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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

VOLUME 23, NO. 1

Cowtown Countdown THE 2018 NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW

NRCHA MERIT AWARD WINNERS

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2017 NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS


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VOLUME 23, NUMBER 1 PRIMO MORALES

FEATURES 22 The Charismatic Champion NRCHA Professional Russell Dilday is known as much for his dynamic personality as his lengthy list of accomplishments in the show pen.

26 Top of the Class

Meet the NRCHA 2017 Regional Champions.

76 Earning Merit

The NRCHA Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding equine performers.

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NRCHA Stallion Auction Bridle Spectacular News Quotable NRCHyA News

IN EVERY ISSUE

82 The 2017 Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Level 1 Limited Open Champion Wyatt Fisher riding RD Play It Again Sam, a 2012 gelding owned by his parents, JJ and Teresa Fisher.

NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW 82 Celebrate in Cowtown

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions offers something for everyone.

88 A Gathering of Greatness

What to expect at the DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman.

94 Preparation & Success

NRCHA Professionals talk about the unique challenges of competing in the prestigious DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman.

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

On the cover: The 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman John Swales riding the 7P Ranch’s Heza Diamond Spark.

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Volume 23, Number 1

WELCOME TO 2018!

The process of turning the calendar page to a new year always comes with a degree of anticipation. Whether 2017 was your best year ever, or one you are happy to have officially in the past, a fresh slate stretches out before us for the next 12 months. We cannot predict everything that 2018 will hold. However, we do know some of the things that the NRCHA has in store, and they are exciting to contemplate. It seems that every year we make exciting announcements about the opportunity to win bigger paychecks in NRCHA competition during the season ahead, and 2018 is no different. National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event exhibitors will enjoy substantial increases in added money in 2018—$65,500 in all— with a particular boost to the Open Bridle classes at three of the NRCHA’s major shows, thanks to one of our most

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loyal sponsors, Holy Cow Performance Horses. You can read more in this issue’s “Sponsor Spotlight.” Goal-setting and achieving dreams are always part of ushering in a new year, and you would be hard pressed to find a more forward-looking and optimistic group of people than our NRCHA members. The enthusiasm and excitement that our owners, breeders and riders display is positively infectious. They always work toward developing the next great horse and achieving the next huge score for that sought-after win. If you’ve been holding back or waiting for the “perfect moment” to jump in to the NRCHA, make 2018 the year that you realize there is no time like the present. Shop the sales, put a horse in training with the top pro you’ve admired, or swing a leg over your dream horse and ride into the arena at an NRCHA Premier Event. People in the horse industry are hardwired to get excited each January 1, the day our prospects and performers officially become one year older and one year closer to whatever ambitious goals we have set for them. Whether you have a foal of 2016 just getting started under saddle, a 3-year-old aimed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, a Derby-age horse scheduled for one of our Premier Events, or an advanced horse stepping up to the two-rein, the bridle or World’s Greatest Horseman, I wish you health, prosperity, great rides and good luck in the year to come. All the best, Jay Winborn

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NRCHA OFFICERS & DIRECTORS: President: Todd Bergen Vice President: Paul Bailey Secretary: Sandy Collier Treasurer: Trey Neal NRCH Foundation: Ted Robinson

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Executive Director: Jay Winborn Executive Administrator: Kelley Hartranft Membership: Barbara Nahlik Shows: Allison Walker Accounting: Joy Galvan

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Real Cowboys. Real Boots.

THE OFFICIAL BOOT OF THE NRCHA


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NRCHA ELECTION RESULTS From NRCHA President Todd Bergen

JEREMY HEID

As we get underway with the 2018 show season, it is always exciting to look forward to crowning our World Champions and World’s Greatest Horseman in Fort Worth, Texas. There are also some important leadership changes that take place during this event as our Board of Directors welcomes the newly elected members who were voted in by the NRCHA membership in the most recent election cycle at the end of 2017. The Board also appoints its new slate of officers during its first meeting of the new year in Fort Worth. There are two returning Board members and two new Board members coming in this year after the election. Todd Crawford is a very familiar face and name, as one of our top riders and a past

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NRCHA President. Amanda Gardiner is coming back to the Board as well. And we have two top professionals— Corey Cushing and Boyd Rice—who have been chosen by our members for leadership roles on the board. All of our board members have a tremendous amount to offer. Being in a leadership role for the association is not something any of the directors take lightly. The decisions and choices we make have an impact on our members and on the future of the association, and all of my colleagues on the board have that uppermost in their minds during every discussion and vote. All of us want what is best for the association. As members, please keep in mind that your voice and your input does count, and we encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback about ways we can make our shows and programs better in the year ahead. I am proud to have worked alongside such a worthy group on the Board of Directors and look forward to another productive year in 2018.

—Todd Bergen

2017 SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY OWNERS FUND DONORS Aaron Ranch Kathy and Larry Barker Beechfork Ranch/Kelly Krum Larry and Ellen Bell Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate Brazos Valley Stallion Station Michelle Cannon Carroll’s Cutting CD Lights CR Sis, LLC/Luna Construction/ Silvera Produce Sales, Inc. Dom Conicelli Cutting Horse Central/Mark Michels Gardiner Quarter Horses Hooray Ranch/Eric and Wendy Dunn Kit Kat Sugar/Lonnie and Barbara Allsup Kevin and Sydney Knight Roxanne Koepsell Performance Horses Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews Metallic Cat Ltd. Kit and Charlie Moncrief/ Moncrief Ranches Russ Mothershead Oswood Stallion Station Rockin W Carol Rose Russell Ranches/ James, Ellen and Erin Russell San Juan Ranch/ Santa Cruz Animal Health Smooth Talkin Style/ Bobby and Dottie Hill Stuart Ranch Wharton Family Quarter Horses WR This Cats Smart


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THE 2018 NRCHA STALLION AUCTION DONORS The National Reined Cow Horse Association thanks all of the gracious stallion owners below who have donated breedings to the annual NRCHA Stallion Service Online Auction. Thank you to the bidders who have participated in this year’s auction. For additional information on how to participate in future NRCHA Stallion Service Online Auctions, visit NRCHA.com. STALLION

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A Double Shot Of Jack

C&J Quarter Horses

Jacqueline S. Owens

Pepto Cee Lena

H Y Performance Horses

Roman Dinn

Automatic Cat

The Ranch Equine

John & Melanie Lowrance

Peptos Rapper MiniMe

4x4 Performance Horses

Martha Hayward

Bamacat

6666 Ranch

Bamacat Syndicate

Playdox

The Ranch Equine

Jimmy Jack Biffle

Bet Hesa Cat

6666 Ranch

Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate

Reys A Shine

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Go Performance Horses

Blue One Time

Alpha Equine

Victor Cattle Co.

Rockin W

6666 Ranch

Rockin W Syndicate

Brennas Golden Dunit

High Plains Genetics

Remedy Ranch

Sanman

SDP Buffalo Ranch

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Brother Jackson

Ken Wold Training Stables

Daniel Perez

SDP Blue Blood

Darren Miller Stables

Blue Blood Partners

Cadescat

Rockin En Ranch

Lisa Nelson

Shady Lil Starlight

Weatherford Equine Breeding Center

Holy Cow Performance Horses

Call Me Mitch

Santa Lucia Farm

Estelle Roitblat

Sigala Rey

SDP Buffalo Ranch

S&P Worldwide, LLC

Cats Merada

Alpha Equine

Furst Ranch

Smart Boons

The Ranch Equine

Eric & Wendy Dunn

Cattalou

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Creek Plantation

Smart Lena Boon

Running T Farms, LLC

Kip DeFoor

Catty Hawk

Weatherford Equine Breeding Center

Cowan Ranch

Smart Luck

Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses

Cable Creek Ranch

CD Diamond

Oswood Stallion Station

San Juan Ranch

Steppin On Sparks

SDP Buffalo Ranch

HDC Quarter Horses

CD Highlights

Santa Lucia Farm

Linda Katz

Stunned

Performance Equine Associates

TJ Good Performance Horses

CD Lights

Alpha Equine

Danny Motes & Winston Hansma

Surely A Pepto

The Ranch Equine

Jimmy Jack Biffle

Desires Little Rex

Alpha Equine

Victor Cattle Co.

The Chex Factor

5000 Ranch

Julie Leonard

Diablos Painted Doc

Premiere Breeding Services

Peggy Cummings

Third Cutting

SDP Buffalo Ranch

The Alley Family

Dual R Smokin

Oswood Stallion Station

J 5 Ranch Horse Management

This Guns For Nic

SDP Buffalo Ranch

J&S Partnership

Fantastic Cat

Oswood Stallion Station

CB Supreme Ranch & Robert Guillory

This One Time

Vista Equine Colorado

Whispering Willows Ranch

Freckled Leo Lena

Washington Animal Clinic

Freckled Leo Lena, LLC

Time For The Diamond

Oswood Stallion Station

Triple D Ranches

Gotta Go Get It

Hansons River Ranch

Diane Schaffer

Tomcat Chex

Amazing Grace Ranch

Rick & Jalinda Covey

Hes Wright On

Brazos Valley Stallion Station

Hes Wright On Partnership

TR Dual Rey

SDP Buffalo Ranch

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Heza Shiney Kodo

Holy Cow Performance Horses

Holy Cow Performance Horses

Travelin Jonez

The Ranch Equine

Chris Dawson

Hickory Holly Time

Oswood Stallion Station

DT Horses

WR This Cats Smart

6666 Ranch

Wagonhound Land & Livestock

High Brow CD

Brazos Valley Stallion Station

Grace Ranch

Zezes Pepto Cat

Neel Ranch

Tom & Lorna Neel

Hired Gun

The Ranch Equine

John & Melanie Lowrance

Hydrive Cat

SDP Buffalo Ranch

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Legendary Speed

R&R Ranch

2R Brand, LLC

Lethal Dual

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Adam Conrad

Light N Lena

SDP Buffalo Ranch

72 Ranch

Lil Catbaloo

Oswood Stallion Station

Gene & Michelle Morris

Lil Dreamin Magnum

Stony Ford Ranch, LLC

Stony Ford Ranch

Lil Spoon

SDP Buffalo Ranch

The Alley Family

Matt Dillon Dun It

Alpha Equine

Victor Cattle Co.

Metallic Echo

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Sandance Equine, LLC

Mylanta Lena

Santa Lucia Farm

Santa Lucia Farm

Neat Little Cat

Buckeye Equine

Jim & Judy Spaulding

No Guns Please

The Ranch Equine

James Frahm

Once A Von A Time

Holy Cow Performance Horses

Holy Cow Performance Horses

Once You Go Black

SDP Buffalo Ranch

Alexis Stephas

One Fine Vintage

Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center

Robertson Ranches

One Time Pepto

Oswood Stallion Station

Matthews Cutting Horses

One Time Royalty

Oswood Stallion Station

SDM Quarter Horses Pty Ltd.

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PREMIER EVENT HORSE SHOW CLASS DIVISIONS EXPAND IN 2018 By Stephanie Duquette

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fied and entered in the corresponding Open division. The new Intermediate Open division also applies to Bridle Spectaculars in 2018. An Intermediate Open division will be offered in the Bridle Spectacular at the 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Derby. Each event will offer $5,000 added money to the

Intermediate division, and Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular entries must also enter the Open division. For more information about the new Intermediate Open divisions in the horse show classes and spectaculars, contact the NRCHA Office at 940-4881500. Eligibility lists for the current Top 20 Open riders can be found at www.NRCHA.com > Resources > Top Riders. PRIMO MORALES

he 2018 National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event lineup offers more opportunities to earn paychecks, with the addition of a new Intermediate Open division in the Open Bridle and Open Hackamore classes. The new Intermediate Open horse show class is open to any rider who is not on the top 20 Open rider listing, based on Open money won in the past three years at NRCHA-approved events. Intermediate Open Bridle and Intermediate Open Hackamore classes will be run concurrent with the corresponding Open classes, but according to the NRCHA Rulebook, cannot be run as stand alone classes. The Intermediate Open Bridle and Intermediate Open Hackamore divisions will be offered at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada; the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California; and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas. There will be no World Championships awarded for the Intermediate Open Bridle or Intermediate Open Hackamore divisions, but these classes will be offered at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in the Open Bridle and the Open Hackamore in 2019. As in the regular show season, eligible riders may not enter the Intermediate as a stand alone; they must also have quali-

Intermediate Open-eligible rider Clayton Edsall, showing Too Long Til Autumn in the Bridle at the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes.


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QUOTABLE To do this event, you’ve got to have a passion, not just for the event, but for the horse. It’s not easy. It’s very humbling, of course, and you just got to keep grinding it every day, just try to chip away and get better.” — NRCHA Professional Brad Lund, of LaCygne, Kansas Brad Lund and Little Bunny Fou Fou, (Meradas Money Talks x Lucky Baylite x Grays Starlight), a 2006 mare owned by Melissa Ann Miller.

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NRCHYA NEWS By Lannie-Jo Lisac Photos by Primo Morales

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hat a great year 2017 was for the National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association! The NRCHyA Officers, Representatives and Junior Officers set a goal to increase the overall youth membership this year. Our goal was to have 300 members by the end of 2017. We all worked hard to promote the NRCHyA at local shows, clinics and high school rodeo events. The NRCHyA now has 345 active members at the end of 2017. That is up from the previous year by 89 members. The growth has been consistent over the past five years. In 2012 there was 145 active members in the NRCHyA. As an organization, we are very pleased with the increase of membership this year.

Of course, with the increased membership comes increased class entries. In 2017 there were a total of 1,469 youth entries! This number includes the 13-and-under divisions. In 2012,

National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association members received scholarships from the NRCHA, presented by Jay Winborn (left) and Todd Bergen (right), at the NRCHA year-end banquet.

///// YOUTH MEMBERS BY STATE: Top 5 States TX CA CO OK ID

Josh Briggs is the firstever NRCHyA High School Rodeo Representative and made the Celebration of Champions Youth Bridle Finals in February 2017.

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2017 # of Youth Member 66 49 34 30 18

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# of Members 145 247 246 278 256 345


there were 670 total youth entries. This is great news for the future of NRCHyA and its continued growth. The NRCHA also saw youth entries increase at the Premier Events, which lead to the NRCHA Board to approve Youth Bridle Spectaculars and Youth Limited Spectaculars to be added to the NRCHA Stakes and the NRCHA Derby in 2018. Thank you to the NRCHA Board for giving us this opportunity! The NRCHyA Officers would like to

invite all youth members to these shows to participate in these new classes. Thank you to everyone who supports the NRCHyA throughout the year! We will continue to work hard and find ways to keep growing youth participation within the reined cow horse industry. We wish everyone the best of luck in 2018 and we’re ready to kick-off the year with a bang at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, February 9-17, 2018.

2018 SHOW SCHEDULE March 2nd – 4th

DDJ Welding Classic #1 & #2 Oregon Horse Center, Eugene, OR Judges: Doug Ingersoll

April 27th – 29th

Cow Girl Classic #1 & #2 NW Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden, WA Judges: Margo Ball/ Bozo Rogers

June 1st – 3rd

Cow Horse Challenge Spectacular Grant County Fairgrounds, Moses Lake, WA Judges: Marilyn Randall/ Frank Craighead

LaRae Luis won the High School Rodeo challenge at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in February 2017. Luis is currently serving as the NRCHyA Treasurer.

July 16th – July 22rd

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YB entries 37 43 48 49

YB13 entries 0 5 6 7

YL entries 54 76 80 96

YL13 entries 15 32 37 40

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2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 179 349 196 208 274 321 366 381 414 491 459 496 411 529 502 742 805 823 49 164 171 194 3 40 23 38 670 808 692 619 803 875 1312 1380 1469

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CHAMPION

NRCHA Professional Russell Dilday is known as much for his dynamic personality as his lengthy list of accomplishments in the show pen.

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ome professional horse trainers are renowned for their long list of championships and impressive show earnings. Others become famous for a dynamic personality or charismatic style. A few, like Russell Dilday, of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, are known for both. Dilday, 47, was raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the heart of reined cow horse country, although he did not choose the professional horse trainer’s path until adulthood. His grandfather, Phil Stadtler, who passed away in 2011, was a legendary California cattle trader. Dilday’s parents, Hoss and Carolyn, helped him grow up horseback, and he learned from an early age to embrace the cowboy way. The skills Dilday acquired with that lifestyle naturally led him to employment on ranches in his home state of California, as well as Nevada, Arizona and even Australia. Dilday’s transition from cowboy to reined cow horse trainer began when he became an apprentice to iconic National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of

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No stirrup, no problem. Russell Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker clinch the 2009 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Championship, the second of three they would win together, in Stephenville, Texas.

Fame horseman Greg Ward. The late, legendary California trainer and four-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, often simply described as “The Master,” introduced Dilday to new levels of horsemanship. Like many of Ward’s assistants and students, riding with “The Master” humbled Dilday with the revelation of all there was to learn about training a reined cow horse. Even today, after achieving more than $586,000 in NRCHA earnings and winning the World’s Greatest Horseman Championship an unprecedented three times, Dilday, when interviewed, frequently refers to his early days as “a Limited Open cowboy kid”

and promises his horses, a bit wistfully, that “someday, I will quit getting in the way.” Dilday’s natural humility and constant craving for better horsemanship, coupled with his boundless sense of fun, ready smile, friendly nature and genuine love for what he does, have made him a beloved figure with countless fans in the reined cow horse industry. Before he became established as a trainer, those traits helped the likable cowboy with the huge grin achieve one critical element of success that every professional horseman needs to succeed: owners who believe in him.


Longtime friends have served as the backbone of Dilday’s training business. His earliest recorded NRCHA earnings, in 1998, were achieved in a Limited Open Hackamore class aboard Docs Chantilly (Docs Prescription x Chantilly Sugar x Sugar Vandy), a 1994 mare owned by Scott and Darnell Trueblood. Did anyone, at that time, suspect that the $112 check would be the first step to a career that would rewrite NRCHA history? Maybe so, maybe not—but the fact that the Truebloods maintained a decades-long relationship with Dilday speaks volumes about the integrity Dilday has maintained throughout his career. In 2013, Scott Trueblood won the NRCHA Non Pro Two Rein World Championship on his homebred gelding Just Plain Hip (Hickorys Indian Pep x Miss Plain Plain x Just Plain Colonel), a horse Dilday has also shown in the Open. [Pedigree enthusiasts will note that Miss Plain Plain is also the dam of the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion horse, Plain Catty (x Bet Hesa Cat), shown by Jake Gorrell, of Hanford, California, one of Dilday’s close friends.] Trueblood, a softspoken cattleman from Ducor, California, described, in his 2013 post-win inter-

view, the longstanding relationship with Dilday, which drew him into the world of NRCHA competition. “I always admired show horses and decided to try it. Russell was doing day work and decided to train. We sent horses to Russell, and one thing led to another. He got really good at what he does, and we’re just along for the ride with him,” Trueblood said. “He lived right down the road, and I was there every day, whether I was riding or not. We’re friends. We miss him.” Trueblood mentioned missing his friend at that time because Dilday, with his wife, Tanna, and their sons, Ace and Colt, had recently pulled up stakes from their longtime home in Porterville, California, and moved to Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where they now own and operate their Dilday Ranch training facility.

THE HORSE THAT BUILT ME Besides loyal clients, every up-andcoming young professional who craves success in the NRCHA looks for that special breakthrough horse to help elevate him to the winner’s circle and instill confidence, not only in himself, but in the rest of the industry, that he is capable of great-

ness. For Dilday, without a doubt, that horse was Topsails Rien Maker (Topsail Cody x Jameen Gay x Toby Gay Bar), known to his legions of fans as “Slider.” So intertwined were the careers and successes of Russell and Slider that one is rarely mentioned without the other. Together, they became a whole being that was greater than the sum of its parts. Slider was inducted to the NRCHA Hall of Fame in 2017. The 1999 stallion’s life was cut short after a battle with kidney disease. Dilday, who was his co-owner with longtime friend Kevin Cantrelle, said goodbye to the great stallion in May 2016. When Dilday talks about Topsails Rien Maker, he continually emphasizes the impact the petite powerhouse stallion had on his career and his life. “He won when I had other horses that weren’t. Everybody knows how it is when you’re starting out, and you’re struggling, and how you can struggle along forever and ever and ever. I just didn’t have a lot of horses winning a lot, then,” Dilday recalled of the early years with Topsails Rien Maker. “He kept me exposed to the public. I had other really, really good horses—great ones,

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Left: Pepinic Chex, the first horse to carry Dilday to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals, continued in his program to be a champion bridle horse. Pepinic Chex is owned by Victoria Lingua. Far left: All-around horses have been a staple of Dilday’s long and successful career. In 2015, after riding the mare for only a short time, he showed Jennys Spark (Shining Spark x Jenny Montana x Docs Hickory), at the World’s Greatest Horseman in Fort Worth, Texas, for the 2006 mare’s owner Jim Gauthier. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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he places on his human in my personal opinion, like horse Topsails Rien Maker, Dilday won the NRCHA connections. Miss Plain Plain. She was World’s Greatest Horseman According to Cantrelle, a wonderful horse for me. Championship an unprecRussell and Tanna Dilday She won a lot of money and edented three times. are “best friends” to him that helped my business. But Topsails Rien Maker was the first reined cow horse Breyer and his wife, Tammy, when she was gone, then model, and Dilday made which only made the expeSlider was there and kept me numerous public signing rience of being involved going.” appearances as the legions with Topsails Rien Maker Dilday practically refuses of “Slider” fans stood in line. more special. From his perto take credit for training spective, Cantrelle says the relationship Slider, insisting that the horse’s exceptional ability shined through in spite of, between Slider and Dilday was unprecedented. not because of, Dilday’s participation. “You could see the connection between “He was so easy, it wasn’t even like Russell and Slider. You don’t see that work. He always stopped, always turned around, always went with the cow. So it between every trainer and the horse was basically just ride him. I was just rid- they’re riding. There are trainers that ing around doing the most basic things. have had special horses, but that horse Go right with the cow, go left with the loved Russell and he loved that horse,” cow, spin him around, run him down and Cantrelle said. These days, Dilday continues to develstop him, and he did it, and I put him op show horses while running the ranch away. He was simple,” Dilday said. The horse who would eventually go in Oklahoma and maintaining a lesson on to be the NRCHA’s No. 1 horse for and clinic schedule. As always, he looks an incredible 5-year time span, with toward the future, and is not ruling out $335,612 in lifetime earnings, was co- the possibility of Cantrelle/Dilday coowned by Dilday and longtime friend owned horses with Topsails Rien Maker Kevin Cantrelle, another example of the on their papers appearing in the show enduring relationships that have defined pen in the years to come. The partners Dilday’s career and underscore the value have a limited amount of frozen semen 24 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

////// HIGHLIGHTS FROM RUSSELL DILDAY’S $586,708 NRCHA CAREER August, 2011: National Stock Horse Association World’s Richest Stock Horse/Champion/Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Cantrelle & Dilday February, 2011: NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman/Champion/Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Cantrelle & Dilday February, 2009: NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman/Champion/Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Cantrelle & Dilday February, 2008: NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman/Champion/Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Cantrelle & Dilday October, 2007: NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals/Mister Rein Maker/owned by Russell & Tanna Dilday February, 2005: NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship/Topsails Rien Maker/owned by Cantrelle & Dilday February, 2005: NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman/Reserve Champion/Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood June, 2004: NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman/ Reserve Champion/Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood September, 2003: First time to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals/Pepinic Chex, owned by Victoria Lingua June, 2003: World’s Greatest Horseman/3rd Place/Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood (Miss Plain Plain is currently owned by Kevin Cantrelle) September, 2002: NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity/ Limited Open Reserve Champion/Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Dana Roulet November, 1998: NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity/ Limited Open Champion/Pocos Royal Cutter, owned by Frederic C. Marrs April, 1998: First NRCHA paycheck/3rd place Limited Open Hackamore/Moody Ranch Horse Show/ Docs Chantilly, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood

from Slider and intend to use it on carefully chosen mares. “Kevin and I are going to partner on a really good mare that he has,” Dilday said. “I don’t have very many rounds of it left so I’m going to pick a couple three or four mares… and it’s just going to be mares I really think will suit him.”


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TOPOF THE CLASS Meet the NRCHA 2017 Regional Champions. By Stephanie Duquette, Bridget Kirkwood & Bonnie Wheatley

Competing in one of the eight geographic regions into which the National Reined Cow Horse Association is divided gives members the opportunity to earn points toward regional titles. NRCHA Regional Champions are crowned in each of the 15 horse show classes, and we proudly introduce you to these winning horse and rider teams who made it to the top of the class in 2017.

NORTH CENTRAL REGION Open Bridle Champion

KICKOFF TIME/LANCE SCHEFFEL

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For the second year in a row, National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Lance Scheffel teamed up with Kari Ann Laufenberg’s multi-talented stallion, Kickoff Time, to claim the Open Bridle Championship in the North Central Region. Kickoff Time (A Chic In Time x Sable Gal x Peppys Boy 895) was foaled in 2008. His owner, Laufenberg, is sure their paths crossed for a reason. She has owned the stallion, known around the barn as “Reno,” since he was a yearling. The acupuncturist from Jim Falls,

Wisconsin, had recently lost her mother when she traveled to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale in 2009. As part of her grieving process, Laufenberg decided to act on her long-held dream of owning a reined cow horse. “I’ve always been interested in the cow horse world. After the tragic loss of my mother, I realized life is too short to hold back, and that we should do what we love while we can. After my mom’s death, God literally led me straight to Reno’s stall at the Snaffle Bit Futurity sale and said, ‘This is your horse.’ I will never forget that moment,” she said, after Kickoff Time’s 2016 North Central Region Championship.

Laufenberg also credits her higher power for leading her to Scheffel’s program six years ago. “God knew we needed guidance, and Lance has proven to be just the trainer for the job,” she said. “He is an amazing teacher, trainer and friend. I believe in his program and trust him 100 percent. He is honest, loyal to all the horses and always strives for excellence.” She describes Kickoff Time as a “versatile, multi-talented, hard working horse. When it comes to his job, he’s all business. He also has a very playful side and values his food and rest as any great athlete does.” Laufenberg, like most champion stallion owners, has looked to her horse’s future as a sire. Kickoff Time has sired some promising foals out of proven mares, and as they come of riding age, the anticipation builds each day for the years ahead. “Kickoff Time’s future and that of his offspring is blessed. As long as we always do our best, stay correct and do what’s right as a team, we are successful,” Laufenberg said. “I would like to thank God for loving me and trusting me to be a good steward over such an amazing animal. The journey has been beyond words and the opportunities are endless.”

The North Central Region Open Bridle Champion was Kickoff Time, a 2008 stallion shown by Lance Scheffel for owner Kari Laufenberg.


Limited Open Bridle Champion

HEY SAN KAI/TACK LOUTHAN PERFORMANCE HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tack Louthan and Hey San Kai won the North Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship, a nice followup to Louthan’s first NRCHA title with “Cody” last year. They are pictured here in a Limited Open Hackamore run that helped them achieve the 2016 North Central Region Championship in that division.

Non Pro Bridle, Intermediate Non Pro Bridle & Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

JECCA OSTRANDER/BOXO HEAVENS BLUE

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

JECCA OSTRANDER/BOXO VALENTINES CAT

A four-letter word underscored the four NRCHA Regional Championships that Gordon, Nebraska, rancher and horsewoman Jecca Ostrander took home in 2017. “I LOVE cow horse, LOVE the people, LOVE the sport and the challenge it presents,” Ostrander declared. Three of her titles came in the Non Pro Bridle division. Ostrander and her home-bred 2008 gelding, Boxo Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King x Snippy Blue Card x Maisies Blue), swept the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Novice Non Pro Championships in the North Central Region. PERFORMANCE HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Another repeat champion comes to us in the North Central Region, as Hey San Kai and Tack Louthan move up the ranks to claim the Limited Open Bridle title for the 2012 gelding’s owner, Howard Haythorn. In 2016, Louthan and the horse he calls “Cody” were the Limited Open Hackamore Champions in the North Central Region. Louthan, an up-and-coming professional in Elbert, Colorado, hung out his own shingle last year after spending some quality time working for Colorado trainer Jason Patrick, and then Haythorn Ranch Company Horses in Maxwell, Nebraska. The Haythorn Ranch is where Louthan first met Hey San Kai (Hey Houston x San Kai 124 x Peppy San Kai) as a 2-yearold in his colt-starting string. The young horseman saw plenty of promise in the multi-talented gelding. “He can run and stop more consistently than any horse I’ve ever been on. He will stop in any kind of ground. Cody is just consistent. He is the same horse every day. He doesn’t get shaken up by anything. He just tries to be as good as he can be, and he’s honest,” Louthan said, after

Cody carried him to his first NRCHA Regional Championship in 2016.

Jecca Ostrander and her home-raised Boxo Heavens Blue scored a hat trick in the North Central Region, winning three Championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Bridle divisions.

As a foal, Boxo Heavens Blue earned his nickname, “Burnt,” because of his pink nose. As an adult, he established a reputation as a stellar performer. “He sunburned his nose as a baby, and was ‘Burnt.’ It stuck like bubblegum,”

Ostrander said. “I raised Burnt, so we are a team. My nephew, Clay Volmer, trained him to show in the AQHA Ranching Heritage events. We have continued from there. He is super gritty on a cow, if challenged. This year, at a [Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association] show in McCook, Nebraska, we scored a 76 down the fence. It was so amazing! Burnt does so well with a tough cow. He loves to be dominant. He also stops every time, and so very deep.” Another product of Ostrander’s breeding program, Boxo Valentines Cat (Palo Duro Cat x Tracis Blue Roan x Roan Ambrose), carried her to her fourth North Central Region Championship in the Non Pro Hackamore division. The 2012 mare has followed a similar career path as Boxo Heavens Blue. Both horses were trained and seasoned by her nephew, Clay Volmer, in preparation for Ostrander to take the reins. Boxo Valentines Cat, nicknamed “Savannah” by Clay’s wife, Carrie, who observed that the mare’s buckskin coat resembled the color of the African savanna, did well as a 3-year-old. “She made the finals in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open with Clay riding. She also placed 3rd in the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship with Clay,” Ostrander said. “I took Savannah home from the Futurity last year and showed her through the fall and the past year. She is very gritty and cowy.” Ostrander admits her young mare presents a different set of challenges than her seasoned bridle gelding. “She is pretty tough down the fence, but she and I struggle to rein well together. I plan to show Savannah at least another year and then put her in my broodmare band. I’d like to work toward a Supreme Reined Cow Horse award with her.” Ostrander and her husband, Cash, maintain a thriving horse program and REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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The trainer/owner team behind Suens Little Cat says the highlight of the 2017 show season was the North Central Reined Cow Horse Association Spring Spectacular Derby, where Gallentine and Peanut swept the Championship in all three Derby Open divisions. If Suens Little Cat and Gallentine faced any challenge during the 2017 show season, it was “anything to do with reining.” However, the mare’s natural talent down the fence made up for whatever difficulties the rein work presented. “She’s a fence pony!” Gallentine said. Gallentine appreciates the help from several mentors in connection with his success, including Kyle Noyce, Robert Chown, Greg Beutenmiller, Chris Dawson, Luke Jones and Monty Bruce. PRIMO MORALES

In their first year of showing together, Ostrander and Boxo Valentines Cat earned the North Central Region Non Pro Hackamore title.

Open Hackamore Champion

SUENS LITTLE CAT/RYAN GALLENTINE

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Suens Little Cat, shown by NRCHA Professional Ryan Gallentine, captured the North Central Region Open Hackamore Championship for the mare’s owners, Steve and Julie Mattson.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

MEG RALSTON/ NIC STOLE MY HEART

The North Central Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion was Meg Ralston, riding her 2011 mare Nic Stole My Heart (Shining Lil Nic x Paddys Stolen Heart x Paddys Irish Whiskey).

Youth Bridle Champion

TYLOR TODD/SMART REM N BE

Tylor Todd and Smart Rem N Be (Very Smart Remedy x Be Bob To Reno x Bob Acre Doc) teamed up to win the Youth Bridle Championship in the North Central Region. Tylor and her 2006 gelding have been a team for the past two years, and name their 2017 show season highlight as “scoring a 147 at the Estes Park, Colorado, show.” Todd, a 14-year-old from Rexford, Kansas, started showing cow horses when she was 8. She and Smart Rem N Be also compete in High School Rodeo, focusing on reined cow horse, cutting and breakaway roping. She names NRCHA Professionals Darren Miller, EJ Laubscher and Jeremy Knowles as her horsemanship mentors, and says her future goals include qualifying for the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

COURTESY JAY TODD

A fierce mare with “miles of heart and tons of grit,” claimed the North Central Region Open Hackamore Championship. Suens Little Cat (Boon Too Suen x Cant Track This Cat x High Brow Cat) was shown by NRCHA Professional Ryan Gallentine, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, for owners Steven and Julie Mattson, of Rogers, Minnesota. Gallentine started riding Suens Little Cat shortly after the Mattsons bought her in 2012, when she was a 2-year-old. Her owners quickly decided a name change was in order, although part of her original title follows her around the barn. “Her nickname is ‘Peanut.’ When we bought her, her registered name was ‘Boiled Peanut,’” Mattson said.

Kathryn (Smart Lena Boon x Chukas Misty x Shorty Lena), shown by EJ Laubscher for owners Dallas and Beverly Talkington.

WR LIL ANGEL/CHRIS ANDERSON

The North Central Region Open Hackamore Champion was WR Lil Angel (WR This Cats Smart x Flips Lil Angel x Colonel Flip), a 2013 mare, shown by Chris Anderson for owner Ike Anderson.

Open Two Rein Champion

KATHRYN/EJ LAUBSCHER

The North Central Region Open Two Rein Champion was the 2011 mare

The Youth Bridle Champion was Tylor Todd, who claimed her second consecutive North Central Region title in that division aboard Smart Rem N Be.


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MAISEN AVENT/JOJO TARI

COURTESY AVENT FAMILY

Maisen Avent and Jojo Tari, the 2017 North Central Region Non Pro Limited Champions.

Non Pro Limited Champion

KATIE MATUSIO/SM JUST IN TIME

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College student Nicole Westfall kept a balance with school and showing to win the North Central Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship aboard Chicks Moonshine Vic.

PERFORMANCE HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie Matusio, of Calhan, Colorado, piloted SM Just In Time (A Chic In Time x Doc N Cocoa x Dox Coco Lena) to the 2017 North Central Region Non Pro Limited Championship. It was Matusio’s third year of showing, and she says the news came as a surprise. “I am truly shocked to learn that I was the regional division champion. I hadn’t been tracking the standings so I was surprised when a fellow competitor sent me a message congratulating me. We don’t go to all the shows, or campaign very heavily, so to have won this award was a great honor for me,” she said. Matusio and SM Just In Time, a 2004 gelding nicknamed “Calvin,” formed an immediate bond when they first teamed up three years ago. “A good friend of ours had his gelding for sale, and asked if I wanted to show him in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited class

the 2017 North Central Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship with her 2009 gelding, Chicks Moonshine Vic (Cats Moonshine x Cremes Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena). PERFORMANCE HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

For the second year in a row, Maisen Avent, 13, of Elbert, Colorado, captured the North Central Region Championship riding the 2009 mare Jojo Tari (Little Polo Joe x Tari Acre x Bob Acre Doc), owned by her father, NRCHA Professional Lavert Avent.

until he was sold to let me learn the ropes. I clicked instantly with the horse, and bought him that summer. And ever since, we have been learning and growing together. He will, no matter what, drag his butt when you say ‘whoa.’ He is very honest that way. He also lives to work a cow, and has so much cow sense, it makes it that much more fun. He has taught me so much, and tries so hard for me. I really love this horse’s heart,” she said. Matusio’s husband, Matt, is a professional trainer, with a focus on cutting horses. She credits him with giving her a solid foundation to succeed in the reined cow horse arena. “I owe a big thank you to my husband and trainer, Matt Matusio. He has taught me so much about how to work a cow, good working position, and how to read cows. I’ve learned a lot from him over the years, but he has also been my biggest cheerleader throughout. I am also thankful for the camaraderie with my fellow competitors and other trainers we compete with, for all the support and advice throughout the season.”

Katie Matusio rode SM Just In Time to the North Central Non Pro Limited Championship, her first major NRCHA title.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

NICOLE WESTFALL/CHICKS MOONSHINE VIC

Juggling saddle time and study time was a challenge for Nicole Westfall, but her effort paid off when she claimed

“I struggled to keep up on my school work and still get my horses ridden and shown. It was a hard balance, but definitely worth it,” the 21-year-old Calhan, Colorado, college student says, naming the regional championship as “by far the biggest accomplishment” with the horse she has ridden for the past two years. “He is so athletic that even if we make a mistake, he makes up for it somewhere else, and he has a ton of try. He can spin like a top and is wicked on a cow!” Westfall and the horse she calls “Tucker” closed out the 2017 show season by winning a year-end high point saddle in the CRCA show series. Westfall plans to close the book on her Non Pro Limited career by moving up to the fence work classes in 2018, a fitting progression for her upbringing. “I showed in the Youth Limited when I was quite a bit younger, and then got out of it for a while. Three years ago, I entered the show pen again, and couldn’t imagine ever leaving it. My parents showed when I was younger, and I was lucky enough to get to show alongside them,” Westfall said.


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$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

DOUGLAS GRENDELL/KR NO COMPLAINTS

In his second year of showing reined cow horses, Douglas Grendell, of Kiowa, Colorado, piloted KR No Complaints (Tejons Peppy Doc x Playing With Charm x Playgun) to the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship in the North Central Region. PERFORMANCE HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

“I’m extremely proud of this horse and his accomplishments this year. He was originally destined to be a reiner, and faced some challenges last year adapting to reined cow horse. Last year, we barely qualified for the Celebration of Champions, and this year we had the good fortune of finishing at the top of the [$1,000 Non Pro Limited] in the region,” Grendell said. The 61-year-old financial services professional and his wife, Melinda, were bitten by the reined cow horse bug about eight years ago. “We had been interested in getting involved since watching the 2009 Snaffle Bit Futurity, but didn’t have the horses 32 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

NORTHEAST REGION Open Bridle Champion & Limited Open Bridle Champion

RUFF NIGHT IN DIXIE/CHET MARTIN

In the Northeast Region, the Open Bridle and Limited Open Bridle Champion was Ruff Nite In Dixie (Ruff Up My Chex x Miskid Olena x Olena Fritz), a 2010 mare, shown by Chet Martin and owned by Barbara McCaughey.

Non Pro Bridle Champion

MEG ROSELL-PURSEL/BADDABING BADDABOON Meg Rosel-Pursel piloted her 2003 gelding, Baddabing Baddaboon (Boonlight Dancer x Katie Gun x John Gun) to the Northeast Region Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

FRANK PRISCO/MR WHISKERS ONE TIME The Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship went to Frank Prisco, of Smithtown, New York, who rode Mr Whiskers One Time (One Time Pepto x Cats Twisted Whisker x High Brow Cat) to the title for a second consecutive year. COURTESY FRANK PRISCO

In his second year of showing, Douglas Grendell earned the North Central Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship riding KR No Complaints.

at the time to compete. My wife bought a cool cow horse mare about three years ago, and that was the catalyst for us jumping in at the beginning of last year,” Grendell said. KR No Complaints, a 2006 gelding nicknamed “TJ,” participates in every ride with his big stop, active mind and solid work ethic. “Overall, he wants to do the right thing. He is a thinker, so he sometimes gets frustrated when he doesn’t understand something. He has learned to read cattle better this year, which has contributed to our success,” Grendell said, naming their 2017 season highlight as earning a 74 score in the boxing at a CRCA show. Although it wasn’t always easy to fit in practice rides with his busy professional life, Grendell credits a solid group of backers, led by professional trainer Lavert Avent, with keeping TJ on track when his time was tight. “I know it’s a cliche, but it’s taken a village. I thank L.A. Performance Horses, Tammie and Maisen, for their support, but especially Lavert for his coaching and guidance; my wife for her encouragement; Dr. Casey Potter and farrier Mark Troy for keeping TJ sound; and my fellow competitors and barn mates for their support this year and pushing me to be better.” The future brings new challenges for Grendell and TJ, who will move up to the $5,000 Non Pro Limited and Non Pro Limited divisions, and continue showing in Stock Horse, Versatility Ranch Horse and Ranch Riding events. “The level of competition will be tougher, so my goal is to continue to improve and be competitive. I’m also blessed to have recently acquired a cool 4-year-old mare that I hope to start showing at the end of 2018,” Grendell said.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion Frank Prisco and Mr Whiskers One Time.

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

JAMES ROTH/WIMPACHIC

In the Novice Non Pro Bridle, the Champion was James Roth aboard Wimpachic (Wimpys Little Step x Smokum Chicy x Smart Chic Olena). Roth and the


one more accolade to his resume when he won the Northeast Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship aboard his 2012 gelding Uno Can Dew It (Uno What Time It Is x Dew It Flo x Mr Peponita Flo).

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COURTESY RICHARD ROSELL

2010 gelding he calls “Chicklet” continue to step up their game. They won the 2015 Northeast Region Championship in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited, and then in 2016, were the Northeast Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Reserve Champions. Roth, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, has shown Wimpachic for the past three years and cites Mark Sigler as his horsemanship mentor.

Northeast Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion Richard Rosell riding Uno Can Dew It.

Open Hackamore Champion

ITS TIME TO SMOKUM/MARK SIGLER

The Open Hackamore Champion was the 2013 stallion, Its Time To Smokum (One Time Pepto x Smokum Chicy x Smart Chic Olena), shown by NRCHA Professional Mark Sigler for owner Dominic Conicelli, Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

SS GUNS N ROOSTERS/CHET MARTIN

Chet Martin piloted SS Guns N Roosters (Gunners Peppy Oak x Sheza Fancy Rooster x Gallo del Cielo), a 2013 mare owned by Todd Martin, to the Northeast Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

RICHARD ROSELL/UNO CAN DEW IT

Timeless champion Richard Rosell, of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, added

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James Roth and Wimpachic continue their winning ways, taking home the Northeast Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Reserve Championship.

She acknowledged fellow professionals Mark Sigler, Todd Crawford, Wade Meador and Joe Harper for “giving me help that made a difference this past year,” and added that “I’m grateful to both Elizabeth Piccone and Steve and Jen Black for the opportunity to train and show Spyder. A huge thank you to my husband, Matt Lipka—day in and day out, he’s always got my back, and my family and everyone who works and helps me at our farm. Thank you also to Brian Gregory for his encouragement and helping me keep my head on straight.” The next step for Lipka and Spyder is the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, where she hopes to add a NRCHA World title to the gelding’s resume.

Open Two Rein Champion

CHICS CALL ME SMART/REBECCA LIPKA Chics Call Me Smart (Imasmartpepto x Party Chics x Smart Chic Olena) and NRCHA Professional Rebecca Lipka, of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, teamed up to win the Northeast Region Open Two Rein Championship for the 2011 gelding’s owner, Stephen Black. Lipka, 40, started riding “Spyder” three years ago, and says the easiest part is “being motivated to ride and show him. He’s a really rewarding horse to ride. Spyder tries hard to please and he continues to become more consistent.” Their hard work paid off when “earlier this year, we had a run come together where finally both our rein and cow work was strong and correct,” Lipka said. The professional horsewoman started showing in the NRCHA about 10 years ago. “I was drawn to the cow horse because of the precision and showmanship needed to do the rein work, mixed with the grit, agility and challenge of the cow work.”

Rebecca Lipka guided Chics Call Me Smart to the Open Two Rein Championship in the Northeast Region.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

MARY BAKS/STARLIGHTSSUNDAYBEST

In the Non Pro Two Rein division, the Northeast Regional Champion was Mary Baks, Walkerton, Ontario, Canada, riding Starlightssundaybest (Starlights Sonny x Holms Fine Sunday x Poco Docs Jessie), a 2011 mare she raised.

Youth Bridle Champion & Youth Limited Champion

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“Without them, I would not be able to travel all summer long, doing what I love. I would also like to thank Matt and Rebecca Lipka for teaching me more about this amazing sport than I could have ever imagined, and for pushing me to be the very best that I can be.” Megan has her sights set on competing at the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championship show, and plans to continue developing her horsemanship skills.

Non Pro Limited Champion, $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion & $1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

WENDY KUHN/MISSY LIGHTS

Megan Wildermuth captured both the Youth Bridle Championship and the Youth Limited Championship in the Northeast Region aboard Hickorys Happy Jack.

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“Jackson is proof of the statement, ‘big things come in little packages.’ He’s only 14 hands, but he certainly does not let his size stop him. His attitude is too big for his body,” Wildermuth said, joking that, in addition to “eating more than his own body weight,” working a cow is Jackson’s particular talent. “He gets right to business when he steps in the show pen and confronts a cow. He puts his whole heart into anything I ask him to do.” The 17-year-old competitor started riding cow horses two years ago. Previously, she competed in ranch horse classes. The cow work and cutting in the ranch horse attracted her to the NRCHA, and she has been hooked ever since. The young rider thanked her parents “for their continuous guidance, love and support.

Wendy Kuhn, of Palmyra, New York, was thrilled by the news that she and her mare, Missy Lights (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) swept triple Non Pro Limited Northeast Region Championships. They claimed the yearend top spot in the $1,000, $5,000, and Non Pro Limited divisions. “I was so excited to win all three championships in the Northeast!” Kuhn, a business owner, exclaimed. The success in 2017 built on Kuhn’s positive 2016 show season, when she and Missy Lights won the Northeast Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited title. Kuhn has been riding the 5-year-old Missy Lights, who she nicknamed named “Bella, because she is beautiful,” for two years. While she appreciates Bella’s many athletic talents, particularly her bionic spin in the rein work, Kuhn noticed her pretty palomino trying to out-think her in the show arena. Therefore, the 2018 forecast holds plenty of schooling as Kuhn and Bella move to the next phase of cow horse competition. “This upcoming year will be our two rein year, so Bella and I will be transitioning over to going down the fence. We have a lot to fix in the show pen,

so we will be doing a lot of schooling at shows. Hopefully we will come out of our upcoming year a lot more put together, with some bad habits fixed, and I will have a very nice finished bridle horse,” Kuhn said. The Western disciplines are new to Kuhn, but now that she has experienced the thrill and reward of reined cow horses, she says she’ll never go back. “I rode English my whole life, and wanted to do something different,” she said. Her sister introduced her to sorting, and then reining. “I loved working cows, but I also like the finesse and challenge of the reining. I wanted to find a discipline that I could do both,” she said. Through the magic of Google, Kuhn discovered reined cow horse. “I never want to do anything different than this,” she said. Kuhn thanked her trainer, Mark Sigler. “Without his talent and help I would not have been able to accomplish what I did this year. He hauled my horse all over the country for me, even to Vegas. Also a big thank you to my husband, John, for encouraging me to follow my love of cow horse and ride all over the country this year.”

Wendy Kuhn and Missy Lights won three Northeast Region Championships in the Non Pro Limited, $5,000 Non Pro Limited, and $1,000 Non Pro Limited divisions.


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NORTHWEST REGION Open Bridle Champion

NIC THE WRANGLER/JIM AND JESSE SPENCE Both Jim and Jesse Spence rode Nic The Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Nic N Chic x Reminic) during the 2017 show season, during which time the 2007 stallion rose to the top of the Northwest Region’s 2017 Open Bridle standings. Owned by Jim Spence, Nic The Wrangler accrued 85 points and $3,225 en route to the title. PRIMO MORALES

Jesse Spence aboard 2017 Northwest Region Open Bridle Champion Nic The Wrangler.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

GIN WITH PEPTO/MATT GOODSON

The Northwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Gin With Pepto (Little Mister Pepto x Meerly Gin x Tanquery Gin), owned and ridden by Matt Goodson to 72 points and $2,723 in earnings.

