Open


September 1, 2015

Quarter Horse News
By Kristin Pitzer

The 3-year-old futurity classes provide a place for riders to showcase their younger horses’ talents, and the Futurity Open at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) Futurity and Aged Event did not disappoint. A class of 18 horses competed together with many satisfactory runs. It was Sneak A Smoothie and Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Todd Bimat, however, who scored a 220.5, dominating the class and receiving the Championship.

Bimat was very happy with how well Sneak A Smoothie (Smooth As A Cat x Sneakin Cee x Maxi Lena), a mare owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management, did in Idaho.

“She’s still a little green, but she’s supposed to be a little green right now,” he said. “She handled all three rounds really good for me.

“She’s so cute on a cow, anyway,” he added with a smile.

The duo earned $12,049 for the win, pushing Bimat to within $67,622 of the $3 Million Rider mark as of Sept. 1. This was not Bimat's first successful ride in Idaho. Last year, he and Peptos Chic Olena won the Mercuria Open at the Idaho Futurity.

 

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Constance Jaeggi Dominates Mercuria Finals At Idaho


August 31, 2015

Quarter Horse News
By Kristin Pitzer

Constance Jaeggi, the reigning NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, is no stranger to the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting. Earlier this year at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby and Classic/Challenge, held June 12-13 in Las Vegas, she and Saguaro Ichi won the Mercuria Non-Pro Championship. In 2014, the duo was named Mercuria Non-Pro Champions at the Las Vegas Cutting Horse Association Futurity as well. But winning never gets old to the Switzerland native, especially in a class where only three teams managed to keep from losing a cow.

“I just can’t believe I survived it,” Jaeggi said. “The cows were really, really tough, and there were a lot of people walking out and getting run over. Being last in the herd, it’s always kind of scary when it starts off like that!”

Jaeggi was the eighth draw out of the eight-horse finals. Prior to Jaeggi’s run, Bambi Gress, of Ennis, Montana, and her 9-year-old mare Sues So Smart (WR This Cats Smart x Meradas Little Sue x Freckles Merada), bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, were sitting in first place with their score of 218. But Jaeggi’s 225 pushed them to the Reserve Championship.

Jaeggi took home $10,529 for the Championship, and Gress’ share was $8,322. Jaeggi praised Saguaro Ichi (Cat Ichi x Playboys Heidi x Freckles Playboy), saying that he was the most amazing horse that she had ever ridden.

“He takes care of me every time,” the earner of more than $452,000 said of the EE Ranches of Texas Inc.-bred gelding.

 

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One Time Choice Tops Calgary Stampede Mercuria Open


July 9th, 2015

Quarter Horse News
By Teri Lee

Cutting enthusiasts attending the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series Open and Non-Pro finals on Wednesday, July 8, got their money’s worth and more for the Calgary Stampede tickets they purchased. The world-class competitors put on a show that was impressive and unforgettable.

Winning the Open finals with a score of 223 was reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice (One Time Pepto x Hickory Choice x SR Instant Choice) and NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Chubby Turner, of Weatherford, Texas. Before arriving in Calgary, One Time Choice’s Equi-Stat record was more than $260,000, to which Turner added the $11,304 winner’s share for owner J Five Horse Ranch Management LLC, also of Weatherford. Walt and Lou Anna Burdette, of Myton, Utah, bred the 2007 mare.

After winning consecutive Open Championships – the pair also won in 2014 – Turner said he was thrilled to be in Calgary. “It’s my favorite place and I promise, if I have to walk, I’ll be back next year!”

 

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Saguaro Ichi & Constance Jaeggi Top PCCHA Mercuria Non Pro

June 15th, 2015

Quarter Horse News
By Kelsey Pecsek

Reigning NCHA Non-Pro World Champion Constance Jaeggi, of Weatherford, Texas, said she didn’t feel any pressure this year to defend her title. She set a goal last year to win the World, and since she accomplished that, 2015 is all about fun.

