It would be an understatement to say that Harper Conner was on a roll at this year's Cactus Reining Classic. He co-owns Lucas Oil Derby Level 4 Open Champion Platinum Vintage with Silver Spurs Equine LLC, and Conner also showed three horses in the finals of the Protect The Harvest Derby Non-Pro. He won the Non-Pro with Jacs Princess, was Reserve with Vintage GQ and placed 11th with Revolutionary Jewels. The earnings for these four horses was $22,678.
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The World’s Greatest Horseman competition showcases the versatility of American Quarter Horses and the men who ride them. The 2016 event was held as a part of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. The competitors showed their versatility by working in four events – herd work, rein work, steer stopping and the always-thrilling fence work. Clayton Edsall, riding his gelding Skeets Oak Peppy, earned a combined finals score of 883 to win the event, giving him the title of World’s Greatest Horseman.
Traditionally, by the time a Western performance prospect is 3 years old, owners hold on to them at least long enough to see what they have in the show pen. Three-year-olds rarely go through public auctions; they represented just 5 percent of sale horses in 2015.
Cutter Bill (Buddy Dexter x Billie Silvertone x Silvertone), a 1955 palomino stallion bred by R.L. Underwood, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was owned by Rex Cauble, of Denton, Texas, who purchased the stallion at Underwood’s 1956 dispersal sale for $2,500.
When Austin Shepard rode High Brow Clay 012 into the James Brown Arena on Jan. 24, he was riding to a record third straight Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Open Championship. They scored a 224, winning the first-place check of $12,000.
High Brow Clay 012 is owned by Plantation Farms LLC, of Denham Springs, Louisiana. He was bred by James Eakin, of Hondo, Texas, who is the current owner of his dam, Cash N Scooter. His sire is High Brow CD, the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion.