Shiners Diamond Cat & Justin Wright. • Photo by Primo Morales.

About the Horse: Wright Thrilled Shiners Diamond Cat Gets NRCHA Derby Win

Give trainer Justin Wright a chance to talk about Shiners Diamond Cat, and he’ll laud her intelligence, talent and class. And, the mare’s win Saturday in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby Open? He was thrilled – for her.

Holowath, Smart Lookin Nurse Continue Winning Ways at NRCHA Derby

Smart Lookin Nurse’s barn name, “Finn,” is said to be an Americanized version of the Spanish word for last – el fin – he was dubbed for being the last foal born that year at Wagonhound Land & Livestock. “I jokingly say, hopefully, that’s the last time he’s last,” said owner-rider Bart Holowath.

Clark Seals Two Cool Victories in Vegas

Most people consider themselves lucky to walk away from an event with one championship. On June 16 at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby, Emily Clark did one better – she gained not one, but two titles at the show with her gelding Cool Cat In Shades. “I was a little […]

Lacy and Cougars Diesel Roar Into First at PCCHA Derby

When Bill Lacy and Cougars Diesel stepped into the show pen during the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby Non-Pro, the gelding had $27,546 to his name. He and his owner had only competed in one show together – the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes – and he had carried […]

PCCHA Core Balance Derby Crowns Open Champions

Prior to the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby, June Bug Jam had not garnered any checks in the show pen. It wasn’t for a lack of trying; the mare, who trainer Darren Simpkins described as “wild,” simply lacked confidence. That all changed on June 15 at the Las Vegas-based show, though, […]

Harman Cracks NRCHA Derby Winners Circle

Chance Harman met his future employer, Chris Dawson, four years ago after finishing a rein work round at the NRCHA Derby. This year, the assistant trainer rode the Dawson barn into the Derby winner’s circle.