Luckie Moonstone & Shawn Flarida • Photo by Erin Anderton

Luckie Moonstone and Flarida Slide to Florida Reining Classic Championship

The Florida Reining Classic, held Feb. 22-25 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida, beckoned limited-age and ancillary riders alike to its warmer climate. Both types of exhibitors competed together during the Open and Non-Pro derbies, allowing the horses to make fewer trips through the show pen and the competitors to run for more […]

Lafitte Rides to NRCHA Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle World Championship

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle finals saw 10 talented horses and riders compete for a World Championship. In the end, it all came down to the final two in the draw – Gregg Lafitte on Shes Playin Rey, and Judy Fortenberry with Cold Hard Smart Cash. When the scores were announced, […]

Duals Lucky Charm Adds New Title to Résumé

Reined cow horse derbies are specifically for 4- and 5-year-old horses. They are shown two-handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore and judged in three events: herd work, rein work and cow work. At the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions on Monday, Feb. 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, winners in five […]
Metallic cat horse grazing in a field

Metallic Cat Again Tops Abilene Spectacular as No. 1 Sire

After performances by his offspring caused Metallic Cat to lead the 2017 Abilene Spectacular as the No. 1 sire, the 2005 red roan stallion hit the mark again at the 2018 edition of the show. Twenty-eight of his offspring garnered $154,934 while in Abilene this year, nearly $50,000 more than No. 2 sire High Brow […]

Flynn Has Smooth Finish at Abilene Spectacular

Ashley Flynn and LHR Smooth James Rey drew last in the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Taylor County Expo Center. The cattle were fractious, and that position in the draw is notoriously not the best for handling angsty cows. Still, Flynn and her gelding powered through and marked a […]

Cooper and Zen And Tonic Continue Good Karma at Abilene Spectacular

At the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Lance Cooper rode his new horse, Zen And Tonic, to the Limited Non-Pro Co-Championship. They rolled that success over into 2018, winning the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship with a 222 – the same score they marked at the Futurity. It was a great birthday gift […]

From White Line to Winner

After the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Bridey Greeson pulled TC Heiress’ left front shoe off and discovered the mare had white line disease. After having 80 percent of her hoof removed, TC Heiress sat in a stall recovering until September of 2016. After making a full recovery, she carried Boyd Rice to […]

4-Year-Olds Shine at First Show of the Year

When Mike Kemna purchased DBL Smart after the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity from one of Lloyd Cox’s customers, he was drawn to the mare for a couple of reasons. Even though she and her previous owner did not get past the Unlimited Amateur semifinals, he liked the way she looked on a […]

Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open Ends in Co-Championship

The Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open finals were packed with big names and even bigger talent the morning of Saturday, Jan. 6. Horses like 2016 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Second Spot, 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Hashtags, 2017 Amateur Horse of the Year Two Time Dual and 2016 NCHA Super Stakes […]