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Contents//////  JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017   Volume 22, Number 1

Two NRCHA Hall of Famers: the late Benny Guitron and the great mare Kit’s Smoke.

Circle Up   6 A Tribute to

Benny Guitron


10 Quotable 12 Through Your Lens 14 NRCHyA News 18 Affiliate News

In Every Issue   4 From the NRCHA Executive Director

6 Features  egional Rundown 22 R

Meet the top riders and horses who won 2016 NRCHA Regional Championships.

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The NRCHA Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding equine performers.


  96 Sponsor Spotlight 102 From the Judge’s Chair 104 NRCHA Judges Directory


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Top Rider List


NRCHA Approved Events

Affiliate List Suspended List  RCHA Committee N Directory

Expect to see the best in NRCHA talent when the Celebration of Champions returns to Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center in February.

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Top hands vie for the esteemed title of NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman.

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The top five from the 2016 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman explain how they’ve prepared for this year’s bridle horse showcase.

On the cover: The 2016 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Clayton Edsall riding his 2007 gelding Skeets Oak Peppy.

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Welcome to 2017!

The process of turning the calendar page to a new year always comes with a degree of anticipation. Whether 2016 was your best year ever, or one you are happy to have officially in the past, a fresh slate stretches out before us for the next 12 months. We cannot predict everything that 2017 will hold. However, we do know some of the things that the NRCHA has in store, and they are exciting to contemplate! Our biggest initiative is the move of the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2017. While the event itself does not happen until the first two weeks of October, the process of the move, and the accompanying expansion of our showcase event, has been quietly growing and gaining momentum for several months. We have made some big announcements regarding 2017 Futurity payouts. Thanks to a group of dedicated reined cow horse owners who have pulled together to support the event

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with more added money, the pot has been sweetened in a serious way. We are thrilled to report that our Futurity Open Champion will receive a check for at least $125,000, and it’s possible that number could grow even more between now and October. In addition, each horse that qualifies for the Futurity Open Finals will earn at least $10,000. The high scoring horse in each go-round of the Futurity Open preliminaries—herd work, rein work, and fence work—will take home $5,000. That’s just one piece of our big picture. Here in Fort Worth, at the Celebration of Champions, World’s Greatest Horseman and Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby, you will also notice bigger paychecks going out to our riders—again, thanks to our sponsors, as well as a robust year in 2016, which allowed us to pay it forward to you during this new show season. People in the horse industry are hardwired to get excited each January 1, the day our prospects and performers officially become one year older and one year closer to whatever ambitious goals we have set for them. Whether you have a foal of 2015 just getting started under saddle, a 3-year-old aimed at entering the Snaffle Bit Futurity, a Derby-age horse scheduled for one of our Premier Events, or an advanced horse stepping up to the two-rein, the bridle or World’s Greatest Horseman, I wish you health, prosperity, great rides and good luck in the year to come. All the best, Jay Winborn

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Horse industry mourns the loss of Benny Guitron

By Stephanie Duquette NRCHA PHOTO

Benny Guitron and Kit’s Smoke.


celebration of life for National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame horseman Benny Guitron was held January 29, 2017, in the eastern Fresno County community of Minkler, California. The champion trainer, whose circle of respect extended beyond the NRCHA and into the entire Western performance horse industry, died December 18, 2016, following a three-year battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He was 68.

The fifth of six children, Guitron was born February 12, 1948, in Glendale, California. His career path as a reined cow horse trainer seemed destined from the beginning, with legends such as Tony Amaral, Jimmy Williams and Don Dodge, who Guitron would eventually join in the NRCHA Hall of Fame, influencing his horsemanship from childhood. Guitron’s father, Felix Guitron Sr., was a native of Mexico who came to California in 1919. Felix also

loved reined cow horses, as well as the tack and traditional methods used in their training. He encouraged his son to absorb all the knowledge he could, and when Benny reached his early teens, gave him a young horse to train and show. Although he became proficient in multiple disciplines, and appreciated a good horse, regardless of breed or performance, Guitron’s primary emphasis became reined cow horses. After

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his father passed away, he took an apprenticeship under Amaral, and also credited another mentor, NRCHA Hall of Fame member Bobby Ingersoll, for guidance in the early years. By the 1970s, Guitron had established his own program and began to accumulate what would become more than $100,000 in lifetime NRCHA earnings. An early highlight came in 1976, when Guitron piloted Kit’s Smoke (Mr Gun Smoke x Mac’s Sujo x Fourble Joe), a mare he trained and would eventually co-own, to the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship. Some of Guitron’s other accolades included the 1979 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Championship, the 1980 and 1981 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Championships, multiple finalist appearances at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman, and the 2009 Championship at the Magnificent 7, riding Too Smart For You (Ill Be Smart x Kenda Quixote x Coyote Quixote), a gelding owned by his life partner of 30 years, Paula Diuri, a leading custom Western show clothing designer. Though he proved his ability to train a winning cow horse in every phase of traditional California vaquero horsemanship, Guitron was particularly noted for his proficiency with the hackamore. Throughout the years, he gained fame throughout the Western performance horse industry as a versatile professional who never relinquished his desire for greater knowledge and self-improvement. In 2008, when he was honored as the newest member of the NRCHA Hall of Fame, Guitron said the induction was second only to the births of his sons, Tom and Wayne, as a significant life event. In his Hall of Fame video, Guitron, with his trademark colorful phrasing and lively expression, described how he

wanted to be thought of among his peers: “I’ve always wanted the respect of my fellow horsemen. When I walk by and they hear my spurs, they go, ‘There goes a pretty damn good cowboy.’” Guitron received other acknowledgments for his contributions to the industry, including the 2001 NRCHA Vaquero Award, the 2005 AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year award, and a 2012 induction to the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. In 2013, Guitron celebrated the NRCHA Hall of Fame induction of his 1976 Futurity Champion mare, Kit’s Smoke. The highly diversified horseman was not content to define himself solely as a trainer and competitor. His encyclopedic knowledge of Quarter Horse pedigrees, keen eye for a quality prospect, and vast network of contacts formed a natural basis for a robust sales program, and no horse-buying expedition, particularly on the West coast, was complete without a call to Guitron or a trip to his facility. He held the NRCHA’s highest-rated 3A judge’s credential, and was also an AQHA judge. Guitron expressed his lifelong enthusiasm for quality tack and equipment by endorsing his own line of custom bits, and collaborating on hackamore design and construction with his brother, rawhide artisan Steve Guitron. His expertise as a trainer and coach became accessible to the public through his instructional training DVDs and his 2012 book, “The Art of Hackamore Training,” written in partnership with friend and fellow horseman Al Dunning. The news of his death triggered an outpouring from all corners of the horse industry. The NRCHA Facebook page quickly filled up with expressions of sympathy and sadness:

“I had the great pleasure of working with Benny on a number of articles for different horse magazines, including the popular “Benny’s Bits” series for Western Horseman. He was such a charming and knowledgeable raconteur, and as most people know, entirely fascinating to talk with. I remember during one visit to his ranch, he was sitting on his office (a horse of course) and I was taking photos. I asked, ‘Benny, not very many guys have been doing the horse thing as long as you have and you’re still out here riding every day. How do you keep from getting burned out?’ He looked at me with such a stunned look on his face and said, “How could I get burned out doing what I love?” Benny made a difference to so many people, and so many horses. Thanks, Ben, for all the things you tried to teach us.”—Suzi Vlietstra

“So sorry to hear. We have all learned something from Benny Guitron. He will be remembered and his legacy will live on through the many of us he helped become better horsemen. My sympathy to family and friends.” —Dennis Moreland

“Wow, what a shock. I just don’t know what to say. I knew him well. I rode with Benny from 1990 till 2009. He rode some of our horses and I rode with him in the non pro reining. I damn sure learned a lot from him… Rest in peace Benny.” —Stephen Walker

“I always thought he would live forever. He was bigger than life and taught me so much. Sad to hear this news. Prayers and blessings for his family and loved ones.” —Candy Cook Peterson

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Quotable It’s unbelievable. If you’ve never seen it or never done it, try to at least go see it. When we came out here and stood in line for the awards, there were people still sitting in the front row. We asked if they liked it, and they’re like, ‘Yeah we loved it!’ We asked if they got dirt in their lap. One guy said, ‘I got a dirt clod in my eye! But I’m gonna come back again.’”

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—NRCHA Professional and 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Tucker Robinson, Lompoc, California, describing the excitement of Open Finals night at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, after riding Poppys Troubudor to a Top-10 finish in 2016.

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no Bridle, no problem This special series of photos was taken at the 2016 Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity during the Cow Work Challenge, which has become a popular ancillary event for the NRCHA affiliate. Photographs by Performance Horse Photography/Laura Tatum-Cowen

Riding the 2011 gelding HL Twistin Playboy (Freckles Fancy Twist x Playful Rosie) owned by Diane Clare, Blue Allen nodded for his cow during the CRCA’s annual Fence Work Challenge, but not before he had slipped the snaffle off and looped the reins around the gelding’s neck. What ensued was a picture-perfect bridleless fence run—credit to the heart and confidence of HL Twistin Playboy and the talent of his trainer. “I’ve seen some pretty cool bridleless reining patterns, and even Trevor (Brazile) calf rope bridleless, but when Blue Allen took the bridle off of his horse to go down the fence, I was a bit worried...Talk about amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it,” said photographer Laura Tatum-Cowen.

We Want Your Photos! Send your best shots to Stephanie Duquette at Stephanie@NRCHA. com. Please submit your images in JPG format, in file sizes of at least 1 Megabyte or larger, and then watch for them in future issues of Reined Cow Horse News.

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The Year in Review ALLISON WALKER

A group of participants at the free youth clinic instructed by Phillip Ralls and Brendon Clark at the National High School Finals Rodeo in July 2016.


he NRCHyA has had a great year of moving forward and making the youth program the best it can be! Being a National Student Officer and Regional Representative is an honor and commitment that each of these kids take very seriously. We have monthly conference calls to discuss upcoming events, fundraising ideas, gain participation and design ways to make the youth association better. Throughout the month we also share motivational videos that we discuss on our calls. We’ve had a lot of fun this year making plans, launching new programs and getting to know one another. The clinic reimbursement program has been very successful. In 2015, we gave one reimbursement. In 2016, we awarded five reimbursements across the country. Thank you to all of those people that have organized and volunteered their time to pitch in on the free

NRCHA youth clinics. We’ve seen great growth in the youth membership and entries this year. We have no doubt you all played a key role in this increase of participation. The National High School Finals Rodeo reined cow horse event had another successful year with over 100 entries. The NRCHyA was well represented at this event by NRCHyA Student Officers Colleen Bridges, Opal Harkins and Kaylin Wheeler. CINCH sponsored a free clinic the day before the finals started and brought in NRCHA Professionals Brendon Clark and Phillip Ralls to work with the kids. Everyone from participants to spectators gained a lot of knowledge from the clinic. New for 2016, the NRCHyA was able to send some of our Student Officers to the AQHyA World Show in Oklahoma City where they were able to sponsor

the youth boxing class. This was a wonderful representation for the kids and lots of fun. Another great free youth clinic was offered to every youth boxing and youth working cow horse

CHyA Officers/ ////// NRRepresentatives Student Officers: President – Colleen Bridges Secretary – Elizabeth Clymer Treasurer – Wyatt Fisher Reporter – Opal Harkins Regional Representatives: Northeast – Luke Paulus Southeast – Caleb Bailey North Central – Regan Wheatley South Central – Bailey Gregg Northwest – Kaylin Wheeler Southwest – Brock Hieber International – Lynn Sandvoss

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exhibitor. Once again, thank you to the NRCHA Professionals who donated their time for another amazing clinic. The 2016 Celebration of Champions is approaching fast! Your Student Officers have been working hard to organize and prepare for a great show. Once again, we will hold a community service project and ask everyone to participate. Last year the kids donated items such as feed and used tack, to a local therapeutic riding center, Serendipity Equine Haven. That was a very rewarding experience for all of us. Our big fundraiser for the upcoming year will be a raffle for a $750 Discount Tire credit toward the purchase of a set of tires generously donated by Wilson and Susan Lyle. During the Celebration of Champions we will also hold an NRCHA collectibles sale. The Student Officers are planning to have two guest speakers this year; one motivational and one educational. Patti Colbert, our guest speaker from last year, was well received. We look forward to seeing you all at these presentations again this year. We have lots of other fun activities planned, including our National Student Meeting where we elect officers. We’re also planning a couple of game nights. Be sure to stop by the show office at the Celebration of Champions for a schedule of the fun youth activities taking place throughout the week. To say we are proud of our NRCHyA Student Officers this year would be an understatement. They have worked very hard all year. The future is in their hands and we know they will continue to make us proud. Thank you to everyone who continues to support and believe in this youth program! Sarah Clymer, NRCHyA Youth Advisor Village Mills, Texas

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Giamluca Munarini riding This Cats Sultan at Americana 2013.


ringing international attention to the sports of cutting and reined cow horse, Americana 2017 offers National Cutting Horse Association and European Reined Cow Horse Association approved classes. The show attracts many of the world’s best horsemen, including some from the United States. Americana remains the most important platform for the ERCHA Futurity. In 2017, there will be another highlight: The ERCHA Nations Team Cup featuring the best international teams. The concept for the ERCHA Nations Team Cup was developed by ERCHA presi-

dent Markus Schopfer and features top international reined cow horse teams followed by an individual competition. The first Team Cup title went to Italy, with Germany and France following in second and third place, respectively. From now on the ERCHA Nations Team Cup, like the ERCHA Futurity, will be part of Americana. In 2017, the finals will be included in the Thursday night show on September 8. Thousands of spectators attend the Saturday evening performance, which features the World Cup Cutting Open finals as well as the ERCHA Open Futurity fence work finals. In 2015,

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Rundown Meet the NRCHA 2016 Regional Champions.

By Stephanie Duquette and Bonnie Wheatley


rom hauling to Premier Events and affiliate shows, National Reined Cow Horse Association regional titles are hard fought. Meet those members who logged the miles and earned the points to secure the honor of NRCHA Regional Champion in one of the 15 horse show divisions in each of the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions. We congratulate the horses and riders who earned this distinction during the 2016 show season.

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Northwest Region Open Bridle Champion

Roosters Rozalena/Dan Roeser NRCHA FILE PHOTO

Roosters Rozalena and Dan Roeser earned the Northwest Region Open Bridle Championship for owner Roje Gootee of Rush Creek Ranch.

Western pleasure—even spending seven years as a professional level calf horse with estimated earnings of over $100,000 in rodeo. He will be retired following the Celebration of Champions to return to duties as a full-time breeding stallion. Bred by the Bar H Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, the Bloughs say Muchacho Dually was shown to great success before ending up in the undesirable situation in which they found him. “In 2008, we purchased him to remove him from a situation where he had been confined in a stall without turn out or adequate feed for over a year,” said Judy. “It took another year to return him to health.”

Limited Open Bridle Champion


Marsing, Idaho, NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Dan Roeser rode Roosters Rozalena (Gallo Del Cielo x Rosezana Lena x Doc O’Lena), to the top of the Northwest Region’s 2016 Open Bridle standings. Owned by Roje Gootee of Rush Creek Ranch, LLC, the 2007 mare bred by Black Rock Ranch teamed with Roeser to accrue 127 points and $4,152. Roeser has a long history with “Roxy,” who has been in his program since being started as a 2-year-old. Roeser has ridden the mare to other prominent titles, including that of 2012 NRCHA Stakes Intermediate Open Champion and NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse status—an honor reserved for horses that achieve substantial earnings in all phases of NRCHA competition. Roeser credits the mare’s huge stop and outstanding fence work capabilities for her winning ways. That, and the fact that “she is always easy to prepare and show.” Roosters Rozalena has enjoyed great longevity in her career and is slated for retirement following the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. “Roxy is a winner because she has stayed consistent throughout her career,” Roeser said. “She has won $50,000 the

‘hard way,’ mostly in bridle classes. We are looking forward to Roxy’s future foals as she will be bred to some of the best stallions in the industry.” The lifelong horseman, who began his career under the guidance of his father and fellow NRCHA Hall of Fame member, the late Jim Roeser, was quick to credit Roxy’s owner for her support. “I would like to say a huge thank you to Roxy’s owner Roje Gootee of Rush Creek Ranch,” he said. “Roje has been an amazing partner in the reined cow horse industry for the past 12 years, but even more so, she has been a great friend to me.”

Muchacho Dually/Tad Arbon and Kent BlougH

The Northwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion was Muchacho Dually (Dual Pep x Playboys Ann Doc x Freckles Playboy), owned by Kent and Judy Blough, and shown by Tad Arbon to 43 points and $1,524 in earnings. The 1998 son of Dual Pep has been with Arbon of Shelley, Idaho, for the past year, making for a memorable season for the stallion’s connections. “I realized that ‘Chach,’ at his age, still had the speed to make huge open field turns and the ability, stamina and consistency to win,” said Arbon. “Chach made a lot of it easy for me because he loves to go down the fence and work a cow. No matter how big of a run we needed he was always there giving it all his heart. I would like to thank Kent and Judy Blough for letting me train and show Chach. Also, my wife, Kortny, and son, Kutter, for always being there and cheering me on.” The horse his owners describe as, “a horse with a heart big enough to overcome adversity,” Muchacho Dually is a money earner in cutting, heeling, tie down roping, ranch horse versatility, and

Northwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion Muchacho Dually shown by Tad Arbon.

Shown intermittently in ranch horse and reined cow horse competitions, Muchacho Dually’s main job was siring performance prospects for the Bloughs. “We have eight foal crops from him, which are going on to their own performance careers, but we always felt that this talented horse had missed his opportunity to show what he could do. Though we knew his chances were slim due to his age, we thought we should give him one last opportunity to compete, so we placed him with Tad Arbon. Tad brought Muchacho Dually back to performance level in the few months prior to the 2016 show season. During this one year that they were together they won a total of five titles, the most exciting one being a Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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Non Pro Bridle & Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

Karnell L. Perry/Very Handy Remedy ROCKIN’ HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Northwest Region Non Pro Bridle and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion Karnell Perry and Very Handy Remedy.

Non Pro Karnell Perry, Power, Montana, won the Northwest Region Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle titles riding her partner of four years Very Handy Remedy (Very Smart Remedy x Chicaros Bay Lady x Handy Oak), bred by Sandra Friberg and fondly referred to as “Jackson,” after Friberg’s father. Perry, who works as a CHS Livestock Feed Specialist, says her 2007 gelding is “honest in the show pen and always gives 100 percent. He is awfully pretty to look at as well. Jackson stops really hard in any kind of ground.” A highlight of the 2016 season for Perry was scoring 74 points down the fence

at the Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association show in Livingston. “Everything just kind of fell into place that day. Jackson showed really well,” she said. Perry, who had run barrels and team roped from an early age, became involved with reined cow horses in 2004 while experiencing a lull in her barrel racing—and she’s happy she made the transition. “There were a few versatility ranch horse competitions in the area, and that pretty much got me hooked. The level of horsemanship is like no other [discipline]. It’s so great to get to be around such talented horse people.” Among those people, Perry cites Bill and Kelli Campbell of Campbell Training for their guidance since she began showing over a decade ago. “They are amazing people and are always there to help. They’ve both played a major role in me becoming a better horse person and showman. They never miss a run and critique the good and the bad,” said Perry, who also recognized Dan Roeser for helping her with her bridle horse and derby horse during the spring. “I’d also like to thank my family,” she said. “My husband, Ryan, always takes care of everything at home while I’m away, and encourages me to go show. Our kids, Brant, Pryce, and Quayd, are all troopers. Brant is 14 and is such a great helper with the little ones. Pryce is 4 and loves to travel. She always wishes the shows lasted longer. Quayd is 2 and content to tag along and play in the dirt.” Perry, who amassed 71 points and $1,444 on the season, is proud to add the two Northwest Region titles to the accolades she and Jackson have earned together, which include the 2014 CMRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle Reserve Champion, 2015 CMRCHA Non Pro and Intermediate

Non Pro Bridle Champion, and 2016 Vetoquinol/Zylkene ARCHA/NRCHA Non Pro Bridle Reserve Champion and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion, to name a few.

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Kristina Wall/Enjoy Olena


NRCHA regional championship.” The Bloughs are very proud of Muchacho Dually’s ability to withstand show demands, more than holding his own against horses half his age, and “giving all he had every time.” “This amazing horse is a testament to what good bone, athleticism and disposition do for performance longevity,” related Judy. “We are so proud and happy to see him win this year. He deserves it. We are very thankful to Tad for doing such an outstanding job of training and competing on him.”

Kristina Wall won her second NRCHA title when she captured the Northwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with her mare, Enjoy Olena.

Kristina Wall was tops in the Northwest Region Novice Non Pro Bridle division aboard Enjoy Olena (Starlights Joy x Janie Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena) for the second consecutive year. The Buckley, Washington, competitor, who works in sales when she is not in the saddle, has been entering reined cow horse competitions aboard her 2004 mare “Sophie” for three years. “Neither of us had ever done it before. She had some reining training when she was younger, but was never really shown. We have both learned so much, and had so much fun.” The regional championship is Wall’s second NRCHA title. When she earned the same title in 2015, Wall said her biggest challenge in the arena was, “keeping Sophie calm through her reining patterns. She wants to get to the best part, going down the fence.” Wall and Sophie garnered 99 points and $1,623 during the 2016 season.

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Non Pro Hackamore Champion

Dual Like Hail/Jeremy Meador


The Open Hackamore Champion was Dual Like Hail (Shine Like Hail x Cattys Dual Jazz x Dual Jazz) ridden by Jeremy Meador for owner Loren C. Macey. The duo earned 89 points and $3,623 on their way to the title.

Diane Lorenzen/Cuttin Wright Up


Diane Lorenzen and Cuttin Wright Up were the Northwest Region Non Pro Hackamore Champions.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Wild Juanita/Mysti McMaster

Wild Juanita (Tangys Classy Peppy x Bucks Juanita x Buck N Chex), owned and shown by Mysti E. McMaster, earned 30 points and $1,031 en route to capturing the Limited Open Hackamore championship in the Northwest Region. Scootem N Shootem Photography

Northwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Champions Mysti McMaster and Wild Juanita.

Open Two Rein Champion

Ten Luce/Mike Helsen


Northwest Region Open Hackamore Champions Jeremy Meador and Loren Macey’s Shine Like Hail.

Oregon rancher Diane Lorenzen of Bend made the short time she has been paired with her 2011 gelding Cuttin Wright Up (Hes Wright On x Isabellena x Quejanaisalena) count in a big way. Bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses, Ashland, Kansas, and fondly referred to as “Junior” for the semblance he shares with his famous sire, Cuttin Wright Up gained notoriety with Erin Taormino as a 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity finalist. That is where he first caught Lorenzen’s eye, and one year later she owned the standout gelding. “We have been a team just over a year. Junior is super cowy and athletic,” said Lorenzen, who added that nothing came easy in 2016 as she worked hard to get in a winning groove. “I was just getting to know my horse and we didn’t really get working until April 2016.” Despite that fact, the team earned the 2016 Novice Non Pro and Amateur Hackamore Classic crowns in Reno, Nevada, along with splitting the Hackamore Classic Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Championships with Jennifer Neel. “I had to work really hard. My horse has a lot of try and he is pretty easy to show once I figured him out,” she said. “He was trained very well.” NRCHA competition appeals to

Lorenzen, who has shown for the past four years, because she enjoys the challenge of the three-event format. She thanked Shane Steffen of Steffen Performance Horses for his guidance and support through the season and looks forward to achieving more of her goals in 2017. “My plan for 2017 is to qualify for the AQHA World Show in Amateur Working Cow Horse and also compete in the NRCHA Two Rein and Bridle Spectaculars. I also have two young horses to show next year in derbies and futurities.”

Ten Luce, shown by Mike Helsen for Susan and Mike Stowell, was the Northwest Region Open Two Rein Champion.

In the Open Two Rein division, Mike Helsen piloted Ten Luce (Tenlight x Im On The Luc x Doctors Kit), a 2010 gelding owned by Mike and Susan Stowell, to the championship. Helsen, who started the gelding as a 2-year-old, rode Ten Luce to 110 points and $3,508 on their way to the Open Two Rein Regional victory. The Stowells of Mercer Island, Washington, took ownership of Ten Luce in 2016 and Susan cites his speed, intelligence and turning ability as the gelding’s winning traits. Their most memorable moment of 2016 was winning the Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association Bridle Spectacular at Brasada.

