Sam Shepard – A Legacy Of Learning

November 5th, 2020 by Sophia Skeith

Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard loved learning. It’s perhaps the reason he came to cutting later in life as a cutting horse trainer and was able to enjoy almost $2.5 million worth of success in the show pen. But it wasn’t just his training prowess that made him a name in cutting, it was his decency and love of people that really established his reputation.

Shepard was diagnosed with a rare condition called Amyloidosis. He passed away September 15th this year at his home in Verbena, Alabama at the age of 74.

His son, Austin Shepard, described his dad as a very well rounded person. He was well read, passionate about education, and a talented horse trainer. Shepard traveled the world because of cutting horses and was always interested in people from all walks of life. Austin said his father lived a full life.

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Member Spotlight – Garth Bullis, Holcomb, Kansas

June 1st, 2020 by Sophia Skeith

Garth Bullis and Reyality Check

Garth Bullis began his horse career in the English world and soon moved into the western disciplines. He tried reining, and roping but still hadn’t found his niche. He came across cutting in a video and thought it was the coolest thing he had seen. After finding a retired cutting horse trainer who helped him learn, he became hooked.

He purchased a mare in 2014, got her started and showed her. She taught Bullis a lot. The pair ended up winning the Minnesota Non Pro Breeder’s Futurity and all three go rounds before that. He really felt like cutting was what he should be doing and after his dad passed away, he decided to really go for it.

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Member Spotlight – Ty Cole – North Fork, Idaho

November 8th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

Ty ColeTy Cole got his start riding range colts in Montana. After attending a cutting, Ty’s fascination with horsemanship was sparked. Ten years later, he specializes in yearlings, trains them for a year or two and then sells them mostly to cutting and cow horse competitors.

To learn his craft, he spent 6 months riding with Zane Davis. He said everything changed for him when he worked for Tom Campbell, based in Texas. Tom had a good string of horses and soon Tom said, “Alright, you’re up.” Ty got on his A string horses for the next few days. He said that helped him develop feel and how to cow up a horse. He said he felt those horses think independently about the cow.

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Austin Shepard DVD – Get To The Winner’s Circle

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

To win in the sport of Cutting, you need to have a trained cow horse! Six-million dollar winner Austin Shepard is the man to teach you how to do this. Buy his DVD to learn how to teach your horse to work a cow. Click here to purchase your own DVD Now! 

 

 


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.


Billy Wolf Chuffed As Owner of Dual Reyish 2017 NCHA Futurity Champion

December 11th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

What a great story! The owner of Dual Reyish, the new 2017 NCHA Futurity Champion, only laid eyes on the horse the night before he won! It was also the first time Billy Wolf met Dual Reyish’s trainer, Austin Shepard.

Billy, from Whitesboro, TX told CHTO’s Simone Cobb, he purchased the horse in May of this year on the faithful advice of his good friend and agent Don Ham.

Dual Reyish is from the first crop of Hottish foals. He’s out of Little Reylena. Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish won more than $192,000 for the win.


Austin Shepard Makes An Historic 2017 NCHA Futurity Win!

December 10th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

In the cutting world, 2017 will go down as the year of Austin Shepard.

The newly crowned Open World Champion made history when just a week later, he took out the sport’s Holy Grail, the NCHA Futurity Championship.

Austin rode Dual Reyish, from the first crop of Hottish foals, to score an unmatchable 228.
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he had a good feeling about his chances of winning on one of the best horses he’s ever ridden.

Dual Reyish is owned by Billy Wolf, who had only seen the horse and met Austin for the first time the night before his historic win!

Austin took home more than $192,000 in earnings for first place.

Reserve Champion went to Lee Francois who rode The Animal and marked 225.5. He won $169,000.


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.


Austin Shepard Claims the Derby Crown at the 2017 Summer Spectacular

August 9th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Austin Shepard was a man with a purpose when he came out last in the final to lay down the most exciting run of the Open Derby at the 2017 Summer Spectacular.
Austin had the crowd on the edge of their seats as he and Sir Long Legs shut down one cow after another to mark a 229! Reserve Champion, Matt Miller had been holding the lead at 224 on Metallic Smart Cat until Austin crossed the timeline.
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb his first Derby Championship in the Will Rogers felt very special.


Matt Gaines Dominates 2016 Open Futurity Final!

December 11th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

Second Spot defied her name and rode into the history books with one of the greatest trainers in the sport on her back, Matt Gaines.

Matt, who has won almost every major title on offer, finally grasped the Holy Grail of cutting when he took out the Open Futurity Final in Fort Worth.

The pair put on a spectacular display of precision and speed to notch up an amazing 229, some 7 points ahead of the field while the crowd roared its approval!

An emotional Matt told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he felt elated, relieved and blessed to experience this moment.

Second Spot was bred and raised by Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Ok by the sire Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon.

Matt, from Weatherford, Tx, wins more than $225,000 for the title, taking the second highest ever money earner’s total winnings to almost $7.9-million.

Austin Shepard, from Mobile, Al, won the Reserve Championship aboard Sir Long Legs with a 222, taking home $195,000. Sir Long Legs is a High Brow Cat owned by Lew Hall.

Third place went to RL Chartier on Crafty With Cows and a score of 219.5.

Total prize money for the open amounted to $1.975 million, with a $65,000 bonus total awarded to first and second place thanks to Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group.


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