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Hottish First Time Sire of 2017 Futurity Champion Dual Reyish!

December 11th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

The 2017 NCHA Futurity Final was remarkable in more ways than one. Austin Shepard won his second Futurity buckle just one week after being crowned World Champion and Dual Reyish’s owner, Billy Wolf only met both horse and trainer the night before the final.
But on top of that – Hottish, the sire of Dual Reyish, now has proven progeny from his first crop, with a Futurity winner and fifth placed finalist Just Gettin Started, ridden by Jody Galyean.
Billy’s agent, Jim Ware was there – and as always with his finger on the pulse, emphasized what a remarkable result for Hottish. Dustin Adams, the owner of Hottish told CHTO’s Simone Cobb, he excited about Hottish’s future.


Casey Crouch Takes Out 2017 NCHA 25K Novice World Title

December 3rd, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Casey Crouch claimed his second World Title when he took out the 2017 NCHA $25,000 Novice World Championship in Fort Worth.
Casey rode Louis The Cat, a stud that remarkably won two World titles at the same event this year! The horse also claimed the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro with Tyler Delange.

An emotional Casey told CHTO’s Simone Cobb it was a privilege to show the horse.


Austin Shepard Wins 2nd NCHA World Championship!

December 3rd, 2017 by Simone Cobb

What hasn’t this man accomplished? There’s few titles, if any, that Austin Shepard hasn’t won. He’s now started winning them twice! Austin claimed the 2017 NCHA World Championship aboard Deluxe Checks, his second such title and set a record for the most money won in World Finals history, some $146,977.

While Austin came into the finals with a $15,000 lead, Tatum Rice could have snuck past him, after the pair spent much of the year dueling it out. But Austin quickly wrapped up the Finals scoring 233 in two go-rounds.

He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he owes much of his success to his team, with special mention to his two year old trainer Seth Holcombe.


Pedro Ornelas Crowned 2017 NCHA Futurity Ltd Open Champion

November 30th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Plenty of big stops and cow smarts saw Pedro Ornelas run away with the 2017 NCHA Futurity Limited Open Championship in Fort Worth.

Little Jo Cat created a frenzy of excitement from the crowd, marking a 225 to win by 4 points. The gelding is a High Brow Cat out of Jo Jo Boon, owned by the Anderson Cattle Company. Jo Jo Boon also won the Ltd Open Final, making it the first time a winner has bred another winner in that event.

Pedro, who has not had extensive show experience, took home more than $18,600 for the win.

Pedro was joined by his wife Janee and two children for the interview, told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he felt like he was floating in his first final in the Will Rogers.

Second place was taken out by Nate Lansford on Cat About Houston with a 221. Both Pedro and Nate will go onto the Open Semi Finals later in the event.


Madison Flynn Claims 2017 NCHYA Junior Scholarship Cutting

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Madison Flynn from Weatherford, TX dominated the 2017 NCHYA Junior Scholarship Cutting in Forth Worth.
The 11 year old marked a 223 on Cat Man Blue in the final, after posting her best score yet in the go round of 226.
Maddie spoke to CHTO’s Ruby Cobb about how she followed her dad Sean Flynn’s advice to not mess up!


Case Robertson Runs Away With 2017 NYCHA Snr Scholarship Cutting

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Case Robertson was a force to be reckoned with when he took out the 2017 NCYCHA Senior Youth Scholarship Cutting.
Case rode Little Rey Whirlacat to mark a 224.5, some 2 and a half points ahead of the field.
Case told CHTO’s Ruby Cobb he wants to use his scholarship money to get his realtor’s license.


Katherine Vanboekel Wins Unltd Amateur Classic at 2017 Summer Spectacular

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Hauling all the way from Ontario, Canada, Katherine Vanboekel conquered the Unlimited Amateur Classic Final at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.
Katherine clinched first place aboard Wendels Little Missy scoring a 221, then came seventh on Sweet EE motion with a 215.5. She took home almost $21,000 for her efforts.
She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb that her first win in a Triple Crown event was a dream come true.

Jimmy Baros from Blanco, TX won the Reserve Championship on Two Time Dual with 218.


Ryan Rapp Crowned 2017 NCHA Senior Youth World Champion

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

In his first year hauling for the Worlds, Ryan Rapp from Weatherford, TX was crowned 2017 NYCHA Senior World Champion at the Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Ryan came into the finals with an unbeatable 40 point lead. He rode Im Reydioactive and marked 220, & 221 in the go rounds and 219 in the final.