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Susan, who works in the real estate business, says she hopes to show Ten Luce in the Novice Bridle in 2017 and added that Helsen will show him in the Open Bridle next season as well.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Laura E. Kiracofe/AP Lucky Little Lena ROCKIN’ HORSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Laura Kiracofe rode AP Lucky Little Lena to the top of the Northwest Region Non Pro Two Rein standings.

January 2016. Under the expert guidance of Idaho Equine Hospital and Dan Roeser we decided to slowly and carefully rehab her, which meant missing the first shows of the season,” she explained. Curtis, who ventured into reined cow horse competition with the purchase of Hailey in 2014, says that despite the ups and downs of the season, the great friends and camaraderie of NRCHA rank among her horse show highlights. Cow work attracted Curtis, who hails from a hunter jumper and dressage background, so she went in search of a good show horse. That is when she crossed paths with Roeser, whom she credits for all of her success in the NRCHA. “His expertise and coaching has helped me improve my cow work by leaps and bounds,” Curtis said. “I went from last year fearing the cow work portion and always praying I didn’t get a ‘crazy cow,’ to this year looking forward to the cow work because Dan taught me strategies to work most any cow, which in turn built my confidence and made showing a lot more fun!” COURTESY CORINA CURTIS

AP Lucky Little Lena (This Cats Lucky x AP Smart Little Tari x Smart Little Lena) carried owner and rider Laura E. Kiracofe, Eagle, Idaho, to 63 points and $2,068 en route to capturing the Non Pro Two Rein title in the Northwest Region. Kiracofe, a Senior Diagnostic Representative for Bracco Diagnostics, has been showing cow horses since 2007. She was active as an owner for several years prior to showing and decided it was time to try it out herself. Kiracofe earned the 2008 NRCHA Non Pro Limited Reserve World Championship and 2009 Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship in Reno, Nevada, riding a different horse, Tejons Dry Deuce. With AP Lucky Lena she was the 2009 Intermountain Reined Cow Horse Association Amateur Derby Reserve Champion. “They say you’re lucky to own one exceptional horse in a lifetime,” Kiracofe said. “I’m so blessed and thankful that I have two great cow horses that have helped teach me and mold me into the rider I am today.”

Kiracofe has shown AP Lucky Little Lene, a.k.a. “Bolt,” for three years, and says their biggest challenge in 2016 was overcoming some anticipation down the fence. “He was throwing his head. We had to work on my hand placement, and had to fix his attitude about being handled in the arena whenever necessary,” she explained. “He always stops big and he really figured out his turnarounds in the bridle this year, which has become one of his best maneuvers.” Kiracofe appreciates Bolt’s consistency and calm demeanor in the reining, as well as his cow sense and determination in the fence work. “I’d like to thank Dan Roeser for his unwavering and tireless commitment to Bolt and me as our trainer. I would also like to thank Justin Bailey for selling him to me after starting him and showing him successfully as a futurity horse. Dan’s assistant Christina Allen also worked many hours training and helping mentor me through many shows in 2016.” Kiracofe plans to continue showing both her horses in 2017.

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

Corina Curtis/Shining Chex

Marsing, Idaho, reined cow horse competitor Corina Curtis rode her 2002 mare Shining Chex (Shine Like Hail X Cashin Chex x Smart Cash Cutter) to 157 points and $2,743 to earn both the Northwest Region Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited championships. She earned 85 points and $1,845 in the Non Pro Limited. Curtis, who retired from her career as a police sargeant in November 2016, acquired “Hailey” in October 2014 and summarily won the NWRCHA yearend saddle in 2015. “Hailey tore a suspensory at the end of the 2015 season. She was off all winter. She wasn’t cleared to start rehabbing until

Corina Curtis rode Shining Chex to the Northwest Region Non Pro Limited and $5,000 Non Pro Limited titles.

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$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Tamara Bonnett/Smart Jule Star

Youth Bridle Champion


Tamara Bonnett of Rickreall, Oregon, rode Smart Jule Star (Soula Jule Star x Smarty Montana x Montana Doc) to 136 points and $1,498 to top the Northwest Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited standings. The self-employed farm and ranch owner acquired her 2008 gelding “Bodie,” and undertook her premier season of NRCHA competition. “When we started our show season, I had owned Bodie for six months. We were just getting to know each other,” said Bonnett. “Bodie has become a wonderful equine partner. He is kind, loves his job and has a great work ethic. He always gives me 110 percent whether we are practicing or showing. He would do anything I asked of him.”

worked hard all show season to improve my skill, better understand my job in the show pen and build a strong relationship with my horse. I don’t think any of it came easily, but it was incredibly rewarding. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people along the way.” Bonnett plans to keep showing in 2017 and explains that she hasn’t been disappointed about taking the plunge into reined cow horse. She credits trainer Jim Spence for showing her the ropes. “Jim Spence spent a great deal of time teaching me everything I needed to know to compete this year,” said Bonnett. “It’s a lot more than just showing your horse. There’s a huge mental element that is probably my greatest challenge. Like Jim says, ‘There’s no crying in cow horse!’”

Stephanie Helsen and A Cat Called Red captured the Northwest Region Youth Bridle Championship for a fourth straight year. Earning the Northwest Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited title was the team of Tamara Bonnett and Smart Jule Star.

As far as tackling her inaugural year of reined cow horse competition, Bonnett used focus, hard work, and preparation to achieve her goals. “There was a lot of mental preparation for each show, and learning how to do that successfully in a new environment was very challenging,” she explained. “I

Stephanie Helsen, 18, collected her fourth consecutive Northwest Region Youth Bridle Championship riding her faithful gelding, A Cat Called Red (Cats Red Feather x Lynnea Gem x Doc Bar Gem). The Enumclaw, Washington, student has been riding “Feather” for the past five years. “He was given the barn name before

he had his registered name, and ‘Feather’ stuck! Sometimes my dad and I call him ‘The Feath,’ I’m not sure why but it was a cute other nickname,” said Helsen. Together Helsen and Feather have won three NWRCHA Youth Bridle Championships—“resulting in three awesome saddles,” as well as finishing first in the national Youth Bridle standings and second “two or three times.” A team for almost five years, Helsen and Feather will part ways in the near future. “I just sold him to one of my friends, Madi Bugni, who lives in Ellensburg, Washington. I’m really excited for Madi and it will be so cool to watch her show Feather,” said the young horsewoman. Helsen says Feather’s fast and quick fence turns are among his winning qualities, and the same attributes that produced one of her most memorable 2016 horse show moments. “At the NWRCHA Days In The Park Show in Cle Elum, Washington, I came really close to falling off during a fence turn. I lost both stirrups and there was about a foot of air between me and the saddle! Luckily, Feather waited for me to get back on and we won the class,” she recalled. Helsen says win or lose, that having fun when she is showing always comes easy for her—a pastime she has enjoyed for the past 10 years. “Feather and I enjoyed taking care of each other all year long. He has a huge heart and he loves his job. He always aims to please.” Helsen graciously recognized those who helped make her year one to remember. “I want to thank my dad, Mike Helsen, for being my coach, my number one fan and my best friend. I also want to thank Kim Witty for raising and training Feather and giving me the opportunity to show him for so many years. Thanks to

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Youth Limited Champion

Taytin Young/Peptoboonlena 007

Of how he got his start showing reined cow horses, Young says he became interested four years ago. “We were at a show and I saw the other kids doing it, and I wanted to try it. I showed my dad’s turnback horse that day and I was hooked.” The 12-year-old student looks forward to attending the Celebration of Champions and working hard to perfect his reining—which has been the most challenging aspect of competition for him—in the meantime. “I would like to thank my dad,” Young said. “He takes me to the shows and always has my horse ready to go.”

Time and Scheffel worked their way to 132 points and $3,845 last season for the regional win. Laufenberg placed her stallion in Scheffel’s program five years ago, and the partnership has proved successful and productive. COURTESY KARI LAUFENBERG

Trent Pedersen and Jim Spence for always being there to help me out when my dad can’t be there. Thank you to Don Murphy for helping all the Northwest kids before the youth world show every year! Of course, my best friend, Mackenna Nissen, and all my Northwest friends and family for cheering me on all year.” Helsen will show a new horse in 2017 before heading to Oklahoma State University in the fall where she will ride on the Women’s Equestrian Team.


North Central Region Open Bridle Champion

Kickoff Time/Lance Scheffel

Taytin Young rode Peptoboonlena 007 to the Northwest Region Youth Limited title.

The Northwest Region Youth Limited Championship went to Taytin Young riding Peptoboonlena 007 (Peptoboonsmal x Quanahs Little Star x Quanah O Lena), owned by his father, Travis Young. Young says the cutting horse turned reined cow horse that his family calls “Bond” or “James Bond,” in keeping with the 007 in his registered name, excels in the boxing where his cow sense and physical ability shine. “He likes what he does and he gives me his all,” said Young, who also enjoys showing cutting horses. Young’s most memorable experience of the 2016 show season was winning the Youth Limited class and Non Pro Limited Bridle Spectacular in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the NRCHA Stallion Stakes.

Kari Laufenberg says it was no accident when her horse, Kickoff Time (A Chic In Time x Sable Gal x Peppys Boy 895) came into her life. She bought the 2008 stallion she calls “Reno” as a yearling through the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale. “I’ve always been interested in the cow horse world. After the tragic loss of my mother eight years ago, I realized life is too short to hold back, and that we should do what we love while we can,” Laufenberg said. “After my mom’s death, God literally lead me straight to Reno’s stall at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale and said, ‘This is your horse.’ I will never forget that moment!” Fast-forward to 2016: Kickoff Time, a champion performer with $18,000 in NRCHA earnings, along with more than 170 American Quarter Horse Association performance points in cow horse, ranch riding, reining, heading/heeling, and halter, added one more stellar accolade to his resume when he won the 2016 North Central Region Open Bridle Championship to his list of achievements under the capable guidance of professional trainer Lance Scheffel. Kickoff

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

“God knew we needed guidance, and Lance has proven to be just the trainer for the job. Over the past five years, Lance has taught both Reno and I so much. He is an amazing teacher, trainer and friend. I believe in his program and trust him 100 percent. He is honest, loyal to all the horses and always strives for excellence,” Laufenberg said. She describes Kickoff Time as a “versatile, multi-talented, hard working horse. When it comes to his job, he’s all business. He also has a very playful side and values his food and rest as any great athlete does.” Kickoff Time recently added to his performance career by expanding his duties into the breeding shed. With a few promising babies out of proven mares now on the ground, the bay stallion has given his owner and trainer even more reasons to be excited about the possibilities in the years ahead. “Kickoff Time’s future and that of his offspring is blessed. As long as we always do our best, stay correct and do

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what’s right as a team, we are successful,” Laufenberg said. “I would like to thank God for loving me and trusting me to be a good steward over such an amazing animal. The journey has been beyond words and the opportunities are endless.”

Limited Open Bridle Champion

Meradas Golden Rey/Naomi Bancroft

For the second year in a row, Meradas Golden Rey (Rockin Lockin Rey x Meradas Trouble x Master Merada) and co-owner/ trainer Naomi Bancroft teamed up to win the North Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship. The 2008 stallion is owned by Bancroft and partner Tawny Fye’s Setting Sun Ranch LLC, based in Stratton, Colorado. The 2008 stallion was purchased by Setting Sun Ranch in 2012, and it quickly became clear that he was “a monster down the fence,” according to Bancroft. He earned the nickname “Sir,” around the barn, for his focused, no-nonsense attitude. “He is all business. He likes to go to work and do his job,” Bancroft said. “There’s no quit in this horse. He never gives up, no matter how fast or hard or tough the cattle are. He will run down there and stick his head in the fence to get one turned. He’s a true champion—stays

Non Pro Bridle Champion

Jim Wilson/I Inherited Smarts

The North Central Region Non Pro Bridle Champion was Jim Wilson, Plymouth, Iowa, who rode I Inherited Smarts (Bodee Boonsmal x Smart Heritage x Smart Little Lena) to 95 points and $2,020 in earnings for the title.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle & Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Gianna Hansen/Shine Di Light

Primo Morales

Meradas Golden Rey, ridden by Naomi Bancroft for Setting Sun Ranch, won the North Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship.

healthy, travels easy, and gives us his best effort, no matter what.” On their way to the 2016 regional title, Bancroft and Meradas Golden Rey gathered 61 points and just over $1,000. A highlight during the year was a trip outside the North Central Region to the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the pair made an impression on the judges at one of the cow horse industry’s biggest competitions. “It was an amazing adventure, showing at one of the Premier Events, and we finished second in the Limited Open Bridle,” Bancroft recalled. Setting Sun Ranch came into being when Bancroft, a former Division II college basketball player, started her horse training business and established the ranch with Fye after graduation in 2010. “Meradas Golden Rey was one of our first show horses. After purchasing him, we started showing and breeding him, and he has been the biggest blessing in our lives. He stayed healthy, and it’s been amazing to go on the journey,” she said. The stallion has been a willing partner, and the only challenges have been “the normal—keeping him on point and ready to perform at a high level, and keeping him honest.” The young stallion’s sire career is also well underway. His first babies arrived in 2011, and each foal crop has brought the anticipation and excitement that mare and stallion owners alike look forward to each year. Bancroft and Fye say that seeing Sir’s foals come of riding and showing age has been one of the most rewarding parts of their involvement with the champion stallion. Bancroft has enjoyed rising to the high caliber of competition set by her peers in the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association, and thanked everyone involved with that affiliate, particularly fellow professionals Matt Koch and Darren Miller.

Gianna Hansen and her special mare, Shine Di Light, won the North Central Region Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Bridle Championships.

The 2016 show season was bittersweet for Gianna Hansen. While she celebrated dual championships in the North Central Region Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Bridle, she also faced the devastation of an injury likely to end the show career of her beloved mare, Shine Di Light (Boonlight Dancer x Shining Di x Shining Spark). Hansen, 35, who divides her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and Elizabeth, Colorado, is a real estate investor who made the transition from reining horses to reined cow horses nearly a decade ago. “Growing up in northern California, I had been exposed to working cow horse as a way of life,” Hansen said. “My first experience with show horses was a clinic at Pat Hubbert’s and local shows at our junior horseman’s association, and of Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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Open Hackamore Champion

Dual With A Shiner/Matt Koch

Matt Koch piloted Dual With A Shiner, owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock, to the North Central Region Open Hackamore Championship.

The North Central Region Open Hackamore Championship belonged to Wagonhound Land and Livestock’s Dual With A Shiner (Reys Dual Badger x Miss Shiner Dear x Shining Spark), shown by NRCHA Professional Matt Koch, Ault, Colorado. Koch and the gelding collected 55 points and $2,386 in regional competition to win the title.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Hey San Kai/Tack Louthan


get up and my heart sank that she was truly not okay. My world got shook up pretty bad that day. She is in good spirits at home with me on stall rest, so time will hopefully heal,” Hansen said. “She most likely won’t return to the show pen, but I will continue to flush embryos and raise some awesome babies out of her.” Hansen thanked her cousin, Bridgette Grimsman, and husband Wade, for her first introduction to reined cow horses on their ranch, and appreciated the help from trainers Corey Cushing, Shadd Parkinson, Jim and Dema Paul, and Dave Dillman. She also extended thanks “to my patient and hard-working veterinarians and their wonderful care—Dr. Bryan Buchanan, Dr. Otto Stanislaw and Dr. Brittany Factor.” Hansen also thanked farrier Kelly Barrett.

Primo Morales

course the Cow Palace. I took a long eight-year break from horses until I finished college, then got back into it with a few reining horses, until I finally found this great mare.” Hansen bought “Princess Di” from the late NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Benny Guitron in the spring of 2013. She quickly realized she had found something special. “We all know we are only as good as our horse,” Hansen said. “She gives me everything she has in each run. I have never been around a horse with so much heart and passion to do her job.” The 2007 mare is probably most famous for a fence run she made at a show in May of 2015. Although she and Hansen had parted company, the riderless Shine Di Light continued to work the cow down the fence, rating, turning and circling up on her own. The video began circulating online about six months later, and at last check, had received more than 1.3 million views. In or out of the saddle, Hansen is grateful for her mare’s grit and determination, which kept them out of trouble during a scary moment in the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Finals fence work at last year’s NRCHA Celebration of Champions. “The cow tried to jump out of the pen, and came back down with a leg through my romal reins. My horse didn’t weaken or panic, just kept backing up to the pressure until the cow fell and flipped over to come out of our reins. I picked them back up and trusted my mare to circle up. I was humbled and so proud of my special horse.” Sadly, the show season, and probably Shine Di Light’s career, ended in October, when the mare went down with a torn ligament during a fence work at a Colorado affiliate show. “It was scary to have your horse just crumble underneath you,” Hansen said. “But the worst was when she did finally

Tack Louthan put it all together in 2016 with Hey San Kai to win his first NRCHA title - the North Central Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship.

Having a talented horse to ride and show can make all the difference for an aspiring horse trainer, and Tack Louthan found one of those gems in Hey San Kai (Hey Houston x San Kai 124 x Peppy San Kai), a 2012 gelding that he showed all year for owner Harold Haythorn, winning the North Central Region Limited Open Hackamore Championship with 62 points and $1,278 in earnings. It is the first regional championship for Louthan, who lives and trains in Elbert, Colorado. Before starting his own training business last fall, he worked for Haythorn Ranch Company Horses in Maxwell, Nebraska, where he started “Cody” as a 2-year-old. “He can run and stop more consistently than any horse I’ve ever been on. He will stop in any kind of ground. Cody is just consistent. He is the same horse every day. He doesn’t get shaken up by anything. He just tries to be as good as he can be, and he’s honest,” Louthan said. He will remember 2016 as the year he and Cody made three good runs to win a limited age event championship. “At the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity, I won the Level 1 derby and the Limited Open hackamore

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on this horse. I had never won the derby before. I would always make a bad run in one event, and miss first place by a few points. It was so nice to finally put it all together and have three solid runs,” he said. The up-and-coming professional got his start after college as an apprentice to Colorado trainer Jason Patrick, and then moved to a position with Haythorn Ranch Company, where he started training Cody. He is grateful to the Haythorns for letting him keep the gelding in his training program after going out on his own this past fall. “Harry Haythorn always believed in me,” he said. “I’d come home from the shows with no money most of the time. All he would say is, ‘Well, you can’t win if you stay home.’ He has always been great to me. I have him to thank for having Cody to show from the beginning,” Louthan said. He also appreciates his many heroes in the reined cow horse industry for their advice, guidance and mentoring, with particular thanks to trainer Jeremy Knoles. The next stop for Louthan and Cody will be Fort Worth, Texas, where they will run for the NRCHA Limited Open Hackamore World Championship.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

Karey Franz and Its That Time Shiner, a mare she raised and trained, won the North Central Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship.

A championship is even sweeter when it’s won on a homebred horse, as North Central Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion Karey Franz will attest. Franz, of Elbert, Colorado, has known her champion mare, Its That Time Shiner (A Shiner Named Sioux x Its That Time Again x A Chic In Time), from the moment she hit the ground in 2011. “I call her my little black Indian pony, “Pocohauntus,” because she is a tiny little thing and has been since the day she was born, but fierce and mighty all in one

“With this mare, the reining is the easiest and most fun. I have never really enjoyed the reining until her, and I can say it has become my favorite event now. Pocohauntus has a presence about her that says, ‘Hey, look at me!’ She’s the easiest horse to show in the pen,” Franz said. The biggest goal of 2016 for Franz and Pocohauntus was outside the North Central Region, in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Hackamore class. Franz’s resolve was put to the test when

Karey Franz/Its That Time Shiner

the mare fell in the practice pen at home, two weeks before they were to leave for the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. “We were circling a cow and she tripped and landed on my right side, twisting my ankle,” Franz said. The injury was bad enough to put her on crutches and question whether she could compete. “I’ve shown sick but not hurt, so I had to put my toughness to the test! Reno was my goal show for her to shine, and it was heartbreaking that I wasn’t 100 percent, but we pulled through and ended up in the top five among some really great competitors,” she said. Franz started showing cow horses in 2004, taking breaks periodically over that time to finish college, help with her family’s cattle operation in Missouri, and raise her son. In 2009, her father passed away, and in 2012, she moved from Missouri to Colorado, but never considered giving up her cow horses. “I still raise a few of my own and do all of my own training with, of course, the help from trainers along the way. Cow horses are just in my blood and I can’t seem to get away from it,” she said. Franz said she has many horsemanship mentors to thank, and credits NRCHA Hall of Fame trainer Don Murphy for much of her success over the past five years. She also appreciates Colorado trainer Tack Louthan’s coaching and encouragement.

Open Two Rein Champion

Coloradoboonsmal/Keith Vogel The North Central Region Open Two Rein Champion was Coloradoboonsmal (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Playboys Josie x Freckles Playboy), owned by Ted and Cheryl Swanson and shown by trainer Keith Vogel, Ness City, Kansas. The pair scored 43 points and $2,120 in regional competition for the title. The 2010 gelding has total lifetime earnings of more than $37,000.

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Coloradoboonsmal, already a successful hackamore and limited age event performer, proved his talent in the next phase of training when he won the North Central Region Open Two Rein Championship with trainer Keith Vogel in the saddle.

“He’s a big, strong horse with a lot of talent. We’ve been fortunate  to have a lot  of success in the show pen. I’m thankful for his owners, Ted and Cheryl Swanson, and what we’ve accomplished together,” Vogel said.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Jecca Ostrander/Boxo Heavens Blue Jecca Ostrander and her home-raised gelding, Boxo Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King x Snippy Blue Card x Masies Blue), made the transition from ranch to show pen in style, winning the 2016 North Central Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship. The Ostrander family, on their Willow

Creek Ranch in Gordon, Nebraska, are American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Breeders, dedicated to raising horses that can do an honest day’s work outside, excel in the show arena, or both. Ostrander says Boxo Heavens Blue—nicknamed “Burnt” for his sunburned nose as a baby—is the kind of horse Willow Creek strives to breed. “He is representative of the heart of our program. His mom was an amazing ranch mare with a kind heart and very willing attitude. My son, Stetson, started Burnt, and then I used him at brandings, moving cattle and pushing cattle up the alley to work them in the chute. We knew he was pretty talented and sent him to my nephew, Clay Volmer, to prepare him for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge events,” Ostrander said. The deep-stopping, strong gelding “loves to eat a cow,” a trait that helped Ostrander score a big 75 in the fence work on a challenging cow at the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Nebraska Futurity—the moment she will remember as the highlight of her 2016 show season. While some of her fellow competitors may envy Ostrander’s ranching background and frequent exposure to cattle, the 56-year-old competitor admits that experience comes with a downside that took some work to overcome. “I think my ranching background helps me understand the cow much better. However, I also push cattle way too hard, like I’m headed to the house in a hurry with a grumpy cow. Just learning to be patient, breathing and setting up the run for the best outcome for Burnt was a major accomplishment for us both,” she said.   Ostrander thanked her husband and family for supporting her as she chased horse show dreams away from the ranch. She also credits several trainers— her nephew, Volmer, as well as Julian

Nemmers, E.J. Laubscher, and Jeremy Knoles—for helping her sharpen her skills. Based on Ostrander’s goals for the future, it’s safe to expect that Burnt will be a busy cow horse in the years to come. COURTESY JECCA OSTRANDER

The roan gelding, whose behavior early in his career earned the nickname “Ed,” after the notorious “Ed the naughty pony” of online video fame, has left his shenanigans behind and developed into a worthy contender. In their threeyear partnership, Coloradoboonsmal and Vogel won numerous accolades together, including the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore National Championship, the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore Reserve World Championship, and the 2015 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Limited Open Championship.

Ranch or show, Boxo Heavens Blue does it all. He used his big stops and cow sense to win the North Central Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship with breeder/owner Jecca Ostrander aboard.

“I’d like to show Burnt in the bridle for a season. I would also like to see him shown in a stock horse class because he ropes, tracks and stops so well. After that, I’d like to have a friend’s little girl show him in Youth classes,” she said. Ostrander also knows she made the right choice when she followed the advice of friends who urged her to give cow horse showing a try back in 2012. “I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is so giving and caring toward its members.  I have been encouraged and cheered on by many trainers and participants alike,” she said. “It is truly a great group to be a part of!”

