Autumn Acre Passes Away

autumnacreAutumn Acre and Phil RappAutumn Acre, an 11-year-old stallion who earned $365,436 as a cutter and sired several money-earners from his first few crops, passed away on Sept. 23 in Weatherford, Texas. Autumn Acre was humanely euthanized due to injuries suffered during an accident during his daily exercise routine, said cutting trainer Phil Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas.


New Educational Videos Available at

merialscreenshotEducational videos are available at rethinkdeworming.comWhen it comes to deworming horses, the message has been confusing. After all, for more than four decades, horse owners heard the same one: rotate. But now, rotating is old news. What’s the new message? Be strategic about your deworming.


Strawn Valley Ranch Absolute Dispersal

smartnmetallicStrawn Valley Ranch owners Don and Marty Horton, Jeffrey Neidhart, buyer of Smart N Metallic, trainer Phil Rapp and his assistant, Turner WestCompetitive bidding and strong prices for well-bred 2-year-olds and yearlings were hallmarks of Don Horton's Strawn Valley Ranch Dispersal on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Tex. Produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., the sale featured offspring of The Smart Look, the No. 1 living producer of NCHA money earners, including 17 sons and daughters of her sons and daughters.


Wagonhound Land & Livestock Production Sale

wagonhoundsaleWagonhound Land & Livestock’s first production sale was held the first weekend of September at the ranch located along the Laramie Range in Douglas, Wyo. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the beautiful weather and superior horses.


Two Non-Pros Share NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Lead

JaysonFisherJayson Fisher, pictured with Catjumpoverspoon 10 after winning the 2013 NSHA Futurity Non-ProTwo out of three events are now complete for Non-Pro competitors at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev. A pair of California horsemen are tied for first place in the Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro composite with identical 430 scores.

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What I’ve Learned From Horses

Horses are great animals for many reasons, but if you think about it, they are excellent teaching tools for people. Now I have as much appreciation for horses as anyone, but I am convinced they are not the smartest animals on the planet. They do, however, have great memories. This is one of the main reasons they are such teachable/trainable animals. 


Tish Wilhite & Bless Your Hart Lead NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro

tishwilhiteTish WilhiteThe first test of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity is over for all the 3-year-old horses in Reno, Nev., as the herd work preliminaries concluded in the Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro, Novice Non-Pro, Amateur, Non-Pro Limited and Level 1 Limited Open divisions.

NFL Star Works To Overcome A Fear Of Horses

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is among the top young athletes in the NFL. The 24-year-old has been named to two Pro Bowls so far in his career and has helped the Chiefs begin their current season at 3-0. Despite being a talented, confident player, there is one thing Berry does fear – horses. That […]

Todd Bergen — “Framework of Performance”

ToddBergenVideoCoverIn this 4.5 hour video series, Todd Bergen explains the fundamentals behind the training program that has made him the #1 All Time Leading Rider of reining, working cowhorse, and cutting horses. Using a combination of detailed drill sequences and explanations, Todd discusses the mechanics of body control as they relate to performance horse maneuvers and overall efficiency.