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Many years ago, I read an article stating that 70 percent of the foals born each year are born in March, April and May. In the information age in which we live, it’s a cardinal sin not to fact check, but I reckon that statistic is pretty darn close, regardless. So being that we just hit first of March, the vast majority of us are getting excited for some new arrivals!

Cornbread Thinks: Superfluous. Don’t Do That.

Two really good words: quality and Goldilocks. Quality is a description, a standard and a way. It’s hard to describe and even harder to learn. The successful programs are nothing but quality. They will accept nothing less. It will be in everything about them – from the stall latches to the broodmares, from the arena dirt to the wash rack.

The Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic

The Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic will begin March 6 at the Young County Arena in Graham, Texas, and is scheduled to end March 12. In addition to the full slate of limited-age classes offered at the event, Waco Bend Ranch will host an open house and barbecue dinner at their facility after the cutting is […]

In the Blood: Heza Diamond Spark


The World’s Greatest Horseman competition wrapped up on Feb. 18 with Canadian John Swales earning the Championship on Heza Diamond Spark. Swales and Heza Diamond Spark worked their way to a composite score of 874, which included the top score of 222.5 in the rein work and the top score of 226.5 in the fence work. Swales was rewarded with the $35,000 winner’s check.


In the Stats: Cactus Reining Classic

in-the-stats-custom-spookCustom Spook & Marco Ricotta • Photo by John O'HaraCustom Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Spinderella x Custom Crome), a 2007 stallion bred by Steve Simon, of Marietta, Oklahoma, and owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the Cactus Reining Classic’s leading aged event open horse with earnings of $23,551. The stallion was ridden at the Cactus Reining Classic by Marco Ricotta and Andrea Fappani. Custom Spook has $235,200 on his lifetime Equi-Stat record.


In the Past: The Rock of Gibraltar

in-the-past-hollywood-jac-86Hollywood Jac 86 and Richard Greenberg • Photo by Metacale & LeahyHollywood Jac 86, an average-sized, floppy-eared palomino stallion, is not remembered as one of the reining industry’s best-looking athletes. However, his natural, deep sliding stops made him a legend.

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Final Champions Crowned in Arbuckle

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Western Bloodstock to Manage NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

NRCHASaleIncentiveWestern Bloodstock's management of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales will include a revamped Sale Incentive program for sale graduates. • Photo by Stacy PigottThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) has selected Western Bloodstock Ltd. to oversee the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, scheduled for Oct. 13-14 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas.


The Secret to Using a Chuck Frazier Sidepull


The 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion Luke Jones, of Luke Jones Performance Horses, uses the Chuck Frazier Sidepull http://bit.ly/2lKJ7fg in all aspects of his cow horse training program. The Chuck Frazier is similar to other sidepulls, like those we start our colts in. But in addition to the noseband it’s designed with shanks, a curb and a bit hobble.