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March/April 2016

Volume 21, NO. 2

All-Around Excellence 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman


Clayton Edsall Skeets Oak Peppy


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Contents////// MARCH/APRIL 2016 Volume 21, Number 2


Event coverage   38 Top Hand

Clayton Edsall shines the brightest, winning the World’s Greatest Horseman title on his versatile gelding Skeets Oak Peppy.

  46 Classic in Cowtown

Chris Dawson rides Shiney Sparklette to the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Championship.

  92 Collegiate Showdown

60 Top of the World

80 2015 NRCHA National Champions

96 Where Are They Now?

NRCHA’s 2015 World Champions crowned at the 2016 Celebration of Champions.

Meet the standout performers who captured NRCHA National Championships in 2015. Tootie Truesdell talks about why she returned to cow horse competition. Primo Morales

The inaugural NRCHA Collegiate Incentive gives young horsemen and women a unique opportunity.

In Every Issue   4 From the NRCHA Executive Director   8 Q&A with the NRCHA President

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NRCHA Sponsor Spotlight NRCHA Judges Directory Subscribed Stallion Program Top Rider List NRCHA Membership Information Affiliate List Suspended List NRCHA Committee Directory NRCHA Approved Events

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12 The New NRCHA Board of Directors 14 Metallic Cat Incentive 16 Quotable 18 Ima Jos Doll Passes 22 Notable Non Pro 24 NWSS Welcomes NRCHA 26 NRCHYA News 30 The Broncos’ Bronco 34 Affiliate News

38 On the cover: The 2016 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Clayton Edsall riding Skeets Oak Peppy. Photo by Primo Morales.

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Volume 21, Number 2

The famous catch-phrase, “No bucks, no Buck Rogers,” was made popular by the 1983 movie “The Right Stuff,” about the early days of the American space program. It meant that without financial support through positive public engagement, the pilots couldn’t fly and the program couldn’t advance. Although our National Reined Cow Horse Association activities are firmly anchored to planet Earth, the “No bucks, no Buck Rogers” concept is relevant to us. Our financial supporters— our sponsors—are the lifeblood of our association. Without them, our riders wouldn’t have rewarding opportunities to compete, and our entire structure would grind to a halt. They interact

with us in this supportive way because they feel good about the relationship and the outcome of their sponsorship. Building momentum through enthusiasm and increased participation is the key to attracting, and equally as important, retaining our sponsors. Here is a perfect example. Part of the reason our newest NRCHA Corporate Partner, DT Horses, wanted to form a relationship with the association is because owner Dean Tuftin had a positive experience at the 2013 World’s Greatest Horseman. We didn’t know we had impressed Dean at that event until we got to know him a few years later. However, he tells us that the fun he had as he watched Boyd Rice rope and ride his way to the World’s Greatest title in Fort Worth, Texas, that year, was a factor in his decision to become a major supporter and presenting sponsor of the World’s Greatest Horseman in 2016. It is impossible to overstate the importance of our sponsors as we go forward with another ambitious NRCHA Premier Event calendar in 2016. Please join me in remembering that behind each sponsor is a person, or group of people, who share the same passion for our sport as those of us who own, train and show these great reined cow horses. Nurturing that relationship by providing a positive experience in every way we can is one of our enduring priorities, which goes hand-in-hand with our other core mission, continued growth. All the best, Jay Winborn

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Q&A with NRCHA President Todd Bergen In his second term as NRCHA President Todd Bergen reflects on the Celebration of Champions and discusses a few new changes in store for 2016. Reined Cow Horse News: We just wrapped up the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and World’s Greatest Horseman in Fort Worth, Texas. What are some of your thoughts about the first event of 2016? Todd Bergen: I think the show was a success all the way around, and in fact, it looks like our biggest World Championship show ever. In reviewing the entry numbers since we moved this event to Fort Worth in 2013, our participation is up by almost 40 percent. That’s a very encouraging trend. We sold out the house on finals night for the World’s Greatest Horseman, and people still kept buying the standing-room-only tickets. It was a great thing to see, and all of us in the World’s Greatest finals had a blast showing in front of that crowd. RCHN: Which divisions saw the most growth? TB: Our biggest growth by far has been in the Youth Bridle and Youth Limited. Those classes were huge in Fort Worth this year, with 24 in the Youth Bridle prelims and 34 in the Youth Limited prelims. Looking at our youth participation overall for the

2015 show season, at all the NRCHA approved events, we had a total of 8,000 youth entries, which is growth of 117 percent over the three-year period since 2013. This is encouraging for everyone because, of course, the Youth are the future of our whole sport, and it points to the positive effects of our alliance with the National High School Rodeo Association, which is attracting a new group of young riders to try the NRCHA. RCHN: What else will we see that’s new in 2016? TB: There are some positive changes for our Non Pros this year, particularly our Non Pro Limited eligible riders. The $1,000 Non Pro Limited division will change from a provisional division to an official division, which means there will be a World Championship class at the Celebration of Champions next year. Riders will be qualifying during this 2016 show season.   Also, the Non Pro Limited derbies are now open to 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses. Our boxing riders told us they wanted an extra year of eligibility to show those horses, so we went ahead and made that rule change.

/////////About Todd Bergen ational Reined Cow Horse Association President Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, will be continuing in 2016 with another term as President. He is looking ahead to another ambitious Premier Event calendar and many encouraging signs of continued growth for the association. In Todd’s highly decorated show career, he has captured nearly every major accolade in both the reined cow horse and reining arenas. He is only the second rider to achieve NRCHA Two Million Dollar earnings status. Our NRCHA President welcomes your feedback! He can be reached via email at



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NRCHA Board of Directors New and returning members of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Board of Directors took office at the beginning of 2016. Here is a list of your current NRCHA officers, executive committee members, and directors, as well as their e-mail contact information and the expiration date of their term.



Todd Bergen Term expires at the end of 2016

Brad Barkemeyer Term expires at the end of 2017

Vice President:

Joe Carter Term expires at the end of 2018

Paul Bailey Term expires at the end of 2016

Secretary: Sandy Collier Term expires at the end of 2017

Treasurer: Trey Neal Term expires at the end of 2018

Executive Committee:

Dan Roeser Term expires at the end of 2017


President: Kaylin Wheeler, Montana Vice President: Colleen Bridges, Texas Secretary: Elizabeth Clymer, Texas

Jon Roeser Term expires at the end of 2016

Treasurer: Wyatt Fisher, California

Jim Lane Term expires at the end of 2018


Amanda Gardiner Term expires at the end of 2017

Dave Allen Term expires at the end of 2016

Jake Telford Term expires at the end of 2018

Diane Edwards 2016

Todd Crawford Term expires at the end of 2016


Jimmy Stickler – Board Member 2016 Ted Robinson – NRCHF Chairman

Reporter: Opal Harkins, Montana International: Lynn Sandvoss, Germany Northeast: Luke Paulus, Ohio Southeast: Caleb Bailey, Tennessee North Central: Regan Wheatley, Colorado Northwest: TBD South Central: Bailey Gregg, Oklahoma Southwest: Brock Hieber, California

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New Metallic Cat Incentive at 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes courtesy Metallic Cat/Fults Ranch


Stephanie Duquette

at the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity ffspring of leading National Select Sale in Reno, Nevada. Cutting Horse Association “He’s smart, he’s got a lot of performer and sire Metallic bone under him, he’s able to hold Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Metallic Cat is a up, especially with the cow horse Shadow x Peptoboonsmal) are leading sire of both and the three-event status, you’ve eligible for a new $10,000 incencutting and reined cow got to have a big, strong, good tive check at the 2016 NRCHA horse performers. horse, and he’s able to answer Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, that calling,” Fults said, adding Nevada, March 27 - April 2. that when he attended the Snaffle Any Metallic Cat foal that Bit Futurity last fall, he was suradvances to the 2016 NRCHA prised and impressed to see the Stakes Finals is eligible for the impact his stallion’s offspring incentive. The Metallic Cat offwere making. spring with the highest compos“When we walked in and ite score in the finals will receive saw how people have accepted the $10,000 paycheck. Metallic Cat, and how his colts “It’s a way to say thank you to were selling and performing, it the reined cow horse folks, for was a humbling night to say the believing in our stud and getleast,” Fults said. ting us started in this industry,” The high-selling 2015 Select says Alvin Fults, Metallic Cat’s Metallic Cat’s owner, Alvin Fults (far right) was so impressed with his stalowner. lion’s offspring at the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity that he bought the high-selling 2-Year-Old, Metallic Look, was purchased by Fults and is conWith less than two full foal Select 2-Year-Old, Metallic Look (Metallic Cat x Smart Lookin Hi Brow x High Brow Hickory), consigned by Justin and Kelcie Lawrence, Alzada, Montana. tinuing in training for the 2016 crops to show, Metallic Cat’s sire NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. earnings are already more than The highest NRCHA money-earning $6 million. In 2014, he was the No. 2 sire he never missed the finals or lost a horse by Metallic Cat is Call Me Mitch, of 3-year-old NRCHA performers and cow. “We showed him for nine months a 2011 stallion out of the Doc’s Hickory the no. 3 sire of National Cutting Horse and it was just a big blur. He was every- daughter, Miss Hickory Hill. Paso Association performers. The 2005 stallion is a NCHA Futurity where, he was winning everything and Robles, California, professional Phillip Champion, NCHA Horse of the Year just dominating. It was a dream come Ralls has guided Call Me Mitch to $81,896 in reined cow horse money. Call and a member of the NCHA Hall of true for us,” Alvin Fults said. With only a small group of performing Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat. Fame. He is the second highest moneyFor more information about the earning stallion in NCHA history, and NRCHA foals, Metallic Cat has already in 12 show outings with cutting horse sired multiple Snaffle Bit Futurity Open NRCHA Stallion Stakes, visit www. professional Beau Galyean at the reins, finalists and the high-selling 2-year-old

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Quotable I really enjoy watching people start at the beginner level in the boxing, and graduate up into a bridle horse, go down the fence, and then have a 3-year-old futurity horse. It’s fun for me to watch people, whether I know them or not. You kind of see them out of the corner of your eye, and think, ‘that person really got better this year!’ It’s fun to see.” —NRCHA Professional Lyn Anderson

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Ima Jo’s Doll, 1986 - 2016 Former Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion passes. MIDGE AMES PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER MCLEVIN

Carl Gould and Ima Jo’s Doll making a big fence run en route to their 1989 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship.


ma Jo’s Doll, a 1986 mare sired by the 1983 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby champion Ima Doc Olena and out of Quanah’s Leo Girl, passed away suddenly on December 16, 2015. “She was healthy and sound right up until her last day,” says the mare’s owner Heather McLevin of Thunderstruck Ranch located in Alberta, Canada. “She was a great mare in every way and we are very humbled to have had the opportunity to have shared some of our life with her. She was almost 30.” Bred by B.J. Ellard of Dallas, Texas, Ima Jo’s Doll earned the title of 1989 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion ridden by Carl Gould for owners Mary

Walker and Sylvia Hale. Ima Jo’s Doll went on to earn $7,810 in the National Cutting Horse Association, as well as perpetuate her influence as a broodmare of note for Thunderstruck Ranch. Her offspring include: My Mom Won It All (x Cattin), a 2003 NRCHA Snaffle

Working Cow Horse; and multiple reined cow horse futurity, derby, two rein and bridle champion Have A Drink On Me (x High Sign Nugget), an earner of $44,400. As breeders of Appaloosa reined cow horses, Thunderstruck Ranch wished nothing more than to own Ima Jo’s Doll, making several attempts to buy her from Jimmie Miller Smith, who’d owned the mare since 1995. “Finally, Miss Jimmie called us and said she decided that she would be better in our reined cow horse program and allowed us to buy her,” says McLevin. “That was in late 2003 or 2004. She was in foal to Boot Scootin Dually when she arrived here. We’ve always been very grateful to Jimmie Miller Smith.”

“She was a great mare in every way and we are very humbled to have had the opportunity to have shared some of our life with her. She was almost 30.” Bit Futurity Intermediate Open finalist; Ima Bootscootin Lena (x Boot Scootin Dually), the 2007 Canadian Supreme Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion and 2007 ApHC World Champion Jr.

Thunderstruck Ranch still has three of the cornerstone mare’s offspring, including a 3-year-old in training with Brad Pedersen, as well as one granddaughter.

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Notable Non Pro For NRCHA Non Pro Shaleah Hester, horsemanship and family are closely connected. Courtesy Shaleah Hester

Shaleah Hester’s love for horses began at a very early age.

Link and Virginia Langford, “now support me from Heaven,” she said, along with her brother, Shadey Hester. “He is my angel that I ride for every time. We lost Shadey almost 10 years ago, so he rides with me and I push myself to do well for him. He is my driving force and inspiration.” Her parents, Vernon and Tana Hester; sisters Shea Sprayberry and Shyrah Jones; and grandfather Otis Hester also deserve credit for her success, along with the Metcalfs and past trainers Aleta Spivey and Brian Simpson. Hester and “Red” are a pair to watch in the future, as they plan to move out of the Non Pro Limited to the fence work division. Primo Morales


allas, Texas, competitor Shaleah Hester, 35, has only been showing reined cow horses for a few years, but her love for all things equestrian goes all the way back to the days of her early childhood. “My grandfather, Link Langford, and parents, Vernon and Tana Hester, got me hooked on horses. I started competing in 4-H when I was 7. My grandfather and mother had a love for horses and it transferred to me,” Hester said. The medical device sales representative never relinquished her passion for riding, competing in all-around shows as a youth, experimenting with different disciplines, and honing her talents during college as a member of the Texas A & M Women’s Equestrian Team.

She earned her first NRCHA money in 2011, and since then, has loved every minute she has spent riding reined cow horses. “It’s addicting and a rush when you combine the speed and athleticism of a powerful horse, and the talent while working cattle. Horses are my stress reliever and being around them fills me with so much joy,” she said. Hester rides under the guidance of NRCHA Professionals Steve, Carol and Carter Metcalf. She credits their expertise with helping her achieve a lifetime dream: winning the 2014 NRCHA Non Pro Limited World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas, aboard CD Smart Brat (Nasty CD x Shesa Smart Brat x Smart Chic Olena). Hester and “Red,” a 7-year-old gelding she started showing in 2014, were also the 2015 NRCHA South Central Region Champions in the Non Pro Limited and the $5,000 Non Pro Limited, making her past two show seasons by far the most successful of her fledgling NRCHA career. “Winning the NRCHA World Championship is something you dream about from a young age and only hope to accomplish one day. The drive and challenge to compete and be successful is what I strive for every time I climb in the saddle,” she said. Hester cherishes the memory of several family members who have passed away, calling them the “angels” who influence her horsemanship and competitive dreams. Her grandparents,

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The horse-crazy kid can now call herself an NRCHA Champion. After just a few seasons of reined cow horse experience, Hester guided her gelding, CD Smart Brat to the 2014 NRCHA Non Pro Limited World Championship.

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Mile High Win Luke Jones rides CD Pepto to NRCHA win in Denver.

By Bonnie Wheatley – Photos by Performance Horse Photography Schueller. Scoring 148 points out of the herd and 142 in the reining had Jones well positioned going into the fence work where a spectacular 149-point performance secured the win. The composite score of 439 points earned by Jones and CD Pepto was worth $2,806 in the aggregate. The 7-year-old mare by CD Lights is one that came into Jones’ program as a yearling and has earned a special place in his equine line-up thanks to her versatile and winning ways. “Her owner Kenny Schueller also shows her in the Non Pro,” said Jones. “She’s won about $30,000-plus in the cow horse, plus she’s been a top 15 finalist at the AQHA World Show in Junior Heeling and Senior Calf Roping. We rodeo on her as well, she’s a very versatile type of mare that can do the cow horse and the roping and everycontinued on page 26


mong the pre-eminent winter livestock shows and rodeos in the nation, the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, showcased NRCHA action January 19-20 for the first time in the 110-year history of the event. A total of $13,500 in added money was available to 26 entries across three divisions—the Open, Non Pro and Non Pro Limited. Luke Jones, Allerton, Iowa, rode away with the $10,000-added Open division title riding CD Pepto (CD Lights x Peptowood) for owner Kenneth

Top photo: Hosted by the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, the NRCHA Open division championship went to Luke Jones riding CD Pepto for owner Kenneth Schueller. Left photo: Kenneth Schueller scored the NRCHA Non Pro championship at the National Western Stock Show riding Booha Boon.

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The Future Looks Bright


outh officers and their advisors stayed very busy during the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions. With Youth Bridle and Youth Limited entries at an all-time high, events outside the arena such as a two-step dance class, meetings and officer elections gave youth contestants plenty to keep them busy thanks to the great advanced

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NRCHA Youth membership numbers are on the gain as the next generation experienced a busy week at the Celebration of Champions.

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Jeremy Cox of Arkansas was the lucky Smart Chic Olena raffle winner selected by NRCHYA student officers Elizabeth Clymer, Elizabeth Armstrong, Kaylin Wheeler, Opal Harkens, and Nolan Self. The raffle raised $6,000 to benefit NRCHYA thanks to Trevor and Tiffiny Bond of Smokin’ Gun Performance Horses.

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Community Outreach

2011 - 137 youth members 2012 - 124 youth members 2013 - 230 youth members 2014 - 236 youth members 2015 - 274 youth members

NRCHYA Fund Raising For the second consecutive year Smokin’ Gun Performance Horses donated one live foal guaranteed breeding to Smart Chic Olena for the 2016 breeding season. The NRCHYA agreed to enroll the 2017 Smart Chic Olena foal crop into the Subscribed Stallion program, making the winner of this year’s raffle offspring eligible to compete at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes as a 4- and 5-year-old. Tickets were $50 each and the winner was drawn Saturday, February 20, during the World’s

Greatest Horseman Finals. Thank you to Trevor and Tiffiny Bond of Smokin’ Gun Performance Horses for this wonderful fundraising opportunity, which generated $6,000 for the NRCHYA.

Membership Gains As a testament to the solid growth within the NRCHA youth ranks, youth entries and membership track steadily higher with each passing year. The youth divisions gained over 3,000 entries in 2015.

NRCHYA President Nolan Self addresses youth members at the National Youth Meeting.



Youth exhibitors secured donations toward the NRCHYA’s community service project benefiting Serendipity Equine Haven (SEH), a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization located in Fort Worth, Texas. The NRCHYA delivered a truckload of items including gently-used tack and grooming supplies to SEH on Friday, February 19. SEH is a therapeutic riding center serving children and adults who have a wide variety of special needs. SEH provides equine therapy, completely free of charge, to those who are denied therapy coverage by insurance companies. SEH also reaches out to youth at a local behavioral center to help with day-to-day duties and activities

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around the facility. Youth riders who attended the National Youth Meeting and secured donations to SEH received the benefit of a free youth stall for any horse competing in the Youth Bridle or Youth Limited class only.

NRCHYA Advisor Todd Crawford, who has actively encouraged growth of NRCHA youth programs, addresses youth members at the National Youth Meeting.


The NRCHYA delivered a truckload of items including gently-used tack and grooming supplies to SEH on Friday, February 19.


Patti Colbert encouraged youth members to consider their larger roles within the industry as “the future of not only the reined cow horse business, but the entire horse industry.”

