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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.
An asking price of $12,000 for a top cutting futurity prospect in today’s performance horse market is virtually unheard of. Forty-three years ago, though, it sounded like a lot of money to non-pro cutter Paul Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who, on the advice of legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, flew to California to look at a 3-year-old named Doc Quixote. Leon Harrel, who had the horse in training for owners Neil and Linda Mussallem, of Gilroy, California, helped negotiate the sale.
National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and National Reining Horse Association futurity Open finalists and the mares that produced them. This time, the focus shifts to Reno, Nevada, and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, where there were 25 Open finalists last year. Of those, eight were out of mares that, at some point in their lives, were offered through a major Western performance horse industry sale.In the last two issues of the QHN Insider, In the Money took a look at the
Nathan Kent and Preston Kent both train reining horses, but they had an unconventional start in the industry. The brothers grew up breaking Arabian colts and riding them in the mountains of Idaho. Their father, Dave Kent, has owned Arabians since he was a little boy and has been breeding them to use on their ranch for 30 years, according to Nathan.
National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee and non-pro rider Ken Sutton was said to have an exceptional eye for a good horse. One of his most successful “picks” was Royal Cutter (Cutter Bill x Royal Ida May x Royal King). Sutton spotted the 1968 gelding at trainer Don Dodge’s barn.
The team of Ashley Weaver, of Morgan, Utah, and Starlight Per Se, aka "Peanuts," has been a successful one, with the duo recently winning the $2,000-added Maturity Level 4 Non-Pro at the Best Little Derby in the West in Nampa, Idaho. It's a partnership that can only be chalked up to fate, as Weaver sold the mare the first time she owned her.