Non Pro Limited Champion

Jodie Scheffel/Cuz I Could

The North Central Region Non Pro Limited Champion, Jodie Scheffel, faced a unique challenge in 2016—one that grew, literally, with each passing week. “I survived the entire show season while pregnant,” the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, competitor said. Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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with a tied composite score. As Pep and I trotted in the gate to work our cow, a very motivating song came on good and loud (“Black Betty”) and we threw down the cow work that sealed the deal, marked a 74, and won the Bridle Spectacular by one point,” she said. “Pep always stops big, spins hard and works a cow in position, no matter what. She really makes me feel like I know what I’m doing.” Scheffel started showing cow horses when she was 17, and never relinquished her “horse addiction.” She thanked her parents, her husband, Lance, and her “assistant coach,” the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, Isy, for supporting her and fueling her motivation. As the Scheffels enjoy their growing family, Jodie plans to continue her competitive career in 2017, with her sights set on the AQHA World Show, the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, and other NRCHA affiliate events in the year ahead.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Lannie Jo Lisac/Soulanova

The temporary loss of her waistline during the 2016 show season didn’t hold expectant mom Jodie Scheffel back as she worked her way to the North Central Region Non Pro Limited Championship aboard Cuz I Could.

Cuz I Could “has an amazing set of brakes. No matter what the ground is like, she is going to stop hard,” Scheffel said. Those big stops, along with some hard-driving rock n’ roll, helped Scheffel achieve her biggest win of the 2016 season. “I showed during the summer at an NRCHA/North Central Reined Cow Horse Association show that offered a Bridle Spectacular. We stayed neck-andneck with another great competitor right down to the end. We went into the boxing

The proven team of Lannie Jo Lisac and Soulanova collected yet another win in 2016, taking home the $5,000 Non Pro Championship in the North Central Region. Lisac, a 7th grader from Pueblo, Colorado, has been riding Soulanova (Soula Jule Star x Round Oak Annie x Smokum Oak) for the past three years, and some of their other big wins include the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association Youth Boxing World Championship and the 2015 NRCHA $5,000 Non Pro Limited World Championship. The pair also competes in Ranch Riding classes. Lisac says that Soulanova, nicknamed “Bucket” for his babyhood habit of falling asleep with his head in his feed bucket, “is great at reading and working a cow. Bucket gives me 100 percent all the time. He is so fun to ride.”


Scheffel had no trouble navigating through the actual runs, because she was well-mounted on her 2009 mare, “Pep,” also known as Cuz I Could (Peptoboonsmal x JRC Quixote O Lena x Doc O Dynamite). Her wardrobe, however, was another story. “I wasn’t fitting well in my show clothes. I had to borrow chaps to accommodate my growing waistline, and was not feeling up to my ‘A-game.’ I still managed to pilot Pep, and she stepped up and came through for me every time we competed,” she said. With help from her husband, professional trainer Lance Scheffel, the selfdescribed “stay-at-the-barn mom” left big tracks and created great memories while “riding for two.”

Lannie Jo Lisac and Soulanova won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship in the North Central Region.

The 13-year-old competitor had a bit of a shakeup in her schooling routine when her trainer, Keith Vogel, relocated his operation from Colorado to Kansas during 2016. “The biggest challenge this year for me was that I didn’t get to ride as much with him as I was used to, but we made it work, and still had a great year,” she said. Lisac thanked her parents, grandparents, sister, Landri, and brother, Wade, for supporting her and traveling to shows to watch her compete. She also appreciated Vogel, her trainer, and her friend Melissa Gard, who also rides with him. Lisac has her sights set on another NRCHA title as she prepares to show at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, and the 2017 show season might bring an exciting challenge for her and Soulanova. “After the Celebration of Champions, I hope to start going down the fence with Bucket,” she said.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Butch Mundhenke/Dunnits Surprise

An experienced horse, a supportive spouse, and a quality training program provided the main ingredients for first-time cow horse competitor Butch Mundhenke to win the North Central Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.

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First-year competitor Butch Mundhenke says he had “a ton of fun” riding his wife, Sheri’s, bridle horse in 2016. He piloted Dunnits Surprise to the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Regional Championship.

He rode Dunnits Surprise (ARC Sparkle Surprise x Dun It Doll x Hollywood Dun It), a 2003 gelding he owns with his wife, Sheri, to the title. The horse known as “Buck” around the barn started his career as a reiner, and then branched out into reined cow horse. Buck and Sheri won multiple NRCHA National and Regional titles together in recent years, and then Sheri turned Buck’s reins over to Butch for the 2016 show season. “This is my first year doing cow horse. After the [NRCHA Celebration of Champions] in 2015, my wife asked if I wanted to show him in boxing, to give him a break from going down the fence,” Butch said. The teamwork between Butch and Buck led to the regional championship, as well as Butch’s season highlight: winning the Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association $1,000 Non Pro Limited saddle series. Mundhenke says it was easy to trust Buck, a seasoned campaigner with a big stop and a willing nature. “He will always try. He never quits, and he will give you what you ask for.” However, Mundhenke admitted it took some effort for him, as a newcomer to cow horse competition, “to control my nerves and get my cow work done correctly.” Mundhenke says any challenges

seemed minor, compared with the enjoyment he received from schooling and showing all year. “I want to give a large thank you to my beautiful wife Sheri for letting me ride her horse and all her great support all year, and also to Reanna and Dave Dillman for all the lessons and coaching. In my opinion they are the best coaches around. They always compliment and explain in detail,” he said. “I had a ton of fun this year showing, and all the people I have met and the great friends I have  made. I want to thank the Dillman barn for all the support. It is like a large family where everyone supports everyone.”

Youth Bridle Champion

Tylor Todd/Smart Rem N Be

Tylor Todd’s fence work career is off to a terrific start. Riding Smart Rem N Be, the 13-year-old captured a regional championship in her first year of showing in the Youth Bridle division.

In her first year of showing down the fence on a new horse, Smart Rem N Be (Very Smart Remedy x Be Bob To Reno x Bob Acre Doc), Tylor Todd, an 8th grader from Rexford, Kansas, captured the North Central Region Youth Bridle Championship. Tylor, 13, has developed plenty of grit, not only as a Little Britches and Junior High School Rodeo contestant, but also through competition with her older sister, Taylor, who also shows in the NRCHA Youth Bridle division. In her first year of

going down the fence, Tylor knew it was important to find the right horse to help her safely navigate the challenge. The Todds found “Beaver” through trainer C.J. Shopbell’s program, and purchased the 2006 gelding for Tylor in March of 2016. “As I went through my first year of going down the fence, Beaver took good care of me, allowing me to get the job done and stay safe,” Tylor said, adding that her “awesome open field turn” at a show in Rapid City, South Dakota, was the highlight of her championship show season. Tylor’s main focus during the year was “trying to beat my older sister in the same class, and learning to set up a run.” She credits the sister she wants to beat as one of the reasons she became interested in cow horses. “I started when I was 8 years old. I always watched my sister Taylor, and started in the boxing,” Tylor said. The sisters’ rivalry is not likely to end any time soon, based on Tylor’s plans for the future. “I want to continue to work hard and get better, and I am looking forward to high school and competing in the cutting and reined cow horse,” she said. Tylor thanked her parents and, in spite of their competition, also thanked her sister, Taylor—who finished the season close behind Tylor as the Youth Bridle Reserve Champion. Tylor also appreciated the help she received from professional trainers E.J. Laubscher, Darren Miller, and Jeremy Knoles.

Youth Limited Champion

Maisen Avent/Jojo Tari

At age 12, Maisen Avent has been riding and showing for half her life, under the guidance of her father, professional cow horse trainer Lavert Avent. “My dad got me started when I was 6 because that’s what he did. And I

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Maisen Avent left no doubt about her horsemanship skills when she rode her dad’s Open Bridle mare, Jojo Tari, to the Youth Limited Championship in the North Central Region.

Non Pro Bridle Champion

Open Bridle Champion

Kirk Druey/Oaks In Montana

Shaun McBride collected another regional championship—he won the Open Two Rein title in 2015—this time in the Open Bridle, riding David Hernandez’s RM Smart Lil Calgirl (Mister Smart Remedy x Luthalena x Docs Little Calboy). McBride, of Arkansas, accrued 25 points and $695 en route to the championship. McBride has ridden “Remy” for the past four years. According to McBride, the 2009 mare “has a lot of try and is very powerful down the fence; she circles a cow on her own.” Despite the fact that cattle were in short supply to practice on, McBride says Remy’s big heart and ability to read a cow carried them through. “I want to thank Kelly Pinkston and Dave Hernandez for giving me the opportunity to ride this great mare and my fiancé, Monica, for traveling with me and supporting me.”

Northeast Region Non Pro Bridle Champions Kirk Druey and Oaks In Montana.

RM Smart Little Calgirl/Shaun McBride


According to Maisen, the 2009 mare “is really cowy and can really spin.” To put Jojo Tari’s maneuvers in perspective, besides showing with Maisen in Youth Limited classes, the mare also earned paychecks with Lavert in the Open all season long, finishing fourth in the competitive North Central Region Open Bridle division. Despite her Opencaliber ability, Jojo Tari proved she is a terrific match for Maisen, who describes the mare as “so easy to show, and the same every day.” Jojo Tari’s cow sense helped Maisen win the boxing challenge at the 2016 Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association Mid-America show, a moment she named as the most memorable of the year. She thanked her dad, who “pushes me to get better every time I ride,” and looks forward to the 2017 season, when she hopes to ride Jojo Tari in the Youth Bridle classes.


Shaun McBride rode RM Smart Little Calgirl to the Northeast Open Bridle Championship.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

This Hick Smokes/Greg Crispin

Earning the Limited Open Bridle was This Hick Smokes (Smokums Prize x Hickorys Poco Doll x Docs Hickory), owned and shown by Greg Crispin to 17 points and $265.


thought working the cow was so fun,” Maisen said. In 2016, Maisen put some serious horsepower under her saddle, teaming up with her dad’s mare, Jojo Tari (Little Polo Joe x Tari Acre x Bob Acre Doc). In their first year to show together, Maisen and “Jojo” won the 2016 North Central Region Youth Limited Championship.

The Northeast Non Pro Bridle champion was Kirk Druey riding Oaks In Montana (Mister Montana Nic x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) to 30 points and $664. Druey resides in Adamstown, Maryland, where he works as a scientist. He has owned the 2009 gelding for five years and in that time earned the titles of 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity Novice Non Pro Champion, Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Champion and fourth in the Non Pro Futurity. In 2013, Druey and the horse he calls “Austin” won the Non Pro Hackamore World and National Championships. “He’s so willing, honest and consistent. I’ve never had more fun than I’ve had showing this horse,” exclaimed Druey. Druey says Austin’s most special physical trait is his lightness in the bridle, which, coupled with his consistency throughout the year, made 2016 memorable. When asked about the most challenging aspects of his season, Druey said, “Always reining due to rider limitations,” adding that he is proud to have improved his rundowns and stops this year. What came most easily? Druey’s answer: “The fence work. Austin is a wonderful fence horse and I try just to stay out of his way. Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Paul Henrich/Peppy San Nic


Druey, who grew up in California showing as a youth in the California Reined Cow Horse Association, took a 25-year hiatus from horses to focus on his career before getting involved again about 10 years ago. “Todd Crawford deserves all the credit for training and making Austin a great cow horse and being patient with my limitations,” said Druey, who hopes to show the gelding for a couple more years. “It’s hard to give up a horse like this even though I would like to sell him and get another futurity horse at some point.”

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

could. To his credit, Nic has kept me safe through all my mistakes. He was well trained by Ron Ralls and just loves his job.” Henrich credits Mark Sigler and his fellow competitors who have encouraged and helped him have a successful 2016 show season. His plans for the future? “Stay healthy and continue competing as long as we can. I am sensitive to competing on an older horse, but when you see Nic’s condition and his joyous desire to compete he holds people in awe. I have people tell me they come out to watch his fence work!”

Open Hackamore Champion

Senor Shiney Cat/Mark Sigler



Frank V. Prisco, Jr./Mr Whiskers One Time Paul Henrich and his trusty gelding, Peppy San Nic, won their fourth consecutive Northeast Regional title in 2016.

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

The Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion was Mr Whiskers One Time (One Time Pepto x Cats Twisted Whisker x High Brow Cat) owned and shown by Frank V. Prisco, Jr., Smithtown, New York. Accumulating 15 points and $277 took them to the top of the standings. The self-employed arborist has shown reined cow horses for seven years and shown his 2009 gelding Mr Whiskers One Time for the past four years. Prisco cites winning the trophy horse trailer at the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic as the highlight of his 2016 season and appreciates his gelding’s

For the second consecutive year the Northeast Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion was Paul Henrich riding Peppy San Nic (Reminic x Peppy Gold Doc x Peppy San Bob). The team accrued 75 points and $532. Heinrich, 69, is a small animal veterinarian from Newton, New Jersey. He and his 1993 gelding have dominated in the Northeast for several years, winning their fourth consecutive regional title in 2016. Henrich started riding his “fantastic fence horse” 10 years ago. Peppy San Nic was his first reined cow horse. His most memorable show moment of 2016 came during his fence run at the September Atlantic Reined Cow Horse Association show where “Nic” scored a 74.5 down the fence. “The thrill of going down the fence was very attractive to me,” said Henrich of his initial attraction to reined cow horse competition. “As a green rider we went straight to fence work because we

Mark Sigler and Senor Shiney Cat were the Northeast Region Open Hackamore Champions.

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Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Smart Dualin Pepinic/Jed J. Lawrence 3RD SHUTTER

Northeast Region Limited Open Hackamore Champions Smart Dualin Pepinic and Jed Lawrence.

The 2012 sorrel mare Smart Dualin Pepinic (Smart Little Pepinic x My Wife x Mr Dual Pep), owned by Phillip and Nancee Ward and ridden by Jed Lawrence, captured the title of Northeast Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion with 16 points and $360. The Wards, of Akron, Indiana, own Pike Lumber Company also located in Akron, and made the decision to send the mare they call “Sid” to Lawrence in Nancy, Kentucky, when they were unable to show her themselves.

“Phil and I were unable to show Sid this year due to health issues, so we entrusted her training and showing to Jed Lawrence of Lawrence Performance Horses. He has shown Sid for the entire 2016 season,” said Nancee. Lawrence, who had stepped away from the reined cow horse discipline for a time, says that showing Sid in 2016 was a memorable experience for him. “This is my first year back to NRCHA in a while and I had forgotten just how exciting cow horse can be,” said Lawrence. “At the beginning of the year, I attended a clinic with the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association where a lot of trainers offered some great advice. However, it was different than what I had previously been taught, so I’ve spent the year focusing on growing instead of resorting back to old habits, and I’ve had success with the new training tips.” The reining portion of competition comes easiest to Lawrence, who began showing cow horses in 2007 before taking time off to pursue a career in reining, working under Shawn Flarida and later Craig Schmersal.  “Shawn has always been a mentor of mine,” said Lawrence. “Now that I’m transitioning back into the cow horse world, I’ve attended clinics under Todd Crawford, Russell Dilday, Faron Hightower and several others.”  Lawrence credits Sid’s athleticism for her success in the show pen. “Sid has a lot of speed, stops hard, and she is very physical and athletic,” he said.  “She is naturally a great fence horse.”   Sid’s versatility has also been showcased in the American Ranch Horse Association. “This mare was reserve champion in America’s Top Ranch Hand event at the ARHA World Show this year as a 4-yearold. This event is held in one day and is a four-event format with herd work, ranch

roping, reined work, and fence work. She was also reserve world champion aged mare at the ARHA World Show.” Plans are for Lawrence and Sid to show at the Celebration of Champions in the Limited Open Hackamore and further her NRCHA career in 2017.

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the 56-hour journey from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, to compete at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. “Nothing comes easy, but hard work and a good work ethic lightens the load a little,” he said. Senor Shiney Cat helped lighten the load thanks to his ability to read a cow and his talent in the fence work. Sigler has trained horses for many years and credits his father for getting him started. He thanked “everyone that is involved with the NRCHA, and mainly Dom Conicelli,” for contributing to his successful 2016 show season. Sigler plans to continue showing Senor Shiney Cat in NRCHA, NCHA and NRHA events.

Meg Rosell-Pursell and Unos Smart Lil Cash were the Non Pro Hackamore Champions in the Northeast.

The Non Pro Hackamore title belonged to Meg Rosell-Pursell, owner and rider of the 2011 gelding Unos Smart Lil Cash (Uno What Time It Is x Okies Second Down x Miss N Oakie), also known as “Cash.” Rosell-Pursell, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, acquired Cash in November 2013 on the advice of Todd Crawford. Rosell-Pursell’s most memorable show moment of 2016 was winning the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Non Pro Derby and Hackamore Championships in July. “Everything clicked with Cash and I this year,” she said. “He really matured and can handle all types of cattle. He can spin fast enough to make me ill. Cash is really talented in both the rein work and the cow work. He gives his whole heart when I show him.” Her biggest challenge was overcoming a fearful show pen experience. “I had a wreck in Tennessee where my bridle horse got tangled with the cow’s

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was “probably the first time we marked a 70 in the reining at our ARCHA show at Willowbrook Farms. She didn’t learn to rein until her 4-year-old year, and reining is my weak point, so it was an accomplishment for us both!” Savas says reining presents her biggest show pen challenge, but adds that “learning to turn a cow on the fence and circle came very easy for Bug, she is extremely smart.” Savas’ first NRCHA event was in 2009, but she showed in ranch horse versatility and at stock horse shows for five years prior. Like several of her Northeast Region peers, she cites Mark Sigler as a great source of guidance. “Mark was able to get Bug ready to show in no time at all, and even harder, convince me that we can ‘get ‘er done,’” Savas said. “He truly goes out of his way to make time for all of us non pros, and he tirelessly works to help us to be the best we can.”

Captain Smokem/Emma Minteer

Emma Minteer rode Captain Smokem to the regional championship in the Open Two Rein for owner Amber M. Roberts. Captain Smokem (Showdown Bailey Blue x Okies Smokin Diamond x Okie Star Whiz) accrued 6 points and $195.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion The 2010 mare Smarty Rey (Rey Dual x Sweet Little Plan x Smart Little Lena), owned and shown by Lia J. Savas of Huntington, New York, earned the Non Pro Two Rein title in the Northeast Region. Savas, a farm manager on Long Island, calls her mare “Bug” after her squirmy tendencies. “My boyfriend purchased her early in her 4-year-old year and she had just completed the NCHA Futurity,” said Savas. A high point of her 2016 season

Kevin Hittinger rode Panas Jewels to the Northeast Non Pro Limited title.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Elizabeth Parsons/Playboys Diamond Doc

John R. Holmann Photo Courtesy Lia Savas

Open Two Rein Champion

Lia Savas/Smarty Rey

Region Non Pro Limited standings with 61 points and $215. KC Montgomery Photo Courtesy Kevin Hittinger

feet while circling it, and went down and ended up falling on top of me,” Rosell-Pursell said. “I was unable to ride or compete in August and my back still gives me trouble, so I didn’t finish the season strong.” Rosell-Pursell showed in AQHA classes growing up until her father started “playing around with team penning.” After she and her sister developed an interest in penning, she transitioned to cutting and cow horses from there. “I truly fell in love with cow horse,” said Rosell-Pursell. “I’ve been fortunate to receive help from many professionals. I love attending clinics, seeing a new approach and figuring out if parts of their program work for me. I want to thank Mark Sigler, as he has been my constant coach for the last few years.” Rosell-Pursell will show at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in the Non Pro Hackamore and continue showing next year in the two rein.

Lia Savas rode Smarty Rey to the Northeast Non Pro Two Rein win.

Possibilities for the future include Savas showing Bug at the Celebration of Champions and perhaps breeding Bug to Savas’ stallion Sanjos Top Gun.

Non Pro Limited Champion

Kevin L. Hittinger/Panas Jewels

Kevin Hittinger rode Panas Jewels (Tachitas Jewels x Pana Sugar Chex x Sugar Pan) to the top of the Northeast

Elizabeth Parsons, Bear Creek, Pennsylvania, rode her 2009 gelding Playboys Diamond Doc (Shiners Lena Doc x Tassalan x Elans Playboy) to 69 points and the Northeast $5,000 Non Pro Limited championship. Parsons says the horse, whose barn name is “Sly,” has been her partner for the past two years. His “talent, desire and correctness working a cow” are what make him a winner. “He always steps up and gives his all when competing,” Parsons added. Her favorite NRCHA show moment of 2016 was participating in the Run to Reno Limited at the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic. Parsons, who started showing in 2012, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and dreamt of riding and owning horses. “It wasn’t until my children were grown that I had the opportunity to realize my dream,” Parsons said. “When I started taking lessons six years ago, I had never heard of reined cow horse and the thought of competing had never entered my mind. I have my trainers to thank for guiding me in this direction and encouraging me to hit the show pen.” Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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///////// NRCHA Regional Champions Parsons’ horsemanship mentors include her trainers, Rebecca and Matt Lipka of Ide L Acres/Lipka Performance Horses, whom she thanked for their hard work, patience, and persistence. 

“Without their extensive knowledge and guidance, this title wouldn’t have been possible,” said Parsons, who plans to compete at the Celebration of Champions.

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Wendy Kuhn/Missy Lights

Wendy Kuhn, Palmyra, New York, rode Missy Jay (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) to 108 points and the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Northeast Region win. Incidentally, the 2012 mare that Kuhn calls “Bella” is a full sister to NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse CD Dee Vee Dee shown by Jay and Cutter McLaughlin. Kuhn says that Bella’s strong suit is her ability to read cattle. The two have been together since March 2016, and fought hard to overcome tough competition and finish the season on top. “We had very close competition in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited class all year,” Kuhn said. “It came down to the last show to win the class for the year. Scoring a 73 on the cow work and cinching first place was unforgettable.” Kuhn had several challenges to over-

Youth Bridle Champion

David Hernandez/RM Smart Lil Calgirl David Hernandez, age 16, rode his 2006 mare RM Smart Lil Calgirl (Mister Smart Remedy x Luthalena x Docs Little Calboy) to the top of the Youth Bridle division in the Northeast Region. Hernandez, Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia, attends Gannon High School and has shown “Remy” for the past four years. In 2015, Hernandez rode Remy to the Northeast Youth Limited Championship. 3rd Shutter Courtesy David Hernandez

Elizabeth Parsons rode Playboys Diamond Doc to the Northeast Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.

come during the season. “We had only been together for a month before the show season started, I was a green rider in my first NRCHA sanctioned shows, and she was 4 and still in the snaffle,” said Kuhn. “I knew I wanted to show her in the hackamore, but neither my horse or myself had any experience with the hackamore. But, by the third show of the season I was showing her in the Hackamore. Nothing came easy, except the love I had for this horse—I worked really hard for every accomplishment.” Kuhn and Bella celebrated several other wins in 2016, including the New York State Fair 2016 Ranch Horse Championship and Central New York’s Reining Horse Association Green Horse Division Championship, to name a few. Kuhn, who capped her second year of showing cow horses in 2016 saw NRCHA events as a way to combine her love of cow work and reining. The 2016 season was her first year to enter NRCHA shows and she recognized many people for helping her along the way. “I need to thank my husband, John, for his patience and support, allowing me to follow my passion. I’d also like to thank Mike Bednarek, Mark Sigler, and all the trainers at the ARCHA club who were always there to help. Thank you to Dom Conicelli for letting us ride at his facility and work with Mark. A special thanks to my friend, Hellen Galloway, who watched my videos, critiqued my rides and gave advice on how to fix my errors.” Kuhn plans to show at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and tackle the fence work in 2017. “One of my goals in the future is for my horse to become a NRCHA Supreme Reined Cow Horse. She is well on her way and close to accomplishing the first step,” Kuhn added. 

David Hernandez and RM Smart Lil Calgirl won the Northeast Region Youth Bridle Championship.

His mother, Kelly Pinkston, got Hernandez started at an early age and the teen aspires to eventually train reined cow horses for a living. “I showed my first cow horse show when I was 6—my pony Victoria,” Hernandez recalled. “She trotted most of the dry work, but we marked a 69 in the boxing.” The young rider thanked NRCHA Professional Shaun McBride, who also won the Northeast Open Bridle on Remy. Hernandez was also quick to credit his big-hearted horse. “She is amazing going down the fence,” he said. “After the first turn she takes over and does things on her own. She never quits and when you ask her, she never says no.”

