NRHA Success Part of Very Merry December with Mare

Suffice to say, December of 2019 won’t soon be forgotten by a bright young lady from Franklin, Tennessee, the town just south of Nashville on the Harpeth River. Next week, Blair McFarlin will graduate from Auburn University in Alabama with a bachelor’s in animal science.  On Saturday, she had her biggest moment in the National […]
Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds

Doggone! Luca Fappani, Gotta Get Diamonds Survive Bizarre NRHA Run-in

It was a fair question considering the Twilight Zone moment they had just encountered. Was this Friday the sixth of December or Friday the 13th? Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds, who just missed a sweep of levels before settling as Level 2 Non-Pro winners, wanted to know. On the first of what turned out to be […]
Give Me Starbucks and Emily Emerson

Give Me Starbucks Delivers Bit of Redemption For Emerson

Ten riders led reining enthusiasts into the National Reining Horse Association Futurity’s climactic final two days with an entertaining and, in some cases, enchanting evening of the Invitational Freestyle event on Thursday.  For Emily Emerson, in a raincoat the picture of a rider astride her steed in a driving rain storm, the show represented a […]
Bet Hesa Cat and Buster Welch

Buster Welch Statue Ready for Fort Worth Unveiling

Fort Worth’s new state-of-the-art Dickies Arena has transformed the landscape of the venerable Will Rogers Memorial Center and very soon, a treasured work of art will adorn one of the complex’s entrances to honor a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) pioneer. In conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, Buster Welch and his unparalleled contributions to the […]
Conquistador Whiz and Duane Latimer.

NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz Dies

The head of Silver Spurs Equine confirmed on Tuesday the passing of Conquistador Whiz, a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Two Million Dollar Sire. Conquistador Whiz was humanely euthanized following complications from laminitis, owner Mike Miola said from Scottsdale, Arizona. The stallion was 25. Ruf Conqueror, a 2004 stallion and “Conquistador’s” son, was euthanized only […]
Craig Schmersal and Cade McCutcheon

Run For A Million Success Hasn’t Changed Life For Co-Winners

Count Craig Schmersal and Cade McCutcheon among those who have witnessed firsthand the power of the television set. “We get recognized quite often,” Schmersal said Saturday of he and his wife, Ginger, at the Southwest Reining Horse Association’s Billingsley Ford Futurity. “In the grocery store and here and there, the airplane. So that’s a little […]
Group photo of Team Schmersal and Shining On Ruf.

Shining On Ruf Makes His Case For NRHA Futurity Inclusion

To use a high school football analogy, Shining On Ruf moved into the boundaries of his new school a month before the first day of class and, as a result, had very little time to make an impression on the coach in hopes of cracking the starting lineup. Shining On Ruf, however, might well have […]
Mandy McCutcheon at the SWRHA Futurity.

Coronas At Nite Aces Non-Pro Test At SWRHA Futurity

You can ask Mandy McCutcheon about the upcoming National Reining Horse Association Futurity next month in Oklahoma City, but don’t expect a straight answer. To speak freely about her horses’ prospects merely invites the not-so-welcome spirits, she believes. McCutcheon might not exactly be into the supernatural, but she doesn’t take any chances. “I’m a little […]
Jared Jones and PRF Peptos Smart Cat.

‘Special’ PRF Peptos Smart Cat Pulls Snaffle Bit Double Duty

As Here Comes The Boon was working his way to the pinnacle of achievement at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity® last week, another red roan stallion was also generating his share of intrigue. PRF Peptos Smart Cat was working his tail off in both Non-Pro and Open divisions and doing it well. “Not very […]