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☛ New ED and rules for NCHA 2-27-17





By Glory Ann Kurtz

Feb. 27, 2017

Chuck Smith will take the reins of the Executive Director of the NCHA following the June convention.

More than likely the biggest news coming out of the NCHA is the fact that Chuck Smith, the current interim Executive Director, will be named the full-time Executive Director after the Convention held June 2-4 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.

According to an article on the NCHA website, “After reviewing the resumes of numerous applicants for the position, the Executive Committee felt Chuck’s combination of experience in the cutting horse industry, knowledge of the Association and its members and the love for the sport of cutting and the cutting horse uniquely qualify him to lead the Association into the future.

“NCHA staff had the opportunity to work with Chuck as an Interim Executive Director and believes this arrangement provides continuity and fully supports Chuck in this role.

“The Executive Committee is excited Chuck has made this commitment and looks forward to working with him and continuing to grow the Association under his leadership.”

At their Nov. 1, 2016 meeting, the Executive Committee gave the DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine a three-year contract for the Convention. During this time, the hotel room rates will be $134.00, guaranteed for the full three years with free airport shuttle, free parking and plenty of meeting space.  The upcoming dates for the Convention will be June 1-3, 2018; May 31-June 1-2, 2019 and June 5-7 in 2020.

Dave Brian reported that total entries in the 2016 NCHA Futurity were up 91 in 2016, compared to 2015’s numbers. Even so, several motions passed that were designed to cut costs to the Association, as they have been losing membership in most regions.


At the Nov. 1, 2016 Executive Committee meeting, Judy Morris presented the Youth Committee’s recommendation to increase the entry fee of the Scholarship cutting from its current $90 ($75 entry fee, $15 drug) to $150 ($135 entry fee – $15 drug). After discussion, it was moved by Phil Rapp, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to increase the Youth Scholarship cutting entry fee, doubling it to $180.


A motion was made by Lewis Wray, seconded by Jay Klamon and passed to approve the mailing of one Chatter for split joint lifetime memberships. Also ranches and businesses that have life memberships will no longer receive a Chatter but are allowed to vote in director and officer elections.

When a husband and wife both have separate memberships but a horse’s ownership is listed under both of their names, a motion passed that all partnerships are required to purchase a separate membership

Also, Rule 50.d.4, requires that all horse ownership transfers be filed with the breed registry within 30 days of the transfer and certain paperwork must be in place before that horse is shown. The Rule book states a $500 fine can be levied but there is not a procedure listed. Now the individual will receive a letter from NCHA counsel notifying them they have 30 days and after 30 days, the individual will receive a letter from counsel notifying them again and giving them 14 days to comply or a $500 fine will be assessed and the member will be advised of the appeal process.


Three years ago, the NCHA voted to provide $15,000 as seed funds for the European championships. Also Europe did not have to pay the $2 Championship fee and were allowed their non-pros the opportunity to ride two horses in shows with $199 and less in added money. These and other concessions will no longer be available as it is felt they have had time to develop a self-sustaining program.


It was moved by Tatum Rice, seconded by Phil Rapp and passed to remove a quarter of a cow from all TRIPLE CROWN classes, beginning with the 2017 Super Stakes. The motion was later amended to NOT remove the quarter cow during the second go rounds and let it remain at four cows. It was also recommended to eliminate the current rewards from the Novice, Gelding and Senior classes at the Triple Crown events, stating this would result in savings of approximately $40,000. It was also determined that some type of award/prize would be given to those winners.


With this meeting being held prior to the 2016 NCHA Futurity, the Payout Task Force proposed that the Futurity Open finals would pay the top six finishers all over $100,000. This was made possible through sponsors bonus money, which would be awarded in addition to the standard NCHA payout and count toward lifetime earnings. However a policy was instituted saying: Bonus Money contribution and distribution plan may be offered by member/sponsor/etc. at their discretion directly to rider(s). NCHA will not take part in the marketing, distribution plan and said Bonus Money will NOT be counted for lifetime rider and horse earnings. NCHA would provide the opportunity for “Bonus Money” to be presented on the arena floor immediately following the NCHA awards.


There was discussion of awarding fewer buckles in the Triple Crown events. It was moved and passed that a re-designed buckle, that will be awarded at the three national championship shows, would be reviewed.


