Nick Dowers (pictured winning the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open title on Time For A Diamond) has completed the 2018 Road to the Horse roster. • Photo by Primo Morales

Nick Dowers Completes Road to the Horse 2018 Lineup

Expect the unexpected; that’s the Road to the Horse motto fans have grown to love. It’s what drives them to buy tickets before the first competitor is even announced.

Metallic Chrome Cat and Volmer Top SRCHA Pre-Futurity Open

The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association (SRCHA) Pre-Futurity and Horse Show came to a head on Aug. 19 with the Futurity Open, Futurity Non-Pro and Derby Non-Pro cow works. The 30 highest-scoring total on two Open finals runs were held separately, making the John Justin Arena the place to be on Saturday evening.
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CD Lights Joins NRCHA Elite Sires

CD LightsCD Lights • Photo courtesy of Danny MotesAnother elite stallion has joined the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million Dollar Sire ranks. Offspring of CD Lights (CD Olena x Delight Of My Life x Grays Starlight) officially passed the seven-figure earnings milestone in the reined cow horse arena, winning a combined $1,033,877. CD Lights is the 17th stallion to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status.

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Reining Horse Foundation to Award Special High School Rodeo Scholarship

JaydeAtkins KaylinWheelerWinning the inaugural Reining Horse Foundation scholarship presented at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo was Jayde Atkins. In 2017, a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded again to the contestant marking the highest score in the rein work during the reined cow horse event at the NHSFR. • Photo by Stephanie DuquetteThe Reining Horse Foundation and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) are partnering to offer a $2,500 college scholarship benefiting the competitor marking the highest reining score in reined cow horse at the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming.

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Hes Wright On Cow Horse Clinic With Doug Williamson

DougWilliamsonRHDoug Williamson and High Brow Shiner (Photo by Ross Hecox)The Hes Wright On Cow Horse Clinic With Doug Williamson, presented by the Hes Wright On Partnership and Western Bloodstock, will be held April 28-30, 2017, at Diamond R Ranch in Kent, New York.

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Going Down the Fence with Ken Wold

PD04 KWold ThisCatsForever 17ALweb2Ken Wold offered a few tips for putting together a successful fence run. • Photo by Alex LynchThe reined cow horse discipline’s trademark fence work event is known for its thrilling qualities. But because of the speed and nature of the task, an extra element of risk is involved.

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Three Re-Elected to NRCHA Board of Directors

NRCHA BoDPaul Bailey, Todd Bergen and Jon Roeser were re-elected to the NRCHA's Board of Directors.The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) membership has voted to re-elect representatives Paul Bailey, Todd Bergen and Jon Roeser for additional three-year terms on the NRCHA board of directors.

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Goodbye to Diggers Rest

DiggersRest webDiggers Rest passed away at age 30. • Photo courtesy of Rhoda ReinAfter making his mark on the Western performance horse world through 27 breeding seasons, 30-year-old Diggers Rest died on Oct. 25. The stallion was the cornerstone of owners Darren Miller and Rhoda Rein’s breeding operation in Watkins, Colorado, and his influence will continue to live on in his offspring.

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Will Roden’s Big Start

DualsLuckyCharm WillRodenWill Roden was beaming after Duals Lucky Charm, a reined cow horse he started, won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open. • Photo by Abbie PhillipsDuals Lucky Charm has spent his fair share of time in the headlines lately. After winning the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity, which is arguably one of the most competitive pre-futurities in the industry, he showed up in Reno, Nevada, to capture another win at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity. Trainer Kelby Phillips was aboard Duals Lucky Charm for both of those wins, but who put such a great foundation on the gelding and got him pointed toward the spotlight?

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Can’t Keep Her Down

PRalls HeadStapledPatty Ralls refused to let a laceration to her head stop her from moving toward her end goal. • Courtesy of Patty RallsAnybody who has spent much time around Patty Ralls knows she’s a one-of-a-kind woman. Her bubbly personality and token smile are unforgettable, but some may not realize just how tough the cowgirl really is. On her way to her first National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in six years, she suffered a head injury riding Diamondz And Gold, but she never missed a beat.