Jack Bell & Spin To You • Photo by Ted Petit

Youth Champions Crowned at NCHA Western Nationals

  The 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Western Nationals kicked off Saturday, June 23, at the National Western Complex Events Center in Denver, Colorado. The show has been an emotional ride for 9-year-old Jack Bell, of Duluth, Minnesota. In the Junior Youth first go, he scored a 180 aboard Spin To You (Mr Boonsmal […]

Gunnin For a Win at Best Little Derby

With a score of 226.5, one would never know Cannon Gun, nicknamed “Maverick,” has been out of the show pen for two years. The 6-year-old stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Tuckerette Command (by Fritz Command) had only been in the show pen a handful of times before winning the Best Little […]

Essick & Loveya – Can’t Hold ’Em Down

Drawing slot 66 of 68 with Loveya in the Best Little Derby in the West’s Derby Non-Pro meant Cam Essick, of Clements, California, didn’t make her run until well after midnight for the Friday finals that spilled over into the early hours of Saturday. That came after several late nights watching the foaling cam waiting […]

John Rockey and Dureyngo Kid Sweep The Cattlemens 4-Year-Old Amateur Divisions

John Rockey had a busy week at The Cattlemens Derby and Classic. He qualified for four finals rounds – two aboard Dureyngo Kid, and two with Medal For Honor. It was 4-year-old Dureyngo Kid, “Jimmy,” who brought home the biggest paychecks, winning both the 4-Year-Old Amateur and the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur divisions. “I had really […]

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic Continue Winning Streak

Lance Cooper and Zen And Tonic won their fourth title with a score of 222. The latest came at The Cattlemens Derby and Classic, where they won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship. “I’m okay with that being my lucky number,” laughed the laid-back teenager. “I’d take that score any day.” In the first go, Cooper, 17, […]

Madalyn Colgrove Rides Sweet Baby Marie to Success at The Cattlemen’s

Cutting horses have to be agile to be successful, but sometimes it’s the rider’s composure and ability to control the speed that is as important as the horse’s athleticism. Madalyn Colgrove, of Boligee, Alabama, said that was the key to winning the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship at this year’s Cattlemens Derby and Classic. “The cows were […]

Blackish Repeats Ike Performance at The Cattlemens

Blackish, guided by Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Rider Lloyd Cox, marked an impressive 225 at The Cattlemens Derby & Classic to win the 4-Year-Old Open division and a check for $15,000. This was only the mare’s second show, but it was her second 225 and second big win. Her first was at the Ike Derby […]

Stevie Rey Von Wins Big for New Owner/Trainer Combo

The ninth annual Cattlemens Derby and Classic offers $125,000 in added money, which draws much of the industry’s top talent. On March 7, the 5/6-Year-Old Open finalists were the first to officially cash in. It was Stevie Rey Von who delivered for his new owners Alvin and Becky Fults, of Amarillo, Texas.