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The Broncos’ Bronco A look at NRCHA’s connection to Broncos’ mascot “Thunder” and his trainer Ann Judge-Wegener. By Bonnie Wheatley


ational Reined Cow Horse Association Membership Coordinator Barbara Nahlik talks to people from all walks of life whose common bond is an interest in the cow horse. One such individual is Ann Judge-Wegener, a member of the NRCHA since 2014 and a 1A NRCHA judge. But what fellow NRCHA members may not know about JudgeWegener is that as the trainer of Denver Broncos’ mascot Thunder, she recently took to the field at Levi’s Stadium for the 50th Super Bowl, where the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10. Judge-Wegener, an Arabian show official for many years, had judged Working Western classes at Arabian events, an interest that ultimately triggered her involvement in the NRCHA. “The Working Western division caught my early interest and I really made a goal of making myself a student of it,” she says. “I did this for many years—I’ve had my Arabian association judging card since ’93—but I knew that if I wanted to be a premier Arabian judge I needed to go through the NRCHA’s program. The NRCHA is so known for excellence in their judging program. I’d been involved as a scribe, as well. I scribed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno. Two years ago I got my NRCHA judges card and I’m so proud of that.”

Judge-Wegener recently completed her 18th season with the Broncos franchise, explaining that she has ridden Thunders 1, 2 and 3 during the course of her tenure. Each Thunder was donated by Sharon Magness-Blake, who Judge-Wegener says was once the largest breeder of Arabian horses in the United States. Thunder 1 was a stallion that was retired at age 20; Thunder 2 also retired at 20, which was three years ago, and Thunder 3 has been going since Super Bowl 28.

“People ask me all the time about how I desensitize the horses for something like that, and the truth of it is that you don’t.” “We actually flew him to New York City for that game due to the polar vortex creating uncertain weather conditions across the United States,” recalls Judge-Wegener. “He was flown via FedEx, which is a very common practice with many upper level dressage and Olympic horses, since it’s much safer than traveling in a trailer in sub-zero temperatures, actually.” While Thunder 3 had the experience of some pre-season games, JudgeWegener says they had never led the

team out of the tunnel until that Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in NYC. “People ask me all the time about how I desensitize the horses for something like that, and the truth of it is that you don’t,” she says. “They’re flight animals and you wouldn’t want to take away their innate instincts, but I start with simple stuff; I call them faith walks.” Judge-Wegener builds trust gradually, which she must do in order to deal with the varied situations in which she and Thunder commonly find themselves such as elevators, hotels, stadiums, large crowds—even the kitchen of the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver. “I work him on cows a lot, water crossings and things like that to help deal with the noise and stimulus later. It’s simple stuff, like going from gravel to flagstone,” says Judge-Wegener, adding that the unique depth perception horses have affects how they navigate the various surfaces she and Thunder encounter. During Super Bowl 50, Thunder was housed at Stanford University’s Equestrian Team facility, which JudgeWegener describes as a subdued and quiet environment. “Because the members of the team are training so diligently to develop their horsemanship skills and feel, it’s an intensely quiet atmosphere,” she

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NRCHA member Ann Judge-Wegener and Denver Broncos’ mascot Thunder.

says. “It was quite a juxtaposition for me to go from that environment to the Super Bowl setting.” Judge-Wegener added that this year there was no chance to practice the

entry since the field was tarped following half time experience rehearsals, which were longer than usual. “When he ran out, that was the first time he had stepped foot on that field,”

she says. “Horses are so humbling in that I am constantly amazed at how they will do whatever it is you ask of them, and do it so willingly.”

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the groundwork for the development of the Sandhills and South Dakota RCHA’s. At this juncture, Jerry Peters came on the scene and has remained a tremendous asset in many areas, key among them the financial planning, organization and show management integral to keeping the association in business. CRCA is proud of its roots, as well as its innovative ideas, several of which have been accepted at the national level. The CRCA was the first to introduce classes that became NRCHA standards in the following years: Novice Horse Derby (CRCA in 2007, NRCHA in 2011); Select Classes (CRCA 2010, NRCHA 2014); Non Pro Limited Futurity and Derby classes (CRCA 2011, NRCHA 2013); $1K Non Pro Limited (CRCA 2014 ($500 NP Ltd), NRCHA 2015). In 2012, total CRCA payouts exceeded $440,000, membership fluctuates above the 300 mark, and the CRCA produces as many as 16 horse shows annually. Not a lavish for-profit corporation, the CRCA exists as a non-profit, relying heavily upon the devotion of its volunteers, including its board of directors, members, and sponsors. The CRCA is continuing to grow with 10 show dates slated for 2016 with 41 actual show days. The CRCA is proud to celebrate two decades of steady grassroots growth and looks forward to the next 20 years. For more on the CRCA, visit


he Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association recognized its 2015 year-end champions at an annual banquet held in Castle Rock, Colorado, on January 16, in conjunction with the CRCA World Show Warmup. The association presented awards to champions and top placing riders in the final CRCA standings in 16 divisions, plus four “High Five” Saddle CRCA Hall of Fame inductees Tim Unzicker, Jim Cook, and Champions: Open, Keith Vogel and Darren Miller pictured at one of the early CRCA shows. Ted Swanson’s Coloradoboonsmal; Non Pro, Sheri Mundhenke and Dunnits ship skills. The result of those informal Surprise; Non Pro Limited, Kristy Miller discussions was the Colorado Reined and Glamors Bling Bling; and Youth, Cowhorse Association. The inaugural CRCA futurity was born soon after. Lannie-Jo Lisac and Soulanova. Not only were the winners rewarded Held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1996, for all their hard work throughout the Glenn Barlow, Gillette, Wyoming, won season, but to make the 20th anniver- the eight entry Open, as well as the Non sary extra special, the board recognized Pro. Next came the Sagebrush Derby, the hard work and dedication of those originally held in Sterling, Colorado in instrumental in building and promot- 2000, before being relocated to Pueblo. ing the organization by establishing Thanks to the support of some dedithe CRCA Hall of Fame. The CRCA cated riders along the way – Tommy welcomed Darren Miller, Jim Cook, Tim Thompson, Marilyn Peters, Tom Neel, Unzicker and the horse Diggers Rest Cathy Coleman, Bozo Rogers, Sheri into the Hall of Fame for their commit- Gilkerson, Todd Thieszen, and the ment to the fledging CRCA, which is Samenfinks, the show boasted three times as many horses as there were now a flourishing NRCHA affiliate. stalls. Being a board member often requires “extra” duties, and that year CRCA History With the cow horse discipline very was no exception with volunteers much in its infancy in the mountain assembling temporary stalls, adding region, Darren Miller held a clinic in 1996 additional water sources, and more. The CRCA kept growing and in the at his facility in Lafayette, Colorado. Afterwards, a few of the attendees early 2000’s, CRCA trainers held clinhung around talking about their desire ics in Nebraska and South Dakota, to have something new in Colorado which helped grow the sport regionto test and progress their horseman- ally. The result of this influence laid

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DUAL R SMOKIN is a 2005 Quarter Horse stallion sired by NRCHA Million Dollar Sire Dual Rey, and out of the Peptoboonsmal daughter, Smokin Pepto. Dual R Smokin is an earner of more than $220,000 in the National Cutting Horse Association. Among his many titles is the 2011 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non Pro Championship. Dual R Smokin is bred for success, with a pedigree that will bring strength to the cutting horse industry and lead to opportunities in the reining and reined cow horse industries as well. Dual R Smokin is under the guidance of Constance Jaeggi, owner of J5 Ranch Management, LLC, who has been working diligently to create an awardwinning breeding program. She works in partnership with J5 Ranch resident trainer Chubby Turner, who assists in breeding, training and showing. Learn more about this outstanding performer and sire at Gardiner Quarter Horses, Ashland, Kansas, is the home of champion cow horse performer and sire, Hes Wright On (Lenas Wright On x Shesa Lota Nic x Reminic). Garth and Amanda Gardiner have handpicked some of the cow horse industry’s best broodmares for their program. They are raising exceptional prospects with the breeding, brains and talent to take you to the winner’s circle. The Gardiners are very involved in every aspect of the NRCHA, and they are happy to visit with you about their prospects, their program and their great stallions. Find out more at

Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC, with locations in Santa Ynez, California, and Weatherford, Texas, has become a leading breeder and owner of reined cow horses, reining horses, and cutting horses. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is a passion at Holy Cow where dedication to raising quality performers that are world class in their respective fields is paramount. Holy Cow is home to some of the finest broodmares in the industry, including top reined cow horse producer Sheza Shinette. The stallion roster includes Shady Lil Starlight, Nabisco Roan, Once A Von A Time and Heza Shiney Kodo. Their sponsorship and support of the NRCHA includes the $50,000 added CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular, a showcase for the industry’s elite bridle horses, at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California. Learn more about Holy Cow Performance Horses at

Matthews Cutting Horses, owned and operated by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, is the home of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire One Time Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). Matthews Cutting Horses is well known for superior performance horse bloodlines. The Matthews’ breeding program is built on extraordinary pedigrees and exceptional performance. His first foals came of show age in 2010, and in 2014, One Time Pepto was the No. 1 NRCHA Sire. In 2015, he was the leading sire of NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale horses. One Time Pepto’s performing foals have earned more than $10 million in all disciplines. Learn more about One Time Pepto at

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Michael and Michelle Miola built Silver Spurs Equine out of a passion for great horses and the sport of reining. Located in Cave Creek, Arizona, their world-class training and breeding facility is home to great stallions, including NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, Nic It In The Bud. Visit to learn more. NRCHA Breeder Sponsor, Smart Boons, is a stallion with lifetime show earnings of nearly $200,000. The red roan son of Peptoboonsmal is out of Smart Little Easter, a daughter of Smart Little Lena. He is owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn— and has been trained and shown for most of his career by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing. The Dunns are very excited about Smart Boons’ future as a leading sire—and they invite you to share their passion! Learn more at Wagonhound Land and Livestock, headquartered just south of Douglas, Wyoming, is a working ranch with some of the top American Quarter Horses and Red Angus cattle in the country. Its operations span more than 150,000 acres. Wagonhound Land and Cattle features one of the top horse breeding and training operations in the state. An outstanding broodmare band is housed there, and the ranch makes use of its own stallions – NRCHA Million Dollar Sire WR This Cats Smart and AQHA World Champion and NRCHA Open Two-Rein World Champion Genuine Masterpiece – as well as some of the other top cutting and cow horse stallions in the industry. The ranch’s operations include 2,500 of the finest Red Angus cattle in the market. They are selected and managed to produce high quality replacement heifers and the highest grade of beef. Visit for more information.

The Ward Ranch was founded in 1972 by NRCHA Hall of Fame member and Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Greg Ward and his family. The Ward Ranch name is synonymous with great cow horses. Throughout its history, the Ward Ranch has produced more than 140 NRCHA Futurity Finalists including nine Open Champions and five Non Pro Champions. The Ranch also supports the National Reined Cow Horse Association by donating a royally bred raffle colt each year. Visit them on the web at

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Among the best of the best, Clayton Edsall shines the brightest, winning the multitasking World’s Greatest Horseman title on his versatile gelding, Skeets Oak Peppy.


ort Worth, Texas, has the nickname “Cowtown” for its colorful history as a booming cattle industry hub. Over the decades, the city has seen innumerable rank bovines, capable cowponies and gritty riders. But only once a year, when the National Reined Cow Horse Association crowns its top hand, does Cowtown see those three things together in the unique World’s Greatest Horseman package. The World’s Greatest Horseman moved to Fort Worth in 2014, and the local audience immediately and enthusiastically filled the stands at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, showing its appreciation for the difficult four-event test of the all around horse and rider: herd work, rein work, steer-stopping and fence work. The 2016 edition of the World’s Greatest Horseman attracted a sellout crowd to the John Justin Arena for the Saturday, February 20 finals. When all the seats

Skeets Oak Peppy and Clayton Edsall won the World’s Greatest Horseman herd work finals with a 221.

were filled, the ticket office asked if the NRCHA wanted to keep selling standingroom-only admission, and the answer was a resounding “yes!” “This was a great night for reined cow horse,” observed industry insider C.J. Murphy, a NRCHA non pro competitor and sales manager for Equibrand, the parent company of NRCHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine. “Even with The

American [Rodeo] semi-finals going on the same night right across town, Fort Worth filled up this arena to watch us.” With new support from the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman presenting sponsor DT Horses, and an enduring commitment from Kalpowar Quarter Horses, who returned as the primary awards sponsor, the World’s Greatest Horseman stage was set for the 10 final-

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“If it’s your day, it’s your day.” Primo Morales

little watchy and a little boogery, but for some reason, when he comes in the show pen, he gets more serious.” True to form, Skeets Oak Peppy was all business, carrying Edsall through four consistent performances to the top 883 composite score. The pair nailed the finals herd work with a 221, the high score of the go-round, then put up a respectable 219 in the rein work and 218 in the steer-stopping. A sparkling 225 down the fence, the second-high score of the round, gave them the World’s Greatest Horseman title by one point. “In the rein work, he was solid. He was a tick better in the prelims, but he let me do all the maneuvers and he ran pretty honest,” Edsall said, admitting that the steer-stopping was possibly the trickiest event out of the four, even for a ranchraised hand and experienced roper like himself. “The steer-stopping - that’s probably the most nerve-wracking event you can have one of us do. There are so many Primo Morales

Oakdale, California, professional Clayton Edsall, 35, had been within reach of the World’s Greatest Horseman title twice before, making the finals on his 2007 gelding, Skeets Oak Peppy (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) for the first time in 2013, finishing eighth; and again in 2014, finishing fifth. The third World’s Greatest finals appearance proved to be a charm for the pair, as they steadily maneuvered their way through the demanding competition to the Championship. Edsall overcame a field of impressive NRCHA achievers, including NRCHA Two Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen; NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and defending 2015 World’s Greatest Horseman Corey Cushing; Million Dollar Riders Jake Telford and Doug Williamson; and the two-time World’s Greatest Horseman winning combination of Ron Emmons and Olena Oak (Smart Chic Olena x Fritzs Oak E Doakie x Doc’s Oak). The experience and confidence gained since his first World’s Greatest finals appearance in 2013, when Skeets Oak Peppy was still new to the bridle, made a difference for Edsall.

“I think getting him more seasoned, and me more seasoned, and just realizing I did have a chance to win it, even in the prelims. I didn’t have as good a steer as I needed in the roping prelims, and I didn’t have as good a cow as I needed down the fence. I guess it was the realization that, if I got drawn right, I did have a chance to do it.” Edsall and “Sly” finished fifth in the preliminaries, and the soft-spoken horseman, who arrived in Fort Worth with just over $209,000 in lifetime NRCHA earnings, kept his mental game straightforward as he prepared his feely sorrel gelding for the bright lights, commotion and physical demands of the finals. “For so long, a guy wants to win something, and then after a while you realize you just have to do the best you can, and if it’s your day, it’s your day,” he said. “I tried to keep him as fresh as I could, tried to make every step count, not being silly loping him down for each event, and just trying to get him right. He’s always a

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he World’s Greatest Horseman, presented by DT Horses, came with a big payout and a tremendous prize package. Clayton Edsall took home a $25,000 paycheck as well as a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist buckle and CR Morrison Trophy, sponsored by World’s Greatest Horseman awards sponsor Kalpowar Quarter Horses. Additional sponsored prizes were a pair of chaps from Joey Jemison; custom ostrich Rios of Mercedes boots; a fleece cooler from Classic Equine, a prize packet from Farnam, and product from Platinum Performance. Working second in the draw down the fence, Edsall took an early lead but wasn’t sure the score would hold up for the win. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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///////// NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman guys who rope way better than me. Last year, I split the horns and didn’t make the finals, and a handful of people did it tonight. I was just wanting to get them caught. I thought, ‘don’t think about steer-stopping just think about going out there and roping with a bunch of your buddies.’ So that’s what I tried to do,” he said. Going into the fence work, Edsall and Sly were in third place, trailing the leaders, Todd Bergen and Smart Luck, by eight points. Working second in the fence draw, Edsall took the early lead but had to anxiously wait to find out whether the score would endure to win the championship. “I knew I had to go with as much cow as I could handle down the fence, or else those guys were going to catch me, and you saw them - they almost did. They gave me a new cow, and the second cow worked out real well. Everybody here does such a good job. I tried to do the best I could, and let it fall where it may,” Edsall said. Todd Bergen and Smart Luck (Very Smart Remedy x Gunna Be Lucky x Gunna Smoke), the overall leaders going into the final event, mounted a serious

challenge and appeared on track to win their first World’s Greatest Horseman title, until misfortune struck down the fence. The 2006 stallion slipped badly coming out of a turn, and by the time he regained his feet, had lost control of the cow for a disappointing 197 point score. The pair finished in sixth place. “It’s a hard pill to swallow, but you know what, it happened because he’s trying so hard. I can’t take anything away from him. You hate for it to happen, but he’s a great horse. I don’t think I’ll ever have another one like him,” Bergen said. “There’s nothing like this event. It’s the elite, it’s physical, it’s tough, it’s hard, you name it – it’s got all the ingredients. To get a horse you feel like you can be competitive with here, is a special horse.”

Not for sale Skeets Oak Peppy certainly fits the “special horse” description in the Edsall household. The World’s Greatest Horseman title elevates the gelding’s NRCHA earnings past $153,000. “He was one of my earlier horses to train, and he’s such a great athlete. I’ve won a lot of money on him, but I haven’t

Edsall, with 8-month-old son Weston, dedicated his win to the memory of his brother, William Roy Edsall.

won any big titles on him, and I always felt like he deserved it,” Edsall said. After the 2012 NRCHA Derby, when Edsall and Sly won the Intermediate Open Championship and finished fourth in the Open - their biggest career accomplishment at the time - Edsall said he had no plans to sell his horse. Almost four years and one World’s Greatest Horseman title later, he still feels that way, though more than one prospective buyer has come calling.

////////// More Top Scores he high score in the steer-stopping preliminaries, a 226, belonged to two-time World’s Greatest Horseman combination Ron Emmons, Ione, California, and Olena Oak (Smart Chic Olena x Fritzs Oak E Doakie x Doc’s Oak), owned by Nichole Scott and LaDona Emmons. The duo earned a Gist buckle for winning the go-round, and also had the high preliminary composite score, an 881.5 (213 herd/217.5 rein/226 rope/225 cow). They finished seventh in the finals. In the herd work preliminaries, Matt Koch won the Gist buckle when he guided SDP Blue Blood (Laredo Blue x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey), owned by the Blue Blood Partners, to the round-winning 224. The Douglas, Wyoming cowboy and the roan stallion finished fourth overall in the World’s Greatest Horseman finals.

The high score in the preliminary herd work, a 224, went to Matt Koch and SDP Blue Blood.

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Ron Emmons and Olena Oak won the steer-stopping preliminaries with a 226.

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///////// NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman “Even in the last couple of years, there’s been some fairly hefty offers,” Edsall said. But Sly, with his big motor and big personality, has carved out a permanent place with Edsall, his wife-to-be, Chelsea

Barney, and the couple’s 8-month-old son, Weston. “He’s a little quirky to be around, but Chelsea gets along with him great and she shows him really good, and he’ll be a good kid’s horse for Weston some day. Weston may be the youngest World’s Greatest Horseman competitor - you never know,” Edsall said, smiling. “The Skeets Peppy horses march on pretty strong, so when he’s about 18, he might be just right.” Edsall did not rule out another World’s Greatest appearance for himself and Sly in 2017, but hinted at a different contender waiting in the wings. “There’s another little horse we own, and he may get the call. We’ll just have to see,” Edsall said. The Montana-born cowboy’s fans will remember the “little horse” as Johnny, the gelding Edsall showed to the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals. Johnny made a big impression that year, first for showing as a “grade horse,” and later for the scary wreck he

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Jake Gorrell celebrates after making the high scoring fence work of the prelims, a 228, to earn a place in the World’s Greatest Horseman finals on Smooth N Cash.