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Danielle Prisco/Austin Moody

The Southwest Region Open Bridle Champions Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat.

“He’s a super athlete but his mind is very, very busy,” Anderson said. “In the rein work, he has a tendency to out-think me. In the cow work, I just hope that it’s enough cow to show off his talents. This horse is probably the fastest horse I have ever been on, and he can turn and come out of a hard turn faster than any horse I’ve ever been on.”

Limited Open Bridle Champion

Open Bridle Champion

Spark N Love/Sunni Ann McCormick

The formidable team of Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck x Doc Tom Tucker) captured the Southwest Region Open Bridle Championship. David and Barbara Archer formerly owned the 2007 gelding that is now under the ownership of Susan Lyle. Anderson accrued 140 points and $6,634 en route to the championship. It was a banner year for Anderson, who was inducted into the NRCHA Hall of Fame in October 2016. Tuckers Smart Cat’s dam, Smoke Time Tuck, was inducted into the NRCHA Hall of Fame in 2015—the same

Southwest Region Limited Open Bridle Champion Spark N Love (Spark Master x Love To Boom x Boomernic), owned by Judith Adkison, was ridden by Sunni Ann McCormick to 48 points and $1,775. McCormick, Temecula, California, has ridden the 2010 mare since half way through Spark N Love’s 2-year-old year. McCormick stepped out on her own as a trainer at the beginning of 2016, and she is proud to have accomplished some big goals during the season. “Sparkle and I have qualified for the NRCHA World show in the Limited Bridle and Open Two Rein, so doing well

Lyn Anderson/Tuckers Smart Cat

there is our next goal,” McCormick said. She thanked Roy Rich, Trapper Rogers, Aaron Brookshire and Becky Holman for their support. “I’m lucky they all took me under their wings and helped me out,” she said. “At one point or another, they’ve all been a huge influence on my program. I was also lucky enough to add Don Murphy to that list as well.” “Sparkle’s owner, Judy Adkison, is a homemaker from Riverside, California. She purchased Sparkle as a 3-year-old when visiting friends at Jimmy Flores’ Ranch in Perris, California.  “I really wasn’t looking to buy a horse, but I saw her and liked how she moved and how she was put together,” said Adkison. “I wasn’t planning on showing her, I wanted a nice horse for myself to ride at home.  I left her there and told Jimmy, ‘Just get her really broke!’ They hauled her to some shows and by the end of the year I was looking for a non pro horse to learn this crazy-fun reined cow horse event!” COURTESY JUDY ADKISON



Winning the Northeast Youth Limited title was Danielle Prisco riding Austin Moody (Moody Blues Brother x QHR Freckles Made Me x Made To Boogie), owned by Frank V. Prisco, Jr. Prisco, age 16, of Smithtown, New York, has been riding the 2011 gelding for one year. Her memorable NRCHA show moment of 2016 was showing at the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic. The biggest challenge she faces is getting the opportunity to practice where she lives. Prisco finds showing comparatively easy, namely because her horse is “very talented and willing; he has a lot of try.” “I grew up riding and wanted to try something new and take my riding to a different level,” said the teen of how she became interested in reined cow horses. “I thank my family for their neverending support, my trainer Mark Sigler for working to improve my ability, and  ARCHA and NRCHA for making this experience unforgettable. I’m going to continue riding and practicing to improve both our abilities.”

year Anderson and Smoke Time Tuck earned the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Championship. Training and showing Tuckers Smart Cat has never been slow or boring, according to Anderson.

Spark N Love won the Southwest Region Limited Open Bridle Championship with Sunni McCormick in the saddle.

Adkison appreciates Sparkle’s stoic nature, talent, and heart. She also values McCormick as a great trainer for her mare. “She [McCormick] has been so positive and patient with Sparkle, working hard and riding with her mentors.  When things get tough, we get through them together as a team. I think

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that is a very important  part of success. I’m hoping that I will be able to show Sparkle in the future in the non pro if all goes well.”

Non Pro, Intermediate & Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Ladona Emmons/Anuther Mister 505

Open Hackamore Champion

Smooth Bellingrath/Nick Dowers


Ladona Emmons and her 2005 gelding, Anuther Mister 505 (Mister Dual Pep x Anuther Olena x Doc O’Lena), were a triple threat in the Southwest Region. Emmons won the Non Pro Bridle, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Championships with the horse she calls “John,” after his original breeder/ owner John Ward of historic Ward Ranch. Emmons, who works as office manager at 808 Ranch and is married to NRCHA Professional Ron Emmons, amassed 109 points and $4,201 on the season. Together Emmons and John have had great success. They won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited at the 2012 Celebration of Champions, as well as regional and national championships that same year. Emmons and John have been a team since he was 6, and she is grateful for both his ability and his heart. “John will always be that special horse to me,” Emmons said. “He has shown me that on his back anything is possible. I love everyday that I get to swing my leg

The Open Hackamore Champion in the Southwest Region was Smooth Bellingrath, shown by Nick Dowers.

In the Open Hackamore, Nick Dowers and Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger) won the championship for the gelding’s owner, Triple D Ranches, LLC.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Palo Nita Cat/Rod Burr



Ladona Emmons and Anuther Mister 505 earned the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Bridle Championships in the Southwest Region.

over him, walk in his stall, hug his cute face, or just simply turn him out.” Her most memorable show experience of 2016 came during the NRCHA Stakes. “I was so nervous before going in the pen,” said Emmons. “Ron told me I needed to get control of it, and I knew I needed to. When I loped in the pen, I decided to adjust my reins and I dropped them…John never changed, just continued to lope in like nothing was different. I told myself, ‘You better pull it together lady!’ We had a really good run after I was able to relax and show my horse.” Emmons says her biggest challenges are tackling the fence work and staying focused. “I have some anxiety about the fence, which might not be a bad thing,” she said. “Staying focused on the task at hand and riding in the moment [is the goal].”  Emmons has been showing cow horses since around 2011, and got started at the encouragement of her husband. “I want to thank all my family and friends for their support,” Emmons said. “Also, all the people throughout my life who have taught me something about a horse or riding. My husband for all the love, courage, support and laughs! I’m blessed, thank you John for all the great rides.” 

Rod Burr and Palo Nita Cat were the Southwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Champions.

The Southwest Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Palo Nita Cat (Palo Duro Cat x Miss Nita Olena x Mr San Olen), owned and shown by Turlock, California, horseman Rod Burr to 58 points and $3,610. Burr, head trainer and owner of R-B Training Stables, was Reserve Open Hackamore Champion in 2015 riding Palo Nita Cat. The 2011 gelding got the barn name “Killer” as a yearling when he seemed to think he was Burr’s daughter’s “pet dog.” “We’ve been a team since I started him as a 2-year-old and competed at the 2014 Snaffle Bit Futurity,” said Burr. “He is such a good mover, he’s quick and catty on a cow, but smooth and pretty in his dry work.” Burr says Killer’s cow sense has made his fence work easiest to tackle. “He never got too excited on a dull cow and had plenty of speed and rate on a fast one,” he explained. “He simply likes his job.” Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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Non Pro Hackamore Champion

Mike Miller/Firecat Flashenfever

Intermediate Non Pro Champions and the Non Pro Reserve Champions. They also pulled big paychecks at the 2015 NRCHA Stallion Stakes, taking reserve in the Intermediate and fourth in the Non Pro. Miller has a long history as a leading NRCHA Non Pro. “I don’t go as much as I used to, but it is good to see everyone. The caliber of horses and riders has gotten so high in the last few years,” he said.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Gay D. VerSteeg/Dual Chexx

Open Two Rein Champion

A Time For Jazz/Brad W. Barkemeyer


A Time For Jazz (One Time Pepto x Starlight And Jazz x Grays Starlight), owned by Susan H. Stoltz, was ridden by Brad Barkemeyer to the title of Southwest Region Open Two Rein Champion with 68 points and $3,550. Barkemeyer, who has ridden the 2010 gelding for the past two years, says A Time For Jazz’s mentality helps make him a great show horse. “Not only is he athletic and cowy, he’s also great minded, which allows him to be shown in the open and non pro with success,” he said. PRIMO MORALES

Non Pro Hackamore Champions Mike Miller and Firecat Flashenfever.

Big Piney, Wyoming, rancher and horseman Mike Miller won the Southwest Region Non Pro Hackamore title riding Firecat Flashenfever (Playboys Buck Fever x Firecat Cash x Miss N Cash) to 73 points and $3,900. Miller and his homebred gelding swept the 2016 Hackamore Classic Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Championships, and also won the Non Pro Hackamore horse show class in Reno, Nevada, during the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Firecat Flashenfever has been a steady performer throughout his limitedage event career. Miller and the bay gelding were the 2013 Futurity

taking such good care of him in the summer months.”


Burr, who hails from a rodeo background, started showing cow horses around 2003. “I really enjoyed the horsemanship of showing cow horses,” he said. “My horsemanship mentor and good friend, Benny Guitron, not only helped along the way with this horse, but with me learning to train with the hackamore. He really got me started showing.” Burr’s client Angela Begley recently purchased Palo Nita Cat and plans are for Burr to show him in the open two rein in 2017 as Angela gets to know him in the amateur boxing.

Brad Barkemeyer rode A Time For Jazz to the Southwest Region Open Two Rein Championship.

“I would like to thank Jazz’s owner Susan Stoltz for the opportunity to show her great horse,” said Barkemeyer. “Both her and Jazz are such a wonderful asset to our barn. Also, Jim and Jill Cook for

Gay Ver Steeg and Dual Chexx won the Southwest Region Championship in the Non Pro Two Rein.

Dual Chexx (Dual Rey x Starlight Chexx x Grays Starlight), owned by Jim and Gay Ver Steeg, was ridden by Gay Ver Steeg to the Non Pro Two Rein Championship with 73 points and $2,420. Ver Steeg, who resides in the small central valley town of California Hot Springs near Porterville, California, is still riding strong at 71 years young and with one hip replacement behind her. The retired teacher and field biologist acquired her 2010 gelding through Idaho horseman Zane Davis, thus earning Dual Chexx the barn name “Idaho.” Ver Steeg earned prior NRCHA bridle class titles riding Dual Sammy, and her trainer Monica Caetano rode Dual Chexx to reserve champion in the Open Hackamore class at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2014. The highlight of her 2016 season was winning the NRCHA Derby Two Rein class in Paso Robles, California, and being presented with the beautiful NRCHA trophy. Her biggest challenge? “Doing consistent rundowns at speed in the reining pattern and coming out of the corner with the cow in good form,” said Ver Steeg.

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Non Pro Limited Champion

Kristin M. Bacchetti/Heart Of A Remedy PRIMO MORALES

Response x Smart Peppy Doc) to the Southwest Region Non Pro Limited Championship with 122 points and $2,653. The Tracey, California, horsewoman earned the $5,000 Non Pro Limited title in 2015 also riding Heart Of A Remedy, a.k.a. “Copper,” with whom she’s been partnered for the past six years. Bacchetti, who works in farming and trucking, said her biggest wins were at the 2015 Stallion Stakes and 2016 Snaffle Bit Futurity horse shows, but added that she and Copper have many reserve and top five finishes to their credit.   “Jon Roeser did really well on him in his aged event years,” she said.  “He has almost $100,000 in earnings. He is extremely athletic. I will probably never own another like him.  Copper has been my first cow horse. He has shown me so much and I’ve learned a lot from him.”  Bacchetti’s biggest obstacle is staying relaxed in the reining, but she knows she can always count on Copper in the cow work. “Copper and I had a really rough start our first year together,” she related. “Ron Emmons took us both in and taught me how to ride, and taught Copper how to put up with a beginner like myself.  He taught me how to be confident and I have learned so much from him.  I needed a person like Ron to show me the right tools. Ron’s wife, Ladona, is so supportive and there to cheer us on in the show pen.”  Bacchetti plans to tackle the fence work at some point in the future and also wants to enter reining shows.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Kristy R. Johnson/Lenas Gun A Smokum Southwest Region Non Pro Limited Champion Kristin Bacchetti and Heart Of A Remedy.

Kristin Bacchetti rode Heart Of A Remedy (Heart Of A Fox x SPD Remedys

Kristy Johnson rode her 2008 mare Lenas Gun A Smokum (Smokums Prize x Shortys Scat Cat x Shorty Lena) to the Southwest Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship with 315 points and $2,598. The Porterville, California,

resident has worked as an Ordained Elder and Clinical Licensed Counselor at Church of the Nazarene for 16 years. She has shown the mare she calls “Kitty” since 2013. COURTESY KRISTY JOHNSON

“It is a privilege to own a horse that is this consistent,” said Ver Steeg, who’s had horses from an early age and showed stock horses in the 1960’s. “He enjoys attention and loves his job. On top of that, his manners make him easy to be around and haul to the shows. I am an active senior citizen so I truly appreciate his easy-going attitude.” Ver Steeg was riding hunters in 1999 when she and her husband attended the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno. “We came back home and started looking for a reined cow horse and found Dual Sammy at the Ward Ranch in Tulare, California,” said the veteran horsewoman.   Ver Steeg plans to show Dual Chexx in the Non Pro Bridle in the coming year. She thanked her husband, Jim, for being her biggest supporter and helper, as well as her trainer Caetano. “She [Caetano] has a barn full of supportive horse owners, which makes the journey more fun,” said Ver Steeg. “Then there are previous trainers and dear friends who I’ve ridden with for years that are too many to mention. I want to thank my once-in-a-lifetime friend and talented horsewoman, Heather Livingston, for being there for me.”

Kristy Johnson rode Lenas Gun A Smokum to the Southwest Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.

Johnson’s most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2016 was at her affiliate’s May show held in Santa Ynez, California. “I wanted to qualify for the [NRCHA] World this year because I am not sure how many more years my back will hold up,” she related. “I got my husband out of bed at 2:30 a.m. to travel to a place we had never been hoping it would worth it. The wind was horrible and my mare was on her tippy toes. I just kept thinking to myself how stupid it was to drag us all several hours away for a one-day show. My husband encouraged me saying, ‘You have a great horse, you are a great rider, and you are a great team, now get in there and get it done.’  I prayed and thanked God for allowing me the opportunity to do what I love, and we went in there and got the highest score of the day (so I was told) — a 76 reining and 75 cow run.”  Johnson’s biggest challenge is having had emergency back surgery in 2014, which forced her and Kitty into an unplanned hiatus. However, that hardship has taught her to be thankful regardless of the outcome of the show. She says Kitty is a winner because she

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$1,000 Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited Champion

Sydney Hoyt/RC Miss Nic N Tuck

The 2006 mare RC Miss Nic N Tuck (Peppinic x Miss Leo Tucker x Doc Tom Tucker) carried her owner and rider Sydney Lane Hoyt to dual titles in their first season as a team. In Hoyt’s first year of showing cow horses, the 16-yearold of La Quinta, California, earned the Southwest Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited Championships.

Hoyt’s most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2016 was attending the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. “I was so nervous and excited to be at such a big show. We ended up having a very successful weekend, receiving second in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited and third in the Youth Limited,” she said.

Youth Bridle Champion

Wyatt Fisher/Nu Cash Cutter

Wyatt Fisher and Nu Cash Cutter added another title to their resume when they won the Southwest Region Youth Bridle Championship.

The team of Wyatt Fisher, 18, and Nu Cash Cutter (Smart Cash Cutter x Nu Cashlynn Rose x Nu Cash), owned by his parents, Jayson and Teresa Fisher, earned the No. 1 spot in the Southwest Youth Bridle standings with 33 points and $1,236. The 2004 gelding was purchased by the Fishers out of the Cal Poly horse program as a 2-year-old with the barn name “Crown,” which has stuck with him. Wyatt, of Nipomo, California, has shown the gritty gelding since 2009 and says the best part of showing him is going down the fence. Highlights of his season included winning the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Youth Bridle Reserve Championship. He and Crown earned the 2014 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Youth Bridle Championship, as well as the 2015 National High School Rodeo Reined Cow

Horse National Championship in the program’s inaugural year. Fisher’s biggest challenge of the season is one any horse owner dreads. “Our whole barn had strangles at the beginning of the year and we had to miss the Celebration of Champions and the Stakes,” said Fisher. “I was lucky enough to be able to borrow Joel Jewett’s nice horse Power Fletch for the Celebration of Champions High School Rodeo Youth Bridle, but all of our horses were quarantined.” Fisher says Crown is a winner due in large part to his willingness to please. “He waits at the gate for you every day and he gives 110 percent every time you saddle him up,” said Fisher.   “I thank my parents, Randy Paul, and all of the people that continue to encourage me and give me advise at the shows,” said Fisher. “I’m giving Crown back to my mom after the Celebration of Champions; he is her horse. I plan to start training cow horses while I go to Alan Hancock College.”

South Central Region Open Bridle Champion

Kid On A Date/Shawn Hays


Sydney Hoyt and RC Miss Nic N Tuck were the $1,000 Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited Champions in the Southwest Region.

“I want to thank my trainer, Jimmy Flores, for spending so much time with me,” Hoyt said. “I wouldn’t be receiving these championships if it wasn’t for him. I want to thank my mom and dad and the rest of my family for all of their support. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without them.”


loves what she does and is solid and honest, as well as being a big stopper with a huge heart. Her horsemanship mentor is Roger Bias, whom she credits for his instruction and involvement in her NRCHA achievements. She also thanked her husband, who is at every show to help and support her. “Kitty and I will continue to be a team; she is my gift from God and I could never replace her,” said Johnson.

Kid On A Date, shown by Shawn Hays for owner Robin Fowler, won the South Central Region Open Bridle Championship in his first year of NRCHA competition.

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Limited Open Bridle Champion

spark n boon/pete hunt COURTESY PETE HUNT

Kid On A Date (Yellow Roan Of Texas x Kid Holliday x Brennas Kid), or had the rewarding experience of watching him develop and win titles like the 2016 South Central Region Open Bridle Championship, under the guidance of NRCHA Professional Shawn Hays. Fowler, of Weatherford, Texas, was involved, in a roundabout way, with raising Kid On A Date, dubbed “Frosty” for his white-sprinkled red roan coat. She owned his mother, Kid Holliday, although the notion of breeding her to Yellow Roan Of Texas back in 2007 wasn’t part of Fowler’s plan. “My friend Eileen Crane, a non pro reiner,  bought a breeding to Yellow Roan Of Texas but then sold her mare. She leased Frosty’s dam from me and I bought the colt when he was born—so Frosty’s arrival on this Earth involved a little bit of serendipity. Because the stallion was standing 1,500 miles away at the time, I probably would not have bred my mare to him—but I’m glad Eileen did!” Fowler said. Frosty was a successful rope horse for several years before he turned his talents to the cow horse arena in 2015. The dynamic gelding made an easy transition to the new discipline. “He competes in team roping [heading and heeling] and was AQHA’s leading gelding in heading in 2015 with Chris Littlefield.  In his first-ever cow horse competition, also in 2015, Kid On A Date was the AQHA Dixie Nationals champion  in open working cow horse under all four judges,” Fowler said. “He has tremendous heart and doesn’t like to be idle, and he doesn’t get outrun down the fence.” Fowler, a freelance writer who often covers the Western performance horse industry, has been involved with cow horses for decades. “My sister Nina Stewart, a past president of the Southwest Reined Cow

Pete Hunt and his mare, Spark N Boon, finally were healthy at the same time in 2016, and captured the South Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship.

In 2013, when Pete Hunt bought his mare Spark N Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) from NRCHA professional Shawn Hays and his wife, Tammy, he knew he was acquiring cow horse royalty. Her legendary sire, Peptoboonsmal, needs no introduction, and dam Shine Smartly measures her show earnings and her offspring earnings well into the six figures. Hunt was excited about his new show horse, nicknamed “Petals” by Shawn and Tammy, who raised her and own her dam. “I understand all of Shine Smartly’s babies were named for parts of the flower. I was lucky not to get the one named ‘Pistil,’” Hunt joked.

But as fate would have it, he had to wait a while before testing Petals in the show pen. “Shortly after I bought her, Petals got injured. The next year, I got sick. So, 2016 was the first show season we were both healthy,” he said. “Keeping us both sound to show has been the biggest challenge.” The team commemorated their first year of showing together by winning the South Central Region Limited Open Bridle Championship. “Petals is really good down the fence. She tries really hard. Sometimes she gets nervous, but she always wants to please,” Hunt said of his sensitive mare. Hunt, 64, of Art, Texas, is a retired firefighter and “semi-retired” horse trainer. He first became excited about reined cow horses in the late 1970s. “I was calf roping at the 1979 AQHA World Show and saw my first cow horse classes. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. It just took a while to change over,” he said. Hunt thanked two NRCHA professionals, Shawn Hays and Bozo Rogers, for their assistance as he worked to improve his and Petals’ performance. “They helped me a lot this year, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife, Donna. She encouraged me to go, and then stayed home to feed and care for things so I could go,” Hunt said.

Non Pro Bridle & Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

Kim Lindsey/Judys Ten

The familiar feel of a proven partnership with a trusted horse delivered rewards again for Kim Lindsey and her gelding, Judys Ten (Ten O Sea x Crows Judy x Black Chick Gold), who, for the second consecutive year, won multiple Non Pro Bridle Championships in the South Central Region.

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Kim Lindsey and her trusty gelding, Judys Ten, collected the Non Pro Bridle and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championships in the South Central Region.

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion


Both personally and professionally, Lindsey, 54, is immersed in the performance horse industry. The Dickens, Texas, competitor has shown stock horses and cow horses for 18 years, and currently works for the American Quarter Horse Association as the Director of Ranching. In her rare down time, she can be found competing aboard Judys Ten in the NRCHA. Soon after she bought the 2006 gelding as a 2-year-old, Lindsey gave him the nickname “Reno,” for his hoped-for career as an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity horse the following year. He has developed into a consistent and uncomplicated bridle horse, which Lindsey appreciates, given her busy schedule. “My biggest challenge is making time to ride and keep Reno in shape, and to get to the shows,” she said. “Fortunately, Reno is pretty easy to show, with limited schooling. He has always had a winning attitude. He is up for anything, as long as you introduce him to it slowly and politely.” Lindsey thanked two of her horsemanship mentors for her success in 2016: her mother, and her dear friend Kris Wilson, who was with her in 2008 when she bought Reno at the Caprock Ranchers Sale. “My mother, who passed away this year, has always been my biggest sup-

porter. And Kris Wilson, who also passed away this year, was one of my best friends in this world and was not afraid to tell me when I was wrong about something. Thank you both for all of your love and support!” she said. Lindsey looks forward to many more years of showing Reno, and is excited about a new prospect in her show string. “I just want to keep showing Reno as long as I can, because he is so much fun! I have a young horse coming up, so maybe I will get to show him some this year,” she said.

With scarf and shirt coordinated, and maneuvers on the plus side, Kristen Jacobson piloted Smokin N Boon Light to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship in the South Central Region.

Riding Smokin N Boon Light (Boonlight Dancer x Smoky San Olena x Mr San Olen), a gelding she has had “since he was but a wee, cheeky weanling,” Kristen Jacobson, Amarillo, Texas, claimed the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship in the South Central Region. The Amarillo, Texas, non pro, 35, loves “Bandit,” her 2004 gelding, for his versatility and heart, while admitting he “isn’t the fanciest horse out there, but he’s full of grit and I believe he is successful because he enjoys his job. He’s pretty salty through fence turns and quick, sometimes too quick.”

Jacobson initially pointed Bandit toward the reining arena, but suspected he craved something more. “Showing in the reining just wasn’t for him, so we tried working cows a few times and he seemed pretty good at it, so that’s where I continued to focus our efforts,” she said. The multitasking gelding does other things, too. “We just started showing at AQHA shows in 2016 and tried Ranch Riding, That class is so much fun. Bandit has a decent lead change, so at the Region 8 show we tried the Level 1 Amateur Western Riding and placed high enough to go qualify for the Level 1 Championships in the spring. We’ve also been known to show up in the team roping practice pen once in a while, heeling.  He’s just one of those fun horses that can do a lot of different things fairly well,” Jacobson said. In the spirit of honesty and selfimprovement, Jacobson discussed her biggest challenges of the 2016 show season. “I’ve had a hard time with what should be easy, and that’s running all the way to our stops in our reined work. I’d say that and making sure my ‘lucky’ jeans were clean for shows. I run barrels too, so they get a lot of use,” she said. She thanked her trainer and friend, Zeb Corvin, for his guidance, and also appreciated support and coaching from Lane Arnold and Jamie Peters. “One thing I appreciate so much about the NRCHA is how friendly most professionals are, and willing to help if you just ask,” she said. 

