NRCHA Stakes Draws & Results

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stakes runs March 26-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The NRCHA Stakes features 4- and 5-year-olds by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions competing in snaffle bits and hackamores. The competition includes many of the top Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the previous year, as well as those who might not have […]
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NRHA European Futurity Online Stallion Auction Open To All

NRHAEuroFutlogoIt’s a first for the European reining world, made possible thanks to the generosity of those who are always ready to help promote reining. The 2013 NRHA Futurity Online Stallion Auction is opening its doors to the rest of the world, and mare owners can start making bids for breedings to history-making sires on www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com. To bid, simply click on the 2013 NRHA Futurity Online Stallion Auction link.

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Equi-Stat Non-Pro Rider Award Winner Chad Bushaw

01 BetOnACat CBushaw 12SFChad Bushaw and his 2012 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro Champion Bet On A CatHeading into December’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity finals in Fort Worth, Texas, Chad Bushaw ranked just behind cutting’s all-time leading Non-Pro earner, Mary Ann Rapp, and just ahead of Dustin Adams, second on the all-time list, with one show to go in their race to finish as 2012’s top-earning rider.

Not too surprisingly, the year’s last and biggest event decided another tight three-way race between the Non-Pro division’s dominant trio. Thanks to seventh and 17th-place finishes at the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals aboard two mares, Pippis Longstocking (Dual Smart Rey x Hyperlena x Smart Little Lena) and Lady Writer (One Time Pepto x Cats Ruby x High Brow Cat), Bushaw secured his third Equi-Stat Non-Pro Award since 2002. He topped the Non-Pro division this time with $286,087 earned during the 2012 season.

AQHA Convention Wrap-Up

AQHA is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds an annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new members to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and present year-end awards. The 2013 AQHA Convention was March 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston. Read […]

Okla. Horse Slaughter Bill Author Denies Financial Motivation

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, said she proposed House Bill 1999 to help the horse livestock economy and open up an outlet for people to dispose of their horses. Critics, however, call it a conflict of interest meant to boost finances at her grandparent’s horse auction, the largest in the state. Read more at The Oklahoman.
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Griffin Dispersal Set For April 6

GriffinCover1The Griffin family has decided to part ways with their lives’ work and a legacy of world-caliber reining horses. Just days after the phenomenal stallion Whiz N Tag Chex earned National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Sire Status for his owners this past December 2012, the Griffin family, comprised of Lance, Terry and Samantha Griffin made a huge announcement: their beautiful copper-colored stallion would be offered for sale, in addition to the family’s astonishing 280-acre Oklahoma ranch, equipment and legacy of 80+ reining horses.

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Tapt Twice Tops $1 Million as Dam

TaptTwicePRappMA3Tapt Twice & Phil Rapp – Photo by Midge AmesTapt Twice, the 1999 mare (Dual Pep x Tap O Lena x Doc O’Lena) who carried her breeders and longtime owners and riders Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, to combined cutting earnings of $285,226, recently became the 15th mare to produce cutting earners of more than $1,000,000.

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Equi-Stat Open Rider Award Winner Lloyd Cox

LloydCoxLloyd CoxStandout stallions 4-year-old Hottish and 5-year-old One Time Royalty, owned by two of his clients, did much of the work establishing Lloyd Cox as cutting’s top Open earner last year. The Fort Morgan, Colo., trainer still wouldn’t have finished as the 2012 Equi-Stat Open Award winner for the third time in 10 years without strong performances by two other customers’ 3-year-olds, plus money he earned with two 4-year-olds he and his wife, Christina, owned.

“Those two horses [Hottish and One Time Royalty] did a lot of it, but most times, it is decided at the [NCHA] Futurity,” Cox said of the Equi-Stat Top Open Rider Award. “We did finish up strong.”

Cattle Feed Margins Decline Again

Cattle feeding margins declined $17 per head last week as cash sales dropped another $1 per hundredweight, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Beef packers saw their margins improve $20 per head, leaving losses at $14.52 per head. The Sterling Beef Profit Quotient declined 47 points for the week and the industry profitability index […]