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Lloyd Cox riding One Time Royalty, the horse he has earned the most on, totaling $447,383. • Photo by Suzanne Forrest

Lloyd Cox Climbs To The Top In NCHA All-Time Earnings

Lloyd Cox posted his first check to Equi-Stat in 1985. The Delta, Missouri, native got his start with a $751 payday in the Futurity Open of the South Dakota Cutting Horse Futurity and Maturity.  It was merely the beginning of a storied career in Western performance’s richest sport. Today, the industry giant stands at $9,540,351 […]
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NCHA Futurity Champ One Smart Lookin Cat Passes After Peaceful Retirement

After leading a quiet life of leisure, 2003 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion One Smart Lookin Cat passed away on Oct. 22 in his pasture alongside his equine friend of more than a decade. His death resulted from the infirmities of old age, said Craig Morris, his trainer. “That horse is one of […]
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Tripp Townsend Newcomer No More With Limited Open Crown

Although this was only Tripp Townsend’s second year competing in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), he wasn’t deterred from entering in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.  Townsend clinched the Limited Open title on an electrifying fence run, earning a 223 on his gray stallion. His composite of 653 (214 […]
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Non-Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity Title A First For Debbie Crafton

When Debbie Crafton entered the Will Rogers Coliseum on the first of her two horses for the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity® Non-Pro finals, she said she felt nothing but confidence.  “I wasn’t pressured up at all,” Crafton said, standing in the arena afterward with Dualin Alittle Time. “I was just […]
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Sixteen Carat Cat Clinches Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Prize

Sixteen Carat Cat entered the John Justin Arena with an attentive expression and willingness to handle any cow that came out of the gate. When the dust settled, the Beechfork Ranch-bred and -owned mare scored a 222.5, good for a composite of 649.5 after a 220.5 in the herd work and a 206.5 in the […]
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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finalists — The Breakdown

As the final days of the long-awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, draw nearer, the field has been thinned for the show’s climactic conclusion at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Below, grouped by rider but otherwise in no particular order, are the NRCHA Snaffle Bit […]

Hickorys King Duce Lived Two Lifetimes Of Memories

When Missy Tuttle purchased Hickorys King Duce, she wasn’t bargaining for 25 years of memories with the bay gelding. When “Snake” passed away on July 2 he was 37 years old and had multiple lifetimes of love, attention and admiration to his name.  Snake was laid to rest on Tuttle’s Fort Collins, Colorado, property after […]
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Hackamore Classic: Bet He Sparks? More like Bet He Wins

Bet He Sparks and Clayton Edsall made quick work of the National Reined Cow Horse Associations’ (NRCHA) Open Hackamore Classic, taking the event by storm with a 668 composite and earning $15,173 for owner K & L Phillips LLC of Corona Del Mar, California.  “It’s great, he’s been a really good horse,” Edsall recounted, reflecting […]
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Caliente Raffle Horse To Benefit Julie Hansma

In the wake of Julie Hansma’s horse accident in the fall of 2018, the Western performance horse community pulled together to raise funds for her recovery. Now, cutters have stepped forward to form a horse raffle ensuring continued financial support for the Hansma family.  A GoFundMe account was set up by Virginia McLamb shortly after […]
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Mare Power Prevails at Brazos Bash

Alexa Stent is familiar with generations of Smooth Little Bow’s lineage, and together in the cutting pen, the pair put together a fluid run on Wednesday that appeared decades in the making at the NCHA’s Brazos Bash. The dashing duo’s 431.5 composite bested the Non-Pro Futurity field at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford with runs […]