Game Day Surprise and Sharee Schwartzenberger at the RAM Freestyle Invitational.
Sharee Schwartzenberger gave an Elton John-inspired winning performance. Photo by Performance Horse Photography

Game Day Surprise, Rider Get Wings, Take Flight — Finally — at RAM Invitational

After riding Game Day Surprise to finish in the “bridesmaid” position three times — 2014, 2015 and 2018 — Sharee Schwartzenberger of Longmont, Colorado, and the 2008 buckskin gelding took home top honors in 2020 at the RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining in Denver.  The pair scored a 226 to claim the championship and $6,750 in […]
Todd Drummond Memorial Award winner Cash Carpenter

Cash Carpenter Wins Todd Drummond Memorial Award

West Texan Cash Carpenter was the recipient of the Todd Drummond Memorial Award on NCHA Futurity Open finals Sunday last month. The Todd Drummond award is presented each year to a young cutter who demonstrates athletic and scholastic achievement outside the cutting pen. The 18-year-old from Silverton, Texas, has demonstrated ability both as team captain […]
Shiners Voodoo Dr, a new Equi-Stat $1 Million sire

Stallion Shiners Voodoo Dr Hits Equi-Stat $1 Million Milestone

As December turned to January, 2007 Shiners Voodoo Dr found himself among the newest stallions to achieve the rank of Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire in the year 2019. “He’s just a terrific horse,” said Mike Miola, owner of Silver Spurs Equine. “When I bought Xtra Quarter Horses, I was so lucky to be able to get […]
Ted Sokol receives the Zane Schulte Award.

Ted Sokol Wins Zane Schulte Award

As a youngster growing up in Connecticut in the 1960s, Ted Sokol had an encounter one week that impacted the direction of the rest of his life. Renowned horseman and champion roper Lanham Riley traveled from his home in Aledo, Texas, to conduct a roping clinic for young people such as Sokol, who made sure […]
Hilary Watson and Iridescent Cat.

Hilary Watson’s Legacy Larger Than Life Itself

Her life cut short by the scourge of our day, Hilary Watson’s legacy is as safe as houses. Watson, who died in November after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, was honored at the NCHA Futurity with the Mary Kingsbury Amateur Sportsmanship Award. Watson lived as an exemplar to the spirit of longtime NCHA Amateur […]
Once In Love and Traci Shehady.

Once In Love Shows Moxie on the Way to NCHA Unlimited Amateur Title

Traci Shehady’s home-raised and trained mare has been as certain at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum this week as an exclaimed “Amen” on Sundays. Once In Love, son of Once In A Blu Boon, and Shehady turned in a 217.5 to prevail in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Unlimited Amateur division finals on Friday. […]
Cinca De Metallica and Amelia Servin.

Australian, ‘Ice’ Queens of the NCHA Limited Non-Pro

When Australian native Amelia Servin decided to travel to Texas, purchase a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity prospect this year and show it herself, she had no idea that she’d return home with a championship title. “I’m pretty excited,” Servin said after her Futurity Limited Non-Pro finals victory aboard her recent purchase — a […]
Buster Welch with his statue

Officials Pull Curtain on Buster Welch Tribute in Fort Worth

National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) officials, dignitaries, fans and even a couple of Hollywood celebrities assembled inside Fort Worth’s brand-new Dickies Arena on Wednesday evening for the unveiling of a Kelly Graham-commissioned statue of a cutting horse icon. Those on hand to honor Buster Welch applauded enthusiastically as Graham and others pulled the curtain on […]