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In the Past: Cowgirl Hall of Fame Buckles

InthePast CowgirlBuckles250Woody Bartlett (left) and Stacie McDavid (center) presented memorial buckles to (left to right) Lindy Burch, Linda Holmes, Morgan Cromer, Cara Barry and Jennifer Pounds. • QHN File Photo

Fourteen Cowgirl Hall of Fame buckles, sponsored by H.B. “Woody” Bartlett in memory of his late wife, Deborah Kelley Bartlett, were presented to the 2005 NCHA Futurity’s high-scoring female competitors in each round of the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur divisions, plus the high-scoring female riders in the $50,000 Limited Open and $100,000 Limited Non-Pro finals. Buckle recipients must have been members of the National Cowgirl Museum.

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In the Past: 1962 NCHA Futurity

InthePast 1962CuttingFuturityTop51962 Cutting Futurity top 5: (left to right) Fifth-place finishers Yellow Joe Buck and Shorty Freeman; fourth-place finishers Wolf Whistle and Boley Cotton; third-place finishers Hollywood Bill and Jack Newton; Reserve Champions Peppy San and Matlock Rose; and Champions Money’s Glo and Buster Welch • Photo by Dalco

It was an evening to remember as a small group of cutting horse enthusiasts – 30-75 people – gathered in mid-November 1962 at the Sweetwater Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas, to watch the finals of the first ever 3-year-old Cutting Futurity.
The list of individuals present read like a Who’s Who of the cutting world. They had showed up to watch 20 finalists compete for an unheard of amount of money back then – $18,364.

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In the Past: T.J. Good

InthePast SidebySideT.J. Good cleaned up at the 2006 NSHA Futurity riding CD Son Of Magnolia (left) and Lookin Up High (right). • Photos by Kat Rodgers

When T.J. Good, who at the time was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, pulled up to the Savemart Center in Fresno, California, to compete in the 2006 National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, he unloaded two promising 3-year-old horses. When the Futurity ended, Good returned home with three NSHA Futurity championships and two reserve championships. He won the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open riding CD Son Of Magnolia, and he finished second in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open aboard Lookin Up High.

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In the Past: A Splash of Color

inthePast ColorMeSmartColor Me Smart is the No. 1 Paint sire of cutting horses. • QHN File Photo

Royally bred, Color Me Smart (PT) (Smart Little Lena x Doxs Painted Lady [PT] x Doc’s Solano) was destined to excel in the performance arena and did as the 1997 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Cutting World Champion. But he will best be remembered for many of his offspring’s winning ways.

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In the Past: Doc Quixote

InthePast DocQuixoteDoc Quixote was known as the “good luck horse,” who consistently directed profit to those who owned all or part of him. • QHN File Photo

An asking price of $12,000 for a top cutting futurity prospect in today’s performance horse market is virtually unheard of. Forty-three years ago, though, it sounded like a lot of money to non-pro cutter Paul Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who, on the advice of legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, flew to California to look at a 3-year-old named Doc Quixote. Leon Harrel, who had the horse in training for owners Neil and Linda Mussallem, of Gilroy, California, helped negotiate the sale.

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In the Past: An Exceptional Team

InthePast RoyalCutter KenSuttonKen Sutton and Royal Cutter • Courtesy of the National Stock Horse Association

National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee and non-pro rider Ken Sutton was said to have an exceptional eye for a good horse. One of his most successful “picks” was Royal Cutter (Cutter Bill x Royal Ida May x Royal King). Sutton spotted the 1968 gelding at trainer Don Dodge’s barn.

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In the Past: Family Legends

InthePast Bill Shorty SharonFreemanEqui-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Bill Freeman, Freeman’s father and legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, and Freeman’s sister Sharon Freeman, who married Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Terry Riddle, of Foster, Oklahoma • Photo by Bonnie Scott

William Fredell “Bill” Freeman, unquestionably one of the cutting industry’s finest trainers and showmen, earned his final cutting paycheck on June 28, 2008, just 31 days before his untimely death on July 29 at the age of 58. Freeman died due to complications of fungal pneumonia and chronic asthma, a condition that Freeman’s father, Shorty Freeman, also died of in 1990.

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In the Past: 2006 Magnificent 7 Champion

InthePast 01LightNFine BAvila.06DDBob Avila and Light N Fine. • Photo by Darrell Dodds

Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Bob Avila, of Temecula, California, and Light N Fine (Grays Starlight x Lenas Fine Freckle x Doc O’Lena), aka “Polo,” deservingly won the 2006 Magnificent 7 Championship with high scores in both the herd and cow works.

The 1999 stallion, bred by Polo Ranch, of Marietta, Oklahoma, was owned at the time by Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington, Washington. He earned $12,432 for his win at the Magnificent 7, and capped his career with a victory in the World’s Greatest Horseman competition with Avila one year later when owned by Alan and Kay Needle.

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In the Past: 2006 Team USA

InthePast Team06 AB(left to right) Team USA members Matt Mills, Aaron Ralston, Tim McQuay, Dell Hendricks and Chef d’equipe Jeff Petska. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga

Ten years ago this coming August, four of the United States’ top reiners and an alternate rider arrived in Aachen, Germany, to represent their country in the Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG), held Aug. 20-Sept. 3.

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In the Past: Nu Circle Of Light

InthePast NuCircleOfLightNu Circle Of Light and Ted Robinson accumulated 654 points (213.5 herd/216.5 rein/224 cow) to take the $100,000 Open winner’s check in the 2005 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. • Photo by Primo Morales

Nu Circle Of Light carried reined cow horse trainer Ted Robinson to his seventh National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship nearly 11 years ago, in October 2005. The win was especially meaningful to Robinson because he had won his first Futurity Championship, in 1987, on the stallion’s grandsire, Nu Cash. Nu Circle Of Light’s dam, Katie Starlight, also provided many special memories for Robinson with the mare having carried Robinson to two World’s Greatest Horseman championships, in 1999 and 2001.