Conquistador Whiz and Duane Latimer.
Conquistador Whiz was a third generation NRHA Million Dollar Sire. Photo by J Bar D Studios Inc.

NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz Dies

The head of Silver Spurs Equine confirmed on Tuesday the passing of Conquistador Whiz, a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Two Million Dollar Sire. Conquistador Whiz was humanely euthanized following complications from laminitis, owner Mike Miola said from Scottsdale, Arizona. The stallion was 25. Ruf Conqueror, a 2004 stallion and “Conquistador’s” son, was euthanized only […]
Craig Schmersal and Cade McCutcheon

Run For A Million Success Hasn’t Changed Life For Co-Winners

Count Craig Schmersal and Cade McCutcheon among those who have witnessed firsthand the power of the television set. “We get recognized quite often,” Schmersal said Saturday of he and his wife, Ginger, at the Southwest Reining Horse Association’s Billingsley Ford Futurity. “In the grocery store and here and there, the airplane. So that’s a little […]
Candy Man and Salvador Cabral

Sweet Somethings: Candy Man, Cabral Win Big Down South

Candy Man and Salvador Cabral swept the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity Open finals in Jackson, Mississippi, with a 224 that also earned them the Stallion Incentive Open championship. Candy Man and Cabral had traveled to the Southern Futurity from California, where they won the Futurity Intermediate Open Championship for Candy Man’s breeder and owner Billy […]
Group photo of Team Schmersal and Shining On Ruf.

Shining On Ruf Makes His Case For NRHA Futurity Inclusion

To use a high school football analogy, Shining On Ruf moved into the boundaries of his new school a month before the first day of class and, as a result, had very little time to make an impression on the coach in hopes of cracking the starting lineup. Shining On Ruf, however, might well have […]
Mandy McCutcheon at the SWRHA Futurity.

Coronas At Nite Aces Non-Pro Test At SWRHA Futurity

You can ask Mandy McCutcheon about the upcoming National Reining Horse Association Futurity next month in Oklahoma City, but don’t expect a straight answer. To speak freely about her horses’ prospects merely invites the not-so-welcome spirits, she believes. McCutcheon might not exactly be into the supernatural, but she doesn’t take any chances. “I’m a little […]
CR Tuff Boorey and Dustin Gonnet.

Rider Delivers Not Once But Twice At Calgary Stampede

Dustin Gonnet had double reason to celebrate at this year’s Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity Oct. 16-20. Gonnet, of Cayley, Alberta, rode CR Tuff Boorey to win the Futurity Open finals with a 219.5 score. Then he hopped aboard Smooth And Peppy to win the Derby Open Championship title.  Amanda Digness of Millet, Alberta, rode […]
Jared Jones and PRF Peptos Smart Cat.

‘Special’ PRF Peptos Smart Cat Pulls Snaffle Bit Double Duty

As Here Comes The Boon was working his way to the pinnacle of achievement at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity® last week, another red roan stallion was also generating his share of intrigue. PRF Peptos Smart Cat was working his tail off in both Non-Pro and Open divisions and doing it well. “Not very […]