Moore Wins Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro

SmoothXTC TMooreTy Moore & Smooth XtcDuring the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, held on a chilly morning at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas, 17 horses and riders vied for top honors, but two Smooth As A Cat offspring took first and second place.

NRHA Futurity Open Conditions Change for 2017

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met during the NRHA Winter Meeting and reviewed a recommendation from the aged events committee. Based on this recommendation and much discussion, the board approved the following updates to the conditions that involved late entries, semifinals format, and the number of horses that advance to the finals. To see the updated conditions, visit the forms page on nrhafuturity.com or get the PDF directly here.

Queen Wins New Title at Bonanza

MetallicManziel KQueenKatherine Queen & Metallic ManzielThe Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals took place Feb. 15 at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas, and the class proved tough. Each horse-and-rider pair gave it their all, and only one team scored less than a 210.

First NRCHA World Champions Crowned

MeradasGoldenRey NBancroft 021517NRCHA Limited Open Bridle World Champions Meradas Golden Rey & Naomi Bancroft • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions World Show kicked off in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 12. The first World champions were decided on Valentine’s Day in the John Justin Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Cox Takes Co-Champion Honors at Bonanza Cutting

LCox NothingElzMattersNothin Elz Matters & Lloyd CoxWhile there were several riders that had multiple horses in the 4-Year-Old Open finals at the Bonanza Cutting in Weatherford, Texas, one rider in particular had his work cut out for him. Lloyd Cox, of Marietta, Oklahoma, got all six of his horses from the first go into the finals, competing twice in the second bunch and four times in the third bunch. The hard work paid off when he rode two horses to a 223 and tied for the Championship.

Cornbread Thinks: Darren’s People

Before the boring part starts, if you don’t know Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce of Circle Y Ranch, you should. They do a lot for all cutters, the sport and humanity in general. Do your homework. Please.

During the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, I was concierging around, minding everybody’s business, when I noticed a couple of blacked-out vehicles with chauffeurs. Being as they had the road blocked, I decided to mind their business, too.

Triangle Winter Sale Averages $6,200

vonstepatatimeVon Step At A Time, pictured with Trey Pool at the 2015 National Reining Horse Association Derby, was the highest seller at the Triangle Winter Sale. • Photo by WaltenberryThe excitement of a positive sale environment was unmistakable among buyers, sellers and spectators during the recent Triangle Winter Sale in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Jan. 27-28. During the two-day event, 81 of the 456 horses that sold went for $10,000 or more. The consistently strong sales led to a net average of $6,200 and an 85 percent sales completion rate (less those withdrawn).

Lyle Proctor Tops Non-Pro at Peptoboonsmal Derby

LProctor webLyle Proctor & SJR All Time CashThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby concluded at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions (COC) with the Non-Pro cow work, and Lyle Proctor closed out the show with an impressive performance down the fence.