Mandy McCutcheon and Coronas At Nite at the Ride & Slide
Whether Coronas At Nite accompanies Mandy McCutcheon to Las Vegas has not been determined, but the mare has made a good case. Photo by Dieter War

Mandy McCutcheon Rides, Slides into Run For A Million

Mandy McCutcheon checked off a couple of 2020 to-do items at last week’s Ride & Slide in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Aboard Coronas At Nite, the famed non-pro reiner picked right up where she left off, to borrow the pithiest of tried and true expressions, winning the Non-Pro Level 4 Derby at the Ford Arena. The twosome’s […]

Dox Miss N Reno, 1992 NCHA Futurity Champ, dies at 31

Dox Miss N Reno, who emerged on her sport’s biggest stage as the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity champion in 1992, died on Wednesday.  The mare by Miss N Cash and out of Doc Quixote mare Paloma Quixote was 31. “She decided it was her time. She laid down and that was it,” said […]
Nic N Chics and Terra Micek

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 […]