Smart Aristocrat

Smart Aristocrat Dies

Smart AristocratSmart Aristocrat and Bill Freeman winning the 1995 Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old OpenLongtime leading stallion and former standout cutting performer Smart Aristocrat died Friday, Feb. 14, in Weatherford, Texas, due to complications of colic surgery.


Anger Management

By Anna Mitchell

I had a great question from a reader about my earlier article, “The Monster Within.”  How can I control my anger? Not many of us are born with the skills to handle intense emotions and unfortunately sometimes our environments do not facilitate the kind of healthy learning that we would like.


NCHA Vice President Candidates Selected

nchavpsNCHA vice president candidates Dick Mulligan (left) and Chuck Smith (right)Chuck Smith, a longtime Ohio cutting horse trainer, and Dick Mulligan, a Wyoming attorney and longtime non-pro rider, have been nominated by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) as its candidates for this year’s vice president race.

It Takes A Village

Last night, I read a great article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about a youth exhibitor at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. On Jan. 26, Josh Hass, of Alba, Texas, walked his Santa Gertrudis heifer into the arena like any other handler. He set her up, showed her to the judge and awaited the placings, collecting a red ribbon for finishing in second place. There were two clues there was something different about Josh, though. The first was his ever-present sunglasses; the second was the girl who never left his side. He needs both, because 16-year-old Josh is blind.


Wade Rust, Dual Smart Rosie Top Bonanza 5/6 Non-Pro Finals

dualsmartrosieWade Rust & Dual Smart Rosie • Hart PhotosWade Rust and Dual Smart Rosie, a mare who helped him top $1 million as a cutting rider last year, each added $14,600 to their career earnings Friday in Glen Rose, Texas, with a 222 that topped the Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals. Rust and 5-year-old Dual Smart Rosie (Dual Smart x Spins Peppy Poco x Docs Spinifex), bred by Greg and Angie Jolly, of Weatherford, Texas, secured their first limited-age win after making several finals and earning $40,833 together last year.


San Antonio Stock Show Awards $30,000 In Youth Scholarships

marleywoodMarley Wood (center) won a $10,000 scholarship at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo • Dan Trout photoThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) cutting show is one of the biggest horse events the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo hosts each year. Held in the Expo Hall, cutters tried for their share of $67,000 in added money. Texas youth also competed for a total of $30,000 in scholarships. These scholarships were awarded to the top three average scores out of the two Senior Youth classes combined. The scholarships were presented Feb. 9 to Marley Wood, of Stephenville, Texas; Bailey Reina, of Wharton, Texas; and Tyler Johnson, of Granbury, Texas.


Kelle Earnheart, Hiasacat Top Bonanza 4-Year-Old Non-Pro

hiasacatKelle Earnheart riding Hiasacat • Hart PhotosKelle Earnheart and Hiasacat marked a final-round 219 Thursday in Glen Rose, Texas, to earn $12,800 as the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Champions. The Weatherford, Texas resident and the gelding she bought in mid-November tied for sixth at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas, to earn $46,709 during their first show.


NRHA Marketing Internships Available

spinThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Marketing Department offers two internships each year. The first internship is held during the NRHA Derby Show in June and the second is held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show beginning in late November. Applications are now being accepted for these opportunities.