Breeding horses can be a frustrating pursuit, but every so often horse owners hit the jackpot with a family line that produces generation after generation of futurity champions.
Melissa Miller, of Belton, Texas, admittedly felt a bit apprehensive and had butterflies in her stomach as she rode back into the show pen on 12-year-old Little Bunny Fou Fou for the Boxing finals. The pair had narrowly escaped a disastrous wreck during their prelim run when “Bunny” tripped during run-in pattern.
Cat Walks Into A Bar, more commonly known as “Grasshopper,” has added another, perhaps more influential, name to his repertoire – that of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Adequan Select Working Cow Horse World Champion. Guiding the 4-year-old gelding to victory was owner Darleen Wood, of Goodyear, Arizona.
The ink on Trinity Haggard’s college diploma was barely dry when he moved from Texas to California three months ago to work for cow horse trainer Ken Wold. It was an exciting opportunity for the Texan, and Haggard didn’t make the journey alone.
When Ken Wold decided to geld his family’s versatile bridle horse, Real Smooth Cat, it wasn’t because the trainer didn’t think a lot of the stallion. It just made sense given the situation. Then Wold went and won last weekend’s National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Intermediate aboard the stallion’s daughter, Real Smooth Liz.
Will Pennebaker entered the National Stock Horse Association Futurity not really knowing what to expect from Smart Lookin Dual. However, the horse gave him a performance that has him eyeballing more futurities.
All through his training, Scooter Cat gave trainer Justin Wright all the right signs. But, there was no way for the California trainer to know how good the horse really was until he proved it in the show pen.
Bet Hesa Boon has always been a good show horse, but this year something always seemed to keep him from bringing home an Open championship. That changed at the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It never occurred to Mike Miller that the buckskin grandson of famed barrel racing sire A Streak of Fling his wife planned to train as a barrel racing prospect would be a cow horse.
Lori Conrow grew up riding hunter-jumpers and dressage horses, but the Californian has fully converted into reined cow horse. At the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, she won two titles with her horse, Auspicious Storm.