Sally Cats Meow and Gary Gonsalves Win PCCHA Futurity Open

During 150 dramatic seconds in Paso Robles, Calif., on Nov. 2, the 3-year-old mare Sally Cats Meow earned $32,000 and upgraded her status from solid cutting prospect to possibly great one.

The horse, bred and owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch of Cardonbale, Colo., carried Gary Gonsalves, of Millsap, Texas, to a final-round 225 and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association/Borjon Auto Center Futurity Open Championship.

Man & His Horse

The 2013 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity yielded a lot of great stories, like that of Open Champion Nick Dowers and Time For The Diamond, which starts on page 42.

One story that isn’t included in that coverage, however, involves an old man and a horse. He wasn’t a competitor, trainer,  assistant or groom; he was just an old cowboy with a horse. He pulled into Reno in a homemade horse trailer that doubles as his living quarters for eight months out of the year, rode in the practice pens, watched cow horses compete and mingled amongst horsemen day after day.

Cornbread Thinks: Taking Chances

This month, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity starts in Fort Worth, Texas. It is one more very big deal, the pivot point of our world. It is the first time these 3-, coming 4-year-old horses have a hand dropped in real competition, in front of real judges.

Big Sky Montana Futurity


Kalispell, MT - August 12-18, 2013

117 Entries - $35,500 Added - $76,464.28 Total Purse

From Racehorse To Cow Horse

During the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium in Baltimore, Md., in early October, Dale Simanton and the Thoroughbred Makeover trainee he calls “Duck,” along with four other off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) participated in a showcase called “Who Let The Cows Out.” Read more about Simonton and his cow-working Thoroughbred at The Paulick Report.

He Bea Cat Takes NCHA Horse of the Year Lead

triceHe Bea Cat &Tarin Rice, Photo by Hart PhotosHe Bea Cat, a 4-year-old gelding trained and ridden by Tarin Rice, made a major and possibly decisive move toward capturing the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year title with a win at the Southern Cutting Futurity.

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My Lizzy Babe and Tim Smith’s 232 Dominates PCCHA Classic/Challenge Open

MyLizzyBabe TSmithMy Lizzy Babe and Tim Smith, as Derby Open Champions at the 2011 PCCHA Futurity - Photo by Midge AmesMy Lizzy Babe ended her limited-age cutting career even better than she started it – carrying career-long trainer Tim Smith of Temecula, Calif., to another big win during Sunday’s Classic/Challenge Open finals at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Borjon Auto Center Futurity in Paso Robles, Calif.