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Contents//////  MAY/JUNE 2016   Volume 21, Number 3


Event coverage 38 High Stakes!

At the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, SJR Diamond Rey was priceless, winning the Open Championship with Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing in the saddle.

60 DVD on Repeat

72 F ast and Functional

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Stem cell therapy brings new hope for speedy and complete recovery from tendon and ligament injuries.

The NRCHA implements new guidelines to help foster increased efficiency and professionalism with respect to media relations. Primo Morales

CD Dee Vee Dee and Jay McLaughlin win consecutive Stallion Stakes Open Bridle Championships.

64 Winner’s Circle

The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Horse Show Champions.

In Every Issue 4 8 86 87 88 92 94 96 98 101 102 103 104                  

From the NRCHA Executive Director Q&A with the NRCHA President NRCHA Sponsor Spotlight From the Judge’s Chair NRCHA Judges Directory Top Rider List Subscribed Stallion Listing NRCHA Stallion Stakes Program NRCHA Membership Information Affiliate List Suspended List NRCHA Committee Directory NRCHA Approved Events

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12 Quotable 12 Facilities Apply to Host 2017 SBF 14 Dowers Wins Road to the Horse 18 Notable Non Pro 22 Through Your Lens 28 NRCHYA News 32 Affiliate News

38 Mike Miller, Big Piney, Wyoming, was the Stakes Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Champion and Non Pro Finalist on his homebred gelding, Firecat Flashenfever (Playboys Buck Fever x Firecat Cash x Miss N Cash). On the cover: The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Champion, SJR Diamond Rey (Dual Rey x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark) owned by San Juan Ranch and ridden by Corey Cushing.

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Volume 21, Number 3

One dictionary definition for the word “evolution” is “the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” Synonyms for evolution include development, advancement, growth, rise, progress, and expansion. Think about these words in the context of our sport and our association. Everything we do with reined cow horses in the modern show arena evolved from a long-ago necessity of everyday life: using a horse to move and manage cattle. That simple task has evolved into a complex event. Once the National Reined Cow Horse Association was established, the evolution continued. Ask any of the NRCHA’s Hall of Fame members, who have been

around since the earliest days, and they will tell you how awestruck they are by the entire sport’s advancement: the quality of the horses, the ability of the trainers, and the overall level of competition. Outside the arena, the association as a whole is making an impact on our peers in the Western performance horse industry and beyond. There is a reason that all three of the contestants in the prestigious 2016 Road To The Horse colt-starting competition also have very strong ties to the NRCHA. Nick Dowers, this year’s Road To The Horse winner, is the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion and one of our top professionals. Clinton Anderson and Richard Winters are also NRCHA Professionals with championship buckles earned in the cow horse arena. The NRCHA’s Horsemen and -women have gained widespread notoriety for their skill, and it is very well deserved. The community of people who make up the NRCHA is also continually evolving, growing, progressing and expanding. This bit of evolutionary proof is evident in the sharing and support that goes on among our riders, as the more experienced teach the newcomers, helping them to advance. I like to think of evolution as a positive progression, and every step in the NRCHA’s evolutionary process over the last few years has upheld that belief. Let’s keep the positive development going in 2016! All the best, Jay Winborn

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Mark Your Calendars!

Q&A with NRCHA President Todd Bergen Reined Cow Horse News: In this issue, we’re covering the 2016 Stallion Stakes, and one of the new additions to the lineup this year was the Step Up Boxing class. What are some of your thoughts on this new entry-level program? Todd Bergen: One of our major goals in this association is to encourage people to get involved with reined cow horses. Once they’re involved, we want to keep them involved. The Step Up Boxing is for Non Pro Limitedeligible riders, including Youth. It is designed to be skill-building for boxing riders who want to go down the fence. It was great to see more than 20 people enter this class at the Stakes, the very first time it was offered. Some of our top professionals got involved by doing a demo before the actual class, so people could get a feel for what it was all about. RCHN: On the topic of getting new people involved—what are some of the things we, as NRCHA members,

can do to help promote our sport and get more people interested? TB: The people in the NRCHA are pretty well known across all disciplines for being friendly and welcoming, and overall, we do a good job of promoting our sport just by being ourselves. Talking about it, being encouraging, inviting people who don’t know much about the cow horse to come watch you at a show or at a lesson—I think experiencing our sport in person is the best promotion. It’s so exciting and fun, it sells itself. If someone hasn’t been a member before, they can get their first year of membership free. That’s always a nice perk to mention. Also, with regard to the NRCHA Premier Events, a newcomer might feel like those big shows are intimidating, or too competitive. I think the more we emphasize the fact that we do have many entry-level classes and opportunities for people of all levels to participate, the more we can encourage new riders that yes, the Premier Events are for them, too.

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ational Reined Cow Horse Association President Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, is looking ahead to another ambitious Premier Event calendar and many encouraging signs of continued growth for the association in 2016. In Bergen’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

Important Dates & Deadlines for 2016 NRCHA Premier Events NRCHA Derby

June 13 - 19, Paso Robles, California Entries for all classes are due in the NRCHA office (mail, fax, or email) on or before May 24.

NRCHA Hackamore Classic

September 18 - 25, Reno, Nevada (in conjunction with the Snaffle Bit Futurity) Entries must be postmarked on or before August 15.

Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

Consignment Deadline: July 15, 2016 Consignment forms and information available at

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

September 18 - October 1 Multiple deadlines: Open & Non Pro Progressive Payments (cannot be sold) Nomination fee February 15 Payment 2 - March 15 Payment 5 - June 15 Payment 3 - April 15 Payment 6 - July 15 Payment 4 - May 16 Payment 7 - August 15 Open & Non Pro Slot Payments (can be sold) Payment 1 - March 15 Payment 2 - May 16 Last day to purchase Open or Non Pro Slots from NRCHA Office - May 16 Payment 3 - August 15 - this is also the deadline to name slots Buying and selling of slots must be complete to secure a draw position and avoid going into the slot draw by 2:00 p.m. CST, August 31 Amateur & Non Pro Limited Payments: (cannot be sold) Payment 1 - April 15 Payment 2 - May 16 Payment 3 - June 15 (last Non Pro Limited Payment) Payment 4 - July 15 (last Amateur Payment) Additional fees (cattle/office/video) due for ALL Snaffle Bit Futurity entries/ALL divisions: August 15 Snaffle Bit Futurity Draw: September 1, 2016 Snaffle Bit Futurity Slot Draw: September 17, 2016 All Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show Classes postmark deadline August 15 All Snaffle Bit Futurity payments must be postmarked on or before the above due dates. There will be no grace period. Late fees will be assessed per the terms and conditions for each event. Please read all terms and conditions carefully. Questions? Contact the NRCHA Office at 940-488-1500.

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Four facilities apply to host the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity


he National Reined Cow Horse Association has taken the next step toward selecting the host facility for the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, closing the request for proposal (RFP) and beginning the evaluation process, after receiving bids from four locations. In December 2015, the NRCHA announced it was seeking a community partner to host the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity, the association’s largest Premier Event. More than a dozen facilities made initial contact after the public RFP announcement. In the final reckoning, four facilities submitted a proposal by the March

1 deadline, detailing suitability and interest in hosting the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Those facilities are located in Denver, Colorado;  Fort Worth, Texas;  Reno, Nevada; and  Scottsdale, Arizona. The NRCHA Board of Directors received the quartet of applications at its March 25 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Request for Proposal outlined specific selection criteria, including facility location and amenities; availability of incentive and sponsorship money; and reasonable access to cattle.  The complete Request for Proposal is available at



In the weeks ahead, the NRCHA Board of Directors will compile a detailed comparison of all four proposals, with the tentative goal of making a final decision and public announcement following its June meeting in Paso Robles, California. “Our goal has always been to make the best choice for everyone involved— the competitors, owners, sponsors and spectators,” said NRCHA President Todd Bergen. “The Board of Directors is going forward with a detailed and careful process to ensure the host facility for the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity will provide a great experience.”

‘Own it. Even if it’s wrong, believe in yourself enough to do it. Then, when you come and have a lesson, we have something to work with.’ I’ll always be grateful to him for that.” —2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non Pro Champion Shannon McCarty, on a piece of advice from NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls that helped her reach the next level in the show pen.

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Nick Dowers Wins Road to the Horse 2016 Press Release and Photographs Courtesy Road to the Horse

It’s an honor. I am so proud of my horsemanship, to win an event like the NRCHA Futurity, then to win Road to the Horse and tie the two together, that’s just huge,” stated an emotional Nick Dowers following his 2016 Road to the Horse win. When asked what helped him take the title, the answer was easy for Dowers, “Being myself and staying true to what I do.” Equaled in class and charisma, the 6666’s ranch colt Seven Attraction carried Dowers to his first World Championship of Colt Starting title. Not only did Dowers walk away from the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, as the Road to the Horse Champion, he was also awarded the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award. Awarded and presented by Jack Brainard, this award goes to the horseman or horsewoman who excels in their power of observation to correctly analyze the best approach and then apply that method as smoothly as possible for the horse’s best interest. Dowers’ training philosophies captured the hearts of every horse lover in the stadium. Seven Attraction seemed to collect as many fans along the road as Dowers. This outstanding, intelligent and athletic sorrel colt had something special, the same something special fans saw in Dowers.

Dowers was not the only NRCHA horseman to represent the association well in Lexington. NRCHA Horseman Richard Winters, the 2009 Road to the Horse Champion, won round one. NRCHA Horseman Clinton Anderson, who won the competition in 2003 and 2005, also competed. Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland surprised the crowd by announcing two competitors for Road to the Horse 2017. Both Sarah Dawson and Barbara Cox were named as competitors in a very special ladies only version of Road to the Horse, which is scheduled for March 23-26, 2017. 2017 will not be Dawson’s first trip to Road to the Horse, as she competed in the event in 2013. A seasoned clinician and competitor, fans are excited to welcome Sarah back to the round pen.  Cox, wife

Nick Dowers works with 6666 Ranch gelding Seven Attraction in the round pen.

of four-time undefeated Road to the Horse Champion Chris Cox, will enter the Road to the Horse round pen for the very first time in 2017.

NRCHA Horseman Nick Dowers surrounded by family and friends in the Road to the Horse winner’s circle.

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Notable Non Pro Champion Amateur/Non Pro competitor Gregg Lafitte started his NRCHA career at age 50. By Stephanie Duquette


little more than a decade ago, Gregg Lafitte, Dallas, Texas, had no idea there was more to life with horses besides a casual meander down the trail. One day, that all changed when some friends from New Mexico came to Texas for reined cow horse lessons. Lafitte and his wife, Jahn, tagged along. “We just went to see what was going on. We had no exposure to it at all. We had a couple of horses that we were just trail riding. I watched it, and liked it,” Lafitte said. The reined cow horse bug had bitten another enthusiastic victim. The Lafittes bought a young NRCHA prospect, and then a bridle horse for Gregg to show in the Non Pro Limited. As he gained experience and began riding under the guidance of professionals including Gerald Crosby, Sam Rose, Don Murphy and his current trainer, CJ Shopbell, Lafitte realized there was much more to the sport than he suspected. “It’s been a learning experience, to say the least,” he said, smiling. Lafitte made his first NRCHA show appearance in 2005 and earned his first paycheck in the Non Pro Limited in 2007. When his reliable mare, Nu Cash Queen, suffered an injury in 2013, he went in search of another bridle horse, but ended up riding something much

younger—Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin Stylish), a 2010 mare who introduced him to the ups and downs of showing a limitedaged event horse. “I had a really hard time on her because Gregg Lafitte and Shes Playin Rey, his first NRCHA limited-aged event horse. she was so quick footed. Don Murphy said she was one of gathering more paychecks that contribthe quicker-footed horses he’s ever had uted to Lafitte’s current $27,000-plus in in his barn. In fact, [in the summer of NRCHA lifetime earnings. 2014] she spun me off twice in one day He became so enamored with the just doing turnarounds. We were just sport and the people who make up the practicing at CJ’s. Literally, she flung NRCHA that he joined the leadership me off,” Lafitte said, explaining how team of one of the association’s largest he earned the nickname “dirt angel” affiliates, the Southwest Reined Cow from Murphy’s partner, Desiree Holt. Horse Association. “I got back on her and she did it again. “I’ve enjoyed being involved. I was We were at warp speed mode. I figured president of the SRCHA for seven or from that point forward I had a lot of eight years, and couldn’t get away from learning to do. I’ve been in the dirt it, and I’m glad I didn’t.” many times with her, but we’re beginLafitte says his entire cow horse journing to click.” ney, which started at the mid-life mark, The “click” between horse and proves that dedication and life outside rider was obvious in 2015, as Lafitte the comfort zone will eventually pay and Shes Playin Rey collected the off. NRCHA Hackamore Classic Amateur “I didn’t start this until I was 50. It’s Championship, then won the same title been a challenge competing against the at the NRCHA Derby. They also made ‘kids.’ If an old guy like me can halfway the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro make it happen, then anybody can. You Finals at both those Premier Events, just have to be dedicated to it.”

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Through Your Lens Meet The Foals of 2016!

This intense face belongs to a filly by Hickory Holly Time and out of Uno What Weeno. She is owned by Thunderstruck Ranch, Delburne, Alberta, Canada. It’s love! This Reys Dual Badger x Brazilian Lights colt was foaled on Valentine’s day. Owner Wendy McClintock snapped this photo when he was 30 days old.

Owner Melinda Cheetham Shepherd of Montana reports that this new Hickory Holly Time filly out of Purdy New Shoes “was sliding and rolling over her hocks at three hours of age!” Here is another gorgeous product of the breeding program at Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC—this is a filly named “Darcy,” sired by Dual Rey and out of Smarty HiCat Annie.

With such smooth looks, it’s easy to see why owner/ breeder Shelley Schaffer, Temecula, California, calls this filly “Kahlua.” Born February 22, she is by Doc’s Soula and out of Bailey Naskiia.

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///////// Nrcha member photos How adorable is this painted booty? This filly, SHR QTs Smokin Hot Dun (QTs Gold MasterCard x Dun Smokin The Blues), was foaled on “Pi Day,” 3/14/16. She’s owned by Missy Benker at Secret Hills Ranch.

Meet “Peppy” (A Sparkling Vintage x Miss Irish Lena), who is growing up strong at Leslie Quarter Horses, Brooks, Georgia. He’s a colt, pictured at 30 days old.

The photo of this brand new filly, Genuine N Chexy (Jeepsters Genuine x Chexy Follie Breeze) was taken at just one day old by owner Faith Wirre.

Share your favorite cow horse moments!

Funny or serious; peaceful or fierce—show us how life with cow horses looks through your lens! Email your best shots to stephanie@NRCHA. com. Images must be at least 1 MB in size, and jpg format is preferred.

Sired by Half Time Report, and out of Angels Blue Moon, this colt is owned and bred by Rocking J Ranch of Temecula, California.

Already a beautiful loper— check out Blazed By Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Blazed By Commander), nicknamed “Sherman,” a colt bred and owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, LLC.

With a nickname like “Jagger,” and a sire like Smart Boons, no doubt this colt will have the moves! Foaled February 17, his registered name is “All About The Boon,” according to owner Kaeli Moralli.

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NRCHYA News Meet NRCHYA President Kaylin Wheeler. PRIMO MORALES

2016 YOUTH OFFICERSÂ & REPRESENTATIVES NRCHYA OFFICERS President: Kaylin Wheeler, Montana Vice President: Colleen Bridges, Texas Secretary: Elizabeth Clymer, Texas Treasurer: Wyatt Fisher, California Reporter: Opal Harkins, Montana

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES 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

NRCHA member Kaylin Wheeler represents fellow youth riders as the 2016 NRCHYA President.


ello! My name is Kaylin Wheeler, and I am extremely honored to be serving the National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association as your 2016 president. I would like to tell you a little more about myself, and my involvement with the NRCHYA. I am a senior at Baker High School in Baker, Montana, a little town in southeastern Montana. I have been riding since I was old enough to sit in a saddle, and I have been showing reined cow horses for the past six years. I started high school rodeoing last year when the reined cow

horse event was added to the National High School Rodeo Association. Besides rodeoing and showing cow horses, I also enjoy hunting, spending time with my family and friends, and showing various FFA livestock. I became involved with the NRCHYA last year when I served as the treasurer. With the addition of the cow horse event to the National High School Rodeo Association events, our membership and participation is growing, and growing fast! It is my goal to help provide the best cow horse experience

to the largest number of youth possible. My phone is always on, so if you have any questions or concerns, please give me a shout. I will do my best to answer any questions regarding the NRCHYA that I can, or find the person who can. I look forward to a great year and hope to see you all this show season. Safe travels, show tough, and good luck! Sincerely, Kaylin Wheeler 406-853-8177

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Augsburg Gets Western A new event combines the NRHA European Derby with the ERCHA Futurity and NRCHA Nations Cup.

Far left: ERCHA President Markus Schopfer riding Peptos Lil Bingo at the 2015 Americana. Left: ERCHA horseman Cody Sapergia and his maturity horse Gotta Gold Chain competing at the 2015 Americana.


he famous Bavarian city of Augsburg will treat fans from all over the world to reining and reined cow horse action September 9-11, 2016, with a new show that combines three top events: the European Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity, the brand new ERCHA/NRCHA Nations Cup, and the National Reining Horse Association European Derby. All three shows will also be a part of Europe’s 2017 Americana. For the riders, the 2016 event will begin on September 5, 2016. Regarding the NRHA European Derby and Pre-Futurity, 2016 is the first year that this prestigious reining show will be organized outside of Italy. The NRHA European Derby was established six years ago and is one of the top four NRHA events in the world. “I’m really excited about the new location for the NRHA European Derby,” says NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter. “The Italians did a

tremendous job, but with the new location, we enter an exceptional new chapter. The huge benefit in Augsburg is that we can showcase our sport in front of larger crowds, and thereby promote it to so many more people. A bonus to this location change comes with a connection to the ‘Americana’ event, which promises to bring even more recognition to the sport of reining in Europe in the future.” Americana visitors already know and love the ERCHA Reined Cow Horse Futurity, since the show is one of the big highlights of Europe’s premier Western event. In the year between every Americana, the Futurity traditionally went back to Italy, thus missing the Americana’s huge audience. ERCHA President Markus Schopfer is pleased to have the opportunity to use the AFAG Fairgrounds at Augsburg and the experienced Americana show team.

Also making its European debut is the ERCHA/NRCHA Nations Cup, which will feature top cow horse riders from all over the world. The show, which combines a team and an individual competition, is attracting a great deal of attention with six nations having already announced they will participate. “We are happy to have found two more highlights for Americana with the NRHA European Derby and the ERCHA/NRCHA Nations Cup,” says Show Manager Sandra Quade. “And we are proud and glad that in the year between Americanas we can rely on our proven AFAG team. Together, we will do our best to offer optimal conditions to all of our riders, and visitors can look forward to another exciting event.” Further details and enrollment information is available via Sports Management’s contact Sandra Quade, phone: +49 (0)176 32 84 02 24, fax: +49 (0)208 – 91 19 36 29.

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///////// The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes



By Stephanie Duquette Photos by Primo Morales


At the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, SJR Diamond Rey was priceless, winning the Open Championship with Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing in the saddle.


he National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes, the showcase event for 4- and 5-year old horses sired by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions, returned to its popular home at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a fourth year, with full-throttle fun and cow horse action beginning Easter Sunday, March 27, continuing nonstop through the week, and wrapping up with a thrilling finals on Saturday, April 2. Part of the event’s success is its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion owners pay a fee every year, and their 4- and 5-year-old offspring are the only horses eligible to show in the limited age event portion of the Stakes. Stakes entries are shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore, competing in herd work, rein work and cow work. The event attracts many top NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the past two years, as well as those who might have missed the Futurity but are now ready to perform competitively.

Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents a monetary award to the nominator of the Stakes Champion’s sire in each division.

Open Champion Is there a pattern here? National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Arizona, won his first NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship in 2012, riding CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), bred and owned by NRCHA Corporate Partner San Juan Ranch. Shortly after that pinnacle moment, Cushing and his family took a trip to Disneyland. In 2016, Cushing won the Stallion Stakes Open Championship riding a San Juan Ranch-bred and -owned horse, also out of

Shiners Diamond Girl, six days prior to a trip to… wait for it… “I’m going to Disneyland!” exclaimed Cushing during his post-win interview, as cheers erupted from a jubilant crowd of relatives and friends, piled up at the back gate of the South Point Arena. Whether it was the influence of the Magic Kingdom, pedigrees, owners, or just a well-prepared horse-and-rider

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paycheck by a 6.5 point margin, scoring a 665.5 composite (219 herd/221 rein/225.5 cow). “He’s little, but he’s mighty,” Cushing said, SJR Diamond Rey and Corey Cushing dominated describing the powerhouse at the NRCHA Stallion sorrel that also carried him Stakes, winning both the to the NRCHA Snaffle Bit preliminary go-round and Futurity finals in 2015. “We the Open Championship. started him there at the ranch. Jake Barry and Tye Benson did an outstanding job starting him and helping me build him. He’s been a lot of fun. He’s got so much fire to him, very trustworthy, and he gave me all the confidence in the world today.” Cushing, the NRCHA’s top money-earning Open rider for 2016, admitted to some struggles with his mental game in the fence work before coming to the Stakes. To turn it around, he sought help and advice from several respected trainers, friends and family as he prepared for the grueling week in Las Vegas. “I’ve been fighting my head a lot, needing to change some things up, and called in some reinforcements. [NRCHA Hall of Fame professionals] Don Murphy, Benny Guitron, combination, Cushing and the 2012 my buddies Shadd [Parkinson], Brad gelding SJR Diamond Rey (Dual Rey x [Barkemeyer], all those guys that watch Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark) me all day long and just give me encourleft no doubt they were ready for the aging words, telling me what I can do different. My wife [Kristen], my backbone. fierce competition in Las Vegas. They won the preliminary go-round It’s been a struggle for a while, but I felt composite with a 657.5 (219 herd/220.5 very comfortable and confident all week rein/218 cow), and then stepped up their long,” Cushing said. Cushing brought three horses to the game even more in the finals, where Cushing and “Dugan” earned the $36,452 Stallion Stakes, and qualified them all

for the Open Finals. He placed third on Sippin Boons Farm (Smart Boons x Peppy Nicolena x Nic It In The Bud), scoring a 657 (214 herd/221.5 rein/221.5 cow), earning $22,063 for owners Eric and Wendy Dunn; and tied for 15th aboard On The Fence (Smart Boons x Starlight On The Bay x High Brow Cat), earning $3,837 for owners Kevin and Sydney Knight. The finals fence draw required Cushing to remain focused. He was fourth to work in the first set on SJR Diamond Rey, immediately going into the lead, but he didn’t allow himself to think about that until his last horse went down the fence. “It’s just one horse at a time. A person knows how to ride each horse, what he needs to do, how to set up certain situations. It’s putting yourself on that horse’s back, knowing in your head how you want to set things up, and what you would like to happen,” Cushing said. It was the second career Stallion Stakes Open Championship for Cushing. He won it the first time in 2007, riding CC Spin Cycle (Ray Gay Quixote x Lenas Peppy Cutter x Smart Peppy Lena) for owner Cathy Corrigan Frank, also taking the Intermediate Open Championship that year. Besides winning a big check for San Juan Ranch, SJR Diamond Rey also earned the $3,500 Open Champion Sire Award for Linda Holmes, who owns SJR Diamond Rey’s sire, Dual Rey, and nominated him for the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Cushing’s prizes included a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist buckle, a C.R. Morrison Trophy, boots from Rios of Mercedes, and a gift Certificate from Platinum Performance. One of the biggest highlights of finals night was the scorching fence work performance by the Stallion Stakes Open Reserve Champion, Dual With A Shiner (Reys Dual Badger x Miss Shiner Dear x Reined Cow Horse News | May/June 2016

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“He’s little, but he’s mighty,” Cushing said, describing the sorrel gelding bred and owned by NRCHA Breeder Sponsor San Juan Ranch.

The Open Championship belonged to Cushing, but the glory in the fence work belonged to the Open Reserve Champion, Matt Koch, who guided Dual With A Shiner to a huge 227.5 score which brought the crowd to its feet.

Shining Spark), shown by Matt Koch for owner Wagonhound Land and Livestock. Koch piloted the 2011 gelding to an incredible 227.5, the high score of the go round. “I wasn’t expecting that!” Koch said, but ready or not, the big run vaulted

Dual With A Shiner’s score to a 659 composite (215.5 herd/216 rein/227.5 cow) and a $26,859 payday. Koch also earned a $2,000 Reserve Champion Sire Award check for Wagonhound Land and Livestock, who paid Reys Dual Badger

The Stallion Stakes Intermediate Open Champion was Dualin Stargun (Dual Rey x Amanda Stargun x Playgun), shown by Justin Lawrence, Alzada, Montana, and owned by the Dualin Stargun Partners— half of which is Lawrence and his wife, Kelcie. Lawrence and the gray stallion won the herd work finals round with a 223, then earned a 215 in the rein work and 217.5 in the cow work. Besides the $7,594 Intermediate Open Champion paycheck, they earned $17,267 for fourth place in the Stakes Open. He also took home a Gist buckle and Platinum Performance, and the $1,000 Sire Award check went to Linda Holmes, who nominated Dual Rey for the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. “I’m pretty darned excited. This is my biggest paycheck, and it’s a horse that Kelcie and I are partners with, and it’s pretty special,” Lawrence said. Dualin Stargun caught Lawrence’s eye as a yearling in the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, Texas. He purchased the flashy youngster to start and prepare for the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Select 2-Year-Old Sale, but encountered some hard luck. “There was a lot of hype on him, but he bruised a knee down in Reno and we didn’t get to sell him, and John and Heather Kennedy of Sundance, Wyoming, were nice enough to buy half of this horse and let us keep him. I made the finals on him as a 3-year-old in Reno. We cut on him last year and decided to bring him back to the cow horse pen this year, and I feel like it was a smart move,” Lawrence said. Although Dualin Stargun shined brightest in the finals herd work,

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The herd work was Dualin Stargun’s best event at the Stakes. He won the finals go-round with a 223, on the way to the Intermediate Open Championship with trainer and co-owner Justin Lawrence.

