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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION

MAY/JUNE 2017

VOLUME 22, NO. 3

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VOLUME 22, NUMBER 3

FEATURES

CIRCLE UP

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NRCHA Professional Brendon Clark takes part in the Heroes And Horses 500 Miles project, uniting combat veterans and wild horses for a healing journey.

NRCHA Million Dollar Sire CD Lights

78 Double Duty

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Reining Foundation Awards NHSRA Scholarship

84 Affiliate Honors

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Down the Fence Movie Premiere

How to prepare for NRCHA events that utilize two arenas. The Colorado Reined Cowhorse Association earns 2016 NRCHA Affiliate of the Year honor thanks to growth and dedication.

Quotable Notable Non Pro Through Your Lens

IN EVERY ISSUE

70 EVENT COVERAGE 26 Armed and Victorious

SJR Reygun and Brady Weaver fire away down the fence, scoring a 230 to win the 2017 Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Championships.

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From the NRCHA Executive Director

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From the NRCHA President NRCHyA News Dennis Moreland’s Tack Tips NRCHA Sponsor Spotlight From the Judge’s Chair NRCHA Judges Directory Subscribed Stallion Program NRCHA Membership Information Top Rider List Affiliate List Suspended List NRCHA Committee Directory NRCHA Approved Events

44 Spectacular in the Silver State

California horseman Phillip Ralls and his longtime partner, Dom Dualuise, win the Stallion Stakes Open Bridle Spectacular.

52 Fresh Terrain for the Two Rein

The new Two Rein Spectacular debuts at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, gaining immediate popularity among Open and Non Pro competitors.

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Meet the 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Horse Show Champions.

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On the cover: The 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champion Brady Weaver riding SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) for owners Gary and Kathy Ewell.


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THE NEXT GENERATION

The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Something that has always impressed me about the National Reined Cow Horse Association is the strong legacy families who have been dedicated to the sport for generations. At every cow horse show, parents can be found riding side-by-side with their children and raising them in the same tradition. Daily involvement with horses is inherently character building. With each passing year, I become more encouraged and optimistic about the future of our reined cow horse sport, and impressed by the quality of the young people in our association. In July, we will crown our third National High School Finals Rodeo Reined Cow Horse

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Champion in Gillette, Wyoming, and once again are expecting well over 100 contestants in that prestigious event. Our first National High School Finals Cow Horse Champion, Wyatt Fisher, who won the title in 2015, is a prime example of how NRCHA youth develop into successful young adults. From the beginning of his youth cow horse career, long before he was old enough to drive, Wyatt had his sights set on becoming a professional trainer. He started showing in the Open in 2017, winning the Level 1 Limited Open Championships at the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby and the Stallion Stakes. Then, in April, Wyatt accepted his first job as an assistant trainer. His parents, J.J. and Teresa Fisher, are also dedicated reined cow horse competitors. The Fishers are just one of many families who have made the NRCHA a central part of their shared memories—and the biggest prize they’ve earned is seeing Wyatt become an outstanding young man. We have many exceptional youth in our association. Not only do they shine in the show pen; they demonstrate integrity in other aspects of their lives, something for which we all can be proud. In keeping with the old adage, “it takes a village to raise a child,” our entire NRCHA family plays a role in supporting our youth—and as anyone who meets our young riders can attest, we are doing an exceptional job. All the best, Jay Winborn

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NRCHA PREMIER EVENT GROWTH From NRCHA President Todd Bergen

JEREMY HEID

Our association’s growth in recent years can be measured in several ways. An obvious sign of growth is the number of entries at our shows. It is encouraging to see those numbers going up, year after year, at our NRCHA Premier Events. One of our tasks as NRCHA Board members is to make the best decisions we can to manage that growth and, at the same time, make our shows as enjoyable and efficient as possible for everyone, including exhibitors, spectators, vendors, sponsors, and our judging and show staff. If you have attended NRCHA Premier Events over the course of the past couple of years, you already know it has become part of our routine to run two arenas. This makes it possible for us to judge more runs in a day, which in turn helps us keep our schedule manageable. We committed to the two-arena system because, due to our growth in entries, running all our classes in just one arena caused our show days to be unmanageably long. While our NRCHA Premier Events are serious competition, they are also supposed to be fun and enjoyable, and a show day that continues through

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Upcoming NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Entry Deadlines the late night and early morning hours is not something any of us look forward to. The two-arena system did take a little getting used to. Be sure to read the article “Double Duty” in this issue of Reined Cow Horse News about preparing for and competing at a two-arena show. The NRCHA Board has also been striving to choose the best possible locations for all of our Premier Events. As cow horse competitors, we have a unique set of needs. Not only do we want our horses and our people to be in a facility with the best accommodations and amenities, we also are required to choose a facility with a good system for cattle. Our current venue lineup of the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California, have all proven to be worthy locations. We have developed great relationships with the staff and management of all these facilities, which helps our event production go smoothly. Bottom line: we never stop looking at ways to make our Premier Events better. By putting on shows that people want to attend, we will create the best kind of challenge for ourselves, which is managing the continued growth that comes with successful events.

The 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity entry process is already underway. Important upcoming payment deadlines are outlined below. The 2017 Futurity boasts some large payout increases. The Futurity Open Champion will win a $125,000 paycheck—up from $100,000 in past years. 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 Open Preliminaries— herd work, rein work, and fence work—will take home $5,000, up from $1,500 in prior years.

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AUGUST 15, 2017: Open Slot – 3rd Payment Open Progressive – 7th Payment Non Pro Slot – 3rd Payment Non Pro Progressive – 7th Payment Entries must be paid in full and miscellaneous fees are due for all entries. Payments must be postmarked on or before these due dates. There is no grace period. Contact the NRCHA office for entry information: 940-488-1500, info@nrcha.com or visit NRCHA.com.


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DON SHUGART PHOTO COURTESY BAR H RANCH

CD Dee Vee Dee, owned by Jay and Wendy McLaughlin and pictured with Jay McLaughlin, is CD Lights’ top earning offspring to date.

NRCHA Million Dollar Sire CD Lights.

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nother elite stallion has joined the National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Sire ranks, as offspring of CD Lights (CD Olena x Delight Of My Life x Grays Starlight), officially pass the seven-figure earnings milestone in the reined cow horse arena, winning a combined $1,033,877. CD Lights is the 17th horse to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status. Foaled in 1999, CD Lights is known to many in the performance horse industry by his nickname, “Boss.” He is owned by his breeder, Danny Motes, and leading National Cutting Horse Association professional Winston Hansma, Weatherford, Texas. Trained and shown by Hansma, CD Lights earned $234,000 in five seasons of NCHA competition. He became a finalist at 14 major NCHA limited age events, including the 2002 NCHA Futurity Open and the 2003 NCHA Derby Open. Another career accolade for CD Lights was marking a 229 to win the 2006 NCHA World Finals Championship, after which the stallion was retired from showing.

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STEPHANIE DUQUETTE

CD LIGHTS BECOMES NRCHA MILLION DOLLAR SIRE

The first full CD Lights foal crop arrived in 2005, and as 3-year-olds, proved they had inherited their sire’s superior physical ability and disposition by earning substantial paychecks in the 2008 futurities. CD Lights babies made their earliest impression in the NCHA show pen, but quickly crossed over to also assert themselves in the demanding triathlon of reined cow horse competition. In all disciplines, CD Lights offspring have earned $4.2 million. Hansma has continued his role in CD Lights’ career by training and showing his offspring to major titles in cutting and reined cow horse, winning the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Championship on Bossy Brother (CD Lights x Diamonds Sparklette x Genuine Doc), a gelding he owns with Motes. The leading reined cow horse performer by CD Lights is CD Dee Vee Dee, with $201,627 in lifetime NRCHA earnings. CD Dee Vee Dee was bred by NRCHA Hall of Fame member Carol Rose, and is owned by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jay McLaughlin and his

wife, Wendy. Jay and his son, Cutter McLaughlin, have shown CD Dee Vee Dee for the majority of his career. In official recognition of CD Lights’ Million Dollar Sire achievement, he will be honored during a special presentation at the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. The top five NRCHA money-earners sired by CD Lights are all out of daughters of another NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark: 1. CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) 2005 gelding: $201,627 2. That CD Rocks (CD Lights x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark) 2005 stallion: $129,251 3. Step To The Light (CD Lights x Shinersdiamondjackie x Shining Spark) 2013 stallion: $63,612 4. Cashed My CD (CD Lights x Shiney Sushi x Shining Spark) 2012 stallion: $52,275 5. Mini Hot Flashes (CD Lights x Shiners Hot Flash x Shining Spark) 2011 mare: $47,638


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NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation anticipate the scholarship may entice more students to be introduced to reining through the reined cow horse event. As part of the reined cow horse competition, contestants complete a reining pattern, commonly referred to as dry work. Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Reining Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Reining Horse Association. Core programs for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization include youth scholarships, the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund and the NRHA Hall of Fame.

Winning the inaugural Reining Horse Foundation scholarship presented at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo was Jayde Atkins. In 2017, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded again to the contestant marking the highest score in reining during the reined cow horse event at the NHSFR. STEPHANIE DUQUETTE

he Reining Horse Foundation and the National Reined Cow Horse Association are partnering to offer a $2,500 college scholarship benefiting the competitor marking the highest reining score in reined cow horse at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming. The collaboration led to the inaugural award presented in 2016 to Jayde Atkins of Broken Bow, Nebraska, riding the 2003 gelding Sonitas Last Dual (Dualin Jewels x Sonitas Ann x Sonitas Last). Atkins bested a field of 112 reined cow horse contestants to win the national championship. She also received the prestigious Morrison bronze courtesy of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). In late 2014, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) began offering reined cow horse as an event. It joined a lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping and the queen contest for girls. NHSRA, NRCHA and NRHA acknowledge that reined cow horse can elevate the riding ability of NHSRA members who choose to learn and take part in the event.

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REINING HORSE FOUNDATION TO AWARD SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO SCHOLARSHIP


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DOWN THE FENCE MOVIE PREMIERE CHRISTINE ISAKSON

Jake Telford, Brandon and Sophia Buttars, Linda McMahon, Kelby Phillips, Erin and Anthony Taormino, Les Vogt and Doug Williamson, champion reined cow horse competitors featured in the Down The Fence movie, took the stage after the world premiere in San Luis Obispo, California, to answer questions from the audience.

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own The Fence, the highly-anticipated documentary film about training young horses for the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, sold out an 850-seat theater and earned the coveted San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary at its world premiere March 18, 2017. Eleven NRCHA professionals were among those in the historic Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California. After the credits rolled, several trainers who were featured in the film stepped up on stage to answer audience questions. “It couldn’t have been a more perfect day, from hearing the audience laugh and cry during the film, to their applause and wonderful questions after,

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to the release party Linda McMahon threw for all of us to celebrate, to winning the Audience Award. Seeing all the happy faces was the best feeling. I’ll never forget it,” said film director M.J. Isakson. The San Luis Obispo location on California’s central coast, the heart of reined cow horse country, was an appropriate place to present Down The Fence to the public for the first time. The film chronicles cowboy culture, dating back to Spanish vaqueros who spent their days horseback to manage cattle in that region. The vaqueros’ meticulous process for training their equine working partners evolved into modern reined cow horse competition. “I’ve been to some of the [cow horse] shows in Paso Robles, but never knew

what was going on. Now I get it! Before, if one of those cowboys walked by, I’d just think they were a regular cowboy. Looking at them now, I realize they’re a bunch of bad asses,” said Johnee Gange, a San Luis Obispo resident who attended the premiere. At Down The Fence’s second showing March 19, in a smaller theater in Paso Robles, California, the film was introduced as the “phenom” of the festival for the crowds it attracted the day before. “I couldn’t believe how well the film hit the trials and tribulations of the community, the camaraderie, and what fierce competitors we all are. And how much we care about our horses. I was amazed and heartened by the number of people that came to see it and what they were saying after. People really, really like it,” said NRCHA Hall of Fame professional Sandy Collier, Buellton, California. Broad-based support from the reined cow horse community, including successful crowdfunding campaigns, made it possible for Isakson and Executive Producer, Lori Adamski-Peek, to complete the ambitious filmmaking project. “I am so proud to be part of the team that brought this story of hard working, passionate horsemen and horsewomen to the screen. My hope is that it inspires people to follow their dreams, and to keep going, no matter the obstacles.” For more information, as well as future announcements about the film’s public release, follow Down The Fence on Facebook or connect with the website at DownTheFenceMovie.com.


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QUOTABLE I think it’s the most amazing film that I’ve ever seen. It’s such a great asset to what we do. It’s awesome. It makes me cry every time I watch it. It’s kind of like the American Flag… I get goosebumps whenever I hear the National Anthem. I think it’s the same kind of deal.”

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—National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame member, NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and two-time Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, California, describing his feelings about Down The Fence, the documentary film about reined cow horses and the people who ride and train them. Williamson, 74, is one of several NRCHA professionals featured in the movie, which celebrated its world premiere March 18, 2017.


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NOTABLE NON PRO Meet International Region Non Pro Two Rein Champion Sabine Brasche.

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COURTESY SABINE BRASCHE

She also does a little reinompeting in the ing and ranch riding with National Reined Cow Peptomoonsmal, but Brasche Horse Association’s says cow horse has been her International Region in the first love since she discovered Non Pro Two Rein, Sabine the sport in 2008. Brasche, who lives near “I got hooked on the cow Augsburg, Germany, rode her horse when I lived in the Santa home-raised Peptomoonsmal Ynez Valley of California for (Peptozone x Lil Peptorella x three years during my internPeptotime), to the 2016 regionship at Alamo Pintado Equine al year-end championship. The Medical Center,” she said. 2010 gelding represents the Now back in her native second generation of Brasche’s Germany, Brasche maintains own breeding program as her cow horses herself, and she raised and successfully looks forward to the annual showed Peptomoonsmal’s opportunity to ride with one of dam. Not only did she raise the NRCHA’s leading profesPeptomoonsmal, she also sionals. undertook his training herself. “Huge thanks to Sandy “With Peptomoonsmal’s Collier, who has been coming dam, Lil Peptorella, I was over to Germany for the last International Year-End three years to do clinics with Champion in the Non Pro me. It’s been a huge help to Bridle in 2012 and 2013, as well Sabine Brasche won the International Region Non Pro Two Rein Championship learn from her endless experas the Open Bridle in 2013. He riding Peptomoonsmal, a home-bred gelding out of a mare she also raised and showed to multiple cow horse championships. tise.” is very cowy and is a pretty big The future holds more compeand strong guy, which makes it easy for him to outrun the cows, but into competition and earn the champi- tition for Brasche and Peptomoonsmal. “He is pretty cool at the shows and sometimes hard to contain his power,” onship. “I’m very happy that he won the doesn’t get too excited, which makes the 41-year-old equine veterinarian year-end title, as this was my goal for it easy to show him. I look forward to said. Peptomoonsmal was sidelined for the year, making him a champion in all being competitive in the bridle classes about half the season with some health stages from snaffle bit to hackamore, with him and my other 7-year-old horse next year.” issues, but recovered in time to get back and now the two rein,” Brasche said.

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THROUGH YOUR LENS NRCHA members share their 2017 foal photos. Compiled by Stephanie Duquette

This sassy colt is by A Shine N Time and out of Quickie Chex, owned and bred by Patty Frerichs, Miracle Land and Livestock, Caldwell, Idaho.

Not just another pretty face—this special filly by Liquid Gold and out of Peppy La Plan belongs to Broken Rail Ranch, Hermiston, Oregon.

On the other end of the color spectrum at Miracle Land and Livestock, a free-moving filly by A Shine N Time and out of JP Blue Thunder. With two Supreme Reined Cow Horses for parents, this filly has a reason to jump for joy. She is by One Smart Response and out of Roosters Prima Donna, owned by Sheila Combs of Idaho.

“Sailor,” by Moms Stylish Cat and out of Haidas Miss Smoke, kicks up her heels in the green pastures at Jim Baker and Loren Macey’s Redtail Ranch, Star, Idaho.

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Grant and Kiva Lindaman of G2 Performance Horses, Scottsdale, Arizona, welcomed a gorgeous filly by Metallic Cat out of Travelin With Sass.


Hickory Holly Time’s filly out of Cat Mist is brand new to the world and already a character. She is owned by DT Horses and photographed by Nikki Miller of Oswood Stallion Station. It’s appropriate that this filly has plenty of chrome. She was born just a few hours’ drive from the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. She is sired by Shine Chic Shine and out of Coyote Sunset, owned by Wayne Kiel.

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.

Our Canadian cow horse friends, Jim Dobler and Heather McLevin of Thunderstruck Ranch, Delburne, Alberta, submitted this gorgeous ginger-haired filly by Smokums Prize and out of Big CD Lights.

A handsome colt by High Brow CD enjoys the spring sunshine alongside his dam, Kisses And Wishes. They are owned by Rene Tate, Iowa, Louisiana.

It’s called “labor” for a reason—and the new mother, Shes Wright On, earned a rest after delivering a beautiful Hickory Holly Time colt for owner Melissa Hunt.

This strong filly is by Hickory Holly Time and out of the No. 10 all-time leading NRCHA dam, Lil Miss Shiney Chex. She is bred and owned by NRCHA Corporate Partner DT Horses, Bend, Oregon.

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THE CLASS OF 2017 Meet the 2017 NRCHyA Student Officers.

By Lannie-Jo Lisac

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Bridges. She has two sisters, Carrie and Chloe, and a brother, Cash. Colleen has shown in the NRCHA for five years and been involved in the NRCHyA for two years. Colleen’s other activities are volleyball, church youth group, high school rodeo and FFA.

Student officers participate annually in NRCHyA fundraisers like the Holy Cow Performance Horses and Discount Tire raffles during the Celebration of Champions.

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he annual NRCHyA meeting was held at the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, in February. The meeting was a success with over 50 youth members in attendance and the election of Student Officers and Regional Representatives. Let’s meet this year’s Student Officers. President Elizabeth Clymer Elizabeth is 16 and is a sophomore in high school. She lives in Village Mills, Texas, with her parents Bill and Sarah Clymer and her younger siblings Mary and George. Elizabeth’s mom Sarah is one of the NRCHyA advisors. Elizabeth has shown in the NRCHA for eight years. She also plays basketball, volleyball, softball, participates in FFA leadership and judging, and is in the National Honor Society and NHSRA.

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Elizabeth’s goal as the 2017 NRCHyA President is to help the officers have a productive and successful year. She would also like to contribute to the growth in NRCHA youth exhibitors. Vice President Benjamin Self Ben is 13 years old and lives in Pilot Point, Texas. His parents are Birgit and Mark Self, and he has two siblings, a brother Nolan and sister Hannah. This is Ben’s first year as a NRCHyA Student Officer. He has shown in the NRCHA since 2013 and competes in the Youth Limited. Ben’s brother Nolan is a past NRCHyA President. Secretary Colleen Bridges Colleen is 18 and lives in Carthage, Texas. She is a junior in high school. Colleen’s parents are Jimmy and Jackie

Treasurer LaRae Luis LaRae is 15 and lives in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where she is a high school sophomore. LaRae’s parents are Mark and Shari Luis. She has two brothers, Adam and Brad, a sister-in-law, Cassie, and niece, Charlee Rae. This is LaRae’s first year of NRCHA competition. Her other hobbies are cutting, barrel racing, roping, hunting and surfing. LaRae is headed to the Oklahoma High School Rodeo State Finals in June. She is excited to serve as NRCHyA treasurer and feels honored to be part of such an amazing group. Reporter Lannie-Jo Lisac Lannie-Jo is 13 and a seventh grader at Pleasant View Middle School. She lives in Pueblo, Colorado, with her parents Wade and Timmi-Jo, her younger brother, Wade, and younger sister, Landri. Lannie-Jo is in her fourth year of NRCHA competition. She also shows goats in 4H and is in the National Honor Society. Lannie-Jo is excited about the opportunity to help the NRCHyA grow and hopes to meet more youth members in the process.


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SJR Reygun and Brady Weaver fire away down the fence, scoring a 230 to win the 2017 Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Open Championships.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes, the showcase event for 4- and 5-year old horses sired by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions, returned to its popular home at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a fifth year in 2017. The cow horse action began Friday, March 25, continued nonstop through the week, and wrapped up with a thrilling Open finals on Saturday, April 1. Part of the event’s success is its tie to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. Subscribed stallion owners pay a fee every year, and their 4- and 5-year-old offspring are the only horses eligible to show in the limited age event portion of the Stakes. Stakes entries are shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore, competing in herd work, rein work and cow work. The event attracts many top NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the past two years, as well as those who might have 26 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

SJR Reygun and Brady Weaver ignited the fence work, scoring a brilliant 230 late in the draw to win dual championships in the Stallion Stakes Open and Intermediate Open divisions. SJR Reygun is owned by Gary and Kathy Ewell.

missed the Futurity but are now ready to perform competitively. Besides paying lucrative checks to the Stakes winners, the NRCHA also presents a cash award to the nominator of the Stakes Champion’s sire in each division.

The 2017 edition of the Stallion Stakes featured tremendous growth in the Non Pro, as well as the addition of a new and popular Two Rein Spectacular for Open and Non Pro riders.


OPEN & INTERMEDIATE OPEN CHAMPION Although it started as a small desert town, Las Vegas has always been about big things, with a colorful history of gangsters, gaming, celebrities and casinos. For one memorable night on Saturday, April 1, it was also about the spectacular athleticism of reined cow horses, as the Stallion Stakes Open finalists put on a display that impressed even the sport’s most accomplished professionals. “That’s probably one of the best finals—we were all just talking about it—how good these 4- and 5-year-olds are becoming, and I think people are taking notice of how great these horses are. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of that,” said Todd Bergen, of Eagle Point, Oregon, one of only two riders to achieve NRCHA $2 Million earnings status. Bergen had three horses in the Stakes Open finals, and was the first to go down the fence on Saturday night, setting the

bar high with a 220 on Tony Grover’s Boonlight Roan Bar (Bet Hesa Cat x Cat Boonlight Jewels x Boonlight Dancer). However, the lead quickly changed hands. The third horse down the fence was the high-scorer in the composite after the herd and rein work, Lil Bay Hawk (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun), shown by Justin Wright, Santa Maria, California, and owned by Stephen Silva. Buoyed by big scores in the first two events—220 in the herd and 219 in the reining—his modest 212.5 fence work score was enough to move into the lead. But then, a tsunami of huge fence scores swept through the South Point Equestrian Center arena. Late in the first set, the compact, fancy buckskin stallion, Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey), shown by Aubrey, Texas, professional Chris Dawson for breeder/owner Michelle Cannon, seized the lead in the Open

when he scored a tremendous 226 down the fence, elevating his composite to a 653.5. That score endured until midway through the second set, when another of Dawson’s three Open finalists, Travelin Miss Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy), owned by Stephen Roseberry, nudged ahead with a 223 fence work and a 656.5 composite. Until halfway through the last set of fence work finalists, Dawson was on point to win the Stallion Stakes on a mare sired by his 2013 Stallion Stakes Champion, Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena), and claim the Reserve title on Shiney Outlaw. That all changed when Metalic Dual (Metallic Cat x Dual Whisper x

2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES OPEN TOP 10 Las Vegas, Nevada - March 25 - April 1 Event/Horse/Rider/Pedigree/Owner/Score/Money 1. SJR Reygun; Brady Weaver; 12M (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun); Gary & Kathy Ewell; 662 (H: 215/ R: 217/C: 230) $35,203 2. Metalic Dual; Todd Bergen; 13G (Metallic Cat x Dual Whisper x Kit Dual) Dave & Kathy Ferguson; 657.5 (H: 218/R: 216.5/C: 223) $25,939 3. Travelin Miss Jonez; Chris Dawson; 13M (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy); Stephen Roseberry; 656.5 (H: 213.5/R: 220/C: 223) $21,307 4. Shiney Outlaw; Chris Dawson; 12S (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey); Michelle Cannon; 653.5 (H: 208/ R: 219.5/C: 226) $16,765 5. Raise A Smart Cat; Phillip Ralls; 12G (WR This Cats Smart x Raise The Best x Mr Sun O Lena); Bill Stevenson; 652.5 (H: 219/R: 217/C: 216.5) $12,969 6. Lil Bay Hawk; Justin Wright; 12G (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun); Stephen Silva; 651.5 (H: 220/ R: 219/C: 212.5) $11,117 7. Sippin Boons Farm; Corey Cushing; 12G (One Time Pepto x Peppy Nicolena x Nic It In The Bud); Eric & Wendy Dunn; 650.6 (H: 208/R: 219.5/C: 223) $9,264 8. Boonlight Roan Bar; Todd Bergen; 12S (Bet Hesa Cat x Cat Boonlight Jewels x Boonlight Dancer); Tony Grover; 650.0 (H: 213.5/R:216.5/C:220) $7,411 9. One Time Prize; Jake Gorrell; 13S (One Time Pepto x Miss Colonels Prize x Smokums Prize); Kevin Cantrelle; 645.5 (H: 215.5/R: 215/C: 215) $5,559 10. Shine Smarter; Chris Dawson; 12M (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark); Linda Mars; 643 (H: 211/R: 218/C: 214) $5,559

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Kit Dual) and Bergen entered the arena. They came in as the third highest score in the composite after the herd and rein work, and needed at least a 222.5 to bump Dawson and Travelin Miss Jonez from the top spot. The gelding, owned by Dave and Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, California, rose to the challenge, scoring a 223 to take the lead in the Open. But the words so often spoken at a reined cow horse event—how nothing is certain until the last horse goes down the fence—once again proved true. In less time than it took for Bergen and Metalic Dual to leave the arena and catch their breath, they were outscored. The stealth attack came from the quick-footed SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) and Brady Weaver, a team that was in the top five after the herd work and rein work. They needed a big, but not unattainable, 225.5 to move into the lead. Instead, the over-achieving 2012 mare, owned by Gary and Kathy Ewell, scored a stratospheric 230, sealing the Open and the Intermediate Open Championships by a four-and-a-half point margin. The Stallion Stakes Open Championship paid just over $35,000, and the Intermediate Open title came with an $8,087 paycheck. The $3,500 Sire Award check went to Linda Holmes, who nominated SJR Reygun’s sire, Dual Rey, to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. Weaver said the fence run went by in a blur. “I don’t remember much. I just kept spurring,” he said, shortly before the award presentation in Las Vegas. Later, Weaver watched his fence work video with the expert eye that has made him a sought-after 2A rated NRCHA judge. “I’ve judged enough to know it never looks as good on the video as it does in real life, to me, anyway. It was, do your job and stay tight with that cow. I think the difference with that mare, I’ve

Idaho native Brady Weaver jockeyed racehorses before he discovered reined cow horses.

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rady Weaver was born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. His father was involved in the Quarter Horse racing industry, and Weaver embarked upon the same career path when he was barely 13. “I started as a kid, cleaning stalls and riding all the pickles, and they started putting me on the ones that wanted to kill everybody else, and I was too dumb to say no,” he said. Weaver vividly recalled one of the first colts he started for the track. On a freezing Idaho winter day, the trainer he worked for led a snorty, wild-eyed youngster into an ice- and snow-covered round pen. “He yelled, ‘Get on, kid! I’m the one takin’ all the chances!’ I piled on, and he threw me about six times,” he said, laughing. Weaver eventually moved to the Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County, California. He set up housekeeping in a tack room at the track while he worked for renowned racing Quarter Horse trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, an AQHA Hall of Fame inductee. Schvaneveldt, who passed away in 2010, trained earners of more than $55 million, including the famous sprinter Refrigerator (Rare Jet x Native Parr x Heisanative [TB]), the richest racing Quarter Horse in history, with earnings of more than $2 million. It was a tough, but educational, life. “You learn to survive. I learned a lot on the track. Blane Schvaneveldt was a good horseman. I learned a lot from him, about how to care for horses, about legs. I

allowed her to do her thing more in the last year. I’ve trusted her more.” Weaver and SJR Reygun made the impressive fence run look easy, but the Enterprise, Utah, professional admits the sensitive Dual Rey daughter has been

used to gallop Refrigerator, and Dash Ta Fame, I galloped him, too [Dash Ta Fame, (First Down Dash x Sudden Fame x Tiny’s Gay), a 1989 stallion now deceased, is a leading racehorse sire and Equi-Stat’s No. 1 barrel horse sire]. That was the biggest and the best track in the world. I don’t miss it now, but I loved race day, and I liked it when I was young.” Weaver eventually discovered reined cow horses. The finesse appealed to him. He took a job with John McDonald, a California trainer whose mentor was the late, legendary NRCHA Hall of Fame inductee, Tony Amaral. Weaver, a hungry assistant, developed a friendship with the venerable horseman, who was happy to cook. “John McDonald was supposed to feed me as part of working for him. Sometimes he would forget to feed me. Tony Amaral would feed me. He’d cook dinner, I’d do the dishes, and he’d want me to stay there all night and tell me the stories about the guys he learned from, even before him, that were really great horsemen. I got to hear all that stuff from back in the 1800’s. It was awesome. I was probably 20 years old. He would tell me about riding in the hackamore and doubling them on the fence. I didn’t even know what he was talking about then,” Weaver said. As his own knowledge grew, Weaver often experienced “a-ha” moments that hearkened back to the wisdom Amaral shared in those early days. It inspired him to start writing things down. “For years now, I’ve made notes. I have huge notebooks, of people who taught me things. When I was 20, I didn’t have the brains to do it, and I wish I would have. I worked for Benny Guitron, and I was out there quite a bit with him, for the last few months before he died. He was another one you could learn a lot from if you wanted. It makes me sick—most all the guys who really mentored me are dead now. It’s hard, when I want to call somebody who I know would give me a legit answer. I miss that,” he said. Though Weaver couldn’t tell Guitron that he won the Stallion Stakes on SJR Reygun, the last horse they worked on together, he shared the news with Paula Diuri, Guitron’s life partner of more than 30 years. “Paula, she told me he’d be smiling,” Weaver said.

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The Open Reserve Champion was Metalic Dual (Metallic Cat x Dual Whisper x Kit Dual), shown by NRCHA $2 Million Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, and owned by Dave and Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, California. Bergen and the 2013 gelding, bred by Theresa Ricci Gillock, Las Vegas, Nevada, scored a 657.5 composite (218 herd/216.5 rein/223 fence), earning $25,939. They also won the $10,000 Metallic Cat Open Incentive check (see sidebar for details). The $2,000 Open Reserve Champion Sire Award went to Fults Ranch, for nominating Metallic Cat to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program.

