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From the Archives: Colonel Freckles

A stocky, dark sorrel, Colonel Freckles was a stallion whose athletic prowess in the cutting pen was only overshadowed by his offspring’s abilities in several Western performance disciplines. He passed away at the age of 13, but his genetics remain in the blood of horses that still step into the cutting, reining and reined cow […]
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From the Archives: Smart Chic Olena

At the turn of the century, versatile stallion Smart Chic Olena’s career as a sire was taking off, buoyed by waves of successful offspring. The late stallion, who died in June 2012, now stands at $14 million in progeny earnings, with foals competing in cutting, reining, reined cow horse, barrel racing and team roping — […]
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From the Archives: Doc Quixote

A handsome, rich-colored sorrel, Doc Quixote turned heads wherever he went. 1973 National Cutting Horse Futurity (NCHA) Non-Pro Futurity Champion and Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire are just a few highlights of Doc Quixote’s life.  Doc Quioxte’s Performance and Genetics Listed for sale as a Futurity prospect in 1973 for the alleged price of $12,000, Doc […]
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From the Archives: Dual Pep

Dual Pep — a chestnut stallion with three white socks and a proud, intelligent aura — made a lasting impression on the Western performance horse industry through his own accomplishments and progeny. Dual Pep’s Performance Dual Pep accumulated a hefty $307,384 in lifetime earnings throughout his six-year cutting career. The stallion competed in the 1988 […]

In the Past: Record Holder

Thirty-four years after Docs Okie Quixote (Doc Quixote x Jimmette Too x Johnny Tivio) won the 1984 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open and completed the second leg of his future NCHA Triple Crown achievement, the deceased 1980 stallion still sits atop the event’s leading open horse chart. Docs Okie Quixote, trained and […]

In the Past: One More Record

When interviewed 33 years ago in 1984 at age 15 about his dream of becoming a reining horse trainer, Shawn Flarida – today’s leading reining showman – admitted to the reporter that he had “quite a ways to go” before he would become a full-fledged professional. Fast forward to 2018, and Flarida has unquestionably reached […]

In the Past: He Had It All!

This year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity marks 40 years since the legendary Peppy San Badger, aka “Little Peppy,” was ridden by another cutting legend, Buster Welch, to win the prestigious Futurity Open Championship. The stallion (Mr San Peppy x Sugar Badger x Grey Badger III), owned by the King Ranch, of Kingsville, Texas, […]

In the Past: Catching the Glory

Seven-time National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Ted Robinson catch-rode Smokums Prize (Smokum Oak x Tommie Tivio Tucker x Doc Tom Tucker), a stallion bred by Walter and Sharon Wright, of San Juan Bautista, California, to victory in the 2000 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals. Robinson won his first NRCHA […]

In the Past: Clean Sweep

Keith Crawford and his daughter, Whitney, had many reasons to celebrate as they took home a trailer load of awesome prizes from the 1999 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. CF Ticket To Ride (Red Ant Rey x Pines Black Ant x Great Pine) carried Crawford, of Howell, Michigan, to his second NRHA Futurity Non-Pro […]

In the Past: The Best-Laid Plans

It has been nearly 39 years since Bob Loomis, of Marietta, Oklahoma, and Lady El Dorado, pictured in 1979 at a Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association State Show reining, won the 1978 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Championship. Darryl and Arlene Keener, of Olmitz, Kansas, brought Lady El Dorado (Doc’s El Dorado x Birthday’s […]