Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler
Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler during her days as a performer. Photo by Teresa Jett

Tuffs Junie — Mother of Junie Wood, Woody Be Tuff — Dies

The Western performance horse world has lost another of its great performers and producers.  Tuffs Junie, a 31-year-old mare bred by Boyd Summerhays of Sandy, Utah, and owned by Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, was humanely euthanized on Thursday. Crumpler, who purchased “Junie” as a 4-year-old from her breeder, said: “She was the sweetest, best […]
Joe Heim and Docs Okie Quixote at the 1984 Super Stakes

Docs Okie Quixote a Superfly Gent if there ever was one

If anybody had any doubts about Docs Okie Quixote, the National Cutting Horse Futurity Association Futurity champion only months earlier, those were all erased when he followed it up with a convincing triumph at the Super Stakes in 1984. And if that weren’t enough, he won the Derby later in the year to become the […]
aqha-building

AQHA Announces 2020-2021 Executive Committee

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Convention, the AQHA Executive Committee has filled the vacancy on the Executive Committee per AQHA Bylaw Article IV Section 3. In appointing a person to fill such vacancy, the Executive Committee requested the recommendation of the AQHA past presidents who normally recommend […]

American Horse Council Develops COVID-19 Resource Center

The American Horse Council has developed a COVID-19 Resource Center on its website to address human health, horse health and business health as part of its response to the hardships and challenges created by the pandemic. The center contains articles, news, and, soon, officials expect, YouTube videos and other content, to help horse owners, equine […]
This Isa Stray Cat and Ron Malone

Ron Malone was an Attorney by Day, Cowboy Forever

In the archives of Ron Malone’s most excellent adventure called life is a treatise authored for the Santa Clara Law Review by a young up-and-comer with 40 years of lawyering in front of him. “Obscenity: The Pig in the Parlor” is laden with the lawyer speak typical of such a scholarly appraisal of First Amendment […]
Kandace Stone and Laneys Gotta Player.

Kandace Stone, “Super Spike” strike $50k Amateur Gold at Eastern Nationals

Kandace Stone has competed at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals four or five times and had placed at the show, but this year marked her first time to win a championship. The Dublin, Texas, resident rode Laneys Gotta Player (Lizzys Gotta Player x Catalaney x High Brow Cat), a 7-year-old gelding bred […]
Missy Jean Etheridge and Cutting Commander

Cutting Commander,Missy Jean Etheridge in Control at Eastern Nationals

Cutting Commander, whose Equi-Stat lifetime cutting earnings officially surpassed the $100,000 mark last summer, added $4,896 to her show record following her Non-Pro win at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi. Missy Jean Etheridge and Cutting Commander (Third Cutting x Olena Peppy Command x Miss N Command), a 7-year-old mare bred […]
Andrea Fappani and Shine Plum Shine with a stop.

Organizers Call Off the Cactus Reining Classic

Officials with the Cactus Reining Classic announced Sunday morning that this year’s event, set to begin this week, has been called off because of continued and growing concerns with the national health emergency, COVID-19. Organizers of the Scottsdale, Arizona, event made the call a day after the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) recommended from its […]
Luke Brown and Joseph Harrison.

16-Year-Old Bred to be a Cutter Instead a Prized Roper

He was after all bred by leading cutting breeders and owners Phil and Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, so when Main Street Boon was born in 2004, he seemed destined to become a champion cutting horse — just like his sire and dam. Instead, though, Main Street Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Playboys Ruby x Freckles […]

B.W. Pickett, Leader in Equine Reproduction, Dies at 89

B.W. Pickett, one of the nation’s pioneers in equine reproductive science, died on Feb. 27 in Fort Collins, Colorado, at age 89. Lung cancer was the cause, according to his notice of death, which described him as a scientist, philosopher, poet, cowboy and a world-class storyteller. A planned memorial at the eponymous B. W. Pickett […]