Adan Banuelos and Armani Blue at the El Rancho Futurity.
Armani Blue and Adan Banuelos master a futurity field for a second time at the El Rancho Futurity. Photo by Video West Productions

El Rancho: Armani Blue, Adan Banuelos Go Two-Steppin’

Armani Blue and Adan Banuelos added a second futurity victory to their show record, winning the Futurity Open Championship at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) El Rancho Futurity and Foothill Fiesta with a 225 finals score at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, California.  At the end of August, Banuelos rode the blue […]
Gina Maria Schumacher and Alittlewhitetrash at the High Roller Classic in Las Vegas.

Schumacher, Alittlewhitetrash Find That Sweet Spot In Vegas

Rest assured that whatever else Gina Maria Schumacher packed for the 5,600 mile trip to Las Vegas, she didn’t forget the cookies. “Rudy gets his cookies and cuddles that he always does even when he doesn’t win,” said Schumacher. Make no mistake that Rudy, who performs in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) under the […]
Ann Fonck and Gunners Specialolena at the Americana 2019.

Americana 2019 Wrapup: Belgian Tops NRHA Field

Ann Fonck, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Rider from Belgium, had a good weekend.  Fonck and Gunners Specialolena (Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena x Spat Olena), a 5-year-old mare bred by Luigi Parise and owned by Diego Dalla Gassa, captured the $44,000-added NRHA Bronze Trophy Open at the Americana 2019 […]
Luca Fappani and Itsinthegenes at the High Roller Classic in Las Vegas.

Itsallinthegenes Earning Silver Spurs Under Team Fappani

You will hear from time to time of those unique athletes who have that abstract, yet highly invaluable, intangible characteristic of it.  It is difficult to describe, but essentially it is that inherent trait, look and manner that instills confidence and energizes all around him — or her — and which enables performers to peak at just that […]
A Star Is Borne and Michael Cooper at the Cotton Stakes.

Final: A Star Is Borne Solves Futurity Mare’s Nest At Cotton Stakes

A Star Is Borne and Michael Cooper, a cowboy from Bucyrus, Kansas, rode away with the $10,100 grand prize in the Futurity Open of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Cotton Stakes on Thursday in West Monroe, Louisiana. A Star Is Borne, a mare, is by Boon Too Suen and out of Holly Is Smooth […]
Maurizio Battista Sandei and Iminent Cat at Americana 2019.

Americana: Cutter Iminent Cat closes deal in Non Pro

Iminent Cat, with Italian Maurizio Battista Sandei on the reins, bested 11 finalists to win the $6,822-added Non Pro division with a 150 at the European Championship Cutting portion of the Americana in Augsburg, Germany. Iminent Cat is a 7-year-old gelding by Metallic Cat and out of Peekaboon (by Freckles Playboy). He was bred by […]
Adan Banuelos astride Armani Blue at the Idaho Futurity.

Adan Banuelos Rides Away With Two Titles In Idaho

Adan Banuelos had two good reasons to celebrate at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) Futurity in Nampa after riding Armani Blue to victory in the Futurity Open finals and Badboonarising to the 4-Year-Old Open winner’s circle. Also claiming two aged-event championships at the Ford Idaho Horse Park was Elizabeth Quirk, who rode Dressedin Smartstyle […]
Shona Dufurrena and Ricky N Reyd at the AQHA Adequan® Select World Championship Show.

AQHA Select Show Winners Have Right Ingredients

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Adequan® Select World Championship Show, the world’s largest, single-breed world championship horse show open exclusively to amateur exhibitors age 50 and over, kicked off Monday and will conclude Saturday. This is the first year for the Select World Show to have been held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center […]
NRHA board of directors meeting.

NRHA Executive Committee, Board Approve Eligibility Policy

In the aftermath of the highly successful The Run for a Million and the Million Dollar Invitational, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors met in Las Vegas to discuss topics surrounding the goal of growing reining worldwide. One highlight was the unanimous approval of the 2020 NRHA Worldwide Eligibility […]
Rob Georg and Primetime Shorty competing.

Cutter’s Ode To “Soul Mate” Striking A Chord

As he did with the death of a close friend, cutter and songwriter Rob Georg found solace in his grief over the passing of his beloved horse in the words of a ballad. “On a cold February Sunday, I found my good, ol’ Shorty dead on his paddock,” said Georg in an email written from […]