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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

January/February 2015

VOLUME 20, NO.1

BUCKLE DOWN, COWTOWN!

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions returns to Fort Worth in 2015

WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN PREVIEW

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Contents////// JanuaRy/FebRuaRy 2015 Volume 20, number 1

Features 20 2014 NRCHA Regional Champions

Meet the standout performers who won Regional Championships in 2014.

66 Performers of Merit

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Horses achieve honors for their earnings via the NRCHA Merit Award Program.

84 Finding Fort Worth

When you’re not horseback, Cowtown offers plenty to see, do and enjoy.

eVent CoVerage 72 Buckle Down, Cowtown!

A preview of the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and World’s Greatest Horseman

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From the NRCHA Executive Director From the Judge’s Chair NRCHA Judges Directory Top Rider List Affiliate List

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Subscribed Stallion Program Membership Application Non-Pro Declaration NRCHA Committee Directory NRCHA Approved Events

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NRCHA Rule Book changes

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NRCHA Million Dollar Riders compete in AQHA Cowtown Showdown

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First Reined Cow Horse Event for California High School Rodeo Association

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Quotable

2015 Board of Director Election NRCHA Premier Event Schedule Smart Boons Changes Hands

On the cover: The 2014 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champion, Boyd Rice, riding his own Oh Cay N Short (Oh Cay Quixote x Bit Of Shorty x Shorty Lena), returns to Fort Worth to defend his title in 2015. Primo Morales photo.

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Volume 20, Number 1

Official Publication of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Published by Quarter Horse News

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nrcha oFFicers & DirecTors: President: Todd Crawford Vice President: Paul Bailey Secretary: Sandy Collier Treasurer: Jerry Peters NRCHYA Foundation: Ted Robinson

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Executive Director: Jay Winborn Senior Administrator: Carrie McBride Membership: Barbara Nahlik Shows: Allison Walker Website: Bill Bean Sponsor & Vendor Relations: Nancy Shearer

Dear NRCHA Members, Welcome to the 2015 National Reined Cow Horse Association show season – and what better way to kick things off in the brand new year than with the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and World’s Greatest Horseman in the heart of the Western performance horse industry, Fort Worth, Texas! We are proud to bring this NRCHA Premier Event to Will Rogers Memorial Center for a second consecutive year, and hope you will enjoy your time at this world-class venue. The city of Fort Worth offers an endlessly diverse array of entertainment, dining and shopping. I hope you arrive a few days early, stay a few days late and enjoy every part of the Celebration of Champions, both inside and outside the arena. As always, we appreciate the dedicated sponsors who make our events possible. The Celebration of Champions is presented by NRCHA Corporate Partner John Deere, and we welcome the support

of Aaron Ranch, the title sponsor of the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby. A legacy sponsor, Kalpowar Quarter Horses, returns to support the World’s Greatest Horseman this year, and we are proud to have these continuing relationships with people who are so passionate about our sport. While 2015 will undoubtedly bring a fresh array of challenges and victories, the NRCHA’s objective does not waver. We constantly strive to produce better events, attract more participation, improve our communication with our membership and reach out to new audiences. It is an ongoing process. I invite you to be an even more active part of the NRCHA in 2015, and experience for yourself the rewards it has to offer.

All the best! Jay Winborn

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Publisher: Patty Tiberg Editor/Communications Manager: Stephanie Duquette Contributing Editor: Stacy Pigott Contributing Writers: Stephanie Duquette Production Manager: Sherry Brown Art Director: Susan Sampson Graphic Designer: Candice Madrid Official NRCHA Photographer: Primo Morales Advertising Sales Breeders: Karen Barnhart, 620-951-4026 Commercial: Mary Jane Carpenter, 601-955-8489 Sales Customer Service Manager: Diana Buettner, 817-569-7114 Advertising Fax 817-737-9633 Reined Cow Horse News is published bi-monthly (six times a year). All contents are copyright of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without prior written permission from the NRCHA. Opinions expressed in articles and advertising in Reined Cow Horse News do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of the NRCHA or its officers and members. Accuracy of material is the sole responsibility of the authors. Unsolicited materials are submitted at the sender’s risk and the NRCHA accepts no responsibility for them. Please address all submissions to: Reined Cow Horse News, 1017 North Hwy 377, Pilot Point, Texas, 76258. Subscription rate is $18 a year. Periodical postage paid at Pilot Point, Texas, 76258 and additional mailing offices. USPS number, 024-906. POSTMASTeR: Send address changes to Reined Cow Horse News, 1017 North Hwy 377, Pilot Point, Texas, 76258.

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2015 Rule Book updates paRt 1 The national reined Cow Horse association has implemented the following rule book changes, effective in 2015. The new rule language is in bold: Rule 3.8.3 Youth Limited - open to riders 18 years of age and under as of November 16th of the current show year. Riders cannot have earned more than $750 in fence work classes at any judged classes or events with the exception of horse sales. Riders shall be ineligible for the class upon meeting the earnings limitation. Rule 3.10 $1,000 Non Pro Limited (provisional for 2015 - 2016) - open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $1,000 in lifetime earnings and who comply with all Non Pro eligibility rules, with the exception of the 2.1.10 ownership rule. (See Non Pro eligibility rules.) For purposes of determining eligibility for this class, all Non Pro Limited earnings shall be computed at zero as of January 1, 2002. This class may NOT run concurrent with Non Pro Limited. There is no fall back Provision in this class. Riders shall be ineligible for the class upon meeting the earnings limitation. The responsibility for eligibility lies with the competitor. If an individual feels a competitor is not eligible for a class, the burden of proof lies with the person who protests. Rule 6.1 If at any time during a performance a piece of equipment breaks, the rider may continue provided the broken equipment does not pose a hazard to the rider and/or is not cruel to the horse. In the event that the fence work immediately follows the rein work or if a new cow is awarded during the fence work, broken equipment may be repaired within a 1 minute time period. Rider may dismount if necessary to make the repair or pick up lost equipment or attire. Rule 9.14 For Premier Events, herd settler must be entered in the event for which he/she is settling. (For example, to settle a herd in any division in a derby, the herd settler must be entered in that derby, in any division). Rule 10.4.1 Open - Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA membership card. For NRCHA managed events the Open, Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open divisions will pay a single entry fee and will be automatically entered in all divisions for which the Rider is eligible. If Affiliates choose to use the Single Entry fee then the same entry rules apply as for NRCHA managed events (except for the percentage breakdown of payout). Affiliates may choose to

hold the Level One separate from the Open Divisions. If affiliates do not choose the single entry fee options, then entry into the Open is always required when entering the Intermediate and/or Limited Open divisions. 10.4.4 Level 1 Limited Open - open to any rider who has not earned $15,000 or more in Open and Non Pro money at the NRCHA Futurity, Derby, Hackamore Classic, Stakes or Maturity through 2001 and after 2001 at any NRCHA approved Limited Age Events. To be eligible to compete in this division, contestants must have a valid LAE Level 1 Limited Open designation on their membership card and a current application on file in the office. Affiliate level shows may have a separate draw for the Level One Limited Open or may draw with the Open divisions. 10.4.5 $5,000 Novice Horse - 4- & 5-year-old events only. A novice horse may not have won over $5,000 in Limited Age Events at the beginning of the NRCHA Show Year and the horse’s eligibility throughout the year is based on his eligibility at the beginning of the year. Earnings are based on the money won in Limited Aged Events. Earnings from this division at NRCHA Managed events are counted as part of the Merit Award program and are retroactive to the start of the 2010 show season. HORSE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ENTERED IN THE OPEN at NRCHA Managed events, but will have a common draw with the Open. 10.4.6 For NRCHA managed events Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro riders will pay a single entry fee and will be automatically entered in all divisions for which the Rider is eligible. If Affiliates choose to use the Single Entry fee then the same entry rules apply as for NRCHA managed events (except for the percentage breakdown of payout. If affiliates do not choose the single entry fee options, then entry into the Non Pro is required when entering the Intermediate Non Pro division. 10.5 Limited Age Events Payout At NRCHA managed events the payout for the four Open divisions will be allocated (72/15/8/5) % to each division. For the three Non Pro divisions the allocation is (65/25/10)%. For Affiliates using the Single Entry fee, payout percentages may be set at Affiliate’s sole discretion. 12.1.7 The judge(s) for the event must hold a current NRCHA judges card. Judges selected to judge the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity are not allowed to judge any other 3 year

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2015 Rule Book uPdates PaRt 1 The national reined Cow Horse association has implemented the following rule book changes, effective in 2015. The new rule language is in bold: old limited age event within 60 days of the start of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and/or with more than $5,000 added in total for all 3 year old classes within the event. 12.1.10. … Every NRCHA Approved show must meet the following reporting requirements: 12.1.10.1 i) NRCHA fees paid within 14 days of the last day of the show, ii) results received by the NRCHA office within 14 days of the last day of the show, iii) membership applications collected at the show received by the NRCHA office within 14 days of the last day of the show, iv) responses to NRCHA office questions regarding results within 2 business days, and v) all show payouts must be made within 14 days of the last day of the show. Results must include a COMPLETE LIST of all entries for each class along with the show

scores, original judges’ sheets, membership applications, and all other NRCHA documents as required. Failure to comply with any or all of these requirements will result in the forfeiture of the $100 approval fee, possible additional fines and unapproval of future shows as imposed by the Executive Committee. At a minimum a penalty of $100 will be assessed if postmarked after 14 days. An additional penalty of $500 will be assessed if postmarked after 30 days. Any results not received after 60 days will not be recognized by the NRCHA for yearend standings. Results from any shows taking place November 5 – 15 must be received in the NRCHA office no later than November 25 of that show year.

2015 BoaRd of diReCtoRs eleCtion national Reined Cow HoRse assoCiation PRemieR event sCHedule ///// 2015 Six positions on the NRCHA Board of Directors were open in this cycle. The association membership voted in returning board members Paul Bailey, Sandy Collier, Amanda Gardiner, Dan Roeser and Jon Roeser. A firsttime board member, Brad Barkemeyer, was also elected. The NRCHA Board of Directors for 2015: Todd Crawford Paul Bailey Sandy Collier Jerry Peters Amanda Gardiner Jake Telford Brad Barkemeyer Todd Bergen Joe Carter Dan Roeser Jon Roeser Bill Tointon Officers will be elected at the board meeting in February. The new President will have the option to appoint up to four additional board members to serve a one-year term in 2015.

nrCHa Celebration of Champions aaron ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman / February 13-21, 2015 ///// Will rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX nrCHa Stallion Stakes / March 29-april 4, 2015 ///// South point equestrian Center, las Vegas, nV nrCHa Hackamore Classic Shining lil nic bridle Spectacular / april 29 – May 3, 2015 ///// Colorado State Fairgrounds, pueblo, Colorado nrCHa Jack & phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Holy Cow performance Horses CD Survivor Memorial bridle Spectacular /June 15-20, 2015 ///// paso robles event Center, paso robles, Ca nrCHa Snaffle bit Futurity Featuring the Discount Tire non pro Futurity and the Cinch intermediate Open Futurity / September 21 – Oct 3, 2015 ///// reno-Sparks livestock events Center, renO, nV

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smaRt Boons CHanges Hands The champion reined cow horse stallion Smart Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Little Easter x Smart Little Lena), who has maintained a presence among the National Reined Cow Horse Association Breeder Sponsors, changed hands at the end of 2014 when the Dunn family - Eric, Wendy, and Tucker Dunn, Norwich, Kansas - purchased him from previous owners Kevin and Sydney Knight. The Dunns met Smart Boons’ trainer, Corey Cushing, in 2008, and have cheered “Boons” and Cushing on since 2009, the year they claimed the NRCHA Derby Open Championship. The Dunn family has a long-standing passion for the performance horse industry, and the addition of Smart Boons to their program takes their involvement to a higher level. The decision to sell the 2005 stallion was described as a difficult and emotional one for the Knight family, according to a post on Smart Boons’ Facebook page, which also revealed more about the Dunns’ personal and business philosophy and their plans for the future, both in and out of the reined cow horse arena. In 2013, the Dunns established Hooray Ranch, a “beautiful sanctuary of over 10,000 pristine hunting acres and a one-of-a-kind experience for a person who appreciates the outdoors. There are two choices that stand out in every personal or business decision Eric and Wendy Dunn have made. The first is: family is everything. The second is: you should only commit yourself to things you’re passionate about and that you believe in, to succeed,” the Facebook posting said. The Dunns and Cushing have had

a successful partnership in the past. Cushing, a two-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion and Million Dollar Rider, won back-to-back American Quarter Horse Association Senior Working Cow Horse World Championships in 2011 and 2012 on Eric Dunn’s mare, Rising Starlight (Little Bay Starlight x Peppys Hot Star x Lucky W Peppy Lena). At the 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity, where Cushing won the Open Championship aboard Good Time (One Time Pepto x Dual Nurse x Dual Pep), owned by Lynne Wurzer, he also placed 4th on the Dunns’ horse Bela Sera (One Time Pepto x Royal Serena Belle x Shorty Lena). Smart Boons, bred by S. David Plummer, Fort Worth, Texas, is an

earner of more than $191,000, mostly with Cushing at the reins. “It didn’t matter what you wanted to do with him that day. Boons made you feel like a horse trainer. Whether you were doing the right thing or the wrong thing, he was always going to end on a good note. Not one time did he ever let me down,” Cushing said. Besides winning the 2009 NRCHA Derby Open Championship, Smart Boons was the 2010 NRCHA Derby Open Reserve Champion, a finalist at the 2010 Stallion Stakes and Hackamore Classic, and the 2010 National Stock Horse Classic Open Champion. In 2012, he was a Worlds’ Greatest Horseman Finalist, the Magnificent 7 All Around Stock Horse Champion, and the World’s Richest Stock Horse Champion. Champion reined cow horse stallion and breeder sponsor Smart boons, shown by Corey Cushing, changed hands at the end of 2014. Kevin and Sydney Knight, phoenix, arizona, who had owned “boons” since 2006, sold him to the Dunn family of norwich, Kansas.

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THe naTional Reined Cow HoRse assoCiaTion joins allianCe PaRTneR aQHa as PaRT of THe CowTown sHowdown The National Reined Cow Horse Association will support the American Quarter Horse Association’s 75th anniversary celebration by participating in the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth. The Cowtown Showdown will start at 5 p.m. on March 7 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. General admission tickets can be purchased for $7.50 at www. aqha.com/convention. Kids under 12 can attend for free. Attendees of the 2015 AQHA Convention will receive one open box seat for the event and transportation from the Omni Hotel Fort Worth with the purchase of a convention registration. A limited number of box seats are available. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the pre-show event, where you can meet past AQHA Professional Horsemen and -women of the Year, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees and legends of our industry. Everyone is invited to this exciting new showcase of elite horsemanship, with top professionals from the NRCHA competing with leading National Cutting Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association riders. • Representing NRCHA: Todd Crawford, Todd Bergen, Jake Telford and Boyd Rice • Representing NCHA: Johnny Mitchell, Clay Johnson, James Payne and Lloyd Cox • Representing NRHA: Lyle Lovett, Shawn Flarida, Dell Hendricks and Tim McQuay Ranches that are 75 year consecutive breeders will take part in a ranch horse competition. The first of those ranches to enter are R.A. Brown Ranch, Burnett

Ranches, WT Waggoner Estate, and Haythorn Land & Cattle Co., with other historic ranches expected. The evening will also include special performances by Grammy-award winner Lyle Lovett and champion freestyle reiner and entertainer Dan James. Attendees will also have the chance to purchase oneof-a-kind, elite AQHA 75th Anniversary commemoranrCHa 2 Million Dollar rider Todd Crawford and tive items at the Cowtown Million Dollar riders boyd rice, Todd bergen and Showdown Auction, including: Jake Telford will represent the nrCHa at the a limited-edition AQHA 75th Cowtown Showdown March 7 in Fort Worth, TX. Anniversary sporting rifle by Cimarron Firearms Co.; a custom-made Double J saddle signed by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees; a one-of-a-kind Montana Silversmiths AQHA 75th Anniversary commemorative buckle; an AQHA 75th Anniversary John Deere Gator; and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the auction go to the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

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FIRST REINED COW HORSE EVENT FOR CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION LEFT: High School Rodeo Reined Cow Horse Champions Molly Sparrowk, Clements, California, and Chantz Albrecht, Alturas, California. RIGHT: Riders enjoyed a free clinic by NRCHA Hall of Famers Ken Wold and Smoky Pritchett.

The National High School Rodeo Association adopted Reined Cow Horse as an event for the 2014-15 rodeo season. At this time, the event points do not count toward a District All Around title, but do count towards the State and National All Around title. For the California High School Rodeo Association, the first Reined Cow Horse event held Nov. 22, 2014 in Red Bluff, California was exciting and educational. On that cold and clear fall day at the Tehema District fair grounds horse show arena the show was received well with 10 entries representing Districts 1, 2 and 3. The day began with a free clinic presented by National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame Inductees and World Champions Ken Wold and Smoky Pritchett. Ken and Smoky demonstrated and explained the safety and rules of performing the reined work and cow work of the event. The

professionals allowed each of the riders to individually ride through a practice reined work as well as a practice fence work, during which time the instructors critiqued each rider through each maneuver they performed with their horse. After the free clinic there was a short break for a home cooked lunch provided by Kathy and Dave Ferguson. There were two shows held in one day and each of the 10 exhibitors performed both go rounds. Representing District 1 were the following exhibitors: Chantz Albrecht, Haley Dancer, Kristen Loverin, Kelsey Litz, and Levi Gray. Representing District 2: Lucy Moore, Lindsay Luster, Gracie Silva, and Hadyn Evans. Representing District 3 was Molly Sparrowk. The winner of the first show was Molly Sparrowk and the winner of the second show was Chantz Albrecht. Each contestant won a Skyline Silversmith buckle donated by Ken Wold Training Stables of Wilton, California.

“I couldn’t believe how much fun this event is!” stated one exhibitor. The first show was as exciting for the spectators as it was for the exhibitors. Many local area fans of the Reined Cow Horse attended the event to help support the kids as well as watch the thrilling event. All of the people involved with Districts 1, 2 and 3 thanked Kathy and Dave Ferguson for donating the cattle, lunch and helping organize the event and Lee Loverin for donating the trucking for the cattle. They also thanked Ken Wold and Smoky Pritchett for donating their time for the clinic and for judging the events. District 3 President Jeff Sparrowk expressed his enthusiasm for the great attendance of the event and the support from the parents of the exhibitors. The next Inter-District cow horse event is tentatively scheduled for February 2015. Exhibitors are encouraged to watch their District web sites for further information.

QUOTABLE “There is something about a cow that gives purpose to horses and people. I’ll be in the show pen, thinking ‘I’m on my own.’ Then, unexpectedly, I’ll hear a familiar voice coaching from the fence. It’s not always the same person, so it’s a great feeling to know there are so many people in this industry who want to help you succeed.” —NRCHA South Central Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion Baru Spiller, Wingate, Texas

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The NRCHA Year-End Award program rewards the top horses and riders in eight geographical regions.

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ational Reined Cow Horse Association members put in hours of practice and haul many miles to compete at the numerous NRCHA-approved shows each year, whether at the affiliate level or Premier Events. Points and money earned at those shows are recorded, and Regional Champions in each of the 14 horse show classes are named at the end of each competition year. Winning an NRCHA Regional Championship is a terrific achievement, and we congratulate the horses and riders who made it to the top of the class in 2014.

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NORTHWEST REGION Open Bridle Champion

ROOSTERS ROZALENA/DAN ROESER

“I would like to thank Roje Gootee, who has been a great partner with us for many years,” he said.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

SIGNED PRESCRIPTION/TRAVIS REMPEL

The Northwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly x Ima Doc O Lena), shown by Travis Rempel for owner Deborah Anderson, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Roosters Rozalena, the Northwest Region Open Bridle Champion, has been shown by Dan Roeser throughout her career for owner Rush Creek Ranch.

NRCHA Professional Dan Roeser, Marsing, Idaho, is a perpetual force in the Northwest Region, and in 2014, he captured two Open Championships. For the second consecutive year, he and Roosters Rozalena (Gallo Del Cielo x Rosezana Lena x Doc O’Lena), owned by Rush Creek Ranch, were the Northwest’s best in the Open Bridle division. Roeser describes the big sorrel mare as “one of the most outstanding show horses I have had.” Roeser purchased Roosters Rozalena as a yearling from her breeder, Black Rock Ranch. Roje Gootee, of Rush Creek Ranch, then bought the filly as a Snaffle Bit Futurity prospect. Roeser continued to campaign the mare throughout her productive career, earning more than $41,000 in NRCHA money. Some show highlights for Roeser and Roosters Rozalena include the 2012 NRCHA Derby Intermediate Open Championship and the NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse award, achieved in 2013. Roeser, a veteran competitor with nearly $700,000 in career NRCHA earnings, said the support of Roosters Rozalena’s owner has been a major factor in the mare’s success.

Non Pro Bridle & Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

MERYL REBER/IMA CHIC PLEASE

“He taught me how to do this,” the former hunter/jumper rider said. “I can’t give this horse enough credit. He’s just awesome, and the more I understand about the cow horse, the more I see how blessed I am to have him.” The 2003 gelding carried Reber to a pair of Northwest Region Championships in 2014 in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle. Life is good for Ima Chic Please; he lives at home with Reber fulltime and enjoys a steady stream of his favorite orange root vegetable. “He is very spoiled. He gets lots of carrots,” Reber said, smiling. “I ride him on our half-mile training track to keep him fit. We never practice on cows. We just go to the show and do our thing.”

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

CARRIE WHISLER/SHEZA HAILLION

Ima Chic Please carried owner/rider Meryl Reber to multiple titles in 2014, including a pair of Regional Championships in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle.

Kent, Wash., competitor Meryl Reber knows how fortunate she is to have Ima Chic Please (Chic Please x Smokum Chex Mint x Smokum Oak) as her first reined cow horse. Since buying “Bullet” in the winter of 2010, Reber has accumulated more than $32,000 in earnings and a resume most riders only dream of, including the 2014 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Amateur Working Cow Horse World Championship; 2013 NRCHA Non Pro Bridle World and National Championships; and 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Carrie Whisler and Sheza Haillion were the Northwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Champions.

Carrie Whisler, Olympia, Wash., reached a new level with her 2006 mare, Sheza Haillion (Shine Like Hail x Sheza Playgun Too x Playgun), during 2014. “I feel like this was the year that ‘Hailey’ and I became a really strong team and we both trust each other. It has allowed me to become a better rider and be able to push her to showcase her higher talent level, which I don’t think I had been able to do in prior years,” the 35-year-old commercial banker said. REINED COW HORSE NEWS | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions Whisler and Hailey first teamed up in 2012, winning the Northwest Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship and the National Non Pro Two Rein Reserve Championship. “I love everything about Hailey. She is quick, smart, strong, talented, beautiful and loves her job. She has the biggest heart and puts it all on the line when I ask her to,” Whisler said, adding that two standout moments from 2014 were winning the Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association Paul Dice Memorial Bronze and the NWRCHA Summer Showdown Bridle Spectacular. Whisler thanked her trainer, Dean McCann, and her mother, Jenifer Whisler, for their support. Hailey’s reward for a job well done are Red Vines, her favorite treat, “but they turn her mouth red, so she has to have them after we compete,” Whisler added with a smile.

