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Coronavirus Cancellations

The coronavirus continues to shape the spring show season for cutters, reiners and reined cow horse participants.
Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler

Tuffs Junie — Mother of Junie Wood, Woody Be Tuff — Dies

The Western performance horse world has lost another of its great performers and producers.  Tuffs Junie, a 31-year-old mare bred by Boyd Summerhays of Sandy, Utah, and owned by Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, was humanely euthanized on Thursday. Crumpler, who purchased “Junie” as a 4-year-old from her breeder, said: “She was the sweetest, best […]
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Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes Is Canceled

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has canceled the 2020 Kit Kat Sugar NCHA Super Stakes. The original event, which was supposed to start this week in Fort Worth, was originally postponed due to COVID-19.
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Five Additions Announced for NCHA Open Hall of Fame

The open division in any discipline in the Western performance horse industry is the pinnacle of competition, first and foremost, because for professional trainers, their livelihood depends on it. The Open Hall of Fame for the NCHA represents riders who have persevered through intense competition, time and time again, and found success. Climbing the ranks and […]
Widows Freckles and Austin Shepard

Saying Goodbye to Widows Freckles, a family’s ‘Dream Horse’

Top cutting competitor and sire Widows Freckles has died, those closest to the stallion announced on Tuesday afternoon. The sorrel stallion was 26. “We received the news this morning that our boy Widows Freckles, or as his family knew him, ‘Obi,’ was laid to rest,” Lauren Middleton said through a social media platform. “It is […]

Event officials postpone NRBC to May 24-31

The National Reining Breeders Classic announced on Thursday that this year’s show has been postponed and rescheduled for May 24-31 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The deadline for the NRBC and for The Run For a Million Qualifier has been extended to May 1, officials announced.  Any late fees previously incurred […]
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Ron Malone was an Attorney by Day, Cowboy Forever

In the archives of Ron Malone’s most excellent adventure called life is a treatise authored for the Santa Clara Law Review by a young up-and-comer with 40 years of lawyering in front of him. “Obscenity: The Pig in the Parlor” is laden with the lawyer speak typical of such a scholarly appraisal of First Amendment […]
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Kandace Stone, “Super Spike” strike $50k Amateur Gold at Eastern Nationals

Kandace Stone has competed at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals four or five times and had placed at the show, but this year marked her first time to win a championship. The Dublin, Texas, resident rode Laneys Gotta Player (Lizzys Gotta Player x Catalaney x High Brow Cat), a 7-year-old gelding bred […]