Lawrence was impressed by the stallion’s grit down the fence. “I haven’t showed him a lot in the cow horse, and I’ve wondered—his finals run tonight down the fence, I got him in a position after two huge turns where we kind of got in a bad spot. We had some separation and he had to go get the cow. He showed me tonight that he cared, so I was really proud of him there.” He was the only Open finalist showing in the hackamore. “I’m real proud of that. I’m a proponent of the hackamore, and he stayed real pure in it. It’s something I am real proud of. He’s a real good horse and I can’t thank my wife Kelcie enough for all the stuff she does behind the scenes,” Lawrence said.

Limited Open Champion In the Limited Open, Tucker Clark, Tucson, Arizona, claimed the top two placings on horses owned by Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch, where Clark is the

Tucker Clark owned the top two placings in the Stakes Limited Open, winning the Championship on A Smooth Pepto for owner Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch.

resident trainer. He won the championship on A Smooth Pepto (Smooth As A Cat x Pepto In Pieces x Peptoboonsmal), and earned reserve on O Nic A Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x A Nic O Chic x Smart Chic Olena). “It was pretty amazing. I was thrilled to have both in the finals, and when it was time for the fence work, I realized I had a chance, but I tried not to think about it. I was really, really happy with my horses. I felt super prepared, and as long as we got some good cows, I knew my horses were ready for it,” Clark said. “The best fence runs I’ve ever had on those horses were in the prelims and the finals.” On his champion horse, A Smooth Pepto, Clark scored a total 641.5 (213.5 herd/213 rein/215 cow), earning $6,395. The win also came with a Gist buckle and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. The $1,000 Sire Award check went to Kyle Manion, who nomi-

nated A Smooth Pepto’s sire, Smooth As A Cat, to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. His reserve champion horse, O Nic A Pepto, scored a 639 (210 herd/213 rein/216 cow), earning $5,329. The success at the Stakes was validation for Clark, 29, who took the helm as head trainer at NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch three-and-ahalf years ago, where he had previously been an assistant. “It was a big change at first, taking everything over. I started to go and ride with a lot of guys, and through their help, I’ve been able to figure out what I feel is a successful and sturdy program of my own,” Clark said. “It’s 100 times more responsibility. Before, I was just an assistant. I just had to show up and do my work. Now, I have to be sure the horses are prepared, keep track of my employees, keep track of the horses at home that don’t go to the show, and be ready for the next show.”

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Level 1 Limited Open Champion When Nic Howard picked up his back number in the show office and saw that it was 777, he couldn’t help feeling that Lady Luck might be on his side in Las Vegas. “I was thinking I need to go to the blackjack table, the roulette table, and the craps table, and pin that number to my back,” he said, laughing. Fortune smiled on Howard and Sangria Time (One Time Pepto x Shiney Senorita x Shining Spark) when it counted—in the

show pen—as the pair claimed the Level 1 Limited Open Championship for the mare’s owner, Beverly Vaughn. “This is my first trip to the Stallion Stakes, and it’s my first big NRCHA title,” Howard said. He guided Sangria Time to a total 637 score (208 herd/214 rein/215 cow), earning $5,330. The score also was the high composite in the Limited Open, and in the finals they scored a 638 (208 herd/216.5 rein/213.5 cow) finishing third and earning $4,263. “I’m just excited to be here and excited to show her again. She was really good in the reining—I was super happy with her. In the herd, we got through, and today in the fence work, we drew a tough cow and she dominated it. She has such a cool presence. She’s so pretty, and huge down the fence, a huge stopper and really fun in the reining.” Howard has a reining background, but the first time he worked a cow down the fence, “I was hooked. This is the best event in the horse business there is, to

Sangria Time, owned by Beverly Vaughn, carried Nic Howard to his biggest reined cow horse win to date, earning the Level 1 Limited Open Championship.

me,” he said. “I knew this was what I wanted to do.” He thanked Vaughn, his wife, and his NRCHA mentors, Matt Koch and Corey Cushing. He also credited Colorado horseman Les Bates for helping him develop his skills in the cutting. Matthews Cutting Horses collected the $1,000 Stakes Sire Award for nominating Sangria Time’s sire, One Time Pepto, to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program, and Howard’s prizes were a Gist buckle and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.

Non Pro Champion Two years ago, in 2014, Shannon McCarty claimed the Stallion Stakes Novice Non Pro Championship, Intermediate Non Pro Championship and Non Pro Reserve Championship riding Hick Oleana (Hick Chicaroo x Miss Ann Oleana x Miss N Cash). In 2016, she won the Non Pro Championship on another horse sired by Hick Chicaroo, Chicaroos Cat (x Kat Five x High Brow Cat).

The Open Novice Horse Champion was Smart Magic Lena (Very Smart Remedy x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend), shown by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and owned by Reynolds’ mother, Joyce Pearson. The 2011 mare earned $3,717 as well as a berth in the Stakes Open Finals when she scored a 654.5 composite (218 herd/216 rein/220.5 cow).

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Start to finish; Shannon McCarty trained her Non Pro Champion, Chicaroos Cat, completely on her own.

Eric Freitas and his gelding, Reyvon, earned top honors in the Intermediate Non Pro.

It was the biggest NRCHA title of McCarty’s career, and it also validated the fact that she can, as a non pro, train her own champion. “This horse I did all by myself, the whole way, from the first ride to here,” the Solvang, California, horsewoman said, through tears. “It makes it all worth it.”

McCarty and “Lucy” won the Non Pro Finals herd work with a 218, and then followed up with a 219 in the rein work, tying for the high score of that go-round. Their fence work shined less brightly, but the 208 score and resulting 645 composite was enough to win the $6,979 championship paycheck by a four-and-a-half point margin.

McCarty also took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Gist buckle and C.R. Morrison trophy from the NRCHA, boots from Rios of Mercedes, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. A $1,500 Sire Award check went to Latigo Canyon Ranch, for nominating Hick Chicaroo to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Foals by that stallion have proven to be a good fit for McCarty, who has earned NRCHA money on at least four of his offspring. “I just got thrown into them. I got one of them, and kind of get along with them. I’ve gotten them figured out by now. I find I have more success if I ride a couple of the same breeding. You get to know how they think and how they do,” McCarty said. Hick Chicaroo babies are quirky, she said, and Lucy is no exception, but “she tries every time and is a team player.” Western disciplines were foreign to McCarty, an ex-racehorse rider, until she was in her twenties. According to NRCHA records, she showed her first futurity horse in 2000, and has had one almost every year since, starting and training her prospects herself. “We’ve had troubles here and there. It gets discouraging sometimes, because I do it myself, and see all the other non pros with their trainers schooling their horses, but it’s worth it to do myself. The payoff is huge. It makes it all worth way more,” McCarty said. “I get good help and try to follow through with what they’re telling me, and own what they’re saying at the same time. It’s just perseverance. A lot of perseverance.” That perseverance works hand in hand with her newfound self-confidence. Shortly before her success at the Stallion Stakes in 2014, one of her coaches, NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls, gave her some advice she took to heart. “‘Believe in yourself. Just believe in yourself. You can get it.’ That was

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///////// The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes one thing that Phillip Ralls told me. ‘Own it. Even if it’s wrong, believe in yourself enough to do it. Then, when you come and have a lesson, we have something to work with.’ That was a very liberating moment, and I’ll always be grateful to [Phillip] for that,” she said. “That jumped my whole personal program up, huge—giving myself the permission to be wrong. There’s so many non pros that won’t, and I was one of them.” She thanked her herd help and some of the other professionals who have coached her along the way, including Justin Wright, Randy Paul, Ricky Nicolazzi and Corey Cushing. The Stallion Stakes Non Pro Reserve Champion was Laurie Richards, riding Kiss Me To (Smart Little Pepinic x Kiss Me Mister x Mister Dual Pep), owned by her parents, Ronnie and Karin Richards, to a 640.5 (216.5 herd/212 rein/212 cow). Richards earned $5,583 and took home a Gist buckle from the NRCHA, along with boots from Rios of Mercedes and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. The $1,000 Reserve Champion Sire Award check went to Smart Little Pepinic’s nominator, Ward Ranch.

“A lot of people were not getting by the cow and went around the corner. I really, really wanted to make sure I went by, so I left a little more room and went a little bit wide, and kind of created a pocket, so he was able to get that cow turned and not go around the corner,” he said. “The horse was probably better than I was. I kind of got popped out of the saddle on the turn, but got back in there. The cow got off the fence a little bit, but we nailed it on the second turn and he circled great. He really got in there tight.” Freitas purchased Reyvon, bred by Lucava Farms, at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Select Yearling Sale. His resident trainer, NRCHA Professional Justin Wright, and handy girlfriend, Korie Baker, trained the strong, levelheaded gelding, who had already proved his show savvy by carrying Freitas to the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Non Pro finals. “He’s so big and strong, and easy to show, that I think he’s one I’ll keep. He’ll make a great bridle horse,” Freitas said. “I want to thank Justin and Korie

for doing such a great job training him for me.” Freitas earned $2,684, along with a Gist buckle, a CowTrac system sponsored by CowTrac, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. A $1,000 Sire Award check went to Linda Holmes, who nominated Stylish Rey for the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. The Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Champion was Firecat Flashenfever (Playboys Buck Fever x Firecat Cash x Miss N Cash), shown by owner/breeder Mike Miller, Big Piney, Wyoming. Miller rode the bay gelding to a total 639 (212.5 herd/215 rein/211.5 cow), earning $2,147. Miller also took home another $3,838 for fourth place in the Non Pro, as well as a gift certificate from Farnam.

Novice Non Pro Champion In the Stakes Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Finals, Ravensdale, Washington, competitor Lyle Proctor and his mare, SJR All Time Cash (One Time Pepto x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash), had scored a so-so

Intermediate Non Pro Champion Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, California, claimed the Intermediate Non Pro Championship when he scored a 640.5 (213.5 herd/214 rein/213 cow) aboard Reyvon (Stylish Rey x Starlight Playgirl x Grays Starlight). “He was really solid for me. We had a bobble in the prelims on a lead change and that kept me one spot out of the Non Pro finals, but we made it back for the Intermediate. He was actually better out there in the finals than he was in the prelims,” Freitas said. After watching some of the other non pro fence work runs in the finals, Freitas had some specific goals.

Lyle Proctor and SJR All Time Cash won the Novice Non Pro Championship with a brilliant 220 fence work score.

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///////// The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes 208 in the herd work and 206.5 in the rein work. “I knew I had a lot of ground to make up,” Proctor said, describing how he felt going into the fence work. “I trotted her up there and the perfect cow came out, and I got in its face and said, ‘Let’s go!’” Not only did Proctor and “Pepsi” make up some ground, they sparkled, scoring the top fence score of the entire Non Pro finals, a 220. “We just drew the perfect cow. It had a little feel but respected everything. We were a little late leaving the corner, but she ran right up there and rated it, and I gave her a little smooch and a little leg and she just buried it. It was game on from there. She’s a great fence horse, doesn’t get excited, and reads the cows really well. It’s really fun to ride her,” Proctor said. He won the Novice Non Pro Championship with a 634.5 composite, taking home $1,610, a Gist buckle, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. The $500 Sire Award went to NRCHA Breeder Sponsor Matthews Cutting Horses, who owns One Time Pepto and nominated him to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Proctor also earned $1,879 for placing third in the Intermediate Non Pro. It was a terrific start to a new show season for Proctor, following the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity, where he and SJR All Time Cash won the Amateur Championship and made the finals in all three Non Pro divisions. “I was feeling a little burned out after Reno. I needed a break. I dropped her off with [his trainer, Jim Spence, Yamhill, Oregon], went home, did a lot of hunting with my son over the winter, and didn’t ride her again until March.” After watching his wife, Debbie, show her bridle horse at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, he was ready to get back in the saddle in 2016.

“We both have really good trainers who take great care of us and the horses,” he said, referring to Spence and California professional Lance Johnston, who works with Debbie. “They take it seriously, and we really appreciate them.”

Amateur Champion Amateur Champion Ashley O’Donnell, Bucyrus, Kansas, celebrated some horse show career firsts at the NRCHA Stakes when she won the Amateur division riding her 2011 gelding, No Sense Walkin. It was her first time to show at this Premier Event, her first Premier Event Championship, and her first time to qualify for the finals in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions.

