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NFR Results – Dec. 9, 2018

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Courtesy PRCA
Dec. 10, 2018

Tie-down Roping win has Trevor Brazile leading All-Around

LAS VEGAS – Before the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo began, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile announced he would be cutting his rodeo count down, not planning on going full time on the road any more.

This, the 60th edition of the Wrangler NFR would likely be his last. At 42 years old, he’s looking forward to spending more time with family.

But Sunday night, Dec. 9, in front of 16,917 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Brazile looked as young as ever, stopping the clock in 6.8 seconds to win tie-down roping. Even more significant, Brazile took over the lead in the coveted All-Around Cowboy competition from his brother-in-law Tuf Cooper.

Brazile, who now has won a PRCA-record 69 career rounds between the Wrangler NFR and the National Finals Steer Roping, has felt locked in the last couple rounds.

“I felt like I was on the cusp of the same run the last two nights,” he said. “Obviously, I just didn’t do my job (Saturday night) and (Friday night) – I may have underestimated the calf just a little. It is just those little things. They don’t pay you for your bio here. You have to compete, and you have to finish the course every night and I didn’t do that (Saturday night). I should’ve done well, and I didn’t. Tonight, I tried not to take anything for granted and complete the course.”

Sunday, aboard Deputy, Brazile went under seven seconds, always a great sign.

“It’s fun, and I’ve never had a 6-second run I didn’t like, but they always feel better in the Thomas & Mack with this crowd,” he said.

Brazile is eighth in the world standings in tie-down roping with $129,002. He also he upped his all-around cowboy earnings to $270,385, climbing over Cooper by $7,201. Brazile isn’t worried about that just yet.

“There are things I can control and things I can’t,” he said. “I started off just too aggressive. I knew it was my last time out here, and I wanted to make every run count. Looking back, I was probably a touch too aggressive, but I came in here so many times protecting leads and just being conservative, and I just wanted to do it my way this year.”

Meanwhile, Shane Hanchey, who entered the Finals as the leader in the world standings, climbed back into first place in the tie-down roping. He has $164,347 on the season.

Curtis Cassidy regains steer wrestling lead

After watching his lead in the steer wrestling world standings dissipate and then vanish, regular-season leader Curtis Cassidy tried not to concern himself.

In Round 4, he went out and did what he needed to, stopping the clock in 3.6 seconds to win the round and retake the lead in the world standings.

He knew the steer he drew was going to give him a good chance at the round win, his first since splitting the win in Round 7 in 2014 and his first outright round win since Round 5 of that year.

“Will Lummus made a good run on that steer (4.3 seconds) in Round 1, and that steer left and ran good. He was everything you could want for a steer.”

Cassidy, 40, missed his first steer of the 10-day rodeo, as did fellow Canadian Scott Guenthner. Both of them were riding Tyson, Cassidy’s horse. Since, Guenthner won Round 3 and Cassidy took Round 4.

“I don’t know if my horse (Tyson) got sick the first night, but Scott and I didn’t catch either one of our steers and the horse had a bad night,” Cassidy said. “I had a lot of anxiety over it that first night because five of us rode that horse at the Canadian Finals (Rodeo in November) and he was clutch every night. That first night here, something was wrong with him, and I don’t know what it was. I just had faith in him and faith in my program and my horses. The second night was good, and the last two nights have been awesome.”

The Bashaw, Alberta, cowboy has made $51,885 at the Wrangler NFR, helping him regain the top spot in the world standings with $157,894. Cassidy is in his first return trip to the Finals since 2014. 

“No, I’m not worrying about the standings right now,” Cassidy said. “It’s 10 one-headers here, and you have to win as much money as you can every night because you don’t know what’s going to happen the next night.”

Tribble clears more than $30,000 with Round 4 win

Garrett Tribble picked a heck of a time to rein in his first outright round win.

The bull rider from Bristow, Okla., posted an 87.0-point ride on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Hammer to win the round. 

He had a three-way split of first a year ago. This time, the win was all his.

“Well, I just stayed on my bull, we had a tough pen of bulls, and it sure was tough to stay on,” said Tribble, 21. “I had maybe one of the better picks and he made me ride, and it worked out. This is a good win for me because it’s the middle of the week and I had one ridden before. This helped me get my confidence back to where it should be to get rolling for the rest of the week.”

Adding to that win, Tribble was one of just three bull riders to make the whistle. His efforts earned him $33,564, as he, Jeff Askey and Parker Breding split the extra ground money.

“Man, it’s really something because we don’t have many chances to win this much money,” Tribble said. “It’s even better when you do it with bulls you’ve seen all year and are excited to draw them here or anywhere, really.” 

Tribble knew what to expect from Black Hammer, helping with the win.

“I knew he bucks hard and tries to pull down hard, and not many guys ride him far, but if I got around the corner I would be setting just right,” said Tribble, fifth in the world standings with $154,559.

After pushing for Just Peachy, Bennett rides for 86.5 points

Caleb Bennett knew plenty about Three Hills Rodeo’s Just Peachy. In fact, he was the bareback rider pushing for the Three Hills Rodeo horse to make an appearance at the 2018 Wrangler NFR.

Then came the draw, and Bennett ended up aboard Just Peachy for Round 4. He made it count.