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niCs CHiCa lena/Dan roeser For two consecutive years, Marsing, Idaho, professional Dan Roeser has won the Open Two Rein Regional Championship for the same client, Rhonda Denney of JC Paint Ranch, Wapato, Wash. In 2013, Roeser claimed the title on Denney’s mare Roosters Miss Fritz (Gallo Del Cielo x Miss Fritzie Bug x Gritz Command), and in 2014, he won aboard Nics Chica Lena (Tejons Lena Nic x Ms Bonanza Anna x Major Bonanza). Roeser extended particular thanks to Denney and her mother, Pat, “for believing in this training program.”

els, claiming the 2014 Non Pro Two Rein title in the Northwest region.

Randy Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and his 2009 gelding This Cats Smart Too (WR This Cats Smart x Doin It Too x Just Plain Doin It), won the Northwest Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship in 2013. They continue to move up the lev-

muDDy liTTle masTer/Travis rempel Travis Rempel guided Muddy Little Master (Mud Slinging Cat x Wranglers Lena Lee x Wranglers War Leo) to the Northwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship for owner Cheryl Perkins, Abbotsford, B.C.

Non Pro Hackamore

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randy gamble and This Cats smart Too won the northwest region non pro Two rein Championship.

“I have been involved with horses all my life, took a break from them for almost 10 years, and about two years ago, the ‘want-to’ came back,” Gamble said. The central Oregon farmer bought This Cats Smart Too, nicknamed “Whip,” at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Performance Horse Sale. Together, the pair made a successful return to the competitive arena. “He is wicked down the fence and he loves his job,” Gamble said. A 2014 show season highlight for Gamble happened at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. “After a terrible run in the Non Pro Two Rein, we came back and placed third in the Novice Non Pro Bridle, and then I topped it off by winning the Amateur Futurity on my 3-year-old,” he said. Gamble thanked his wife, Celia, as well as professional horsemen Dean McCann, Don Murphy, Todd Bergen, Dan Roeser and Jim Spence for their support and guidance.

Non Pro Two Rein

ranDy gamble/THis CaTs smarT Too

Limited Open Hackamore

Open Hackamore

CHiCs aT THe DoC/sHane sTeFFen Chics At The Doc (Smart Chic Olena x Sugars Hickory x Doc’s Hickory), shown by Shane Steffen for owner Denver Jochem, was the Northwest region Open Hackamore Champion.

The Northwest Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion was Antoinette Harms, Livingston, Mont., riding Me A Puddy Cat (Athena Puddy Cat x Smart Little Me x Smart Little Lena).

Youth Bridle

sTepHanie Helsen/a CaT CalleD reD

The northwest region youth bridle Champion was stephanie Helsen, riding her gelding, a Cat Called red.

For the second year in a row, Stephanie Helsen and A Cat Called Red (Cats Red Feather x Lynnea Gem x Doc Bar Gem) won the Northwest Region Youth Bridle Championship. Helsen and “Feather” first teamed up in June of 2012. “The bond between Feather and I came very naturally and easy from the beginning! He knows the sound of my walk coming down the barn aisle and perks his ears up whenever he hears me,” the 16-year-old Enumclaw, Wash., competitor said.

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions Helsen did not hesitate when asked to name “Feather’s” best maneuver in the show pen. “Definitely his fence turns! As long as we’re in the right position, Feather can and will take care of the rest and get the job done,” she said. Helsen thanked her dad, Mike Helsen, a professional cow horse and reining trainer who got her started in the show pen when she was 8. She also thanked her mom, Inger Seubert, and credited Feather’s original owner and trainer Kim Witty and trainer Jim Spence for their coaching and support. As for Helsen’s future in the cow horse arena? It sounds like the sky is the limit. “I plan to keep working hard and continue showing cow horses forever!” she said.

2013. This year, he said the horse-andhuman partnership is what came easiest for him and the 2006 mare. Following last year’s success, during which they won the NRCHA Youth Limited National Championship, Wheeler and Lizzy have started schooling down the fence. They also show in National High School Rodeo cutting and cow horse classes. Quentin has plenty of support at home – his stepfather and mom, Dan and Nicole Weiss, and his sister, Kaylin Wheeler, also show cow horses. He thanked his family and also appreciated the help of Tim Unzicker and Travis Young as he continues to develop his horsemanship.

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

Carolyn meador/pepto double time

Youth Limited

Quentin WHeeler/soula niC naC

“if horses could talk, he’d be saying, ‘Quit pulling on me and let me do my job...please! because he’s a gentleman and would say ‘please’.” Carolyn meador said of her champion gelding, pepto double time. Quentin Wheeler rode soula nic nac to the youth limited Championship in the northwest region.

In his second year of showing Soula Nic Nac (Soula Jule Star x DA Pop A Nic x Reminic), Quentin Wheeler won a second Regional Championship, taking home the Youth Limited title in the Northwest Region. The 14-year-old competitor first teamed up with “Lizzy,” the horse no one else in his family could get along with, in

Star, Idaho, non pro Carolyn Meador picked up a nice pair of Northwest Region Championships in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited and Non Pro Limited in her first full season with her new horse, Pepto Double Time (Peptotime x Daina Dawn Oak x Little Lena Doc). Meador and the 2003 gelding got off to a rough start. Six weeks after she purchased him, he severely injured a hind tendon, but after an eight-month layoff, he was once again ready for action. One

of Meador’s first outings with “Pork Chop” was at an NRCHA Premier Event, the 2014 Derby, in Paso Robles, Calif. “I had only shown him once since coming back from his injury, and only once the year before. I was worried about riding him too hard, not knowing how much strain that tendon could endure. In Paso, I went in thinking I would just do the best I could without over-riding him. We had a fantastic run and ended up 3rd and 5th out of a pretty deep field. I was ecstatic. I had never won money at a major event, so that was extra special,” Meador said. She appreciates Pepto Double Time’s particular talent for reading a cow. “That is a huge confidence booster. He’s been consistent and level-headed in the show pen, too, a testament to his solid foundation and great mind,” she said. Meador credited her “awesome husband,” NRCHA Professional Jeremy Meador, for her success in 2014. “He has been super supportive and a great coach. He pushes me to learn and improve and think on my own. As a trainer, it would’ve been easy for me to have him ride my horse. Truth is, I can count on one hand the number of times he’s ridden Pork Chop. His philosophy is that it’s more rewarding for me to see and feel improvement if I’m the one making mistakes and doing the work,” she said. Meador also thanked Pepto Double Time’s original trainer, Brady Weaver, and said she looks forward to showing down the fence in the Non Pro Bridle divisions this year.

nortHeast region Open Bridle

solid on tuesday/Joe Harper The Northeast Region Open Bridle Champion was Solid On Tuesday (PT) (Color Me Smart [PT] x Ruby Tuesday DNA x Peppy San Badger), shown by Joe Harper for owner Howard Weir, DVM.

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sHe Writes tHe CHex/marisa Vetula The Northeast Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was She Writes The Chex (Uno Rooster x Write My Chex x Boon Bar), shown by Arthur Vetula and owned by Marisa Buentello.

Non Pro Bridle

riCHard rosell/baddabing baddaboon The Northeast Region Non Pro Bridle Champion was Richard Rosell, riding Baddabing Baddaboon (Boonlight Dancer x Katie Gun x John Gun).

challenge is keeping us both in show shape as we age!” The retired Monroeville, N.J., horseman credits several leading professionals with helping him master the finer points of cow horse competition. “Sandy Collier, Todd Crawford, Jay Holmes and Mark Sigler have all been beneficial to our performance,” he said. Iannotti plans to continue showing Talk Dont Cry, and is currently starting another young cow horse prospect.

Henrich, who also has schooled Peppy San Nic in dressage, named the final Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association show of 2014 as his most memorable. “We received our best scores in cutting, reining and cow work,” he said. Henrich thanked trainers Jay Holmes and Mark Sigler for their coaching, and also appreciated his fellow Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association competitors for their support.

Open Hackamore Novice Non Pro Bridle

paul HenriCH/peppy san niC

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle & Non Pro Bridle

tHomas iannotti/talk dont Cry

tiza doC dry/Woody taylor The Open Hackamore Champion was Tiza Doc Dry (Doc Dry x Tiza Liz Dodson), shown by Woody Taylor for owner Deanna McCarty, Jackson, Ohio.

Limited Open Hackamore

CHiCs leCtriCplayboy/artHur buentello

thomas iannotti and talk dont Cry have achieved numerous nrCHa regional Championships and reserves, and twice made the top 10 at the aQHa select World show together.

Thomas Iannotti and his veteran gelding Talk Dont Cry (Meradas Money Talks x Big Girls Dont Cry x Bob Acre Doc) won their fourth NRCHA Regional Championship together when they claimed the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle title for 2014. Iannotti, 69, purchased “Boyd,” nicknamed for his original trainer, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice, in 2005. The 14-year-old gelding “has been teaching me the game ever since,” Iannotti said. “He has a big heart, he is fantastically cowy and a big stopper. The biggest

peppy san nic and paul Henrich dominated the northeast region novice non pro bridle division, winning the Championship for a third straight year.

For the third consecutive year, Paul Henrich, DVM, Newtown, N.J., rode Peppy San Nic (Reminic x Peppy Gold Doc x Peppy San Bob) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship. Henrich, a small animal veterinarian, has been riding the 1993 gelding for the past eight years. “This is my first cow horse, and he has been very patient,” Henrich said. “The thrill of going down the fence is what it is all about for me. ‘Nic’ has kept me safe, even when I had no idea what I was doing. At 22 years old this year, Nic continues to compete at a high level. He is a phenomenal campaigner, an easy keeper and very easy to live with.”

Chics lectricplayboy and owner/trainer arthur buentello claimed the northeast region limited open Hackamore Championship.

For the second consecutive year, Marysville, Ohio, horseman Arthur Buentello won the Northeast Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship on Chics Lectricplayboy (Smart Chic Olena x Playin With Rubies x Lectricplayboy), a 2009 stallion he owns. Buentello, 42, a professional farrier, bought “Dude” as a 2-year-old. “He is extremely good-minded and a huge stopper. He has a strong desire to please and he loves his job,” Buentello said, adding that his biggest challenge

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions was motivating the mellow stallion in the cow work. “He is so laid back and has so much rate that it was hard to get him to run past the cow down the fence,” he said. Buentello, a former reining specialist, has been showing cow horses for “about three and a half years. [I] love the cows and form to function that working cattle gave to my reiners. Then I realized I like the reined cow horse better because I get to rein and work cattle. Plus, going down the fence is pretty dang cool,” he said. The 6-year-old Chics Letricplayboy will continue moving up the levels to the two rein and bridle. Buentello also welcomed the stallion’s first foals last spring. He thanked Steve Roseberry, who sold Chics Lectricplayboy to him, as well as the Ohio Reined Cow Horse Association trainers who “stand on the rail and help everyone who walks in the pen.”

their first show outing in 2012, they were the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Futurity Non Pro Champions. The Titusville, Penn., horseman owned both of McCowy’s parents, which makes this success particularly sweet.

Open Two Rein

Hollywood sHines/Joe Harper Joe Harper, Russell Springs, Ky., rode Kathryn Rippetoe’s Hollywood Shines (Doing It Shiney x Brennas Kitten x Brennas Kid) to the Northeast Region Open Two Rein Championship.

Non Pro Two Rein

Jason VansiCkle/mister snapper

Non Pro Hackamore

bruCe HasbrouCk/mCCowy

mister snapper “has a great handle and always stays calm,” according to owner/rider Jason Vansickle, who won the northeast region non pro two rein title aboard the 2008 gelding.

bruce Hasbrouck and mcCowy were the northeast region non pro Hackamore Champions.

Riding his homebred gelding McCowy (Teninolenas Angel x Dualin Peppy Royale x Dualin Gun) Bruce Hasbrouck captured the Non Pro Hackamore Championship in the Northeast Region. Hasbrouck and the 2009 gelding are no strangers to the winner’s circle; in

Four years ago, Jason VanSickle made the switch from hunter/jumpers to reined cow horses. He celebrated the 2014 show season, his first showing down the fence, by winning the Northeast Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship aboard his 2008 gelding Mister Snapper (Master Snapper x Wheeling Valentine x Captains Wheel). “Nothing comes easy, but regardless of what discipline you ride, having a horse that listens to your cues makes entering the ring a lot easier. I was new to cow horse four years ago, and it helps to settle

the nerves knowing your horse is going to be there when asked,” VanSickle said. “‘Snapper’ is a winner because he never forgets what he learns and is always eager to please. He does not get to see cattle in between shows, but he knows his job and gives you his all. He is so quick to relax and get down to work. He has always been consistent for me.” VanSickle and his big-stopping gelding also enjoy showing at local all-around shows, where they have collected a few high-point awards, and they go to an occasional team sorting. He has many mentors and helpers, and thanked Joe Harper, Grady Duncan, Wayne Lafortune, Robin Stang and Jeri Jones, “and of course, my parents, for having horses since I can remember and always putting me back on, no matter how many times I fell off.” VanSickle is becoming that same kind of parent, describing some of his favorite horseback moments with his 2½-yearold son. “My son’s first experience riding was on Snapper. His laughter fills the arena when he jogs, yelling ‘Faster, Daddy! Faster!’ I hope maybe he will show this horse someday in youth cow horse,” VanSickle said.

Youth Bridle

luke paulus/uno roCkin rooster The Northeast Region Youth Bridle Champion was Luke Paulus, Coal Grove, Ohio. He rode his 2003 gelding, Uno Rockin Rooster (Uno Rooster x Lena Rashae x Tamulena), to the title for a second consecutive year.

Youth Limited

katHerine rippetoe/Hollywood sHines Katherine Rippetoe, Russell Springs, Ky., rode Hollywood Shines (Doing It Shiney x Brennas Kitten x Brennas Kid) to the Youth Limited Championship in the Northeast Region.

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Kevin Hittinger/panas Jewels

a 2014 show season highlight for Kevin Hittinger was winning the adequan aQHa select world Championship in amateur boxing in amarillo, texas, in august.

Kevin Hittinger, Walnutport, Penn., won dual Northeast Region titles in the Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited riding Panas Jewels (Tachitas Jewels x Pana Sugar Chex x Sugar Pan), a 2003 gelding he has been riding for the past three years. “He has been a great partner and taught me a whole bunch about reining that I didn’t have a clue about. ‘Cash’ is a big stopper. He certainly has more go than whoa. So as long as I do a good job at controlling the rundown, I know he can bury his butt in the ground,” Hittinger said. Hittinger has been riding reined cow horses for the past six years. For four years before that, cutting was his horseback sport of choice. Originally, it was all prompted by his daughter’s interest in riding. “When my daughter, Amara (now 20), was six, I asked her if she would like to go to the Kentucky Derby or get a horse. She said, ‘Dad, I can go to the Derby anytime. I’ll take the horse.’ That was our start in showing cutting and reined cow horses competitively. She has been kicking my butt ever since,” he said. Hittinger appreciated many people involved with his and his horse’s training

and competitive career, both past and present. He named some special people in the Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association – Joanne Hachten, Dom Conicelli, Edie Petaccio, Brenda Fessler, Lyndra Bills, Deb Rohrbach, Anita Flick, Owen Ide and Maggie Rupp. Professionals Don Murphy, Mark Sigler, Peter Fuller, Pat Parelli, Jay Holmes and Joey Schlegel also received his thanks. “The biggest challenge is always finding enough time to train properly so we can be competitive. With having a family, a farm and running a family business, time is my most treasured commodity. There’s nothing I would rather be doing than riding my horse or watching my daughter compete,” he said.

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nortH Central region

Hot Springs, South Dakota trainer and rancher Kirk Hall rode Semi Dry China (Smart China Lena x Semi Dry Zana x Dry Doc), a 2007 mare he has been training and showing since her 2-year-old year, to the North Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship. Semi Dry China is owned by Mick Anderson. “She was always a winner. It just took five years for me to elevate my horsemanship to her level,” Hall said. “It was the challenge that got me started, and the tradition. That’s what appeals to me about the reined cow horse.” “China,” a versatile competitor with earnings in cutting, reining and ranch horse competitions, also knows the challenge of an honest day’s work on the ranch, tagging and doctoring calves. In the show pen, she brings plenty of heart, quick-footed turnarounds and natural cow sense. “I’m not sure anything comes easy in the cow horse; it hasn’t for me anyway. I trust this horse. I know if I get my lead changes and read my cow, she’ll give me a chance to win. She is as honest as the day is long, and that confidence in her was the difference,” Hall said.

Open Bridle

above Da best tenino/matt KoCH

matt Koch piloted above Da best tenino to the north Central region open bridle Championship.

Riding Above Da Best Tenino (Lena My Way x Tenino Gator Gal x Teninolena Badger), a gelding he owns, Matt Koch, Douglas, Wyo., won the North Central Region Open Bridle Championship. Above Da Best Tenino has done double duty in the show pen for Koch and his wife, Brianna, who won the North Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship on the gelding in 2013. Matt is the resident trainer at NRCHA

Limited Open Bridle

semi Dry CHina/KirK Hall

Kirk Hall, riding semi Dry China for owner mick anderson, won the north Central region limited open bridle Championship.

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions A particularly special moment in 2014 was winning the Bridle Spectacular at the Cathy Coleman Legacy Show. “Cathy was a friend – someone I really looked up to – and to have her name on my buckle means a lot to me.” Hall had many people to thank for their role in his horsemanship journey. “Levi Grimes, Monty Bruce and Matt Koch helped me improve my fence work this year to where I could be more consistent. There are a lot of people along the way who have helped me, Marilyn and Jamie Peters, Blue Allen, Frank Kenzy, and Clark O’Donnell to name a few. Mick Anderson deserves most of the credit. He has believed in me from the beginning, and kept me going down the road despite the years of hearing “Well, it was OK, but we had a little trouble in (fill in the blank). My wife, Shelly, was always there to pick me up if I had a bad run. It was great to share this success with her.”

is very athletic, has a great heart and loves showing. She’s a fun horse to ride,” Kaplan said. The clinical health psychologist thanked his trainers and particularly his wife “for her help and for cheering me on throughout the year. I want to congratulate her on winning a Regional Championship, as well!”

after a rough start as a 2-year-old, no Wright to smoke has developed into a champion, carrying owner/breeder glenn Kaplan to multiple nrCHa championships, including the 2014 north Central region non pro and intermediate non pro bridle titles.

Non Pro & Intermediate Non Pro Bridle

glenn Kaplan/no WrigHt to smoKe

Glenn Kaplan, Larkspur, Colo., and No Wright To Smoke (PT) (Doc N Smoke [PT] x Wright On Racket [PT] x Lenas Wright Stuff [PT]), a 2007 mare he raised with his wife, Sandy, captured the North Central Region Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championships. The solid Paint mare, known as “Izzy” around the barn, was a less-than-willing partner in the beginning. “She was unrideable as a 2-year-old because she was crazy,” Kaplan said. He placed the fractious mare in training with reiner Christian Rammerstorfer, and then progressed to the cow horse under the guidance of Kyle Trahern. “I then started showing her in the hackamore and the two rein class. We really started to click. I have been working with trainer Dave Dillman, who helped us win the 2013 Non Pro Two Rein National Championship. I just love this horse. She

Novice Non Pro Bridle

Kassi ryFF/CHiCo Flo

(Chic Please x Scarlet Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) at the 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity. “I had been planning on showing in Reno since I purchased ‘Howard’ in 2012. I wanted to make sure I was prepared. In January, I started traveling to Texas once a month to ride with Don Murphy. I knew I had a lot of work to do and not a lot of time. I had also planned on showing a filly in the futurity, but she was injured and was going to be too far behind. Showing Howard in the bridle was my only shot. I had been struggling with squeezing my cow on my second turn. I would get too close, and there was nowhere for him or the cow to turn. And that exact thing happened to me in Reno in the Non Pro Bridle class. I was heartbroken. I know Howard is an amazing horse, and I wanted to do him justice. When I went to talk to Don after I hung up on the fence, I wasn’t tough enough to hold back the tears. I told him I wished I had one more chance, and he told me to enter the Limited Open Bridle class. I did, and ended up winning it,” she said. Ryff and the gritty bay gelding have been a team for the past four years, and she has big plans for the future. “I want Howard to be a World Champion. I know he is good enough. So as long as he loves his job, we will keep showing, and hopefully reach that goal,” she said.

Open Hackamore

rubys radar/Zane davis

Chico Flo “gives everything he has, every time,” according to owner Kassi ryff, who guided him to the north Central region novice non pro bridle Championship.

Cow horse competition is full of ups and downs, as Kassi Ryff can testify. The 31-year-old Westcliffe, Colo., cowgirl experienced the ultimate heartbreak and the high with her bridle horse, Chico Flo

North Central Region Open Hackamore Champion Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger) entered Zane Davis’ training program as a long yearling under the ownership of his longtime customer John Semanik. When Semanik decided he wanted to sell the horse, Davis knew exactly who to call. Billie Filippini, who had been looking for a stallion prospect in a fancy roancolored package, bought Rubys Radar and kept him in Davis’ barn. Davis had

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions already been riding for Filippini’s son, John Filippini, for several years, training and showing his 2008 stallion Carico Blue Boon (Duals Blue Boon x Midnight Blue 001 x Colonel Blackwell). Under Davis’ guidance, Rubys Radar finished 5th at the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity, claimed the 2014 NRCHA Stakes Reserve Championship and then won the 2014 Hackamore Classic Open Championship.

Limited Open Hackamore

besTys avaTar/Jeb sTolTZFus

Jeb stoltzfus and betsys avatar were the north Central region limited open Hackamore Champions.

The 2014 nrCHa Hackamore Classic Championship team of rubys radar and Zane Davis also won the north Central region in the open Hackamore.

Interestingly enough, Davis, one of the NRCHA’s leading professionals, was not impressed with Rubys Radar at the beginning of his hackamore training. “I usually start putting them in the hackamore in November or December of their 3-year-old year after they’re done showing, and he was terrible. He’s a really soft horse, but he was a terrible hackamore horse. I rode him for two or three months and never got anywhere with him,” Davis said, adding that once the horse arrived at the show in Pueblo, it all came together. “He’s always been a show horse. Usually you have the opposite problem; they’re good at home and terrible to show. He’s been good to show and not as good at home,” Davis said.

