Idaho – The Hidden Gem … But not for Long

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Article and photos by Glory Ann Kurtz posted on
Sept. 12, 2009 – Nampa, Idaho

Keith Kitchen, a trainer from Bend, Ore., won the Futurity held during the ICHA Futurity and Aged Event, held Sept. 1-9 in Nampa, Idaho, collecting a $10,013 paycheck; Phil Hanson captured the Derby and a $7,589.67 as well as the Open Classic/Challenge for $6,052.54.

Jimmy Kemp

However, the largest total paycheck of $28,906.50 went to Jimmy and Terrye Kemp – a Non-Pro and Amateur couple from Eastland, Texas, who had seven of their horses earn money in Open, Non-Pro and Amateur competition. (See feature article in “Who, What, Where).

Terrye Kemp

The Kemps travel the country with around 20 horses in five rigs, which includes their early 3-year-olds, their string of NCHA Futurity horses, 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds and help horses. At the Idaho event, they, and their trainer Neil Roger, earned money on seven of their show horses: two 3-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, a 5-year-old and two 6-year-olds. Roger rode the two 3-year-olds in the Open Futurity, the two 4-year-olds in the Open Derby and a 5- and 6-year-old in the Open Classic – earning $19,345.21 for the Kemps.

Jimmy rode a 5- and 6-year-old in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge, winning the division with a whopping 220 and finishing seventh. He also won the Gelding Finals. Terrye finished Reserve in the $50,000 Amateur Classic/Challenge and won the Gelding finals. Together, the pair won $9,561.29 – for a grand total of $28,906.50. Only Oregon trainer Phil Hanson, who spends the winters in Weatherford, Texas, came close with $25,171.06 in Open earnings won in the Open Futurity, Derby and Classic/Challenge.

Winning the Open Futurity finals with a 221.5 was Kittys Playin Again, a daughter of Playboy Again out of Cats Bright Star by High Brow Cat, ridden by Kitchen and owned by Nan Johnston, Bend, Ore. The $10,013 paycheck boosted the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $12,163 and was their first Futurity championship. They had previously tied for fourth at the Big Sky Cutting Futurity, earning $2,150.

The Reserve title and $7,882.70 went to Times Sneakin Up Onu ridden by Russ Miller for Karen Griffin Praytor, Weatherford, Texas. The daughter of Peptotime out of Sneakin Up Onu by Sneakin Lena scored a 219.5 and was experiencing her first paycheck.

Third place went to Itsjustaboutboon, owned by Jimmy Kemp and ridden by Roger to a 217 and $6,328.56 paycheck. The son of Its Just About Me out of Catjumpedovertheboon by High Brow Cat, had been purchased by his breeders, Tom and Colleen Holt, Weatherford, Texas, as a yearling in July 2007. The pair also won the Gelding finals for $523.50 more. Kemp’s other 3-year-old, Dual Rey N Play tied for seventh with Roger in the saddle, scoring a 212, and earning $2,878.99. They also finished fourth in the Gelding finals, racking up an additional $261.75. Dual Rey N Play is a gelding sired by Dual Rey out of Hiccup N Play by Doc’s Hickory, bred by the Sierra Oak Ranch, Bakersfield, Texas, and sold to Kemp in April of this year.

Catsmere, a daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Olena Pep by Peppy San Badger, ridden by Hanson won the Derby Finals for owners Frank and Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas, Nev. The pair scored a 226 – the highest score of the entire show – taking home $7,589.67. The paycheck raised the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $53,138 – even though it was her first major win.

The Reserve title went to High Lightning, a son of High Brow Cat out of Lightning Lil Dulce by Smart Little Lena, ridden by Scott Amos for Mat Turnbull. The pair scored a 218.5 and won a $6,079.20 paycheck, raising their lifetime earnings to $8,230.72. The stallion had previously tied for fourth in the Central Utah Open Derby for $254.93.

Kemp’s SDP Ute Man, a gelding by TR Dual Rey out of Savanah Holli by Holidoc, finished sixth with a 215, earning $2,738.58 plus an additional $509,75 for the Reserve Gelding title. Bred by Janet Bowen DVM, Brenham, Texas, she had sold the gelding as yearling to the Buffalo Ranch, who sold him to Jonathan and Kathy Foote, Livingston, Mont., in January of 2008. They sold him to Kemp in January 2008 and in 2009, the gelding has now earned over $28,624 in Open, Non-Pro and Amateur competition. His largest paycheck of $6,125 came for a fourth-place tie at the NCHA Amateur Super Stakes, with Terrye in the saddle.

Fantastic Plastic, a daughter of Whittle Mike O Dual out of Miss Remanita by Mr Peponita Flo, returned to Nampa after winning the Open Futurity in 2008. The mare and Roger were finalists in the Open Derby, earning $1,700 – upping their earnings to over $48,300. The mares only other championship was during the 2009 Tunica 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity where she picked up $15,760.32. Fantastic Plastic was bred by Karen Griffin and sold to Kemp in July 2008 – just prior to her Idaho Futurity championship.

Rubys Royal CD, ridden by Hanson and owned by the Martins, won the Open Classic/Challenge. Their 225 score netted $6,052.54 – jumping their lifetime earnings to over $173,900. Even though the 5-year-old daughter of CD Royal out of Smart Little Ruby by Smart Little Lena, had won the championship of the 2008 El Rancho Non-Pro Derby and the 2008 PCCHA Fall 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Stakes, her largest paycheck of $28,108 came from a 10th-place split in the 2008 NCHA Open Super Stakes. She also picked up a $23,601 paycheck from a third place in the 2007 PCCHA Open Futurity and $20,351 from an 11th-place split during the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes.

