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elcome to the January Issue of SouthWest Horse Trader. The months of November and December saw a slew of top riders and horses competing for top prizes from multiple shows running concurrently. I was running from venue to venue to catch the best battling it out through their respective go-rounds. Be sure to grab next month’s issue for our continued coverage. Congratulations to Hilldale Farm on their latest accomplishment . . . NRHA Million Dollar Owner. What you may not realize is that Hilldale Farm is not a large ranch. Each and every cross is thought out and bred to enhance their proven bloodlines. They will hold back a few for daughters Jessicah Keller and Sarah Lynn Goetz (Locker) and then a few lucky trainers and non-pros get the opportunity to purchase the rest. What’s many of you may not realize is that the majority of that Million Dollar Owner award is from NON-PRO earnings. Yes you read that right. NON-PRO earnings! I’ll let you think on that for now. I cannot thank Sherri Mell enough for the great fun at the Wrangler NFR. I spent a week meeting longtime PRCA and WPRA historians, participants, and her long time friends. Being a rookie to the NFR experience, who would have known that your trip to the NFR means signing up for a Dodge each day and getting a different color bandanna, standing in a long line to get a coveted NFR pin, or visiting the Gold Card Room hosted by the ProRodeo Hall of Fame open to PRCA members of 20 years or more and meeting some of PRCA’s royalty. Of course we started day one off with a bang with Sherri fretting that the 15 minute drive from the RV park to the Stadium would take an hour or more in traffic. Of course it took 15 minutes, much to Sherri’s amazement. Apparently traffic is an issue in Vegas! I could not have wanted to spend the week and learn the ropes with anybody else! Thanks Sherri. Don’t forget we are accepting editorial for our new



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Andrea Fappani & All Bettss Are Off

Mike Major Captures Open Stock Horse World Championship

Mike Major & Cromeplated Sidekick

Fappani Claims Level 4 Open Championship

Ten days of intense, world-class competition culminated Saturday, December 6, with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Finals. The NRHA Futurity, held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, featured top horses and riders from across the globe. Thanks to the Futurity Challenge donors, for the first time in NRHA history the 2020 Level (L) 4 Open Futurity Champion earned $250,000. With a precise and powerful performance, Andrea Fappani rode All Bettss Are Off to a score of 225, which earned the prestigious championship and a quarter-million dollars. Owned, bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, All Bettss Are Off is by Gunner and out of Wimpys Little Chic. Fappani’s win tonight helped push Wimpys Little Chic to NRHA Million Dollar Dam status. Wimpys Little Chic won more than a half-million dollars in her career, including the NRHA Futurity, Derby, and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC). Fappani dedicated his win to Eleuterio Arcese of Arcese Quarter Horses, saying, “Mr. Arcese said it would be a dream come true for him to win another one. He has been such a big player, and I really want to dedicate this to him. I’ve got a huge group of people who support me, and I want to thank everybody.” In a year rife with unpredictability, Fappani is thrilled to earn the fourth NRHA Open Futurity Championship of his career. “This year has been so crazy, but with the Futurity paying a record $250,000 for the first time, it’s just amazing to win it,” he said. Having three horses out of his Scottsdale, Arizona-based program secure top 10 finishes in the Open Futurity was a proud achievement for Fappani, who added that he is grateful the Futurity was able to proceed without interruption. “I enjoy all the other shows, but the young horses are why I wake up in the morning. To come to the Futurity and show is why I do what I do,” he said. Fappani chose All Bettss Are Off from a group of prospects and said the horse stood out to him from the beginning. 6

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Cromeplated Sidekick left little doubt that he was the top Open horse at the 2020 the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show held in Abilene, Texas. The 2009 grey gelding dominated the competition, winning cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure for owner Linda Bouziden-Lackey of Collinsville, Texas. Typically Linda is in the saddle at the stock horse events, but at the World Show, she trusted the reins to Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, while she watched from the stands. The duo won both go-rounds of competition, raking in $1,174 plus prizes and a world show buckle sponsored by Stormcloud clothing. Despite the challenges of 2020, this was the ninth show for Stock Horse of Texas this year. All shows had strong numbers, and the world championship show was no different. Due to the show size, managers added a day of competition and as well as evening events including the Classic Equine Fence Work Showcase and Youth Freestyle Reining, sponsored by Elliott Ranches. Horses compete in reining, cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure in a two go-round format with prizes and payout presented for each round. In total, the show featured more than 1,800 entries and awarded $80,000-plus in cash and prizes. The four day show also featured a Stock Horse Derby with $6,000 Added, and an AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge which qualified riders for the 2021 Ranching Heritage Finals. Topping the Open Derby was non pro rider Stefani Wagley of Abilene and her six-year-old mare Precious Metalz. Wagley was on a hot streak all week also winning the Stock Horse World Championship in the Non Pro division. The week of competition netted her more than $5,000. The Limited Derby championship went to Nonie Casselman-Reed riding Navajo Jo. The pair also won the four-year-old incentive to earn a total paycheck of $2,490.

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showcase the versatility of their horses,” said William Lewis, Stock Horse of Texas president. “These horses can go down the fence at full throttle, and then a little later navigate an intricate ranch trail course. These events truly display the awesome versatility of our horses.” Complete results from each go-round and a list of all the sponsors who made the show possible are available at www.stockhorsetexas.org. w

New to the competition was the Texas Triple Threat Incentive which paid out $6,000 in cash to horses across all divisions that were Texas owned, Texas shown and Texas bred. Youth rider Skylar Duleba captured the top payout in the incentive to earn $1,680 riding Trinitys Merada. “It’s such a fun week watching riders

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NRHA Open Futurity

The Level Champions Sebastian Petroll, of Whitesboro, TX, says he’s grateful to show a horse with as much try as Dunit The Walla Way. Petroll and the big-hearted filly won both the NRHA Futurity L3 and L2 Open Championships thanks to their score of 218.5. They also finished 12th in the Open L4 Finals for combined total earnings of $53,879. Owned and nominated by Ellen Lloyd Cummins, Dunit The Walla Way is by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Dunit The Gunner Way. “We bought her mother several years ago,” Petroll said. “Her owner, Ellen Cummins, and I both showed her. It’s always fun when you are part of the whole process with a horse.” Petroll says Dunit The Walla Way is a horse that he can always depend on to perform. “She has a heart that I don’t know how it fits into her little body,” he said. “She is so kind and she always wants to be with you. You can count on her 100 percent of the time. That’s what makes her so special; that paired with some obvious talent, but mentally she is just very special.” With all the uncertainly in 2020, Petroll says he is happy that the Futurity went on uninterrupted. “It means everything to get to show here, not just for me personally, but it’s very import8

Sebastian Petroll & Dunit The Walla Way

Shawn Flarida & Whizsicle

ant that we were able to have the event for the sake of the entire industry,” Petroll said. He is also thankful for Dunit The Walla Way’s owner, Cummins, who has been a client with him for more than a decade. “She’s just been amazing. She’s a pleasure to work with and very important to our program. We can only do this because of all our great owners,” Petroll said, adding, “Also, my wife Melanie, she rode this horse for big stretches during her 2-year-old year. Without her, I couldn’t do this.” NRHA Professional Dallas Cunningham, of Mitchell, SD, rode RFR Voodoos Fuego to share top honors in the NRHA Futurity L1 Open, and tie for second in both L2 and L3 for a $24,348 payday. RFR Voodoos Fuego, by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of Show N Tag, is owned and was nominated by Peter Smith. Cunningham, who has been training professionally for the past decade, says RFR Voodoos Fuego impressed him from the start. “He’s a super nice horse. We started him as a 2-year-old and right away I thought he was awesome, I felt he was really special,” Cunningham said. RFR Voodoos Fuego has been a pleasure for Cunningham to show all year and he had high hopes for the horse coming into the Futurity. “I showed him at Vegas and won the Level 2 there,” Cunningham said. “I showed him in Memphis, and he was really good. He was a 218 in the first round, then when I showed him in the Finals and he fell out of lead to be a 224 (in Memphis), but he was awesome there.”

With 2020 being such an unpredictable year, Cunningham says he is thankful that the NRHA was able to produce the Futurity. “I love this horse, so I was really looking forward to this show. I’m just dang glad we’re here,” he said, adding that he appreciates the help he gets from the many supporters who’ve assisted him to this point in his career. “I went from being a bull riding, team roping, colt starter to doing this just by watching [Andrea] Fappani’s videos. I’ve got to thank that guy because he’s changed my career,” Cunningham laughed. Rodrigo Nieves has never made the finals at the NRHA Futurity, but he qualified all three of his entries back to compete on Saturday. To top off an already exciting day, Nieves piloted Tagin Stiletto Chics to a 217.5 to tieSamantha for the L1 Championship, and finish in a three-way tie for Smith the L2 Reserve Championship. “We came here, and the first two runs weren’t like we expected, but today’s run was really good, and we are grateful for that,” he shared. In the first go, he and Tagin Stilleto Chics marked a 216.5 but followed that with a 214 in the semi-finals for a 430.5 composite. Tagin Stiletto Chics is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Stiletto Tag. “I like how honest he is. He is super honest and a special show horse,” Nieves said of the colt. The Co-Championship netted $8,959. Tagin Stilleto Chics is owned and nominated by Jennifer Marley. “Duane Latimer started to ride the horse, and then gave me the opportunity to ride him in Ardmore at the Futurity there,” Nieves said, referring to the South-

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“He’s a super-talented horse,” Fappani said. “He’s a little different than what I’m used to, and I think that pushed me. He was so talented. I really had to push myself to adapt to him rather than ask him to adapt to me.” Achieving scores of 220 in the preliminaries, 220.5 in the L4 Semi-Finals, and finally a 225 in the Finals, Fappani accomplished his goal of steadily building momentum toward winning the title. He added that one aspect of shows being canceled in 2020 enabled him to have more time at home to ride and train. “We had a great group of horses, but I think because we were home so much, we were able to prepare them really well. I told Tish, ‘I think I’m set up to do as good as I’ve ever done at the Futurity, so I think I’m just going to enjoy it,’” Fappani said.

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NRHA Open Futurity west Reining Horse Association Futurity, where he and Tagin Stiletto Chics claimed the reserve title for Levels 1 and 2. Ranch, Although originally from Uruguay, Nieves spent 10 years in Brazil, where he got his start with reining horses before moving to the United States. He has worked for Duane Latimer for a year and a half. Shawn Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio, rode Whizsicle to the top of the NRHA Open Futurity Prime Time championship with a 219.5 for owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA. Whizsicle, by SG Frozen Enterprize and out of Miss Whizzletown, was nominated by Jenny Ricotta. Flarida and Whizsicle also finished the L4 Finals in a tie for eighth, bringing total earnings to $30,932. Flarida, age 51, remarked that tonight was the first time in 25 or more years that he’s been eligible to compete in a division other than the Open L4. “I love to show,” Flarida said, “So having another avenue to win money is neat.” Whizsicle was bred and started by Marco Ricotta and Flarida says the horse has been a pleasure to have in his program. “This is just a really nice horse. I had a little bit of trouble kind of hooking up with him at the beginning of the year but he’s coming on and getting strong and finding his pace. He’s got such a great brain. He’s so pretty in the way he moves and lopes.” In the Finals, Flarida’s focus was to avoid penalties and allow Whizsicle’s talent to shine. Flarida thanked Whizsicle’s owner, Mr. Arcese, a man he credits for having owned several of the greatest horses Flarida has had the privilege to ride during his career— Gunnatrashya, Wimpys Little Chic, and Walla Walla Whiz. “He’s contributed so much to the sport for so many years,” Flarida said, adding that he would enjoy showing him at derbies in the future. “We’ll have to talk to Mr. Arcese and see what the plan is.” w

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The American QH Hall of Fame in Amarillo, Texas, was closed temporarily last spring and has remained closed, due to the American QH Foundation decision to do that to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff. Recently after careful consideration, the Foundation decided for the Museum to remain closed until May 31. An official reopening date will be announced at a Haley Winkler and SCC Four Star later time. During this temporary cloGeneral were high-point champs at sure, field trips, public events, bus tours, the December 5 NavaRio Ranch Horse and special events will not be offered. Productions event. NM State University’s Animal and Barrel Race, held November 27-19 at MarRange Department announced in late Noshall City Arena, paid out $55,225! Open vember the return of the school’s equestrian 1D winners included Maison Davis (11-27/ team. It had been cancelled in 2016. Now First Shining Cajun/14.882), Josie Whitthe Animal and Range Science department tington (11-28/CB Hottest Guy Yet/14.778), believes the club equestrian team format and Miranda Emmert (11-29/Smooth As offered by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Ivory/14.704), while Emmert also won the Association will provide its students with Open 1D average with 29.732). a program for equestrian competitions. The Ultimate Calf Roping competition revitalized club IHSA equestrian team will was held November 29 in Guthrie, OK. Avincrease student involvement, foster incluerage winners on 3 head were Cotton Rowsivity, broaden our department team–based land (#15/52.16), Eric Gage (#13/51.44), competition opportunities, and increase stuJ.B. Bound (#12/35.37), Gilbert Castleberry dent recruiting. (#11.5/38.32), Tomm Owen (#11/44.68), Louisiana Stock Horse Assoc’s 2020 Chase Joyce (#10/29.19), Glenn Jackson finals were held in DeRidder November (#9/27.74), and Boedy Lambert (Handi21-22. Year-end HPs were Tanner Trahcap-Breakway/8.19). an (Open/Sally), Steve Theriot (NP/Little Barrel Racing Association of Texas Annie’s Smart), Scott Long (Jr-Horse/BH hosted its Season X Race 5 November 29 Playin Cat), Mindy Pearson (Am/Doc Acre at Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church Arena Colonel), Casey Maxfield (Novice/Girl in Alvarado, paying out $13,212.40. Tayla Crush), Kaylea Marionneaux (13&U/Blazin Moeykens and Dash of Blue Sky won the Prairie Rose), and Cathryn Dionne (14-18/ Open 1D with 15.508! Ms Whizzen Rey). The new show season starts January 16 at DeRidder’s Beauregard The USTRC All-Star Team RopParish Arena, with the second show set for ing Shootout, held November 28-29 in February 27 at New Iberia’s Sugarena. fmi, Mounds, OK, paid out $101,800. Average www.louisianastockhorse.com. champs included Thomas Smith/L.J. YeWild West Promotions’ Day-Af- ahquo (#15.5/32.68-on-4), Douglas Henry/ ter-Thanksgiving 5D Barrel Race, held Jagger Baxstrom (#13.5/29.56-on-4), CamNovember 27 in Decatur paid out $16,699. eron Simerly/Jesse Stipes (#12.5/32.09Stevi Hillman and MCM took top money on-4), Kevin Kendrick/Justin Kurck (#11.5/32.33-on-4), Will Guynes/Riley Garwith 16.984. rison (#10.5/35.23-on-4), Justin Marrs/Kyle The 12th annual Gobble Up the Cash

