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NCHA Futurity Open Champions Metallic Rey Mink & Gary Bellenfant • Photo by Kristin Pitzer

Metallic Rey Mink and Bellenfant Mark Big 226 to Win NCHA Futurity Open

The 2019 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open finals was nothing short of entertaining, keeping the audience cheering until the very end. Twenty horses and riders made it back to the finals, held Dec. 15 in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. From the first draw, Twice In Santiago and Adan Banuelos […]
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 […]
Ricky N Reyd Streaks and Rieta Dufurrena at the AQHA World Show.

“Moss,” Rieta Dufurrena Ride Off as AQHA Winners

Ricky N Reyd Streaks and Rieta Dufurrena, the winners of the Amateur Cutting Level 3 finals, did double-duty in order to claim victory at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. Dufurrena of Gainesville, Texas, and the 6-year-old gelding (Dual Rey x GS Kittys Littlelena x Smart Little Lena), bred by […]

American Horse Council Tax Handbook Available in December

The American Horse Council (AHC) will soon roll out the 2019 edition of the AHC Tax Handbook, an important reference book for informing members of the horse industry about major changes brought about by landmark tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) of 2017.  This statute rewrote key provisions of the U.S. […]
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Cowy Bet Shes Smooth, Lindy Burch AQHA Level 3 Cutting Champs

Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Lindy Burch and her mare Bet Shes Smooth took control in the Senior Cutting Level 3 finals — scoring a 219.5 to win the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.  Burch said she was happy to draw early, fourth, in the finals. “In the preliminary go-round, I was last […]

Rockin KW Lights A Fire In OKC

Rockin KW and California trainer Dylan Meyer were rockin’ at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. They scored a 225.5 to move to the No. 1 position in the Junior Cutting Level 3 finals on Sunday evening.  On Monday morning, the 5-year-old mare, bred by Circle Y Ranch and owned […]
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NCHA Futurity Champ One Smart Lookin Cat Passes After Peaceful Retirement

After leading a quiet life of leisure, 2003 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion One Smart Lookin Cat passed away on Oct. 22 in his pasture alongside his equine friend of more than a decade. His death resulted from the infirmities of old age, said Craig Morris, his trainer. “That horse is one of […]
Candy Man and Salvador Cabral

Sweet Somethings: Candy Man, Cabral Win Big Down South

Candy Man and Salvador Cabral swept the Southern Cutting Horse Futurity Open finals in Jackson, Mississippi, with a 224 that also earned them the Stallion Incentive Open championship. Candy Man and Cabral had traveled to the Southern Futurity from California, where they won the Futurity Intermediate Open Championship for Candy Man’s breeder and owner Billy […]
CR Tuff Boorey and Dustin Gonnet.

Rider Delivers Not Once But Twice At Calgary Stampede

Dustin Gonnet had double reason to celebrate at this year’s Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity Oct. 16-20. Gonnet, of Cayley, Alberta, rode CR Tuff Boorey to win the Futurity Open finals with a 219.5 score. Then he hopped aboard Smooth And Peppy to win the Derby Open Championship title.  Amanda Digness of Millet, Alberta, rode […]