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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

Inthepast Joe-Cody webJoe Cody (1952-1989) • QHN File Photo

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

IntheKnow web 01-CiscosSassySensation KWadman 15KW-copyKaitlyne Wadman and Sassy • Courtesy of Kaitlyne Wadman

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.


In the Stats: NRHA Futurity

draw-partyThe NRHA Futurity Platinum Performance Open Draw Party will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in Oklahoma City – that’s where many of the world’s best reiners will be sharing their holiday meal, as the first go-round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show kicks off. The Futurity will conclude with the Level 4 Open finals on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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In the Blood: Peptos Stylish Foxy

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Like last issue’s featured horse, May I Be Wild, Peptos Stylish Foxy is another cutting horse doing double duty early in her career. The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA)/Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity Champion carried Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Grant Setnicka to the win in the Open with a 220.5. She followed that up with double titles in the Futurity Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions with Hannah Gamble in the saddle, scoring a 219. Her triple at the PCCHA Futurity earned a total of $42,221.


In the Money: Futurity Prospects

eight-mileEight Mile is one of 556 horses entered in the first go-round of the Open at the NCHA Futurity. The stallion was the highest seller at the 2014 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale. • Photo by Jim Arnold

One of the biggest and most common dreams in the Western performance horse industry is to win “the big Futurity.” If you’re a cutter, that’s the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. The show starts on Thursday, Nov. 19, with 556 3-year-olds entered in the first go of the Open.

Quarter Horse News compared those 556 Open horses with the sale results from the past three years and found that 160 head went through horse sales between 2012 and 2015, not including horses that were sold as foals in utero in 2011 or early 2012. Several horses sold multiple times, while others were offered only once and returned to their owners when the final bids failed to meet the reserve prices.

If you’re curious what it took to buy an NCHA Futurity prospect, keep reading.