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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.

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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 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.