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.

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In the Past: Greener Pastures

InthePast LadyEldoradoCassandraCody BLQHLady El Dorado (left) and Cassandra Cody carried Bob Loomis to two of his six NRHA Futurity Open championships. • QHN File Photo courtesy of Bob Loomis

Lady El Dorado (Doc’s El Dorado x Birthday’s Lady x Poco Birthday), a 1975 mare owned by Darryl and Arlene Keener, of Olmitz, Kansas, was ridden by Bob Loomis to win the 1978 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, which rewarded them with a $12,645 check. The pair went on to win the Quarterama Reining Maturity in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as well as several Open reinings.

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In the Past: Ted Robinson

InthePast NuCash TedRobinsonTed Robinson won his first of seven NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open championships in 1987 with Nu Cash • Photo by Midge Ames

Ted Robinson has won more than $1.75 million throughout his reined cow horse career and is the only horseman to win back-to-back National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open championships. He is also the only person to have won the title seven times.

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In the Past: The Plan

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Lenas Telesis (Doc O’Lena x Preliminary Plans x Colonel Freckles) is pictured with trainer Doug Jordan at the 1991 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. Jordan and the 1987 stallion, bred and owned by Jimmie Rogers, of Rohnert Park, California, won the event’s 4-Year-Old Open Championship and a $48,632 paycheck. Jordan, who has $615,454 in lifetime earnings, rode Lenas Telesis to an eighth-place tie in the 1990 NCHA Futurity Open finals.

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In the Past: Calm, Cool & Collected

InthePast 01 PlaygunSunDual BRice Fall06PMPlaygun Sun Dual and Boyd Rice never hesitated after falling during the cow work, continuing the run that rewarded them with The Big Show In Waco’s Futurity Open Championship. • Photo by Primo Morales

This photo of Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Boyd Rice, of Weatherford, Texas, depicts just how calm, cool and collected he stays under pressure in the show pen.