Nic N Chics and Terra Micek
Nic N Chics emerged on the national stage at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2015. Photo by Primo Morales

Former Non-Pro Bridle Champ Nic N Chics Dies at 17

The one thing Terra Micek remembers most about first getting to know Nic N Chics is giving YouTube a lot of traffic one weekend five years or so ago. All she had known to that point was her mother encouraging her to give the cow-horse gelding a look-see because trainer Brad Lund thought, “you’d be […]
Shiney Outlaw and Jay McLaughlin at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

Shiney Outlaw Just What the NRCHA Witch Doctor Ordered

The No. 13 has gotten a bad rap over the centuries, thanks largely — the wanna-be numerologists believe, anyway — to Judas Iscariot being the 13th to have a sit at Christ’s Last Supper all those years ago. Ever since then, skyscrapers and hotels haven’t had a 13th floor, or something like that. Just stay […]
Sparking Metallic and Hope Miller at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Sparking Metallic, Rider Conquer Non-Pro Hackamore

Friday’s Non-Pro Hackamore finals of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions at the John Justin Arena came with a moral of the story. It’s amazing what happens when you just show up. Hope Miller weighed the pros and cons of making the more than 1,990-mile trip over 30 hours from Brush […]
MoonshineAndTwoAdvil and Shawn Hays at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Holy Cow, World Champ! MoonshineAndTwoAdvil Pour it on Along the Fence

To no surprise, the uber-competitive Open Hackamore division at the National Reined Cow Horse (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions required a fantastic finish to win and it was MoonshineAndTwoAdvil who stepped up to deliver it on Wednesday afternoon. The 2014 gelding and trainer Shawn Hays dropped a 443.5 composite out of the eight spot, including a […]

New NRCHA World Champ Sinfully Smart Cat is All of That

Say what you will about Sinfully Smart Cat, but, his trainer said with a wry smile, make sure quirky son of a gun is one of those things. “When he was a 4 year old, we were loping around getting ready to show and it was hot out and you think he ought to be […]
Shiners Darby and Barbara Cox at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Shiners Darby Looks at Home in a Foreign NRCHA Land

Tuesday got off to a bad start for NRCHA Celebration of Champions Non-Pro Limited finalist Shiners Darby, a man who flourishes on familiarity.  Rider Barbara Cox’s usual routine is to get him in the arena early, before the start of competition, so he can acquaint himself with his new surroundings. It’s an essential part of […]

LooksLikeLuckToMe, Lannie-Jo Lisac Find Good Fortune at NRCHA CoC

In what turned out to be a long day that put at risk both curfews and bedtimes, what would you expect of a 16-year-old waiting to compete on this type of stage? “I was so nervous,” said Lannie-Jo Lisac, a high school sophomore from Pueblo, Colorado. “I knew there were so many good horses and […]
Half Past Boon and Chuy Roman at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

Half The Boon Delivers Full World Championship Windfall

Few, if anything, is more satisfying than long-held hopes and dreams fulfilled. Simply ask Chuy Roman, whose joy was made clear in a smile he wore that was as wide as the John Justin Arena floor on Monday night. The 32-year-old and Half Past Boon nailed down the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Limited […]
Anne Marion

Anne Marion, Four Sixes Heir and Quarter Horse Industry Giant, Dies at 81

Anne Marion, an oil and ranching heiress, and quiet yet faithful philanthropist who became a leader in the Quarter Horse industry, died on Tuesday in California. Marion was 81. Her family said her death was the result of a battle with lung cancer. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at St. Andrews […]
Lee Garner and Peponitas Acre at the 1996 NCHA Futurity.

Lee Garner, 75, Friend to the Cutting Industry, Dies

Lee Garner, a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Members Hall of Famer, World Champion and one-of-a-kind personality and cutting horse promoter died Tuesday in Batesville, Mississippi, his beloved hometown. Garner was 75. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Batesville. Visitation is scheduled to take place […]