Jeb Stoltzfus, riding Betsys Avatar (WR This Cats Smart x Betsy Boonsmal x Peptoboonsmal) for owner Diane Clare, captured the North Central Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship. Stoltzfus is an assistant trainer to Alamosa, Colo., professional Blue Allen. It was the second year for Stoltzfus, 24, to show “Betsy.” In 2013, they were the NRCHA Hackamore Classic Level 1 Limited Open Champions, and continued building on that success in 2014. Stoltzfus, who also team ropes, appreciated the opportunity to show Betsys Avatar. “I thank God for blessing me with a career that is challenging as well as rewarding. “I thank Blue Allen for being a great mentor, teaching me everything I know, and for giving me a chance and letting me show good horses. I thank Diane Clare for letting me ride her horse and for sending me to all the shows. In the future, I want to continue to learn and to do the best I can,” he said.

Non Pro Hackamore

KirK Druey/oaKs in monTana Kirk Druey and Oaks In Montana (Mister Montana Nic x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart)

added another championship to their impressive resume when they garnered the North Central Region Non Pro Hackamore title.

Kirk Druey and oaks in montana were the north Central region non pro Hackamore Champions.

Druey, Adamstown, Md., purchased the 2009 gelding in the summer of his 3-yearold year from NRCHA $2 Million Rider Todd Crawford, and just two months later, won the 2012 NRCHA Futurity Novice Non Pro Championship. As a hackamore horse, Oaks In Montana continued to shine for Druey, winning prestigious Non Pro Hackamore championships at NRCHA Premier Events, including the Stakes and Derby. They also were the 2013 NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore World Champions.

Open Two Rein

CuTTalena sugar/aaron ralsTon Riding Cuttalena Sugar (Smart Paul Olena x Cutta Peppy x Peppy Solano Glo), a 2008 mare that embodies everything he is passionate about in the equine industry, Silt, Colo., professional Aaron Ralston earned the Open Two Rein Regional Championship for owners Philip and Jennifer Sadler. “Chrissy,” a mare nicknamed after her breeder, Christine Bukowski, “has a great stop and a very natural step in her turns. Both qualities only needed development and were not created. I have never had to ask her to try harder. If anything, I am

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and give them the same opportunity as their mother.”

Non Pro Two Rein

sandy Kaplan/insTanT player

instant prayer used her “huge motor and powerful brakes” to carry owner/rider sandy Kaplan to the non pro Two rein Championship in the north Central region.

aaron ralston says that “reined cow horse continues to be my greatest equine dream.” He won the north Central region open Two rein Championship with Cuttalena sugar, a mare with close ties to his family and friends.

“Her incredible consistency over the entire year will be my favorite memory of the show season,” Ralston said. He has also successfully shown the mare in reining, cutting and ranch pleasure. He thanked the numerous people who have supported him and his training program along the way. “I have to say that success in the long term is far greater than just the horse and rider. My wife, Meg, and my extended cow horse family have done more for me than I can express. ‘Chrissy’ represents my passion: raising a horse by my stallion, out of a mare I trained and showed, owned by great friends, bred by a great friend, and soon to shown by those great friends. Sharing the journey with like-minded people is way more rewarding than anything I have ever won. I can’t wait to ride Chrissy’s babies

When she wasn’t cheering her husband, Glenn, on in the show pen as he worked his way to a pair of Non Pro Bridle Regional Championships, Sandy Kaplan was busy winning her own regional title in the Non Pro Two Rein. She was riding Instant Prayer (PT) (HB Instant Choice [PT] x Bonnies Prayer [PT] x Freckle Face Smoke [PT]) a “tiny but mighty” horse she started showing in 2011. “Every ride on this mare is memorable. She is so much fun to show I can’t help ‘whooping’ every turn she makes! She has an amazing ability to read cattle, but is best known and admired for her huge heart and try, in such a little body – she’s not even 14 hands. She has no fear, even though most of the cattle are much larger than her,” Kaplan said. Kaplan started showing reined cow horses about 15 years ago under the guidance of the late Wyoming professional Cathy Errington-Coleman. Between her work duties as a professor of psychology and college associate dean at the University of Colorado, and the addition of a 3-year-old reined cow horse to her show string, Kaplan’s biggest challenge

last season was a shortage of time. She still enjoys showing “Lexi” in the bridle spectaculars and is excited about her mare’s dual careers in the show pen and breeding barn. “I bought Lexi for her breeding and because she is homozygous for the tobiano gene, so she is busy making us painted babies via embryo transfer. We will compete in the non pro bridle and bridle spectacular classes as much as my work schedule will allow,” Kaplan said. She appreciated the support of the Colorado cow horse trainers, naming Matt Koch, Darren Miller, Jim Cook and Dave Dillman as particularly helpful.

Non Pro Limited & $5,000 Non Pro Limited

alison branTley/FleTCH me iF you Can In their first full season of showing together, Alison Brantley and Fletch Me If You Can (Royal Fletch x Sug Sug Could x Docs Sug) claimed the North Central Region Non Pro Limited and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championships. “The biggest challenge that I have is getting over my nerves going into the pen. Once I get in, I’m fine… it’s the emotional build up before. I’ve learned to do the mental shutdown and tune out everyone else’s scores. What came easily for me is my trust with ‘Fletch.’ I have learned to relax in the arena and trust that the horse knows his job – stay out of his face and he will help you through the maneuvers. He is a very special and talented horse,” the Franktown, Colo., mother of five said. Brantley started showing cow horses five years ago. She rides with the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Jill Cook, who provided “limitless support and patience in getting me to the level of riding I have attained.” A versatile horsewoman with experience in endurance riding, jumping and

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions ranch sorting, she has big plans for the future in the reined cow horse arena. “This was the first year that I can honestly say I have owned the caliber of horse that allowed me to feel confident and show at the larger shows. In 2015, I hope to be more accomplished and in control of my nerves and emotion, and become more successful in the show ring. My goals are to show at the larger shows and place higher,” she said.

“The 2014 season was a great one for me,” said alison brantley, who won two north Central region Championships aboard her new horse, Fletch me if you Can.

Youth Bridle

lisa Jordan/smarT liTTle CoaCH

lisa Jordan and smart little Coach have an unbreakable bond that helped them win the north Central region youth bridle Championship in Jordan’s final season of youth eligibility.

Lisa Jordan, Parker, Colo., closed the book on a successful youth career when she won the North Central Region Youth Bridle Championship on her steady performer Smart Little Coach (Little Dors Lena x Misty Lee Oakie x Kim’s Okie Leo).

Jordan, 19, said that her 1997 gelding, known as “Toad” around the barn, proves that great horses do not come with an expiration date. “Toad is 18 and has taken many trips in to the show pen. To be his age and still be a completely solid show horse is truly unique. I attribute his success to his personality and how much he loves his job. Since I have had Toad, there has not been one time where I did not feel like he wanted to be doing his job. He is the coolest fence horse. For being as small as he is, he has tons of motor. He always makes it look so easy, I spend my whole run just waiting to get to go down the fence!” Attending school at Texas A & M University while her horse was at home in Colorado left Jordan little time to ride last fall, but her final run as a Youth competitor is one she will never forget. “I had been at school riding lots of other horses when I came back to Colorado in October. My wonderful mother had been keeping Toad legged up while I was gone, but I was nervous neither him nor I were going to be on our top game. To my surprise, our run felt like we had been training everyday. It was an amazing feeling to know that our connection as a team had not gone away. We still trusted each other in the pen as much as we always had, even after being away from each other for almost three months.” Jordan thanked her parents for the sacrifices they made to allow her to show, and also appreciated her friend, LannieJo Lisac, a fellow competitor who “has made my final youth show season unforgettable. She is only 12 years old, but has taught me as much about showing as many adults.”

Youth Limited

lannie-Jo lisaC/soulanova North Central Region Youth Limited Champion Lannie-Jo Lisac earned her title riding Soulanova (Soula Jule Star

x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak), a 2006 gelding she had little time to get to know before hitting the show pen. “I have only owned ‘Bucket’ since May of 2014, so our biggest challenge has been learning each other. I had to get used to riding him and Bucket had never had a youth rider on him before me so he had to get used to me being on him,” the Pueblo, Colo., fifth grader said. Bucket earned his nickname for sleeping with his head in the feed bucket as a foal, but now, he always has his head in the game. “Bucket is a winner because he always gives me 100 percent. It doesn’t matter if we are in the practice arena or the show arena, he is always the same horse. I always know what to expect from him. His special talent is his ability to read and work a cow. Bucket has taught me a lot.” Lisac has been showing cow horses for two years. The former Western pleasure and trail competitor got started when she got to know North Central Region Youth Bridle Champion Lisa Jordan, who rode at the same barn. “The cow horse looked fun, and I wanted to try it. I am so glad I did, because it turned into something I love,” she said. With one successful season under her belt with her new horse, Lisac looks forward to conquering new challenges, including making the finals at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and the AQHA Youth World Show. She knows she is lucky to have plenty of support as she strives toward those goals. “I would like to thank my parents and grandparents. If it wasn’t for them I would not have Bucket and get to do something I love,” Lisac said. “I would also like to thank Lisa Jordan and her mom, Laura. They have taught me so much and always support me. Thank you to Keith Vogel and his wife, Lauren. I have learned a lot from him and have so

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions much fun riding at his barn. Thank you to all the trainers that do clinics and help the youth. I always learn something new from them.”

lannie-Jo lisac and her new horse, soulanova, were the north Central region youth limited Champions.

Championship, scoring a 228 in a fence work thriller to claim the title. They were also the World’s Richest Stock Horse Champions and finished in the top five at the World’s Greatest Horseman in 2014. “I know that horse so well, because I started him myself and I went through the whole process and showed him all this time,” Ralls said. “I know everything about him and I have so much confidence in him. He’s been a blessing, all the way around.” Ralls appreciated Larson, as well as many of his fellow trainers for their herd help, support and input, and thanked the entire team that keeps his Rocking One Ranch running smoothly.

The Southwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was IX Smart Starlight (Dox White Rabbit x Amys Pic x Fairlea Dandy Pic), a 2006 gelding shown by Matt Hoekenga for owner Liz Younger. Hoekenga, Fallon, Nev., started riding “Rex” in 2010. He has taken him up through the levels of reined cow horse training. In 2011, Hoekenga and IX Smart Starlight won the Level 1 Limited Open Championship at the NRCHA Hackamore Classic and NRCHA Derby. In 2014, they were the Limited Open Bridle Reserve Champions at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Rex has also logged many miles of outside riding and hours of ranch chores.

Non Pro Bridle

soutHwest region

HeatHer livingston/soula Jule girl

Open Bridle

Dom Dualuise/pHillip ralls The Southwest Region Open Bridle Champion was Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena), shown by Phillip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., for owner Chris Larson, Park City, Utah. Ralls has guided Dom Dualuise’s training and showing career from the very beginning. “I bought him as a yearling at the [NCHA Futurity Sales] in Fort Worth with Chris Larson. He was the first futurity horse I had for him. He’s made the finals just about everywhere he’s gone, and gotten a check everywhere he’s gone and he’s put me in a position, a lot of times, to either win, or win a really good check. He’s amazing. He’s amazingly cow-smart, and makes me feel like I can really step it up and challenge it every time,” Ralls said. One of Dom Dualuise’s biggest wins as a bridle-age horse came at the 2014 NRCHA Derby, when he won the Holy Cow Performance Horses CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular

the southwest region open bridle Champion was Dom Dualuise, shown by phillip ralls for owner Christian larson.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

soula Jule girl “loves the show pen and always gives 100 percent,” said owner/rider Heather livingston. the pair won the non pro bridle Championship.

iX smart starligHt/matt Hoekenga

matt Hoekenga took iX smart starlight to the top of the class in the southwest region limited open bridle division for owner liz younger.

Talent, grit and heart – those are just a few of the many words of praise Heather Livingston, Atascadero, Calif., has for her 2006 mare Soula Jule Girl (Soula Jule Star x Okies Hickory Girl x Doc’s Hickory). The pair captured the 2014 Southwest Region Non Pro Bridle Championship together. Soula Jule Girl was raised by Livingston’s friend, Gay Ver Steeg. “I helped name her as a newborn foal, not knowing I would buy her two years later,” Livingston said.

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions Livingston, 51, earned a number of NRCHA Premier Event and affiliate accolades with Soula Jule Girl, including the 2011 NRCHA Derby Amateur Championship and 2011 NRCHA Stakes Amateur Reserve Championship. They were the 2013 Southwest Region Non Pro Two Rein Champions. Livingston thanked her trainers and “my wonderful husband, Rory Livingston. Without him, none of it would be possible. We are a team.”

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle

staCy DuesterHaus/little Cielo

“Monica Caetano has been so helpful and patient with me, especially on the young horses. Mallory Holland is the best helper wherever we go and my amazing husband is also so supportive and always has my back. He even drove the whole way back from Texas, straight through. Since everyone loves Charlie so much, it is kind of like we all won this one,” she said. Charlie, a 2002 stallion, is also a sire, which gives Duesterhaus plenty to look forward to in the future; she looks forward to “at least another year of showing Charlie, and also some of his babies.”

Novice Non Pro Bridle

amanDa somerville/ill be skeets

little Cielo and stacy Duesterhaus were the intermediate non pro bridle Champions in the southwest region.

Stacy Duesterhaus and Little Cielo (Gallo Del Cielo x Quiet Little Chic x Smart Chic Olena) won the Southwest Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship in a season highlighted by claiming the Run To Reno fence work title at the 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity. Duesterhaus, Lemoore, Calif., first teamed up with “Charlie” in 2012. “Charlie gives 110 percent every time. He’s a super stopper and loves the cow work,” the 34-year-old competitor said. It was a challenge for Duesterhaus to get enough time in the saddle last year due to a demanding work schedule, but she leaned on her trainers and her husband, Brendan, for support.

amanda somerville’s new horse, ill be skeets, helped her win the novice non pro bridle Championship in the southwest region.

In their first season of showing together, Amanda Somerville, Cave Creek, Ariz., and her new horse Ill Be Skeets (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart), proved they were a winning team when they claimed the Southwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship. The 2006 gelding, known as “Tweeter,” came with a bit of a learning curve for Somerville. “He has a very different style from my previous horse and I really had to work hard to learn how to get out of his way and let him do his job. He is a show

horse. He likes to be shown and the harder you show him the better he is. He is a big stopping horse and is strong and physical on a cow. He has enough speed to handle a fast cow and he is very physically strong. He likes his job,” she said. Somerville was introduced to the sport when she took her barrel horse to a clinic with NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Les Vogt, and became hooked on cow horses right away. “After my first fence turn I was hooked. I lived on the Western slope of Colorado then and no one really did cow horse, so I quit my job and packed up my living quarters trailer, loaded up my horses and moved to Arizona.” As far as coaching and support, Somerville is backed by some of the best in the cow horse industry. Leading the list is her boyfriend, Jimmie Paul. “I rode with Corey Cushing, Benny Guitron and Don Murphy. And I live with Jimmie Paul, so it’s sort of always a group effort between Jim Paul Sr., Jimmie and Randy Paul. “It takes a village!” she said. “I also want to thank Steve and Laurie Vaughn for making it possible for me to own this great horse. None of this would be possible without their generosity and friendship.” In 2015, Somerville and Tweeter have their sights set on great things, including the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. “World show, here we come! I also hope to hit all the NRCHA Premier Events and try him in some bridle spectaculars. I’m just happy to be participating in the NRCHA and I am excited about the direction our association is headed.”

Open Hackamore

HigH brow sHiner/Doug williamson NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame horseman Doug Williamson added another title to his incredible career

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions when he won the Southwest Region Open Hackamore Championship aboard High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow x High Brow Cat), a 2008 stallion owned by Belle Meade Ranch.

Limited Open Hackamore

Cruze moDe/ben balDus

Karen Stallings, Camp Verde, Ariz., rode Rowdy Truckin Chex (NMSU Truckin Chex x Bueno Rowdy Rosie x Rowdy Yankee) her 2009 gelding, to the Non Pro Hackamore Championship in the Southwest region.

Open Two Rein

WrigHt stylisH/Doug Williamson

ben baldus and Cruze mode cruised their way to the southwest region limited open Hackamore Championship. High brow shiner and Doug Williamson earned the southwest region open Hackamore title for the 2008 stallion’s owner/breeder, belle meade ranch, niwot, Colo.

Williamson, 72, has been riding “Samson” since the stallion was 2. His owner/breeders gave him that nickname because “when he was born, he was really strong – he stood up immediately, and he had a lot of curly mane, so hair plus strength equaled Samson,” Williamson said. The stallion’s most special physical talent is “his ability to make big fence turns,” a quality that proved useful at the AQHA World Championship show, where the golden palomino marked a 228 in the cow work to become the Reserve Champion Junior Cow Horse. Williamson said High Brow Shiner is easy to train, loves his job and is developing into a terrific rope horse and future World’s Greatest Horseman contender. He thanked his friend and fellow California professional Ron Emmons, saying, “He’s a great friend and we always challenge one another to be the bigger fence score. I’m always happy for him when he has a big run… but I’m coming after him!”

In the Limited Open Hackamore division, it was Cruze Mode (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Lassie Chick x Smart Chic Olena) and Ben Baldus at the top of the heap in the Southwest Region. Cruze Mode, a 2009 stallion, is owned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, Vernon, Texas. “Cruze Mode has been a really good horse for us. I’ve shown him in the reining, where he’s done well in the derbies,” Baldus said. A high point of their season in 2014 was winning the Limited Open Hackamore Championship at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Non Pro Hackamore

Karen stallings/roWDy truCKin CHex

rowdy truckin Chex and owner Karen stallings won the southwest region non pro Hackamore Championship.

under the guidance of Doug Williamson and richard Winters, Wright stylish, owned by Karren Constantino, won the southwest region open two rein Championship.

Wright Stylish (Lenas Wright On x Stylish Little Lady x Playin Stylish) was the Open Two Rein Champion in the Southwest Region. Professional horsemen Richard Winters and Doug Williamson both contributed to his earnings in 2014. The 2008 gelding is owned and shown in the non pro divisions by Karren Constantino, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She purchased “Otis” in March 2014. “He is a huge stopper. He is like an anchor in the rein work and on a cow,” Constantino said. “Showing Otis is easy. He is a natural talent, and does everything easily, quietly and willingly. He is so confident that he makes you feel confident.” Constantino, a realtor, has been showing cow horses since 2002 with her husband and fellow competitor, Nick Constantino. “We had a great introduction to cow horses with [Canadian trainer] Les Timmons that continued on for many

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions years. We school at home with Travis Rempel from time to time, and are fortunate enough to train with Doug Williamson a lot these days. Doug also shows Otis in the two rein and has been extremely successful. They are a great team. Doug found Otis for me and told me that if we got the chance to buy him, I should. He said, ‘He will make you smile everyday; he is special.’ And he was right! My future goals are to show when and where we can, and try to keep up with Otis. He is my bucket-list horse, and I am so grateful to own him and be able to show him,” Constantino said.

Non Pro Two Rein

mary Tamme/im braTman

“Our biggest challenge this year has definitely been the reining. I get nervous and that tends to make Bart nervous about it, too. I have just been trying to survive the reining, and luckily we have been improving in it throughout the year, thanks to Mike. Going down the fence has come easily for me. Bart and I have had some awesome fence runs. He swallows cows on his turns and has no problem pushing them around in the circles,” Tamme said. “Bart is fearless on cows. He will do whatever I ask in the show pen and give it all he has when it comes to working a nasty cow. He is very level-headed, which makes him easy to get along with. Outside of the show pen, Bart is very pleasant to be around and anyone could ride him. He honestly acts like a big dog and enjoys being pet on.” Tamme thanked the Bergs and her boyfriend, Trevor Marsh, for their coaching, preparation and cheering throughout the show season.

to a lot of high level shows and hopefully earn an equestrian scholarship.”

Kelsey lynch rode smart ronnie shine to the youth bridle Championship in the southwest region.

Youth Limited

Hanna selF/DanDys reD pepper

Youth Bridle

Kelsey lynCH/smarT ronnie sHine The non pro Two rein Champion was mary Tamme, riding im bratman.

Riding her “fearless” cow horse, Im Bratman (Im Chairman x Brata Tat Tat x Paid By Chic), Mary Tamme took home the Southwest Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship in a season highlighted by capturing her first NRCHA Premier Event title. “Winning the Non Pro Two Rein championship at the NRCHA Derby in June was definitely our most memorable show moment in 2014. It was my first time winning one of those beautiful NRCHA trophies,” Tamme said. The 23-year-old student at the University of California, San Diego started riding “Bart” three years ago, and trains with Mike and Kristi Berg.

Kelsey Lynch, Carlsbad, Calif., rode Smart Ronnie Shine (Shining Spark x Smart Nu Penny x Nu Cash) to the Youth Bridle Championship in the Southwest region. Smart Ronnie Shine is owned by Lynch’s grandfather, James Putnam, a member of the NRCHA Hall of Merit. It was Kelsey’s first year to show “Ronnie,” named for President Ronald Reagan, who passed away the day the 2004 gelding was foaled. “He has an amazing sliding stop and pins his ears at every possible moment,” Lynch said, naming her favorite show moment last year as “showing down the fence at Reno for the first time.” Lynch thanked her grandfather, her trainer, Glen Aspinall, and her mother, Tracy Lynch, for supporting her all season long. As the 15-year-old competitor’s youth career continues, she aspires to “go

southwest region youth limited Champion Hanna self and Dandys red pepper.

Riding Dandys Red Pepper (Smart Peppy Doc x Master Lady Bar x Master Remedy), Hanna Self, Exeter, Calif., won the Youth Limited Championship in the Southwest Region. “On his best days, he has amazing stops and almost perfect circles. He has a huge heart and absolutely loves his job,” Self said. The 12-year-old competitor started riding cow horses when she was 9, and said the most memorable moment of her 2014 season was becoming the Youth Limited Reserve Champion at the Snaffle Bit Futurity “and placing in the top 5 in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited out of 72 entries.” She was also thrilled to receive

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions personal congratulations from NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Ronnie Richards, and meet the wife of another Hall of Fame member, Bobby Ingersoll. Leading professional Jon Roeser helped her find and purchase “Dandy,” and Self believes a higher power had a hand in their partnership. “I truly believe God put this horse into my life for many reasons. One of them is without this horse, I would not have met the amazing influences I am surrounded and supported by.” She thanked the people who supported and encouraged her, including “my trainer, Monica Caetano, Jon Roeser, who is always willing to let me come ride with him, Ronnie Richards, Doug Williamson, and Mallory Holland. My family, who are my biggest fans and are there every step of the way. [I] love all of them, but especially my Uncle Joey, my mom, and my grandma and grandpa.”

Non Pro Limited

mattie neal/instantee

in their last year of showing together, mattie neal and instantee won the southwest region non pro limited Championship.

Mattie Neal, Fort Worth, Texas, has won numerous major NRCHA titles with her trusty 2005 gelding Instantee (Tejons Peppy Doc x Suddenly Shiney x Shining Spark), but the 24-year-old competitor has to laugh when she thinks back on how her cow horse career began.

