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In the Stats: National Stock Horse Association

IntheStats 01 Reymanator ZDavis BDReymanator (Dual Rey x Savannah Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) and Zane Davis won the 2011 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Derby Open Championship. The 2006 gelding is the NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity & Derby’s leading open horse with $34,000 in earnings. In 2009, the team won the NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open and the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open. Reymanator has more than $206,798 in lifetime earnings. • Photo by Big Daddy Photography

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In the Past: 1962 NCHA Futurity

InthePast 1962CuttingFuturityTop51962 Cutting Futurity top 5: (left to right) Fifth-place finishers Yellow Joe Buck and Shorty Freeman; fourth-place finishers Wolf Whistle and Boley Cotton; third-place finishers Hollywood Bill and Jack Newton; Reserve Champions Peppy San and Matlock Rose; and Champions Money’s Glo and Buster Welch • Photo by Dalco

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.

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In the Know: Forage Height to Promote Growth

IntheKnow switchgrassNative grasses like switchgrass need to be maintained at taller heights to promote forage growth. • Photo by Peggy Greb/United States Department of Agriculture

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.

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In the Blood: Senor Shiney Cat and a Legend

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When Senor Shiney Cat posted a 148 down the fence at the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic, it added to a rein work score of 143 and a herd work mark of 142 for a composite score of 433 that won the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Derby Open and Intermediate Open.

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In the Stats: Reining By The Bay

IntheStats 01 OKSpook GDavide 13JOOK Spook (Smart Spook x OK Mate x Smart Mate) and Gabe Divide won the Reining By The Bay (RBTB) Derby Levels 4 and 3 Open in 2013. Bred by Bob and Jennifer Lawson, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, OK Spook is RBTB’s leading open horse with earnings of $24,116. The 2007 stallion has lifetime earnings of $47,051. • Photo by John O’Hara

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In the Past: T.J. Good

InthePast SidebySideT.J. Good cleaned up at the 2006 NSHA Futurity riding CD Son Of Magnolia (left) and Lookin Up High (right). • Photos by Kat Rodgers

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.

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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.