The Intermediate Open Reserve Champion, Kickin Rey (Dual Rey x Teletrona x Little Trona), shown by Brad Lund, LaCygne, Kansas, and owned by Lund’s fellow NRCHA Professional, Kelby Phillips, Bend, Oregon, made a huge impression in Las Vegas when he scored a 228 in the fence work, which rounded out his 218 in the herd work and 212.5 in the rein work for a 658.5 composite. The Intermediate Open Reserve placing paid $5,959. Kickin Rey was bred by Diamond LK Cutting Horses, Celina, Texas. 30 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

for his longtime clients, and has ridden her ever since. “I had to be careful about how I trained her. She took longer than the average horse, but I don’t have 10 or 15 2-yearolds like some of the guys with bigger programs. I was willing to spend the time if she had the talent, and I knew she did,” Weaver said. He liked SJR Reygun’s big stop, sensitivity, cow sense and quick feet, though those traits came with some complications. Weaver, who still possesses the jockey’s build that contributed to his successful former career in the racehorse industry, took a mind-over-muscle approach. “I like mares, and I like them if they’re a little hot. A lot of the guys we show against are big guys and they’re strong and can get after them and get them to submit. I weigh 129 pounds, and I have to kinda milk them along,” he said. Weaver’s location in southwestern Utah comes with many opportunities to ride outside the arena, which he used to his advantage when training “Reygun.” “She’s kind of like having a daughter. I have to tell her she’s a good girl,” he said. “If she got upset, I would go cowboy or brand on her or ride her out in the hills, ride her in the hackamore, and just go use her and leave her alone. Eventually she started taking the training, and I could mix all three events—I could go down the fence, cut on her and do the reining— and not upset her. When I wrapped my mind around it and recognized when I was scaring her, it helped me on my other horses, to be able to tell when I used too much pressure or kicked too hard. When I backed off, it helped her, and it has helped the other horses I rode after her,” he said. Last fall, Weaver enlisted the seasoned eye of his former employer and mentor, the late NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Benny Guitron, to further develop


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES SJR Reygun’s talents. Just months before Guitron passed away in December 2016, the master horseman and his former assistant collaborated with a useful schooling technique that helped SJR Reygun reach another level in the cow work. “You put your whole herd in a 300 by 150 arena, just drive one off, and gather it up no matter what. You might go cut him, run him down the wall, cut him again. It makes [the horse] be more responsible, and it worked with that mare. You just do that until it’s no big deal and they get good,” he said. The win was particularly sweet for Weaver, not only as his first NRCHA Premier Event Open Championship, but also a major title on behalf of Gary and Kathy Ewell, who were the first to bring him horses when he went out on his own as a professional. “They have been with me the whole time. Gary is the kind of guy who says, ‘Whatever you need to do, go do it,’ whether it’s a schooling show or whatever. They don’t have a lot of money. We buy horses on a budget. They show me lots of trust, and that’s hard to find nowadays. They’re the best,” Weaver said. He arrived in Las Vegas with prior NRCHA earnings over the $110,000 mark, and almost $13,000 of that money was won with SJR Reygun under his saddle. Weaver and the mare did well at the 2015 Utah and Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Futurities. They also qualified for the 2016 Stallion Stakes Intermediate Open Finals, as well as the 2016 NRCHA Derby Open and Intermediate Open Finals.

LIMITED OPEN CHAMPION Stephen Hutchins, a young professional at the beginning of his reined cow horse career, gained a prestigious accolade in Las Vegas when he won the Stallion Stakes Limited Open Championship on SJR Tachitas Cata (Metallic Cat x 32 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

SJR Tachitas Cata, ridden by Stephen Hutchins for owner MC Performance Horses, was the Stallion Stakes Limited Open Champion.

Tachitas Hickory x Docs Hickory), bred by San Juan Ranch and owned by Jeremy Michaelis’s MC Performance Horses, Mercer, Missouri. Michaelis purchased the 4-year-old roan mare at the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sale. At the time, she was still owned by San Juan Ranch and had qualified for the Futurity Open finals with NRCHA Professional Tucker Robinson, Lompoc, California. She sold through the Performance Horse Sale the day before the finals, and came into Hutchins’ hands backed by quality training from top NRCHA professionals. “Phillip Ralls started her originally and showed her at the [National Stock Horse Association] pre-futurity. Then he sent her to Tucker, and he made the Open and Intermediate finals at Reno,” Hutchins said.“Vegas was my first time to show her. You know what they’re like at home, but you never know what they’ll be like at the show. She didn’t disappoint. She

is honest and did whatever I wanted her to do. The whole thing was fun, and it worked out well in the end.” Hutchins and SJR Tachitas Cata scored a composite 628 (209 herd/205.5 rein/213.5 cow), earning $9,013. The $1,000 Sire Award check went to Fults Ranch for nominating Metallic Cat, SJR Tachitas Cata’s sire, to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program. Hutchins, who grew up as the eighth of 12 children on his family’s Greenville, Texas, farm, started riding cow horses in 2012. His first job was an assistant trainer position with NRCHA Professional Luke Jones, Allerton, Iowa. “Horses are what I always wanted to do, but I didn’t have the opportunity. Nobody in my family has anything to do with horses. I had seen reining and cutting, but I didn’t know what cow horse was until I started working for Luke. I didn’t know what a lead was. I started cleaning stalls and saddling. Luke gave


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES me a lot of opportunities to ride and then his customers gave me opportunities to show in the Level 1,” he said. Hutchins left Jones’s program in December 2016 to work for Michaelis, but he still relies on Jones and other leading professionals as he strives to improve. “I’m far from being where I want to be, and there are a bunch of people who help me out,” he said. “I’ve only been riding horses for a few years. It’s just a matter of getting the time in and being patient.”

LEVEL 1 LIMITED OPEN CHAMPION Wyatt Fisher, 18, won his second consecutive Level 1 Limited Open Championship at an NRCHA Premier Event when he claimed the Stallion Stakes title in that division aboard This Cats A Keeper (Cats Merada x Two D Two Bar x Smart Chic Olena), owned by his parents, J.J. and Teresa Fisher, Nipomo, California. In February, he won the Level 1 Championship at the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby in Fort Worth, Texas, aboard another gelding his parents own, RD Play It Again Sam (CD Q Tee x PCR Playlena Oak x PCR Peppys Oak). This Cats A Keeper was bred by Mary Capone, Santa Ynez, California. Fisher and the 2013 gelding scored a 634 composite (212 herd/209 rein/213 cow), including the high score in the Level 1 Limited Open fence work, earning $2,160. A few days after winning the championship in Las Vegas, Fisher left his hometown of Nipomo, California, for his first professional horse training position, working under NRCHA Professional Shawn Hays, Nocona, Texas.

Wyatt Fisher claimed the Level 1 Limited Open Championship riding This Cats A Keeper, owned by J.J. and Teresa Fisher.

OPEN NOVICE HORSE CHAMPION

Jake Gorrell rode One Time Prize to the Open Novice Horse Championship for owner Kevin Cantrelle.

The Open Novice Horse Champion was One Time Prize (One Time Pepto x Miss Colonels Prize x Smokums Prize), shown by Jake Gorrell, Hanford, California, and owned Kevin Cantrelle. The 2013 stallion earned $3,024 as well as a berth in the

Stakes Open Finals when he scored a 653.5 composite (217 herd/217.5 rein/219 cow). Gorrell and One Time Prize made the top 10 in the Stakes Open finals, earning another $5,558.

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NON PRO, INTERMEDIATE NON PRO & NOVICE NON PRO CHAMPION Hope Miller, Hockinson, Washington, had a brilliant night in Las Vegas with Dare To Sioux (A Shiner Named Sioux


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Metalic Dual, a son of Metallic Cat shown by Todd Bergen for owners Dave and Kathy Ferguson, won the $10,000 Metallic Cat Incentive.

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or the second year in a row, the 2017 Stallion Stakes came with a bonus prize—the $10,000 Metallic Cat Incentive, sponsored by Fults Ranch, owner of leading cutting horse sire Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal). Alvin and Becky Fults established the incentive after attending the 2105 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and seeing the big impression Metallic Cat foals were making—not only with multiple offspring in the Futurity Open Finals, but also as high sellers in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Select Yearling and 2-YearOld Sales. The Fultses admitted they fell in love with reined cow horses at first sight, and have since become enthusiastic supporters of the NRCHA with a breeder sponsorship and the Stakes bonus payout. The incentive is simple: a $10,000 payout goes to the highest-scoring Metallic Cat offspring in the Stallion Stakes Open Finals and, although there were no qualifying entries, another $5,000 would have been paid out to the highest-scoring

Metallic Cat in the Non Pro Finals. “The mare owners who have bred to Metallic Cat, and the people who have bought Metallic Cats for the reined cow horse—I wanted them to understand that we appreciate that, and we know that Metallic Cat was a cutting sire. For them to branch out and come over and grab our sire was a humbling experience for us, so we asked, how can we pay them back and what can we do to say thank you in a way that will actually put some money in their pocket,” Alvin Fults said. The 2017 winner, with a 657.5 composite, was also the Stallion Stakes Open Reserve Champion, Metalic Dual (Metallic Cat x Dual Whisper x Kit Dual), shown by NRCHA $2 Million Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon, for owners Dave and Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, California. “We can’t thank Alvin and Becky enough for getting in here and supporting the NRCHA. They’re in the cutting, obviously, and for them

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to recognize these horses and the NRCHA, and supporting us and putting up incentives like this, I can’t thank them enough,” Bergen said. There were a total of three Metallic Cat foals eligible for the Open incentive. One was the 2016 Metallic Cat Incentive winner, Cats Picasso (Metallic Cat x Playboys Vixen x Hickoryote), shown by John Swales, Millarville, Alberta, Canada, for owner Robbie McKay. The other was Bowmans Metallic Cat (Metallic Cat x Bowmans Fancy x Lenas Jewel Bars), shown by Luke Jones, Allerton, Iowa, and owned by Jones in partnership with Flag Ranch. A total of 15 Metallic Cat offspring were entered in the Stallion Stakes, more than any other sire, and Bergen says there is more than one reason Metallic Cat foals make excellent reined cow horses. “The thing I like about them— number one, they’re all big stoppers. They’re strong behind, and really get to that ground. You need that in this event. The other great thing about them is, it seems like you can really rev their engine up, and they come back. They’re cowy, gritty horses, but their minds stay pretty level for you. With the extremes of the three events, going fast and going slow and reading a cow, it’s a definite must. Those are probably the two biggest traits I find in these Metallic Cats that I really like,” Bergen said. Metallic Cat, a 2005 stallion, is a National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Champion, NCHA Horse of the Year, and a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame. He is the second highest money-earning stallion in NCHA history, and in 12 show outings with cutting horse professional Beau Galyean at the reins, he never missed the finals or lost a cow. He has sired earners of more than $12 million in all disciplines, primarily cutting.

x Tari Darlin x Taris Catalyst), winning triple championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Novice Non Pro divisions. They scored a 647.5 composite (203 herd/219.5 rein/225 cow), earning combined paychecks of more than $13,000. Three Sire Award checks totaling $2,000 went to NRCHA Hall of Fame horsewoman Carol Rose, who nominated A Shiner Named Sioux to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program. “In the herd work, I always go in there with the most positive thought I can, like ‘Oh, we can get through this,’ and we did. I really look forward to the rein work, and we kill it down the fence, usually. And that’s how I like it,” Miller said. The young horsewoman and her bantam-sized, yet mighty, 5-year-old gelding dominated for their entire week in Las Vegas. They had the high score in the Stakes Non Pro preliminaries, a 658.5 (215 herd/215.5 rein/228 cow), a performance that would have made the Stakes Open finals, had Miller been showing in that division. Dare To Sioux’s standout event in Las Vegas was the fence work, where his tremendous fence turns and consistent control of difficult cattle earned brilliant marks from the judges in both the prelims and the finals. When asked if riding Dare To Sioux was as fun as it looked, Miller replied, “It’s a little bit scary, but not too bad. You just hold on and go and have fun, and that’s the whole point of it, to have fun, and let him do his job. I think we’re a good team together, and I’m really excited to see what we have to come.” Dare To Sioux was bred by Rose, and Miller purchased him for $12,000 as a yearling, through Rose’s dispersal sale. “My dad didn’t want me to buy him. I snuck off and sat by myself and I bought him without permission. I actually got to start him,” Miller said.


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///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES Later in his 2-year-old year, Miller turned Dare To Sioux over to her trainer, NRCHA Professional Trent Pedersen, Brush Prairie, Washington. They made the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals and the 2016 Derby Intermediate Open Finals. Miller showed Dare To Sioux for the first time last October, sweeping the 2016 Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Amateur divisions. Miller has been on a fast track to success in reined cow horse. She won her first NRCHA paycheck early in 2015 as a Non Pro Limited rider, arriving in Las Vegas with just over $21,000 in earnings. She attributes her success to the fundamental concepts of hard work and a positive outlook. “I just try to always think positive and work hard every day for it. I have to thank Trent. He’s helped me get here. My parents, too, because they’ve supported

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The Stallion Stakes Amateur Champion was Jorge Cid, riding Wright On Hickory to a 634 composite score.

he Stallion Stakes is a breeder incentive program, and for the second year in a row, a horse bred by NRCHA Corporate Partner San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, has claimed the Stallion Stakes Open Championship. The 2017 Champion, SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) is a product of the San Juan program, as is the 2016 Champion, SJR Diamond Rey (Dual Rey x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark). Horses bred by San Juan Ranch have earned $913,209 in NRCHA competition. In 2012 and 2014, San Juan Ranch was the breeder/owner of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion. The top money-earners bred by San Juan Ranch: CD DIAMOND (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark) - $140,320 STYLISH LITTLE OAK (Playin Stylish x Shiners Little Oak x Shining Spark) $125,703 SJR DIAMOND REY (Dual Rey x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark) - $70,624 SJR REYGUN (Dual Rey x Playboys King Badger x Playgun) - $56,235

me through it all, and I couldn’t be here without them.” Has her father, Dan Miller, forgiven her for buying Dare To Sioux on the sly? “I think so, now. I think this helps. Definitely, winning money helps the purchase of my baby,” she said, smiling.

AMATEUR CHAMPION

Meredith Graber and her mare, CSR Lay Down Sally, bred by Circle Star Land & Cattle Co., won the Stallion Stakes Non Pro Limited Championship. 40 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

The Stakes Amateur Champion was Jorge Cid, riding Wright On Hickory (Hes Wright On x Hickorys Miracle x Docs Hickory), with a 634 composite score (215.5 herd/216 rein/202.5 cow).


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES The championship came with a $1,998 paycheck. Wright On Hickory was bred by Scott and Jolie Girard, Meade, Kansas. The $1,000 Sire Award check went to Gardiner Quarter Horses, who nominated Hes Wright On to the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion program.

NON PRO LIMITED CHAMPION If Meredith Graber had shown nerves in Las Vegas, who could blame her? She was a youth-eligible rider competing against full-fledged non pros, with hardly any experience in limited age NRCHA Premier Events, on a mare she had owned and ridden for less than six months. But Graber, Cannelburg, Indiana, kept her mental game in control and piloted CSR Lay Down Sally (Dual Spark x CSR Look At Her Glo x CD O Cody) to win the Stakes Limited Open Championship by a nine-and-a-half point margin. They scored a 646 composite (215.5 herd/213.5

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rein/217 cow). The championship paid $1,593. “The rein work, from what I remember, was pretty smooth. It wasn’t our best run, but it was clean. My herd work was a big improvement. The show before this one, I had fallen off in the herd work. After that, we went to Chris Dawson for some help, and he’s amazing. He gave me some tips, just small things, but it really helped my confidence,” the high school senior said. After the herd work and the rein work, Graber was in the lead, but she deliberately ignored the scores going into the final event, the boxing. “I was not paying attention, because I just wanted to be in the money. Any money spot would have been good with me. My dad had it down to every halfpoint and everything, but I didn’t pay attention, because if I do, I get psyched out. I just tried to go in and keep the cow at the end. I didn’t go in to mark a high

score,” she said. But Graber and her reliable mare did mark the high score, a 217. “I was surprised!” Graber admitted. “This horse is so easy to sit. Being able to direct my energy to the cow, and thinking, and not having to worry about falling—it was a confidence booster for sure.” Besides the coaching from Dawson, who had shown CSR Lay Down Sally for previous owner Carol Rose, Graber rides on a regular basis with professional Ben Bowman, Sandborn, Indiana. “I am thankful to Chris and Ben for the support they have given me. They both have been so generous with their time. I also thank my parents for taking me everywhere and providing so much, and I appreciate Ms. Carol for selling her to us. I was so thrilled when the deal went through. She made it all happen,” Graber said.

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By Stephanie Duquette Photos by Primo Morales

California horseman Phillip Ralls and his longtime partner, Dom Dualuise, win the Stallion Stakes Open Bridle Spectacular.

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lthough the 4- and 5-year-old horses receive top billing at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, those youngsters step aside for one night during the week while the spotlight shines on their older peers, the bridle horses. Nothing electrifies a cow horse audience like the spinetingling action of a veteran equine athlete shown by an elite rider, and on Thursday, March 30, 22 of the best mature cow horses in the business took center stage for an evening performance in the South Point Arena. The Open Bridle Spectacular entries are judged in three events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Each performance is backed by not just months, but years, of dedicated training and effort which goes into developing a horse that knows its job so well it can be shown with a light, one-handed touch on the romal reins and bridle. Bridle Spectaculars are fun for spectators and exhibitors alike. Every rider is quick to point out that, on any given day, each of the formidable horses in 44 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Dom Dualuise rose to the challenge in a tough Open Bridle Spectacular, winning the championship by just a half point. The 2007 gelding was shown by Phillip Ralls for owner Chris Larson.

the lineup is capable of winning the championship. In Las Vegas, the team rising to the top was Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena) and leading NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls, Paso Robles, California, a pair whose partnership spans the better part of a decade. Ralls and the 2007 gelding, owned by Chris Larson, scored a 662.5 (224 herd/

215 rein/223 fence), earning $7,112. They also collected a CR Morrison Trophy. The championship came down to a bare-knuckles brawl for the top score down the fence. “This is what we live for. You’re always wanting to be in a situation, when it comes down to that fence work, to be within range. We had 22 head of horses in here, and it was anybody’s game. It’s


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES as tough as it gets and you’ve got great jockeys, great horses, this is what it’s all about. The suspense—you never know how it’s going to turn out, but you just try to do as much as you can with every run,” Ralls said. He and “Hef” got a jump on the competition after the first event when they earned the high score in the herd work, a 224, despite working late in the order. “Luckily, I’ve got a really good crew of guys helping me in the herd, and we knew our cattle,” Ralls said. “Hef has always been a horse that, the tougher things are, the better. I knew as long as the cows were fresh and in a good position, I could get him cut and get him shown. The first cow was good, the second cow was pretty strong and challenged us, but he handled business, and we finished up on a really good third cow.” Though Ralls didn’t feel the rein work was Dom Dualuise’s strongest performance, the 215 score kept him firmly in the hunt. With a 439.5 after two events, Dom Dualuise was tied for the lead with another worthy bridle horse, Lenaliltothewright (Lenas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark), shown by Randy Paul for owner Linda Katz. Adding to the suspense, there were several others just a few points behind, capable of battling back in the fence work. Ralls and Dom Dualuise, working near the end of the first set of fence work, put up a 223 for a commanding lead. Although Paul and Lenaliltothewright, showing in the next set, came within a half point of a tie and possibly a runoff, they ultimately finished as the Reserve Champions with a 662 (218.5 herd/221 rein/222.5 cow). “I knew we were all kind of packed up in there, with four or five of us in contention. I knew I needed to make sure I got set up down the fence. The cow boxed 46 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

pretty strong. Once we got that first turn, that cow was starting to weaken just a little bit. It’s a small pen and you need to take care of business as soon as possible. Hef stayed with me the whole time, got a really good second turn, and came out of there circling strong. We finished the way we needed to finish in this kind of event,” Ralls said. Dom Dualuise, an uncharacteristically easy-going son of Dual Rey, has been in Ralls’ program since he was a yearling, purchased for Larson through the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity sales in Fort Worth, Texas. Ralls says Hef may not ever be the prettiest horse at the show, but few can match his commitment. “He’s got the biggest heart of any horse I have in the barn,” he said. “When he steps in the pen and all the chips are on the table, he has never short-changed me. We have a good relationship. I know what he’s capable of, and I just try to set him up and let him do his deal.”

NON PRO BRIDLE SPECTACULAR The Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Champion was Paul Wilinski and his mare, Paddysstarlightchic (Self Shine x RN Starlights Chic x Smart Chic Olena), who gained momentum through the herd work, rein work and fence work with steadily higher scores through each event. They earned a 645 composite (208 herd/215 rein/222 cow) to win the $4,104 championship paycheck. “We had a transition year last year in the two rein to get her focused. This year, she’s been really good. I’ve been able to relax on her and trust her more,” Wilinski said. He and Paddysstarlightchic have been a successful team since 2015, when the 7-year-old mare was still in her derby years. Wilinski has to find creative solutions to the geographical challenge of working with his trainer, NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Ken Wold. Wilinski’s home in Maribel, Wisconsin, is more than 2,000 miles away from Wold’s training facility

It was the first time for Paul Wilinski to show his mare, Paddysstarlightchic, at an NRCHA Premier Event in the bridle, and they captured the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Championship.


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES in Wilton, California, so his opportunities to ride are few and far between. “That’s been the big problem. People were teasing me, asking ‘How do you get better if you don’t ride?’ I really don’t know. I ride maybe once a month at home. When I do ride, I’m under supervision, and don’t develop bad muscle memory. It probably drives Ken up the wall,” Wilinski said good-naturedly. To prepare for the Stallion Stakes, trainer and student met up at the Arizona Quarter Horse Association Sun Circuit show in Scottsdale shortly before the NRCHA show in Las Vegas, for some schooling runs on Paddysstarlightchic. “It gave us a chance to really get together. I showed her three or four times. It really sunk in that you don’t have to try so hard to win all the time, and it works better if you just show your horse and let the judges judge you. It’s amazing what happens, slowing down a little and allowing the horse to be the athlete instead of the rider!” Wilinksi said. The schooling and relaxation made a difference in Las Vegas. Wilinski was pleased with some positive changes in his rein work, and, as always, enjoyed his mare’s full-throttle athleticism down the fence.

“She’s one of those horses that really folds up and is a huge stopper, and gives her heart on the cow,” he said. “I just need to get with her more. At this show, I did the fence run without a stirrup, and Ken said, ‘Man, you’re nuts—you’re so aggressive down the fence!’ But with her, if you get a good run, it doesn’t feel like you’re going that fast.” Wilinski, who owns and operates the custom cabinet company his father started in 1959, also made the Stallion Stakes Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro finals on his gelding, Smooth Santanna (Smooth As A Cat x Smart Mariah x Smart Little Lena), taking home another $2,078.

NON PRO LIMITED SPECTACULAR The Non Pro Limited riders also had a chance to win a three-event herd work, rein work and boxing Spectacular title, and a big group of 28 entries accepted the challenge. Amid many high scores, it was Oakdale, California, high school senior Adriana Adams and Wanna Winna Prize (Smokums Prize x Ill Be A Winning Gal x Ill Be Smart) taking home top honors. Adams and the 2008 gelding, known as “Junior” around the barn, scored a

Adrianna Adams and Wanna Winna Prize, a gelding owned by her mother, Andrea Adams, claimed the Non Pro Limited Spectacular Championship. 48 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

429 composite (137 herd/144.5 rein/147.5 cow). The win paid $1,650. Wanna Winna Prize has been part of the Adams family for the past two years, originally purchased for Adams’s mother, Andrea, to ride. “When I go to college—I’m going to Texas Christian University to ride on the equestrian team—she’s going to start riding him,” Adams said. She and the gelding had success at the 2016 AQHYA World Show and the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where they won the $5,000 Non Pro Limited Championship and were reserve in the Non Pro Limited. However, the Stallion Stakes brought a fresh challenge for Adams and Junior. “It was the first time for me to ever show in the herd, so I was a little nervous, but he was good. I had great turn back help. He was super easy for me to show. I was able to put my hand on his neck and just cut,” she said. In the familiar territory of rein work and boxing, the team put together two credit-earning runs. “He ran and stopped hard for me, and turned really good. His circles and lead changes were great. He was smooth and clean all the way through.” Adams said. “When the cow came out, he looked like he wanted to play. Junior was like, ‘Ok, lets get with it.’ He stepped up and definitely took hold of it. It was super fun. I got to enjoy the ride. It was a really good cow. He did a good job stopping him on the ends and keeping up with him.” Adams has been riding since age 5, and got her first cow horse when she was 11. Thanks to support from her parents and coaching from NRCHA Professional Les Oswald, she predicts that reined cow horses will be a permanent part of her life, through college and beyond. “It’s definitely a journey. I want to keep showing and stay with it. I really love the NRCHA and the sport,” she said.


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RESH TERRAIN FOR THE TWO REIN

By Stephanie Duquette Photos by Primo Morales

The new Two Rein Spectacular debuts at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, gaining immediate popularity among Open and Non Pro competitors.

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hree-event “Spectacular” classes for horses age 6 and older, featuring herd work, rein work and cow work, are familiar territory for bridle horses. A brand-new offering at the 2017 Stallion Stakes, the Two Rein Spectacular, was the first of its kind at an NRCHA Premier Event, and gained substantial entries among Open and Non Pro riders alike. The two rein stage of cow horse training, part of the traditional vaquero process, is transitional for a horse, as it develops from a youngster that is ridden and shown two-handed in the snaffle and/or hackamore, to a mature cow horse that is ridden and shown one-handed in a curb bit and romal reins, also referred to as “straight up” in the bridle. According to the customary time frame for NRCHA competition, two rein horses are typically 6-year-olds that have been trained for the 3-year-old futurities, followed by the 4- and 5-year-old derby and hackamore events. They are shown one-handed in the bridle and romal reins, 52 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Monica Caetano won the Open Two Rein Spectacular Championship with Smokin Little Ringo, owned by John Pascoe.

but also wear a “bosalito,” or thin bosal and mecate rein. As riders hold the two sets of reins, they are permitted to put fingers in between to help guide their horses, something that is not allowed in the bridle.

According to NRCHA Professionals Committee Chairman Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Arizona, the Two Rein Spectacular was created in response to a need within the reined cow horse industry.


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES “The motivation to develop the Two Rein Spectacular comes from the lack of finished bridle horses that are in our sport. You can’t find enough good, solid, finished bridle horses for the Non Pro or the Open. Where we are losing some of those horses is when they transition out of the snaffle and hackamore, but before they have enough experience in the bridle to be competitive bridle horses. We need a place for those horses to show, win some money, gain some experience, and stay in training through that traditional method.” The first offering of a Two Rein Spectacular drew a robust field of 22 Open entries and 13 Non Pro entries, a substantially larger group of two rein horses than in previous years, when the standard rein work and fence work horse show class was the only opportunity for a two rein horse to compete. “Right off the bat, we’ve seen good popularity. Our entry numbers went up

“Right off the bat, we’ve seen good popularity. Our entry numbers went up dramatically, which proves the class was in demand and is going to satisfy some needs.” –Brad Barkemeyer

dramatically, which proves the class was in demand and is going to satisfy some needs,” Barkemeyer said. Another Two Rein Spectacular will be offered at the NRCHA Derby, June 12-18 in Paso Robles, California.

OPEN TWO REIN SPECTACULAR CHAMPION The Open Two Rein Spectacular Champion was Smokin Little Ringo (Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina x Mister Dual Pep), shown by Monica Caetano, Lemoore, California, and owned by John Pascoe. Caetano piloted the 2011 gelding, a horse she has shown consistently and successfully since he was a

3-year-old, to a composite score of 659.5 (214.5 herd/220 rein/225 cow), earning $5,180. Caetano and Smokin Little Ringo also won the concurrent Open Two Rein horse show class, adding another $2,130 to their winnings. Not a bad outing for a horse that probably would have stayed at home without the new opportunity in the Two Rein Spectacular. “I think it’s a huge, huge deal because I don’t think I would be showing him at these big shows in the two rein, because before, it was such a small deal. But with the Spectacular, as soon as we found out, we got him entered. With these horses that can do the three events, it is an excellent place for them, where they don’t have to jump in with those older, really broke [bridle] horses, and gives us a place to go and show and still be able to do all the events,” Caetano said. The Open Two Rein Spectacular Reserve Champion was another successful limited age event horse that is moving into the next phase: Some Kinda Merada (Cats Merada x Ima Fern Believer x Peptoboonsmal), shown by NRCHA $2 Million Rider Todd Bergen and owned by Cable Creek Ranch. Bergen banked a $4,070 check when he guided the 2011 mare to a 654.5 (217.5 herd/221 rein/216 cow).

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The Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular Champion was Sonia DiStefano, winning the title with a 434.5 composite on her gelding, Reys Stylish Bell. 54 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Sonya DiStefano, from Foothills, Alberta, Canada, won the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular with her gelding, Reys Stylish Bell (Dual Rey x Blues Stylish Bell x Docs Stylish Oak), scoring a 434.5 (143.5 herd/142 rein/149 cow). The champion-


///////// 2017 NRCHA STALLION STAKES ship paid $1,770. DiStefano’s rein and cow work scores also earned the win in the concurrent Non Pro Two Rein horse show class, giving the 17-year-old competitor another $1,167. “I felt good showing him in the two rein. I was happy to hear that there was a Spectacular for two rein horses. I really like showing out of the herd, especially on that horse, and was excited to have the opportunity,” DiStefano said. It was a satisfying way to complete her first year with Reys Stylish Bell, nicknamed “Trouble,” a horse previously owned by Farrah Roberts McArthur, the wife of DiStefano’s trainer, NRCHA Professional Cody McArthur. “When we were in Vegas last year was the first time I actually rode him, and we bought him shortly after we got home. It’s cool to be back a year later and be able to show him there. I felt great about my runs. I thought he was really good. It was only my second time showing him in the two rein, and I was proud of the way he was honest and listened to me all the way through.” DiStefano thanked her parents, as well as the McArthurs and the entire community of friends she has gotten to know since she started showing cow horses in 2014. “I’m super grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given just to be able to do this. I always try to keep that in mind and remember that I’m blessed to be here,” she said. “I have so much fun, I keep positive thoughts in my head and try to do my best every time. The more I show, the less nervous I get.” The Reserve Champion in both the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular and the Two Rein horse show class was Chantz Stewart, riding Leggy Lisa Marie (NMSU Truckin Chex x Ms Highbrow Playmate x High Brow Hickory) to a 425 composite (143 herd/145.5 rein/136.5 cow), earning combined paychecks of $2,447. 56 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS


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The 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Horse Show Champions

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ith substantial purse money and attractive prizes, the horse show classes that accompanied the 2017 NRCHA Stallion Stakes appealed to competitors with hackamore, bridle, two rein and boxing horses.

OPEN BRIDLE The Open Bridle Champion was Thecrowdlovesme (Smart Chic Olena x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark), shown by Shawn Hays, Nocona, Texas. Hays and the stallion, owned by Lindsay Wadhams, earned a 292 composite (146.5 rein/145.5 cow) and a check for $2,310.

LIMITED OPEN BRIDLE The Limited Open Bridle Champion was Earthly Riches (Tulare x Cmon Tell Us x King Fritz Two), shown by Daniel Sanchez. Their 289.5 score (143.5 rein/146 cow) earned a $1,350 paycheck for owner Donna Russo. 60 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS


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NOVICE NON PRO BRIDLE

Corey Bender and Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood) took home a pair of championships in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Bridle classes when they scored a 293.5 (144.5 rein/149 cow). Their two paychecks totaled $3,090.

Ellie Willoughby piloted Heza Whiz Kid (Who Whiz It x Sheza Lady Badger x Star Chex Badger) to a 291 composite (149 rein/142 cow) for the championship in the Novice Non Pro Bridle. Willoughby earned a check for $1,158.

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The Open Hackamore Champion was Bet On Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Bet On Merada x Bet On Me 498 x Peppy San Badger), shown by Erin Taormino for owners Shane and Morgan Jones. Their 291.5 score (145.5 rein/146 cow) earned $2,460.

The Limited Open Hackamore Champion was Ms Half Time Cowgirl (Half Time Report x Miss Skeets Cowgirl x Skeets Peppy), shown by Jesus Roman for owner Rocking J Ranch. They earned a $1,500 paycheck for the win.

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NON PRO HACKAMORE In the Non Pro Hackamore, Dakota Pelton rode his gelding, Nitro Daddyo (Cuttin Like My Dad x Tangallulah x Tangys Classy Peppy) to the championship, scoring a 282.5 (141.5 rein/141 cow). The win paid $1,050.

NON PRO TWO REIN Sonya DiStefano and her gelding, Reys Stylish Bell (Dual Rey x Blues Stylish Bell x Docs Stylish Oak) also took home a pair of titles in the Non Pro Two Rein Spectacular and the Non Pro Two Rein horse show class. Their 291 composite (142 rein/149 cow) was good for an $1,167 payday. 64 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

OPEN TWO REIN Not only did Monica Caetano and Smokin Little Ringo (Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina x Mister Dual Pep) win the Open Two Rein Spectacular, they also claimed $2,130 in firstplace money for the Open Two Rein horse show class, scoring a 220 in the rein work and 225 on the cow. The 2011 gelding is owned by John Pascoe.

YOUTH BRIDLE The Youth Bridle Champion was Kelsey Lynch, riding Smart Ronnie Shine (Shining Spark x Smart Nu Penny x Nu Cash), a gelding owned by her grandfather, James Putnam. Their win came with a $880 paycheck.


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NON PRO LIMITED

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When Adrianna Adams won the Non Pro Limited Spectacular on Wanna Winna Prize (Smokums Prize x Ill Be A Winning Gal x Ill Be Smart), she also collected first place in the concurrent Non Pro Limited horse show class. The gelding is owned by her mother, Andrea Adams.

The $5,000 Non Pro Limited Champion was Maggie Cincotta, who piloted Chics Got Guns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Cremes Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena) to a 290.5 composite (145 rein/145.5 cow). The win paid $850.

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Tiffany Buschhueter and Dressed Wright (Lenas Wright On x Shiney And Dressy x Shining Spark) were tops in the $1,000 Non Pro Limited, scoring a 287 (140.5 rein/146.5 cow) for a $609 payday.

Lannie-Jo Lisac rode her gelding, Soulanova, to a pair of 147 scores in the rein and cow work to win the Youth Limited with a 294 composite. The championship paid $345.

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National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Brendon Clark takes part in the life-changing Heroes And Horses 500 Miles Project, which unites combat veterans and wild horses for a healing journey.

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quine-assisted therapy programs do not typically recruit horses with even the slightest tendency to bite, kick, strike, buck or otherwise endanger the people they are intended to heal, but Heroes And Horses is not a typical program. Wild mustangs from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are the therapeutic equines of choice for the Montana-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to inspire personal growth in military combat veterans via the horse/human relationship. National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Brendon Clark volunteered as a Heroes And Horses guest trainer in January, spending nearly a week in the Montana winter deep freeze to help oversee the earliest stages of gentling, sad-


dling and riding 15 feral horses, freshly gathered from public lands. Within 60 days of first contact, the mustangs would be expected to transform from wild to willing, and join a group of veterans on an epic 500-mile cross-country ride and pack trip from New Mexico to Arizona. The journey is designed to help veterans gain purpose and clarity in civilian life, and cope with the effects of traumatic experiences during their service. The entire process, called the 500 Miles Project, is the subject of a documentary film, beginning with the selection and loading of 15 wild horses at the Burns, Oregon, BLM Adopt-A Horse center on January 3. The newly-trained mustangs and their human counterparts hit the trail at the end of February. Clark became involved in the program through a friend, professional photographer Chris Douglas, who provided the images for this article at no charge, other than a request that the magazine donate to the 501(c)(3) non-profit Heroes And Horses—which was fulfilled.

“The first day, I named the big bay horse that was dangerous. I called him Rolex, because he was going to take time. It was good to see how much he changed and when he trusted, he actually trusted, but he took time.” –Brendon Clark “Chris and I were friends during my bull riding career, and he knows what I’ve been doing with horses, so he contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested. It’s a pretty unique opportunity to be able to help our military,” said Clark, an Australian-born former rodeo athlete who now trains reined cow horses from his Hollister, California, facility. Without hesitation, Clark said yes to the colt-starting job that would pay him nothing and require him to work with some of the most challenging animals he had ever laid hands on. Clark joined

Heroes And Horses staff worked alongside Clark and two other professional trainers. The hands-on instruction prepared them to continue the mustangs’ education after the trainers left Montana.

two other professionals: Ramon Becerra, whose horse industry niche is training for TV, film, print advertising, live performances and celebrities; and Grant Golliher, who has a wide range of experience as a colt starter, polo player, and a pack and hunting guide. “It was very interesting, because we had never met each other, the three of us, but our philosophy and our training techniques were a lot the same, so it was fun that way,” Clark said. The process began abruptly, for both the trainers and the mustangs. “Basically, they landed there on a Sunday, and Monday morning, we started them. They were as close as it gets to being wild. Some of them, from what we were told, hadn’t been in captivity a month. Some of them had been there two to three months. They were out in big pens with each other and they just kind of gate-cut them, you’d pick the ones you wanted and off you go,” Clark said. Gallatin River Ranch in Manhattan, Montana, offered the use of its indoor arena so the training team and their wild equine students could have some relief from the cold. “It was minus 26 the first day,” Clark recalled. In one of his Instagram video posts during the week, he pointed out his multiple layers, seven in all, from undershirt to doubled-up parkas. Clark and his co-trainers started six horses, focusing on two apiece. The remaining nine went to the University of Montana colt-starting class to begin their educations. In addition to training the horses, the professional horsemen also trained the Heroes And Horses staff, including the program’s founder, Micah Fink, so they could continue working with the horses after the first six days. “When we left there, we had them all started. You could ride them all, walk, trot and canter them all, stop them all, REINED COW HORSE NEWS | MAY/JUNE 2017

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///////// HEROES AND HORSES Fifteen Bureau of Land Management mustangs arrived in Montana tagged with numbers, but as they developed trust in their human handlers, the numbers were replaced with names. The 500 Miles Project training team, from left to right: Heroes And Horses Equine Manager Sean Tuttle, NRCHA Professional Brendon Clark, Heroes And Horses Founder/CEO Micah Fink, professional horseman Ramon Becerra, professional horseman Grant Golliher, Heroes And Horses Program Coordinator Mike Reilly.

and they could all be saddled without being tied up. Micah and his staff continued on the training and got them to where they are ready to pack, be led, ready to do everything. It’s going to be pretty cool to follow along,” Clark said. Although the wild horses were not easy at first, they made rapid progress.

“Out of the six we had, there were probably two of the toughest horses I’ve ever had to work with or start. One of them was, he was an older one, he was a 5-year-old, and he looked more like a bucking horse. I think he was the most dangerous horse I’ve ever been around in my life. He was bad. But when we left

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there in six days, you could pick all his feet up, you could catch him and ride him, and do whatever. He had only had two ‘rides,’ you could say, but he was gentle enough for them to go on training,” Clark said. The six horses all arrived in Montana as numbers, with BLM tags bearing their identifying digits. When they left, the tags were gone and they all had names reflecting some aspect of their personality or appearance. “The first day, I named the big bay horse that was dangerous. I called him


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eparately from the 500 Miles Project, Heroes And Horses offers Montana backcountry riding and packing trips for combat veterans in some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in North America. The threephase process is designed to create a situation where veterans rehabilitate themselves and each other through team building and leadership. In Phase One, program participants travel to Montana for a five-day course in horsemanship and packing for their week-long trek through the high mountains. Next, they check into wilderness survival school for five days, where they receive professional instruction in tool making, foraging, shelter and fire building, and more. Participants who successfully graduate from Phase One return to Heroes

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And Horses base camp to apply their knowledge in the Beartooth Mountains, using advanced horsemanship, equine medicine, basic farrier work, ranch work, chainsaw use and more. The expedition team departs to the high plateau for 10 days of high-altitude travel to remote lakes, which provides them with a chance to practice their acquired survival skills while working in small teams. During the last two days, veterans are separated into groups of two, and they spend two days making their way back to base camp. In Phase Three, participants have the opportunity to take the skills that they have acquired through the first two phases of the program, by going to work either as a wilderness outfitter, learning horsemanship, or working

cattle on a ranch in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, or Utah. In all three phases, team building is an ongoing process, allowing veterans to share their stories and the daily challenges they face in their return to “regular life.” Leadership skills go hand-in-hand with team building, enabling veterans to better learn how to communicate, make good decisions and build their moral courage. In all aspects, the program seeks to empower veterans to grow forward and control their own lives, with horses as a significant part of the process. “The more I talked to Micah about what he went through, and what he’s helping people go through—he’s had guys go through the program and just be like, they can’t believe how much these horses trust them, and then they

learn to trust people through learning to trust the horse. It gets pretty deep. You don’t realize what they go through. It’s a sad thing, because they’ve risked their lives and put their lives on the line for all of us, and then a lot of them can’t explain what they’re going through,” Clark said. The Heroes And Horses program is available to qualified veterans at no cost. Applicants are referred from a combination of sources, including the American Legion, The Veterans Administration, military hospitals, military family support units, etc. The program welcomes direct contact from combat veterans who may be candidates for the program, or individuals who know a veteran who may qualify. More information is available at HeroesAndHorses.org.


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Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Doc’s Hickory), is a 2011 bay roan stallion with performance earnings of $112,000+. He has earned multiple reined cow horse and cutting championships and finals placings in the NRCHA, NCHA, and AQHA. He stands at Santa Lucia Farms, Santa Ynez, California, in 2017. Call Me Mitch is owned by Estelle Roitblat and shown by NRCHA Professional Phillip Ralls and NCHA Professional Russ Westfall.

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

Hes Wright On (Lenas Wright On x Shesa Lota Nic x Reminic) is a 2003 bay AQHA stallion with lifetime performance earnings of $170,000+. He is AQHA 5-Panel N/N. Hes Wright On was the 2015 NRCHA #7 Leading Sire, the 2015 Equi-Stat #2 Leading Junior Reined Cow Horse Sire, and the 2015 EquiStat #6 Leading Reined Cow Horse Sire. Foals sired by Hes Right On have earned nearly $350,000. Hes Wright On is owned by the Hes Wright On Partnership. For breeding information and more details, visit www.BrazosValleyStallionStation.com

Michael and Michelle Miola built Silver Spurs Equine out of a passion for great horses and for the sport of reining. Located in Cave Creek, Arizona, their world-class training and breeding facility is home to great stallions including NRCHA Million Dollar Sire Nic It In The Bud. Visit www.Silver Spurs Equine.com to learn more.

Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC, with locations in Santa Ynez, California, and Weatherford, Texas, has become a leading breeder and owner of reined cow horses, reining horses, and cutting horses. Breeding, raising and showing quality performance Quarter Horses is a passion at Holy Cow - dedicated to raising quality performers that are world class in their respective fields. 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 www.HolyCowPerformanceHorses.com.

Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Fults Ranch, is an $11 Million Sire and the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association Sire of the Year. He is the second highest money-earning stallion in the history of the National Cutting Horse Association. Metallic Cat also offers the Metallic Cat Incentive at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, offering a $10,000 bonus to the highest-placing Open finalist and $5,000 to the highest-placing Non Pro finalist sired by Metallic Cat. Visit him on the web at www.MetallicCat.com.

Matthews Cutting Horses, owned and operated by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, is the home of NRCHA Million Dollar Sire ONE TIME PEPTO (Peptoboonsmal x One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena). Matthews Cutting Horses is well known for superior performance horse bloodlines. The Matthews breeding program is built on extraordinary pedigrees and exceptional performance. His first foals came of show age in 2010, and in 2014, One Time Pepto was the #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 www.OneTimePepto.com.

NRCHA Breeder Sponsor, Smart Boons, is a stallion with lifetime show earnings of nearly $200,000. The red roan son of Peptoboonsmal is out of Smart Little Easter, a daughter of Smart Little Lena. He is owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn - and has been trained and shown for most of his career by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing. The Dunns are very excited about Smart Boons future as a leading sire - and they invite you to share their passion! Learn more at www.SmartBoons.com.

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Parrot and Clark take a quiet break during the mustang’s first six days in training. The bay horse in the background is Rolex, who earned his name because he was difficult to train and required more time.

Rolex, because he was going to take time. It was good to see how much he changed and when he trusted, he actually trusted, but he took time. He was on the fight for his life for sure. The other one I named, he was a grey horse, and I called him Parrot because he looked like he had a bit of a parrot mouth. He was a little easier to work with, and I got further along with him. People loved him. He became this character. The guys out there [on the 500 Miles Project], they love Parrot.”

CLOSING WOUNDS Micah Fink, Heroes And Horses Founder and CEO, spent 10 years as a Navy SEAL and combat medic in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones, then another four years as a paramilitary operative. The avid outdoorsman, Ironman and horseman saw a need to establish a program that could achieve real results for veterans whose return to civilian life was difficult because of post-traumatic stress disorder, physical injury or other remnants of their military experience. According to the Heroes And Horses website, HeroesAndHorses. org, almost 60,000 veteran-specific nonprofit groups exist in North America, 76 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

and billions are spent each year funding initiatives focused on supporting those organizations, yet addiction and suicide rates for veterans are on the rise. “I didn’t know Micah before. He’s an extraordinary guy. He definitely has done his fair share of keeping our country safe. It was pretty cool to be there with a guy like that and hear some the stuff that went on and what he had to go through. He’s very up front about what he went through when he came back, and what it was like,” Clark said. As he worked with Fink and the other veterans who oversee the Heroes And Horses program, showing them horsemanship techniques to help hem continue training the mustangs, Clark was surprised by the deep impact the program had on him over the six days. “I went there thinking I’m just going to do what I do, and I want to do a good job, show them how to work with these horses, help them and leave. It became— this is part of me now. Once I got there, I realized it was much bigger than starting mustangs. I was doing something to give back to someone who’s given me the opportunity to make my living doing what I love. It turned into a lot more than just what I went there for,” he said.

Choosing wild BLM horses for the Heroes And Horses 500 Miles Project was not happenstance. Both species involved in the journey—horses and humans— had similar challenges to overcome. “If you think about PTSD, I’m not about to say I know what it’s like, but obviously it’s hard for them to adjust to normal society because that’s not what they’re used to when they come back from war, or from the military, wherever they may have been. If you think about what a mustang is, we’re taking him from where he’s been his whole life, which is in the wild, and bringing him into civilization and trying to help him. There’s such a close parallel to what the story is all about in the big scheme of things. We’re changing the horses’ lives and changing the peoples’ lives, and together, they’re changing each other. That’s a pretty cool thing.” The 500 Miles Project participants, horse and human alike, can be followed on Instagram: @500MilesProject. More information about how to support and contribute to both the Heroes And Horses program and the documentary film can be found at HeroesAndHorses.org and 500MilesProject.org.


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s the popularity of reined cow horse competition continues to grow, so too do the size and scope of National Reined Cow Horse Association sanctioned events. In fact, all NRCHA Premier Events, and a number of affiliate horse shows, now utilize a two arena format in order to accommodate all entries while staying within desired daily start and finish time parameters. Should you be taking steps to attend an event that will feature two competition arenas, the NRCHA staff offers several useful tips to help you juggle it all—without experiencing undue anxiety in the process.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO According to executive administrator Kelley Hartranft, the first rule of effectively preparing for a NRCHA major event is to “Know before you go.” Take advantage of information posted under the “Events” tab on the NRCHA 78 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

All NRCHA Premier Events, and a number of affiliate events, have incorporated two show arenas in order to accommodate growing entries.

website, where you can frequently check show schedules and updates at the click of a mouse before arriving at the venue. “Review the show information, including the schedule,” said Kelley, “and identify if you’re going to be required to be in two pens on the same day.” Armed with the knowledge that you will, in fact, be required to compete in two different arenas on the same day, Kelley and fellow show administrator Allison Walker agree that such scenarios

are not cause for panic. This is where their second rule of effective horse show preparation enters the equation. “Step two is to make a plan,” Kelley said. “Find out which of the classes you’re entered in are going to be held on the same day. Is it herd work, reining or cow work? Are they similar disciplines or different? Determine if you will be physically required to be in two arenas at the same time, and then formulate a plan to tackle the logistics.”


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show utilizes more than one show arena at the same time, it is possible that an exhibitor may have a conflict where they would be required to be in two places at once. In this situation, the exhibitor may request the non-priority run be moved to the bottom of the draw order without penalty. This request must be made of Show Management (back gate / bit check / secretary) at least 30 minutes prior to the conflict. Show Management will designate a “priority pen.” If one of the pens is a Limited Aged Event, that pen shall be given the priority status. Priority pen work order may not be changed.

“It’s necessary to determine how you will prepare yourself and your horse for multiple runs in one day, if your horse can take that, and if you have adequate support to do it,” said Kelley. Managing multiple horses showing in two different arenas on the same day may require more helping hands to warm up,

“Review the show information, including the schedule and identify if you’re going to be required to be in two pens on the same day.” –Kelley Hartranft

boot up, and in general make sure all the requisite items are in the correct location at the right time to show in both pens. Kelley says to be sure you know which horse, in the case of showing multiple horses, goes first and where. “Be sure you’ve got a plan as to how much time it takes to prepare each horse and line up some help if you need it,” she said.

PRACTICE PEN PROTOCOL Another key piece of advice is not forgetting about riding in the practice pen if that’s the sort of preparation you anticipate needing. Kelley and Allison both say you can factor in practice pen time almost like a third show arena—but do not panic—instead, be organized. “You can find out if you have a priority work in the practice pen and find out the time of that priority work beforehand,” Kelley said. Look at your show schedule and determine when the practice pen time will be. Much like lining up turnback help for herd work competition, determine if you’ll need some help in the practice arena. The practice pen staff will cerBONNIE WHEATLEY

When showing multiple horses in different divisions, situations will arise when you may be drawn in one class in one arena at the same time you are drawn into another class in the second show arena. The thing to do when you suspect you may have such a conflict is to notify show management as early as possible says Kelley. “If you suspect any potential conflict between the classes arising, first it’s a good idea to ask for the approximate numbers in the classes in advance so you can figure out about what time you will show in both pens,” Kelley said. “More than likely, show management has already identified the potential problem and scheduled around it.” Further, a clear provision in the NRCHA Rulebook exists that allows management to adjust the working order draw in order to alleviate such situations when they arise.

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MANAGING MULTIPLE RUNS ON YOUR HORSE Beyond show pen logistics, another important consideration is the number of runs you’ll be putting on your horse. Close examination of the show schedule in advance will help you determine if you’ll need to show your horse twice in one day. The next logical question to ask is if your horse’s performance will be negatively impacted by making multiple runs in one day, or if you’re showing a horse that can handle a heavier schedule. 80 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

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tainly appreciate contestants’ efforts to be timely in order to keep the schedule for their arena running equally as smooth as the horse show arenas. When your plans include schooling your horse or horses off site or in advance, the same rules of organization apply. Determine what day you’ll practice and how much travel time and help will be needed. Find out when the practice facility is available and if there are multiple arenas for schooling. If other riders and trainers are trying to accomplish the same thing prior to the horse show in question, it may be prudent to reserve specific private ride times with the facility. NRCHA competition is serious business, but with a little extra help and pre-planning, showing in more than one arena on the same day can be an enjoyable “next-level” experience.

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The CRCA earns 2016 NRCHA Affiliate of the Year honor thanks to growth and dedication. By Bonnie Wheatley

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he Colorado Reined Cowhorse Association achieved a major milestone in 2016, when it earned the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Affiliate of the Year honor. Presented during the Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas, in February 2017, the CRCA earned the distinction thanks to the vision and hard work of its leadership coupled with the enthusiasm of its members. Affiliates provide a way for people interested in NRCHA competition to get involved locally with one of 27 regional groups. “As president of the CRCA I’m very proud of this affiliate being recognized as the NRCHA Affiliate of the Year,” said Colorado-based horseman Dave Dillman. “This award is recognition that we, the entire CRCA family—past and present— are coming together to not only grow the sport of reined cow horse, but also to 84 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

educate and bring into our organization newcomers. It’s an award for the whole CRCA to be proud of.” From humble roots dating back to its inception in 1996, the CRCA has grown from a small group of reined cow horse enthusiasts to a robust membership of 421 in 2016—up by 64 percent from 257 in 2015. Entry numbers have followed suit, increasing by 46 percent to 2,598 in 2016. Growth in membership, expanded show dates, increased entries, higher payouts, and more sponsorship and awards were all factors that helped the CRCA earn Affiliate of the Year status. “There is no one thing that makes our affiliate so successful,” said board member Megan Ciana. “It’s the culmination of things that happen when you have a

large group of people who care about and take pride in their group of people. It’s a contagious energy.”

FOCUS ON THE CUSTOMER The CRCA’s commitment to providing good shows where members can regularly compete is a factor that has contributed to greater awareness for reined cow horse in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. “CRCA’s success is the result of a group of CRCA members (i.e. the Board) who are committed to running several shows each year with reasonable show costs and entry fees,” said long-time board member and current executive director Jerry Peters. The CRCA produces top-tier events, and with assistance from its loyal spon-


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“This award is recognition that we, the entire CRCA family—past and present—are coming together to not only grow the sport of reined cow horse, but also to educate and bring into our organization newcomers. It’s an award for the whole CRCA to be proud of.” –Dave Dillman

CRCA members gathered during their March Madness show in Loveland, Colorado, for a group photo commemorating CRCA’s 2016 Affiliate of the Year distinction.

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ver the years, the CRCA has implemented several new categories to encourage newcomers to show at its affiliate events. By offering entry-level classes that are user-friendly, riders can participate in a fun, non-intimidating environment while watching their trainers and mentors in the open and aged-event classes. The CRCA box only classes have drawn a lot of participation and become a huge feeder league for those interested in showing, but not interested in starting their fence career. The affiliate has grown thanks to the CRCA board of directors working hard to offer divisions that appeal to competitors of various levels. A few examples are the Novice Horse Derby, Select classes, Non Pro Limited Futurity and Derby classes, the $1,000 Non Pro Limited division and $250 Pro-Am Boxing class. The association also implemented its own Stallion Stakes program to attract owners, breeders and trainers, awards youth scholarships annually, and organized its own hall of fame in 2015.

Creation of the $1,000 Non Pro Limited division, a class later adopted by the NRCHA, has helped expand entry level opportunities for first-time cow horse competitors. Butch Mundhenke, who won the 2016 North Central Region $1,000 Non Pro Limited Championship, rode Dunnits Surprise (ARC Sparkle Surprise x Dun It Doll x Hollywood Dun It), a 2003 gelding owned by he and his wife Sheri, to the title.

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NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn, longtime CRCA board member Jill Cook, CRCA President Dave Dillman and NRCHA President Todd Bergen at the NRCHA Banquet during the Celebration of Champions in February 2017 where CRCA was recognized as top affiliate of 2016. PRIMO MORALES

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sors, successfully increased the added money offered at its 11 show dates in 2016. The 19 total horse shows added a combined $135,000, for total payouts of $310,000. The CRCA leadership has identified ways to attract interest via the ease of entering and reserving stalls online, offering competitive fee structures and keeping cattle costs reasonable. “We focus on the customer—our riders and their horse owners,” Peters said. “We believe in making it simple for those who come to the shows, keeping them informed along the way, and making their experience the best it can possibly be.” The CRCA’s website allows members to gather all applicable show information online. Results, standings, class draws, and links to trainers are kept current on the website, which is a great resource for anyone interested in becoming involved with reined cow horses. The association also keeps members updated on national and regional horse show action via its Facebook page. Regularly broadcast webcasts of the shows let friends and family watch remotely and stay in touch with CRCA action. While CRCA shows are largely a volunteer effort, following and promoting NRCHA’s high show standards in a welcoming environment remains paramount. “Our organization has seen tremendous growth in the past few years,” Dillman said. “I credit that to the people. Time and time again I’m reminded that our No. 1 asset is the people in the club making others feel welcome, and all of us not only showing our horses competitively, but also making sure the experience is fun for everyone. We are tremendously lucky here in Colorado with the number of quality shows to go to. I hope all our members are proud of this accomplishment and that we keep the good work going.”

The CRCA was proud to see eight of the 14 available NRCHA 2016 National titles at the Celebration of Champions won by its members. Meradas Golden Rey ridden by Naomi Bancroft for Setting Sun Ranch is one such team. Bancroft and Meradas Golden Rey won the 2016 NRCHA Limited Open Bridle National and World Championships.

Beyond promoting a high level of competition at its affiliate shows throughout the year, the CRCA was also proud to see eight of the 14 available NRCHA 2016 National titles at the Celebration of Champions won by its members. “The CRCA exists as a non-profit that channels whatever money is made back into making future shows better,” Peters added.

To that end, the association relies heavily upon the devotion of its volunteers, including its board of directors, members, and sponsors. The CRCA is proud to celebrate two decades of steady grassroots growth and looks forward to the next 20 years. For more on the CRCA, visit Coloradoreinedcowhorse.com.


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obbling helps a horse learn not to fight against being restrained and is another form of desensitizing or sacking out horses. When I was young and working on the ranch, I turned an older horse out when it was snowing and the herd started playing. I heard the wire fence creak. I hurried to check and this horse had slipped and was upside down with his hocks in the barbed wire and both hind shoes in the net wire. He could have cut his legs had he fought that wire, but he had been hobble trained and he laid there and never moved. I had to go get him up. Young or old, horses need to know what hobbles are. I highly recommend using a sandy arena or another area that has soft footing for hobble training. Make sure there’s nothing around for the horse to get caught in. It’s helpful to introduce

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This figure 8 hobble is made of 1-inch doubled and stitched latigo leather. The buckle is a stainless steel square top roller buckle and the rings are made of stainless steel rod. It is small enough to hang on your saddle’s rear D and stout enough to last for years.

hobbles as gently and easily as possible. On foals you can wrap a soft cotton lead rope above the knees with a twist in the middle that you can hold onto and let go of as needed. Young horses have soft bones and you don’t want to do too much. For training mature horses, place the soft cotton rope around the pasterns or ankles with the same twist in the middle. Once they accept this rope, which is generally fairly quickly, the leather hobbles can be used. I prefer a figure 8 hobble, which is the shape it makes when it’s on a horse’s legs, and I like the hobble to have a long tail for training. When it’s on the horse you’re going to have a lot of tail hanging, but if you have a colt or horse that is squirming, you can buckle one of the first holes and gradually tighten it as the colt settles down.

The best and safest hobbles are made of soft but strong latigo leather and stainless steel hardware. Latigo is more resistant to heat, and has more cushioning and flexibility than other leathers. Stainless steel is better than chrome or brass because chrome and brass deteriorate and can rot the leather where it folds around buckles or rings. This is a safety hazard that can be hard to see. Hobbles made out of nylon often have sharp edges that can cut your horse’s legs. Be sure to keep the distance between the middle rings or Ds on your hobbles close. If you leave 8-10 inches between the horse’s legs he can learn to run with the hobbles and that defeats their purpose. Approximately 4-6 inches is a safe amount of space. A horse taught to accept being hobbled will give to pressure and understand release, will be more likely to be still if caught in wire, is easily secured when there’s no place to tie and will not have his mouth or neck jerked by a tied or stepped on rein. Hobble training can have huge paybacks.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association appreciates the enduring support of its long-time Corporate Partner, San Juan Ranch, a division of Santa Cruz Biotechnologies. Owned and operated by NRCHA Hall of Merit inductees John and Brenda Stephenson, San Juan Ranch is located in the heart of reined cow horse country, eastern San Luis Obispo County, California. On the ranch itself, the Stephensons produce Gelbvieh beef cattle and raise world-class performance horses. With Santa Cruz Animal Health, the Stephensons have established an industry-leading company in the distribution and development of veterinary and animal health care products, offering many choices for the optimal care of performance horses, livestock and companion animals. The Animal Health product line includes a comprehensive, high-quality, affordable line of UltraCruz Animal Health Supplements for horses, dogs and cats. This is an exciting new product line developed by the Santa Cruz Animal Health team of experts, and is used daily by the San Juan Ranch. Veterinary prescription drugs for a broad range of clinical applications, including antibiotics, antifungals, critical care, reproduction and neonatal products, are also available. As reined cow horse breeders and owners, the Stephensons have celebrated a milestone many only dream

Corey Cushing pictured with Brenda and John Stephenson after Cushing rode CD Diamond to the 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity championship.

of: watching horses they raised win the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship. The first San Juan Ranch horse to claim the coveted title was Stylish Little Oak (Playin Stylish x Shiners Little Oak x Shining Spark), who won the 2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open with Tucker Robinson in the saddle. The Stephensons did not have to wait long for a repeat: in 2012, CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), with NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing aboard, made them proud once again with a Futurity Open Championship. Horses bred by San Juan Ranch have also won the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open

Championship for two consecutive years. In 2016, it was Cushing and SJR Diamond Rey (Dual Rey x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), and in 2017, it was Brady Weaver and SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playboys King Badger x Playgun). Every year, NRCHA exhibitors and owners look forward to the San Juan Ranch-sponsored early-bird breakfast on finals day at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California. To learn more about San Juan Ranch, visit SanJuanRanch.com. Santa Cruz Animal Health products can be purchased via their website, SCAHealth.com.


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

Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack started his hand made tack business when he was a young cowboy. He realized there was a need for safe, well made, functional horse tack to be readily available to horsemen & horsewomen. This is Dennis’s 41st anniversary in the handmade tack business! He works closely with professional trainers and horsemen to design and test his equipment for functionality, fit and durability. From bridles to cinches, horse bits to spurs, I work hard to make this the best tack you’ve ever ridden. You can find everything you need for your horse at www.DMTack.com.

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

Scottsdale Western World offers the finest in Western saddles and tack, from reined cow horse, cutting, and reining to ranch riding, Western pleasure and trail. We feature the complete line of Silver Spurs Saddles by AM, a collaboration between Silver Spurs Equine and world renowned saddle designer Andy Maschke. We also offer preowned saddles—plus bits, bridles, pads, horse accessories, apparel and much more. Find us on the web at www.ScottsdaleWesternWorld.com.

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At Standlee Premium Western Forage, we care about your horses! Your horse isn’t just some animal that you look after. It’s a close companion, a helping hand, and a trusted member of your team. Whether your mare is losing her edge after long days of training on cattle and needs a little extra energy, or has developed more sophisticated nutritional needs during pregnancy, feeding Standlee Premium Western Forage® is the perfect way to get your companion back to her top form. It’s also perfect for that well-aged gelding you’ve had in the family for thirty years whose metabolism just isn’t what it used to be. As horse people, we get it. Your horse is much more than just a horse. Standlee lets you care for it as such. Standlee owns over 18,000 acres of carefully managed alfalfa, timothy grass, orchard grass, alfalfa/grass and orchard/alfalfa hay. Our facility in the small town of Eden, Idaho is 142,000 square feet. We have an extensive customer base both domestically and internationally. Standlee is a leader in the forage industry. We continue to market and develop the highest quality products for our loyal customers all year. Our web site, www.StandleeForage.com, is full of helpful resources, including a nutritional calculator, product overview, dealer locator and much more.

Don Rich Custom Saddles are specifically designed for use in the Western performance horse industry with an emphasis on reined cow horse, cutting, ranch horse, and reining events. Choose from our beautiful selection of saddles in stock, or place a custom order. See our inventory and learn more at www.DonRichSaddlery.com.

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

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

San Juan Ranch, a Division of Santa Cruz Animal Health, is rapidly becoming an industry leader in the distribution and development of Veterinary and Animal Health Care Products. As the official animal health and breeding supplier of the NRCHA, the company offers a wide range of products for the optimal care of performance horses, livestock and companion animals. The Animal Health product line includes a comprehensive, high-quality, affordable line of UltraCruz™Animal Health Supplements for horses, dogs and cats. Veterinary Prescription Drugs for a broad range of clinical applications, including antibiotics, anti-fungals, critical care, reproduction and neonatal products, are also available. San Juan Ranch is a top breeder of Performance Horses and Gelbvieh Cattle. Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., the parent company, is a world leader in the development of products for the biomedical research market. Over the past twenty years, the company has focused on the ongoing development of research antibodies, biochemicals, labware and has recently expanded into animal health care products.

DT Horses, “The Elite Brand,” owned and operated by Dean and Leslie Tuftin, is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon. They are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. Already an established breeding and training program for world champion rope horses, DT Horses has strengthened its reined cow horse industry presence with the addition of NRCHA Champion Hickory Holly Time to its stallion roster in 2016. Under the guidance of DT Horses’ resident trainer, leading NRCHA Professional Kelby Phillips, the DT Horses’ program seeks out the best genetics in the performance horse industry, to create versatile champions for every arena. Find them on the web at www.DTHorses.com.


The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores, and the Official Pet Food food of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. The company has been making premium pet food for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands includes MAX® dog and cat food, NATURAL CHOICE® dog and cat food, and ULTRA™ food for dogs in addition to the GREENIES® brands, which include the #1 veterinary recommended pet specialty dental chews, and PILL POCKETS® and JOINT CARE® treats. For more information, please visit www.thenutrocompany.com and www.greenies.com. Wear Cinch to Win! It’s the Official Clothing of the NRCHA! Lead...don’t follow and wear the choice of champions - Cinch jeans and shirts. When performance counts, the members of the NRCHA turn to Cinch jeans. Cinch is the brand of choice for some of the world’s best horse trainers like Bob Avila, Teddy Robinson and Todd Bergen. Why? Because Cinch jeans offer the kind of fit and comfort that allow riders to focus on the work at hand. Plus Cinch jeans and shirts always look good. You’ll find Cinch jeans and shirts at your favorite Western store or via catalog. Or, visit www.cinchjeans.com to find the retailer nearest you. “Cinch up” with Cinch jeans and shirts. Wear the choice of champions.

Legendary performance horse breeder and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame horsewoman Carol Rose is the sponsor of the NRCHA’s alliance with the National High School Rodeo Association. Carol has been a longtime supporter of the NRCHA Youth program, and her lifetime commitment to raising versatile performance horses makes her a natural fit as the NRCHA helps the NHSRA develop and implement the cow horse event in High School Rodeo. The Carol Rose Quarter Horses facility in Gainesville, Texas, has produced some of the finest American Quarter Horses to compete in AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA and NCHA events.

DC Cow Horse Gear, the online store for Don Rich Custom Saddles, is located in Alpine, Tennessee. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality handmade tack, braided rawhide, Les Vogt and Franco Bits, as well as Don Rich Custom Saddles. Our business is mainly web and trade-show based, but feel free to make an appointment to stop in and check out our selection of great products. Find us at www.DCCowHorseGear.com.

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

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

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

The American Quarter Horse Association, located in Amarillo, Texas, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. AQHA members share a passion for the American Quarter Horse and the vast lifestyle created by the world’s most popular horse. The AQHA is an alliance partner of the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Explore the AQHA’s many resources on the web at www.AQHA.com.

Gist Silversmiths: Crafting a Legend Piece by Piece - Gist Silversmiths is proud of its partnership with the NRCHA as its “Official Silversmith”. For 40 years, Gist has been considered the industry leader in customized trophy and award buckles for champions of all disciplines. Gist Silversmiths believes there is no substitute for the finest in quality, superior craftsmanship and reliable service. Attention to detail is evident in each of their finely sculpted motifs and logos; quality enhanced by unique buckle designs. An award buckle is presented to commemorate a significant achievement and each recipient should be honored with a buckle reflecting the pride of a champion. For more information, visit the Gist Silversmiths website at www.gistsilversmiths.com.

Discount Tire/America’s Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, doing business as Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America’s Tire in Oregon, and parts of Washington and California. The company currently operates more than 875 stores across the country. In 2010, Discount Tire/America’s Tire marked its 50th year in business. Serving more than 40 million customers, the company has built its success on the motto: “Be fair, be truthful, work hard, be there on time and help people.” For more information about Discount Tire/America’s Tire, visit discounttire.com or americastire.com. Bloomer is the “Official Horse Trailer” of the NRCHA. Bloomer Trailers has raised the bar in the horse trailer industry. “If you can dream it, we can build it,” is the company slogan. Bloomer offers the highest quality standards of any trailer manufacturer and backs it up with a 10 year structural warranty. For information, see your local Bloomer Trailer dealer or visit www.bloomertrailers.com. Rios of Mercedes, the Official Boot of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, is one of the last truly handmade all leather boots produced in the United States. There is no secret to making top quality boots. All you need is the finest leather and true bootmakers with years of experience and the desire to be the best at their craft. Rios has remained true to its roots by making boots for folks who are involved in performance and working horses, raise livestock and in general make their living outdoors. Rios has never cheapened their product by taking shortcuts, lowering standards or chasing fashion trends. We make boots for people who know what a pair of boots is intended for: all day comfort whether horseback or afoot. Visit www.riosofmercedes.com to see some of the styles we offer through our retailers.

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

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THE KNOCK-DOWN PENALTY Learn more about when and why the three-point knock-down penalty is applied during NRCHA fence work competition. KELSEY PECSEK

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association Rulebook states that a three-point penalty (K on the official NRCHA Cow Work Judge Card) will be assessed for knocking a cow down without having a working advantage. This penalty sounds simple enough, but it’s really not. There are a number of variables for judges to consider when attempting to be consistent and fair when assessing this penalty. The first thing that needs to be defined is: What is a legal knock down? Any time the animal is pushed, bumped, or tripped and falls to the ground, the situation could call for the knock-down penalty. The animal has to have its body make contact with the ground and all four legs and feet are either to the side or tucked and bent underneath the animal in order for it to be considered for the knock-down penalty. Not to be considered for a knock down is an animal that is only halfway down. This includes an animal that trips in the frontend, but still has its hind legs straight and its body has not totally made contact with the ground. Also not to be considered for a K penalty is the animal that has its hind legs either tripped or bumped and goes half of the way down. If the front legs are still straight and the body is not

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The animal’s body must make contact with the ground and all four legs and feet are either to the side or tucked and bent underneath the animal in order for the situation to call for the knock-down penalty.

totally making contact with the ground, the situation does not constitute a K penalty. The first question the judge must ask himself or herself is if the horse had the working advantage? Most knock downs occur during the later stages of the cow work. The animal is getting weary and the horse is getting aired out, causing it to lean a little. If the horse makes contact exiting a turn or during the circles and the animal goes down, the question is: Did the horse have working advantage or not? If not, it’s a three-point K. If the horse had working advantage and the animal knocks itself down, it is not a knock down, but usually the run content is affected (i.e., the animal wouldn’t get up to let the rider finish the circles positively).

Without the review system, some of the potential knock-down penalties are very difficult calls to make. The important thing is to be fair, consistent, and if a decision is almost too difficult to make one way or the other, the benefit of doubt should always go to the exhibitor. Remember, even if the benefit of doubt goes to the rider, the run content could be affected a bit. Assessment of the three-point K penalty is not usually a simple call to make, but I hope this discussion sheds some light on the guidelines surrounding this particular deduction. Until next time, Bill Enk NRCHA Director of Judges


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NRCHA STALLION SUBSCRIPTION RULES 1.

2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

8. 9.

10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

By nomination of a foal crop, offspring of a subscribed stallion from the nominated foal crop are eligible to show in the NRCHA Stakes both as 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Offspring from a nominated foal crop of a subscribed stallion are also eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Yearling and Select 2-Year-Old Sales. Broodmares in foal to stallions subscribed for the current breeding year (next year’s foal crop) are eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Broodmare Sale.Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program, subject to provisions as set forth in these rules and stipulated on the entry form. Any stallion of any breed may be subscribed to the NRCHA Stakes program, subject to provisions as set forth in these rules and stipulated on the entry form. Nominations must be postmarked and paid by February 1 of the following year for each calendar year to avoid paying the higher fee of the following year. However, to make yearlings, 2-year-olds, and/or bred mares eligible for consideration for the NRCHA Select Sales, those stallions must be subscribed by June 1 of that particular sale year. Nomination fees will be as follows: a. Paid during the breeding year (the next year’s foal crop) - $750 (or $2,500 for current breeding year and next four consecutive breeding years) b. Weanling year - $1,000 c. Yearling year - $1,250 d. 2-year-old year - $1,500 e. 3-year-old year - $1,750 4-year-old year: Nominations received between February 1 of the 4-year-old year and the 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. All nominators of stallions must be members in good standing of the NRCHA. In the event the stallion owner or syndicate manager chooses not to enroll the stallion, nominators may be persons other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion. In the event that the nominator is someone other than the owner or syndicate manager of the stallion, the nominator represents that they are authorized to nominate the stallion. All subscription fees will be made payable to the NRCHA in US funds or its equivalent. The added purse for the NRCHA Stakes will consist of not less than the total stallion nomination fees received less 20% for NRCHA administration. The remaining 80% will be divided between the Open and Non Pro divisions in accordance with NRCHA Board policy. The NRCHA shall have the right to supplement the added-money purse for the event, but shall be under no obligation to do so. A minimum of 5% of the total purse will be used for the Stallion Nominator Award as described below. There shall be no refunds of the nomination fee paid for any reason, and the fee (less 20% for NRCHA administration as set forth above) will become part of the purse for the NRCHA Stakes. In the event a subscribed stallion changes ownership, any previously paid foal crops will remain eligible under the new owner. Nominator Awards will be paid to the original nominator unless otherwise specified in writing to the NRCHA and signed by both the original nominator and the new owner. Stallion Nominator Award: The nominator of the stallion siring the winners of the NRCHA Stakes will receive a monetary award as set by the NRCHA Board of Directors. A list of subscribed stallions nominated to this program and their eligible foal crops will be posted on the NRCHA website, and will be available upon request from the NRCHA. These rules are subject to change at any time by the NRCHA Board of Directors.

NOMINATION FEES Nominated before Feb 1, 2018 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) 102 MAY/JUNE 2017 | REINED COW HORSE NEWS

Nominated after Feb 1, 2018 Foal Crop..................................................Fee 2013.....................................................$2,500 2014.....................................................$2,500 2015.....................................................$1,750 2016.....................................................$1,500 2017.....................................................$1,250 2018.....................................................$1,000 2019........................................................$750 (or $2,500 for 2019-2023)


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

Registration #: Year of First Foal Crop:

SECTION 2 – OWNER INFORMATION Owner Name: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Email Address: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

SECTION 3 – BREEDING INFORMATION / STANDING LOCATION Standing At: Address: City / State / Zip: Phone Number / Best Contact: Website: o Display the above as contact information on the NRCHA website (only one is listed)

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

$ Amount:

o Credit Card* Billing Zip Code:

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 above-named stallion eligible to participate in the NRCHA Subscribed Stallion Program and agree to be bound by the conditions of the program. Nominator Signature: Printed Name:

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

m No

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

m Yes

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

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

Date:

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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.

Rank

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

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2014

2015

2016

Sum of Earnings

$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

$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

$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


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.

Rank

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

2015

2016

Sum of Earnings

$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

$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

$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 April 24, 2017

Alberta Reined Cow Horse Association

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

Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

Cindy Bistodeau PO Box 4473 Cave Creek, AZ 85327 Phone: 928-231-0975 Email: azrcha@gmail.com Website: www.azrcha.com

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

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

California Cow Horse Association

Russ Greathouse PO Box 296 Edison, CA 93220 Phone: 559-960-9840 Email: russg06@gmail.com Website: www.californiacowhorse.com

Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Association Katie Wilson 1280 Powerhouse Rd. Abbotsford, BC V3G 1T7 CANADA Phone: 604-300-3545 Email: cowponykate@gmail.com Website: www.ccrcha.com

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Central Montana Reined Cow Horse Association

Jill Roberts 1521 Parr Creek Ln Lewistown, MT 59457 Phone: 406-538-7564 Email: vjroberts@hughes.net Website: www.centralmontanarcha.com

Colorado Reined Cow Horse Association

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

European Reined Cow Horse Association Laura Ruffino-Vercellino Via Ghiardi 1 San Martino Canavese, 10010 ITALY Phone: +39 3471104168 Email: spotlightnic@hotmail.it Website: www.ercha.org

Gem State Stock Horse Association

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

Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association

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

Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association

Jerry & Shirley Beukelman 3398 Can Ada Rd Nampa, ID 83687 Phone: 208-250-5200 Email: sursur@aol.com Website: www.idahoreinedcowhorse.com

Italian Reined Cow Horse Association Eveline Besozzi Via Giuseppe Grilloni 25 2100 Como, ITALY Phone: +39 347 26 22 783 Email: eveline.besozzi@gmail.com Website: https://nrchaofitaly.com

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

Midwest Reined Cow Horse Association Susan Tullock 5000 W 175th St Stilwell KS 66085 Phone: 913-515-4683 Email: midwestcowhorse@gmail.com

Montana Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Inc

Margaret Ore PO Box 1604 East Helena, MT 59635 Phone: 406-227-7019 Email: more@mt.net Website: www.montanareinedcowhorse.com

Nevada Reined Cow Horse Association Tina Frisch 2036 Surrey Ln Las Vegas, NV 89119 Phone: 702-204-9277 Email: nevadaRCHA@gmail.com Website: www.nrcha.org

New York Reined Cow Horse Association Cindy Pfeifer 6040 Clearly Rd. Livonia, NY 14487 Phone: 585-749-1764 Email: ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com Website: www.newyorkrcha.com


AFFILIATE LISTING North Central Reined Cow Horse Association

Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association

Deb Matko 14221 Furman St. NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 Phone: 612-860-6371 Email: chuckles@visi.com Website: www.ncrcha.com

Zeb Corvin PO Box 1053 Canyon, TX 79015 Phone: 806-517-1205 Email: zmcorvin@juno.com Website: www.panhandlecowhorse.com

Northeastern Reined Cowhorse Alliance

Mary Baks 13 Maple Hill Rd RR #2 Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0 CANADA Phone: 519-881-8684 Email: nerchaon@gmail.com Website: www.northeasternreinedcowhorsealliance.com

Northern California Reined Cow Horse Association

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

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

South Texas Reined Cow Horse Association Tina McCleary 7676 CR 247 Caldwell TX 7786 Phone: 979-218-0633 Email: stillcreektina@gmail.com Website: www.strcha.org

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association Christy McSweeny PO Box 313 Winchester, CA 92596 Phone: 714-785-1333 Email: ltht@airenetworks.com Website: www.scrcha.com

Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Gay Lenz 11587 Hunt Lane Guthrie, OK 73044 Phone: 405-818-7556 Email: horseshowtack@cox.net Website: www.srcha.org

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

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

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

A finance charge of 1.5% per month (18% APR) will be added to all past due amounts. Membership privileges shall be suspended on accounts greater than 90 days past due and this information will be published in Reined Cow Horse News. There will be a membership reinstatement fee of $75. Current as of April 10, 2017

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

Brian&CynthiaHolthouse,SanJuanBautista,CA

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 Committee heads listed serve in 2017, while members of those committees who served in 2016 may change pending updates.

AFFILIATES

JUDGES

OWNERS

Chairperson: Jim Lane jwlaneiii@aol.com • 614-354-1384

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

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

Co-Chairperson: Frank Prisco Frankanddawnprisco@gmail.com

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

PROFESSIONALS

631-478-7022

Sandy Collier • sandycollier@sandycollier.com

Jimmy Flores • jfloresph@aol.com

Sam Rose • sroseqh@aol.com

Edie Petaccio • teampnr29@aol.com

Wade Reaney • wadeireaney@gmail.com

Justin Stanton • justinstanton1992@gmail.com

Dan Roeser • roeserstables@gmail.com

Tim Unzicker • timunzicker@gmail.com

Darren Miller • reinincow@aol.com

WELFARE

Jim Spence • wowcowhorse@aol.com

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

NRCH FOUNDATION

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

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

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

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

NON PRO

Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com

Chairperson: Diane Edwards Diane2bph@outlook.com • 206-390-0715

Trey Neal • trey@treyneal.com

Stephanie Duquette • stephanie@nrcha.com

Brad Barkemeyer • bbarkemeyer@hotmail.com

Kelli Caves • Kelli.Caves@FLHOSP.ORG

Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com

Garth Gardiner • gardinergarth@gmail.com

HALL OF FAME

Meg Rosell-Pursel • meg@roselltrailers.com

Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com

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

HORSE SALES

Rory Livingston • roryliving@aol.com Rhonda Holmes • rhondajjj@msn.com Nelle Murphy • baldnshiney@hotmail.com Bart Holowath • bart.holowath@gmail.com Paul Bailey • paulb@cb-trucking.com Debbie Sanguinetti • outwest1@verizon.net Loretta Showalter • lorettaelsie@gmail.com

Chairperson: Brad Barkemeyer bbarkemeyer@hotmail.com 480-620-4759

RULES Chairperson: Dan Roeser roeserstables@gmail.com • 208-841-2052 Lyn Anderson • lsanderson@wildblue.net Sandy Collier • sandy@sandycollier.com Darren Miller • reinincow@aol.com Jake Telford • j.jtelford1@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

Dan Weiss • dn_weiss@yahoo.com

YOUTH

Robin Flournoy • cowchic53@icloud.com Jim Vangelos • javangelos@aol.com

Chairperson: Sarah Clymer shubrick3@gmail.com • 719-330-1932

Sandy Collier

Ramona Wold • ramonawold@me.com

Allison Walker • allison@nrcha.com

Jeff Oswood

Kris Troxel • ktroxel@sitestar.net

Todd Crawford • toddcrawford333@gmail.com

Larry Rice

Tim Swain • Coloradolandandranch@gmail.com

Jimmy Stickler • stichorses@gmail.com

Chairperson: Todd Crawford toddcrawford333@gmail.com

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SHOW SCHEDULE as of April 18, 2017

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

May 5 - 7 May 12 - 14 May 13 - 14 May 12 - 14 May 13 May 17 - 21 May 20 - 21 May 17 - 21 May 21 - 22 May 20 - 21

Sinsheim Open Pre-Derby Spring Spectacular Silver Slate Western Event Series Twisted Wire Derby NCQHA District 1.TCRCHA Special Event 2nd Stage Championship & Derby Cowhorse Startup Wild Rag Classic Windy City Warm Up Jimmy Flores, Sr. Memorial Derby & Non Pro Triple Crown May 20 - 21 Atlantic @ Willow Brook May 27 - 28 Silver Spur Classic May 26 - 29 Drought Buster May 27 - 28 May Flowers May 26 - 28 Classic Derby & Horse Show May 27 NCQHA District 1. TCRCHA Special Event May 26 - 29 SWQHA Border Circuit Jun 3 Summer Show Jun 10 - 11 3rd Stage Championship & Hackamore Classic Jun 15 - 18 Mountain High Jun 17 - 18 Beef Jerky Jun Jun 17 - 18 Guns Up Ride N Slide Jun 12 - 18 NRCHA Derby Jun 17 - 18 Father’s Day Weekend Event Jun 24 - 25 Atlantic @ Willow Brook Jun 30 - Jul 1 NCQHA District 1. TCRCHA Special Event Jul 1 - 2 Red Dirt Rendezvous Jul 8 - 9 Cowhorse Jul Fever Jul 8 - 9 Jerico Systems Jul Jubilee Jul 13 Calgary Stampede Jul 13 - 16 East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Jul 22 - 23 Cowboy Classic Jul 22 - 23 Summer Cow Horse Roundup Jul 21 - 23 California Rodeo Salinas Jul 25 California Mid-State Fair Jul 29 - 30 Atlantic @ Willow Brook Aug 4 - 6 4th Stage Championship & Pre-Futurity Aug 5 - 6 Cowhorse Meltdown Aug 12 - 13 Cowgirl Classic Aug 12 - 13 Silver Slate Western Event Series Aug 16 - 20 Pre-Futurity & Horse Show Aug 16 - 20 Mid America Aug 18 - 20 Summer Spectacular Aug 18 Cowhorse Bonanzna Aug 25 - 27 Nevada Stallion Stakes & Elko County NRCHA Show Sep 9 - 10 Roy Rich & Green Acres Sep Classic Sep 8 - 17 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Sep 23 - 24, 2017 Atlantic @ Willow Brook Oct 3 - 14 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Oct 3 - 14 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Oct 21 - 22 Shoot Out / Cure For A Cure Oct 27 - 29 Atlantic @ Willow Brook Oct 25 - 29 Colorado Futurity Nov 2 - 5 Fall Festival

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

Sinsheim, GERMANY N/A Cannon Falls, MN North Central RCHA Stavely, AB N/A Livingston, MT Central Montana RCHA Vale, NC The Carolinas RCHA Cremon, ITALY European RCHA Waterford, ON Northeastern RCA Ft. Worth, TX Southwest RCHA Amarillo, TX Panhandle RCHA Temecula, CA Southern California RCHA

Sylvia Bate Jennifer Fjelstad Terri Holowath Jill Roberts Susan Daniels Laura Ruffino Cindy Pfeifer TBD Misty Hobbs Kelley Hartranft

0049-160-8444813 sylvia.bate@web.de (641) 590-1041 jenfjelstad@gmail.com (403) 652-8206 terrih@thecatalystgroup.ca (406) 538-7564 vjroberts@hughes.net (919) 894-2973 showsec@embarqmail.com (39347) 110-4168 ercha@hotmail.it (585) 749-1764 ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com (405) 818-7556 glenz@lenzenterprises.com (806) 683-0466 panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com (714) 267-5912 kelleyh@crtdata.com

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

Catasauqua, PA Cazenovia, NY McCook, NE Sarasota, FL Nampa, ID Vale, NC

Lashon Bussell Cindy Pfeifer Jerry Peters Claudia Nichols Dan Weiss Susan Daniels

(215) 285-3932 (585) 749-1764 (303) 621-9625 (772) 321-9637 (406) 852-3142 (919) 894-2973

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

Las Crueces, NM Arizona RCHA Evelyn Ann Huff Cottonwood, CA Northern California RCHA Laura Norman Karpacz, POLAND European RCHA Laura Ruffino

(575) 551-2245 swqhahorseshows@gmail.com (559) 760-2769 enteries@saddleup-enterprises.com (39347) 110-4168 ercha@hotmail.it

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

Estes Park, CO Sarasota, FL Lubbock, TX Paso Robles, CA Cannon Falls, MN Catasauqua, PA Pendleton, SC

North Central RCHA Atlantic RCHA The Carolinas RCHA

Jerry Peters Claudia Nichols Misty Hobbs NRCHA Jennifer Fjelstad Lashon Bussell Susan Daniels

(303) 621-9625 (772) 321-9637 (806) 683-0466 (940) 488-1500 (641) 590-1041 (215) 285-3932 (919) 894-2973

jerry.h.peters@gmail.com claudieone@yahoo.com panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com allison@nrcha.com jenfjelstad@gmail.com lashon.b@hotmail.com showsec@embarqmail.com

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

Amarillo, TX Waterford, ON Temecula, CA Calgary, AB Murfreesboro, TN Cazenovia, NY Cannon Falls, MN Salinas, CA Paso Robles, CA Catasauqua, PA Gualtieri, ITALY

Panhandle RCHA Northeastern RCA Southern California RCHA N/A N/A New York RCHA North Central RCHA N/A N/A Atlantic RCHA European RCHA

Misty Hobbs Chantal Spleiss Kelley Hartranft Navada Phipps Kelley Hartranft Cindy Pfeifer Jennifer Fjelstad Rose Ramos Elana Clark Lashon Bussell Laura Ruffino

(806) 683-0466 (519) 270-5273 (714) 267-5912 (403) 261-0336 (714) 267-5912 (585) 749-1764 (641) 590-1041 (831) 775-3100 (805) 238-5098 (215) 285-3932 (39347) 110-4168

panhandlecowhorse@gmail.com infor@rocking-wolf-ranch.com kelleyh@crtdata.com nphipps@calgarystampede.com klsgrn@yahoo.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com jenfjelstad@gmail.com sdurgan@carodeo.com elana@thegrid.net lashon.b@hotmail.com ercha@hotmail.it

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

Clinton, ON Cazenovia, NY Stavely, AB Ft. Worth, TX Loveland, CO Cannon Falls, MN Ilderton, ON Elko, NV

Northeastern RCA New York RCHA N/A Southwest RCHA Colorado RCA North Central RCHA Northeastern RCA N/A

Chantal Spleiss Cindy Pfeifer Terri Holowath TBD Jerry Peters Jennifer Fjelstad Chantal Spleiss JJ Roemmich

(519) 270-5273 (585) 749-1764 (403) 652-8206 (405) 818-7556 (303) 621-9625 (641) 590-1041 (519) 270-5273 (775) 397-2769

infor@rocking-wolf-ranch.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com terrih@thecatalystgroup.ca glenz@lenzenterprises.com jerry.h.peters@gmail.com jenfjelstad@gmail.com info@rocking-wolf-ranch.com elkocountyfair@hotmail.com

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

Temecula, CA Reno, NV Catasauqua, PA Ft. Worth, TX Ft. Worth, TX Temecula, CA Catasauqua, PA McCook, NE Amarillo, TX

Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft N/A Laura Norman Atlantic RCHA Lashon Bussell NRCHA NRCHA Southern California RCHA Kelley Hartranft Atlantic RCHA Lashon Bussell Colorado RCA Jerry Peters Southwest RCHA TBD

(714) 267-5912 (559) 760-2769 (215) 285-3932 (940) 488-1500 (940) 488-1500 (714) 267-5912 (215) 285-3932 (303) 621-9625 (405) 818-7556

kelleyh@crtdata.com office@renosnafflebit.com lashon.b@hotmail.com allison@nrcha.com allison@nrcha.com kelleyh@crtdata.com lashon.b@hotmail.com jerry.h.peters@gmail.com glenz@lenzenterprises.com

Atlantic RCHA New York RCHA Colorado RCA Gulf Coast CHA Idaho RCHA The Carolinas RCHA

Colorado RCA Gulf Coast CHA Panhandle RCHA

lashon.b@hotmail.com ppfeifer@rochester.rr.com jerry.h.peters@gmail.com claudieone@yahoo.com dn_weiss@yahoo.com showsec@embarqmail.com

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Advertisers Index

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

6666 Ranch ...................................................................................7

Discount Tire .........................................................................68, 69

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Aaron Ranch ..........................................................................20, 21

DT Horses Llc ........................................................................24, 25

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Advertisers Index.......................................................................112

Equibrand ....................................................................................35

Reined Cow Horse News ..............................................................56

Alvin Fults ...................................................................................C2

Farnam Companies Inc ................................................................23

Reined Cow Horse News ..............................................................82

Amercan Paint Horse Assocation .................................................63

Gist Silversmiths Inc....................................................................87

Reined Cow Horse NEws ..............................................................89

Bloomer Trailers ..........................................................................C3

Holy Cow Performance Horses.....................................................29

Reined Cow Horse News ..............................................................91

Bob’s Custom Saddles .................................................................67

J Five Horse Ranch ......................................................................61

Reined Cow Horse News ..............................................................74 Rios Of Mercedes...........................................................................5

Brazos Valley Stallion Station ......................................................43

JW Brooks Custom Hat Co...........................................................53

Breeder Sponsors ........................................................................75

Markel Insurance.........................................................................73

Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch ..........................................................31

Cable Creek Ranches...................................................................C4

Matthews Cutting Horses Llc.................................................50, 51

Roitblat, Estelle ...........................................................................49

Canadian Coast Reined Cow Horse Assocation .............................42

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

San Juan Ranch...........................................................................65

Carol Rose Quarter Horses...........................................................81

National Cutting Horse Association..............................................39

Silver Spurs Equine......................................................................33

Corporate Partners ................................................................92, 93

National Reined Cow Horse Association & Futurity Sponsors .......38

Silver Spurs Equine......................................................................41

Cowtrac Systems.........................................................................47

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

Southwest Reined Cowhorse Association.....................................15

Dave Grashuis................................................................................9

Nutro Company, The ....................................................................45

Spear D Ranch .......................................................................58, 59

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

Paso Robles Event Center ............................................................72

Standlee Hay ...............................................................................77

DC Cow Horse Gear ......................................................................55

Platinum Performance, Inc ............................................................1

Tom Balding Bits And Spurs.........................................................14

Dechra Veterinary Products .........................................................57

Quarter Horse News.....................................................................37

Ward Ranch.................................................................................11

Dennis Moreland Tack..................................................................83

Reined Cow Horse News ..............................................................42

Whispering Willows Ranch, Llc ...................................................17

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