Hott Rod and Corey Cushing at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions
Hott Rod and Corey Cushing delivered a 668 in the finals to become Open Derby World Champs. (Photo by Primo Morales)

Hott Rod Gets the Job Done for Corey Cushing in Usual Otherworldly Effort

Corey Cushing and Hott Rod paid tribute, per se, to the 5-year-old stallion’s Equi-Stat Elite $3 million sire Hottish, who died earlier this month, by winning the 2020 Tres Osos Derby Open championship on Monday. Hott Rod (out of Sugars Smart Kitty by High Brow Cat) and Cushing displayed true consistency throughout the competition — winning […]

LooksLikeLuckToMe, Lannie-Jo Lisac Find Good Fortune at NRCHA CoC

In what turned out to be a long day that put at risk both curfews and bedtimes, what would you expect of a 16-year-old waiting to compete on this type of stage? “I was so nervous,” said Lannie-Jo Lisac, a high school sophomore from Pueblo, Colorado. “I knew there were so many good horses and […]
North Central Texas College horseman works with a horse.

Texas College Takes Top Honors at Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge

North Central Texas College earned prestige as the top ranch horse team in the Road to the Horse Collegiate Colt Starting Challenge during two banner days of spectacular horsemanship at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 5-6. North Central Texas College, located in Gainesville, Texas, edged Texas Tech and West Texas A&M […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jared Jones and PRF Peptos Smart Cat.

‘Special’ PRF Peptos Smart Cat Pulls Snaffle Bit Double Duty

As Here Comes The Boon was working his way to the pinnacle of achievement at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity® last week, another red roan stallion was also generating his share of intrigue. PRF Peptos Smart Cat was working his tail off in both Non-Pro and Open divisions and doing it well. “Not very […]
Lance Johnston and Here Comes The Boon in cow work at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Here Comes The Boon Is Just That As Snaffle Bit’s Top Dog

How long did it take owner Brent Steward and trainer and rider Lance Johnston to realize they had something special in 2016 stallion Here Comes The Boon, the newly crowned Open champion of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat? Not long. “It was actually right here at the […]
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Tripp Townsend Newcomer No More With Limited Open Crown

Although this was only Tripp Townsend’s second year competing in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), he wasn’t deterred from entering in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.  Townsend clinched the Limited Open title on an electrifying fence run, earning a 223 on his gray stallion. His composite of 653 (214 […]
Lance Johnston after the fence at the Snaffle Bit

Lance Johnston: Dreams Converge At Snaffle Bit Futurity

For a brief moment, Lance Johnston lost himself staring up at the arched trusses of the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. From there, banners with the names of the most successful riders and horses in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) hang in well-deserved honor. There are only 15 riders to achieve […]
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For Rider, Gelding, The Grass Is Green in this Paradise City

If the past few months are any indication, CR Tuff Guns N Roses, aka, “Axl,” loves the stage every bit as much as his hard rock namesake. For the second time since August, Axl is returning home to Scottsdale, Arizona, a double winner, this time at the $1.2 million National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle […]