Hilary Watson and Iridescent Cat.
Hilary Watson inspired while living and in death with her determined fight to live to fullest during the worst times. Photo by Hart Photos

Hilary Watson’s Legacy Larger Than Life Itself

Her life cut short by the scourge of our day, Hilary Watson’s legacy is as safe as houses. Watson, who died in November after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, was honored at the NCHA Futurity with the Mary Kingsbury Amateur Sportsmanship Award. Watson lived as an exemplar to the spirit of longtime NCHA Amateur […]
Once In Love and Traci Shehady.

Once In Love Shows Moxie on the Way to NCHA Unlimited Amateur Title

Traci Shehady’s home-raised and trained mare has been as certain at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum this week as an exclaimed “Amen” on Sundays. Once In Love, son of Once In A Blu Boon, and Shehady turned in a 217.5 to prevail in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Unlimited Amateur division finals on Friday. […]
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Officials Pull Curtain on Buster Welch Tribute in Fort Worth

National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) officials, dignitaries, fans and even a couple of Hollywood celebrities assembled inside Fort Worth’s brand-new Dickies Arena on Wednesday evening for the unveiling of a Kelly Graham-commissioned statue of a cutting horse icon. Those on hand to honor Buster Welch applauded enthusiastically as Graham and others pulled the curtain on […]
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Justin Wright an NRCHA Million Dollar Man

Justin Wright’s 17-year journey as part of the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s competitive circuit has reached a benchmark of note as one of the organization’s newest One Million Dollar Riders. “I remember my first several embarrassments,” he joked when asked if he recalled collecting his first check in 2002, a year in which he […]
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Dream Year Ends in Dream NRHA Futurity for Cade McCutcheon

The 53rd running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity was history making, a young phenom from an acclaimed family of horsemen and horsewomen taking his place among the most prominent parts of the annals of the NRHA. A year ago, Cade McCutcheon sat among the spectators watching the Futurity open division, as he had […]

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]