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In the Money: Best of the Best

IntheMoney 01 CRTuffLucy 15SPCR Tuff Lucy was the highest seller in the Western performance horse industry in 2015, bringing a final bid of $600,000 at the Center Ranch Production Sale. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

A total of 2,128 horses were consigned to major horse sales across the Western performance horse industry in 2015. Of those, 1,707 changed hands for more than $31 million. The best of the best hit the six-figure mark, with 30 horses bringing final bids of $100,000 or more.

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In the Blood: Stevie Rey Von and Purple Reyn

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The outstanding show mare Miss Ella Rey has carried Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Ed Dufurrena and his children, Brandon and Rieta Dufurrena, to earnings of nearly $400,000. Her latest accomplishment put Rieta in 12th place in the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro World standings. As a broodmare, Miss Ella Rey has now given the Dufurrena family the NCHA Futurity Open Champion Stevie Rey Von and NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn. Brandon is the breeder of record for the full siblings by Metallic Cat.

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In the Stats: World’s Greatest Horseman

IntheStats 01 PRFSpoonfulOfGold CCushing cow 15PMPRF Spoonful Of Gold teamed up with National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing to win the 2015 NRCHA Kalpowar World’s Greatest Horseman (WGH) contest. Nicknamed “Rock Star,” the gelding (Hes A Peptospoonful x Sons Miss Sprat x Sons Rushette) owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, of Phoenix, racked up 889 points to win the Championship and $25,000 prize. • Photo by Primo Morales

 

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In the Past: AQHA Hall of Fame Member Jack Kyle

InthePast JackKyke MissPeponitaChickThe equine world lost a loyal friend and supporter in February 2006, when veteran horseman Jack Kyle passed away at age 80. • Photo by Waltenberry

Born near Brownfield, Texas, Kyle (pictured aboard Miss Peponita Chick at the 1982 American Quarter Horse Association [AQHA] World Show) spent most of his life ranching in New Mexico. Widely recognized in the industry for his trademark black hat and red high-topped boots, Kyle moved to Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1982 to be near his daughter, Jackie Krshka, and her family.

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In the Past: NCHA Horse of the Year

InthePast TRT01 LittleBadgerDulce PBranch 93TJLittle Badger Dulce (pictured at the 1993 NCHA Super Stakes with trainer Pete Branch) passed away in August of this year at the age of 26. She will be remembered for her numerous achievements inside and outside of the show pen. • Photo by Teresa Jett

In 1992, Pete Branch, now an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider, rode Little Badger Dulce to a second-place finish in the NCHA Futurity Open finals. The pair started the 1993 show season with a 4-Year-Old Open win at the Abilene Spectacular.

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In the Money: NCHA Futurity Finalists

tof-smooth-operator-saleTof Smooth Operator was a $9,000 sale yearling before he made the NCHA Futurity Open finals. • Photo by Jim ArnoldThe focus of horse sales often falls on the highest sellers. Those high-dollar horses are closely watched in the show pen as people wait to see if the money spent in the sale ring was justified or not. But this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open finals was proof it didn’t take an unlimited bank account to purchase a talented horse.