One of My Favorite Times of the Year

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This is one of my favorite times of the year. Our 2 year olds have had at least 30 days riding and we finally get to see them under saddle after 3 years of waiting time. A lot of people ask me why I start my 2 year olds early in Dec or Jan. The reason I do this is so they get 5 days a week of consistent training.

My Favorite Headstall Design from Matlock Rose


In 1976 my friend Curly Tully and I were at Rex Caubel’s indoor arena in Denton TX for the North Texas Cutting Horse Association’s summer circuit show. As was the common practice in those days we cut for 3 days, had a day off and then cut for 3 more. Late in the afternoon before the day off Curly & I were visiting at my little tack display under the awning of my inline 2 horse trailer. Matlock Rose came up and asked Curly if he needed to work his horses the next day.

NRHyA Buy A Pro Auction Open for Bids

NRHABuyAProThe National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) recently announced its innovative Buy A Pro program is officially up and running for the second year. The Buy A Pro program is an online auction that connects riders with one-on-one lessons from NRHA Professionals, and is the primary fundraising mechanism for NRHyA activities and scholarships.

NRHA Icon Receives Special Award

Colleen McQuay TrophyColleen McQuay was awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award.National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee, Colleen McQuay, wife of Tim McQuay, was recently awarded the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pegasus awards dinner. This award is presented to the horseman or horsewoman who personifies the ideals of the current sportsman’s charter through commitment and dedication to the sport.

San Antonio to kick off Mercuria NCHA World Series

woody-be-luckyDan Hanson, who won the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting Non-Pro at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo last year aboard Woody Be Lucky (pictured) will be competing this year with Play Corn. • Photo by Dan TroutThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will host the first event this year for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting. Star-studded fields will ride to the herd in the first round of the Open and Non-Pro, with the finals of the $25,000-added events scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Stan Kroenke Approved as New Owner of W.T. Waggoner Ranch

Waggoner-brandingBranding on the historic Waggoner Ranch.Representatives for the renowned W.T. Waggoner Ranch on Feb. 9 announced that Judge Dan Mike Bird of the 46th Judicial District Court has allowed the Waggoner’s owners to proceed with a private transaction under which Stan Kroenke, American businessman, professional sports team owner and rancher, will become the Waggoner’s new owner. This historic transaction will be the first-ever sale of the Waggoner, an approximately 535,000-acre estate which was established in 1849 and spans across six Texas counties and almost 800 square miles. It is currently the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, and includes thousands of cattle, hundreds of horses and oil wells, and 30,000 acres of farmland. Terms of the potential transaction were not disclosed.

USDA Revises Export Regulations

trailerNew changes made by the USDA should provide more flexibility for exporters. • QHN file photoThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the regulations pertaining to the exportation of livestock, including horses, from the United States. The rule changes go into effect Feb. 19, 2016.