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Former NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn will now take the reins of the NCHA, officials say. • QHN File Photo.

Jay Winborn Hired as NCHA Executive Director

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has hired Jay Winborn as its new executive director.
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Karnell Perry Sweeps Idaho RCHA Futurity Non-Pro

The Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association (IRCHA) Futurity, Derby and Horse Show, which took place at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, drew cow horse exhibitors from all over the country. The Futurity Non-Pro finished up Friday, Nov. 1, and Power, Montana, resident Karnell Perry and Uno Smart Fritz swept the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro […]
Whizkey N Diamonds and Shawn Flarida with a big stop.

Yes, Sire! Whizkey N Diamonds Reaches Million Dollar Rank

Whizkey N Diamonds, owned by Rhodes River Ranch, is the National Reining Horse Association’s newest Million Dollar Sire. The elite status was achieved after only seven breeding seasons and a first foal crop not reaching competition age until 2016. Whizkey N Diamonds, bred by Cristin Schuetz, is by the all-time leading sire of NRHA money […]
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Hobble Savvy and History

Hobbles on the front legs (1) have been used by horsemen since they began to ride. “Hobble breaking a horse is just good sense” explains Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack. Not only is the animal more controllable during early training but it learns to stand quietly without being tied or saddled. Being hobbled by […]
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High Brow Cat Dies

The Western performance horse industry has changed forever with the loss of an undeniable legend.
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NCHA Futurity Champ One Smart Lookin Cat Passes After Peaceful Retirement

After leading a quiet life of leisure, 2003 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion One Smart Lookin Cat passed away on Oct. 22 in his pasture alongside his equine friend of more than a decade. His death resulted from the infirmities of old age, said Craig Morris, his trainer. “That horse is one of […]
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NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz Dies

The head of Silver Spurs Equine confirmed on Tuesday the passing of Conquistador Whiz, a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Two Million Dollar Sire. Conquistador Whiz was humanely euthanized following complications from laminitis, owner Mike Miola said from Scottsdale, Arizona. The stallion was 25. Ruf Conqueror, a 2004 stallion and “Conquistador’s” son, was euthanized only […]
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Run For A Million Success Hasn’t Changed Life For Co-Winners

Count Craig Schmersal and Cade McCutcheon among those who have witnessed firsthand the power of the television set. “We get recognized quite often,” Schmersal said Saturday of he and his wife, Ginger, at the Southwest Reining Horse Association’s Billingsley Ford Futurity. “In the grocery store and here and there, the airplane. So that’s a little […]
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Sweet Somethings: Candy Man, Cabral Win Big Down South

Candy Man and Salvador Cabral swept the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity Open finals in Jackson, Mississippi, with a 224 that also earned them the Stallion Incentive Open championship. Candy Man and Cabral had traveled to the Southern Futurity from California, where they won the Futurity Intermediate Open Championship for Candy Man’s breeder and owner Billy […]
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Shining On Ruf Makes His Case For NRHA Futurity Inclusion

To use a high school football analogy, Shining On Ruf moved into the boundaries of his new school a month before the first day of class and, as a result, had very little time to make an impression on the coach in hopes of cracking the starting lineup. Shining On Ruf, however, might well have […]