A daughter of successful American reining sire Smart Spook has the top score going into the finals of the Italian Reining Horse Association NRHA Futurity. Several popular American stallions are represented in the event's finals. • Photo by Jeff Kirkbride.

Reiners By American Sires Headline List of Italian Futurity Finalists

Many of the finalists for the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) National Reining Horse Association Futurity contain names familiar to many American fans of the sport.
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Crey Zee Carries Rice to Winning NCHA Futurity Open Ride

Last year, Austin Shepard piloted Deluxe Checks to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World title shortly before riding Dual Reyish to the Futurity Open Championship – a feat that had rarely been accomplished before. But Tatum Rice stepped up to the challenge, navigating Hashtags to the Open World title before arriving in the Futurity […]
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NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Goes to John Rockey and Sweet Toothe

John Rockey added one more award to the illustrious non-professional cutter’s 2018 collection on Dec. 7 when he rode Sweet Toothe, a gelding owned by Rockey and his wife, Rose, to win the National Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) Futurity Unlimited Amateur Championship with a 218 finals score. He and the horse collected $23,837 for the […]
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Cade Shepard and Chexy Louella Take NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Title

Twenty horses. Two sets. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro finals, held Dec. 7 late in the evening, boasted some of the best talent in the industry, and in the end, it came down to Cade Shepard competing against himself for the Championship. Cade had qualified two horses to the finals and had […]
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PCCHA Revamps Incentive Programs For 2019

The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) recently changed its Cutting Stakes, Stallion Auction and Foal Nomination incentive programs. Officials say the changes are designed to make the programs more affordable, increase participation and boost payouts.
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High Brow CD Tops Inaugural Evening Session

Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider Austin Shepard fought back tears as he spoke on behalf of Hip No. 4050, High Brow CD, during The Evening Session at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales.

Trainer Craig Schmersal Hits $4 Million Mark

Craig Schmersal recently reached new heights in his reining career when the trainer from Scottsdale, Arizona, became the sport’s newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Four Million Dollar Rider.
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Blake Heid & Nothing Comes Easy Win Amateur Title

The Amateur finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity saw 33 contestants ride to the herd, but it was a 219 marked by Blake Heid aboard Nothing Comes Easy that held strong through the remainder of the finals.