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.

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In the Stats: Abilene Spectacular

Inthestats 01 AS01 CRTuffLucy TRice 15DB webCR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff x Lucindas Catolena x High Brow Cat), a mare bred and owned by Center Ranch, of Center, Texas, and ridden by Tarin Rice, marked a 225 to win the 2015 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open. • Photo by Dawn Baxstrom

The Abilene Spectacular is the first major cutting held each year. The 2016 show is set to begin Wednesday, Jan. 6, with the first go-rounds of the 4-Year-Old Open and 5/6-Year-Old Open divisions. The show concludes Wednesday, Jan. 13, with the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals.

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In the Past: Joe Cody

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The legend of Joe Cody began in February 1952, when the handsome son of Bill Cody, the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) first Honor Roll halter champion, out of the King P-234 daughter Taboo, was born in Texas. Joe Cody was campaigned mainly in cutting during his show career. He changed hands several times before arriving, in 1964, at his final destination and home for life – C.T. “Tom” Fuller’s Willow Brook Farm in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.

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In the Money: NRHA Futurity Open Finalists

Inthemoney cee-my-gun webCee My Gun was the fourth-highest seller at the 2013 Legacy Breeders Sale. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

Of the 30 Level 4 Open finalists at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, four were sold at public auction as yearlings. All four were offered through the 2013 Legacy Reining Sales – one in the Legacy Breeders Sale and three in the Legacy Consignment Sale.

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In the Blood: In Like Flinn

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The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) held its first World Championship Show in 1974, and the Junior Reining World Champion was High Proof, by Joe Cody. In Like Flinn is the 2015 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion, and he also descends from the great Joe Cody, his great-grandsire.

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In the Know: A Mustang Reiner

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Three years ago, Zack Zalewski was killed in a car accident, leaving his girlfriend, Kaitlyne Wadman, behind. At this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress, Wadman dedicated her freestyle reining performance to him, incorporating a flag at the end of the run that read, “In Loving Memory of Zack.”

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In the Past: The Gemnist

InthePast web TheGemnist KathyDaughn DannyHueyThe Gemnist and Kathy Daughn • Photo by Danny Huey

Thirty years ago, Kathy Daughn, a 26-year-old Californian cowgirl at the time, set a record as the youngest person (and only the second woman) to win the coveted National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship. Carrying her to the winner’s circle was The Gemnist, who was only the third gelding to win the title.