Archive for June, 2008

Untimely deaths in cutting community

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The past week has been a tough one for the cutting horse community in Texas, following five untimely deaths

  • Dr. Bill Browning, DDS, 63, a longtime non-pro competitor from Allen, TX, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 14;
  • Paul Vaughan, 32, Temple, TX, trainer and assistant of Hall of Fame trainer Shannon Hall, passed away on June 15;
  • Jim McNulty, 60, saddle maker, NCHA judge and non-pro competitor, died on June 16;
  • Georgia Pearson, 3, Spearman, TX, daughter of non-pro competitors Mark and Anne Marie, passed away on June 17; and
  • Chris Atkins, 40, Millsap, TX, a non-pro competitor, died on June 18.

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Gelding still competitive at 37

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Elmer Bandit, Mary Anna Wood’s 37-year-old registered Half-Arabian gelding, is within 290 miles of the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) world record of 20,710 miles and still going strong. He has already completed two trail rides this year and Wood has plans for more. In a typical year, the pair will enter 10 to 12 competitive rides that cover approximately 60 miles.

Wood, of Independence, MO, bred Elmer Bandit, whose sire was the Arabian DIS Jameel Junaid, out of Dandy Lain, an appendix registered American Quarter Horse. She began competing with him in 1976 and, since that time, Elmer Bandit has won 26 national championship awards in competitive trail riding and was the first horse inducted into the NATRC Hall of Fame, as well as the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Fame.

Although Elmer Bandit can trot out at 12 mph and sustain a 6 to 8 mph pace, competitive riding is not a speed event. The horse and rider must complete a marked trail within a specified time period, but judges evaluate them along the way and deduct points for faults in categories such as horsemanship, trail manners and conditioning.

While the life expectancy of the average horse is between 25 and 30 years of age, Arabians seem to be hardier than most breeds. Elmer Bandit has a bit of arthritis in his hips, but he has never suffered from any serious health problems and Wood plans to continue riding him as long as he continues to enjoy the trip.

$600 million milestone for NCHA

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The National Cutting Horse Association will pass a milestone in the next few weeks when all-time purses paid out at NCHA-produced and approved shows will pass the $600 million mark.

The $600 million figure represents purses won by cutting horses since the NCHA’s foundation in 1946. Since that time, 62,900 horses have earned paychecks at NCHA shows. That makes cutting the richest performance horse discipline by far.

According to official NCHA records, individual horses have earned anywhere from a dollar or so back in the early days of the sport, to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, at latest count, 1,004 individual cutting horses have earned more than $100,000 in NCHA competition. There are 243 horses that have topped the $200,000 mark, and 78 have made $300,000 or more.

Interestingly, Poco Lena (pictured), the first inductee into the NCHA Hall of Fame, was foaled in 1949 and closed out her career with $99,819 in earnings. No horse foaled in the 1950s passed that mark, and Mr Holey Sox, a 1964 foal, was the oldest horse to earn a six-figure income.

With purses paid out easily topping $40 million annually in the last several years, NCHA is on pace to reach billion-dollar bragging rights within a decade.

You N Me and Dos make two at The Non-Pro

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

You N Me Baby, ridden by Don Crumpler (pictured), and Dos Skeetin Scoot, under Tommy Marvin, both scored 216.5 in the finals of the 4-year-old Open at The Non-Pro Cutting in Oklahoma City today.

You N Me Baby, sired by Smart Mate, had previously earned money as an NCHA Futurity Open semi-finalist and an NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Limited finalist under owner Mike Jones, Cushing, OK. Dos Skeetin Scoot, by Smart Lil Scoot, earned her first check as a limited age event finalist under owner Deb Herold in the amateur division of The Non-Pro.

Gypsy By Starlight, ridden by Tim McCloud, was the clear winner with 219.5 points in the 5/6-year-old finals; Cats Special Girl earned reserve with 217 under Andy Sherrerd. McCloud rides Gypsy By Starlight for JoAnn Parker, Weatherford, TX, who owns the gelding’s sire, Starlights Gypsy. McCloud’s wife, Julie, rode Gypsys Little Oak and Gypsys Little Gal, by Gypsys Starlight, to split third and fourth in the 4-year-old non-pro division of the show last weekend.

Click here for full results of The Non-Pro.

2008 Non-Pro LAE 5/6yo Open

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
219.5
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GYPSY BY STARLIGHT R: TIM MCCLOUD O: JO ANN PARKER
(STARLIGHTS GYPSY x SWINGIN PERSCRIPTION, by JUSTA SWINGING PEPPY)
Earned: $7,500

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2008 Non-Pro LAE 4yo Open

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
216.5
m
YOU N ME BABY R: DON CRUMPLER O: MIKE & LAURIE JONES
(SMART MATE x SPENCERS BABE, by DOC’S SPENCER BAR)
Earned: $6,179
216.5
m
DOS SKEETIN SCOOT R: TOMMY MARVIN O: TOM & DEB HEROLD
(SMART LIL SCOOT x SKEETIN CD, by CD OLENA)
Earned: $6,179

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The Non-Pro

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The $57,750-added Non-Pro Cutting in Oklahoma City concludes on Tuesday, June 17, with the 4-year-old and 5/6-year-old finals. The non-pro championships were determined this past weekend, when Julie Hansma and Reytheon claimed the 5/6 Classic with 221 points, while Kippi Cogdell and Dual With Lena won the 4-year-old finals with 216 points.

In the amateur divisions, Ty Moore and Bettina Matthews tied with 217 points in the 5/6-year-old finals on Hey Georgy Girl and Peptos Ina, respectively; Moore won the workoff and the title of champion. Anne Ashmun took the 4-year-old title aboard Sergeant Rey Jay, and also posted the third highest score in the 5/6-year-old finals with TF Dox Sweet.

Click here for complete results and breeding information on The Non-Pro amateur and non-pro finalist. Check back tomorrow for the open results.