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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

MARCH/APRIL 2017

VOLUME 22, NO. 2

JOHN JOHN SSWALES W ALES SW WALE 7P RANCH’S HEZA DIAMOND SPARK CAPTURE 2017 WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

COWTOWN COVERAGE

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WORLD CHAMPIONS

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS


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VOLUME 22, NUMBER 2 Clay Volmer and Chris Dawson surveying cattle prior to the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman herd work.

CIRCLE UP 8 10 12 16 18 22

26 FEATURES 54 World Wonders

NRCHA World Champions crowned in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Celebration of Champions.

74 National Honors

The 2016 NRCHA National Champions reap rewards for their hard work and commitment.

100 Improving Stallion Fertility

There are a couple of things you can do to help a stallion whose semen quality is less than ideal.

EVENT COVERAGE 26 Canadian Premier

The first Canadian World’s Greatest horseman, John Swales, wins the title on 7P Ranch’s stallion, Heza Diamond Spark, in a dramatic fence work finish.

Western Bloodstock NRCHA SBF Sales Metallic Cat Incentive Quotable Notable Non Pro NRCHyA News Affiliate News

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From the NRCHA Executive Director

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From the NRCHA President Dennis Moreland’s Tack Tips NRCHA Sponsor Spotlight From the Judge’s Chair NRCHA Judges Directory NRCHA Committee Directory Subscribed Stallion Program NRCHA Membership Information Top Rider List Affiliate List Suspended List NRCHA Approved Events

40 Ladies First

Sarah Dawson and the gritty mare, Travelin Miss Jonez, rise to the top of the class in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby.

90 Cow Horse Scholars

The second annual NRCHA Intercollegiate Challenge showcased tough competition from eight successful college teams.

96 Luis Earns High Marks

Very Lucky N Smart carries LaRae Luis to the High School Rodeo Invitational Championship.

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On the cover: The 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champion John Swales riding 7P Ranch’s Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark).


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CONNECTING WITH COWTOWN

Since coming on board with the National Reined Cow Horse Association, it has been my dream that one of our Premier Events would sell out a major venue. That dream has now come true for two consecutive years, as a capacity crowd once again overflowed the John Justin Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, for the 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Finals on February 18. If you were there in person to experience the tremendous energy and emotion filling that packed house, you probably know why I feel so positive about reaching out to include Fort Worth, Texas, as part of our reined cow horse family. Our sport has a permanent and unshakable connection to the West coast, where the traditional Vaquero training methods first developed. It is a point of pride, and a source of great anticipation and excitement, to see that connection reaching farther and growing stronger, as we share those traditions with our enthusiastic

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and supportive cow horse fans in the Southwest. Every time I turned around, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback about our 2017 Celebration of Champions, immediately followed by excited comments about the NRCHA’s return to Cowtown this October, for the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity. Our sport has more friends, fans and supporters than most of us realize, and with Futurity “buzz” already building, the success of this event, and the impact the NRCHA is about to make as a national organization, may be even greater than anyone anticipated. During the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals, we made a breaking news announcement about our new partnership with Western Bloodstock as the producer of the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales. Western Bloodstock’s owner, Jeremy Barwick, had no idea we were going to pull him out of his seat for a live interview that night. The fact that he was attending the finals because he wanted to, and had chosen to wear NRCHA logo apparel, speaks volumes about the positive feelings he, and his company, have toward our association. I invite you to enjoy the coverage of the 2017 Celebration of Champions in this issue, which also includes details about our sale partnership with Western Bloodstock. I also invite you to start making plans right now to join us in Fort Worth for the Futurity this October. Without a doubt, it will be a show to remember. All the best, Jay Winborn

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STARTING OFF STRONG IN 2017 From NRCHA President Todd Bergen

JEREMY HEID

With the 2017 calendar year and show season well underway, I look forward to serving another term as NRCHA President, alongside the excellent group of people on the Board of Directors. We all have the best interests of the association and the membership in mind as we move forward through what has already started off as a very productive year. The first Premier Event of 2017, the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, has now been in Fort Worth, Texas, for four years, and it only seems to get better each year. One of the most notable things about the 2017 show was the amount of growth over 2016. We measured double-digit percentage increases everywhere, from entries, to added money, to total payout. This year’s show had nearly 17 percent more entries, 33 percent more added money, and over 20 percent growth in the overall payout, compared with last year. Any time an event can measure those kinds of numbers, it’s a huge win, and it is also an outstanding statement about the way our sponsors, exhibitors, Board of Directors, and staff came together in their various roles to produce a topquality show.

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Having such a successful first Premier Event sets the stage for the rest of the 2017 show calendar. We came into this year already knowing that most of the Premier Events would pay more in 2017. There are two reasons we are able to do this. First, the NRCHA had a great year in 2016, with positive overall growth in almost every area, including entries and profitability. The Board wanted to pay that forward by increasing the added money. Second, we have a number of owners, breeders, and other NRCHA supporters who have stepped up to sponsor a big increase in added money for the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity, which will be in Fort Worth this October. At our next Premier Event, the Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, the added money in the Open divisions will go up from $80,000 to $100,000, and our sponsor, Fults Ranch, has expanded the Metallic Cat Incentive to pay $10,000 in the Open and $5,000 in the Non Pro. The 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champion will receive a $125,000 paycheck, and each Open finalist will earn at least $10,000. Our go-rounds will also pay more, with the high-scoring horse in each of the three preliminary events collecting a $5,000 paycheck. It is a great time to be a part of the NRCHA, and I look forward to one of our best years ever in 2017.

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THE 2017 NRCHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

New and returning members of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Board of Directors took office at the beginning of 2017. Here is a list of your current NRCHA officers, executive committee members, and directors.

NRCHA PRESIDENT

Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon

NRCHA VICE PRESIDENT

Paul Bailey, Cookeville, Tennessee

NRCHA SECRETARY

Sandy Collier, Buellton, California

NRCHA TREASURER Trey Neal, Pilot Point, Texas

NRCHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Arizona Jake Telford, Caldwell, Idaho Todd Crawford, Blanchard, Oklahoma

NRCHA BOARD MEMBERS Joe Carter, Washington, Oklahoma Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kansas Dan Roeser, Marsing, Idaho Jon Roeser, Lemoore, California Jim Lane, Whitesboro, Texas

NRCHA BOARD MEMBERS - APPOINTED Dave Allen, Salt Lake City, Utah Diane Edwards, Renton, Washington Jimmy Stickler, San Luis Obispo, California Frank Prisco, Smithtown, New York

NRCHF CHAIRMAN Ted Robinson, Oak View, California


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WESTERN BLOODSTOCK, LTD., TO MANAGE 2017 NRCHA SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY SALES

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he cutting horse industry’s leading sale company, Weatherford, Texasbased Western Bloodstock, Ltd., will oversee the 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, scheduled for October 13-14 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Western Bloodstock, established in 2000 by Ben Emison and Milt Bradford, is best known for producing the three major National Cutting Horse Association Sales: the Futurity, Super Stakes, and Summer Spectacular. The company was purchased in 2013 by Jeremy Barwick and his wife, Candace, of Stephenville, Texas. When the NRCHA announced in late 2016 that it was seeking a sale management partner for the Snaffle Bit Futurity’s new home in Fort Worth, Texas, Barwick said he immediately began working to earn the contract for Western Bloodstock. “We are honored that the NRCHA chose us to manage the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales. I have a huge respect for the community of reined cow horse trainers, owners, breeders, and horses. We’ve got a good track record with the NCHA sales, and I think we will do just as well for the NRCHA. We take pride in putting on a top-quality sale, presenting the horses in a professional manner, and doing everything we can to market the horses and ensure the seats are full of buyers on sale day.” National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Sale Committee Chairman Todd Crawford looks forward to a productive relationship with Western Bloodstock.

Weatherford, Texas-based Western Bloodstock, Ltd., has a long history of involvement with the NCHA Sales and will oversee the 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales.

“Jeremy was very easy to work with, and I think he’s going to do an excellent job promoting our sale in his existing network. Not only does he have connections in Texas, he also travels nationally all year long, looking at horses and recruiting quality consignments. We feel it will be a good fit with our NRCHA sales,” Crawford said. The NRCHA and Western Bloodstock are working together to expand and enrich the popular Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale Incentive program. The incentive pays bonus money to yearling and 2-year-old horses that change hands through the Futurity Sales, and then return to become high-scoring 3-yearolds in the Snaffle Bit Futurity preliminaries. “The incentive previously paid just the high scoring sale horse in the prelims. Going forward, it will pay the top four in the Open and the Non Pro, with a substantially larger purse than in past years,” Barwick said.

While details of the incentive restructuring are not yet complete, it has been determined that the purse will be made up of sale buy-back fees and owner enrollment payments. “The fee for passing out, or a no-sale on a horse, will go into the incentive purse,” Barwick said. “This first year is an establishing year for the incentive, so when you settle up on a yearling sale purchase, you will be offered a chance to pay the incentive fee and make them eligible at that time. All that money will go into the purse. Also, this year, for a discount, 2-year-old buyers can pay those horses up also.” Barwick and Crawford said further announcements regarding the incentive program will be made in the coming months as the fee structure and payouts are finalized. Questions, feedback, or ideas about the NRCHA Sales can be directed to the Western Bloodstock office, which is operated by a full-time staff yearround. “This is not a part-time deal for us. We consider it our job to work with the association, and with buyers and sellers, serving them to the best of our ability,” Barwick said. Information, announcements, and updates about the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales can be found at NRCHA.com as they become available. The Western Bloodstock staff can be contacted through the website, WesternBloodstock.com, by phone: (817) 594-9210, or via email: karon@ westernbloodstock.com.


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EXPANDED METALLIC CAT INCENTIVE RETURNS TO 2017 STALLION STAKES million. In the NRCHA, Metallic Cat is well on his way to becoming a Million Dollar Sire, with foals earning more than $630,000 in the reined cow horse arena. The first Metallic Cat incentive check, awarded at the 2016 Stallion Stakes, went to Cats Picasso, who is out of the mare Playboys Vixen (x Hickoryote). The 2012 stallion, shown by Canadian professional John Swales for owner Robbie McKay, scored a 654.5 (219 herd/214.5 rein/221 cow) in the Stakes

Metallic Cat is a leading sire of both cutting and reined cow horse performers.

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or the second year in a row, offspring of leading National Cutting Horse Association performer and sire Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal) are eligible for an expanded $15,000 incentive at the 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, March 25-April 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Metallic Cat foals that qualify for the 2017 NRCHA Stakes Finals in the Open and the Non Pro divisions will automatically become eligible for the incentive. No additional paperwork or nomination process is required. The Metallic Cat offspring with the highest composite score in the Open finals will receive a $10,000 paycheck, and the highest-scoring Metallic Cat in the Non Pro will collect a $5,000 bonus. “It’s a way to say thank you to the reined cow horse folks for believing in our stud and getting us started in this industry,” said Alvin Fults, Metallic Cat’s owner. Metallic Cat, foaled in 2005, had a brilliant performance career. He was the 2008 NCHA Futurity Champion, and has also earned NCHA Horse of the Year and NCHA Hall of Fame accolades. He is the second highest moneyearning stallion in NCHA history, and in 12 show outings with cutting horse professional Beau Galyean at the reins, he never missed the finals or lost a cow. His sire career has been every bit as impressive. Metallic Cat’s offspring earnings in all disciplines exceed $11

Cats Picasso, a 2012 stallion sired by Metallic Cat, won the $10,000 incentive at the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes. He is owned by Robbie McKay and shown by John Swales.

Open Finals, placing 5th and earning the $10,000 bonus. The highest NRCHA money-earning horse by Metallic Cat is Call Me Mitch, a 2011 stallion out of the Doc’s Hickory daughter, Miss Hickory Hill. Paso Robles, California, professional Phillip Ralls has guided Call Me Mitch to more than $107,000 in reined cow horse money. Call Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat. For more information about the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, visit www.NRCHA.com.


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QUOTABLE He’s really fun because he will do anything you want. He’s so special. I just wanted to show him.”

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—Cutter McLaughlin, describing his motivation to ride CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark), a 2005 gelding owned by his parents, Jay and Wendy McLaughlin, in the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman. Cutter, at age 13, is the youngest rider in the event’s history. Although he did not advance to the finals, he gained valuable experience and widespread fan support.


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NOTABLE NON PRO Wendy Kuhn, a non pro from the Empire State, jumps into the NRCHA with a new horse and big dreams.

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endy Kuhn, Palmyra, New York, recently discovered the exhilaration of cow work and the satisfaction of a well-executed reining maneuver. From there, it was a short step to reined cow horses. When Kuhn found out about the NRCHA, there was no holding her back. “A couple of years ago, I went sorting and penning for the first time, and took a reining lesson in that same year. I wanted to find something that combined my two loves,” she said. The 2016 show season was the first year Kuhn competed in NRCHAapproved events. Not one to shrink from a challenge, she started her career riding a new horse, Missy Lights (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) a 2012 mare who is a full sister to the formidable NRCHA champion gelding, CD Dee Vee Dee. Kuhn and “Bella” teamed up last March. They both lacked time and experience, but filled the deficit with courage and ambition. “We had three major challenges facing us right from the beginning. We had only been together for a month before the show season started. I was a green rider, in my first NRCHA sanctioned shows ever, and she was a 4-year-old in the snaffle. I knew I was going to

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be competing against people who had more experience, riding finished horses. I knew I wanted to show her in the hackamore, and neither of us had any experience with the hackamore. By the third show of the season, I was showing her in the hackamore,” Kuhn said. Bella’s natural cow sense, and her owner’s determination, paid off in the form of the Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association $1,000 Non Pro Limited year-end championship, and the 2016 NRCHA Northeast Regional Championship, also in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited division. “We had some very close competition all year. It came down to the last show to win the year-end championship. Scoring a 73 in the cow work and cinching that first place was unforgettable. Bella is talented and loves what she does. When she is in that show pen

competing, she has the heart of lion,” Kuhn said. The multi-talented Bella also earned 2016 championships in ranch horse and reining, capping off a successful first year with her new owner. Kuhn and Bella started 2017 on a good note, with a top five finish in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Non Pro Limited in Fort Worth, Texas, setting the stage for a future down the fence. “I don’t think anything came easily, except the love I have for this horse. I worked hard for every accomplishment,” Kuhn said. “I can’t wait to start showing down the fence. One of my goals in the future is for my horse to become a Supreme Reined Cow Horse. She is well on her way, and close to accomplishing the first step.” Kuhn thanked her husband, John, for supporting her horse show career. She also appreciated the Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association trainers, particularly Mark Sigler and Mike Bednarek, and thanked Dom Conicelli for providing access to his facility. She gave special thanks to her friend, Helen Galloway, for critiquing and troubleshooting her show videos. Do you know a Notable Non Pro who should be featured on this page? Send photos and story tips to info@nrcha.com.


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OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND IN NRCHYA The National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association culminates a successful year during the 2017 Celebration of Champions. PRIMO MORALES

By Colleen Bridges

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Top: Winning raffle tickets were drawn for the Holy Cow Performance Horses and Discount Tire Fundraisers, both of which benefitted the NRCHyA, during the World’s Greatest Horseman.

BRIDGET KIRKWOOD

nother great year for the National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association has come and gone, marked by an increase in youth entries at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and more great activities organized to benefit the youth membership. At the Celebration of Champions, the Youth Bridle division featured 24 competitors, while the Youth Limited increased by 23 percent over last year for a total of 43 competitors. This year, the NRCHA invited the top 20 High School Rodeo Reined Cow Horse finalists to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Left: Prior to the National Youth Meeting, Barbra Schulte of Brenham, Texas, shared strategies for staying mentally tough in the show pen.


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2017 YOUTH OFFICERS & REPRESENTATIVES NRCHYA OFFICERS

President – Elizabeth Clymer Vice President – Ben Self Secretary – Colleen Bridges Treasurer – LaRae Luis Reporter – Lannie-Jo Lisac

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Northeast – Luke Paulus

Southeast – Hunter Huddleston North Central – Garret Lund South Central – John Adam Cunningham Northwest – TBD Southwest – Wyatt Fisher Canada – TBD International – TBD High School Rodeo – Josh Briggs

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President – McKenna Ivey Vice President – Tucker Gillespie Secretary – Landri Lisac Treasurer – Tatum Olson

where they competed in the inaugural High School Rodeo Challenge. Ten young, fierce riders competed in this class for a chance to take home the Bob’s Custom Saddle. As the week went by, NRCHyA officers and advisors stayed busy preparing for a variety of activities such as game night, fundraisers and meetings for the young competitors. The annual youth meeting was held Thursday, February 16. The meeting consisted of a review of 2016 and the election of incoming officers for 2017. The NRCHyA hosted two guest speakers throughout the week. The first speaker, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honoree and personal performance coach Barbra Schulte, encouraged attendees with her presentation on techniques and tools to help them be successful in the show pen. The

Youth members gathered in the John Justin Sale Arena for their annual meeting during the Celebration of Champions.

second speaker, Morgan Tweedy, gave a demonstration to the youth about trailer safety and maintenance. Both presentations were outstanding and well attended. For the second consecutive year, youth officers chose a local therapeutic riding center to benefit from their outreach project. This year’s recipient of donations was Born 2 Be, which is located in Aubrey, Texas, and serves children and adults with special needs through its equine therapy program. The NRCHyA members, with support from other generous NRCHA members, gathered incredible donations throughout the week to be given to the riding center. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful project! During the busy show week, the youth sold raffle tickets to raise funds as part of two different fundraisers. Holy Cow Performance Horses showed their dedication to the youth program by

donating a 2017 breeding to one of their four elite stallions. Congratulations to John Swales for holding the winning ticket to the breeding raffle! Wilson and Susan Lyle of Discount Tires showed their support of the NRCHyA by donating a $750 credit toward the purchase of a new set of tires. Congratulations to Bill Clymer on winning the tire raffle! In addition to selling raffle tickets, student officers also stayed busy selling collectible NRCHA merchandise throughout the week at the NRCHyA booth. Thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers. The youth program is off to a great start in 2017. Thank you to NRCHyA Advisors Allison Walker, Sarah Clymer, Jimmy Stickler and Todd Crawford for their continuous support of the youth program. The NRCHyA 2017 Youth Officers are excited to see what will unfold this year!

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There seems to be one major trend for Americana 2017, and that is growth. The event, which takes place September 6-10, 2017, in Augsburg, Germany, proudly hosts top riders from across Europe who perform in front of thousands of spectators. Americana organizers are proud to announce that there will be $37,000 in added prize money offered for the European Reined Cow Horse Association classes—more money than ever before. “We are very happy to offer that much money due to the support of Americana,” said ERCHA president Markus Schopfer. “For me, Americana is the best show in Europe. Nothing can be compared to this event—whether it’s the number of visitors or the excellent organization. A big thank you to the Americana team who’ve

supported our discipline from the start.” Visitors will find spectacular competition on Thursday night with the ERCHA Nations Team Cup final. Teams with the best reined cow horse riders from all over Europe will meet in Augsburg. “We expect at least seven teams plus various individual riders,” said Schopfer, who claimed gold for Team Italy during the first ERCHA Team Cup. “This Team Cup is something very special, and the atmosphere is unique.” Tickets for the ERCHA Team Cup are available on www.americana.de. For more information on Americana 2017, contact Winfried Forster by phone +49 821-5 89 82–143, or email winfried.forster@afag.de.


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The first Canadian World’s Greatest Horseman, John Swales, wins the title on 7P Ranch’s stallion, Heza Diamond Spark, in a dramatic fence work finish.

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he 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman, held in conjunction with the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, attracted one of the largest, most unique set of entries in the event’s history. Thirtysix horse and rider combinations ran in an arduous quartet of preliminary events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping and fence work. They all craved one of the 10 available finals berths and a clean-slate shot at the title before a sellout crowd in the John Justin Arena on Saturday, February 18. A diverse assortment of riders joined the quest for the $35,000 championship paycheck, part of a total $138,000 payout. The overall purse was up 42 percent over 2016, thanks to a 33 percent growth in entries and a $25,000 boost in added money from the World’s Greatest Horseman presenting sponsor, DT Horses. 26 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

In a come-from-behind win, sealed with a 226.5 fence work score, John Swales, Millarville, Alberta, became the first Canadian to win the World’s Greatest Horseman. He rode Heza Diamond Spark to the title for longtime friends and owners Jesse and Elyse Thomson.

A woman was among the preliminary competitors, rare, but not unheard of, in the male-dominated event. Gusti Buerger, Poolville, Texas, a cutting and cow horse trainer, was a former apprentice to the highest-placing female rider in World’s Greatest Horseman history: NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame inductee Annie Reynolds, who was reserve in 2001.

Other contestants covered the farthest points on the age spectrum, with the oldest, NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman and Million Dollar Rider Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, California, less than a month shy of his 75th birthday. The youngest entry in the event’s history was 13-yearold Cutter McLaughlin, of Commerce, Texas. Cutter was part of a rare father/ son combination, competing alongside


Livestock Commission Horse Sale in Billings, Montana. The Thomsons were ready to snatch him up, paid a saletopping $45,000, and promptly put Heza Diamond Spark to work, under saddle and in the breeding shed. “We had watched this horse his whole life. He was always a superstar, everywhere we had seen him,” Thomson, a professional reined cow horse trainer,

said. “When you watch that horse, anybody will tell you, he’s got a presence about him, whether it be roping or showing or just standing in the barn. What we were looking for in a stud was that presence. We wanted the ‘wow’ factor, and that horse has it.” Thomson, who has nearly $80,000 in NRCHA earnings, and his new stallion, whose cow horse earnings now exceed $116,000, won just over $3,200 together in a few NRCHA Open Bridle classes in Canada in the spring of 2014. After that, Thomson picked up his rope and took the stallion on the rodeo road, focusing on that discipline throughout 2015 and most of 2016. “When I first showed that horse, I hadn’t had him very long. I took him to the Cowtown Derby up here, which is one of our bigger shows. He was fantastic in the reining, as always, and when that cow came in, I felt invincible. When you PRIMO MORALES

his dad, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jay McLaughlin. In years past, that family tradition has also included two-time World’s Greatest Horseman Ron Ralls and his son, multiple finalist and past Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman, Phillip Ralls. The most significant World’s Greatest Horseman “first” of 2017 occurred when Canadian professional John Swales, of Millarville, Alberta, became the first nonAmerican rider to win the title. Swales guided Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), a 2005 stallion with an interesting backstory, to the coveted championship for his longtime friends and owners, Jesse and Elyse Thomson of 7P Ranch. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s pretty unreal,” Swales said, immediately following the win. The tight-knit Canadian reined cow horse community claimed Swales’ triumph as further validation that their country’s horses and trainers belong among the NRCHA elite. “It went as planned. It’s fantastic,” Jesse Thomson said. “It should open some eyes that Canada does have some nice horses, and some good horsemen, kicking around up here.”

THE “WOW” FACTOR Swales and Heza Diamond Spark were not total strangers when they began prepping for the World’s Greatest Horseman together last fall. The stallion lived near Swales, at 7P Ranch, the Thomsons’ High River, Alberta, training and breeding facility. Jesse and Elyse Thomson bought their World’s Greatest champion horse in a somewhat unlikely way: through public auction. They had wanted to own “Sting” for years, and when previous owner, Dr. Michael Garver, was phasing out of the horse business, he consigned the stallion to the February 2014 Billings

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ride him, that’s what he makes you feel like,” Thomson said. “He’s 14.2, but it feels like you’re on a mountain.” That powerful sensation is familiar to Great Falls, Montana, professional Justin Warneke, who, as the trainer who rode Heza Diamond Spark for the majority of his career, has been getting “a lot of phone calls” since Swales’ big win. In the summer of 2007, Warneke, a selfdescribed rodeo cowboy just starting a new cow horse career, bought Sting in partnership with Garver. At the time, the yellow colt, bred by Nancy CrawfordHall of Holy Cow Performance Horses, was a barely started 2-year-old, in training with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jake Telford, Caldwell, Idaho. “I rode about four or five horses and picked him out of the group. He was a little bit behind. That was one of the

After the first steer refused to run, the judges awarded Swales a second one, which ran true, allowing them to mark a 218.

reasons Jake had him for sale,” Warneke recalled. Partway through Sting’s 3-year-old year, Warneke rode him in a clinic with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Zane Davis.

“He was a really cool horse. Zane liked him. He told me, ‘That’s the real deal kind of horse. He’s better than anything I have in my barn right now.’ I didn’t know what to say,” Warneke recalled.

