InthePast DocQuixote

In the Past: Doc Quixote

InthePast DocQuixoteDoc Quixote was known as the “good luck horse,” who consistently directed profit to those who owned all or part of him. • QHN File Photo

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.

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In the Stats: NRHA Derby

IntheStats 01 CommandersNic CSchmersal Fut02WCommanders Nic (Boomernic x Miss Bam Bam Command x Docs Fritzie Command) and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Craig Schmersal won the 2004 NRHA Derby Open  and placed second in 2003. The 1999 stallion, bred by Shannon Jones of Queen City, Arizona, has lifetime earnings of $258,815. • Photo by Waltenberry

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In the Money: Shrewd Breeding Buys (Part 3)

IntheMoney 01 GoLittleStarlightGo Little Starlight, pictured with Pete Branch in 2004, sold through the 2008 Polo Ranch Dispersal Sale and went on to produce NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalist CD Highlights.In the last two issues of the QHN Insider, In the Money took a look at the 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.

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In the Know: The Arabian Guys

IntheKnow ITK01 SHSmokeNSparks NKent 16WAt the Wild Card Reining Challenge, Nathan Kent and Sage Hill Arabians-bred SH Smoke N Sparks (AR), owned by Connie O’Brien, picked up the Half-Arabian Level 1 Open Championship. • Photo by Waltenberry

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.

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In the Stats: NRCHA Derby

IntheStats 01 SmartBoons CCushing NRCHADerby2010PMSmart Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Smart Little Easter x Smart Little Lena), bred by David Plummer, of Fort Worth, Texas, owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight, of Peoria, Arizona, is the leading National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby money-earning horse with his Derby earnings totaling $105,836. Corey Cushing and the 2005 stallion won the 2009 Derby Open, placed second in the event in 2010, third in 2011 and fourth in 2012. • Photo by Primo Morales 
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In the Past: An Exceptional Team

InthePast RoyalCutter KenSuttonKen Sutton and Royal Cutter • Courtesy of the National Stock Horse Association

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.