The first go-round of the Eastern Nationals Non-Pro started at 8 a.m., with three sections of competitors dueling it out to return to the arena for the finals held later in the day in Jackson, Mississippi. When the dust settled, a single set of 17 competitors were slated to compete for a chance at the title. […]
In Jackson, Mississippi, Cheyenne Johnson, the 2018 Eastern Nationals $50,000 Amateur Champion, saddled up for a chance to defend her title in 2019. Her trainer, Todd Gann, told her she would be riding into a numb set of cows. His advice to be smart and smooth on her cuts was ringing in her ears as […]
With his first of three horses slated to compete in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi, Austin Shepard drew second amidst a field of 17 horse-and-rider teams. Riding to the herd aboard the Center Ranch-owned Woody Be Tuff stallion CR Dualin Tuff, Shepard marked a 219, which […]
The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity saw 30 competitors ride through the herd in the 4-Year-Old Open finals in Ardmore, Oklahoma. When the dust settled, Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard were the champions by a half-point over Reserve Champions Sugrspiznevrthingniz and Matt Gaines. With a 222.5, the stallion, out of Wood She Be Neat (by Nitas Wood), […]
When Kelsey Johnson rode to the herd in the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-year-old Non-Pro finals aboard Smart Cat Rey RG, she was relying on the expertise of her husband, Clay, and her help on which cattle to cut. Johnson had her eye on one cow in particular, and the third time was the charm that […]
Riding into a testy herd, Ashley Baxstrom cinched not only the Champion but the Reserve Champion title as well in the 4-Year-Old Limited Open finals at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Aboard the Metallic Cat gelding Spot of Hot Metal, Baxstrom marked a 222 to bring home a check of $4,690 for breeder […]
Cody Hedlund of Lipan, Texas rode Wood Ya Teles to the herd in the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Finals at The Ike Derby and Classic drawing a score of 221 from the judges.
On Jan. 28, Crey Zee and Tatum Rice started off their 2019 season on the right hoof in West Monroe, Louisiana. At The Ike Derby and Classic, the mare lived up to her name, marking a huge 229 in the Ike Hamilton Arena to secure the 4-Year-Old Open title with Rice. “It worked out good,” Rice […]
Two respected trainers and personal coaches in the Western performance horse world are offering a free online training series to help riders prepare for this year’s show season.
It was July of 2017, and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular was in full swing. Blake Patillo, of St. Elmo, Illinois, and his wife, Lori, were taking a final look at a High Brow CD gelding named High Stylin CD before they sealed the deal. They’d done their research, and the Sunrise […]