She won the Amateur title with her preliminary score, a 635 (212 herd/213 rein/210 cow), and in the finals, her 629.5 composite (209 herd/213.5 rein/207 cow) earned sixth place in the Non Pro, fifth place in the Intermediate and Reserve in the Novice Non Pro. O’Donnell arrived in Las Vegas with just over $4,300 in lifetime NRCHA earnings. She left with four Stakes paychecks totaling $6,368, along with a Gist buckle and gift certificate from Platinum Performance and Farnam. O’Donnell purchased No Sense Walkin (Very Smart Remedy x No Nonsense x Sensitivio) from his breeder, NRCHA Hall of Fame horsewoman Anne Reynolds, last fall during the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

////////// Metallic Cat Incentive Stallion Stakes Open Finals. The winner, by a scant half point, was Cats Picasso (Metallic Cat x Playboys Vixen x Hickoryote), shown by Canadian professional John Swales for owner Robbie McKay. They scored a 654.5 (219 herd/214.5 rein/221 cow), which also gave them the $13,430 paycheck for fifth place in the Stakes Open. There were a total of three Metallic Cat foals eligible for the incentive. The other two, both shown by NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls, were Call Me Mitch (x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), owned by Estelle Roitblat; and SJR Metallic Star (Metallic Cat x Starlights Ronda x Grays Starlight), owned Cats Picasso, a son of Metallic Cat shown by John Swales for by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust. owner Robbie McKay, won the $10,000 Metallic Cat Incentive. With just one-and-a-half performing foal crops, Metallic Cat’s sire earnings are already he 2016 Stallion Stakes carried a new bonus prize— $7,468,303. In 2014, he was the No. 2 sire of 3-year-old the $10,000 Metallic Cat Incentive, sponsored by NRCHA performers and the No. 3 sire of National Cutting Fults Ranch, owner of leading cutting horse sire Metallic Horse Association performers. Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal). Metallic Cat, a 2005 stallion, is a National Cutting Alvin Fults established the incentive after attending Horse Association Futurity Champion, NCHA Horse of the the 2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and seeing the big Year, and a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame. He is the impression his stallion’s foals were making—not only second highest money-earning stallion in NCHA history, with multiple Metallic Cat horses in the Futurity Open and in 12 show outings with cutting horse professional Finals, but also as high sellers in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Beau Galyean at the reins, he never missed the finals or Select Yearling and 2-Year-Old Sales. lost a cow. With less than two full foal crops to show, The incentive was simple: the entire $10,000 payout he has sired earners of more than $7 million in all disciwent to the highest-scoring Metallic Cat offspring in the plines, primarily cutting.


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Ashley O’Donnell won the Stakes Amateur Championship and earned a spot in all three Non Pro division finals with No Sense Walkin.

It was an emotional victory for Anne Albert and White Knight Time in the Non Pro Limited, where they claimed the championship by a 10-point margin.

“My boyfriend trains rope horses, and we bought him strictly to be a rope horse. But then I started playing around with him and thought, ‘Maybe I should show him in the cow horse!’” At the urging of her trainer, Brad Lund, O’Donnell took the 2011 gelding out of her boyfriend, Jordan Allyn’s, roping program and into the NRCHA arena. The Stallion Stakes was their first serious trip to the show pen together.  “In the reining, he was really good, but then the nerves came to me and

I was nervous for the herd work. We were a 212, so I was happy about that. I was nervous about the fence work but I hoped I could get through it, and we did,” she said, smiling. “It’s really exciting. I’ve never made the finals in anything like this before.” The $1,000 Sire Award for the Amateur Championship went to Why Worry Ranch, owner/nominator of Very Smart Remedy, a NRCHA Million Dollar Sire and the sire of No Sense Walkin.

Anne-Marie Albert, Roy, Washington, won the Non Pro Limited Stakes Championship, her first NRCHA Premier Event title, riding her 2011 gelding White Knight Time (One Time Pepto x Little Stylish Lady x Doc’s Stylish Oak) to a 653 composite score (215.5 herd/217.5 rein/220 cow). Albert and “Rudy” claimed the championship by a 10-point margin. “The reining was fun, because it all came together, so that was very cool. The herd work is my weakest link, and it came together pretty well too,” she said. “The boxing, to get that phenomenal score—and to finally have a big win, is over-the-moon exciting.” Albert is retired from the Army, and now works for the federal government as a physician’s assistant. She formerly rode hunter horses, and after she moved from Texas to Washington, a friend introduced her to reining, which quickly led to reined cow horse. She started showing in the NRCHA about five years ago, and has a goal of moving into the fence work classes eventually. “What the NRCHA has done as far as the limited age event for boxing riders at the big shows, and making it possible for us to show at the futurities and the derbies, when I first started, it wasn’t available, and it’s very exciting to have it,” she said. Albert thanked her trainer, Cayley Wilson, her previous trainer, Dean McCann, and her group of reined cow horse friends from the Northwest region. She took home a $1,688 paycheck, as well as a Gist buckle sponsored by Mark Rauch and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. The Champion Sire Award, a $500 paycheck, went to Matthews Cutting Horses LLC, who owns White Knight Time’s sire, One Time Pepto, and nominated him to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program.

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OPEN STAKES – SIRE AWARD C.R. Morrison NRCHA Trophy Sponsored by NRCHA $3,500 Cash Award Sponsored by NRCHA




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NAtional Reined Cow Horse Association

Breeder Directory Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, is Performance In Color, raising horses that can truly do it all. They are working to preserve the versatile Blue Valentine bloodline. Aaron Ranch is the home of legendary reined cow horse and cutting horse sire Peptoboonsmal. The ranch also proudly stands A Shiner Named Sioux, a twotime World Champion with earnings of more than $179,000—and Blind Sided, the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion and 2015 NRCHA Stakes Open Champion. Aaron Ranch also supports the NRCHA as the title sponsor of the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby, held at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. Visit Aaron Ranch on the web at www.AaronRanch. com.

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

Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch of Tucson, Arizona, was founded by the Rogers family in 2005, starting out with just two personal horses. Since then, Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch has grown into a full service facility, breeding and showing some of the best Quarter Horses the industry has to offer. Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch also maintains an organic alfalfa operation and they raise Certified Organic Black Angus Beef. Learn more about them on the web at

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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On Repeat

By Stephanie Duquette Photos by Primo Morales

CD Dee Vee Dee and Jay McLaughlin win consecutive Stallion Stakes Open Bridle Championships.


he headliners at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes are the 4- and 5-year-old horses, but those youngsters step aside for one day during the week so the spotlight can shine on the Open Bridle Spectacular horses. Always a crowd-pleasing event, the Open Bridle Spectacular consists of herd work, rein work and fence work for the elite reined cow horses at the pinnacle of their careers. The Open Bridle horses possess the most training and experience of any stage of reined cow horse, and seeing their skills on display is a treat. Twenty-two phenomenal horses and elite riders vied for the Open Bridle Spectacular Championship, and in the final reckoning, the proven team of CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark), shown by NRCHA Professional Jay McLaughlin, Commerce, Texas, turned in a gritty 225 fence work, the high score of the go-round, to win the Championship. It was the second year in a row for McLaughlin and “DVD” to claim that title.

Steady performer CD Dee Vee Dee carried owner/trainer Jay McLaughlin to a second consecutive Open Bridle Spectacular Championship at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

“In the herd work, I drew up first and the cattle were pretty soft, so we just tried to get through it as best we could. The rein work—he didn’t fire on his turnarounds, and I was baffled. He marked a 219 and he was good, but I walked out, and he had to go to the bathroom. I tried to get him to go before we went in, but he wouldn’t. He was crossing his legs in there, I think,” McLaughlin said, laughing. Going into the fence work, the pair was holding steady at about fifth place, but McLaughlin knew he had some ground to make up.

“That’s his forte, is the fence work. We drew a dumb heavy steer, but that’s his forte. The heavier they are, the harder he pushes. He made an infield turn that was worth a million dollars. He was awesome.” When riding a fence horse of that caliber, McLaughlin said he has one job. “Hold on! I kind of came out of the buggy when we switched. That steer jumped back to the right and he went with it and jumped my stirrup out. I had to reach for the wood, and then sit back down. It was his deal, and I just went along for the ride.”

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Terra Micek and Nic N Chics ran away with the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Championship, winning by a more than nine-point margin.

McLaughlin owns the 2005 gelding with his wife, Wendy. The team earned a 659 composite (215 herd/219 rein/225 cow), winning by a two-point margin over the Reserve Champion, 2016 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Clayton Edsall and Too Long Til Autumn (Autumn Acre x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena), owned by Lisa Krogh. The Championship paid $6,272 and came with a C.R. Morrison Trophy sponsored by John Pascoe, an embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. McLaughlin credits his son, Cutter, as CD Dee Vee Dee’s primary rider. Cutter and the gelding have multiple youth and non pro championships to their credit, including the 2016 Stallion Stakes Youth Bridle Championship. “There’s no ‘sharing’ at home, or at the horse shows, until we get to the major events and then I get to show him. I ‘borrowed’ him here. Cutter has been working him at home and doing everything since the World’s Greatest. I did steal him for the World’s Greatest for about a month. He’s done all the work and kept him up,” McLaughlin said. The earnings in Las Vegas elevated the stalwart gelding’s lifetime NRCHAmoney past the $182,000 mark. McLaughlin is in

line to be the NRCHA’s next Million Dollar Rider. He arrived in Las Vegas with just over $958,500 on his earnings record.

Non Pro Bridle Spectacular In the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, reined cow horse newcomer Terra Micek dominated, winning the Championship by a nine-and-a-half point margin when she rode her gelding, Nic N Chics (Nic It In The Bud x Desire A Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to a score of 653.5 (213.5 herd/218 rein/222 cow). She earned $3,585 and took home a C.R. Morrison Trophy, an embroidered sheet from Classic Equine and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance. “The herd work is my hardest event. I’m not seasoned in it. We managed to keep our cows in front of us and not lose anything. In the rein work, he was a really good boy. He’s getting better to show in the reining, a little more honest. He was really good there. And in the fence work, he was unbelievable. He was awesome,” Micek said. The 24-year-old from Osceola, Nebraska, has only been riding reined cow horses for a year. She rides with NRCHA Professional Brad Lund, who also coaches Micek’s mom, Lori Wyman.

The Non Pro Limited Spectacular Champion was Taytin Young, a youth competitor from Absarokee, Montana, who rode Peptoboonlena 007 (Peptoboonsmal x Quanahs Little Star x Quanah O Lena) to a 437 composite (146.5 herd/142.5 rein/148 cow). They earned $1,438 and took home a C.R. Morrison Trophy, an embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.

Micek bought Nic N Chics from Lund’s program, declaring, “It was love at first sight. He’s hard to handle sometimes, but I feel like that’s how all the good ones are. Showing him in the rein work is hard sometimes. He can get strong.” The former all-around and college rodeo rider has, in her brief reined cow horse career, already had a taste of the ups and downs that come with NRCHA competition. After sweeping all three Non Pro Bridle division championships at their first Premier Event, the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, Micek and Nic N Chics had a “humbling” outing at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, in February. “I was struggling there, so it’s nice to come here and get back in the groove,” she said. She thanked her family—including her mom, grandparents, dad, and sister, and particularly appreciates her trainer and “the whole Brad Lund barn.” The Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Reserve Champion was Gianna Hansen, riding Shine Di Light (Boonlight Dancer x Shining Di x Shining Spark), scoring a 644 (209 herd/216.5 rein/218.5 cow), earning $2,868 and a gift certificate with cooler tote from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

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The 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Horse Show Champions


ith substantial purses and alluring prizes, the horse show classes that accompanied the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes appealed to competitors with hackamore, bridle, two rein and boxing horses. Besides their prize payouts, horse show class champions also received a C.R. Morrison Trophy from the NRCHA, an embroidered sheet from Classic Equine, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.

Open Bridle The Open Bridle Champion was Cuttalena Sugar (Smart Paul Olena x Cutta Peppy x Peppys Solano Glo), shown by Aaron Ralston, Silt, Colorado. Ralston and the mare, owned by Philip and Jennifer Sadler, earned a 288 composite (141 rein/147 cow), taking home $1,680.

Limited Open Bridle The Limited Open Bridle Champion was Peppy Nicolena (Nic It In The Bud x Chelsea Lena x Smart Peppy Doc), shown by Dustin Deckard, Gallipolis, Ohio, for owner Kim Jividen-Rose. They scored a total 279.5 on two events (138.5 rein/141 cow), to earn $1,500. 64 May/June 2016 | Reined Cow Horse News

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Light and Sassy Cd Lights x Dual Sass

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Non Pro Bridle, Intermediate Non Pro Bridle, and Novice Non Pro Bridle LaDona Emmons, Ione, California, made a clean sweep of all three divisions in the Non Pro Bridle, riding Anuther Mister 505 (Mister Dual Pep x Anuther Olena x Smart Chic Olena), a gelding she owns with her husband, NRCHA Professional Ron Emmons. They scored a 294 on two events (146.5 rein/147.5 cow), earning three paychecks totaling $5,281.

Open Hackamore The Open Hackamore Champion was Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), shown by Nick Dowers for his family’s Triple D Ranches, LLC. The pair scored a total 293.5 (145.5 rein/148 cow), earning $3,320.