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hen Allerton, Iowa, horseman Luke Jones scored a 218.5 in the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals fence work to take the lead, the capacity crowd in the John Justin Arena became caught up in his exuberant celebration, cheering at top volume as he flung his hat in the air, then galloped along the rail, smacking hands with front row spectators in spirited high-fives as he passed. “It turned out really well. I got real excited at the end,” Jones exclaimed. “The crowd was behind it, and it was so loud I could barely hear the whistle… It was just A few months after they placed fourth in the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association Superhorse at the AQHA amazing.” World Show last fall, Luke Jones and Tommy Boon finished reserve in the World’s Greatest Horseman. Jones ultimately finished as ing to his prior lifetime NRCHA earnings The crowd was into it. It was totally aweReserve World’s Greatest Horseman, some. Totally awesome.” aboard the tough and talented Tommy of just over $350,000. Jones and Hanson picked out Tommy “This is the highlight of my career, Boon (Thomas E Hughes x Chitas Blue Boon as a yearling in the National Cutting right here. It is. It’s just wonderful,” Boon x Duals Blue Boon), a 2011 mare Horse Association Futurity Sales, and Jones said, a permanent smile lighting owned by Wayne Hanson, Creston, Iowa. Jones has trained her from the beginhis face. “I’ve never showed to this much It was the first time for Jones to make the ning. Making the young mare’s perforenergy in my life. It was unbelievable. World’s Greatest Horseman Finals, add-

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mance at the World’s Greatest Horseman even more impressive— her training time in the bridle can be counted in weeks, instead of months or years. “She is a wonderful mare. She was a bit of a last-minute decision to show here at the World’s Greatest. I showed her in the bridle twice before she came here,” Jones said. “In fact, she was qualified to show here in the hackamore [NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship class]. We figured, if we’re going to do the World’s Greatest, we’re not going to make her do the hackamore, too.” He was quick to credit his support team, which included National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, rope horse trainer Rick Rosaschi, Ken Schueller, his family, and many more. “It’s not all about me. I had a team behind me to help me be here today,” Jones said.


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The World’s Greatest Horseman finals sold out the John Justin arena.

Concerned his inexperience would prevent the colt from excelling at the 2008 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, he called Garver. “I told Mike, ‘You need to find someone else to show this horse.’ Mike bought my half out,” he said. For the major futurities, Sting was placed in NRCHA Hall of Fame professional Sandy Collier’s capable hands. She had successfully shown both his parents, earning the 2001 Snaffle Bit Futurity Co-Reserve Championship on his sire, Diamond J Star, and winning the 2002 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship on his dam, Sheza Shinette. Collier and Sting were 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finalists and finished among the top five at the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity. During his 4- and 5-year-old Derby years, Heza Diamond Spark showed under both Warneke and Zane Davis, with Davis guiding the stallion to third place at the 2010 NRCHA Stallion Stakes. The last time Warneke showed Heza Diamond Spark in NRCHA competition was the fall of 2013, a few months before 30 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

the Thomsons bought him through the auction ring. Warneke said putting Sting in the Billings Sale was a calculated move to create “buzz.” “There was all kinds of interest in him, and even if he wouldn’t have sold, he would have gotten a lot of attention anyway. That sale does a lot of promotion, and we had a bunch of people calling and asking, ‘Why is a horse of this caliber going through the sale?’” he said. Many of the stallion’s fans, including Warneke and Collier, were pleased to see Heza Diamond Spark return to the NRCHA Premier Event scene in Fort Worth, noting that Swales’ riding style is an excellent fit for the dynamic stallion. “He was always really nice in the rein work and wicked down the fence, a super athlete,” Collier said. “It’s cool to see these good horses go on and win the World’s Greatest.”

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Fort Worth, Texas – February 18, 2017 36 Entries – $75,000 Added – $138,000 Total Purse Event/Horse/Rider/Pedigree/Owner/Score/Money 1. Heza Diamond Spark; John Swales; 05S (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark); 7 P Ranch; 874 (H: 207/R: 222.5/S: 218/C: 226.5); $35,000 2. Tommy Boon; Luke Jones; 11M (Thomas E Hughes x Chitas Blue Boon x Duals Blue Boon); Wayne Hanson; 869.5 (H: 216/R: 213/S: 222/C: 218.5); $23,000 3. Blind Sided; Jay McLaughlin; 10S (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark); Aaron Ranch; 864 (H: 221/R: 217/S: 210/C: 216); $15,500 4. Travelin Jonez; Chris Dawson; 08S (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena); Chris Dawson; 862 (H: 209/R: 218.5/S: 214/C: 220.5); $13,000 5. Smooth N Cash; Jake Gorrell; 05G (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash x Miss N Cash); Roloff Ranch; 861.5 (H: 206/R: 218/S: 216/C: 221.5); $10,000 6. Royal Smart Fletch; Boyd Rice; 10S (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena); Kit and Charlie Moncrief; 860.5 (H: 217/R: 220.5/S: 219/C: 204); $8,000 7. Onetimeatbandcamp; Corey Cushing; 09G (One Time Pepto x Shortys Rooster x Gallo Del Cielo); Allan Kaplan; 858.5 (H: 210/R: 221.5/S: 213/C: 214); $5,750 8. Roobiesscoobiedoobie; Brad Lund; 09G (Smart Chic Olena x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy); Rockin’ K Remuda; 856.5 (H: 209/R: 211.5/S: 225/C: 211); $5,500 9. Dueling Chic Olena; Shane Steffen; 09M (Smart Chic Olena x Dual Lena x Dual Pep); McSpyder Ranch; 855.5 (H: 213/R: 211.5/S: 214/C: 217); $5,250 10. Hes Shinettes CD; Jake Telford; 07S (CD Olena x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark); Holy Cow Performance Horses; 840.5 (H: 193/R: 216/S: 215/C: 216.5); $5,000


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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: 2017 WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN FINALISTS “In the finals, I was pressing it as hard as I could in every way because I knew the judges wanted to see it, and the crowd wanted to see it, and I wanted to do it. It worked pretty good in three events.”

“I told myself, if I made the finals, that I was gonna go fast. I made a couple bobbles going fast, but at least I left it out on the table.” –Brad Lund, eighth place finalist, riding Roobiesscoobiedoobie (Smart Chic Olena x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy), 2009 gelding, owned by Rockin’ K Remuda

“I don’t think there’s a more stressful week in horse showing than this week. Those three days of go-rounds? That was killer. That’s the most nervous you can be getting ready for a horse show, I think. It was excruciating.” –Chris Dawson, fourth place finalist, riding his own horse, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), 2008 stallion

–Boyd Rice, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman preliminary high score herd work and sixth place finalist, riding Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena), 2010 stallion, owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief

“It’s been my dream to come and be a part of it, and to make the finals is amazing. It’s one of the biggest things I’ve dreamed about being able to do and be a part of, and it’s just breathtaking. I’m definitely looking forward to the next time.” –Shane Steffen, first time World’s Greatest Horseman competitor and ninth place finalist, riding Dueling Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Dual Lena x Dual Pep), 2009 mare, owned by McSpyder Ranch

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been the one riding Heza Diamond Spark in Fort Worth. “I darn sure would have loved to show him myself, but I’ve been in the movie business my whole life. I got a good gig last summer, I couldn’t turn it down, and I just couldn’t commit to showing,” he said. Thomson gave up his 2016 futurity prospects to other trainers, and toyed with sending Sting out as well. His first choice was his longtime friend, Swales. “I went to John, and he didn’t have anything for the World’s Greatest Horseman. I was busy on the movies, the horse was sound, and I had him in really good shape from rodeoing and roping all summer. I don’t know what the future will bring with him, or with me and the movie business, so I said [the heck with it], let’s do it.” The Thomsons hauled Sting the nearly 2,000 miles to Fort Worth, happy to be on hand to cheer for their team through the adrenaline-fueled competition. The first three preliminary events—herd work, rein work and steer stopping—started well and only got better. Sting and Swales earned a respectable 216 in the herd work, then had the second-high score in the rein work, a 222. In the steer stopping, the judges rewarded their accurate, powerful run with a 221. After three events, Swales and Heza Diamond Spark led the field by two-anda-half points, but as every reined cow horse competitor knows, until the fence work is over, there is no such thing as a comfortable margin. As each of the 36 preliminary competitors, one by one, boxed, rated, turned and circled cattle in the John Justin arena, NRCHA announcer Darren Moore tracked the bubble score needed to make the top 10. Swales and Sting, the leaders, were third-to-last in the draw. As they trotted in, Moore called out to the rest of the staff in the booth that they only

“It’s the ultimate title. You want to win the Snaffle Bit Futurity. You want to win the Derby. You want to win the Stallion Stakes. But this? This is a tough deal here. This is three cow events and a reined work, and you never know what you’re going to draw.”

Jay McLaughlin riding Blind Sided.

needed a 201.5 to make the finals. That was a trifling score, hardly more than a below-average 67 from each judge. Surely that wouldn’t be a problem. Or would it? Initially, the run shaped up well. Then, faster than a blink, Heza Diamond Spark lost his footing and nearly went down. He scrambled, recovered, and gathered up the cow to finish the run, but the bobble put his score, and his finalist status, in serious jeopardy.

–Jay McLaughlin, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman preliminary composite winner and third place finalist, riding Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), 2010 stallion, owned by Aaron Ranch

“We definitely thought that took us out of it,” Thomson said. “We were darn sure puckered.” Everyone in the announcer’s booth crowded around Moore’s desk, watching the scores trickle in. Finally, the numbers settled on…. 202. By a scant half-point, Swales had squeaked through to the finals. He and the other nine qualifiers would have the same clean-slate shot to win it. The Canadians breathed a collective sigh of relief, calmed their pounding


hearts, and set their sights on Saturday night.

CAREER ON THE RISE Swales, who celebrated his 41st birthday the day before winning the World’s Greatest Horseman, arrived in Fort Worth with nearly $450,000 in lifetime NRCHA earnings, spanning numerous wins and finals appearances in both limited-age event and all-around bridle horse competition since he earned his first NRCHA paycheck in 2004. As a youth, Swales and his siblings, Clint and Veronica, competed in a range of disciplines, including pleasure, show jumping, cutting and reined cow horse. The three Swales kids also worked timed events—barrel racing, team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling. All three have gone on to become professional trainers, maintaining versatile programs for reined cow horse, cutting, roping,

and, in Veronica’s barn, also barrel racing. After high school, Swales became an apprentice to leading Canadian cow horse and cutting horse professional Les Timmons. In 1998, at age 22, he went out on his own, establishing what has now become one of Canada’s leading performance horse facilities. On the 2017 NRCHA Top Open Riders list, Swales ranks No. 9, and he is the only Canadianbased trainer in the top 20. Some of Swales’ highlight accomplishments in recent years include winning the 2016 Canada’s Greatest Horseman, a four-event all-around competition like the World’s Greatest, riding Maximum Echo (Playboys Remedy x Dry Sans Echo x Dry San), owned by Flo Houlton. He also rode Maximum Echo to the 2015 NRCHA Open Bridle World Championship, with an incredible 232 fence work. Aboard Cats Picasso (Metallic Cat x Playboys

Vixen x Hickoryote), owned by Robbie McKay, Swales finished third in the 2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open, and rode the gelding to a top five finish in the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, also capturing the $10,000 Metallic Cat Stallion Stakes Incentive check. Swales made his first bid for the World’s Greatest Horseman in 2006, when Heza Diamond Spark was just a yearling. Before his 2017 win, the softspoken Canadian made the finals four times in consecutive years. In 2009 and 2010, he was a finalist on Smart Miss Wolf (Smart Trip Olena x Miss Dandy Wolf x A Dandy Star), owned by Stump Lake Land & Cattle Co. In 2011, it was Nic O Lena Badger (Pepinics Master x Wranglers Lena Lee x Wranglers War Leo), owned by Kelvin and Shelley Clark, and in 2012, Swales and Maximum Echo made the World’s Greatest finals.

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FINALS FRENZY For the second consecutive year, the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals drew a sold out crowd, with eager cow horse fans snapping up all available seats as well as standing-room-only space. In the finals herd work, Swales and Sting were first in the draw, scoring a lackluster 207, which put them in eighth place and 14 points off the high score, a 221 by Jay McLaughlin and Blind Sided. The shaky start prodded Swales’ and Thomsons’ competitive natures. “That’s the whole deal with the fourevent format. After a 207 in the cutting, John’s mad, and I’m like, ‘Now you have to go for it,’” Thomson said. “I’d rather come from behind than just float along on top.” Swales knew he was extremely well mounted on a horse that could shine in the next three events. “He’s really good in the reining, and pretty solid in the roping—he’s been roped on a ton. And he’s got a ton of run, so he’s wicked down the fence,” he said. Thomson’s wish that his horse would surge dramatically back to the lead began to come true in the very next event, when Swales and Sting earned the high score of the finals rein work, a 222.5. This moved them in to fourth place after two events with a 429.5 composite. They still had plenty of ground to make up, as McLaughlin and Blind Sided maintained the lead with a 438. Next was the steer stopping, with McLaughlin and Blind Sided first in the 34 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

“It was pretty crazy. It’s hard not to get super, super, super nervous. It made a person try a little harder, I guess.” –John Swales draw. McLaughlin’s loop was true for a clean catch, but the momentum was sucked out of his run as the steer quit on its own, before Blind Sided could go to the ground and stop it. The judges awarded him another steer and a chance to start over. Although McLaughlin made a textbook run on the second try, a broken barrier penalty, five points per judge, took what would have been a 225 score down to a 210. Swales and Sting, second in the draw, had an identical experience. Their steer also hit the brakes too soon, and they also received a second animal, which they roped in credit-earning fashion for a 218. With three events down, Swales still clung to fourth place. He was nine points behind NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and past World’s Greatest Horseman Boyd Rice, who, with Royal Smart Fletch, had made a big 220.5 in the rein work and a 219 in the steer stopping, to become the composite leader heading into the fence work. Rice was number two in the fence draw and, until his second turn on the cow, appeared on point to win another World’s Greatest Horseman title. But a tiny error coming out of the second turn resulted in loss of control, and his 204 score left the door wide open for another finalist to make a big run and claim the lead. It happened minutes later, when the fourth horse to work, and the second in the composite, Tommy Boon, shown by Luke Jones, earned a 218.5 with a scorching-fast run. Jones moved into first place, with an 869.5 composite.

Swales was seventh in the draw, and needed at least a 222 score to win. In the dim, orange-tinted light behind the back gate, he tried to steady himself despite the deafening crowd noise and intense energy. “It was pretty crazy. It’s hard not to get super, super, super nervous. It made a person try a little harder, I guess,” he said, adding that his plan was to “try to go down the fence with a lot of cow, and hope we can handle it.” They drew a short-haired, solid black bovine, and boxed it only briefly before heading down the fence. The steer shoved hard on Sting’s right shoulder the whole way, forcing him well off the fence, but the gritty stallion pushed right back and turned it once each direction in the open. Swales’ left foot bounced out of the stirrup coming out of the second turn, not to be regained for the rest of the run. He seemed completely unaffected, riding in perfect balance to guide Sting in a controlled set of circles, first right, then left. The judges’ horn signaling the end of the run was barely audible in the roar of the crowd. Swales petted Sting in praise as they exited the arena, the stallion’s golden ears flicking calmly, forward and back. On the other side of the gate, after the official bit check and the announcement of the 226.5 fence work score that would seal the win, horse and rider exchanged a wordless, but clear, communication. Swales wrapped both arms around Sting’s neck in a brief, grateful hug while the stallion stood motionless, a soft expression in his dark eyes. “I just love this horse. He can run so hard, and feels so cool down the fence. I’m just lucky, I guess,” Swales said. “I can’t believe how good he was, you know? I’m amazed.” He thanked his family and support team, and especially the Thomsons. “It’s a pretty cool birthday present for sure, yeah,” he said, smiling.


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The high score in the herd work, a 220, belonged to NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and 2014 World’s Greatest Horseman, Boyd Rice, Weatherford, Texas, riding Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger x Smart Little Lena) for owner/breeders Kit and Charlie Moncrief.

Two riders earned identical 222.5 scores to top the rein work preliminaries: The 2010 World’s Greatest Horseman, Randy Paul (far left), Buellton, California, aboard Lenaliltothewright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark), owned by Linda Katz—and Kelby Phillips (left), Bend, Oregon, riding Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc’s Hickory), owned by World’s Greatest Horseman presenting sponsor DT Horses.

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It took a 224 score to top the preliminary fence work go-round, and two California horsemen did it. Doug Williamson (far right) earned a 224 with ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark), owned by Rocking J Ranch, as did Phillip Ralls (right), who rode Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) for owner Chris Larson.

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Luke Jones, who would go on to become the Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman, won the preliminary steer stopping round with a 225 on Tommy Boon (Thomas E Hughes x Chitas Blue Boon x Duals Blue Boon), owned by Wayne Hanson.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS Cattle selection on the part of NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman contestants is a crucial split-second, decision-making process. Youth contestants gathered at the back gate to encourage each other in the show pen.

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Lincoln and Capri Cushing ready to cheer on their dad, Corey. STEPHANIE DUQUETTE

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Everyone from fans of the World’s Greatest Horseman to National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association members enjoyed the various activities held in and out of the show arenas during the Celebration of Champions.

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Guest speaker Barbra Schulte addressed National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association members on the importance of mental preparation in the John Justin Sale Arena prior to the National Youth Meeting.

Guest speaker and NRCHA show management official Morgan Tweedy gives NRCHyA members a helpful presentation on trailer safety to help kids learn the basics of trailering before taking to the road themselves. ALLISON WALKER

Two-time NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman champion Corey Cushing and his son Caleb.

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NRCHyA members spent a portion of their time during the Celebration of Champions overseeing merchandise sales at their concourse booth.

Veteran showman and NRCHA President Todd Bergen encourages Cutter McLaughlin, the youngest contestant to ever compete in the World’s Greatest Horseman competition.


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Sarah Dawson and the gritty mare, Travelin Miss Jonez, rise to the top of the class in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby.

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he 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions schedule in Fort Worth, Texas, kicked off with the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby, sponsored for the fourth year by Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas. This year, the Derby was named for Aaron Ranch’s legendary stallion, Peptoboonsmal, a household name in the Western performance industry as an NRCHA Million Dollar Sire and $25 Million Sire in all disciplines. The Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby drew a field of 83 entries - 23 more than last year, for an almost 9 percent growth over 2016. The added money had also expanded by 40 percent compared with last year. The robust field of 4- and 5-year-old horses, many of which had excelled in the 2015 and 2016 futurities, made the action as tough as any NRCHA Premier Event. Competitors were judged in herd work, 40 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Travelin Miss Jonez’ signature maneuver, the stop, was a key element in her 2017 Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby win. The 2013 mare is bred and owned by Steve Roseberry, Circleville, Ohio, and shown by NRCHA Professional Sarah Dawson, Aubrey, Texas.

rein work and cow work, and unlike past editions of this Derby, there were no finals, with just a single go-round determining the champions.

DERBY OPEN For a second consecutive year, the Derby Open Championship stayed in the Dawson household, as Aubrey, Texas, professional Sarah Dawson, riding Travelin Miss Jonez (Travelin Jonez

x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy), won the title that her husband, Chris, had claimed in 2016 aboard Carol Rose’s stallion, Shiney Sparklette (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc Olena). Sarah piloted the 2013 mare to a 438 composite (145 herd/147 rein/146 cow), winning the $19,479 championship paycheck for Travelin Miss Jonez’ owner and breeder, Steve Roseberry, Circleville, Ohio.


“This is actually my first, straight Open Derby win. I’ve been in the finals many times, and I’ve won the other divisions, but to actually win the Open, this is my first time, so it’s very exciting,” Dawson said. She has a particular fondness for Travelin Miss Jonez, a gifted athlete whose natural stop and mastery of the fence work makes her a contender in even the toughest competition. “I’ve had her since she was a 2-yearold, and she was always my best one,” Dawson said. “I’m glad she was able to have the spotlight at this horse show. It’s so tough these days. When you come to these derbies, you want to come on something that you think, ‘yeah, this horse can win.’ I came into this thing knowing she was a good one, and if the stars aligned, she could win it.” The rein work was the first event on the agenda at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. “I was really happy with the reining.

She stopped huge and turned huge, and she circled cute. That mare, her big thing is, she’s a huge stopper. She went out there and did that,” Dawson said. In the herd work, Dawson and the bay mare drew up in the middle of the fifth set of cattle, adding a respectable 145 score to their composite and keeping them in the hunt for the championship. With the all-important fence work still ahead, Dawson took confidence from knowing Travelin Miss Jonez could handle more than the average 4-year-old. “She’s an awesome fence horse. She’s very, very special down the fence. I would describe it as a very unconventional-type run that she had. She handled everything the cow threw at her like an older, broke bridle horse,” Dawson said. They drew a leggy black steer with the lungs of a long-distance runner. Its feet hardly slowed down for the entire run. “Of all the horses that I have, she is the only one that could have handled it. After we boxed, it ran super hard down

The Derby Open Reserve Champion and Open Novice Horse Champion, Maliblu Barbie, was shown by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Arizona, for owners Kevin and Sydney Knight.

to that first turn. She made a huge turn, and then it shot out into the middle of the arena very hard and very fast, so we had to loop it back around. We kind of made a mid-field turn on our second turn, and then we had to make a third turn before we circled up. The cow never let up the whole time. It stayed extremely fast. I think we used the whole arena in that fence run,” Dawson said, laughing. “But she was there for me the whole time, stayed in my hands every time I called on her, which is why I think they rewarded her for it.” The win on Travelin Miss Jonez carried extra significance because the mare is sired by the Dawsons’ stallion, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), who Chris rode to the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman finals in Fort Worth. Travelin Miss Jonez’ owner, Steve Roseberry, previously owned Travelin Jonez as well. “Steve is outstanding. He’s a great guy. We have a very long history with Steve, and I’m very grateful for him letting me have the ride on this mare. He was very, very happy that she won, and he was nice enough to let me keep the buckle,” Dawson said, smiling. Dawson, 27, has been showing cow horses since she was a high school freshman. At age 18, she started competing in the Open, and has become a fast-rising star in the NRCHA, arriving in Fort Worth with more than $245,000 in earnings since the association recorded her first Youth Limited paycheck in 2005. Dawson showed three other horses in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby, and one of them earned $4,100 for eighth place in the Open, the mare Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), owned by Linda Mars. The Peptoboonsmal Derby Open Reserve Champion and the Open Novice Horse Champion was Maliblu Barbie REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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INTERMEDIATE OPEN CHAMPION Every so often, a horseman has the good fortune to connect with a horse so talented, willing, and intelligent that training seems effortless, and showing is a pleasure instead of a stressful event. For NRCHA Hall of Fame professional Ken Wold, Wilton, California, This Cats Forever (WR This Cats Smart x Soula Jule Forever x Soula Jule Star) is one of those horses. “I’ve had horses that were great cow horses, but never had one with a mind like his, and the physical ability to go with it. He can change leads like a Western riding horse, he can out-stop everybody in the reining, he can go down the fence, and he can cut a cow. He can do things other horses can’t do, and it’s easy for him. I feel very fortunate,” Wold said. Wold and the 2013 gelding earned the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Intermediate Open Championship, and tied for fourth in the Derby Open, when they had the high score in the fence work, a 149, to round out a 435.5 composite (144 herd/142.5 rein/149 cow). The performance earned paychecks, including go-round money, totaling $14,819. Wold owns This Cats Forever in partnership with Daniel Perez, who bought the fancy bay when he was a yearling. Wold said Perez “fell in love with him,” when he spotted him in the pasture at breeder Garth and Amanda Gardiner’s facility in Ashland, Kansas. Perez brought his young prospect to Wold to train, and the veteran professional also thought highly of the colt - so much so, that he wanted to buy in. 42 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

The Derby Intermediate Open Champion, This Cats Forever, set the bar high, scoring an untouchable 149 down the fence as the first horse in the draw. NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Ken Wold, Wilton, California, also tied for fourth place in the Derby Open, earning multiple paychecks for the gelding’s owner, Daniel Perez.