Bennett posted an 86.5-point ride on the horse, answering a night after two-time defending champ and 2018 standings leader Tim O’Connell won Round 3.

“Shoot, there’s always pressure here, whether you’re 15th or first, especially if you’re here to win and here to do good,” said Bennett, of Tremonton, Utah. “I told myself after last night I let one slip, I should have placed on that horse. I told myself, come back and match him (O’Connell), win the go-round and throw the pressure back on his turf.” 

Bennett is still in second place in the world standings with $214,159. He’s closed the gap with O’Connell to $12,988. (O’Connell picked up $3,666 after splitting fifth and sixth with Jake Brown and Mason Clements.)

Knowing what Peachy was capable of, Bennett was stoked to draw the horse.

“That horse has been around for a little while now,” said Bennett, 30. “She used to be probably 50 pounds heavier. She’s trimmed down. She’s gotten really good this year, really electric. I had her in San Antonio to be 86. A handful of guys knew her, and a handful didn’t. They weren’t really sure about bringing her here. I pushed for her to get here and thought she should be here. I was grinning from ear to ear, I was glad I did that.” 

Ivy/Hawkins win team roping in 4.1 seconds

Lane Ivy is making his debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Buddy Hawkins II is in his second trip, first since 2013.

The team roping partners looked like a pair of seasoned Wrangler NFR veterans when they stopped the clock in a Round 4-best time of 4.1 seconds.

Team roping heeler Hawkins has tried to impart a bit of wisdom on his heading partner, Ivy, 26.

“It takes everything to do good, every single thing,” said Hawkins, 32. “If there’s any advice I gave Lane coming out here it was to not be afraid of the barrier. If you break the barrier that’s fine, but if you miss the barrier it’s not fine, and that’s just the beginning of the run. You can nail the barrier and then there’s so many things that can go wrong or right and everything seemed like it went right tonight. This was the easiest run I’ve ever made here.”

Ivy is settling in to his first trip to the Finals. A little help from mom also never hurts.

“The first few nights I did absolutely terrible,” Ivy said. “I broke the barrier on one. Tonight, my mom said, ‘Hey, just take a deep breath, it’s just another rodeo.’ And that’s true, it pays a lot more, but that’s all it comes down to – being sharp and doing your job. This is what we prepared for, and I’m just excited to get the opportunity.”

The victory has Ivy and Hawkins sitting in 12th place in the world standings in their respective events. Ivy has $103,688 in the heading standings, while Hawkins has $100,682.

Rusty Wright wins again in Round 4

The first time Rusty Wright won a round in saddle bronc riding it was the fourth round.

He did that again Sunday night, riding Korkow Rodeo’s Meat Cracker for 87 points and the Round 4 victory.

“I love the fourth round,” Wright said. “It was my first round win at my first NFR in 2015. I’ve been on that horse before in Calgary, and I knew what he would do. I thought I would just stick to the basics, stay back and lift my rein and let the judges take care of the rest.”

The funny thing is Wright wasn’t envisioning himself winning, he was more worried about his brother, defending Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Rusty Wright.

“I knew I would place high, and my brother (Ryder Wright) had Tiger Warrior,” said Rusty Wright, 23. “I wanted him to win the round. I mean, I wanted to win, of course, but if I had to be second, I wanted it to be to him – that horse isn’t easy to ride.”

Since getting to the Finals last week, Rusty Wright has been trying to get into a rhythm both in and outside the arena.

“We get up and sign autographs and then eat and then go to the rodeo, that’s the routine,” he said. “It’s hard to get in a routine, and you try to keep it simple. I haven’t really had a full meal since getting here, just peanut butter and jelly, and apples.”

Rusty Wright is in third place in the world standings with $178,030. Ryder is still in the lead with $211,463.

Finals rookie Telford notches first round win

Wrangler NFR rookie Jessie Telford is adjusting to her first trip to the Finals. So is her horse Cool Whip.

When the pair first arrived in Vegas and tried to get settled in, Cool Whip wasn’t exactly comfortable with his surroundings. 

He looked perfectly at home in Round 4, as Telford and Cool Whip clocked a 13.49-second run to win the round, Telford’s first go-round victory.

“This win feels amazing,” said Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho. “My really good horse, Cool Whip, at the first practice (on Tuesday) felt like a colt – really green and spooking at everything. My other mare, Shu Fire, felt phenomenal, so I kind of went with my gut, which said run her at first until I could get him (Cool Whip) back in the pen. At the second practice that we got him back in, he felt awesome. He felt like himself – confident – that was (Saturday) morning, so he got the call.”

Telford has had a strong first four days of the Finals. She’s cashed in for $45,115, helping her to ninth place in the world standings with $133,457.

Barrel racer leads RAM Top Gun race

Through four rounds of the Wrangler NFR, Amberleigh Moore is atop the RAM Top Gun Standings, given to the competitor who wins the most money at the Finals.

Moore has won $93,346, so far. In second is tie-down roper Marty Yates with $75,788, followed by saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer ($69,231). 

