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In the rundown, a free-running, relaxed horse makes a pretty picture for judges to watch as the horse goes into a dirt-slinging stop.

Wide Open to Whoa: Perfecting the Rundown and Stop Maneuver

Ruben Vandorp builds horse and rider confidence in the rundown and stop maneuver through simple, consistent exercises. The rundown is one of two things to riders: a blast-off into a fantastic stop or the most nerve-wracking portion of a reining run that leads to an uncertain slide. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, […]
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Meet the Candidates

Election Day is fast approaching! Learn more about the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) chosen candidates for vice president this year, as well as their opinions on important issues affecting cutting today.
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Give ‘Em the Boot: Leg Protection

Choosing the correct combo of leg protection can mean the difference between a successful career and an early retirement. Whether you’re new to the horse industry or have been involved for many years, leg protection can be a confusing topic. There are many opinions on the subject, and sometimes it can be hard to separate […]
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Cushing’s Top Choices

A $2 million reined cow horse rider, Corey Cushing commented on some of his favorite horses that have carried him to the pay window throughout his career. He’s a two-time National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open champion and a winner of the World’s Greatest Horseman. Now, Corey Cushing has become one […]
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Fire & Ice: Cool N Hot Claims Open Horse of The Year

The headlines from the major National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)-sanctioned shows across the country contained a myriad of the hottest competitors, but in the Open division, the names of Cool N Hot and Hashtags became synonymous with success. As the NCHA tallied points throughout the season after each stallion marked high score after high score, […]

A Pistol for Callie

A Little Bossy retired from the show pen in 2016 with $405,985 in earnings after carrying R.L. Chartier to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship. His last moment in the limelight was his induction into the NCHA Hall of Fame, and then he went to live with owners Gary and Karen Fields, who […]
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Taking After Dad

PhillipRapps RonRallsRon (right) said Phillip (left) is the better rider, while the son credits his dad with teaching him family values and a strong work ethic. • Photo courtesy of the Ralls familyOn a farm on California’s central coast, a 3-year-old boy sits in the corner of an arena playing in the sand while his father works a horse on the other end. The scene was a familiar one for the Ralls family, as Phillip grew up watching his dad, Ron, train reined cow horses and compete in National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) events.

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Breeding To Win

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“How can we explain that one of two Thoroughbreds, birth brothers, offspring of the same parents, may turn out a chestnut and a great galloper, and the other, a bay with no special talent? For me, that was Hamlet’s dilemma.”

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Straight Talk with Forrest Lucas: Protecting A Passion

protect-the-harvestThrough the lobbying organization Protect The Harvest, Forrest Lucas hopes to save the agricultural industry from the growing threat of the radical animal rights movement.

If you’ve attended or watched a major Western performance horse event in the last few years, you’ve probably heard of Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest. Both have been big sponsors of major events such as the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, National Reining Horse Association Futurity, National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, High Roller Reining Classic and more.