Daisy the Barn Cat Takes a Road Trip

Daisy the Barn Cat
Most days, Daisy keeps trainer Brad Mitchell and his crew company while also catching a mouse or two at Painted Springs Farm, the cutting horse facility owned by Barbara Brooks and her husband, country music singer Kix Brooks, in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville. Recently, the Calico kitty accidentally found herself transported to a faraway land featuring vastly new surroundings - at the Breeder’s Invitational limited-age cutting in Tulsa, Okla.

Double Win for Red Stripe Spook and Mike McEntire

Mike McEntire
The Carolina Classic Derby, run concurrently with the Atlantic Breeders Incentive Derby, held May 10-13 at the Bob Martin Ag Center, Williamston, N.C., offered reiners the chance to run for a total of $84,000 in added money. Mike McEntire took advantage of that opportunity, scored a 151.5 on David Evans’ Red Strip Spook (Smart Spook x Ms Red Capri x Jacs Aledo Bar) and won the Level 4 Open divisions of both derbies. He earned $9,799 for the double win.

Celebrity Cow Horse Spectacular

Last year's Champions: Clinton Anderson and Tiger Lily's Award
The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association will hold its fourth annual Celebrity Cow Horse Spectacular on Saturday, June 2, at the Lonestar Arena in Stephenville, Texas. The Celebrity Spectacular is a fundraiser for the SRCHA youth that attracts top celebrity riders from various equine disciplines to compete in reined cow horse.

Big Start for IRHA/NRHA Euro Derby

irhalogoThe qualifying Open go-round of the 2012 Italian Reining Horse Association/National Reining Horse Association Derby, held during the Salone del Cavallo, counted 116 entries and was held on Sunday, May 13. Once the last contestant had closed the day, Massimiliano Ruggeri of Italy riding Spat Split And White (Spat Olena x  ARC Joy Surprise x Surprise Enterprise), owned by Le Colombare QH, took the lead in the Euro 40,000-added Open Level 4 division. They posted the highest score of 223.

Spat Split And White/Massimiliano Ruggeri win IRHA/NRHA Derby


Run in a go-round and seeded finals, the $52,000-added Open Derby saw Italian Massimiliano Ruggeri and Spat Split And White (Spat Olena x ARC Joy Surprise x Surprise Enterprise) win the qualifying go with a score of 223.  Last to enter the show pen on Saturday night, Ruggeri and the stallion thrilled the crowd and the judges with their performance and scored a 224 to win the title for owner, Le Colombare QH.

Red Roses In Tinseltown Auction to Benefit Rein In Cancer

reinincancerRein in Cancer has teamed up with Ron and Corie McRorie, Dave and Bonnie Silva and the National Reining Horse Association for a big fall fundraising event. At the NRHA Futurity Sale in December, Red Roses In Tinseltown, a 2011 filly by Hollywoodstinseltown will be sold, with all proceeds going to Rein In Cancer.

NRHA Million Dollar Owner – Rancho Oso Rio

Custom Spook, ridden by Andrea Fappani, is owned by Rancho Oso Rio
To date, only four owners in National Reining Horse Association history have earned the distinction of NRHA Million Dollar Owner: Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Arcese Quarter Horses USA and Rosanne Sternberg. Unofficially, Rancho Oso Rio LLC wrote its name on that elite list at the 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas. Rancho Oso Rio, Scottsdale, Ariz., owned by Pat and Jim Warren, Woodside, Calif., is now the association’s fifth Million Dollar Owner.