Smart Spook reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 13th Two Million Dollar Sire. Helping him reach this milestone was his son Colonels Smart Spook, owned by Sally Amabile and shown by NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson. Colonels Smart Spook won the World Championship Shootout held during the NRHA Futurity.
Last month I addressed the sales model of the show/performance industry and how lowering the standard commission would help producers and encourage growth. That’s one step. But there are many more steps we need to take along the way, as we continue along a road where we are constantly sideswiped by the marketplace’s shrinking base.
Economically and demographically, we’re not where we were 10 years ago. And yet our business model is still chugging ahead as though it’s a decade back.
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By Anna Mitchell
What better time to take a step back and regain control of your life than right now? We are moving into the start of a new year. This is a great time to put last year's regrets and disappointments behind you and grab the New Year by the horns. But wait ... Before you dive off into a brand-new year, you need to take a moment to review last year. We need to go back before we go forward to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosts the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) each year during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The championships are for NRHA members and horses that have qualified through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals. Each finals sends its eight highest-placing riders, plus ties, to the Adequan NAAC to compete for North American bragging rights.
The reining world is accustomed to seeing milestones shattered during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC). This year’s event proved no different with an NRHA first going into the record books: Arcese Quarter Horses USA became NRHA’s first Two Million Dollar Owner. The operation, based in Weatherford, Texas, officially has $2,007,400 in earnings.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, known as one of the world’s richest equine events, wrapped up the 2013 show on Sat., Dec. 14, sending hundreds home with hefty rewards in titles, cash and prizes. Clay Johnson of Stephenville, Texas, took home the prestigious Open Championship title worth $200,000 when he rode Dual Smart Kitty to a 224.5 for owners Rusty and Shelley Simpson, Nemo, Texas.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity will take to the airwaves on rural America’s most important network, RFD-TV, Dec. 21 and 23. The $4 million competition for 3-year-old cutting horses will be made available to more than 61 million households across the United States.
National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. Norris laughed when first approached for an interview and said, “Y’all forgive me if I don’t remember everything about my run – that was 34 horses ago.”Kayla Norris of Hattiesburg, Miss., and CD Kual Gun set the bar high with a 219 as the first team to work in the Unlimited Amateur finals at the