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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

InthePast LenasTelesis DJordan 91SS JTPhoto by Teresa Jett

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.

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In the Past: Cowgirl Hall of Fame Buckles

InthePast CowgirlBuckles250Woody Bartlett (left) and Stacie McDavid (center) presented memorial buckles to (left to right) Lindy Burch, Linda Holmes, Morgan Cromer, Cara Barry and Jennifer Pounds. • QHN File Photo

Fourteen Cowgirl Hall of Fame buckles, sponsored by H.B. “Woody” Bartlett in memory of his late wife, Deborah Kelley Bartlett, were presented to the 2005 NCHA Futurity’s high-scoring female competitors in each round of the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur divisions, plus the high-scoring female riders in the $50,000 Limited Open and $100,000 Limited Non-Pro finals. Buckle recipients must have been members of the National Cowgirl Museum.

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In the Past: 1962 NCHA Futurity

InthePast 1962CuttingFuturityTop51962 Cutting Futurity top 5: (left to right) Fifth-place finishers Yellow Joe Buck and Shorty Freeman; fourth-place finishers Wolf Whistle and Boley Cotton; third-place finishers Hollywood Bill and Jack Newton; Reserve Champions Peppy San and Matlock Rose; and Champions Money’s Glo and Buster Welch • Photo by Dalco

It was an evening to remember as a small group of cutting horse enthusiasts – 30-75 people – gathered in mid-November 1962 at the Sweetwater Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas, to watch the finals of the first ever 3-year-old Cutting Futurity.
The list of individuals present read like a Who’s Who of the cutting world. They had showed up to watch 20 finalists compete for an unheard of amount of money back then – $18,364.

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In the Past: T.J. Good

InthePast SidebySideT.J. Good cleaned up at the 2006 NSHA Futurity riding CD Son Of Magnolia (left) and Lookin Up High (right). • Photos by Kat Rodgers

When T.J. Good, who at the time was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, pulled up to the Savemart Center in Fresno, California, to compete in the 2006 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, he unloaded two promising 3-year-old horses. When the Futurity ended, Good returned home with three NSHA Futurity championships and two reserve championships. He won the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open riding CD Son Of Magnolia, and he finished second in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open aboard Lookin Up High.

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In the Past: A Splash of Color

inthePast ColorMeSmartColor Me Smart is the No. 1 Paint sire of cutting horses. • QHN File Photo

Royally bred, Color Me Smart (PT) (Smart Little Lena x Doxs Painted Lady [PT] x Doc’s Solano) was destined to excel in the performance arena and did as the 1997 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Cutting World Champion. But he will best be remembered for many of his offspring’s winning ways.

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In the Past: Doc Quixote

InthePast DocQuixoteDoc Quixote was known as the “good luck horse,” who consistently directed profit to those who owned all or part of him. • QHN File Photo

An asking price of $12,000 for a top cutting futurity prospect in today’s performance horse market is virtually unheard of. Forty-three years ago, though, it sounded like a lot of money to non-pro cutter Paul Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who, on the advice of legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, flew to California to look at a 3-year-old named Doc Quixote. Leon Harrel, who had the horse in training for owners Neil and Linda Mussallem, of Gilroy, California, helped negotiate the sale.

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In the Past: An Exceptional Team

InthePast RoyalCutter KenSuttonKen Sutton and Royal Cutter • Courtesy of the National Stock Horse Association

National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee and non-pro rider Ken Sutton was said to have an exceptional eye for a good horse. One of his most successful “picks” was Royal Cutter (Cutter Bill x Royal Ida May x Royal King). Sutton spotted the 1968 gelding at trainer Don Dodge’s barn.