horses and guys

Cornbread Thinks: Welcome to Retail

In the car business, from time to time, an individual who had successfully climbed the ladder to a highly compensated level retired with a sizable piece of money. Some wanted to become dealers. Having worked with dealers for 20 years, they knew how stupid and inept dealers were, so this would be a piece of […]
Jimmy Bankston Cornbread

Cornbread Thinks: Keep the Money, Just Send Me to the Herd

There was a man showing at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity by the grace of God. He insisted I include that in his story. After hearing it — and only part of it — I must agree. Showing in the Amateur, we noticed him because of his chaps first. They were black bat wings […]
Kelsey Pecsek and QHN employees standing with Smooth As A Cat

Insights & Opinions: Futurity Magic

As I write this, I’m sitting at the Quarter Horse News (QHN) booth in Fort Worth, Texas, during a cattle change for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open semifinals. The buzz in the Best of the West trade show seems livelier tonight than it has been in years. I see smiling faces — […]
Baby looking at sale guide

In the Spotlight: Start ’em Young

At 5 months old, Aidan Marshall was plenty old enough to start picking out horses at Western Bloodstock’s NCHA Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale on July 21. He had his eyes on Dualin Metallic, a red roan yearling colt by Dual Smart Rey and out of Metallic Little Cat (by Metallic Cat) that sold for $12,000.

Cornbread Thinks: Ice Water

I’m writing this on June 27, and I happened to recall this is the day in 1922 that the American Library Association awarded the first Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book: “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

Cornbread Thinks: Vicissitudes

You are reading close to July 1 while I type close to June 1 about what happened in May. So, sometimes I just make stuff up. You should try and catch me by doing some of your own thinking and research. If I can get you to not trust me, then I am succeeding.

Cornbread Thinks: This & That

I was up till midnight on Easter, loading out from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. I did some after the finals Saturday, then I was back before daylight. I had a private sunrise service, and the sermon was excellent. Then it came to pass that Buttermilk picked me up at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC), took me to her people’s for Easter supper and brought me back to Will Rogers. It was good.

Cornbread Thinks: Eyes, Use ‘Em

It is the second day of the 4-Year-Old Open in the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. I’m sitting in the top row of Section H, one-third the distance from the judges’ stands to the back fence. “Flynnie” (Sean Flynn) is settling the cattle. Five assorted riders are holding them up, two riders on deck and the cow boxes are full.

Cornbread Thinks: Control

“Everything will be perfectly fine if this horse would do what I want.” Do you ever have that thought? Do you get frustrated when you can’t get your horse to do what you want? Does your frustration get telegraphed to your horse? Is it really about not being able to control everything your horse does? What does control mean to you? Think about that a minute, please.

Cornbread Thinks: Superfluous. Don’t Do That.

Two really good words: quality and Goldilocks. Quality is a description, a standard and a way. It’s hard to describe and even harder to learn. The successful programs are nothing but quality. They will accept nothing less. It will be in everything about them – from the stall latches to the broodmares, from the arena dirt to the wash rack.