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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.

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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

IntheBlood Stevie-Rey-Von-Pedigree

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.