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Three Bars, pictured with Sid Vail in 1961 • Photo by Orren Mixer

In the Blood: Breeding Patterns Cheat Sheet

Many In the Blood columns feature information about breeding patterns. Hopefully this will help unravel the mystery when it comes to interpreting the lingo.
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.
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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 […]
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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. […]
Tin Man

Tin Man Shatters Sale Record

When Hip No. 1099 walked in the sale ring on Dec. 3 during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, everyone stopped to pay attention. Tin Man displayed a degree of skill and athleticism rarely seen in a horse his age.