PG Heavily Armed showing at the cutting futurity
Photo Courtesy of SDP Buffalo Ranch

There’s a New Gun in Town

Today, I feel impressed to share with my readers the freakishly amazing run that James Payne had on PG Heavily Armed last week in the second round of the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Finals. They marked an ASTOUNDING 232! Check this out: My hat’s off to James and his whole crew. Wow! […]

Showtime

I don’t know if it is a good thing or a bad thing to pin all of our hopes and dreams on one show, but that is what we do in our industry. The FUTURITY, whether it is cutting, reining, reined cow horse or now barrel racing, the Futurity is the gold standard for each […]
headshot of light n lena in his turnout

Light N Lena (2000-2018)

The first time I saw Light N Lena was in 2006, when he and Phil Rapp made the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals at the Brazos Bash. I remember as clear as day my first impression of him, with that beautiful flaxen mane and tail flowing and sweeping around in the pen. He had a look, style […]
Sunrise at SDP Buffalo Ranch

What Does Your Future Hold?

This morning, while enjoying my first cup of coffee, I Google searched for an article on planning for your future. The results gave me several options, of course, but the one that caught my eye was on Huffington Post, contributed by Jay Lickus. The title was “7 Serious Questions to Plan Your Future,” and the […]
Hy Rey Bound intermediate champion award

A Champion’s Mind

Do you want to be a champion? Do you want to be the greatest? Well, me too! How do we get there? There is a cool book by Dr. Jim Afremow called “The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive.” This book breaks down the mental strategies that champions use on the field, […]
Shane plummer horseback

Free to Choose

Last week, I showed one of my favorite cutting horses at the Brazos Bash in the Derby Non-Pro. I walked onto the arena floor, went through my pre-show ritual—which consists of stretching to the left, stretching to the right, touch my toes, touch my toes—and then I got on my horse. As I sat there […]
Cattalou colt kissing Chico

How Much For That One?

People wonder why a particular horse is worth more than another. How can one horse be priced high and another horse be valued much lower? As with any other item for sale, it all comes down to market value. A Rolls-Royce is worth more than a Honda, and a Louis Vuitton purse is worth more […]
James Payne and PG Heavily armed cutting a cow

Armed for Success!

We are not going to war, but we are armed and dangerous! PG Heavily Armed is the latest addition to the SDP Buffalo Ranch Stallion Roster. PG Heavily Armed has had back-to-back championships with the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open Championship and then the West Texas Futurity Mercuria/NCHA World Series of […]

He’s No Ordinary Animal

We all saw the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Derby Open finals. We all heard the thunderous cheering and the excitement that went on. Lee Francois is no stranger to the podium, and this Derby was no different. On board the exceptional stud The Animal, he took home a victory! We […]