Phil Rapp recently issued a warning: Be careful what you name your horses and your children. The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) all-time leading rider with more than $9.2 million in earnings traces his rise to the top of cutting back to a special mare named Tapeppyoka Peppy, who is still influencing his success more than 30 years later. The latest successful member of this equine family, Dont Stopp Believin, lived up to his name and made Rapp keep the faith, knowing that talent runs deep on this family tree.
While NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton said it would have been nice to mark a huge score on this last ride in the cutting pen at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals with NRR Cat King Cole, Barton is happy to know the stallion is the center of many conversations after his near summersault in the saddle in the final round of the Open made the duo an internet sensation.
As most horse owners know, hay plays an important role in keeping a horse’s digestive system healthy and functioning well. Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER), said this is due in part to the fiber content provided by hay, which assists the specific design of a horse’s body.
Horses graze closer to the ground than cattle, which makes overgrazing in horse pastures a problem. To promote growth, a minimum forage height should always be maintained. That height is dependent on the grass species. For example, in Texas, Bermudagrass and Bahia grass should have a minimum height of 3 to 4 inches.
While many horsemen strive to earn as much money as they can in the cutting pen during their careers, sometimes the paychecks aren’t the most important aspect of the sport. Kindness, determination and dedication go a long way, and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) has emphasized the importance of these characteristics.
Kids. Kids everywhere, with nothing to do. Jan Seago, practice pen manager for the Breeder’s Invitational (BI), couldn’t help but notice that fact at the show more than 10 years ago. But while some are observers, Seago is a doer. She thought of ideas to keep the younger generation occupied during the BI, and what she came up with has become one of the biggest attractions of the show.
Nathan Kent and Preston Kent both train reining horses, but they had an unconventional start in the industry. The brothers grew up breaking Arabian colts and riding them in the mountains of Idaho. Their father, Dave Kent, has owned Arabians since he was a little boy and has been breeding them to use on their ranch for 30 years, according to Nathan.
The team of Ashley Weaver, of Morgan, Utah, and Starlight Per Se, aka "Peanuts," has been a successful one, with the duo recently winning the $2,000-added Maturity Level 4 Non-Pro at the Best Little Derby in the West in Nampa, Idaho. It's a partnership that can only be chalked up to fate, as Weaver sold the mare the first time she owned her.