60th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Fourth Performance Results, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback riding: 1. Caleb Bennett, 86.5 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Just Peachy, $26,231; 2. Kaycee Feild, 86, $20,731; 3. (tie) Shane O’Connell and Tilden Hooper, 85.5, $13,327 each; 5. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Jake Brown and Mason Clements, 84.5, $3,667 each; 8. (tie) Bill Tutor and Steven Dent, 84; 10. Orin Larsen, 83; 11. Will Lowe, 82; 12. Richmond Champion, 81.5; 12. Ty Breuer, 81.5; 14. Clayton Biglow, 77; 15. Wyatt Denny, NS. Average standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, 339 points on four head; 2. Tilden Hooper, 335.5; 3. Steven Dent, 335; 4. Tim O’Connell, 332.5; 5. Shane O’Connell, 329.5; 6. Will Lowe, 328.5; 7. Richmond Champion, 325.5; 8. Bill Tutor, 323.5. World standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, $227,147; 2. Caleb Bennett, $214,159; 3. Kaycee Feild, $170,522; 4. Clayton Biglow, $166,320; 5. Orin Larsen, $161,386; 6. Steven Dent, $155,805; 7. Tilden Hooper, $144,750; 8. Mason Clements, $142,818; 9. Bill Tutor, $140,835; 10. Richmond Champion, $136,588; 11. Jake Brown, $115,069; 12. Wyatt Denny, $113,728; 13. Shane O’Connell, $107,720; 14. Ty Breuer, $101,558; 15. Will Lowe, $86,017. 

Steer wrestling: 1. Curtis Cassidy, 3.6 seconds, $26,231; 2. Kyle Irwin, 3.7, $20,731; 3. (tie) Blake Mindemann and Blake Knowles, 3.8, $13,327 each: 5. Scott Guenthner, 4.1, $6,769; 6. Ty Erickson, 4.2, $4,231; 7. Will Lummus, 4.5; 8. Nick Guy, 4.6; 9. Riley Duvall, 4.8, 10. Tyler Waguespack, 5.4; 11. Bridger Chambers, 6.0; 12. Tanner Brunner, 15.0; 13. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Jacob Talley, and Hunter Cure, NT. Average standings: 1. Blake Knowles, 16.8 seconds on four head; 2. Will Lummus, 17.4; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 19.3, 4. Bridger Chambers, 29.6; 5. Riley Duvall, 34.9; 6. Nick Guy, 41.5; 7. Ty Erickson, 42.6; 8. Tanner Brunner, 53. World standings: 1. Curtis Cassidy, $157,894; 2. Scott Guenthner, $148,650; 3. Tyler Pearson, $133,856; 4. Ty Erickson, $128,854; 5. Will Lummus, $128,125; 6. Tyler Waguespack, $121,315; 7. Blake Knowles, $119,515; 8. Kyle Irwin, $119,391; 9. Hunter Cure, $118,037; 10. Blake Mindemann, $106,919; 11. Bridger Chambers, $104,505; 12. Tanner Brunner, $98,193; 13. Jacob Talley, $90,717; 14. Nick Guy, $88,373; 15. Riley Duvall, $87,643.

Team roping: 1. Lane Ivy/ Buddy Hawkins II, 4.1 seconds, $26,231; 2. (tie) Luke Brown/Jake Long and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.2, $18,192 each; 4. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.3, $8,885 each; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates, 4.8, $4,231; 7. Derrick Begay/Cory Petska, 5.0; 8. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.3; 9. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 6.5; 10.           Rhen Richard/Quinn Kesler, 14.2; 11. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, Bubba Buckaloo/Chase Tryan, Tyler Wade/Cole Davison and Erich Roger/Clint Summer, NT. Average standings: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 17.7 seconds on four head; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates, 23.7; 3. Derrick Begay/Cory Petska, 33.3; 4. Rhen Richard/Quinn Kesler, 33.7; 5. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 13.1; 6. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 13.6; 7. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 14.8; 8. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 18.1. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $167,964; 2. Clay Smith, $155,242; 3. Cody Snow, $133,594; 4. Luke Brown, $130,756; 5. Bubba Buckaloo, $127,990; 6. Aaron Tsinigine, $123,237; 7. Clay Tryan, $122,785; 8. Derrick Begay, $121,068; 9. Riley Minor, $118,631; 10. Dustin Egusquiza, $116,396; 11. Chad Masters, $113,534; 12. Lane Ivy, $103,688; 13. Rhen Richard, $92,790; 14. Erich Rogers, $85,123; 15. Tyler Wade, $83,145. World standings (heelers): 1. Junior Nogueira, $168,948; 2. Paul Eaves, $155,242; 3. Trey Yates, $137,631; 4. Joseph Harrison, $132,707; 5. Jake Long, $130,756; 6. Wesley Thorp, $129,904; 7. Cory Petska, $127,525; 8. Travis Graves, $118,928; 9. Brady Minor, $117,438; 10. Kory Koontz, $116,396; 11. Chase Tryan, $107,406; 12. Buddy Hawkins II, $100,682; 13. Clint Summers, $96,236; 14. Quinn Kesler, $88,906; 15. Cole Davison, $76,252. 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Rusty Wright, 87 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Meat Cracker, $26,231; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 86.5, $20,731; 3. Ryder Wright, 85, $15,654; 4. CoBurn Bradshaw, 80.5, $11,000; 5. Cort Scheer, 78.5, $6,769; 6. Isaac Diaz, Brody Cress, Zeke Thurston, Wade Sundell, Jake Wright, Joey Sonnier III, Clay Elliott, Taos Muncy and Chase Brooks, NS. Average standings: 1. Cort Scheer, 342.5 points on four head, 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, 333.5; 3. Wade Sundell, 255 points on three head; 4. Rusty Wright, 254.5; 5. Jake Wright, 254; 6. Zeke Thurston, 253; 7. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Clay Elliott, 249.5. World standings: 1. Ryder Wright, $211,463; 2. Jacobs Crawley, $204,331; 3. Rusty Wright, $178,030; 4. Cort Scheer, $171,073; 5. Isaac Diaz, $160,970; 6. Zeke Thurston, $144,637; 7. Wade Sundell, $142,502; 8. CoBurn Bradshaw, $132,325; 9. Jake Wright, $128,287; 10. Brody Cress, $121,587; 11. Clay Elliott, $119,676; 12. Sterling Crawley, $108,748; 13. Chase Brooks, $101,795; 14. Joey Sonnier III, $89,114; 15. Taos Muncy, $88,790.

