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Three Bars, pictured with Sid Vail in 1961 • Photo by Orren Mixer

In the Blood: Breeding Patterns Cheat Sheet

Many In the Blood columns feature information about breeding patterns. Hopefully this will help unravel the mystery when it comes to interpreting the lingo.
sparking train pedigree chart

In The Blood: Sparking Train

As the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) ramps up for its biggest event of the year — the Snaffle Bit Futurity and Hackamore Classic — it seems appropriate to celebrate a special line of cow horses through broodmare Sparking Train.
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In the Blood: Crey Zee

The pedigree of this mare highlights the sire accomplishments of the late Dual Pep, a sire of sires and a legendary broodmare sire.
pedigree chart for A Vintage Smoke

In the Blood: A Vintage Smoke

When Diane Mesmer, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, bought a weanling colt named A Vintage Smoke in 2015, her goal was to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. He didn’t disappoint her. A Vintage Smoke and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Jason Vanlandingham became the 2018 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champions with a […]
SJR Diamond Mist pedigree

In the Blood: SJR Diamond Mist

When SJR Diamond Mist won the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity last year, it was a “like father, like son” moment. The stallion’s sire, CD Diamond, won the same event in 2012. Corey Cushing, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider, showed both horses to their championships. During the finals, SJR Diamond […]
PG Heavily Armed Pedigree chart

In The Blood: PG Heavily Armed

A summer highlight for PG Heavily Armed and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider James Payne has to be their win in the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open, where they marked a 229. Then they reinforced their good summer with a Mercuria/ NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Championship at […]
Pedigree Chart for The Wizster

In The Blood: The Wizster – WEG Part 5

The Wizster and Tom McCutcheon have been a team for years, having won titles like the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Derby Open Reserve Championship in 2016. They are the fifth team we will look at that has qualified to compete on Team USA and represent their country in the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World […]
MsDreamy's pedigree chart

In The Blood: Ms Dreamy – WEG Part 4

The show record of Ms Dreamy indicates an ability to win, no matter who is in the saddle. This mare has won $171,398, and her titles include the 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 2 Non-Pro Reserve Championship; the 2014 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Amateur Reining World Championship; the 2015 High Roller […]
Heavy Duty Chex pedigree

In the Blood: Heavy Duty Chex —WEG Part 3

Heavy Duty Chex made big news when he and Sarah Locker won back-to-back National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Non-Pro championships in 2015 and 2016. So, Heavy Duty Chex is no stranger to success in the arena. He has lifetime earnings of $133,555, according to Equi-Stat. But Heavy Duty Chex’s latest achievement must be […]

In The Blood: Custom Made Gun—WEG Part 2

When Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun hit the arena together in 2015, they did it in a big way. They were the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Derby Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champions and a few weeks later, they were the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro Champions. They have successfully campaigned since then, and […]