Non Pro Bridle Champion & Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

WENDI M. LUND/SMOOTH AS TAMULENA Wendi M. Lund won the Northwest Region Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle titles riding her 2006 gelding Smooth As Tamulena (Smooth As A Cat x Miss Tamulena Thermo x Tamulena). The team accumulated 78 points and $2,452 and 88 points and $2,221 in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle. Lund, who works as designer and 36 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

owner at Sticks & Stones Home Design, has qualified for the NRCHA Celebration of Champions with Smooth As Tamulena, aka “Felix,” in all of the past four years they’ve been a team. “The third year I showed him at the world show in Fort Worth he made the finals in all three Non Pro Bridle classes, and we were the reserve world champion by a half point in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle,” said Lund. “He has been the season leader in every organization I have shown him in.” The Nampa, Idaho, horsewoman says that part of what makes Felix a winner is his tenacity in the cow work. “He has so much talent on the fence work, reads cattle and rates well. He knows his job better than I do, and he makes me feel like I’m mounted on the best pony for the job every time,” said Lund. The most memorable NRCHA show experience of Lund’s year occurred when battling for the title at last year’s NRCHA Celebration of Champions. “My horse gave me his best performance after a long week of three preliminaries and three finals, and still gave me everything he had, including confidence each time we stepped out,” said Lund. “I felt like we really became inseparable at that world show. I’m not sure I’ve ever loved or respected the heart of a horse as much as I grew to at the last world show.” Part of what Lund loves and admires about Felix is his consistency. “He’s just so honest,” she said. “He’s the same horse every day, he’s a happy character and very predictable. I am totally confident in him and can trust him 100 percent of the time. He makes me feel like I have a bit of an understanding of this amazing sport. I wish he would last forever, and everyone could own a Felix at least once in their lifetime.” Lund and Felix also compete together at

club cuttings and have dabbled in ranch reining and ranch pleasure as well. “He’s also been known to make appearances in the branding pen in the springtime, which is probably our favorite sport of all...the payout is poor, but we love it!” The camaraderie of the cow horse community is an aspect Lund enjoys and she has many people to thank in connection with her success. “I don’t even know where to begin,” she related. “I think every open trainer in our region has passed on advice or coached me to the point of success on some level. Without question, I’d like to thank my trainer and coach Jason Gay for helping me grow and gain confidence this year in my reined work. My traveling partner and bestie Ellie Willoughby has been there for all the hugs of encouragement when I feel defeated and frustrated, such a great horsewoman, competitor and friend. “I have to take a moment and thank my dear friend Joyce Sevoian who sold me Felix,” added Lund. “She raised him from a long yearling and was convinced he was destined to be a super non pro bridle horse and she couldn’t have been any more right! Last, but certainly not least, I thank my friends and family for supporting me in this incredible journey, it’s been quite a trip!”

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

KRISTINA WALL/PURE STYLISH

For the third consecutive year, Kristina Wall topped the Northwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle division. In 2015 and 2016, it was aboard Enjoy Olena (Starlights Joy x Janie Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena). This year, Wall once again took the title, riding Pure Stylish (Playin Stylish x Tari Rey Gay x Doc Tari). The Buckley, Washington, competitor has shown reined cow horses for four years. Wall and Pure Stylish garnered 168 points and $3,027 in the 2017 season.


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STYLISH N STARS/JIM SPENCE

The Open Hackamore Champion was Stylish N Stars (Stylish Rey Gay x RS Stars N Boonlight x Boonlight Dancer) ridden by Jim Spence for owner Michael T. Garrett. The duo earned 100 points and $3,980 on their way to the win.

SJR CASH ADVANCE/CALEB JANTZ

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Northwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion SJR Cash Advance, ridden by Caleb Jantz for owners Del and Susan Bell.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

JESSE SPENCE/A STYLISH SPARK

Jesse Spence rode his 2013 gelding A Stylish Spark (Stylish Rey Gay x Just A Sparknshine x Shining Spark) to the Northwest Region Non Pro Hackamore title accruing 90 points and $2,948. PRIMO MORALES

SJR Cash Advance (Dual Rey x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash), owned by Del and Susan Bell of Seal Beach, California, was ridden to the Northwest Region Limited Open Hackamore title by Caleb J. Jantz, of Caldwell, Idaho. The team accrued 53 points and $2,711. The Bells are also owners of a previous NRCHA World Champion Open Two Rein mare, Sheza Dancing Diamond. Jantz, who works as assistant trainer at Telford Training, rode SJR Cash Advance, also known as “Reygan,” to the 2016 Intermountain Region Open Level 1 Derby year-end championship before taking the regional title in 2017. Reygan was purchased as a yearling by the Bells at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale from San Juan Ranch. They were attracted to the filly by the record of her sire Dual Rey, as well as that of her dam, the 1996 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Shesa Lota Cash. Jantz says one of Reygan’s best physical talents is her “incredible stop,” and says his most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2017 riding the 2012 mare was “winning the Limited Open Hackamore Championship at the Idaho Futurity. Earlier in the year, it was when we made the Limited Open Derby Finals in Paso Robles, California.” He adds that his biggest challenge has been “getting to know Reygan as a performer and learning what she was capable of in the show environment.”

The Bells plan on campaigning Reygan next year in the Open Two Rein and Open Bridle. “We will continue to breed our NRCHA World Champion mare, Sheza Dancing Diamond in hopes of producing a Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. We also plan to attend many NRCHA Events to watch Reygan show and socialize with all our NRCHA friends,” said Susan. COURTESY DEL AND SUSAN BELL

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

The fence work comes naturally to Reygan because she is cowy and gritty, according to Jantz. “She literally never quits,” he said. “She has a lot of heart and try, never gives up. Reygan is my favorite horse in the barn, and I sneak her handfuls of grain throughout the day, she knows she’s my favorite.” The Bells, who own VP Healthcare Company, initially wondered if Reygan would have the makings of an elite reined cow horse because of her docile nature. The Bells say that as a yearling Reygan was so gentle and sweet that they were afraid she wouldn’t have the motor needed for open level NRCHA events. “But we were wrong. She is just a kind natured mare, and took to training well,” said Susan. The Bells have owned reined cow horses since 2006 when their daughter Jenna, who was participating in rodeo queen contests at the time, needed a good reined cow horse. “We started attending the Snaffle Bit Futurity that year, and were drawn in by the athletic ability of the horses and excitement of the fence work,” said Susan. The Bells thanked Jantz for bringing out the best in Reygan during the last two show seasons. “They have been an amazing team,” said Susan. “Next we would like to thank Jake Telford and Telford Training who identified Reygan as a yearling for us, trained her, and showed her to a successful futurity year.” Jantz also thanked Telford for being his “biggest mentor,” as well as the Bells and Telford for allowing him to show Reygan. “I would like to thank my wife, Mady. She has been in my corner through the long hard days of training, the dead of winter, and the heat of summer. She’s my biggest fan, and I couldn’t do this without her.”

Northwest Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion Jesse Spence and A Stylish Spark.


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ONE TIME DIXIE/MICHAEL D. HELSEN

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COURTESY GARY OLSON

One Time Dixie (One Time Pepto x Pop A Reminic x Reminic) was ridden by Michael Helsen for owner Gary Lynn Olson to the Northwest Region Open Two Rein win with 77 points and $3,244. Olson, of Great Falls, Montana, raised the 2009 mare. “I own her dam and Benny Guitron picked One Time Pepto [to breed her to] when Jeff Matthews generously offered a breeding,” said Olson. “Benny showed her dam, Pop A Reminic. She was one of Benny’s favorite mares.” Olson, who works as a construction company and rental property owner, says “Dixie” is the consummate overachiever, but explains that her start in life was anything but easy. “This mare wasn’t even supposed to make it past a day old,” said Olson. “When she was born the vet thought she might be a dummy foal. We almost put her down, but waited overnight and the vet’s wife decided she wasn’t going to let that happen. She worked with her most of the night, rubbing on her and messing with her. She was fine the next morning!” Olson’s roots run deep in the reined cow horse world. He has owned reined cow horses since around 1978. “Barney Hinds got me started with a horse he showed in the Snaffle Bit Futurity, that I bought,” said Olson, who has earned titles of his own along the way, among them the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship at the Snaffle Bit Futurity several years ago riding Smart Little Scamp, and some top 10 finishes at the NRCHA World Show. With the passing of NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman Benny Guitron in January 2017, the season was a terribly hard one for Olson, a longtime friend and client of Guitron’s. “[One Time Dixie] wasn’t even ready

to show at the beginning of the year,” Olson explained. “Dixie was a horse that was with Benny Guitron and we had been saving her for him for when he’d get well and finish her and show her. She had been ridden by Billy Arthur while Benny was fighting leukemia and his other health problems. Corey Cushing had also ridden her briefly as a 4 year old. When Benny passed away, the biggest challenge was what to do with her since she’s pretty touchy. Paula Diuri and I decided Mike Helsen might get along with her. I thought she deserved a shot. I just left Mike alone to see if she’d make anything.” Olson believes that Helsen’s affection for the mare and commitment to her training is what enabled the team to overcome her quirks and achieve the regional title.

raised Smart N Tuckered Out, aka “Jackie,” and Jerry started showing her as a 3-year-old. His most memorable show experience with her came when they teamed to win the Non Pro Two Rein Class at the RSBF with scores of 215 and 216. “She is an easy horse to show,” he said. “We just keep her fresh on cattle. She is a very pretty reiner and gives you everything down the fence.” Beukelman thanked his longtime friend and horsemanship mentor Dan Roeser for the role Roeser played in his 2017 success. “I also thank my wife Shirley for allowing me to go to the shows while she keeps the ranch running!” said Beukelman, who plans to show Jackie in bridle classes in 2018, or until she sells. Other highlights for Beukelman’s show experience with Jackie include winning the 2016 Northwest Reined Cow Horse Summer Showdown Derby marking a 151 down the fence. “This mare is only $2,000 away from her Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award,” said Beukelman, adding that he is proud of the fact that she is close to achieving the honor with all Non Pro earnings.

Youth Bridle Champion One Time Dixie was ridden by Mike Helsen for owner Gary Olson to the Northwest Region Open Two Rein Championship.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

JERRY BEUKELMAN/SMART N TUCKERED OUT Jerry Beukelman rode Smart N Tuckered Out (One Smart Response x Shes Tuckered Out x RC Command), a 2011 mare owned by he and his wife Shirley, to 56 points and $1,923 en route to capturing the Non Pro Two Rein title in the Northwest Region. Beukelman lives in Nampa, Idaho, and has been involved with reined cow horses for over three decades. The Beukelmans

JESSE SPENCE/NIC THE WRANGLER Jesse Spence teamed with Jim Spence’s 2007 stallion Nic The Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Nic N Chic x Reminic) to earn the title of Northwest Region Youth Bridle Champion with 65 points and $1,111.

Youth Limited Champion

MAYCN MCCULLOUGH/HAIDAWHIZ

Fourteen-year-old Maycn McCullough of Caldwell, Idaho, rode her 2009 stallion Haidawhiz (Topsail Whiz x Shes My Darling x Haidas Little Pep) to the top of the Northwest Region Youth Limited standings with 72 points and $1,074—and her first NRCHA title.


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and Dee, for supporting my dreams and allowing me the means to chase them. Secondly, ‘my village’ for always telling it like it is and encouraging me to be the best showman I can be. My trainer Dee Craig for his patience, knowledge and friendship, and also for continually yelling at me not to lean. Also Steve Hardy and Tex Sutfin for making sure Whiz is in tip-top shape to compete. “The cow horse community is truly a family and the support I have received from each and every competitor, trainer, official, gate person etc., has contributed to my success. We see each other at our best and our worst and still choose to hit the road and do it all over again the following weekend.” McCullough plans to attend college and pursue a major in agricultural science with a minor in business management while riding horses. COURTESY MAYCN MCCULLOUGH

The ninth grader at Middleton High School has been riding “Whiz” for almost two years and appreciates his cow sense. Her most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2017 came at the RSBF when she earned the Youth Limited Reserve Championship. “When they finally announced it was time for awards and pictures I did not have enough time to retrieve Whiz from his stall, so my dad had to play the part of my horse in the picture. He was a really good sport and he even wore Whiz’s ribbon!” Her biggest challenge of the show season was having adequate time to ride. “Time was always my biggest challenge. For the first half of this year I was completing my reign as Miss Junior Rodeo Idaho,” McCullough said. “My rodeo commitments sometimes made it a challenge to show, but my parents always seemed to make it happen. There were Saturdays where I would show in the morning or afternoon and we would still make it to the rodeo that night. In one instance my dad didn’t even shut the truck off; we unloaded Whiz, loaded my queen horse, Sailor, and off we went to the Rodeo.” McCullough says the attribute that makes Whiz a winner is his heart. “He may not always be the most talented horse in the field, but he will try the hardest and give me everything he has when I ask him to,” said McCullough, who has shown cow horses for the past two years. “The reason I started cow horse was because I realized the cow is the greatest equalizer,” she said. “You never know what kind of cow you are going to get and you have to make the best of it, thus you always have a winning chance!” McCullough has many people to thank for contributing to her and Whiz’s championship. “First and foremost my parents, Jay

Maycn McCullough rode Haidawhiz to the Northwest Region Youth Limited title.

Non Pro Limited Champion & $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

JODIE AVERETT/SOLID STERLING CAT

For the Northwest Region’s reined cow horse community, seeing Jodie Averett’s name at the top of the Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited standings was bittersweet. Jodie, 60, was fatally injured by a heifer’s kick on September 4, 2017, as she and her husband, Tom, doctored cattle on their Baker City, Oregon,

ranch. News of Jodie’s loss caused widespread shock and sadness among her many friends in the reined cow horse industry. Jodie, a retired law enforcement officer and active member of the Baker City community, embraced NRCHA competition at the regional and the national level. She and Tom both started showing cow horses in 2014. “Jodie was an extremely competitive person and when she started into something, she would always go full charge and give 110 percent. The reined cow horse competition was no different. Even though she was so competitive, she was extremely caring and helpful to others,” Tom Averett said. “She is well known around Baker as someone with a big heart and a warm smile.” Jodie’s competitive spirit propelled her to an early lead in the Northwest Region Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited, which lasted the entire season. Jodie rode Solid Sterling Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Badger Bucks x Buck N Chex), a 2007 gelding that Tom described as “Jodie’s best horse,” to the dual championships in 2017. The sorrel son of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire WR This Cats Smart started as a cutting horse, but after the Averetts bought him in 2010, he diversified. “Jodie rode ‘Garfield’ on our ranch and also in team penning and ranch sorting before doing reined cow horse,” Tom said. Jodie and Garfield claimed their first NRCHA Regional Championship in 2015, when they took home the $5,000 Non Pro Limited title. The 2015 season was Jodie’s second year of showing reined cow horses, and after the regional win, she reflected that “none of it came easily,” but she embraced the challenge of the new riding discipline because “I wanted to improve my horsemanship.” In Jodie’s honor, the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Reserve Champion, Susan


///////// NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS market analyst and rancher from Parma, Idaho, has been riding for over a decade and been partnered with “Teddy” for the past three years. COURTESY TIMOTHY ALWARD

Stowell, deliberately stepped aside late in the show season to preserve Jodie’s status as Regional Champion. “I think it was a wonderful tribute to Jodie that Susan Stowell scratched her ride in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited at Nampa, Idaho, in October because she saw that Jodie was still leading for the season. Susan realized that if she entered, she would bump Jodie from winning the year-end regional championship. That says a whole lot about the kind of person Susan is,” Tom said. Besides her husband, Tom, Jodie is survived by her brothers, Jeff and Joel Russell of Snohomish County, Washington; her mother Janet Russell of Shoreline, Washington; and her children, Elliott, Sam, and Kate. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Russell. Memorial donations may be made in Jodie’s name to The R.E.A.L. Reading Program through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Oregon, 97814.

CANADIAN REGION Open Bridle Champion

GENUINE BROWN GAL/SUZON SCHAAL

Earning the Northwest Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited title was the team of Timothy Alward and the 2000 gelding Tommy Olena.

COURTESY TOM AVERETT

The Northwest Region Non Pro Limited Champion and $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion Jodie Averett and Solid Sterling Cat.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

TIMOTHY ALWARD/TOMMY OLENA

Timothy Alward rode the 2000 gelding Tommy Olena (Pecas Olena x Tom Tuckers Durndle x Doc Tom Tucker), owned by Alward Ranches, to the top of the Northwest Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited. Alward, a 62-year-old stock 44 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

cess to trainer Jason Gay for keeping him on track. “He helped me work out the bugs and was there for me the whole way,” said Alward, who plans to compete at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. “Then I think Teddy is due for a good retirement, although I have the funniest feeling he is not done with his career!”

“I started riding horses 12 years ago at age 50,” said Alward. “I found it a lot easier on my old body than skiing and mountain biking. It’s hard to imagine that I’ve gotten this far, and I’m not done yet, which is a good story [to share] for other aging athletes!” Alward’s most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2017 came during the Idaho Futurity. “We showed in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited at 8 a.m., but were the last to go in the last class of the show, the $1,000 Non Pro Limited at 9 p.m. at night,” said Alward. “We came in second, which was enough to get us first in the Intermountain [Reined Cow Horse] and first in the Northwest Region—thanks Teddy!” Alward, who transitioned from reining to reined cow horse, says the reining pattern poses the biggest challenge for him, but added that despite the penalties, he and Teddy consistently managed good cow work scores. He became hooked on reined cow horses three years ago, saying, “I worked a flag and that was the end of my reining career.” Alward attributes part of his 2017 suc-

The champion team of Genuine Brown Gal (Listo Pollito Lena x Genuine Emerald x Genuine Peppy) and owner/ rider Suzon Schaal earned the Canadian Region Open Bridle Championship with 105 points and $6,155.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

SMART SONITA NIC/DAVID BERGENDAHL

The Limited Open Bridle Champion was Smart Sonita Nic (Nic O Lena Badger x Sonitas Smart Peppy x Smart Peppy Doc), a 2009 stallion, ridden by David Bergendahl for owner Melody M. Andrews. They accumulated 30 points and $1,220 to top the Canadian Regional Limited Open Bridle standings.

Non Pro Bridle Champion

SUZON SCHAAL/CHICS RUFFLED UP The Canadian Region Non Pro Bridle Champion, for the second year consecutively, was Suzon Schaal, Calgary, Alberta, who won the title on her 2009 mare, Chics Ruffled Up (Smart Chic Olena x Fluff Your Feathers x Gallo Del Cielo). They earned 109 points and $5,655 during the 2017 show season.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

DONNA SHAPKA/HOT WIRED HICKORY

Donna Shapka rode her 2008 gelding Hot Wired Hickory (Velvet Hickory x Docs Fancy Dudette x Doc O Dude) to the


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new horse with different coaches was a big challenge for me,” she said. “I had to focus on learning who Oliver was; what his strengths and weak spots were and to work with him. I had to learn to trust him to do his job and figure out where he needed my help and where he could help me. I have to say thank you to my previous bridle horse, Sunny, for teaching me so much. I never realized how much I had learned with him until I stepped on Oliver. About halfway through the show season, we seemed to turn a corner and figure each other out, and, as one person said to me, ‘So you two have finally decided to trust each other?’ It was a pretty cool feeling, and that’s when things really started to go well for us.” Shapka attributes Oliver’s winning ways to a few key attributes. “He has heart,” she said. “Oliver never says, ‘I’m done.’ When we are working a cow, he is all about getting the job done, no matter what. Oliver is very gritty down the fence and has given me the courage to ride close and make those fence turns without hesitation. He is also a big stopper. My vet, Dr. Jennifer Fowlie, summed it up best when she said, ‘You are lucky this horse came into your life when he did.’” After seeing reined cow horses at the Supreme in Red Deer, Alberta, Shapka grew interested in the discipline. “I didn’t think I could ever ride that well or afford a horse like that,” she explained. “Later though, after I got through a major health issue, I decided I was going to go for it, no matter what. I found a good coach and purchased a really nice cow horse gelding through Lyn Anderson and began my journey—and what a journey it has been so far.” Shapka has several mentors and friends to thank for their help and support on her journey to the winner’s circle. “First and foremost, Vance Kaglea,”

said Shapka. “Vance started Oliver as a limited age horse and showed him a couple times as a bridle horse, so when I bought Oliver that was part of the deal. I asked Vance if he would help me learn how to ride Oliver. Vance more than fulfilled his end of the bargain. Geoff Hoar helped me to understand more of the intricacies of reading cattle, positioning and how my horse should be using his body and responding to my direction while on a cow. Clay Webster has always been professional and positive whenever I have ridden with him. He was a huge help to me at the NRCHA shows in Chilliwack this summer. I would also like to thank all of the members in the ARCHA who were so supportive to Oliver and I this past season. I was very surprised and touched at how often people would compliment on how well Oliver and I were doing together. That was pretty special.” Shapka plans to show Oliver at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and is excited as this will be her first trip to the Premier Event. “My long-term goal is to keep riding and learning and having fun with Oliver at the shows,” she said. “I love to learn and I love riding a great cow horse on a cow. There’s nothing better.” COURTESY DONNA SHAPKA

top of the Canadian Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle standings with 42 points and $803. This is the first NRCHA title for the administrative assistant from Carseland, Alberta. Shapka purchased “Oliver” in July 2016, at the end of an exhaustive search throughout Canada and the United States. “None of the 32 horses we checked out were ‘the one,’” said Shapka. “I called a friend I used to show with years before who lives just 20 minutes from me to obtain contact info on a trainer we knew. She asked me what I was looking for, so I told her—a 6- to 8-year-old bridle horse gelding, well trained and shown by an open rider, but not over-shown, totally sound, no training glitches, pretty, cowy, athletic—the whole package. Long story short, she offered up her 8year-old bridle horse that hadn’t hardly been shown since his 5-year-old year. Horse No. 33 was Oliver and the rest is history.” The team has been winning ever since. “His most special physical talent is that he is a big stopper and is very quick footed in the turns and down the fence,” said Shapka, who added that it’s hard to pick out a single most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2017. “We had several great moments,” she said, “but I would say when we won the Novice Non Pro Bridle Spectacular at the Alberta Snaffle Bit Futurity, Derby and Cow Horse Show in September. I had never shown Oliver out of the herd before, but wanted to experience it. Oliver was good in the reined work, and down the fence he was great. We drew a decent cow and he did his job well. It was a blast.” Shapka’s biggest challenge was getting to know Oliver after having shown another horse for eight seasons previously. “Starting out the season on a brand

Donna Shapka rode Hot Wired Hickory to the top of the Canadian Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle standings.


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LAUREL SCHARIEN/DOC O NITRO

COURTESY JOCELYN BROCHU

Laurel Scharien and Doc O Nitro earned the Canadian Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship

“Physically, she’s very athletic, but what stands out most about Mighty is more on the mental side,” said Scharien. “She’s hyper-observant. She’s intensely curious, inspecting everything.” Scharien’s most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2017 came during the Calgary Stampede. “We were first up at the Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse Classic,” said Scharien. “I felt nervous to be making the show’s first tracks in the arena. When they held us alone in the doorway through the National Anthem and various introductions, I was enormously 48 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

really important. My husband, Steve, has continually encouraged me to pursue my goals, and our teenagers, Matt and Dana, have always been enthusiastic about me following this dream.”

Open Hackamore Champion

CATS PICASSO/JOHN SWALES

Millarville, Alberta, professional John Swales collected another Regional Championship in 2017, winning the Open Hackamore title on Cats Picasso (Metallic Cat x Playboys Vixen x Hickoryote), a 2012 stallion owned by Robbie McKay. Swales rode Big Time In Cowtown (One Time Pepto x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena), also owned by McKay, to the same title in 2016. PRIMO MORALES

Laurel Scharien rode her 2006 mare Doc O Nitro (Nitro Dual Doc x Lenas Bay Ann x Doc Olena) to the Canadian Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with 84 points and $1,929. The stay-at-home mom, freelance writer, former teacher and e-learning instructional designer from Okotoks, Alberta, fondly calls her horse “Mighty,” because “she’s small, but powerful with lots of heart, courage and try.” The team of Scharien and Mighty previously earned the Canadian Region Novice Non Pro Bridle reserve championship in 2013. Scharien has shown Mighty for the past eight years and appreciates the mare’s sensitivity.

grateful that Mighty stayed quiet and still despite the new and noisy surroundings. She has become a very reliable bridle horse over the years. She’ll always be a bit ‘looky,’ but I trust her completely in a challenging situation.” Finding time to ride and attend shows amidst her myriad responsibilities at home posed the biggest challenge to Scharien through the season, but a long history with her mount helps. “Having a relationship with my horse for a number of years really helps,” said Scharien. “If she could talk, she would finish my sentences!” Scharien is not the only one who appreciates Mighty’s solid demeanor. “About five years ago, we were lucky enough to attend a Bobby Ingersoll clinic. He commented on Mighty’s coolness. She does her job and doesn’t get flustered. This makes her relatively soft to handle in the fence work and helps me make better decisions as a rider. Combined with her big heart, it makes her a very special horse,” said Scharien. Scharien developed an interest in cow horse as a teenager, when a stock horse association was created in her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Currently residing in the Alberta foothills, Scharien is grateful to live in close proximity to several accomplished NRCHA Professionals. “I’m grateful to the many people whose work and companionship make riding and showing cow horses fun,” said Scharien. “For outstanding wellness care, I thank Suzon Schaal, DVM, who understands the sport from the inside and works tirelessly to keep many competitors’ horses healthy. On the learning side, I want to thank: Vance Kaglea, who got me into the sport and helped me find Mighty; NCHA professional Dustin Gonnet, who has helped me with herd work; and John Swales, who has been helping me up my game for the past couple of seasons. Family support is also

The Open Hackamore Championship in the Canadian Region belonged to Cats Picasso shown by John Swales.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

SJR BEARLY SMOOTH/DUSTIN GRAMS Canadian Region Champion in the Limited Open Hackamore was SJR Bearly Smooth (Smooth As A Cat x Bearly Nuf Cash x Miss N Cash), a 2012 gelding ridden by Dustin Grams.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

ROBBIE MCKAY/BARAKA LIGHTS

The Canadian Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion was Robbie McKay riding his 2013 mare, Baraka Lights (CD Lights x Baraka 072 x High Brow Cat) to 15 points and $588.


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Non Pro Limited Champion

The Canadian Region Open Two Rein Champion was Metallic Cat Rose (Metallic Cat x Teletrona x Little Trona), a 2011 mare ridden by John Swales for owners Jerry and Nicole Myer to 45 points and $1,665.

The 2008 stallion Text Him (TK Texican x SR Sweet Chicolet x Chics In The Male) called in the win for Canadian Region Non Pro Limited Champion Brenda Lynn Eisbrenner of Calgary, Alberta, earnings 34 points and $1,055.

METALLIC CAT ROSE/JOHN SWALES

BRENDA LYNN EISBRENNER/TEXT HIM

COURTESY BRENDA LYNN EISBRENNER

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

SONYA DISTEFANO/REYS STYLISH BELL

The Canadian Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion was Sonya DiStefano riding her 2011 stallion, Reys Stylish Bell (Dual Rey x Blues Stylish Bell x Docs Stylish Oak), to 64 points and $1,940. PRIMO MORALES

of the combination of natural talent and willingness he possesses. Eisbrenner, who has been showing for the past three years, thanked several people for contributing to her success in 2017. “I would like to thank both Sage Sapergia for her teaching and coaching in the reining portion,” she said. “And Geoff Hoar for his teaching and coaching in the cow work aspect of the sport. They have both helped me step up my game in 2017.” Eisbrenner’s plans include “continuing to improve on all aspects and maneuvers of this great sport. I think 2018 will be the year we start going down the fence!”

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

CARRIE PATTON/DON QUEJANA

Canadian Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion Sonya DiStefano and Reys Stylish Bell.

Youth Bridle Champion

BROOKLYNN E. COWLES/EZ SPARK Brooklynn E. Cowles rode EZ Spark (Sparkin My Fancy x Dorans Ebony Lady x Doc Doran), a 2006 stallion owned by Erin McNeil, to the Canadian Region Youth Bridle Championship with 9 points and $323.

Youth Limited Champion

RYLEY-RAY WILSON/FRECKLES B TWISTED Ryley-Ray Wilson rode Freckles B Twisted (Freckles Fancy Twist x She Be Jazzy x Jazzy Joe Lena), a 2005 gelding, to the Youth Limited title in the Canadian Region with 18 points and $462.

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Eisbrenner, who works as a Dental Sales Rep, calls Text Him by his barn name “Timmy.” She has owned him for two and a half years, and in 2016 they teamed up to win the Canadian Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited year-end title. “His natural athleticism helps him do well in all aspects of the cow horse discipline; however, he is a very proficient Houdini, he can untie himself from just about anything,” said Eisbrenner. Her most memorable show experience was at the Cowtown Derby Show in May. “I was competing against a couple of riders who I admired for their riding and show skills, I finally was scoring neck in neck with them. I just realized I had stepped up to the next level,” said Eisbrenner. While spins and circles have been their strong suit in 2017, Eisbrenner says she and Timmy have worked hard to execute their rundowns with controlled speed. She adds that Timmy is a winner because

COURTESY CARRIE PATTON

Brenda Lynn Eisbrenner and Text Him earned the Canadian Region Non Pro Limited Championship.

Carrie Patton and Don Quejana won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Regional Championship.

Carrie Patton, of Priddis, Alberta, and Don Quejana (Quejanaisalena x Little Squallita x Rum Squall) earned the Canadian Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited title with 27 points and $930. The 2004 gelding is known around the barn as “Shorty,” although he “came with that name despite the fact that he is not short.” Patton and Shorty have been a team since February 2016 and she appreciates the fact that he is “awesome on a cow; very athletic and correct.” Patton’s most memorable NRCHA


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///////// NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS South Central Region Limited Open Bridle title.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Nic N Chics (Nic It In The Bud x Desire A Chic x Smart Chic Olena) a 2003 gelding owned and shown by Terra Micek of Weatherford, Texas, at five shows, earned 137 points and $4,180 to be the South Central Region Non Pro Bridle Champion.

The Canadian Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion was Keaton Meier riding the 2004 mare, Pic A Boomerette (Brassy Merit x Doc Boomerette x Doc Bommernic), to 52 points and $1,015.

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

SHALEAH L. HESTER/CD SMART BRAT

Non Pro Bridle Champion

TERRA S. MICEK/NIC N CHICS

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Open Bridle Champion

MR STYLISH CAT/BOYD J. RICE AND SHAWN D. HAYS

Limited Open Bridle Champion

RED IT ONE TIME/JESS MORGAN

Riding Eric Storey’s 2007 stallion Red It One Time (One Time Pepto x Genuine Redbud x Genuine Doc), Jess Morgan, of Marietta, Oklahoma, earned 84 points and $2,499 from five shows to win the 52 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Shaleah Hester, of Fort Worth, Texas, rode her 2009 stallion CD Smart Brat (Nasty CD x Shesa Smart Brat x Smart Chic Olena) at nine shows where they earned 60 points and $803 to win the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship for the South Central Region.

South Central Region Limited Open Bridle Champion Red It One Time and Jess Morgan.

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Mr Stylish Cat (Mr Playinstylish x Lil Sally Cat x High Brow Cat) owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kansas, was shown at seven South Central shows in 2017 by trainers Boyd Rice and Shawn Hays. The 2011 stallion earned $4,409 and 113 points to take home the South Central Region Open Bridle Championship.

Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Smartin Up x Smart Little Lena), a 2009 gelding owned by Philip and Judy Fortenberry, went to 13 shows in the South Central Region, earning 137 points and $2,016.

PRIMO MORALES

KEATON MEIER/PIC A BOOMERETTE

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show moment of 2017 came during the Vetoquinol Snaffle Bit Futurity show where she received the highest score of her reined cow horse career to date—a score she hopes to beat next year. Patton’s biggest show pen challenge? “Being consistent,” she answered. “Some days were great and the next everything was a struggle.” Despite the ups and downs, Patton knows her horse is a winner. “He is a past NRCHA world champion,” she said. “He is my partner and teacher. Some days he gives me a break and helps me along. Other days he makes me work for it and will not be forgiving of my mistakes. At the end of the day we are improving as a team.”

South Central Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion Shaleah L. Hester riding CD Smart Brat.

Open Hackamore Champion

SHINEY OUTLAW/SARAH L. DAWSON

South Central Region Non Pro Bridle Champion Terra S. Micek riding Nic N Chics.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

JUDY E. FORTENBERRY/COLD HARD SMART CASH The Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champions, Judy Fortenberry, of Bulverde, Texas, and Cold Hard Smart

Perrin, Texas, trainer Sarah Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey) at five South Central Region shows to earn $8,670 and 154 points for the South Central Region Open Hackamore Championship. The 2012 stallion is owned by Michelle Cannon’s Cannon Quarter Horses in Waxahachie, Texas. “He was a rambunctious little outlaw the first few months of his life as a foal,” Cannon said of her homebred 2015 NSHA Futurity Champion. For Cannon, the highlight of 2017 was winning the Open Hackamore class at the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show


///////// NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS Time x Sable Gal x Peppys Boy 895) competed at six South Central Region shows to earn 75 points, $3,234 and the Non Pro Hackamore Championship. PRIMO MORALES

and then going on to win the AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse where they broke all prior AQHA records. It’s Shiney Outlaw’s speed and stops that earn him pluses in the show pen. “Not only is “Outlaw” freakishly talented, but he has such a huge heart and a tremendous desire to please,” said Cannon, who first became involved with reined cow horses in 2009 with Shiney Outlaw’s sire, Shiney Nickle. Shiney Outlaw and Dawson will compete in the two rein in 2018 and may shoot for the World’s Greatest Horseman in 2019. Shiney Outlaw currently stands at Weatherford Equine Breeding Center. PRIMO MORALES

Paul Bailey rode Frankentime to the South Central Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship.

Open Two Rein Champion

MINI HOT FLASHES/RON RALLS

Sarah Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw to the South Central Region Open Hackamore Championship for owner Michelle Cannon.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

SIOUX ME PLEASE/TY BROWN

Sioux Me Please (A Shiner Named Sioux x ARC Cat Her Please x Chic Please), a 2012 gelding owned and ridden by Ty Brown, of Millsap, Texas, made $732 at five South Central Region shows and had a point tally of 25 to win the Limited Open Hackamore Championship in the South Central Region.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

PAUL E. BAILEY/FRANKENTIME

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From the first time that Kay RankinWilliams saw Mini Hot Flashes lying down in her stall, she has loved her. The mare gave her owner one more reason to keep the love flowing when, under the guidance of trainer Ron Ralls, Mini Hot Flashes won the Open Two Rein South Central Regional Championship for having earned 96 points and $2,457 from nine shows. “She was lying down on her stomach, legs pulled up comfortably under her, facing the door,” Rankin-Williams recalled of seeing the 2011 mare. “She just looked at me and my wheelchair as if to say, ‘You may approach us, but we are not getting up.’ She did finally permit her imperial self to be viewed standing. Her absolute acceptance of my wheelchair was immediate. She wrapped herself around my heart and held tight.” Mini Hot Flashes also reminded RankinWilliams of another of her horses, Flikka Kimble, a sorrel mare that she’d ridden in 4-H, AQHYA, and Open Western Pleasure. Their last show together was

the winter of 1968-69 at the Sandhills Hereford and Quarter Horse Show in Odessa, Texas. “I had gotten married the previous summer,” said Rankin-Williams. “To my knowledge, Flikka and I were the only horse and rider team who were both pregnant. You cannot introduce a son to horses too early.” That son, Michael Rankin, encouraged his mom to buy Mini Hot Flashes because she had ‘too much cow to let her get away.’ Nicknamed “Squatty,” for her solid, 13.3hh frame, Mini Hot Flashes (CD Lights x Shiners Hot Flash x Shining Spark) is one of the smaller horses competing in open competition. “Squatty’s physical heart is probably proportionate to her size,” said RankinWilliams, Boerne, Texas. “Her competitive heart is a very different story. It is so much bigger than her pony-sized body. She is what my dad would have called a true cow pony,” Rankin-Williams said. “In one fence work, the cow was nearly as big as she was. During a turn down the fence, that cow t-boned her in the right side, lifting her off her feet. She never faltered; she spun around and took after the cow with a vengeance! She loves cow work and intimidating cows.” Mini Hot Flashes was a finalist in the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, was the 2016 SRCHA Road to Reno Derby Intermediate Open Champion, and in 2017 was the SCRHA Fall Festival Two Rein Circuit Champion and placed third in the Adequan Level 2 Senior Working Cow Horse. For Rankin-Williams, owning a horse like Mini Hot Flashes has been a pleasure. “Each event in NRCHA and its affiliate SRCHA has been special,” she said. “Being the owner of a horse like Mini Hot Flashes is a hoot. Her genes gave her the raw materials of a cow horse and Ron Ralls has molded that raw


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Non Pro Two Rein Champion

JENNIFER A. NEEL/Z MARTINALENA

Z Martinalena may be the first horse that Weatherford, Texas, realtor Jennifer Neel has progressed all the way through from the snaffle to the bridle, but the 28-year-old is doing a fine job of learning while she shows. Riding her 2011 homebred mare, Neel earned the South Central Non Pro Two Rein Championship with $1,906 and 55 points from five shows. “Learning how to get a horse in the bridle and the transition from the snaffle and hackamore to the bridle has been my biggest challenge in 2017,” Neel said. “It’s been a learning experience for me and my horse.” Neel and Z Martinalena (Zezes Pepto Cat x Fussy Hanky x Lotsolena) are no strangers to the winner’s circle. In 2016 they were the Non Pro Hackamore World Champions and the Non Pro Hackamore Classic Reserve Champions. The pair has also found much success in the NRHA and Neel counts the mare’s rein work, 56 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Jennifer Neel rode Z Martinalena to the South Central Non Pro Two Rein Championship.

“I couldn’t do any of it without their guidance, love and support. They are always there for the late night and early morning schooling sessions around my work schedule to make sure that both my horse and I are ready for the show,” Neel said. “Also my boyfriend, JD Holland, who is extremely supportive and understands my love of horses and this sport and supports and encourages me to keep doing it and be better everyday. I also have to thank Tell Edgmon who has helped me with my reining

and Jon Burgess for help with my cutting and herd work—both have made a huge impact helping me ride and show better.” Neel’s goal for 2018 is to compete at the bridle spectaculars and to qualify for the NRCHA World Show in the Non Pro Bridle.

Youth Bridle Champion

CUTTER W. MCLAUGHLIN/CD DEE VEE DEE PRIMO MORALES

especially her sliding stops, as a pointearner in the show pen. “I very rarely ever have to school her at a show, she usually shows up and gives her best when I ask her for it,” Neel said. “We’ve had so many runs together now that I really trust her, especially in the rein work.” After growing up doing some youth cutting and then reining in college, Neel began showing cow horses in 2011. “Once I got started I loved it,” Neel said. “It combines two other disciplines I love and the cow horse people are simply the best and so much fun to be around.” Neel’s dad, NRCHA veteran trainer Tom Neel, Millsap, Texas, trains Z Martinalena. She credits him and her mom, Lorna Neel, for much of her success. PRIMO MORALES

material into the talent and grit to be a winner.” Rankin-Williams is thankful for the help that she’s received with Mini Hot Flashes. “First, I need to thank Michael Rankin, my son. He not only encouraged me to get involved in show horses again, but also was the determining factor in buying Mini Hot Flashes. My late parents who instilled in me the love of horses and riding. They gave me the freedom to ride many different trails despite being a polio survivor. Ron and Patty Ralls for their training of my horses and me. Winston Hansma and Danny Motes for including Squatty’s accomplishments in Boss’s (CD Lights) ads and Facebook. Carol Rose who introduced me to, cheered for, and posted news about Squatty on her website. Nicole Miller, Squatty’s breeder, for her support and cheers.”

Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee won the South Central Region Youth Bridle Championship.

Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) continued to shine in 2017 by earning 141 points to win the Youth Bridle Championship. The pair also took home $2,389 from their nine regional shows. CD Dee Vee Dee is a 2005 gelding owned by Cutter’s parents Jay and Wendy McLaughlin.

Youth Limited Champion

BAILEY J. SHOPBELL/BALD N SHINEY Bailey Shopbell lived the dream in 2017 when she got the opportunity to show Nelle Murphy’s multi-champion gelding Bald N Shiney. “He’s always there for me on a cow,” said Shopbell, who is a fifth grader at Whitesboro (Texas) ISD and in her second year of showing cow horses. “He’s so excited and you can feel his happiness when the cow comes out. It’s a neat feeling.”


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Non Pro Limited Champion and $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

MONICA DUFLOCK/OH CAY MERIAH

Monica Duflock and her 2009 mare Oh Cay Meriah (Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay x Freckles Merada) earned two South Central Region Championships in 2017. Together they attended 13 shows where they won the Non Pro Limited with 114 points and $1,467. In the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Duflock amassed 177 points and $2,213.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

KORA BOWER/FLETCHS GUN

Kora Bower, of Forestburg, Texas, and her 2011 mare Fletchs Gun (First Fletch x Little Playgun x Playgun) went to nine shows in the South Central Region in 2017 where they earned 135 points, $1,551 and the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.

King Fritz Two). “His attitude is amazing and everyone that has been around him loves him. He loves to show—he is just a show horse. I sure am blessed to have Earthly Riches as he gives me confidence in the show pen and makes the showing easier.” Sanchez, 23, is the assistant trainer at Justin Wright Performance Horses in Santa Maria, California, and put Earthly Riches in the bridle in January 2016 for owner Donna Russo. While he showed a few times as a youth, Sanchez didn’t get serious about showing cow horse until 2015 when he started working for Jake Gorrell. PRIMO MORALES

Shopbell loves to run and stop, but throughout 2017 she had to concentrate on slowing down and not rushing. Her best memory of 2017 came from a learning run rather than a winning one. “It was probably showing in the Youth Limited class at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. I didn’t win, but I learned a lot at that particular show,” said Shopbell, of Sadler, Texas. While Bald N Shiney (Shining Spark x Leos Raffle Lady x Hank Leo), aka “Hank,” a 1994 gelding with earnings in excess of $118,000, has many wins on his dossier including the 1997 Amateur Snaffle Bit Futurity championship and AQHA World Championships in the cow horse, heading and heeling, his 10-yearold rider loves him for just being Hank. “He not only teaches me so much, but he’s my relaxation and a release from a crazy day at school. He’s just an amazing friend,” Shopbell said. “I definitely want to thank Nelle Murphy for giving me the honor of riding Hank. Without her, I wouldn’t be showing him. I want to definitely thank my mom and dad for hauling me and Hank all over. My dad, who spends so many hours coaching me. I look up to him and want to be as good as him someday.” Her goal for 2018 is to make the Youth Limited finals at the Celebration of Champions.

SOUTHWEST REGION Open Bridle Champion

VERY SMART LUCK/ROY RICH

The 2011 stallion Very Smart Luck (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke) owned by the Rocking J Ranch, Inc., and ridden by Roy Rich, Temecula, California, accumulated 137 points and $2,621 to earn the Southwest Region Open Bridle title.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

EARTHLY RICHES/DANIEL SANCHEZ

Earthly Riches and Daniel Sanchez claimed the Limited Open Bridle Championship by accumulating 66 points and earning $4,015. Sanchez and the 2009 stallion won the 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Limited Open Bridle title and were reserve champions in the Open Bridle. Sanchez says that circling a cow is one area in which Earthly Riches excels. “He is just so special,” Sanchez said of Earthly Riches (Tulare x Cmon Tell Us x

Daniel Sanchez rode Earthly Riches to the championship in the Limited Open Bridle.

“My father was working for Justin Wright’s parents when I was born so I grew up on their ranch in San Juan Bautista, California, and grew up loving the cow horse,” Sanchez said. “Every time you walk in the show pen it’s a challenge, you just never know what is going to happen.” Earthly Riches, aka “Peanut Butter,” will be Russo’s Non Pro horse in 2018, however Sanchez will show him at the NRCHA World Show. “I would like to thank Donna Russo and her family for giving me the horse of a lifetime, he has been amazing to show,” Sanchez said. “Also my parents for standing behind me when I told them I wanted to be a horse trainer, Jake


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Non Pro Bridle Champion

RAMONA WOLD/REAL SMOOTH CAT

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me, spot-on on the cow and she gave me her all on some tricky cattle. It’s an unbelievable feeling when it all comes together.” Hunter and Rey Lena CT (Colonel Rey Lena x Nu Delta x Delta Flyer) finished the season with the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship for having earned 78 points and $1,052. In 2011, “Delta” was fourth in the Limited Open NRCHA Derby and in 2015 she tied for third in the NRCHA Limited Open Bridle Southwest Region. Hunter, 34, is a veterinarian technician and believes it is the mare’s versatility that keeps her in the winner’s circle. COURTESY CHRISTINA HUNTER

Ramona Wold has been showing cow horses ever since she met her husband Ken Wold 20 years ago, but getting to show Real Smooth Cat throughout 2017 and winning the Southwest Region Non Pro Bridle Championship is something that she’ll always remember. Leading up to 2017, Wold, of Wilton, California, had spent 18 months battling Valley Fever. For her, just being healthy enough to show was enough to make the year a memorable one. Wold rode Real Smooth Cat to $4,035 in earnings and 74 points. “Getting back in the saddle and actually in the show pen was special,” said Wold, who was able to ride “Smoothy” for the first time in 2017. “Winning it on a horse like Smoothy was icing on the cake. He took care of me, especially going down the fence after me being on the sideline for so long. I came back to showing not the person I was prior to being sick—I am not as athletic or reactive as I was before, but Smoothy gave me the confidence I needed to get back out there.” Wold is a homemaker and the stallion manager at Ken Wold Training Stables. For her the biggest challenge of 2017 was finding the time to practice and attend shows. “My most important job is being a mom and wife. Splitting my time between taking care of our son at home and being on the road at the shows with my husband and our horse was challenging.” While her mount started 2017 as a stallion, he finished it as a gelding. “Real Smooth Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Real Plain Jane x Real Doc) is officially

my son Pierce’s horse now. He is competing in the cow horse for the NRCHA and High School Rodeo. Ken and I made this decision (to geld him) when we decided to give him to Pierce to show. Pierce’s show schedule is not the same as ours at times—he goes down the road one way and we go the other—and we didn’t want to send him down the road with a stallion. We have some beautiful babies on the ground by Smoothy and we have a lot of frozen semen still available for potential breeders.” Wold thanks her husband Ken, who she says is the greatest trainer in the world, and Dan Perez for the privilege of allowing them to purchase Smoothy from him. “I’d also like to thank my parents Harliss and Patricia Henrikson and my son Pierce Wold for all their support.”

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

DARLEEN M. WOOD/WRIGHT OLENA

Darleen Wood of Goodyear, Arizona, amassed 88 points from 15 shows aboard Wright Olena (Lenas Wright On x Starlight Playmate x Grays Starlight) to win the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship. Wright Olena is a 2007 stallion. The pair earned $2,047 in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle division at Southwest Region shows.

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

CHRISTINA R. HUNTER/REY LENA CT

Since 2011, Christina Hunter and her 2007 Paint mare Rey Lena CT have been working toward a goal they achieved at their tenth and final Southwest Regional show of 2017. “We had an incredible 2017 together with every show getting a little better, but I think my most memorable moment was the last fence run of the season at the SCRCHA Saddle Shootout,” Hunter said. “She was right there with

Christina Hunter guided Rey Lena CT to the Southwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship.

“What I love most about her is that she can do almost anything and she does whatever you ask her to. We have used her to pony colts, gather cattle, brand or doctor, she is successful in the show pen whether it be ranch riding or reined cow horse,” Hunter said. “She never tries to cheat me. This mare is so honest, she does everything I ask her to do even if it’s not always right. If something goes wrong in the show pen it’s because I put us there, it’s not because she wants to be in the wrong spot.” Hunter, Phoenix, Arizona, has been showing cow horses since she was 17 when she started riding with Mark Matson. During 2017, she was thankful for the help of Trapper Rodgers.


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Open Hackamore Champion

MS HALF TIME COWGIRL/JESUS M. ROMAN

Smokin Smart Cat and Lyn Anderson, Madera, California, enjoyed a successful season together in the Southwest Region by earning 157 points in the Open Hackamore to win $10,553 from 12 shows and the regional championship.

Southwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion Ms Half Time Cowgirl (Half Time Report x Miss Skeets Cowgirl x Skeets Peppy) is a 2013 mare owned by Rocking J Ranch. She was ridden by Jesus Roman of Temecula, California, to earnings of $3,080 and 61 points.

