CR Too Tuff Wins Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open

cr-too-tuff-ricesCR Too Tuff, with Ronnie and Theresa RiceThe 4-Year-Old Open at the Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose, Texas, was brimming with talent. Six of the top 10 finalists from the 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open, including Champion Classy CD Cat and Reserve Champion Smooth Talkin Style, made it back to the finals on Sunday, Feb. 15. But it was CR Too Tuff, a flashy colt with a blaze face and four white legs, who took top honors.

Field Of Dead Horses Found In Montana

Up to two dozen dead horses were found in a field in Lodge Grass, Montana, a reservation town where horses roam freely on open range. The horses had been shot or decapitated, and were in various stages of decomposition. Read more at the Billings Gazette.

Shiney Nu Annie & Chris Dawson Top Aaron Ranch Derby Open

ShineyNuAnnieChris Dawson & Shiney Nu Annie • Photo by Kelsey PecsekAt the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, Monday, February 16, it all came down to one more trip down the fence for finalists in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby. The champions were determined when their fence work-only score was added to their three-event composite from the preliminaries.


First Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby Champions Crowned

CDChicRuleLevel 1 Limited Open Champions CD Chic Rule & Tucker Clark • Photo by Primo MoralesSunday, Feb. 15, was day three of competition at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. The action at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center included the cow work in the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic Derby, where finalists were determined for Monday's cow work-only finals and the first four champions were crowned.


Trial Delayed for Sherri Brunzell

dual-peppyDual Peppy, pictured with John Ward at the 1996 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby • Photo by Midge AmesSherri Brunzell, a woman accused of animal cruelty in Black Forest, Colorado, was granted her motion for a delay in her jury trial, originally set for Feb. 24. Brunzell's lawyer requested the delay in order to collect test results and interview witnesses. The new trial date was set for May 2015.


What Is a Mecate?

DMTmecateA mecate is a rein made of a single piece of rope, usually twisted horse hair or nylon (see photo). It is used on hackamores and snaffles and is attached in a specific manner to each. The knot used to attach the mecate to a hackamore is also used to adjust the size of the hackamore noseband by taking more or less wraps of the mecate around the base of the noseband just in front of the heel knot. Mecates are attached to snaffle bits with slobber straps.

Living Vicariously

In this issue of Quarter Horse News, we pay tribute to owners – those all-important people who provide trainers with horses and pay the bills, but sometimes languish in anonymity on the sidelines.

The owner hat is one most of us wear or have worn in our lives. The person who starts as an owner might eventually become a breeder or a competitor. The loper or groom working her way up from the bottom might be eagerly anticipating the day he or she can become an owner. The veterinarian who works on competitive horses all day long may have a trail horse waiting at home, ready to take him away from a stressful job.

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NRHA Concludes Winter Meeting

NRHA logo BWThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) concluded five days of productive meetings with NRHA’s top leaders this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Focusing on the association’s core business objectives for 2015, the NRHA’s board of directors also met to guide the future of the sport of reining.