This Isa Third wins $5,000 Novice
Mike Wood & This Isa Third hold a tough cow in their final run at the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals. They won the World Finals Show Championship, Wood's sixth in a row in the division. • Photo by Molly Montag.

6 in a row! Mike Wood & This Isa Third win $5,000 Novice World Finals Title

The $5,000 Novice World Finals is Mike Wood’s world. The rest of us are just living in it. For the sixth year in a row, Wood took home the $5,000 Novice National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals Show Championship. This time, he did it with Christine King’s gelding, This Isa Third. They clinched the […]

NRHA Success Part of Very Merry December with Mare

Suffice to say, December of 2019 won’t soon be forgotten by a bright young lady from Franklin, Tennessee, the town just south of Nashville on the Harpeth River. Next week, Blair McFarlin will graduate from Auburn University in Alabama with a bachelor’s in animal science.  On Saturday, she had her biggest moment in the National […]
Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds

Doggone! Luca Fappani, Gotta Get Diamonds Survive Bizarre NRHA Run-in

It was a fair question considering the Twilight Zone moment they had just encountered. Was this Friday the sixth of December or Friday the 13th? Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds, who just missed a sweep of levels before settling as Level 2 Non-Pro winners, wanted to know. On the first of what turned out to be […]
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Asmussen Wins Runoff Finale In NRHA Futurity Non-Pro Competition

With determination and some friendly tough love from a former National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity finals rival, Jesse Asmussen clinched the National Reining Horse Association CINCH Level 4 and 3 Non-Pro Championship on Saturday at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma.     Asmussen and Ruf Style Of Play, and Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds […]
Give Me Starbucks and Emily Emerson

Give Me Starbucks Delivers Bit of Redemption For Emerson

Ten riders led reining enthusiasts into the National Reining Horse Association Futurity’s climactic final two days with an entertaining and, in some cases, enchanting evening of the Invitational Freestyle event on Thursday.  For Emily Emerson, in a raincoat the picture of a rider astride her steed in a driving rain storm, the show represented a […]