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Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard scored a sharp win in the 2021 Breeder's Invitational Classic/Challenge. • Photo by S. Sylvester Photography.

Bama Jelly & Austin Shepard Strike at Breeder’s Invitational

A talented field of horses came to play in the Breeder's Invitational Classic/Challenge Open, with 25 making it back to the finals.
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Sam Shepard: “A Real Gentleman & A Real Man”

The late Sam Shepard won more than $2.6 million during his 50-some-year cutting career, but while his friends immediately note he was a great horseman, the things they admired most about him had nothing to do with horses.
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Saying Goodbye to Widows Freckles, a family’s ‘Dream Horse’

Top cutting competitor and sire Widows Freckles has died, those closest to the stallion announced on Tuesday afternoon. The sorrel stallion was 26. “We received the news this morning that our boy Widows Freckles, or as his family knew him, ‘Obi,’ was laid to rest,” Lauren Middleton said through a social media platform. “It is […]
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HIGH BROW CD: A Son of the Legend

In 2007, we saw one of the most outstanding runs to ever win the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship. It was accurate, intense and filled with cow expression. It was also the run the crowd wanted to win. The following year, High Brow CD’s winning run was what people measured all other […]
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Austin Shepard Climbs to $8 Million Rider Status

Thanks especially to his success over the last two years, including the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Open Championship, 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Championship, 2017 NCHA Open World Championship and 2018 Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Championship, Austin Shepard has risen to Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Rider status merely a year-and-a-half after reaching […]
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Cade Shepard and Chexy Louella Take Eastern Nationals Non-Pro Title

The first go-round of the Eastern Nationals Non-Pro started at 8 a.m., with three sections of competitors dueling it out to return to the arena for the finals held later in the day in Jackson, Mississippi. When the dust settled, a single set of 17 competitors were slated to compete for a chance at the title. […]
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Shepard Sweeps Open Finals at NCHA Eastern Nationals

With his first of three horses slated to compete in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi, Austin Shepard drew second amidst a field of 17 horse-and-rider teams. Riding to the herd aboard the Center Ranch-owned Woody Be Tuff stallion CR Dualin Tuff, Shepard marked a 219, which […]
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Bama Jelly And Austin Shepard take Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 4-Year-Old Open

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity saw 30 competitors ride through the herd in the 4-Year-Old Open finals in Ardmore, Oklahoma. When the dust settled, Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard were the champions by a half-point over Reserve Champions Sugrspiznevrthingniz and Matt Gaines.  With a 222.5, the stallion, out of Wood She Be Neat (by Nitas Wood), […]