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Carlson (40&O-#10.5/34.85-on-4), Ed Rucker/ Clay Armstrong (#9.5/37.69-on-4), and Clifton Kuykendall/Jerry Hairrell (#8.5/36.81-on-4). Arkansas QHA’s Go South for the Winner circuit, held December 4-6 at Four States Equine Center in Texarkana, was a fun-filled show. The show offered great prizes, including random drawings for cash prizes. All-around champions were Paige Huckstep (Small-Fry/ Earned Wisely), Melanie Donnell (L1-Youth/ Momma Hez Lazy), Trista Huckstep (Youth/ Earned Wisely), Brandy Robbins (L1-Amateur/Take A Kruz With Me), Kaye Nell Ochetto (Amateur/Shes So Sleepy), Amanda Ready (Select/MWS Flashn My Jacks), and Our Sleepy Valentine (Open/Kyle Simmons/Michael Moore). The association’s next show will be the Circle G Classic, scheduled for April 30May 2 in Texarkana. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Youth Horse Development Program recently selected 40 AQHYA members to participate in the program, recording their progress training a yearling bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Participating AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are Freeman Family Ranch LTD 12

Addie Allen won two TQHA 2020 Saddle Series buckles and received them at the December 12. (OK), Spade Ranch (TX), Durrett Cattle (TX), Nixon Ranch (2 – NM), The Daube Company (OK), Waters Ranch (TX), and the Hal Bogle Estate (NM). Youth participants include Addison Wilson (TX), A.J. Kendrick (TX), Ava Larson (TX), Cooper Noland (TX), Emma Brents (TX), Emma Sherwood (NM), Hana Craycraft (TX), Kailey Israel (OK), Rachel Wymans (TX), Rebecca Kennedy (TX), and Sarah Jones (OK), and others. NavaRio Ranch Horse Productions hosted its final 2020 show December 5, at Miracle Farm Arena in Brenham. HPs included Sabine Lazo (WT-Youth), Haley Winkler (Youth), Katy Spell (Green Horse), Charles R. Bruce (WT-Adult), Jennifer Harrington (Rookie), Alyssa Hammond (Novice), Christy Agan (Amateur & Select), Jeremy Dull (Open), and Allison King (Collegiate). NavaRio begins its 2021 Ranch Horse Series February 20 at Miracle Farm in Brenham. fmi, navioranch.com. NTHJC’s 2020 Tyler Series HP riders were recently recognized, including Brianna Fosnaugh (Non-Pro), Brooke Cagle (Pro-Rider), and Cameron Culver (Equitation-Rider). TQHA’s 2020 Saddle Series wrapped up on December 12-13 in Bryan with belt buckles awarded to champions in Level 1 classes. Youth winners included Addie Allen (Trail/ Flash Man Zip & Western-Pleasure/Jeremiah Zippo), Courtney Hammit (Ranch-Riding/ Cashin In Guns), Ellie Mortenson (Showman-

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Sabine Lazo was recognized as AjPHA's 2019-2020 Youth Member of the Year. ship-at-Halter/Zippo Erins Best), Ainsley Pick (HUS/Terms Me On), Laci Heiner (Hunt-SeatEq//Chase the Frost Away), and Elizabeth Marmor (Western-Horsemanship/VS Highroller). Amateur champions were Lisa Walton (Trail/Chex Out My Chips), Cailyn Simonis (Ranch-Riding/Do Not Overspin & Showmanship-at-Halter/She Luvsa Rainy Nite). Victoria Chiri (HUS/Standin Room Only), Jacqueline Marlow (Hunt-Seat-Eq/Mugg Shot), JoJo Logan (Western-Pleasure/Invite Mr Goodbar), and Jennise Richardson Lesak (Western Horsemanship/Sunshine Ona Dreamer). Ultimate Calf Roping competition in Konawa, OK, December 12, offered a first go, second go, and an average in each numbered division. For the first “set” in each, average winners were Tommy Whitson (#15/2-42.16), Dillard Ungenheuer (#13/2-33.08), Jeff Eldred (#12/2-25.91), Eddie Stout (#11.5/2-30.45), Jerry Chandler (#11/23/2-23.88), Jaden Tree (#10/2-25.19), and Glenn Jackson (#9/217.94). In the second “set” of each numbered division, average champs included Gayle Jack (#15/2-40.03), Lee Reed (#13/2-33.51), Mark Mitchell (#12/2-26.75), Frank Wolfe (#11.5/224.99), Bobby Foster (#11/2-33.43), Jaden Tree (#10/2-19.29), and Quade Hiatt (#9/217.25). For the handicap breakaway, there were 2 sets also, with Owen Gibson winning the first average with 2 in 5.69 and Macy Akins Jessica Blackthe second with 2 in 4.86. mon-White & fmi, ucroping.com. Hermès Continued on page 22

Competitive Trail News In The SouthWest



The 2021 competitive trail season commenced at the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) Jingle Bell Jaunt CTR at Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center in Killeen, Texas on December 5-6, 2020. More than 30 teams competed in four divisions for a successful start to the new year. “The weather was perfect for us this year,” said ride manager Cara Liebman. “The mornings were brisk, but the horses really did well with the cooler temperatures. And the trails were a challenging mix of open pastures and rocky climbs.” Carter Housel, DVM of Austin, Texas was the vet judge, Becky Rogers of Alvord, Texas was the Horsemanship judge and Alice Perryman of Purmela, Texas judged the Leisure Division during the two days of competition. Top honors for this first event of 2021 were earned by Jonni Jewell aboard GoneWithTheWynd in the Open Division and by Tracy Black and Jury in the Leisure Division. The next NATRC competition is the Scamper at 7IL in Cat Spring, Texas on March 6-7, 2021, followed by Raising the Bar CTR at C Bar Ranch in Valley Mills, Texas on March 20-21, 2021. More information on NATRC and these events can be found at www.natrc.org. w


Chrissy Knight on Sunset Gold

With the success of the 2020 Virtual Mileage and Obstacle Challenges, the National Board of Directors of the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) elected to continue offering the virtual competitions through 2021. More than 120 horse and rider teams competed in the inaugural events, from locations ranging from Canada to Florida to California to Maine. Winners were announced at the events conclusion in November.

