The Lucas Oil & Protect The Harvest National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open was won by Duals Lucky Charm. He was trained and ridden by Kelby Phillips to a composite score of 660, winning $18,438 for owner Mike Stewart. In early 2015, Duals Lucky Charm was purchased from breeders Carolyn and Mark Murray by Will Roden. In December 2015, Roden sold the 2013 gelding to Mike and Robyne Stewart.
A Triple Crown Championship is one of the most elusive titles a horse can win. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Triple Crown is made up of the NCHA Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby, and only three horses have won the title. They are Smart Little Lena, Docs Okie Quixote and Chiquita Pistol – all winners in the Open division. Now, the NCHA adds Watch Me Whip as the first NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown winner.
When Reyzin The Cash and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Gary Gonsalves entered the Will Rogers Coliseum on July 22, 2016, they were returning to the scene of their biggest win to date – the 2015 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open. When they left the arena, they had marked a 229 to win the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open. They earned $51,250 for owner/breeder Tom Bailey, of Iron Rose Ranch LLC in Carbondale, Colorado.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is one of the great highlights of the summer reining season. This year, the Level 4 Open Champion was Magnum Starlights, a 5-year-old stallion owned by Antler Ridge Ranch LLC. He was nominated by his breeder, George Lawrence, and ridden to the Championship by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Casey Deary. A look at his pedigree shows an interesting twist through his sire and some interesting ties to NRHA Hall of Fame stallion Topsail Cody.
When Russell Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker won their third World’s Greatest Horseman title in 2011, they cemented their place in the annals of reined cow horse history as a legendary team. The recent loss of Topsails Rien Maker brings an end to the saga of this great team, but not to the legend of Topsails Rien Maker, one of the most versatile horses to grace the performance arena.
Heavy Duty Chex and Moonlite Chex combined to bring home three titles at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), held April 17-24 in Katy, Texas. Both horses were both bred by Hilldale Farms in Brashear, Texas. Tammye Hutton, daughters Jessicah Keller and Sarah Locker and son David Hutton are the people behind Hilldale Farms. Locker and Heavy Duty Chex marked a 225 in the finals of the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro, cementing their second consecutive win. Moonlite Chex and Keller earned two titles, winning the Novice Horse Level 2 Non-Pro and tying for first in the Novice Non-Pro.
The 2016 Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open will be remembered as the Kenny Platt and Moms Stylish Player show. Platt and the 4-year-old gelding won the first go and led the composite, then topped the semifinals and the finals. Moms Stylish Player also won the Gelding Open title and sent a total check of $100,137 home to owner Robert Tregemba, of Castle Rock, Colorado.
Playful Highbrow CD marked a 222 with owner Walt Erwin in the saddle to win the Open at The Four Sixes/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern National Championships. The $2,881 winner’s share gives Playful Highbrow CD an Equi-Stat record of $34,355.