The Rundown

News Roundup

September 15, 2011

Check out highlights from the Reichert Celebration and find out about record-setting cutting scores and breakthroughs in the reined cow horse industry.

Phil Rapp and Dont Look Twice set a National Cutting Horse Association record by marking a 234, which brought them home their third Mercuria-NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals win this year. (Journal photo).

Reichert Celebration

The American Quarter Horse Journal was on the road at the 2011 Reichert Celebration in Fort Worth, Texas.

Larri Jo Starkey, Journal editor, caught up with Ronnie and Vickie Kent of Graceville, Florida, the proud breeders and owners of Won Lopin RV Machine. The chestnut gelding won the Reichert Celebration Equine Sports Medicine 2-year-old maiden western pleasure slot class on September 10. By A Good Machine and out of Ill Be Dun Won It by Zips Poco Pine, Won Lopin RV Machine was ridden to the win by Jay Starnes of Summerton, South Carolina.

“Jay had the horse as ready as he could be,” Vickie says of Jay’s winning run with “Spider-Man,” as they call the gelding around the barn. “He was as broke as he could be, he was ready as (Jay) could get him, because he’s a perfectionist and he gets them as perfect as he can possibly get them to this point. And Jay is a wonderful showman. He’s going to show him to perfection. So this part, you can’t do anything else except that. All you can do is get the horse ready, and all you can do is show him as best as you can. You can’t control what the judges do. That part’s out of your hands.”

A full sister to Rode Rageous, winner of more than $25,000 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings, was the high-selling yearling September 10 at the Reichert Celebration yearling sale. By Ziprageous and out of Its A Good Life by Good Version, Shes A Godaddy Girl was consigned by Cooper Quarter Horses.

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New Records

In 1998, at the National Cutting Horse Association World Finals, Lindy Burch and the red roan mare Bet Yer Blue Boons marked a record score of 233. That record stood until September 4, 2011.

It was another mare, 13 years later, who would knock Bet Yer Blue Boons off the top.

Bred, trained and shown by Phil Rapp, Dont Look Twice is a front-runner in the race for the 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year title. The 6-year-old mare’s record-setting score of 234 is sure to help.

Phil and Dont Look Twice marked the 234 during the Mercuria-NCHA World Series Open finals held at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity in Nampa, Idaho. The score pushed them to the top of the leader board at the event, but it wasn’t the duo’s first World Series win this year.

The duo captured its first win at the World Series competition in February at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Phil and Dont Look Twice’s second World Series win came in July at Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

The daughter of High Brow Cat also boasts an illustrious maternal line. Her dam, Tapt Twice, bred by Phil Rapp, is an earner of more than $279,000. Tap O Lena, mother of Tapt Twice, won a barnful of NCHA titles from 1994-1997, including more than $450,000 in NCHA earnings. But it all goes back to Tapeppyoka Peppy, the dam of Tap O Lena, whom Phil rode to an AQHYA cutting world championship in 1985. In addition to boasting a laundry list of spectacular progeny, Tapeppyoka Peppy had more than $123,555 in NCHA earnings.

Considering all of the phenomenal athletes that Phil has worked with throughout his career, it really says something when he refers to Dont Look Twice as a once-in-a-lifetime horse.

“God gave her to us, and she is a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Phil said after his World Series win at Battle in the Saddle. “I hope she never goes anywhere.”

Texas Wildfires

At the request of Texas Task Force-1, a component of the Veterinary Emergency Team at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences was deployed to the wildfires consuming Bastrop, Texas, on September 7.

As more of the area affected by the Bastrop County wildfire is brought under control, the number of animals being seen by the emergency team has been significantly reduced. However, the services of VET are still needed to support local veterinarians and animal health officials with animals that remain in emergency shelters.

For more information about VET’s work in Bastrop County, visit the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine website.

Cow Horse Invitation

If you qualify for the working cow horse finals at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show, you’re also going to get an invitation to the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Show.

The NRCHA World Championship Show is January 28 – February 5 in San Angelo, Texas.

This action follows a previous decision of the NRCHA Board of Director to invite youth finalists at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show to compete at the NRCHA World Show.

“Our purpose in doing this was to encourage AQHA members to come and compete in the NRCHA,” says AQHA judge Sam Rose, an NRCHA board member. Sam has been instrumental in setting up youth clinics and activities and working to increase participation in reined cow horse events.

Working cow horse finalists at the AQHA World Show will be contacted after the conclusion of the event. The horses and riders that have qualified for the NRCHA World Show via qualification at the AQHA World Show will compete in the classes for which they are eligible.

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More Cow Horse News

NRCHA has added a new staple to its premier limited age events.

In 2012, a non-pro limited class will be added to NRCHA’s premier limited age events for derby-age horses – 4- and 5-year-olds – such as the Circle Y Derby, Hackamore Classic and Derby.

This new stand-alone class will feature herd work, rein work and boxing, and will have no finals. Eligibility for the class will be based on the rules for the current non-pro limited horse show class.

Be on the lookout for this new class, which will debut at the Circle Y Ranch Derby, held in January at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.