Tie-down roping: 1. Trevor Brazile, 6.8 seconds, $26,231; 2. Ryle Smith, 7.1, $20,731; 3. Matt Shiozawa, 7.3, $15,654; 4. Shane Hanchey, 7.4, $11,000; 5. Sterling Smith         , 7.6, $6,769; 6. Jake Pratt, 7.7, $4,231; 7. Cory Solomon, 8.1; 8. Reese Riemer, 8.2; 9. (tie) Rhen Richard, Caleb Smidt and Marty Yates, 8.7; 12. Cooper Martin, 9.1; 13. Ryan Jarrett, 9.3; 14. Tyson Durfey, 9.9; 15. Tuf Cooper, 13.4. Average standings:1. (tie) Marty Yates and Ryle Smith, 31.3 seconds on four head; 3. Caleb Smidt, 32.0; 4. Rhen Richard, 34.0; 5. Tyson Durfey, 37.3; 6. Cooper Martin, 38.9; 7. Reese Riemer, 42.0; 8. (tie) Matt Shiozawa and Shane Hanchey, 42.1. World standings: 1. Shane Hanchey, $164,347; 2. Marty Yates, $162,271; 3. Tuf Cooper, $158,095; 4. Caleb Smidt, $151,163; 5. Ryle Smith, $144,595; 6. Tyson Durfey, $136,518; 7. Jake Pratt, $131,088; 8. Trevor Brazile, $129,002; 9. Reese Riemer, $120,390; 10. Matt Shiozawa, $111,923; 11. Sterling Smith, $111,647; 12. Rhen Richard, $111,283; 13. Cory Solomon, $110,002; 14. Cooper Martin, $101,938; 15. Ryan Jarrett, $87,552.

Barrel racing: 1. Jessie Telford, 13.49 seconds, $26,231; 2. Jessica Routier, 13.58, $20,731; 3. Amberleigh Moore, 13.64, $15,654; 4. Kelly Bruner, 13.71, $11,000; 5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.74, $6,769; 6. Carman Pozzobon, 13.76, $4,231; 7. Nellie Miller, 13.78; 8. Tammy Fischer, 13.83; 9. Tracy Nowlin, 13.93; 10. Stevi Hillman, 14.06; 11. Lisa Lockhart, 14.07; 12. Kylie Weast, 18.70; 13. Hailey Kinsel, 18.78; 14. Taci Bettis, 18.81; 15. Ivy Conrado, 19.66. Average standings: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 54.55 seconds on four head; 2. Jessie Telford, 55.06; 3. Jessica Routier, 55.13; 4. Nellie Miller and Carman Pozzobon, 55.68; 6. Tammy Fischer, 55.81; 7. Hailey Kinsel, 59.93; 8. Kylie Weast, 59.96. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $242,392; 2. Amberleigh Moore, $182,473; 3. Nellie Miller, $167,826; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $159,746; 5. Jessica Routier, $154,397; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $154,036; 7. Kylie Weast, $138,369; 8. Stevi Hillman; $133,559; 9. Jessie Telford; $133,457; 10. Ivy Conrado, $128,270; 11. Tracy Nowlin, $116,150; 12. Taci Bettis, $113,692; 13. Kelly Bruner, $111,515; 14. Tammy Fischer, $101,277; 15. Carman Pozzobon, $101,177.

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 87 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Hammer, $33,564; 2. Jeff Askey, 84, $28,064; 3. Parker Breding, 81, $22,987; 4. Sage Kimzey, Chase Dougherty, Tyler Bingham, Dustin Bouquet, Roscoe Jarboe, Boudreaux Campbell, Cole Melancon, Joe Frost, Eli Vastbinder, Koby Radley, Trevor Kastner and Trey Benton III, NS. Average standings: 1. Joe Frost, 260 points on three head; 2. Parker Breding, 244, $32,987; 3. Sage Kimzey, 176 on two head, $54,212; 4. Garrett Tribble, 172.5, $50,333; 5. Trey Benton III, 170, $40,462; 6. Chase Dougherty, 168.5, $42,295; 7. Jeff Askey, 167.5, $49,064; 8. Roscoe Jarboe, 162.5, $21,000. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $351,237; 2. Parker Breding, $218,463; 3. Joe Frost, $162,150; 4. Jeff Askey, $156,451; 5. Garrett Tribble, $152,559; 6. Chase Dougherty, $151,644; 7. Trey Benton III, $141,393; 8. Dustin Bouquet, $140,241; 9. Tyler Bingham, $135,064; 10. Roscoe Jarboe, $130,737; 11. Koby Radley, $130,245; 12. Boudreaux Campbell, $116,431; 13. Cole Melancon, $109,973; 14. Eli Vastbinder, $105,114; 15. Trevor Kastner, $104,396.

All-around world standings: 1. Trevor Brazile, $270,385; 2. Tuf Cooper, $263,184; 3. Rhen Richard, $192,647; 4. Ryle Smith, $161,101; 5. Steven Dent, $155,391; 6. Curtis Cassidy, $145,122; 7. Paul Tierney, $82,868; 8. Jordan Ketscher, $71,659; 9. Marcus Theriot, $64,759; 10. Dakota Eldridge, $60,005. 

RAM Top Gun standings: 1. Amberleigh Moore, $93,346; 2. Marty Yates, $75,788; 3. Cort Scheer, $69,231; 4. Caleb Smidt, $61,192; 5. Kaycee Feild, 59,500.

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Gathered by Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 8, 2018


Showing his versatility, Tommy Houston, current operator and manager of the Houston Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas, , along with two other inductees, was recently inducted into the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame. Most of the cutting horse world knew Houston as a cutting horse owner and rider.

According to a press release from Tarleton State University, on Nov. 3, during the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame ninth annual steak dinner and auction, at the Twisted J in Stephenville, Texas, they inducted Houston, along with two other individuals: Bradley Harter, a saddle bronc rider and 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals rodeo and Kim Todd Hodge, a barrel racer, goat tyer, breakaway and team roper, who competed in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, as well as high school rodeos and the NIRA. 

Houston accepted a rodeo scholarship at Texas Tech, but traveled with members of the Tarleton Rodeo team, including Tooter WaitesRandy MajorsCharles Bitters and Bobby Hungate. Taking honors such as the all-around hand at the West Texas State University rodeo in 1967 and twice winning the Texas Tech calf roping and the Tarleton Rodeo calf roping in 1967, he was no stranger to the winner’s circle. He went on to win the American Quarter Horse Association’s World Calf Roping Title in 1981.


The first major Western horse event to be over by today’s date is the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held in Oklahoma City, Nov. 19-Dec. 1.  The 2018 NRHA Open Futurity paid out the second largest purse in the event’s history, with nearly $1.5 million awarded. Additionally, there was an 8 percent increase in horses entered (399) and a 14 percent increase in total entries (1,124).

The Open Champion of a 70-horse field across four levels, taking home a $142,500 for his owner and $7,500 for his nominator, Karl Hapcic, was A Vintage Smoke, sired by an NRHA Million-dollar Sire, A Sparkling Vintage, out of Lady Smoke Peppy, owned by Diane Mesmer and ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham. 

The Reserve title went to Isnt She Perfect ridden by Kole Price.  She is sired by NRHA Two-Million-Dollar sire Walla Walla Whiz out of Miss Silver Gun and is owned by Amy Meadows. The mare was nominated by Tamarack Ranch LLC. The owner’s share of the purse was $130,352 and the nominator’s share was $6,518.

The NRHA Non-Pro Futurity included historic numbers with entries being up 8 percent , hosting 629 entries compared to last year’s 582, and a record purse of $617,166.  Also, the purse for each level was at a record high.

The winning  Non-Pro title went to Tish Fappani following a three-way runoff for the Championship. Fappani was aboard Icecube, a red dun stallion by SG Frozen Enterprize and out of Taris Designer Genes, nominated by Andrea Fappani and owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani. 


Following a stellar Session I Day Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Western Bloodstock continued its upswing in the Preferred Breeders I Evening Session with a $30,000 average and 82% completed sales.

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion and a leading sire of the earners of $8.6 million, was the high seller of the evening. The 14-year-old son of High Brow Cat, consigned by Grace Ranch, brought $401,000 from Robert S. Collins/Homeplace Horse & Cattle, Blackville, S.C.

Magic Metallic, an 8-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, with an embryo by Hottish, brought the second highest price of the evening. Consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., the full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and World Champion Stallion Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266 sold to Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex., for $370,000. On Monday, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Swanson purchased the Metallic Cat son Tin Man for $500,000.

Money Talks Smart, a 16-year-old mare sired by Smart Mate and consigned by Beechfork Ranch, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., owner of leading sires Metallic Cat and Spots Hot. Money Talks Smart, dam of the earners of $557,103, sold with an embryo by Metallic Rebel and one by Purdy Boy Flash.


If you are at any of the above-mentioned high-dollar events for cowboys and cowgirls, you will surely see Bill Chambers, a published author of a variety of books that he sells at major horse events. Chambers, who grew up with Cerebral Palsy, a debilitating physical disease he was born with and that severely affects his body movements, as well as speaking – but not his mind and ability to write interesting books. 

