Halfway through the year, Amanda Smith gave up on going to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals in Fort Worth. Good thing somebody talked her back into it, because she left the show a champion.
Hesa Belle Cat and Mike Wood won the $5,000 Novice World Finals Show Championship, giving the Arizona trainer his fifth win in a row in the class.
Cat Sheree was given to Elizabeth Quirk as a gift. The mare has been a blessing ever since for the Louisiana cutter.
Some horses are just born special. Brenda Armstrong knew that PG Heavily Armed – the 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Finals Show Champion – was a standout from the very start.
For the second year in a row, Little Jackson Cat won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) $25,000 Novice World Finals Show Championship. This time, she and trainer Mike Wood did one better and also won the year-end World Championship.
Michelle Lemaster and Mootalic Cat entered the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals with an insurmountable $34,567 lead over the next-closest pursuer. But, they weren’t done winning yet.
Tears filled Tulsa Beck’s eyes after she finished her run in the second round of the $2,000 Limit/Rider World Finals. After two round-topping rides aboard a horse called Jet, the rider from Arizona, was the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals Show Champion.
Sometimes it’s better when things don’t go as planned.
The Augusta Futurity is known for its Southern hospitality, but organizers are kicking it up a notch for the show’s 40th anniversary in 2019. The $219,000-added show, slated for Jan. 12-19 in Augusta, Georgia, will feature The 40 – a new $40,000-added any-age cutting.
It’s only fitting that Bill Cowan and Catty Hawk each hit the $1 million mark this summer. The Oklahoma rancher, who owns the stallion with his wife, Michelle, has spent several years supporting the stud career of a horse they now consider part of the family.