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wo formidable World’s Greatest Horseman finalists - Jake Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, aboard Hes Shinettes CD; and Jake Gorrell, Hanford, California, aboard Smooth N Cash, both lost cows in the preliminary herd work. Typically, a lost cow and the resulting low herd work score can be enough to keep a contestant out of the finals in stiff World’s Greatest Horseman competition. However, both Jakes and their stalwart horses, undeterred by the shaky start, battled back with huge scores through the rest of the preliminaries to earn spots in the clean-slate finals. Gorrell and Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash x Miss N Cash), owned by Roloff Ranch, placed third in the finals, while Telford and Holy Cow Performance Horses’ Hes Shinettes CD (CD Olena x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark) finished fifth.

and Edsall endured in the Open finals fence work. Johnny showed as an unregistered “pauper” in 2013, but now claims his true “prince” status, holding American Quarter Horse Association papers that validate his royal breeding and official name, Johnny Isalena (Quejanaisalena x Dual Train x Dual Peppy). “I may try to get him in the bridle,” Edsall said. He thanked his herd help - Justin Wright, Kelby Phillips, Todd Crawford, Brandon Buttars and Russell Dilday - as well as his mom, Sharon Edsall, and a big support team of veterinarians, outfitters, farriers, staff, and friends, including Platinum Performance, Classic Equine, Western Performance Equine, Oklahoma Equine, CR Ranchwear, the Bozeman family, and saddle makers Doug Koontz, Tom Block and Andy Stevens. Edsall wrapped up with special appreciation for Barney, who he credits for “all her help during the show, being a wonderful mother and my number one fan.”

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Jake Telford and Hes Shinettes CD won the World’s Greatest Horseman rein work prelims with a 224.

For the second consecutive year, Phillip Ralls was the Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman, riding Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) for owner Chris Larson. They scored an 882 on four events (219 herd/221 rein/221 steer/221 fence), earning $16,000.

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NRCHA Celebration of Champions Memorable moments like those captured at the World’s Greatest Horseman Reception and competition were plentiful at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was a wonderful venue to host the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Reception where contestants received their back numbers for the prestigious event.

Carrie McBride waits intently for the competition to get underway. The standing-room-only finals for the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman kicked off with an exciting grand entry of the Top 10 Finalists led by cowgirls posting the colors.

Once World’s Greatest Horseman action commenced with the herd world preliminaries, contestants and their help carefully studied the cattle.

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NRCHA horseman Richard Winters, Reno, Nevada, with his daughter, accomplished horsewoman Sarah Dawson, at the reception. Matt Koch, Douglas, Wyoming, accepting his back number and jacket from Larry Bell and his granddaughters.

Two generations of NRCHA horsemen represented by Jake Gorrell and his father Jerry Gorrell. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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“That mare, she’s so good down the fence. She runs really easy, she’s soft, and she’s patient. She’s one of the smarter ones I’ve had.” –Chris Dawson


he first order of business at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, was the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic, a three-event derby for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses. Thanks to a robust field of capable competitors, and presenting sponsor Aaron Ranch, which returned for a third year to support the Cow Horse Classic, the action was as tough as it is at any NRCHA Premier Event. Horses were judged in herd work, rein work, and fence work, and the combined scores from those events determined who would move on to the fence-work-only finals. The finals score was added to the prior total on three events to determine the champions.

combined with her 439.5 preliminary score (144 herd/146.5 rein/149 cow), took home the $12,330 Championship paycheck. “That mare, she’s so good down the fence. She runs really easy, she’s soft, and she’s patient. She’s one of the smarter ones I’ve had. She’s a Shining Spark mare, and I’ve not had one yet that wasn’t good down the fence. I just let her

take the wheel a little bit, and go on with it,” Dawson said. The stylish bay mare is part of a successful family dynasty from Rose’s renowned breeding program. Shiney Sparklette’s full siblings include champion performers Shiners Lena Doc (LTE $91,000+), Shiners Dulena (LTE $67,000+), Shiney Sushi (LTE $60,000+), and A Shiner Named Sioux (LTE $170,000+).

Derby Open Champion After the preliminaries, Whitesboro, Texas, professional Chris Dawson was leading the Open on Reys A Shine (Dual Rey x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), bred and owned by Carol Rose; and he was third on Shiney Sparklette (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena), also bred by Rose, and co-owned by Rose and Dickson Varner. When it was time for the fence-workonly finals on Monday, February 15, Dawson emerged once again in first and third places, but the horses were reversed. Reys A Shine finished in third, while Shiney Sparklette stepped to the plate with a brilliant 151 fence work, and

Cashed My CD, shown by NRCHA Professional Jay McLaughlin for owner Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, was the Derby Open Reserve Champion. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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///////// Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby In reference to that long list of outstanding siblings, Shiney Sparklette is known around the barn as “Sister,” Dawson said. “She’s the end of the line out of Docs Sulena, so that’s been special for Carol because that mare’s done so well for her and this is the last mare out of her.” Foaled in 2012, Shiney Sparklette made her major show debut at the 2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where she lived up to the promise of her pedigree. “I was fortunate enough to win the [Snaffle Bit Futurity Open] prelims in Reno on her, and she won me a pair of stirrups which was a big deal for me,” Dawson said. “The stirrups are in memory of Jason Ratto, so I thank Terry

Ratto again for those. Gordon Hayes makes them. They’re one of the most special prizes that I’ve got to win, and I won them on that mare. Then we lost a cow on her in the [Futurity] finals, and so we just scratched her out of the rest of it and saved her for these derbies, and apparently it was the right decision. She was so good when she got here.” Dawson admitted Shiney Sparklette’s score in the first event, the herd work, was a little better than he had expected. “That mare has a lot of eye appeal, so she stole some points. I didn’t get her cut quite like I wanted to in the herd, but she really reads a cow good and spreads her hocks, and looks pretty doing it.

Tucker Robinson’s name appeared twice at the top of the results sheet in the Derby Intermediate Open. He won the Championship on San Juan Ranch’s CD Catalena Cash.

In the rein work, she goes and drags her butt and turns around, and she’s pretty in the pen. She’s a Shining Spark mare. She’s a good show horse and very stereotypical in that respect. I’ve had a lot of luck on them, and she’s another one.” The Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Championship brings Shiney Sparklette’s NRCHA earnings record right up to the $32,000 mark. Dawson, who recently relocated to Whitesboro, Texas, where he operates Dawson Performance Horses alongside his wife, Sarah, now has an NRCHA earnings record of just over $750,000. Dawson said his recent success on Rose-bred horses - particularly Shiney Sparklette and Reys A Shine, who was the 2015 NRCHA Derby Open Champion - brings the relationship between the leading professional and the legendary NRCHA Hall of Fame horsewoman fullcircle. “Carol and I - it’s been a pretty extended past, and I couldn’t be more happy about the whole deal. She did a lot for me early in my career, and now it’s fun to get together again and have the success we’re having. She breeds some great horses, and they fit me. It’s a great deal all the way around,” he said. The Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Open Reserve Champion, Cashed My CD (CD Lights x Shiney Sushi x Shining Spark), shown by NRCHA Professional Jay McLaughlin for owner and Derby sponsor Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, scored a 589 composite (144 herd/146.5 rein/150 cow/148 finals cow), earning $9,330. The Derby Open Championship prizes were a Gist buckle and jacket sponsored by Aaron Ranch, as well as product from Platinum Performance. The Reserve Champion received a jacket and a fleece cooler from Classic Equine.

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Robinson also rode the Intermediate Open Reserve Champion horse, Mo Style, bred and owned by Charlie and Kit Moncrief.

There was one other tremendous 151 score in the Derby Open finals fence work, delivered by CDs Catalena Cash (CD Olena x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash) and Lompoc, California NRCHA Professional Tucker Robinson. CDs Catalena Cash is bred and owned by NRCHA Corporate Partner San Juan Ranch. The 2011 mare scored a total 584.5 (142 herd/143.5 rein/148 cow/151 finals cow) to earn $2,638 for the Intermediate Open Championship, and banked another $4,665 for fifth place in the Derby Open. Robinson also earned the Derby Intermediate Open Reserve Championship aboard Mo Style (Mr Playinstylish x Mo Fletch x Royal Fletch), owned by Charlie and Kit Moncrief. Mo Style earned a 580.5 composite (143.5 herd/144 rein/145 cow/148 finals cow). Mo Style earned combined paychecks of $5,082 for the Reserve and seventh place in the Open. Robinson was one of the hardest-working horsemen in the Derby finals; in addition to his two top finishers in the Intermediate Open, he also piloted San Juan Ranch’s 2011 mare Oaks Avita (Sweet Lil Pepto x Oak N Sugs UFO x Doc’s Oak) to 10th place in the Derby Open and fourth place in the Intermediate.

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Jordan Williams scored dual Championships in the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open, riding Wes and Sarah Williams’ Smart Magnum Dun It.

The Limited Open Championship belonged to Smart Magnum Dun It (Magnum Chic Dream x MsMattyDillonDunIt x Matt Dillon Dun It), shown by Jordan Williams, Rhome, Texas. Smart Magnum Dun It is bred and owned by Wes and Sarah Williams’ Dove Creek Ranch. The 2011 mare worked her way to a 575.5 composite score (143 herd/143 rein/142.5 cow/147 finals

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cow), earning $2,073. Smart Magnum Dun It and Williams also earned the Level 1 Limited Open Championship for their 428.5 preliminary composite (143 herd/143 rein/142.5 cow), taking home another $1,851. Both Championships came with a Gist buckle, jacket and product from Platinum Performance. In the Level 1 Limited Open, Williams also rode the Reserve Champion horse, also owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. Kuki Sioux (A Shiner Named Sioux x Kuki x Cats Merada), a 2011 gelding, earned a 418 score (141 herd/142 rein/135 cow), taking home another $1,388. Williams has been an assistant trainer to NRCHA Professional Bozo Rogers for approximately two and a half years. Rogers originally trained and showed Kuki Sioux, but turned the reins over to Williams while he continues recovering from a December back surgery. The Limited Open Reserve Champion was RD Play It Again Sam (CD Q Tee x PCR Playlena Oak x PCR Peppys Oak), shown by Edison, California, professional Roger Bias for owner Ray DeVally, Jr. They scored a composite 570.5 (144 herd/140.5 rein/141 cow/145 finals cow), earning $1,629.

RD Play It Again Sam and Roger Bias earned the Limited Open Reserve Championship for owner Ray DeVally, Jr.

Open Novice Horse In the Open Novice Horse division, the preliminary round determined the winner, and California professional Lyn Anderson rode Shesa Smokin Cat (WR This Cats Smart x She Smokes Smart x Senors Lil Brudder) to the Championship with a 430 composite (143 herd/144 rein/143 fence), earning $1,999. Shesa Smokin Cat is owned by David and Barbara Archer. The mare also advanced to the Derby Open and Intermediate Open finals, where she earned another $1,888. The Open Novice Horse Reserve Champion was Mia Lil Pink (Shining Lil Nic x Lean With Mia x Lean With Me),

Jordan Williams rode Kuki Sioux to the Level 1 Limited Open Reserve title, while the gelding’s trainer and Williams’ boss, NRCHA Professional Bozo Rogers, recovers from back surgery. Kuki Sioux is also owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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Lyn Anderson and Open Novice Horse Champion Shesa Smokin Cat.

Dave Ferguson captured the Non Pro Derby Championship aboard Shadyrools.

Cottonwood, California, non pro Dave Ferguson, with his perennial grin, easygoing demeanor and no-holdsbarred style in the show pen, answered interview questions and swapped out his belt buckle at the same time, after winning the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Championship on Shadyrools (Shady Lil Starlight x Sheza Roo x Gallo Del Cielo). “It’s bad luck to not put on a buckle that you win. You didn’t know that? I didn’t either, until the Canadians told me that,” Ferguson said, smiling. Shadyrools, a 2012 gelding owned by Ferguson’s wife, Kathy, also a NRCHA competitor, worked his way to a total 570.5 (145 herd/141.5 rein/140 cow/144 finals cow), earning $2,466. “I won the herd work go-round, and he was really good there. I feel like my reining always needs work. And down the fence, in the finals, it worked out pretty good! It just kind of fell together, and away we went,” Ferguson said. “When the cow first came out I didn’t think it was going to go very fast, but then it really went.” The Fergusons purchased Shadyrools, bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses, through NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jake Telford, Caldwell, Idaho. The couple placed the horse in training with NRCHA Two Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, who Ferguson credits for his success. “We were fourth at the Futurity in the Non Pro, and won the Non Pro

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Top Left: The Non Pro Reserve Champion was Brent Ratliff, riding DJ Freckles Blue Boon. Top Right: Morgan Holmes and IveDunItBig claimed the Derby Intermediate Non Pro Championship and finished third in the Non Pro. Left: Holmes rode IveDunItBig’s full brother, The Smart Dun, to the Derby Intermediate Non Pro Reserve and placed fourth in the Non Pro.

Championship in Idaho [in 2015], and it’s all because of Todd. “He trained the horse. All I had to do is ride, and listen to everything he tells me to do. Poor Todd, he’s had to put up with a lot, trying to get me to ride better,” Ferguson said, laughing. The professional cattleman says he constantly fights to overcome bad riding habits ingrained from years of cowboying.

“Riding that way is so much different than showing. It’s taken me four years to learn how to sit down in my saddle and ride. I still can’t, but I feel like I’m getting closer. The cattle deal, I know all about cattle, but riding - I think that part of it hurts me in the show pen.” Ferguson has no plans to slow down his NRCHA show career, hinting that Shadyrools might be sold in order to make room for another Snaffle Bit Futurity

prospect. No matter what horse he has under his saddle, Ferguson appreciates the help from everyone in the reined cow horse community. “The people in this association are so good - they’ll all try and help you. How can you beat that? That’s the part I really like. You go talk to the top guys, like Boyd Rice and Corey Cushing, and they’ll gladly help you. I don’t know any other place you could go ride where it works like that.” The Non Pro Reserve Champion was Brent Ratliff, who rode DJ Freckles Blue Boon (DJ High Brow Boon x Peppy La Sue x Peppys Deliverance) to a 566.5 composite score, earning $1,938.

Intermediate Non Pro Sarasota, Florida, competitor Morgan Holmes brought a pair of home-bred full siblings to Fort Worth, and collected some nice championships and paychecks on both of them. Holmes won the Derby Intermediate Non Pro Championship on Ivedunitbig (Dun It Big x Poco Smart Oak x Smart Little Lena), scoring a 563.5 composite (136 herd/144.5 rein/139 cow/144

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Holmes’ combined paychecks on both horses totaled $4,384. There was one more family connection for Holmes’ horses at the Celebration of Champions. She also rode the mother of her two derby horses, Poco Smart Oak (Smart Little Lena x Poco Smokum Oak x Smokum Oak) to the Non Pro Bridle World Championship finals, where they placed third, collecting a $2,679 check. The sire of Holmes’s two derby horses, Dun It Big (Hollywood Dun It

The Novice Non Pro and Amateur Champion was Megan Ciana, riding Cold Day In Hail.

Linda Wood won the Derby Non Pro Limited Championship riding This Cats Royal.

x Genuine Redbud x Genuine Doc) had been owned, trained and shown by the Holmes family for the majority of his successful career as a champion reined cow horse, reining, and roping performer and sire.

Novice Non Pro & Amateur Champion The Derby Novice Non Pro Champion was Megan Ciana, Peyton, Colorado, riding Cold Day In Hail (Rap Cat x Hailn Magic Diamonds x Shine Like Hail), to a 559.5 (139 herd/140.5 rein/146 cow/134 finals cow). The pair also earned checks in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro, for a total $1,809 payday. Ciana’s preliminary scores were also good for the Derby Amateur Championship, which paid another $1,022. There was a tie for the Amateur Reserve between Dennis Lambert, riding Miss Mighty Mite (Shiners Lena Doc x Shine A Mite x Doc O Dynamite); and Clayton Hines, aboard CJ Russell (CJ Sugar Lena x DMAC Sister Spoonful x Hes A Peptospoonful). Both scored a 415 composite and took home identical $639 paychecks.

Non Pro Limited In the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Non Pro Limited division, Linda Wood, Rolling Hills Estates, California, claimed the Championship aboard This Cats Royal (WR This Cats Smart x Da Royal Pepto x Peptoboonsmal), scoring a total 425 (143 herd/137 rein/145 cow) to earn $1,312. Linda also collected a Gist buckle and jacket sponsored by Aaron Ranch, and product from Platinum Performance. The Non Pro Limited Reserve Champion was Brooke Wharton, who rode Do It Classy (Cat Man Do x High Class Senorita x Mr Solano Smoke) to a total 417.5, taking home $1,094, a fleece cooler from Classic Equine and a jacket from Aaron Ranch.

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The class of 2015 NRCHA World Champions was determined in exciting fashion at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, February 12-20, 2016.

Jake Telford and Nabisco Roan.

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Open Bridle Champion Nabisco Roan and Jake Telford There’s no better way to end a career in the show pen than with a world championship and that’s exactly how Nabisco Roan and Jake Telford went out at the Celebration of Champions in the Open Bridle. Marking a 441.5, the duo won $7,912 and took Nabisco Roan’s World title count to three. “He’s an old war horse,” Telford said of Nabisco Roan, “I’ve shown him so many times and he’s been so good for so long. He was really good in the hackamore and he won the (2012) Two Rein World Championship and the (2013) Open Bridle World Championship.” While the championships have accumulated due to physical ability, Telford thinks it’s the horse’s mind that separates him from others. “It’s hard to believe that he’s as pure as he is when you’re showing him. He’s literally been to every weekend show for the last four years and he’s still just about as good to show as he ever was,” Telford said. “I hardly ever schooled him the last few years, he was just trotted around and kept in shape because he’s good-minded enough to be able to do it that way.” Initially purchased as a 3-year-old by Nancy Crawford-Hall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses for Telford to show at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, it wasn’t until later in the 2006 stallion’s career that they excelled as a team. “With him I learned that you’re better off training them yourself than getting a trained one and then trying to make them adapt to you. It took me a while to get him trained the way I wanted him to be, and consequently he missed a lot of his aged event career. It was probably later in

“It’s hard to believe that he’s as pure as he is when you’re showing him. He’s literally been to every weekend show for the last four years and he’s still just about as good to show as he ever was.”–Jake Telford his 4-year-old year when he took off and we started doing good.” Nabisco Roan (Boonlight Dancer x Crackin x Smart Little Lena) was the reserve champion in the 2015 National standings for the Open Bridle. Placing that high was due to happenstance rather than purpose. “He’s been breeding some mares so we were just trying to keep him out there in the public’s eye to keep him current,” explained Telford.

With scores like the 225 he marked in the cow work during the Open Bridle finals in Fort Worth, Nabisco Roan has commanded plenty of attention. “He’s a very good fence horse,” said Telford. “He reads a cow very well and he has a very stylish move – the form and quality of his turns are very good and he has a good look about him as he does it. He’s not as fast as he used to be, but he’s gritty and he tries hard. He really doesn’t want the cattle to get away from him so

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///////// 2015 NRCHA World Champions he has a lot of try and hustle in those circles.” Like any great horse, Telford is sad to see Nabisco Roan retire from the show pen. “They only have so many runs in them so it was good to see him go out on a high note,” said Telford. “There have been several times in his career when he’s really risen to the occasion, when I’ve called on him and he’s been there. When a horse gives you 110 percent like he does, it makes you feel good.”

Limited Open Bridle Champion Smart N Smokin Rey and Brandy Johnson Brandy Johnson has trained and shown Saddlebred horses most of her life, but since making the switch to cow horses three years ago, she hasn’t looked back. Johnson proved just how far she’s come

when she and Smart N Smokin Rey won the Limited Open Bridle and $3,468 for marking scores of 218 and 214. “I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that I’ve gone from where I was to be in the situation to win it,” Johnson said. “This is the start of something great to come. He has taught me a lot, especially on the cow. As long as I can put him in the proper position he will take care of me down the fence.” In the reining, Smart N Smokin Rey excels in the turnarounds. “He’s always a plus-half no matter what,” Johnson said. “He stops huge as long as you can get him to run in a straight line, but that’s always tricky because he doesn’t like to have a lot of leg on him. If you can do that then he’s going to plant it and give you the best he can.”

Seven-year-old Smart N Smokin Rey (Dual Smart Rey x Smart Little Nin x Smart Little Lena) started his own career with a fifth-place finish in the Snaffle Bit Futurity with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Zane Davis. Johnson bought the gelding when he was 5 and started to prepare him in the bridle. “He’s come a long way in a yearand-a-half,” Johnson said. “He was very, very quirky to show and then one day he decided that he was just going to do it. He’s got a lot of fire to him, but we’ve gotten that contained and now he’s patient and he waits, but when you ask him to do it, he’s there.” The biggest challenge for Johnson has been learning to ride Smart N Smokin Rey the way he likes to be ridden. “He likes for you to be really, really quiet. I laugh because everyone says, ‘How did you prep him before you showed?’ Well, I turned him out. I let him buck and play for about 10 minutes and then I put him back up and a couple hours later we went and showed.” Johnson, Bowling Green, Kentucky, developed an interest in reined cow horses thanks to her boyfriend Joe Harper. After taking a ride on two-time AQHA World Champion Heza Nuther Digger, she was hooked. “I like the gameness of it. I like a lot of fire.”

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Kassi Ryff and Chico Flo.

Kassi Ryff and Chico Flo Kassi Ryff has always enjoyed training horses on her family’s ranch, but four years ago a friend suggested that she put her training to the test. “She said, ‘You never know what you’ve got until you show,’” Ryff recalled. With a horse that she thought was “cool” already in the works, Ryff asked NRCHA Professional Blue Allen, Alamosa, Colorado, for a second opinion.

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Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion Keri Hudson-Reykdal and Don Quejana In just her second year to compete at the Celebration of Champions, Keri Hudson-Reykdal won the Intermediate

Keri Hudson-Reykdal and Don Quejana.

Non Pro Bridle World Championship and $2,852 aboard Don Quejana. “I definitely had tears at the back gate,” Hudson-Reykdal said of her win. “A huge thank you to my trainer John Swales who got him ready for the show.” Hudson-Reykdal bought the 2004 gelding 18 months before the Celebration of Champions from Canadian trainer Travis Rempel of British Columbia. “It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to buy him. I had a bridle horse that I wasn’t doing well with and they just happened to have him at a show I was at so I went home with a new horse,” HudsonReykdal said. “I started off this year just hoping to do good with him. We did well in May at the horse show at the Cowtown Derby and then we started looking at the standings.” Don Quejana (Quejanaisalena x Little Squallita x Rum Squall) and Hudson-

Reykdal finished fourth in the National standings of both the Intermediate Non Pro and the Novice Non Pro Bridle divisions. Her favorite thing about the gelding is that he’s honest. “He didn’t get shown in his younger years so in the show pen he’s very honest and doesn’t try to pull any funny stuff with you.” That dependability lent itself to scores of 214 in the reining and 219.5 on the cow work portion during their final’s run. “He was nice and consistent for me in the reining. His circles are his best point and you can really run your circles fast,” Hudson-Reykdal said. “What I always count on is having a good run with my cow because he’s so good there. His work on the boxing is always very good and he’s sharp on his fence turns.” After his second turn down the fence, Hudson-Reykdal, Ashern, Manitoba,

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thought they were having a good run until she over-anticipated her third turn. “The cows at home turn faster so I was anticipating the turn, but he steered well for me and we got out around it and then he circled up great.”

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion Katy McBeath and Badgers Smart Shiner Katy McBeath rode her first cow horse as a youth but after spending nearly a decade away from the sport, it took a special horse to get her to return to the show pen. That horse was Badgers Smart Shiner and together they marked a 428.5 to earn $2,937 for being the Novice Non Pro Bridle World Champions. Initially sent to the reining pen, 10-yearold Badgers Smart Shiner (Smart Shiner x Badgers Ote Miss 198 x Dynamite Badger) began her cow horse career when she was 6.

“I always liked to do the cow horse and this mare seemed to have a lot of cow so we tried it.” McBeath’s goal at the start of the 2015 season was to qualify her mare for the Celebration of Champions. “I really wanted to try to win it,” said McBeath, who has owned Badgers Smart Shiner since she was a 2-year-old. “It’s really unbelievable that I did. Even though it was my ultimate goal to win, I didn’t ever imagine that I would.” The Fort Worth show was a learning experience for McBeath and Badgers Smart Shiner. “I hadn’t made that many runs in a row on her so I didn’t know what to expect on the day of the finals because that was my third run that week on her. She was really good in the dry work; she ran good and stopped hard. She goes to the ground really hard and she stops a good ways so

“I really wanted to try to win it. It’s really unbelievable that I did. Even though it was my ultimate goal to win, I didn’t ever imagine that I would.”–Katy McBeath it’s a cool feeling,” McBeath said. “We had a tough cow but she got it boxed good and turned good. I would have liked to have circled up a little better, but we got it done.” McBeath, a financial compliance specialist at a hospital, also made the finals of the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle where she finished fourth. She is already planning her 2017 trip to Fort Worth. “It was one of the most fun horse shows that I’ve ever been to. All the people were so nice. Everyone rooted for everyone. It was like a big family and I met a lot of nice people there,” McBeath said. McBeath, Kechi, Kansas, learned to ride from her dad, Tom McBeath, who was a reining and all-around horse trainer. More recently, she’s been getting help from Don Murphy. “He’s been helping me for the past three-and-a-half years and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Open Two Rein Champion Lenas Buddy Nic and Jake Telford Lenas Buddy Nic has always been a good horse so when he moved to Jake Telford’s barn six weeks before the Celebration of Champions, there was little question that he’d be showing in Fort Worth. The 2009 gelding won $5,497 for garnering a 218 in the reining and a 221 in the fence work to win the Open Two Rein World Championship. Lenas Buddy Nic (Nic It In The Bud x Dual Lena x Lethal Lena) was initially trained by Shane Steffen, who won the 2012 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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“Those good horses are born not made. They have to want to be gritty and tough and stay close to that cow.”–Jake Telford Intermediate Open on him, and then had success with Brandon Buttars. “He kind of surprised me because you never know what you’re going to get when you show someone else’s horse,” Telford said. “He was so good and easy to show in the reining and then I had a pretty tough cow. They whistled me off the first cow, but I felt like I had enough horse to try a tougher cow and win. In those situations you’ve got to gamble a little bit—fortunately, that paid off.” En route to the world championship finals, Telford used the preliminary round to learn more about Lenas Buddy Nic. “I made some minor adjustments on my part about how to show him and I think that helped him be smoother,” said Telford. “I knew he was capable of winning because I’ve seen him get shown a lot, I just had to do my part.” Lenas Buddy Nic’s performance in the finals reaffirmed Telford’s faith in the gelding’s talent. “Those good horses are born not made,” said the Caldwell, Idaho trainer. “They have to want to be gritty and tough and stay close to that cow. They have to have the sense of reaching the cow on their own because a lot of times things happen so fast in the fence work that if they wait for the rider, they’re late. He has that ability to be quick and get to the ground and then be close to the cows when you’re going fast. He was born with those qualities. I thank Judy (Siebel, of Bitterroot Springs Ranch) for the opportunity to ride such a nice horse.”

Jake Telford and Lenas Buddy Nic.

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Non Pro Two Rein Champion Terri Holowath and Red Hot Jade Terri Holowath had a National Championship on the line at the Celebration of Champions, which is why she stopped at Don Murphy’s facility on her way to Fort Worth from her home in Canada. The work she did there getting her horse Red Hot Jade (Smart Little Pepinic x Miss Nica Dual x Mister Dual Pep) tuned up proved to have been worth it when she marked a 219 and a 218.5 to become the Non Pro Two Rein World Champion and win $2,550. “I am super-proud of it,” Holowath said. “It was an amazing group of horses this year. There were 20 horses in the preliminaries and any one of them could have won.” First out in the finals, Holowath decided to be more proactive about her reining. “I really wanted to step it up, but at the same time stay nice and pretty and smooth. He can be a little intense, but with this particular pattern we had to trot to center and he felt really calm and really relaxed. When he was standing there he was listening to me, so I knew we were going to do OK. His stops were really flowy and pretty and his last stop was just spectacular. I was really happy with him.” Holowath prefers the cow work over the reining portion, but after watching the derby classes she knew that she’d have to adjust in order to handle the Texas cattle. “You didn’t know what was going to come out,” explained Holowath. “As easy-going as I am in the reining, I tend to be aggressive in the cow work. Our cow was quick, but it was turning away from me. I maybe boxed it two or three times and then went with it. Red Hot Jade’s so automatic that I just try to stay out of his way.”

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time.

Holowath, Cayley, Alberta, has been showing reined cow horses for 16 years but this was her first time to win an NRCHA World Championship. “It was just my day. To finally get it done a lot of things had to go right. I learned so much that week from Don Murphy that even if I hadn’t of won, what I learned would have been worth the trip.”

Open Hackamore Champion Hickory Holly Time and Kelby Phillips Hickory Holly Time felt good as soon as Kelby Phillips started trotting to the center of the arena for his preliminary round run in the Open Hackamore. His scores reflected that feeling when he left the arena. Marking a 224.5 and a 220.5, the pair earned $8,687 and the world championship.

“He just felt pure and was good the whole time,” Phillips said. “I showed him better than I’ve shown him in a long time. I felt like I could ask him for as much as I wanted to and he was going to be good. He’s one of the biggest stoppers that I’ve ever seen and he really drug his butt there. His right turnaround was probably the best that I’ve ever got him turned. I think that was because I got him prepared more and I let him ease into it.” With a cow that was a touch softer than he’d wanted, but uncertain of whether it would stay that way once they headed down the fence, Phillips was careful to keep the momentum of his good run going. “The cows kind of lied to you down on the end. They wouldn’t box much and then they’d really run and they had a lot

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Danielle Lybbert and Hi Hill Bud.

of air to them. I probably boxed the cow two more times than I normally would. I knew that he’d been good in the reining so I wanted to be smart and use the cow the best I could,” Phillips said. “My horse was dead-on in the boxing and then the first turn, the cow checked and he checked with him. As soon I kicked him by, he grabbed him and then I had a little open field turn and circled up. As he’s gotten older he’s gotten stronger, so he circles really, really good.” Phillips and Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc’s Hickory) were the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open Champions and the Limited Open reserve champions in 2013. They also won the NRCHA Derby in 2014 and were the reserve champions at the Stallion Stakes. “It meant a lot to finally capitalize on getting him showed again,” Phillips said

of winning the world championship. “It was dang sure a really tough class. There were a lot of great horses in it. He’s by far the best horse I’ve ever rode. Mentally and physically he just goes and shows great every time.” Hickory Holly Time was purchased by DT Horses, owned by Dean and Leslie Tuftin, from Garth and Amanda Gardiner six weeks before the Celebration of Champions. Phillips hadn’t intended to show Hickory Holly Time in Fort Worth, but with the stallion standing just down the road at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, he made the trip south 10 days early to prepare him.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion Hi Hill Bud and Danielle Lybbert Danielle Lybbert crossed over to reined cow horses from the world of Western pleasure. Having only ridden in the

“When I got my cow, I just put my hand down, listened to my husband and trusted my horse because he’s better down the fence than I am. I couldn’t ask for a nicer horse.”–Danielle Lybbert NRCHA for the past two years, she was over the moon when the gelding Hi Hill Bud, that she owns with her husband Christian, marked scores of 217 in the reining and a 216.5 in the cow work to win the Limited Open Hackamore World Championship and $2,586. “It means the world to me. I just wanted to be happy with my run, so to win, I couldn’t be more excited,” Lybbert said. “I never thought in a million years that I would have made it this far.” Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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///////// 2015 NRCHA World Champions Lybbert confessed that she battles nerves when showing. At the Celebration of Champions she put them aside by concentrating on having fun and not worrying about her scores. She and fellow trainer Terry Dear, whom she’d competed against all year long in the NRCHA National Standings, even sang out loud in an attempt to chase their nerves away. Their approach worked. “My first stop he stopped so hard, but there’s not a time when he doesn’t stop hard. His turnarounds were so quick and so fast but I made sure that I counted properly instead of over-spinning,” Danielle said. “When I got my cow, I just put my hand down, listened to my husband and trusted my horse because he’s better down the fence than I am. I couldn’t ask for a nicer horse.” Lybbert and her husband Christian purchased Hi Hill Bud from the Marketplace at Ardmore Sale from 2-yearold cutting horse trainer Cody Frye, who had three horses in the sale. The other two horses were bigger, more mature horses while Hi Hill Bud was “ugly,” but Frye promised the Lybberts that Hi Hill Bud was the best horse of the three. “When it came time to sell him and he was working him on a cow, he wasn’t really getting anything accomplished and nobody really wanted to buy him,” Lybbert said. “By that time we loved him so we bought him after the sale.” Christian continued Hi Hill Bud’s training and was fifth on him in the Limited Open at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. “From that October on I’ve done the rest of the training,” said Danielle, who added that she never plans on parting with Hi Hill Bud (High Brow CD x Roses To Rubies x Smart Little Lena). “I’ve had multiple people try to buy him but I don’t think that I’ll ever sell him,” she said. “He’s been a great learning experience for me. He’s so easy-

going, so laid-back and so quiet that little kids can ride him. He’s a one-in-a-million horse.”

Non Pro Hackamore Champion Toni Heath and Smart Peppy Doc Doll Toni Heath has been the bridesmaid twice before at the Celebration of Champions, but she and Smart Peppy Doc Doll broke that spell at the 2015 world championships. Marking a 430, the pair were crowned the Non Pro Hackamore World Champions and earned a check worth $3,090. “It meant the world to me. It was an unbelievable accomplishment,” Heath said. “For it to actually come to fruition was pretty amazing and I was pretty emotional about it.” Heath liked the “prettiness” of Smart Peppy Doc Doll’s circles in the reining,

but it was the cow work that got her excited. “She worked the cow very nice. She rated, circled and turned really well. I was very pleased with her. It was a comfortable, nice, solid run.” Smart Peppy Doc Doll (Smart Peppy Doc x Docs Miss Baby Hall x Lotta Mocha) was raised on Heath and her husband’s Bear Creek Ranch in La Grande, Oregon. Out of a foundation-bred ranch mare, it wasn’t until she’d started work under saddle that Heath decided the mare had show pen potential.

“She worked the cow very nice. She rated, circled and turned really well. I was very pleased with her. It was a comfortable, nice, solid run.”–Toni Heath

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///////// 2015 NRCHA World Champions “Dan Roeser put the first five months on her and I took over from there. I’ve been the only one to show her,” said Heath. Heath grew up in the rodeo world, advancing through the ranks of high school, college and professional rodeo. She was training barrel horses when she met her husband Dan, who had just begun breeding for cow horses. “For me and him to be able to go do things together I said I’d try the reined cow horses,” said Heath, who began showing in 2010 but admitted that she still battles nerves to this day. “This year I had better control of my mind,” Heath said. “I told myself, ‘I’m going to do my job and show my horse the best I can and let the chips fall where they may.’” Smart Peppy Doc Doll, 5, is called “Smarty” when she’s home. “That really epitomizes her. She is so smart. She’s got such an awesome mind. She’s cool about everything. She doesn’t fret or whinny or do anything. She’s a joy to ride,” Heath summed up.

April Salisbury and Star Dustn Wrangler.

Non Pro Limited Champion April Salisbury and Star Dustn Wrangler Until two years ago, April Salisbury had been on a 12-year hiatus from horses. There was no sign that she’d taken a break though when she marked a 430.5 on Star Dustn Wrangler to win the Non Pro Limited World Championship and $2,490. “I was first out so I just thought to myself, ‘Well, we have a nice, fresh clean arena.’ So much of it is the prep and getting your head together and being relaxed. We were very together that day and we just had a good time doing it.” In the reining, Salisbury was happy with her circles. “You can really ask him to go faster, but then he’s responsive and really slows

“We turned that corner on the run down and usually he’ll take off but I was telling him, ‘Not yet, let it build,’ and he listened and it was pretty exciting because he’s a nice stopper.” –April Salisbury down and circles,” Salisbury said. “We turned that corner on the run down and usually he’ll take off but I was telling him, ‘Not yet, let it build,’ and he listened and it was pretty exciting because he’s a nice stopper.” Salisbury was glad that she got a good, active cow for the boxing.

“We went for it,” Salisbury said of the 217.5 she marked in the boxing. Salisbury keeps Star Dustn Wrangler with trainer Steve Metcalf. “The reining and the cow work are still relatively new to me, but I love horses and I love riding. I just wanted to improve what I was doing so I could give the best performance possible. When I got this horse I knew he was a nice horse, so my goal was just to learn to ride him,” Salisbury said of how she started her year off with Star Dustn Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Pines Dusty Modle x Pines Dusty Dude). The bay gelding won three prior world championships with Alexa Beaty including the 2014 Non Pro Bridle, the 2013 Youth Bridle and the 2012 Non Pro Hackamore.

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“Steve is a great teacher. He’s like a mom with eyes in the back of her head – he knows what you’re dong no matter where you are in the arena and he knows how what you’re doing is affecting the horse. This year I just wanted to get better at all the elements that go into this.” Her goal for 2016 is to become more consistent. “It’s so much fun,” said Salisbury. “I’m thoroughly enjoying it and can’t wait to show again this year.”

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion Lannie-Jo Lisac and Soulanova Not too many 12-year-olds can say that they’ve won $3,370, but Lannie-Jo Lisac can. Riding Soulanova, Lisac marked scores of 216 in the reining and a stellar 221 on the cow to win the big check and

be crowned the 2015 $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Champion. “It really meant a lot. It was my dream,” Lisac said. “I was expecting to do well, but I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did.” To prepare for her world championship run, Lisac worked with trainer Keith Vogel on how to ride Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak) better. “We would work on the reining and he has buffalo so we worked those,” Lisac said. The work paid off for the young competitor who has been showing horses for three years. “When I was done I was really happy with it,” Lisac said. “In the reining he usually doesn’t turn very good, but we

finally got those. In the boxing it was really fun because the cow was slow, but we really made him move.” Lisac attributes her good scores to paying attention to Vogel throughout her run. “He kept saying, ‘Keep driving,’ and ‘Ride to the cow,’ and things like that,” Lisac said. “That was probably one of the best runs that I’ve made. It felt really good. I was really happy with it.” During her downtime at the Celebration of Champions, Lisac enjoyed watching the other classes with her mom TimmieJo, dad Wade, sister Landry and brother Wade. She plans on displaying her championship buckle in the case that her grandparents built her and would like to thank her family and Keith Vogel for their help and support.

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Reece Rosenauer and Playin With Smoke.

“My dad and all the guys helping me just kept telling me to breathe and to go do my thing.” –Reece Rosenauer

Rosenauer, 18, and Playin With Smoke also claimed the reserve title in the NRCHA National standings.

Youth Limited Champion

Youth Bridle Champion Reece Rosenauer and Playin With Smoke Reece Rosenauer claimed his first World championship at the Celebration of Champions when he and his 18-yearold gelding Playin With Smoke (Playgun x Im Thirsty Smoke x Doc Gunsmoke) marked a 433 to win $966 and the Youth Bridle title. “I was reserve champion last year so I was going for the win this year. It was pretty special to win it and I’m really excited,” Rosenauer said. “I have to give so much praise to this horse. He is an exceptional horse and I couldn’t ask for a better one.” Rosenauer, Burleson, Texas, was the first contestant out in the Youth Bridle. “My dad and all the guys helping me just kept telling me to breathe and to

go do my thing. I’d done good all week there in the Non Pro and prelims so I was confident going in,” Rosenauer said. “He felt good in the reining so I was confident after that. His boxing was good and his turns were better. He did everything I asked him to do. He didn’t try to fight or push back on me, he was just soft and solid.” The only time Rosenauer became anxious was while waiting to see if his scores of 217 and 216 would hold onto the lead. Playin With Smoke joined the Rosenauer’s barn in 2008. Now 18, he is the first purchased horse that Reece’s father Rodney has ever branded. “He’s the best horse we’ve had in a long time. He’s a big stopper and a good circler and good at the turnarounds.”

Meredith Graber and Hickorys Chic Olena Meredith Graber had more than beginner’s luck when she marked a 433 to win the Youth Limited World Championship and $1,207 on Hickorys Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Hickorys Red Rey x Doc’s Hickory). “I was very happy. Going down there I thought we’d just get our feet wet because it was just my third NRCHA show and my first world show,” Graber said. “We didn’t expect to win anything when we went.” Graber has shown in the American Ranch Horse Association for six years, but with some prompting from her trainer, Ben Bowman, she switched to cow horses. “I fell in love with the cow horse deal and I decided that was the route I wanted to go,” said Graber who rides at least three days a week. Before her run in the Youth Limited, Graber had shown in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited, but she wasn’t happy with the outcome. “In that ($5,000 Non Pro Limited) and in the prelims he was nervous and tight, but in the finals of the Youth Limited he was very relaxed and loose. He didn’t try to do anything on his own and he waited for me – he was very good,” Graber said. In the reining, Graber was happy with Hickorys Chic Olena’s circles. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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Meredith Graber and Hickorys Chic Olena.

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Champions work all year to earn coveted NRCHA National Championships.

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Open Bridle Champion Tuckers Smart Cat and Lyn Anderson Lyn Anderson doesn’t usually advise starting the year off by trying to win a national title. Instead, she says try to win the next big show. She should know because in 2015 she and Tuckers Smart Cat won their third NRCHA national title together, the Open Bridle. Out of all the shows they won during the 2015 season, Reno was Anderson’s favorite. “That’s the one class at Reno that I had not won, so to win it on this horse was special,” Anderson said. “To make it even more special, his dam was put in the Hall of Fame the night before he won.” Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck x Doc Tom Tucker) is a 2007 gelding owned by David and Barbara Archer. Anderson thinks it’s his genetics that make him a winner. “He is such an athlete and he has intelligence. He is so quick and he’s a great show horse. He loves to go perform and show everybody what he can do. He’s a super cow horse. There’s never a time when he is not on his cow. As soon as a cow steps in that pen, no matter where you are, he’s fully hooked up with it.” The gelding’s cow smarts are equaled by his style in the reining.

Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat.

“He can do everything, but his stops are where the judges give him extra points. He always stops – you don’t have to second guess him because you know he’s going to stop. It’s a nice thing about him that he’s so consistent about his stopping.” Tuckers Smart Cat and Anderson won their two other national titles in the hackamore but it’s the NRCHA Open Bridle title that Anderson is most proud of.

“This one proves that he’s solid in the bridle and that’s what I’m all about is horses that can go on and perform well into their teens,” Anderson said. While winning the Open Bridle National title proves Tuckers Smart Cat is a true bridle horse, it took him a little time to get there. “His two rein year he got hurt at one of our shows when the ground wasn’t very good, so he had half of his two rein year

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off. That meant that his 7-year-old year was when he learned how be in the bridle better, his 8-year-old year (2015) he was in the bridle fully and felt really good.” The new season could bring an end to Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat’s association as the gelding is now for sale. “I have to thank David and Barb Archer for having the faith in him and me to continue showing him all these years. He’s sure, sure been a fun horse. He’s been a spectacular athlete for me to show and I just can’t say enough good things about him.”

Limited Open Bridle Champion Meradas Golden Rey and Naomi Bancroft Meradas Golden Rey has given his trainer Naomi Bancroft a lot of firsts. He was the first cow horse she’s trained. He was the first cow horse to win her a check, and the first to win her a national title when they captured the Limited Open Bridle National Championship. “I’m still in shock that we won,” Bancroft said, “but he’s such a good horse he deserves it.” Meradas Golden Rey (Rockin Lockin Rey x Meradas Trouble x Master Merada) excels when working cows. “It’s like he’s got a chip on his shoulder. He’s not a real big horse, but when you

turn that cow out he swells up. He enjoys it. You can feel him get excited. He’s smart and doesn’t try to do too much, but he’s not afraid to get physical either. When he gets a tougher cow it just makes him try harder.” Bancroft, Stratton, Colorado, is co-owner of the Setting Sun Ranch that owns the 2008 stallion. She started him when was 2 and showed him at the Colorado Futurity. “We struggled for a while and finally started winning a few checks his derby year.” Winning the national title is the result of years of hard work. “I never rode with anybody, I’ve just tried to figure this out myself. I’ve tried everything on him and he’s so excellentminded that when I ask him to do something he just says, ‘OK, we’ll give this a shot.’” Bancroft said. “You’d never know he was a stud horse because he’s so well mannered and easy to get along with.” While they didn’t have any set plans to pursue the national title, Bancroft did take Meradas Golden Rey to shows whenever she could. “He’s very honest in the show pen for the most part,” Bancroft said. “We just chipped away at it and earned quite a few points throughout the year.”

Bancroft and Meradas Golden Rey finished fourth at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. While she knew they needed to have a good showing there, she refused to put pressure on herself while in Fort Worth. “I knew we were leading in the nation but I didn’t look at the points, I just tried to show the best I could,” Bancroft said.

Non Pro Bridle Champion Glenn Kaplan and No Wright To Smoke Glenn Kaplan may have hauled hard in 2015 while on the road to becoming the NRCHA Non Pro Bridle National Champion with No Wright To Smoke, but the win he’s proudest of is the one that his veterinarian engineered just a week before the Celebration of Champions. “She had to have emergency colic surgery so we couldn’t show down in Fort Worth. She’s alive and doing well so we’re thankful for that. To have this happen was heartbreaking, but the fact that she’s alive is good,” Kaplan said. “Fortunately we had enough points to win the national championship even though she couldn’t compete at the show.” No Wright To Smoke won the Non Pro Bridle National title by 22 points, but she missed out on winning the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle by just one point.

Glenn Kaplan and No Wright To Smoke.

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“It’s extremely rewarding to win a national championship. It’s incredible,” Kaplan said of his win. With the goal of winning the national title, Kaplan attended all the shows he could during 2015. He enjoyed traveling to different venues, including several trips from his home in Larkspur, Colorado, to Montana. “The horses are so tough and competitive that while it’s fun to go to a lot of shows, it’s hard work and it’s time consuming,” Kaplan said. “Our local shows in Colorado are always fun. And we had a very good time at the Hackamore Classic because that was a very competitive show and she won the first day there and got a lot of points.” The home-raised, No Wright To Smoke (Doc N Smoke x Wright On Racket x Lenas Wright Stuff) was a handful during her first two years under saddle, but the 2007 mare excelled as she got older. She is now one of Kaplan’s favorite horses. “She has a great nature and a lot of heart. I think she loves her job and she has fun doing it. I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” Kaplan said. Kaplan has been showing cow horses for 20 years and recognizes that show pen success only occurs with the help of others.


Sheri Mundhenke and Dunnits Surprise.

“I want to thank my wife Sandy for her patience and tolerance and the two trainers I work with, Dave and Reanna Dillman, and my vet for saving my horse’s life.” This is the second national title for Kaplan and No Wright To Smoke. They won the Non Pro Two Rein in 2013.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion/Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion Sheri Mundhenke and Dunnits Surprise If you’re going to haul, then you may as well haul. At least that was Sheri Mundhenke’s theory at the start of the season. Riding her 2003 gelding Dunnits Surprise, Mundhenke won national titles in both the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle and the Novice Non Pro Bridle. She was also the reserve champion in the Non Pro Bridle. “It is huge accomplishment and I don’t think I could have done it without the support of the barn, the trainer, my husband Butch and my family that kept telling me that I could do it. I also couldn’t have done it without my horse Dunnits Surprise because he’s a great horse and he’s a fun horse; I love him to death and he will never leave the property.” At the start of 2015, Mundhenke saw that she was just $103 away from

being out of the Novice. With that in mind, she decided to haul for the national title. “I wanted to know where I’d be when I was competing in the Intermediate and the Non Pro; I was going to haul in the Novice anyway so I entered all three,” said Mundhenke, who also won the 2012 Novice Non Pro Bridle National title on Dunnits Surprise, a.k.a. “Buck.” “It was my last time ever to try to go for three championships in one year so I started the year knowing that I was going to try to win all three.” Her favorite show from 2015 was in Estes Park, Colorado. “It’s so pretty. The scenery was good and the grounds were good. The down town area is cool and it’s just a good place to go.” For Mundhenke, controlling her nerves is the hardest thing about showing horses. “All through the year you think to yourself, ‘I’ve got to be first, second or third.’ I thought I’d done a good job handling my stress until I got down to Fort Worth and I didn’t even make it to the finals. I had enough points from throughout the year to hold onto both of my titles.” The home-raised Dunnits Surprise (ARC Sparkle Surprise x Dun It Doll x

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///////// 2015 NRCHA National Champions Hollywood Dun It) began his life as a reiner. “When we bought his dam, she was supposed to be bred but it turned out that she was open. I talked to Tim McQuay and the only horse that wasn’t related to her was Buck’s dad. I had four babies that year and he just stood out. I told my husband that I wanted to keep him so we gelded him and kept him.” After his derby year in reining, Mundhenke, Watkins, Colorado, took the gelding and herself for lessons with Dave Dillman. Mundhenke started going down the fence three years ago and she loves it. “He’s a great fence horse. If I have a faster cow then I seem to do better,” Mundhenke said. “In the dry work it’s pretty easy to mark anywhere from a 71 to a 73 on him.” In 2016, Sheri will hand the reins over to her husband Butch. “I want him to go have fun and enjoy such a wonderful horse because he’s been so supportive of me.”

Open Hackamore Champion Coloradoboonsmal and Keith Vogel Grit. That’s what Colorado-based trainer Keith Vogel said was the main factor in Coloradoboonsmal being crowned the 2015 Open Hackamore National

Champion. And, it’s the 2010 gelding’s toughness that Vogel thinks makes him an exceptional individual. “He’s a big strong horse and he was a little tough when we were training him, but all that seems to work in his favor now. At the world finals, we drew a real tough cow and that horse got tough and stepped it up a notch. He’s athletic and good-minded and all of that, but it’s his grit that made him a national champion.” Neither Vogel nor Coloradoboonsmal’s owners Ted and Cheryl Swanson had thought too seriously about hauling for the national title early in the season. Instead, they selected shows they wanted to attend and tried to stay smart about not over-showing the gelding. “The national deal is something that I’d never done before and the hackamore class is my favorite class, so to do it the first time and win Open Hackamore National title was very exciting,” Vogel said. “It was about October that we realized we had a chance to do it. We knew we’d have to have a good world show so getting the national deal wrapped up was a goal I set for myself for the world show.” Coloradoboonsmal was the reserve champion in the Open Hackamore at

the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, which secured enough points for him to earn the national title. “Going into Fort Worth we were sitting second in the nation behind Matt Koch on Reys Stressin Melody, which is a really good hackamore horse. We ended up getting enough done to get bumped up into first place,” Vogel said. “That was a really tough group of horses, so to be the reserve in the world and to seal up that title all at once, was really special. It was very exciting.” Vogel got Coloradoboonsmal (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Playboys Josie x Freckles Playboy) in July of his 3-year-old year. “That was the first horse that Ted had sent me. Ted and Cheryl have sent me several horses now and have been tremendous supporters. I’m very grateful for the support they’ve given us.” Cheryl Swanson will start showing Coloradoboonsmal in 2016.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion Cat Mania and Terry Dear Terry Dear always intended to be a horse trainer, he just didn’t realize that it was cow horses he was going to train. That was until he teamed up with Cat Mania and in 2015 won their first Richard Rosell and Smart German Remedy.

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///////// 2015 NRCHA National Champions NRCHA National title in the Limited Open Hackamore division. “He’s always been a really good horse,” Dear said. “He was always willing to learn and could figure stuff out. He might not be the most physical horse or have the best turnaround, but he’s very good minded.” Dear worked for cutting horse trainer John Wold at the Furst Ranch, home of Cats Merada. With his knowledge of how those bloodlines worked, he wanted to purchase a Cats Merada offspring. Dear and his wife Kellie Herrington bought Cat Mania (Cats Merada x Aristocrat Cookie x Smart Aristocrat) as a yearling from the NCHA Super Stakes sale. “From first sight we decided we were going to pick him up,” said Dear. Cat Mania is the first horse Dear has trained for cow horse arena, a decision that was made when he was at friend’s house working the prospect and was advised to give the colt a career change. Dear and Cat Mania initially struggled with the reining because he lacked forward motion, but they soon overcame that. “I went to everybody,” Dear recalled. “If anybody would let me ride with them I went and tried to learn from them.”

Now a full time cow horse trainer, Dear started 2015 with a plan to gain experience in the show pen and set the goal of becoming a regional championship. “My wife looked at the standings one day and said, ‘You’re right in the lead for the national standings. Do you want to go ahead and see if you can win it?’” The team hit the road, but before the rest of their story could be written, Dear and Cat Mania had to perform well at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. They finished third, which solidified the title. “We are very fortunate to do so well,” said Dear, Ponder, Texas. “I’d like to thank my wife and everyone who helped me. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am. The cow horse family really stepped up and I’m thankful for that.”

Non Pro Hackamore Champion Richard Rosell and Smart German Remedy At 78 years old, Richard Rosell sees no reason to slow down, especially when he’s got a good horse like Smart German Remedy to show. Rosell showed so well that he and Smart German Remedy won the NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore National Championship. “It’s a great feeling of accomplishment and I didn’t have to travel a whole lot,”

said Rosell, who won the title prior to the Celebration of Champions, but did make the trip to Fort Worth. “I pretty much stayed on the East Coast.” Smart German Remedy was bred and raised by Rosell and trained by Mark Sigler. “He’s a very willing horse,” Rosell said. “He doesn’t do anything unless you ask him. He’s not over-aggressive, you have to ask for it, but when you do he gives it to you.” Smart German Remedy (Heza German Jewel x Very Smartini x Very Smart Remedy) is particularly good in the reining. “His stops are his best maneuver. When he stops, it feels like you’re going to keep going – he slides and slides and slides. He’s a big stopper,” Rosell said. “In the cow work, he’s good at the fence. He reaches out with that neck and tries to wrap it right around that cow. You don’t have to signal him, Mark’s got him broke good enough that when you get close enough to that cow and in position, he just does it.” The show Rosell had the most fun at was the East Coast Reining Cow Horse Classic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “It’s always fun when you win and we won everything there. I won the Non Pro Derby, the Non Pro Hackamore Terri Holowath and Red Hot Jade.

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and the Non Pro Bridle on another horse.” Rosell enjoys how easy it is to have Smart German Remedy around his Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania home. “He’s docile. In fact, my wife Sue has claimed him and she’s said that I can’t sell him. I gave her the first board bill for him and she said, ‘I can’t afford that, I’m just going to have him at home.’” Rosell was the 2009 Non Pro Hackamore National champion. He doesn’t want to wait another six years to win another title. “We love doing this. It’s a thrill when you go down the fence and you get something accomplished. My daughter Meg Pursel is very competitive too, so it’s fun to go do it.”

Open Two Rein Champion Willy B Gun Smart and Jake Telford Patience. That’s what it took for Willy B Gun Smart to win the NRCHA Open Two Rein National title and it’s something that Jake Telford is thankful that John LaPrade – owner of the Wanderin’ Star Ranch, has plenty of. Started as a cutter and then tried in the reining, Willy B Gun Smart didn’t come to Telford’s barn until the end of his 3-year-old year. “He’s one that’s been a project because he’d bounced around from trainer to trainer, so I didn’t show him until the end of his 4-year-old year,” Telford said. “The first couple of months I rode him he felt like he had ability, but no direction.” Just as his career as a cow horse was beginning to come together, Willy B Gun Smart was injured and had to miss the bulk of his 5-year-old year. “He’s one of those horses that’s a bad luck case,” Telford said, “but he’s very talented and we just kept chipping away at it. I kept having to say to John, ‘He’s a good one, just give me a little more time.’

This horse started proving me right and I’m thankful that John had faith in me to do it because he’s a capable, good, solid horse.” The national title is the icing on the cake that took a year to make for the 2009 stallion. “I’m pretty proud of him,” Telford said. “He’s won or placed in nearly every class I entered in. Those titles are won by horses that go all year long and accumulate those points. It gives you a sense of accomplishment that you can keep one together for the whole year and come out on top.” The Open Two Rein was hotly contested and Willy B Gun Smart (Playgun x Cow Smart High Brow x High Brow Hickory) had to make the finals of the Open Two Rein at the Celebration of Champions to win it. He did and despite a couple of bobbles in his final’s run there, he split sixth and seventh place. Telford’s favorite show of the 2015 season with Willy B Gun Smart was the Idaho Futurity. “It was a tough class so I knew that he had to mark good. It was a situation where there was a good crowd and everyone was cheering and he won it. It was one of his better runs of the year. It’s always fun when you know you have to mark big and you can pull it off.”

Non Pro Two Rein Champion Terri Holowath and Red Hot Jade Canadian Teri Holowath and her horse Red Hot Jade have strong ties to the United States. “We got our horse from California, I had a Texas trainer helping me at the world show and I qualified through the Southwest Region so I was proud to be representing them,” said Holowath, Caley, Alberta. “The national title is the tough one to get because you have to be consistent throughout the year and you’ve got to do some traveling.

Even though Holowath won the horse show classes in Reno, Paso Robles and Idaho, she had to do well at the Celebration of Champions—where she won the World Championship—to clinch the title since her closest contender, Antoniette Harms, who was the eventual reserve National champion, was also in the finals. “It was right down to the wire,” Holowath said. “It was something special to win it.” Holowath didn’t start the 2015 season hunting for a national title. Instead, she just wanted to learn to ride Red Hot Jade to his full potential. Originally purchased for her husband Bart to show at the NRCHA derbies, Red Hot Jade became Teri’s mount when he turned 6. “I’d only ridden him to cool him out after Bart had shown him,” Terri said. “I really didn’t know a thing about him, but he is very talented. He’s very athletic, very smart and very well trained by both Jake Gorrell, who we bought him from in March of his 4-year-old year, and our trainer Cody McArthur, who kept his training up as a 4- and 5-year-old. He’s a very intense little horse. When I got on him I was intimidated a little by him because he is so serious about his job.” By July, Terri and Red Hot Jade had figured each other out. Their win at the NRCHA Derby gave her the confidence she needed to keep on hauling. “It was at that point that I realized that I had a chance and thought I’d make a run at it,” Terri said.

Non Pro Limited Champion Kristy Miller and Glamors Bling Bling Kristy Miller’s dream of an NRCHA championship became a reality when she and Glamors Bling Bling won the Non Pro Limited National Title. “It’s been an amazing year,” Miller said. “She’s a great horse. She’s pretty high-energy, but she’s a big stopper.” Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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through it,” Miller said of how she’s adapted to cow horse. “I like the challenge of it. I like to push myself. This is a very humbling sport, but that’s also what’s fun about it.”

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion Conner Aten and Roopaulena All it took was two shows and a trip to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth for Conner Aten to decide that he wanted to haul for a national title. In 2015 he did just that riding 14-yearold Roopaulena to the $5,000 Non Pro Limited National Championship. “I had to figure out how to show and win all at the same time,” Aten said. “My trainer Dave Dillman had the horse and he used to just have me ride him around. I didn’t know how talented a horse he was when I first started riding him.” Aten was on the road every other weekend in pursuit of the national crown. “It was fun doing it and you got to meet a lot of people, but it was taxing,” Aten said. “It was such a far-reaching thing throughout the year that it hasn’t really sunk in yet that I won it. It means a lot and it’s very humbling for me to have a trainer who was always there or


Miller got Glamors Bling Bling (Shiners Diamond Sun x CD Glamorous Girl x CD Olena), her first reined cow horse, just two years ago. Six months after that the 2007 mare was sidelined by an injury for the remainder of the year. When the 2015 season rolled around, Miller’s only goal was to enjoy her horse. “It was a new sport to me so I just wanted to have fun. I didn’t even realize until half way through the year, when someone told, me that I was leading it. We were just having a great year and getting to know each other and figuring it out,” Miller said. Miller is a cosmetologist. She works 14 hours a day, four days a week to facilitate her show schedule. Once she found out about the national standings, the only show she added to her schedule was Reno. “We didn’t have any luck there because I let my nerves get to me,” said Miller, Tryon, Nebraska. “I usually just show in Colorado and South Dakota because the shows are five-and-a-half hours from me and that’s about as close as I can get to a show.” Miller had been showing cutting horses before she got Glamors Bling Bling. “The reining kicks my butt and I am struggling with it, but we are getting


Glamors Bling Bling and Kristy Miller.

on the phone to help me out, and to have a horse that could do it.” It was at a show in Estes Park, Colorado, in the middle of the season that Aten felt like he was getting the hang of the cow horse discipline. “I worked out how to win a class. It started to click, and I really started to figure out Roopaulena (Gallo Del Cielo x Anna Paulena x Doc Olena). “He’s a forgiving horse but he tries hard to win,” Aten said. “My favorite thing about my horse is the harder you ride him in the show pen, the more responsive and better he gets.” Aten, Larkspur, Colorado, is pursuing a private pilot’s license, but took a year off from school to pursue the championship. “My family was instrumental in helping me accomplish this. Especially my dad, who took time off of work to travel back and forth to Montana countless times over the summer.” Aten will now pursue an aviation degree at Denver Metro University and hopes to become a commercial pilot. He and Roopaulena finished fifth in their class at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

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Lannie-Jo Lisac and Soulanova.

Youth Limited Champion Lannie-Jo Lisac and Soulanova Lannie-Jo Lisac started the 2015 season with hopes of winning the Youth Limited National title. She not only achieved that goal, but she won the NRCHA World Championship in the $5,000 Non Pro Limited class as well. “It’s very special,” said Lisac, who led the national standings all year. “I tried to go to as many shows as I could. I also play basketball plus I was in my first year of middle school, so it was hard.” Lisac, 12, has been showing reined cow horses for three years. Her favorite show from 2015 was the Hackamore Classic because she did well there. The only blight on her year was not making the finals of the Youth Limited at the Celebration of Champions. “I wanted to make the finals, but it was still fun showing there,” Lisac said. For Lisac it’s her 10-year-old gelding Soulanova, a.k.a. “Bucket,” who makes cow horse fun. “We call him that because when he was a baby he always slept with his head in a bucket,” said Lisac who got Bucket when he was 8-years-old. “I really like spending time with Bucket and riding. It’s a

Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee.

really fun sport and I have a great horse to do it, so that makes it even better.” Lisac enjoys taking care of Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak) as much as she likes showing him. “He’s really fun. Every time he sees me coming he nickers to me.”

Youth Bridle Champion Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee Cutter McLaughlin and his favorite horse CD Dee Vee Dee continued their success in the cow horse pen in 2015 by becoming the NRCHA Youth Bridle National Champions. “It was very exciting,” McLaughlin said of winning the Youth Bridle. “I’d like to thank my mom and dad and my brother Ryder, the Aaron Ranch and everyone who’s supported me this year. In his first year to go down the fence, McLaughlin has actively worked on his skills and his showmanship. “It’s been a big change because it’s so different from the boxing, but it’s been fun,” McLaughlin said. “I’ve been trying to relax and let him do most of the work. It’s always easier when you have a good bridle horse.”

Cutter’s favorite show from the year was the AQHA Youth World where he set a record-high score in the Youth Bridle of a 223.5 in the rein work and a 229.5 down the fence. “It was the competition and perfect run that he gave me in the finals that made it my favorite,” McLaughlin said. “It was pretty exciting,” continued Cutter’s dad Jay. “It was interesting because I school him all the time on ‘We’re going three or four turns,’ and that day he went down and made a left turn in the middle of the arena and then he went and made a right hand turn. Well, I told him to circle right there. Of course he was the one who corrected me when he got done, he said, ‘We didn’t make that many turns dad!’” CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) was bred by Carol Rose and trained by Jay before being sold to Shannon and Hershel Reid at the end of his 4-year-old year. The McLaughlins purchased him in 2014 and Cutter has claimed him as his own. “He’s still my main horse and I love him to death. I hang out with him every day. I’m usually just riding him and petting him and doing things like that.”

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The inaugural NRCHA Collegiate Incentive gives young horsemen and women an opportunity to compete in the national spotlight.

Non Pro Champion Justin Stanton of Texas Tech University calls for his cow. Stanton earned a combined score of 291.5 (145.5 rein/146 cow), gaining 15 points for the team.


he National Reined Cow Horse Association hosted the first annual NRCHA Collegiate Invitational during its 2016 Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. The contest was held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the John Justin Arena, directly following the youth limited and youth bridle world championship finals. With the goal of growing the industry and keeping young adults involved with reined cow horse, the NRCHA partnered with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Equestrian/ Ranch Horse program at North Central Texas College (NCTC) to debut this event. National Reined Cow Horse Association Executive Director Jay Winborn, past NRCHA President and 2 Million Dollar rider Todd Crawford, AQHA Director of Ranching Kim Lindsey, and NCTC Equestrian/Ranch Horse Coach Bill Kraven worked in partnership to develop the intercollegiate reined cow horse contest, with the longrange goal of developing a fullfledged NRCHA Collegiate Reined Cow Horse/Stock Horse Division in the future.

“The NRCHA is working hard at trying to develop the future of the reined cow horse by giving young people the opportunity to showcase their talents at our major events,” explains NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn. “It is our mission to help the collegiate programs succeed and also to provide guidance and support whenever we can.” The program creates incentive for current NRCHYA and other association’s youth to continue riding and competing once they age out of youth classes. Additionally, it allows college riders the opportunity to attend a major event like the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and visit with trainers and equine businesses that are in attendance, and of course have the chance to watch elite competitors in the Celebration of Champions world championship classes, Aaron Ranch Derby, and World’s Greatest Horseman competition. “The young people are all of these associations’ futures,” says Lindsey, who believes events like the Collegiate Invitational should have a positive affect on the horse industry and allow for networking opportunities for the students involved. Ranch and Stock Horse teams from all over the country were invited to bring

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////////// TEAM PLACINGS 1. Texas Tech University/ Justin Stanton, Tanner Cadra, Susanna Lyles/ 40 points. 2. North Central Texas College/ Sunnie Wynn, Walker Prister, Johana Jarosova/ 34 points. 3. West Texas A&M University/ Ashley Reeves, Hannah Gillmore, Jessica Ortiz/ 29 points. 4. New Mexico State University/ Jacquie Best, Shelby Siegenthaler, Braiden Clement/ 26 points. 5. University of Arkansas/ Whitley Vann, Ashton Williams, Lensey Watson/ 25 points. 6. Colorado State University/ Ian Rawley, Magdalena Arbes, Megan Dingley/ 22 points. 7. Northeastern Junior College/ Emily Dahle, Jennifer Smith, Madison Moore/ 21 points. The champion team representing Texas Tech University consisted of Justin Stanton, Tanner Cadra, and Susanna Lyles coached by Chance O’Neal.

their best riders to compete for individual champion and reserve champion buckles and overall team champion and reserve medals. The contest is set up to mirror the NRCHA style with slight changes based on IHSA Stock Horse rules and patterns. Each school entered a threeperson team, with one rider in each of the three divisions: Non Pro, Limited and Novice. The teams were double

North Central Texas College team member Sunnie Wynn.

judged on ranch reining immediately followed by cow work, much like a NRCHA class. Reining patterns were selected from the IHSA Stock Horse collection and the cow work was performed according to the IHSA Stock Horse rulebook. The Non Pros were required to box and fence then opt to rope or circle their cow. The Limited exhibitors were required to box, drive the cow down the fence and then

8. Tarleton State University/ Dejonna Haneline, Shambry Sanders, Emily Hamilton/ 19 points.

box at the other end of the pen, while the Novice contestants boxed only.

NRCHA Collegiate Invitational Champions The NRCHA Collegiate Invitational had eight different colleges and universities from five states competing for individual and team awards, as well as the bragging rights of being the NRCHA Collegiate Invitational Champions. The Non Pro Champion was Justin Stanton of Texas Tech University with a combined score of 291.5 (145.5 rein/146 cow), earning 15 points for the team. Reserve Champion was Ashley Reeves from West Texas A&M University earning 14 team points and getting a combined score of 290 (140 rein/150 cow). Earning the Limited Non Pro championship was Walker Prister of North Central Texas College with a 142 in the rein work and a 129.5 in the cow work, earning a 271.5 and giving the team 12 points. The Reserve Champion was Magdalena Arbes from Colorado State University receiving a total score of 238.5 (102.5 rein/136 cow), and earning Colorado 10 points. Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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///////// NRCHA CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS Susanna Lyles from Texas Tech University earned the Novice title with a combined score of 286.5 (144.5 rein/142 cow), and 16 team points. Finishing a close second was Johana Jarosova receiving a 279 (142 rein/137 cow) to earn Reserve Champion Novice and getting 14 points for the team. The overall team champion was Texas Tech University with a total of 40 points. In Reserve was the North Central Texas College team earning a total of 34 points. The enthusiasm about this contest from the teams, the coaches and the crowd was incredible. The event was showcased via live webcast and the crowd on hand in the arena was enthusiastic, giving exhibitors a sense of what it’s like to compete on a national stage at the professional level. “This is an amazing opportunity for all the young riders and especially colleges,” says NCTC Novice rider Johana Jarosova, “because for us it is a real challenge and we get to be at the same place and same arena as the really important people in the industry. And, it’s really motivating. Jarosova, a native of the Czech Republic, came to Texas to work with horses and learn about the industry. Many of the riding teams consist of 10 to 20 riders, but the contest was limited to three team members. Each college had their own way of choosing the riders they brought. Some had ride offs, some picked their most senior members, and others chose their officers to represent them. The Texas Tech University’s three-rider team was made up of senior officers and what coach Chance O’Neal called his team leaders. After his team had some bad luck with a sick and an injured horse, they felt lucky to have been able to attend the event. Many of the team members actually ride in reined cow horse events and were present to cheer Stanton, Cadra and Lyles on to their new championship title.

Left: Earning the Limited Non Pro championship was Walker Prister of North Central Texas College with 142 in the rein work and a 129.5 in the cow work, earning a 271.5 and giving the team 12 points. Far Left: Susanna Lyles from Texas Tech University earned the Novice title with a combined score of 286.5 (144.5 rein/142 cow), and 16 team points.

Reserve champion team was the North Central Texas College team with 34 points earned by team members Johana Jarosova, Walker Prister, and Sunnie Wynn, led by coach Bill Kraven.

Already the new event shows the potential of keeping the youth and young adults involved with the reined cow horse, with members from several teams competing in classes during the week. Justin Stanton, an agricultural leadership major, competed in the contest on a horse that both him and his sister showed earlier in the week during the Celebration of Champions in the Limited Open and the Youth Limited. Stanton

rode RD Dulce Olena and was happy with his performance in the collegiate contest. “He’s a good horse with a lot of stop, a lot of heart and he just went in there and did his thing,” says Stanton. Thank you to all the coaches and teams who took part in this new endeavor to better the reined cow horse, collegiate experience and horse industry as a whole.

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True To Form By Bridget Kirkwood

Tootie Truesdell talks about why she returned to cow horse competition.


ootie Truesdell’s parents always told her that one day, she’d grow out of her horse phase. Now in the prime of her life, Truesdell wonders when that will happen. Growing up near Salinas, California, Truesdell was a city girl who was always into horses and it was there, while she was in high school, that she was introduced to the sport of cow horse.

“There’s a big rodeo in Salinas every July and in 1969 I ran for Miss Rodeo California. I had to do a stock horse pattern for it so I went to a trainer in Salinas.” While learning how to do her reining pattern for the rodeo queen competition, Truesdell met and became friends with future NRCHA Hall of Famer Dema Paul. “We grew up together in Salinas and we went to the same trainer,” said Truesdell, who at the time was roping and doing speed events at gymkhanas. “I started tagging along with her and she got me

Tootie Truesdell going down the fence at the 1978 Snaffle Bit Futurity.

interested in showing reining and cow horses. Even at age 14, she was one of the top people and was winning everything in the stock horse.” Another person who had a big influence on Truesdell’s horse life was iconic horseman Bill Dorrance. “I went to high school with his boys and he started teaching me how to put

a bridle in a horse’s mouth properly and all of that sort of thing. Those things have stayed with me forever.” Truesdell lived on a ranch from 1972 to 1976 at which time she developed a love of working cattle. At the Monterey National Horse Show during that time, Truesdell saw her first reined cow horse show and got to see greats like Bobby

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of her work as an oncology nurse, she’d sometimes refer to Hall of Fame trainer Doug Williamson. “Doug Williamson is one of my heroes because he’s a cancer survivor and because he keeps doing what he does. I use him as an example sometimes with my patients who are going to survive but think that their lives are over with because they have a hard time looking past what they can do afterward. I’ll show them a picture of him and tell them that he’s still going down the fence and that he’s still winning. I say, ‘Look, this is what you can do too.’” While she herself hadn’t been on a horse for 25 years, 2010 was the year that Truesdell decided to get back in the saddle. Her idea was that riding would help her get back in shape. A dude ranch near Bridgeport, California—the PRIMO MORALES


Ingersoll, Greg Ward and Les Vogt compete. Intrigued by the sport, she went to Reno, Nevada, to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1975 to watch Paul. “I went up to her ranch and rode with her a little bit and I got the bug,” Truesdell recalled. “I was hooked.” In 1977, Truesdell purchased herself a 2-year-old and sent it to Hall of Fame trainer Stan Fonsen with the goal of showing the filly in the Non Pro division at the 1978 Snaffle Bit Futurity herself. “We did OK,” Truesdell said of her first attempt at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when she was 28-yearsold. “I think that year there were 230 horses or something and we were 60th overall. It wasn’t anything big, but we did OK.” Next came a bridle horse that she showed for three years until 1982. “We didn’t win anything major but we went to quite a few reined cow horse shows and I just had fun. I enjoyed it,” Truesdell said. “I love working cattle and the people were so much fun and so helpful. If you went to a show and your trainer couldn’t be there then another trainer would just pick you up and help you. It was a really great bunch of people that I showed with.”

Life Happens While she was hooked on cow horse, Truesdell’s life was starting to change. Lack of time, lack of money and a nursing career forced her to sell her horse. While overseas travel beckoned, Truesdell continued to monitor the pulse of the cow horse industry. And, during the course

Foxy Lil Biscuit and Tootie Truesdell competed in the Non Pro Limited horse show class at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2015.

Hunewill Ranch—a 1,200 cow-calf operation spanning 26,000 acres that allows guests to spend time working cattle with the family, offered what she wanted: cattle and horses. On her application form, Truesdell noted that she’d competed in reined cow horse events when she was younger. “They put me on a horse that had been to a couple of smaller snaffle bit futurities. It was a 5-year-old and when I went out there and started working cows, I fell in love with it all over again,” Truesdell said. Truesdell bought a yearling, Foxie Lil Biscuit off the Hunewill Ranch with the intention of making him a ranch horse. “They had a few of his siblings on the ranch so I knew they were good horses.” Even though she’d had a long hiatus from the saddle, Truesdell still had some of her gear from her younger years. “Some of my old things from the 70’s are now collectibles, especially the bits,” Truesdall said. “I have an old headstall with old conchos on it that I use but the bit on that is new.” Her saddle however is a brand new Bob’s Custom Saddle that, with the addition of antique silver, has a vintage feel. “I know a gal who does a lot of collecting of old silver. She’d found an Olsen Nolte saddle from the 1940’s. They used to make a lot of parade saddles. The leather was trashed but the silver was still in really good condition so I bought it from her and had the corner plates put on the new saddle. It’s really neat because that silver has 14-karat gold accents on it. People, even cutters who usually don’t like anything on their saddles, are always commenting on it.” Upon her return to equine sports, Truesdell began riding with a cutting Reined Cow Horse News | March/April 2016

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Tootie Truesdell gets a hug from her trainer.

found out about the NRCHA Non Pro Limited classes. “I love the herd work but I didn’t want to go down the fence so the boxing was perfect for me,” Truesdell said. Tootie Truesdell will enter the Non Pro Limited derbies “For older people like me this year on 4-year-old Wendels New Edition. it’s just fun to be out there horse trainer from the Carmel Valley and competing again. I don’t need to go thought maybe she’d give herself and down the fence again because boxing Foxie Lil Biscuit a chance in cutting com- gives me that herd work that I really petition. But that changed when she went enjoy.” Truesdell showed Foxie Lil Biscuit for to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2011. “I thought, ‘Whoa, maybe my little a few years and while competing in horse could do this,” Truesdell recalled. the horse show at the 2015 Snaffle Bit “I’d thought about going into cutting Futurity in Reno, she decided she wanted because in a way it’s easier since you another horse. “There were so many 3-year-olds there don’t have to go down the fence,” said Truesdell, “but the more I thought about that weren’t going to make it as open it, the more I realized that I really love horses that my trainer and I started lookcow horse and I wanted to go to the ing around for a horse to show in the derbies. I like it that the Non Pro Limited lets Snaffle Bit Futurity again and compete.” you show in the derbies until the horse is 6 so I sold Foxie Lil Biscuit and bought a A New Opportunity Truesdell reconnected with NRCHA 3-year-old, Wendels New Edition.” In preparation for her first derby trainer Ed Robertson whom she’s known since his cowboying days. He took competition in Paso Robles, California Foxie Lil Biscuit and showed him at the this June Truesdell has also been taking 2013 Snaffle Bit. It was while watching Wendels New Edition to ranch cuttings Robertson show her horse that Truesdell to help prepare for the NRCHA shows.

Of the four that she’s been to, she’s won two. She has also been polishing up on her reining, which is the phase of NRCHA action that she feels has changed the most over the past 25 years. “The patterns used to be so simple; we would do two lead changes and a turn and a half at the end. Now, you have to do many more turns and more lead changes; they’re much more complicated patterns.” For the time being, Truesdell is looking forward to entering up for another three years. Whether she’s showing or not, she says she will always attend cow horse shows. “I do this for fun and the cow horse people are always so welcoming. There comes a point in your life where you do things just for fun. I feel so blessed that I’m physically capable and financially capable to be able to do this right now,” Truesdell said. “I’ve run into a lot of women I showed with back in the 1970’s who are out there showing again. They’ve finished raising their families or having their careers and they’re showing; it’s neat to see that. It’s fun to be around those people again and to see so many familiar people from the 1970’s.”

