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Before You Purchase a Reined Cow Horse

khudsonreykdal slrwonsmartwolfKeri Hudson-Reykdal, pictured with SLR Won Smart Wolf, has enjoyed a lot of success in the reined cow horse pen, and she has some advice to get you off on the right foot.It is easy to get excited by the idea of chasing a cow down the fence at breakneck speed, only to slide to a stop in front of her, turning her the other way, but where do you start?

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Jay McLaughlin Passes NRCHA Million Dollar Threshold

jay cddeeveedeeJay McLaughlin & CD Dee Vee Dee • Photo by Stephanie DuquetteThe National Reined Cow Horse Association's (NRCHA) list of top money-earners continues to grow, as professional horseman Jay McLaughlin passes the seven-figure milestone to become the 12th NRCHA Million Dollar Rider. As of July 11, 2016, McLaughlin's earnings were $1,005,276.

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Ace’s Slider

Slider AceDildayAce Dilday & Topsails Rien Maker • Courtesy of Dilday RanchIn the days following Topsails Rien Maker’s May 22 death, social media forums were flooded with people adding their personal experiences and feelings about the legendary stallion. Among the many great anecdotes trainer Russell Dilday shared with Quarter Horse News (QHN) was one of his autistic son, Ace Dilday, and “Slider” at their home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.


Goodbye to Topsails Rien Maker

TopsailsRienMakerTopsails Rien Maker & Russell Dilday • Photo by Primo MoralesOn Tuesday, May 24, Dilday Ranch announced the death of legendary reined cow horse Topsails Rien Maker. The stallion (Topsail Cody x Jameen Gay x Toby Gay Bar), affectionately known as “Slider” throughout the industry, was 17 years old.


Starlight Kisses: Gone Too Soon

StarlightKissesFistPumpJake Telford won the 2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity aboard Starlight Kisses, just seven months before her death.It is never easy to lose a great horse, but when her death comes unexpectedly and long before anyone predicted, it is nothing short of devastating. The reined cow horse industry felt the shock of that blow today when Nancy Crawford-Hall’s Holy Cow Performance Horses announced that Starlight Kisses passed away April 30.


Ron Ralls Featured on Horsemanship Radio

ron-rallsNRCHA Hall of Famer Ron Ralls is the April 1 featured guest on Horsemanship Radio. • Photo by Primo MoralesLegendary reined cow horse trainer Ron Ralls is the featured guest on the April 1 release of Horsemanship Radio. In the interview, Ralls shares the basis for the success that has resulted in his induction into the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame.


NRCHA Welcomes Two New Million Dollar Sires

wr-this-cats-smartWR This Cats Smart • Cam Essick photoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) continues to add the names of exceptional stallions to its Million Dollar Sire list, proudly welcoming WR This Cats Smart and Gallo Del Cielo as the two newest members of this elite group. Foals by these two stallions have broken the seven-figure earnings mark in the reined cow horse arena, making them the 15th and 16th horses to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status.

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SRCHyA Offers Learning Opportunity To 4-H Youth

SHays ClinicThe SRCHyA Sponsored a clinic with Shawn Hays for Texas 4-H members.In the spirit of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) reaching out to youth across the country, a Texas affiliate is helping to educate cow horse riders in the 4-H ranks. The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Youth Association (SRCHyA) recently sponsored a clinic during the Texas State 4-H Horse Show in Abilene. Trainer Shawn Hays teamed with SRCHyA board members Reece Rosenaur and Paden Jarosz to discuss both the reined and cow portion of the class.

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Olena Oak Becomes NRCHA No. 1 Money-Earning Horse

01 OlenaOak REmmons 13PMOlena Oak & Ron Emmons • Photo by Primo MoralesWhen Olena Oak (Smart Chic Olena x Fritzs Oak E Doakie x Doc's Oak) placed fourth in the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby on June 19, he earned $10,200, and that paycheck made him the new No. 1 money-earning horse in the NRCHA. Olena Oak, a 2002 stallion, now has career NRCHA earnings of $339,898.

NRCHA Clarifies Non-Pro Rule And Crowdfunding

nrcha-logoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) recently addressed the issue of crowdfunding – the practice of raising money for a project or venture using a widespread internet appeal – and whether this is an acceptable method for a non-pro competitor to pay show fees.