Changes for NCHA Youth Announced

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) youth committee had a teleconference on May 1 to discuss Youth rules related to the National Championship shows. The committees proposed changed were approved by the executive committee as of May 18. The committee proposed rule changes concerning points and Nationals age eligibility be changed to follow the existing […]

AQHA Approves Convention Recommendations

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) executive committee approved several recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention. The recommendations ranged from adding specific medications to the AQHA forbidden drugs or substances list to a recommendation to use all drug- and animal welfare-related fines to support the AQHA steward program.

Lewis Wray Receives University of Arkansas Honor

Lewis Wray was selected to be the 2017 recipient of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science Friend of the Department Award. The Department of Animal Science elects individuals who have excelled in the support of animal science, not only at the department, but also in other areas of development in the industry.

Trey Hunt Loses Fight Against Cancer

After months of battling cancer, cutting horse trainer Trey Hunt passed away May 13. A husband and father, Hunt left behind a loving family and an industry full of people that are mourning the loss.

Carolina Dreamin

Tying for the Carolina Classic Derby Level 4 Open win in 2016 was a great achievement for Lil Dreamin Magnum and Jeremy Gates, but the team refused to settle. They returned to the show this year with their eyes on the prize, and that focus was rewarded with all the glory from the Level 4 […]

Tracey Pearson Shines in Carolina

The partnership between Tracey Pearson and Gun Code may be new, but spectators at the Carolina Classic in Williamston, North Carolina, most likely couldn’t tell. The duo quickly hit their stride and rode the wave straight to the top of the Derby Non-Pro, held May 12.
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Second Spot Carries Gaines to First Futurity Title

SecondSpot MGaines 121016NCHA Futurity Open Champions Second Spot & Matt Gaines • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, held Nov. 17-Dec. 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, was the debut for hundreds of cutting’s best up-and-comers. For Matt Gaines and Second Spot, it was an event that will not soon be forgotten.

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Pokémon GO Takes Over

PonytaPokémon like Ponyta are capturing the attention of the world, and the horse industry can use that to its advantage!OK. I admit it. I was Pokémon obsessed as a pre-adolescent in elementary and middle school. I remember it like it was yesterday. I handed over a wrinkled dollar bill in exchange for my first card – Ponyta. Ah, the butterflies...