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The emptiness of the Piazza Navona, typically one of the busiest and crowded squares in Rome, symbolizes the despair of Italy and the toll COVID-19 has taken on the Bel Paese — the beautiful country. Photo by Domenico Lomuto

COVID-19 Chronicles: Stories of the Virus Among Us

No one will deny that these recent days and weeks have had more the feel of a book from the Old Testament than the modern age.
Bet Hesa Cat

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 […]

NCHA Foundation Launches New Digital Scholarship Portal

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Foundation has launched a new digital scholarship portal.   This portal will offer greater accessibility to scholarship information and will be used for 2020 scholarship applications which opened April 1. These scholarships are open to current National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) members in good standing. Capabilities of this new […]
Montana Silversmiths assembling masks in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Western Performance Horse Vendors Step in to Fill Mask Shortage

The last time we confronted a black swan event in terms of epidemic was more than 100 years ago, in 1918, with the deadly Spanish influenza. A report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegramsounded awfully familiar to the current events of COVID-19. “In answer to the Red Cross emergency call for aid in the Spanish influenza fight, […]
Tuffs Junie and Craig Crumpler

Tuffs Junie — Mother of Junie Wood, Woody Be Tuff — Dies

The Western performance horse world has lost another of its great performers and producers.  Tuffs Junie, a 31-year-old mare bred by Boyd Summerhays of Sandy, Utah, and owned by Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, was humanely euthanized on Thursday. Crumpler, who purchased “Junie” as a 4-year-old from her breeder, said: “She was the sweetest, best […]
Joe Heim and Docs Okie Quixote at the 1984 Super Stakes

Docs Okie Quixote a Superfly Gent if there ever was one

If anybody had any doubts about Docs Okie Quixote, the National Cutting Horse Futurity Association Futurity champion only months earlier, those were all erased when he followed it up with a convincing triumph at the Super Stakes in 1984. And if that weren’t enough, he won the Derby later in the year to become the […]
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Five Additions Announced for NCHA Open Hall of Fame

The open division in any discipline in the Western performance horse industry is the pinnacle of competition, first and foremost, because for professional trainers, their livelihood depends on it. The Open Hall of Fame for the NCHA represents riders who have persevered through intense competition, time and time again, and found success. Climbing the ranks and […]
Widows Freckles and Austin Shepard

Saying Goodbye to Widows Freckles, a family’s ‘Dream Horse’

Top cutting competitor and sire Widows Freckles has died, those closest to the stallion announced on Tuesday afternoon. The sorrel stallion was 26. “We received the news this morning that our boy Widows Freckles, or as his family knew him, ‘Obi,’ was laid to rest,” Lauren Middleton said through a social media platform. “It is […]

American Horse Council Develops COVID-19 Resource Center

The American Horse Council has developed a COVID-19 Resource Center on its website to address human health, horse health and business health as part of its response to the hardships and challenges created by the pandemic. The center contains articles, news, and, soon, officials expect, YouTube videos and other content, to help horse owners, equine […]