“I don’t do [partnerships] very often, but when I started riding him, I thought, ‘I probably should own part of this one,’” Wold said. He described the high-scoring fence work in Fort Worth as “Fun. I was the first one down the fence, the cattle were tough, and nobody knew what to expect. But he handled it without any trouble.” The gelding’s special quality in the fence work is his ability to remain calm, stay in position and predict the cow’s every move, even when things are going fast. “The good ones can rate cattle at speed and read cattle at speed. It’s rare to have one that reads cattle, works that hard and runs that fast, and still stays in your hands,” Wold said. This Cats Forever showed his ability early on, taking Wold to the top 10 last year in the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals, and Wold says he only seems to be improving with time. The gelding is sound, strong, and on track

to continue in the upcoming NRCHA Premier Events: the Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Derby in Paso Robles, California. “Since day one, he’s been easy to train, and he’s been a show horse. I’m looking forward to the rest of the show season with him. He’s the real deal - an easy horse to be around, and a lot of fun,” Wold said. The Intermediate Open Reserve Champion was another product of the Gardiner Quarter Horses breeding program, also sired by WR This Cats Smart. Señor Shiney Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Señorita x Shining Spark), won $3,768 for the Intermediate Reserve, and took another $6,151 for sixth place in the Open, when he scored a 434 composite (146 herd/142 rein/146 cow). Señor Shiney Cat is owned by Dominic Conicelli, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and shown by NRCHA Professional Mark Sigler, who trains at Conicelli’s facility, Kinda Silly Farm, in Collegeville.


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///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS Metcalf and Lil Miss Wright’s partnership, though successful, was brief - as the mare was snatched up by a new owner shortly after her win. It was a positive outcome, Metcalf said, because she was sent to the Dawsons’ barn with the intent to sell. “The people tried her as soon as I got off her after the fence work in the Derby,” he said. “It turned out just about as well as it could have, and I give lots of thanks to Chris and Sarah, as well as Garth and Amanda. Without them, it would not have been possible.

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The Derby Intermediate Open Reserve Champion was Señor Shiney Cat, shown by Mark Sigler for owner Dominic Conicelli. The pair also picked up a paycheck for sixth place in the Derby Open.

LIMITED OPEN CHAMPION A catch ride developed into a championship ride for Aubrey, Texas, professional Carter Metcalf, who teamed up with Lil Miss Wright (Hes Wright On x Shiney Señorita x Shining Spark) to win the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Limited Open Championship. Metcalf and the 2012 mare, bred and owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kansas, also finished as the Level 1 Limited Open Reserve Champion, top 10 in the Intermediate Open, and took a paycheck in the Open Novice Horse division. The win, the placings, and go-round money added up to more than $7,700. Showing Lil Miss Wright in Fort Worth was one of Metcalf’s early job assignments in his new role as assistant trainer to leading NRCHA Professionals Chris and Sarah Dawson. “I started working for Chris and Sarah in December. They had just gotten this little mare in. She was already a pretty 44 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

nice horse when I started riding her, and I was lucky enough that they gave me the opportunity to show her,” Metcalf said. Lil Miss Wright, who Metcalf described as “well-rounded, maybe with her strength on the cow side of things,” scored a 427 composite (144 herd/140 rein/143 cow). “She’s pretty nice in all three events. She has tons of cow and a lot of stop,” he said. In situations like the one with Lil Miss Wright, with minimal time to get to know a new horse before showing, Metcalf keeps his strategy simple. “Mainly stick to listening to my mentors, and try not to overthink or re-train the horse. Find out what she’s doing in the three phases, maybe work to our strengths if possible. That’s the trap some people get in, if there is not a lot of time to prepare the horse, is trying to re-train it as you would have trained it from the beginning. That usually gets you in a bind, more than anything else,” he said.

For 18-year-old Wyatt Fisher, the 2017 show season represents a major turning point. This year, he closes the book on his NRCHA Non Pro eligibility and makes his debut in Open competition, as the young Nipomo, California, horseman’s dream of becoming a professional trainer begins to take shape. In his first time to show in an NRCHA Open class, Fisher bested a field of 17 entries to capture the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Level 1 Limited Open Championship with RD Play It Again Sam (CD Q Tee x PCR Playlena Oak x PCR Peppys Oak), a 2012 gelding owned by his parents, J.J. and Teresa Fisher. He also finished sixth on another horse his parents own, This Cats A Keeper (Cats Merada x Two D Two Bar x Smart Chic Olena). Fisher’s paychecks, including go-round money, totaled more than $3,391. The Fishers purchased RD Play It Again Sam last November from NRCHA Professional Roger Bias’s customer, Ray De Valley, Jr. Bias trained and showed the gelding as a 3- and 4-year-old, guiding him to nearly $7,000 in prior earnings, including Intermediate and Limited Open Finals berths at the 2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. “He was new to our barn, and I had only


///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS in connection with the successful trip to Fort Worth and a remarkable Youth show career, but also for helping him on the path toward his dream job as a professional trainer. “My parents, they always push me to do what I want to do, and every time I have a goal, they help me accomplish it. They’ve kept good horses in front of me and supported me every step of the way. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t even be riding at all. Everything I have accomplished is because of them,” he said.

NON PRO, INTERMEDIATE NON PRO AND NOVICE NON PRO CHAMPION With little time to prepare Lil Miss Wright for competition, Carter Metcalf played to her strengths and stayed on the plus side to win the Derby Limited Open Championship and pick up checks in the Intermediate and Novice Horse divisions.

been riding him for a couple of months. It felt great to win the Championship. I was ecstatic and could hardly believe it. I think I was in shock,” Fisher said, admitting that showing in the Open for the first time made him “a little nervous.” He and “Sam” had the high herd work and fence work scores on their way to a 431 composite (147 herd/141 rein/143 cow), which won the championship by a four point margin. “The herd work is his best event. It always has been. That 147 score felt absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t have been happier with him in the herd. That event, and the fence work, are his best events. I was super happy with him down the fence, and even in the reining, which is probably his weakest event, he felt confident. He’s a true cow horse, not a reining horse. He gets it done on a cow,” Fisher said. Fisher, who also placed among the top five in the NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship and top 10 in the National Youth Bridle year-end standings with 46 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

the Fishers’ family-owned gelding, Nu Cash Cutter (Smart Cash Cutter x Nu Cashlynn Rose x Nu Cash), left the Lone Star State with more than just a title, prizes, and money earned. He received more than one job offer while in Fort Worth, and in early April, Fisher will relocate to Nocona, Texas, for an assistant trainer position with leading NRCHA Professional Shawn Hays. “I felt like it was time for me to go somewhere, learn more about the business, and gain some more knowledge,” said Fisher, who, besides riding his family-owned horses, has also recently been working for California cutting horse professional Russ Westfall. “Training and showing cow horses is something I have always loved doing, and I want a career that makes me happy when I get out of bed in the morning. This is what I want to do, and it’s what makes me happy. It’s amazing to me that something I love so much can be more than a hobby - it can be a job, too.” Fisher thanked his parents, not only

Since Ravensdale, Washington, non pro rider Lyle Proctor started showing his mare, SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash), in 2015, one of his biggest challenges has been figuring out what to do with all the buckles they have won together. That problem only intensified in Fort Worth, as Proctor and “Pepsi” won championships in triplicate, claiming the Derby Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Novice Non Pro titles. “It was a pretty good way to start out the show season! She’s such a good mare. She has big brakes, cowy, but not out-ofcontrol cowy, and a monster down the fence,” Proctor said. With the guidance of his trainer, NRCHA Professional Jim Spence, Yamhill, Oregon, Proctor bought SJR All Time Cash in the spring of 2015, early in her 3-year-old year. He was in search of a Snaffle Bit Futurity horse and found an ideal partner in Pepsi, who carried him to the 2015 Futurity Amateur Championship as well as the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro finals. Last year, as a 4-year-old, Proctor and Pepsi collected more championships and top finals placings at the 2016 Stallion Stakes and Hackamore Classic.


Wyatt Fisher’s win in Fort Worth with RD Play It Again Sam, owned by his parents, J.J. and Teresa Fisher, marked the beginning of the 18-year-old’s career as a professional horse trainer.

Lyle Proctor piloted SJR All Time Cash to a 148 in the fence work, sealing a trio of championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Derby.

In Fort Worth, Proctor and his mare started the 2017 year off right, scoring a composite 434.5 (141 herd/145.5 rein/148 cow) in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby. “In the herd work, I watched some

of the Open riders, and they had some issues with the cattle being fast. We tried to find cattle that would be quiet, and not go wall-to-wall. I worked three head, and they didn’t do a whole lot, but I didn’t have penalties, either. I wanted to be

smooth, correct, stay in the middle and stay safe, and that’s what happened. In the rein work, I don’t think I’ve ever done a reining pattern that felt like that on a horse. She was right there with me and I could run her as hard as I wanted. The fence work is her best event and my best event, so I felt pretty confident. I knew if we went in there and just did what she can do, we would be OK. We drew a good cow and it worked out well,” he said. Proctor traveled from his home in the Pacific Northwest well before the show started, to spend a few days schooling in Ardmore, Oklahoma, with NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Don Murphy. “Don had rented the whole facility in Ardmore so we had a warm-up pen, a separate fence work pen, and the coliseum,” he said. Murphy spent most of the week before the Celebration of Champions coaching his professionals and non pros alike through mock show situations, with riders wearing chaps and all. The group even invited the residents of a nearby facility for kids with disabilities to come over and sit in the stands to watch, to further fool the horses that it was an actual show. Next stop for Proctor and SJR All Time Cash: the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, with the ultimate long-term goal of graduating to the bridle and earning the NRCHA’s highest honor, the Supreme Reined Cow Horse Merit Award. The Derby Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Reserve Champion was NRCHA Vice President Paul Bailey, Sparta, Tennessee, who rode Frankentime (A Chic In Time x Sable Gal x Peppy Boy 895) to a 428.5 composite (139 herd/141.5 rein/148 cow), earning combined paychecks totaling $5,395).

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Paul Bailey collected three Reserve Championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Derby divisions aboard Frankentime. Bailey also had a 148 in the fence work to tie for the high score.

fence, rang especially true for Gallipolis, Ohio, competitor Dustin Deckard, as he and his gelding, Hez The Kats Meow (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Lucky Starlight x Grays Starlight), experienced the ups and downs of three events in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby in Fort Worth. It was the first time Deckard had shown Hez The Kats Meow since purchasing him last summer from professional horseman Clinton Anderson, although the 2012 gelding had been successful in Open competition under Anderson, and then under Deckard’s trainer, Shawn Hays, of Nocona, Texas. The Derby rein work was the first event, and the gelding’s plus-quality maneuvers shined. He and Deckard earned 145, which garnered four go-round checks in the Non Pro, Intermediate, Novice and Amateur divisions. “He was super honest, probably the easiest horse to show for the first time that I’ve ever had. He showed just like he warmed up, which is a blessing. We won 48 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

a little go-round money, and I gained some confidence showing him, because that was the first time we had been in the pen together,” Deckard said.

In the herd work, horse and rider encountered some trouble, and left that second event with a disappointing 126 score. At that point, Deckard assumed his championship hopes were dashed. “After the herd work, I didn’t expect to win. I thought I had buried myself, and planned to just go after the go-round money on fence work day,” he said. But as Deckard prepared himself and his horse to go down the fence, he realized he could have a glimmer of opportunity after all. “I watched some of the cows, and they were running pretty good. My horse has a big motor, and he can run. As I sat back there at the gate, thinking about the numbers, I realized if we put together a decent run, we still had a chance. We drew a cow that wasn’t quite as fast as some of the others, but it boxed real nice. As we started down the fence, it came off the wall, so we stepped out and got a couple of turns and then circled up real nice. The cow was respectful and we ended up with a good score and some more go-round money,” he said.

In their first trip to the show pen together, Dustin Deckard and his gelding, Hes The Katz Meow, made an impressive comeback to capture the Derby Amateur title.


///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS Deckard also claimed the Amateur Championship with the 416 composite (126 herd/145 rein/145 cow), and his combined paychecks totaled $1,579. “I was thrilled with it, and I thank the good Lord above,” Deckard said. He also thanked Shawn and Tammy Jo Hays, with whom he has ridden for the past three years. “They have been great to me. I can’t say enough about them, their assistant training staff at the barn, and all my family - my wife and two kids, my Mom, my brother, and my grandmother who all come to the shows and support us. We travel in bulk, that’s for sure,” he said, laughing. The Amateur Reserve Champion was Lia Savas, who rode Yo Cat Do Dat (Yo Quiero Cat x Windy Red Pine x Great Red Pine) to a 412 composite (137 herd/137 rein/138 cow), earning $956.

NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION In her first time to show at a NRCHA Premier Event, Alison Brantley, a Colorado

competitor, won the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Non Pro Limited Championship aboard Wild Haired Trooper (Wild Haired Cat x Summer Mate x Smart Mate), her new gelding who has occasionally been known to abandon good manners in public. However, Brantley is not one to shrink from a challenge. With life experience that includes raising five kids to adulthood, getting her first horse at age 40, and tackling high-impact endurance and hunter/jumper competition, she regards the occasional mischief “Wylie” throws at her as nothing more than a minor bump on the road to achieving her goals. “It was exciting to do the Derby in Fort Worth, and so cool to win my first time out. I thought I would give it a shot and see if we could hold our own at a Premier Event. I went with nothing in mind except that I didn’t want to embarrass myself,” Brantley said. Wylie pulled a few shenanigans in their pre-Fort Worth schooling runs, but she worked through them with the

Alison Brantley calmed Wild Haired Trooper’s wild side, winning the Derby Non Pro Limited with her calm and willing partner in Fort Worth. 50 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

help of her trainer, E.J. Laubscher, and other Colorado professionals Matt Koch, Darren Miller, and Jim Cook. “We had a practice here in January. Wylie was super cow fresh and reared up in the herd work, and I thought, ‘oh my gosh, what am I doing?’” she said. Then, later in January, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, she corrected Wylie’s naughty behavior in the rein work. “I had taken him there to kind of push the envelope and see if I could run the circles faster in Fort Worth. He bucked in the arena,” she said, laughing. “I’m thankful that the judges let me continue and finish the pattern. Wylie needed the schooling!” Her effort paid off, as Wylie was calm and focused in Fort Worth. They scored a composite 420 (136 herd/141 rein/143 cow) to win the championship check and go-round money totaling $1,826. “The herd work I think was the most boring I had ever done, but after watching the video, it was something the horse and I both needed. We got two cows out and only one of them moved,” she said, laughing. “In the reining, he was really good, and calm. In the boxing, the cows he does the best with are the ones that come at him. That cow did challenge us, and Wylie held his own. It all fell together,” she said. Brantley purchased Wylie last April. Laubscher had been riding him for his previous owner, and when he came up for sale, Brantley thought he would be a good transition from her reliable bridle horse to the limited-age events. “The younger horses teach you a lot, which I totally enjoy. It can be frustrating at times, but so much more rewarding when it goes right. I really like him. I like all that sassiness. I’m attracted to that kind of horse because I’m also energetic and I like the challenge,” she said.


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NRCHA World Champions crowned in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Celebration of Champions.

OPEN BRIDLE Shes Playin Rey/Clifton J. Shopbell C.J. Shopbell won the biggest title of his career at the Celebration of Champions when he won the Open Bridle World Championship aboard Shes Playin Rey. The mare, owned by Gregg Lafitte, marked a 435.5 to win $9,002. “I don’t have words to describe how I feel. I’m flabbergasted,” said Shopbell, who also picked up third place on Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin Stylish) in the Open Two Rein just two days before winning the Open Bridle World Championship. “She’s a special horse. She’s got a good disposition and a good mind to her. She’s very accepting of everything that we’ve asked her to do.” “I need a new heart,” joked Lafitte of being in Fort Worth to experience the excitement of the win. Lafitte has owned the mare since she was a 3-year-old and was reserve champion at the 2015 Celebration of Champions in the Non Pro Hackamore. “She’s been incredible for both of us and for her to do 54 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Open Bridle World Champion Shes Playin Rey ridden by C.J. Shopbell for Greg Lafitte.

what she did for us today—the first time she’s ever been in the Open Bridle—is incredible. For her to be competitive at this level and also come down and take care of me is an incredible quality that you typically don’t find in a horse. Every place we go somebody’s trying to buy her and part of that is her demeanor as well as her athletic ability.” Throughout the winning run, Shopbell’s goal was to stay sharp and make a penalty-free run. “I wasn’t thinking, ‘I got this,’ or anything, I just wanted a clean run and to

not have any penalties,” Shopbell said. “She’s a huge fence horse and she is a big stopper. She’s probably the quickestfooted horse I’ve ever had in the barn.” It was the precision of the run that impressed Lafitte most. “She’s incredible in the dry work. C.J. and her are in-sync and never missed a beat,” Lafitte said. “The degree of difficulty on the cow wasn’t really high but it was precise and perfect, it was a textbook run.” Shopbell worked for Kim Witty for 18 months after graduating high school.


From there, he spent three years at Russell Dilday’s training facility, then moved on to Don Murphy’s before going out on his own. “I still haven’t really left there, he helps me all the time,” said Shopbell, 33, who bought his own place 10 years ago, but listened to Murphy’s advice before the Open Bridle finals. “He said to me, don’t miss your markers.” It was Murphy who first put Shes Playin Rey in training with Shopbell when she was a 2-year-old. “They clicked and I bought her four years ago,” said Lafitte who is in the insurance business in Dallas, Texas. “I clicked with C.J. as well. I don’t think he’s ever taken one all the way through from the snaffle bit to the hackamore, the two rein and now the bridle, so for him to do that the first time on this horse, and to win a world championship, is beyond comprehension. I love him, he’s like one of my kids as well as a partner.”

LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE Meradas Golden Rey/Naomi Bancroft When Naomi Bancroft left her home in Stratton, Colorado, for the Celebration of Champions, she knew that the stallion Meradas Golden Rey—the 2015 and 2016 NRCHA Limited Open Bridle National Champion—had what it would take to be a world champion. The stallion proved that his trainer was right when he marked a 430 to win $3,684 and the 2016 Limited Open Bridle World Championship for Setting Sun Ranch. “Everything lined up and allowed us to win,” Bancroft said. “I was really happy with it. It wasn’t our best run ever but he was really good and honest in the reining and he had more fire to him than he had in the prelims. In the cow work he was good. His first and third turns were real good. That cow really wanted to be physical with him and then he circled up really good on it.”

NRCHA Limited Open Bridle World Champion Meradas Golden Rey ridden by Naomi Bancroft for Setting Sun Ranch.

This was Bancroft’s first time to win a NRCHA World Championship and it was her third trip to Fort Worth with the 2008 stallion. “It means everything,” Bancroft said. “It was a goal, but it also lets you know that you’re headed down the right track with your training. I knew the competition was going to be tough. I had to go out there and make the best run I could on that day and let the cards play out how they were going to. Whether we won it or not, I was happy with what we were able to get done in the pen.” Her favorite thing about Meradas Golden Rey (Rockin Lockin Rey x Meradas Trouble x Master Merada) is that he’s easy to train. “You don’t have to do things over and over with him; once you show him, he’s pretty good about doing it.”

NON PRO BRIDLE Frances Labourdette/Smart Chic Aloha Frances Labourdette didn’t think she’d ever show Smart Chic Aloha again, but that all changed when her friends, Debra

Motichek and Betty Fauntlaroy, invited her to go ride with them at Don Murphy’s. Since riding with Murphy was a bucket list item for Labourdette, she decided to make plans to go along. That was in October 2016, but since Smart Chic Aloha was in the pasture, where she’d been for the past four years, she told her friends she’d need 30 days to prepare. “It was exciting because we were going to get to work cows,” Labourdette said of her first trip to Murphy’s. “It lit a fire within me.” That, paired with being able to find a good farrier, was all that Labourdette needed to inspire her to get Smart Chic Aloha (Smart Chic Olena x Lei Aloha x Doc Tom Tucker) qualified for the Celebration of Champions. “All of a sudden my horse started stopping really well and then we went to Sarasota to get qualified and did well there,” said Labourdette, who bought Smart Chic Aloha in 2007. Around Christmas time, Labourdette got cold feet about showing. Instead of quitting, she rode with Murphy and then REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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NRCHA Non Pro Bridle World Champion Frances Labourdette riding Smart Chic Aloha.

entered the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth. That decision resulted in scores of 216 in the reining and a 220 on the cow for a 436 and the Non Pro Bridle World Championship. “She gave me the best run I could have ever asked for,” said Labourdette, who won $4,505. “When I was circling the cow I was crying because it was like a storybook, it was surreal. If you’d told me in September that I’d be showing in this show, I would’ve said ‘No way.’ She’s a great mare and she has always taken care of us. We’re just very blessed to have her.” Due to family commitments, Labourdette, Folsom, Louisiana, hadn’t shown during the course of the past four years. Back in 2009, she and Smart Chic Aloha won the world championship, but was then bred. In 2012, Shawn Hays rode the mare to the World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Championship. In preparation for the World’s Greatest, Hays had help from Murphy—a protocol repeated by Labourdette. 56 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

“(Coming to the Celebration of Champions) was a very big deal and kind of nerve wracking but Don Murphy was awesome,” Labourdette said. “Thanks to Matt Howell, who is our trainer at home

LaDona Emmons/Anuther Mister 505 LaDona Emmons says that she can sometimes be a “chicken,” but the 2016 NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro World Champion showed no signs of fear when she marked 431.5 points on Anuther Mister 505 in the finals at the Celebration of Champions. “My goal with him is to just be clean, to ride him smart and to be mindful of my maneuvers. For me, I don’t necessarily go in wanting to win it, I just want to be clean and show my horse good.” Winning the world championship and $3,231 in prize money was as much about the journey as the title for Emmons. “It’s everything that we learn,” said Emmons, who in 2012 won the AQHA World Championship and the NRCHA

NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro Bridle World Champion LaDona Emmons riding Anuther Mister 505.


///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS Non Pro Limited World Championship on Anuther Mister 505. “It means so much to have accomplished what we have.” Emmons loves the heart that Anuther Mister 505 (Mister Dual Pep x Anuther Olena x Quanah O Lena), a.k.a. “John,” displays both in and out of the show pen. “We have a weird connection. He’s quirky and weird and everyone thinks he’s super quiet, but he can be very naughty too. We have hit it off and we have a tight connection. He’s always there for me and he’s taught me so much—I love him for that. I never have to ask him to step up, he always just takes me there.” Emmons, Ione, California, wore a necklace during her winning run that her husband Ron Emmons had given her for her birthday. It’s inscribed with the words ‘Go’ and ‘Trust.’ “He’s always telling me to go faster because I never went very fast,” Emmons said, “and I always wear the necklace when I show him.”

NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE Kameron Buchanan/Heza Hickory Colonel Kameron Buchanan hopes to be a trainer one day and winning the Novice Non Pro Bridle World Championship aboard Heza Hickory Colonel was a step toward achieving that goal. Scoring a 210 in the rein work and a 221 on cow, Buchanan took home a check for $2,970. “It’s really exciting. Going down there I didn’t think I’d be able to win a world championship. My goal was to make the finals, but when I won the prelims I knew I had a shot,” Buchanan said. “I told myself before I went in the arena that if we got the right cow and everything worked out that we could do good. It was really a great feeling to know that all the hard work had paid off.” While Buchanan would have liked his 58 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle World Champion Kameron Buchanan riding Heza Hickory Colonel.

reining to have been a little better, he’s not likely to forget his cow work any time soon. “When the cow came out, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think I had enough cow to win it in the boxing, but when the cow came down the fence, it came alive and worked out really good. We made a really good first turn and the second turn was good too. We had to make another turn before we got circled, but my horse circled good both ways. It ended up being one of the better cow scores that I’ve ever had on him.” Buchanan purchased Heza Hickory Colonel (Stylish Hickory x Colonels Boogie Girl x Lynx Boogie) in 2014 and works the 8-year-old gelding himself. “He’s not the prettiest thing, but he really likes to stop and he can go down the fence,” Buchanan said. Buchanan, 21, hails from a ranch and farm near Turkey, Texas. He is currently studying animal science at Texas Tech University and is thankful for the help that his ranch horse coaches, Chance O’Neal and Justin Stanton, offered leading up to the show.

“I’ve got to thank my mom and dad and everyone who was there to support me and who has supported me along the way,” Buchanan said. He also thanked trainers Don Murphy and Kelby Phillips for their help and guidance.