Limited Open Hackamore The Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Dustin Deckard, who

piloted Smart Metallic Cat (Metallic Cat x Smart Chuka Lena x Shorty Lena) to a 265.5 composite, earning $2,000 for Jividens Point Of Grace Ranch.

Non Pro Hackamore In the Non Pro Hackamore, Mark Parsons took home the Championship aboard Colorful Illusion (Cats Illusion x Smart Lil Bonus x Color Me Smart), scoring a 279.5 (140.5 rein/139 cow). They earned $1,050.

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Open Two Rein Scottsdale, Arizona, professional Brad Barkemeyer took home the Open Two Rein Championship aboard A Time For Jazz (One Time Pepto x Starlight And Jazz x Grays Starlight) owned by Susan Stoltz. They scored a 292 (144.5 rein/147.5 cow), earning $1,880.

Non Pro Two Rein Tammy Johnston, Lindsay, California, won the Non Pro Two Rein Championship with her mare, Miss Cee Street (Cee Mr Hickory x Miss Bourbon Street), owned by her son, Trystin Johnston. They scored a 282.5 (143 rein/139.5 cow), earning $1,026.

Youth Bridle CD Dee Vee Dee added another title to his accolades in Las Vegas when he carried Cutter McLaughlin to the Youth Bridle Championship, scoring a 293 (146 rein/147 cow), earning $534. On Thursday, the 2005 gelding won the Open Bridle Spectacular Championship with Cutter’s father, Jay McLaughlin, aboard. Jay and his wife, Wendy, own CD Dee Vee Dee. 68 May/June 2016 | Reined Cow Horse News

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Non Pro Limited/$5,000 Non Pro Limited Laura Johnson collected a pair of Championships in the Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited when she scored a 287 (144 rein/143 cow) riding Deal Me A Winner (Dealin Dirty x Just Plain N Taffi x Just Plain Colonel), earning combined paychecks of $2,040.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited The $1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion was Meredith Graber, who bested a big class of 46 with Hickorys Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Hickorys Red Rey x Doc’s Hickory). They scored a 285.5 (143.5 rein/142 cow), earning $720.

Youth Limited Taytin Young piloted Peptoboonlena 007 (Peptoboonsmal x Quanahs Little Star x Quanah O Lena) to the Youth Limited Championship with a 291.5 (142.5 rein/149 cow), earning $315.

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Stem cell therapy brings new hope for a speedy and complete recovery from tendon and ligament injuries. Powerful moves make NRCHA competition a thrill, but they can also expose equine athletes to tendon and ligament injury. Pictured: 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes finalist Nee On Lights (CD Lights x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark), shown by Shawn Hays, who went home sound and healthy from the show in Las Vegas.

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ard-hitting fence turns, deep sliding stops, and lightningfast changes of direction are all in a day’s work for the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s brilliant equine performers. Like any human athlete, reined cow horses are also at risk for sports injuries, and when these occur, they can often affect the front and hind limb tendons and ligaments. In the past, serious cases

could be career-ending or require long term recovery. Now, cutting-edge stem cell therapy can help tendons and ligaments heal faster and better than ever before. “Tendon and ligament injuries are fairly common in Western performance horses, particularly when they’re in the deep ground or have changes in the ground depth, from firm to soft, or soft back to firm. These injuries typically occur when

horses are tired and the muscles are getting weak and the tendons get stretched,” said NRCHA Veterinarian Joe Carter, DVM. Using stem cells—the basic cells that serve as the building blocks of new tissue—injected directly into the damaged tendon or ligament, Carter and his team have been able to dramatically improve the time period and the quality of healing. Carter performed several stem cell procedures at the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada. “One of our cases is a classic example of what a horseman would call a bowed tendon, which is a tear in the superficial digital flexor tendon. This horse had about a quarter of its tendon torn away. In the old days, this was an injury that would take as long as a year to recover from. With this technique, we can sometimes cut that time in half or even a quarter, have them heal with a significant amount of quality, where there is no scar tissue and they don’t re-occur. That has been the problem with bowed tendons. A

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Top left photo: This is an obvious example of a torn superficial digital flexor, commonly known as a “bowed,” tendon, just before undergoing an ultrasound-guided stem cell injection. Top photo: Almost a quarter of the patient’s bowed tendon is torn. The green dotted line shows the whole tendon, and the white dotted line encircling the dark spot at upper left shows the tear.

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lot of times, you get them healed up and then they re-occur,” he said. Carter’s approach was an ultrasoundguided stem cell injection, which used a crystal clear computer screen image to pinpoint the exact location of the injury. Visualizing the needle in the ultrasound image on his laptop allowed Dr. Carter to placed the healing cells precisely at ground-zero of the injury. “It allows us to be able to follow, in this case, a very small needle directly into a lesion, and deposit the stem cells directly in the spot where they are going to do the most good.” It took longer for the veterinary technicians to prepare the patient than it did to perform the actual injection, which took just minutes, with an optimistic prognosis. “Before this type of treatment was available, this horse would have been done for this year. Right now, we are at the end of March. We’re hoping to see this horse virtually healed within 30 days, back into light training, and hopefully shoot toward the Derby in Paso Robles. We’re

Left photo: Veterinary technician Aileen Couture prepares the leg for ultrasound and stem cell injection. The prep process took longer than the actual placement of stem cells, which was over in a few minutes.

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looking at cutting our healing time from 12 months to two months,” Carter said. The unsightly blemish on his patient’s front leg should gradually smooth out and, eventually, all but disappear, he predicted. “There will be thickening for a period of time, but I would guess that after six months, you wouldn’t be able to tell there was an injury there.”

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With his laptop computer on an office chair at eye level, Dr. Joe Carter watches the screen intently as the ultrasound probe shows him the exact needle placement to inject stem cells into the injured area of the tendon.

Two factors can have a major influence on the success of stem cell therapy: the type of stem cells used, and how soon the injury is treated. Dr. Carter is working with an FDA study through the University of Tennessee to use allogenic stem cells. “Stem cells can come from different sources. They can come from fat tissue or bone marrow. What we’re finding

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n the amazing machine that is the equine leg, tendons and ligaments are the cables and belts that knit muscle and bone together to facilitate propulsion and movement up and down, side to side, forward and back. in our performance horses, these structures bear a strenuous workload, which can lead to injury. Both tendons and ligaments are considered soft tissue, and they have complementary, yet distinctly different, roles within your horse’s “getaway sticks.” Tendons are the strong, flexible, but nonelastic cords of collagen tissue attaching muscles to bones.

is, in tendon and ligament injuries, the bone marrow origin stem cells have a lot greater viability and greater success than stem cells from other areas,” he said. “Allogenic” means the cell used to treat the patient comes from a different individual of the same species—that is, a

LigamenTs are short bands of tough, fibrous tissue that connect two bones or cartilages, or hold together a joint. according to dr. Carter, the three most common areas of stress and injury to these soft tissues where stem cell therapy is useful are the suspensory ligament, the collateral ligaments in the foot, and the superficial digital flexor tendon—or bowed tendon as in the case study shown on the previous pages. stem cell therapy has also been used to treat joint issues in performance horses, although, according to dr. Carter, “the results are not as remarkable as in tendons and ligaments.”

donor horse. In Dr. Carter’s treatments, he uses cells from a donor horse at the University of Tennessee that has a very low rejection rate. “We call it a ‘universal donor,’ similar to what you would see with a universal blood donor in people. We’re able to get a

high number of stem cells on short notice that are very viable. They survive the transportation process and give us the best results,” he said. When using regenerative therapies like stem cell, the optimal results occur when an injury is treated quickly. A week or less is ideal, Carter said, before the body begins trying to heal itself with undesirable scar tissue. The stem cells are effective, but they are not capable of resurrecting scar tissue, so time is of the essence. “That’s the whole trick. You want to get high quality tendon or ligament repair without scar tissue, because the scar tissue is not near as strong as tendon or ligament tissue. With more scar tissue comes a greater chance of re-injury. The sooner you get these horses treated the better,” he said.

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The National Reined Cow Horse Association implements new guidelines to help foster increased efficiency and professionalism with respect to media relations.


liding stops that leave endless 11’s in the dirt, spins executed with rapid precision, explosive fence turns—the reined cow horse displays as great a combination of power and finesse as one will see anywhere in the equine industry. These are just a few of the factors responsible for the discipline’s rising popularity. The sheer athleticism of the cow horse has the makings of any action photographer or videographer’s dream. As interest in the National Reined Cow Horse Association grows, it has become increasingly important for the NRCHA to foster good relationships with print media, social media, and even television outlets. “With growth comes increased media attention, which we welcome. The NRCHA also has a responsibility to our participants, supporters and to the sport as a whole. It is important to all of us that NRCHA events, as well as our history,

As an example of smooth media relations at work, Chris Cook of Inside Reining does some taping at the 2016 NRCHA Stallion Stakes with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jake Telford. The association is very willing to accommodate legitimate media requests and cares about its partners in both print and broadcast media.

mission and vision, are accurately and appropriately represented,” said NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn. As the international governing body of the sport of reined cow horse, the NRCHA is committed to facilitating

media coverage of its Premier Events, programs, and the unique heritage of the event that are all integral to the association’s continued efforts to promote the sport. Central to the NRCHA’s efforts is its new comprehensive photography and

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My trainer is showing my horse at a NRCHA Premier Event. Is it OK for me to take photos and videos of him in the show pen, and post them on my own personal Facebook page? What about my stallion page or ranch website? Yes! As long as you are using a camera lens that is 4 inches or less in length, you are welcome to photograph and/ or video your horse for these purposes. You are not required to apply for a media badge. I have a professional-grade camera and a lens that is longer than 4 inches. Can I photograph my own horses for use on my business website and Facebook page? Yes, all we ask is that you submit a media credential request form and wear a media badge, and give you a couple of friendly reminders: 1) please focus on your own horses, and 2) placing a photographer’s watermark, as well as selling or giving away images you take at our event, is prohibited.


Is it OK to use my professional camera with lens longer than 4 inches to shoot every horse in the class and post a gallery of images on my personal or business Facebook page? No, that is prohibited use under the NRCHA Photography and Videography policy due to the potential for interfering with our Official Photographer and/or Official Videographer.

American Quarter Horse Association, which revamped its own media policy within the last couple of years. Our goal is to be media-friendly, while also educating our members about appropriate use, and protecting our official photographer and videographer. We also want to ensure that our exhibitors have a positive experience with the media—and vice versa,” said Stephanie Duquette, NRCHA Communications Manager.

  Media Policy Overview Below are a few of the core points excerpted from the NRCHA Media Guidelines that have been incorporated by the NRCHA in 2016.

 Visitor Policy Visitors, spectators and exhibitors at National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) events are permitted to take photographs and record video for personal use. Visitors, spectators and exhibStephanie Duquette

videography policies set forth in the media guidelines being implemented in 2016 to help manage media relations with increased efficiency and professionalism. Spectators and contestants alike are familiar with the work done by NRCHA’s Official Photographer, Primo Morales, who captures great action at NRCHA events thanks to his knowledge of the event and artistic flare. And fans around the world are familiar with the NRCHA’s Official Videographer, Equine Promotion, that provides the very popular NRCHA webcasts, video replay for contestants at the events, as well as footage and editing services that help owners and trainers market and advertise their horses. Additionally, NRCHA Premier Events are also frequented by friendly faces representing core media outlets regularly covering NRCHA Premier Events. The new media policy is designed to encourage attention from the news media, both inside and outside the Western performance horse industry, while protecting the interests of working media already covering the events, and those serving the association in an official capacity. “In putting this media policy together, we consulted with some of our fellow associations, particularly the

I’m a professional photographer or videographer. One of the NRCHA sponsors wants to pay me to take photos of their products in action at the Premier Events. Is this permitted? Yes, we support our sponsors and their promotional endeavors! If you’re a freelancer on a specific assignment, please fill out the Media Credential Request Form, including the “Freelancers” section to obtain a badge. Friendly reminder: restrict your shooting to the specific assignment for which you’ve been hired.


On my media credential request, I said I was shooting video for a horse training resource website. My request was approved. I also edited some of that footage and gave/ sold it to a business for use on their website to promote a product. Why did I get a call from the NRCHA telling me this was not OK? Editorial use of photos and videos is different than commercial use of photos and videos. If you applied for a media badge on the basis of content gathering for a horse training website, you’re permitted to use your footage only for that purpose.


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NRCHA’s media guidelines have been put in place to protect the interests of those on both sides of the camera— contestants and working media alike.

itors are strictly prohibited from taking photographs and video for commercial distribution, including printed publications, websites, social networking sites, or similar media. This policy applies to the entire show grounds at NRCHA Premier Events including, but not limited to, competition arenas, warm up arenas, barn and stall areas, and cattle facilities. Professional photography equipment, including, but not limited to, cameras with lenses longer than 4 inches, tripods, monopods, or any video camera mounted on a tripod or other stabilizing device are not permitted under any circumstances. Media representatives with credentials are the only exception to the “professional photography equipment” clause of this policy.