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NATRC launched a shortened 3-month competition in December with three different obstacle challenges whose theme is dance. For example, the first challenge was performing a modified Hokey-Pokey and the second is the Conga. Entering the mileage and the obstacle challenges is simple and done on the NATRC website. Each challenge is $45 and prizes are awarded. The participants also receive written comments and feedback on their execution. w

ucational opportunities and fun activities for our members. FWDC usually holds monthly meetings at Szechuan Chinese Restaurant off Bryant Irving the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 PM. Right now, we are doing Zoom meetings. Our website is www.fortworthdressageclub.com Please check out our website, we have pictures of members and activities. FWDC held its annual Camp at Noble Champions in October. Thanks to The Dressage Foundation for funding us once again, to Charles Scott owner of Noble Champions for donating his wonderful facility and Sherry Guess, Region 9 Director, for being our clinician. All riders came away from camp with exercises to improve their dressage riding skills. It was a wonderful weekend with good friends, a beautiful facility, and a very knowledgeable clinician. FWDC sends out group e-mails to members to keep them informed of club activities and other dressage events in the community. Let me know if you would like a dressage event you would like to get the word out to other dressage enthusiast. Please stay safe and well! Join FWDC and learn more about the wonderful sport of dressage. We Kim with Sherry welcome all levels of riders on all Guess at Camp breeds of horses! w Continued on page 22

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Stallion Review

Hilldale Farm Passes NRHA Million Dollar Owner Milestone

In the last 54 years of NRHA history, only 11 owners have surpassed the million-dollar mark in earnings. Such a momentous achievement is only possible because of teamwork, dedication, and, of course, incredible horsepower, all of which Tammye Hutton’s Hilldale Farm has in spades. In early November, Hilldale Farm unofficially became the Association’s 12th million dollar owner, after Hutton’s daughter, Jessicah Keller, piloted Its Snippin Time (Shine Big Time x Snip O Satellite), to 3rd place in Amateur Reining at the AQHA World Championship Show. “This is really great. It’s nice that NRHA recognizes the owners along with the riders, breeders, sires, and dams,” Hutton shared. “I think it’s amazing that there is that much money in the sport we can win, and that it’s tracked. I never thought we would reach this milestone.” Hutton and her family first became involved with reining in the late 1990s, and Hilldale Farm, still family-owned and operated, became official NRHA members in 1997. “The first year we just did some local NRHA shows, and 2001 was when Jessicah hauled for the youth world titles,” Hutton recalled. “I remember the first significantly larger NRHA event we went to was the Illinois State Fair, and when we were done for the day we got a check. I thought, ‘Wow, we won $4,200! Holy smokes, we need to do this more!’” The winning continued in 2002, when Keller and Nu Chex To Cash won World Championships in the Intermediate and Limited Open, and also took reserve World Championships in the Non Pro and Intermediate NP. That same year, Nu Chex To Cash burst onto the scene as a major sire for Hilldale Farm, when his son Wimpys Little Step (out of Leolita Step), won the NRHA Futurity Open Championship.

In addition to Wimpys Little Step, Nu Chex To Cash sired several other major earners, including Lil Joe Cash (out of RS Lilly Starlight) and NRHA Million Dollar Sire Big Chex To Cash (out of Snip O Gun). Nu Heavy Duty Chex Chex To Cash, a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, is now an NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire, while Wimpys Little Step is an NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire. Nu Chex To Cash would also sire Hilldale Farm’s biggest money earner, Heavy Duty Chex, who won back-to-back NRBC Non Pro Classic Championships with Hutton’s younger daughter Sarah Locker. “Nu Chex [To Cash] is the one that really got us where we are,” Hutton said. “It was pretty amazing, and it just exploded our business.” A year ago, Hilldale Farm’s blue hen mare, Snip O Gun, became only the third NRHA Million Dollar Dam during the NRHA Futurity. It was a fitting accomplishment, as the gorgeous bay mare was also inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class. “There have been so many people who have helped us over the years, and gone above and beyond for me, my daughters, and our program,” she shared. “I know if I tried to list each one individually, I would accidently leave someone off the list.” To learn more about Hilldale Farm, visit HilldaleFarm.com. w











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Cowgirl Corner Contributed by Laura Cannan

Jackie Crawford prepares to rope.

WPRA Cowgirls Roping and Running at the 2020 WNFR in TEXAS

By Sherri Mell, 2X Hall of Fame Cowgirl This isn’t the first time that a rodeo was held in a ballpark says Gail Woerner, Author of 5 Books on the history of rodeo. In 1923, the first rodeo that was held in a ballpark was choreographed by Tex Austin who hired the Yankees stadium to produce rodeo in. Walking into the GlobeLife Field in Arlington (a baseball field with Astro Turf underneath truckloads of arena dirt) for the 2020 Wrangler National Finals (WNFR) made my 36th trip to the WNFR, the last 35 being in Las Vegas from 1985-2019, mostly with my Mom, WPRA Gold Card Member Suzanne Koch. What fun for all Texans to be able to call this great state the home of the WNFR once again! Vintage and Modern-Day Cowgirls everywhere were beaming with delight to see the unbelievable history making event that happened in Texas during the Wrangler National Finals (WNFR). 2020 was the first time ever for Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Cowgirls to be able to compete in 2 events at the WNFR with of course Barrel Racing being the first. The second was the Inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping (NFBR) World Championship. A big thanks goes out to the PRCA and WPRA board of directors working closely together, along with WPRA Roping Director, Jolee Lauteret and WPRA President, Doreen Windermute for making this happen as well as the Cowgirls that have supported Women in Rodeo and those fellow contestants that have continued to carry on the roping tradition. The Breakaway Roping was an Optional event back in 1983 along

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Jackie Crawford

Jackie Crawford Wins Inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping Title Jackie Crawford is now part of history. The Stephenville, Texas, cowgirl captured the inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping world championship at Globe Life Field, Dec. 10. Thanks to taking care of business the third day of the Wrangler NFBR, Crawford finished atop the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $47,185, narrowly holding off runner-up Martha Angelone, who finished with $45,261. “I don’t even know what my emotions are like right now,” Crawford said. “This is unbelievable. I know that I am not in control of this because this is just way too cool of a ride to be on. It has got to be coming from a higher power, and I hope I can figure out my purpose that God has given me these talents and putting me on this fun ride that I’m on and hopefully that I can fulfill what he has me here for.” This was Crawford’s 20th WPRA world championship and third in breakaway roping to go with the ones she won in 2014 and 2016. She has won WPRA world titles in all-around (2008-11, 2013, 2015-16, 2018-19, 2011, 2014, 2016), team roping heading (2011, 2014, 2016) and tie-down roping (2008-10, 2013-14).. Crawford’s latest victory came down to her last run in the final round. She finished third with an 11.8-second time, but it allowed her to finish third and collect $7,258. Had she placed fourth in the finals she would have collected a $5,337 check and the world championship over Angelone by $3. Couple that with Crawford’s Round 9 win (2.0 seconds), second-place finish in Round 10 (2.3 seconds) and splitting the win in the eight-woman semifinals (1.8 seconds) and she was a world champ again. “I kept talking to everybody (in the final round) and they were like, keep roping your roping, and I know the girls behind me, and I know how good and competitive they are, and I know they are not backing off,” Crawford said. “I told myself today when I came into this, I didn’t win a lot of money (Dec. 9) and backed off a little bit and took myself out on one (a no time in Round 5). “I knew in these two rounds I had to go at it no matter what because I knew if something happened in that average it would be enough Continued on page 20

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JJ Hampton Round 10 Winner

Sherri Mell & Jackie Crawford Jackie Crawford

Sherri Mell & Jordan Maldonado Cowgirls Getting with the Steer Undecorating and Goat Tying. I’m blessReady ed to say I wear that WPRA World Championship buckle from 1983! In 1984, the Breakaway was moved to StanCrawford - Cont from page 19 dard Event status and now it is even an event at the WNFR! The Cowgirls competing on the WPRA roping circuit all know that long time because it was such a tight race. I had to sit back and tell myself, don’t director of the WPRA Roping Division, Patti McCutcheon also had a think this through. You have to just go at it and take your muscle memlot to do with getting the Breakaway Roping to where it is today. ory and do what you do and do what you have done for years and trust The Cowgirls did not disappoint in 2020 with every round getting in that, and I did. more exciting than the last throughout the 3 days of Breakaway Roping “It was nerve-wracking because obviously what a big thing this Competition with the top 15 Cowgirls. The crowd was literally sitting is and will go down in history. Of course, you have nerves, but if you on the edge of their seats with excitement! can turn those nerves into positive energy and use them in the right Jackie Crawford, long time WPRA member and 20X WPRA direction it is a good thing.” World Champion backed into the roping box 6 months pregnant and Crawford’s latest world championship run is more impressive was roping with no saddle horn to get in the way of her tummy and its considering she is six months pregnant. Her husband, team roping precious cargo! With the rope breaking away from a designated spot on header Charly Crawford, is making his 10th Wrangler National Finals her saddle from what seemed to be a staple drove into the saddle tree to Rodeo appearance and plans on retiring after this year’s Wrangler NFR. tie her string on in absence of a horn, Crawford walked away with the Charly is roping with Logan Medlin. They won Round 8 Dec. 9, also World Championship Title of the NFBR. at Globe Life Field. Jackie came in strong winning Round 1 with a 1.9. JJ Hampton, “I feel like we are the luckiest people in the world,” Jackie said. Hope Thompson and Lari Dee Guy were tied for a close second all “We are truly blessed. I can’t thank everyone behind us: God for giving with a 2.0. Round 2 was won by Martha Angelone with a 1.9. Round 3 us our talents and the people who support us our amazing. You try and was won by Tanegai Zilverberg with a 2.0. Round 4 was won by Hope surround yourself with people who lift you up and push you, and we Thompson with a 2.2. Round 5 was won by Amanda Coleman with have the best ones there are.” a 2.0. Round 6 was won by Anna Bahe with a sizzling 1.7! Round 7 Jackie has a stepdaughter, Kaydence, 16. Jackie and Charly also was won by Martha Angelone with a 2.2. Round 8 was won by Martha have a son together, Creed, 3. The baby girl, due in March, will be Angelone with a 1.9. Round 9 was won by Jackie Crawford with a 2.0 named Journey. and the final round before the semifinals was won by JJ Hampton with a Crawford took a moment to describe the key to her victory – her 2.2. The Average was won by Jordan Fabrizio paying out $17,246.80! horse, T’Boy, 15. Our own Texas Rodeo Queen, Jordan Maldonado was work“That horse, I can’t even tell you how grateful I am to that horse,” ing hard running flags for the entire Breakaway 3-day event. Jordan Crawford said, tearing up. “I know he will never know it, but that horse reigned as the Texas Rodeo Queen for 2019 and when the COVID Panhas taken care of me and won with me for 10 years now. Today, we demic hit, the Texas Rodeo Queen contest was cancelled. She was have gone through some struggles and he is 15, is he losing a step, is he asked if she would represent one more year and POOF! The WNFR this or that. That horse stepped up in a big way these last three days and lands in Texas! She did a fantastic job both years. showed what he has been for 10 years. He worked flawless. I couldn’t See u next year, same time, same place? That is yet to be deterask him to do anything more or take care of me any better.” w mined! God Bless Texas and God Bless Chris Ledoux! w 20

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er than any posted at the 2019 NFR. Jorgensen had that fastest run of 2019 when he made a 3.4-second run during Round 7. • Team Roping – Clay Smith and Jade Corkill posted a 3.6-second run in Round 5. The 2019 NFR’s fastest team roping run was also 3.6 seconds, made by Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp in Round 7 and Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira in Round 9. • Saddle Bronc Riding – Stetson Wright and Ryder Wright each made 91-point rides in Round 10. Stetson’s ride was on Andrews Rodeo’s All or Nothin, while Ryder’s ride was on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex. The highest score in saddle bronc riding at the 2019 NFR was 92.5 points from Zeke Thurston on Northcott Macza’s Get Smart in Round 7. • Tie-down Roping – Haven Meged and Hunter Herrin each made 6.8-second runs, with Meged’s happening in Round 6 and Herrin’s in Round 7. Their time also was faster than any made at the 2019 NFR, when 6.9 seconds was the fastest run, posted by Tuf Cooper during Round 3. • Barrel Racing – Hailey Kinsel set a WPRA record on a standard pattern when she stopped the clock in 16.56 seconds in Round 8. • Bull Riding – Three bull riders made 92-point rides. The first came from Stetson Wright on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Record Rack’s Smoke Stack in Round 9. Then in Round 10, Sage Kimzey and Roscoe Jarboe each made 92-point rides; Kimzey on Dakota Rodeo’s Safety Meeting and Jarboe on Rafter G Rodeo’s Freddy Fender. Kimzey had the highest-scored bull ride of the 2019 NFR with a 94-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s SweetPro’s Bruiser in Round 8. w

Kaycee Feild is a world champion again. Feild won his fifth bareback world championship and first since 2014 with a 91-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Junior Bonner on a re-ride. “I’m trying to block it all out before I start crying when I see my family,” Feild said. “This is pretty special. I have a lot to say, but I don’t even know where to begin. I’m really excited.” Feild finished first in the world standings with $277,648. Tim O’Connell finished second with $270,991. The difference in the world title was Feild placed second in the average with 849.5 points on 10 head and earned $54,576, while O’Connell was third in the average with 847.5 points and earned $43,154. Feild, who also won world championships in 2011-2014, is tied with ProRodeo Hall of Famers Joe Alexander and Bruce Ford with the most bareback riding world titles in PRCA history. “This one is better than the first one, second one, all of them,” he said. “The competition is stiffer than ever. Finding the motivation and the drive was something I had to dig really deep for, more than I have in the past.” w

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PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Clay Guardipee

The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was a long-awaited opportunity for the top ProRodeo athletes to compete for their share of the $10 million in prize money. And after a stunted season due to COVID-19, it was a highly anticipated chance for fans to see some of the best rides and runs at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 3-12. While there were many stars shining, none shined brighter in the Lone Star State than bareback rider Kaycee Feild. The Utah cowboy earned his fifth world title thanks in part to posting the two highest-scored rides of the 2020 Wrangler NFR. Feild won Round 3 with a 91.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies. He capped off the Finals with a ride that was almost identical in Round 10, posting a 91-point ride on Three Hills Rodeo’s Junior Bonner on a re-ride. With his title, Feild became one of only three cowboys to win five world titles in ProRodeo history, joining the ranks of ProRodeo Hall of Famers Joe Alexander (1971-75) and Bruce Ford (1979-80, 1982-83 and 1987). Feild’s first four world titles came in 2011-15. The highest score in bareback riding at the 2019 NFR was a 93-point ride by Clayton Biglow on Northcott Macza’s Stevie Knicks in Round 10. Other competitors to post the highest scores and fastest runs for their event at the 2020 Wrangler NFR were: • Steer Wrestling – Stetson Jorgensen and Jacob Edler both made a 3.3-second run in Round 6. Although it was a different arena this year, it’s interesting to note that their run was also fast-

PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Alaina Stangle

Wrangler NFR Recap: Feild Posts Two Highest Bareback Riding Scores

Kaycee Feild becomes third bareback rider to win five world titles

Kaycee Field on Straight Moonshine



Bits & Spurs

TEJAS Rodeo hosts 1st Annual Cody Lawrence Breakaway and Tie Down Calf Roping When the Lawrence family contacted Yancey James and Trey Martin, owners of TEJAS Rodeo in Bulverde, Texas, about having the First Annual Cody Lawrence Calf Roping, they said, “Where else would you have it?” South Texas was well represented, and I guess all of us knew Cody Lawrence, many meeting him and watching him rope right here at the TEJAS Rodeo Arena.

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Cody Lawrence

With 30 in the Girls Breakaway Roping and 50 in the Handicap Tie Down, the ropings were exciting and successful. Rylie Smith won the Breakaway with 9.36 on 3 calves and Reg Curly won the 6 calf tie down average with a 57.43. Overseeing each roper throughout the day, were both Trey and Yancey. Both Rodeo Athletes, themselves, Trey was competing in the Tie Down and Donnie Lawrence Yancey’s daughter, Josey James competed in the Breakaway. Names such as Blandford and Smith were backing into the box. Two generations of Blandfords’ roped. When I first moved to San Antonio in 1983, I lived on none other than Blandford Lane! I barely even knew the name back then, moving here after college out in California. I soon learned that most of the roping calves for the Rodeos and Ropings here in South Texas came from right there on my road! 40 years later, the Blandford are still providing the best calves available and they are third generation Calf Ropers! An exciting silent auction was held in the name of the Cody Lawrence Scholarship Fund. Dr. Keith Huffman of Retama Equine Center was supporting the event by both roping and giving a sponsorship. When I talked with Robert Blandford about the roping, he said there’s even some boys here from the panhandle! It was Robert’s 70th birthday and he roped and tied them good enough to get some of the prize Robert Blandford money throughout the & Sherri Mell day. w 22

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Hayden Lesak won the Pee Wee Hunter Under Saddle class December 12 at the TQHA Introductory Show.

After 28 years working in the field of education, Kelly Lazo retired in December and she has many plans, including having fun!

The Barrel Racing Assoc of TX Race 6, the Christmas Classic, held December 20 at Shepherd Valley Cowboy Church Arena in Alvarado, paid out $21,276.04. Jada Trosper and Sun N Sevens won the Open 1D with 15.14. Lost Horizon Ranch’s 2020 year-end age-group champions were Derek Tucker (10&U), Kylie Viator (11-15), and Carla Carfora (16&o). Other’s recognized were Jace Baptiste (HP playday-rider), Kylie Viator (CH-AA-rider), Carla Carfora (HP rider), Wildfire (CH-AA-horse/Kylie Viator), Send Roses By Choice (HP color horse/ Carla Carfora), Kerrigan Harris (outstanding BR), and Jace Baptiste (outstanding pole-bender). Lost Horizon’s 2021 Playday Series 1 kicks off on January 16. fmi, www.losthorizonranch.org. Three Amigos CHA’s 2020 year-end champions include Spoonfulla Cat (Open/Jonathan Rogers/Judy Rogers), A Copper Spoonful ($50K-Am/Raul Valdez), CR Metal Fancy Pants ($35K-NP/ Bobby Sue Shore), Shortys Romeo ($15-Am/Angela Bull), Mon-

tanas Bad Cat ($25K-NH/Casey Crouch/Denise Bendele), Smashing Reys ($5K-NH/Casey Crouch/ Ron Knutson), Smooth Boo 012 ($25K-Nov-NP/Lexy Slaughter), SDP Hydrive Royalty ($2K-LR/ Chrystal Ainsworth), Big Shoes To Phil (Youth/Faith Farris), Here For A Big Time ($1,500-NH/ Tommy Fulkerson), West End Cat (Open-Derby/Jonathan Rogers/ Sweet Blessings), County E Judge (NP-Derby/Jody Cerny), Smooth Lines (Open-Classic/Bryant Slaughter/VP Cutting Horses), and Nite Prowler (NP-Classic/Colleen Johnson). OK Pinto Horse Assoc’s 2021 officers and leaders include President Kristen Stolee, VP Stephen Jardot, Treasurer Tammy Blakely, Recording Secretary Pam Bennett, Show Secretary Rebecca Roberts, and other board members Chris Blakely, Karen Foxx, Luc Kilgore, and Jane Phillips. Other chores and workers include Awards (Carrie Moody), Ranch Chairs (Chris Bennett & Jamie Phillips), Scholarships (Tammy Blakely), Show Announcer (Charles Pollard), Gate-Keeper (Tiffany Farrow), and

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Criollo-cross calves graze Texas-bred wheat in New Mexico Joint New Mexico-Texas project developing more efficient grazing cattle Contributed by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

A set of calves grazing winter pasture at the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center near Clayton, New Mexico, may look typical of Texas High Plains cattle, but this group is special – they are Raramuri Criollo Criollo-cross calves carry the black Angus attributes. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) crossbred calves. And, the improved pasture they are grazing is planted with a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat-breeding program variety in an effort to closely mirror the beef production systems of the Texas High Plains. The Criollo-cross calves project is a part of an almost $9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, said Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Amarillo director. Raramuri Criollo are a biotype of Criollo cattle, originally brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors and currently raised by the Tarahumara people of Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico. Criollo cattle are related to the Texas longhorn and known to use semi-arid rangelands more fully or efficiently, said Glenn Duff, Ph.D., superintendent at the Clayton Livestock Research Center and a co-investigator on the project. Criollo cattle have a tendency to travel further on the range than Angus or Brangus cattle. The breed’s cows are also well known for easy calving, which is critically importIrrigated TAM 204 wheat is a part of the Criollo-cross research ant in the expansive, remote, desert rangelands of the Southwest. program. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) “What we are trying to determine in this project is if the hybrids of these systems. animals – Criollo and Angus or Brangus – mirror how fully the pure Criollo use Of particular interest to AgriLife Research is how the the rangeland,” Auvermann said. calves perform on the pasture planted to TAM 204 wheat, develCriollo-cross calves find new homes oped by Jackie Rudd, Ph.D., AgriLife Research wheat breeder, The research project will include three rotations of calves from Criollo cows Amarillo. TAM 204 is an increasingly widely adopted dual-purcrossed with red and black Angus and Brangus bulls that are brought to this repose wheat variety developed specifically for the Rolling Plains. gion from three different ranches in California, Nevada and Utah, Auvermann Rudd said the TAM 204 is an awnless hard red winter wheat said. There are 120 calves in each rotation, with 40 from each ranch. Half are developed for grazing, but in addition to high forage yields it steers, and half are heifers. also has a great grain yield throughout Texas. The parentage of This first set of calves will spend about four months on wheat, due to some TAM 204 includes the popular drought-tolerant TAM 112 and timing issues with the COVID-19 precautions this year. However, the plan is for Jagger, which was well known for excellent fall grazing. each set to arrive in October and spend six months on wheat pasture and then Following their time on wheat, half of the calves in each in the feedlot for about six months, which is typical of current cattle production cycle will be shipped to AgriLife Research’s feedlot facility near Bushland to finish on a standard, high-concentrate diet characteristic of commercial cattle feed yards in the High Plains, while the other half will be fed at the Clayton Livestock center. All the animals will then go to the Tyson plant in Amarillo, where the Beef Carcass Research Center at West Texas A&M University led by Ty Lawrence, Ph.D., will score the carcasses and collect steak samples. The steak samples will be sent to Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Sensory Science Evaluation Laboratory directed by Rhonda Miller, Ph.D., meat science professor in the Department of Animal Science in Bryan-College Station, for taste and tenderness testing. Criollo cattle in the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Ultimate goal Research Center pens near Clayton, New Mexico. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) This five-year project will analyze the Criollo crossing ef24

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Livestock fects on profitability, efficiency, ecosystem, feed yard performance, and carcass and meat quality. “In these crossed calves, if there is any adverse effect on the ultimate carcass quality and palatability, to a great extent that will determine the marketability of this kind of animal,” Auvermann said. Duff said so far, these cross calves look very much like an Angus – no Criollo horns and with a “gorgeous” Angus frame. And the same appears to be true of the Brangus crossed with Criollo. Ultimately, the grazing performance of the Criollo cattle, plus the Brangus and Angus crossing made for meat quality and carcass yield, is expected to improve the animals’ prospects for adoption in cattle-feeding production chains of this region, Auvermann said. w

A Criollo-black Angus cross calf. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Ranch Rodear Clinic/Art of the Cowgirl JAN 13 AT 9 PM CST - JAN 14 AT 4 PM CST Ranch Rodear cattle dog 2 day Clinic & Competition at Art of the Cowgirl in Queen Creek, Arizona. Go to the event on website artofthecowgirl.com Sonya Blomberg is no stranger to good performance horses and great working cow dogs. Sonya grew up in the Salinas Valley California and has deep roots in the ranching industry. Her and her husband Terry managed the horse division at the historic Tejon Ranch in Lebec, CA for over 12 years. During this time, they bred raised and have shown some of the best reined cowhorses, cutters, and reiners all while raising two kids, Will, 33 and Tawnee, 28. Sonya and Terry now reside in Long Branch Texas, where they run Sim Angus and Beef master cattle and breed and train cattle dogs predominantly Border Collies for their selves and the Public. Sonya has always been handy and has a passion for good working dogs. She’s

been working on her own blood line of dogs that have just the right amount of eye appeal, grit, speed, and the ability to be in the right place at the right time. Although it may be unlikely to have a dog in the right place every time, her dogs are sure the ones you’d want around in tough situations and usually get the job done no matter how trying the situations get. Check out her Facebook page at: @ Sweet Iron Ranch Border Collies/SimAngus/Performance Horses. For puppies and prospects for sale. Give her a call if You might be interested in lessons, or just want to visit about good dogs!! Sonya and Terry always have time for new friends! Contact Sonya at 661-549-6243. w January 2021 SouthWest Horse Trader



Check Your Labels

Let’s talk about ingredients in Grooming Products. Most people are not aware of what is in the products that they use on their pets (or horses!). They also aren’t aware that there is very little regulation on animal product labels. So what happens is, less than ethical grooming product manufacturers, who don’t have to fully disclose the entire contents of their formulas don’t. Or they hide low quality ingredients by naming them something else. It’s completely dishonest. Another dirty trick is naming an ingredient something that sounds natural when it isn’t. In fact, it’s often the opposite: a synthetic or industrial grade ingredient, that if you knew what it was, you wouldn’t use it. Surfactant Use For instance: surfactants. Surfactants are the ingredients in shampoos that make the suds or bubbles. All shampoos have them. Most, but not all, use the cheapest kind you can get, because they cost less for them to use in their formulas, and it makes them a few more pennies per bottle sold. These are most of the time one of the highest percentage ingredients in a shampoo formula, next to water, so they want to push that cost down as much as possible. What they actually use, and hold on to your hat here, is the same ingredient used to degrease engine blocks and motors in an industrial application! There is no way people would want to use that on themselves if they were told this, or knew about it, and most people wouldn’t want to use it on their best friends or family members (their pets and horses). They are harsh chemicals that strip the skin and coat bare. They dry and damage the skin and coat, and you end up with a painful or uncomfortable skin condition on a living creature that you love. It’s really sad. People just don’t know. Silicone Damage Another ingredient commonly used in pet shampoos and conditioners are silicones. They are used in human products as well, but the labeling requirements for human products are much more strict, and most people can make an informed decision on using them. In animal products, they don’t have to list them in the ingredients, or use the proper names. Again, they get used in inferior products because they are cheap to buy, and most people just don’t know they’re even in there. Silicones give the appearance of moisturized hair or coats, but they are actually doing the opposite. I compare it to putting a water proofing on your deck. They seal the moisture out, and the skin and coat can’t respirate properly, which causes dry and/or flakey skin, and dry brittle hair. Which causes excessive shedding, etc., It’s a cycle of damage, and unless people know about it, they are just doomed to repeat it. We’ve been conditioned to believe that silicone coated hair is what moisturized hair feels like. It’s all marketing. A truly moisturized hair or coat feels smooth, not sticky or grippy, and isn’t weighed down by the silicone coating the entire hair shaft. After a few weeks of using a shampoo that has a bunch of silicone 26

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in it, you start to see the skin conditions develop, and you’re left wondering what’s going on, often resulting in expensive trips to the vet. It can all be avoided. Another bad effect of using products with inferior ingredients is what we call “chemical matting”. This is when all the gunk that’s in a coat starts sticking together, and causing knots, mats, tangles, greasy or oily looking coats, or just dull, flat coats. If you use a good product with good ingredients, you have a bright shiny coat that is fluffy and soft, and full of color. Do your research. Find good brands that use good ingredients. Your best friends will thank you! w

Premier Shampoo COLOR INTENSIFYING Natural Botanical Pet Shampoo The finest pet shampoo available! You will notice a difference the first time you use it. Makes your pets the softest, most touchable pets around. Leaves the hair shaft completely clean, not coated with silicone, oil, or synthetic polymers. Premier uses a Scientifically Superior formula and natural botanical extracts to gently cleanse and intensify colors. Makes white coats brilliant, browns richer, and dark coats darker and shinier than ever before! No need for a blueing agent or coat whitener, which can dry out or do damage to your pet. For best results, use with Premier Pet Conditioner and Premier Pet Spray for maximum conditioning and moisturizing. Tropical scent. • Gently cleanses • Rinses out quickly and easily • Adds shine • Brightens colors • Brilliant whites • Moisturizes dry flaky skin & coat • Volumizes coat • Leaves no residue • Non-Toxic w