Open Hackamore Champion

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NRCHA Professionals Chris Dawson and Sarah Dawson, Aubrey, Texas, for owner WW Ranch, LLC. “Dawson Performance Horses is very proud of the Open Hackamore Regional Championship that Shiney Attire earned in 2016,” said Sarah Dawson. “It’s a privilege to show this athletic and great minded mare for owner WW Ranch. We appreciate our regional affiliate for putting on such well run events, and our fellow competitors for the stiff competition. Shiney Attire has a lot of talent and heart, making her not only a champion, but a truly fun horse to show. We look forward to what the future holds for her!”

South Central Region Open Two Rein Champion Chicky Bobby, owned and ridden by Ashley Deacon.

Professional trainer Ashley Deacon, Marietta, Oklahoma, rode her 2010 gelding, Chicky Bobby (Dont Mess With My Chic x Noopy Dillon x Top Dun Cody) to the South Central Region Open Two Rein Championship.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Tara Sagniere/Spark A Sunrise

big wins at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where they won the Amateur Champoinship. Sagniere, who raised Jenny with a breeding she purchased through the NRCHA Stallion Service Auction, says the mare is “a natural fence horse with a huge heart,” who made a comeback from a soft tissue injury in 2016 to win the Non Pro Two Rein title in the competitive South Central Region. Reined cow horses have been part of Sagniere’s life for almost 30 years. “I started in 1990, riding with Lyn Anderson as a youth. Jo Wilhite (mother of Tish Wilhite) is who encouraged me to start showing in the cow horse on a mare that we leased from her, Smokealot,” she said. Sagniere, the breeding manager at Fults Ranch, home of champion performer and sire Metallic Cat, thanked trainer Lane Arnold of 12-Over-1 Performance Horses for his help and coaching throughout the year.

Non Pro Limited Champion

Julie Gibbons/Uno What Time It Is

South Central Region Open Hackamore Champion was Shiney Attire was shown by both Chris and Sarah Dawson for WW Ranch.

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

Trixies Sixes/Justin Stanton

The South Central Region Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick x Trixie Petite x Paseos Paisano), a 2012 stallion shown by Justin Stanton and owned by Camille Farris Briggs.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

C.J. Murphy/Storeytime

The South Central Region Non Pro Hackamore Champion was C.J. Murphy, Granbury, Texas, riding his 2011 gelding, Storeytime (One Time Pepto x Genuine Redbud x Genuine Doc).

Spark A Sunrise and breeder/owner Tara Sagniere won the Non Pro Two Rein Championship in the South Central Region.

Tara Sagniere, Dawn, Texas, won the Non Pro Two Rein Championship in the South Central Region riding her homebred mare, Spark A Sunrise (Lena Spark x Kona Sunrise x SMF Lenas Award). Sagniere and the 2010 mare, nicknamed “Jenny,” have been together since the beginning, celebrating one of their first

Julie Gibbons, Highlandville, Missouri, knows she is lucky to own and show a horse as special as her 2003 stallion, Uno What Time It Is (A Chic In Time x Uno What Weeno x Smart Little Uno). She purchased “Uno” as a 2-yearold, sight-unseen, a decision the OB/ GYN physician has never regretted for a moment. “He is the most consistent horse I have ever ridden and shown, and he loves his job,” Gibbons said. “At the 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity, he had the high score in the fence work with an open field turn. He fell down on one knee and got back up to finish. After a successful open career going down the fence, winning over $111,000, I have been lucky enough to continue his show career in the boxing. I show two horses most of the time, and Uno is definitely the easier one to prepare

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Is Quick (Trashadeous x Miss Quickinicci x Travalena).

Barbara Cox/Shiners Darby

The $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion was Barbara Cox, Mineral Wells, Texas, who rode Shiners Darby (Shining Spark x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst), a 2008 stallion owned by her husband, professional horseman Chris Cox, to the title.

SOUTHEAST REGION Open Bridle Champion

Ima Downtown Cat/Jay Holmes PRIMO MORALES

and show. Knowing that he is going to do his job helps boost my confidence with him.” Gibbons switched to reined cow horses several years ago, from the more sedate Western pleasure discipline. “I’m sticking with the cow horse,” she declared, adding that she loves the fun atmosphere, including the freestyle boxing class she won in Amarillo, Texas, last year. “Uno’s costume was a tux, and my costume was like ZZ Top, and our song was ‘Sharp Dressed Man.’ The funniest part was when I rode past Todd Crawford, my trainer, and he did not recognize me,” Gibbons said. “Everyone is so supportive and cheers each other on. I really enjoy  riding in all three aspects of the cow horse discipline. These horses are special, as they are triathletes.”

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Mary Carlisle/Starlights Gypsyrose

Mary Carlisle, Grandview, Texas, worked her way to the championship in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited aboard Starlights Gypsyrose (Starlights Gypsy x Rosie Olena x Smart Playboy Olena), a 2007 mare she owns with her husband, Rick Carlisle.

Ima Downtown Cat has been a consistent performer throughout his show career, winning in the snaffle, hackamore, and now the bridle, with trainer and co-owner Jay Holmes aboard.

Youth Bridle Champion

Cutter McLaughlin/CD Dee Vee Dee The South Central Region Youth Bridle Champion was Cutter McLaughlin, Commerce, Texas, riding the perennial champion CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark), a 2005 gelding his parents, Jay and Wendy McLaughlin, own. PRIMO MORALES

Julie Gibbons and her stallion, Uno What Time It Is, won the South Central Region Non Pro Limited Championship.

She thanked Crawford for his patience and wisdom, and appreciated the help from his assistants, Dustin Mills and John Murphy, and the enthusiastic Crawford non-pro cheering section. Gibbons and Uno will continue to compete in the Non Pro Limited division with their sights set on winning an AQHA and/or NRCHA World Championship in the future. “I am also enjoying raising Uno’s offspring, seeing their success in the NRCHA, and I hope to show one of his colts myself soon,” she said.

South Central Region Youth Bridle Champions Cutter McLaughlin and CD Dee Vee Dee.

Youth Limited Champion

Kinsey Jones/This Trash Is Quick In the Youth Limited, Kinsey Jones won her second consecutive regional championship with her 2009 gelding, This Trash

Ima Downtown Cat (Downtown Cat x Lil Quixote Badger x Peppy San Badger), shown by Jay Holmes and owned by Smart Ass Cowboys, was the Southeast Region Open Bridle Champion with 78 points and $2,892. Holmes, 52, a NRCHA Professional who owns and operates Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Florida, has had Ima Downtown Cat since the 2007 stallion was a weanling. He is owned in a four-way partnership consisting of Jay and Rhonda Holmes and Paul and Sandy Kaskey. The group calls the stallion “DH,” short for “Designated Hitter.” The veteran horseman, with 20 years’ experience training reined cow horses, appreciates the talented stallion’s natural ability. “This is a really nice horse,” said Holmes. “He is getting solid in the reining and has always been a cow horse. Every time I get to show this horse I’m a very lucky guy. I’m blessed as a trainer and owner to be able to have this horse in the barn.” Holmes plans to ride DH at the 2017

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NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman and anticipates a busy breeding season. “We really like the foals this horse has sired and can’t wait to show his babies at the upcoming futurities,” said Holmes. “In this sport everyone helps everyone, that’s why it’s such a great sport,” said Holmes. He appreciates having great shows promoted and produced in his area by the Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association. “I thank my family, of course, my wife Rhonda and daughter Morgan, Ms. Mary Clark who got us to Sarasota, and Robbie Schroeder who helped me from the start, as well as my sponsors: Wrangler, Classic Equine, Classic Ropes and Tiz Whiz Feed.”

national title.” Johnson, who started showing three years ago at the urging of her fiancé Joe Harper, says her biggest challenge is the herd work. “I would like to thank Joe Harper for helping me through the good times and the tough times,” Johnson said. “Also the Metcalf family for their help.” Johnson has a derby horse for 2017 and looks forward to continually improving herself and the non pros who ride with her and her fiancé at Harper Training Stables.

ble,” she said. “Wilson and I have learned this cow horse sport together. I am learning to trust him and he honors me with that trust.” Kaskey says her husband, Paul, has been in her corner offering great encouragement. She also thanked her trainer of 10-plus years, Jay Holmes. “He has helped me immeasurably and always offers great suggestions and advice. I intend to continue showing in the cow horse with Wilson. I would love to win a world title with him.”  

Non Pro Bridle Champion

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

Sandra Kaskey/Dunitontopoftheworld

Allison Horton/Freckle Bar Kate

The Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion was Allison Horton, who rode Freckle Bar Kate (Tivio Hank x Magic Cinnamon Candy x Magic Cinnamon) to the title.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

Smart N Smokin Rey/Brandy Johnson

Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Tiffany L. Stratton/Meradas Money Bar

Brandy Johnson rode Smart N Smokin Rey to the Southeast Region Limited Open Bridle Championship.

Smart N Smokin Rey (Dual Smart Rey x Smart Little Nina x Smart Little Lena), owned and ridden Brandy Johnson, won the Southeast Region Limited Open Bridle Championship with 22 points and $227. Johnson, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has ridden the 2009 gelding that originally came from Zane Davis for the past three years. “He is gritty, super cowy and quick as lightning,” said Johnson. “This guy has been so good to me all year. We won our first Bridle Spectacular and our first

Non Pro Bridle Champion for the second consecutive year was Sandra Kaskey, riding her 2008 gelding, Dunitontopoftheworld (Dun It Big x Photons Cowgirl x Photon). The North Port, Florida, registered nurse has been showing “Wilson,” for the past six years. “Wilson is my mother’s maiden name. He is family, so it fits him,” she said.   Her biggest challenge of the show season is making time to ride due to the stringent demands of working full-time as an RN and owner of a home care agency. She says the most gratifying aspect of showing cow horses is simply spending time with her horse. “Every time I ride this horse is incredi-


Sandra Kaskey and Dunitontopoftheworld have won at all stages of cow horse, winning the Non Pro Bridle Championship in the Southeast Region. Their past accomplishments include derby, hackamore and two rein titles.

Tiffany Stratton rode Meradas Money Bar to the Southeast Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship.

The Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion was Tiffany Stratton, who rode Meradas Money Bar (Meradas Money Talks x PCR Gay Bar CD x CD Olena) to the title. Stratton, of Hastings, Florida, and the 2004 gelding she calls “Money” have been a team for the past six years. Stratton says her biggest challenge of 2016 also produced her most memorable Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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horses the Apollo Beach, Florida, couple know well. Robert helped start Dual Spark as a 2-year-old when he worked for Bobby Lewis and Becky later picked No Big Dual, a.k.a. “Tater,” out as a weanling. “I fell in love with a bay weanling colt that was not for sale at the time,” said Becky. “Persistence and patience paid off and I was able to finally buy him as a yearling. Robert has done all of his training from the first ride to now.” The Smiths say Tater’s strengths have been his impressive stop and his consistency.  “He is so special, like his sire, and a joy to be around and watch develop through all the phases of what makes our sport great—cow horse,” said Becky. “One thing that stands out is the consistency of this young stud in every pen, all kinds of different cattle and arenas.” The Smiths plan to show Tater at the Celebration of Champions and in 2017 and add AQHA versatility, NCHA competitions, and possibly non pro NRHA events, to his schedule.  “He’s talented and handsome enough to try for a Super Horse title,” said Becky. “He’s young, sound and sane, so there are lots of options.”

Limited Open Hackamore Champion

steelin magnolias/ben bowman

Southeast Region Open Hackamore Champion No Big Dual ridden by Robert Smith, III.

No Big Dual (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno), owned by Becky L. Smith, was ridden by her husband, Robert Smith III, to the top of the Southeast’s Open Hackamore division. The 2012 stallion is from a family of

Steelin Magnolias (Metallic Cat x Fairlea Magnolia Gal x Colonel Pic) was ridden by Ben Bowman for owners Steve and Kathy Headley to the Limited Open Hackamore title in the Southeast Region.

Open Two Rein Champion

Miss Chic Dun It/Jay Holmes

Miss Chic Dun It (Dun It Big x Miss San Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena), owned by David Beckett and Laura Bell, and ridden by Jay Holmes, earned 21 points and $570 to win the Southeast Region Open Two Rein title. The Cody, Wyoming, couple has owned Miss Chic Dun It, a.k.a. “Smoke,” for the past three years. “We have only been showing cow horses for just over two years—it’s never too late to start,” said Beckett. “But our trainer, Jay Holmes, has been training and showing cutters and cow horses for most of his adult life. He has not only trained our horses, but has worked patiently training us, which has been no easy task for him! Also, his wife Rhonda and daughter Morgan have offered great support and encouragement to us.” COURTESY DAVE BECKETT

horse show moment, which was “going down the fence in the Novice Non Pro Bridle for the first time.” The easiest part of tackling the fence work for Stratton was trusting her horse. “He has a willing-to-please-you attitude, big heart and a lot of grit to work a cow,” said Stratton, who was introduced to reined cow horses 12 years ago by Dan Biesiada, and began showing in the green class two years later. “Not only was my success this year due to my awesome horse, but also due to a lot of awesome people,” said Stratton. “My husband and son continue to support my love for cow horses. I thank Dan Biesiada for the determination to help me learn more about my horse and myself, and Jay Holmes for the lessons and show assistance getting me down that fence. And my Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association family’s support, as well.” Stratton plans to continue going down the fence with Money while learning and building confidence in the coming year.

Open Two Rein Champion Miss Chic Dun It ridden by Laura Bell. The 2009 mare is owned by the husband and wife team of Dave Beckett and Laura Bell.

Plans for the 2009 mare include hauling her to the Celebration of Champions where Holmes will show her in the Open Two Rein and Bell will show her in the Non Pro.

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

Cheri Has Dun It Big/Dave Watt

Cheri Has Dun It Big (Dun It Big x Cherialena Light x Grays Starlight), owned and ridden by Dave Watt, topped the Southeast Region Non Pro Hackamore with 33 points and $523.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Barbara McCaughey/Ruff NIGHT In Dixie Barbara McCaughey rode Ruff Nite In Dixie (Ruff Up My Chex x Miskid Olena x Olena Fritz) to the Southeast Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship.

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Jennifer Van Cura/Junkyard Cat

Southeast Region Non Pro Limited Champions Jen Van Cura and Junkyard Cat.

Her biggest challenge presented itself at last year’s Celebration of Champions. “I had four new cows,” said Van Cura. “I had pleurisy and it was getting pretty hard to breathe on that last cow.” Van Cura is grateful that the stallion she calls “Jagger” is such a willing partner. “He knows his job and loves it,” she said. “That’s what I hope his babies can do in the future, show hard for an Open rider and then take care of a Non-Pro.” Van Cura, who also won reserve in the Southeast Region Non Pro Limited

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion


The Non Pro Limited Champion was Junkyard Cat (High Brow Cat x Aristocratic Cookie x Smart Aristocrat), owned and ridden by Jennifer Van Cura to 72 points and $680. The Sarasota, Florida, Doctor of Pharmacy has ridden her 2010 stallion for the past four years. “He has an awesome talent of holding any cow that comes into the pen,” said Van Cura. “I personally think his best talent is how he can go from the Open caliber Jay (Holmes) needs him to be, and then scale it back in areas for me. That’s very special for such a young stud.” Van Cura’s most memorable moment of the 2016 show season was winning the Non Pro Limited Derby at the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic for the fourth consecutive year.

riding Im Dun RU, thanked Jay, Rhonda, and Morgan Holmes, and the entire crew at Triple J Ranch. “They make sure I’m learning and improving, but always having fun at the same time.”   

McKenna Ivey rode Shortys Stop N Time to the top of the $5,000 Non Pro Limited division in the Southeast Region.

McKenna Paige Ivey rode Shortys Stop N Time (One Time Pepto x Shortys Girl x Shorty Lena) to the Southeast Region $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship with 69 points and $445. Eleven-yearold Ivey and her 2007 gelding “Shorty” earned the region’s Youth Limited crown in 2015. Ivey says Shorty is amazing on a cow and fun to show in the herd. Her most memorable NRCHA show moment of 2016 is one for the books. “Shorty and I were in the herd and there was a big pop and all the lights went out,” Ivey recalled. “Everyone was saying, ‘The cow is here, no over here!’ When the lights came on, all the cows were everywhere and they were all black, so no wonder I couldn’t see them! That was quite a memory. What I thought was so neat was that Shorty kept working and trying.” Moving from Florida to Hamilton, Ohio, during the 2016 season proved to be a challenge for Ivey.

“It was hard work to move and to keep getting ready for the shows. [But] it was easy for me to keep trying and to keep having fun,” Ivey said. The bond Ivey shares with her equine companion helps make them a winning team. “Shorty is a winner because he always works hard and never gets upset when I mess up. He is my best friend,” Ivey said. Ivey, who also competes in AQHA Ranch Riding and reining, took an interest in reined cow horses at a very early age. “I tried jumping, but I fell in love with working cattle and I never looked back,” she said. “I really love going to shows because all the trainers help the youth riders, and we learn so much. A special thank you to Brandy Johnson and Joe Harper. They have been the most amazing trainers. They love me for who I am, and always help me be the best person I can be.” Ivey added that she aspires to “work really hard and keep getting better as a rider.”

$1,000 NP Limited Champion

Haily Findeisen/Sparkling Lena Belle Haily Findeisen rode Sparkling Lena Belle (Lena Spark x Ring My Belles x Chic Please) to the title of Southeast Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion with 183 points and $832. Findeisen, of Coral Springs, Florida, has been teamed with “Sparkles” for the past two years. Her most memorable NRCHA moment of 2016 was winning the amateur allaround award at the East Coast Classic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Her biggest challenge was being able to maintain her horse at home, saying, “he only gets ridden once a week, so it can be hard sometimes.”  She was able to overcome less time to practice thanks to Sparkles’ adaptabil-

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of being on the back of a horse made me want to dedicate my life to competing in reined cow horse,” he said. Casey and the gelding, nicknamed “Rooster,” teamed up a year ago, which was Casey’s first year to compete in reined cow horse. With help from his horsemanship mentors, Rick and Trevor Steed, they quickly became successful. Courtesy Casey Godwin

ity. “He can be taken straight from the pasture to the show pen and give it his all every time,” said Findeisen, who has shown cow horses for four years. “My family had a phenomenal open horse, Sparkinastar, in training with Jay Holmes that got me interested in the discipline,” she said. “I had never competed before in any horse discipline and loved the reining and cow aspect of it. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly at the AQHA World Show, which led me to my new horse, his half-brother, Sparkling Lena Belle.” FLETCH PHOTO COURTESY HAILEY FINDEISON

In Casey Godwin’s first year to show in the NRCHA, he rode Shiny Star Del Cielo to the Southeast Region Youth Bridle Championship.

on the farm with her father, as well as helping family friends, Neil and Crystal Taylor, at their barn. The 2010 gelding Surely A Pepto Nic has been with Barlowe since February 2016. “We purchased Peppy from John Murphy in Oklahoma, assistant trainer for Todd Crawford,” said Barlowe. “Todd told us about the horse and we purchased him without me even getting to see him in person or ride him.  Neil and Crystal Taylor told us that we could trust Mr. Crawford, and so we did.  We are very grateful to have his guidance.” “Barlowe says Peppy’s best trait is his stopping ability. “He is a natural stopper and really fun to ride. The first time I got on to ride him, I instantly fell in love,” she explained. Challenged with balancing the demands of being a senior in high school and finding time to work and ride, Barlowe was rewarded by winning her first trophy buckle in 2016. She has shown for the past six years, crediting Crystal and Neil Taylor for inspiring her interest.

Youth Bridle Champion

Youth Limited Champion

Southeast Region Youth Limited Champions Emily Barlowe and Surely A Pepto Nic.

Casey Godwin, 16, of Jupiter, Florida, won the Southeast Region Youth Bridle Championship riding Shiny Star Del Cielo (Gallo del Cielo x Bright Shiney Chic x Sayos Shining Sun), a 2008 gelding owned by his grandmother, Kippy Godwin, who introduced Casey to horses. “I have been riding horses at my Grandma’s since I was young. The thrill

Emily Payton Barlowe rode Surely A Pepto Nic (Surely A Pepto x In Your Eyes x Reminic) to the top of the Southeast Region Youth Limited with 67 points and $522 in earnings. The 17-year-old of Lenoir, North Carolina, is a busy full-time high school student who volunteers her time at the Caldwell County Hospice and works

“Without the help of Todd Crawford, Robert Smith, John Murphy, Neil and Crystal Taylor, and my great grandfather, it would be hard to be where I am,” she said. “I would like to thank my mom, dad, and brother, who attend all my shows and encourage me, especially my sister who has been my lifelong riding partner.”

Hailey Findeison and Sparkling Lena Belle teamed to win the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Southeast Region Championship.

Casey Godwin/Shiny Star Del Cielo

Emily P. Barlowe/Surely A Pepto Nic


Findeisen thanked her family and the Lines family for providing her the opportunity to pursue her passion, as well as Barry Spinweber, Jr., for helping her succeed and getting her to the shows. “Also, my great trainer and his family, Jay and Rhonda Holmes,” she added.

“My horse is very diligent and we make an amazing team,” Casey said. Like every new cow horse competitor, Casey had a lot to learn. He said the reining came most easily, thanks to Lil Rooster’s natural big stops, while the biggest challenge was learning to go down the fence. As Casey continues to improve his horsemanship, he predicts cow horses will become more than just a hobby. “My future goal is to be a horse trainer with Rooster by my side,” he said.

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Canadian Region Open Bridle Champion

Smart Marina/John Swales COURTESY JOHN SWALES

The champion team of Smart Marina (Smart Chic Olena x Wendys Jae Bar x Docs Hickory) and leading Canadian professional John Swales, of Millarville, Alberta, wrapped up their sixth successful show season together by winning the Canadian Region Open Bridle Championship. “Marina” came into Swales’ training program as a 5-year-old, and the paychecks started piling up. In 2011, their first show season together, Marina and Swales collected several championships and reserve championships at the bigger NRCHA affiliate events in Canada and Idaho. As the mare moved into her two rein and bridle years, she continued to shine, collecting numerous wins, including the 2013 Canada’s Greatest Horseman Championship. Her owner, Jim Baird, was particularly excited when Marina and Swales claimed the soughtafter 2016 Calgary Stampede Open Bridle Championship, and Baird wears that buckle with pride. Smart Marina’s talent and versatility has resulted in career NRCHA earnings of more than $47,000. “Marina is an exceptional fence horse;

a sure sign he is lucky enough to have a great one. “I am known as ‘the guy who owns Jazz.’ That pretty much sums it up,” said Greg Gartner. The Sherwood Park, Alberta, competitor says there is no shame in being the nameless fellow attached to his 2001 gelding, Smart Sassy Date (Smart Peppy Date x Montys Sassy Girl x Montana Doc). “He is a huge personality and a true gentleman. He is my family’s once-in-a-lifetime horse.” COURTESY GREG GARTNER

The well-rounded Smart Marina, trained and shown for the past six seasons by top professional John Swales, captured the Canadian Region Open Bridle Championship for her owner, Jim Baird.

her speed is one of her attributes, along with her cow smarts. She has also been competitive in herd work and steer stopping, making her a great all-round type of horse. Her speed and size make steer stopping a super-fun event,” Swales said. The mare’s powerhouse talent is combined with a kind, uncomplicated disposition, which makes her a favorite in the Swales barn. “Marina loves her job, which makes her a pleasure to train and show. She takes very little schooling to keep correct. She is also super good natured; our 10-year-old son can easily catch her and help with warm-ups and cool-downs. She is such a nice mare to have around, and we feel very fortunate that Jim Baird has entrusted her care to us,” Swales said.

Limited Open Bridle Champion

Deal Gold/Clay Webster

The Limited Open Bridle Champion was Deal Gold (Dealin Dirty x Gigglin Ghost x Topsail Whiz), a 2008 mare shown by professional trainer Clay Webster, Okotoks, Alberta, for owner Margaret Wagman. They earned 16 points and $1,040 in Canadian regional competition for the title.

