1971 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Dry Doc • QHN File Photo

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

InthePast DonMurphy TravelingTrinket 1982

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.


In the Past: High Brow Hickory

high-brow-hickoryHigh Brow Hickory and John Tolbert • Courtesy of Morris CommunicationsHigh Brow Hickory (Doc’s Hickory x Grulla San x Leo San Hank) and John Tolbert competed at the 1988 Augusta Futurity as part of a busy January show schedule. The well-traveled stallion showed at the Arizona Sun Circuit Cutting just three days before walking into the herd in Augusta, Georgia. Four days later, he competed in Las Vegas at the Tropicana Cutting Spectacular.

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In the Past: Fillinic Legacy

InthePast FillyNic GregWard 1985Fillynic and Greg Ward at the 1985 NCHA Futurity. • QHN File Photo

Legendary horseman Greg Ward was considered by many to be “The Master” when it came to training cow horses. Before he succumbed to death from cancer, in 1998 at the age of 63, Ward had won four National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championships and four Reserve titles.

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In The Past: Copaspepto

01 Copaspepto TRice07 sfCopaspepto & Tag Rice • Photo by Suzanne ForestThe 25th annual Abilene Spectcular Cutting kicks off next week, Jan. 4-10 at the Taylor County Fairgrounds in Abilene, Texas. Ten years ago, at the 2007 Abilene Spectacular, Copaspepto and Tag Rice (pictured) scored a 225 to win the 4-Year-Old Open Championship and a $51,057 paycheck.

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In the Past: Living His Dream

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Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame Rider Matt Gaines has won many championships during his 35-year show career. However, until recently, Gaines, pictured in the early 1980s showing Trixie Tari, a daughter of Doc Tari with more than $20,000 in lifetime earnings, had failed to win the one prestigious championship title every cutter dreams of winning – the NCHA Futurity Open. That changed on Dec. 10, when Gaines rode Second Spot (Spots Hot x Reycy Moon x Cats Moonshine) to the Futurity Open winner’s circle.

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In the Past: Whizard Jac

InthePast WhizardJacWhizard Jac won the 1996 NRHA Futurity Open under Mike Flarida • Waltenberry photoTwenty years ago, on Dec. 7, 1996, Whizard Jac carried trainer Mike Flarida to his second National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Championship with a 222.5 finals score. Just one month prior to the Oklahoma City victory, Flarida guided the handsome sorrel stallion to the Open Reserve Championship in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Straight Arrow Reining Futurity in Columbus, Ohio.

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In the Past: Where it Began

InthePast ITP01 MoneysGlo BWelch 62Money's Glo and Buster Welch won the first NCHA Futurity in 1962. • Photo by Dalco

The first National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity took place on November 13, 1962, in Sweetwater, Texas. That Sunday, as the three judges – Frank Dawes, T.C. Jenkins and H.J. Sonny Perry – rode horseback to the middle of the pen and strategically positioned themselves across it signaling the start of the finals, 20 riders tried to keep their minds off of the $10,438 to be paid out. It was the biggest purse for which they would ever cut.