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Austin Shepard Dominates Augusta 4-Year-Old Open

ParadoxCatParadox Cat & Austin Shepard

The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, held Jan. 17-24 in Augusta, Georgia, finished with a bang on Saturday night. In a tough class of 14 Open-caliber horses, Austin Shepard rode four finalists. The 222 Shepard marked aboard Paradox Cat from the ninth draw earned the duo the 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Championship by a 5.5-point margin.

TGI Playtime & Skip Queen Strike Big

TGIPlaytimeTGI Playtime & Skip QueenWith 16 talented horses in the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals at The Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity in Augusta, Georgia, it was sure to be a spectator-friendly show. The finalists didn’t disappoint their audience, and they caused an eruption of cheers from the crowd on several occasions.

Jordan Vaughn & Wild Haired Fitz Take Unlimited Amateur Title

JVaughnJordan Vaughn & Wild Haired FitzThe Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, held Jan. 17-24 in Augusta, Georgia, crowned the first of its limited-age champions on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 22. In an exciting night of Amateur finals, Wild Haired Fitz and Jordan Vaughn topped the 4-Year-Old Futurity Unlimited Amateur division.

Inaugural World Para Reining Event Set For Jan. 30-31

lara-olesLara Oles won the first Para Reining Championship at the 2014 NRHA Futurity aboard Western Whiz.Excitement is mounting for the Arizona Sun Circuit show sponsored by the Arizona American Quarter Horse Association, where the first ever World Para Reining (WPR) approved classes will be held on Jan. 30-31 at noon each day. The WPR is a new organization dedicated to fostering competitive reining events for disabled riders around the world.

NRCHA Clarifies Non-Pro Rule And Crowdfunding

nrcha-logoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) recently addressed the issue of crowdfunding – the practice of raising money for a project or venture using a widespread internet appeal – and whether this is an acceptable method for a non-pro competitor to pay show fees.

NRCHA Elects New Members To Board Of Directors

smartee-bbarkemeyerBrad Barkemeyer, shown riding Smartee, was recently elected to the NRCHA board of directors.The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) recently released the results of its 2015 board of directors election. Six seats were open in this cycle. Five existing board members – Paul Bailey, Sandy Collier, Amanda Gardiner, Dan Roeser and Jon Roeser – were re-elected. Brad Barkemeyer is new to the board this year, and fills the sixth vacant spot.

The Dennis Moreland Tack Starting Bosal

DMTbosalDennis Moreland Tack Starting Bosal"After the colts get to coming around with the snaffle bit, they can be double reined into the hackamore. Double reining is to put both the hackamore and snaffle on at the same time. Both the reins are used at the same time and gradually the hackamore reins are used more than the snaffle bit reins, until the colt gets used to turning on the hackamore reins entirely.*"