5/6-Year-Old Open Champions Cromed Out Cat & Spud Sheehan, pictured at the 2016 PCCHA Futurity • Photo by Midge Ames

Amarillo Heats up With Open at West Texas Futurity

As the Open limited-age classes wrapped up at the West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-20 in Amarillo, Texas, cutting fans had a lot to talk about. A new crop of 3-year-olds is making its debut and familiar names in the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old divisions are continuing to dominate.
Tim McQuay (left) and Jennifer Easton (right) accepting an award from Greg Darnell (middle) at the 2000 NRHA Futurity, when Hollywood Dun It was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame. • QHN file photo

Reining Industry Grieves Loss of Jennifer Easton

Jennifer Easton, a longtime member of the reining community, passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 69. She posted her first check to Equi-Stat in 1989 and garnered more than $11,000 in the reining pen. But her greatest impact in the industry came from her role as a breeder and owner.
Tom McCutcheon and One Stormy Nite slide to the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. -- Photo by Molly Montag.

One Stormy Nite Takes Top Prize in North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Open

Tom McCutcheon’s first two runs didn’t go as well as he’d hoped at the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) Futurity, but the Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider’s final horse, One Stormy Nite, made up for the earlier mishaps.
Sir Long Legs & Austin Shepard • Photo by Alex Lynch

“Big A” Aces in Fort Worth 

At a show like the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, there is plenty of anticipation leading up to the Derby Open, and this year the performances brought the house down.

HC Herd Boss Takes Charge in Derby Limited Open Finals

The cooler weather moving through Fort Worth, Texas, this week made for some tricky cattle in the Will Rogers Coliseum during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Derby Limited Open finals, but that didn’t stop HC Herd Boss and Justin Chalmers from commanding attention.

Diabolo Dominates RMRHA Summer Slide

The Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) Summer Slide, held July 24-30 at the National Western Events Center in Denver, drew entries from all over the United States and Canada. The event hosted ancillary classes along with a futurity, which featured $96,250 in added money. The payout structure of the futurity was 40 percent to […]

In the Stats: National Stock Horse Association Futurity & Derby

The National Stock Horse Association’s (NSHA) leading open horse is Reymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory x Doc’s Hickory), a 2006 gelding bred by Lannie Louise Mecom, of Avondale, Colorado, who has won $34,000 at the Paso Robles, California, show. The gelding was ridden by Zane Davis to win the 2009 NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity […]

In the Blood: Spookneedsacocktail

When Spookneedsacocktail and Martin Muehlstaetter won the Reining By The Bay Futurity Level 4 Open at Woodside Park in California, they entered the ranks of contenders for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity later this year. They marked a 219.5 over 18 other finalists. The win was worth $3,673 for owner Tami Schiltz, of […]

In the Past: Tarin Rice

  Ten years ago, 18-year-old Tarin Rice rode into the cutting pen at the Will Rogers Coliseum to compete in the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Scholarship Cutting with a cast on one of his legs.

How to Hold Romal Reins with a Mecate (2 Rein)

Do you want to use the 2 rein in your riding program but aren’t sure how to manage the mecate and romals at the same time? Let me show you an easy way to hold both reins. Follow along with the guideline below as professional horse trainer and NRCHA/AQHA judge Bozo Rogers shows us one […]

U.S. Teams Make Great Effort at SVAG FEI World Reining Championships

A talented group of up-and-coming athletes represented the Platinum Performance U.S. Teams at the 2017 SVAG Federation Equestra Internationale (FEI) World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders on Aug. 11 and 12. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Jeff Petska, the U.S. combinations put forth determined efforts throughout the championships.

Reining Horse Foundation Awards $10,500 in Scholarships

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announced the distribution of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships to seven youth members: Terri-June Granger, of Dothan, Alabama; David Gringeri, of West Haven, Vermont; Nicholas Muir, of Lynnwood, Washington; Quinn Sutherland, of Eureka, Montana; Megan D’Andrea, of Fowler, Ohio; Jarid Walton, of Riverdale, Michigan; and Morgan Knerr, of Plain […]