JR Marshall rode Playboy Powder to his first-ever NRCHA premier event title when they won the 2020 Derby Level 1 Limited Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Big Fence Run Vaults J.R. Marshall & Playboy Powder to NRCHA Derby Level 1 Limited Open

Life with horses has been interesting for J.R. Marshall. It started with riding in West Virginia under the tutelage of his father, took him to the backstretch of Thoroughbred racetracks and even to the backs of jumping horses in Germany. Now, it's in the winner's circle at the NRCHA Derby.
Arizona wildfire from Pedro Baiao's ranch

Friends Ride to the Rescue of Pedro Baiao’s Reining Horses

In the midst of seemingly incessant bad news came this uplifting story from Cave Creek in Arizona. In late May, a wild fire raced across the desert and encroached on the stalls of reiner Pedro Baiao, who was feeling helpless as he tried to figure out how to rescue some 30 horses. “When we heard […]

Shelby Walker Wins Derby Non-Pro Limited with SJR Katmandoo

Newly minted high school graduate Shelby Miller had a choice: Leave on time for the NRCHA Derby or stay home an extra day and drive through her high school parking lot in a socially distant graduation ceremony. The choice was not difficult for the cow horse rider.

From the Archives: Colonel Freckles

A stocky, dark sorrel, Colonel Freckles was a stallion whose athletic prowess in the cutting pen was only overshadowed by his offspring’s abilities in several Western performance disciplines. He passed away at the age of 13, but his genetics remain in the blood of horses that still step into the cutting, reining and reined cow […]

Holy Cow: Sanctus, Rodrigo Taboga as Hot as Oklahoma

Sanctus is a Latin word for “holy.” Sanctus the horse, a 2016 sorrel stallion and son of High Brow Cat, is becoming synonymous with “derby winner.” The 4-year-old backed up his derby triumph at The Cattlemen’s in March — seems ages ago now with all that’s happened since then — by winning the 4 Year […]

NRHA Derby Health Protocols

In light of the world pandemic, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby has instated special guidelines to keep competitors protected, which includes social distancing. The NRHA Derby will be closed to the general public, and the front entrance to the Jim Norick Arena will be locked at all times. Participants, family, and industry insiders […]