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5/6-Year-Old Open Champion Metallics MVP and Beau Galyean were two of an increased number competitors at the Abilene Spectacular. • Photo by S. Sylvester.

Abilene Spectacular Enjoys Rebound in 2020

When entries for the Abilene Spectacular dramatically dropped in 2019, there was a question of its ability to continue. Were people still game for a mid-sized cutting event so soon after the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity? The question was answered when the entry numbers rolled in for 2020. The show made thoughtful changes […]
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NRHA Gives Amateur Trial the Green Light

Reiners with less experience have a new place to play in 2020. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced Jan. 10 it has approved a trial phase for an Amateur division. The new class is intended to provide a level in which riders with less experience are more competitive. Similar to Amateur classes in other […]
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Abilene Spectacular Concludes with Solid Scores and Slick Moves

The Abilene Spectacular had plenty going on this January, with a multi-level Amateur and limited classes in the Open Division. Lance Cooper was the big winner Saturday January 11 as he and Wiskeemakesmefriskee brought home the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship worth $9,000. 4 Year Old Non-Pro Wiskeemakesmefriskee & Lance Cooper16S (Smooth As A Cat x Justa […]
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Two Mares Split Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open

4 Year Old Open Co-Champion Ireydescent & Adan Banuelos16M (Dual Rey x Desires Katrina x High Brow Cat)Owner: Brumbaugh Ranches, Aledo, TXBreeder: Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, TX221.5 | $22,000 4 Year Old Open Co-Champion Stole A Kiss & James Payne16M (Metallic Cat x Smart Lookin Mate x WR This Cats Smart)Owner: Kathleen Moore, Madill, OKBreeder: Bradley Rogers, […]
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Reys Of Hope is Exactly That

When Cash Ashlock competed in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro, his mount had a name that perfectly matched the stallion’s charitable history. In 2018, Reys Of Hope was consigned to the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale by Cash’s parents, Lindy and Wes Ashlock of Abilene, Texas. The couple donated the proceeds of the […]
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Classic Stallion Quanah O Lena Passes On

Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Quanah O Lena has left this world for greener pastures. On Thursday, Dec. 26, the stallion was humanely euthanized after suffering a small stroke at the age of 32.
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Two Horse-and-Rider Teams Share NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Title with 222s

When Kristen Galyean and Coureygous laid down a sizzling 222 from the second hole in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro finals on Friday night, it was a dubious proposition anyone would catch her.  That is until Brandon Westfall stepped into the arena on the second of his two horses, I Reckon So. […]
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Triumphant Rider Adds ‘Benjamins’ to NRHA Lifetime Earnings

When Jacob Ballard decided to head out on his own as a trainer in the beginning of 2019, it’s a sure bet he didn’t think he would finish out the year with a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 1 Open Championship.  There was merely one horse in training at the beginning of the […]
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Asmussen Wins Runoff Finale In NRHA Futurity Non-Pro Competition

With determination and some friendly tough love from a former National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity finals rival, Jesse Asmussen clinched the National Reining Horse Association CINCH Level 4 and 3 Non-Pro Championship on Saturday at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma.     Asmussen and Ruf Style Of Play, and Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds […]