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It was an evening to remember as a small group of cutting horse enthusiasts – 30-75 people – gathered in mid-November 1962 at the Sweetwater Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas, to watch the finals of the first ever 3-year-old Cutting Futurity.
The list of individuals present read like a Who’s Who of the cutting world. They had showed up to watch 20 finalists compete for an unheard of amount of money back then – $18,364.
Horses graze closer to the ground than cattle, which makes overgrazing in horse pastures a problem. To promote growth, a minimum forage height should always be maintained. That height is dependent on the grass species. For example, in Texas, Bermudagrass and Bahia grass should have a minimum height of 3 to 4 inches.
When T.J. Good, who at the time was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, pulled up to the Savemart Center in Fresno, California, to compete in the 2006 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, he unloaded two promising 3-year-old horses. When the Futurity ended, Good returned home with three NSHA Futurity championships and two reserve championships. He won the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open riding CD Son Of Magnolia, and he finished second in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open aboard Lookin Up High.
At the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Sale produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp stepped up into the auctioneer’s booth and settled in to help sell some horses. Rapp was there to provide the color commentary that breaks up the auctioneer’s call as each horse sells. As the sport’s all-time leading money-earning rider and a top breeder and owner, Rapp used his knowledge of bloodlines and horses to point out interesting facts about each horse, often adding personal recollections of related horses or the trainers involved.
While many horsemen strive to earn as much money as they can in the cutting pen during their careers, sometimes the paychecks aren’t the most important aspect of the sport. Kindness, determination and dedication go a long way, and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) has emphasized the importance of these characteristics.
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.