He told CHTO’s Ruby Cobb that he felt proud of his achievement.

Reserve Champion was Christina Huntley who rode Smart Frosty Cat.


Ryann Packard Wins 2017 NYCHA Junior Youth World Championship

July 29th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

After a tough year of hauling and competition, Ryann Packard from Sun City, KS, made it all worthwhile when she claimed the 2017 NYCHA Junior Youth World Finals at the Summer Spectacular.

Ryann, who came into the event with a 14 point lead, rode Sir Stylish Lizzy to mark 211 in the final and claim the championship.

Things didn’t always go her way in the go rounds, scoring 199 and 200.

She told CHTO’s Ruby Cobb that she had a lot of fun throughout youth week.

Reserve champion was Faith Farris who rode Quite The Fat Cat and finished the year 11 points behind Ryann.


Jessica Feiner Wins 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Ltd Non Pro

July 22nd, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Jessica Feiner from Colorado made it two for two when she took out the 2017 NCHA Limited Non Pro final in the Classic Challenge at Fort Worth.

Jessica and her horse B Nimble stayed glued to their second cow to mark a 220.5 to win by more than 3 points.

The pair won the same title at the Super Stakes earlier this year! They claimed more than $9,000 for first place, taking Jessica’s total earnings to more than $175,000. B Nimble, by Dual Smart Rey, has now won more than $40,000.

Jessica told Simone Cobb she’s excited about the future of her horse which has another year in the aged events.

Reserve Champion went to Michael Kemna on Ruby Shadow Cat with a 217, and third place was taken by Ryann Packard on
Peptos Scootin Man scoring 215.5.


Did You Know They Cut In Sweden?!

June 13th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Did you know they cut horses in Sweden? In fact, cutters there overcome many hurdles to practice the sport, such as sub-zero temperatures, a lack of heated arenas, restrictions on cattle movements and herd sizes and more!

But William Nottberg, who flew from Sweden to attend a Wayne Robinson Clinic, says despite those challenges, cutting is a growing sport there.

Will spoke to CHTO’s Simone Cobb about where cutting is at in Sweden and what he learned at Wayne’s clinic to take back and share.


Loping Tips To Prepare Your Cutting Horse To Show

June 9th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Top Loper Miranda Westfall

It’s a sight synonymous with cutting: dozens of horses next to the show arena being loped, and in some cases loped more and a few cases, loped more still lol! Yes, there are horses that need a lot of preparation while others just need to stretch and warm up. So do you know, exactly what your horse needs and can you tell when your horse has reached that ideal, show-ready state?

Below you’ll find some great tips for loping by one of the industry’s top lopers Miranda Westfall. But first let’s explain why we even lope horses before competition.

Cutting is an explosive sport, where horses gather up their power in the stop in order to pounce in the right direction, at the right time and in just the right amount to block the cow. But if they have too much energy stored in their bodies, they pounce too far and from there it all unravels.

Another reason for loping is to get the horse’s mind on the job, to help them focus and to make sure they are listening to foot cues, your seat etc. Loping is part of the showing ritual, that signals to the horse that it is time, not just to go to work, but to perform at their best.

So tips to help you prepare your horse to show:

  • Know your horse. Every horse is different physically, mentally and has different habits. Even if you don’t lope your horse at a show, lope it at home to get to know what your horse needs, so you can fully explain this to others. This takes time but will pay off tremendously. The better you know your horse, the better you will show.
  • Know loping etiquette. Everyone lopes in the same direction. The direction changes each herd change. Those going faster remain on the outer edge of the circle, walkers are on the inside.
  • Have tidy attire (especially if you are loping for someone else) and no hoodies is important.
  • Don’t move straight into a trot/lope. Miranda says this teaches them a bad habit. Walk your horse first and build the momentum.
  • Older, show-experienced horses generally take less time to lope (unless they are more high-strung) than younger horses.
  • Be consistent in everything you do. For example, put your horse’s boots on at the same time at every show. Miranda says she likes to put them on before she starts loping so it’s one less thing to think about (some people like to do it just before the horse crosses the line). The important thing is not so much when, but keeping it the same every time.
  • Don’t be picky with your horse, it’s not a time to train or get into a fight and make them mad before competing.
  • Trotting will often tire your horse faster than loping.
  • Understand your leads and be on the correct lead according to the direction you are moving.
  • Watch for the signs that your horse is ready. Are they “between your feet” (responsive), are they throwing their head (still fresh), are they soft in the face, how heavy are they breathing (good to have their noses blowing a little), how much are they sweating?
  • Remember, it’s better to have your horse a little over-tired than a little under-worked when showing.
  • Make sure you walk your horse to cool down after showing. A rule of thumb: the longer they loped, the longer the cool down.

Miranda, who works for Clint Allen, warms up one of the show horses.

To watch Miranda’s video series on loping click HERE (if you’re not logged in you’ll need to do that HERE or join up as a member HERE).


Winning The Mind Game

May 31st, 2017 by Simone Cobb

When people participate or watch sports many people make the statement, ‘mind over matter’ or ‘it’s all about your mental game,’ but how many athletes train their brain to prepare for a competition?

“When you get to those really elite levels [of sports], you have athletes telling you it’s 96-97-98 percent mental,” said mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. “[People need to] understand that your mental skills are absolutely apart of the package as far as seeing yourself as an athlete.”

Johnston has her Masters in sports psychology and specializes in working with equestrian athletes, traveling across the holding clinics and working with equestrian sports teams such as Stanford, Smith and USC. Johnston emphasizes in her clinics and book “Inside your Ride,” that taking time to work on your mental game is just as important as working on the physical aspect. country

“When you spend 10, 12, 15 hours a week on physical and zero hours on mental skills, that could be where nerves and stress come from,” Johnston said. “Because I believe it’s much more mental activity, my competing is much more mental but all of my practice is in the physical realm.”

Johnston states that when your physical game is to a certain level, when it comes to competition day it is about making good choices mentally while in the moment.

“[When] the physical is dialed in, they know how to get the most out of themselves, they know how to connect with their horse and communicate with their horse and they understand that on any given day it’s about being present,” Johnston said.

One of the best pieces of advice Johnston mentioned was focusing on the positive.

Many people focus on bad days [and ask] what did I do? What happened? Why didn’t I ride well?” Johnston said. “I look first and foremost at good days-what are you already doing naturally and help that become part of [your] routine.”

Some other ways Johnston recommended to become more consistent and improve your mental game in the arena is by:

  • Visualizing
  • Tracking goals
  • Making sure your energy is in a good place
  • Making sure you’ve got a routine in place

Lastly Johnston notes that it’s just as important for you to have a routine as much as your “horse before competing, such as stretching, loosening up and having a plan for when you’re in a hotel.

“When you have an amazing run, think back to how did you prepare yourself, where was your focus, what were you saying to yourself, what were you doing before you got on your horse,” Johnston said.

To hear more tips from Tonya Johnston, listen to the full interview at: https://chtolive.com/podcasts/  (Gold and Platinum members get full access to podcasts, Silver members get access for seven days when new podcasts are uploaded.)


CHTO Community Facebook Group Guidelines

May 19th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

We at CHTO are super happy to have you in our member’s Facebook Group!

Make sure you read through this post for some awesome tips and resources.

This group is a great place to share your cutting horse experiences, your awesome results using CHTO, get to know other CHTO users, and to share/learn tips and tricks for showing, training, riding and hauling.

In order to foster greater positivity in this group and to ensure the right expectations, we have come up with the following group guidelines below:

  • Keep it positive. Be helpful. Have fun. 🙂
  • Enjoy the opportunity to receive peer-to-peer assistance. Trainers are busy and we will do our best to get a direct answer  to questions however it may not be possible. All members are welcome to answer any questions.
  • No promos (affiliate or personal).
  • Please do not post video, live or otherwise!
  • No seeking of website support. If you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out via the email support@chtolive.com or call us on 877-395-4888
  • No making rants. Please direct those to the Support team (to those in the company who can actually address your issues properly).
  • No tagging of anyone on the CHTO team (unless you’re reporting a violation you feel they need to see).
  • No negative or “public shaming” posts of any kind (whether of CHTO, its team, or of other group members). They will be deleted and you will most likely be banned.
  • Above all, keep it classy!

In accordance with Facebook Terms of Service 3.2


Duncan’s Video Picks For May

May 16th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Duncan helps you to cut through the sometimes overwhelming amount of video content on CHTO and highlights a great video you should be sure to watch. This month, Duncan puts the focus on master farrier Wayne (Link) Baumann’s videos about how to keep your horse sound by using x-rays to ensure you shoe each foot on your horse correctly!

Click on the video below to watch. If you’d like to watch Wayne’s videos, you will find the link directly below the video player.

Click HERE to watch Wayne Baumann’s videos on hoof soundness and using x-rays to help.


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