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There’s a lot happening in the AQHA show industry — get in the know with The Rundown.

There’s a lot happening in the AQHA show industry, from news concerning the AQHA/NCHA Weekend, the death of a leading western pleasure stallion and the induction of new AQHYA officers. Get in the know with The Rundown.

NCHA President Chris Benedict (right) and AQHA Past President Frank Merrill presented One Time Pepto's owners, Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews of Matthews Cutting Horses, with an AQHA trophy. Photo courtesy of NCHA.


The AQHA/National Cutting Horse Association Weekend shows originally scheduled for June 3 – 5 were cancelled due to the equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak. After reviewing the responses to a questionnaire completed by each of the 25 NCHA affiliate organizations that planned to host an AQHA/NCHA Weekend about the potential rescheduling of these events for some time later in 2011, the NCHA executive committee voted against rescheduling the event this year.

“There were significant challenges in trying to reschedule the AQHA/NCHA Weekend shows this year,” says NCHA President Keith Deaville. “One key part of the NCHA Weekend tradition is that these 25 shows are all going on at the same time across the U.S. and Canada. It was impossible for all 25 hosting affiliates to reschedule for the same weekend later this year, and many of them requested that we instead focus our efforts on next year. Our goal will be to make the 2012 AQHA/NCHA Weekend shows the best weekend cuttings ever held, and we will use this extra time to develop plans and gather resources to meet that goal.

“The AQHA is a tremendous supporter of the NCHA,” Keith says, “and we are excited about this new aspect to our relationship. To have these 25 NCHA Weekend events ‘dual-approved’ so that cutters can also earn points toward qualifying for the AQHA World Show will be a significant new advantage for cutters across the country. AQHA/NCHA Weekend has a bright future, and we look forward to working with the AQHA, and our members, to make the 2012 edition an outstanding event, at each of the 25 locations. Meanwhile, we’ll be working with AQHA to see if there are any alternative programs we can offer this year to support weekend cutters and also to increase participation in the cutting classes at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City this coming November.”

The initial decision made by the NCHA executive committee in late May to cancel NCHA events May 20 – June 5 is credited with helping to stop the spread of the highly contagious EHV-1 virus.

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Farewell to Barpassers Image

The stallion Barpassers Image died June 10. He was euthanized due to complications from old age; he was 27.

Dave and Nadine Lipson of Paws Up Ranch purchased the horse in 1997 and stood the stallion at their facility in Purcell, Oklahoma (the current site of Oklahoma Stud). “Image” has been buried in Purcell, “with lots of peppermints around him,” Nadine says.

Bred in California by Glenn and Margaret Shaffer of Oceanside, Barpassers Image was a 1984 son of Barpasser and out of Tee Command by Last Command. Dale Livingston, 2007 Professional’s Choice AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year, found the colt as a long yearling and trained him until the stallion’s 4-year-old year.

“He was a wonderful horse – had a lot of charisma and talent,” Dale says. “He was really smart and a real people horse. You could always trust him.

“He had a way of bonding with people. He was my wife, Melinda’s, favorite stud of all the horses I had. After I sold him, I was at Paso Robles (California) showing his full sister, a year younger, named Pass The Tee, in the junior pleasure. David (James) was showing Image.

“Melinda would always meet me at the back gate after I had showed (and she did that day). David had gotten off Image and put the reins up over the horn. We were walking off, up the road, and that horse trotted off from David and was following Melinda from behind.

“When she turned around and saw him, she just broke out crying. She had just told me how hard it was to see that horse show and me not on him. He just stood there and let her pet him until David came and got him. He was that smart.”

Dale adds: “I watched him from afar after that, but everyone who had that horse seemed to feel that way about him, too.”

As a performer, Barpassers Image earned $44,248 through the National Snaffle Bit Association and finished in the top 10 in junior western pleasure at the 1988 AQHA World Championship Show.

In the breeding shed, he sired 581 foals from 22 registered crops; 218 of them have earned 24,346.5 points, all divisions combined, and 304 total Registers of Merit (to date). His get earned 14 AQHA world and reserve world championships, all divisions combined, as well as several All American Quarter Horse Congress championships, futurity wins and high-point awards. They include Barpassers Cody and leading sire Invitation Only, to name a few.

“I think (as time goes on), people will appreciate (his influence) even more because those horses had more talent than just loping down the rail,” Dale says.

“His offspring did so well especially for youth and amateur,” Nadine adds. “They had staying power. There were some amazing horses that he produced.”