Non Pro Bridle Champion

Suzon Schaal/Chics Ruffled Up The Canadian Region Non Pro Bridle Champion was Suzon Schaal, Calgary, Alberta, who won the title on her 2009 mare, Chics Ruffled Up (Smart Chic Olena x Fluff Your Feathers x Gallo Del Cielo). They earned 104 points and $5,552 during the 2016 show season.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Champion

Greg Gartner/Smart Sassy Date

When a rider is publicly identified by his horse’s name instead of his own, it’s

Greg Gartner’s “once-in-a-lifetime” horse, Smart Sassy Date, carried him to the Canadian Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Gartner and “Jazz” earned the 2016 Canadian Region Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship, an accolade that represents only a small portion of Gartner’s long journey with the stalwart gelding, who he purchased from his breeder at the end of 2003. Not only does Smart Sassy Date have his Supreme Reined Cow Horse award to go with his $48,000 in NRCHA money; Gartner says he also shines in the cutting pen, with about $17,000 in NCHA and club winnings. “He was my first futurity horse and ‘real’ cow horse in 2004, and I’ve ridden him ever since. He makes everything look effortless and smooth, which is a good thing, because I am the opposite,” the tax lawyer, entrepreneur and rancher said good-naturedly. “Jazz has consistently been one of the top cow horses in

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of Champions in February. “This is my first Premier Event and competition in the U.S. I am so excited and nervous! Next year, I hope to focus on the larger shows, and maybe head to Paso Robles for the NRCHA Derby. The possibilities are endless with Angel.” Brochu thanked Angel’s original trainer/owners, Jesse and Elyse Thomson, and her “ever-patient coaches Clint Swales (cow horse) and Shawna Sapergia (reining). I have learned so much from both of them over the past two years.” She also appreciated the entire Canadian community of horse trainers and cow horse competitors.

Jocelyn Brochu/Dancin Angel

The enthusiasm positively bubbles forth from Jocelyn Brochu when she talks about Dancing Angel (Boonlight Dancer x Hickorys Angela x Docs Hickory), the 2007 mare that carried her to the first NRCHA title of her career, the Canadian Region Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship. Brochu started showing cow horses in 2007, and purchased “Angel” in the spring of 2015. “She is one of the most talented, gritty, smart horses I have ever had the pleasure of riding. She is so consistent down the fence—huge stop, great rate, lots of look.  And she is pretty to boot!” Brochu said.

Open Hackamore Champion

Big Time In Cowtown/John Swales COURTESY JOCELYN BROCHU

Millarville, Alberta, professional John Swales collected another regional championship in 2016, winning the Open Hackamore title on Big Time In Cowtown (One Time Pepto x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena), owned by Robbie McKay. COURTESY JOHN SWALES

Canada since 2005. He has carried both me and his trainers, Cody McArthur and Brad Pedersen, to numerous titles.   You can also tune him for a day, and then he will mark 73s and 74s in the cutting pen.   And then pack 3- and 4-year-old kids in the Future Stars [a 10-and-under youth class].” The journey with Jazz has not been without ups and downs for Gartner, a team penning and cutting horse competitor who caught the cow horse bug after watching the 2002 Canada’s Greatest Horseman. In 2005, shortly after purchasing Jazz, Gartner suffered a back injury. The rigors of fence work aggravated the condition, so Gartner didn’t do much with Jazz in the cow horse until 2012. “I was riding cutting horses. Jazz was basically an Open cow horse and was cutting with my wife. We almost sold him in 2012. I had the money wired into my account and I backed out at the last minute. By 2013 I was feeling better, and decided that if I had the best bridle horse in Canada, I might as well start having some fun with him. Haven’t looked back since,” Gartner said. After making the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Bridle finals at the 2014 NRCHA Celebration of Champions, Gartner considered retiring Jazz from fence work and turning his reins over to his wife, Lois, to show in the Non Pro Limited and in the cutting. “Well, she hasn’t been able to get a leg over him yet,” Gartner said, admitting he isn’t quite ready to give up his favorite ride. “He just keeps getting better at hauling this no-talent hack around, and still enjoys the show pen and all the attention he gets.” Gartner thanked trainer Cody McArthur, who he calls his “little brother,” for his coaching and support throughout his cow horse career.

A show season full of consistent fence runs helped Jocelyn Brochu win the Canadian Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with her mare, Dancin Angel.

The Calgary, Alberta, non pro, who works in the oil and gas industry as a measurement specialist, said time was her biggest challenge during the busy 2016 show season. “I competed at approximately 20 shows between April and the beginning of October. Between lessons and hauling to shows, there wasn’t much rest!” she said. Brochu looks forward with anticipation to the 2017 show season, which starts off with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to show Angel at the NRCHA Celebration

The Open Hackamore Championship in the Canadian Region belonged to Big Time In Cowtown, shown by John Swales.

The 2011 gelding, nicknamed “Harley,” is a serious show horse that had a memorable start to his career. As a 3-year-old, he and Swales qualified for the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals, and tied for the high score in the Futurity Open preliminaries. That early success contributed to Big Time In Cowtown’s

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impressive earnings record of nearly $50,000 coming into the 2016 show season, his final year of derby and hackamore eligibility. McKay and Swales picked out “Harley” as a 2-year-old from the National Cutting Horse Association sales in Fort Worth, Texas, and their eye for a good cow horse prospect proved accurate. “Harley is really gritty down the fence. He is quick to the ground and super athletic,” Swales said, adding a big “thank you” to McKay for allowing him to train and show his horses. With a successful limited-age event career under his belt, Harley moves into the next phase of competition in 2017, when owner McKay will show him in the Non Pro Two Rein.

Mark Parsons/Colorful Illusion COURTESY MARK PARSONS

Mark Parsons and his Paint gelding, Colorful Illusion, worked their way to the Canadian Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship.

A horse of many colors—and many nicknames—carried his owner to the Canadian Region Non Pro Hackamore Championship. Mark Parsons, Nanton, Alberta, won the title on his 2011 Paint gelding, Colorful Illusion (Cats Illusion x Smart Lil Bonus x Color Me Smart), a horse that might answer to just about anything. “I bought him with the name ‘Jack.’ I called him ‘Mack,’” Parsons said. But it

pride, I still call him one of my best friends after more than 30 years.” Parsons also named a group of talented Canadian trainers among his support team, including Clay Webster and Shawna Sapergia, and added that the trainer who has influenced him most in the cow horse is his longtime friend and coach, John Swales. When asked what he has planned in the years to come, Parsons left no doubt he is dedicated to cow horses for the long haul. “The future will hold many more hours of training and showing as many horses and shows as I can possibly fit in, ’til death do us part,” he said, laughing.

Open Two Rein Champion

Annies Playin Cat/Veronica Swales Veronica Swales

Non Pro Hackamore Champion

didn’t end there. Jack/Mack picked up yet another name when he spent some time in John Swales’ training program last year. “John’s son kept calling him ‘Paint,’ which now seems to be holding strong as his nickname,” Parsons said. No matter what he’s called, the talented Colorful Illusion has earned the title of champion. “He has a huge desire to stop. I appreciate the dedicated breeders and trainers who raise and train great horses like him, which allows me to enjoy my relentless desire to show the best I can,” Parsons said. According to NRCHA records, Parsons won his first NRCHA money during the 2010 show season. “My friends got me started in 2010, and now there is no stopping me,” he said. In the approximately 18 months he has owned and ridden Colorful Illusion, Parsons said his favorite show moment happened at a NRCHA Premier Event. “My best run was at the 2016 Derby in Paso Robles, where we scored 218.5 in the reining to make the Non Pro finals. Great run, great people and support, great fun,” Parsons recalled. The hunting outfitter and cattle rancher also knows how to handle a rope and work the rodeo rough stock arena, and he keeps those skills tuned up when he has a chance. “I still do some team roping and ranch roping, and work as a pickup man for the occasional rodeo or rough stock practice,” he said. Parsons extended his biggest round of thanks to his wife, Donna, “for tolerating my insane drive and my OCD—obsessive cow horse disorder,” he said. “And I also thank the great horsemen I’ve encountered over the years. A long time ago, a rancher/trainer named Walt Vermedahl spent a lot of time to get me on the right track with my horsemanship. With great

Professional trainer Veronica Swales and Annies Playin Cat, a gelding she owns, won the Canadian Region Open Two Rein Championship.

Another member of the Swales family reached the top of the standings in Canadian regional competition in 2016. This time, it was Veronica Swales, of Longview, Alberta, winning the Open Two Rein title on Annies Playin Cat (Annies Cat x Bob Playin x Bobs Freckle), a 2009 gelding she owns. Veronica is the younger sister of professional horseman John Swales. Their brother, Clint, also is a successful reined cow horse trainer. Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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Helga Roh/Freckles Golden Sun


Helga Roh claimed her first NRCHA Regional Championship aboard her stallion, Freckles Golden Sun, in the Non Pro Limited division.

Helga Roh, a 67-year-old retiree from Okotoks, Alberta, proved that horsecrazy girls don’t come with an expiration date when she won the Non Pro Limited Championship riding her 2005 stallion, Freckles Golden Sun (Freckles Fancy Twist x Handle Bar Patti x Handle Bar Doc). Although Roh got a later start on her riding career than some of her fellow competitors, she is every bit as dedicated and enthusiastic. “I have always loved horses and wanted to ride since I was very young. However, I wasn’t able to get involved with this  dream  until I purchased my first horse at 50. Since the first time I went for a lesson, I have been blessed in meeting so many knowledgeable horse people who have always helped with guidance and encouragement,” she said. Roh started riding “Calvin” in September of 2015, and has enjoyed the challenge of learning to show a cow horse. “Loving my horse comes easy. Everything else is a learning process. That’s why I love this sport,” she said, adding that the area she worked on hardest during the show season was “keeping myself focused and trying to relax.”

She praised Calvin’s big heart and cow sense, and the excellent job by his original trainer, Lance Shields. Roh also thanked trainers Clay Webster and John Swales “for helping me achieve my goal to win this buckle, and all the cow horse competitors for their encouragement and support.” Roh’s future with Calvin includes plenty of schooling and showing. “I want to continue to learn, and try to improve my riding skills and reading the cow,” she said.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

brenda eisbrenner/Text him

When Brenda Eisbrenner’s birthday rolled around in April, 2015, she celebrated in the best possible way by purchasing her horse, Text Him (TK Texican x SR Sweet Chicolet x Chics In The Male). “He was my 50th birthday present to myself!” the Calgary, Alberta, dental sales rep said. COURTESY BRENDA EISBRENNER

“I have been showing cow horses since I was 13 years old. My older brother John got into it first, and then my other brother Clint and I followed suit,” she said. The gelding she calls “Kip” has a special flair for the cow work. “It doesn’t matter how tough a cow you get, he handles it. He has a lot of run and rate down the fence, and then can really stop and get through himself,” Swales said. “He is so much fun to show. I look forward to every weekend with him. He gives 110 percent every time.” The pair proved they belong in elite competition when they placed in the top 5 at the 2016 Canada’s Greatest Horseman, an all-around herd work, rein work, steer-stopping and fence work contest. “Kip had not been shown in a bridle very much, and made it into the finals against some very tough bridle horses. That made my year for sure,” she said. Swales doesn’t limit herself to just cow horses. She also trains and shows futurity and derby barrel horses, and her diverse program sometimes stretched the multi-tasking horsewoman a little thin. “My biggest challenge was juggling the barrel horses and then the cow horses. Every weekend, headed in a different direction for a different discipline,” she said. Swales and Kip qualified in the Open Two Rein for the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, and she hopes to make the trip to compete in Fort Worth in February. She also has her sights set on more allaround cow horse events, including the biggest one of all, the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman, in the future. Swales thanked her sponsors: SharpEdge Equine Supplements, Equisure, Back On Track Canada, Silver Buckle Trailer Brightening, Wrangler, Hidez Canada and Sundog Eyewear.

In only her second year to show a horse in any discipline, Brenda Eisbrenner won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Regional Championship with Text Him, the gelding she bought as a 50th birthday present to herself.

The 2008 gelding, who carried her to the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship, her first NRCHA title, is constantly looking for mischief, according to Eisbrenner. “Timmy is his barn name. It really should have been ‘Dennis the Menace!’ He seems to always be into something, either magically untying himself or get-

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Glenda Rusnack/Lightning Hits Twice

Team roper turned cow horse competitor Glenda Rusnack can name the exact day she bought her first reined cow horse, Lightning Hits Twice: it was February 25, 2016. She knew from the first time she swung a leg over him that she had found the perfect match. “We clicked instantly. He is a very big stopper and a pretty loper,” she said, describing the 2006 gelding with the fierce barn name of “Animal.” “Animal is a fantastic horse. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for me.   He is

for cheering her on at the shows. Animal’s future will include plenty of cow horse shows in 2017, and Rusnack says she can’t resist doing a little heeling on him as well.

Youth Bridle Champion

Laura MacMillan/Casey Smart

After 12 years of team roping, Glenda Rusnack decided to try the cow horse and had immediate success with Lightning Hits Twice, winning the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Regional Championship.

“I was so excited to win this buckle. It had been 40 years since I won my first buckle as a young girl on my pony in 1976.  Late bloomer, I guess,” she said. Rusnack had plenty of experience with timed events as a roper, but had never shown before. “It all started with a trip to Reno [the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity] in 2015.  My husband and I spent a lot of time watching these amazing cow horses.   I had been team roping on the heel end for 12 years and decided to try something new. So, I decided to start competing in 2016,” she said. The cow horse journey led to some great experiences and new friends, including trainer Cody McArthur and his wife, Farrah, who Rusnack thanked for bringing her and Animal together. She also thanked her family and friends

Laura MacMillan knows her family’s 2001 gelding, Casey Smart (Hickory Bar Bully x Casey Cue Smart x King Smart), inside and out, having ridden and shown him for the past six years. Laura has also watched her sister, Claire, do plenty of winning on him too. The familiarity only made it sweeter for Laura and “Hickory” to win the 2016 Canadian Region Youth Bridle Championship together, in Laura’s second year of going down the fence. The 16-year-old from Okotoks, Alberta, says the trusty gelding does his job no matter what, although he prefers the cow work over the reining. “Hickory is a great fence horse. Reining is not his favourite, but he can still stop pretty hard. I never really have to school his fence turns. Most times, if I let him do his job, and put him in position coming out of the corner, he will stop the cow and make a sweet fence turn,” she said. Laura’s favorite show highlight of 2016 was riding Hickory in the Calgary Stampede Non Pro Bridle class. COURTESY Laura MacMillan

$1,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

very kind and has the heart of a champion.” The 52-year-old Calgary, Alberta, horsewoman and Lightning Hits Twice (Dual Rey x Lightning Lil Dulce x Smart Little Lena) earned the $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship in the Canadian Region. It was a memorable year, highlighted by a special run they made to win a buckle in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited class at the Cowtown Derby and Stock Horse Show in Claresholm, Alberta. Glenda Rusnack

ting into some sort of trouble,” she said. Timmy puts his playful nature to good use in the practice pen and the show pen, channeling the energy into plus-quality performances. “Timmy has a great temperament. He comes out to work every day and he tries, regardless of my faux pas. I would say all the maneuvers come fairly easy to him. He’s a great stopper and spinner, and loves cows! He’s like a kid in a candy store when they come through that end gate,” Eisbrenner said. In only her second year to show reined cow horses, or any horse in any discipline, Eisbrenner said the mental game was toughest for her. “This showing ‘thing’ is very new to me. My biggest challenge was, and continues to be, staying focused from maneuver to maneuver and, in doing so, keeping my nerves in check.” Eisbrenner thanked her friend, Muffy Knox, for getting her started with her very first horse in 2010, and appreciates her trainer, Clay Webster, for putting her on her first reined cow horse and coaching her to success with Timmy. “I want to continue to improve all aspects of my riding, from the reining maneuvers to the cow work and my mental game,” she said.

Laura MacMillan and Casey Smart made a big impression in the Youth Bridle division in 2016, winning the Canadian Regional Championship.

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“I was so excited to have the opportunity to get to compete in the Calgary Stampede, ‘The  Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth!’ What made it even more fun was getting to show alongside my big sister, Claire, and her horse, Hick A Cat. Hickory was amazing at the Stampede. He knew it was a big show and pranced into the ring ready to impress, and did his best reining ever. He stopped really pretty! We had a bit of tough luck in the cow work.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the finals, but It was an amazing experience to show at the Stampede, and cheer my sister on during the finals,” she said. Laura gives Hickory a break during the winter while she focuses on volleyball, but the horses always become a priority again in the spring. In 2017, Laura looks forward to showing Hickory down the fence again. She thanked her parents and her siblings for their support, and also thanked the professional team that keeps the MacMillan herd healthy and performing at their best: her trainer, John Swales, fellow cow horse champion and veterinarian Suzon Schaal, and farrier Doug Sapergia.

Layla Penner/CD Shiner

International Region Open Bridle Champion

Peptos Lil Bingo/Markus Schopfer

Layla Penner


Youth Limited Champion

won the Canadian Region Youth Limited Championship riding CD Shiner (CD Olena x Shiners Little Oak x Shining Spark), a 2006 gelding owned by her mother, Colleen Penner. Layla and “Flex” started showing together in the spring of 2015. The 16-yearold student says one of the gelding’s best qualities is “his cadence. He’s beautiful to ride and watch. He’s all business and never quits.” She has a background in 4-H and cutting, and became inspired to try reined cow horses after a trip to watch the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. Less than six months later, she was teamed up with Flex and learning how to ride and show a cow horse. Layla said her busy schedule, and having to balance showing, training, school and work, was her biggest challenge in 2016. She thanked her trainer, John Swales, and Matthew Patton, for their support, and looks forward to showing Flex down the fence in 2017.

Non Pro Bridle Champion

Martina Grassi/ Frozen Peppys Lena Martina Grassi rode Frozen Peppys Lena (Frozen Sailor x Peppys Lena Doc x Docs Lena Doc), owned by Claudio Salvia, to the Non Pro Bridle Championship.

Open Hackamore Champion

Surley A Peptocat/ Markus Schöpfer Markus Schöpfer piloted Surley A Peptocat (Surely A Pepto x Son Miss Buffy x A Hocus Pocus Cat) to the Open Hackamore Championship for owner Caroline Baudinger.

Open Two Rein Champion

Spat Sailor Lena/Markus Schöpfer and Philipp Haug Markus Schöpfer and Philipp Haug both showed Spat Sailor Lena (Spat Olena x Heidi Sailor x Frozen Sailor) in the Open Two Rein division in 2016, winning the Championship for owner Jeanette Kraehenbuehl.

Non Pro Two Rein Champion

Sabine Brasche/ Peptomoonsmal

Sabine Brasche piloted Peptomoonsmal (Peptozone x Lil Peptorella x Peptotime), her home-raised gelding, to the Non Pro Two Rein Championship.

Non Pro Limited Champion

Tanja Stein/Gatlings Hot Cookie

Tanja Stein rode her Gatlings Hot Cookie (Gatling Gun X Chris Peppy Lena x Taco Lena) to the Championship in the Non Pro Limited division.

$5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion

Shirley Schalcher/ Big And Sweet BB

Layla Penner and CD Shiner won their second consecutive Youth Limited Regional Championship together in 2016.

For the second year in a row, Layla Penner, Chilliwack, British Columbia,

The European Region Open Bridle Champion was Peptos Lil Bingo (Peptoboonsmal x Conchita Gay Bingo x Bingo Hickory), owned and shown by Markus Schopfer.

Shirley Schalcher rode her Big And Sweet BB (Big Chex To Cash x Sweet Lil Diamond BB x Stargate Dancer) to the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship.

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orthy of Merit The NRCHA Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding equine performers.


he National Reined Cow Horse Merit Award Program recognizes both excellence and consistency on the part of equine athletes that stand out in the reined cow horse discipline. Using their show record, which encompasses an entire career rath-

Superior Reined Cow Horses of 2016 ARC Sparkin Chics/owned by Rocking J. Ranch, Inc. Big Time In Cowtown/owned by Robert C. McKay BJ Chula Mula/owned by Fielding “Bozo” Rogers Bobby Starlight/owned by Flag Ranch, LLC Cats Bandito/owned by David A. Ferguson Coloradoboonsmal/owned by Conrad T. Swanson Docs Shiney Amber/owned by Lisa C. Reiter High Brow Shiner/owned by Belle Meade Ranch Little Pistol Peach/owned by Lauren A. Vogel MH Im Just Booning/owned by Billy J. Martin Nic It In The Gun/owned by Linda M. Solheim-Diehl Nic It Smartly/owned by Les Vogt Nu N Shiney/owned by Bud R. Fay Pay Me In Nickels/owned by Barbara A. Giljum Playinlightsout/owned by Chad Blaisdell Prize Winning Gal/owned by Marissa Greenberg QR Hickory Boon/owned by Randy and Celia Gamble Rockys Surprize CD/owned by Dominic L. Conicelli Sail N Rein Or Shine/owned by Judy Moody Senor Shiney Cat/owned by Dominic L. Conicelli Shesa Smokin Cat/owned by Susan Schwabacher Modic Smart Peppy Doc Doll/owned by Daniel G. Heath This Cats Smart Too/owned by Randy and Celia Gamble Very Smart And Sure/owned by Sarah J. Bradley Whata Way To Go/owned by Carlene Schmidt

er than single major event titles, as criteria enables the horse to earn distinction by winning smaller checks at regional and national competitions across the country. The NRCHA Merit Award Program is a testament to the longevity of those stalwart athletes whose owners and/ or trainers can depend on them to bring home a win.

Certificate of Ability The Certificate of Ability is the first award for which a money-earning reined cow horse can qualify. A horse will be certified after winning a total of $500 in any NRCHA class or combination of classes. It is the intention of the NRCHA that the Certificate of Ability will be available to a large number of horses that demonstrate proficiency in cow horse competition. Earnings from Category 2 will not be counted toward this award.

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

The Supreme Merit Award is the highest NRCHA Merit distinction and is reserved for horses with significant earnings across all divisions. High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow), shown by NRCHA Hall of Famer Doug Williamson for owner Belle Meade Ranch, enters the class of 2016 Supreme Reined Cow Horses with $180,223.

combination of classes and events is certainly considered a Superior Cow Horse and should be recognized. Earnings from Category 2 Events will not be counted toward this award.

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

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The Supreme Reined Cow Horses of 2016 Eleven equine performers will receive the elite Supreme Reined Cow Horse designation for their accomplishments through the 2016 show season. These four-legged athletes and the people behind their careers will be recognized at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas:   1. ARC Sparkin Chics/2008 stallion

BJ Chula Mula (Chula Dual x BJ Tari), shown by Bozo and Karla Rogers, joins the 2016 class of elite Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award recipients.

Limited Age Events and the hackamore, with the limitations previously stated, the remaining balance must be won in the bridle division. c. Money earned in the Non Pro Limited divisions, Youth Limited classes and Category 2 does not count toward the Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award. d. To fulfill the hackamore requirement, earnings must come from NRCHA Horse Show Hackamore classes or Hackamore Classic LAE money can count toward either LAE money or hackamore money, so long as it is counted only once. e. Money earned in the two rein class will count as bridle earnings for the merit award program. f. Foals of 2000 and prior will be grandfathered into this program and are not required to have won the $1,000 in Limited Age Events and hackamore, but still must win a total of $25,000. As of January 1, 2002, earnings which count toward the Merit Awards are all NRCHA Approved horse shows, LAE and Category 1 Special Events. Merit Award applications are available on the NRCHA web site: http://nrcha. com/nrcha-merit-awards-program/.

Certificate of Ability 2016 ARC Sparkin Chics/owned by Rocking J. Ranch, Inc. Big Time In Cowtown/owned by Robert C. McKay BJ Chula Mula/owned by Fielding “Bozo” Rogers Bobby Starlight/owned by Flag Ranch, LLC Cats Bandito/owned by David A. Ferguson CD Candlelight Jazz/owned by Dr. Heather A. Sutton Chic The Lady Out/owned by John C. Finkelnburg Coloradoboonsmal/owned by Conrad T. Swanson Desires Last Freckle/owned by Thomas and Suzanne Gowan Dry Sugar Chic/owned by Rick K. Hoffman Dunitwithmysliderson/owned by Debbi D. Otley

(Chic Please x Sailing Spark) Lifetime Earnings: $131,528 Owner: Rocking J Ranch, Inc. Rider(s): Doug Williamson

High Brow Shiner/owned by Belle Meade Ranch

  2. BJ Chula Mula/2004 stallion

Mity Independent/owned by Roxanne J. Peters

(Chula Dual x BJ Tari) Lifetime Earnings: $45,039 Owner: Fielding “Bozo” Rogers Rider(s): Karla Rogers, Fielding (Bozo) Rogers

  3. Bobby Starlight/2002 stallion

High Eagle Eye Jac/owned by Madlen Thorvaldsson Little Pistol Peach/owned by Lauren A. Vogel MH Im Just Booning/owned by Billy J. Martin Must Be A Pepto/owned by Bud R. Fay Nic It Smartly/owned by Les Vogt Nu N Shiney/owned by Bud R. Fay Pay Me In Nickels/owned by Barbara A. Giljum Playinlightsout/owned by Chad Blaisdell Prize Winning Gal/owned by Marissa Greenberg

(Grays Starlight x Cats Bobby Sox) Lifetime Earnings: $140,708 Owner: Flag Ranch, LLC Rider(s): Zane Davis, Todd Crawford

QR Hickory Boon/owned by Randy and Celia Gamble

  4. Cats Bandito/2008 gelding

Sail N Rein Or Shine/owned by Judy Moody

(WR This Cats Smart x Dandy Fine Bandit) Lifetime Earnings: $34,927 Owner: David A. Ferguson Rider(s): Dave Ferguson, Kathy Ferguson, Jake Gorrell

  5. High Brow Shiner/2009 stallion

Rein Mixed With Hail/owned by Kim R. Darnall Rey C New Shoes/owned by Samantha Cheetham Rockys Surprize CD/owned by Dominic L. Conicelli Senor Shiney Cat/owned by Dominic L. Conicelli Shesa Smokin Cat/owned by Susan Schwabacher Modic Smart Peppy Doc Doll/owned by Daniel G. Heath This Cats Smart Too/owned by Randy and Celia Gamble Triple Colonel Bar/owned by Helen L. Lauth Very Smart And Sure/owned by Sarah J. Bradley Whata Way To Go/owned by Carlene Schmidt

(Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow) Lifetime Earnings: $180,223 Owner: Belle Meade Ranch Rider(s): Doug Williamson

  6. Little Pistol Peach/2006 mare (Playgun x Lone Star Peach) Lifetime Earnings: $42,173 Owner: Lauren A. Vogel Rider(s): Keith Vogel, Lauren Vogel

  7. MH Im Just Booning/2004 stallion (Bodee Boonsmal x Little Smart Ginger) Lifetime Earnings: $25,244 Owner: Billy J. Martin Rider(s): Billy Martin

  8. Nic It Smartly/2008 gelding (Nic It In The Bud x Shining Smartly) Lifetime Earnings: $81,910 Owner: Les Vogt Rider(s): Les Vogt

  9. Smart Peppy Doc Doll/2010 mare (Smart Peppy Doc x Docs Miss Baby Hall) Lifetime Earnings: $40,292 Owner: Daniel G. Heath Rider(s): Toni Hagen Heath

  10. Smartee/2006 stallion (Smart Little Lena x Starlight Playgirl) Lifetime Earnings: $41,927 Owner: Lucava Farms Rider(s): Doug Mills, Jim Spence, Brad Barkemeyer, Veronica Swales, Leslie Wallace, Justin Wright, Cayley Wilson

  11. Very Smart And Sure/2006 gelding (Very Smart Remedy x Shirley McLain) Lifetime Earnings: $26,667 Owner: Sarah Bradley Rider(s): Jaton Lord, Roy Rich, Sarah Bradley

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eined cow horse


By Bonnie Wheatley Photos by Primo Morales 

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions returns to Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.


or the fourth consecutive year Will Rogers Memorial Center will serve as home to National Reined Cow Horse Association members chasing national titles at the Celebration of Champions and Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby. The event, slated for February 10-19, 2017, draws horsemen and -women from across the United States and Canada who hope to see the culmination of their 2016 season produce an NRCHA World Championship. Limited age event entries compete in the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby portion of the show, bringing their best 4- and 5-year-old horses to gun for titles. The nine-day cow horse extravaganza is capped off by one of the NRCHA’s hallmark competitions when World’s Greatest Horseman contenders showcase the best bridle horses in the business. Increased added prize money adds to the appeal of the 2017 NRCHA Celebration of Champions. The added money in the Peptoboonsmal Derby will grow to $61,250. The added money

for the World’s Greatest Horseman is up from its previous $50,000 to $75,000, thanks to the event sponsor, DT Horses of Bend, Oregon. The NRCHA World Championship Show invites the top hors-

es and riders from each of the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions to compete for world championships in 15 exciting divisions, boasting a total of $61,000 in added prize money.

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Dave Ferguson captured the title of Non Pro Derby Champion riding Shadyrools (Shady Lil Starlight x Sheza Roo x Gallo Del Cielo).

The Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby action kicks off the Celebration of Champions and represents one of the first opportunities for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses to enter the new limited age event season. For the futurity horses of 2016, this show marks the beginning of their derby year as 4-year-olds. For the foals of 2012, it is the final year of eligibility to be shown two-handed in the snaffle and hackamore before advancing to the two-rein and bridle phases of cow horse training. Derby action gets underway on Friday, February 10 with rein work in all Open, Non Pro and Limited Non Pro divisions. There are no finals for the limited age event. Championships in each division

////////// Fun, shopping and more


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

Monday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.: World’s Greatest Horseman Reception in the Round Up Room. Everyone is invited to celebrate with World’s Greatest Horseman contestants as they receive their commemorative back numbers.

Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: NRCHA Year-End Awards Banquet in the Round Up Room. Chris Dawson rode Shiney Sparklette (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena), bred by Carol Rose and coowned by Rose and Dickson Varner, to the Open Derby Championship in 2016. Incidentally, the Open Derby crown was the second consecutive such title for Dawson in Fort Worth, who rode to the top spot in 2015 aboard Shiney Nu Annie (Shining Spark x Annies Nu Lena x Nu Cash) for Wagonhound Land & Livestock.

Join the fun as the NRCHA National Champions are recognized for their accomplishments. The Banquet is open to the public, tickets must be purchased by Monday, February 13 in the office or via online reservation form.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.: World’s Greatest Horseman Finals. Each exhibitor receives two World’s Greatest Horseman Finals tickets per horse. Additional passes can be purchased from the box office on the day of the event or online in advance. Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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///////// CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW Jake Telford rode Nabisco Roan (Boonlight Dancer x Crackin x Smart Little Lena) for owner Nancy CrawfordHall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses to the 2016 Celebration of Champions Open Bridle championship. Marking a 441.5 (216.5/225 cow), the duo won $7,912 and took Nabisco Roan’s World title count to three.

qualify and receive an invitation to show in Fort Worth. The World Championship classes begin with a preliminary round, which determines the teams advancing to the cleanslate finals to be held later in the week. We will see the first NRCHA World Championship preliminaries on Sunday, February 12, in the Limited Open Bridle and Non-Pro Two Rein classes.

NRCHA National Championships finalized Points

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hether you are an exhibitor or a spectator, here are a few important details to help your Fort Worth show experience go smoothly. The Will Rogers Memorial Center is a paid parking facility. Vehicle parking is $5/day. Trailer parking is $3/day. All vehicles and trailers are required to pay to park in all facility lots. Admission to all events is free and open to the public except the NRCHA Year-End Banquet on Friday, February 17 and the World’s Greatest Horseman Finals on Saturday, February 18. Tickets for the World’s Greatest Horseman may be purchased through Central Ticketing online or at the box office the day of the event. The entire show will be broadcast via webcast by the NRCHA Official Videographer, Equine Promotion. Find the link to the live stream at


in the NRCHA Celebration of Champions World Championship classes count toward the year-long race for 2016 NRCHA National Championships in those 15 horse show classes. National champions are determined by the total points A sampling of the awards presented during last year’s NRCHA Year-End Banquet to accumulated during NRCHA National Champions. the entire 2016 show season. For some are awarded to the highest composite competitors, the trip to Fort Worth will score on three events—the herd, rein, make or break their bid for a NRCHA and cow work (boxing in the Limited National title. The Celebration of Champions is the Non Pro). only NRCHA-approved event where a 6-year-old horse may be shown in the World Championship Classes The 2016 World Champions in 15 hackamore. Foals of 2011 that qualified NRCHA horse show divisions will as a 5-year old in the hackamore class in also be crowned in Fort Worth. World 2016 are permitted to wrap up that show Champion contenders represent the top year with a run at World and National horses and riders from the NRCHA’s hackamore titles in Fort Worth in 2017, eight geographic regions who spend the even though the calendar says they are regular show season working hard to no longer eligible.

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By Bonnie Wheatley



he World’s

Top hands vie for the esteemed title of NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman.


ew equine competitions rival the highly anticipated National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World’s Greatest Horseman competition. If the capacity crowd on hand for the 2016 finals is any indication, the John Justin Arena should be prepared for another sellout when the top 10 finalists aboard the best bridle horses in the business converge on “cowtown” in 2017. Outstanding scores must be achieved in each of the four facets of the World’s

The defending World’s Greatest Horseman, Clayton Edsall, Oakdale, California, won the coveted title riding his 2007 gelding, Skeets Oak Peppy (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart). The team topped the herd work finals with a score of 221.

February 15 in the John Justin Arena, while the steer stopping and cow work prelims are held back-to-back the evening of Thursday, February 16, also in the John Justin Arena.



Greatest Horseman competition: the herd work, rein work, fence work and steer stopping—each aspect in and of itself uniquely challenging. The ultimate test exists when all four are combined to perfection. Four preliminary go rounds of competition determine the field of qualifiers to Saturday evening’s final round slated for 4 p.m. on February 18. The herd work preliminaries get the action going in Watt Arena at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14. The rein work takes place the following evening on Wednesday,

For the second consecutive year, Phillip Ralls was the Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman, riding Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) for owner Chris Larson. Ralls’ score of 882 points (219 herd/221 rein/221 steer/221 fence) was worth $16,000.

Despite commenting that the steer stopping is nerve-wracking for him, Edsall rode “Sly” to a finals score of 218 in the roping to combine with their 221 out of the herd, 219 in the reining and 225 down the fence for a high composite score of 883 points.

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////////// Former World’s Greatest Horseman Champions 1999 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ted Robinson • 865 points • Riding Katie Starlight, owned by Paula Hunsicker

2005 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 580.5 points • Riding Miss Plain Plain, owned by Scott and Darnell Trueblood

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

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

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

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

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

2000 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ken Wold • 864 points • Riding Colonel Doc Bar Chex, owned by Atwood Quarter Horses Note: Change in point totals from 2001 - 2005 reflects change to three-judge system.

2001 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ted Robinson • 594.5 points • Riding Katie Starlight, owned by Paula Hunsicker

2001 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Anne Reynolds • 589 points • Riding Magical Lena, owned by Joyce Pearson

2003 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Ralls • 593 points •

2007 World’s Greatest Horseman - Bob Avila • 870.5 points • Riding Light N Fine, owned by Alan and Kay Needle 2007 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Shawn Hays • 870 points • Riding Shine Smartly, owned by Tammy Hays and Walter Greeman

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

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

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

2008 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Robbie Schroeder

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

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

2009 World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday • 884 points

points • Riding Nic It In The Bud, owned by Arcese Enterprises and Eric Storey

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

2004 World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Ralls • 582.5 points • Riding A Chic In Time, owned by Sharon Babcock’s Broken B Ranch

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

2004 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Russell Dilday •

2010 World’s Greatest Horseman - Randy Paul • 875.5 points • Riding Smokeelan, owned by Jill Smiekel-George 2010 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Doug Williamson • 873.5 points • Riding Hes Wright On, owned by Gardiner Quarter Horses Stephanie Duquette

Stephanie Duquette

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

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

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

• 862.5 points • Riding Shine By The Bay, owned by Rhodes River Ranch

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

2011 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Ron Emmons • 874 points • Riding Olena Oak, owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott

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

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

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

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

Jake Telford and Hes Shinettes CD won the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman rein work prelims with a 224.

2014 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Bobby Lewis • 877 points • Riding Dual Spark, owned by Bobby Lewis 2015 World’s Greatest Horseman - Corey Cushing • 889 points • Riding PRF Spoonful Of Gold, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank 2015 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman – Phillip Ralls • 886 points • Riding Dom Dualuise, owned by Christian Larson 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman - Clayton Edsall • 883 points • Riding Skeets Oak Peppy, owned by Clayton Edsall 2016 Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman - Phillip Ralls • 882 points • Riding Dom Dualuise, owned by Christian Larson

Each entry ponies up $2,500 to compete and must do so using the same NRCHA showlegal bridle through each of the four phases of competition. In the first three years of its inception, the World’s Greatest Horseman was held in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the Lazy E Arena. The event, which was not offered in 2002, was revived in 2003 when it was held in Amarillo, Texas. From 2005 to 2013, the World’s Greatest took place in San Angelo, Texas, before moving with the Celebration of Champions to Fort Worth in 2014. Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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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 two-time 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

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 award-winning 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

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.

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

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

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

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 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 Already a superstar performer and sire in the National Cutting Horse Association, Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Alvin and Becky Fults, is making a huge impression in the reined cow horse arena. With $637,711 in NCHA earnings, Metallic Cat is the highest money earner of all High Brow Cat offspring, and the highest money-earning NCHA aged event stallion in a 27 year history. Metallic Cat has sired moneyearners of more than $8 million, and is well on his way to becoming a NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, with champion offspring including Call Me Mitch (LTE $107,000-plus), Cats Picasso (LTE $83,000-plus), and Metallic Masterpiece (LTE $59,000-plus) dominating in the reined cow horse arena. For more information about Metallic Cat, visit his web site at

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The top five ranked riders of the NRCHA’s 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman explain how they prepare for the popular bridle horse showcase.



n their own words, top competitors from the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman tell us what they are doing to make ready for this year’s equine marathon. The World’s Greatest Horseman requires one horse and one rider to compete in one bridle, tackling four events — cutting, reining, steer stopping and fence work. The top 10 cumulative scores from the preliminary go rounds, held February 14-16, will determine the field of finalists who compete on Saturday, February 18, in the John Justin Arena. Clayton Edsall will enter the 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman wearing back No. 1 as the 2016 champion. 90 January/February 2017 | Reined Cow Horse News

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Clayton Edsall We’ve had rain here, which makes it hard to ride him enough to get him in shape, so I sent him to Premier Equine, which is about 10 minutes from my house. They’re putting him on the AquaTred and walker and they’ve got him super, super fit. It seems to me that the more fit you can keep them, the less chance they’ll get an injury. We got him in August and I hope to have him pretty much where I want him once we get there. I haven’t shown him a lot so I’ll probably take him to some [shows] to get ready. Once we get down there, I’m going to try to get him schooled the best I can and keep him as fresh as I can.

The thing that’s tough about this [event] is that we obviously want them to do well in the cutting, but you’ve got three other events so you can’t get them too tired. We’ve still got to go down the fence and do the reining and roping. To prepare him for the cutting, instead of going out there and just loping him to get him knocked down, I’ll do my rein work on him. I’ll really lope the circles and change leads and maybe do a little turn-around—I’ll try to kill two birds with one stone. I have a lot of bridles and I like to collect silver, but I don’t know what he works best in yet—we’ll get that worked out closer to the show.

Phillip Ralls

little bridle that I made that he seems to like. It’s nothing fancy, it’s mild, but he works in it good so I’ll stick with that. I’ve been dabbling with making a few bridles, just trying to learn the art from some of these bit makers around here— Randy Paul, Gordon Hayes, Jim Paul, Dave Murray—because I want to learn more about bridles. It’s a hobby, it’s something I enjoy doing. I’ve probably only made 10 or 12, but I like the chal-

lenge of being able to make something and go use it. The one I use on him is one of the first ones I made. Right now, because he’s had most of the year off, he’s not as fit as I would like. I’m concentrating on getting his air back, building some muscle tone and overall getting him fit. Come the start of the year, I’ll get him in the cutting pen once or twice. He really doesn’t take a lot of schooling, it’s a matter of getting him fit and feeling good. I always keep him on the Platinum CJ and I feel like he’s done well with that, especially between runs and when we’re there in Fort Worth, I bump it up. The Platinum seems to help with their recovery and keep them ready to go.

The 2015 and 2016 Reserve Champion riding Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) owned by Christian C. Larson. I’ll be showing Dom Dualuise (LTE: $210,209) again, owned by Chris Larson. I’ve shown him there three years in a row. The first time I was fourth and the last two I’ve been second. We’ve had a bit of a switch up from last year, because not long after we got back from the World’s Greatest [last year], we had to take him to have surgery. He ended up having a big stone removed from his belly. He’s had half a year off and he’s just coming back now. I haven’t shown him anywhere this year because we’ve been trying to let him get healed up. I’ve tried a few different bridles on him, but he doesn’t need a lot of bridle because he’s usually soft. I’ve got a


The 2016 Champion with 883 points riding Skeets Oak Peppy (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) owned by Clayton Edsall. I’m excited to get back there. I’ve been there five times and I’ve been seventh, eighth and I’ve won it. This year I’m taking a horse called That CD Rocks (CD Lights x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark). He’s an 11-yearold stallion (LTE $143,336) that Robbie Humphreys owns. He has earned $140,000 or so in the cow horse and he made top the 10 in the AQHA cutting last year. He’s been to the World’s Greatest once before with Ed Robertson. I think it’s pretty cool that I get to take such a good horse.

Phillip Ralls and Dom Dualuise scored 882 points (219 herd/221 rein/221 steer/221 fence) in the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman finals for the reserve championship.

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Jake Gorrell Finished third overall in 2016 on Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash x Miss N Cash) owned by Roloff Ranch. I’m taking Smooth N Cash again. Smooth N Cash (LTE: $240,771) has been to the World’s Greatest Horseman since he was 6. I keep taking him because I haven’t found one that can do better. Out

very often. Bonnie and Don Roloff who own him are the best clients you could ever have, and they’re just as excited as I am to go again. We’ve had a really successful year with him—we were third at the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman and we won the Holy Cow Bridle Spectacular at the Derby in [Paso Robles, California]. Since then

Jake Gorrell rode the 2005 gelding Smooth N Cash to third place in the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman and in June topped the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular in Paso Robles, California.


of the six years we’ve gone, he’s only missed the finals one time. We’ve been about every place, except first or second. He’s consistent and he’s the type of horse you want to take. I don’t know anyone who’d turn down an offer to ride him. He’s one of the best four-event horses around that there is. He’s got two real strong events and the other two are good, so he has the ability to win it. He’s my favorite horse. He’s been my favorite since I started him as a 2-yearold. He’s a part-of-the-family type of horse. I can go down the fence on him without a bridle—we’re a team, and you don’t get that relationship with a horse

we’ve just been riding him and keeping him in shape. We’ve been doing the same thing with him that we did last year. We don’t give him a lot of hard work because we don’t want to blow him out. He does everything pretty good so we’re just keeping him in shape with light riding and working on the weaker things. There are things that you always have in the back of your mind, your weaker things, because they can fail you, so you work on them a little more to prepare. Last year, the roping was my weakest event so I’m going to rope more this year. I’ve been going to my friend, Todd Hampton’s, to rope.

I have a bridle that I bought from Jimmy Flores a long time ago that works well on him. I don’t have a name for the bridle, and it’s got a different type of mouthpiece on it, but it’s standard NRCHA equipment. That’s what I show him in, but I don’t usually ride him in it at home. I use different bridles at home; changing the bits freshens them up. I think they get used to one particular thing—whether it’s a bridle or a leg or the way you do something—if you do the same thing all the time, they can get funny about it. It’s just a feel, but if you put different bridles on them it keeps them honest. I put a snaffle on him and bend him left and right, pull his nose around and his body around to loosen him up. Once in a while, I might use something that has an elevator type feel to it for his stops. When I rope, I put a different bridle on him too. I’ll put the show bridle on him just to make sure he’s still doing well in it. At home, I mix it up—I know what he works in, and I’ll go through those four or five different bridles with him. At the World’s Greatest Horseman, using one bridle is something we’ve accepted about it—you have to get them broke to that one bridle. It isn’t really a challenge, but it would be beneficial if you could use different bridles—one for the cutting and one for the reining— because they’ll each do something different to the horse. For the roping, I switch out to roping reins. I’ve roped in romal reins at home, but when you use the roping reins it seems simpler and cleaner. There’s less chance of something hanging up or getting stuck. It’s just one less thing to worry about. When I’m at the World’s Greatest, there’s enough stuff going on in my mind so I need to minimize what I worry about, that’s why I use the roping reins. I have snaps on the reins so it’s real easy for me to change them out.

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Finished fourth in 2016 riding SDP Blue Blood Blue Blood to the top spot in (Laredo Blue x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey) the preliminary herd work go round with an outstanding owned by Blue Blood Partners. 224-point score. I’m going to take BFR Igniting Sparks (Shining Spark x Sliden Wright By x Smart Little Lena) owned by Beechfork Ranch. I just got him. Boyd Rice trained him and showed him through the limited aged events and J.D. Yates just won the AQHA World on him in the Senior Heeling. I’ve only been to the World’s Greatest Horseman twice before. I showed SDP Blue Blood both times I went and made the finals both times. It’s hard not taking him this year, but it’s good to branch out and try something else. We just went out on our own in November, we’re in Ault, Colorado, so when Beechfork called to talk to us about showing this horse, it was perfect timing and we were more than happy to take him. I’ve had Blue Blood since he was a 2-year-old and we know each other—he knows what I’m thinking and I know what he’s thinking, so it will be fun to show one—BFR Igniting Sparks (LTE: $52,728)—that I haven’t had that much experience on. It’s a challenge, but I enjoy learning to get with him. I’ll have had him for a little over three months when we get down there. He gets better every time I ride him—he’s figuring out what I’m asking and I’m figuring out what his strong points and weak points are. We’re just making sure that we get him loped every day. We’re trotting him around outside and we spend a little extra time on him. We’re trying our darnedest to get him legged up so he’ll be ready to go in all four events. He feels really good in the dry work, so I’m not too worried about the reining. I’ve been working cows on him out of the herd and going down the fence. With J.D. winning the world on him, I’m assuming he’s going to be good in the roping. I haven’t tried him yet, but I’ll try [showing] him the last week of the year in the steer stopping. J.D. said he’s good in the box, so I’m confident that he’ll be good. I just have to get practiced up, and that’s what Blue Blood is going to be this year—he’s going to be my practice rope horse. I don’t team rope often, but I usually rope a lot of cattle without horns so getting ready for that steer stopping deal makes it a challenge for me. I’ll have to start roping steers with horns, but that also makes it fun. With Igniting Sparks, we’re trying to get used to each other and fine-tune him in the bridle a little bit more. I’ve been trying different bridles on him and I’m on my second or third one. You try them for a week or 10 days and see how they feel. Certain horses feel like they guide better in certain bits—when you go to moving your hands fast they stay between those bridle reins better. I think I’ve found one for him, which is an old, handmade spade that was hanging on the wall. If that doesn’t work, we’ll change it up again. It’s interesting to try different bridles— you’ve got to listen to the horse and they’ll tell you which ones they like, and which ones they don’t.

