Lil Patron and Indy Roper
Indy Roper and Lil Patron made their first show back after COVID-19 quarantine one to remember. Photo by Kirkbride/Schatzberg Photography

Lil Patron, Indy Roper the Boss at Mother’s Day Slide

Indiana reiner Indy Roper may not have been prepared for Arizona’s extremely hot temperatures during the belated Arizona Reining Horse Association Mother’s Day Slide, but luckily her two Derby horses, who are full-time residents at trainer Marco Ricotta’s Scottsdale facility, were fully acclimated. Roper’s first trip into the show pen was aboard Spooks Show Time […]
Starjac Vintage and Craig Schmersal on a stop

Sliding Back to the Show Pen in Belated Mother’s Day

Following months of quarantine, reiners were more than ready to get back in the show pen when they arrived at the Arizona Reining Horse Association’s Mother’s Day Slide May 28-31 at the Westworld of Scottsdale.  Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Craig Schmersal said he had been feeling a lot of pent-up energy and was raring […]
casey crouch glow stick cutting

Casey Crouch Cutters and Crew Produce Lights Out Production

With this year’s COVID-19 outbreak leaving cutting horse participants without a place to show, many trainers and their clients have found themselves looking for ways to enjoy their horses. Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Casey Crouch, his wife, Chelsa, and some friends recently came up with a fun way to have a good time and […]
Horse grazing

Good biosecurity programs protect the lives of horses

With numerous horses from different areas around the country reportedly testing positive for equine herpesvirus type- 1 (EHV-1) this year, horse owners have been encouraged by officials to practice responsible biosecurity measures in order to stop the spread of the virus, which may present as a respiratory infection or a neurologic condition.  The non-neurological respiratory form […]
John Tolbert and Bobs Smokin Joe

NCHA Hall of Famer John Tolbert Dies at age 64

John Tolbert, 64, died Tuesday morning in his sleep at home in Greenville, Texas, friends of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Famer confirmed.   Before induction into the NCHA Rider Hall of Fame in 1994, the Goliad, Texas, native, who began training professionally in 1981, reached the pinnacle of his sport atop Bobs […]
Tangy Starlight and Laura Dare.

Tangy Starlight Leaves Behind Proud Family Legacy

Yet again, the performance horse world has lost a talented performer and outstanding producer with the passing of 23-year-old Tangy Starlight on Tuesday. Owner Laura Dare of Lexington, Oklahoma, said “Fancy,” as the mare was called, died a little more than 24 hours after giving birth to a stud colt sired by 2010 NCHA Futurity […]
Jerry Kimmel and Dun It Gotta Gun

Jerry Kimmel, Reining Horse Owner and Patron, Dies at 82

Of Jerry Kimmel’s most cherished moments in a life full of many, the 2006 Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games stands out. “He paid for the entire Team USA to travel to Aachen, Germany,” Greg Kimmel, Kimmel’s son, recalled. “They couldn’t raise all the money for the trip, and Dad said, ‘We’re going. We’re doing this.’ “He […]
Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler

Tuffs Junie — Mother of Junie Wood, Woody Be Tuff — Dies

The Western performance horse world has lost another of its great performers and producers.  Tuffs Junie, a 31-year-old mare bred by Boyd Summerhays of Sandy, Utah, and owned by Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, was humanely euthanized on Thursday. Crumpler, who purchased “Junie” as a 4-year-old from her breeder, said: “She was the sweetest, best […]
Kandace Stone and Laneys Gotta Player.

Kandace Stone, “Super Spike” strike $50k Amateur Gold at Eastern Nationals

Kandace Stone has competed at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals four or five times and had placed at the show, but this year marked her first time to win a championship. The Dublin, Texas, resident rode Laneys Gotta Player (Lizzys Gotta Player x Catalaney x High Brow Cat), a 7-year-old gelding bred […]
Missy Jean Etheridge and Cutting Commander

Cutting Commander,Missy Jean Etheridge in Control at Eastern Nationals

Cutting Commander, whose Equi-Stat lifetime cutting earnings officially surpassed the $100,000 mark last summer, added $4,896 to her show record following her Non-Pro win at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi. Missy Jean Etheridge and Cutting Commander (Third Cutting x Olena Peppy Command x Miss N Command), a 7-year-old mare bred […]