Ruben Vandorp illustrating a rundown on a horse
In the rundown, a free-running, relaxed horse makes a pretty picture for judges to watch as the horse goes into a dirt-slinging stop.

Wide Open to Whoa: Perfecting the Rundown and Stop Maneuver

Ruben Vandorp builds horse and rider confidence in the rundown and stop maneuver through simple, consistent exercises. The rundown is one of two things to riders: a blast-off into a fantastic stop or the most nerve-wracking portion of a reining run that leads to an uncertain slide. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, […]
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Too Legit to Quit

A crowd of professionals gathered behind the arena gate to watch Limited Open rider Trevor Carter make his National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) event finals debut during the Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas. As the fence work score was called — a 220.5 — the celebration started.
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Parkinson Storms the Strip

Metal Storm and Shadd Parkinson brought the thunder in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes Intermediate Open finals. The pair brought the crowd to its feet with a 222.5 fence run, clinching the title with a 658.5 total.
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Spence Gets Lucky with Two Wins in Vegas

The scores were high in the Non-Pro finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas. They were so high that they neared Open caliber and created a dogfight until the end between the 13 horses in the limited-age event finals held April 6.
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Time Tested Tuff

Eric Freitas made major changes in his life to ensure he was a competitive non-pro in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA). Those physical changes coupled with a passion for the sport helped him achieve the NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non-Pro Championship with his gelding CR Tuff Tornado.
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Déjà Vu in Vegas

The last time Justin Wright and Eric Freitas showed horses in Las Vegas, they both returned to California with a win. For Wright, topping the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes field riding Freitas’ Scooter Kat felt eerily familiar; however, winning an NRCHA premier event was even more special for this longtime trainer-owner […]
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Sheza Dream Come True

Kristen York did not stop smiling from the moment the placings were announced until late into the Las Vegas night after topping the Amateur in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes. This is the first limited-age cow horse event where she’s competed, and it was aboard her first snaffle bit horse. “This […]
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Believe It — Ripley & Albert Won

Twenty-eight boxers vied for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes Non-Pro Limited title, but when the dust settled, it was Anne Marie Albert and her 5-year-old gelding WR Hotshot that took home the win.
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First Time Winner in Las Vegas

From Emmett, Idaho, to Las Vegas, Matt Frederick hauled one horse roughly 10 hours to compete in his first National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) premier event — the Stallion Stakes. The drive was worth the time, as he and Smooth Dera Max claimed the Level 1 Open win from the 12 other horse-and-rider teams […]
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Thecrowdlovesme Notches Second AQHA World Title

The judges may be fond of sorrel stallion Thecrowdlovesme (Smart Chic Olena x Shine Smartly x Shining Spark) with his big blaze and fancy style, but without a solid pilot, he wouldn’t have a second 2018 World Championship added to his résumé. Owner and rider Lindsay Wadhams, of Pueblo, Colorado, notched another win when she […]