Blackish and Lloyd Cox

Blackish and Julie Jarma on the Move at The Non-Pro

Julie Jarma is a brand-new resident of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and this week gave herself a nice housewarming gift in the form of a non-pro championship. Jarma and Blackish vanquished all comers in the 5/6 Year Old Non-Pro class at The Non-Pro plus The Open at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, not far from home, with a […]

Holy Cow: Sanctus, Rodrigo Taboga as Hot as Oklahoma

Sanctus is a Latin word for “holy.” Sanctus the horse, a 2016 sorrel stallion and son of High Brow Cat, is becoming synonymous with “derby winner.” The 4-year-old backed up his derby triumph at The Cattlemen’s in March — seems ages ago now with all that’s happened since then — by winning the 4 Year […]
Lil Patron and Indy Roper

Lil Patron, Indy Roper the Boss at Mother’s Day Slide

Indiana reiner Indy Roper may not have been prepared for Arizona’s extremely hot temperatures during the belated Arizona Reining Horse Association Mother’s Day Slide, but luckily her two Derby horses, who are full-time residents at trainer Marco Ricotta’s Scottsdale facility, were fully acclimated. Roper’s first trip into the show pen was aboard Spooks Show Time […]
Jimmy van der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum

NRHA Derby Entries Close 20% Higher Over 2019 Show

In months-long stretch mostly full of not-so-good news, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) had a piece of great news to share on Thursday morning. Entries for the NRHA Derby Open division are up almost 20% and the Non-Pro is up “substantially,” said Cheryl Cody, a member of the event management team. The Open division […]
Starjac Vintage and Craig Schmersal on a stop

Sliding Back to the Show Pen in Belated Mother’s Day

Following months of quarantine, reiners were more than ready to get back in the show pen when they arrived at the Arizona Reining Horse Association’s Mother’s Day Slide May 28-31 at the Westworld of Scottsdale.  Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Craig Schmersal said he had been feeling a lot of pent-up energy and was raring […]
Horse grazing

Health Matters: Hidden Opportunities in the Current Times

A month ago, I could not have imagined the topic of this article. My inclination is to write about equine diseases that affect people in the horse industry, not the other way around. But, here we find ourselves dealing with a human health crisis that has had a profound effect within the horse industry. It […]