Amateurs Shine at Super Stakes

fortworthpipelineLisa Bankston is all smiles as she exits the pen on “Piper” after marking a 221, the highest score of the day.Mondays are usually a day of dread as a new work week begins, but the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes packed April 8 with a day full of Amateur cutting finals. More than $375,000 was awarded to the finalists in the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, as well as the Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals.

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Dual Smart Kitty Escapes Serious Injury In Trailer Accident

DualsSmartKitty CJohnsonDual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson, pictured after their Open win at the 2013 NCHA FuturityDual Smart Kitty, the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion, marked a 214.5 in her first run at the NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth on Tuesday, one day after suffering minor injuries during a traffic accident on her way to the show.


TGI Playtime and Skip Queen Win NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open

queens-matthewsElizabeth Queen, Carroll Matthews and Skip Queen with TGI PlaytimeThere was one thing wrong with TGI Playtime and Skip Queen’s 223-point effort that won Friday’s National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes Classic Open title and $37,295 – it came too early.


Anhidrosis is the scientific name for a dysfunction in the ability to sweat. Equine anhidrosis has been recognized for many years, but it’s exact cause is still not known. There does not seem to be any predilection for a particular horse breed, age or coat color, and both male and female horses are affected. Some horses may not be able to sweat at all, and others only sweat in some locations.

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This One Time Carries Todd Bergen To Win NRCHA Stakes Open

ThisOneTime TBergenThis OneTime & Todd Bergen • Photo by Primo MoralesClinched by a 228 cow work that he called a personal best, National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million-Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, of Eagle Point, Ore., claimed the 2014 NRCHA Stakes Open Championship April 5 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., riding This One Time (One Time Pepto x Katie Starlight x Grays Starlight), owned by Pamela Bailey.

Jamie Hill & Ryder Carpenter Split NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge Limited Non-Pro

RCarpJHillBlazin Flash and Ryder Carpenter (left) tied Jamie Hill and Cat Countin Checks for the Limited Non-Pro win.As the Classic/Challenge division of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes winds down, new Limited Non-Pro champions were crowned on Saturday, April 5, in Will Rogers Coliseum, of Fort Worth, Texas. A pair of 218s would secure the title for two horse-and-rider duos.

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Amafoxy Cat Wins NCHA Super Stakes John Deere Classic Open

ashlock amafoxycatWes and Lindy Ashlock with their 7-year-old son, Cash, daughter, Clara, 4, and Amafoxy Cat.Amafoxy Cat and Wes Ashlock bested the field by a half-point with a 217 during Thursday’s John Deere Classic Open finals at National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes to earn their first limited-age win. The Championship was worth $6,755 for owners John and Jana Thacker, of Abilene, Texas. The 6-year-old mare (Cats Red Feather x Amafoxy Sneakin x Sneakin Lena) and Ashlock also will compete in tonight’s Super Stakes Classic Open finals.

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Smooth N Cash & Jake Gorrell Win NRCHA Stakes Open Bridle Spectacular

SmoothNCash JGorrell 14SDSmooth N Cash with Jake Gorrell and owners Don & Bonnie RoloffThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA’s) most impressive equine athletes, the bridle horses, shined brighter than the lights of the Las Vegas strip at the South Point Equestrian Center, as the competition wrapped up in the $25,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Open Bridle Spectacular at the South Point Equestrian Center.

Cornbread Thinks: Best Baby Daddy

JBankston14Breeding season is full on, with lots of time left. There is a special thrill to winning on a horse you raised. You own the mama; you won on her. You earn respect as an astute horse person. People want your advice. Justin Bieber wants your autograph. The President is offering you a cabinet post. Angels sing when you pull the rig into Will Rogers. Life is good.