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Former NRCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn will now take the reins of the NCHA, officials say. • QHN File Photo.

Jay Winborn Hired as NCHA Executive Director

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has hired Jay Winborn as its new executive director.
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
Bet Hes Got Style at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Snaffle Bit Non-Pro Futurity Finalists Ready To Tee Off

Nineteen horses successfully navigated the preliminaries and advanced to the finals of the Non-Pro Futurity. Finals herd work is scheduled for Thursday. Reining and cow work are set for Friday, both at Will Rogers Coliseum. Finalists listed by how they finished in the preliminaries. Twice In A Blu Moon (Once In A Blu Boon x Teletrona x […]
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Amy Lund Stylin’ At Amateur Hour at Snaffle Bit Futurity

Amy Lund spent her summer at home, in the farthest reaches of eastern Kansas, feeling at times as if she were beating her head against a wall with this new project she took on. Lund is a championship bridle horse rider, but this initial step into the ranks of the futurity horse at times felt […]
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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finalists — The Breakdown

As the final days of the long-awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, draw nearer, the field has been thinned for the show’s climactic conclusion at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Below, grouped by rider but otherwise in no particular order, are the NRCHA Snaffle Bit […]
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Hagen Heath, Legend De Lena have Fort Worth on minds

Legend De Lena and Toni Hagen Heath may be well on their way to becoming Fort Worth legends. Heath and her gelding’s latest Fort Worth victories took place Sunday when they won the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Non-Pro Hackamore Classic with a 654 composite score.  They also won the Non-Pro Hackamore NRCHA class […]
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Hackamore Classic: Bet He Sparks? More like Bet He Wins

Bet He Sparks and Clayton Edsall made quick work of the National Reined Cow Horse Associations’ (NRCHA) Open Hackamore Classic, taking the event by storm with a 668 composite and earning $15,173 for owner K & L Phillips LLC of Corona Del Mar, California.  “It’s great, he’s been a really good horse,” Edsall recounted, reflecting […]