OPEN HACKAMORE Reys A Shine/Chris Dawson Reys A Shine looked like a world champion from the moment he entered the arena for the Open Hackamore finals. By the time he exited the show pen, scores of 216.5 and 220.5 posted, which clinched the world championship and earned $8,812. “He ran in there and drug his hind end on the first one and he stayed penalty free,” said trainer Chris Dawson. “When the cow came out, it didn’t really want to drive across the pen too much so I stayed there a little longer than people probably thought I was going to, but I was trying to make sure that I had a hold of that cow and had him moving around where I wanted him to.” “It was a fantastic cow work,” said


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NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion Reys A Shine ridden by Chris Dawson for Carol Rose.

owner Carol Rose. “It was a pretty wild cow. He had to come all the way to the end to loop it back and the cow didn’t want to go toward the fence, so he shaped it toward the fence and then did an open field turn on a loose rein, then circled up. It was beautiful. That horse is a great horse and Chris is a great trainer and great showman.” Reys A Shine (Dual Rey x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) was placed in training with Dawson at the end of his 3-year-old year. While he missed the Snaffle Bit Futurity, he quickly developed into a show horse. His dam, Lil Miss Shiney Chex was the first horse that Dawson made the Snaffle Bit Futurity finals on. “His mother was a real show horse,” Dawson said. “The best she ever was, was in the show pen—she loved the bright lights and she’s passed that along to him. When the pressure’s on, that’s when he likes to be his best.” Reys A Shine experienced a sick spell after the AQHA World Show and had to spend time at the veterianarian’s. Dawson is thankful that he was able to 60 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

bounce back for the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. “He’s one of my favorites, I love him. He’s a pet there at the house,” Dawson said. “To finish this horse’s derby years out with a world title is very special. It’s been a long road with this horse and we’ve developed quite the bond.”

CSR Lay Down Sally/Ben Bowman Ben Bowman had only shown CSR Lay Down Sally a few times before heading to the Celebration of Champions but that didn’t stop him from marking 438 to win the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship and $3,318. “That mare is easy to show and stays really quiet. If you stay out of her way and guide her to where you want her to be, then that’s what she’ll do—she’s very easy,” Bowman said. CSR Lay Down Sally marked a 218 in the reining. “She was very good through the reining. She likes to run and stop. She stays with you the whole time and doesn’t try to outthink you—that’s what makes her so easy.” Her willingness transfers to cow work as well and was reflected in her score of 220 after being awarded a new cow. “The second cow was real good and had a lot of head to it. We didn’t stay very long on the end and it had enough run to go down the pen and for everything to work out right.”

NRCHA Limited Open Hackamore World Champion CSR Lay Down Sally ridden by Ben Bowman for owner Meredith Graber.


///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS CSR Lay Down Sally (Dual Spark x Look At Her Glo x CD O Cody) was in training with Bobby Lewis as a 3-yearold and then went to Chris Dawson. The now 6-year-old mare moved to Bowman’s facility after being purchased by Meredith Graber. Bowman, Sandborn, Indiana, has only been showing seriously in the cow horse for the past five years. This was his fourth trip to Fort Worth and his first world championship. “I think a lot of this mare and I think you’ll see a lot more of her,” he said.

NON PRO HACKAMORE Jennifer Neel/Z Martinalena Jennifer Neel celebrated her first NRCHA World Championship at the Celebration of Champions when she marked a 434 on Z Martinalena in the Non Pro Hackamore to win $3,942. “We’ve been in the finals before, but this is the first time that we’ve actually won. I’m so excited,” Neel said. “This was my last run in the hackamore and next year I hope to come back in the two rein.” Neel wasn’t that happy with her rein work at the finals and feels that nerves made her not ride as hard as she should of. Right before her second stop, Neel made the decision to run harder. “I thought, ‘I’m in the finals of the World Show, I better make my last stop and spin count.’ She’s an amazing stopper and the last few shows we’ve earned plus-ones so I was mad at myself for not utilizing it,” said Neel who won the Non Pro Derby Level 1 and Level 2 at the High Roller Reining in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Z Martinalena and was reserve in the Non Pro Hackamore Classic last year. Neel received a 216.5 in the cow work, which made her very happy. Leading up to the show, she spent a lot of time in the practice pen working cattle. “The reining is usually our strong suite so we’ve been working really, really hard 62 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore World Champion Jennifer Neel riding Z Martinalena.

on getting that first turn and she was dialed in today,” Neel said. “She’s very talented but I’ve had a tough time getting her down the fence. At the derbies we’d do well in the reining and the herd work, but the fence work was our nemesis.” Neel is a real estate agent in Aledo, Texas. Z Martinalena (Zezes Pepto Cat x Fussy Hanky x Lotsolena) was bred, raised and trained by Neel’s father, veteran horseman Tom Neel. “I got to show her sire at the AQHA World Show five or six years ago and I showed the dam, who was a cutting mare, when I was 10 or 11. This horse is the last one out of her,” said Neel, who also had success on a full sister to Z Martinalena named Z Sweet in 2014 in the Non Pro Hackamore division at the Hackamore Classic. Neel considers herself fortunate that she gets to show Z Martinalena. Originally the mare was slated to be her dad’s Snaffle Bit Futurity horse and Jennifer suggested they should double up on her. Come October, Tom thought the mare was too green for the Open and let his daughter show her instead.

“The plan was I’d just show her at Reno and then give her back but after Reno, mom (Lorna) said I should keep showing her. It turned into a ‘one more show, one more show,’ deal and they eventually just gave her to me for Christmas in 2015.” In addition to providing her with horses, Neel is thankful for the support she receives from her parents. “They’ve been absolutely amazing, not just for giving me this mare, but for coaching me along. My boyfriend, J.B. Holland, has also been incredibility supportive of me.”

OPEN TWO REIN A Lil Dab Will Do/Robert Chown Robert Chown describes his 2016 NRCHA Open Two Rein World Champion horse, A Lil Dab Will Do, owned by Larry and Kathy Barker, as a bionic horse. The 2010 gelding confirmed Chown’s assessment when he marked a 445 to win the world title and $4,905. A Lil Dab Will Do (Cat Man Do x Dainty Little Step x Wimpys Little Step) impressed the judges from the outset scoring a 227.5 in the reining.


and he’s a big strong horse. He’s got the whole deal: he’s strong, he’s pretty, he’s talented and he’s good minded. There’s not a chink in his armor.” While Chown has won many world championships, this was his first time to win one at the Celebration of Champions. “It was nice to get one,” Chown said. “I think it’s been six times that I’ve been second there. It’s always fun to win and this horse has been a real blessing to me.”

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NRCHA Open Two Rein World Champion A Lil Dab Will Do ridden by Robert Chown for owners Larry and Kathy Barker.

“He usually will be at the top end of the reining,” Chown said. “That might have been the highest that I’ve marked on him, but he’s marked 75’s and 76’s lots of times.” Chown’s approach to the run was to knock one maneuver down at a time. “You know it’s good, but it’s not like you sit there and think that you’re marking high, you’re just trying to show your horse. Once a maneuver is done, you’re thinking about what you’re doing next, but I knew he had pretty much done every maneuver at about a plus-one level,” Chown said. In the cow work, A Lil Dab Will Do followed up with a 217.5. “He didn’t draw a cow that you could go be 225 on, but that cow dang sure could have been one that you could have been a 200 on,” Chown said. “What that horse did out there was he did his job— he controlled the cow and put it through the pattern. I thought he got as much as there was in that cow to get and that’s not an easy thing to do.” A Lil Dab Will Do also holds an AQHA Junior World Championship and

the 2016 AQHA Senior Reserve World Championship. “This horse has a lot of stuff going for him. He’s got an unbelievable ability to go really slow when he needs to and to be really laid back, and then to instantly spark. There aren’t a lot of horses who can lope as slow as he can and spin as fast as he can,” Chown said. “He’s cowy

Susan Stoltz/A Time For Jazz A bout with the flu kept Susan Stoltz up the night before the finals of the Non Pro Two Rein, but sickness was no match for her nerves of steel. Putting her illness aside, Stoltz made the ride of her life to mark a 428 on A Time For Jazz and win the world championship and the $2,557 check that came with it. “No one comes here not wanting to win it,” Stoltz said, “Winning this was such a shock. I’ll remember it for a long time. I was so sick I couldn’t even warm him up. I’m tickled beyond words to have this

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///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS horse and I’m happy to be here.” Stoltz’ goal for the finals, was to make a clean run and hit credit-earning stops. “All that happened,” said Stoltz who marked a 215 in the reining and then had a 213 in the cow work. “My first cow was kind of a dud and I got another one. Jazz stayed right on him and stayed between the reins and let me turn him—it all came together which it doesn’t always do.” It was A Time For Jazz’ disposition that Stolz first liked about the horse when she saw him at a show as a 4-year-old. He was calm and quiet, making him suitable for a non pro but, he was also talented enough to compete in the Open. “He’s an easy to ride horse,” said Stoltz who bought the 2010 sorrel gelding at the Celebration of Champions in 2014. Qualifying for the Celebration of Champions is Stoltz’ annual goal. Prior to her World Title, the highlight of Stoltz’ career in the show pen with A Time For Jazz (One Time Pepto x Starlight And Jazz x Grays Starlight) was winning the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Derby in 2015 and watching trainer Brad Barkemeyer win the Open Two Rein for the Southwest Region. Stoltz keeps A Time For Jazz with Jim Cook when she’s in Colorado and Brad Barkemeyer when she’s in Arizona. Regardless of which state she’s in, Stoltz always tries to ride at least twice a week. “He’s always a good horse. He’s always the same. He has some quirks but nothing that’s too hard to work with. He’s very lovable and sweet.”

NON PRO LIMITED AND $5,000 NON PRO LIMITED Kaitlin Ormson/TR Playing Chic Kaitlin Ormson had been showing in the NRCHA for less than a year when she went to the Celebration of Champions, but within two days she and her horse TR Playing Chic had won two world titles: the Non Pro Limited and the $5,000 64 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion Kaitlin Ormson riding TR Playing Chic.

Non Pro Limited. “My goal was just to compete here, I just wanted to make one finals,” said Ormson, who also qualified in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited. “I honestly can’t believe this has happened. I can’t describe what it’s like to win two world championships.” Ormson attributes her win to TR Playing Chic’s heart and try. She won the Non Pro Limited with scores of 219.5 in the reining and 217 on the cow. “That was probably our best rein work ever. She was listening to me and everything was just on,” said Ormson, who worked on riding harder to her stops in preparation for the show. “She can do it all, it’s just me who has to learn. I’ve had to learn a lot about working cows and where to be. I have the most trouble with my timing and my stops, but when I got in the show pen, I was where I needed to be.” After winning the Non Pro Limited, Ormson didn’t have time to celebrate as she had to get ready for the $5,000 Non Pro Limited prelims the next day. After that qualification, she went to bed early so she’d be well rested for the $1,000 Non Pro Limited preliminaries and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited finals.

“When I went in for the $5,000 Non Pro Limited, I really didn’t think I could win another one but I went in there wanting to have no regrets,” said Ormson, adding that part of her determination was the result of having over-spun in the preliminary round of the $1,000 Non Pro Limited, which was held before the $5,000 Non Pro Limited finals. “I convinced myself that I didn’t care about what had happened in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited, and that was really hard. I made myself leave it over in the Coliseum and then go to the finals and ride smarter. I wanted to go in there and lay it all out for the finals.” Wearing her Non Pro Limited World Champion’s buckle and with $2,745 already in her pocket, Ormson did just that and marked a 217.5 in the reining and a 215.5 in the boxing to win $3,305 as the $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion. “I’m so thankful to be able to do this,” Ormson said. “This horse is a once-in-alifetime horse.” Ormson, Sanger, Texas, didn’t have to look further than her trainer Christian Lybbert’s Whitesboro, Texas, barn for TR Playing Chic (TR Dual Rey x Smart Playing Chic x Smart Chic Oleana). “I had a 2-year-old Very Smart Remedy


and I needed to sell that horse so I could buy a horse I could show,” Ormson said. “I was able to sell her quickly and bought TR Playing Chic. I didn’t know if I should have because I didn’t want to buy the very first horse that I had looked at, but I fell in love with her and I haven’t regretted it at all.” Ormson showed stock horses in college, where she gained her first experience working cattle. “One of my friends, Mandy Anderson, convinced me that cow horse was where it was at, so I tried it. Even though my horse wasn’t good at it, I was hooked.” She is thankful that her father, John Ormson, encourages her horse habit. Her fiancé John Petty, who co-owns an internet service provider, is also highly supportive. “I also want to thank Christian Lybbert and his wife Danielle, they put up with a lot from me.” Ormson will show in boxing classes in 2017 but hopes to go down the fence in 2018.

$1,000 NON PRO LIMITED Annabelle Burgher/Suddenly Nic Winning always feels good and when you get to win a world championship the first time you attend the Celebration of Champions, it feels even better. That’s what Annabelle Burgher did when she marked a 431 on Suddenly Nic to become the $1,000 Non Pro Limited NRCHA World Champion. “It’s amazing. It feels great to have all of the hard work pay off. It’s so cool,” said Burgher who took home $2,210 for the win. “Every weekend, whether we’re in 100 degree heat or if it’s 30 degrees in the winter, I’m out there practicing. It feels so good to finally win; it’s great.” Burgher has competed in the NRHA for the past four years, but tried her hand at the cow work one year ago. “The cow work is a lot more fun, but

NRCHA $1,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion Annabelle Burgher riding Suddenly Nic.

the rein work is simpler in that there’s less risk and less of an unknown to it. Reining feels more like home to me,” said Burgher, adding that her favorite reining maneuver is the stop because Suddenly Nic executes them smoothly. Burgher was pleased to score a 218 in the boxing during her finals run. “He was controlled and responsive and everything came together,” she said. “Everything clicked.” Hanging out with Suddenly Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Sudenly Shiney x Shining Spark) makes the weekends more rewarding for Burgher, 16. Her horse is also the reason she decided to start working cattle. “He was a cow horse before he was a reining horse and he was very good at it,” Burgher said. “One day I worked the flag and thought it was fun; then I worked a cow and it was a lot of fun.” Burgher thanks her parents, Laurie and Jeff Burgher for their support. “My mom told me before the show to just do my best and to have fun. My dad supports me too.” “It’s been a long road,” said dad Jeff Burgher, Coppell, Texas. “From the age

of 2 or 3 she just loved horses. She started riding when she was 4-and-a-half years old and she’s had some heartbreaking things happen at shows where everything went right, but one big thing wouldn’t go right, but that was early on. She’s worked hard and pays attention to detail. We’re very proud of her and trainers, Steve and Carol Metcalf, who are just awesome.”

YOUTH BRIDLE Cutter McLaughlin/CD Dee Vee Dee At the start of 2016, Cutter McLaughlin put winning an NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship on his bucket list. At 13, he still had many years left to achieve it, but McLaughlin aspired to win the title while still a seventh grader. Riding Supreme Reined Cow Horse CD Dee Vee Dee, that goal materialized at the at the Celebration of Champions when he marked a 440 in the finals. “I’ve won the AQHA World Show in the Youth, but I hadn’t won the NRCHA World Show so I’m glad that I did that,” said McLaughlin who took home a $1,008 win check and received a $2,000 scholarship for the win. “It’s a relief to have REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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completed that goal.” McLaughlin wasn’t just showing in the Youth at the Celebration of Champions, he also entered the World’s Greatest Horseman and is the youngest competitor to ever do so. CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) had made many trips to the show pen by the time they competed in the Youth Bridle Finals. “My horse had been working really hard but I just trusted him,” McLaughlin said. “He tries his heart out every day, no matter what.” “I thought he did a wonderful job of showing him,” said Cutter’s dad Jay McLaughlin. “His horse was pretty tired because he’d been shown pretty hard all week in the World’s Greatest so Cutter had to really use his brain to get that horse shown two times in a row like that.” Cutter marked a 217 in the reining and a 223 in the fence work to win the title. “He just tried his heart out and he was so tired from that week,” Cutter said. “He stopped really good and he spun around good—he did it all good. It was a fun run and in the fence work my dad 66 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

was right there helping me.” Cutter has previously won NRCHA Youth Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Championships, as well as two AQHA Youth World Titles.

YOUTH LIMITED Emily Kent/Mr Dual Brooksinic When Emily Kent qualified to enter the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, she set the goal of winning the Youth Limited. After months of preparation, her work resulted in a score of 433.5 riding Mr Dual Brooksinic to the Youth Limited World Championship, a $1,290 win check and a $1,250 scholarship. “We went down to my trainer before the show and we spent time with my reining horse trainer too, and it all came together,” Kent said. “I tried to ride at home every single day when it wasn’t snowing.” Mr Dual Brooksinic (Mister Dual Pep x Brooksinic ), 14, was originally trained by Robert Chown and was purchased by the Kents, who work with trainer Chris Dawson, for Emily’s mother Leslie. “I needed a new horse and she let me start riding him,” Kent said. “I’ve been

showing him for about two years now.” Her first impression of Mr Dual Brooksinic was that he was amazing. The two share a special bond. “He lets me ride him bareback, which some horses won’t,” Kent said. Kent’s job at home is to help feed and look after the horses. Rather than viewing the responsibility as a chore, she enjoys hanging out with the horses. Knowing her horse well helped Kent fend off show pen nerves. “I’ve shown a bunch on this horse and I just wanted to do my best,” Kent said. “I have to really trust him a lot.” Kent scored a 216 in the reining and a 217.5 in the boxing. “I was very happy with my reining,” Kent said. “That horse is cowy and I just let him do most of it—I just made sure that we were in position. The cow was slow so we just had to make it move, but it got fast at times.” Kent, 13, thanks her parents, as well as trainers Chris Dawson and Kriss Hermus for helping her win the NRCHA Youth Limited World title. She also split fourth and fifth in the Youth Limited on Vintage Tejonshine to win another $645.


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The 2016 NRCHA National Champions reap rewards for their hard work and commitment.

OPEN BRIDLE Lenas Buddy Nic/Jake Telford In the spring of 2016, Jake Telford never would have guessed that Lenas Buddy Nic would win the NRCHA Open Bridle National Title. Instead of being shown, the 2009 gelding underwent colic surgery. If there’s any such thing as a good colic, that’s what Lenas Buddy Nic had, and by fall Telford was back in the saddle with hopes of entering the Celebration of Champions. “He missed most of the summer shows. In the fall I finally got to show him a little bit and we had enough luck at the World Show to win this,” Telford said. At the Celebration of Champions, Lenas Buddy Nic, who was the 2015 Open Two Rein NRCHA World Champion with Telford, finished third to take his National point total to 144—just four points more than Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck x Doc Tom Tucker) ridden by Blue Allen and Lyn Anderson and owned by Susan Lyle. 74 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA National Champion in the Open Bridle division was Lenas Buddy Nic, ridden by Jake Telford for Judy Siebel of Bitterroot Springs Ranch.

“The Open Bridle is against the toughest horses going so any time you can have enough success to be at the top of that list is a good thing—it’s something to be proud about,” Telford said. Lenas Buddy Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena x Lethal Lena) usually stands out because of his cow work, but Telford feels that lately his reining has gotten stronger. “He marked a 220 in the finals in Fort Worth. He’s a quirky little horse. The way he warms up you’d never dream that he’s as good to show as he is, but you go

in that pen and he lets you run around those circles and he slows down. He’s one of those that feels better in the show pen than he does when he’s warming up,” Telford said. “He’s always been a really good little fence horse, but he’s had a lot of good trainers over the years so I can’t take credit for that. He’s good on a cow and has athletic ability.” One of the loveable quirks to Lenas Buddy Nic is that he likes children. One day after placing third in the Open Bridle at the Idaho Futurity—a show that Telford thinks offers as tough a competi-


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tion as any in the Open Bridle—Telford’s 10-year-old daughter, Sierra, rode him to the win in the Short Stirrups class. “He’s just a good minded, good show horse,” Telford said. “He packed her around like a dream.” Telford got Lenas Buddy Nic in his barn toward the end of 2015 from owner Judy Siebel of Bitterroot Springs Ranch. “She’s been great to work with and about understanding where he needs to go and what needs to be done with him. I’m very grateful and thankful that she sent me that horse.”

LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE Meradas Golden Rey/Naomi Bancroft Naomi Bancroft doesn’t call herself a goal setter, but after winning the 2015 NRCHA National Championship in the Limited Open Bridle on Meradas Golden Rey she set her sights on becoming a better horsewoman every day. That selfimprovement carried her and Meradas Golden Rey to the 2016 NRCHA Limited Open Bridle National Championship and the world championship. “I always want to do well, but I mostly just try to learn more and more. I figure that if I’m trying to train my horses to the best of their ability then everything else will take care of itself,” Bancroft said. “This National title says a lot for the horse—for his ability and that he’s been able to stay healthy and that he’s good-minded enough to let us show him as much as we have. He has a good work ethic, we hit quite a few shows every year and he doesn’t get schooled as much as some do, so that says so much about him too.” Bancroft’s favorite show of the season was the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth. “It was everything to do with it, not just winning—we had a game plan. We went and rode with Darren Miller and Matt Koch for a couple of days before

Naomi Bancroft rode Meradas Golden Rey to the NRCHA Limited Open National Championship for Setting Sun Ranch, LLC.

it to sharpen him up. Then we went down there and executed what we’d been working on.” Bancroft also enjoyed showing Meradas Golden Rey (Rockin Lockin Rey x Meradas Trouble x Master Merada) owned by Setting Sun Ranch, LLC, in McCook, Nebraska, where she entered the four-event class and had what she describes as her “best run down the fence ever.” Throughout the year, Bancroft has focused on improving her reining. At Fort Worth, she felt she achieved that goal when Meradas Golden Rey ran harder in his circles and to his stops. “Reining has been my weak spot. We’ve been constantly tweaking things here and there and working with other trainers to try and get to that next level.” Bancroft’s goal for 2017 is to promote Meradas Golden Rey by showing his derby-aged offspring. Meradas Golden Rey won the National title with 139 points over Smart N Smokin Rey (Dual Smart Rey x Smart Little Nina

x Smart Little Lena), ridden by Brandy Johnson to 126 points and reserve honors.

NON PRO BRIDLE Suzon Schaal/Chics Ruffled Up Suzon Schaal didn’t know that her horse Chics Ruffled Up had won the Non Pro Bridle National Championship until she received a text message from her trainer John Swales saying that he’d picked up her awards. Despite the fact that Schaal was tied with Jason Fisher and Nu Cash Cutter in year-end points, she was pleasantly surprised to earn the win. The two horses both had 125 year-end points but Schaal was awarded the title by virtue of having won $542.20 more than Fisher. Due to a heavy work schedule, Schaal, an equine veterinarian who specializes in western performance horses, enjoys every show that she goes to. She also tries to ride the 2009 mare every evening and works with Swales twice a week. Schaal, Calgary, Alberta, showed in Canada for REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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The NRCHA Non Pro Bridle National Champion was Suzon Schaal riding Chics Ruffled Up.

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with a cow horse. A lot of my clients show cow horses so it’s nice to see their horses performing and gaining a better understanding of what their needs are,” Schaal said.

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the whole season, with the exception of Reno’s Snaffle Bit Futurity horse show where she tied for ninth. “She’s a really fun horse,” Schaal said of Chics Ruffled Up (Smart Chic Olena x Fluff Your Feathers x Gallo Del Cielo). “She’s smooth to ride and moves around really neat. She can stop pretty and turn around fast. I like the precision of the reining and unpredictability of the cow work.” Schaal bought Chics Ruffled Up from her friend Mark Parsons who also has horses with Swales. “John thought she’d be a good match for me. I rely on his advice heavily so I decided to go for it,” Schaal said. “She has a lot of personality and she’s a nice horse to have around.” Schaal grew up on a beef cattle farm and rode English as a child. After graduating from veterinary school, she wanted to try something different and has now been riding reined cow horses for 10 years. This is her second time to win the Non Pro Bridle National Championship. “I enjoy the challenge of being involved

LaDona Emmons/Anuther Mister 505 LaDona Emmons and Anuther Mister 505 added another impressive achievement to their resumé at the Celebration of Champions when they won the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle World Championship, accruing enough points to also earn the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle National Championship. “It’s a huge accomplishment to do it on a National level,” said Emmons who also won a National title in the boxing in 2012 on Anuther Mister 505 (Mister Dual Pep x Anuther Olena x Quanah O Lena). “It’s a big deal but I never set out to do it. I just had a good season and it ended up that way.” Emmons and Anuther Mister 505 finished the season with 163 points to beat the reserve champions Wendi Lund and Smooth As Tamuelena (Smooth As A Cat x Miss Tamulena Thermo x Tamulena) with 151 points. “I knew I was in the lead or close to it when I went to Fort Worth but I told

NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro Bridle National Champion LaDona Emmons riding Anuther Mister 505.


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myself that I wasn’t going to pay attention to it,” said Emmons. “I didn’t even want to know who was close to me so I never looked at the standings until afterward.” For Emmons, the title is the result of staying consistent all year. “If I ride him correctly, then he is always true,” Emmons said. “If I don’t ride right, he for sure lets me know and it doesn’t go as well.” Emmons’ favorite show of the season was the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she won all three Non Pro Bridle divisions. “I didn’t show him a lot but I did show him at all the premier events,” Emmons said. “Vegas was for sure super fun. That was my first premier event of the year and I was very nervous. When I loped in I dropped my reins but my horse stayed together and I said to myself that I needed to pull myself together—that was a big moment for me.” Throughout the 2016 season, Emmons has worked on improving her showmanship. She feels that her hard work paid off at the Celebration of Champions when, after not performing the way she had wanted to in the prelims of the Novice Non Pro Bridle, she was able to regroup and go on to win the Intermediate Non Pro World Championship. “I can get worried about showing and at the Celebration of Champions, but I realized that I needed to stop doing that and go show my horse and work the cow how my husband Ron has taught me to, and let all that other stuff be.” Emmons is thankful for the support of her husband, family and friends.

NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle National Champion Jocelyn Brochu riding Dancin Angel.

in the Novice Non Pro Bridle National Standings, she decided to travel to the Celebration of Champions. With a goal of finishing in the top five, Brochu exceeded her own expectations when she won the National Championship. “I didn’t think I had a shot at winning it without going to all those premier events,” said Brochu, Calgary, Alberta. “That National title came down to my finals run.” At the Celebration of Champions, Brochu and Dancin Angel (Boonlight Dancer x Hickorys Angela x Docs Hickory) picked up the reserve world championship, while Kristen Jacobson and Smokin N Boon Light (Boonlight Dancer x Smoky San Olena x Mr San Olen) finished third. The points each lady collected took both of their year-end totals to 161, which meant the National title would be determined by money won. Brochu was crowned the champion for having earned $2,609 more than Jacobson. “It was unexpected,” Brochu said. “It means more to me than winning my reserve world title. The National title

is prestigious because you have to be consistent for a whole season so it really, really means a lot. Then, having such a spectacular showing in Fort Worth really capped it off.” The Celebration of Champions was Brochu’s first time to show outside of Canada. While nerves affected her a bit, Dancin Angel gave her confidence.. “The class was so big and there were so many good horses,” Brochu said, “but Angel felt good and settled, so going in for the prelims I felt confident that if we could stay out of the penalty box, we could make it back to the finals.” In the finals, Brochu was last in the draw, but she refused to keep track of the scores marked ahead of her. “I had a good run and was just one point from the World title.” Brochu has owned 10-year-old, Dancin Angel for two years. “I’ve known her since she was a 3-yearold. I was pretty close with the previous owners, Jesse and Elyse Thomson, and the horse always caught my eye. Once they were done with the derbies we worked out a deal so I could get her. I felt


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a connection with that horse the moment I put a leg over her. I’ve had a really successful year with her and we’ve won nine championships,” Brochu said. “She’s one of the grittiest horses I’ve ever ridden and she’s so consistent on a cow. She’s gorgeous and is naturally talented. She has a lot of presence and people just stop to look at her.” Brochu has been riding cow horses since 2007 and rides with Clint Swales. In Fort Worth, John Swales helped her through her runs. “The cow horse community in Canada is quite small and all of the Canadian cow horse trainers have helped me out in some way.”

OPEN HACKAMORE Mr Stylish Cat/Boyd Rice and Tucker Robinson Mr Stylish Cat owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief was the Nation’s top Open Hackamore horse for 2016. Ridden and trained by Boyd Rice, Mr Stylish Cat sealed his Open Hackamore National Championship when he made the finals of the Open Hackamore at the Celebration of Champions. “He runs and stops real, real hard,” Rice said. “He stops like a freight train, he can get it on. There are pictures of him with his butt right on the ground.” The 2011 stallion has been with Rice since he was a 2-year-old. In 2016, Rice, Weatherford, Texas, wasn’t able to go to NRCHA shows in California so he sent Mr Stylish Cat to Tucker Robinson’s ranch in Lompoc. “He’s a pretty neat horse,” Robinson said of Mr Stylish Cat (Mr Playinstylish x Lil Sally Cat x High Brow Cat). “I got him the first of April and Boyd did a heck of a job on him.” The pair began to pick up checks immediately at smaller shows. When they had bad luck at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California, Robinson opted to 80 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Open Hackamore National Champion Mr Stylish Cat ridden by Tucker Robinson (pictured) and Boyd Rice for owners Kit and Charlie Moncrief.

enter the Hackamore class where they picked up checks again. “It just took me a while to get used to him,” Robinson said. “We really started clicking at the Hackamore Classic in Reno. We made the finals there and he tried to be really good there.” Robinson agrees with Rice about the stallion’s stopping ability. “He kills the ground every time,” Robinson said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re just loping along, he’ll still kill the ground. He is a big-time stopper.” Robinson also likes Mr Stylish Cat’s cow smarts. “He’s quick-footed and can get left and right on a cow. He’s a laid-back individual, but you can call on him and he’ll give you everything. You have to kick him to go, which is fine with me because I’d rather that than have to pull on them.” Mr Stylish Cat earned 158 points to be the National Champion. Reys A Shine (Dual Rey x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) ridden by Chris Dawson was the reserve champion with 153 points.

LIMITED OPEN HACKAMORE NATIONAL CHAMPION Hey San Kai/Tack Louthan For Tack Louthan, there’s always been something about a hackamore horse that he’s liked. After riding Hey San Kai to the 2016 NRCHA National Championship, he has one more reason to like them. “It’s exciting,” Louthan said of winning the title. “It’s been really fun working him in the hackamore. For a long time I’ve been infatuated with the hackamore. I’d ridden some horses in one when I was younger, but that didn’t last long. I went and got help from a lot of guys to try to learn how to ride one in it. I feel good that I was able to get this horse to last in it all year long.” Louthan, Elbert, Colorado, started Hey San Kai when he worked on the Haythorn Ranch training horses and cowboying. When he left there, Howard Haythorn sent the now 5-year-old gelding with him so he could continue to be shown. “I really liked him as a 2-year-old. He was gentle and wanted to get trained. He was the first horse that I was going


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NRCHA Limited Open Hackamore National Champion Hey San Kai ridden by Tack Louthan for owner Howard Haythorn.

to take to the Snaffle Bit Futurity, but I didn’t end up taking him because I realized how far behind I was,” said Louthan who has been showing at NRCHA shows for the past three years. Louthan showed Hey San Kai (Hey Houston x San Kai 124 x Peppy San Kai) as a 3-year-old at local shows and then in the hackamore as a 4-year-old with the goal of going to the NRCHA World Show. Initially, Louthan didn’t plan on winning the National Championship. Instead, he was gunning to prepare the horse in hopes of earning the World Championship. Louthan ended up splitting fourth and earned enough points to jump to the top of the NRCHA National Standings. “I barely made the finals,” Louthan said of the Celebration of Champions, “but I knew that he was a contender for the National title so I wanted to have a good run. That didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but we still ended up with the National title.” Hey San Kai likes to stop and he’s been that way since day one. “I’ve hauled him to a bunch of different

arenas and I’ve had good ground and bad ground and he always stops. He may not always be a plus-one, but he stops.” On cattle, Hey San Kai likes to take a hold of the cow in the boxing. Down the fence, he stays relaxed. “He never gets excited,” Louthan said. “He lets me help him when he needs it.” Louthan, 27, learned in high school that he could make money riding broncs. That led to horse breaking and later training. “Me and my brother broke colts in the summertime when I was 13. When I was about 16, I realized that I could make a living doing it. I started to get a lot more serious about it then.” Hey San Kai earned 95 points to win the National title. Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick x Trixie Petite x Paseos Paisano) owned by Camille and George Briggs of Lubbock, Texas, and trained by Justin Stanton, Idalou, Texas, were reserve with 83 points.

NON PRO HACKAMORE Diane Lorenzen/Cuttin Wright Up Winning the Non Pro Hackamore National Championship on Cuttin

Wright Up was “mission accomplished” for Diane Lorenzen. “It’s a huge accomplishment to be the best hackamore horse in the Nation,” said Lorenzen, who is enjoying her first National title. “It’s a dream come true for sure.” Cuttin Wright Up went into the Celebration of Champions with 141 points, but Lorenzen knew that if she didn’t make the Non Pro Hackamore finals, the title could be lost. Lorenzen ultimately finished 10th in the Non Pro Hackamore class, which put Cuttin Wright Up on top of the standings. Jennifer Neel rode Z Martinalena (Zezes Pepto Cat x Fussy Hanky x Lotsolena) to reserve honors with 128 points. Lorenzen’s proudest moment from the season came about during the Hackamore Classic at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, when she earned the Non Pro Hackamore and Intermediate Non Pro reserve championship and won the Novice Non Pro and the Amateur classes. “That was a huge accomplishment for me,” Lorenzen said. “To go to the Hackamore Classic and do as well as I did was big.” Lorenzen bought Cuttin Wright Up at the end of his 4-year-old year after having admired him as 3-year-old year under the guidance of Erin Taormino. “I thought, ‘Wow, it would be nice to have a horse like that,’ Lorenzen recalled. “When the Gardiner’s said he was for sale, I jumped all over the opportunity to buy him.” Cuttin Wright Up had already been shown in the Hackamore when Lorenzen got him, so she made it her goal to show him in the hackamore through 2016. “I set out to get as many points as I could possibly get because I knew that I was going to work my way toward the finals,” Lorenzen said. “He’s been very consistent at marking two’s and three’s in our reining and he is super, super athletic REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore National Champion Diane Lorenzen and Cuttin Wright Up.

achieve, the closer she came to attaining it, the more it’s significance increased. “It’s special to me because he’s the first snaffle bitter that I ever trained. It means a lot because I’ve had that horse from day one. He was a reserve NRCHA World

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and is never going to quit on a cow. He’s an all-around good horse that you know is going to do it.” This year, Lorenzen, Bend, Oregon, will use Cuttin Wright Up for some general ranch work before furthering his career in the two rein. Cuttin Wright Up stays at home with Lorenzen. She trains under Shane Steffen and over the past year has worked with him to improve her fence work. “My intention is to enjoy him at some bridle spectaculars,” said Lorenzen, who has shown reined cow horses for five years. “I had shown cutting horses, but I really like the versatility of this. I like doing the aged events because it’s so much fun to be able to do all three events. I would like to qualify for the AQHA Amateur Working Cow Horse this year.”

Champion in the hackamore and now to be a Two Rein National Champion is so cool because I believe in the tradition of the sport. Winning this shows me that if I stick with the program, and go through all the steps, that I’ll end up with a bridle horse.” Deacon got excited about the 2016 season when she showed Chicky Bobby (Dontmesswithmychic x Noopy Dillon x Top Dun Cody) for the first time in the two rein. “He was a good hackamore horse but he wasn’t ever a great hackamore horse,” Deacon said of the 2010 gelding. “The first show of last year, I showed him in the two rein and it was probably the best he’d ever felt. They’re not all fantastic snaffle bit horses or hackamore horses, but he wants to be a great bridle horse and he was great all year.” Chicky Bobby excels in the reining, but throughout the season his fence work improved so much that Deacon believes his cow work may soon be his strong suit.

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NRCHA Open Two Rein National Champion Ashley Deacon riding Chicky Bobby, a gelding she owns with her husband Lee.


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“At Paso Robles we were 150.5—it was a crazy score that I’d never even thought of marking,” Deacon said, “but he’s always been very consistent in the reining.” Even with the big scores, there was never a time when Deacon thought that Chicky Bobby had the National Championship in the bag. He finished the year with 164 points to top Survivors Kiss (CD Survivor x Kiss My Shiny Lips x Shining Spark) shown by Jake Telford to 127 points. “Our local associations allow us to do a lot of shows and be competitive in the standings, but I think Paso Robles sealed the deal for him because he won the Two Rein there,” Deacon said. Deacon refers to Paso 2016 as her favorite, “worst” show. That is due to having bad luck on her aged event horses and success on Chicky Bobby. “It was crappy for 10 days,” recalled Deacon, Marietta, Oklahoma. “He was the last horse in the Two Rein and he brought it home so it ended up being my favorite show. I definitely had never marked those scores (a 149 in the reining and a 150.5 in the cow work) in my entire life, and until that day I definitely didn’t think he was capable of doing it. He sure made the drive home a lot easier.” Deacon owns Chicky Bobby with her husband Lee. “I have to thank my husband because he sticks with it and my friend Liz Kent, who is the breeder of the horse. Liz is one of my closest friends. When that horse was a yearling and no one believed in me, she did. We partnered on that horse for a lot of years and I couldn’t do it without her.”

NRCHA Non Pro Two Rein National Champion Toni Heath riding Smart Peppy Doc Doll.

had competed at the Celebration of Champions. Having finished fourth in the World Championship class, she wanted to see where she was ranked. “I looked on the computer and told my husband Dan, ‘You’re not going to believe this but we won the Nation’,” Heath recalled. “It’s an honor for this little mare, it proved one more time how nice she is. She’s an unassuming looking mare and she has an unassuming pedigree so it’s fun to have people look at her and see that she is something.” Heath and Smart Peppy Doc Doll were the 2015 NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore World Champions. Previously, Heath won Non Pro National titles in both the Hackamore and the Two Rein. While this National title came as a surprise, it wasn’t a shock. “It wasn’t my goal, but I had wanted to qualify for the NRCHA World Show in the two rein, and I entered her in the [Non Pro] Bridle too,” Heath said. “This year was all about getting her as good in the bridle as I could and then going back

to Fort Worth and trying to compete for a world title in the Two Rein.” Heath has used the home-raised Smart Peppy Doc Doll (Smart Peppy Doc x Docs Miss Baby Hall x Lotta Mocha) to gather cattle at her La Grande, Oregon ranch. “I knew from the beginning that she was going to be a horse that liked the bridle, she just felt good in it,” Heath said. “It took some tweaking and work to get the fine points down, but she’s a natural at that like she has been a natural at everything I’ve taught her. She’s one of those that makes you think that you’re a trainer and that you know what you’re doing when really, it’s just the horse.” In the reining, Smart Peppy Doc Doll usually impresses the judges with her stop. “She makes those perfect elevens when she stops, she doesn’t spread out in the back,” Heath said. “Most of the time she circles nice and makes a good transition from a fast circle down.”


In the cow work, the mare is adept down the fence. “All last year, if the cow allowed it, she was a 73 or a 74. She consistently had great fence turns and when you put your hand down, she circles up. All year long, I knew that if I got through the reining good, that on almost any kind of cow the fence work was going to be fun.” It was in Reno, where she was the reserve champion, that Heath had the most fun in the Non Pro Two Rein. “It was a really tough competition but it was a good run,” Heath said. Smart Peppy Doc Doll finished the season with 111 points. The reserve champion, Boxo Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King x Snippy Blue Card x Masies Blue) ridden by Jecca Ostrander, earned 101 points.

YOUTH BRIDLE Cutter McLaughlin/CD Dee Vee Dee Cutter McLauglin set some lofty goals at start of the 2016 season—one of them being to win the Youth Bridle National title. He achieved that accolade before the Celebration of Champions where

he proved just how deserving he was of the title when he won the World Championship on CD Dee Vee Dee as well. “It means a lot. He’s always been special to me,” McLaughlin said of the 12-yearold gelding that he rides on a daily basis. “My dad will work him sometimes for me, but I work him most of the time.” McLaughlin uses the smaller shows to help tune himself and his horse up for the bigger events. “We go slow to make sure that we’re both right. I make sure that I have control of him so I can go show him at the big shows and try to win.” This is McLaughlin’s second year to go down the fence. “It’s more fun than boxing. You just have to have the right horse to do it,” said McLaughlin, who primarily shows CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark). “He’s the best horse that I’ve ever ridden by far. He has so much heart. He’s always playing around with you, and saying hello.” McLauglin is thankful for the yearlong support that he’s received from his

YOUTH LIMITED AND $5,000 NON PRO LIMITED Lannie-Jo Lisac/Soulanova Lannie-Jo Lisac, Pueblo, Colorado, celebrated her first year as a teenager by winning two NRCHA National Championships: the Youth Limited and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited. “I am really, really happy that I did it,” Lisac said of winning her two titles. “It was a lot of fun going to all the shows and competing.” PRIMO MORALES

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NRCHA Youth Bridle National Champion Cutter McLaughlin riding CD Dee Vee Dee.

parents, his brother, the Aaron Ranch and grandparents. The main thing he hears from them is, ‘Just go have fun.’ “The shows are fun. I get to hang out with my friends and show my horse.” While McLaughlin, 13, likes being on a horse all day long, he’s not sure that he’s going to be a trainer. “I’d like to be but I don’t know if I will be,” the seventh grader said. CD Dee Vee Dee and McLaughlin finished the year with 192 points to earn the championship. Reserve champion Stephanie Helsen and A Cat Called Red (Cats Red Feather x Lynnea Gem x Doc Bar Gem) earned 85 points.

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NRCHA National Champion in the Non Pro Limited was Julie Gibbons riding Uno What Time It Is.

Lisac appreciates winning the Youth Limited since she feels that there were many strong competitors in her class. She earned 182 points to win the Youth Limited. Meredith Graber and Hickorys Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Hickorys Red Rey x Docs Hickory) accumulated 164 points to be reserve champions. The 2016 season marked Lisac’s second year competing in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited. She finished the year with 338 points while the reserve champions, Kristy Johnson and Lenas Gun A Smokum (Smokums Prize x Shortys Scat Cat x Shorty Lena) earned 315 points. Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak) is a special horse to Lisac. She knew he was the horse for her from the first time she rode him. In addition to these two titles, “Bucket” carried Lisac to the 2015 Youth Limited National Championship and the 2015 NRCHA $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Championship. “I try to ride him as much as I can 86 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Melinda Grendell rode Fifth Avenue Lena to the top of the $1,000 Non Pro Limited NRCHA National Standings.

between school and everything else,” Lisac said. “I try to go have fun with him every day.” Lisac also takes responsibility for the daily care and feeding of Soulanova. “It’s fun doing it,” Lisac said. “I bathe him sometimes and mess around; we go on walks and do that kind of stuff. He’s a very nice horse. Every morning and night when I go to feed him he neighs and whinnies at me.” In the reining, Lisac appreciates the ease with which Soulanova executes lead changes and stops. “He makes it easy and simple to change leads,” Lisac said, “and he’s smooth when he stops. I love doing stops on him.” Lisac, 13, works her show schedule around school. Her favorite show of the season was the Celebration of Champions where she was the reserve champion in both the Youth Limited and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited. “It was lots of fun and I got to hang out with my friends,” Lisac said. “The

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association shows are lots of fun too. Everyone is very nice and helpful.” Lisac’s goal for 2017 is simple—she wants to have fun. She’d also like to try going down the fence. “I want to thank my parents, Wade and Timmi-Jo, my grandparents Dana Mauro, Kathy Miller, Tim Miller, and Shelley and Mike Lisac, my brother Wade and my sister Landri. Also Keith and Lauren Vogel, Lisa and Lauren Jordan and all my Colorado youth friends.”

NON PRO LIMITED Julie Gibbons/Uno What Time It Is Julie Gibbons wanted 2016 to be a year of consistency and that attitude earned her the Non Pro Limited National Championship. “I was not going for it,” Gibbons said of the National title. “I had no idea that I had won it, I just wanted to have good, consistent rides and win some along the way.”


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score in the fence work—he fell down on one knee and got back up and still had the high score.” Gibbons trains with Todd Crawford. She is thankful for his patience and wisdom. “I’d also like to thank my family for allowing me to have this crazy passion that I have and for allowing me to go make my dreams come true,” said Gibbons who is an Ob-Gyn. “My motto is to work hard and play hard and the horses balance my work life out. Sometimes I’ll work 24-36 hours at a time and the horses are a perfect getaway.” In 2017, Gibbons looks forward to seeing progeny of Uno What Time It Is debuting in the show pen.

$1,000 NON PRO LIMITED Melinda Grendell/Fifth Avenue Lena Three years ago, Melinda Grendell tried the reined cow horse event for the first time, but she quickly realized that she needed to apply herself if she wanted to be a winner. Last year, Grendell bought a new horse, Fifth Avenue Lena, and was able to do just that. While Grendell didn’t initially set out to become the $1,000 Non Pro Limited National Champion, she reevaluated that goal once she gained traction in the standings. By the time Grendell got to Fort Worth for the Celebration of Champions, she was sitting in second. “If I did not make the finals, I knew I wouldn’t win,” said Grendell who finished 15th in Fort Worth but earned enough points to jump to the top of the NRCHA National Standings leader board. “Before the preliminaries, I tried not to think about it at all, I tried to go in and make the best run I could.” Fifth Avenue Lena and Grendell finished the year with 334 points, while Jennifer Donnelly and Outlaw Haidout (Haidas Little Pep x Josies Baran Grill x Jae Bar Prince) earned 319. For Grendell,

winning the National title is the dream of a lifetime. “I can’t describe what it feels like, I’m so happy,” said Grendell, Kiowa, Colorado, who works as a business systems analyst for Charles Schwab. “I have to balance my work life and my show life, but every day off and every vacation day that I have, is spent either training or in the show pen.” Grendell bought Fifth Avenue Lena (Lenas Wright On x Fifth Avenue Cash x Nu Cash), a 9-year-old mare, from Jeff Veitch. She rides with Cody Crow and Lavert Avent. “She is extremely cowy and she always tries her best. I think she loves to show,” Grendell said. “I absolutely love it, too.” The best advice Grendell received from her trainers was to never think about winning and to concentrate on getting better. She has learned that if you do that, everything else falls into place. Adding to the 2016 show experience for Grendell was the camaraderie among fellow competitors—especially Jennifer Donnelly and Butch Mundhenke, who were second and third in the year-end NRCHA National Standings behind her. “We were head-to-head all year long and we all took turns in first, second and third place. It was so nice to compete with people who supported you and also encouraged you, and to do the same for them. We all became good friends in the process and any of the three of us could have ended up winning. The Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association is such a wonderful organization and it was wonderful to see them get affiliate of the year,” Grendell said. “I also want to thank my husband, Doug, for getting us and our horses safely to all the shows, Jeff Veitch for being a good friend and training and selling me such a special horse, and my trainers Cody Crow and Lavert Avent for all their great support and words of wisdom.”


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he National Reined Cow Horse Association hosted its second consecutive Collegiate Challenge on February 18 during the 2017 Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. Collegiate horsemen and -women representing eight different colleges and universities were invited to compete on the hallowed dirt of the Will Rogers Coliseum in three different divisions: the Non Pro, Limited and Novice. Debuted by the NRCHA the competition features three riders from each team. This year teams from Colorado State University, University of Arkansas, Texas Tech University, West Texas A&M University, Clarendon College, North Central Texas College, Northeastern Junior College, and Texas A&M University were all represented. The parameters of the Non Pro division cow work requires boxing and fence work with the option of roping or circling the cow. Limited division riders boxed their cow, then drove it down the fence 90 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NRCHA Collegiate Challenge Non Pro Champion Wyatt Marshall riding Tin Top Kat.

where they boxed the cow on the other end of the arena. Novice rules require contestants to box their cow as they would in NRCHA’s limited classes. Individual champions and reserve champions were awarded Gist trophy buckles from the NRCHA. Each member of the three-member champion and reserve champion teams received NRCHA sponsored trophy medallions and saddle pads sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Program.

NON PRO DIVISION CHAMPION The title of Intercollegiate Challenge Non Pro Division Champion was hard fought. When the dust settled, it was Wyatt Marshall and the 2006 gelding Tin Top Kat (High Brow Cat x Moms Stylish Pepto) representing West Texas A&M, whose first place finish in the reining was worth eight points, which combined with his second place in the cow work worth seven points for 15 points and the victory. Marshall achieved an impressive composite score


NRCHA Collegiate Challenge Reserve Champion Kameron Buchanan riding Heza Hickory Colonel.

of 292 (147 rein/ 145 cow) en route to the win. “I want to give a special thanks to E.J. Laubscher, my family, friends, and world class cheering section,” shared Marshall. “Then the biggest thanks of all to my Lord and Savior for the opportunity and these wonderful blessings.” Marshall also qualified Tin Top Kat, owned by his father Troy Marshall, for the Non Pro Bridle finals earlier in the week and finished fourth overall. Finishing with the highest composite score of 292.5 (144 rein/ 148.5 cow) was Texas Tech’s Kameron Buchanan riding his 2009 gelding Heza Hickory Colonel (Stylish Hickory x Colonels Boogie Girl). Buchanan’s third place finish in the reining portion earned six points, which he followed up by winning first in the cow work for eight points and a total of 14 points for second behind Marshall. Buchanan, whose week at the Celebration of Champions was also highlighted by earning the Novice Non Pro Bridle World Championship, enjoys NRCHA competition and the opportu-

nity it has afforded him to improve his showmanship. “I came to Tech and had a ranch horse that I’d had since I was pretty young, but he wasn’t a show horse,” said Buchanan

of how he came to own Heza Hickory Colonel. “I’m pretty good friends with Kelby Phillips, so he had seen this horse in Utah with Brandon Buttars and told me about him, so I hopped in the truck, drove up there and got him and drove right back.” Buchanan, a junior at Texas Tech studying animal science, had no show experience prior to college. “In fact, when I got to college, I didn’t even know what a lead was. I grew up riding and roped a little bit,” said Buchanan. “When I got on the ranch horse team, I fell in love with the showing. Hopefully, when I’m done I can go to work for somebody and learn more about getting the young ones going.” Buchanan thanked the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team coached by Chance O’Neal, as well recognizing as Don Murphy, Nelle Murphy, Desiree Holt and C.J. Murphy for their support. “They’ve sort of been my mentors this week and helped me get through it, and my mom and dad and all my family

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LIMITED CHAMPION Earning the Limited Non Pro championship was Texas A&M University team member Lane Birkenfeld riding Sparksgenuinearticle (Generatin A Spark x Quien Smoke Warbler). Birkenfeld’s score of 139.5 earned third in the reining, which combined with his first-place cow work score of 142.5 to net him 14 points, along with a composite of 282. Birkenfeld, from Nazareth, Texas, has been showing horses since childhood and has been on the stock horse team at Texas A&M University since enrolling there three years ago. Currently working toward a Masters degree in accounting, Birkenfeld has two semesters remaining and plans to continue his show career after college.