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Ring Stewards/Scribes (Madison Farrow & Lindsey Harvey). The AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations is available online as a free PDF at www.aqha.com/aqha-rulebook, and the printed rulebook can be purchased for $5 through the AQHA Store at www.aqhastore.com. Also, the 2021 AQHA Rulebook app will be available when the iOS and Android apps are completed. AQHA members, download the app for free by visiting your smart phone app and searching for “AQHA rulebook.” AQHA’s 2021 leveling program point ranges are now available The online level verification system for 2021 is available at wwww.aqhaservices.aqha.com/ members/summaries/viewleveling. South Texas Paint Horse Club’s January 15-17 show in Waco will offer your first chance this year to earn points for TPHC year-end awards, followed by the February 12-14 show in Oklahoma City and staged by STPHC and GCPHC. fmi, texaspainthorseclub.com. Bar Double G Quarter Horses, Greenville, is hosting a ranch sorting winter series, with added money and HP awards. The first show is scheduled for January 23 at Longhorn arena. fmi or to pre-register, 972.746.7159. OK Reining Horse Assoc’s Winterslide and Axtell Derby are scheduled for January 28-30 in Ardmore. fmi, winterslide2013@gmail.com. Then the Ride & Slide will be held February 28-March 7 in Tulsa. fmi, www.okrha.com. Central Texas Stock Horse will host a clinic and show February 20-21, at Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck. Arkansas Ranch and Stock Horse Assoc’s first show is April 17-18 at White County Fairgrounds and all with AQHA, VRH, and NRCHA events. Braggin' Rights M. Wade Smith, Geary, OK, was recognized as World Show Leading Breeder at the concurrent ApHC World Champion-

ship Show and Youth World Championship Show in Ft Worth October 29-November 8. Sharon Orstad, Wayne, OK, and Mister Be A Twister were recognized as the 2020 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show at the 2020 AQHA Select World Championship Show. Sabine Lazo, Caldwell, was recognized as AjPHA’s 2019-2020 Youth Member of the Year. The award is presented to an AjPHA member that exemplifies the spirit of community involvement, volunteer work, and leadership. For this achievement, she received a custom trophy buckle and a $1K scholarship. Kelly Lazo, Caldwell, retired in December after 28 years in education. She plans to turn her talents to other adventures, including helping Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, CAQHA, and having fun! Losses Edith Eggleston Colao, 99, Fort Worth, died December 11. She was one of the founding members of TX Women’s Barrel Racing Assoc in 1995 and was once its president. She won many barrel races and was known for designing her own riding clothes, including sparkling outfits with custom matching boots and hats. She ran her own training center for 27 years, training riders in hunt seat equitation, dressage, jumping, and barrel racing. Charlie Sasser, 77, Seguin, died December 13 after a battle with Covid-19. He and wife Cathy enjoyed breeding and showing halter horses as well as producing Paint events like the Margarita Classic show. He was a lifetime APHA member as well as a longtime State director and Paint promoter. In 2017 he retired after 40 years as an APHA judge and was honored at the 2018 convention as an APHA Judge Emeritus. Memorial contributions may be made to the South TX Paint Horse Club, attn “youth fund.” These designated funds will be used for “Free Youth Entry Fees” at a “Tribute to Charlie Sasser” Margarita Classic Paint Horse Show. Mail checks to Sally Griffin, P. O. Box 610, Tomball, TX 77377 or contributions may be made to the Country Church, PO Box 421, Marion, TX 78124. w


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THE STALLION ISSUE. January Issue Deadline Dec 10. $250 Full Page ads in this section. Reserve at 713-562-8846 or advertise@swhorsetrader.com www.swhorsetrader.com A Few Quality Weanlings & Yearlings for sale by Copenreygen and out of money-earning proven broodmares. Broodmares also available. (2 in 1 & 3 in 1 packages). Circle B Ranch, 281-92-3152 For Sale: Roping, Riding, Mares, Colts. Breeding APHA Homozygous and AQHA stallions. www.alpaints. com 281-659-5397/281-432-7673 For Sale: APHA broodmars & stallions, some homozygous, cutting breeding. Complete DISPERSAL of mares and stallions. Les @ Sterling Farms, Rockdale, TX. 512-477-2646.

OREGAN TIMOTHY Breakfast of Champions. In stock year-round. No need to hunt hay. Three string bales. Highly digestible. Builds no fat around the diaphragm, so it enhances endurance. Also builds muscle and a shiny coat. Excellent for foundered and colicky horses. Improves foaling ease by 40%. No minimum. Only at Hay USA, 1714 Blair Drive, Weatherford, TX 75086. 817-599-0200 Tues-Sat 10-6. HayUSA.net. Giant Bermuda From California. In stock year round. No need to hunt hay. Easily digested. Clean, peagreen and soft. Food, not filler. 3-string bales, 17 flakes/bale. One bale feeds equivalent of 2 3/4 bales of coastal. No Minimum Only at Hay USA. 1714 Blair Drive, Weatherford, TX 75086. 817-599-0200 Tues-Sat 10-6. HayUSA.net.

THE EVENT ISSUE Celebrate Your Victories in 2020. $250 Full Page Congratulatory ads! October Issue Deadline 11/10. Discounted Pricing. 713-562-8846 HORSE SHOEING San Antonio andSurrounding Areas. Call Mike Torres, 210-430-9399. HORSE SHOEING JOSH HUNT AFA Certified Farrier. Serving Lubbock & the Greater South Plains Area. 806-263-4025 flyingvequine@gmail.com THE FARM, RANCH, REAL ESATE ISSUE. March Issue Deadline Feb 10. $250 Full Page ads in this section. Reserve at 713-562-8846. www.swhorsetrader.com TXLAND.COM Land * Lifestyle * Legacy Jacobs Properties 936-597-3301

CALIFORNIA ALFALFA In stock year-round. No need to hunt hay. Clean, leafy & green. 3-string bales, 120-140 pounds average. Guaranteed from the Golden State. We only buy from the West Coast for your horse’s safety from the blister beatle. No Minimum. Buy from the people you can trust. Hay USA. 1714 Blair Drive, Weatherford, TX 75086. 817-599-0200 Tues-Sat 10-6. HayUSA.net. Upcoming Issues * January: The Stallion Issue * February: The Breeders Issue * March: Farm, Ranch, Real Estate Small Business Incentive Pricing Association/Event Pricing * $250 Full Page Color * $150 Half Page Color Price includes Print, Digital and Social Media!

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Welcome to the January 2021 Issue of SouthWest Horse Trader. Enjoy our new sections on Horse Shows, Rodeo, Livestock and Pets.

SouthWest Horse Trader - January 2021 Issue  

Welcome to the January 2021 Issue of SouthWest Horse Trader. Enjoy our new sections on Horse Shows, Rodeo, Livestock and Pets.