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Mason Mefford & Smart Lookin Ruby • Photo by Dawn Baxstrom

Amateurs Shine on Final Day of Abilene Spectacular

At the Abilene Spectacular on Jan. 10, Mason Mefford and Smart Lookin Ruby walked into the first class of the day, the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur, and marked a 213.5. After the 15th and final rider of the class exited the arena, Mefford was named the Champion. But the day’s success didn’t end there. Later that […]
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Non-Pros Win Big at Abilene Spectacular

The Abilene Spectacular Derby Non-Pro ended in a non-working finals, which took place Jan. 8-9 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas. When it was all said and done, Jaylee Hall and One Time Legend, bred by Cowan Select Horses, rose to the top with their composite score of 435. They took home […]
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Metallic Cat Again Tops Abilene Spectacular as No. 1 Sire

After performances by his offspring caused Metallic Cat to lead the 2017 Abilene Spectacular as the No. 1 sire, the 2005 red roan stallion hit the mark again at the 2018 edition of the show. Twenty-eight of his offspring garnered $154,934 while in Abilene this year, nearly $50,000 more than No. 2 sire High Brow […]

Flynn Has Smooth Finish at Abilene Spectacular

Ashley Flynn and LHR Smooth James Rey drew last in the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Taylor County Expo Center. The cattle were fractious, and that position in the draw is notoriously not the best for handling angsty cows. Still, Flynn and her gelding powered through and marked a […]

Cooper and Zen And Tonic Continue Good Karma at Abilene Spectacular

At the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Lance Cooper rode his new horse, Zen And Tonic, to the Limited Non-Pro Co-Championship. They rolled that success over into 2018, winning the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship with a 222 – the same score they marked at the Futurity. It was a great birthday gift […]

From White Line to Winner

After the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Bridey Greeson pulled TC Heiress’ left front shoe off and discovered the mare had white line disease. After having 80 percent of her hoof removed, TC Heiress sat in a stall recovering until September of 2016. After making a full recovery, she carried Boyd Rice to […]

4-Year-Olds Shine at First Show of the Year

When Mike Kemna purchased DBL Smart after the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity from one of Lloyd Cox’s customers, he was drawn to the mare for a couple of reasons. Even though she and her previous owner did not get past the Unlimited Amateur semifinals, he liked the way she looked on a […]

Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open Ends in Co-Championship

The Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open finals were packed with big names and even bigger talent the morning of Saturday, Jan. 6. Horses like 2016 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Second Spot, 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Hashtags, 2017 Amateur Horse of the Year Two Time Dual and 2016 NCHA Super Stakes […]