InthePast CutterBill

In the Past: Cutter Bill

InthePast CutterBillCutter Bill • QHN File Photo

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.

IntheBlood High-Brow-Clay-012-Pedigree

In the Blood: High Brow Clay 012

IntheBlood High-Brow-Clay-012-Pedigree

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.

IntheStats AthenaAnn DannyWHuey LOWRES

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

InthePast BreedersCup1985 PatHall LOWRES

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.

IntheMoney MeltingSnow 15SP

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.

IntheBlood What-A-Wave-Pedigree

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.

IntheMoney ZeeImSmooth 15SP

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.

IntheBlood TRT02 SmartChicOlena

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.