Rather than simply accepting government assistance, Bill is the author of at least 10 books that he physically markets at major horse events. His latest is called Seven Hill Sides and was inspired by a song written his friend Walt Wilkins. I think it is his best! 

The 158-page easy-to-read book is about the life of a man, born in an Appalachian mining town, who escaped being a miner, becomes a famous baseball player and marries a beautiful woman. But he loses his only child before it is born. He eventually finds God and becomes a carrier of the gospel. The book takes place during real major events in American history and includes a list of interesting characters who experienced both life and death during those times and reveals what they learned along the way. 

If you haven’t seen Bill at one of the shows, you can order books at P.O. Box 1338, Boyd, Texas 76023. They make great Christmas presents!

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By Glory Kurtz
Oct. 29, 2018


The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) took over the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, for two weeks, Oct. 7-20, holding their annual Snaffle Bit Futurity for 3-year-old horses, plus a Hackamore Classic, for the second year in a row.


The two-week event paid out over $1 million, which included added money raised by NRCHA owners who were motivated to move the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Texas in 2017.


Although it’s too early to determine exactly where all the horses entered came from, the NRCHA estimated that 75 percent of the horses came from out of the state of Texas.


“While this is our second year for the Futurity in Fort Worth, it is our eighth show, when you include our Celebration of Champions held in February that we have hosted at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Each show, we see continued  improvements to the facility,” said Jay Winborn, the Executive Director of the association.


“With multiple show arenas, barns and riding areas, combined with the tunnel system, we were able to run numerous classes and have a fantastic schedule this year, despite the rainy weather.


“We had a great spectator attendance that came to support our prelims as well as the finals. The Rope Horse Futurity and Cowdog Rodear had a good crowd as well. Our sale was fantastic this year, resulting in over 90 percent of the horses sold. Overall the move of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth has proved positive and it continues to drive the enthusiasm of the reined cow horse and growth of the NRCHA.”


Cheering spectators filled the stands of both the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin Arena to watch the stars of the reined cow horse event, including the star of the show, Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding four horses to the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finals, winning a total of $205,500 for the horses’ owners. The second high-money-earning rider was Justin Wright, a cow horse reining and cutting trainer from Santa Maria, Calif., who also rode four head in the finals and earned $130,000.



Cushing’s win was no surprise as the reined cow horse trainer has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times and also crossed the $2 million-dollar mark in earnings during this year’s Futurity. He won the popular event amid a full-house cheering crowd of spectators riding a beautiful bay stallion named SJR Diamond Mist (CD Diamond x Cat Mist by High Brow Cat), bred and owned by John and Brenda Stephenson of the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, to a total score of the three events (Herd work, Rein work and Cow work) of 658.5 for a $125,000 check. They won the Rein work with a whopping 223 score.


Bred in the purple for a performance horse, SJR Diamond Mist, is sired by CD Diamond, a 2009 son of CD Olena by Doc O’Lena out of Shiners Diamond Girl by Shining Spark. Showing how cutting horse pedigrees have been accepted by the reined cow horse industry, the stallion is out of Cat Mist by High Brow Cat out of Little Mist Smart by Smart Little Lena, a mare that is out of Lew and Sue Stevens’ great cutting mare Oak Mist.


Winning seems to run in the family as SJR Diamond Mist’s sire, CD Diamond, was the NRCHA No. 1 Open All Ages/All Divisions Horse of the Year in 2012 with earnings of $153,320. He was also the 2012 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion and placed third in the 2013 NRCHA Open Derby and 4thin 2014.


SJR Diamond Mist will stand the 2019 breeding season at the Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, with a $3,500 breeding fee.


Cushing, who has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times, also placed third for $57,000 riding Hott Rod, sired by the popular young stallion Hottish and out of Sugars Smart Kitty, owned by Lynne W. Wurzer, Tacoma, Wash. The pair scored a total of 655.5 points, winning the Herd work with a 220 score, and the Rein work with a 218. They placed ninth in the finals of the Cow Work, scoring a 217.5. The Cow Work was won by Roan Olena Oak (Olena Oak x Starlight Sailor), owned by Connie L. Buckley, Mead, Colo., and ridden by Matt J. Koch, Ault, Colo., scoring a 227.


Cushing’s other two money earners were One Shiney Metallic (Metallic Cat x One Shiney Rey), owned by Jeremy Barwick, Stephenville, Texas, placing 13thplace, earning $13,500 for their 641.5 score and Metallic River (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) owned by Sheri L. Jamieson, LaJolla, Calif., earning $10,000 for 7thplace, with a 636.5 score. It was reported to me that Barwick’s horse, One Shiney Metallic, was the high-seller of the Performance Horse Sale, selling for $64,000 prior to the Futurity finals. The buyer was not revealed.


Justin Wright also won money on four horses including the Reserve Futurity title riding Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes), owned by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., taking home $87,000 for a score of 656.5. Metallic Flame (Metallic Cat x Scooby Dooby Dual) owned by Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., and Wright scored a 650 for 7thplace. He also rode One Sparking Time (One Time Pepto x Sparking Train) owned by Mark and Kimberly Rauch, Arlington, Wash., to 22ndplace with a 628, earning $10,000 and Remys Merada (Cats Merada x Chicks Sassy Nic), owned by Lucava Farms Inc., that is owned by Leslie Wallace, Langley, B.C., Canada, earning $10,000 for 27thplace with a 435.0 score.

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results



Taking home $30,000 of the $151,452.75 Intermediate Open purse was Clay Volmer, Millsap, Texas, riding SDP Hy Rey Bound (TR Dual Rey x SDP Hydrivenhickapoo) owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The pair scored a total of 660, tying for first in the Finals Herd Work with a 216 and winning the Finals Cow Work with a 226 and finishing fifth in the Rein Work.


The Reserve title and $20,000 paycheck went to Jordan Williams, Rhome, Texas, riding Angel in Blue Jeanz (Metallic Cat x Heavens little Angel), owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. The pair scored a total of 652 points, tying for first place in the Finals of the herd Work, tying for third in the Rein Work and tying for third in the finals of the Cow Work with a 217.5 score.




The Non-Pro finals was won by Hope A. Miller, Brush Prairie, Wash., riding Seven S Prettysmart (Dual Smart Rey x Lena Pretty Playboy) scoring a total of 641.5 and taking home $21,856.40. The pair split the championship of the Finals Herd Work, tied for 4thin the Rein Work, scoring a 213.5 and tied for second in the Cow Work.


The Reserve title and $16,392.30 paycheck went to Jayson Fisher, Nipomo, Calif., riding Hes A Little Smart (Sophisticated Catt x Shes A Little Smart). The pair finished 11thin the finals of the Herd Work, scoring a 207; 8thin the Rein Work, scoring 210.5 and won the Cow Work, scoring a 215.5.




Metallic Cat, the sire that gained his great popularity in the cutting horse industry, was the leading sire of this year’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, with nine (9), or 33 percent of the Open finalists being sired by him, earning close to $120,000.


The Open finalists in the Futurity sired by Metallic Cat were headed up by Metallic Flame, owned by Bill F. Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., ridden by Justin Wright to 7thfor $23,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershead, Cape Girardeau, Mo., ridden by Todd Crawford, Blanchard Okla., to 10th, earning $16,750; Metallic Freckle, owned by Ana Lisa Luna, Ojai, Calif., and ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 12th, earning $14,500.


WR This Cats Smart had three horses in the Open Futurity finals, earning $30,000. Woody Be Tuff had two in the finals earning $47,000 and One Time Pepto had two in the finals earning $30,000. Other sires with finalists in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity include Dual Rey, Olena Oak, Travelin Jonez, Mr Playinstylish, Smooth As A Cat, Cat Man Do, Not Ruf At All and Cats Merada.


In the Intermediate Open Finals, five (25%) of the 20 finalists were sired by Metallic Cat and took home paychecks including the Reserve Champion Angel In Blue Jeanz, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams, Rhome, Texas, who scored a 652 with Jordan Williams in the saddle, for $20,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershed, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, ridden by Todd Crawford, 645, 4th, for $10,500; Smart Lethal Cat, owned by Cowan Select Horses, Havre, Mont., ridden by Robbie Boyce to 638; 7thearning $7,000; Metallics Playboy, 9th, 635.5 owned by Larry and Karen Lommen, Elizabeth, CO, 9thfor $5,500 ridden by Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stylish In Socks, 625, 15thfor $3,500, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Clayton Edsall.



The only Limited Aged Event finals where Metalllic Cat didn’t show up was in the Non-Pro Futurity finals. Two sires, Halreycious and WR This Cats Smart had two each in the Non Pro Finals. They included Hal On Ice, 13th, owned and shown by Tori Simons to a 607.5, earning $2,185.64. The other was Halrey, owned and ridden by Kenneth Schueller to a 603.0, earning $2,185.64.


WR This Cats Smart had two non-pro finalists including Lost Creek Heaven owned and ridden by Myles Brown for 7thplace and $5,474.10 and PRF Exceedingly Smart, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas to a 188 and a $1,639.23 paycheck.


Other sires with money-earning offspring included Dual Smart Rey, Sophisticated Catt, Playboys Buck Fever, Shining Lil Nic, Mr Playinstylish, Cee Mr Hickory, Dual Pep, CD Diamond, Gotta Go Get It, Sweet Lil Pepto, MCC Travalin Cat and Nic It In The Rey.



The Hackamore Classic is a class for 4-and 5-year-old horses that have never been shown in a bridle and down the fence at any judged cow horse event, shown in a traditional hackamore with closed reins in the Rein and Cow work


Metallic Cat was also the sire of five of the top 15 in the Open Hackamore Classic that paid out $79,662,91. While the division was won by High Stressin Cat, sired by WR This Cats Smart with three in the Open Futurity Finals, owned by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, and ridden by Nicholas Dowers, Dyer, Nev., five of the top 16 money earners or 31% were sired by Metallic Cat.


They included the Reserve Champion Moonshineandtwoadvil, owned by C. Randy Massey, ridden by Shawn D. Hayes to a total of 659; 6thplace Metallic Dual Pep, owned by Kenneth Schueller, Scales Mound, Ill., ridden by Luke Jones,, 652.5 for $4,779.72; 7th, Metallic Train, owned by Beverly Vaughn, ridden by Clayton Edsall to 652, earning $3,983.10.