  Media Policy Media credentials may be issued, at NRCHA management’s discretion, to journalists/photographers/videographers on assignment for recognized magazines, newspapers, websites, television and radio networks, and other approved media outlets. Anyone seeking media credentials is required to complete the Media Credential Request Form. Forms will be available at

The view from inside Equine Promotion’s video production booth during the 2016 NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas., or by request from the NRCHA Communications Manager Stephanie Duquette. Applicants must submit a new form annually. Approval is valid for the entire NRCHA show season, unless the media policy is violated and the media credentials are revoked. Content creators for websites and/or social media outlets will only receive credentials if they cover the NRCHA regularly, provide consistent news/feature updates, or represent a local tourism-based outlet in the area where the NRCHA Premier Event is taking place.

  Marketing/Commercial Policy The NRCHA supports its valuable partners and sponsors, and recognizes that their business-related and revenuegenerating endeavors are connected to NRCHA Premier Events. Photos and videos for marketing, advertising, and commercial purposes are available for purchase from the NRCHA

Official Photographer, Primo Morales, and the NRCHA Official Videographer, Equine Promotion. This purchased content may be used for print advertising, promotion, marketing and other revenue-generating purposes for a product, service, business, stallion, etc. Freelance photographers and videographers on specific marketing and promotion assignments from NRCHA sponsors are permitted at NRCHA events provided their credential request form is submitted and approved. It is strictly forbidden for credentialed media, spectators, visitors or exhibitors to sell or give away photos or videos taken at NRCHA events. Questions and feedback about the Media Policy may be directed to Stephanie Duquette, NRCHA Communications Manager, via or 541-571-7590. Likewise, media and freelancers can request specific photos for approved use or publication by contacting Duquette.

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Rios of Mercedes is one of the last truly handmade all leather boots produced in the United States. There is no secret to making top quality boots. All you need is the finest leather and true bootmakers with years of experience and the desire to be the best at their craft. Rios has remained true to its roots by making boots for folks who are involved in performance and working horses, raise livestock and in general make their living outdoors. Rios has never cheapened their product by taking shortcuts, lowering standards or chasing fashion trends. We make boots for people who know what a pair of boots is intended for: all day comfort whether horseback or afoot. Rios of Mercedes is famous for fit. Most people who experience the fit of a pair of Rios are customers for life. The lasts, dies and cutting patterns used by Rios of Mercedes have developed over the last 150 years until we now have refined the fit to one of comfort yet the boot is not loose on the foot. But these refinements are not only in lasts and patterns but are evident in the details of fine stitching, the hand lasting and the care in sole trimming, heel shape and the balance of the boot. The old fashioned channeled leather welt is the only method that will give a boot that slim profile to the foot that all too often is lost when the maker uses synthetic insoles and synthetic box toes. To our way of thinking this is what gives value to our product and renders it unique in today¹s cookie cutter world. Visit to see some of the styles we offer through our retailers. If you are looking for a retailer one can be found on that same website. Rios of Mercedes, the Official Boot of the National Reined Cow Horse Association.

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The Value of a Good Judge/Scribe Relationship


team is defined as two or more persons working together. Fundamentally, that is what a judge and scribe are: a team, working together to correctly judge a horse show. A judge’s job is to be focused, fair, and consistent with his or her decisions. A scribe’s job is to be prepared with score sheets, pencils, radios, and all other relevant supplies ready to go at start time. Also included in the scribe’s job description is to accurately and consistently record the judge’s decisions on the score sheets. Most people don’t give much thought to the importance of the teamwork involved in the judge/scribe dynamic. This past fall I judged a cow horse futurity that gave me a renewed appre-

By Bill Enk

ciation for the value of a good scribe. When I arrived at the show, I met the scribe and went over how I would like him to mark the reining and cow work score cards. The show went well, and on the way home, I thought about the excellent job this scribe had done. I asked myself, “What made this scribe so special?” I decided there were several reasons this scribe was so helpful. Number one: He was good at marking and adding up the score sheets. This is always a good thing. Number two: He allowed me to totally focus on the event. He refrained from idle chit-chat and giving his opinion, and did not ask questions, unless it was about the score sheets. If he had any other questions, it was always at the drag. To be truthful, I don’t remember his name, but I’ll never forget what an excellent job he did and how it opened my eyes to the value of a good scribe. The judge/scribe interaction should be simple and to the


The judge/scribe interaction should be simple and to the point.

point. It is important for the judge to meet with the scribe before the show starts and go over exactly how he or she wants the score sheets to be marked. Don’t take this part for granted. The judge is ultimately responsible for having the scores add up correctly. Also, on the cow work score sheet, the judge should make sure the checks, pluses and minuses add up to the final score. This is the judge’s responsibility, not the scribe’s. It is not the judge’s job to educate the scribe on the finer points of judging. If scribes are seeking to advance their knowledge for their own judging careers, they should ask the judge beforehand whether he or she is willing to respond to questions about judging, and then save those questions for drag breaks. Remember, a scribe’s first priority is to mark the score cards correctly, not watch every work evolve. The judge should make it easy for the scribe to hear him or her by speaking in a clear voice. Facing away and whispering makes the scribe’s job more difficult. It is also the judge’s duty to make the effort to ensure that the team functions well. This includes staying away from unnecessary comments or opinions about personalities, horses or riders. There are many judges and scribes involved with the NRCHA, with all levels of talent and experience. It is important to remember that this endeavor is a temporary experience, and to always try to make it the best it can be. Keep it simple and respect your partner’s space—it always works out better that way. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges

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Judges List as of April 12, 2016

Name Susan S. Abel Andy B. Adams Randall D. Alderson Blue R. Allen Mark A. Anderson Lyn Anderson Ron K. Anderson Karen R. Arlin Billy Arthur Lavert Avent David Avery B. J. Avila 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 Robin M. Bond Jan Boogaerts Ricky Bordignon John W. Boudreaux Sarah A. Bradley Aaron C. Brookshire Stephen F. Brown Cyndi L. Brown Brenda H. Brown Tom B. Buckingham Rod L. Burr Brandon C. Buttars Kathy Callahan-Smith 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 Camille H. Courtney

City State Country Lamoille NV Gerber CA Sharpsville IN Alamosa CO Granbury TX Madera CA Calgary AB CANADA Escalon CA Merced CA Elbert CO Amarillo TX Temecula CA 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 San Marcos CA 2260 Westerlo BELGIUM I-36100 Vicenza VI ITALY Abbeville LA Richmond IN Simi Valley CA Findlay OH Gainesville TX Temecula CA Bruneau ID Turlock CA Snowville UT Temecula CA 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 Franktown CO

Phone Email 775-753-3120 530-200-2229 765-432-9586 719-221-6098 254-396-5104 559-304-0930 403-249-8215 209-602-4987 910-290-3426 505-429-7180 806-679-0722 580-224-1242 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 858-445-8857 32497589940 398483806646 337-356-6206 765-969-9901 805-975-7190 419-429-9359 940-727-9757 951-491-4402 208-599-3611 209-648-2596 435-279-0772 909-229-5459 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 720-390-8434

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

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Jeremy Cox Frank E. Craighead Todd Crawford Tom E. Crowley Michael C. Damianos Chris C. Dawson Lee C. Deacon Augusto DeFazio Laurel Walker Denton Russell A. Dilday David J. Dillman Troy A. Donaldson Nicholas S. Dowers Frederick M. Drayer Janette M. Dublin Jim Dudley Al Dunning Ron E. Emmons Bill Enk Kathie Ferrante Buddy B. Fisher Tony M. Fisher Juli Fitch Todd D. Fitch Jimmy A. Flores Enrico Giaretta Taylor C. Gillespie David W. Glaser Mona Goransson Jake D. Gorrell Jerry D. Gorrell Carl Gould Benny R. Guitron Mark E. Guynn Derek Hanscome Susanne Haug Philipp M. Haug Terrill Heaton Jay G. Henson Jason R. Hershberger Linda K. Hitt James F. Hitt Geoff M. Hoar Jay Holmes Wayne Holt Jan Hoskin Hay T. Scott Hulme Doug Huls Bobby Hunt Bobby C. Ingersoll Doug R. Ingersoll Mary K. Ingwerson Lyle A. Jackson Chris D. Jeter Sandy L. Campbell Jirkovsky Lance B. Johnston Luke J. Jones Ann Judge W Michael Jung Robbin Jung Bob J. Kail Larry H. Kasten Brad W. Kelsall Tony S. Kennedy

Pleasant Plains AR Weatherford TX 817-565-5375 Blanchard OK 405-229-6053 Kellogg MN 651-380-9194 Oak View CA 805-701-0338 Aubrey TX 940-902-4242 Gainesville TX 940-284-5495 Rivarolo Canaves 10086 ITALY 393388860657 Skull Valley AZ 928-379-1150 Wynnewood OK 559-359-2637 Calhan CO 505-660-7054 Waterford ON CANADA 519-754-8567 Dyer NV 775-813-0241 Le Grand CA 209-761-1134 San Angelo TX 817-776-7129 Columbia MO Scottsdale AZ 602-361-8803 Ione CA 209-418-8080 Paso Robles CA 805-610-2462 Somis CA 805-276-4892 Abilene TX 325-669-0055 Marsing ID 208-550-1733 Arbon ID 208-251-6737 Arbon ID 208-251-2171 Perris CA 951-218-8306 Lendinara RO ITALY 3498661691 Canon City CO 719-439-3505 Parma ID 208-989-5404 Kristinehamn SE SWEDEN 4655019984 Hanford CA 559-679-5014 Glenns Ferry ID 208-599-7373 Raymond CA 559-760-2017 Merced CA 209-602-2514 Berthoud CO 303-907-1007 New Glasgow NS CANADA 902-759-4533 Trochtelfingen DE GERMANY 491717195692 08626 Gettengruen DE GERMANY 491717931441 Las Vegas NV 702-281-2868 Hugoton KS 620-544-6919 Litchfield Park AZ 602-284-0836 Elizabeth CO 303-917-4121 Elizabeth CO 303-917-4119 Red Deer County AB CANADA 403-588-4630 Sarasota FL 941-232-4617 Argyle TX 940-391-7330 Pinnacle NC 940-391-6327 Arimo ID 208-220-7411 Anthem AZ 480-390-6867 Comfort TX 281-433-5310 Reno NV 775-225-9719 Lincoln CA 916-812-7056 Weeping Water NE 402-616-1118 Cochrane AB CANADA 403-542-6913 Stephenville TX 817-247-7013 Kearney NE 308-440-9627 Lindsay CA 805-550-8387 Allerton IA 641-870-0090 Bennett CO 303-907-4782 Farmington UT 801-647-1059 Farmington UT 801-231-6343 Scottsdale AZ 209-327-3251 River Falls WI 715-441-9549 Ocala FL 352-598-1509 Tuppers Plains OH 740-516-1985

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Donna H. King Jeremy S. Knoles Ramona J. Koch Brigitte Kuenzel Cindy Lapp Jan Larsen Eugenio Latorre Teresa J. Lauth Fredy Laval Patrice A. Lee Rick LeMay Alex F. Long Mike W. Lund Morgan R. Lybbert Lisa D. Macauley Bill H. Martin Gary J. Martinez Filippo Masi Mark P. Matson Rick D. Maxson Dan E. Mayer Robert Cody McArthur Shaun T. McBride Jim McCarty Sunni Ann McCormick Karen McCuistion Carl McCuistion Chele A. McGauly Jay McLaughlin Kathleen L. McPhaul Jeremy Meador Kevin R. Meyer Darren L. Miller Bonnie Miller Mike E. Miller Allen R. Mitchels Jacky Molliex-Donjon Alessandro Monaldi Peter A. Morgan Tom E. Neel Ricky Nicolazzi Darrel J. Norcutt Connie C. O’Brien Jamie L. Olson Gay Lynn Owens John R. Pascoe Jason M. Patrick Dema M. Paul Jim H. Paul, Sr. Bret J. Paulick Jerry Peters Jamie L. Peters Marilyn G. Peters Laurie S. Petkus John L. Pipkin Kenda G. Pipkin Samuele Poli Billy Prather Smoky Pritchett Kenny E. Pugh, Sr. John J. Quinlan Vicki K. Radtke Aaron T. Ralston Marilyn K. Randall

Brea CA North Platte NE Paicines CA Hosenruck SWITZERLAND Yucca Valley CA Kalispell MT Caatellbell i El vilar SPAIN Eyota MN St Laurent de Vaux FRANCE Frederick CO Torre-Pachezo Murcia SPAIN Mariposa CA Atascadero CA Valley View TX Oakdale CA Morgan Mill TX Longmont CO Monteroni D’Arbia SI ITALY Temecula CA Monkey Island OK Ephraim UT Strathmore AB CANADA Mount Sterling OH Murrieta CA Hemet CA Wilson OK Wilson OK Elm Grove LA Commerce TX Golden CO Star ID Douglas WY Watkins CO Lady Lake FL Collinston UT Michigan City IN Villette d’Anthon FR FRANCE Corciano IT ITALY Reddick FL Millsap TX Grass Valley CA Fallon NV Winnemucca NV Bloomfield NE Creston IA Irvine CA Steamboat Springs CO Cave Creek AZ Cave Creek AZ Erda UT Kiowa CO Edmond OK Edmond OK Carmel Valley CA Amarillo TX Amarillo TX Sarzana La Spezia SP ITALY Camden SC Red Bluff CA Akron OH Holyoke MA Syracuse NE Silt CO Bridger MT