Jake Telford Finished fifth in 2016 on Hes Shinettes CD (CD Olena x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark) owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses. I’m going to show the same horse I’ve shown in the past, Hes Shinettes CD (LTE: $188,827). I’ve shown him [at the World’s Greatest] three times. The first year I was sixth on him, in 2016 I was fifth and in 2015 I had a wreck in the roping where he fell down and we got a zero. In September he won the Open Bridle at Reno (Nevada), and we gave him some time off after that. For the last couple of years I roped on him to keep him in shape. Lately, we just do on him whatever it is that everything else is doing—if I’ve got some good, fresh cows we’ll work him out of the herd. The days we rope, I rope on him. I very seldom do much rein work on him any more. We maybe do a bit of a fence work, but more than anything it’s conditioning and keeping him in shape. At this point, he is what he is. He definitely isn’t as strong in the herd work, so I flag him a little, and when I have fresh cows I try to keep good cattle in front of Reined Cow Horse News | January/February 2017

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him. Preparing for the roping—which is the steer stopping portion rather than leading them off (dallying and turning off)—isn’t that much different to what we do roping every day. I spend more time on the scoring and I heel on him a lot. I think it’s good to do something different. When it gets closer to the event, I spend more time in the heading box and scoring. At his age and as much as he’s been shown, I think it’s important not to drill him too much or to overdo it because that could make him sour. So we do a lot of different things to keep him mentally happy and keep him fit. I’ll have my girls who work here long trot him, and he gets a lot of turnout every day. I have paddock-sized turnouts that he goes in and he runs and plays enough that he keeps himself in pretty good shape. When they’re 10 years old they are what they are, so you have to focus on covering up what they’re not so good at and showing off what they’re best at. It’s more about me working on my weak areas. I’ve been very fortunate in my career, but this is one thing that I’ve yet to win. It’s high up there on my priority list. It’s really, truly an amazing event. You

think about how many horses there are in this country, and there’s only maybe 50 horses that are remotely competitive at that event. Realistically there are about 20 of them that could win it on any given day. It’s extremely tough and it’s harder than what someone from the outside looking in realizes. It’s so tough. You wouldn’t believe just how good those horses have to be at those four different events. So, just to get to play with them is a big thing to me. I’ve entered it several times and you have to have the right horse. It’s not just being able to do all those events, but being able to do them all in one day. It’s extremely difficult to find a horse that you can prepare them—without loping them a bunch for the cutting or for the reining—and then still have enough horse left to go down the fence. It takes not only a physically talented horse, but a mentally talented horse. I really try to be aware of that and not overdo the warm-ups. You have to gauge how much horse you have left and how much you can warm-up for each event to keep them at the top of their game. You see a lot of really good horses do well, but then they don’t have enough left for the fence work.

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Farewell to a Horseman NRCHA Director of Judges Bill Enk dedicates his column to Benny Guitron, his late friend and colleague. Primo Morales


enny Guitron was a man to be admired, not only for his accomplishments in the show ring, but also for his unwavering determination to do right by the horse. He had learned the traditional training methods from such icons as Tony Amaral and Bobby Ingersoll, and applied these techniques daily to his livestock. He always preached time, patience and the gradual training process when explaining how horses were supposed to be trained. Conducting clinics and mentoring young people gave him a platform to keep these training tech-  NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Benny Guitron niques in the forefront.  He stood strong and committed because he I believe Benny figured out a long knew it was the right way. Benny was good at what he did. time ago that he had to be diversified to He became an expert with the bri- make a good go of it in the horse indusdling process and the hackamore, co- try. He was about as vertically integratauthoring a book with Al Dunning ed as he could get. He had studs, raised on hackamore training. Proof of his colts that he broke and sold or camextensive knowledge existed in his paigned as show horses, and bought horses’ accomplishments. These includ- and sold who knows how many horses. ed winning the Snaffle Bit Futurity, He had a line of bits that he endorsed, numerous National Reined Cow Horse feed companies that endorsed him, and Association year-end awards and was an avid collector of bits and hackaAQHA World Championships. He was mores. If you needed a horse, bridle, also competitive in the cutting, reining, saddle, or a set of Ortega reins, Benny and pleasure horse industries.  Benny was your man. Besides being an expert could have been the poster boy for the with horses, he was an expert on horse equipment.  term “horseman.”

Benny’s involvement with the reined cow horse and Quarter Horse industries was important to him. He received the AQHA Horseman of the Year Award, which demonstrates how much people thought of him. His thoughts and advice were constantly asked for and appreciated. You might not agree with his opinions, but he always had an answer and reason why he thought the way he did. He was president of the NRCHA when I was hired as Director of Judges. Over the years we have had innumerable conversations on judging. I valued his opinion probably more than he knew; he was a great help. Over the years, when I would call him and ask how he was doing, he would answer, “Living the dream.”  In reality, Benny truly lived the dream.  He was involved in what he loved, he was committed and successful, built a house on his own place (the ultimate American dream), and had a significant other in Paula who probably had as much to do with his success as he did.  What a life! We’re going to miss him. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges

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Judges List as of December 15, 2016

Name Susan S. Abel Andy B. Adams Randall D. Alderson Blue R. Allen Jeff Allen Lyn Anderson Mark A. 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 Francesca Baron Maik Bartmann Gary A. Baumer Jaime C. Beamer Michael W. Bednarek Chris C. Benedict Darren N. Bilyea Jack A. Bingham Ron Bluett Mario Boisjoli Robin M. Bond Jan Boogaerts Ricky Bordignon John W. Boudreaux Sarah A. Bradley Donnie Bricker Aaron C. Brookshire Brenda H. Brown Cyndi L. Brown Skip Brown Stephen F. Brown Tom B. Buckingham Rod L. Burr Brandon C. Buttars Kathy Callahan-Smith Bill B. Campbell Antonino Cancellieri Christie L. Capik Marvin “Butch” Carse Joe A. Carter Allison Chapman (Blevins) Dolly R. Chayer Rick Chayer Justin K. Cherry Ian A. Chisholm Berry Clanton Billy Cochrane Sandra M. Collier Jill L. Cook Dawn Coons Cal Cooper Debbie P. Cooper

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Abby Cosenza Marc A. Cosenza Camille H. Courtney Jeremy Cox Dee Craig Frank E. Craighead Todd Crawford Tom E. Crowley Michael C. Damianos Chris C. Dawson Lee C. Deacon Shawn S. Deal Augusto DeFazio Laurel Walker Denton Russell A. Dilday David J. Dillman 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 Jack E. Forsberg Leo W. Fourre 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 Philipp M. Haug Susanne Haug Terrill Heaton Robin L. Henrichs Jay G. Henson Jason R. Hershberger James F. Hitt Linda K. 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 Caleb J. Jantz Chris D. Jeter Sandy L. Campbell Jirkovsky Lance B. Johnston Ann Judge Robbin Jung W Michael Jung Bob J. Kail Larry H. Kasten Bruce F. Keller

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Rod Kelley Brad W. Kelsall Tony S. Kennedy 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 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 Tami L. McClure Sunni Ann McCormick Carl McCuistion Karen McCuistion Chele A. McGauly Jay McLaughlin Kathleen L. McPhaul Jeremy Meador Alessandro Meconi Kevin R. Meyer Bonnie Miller Darren L. Miller Mike E. Miller Allen R. Mitchels Jacky Molliex-Donjon Alessandro Monaldi James L. Montgomery Peter A. Morgan Tom E. Neel Ricky Nicolazzi Darrel J. Norcutt Connie C. O’Brien Jamie L. Olson Gay Lynn Owens Bradley A. Pagh John S. Palleria John R. Pascoe Jason M. Patrick Dema M. Paul Jim H. Paul, Sr. Bret J. Paulick Will E. Pennebaker Jamie L. Peters Jerry Peters Marilyn G. Peters Laurie S. Petkus Jill Pierre John L. Pipkin Kenda G. Pipkin Samuele Poli Billy Prather Smoky Pritchett Kenny E. Pugh, Sr. John J. Quinlan

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Subscribed Stallions Stallion

Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

No Guns Please (903) 816-3495 X X X Oh Cay Quixote (217) 377-2258 X 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 X 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 X Paddys Irish Whiskey (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Patroan (254) 485-8280 Peptoboonsmal X X X X X Peptos Duke (406) 434-5724 X X X X PG Gunpowder (806) 596-4424 X X X Play Dual Rey (940) 637-2536 X X Playboys Buck Fever (307) 276-3748 X X X Playgun (580) 276-9397 X X X X X Playin Attraction (806) 596-4424 X X X X X PRF Spoonful Of Gold (817) 599-4560 X X Purdy Boy Flash (901) 826-7297 X RC Fancy Step (817) 560-0038 X RC Gay Bar Star Dust (602) 524-9047 X Real Smooth Cat (916) 802-6668 X X X Reminic N Dunit X Rey Dual (800) 278-0785 X X Rockin W (806)596-4424 X X X X X Roo Star (254) 947-1292 X X X X X Roosters Wrangler (417) 682-6373 X Royal Fletch (806) 596-4424 X X X Ruff Spook (940) 637-2536 Sannman (817) 560-0038 SDP Blue Blood (303) 618-0749 X X SDP Joker (530) 200-0560 X Self Shine (940) 637-2536 X Seven From Heaven (806) 596-4424 X X Shady Lil Starlight (805) 688-4241 X X X X X Shine Chic Shine (940) 637-2536 X 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 X Shining Lil Nic (303) 915-6444 X X X X X Shining Spark (940) 665-9304 X Short And Smart (661) 303-6015 X Silver Gun (559) 897-8616 X X Sixes Pick (806) 596-4424 X X X X X Smart And Shiney (940) 437-2470 X X X X Smart Blackbird (519) 913-1233 X X Smart Boons (817) 599-4560 X X X X X Smart Chic Olena X







Contact Phone

Foal Crop: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Smart Lena Boon (575) 760-4104 X Smart Like Juice (217) 377-2258 X X Smart Little Brady (406) 775-6226 X Smart Little Pepinic (559) 897-8616 X Smart Santana (541) 504-8155 X X X Smart Spook (940) 368-6999 X X X X Smart Steady Date (559) 897-8616 X X Smart Sugar Badger (352) 303-2151 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) 637-2536 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 Special Dual Pep (307) 276-3748 X Spooks Bluestem (406) 265-1424 X X Spots Hot (479) 571-2434 X Starlights Wrangler (940) 437-5157 X X X Stevie Rey Von (940) 231-5601 Stone Blue Valentine (903) 886-8836 X Stressolena (307) 358-5439 x 1 X X Stylin Beau (970) 759-9471 X Stylish Rey (303) 956-1887 X X X Sweet Lil Pepto (817) 594-6900 X X X X X




Tangys Classy Peppy (209) 759-3323 X X That CD Rocks (559) 897-8616 X X X X X That Sly Cat (940) 682-4370 X X The Boon (361) 675-4695 X X Third Cutting (254) 485-8280 X This One Time (970) 226-4747 X X Time For The Diamond (817) 599-4560 X Tomcat Chex (707) 678-8686 X X X X X TR Dual Rey (817) 560-0038 X X X X X Travelin Jonez (903) 564-7883 X Tru Grrit (970) 749-3322 X 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 X Western Time Zone (940) 682-4001 X Widows Freckles (817) 546-3630 X Wild Haired Cat X Willy B Gun Smart (406) 777-2664 X Woody Be Tuff (903) 536-3286 X X X X WR This Cats Smart (307) 358-5439 X X X X X Yellow Roan Of Texas (405) 837-9873 X X Zezes Pepto Cat (940) 859-6587 X




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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. In the event the stallion owner or syndicate manager chooses not to enroll the stallion, nominators may be persons other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion. In the event that the nominator is someone other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion, the nominator represents that they are authorized to nominate the stallion. 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, 2017 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)

Nominated after Feb 1, 2017 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2012.....................................................$2,500 2013.....................................................$2,500 2014.....................................................$1,750 2015.....................................................$1,500 2016.....................................................$1,250 2017.....................................................$1,000 2018........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2018-2022)

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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. For your convenience, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted with a 3.5% convenience fee.

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: __________________________________________________________________________________  Dam: ________________________________________________________________ Breed: __________________________________________________________  Color: __________________________________________  Year Foaled: _________________  Year of First Foal Crop: ________________ Standing at:  _________________________________________________________________________________  Contact Name:  ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________  City/State/Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________________________  Website: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Owner  Name:  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________  City/State/Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone (Home): ___________________________________________  Phone (Work): ___________________________________________  Phone (Cell): ___________________________________________ Fax: ________________________________________________________  E-mail: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Information to be published on NRCHA website:

o Location where Stallion is Standing   o Owner   o Other (please fill out below)

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






Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________ 






Cell Phone: ___________________________________________________

E-mail: __________________________________________________________________________________  Website: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Please attach a copy of stallion’s registration papers.

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

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

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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

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


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

2014 $196,711.18 $112,386.45 $140,899.97 $160,919.17 $100,055.27 $63,460.63 $51,265.82 $0.00 $57,603.16 $46,870.82 $58,638.85 $40,827.00 $20,366.20 $64,098.14 $38,819.88 $30,972.84 $53,973.74 $88,442.41 $10,669.75 $24,219.63 $13,639.28 $40,989.44 $13,167.97 $27,032.36 $29,443.27 $40,859.52 $5,036.99 $29,553.04 $12,989.43 $28,898.06 $17,376.51 $22,111.27 $4,361.78 $16,382.87 $9,655.25 $40,654.88 $399.88 $20,639.82 $22,123.84 $10,885.39 $6,049.63 $10,749.22 $22,402.53 $24,342.96 $4,485.24 $18,125.79 $2,030.67 $23,544.69 $0.00 $6,727.46

2015 $76,236.59 $122,181.19 $77,289.77 $105,599.54 $110,402.17 $48,958.18 $149,678.44 $76,314.24 $81,168.69 $82,057.20 $114,280.45 $19,394.88 $65,157.89 $55,779.35 $51,815.50 $43,795.05 $11,064.01 $46,592.77 $106,590.38 $19,434.06 $30,926.68 $27,759.38 $42,162.58 $10,879.21 $24,746.19 $27,570.72 $57,942.68 $9,808.54 $33,958.73 $20,196.88 $31,532.40 $34,358.67 $25,574.17 $15,627.53 $32,560.30 $566.80 $33,657.46 $1,154.04 $7,779.63 $19,504.14 $11,526.09 $18,892.88 $13,943.48 $4,559.13 $14,171.48 $6,803.66 $34,680.94 $13,218.20 $16,693.60 $1,131.48


Sum of Earnings

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

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

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


Rider Name

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

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

2014 $47,797.50 $29,002.32 $11,344.85 $10,096.90 $8,179.21 $4,837.24 $19,000.36 $5,412.16 $26,382.08 $15,873.68 $28,919.55 $4,992.30 $825.00 $18,104.42 $421.60 $0.00 $5,639.92 $9,121.11 $0.00 $13,719.26 $16,280.74 $12,686.05 $0.00 $0.00 $3,708.32 $12,821.07 $12,757.38 $13,095.38 $18,490.16 $17,444.56 $5,577.05 $858.33 $5,906.60 $1,059.00 $1,627.44 $492.38 $0.00 $4,438.00 $2,160.00 $0.00 $1,525.00 $0.00 $7,573.21 $1,141.23 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,653.76 $0.00 $0.00

2015 $17,352.25 $3,790.06 $7,923.83 $24,913.15 $33,870.58 $22,055.58 $10,311.26 $22,206.27 $171.81 $6,274.43 $7,364.94 $9,549.58 $400.00 $9,605.92 $24,719.80 $0.00 $16,847.44 $20,071.52 $0.00 $11,123.37 $1,137.28 $7,872.56 $0.00 $11,519.32 $4,575.32 $7,319.08 $800.00 $449.88 $0.00 $0.00 $7,823.25 $16,129.29 $1,883.36 $0.00 $9,579.55 $1,871.03 $3,907.50 $8,021.45 $9,779.76 $7,833.50 $1,989.00 $2,749.20 $3,296.10 $2,025.40 $11,533.76 $9,575.90 $9,833.80 $228.00 $0.00 $0.00


Sum of Earnings

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

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

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Affiliate Listing as of December 15, 2016

Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association

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

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

Cindy Bistodeau PO Box 4473 Cave Creek, AZ 85327 Phone: 928-231-0975 Email: Website:

Associacao Nacional De Working Cow Horse Karol Rodrigues Rancho Karoline, Caixa Postal 199 Avare/SP/Brazil 18701-971 Phone: BRAZIL +55 119-98365576 Email: Website:

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

California Cow Horse Association

Russ Greathouse PO Box 296 Edison, CA 93220 Phone: 559-960-9840 Email: Website:

Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association Katie Wilson 1280 Powerhouse Rd. Abbotsford, BC V3G 1T7 Phone: CANADA 604-300-3545 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:

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

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

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

Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association

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

Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association

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

Italian Reined Cow Horse Association Eveline Besozzi Via Giuseppe Grilloni 25 2100 Como, ITALY Phone: ITALY +39 347 26 22 783 Email: Website:

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

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc

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

Nevada Reined Cow Horse Association Tina Frisch 2036 Surrey Ln Las Vegas, NV 89119 Phone: 702-204-9277 Email: Website:

New York Reined Cow Horse Association Cindy Pfeifer 6040 Clearly Rd. Livonia, NY 14487 Phone: 585-749-1764 Email: Website:

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

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Affiliate Listing Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance

Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association

Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association

South Dakota Reined Cow Horse Association

The Carolinas Reined Cow Horse Association

Oregon Reined Cow Horse Association

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association

Mary Baks 13 Maple Hill Rd RR #2 Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0 Phone: CANADA 519-881-8684 Email: Website: Diane Edwards 15409 203rd Ave SE Renton, WA 98059 Phone: 425-226-6376 Email: Website:

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

Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association

Zeb Corvin PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-517-1205 Email: Website: Deb Brown PO Box 655 Buffalo, SD 57720 Phone: 605-797-4514 Email: Website:

Christy McSweeny PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 714-785-1333 Email: Website:

Jane Goddard 560 Wall Street #A Auburn, CA 95603 Phone: 530-823-5991 Email: Website:

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

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

Tri State Ranch and RCHA

Sarah Lawrence PO Box 186 Nancy, KY 42544 Phone: 606-425-1198 Email:

Utah Reined Cow Horse Association Misty Castagno 149 Waterhole Way Grantsville, UT 84029 Phone: 435-830-1440 Email: Website:

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A finance charge of 1.5% per month (18% APR) will be added to all past due amounts. Membership privileges shall be suspended on accounts greater than 90 days past due and this information will be published in Reined Cow Horse News. There will be a membership reinstatement fee of $75. Current as of December 15, 2016

Agricultural Foundation, Fresno, CA

Robyn Bush, Visalia, CA

Pat Faitz, Lakeland, FL

Thera Myers, Oxnard, CA

Desert Spring Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ

Marcy Campbell, Creston, CA

Robert Frobose, Modesto, CA

Steed Training/Rick Steed, Okeechobee, FL

Keetch Ranch, Waddell, AZ

Pompeo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY

Miguel Gonzalez, Miami, FL

Jill Serena, Castaic, CA

Del Rey Paint & Qtr Horses/Aneka

Riccardo Capezzone, Castrocielo 03030, ITALY

Roy Hockensmith, Frankfort, KY

Schelbeck, Cotton Wood, CA

Cody Christensen, Heber City, UT


Dave Belson, Cave Creek, AZ

Tom Daughetee, Kemmerer, WY

Babcock Ranch/Jim Babcock, Sanger, TX

Bynum Farms/Blair Bynum, Palm City, FL

Shad DeGiorgis, El Dorado Hills, CA

Brandon Johnson, Nebraska City, NE

Lazy T Shamrock Ranch/Terry Malarkey,Star,ID

Donnie Boyd, Sarasota, FL

Laura Delfino, Martinez, CA

Bridgette Lanham, Eastover, SC

Elizabeth Winkle, Sarasota, FL

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

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Committee Directory Affiliates



Chairperson: Jim Lane • 614-354-1384

Chairperson: Jimmy Stickler • 805-431-4083

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter • 405-288-6460

Jimmy Flores • Edie Petaccio •

Director of Judges: Bill Enk


Justin Stanton •

Sandy Collier •

Tim Unzicker •

Sam Rose •


Wade Reaney •

Chairperson: Dr. Joe Carter, DVM • 405-288-6460

Ethics Chairperson: Bill Tointon • 303-530-2443

Dan Roeser • Darren Miller • Jim Spence •

NRCHA Foundation

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer 480-620-4759

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

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




Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205

Chairperson: Jay Winborn • 214-797-0030

Trey Neal •

Non Pro

Stallion Service Auction

Amanda Gardiner •

Chairperson: Diane Edwards • 206-390-0715

Chairperson: Garth Gardiner • 620-635-5632

Stephanie Duquette •

Strategic Planning

Executive committee Chairperson: Paul Bailey • 931-260-3909 Todd Crawford • Sandy Collier •

Jake Telford •

Hall of Fame Chairperson: Smoky Pritchett 530-200-0560 Jon Roeser • Ted Robinson • Bobby Ingersoll •

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

Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG Garth Gardiner • Meg Rosell-Pursel • Rory Livingston • Rhonda Holmes • Tammy Jo Hays •

Chairperson: Jake Telford • 208-890-1205

Chairperson: Amanda Gardiner • 620-635-2361 Bill Tointon • Darren Miller • Dan Roeser •

Nelle Murphy •


Bart Holowath • Paul Bailey •

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer • 719-330-1932

Debbie Sanguinetti •

Allison Walker •

Loretta Showalter •

Todd Crawford •

Dan Weiss •

Jimmy Stickler •

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Advertisers Index

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Gist Silversmiths Inc.....................................................................51

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Holy Cow Performance Horses................................................20, 21

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J Five Horse Ranch.......................................................................97

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Brazos Valley Stallion Station.......................................................95

JW Brooks Custom Hat Co............................................................65

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Mark & Kim Rauch........................................................................61

Carol Rose Quarter Horses............................................................57

Markel Insurance.........................................................................41

Cowtrac Systems..........................................................................11

Matthews Cutting Horses LLC.................................................86, 87

DC Cow Horse Gear.......................................................................45

Miller International.........................................................................3

DC Cow Horse Gear.......................................................................13

Northwest Reined Cowhorse Association......................................94

Discount Tire..........................................................................16, 17

Nutrena Feed Division...................................................................49

DT Horses LLC........................................................................72, 73

Nutro Company, The.....................................................................25

Dechra Veterinary Products..........................................................53

Platinum Performance, Inc...........................................................37

Standlee Hay..................................................................................1


Quarter Horse News...................................................................103

Strawn Valley Ranch.....................................................................C3

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Reined Cow Horse News.............................................................120 Rios Of Mercedes...........................................................................5 Robertson Ranches.....................................................................8, 9 Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch...........................................................83 Roitblat, Estelle............................................................................69 Southwest Reined Cowhorse Association......................................75 Spear D Ranch.................................................................... 100, 101

Show Schedule as of January 3, 2017

AE  =  Aged Event, HS  =  Horse Show, SE  =   Special Event, BS  =  Bridle Spectacular, AA  =  All Around     Feb 4 - 5 Feb 8 - 9 Feb 10 - 18 Feb 10 - 18 Mar 4 - 5 Mar 9 - 12 Mar 26 - Apr 1 Apr 6 - 9 May 17 - 21 May 27 - 28 Jun 12 - 18 Aug 16 - 20 Oct 3 - 14 Oct 3 - 14 Nov 2 - 5

Valentine Show Lucas Oil/Protect the Harvest Dirt & Diamonds Derby NRCHA Celebration of Champions/ World’s Greatest Horseman NRCHA Celebration of Champions St. Patrick’s Day Cowhorse Event Swing Into Spring NRCHA Stallion Stakes April Show Wild Rag Classic Silver Spur Classic NRCHA Derby Pre-Futurity & Horse Show NRCHA Hackamore Classic NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Fall Festival

HS/LAE/cat.1 LAE cat. 1

Sarasota, FL Gulf Coast CHA Rancho Murieta, CA N/A

Claudia Nichols Kathy Davis

(772) 321-9637 (530) 305-0197

HS/LAE cat. 1

Ft. Worth, TX


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(940) 488-1500

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

Ft. Worth, TX Cannon Falls, MN Guhtrie, OK Las Vegas, NV Ardmore, OK Ft. Worth, TX Cazenovia, NY Paso Robles, CA Ft. Worth, TX Ft. Worth, TX Ft. Worth, TX Amarillo, TX

NRCHA North Central RCHA Southwest RCHA NRCHA Southwest RCHA Southwest RCHA New York RCHA NRCHA Southwest RCHA NRCHA NRCHA Southwest RCHA


(940) 488-1500 (612) 860-6371 (405) 818-7556 (940) 488-1500 (405) 818-7556 (405) 818-7556 (585) 749-1764 (940) 488-1500 (405) 818-7556 (940) 488-1500 (940) 488-1500 (405) 818-7556

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2016 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion & 2016 NSHA Open Champion Duals Lucky Charm LTE $116,438 Owned by Mike &

Robyne Stewart Shown by Kelby Phillips

Only 6th Stallion ever to have sired the NCHA Open Futurity Champion, NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion & the NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion!

L 2017 Fee  $2,800 Herda - N/N


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Owned by Rusty &

Shelley Simpson Shown by Clay Johnson

2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion Stuffin My Pockets LTE $53,089



2013 NCHA Futurity Champion Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251

Owned & shown by

Austin Blake

Owned by

Strawn Valley Ranch

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