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How to Hold the 2 Rein

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Using the 2 Rein, also called Double Rein, is a time proven training method to transition a young horse from a hackamore to straight up in the bridle.

Best Little Derby in the West

The Best Little Derby in the West is set to take place from April 25 to April 30 at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho. The event features a full slate of limited-age reining classes and has $55,000 in added money. View full schedule See the results For complete coverage of the Best […]
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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Lee webReys Desire (top) passed on her low-moving style to her daughter Desires Time (bottom). • Top photo by Forrest Photography; Bottom photo by Kelsey Pecsek In April of 2010, Holly Francois spent time preparing Reys Desire for her husband, Lee, to ride in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. At this year’s event, the scene was nearly identical, only it was Francois's daughter, Sydney Roland, and Reys Desire’s daughter, Desires Time, in the loping pen.

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NCHA Hires New Youth Coordinator

AshleyThomasAshley ThomasThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced the hiring of Ashley Thomas, who has joined the NCHA team as the youth coordinator. Within this role, Thomas will work with the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) membership and the youth committee to develop, implement and evaluate programs and activities for youth in the cutting community.

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Hashtags’ Status: Super Stakes Champion

Hashtags TRice 041517Hashtags & Tatum Rice • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe horses in the April 15 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals clawed their way through sets of difficult cattle to qualify for a chance at glory. With a field of 21 hopeful 4-year-olds and their riders, cutting fans in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, were anxious to see how the finals would unfold.

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Lindy Ashlock Tops Super Stakes Non-Pro

InReyverse LAshlock 17HHLindy Ashlock & In Reyverse • Photo by Hannah HarrelLindy Ashlock had a pep talk with In Reyverse before they went in for their run in the Non-Pro finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in hopes they would improve upon their 214 from the semifinals two days before. They ended up topping the field of 20 horses with a score of 222 to clinch the Championship.

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Holly Francois Claims Limited Non-Pro Title

SmartDualKat HFrancois 17HHHolly Francois & Smart Dual Kat • Photo by Hannah HarrelWith just a few champions left to be crowned at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, the Limited Non-Pro finalists took to the arena on April 14, following the Open semifinals. Out of 12 horse-and-rider combinations, Holly Francois and Smart Dual Kat emerged victorious.

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NCHA Super Stakes Open Finalists Named

PharoahAndJames CAllen 041417Clint Allen, pictured aboard Pharaoh And James, was the only rider to qualify three horses to the Open finals. • Photo by Kelsey PecsekFive sets of talented 4-year-old cutting horses battled challenging cattle all afternoon in the Will Rogers Coliseum on April 14 in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open semifinals. When the last of 56 horse-and-rider teams completed their run, the bubble sat at 214.5.

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Silver Spurs Equine Purchases Xtra Quarter Horses

michael miola lorenzo vargas webMike Miola (left) & Lorenzo Vargas • Photo courtesy of Mike MiolaWimpys Little Step, Shiners Voodoo Dr and Wimpyneedsacocktail have a new owner, but they won’t be leaving Oklahoma. On April 13, it was announced that Xtra Quarter Horses' headliner stallions, as well as the facility they stand at and everything on the property, were purchased by Silver Spurs Equine.

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CD Lights Joins NRCHA Elite Sires

CD LightsCD Lights • Photo courtesy of Danny MotesAnother elite stallion has joined the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million Dollar Sire ranks. Offspring of CD Lights (CD Olena x Delight Of My Life x Grays Starlight) officially passed the seven-figure earnings milestone in the reined cow horse arena, winning a combined $1,033,877. CD Lights is the 17th stallion to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status.