When those whose heritage is rooted deep in the Western performance horse world remember Miss N Cash, who died of a heart attack in early August, they recall a quick and powerful horse that changed the industry. He was the brainchild of Oxbow Ranch’s Dan Lufkin and B.F. Phillips, who came together in a partnership to breed the 1983 stallion. Lufkin wanted to reintroduce running blood into cow horses with 1978 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Doc N Missy (by Doc Bar), and he found just the speed he needed in Phillips’ legendary stallion Dash For Cash.
High Brow Cat, already recognized as the world’s leading American Quarter Horse performance horse sire, has reached another milestone. The 27-year-old stallion has sired earners of more than $70 million in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and American Paint Horse Association (APHA) competition.
Phil Rapp is now the $9 million man. Cutting’s all-time leading rider reached a new milestone at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in Oklahoma City. With two horses in the Nov. 6 Senior Cutting finals, Rapp’s earnings were pushed past the $9 million mark, according to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA).
As the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) strives to preserve its history and heritage through the NCHA Foundation, the organization debuted its Legacy Series on Friday, Oct. 16, in Fort Worth, Texas. Held in the renowned Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, the event featured storytelling from the legendary Buster Welch and other guests who walked the audience through the history of cutting.
Bet Hesa Cat's first aged event champion was crowned at the American Cutting Horse Association (ACHA) Championships, held Sept. 17-20 in Belton, Texas. In the Futurity Open, Bet Sheza Cat, a homebred mare belonging to Randy Bright, of Kingsville, Texas, carried Mark Lavender to a 145 in both the first and second go-rounds and a 73 in the finals, which won the class and the mare’s first paycheck, worth $1,994.
Im Countin Checks certainly lived up to his name in the cutting pen, reaching a total of $514,757 in earnings by the end of 2008, when he posted his last check to Equi-Stat. His offspring have since mirrored his success in the performance arena, boosting him to Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Sire status.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the cutting industry said goodbye to another legend when the great Tap O Lena was euthanized. The 25-year-old mare left behind an Equi-Stat record that reflects more than a half-million dollars and an offspring record of nearly $600,000.
Attendees at the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference will get the chance to experience the sport of cutting on Friday, Oct. 23, thanks to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA). NCHA Region 7 Director Skip Jones, of Jones Quarter Horses in Amarillo, Texas, is coordinating with the CHA to provide four or five cutting horses CHA members will be able to work on a flag.