It was moved by Chris Dublin, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to discontinue the Senior Tour in 2017. Reason being was that the NCHA software doesn’t adequately support the entry format at this time and many secretaries will not even offer it in their shows because of the difficulty in tracking entries and results.

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☛ NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Finals 2-17-17





Feb. 17, 2017

The finals of the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman, featuring 10 finalists, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18. The event includes four disciplines, including Herd Work, Reined Work, Cow Work and Steer Stopping and is held in conjunction the NRCHA Celebration of Champions..

Following the preliminary events, with 36 entries, leading the field of 10 finalists is Jay McLaughlin, riding Blind Sided  (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex, owned by the Aaron Ranch. McLaughlin had a total score of 873.5, tying for second in the Herd Work with Jake Gorrell riding Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash) with a 219. McLaughlin won the Cow Work with a smooth 222.5  and finished second in the Steer work with a 223.5.

Second in the total scoring with an 871.5 was Shane Steffen riding Dueling Chic Olena, (Smart Chic Lena x Dual Lena), owned by Linda McMahon. The pair finished second in the Cow Work, scoring a 221.

Boyd Rice, the winner of the Herd work, scoring  220 on  Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger) owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, tied for third overall with Gorrell, with a total score of  870.5.

Fifth qualifier is Corey Cushing riding OneTimeAtBandCamp (One Time Pepto x Shortys Rooster), owned by Allan M. Kaplan, to an 870.0.

Brad Lund, riding Rubiesscoobiedoobie (Smart Chic Lena x Playin With Rubles), owned by the Rockin’ K Remuda LLC, was sixth with an 868 score, while Chris Dawson and Travelin Jones (Smart Chic Lena x Travelin With Sass), also owned by Dawson, finished seventh, scoring 867.5.

Jake Telford, riding He’s Shinettes CD (CD Lena x She Shinete), owned by Holy Cow Perf Horses LLC, finished eighth with an 865.5

Luke Jones, the winner of the Steer Stopping, with a 225 score, rode Tommy Boon (Thomas E Hughes x Chitas Blue Boon)), owned by Wayne Hanson, to a total of $861.5.

The final qualifier was John Swales riding Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette), owned by the 7P Ranch to an 861.0.

The World’s Greatest Horseman is held within the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, held Feb. 10-18 in the John Justin arena of the Will Rogers complex in Fort Worth, Texas, The NRCHA World Championship Show features the top horses and riders from each of the NRCHA’s eight geographic regions competing for World Championship titles in 14 exciting events.

In the World’s Greatest Horseman, it is all about one horse, one rider and one very impressive title. In one bit, horses compete in four contests: herd work, rein work, steer stopping and cow work. The NRCHA Celebration of Champions also includes the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses.

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☛ Andrea Fappani/Spooky Whiz claim NRHA Open Futurity 12-4-16






Information taken from a Press release by Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing & Communications
Dec. 4, 2016

Fappini shown winning his third NRHA Open Futurity riding Spaoky Whiz, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz. NRHA photo

Andrea Fappani, who won the Limited Non-Pro NRHA Futurity in 1997 and came back to win two Open Futurity titles, returned to the winner’s circle this year riding Spooky Whiz, an own son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., to top honors.


In Non-Pro competition Jack Medows rode Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) to claim the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non Pro Championship. The event was held Nov. 24 through Dec. 3 at the Fairgrounds  in Oklahoma City, Okla.



The NRHA Futurity champions were crowned Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 of the Nov. 24-Dec 3 event in  exciting finals which filled the days in Oklahoma City.

In 1997, Andrea Fappani left his mark in the NRHA history books by winning the Limited Non Pro Futurity championship riding Best By Tari (Taris Catalyst x Pocono Annie). He was the first European to conquer a Futurity championship in the most coveted reining show pen in the world!

In 2001, Fappani came back to write yet another important chapter by claiming the NRHA Open Futurity Championship riding RR Star (Like A Diamond x RL Miss Kitty), owned by Lundin Farm, and then went on to claim the title in 2011 aboard Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) for Russel Giles.

In this year’s finals, with only one contestant left to go, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider once again proved his worth by reining Spooky Whiz, a son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight by Paddys Irish Whiskey, owned by million-dollar owners Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., to top honors.

The score to beat, when Fappani rode in the pen, was a 221 posted by All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity champions Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize) for owner Alberto Casasco of Argentina.

Fappani was determined to take home his third Open Futurity championship and rode the bay gelding through NRHA pattern #10 performing deep stops, fast spins and controlled transitions and his third title with a 225.5 score! Fappani, who is the first NRHA Futurity champion to show in the Spanish old-style romal, which is the traditional method of training working cow horses, picked up a $150,000 paycheck.

“This is a pretty special horse. He’s pretty solid, we changed our program a little bit with him, and I went pretty easy in the go-rounds even though I knew we had a horse that could do well in the finals even though I did not know how much he would step up. I asked him and he did step up!” said Andrea who took home the guaranteed champion paycheck of $150,000 aboard the gelding bred and nominated by Spence Bell, Maysville, Okla., who sold the horse to Rancho Oso Rio LLC in December 2015,

Bertolani and Flarida settled for reserve honors and each added $109,854.78 to their earnings.

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Jack Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds won the NRHA Non-Pro Futurity title as well as the Youth Non-Pro Futurity Championship. NRHA photo.

With an impressive ride, Jack Medows piloted a beautiful palomino mare Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream, a son of Smart Chic Olena, out of  Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark,  as draw 31 out of a field of 32 to a score of 218.5. The duo claimed the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non-Pro Championship. The mare was bred by Clinton Anderson, Stephenville, Texas, and purchased by Amy Medows in November, 2015.

“I can’t thank this horse enough…she is a one-in-a-lifetime horse. She was with me every step and I can’t thank her enough. I knew she was capable of it, but I had to get her shown. We bought her over a year ago and she’s been great every single ride,” said the 19-year-old rider. “I won over $80,000 on her half sister, Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise x Princess In Diamonds), and this horse is her equal. She has her looks, her mind and her talent!”

Before arriving in Oklahoma City, Medows boasted $136,952.67 LTE. His L4 championship win added $43,984.63 to his earnings and he also took home $1,416 for the Youth Non Pro Futurity championship.

Cade McCutcheon rode Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Gunsup), a stallion bred, owned and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. to the reserve championship in the Youth Futurity after posting a 213.

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With a 222, Arno Honstetter rode Marilyn Overgaard’s Whizkey Chaser (Whizkey N Diamonds x Sparklin Chic), owned by Marilyn Overgaard and nominated and bred by Matthew Armenta, to a 222 in the Level 3 Open Finals.
“It was a good ride!” said Honstetter who added $29,538.24 to his earnings for the win. “I made a few mistakes in the go rounds, which kept me out of the Level 4, and since I did not show much last year, I went back to the Level 3. I’m really happy with my ride tonight, he’s a lot of horse and really talented.”

With a 219, reserve honors went to Nathan Piper riding Toyon Ranch LLC’s Dun Gotyer Guns Up (Gunner x Always A Dunit), nominated and bred by John and Nancy Tague, and by Gabriel Diano riding AC Quarter Horses LLC’s Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), nominated by Michelle Miola and bred by Silver Spurs Equine. The co-reserve champions won $19,866.15 each.

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Claiming the Level 2 Futurity Championship and a paycheck worth $19,261.05, with a 218.5, was Pedro Baiao riding Michael Garnett’s Hollywood Nites (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex), a palomino stallion owned by Michael Garnett, nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC. “I work for Martin Muehlstaetter and, since I was without a horse to show, he felt I could ride this one. Most of the work done on him is thanks to Martin and I cannot thank him enough!”

Reserve honors with a 218 score went to Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick. The duo added $13,934.66 to their earnings.

Click for Level 2 Ltd Open Futurity results>>


It was a special night for Josh Murphy who rode his Got That Iowa Shine (Smart And Shiney x SLJ This Is My Juice), nominated by Mark Mahaffey, to a 215 and the Level 1 championship. The NRHA Professional also reined CBK Hang A Wright (Hang Ten Surprize x HR Wright On Cash), owned and nominated by William & Corliss Kellogg, to reserve honors with a 214.5. Murphy won $15,736.79.

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NRHA Professional Scott McCutcheon earned the Prime Time Open Championship, along with $1,736.36, riding Special Mi (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a stallion nominated and owned by Jack Covington.

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Non-Pro Level 2 & 3:

Sandra Bentien and her Gotta Twist It Up (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist), a Sire & Dam Offspring, scored a 215 to sweep the Non Pro L3 and L2 Futurity Championships.

“This has been four years in the making and you pray you get something like this,” said the rider from Auburn, California. “When Spooks Gotta Whiz won the Open Futurity for owner Michell (Kimball), Michell and I said that we would have to make some babies so that we could become proud grandmas! I bred, raised and trained this horse myself even though I received a lot of assistance from Casey Deary in the last 4 weeks and I am thrilled!”

The Reserve in L3 and L2 divisions, with a 214 score, went to Ginger Schmersal riding Gold Digging Dunnit (Pale Face Dunnit x Dun It Reining). Gold Digging Dunnit is owned and bred by B S Syndicate and was nominated and bred by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie (Wimpys Little Step x Jessie Dot Tari) scored a 213 to win the Non Pro L1 Championship. Wimpys Little Jessie is owned, bred and nominated by Vaughn Zimmerman. “This is the first time that I have made the Level 4 finals and its just where I wanted to be!” said the young rider.


Her grandfather, Vaughn, added: “Taylor had a horse that was not working for her so, when Bobby Avila Jr. recommended this horse, and my granddaughter told me she wanted her, you got to give it to her, that’s what it is all about!”

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Earning the Championship in the Prime Time Non Pro was James Morgan DVM riding his own horse, Shiney Workboots (Smart And Shiney x Reminic At Work), nominated and bred by David Silva, Sr., to a score of 212.5.

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Mandy McCutcheon is the L4 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion and is the newest NRHA Million Dollar Owner
In the second section of the finals, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon set the stage as draw one scoring a 218 aboard Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), which secured her the Reserve in the Non Pro L4 Futurity and a paycheck of $29,873.60. Customized My Gun is owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. of Tioga, Texas. Mandy also took home third place honors and a check worth $23,862.82 after posting a 215 aboard Special At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Royal Chic Solano), a stallion nominated by Teresa Putman and owned by Mandy and Tom McCutcheon. Mandy also made history tonight by surpassing the Million Dollar Mark as an owner. Her earnings and Lindsey McCutcheon’s $5,501 earned in the L4 and $4,018.68 won in the L3 riding Mandy and Tom McCutcheon’s Stars At Midnite (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck), nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc. pushed her over the coveted mark.


Another major milestone was reached by Wimpys Little Step who crossed the NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire mark. The impressive stallion’s offspring earnings prior to the 2016 NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show was $8,981,037.25!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot BarnSpooky W



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☛ NCHA Futurity begins 11-17-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 17, 2016

The NCHA Futurity starts today with the first of six bunches of horses in Open competition. The event will continue for the next three weeks, ending on Saturday, Dec. 10 with the Open Finals. The Open semifinals will be held Friday, Dec. 9. The event is being held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center complex in Fort Worth, Texas.


According to the NCHA, the Open Finals has been assisted by companies contributing $100,000 in bonus dollars to the top six Open finalists, who are projected to take home checks of more than $100,000, with the winner receiving $200,000. The companies are Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group.



The NCHA recently published a statement saying that the Open Futurity entries have increased 12.2 % over last year, more than likely due to the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.


The Non-Pro Finals and unlimited Amateur Finals will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, while the Amateur Finals will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Click for NCHA Futurity schedule>>



The NCHA recently published the Triple Crown Task Force Recommendations for the Purse Payout Rules for the 2016 Futurity and beyond.


The Non-Pro is estimated to pay out a total of $661,371, with the champion taking home over $49,000. The Limited Non-Pro will pay out $172,811, with the champion going home with $10,023. The Amateur will pay out $237,752, with the champion taking home close to $10,000 and the Unlimited Amateur will pay out $250,555, with the champion taking home close to $10,800.

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The Western Bloodstock Sales will be held for six days: Tuesday, Dec. 5, through Sat., Dec. 10 in the Justin sale Arena and the and Roundup Inn. There are nearly 1,000 head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock available to purchase. Go to to get a copy of the catalog and/or a list of horses selling. To download the catalog go to, click on NCHA Futurity Sales, then on download catalog.


The Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale will be held following the semifinals on Wednesday Dec..7.



The NCHA Mercuria World finals is also held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity Nov. 25-Dec. 3. The event, held in the Watt arena, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions with World Championship titles and year-end places at stake.


There will also be a trade show going on during the event in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall.


 NCHA Show Photography RFP

NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.”  Details for the bids are outlined here.

This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to

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☛ Kelby Phillips wins NRCHA Futurity 9-2-16





Press release from NRCHA
Oct. 2, 2016


Kelby Phillips, Bend, Ore., rides Duals Lucky Charm, owned by Mark and Robyne Stewart, to the championship of the NRCHA Snaffle bit Futurity and a $100,000 paycheck.

Saturday, October 1, was the long- awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals day. Twenty-five riders who spent the last two weeks striving to become finalists began with a clean slate and a fresh chance to win the $100,000 paycheck.


It was an unforgettable night of fence work, with 10 of the 25 finalists marking a 219 score or above. For most of the fence work finals, Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Miss Pepcid Olena x Pepcid), a gelding shown by NRCHA Top 10 Professional Kelby Phillips of Bend, Oregon, and owned by Mark and Robyne Stewart. Phillips, who arrived in Reno with just over $276,000 in lifetime earnings, had been in the Futurity Open finals before, but never won the big prize. That all changed in the span of one fast fence work – when the score of 224.5 became a life changing moment for the young horseman. His composite 663 score (218 herd/220.5 rein/224.5 cow) claimed the Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship.


At first it appeared that two-time Futurity Champion and Million Dollar Rider Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Moonstruck One Time (One Time Pepto x Moonstruck Cat x High Brow Cat), owned by Allan Kaplan, were on track to win it all. They were fourth in the working order, and made a big 221.5 run to move into the lead with a 660.5 composite. Cushing and Moonstruck One Time maintained that lead until the 24th horse went down the fence. The pair earned the second-place paycheck of $70,000.


Third place and a $50,000 paycheck went to JustinWright riding Step To The Light (CD Lights x Shinersdiamondjackie) owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, with a 659.5 score. Fourth, with a $40,000 check, went to Nick Dowers riding High Stressin Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Playguns Melody) owned by Bill Steenson, for a 658.0 score.


“It’s great. I don’t really know what to say,” Phillips said, admitting the full impact of his achievement with Duals Lucky Charm hadn’t quite sunk in. “This horse, he’s solid every day. He doesn’t ever do anything bad. He’s been really fun to train.”


Phillips, the resident trainer at NRCHA Corporate Partner DT Horses, Bend, Oregon, felt confident on the gelding he started riding last November.


“He’s really good in the cutting. I didn’t get good cows cut for him here, especially in the prelims,” Phillips said. “In the reining, he does about the same thing every time. Every time I’ve shown him, he’s been a 220, so I can rely on him in the reining to be pretty solid there.”


Phillips knew he had to bring a big fence work score if he was to overtake Cushing for the Championship.


“I knew it was going to be plenty of cow when it came out. Brandon Buttars, he had been telling me, ‘Don’t weaken,’ so I was trying not to. Once I knocked him around down there, I knew I had to go, because to be a big enough score to win, I knew we had to go with a little bit of cow. After the first turn, I knew he was good, because he’s always good after the first turn, if I can get him out of there. And then he circles really good. I know I can turn him loose and he’ll just hunt that cow on both sides. I can trust him there,” Phillips said.


Besides the $100,000 paycheck, the Futurity Championship came with a Scottsdale Saddlery Custom Saddle sponsored by Matthews Cutting Horses, an original CR Morrison bronze trophy sponsored by Beverly Vaughn/Triangle Bar V Ranch, a Gist buckle sponsored by McSpyder Ranch, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a 100x and 30x JW Brooks Custom Hat, a $500 CR RanchWear gift certificate, a cooler from Classic Equine, a jacket from NRCHA, and product from Platinum Performance.


Phillips thanked his owners, the Stewarts, as well as his wife, Abbie; close friends Brandon and Sophia Buttars; Don and Nelle Murphy, and his herd help: Mark Luis, Phillip Ralls, Brandon Buttars, and Zane Davis.


“It’s nice to know you have so many friends around here,” Phillips said.


Click here for complete Snaffle Bit Futurity results.




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☛ NSHA Futurity/Derby 8-24-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos from NSHA
Aug. 24, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips claimed the 3-year-old Open Futurity title.

Duals Lucky Charm, a 2013 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena by Pepcid) owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart, Munday, Texas, and ridden by Kelby Phillips, claimed the 3-Year-Olds Open Futurity title during the National Stock Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held Aug. 16-21 in Paso Robles, Calif. The gelding was bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray, Dallas, Texas, who sold him, as a 2-year-old in February 2015, to William Roden, Ovalo, Texas. Roden sold him to the Stewarts in December 2015.


With 86 entries and a total purse of $86,517.60, the Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm scored a composite of 660 points in the three events, taking home a $16,438.34 paycheck.  Phillips also rode Hickory Holly Time in the World’s Richest event, earning an additional $3,036.000 – giving him a total from the show of $19,474.34. However, Phillips was not the leading money-earning rider of the event; he was the third highest earner.


The highest money-earning Open Rider Justin T. Wright finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light. He also placed second in the Open Derby and won the World’s Richest Open and Intermediate classes.

The highest money-earning Open Rider was Justin T. Wright, who finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light, for $12,112.46; second in the Open Derby riding Lil Bay Hawk for $4,842; and won the Worlds Richest riding Talkin Prize for $3,795 and the Worlds Richest Intermediate for $3,795 – totaling $23,803.46.


Step To The Light, bred and owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, Calif., and ridden by Justin T. Wright to a 658 composite score, taking home $12,112.46. The palomino stallion is sired by CD Lights out of Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark.


Third in the Open Futurity was Nicholas S. Dowers, riding High Stressin Cat for Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif, scoring a 657.50 and earning  $9,949.52. However, that was Dowers’ only paycheck for the show.


Cory Cushing also cashed in with more total money than Phillips , $21,196.82 to be exact , when he placed five horses in the Open Futurity finals: Metallic Train for fourth for $8,651.76, Attracted To Royalty for fifth and $6,488.82; Maliblu Barbie to ninth for $2,595.53, Moonstruck One Time to tenth for $2,595.53 and Metallic Look to 18th for $865.18.



The 56-entry Intermediate Open Division, a class-within-a-class, paying out $18,649.50, was won by Shiney Smart Remedy, owned by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a composite score of 653.50, earning $3,729.90. The amount helped Paul become the fourth leading money-earner in the Open classes, with a total of $17,071.84. Paul finished sixth in the Open Futurity for $5,191.06 and second in the World Richest Intermediate for $2,545.00 riding Shiney Smart Remedy; fifth in the Open Derby riding CD Highlights for $2,421.00; third in the World’s Richest riding Lenaliltothewright for $2,277.00 and third in the Intermediate Open Derby  riding CD Highlights again for $907.88.


The Reserve Intermediate Open title went to Poppys Troubudour, owned by Lois George and Jean Sander, ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, to a 651.50 composite score, taking home $2,564.31. The pair had finished seventh in the Open Futurity, taking home an additional  $3,893.29 for a total of $6,457.60 for the entire show.



The 16-entry Limited Open Division, also a class-within-a class, paying out $8,696.39, was won by My Gun Goes Boom, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, Phoenix, Ariz., and ridden by Tyson Ray Benson to a composite score of 638.50. The pair, who also placed in the Intermediate Open, winning $186.50, collected a $2,608.92 paycheck, for a total of $2,795.42 for the show. The Reserve Limited Open title went to Stylish Tallica, owned and ridden by Billy J. Martin, Aromas, Calif., to a 629 composite score, collecting his only check of $2,087.14.


There was a tie in the 8-entry Level 1 Limited Open Futurity, also a class-within-a-class, paying out $5,466.51, with both top-scoring contestants scoring a 624.50 composite score and taking home $1,913.28.  The champions included Metal Cat, owned by Quinton and Sandy Kersh/Brandon Clark, ridden by Clark and Very Blu, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Nic Howard. Both entries tied for 4th place in the Ltd. Open Futurity, where they also took home $913.12 each. Both Howard and Clark took home a total of $2,826,40 in the Limited Open classes.

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Phillip Ralls rode Metallic Star to the Open Derby title.

The 4-Year-Old Open Derby title, with 27 entries and a total payout of $24,210, went to SJR Metallic Star, a red roan gelding sired Metallic Cat out of Starlights Rhonda by Grays Starlight, owned by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Phillip J. Ralls to a 659 combined score on the three events, earning $6,052.50. The gelding was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and was sold to Phillip Ralls as a yearling in October 2013 and transferred to the trust in December 2013.


Ralls was the eighth leading Open rider in the show, winning a total of $8,852.46. He also finished 16th in the Open Futurity riding Bens the Boss, $1,018.00 riding One Fine Vintage for fifth in the World Richest Intermediate and eighth riding Pepe Le Wright for $484.20 in the Open Derby.


Reserve went to Lil Bay Hawk, a bay gelding owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and shown by the show’s leading Open rider Justin T. Wright to a 658.50 score, winning $4,842. The gelding, sired by Catty Hawk out of Little Gray Freckles by Playgun, was bred by the Cowan Ranch Inc., Ardmore, Okla., and sold to Silva in December 2014.



Clayton Edsall rode Shiners Lil Nickle to the Intermediate Open Derby.

The 20-entry Intermediate Open Derby was a class-within-in class, with the title taken by Shiners Lil Nickle, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Texas, and ridden by Clayton M. Edsall to a 652.50 composite score, taking home $1,513,13 of the $5,043.76 total purse.  The pair also captured third place in the Open Derby on Shiners Lil Nickle, earning $3,631.50; 13th in the Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,730.35; fifth in the Intermediate Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,243.30;,Short N Catt to fifth in the Intermediate Open Derby for $453.94 and 13th in the Intermediate Futurity riding Lidem Up, earning $372.99.


The Reserve title, with a 652 composite score, went to One Time Merada, owned by Debbie J. Proctor, Ravensdale, Wash., ridden by Lance B. Johnson, taking home $1,210.50. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby, for an additional $2,905.20. for total take-home pay of $4,115.70.


With six showing in the Limited Open Derby (a class-within-a-class), and a total purse of $2,690, MI Smart Ichi Girl, owned by Mary F. Hobbs, Novato, Calif., took the top spot and $1,345 first-place paycheck ridden by Daniel Sanchez, with a 627.50 composite score. Reserve went to Gunna Smokum Alittle, owned by Linda Tayne and also ridden by Sanchez, to a 614 total score, collecting $807.


The same two horses and riders won the Level 1, Limited Open Derby with 4 entries paying out a total of $1,681.55 for the class within a class. Mi Smart Ichi Girl took home $1,008.75 in this division, while Gunna Smokum Alittle won $672.50 – giving Sanchez a total of $3,833.25 for the show.

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Sam, an unregistered horse, owned and ridden by Shannon M. McCarty, took the Non-Pro Futurity title.

Nine entries were vying for a part of the $8,442.50 total purse in the Non-Pro Futurity, with an AQHA unregistered horse named “Sam” coming out on top, owned and shown by Shannon M. McCarty, Solvang, Calif. The pair scored a 624.50 composite score, taking home the first-place paycheck of $3,377.


The Reserve title went to Genuinely Roo, a bay mare sired by Gallo Del Cielo out of Genuinely Nu, bred by Kathryn H. and Tim T. Murphy, Arroyo Grande, Calif. , and shown by Shawn B. Renshaw, Pismo Beach, Calif.. The couple sold the mare to Shawn and his wife Kimberly  in May of 2016. The pair was one point under the championship, scoring a 623.50 and taking home $2,532,75.


Genuinely Roo and Shawn B. Renshaw were Reserve Champions in the Non-Pro Futurity, making Renshaw the highest money-earning non-pro.

Genuinely Roo picked up an additional $1,681.25 for winning the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro, a class-within-a-class that hosted a $3,362.50 total purse, giving Renshaw a total of $4,214.00, and the title of the highest Non-Pro money earner.


The Reserve title of the Non-Pro Futurity went to Ill Be A Super Cat, owned and shown by Carol D. Roberts, Ojai, Calif, scoring a 615.50 for a $1,008.75 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro composite for $1,688.50 for total take-home pay of $2,697.25.


The two-entry Novice Non-Pro Futurity (a class-within-a class) was won by Smart N Shiney Cat, owned by Randy and Celia Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and ridden by Randy to a 596 composite score, taking home the $1,445 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity, for an additional $672.50, giving him show earnings of $2,117,50.


Austin L. Miller won the Amateur Futurity riding Cats Genuine Shiner.

The Amateur Futurity, with six entries, was won by Cats Genuine Shiner, owned and ridden by Austin L. Miller, Catheys Valley, Calif. The pair took home $1,770 of the $3,540 total purse. Reserve went to Tangly Lil Time, owned and ridden by Murray G. Thompson, Atwater, Calif., with a 595 score, taking home $1,062.


The six-entry Non-Pro Limited Futurity, with a $3,540 total purse, showed there was a tie between SH Powder Cat, owned and ridden by Jessica D. Wright, Oakdale, Calif., and Slicker Than Nic, owned and ridden by Claire E. Hanssen, Solvang, Calif., with both receiving a 618 composite score. (Note: Results showed Jessica Wright taking first for a $1,770 paycheck and Hanssen finishing second for a $1,062.00 paycheck).

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Eric Freitas and Maverick Rey won the Non-Pro Derby.

With nine entries in the Non-Pro Derby and a $5,085.50 purse. Maverick Rey, owned and shown by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., to a 642, the pair took home a $2,034.20 paycheck. Maverick Rey is a 2011 chestnut stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Shiners Goldielocks by Shing Spark. He was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and sold as a yearling to Mark Broeckel, Chico, Calif, who sold him as a 2-year-old to Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Freitas purchased the stallion in July 2014.


Reserve Champion was Shadyrools, a 2012 sorrel gelding sired by Shady Lil Starlight out of Sheza Roo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and ridden by Dave A. Ferguson to second in the composite with a 634.50. The pair took home a $1525.65 paycheck.



Maverick Rey also won the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro Derby (a class within a class) with Freitas in the saddle. With a total purse of $2,017.50, the pair took home an additional $1,008.75, giving the pair a total of $3,042.95 for the show.


The Reserve Champion of the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby was Shining Mirabelle, owned and shown by Dylan Sponseller, Alturas, Calif. The pair picked up $605.25, plus $1,017.10 for third in the Non Pro Derby composite, $460.20 for winning the Novice Non-Pro Derby and $1,425 for the Championship of the Amateur Derby. The Novice Non-Pro Derby had 4 entries and the Amateur Derby had 5 shown. Sponseller earned a total of $3,507.55 for the four clases.


Cash For Diamonds, owned and ridden by Vanessa Lawrence, Paso Robles, Calif., took Reserve in both the Novice Non-Pro Derby for $306.80 and Amateur Derby for $855.00, as well as third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby for $403.50 – taking home a total of $1,565.30. The pair also finished sixth in the Non-Pro; however, that was out of the money.

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Justin T. Wright, the event’s richest rider, rode Talkin Prize to the World’s Richest Horse title.

The World’s Richest horse in the Open Horse Show, with 17 shown and $5,000 added money and a $12,650 purse, was Talkin Prize, owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and ridden by the leading money earner of the show – Justin T. Wright – with a 439 total score and a $3,795 paycheck. The Reserve went to Hickory Holly time, owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., ridden by Kelby Phillips. For their 437.50 composite score, the pair won $3,036.


Talking Prize also picked up an additional $3,054 in the $5,000 added, 14-entry Intermediate Horse Division of the Worlds Richest, for the class-within-a-class event. Talkin Prize won a total of $6,849 for Wright in the two Worlds Richest classes.


Third in the Open and second in the Intermediate Horse Division of the World’s Richest was LenaLilToTheWright, owned by Linda S. Katz, Bell Canyon, Calif., and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a 436 in the Open for $2,277 and $2,545.00 in the Intermediate.


The World’s Richest Non-Pro class-within-a-class, with three entries and $5,000 added, was taken by Very Smart Rico, owned and ridden by Hope Miller to a 410.50. The pair took home $3,324.00 of the $5,540 total purse. Second, with a 204, was TF Cats Lilypad, owned and shown by Molly Russell, Creston, Calif., taking home a $2,216 paycheck.

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There were also several NRCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, as well as a NSHA Greener Than Grass and Youth classes. A Performance Horse Sale was also held on Aug. 20.


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The National Stock Horse Association was founded in 2004 with the goal of producing premier stock horse competitions, while promoting the sport, their Western heritage and the rich history of the stock horse and its origination from the Spanish Vaquero tradition.


In 2016, the NSHA strove to grow the stock horse industry through the production of added programs, events and competitions. Programs such as the newly developing year-end awards program will benefit all levels of riders from professional and non-professionals to beginning youth and adults. This awards program will allow members to earn more points toward year-end awards through other year-end awards through other local, regional and national clubs and organizations. To increase participation in these competitions, the NSHA says they will continue to increase the pay-out purses for their events. Also, they say their Board of Directors is dedicated to continually pursuing new ways to increase exposure for their industry and sponsors.


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