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In the Money: 5 Questions with Phil Rapp

IntheMoney MissReycine 16KPMiss Reycine, the dam of 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Reyzin, sold for $170,000 in April. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

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.

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In the Know: Dave McGregor Award

intheKnow CT01 Recipients 16HH Chubby Turner joined past Dave McGregor Award recipients on stage following an emotional presentation. • Photo by Hannah Harrel

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.

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In the Blood: The Topsail Cody Factor

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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.

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In the Money: NRHA Derby Non-Pro Finalists

InTheMoney ZirconiaWithATwist063016ALZirconia With A Twist (PT), pictured at the NRHA Derby, sold for $13,250 as a yearling. • Photo by Alex LynchGood non-pro horses can be hard to find, but four of the horses in Friday’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro finals went through a sale ring at some point in their lives. Two of them sold to new owners, while two were repurchased by their consignors.

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In the Stats: NCHA Summer Spectacular

IntheStats 01 ThirdCutting BRice SS09 SFThird Cutting (Boonlight Dancer x Crab Grass x Smart Little Lena), a 2005 stallion bred by Polo Ranch and owned by Carl and Shawnea Smith, is the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular’s leading open horse with earnings of $129,174. Third Cutting, pictured with Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Boyd Rice, has lifetime earnings of $544,986. • Photo by Suzanne Forrest

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In the Know: Kids Cutting

IntheKnow BI01 JSeago KidsCutting 16ALJan Seago was buried in the sand by her grandson Jaxon Seago while watching the Kids Cutting, an event she created to give the younger generation something to do during the BI. • Photo by Alex Lynch

Kids. Kids everywhere, with nothing to do. Jan Seago, practice pen manager for the Breeder’s Invitational (BI), couldn’t help but notice that fact at the show more than 10 years ago. But while some are observers, Seago is a doer. She thought of ideas to keep the younger generation occupied during the BI, and what she came up with has become one of the biggest attractions of the show.

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In the Blood: Ichis My Choice

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Buying a young horse can be taking a big chance on just how that horse will perform in the future. Constance Jaeggi, owner of J Five Horse Management, took a $300,000 chance on a filly named Ichis My Choice at the 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.

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In the Past: A Splash of Color

inthePast ColorMeSmartColor Me Smart is the No. 1 Paint sire of cutting horses. • QHN File Photo

Royally bred, Color Me Smart (PT) (Smart Little Lena x Doxs Painted Lady [PT] x Doc’s Solano) was destined to excel in the performance arena and did as the 1997 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Cutting World Champion. But he will best be remembered for many of his offspring’s winning ways.