SMOKIN SMART CAT/LYN ANDERSON

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Cynthia will hand the reins back to Roger in 2018 so he can get Truckin On Ice solid in the bridle. “My husband Roger did an outstanding job training this mare and he is so supportive of me,” Cynthia said. “I have to thank God first. He has put me in such a wonderful place with the most amazing people in my life. My parents and kids are always encouraging me in this dream I am living. I also want to thank Anna Rippy for not only selling me this mare, but for continuing to cheer us on. There are so many trainers that have given me help and support it would be hard to name them all, but Ted Robinson, Justin Wright and Jay McLaughlin are at the top and I appreciate all the time they have spent helping me.” PRIMO MORALES

“We have been a team for over 10 years now and he has taught me when to ask for a little more out of my horses and when I have asked for enough. This year he really pushed me and my mare to be the best we can be,” said Hunter, whose biggest challenge of 2017 was remembering that what goes on outside the pen can’t be taken inside of it. “I am also blessed to have an amazing support system of family and friends and an incredible group of encouraging friends to show alongside. I could not have had the year I had without all these people.”

PRIMO MORALES

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

CYNTHIA L. BIAS/TRUCKIN ON ICE

Lyn Anderson rode Smokin Smart Cat to the Southwest Region Open Hackamore Championship.

Owned and raised by David and Barbara Archer of Clovis, California, Smokin Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x She Smokes Smart x Senors Lil Brudder), a 2013 mare that they call “Emma” at home, impressed the judges with her big stops. In 2016, she won the Idaho SBF and in 2017, was the Open Hackamore champion at the Derby. For the owners of Smokin Smart Cat, the horse show held during the California Rodeo in Salinas 62 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Truckin On Ice and Cynthia Bias earned the Non Pro Hackamore Southwest Region Championship. Bias, Edison, California, owns Truckin On Ice (NMSU Truckin Chex x Legendaryiceprincess x Little Lenas Legend), a 2012 mare, with her husband Roger. Truckin On Ice didn’t compete as a 3-year-old in futurities because her training was behind, which opened the door for the Biases to buy her. Roger trained and showed the mare throughout her 4-year-old year. While Bias, who showed reined cow horses for the first time in 2006, had to overcome nervousness throughout 2017, Truckin On Ice showed like a pro. “She made it fun and easy every time we showed,” Bias said. “She loves to show. She is awesome in the show pen every time.”

Non Pro Hackamore Southwest Region Champion Cynthia Bias rode Truckin On Ice to the win.

Open Two Rein Champion

OVER A BARRELL/DARREL J. NORCUTT Trainer Darrel Norcutt rode his own horse, Over A Barrell, to earnings of $3,112 and 70 points to win the Southwest Region Open Two Rein title. The 6-year-old gelding and Norcutt were the 2015 Open Hackamore champions at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Don Murphy found Over A Barrell (Nic It In The Bud x Katie Gun x John Gun) when he was 2 for Norcutt who gave him the barn name of “Murphy.” Over A Barrell has won money at every


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Non Pro Two Rein Champion

GIANNA S. HANSEN/SOULA SHINER

Southwest Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion Gianna S. Hansen, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Soula Shiner (Soula Jule Star x Nic A Shiner x Smart Shiner), a 2011 mare, earned 40 points and $1,701 from seven shows.

Youth Bridle Champion

ADDISON COUTTS/PEPPYS PLEASE

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TESS THE SWEDE

The 2017 season was epic for Addie Coutts. Riding Peppys Please (Chic Please x Peppys Lena Limerick x Peppy San Badger), a 2007 mare that she got at the start of the season, Coutts went to 14 shows to pick up 48 points and win the Youth Bridle Championship. “I absolutely love growing a relationship with my horses and building our showing skills together,” said Coutts, 17, who is a senior at River Springs Charter School in Temecula, California. “I believe the best part is when you are done making a great run and you just look down at this 1,000-pound animal and thank them for not running off with you or not killing you in the process of the run.” While Peppys Please, aka “Carmen,” takes care of Coutts, she still experienced

the highs and lows of learning to get along with a new horse. “Thank you to Sunni McCormick, but also Roy Rich and John Black,” Coutts said. “I have been riding with Sunni for six years and she has guided me through the ups and downs of this event and boy, there have been many. When I was 11, I got my first cow horse and I really fell in love with the cow work. I continued to rodeo and do trail, but I always came back to the cow horse. Last Fall, I finally found a great horse, Peppys Please, and we have big plans for my senior year.” In addition to being the Youth Bridle Champion, Coutts and Peppys Please also found success at high school rodeos. “This past year I have grown so much in the cow horse world. With my horse Carmen, we have been on an amazing journey from California High School State Finals Rodeo in Bishop, where we took home third place, to traveling halfway across the country to take home fifth place in the nation out of 108 competitors from the United States, Canada, and Australia in National High School Rodeo. I wouldn’t trade this part of my life for anything in the world. Horses are my everything.”

N Tuck (Peppinic x Miss Leo Tucker x Doc Tom Tucker) claimed their second Youth Limited win in the Southwest region in as many years when they earned 53 points from seven shows. PRIMO MORALES

two rein class that Norcutt has entered him in and Norcutt says that the horse is a big stopper and a natural down the fence. “He rises to the occasion,” said Norcutt, 46, of Fallon, Nevada, who began training reined cow horses 10 years ago because he wanted to ride better broke horses. “I like that you can do anything on a finished cow horse. I have had several mentors throughout my career. I’m grateful for all of the help and support that I’ve received through the years from several trainers and competitors.” Norcutt will continue to show Over A Barrell in 2018 in the bridle at various horse shows.

Sydney Lane Hoyt rode RC Miss Nic N Tuck to the Southwest Region Youth Limited Championship.

“I am very honored to be receiving this title for the second year in a row. I have owned this mare for two years now and I am extremely thankful for all we have accomplished in what feels like such a short amount of time,” said Hoyt, Fredericksburg, Texas. While Hoyt’s 2017 season with RC Miss Nic N Tuck, a 2006 mare, got off to a good start, it nearly ended badly. “This year was a tough one, including a big move to a new state and a colic surgery that brought our show season to an early end,” Hoyt said. “I cannot thank my trainer, Jimmy Flores, and his wife, Robin, enough for helping me grow in this sport of the reined cow horse and my parents for believing in me and supporting me through my love for the sport.

Non Pro Limited Champion and $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion Addison Coutts rode Peppys Please to the Youth Bridle Championship in the Southwest Region.

Youth Limited Champion

SYDNEY LANE HOYT/RC MISS NIC N TUCK Sydney Hoyt and her mare RC Miss Nic

BARBARA A. GILJUM/PAY ME IN NICKELS

Riding her own horse, Pay Me In Nickels, Barbara Giljum claimed two regional titles in the Southwest. With 143 points and $3,027 won, Giljum took home the Non Pro Limited win. She also claimed the $5,000 Non Pro Limited title


///////// NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS with 182 points from four shows and $2,893 in that class. Giljum calls Pay Me In Nickels (Shining Lil Nic x Paymethemoney x Lena My Way), “Clifford” when he’s at home. “He’s just like Clifford the big red dog,” said Giljum, 58, who has owned the 2009 gelding for four years. “He’s a winner to me because he is so kind and gentle and the perfect horse for me.” While Giljum, Brentwood, California, has been showing reined cow horses for 17 years and used to love watching the Stock Horse classes at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, she battles nerves when showing. She thanks her trainer, Ron Emmons, for teaching her to believe in herself and LaDona Emmons, for always knowing the perfect thing to say to her before she walks into the show pen. She counts winning the $5,000 Non Pro Limited and being reserve in the Non Pro Limited at the Reno SBF as her biggest achievements in 2017. Giljum also shows in the AQHA Amateur Reining and in 2017 attained AQHA Superior status. In 2018, Giljum will show at the Celebration of Champions, her first NRCHA World Show, and would like to accrue enough points to earn Superior status in the AQHA Working Cow Horse Amateur Boxing.

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NANCY NYJORDET/CHICKAROOS CHANCE

In less than a year, Nancy Nyjordet achieved what she could only dream of doing—winning the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Southwest Region Championship. Riding Chickaroos Chance, a 2009 gelding that has a very unique capability of drawing a cow to him, Nyjordet attended 10 shows to earn 156 points and $1,019. “With this being my first year showing, I have to say that showing was not as nerve racking as it could have been since I knew that Chance would carry more than his fair share of the teamwork,” said Nyjordet, of Poway, California, who works as an administrator. “I was able to enter the arena knowing that I was riding a horse that would carry me through even when I didn’t ride him the way I should.” Prior to showing cow horses, Nyjordet had competed in cutting, which made the herd work part of showing at NRCHA Spectaculars easiest for her. Learning to ride each individual maneuver and not get ahead of herself in the reining took some effort. For her, the most memorable show of 2017 was the NRCHA Derby, Spectacular and Horse Show held in Paso Robles, California. “I ended up winning the $1,000 Non Pro Limited and was either second or third place in all the other divisions that I competed in,” Nyjordet said. “To place as well as I did in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited, $5,000 Non Pro Limited, Non Pro Limited and the Non Pro Limited Spectacular at my third show was such a thrill.” For Nyjordet, this championship is special since she only recently returned to the saddle after experiencing a bad fall several years ago. After taking lessons with trainer Glen Aspinall, she became intrigued with the sport and

decided to lease Chicaroos Chance (Hick Chicaroo x Foxy Marcie x As Smart As The Fox) from her good friend Tracy Lynch. Upon picking up the horse, Lynch and her father, Jim Putnam, gave her signed transfer papers instead of a lease agreement. “To say I was stunned is an understatement,” said Nyjordet. “I am so often in awe of the generosity of this family. They have given me so much more than an amazing horse. Tracy Lynch opened my eyes to this challenging sport, gave me confidence in myself when I had little, and was great at breaking things down for me when I had trouble understanding.” Nyjordet had equally high praise for her trainer, Glen Aspinall. “Glen Aspinall has surpassed my expectations,” she said. “Glen knew when to push me harder, setting the bar just out of reach so I would work even more. When I got frustrated with my lack of accomplishment, Glen would be quick to remind me of just how far I’d come. Harry Rogers and Kyla White urged me to take on this personal challenge and adventure, telling me time and again to go have fun. All of these people have given me so much more than I will ever be able to thank them for.” TESS THE SWEDE

COURTESY BARBARA GILJUM

Barbara Giljum and Pay Me In Nickels won both the Non Pro Limited and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Southwest year-end titles.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Nancy Nyjordet rode Chickaroos Chance to the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.


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SOUTHEASTERN REGION Open Bridle Champion

JUNKYARD CAT/JAY HOLMES

Junkyard Cat (High Brow Cat x Aristocratic Cookie x Smart Aristocrat), a 2010 stallion owned by Jennifer D. Van Cura, and ridden by Jay Holmes of Sarasota, Florida, went to just four shows to claim the Southeastern Region Open Bridle championship. They earned 27 points in 2017 and won $1,520.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

JUSTA MERADA NUT/TREVOR STEED

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Non Pro Bridle Champion

MORGAN HOLMES/DUN IT ON QUE

Morgan Holmes, Sarasota, Florida, and Dun It On Que (Dun It Big x Que Uno x Smart Little Uno), a 2007 gelding, went to 12 shows throughout the 2017 season in the Southeastern Region to earn 38 points, $1,100 and the Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion & Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

EMILY KENT/THIRSTY OAK

For Emily A. Kent and Thirsty Oak (Docs Oak x Im Thirsty Smoke x Doc Gunsmoke), 2017 was a standout year. Kent and her 2000 stallion entered four shows in the Southeastern Region to earn 15 points in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle and $305. They also got 26 points and $415 in the Novice Non Pro Bridle to land both championships.

Open Hackamore Champion

NO BIG DUAL/ROBERT J SMITH III

No Big Dual and Robert J. Smith III proved that their 2016 Open Hackamore Southeastern Regional championship was no fluke when they came back to win the title again in 2017, despite relocating during the season from Florida to Saint Jo, Texas. The pair attended six shows and accumulated 25 points and earnings of $844. “He has a lot of presence and style in the pen,” Smith said. “His big stop is nice too.” It is the herd work where No Big Dual,

who has also won money in the NCHA and NRHA, really shines. No Big Dual (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno), a 2012 stallion, is known as “Tater” in Smith’s barn. He got the name from his sire, who is nicknamed Pork Chop, due to him being a stout, muscular horse. “When I bought No Big Dual as a yearling he was also thick and took after his sire a lot so we wanted to stick with the trend so Tater it was,” Becky said. No Big Dual was selected by his owner Becky Smith, a payroll coordinator and wife of Robert J. Smith III, while she was visiting Diane Beckmann, who handles Bobby Lewis’s breeding program. “I went (there) for a colored yearling filly and fell in love with a bay weanling colt who was not for sale at the time,” Becky said. “Persistence and patience paid off and I was able to finally buy him as a yearling. Robert has done all of his training from the first ride to now. “Tater has a lot of style and a big stop in the herd work. With each run he gets more cow-smart and better to work,” said Smith who was the 2017 reserve champion in the Limited Open Hackamore Classic on No Big Dual. “He’s a very talented horse.” The Smiths thank Don Murphy for his coaching and advice throughout the 2017 season. In 2018 they look forward to doing more cutting with stallion. FLETCH PHOTOS

Consistency was the key to Justa Merada Nut and Trevor Steed coming out on top in the Southeastern Region standings in the Limited Open Bridle. Entering 14 shows, the pair earned 42 points to win the championship for owners 177 Performance Horses, LLC. “He’s very consistent,” said Steed, Okeechobee, Florida, of Justa Merada Nut (Meradas Money Talks x Justa Hickory Nut x Docs Hickory) who he also shows in ranch horses classes. “He is an awesome horse and I have a lot of fun showing him.” For Steed, 2017 was all about learning how to get shown well in the reining while still saving enough horse for the fence work. “He really shines in the fence work,” Steed said. “The fence work comes a lot easier for me on this horse, I’ve just got to stay out of his way and he does it mostly himself.” Justa Merada Nut, aka “Achilles,” finished in the Top 10 at Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, February 2017. For Steed, that show was the highlight of his and Justa Merada Nut’s two-year show career together. He looks forward to returning with Achilles in 2018. “I plan to keep showing him and would love to win the World on him,” Steed said. Steed began showing in club class-

es nine years ago and started entering NRCHA aged events after watching the Snaffle Bit Futurity. “I’ve always loved watching Doug Williamson ride,” said Steed. “I’d like to thank my brother, Rick, because he taught me most of what I know about riding.”

Open Hackamore champions No Big Dual and Robert J Smith III.


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XTRA DIAMOND STEP/BRANDY JOHNSON

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

KATHRYN RIPPETOE/TAZZER GUN

Brandy Johnson, Bowling Green, Kentucky, earned 11 points and $385 from three shows to win the Limited Open Hackamore aboard Xtra Diamond Step (Wimpys Little Step x Ha Ruby N Diamonds), a 2012 gelding.

Tazzer Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Electrical Flash x Jacs Electric Spark) and owner Kathryn Rippetoe, Nashville, Tennessee, earned the Non Pro Two Rein title for the Southeastern Region from attending two shows and earning 18 points and $280.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

Youth Bridle Champion

Sandra Kaskey has spent 10 years working with Jay Holmes to become a better showperson and every second of it was worth it to the North Port, Florida, registered nurse. Riding her partner of the last two years, Finish Big, Kaskey won her biggest title to date, the Non Pro Hackamore Southeastern Regional Championship. Kaskey’s motto for the 2017 season, where she entered nine regional shows to earn 22 points and $523, was to remember to enjoy each ride. “I love riding this horse. He is sweet and fun,” Kaskey said. “He’s a stopper and loves the cow and is always willing to try his hardest.” Finish Big (Dun It Big x Photons Cowgirl x Photon), a 2012 stallion and Kaskey are also starting to compete in ranch horse versatility classes, but her biggest goal for 2018 is to see what comes next. “I just want to continue to work with this horse and see what kind of potential we have together,” said Kaskey.

Greysen E. Walsh began competing in reined cow horse shows just two years ago when he was looking for a new challenge. The 17-year-old has proven he was up to the challenge by riding Sailors Windy to the Southeastern Region Youth Bridle Championship.

SANDRA KASKEY/FINISH BIG

Open Two Rein Champion

TAZZER GUN/JOE W. HARPER

Kathryn Rippetoe’s 2011 gelding, Tazzer Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Electrical Flash x Jacs Electric Spark) ridden by Joe Harper, Bowling Green, Kentucky, earned 27 points and $784 from four shows in the Southeastern region to become the Open Two Rein champion. 70 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

GREYSEN E. WALSH/SAILORS WINDY

though and we’re making progress,” said Walsh, who made the switch to reined cow horse after joining MacRae Training Center. “Wendy might not be the most talented horse in the field, but she has the biggest heart,” said Walsh, who thanked his trainer, Joey MacRae, for helping him succeed in 2017, as well as TR Potts who helped him work on his equitation. Walsh will start college in the fall and hopes to continue working with his horses and would like to attend a few shows during the 2018 season.

Youth Limited Champion

CAROLINA SANCHEZ/DUNBUDS COMET Carolina Sanchez, Sarasota, Florida rode Jay and Rhonda Holmes’s 2006 mare, Dunbuds Comet (Dun It Big x Comets Gold Lena x Gold Lena) to the Southeastern Region Youth Limited championship. Sanchez went to 15 shows where she made $206 and earned 57 points.

Non Pro Limited Champion

JENNIFER D. VAN CURA/JUNKYARD CAT

Southeastern Region Youth Bridle champion Greysen E. Walsh riding Sailors Windy.

Sailors Windy (Cee Blair Sailor x Chapos Pawnee x Spanish Chapo), aka “Wendy,” is a 2004 mare. She and Walsh, who have been teamed up together for the past three years, also compete in NRHA and AQHA reining as well as ranch horse classes. This is the first NRCHA title that Walsh, Anderson, South Carolina, has won. The pair earned $240 and eight points in 2017 in the Southeastern Region from four shows. Walsh had to juggle school commitments to make it to the shows where his focus was on improving his boxing. “My biggest challenge with Wendy is our boxing skills. It’s coming along

Jennifer D. Van Cura, Sarasota, Florida, and her 2010 stallion Junkyard Cat (High Brow Cat x Aristocratic Cookie x Smart Aristocrat) earned 91 points and $1,024 from 15 shows in the Southeastern Region to win the Non Pro Limited title.

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CHRISTI PRITCHET/BEE BEE DULCE

Christi Pritchett, Fort Myers, Florida, earned two championships in the Southeastern Region aboard the 2008 mare Bee Bee Dulce (Dulces Smart Lena x Bee Bee Dually x Dual Pep). To win the $5,000 Non Pro Limited title, Pritchett earned 108 points and $667, while in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited she earned $398 and accumulated 89 points.


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INTERNATIONAL REGION Open Bridle Champion

Open Hackamore Champion

MISS BETSY CHEX/ MARKUS SCHÖPFER

SPAT SAILOR OLENA/MARKUS SCHÖPFER

The International Region Open Bridle Champion was Spat Sailor Olena (Spat Olena x Heidi Sailor x Frozen Sailor), shown by Markus Schöpfer for owner Jeanette Kraehenbuehl.

The International Region Open Hackamore Champion was Miss Betsy Chex, a grade mare owned by Agostino Novaresio, and ridden by Markus Schöpfer.

Open Two Rein Champion Non Pro Bridle Champion

RICHARD FORSTER/JACS ROYAL BOONSMAL

CHEX YOUR GUNS/CHRISTOPH SEILER In the Open Two Rein division, the International Region Champion was Chex Your Guns (Nu Chex To Cash x CR Guns Fancy x One Gun), shown by Christoph Seiler for owner Eliane Gfeller.

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Youth Bridle Champion

GINA MEL OPITZ/DR STARFISH

The Youth Bridle Champion was Gina Mel Opitz, riding Dr Starfish (Lenas Starfish x Fancy Lil What x Doctor What). Richard Forster captured the International Region Non Pro Bridle Championship aboard his Jacs Royal Boonsmal (Royal Boonsmal x Zans Glenda Jac x Mister Smoken Eighty Six).

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Non Pro Limited & $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

NICOLE FINZEL/SEVEN X PEPPY

In the Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited divisions, the Champion was Nicole Finzel, who rode Seven X Peppy (Seven X Starlight x Little Peppy Pudden x Peppy San Badger) to the dual titles.

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SUPERIOR REINED COW HORSES OF 2017

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Billys Cool Cat/ owned by Patti L. Chiarelli Blind Sided/ owned by Aaron Ranch Cat Magical/ owned by Dan & Linda Macedo Cayenne Cat/ owned by Kenneth G. Jones Colenas Just Boonin/ owned by Julie A. Lingenfelter Cruze Mode/ owned by Paul or Amy Bailey Cuttalena Sugar/ owned by Philip & Jennifer Sadler Desires Last Freckle/ owned by Thomas & Suzanne Gowan

The NRCHA Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding equine performers.

Dunitwithmysliderson/ owned by Debbi D. Otley Electra Tuff/ owned by Paul or Amy Bailey Emmy Roo/ owned by Mary E. Robinson Enjoy Olena/ owned by Kristina M. Wall PRIMO MORALES

Fifth Avenue Lena/ owned by Melinda Grendell Genuine Masterpiece/ owned by Mattie E. Neal Good Chance To Rien/ owned by Tia L. Harari Gypsy In The Bud/ owned by DTF Venture, LLC Hot Wired Hickory/ owned by Donna Shapka Instantee/ owned by Mattie E. Neal Lenas Buddy Nic/ owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch Light And Sassy/ owned by Shelly L. Franklin Lil Remedy Pep/ owned by Rhoda B. Rein Lil Shiny Long Legs/ owned by Michelle Cannon Little Doc Lady/ owned by Richard or Lori Wyman Over A Barrell/ owned by Darrel Norcutt Peptos J Lo/ owned by Gianna S. Hansen Playguns N Sparks Dr/ owned by Lazy TD Performance Horses Pure Stylish/ owned by Mike J. Wall Ray J Boonlight/ owned by Roy Durbin, Jr. Remedys Shinin Cash/ owned by Julie Strenge Shine Di Light/ owned by Gianna S. Hansen Shiners Lil Nickle/ owned by Michelle Cannon Shiney Outlaw/ owned by Michelle Cannon Shinin Peaches/ owned by Sandra & JT Neal III Sister Siera/ owned by Kira C. Tomlinson SJR All Time Cash/ owned by Lyle G. Proctor SLR Won Smart Wolf/ owned by Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Smart Nu Annie/ owned by Mattie E. Neal Smokin Little Ringo/ owned by John R. Pascoe Sparktilion/ owned by Michelle Cannon Suens Little Cat/ owned by Steven M. Mattson

Lenas Buddy Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena), owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, and ridden by Jake Telford (pictured), Shane Steffen, Brandon Buttars and Kelby Phillips has won $104,471.89 on his way to securing the 2017 NRCHA Supreme Merit Award.

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y definition, merit is “the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward.” The National Reined Cow Horse Merit Award Program recognizes those equines that have performed at a consistent level of excellence in the reined 76 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

cow horse discipline. Using their show record, which encompasses an entire career rather than single major event titles, as criteria enables the horse to earn distinction by winning smaller checks at regional and national competition across the country. The NRCHA Merit Award Program is a testament to the longevity

Very Smart Choice/ owned by Rocking BS Ranch What Happened Serena/ owned by Vance or Jo Ann Ward

of those stalwart athletes whose owners and/or trainers can depend on them to bring home a win.

CERTIFICATE OF ABILITY The Certificate of Ability is the first award for which a money-earning reined cow horse can qualify. A horse will be cer-


///////// NRCHA MERIT AWARDS tified after winning a total of $500 in any NRCHA class or combination of classes. It is the intention of the NRCHA that the Certificate of Ability be available to a large number of horses that demonstrate proficiency in cow horse competition. Earnings from Category 2 Special Events will not be counted toward this award.

SUPERIOR COW HORSE A horse that has earned $5,000 in any NRCHA class or combination of classes or events may receive the Superior Cow Horse award. All earnings from reined cow horse snaffle bit events can be added to the hackamore and bridle winnings to total $5,000 in order to receive this award. The NRCHA believes that any horse that wins $5,000 in a single class or combination of classes and events is certainly considered a Superior Cow Horse and should be recognized. Earnings from Non

Pro Limited, $5,000 Non Pro Limited, $1,000 Non Pro Limited, Youth Limited and Category 2 Special Events will not be counted toward this award.

SUPREME REINED COW HORSE The Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award is reserved for the unique individual that has shown and won in all divisions and garnered a total of $25,000 in earnings. A horse must meet the following criteria:

CERTIFICATE OF ABILITY 2017 ARC Rubysinthabag/ owned by Rocking BS Ranch Billys Cool Cat/ owned by Patti L. Chiarelli Blind Sided/ owned by Aaron Ranch Captain Smokem/ owned by Amber M. Roberts Cat Magical/ owned by Dan & Linda Macedo Cayenne Cat/ owned by Kenneth G. Jones Colenas Just Boonin/ owned by Julie A. Lingenfelter Cruze Mode/ owned by Paul or Amy Bailey

a. The horse must have been shown in approved Limited Age Events (LAE) and earned at least $1,000 in these events. The horse must have been shown in the hackamore and have earned at least $1,000 in this event. Money earned at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic limited age event may count toward either LAE money or hackamore money, so long as it is counted only once. Up to $20,000 of

Cuttalena Sugar/ owned by Philip & Jennifer Sadler Electra Tuff/ owned by Paul or Amy Bailey Emmy Roo/ owned by Mary E. Robinson Enjoy Olena/ owned by Kristina M. Wall Fifth Avenue Lena/ owned by Melinda Grendell Gay Chex Gal/ owned by Amber M. Roberts Genuine Masterpiece/ owned by Mattie E. Neal Good Chance To Rien/ owned by Tia L. Harari Gypsy In The Bud/ owned by DTF Venture, LLC Helens Slider Chex/ owned by Brian C. Peterson Hot Wired Hickory/ owned by Donna Shapka Instantee/ owned by Mattie E. Neal KR No Complaints/ owned by Douglas Grendell

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Lenas Buddy Nic/ owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch Lil Remedy Pep/ owned by Rhoda B. Rein Lil Shiny Long Legs/ owned by Michelle Cannon Little Doc Lady/ owned by Richard or Lori Wyman LRRSparkNSmartRemedy/ owned by Lisa C. Reiter Mr Starlights Lady/ owned by Janie Welch Over A Barrell/ owned by Darrel Norcutt Peptos J Lo/ owned by Gianna S. Hansen Playguns N Sparks Dr/ owned by Lazy TD Performance Horses Pure Stylish/ owned by Mike J. Wall Ray J Boonlight/ owned by Roy Durbin, Jr. Remedys Shinin Cash/ owned by Julie Strenge Shine Di Light/ owned by Gianna S. Hansen Shiners Lil Nickle/ owned by Michelle Cannon Shiney Outlaw/ owned by Michelle Cannon Shinin Peaches/ owned by Sandra & JT Neal III Sister Siera/ owned by Kira C. Tomlinson SJR All Time Cash/ owned by Lyle G. Proctor SLR Won Smart Wolf/ owned by Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Smart Nu Annie/ owned by Mattie E. Neal Smokin Little Ringo/ owned by John R. Pascoe Soula Shiner/ owned by Gianna S. Hansen Sparktilion/ owned by Michelle Cannon Suens Little Cat/ owned by Steven M. Mattson Takin Pepto 073/ owned by James T. Gray Very Smart Choice/ owned by Rocking BS Ranch What Happened Serena/ owned by Vance or Jo Ann Ward Wild Juanita/ owned by Mysti E. McMaster

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///////// NRCHA MERIT AWARDS any monies won at these two types of events can be applied to the total earnings required. b. The horse must win a total of $25,000. After considering the totals earned from Limited Age Events and the hackamore, with the limitations previously stated, the remaining balance must be won in the bridle division. c. Money earned in the Non Pro Limited, $5,000 Non Pro Limited, $1,000 Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited classes will not count toward the Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award. d. To fulfill the hackamore requirement, earnings must come from NRCHA Horse

1. Blind Sided/2010 stallion

(Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex) Lifetime Earnings: $173,696.90 Owner: Aaron Ranch Rider(s): Jay McLaughlin 2. Callme Mister Mister/2009 stallion

(Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass) Lifetime Earnings: $63,264.19 Owner: Paul or Amy Bailey Rider(s): Chris Dawson, Robert Chown, Amy Bailey 3. Colenas Just Boonin/2009 mare

(Bodee Boonsmal x Colenas Dawn) Lifetime Earnings: $28,032.00 Owner: Julie A. Lingenfelter Rider(s): Darrel Norcutt, Julie Lingenfelter 4. Cuttalena Sugar/2008 mare

(Smart Paul Olena x Cutta Peppy) Lifetime Earnings; $26,958.00 Owner: Philip & Jennifer Sadler Rider(s): Aaron Ralston, Philip Sadler 5. Genuine Masterpiece/2005 stallion

(Shining Spark x Kings Masterpiece) Lifetime Earnings: $55,005.92 Owner: Mattie E. Neal Rider(s): Jay McLaughlin, Mattie Neal

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Show Hackamore classes or Hackamore Classic LAE money can count toward either LAE money or hackamore money, so long as it is counted only once. e. Money earned in the two-rein class will count as bridle earnings for the merit award program. f. Foals of 2000 and prior will be grandfathered into this program and are not required to have won the $1,000 in Limited Age Events and hackamore, but still must win a total of $25,000. As of January 1, 2002, earnings which count toward the Merit Awards are all NRCHA Approved horse shows, LAE and Category 1 Special Events.

6. Lenas Buddy Nic/2009 APHA gelding

(Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena) Lifetime Earnings: $104,471.89 Owner: Bitterroot Springs Ranch Rider(s): Shane Steffen, Brandon Buttars, Jake Telford, Kelby Phillips 7. Lil Remedy Pep/2007 gelding

(Very Smart Remedy x Kaimana Wana Wiggle) Lifetime Earnings: $48,966.82 Owner: Rhoda B. Rein Rider(s): Darren Miller, Rhoda B. Rein 8. Lil Shiny Long Legs/2010 mare

(Shining Spark x Lil Lena Long Legs) Lifetime Earnings: $67,920.84 Owner: Michelle Cannon Rider(s): Zane Davis, Shawn Hays 9. Little Doc Lady/2004 mare

(Lucky Little Lena x Miss Thumb Badger) Lifetime Earnings: $26,536.00 Owner: Richard/Lori Wyman Rider(s): Jon Roeser, Brad Lund, Lori Wyman

Merit Award applications are available on the NRCHA web site: nrcha.com/ nrcha-merit-awards-program/.

THE SUPREME REINED COW HORSES OF 2017 Thirteen equine performers will receive the elite Supreme Reined Cow Horse designation for their accomplishments through the 2017 show season. These four-legged athletes and the people behind their careers will be recognized at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas:

10. Remedys Shinin Cash /2011 mare

(Very Smart Remedy x Cashs Shining Spark) Lifetime Earnings: $26,326.32 Owner: Julie Strenge Rider(s): Jake Telford, Jason Gay 11. Shinin Peaches/2010 mare

(Shining Spark x Ima Smart Remedy) Lifetime Earnings; $30,454.30 Owner: Sandra & JT Neal III Rider(s): Jay McLaughlin 12. SLR Won Smart Wolf /2011 stallion

(Paddys Irish Whiskey x Smart Miss Wolf) Lifetime Earnings: $64,013.66 Owner: Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Rider(s): John Swales, Keri Hudson-Reykdal 13. Smokin Little Ringo/2011 stallion

(Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina) Lifetime Earnings: $90,424.65 Owner: John R. Pascoe Rider(s): Monica Caetano


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The NRCHA Celebration of Champions offers something for everyone. By Bonnie Wheatley Photos by Primo Morales

Sarah Dawson rode Travelin Miss Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy) for owner/breeder Steve Roseberry to the Peptoboonsmal Celebration of Champions Open Derby Championship in 2017. 82 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS


Lyle Proctor earned the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Novice Non Pro Derby titles riding SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lotta Cash x Nu Cash).

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side from the exciting cow horse action on display in Will Rogers Memorial Center arenas, numerous booths await shoppers in the vendor trade show. Add in the NRCHA Year-End Awards Banquet, and the World’s Greatest Horseman Reception, and there are ancillary attractions for all to enjoy.

SATURDAY, FEB. 10, 7:30 P.M.: World’s Greatest Horseman Reception in the Round Up Inn at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Everyone is invited to celebrate with World’s Greatest Horseman contestants as they receive their commemorative back numbers.

FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 7:30 P.M.:

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or the fifth consecutive year, Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, will host National Reined Cow Horse Association members who are pursuing world and national titles at the Celebration of Champions, February 9-17, 2018. Also on the event schedule is the Cow Horse Classic Derby, a NRCHA Premier Event that features talented 4- and 5-year-old horses, as well as 6-year-old horses in the Non Pro Limited. Competitors from across the United States and Canada, who hope to see the culmination of their 2017 season yield a NRCHA World Championship, will be primed and ready for the nine-day cow horse extravaganza, which is capped off by DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman, a showcase for the best bridle horses in the business.

Increased added prize money contributes to the appeal of the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. The added money in the Derby will grow to $72,500. The added money for the World’s Greatest Horseman is $75,000, thanks to the event’s title sponsor, DT Horses of Bend, Oregon. The NRCHA World Championship Show invites the top horses and riders from each of the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions to compete for world championships in 15 exciting divisions, boasting a total of $80,000 in added prize money.

THE COW HORSE CLASSIC DERBY Cow Horse Classic Derby action kicks off the Celebration of Champions and represents one of the first opportunities of the new limited age event season. For

Don’t miss the NRCHA Year-End Awards Banquet in the Round Up Inn. Join the fun as the NRCHA World and National Champions are recognized for their accomplishments. The Banquet is open to the public, but tickets are required and can be purchased in the Celebration of Champions Show Office at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 3 P.M.: At 3 p.m. in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum the herd will be settled and DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman Finals will commence. At 5 p.m., action moves to the Justin Arena for the rein work, steer stopping and fence work finals. Two exhibitor passes, per horse, will be given to exhibitors for entry to the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals. Additional passes can be purchased from the box office on the day of the event or online in advance. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW the futurity horses of 2017, this show marks the beginning of their derby year as 4-year-olds. For the foals of 2013, it is the final year of eligibility to be shown two-handed in the snaffle and hackamore before advancing to the two-rein and bridle phases of cow horse training. Derby action gets underway on Friday, February 9 with rein work in all Open, Non Pro, Amateur and Non Pro Limited divisions. There are no finals for the limited age event. Championships in each division are awarded to the highest composite score on three events—the herd, rein, and cow work (boxing in the Non Pro Limited).

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hether you are an exhibitor or a spectator, here are a few important details to help your Fort Worth show experience go smoothly. The Will Rogers Memorial Center is a paid parking facility. Vehicle parking is $5/day. Truck/trailer parking (haul-in) is $15/day ($5 for truck/$10 for trailer). All vehicles and trailers are required to pay to park in all facility lots. Admission to all events is free and open to the public except the NRCHA Year-End Banquet on Friday, February 16 and the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals on Saturday, February 17. Tickets for both events will be available at the show office during the Celebration of Champions. Live webcasting of the event by NRCHA Official Videographer, Equine Promotion, can be found at www.NRCHA.com.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES The 2017 World Champions in 15 NRCHA horse show divisions will also be crowned in Fort Worth. World Champion contenders represent the top horses and riders from the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions who spend the regular show season working hard to qualify and receive an invitation to show in Fort Worth. The World Championship classes begin with a preliminary round, which determines the teams advancing to the cleanslate finals to be held later in the week. We will see the first NRCHA World Championship preliminaries on Saturday, February 10 in the Limited Open Bridle, Non-Pro Two Rein and Novice Non Pro Bridle classes.

C.J. Shopbell rode Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin Stylish) for owner Gregg Lafitte to the Open Bridle World Championship, marking a 435.5 to win $9,002.

NRCHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALIZED Points earned in the NRCHA Celebration of Champions World Championship classes count toward the year-long race for NRCHA National Championships in the 15 NRCHA horse show classes. National champions are determined by the total points accumulated during the entire 2017 show season. For some competitors, the trip to Fort Worth will make or break their bid for a NRCHA National title.


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Will Rogers  Memorial Center

3401 W Lancaster Ave Fort Worth, Texas 76107

JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM LAE Rein Work: Non Pro / Amt Divisions LAE Rein Work: Non Pro Limited LAE Rein Work: All Open Divisions JUSTIN ‐ 10:00 AM Preliminaries: Limited Open Bridle Preliminaries: Non Pro Two Rein Preliminaries: Novice Non Pro Bridle** JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Finals: Novice Non Pro Bridle Finals: Limited Open Bridle Finals: Non Pro Two Rein LAE Cow Work: Non Pro / Amt Divisions LAE Cow Work: Non Pro Limited JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM LAE Cow Work: All Open Divisions  Preliminaries: Non Pro Limited ** JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Finals: Non Pro Limited Finals: Limited Open Hackamore Finals: Open Two Rein Preliminaries: Intermediate Non Pro Bridle** WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN Preliminaries: Rein Work JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Finals: Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Preliminaries: Open Hackamore Preliminaries: Open Bridle JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Finals: $5,000 Non Pro Limited Finals: Non Pro Hackamore Preliminaries: Non Pro Bridle** WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN Preliminaries: Steer Stopping Preliminaries: Cow Work JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Finals: $1,000 Non Pro Limited Finals: Youth Limited Finals: Youth Bridle Finals: Open Hackamore Finals: Non Pro Bridle Finals: Open Bridle JUSTIN ‐ 8:00 AM Special: NHSRA Reined Cow Horse Challenge Special: Intercollegiate Challenge JUSTIN ‐ 5:00 PM WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN FINALS: Rein Work / Steer Stopping / Cow Work

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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 9

Patterns   Cow Horse Classic Derby: 4 World Championship Prelims: 10 LOPE Toward World Championship Finals: 5 World’s Greatest Horseman Prelims: 2 World’s Greatest Horseman Finals: 4 NHSRA Challenge: 11 LOPE

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 10

COLISEUM ‐ 8:00 AM LAE Herd Work: Non Pro / Amt Divisions LAE Herd Work: Non Pro Limited LAE Herd Work: All Open Divisions (day 1)

ROUND UP INN ‐ 7:30 PM WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN Reception

SUNDAY- FEBRUARY 11

COLISEUM ‐ 8:30 AM LAE Herd Work: All Open Divisions (cont.)

JUSTIN SALE ARENA During Lunch Break Cowboy Church

30 Minutes after NPL Derby Cow Work WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN Preliminaries: Herd Work

MONDAY - FEBRUARY 12

COLISEUM ‐ 2:00 PM Preliminaries: Limited Open Hackamore Preliminaries: Open Two Rein

JUSTIN SALE ARENA‐ 6:30 PM Professionals Meeting

TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 13

COLISEUM ‐ 8:30 AM Preliminaries: Non Pro Hackamore Preliminaries: $5,000 Non Pro Limited **  

 

 

WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 14

COLISEUM ‐ 8:30 AM Preliminaries: $1,000 Non Pro Limited **

THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 15

COLISEUM ‐ 8:30 AM Preliminaries: Youth Bridle / YB 13 Preliminaries: Youth Limited / YL 13

FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 16

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 17

COLISEUM ‐ 3:00 PM WORLD'S GREATEST HORSEMAN FINALS: Settle Herd ‐ for Finals Finals: Herd Work

JUSTIN SALE ARENA ‐ 10:00AM Affiliate Meeting

JUSTIN SALE ARENA ‐ 4:00 PM Non Pro Meeting

JUSTIN SALE ARENA ‐ 1:00 PM General Membership Meeting JUSTIN SALE ARENA ‐ 3:00pm Youth Meeting ROUND UP INN ‐ 7:30 PM Year End Awards Banquet Watt Arena ‐ 11 AM Winter Premier Sale Reception Winter Premier Sale


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he National Reined Cow Horse Association’s DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman showcases what, for reined cow horse enthusiasts, is the pinnacle of the vaquero tradition of horsemanship—the finished bridle horse. A few things spectators will witness through the course of the event are the finest bridle horses performing dynamic maneuvers to earn high scores in front of enthusiastic crowds. Outstanding scores must be achieved in each of the four facets of the World’s Greatest Horseman competition: the herd work, rein work, fence work and steer stopping—each aspect in and of itself uniquely challenging. The ultimate test exists when all four are combined to perfection. During the course of the Celebration of Champions, “World’s Greatest” action gets underway with the herd work preliminaries on Sunday, February 11 in Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The rein work prelims are slated for Tuesday, February 13 in the John Justin Arena, 88 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Defending World’s Greatest Horseman John Swales rode Heza Diamond Spark, owned by 7 P Ranch, to the 2017 championship.

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////////// FORMER WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN CHAMPIONS 1999 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ted Robinson • 865 points • Riding Katie Starlight, owned by Paula Hunsicker

2006 World’s Greatest Horseman - Andy Adams • 871.5 points • Riding Just Plain Cat, owned by Robert J. Smith III

1999 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Mike Miller • 860 points • Riding Cowboys Welcome Star, owned by Miller Land & Cattle and (tie) Jon Roeser • 860 points • Riding Chex Out This Remedy, owned by UCR Partners

2006 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Robbie Boyce • 864 points • Riding PG Dry Fire, owned by John Haynes

2000 World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 871 points •

Riding Light N Fine, owned by Alan and Kay Needle

2007 World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 870.5 points •

Riding Paid By Chic, owned by Jim Dunn & Jim Babcock

2007 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Shawn Hays •

2000 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ken Wold • 864 points • Riding Colonel Doc Bar Chex, owned by Atwood Quarter Horses

870 points • Riding Shine Smartly, owned by Tammy Hays and Walter Greeman

Note: Change in point totals from 2001 - 2005 reflects change to three-judge system.

• Riding Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Kevin Cantrelle and Russell Dilday

2001 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ted Robinson • 594.5 points

• Riding Katie Starlight, owned by Paula Hunsicker

2001 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Anne Reynolds •

589 points • Riding Magical Lena, owned by Joyce Pearson

2003 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Ralls • 594 points •

Riding Cowgirls Are Smart, owned by Jim Babcock & George Heckman

2008 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 867 points

2008 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Robbie Schroeder • 862.5 points • Riding Shine By The Bay, owned by Rhodes River Ranch

2009 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 884 points • Riding Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Kevin Cantrelle and Russell Dilday

2012 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Emmons • 885.5 points • Riding Olena Oak, owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott

2012 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Shawn Hays • 875.5 points • Riding Smart Chic Aloha, owned by Labourdette Ranch LLC

2013 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Emmons • 874 points • Riding Olena Oak, owned by Nichole Scott and LaDona Emmons

2013 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Boyd Rice • 870.5 points • Riding Oh Cay N Short, owned by Boyd Rice

2014 World’s Greatest Horseman - Boyd Rice • 877.5 points • Riding Oh Cay N Short, owned by Boyd Rice

2014 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Bobby Lewis • 877 points • Riding Dual Spark, owned by Bobby Lewis

2015 World’s Greatest Horseman - Corey Cushing • 889 points • Riding PRF Spoonful Of Gold, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank

2015 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman – Phillip Ralls • 886

2009 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 883.5 points • Riding Chics Magic Potion, owned by Kenneth Banks

points • Riding Dom Dualuise, owned by Christian Larson

2004 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Ralls • 582.5 points

2010 World’s Greatest Horseman - Randy Paul • 875.5 points • Riding Smokeelan, owned by Jill Smiekel-George

• Riding Skeets Oak Peppy, owned by Clayton Edsall

2004 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday •

2010 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Doug Williamson • 873.5 points • Riding Hes Wright On, owned by Gardiner Quarter Horses

points • Riding Dom Dualuise, owned by Christian Larson

2005 World’s Greatest Horseman - Jon Roeser • 584 points • Riding Very Smart Remedy, owned by Anne Reynolds

2011 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 874.5 points • Riding Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Kevin Cantrelle and Russell Dilday

2005 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday

2011 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Emmons • 874

2003 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Todd Bergen • 589

points • Riding Nic It In The Bud, owned by Arcese Enterprises and Eric Storey • Riding A Chic In Time, owned by Sharon Babcock’s Broken B Ranch

578 points • Riding Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood

• 580.5 points • Riding Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott and Darnell Trueblood

2016 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Phillip Ralls • 882 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman – John Swales • 874 points • Riding Heza Diamond Spark, owned by 7 P Ranch

2017 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman – Luke Jones • 869.5 points • Riding Tommy Boon, owned by Wayne Hanson

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while the steer stopping and cow work go rounds happen back-to-back the evening of Thursday, February 15, also in the John Justin Arena. Each entry ponies up $2,500 to compete and must do so using the same NRCHA show-legal bridle through each of the four phases of competition. Four preliminary go rounds of competition determine the field of qualifiers to Saturday evening’s final round, which in 2017 played out before a capacity crowd. Action gets underway when the herd is settled for the first leg of the finals, which is the cutting, at 3 p.m. on February 17 in historic Will Rogers

points • Riding Olena Oak, owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott

2016 World’s Greatest Horseman - Clayton Edsall • 883 points

The 2017 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman Luke Jones 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. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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Coliseum. Finals action then moves to the John Justin Arena at 5 p.m., where the rein work, steer stopping and fence work take place. In the first three years of its inception, the World’s Greatest Horseman was held in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the Lazy E Arena. The event, which was not offered in 2002, was revived in 2003 when it was held in Amarillo, Texas. From 2005 to 2013, the World’s Greatest took place in San Angelo, Texas, before moving with the Celebration of Champions to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2014.

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

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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 left) earned a 224 with ARC Sparkin Chics (Chic Please x Sailing Spark x Shining Spark), owned by Rocking J Ranch, as did Phillip Ralls (left), who rode Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) for owner Chris Larson. 90 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS


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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 an nals placings in the NRCHA, NCHA, an A HA. He stan s at Santa ucia Farms, Santa Ynez, California, in 2017. Call Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat and shown by NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls and NCHA Professional Russ Westfall. Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch of Tucson, Arizona, was founded by the Rogers family in 2005, starting out with just 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 an they raise Certi e Organic Black Angus Beef. Learn more about them on the web at www.RogersHSR.com. Dual R Smokin (Dual Rey x Smokin Pepto x Peptoboonsmal), a 2005 Quarter Horse stallion, is o ne y Fi e Horse Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. He has earned more than $220,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association, and his many titles include the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non Pro Championship. Dual R Smokin is a National Reined Cow Horse Association Subscribed Stallion. He is also nominated to the NCHA Super Stakes, Breeders Invitational, PCCHA Cutting/Gelding Stakes, Bonanza Cutting & Canadian Supreme. He stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas. More information is a aila le at . Fi eRanch.com.

Hes Wright On (Lenas Wright On x Shesa Lota Nic x Reminic) is a 2003 bay AQHA stallion with lifetime performance earnings of $170,000+. He is AQHA 5-Panel N/N. Hes Wright On was the 2015 NRCHA #7 Leading Sire, the 2015 Equi-Stat #2 Leading Junior Reined Cow Horse Sire, and the 2015 EquiStat ea ing Reine Co Horse Sire. Foals sired by Hes Right On have earned nearly $350,000. Hes Wright On is owned by the Hes Wright On artnership. For ree ing information an more details, visit www.BrazosValleyStallionStation.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. Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, with locations in Santa Ynez, 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 el s. Holy Co is home to some of the nest broodmares in the industry, including top reined cow horse producer SHEZA SHINETTE. The stallion roster includes Shady Lil Starlight, Nabisco Roan, Once A Von A Time and Heza Shiney Kodo. Their sponsorship and support of the NRCHA includes the $50,000 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. Legendary Quarter Horses and superior Black Angus cattle are hallmarks of the Four Si es, an historic Texas ranch that is part of Burnett Ranches, LLC. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for work and racing. Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Rocking P Ranch, is an $11 Million Sire and the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association Sire of the Year. He is the second highest money-earning stallion in the history of the National Cutting Horse Association. Metallic Cat also offered the Metallic Cat Incentive at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, offering a $10,000 bonus to the highest placing pen nalist an , to the highest placing Non ro nalist sire y etallic Cat. Visit him on the web at www.MetallicCat.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 Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales isit them on the web at www.WesternBloodstock.com.

