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Ten years ago this coming August, four of the United States’ top reiners and an alternate rider arrived in Aachen, Germany, to represent their country in the Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG), held Aug. 20-Sept. 3.
Playful Highbrow CD marked a 222 with owner Walt Erwin in the saddle to win the Open at The Four Sixes/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern National Championships. The $2,881 winner’s share gives Playful Highbrow CD an Equi-Stat record of $34,355.
For many people, Friday, April 15, is important because it’s Tax Day. But for the connections of 60 elite horses, Tax Day is also the day the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open semifinalists will compete for a chance to advance to the finals.
Nu Circle Of Light carried reined cow horse trainer Ted Robinson to his seventh National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship nearly 11 years ago, in October 2005. The win was especially meaningful to Robinson because he had won his first Futurity Championship, in 1987, on the stallion’s grandsire, Nu Cash. Nu Circle Of Light’s dam, Katie Starlight, also provided many special memories for Robinson with the mare having carried Robinson to two World’s Greatest Horseman championships, in 1999 and 2001.
When it comes to public horse auctions, the question, “How much is that horse worth?” is often answered with, “It’s worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it on that day.” Sometimes, there is a large gap between what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to accept, and the horse is repurchased, or passed out. The seller takes the horse home to regroup and develop a new plan, which might include another sale in the future.
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.
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.