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In the Stats: Bonanza Cutting

IntheStats AthenaAnn DannyWHuey LOWRESAthena Ann, pictured with Gayle Borland, of Santo, Texas, won the 4-Year-Old Open and $100,000 champion's check at the 1985 Bonanza Cutting. The 1981 mare (Doc Athena x Golden Ivory x Little Hollywood), bred by Borland and J. Cullum, is the Bonanza Cutting’s second-leading horse with total earnings of $111,636. • Photo by Danny W. Huey

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In the Past: Gins Solano and Gary Bellenfant

InthePast BreedersCup1985 PatHall LOWRES1985 Breeder's Cup Open Champion Gins Solano • Photo by Pat Hall

Gary Bellenfant rode Gins Solano (Tanquery Gin x Solano Jill x Doc’s Solano) to a final-round score of 221.5 to win the 1985 Breeder’s Cup Open Championship.

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In the Money: A Quick ROI

IntheMoney MeltingSnow 15SPCutting prospect Melting Snow was one of two 2-year-olds that sold for $280,000 in 2015. The Metallic Cat daughter, pictured with Hayden Upton, is a full or half-sister to four money-earners. • Photo by Stacy Pigott
Sale 2-year-olds, whether started under saddle or not, have the potential to give buyers a quicker return on investment than sale yearlings. Those that are previewed under saddle offer a glimpse of what their future potential in the show pen might be. Because of that, fewer 2-year-olds go through public auction than yearlings. In 2015, 462 2-year-olds went though sales rings at the major cutting, reining and reined cow horse sales, compared to 1,008 yearlings. But they were also more expensive overall than their younger counterparts.

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In The Blood: What A Wave

IntheBlood What-A-Wave-Pedigree

The reining bug has taken Europe by storm. Just look at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World champions for the past five years. They have European ties in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Austria. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck, who is from Belgium, has won four Open World championships since 2010, with the latest in 2015 aboard What A Wave.

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In the Money: Pricey Prospects

IntheMoney ZeeImSmooth 15SPZee Im Smooth was the highest-selling yearling in 2015 when the cutting-bred mare brought a final bid of $225,000. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

When it comes to buying futurity prospects, many people prefer to buy unstarted yearlings. The yearling is a clean slate and can be started in any direction and by any method the new owner chooses. Conformation and pedigree play key roles when deciding whether or not to gamble on a yearling with unlimited potential.

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In the Blood: Smart Chic Olena

IntheBlood TRT02 SmartChicOlenaSmart Chic Olena • Photo by John Brasseaux

Smart Chic Olena was bred by Emily Woodall, of Dallas, Texas. He was purchased as a weanling by The Venturous Five Partnership and placed into the hands of Bill Glass. He made it to the semifinals of the 1988 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open, where he lost a cow. He came back in the 1989 NCHA Super Stakes to place third, and life was looking up for this young show horse.

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In the Stats: The Ike Derby & Classic

IntheStats 01 SpotsHot BGalyeanSpots Hot (Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena) is the leading earner at The Ike Derby & Classis. The 2001 stallion was bred by Jody Galyean, of Marietta, Oklahoma, and is owned and ridden by Wes Galyean, of Claremore, Oklahoma. Spots Hot won the Derby Open in 2005 and has total show earnings of $46,699. • QHN file photo

The Ike Derby & Classic (1988-2015)

Top 10 Horses
1) Spots Hot (01S), $46,699
2) Can You Handle It (95M), $46,223
3) Haidas Becky (86G), $42,351
4) Bet Hesa Cat, (06S), $42,261
5) Play Miss (03M), $39,082
6) Flash About (09M), $36,424
7) Playboys Ruby (87M), $35,908
8) Playguns Desire (97M), $34,647
9) Okay Peppy (86G), $33,851
10) Smart Time Pepto 10 (10S), $33,607

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In the Past: Reined Cow Horse Rider Jake Telford

InthePast 02JakeGorrell-QuickAsEinstein-06StakespmTen years ago, Jake Telford rode Quick As Einstein (As Smart As The Fox x High Brow Jose x High Brow Hickory), to the 2005 NRCHA Stakes Open Reserve Championship. That same year, the pair also won the Open and Intermediate Open championships at the NRCHA Derby. • Photo by Primo Morales

Last October, Jake Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho, was able to finally accomplish what he had worked so many years for. He rode Starlight Kisses (Shady Lil Starlight x Kiss My Shiny Lips x Shining Spark), a homebred mare owned by Nancy Crawford-Hall and Phil Hall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses, of Santa Ynez, California, to win the 2015 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.