In the Past: John Ward

Ten years ago, John Ward, of Kingsburg, California, gave Smart Little Pepinic a pat on the neck following the pair’s victory run at the second annual National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) World’s Richest Stock Horse contest.

Veteran Trainers

Veteran all-around trainer Bob Avila, of Temecula, California, is pictured in the winner’s circle at the 1995 Oregon Quarter Horse Association Summer Classic and Great Northwest Futurities in Central Point, Oregon.

Family Dynasty

The Shepard family, from Alabama, is a cutting horse industry dynasty. Four members of the family are National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame inductees, have won multiple championship titles and, between them, have earned more than $10.5 million ($10,602,591).
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In the Past: Putting it All on the Line

InthePast MrBoomerjacMr Boomerjac and Dell Hendricks • Photo by Cheryl Magoteaux CodyThe National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) celebrated its 20th anniversary during this year's show, held April 16-23 in Katy, Texas. Looking back in time, the inaugural event was called the National Reining Breeders Cup, and it was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A $210,439 purse was distributed to the winners of the 4- and 5-year-old event.

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In the Past: One Man’s Loss, Another’s Good Fortune

InthePast DoctorWoodDoctor Wood & Bill Glass • Photo by Gary Willis

When collegiate basketball player Larry Jeffries moved from Illinois to Houston, Texas, in the 1970s, he not only established a successful office cleaning business, he also caught the “cutting horse bug.”

In the Past: Born to be Great

InthePast DryDoc 19911971 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Dry Doc • QHN File Photo

Dry Doc, pictured in 1991, was born in 1968. Sired by the legendary Doc Bar and out of the great mare and NCHA Hall of Fame inductee Poco Lena, Dry Doc was destined to become a star performer and sire. The stallion was ridden to the 1971 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship by legendary cutting horse trainer Buster Welch. Dry Doc, bred by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Jensen, of Paicines, California, earned more than $85,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings and 96 American Quarter Horse Association points during his show career.

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In the Past: NRBC Legends

InthePast CustomLegend AFappani 07nrbc WCustom Legend & Andrea Fappani • Photo by Waltenberry

The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during its April 17-24 show at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.


In the Past: The Rock of Gibraltar

in-the-past-hollywood-jac-86Hollywood Jac 86 and Richard Greenberg • Photo by Metacale & LeahyHollywood Jac 86, an average-sized, floppy-eared palomino stallion, is not remembered as one of the reining industry’s best-looking athletes. However, his natural, deep sliding stops made him a legend.

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In the Past: Coach Extraordinaire Don Murphy

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National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee Don Murphy’s Equi-Stat record of $179,257 includes 20 years of reining and reined cow horse paychecks (1989-2009). However, he began collecting checks and awards long before that. Murphy is pictured at an Idaho show in 1982, accepting a trophy buckle for winning the Hackamore Championship on Traveling Trinket.