REFMagico JoLarson

REF Magico & Jordan Larson Top NRHA Futurity Open Composite

REFMagico JoLarsonREF Magico & Jordan LarsonSome of the world’s best riders battled it out in the final section of the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open go-rounds during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. The event runs through Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., with the NRHA Futurity Open finals featured on the closing day.

REFMagico JoLarson

REF Magico & Jordan Larson Hold The NRHA Futurity Open Go-Round Lead

REFMagico JoLarsonREF Magico & Jordan Larson • Photo by WaltenberryThe first go-round of the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open ended Sunday, Dec. 1, at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show, which continues through Dec. 7 in Oklahoma City. The high score of 222.5, marked Saturday by REF Magico (Big Chex To Cash x Skeets Genuine Miss x Skeets Peppy) and NRHA Professional Jordan Larson, held through more than 100 runs from Sunday’s section.

Horse Time

The holidays are upon us. And as much as I look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and the big futurities that define this time of year, there is one thing I could definitely do without, and that is the pace.

Our world already moves at a speed that is frighteningly fast. People are hurried and harried as they hustle and bustle to work and meetings and functions and lessons and games and whatever else fills the day. Recently, I was reading about the increase in the number of people who have been killed driving around cross arms and trying to beat a train across the tracks. Are we really too busy that we don’t have time to stop for a train? If so, I guess stopping to smell the roses is really out of the question. 

Cornbread Thinks: Who Started That Horse?

We are approaching the halfway mark on this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. If you have been here, you have seen a lot of horses work – outstanding ones, good ones and some embarrassingly bad. What everyone is looking for is the future, which is kind of why we call it the “Futurity.” Last month, I mentioned the 600 or so days a trainer has to get a horse ready for the Futurity. Not a minute is wasted or rushed. Everything is done just right, in order and in time. 

Pre-performance Routines and Rituals

By Anna Mitchell

If you have been following my articles, then you will know that I place a lot of emphasis on flexibility for peak performance. I have stressed the importance of being able to adapt to changing circumstances and “roll with the punches” during a performance because rarely does everything go according to plan. So how does a pre-performance routine fit into this approach? Is that not an oxymoron?

NCHA World Finals Starts Friday

smoothasazeeMary Jo Milner and Smooth As A Zee • Photo by Forrest PhotographyMary Jo Milner begins her quest for an eighth National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro World Championship and three horses will vie for the 2013 Open title as the NCHA World Finals start Friday night in Fort Worth, Texas.


Judge Grants A Stay of Clone Registrations Pending Appeal

aqha-museumAn Amarillo federal judge on Tuesday granted a legal motion by the American Quarter Horse Association to halt horse cloning registration requirements until a higher court rules on its appeal. U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson granted the motion in an order that also required the association to continue developing rules to register cloned quarter horses and their offspring.

ShinersChic AFappani

Impressive Lineup Set For The NRHA World Championship Shootout

ShinersChic AFappani2012 Shootout Co-Champions Shiners Chic & Andrea Fappani • Photo by WaltenberryOn Nov. 28, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, one of the most highly anticipated events each year for reiners and reining fans, begins in Oklahoma City. Among the world-class events to take place this year is the NRHA Open World Championship Shootout. The $75,000-added class, to be held Thursday, Dec. 5, will play a major role in determining the 2013 NRHA Open World Champions. The preliminary entry list from the NRHA is chock full of strong and serious contenders.