1984 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champions Docs Okie Quixote and Joe Heim • Photo by Fred Miller

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 […]

In the Past: Oh Cay N Short & Boyd Rice

  The excitement is building among reined cow horse enthusiasts as the dates of the first National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, are just a little more than a month away. A decade ago, Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Boyd Rice won his first NRCHA […]

In the Past: Tarin Rice

  Ten years ago, 18-year-old Tarin Rice rode into the cutting pen at the Will Rogers Coliseum to compete in the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Scholarship Cutting with a cast on one of his legs.

In the Past: Nu Cash

Thirty years ago this fall, National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee Ted Robinson, of Oak View, California, rode the first of his seven NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champions, Nu Cash, to the winner’s circle.

In the Past: Lean With Me and Bob Avila

Two-time American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World champion Lean With Me’s show career had barely begun when he sustained a serious and life-threatening accident that easily could have ended his performance career.