here comes the boon and lance johnston
Here Comes The Boon and Lance Johnston, pictured after winning the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity • Photo by Kate Bradley Byars

In The Blood: Broodmare Sire Effect & Here Comes The Boon

When studying a pedigree, we look at the sire record for the stallion and a produce record for the mare for analysis. It seems obvious that we need good stallions and mares to produce good foals, but many have come to realize the significance of a quality mare and the broodmare sire effect in the production of a foal.
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.
crey-zee-pedigree

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 […]
cattle dog

Cowboy’s Best Friend

It is said that dogs are man’s best friends. Cowboys take it one step further — working dogs are their best friends. Their appreciation for quality herding dogs was made clear during the NCHA Futurity Sales, where four dogs brought total gross sales of $32,500 in the Select Cow Dog Demonstration & Sale on Dec. […]