“I think I’ll keep showing, even if I have to take a break for a few years. I’m not sure exactly where I’m going after I graduate but the hope is to show again, right out of college if it’s a possibility.” Sparksgenuinearticle was previously shown by Birkenfeld’s two older brothers. “I’ve spent a lot of time on him,” said Birkenfeld. “He’s a real versatile guy; we started out in reining, then got into cow work, then got into roping and now stock horse events.” The gelding came through for the win despite slight misgivings on the part of his rider during the reining portion of the run. “For the most part he did great out there, just like he’d been doing in practice, but on the first stop he wanted to start early so I was afraid I might have picked up a penalty there for starting the stop before the end marker, and the

spins were a little slow. Even with some things to work on it’s a great spot to be in, especially for the first big show of the season.” Birkenfeld thanked his coach Paige Linne, his teammates, and his parents, Keith Birkenfeld and Kim Birkenfeld. The reserve champion with 13 points for second in the reining and third on the cow (142 rein/ 138.5) was Ashley Adams riding Shiners Mitey Might (Shiners Lena Doc x Wranglers Smart Pep) and representing Texas Tech.

NOVICE CHAMPION Last Mann Standing (CT Reyn Mann x Fully Persuaded) carried Anisha Kumar to the Novice title with a score of 139.5 for second in the reining and a 141 to split second and third in the cow work. Kumar earned 14 points for her placings to get the win for the Colorado State University ranch horse team. She says

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///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS the 7-year-old gelding is “extra special” because he is the last horse sired by CT Reyn Mann. “He was lightly shown in the NRHA and then came over and I made the switch to ranch horse versatility with him,” said Kumar. “For the run, my whole goal was just be clean and go show the horse that I have, don’t over think anything and take it one step at a time.” The third year veterinary student at CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado, is interested in equine sports medicine. “I definitely want to thank my coaches, John Snyder and Cody Dawson, my CSU teammates, and my trainer Jessica Hendrix and her family who own Generations Performance Horses for their help and support to make this win possible,” added Kumar. “Also, my friends and family for their years of support and encouragement.” Kristen Smith rode Mary Boyd’s Hollys Little Dun (138 rein/ 141 cow) to reserve honors in the Novice division, earning 13 points for Northeastern Junior College.

Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team members Ashley Adams and Kameron Buchanan pictured with AQHA Director of Ranching Kim Lindsey, team member Mandy Harris and Texas Tech coach Chance O’Neal.

TEAM TITLES For the second year in a row Texas Tech University earned the team title with 40 points. Buchanan earned 14 points in the Non Pro, while Adams and Mandy Harris earned 13 points each in the Limited and Novice divisions, respectively. Harris also gained distinction by riding the highestplacing AQHA Ranching Heritage Bred horse, CR Wolfwood bred by Center Ranches. Harris was awarded a saddle pad sponsored by the AQHA Ranching Program. Reserve in the team standings went to West Texas A&M University with 32 points. Marshall accrued 15 points in the Non Pro division for his team, while Hannah Gillmore earned 12 in the Limited division, and Jessica Ortiz gained five points for her placing in the Novice. 94 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team member Mandy Harris’ horse CR Wolfwood, bred by Center Ranches, was the highest placing AQHA Ranching Heritage bred horse.

Rounding out the top three in the Intercollegiate Challenge Team Standings was Colorado State University, consisting of Kelsey Dawson with 12 points in

the Non Pro, Johanna Hodge with three points from the Limited, and Kumar earning 14 points in the Novice.


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Very Lucky N Smart carries LaRae Luis to the High School Rodeo Invitational Championship.

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hen the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) concluded July 23 in Gillette, Wyoming, the top Reined Cow Horse short go qualifiers found themselves eligible for another prestigious finals—the High School Rodeo Invitational hosted by the NRCHA during its Celebration of Champions. When the field of 10 High School Rodeo Invitational reined cow horse competitors faced off on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in John Justin Arena, it was LaRae Luis, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, who topped the class. Riding the 2010 sorrel gelding Very Lucky N Smart (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke), owned by ML Training LLC and Adam Rhodes, Luis was rock solid for a 145 in the reined work and 143.5 on the cow. Her cumulative score of 288.5 edged Clay Kinnison riding the 2011 gray mare RuGonnaKissMeOrNot (Twice As Shiney x Megas Macy Grey x Marthas Mega Jac), owned by Brian and Andrea Kinnison, 96 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

High School Rodeo Invitational Champion LaRae Luis was awarded her Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle during the World’s Greatest Horseman finals by Chris Weaver and John McClure.


High School Rodeo Invitational Champions LaRae Luis and Very Lucky N Smart.

with a 286. Decorated all-around cowgirl and 2016 National High School Rodeo Reined Cow Horse Champion Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow, Nebraska, rounded out the top three with a 285.5 riding the 2003 sorrel gelding Sonitas Last Dual (Dualin Jewels x Sonitas Ann x Sonitas Last) owned by J.B. Atkins. “I’ve always wanted to be here,” was Luis’ emotional response when asked how it felt to achieve the win riding the horse she fondly calls George. “My dad bought him a year ago and I’ve just been riding him since then…He really came though for me; he was there. We’re like a team. He’s not like any other horse I’ve ever seen before. He’s got the biggest heart and he tries so hard.”

He’s not like any other horse I’ve ever seen before. He’s got the biggest heart and he tries so hard.” –LaRae Luis The 15-year-old sophomore at Epic Charter School in Wynnewood also competes in the NHSRA in cutting, barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway and team roping, but says reined cow horse is her favorite. “I think it’s great for your horsemanship and teaches you a lot of great skills,” she said. “My favorite event is the reined cow horse because I’ve grown up doing

it. It challenges me every day to be better and work harder for it.” Luis is proud to continue a legacy of success in the high school rodeo and reined cow horse ranks, following her dad Mark Luis’ path. “My dad made it to nationals and it’s something I would love to carry on and try and win because my dad is my hero, I want to try and get there just like he did,” she said. Of her winning run, Luis says the goal was to stay smooth. “I knew I needed to go in there and be solid and have fun,” she said. “My cow was a little tough so I was trying to read him the best I could and stay in the right spots and when it was time to turn, go turn him. I gave it my all and tried my hardest.” Since a shorter reining pattern is the norm at regular season high school rodeo reined cow horse events, Luis says she practiced the world show pattern at home to prepare. She thanked her parents Mark and Shari Luis for their support, as well as her sponsors Resistol Hats, Cactus Saddlery, Cactus Ropes, Cactus Gear and Rodeo Quincy. Working closely with the NRCHA, the National High School Rodeo Association added reined cow horse to its event lineup in 2014 as an optional event and has experienced steady growth in entry numbers with each passing rodeo season. For more information on the high school rodeo program, rules, clinics and more, visit nrcha.com/nhsra-reined-cow-horse.

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San Juan Ranch, a Division of Santa Cruz Animal Health, is rapidly becoming an industry leader in the distribution and development of Veterinary and Animal Health Care Products. As the official animal health and breeding supplier of the NRCHA, the company offers a wide range of products for the optimal care of performance horses, livestock and companion animals. The Animal Health product line includes a comprehensive, high-quality, affordable line of UltraCruz™Animal Health Supplements for horses, dogs and cats. Veterinary Prescription Drugs for a broad range of clinical applications, including antibiotics, anti-fungals, critical care, reproduction and neonatal products, are also available. San Juan Ranch is a top breeder of Performance Horses and Gelbvieh Cattle. Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., the parent company, is a world leader in the development of products for the biomedical research market. Over the past twenty years, the company has focused on the ongoing development of research antibodies, biochemicals, labware and has recently expanded into animal health care products.

DT Horses, “The Elite Brand,” owned and operated by Dean and Leslie Tuftin, is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon. They are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. Already an established breeding and training program for world champion rope horses, DT Horses has strengthened its reined cow horse industry presence with the addition of NRCHA Champion Hickory Holly Time to its stallion roster in 2016. Under the guidance of DT Horses’ resident trainer, leading NRCHA Professional Kelby Phillips, the DT Horses’ program seeks out the best genetics in the performance horse industry, to create versatile champions for every arena. Find them on the web at www.DTHorses.com.


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Legendary performance horse breeder and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame horsewoman Carol Rose is the sponsor of the NRCHA’s alliance with the National High School Rodeo Association. Carol has been a longtime supporter of the NRCHA Youth program, and her lifetime commitment to raising versatile performance horses makes her a natural fit as the NRCHA helps the NHSRA develop and implement the cow horse event in High School Rodeo. The Carol Rose Quarter Horses facility in Gainesville, Texas, has produced some of the finest American Quarter Horses to compete in AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA and NCHA events.

DC Cow Horse Gear, the online store for Don Rich Custom Saddles, is located in Alpine, Tennessee. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality handmade tack, braided rawhide, Les Vogt and Franco Bits, as well as Don Rich Custom Saddles. Our business is mainly web and trade-show based, but feel free to make an appointment to stop in and check out our selection of great products. Find us at www.DCCowHorseGear.com.

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The American Quarter Horse Association, located in Amarillo, Texas, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. AQHA members share a passion for the American Quarter Horse and the vast lifestyle created by the world’s most popular horse. The AQHA is an alliance partner of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Explore the AQHA’s many resources on the web at www.AQHA.com.

Gist Silversmiths: Crafting a Legend Piece by Piece - Gist Silversmiths is proud of its partnership with the NRCHA as its “Official Silversmith”. For 40 years, Gist has been considered the industry leader in customized trophy and award buckles for champions of all disciplines. Gist Silversmiths believes there is no substitute for the finest in quality, superior craftsmanship and reliable service. Attention to detail is evident in each of their finely sculpted motifs and logos; quality enhanced by unique buckle designs. An award buckle is presented to commemorate a significant achievement and each recipient should be honored with a buckle reflecting the pride of a champion. For more information, visit the Gist Silversmiths website at www.gistsilversmiths.com.

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Rios of Mercedes, the Official Boot of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, is one of the last truly handmade all leather boots produced in the United States. There is no secret to making top quality boots. All you need is the finest leather and true bootmakers with years of experience and the desire to be the best at their craft. Rios has remained true to its roots by making boots for folks who are involved in performance and working horses, raise livestock and in general make their living outdoors. Rios has never cheapened their product by taking shortcuts, lowering standards or chasing fashion trends. We make boots for people who know what a pair of boots is intended for: all day comfort whether horseback or afoot. Visit www. riosofmercedes.com to see some of the styles we offer through our retailers.

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ost of the time, Mother Nature does a great job of managing the equine breeding season. Mares cycle and ovulate on a set schedule, allowing veterinarians and stallion managers to plan accordingly. When a mare is difficult to get in foal, there are a multitude of things that can be done to help Mother Nature along. But sometimes, the problem isn’t the mare. Sometimes, a stallion’s semen quality is poor enough to cause issues settling mares. When that happens, there are some things you can do to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

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Concentration refers to the number of sperm cells per milliliter (mL) of ejaculate and is determined by counting the number of sperm using a microscope.

“We call that the clean-out collection,” said Dr. Chelsea Makloski-Cohorn, a veterinarian at Pinnacle Equine Reproduction in Whitesboro, Texas. “Generally you collect them a few times, get them cleaned out, and then you can start evaluating what the semen truly is like. “We start testing a stallion’s semen in October and November,” she continued. “You don’t want to do it too early in the fall, because the sperm cells a stallion is ejaculating today were actually starting

to be made about 60 days ago in the heat of the summer. You really want to wait until the cooler part of the year to start looking at that ejaculate and seeing what the sperm quality is.” The two main criteria veterinarians use to evaluate semen quality are concentration and progressive motility. Concentration refers to the number of sperm cells per milliliter (mL) of ejaculate. It is determined by counting the number of sperm using a microscope.


Generally speaking, a higher concentration of sperm cells is preferred. Progressive motility evaluates the type and amount of sperm movement. A progressively motile sperm will swim forward in an essentially straight line, while a non-progressively motile sperm swims, but with an abnormal path, such as in circles. “We’re really concerned with progressive motility,” Makloski-Cohorn said. “If those sperm cells are moving across a slide [under a microscope], they can get to their destination. If they’re just kind of wiggling, they might not make it to the site of fertilization.” The Colorado State University hypertext “Pathophysiology of the Reproductive System,” recommends that stallions have progressive motility of 60 percent or greater to pass a routine breeding soundness exam. Progressive motility, combined with concentration, will help determine how many mares a stallion can breed. Both concentration and progressive motility play major roles in determining how many mares a stallion can breed. A stallion with low concentration or low

progressive motility won’t be able to breed as many mares, and his semen may not cool or freeze well enough to ship off site. In addition to concentration and progressive motility, morphology is another indicator of semen quality. Morphology refers to the quality of the individual spermatozoa. Physical defects of the head, midpiece or tail are noted and counted. According to CSU’s hypertext, some sperm from an ejaculate will always be morphologically abnormal, but when that percentage becomes excessive, fertility may decline. If a stallion’s concentration, progressive motility or morphology are low, his semen is considered poor quality, and he likely won’t be able to settle many mares. Advances in equine reproduction technology, however, have given stallions with poor quality semen a second chance in the breeding shed.

CENTRIFUGATION One method used to help stallions with low concentration is centrifugation, which is the process of separating the components of a stallion’s ejaculate. A

“Historically, semen centrifugation has been used to concentrate sperm cells and remove seminal plasma for cryopreservation [freezing] of stallion semen.” –Jeff Oswood

centrifuge is used to force the more-dense components of an ejaculate to the bottom of a test tube, while the less-dense components migrate to the top. “Historically, semen centrifugation has been used to concentrate sperm cells and remove seminal plasma for cryopreservation [freezing] of stallion semen,” said Jeff Oswood, of Oswood Stallion Station. “This technique can also be used when the semen concentration in the raw ejaculate is low and coupled with high volume, making it difficult to process a suitable dose for insemination.” After determining the concentration in a particular ejaculate, the semen is mixed with an extender and then centrifuged.

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///////// YOUR HORSE’S HEALTH Through centrifugal force, spermatozoa are concentrated at the bottom of the tube, with a recovery rate of approximately 75 percent. Recent research at Texas A&M University has shown spermatozoa recovery rates of greater than 90 percent when using an extender plus a cushion media, which protects sperm, to some extent, during the centrifugation process. Centrifugation is also used to help stallions with low longevity. Ironically, seminal plasma is toxic to all sperm over a long period; however, the negative effects are greater in some stallions than others. If semen is to be cooled and shipped, longevity is of vital importance. “Another common reason for semen centrifugation is to remove seminal plasma, which can be harmful to sperm cells,” Oswood said. “It really helps when the seminal plasma is detrimental to the longevity of the ejaculate.” While centrifugation can help stallions with low-quality semen due to concentration or longevity issues, it cannot help stallions with progressive motility or spermatozoa integrity problems. That’s where semen purification comes into play.

SEMEN PURIFICATION When technicians at Oswood’s breeding laboratory run into a stallion with progressive motility or integrity issues, they turn to semen purification using EquiPure, which is designed to increase the quality and viability of equine sperm. “EquiPure acts as a filter during centrifugation that does not allow the less dense, abnormal spermatazoa to pass through,” said Oswood. “EquiPure is designed to increase the quality and viability of an equine semen sample.” Oswood finds EquiPure to be most helpful in stallions with low concentration, low motility and a less than ideal 102 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

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n May 2014, the legendary 1992 stallion, Peptoboonsmal (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar), changed hands for the last time, when Phillip and Lori Aaron of Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, purchased him from Richard Fields, owner of Jackson Land & Cattle Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Aarons also bought Peptoboonsmal’s stored frozen semen, because no one expected the venerable sire, now a quarter-century old, to ever be fertile again. However, thanks to a healthy diet, plenty of turnout, multiple rides per week, and big-screen TV entertainment (Westerns, naturally, are his favorite), “Pepto” is not only in great physical condition, he also settled a mare last year with fresh semen. The foal is due in April. “We weren’t expecting him to ever work again [for breeding],” said Jay McLaughlin, Aaron Ranch resident trainer and NRCHA Million Dollar Rider. “Last year, we had taken a lot of weight off him and got him feeling better, and decided to try it. We collected him two or three times, and were like, ‘Wow!’ We bred two mares with the fresh semen. We only tried one time each mare, and got one in foal.” Peptoboonsmal’s resurgence in fertility, according to McLaughlin, is a side effect of his active lifestyle and strict nutrition program. McLaughlin saddles him up to gather cattle three to four times a week, and monitors the famous red roan’s food intake to prevent excessive porkiness.

“He’s an easy keeper. Most studs are. He tends to get very fleshy. He’s not eating very much, but four to five times a day to keep the metabolism up. Once they retire, you can’t feed them like you did when they were showing and performing,” Mc McLaughlin said. “Right now, we’re getting ready for a photo shoot, and people are going to be amazed at what this 25 year old horse looks like. He looks like he’s in riding shape and ready to go show. His feet are healthy, his hair coat his healthy. He looks physically great.” Peptoboonsmal and the other breeding stallions at Aaron Ranch—several are over age 10, and three of them are 15 or older, according to Mc McLaughlin—are permitted to undergo seasonal changes, which also promotes fertility, he said. Unless they are being shown, the Aaron Ranch stallions grow a fuzzy coat in the winter, going un-blanketed except on the coldest nights, and their winter daylight hours are not extended by lights in the barn. The bloom of health for a senior stallion depends on more than just physical care. Mental stimulation and frequent handling are crucial, McLaughlin said. “I’ve been around old studs my whole life. My dad kept studs when I was growing up. A lot of it is—don’t forget about them. Once they retire from showing, people leave them in a stall, and you can’t do that to these horses,” he said. “You have to pay attention to them like they’re still the best. You have to make sure you put eyeballs on them every day, get them out, and let them enjoy life.” Peptoboonsmal’s luxury accommodations include a personal pasture, in view of a nearby building covered with his own picture, stretched out in a gallop, “for him to look at and compare to himself,” McLaughlin said, with a laugh. In extreme weather, the 25-million-dollar sire retreats to a 12-by-16’ climate-controlled stall, formerly Phillip Aaron’s office in the barn, converted especially for him. The airy construction and multiple windows allow Pepto to see everything around him, including a big TV screen in the next room. “It sounds silly, but if the kids are in there watching a kid show on TV, he’ll stand there and look out the other window. If you switch it to the Western channel, he’ll turn around and watch the TV. He is so funny. Every day, he does something that makes me laugh,” McLaughlin said.


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“This process doesn’t allow you to improve the individual cells, but like any other procedure to improve semen quality, it allows you to concentrate the viable spermatozoa. There is no procedure at this time that can improve abnormal or damaged cells.” –Dr. Chelsea Makloski-Cohorn

Semen is evaluated for concentration and progressive motility in laboratories like the one at Oswood Stallion Station. EquiPure is designed to increase the quality and viability of equine sperm.

number of viable cells. Primarily, he sees those problems in older stallions, whose fertility has decreased with age. “This process doesn’t allow you to improve the individual cells, but like any other procedure to improve semen quality, it allows you to concentrate the viable spermatozoa. There is no procedure at this time that can improve abnormal or damaged cells.” Maklaski-Cohorn also uses semen purification to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, such as piroplasmosis. The American Association of Equine Practitioners calls piroplasmosis a blood-borne disease primarily transmitted to horses by ticks and spread 104 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

from animal to animal by contaminated needles. It can also be spread from stallion to mare through blood in the semen during the breeding process. As it becomes more common, many states, breed associations and equine events require negative piroplasmosis tests. “Generally it’s a blood contamination that transfers that to a mare. It’s not common, but it can happen. If they do have piroplasmosis, there is purifying we do on that semen and that makes it a lot safer,” said Makloski-Cohorn, who has successfully bred mares with purified semen from piroplasmosis-positive stallions without infecting the mare. “When

you’re doing the purification process, you’re taking out the abnormal sperm cells and leaving the normal sperm cells, but it also takes out the red blood cells that could be carrying that disease. So you’re filtering out that disease and purifying that semen.” The positive results of semen purification might leave one asking why it isn’t used for every breeding stallion. The answer, said Oswood, relates to time, money and the loss of viable semen. “It takes about an hour and a half to process semen through EquiPure,” Oswood said. “EquiPure and the other equipment needed to perform this procedure are expensive. Also, each time semen is centrifuged, there is a small percent of viable semen that is lost in the process.” Because it is a relatively new procedure, the costs of semen purification could come down as the technology is finetuned and becomes more mainstream. Nothing will help the stallion that has already gone sterile. But thanks to breeding technologies such as centrifugation and semen purification, it’s possible to give Mother Nature a helping hand when low-quality semen is the only thing keeping a mare from successfully getting in foal.


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THE BENEFITS OF USING A RUNNING MARTINGALE with Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack. COURTESY DENNIS MORELAND

Learning to adjust the running martingale properly ensures that the rider’s signals will be effective.

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running martingale is designed to help a horse learn to carry its head in the position that will allow it to use its body correctly to drive from behind and with collection. Running martingales should be used with direct pressure bits such as snaffles. When the horse raises its head, the martingale applies pressure through the reins to the bit. The horse brings its head down and back to get relief from the pressure. The signal is consistent each time and the relief is immediate, which makes it easy for the horse to understand. At the same time, if the rider pushes the horse forward with seat and leg cues this combination of signals allows the horse to find the position where it’s easy to use its body to travel in a relaxed and more collected manner.

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A running martingale consists of a neck strap that loops around the base of the horse’s neck to hold the martingale in place. A chest strap runs from the base of the neck strap, through the front legs, and attaches to the cinch with a snap. Two straps with steel rings at the ends run from the chest upward. The reins are threaded through the rings. A safety strap runs from the top of the neck strap, under the swells of the saddle and up over the horn so the loop cannot slide forward on the neck if the horse unexpectedly drops his head too low. “When the horse is standing naturally, the forked straps should be just long enough to come within an inch or 2 of the horse’s jaw when held taut,” says NRCHA judge and professional

horseman Bozo Rogers. “You want to have a straight line from the point of the horse’s mouth up through your elbows. A martingale that’s too short will cause the horse to break at the point of the withers to get relief from the pressure. This will leave the horse strung out behind instead of up under itself driving forward. A martingale that’s too long won’t have any affect.” The neck strap should be adjusted so you can run a hand between it and the horse’s neck. The strap running from the chest to the cinch should be snug, but not too tight. “I like to ride my young horses in a running martingale to get them ready to learn collection,” Rogers says. “It helps them, but doesn’t confine them. There’s a little play there and once they raise their head the martingale applies pressure until the horse responds. It’s a great piece of equipment to help the rider teach the beginning steps of collection.” Learning the intricacies of training for collection is a lifetime endeavor. If you aren’t experienced in the use of running martingales or in training for collection you may want to study with an experienced horseman. You won’t regret the improvements you’ll see from learning all you can about collection and the use of running martingales.

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RCHA member Dennis Moreland, owner of Dennis Moreland Tack, has been making quality working and show tack since 1976. Visit dmtack. com or call 817-312-5305 to see how Dennis can help you with your tack needs. We’re a full line manufacturer of quality handmade tack and we’re here to help you!


March 23 - April 15, 2017 Join us for the second leg of the National Cutting Horse Association’s

TRIPLE CROWN OF CUTTING! 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion MOMS STYLISH PLAYER & KENNY PLATT

Lucas Oil / NCHA Super Stakes The top four, five and six year old cutting horses will compete for over $3 MILLION in purses.