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DT Horses Becomes NRCHA Corporate Partner Kevin Kubota

Dean Tuftin (left), owner/operator of DT Horses, brought NRCHA Top 10 Professional Kelby Phillips (right) on board as resident trainer last year.


he National Reined Cow Horse Association welcomes Dean and Leslie Tuftin’s DT Horses, LLC to its family of Corporate Partners, and as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman. With a long and successful history of raising and training champion rope horses, DT Horses is establishing a strong presence in the reined cow horse industry. In April 2015, NRCHA Top 10 Professional Kelby Phillips came on board as the DT Horses resident trainer, and on January 13, 2016, the ranch purchased leading NRCHA performer Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc’s

Hickory), the 2014 NRCHA Derby Open Champion and earner of approximately $180,000. The 2010 stallion, trained and shown by Phillips, was previously owned by NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Gardiner Quarter Horses, Ashland, Kansas. “We are excited to welcome the Tuftin family as the World’s Greatest Horseman title sponsor,” Jay Winborn, NRCHA Executive Director, says. “With the new acquisition of Hickory Holly Time, the DT Horses program will certainly be one to watch in the coming years.” DT Horses, located in the beautiful central Oregon mountain town of

Bend, was founded more than 15 years ago as a shared passion between Dean Tuftin, a champion roper and former rodeo athlete, and his late mother-inlaw, Margie Denton. What began as the purchase of two cow-bred mares to cross with Margie’s barrel horse stallion has grown into a thriving all-around program, producing champion rope horses backed by elite pedigrees that include some of the most sought-after blood in the reined cow horse and cutting industries. “My expertise is building heel horses in particular. I feel like a great heel horse is basically just a great cow horse,” says Canadian-born Tuftin, a past National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “We felt like the World’s Greatest Horseman was the perfect thing to sponsor. It showcases the all-around horse we strive to produce. It’s the one NRCHA event that includes roping, and with my background, it really ties it all together.” DT Horses crossed over into the reined cow horse arena in a serious way when the ranch’s mare, Smart Shine Ann (Smart Shiner x Annies Nu Lena x Nu Cash), shown by NRCHA Professional Jay McLaughlin, qualified for the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals. The Tuftins already had substantial knowledge about the NRCHA and reined cow horses, but after traveling to Reno to see their own Futurity finalist compete in three grueling events, their appreciation for the sport grew still more. “That first horse making the finals gave us a boost toward having more cow horses. It excited us. My whole

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Sponsor Spotlight ///////// family, my wife and my two girls were all there. We enjoyed it, and at the same time, we saw what that mare could do. We felt she represented everything we wanted our program to be, and would make a great rope horse,” Tuftin says. After the Futurity finals, Smart Shine Ann returned to Oregon. Tuftin spent three years training her as a heel horse, and then sent her to friend and champion rope horse trainer J.D. Yates to Stephanie Duquette

Hickory Holly Time and Phillips captured the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas, for the stallion’s new owners.

show at the 2014 AQHA World Show. The pair came home with the Senior Heeling World Championship. In 2015, the AQHA World Show accolades continued to pile up for DT Horses-bred performers. Products of Tuftin’s program swept the top three placings in the Junior Heeling preliminaries and then went on to be first, second and third in the finals. Building champions in multiple performance arenas is Tuftin’s long-range plan. “I always had aspirations to build a horse program, and I believe there is a direct correlation between great genetics and great horses,” Tuftin says. “We have almost 100 head of horses. This is not a little operation anymore. I feel like we’re pushing toward potentially more success. Hickory Holly Time is a cornerstone stallion that I can build this whole program around for years to come, and having Kelby in-house has helped me improve the program and make better decisions.” Phillips claimed the first major NRCHA title for Hickory Holly Time under his new DT Horses ownership, guiding the stallion to the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore World

Championship in Fort Worth. The win underscored Garth Gardiner’s comment to the Tuftins as they were putting the Hickory Holly Time sale together. “Garth said something that really resonated with me. He said, ‘That horse belongs with Kelby.’ We want to continue doing the right things for the horse,” Tuftin says. Phillips has often referred to “Oliver” as a once-in-a-lifetime horse. “There’s a lot of things about him that are very special to me, like his mind. I’ve shown him pretty hard and he’s stayed consistent. He runs and stops big, and he’s very cowy. I feel like he’s a horse that could go any direction,” Phillips says, adding that he is excited about the future for the stallion and for himself at DT Horses. “From the first time I met Dean and Leslie, I knew they were the type of people I could get along with. I’m not easy to get along with all the time. They are super nice, down-to-earth people. They are supportive and going to take us in the right direction. I’m a young trainer and need all the help I can get,” Phillips says.

Kevin Kubota

Kevin Kubota

The DT Horses program has a roping foundation and is now establishing a strong reined cow horse industry presence.

DT Horses, located in Bend, Oregon, was founded 15 years ago as a shared passion between Dean Tuftin and his late mother-in-law.

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Judges List as of February 25, 2016

Name Susan S. Abel Andy B. Adams Randall D. Alderson Blue R. Allen Lyn Anderson Ron K. Anderson Karen R. Arlin Billy Arthur Lavert Avent David Avery Bob C. Avila Jane A. Bagley Lance A. Baker Margo Lea Ball Brad W. Barkemeyer Paul E. Barnes Maik Bartmann Gary A. Baumer Michael W. Bednarek Chris C. Benedict Jack A. Bingham Ron Bluett Mario Boisjoli Jan Boogaerts Ricky Bordignon John W. Boudreaux Sarah A. Bradley Aaron C. Brookshire Cyndi L. Brown Stephen F. Brown Tom B. Buckingham Rod L. Burr Brandon C. Buttars Antonino Cancellieri Christie L. Capik Marvin “Butch” Carse Joe A. Carter Allison Chapman (Blevins) Dolly R. Chayer Rick Chayer Ian A. Chisholm Berry Clanton Billy Cochrane Sandra M. Collier Jill L. Cook Dawn Coons Debbie P. Cooper Cal Cooper Abby Cosenza Marc A. Cosenza

City State Country Lamoille NV Gerber CA Sharpsville IN Alamosa CO Madera CA Calgary AB CANADA Escalon CA Merced CA Elbert CO Amarillo TX Temecula CA Dimmitt TX Amarillo TX Fort Collins CO Scottsdale AZ Minden NV D-67574 Osthofen GERMANY Chowchilla CA Jamesville NY Weatherford TX Glen Ellen CA Adolphus KY Gig Harbor WA 2260 Westerlo BELGIUM I-36100 Vicenza VI ITALY Abbeville LA Richmond IN Simi Valley CA Gainesville TX Findlay OH Bruneau ID Turlock CA Snowville UT San Nattaro Sesia ITALY Orland CA Davenport FL Saint George ON CANADA Templeton CA Sperry OK Sperry OK Weatherford TX Bakersfield CA Sanger CA Los Alamos CA Erie CO Cat Spring TX Cave Creek AZ Phoenix AZ Scottsdale AZ Scottsdale AZ

Phone Email 775-753-3120 530-200-2229 765-432-9586 719-221-6098 559-304-0930 403-249-8215 209-602-4987 910-290-3426 505-429-7180 806-679-0722 503-784-2513 806-647-8303 806-683-4145 970-227-8233 480-620-4759 775-267-5852 491726248016 530-276-7345 315-243-4387 682-333-4999 707-495-4989 270-606-0963 805-217-4506 32497589940 398483806646 337-356-6206 765-969-9901 805-975-7190 940-727-9757 419-429-9359 208-599-3611 209-648-2596 435-279-0772 003933987206 530-517-1000 863-207-1240 519-732-0219 805-286-1102 918-625-8337 918-706-1043 817-304-0289 760-937-2734 559-286-5600 805-350-1869 303-709-0276 979-942-0131 480-363-3047 602-625-1643 602-524-8571 602-524-8571

Level Judge: 1A Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 2A Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH Judge: 1A Judge: 1A Judge: 1A Judge: 1A Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 3A Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 1A Judge: 2A Judge: 1A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 3A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 2A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 3A Judge: 1A Judge: 2A Judge: 1A Judge: 2A Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 3A-AQHA Judge: 2A Judge: 1A-AQHA Judge: 1A Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH Judge: 1A Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH Judge: 1A Judge: 1A Judge: 2A-AQHA Judge: 2A Judge: 1A Judge: 1A

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Camille H. Courtney




Judge: 2A

Todd Crawford




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Tom E. Crowley




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Michael C. Damianos

Oak View



Judge: 2A-AQHA


Judge: 1A

Chris C. Dawson


Augusto DeFazio

Rivarolo Canaves 10086

Laurel Walker Denton

Skull Valley





Judge: 1A


Judge: 2A-AQHA

Russell A. Dilday




Judge: 3A

David J. Dillman




Judge: 1A

Nicholas S. Dowers




Judge: 1A

Frederick M. Drayer

Le Grand



Judge: 2A


Janette M. Dublin

San Angelo


Jim Dudley



Judge: 2A-AQHA

Judge: 1A

Al Dunning




Judge: 3A

Ron E. Emmons




Judge: 2A

Bill Enk

Paso Robles



Judge: 3A-AQHA

Kathie Ferrante




Judge: 1A

Buddy B. Fisher




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Tony M. Fisher




Judge: 1A

Todd D. Fitch




Judge: 2A-AQHA-CH

Taylor C. Gillespie

Canon City



Judge: 1A

David W. Glaser




Judge: 3A

Mona Goransson




Judge: 1A


Jake D. Gorrell




Judge: 1A

Jerry D. Gorrell

Glenns Ferry



Judge: 2A

Carl Gould




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Benny R. Guitron




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Mark E. Guynn




Judge: 1A

Derek Hanscome

New Glasgow



Judge: 1A


Philipp M. Haug

08626 Gettengruen




Judge: 1A

Susanne Haug





Judge: 1A-AQHA

Terrill Heaton

Las Vegas



Judge: 1A

Jay G. Henson




Judge: 1A

Linda K. Hitt




Judge: 1A

James F. Hitt




Judge: 1A

Geoff M. Hoar

Red Deer County


Jay Holmes





Judge: 2A


Judge: 2A

Wayne Holt




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Jan Hoskin Hay




Judge: 1A

T. Scott Hulme




Judge: 1A

Doug Huls




Judge: 1A

Bobby Hunt




Judge: 1A

Bobby C. Ingersoll




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Doug R. Ingersoll




Judge: 3A-AQHA

Mary K. Ingwerson

Weeping Water



Judge: 1A-AQHA

Lyle A. Jackson



Chris D. Jeter





Judge: 2A-AQHA


Judge: 2A-AQHA

Sandy L. Campbell Jirkovsky Kearney



Judge: 2A-AQHA

Lance B. Johnston



Judge: 2A


Luke J. Jones




Judge: 1A

Ann Judge




Judge: 1A

Robbin Jung




Judge: 1A

W Michael Jung




Judge: 1A

Bob J. Kail




Judge: 1A

Larry H. Kasten

River Falls



Judge: 1A

Brad W. Kelsall




Judge: 2A-AQHA-CH

Tony S. Kennedy

Tuppers Plains



Judge: 1A

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Donna H. King




Judge: 1A

Jeremy S. Knoles

North Platte



Judge: 1A

Ramona J. Koch



Brigitte Kuenzel




Judge: 2A


Judge: 1A

Cindy Lapp

Yucca Valley



Judge: 1A

Jan Larsen




Judge: 1A

Eugenio Latorre

Caatellbell i El vilar

Teresa J. Lauth




Fredy Laval

St Laurent de Vaux

Patrice A. Lee




Rick LeMay

Torre-Pachezo Murcia

Alex F. Long




34 629023988

Judge: 2A


Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A

Mike W. Lund




Judge: 2A-AQHA-CH

Morgan R. Lybbert

Valley View



Judge: 3A-AQHA

Lisa D. Macauley




Judge: 1A

Gary J. Martinez




Judge: 1A

Filippo Masi

Monteroni D’Arbia


Mark P. Matson





Judge: 2A


Judge: 2A-AQHA-CH

Rick D. Maxson

Monkey Island



Judge: 2A

Dan E. Mayer




Judge: 2A

Robert Cody McArthur



Shaun T. McBride

Mount Sterling




Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A

Carl McCuistion




Judge: 3A-AQHA

Karen McCuistion




Judge: 3A-AQHA

Chele A. McGauly

Elm Grove



Judge: 2A-AQHA

Kathleen L. McPhaul




Judge: 1A

Jeremy Meador




Judge: 1A

Bonnie Miller

Lady Lake



Judge: 1A-AQHA

Darren L. Miller




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Mike E. Miller




Judge: 1A

Allen R. Mitchels

Michigan City



Judge: 2A-AQHA

Jacky Molliex-Donjon

Villette d’Anthon




Judge: 1A


Alessandro Monaldi



Peter A. Morgan




Judge: 1A


Judge: 2A-AQHA

Tom E. Neel




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Ricky Nicolazzi

Grass Valley



Judge: 1A

Connie C. O’Brien




Judge: 1A

Jamie L. Olson




Judge: 1A

Gay Lynn Owens




Judge: 1A-AQHA

John R. Pascoe




Judge: 1A

Jason M. Patrick

Steamboat Springs



Judge: 1A

Dema M. Paul

Cave Creek



Judge: 1A

Jim H. Paul, Sr.

Cave Creek



Judge: 3A

Jerry Peters




Judge: 1A

Jamie L. Peters




Judge: 2A

Marilyn G. Peters




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Laurie S. Petkus

Carmel Valley



Judge: 1A

John L. Pipkin




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Kenda G. Pipkin




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Billy Prather




Judge: 2A

Smoky Pritchett

Red Bluff



Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Kenny E. Pugh, Sr.




Judge: 3A

John J. Quinlan




Judge: 1A

Vicki K. Radtke




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Aaron T. Ralston




Judge: 1A

Marilyn K. Randall




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Wade J. Reaney




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

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Guillermo Recio




Judge: 1A

Trigg C. Rentfro




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Anne M. Reynolds

King Hill



Judge: 1A

Roy A. Rich




Judge: 1A

Enrico Righetti

I-37010 Costermano VR

Dan S. Roeser





Judge: 2A


Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Fielding (Bozo) H. Rogers




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Sam M. Rose

Pilot Point



Judge: 3A-AQHA

Pam R. Rose

Pilot Point



Judge: 1A

Bill J. Sanguinetti




Judge: 1A

Debby M. Sanguinetti




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Lance R. Scheffel

Rice Lake



Judge: 1A

Markus Schopfer



Zeph P. Schulz





Judge: 1A


Judge: 2A-AQHA-CH

Pamela Scott




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Roy Sharpe




Judge: 1A

Lance Shields




Judge: 1A

Dennis H. Sigler




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Andrea J. Simons




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Karl D. Smith




Judge: 2A

Robert J. Smith, III

Apollo Beach



Judge: 1A

John S. Snyder




Judge: 1A

Brandon T. Staebler

Klamath Falls



Judge: 1A

Gary S. Stark




Judge: 2A

Shane L. Steffen

Powell Butte



Judge: 1A

Harvey D. Stevens

Indian River



Judge: 1A


Jimmy R. Stickler

San Luis Obispo



Judge: 3A-AQHA

Peter Swales




Judge: 1A

Mauro Taccia

I-33041 Aiello del Friuli UD

Jake A. Telford




Carol L. Telford

00010 Lunghezza


Becky A. Terrell





Judge: 1A


Judge: 2A


Judge: 1A


Judge: 1A

R David Terrell




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Terry R. Thompson




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Les M. Timmons



Betsy Tuckey





Judge: 3A


Judge: 1A-AQHA

John C. Tuckey




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Tim Unzicker




Judge: 1A

Jeffry J. Veitch




Judge: 1A

T.E. Vinci




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Carlo Volpi

Torre De Picenardi


Allen R. Walton

Bluff Dale




Judge: 1A


Judge: 3A-AQHA

Lori L. Walton




Judge: 1A

Brady E. Weaver




Judge: 2A

Gary W. Webb

Ash Grove



Judge: 1A

Wayne W. Whitehead




Judge: 1A

Todd D. Williamson




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Doug Williamson




Judge: 3A

Maryann Willoughby




Judge: 2A-AQHA

Betty O. Wilson




Judge: 1A

Cayley R. Wilson



Richard W. Winters





Judge: 1A


Judge: 2A

Deb S. Witty




Judge: 1A

Ken L. Wold




Judge: 3A-AQHA-CH

Debra J. Wright




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Nancie K. Wright




Judge: 1A-AQHA

Liz Younger




Judge: 1A

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Subscribed Stallions Stallion

Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

A Shiner Named Sioux (972) 977-6581 X X X X X All Reddy Smart (406) 434-5724 X X ARC Moonstruckrey (405) 659-7394 X ARC Sparkin Chics (661) 303-6015 X Auspicious Cat 903-564-3200 X X X Autumn Acre (940) 682-7471 X Backdoor Cat (805) 756-5469 X X X X X Bet Hesa Cat (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Bets Smart Lena (940) 365-2690 X Big Bucks To Cash (817) 596-9009 X X X X Blind Sided (903) 886-8836 Blue One Time (817) 279-8275 X X Blue Spark Olena 435-225-2176 X Bobs Hickory Rio (806) 373-0535 X X Boonlight Dancer (580) 276-4830 X X X X Briscoe Cat (806) 206-2336 X Cat Ichi (972) 342-6841 X X X X X Cats Merada (940) 464-0783 X X X X X Cats Moonshine (940) 641-1261 X X X X X Cats Quixote Jack (817) 594-9232 X X X X Cats Starbright (580) 276-1600 Catty Hawk (580) 220-1281 X X X X X CD Diamond (817) 599-4560 X X CD Lights (817) 599-0522 X X X X X CD Olena (903) 564-3200 X CD Survivor (805) 688-4241 X X Cee Mr Hickory (805) 550-8387 X Chic Please (931) 625-9881 X X X Chics Magic Potion (951) 375-6682 X X CJ Sugar Lena X Compaq Player (605) 440-0663 Doc At Night (661) 835-7533 X Docs Soula (951) 375-6682 X Drag And Fly (541) 977-5274 X X Dry N Play (940)231-0370 X Dual R Smokin (817) 313-2946 X Dual Rey (303) 956-1887 X X X X X Dual Smart Rey (254) 485-8280 X X Dulces Little Light (209) 603-9710 Easy Move Whiskey (208) 841-2052 X First Fletch (806) 596-4424 X Freckled Leo Lena (936) 870-8561 X X X X X Funny B Bluemuchamon (903) 886-8836 X X X Gallo Del Cielo (580) 276-4830 X X X X Genuine Masterpiece (307) 358-5439 x 1 X X X X X Genuine Rednic (775) 423-4765 X X Gotta Go Get It X X Gunnatrashya (817) 559-4560 X Half Time Report (951) 529-6258 X X X Hallmarked Playboy (406) 434-5724 X X Halreycious (800) 278-0785 X X HD Continental Chex (817) 235-5530 Heart Of A Fox (661) 301-9537 X X X X X Hes A Peptospoonful (817) 546-3630 X X Hes Wright On (620) 635-5632 X X X X X










Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Heza Diamond Spark (406) 799-4426 X X X X Hick Chicaroo (805) 693-1012 X X Hickory Holly Time (817) 599-4560 X Hickorys Indian Pep (817) 546-3630 X X High Brow Cat X High Brow CD (337)584-2866 X X X X X High Brow Shiner (661) 706-7724 High Flyin Cat (559) 665-2908 High Roller Rey 435-757-3487 X High Sign Nugget (403) 749-2777 X X X X X Highlightcat (817) 560-0038 X Hottish X Hydrive Cat (817) 560-0038 X X X X X Ill Be Smart (530) 865-1525 X Im A Tuff Bueno (541) 977-5274 X X Im Countin Checks (817) 594-9232 X X X X X Ima Smoking Mister (940) 686-0820 X X X X Imacockadoodledude (831) 335-1216 X Jake Jacspin (620) 804-0718 Jasons Peptolena (903) 227-0462 X X X Juan Bad Cat (817) 594-9232 X X Judge Boon (208) 861-0760 X X X X Junior Starlight (916) 686-5967 X X X Just Like Starlight (618) 473-2339 X X X Kit Kat Sugar (254) 485-8280 X X Lena Inthe Starlight (306) 544-2421 X Lena Peptolena (901) 826-7297 X Lena Spark (940) 668-6469 X X X X X Lenas Chex N Smart (702) 491-7200 X Lil Catbaloo (817) 599-4560 Lil Time To Smoke (559) 268-1115 X X X Little Blue Lynx (859) 221-2724 X Little Cielo (559) 999-8146 X X X Lotta Stuff To Shine (559) 665-2908 X X Matt Dillon Dun It (541) 317-4170 X X X X Meradas Blue Sue (812) 525-0210 X Meradas Money Talks (941) 234-7660 X Metalic Al (805) 350-2578 Metallic Cat (806) 622-9787 X X X X X Metallic CD (541) 213-8518 Metallic Red Cat (559) 665-2908 Meteles Cat (817) 599-4560 Mister Smart Remedy (559) 897-8616 X X X Moms Stilish Cat (208) 866-8598 X Moon Me Pepto (661)303-6015 X Movin On Hickory (918)774-9199 X X Mr Boonsmal To You 940-682-4370 X X X Mr Playinstylish (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Mylanta Lena (805) 688-3673 X Nabisco Roan (805) 688-4241 X X X X X Nic It In The Bud (480) 563-1966 X X X X X Nics Black Diamond (805)688-3673 X X X X X NMSU Truckin Chex (520) 906-4852 X X X X No Guns Please (903) 816-3495 X X Oh Cay Quixote (217) 377-2258 X X









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Subscribed Stallions Stallion

Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2012 2014 2015 2016

Olena Oak (805) 610-8320 X X X X Once A Von A Time (805) 688-4241 X X X X X One Fine Vintage (805) 610-4978 One Smart Response 208-841-2052 X X X X X One Time Pepto (910) 596-2183 X X X X X One Time Royalty (817) 599-4560 X X Paddys Irish Whiskey (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Peppinic (951) 218-8306 X Peptoboonsmal X X X X X Peptos Boon Shadow (940) 389-3093 X Peptos Duke (406) 434-5724 X X X PG Dry Fire (208) 454-5557 X PG Gunpowder (806) 596-4424 X X X X Play Dual Rey (940) 637-2536 X Playboys Buck Fever (307) 276-3748 X X X X Playgun (580) 276-9397 X X X X X Playin Attraction (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Presidente Shiner (417) 682-6373 X Pretty Boy Boon (208) 939-8648 X PRF Spoonful Of Gold (817) 599-4560 X RC Fancy Step (817) 560-0038 X X RC Gay Bar Star Dust (602) 524-9047 Real Gun (580) 228-3272 X Reed N Reminic (541) 977-5274 X Reminic N Dunit X Rey Dual (800) 278-0785 X Reys Dual Badger X Rockin W (806)596-4424 X X X X Roo Star (254) 947-1292 X X X X X Roosters Wrangler (417) 682-6373 X X Royal Fletch (806) 596-4424 X X X X Ruff Spook (940) 637-2536 Scootin Boon (318) 995-7184 X SDP Blue Blood (303) 618-0749 X SDP Joker (530) 200-0560 X Self Shine (940) 637-2536 X Seven From Heaven (806) 596-4424 X X X Shady Lil Starlight (805) 688-4241 X X X X X Shine Chic Shine (940) 637-2536 X X Shine Like Hail (360) 474-8313 X Shiners Lena Doc (940) 665-9304 X Shiners Nickle (210) 381-3132 X X X X X Shiners Suduko (405) 659-7394 X Shiners Voodoo Dr (405) 527-5008 X X X Shining Lil Nic (303) 915-6444 X X X X X Shining Spark (940) 665-9304 X X Short And Smart (661) 303-6015 X Silver Gun (559) 897-8616 X X X Sixes Pick (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Skeets Peppy (417) 883-8286 X Smart And Shiney (940) 437-2470 X X X X Smart Blackbird (519) 913-1233 X X X Smart Boons (817) 599-4560 X X X X X Smart Chic Olena X Smart Lena Boon ((575) 760-4104










Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Smart Like Juice (217) 377-2258 X X X Smart Lil Highbrow (559) 897-8616 X Smart Lil Scoot (318) 995-7184 X Smart Little Brady (406) 775-6226 X Smart Little Pepinic (559) 897-8616 X X Smart Santana (541) 504-8155 X X X X Smart Spook (940) 368-6999 X X X X X Smart Steady Date (559) 897-8616 X X X Smart Sugar Badger (352) 303-2151 X Smokeelan (480) 215-6577 X Smokums Prize X Smooth As A Cat (940) 686-2246 X X X X X Smooth Talkin Style (254) 485-8280 Smoother Than A Cat X Solano Cat (940) 686-0820 X X X Son Shining Rooster (806) 584-9275 X X X X X Sophisticated Catt (940) 665-7557 X Soula Jule Star (580) 276-4830 X X X X Special Dual Pep (307) 276-3748 X Spooks Bluestem (406) 265-1424 X X X Spots Hot (479) 571-2434 X Starlights Wrangler (940) 437-5157 X X X X Stone Blue Valentine (903) 886-8836 Stressolena (307) 358-5439 x 1 X Stylin Beau (970) 759-9471 X Stylish Rey (303) 956-1887 X X X X Sweet Lil Pepto (817) 594-6900 X X X X X Tangys Classy Peppy (209) 759-3323 X X X That CD Rocks (559) 897-8616 X X X X X That Sly Cat (940) 682-4370 X X X The Boon (361) 675-4695 X The Love Man (918) 272-5041 X There Comes A Time (208) 896-4005 X Third Cutting (254) 485-8280 This One Time (970) 226-4747 X Time For The Diamond (817) 599-4560 Tomcat Chex (707) 678-8686 X X X X X Topsails Rien Maker (209) 966-6793 X TR Dual Rey (817) 560-0038 X X X X X Travelin Jonez (903) 564-7883 X Tru Grrit (970) 749-3322 Uno What Time It Is (405) 344-6692 X X X X X Very Smart Remedy (208) 366-2971 X X X X X Waresthecat (806) 596-4424 X X X Western Time Zone (940) 682-4001 Widows Freckles (817) 546-3630 X X Wild Haired Cat X Willy B Gun Smart (406) 777-2664 X Woody Be Tuff (903) 536-3286 X X X X WR This Cats Smart (307) 358-5439 X X X X X Yellow Roan Of Texas (405) 837-9873 X X Zezes Pepto Cat (940) 859-6587







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Top Riders for Open LAE Eligibility in 2016 Riders listed in the Top 20 (above the line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Open LAE in 2016.


Rider Name




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

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

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 $13,639.28 $24,043.10 $16,382.87 $32,522.61 $29,553.04 $32,122.96 $30,972.84 $14,214.04 $40,859.52 $7,177.80 $58,638.85 $25,978.22 $24,219.63 $5,746.78 $23,544.69 $15,779.93 $15,908.28 $11,825.00 $40,989.44 $4,452.53 $18,056.48 $20,611.15 $20,639.82 $17,850.00 $14,903.88 $13,493.05 $8,839.78 $5,231.75 $14,175.33 $24,342.96 $21,069.01 $6,244.09 $12,753.84 $22,111.27 $17,473.20 $6,727.46 $16,259.85 $22,402.53 $8,724.65 $21,832.02 $13,276.33 $8,262.29 $4,772.03 $3,685.65 $12,282.77 $0.00 $7,852.60 $22,123.84 $5,504.63 $10,669.75 $9,347.47 $18,091.59 $15,858.33 $5,563.33 $8,050.65 $19,328.52 $8,500.00 $23,042.53

$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

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Top Riders for Non Pro LAE Eligibility in 2016 Riders listed in the TOP 12 (above the first line) are NOT eligible for the Intermediate Non Pro LAE in 2016.


Rider Name




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

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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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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 before Feb 1, 2016 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)

Nominated after Feb 1, 2016 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2011.....................................................$2,500 2012.....................................................$2,500 2013.....................................................$1,750 2014.....................................................$1,500 2015.....................................................$1,250 2016.....................................................$1,000 2017........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2017-2021)

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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.


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: _______________________________________________________________________






Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________ 






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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NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION 2016 Membership Application Valid from Nov. 16, 2015 - Nov 15, 2016 Name: 




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o 1 Year Youth Membership - $40 o 1 Year Youth w/Non Pro Membership - $75

o Check here if you are a TRAINER and want to be listed as such in the online NRCHA Directory. Please be sure to complete the Non Pro Declaration. A card will not be issued without it!

Youth who wish to compete in the Non Pro MUST complete a Non Pro Declaration.

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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: ____________________________________________________________________    Date: _______________________

NON PRO APPLICATION - Non Pro riders must sign this section and

complete a Non Pro Declaration every year

o Non Pro Renewal    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.

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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) H  ave you earned more than $750 in earnings down the fence? (for eligibility)

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

3) W  ithin 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) W  ithin 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) D  o 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:


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

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NRCHA Membership Information Answers to a few frequently asked questions regarding NRCHA membership. Stephanie Duquette


f you are reading this issue of the Reined Cow Horse News, chances are you have already renewed your 2016 membership. The National Reined Cow Horse Association show year and membership year runs from November 16, 2015 through November 15, 2016. Renewal notices are mailed in midOctober, and memberships renewed prior to January 1 will receive a discount. All memberships are processed the same day they are received, whether they are done online, mailed, faxed, emailed or received with show results. The online Membership Directory posted on the NRCHA website is updated on a daily basis. Your NRCHA membership card is unique in that it lists rider eligibility. Therefore, each card has an annual expiration date, even though you may be a three-year or lifetime member. A new card must be issued every year since your eligibility in various classes may change. In addition, since rider eligibility is based on rider earnings as of November 16 of each year, eligibility cannot be determined until all show results have been received and verified by the NRCHA show office. Show Management has 14 days upon conclusion of a show to submit these results. So, the process of updating rider eligibility can’t begin until all of the previous year’s shows are completed. The Non Pro committee approves all Non Pros on an annual basis. A new

Non Pro declaration must be submitted every year, not just when there is a lapse in membership. This is a rule that was changed in 2014. If a member does not provide a Non Pro declaration, or if their occupation is missing from the

declaration, a membership card will not be issued. Visit for additional information or contact Barbara Nahlik at the NRCHA office, 940-488-1496 or

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Types of membership which include a subscription to Reined Cow Horse News:

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3-Year Regular Membership $210 ($180 before Jan. 1) Associate Membership $35 (no voting or show privileges) Youth - $40 • Youth + Non Pro - $75 • Canadian - $85

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Affiliate Listing Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association

Terri Holowath Box 6 Site 1 RR 1 Cayley, Alberta T0L 0P0 Canada Phone: 403-395-3339 Fax: 403-395-3339 Email: Website:

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association Margaret Green 2932 E Vista Dr Phoenix, AZ 85032 Phone: 602-992-9652 Email: Website:

Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association Tom Iannotti 263 Friendship Rd Monroeville, NJ 08343 Phone: 609-605-7448 Email: Website:

California Cow Horse Association

Cynthia Bias PO Box 196 Edison, CA 93220 Phone: 661-301-0122 Fax: 661-366-6103 Email: Website:

Central Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Charlotte Robertson PO Box 514 Arco, ID 83213 Phone: 208-527-3986 Email:

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

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

Jerry Peters PO Box 535 Kiowa, CO 80117 Phone: 303-621-9625 Email: Website:

European Reined Cow Horse Association

Midwest Reined Cow Horse Association Susan Tullock 5000 W 175th St. Stilwell, KS 66085 Phone: 913-515-4683 EMail:

Nevada Reined Cow Horse Association

Laura Ruffino-Vercellino Via Ghiardi 1 San Martino Canavese, 10010 Italy Phone: +39 3471104168 Email: Website:

Jason Terrell 6315 Whispering Sands Las Vegas, NV 89131 Phone: 702-205-2908 Email: Website:

Gem State Stock Horse Association

New York Reined Cow Horse Association

Gulf Coast Reined Cow Horse Association

North Central Reined Cow Horse Association

Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association

Northern California Reined Cow Horse Association

Nola Krahn Box 1321 Kamiah, ID 83536 Phone: 208-935-0709 Email: Website:

Paul Kaskey 6329 Old Court St North Port, FL 34291 Phone: 941-256-4760 Email: Website:

Jerry & Shirley Beukelman 3398 Can Ada Rd Nampa, ID 83687 Phone: 208-250-5200 Email: Website:

Magic Valley Reined Cow Horse Association Mike Zebarth PO Box 5956 Twin Falls, ID 83303 Phone: 208-423-9055 Email: Website:

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc.

Cindy Pfeifer 6040 Clearly Rd. Livonia, NY 14487 Phone: 585-749-1764 Email: Website: Steve Mattson 24155 Wood Ln Rogers, MN 55374 Phone: 612-685-5190 Email: Website:

Barbara Church 24 Roseanna Ct. Chico, CA 95973 Phone: 530-520-7389 Email: Website:

Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Diane Edwards 15409 203rd Ave SE Renton, WA 98059 Phone: 425-226-6376 Email: Website:

Shaney Cheney 1716 N. 3000 W. Rexburg, ID 83440 Phone: 208-359-5860 Email: Website: Reined Cow Horse News | march/april 2016

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Affiliate Listing Ohio Reined Cow Horse Association

Paula Burnett Phone: 513-594-8332 Email: Website:

Oregon Reined Cow Horse Association

Kelly Dogherty 68812 Wilson Ln. Boardman, OR 97818 Phone: 541-481-2866 Email: Website:

Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association Jane Goddard 560 Wall Street #A Auburn, CA 95603 Phone: 530-823-5991 Fax: 530-823-6653 Email: Website:

South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association

Joakim Pettersson Astorp Gunnars Garden 6 Falkoping 52196, Sweden Email: Website:

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association

Crystal Ward-Taylor 130 Haigler Rd Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 828-312-2705 Email:

Laura Edwards PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 951-551-9505 Fax: 951-302-3510 Email: Website:

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association Zeb Corvin PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-517-1205 Email: Website:

Swedish Reined Cow Horse Association

Deb Brown PO Box 655 Buffalo, SD 57720 Phone: 605-797-4514 Email: Website:

Gay Lenz 11587 Hunt Lane Guthrie, OK 73044 Phone: 405-818-7556 Fax: 405-282-4006 Email: Website:

The Carolinas Reined Cow Horse Association

Utah Reined Cow Horse Association Misty Castagno 149 Waterhole Way Grantsville, UT 84029 Email: Website:

Wyoming Reined Cow Horse Association Cheri Carter 219 Hoe Creek Rd, Unit A Gillett, WY 82718 Phone: 307-682-5062 Email: Website:

NRCHA Suspended List NRCHA membership privileges will be suspended for the second offense of bad checks, per rule and for non payment of debt to NRCHA Show Management or NRCHA Approved Show Management. Additionally, all amounts for advertising in the NRCHA publication, Reined Cow Horse News, are due and payable within 30 days of receipt. Ag Foundation, Clovis, CA Alice Scheer, Grand Island, NE Aneka Schelbeck, Cottonwood, CA Ashley Talbert, Kuna, ID Babcock Qtr Horses, Inc, Valley View, TX Boyd S. Roundy, Parowan, UT Brad Swartz, Wilkeson, WA Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE Brian/Cynthia Holthouse, San Juan Bautista, CA Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC Carolyn Edson, Whitesboro, TX

Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT Dave Belson, Cave Creek, AZ David Gilliam, Hickman, CA Dennis & Terri Corcoran, Livermore, CA Desert Spring Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ Don & Ashley Stockman, Dayton, TX Donnie R. Boyd, Sarasota, FL Dream Cross, Placida, FL Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL Gene Mays, Midland, TX Glen Evans, Millsap, TX

A finance charge of 1.5% per month (18% APR) will be added to all past due amounts. Membership privileges shall be suspended on accounts greater than 90 days past due and this information will be published in Reined Cow Horse News. There will be a membership reinstatement fee of $75. Current as of December 11, 2015 Jack/Debbie Kaser, Murrieta, CA Jill Serena, Castaic, CA Joe Cunningham, Stonewall, LA Johnnie/Carol Ann McCain, Perris, CA Keetch Ranch, Inc, Waddell, AZ Laura Delfino, Martinez, CA Marcy Campbel, Creston, CA Oasis QH/Marilyn Bowling, Herald, CA Pat Faitz, Polk City, FL Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo, Italy Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo, Italy

Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL Roberta Stone, Cave Creek, AZ Robyn Bush, Visalia, CA Roy W Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA Terry Malarkey, Star, ID Thera Myers, Tehachapi, CA Tom Daughtee, Kemmerer, WY Toni Steed, Okeechobee, FL Vern Smith, Santa Maria, CA

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Committee Directory Affiliates



Chairperson: Jim Lane

Chairperson: Jimmy Stickler • 805-431-4083

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter • 614-354-1384 • 405-288-6460

Jimmy Flores •

Director of Judges: Bill Enk

Edie Petaccio •

Sam Rose •

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer

Justin Stanton •

Sandy Collier •

Tim Unzicker •

Wade Reaney •



Dan Roeser •


Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter, DVM

Jim Spence •

Chairperson: Dan Roeser • 405-288-6460

NRCHA Foundation • 208-841-2052

Chairperson: Ted Robinson 805-649-9028

Jerry Peters •

Ethics Chairperson: Bill Tointon

Darren Miller • • 303-530-2443



Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205

Chairperson: Paul Bailey • 931-260-3909

Non Pro

Todd Crawford •

Chairperson: Diane Edwards • 206-390-0715

Sandy Collier •

Stephanie Duquette •

Trey Neal •

Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG

Jake Telford •

Garth Gardiner •

Amanda Gardiner •

Hall of Fame Chairperson: Smoky Pritchett

Meg Rosell-Pursel • Rory Livingston • Rhonda Holmes •


Shows Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205

Sponsorship Chairperson: Jay Winborn • 214-797-0030

Stallion Service Auction Chairperson: Garth Gardiner • 620-635-5632

Strategic Planning Chairperson: Amanda Gardiner

Tammy Jo Hays • • 620-635-2361

Nelle Murphy •

Bill Tointon •

Bart Holowath •


Paul Bailey •

Darren Miller •

Jon Roeser • Bobby Ingersoll •

Debbie Sanguinetti •

Dan Roeser •

Loretta Showalter •


Dan Weiss •

Ted Robinson•

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer

Robin Flournoy • • 719-330-1932

Horse Sales

Jim Vangelos • Ramona Wold •

Allison Walker •

Chairperson: Sandy Collier

Kris Troxel •

Todd Crawford • • 805-688-1084

Tim Swain •

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sHow sCHedule as of November 27, 2015

AE = Aged Event, HS = Horse Show, SE = Special Event, BS = Bridle Spectacular, AA = All Around Mar 27 - Apr 2

NRCHA Stakes

HS cat. 1/LAE

Las Vegas, NV


Allison Walker

(940) 488-1500



HS cat. 1/LAE

Paso Robles, CA


Allison Walker

(940) 488-1500

Sept 18 - 25

NRCHA Hackamore Classic

HS cat. 1/LAE

Reno, NV


Allison Walker

(940) 488-1500

Sept 18 - Oct 1

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

HS cat. 1/LAE

Reno, NV


Allison Walker

(940) 488-1500

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Aaron Ranch ...........................................................................78,79 APHA ...........................................................................................89 Bob’s Custom Saddles ...................................................................1 Cable Creek Ranches.................................................................. BC Carol Rose Quarter Horses..........................................................6,7 Cinch .............................................................................................3 Classic Equine .............................................................................67 Cowtrac Systems.........................................................................41 Discount Tire ..........................................................................32,33 DT Horses LLC ........................................................................19-21 Farnam Companies Inc ................................................................53 Fults, Alvin .................................................................................IFC Gardiner Quarter Horses ..............................................................57 Gist Silversmiths Inc....................................................................29 Holy Cow Performance Horses................................................10,11 J Five Horse Ranch .................................................................58,59 JW Brooks Custom Hat Co...........................................................63 Kingdom Come Ranch..................................................................17 LK Cattle Co...............................................................................120 Markel Insurance.........................................................................43 Matthews Cutting Horses LLC ......................................................73 Metalic Al LLC..............................................................................13

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

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