562-743-4681 806-330-1701 831-801-7212 41719471760 760-964-2373 408-691-1601 34 629023988 507-269-7454 671943497 303-801-7287 046708371378 209-765-7714 805-801-7166 940-727-4089 209-765-1676 580-276-9892 303-881-2815 393356549873 951-852-5250 918-688-8483 435-979-3059 403-771-4112 614-519-5969 909-225-9730 951-453-7386 580-220-7755 580-220-1181 318-347-3317 417-861-6963 970-371-7199 208-850-3456 307-331-8953 303-601-5483 315-573-4030 435-770-6668 219-898-5010 33617452636 393493151527 352-302-1618 940-859-6585 530-615-7755 775-426-8154 775-761-7876 402-640-2824 641-202-5004 714-745-9725 970-846-5455 602-740-2950 602-750-4155 435-496-0641 303-621-9625 405-833-8853 405-620-7039 831-224-3604 806-433-3729 806-570-1534 393289691198 803-669-1325 530-200-0560 713-503-9676 413-530-0371 402-616-0908 970-270-6274 406-425-1547

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Wade J. Reaney Guillermo Recio Trigg C. Rentfro Gary Reynolds Anne M. Reynolds Roy A. Rich Enrico Righetti Dan S. Roeser Fielding (Bozo) H. Rogers Sam M. Rose Pam R. Rose Bill J. Sanguinetti Debby M. Sanguinetti Lance R. Scheffel Markus Schopfer Zeph P. Schulz Pamela Scott Roy Sharpe Lance Shields Dennis H. Sigler Andrea J. Simons Karl D. Smith Robert J. Smith, III John S. Snyder Jim W. Spence Brandon T. Staebler Gary S. Stark Shane L. Steffen Harvey D. Stevens Jimmy R. Stickler Peter Swales Mauro Taccia Jake A. Telford Carol L. Telford Becky A. Terrell R David Terrell Ryan M. Thomas Terry R. Thompson Les M. Timmons Betsy Tuckey John C. Tuckey Tim Unzicker Jeffry J. Veitch T.E. Vinci Carlo Volpi Allen R. Walton Lori L. Walton Brady E. Weaver Gary W. Webb Gary Wells Wayne W. Whitehead Todd D. Williamson Doug Williamson Maryann Willoughby Betty O. Wilson Cayley R. Wilson Richard W. Winters Deb S. Witty Ken L. Wold Debra J. Wright Nancie K. Wright Liz Younger

Rupert ID Petaluma CA Krum TX Dennis TX King Hill ID Temecula CA I-37010 Costermano VR ITALY Marsing ID Rhome TX Pilot Point TX Pilot Point TX Farmington CA Farmington CA Rice Lake WI Ivrea TO ITALY Coalville UT Melrose FL Goldthwaite TX Gainesville TX Glen Rose TX Aubrey TX Jerome ID Apollo Beach FL Wellington CO Yamhill OR Klamath Falls OR Caldwell ID Powell Butte OR Indian River ON CANADA San Luis Obispo CA Longview AB CANADA I-33041 Aiello del Friuli UD ITALY Caldwell ID 00010 Lunghezza RM ITALY Sanger TX Millington TN Glenns Ferry ID Aubrey TX Saskatoon SK CANADA Liberty KY Liberty KY Roundup MT Montrose CO Covington LA Torre De Picenardi CR ITALY Bluff Dale TX Stanley NM Enterprise UT Ash Grove MO Overbrook OK Mansfield OH Eagle ID Bakersfield CA Hugoton KS Pampa TX Abbotsford BC CANADA Reno NV Ellensburg WA Wilton CA Plainville GA Penrose CO Reno NV

208-431-4703 707-776-4999 817-487-8079 817-597-7665 208-599-7733 951-529-6258 393392025507 208-841-2052 254-631-1201 940-367-5748 940-365-9646 209-403-4799 209-403-0191 715-296-0093 393355300543 801-637-0047 407-716-2087 325-938-5206 940-727-9279 940-372-0209 940-367-3053 208-308-2676 580-238-8400 806-422-0495 503-550-6739 559-679-7138 208-850-2772 605-840-1518 937-631-3851 805-431-4083 403-558-2295 00304319735 208-890-1205 339-250-3433 940-390-5532 901-326-8788 208-720-3486 940-367-5455 639-471-3073 804-647-9358 804-683-4037 406-320-1309 970-497-0077 985-778-3042 393381891136 254-592-2320 214-491-9069 435-668-9831 417-459-8741 580-504-4702 419-566-4167 208-250-1000 661-303-6015 620-544-6301 806-663-9695 360-951-4883 805-504-5480 206-999-0121 916-802-6668 770-548-3674 719-250-6465 775-771-8801

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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

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

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

2013 $147,072.86 $164,158.32 $101,200.07 $88,329.01 $69,531.63 $31,722.96 $121,318.28 $90,108.01 $69,249.64 $7,177.80 $40,137.28 $114,282.40 $19,889.50 $56,772.86 $41,707.94 $5,504.63 $66,059.02 $32,122.96 $69,343.51 $47,499.92 $45,654.04 $14,214.04 $17,003.17 $11,825.00 $0.00 $32,522.61 $8,390.05 $25,978.22 $12,753.84 $2,315.32 $766.67 $24,043.10 $9,441.14 $4,289.05 $16,259.85 $25,161.86 $228.67 $2,227.60 $17,850.00 $14,175.33 $5,746.78 $8,388.92 $20,611.15 $9,347.47 $8,500.00 $8,688.00 $7,852.60 $960.00 $5,813.00 $21,069.01

2014 $196,711.18 $112,386.45 $160,919.17 $51,265.82 $140,899.97 $100,055.27 $63,460.63 $46,870.82 $64,098.14 $58,638.85 $88,442.41 $40,827.00 $57,603.16 $20,366.20 $38,819.88 $10,669.75 $9,655.25 $30,972.84 $27,745.33 $40,654.88 $27,032.36 $40,859.52 $53,973.74 $40,989.44 $0.00 $29,553.04 $5,036.99 $24,219.63 $22,111.27 $29,443.27 $13,167.97 $16,382.87 $13,639.28 $17,376.51 $22,402.53 $18,125.79 $28,898.06 $12,989.43 $14,903.88 $24,342.96 $23,544.69 $399.88 $20,639.82 $18,091.59 $23,042.53 $4,361.78 $22,123.84 $2,030.67 $15,459.88 $6,244.09


Sum of Earnings

$76,236.59 $122,181.19 $105,599.54 $149,678.44 $77,289.77 $110,402.17 $48,958.18 $82,057.20 $55,779.35 $114,280.45 $46,592.77 $19,394.88 $81,168.69 $65,157.89 $51,815.50 $106,590.38 $32,560.30 $43,795.05 $4,734.12 $566.80 $10,879.21 $27,570.72 $11,064.01 $27,759.38 $76,314.24 $9,808.54 $57,868.91 $19,434.06 $34,358.67 $24,746.19 $42,162.58 $15,627.53 $30,926.68 $32,012.40 $13,943.48 $6,803.66 $20,196.88 $33,958.73 $12,001.86 $4,559.13 $13,218.20 $33,657.46 $1,154.04 $13,350.23 $7,685.85 $25,574.17 $7,779.63 $34,680.94 $16,291.13 $9,603.34

$420,020.64 $398,725.96 $367,718.78 $289,273.27 $287,721.37 $242,180.40 $233,737.09 $219,036.03 $189,127.13 $180,097.10 $175,172.45 $174,504.28 $158,661.35 $142,296.95 $132,343.32 $122,764.76 $108,274.57 $106,890.85 $101,822.96 $88,721.60 $83,565.61 $82,644.28 $82,040.92 $80,573.82 $76,314.24 $71,884.19 $71,295.95 $69,631.91 $69,223.78 $56,504.78 $56,097.22 $56,053.50 $54,007.10 $53,677.96 $52,605.86 $50,091.31 $49,323.61 $49,175.76 $44,755.74 $43,077.42 $42,509.66 $42,446.26 $42,405.01 $40,789.29 $39,228.38 $38,623.95 $37,756.07 $37,671.61 $37,564.01 $36,916.44

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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

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

Tammy Jo Hays Jayson J. Fisher Laurie Ward Elizabeth G. Kania Dave A. Ferguson Stuart C. Bozeman Parke S. Greeson Amanda E. Gardiner Shannon M. McCarty Bubba M. Petty Toni M. Hagen Heath Brent W. Ratliff Kathy L. Wilson Keri L. Hudson-Reykdal Tyler G. Burkey Bart F. Holowath Terry S. Forst Grant F. Lindaman II Robert M. Miller Eric M. Freitas Karey E. Franz Lyle G. Proctor Debby M. Sanguinetti Jennifer A. Neel Kenneth J. Schueller Robbie C. McKay Stacey Purzycki Molly Russell Wilder Jones Stephen A. Silva Randy J. Gamble Bill Tointon Suzon W. Schaal Shannon L. Haskins Linda R. Wood Michelle D. Strickland CJ Murphy Gregg Lafitte Carmen Buckingham Gene A. Armstrong Ramona L. Wold Cynthia L. Bias Paul G. Wilinski Harry C. De Haan Jeff Garijo Brent G. Lester Sandra W. Kaskey John E. Showalter Steve Hoar Marjie Robinson

2013 $32,284.40 $38,962.19 $23,842.29 $11,328.76 $18,984.18 $32,860.25 $2,358.90 $8,896.18 $3,225.44 $10,679.99 $5,086.24 $10,496.75 $8,474.71 $0.00 $10,684.23 $8,220.91 $420.00 $18,233.03 $0.00 $5,520.98 $10,545.55 $1,110.42 $9,438.39 $14,512.47 $6,725.17 $0.00 $0.00 $1,150.50 $810.00 $0.00 $1,080.00 $2,645.93 $2,822.00 $10,238.48 $4,765.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $7,711.96 $0.00 $6,084.37 $0.00 $3,851.13 $0.00 $5,990.75 $6,452.73 $3,744.70 $0.00 $0.00

2014 $47,797.50 $19,000.36 $10,096.90 $8,179.21 $5,412.16 $4,767.00 $28,919.55 $9,121.11 $29,002.32 $13,719.26 $18,104.42 $9,156.15 $15,873.68 $4,837.24 $1,134.00 $16,280.74 $421.60 $6,838.80 $24,887.32 $11,344.85 $13,095.38 $5,639.92 $5,577.05 $3,708.32 $4,992.30 $12,686.05 $12,821.07 $18,490.16 $17,444.56 $858.33 $12,757.38 $1,627.44 $7,573.21 $1,470.80 $5,906.60 $4,438.00 $2,160.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,166.50 $0.00 $2,557.10 $1,664.00 $0.00 $1,178.68 $0.00


Sum of Earnings

$17,352.25 $10,311.26 $24,913.15 $33,870.58 $22,206.27 $3,271.32 $7,364.94 $20,071.52 $3,790.06 $11,123.37 $9,605.92 $12,469.78 $6,274.43 $22,055.58 $14,769.06 $1,137.28 $24,719.80 $0.00 $171.81 $7,923.83 $449.88 $16,847.44 $7,823.25 $4,575.32 $9,549.58 $7,843.56 $7,319.08 $0.00 $0.00 $16,129.29 $800.00 $9,579.55 $3,296.10 $922.18 $1,883.36 $8,021.45 $9,779.76 $11,533.76 $11,519.32 $2,754.61 $10,460.89 $4,122.20 $9,833.80 $694.29 $9,575.90 $826.95 $917.16 $5,111.73 $7,508.60 $8,483.69

$97,434.15 $68,273.81 $58,852.34 $53,378.55 $46,602.61 $40,898.57 $38,643.39 $38,088.81 $36,017.82 $35,522.62 $32,796.58 $32,122.68 $30,622.82 $26,892.82 $26,587.29 $25,638.93 $25,561.40 $25,071.83 $25,059.13 $24,789.66 $24,090.81 $23,597.78 $22,838.69 $22,796.11 $21,267.05 $20,529.61 $20,140.15 $19,640.66 $18,254.56 $16,987.62 $14,637.38 $13,852.92 $13,691.31 $12,631.46 $12,554.96 $12,459.45 $11,939.76 $11,533.76 $11,519.32 $10,466.57 $10,460.89 $10,206.57 $9,833.80 $9,711.92 $9,575.90 $9,374.80 $9,033.89 $8,856.43 $8,687.28 $8,483.69

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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 Brother Jackson 916-802-6668 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 Dual Spark 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










Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Hes Wright On (620) 635-5632 X X X X X 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 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 Rap Cat 303-660-9595 X RC Fancy Step (817) 560-0038 X X RC Gay Bar Star Dust (602) 524-9047 Real Gun (580) 228-3272 X Real Smooth Cat 916-802-6668 X 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 Sannman 817-560-0038 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











Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Smart Chic Olena X Smart Lena Boon ((575) 760-4104 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 Thomas E Hughes 979-373-6241 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

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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:

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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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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.

