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Frankly Speaking: Path of Change!

For some of you who care as deeply as I do for our horse and the industry that surrounds him, you look forward to learning about what positive changes may occur in this business. Some of you have made the effort to be proactive. You filed your thoughts and ideas in the form of rule […]
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Shine Plum Shine Sparkles at Cactus Reining Classic

Andrea Fappani, an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider and 2018 Equi-Stat Reining Open Rider of the Year, added a sixth Cactus Reining Classic Derby Open title to his collection as he rode Shine Plum Shine to victory in the Derby Level 4 Open at the Scottsdale, Arizona show. The 5-year-old gelding (Shine Chic Shine x Plum Reyning […]
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Mandy McCutcheon Slides to Cactus Reining Classic Non-Pro Title

At the Cactus Reining Classic, held March 20-24 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mandy McCutcheon felt blessed to win the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro Championship on Me And Julio (PT), a 5-year-old Paint gelding owned by McCutcheon and her husband, Tom. It was the second Cactus Reining Classic Derby title McCutcheon had won at the event. In […]
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Horse Econ 101

Let me tell you something you already know. Horses. Are. EXPENSIVE! Yep, I said it. Wow, is this game expensive! The path with horses is not in a straight line. It is not an accounting measure of adding up expenses and that equates a value. Horses are a game of doing everything you can to […]
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Metallic Cat Continues To Climb Sire Ranks

Metallic Cat became an Equi-Stat Elite $20 Million Sire last year. About seven months later, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion has already hit another major milestone in the breeding shed.
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Lil Lena Long Legs Powers To $1 Million Status

In 2008, Michelle Cannon was looking for high-caliber mares to breed to her promising young stallion, Shiners Nickle, when she heard about Lil Lena Long Legs.  She fell in love with the daughter of Smart Little Lena as soon as she saw her at that year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales.