Trainer’s Corner – Tatum Rice

December 11th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

TOTAL EARNINGS: $2,327,291

How did you get into cutting? “I’ve been in cutting forever. My entire life my dad [Boyd Rice] trained cutting horses and his dad [Sonny Rice] did also. My dad’s mom’s dad was the first one that got into cutting.”

Who did you work for? “I was with my dad until I was 17 and then I worked with [cousin] Tag Rice and Ronnie Rice for a long time after that. I was with Tag from 2004- 2009. I left Tag’s in 2009 and went to work at Carl Smith’s place in 2010 and 2011. When I married Kylie, we built our place and started here in May of 2012”

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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.


Tatum Rice Victorious in 2017 Super Stakes Open, Making History

April 16th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Tatum Rice made history last night when he won the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes open final.

All three generations of the Rice family have now won at least one major title in the famed Will Rogers coliseum. You could easily say the Rices are cutting’s most successful family in the sport.

Tatum rode Hashtags and marked a 220 that couldn’t be beaten.

Tatum told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he had a good feeling coming into the final.

Tatum took home just over $74,ooo for the win, taking his lifetime earnings to more than $1.43-million.

It was a close contest with Clay Johnson clinching Reserve just half a point behind on Melting Snow. James Payne came in third with Hot Revolver on a 219.


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