Visit NCHACUTTING.COM for a full schedule and list of events

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Free Admission to Best of the West Shopping

Vendors will be located in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth TX Open Daily at 9 am.

260 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-244-6188


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THE 2017 NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS WAS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER, WITH THREE SPONSORS OF SIGNIFICANCE PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN THAT SUCCESS.

WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN PRESENTING SPONSOR DT HORSES Located in the beautiful central Oregon city of Bend, DT Horses was already a well-established breeding and training facility for world champion rope horses when owners Dean and Leslie Tuftin decided to strengthen their ties to the reined cow horse industry in recent years. In 2016, DT Horses came on board as the presenting sponsor of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. They continued in that role in 2017, with an even greater commitment, increasing the World’s Greatest Horseman added money by an additional $25,000—making it possible for the NRCHA to pay out one of the biggest purses in the event’s history, a total of $138,000. DT Horses is the home of NRCHA Champion stallion Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Docs Hickory). The facility’s resident trainer is NRCHA Top 10 professional and 2016 Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Kelby Phillips. Visit DT Horses on the web at DTHorses.com.

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WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN SPONSOR KALPOWAR QUARTER HORSES

PEPTOBOONSMAL COW HORSE CLASSIC DERBY SPONSOR AARON RANCH

Additional major sponsor support for the World’s Greatest Horseman comes from Kalpowar Quarter Horses, owned and operated by Larry and Ellen Bell and family. Ellen and Larry are both from families whose involvement with agriculture goes back to the late 1800’s. The Kalpowar Quarter Horses breeding program is built on a solid plan to raise top prospects for the arena and the ranch, using the best bloodlines available in the Quarter Horse industry. The Bells have a long history of supporting the NRCHA, with Larry helping develop the Celebration of Champions from inception, starting from the days when the notion of a “World Show” for reined cow horse competitors was nothing more than an idea. Ellen and Larry are proud to be a part of the NRCHA family of sponsors. Their involvement with the World’s Greatest Horseman and the reined cow horse industry is one of the many ways they honor their late daughter, Amy Bell, an avid horsewoman who passed away in 2014. Kalpowar.com.

For the fourth year, Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, has sponsored the Cow Horse Classic Derby. In 2017, the event was named for the ranch’s $25 Million sire Peptoboonsmal (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar). Aaron Ranch is a working operation with horse training and breeding programs, a substantial cattle operation, numerous wildlife species, and pecan orchards spanning approximately 15,000 acres. The reined cow horse training program is guided by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jay McLaughlin. In addition to Peptoboonsmal, Aaron Ranch stands his sons Blind Sided (x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), Jasons Peptolena (x Amys Little Date x Smart Little Lena), and Peptoboonsmal’s halfbrother, Duals Blue Boon (Dual Rey x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar). Aaron Ranch also stands NRCHA Champion A Shiner Named Sioux (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena) and several foundation-bred sires, who carry on the ranch’s mission of “Performance In Color,” preserving the versatile Blue Valentine bloodline. AaronRanch.com.


S AV E T H E D AT E !

SEPTEMBER 20 – OCTOBER 1, 2017 Will Rogers Memorial Center | Fort Worth, Texas

World Champion Classes • Amateur • Limited Amateur (Boxing) • Open (Junior & Senior)

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• $7,500 Added - 4- & 5-Year-Old Working Cow Horse Challenge • $7,500 Added - Non-Pro 4- & 5-Year-Old Working Cow Horse Challenge • $3,000 Added - Non-Pro Limited Working Cow Horse Challenge (All Ages)

Tom Neel & Zeze On The Eyes Open 4- & 5-year-old Challenge Champions and winners of $5,760.

Enter by August 1 to avoid late penalties. Entries accepted until 5 p.m. the day before the class.

For more information: apha.com/oawcs • 817.222.8455 For qualifying information, visit apha.com/cowhorse

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OBSERVATIONS FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN

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ach year, it’s hard to imagine how the World’s Greatest Horseman could get any better, and then it does. In the herd work, exhibitors make more credit-earning cuts and demonstrate that they understand the value of working their cow in the middle third of the arena. The reining has become more accurate, with penalties few and far between. The steer stopping exposes the amount of effort the riders have put into being competitive in this event. In general, the horses score better, run harder and faster to the steer, rate with little or no resistance, and stop straight and hard. It’s never really over until the last horse has run down the fence in the cow work, and this year was no different, as the high degree of difficulty of the animal drawn, and how the horse handled it, were the deciding factors. As the saying goes, “It’s better to work a bad cow good, than work a good cow bad.” John Swales worked a bad cow good and ended up with the coveted title of World’s Greatest Horseman. As hard as it is to find a horse with the ability to be competitive in all four of these events, it’s equally difficult to find judges with the experience and knowledge to judge it fairly and consistently. They must be familiar with the rules, credits, and penalties of the NCHA, NRHA, AQHA judged roping events, and, of course, the NRCHA.

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The five-judge system allows for slight differences of opinion, while ultimately producing the score that represents what the run was worth. After throwing out the high and low scores, the three scores in the middle are usually very similar, and when added together, represent the value of the work. It’s consistent and reliable for placing horses. The Judge’s Chair articles are written to educate. Each event comes up with something that can be explained for educational purposes. The educational topic that emerged from the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman was awarding re-runs in the steer stopping. A good guideline for granting a new animal in any cow work, including steer stopping, is to pose the question: Did the rider have a fair chance to exhibit his or her horse? If not, a new steer should be considered. Roping steers are usually team roped. There is a roper on each end of the animal, which, theoretically, keeps it running straight. In steer stopping, there is only one roper on the heading side of the steer. If the steer has any cheat in him, when he sees only one roper coming up on one side of him, he has the option of ducking off to get away. The challenge for the judge is determining if the roper rode too high on the steer and caused the steer to duck, or if the steer anticipated the approaching rider and ducked off on his own. A steer ducking

off usually happens when the rider is about to throw his rope, which makes for a tough call, because it all happens at once. This call is similar to the first run down the fence in the cow work, when the animal suddenly turns back before the middle marker. Did the rider cause the cow to turn back, or did the animal anticipate the rider and turn back on his own? The first two ropers in the World’s Greatest Horseman steer stopping finals were granted re-runs because the steers ducked off when they were getting ready to rope. Both had good runs on their second steer, although one broke the barrier. No other steers in the finals ducked. Your flagger should be aware of his or her position in the arena at all times and how that position might potentially affect the way steers work. If, for some reason, the roper thinks he deserves a re-run, proper procedure is to state his case to the flagger. The flagger will talk to the judges, and they will make their decision. Excessive staring or gesturing is inappropriate. One of the hardest and most controversial calls the judges have to make is the new cow call. Being focused, fair and consistent goes a long way when making these tough calls. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges


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NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

BREEDER DIRECTORY

Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), is a 2011 bay roan stallion with performance earnings of $112,000+. He has earned multiple reined cow horse and cutting championships and finals placings in the NRCHA, NCHA, and AQHA. He stands at Santa Lucia Farms, Santa nez, California, in 2017. Call Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat and shown by NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls and NCHA Professional Russ Westfall.

D AL R SM IN is a 200 Quarter Horse stallion sired by NRCHA Million Dollar Sire Dual Rey, and out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter, Smokin Pepto. Dual R Smokin is an earner of more than $220,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association. Among his many titles is the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non Pro Championship. Dual R Smokin is bred for success, with a pedigree that will bring strength to the cutting horse industry and lead to opportunities in the Reining and Reined Cow Horse industries as well. Dual R Smokin is under the guidance of Constance Jaeggi, owner of J Ranch Management, LLC, who has been working diligently to create an award winning breeding program. She works in partnership with J Ranch resident trainer Chubby Turner, who assists in breeding, training and showing. Learn more about this outstanding performer and sire at JFiveRanch.com.

Hes Wright n (Lenas Wright n x Shesa Lota Nic x Reminic) is a 200 bay AQHA stallion with lifetime performance earnings of 170,000 . He is AQHA Panel N N. Hes Wright n was the 201 NRCHA 7 Leading Sire, the 201 Equi Stat 2 Leading Junior Reined Cow Horse Sire, and the 201 Equi Stat 6 Leading Reined Cow Horse Sire. Foals sired by Hes Right n have earned nearly 0,000. Hes Wright n is owned by the Hes Wright n Partnership. For breeding information and more details, visit www.BrazosValleyStallionStation.com

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Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, with locations in Santa nez, California, and Weatherford, Texas, has become a leading breeder and owner of reined cow horses, reining horses, and cutting horses. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is a passion at Holy Cow dedicated to raising quality performers that are world class in their respective fields. Holy Cow is home to some of the finest broodmares in the industry, including top reined cow horse producer SHE A SHINETTE. The stallion roster includes Shady Lil Starlight, Nabisco Roan, nce A Von A Time and Heza Shiney odo. Their sponsorship and support of the NRCHA includes the 0,000 added CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular, a showcase for the industry’s elite bridle horses, at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California. Learn more about Holy Cow Performance Horses at www.HolyCowPerformanceHorses.com.

Matthews Cutting Horses, owned and operated by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, is the home of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire NE TIME PEPT (Peptoboonsmal x ne Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). Matthews Cutting Horses is well known for superior performance horse bloodlines. The Matthews breeding program is built on extraordi nary pedigrees and exceptional performance. His first foals came of show age in 2010, and in 201 , ne Time Pepto was the 1 NRCHA Sire. In 201 , he was the leading sire of NRCHA Snaf e Bit Futurity Sale horses. ne Time Pepto’s performing foals have earned more than $10 million in all disciplines. Learn more about ne Time Pepto at www. neTimePepto.com.

Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Fults Ranch, is an 11 Million Sire and the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association Sire of the ear. He is the second highest money earning stallion in the history of the National Cutting Horse Association. Metallic Cat also offers the Metallic Cat Incentive at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, offering a 10,000 bonus to the highest placing pen finalist and ,000 to the highest placing Non Pro finalist sired by Metallic Cat. Visit him on the web at www.MetallicCat.com.

Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch of Tucson, Arizona, was founded by the Rogers family in 200 , starting out with ust two personal horses. Since then, Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch has grown into a full service facility, breeding and showing some of the best Quarter Horses the industry has to offer. Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch also maintains an rganic Alfalfa operation and they raise Certified rganic Black Angus Beef. Learn more about them on the web at www.RogersHSR.com.

Michael and Michelle Miola built Silver Spurs Equine out of a passion for great horses and for the sport of reining. Located in Cave Creek, Arizona, their world class training and breeding facility is home to great stallions including NRCHA Million Dollar Sire Nic It In The Bud. Visit www.Silver Spurs Equine.com to learn more.

NRCHA Breeder Sponsor, Smart Boons, is a stallion with lifetime show earnings of nearly $200,000. The red roan son of Peptoboonsmal is out of Smart Little Easter, a daughter of Smart Little Lena. He is owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn and has been trained and shown for most of his career by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing. The Dunns are very excited about Smart Boons future as a leading sire and they invite you to share their passion Learn more at www.SmartBoons.com.

Western Bloodstock is the trusted name in performance horse sales, and is proud to produce and manage the 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaf e Bit Futurity Sales Visit them on the web at www.WesternBloodstock.com.


JUDGES LIST as of February 23, 2017

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Todd Crawford Tom E. Crowley Michael C. Damianos Chris C. Dawson Lee C. Deacon Augusto DeFazio Laurel Walker Denton David J. Dillman Nicholas S. Dowers Delena Doyle Frederick M. Drayer Janette M. Dublin Jim Dudley Al Dunning Michael S. Edwards Ron E. Emmons Bill Enk Terry L. Erickson Kathie Ferrante Buddy B. Fisher Tony M. Fisher Juli Fitch Todd D. Fitch Jimmy A. Flores Leo W. Fourre David W. Glaser Mona Goransson Jake D. Gorrell Carl Gould Derek Hanscome Susanne Haug Philipp M. Haug Terrill Heaton Robin L. Henrichs Jay G. Henson Jason R. Hershberger Linda K. Hitt James F. Hitt Geoff M. Hoar Jay Holmes Wayne Holt Jan Hoskin Hay Doug Huls Bobby Hunt Doug R. Ingersoll Mary K. Ingwerson Lyle A. Jackson Chris D. Jeter Sandy L. Campbell Jirkovsky Lance B. Johnston Ann Judge W Michael Jung Robbin Jung Bob J. Kail Emil Karlsson Larry H. Kasten Bruce F. Keller Brad W. Kelsall Tony S. Kennedy Jeremy S. Knoles Ramona J. Koch Brigitte Kuenzel Cindy Lapp Jan Larsen Eugenio Latorre

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ride@crawfordperformancehorses.com tom.crowley@ministryhealth.org MichaelDamianos@roadrunner.com dawsonperformancehorses@gmail.com leedeacon89@gmail.com ottodefazio@yahoo.it barubarranch@gmail.com ddillman68@hotmail.com jmerlino05@hotmail.com doyleranchtex@yahoo.com frederickdrayer@wildblue.net jmsteffl63@gmail.com jimdudleyqh@hotmail.com al@aldunning.com 2mmeqh@gmail.com ladonadare@me.com enk.bill@gmail.com teperformancehorses@gmail.com ferranteranch@aol.com fisherbb@prodigy.net tstsfisher@gmail.com tfranch@hotmail.com tfranch@hotmail.com jfloresph@aol.com sharon4a2@aol.com dhranch3@gmail.com quarter.hill@telia.com jake@jakegorrell.com GouldTraining@sti.net dphans@hotmail.com susanne_haug@t-online.de info@pm-haug.de terrillheaton@gmail.com henrichsrl@gmail.com wbarhtrainingstables@yahoo.com jnhershberger@msn.com jimlinhitt@msn.com jimhittreg8@msn.com ghoar@airenet.com rhondajjj@msn.com holtranch1@gmail.com aussiedog3@msn.com doughulsscc@gmail.com huntb281@aol.com ingersollranch@hotmail.com maryingwers@aol.com lj@lylejackson.com cdjeter@msn.com jbarstraining@charter.net tammyj04@msn.com annjudgewegener@netecin.net junghorses@hotmail.com junghorses@hotmail.com bobkail@hotmail.com monqh@hotmail.com lhdgkasten@gmail.com brucekeller1252@gmail.com bradkelsall@yahoo.com lonesomeoakranch@windstream.net jsknoles@yahoo.com ramona.koch@live.com brigitte.kuenzel@horsehillcenter.ch callenlapp@aol.com traildiva@hughes.net eugenioreiners@gmail.com

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Teresa J. Lauth Fredy Laval Patrice A. Lee Rick LeMay Bobby E. Lewis Mike W. Lund Morgan R. Lybbert Lisa D. Macauley George Maschalani Filippo Masi Rick D. Maxson Dan E. Mayer Robert Cody McArthur Tom McBeath Shaun T. McBride Jim McCarty Carl McCuistion Karen McCuistion Chele A. McGauly Jay McLaughlin Kathleen L. McPhaul Alessandro Meconi Rich Mervin Jack M. Mervin Kevin R. Meyer Mike E. Miller Bonnie Miller Darren L. Miller Allen R. Mitchels Ken J. Mock Jacky Molliex-Donjon Alessandro Monaldi James L. Montgomery Peter A. Morgan Tom E. Neel Ricky Nicolazzi Connie C. O’Brien Jamie L. Olson Gay Lynn Owens John R. Pascoe Jason M. Patrick Mike J. Perkins Jerry Peters Marilyn G. Peters Jamie L. Peters Laurie S. Petkus Joakim Pettersson John L. Pipkin Kenda G. Pipkin Samuele Poli Barberis Billy Prather Smoky Pritchett Kenny E. Pugh, Sr. Gary W. Putman John J. Quinlan Vicki K. Radtke Aaron T. Ralston Marilyn K. Randall Wade J. Reaney Guillermo Recio Trigg C. Rentfro Gary Reynolds Roy A. Rich Enrico Righetti Dan Roeser

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barlstable@aol.com fredylaval@orange.fr pattilee782@gmail.com lemayqh@hotmail.com arlinlewis@hotmail.com lunds5@hotmail.com mrlybbert@gmail.com lmacauleyhorses@gmail.com george@freestyleranch.de Filippomasi67@gmail.com rickmaxson@hotmail.com betty.mayer@live.com mcarthur76@gmail.com mcbeathsales@aol.com smcbride1313@gmail.com jim@mccartyranch.com mccqh@brightok.net mccqh@brightok.net threeriversqh@aol.com jmjaym874@aol.com mcphaulkathleen@gmail.com info@alexmeconi.com studentofthehorse@yahoo.com jm1strateranch@gmail.com Kmeyer@mantzcreekhorses.com mikemillerhorsemanship@gmail.com bjmhorses@aol.com dmillerstables@aol.com allenmitchels@yahoo.com kmcuttinghorses@gmail.com jmolliex@gmail.com alemona78@gmail.com jtmontgomery@live.com mbscr@hotmail.com neelranch@gmail.com anna.nicolazzi@gmail.com obrien@winnemucca.net micaolson@yahoo.com owensqh@msn.com john@pascoecpa.com horses@whisperingwillowsranch.com perkinsmb@centurytel.net jerry.h.peters@gmail.com mare8000@msn.com jpcowgirl1@hotmail.com lpetkus@outlook.com Joeboy@telia.com jpipkin@wwdb.org jpipkin@wwdb.org samisaranch@alice.it bpquarterhorses@bellsouth.net pritchett1@att.net kpugh1938@gmail.com teresa.putman@sbcglobal.net jqranchhorse@gmail.com vradtke@hotmail.com ralstonranch@gmail.com marilyn.randall88@gmail.com wadejreaney@gmail.com grecio@earthlink.net trentfro@live.com enjoytr@aol.com roy_rich6@yahoo.com righetti.e@tiscali.it roeserstables@gmail.com

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Fielding (Bozo) H. Rogers Sam M. Rose Pam R. Rose Rusty R. Ruby Cynthia R. Rucker Mark R. Russell Bill J. Sanguinetti Debby M. Sanguinetti Patrick H. Sattler Lance R. Scheffel Markus Schopfer Zeph P. Schulz Pamela Scott Roy Sharpe Lance Shields Dennis H. Sigler Andrea J. Simons Karl D. Smith Robert J. Smith, III John S. Snyder Jim W. Spence Brandon T. Staebler Gary S. Stark Shane L. Steffen Harvey D. Stevens Timothy W. Stewart Jimmy R. Stickler Peter Swales Mauro Taccia Anthony S. Taormino Carol L. Telford Jake A. Telford Becky A. Terrell Terry R. Thompson Les M. Timmons Tim Unzicker T.E. Vinci Carlo Volpi Allen R. Walton Lori L. Walton Brady E. Weaver Gary Wells Wayne W. Whitehead Daniel A. Wildin Todd D. Williamson Doug Williamson Maryann Willoughby Katie H. Wilson Cayley R. Wilson Betty O. Wilson Richard W. Winters Deb S. Witty Ken L. Wold Debra J. Wright Nancie K. Wright Liz Younger Badasci B. J. Avila Francesca Baron Aaron C. Brookshire Berry Clanton Russell A. Dilday Tracey A. Hatakeyama Sunni Ann McCormick Will E. Pennebaker Jeffry J. Veitch

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COMMITTEE DIRECTORY Committee heads listed serve in 2017, while members of those committees who served in 2016 may change pending updates.

AFFILIATES

JUDGES

OWNERS

Chairperson: Jim Lane jwlaneiii@aol.com • 614-354-1384

Chairperson: Jimmy Stickler stichorses@gmail.com • 805-431-4083

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter jcarterdvm@aol.com • 405-288-6460

Jimmy Flores •

Edie Petaccio • teampnr29@aol.com

Director of Judges: Bill Enk enk.bill@gmail.com

PROFESSIONALS

Justin Stanton • justinstanton1992@gmail.com

Sandy Collier • sandycollier@earthlink.net

Tim Unzicker • timunzicker@gmail.com

Sam Rose • sroseqh@aol.com

WELFARE

Wade Reaney • wadeireaney@gmail.com

oresph aol.com

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter, DVM jcarterdvm@aol.com • 405-288-6460

ETHICS Chairperson: Bill Tointon billtointon@msn.com • 303-530-2443

Dan Roeser • roeserstables@gmail.com Darren Miller • reinincow@aol.com Jim Spence • wowcowhorse@aol.com

NRCH FOUNDATION

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer bbarkemeyer@hotmail.com 480-620-4759

RULES Chairperson: Dan Roeser roeserstables@gmail.com • 208-841-2052 Jerry Peters • jerry.h.peters@gmail.com

Chairperson: Ted Robinson 805-649-9028 805-794-2266

SHOWS

NOMINATING

SPONSORSHIP

Chairperson: Jon Roeser jonroeser@sti.net • 559-816-5452

Chairperson: Jay Winborn jay@nrcha.com • 214-797-0030

Trey Neal • trey@treyneal.com

NON PRO

STALLION SERVICE AUCTION

Amanda Gardiner • gardiner556@gmail.com Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com

Chairperson: Diane Edwards Diane2bph@outlook.com • 206-390-0715

Chairperson: Garth Gardiner gardinergarth@gmail.com • 620-635-5632

HALL OF FAME

Stephanie Duquette • stephanie@nrcha.com

STRATEGIC PLANNING

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairperson: Paul Bailey paulb@cb-trucking.com • 931-260-3909 Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com Sandy Collier • sandycollier@earthlink.net

Chairperson: Smoky Pritchett smoky@smokypritchett.com 530-200-0560 Jon Roeser • jonroeser@sti.net Ted Robinson • ted@tedrobinsoncowhorses.com Bobby Ingersoll • bobby@bobbyingersoll.com

HORSE SALES Chairperson: Todd Crawford toddcrawford333@gmail.com

Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG Garth Gardiner • gardinergarth@gmail.com Meg Rosell-Pursel • meg@roselltrailers.com Rory Livingston • roryliving@aol.com Rhonda Holmes • rhondajjj@msn.com Tammy Jo Hays • haysranch@earthlink.com

Chairperson: Jake Telford j.jtelford1@gmail.com • 208-890-1205

Chairperson: Amanda Gardiner gardiner566@gmail.com • 620-635-2361 Bill Tointon • billtointon@msn.com Darren Miller • reincow@aol.com Dan Roeser • roeserstables@gmail.com

Nelle Murphy • baldnshiney@hotmail.com

YOUTH

Bart Holowath • bart.holowath@gmail.com Paul Bailey • paulb@cb-trucking.com

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer shubrick3@gmail.com • 719-330-1932

Debbie Sanguinetti • outwest1@verizon.net

Allison Walker • allison@nrcha.com

Loretta Showalter • lorettaelsie@gmail.com

Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com

Dan Weiss • dn_weiss@yahoo.com

Jimmy Stickler • stichorses@gmail.com

Robin Flournoy • cowchic53@icloud.com Jim Vangelos • javangelos@aol.com Ramona Wold • ramonawold@me.com Kris Troxel • ktroxel@sitestar.net Tim Swain • Coloradolandandranch@gmail.com REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MARCH/APRIL 2017

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NRCHA STALLION SUBSCRIPTION RULES 1.

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By nomination of a foal crop, offspring of a subscribed stallion from the nominated foal crop are eligible to show in the NRCHA Stakes both as 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Offspring from a nominated foal crop of a subscribed stallion are also eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Yearling and Select 2-Year-Old Sales. Broodmares in foal to stallions subscribed for the current breeding year (next year’s foal crop) are eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Broodmare Sale.Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program, subject to provisions as set forth in these rules and stipulated on the entry form. Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program, subject to provisions as set forth in these rules and stipulated on the entry form. Nominations must be postmarked and paid by February 1 of the following year for each calendar year to avoid paying the higher fee of the following year. However, to make yearlings, 2-year-olds, and/or bred mares eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Sales, those stallions must be subscribed by June 1 of that particular sale year. Nomination fees will be as follows: a. Paid during the breeding year (the next year’s foal crop) - $750 (or $2,500 for current breeding year and next four consecutive breeding years) b. Weanling year - $1,000 c. Yearling year - $1,250 d. 2-year-old year - $1,500 e. 3-year-old year - $1,750 4-year-old year: Nominations received between February 1 of the 4-year-old year and the final entry deadline for that NRCHA Stakes event will be accepted at the rate of $2,500. 5-year-old foal crops that have not been previously subscribed may also be paid in for $2,500. All nominators of stallions must be members in good standing of the NRCHA. In the event the stallion owner or syndicate manager chooses not to enroll the stallion, nominators may be persons other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion. In the event that the nominator is someone other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion, the nominator represents that they are authorized to nominate the stallion. All subscription fees will be made payable to the NRCHA in US funds or its equivalent. The added purse for the NRCHA Stakes will consist of not less than the total stallion nomination fees received less 20% for NRCHA administration. The remaining 80% will be divided between the Open and Non Pro divisions in accordance with NRCHA Board policy. The NRCHA shall have the right to supplement the added-money purse for the event, but shall be under no obligation to do so. A minimum of 5% of the total purse will be used for the Stallion Nominator Award as described below. There shall be no refunds of the nomination fee paid for any reason, and the fee (less 20% for NRCHA administration as set forth above) will become part of the purse for the NRCHA Stakes. In the event a subscribed stallion changes ownership, any previously paid foal crops will remain eligible under the new owner. Nominator Awards will be paid to the original nominator unless otherwise specified in writing to the NRCHA and signed by both the original nominator and the new owner. Stallion Nominator Award: The nominator of the stallion siring the winners of the NRCHA Stakes will receive a monetary award as set by the NRCHA Board of Directors. A list of subscribed stallions nominated to this program and their eligible foal crops will be posted on the NRCHA website, and will be available upon request from the NRCHA. These rules are subject to change at any time by the NRCHA Board of Directors.