“2014 was my third year showing cow horses. When I first started riding horses five years ago, I didn’t want to work cattle at all. It scared me. But my trainer, Jay McLaughlin, tricked me into working a cow one day at the ranch, and after that, I was hooked,” she said. Neal and Instantee have an impressive resume which includes a NRCHA World Championship and wins at almost every NRCHA Premier Event. “My partnership with ‘Tyson’ came really easily. We just fit together from day one. Of course, there are always things we have to work on, but he’s so forgiving and we just make a great team. He is the absolute best horse I could ever have hoped for. Even when I mess up, he’s right there to save me. If we practice and it goes badly, he still goes out and shows his butt off the next day. He loves to show and is always consistent. I pretty much always know what to expect with him when I walk in the pen,” Neal said. Finishing a master’s degree, working full time and living a two-hour drive from the barn made it difficult for her to ride much last year. She looks forward to competing in the fence work classes on her new horse, Very Smart Magic, in 2015, while Tyson enjoys retirement as part of her family. “I can’t thank my trainer, Jay McLaughlin, enough for everything he has taught me and all the support he has given me. He pushes me to be better and challenges me every time I step on a horse,” Neal said. “As he always says, ‘The price of a champion is high.’ Also, my parents and grandparents are my biggest fans and the best support team. I can’t think of a single show that they have missed. It means the world to me to have them all at my shows cheering me on, and I know I wouldn’t have gotten near as far without them. Whether I have a great run, or a not so great run, they are always proud of me and keep me going.”

$5,000 Non Pro Limited

JenniFer lauzon/master FriCkles

master Frickles carried Jennifer lauzon to the southwest region $5,000 non pro limited title in their first season of showing together.

In her first year of riding Master Frickles (Pep Bar Deck x My Nu Masterpiece x Nu Cash), a horse who has “a forever place in our family,” Jennifer Lauzon, Squaw Valley, Calif., won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship in the Southwest Region. Lauzon had shown mules for 28 years and finds the reined cow horse community equally friendly and welcoming. She enjoys sharing “Frickles” with her kids, aged 5 and 3, who insist on calling him “Sparkles.” “There is a children’s book I read to my daughter about a cowgirl who rides a grey horse named Sparkles,” Lauzon said. “They correct me if I call him Frickles!” She got into reined cow horses three years ago when she purchased a ranch versatility horse, which led her to a clinic with NRCHA professional Lance Johnston. “Showing in the NRCHA wasn’t ever a dream, because it was so far out of reach I never thought it would even be possible, and without my family it still wouldn’t be. My husband, Jon Lauzon, is my rock and my biggest fan. Or maybe my mom is, it’s a toss up. “I’ve always admired Tish Wilhite, she’s a talented horseman and showman.

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions I have always enjoyed watching her compete. My husband has been her farrier for about 10 years now. Three years ago, when I bought my first horse that could do cow horse events, she recommended that I attend a cow horse clinic with Lance Johnston, which I did and have been riding with Lance since then.” Her best show pen moment of 2014 was earning a paycheck in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited class at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. “It was my first trip to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno. To win a check was a huge achievement. I have so much respect for my fellow competitors and their horses. To place among them is exciting.” She looks forward to continued success with Master Frickles, including taking on the challenge of the fence work classes in the future.

soutHeast region Open Bridle

sHortys stop n time/Jay Holmes

“Shorty” were the regional Open Two Rein Champions. “Shorty is all heart. He will never give up. He does his best at whatever is asked of him. He is also a gentleman, and always acts like a pro. He seems to have his sire’s ability to stay with a cow and make it look easy,” Kathleen Armstead said. Both the Armsteads come from a strong horse background. Kathleen’s oldest brother and her barn manager, Mike Ross, was a leading AQHA trainer and judge in the 1970s and ‘80s, working with top horses of the time such as Blondys Dude, Hes A Dude and Hobby Holly. The Armsteads appreciated the Holmes family and Jay Holmes for helping Shorty continue to be successful. “We thank them for accepting Shorty into their training program and bringing out the best in our horse. The whole gang at Triple J have treated us like family.”

ms HiCKory niC/sandy JoHnson

Non Pro Bridle

JessiCaH torpey/brooKsiniCs sis

Riding Shortys Stop N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Girl x Shorty Lena), Jay Holmes, Sarasota, Fla., won the Southeast Region Open Bridle division for the 2007 gelding’s owners, Brian and Kathleen Armstead, of Spikenard Farms in Milton, W.V. In 2013, Holmes and

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle

amy lund/tHe big day

amy lund and the big day captured the southeast region intermediate non pro bridle Championship.

Limited Open Bridle

The Southeast Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Ms Hickory Nic (Royal Diamondnic x Miss Lena Hickory x Docs Lena Sugar), shown by Sandy Johnson for owner Paige Farr, Sarasota, Fla.

Jay Holmes guided shortys stop n time to the open bridle Championship for owners brian and Kathleen armstead.

“She is a big, sweet pet. She comes out of the stall in the mornings thinking how she can be good and do what I ask every day. She wants to be a winner,” Torpey said. Torpey operates Torpey Performance Horses in Princeton, Ky., with her husband, Jason, a professional reining trainer. She thanked Jason for “supporting my cow horse habit!”

With multiple World and National titles in NRCHA, National Reining Horse Association, AQHA and American Paint Horse Association competition, Jessicah Torpey is no stranger to the winners’ circle. She added another accolade to her resume when she won the Southeast Region Non Pro Bridle Championship for the second time aboard Brooksinics Sis (Brooksinics Badger x Chantilly Sis). Jessicah purchased “Brookie” in May 2012, and formed an immediate bond with the friendly mare.

Amy Lund, 46, LaCygne, Kan., captured the Southeast Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship for the second year in a row, but in 2014, she won the title on a different horse – her new gelding The Big Day (Smart Little Lena x Olena Day x Doc O’Lena). The mother and equine rehabilitation specialist is married to NRCHA Professional Brad Lund, who she credits with getting her started in the challenging sport of reined cow horse. “Nothing in cow horse is easy, and I definitely have to thank my husband, Brad. He has been so great teaching me this event,” she said. Lund has been riding “Red” for just a year, but they enjoyed immediate success together. They were the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champions at the NRCHA Derby, and then at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, they won the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Bridle

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performer Topsails Rien Maker (Topsail Cody x Jameen Gay x Toby Gay Bar), in the cow horse derbies in the future.

Non Pro Two Rein

sandra KasKey/dunitontopoFtHeWorld

Open Hackamore

Honey bees/brad lund Honey Bees (Peptoboonsmal x Savannah Hickory x Doc’s Hickory), shown by Brad Lund, LaCygne, Kansas, for owner Debbie Branch, was the Southeast Region Open Hackamore Champion.

Novice Non Pro Bridle

Kevin Hunt/ClassiC luCKy baCa The Southeast Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion was Kevin Hunt, who rode Classic Lucky Baca (Lucky Tanquery x Classic Baca Jack x Snippys Choice) to the title. The Thomson, Georgia, farrier “bought her and started her as a 2 year old. I’ve done all the training and showing on this mare. ‘Brandy’ is a little mare but has a big heart and a lot of try. She always gives me 100 percent,” he said. Hunt started showing reined cow horses in 2000. “I went with a friend to a Florida reined cow horse show and was excited to give it a try. I started showing in the green class and have worked my way up from there.” Hunt thanked his friend, Henry Wynn, for introducing him to the sport of reined cow horse. “I also would like to thank my wife, Summer, for picking this mare out for me. She’s my eyes when I’m riding and helps me with things I can’t quite put my finger on. We are a team, and my success with this horse would not be possible at all without her.” He plans to show Classic Lucky Baca at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, and looks forward to showing his limitedage event horse, a son of leading NRCHA

sandra Kaskey won the non pro two rein Championship on her gelding, dunitontopoftheworld.

brad lund guided Honey bees to the open Hackamore Championship for owner debbie branch.

Limited Open Hackamore

lean it big/Joey maCrae

The Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Lean It Big (Dun It Big x Me Tari x Lean With Me), shown by Joey MacRae, Williamston, South Carolina.

Non Pro Hackamore

FranK prisCoe, Jr./mr WHisKers one time Frank Priscoe, Jr., Smithtown, New York, guided his 2009 gelding, Mr Whiskers One Time (One Time Pepto x Cats Twisted Whiskers x High Brow Cat), to the Non Pro Hackamore Championship in the Southeast Region.

Open Two Rein

Conquista berry/Jason grimsHaW Conquista Berry (Conquistador Whiz x Berrys Enola Gay x Toby Gay Bar), shown by Jason Grimshaw for owner Lauren Boychuk, was the Southeast Region Open Two Rein Champion.

Sandra Kaskey’s 2008 gelding, Dunitontopoftheworld (Dun It Big x Photons Cowgirl x Photon), was a champion by association, long before he carried his owner to the Non Pro Two Rein title in the Southeast Region. “He was inside his mother when she won the World performance halter champion title. His sire is a three-time world champion, and he has always been a show horse. Good breeding leads to great horses,” the North Port, Florida, competitor said. Kaskey, 59, said her busy schedule as a registered nurse was her biggest challenge during the show season. “Time is always an issue. I find it hard to fit enough riding time in,” she said, but she knows she can rely on the talented horse she calls “Wilson,” her mother’s maiden name. She has been showing cow horses for a decade, and has been winning with Wilson for the past three years. “He is an awesome stopper,” Kaskey said, adding that she intends to keep showing the talented gelding in the reined cow horse with the ultimate goal

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions of winning a World Championship in the future. “As always, I owe a great deal of thanks to Jay and Rhonda Holmes, owners of Triple J Ranch. Jay is a great trainer and role model. I also would like to thank Robert Smith for his added coaching. Of course I thank my husband, Paul Kaskey, for all his love, support and advice. Paul and I are very blessed to have the same love for horses,” she said.

Youth Bridle

maCkenzie grimsHaw/smart bayou CHiC The Southeast Region Youth Bridle Champion was Mackenzie Grimshaw, who rode Smart Bayou Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Docs Missy Command x Fritz Command), owned by Deborah Rohrbach, to the title.

Youth Limited

HannaH HedgCoCk/Heza german Jewel For a second consecutive year, the Southeast Region Youth Limited Champion was Hannah Hedgcock, Bradenton, Fla., aboard Heza German Jewel (Heza German Melody x Reinspin x Jacspin). In 2013, she won the title on DP Smart Chexinic (Bueno Chexinic x A Poco Smart Chic x Smart Chic Olena). Hedgcock was already a successful reining competitor when she joined the NRCHA through the Free Ride first-time membership program in 2013. “I had a reiner and decided to register for the free NRCHA membership and see if my horse would like the working cow horse. So my trainer, Jay Holmes, started working him on cattle two months prior, and he showed great promise in the boxing,” she said. The 2014 season was her first year to show her new cow horse, Heza German Jewel. “From the first time I tried Jewel, I knew I loved him. He is sensitive to my position and is so incredibly responsive. Jewel

loves the show pen. He has so much heart and no matter what, is always ready to give his best. When a mistake happens, I know it is me. He is just listening and doing what I am asking him,” she said. The highlight of her 2014 season was winning the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Youth Limited Championship. Hedgcock, 19, is a freshman at Johnson University. “Balancing school and showing can be a challenge. I am fortunate that so many shows are in Sarasota, but I would have liked to have the time and resources to go out west and show,” she said. She credited three professional trainers for helping her win her championship. “First, Jay Holmes, who encouraged me to try the boxing and worked with me patiently. Then Corey Rogers for helping me. And Robert Smith for keeping me grounded and focused. I am in college, which will limit my time, but I intend to continue the boxing classes in the NRCHA and AQHA. I am hoping that my mother will start riding, too. She has wanted to compete in the boxing for quite a while, and Jewel and she will make a perfect pair in the beginner classes,” Hedgcock said.

soutH Central region Open Bridle Champion

zaCkly rigHt time/tom neel

National Reined Cow Horse professional Tom Neel rode Zackly Right Time (Peptotime x Zacks Nu Star x Zack T Wood) to the top of the Open Bridle division in the South Central Region. The 2006 gelding is owned by Margo McKinney, of Rancho del Oso, Energy, Texas. He’s nicknamed “Peyton,” after NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, due to McKinney’s fondness for giving her horses football player barn names. Neel, Millsap, Texas, started riding Peyton in 2009. They won the 2011 NRCHA Derby Novice Horse Championship, a South Central Region Open Hackamore Championship and were the AQHA Working Cow Horse Reserve World Champions. He’s also shown the gelding in AQHA Ranch Pleasure, reaching the top 5 at the World Show.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited

niCole morgan/babes little Cowgirl The $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship went to Nicole Morgan, Winter Springs, Florida, riding Babes Little Cowgirl (Babes Little Pep x Docs Real Love x Docs Shamrock).

Non Pro Limited

tHomas benbow/CHoCo latte lena Thomas Benbow, Okeechobee, Florida, won the Non Pro Limited Championship aboard Choco Latte Lena (Chocolate Chic Olena x Sweet Mesquite Smoke x Chex My Freckles), owned by 177 Performance Horses.

tom neel guided zackly right time to the open bridle Championship in the south Central region. zackly right time is owned by rancho del oso.

Zackly Right Time “has a big stop and loves to work cattle. He loves to control them,no matter how rough they get,” Neel said. “He’s a very consistent horse and gets a check almost every time I show him.” Neel started showing cow horses in the 1970s “just for the thrill of it!” He and his wife, Lorna, and daughter, Jennifer, both avid non pro NRCHA competitors, are

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions often seen in the winner’s circle mounted on homebred cow horses by their stallion Zezes Pepto Cat (Zeze Gun Smoke x Boons Cat x Peptoboonsmal). Neel thanked several of his fellow professionals for their advice during the past show season, specifically NRHA champion horsemen Casey Deary and Clint Haverty, and cow horse specialists Don Murphy and Chris Dawson.

Limited Open Bridle

smokin n boon ligHt/kristen JaCobson

the first penalty marker and got popped out of my tack when Bandit made his move by the cow. From there, we were way behind. I would’ve been better off to take the penalty than to have endured the madness that came after that mistake of mine. Live and learn, and Lord willing, we’ll get a chance to redeem ourselves this year!” She thanked her husband “for supporting me with my cow horse goals, for sharing the horse trailer, and whistling for me when I show even though he thinks it’s silly. I also have to thank my trainer, Zeb Corvin, of course, as Bandit and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what we have without his direction and encouragement.”

Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Bridle

alexa beaty/star Dustn Wrangler kristin Jacobson guided smokin n boon light to the limited open bridle Championship in the south Central region.

minded and eager to do it right. He has a lot of endurance and strives to keep me safe. Without him, I might not be the rider I am today.” Beaty, 18, Aubrey, Texas, has been riding with Steve and Carol Metcalf since 2010. She started as a reiner “but was talked into trying cow horse, and from the moment I tried it, I was hooked.” She names winning the 2013 NRCHA Youth Bridle World Championship as a highlight of the past show season, and looks forward to attending Oklahoma State University this fall. Beaty received a National Collegiate Athletic Association reining equestrian scholarship, and plans to pursue a degree in sociology. Beaty thanked “God for giving me the talent and ability. Steve, Carol, and Carter Metcalf for helping me achieve my full potential, my family who support me and my horse show family who are always encouraging.”

Open Hackamore

blinD siDeD/Jay mClaugHlin The South Central Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Smokin N Boon Light (Boonlight Dancer x Smoky San Olena x Mr San Olen), a 2004 gelding shown by Kristen Jacobson and owned by Jacobson and her husband, Trent. Jacobson, 33, is an account executive for the AQHA Journal. The Jacobsons purchased “Bandit” as a yearling. “Bandit and I embarked on our first cow horse adventure in 2009 at the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Sagebrush Slide and Cow Horse Classic. After that, we didn’t show in the cow horse again until 2011, but we’ve been hooked since,” she said. “The moment that stands out most in my mind from 2014 was in the finals at the Celebration of Champions last February. It was our first time to show at that event, we had a decent rein work, were set up for success down the fence and I glanced off the cow for a millisecond looking for

alexa beaty swept all three non pro bridle divisions in the south Central region aboard star Dustn Wrangler.

The brilliant team of Alexa Beaty and Star Dustn Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Pines Dusty Modle x Pines Dusty Dude) swept three divisions in the South Central Region, winning year-end championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Bridle. Beaty and “Cinch,” a 2007 gelding she has been showing for the past three years, “have a great connection. He is a quick learner, good listener, simple-

blind sided was the south Central region open Hackamore Champion under trainer Jay mclaughlin.

Riding Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) for ownerAaron Ranch, an NRCHACorporate and Breeder Sponsor, Jay McLaughlin captured the South Central Region Open Hackamore Championship.

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Dual CHip/austin JoHnson

austin Johnson rode Dual Chip to the south Central region limited open Hackamore Championship for his employer, bobby lewis, also the gelding’s owner.

The South Central Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Dual Chip (Dual Spark x Zans Leo Girl x Zans Diamond Sun), owned by champion professional trainer Bobby Lewis, Overbrook, Okla., and shown by Lewis’s assistant, Austin Johnson. Johnson says the talented 2009 gelding “has a big stop and is quick-footed. He’s trainable and never quits,” which are assets in the show pen. Their season highlight in 2014 was “marking a 150 down the fence at the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Rode to Reno show.” Johnson, 26, thanked “first and foremost, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, for paving my road to success. Also thanks to Bobby Lewis, Don and Nelle Murphy, and Terry and Robert Forst.” He plans to continue his horsemanship journey, with the ultimate goal of being “known as a great horseman in the reined cow horse, roping and cutting.”

Non Pro Hackamore

tara matsler/soula boon The South Central Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion was Tara Matsler, who rode a very special horse, Soula Boon (Soula Jule Star x Blues Nu Boon x Peptoboonsmal) to the title.“This is a second-generation horse that my family has bred and raised. My dad [Terry

Christiansen] won a reserve world championship on her granddam, and I showed her dam for the last few years. It’s very cool to win something like this on one you raised and have such a history with,” Matsler said, during an interview at the 2014 NRCHA Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colo., where she swept the Non Pro, Intermediate, Novice and Amateur Championships on “Jules,” a 2009 mare she owns with her husband, Cody. The petite filly was started late in her 2-year-old year by Yamhill, Ore., professional Jim Spence, who showed her at the 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity.

and the support of my husband and my dad, I have a great support team,” Matsler said.

Open Two Rein

smart CHiCo HigHbrow/waDe meaDor

wade meador piloted smart Chico Highbrow to the south Central region open two rein Championship for the gelding’s owners, bill and teddy perry.

the south Central region non pro Hackamore Champion was tara matsler, riding her homegrown mare, soula boon.

“I’ve always had my eye on her. I had been showing her dam and tried to talk my dad into trading out horses with me. I got her in February of 2013. I showed her [in 2013] in the hackamore. It took me a little while to start realizing I have a really nice fence horse and I need to trust her and show her like she’s a nice fence horse,” Matsler said. “She’s a cowy little horse, she’s fast and quick, and she takes care of me.” Matsler thanked her husband, her parents and the professionals who have helped her develop her horse and her horsemanship. “I do most of my own training and I live in the Texas panhandle, so I go and get help from Zeb Corvin. He’s helped me tremendously, and helped me figure out my horse. Between Spence and Zeb

The South Central Open Two Rein Champion was Smart Chico Highbrow (Smart Lil Highbrow x April Love 093 x Jody Fairfax), shown by Wade Meador, Marietta, Okla., and owned by Bill and Teddy Perry, Shelbyville, Mo. Meador started riding the 2008 gelding four years ago. “He is a very special fence horse. His fence turns and ability to go catch a cow are his best attributes. ‘Chico’ has a big heart and does not know the word ‘quit.’ My biggest challenge was trying to train him properly in the two rein to prepare for being a bridle horse. Chico is the first and only horse I have had the pleasure of going from start to finish through all of the stages in the Spanish Vaquero tradition,” he said. Meador started showing cow horses eight years ago when he started working as an assistant to NRCHA 2-MillionDollar Rider Todd Crawford. He plans to continue showing Chico, with their next stop in Fort Worth, Texas, at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

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Non Pro Two Rein

baru spiller/blue Texian

baru spiller and her homebred blue Texian were the south Central region non pro Two rein Champions.

Texi towers above the majority of his reined cow horse peers, but Spiller said it’s a reassuring feeling to have some mass and muscle under her saddle. “Texi is 16 hands and weighs 1,400-plus pounds. His Blue Valentine/Driftwood breeding is better known for roping and ‘big circle’ ranch horses that can go all day in the pasture. He’s not your typical cow horse stature, but I love riding a big horse. It’s a long way up there, but once you get there, you know you’re horseback.” Spiller thanked her network of friends and family, and looks forward to showing Texi at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth.

mount was CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark).

Non Pro Limited

maTTie neal/insTanTee Mattie Neal and Instantee (Tejons Peppy Doc x Suddenly Shiney x Shining Spark) won the South Central Region Non Pro Limited Championship. See their full story in the Southwest Region coverage, in the Non Pro Limited/$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion section.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited

rHonDa JoHannesson/Trona blue boon

Youth Bridle

alexa beaTy/sTar DusTn Wrangler Blue Texian (Zach Blue x A Genuine Drift x Drifts Chip) is the first horse that Baru Spiller, Wingate, Texas, has bred, trained and showed to a NRCHA Celebration of Champions qualification herself. Along the way, they also picked up the 2014 South Central Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship. Spiller, a silversmith and bookkeeper, said the big 2009 gelding she calls “Texi” had a later start than most show horses. “Going into his fourth year in 2013, he only had about 90-120 days of intermittent riding. When my more seasoned horse, Western Sequel, was out most of the year with an injury, my addiction to cow horse competition wouldn’t let me stay home. So I showed Texi in the Non Pro Hackamore. I rushed him, made mistakes, and he got pretty strong in the hackamore and even though he qualified for the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, I didn’t think I could get him shown, so we didn’t go. I hadn’t planned on showing him in 2014, but rather to slow down and patch some holes in his training… but here we are. He is pretty forgiving,” she said.

Alexa Beaty, Aubrey, Texas, won the South Central Region Youth Bridle Championship aboard Star Dustn Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Pines Dusty Modle x Pines Dusty Dude). Read more about Beaty and “Cinch” in the South Central Region Non Pro/ Intermediate Non Pro/Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion story.

Youth Limited

CuTTer mClaugHlin/CD Dee Vee Dee

Cutter mclaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee were the south Central region youth limited Champions.

For the third consecutive year, Cutter McLaughlin, Gainesville, Texas, won the South Central Region Youth Limited Championship. In 2014, his champion

rhonda Johannesson’s goal is to “get better, ride smarter, practice for some bridle spectaculars and keep in mind i do this for fun!” she won the south Central $5,000 non pro limited Championship on Trona blue boon.