The Reserve title went to CD Silk N Lace, owned by Switchback Cutting Horses, and ridden by Will Nuttall to a 220 and $4,380.13. The daughter of CD Olena out of Sanjo Silk N Lace by San Jo Lena currently has over $72,200 in lifetime earnings, including the championship of the 2007 Idaho Open Futurity, where she earned $20,001. She also finished third in the 4-Year-Old Open of the 2008 PCCHA Fall Stakes.

Roger rode Kemp’s Ginnin Little Cat to sixth place with a 214.5, earning $2,394.89. The 5-year-old gelding by High Brow Cat out of Gin Oak by Doc’s Oak, was bred by Jane Jones, Tenaha, Texas, and purchased by Kemp just last month from Madalyn Jones. With over $23,520 in lifetime earnings, the gelding also topped the Gelding finals for an additional $465.60.

Kemp rode the gelding in the Non-Pro Finals, finishing seventh for $1,999.90 and fourth in the Gelding finals. Also, Terrye was Reserve Champion of the $50,000 Classic/Challenge Amateur Finals, scoring a 213 for $1,491.19. She also won the Amateur Gelding finals for an additional $407.40.

Kemp’s I Ben Thinking, a 6-year-old gelding by Soula Jule Star out of Fancy Handle by Dual Pep, was also a finalist with Roger in the saddle, collecting $1,700. The pair also finished third in the Gelding finals. Bred by Sandy Bonelli, who owned the stud and the mare, he sold to Andrew and Nicole Coates, Esparto, Calif., in 2007 and Kemp purchased the gelding in November 2008. He has an extensive earning’s record of over $92,826, including his largest paycheck of $2,658 for an 11th-plafde split in the 2006 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity ridden by Bonelli.

Jimmy Kemp’s big win came in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge finals riding MH For The Money, a 6-year-old gray gelding sired by Bodee Boonsmal out of WSR Cat San Chick by High Brow Cat. Scoring a 220 final’s score, Kemp won $5,032.80. The pair also won the Gelding finals for an additional $630. The win boosted the gelding’s lifetime earnings to over $44,400, including his largest paycheck of $10,149, which came from third in the 2009 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro. The gelding was bred by Wes Adams’ Western States Ranches and is a MillionHeir-eligible horse and last year earned $3,634.17 in the MillionHeir Non-Pro Classic, ridden by Kemp, who purchased him in March 2006. Kemp also won the Gelding finals for $630 and was a finalist riding Ginnin Little Cat, earning an additional $1,999.90.

The Reserve title in the Non-Pro Classic/Challenge finals was Dan Hansen, Weatherford, Texas, riding Odeeodle Oak, owned by Dan and his wife Karen. The daughter of Bodee Boonsmal out of Tex San Oak by Doc’s Oak scored a 215 for $4,216.25 – boosting the mare’s lifetime earnings to over $20,107. The mare had previously earned her largest check of $6,155.60 during the 2008 MillionHeir Non-Pro Derby.
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“I’ve been coming out here to the Idaho show for seven or eight years now,” says Jimmy. “When we first started coming, the cattle weren’t real good but the ICHA has busted their tails to get better cattle – better everything. It will blow your mind what they do for you while you’re here and what they give for awards.”

Awards this year included a $1,000 pair of hand-made, custom chaps for first place. “They measure you at the show and mail them to you,” said Jimmy. Reserve received ice chests made out of wood, covered in cowhide with the Idaho CHA emblem on them. “They were beautiful,” said Jimmy. “They are probably $600-$800 each.” Plus every finalist received a heavy, insulated  (Ariat) Schaeffer coat with a hood. “They’re not cheap,” said Jimmy. They don’t give belt buckles, but they sure have awful nice prizes.”

Jimmy says that the facility is great, the ground is well managed, the help is cordial and prompt and everything is convenient. “They have four practice pens and two flags set up and the flags cost you $100 for the whole show and you can use them as often as you want to. There’s a vet clinic next door to the coliseum and next to it is the Western store and feed store and it’s walking distance to anything to have to do. They deliver from the feed store and the vet clinic rivals Chris Rey and Jeff Foland – in fact, two of the vets went to school with Chris Rey. If you want someone to shoe your horses, just call the vet clinic and in 30 minutes he’ll be there.

“If you drive in and say, ‘Some time today could you bring me some shavings and 25 bales of hay,’ they’re there in 15 minutes. They unload it and put it in the feed stall so you don’t have to touch it. Also, when you drive in, they give you plastic cards for you and your help that are good at the concession stand. They’re like a credit card and you get your total bill at the end of the show. They treat you so well that we stayed two extra days. It’s unbelievable – it’s one of the greatest shows I’ve ever been to.
“If you want your laundry done, take it to the stall office by 4 p.m. and it’s back by 4 the next afternoon. If you’re camped there, they even give you the laundry bags to put your laundry in.”

Jimmy said that many people think that it’s just a little show in Idaho, but if they came to it, they’ll realize they have never been treated so well. “People just don’t come but they should,” said Jimmy. “They’ve got a Hampton Inn hotel on the grounds. There are about 20 other motels and hotels within 10 minutes. There’s great food and three golf courses across the street from the cutting. We played there yesterday and for the two of us to play, with a golf cart, it came to $38. They treat you right.

“The food is fabulous and they even have wine-tastings and fashion shows. A winery is one of the sponsors and the other night they sent three Greyhound buses to the grounds to pick up all the people. They fed them prime rib and gave them all the wine and anything else they wanted – and it was free. Their staff treats you like kings up there. These people work hard for you.”

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