Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum
Photo by John Henry

Will Rogers Memorial Center a Shrine to Love and Friendship

Progress being what it is, a new arena was a long overdue need for a city of Fort Worth growing out of its blue jeans. Fortunately for the Western performance horse industry, its major events stayed at the venerable Will Rogers Coliseum or a surrounding building on the sacred grounds. The Will Rogers Memorial Center […]
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Part II: Two of a Kind — Will Rogers and his Horses

Over the last 100 years, there really is no equal to Will Rogers when you calculate the sum of his parts as a stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, humorist and social commentator.  “I have a lot of big ideas,” Will said in 1930, five years before his death in a plane crash in Alaska, […]
will rogers stable

Two of a Kind: Will Rogers and His Horses

Over the last 100 years, there really is no equal to Will Rogers when you calculate the sum of his parts as a stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, humorist and social commentator.  “I have a lot of big ideas,” Will said in 1930, five years before his death in a plane crash in Alaska, […]
Joe Heim and Docs Okie Quixote at the 1984 Super Stakes

Docs Okie Quixote a Superfly Gent if there ever was one

If anybody had any doubts about Docs Okie Quixote, the National Cutting Horse Futurity Association Futurity champion only months earlier, those were all erased when he followed it up with a convincing triumph at the Super Stakes in 1984. And if that weren’t enough, he won the Derby later in the year to become the […]
Will Rogers Memorial Center home of the 2019 NCHA Futurity

2019 NCHA Futurity Overview

The NCHA Futurity is lauded as the greatest event in cutting, and it’s set to celebrate the sport with more than three weeks of competition in Cowtown. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is like Christmas for cutters — a high-stakes Christmas when their friends and family join in one place for fellowship, and […]
Bobby Ingersoll speaking.

Bobby Ingersoll still riding high in the saddle 49 years later

Looking back, Bobby Ingersoll remembers well the ephipany that would shape all of his days, from the rest of that one until the end. He was 12 years old, watching a bridle horse show his father had taken him to in their native California. On display were the horsemen of the Spanish vaquero tradition.  “I […]
Reyly and Regan Plendl standing with their horses

Living the Dream: Reyly and Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl just won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Non-Pro on her family’s homebred Cats Lightning Rey. Here’s a throwback to the day Quarter Horse News caught up with the cutting-crazed teenager and her twin back in 2017. Ten years ago, twin sisters Reyly and Regan Plendl sat in front of the television […]

A Place to Call Home: The Story of CD Lights

It’s good to be Boss. Wet from his daily bath, muscles rippling under his sorrel coat, CD Lights – better known as “Boss” – went to work at one of the many pleasures of a robust equine retiree: his daily roll. Probing out a soft spot in the sand, the stallion folded his legs under […]
three women standing with horse wearing CR RanchWear shirts

CR Serendipity — Get to Know CR RanchWear

Rhea Follett started her clothing business by making women’s Western pajamas in her garage. Now, she designs popular high-end show shirts for the Western performance industry. CR. In the Western performance world, those initials could stand for anything – Carol Rose, Finis Welch’s Center Ranch or Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch, among others. When they are […]