Red River Rivalry and Shawn Hays Capture Hackamore Classic Open and Intermediate Open Championships

Nocona, Texas, professional Shawn Hays celebrated the biggest National Reined Cow Horse Association limited age event win of his career when he claimed the 2015 Hackamore Classic Open and Intermediate Open Championships aboard Red River Rivalry (Soula Jule Star x Shiners Miss Lena x Shining Spark), scoring a total 582 (144 herd/143 rein/150 cow/145 finals cow).

Continuing to Put the Horse First

At its April meeting, the AQHA Executive Committee continued to make huge strides for the benefit of the American Quarter Horse by approving stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators; enacting significant penalties for positive drug tests involving detection of clenbuterol in show horses beginning November 1, 2015, and modified penalties in horse racing, beginning May 1, 2015; barring the use of lip chains in show horses beginning January 1, 2016; and several other...

A Rail-Side Seat for Derby History

As the contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby are starting to shape up, the world has begun to turn its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high-stakes anticipation of "the most exciting two minutes in sports." From the iconic garland of roses awaiting the champion in the winner's circle to the potent mint juleps that infuse the day with "spirit," the...

Do You Have A Really Sensitive Horse?

Professional cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp shares his story of winning this year’s National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes with Dennis Moreland Tack. Phil Rapp stopped in my shop yesterday to tell me that he had used one of my bits to pilot Dont Stopp Believin to the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Co-Championship. Phil said, “Dont Stopp Believin is so light in the face. I was riding him in a short shanked bit with a low port in the go-rounds at this year’s Super Stakes,...