Cutter Bill (Buddy Dexter x Billie Silvertone x Silvertone), a 1955 palomino stallion bred by R.L. Underwood, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was owned by Rex Cauble, of Denton, Texas, who purchased the stallion at Underwood’s 1956 dispersal sale for $2,500.
Gary Bellenfant rode Gins Solano (Tanquery Gin x Solano Jill x Doc’s Solano) to a final-round score of 221.5 to win the 1985 Breeder’s Cup Open Championship.
Last October, Jake Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho, was able to finally accomplish what he had worked so many years for. He rode Starlight Kisses (Shady Lil Starlight x Kiss My Shiny Lips x Shining Spark), a homebred mare owned by Nancy Crawford-Hall and Phil Hall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses, of Santa Ynez, California, to win the 2015 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.
Born near Brownfield, Texas, Kyle (pictured aboard Miss Peponita Chick at the 1982 American Quarter Horse Association [AQHA] World Show) spent most of his life ranching in New Mexico. Widely recognized in the industry for his trademark black hat and red high-topped boots, Kyle moved to Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1982 to be near his daughter, Jackie Krshka, and her family.
In 1992, Pete Branch, now an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider, rode Little Badger Dulce to a second-place finish in the NCHA Futurity Open finals. The pair started the 1993 show season with a 4-Year-Old Open win at the Abilene Spectacular.
The legend of Joe Cody began in February 1952, when the handsome son of Bill Cody, the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) first Honor Roll halter champion, out of the King P-234 daughter Taboo, was born in Texas. Joe Cody was campaigned mainly in cutting during his show career. He changed hands several times before arriving, in 1964, at his final destination and home for life – C.T. “Tom” Fuller’s Willow Brook Farm in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.
Thirty years ago, Kathy Daughn, a 26-year-old Californian cowgirl at the time, set a record as the youngest person (and only the second woman) to win the coveted National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship. Carrying her to the winner’s circle was The Gemnist, who was only the third gelding to win the title.
Recognized as one of the founders of the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association and for his traditional vaquero horsemanship ways, the late Jim Roeser is remembered and respected by many reined cow horse participants.
With the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity just one month away (Nov. 19-Dec. 12), let's take a look back to the 44th annual NCHA Futurity, where Highbrow Supercat and Tommy Marvin were the Open Champions. It was the 45-year-old Oklahoma trainer’s first Futurity Open win.