Matthews Cutting Horses, owned and operated by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, is the home of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire ONE TIME PEPTO (Peptoboonsmal x One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). Matthews Cutting Horses is well known for superior performance horse bloodlines. The Matthews breeding program is built on extraordinary pedigrees and exceptional performance. His rst foals came of sho age in , an in 2014, One Time Pepto was the #1 NRCHA Sire. In , he as the lea ing sire of NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale horses. One Time Pepto’s performing foals have earned more than $10 million in all disciplines. Learn more about One Time Pepto at www.OneTimePepto.com. 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 earn more at .SmartBoons.com.

Time For The iamon (One Time Pepto x Diamonds With Style x Playin Stylish), owned by Triple D Ranches, is the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. Traine an sho n y NRCHA rofessional Nic o ers, Time For The Diamond has career earnings of nearly $150,000. His rst foal crop ill e year ol s in . Time For The Diamond stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherfor , Te as. For more information, isit www.NickDowers.com. Wagonhound Land and Livestock, headquartered just south of Douglas, Wyoming, is a working ranch with some of the top American Quarter Horses and Red Angus cattle in the country. Its operations span more than 150,000 acres. Wagonhound Land and Cattle features one of the top horse breeding and training operations in the state. An outstanding broodmare band is housed there, and the ranch makes use of its own stallions – NRCHA Million Dollar Sire WR This Cats Smart and AQHA World Champion and NRCHA Open Two-Rein World Champion Genuine Masterpiece – as well as some of the other top cutting and cow horse stallions in the industry. The ranch’s operations inclu e , of the nest Re Angus cattle in the market. They are selected and managed to produce high quality replacement heifers and the highest grade of beef. Visit www.Wagonhound.com for more information. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

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NRCHA Professionals talk about the unique challenges of competing in the prestigious DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman. By Bridget Kirkwood

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he DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman is considered to be one of the most demanding and most exciting events in Western equine competition. Riding one horse in one bridle in the four events of cutting, reining, steer stopping and fence work, the horses and the riders have to be both driven and conditioned to make it through the preliminary rounds. Should a team qualify for the finals, they must be prepared to excel in all four events once again on finals night in order to secure the victory against NRCHA’s finest. In December, just six weeks before their rigs head toward Fort Worth, Texas, for the Celebration of Champions, Reined Cow Horse News asked last year’s top three to tell us the lessons they’ve learned from winning, and not winning, the title of the DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman.

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John Swales, Millarville, Alberta, became the first Canadian to win the World’s Greatest Horseman when he captured the title in 2017. Swales rode Heza Diamond Spark to the win for owners Jesse and Elyse Thomson with a cumulative finals score of 874 (herd 207/ rein 222.5/ steer stopping 226.5/ cow 218).

JOHN SWALES NRCHA’s 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman In 2017, John Swales entered the World’s Greatest Horseman for the fifth time. Riding Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star X Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), owned by 7 P Ranch Horses, he was victorious with a cumulative finals score of 874 that came from marking a 207 in the cutting, a 222.5 in the reining, a 226.5 in the steer stopping and a 218 down the fence to earn $35,000. Swales, Millarville, Alberta, isn’t sure if he’ll have a horse for the 2018 show but he’s hoping that a mare he was not ready to name at press time, will make the trip south with him. Heza Diamond Spark qualified to the 2017 finals in the 10th and last hole, with 861 cumulative points.


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Are you doing anything to get yourself better prepared mentally or physically? JONES: If my horse is prepared then mentally I’ll be ready. I don’t know if I do a whole lot mentally other than being prepared and making sure that the horse is prepared.

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Will you prepare for the World’s Greatest the same way that you have in years gone by? SWALES: Last year we prepared for the World’s Greatest the same as we had every other year. Heza Diamond Spark was a very, very good horse but he could be tough to show in the cutting, so we cut on that horse a lot before we went there and he was good, we just didn’t get it done there. JONES: If I ride Tommy Boon again, I’ll do it all the same. I’ll school her at some horse shows as preparation and keep her in as good of shape as I can have her in. They have to be in tiptop shape to be able to get through all the events. MCLAUGHLIN: Every horse needs to be fit to go there so I’ve been showing Blind Sided. I showed him all summer—at Paso Robles [California, at the NRCHA Derby] in the Spectacular and at the [AQHA] World Show. I’ll also take him to some cuttings this winter and we’ll keep him fit at home.

NRCHA’s 2017 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman Luke Jones has had his name in the draw five times at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. Last year he enjoyed his best finish to date when he was the reserve champion riding the mare Tommy Boon (Thomas E Hughes x Chitas Blue Boon x Duals Blue Boon), owned by Wayne A. Hanson. Together they marked finals scores of 216, 213, 218.5 and 222 to finish 4.5 points behind Swales. “Being the reserve champion is for sure a highlight of my career,” said Jones, who earned $23,000. “She’s one of the youngest horses to be able to win that much at the World’s Greatest, she was just 6 when we did that so that made it very cool. She was also a horse that I picked out as a yearling and that I did 100 percent of the training on—that made it so special to me to have been the one who did everything with her.” Jones, of Allerton, Iowa, is uncertain if he’ll be saddling Tommy Boon at the 2018 show, or if he’ll ask another horse to step up. Last year, Tommy Boon qualified for the finals in ninth place with 861.5 points.

Luke Jones earned the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman reserve championship riding Tommy Boon for owner Wayne Hanson to a score of 869.5.

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How do you manage physically and mentally at the event? SWALES: You have to take each event one at a time and hope that luck is on your side. It’s a very stressful event, or at least for me it is. Last year was the first time that I took Heza Diamond Spark to the World’s Greatest. I was lucky with him in that I didn’t have to worry about my horse getting tired because he never gets tired. Because of that I was able to do whatever it was that I thought he needed when I was working him and not worry about him getting tired. I think that’s what has happened in the past is that my horse hasn’t been able to maintain the pace and has gotten tired. Heza Diamond Spark was really, really fit when we went but that’s just his nature too, he never ever shows 96 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

JAY MCLAUGHLIN NRCHA’s 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman, third place When the inaugural NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman was held in 1999, Jay McLaughlin was one of the 27 riders who entered the event that was then held in Guthrie, Oklahoma. At 22 years of age, he was the youngest person to compete and he’s been entered every year since that time, with the exception of two. In 2017, McLaughlin’s son, Cutter, who was 13 at the time, became the youngest entrant in the event’s history when he rode CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark). In 2018, McLaughlin, Commerce, Texas, will give the Aaron Ranch-owned Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) the call. Last year, Blind Sided carried McLaughlin to $15,500 in earnings for finishing third overall with a cumulative score of 864 thanks to a 221 in the cutting, 217 in the reining, 216 in the steer stopping and 210 in the fence work. Cutter and CD Dee Vee Dee will also be back in 2018. With 873.5 points, Blind Sided was the highest scoring horse going into the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman finals. STEPHANIE DUQUETTE

MCLAUGHLIN: A lot of the preparation for the World’s Greatest is mental— horse and rider, but mostly, it’s the rider. It’s different to the other events that we do throughout the year because you’ve got that extra event [steer stopping] that we don’t normally do; you can’t let that get to your head, you just have to prepare for it. Leading up to the show, if you have a bad day, you can’t let that get to you either and you can’t take it out on the horse, you have to stay on track and keep working. I picture my runs every time I’m on him. When I’m cutting, I picture showing in that arena on him. When I’m reining, I do the same thing—I picture what it will look like in that pen. I picture lots of different things, if I make a run at home or at a show and something isn’t going right, I try to adjust quick so I can make fast adjustments when I’m competing. My son [Cutter] has always got his iPhone out videoing something or asking me to video him, so we watch a lot of videos too.

Jay McLaughlin plans to once again ride Aaron Ranch’s Blind Sided in the 2018 DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman—an event that McLaughlin has entered nearly every year since it’s inception in 1999—and in which he and the roan stallion finished third in 2017.

that he’s tired. JONES: I compete for a living and it is probably the toughest event you can go in. That’s because of the four events and because you’ve only got one horse to show. At these other events,

we can show more than one horse, so if you have bad luck you’ve probably got another shot. That takes some of the stress of having to do well off you. With the World’s Greatest, you’ve only got one chance and that makes it difficult.


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Plus, you’re competing against the best horses in the world—and they’re being ridden by the best riders—so it’s very difficult to win. Will you have a team of people helping you at the DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman or is it something that you have to do by yourself? JONES: I have help. Last year, I had Dell Hendricks and Rich Rosaschi helping me. I had derby horses that I had to show ahead of the World’s Greatest so Dell kept working on the rein work for me and Rick kept them schooled while I was showing those derby horses. The way the schedule is, you need help. Our plan for this year is to have those same guys there and to go with the same plan. MCLAUGHLIN: Over the past two years I’ve noticed that the guys who do the World’s Greatest don’t take a ton of horses to the [Celebration of Champions] horse show and derby. You can’t take two or three hackamore horses and two or three bridle horses, have derby horses, plus your World’s Greatest horse and think that you’ll get the same job done. You cannot mentally or physically prepare for that. This year I’ll have

In 2017, Cutter McLaughlin became the youngest rider to enter the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman riding NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse CD Dee Vee Dee, owned by his parents, Jay and Wendy McLaughlin.

haven’t done good in the past, but I’m working on that.

How do you select a horse to take to the World’s Greatest? SWALES: They have to be really tough—physically tough. They have to be very good at every event and competitive in every event, if possible. I find that the ones I’ve taken in the past haven’t been very good in the cutting; that seems to be the event where mine

Do you put a lot of thought into your bit selection? JONES: If I take Tommy Boon she’ll get shown in the same bridle that I showed her in last year. Right now that’s all I’ve been riding her in. Les Vogt made it and it’s got a ton of feel in it. I ride a lot of horses in it and she likes it. MCLAUGHLIN: Blind Sided has been wearing the same bridle ever since we put a bridle on him. I’ve put spades on him and stuff to season him, but he’ll be in his usual bridle. The one he really likes is a Klapper 27, so that’s what we’ll use.

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one in the hackamore and a couple of derby horses, but that will be it.

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If a person has a horse that’s a good horse but not a great one, would you tell them to still enter? SWALES: I would. It’s a great experience. You learn so much from preparing for it and from doing it. That horse I had last year wasn’t very good in the cutting, but he was able to make up for it because he’s a very good reining horse and a good fence horse. It’s good to enter it if you can to get the nerves out


///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW of the way and learn how to compete so you’re ready when you’ve got a horse that you can really get something done on. MCLAUGHLIN: No. The hardest thing about showing there is that it’s so tough to make the finals. Cutter won enough this year to pay his own entry, but I wouldn’t let him enter if I didn’t think he could make the finals. I believe that he and his horse are more than capable of making the finals, but if his horse was not good enough for me to show, then I wouldn’t let him enter him. It’s expensive and there are so many variables that if you don’t have the right horse it will make it that much harder for you. How do you handle finals night as a showman? SWALES: I’ve taken a mare and a stud there before that were both really good

in cutting, but then had some rein work trouble where one fell out of lead, and I’ve missed in the roping in the finals. I’ve had some bad luck and let nerves get the best of me, so anything can happen when you get there. Last year, before the finals, my approach to it was that I was just going to try to be really smooth in all four events. Then I really was bad in the cutting right off the bat so I had to try and go win every event after that. I had to show him in a way that I had to show all the horse I had. When we didn’t do our best in the cutting, it added pressure. I think there was less pressure when we did well in the cutting, but then had different problems. MCLAUGHLIN: It’s us against the cows regardless of who makes the finals. Cream does rise to the top. Some guys will have a good day, and some won’t. I’ve been on both sides of that but if you make the finals, then you’ve won.

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Making the finals is the toughest part of showing there. Do you have any superstitions that you have to accommodate? MCLAUGHLIN: My wife Wendy does—she’ll probably wear the same socks. Me, I make sure that I saddle them the same every time. My latigo always hangs the same way and I make sure that I put the splint boots, and all my boots, on. I like to do all of that kind of stuff myself. Is there anyone you’d pick to be the winner in 2018? SWALES: I heard that Phillip Ralls is showing Call Me Mitch and if that’s right, then they’ll be really, really tough. MCLAUGHLIN: It’s anybody’s game. That four-event deal is open to anybody because there are so many variables.


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classes, and competitors who earn checks in the Celebration of Champions Derby will enjoy $11,250 more in added money across all divisions. At the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, in addition to the boost in the Open Bridle Spectacular added money, eligible riders may also enter the new Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular, which offers $5,000 in added money (riders must also enter the Open Bridle Spectacular). The Intermediate Open Bridle division also applies to the horse show classes, where riders can compete in that newly-established class as long as they also enter the Open Bridle. The new Intermediate Open horse show division also applies to the Hackamore class, where eligible riders can run at an Intermediate championship as long as they also enter the Open Hackamore. Youth riders at the Stallion Stakes will enjoy reduced entry fees, with the Youth Bridle entry fee dropped by 36 percent to just $45. The Youth Limited entry fee is 45 percent lower than last year, also at $45. And the $1,000 Non Pro Limited division entry fee has been slashed by 20 percent. STEPHANIE DUQUETTE

ational Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event exhibitors will enjoy substantial increases in added money in 2018— $65,500 in all—with a particular boost to the Open Bridle classes at three of the NRCHA’s major shows, thanks to additional support from longtime NRCHA sponsor Holy Cow Nancy Crawford Hall and Shady Lil Starlight, NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Performance Horses. Champion Sire. Nancy Crawford-Hall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses, with loca- Spectacular at the NRCHA Derby (June tions in Weatherford, Texas, and Santa 10-17/Paso Robles, California); and Ynez, California, has an enduring com- $25,000 to the Open Bridle class at the mitment to the finished bridle horse in NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity (October NRCHA competition, as the longtime 7-20/Fort Worth, Texas). The $25,000 sponsor of the CD Survivor Memorial added money at the Stakes will be an Bridle Spectacular each year at the increase from last year’s $10,000 added NRCHA Derby. That class is named in money in the Open Bridle Spectacular, honor of the late Holy Cow Performance and the $25,000 added money at the Horses stallion, CD Survivor. Holy Snaffle Bit Futurity will be an increase Cow’s renewed NRCHA sponsorship from last year’s $7,000 in the Open in 2018 shines an even brighter spot- Bridle class. The added money continues to flow light on one of the most thrilling and demanding divisions in the world of in other divisions and other events in the year ahead. reined cow horse: the Open Bridle. The first wave of bigger checks will The Holy Cow sponsorship will dedicate $25,000 in added money to the come at the NRCHA Celebration of Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Champions, February 9-17, 2018, in Stallion Stakes (March 18-24/Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Texas. Added money has Nevada); $25,000 in added money to increased $18,000 across the board over the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle last year for the World Championship


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Team up with Classic Equine and PLAY TO WIN! Classic Equine is the official horse boot and saddle pad brand of the NRCHA, and there is a reason we are the standard equipment of performance champions. Just ask the professionals. Serious competitors care about their horse’s health and soundness. Classic Equine offers a variety of innovative and protective products including saddle pads, cinches, support boots and bell boots. All products are manufactured to the highest standards for quality and value. After all, the creation of a product line that satisfies the serious competitor’s high expectations of performance is what Classic Equine is all about. With input from many of today’s leading riders, each product is designed and tested for function, fit, durability and value. That is why when it comes to the horse’s protection and comfort for training and competition, champions prefer Classic Equine. For more information visit our website at www.classicequine.com or call 1-800-654-7864. Don Rich Custom Saddles are specifically designed for use in the Western performance horse industry with an emphasis on reined cow horse, cutting, ranch horse, and reining events. Choose from our beautiful selection of saddles in stock, or place a custom order. 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.


The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores, and the Official Pet Food food of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. The company has been making premium pet food for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands includes MAX® dog and cat food, NATURAL CHOICE® dog and cat food, and ULTRA™ food for dogs in addition to the GREENIES® brands, which include the #1 veterinary recommended pet specialty dental chews, and PILL POCKETS® and JOINT CARE® treats. For more information, please visit www.thenutrocompany. com and www.greenies.com. Wear Cinch to Win! It’s the Official Clothing of the NRCHA! Lead...don’t follow and wear the choice of champions - Cinch jeans and shirts. When performance counts, the members of the NRCHA turn to Cinch jeans. Cinch is the brand of choice for some of the world’s best horse trainers like Bob Avila, Teddy Robinson and Todd Bergen. Why? Because Cinch jeans offer the kind of fit and comfort that allow riders to focus on the work at hand. Plus Cinch jeans and shirts always look good. You’ll find Cinch jeans and shirts at your favorite Western store or via catalog. Or, visit www.cinchjeans.com to find the retailer nearest you. “Cinch up” with Cinch jeans and shirts. Wear the choice of champions. We at Martin Saddlery are dedicated to giving you the most Fit, Function, and Value in a saddle. Martin saddles are built by professionals, for professionals. Our saddles are designed to provide a better fit for your horse and specialized by discipline with the rider’s needs in mind. Each Martin saddle is hand-crafted and individually assembled by the finest of craftsmen. Often imitated, never matched. www.MartinSaddlery.com 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.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association welcomes Shorty’s Hattery as a Corporate Partner in 2017. Shorty’s takes pride in creating custom hats, hand-made with dedication to the true tradition of the Western cowboy. The entire Shorty’s team stands by the value and tradition that defines the spirit of cowboys and cowgirls everywhere. They make cowboy hats the right way: from top-quality materials and loving care in every hat. Find them on the web at shortyshattery.com.

Jividen’s is a family owned and operated business in Gallipolis, Ohio, with over 50 years of retail experience with extreme focus on customer satisfaction! Please get in touch with us to see our complete line of clothing, boots, hats, and our very own custom designed, hand-made saddles! Find us on Facebook.

American Paint Horse Association - Marked For Greatness! We inspire, nurture, promote and provide meaningful experiences to generations interested in preserving the versatile Paint Horse. The APHA is proud to be an alliance partner of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Learn more about the breed and the benefits of membership at www.APHA.com.

Complete oral care is important for your dog’s total body health and can add years to their lifespan. GREENIES™ Canine Dental Chews are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. Designed for daily treating, our dental chews are low in fat and nutritionally complete for adult dogs.

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.

Discount Tire/America’s Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, doing business as Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America’s Tire in Oregon, and parts of Washington and California. The company currently operates more than 875 stores across the country. In 2010, Discount Tire/America’s Tire marked its 50th year in business. Serving more than 40 million customers, the company has built its success on the motto: “Be fair, be truthful, work hard, be there on time and help people.” For more information about Discount Tire/America’s Tire, visit discounttire.com or americastire.com. Bloomer is the “Official Horse Trailer” of the NRCHA. Bloomer Trailers has raised the bar in the horse trailer industry. “If you can dream it, we can build it,” is the company slogan. Bloomer offers the highest quality standards of any trailer manufacturer and backs it up with a 10 year structural warranty. For information, see your local Bloomer Trailer dealer or visit www.bloomertrailers.com. 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.

Quarter Horse News is one of the most visible information vehicles in the horse world. Quarter Horse News – the News Magazine of the Performance Horse industry - is the only twice-monthly news magazine dedicated to the Western horse industry. For information visit the website at www.quarterhorsenews.com. Bob’s Custom Saddles are ridden and endorsed by the best of the best in competitive Western riding sports today. Our superior craftsmanship and attention to detail have made our reining, barrel racing, cutting, roping, ranch, trail and show saddles the preferred choice of professional riders from around the world. Saddle up with us on the web at www.BobsCustomSaddles.com.

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///////// DENNIS MORELAND’S TACK TIPS

TYING UP SADDLE STRINGS By Dennis Moreland

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e know how nice it is to have a saddle with saddle strings when we need to tie raincoats or bedrolls down. At the same time, saddle strings can be a nuisance when we don’t need them. They’re especially problematic when they get under the saddle or under the latigo during saddling. Use this quick and easy method to braid/tie up your saddle strings when you’re not using them. To start: 1. Make two even folds in the top string leaving 4-5 inches of tail in your string. Make sure the folds are made upwards as shown in photo 1. The leather should be finished side up. 2. Hold the folds, near the top of the string, in your right hand. Place the bottom string through the top loop going from left to right. Be sure the finished side of the leather is facing upwards on both strings. 3. Switch hands so you’re holding the folds in your left hand near the top of the folds. With your right hand pull the bottom string all the way through the loop. 4. Wrap the bottom string around the folds by going clockwise starting under the folds. 5. When you have finished your wraps thread the tail of the string through the bottom loop in the folded top string. Go from left to right. 6. Hold the looped end of the top string in your right hand. Hold the tail

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of the top string in your left hand. Pull them until they’re tight. Hold the tail of the bottom string steady in your left hand while pulling. 7. Hold the wraps in your right hand and pull the tail of the top string tight to make the braid smooth. 8. Finished saddle string braid. Remember this handy braid to keep saddle strings up and out of the way when you don’t need them.

///// MEET DENNIS MORELAND

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ennis Moreland is owner and operator of Dennis Moreland Tack. Dennis began riding, working cattle and showing as a youth. He realized early on that there was a need for high quality tack that fits and functions well. This year marks his 42nd anniversary as a manufacturer of handmade horse tack. Dennis is also a member of the NRCHA and a non-pro competitor. Visit www.dmtack.com. Call 817-312-5305 to visit about your tack needs. We’re here to help you!


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///////// FROM THE JUDGE’S CHAIR

PRIMO MORALES

REFLECTIONS ON THE 2017 SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY By Bill Enk

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ow, what a great event! A new location, differently-configured arenas to get used to, and lots of horse show action happening at the same time, all combined to make for an exceptional show. Congratulations to the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity winner, Jake Gorrell, for a job well done. He is a real trooper with a great attitude, and he has earned the limelight. As noted above, there were some challenges for the exhibitors to adjust to in Fort Worth, Texas. The herd work arena had a different configuration than in year’s past. Still, the horses that worked the best through the course of the event consistently received the highest scores. The rein work portion of the event always tests the judging staff’s ability to stay accurate and consistent. There is speed with no form, and form with no degree of difficulty. Judges must ask themselves: Is the maneuver a zero or minus-half? Was the maneuver of a competitive nature, or just a maneuver? Location in the arena is another factor that comes into play. Are the circles and lead changes consistently performed at, or close to, the center of the arena? Is

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The 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity was full of memorable performances like this high scoring herd work of 222 by Opus Cat Olena and Clay Volmer for owner Jecca Ostrander.

the horse running true and definitely getting past the markers before executing the stop? If the answer to either question is “I think so,” there is a possibility of a reduction in the maneuver score. Judging the stop is a challenge because it is cow horse ground the horses are performing on. This means it has a little more “hold” in it, versus the drier, slicker, National Reining Horse Association-type sliding ground. In the crucial cow work portion, degree of difficulty revolves around keeping the animal on the fence in a controlled position. If the animal gets out into the open field (at least 20 feet from the walls) after the first turn, the rider has three options. The first option is to loop the animal back to the fence. The “loop” is probably the safest tactic, although it has the least opportunity for credit, plus there is always the chance for a loss of working

advantage (designated by the penalty letter “A”), depending on how the loop is performed. The second option is to try to achieve a controlling position in the open field and work the animal back to the fence. This situation has a high degree of difficulty and, if performed successfully, should receive positive credit. The third option is to attempt an open field turn, switch sides, then finish the run. Again, if success is achieved, this option should receive positive credit. If the turn is average or below average, as long as the exhibitor switches sides before circling to show control, as well as showing where the turn is finished and the circle begins, credit should be awarded for the high degree of difficulty. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges


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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 nal 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 speci e 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, 2019 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) 118 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Nominated after Feb 1, 2019 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 2020-2024)


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

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

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Top Riders for Open Eligibility in 2018 Riders listed in the Top 20 (above the line) are NOT eligible for Intermediate Open LAE or Intermediate Open HS in 2018. 3 Year Total is based on Lifetime Open Earnings.

