William "Billy" Morris and family accepting Modine Smith Award
William S. “Billy” Morris III, co-founder of the Augusta Futurity, has bred performers with a record of more than $3.2 million. Photo by John Henry

William S. “Billy” Morris III Recognized with Modine Smith Humanitarian Award

It’s not a stretch to say horses have been in William S. “Billy” Morris III’s blood since day No. 1 some 85-plus years ago. “I threw a morning paper route on horseback when I was 12 years old,” Morris said. “I had a horse in my backyard and we had dirt streets, and I could […]

Modine Smith Passes at Age 94

Modine Smith, 94, of Grass Valley, California, passed away on July 22. Smith, along with her late husband, Ed, selflessly committed herself to the betterment and promotion of cutting for nearly five decades.
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Ralph Shelton Receives Modine Smith Humanitarian Award

Shelton ModineRalph Shelton & Modine SmithArlington, Texas, real estate developer Ralph Shelton says he “hasn’t been very active in cutting for maybe 20 years now,” but peers are well aware of his behind-the-scenes support of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) since the early 1980s.