The Rundown: News Roundup

Check out the latest headlines from the roping, reined cow horse and cutting industries with The Rundown.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
August 5, 2011

Two team ropers breaking from the roping box

The Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping will take place in Hereford, Texas, on August 4-7. Proceeds from the event fund the Spicer Gripp Memorial Scholarships at West Texas A&M University. Journal photo.

Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping

Ropers will flock to the Texas Panhandle on August 4-7 for the Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping. The event will take place at the Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping Events Center in Hereford, Texas.

Proceeds from the annual Spicer Gripp Memorial, as well as gifts from family and friends of Spicer Gripp, have been used to fund the Spicer Gripp Memorial Scholarships at West Texas A&M University. The scholarships are available to students pursuing an agriculture degree and/or participating on the rodeo team at West Texas A&M.

For more information on the event and scholarship application, contact Don Topliff, head of the department of agriculture sciences at West Texas A&M University, at (806) 651-2563.

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Draw

The draw for the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is right around the corner – Monday, August 8, to be exact.
The draw will begin following the 11 a.m. CST deadline for all futurity entries. The supervised hand-draw will start once all entries have been verified. From there, the draw will be verified once more and then uploaded to the NRCHA website on Monday evening.

If you have any questions, contact the NRCHA office by phone at (580) 759-4949 or by email at nrcha@nrcha.com.
Drinks and Doughnuts

Working cow horse competitors at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show have a lot to look forward to during their stay in Oklahoma City.

For starters, a free cow work practice will be available to cow horse competitors. The practice is hosted by Todd Crawford and Sam Rose and is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. August 10, at Cary Chambers' 4c Equine, 7108 East Tyler Drive, Tuttle, Oklahoma. The working order at the practice will be the same as the draw for the working cow horse preliminaries.

Secondly, drinks and doughnuts will be provided at the cow work, courtesy of National Reined Cow Horse Youth Association President Morgan Holmes, along with Triple J Ranch.

Youth cow horse exhibitors, don’t forget to look for Morgan at the Ford Youth World to pick up an NRCHYA goodie bag.

Cow work practice fliers and sign-up sheets can be found at the Ford Youth World show office and around the facility during the event. For more information, contact Sam Rose at (940) 365-3252 or Todd Crawford at (805) 693-5414.

NCHA Summer Spectacular

The National Cutting Horse Association recently wrapped up its Summer Cutting Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas. The event ran July 12-30, and 12 new champions were crowned during the 18 days of cutting excitement.

The Summer Cutting Spectacular includes a derby for 4-year-old horses and a classic challenge for 5- and 6-year-olds. The event was the final leg of the Triple Crown of Cutting, which began with the 2010 Futurity in December.

The Summer Cutting Spectacular Champions:

  • Derby Open: Roger Wagner and Stylish Martini (Docs Stylish Oak-Miss Martini Play by Freckles Playboy), owned by Marvine Ranch
  • Derby Non-Pro: Kelle Earnhart and Cancan Reyvolution (Dual Rey-Cancan Kitty by High Brow Cat)
  • Derby Amateur: Deb Herold and Wiley Cat (High Brow Cat-Miss Echo Wood by Doctor Wood)
  • Classic Open: Jason Clark and Indian Rick (Hickorys Indian Pep-Ricochets Chick by Smart Little Ricochet), owned by David and Stacie McDavid
  • Classic Non-Pro: Kyle Manion and A Smooth Criminal (Smooth As A Cat-Carolena Moon by Peptoboonsmal)
  • Classic Amateur: Ryder Carpenter and Hangem Cat (High Brow Cat-Hangem High Playboy by Freckles Playboy)
  • Derby John Deere Open: Tate Bennett and Reyn Maker (Dual Rey-Mists Annie Oak by Peptoboonsmal), owned by Tate and Laura Bennett
  • Classic Non-Pro Limited: Collbran Larsen and DS Mrs Wilsonfreckle (Wilsons Lil Freckles-Azucar Bar by Docs Sugar Daddy)
  • Open Gelding: Tarin Rice and Lenas Star War (Lenas Busy Bee-Lena Leo War Lady by Shorty Lena), owned by Brenda Michael
  • Derby Non-Pro Limited: Brandon Dufurrena and Nievas (Cats Merada-Smart Little Boogie by EG Southern Dancer)
  • Non-Pro Gelding: Kelle Earnheart riding Cancan Reyvolution and Carl Gerwien riding Mia Smart Quejana (Quejanaisalena-Tinker Bell Hickory by Doc’s Hickory)
  • Youth: Taylor Carbo and Cats Starlight (High Brow Cat-Cookie Starlight by Grays Starlight)