Sanctus and Rodrigo Taboga won The Non-Pro plus The Open 4 Year Old Open class with a 226. Photo by Suzanne Sylvester

Holy Cow: Sanctus, Rodrigo Taboga as Hot as Oklahoma

Sanctus is a Latin word for “holy.” Sanctus the horse, a 2016 sorrel stallion and son of High Brow Cat, is becoming synonymous with “derby winner.” The 4-year-old backed up his derby triumph at The Cattlemen’s in March — seems ages ago now with all that’s happened since then — by winning the 4 Year […]
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Bet Hesa Cat Climbs into Elite Air as NRCHA Million Dollar Sire

Amid the COVID-19 national emergency was this piece of news announced by the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA). Stallion Bet Hesa Cat is the organization’s newest Million Dollar Sire. The 2006 red roan stallion, who is owned by the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate and stands at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, has sired […]
Olena Dually and Charles Spence work a cow in Memphis, Tennessee

Olena Dually, a Cutting Ironman, Dies at 29

Over the course of his 29 years, Olena Dually had a fully merited reputation as one of cutting’s most durable ironmen, competing every year between 1994 and 2006, and back again for a very brief break from retirement in 2012. To his credit, in addition to an Equi-Stat record of just more than $302,000, are three appearances […]
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Hammer Falls on November Clovis Livestock Auction

The Clovis Livestock Auction in New Mexico conducted its annual Winter Horse Sale in November, along with the third annual Clovis-Cactus Cow Horse Futurity.  Eighteen entries competed for a purse of $26,500, a cactus saddle and prizes donated by Cactus Saddlery. The event consisted of three events: dry work reining pattern, cow work and steer […]
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High Brow Cat Dies

The Western performance horse industry has changed forever with the loss of an undeniable legend.
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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 […]
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Tears From Heaven Carries Cooper to Brazos Bash Championship

The Brazos Bash Futurity Open Championship was led by a 217 marked from the first draw, which held strong throughout nearly the entirety of the class. That is, until the Dual Pep mare Tears From Heaven and Michael Cooper earned a 222 from the last draw with a performance that wowed the crowd and sent […]

A Royal Family

There was a lot of promise seen in Show Biz Kitty as a 2-year-old. She was pointed toward the 2006 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. But she suffered from a serious hock injury in 2005 that would keep her out of the show pen for good.