In her second full season of showing reined cow horses, Rhonda Johannesson, Gordon, Texas, won the South Central Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship on her mare, Trona Blue Boon (Duals Blue Boon x Dry Trona Muscat x Little Trona). “2014 was my second year to show ‘Miss Boon.’ She was a reiner when we purchased her in late 2011. She went into training with Tom Neel to learn the cow work, and then he had to teach me. She is a talented mare with an awesome disposition. She has patiently participated in my cow horse learning. She’s helped build my confidence, and nine times out of ten, will help me in the show pen,” Johannesson said.

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///////// NRCHA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS She started her horsemanship journey in the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) shows, which led her to reined cow horse under Neel’s guidance. Johannesson appreciated Neel and his wife, Lorna, “for all the training, teaching and patience and Lorna for finding Miss Boon. I’m also thankful for all the everyday things I’ve learned, from caring for my horses to show preparation and getting it right in the show ring. I’m very fortunate they live only 35 minutes away!” she said.

CANADIAN REGION Open Bridle

MAXIMUM ECHO/JOHN SWALES Leading cow horse professional John Swales, Millarville, Alberta, Canada, claimed the Canadian Region Open Bridle Championship aboard Maximum Echo (Playboys Remedy x Dry Sans Echo x Dry San), a 2004 stallion owned by Flo Houlton, Caroline, Alberta.

Maximum Echo, owned by Flo Houlton, won the Canadian Region Open Bridle Championship with trainer John Swales in the saddle.

The talented sorrel known as “Max” was purchased by Houlton as a 4-yearold, after coming from Texas to California with trainer Neil Collison, who had started him. Houlton placed Maximum Echo in Swales’ program in 2008, and since they first started showing together in 2009, steadily accumulated championships and top placings in the hackamore, bridle and all-around competition. One

career highlight included a top-5 finish in the 2010 World’s Greatest Horseman prelims. Unfortunately, “Max” injured his foot in the practice pen before the finals and could not compete. “Max is very trainable with a quiet and kind demeanor. This mindset allows him to be corrected and put to new tasks without challenge. He also respects and likes John. I think leaving him with John throughout the year makes them a stronger team,” Houlton said. “He is a very low-maintenance horse. Just feed him, ride him and pet him!” Max is Houlton’s first reined cow horse; before him, she kept a few broodmares and raised foals for ranch work and pleasure riding. Now, Houlton enjoys the reined cow horse prospects sired by Max. “Max has a few foals in training now. We are all excited about their future, and I wish the best to their owners. I also have

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a nice filly at John’s ready for training. New blood and new dreams,” she said. Max will continue his breeding and performance career, and Houlton says it’s possible he will make another World’s Greatest Horseman appearance in the future. “My utmost thanks, appreciation and admiration all go to John and Deanne Swales for the care, training and love they put into Max. Also to their boys, who catch Max once in awhile to give him a pet. Distance does not allow me to visit frequently but Deanne keeps me in the loop. I also would like to thank Suzon Schaal for veterinary services as needed. She’s a wonderful asset to the team,” Houlton said.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

SIGNED PRESCRIPTION/TRAVIS REMPEL

The Canadian Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly

x Ima Doc O Lena), shown by Travis Rempel for owner Deborah Anderson, Langley, British Columbia.

Non Pro Bridle

TERRI HOLOWATH/PICKACHICLET

owned “Chiclet” since he was 3, and they have enjoyed many successful years and NRCHA titles including the 2012 NRCHA Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Reserve World Championship and the 2013 NRCHA Canadian Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle

CARLENE SCHMIDT/RED HOT HORTON

Terri Holowath and Pickachiclet earned the Canadian Region Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Terri Holowath, Cayley, Alberta, collected the Canadian Region Non Pro Bridle Championship aboard her stalwart 1999 gelding Pickachiclet (Fantaschic x Stratos Pick x Stratos Chief). The self-described “over 40 and fabulous” horsewoman has

He was bred to be a barrel racer, but Red Hot Horton (Hortons Rebel Jet x Tigger Tivio) showed so much ability as a cow horse that his owner/breeder, Carlene Schmidt, made a career change with the 8-year-old gelding. “We switched gears and he’s never run the barrels… yet. At first, he was petrified of cows, but now has the confidence to push on them and make it happen,” Schmidt said. She piloted “Reggie” to the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship, earning 42 points and $1,133.

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///////// nrCHa regional CHampions “He is a true show horse – one of those horses that likes to show, and stays honest. He has wheels and a lot of heart. He’s my ‘old faithful,’” Schmidt said. Some of their career highlights include the 2012 Canadian Supreme Reserve Championship and the 2012 Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship. Schmidt thanked her family, Lionel Jackson, Billie Jo Belt, Shawna Sapergia, Jesse Thomson and John Swales for their help and support during the season.

Olena) won the regional Open Two Rein Championship with John Swales aboard. Smart Black Royale is owned by Keri Hudson Reykdal.

Novice Non Pro Bridle

The Youth Limited Champion was Sonya DiStefano, riding Lenas High Heat (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Doll x Ima Doc Olena).

international region

Non Pro Limited & $5,000 Non Pro Limited

Markus Schopfer, a reined cow horse professional based in Italy, claimed two International Region Championships in 2014. He won the Open Bridle Championship aboard Peptos Lil Bingo (Peptoboonsmal x Conchita Gay Bingo x Bingo Hickory), a 2002 stallion owned by Braam Quarter Horses, based in the Netherlands, and then claimed the Open Hackamore title aboard a Peptos Lil Bingo offspring, Smart Peptos (Peptos Lil Bingo x Daisy Smart Hickory x Bea Smart Hunter), a 2010 mare he owns.

in only her second season of showing, Jamea maclean minue piloted lil Fantaschic to a pair of regional championships in the non pro limited and $5,000 non pro limited.

Non Pro Bridle

lorne bodell/mates irisH HiCkory The Canadian Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion was Lorne Bodell, riding Mates Irish Hickory.

Open Hackamore

Hr niC CHiC/Clint swales

Non Pro Two Rein

mark parsons/Festinas dual lena The Non Pro Two Rein Champion was Mark Parsons, Nanton, Alberta, riding Festinas Dual Lena (LNC Smart Lil Dually x Festina Lente x Colonel Amable).

Youth Limited

sonya disteFano/lenas HigH Heat

Jamea maClean minue/lil FantasCHiC

HR Nic Chic (Nic It In The Bud x Sugar San Olena x Smart Chic Olena), owned by Hawkview Charolais, earned the Canadian Region Open Hackamore Championship with professional horseman Clint Swales in the saddle.

Limited Open Hackamore

me and lena/kent williamson

Kent Williamson guided Me And Lena (Smart Mate x Lena On My Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) to the Limited Open Hackamore Championship. Me And Lena is owned by Dancing Horses Ranch.

Non Pro Hackamore

suzon sCHaal/CHiCs ruFFled up The Non Pro Hackamore Regional Champion was Suzon Schaal, riding Chics Ruffled Up (Smart Chic Olena x Fluff Your Feathers x Gallo Del Cielo).

Open Two Rein

smart blaCk royale/JoHn swales Smart Black Royale (Smart Lil Player x Smart Peppy Royale x Smart Chic

Canadian Region Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion Jamea MacLean Minue rode Lil Fantaschic (Fantaschic x Christys Lil Peppy x Genuine Peppy) to the title, her first – and second – regional championships. Minue has been riding “Kenny” for two years. “Kenny is a very unique horse. He is a teacher, a savvy competitor, with a non stop work ethic,” she said.

Minue started showing cow horses in 2013, and her career highlight to date was taking Kenny to the Celebration of Champions in February 2014. “It was the first time I have shown at that level, and my first time being in Fort Worth, Texas. It was awesome!” she said. She thanked John Swales, Vance Kaglea, Darlene Gartner and Allen Palenchuk, along with her husband, her family, “and the whole crew at the Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association for all their help, guidance and support.”

Open Bridle

peptos lil bingo/markus sCHopFer

Open Hackamore

smart peptos/markus sCHopFer

katHarina goetz/signed by CHex Katharina Goetz and Signed By Chex (My Chex Wont Bounce x High Fashion Lace x High Sign Nugget) were the International Non Pro Bridle Champions. Signed By Chex is owned by Dr. Achim Goetz.

Open Two Rein Daniele Francescato rode Snappy Bar Solano (Snapper Cal Bar x Solanos Peppy Doc x Solanos Peppy San) to the Open Two Rein Championship for owner Alberto Dovana.

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///////// nrCHa Merit awards

A Job well done the nrCHa Merit award program recognizes outstanding equine performers. to achieve the highest supreme Merit award, a horse may have earnings under different riders in open and non pro competition, with the exception of the limited (boxing) divisions. pictured: supreme reined Cow Horse ima Chic please (Chic please x smokums Chex Mint x smokum oak), with owner Meryl reber. ima Chic please also had open earnings under nrCHa Hall of Fame horsewoman sandy Collier during his 3-year-old year in 2006, which counted toward his supreme award.

n

ot every horse will win a National Reined Cow Horse Association Premier Event Championship in its career, or even garner top placings at every show. The NRCHA Merit Award Program is designed to reward the cumulative performances of horses that win paychecks in reined cow horse competitions by looking at the big pictures of their total careers. While a horse can certainly qualify for a Merit Award by capturing one big prize, a slower-but-steady performer is able to claim the same distinction by bringing home smaller checks show after show and run after run – an accomplishment that deserves more than just passing recognition.

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

certified 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 will be available to a large number of horses that demonstrate proficiency in cow horse competition. Earnings from Category 2 or Category 3 Events will not be counted toward this award. horse/owner Annies Free Whiskey / Rodney & Susan Melchert Blue Texian / Baru Forell Spiller Briscoe Cat / Sagniere Quarter Horse Partners Compaq Player / Kara Jo Webster Double 07/191 Performance Horses Gonnabeaninstantstar / Julie-Anne L. O’Rear Im Smart Medicine / R. Ty Skiver Nics Tricky Chic / Andrea Koehn Rossmeier

Pourmeasassidrypepto / Barbara S. Brunton This Cats A Dually / Leslee Singer

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 Category 2 Events will not be counted toward this award. horse/owner Callme Mister Mister / Paul & Amy Bailey Darling Boon / Gary Stark

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///////// nrCHa Merit awards Diamond J Wil Smokum/Michael & Debra Brautovich Gangsta Gal / Frank V. Prisco Itchi Mint / owned by Jens G. Nagelstad JJ Dual Cat / 191 Performance Horses Lenas Chex Doc / Tamara Casey Little Red Coupe / Rocking BS Ranch Magic Ebony Chex / Gayle Sprute Meradas Blu Starlite / Karen Matlo Mr Lena CD / Jay & Ranae Meyers Nics Get Smart / Mary McIntyre Lee Ollies Diamond Dude / Lyle Proctor One Fine Vintage / Robertson Ranches Oneson Of A Triscuit / Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC Roany Red / Kim Dalton Shiners Little Oak / San Juan Ranch Shining Through Time / Julie K. Masner Signed Prescription / Deborah Anderson Smart Marina / Jim Baird Spark A Sunrise / Sagniere Quarter Horse Partners Tru Grrit / Beverly Vaughn Very Smart Playmate / Yellow Creek Ranch

smart Little whizard / 2001 mare (Whizard Jac x Smart Blonde Chic x Smart Chic Olena) LTE: $40,073, Mark P. Matson Maximum echo / 2004 stallion (Playboys Remedy x Dry Sans Echo x Dry San) LTE: $31,188, Flo Houlton pecas Jones / 2004 gelding (Pecas Olena x Dox Gay Bar x Dry Doc) LTE: $28,053, Sheila R. Combs Lone star Chicolena / 1995 gelding (Smart Chic Olena x Gay Freckles Rio x Colonel Freckles) LTE: $26,650, Stewart Ranch, Inc.

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with the limitations previously stated, the remaining balance must be won in the bridle division. 3. Money earned in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited, Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited classes will not count towards the Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award. 4. To fulfill the hackamore requirement, earnings must come from NRCHA Horse 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. Money earned in the two rein will count as bridle earnings for the merit award program. 5. Foals of 2000 and before 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. Merit Award applications are available on the NRCHA web site: http://nrcha. com/nrcha-merit-awards-program/.

thecrowdlovesme, owned by yellow Creek ranch and shown by shawn Hays, is the second highest money-earner in the latest group to receive the elite supreme reined Cow Horse award.

The Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award is reserved for the unique individual that has shown and won in all divisions and garnered substantial earnings. A horse must meet the following criteria: 1. 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 go toward either LAE money or Hackamore money, so long as it is counted only once. Up to $20,000 of any monies won at these two types of events can be applied to the total earnings required. 2. The horse must win a total of $25,000. After considering the totals earned from Limited Age Events and the hackamore,

horse/age/sex/pedigree/LTe/owner Tangys Classy Boots / 2003 mare (Tangys Classy Peppy x Gala Oak x Doc’s Oak) LTE: $75,139, Dolores Lizer Thecrowdlovesme / 2008 stallion (Smart Chic Olena x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) LTE: $64,641, Yellow Creek Ranch nic The wrangler / 2007 gelding (Starlights Wrangler x Nic N Chic x Reminic) LTE: $50,311, Jim W. Spence My peppy Jeep / 2000 gelding (Genuine Jeep x Myrenes Badgerette x Peppy San Badger) LTE: $46,572, Stacy Purzycki pepinic Chex / 2000 mare (Smart Little Pepinic x Freckles Corrina x Freckles Chex) LTE: $45,049, Scott & Darnell Trueblood Tr Miss graygun / 2004 mare (Playgun x JK Carlita Bruce x Doc Bruce) LTE: $41,815, Birgit Self

Callme Mister Mister, owned and shown by amy bailey in the non pro, was also shown by nrCHa professional Chris dawson in open competition as he earned money toward his superior reined Cow Horse award. stephanie duquette photo.

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the nrCha Celebration of Champions returns to will rogers memorial Center in Fort worth.

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will rogers memorial Center, built in 1936, is home to three major national Cutting horse association events, the american paint horse association world Championship show and the popular Fort worth stock show and rodeo. the 85-acre complex is also a sports and entertainment venue, attracting more than two million visitors annually.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, one of the NRCHA’s five Premier Events, is actually several shows-within-a-show. The event crowns NRCHA World Champions, National Champions, Aaron Ranch Derby Champions and the Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman, simultaneously wrapping up the 2014 show season and kicking off the 2015 season. Cow horse competitors from all corners of the U.S. and Canada will travel to an exciting world-class facility, Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Celebration of Champions, beginning Feb. 13 and continuing through Feb. 21, 2015.

the bronze sculpture “riding into the sunset,” depicts the facility’s namesake, american humorist and writer will rogers, astride his horse, soapsuds.

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The 2014 aaron ranch Derby open title went to short and smart (smart little lena x miss shorty paloma x shorty lena), shown by nrcha million Dollar rider Doug Williamson, bakersfield, california, for the rocking J ranch.

aaron ranch Derby Celebration of Champions week begins with the Aaron Ranch Derby, one of the first opportunities for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses to dive headlong into a new limited-age event season. For the futurity horses of 2014, it is a testing ground to see how they will respond to the demands of competition as 4-year-olds. For foals of 2010, it is the final year they can be shown two-handed in a snaffle and hackamore before advancing to the two-rein and bridle stage of cow horse training. There are cow-work-only finals in the Aaron Ranch Celebration of Champions Derby. The winners will be determined by a single go-round of herd/rein/cow work, and then the finals cow score will be added to the composite on three events.

WorlD championship classes The 2014 World Champions in 14 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. All the horse

parke Greeson made a clean sweep of the celebration of champions Derby non-pro, intermediate non-pro, novice non-pro, and amateur in 2014, winning all four divisions aboard checkn out The ladys (im countin checks x no lady Wood x Zack T Wood).

and rider combinations in the World Championship classes received an invitation to show in Fort Worth based on their points and placings earned during the 2014 season.

The World Championship classes begin with a preliminary round, with those scores determining who will advance to the clean-slate finals later in the week. The first World Championship prelimi-

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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.

• Will rogers memorial center is a paid parking facility. Vehicle parking is $5 per day. Trailer parking is $3 per day. 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 for the nrcha year-end banquet on Friday, Feb. 20 and the World’s Greatest horseman Finals on saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets for both events will be available at the show office during the celebration of champions. banquet ticket sales close at 2:00 p.m. (csT) monday, Feb. 16. World’s Greatest horseman Finals tickets are $20 each. • The entire show will be broadcast liVe and Free via webcast by nrcha official Videographer equine promotion. you can find the link to the live stream at www.nrcha.com.

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one of the largest nrCha world Championship classes in 2013 was the $5,000 non pro limited. addison Fjelstad won the title aboard mini mes mercedes (mini me merada x spooks hickory x olenas Command).

naries are on Sunday, Feb. 15, in the the Non Pro Limited, Limited Open Bridle and Non Pro Two Rein classes.

national Championships Finalized Points earned in the World Championship classes count toward the year-long race for NRCHA National Championships in 14 horse show classes. National Champions are determined by the total points accumulated during the entire 2014 show season. For some competitors, the trip to Fort Worth will make or break their bid for an NRCHA National title. The Celebration of Champions is the only NRCHA-approved event where a 6-year-old horse may be shown in the hackamore. Foals of 2009 that showed as 5-year-old hackamore horses in 2014 are permitted to wrap up that show year with a run at World and National hackamore titles in Fort Worth in 2015, even though the calendar says they are no longer eligible.

one Fine vintage (one time pepto x shiners siena x shining spark) won the open hackamore world Championship for owner robertson ranches. he was shown by nrCha professional ron emmmons, ione, California.

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lenty of opportunities for fun await outside the arena, including shopping at the huge vendor trade show and attending the nrCha year-end awards banquet or visiting a reception honoring the world’s Greatest horseman finalists. Monday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: world’s Greatest horseman reception at the national Cowgirl hall of Fame, sponsored by Classic equine. everyone is invited to celebrate with world’s Greatest horseman contestants as they receive their commemorative back numbers and gifts from nrCha Corporate partner Classic equine. Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.: nrCha year-end awards banquet. Join the fun and enjoy a catered dinner at Cooper’s bbQ 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 will rogers memorial Center. saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.: world’s Greatest horseman Finals. tickets ($20) are required for admission.

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one of the nrCha’s most popular events, the world’s Greatest horseman, provides the ultimate all-around challenge.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman, a daunting four-event competition including herd work, rein work, steer-stopping and fence work, draws the biggest crowd at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions each year. It is a contest like no other, driving spectators wild and putting butterflies in the bellies of even the most seasoned riders. “Every time they call your name, every time a new event starts, you get a knot in your stomach,” said NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Boyd Rice, who won his first World’s Greatest Horseman Championship in 2014 aboard Oh Cay N Short. He was Reserve in 2013 and has been a finalist multiple times. The all-around contest celebrates the tradition of the original California vaquero by highlighting the final stage of training, the bridle. The event is a showcase for older, more experienced horses – the kind every cowboy wants to ride: one that can cut a cow, spin and slide, run down the fence and work the end of a rope. The World’s Greatest Horseman Championship has become one of the most sought-after in the Western performance industry, and the elite caliber of competition only adds to its prestige. “ I love this event because it’s so demanding of a horse. I love the cow part of it

the defending world’s Greatest horseman, boyd rice, perryton, texas, won the coveted title for the first time in 2014 aboard oh Cay n short (oh Cay Quixote x bit of shorty x shorty lena), a gelding he owns. rice and “Coyote” were reserve at the 2013 world’s Greatest horseman.

and, of course, the reining. It’s one of the most time-consuming events you could do, because they have to be so good in so many events. It takes a very special horse,” said 2014 World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve

Champion Bobby Lewis, Overbrook, Oklahoma. Contestants may enter only one horse, and they are required to use the same bridle throughout all four events. Entries

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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 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 2000 World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 871 points • Riding Paid By Chic, owned by Jim Dunn & Jim Babcock 2000 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ken Wold • 864 points • Riding Colonel Doc Bar Chex, owned by Atwood Quarter Horses Note: Change in point totals from 2001 - 2005 reflects change to 3-judge system. 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 • 593 points • Riding Cowgirls Are Smart, owned by Jim Babcock & George Heckman 2003 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Todd Bergen • 589 points • Riding Nic It In The Bud, owned by Arcese Enterprises and Eric Storey 2004 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Ralls • 582.5 points • Riding A Chic In Time, owned by Sharon Babcock’s Broken B Ranch 2004 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 578 points • Riding Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott & Darnell Trueblood 2005 World’s Greatest Horseman - Jon Roeser • 584 points • Riding Very Smart Remedy, owned by Anne Reynolds 2005 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 580.5 points • Riding Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott and Darnell Trueblood 2006 World’s Greatest Horseman - Andy Adams • 871.5 points • Riding Just Plain Cat, owned by Robert J. Smith III 2006 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Robbie Boyce • 864 points • Riding PG Dry Fire, owned by John Haynes 2007 World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 870.5 points • Riding Light N Fine, owned by Alan and Kay Needle 2007 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Shawn Hays • 870 points • Riding Shine Smartly, owned by Tammy Jo Hays and Walter Greeman 2008 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 867 points • Riding Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Kevin Cantrelle and Russell Dilday 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 2009 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 883.5 points • Riding Chics Magic Potion, owned by Kenneth Banks 2010 World’s Greatest Horseman - Randy Paul • 875.5 points • Riding Smokeelan, owned by Jill Smiekel-George 2010 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Doug Williamson • 873.5 points • Riding Hes Wright On, owned by Gardiner Quarter Horses 2011 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 874.5 points • Riding Topsails Rien Maker, owned by Kevin Cantrelle and Russell Dilday 2011 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Emmons • 874 points • Riding Olena Oak, owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott 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

compete in the preliminary round, with the top 10, including ties, advancing to the clean-slate finals. For its first three years, the World’s Greatest Horseman competition was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The event went on hiatus in 2002 and 2003, and then was revived in 2004 in Amarillo, Texas. From 2005 through 2013, the World’s Greatest Horseman found a home in San Angelo, Texas. It moved to Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2014 and will be there again in 2015.

KALPOWAR QUARTER HORSES: WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN PRESENTING SPONSOR For the second consecutive year, the NRCHA is proud to welcome Kalpowar Quarter Horses as the presenting sponsor of the World’s Greatest Horseman competition. Owned by the Ellen and Larry Bell family of Midland, Texas, Kalpowar Quarter Horses has had a lengthy relationship with the NRCHA as a sponsor and supporter, and was the original NRCHA World Show title sponsor during the event’s early days in Stephenville, Texas. Ellen and Larry are both from families whose involvement in the agriculture industry dates back to the late 1800s. The Bells own and operate the Parks Bell Ranch in Midland/Ector County, Texas, as well as the Comanche Springs Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. Their American Quarter Horse breeding program produces top-quality mounts for the arena and the ranch by crossing the best foundation bloodlines with today’s top performance bloodlines. The Bell family’s relationship with the NRCHA is bound closely to the memory of Larry and Ellen’s daughter, Amy Bell, who was Kalpowar’s ranch manager prior to passing away unexpectedly on May 16, 2014. Her bright light shone on many people in the performance horse industry, and Amy remains constantly present in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

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Class Open Bridle Champion

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Limited Open Bridle Champion Reserve Champion

Non Pro Bridle Champion

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Int. Non Pro Bridle Champion Reserve Champion

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion Reserve Champion

award Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Carol Rose, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $300 Farnam Gift Certificate, Notebook from Classic Equine

Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by the Neal Family, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by 6666 Ranch/Moncriefs, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine, Farnam Prize Packet

Class Open Hackamore Champion

Reserve Champion

Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by 6666 Ranch/Moncriefs, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Branding Resources, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine, Farnam Prize Packet

Limited Open Hackamore Champion Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots Reserve Champion Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine Non Pro Hackamore Champion Reserve Champion

Open Two Rein Champion Reserve Champion

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Non Pro Two Rein Champion Reserve Champion

$5K Non Pro Limited Champion Reserve Champion

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate, Cow Trac System Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine, Farnam Prize Packet

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Custom Framing Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

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Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Beaty Family, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $2000 NRCHA Youth Scholarship from the NRCHA Foundation, $50 Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate

Reserve Champion

World’s Greatest Horseman awards: High Score Herd Work High Score Reined Work High Score Steer Stopping High Score Fence Work Champion

Saddle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses, Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses, CR Morrison Trophy sponsored by Equine Promotion, $100 Gift Card from Santa Cruz Animal Health, Farnam Prize Packet, Custom Ostrich Boots from Rios of Mercedes, Monogrammed Saddle Pad from Classic Equine

Reserve Champion

Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses, $100 Gift Card from Santa Cruz Animal Health, Farnam Prize Packet, Monogrammed Saddle Pad from Classic Equine

3rd Place

$100 Gift Card from Santa Cruz Animal Health

Top Ten

Monogrammed Fleece from Classic Equine

All Contestants

Legacy Splint Boots from Classic Equine, Custom Jacket by Carroll Leather

Riders

NRCHA Commemorative Number sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses NRCHA Commemorative Number sponsored by Primo Morales Photography

Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine, $1000 NRCHA Youth Scholarship from the NRCHA Foundation

Youth Limited Champion

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, $1,250 NRCHA Youth Scholarship from NRCHA Foundation

Reserve Champion

Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from

Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses Gist Buckle sponsored by Kalpowar Quarter Horses

Classic Equine, $750 NRCHA Youth Scholarship from NRCHA Foundation Non Pro Limited Champion

Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots

Reserve Champion

Gist Custom Buckle, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Notebook from Classic Equine

* all 3rd place finishers will receive an ESP Saddle Pad from Classic Equine * all 1st - 10th place finishers will receive a commemorative World Finals Jacket

Owners

Riders Reception sponsored by Classic Equine and Kit and Charlie Moncrief

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Western art, like the classic mural adorning the national Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, abounds in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth’s carte blanche attitude, its love of panthers, and cowboys and businessmen who pair cowboy hats with business suits put a unique twist on culture in Cowtown.

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he story goes like this… It was 1873, and Fort Worth, Texas, like the rest of the United States, was in the grip of economic depression. Nothing was happening. Nothing. The Dallas Herald had printed a letter stating business traffic in the streets of Fort Worth was so sparse that a panther had been spotted sleeping on Main Street. Rather than refute the story, the then-fledgling Western

town embraced it. Today, aside from the 8-foot-long bronze panther that rests on the corner of Main and Weatherford Streets in homage to the legend, Fort Worth is home to nearly 800,000 people and has become a metropolis of culinary and cultural note. This is the second year the NRCHA’s Celebration of Champions returns to the historical Will Rogers Memorial Center in the heart of Cowtown.

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Another vantage point for viewing beautiful homes is in Monticello, the area bordered by White Settlement Road, Bailey Avenue and West 7th Street. Alternatively, take a look at some of Fort Worth’s older homes by visiting Ryan Place, home to the founders of Ranch Style Beans, which is within the bounds of West Berry, Cleburne Road and West Jessamine Street and the railway tracks. Trinity Trails: www.trinitytrails.org

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If your horses have the morning off, jumpstart your day by striding out on Fort Worth’s best known walking and biking paths, the Trinity Trails. Named for the river they mostly follow, many of the trails are also open to horseback riders. Join the trail at North Taylor Street off West Belknap (metered parking) or park for free at 395 Purcey Street and view the 13-foot bronze likeness to Fort Worth’s founding father, Major Ripley Allen Arnold. The monument of Arnold, which was unveiled last year on June 6, the anniversary of the birth date of the city, now stands below the bluff where dragoons under his command established the camp known as Fort Worth 165 years ago. The bronze is touted as historically accurate, right down to the major’s coat buttons. On another horse-free morning, limber up as you walk through some of Fort Worth’s premier neighborhoods. The undulating streets of Westover Hills will give your legs a workout and will take you past the last home of internationallyfamed pianist Van Cliburn (23 Westover Road). Sold in April 2014, the home is valued at $8.3 million by the Tarrant County Tax Appraisal District. If you need some audible encouragement to get moving and you’re close to Will Rogers Coliseum, lose your headphones and listen for the roars of lions as you roam the streets near the Fort Worth Zoo (1989 Colonial Parkway). Head a mile southwest and you’ll be among the houses that neighbor the Colonial Country Club, home to the longest-running event on the Professional Golfers’ Association tour, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Alternatively, find a place to park on the Texas Christian University campus and take a two-mile, round trip stroll from the streets lined with purple and white horned frog flags over to the Colonial.

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Try a kincaid’s cheeseburger.

breakFaST SpoTS Following your morning walk, fuel up for the day with some authentic Mexican fare at the Daybreak Cafe and Grill (2720 White Settlement Road). Open for breakfast and lunch, this Westside staple is absent from the tourist guides, but it’s a sure-fire favorite with the locals.

Shopping opporTuniTieS If you’re in search of a Valentine’s Day gift or Fort Worth souvenior, shop locally by heading to P.S. The Letter (5136 Camp Bowie Boulevard) and then on to Lawrences (4601 West Freeway, Suite 224).

dine in French style at Saint emilion.

As you head down Camp Bowie, remember, you’ll need to hit the brakes to navigate the Texas Thunder Brick portion of the road that runs between University Drive and I-30. While the bricks date back to the 1920s when the road was paved as part of the intercontinental highway system to provide a smooth driving surface for automobiles, in recent years, they’ve been blamed for ruining the suspension in many a daily commuter’s car. For something truly unique, jump on I-30 and head downtown to Artspace 111 (111 Hampton Street), where you’ll find ever-changing exhibits by local and national artists. While downtown, be sure to check out the John F. Kennedy tribute. President Kennedy spent his last night in Fort Worth and stayed at the Hotel Texas, now known as the Fort Worth Hilton. On the morning of his assassination, JFK dined with locals, then addressed a raindrenched public outside of the hotel’s doors. The 2,000-square-foot tribute and 8-foot bronze of JFK is adjacent to the hotel (815 Main Street). A smartphoneaccessible audio tour of the site is available at www.jfktribute.com. Don’t leave

the area without stepping inside the hotel’s lobby, where you’ll find an 82x63inch barbed wire sculpture of a mare and her foal. Lawrences: www.lawrencesgift.com P.S. The Letter: www.pstheletter.com Artspace 111: www.artspace111.com JFK Tribute: www.jfktribute.com

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FamouS FeedS As you head toward Will Rogers Memorial Center, be sure to cross the West 7th Street Bridge. Technologically, the pre-cast, concrete network, tied-arch bridge is the first of its kind in the world. Another first occurred less than two months after the bridge was opened in October 2013, when professional BMX stuntman Matt Olson rode his bike over the arches. While attempting similar stunts is “discouraged” by the Fort Worth City Council, a 10-foot wide pedestrian path will allow you to cross the 980-foot long bridge on foot. If you want to eat before you get to the show, stop at Michaels Cuisine (3413 West 7th Street) for a Southwestern-style lunch, which could include signature soups off the menu, like the classic ranch tortilla soup with fresh, homemade bread, or the Original Mac’s Salad with Texas Gulf Coast shrimp. A ranch classic plate will satisfy a larger appetite, and patrons can choose beef, chicken, salmon or pork as their protein.

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Another restaurant close to the Will Rogers is Terra Mediterranean Grill (2973 Crockett Street), which specializes in Lebanese food. If you enjoy mutton, the lamb medallions come highly recommended. Terra hosts a daily lunch buffet, but with lines regularly trailing out the door, those wanting something quicker can order from the to-go menu. For a traditional hamburger, don’t pass up Kincaid’s (4901 Camp Bowie Boulevard), a Fort Worth institution. Originally a grocery store and meat market, Kincaid’s began cooking their 100

Watch a movie the old-fashioned way at the coyote Drive-in.

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percent Angus, grass-fed hamburgers in 1964 and continue to serve up their inhouse ground, hormone- and antibioticfree meat patties today. You can upgrade the 1/2 lb. cheeseburger with Cowtownstyle fixings of grilled onions and jalapenos for 39 cents. The Lunch Box (6333 Camp Bowie) is another Fort Worth icon that visitors to the city put on their regular eats list once they’ve found it. You might drive by it the first time, but you’ll be glad you turned around to find this local hot spot. While only available on Thursdays and Sundays, people drive for miles to eat the freshly prepared chicken fried steak and pie at Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ (1700 N Las Vegas Trail). Situated on a small farm, the eatery has an Austin-like ambience and gets two thumbs up from locals. Michaels Cuisine: www.michaelscuisine.com Kincaids: www.kincaidshamburgers.com Terra Mediterranean Grill: www.terramedgrill.com The Lunch Box: www.eatthelunchbox.com Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ: (817) 367-2200

See Something Special george Stubbs’ “lord grosvenor’s arabian Stallion with a groom,” c. 1765, oil on canvas at the Kimbell art museum.

When an hour or two separates the runs of friends you really want to watch, take

advantage of Fort Worth’s nationallyacclaimed cultural district, located across the street from Will Rogers Memorial Complex. A visit to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (1600 Gendy Street) is always entertaining. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Nobel Planetarium, which has the first Zeiss-manufactured hybrid planetarium system in the southwestern United States and lets you view more than 7,000 stars. Located on the same floor as the Cattle Raiser’s Museum, patrons can also see a Sputnik satellite model used by the Soviet Union in the 1950s, a replica of NASA’s original Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), a 100-pound iron meteorite named the Blue Mound, live feeds from the Hubble Telescope and up-to-the-minute views of the sun. Another oft-missed wonder in the science museum is the 4D Energy Blast Theatre, located in the XTO Energy Gallery. The six-minute video uses 3D animation, moving chairs and atmospheric changes to help you travel 300 million years back in time to experience the creation of the Barnett Shale. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (1720 Gendy Street) offers an artistic look at influential women of the West, including many ladies instrumenReined Cow HoRse news | January/February 2015

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The Fort Worth Herd lets you see a live cattle drive down the bustling streets of Cowtown.

tal in rodeo and barrel racing, past and present. View the Movie In Glass, which features hand-blown glass tiles that create a mural that changes as you move around it. See historic cowgirl fashions and get a taste of life on the rodeo road. Make your own 10-second Western movie by mounting up on a mechanical bucking horse and then download your film for free. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: www.fwmuseum.org National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: www.cowgirl.net

dine in the intimate and romantic setting offered by Saint Emilion (3617 West 7th Street). Voted the best French restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the restaurant is quaint and small, with classic cuisine. Patrons can choose from the Menu Classique – a three course dinner – or order an à la carte dish off the Menu du Chef. Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar and Grill: www.yucatantacostand.com Saint Emilion: www.saint-emilionrestaurant.com

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If you have an open evening away from the arena, take advantage of Fort Worth’s nightlife. Start the evening off by visiting The Usual (1408 W Magnolia Ave), where the bartenders claim they can make all 750 drinks from the Savoy Cocktail Book. If one of those drinks doesn’t strike your fancy, they’ll customize a concoction to suit your tastes. You can grab a bite to eat while you’re there or head over to the Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge (1311

If you’re fighting an internal battle between hunger and the possibility of missing a superstar horse compete, you can always order dinner online from the Yucatan Taco Stand (909 West Magnolia). The dine-in and take-away menus feature a full range of salads, nachos, tacos, burritos, bowls, sandwiches and desserts, most of which cost around $10. To really make a night of it, trade Western attire for more formal duds and

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Lipscomb Street). Choose your own level of ambience from the romantic round tables in the music hall to the 50s lounge, or get outdoors on the patio or rooftop while trying one of their 91 on tap craft beers. For critically-acclaimed performing arts, spend the evening in one of the 2,056 seats at Bass Performance Hall (525 Commerce Street). Known for its excellent acoustics, the theater takes up a full city block and is home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (“Romeo and Juliet,” Feb. 13-15), Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, Performing Arts Fort Worth (Austin Lounge Lizards at McDavid Studio, Feb. 13 and “Once,” Feb. 18-22) the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn Concerts (Denis Matsuev, Piano, Feb. 10). If the programming at Bass Hall isn’t quite your thing, it’s worth going inside just to take a look at the 80-foot Great Dome, the European-style architecture and the 48-foot tall angels that adorn its exterior. Have a good belly laugh while you’re in town at Hyenas Comedy Club (425 Commerce Street), where stand-up comics perform every weekend. If the intellect of improv gets your sides splitting, visit Four Day Weekend (312 Houston Street). The Usual: www.theusualbar.com Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge: www.theliveoak.com Bass Performance Hall: www.basshall.com Four Day Weekend: www.fourdayweekend.com Hyenas Comedy Club: www.hyenascomedynightclub.com

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Staples for Fort Worth fare include Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, which is known for its farmto-plate philosophy and excellent game meats; Lonesome Dove, owned by celebrity chef Tim Love; modern American food at Grace; and hickory wood-grilled steaks from H3 Ranch. Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine: www.bonnellstexas.com Lonesome Dove Western Bistro: www.lonesomedovebistro.com Grace: www.gracefortworth.com H3 Ranch: www.h3ranch.com

Coyote Drive-In

The only time it’s OK to spill your popcorn, drinks and burgers in the car is when you’re at the drive-in movies. The Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th Street) on Panther Island is the perfect place to watch a newly-released flick and enjoy the view of downtown Fort Worth. The Coyote Drive-In screens offer double features every night of the week and has an onsite cantina. Note that diesel engines are not allowed to run during the movies, so remember to pack some blankets so you can snuggle up. Adults and children 11 and over: $8; children 4-10 $6; kids 3 and under are free. www.coyotedrive-in.com

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Travel & Leisure Magazine has called it one of the most beautiful museums in the world, but its beauty isn’t just on the outside. The Modern (3200 Darnell Street) is home to more than 3,000 post-World War II pieces and hosts lectures, live theater and film. www.themodern.org

Kimbell Art Museum

With an outstanding permanent exhibition, be sure to visit the Kimbell Art Museum (3333 Camp Bowie) to see paintings such as “Lord Grosvenor’s Arabian Stallion with a Groom” by famed 18th century artist George Stubbs, who produced the book “The Anatomy of the Horse” in 1766, which became the model study of animal anatomy. www.kimbellart.org

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Winning Tripadvisor’s 2014 Award of Excellence, the Amon Carter (3501 Camp Bowie) boasts photographs, paintings, works on paper and sculptures by American artists, including an extensive collection of works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, who are known as the artists of the American West. www.cartermuseum.org

Fort Worth Herd

One of the biggest tourist attractions in the state of Texas, the Fort Worth Herd takes people back to the years following the Civil War when herds of Texas Longhorns were driven from the Lone Star State up to the railheads in Kansas. Clad in authentic Western clothing and gear, cowhands drive a herd of 15 Texas Longhorns down the main street of the Stockyards, Exchange Avenue, at 11:30 a.m. and at 4 p.m. each day. www.fortworth.com/the-herd/

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The Subscribed Stallion program is farreaching, as offspring of those stallions are also given priority at the prestigious NRCHA Sales at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno each year. It’s a program that adds value to the entire industry and creates a support system for the reined cow horse breeder by strengthening the market for the offspring of enrolled stallions. The NRCHA helps promote Subscribed Stallions and their offspring on its website, in the pages of Reined Cow Horse News and in NRCHA Futurity Sale literature. As an example of the rewards awaiting offspring of Subscribed Stallions, 2013 NRCHA Stakes Open Champion Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), won $32,072 for owner/ trainer Chris Dawson. In 2014, This One Time (One Time Pepto x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight) banked $29,107 for owner Pamela Bailey when NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen pilot-

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ack in the mid 1980s, the National Reined Cow Horse Association Board of Directors went in search of a promotional program for reined cow horse stallions that consistently sired NRCHA performing offspring. Other performance horse associations had incentive programs, and the NRCHA wanted to develop a unique identity for reined cow horse stallions and their foals. That idea developed into the successful NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program, a far-reaching incentive that offers rewards from the sale ring to the show pen. It’s a simple concept. Stallion owners subscribe their sire annually in order to make the offspring of that specific foaling year eligible to show in the NRCHA Stakes. This enrollment fee can be paid at any time up through the foal crop’s 5-year-old year, although the subscription fee increases annually as the foal crop ages. Each year a stallion is enrolled, the foals from that year’s crop are eligible to show as a 4- and 5-year-olds in the NRCHA Stakes, one of the premier limited-age events for reined cow horses. Annually, the Stakes boasts a payout of nearly $300,000. Only the offspring of enrolled stallions are eligible to compete. To show appreciation to the generous stallion owners, the NRCHA also presents a monetary award to the nominator of the sire of each Stakes division champion.

top: 2013 nrcHa Stakes champion travelin Jonez, owned and shown by chris dawson, burneyville, okla. left: this one time, shown by todd bergen and owned by Pamela bailey, won the 2014 Stakes open. bottom: tammy Jo Hays and two Kitties won back-to-back Stakes non Pro championships in 2013 and 2014.

ed him to the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship. Tammy Jo Hays, the 2013 Stakes Non Pro Champion, pocketed $6,474 when she rode her mare, Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar x Doc O’Lena) to the title; and then Hays and “Whiskers” repeated their winning Stakes performance in 2014, earning $7,114. The complete Subscribed Stallion program terms and conditions, plus an enrollment form, are available in every edition of Reined Cow Horse News, and can also be found at www.NRCHA.com. Don’t miss out on your chance to add value to your stallion and his offspring!

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blind Sided, the 2013 nrCha Snaffle bit Futurity open reserve Champion, is a member of aaron ranch’s noteworthy stallion roster.

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aron Ranch aspires to embody the past, present and the future of the performance and versatility horse industry by preserving proven bloodlines and producing the next generation of true equine athletes and superstars. Located in Northeast Texas, Aaron Ranches ranches span across Hunt County and, combined, boast nearly 15,000 acres. These working ranches are home to equine training and breeding programs, a substantial cattle operation and grazing lands, numerous wildlife species and even a plentiful pecan orchard. The primary equine facility, located in Commerce, Texas, houses more than 300 horses and includes a massive indoor training facility, overseen by professional horse trainer and multiple world champion Jay McLaughlin, and a brand new, state-ofthe-art breeding and reproduction center with its own in-house veterinarian.

Aaron Ranch’s stallion roster is exceptional. In 2014, Aaron Ranch acquired legendary $22 million sire Peptoboonsmal (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar). “Pepto” joins outstanding stallion and two-time World Champion A Shiner Named Sioux (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena), who has lifetime earnings of $163,468. Aaron Ranch also is proud to own Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion, whose lifetime earnings exceed $100,000. Rounding out the stallion roster at Aaron Ranch are: Jasons Peptolena (Peptoboonsmal x Amys Little Date x Smart Little Lena), who has lifetime earnings of $86,843; 100 percent roan producer Funny B Blue Muchaman (Leo Hancock Hayes x Mucha Blue Hancock x Rowdy Blue Man); and the

top: aaron ranch acquired the legendary sire peptoboonsmal in 2014. bottom: aaron ranch held a gala event welcoming peptoboonsmal to his new home at their primary equine facility in Commerce, texas.

highest percentage blue roan stallion in service, Stone Blue Valentine (Babes Blue Valentine x Blue Valentine Girl x Rowdy Blue Man). In addition to these impressive stallions, Aaron Ranch is home to numerous outstanding broodmares, performers and prospects. Aaron Ranch is a proud supporter of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Like the NRCHA, Aaron Ranch is passionate about preserving the heritage and traditions of real working cow horses, while showcasing their innate athleticism. Aaron Ranch hopes to become the name you consider when you look for your next cow horse.

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THRougH YouR Lens SHare your Favorite CoW HorSe MoMentS Funny or serious, peaceful or fierce, show us how life with cow horses looks through your lens! Email your best shots to stephanie@NRCHA.com. Images must be at least 1 MB in size; jpeg format is preferred.

trixie and Swagger don’t get too excited about the action at the Southwest reined Cow Horse association shows. as nrCHa Professional abby Mixon’s dogs, they’ve seen it all before. no stalls for these performance horse prospects in the winter! nrCHa member brianna Koch captured this great shot of her husband, professional cow horse trainer Matt Koch, bringing in the yearlings at nrCHa breeder Sponsor Wagonhound Land and Livestock in Douglas, Wyoming, in December.

it was a cold day at redtail ranch in Star, idaho, home of reined cow horse stallion Judge boon (Peptoboonsmal x Missuma x Smart Little Lena). the ranch is owned by Loren Macey and James baker, who submitted the photo.

ramona also submitted a photo of a high school rodeo contestant getting ready to compete at a november event in red bluff, Calif.

youth riders learn about the national High School rodeo reined Cow Horse event from leading nrCHa Hall of Fame professionals Ken Wold and Smoky Pritchett during a clinic in red bluff, Calif. thanks for the great shot, ramona Wold!

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Platinum Performance is the Official Nutritional Supplement of the NRCHA! Platinum Performance, Inc. is the manufacturer of Platinum Performance Equine Wellness and Performance Formula, a comprehensive supplement rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, bioavailable trace minerals, amino acids and joint protective anti-inflammatory nutrients. This formula is designed to support the immune system, joints, bones, muscles, and provide sustained energy and enhanced performance. It is excellent for performance horses of all ages, broodmares, stallions and foals. Platinum Performance nutritional supplements were originally developed to decrease rehabilitation time after orthopedic surgeries, to speed bone growth and tissue healing, and reduce swelling complications. For more information, visit Platinum Performance at our web site at www. PlatinumPerformance.com.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the makers of Surpass, remind you that advanced technology isn’t just for smart phones. Ask your veterinarian how SURPASS WISDOM™ technology can work in your joint health management program. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s Hyvisc®, is veterinarians’ number one preferred hyaluronic acid. Speak with your veterinarian about how HYVISC can fit into your joint health management program.

As the official equine insurance company for the NRCHA, Markel has provided uninterrupted coverage for horses and horserelated risks for over four decades. Sharing your passion for horses and committed to the horse industry, Markel is an experienced company whose associates are horse people first and insurance people second. Their insurance products focus on protecting your horses, home, barn, tack and equipment. Whether you have one horse or an entire stable, board or train horses, Markel can fully protect you. Visit www.horseinsurance.com for more information on Markel’s products.

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Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is located in the heart of Reno/Tahoe USA. Guests have access to over 40 championship golf courses, 18 legendary ski resorts, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, fishing, boating and guided tours to Tahoe, Carson and Virginia City. GSR is northern Nevada’s largest resort destination with 1,990 guest rooms, 850 of them luxury suites. The property offers a wide variety of accommodations for the everyday business traveler to the complete family vacation with amenities that include 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, branded retail shopping, headliner entertainment, a movie theater, a 50-lane championship bowling center, outdoor thrill rides, aqua golf driving range, the largest casino north of Las Vegas, plus much more.

Nutrena® provides one of the world’s most comprehensive lines of equine nutritional products, including SafeChoice®, Vitality®, Life Design®, Empower® and XTN®. As part of the world’s largest equine nutrition company, Nutrena® offers advanced nutrition research, technology, unmatched resources and decades of experience to its customers. Since 1921, Nutrena® has been providing premier products and services to consumers throughout North America and is proud to be the Official Equine Feed of AQHA, an AAEP Educational Partner as well as the Official Feed of the NRCHA.

Team up with Classic Equine and PLAY TO WIN! Classic Equine is fast becoming 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 web site at www. classicequine.com or call 1-800-654-7864. 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. 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. Rios of Mercedes, the official boot of the NRCHA, is a perfect fit for the horsemen and horsewomen of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. A company that creates highend custom cowboy boots that celebrate the tradition of the west, Rios of Mercedes is known for quality, authenticity and value. For information, visit www.riosofmercedesboots.com.

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The Silver Legacy is a National Reined Cow Horse Association Host Hotel. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada, combines Nevada’s turn-of-thecentury silver mining heritage with state-of-theart architecture and unrivaled entertainment theming. Encompassing over two blocks in the heart of downtown Reno, Silver Legacy features 1,720 guest rooms and suites. With dark woods, marble floors and rich, vibrant carpeting, the elegant and refined Resort Casino has six uniquely themed restaurants. Silver Legacy showcases the world’s largest composite dome, measuring 180 feet in diameter. The interior of the dome, an astounding 75,000 square feet, reflects the dramatic skies of Reno, and depicts an entire day from sunrise to sunset. The indoor sky is one of the largest indoor murals ever painted. For information, visit www.silverlegacy.com or call (800) 687-7733.

The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. 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. Bloomer Trailers and Schwalbe Trucks, presented by Great West Trailers is an NRCHA Corporate Partner and 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.

Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others realize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. The Downunder Horsemanship method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces an award-winning television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible.

The John Deere Company, founded in 1837 has grown from a one-man blacksmith shop into a corporation that does business around the world and employs approximately 52,000 people. The company continues to be guided, as it has been since its beginning, by the core values exhibited by its founder: integrity, quality, commitment and innovation and it is the world’s leading manufacturer of farm equipment. The company offers a complete line of farming services and solutions with products primarily sold and serviced through the industry’s premier dealer network. For information visit www.deere. 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 web site 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. Bob’s Custom Saddles of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the Official Saddle Maker of the NRCHA. Bob’s Custom Saddles makes stock and custom saddles for every discipline in the western industry. Bob’s trophy saddles have been a big part of the National Reined Cow Horse Association for many years and are endorsed by NRCHA top trainers.

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 twicemonthly news magazine dedicated to the western horse industry. For information visit the web site at www.quarterhorsenews.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 catalog. Or log onto www. cinchjeans.com to find the retailer nearest you. “Cinch up” with Cinch jeans and shirts. Wear the choice of champions.

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How now, new Cow? nrcha director of Judges bill enk explains the factors involved in the decision to deem a cow unworkable.

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getting behind him and attempting to go down the fence. Sometimes, the animal that is a dud on the end is pretty good on the fence. The recommendation for exhibitors in this situation is if nothing positive is happening in the boxing phase, don’t waste too much time is it an unworkable cow or just a tough one? the “new cow” decision can be combefore attempting to plicated for judges. Pictured: brad barkemeyer, aboard nics black gold (nic it in go down the fence. the bud x shinersdiamondjackie x shining spark), owned by barbara truex, dVm. The rider has a miss on the end and the animal gets by him and the horse and rider are too tight and starts down the fence. The ques- against it, which pushes the animal tion is, did the animal pull a quickie or around the corner and past the markdid the horse just miss the cow? Either ers. New cow? Probably not. The horse way, the rider should attempt to regain and rider should have repositioned control of the animal and complete the themselves and tried to block the cow fence work. If the rider gets back in instead of staying in too close, risking a position on the first run down the fence, “hang up” penalty and foot racing the but the animal completely refuses to animal around the end of the arena. If honor the horse during the first attempt the rider did reposition and attempt to to turn it, a “new cow” call should be block the cow with no luck, the judge considered. could consider calling for a new cow. An extremely dangerous situation By setting a precedent on when a occurs when the rider is in the correct new cow will, or will not, be awarded, position to control the cow, but the ani- the judge establishes a clear and fair mal leans into the horse and attempts to standard for all exhibitors. return to the gate while going down the The bottom line for riders is always fence. For safety’s sake, this scenario make the best attempt to work the anishould be acted on immediately with a mal drawn. “new cow” call. On the first run down the fence, the Until next time, horse attempts to turn, but is not quite Bill Enk to the cow’s head. The cow keeps going NRCHA Director of Judges

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n the last issue, we discussed how difficult it is to call the break of gait penalty consistently and accurately. In this issue, we will address how difficult the “new cow” call is. The first thing we have to remember is that we have a random cattle draw. Sometimes the draw benefits the exhibitor and sometimes it doesn’t. Whatever animal the rider draws, the object is always the same – to work the cow with control and form. The judge has the difficult task of assessing if the animal drawn will allow the exhibitor to show his or her horse in a reasonable manner. There are quite a few variables involved in the “new cow” call. Is the rider doing his part to be in position and in control of the animal? Is the animal giving the exhibitor a fair shake? For exhibitors to have confidence in a judge’s “new cow” decisions, the judge must set a precedent. By this, I mean if an animal reacts in a way that a “new cow” call is warranted, then every exhibitor whose animal acts that way should receive the same call. That’s the hard part, because most animals don’t act the same. Let’s consider some common scenarios. During the boxing phase, if the animal blows out of the gate with its head up and runs right by the exhibitor, it is an easy “new cow” call. On the other hand, what about the animal that walks slowly into the arena and is uninterested in any of the rider’s efforts to make him react? It is very hard to assess if a “numb” cow is bad or not without

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name Susan S. Abel Andy L. Adams Andy B. Adams John Aipperspach Randall D. Alderson Blue R. Allen Lyn Anderson Ron K. Anderson Karen R. Arlin Billy Arthur Bob C. Avila Jane Bagley Margo Lea Ball Maik Bartmann Michael W. Bednarek Chris C. Benedict Jack A. Bingham Allison C. Blevins Ron Bluett Mario Boisjoli Jan Boogaerts Ricky Bordignon John W. Boudreaux Sarah A. Bradley Aaron C. Brookshire Skip R. Brown Cyndi L. Brown Stephen F. Brown Tom B. Buckingham Mark E. Buckley Rod L. Burr Antonino Cancellieri Marvin “Butch” Carse Joe A. Carter Rick Chayer Dolly R. Chayer Ian A. Chisholm Bonnie Jo Clay Billy Cochrane Jill L. Cook Dawn Coons Cal Cooper Debbie P. Cooper Camille H. Courtney Todd Crawford Tom E. Crowley Michael C. Damianos Chris C. Dawson Augusto DeFazio Laurel Walker Denton Frederick M. Drayer Janette M. Dublin Al Dunning

City Lamoille Happy Gerber Springfield Sharpsville Alamosa Madera Calgary Escalon Okeechobee Temecula Dimmitt Fort Collins D-67574 Osthofen Jamesville Weatherford Petaluma Templeton Crawfordsville Gig Harbor 2260 Westerlo I-36100 Vicenza VI Abbeville Richmond Simi Valley Eagle Point Gainesville Findlay Bruneau Mead Turlock San Nattaro Sesia Davenport Saint George Sperry Sperry Weatherford Tioga Sanger Erie Cat Spring Phoenix Cave Creek Franktown Blanchard Kellogg Oak View Burneyville Rivarolo Canaves 10086 Skull Valley Le Grand San Angelo Scottsdale

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GERMANY NY TX CA CA IN WA BELGIUM ITALY LA IN CA OR TX OH ID CO CA ITALY FL ON OK OK TX TX CA CO TX AZ AZ CO OK MN CA OK

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Phone 775-753-6388 806-240-0889 530-200-2229 417-886-1069 765-963-2839 719-589-2124 559-268-1115 403-249-8215 209-838-8765 910-290-3426 951-302-7789 806-647-8303 970-484-4148 491726248016 315-682-2833 817-304-5636 707-495-4989 805-286-1102 765-794-4812 805-217-4506 3216696859 39069075336 337-893-6743 765-966-1262 805-975-7190 541-826-9094 940-727-9757 419-365-5419 208-845-2310 303-775-0505 209-669-7561 393397204972 863-420-4229 519-448-1127 918-288-2163 918-288-2163 817-599-8502 940-367-3245 559-286-5600 303-828-3037 979-865-9980 602-625-1643 480-502-2479 530-412-1881 405-344-6692 507-767-4784 805-646-8702 940-902-4242 393388860657 928-442-3290 209-389-4347 817-776-7129 480-471-4600

email ssabel@citlink.net aladams93@gmail.com eightycutter@yahoo.com rjaipper@sbcglobal.net randallald@aol.com blueallen@gojade.org Lsanderson@wildblue.net ron.anderson@efirehose.net K.Arlin@hmclause.com bobavila@bobavila.net bagleyperformancehorses@gmail.com margolball@aol.com info@VineyardRanch.com sbednarek@windstream.net chrisb6080@gmail.com allisoncblevins@yahoo.com rbluett@att.net marioboisjoli@gmail.com boogaerts.jan@pandora.be ricky.bordignon@libero.it agnesplantation@bellsouth.net sarahsambradley@aol.com abrookshirecowhorses@gmail.com flexgirl10@hotmail.com sbrown@findlay.edu tcbsbucks@msn.com twobrandranch@gmail.com rodburrperformancehorses@gmail.com cowboy04@libero.it bcarse818@verizon.net j.carter@execulink.com dollychayer@sbcglobal.net dollychayer@sbcglobal.net ianchisholm@sbcglobal.net clayquarterhorses@yahoo.com wocochrane@yahoo.com cookcowhorse@gmail.com dcoons2004@aol.com calcooper14@gmail.com coop2479@aol.com ccourtney@ranchocortinaproperties.com ride@crawfordperformancehorses.com tom.crowley@ministryhealth.org MichaelDamianos@roadrunner.com dawsonperformancehorses@gmail.com ottodefazio@yahoo.it barubarranch@gmail.com frederickdrayer@wildblue.net jmsteffl63@gmail.com al@aldunning.com

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Jim H. Paul, Sr. Jerry Peters Jamie L. Peters Marilyn G. Peters Laurie S. Petkus Kenda G. Pipkin John L. Pipkin Billy Prather John J. Quinlan Vicki K. Radtke Aaron T. Ralston Marilyn K. Randall Guillermo Recio Trigg C. Rentfro Enrico Righetti Dan S. Roeser Fielding (Bozo) H. Rogers Sam M. Rose Pam R. Rose Rusty R. Ruby Cynthia R. Rucker Debby M. Sanguinetti Bill J. Sanguinetti Thomas Santini Markus Schopfer Zeph P. Schulz Pamela Scott Roy Sharpe Andrea J. Simons Karl D. Smith Robert J. Smith, III Brandon T. Staebler Gary S. Stark Timothy W. Stewart Mauro Taccia Jake A. Telford Carol L. Telford Becky A. Terrell R David Terrell Les M. Timmons Kyle Trahern John C. Tuckey Betsy Tuckey Tim Unzicker Jeffry J. Veitch T.E. Vinci Carlo Volpi Allen R. Walton Lori L. Walton Gary W. Webb Wayne W. Whitehead Doug Williamson Maryann Willoughby Betty O. Wilson Cayley R. Wilson Richard W. Winters Deb S. Witty Ken L. Wold Debra J. Wright H. Fain Yearty

Cave Creek Kiowa Edmond Edmond Carmel Valley Canyon Canyon Camden Holyoke Syracuse Silt Bridger Petaluma Krum I-37010 Costermano VR Marsing Rhome Pilot Point Pilot Point Grantsville Cumming Farmington Farmington I-60013 Corinaldo Ancona Ivrea Coalville Clermont Goldthwaite Aubrey Jerome Wimarma Klamath Falls Caldwell Paso Robles I-33041 Aiello del Friuli UD Caldwell 00010 Lunghezza Sanger Millington Saskatoon Walsh Liberty Liberty Roundup Montrose Covington Torre De Picenardi Bluff Dale Stanley Ash Grove Mansfield Bakersfield Hugoton Pampa Abbotsford Reno Ellensburg Wilton Plainville Holt

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480-595-0182 303-621-9625 405-341-8000 405-341-8000 831-224-3604 806-355-6228 806-355-6228 803-669-1325 413-530-0371 402-616-0908 970-270-6274 406-662-3343 707-776-4999 806-676-6196 393392025507 208-841-2052 254-631-1201 940-365-9646 940-365-9646 435-830-0356 770-844-7275 209-886-5572 209-886-5572 393384545151 393355300543 801-637-0047 352-241-4991 940-365-9250 208-324-5985 580-238-8400 559-679-7138 208-850-2772 805-550-8515 00304319735 208-454-1400 339-250-3433 940-458-6648 901-481-4456

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p.dema@att.net jerry.h.peters@gmail.com jpcowgirl1@hotmail.com barjp1@juno.com lpetkus@outlook.com jpipkin@wwdb.org jpipkin@wwdb.org bpquarterhorses@bellsouth.net jqranchhorse@gmail.com vradtke@hotmail.com ralstonranch@gmail.com marilyn.randall88@gmail.com grecio@earthlink.net trentfro@live.com righetti.e@tiscali.it roeserstables@gmail.com bozorogers4@gmail.com sroseqh@aol.com sroseqh@aol.com rmlruby@msn.com cindy@ruckerhorseandpet.com outwest1@verizon.net billsanguinetti@aol.com thomasranch@libero.it info@markusreining.com zephandliz@gmail.com pscott75@aol.com sharpeperformancehorses@gmail.com andrea@simonsshowhorses.com kds.cowhorses@yahoo.com rsperformancehorses@yahoo.com sphtraining@gmail.com gstarktraining@hotmail.com timwstewart@gmail.com maurotaccia@libero.it j.jtelford1@gmail.com carol.telford@alice.it baterrell@copper.net cmeprosper@rittermail.com leslietimmons@msn.com kyletrahern@gmail.com jtuckey983@aol.com jtuckey983@aol.com timunzicker@gmail.com jjveitch@gmail.com te.vinci@yahoo.com carlo_volpi@hotmail.com awalton677@gmail.com lori@waltonranch.com garywebb@missouristate.edu grulla1@netscape.net doug.williamson@sbcglobal.net willmaw@pld.com bwilson@centramedia.net cayleyrwilson@gmail.com richard@wintersranch.com highcountrytraining@msn.com ken@kenwold.com nbphorses@gmail.com fainyearty@aol.com

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Top Riders for Open LAE Eligibility in 2015 Riders listed in the Top 20 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Open LAE in 2015.

Rank

Rider Name

2012

2013

2014

Sum of Earnings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Corey D. Cushing Zane P. Davis Chris C. Dawson Todd A. Bergen Todd Crawford Phillip J. Ralls Jake A. Telford Doug Williamson Kelby L. Phillips Boyd J. Rice Jay McLaughlin Nicholas S. Dowers Anne M. Reynolds Lukas J. Jones Jake D. Gorrell Brandon C. Buttars Brad L. Lund John C. Swales Matt J. Koch Tucker J. Robinson

$260,662.50 $130,330.62 $76,372.77 $133,175.34 $118,803.60 $96,976.10 $80,183.52 $115,203.26 $5,525.13 $43,999.88 $19,061.35 $264.00 $75,300.75 $34,676.87 $18,048.05 $37,583.85 $66,557.51 $26,857.40 $26,958.65 $27,255.28

$147,072.86 $101,200.07 $164,158.32 $69,531.63 $69,249.64 $31,722.96 $88,329.01 $47,499.92 $121,318.28 $40,137.28 $90,108.01 $114,282.40 $66,059.02 $41,707.94 $69,343.51 $45,654.04 $25,161.86 $19,889.50 $56,772.86 $17,003.17

$196,711.18 $160,919.17 $112,386.45 $140,899.97 $64,098.14 $100,055.27 $51,265.82 $40,654.88 $63,460.63 $88,442.41 $46,870.82 $40,827.00 $9,655.25 $38,819.88 $27,745.33 $27,032.36 $18,125.79 $57,603.16 $20,366.20 $53,973.74

$604,446.54 $392,449.86 $352,917.54 $343,606.94 $252,151.38 $228,754.33 $219,778.35 $203,358.06 $190,304.04 $172,579.57 $156,040.18 $155,373.40 $151,015.02 $115,204.69 $115,136.89 $110,270.25 $109,845.16 $104,350.06 $104,097.71 $98,232.19

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Shawn D. Hays Clayton M. Edsall Ken L. Wold Justin T. Wright Ron E. Emmons Erin L. Taormino Justin E. Lawrence Jon Roeser John Ward Monica J. Caetano Dan S. Roeser Monty L. Bruce Ted Robinson Shane L. Steffen Robbie D. Boyce Lance B. Johnston Jay Holmes Robert Chown Dale E. Clearwater Wade J. Reaney Ricky Nicolazzi Markus Schopfer Jim W. Spence Smoky Pritchett Mark A. Luis Nicolas Barthelemy Robert C. Forst Blue R. Allen Travis J. Young Bobby E. Lewis

$69,291.20 $46,299.56 $19,601.75 $9,305.28 $16,455.85 $4,549.40 $19,909.06 $36,880.56 $32,546.25 $9,855.90 $34,207.36 $15,129.80 $22,413.83 $31,000.00 $47,369.73 $13,992.20 $19,568.54 $10,121.91 $19,867.50 $5,396.40 $11,405.75 $19,606.14 $32,664.90 $28,020.70 $8,959.89 $20,389.04 $8,572.00 $13,548.65 $6,488.67 $2,152.00

$9,441.14 $24,043.10 $32,522.61 $32,122.96 $14,214.04 $7,177.80 $25,978.22 $5,746.78 $15,779.93 $11,825.00 $4,452.53 $20,611.15 $17,850.00 $13,493.05 $5,231.75 $14,175.33 $21,069.01 $12,753.84 $17,473.20 $16,259.85 $8,724.65 $13,276.33 $4,772.03 $12,282.77 $7,852.60 $5,504.63 $9,347.47 $15,858.33 $8,050.65 $8,500.00

$13,639.28 $16,382.87 $29,553.04 $30,972.84 $40,859.52 $58,638.85 $24,219.63 $23,544.69 $15,908.28 $40,989.44 $18,056.48 $20,639.82 $14,903.88 $8,839.78

$92,371.62 $86,725.53 $81,677.40 $72,401.08 $71,529.41 $70,366.05 $70,106.91 $66,172.03 $64,234.46 $62,670.34 $56,716.37 $56,380.77 $55,167.71 $53,332.83 $52,601.48 $52,510.49 $46,881.64 $44,987.02 $44,068.16 $44,058.78 $41,962.42 $41,144.76 $41,122.58 $40,303.47 $38,936.33 $36,563.42 $36,011.06 $34,970.31 $33,867.84 $33,694.53

$24,342.96 $6,244.09 $22,111.27 $6,727.46 $22,402.53 $21,832.02 $8,262.29 $3,685.65 $0.00 $22,123.84 $10,669.75 $18,091.59 $5,563.33 $19,328.52 $23,042.53

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Rank

Rider Name

2012

2013

2014

Sum of Earnings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Tammy Jo Hays Jayson J. Fisher Laurie Ward Stuart C. Bozeman Toni M. Hagen Heath Molly Russell Parke S. Greeson Shannon M. McCarty John P. Murphy Dave A. Ferguson Bart F. Holowath Jay Dee Gerard

$24,930.83 $117.00 $20,265.75 $2,711.00 $17,238.05 $14,817.30 $0.00 $0.00 $25,038.07 $5,579.40 $5,390.00 $22,397.95

$32,284.40 $38,962.19 $23,842.29 $35,643.22 $5,086.24 $1,150.50 $4,767.57 $3,225.44 $5,182.00 $18,984.18 $8,220.91 $5,566.00

$47,797.50 $19,000.36 $10,096.90 $5,847.35 $18,104.42 $18,490.16 $28,919.55 $29,002.32 $68.40 $5,412.16 $16,280.74 $1,687.80

$105,012.73 $58,079.55 $54,204.94 $44,201.57 $40,428.71 $34,457.96 $33,687.12 $32,227.76 $30,288.47 $29,975.74 $29,891.65 $29,651.75

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Grant F. Lindaman II Robert M. Miller Amanda E. Gardiner Garth H. Gardiner Elizabeth G. Kania Debby M. Sanguinetti Kathy L. Wilson Karey E. Franz Bubba M. Petty Gene A. Armstrong Kirk M. Druey Brent W. Ratliff Tish R. Wilhite Jennifer A. Neel Eric M. Freitas Wilder Jones Bret J. Paulick Jessie Telford

$4,269.60 $2,921.75 $10,019.51 $21,781.75 $6,310.99 $10,626.86 $977.50 $1,567.80 $0.00 $15,472.77 $15,847.60 $2,239.45 $5,954.22 $437.00 $1,492.96 $0.00 $12,141.20 $16,630.75

$18,233.03 $0.00 $8,896.18 $4,295.28 $11,328.76 $9,438.39 $8,474.71 $10,545.55 $10,679.99 $7,711.96 $1,256.78 $10,496.75 $11,073.00 $14,512.47 $5,520.98 $810.00 $0.00 $0.00

$6,838.80 $26,382.08 $9,121.11 $54.40 $8,179.21 $5,577.05 $15,873.68 $13,095.38 $13,719.26 $0.00 $5,893.70 $9,156.15 $2,154.89 $3,708.32 $11,344.85 $17,444.56 $5,669.14 $0.00

$29,341.43 $29,303.83 $28,036.80 $26,131.43 $25,818.96 $25,642.30 $25,325.89 $25,208.73 $24,399.25 $23,184.73 $22,998.08 $21,892.35 $19,182.11 $18,657.79 $18,358.79 $18,254.56 $17,810.34 $16,630.75

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Terri Holowath Box 6 Site 1 RR 1 Cayley, Alberta T0L 0P0 Canada Phone: 403-395-3339 Fax: 403-395-3339 Email: terrih@catalystsolutions.ca Website: www.albertareinedcowhorse.ca

Laura Ruffino-Vercellino Via Ghiardi 1 San Martino Canavese, 10010 Italy Phone: +39 3471104168 Email: ercha@hotmail.it Website: www.ercha.org

Lauren Partridge 996 Flickner Rd Arkport, NY 14807 Email: nyrcha@newyorkrcha.com Website: www.newyorkrcha.com

Gem state stock Horse Association

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Nola Krahn 275 Wildwood Street Fernley, NV 89408 Phone: 208-935-0709 Email: russnola@yahoo.com

Steve Mattson 24155 Wood Ln Rogers, MN 55374 Phone: 612-685-5190 Email: mattson713@yahoo.com Website: www.ncrcha.com

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association Tia Harari 27308 N 152nd Street Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Phone: 619-813-4672 Email: azrcha@gmail.com Website: www.azrcha.com

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

Central idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Charlotte Robertson PO Box 514 Arco, ID 83213 Phone: 208-527-3986 Email: cowhorses@atcnet.net

Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association Jill Roberts 1521 Parr Creek Ln Lewistown, MT 59457 Phone: 406-538-7564 Email: jroberts@hughes.net

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

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

Magic Valley Reined Cow Horse Association Mike Zebarth PO Box 5956 Twin Falls, ID 83303 Phone: 208-423-9055 Email: info.mvrcha@gmail.com Website: www.mvrcha.com

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, inc. Lisa Anderson PO Box 160031 Big Sky, MT 59716 Phone: 406-995-4802 Email: LisaOrdean@yahoo.com Website: www.montanareinedcowhorses.com

northern California Reined Cow Horse Association Christie Capik 18270 Stenberg Drive Red Bluff, CA 96080 Phone: 530-517-1000 Email: cacowgirl@acninc.net Website: www.ncrcha.org

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

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Midwest Reined Cow Horse Association

oregon Reined Cow Horse Association

Susan Tullock 5000 W 175th St. Stilwell, KS 66085 Phone: 913-515-4683 EMail: midwestcowhorse@gmail.com

Jerry Brewer Phone: 541- 571-7297 Fax: 530-823-6653 Email:jerry@cartridgeworldtricities.com Website: www.oregonreinedcowhorse.com

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Crystal Ward-Taylor 130 Haigler Rd Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 828-312-2705 Email: cowaroundranch@aol.com

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STALLION SUBSCRIPTION RULES 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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   5.   4-year-old year: Nominations received between February 1 of the 4-year-old year and the final entry deadline for that NRCHA  Stakes event will be accepted at the rate of $2,500. 5-year-old foal crops that have not been previously subscribed may also be paid in for $2,500. 6. All nominators of stallions must be members in good standing of the NRCHA. 7. Nominators may be persons other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion in the event the stallion owner or syndicate manager chooses not to enroll 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. 8. All subscription fees will be made payable to the NRCHA in US funds or its equivalent. 9. 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. 10. 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. 11. In the event a subscribed stallion changes ownership, any previously paid foal crops will remain eligible under the new owner. Nominator Awards will be paid to the original nominator unless otherwise specified in writing to the NRCHA and signed by  both the original nominator and the new owner. 12. 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. 13. 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. 14. These rules are subject to change at any time by the NRCHA Board of Directors.

NOMINATION FEES Nominated in 2014 Foal Crop...................................................Fee 2009.....................................................$2,500 2010.....................................................$2,500 2011.....................................................$1,750 2012......................................................$1,500 2013.....................................................$1,250 2014.....................................................$1,000 2015........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2015-2019)

Nominated in 2015 Foal Crop...................................................Fee 2010.....................................................$2,500 2011.....................................................$2,500 2012......................................................$1,750 2013.....................................................$1,500 2014.....................................................$1,250 2015.....................................................$1,000 2016........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2016-2020)

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STALLION SUBSCRIPTION CONTRACT Nominations must be postmarked by February 1. Stallions must be nominated annually.**

Discount for early enrollment of stallions into Stakes Program!

Pay $750 in the breeding year to subscribe your stallion to the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. STALLION ELIGIBILITY

Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program. Offspring of subscribed stallions are eligible to compete in the NRCHA Stakes—both as a 4-year-old and 5-year-old. All nominations are subject to stallion subscription rules on reverse side of this form. Acceptance of payment by the NRCHA is not to be considered approval of a nomination until contract is complete and all rules are complied with. Should a stallion die or become unsound for breeding while he is currently subscribed, all previous offspring will remain eligible as long as the nomination fee is paid.

BENEFITS OF SUBSCRIBING A STALLION TO THE NRCHA STAKES

Advertisement—All subscribed stallions and contact information are listed on the NRCHA website. Opportunities—All offspring of subscribed stallions are eligible to enter and show in the NRCHA Stallion Stakes both as a 4-year-old and as a 5-year-old. Offspring of subscribed stallions are also eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Yearling and/or 2-Year-Old Sale. Regulations—There are no refunds for any reason. The NRCHA reserves the right to cancel the NRCHA Stakes without notice at any time prior to the contest without liability. However, in the case of cancellation of the NRCHA Stakes, the NRCHA shall return all current year stallion fees to subscribers and all current year entry fees to exhibitors.

Nominations must be postmarked by February 1 • Stallions must be nominated annually.** Return to: NRCHA • 1017 N Highway 377 • Pilot Point, TX 76258 • TEL 940-488-1500 • FAX 940-488-1499

** Unless the 5-year plan is selected

Enclosed is $_____________ Nomination Fee for _______________________ foal year(s). See the NRCHA Stakes Stallion Subscription Rules for a complete schedule of foal years and payments. Check one:

o Check/Money Order

o Visa/MasterCard* Credit Card #: ______________________________________________________________

Exp. Date: _______________ CVC: ____________ Billing Address: ________________________________________________________________________ Payment is made to NRCHA in full on receipt of same by the nominator no later than February 1. Acceptance of payment by NRCHA is not to be considered approval of nomination until contract is complete and all rules are complied with. *Traditional payment methods accepted are cash and check. 3.5% convenience fee for credit cards.

I accept this offer to make the below-named stallion eligible to participate in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program and agree to be bound by the conditions printed on this document. I enclose $___________________ for enrolling the stallion listed below as an NRCHA Subscribed Stallion. Nominator Signature _______________________________________________________________ Printed Name __________________________________________________________

o Check here if you would like to donate a breeding for the NRCHA Stallion Service Silent Auction. A separate contract will be sent to you. Stallion Name:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sire: _________________________________________________ Reg #: __________________________ Dam: ____________________________________________ Reg #: __________________________ Breed:__________________________________________________________ Color:__________________________________________ Year Foaled:_________________ Year of First Foal Crop:________________ Standing at:_________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone:____________________________________________________________ Website:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Owner Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone (Home): ___________________________________________ Phone (Work): ___________________________________________ Phone (Cell): ___________________________________________ Fax:________________________________________________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Information to be published on NRCHA website:

o Location where Stallion is Standing

o Owner

o Other (please fill out below)

Contact Name:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _______________________________________________________________________

o

Home

o

Work

o

Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________

o

Home

o

Work

o

Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________

E-mail:__________________________________________________________________________________ Website:________________________________________________________________________________________ Please attach a copy of stallion’s registration papers, a biography (250 words or less - including show record, lifetime earnings, offspring’s show earnings and any other pertinent information) and a high-resolution photo.

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2015 Membership Application 2015 Membership Application Valid from Nov. 16, 2014 - Nov 15, 2015 Name:

First

M.I.

Renew #

Last

Other name(s) shown under:

New Member:

Ranch Name:

Date of Birth:

Address:

Home Phone:

City, State, Zip:

Cell Phone:

Email:

Fax:

Required for Youth

type of MeMbership Memberships that include subscription to Reined Cow Horse News

Memberships that do not include subscription to Reined Cow Horse News

o Regular Membership - $75 ($65 before Jan 1) o 3 Yr Reg. Membership - $210 ($180 before Jan 1) o Associate Membership - $35 o Youth Membership - $40 o Youth w/Non Pro Membership - $75 o Canadian Membership - $85

o International Membership - $75   o Add Reined Cow Horse News to International- $85 o Lifetime Membership - $750 ($650 before Jan 1)   o Add Reined Cow Horse News to Lifetime - $18/year Lifetime members must call annually to renew Reined Cow Horse News

o Check here if you are an OwNER ONLY and do not compete o Check here if you are a TRAINER and want to be listed as such in the online NRCHA Directory Do you wish to donate to the National Reined Cow Horse Foundation? (501C3 Donation)    

o $50 Donation Apply Donation to

Total charges:

o $10 Donation o Crisis Fund

Membership

o $5 Donation o Youth Fund

o $ Other_________ o $ Other_________

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Reined Cow Horse News is optional for Lifetime or International.

Reined Cow Horse News (optional) __________________

Payment:

Donation (optional)

__________________

Total

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o Check Enclosed

o Visa

It is automatically included in all other memberships.

o MasterCard

o Card #________________________________________________________

3.5% convenience fee for credit cards

Billing Address: ____________________________________________________________________ Exp Date: ____________________ CVC: _______________

All MeMbers Must sign here I, the undersigned, have read and understand the National Reined Cow Horse Association membership eligibility category definitions. I understand that the full responsibility concerning my eligibility rests solely on me. NRCHA, its officers, directors, employees are not held responsible for the burden of proof for my eligibility. Should I be found not eligible for said division after competing, all money, prizes, and points shall be forfeited and returned to the NRCHA office upon notification to me.

Signature: ____________________________________________________________________

non pro AppliCAtion - Non Pro riders must sign this section and o Non Pro Renewal

Date: _______________________

complete a Non Pro Declaration every year

o New Non Pro

I, the undersigned, have read and understand the National Reined Cow Horse Association Non Pro definitions and rules and will abide by them. I also understand that if there is a change in my status or eligibility that I must inform the National Reined Cow Horse Association within 30 days of that change. I understand that my Non Pro application will be reviewed by the Non Pro Committee and may be reviewed by the NRCHA Board of Directors and their decision shall be final.

Signature: ____________________________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

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NON PRO DECLARATION Applicant Name (please print):

Occupation:

This form must be completed prior to entering applicant’s first NRCHA Non Pro class. In the case of a youth, the legal custodian must complete the declaration. Before submitting your application, please carefully read and answer the following statements, as well as read and sign the Non Pro Code of Conduct and Ethics. NOTE: If the following statements are not answered or it is not signed, your declaration will not be accepted and will be returned to you for completion. Non Pro status is extended on a temporary basis and is subject to revocation pending approval by the Non Pro Committee. Non Pro status will be null and void if it is determined that you do not qualify under NRCHA Non Pro conditions, as defined in the NRCHA Rulebook. A Non Pro Card will not be issued until all requirements are satisfied. 1) Have you earned more than $750 in earnings down the fence? (for eligibility)

m Yes

m No

2) Within the past 5 years, have you given lessons for remuneration?

m Yes

m No

3) Within the past 5 years, have you shown, trained, or assisted in the training of a horse not owned by you or an immediate family member for remuneration?

m Yes

m No

4) Within the past 5 years, have you accepted payment of entry fees and/or expenses for horse(s) that you have ridden that was not owned by you or an immediate family member?

m Yes

m No

5) Do you reside on, work for, are publicly identified with or derive monetary remuneration, directly or indirectly, from a horse training facility or equine science program?

m Yes

m No

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, please explain below with specific dates as to when you started and/or stopped any of the above. Please use a separate sheet of paper if necessary. A. Relationship to operation of a horse training facility: B. Explanation of any statements answered “yes” above:

NON PRO CODE OF CONDUCT & ETHICS

I, the undersigned, agree to act with the utmost of integrity while participating in the sport of Cow Horse and NRCHA events. I understand that an NRCHA Non Pro Card is a privilege and not a right, and that I may be required to submit my card for review of applicability at any time. Furthermore, I understand that so long as I hold a Non Pro card, it is my responsibility to be aware of and abide by the most current Non Pro Conditions set forth in the NRCHA Rulebook. By signing this agreement, I specifically agree to: • Understand and be bound by all rules of the NRCHA as set forth in the annual NRCHA Rulebook. • Abide by the show conditions set forth at all NRCHA approved shows. • Act with honesty and transparency when purchasing horses as well as competing at NRCHA events. • Ensure the welfare of the horses I show and treat those horses humanely, and with dignity and compassion. • Refrain from violating the Non Pro Conditions as set forth in the annual NRCHA Rulebook. • Represent the NRCHA by refraining from any action that discredits the sport, or the association. • Accept the decisions set forth by the NRCHA Board of Directors. By signing below, I ACCEPT the rules and regulations relating to Non Pro membership in the NRCHA, and affirm the truth of all statements above. I also affirm that I have read and agree to abide by the Non Pro Code of Conduct and Ethics. Signature:

Date:

Return to: NRCHA | 1017 N Hwy 377 | Pilot Point, TX 76258 | Fax 940-488-1499 | Phone 940-488-1500 | membership@nrcha.com

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Committee diReCtoRY AffiliAtes

nRCHA foundAtion

Jimmy Flores • jfloresph@aol.com Tia Harari • cowhorsecowgirl@gmail.com Steve Mattson • mattson713@yahoo.com Terri Holowath • terrih@catalystsolutions.ca Carrie McBride • carriemcbride@nrcha.com

non PRo

Chairperson: Jerry Peters jerry.h.peters@gmail.com • 303-621-9625

welfARe

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

etHiCs

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

exeCutive

Chairperson: Paul Bailey paulb@cb-trucking.com • 931-260-3909 Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com Sandy Collier • sandycollier@earthlink.net Jerry Peters • jerry.h.peters@gmail.com Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com Amanda Gardiner • gardiner556@gmail.com

HAll of fAme

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

HoRse sAles

Chairperson: Sandy Collier sandycollier@earthlink.net • 805-688-1084

Judges

Chairperson: Todd Bergen toddbergen@hughes.net • 541-830-0798 Director of Judges: Bill Enk enk.bill@gmail.com

Chairperson: Ted Robinson ted@tedrobinsoncowhorses.com 805-649-9028 Chairperson: Rory Livingston roryliving@aol.com • 805-331-0011 Stephanie Duquette stephanie.duquette@charter.net Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG Garth Gardiner • gardinergarth@gmail.com Meg Rosell-Pursel • meg@roselltrailers.com Diane Edwards DEdwards@mansonconstruction.com Jim Vangelos • javangelos@aol.com Rhonda Holmes • rhondajjj@msn.com Tammy Jo Hays • haysranch@earthlink.com Nelle Murphy • baldnshiney@hotmail.com Paul Bailey • paulb@cb-trucking.com Debbie Sanguinetti• outwest1@verizon.net Loretta Showalter • lorettaelsie@gmail.com Robin Flournoy • rflournoy@bankofthewest.com Tish Wilhite • trwilhite@hotmail.com

owneRs

Nancy Crawford-Hall info@holycowperformancehorses.com Newt White • pnw@aol.com Dave Allen • dave@aspenmeadowsranch.com Bill Tointon • billtointon@msn.com Janiejill Tointon • jjtointon@msn.com Eric Storey • teresa@storeytrucking.com Larry Bell • LBell@Kalpowar.com Deedee Hill • akaddh@datatix.com Judy Siebel • judysiebel@me.com Sheri Jamieson • classikal2@aol.com Garth Gardiner • gardinergarth@gmail.com Jenna Bell • bellje81@gmail.com Michelle Cannon michellecannon_@hotmail.com Jack & Patti Bogart • jpbogart@atlasok.com Del & Susan Bell • delrbell@hotmail.com Julie Gibbons • snsetcrkranch@aol.com Lori Aaron • info@aaronranch.com

PRofessionAls

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

Rules

Chairperson: Dan Roeser droeser@safelink.net • 208-841-2052 Jerry Peters • jerry.h.peters@gmail.com

sHows

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

sPonsoRsHiP

Chairperson: Jay Winborn jay@nrcha.com • 214-797-0030 Amanda Gardiner • gardiner556@gmail.com Nancy Shearer • NShearer159@yahoo.com

stAllion seRviCe AuCtion

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

stRAtegiC PlAnning

Chairperson: Jerry Peters jerry.h.peters@gmail.com • 303-621-9625 Chairperson: Amanda Gardiner gardiner556@gmail.com • 620-635-2361 Bill Tointon • billtointon@msn.com Darren Miller • reincow@aol.com Dan Roeser • droeser@safelink.net

YoutH

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer shubrick@q.com • 719-330-1932 Allison Walker • allison@nrcha.com Betty Lou Valdez • bettylouvaldez@yahoo.com Jason Grimshaw grimshawperformance@yahoo.com Pam Grimshaw • pam_grimshaw@yahoo.com Kathie Ferrante • ferranteranch@aol.com

Carl Gould • gouldtraining@sti.net Sam Rose • sroseqh@aol.com Sandy Collier • sandycollier@earthlink.net Jimmy Stickler • stichorses@aol.com Dan Roeser • droeser@safelink.net

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SUBSCRIBED STALLION ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS FEB. 1 Enrollment forms for the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Subscribed Stallion program must be returned to the NRCHA office with a postmark on or before Feb. 1, 2015, in order for stallion nominators to take advantage of the lowest available $750 enrollment fee. After Feb. 1, the rate goes up to $1,000. The Subscribed Stallion program was developed in the mid 1980s as a promotional vehicle for reined cow horse stallions that consistently sired NRCHA performing offspring. The far-reaching incentive program offers rewards from the show pen to the sale ring. It’s a simple concept. Stallion owners subscribe their sire, and for each year that a stallion is enrolled, that year’s foal crop is eligible to show as a 4- and 5-year-old in the NRCHA Stakes, one of the premier limited-age events for reined cow horses. Annually, the Stakes boasts a payout of nearly $300,000, and only the offspring of enrolled stallions are eligible to compete. The NRCHA also presents a monetary award to the person who nominated the sire of each Stakes division champion. Offspring of Subscribed Stallions and mares in foal to Subscribed Stallions receive priority at the prestigious NRCHA Sales at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, each year. Those horses are eligible for the Select 2-Year-Old Sale and the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale. The Subscribed Stallion program adds value to the whole industry and creates a support system for the reined cow horse breeder by strengthening the market for the offspring of enrolled stallions. The NRCHA helps promote Subscribed Stallions and their offspring on its web site, in the pages of the Reined Cow Horse News, and in the NRCHA Futurity Sale literature. The complete Subscribed Stallion program terms and conditions, along with the enrollment form, can be found in this issue of Reined Cow Horse News. Forms are also available for download at www.NRCHA.com.

SHOW SCHEDULE as of January 19, 2015

AE = Aged Event, HS = Horse Show, SE = Special Event, BS = Bridle Spectacular, AA = All Around Feb 7th Feb 11th - 12th

California CHA Feb Horse Show “Lucas Oil/Protect the Harvest” Dirt & Diamonds Derby Feb 13th - 21st NRCHA Celebration of Champions Mar 6th - 9th Swing Into Spring Horse Shows Mar 14th - 15th Pot O’ Gold Horse Show Mar 21st California CHA Mar Horse Show Mar 29th - Apr 1st NRCHA Stallion Stakes Apr 11th Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Series #1 Apr 24th - 25th California CHA Apr Derby, Horse Show, & Bridle Spectacular Apr 29th - May 2nd NRCHA Hackamore Classic May 15th - 17th Sherri Gilkerson Memorial & Wine Country Classic Horse Show May 22nd - 24th Rancharrah Cow Horse Classic Horse Show & Derby May 23rd Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Series #2 May 30th - 31st California CHA May Horse Shows Jun 13th - 14th Summer Series Horse Show #1 Jun 15th - 20th NRCHA Derby Jun 27th California CHA Jun Horse Show Jul 11th Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Series #3 Aug 1st - 2nd Summer Series Horse Show #2 Sept 5th California CHA Sept Horse Show Sept 11th - 13th Summer Series Horse Show #3 Sept. 21st - Oct. 3rd NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Oct 16th - 18th Saddle Shoot Out & Cut for a Cause Horse Show

HS cat. 1 LAE cat. 1

Bakersfield, CA Rancho Murieta, CA

California CHA N/A

Kelley Hartranft Kathy Davis

714-255-7488 530-305-0197

klsgrn@yahoo.com missygreyhorse@gmail.com

HS/LAE/ cat. 1 HS/cat. 1 & 2 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS/LAE/ cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS/LAE/ cat. 1

Ft. Worth, TX Ardmore, OK Temecula, CA Bakersfield, CA Las Vegas, NV Santa Ynez, CA Bakersfield, CA

NRCHA Southwest RCHA Southern California RCHA California CHA NRCHA N/A California CHA

Allison Walker Renee Burks Kelley Hartranft Kelley Hartranft Allison Walker Carol Sutton Kelley Hartranft

940-488-1500 405-818-7556 714-255-7488 714-255-7488 940-488-1500 805-260-4535 714-255-7488

allison@nrcha.com glenz@lenzenterprises.com klsgrn@yahoo.com klsgrn@yahoo.com allison@nrcha.com syvcowhorse@verizon.net klsgrn@yahoo.com

HS/LAE/ cat. 1 & 2 HS cat. 1

Pueblo, CO Temecula, CA

NRCHA Southern California RCHA

Allison Walker Kelley Hartranft

940-488-1500 714-255-7488

allison@nrcha.com klsgrn@yahoo.com

HS/LAE/ cat. 1

Reno, NV

Nevada RCCHA

Jennifer Roemmich

775-397-2769

mattjj@frontier.net

HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS/LAE/ cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS cat. 1 HS/LAE/ cat. 1 HS cat. 1

Santa Ynez, CA Bakersfield, CA Temecula, CA Paso Robles, CA Bakersfield, CA Santa Ynez, CA Temecula, CA Bakersfield, CA Temecula, CA Reno, NV Temecula, CA

N/A California CHA Southern California RCHA NRCHA California CHA N/A Southern California RCHA California CHA Southern California RCHA NRCHA Southern California RCHA

Carol Sutton Kelley Hartranft Kelley Hartranft Allison Walker Kelley Hartranft Carol Sutton Kelley Hartranft Kelley Hartranft Kelley Hartranft Allison Walker Kelley Hartranft

805-260-4535 714-255-7488 714-255-7488 940-488-1500 714-255-7488 805-260-4535 714-255-7488 714-255-7488 714-255-7488 940-488-1500 714-255-7488

syvcowhorse@verizon.net klsgrn@yahoo.com klsgrn@yahoo.com allison@nrcha.com klsgrn@yahoo.com syvcowhorse@verizon.net klsgrn@yahoo.com klsgrn@yahoo.com klsgrn@yahoo.com allison@nrcha.com klsgrn@yahoo.com

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