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.

Cornbread Thinks: Green as a Gourd

I don’t usually write toward trainers; I write about them a lot, them being easy targets and all. Plus, I use way too many big words. But, after watching a lot of the Amateur and Non-Pro during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, I saw a need. There seems to be a big gap between what a trainer thinks we know and what we really know. Some are actually surprised at how dumb we can be. Even though they never taught us that “thing,” since they have known that “thing” since they were 3, they just assumed we had downloaded that “thing” when we shook hands the first time.


Tie for Title in Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Open

CoxClarkCrumplerLloyd Cox, show co-producer Brady Crumpler & Jason Clark • photo by Laura RodgersCreedence Clearwater, a 5-year-old mare ridden by Lloyd Cox, and 6-year-old mare Starlight Starbrite, ridden by Jason Clark, tied for Tuesday’s 5/6-Year-Old Open title at the Bonanza Cutting in Glen Rose, Texas, with 220.5 scores to earn identical $19,850 checks.


Shesa Metallic Star Earns $37,000 In Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open

shesametallicstarShesa Metallic Star and Wes Galyean • photo by Laura RodgersAfter reaching Monday’s Bonanza Cutting finals with a pair of 217s in the preliminary rounds, Shesa Metallic Star and Wesley Galyean marked a finals-best 220.5 to earn $37,000 as 4-Year-Old Open Champions at the Glen Rose, Texas limited-age show. The victory boosted Shesa Metallic Star's early-career earnings to $50,462. Don and Joetta Bell, of Weatherford, Texas, own the winner, who was bred by Sunrise Ranch, of Fayetteville, Ark.


A Little Bossy Demands Victory At Mercuria Open In San Antonio

chartierSan Antonio Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Champion R.L. ChartierAfter a full day of go-rounds for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting’s San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo leg, 13 Open horse-and-rider teams returned to the finals for a piece of the any-age prize. A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier wrapped up the win.


Prepare Young Horses for a Lifetime of Performance

ascaridsAdult horses develop immunity to ascarids, or Parascaris equorum, but growing horses are immunologically naive to ascarids and are susceptible to infection.Effective parasite control can make or break healthy development in young horses. Foals, yearlings and weanlings are more prone to infection by Parascaris equorum (P. equorum), the most common type of roundworms (ascarids). At the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, they understand the importance of protecting the health and well-being of their young horses well ahead of sale day.


Mind-Set for Success

Anna Mitchell
I talk a lot about getting in “the zone” to achieve your peak performance. About finding that sweet spot for your mind-set that gives you the freedom to just perform without all the cognitive noise of thinking your way through a performance. Otherwise referred to as "flow," this experience of automaticity is crucial for peak performance because thinking interrupts the natural timing of the sequence of events that creates a great performance.

Mills Wins Sun Circuit Open CRI

MillsMatt Mills riding Mia Little Whiz • Photo by Jeff KirkbrideSanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining, the Sun Circuit FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3***) offers a valuable and vital qualifying opportunity for U.S. riders to advance to the Official Team Selection Trial. Matt Mills, of Scottsdale, Ariz., took the gold medal aboard Janice Dickson’s Mia Little Whiz (Easy Otie Whiz x HR Kaylas Lil Lena x Little Lenas Legend) with an outstanding score of 149, showing to plus-one maneuver scores throughout the pattern and commanding the attention of the ground jury.