That lack of pressure hasn’t diminished Jaeggi’s competitive spirit, though, and it certainly hasn’t taken away from Saguaro Ichi’s talent in the show pen. The duo marked a huge 227 from the sixth draw in the 11-horse Mercuria Non-Pro finals, taking the win by a 6-point margin.

Saguaro Ichi (Cat Ichi x Playboys Heidi x Freckles Playboy) is owned by Jaeggi’s Gene Power LLC and was bred by EE Ranches of Texas Inc., of Whitesboro, Texas. The 9-year-old gelding boasted an Equi-Stat record of more than $213,000 when he arrived in Vegas, and this win added $7,067 to the pot, more than doubling Jaeggi’s 2015 NCHA Non-Pro earnings.

 

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NCHA World Champions Secure Titles in Cowtown

December 10th, 2014

Quarter Horse News
By Jennifer Hancock

After crisscrossing the country hauling to cuttings in a quest for a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World title, the champions reached the finish line in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 2014 Mercuria NCHA World Finals. The title hunt wrapped up Dec. 6 with the fourth go of the Open and Non-Pro divisions. Many in the large crowd at the W.R. Watt Arena were forced to stand, and those with seats were only using the edge as the action heated up in the Open.

J Five Horse Ranch Management’s One Time Choice (One Time Pepto x Hickory Choice x SR Instant Choice) and Chubby Turner came to Fort Worth with the World title securely in place with almost double the earnings of their closest competitors, but that didn’t mean that the final four go-rounds were not exciting. Turner and One Time Choice picked up checks in the third and fourth rounds and added $5,069 to end the year with $105,237 in earnings. Turner and One Time Choice competed in 89 shows during the 2014 point year.

Boyd Rice and Center Ranch’s CR Sun Reys (Dual Rey x Play Peek A Bono x Freckles Playboy) gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as they won each of the four rounds in the Open – marking a 231, 229 and 231 in the first three rounds and a 233 in the final go. The mare ended the year in third, jumping up from sixth at the beginning of the World Finals, and earned $30,175 in Fort Worth to boost her total earnings for the year to $65,456.

“This has been a storybook year for me,” Turner said after the final go of the Open World Finals. “I won it last year on this mare. She didn’t have very much money won when we got started. She’s 7 years old now and she’s been a World Champion twice and she’s going into the Hall of Fame. The first cutting that she ever went to was September of her 4-year-old year. I won it – it was a $5,000 novice class – and the next day she wouldn’t hardly take a cow. She was really green, but we worked hard.

“This show tonight was like a showcase,” Turner added about the World Finals. “This is probably as good a set of horses that I’ve seen in one spot.” 

Constance Jaeggi, of Weatherford, Texas had locked in the Non-Pro title before arriving at the World Finals. Jaeggi rode Saguaro Ichi (Cat Ichi x Playboys Heidi x Freckles Playboy) in 93 shows. Jaeggi and the 2006 gelding earned $13,276 in Fort Worth to end the year with $112,051 in earnings.

“We’ve been thinking about doing this for a few years, but I was in college so my trainer, Chubby, and I decided to haul the year after I graduated,” Jaeggi said. “We set a goal and we said we were going to win it together and we accomplished that goal. It’s very rewarding.”

With a marketing degree from Texas Christian University secured, Jaeggi can now add the NCHA Non-Pro World Champion title to her resume. As for Saguaro Ichi, he earned enough points at the World Finals to be named Non-Pro Horse of the Year.

Turner describes Jaeggi as his goddaughter, boss and friend, and said it was “a heck of a year.”

“We’ve had hard times, and we’ve had great times,” Turner said of his and Jaeggi’s championship year. “Constance to me has been a breath of life for me. She’s a beautiful person and she loves this sport. She wanted this so bad and she dedicated herself to it. We went miles and miles and miles. I’m so proud of her."