NOMINATION FEES Nominated before Feb 1, 2018 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2012.....................................................$2,500 2013.....................................................$2,500 2014.....................................................$1,750 2015.....................................................$1,500 2016.....................................................$1,250 2017.....................................................$1,000 2018........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2018-2022) 118 MARCH/APRIL 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Nominated after Feb 1, 2018 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2013.....................................................$2,500 2014.....................................................$2,500 2015.....................................................$1,750 2016.....................................................$1,500 2017.....................................................$1,250 2018.....................................................$1,000 2019........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2019-2023)


NRCHA STALLION SUBSCRIPTION CONTRACT (Must be postmarked by February 1 – annually**) SECTION 1 – HORSE INFORMATION Horse Name: Breed: Year Foaled: Website:

Registration #: Year of First Foal Crop:

SECTION 2 – OWNER INFORMATION Owner Name: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Email Address: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

SECTION 3 – BREEDING INFORMATION / STANDING LOCATION Standing At: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Website: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

SECTION 4 – NOMINATION INFORMATION / PAYMENT Name of Nominator (Will Receive Win Checks): Check 1 o Other Person / Company: o Same as Owner Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Foal Crop Year(s): o Enclosed Check/Money Order Credit Card Number: Exp. Date: CVC:

$ Amount:

o Credit Card* Billing Zip Code:

Payment is made to NRCHA in full on receipt of same by the nominator no later than February 1. Acceptance of payment by NRCHA is not to be considered approval of nomination until contract is complete and all rules are complied with. Traditional payment methods accepted are cash and check. *For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted with a 3.5% convenience fee. I accept this offer to make the above-named stallion eligible to participate in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program and agree to be bound by the conditions of the program. Nominator Signature: Printed Name:

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Top Riders for Open LAE Eligibility in 2017 Riders listed in the Top 20 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Open LAE in 2017.

Rank

Rider Name

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Corey D. Cushing Chris C. Dawson Todd A. Bergen Zane P. Davis Phillip J. Ralls Kelby L. Phillips Jake A. Telford Sarah L. Dawson John C. Swales Jay McLaughlin Erin L. Taormino Nicholas S. Dowers Matt J. Koch Todd Crawford Luke J. Jones Justin T. Wright Tucker J. Robinson Boyd J. Rice Nicolas Barthelemy Justin E. Lawrence Shawn D. Hays Monica J. Caetano Randy J. Paul Brandon C. Buttars Ron Ralls Ron E. Emmons Robert Cody McArthur Ken L. Wold Cayley R. Wilson Kyle Trahern Mark A. Sigler Robert Chown Russell A. Probert Clayton M. Edsall Anne M. Reynolds Doug Williamson Trent S. Pedersen Monty L. Bruce Mark A. Luis Jeremy Meador EJ Laubscher Giovanni Campanaro Wade J. Reaney Lance B. Johnston Brady E. Weaver Brad L. Lund Jason Gay Jon Roeser Tyson Ray Benson Dale E. Clearwater

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Sum of Earnings

$196,711.18 $112,386.45 $140,899.97 $160,919.17 $100,055.27 $63,460.63 $51,265.82 $0.00 $57,603.16 $46,870.82 $58,638.85 $40,827.00 $20,366.20 $64,098.14 $38,819.88 $30,972.84 $53,973.74 $88,442.41 $10,669.75 $24,219.63 $13,639.28 $40,989.44 $13,167.97 $27,032.36 $29,443.27 $40,859.52 $5,036.99 $29,553.04 $12,989.43 $28,898.06 $17,376.51 $22,111.27 $4,361.78 $16,382.87 $9,655.25 $40,654.88 $399.88 $20,639.82 $22,123.84 $10,885.39 $6,049.63 $10,749.22 $22,402.53 $24,342.96 $4,485.24 $18,125.79 $2,030.67 $23,544.69 $0.00 $6,727.46

$76,236.59 $122,181.19 $77,289.77 $105,599.54 $110,402.17 $48,958.18 $149,678.44 $76,314.24 $81,168.69 $82,057.20 $114,280.45 $19,394.88 $65,157.89 $55,779.35 $51,815.50 $43,795.05 $11,064.01 $46,592.77 $106,590.38 $19,434.06 $30,926.68 $27,759.38 $42,162.58 $10,879.21 $24,746.19 $27,570.72 $57,942.68 $9,808.54 $33,958.73 $20,196.88 $31,532.40 $34,358.67 $25,574.17 $15,627.53 $32,560.30 $566.80 $33,657.46 $1,154.04 $7,779.63 $19,504.14 $11,526.09 $18,892.88 $13,943.48 $4,559.13 $14,171.48 $6,803.66 $34,680.94 $13,218.20 $16,693.60 $1,131.48

$182,570.86 $93,639.91 $100,155.19 $24,714.66 $60,392.56 $124,217.05 $16,177.36 $124,240.53 $59,073.26 $68,019.16 $18,155.17 $121,471.24 $74,901.52 $35,260.32 $63,786.91 $76,694.70 $85,469.89 $2,475.50 $20,089.32 $77,615.97 $52,281.92 $25,775.85 $28,276.78 $41,464.15 $21,016.51 $3,900.73 $9,277.43 $31,201.53 $21,826.09 $17,645.34 $13,730.72 $4,957.17 $30,886.19 $26,473.51 $14,143.28 $12,044.59 $13,827.98 $24,977.20 $15,497.28 $13,784.38 $26,302.47 $14,111.26 $6,953.86 $14,214.91 $22,963.54 $15,086.31 $2,007.54 $1,768.00 $21,478.30 $28,832.53

$455,518.64 $328,207.55 $318,344.93 $291,233.37 $270,850.00 $236,635.86 $217,121.62 $200,554.77 $197,845.11 $196,947.18 $191,074.47 $181,693.12 $160,425.61 $155,137.81 $154,422.29 $151,462.59 $150,507.64 $137,510.67 $137,349.45 $121,269.66 $96,847.88 $94,524.67 $83,607.33 $79,375.72 $75,205.97 $72,330.97 $72,257.10 $70,563.11 $68,774.25 $66,740.28 $62,639.63 $61,427.11 $60,822.14 $58,483.91 $56,358.83 $53,266.27 $47,885.32 $46,771.06 $45,400.75 $44,173.91 $43,878.19 $43,753.36 $43,299.87 $43,117.00 $41,620.26 $40,015.76 $38,719.15 $38,530.88 $38,171.90 $36,691.47


Top Riders for Non Pro LAE Eligibility in 2017 Riders listed in the TOP 12 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Non Pro LAE in 2017.

Rank

Rider Name

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Tammy Jo Hays Shannon M. McCarty Eric M. Freitas Laurie Richards Elizabeth G. Kania Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Jayson J. Fisher Dave A. Ferguson Robert M. Miller Kathy L. Wilson Parke S. Greeson Kenneth J. Schueller Jennifer M. Newman Toni M. Hagen Heath Terry S. Forst Kathy L. Ferguson Lyle G. Proctor Amanda E. Gardiner Sonya N. DiStefano Bubba M. Petty Bart F. Holowath Robbie C. McKay Lanham Brown Carmen Buckingham Jennifer A. Neel Stacey Purzycki Randy J. Gamble Karey E. Franz Molly Russell Wilder Jones Debby M. Sanguinetti Stephen A. Silva Linda R. Wood Diane L. Lorenzen Bill Tointon Mark W. Parsons Ladona D. Emmons Michelle D. Strickland CJ Murphy Farrah Roberts Jerry M. Beukelman Megan Ciana Suzon W. Schaal Clayton Hines Gregg Lafitte Jeff Garijo Paul G. Wilinski Morgan J. Holmes Hope A. Miller William J. Patton

2014

2015

2016

Sum of Earnings

$47,797.50 $29,002.32 $11,344.85 $10,096.90 $8,179.21 $4,837.24 $19,000.36 $5,412.16 $26,382.08 $15,873.68 $28,919.55 $4,992.30 $825.00 $18,104.42 $421.60 $0.00 $5,639.92 $9,121.11 $0.00 $13,719.26 $16,280.74 $12,686.05 $0.00 $0.00 $3,708.32 $12,821.07 $12,757.38 $13,095.38 $18,490.16 $17,444.56 $5,577.05 $858.33 $5,906.60 $1,059.00 $1,627.44 $492.38 $0.00 $4,438.00 $2,160.00 $0.00 $1,525.00 $0.00 $7,573.21 $1,141.23 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,653.76 $0.00 $0.00

$17,352.25 $3,790.06 $7,923.83 $24,913.15 $33,870.58 $22,055.58 $10,311.26 $22,206.27 $171.81 $6,274.43 $7,364.94 $9,549.58 $400.00 $9,605.92 $24,719.80 $0.00 $16,847.44 $20,071.52 $0.00 $11,123.37 $1,137.28 $7,872.56 $0.00 $11,519.32 $4,575.32 $7,319.08 $800.00 $449.88 $0.00 $0.00 $7,823.25 $16,129.29 $1,883.36 $0.00 $9,579.55 $1,871.03 $3,907.50 $8,021.45 $9,779.76 $7,833.50 $1,989.00 $2,749.20 $3,296.10 $2,025.40 $11,533.76 $9,575.90 $9,833.80 $228.00 $0.00 $0.00

$11,291.65 $19,749.93 $29,381.33 $8,377.76 $0.00 $14,797.28 $10,735.86 $11,553.17 $12,465.22 $16,392.20 $0.00 $17,491.16 $29,928.08 $3,055.28 $5,544.28 $30,039.25 $7,277.24 $0.00 $27,982.12 $1,166.67 $8,376.76 $2,769.50 $22,710.85 $10,876.01 $13,708.02 $0.00 $5,276.03 $5,095.98 $0.00 $0.00 $3,916.70 $0.00 $7,841.35 $13,641.78 $2,738.59 $11,147.21 $9,439.01 $0.00 $418.40 $4,462.83 $8,662.85 $9,137.34 $712.25 $8,400.03 $0.00 $1,521.00 $1,068.75 $8,750.14 $10,587.84 $10,524.70

$76,441.40 $52,542.31 $48,650.01 $43,387.81 $42,049.79 $41,690.10 $40,047.48 $39,171.60 $39,019.11 $38,540.31 $36,284.49 $32,033.04 $31,153.08 $30,765.62 $30,685.68 $30,039.25 $29,764.60 $29,192.63 $27,982.12 $26,009.30 $25,794.78 $23,328.11 $22,710.85 $22,395.33 $21,991.66 $20,140.15 $18,833.41 $18,641.24 $18,490.16 $17,444.56 $17,317.00 $16,987.62 $15,631.31 $14,700.78 $13,945.58 $13,510.62 $13,346.51 $12,459.45 $12,358.16 $12,296.33 $12,176.85 $11,886.54 $11,581.56 $11,566.66 $11,533.76 $11,096.90 $10,902.55 $10,631.90 $10,587.84 $10,524.70

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AFFILIATE LISTING as of December 15, 2016

Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

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Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association

Gem State Stock Horse Association

California Cow Horse Association

Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association

Shawna Husted Box 51 Acme, AB T0M 0A0 CANADA Phone: 403-875-1369 Email: info@cowhorse.ca Website: www.albertareinedcowhorse.ca Cindy Bistodeau PO Box 4473 Cave Creek, AZ 85327 Phone: 928-231-0975 Email: azrcha@gmail.com Website: www.azrcha.com

Tom Iannotti 263 Friendship Rd Monroeville, NJ 08343 Phone: 609-605-7448 Email: friendshipfarm@hotmail.com Website: www.atlanticRCHA.com

Russ Greathouse PO Box 296 Edison, CA 93220 Phone: 559-960-9840 Email: russg06@gmail.com Website: www.californiacowhorse.com

Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association Katie Wilson 1280 Powerhouse Rd. Abbotsford, BC V3G 1T7 CANADA Phone: 604-300-3545 Email: cowponykate@gmail.com Website: www.ccrcha.com

Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association

Jill Roberts 1521 Parr Creek Ln Lewistown, MT 59457 Phone: 406-538-7564 Email: vjroberts@hughes.net Website: www.centralmontanarcha.com

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Jerry Peters PO Box 535 Kiowa, CO 80117 Phone: 303-621-9625 Email: jerry_h_peters@gmail.com Website: www.coloradoreinedcowhorse.com Laura Ruffino Vercellino Via Ghiardi 1 San Martino Canavese, 10010 ITALY Phone: +39 3471104168 Email: spotlightnic@hotmail.it Website: www.ercha.org

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Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association

Jerry & Shirley Beukelman 3398 Can Ada Rd Nampa, ID 83687 Phone: 208-250-5200 Email: sursur@aol.com Website: www.idahoreinedcowhorse.com

Italian Reined Cow Horse Association Eveline Besozzi Via Giuseppe Grilloni 25 2100 Como, ITALY Phone: +39 347 26 22 783 Email: eveline.besozzi@gmail.com Website https nrchaofitaly.com

Midwest Reined Cow Horse Association Susan Tullock 5000 W 175th St Stilwell KS 66085 Phone: 913-515-4683 Email: midwestcowhorse@gmail.com

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc

Margaret Ore PO Box 1604 East Helena, MT 59635 Phone: 406-227-7019 Email: more@mt.net Website: www.montanareinedcowhorse.com

Nevada Reined Cow Horse Association Tina Frisch 2036 Surrey Ln Las Vegas, NV 89119 Phone: 702-204-9277 Email: nevadaRCHA@gmail.com Website: www.nrcha.org

New York Reined Cow Horse Association Cindy Pfeifer 6040 Clearly Rd. Livonia, NY 14487 Phone: 585-749-1764 Email: ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com Website: www.newyorkrcha.com

North Central Reined Cow Horse Association Deb Matko 14221 Furman St. NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 Phone: 612-860-6371 Email: chuckles@visi.com Website: www.ncrcha.com

Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance

Mary Baks 13 Maple Hill Rd RR #2 Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0 CANADA Phone: 519-881-8684 Email: nerchaon@gmail.com Website: www.northeasternreinedcowhorsealliance.com


AFFILIATE LISTING Northern California Reined Cow Horse Association

South Texas Reined Cow Horse Association

Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association

Tara Folsom 21935 Reading Dr Anderson, CA 96007 Phone: 530-518-3753 Email: tarafolsom@yahoo.com Website: www.ncrcha.org

Diane Edwards 15409 203rd Ave SE Renton, WA 98059 Phone: 425-226-6376 Email: diane2bph@outlook.com Website: www.nwrcha.com

Christy McSweeny PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 714-785-1333 Email: ltht@airenetworks.com Website: www.scrcha.com

Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association Zeb Corvin PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-517-1205 Email: zmcorvin@juno.com Website: www.panhandlecowhorse.com

South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association Deb Brown PO Box 655 Buffalo, SD 57720 Phone: 605-797-4514 Email: nphorses@sdplains.com Website: www.sdrcha.com

Tina McCleary 7676 CR 247 Caldwell TX 7786 Phone: 979-218-0633 Email: stillcreektina@gmail.com

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Gay Lenz 11587 Hunt Lane Guthrie, OK 73044 Phone: 405-818-7556 Email: horseshowtack@cox.net Website: www.srcha.org

The Carolinas Reined Cow Horse Association Crystal Ward-Taylor 130 Haigler Rd Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 828-312-2705 Email: cward@carolinafarmcredit.com

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A finance charge of 1. per month (1 APR) will be added to all past due amounts. Membership privileges shall be suspended on accounts greater than 90 days past due and this information will be published in Reined Cow Horse News. There will be a membership reinstatement fee of $75. Current as of December 15, 2016

Agricultural Foundation, Fresno, CA

Robyn Bush, Visalia, CA

Pat Faitz, Lakeland, FL

Thera Myers, Oxnard, CA

Desert Spring Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ

Marcy Campbell, Creston, CA

Robert Frobose, Modesto, CA

Steed Training/Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL

Keetch Ranch, Waddell, AZ

Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY

Miguel Gonzalez, Miami, FL

Jill Serena, Castaic, CA

Del Rey Paint & Qtr Horses/Aneka

Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY

Roy Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY

Schelbeck, Cotton Wood, CA

Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT

Brian&CynthiaHolthouse,SanJuanBautista,CA

Dave Belson, Cave Creek, AZ

Tom Daughetee, Kemmerer, WY

Babcock Ranch/Jim Babcock, Sanger, TX

Bynum Farms/Blair Bynum, Palm City, FL

Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA

Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE

Lazy T Shamrock Ranch/Terry Malarkey,Star,ID

Donnie Boyd, Sarasota, FL

Laura Delfino, Martinez, CA

Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC

Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL

Vernon Smith, Santa Maria, CA Don Stockman, Dayton, TX Dream Cross/Susan Ray Ashley Talbert, Kuna, ID

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Advertisers Index Aaron Ranch ..........................................................................36, 37 Alvin Fults ...................................................................................C2 Amercan Paint Horse Assocation ...............................................109 Bloomer Trailers ..........................................................................69 Bob’s Custom Saddles .................................................................95 Brazos Valley Stallion Station ......................................................79 Breeder Sponsors ......................................................................112 Cable Creek Ranches...................................................................C4 Carol Rose Quarter Horses...........................................................49 Corporate Partners ................................................................98, 99 Cowtrac Systems.........................................................................C3 Dave Grashuis..............................................................................92 DC Cow Horse Gear ........................................................................1 DC Cow Horse Gear ......................................................................89 Dechra Veterinary Products .......................................................103 Dennis Moreland Tack..................................................................57

This index is provided as a service. The publisher does not assume any liability for errors or omissions.

Discount Tire .........................................................................72, 73 DT Horses Llc ........................................................................20, 21 Equibrand ....................................................................................31 Farnam Companies Inc ................................................................39 Gist Silversmiths Inc....................................................................83 Holy Cow Performance Horses...............................................24, 25 J Five Horse Ranch ......................................................................61 Jw Brooks Custom Hat Co ...........................................................59 Markel Insurance.........................................................................51 Matthews Cutting Horses Llc.................................................14, 15 Miller International........................................................................3 National Cutting Horse Association............................................107 Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association ....................................22 National Reined Cow Horse Association & Futurity Sponsors .......33 Nutrena Feed Division ..................................................................43 Nutro Company, The ....................................................................77

Platinum Performance, Inc ............................................................7 Quarter Horse News...................................................................111 Rios Of Mercedes...........................................................................5 Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch ........................................................105 Roitblat, Estelle ...........................................................................93 San Juan Ranch...........................................................................29 San Juan Ranch...........................................................................67 Silver Spurs Equine......................................................................45 Silver Spurs Equine......................................................................87 Southwest Reined Cowhorse Association.......................................9 Spear D Ranch .......................................................................52, 53 Standlee Hay ...............................................................................17 Tom Balding Bits And Spurs.........................................................12 Triple D Ranches..........................................................................23 Ward Ranch.................................................................................13 Western Bloodstock ....................................................................11

SHOW SCHEDULE as of February 24, 2017

AE = Aged Event, HS = Horse Show, SE = Special Event, BS = Bridle Spectacular, AA = All Around Mar 4 - 5 St. Patrick’s Day Cowhorse Event HS cat. 1 & 2 Cannon Falls, MN North Central RCHA Deb Matko Mar 4 - 5 Mar Madness HS cat. 1 Sarasota, FL Gulf Coast CHA Claudia Nichols Mar 9 - 12 Swing Into Spring HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Guthrie, OK Southwest RCHA TBD Mar 11 - 12 Spring Stakes & HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Travagliato, ITALY European RCHA Laura Ruffino 1st Stage Championships Mar 10 - 11 NvRCHA Cowhorse Addiction HS cat. 1 Las Vegas, NV Nevada RCHA Aubree Englert Mar 17 - 19 Mar Madness HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Loveland, CO Colorado RCA Jerry Peters Mar 18 - 19 Pot O’ Gold HS cat. 1 Temecula, CA Southern California RCHAKelley Hartranft Mar 26 - Apr 1 NRCHA Stallion Stakes HS/LAE/cat. 1 Las Vegas, NV NRCHA Apr 6 - 9 Apr Show HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Ardmore, OK Southwest RCHA TBD Apr 22 - 23 Apr Showers HS cat. 1 Sarasota, FL Gulf Coast CHA Claudia Nichols Apr 26 - 30 Sagebrush HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Loveland, CO Colorado RCA Jerry Peters Apr 29 - 30 Spring Fling HS cat. 1 Lubbock, TX Panhandle RCHA Misty Hobbs Apr 28 - 30 Sherri Gilkerson HS cat. 1 Queen Creek, AZ Arizona RCHA Allison Walker Memorial Bridle Spectacular May 5 - 7 Sinsheim Open Pre-Derby HS/LAE cat. 1 Sinsheim, GERMANY N/A Sylvia Bate May 13 - 14 Silver Slate Western Event Series HS/LAE cat. 1 Stavely, AB N/A Terri Holowath May 20 - 21 Cowhorse Startup HS cat. 1 Waterford, ON Northeastern RCA Cindy Pfeifer May 17 - 21 Wild Rag Classic HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Ft. Worth, TX Southwest RCHA TBD May 21 - 22 Windy City Warm Up HS cat. 1 Amarillo, TX Panhandle RCHA Misty Hobbs May 20 - 21 Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial Derby & HS/LAE cat. 1 Temecula, CA Southern California RCHAKelley Hartranft Non Pro Triple Crown May 27 - 28 Silver Spur Classic HS cat. 1 & 2 Cazenovia, NY New York RCHA Cindy Pfeifer May 26 - 29 Drought Buster HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 McCook, NE Colorado RCA Jerry Peters May 27 - 28 May Flowers HS cat. 1 Sarasota, FL Gulf Coast CHA Claudia Nichols Jun 15 - 18 Mountain High HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Estes Park, CO Colorado RCA Jerry Peters Jun 17 - 18 Beef Jerky Jun HS cat. 1 Sarasota, FL Gulf Coast CHA Claudia Nichols Jun 17 - 18 Guns Up Ride N Slide HS cat. 1 Lubbock, TX Panhandle RCHA Misty Hobbs Jun 12 - 18 NRCHA Derby HS/LAE/cat. 1 Paso Robles, CA NRCHA Jul 1 - 2 Red Dirt Rendezvous HS cat. 1 Amarillo, TX Panhandle RCHA Misty Hobbs Jul 8 - 9 Cowhorse Jul Fever HS cat. 1 Waterford, ON Northeastern RCA Chantal Spleiss Jul 8 - 9 Jerico Systems Jul Jubilee HS cat. 1 Temecula, CA Southern California RCHAKelley Hartranft Jul 22 - 23 Cowboy Classic HS cat. 1 & 2 Cazenovia, NY New York RCHA Cindy Pfeifer Aug 12 - 13 Cowgirl Classic HS cat. 1 & 2 Cazenovia, NY New York RCHA Cindy Pfeifer Aug 12 - 13 Silver Slate Western Event Series HS/LAE cat. 1 Stavely, AB N/A Terri Holowath Aug 16 - 20 Pre-Futurity & Horse Show HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Ft. Worth, TX Southwest RCHA TBD Aug 16 - 20 Mid America HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Loveland, CO Colorado RCA Jerry Peters Aug 18 Cowhorse Bonanzna HS cat 1. Ilderton, ON Northeastern RCA Chantal Spleiss Oct 3 - 14 NRCHA Hackamore Classic HS/LAE/cat. 1 Ft. Worth, TX NRCHA Oct 3 - 14 NRCHA Snaf e Bit Futurity HS/LAE/cat. 1 Ft. Worth, T NRCHA Nov 2 - 5 Fall Festival HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2 Amarillo, TX Southwest RCHA TBD

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sylvia.bate@web.de terrih@thecatalystgroup.ca ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com glenz@lenzenterprises.com panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com kelleyh@crtdata.com

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