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Lil Jackson Cat Wins Big in John Deere Open

SS LilJacksonCat NateMiller 15HPLil Jackson Cat & Nate MillerWhile it may be hard to go first during the finals, it worked out pretty well for Lil Jackson Cat and Nate Miller, who came from the first draw to win the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Classic/Challenge John Deere Open Championship. The duo marked a 219, scoring 4.5 points higher than the 214.5 Reserve Champion score that resulted in a tie.


Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Plans September Dispersal

boon-san-spoonNCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open Champion Boon San Spoon with loper Ernesto Medllen, Alice Walton and Jesse Lennox • Photo by Kelsey PecsekAfter more than 50 years in the horse business, Alice Walton is calling it quits. In mid-July, it was announced her Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, in Millsap, Texas, will be completely dispersed during a two-day sale event, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21-22.


Alexis Stephas & Once You Go Black Dominate Showdown In Cowtown

OnceYouGoBlackAlexis Stephas & Once You Go BlackAs the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, slated for July 11-Aug. 1, continues in Fort Worth, Texas, so do the finals of the Western Bloodstock/NCHA Showdown In Cowtown. Sunday, July 19, marked the first Unlimited Amateur finals of the event, where Alexis Stephas and Once You Go Black picked up the Championship.


Boon San Spoon Sends Alice Walton Out In Style

BoonSanSpoonBoon San Spoon & Jesse LennoxShortly after the announcement of her Sept. 21-22 Walton’s Rocking W Ranch absolute dispersal sale, Alice Walton’s homebred Boon San Spoon carried Jesse Lennox to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open Championship at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

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McCall Hansma Crowned First Champion At NCHA Summer Spectacular

SumSpec ChexMyCat MHansma 15KBPMcCall Hansma & Chex My CatOn the sixth day of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, held July 11-Aug. 1 at the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, lopers warmed up mounts, talented riders showed off their horses’ skills in the Non-Pro second go, and the first champion was crowned.

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Team Penning & NCHA Senior World Tour Added to NAILE

2013 Open Team Penning • Photo Courtesy of North American International Livestock Exposition Team Penning is one of the new additions to the North American International Livestock Exposition for 2015. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) officials recently announced two additions to the North American Quarter Horse Show, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center Nov. 3-11. A new Team Penning competition has been added to the show schedule, as well as a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Senior World Tour class. 


Touring with the King

elvis-ron-pietrafesoElvis (upper left) in 1975, dressed in Denver police captain's attire to camouflage him when they took him to dinner. Pictured with Elvis are Captain Jerry Kennedy (top right), Bob Cantwell (lower left) and Detective Ron Pietrafeso (lower right). • Courtesy of Ron PietrafesoBefore Ron Pietrafeso hit the open road with his family – wife Adrienne and daughters Nicole, Jessica and Gianna – on the weekend cutting circuit, he used to roll with the King himself. Pietrafeso, then a Denver police officer, met Elvis Presley while working an extra security gig in Colorado. The Colorado cop and the singer from Tupelo, Mississippi, quickly became friends.

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Time to Ride Challenge Prepares for National Meet-a-Horse Day

QHN Stock PhotoFamilies across the nation are invited to meet a horse on Saturday, July 25, at participating Time to Ride Challenge host locations. Stables, camps, clubs and businesses are opening their doors for National Meet-a-Horse Day to help new equine enthusiasts make a connection with a horse.