 

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One Time Choice Wins Mercuria Open at All American Quarter Horse Congress

October 10, 2014

Quarter Horse News
By Jordan Henderson

Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Chubby Turner, of Weatherford, Texas, and One Time Choice won the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting Open at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, Ohio. In the Oct. 9 finals, Turner and One Time Choice marked a 229 to take the Championship and earn $10,978.

This dynamic team has had their share of success in the show pen. NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice (One Time Pepto x Hickory Choice x SR Instant Choice) has carried Turner to multiple wins around the country. As of Oct. 10, One Time Choice is leading the NCHA Open World standings as she tries to repeat as World Champion in 2014.

The 2007 mare, owned by J Five Horse Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas, is the only money-earner out of Hickory Choice and is the fifth leading money-earner sired by One Time Pepto. According to Equi-Stat, One Time Choice has lifetime earnings of $250,984.

It’s the second World Championship for Turner, who won with Dave and Georgia Husby’s Flickacat in 2004.

 

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World champs dominate Calgary

July 10th, 2014

Sally Harrison
By Sally Harrison

Reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice and Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner dominated their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, July 9.

One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for the Jaeggi Family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, marked 226 as the last contestant in the Open finals. Her $8,900 paycheck took the late-blooming mare’s career earnings over $212,000. The 7-year-old was bred by Walt & Lou Ann Burdette, by One Time Pepto out of Hickory Choice.

This was her second win in Mercuria World Series of Cutting events, following her victory at the Idaho CHA Futurity last year.

 

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Third round for One Time Choice

December 6, 2013

NCHA Daily Chatter
By Sally Harrison

One Time Choice, the mare that will officially become the 2013 NCHA World Champion tomorrow, marked 228 to win the third round of the Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals in the Watt Arena last night.

Chubby Turner, who at 65 is the oldest rider to win an Open World Championship, had the crowd roaring as One Time Choice put a score on the board that was six points higher than her nearest rival.

Turner trains One Time Choice for the Jaeggi family’s J Five Horse Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. The 6-year-old mare, bred by Walt and Lou Ann Burdette, is by One Time Pepto and is the first NCHA money earner for her dam, Hickory Choice, by SR Instant Choice.

One Time Choice’s latest paycheck puts her over $100,000 for the year, and over $146,000 for her career.

It’s the second World Championship for Turner, who won with Dave and Georgia Husby’s Flickacat in 2004.

 

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Jaeggi smokin’ with 220 win....

Constance Jaeggi, a Texas Christian University student from Switzerland, drew up first and third in the first set of the XTO Energy NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro finals and served up a 220-point winning ride on her second mount, Dual R Smokin.

“I didn’t do well on my first horse, so I was mad at myself when I went in on the second one,” said Jaeggi.

“It was a tough situation, but I got over it and focused on my second horse and it went well.”

Jaeggi was among the first go-round leaders on Dual R Smokin (217) and Kool Arista Cat (216) and marked the second-highest score of the second go-round (218.5) on Kool Arista Cat.

“I’ve just gotten back on him after a year,” said Jaeggi of 6-year-old stallion Dual R Smokin, who her mentor, Chubby Turner, showed in 2010 to win the El Rancho NCHA World Series and take reserve in the NCHA World Series Battle in the Saddle.

Jaeggi’s father, Daniel, purchased Dual R Smokin from Black Rock Ranch, where Grant Setnika had shown him in six major events, including the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

This was the first limited age event win for Jaeggi, who earned her first limited age event money in 2009, when she was amateur reserve champion of the NCHA Classic Challenge and the Brazos Bash on Starcat Merada and Explicit Lyrics, respectively.

While living in Texas, Jaeggi enjoys visits from friends and family. Her brother, Benjamin, 18, will be here this summer to show, and yesterday, her mother, Francesca, was on hand to cheer for her in the finals.

 

 

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