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Ridden by Craig Morris, One Smart Looking Cat was the first High Brow Cat offspring to win the NCHA Futurity. • Photo by Don Shugart

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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NCHA Competitors Must be in Compliance With Will Rogers Biosecurity Measures

Participants in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) events at the Will Rogers Coliseum must be in compliance with the biosecurity practices of that facility, as well as those of the Texas Animal Health Commission. The decree is effective immediately, “moving forward with the 2019 Futurity and all NCHA produced events in Fort Worth, Texas,” said […]
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Living the Dream: Reyly and Regan Plendl

Regan Plendl just won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Non-Pro on her family’s homebred Cats Lightning Rey. Here’s a throwback to the day Quarter Horse News caught up with the cutting-crazed teenager and her twin back in 2017. Ten years ago, twin sisters Reyly and Regan Plendl sat in front of the television […]
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Insights & Opinions: Futurity Magic

As I write this, I’m sitting at the Quarter Horse News (QHN) booth in Fort Worth, Texas, during a cattle change for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open semifinals. The buzz in the Best of the West trade show seems livelier tonight than it has been in years. I see smiling faces — […]
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Cowboy’s Best Friend

It is said that dogs are man’s best friends. Cowboys take it one step further — working dogs are their best friends. Their appreciation for quality herding dogs was made clear during the NCHA Futurity Sales, where four dogs brought total gross sales of $32,500 in the Select Cow Dog Demonstration & Sale on Dec. […]
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Crey Zee Carries Rice to Winning NCHA Futurity Open Ride

Last year, Austin Shepard piloted Deluxe Checks to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World title shortly before riding Dual Reyish to the Futurity Open Championship – a feat that had rarely been accomplished before. But Tatum Rice stepped up to the challenge, navigating Hashtags to the Open World title before arriving in the Futurity […]
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NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Goes to John Rockey and Sweet Toothe

John Rockey added one more award to the illustrious non-professional cutter’s 2018 collection on Dec. 7 when he rode Sweet Toothe, a gelding owned by Rockey and his wife, Rose, to win the National Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) Futurity Unlimited Amateur Championship with a 218 finals score. He and the horse collected $23,837 for the […]
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Cade Shepard and Chexy Louella Take NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Title

Twenty horses. Two sets. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro finals, held Dec. 7 late in the evening, boasted some of the best talent in the industry, and in the end, it came down to Cade Shepard competing against himself for the Championship. Cade had qualified two horses to the finals and had […]
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Blake Heid & Nothing Comes Easy Win Amateur Title

The Amateur finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity saw 33 contestants ride to the herd, but it was a 219 marked by Blake Heid aboard Nothing Comes Easy that held strong through the remainder of the finals.
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14-Year-Old Charles Russell Bushaw Sees It Through to NCHA Futurity Title

In the Limited Non-Pro finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, 27 competitors rode to the herd in the Will Rogers Coliseum. It was 14-year-old Charles Russell Bushaw who topped them all from the first draw of the second set with a huge 221 aboard the Woody Be Tuff mare Wood You See.