With a total purse of $24,340.26, the 44-entry Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic was won by Quahadi, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned by the Burnett Ranches, Inc. and ridden by Boyd Rice, Weatherford, Texas, with a total score of 657.5, earning $4,868.05. The Reserve went to Metallic Train, sired by Metallic Cat, owned by Beverly Vaughn and ridden by Clayton Edsall, scoring a 652, earning $3,894.44.


The 11-entry Limited Open Hackamore Classic was won by Mr Fletch Cat, sired by Mr Playinstylish owned by Sabrina Thomas, ridden by Will Pennebaker, Wilton, Calif. , to a ,  earning $1,991.48. Actually Bet Shesa Fancy Cat, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned and ridden by Jared Jones, earning $1,659.56.


The 12-entry Level One Limited Hackamore Classic Open winner was Peptos all About Me, owned and ridden by Liam A. MacNeill, earning $1,957.20.



The Open Novice Horse was Metallic Malice, owned by John and Melanie Lowrence and ridden by Brad Lund to a 645.5, earning $1,714.20. The top four of the money earners in this class were sired by Metallic Cat while the No. 5 horse was sired by One Time Pepto.

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Other events at the show included the AHFA World Champion Rope Horse Futurity that included Open and Non-Pro Heading and Heeling, as well as the AQHA Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges, Cowdog Rodear Fall Bash Finals, NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the Western Bloodstock NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, consisting of performance horses, 2-year-olds, and two sessions of yearlings and broodmares.

NRCHA Futurity Sale Results-2018

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results





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☛ NCHA creates Practice Pen Attendants position 10-11-18






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 11, 2018


Show secretaries are receiving a new Practice Pen Attendant position that has been created by the NCHA, along with an Independent Contractor Agreement. Both documents outline what will be expected of anyone who is employed by the NCHA to monitor the practice pens at all NCHA Triple Crown events, as well as the Eastern and Western National Shows.


According to the NCHA, Practice Pen attendants will report to the Director of Shows, with directions and instructions coming from the Show Department. Funds received by the attendants will be reconciled on a daily basis and deposited by them, along with a report of reconciliation.


The Practice Pen attendant will become proficient with the use of Faster Cut software and will use the software at all times for recording of practice-pen activity.  The attendant will comply with all cash-handling processes as outlined by NCHA, including bonding practices.


The Practice Pen attendant will also be required to track all pertinent information for each practice pen transaction, including: payment method, payment amount, name of trainer, name of rider, name of horse and date and time.  The attendant will also be required to provide a report after each event, reconciling the report to the amount of cash turned into the Accounting Department.  He or she will also be required to forward to Accounting, all information regarding trainers/riders.


The Practice Pen attendant will also be required to scan all practice pen reports or other practice pen documents to be uploaded into NCHA’s approved document management system. They can either bring the scanned document to the NCHA or email it to the NCHA Show Department.


The money bag and all deposits from each show will be put into the safe every night.


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☛ AMERICANA to be held in Augsburg, Germany Sept. 4-9, 2019 – 8-27-18






Augsburg, Germany
August 27, 2018

Want to see the best in Western events in Europe? Make plans now to attend Europe’s Premier Western Event, AMERICANA, scheduled for Sept. 4-9, 2019 in Augsburg, Germany. With a total purse of about $150,000, it is one of the best endowed shows of Europe and is called THE meeting point for Western horse fans from all over the world.

During 2017, AMERICANA celebrated the Western horse and 98 per cent of the 51,300 visitors said they would return the next time. The 331 exhibitors were enthusiastic and 72 percent spoke of excellent or good sales. Nowhere else in Europe will the Western horse fan find such a variety of everything concerning horses and riding as well as lifestyle.


Events will include World Cup cutting and the Bronze Trophy Reining. Both offer a huge purse and have gained worldwide fame.  The ERCHA Open Cow Horse Futurity finals will also be held as well as  numerous fine show acts.


For further information on this event contact: AFAG Messen und Ausstellngen GmbH, Winfried Forster, phone +49 (0) 821-5 89 82 – 143 / fax +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82-243 or / Ticket sales start at the beginning of November 2018.

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☛ Justify wins Triple Crown 6-9-18






Reprint from The Paulick Report

June 9, 2018


He’s re-writing the history books.

First, he won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Then he overcame a speed duel to just hold on in the Preakness Stakes.

This Saturday, Justify capped off a terrific card at Belmont Park with a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy will now be enshrined as racing’s 13th winner of the Triple Crown, just the second undefeated colt to do so. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who made his career on the New York racing circuit, piloted a perfect race to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” said an emotional Smith. “He’s just brilliant.”

Racing fans had waited 37 years for American Pharoah to win the Triple Crown in 2015, and now Justify has become the second horse to do so in the past 40 years.

“Mike Smith, he deserves something like this,” said Baffert, now one of only two trainers to saddle a pair of Triple Crown winners. “There’s no one more deserving than him. I think all of New York should give him a cheer.”

Racing on the lead throughout, Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify completed the Belmont’s grueling 1 1/2 miles over a fast track in 2:28.18. The 24-1 longshot Gronkowski got up for second, while Hofurg and Vino Rosso completed the superfecta.


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