Through the years, my job has presented me a lot of fabulous opportunities when it comes to horses. I’ve gotten to talk to the world’s best horsemen, and I’ve met some of the greatest horses across different disciplines and industries. One of my fondest memories, however, wasn’t work-related at all. It centered around a clinic.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced May 1 that the cutting industry lost another long-time and valued member of its community. Ernest Beutenmiller Sr. passed away on April 28 at the age of 86.
It is the second day of the 4-Year-Old Open in the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. I’m sitting in the top row of Section H, one-third the distance from the judges’ stands to the back fence. “Flynnie” (Sean Flynn) is settling the cattle. Five assorted riders are holding them up, two riders on deck and the cow boxes are full.
There was a chill in the air on April 28 at the Best Little Derby in the West, but it didn’t take long for things to heat up at the Ford Idaho Horse Park.
An unseasonably cool morning provided the backdrop for the start of the Marketplace at Ardmore Performance Horse Sale, held April 22 in Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. But, it didn’t take long for the good set of horses to heat things up.
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) announced the locations of two of its events to be held in 2018. The Adequan AQHA Select World Championship Show will remain in Amarillo, Texas, and the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH) World Championships will make the move to Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Aristo Katz (Smart Aristocrat x Katz x High Brow Cat), a 2000 mare bred and owned by Jack Waggoner and Susan Ferguson, of Bridgeport, Texas, is the Breeder’s Invitational's (BI) leading money-earning open horse with BI earnings totaling $136,775.
The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) celebrated its 20th anniversary during this year's show, held April 16-23 in Katy, Texas. Looking back in time, the inaugural event was called the National Reining Breeders Cup, and it was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A $210,439 purse was distributed to the winners of the 4- and 5-year-old event.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals on April 15 featured some of the best 4-year-old cutting horses in the industry, several of which have a past that includes the sale ring. Seven of the 21 Open finalists were former sale horses, including the Champion and Reserve Champion.