Phil Rapp recently issued a warning: Be careful what you name your horses and your children. The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) all-time leading rider with more than $9.2 million in earnings traces his rise to the top of cutting back to a special mare named Tapeppyoka Peppy, who is still influencing his success more than 30 years later. The latest successful member of this equine family, Dont Stopp Believin, lived up to his name and made Rapp keep the faith, knowing that talent runs deep on this family tree.
While NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton said it would have been nice to mark a huge score on this last ride in the cutting pen at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals with NRR Cat King Cole, Barton is happy to know the stallion is the center of many conversations after his near summersault in the saddle in the final round of the Open made the duo an internet sensation.
As most horse owners know, hay plays an important role in keeping a horse’s digestive system healthy and functioning well. Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER), said this is due in part to the fiber content provided by hay, which assists the specific design of a horse’s body.