Rank

Rider Name

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Corey D. Cushing Zane P.Davis Phillip J. Ralls Chris C. Dawson Justin T. Wright Todd A. Bergen John C. Swales Jay McLaughlin Sarah L. Dawson Jake A. Telford Jake D. Gorrell Luke J. Jones Kelby L. Phillips Matt J. Koch Tucker J. Robinson Randy J. Paul Shawn D. Hays Nicholas S. Dowers Erin L. Taormino Brad L. Lund Cayley R. Wilson Clayton M. Edsall Ken L. Wold Brady E. Weaver Nicolas Barthelemy Justin E. Lawrence Doug Williamson Todd Crawford Clay Volmer Monica J. Caetano Brandon C. Buttars Robert Chown Boyd J. Rice Lyn Anderson Trent S. Pedersen Mark A. Sigler Russell A. Probert Anne M. Reynolds Lance B. Johnston Robert Cody McArthur EJ Laubscher Ron E. Emmons Kyle Trahern Darrel J. Norcutt Roy A. Rich Shane L. Steffen Dale E. Clearwater Jeremy S. Knoles Jeremy Meador Jim W. Spence

2015

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Sum of Earnings

$124,741.59 $136,452.42 $150,077.77 $129,493.57 $45,706.05 $79,164.77 $101,128.69 $137,964.20 $76,314.24 $202,433.94 $18,335.12 $59,114.35 $63,469.68 $85,336.47 $27,791.91 $59,775.98 $33,993.08 $25,582.88 $114,836.95 $18,325.26 $37,073.73 $22,022.53 $25,382.79 $16,429.11 $106,590.38 $24,728.66 $33,480.25 $58,629.35 $5,061.74 $33,112.38 $18,864.55 $52,766.04 $60,897.77 $21,424.78 $39,769.46 $35,253.30 $25,574.17 $32,560.30 $9,099.93 $61,633.93 $22,523.44 $48,154.32 $23,711.37 $29,131.48 $23,819.66 $12,510.00 $1,731.48 $27,377.26 $28,642.97 $6,934.00

$198,574.61 $31,114.66 $89,999.18 $106,059.91 $87,543.70 $109,450.19 $95,422.26 $100,579.16 $124,912.53 $45,284.11 $40,199.50 $74,672.04 $127,253.05 $90,548.12 $94,360.89 $44,051.62 $72,020.92 $133,421.24 $25,986.17 $23,922.36 $33,257.76 $62,261.99 $50,643.03 $24,149.79 $20,089.32 $79,052.47 $50,876.84 $36,500.32 $23,991.85 $36,617.10 $48,412.15 $22,798.67 $5,170.50 $46,396.18 $22,177.98 $16,955.12 $30,886.19 $27,607.28 $15,774.91 $13,605.43 $27,198.47 $10,840.73 $17,954.54 $2,917.61 $15,100.79 $25,354.63 $32,682.53 $15,344.82 $21,661.88 $13,562.28

$133,515.82 $195,030.95 $119,961.18 $116,677.76 $217,957.47 $122,400.30 $114,146.93 $55,171.32 $91,571.98 $31,799.46 $187,100.57 $101,318.03 $34,461.82 $28,546.67 $73,387.18 $90,261.86 $86,389.73 $22,998.20 $34,580.06 $114,551.04 $83,517.57 $61,798.65 $68,283.64 $91,908.69 $4,438.59 $22,182.22 $36,244.62 $20,784.09 $81,880.68 $33,820.00 $34,721.19 $26,125.56 $33,939.40 $23,168.64 $28,596.75 $37,174.94 $30,954.43 $26,028.20 $61,028.63 $2,227.53 $26,607.63 $15,112.60 $26,454.98 $32,824.22 $24,653.91 $25,351.08 $27,560.80 $18,208.42 $7,872.93 $36,455.76

$456,832.02 $362,598.03 $360,038.13 $352,231.24 $351,207.22 $311,015.26 $310,697.88 $293,714.68 $292,798.75 $279,517.51 $245,635.19 $235,104.42 $225,184.55 $204,431.26 $195,539.98 $194,089.46 $192,403.73 $182,002.32 $175,403.18 $156,798.66 $153,849.06 $146,083.17 $144,309.46 $132,487.59 $131,118.29 $125,963.35 $120,601.71 $115,913.76 $110,934.27 $103,549.48 $101,997.89 $101,690.27 $100,007.67 $90,989.60 $90,544.19 $89,383.36 $87,414.79 $86,195.78 $85,903.47 $77,466.89 $76,329.54 $74,107.65 $68,120.89 $64,873.31 $63,574.36 $63,215.71 $61,974.81 $60,930.50 $58,177.78 $56,952.04

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Top Riders for Non Pro Eligibility in 2018 Riders listed in the Top 12 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Non Pro LAE in 2018. 3 Year Total is based on Open and Non Pro Limited Age Event Earnings (excluding Non Pro Limited).

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Tammy Jo Hays Hope A. Miller Myles Brown Laurie Richards Jayson J. Fisher Lanham W. Brown Eric M. Freitas Kathy L. Ferguson Kenneth J. Schueller Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Lyle G. Proctor Dave A. Ferguson Carmen Buckingham Elizabeth G. Kania Bart F. Holowath Jennifer M. Newman Terry S. Forst Sonya N. DiStefano Shannon M. McCarty Kathy L. Wilson Abbie Phillips Clark W. Weaver Toni M. Hagen Heath Bret J. Paulick Mark W. Parsons Brent W. Ratliff Jesse J. Spence Amanda E. Gardiner Ramona L. Wold Jennifer A. Neel Clayton Hines Pete R. Rogan Jerry M. Beukelman Cynthia L. Bias Stephen A. Silva Megan Ciana Cori Shields Tyler G. Burkey Farrah Roberts Diane L. Lorenzen Paul E. Bailey Debbie R. Crafton Bill Tointon Paul G. Wilinski Dylan Sponseller Robert M. Miller Bubba M. Petty Jorge L. Cid Sophia T. Buttars Debby M. Sanguinetti

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$17,352.25 $0.00 $0.00 $24,913.15 $10,311.26 $0.00 $7,923.83 $0.00 $9,549.58 $22,055.58 $16,847.44 $22,206.27 $11,519.32 $33,870.58 $1,137.28 $400.00 $24,719.80 $0.00 $3,790.06 $6,274.43 $3,105.00 $254.15 $9,605.92 $176.00 $1,871.03 $12,469.78 $0.00 $20,071.52 $10,460.89 $4,575.32 $2,025.40 $0.00 $1,989.00 $4,122.20 $16,129.29 $2,749.20 $0.00 $14,769.06 $4,310.50 $0.00 $0.00 $2,324.35 $9,579.55 $9,833.80 $0.00 $171.81 $11,123.37 $0.00 $0.00 $7,823.25

$11,291.65 $10,587.84 $7,990.49 $8,377.76 $10,735.86 $22,710.85 $29,381.33 $30,039.25 $17,491.16 $14,797.28 $7,277.24 $11,553.17 $10,876.01 $0.00 $8,376.76 $29,928.08 $5,544.28 $27,982.12 $19,749.93 $16,392.20 $0.00 $6,749.64 $3,055.28 $1,738.04 $13,367.21 $6,564.93 $5,536.00 $0.00 $0.00 $13,708.02 $8,400.03 $0.00 $8,662.85 $3,281.20 $0.00 $9,137.34 $0.00 $0.00 $4,462.83 $13,641.78 $1,866.65 $4,433.97 $2,738.59 $1,068.75 $3,983.79 $12,465.22 $1,166.67 $0.00 $3,834.01 $3,916.70

$37,674.37 $50,818.34 $50,350.20 $21,087.55 $29,056.72 $26,267.65 $10,222.34 $8,975.19 $11,243.30 $882.00 $12,710.12 $2,215.92 $11,681.33 $0.00 $21,507.09 $491.65 $265.65 $1,594.60 $3,654.25 $3,240.14 $22,312.38 $18,203.13 $11,088.69 $21,745.88 $6,553.50 $1,487.88 $14,578.05 $0.00 $8,879.46 $0.00 $7,123.41 $17,418.90 $6,042.00 $8,884.65 $0.00 $3,745.42 $15,510.00 $0.00 $5,029.51 $158.50 $11,928.25 $6,719.10 $1,102.00 $2,102.50 $8,768.00 $0.00 $0.00 $12,272.88 $8,136.27 $81.00

$66,318.27 $61,406.18 $58,340.69 $54,378.46 $50,103.84 $48,978.50 $47,527.50 $39,014.44 $38,284.04 $37,734.86 $36,834.80 $35,975.36 $34,076.66 $33,870.58 $31,021.13 $30,819.73 $30,529.73 $29,576.72 $27,194.24 $25,906.77 $25,417.38 $25,206.92 $23,749.89 $23,659.92 $21,791.74 $20,522.59 $20,114.05 $20,071.52 $19,340.35 $18,283.34 $17,548.84 $17,418.90 $16,693.85 $16,288.05 $16,129.29 $15,631.96 $15,510.00 $14,769.06 $13,802.84 $13,800.28 $13,794.90 $13,477.42 $13,420.14 $13,005.05 $12,751.79 $12,637.03 $12,290.04 $12,272.88 $11,970.28 $11,820.95

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AFFILIATE LISTING as of December 15, 2017

Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association

Shawna Husted Box 51 Acme, AB T0M 0A0 CANADA Phone: 403-875-1369 Email: info@cowhorse.ca Website: www.albertareinedcowhorse.ca

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

Bronwyn McCormick 28150 N Alma School Pkwy Ste 103-520 Scottsdale, AZ 85262 480.510.0974 info@azrcha.com Website: www.azrcha.com

Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association Frank Prisco Phone: 631-478-7022 Email: archapresident@gmail.com Website: www.atlanticRCHA.com

Bluebonnet Country Reined Cow Horse Association Mark Mills 8870 Adams Flat Rd Brookshire, TX 77423 Phone: 281-684-4493 Email: mmcuttinghorses@live.com

California Cow Horse Association

Murray Thompson 15169 Road 223 Porterville, CA 93257 209-201-8975 brokenarrowrancha@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

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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.cmrcha.com

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

Jerry Peters PO Box 535 Kiowa, CO 80117 Phone: 303-621-9625 Email: jerry.h.peters@gmail.com Website: www.coloradoreinedcowhorse.com

European Reined Cow Horse Association Augusto De Fazio via Natalia Ginzburg 1 - 11015 Ivrea (TO) ITALY +(39) 338 8860657 ercha@hotmail.it Website: www.ercha.org

Gem State Stock Horse Association

Callee Miller PO Box 98 Unity, OR 97884 Phone: 541-519-4748 Email: cowhorse22@gmail.com Website: www.gemstatestockhorse.com

Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association

Paul Kaskey 6329 Old Court St North Port, FL 34291 Phone: 941-256-4760 Email: paulkaskey@aol.com Website: www.gulfcoastcowhorse.com

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 We site https nrchao taly.com

Magic Valley Reined Cow Horse Association Louise Miller PO Box 5956 Twin Falls, ID 83303 Phone: 208-420-0548 Email: la_lomiller@yahoo.com Email: 01mvrcha@gmail.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


AFFILIATE LISTING North Central Reined Cow Horse Association

Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance

South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association

Swedish Reined Cow Horse Association

Northern California Reined Cow Horse Association

South Texas 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

Justin Stanton PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-281-4770 Email: panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com Website: www.panhandlecowhorse.com

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

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

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

Gay Lenz 11587 Hunt Lane Guthrie, OK 73044 Phone: 405-818-7556 Email: glenz@glenzenterprises.com Website: www.srcha.org Contact Name: Joakim Pettersson Astorp Gunnarsgarden 6 SE – 521 96 Falkoping Sweden Phone: +46 70 676 7642 Website: www.srcha.eu Email: jipquarters@jipquarters.com

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

The Carolinas Reined Cow Horse Association

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association

Utah Reined Cow Horse Association

Shelley Schaffer PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 858-722-5995 Email: Shelley.schaffer@ashford.edu Website: www.scrcha.com

Crystal Ward-Taylor 130 Haigler Rd Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 828-312-2705 Email: cward@carolinafarmcredit.com Misty Castagno 149 Waterhole Way Grantsville, UT 84029 Phone: 435-830-1440 Website:www.urcha.org EMail: castagnoph@gmail.com

NRCHA Suspended List NRCHA membership privileges will be suspended for the second offense of bad checks, per rule 1.1.6.2 and for non payment of debt to NRCHA Show Management or NRCHA Approved Show Management. Additionally, all amounts for advertising in the NRCHA publication, Reined Cow Horse News, are due and payable within 30 days of receipt.

A nance charge of . per month A R ill e a e 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 29, 2017

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Pat Faitz, Lakeland, FL Robert Frobose, Modesto, CA Miguel Gonzalez, Miami, FL Roy Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY Brian&CynthiaHolthouse,SanJuanBautista,CA Babcock Ranch/Jim Babcock, Sanger, TX Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC

Robyn Bush, Visalia, CA Marcy Campbell, Creston, CA Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT Tom Daughetee, Kemmerer, WY Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA aura el no, artine , CA

Thera Myers, Oxnard, CA Steed Training/Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL Jill Serena, Castaic, CA Vernon Smith, Santa Maria, CA Dream Cross/Susan Ray Lazy T Shamrock Ranch/Terry Malarkey,Star,ID Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL

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COMMITTEE DIRECTORY AFFILIATES

JUDGES

OWNERS

Chairperson: Frank Prisco Frankanddawnprisco@gmail.com

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

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

631-478-7022 Jimmy Flores • floresph@aol.com

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

PROFESSIONALS

Edie Petaccio • teampnr29@aol.com

Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com

Justin Stanton • justinstanton1992@gmail.com

Sam Rose • srose h@aol.com

Tim Unzicker • timunzicker@gmail.com

Wade Reaney • wadeJreaney@gmail.com

WELFARE

Dan Roeser • roeserstables@gmail.com

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

Jim Spence • o co horse@aol.com

Darren Miller • dmillerstables@aol.com

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

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

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

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

Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com

NON PRO

Trey Neal • trey@treyneal.com

Chairperson: Diane Edwards iane ph@outloo .com • 206-390-0715

Brad Barkemeyer •

ar emeyer@hotmail.com

Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com

Stephanie u uette • stephanie@nrcha.com

HALL OF FAME

Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG

Chairperson: Smo y ritchett smo y@smo ypritchett.com 530-200-0560

Meg Rosell-Pursel • meg@roselltrailers.com

Jon Roeser • jonroeser@sti.net Ted Robinson • te @te ro insonco horses.com Bobby Ingersoll • bobby@bobbyingersoll.com

HORSE SALES Chairperson: Todd Crawford toddcrawford333@gmail.com

arth ar iner • gar inergarth@gmail.com Rory Livingston • roryliving@aol.com Rhon a Holmes • rhon a @msn.com Nelle urphy • al nshiney@hotmail.com Bart Holo ath • art.holo ath@gmail.com Paul Bailey • paulb@cb-trucking.com Debbie Sanguinetti • outwest1@verizon.net oretta Sho alter • lorettaelsie@gmail.com Dan Weiss • n

480-620-4759

RULES Chairperson: Dan Roeser roeserstables@gmail.com • 208-841-2052 Lyn Anderson • lsanderson@wildblue.net

NRCH FOUNDATION

ETHICS

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer ar emeyer@hotmail.com

eiss@yahoo.com

Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com Darren Miller • dmillerstables@aol.com Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com

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

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

STALLION SERVICE AUCTION Chairperson: arth ar iner gar inergarth@gmail.com • 620-635-5632

STRATEGIC PLANNING Chairperson: Jay Winborn ay@nrcha.com • 940.488.1500 Trey Neal • trey@treyneal.com Dr. Joe Carter • jcarterdvm@aol.com Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com Brad Barkemeyer •

ar emeyer@hotmail.com

YOUTH

Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com

Robin Flournoy • co chic

Jeff Oswood • oswoodstallionstation@gmail.com

Jim Vangelos • javangelos@aol.com

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

Larry Rice • larry@flagranchllc.com

Ramona Wold • ramonawold@me.com

Allison Walker • allison@nrcha.com

Rick Ford • ric @cin erla esranch.com

Kris Troxel • ktroxel@sitestar.net

Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com

Tim Swain • Colora olan an ranch@gmail.com

Jimmy Stickler • stichorses@gmail.com

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SHOW SCHEDULE as of December 15, 2017

AE = Aged Event, HS = Horse Show, SE = Special Event, BS = Bridle Spectacular, AA = All Around

Dec 1 - 3

Holidazzle Futurity

HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2

Cannon Falls, MN North Central RCHA

Jennifer Fjelstad

(641) 590-1014 jenfjelstad@gmail.com

Dec 30 - 31

Happy New Year Show

HS/cat. 1

Sarasota, FL

Gulf Coast CHA

Claudia Nichols

(772) 321-9637 claudieone@yahoo.com

Jan 4 - 7

Arizona National Livestock Show

HS/cat. 1

Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona RCHA

Shawn Martin

(623) 217-3879 emailmyentries@gmail.com

Jan 6 - 7

Cow Horse Kickoff

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

South Texas RCHA

Tina McCleary

(979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

Jan 14

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo HS/cat. 1

Fort Worth, TX

Nelle Murphy

(580) 276-0761 whoanelle75@gmail.com

Jan 16 - 17

National Western Stock Show

HS/cat. 2

Denver, CO

Heidi Lane

(719) 320-6355 heidi.horseshows@gmail.com

Jan 20

Cow Horse Addiction 2018

HS/cat. 1

Las Vegas, NV

Aubree Englert

(702) 290-4231 aubree.englert@yahoo.com

Jan 22 - 24

Black Hills Stock Show All - Around HS/cat. 1 & 2

Connie Henrichs

(402) 741-1660 whitehorsemgt@cccusa.net

Nevada RCHA

Rapid City, SD

Jan 24 - 28

Shamrock Show

HS/cat. 1

Queen Creek, AZ Arizona RCHA

Kathy Gould

(559) 760-0512 entries@saddleup-enterprises.com

Jan 27 - 28

World Show Warm Up

HS/cat. 1

Sweetwater, TX

Panhandle RCHA

Misty Hobbs

(806) 383-0466 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com

Jan 27

CCHA Show #1

HS/cat. 1

Porterville, CA

California CHA

Saddle Up Enterprises (559) 689-3101 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com

Feb 3 - 4

Celebration Warm Up

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

South Texas RCHA

Tina McCleary

(979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

Feb 7 - 8

Dirt & Diamonds Derby

LAE/cat.

Murieta, CA

Kathy Davis

(530) 305-0197 missygreyhorse@gmail.com

Feb 9 - 17

NRCHA Celebration of Champions HS/LAE/cat. 1

Fort Worth, TX

Kelley Hartranft

(940) 488-1500 KelleyH@NRCHA.com

March 10

CCHA Show #2

HS/cat. 1

Porterville, CA

California CHA

March 17 - 18

Pot O’ Gold

HS/cat. 1

Temecula, CA

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft

March 17 - 18

March Madness

HS/cat. 1

Memphis, TN

March 24 - 31

NRCHA Stakes

HS/LAE/cat. 1

Las Vegas, NV

April 5 - 8

April Show

HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2

Ardmore, OK

April 14 - 15

Spring Fling

HS/cat. 1

Memphis, TN

April 14

CCHA Show #3

HS/cat. 1

April 28 - 29

Spring Fling

HS/cat. 1

Kelsey Watring

(806) 356-1461 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com

April 27 - 29

Sheri Gilkerson Memorial Spectacular HS/cat. 1 & 2

Queen Creek, AZ Arizona RCHA

Allison Walker

(937) 725-1423 awalker1423@yahoo.com

May 16 - 20

Wild Rag Cattle Classic

HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2

Fort Worth, TX

Southwest RCHA

Pam Humphries

May 18 - 20

Jimmy Flores Sr. Spectacular

HS/cat. 1

Temecula, CA

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft

(714) 267-5912 klsgrn@yahoo.com

May 19 - 20

Windy City Warm-Up

HS/cat. 1

Amarillo, TX

Panhandle RCHA

Kelsey Watring

(806) 356-1461 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com

June 9 - 10

June Jamboree

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

South Texas RCHA

Tina McCleary

(979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

June 10 - 17

NRCHA Derby

HS/LAE/cat. 1

Paso Robles, CA

Kelley Hartranft

(940) 488-1500 KelleyH@NRCHA.com

June 30

CCHA Show #6

HS/cat. 1

Porterville, CA

California CHA

Saddle Up Enterprises (559) 689-3101 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com

June 28 - July 1 Summer Spectacular

HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2

Amarillo, TX

Southwest RCHA

Pam Humphries

July 7 - 8

Firecracker Fest

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

South Texas RCHA

Tina McCleary

July 14 - 15

Big Horse July Jubilee

HS/cat. 1

Temecula, CA

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft

(714) 267-5912 klsgrn@yahoo.com

July 13 - 15

Red Dirt Rendezvous

HS/cat. 1

Amarillo, TX

Panhandle RCHA

Kelsey Watring

(806) 356-1461 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com

July 28

CCHA Show #7

HS/cat. 1

Tulare, CA

California CHA

Saddle Up Enterprises (559) 689-3101 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com

August 5

PHRCHA & Friends Show

HS/cat. 1

Sweetwater, TX

Panhandle RCHA

Kelsey Watring

August 11 - 12 Country Boil

HS/cat. 1

Temecula, CA

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft

August 14 - 19 Pre-Futurity & Horse Show

HS/LAE/cat. 1 & 2

Fort Worth, TX

Southwest RCHA

Pam Humphries

Sept 1 - 2

Labor of Love

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

South Texas RCHA

Tina McCleary

(979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

Sept 19 - 23

AzQHA Fall Championship

HS/cat. 1

Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona RCHA

Shawn Martin

(405) 509-0494 emailmyentries@gmail.com

Sept 22 - 23

September Classic

HS/cat. 1

Temecula, CA

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft

Oct 7 - 20

NRCHA Hackamore Classic

LAE/cat. 1

Fort Worth, TX

Kelley Hartranft

(940) 488-1500 KelleyH@NRCHA.com

Oct - 20

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

HS/LAE/cat. 1

Fort Worth, TX

Kelley Hartranft

(940) 488-1500 KelleyH@NRCHA.com

Nov 10 - 11

2018 Wrap Up

HS/cat. 1

Bryan, TX

Tina McCleary

(979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

Saddle Up Enterprises (559) 689-3101 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com (714) 267-5912 klsgrn@yahoo.com

Leslie Fluhr

(502) 551-7955 lesfluhr@gmail.com

Kelley Hartranft

(940) 488-1500 KelleyH@NRCHA.com

Southwest RCHA

Pam Humphries

Porterville, CA

California CHA

Saddle Up Enterprises (559) 689-3101 kathy@saddleup-enterprises.com

Lubbock, TX

Panhandle RCHA

Leslie Fluhr

South Texas RCHA

entry@SRCHA.org (502) 551-7955 lesfluhr@gmail.com

entry@SRCHA.org

entry@SRCHA.org (979) 218-0633 SouthTexasRCHA@gmail.com

(806) 356-1461 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com (714) 267-5912 klsgrn@yahoo.com entry@SRCHA.org

(714) 267-5912 klsgrn@yahoo.com

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Advertisers Index

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Bloomer Trailers .................................................................. 25

Gist Silversmiths Inc............................................................ 53

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Bob’s Custom Saddles ......................................................... 29

Holy Cow Performance Horses............................................. 39

Brazos Valley Stallion Station .............................................. 31

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JW Brooks Custom Hat Co................................................... 67

Cannon Ranch Quarter Horses ............................................. 15

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Carol Rose Quarter Horses................................................... 35

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Markel Insurance................................................................. 87

Central Garden & Pet ........................................................... 43

Matthews Cutting Horses Llc ...........................................10,11

Cinch .....................................................................................3

Northwest Reined Cowhorse Assn ....................................... 21

Colt Ventures.........................................................................9

Nutrena Feed Division .......................................................... 79

Standlee Hay ....................................................................... 16

Cowtrac Systems................................................................. 45

Nutro Company, The ............................................................ 81

Tara Stark Real Estate Group ............................................... 18

DC Cow Horse Gear ..........................................................47,49

Platinum Performance, Inc .................................................. 69

Triple D Ranches..............................................................92,93

Dechra Veterinary Products ................................................. 71

Quarter Horse News........................................................... 109

Wagonhound Land & Livestock ...........................................IBC

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