JessicaValin QHN

First Winner of My Favorite Place to Ride Photo Contest

JessicaValin QHNPhoto by Jessica Valin Jessica Valin, of Lewiston, California, is our first winner in the Quarter Horse News/ My Favorite Place to Ride Photo Contest and won $150 in Omega Alpha - Equine products! We thought the photo was idyllic and enjoyed the description of the ride.


Goodbye to Mark Thompson

MThompsonMark ThompsonQuarter Horse News (QHN) lost an important member of its team when Cutting Editor Mark Thompson, 52, passed away from natural causes on June 23. Thompson, the grandson of National Reining Horse Association Hall of Famer Clayton Woosley, worked for the publication for 14 years, as a freelance writer and fulltime employee.


Not Ruf At All & Jason Vanlandingham Win Again

JVanNotRufAAJason Vanlandingham & Not Ruf At All • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby concluded Saturday, June 28, with the $428,000-added Open finals at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $961,000. At the end of the event, Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham were victorious in the Open.


Thompson & Jordan Split NRHA Derby Non-Pro Victory

RThompson14Ron ThompsonThe 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in Non-Pro competition on June 27: the $78,000-added Level 4, $60,000-added Level 3; $32,500-added Level 2, $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime Time divisions. Out of the original 217 horses and 650 entries, the top 56 horse-and-rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying approximately $322,000 to owners and nominators.

2014 NRHA Derby

Oklahoma City, OK - June 21-29, 2014

1,228 Entries - $618,500 Added - $969,821.11 Total Purse


Tulsa Reining Classic Enters Second Decade

TRC14logoNew sponsors, new activities and increased opportunities for growth and learning insure that the Tulsa Reining Classic, set for Aug. 26-31, will be another hallmark event. As it begins its second decade, the popular show continues to focus on the horses, the exhibitors and the show experience.

Tampering With Coggins Results In 20-Year Sentence For Louisiana Man

On Nov. 20, 2013, Edwin A. Williams was arrested on a charge of selling a horse with a fraudulent Coggins test to a rancher in Upshur County, Louisiana. He plead guilty to a charge of tampering with a government document and was sentenced to 20 years with the Texas Department of Corrections June 10. Read the […]

Westfalls Enjoy Dual Wins In Las Vegas

westfallsThe Westfall family (left to right) - Brandon, Janet and RussFacing a field including three National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro Hall of Fame members, including his mom, 13-year-old Brandon Westfall rode 5-year-old gelding Gentle Ben to a 220 and a victory worth $8,949 during the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting Non-Pro June 14 in Las Vegas.


Dufurrenas Fare Well At Core Balance/PCCHA Derby

dufurrenasAuspicious Cat, aka "Ozzy," begs for a treat from Rieta Dufurrena, who is pictured with her brother, Brandon (left), and her dad, Ed, after both won championships in Las Vegas.A 230-point run by Auspicious Cat and Ed Dufurrena dominated the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting stop in Las Vegas on June 14.

False Beliefs

The other day I was scanning the news headlines when one in particular peaked my interest. “Humane Society, others to pay Feld, Ringling Bros. $15 million in Asian elephant lawsuit.” The article reported on the conclusion of the 14-year lawsuit between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, over the care of its elephants.