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In the Stats: National Reining Breeders Classic

IntheStats 01-Flarida WimpysLittleChic WWimpys Little Chic, better known as “Lexi,” is the National Reining Breeders Classic's (NRBC) leading money-earning horse with $252,329 won at the Katy, Texas, show. Bred by Monica Watson, the 2004 mare (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena) was the 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion. Trained and shown by Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Shawn Flarida, Lexi also won the Derby Level 4 Open in 2008, was the Level 4 Open Reserve Champion in 2009 and tied for the Level 4 Open Reserve Championship in 2010. • Photo by Waltenberry
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In the Past: 2006 Team USA

InthePast Team06 AB(left to right) Team USA members Matt Mills, Aaron Ralston, Tim McQuay, Dell Hendricks and Chef d’equipe Jeff Petska. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga

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.

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In the Blood: Playful Highbrow CD

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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.

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In the Money: Semifinalist Sale Horses

IntheMoney 01-IchisMyChoice 14NRIchis My Choice, who made headlines as a $300,000 sale horse, will try to take the spotlight again in the NCHA Super Stakes Open semifinals. • Photo by Nina Rosenbeck

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.

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In the Stats: NCHA Super Stakes

IntheStats 01 DocsOkieQuixote FredMillerDocs Okie Quixote (Doc Quixote x Jimmette Too x Johnny Tivio), a 1980 stallion bred, owned and shown by Joe Heim, is the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes' top money-earning horse. Before the stallion’s untimely death following colic surgery at the age of 6, he was the NCHA’s first Triple Crown Champion, winning the 1983 NCHA Futurity Open, 1984 NCHA Super Stakes Open and 1984 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open. He won a $263,438 Futurity paycheck, then added $250,319 at the Super Stakes and $84,776 at the Summer Spectacular. Docs Okie Quixote’s lifetime earnings totaled $637,707. His short stallion career resulted in 43 money-earning offspring who amassed $609,049 for average earnings of $14,164. • Photo by Fred Miller

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In the Past: Nu Circle Of Light

InthePast NuCircleOfLightNu Circle Of Light and Ted Robinson accumulated 654 points (213.5 herd/216.5 rein/224 cow) to take the $100,000 Open winner’s check in the 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. • Photo by Primo Morales

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.

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In the Money: Second Chances

IntheMoney TwoSmokingBarrels 16SPTwo Smoking Barrels proved to be a popular prospect at the Winter Premier Sale, where he sold for $40,000. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

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.

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In the Blood: Platinum Vintage


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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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In The Blood: Skeets Oak Peppy

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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.