Fappani and Chic Dreamin Win Big at 20th Edition of NRBC

AFappani ChicDreaminChic Dreamin & Andrea Fappani • Photo by Kristin PitzerThe long miles, hard work and hours spent putting the finishing touches on some of the best reining horses in the country culminated inside the Great Southwest Equestrian Center at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with a crowd-pleasing performance. The focus of the night was the Classic Level 4 Open finals where competitors showed up to battle it out for championship prizes, bragging rights and $75,000.

Medows Continues Streak at NRBC

JMedowsJack Medows & Chicsdreamofdiamonds • Photo by Kristin PitzerThe National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) has seen top-shelf competition throughout the week. Reiners from across the country have traveled the miles, put in the hard work and showed up in Katy, Texas, in top form to battle it out for championship prizes and bragging rights.

Goodbye to Meradas Little Sue

Meradas Little Sue JBMeradas Little Sue, pictured with Kobie Wood • Photo by John BrasseauxAt midnight on April 21, Meradas Little Sue celebrated her 27th birthday. An hour later, she took her last breath and said goodbye to an industry that loved her.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Lee webReys Desire (top) passed on her low-moving style to her daughter Desires Time (bottom). • Top photo by Forrest Photography; Bottom photo by Kelsey Pecsek In April of 2010, Holly Francois spent time preparing Reys Desire for her husband, Lee, to ride in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. At this year’s event, the scene was nearly identical, only it was Francois's daughter, Sydney Roland, and Reys Desire’s daughter, Desires Time, in the loping pen.

NCHA Hires New Youth Coordinator

AshleyThomasAshley ThomasThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced the hiring of Ashley Thomas, who has joined the NCHA team as the youth coordinator. Within this role, Thomas will work with the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) membership and the youth committee to develop, implement and evaluate programs and activities for youth in the cutting community.

Hashtags’ Status: Super Stakes Champion

Hashtags TRice 041517Hashtags & Tatum Rice • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe horses in the April 15 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals clawed their way through sets of difficult cattle to qualify for a chance at glory. With a field of 21 hopeful 4-year-olds and their riders, cutting fans in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, were anxious to see how the finals would unfold.

Lindy Ashlock Tops Super Stakes Non-Pro

InReyverse LAshlock 17HHLindy Ashlock & In Reyverse • Photo by Hannah HarrelLindy Ashlock had a pep talk with In Reyverse before they went in for their run in the Non-Pro finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in hopes they would improve upon their 214 from the semifinals two days before. They ended up topping the field of 20 horses with a score of 222 to clinch the Championship.