Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler

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 […]
Widows Freckles and Austin Shepard

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 […]
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 […]
Bama Jelly and Austin Shepard at the Eastern Nationals.

Austin Shepard Jammin’ in Jackson, Mississippi

If you’re a betting man, one logical choice to guide one or more horses to a championship title during this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi, would be Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Rider Austin Shepard.  The Summerdale, Alabama, trainer has won numerous Eastern Nationals titles through the years and this year […]