But if there’s one thing that Nadine will remember about Barpassers Image, it’s this: “He was a good soul.”

NCHA’s Annual Convention

NCHA held its annual convention June 17-19 in Oklahoma City. New officers were elected, and Hall of Fame inductees were recognized at the event.

Inductees to the NCHA Members Hall of Fame are Don Bussey, Wayne Hodges, Pat Jacobs and Lisa Johnson.

Three horses were inducted in to the NCHA Hall of Fame – Copaspepto, Ms Peppy Cat and Woody Be Lucky.

Four non-professionals were inducted – Michelle Anderson, Victoria, Texas; Bonnie Martin, Las Vegas; Megan Miller, Poolville, Texas; and Julie Wrigley, Weatherford, Texas.

And six open riders were inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame – Mark Lavender, Brenham, Texas; Mark Mills, Brookshire, Texas; Jim Mitchell, Danville, Indiana; Don Pooley, Bebe, Texas; Matt Sargood, Millsap, Texas; and Greg Smith, Star, Idaho.

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AQHA Cutting Awards

Each year, AQHA recognizes the top breeding horses based on money earned by their offspring in NCHA competition during the calendar year. Each winner received an AQHA trophy from Charlie Hemphill, AQHA senior director of shows.

Just Scarlet, whose offspring won $281,507 in 2010, was the 2010 leading dam. Just Scarlet, by Smart Lil Ricochet and out of SPL Altisimo by Sugar Pep Leo, is owned by David and Ro Anne Ory and is the dam of the 2010 NCHA Horse of the Year, LHR Smooth Jamie May. LHR Smooth Jamie May, by Smooth as a Cat, earned $248,000 in 2010.

One Time Pepto, whose offspring won $643,843 in 2010, earned the 2010 leading freshman sire trophy. One Time Pepto, owned by Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews of Matthews Cutting Horses, is by Peptoboonsmal and out of One Time Soon by Smart Little Lena.

High Brow Cat, by High Brow Hickory and out of Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena, took his eighth leading sire award. High Brow Cat, owned by Jack Waggoner of Waggoner Ranches, had offspring earnings of $5,087,718 in 2010.

First Cutting Horse Sale Held in Europe

The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting event to be held in Lyon, France, will also coincide with the first cutting horse sale held in Europe and a two-day clinic featuring a roster of NCHA Hall of Fame trainers. The clinic will be held October 26-27, followed by the non-pro go-round October 28, the open go-round October 29, and the sale and finals on October 30.

Like its eight counterparts in North America, the Mercuria World Series show in Lyon will feature $25,000 in added money in both the open and non-pro classes. There will also be $15,000 from the Dual R Smokin European Incentive, with $2,500 going to each of the top three qualifying European-owned horses in the open and the top three qualifying European non-pro riders.

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New AQHYA Officers

AQHYA members gathered June 16-18 in Amarillo for a fun-packed Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar and AQHYA Convention, which taught valuable leadership skills to around 150 attendees.

Congratulations to the following 2011-2012 officers and directors, who were elected during YES and AQHYA Convention.


  • President Abigail Pait from Sparta, New Jersey
  • Vice President Britt Lynch from Monroe, Georgia
  • Secretary Chantz Stewart from Cave Creek, Arizona
  • Treasurer Logan Pluhar from Canyon, Texas
  • Sentinel Sarah Ann Pendergraft from Fayetteville, Arkansas

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  • Sadie Church – Region 2 Director
  • Ashley Hamling – Region 2 Director
  • Dylan Easley – Region 3 Director
  • Stacie Mitchell – Region 3 Director
  • Bailey Mierzejewski – Region 4 Director
  • Lauren Diaz – Region 4 Director
  • Abigail Pait – Region 5 Director
  • Michael Felts – Region 5 Director
  • Mark Mowbray – Region 5 Director
  • Alyssa Freitas – Region 6 Director
  • Jessica Stepanek – Region 6 Director
  • Sierra Arroyo – Region 7 Director
  • Chantz Stewart – Region 7 Director
  • Kelsey Vung – Region 7 Director
  • Austin Halvorson – Region 8 Director
  • Paris Nottingham – Region 8 Director
  • Logan Pluhar – Region 8 Director
  • Sarah Ann Pendergraft – Region 9 Director
  • Taylor Bevis – Region 10 Director
  • Jordan Boyd – Region 10 Director
  • Britt Lynch – Region 10 Director

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