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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.

Signature: ____________________________________________________________________    Date: _______________________ Return to: NRCHA  • 1017 N Hwy 377  •  Pilot Point, TX 76258 | Fax 940-488-1499 | Phone 940-488-1500 | Email: 98 maY/JUNE 2016 | Reined Cow Horse News

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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:

Types of membership without Reined Cow Horse News:

Regular Membership $75 ($65 before Jan. 1)

International Membership $75 ($85 with Reined Cow Horse News) Lifetime Membership $750 ($650 before Jan. 1) Add Reined Cow Horse News to Lifetime for $25/year

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

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

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

Nevada Reined Cow Horse Association

Shawna Husted Box 51 Acme, AB T0M 0A0 CANADA Phone: 403-875-1369 Email: Website:

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

European Reined Cow Horse Association Laura Ruffino-Vercellino Via Ghiardi 1 San Martino Canavese, 10010, ITALY Phone: +39 3471104168 Email: Website:

New York Reined Cow Horse Association

Margaret Green 2932 E Vista Dr Phoenix, AZ 85032 Phone: 602-992-9652 Email: Website:

Associacao Nacional De Working Cow Horse

Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association

North Central Reined Cow Horse Association

Karol Rodrigues Rancho Karoline, Caixa Postal 199 Avare/SP/Brazil 18701-971 Phone: Brazil+55 119-98365576 Email: Website:

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

Deb Matko 14221 Furman St. NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 Phone: 612-860-6371 Email: Website:

Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association

Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association

Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance

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

Mary Baks 13 Maple Hill Rd RR #2 Walkerton, ON, N0G 2V0, Canada Phone: 519-881-8684 Email: Website:

Magic Valley Reined Cow Horse Association

Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Mike Zebarth PO Box 5956 Twin Falls, ID 83303 Phone: 208-423-9055 Email: Website:

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

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc.

Oregon Reined Cow Horse Association

Tom Iannotti 263 Friendship Rd, Monroeville NJ 08343 Phone: 609-605-7448 Email: Website:

California Cow Horse Association

Russ Greathouse PO Box 196 Edison, CA 93220 Phone: 559-960-9840 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: Website:

Margaret Ore PO Box 1604 East Helena, MT 59635 Phone: 406-227-7019 Email: Website:

Tina Frisch 2036 Surrey Ln Las Vegas, NV 89119 Phone: 702-204-9277 Email: Website:

Cindy Pfeifer 6040 Clearly Rd. Livonia, NY 14487 Phone: 585-749-1764 Email: Website:

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

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Affiliate Listing Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association

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

Zeb Corvin PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-517-1205 Email: Website:

Utah Reined Cow Horse Association

South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association

Misty Castagno 149 Waterhole Way Grantsville, UT 84029 Email:

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

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association Christy McSweeny PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 714-785-1333 Email: Website:

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Gay Lenz 11587 Hunt Lane Guthrie, OK 73044 Phone: 405-818-7556 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.

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 April 05, 2016

Agricultural Foundation, Fresno, CA

Dave Belson, Cave Creek, AZ

Jill Serena, Castaic, CA

Robyn Bush, Visalia, CA

Aneka Schelbeck, Cotton Wood, CA

Dennis Corcoran, Livermore, CA

Keetch Ranch, Waddell, AZ

Roy Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY

Ashley Talbert, Kuna, ID

Desert Spring Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ

Laura Delfino, Martinez, CA

Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA

Babcock Qtr Horses/Jim Babcock, Sanger, TX

Don Stockman, Dayton, TX

Marcy Campbell, Creston, CA

Terry Malarkey, Star, ID

Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE

Donnie Boyd, Sarasota, FL

Pat Faitz, Lakeland, FL

Thera Myers, Oxnard, CA


Dream Cross Ranch/Susan Rey, Bridgeport,TX

Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo ITALY

Tom Daughetee, Kemmerer, WY

Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC

Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL

Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo ITALY

Toni Steed, Okeechobee, FL

Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT

Jack & Debbie Kaser, Murrieta, CA

Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL

Vernon Smith, Santa Maria, CA

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Committee Directory Affiliates


Tim Swain •

Chairperson: Jim Lane

Chairperson: Jimmy Stickler • 805-431-4083


Director of Judges: Bill Enk • 405-288-6460 • 614-354-1384 Jimmy Flores •

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter

Sam Rose •


Justin Stanton •

Sandy Collier •

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer

Tim Unzicker •

Wade Reaney •

Darren Miller •


Edie Petaccio •


Dan Roeser •

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter, DVM

Jim Spence • • 405-288-6460

NRCHA Foundation


Chairperson: Ted Robinson 805-649-9028

Chairperson: Bill Tointon • 303-530-2443


Rules Chairperson: Dan Roeser • 208-841-2052 Jerry Peters •

Shows Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205

Chairperson: Paul Bailey

Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205 • 931-260-3909

Non Pro

Chairperson: Jay Winborn

Todd Crawford •

Chairperson: Diane Edwards • 206-390-0715 • 214-797-0030

Executive committee

Sandy Collier • Trey Neal • Jake Telford • Amanda Gardiner •

Hall of Fame

Stephanie Duquette • Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG


Stallion Service Auction Chairperson: Garth Gardiner

Garth Gardiner • • 620-635-5632

Meg Rosell-Pursel •

Strategic Planning

Rory Livingston • Rhonda Holmes •

Chairperson: Amanda Gardiner • 620-635-2361

Chairperson: Smoky Pritchett

Tammy Jo Hays •

Nelle Murphy •

Bill Tointon •


Bart Holowath •

Darren Miller •

Paul Bailey •

Dan Roeser •

Debbie Sanguinetti •


Jon Roeser • Bobby Ingersoll •

Loretta Showalter •

Ted Robinson•

Dan Weiss •

Horse Sales Chairperson: Sandy Collier • 805-688-1084

Robin Flournoy •

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer • 719-330-1932

Jim Vangelos •

Allison Walker •

Ramona Wold •

Todd Crawford •

Kris Troxel •

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sHow sCHedule as of April 09, 2016

AE = Aged Event, HS = Horse Show, SE = Special Event, BS = Bridle Spectacular, AA = All Around May 13 - 15 May 14 - 15 May 13 - 15 May 14 -15 May 18 - 22 May 20 - 22

NCRCHA Spring Spectacular Got Cow Horse Classic Twisted Wire Derby Silver Slate Western Events Series 2nd Stage Championships & Derby 2016 Rancharra Cow Horse Classic sponsored by Bobby Ingersoll 21-May Santa Ynez Valley Cow Horse Show #3 May 21 - 22 Windy City Warm Up Horse Shows May 20 - 22 May Shindig May 21 - 22 GCCHA May Show, Derby & Bridle Spectacular May 21 - 22 Atlantic RCHA @ Willow Brook May 26 - 29 Drought Buster May 27 - 29 Idaho RCHA Classic Derby & Horse Show May 27 - 29 Cowtown Derby & Stockhorse Show June 13 - 19 NRCHA Derby June 15 - 19 Mountain High June 17 - 19 Father’s Day Weekend Event June 18 - 19 Guns Up Ride & Slide Horse Shows June 18 - 19 Miles City Spirit of the West June 25 - 26 Atlantic RCHA @ Willow Brook July 2 - 4 Firecracker July 9 - 10 Red Dirt Rendezvous Horse Shows July 23 - 24 Summer Cow Horse Roundup July 30 - 31 Atlantic RCHA @ Willow Brook August 17 - 21 Mid America August 19 - 21 Central Montana RCHA Futurity & Derby August 17 - 21 Rode to Reno September 3 - 4 Fall Into Autumn Horse Shows September 10 - 11 Atlantic RCHA @ Willow Brook Sept 18 - 25 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Sept 18-Oct 1 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity October 13 - 16 Nebraska Futurity October 15 - 16 Atlantic RCHA @ Willow Brook October 19 - 23 Colorado Futurity October 20 - 22 Fall Festival

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

Cannon Falls, MN Waterford, ON Livingston, MT Stavely , AB Cremona Reno, NV

North Central Northeastern RCHA Central Montana RCHA N/A European RCHA Nevada RC & CHA

Deb Matko Chantal Spleiss Dan Weiss Terri Holowath Laura Ruffino Patti Lund

(612) 860-6371 (519) 270-5273 (406) 852-3142 (403) 652-8206 (39347)110-4168 (775) 691-6487

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

Santa Ynez, CA Amarillo, TX Ft. Worth, TX Sarasota, FL Catasauqua, PA McCook, NE Nampa, ID Claresholm, AB Paso Robles, CA Estes Park, CO Cannon Falls, MN Lubbock, TX Miles City, MT Catasauqua, PA Castle Rock, CO Amarillo, TX Cannon Falls, MN Catasauqua, PA Loveland, CO Livingston, MT Ft. Worth, TX Lubbock, TX Catasauqua, PA Reno, NV Reno, NV McCook, NE Catasauqua, PA Castle Rock, CO Amarillo, TX

N/A Panhandle RCHA Southwest RCHA Gulf Coast CHA Atlantic RHCA Colorado RCA Idaho RCHA Alberta RCHA NRCHA Colorado RCA North Central Panhandle RCHA Central Montana RCHA Atlantic RHCA Colorado RCA Panhandle RCHA North Central Atlantic RHCA Colorado RCA Central Montana RCHA Southwest RCHA Panhandle RCHA Atlantic RHCA NRCHA NRCHA Colorado RCA Atlantic RHCA Colorado RCA Southwest RCHA

Carol Sutton Misty Hobbs Renee Burks Claudia Nichols Lashon Bussell Jerry Peters Shirley Beukelman Shawna Husted Allison Walker Jerry Peters Deb Matko Misty Hobbs Dan Weiss Lashon Bussell Jerry Peters Misty Hobbs Deb Matko Lashon Bussell Jerry Peters Dan Weiss Renee Burks Misty Hobbs Lashon Bussell Allison Walker Allison Walker Jerry Peters Lashon Bussell Jerry Peters Renee Burks

(805) 260-4535 (806) 683-0466 (863) 634-7385 (772) 321-9637 (215) 285-3932 (303) 621-9625 (208) 250-5200 (403) 875-1369 (940) 488-1500 (303) 621-9625 (612) 860-6371 (806) 683-0466 (406) 852-3142 (215) 285-3932 (303) 621-9625 (806) 683-0466 (612) 860-6371 (215) 285-3932 (303) 621-9625 (406) 852-3142 (863) 634-7385 (806) 683-0466 (215) 285-3932 (940) 488-1500 (940) 488-1500 (303) 621-9625 (215) 285-3932 (303) 621-9625 (863) 634-7385

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alvin Fults ................................................................................................C2 aaron Ranch ....................................................................................... 16, 17 american Paint Horse association ............................................................43 amy Delange ..........................................................................................104 Bloomer Trailers .........................................................................................1 Bob’s Custom Saddles ..............................................................................83 Breeder Sponsors .....................................................................................76 Cable Creek Ranches..................................................................................9 Carol Rose Quarter Horses..........................................................................7 Cathy Frank ..............................................................................................29 Classic equine ..........................................................................................45 Corporate Partners ............................................................................. 84, 85 Cowtrac Systems......................................................................................63 Discount Tire ...................................................................................... 26, 27 DT Horses Llc ..................................................................................... 30, 31 Farnam Companies Inc .............................................................................71 Gardiner Quarter Horses ...........................................................................69 Gist Silversmiths Inc.................................................................................19 Holy Cow Performance Horses............................................................ 34, 35 Holy Cow Performance Horses............................................................ 36, 37 j Five Horse Ranch ............................................................................. 20, 21 jW Brooks Custom Hat Co........................................................................47 Kingdom Come Ranch...............................................................................15 LK Cattle Co............................................................................................104 mark & Kim Rauch....................................................................................65 markel Insurance......................................................................................41

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

matthews Cutting Horses Llc.............................................................. 10, 11 miller International.....................................................................................3 national Reining Horse association ..........................................................49 national Reining Horse association ........................................................104 nCHa........................................................................................................61 northwest Reined Cow Horse association .................................................C3 nrcha & Futurity Sponsors ........................................................................59 nutrena Feed Division ...............................................................................77 nutro Company, The .................................................................................23 Platinum Performance, Inc .......................................................................75 Quarter Horse news..................................................................................25 Rios Of mercedes........................................................................................5 Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch .......................................................................67 San juan Ranch........................................................................................33 Silver Legacy ............................................................................................57 Silver Spurs equine...................................................................................51 Southwest Reined Cowhorse association..................................................13 Spear D Ranch .................................................................................... 54, 55 Tom Balding Bits and Spurs......................................................................78 Tom mccutcheon’s Virtual Horse Help .......................................................73 Triangle Bar V Ranch ................................................................................79 Triple D Ranch ............................................................................................6 Vetoquinol ................................................................................................C4 Wagonhound Land and Livestock .............................................................53

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