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					Eastern National Finals                               VOL 3, NO. 1, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2001
                                           AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION



                          TODAY’S                                Mississippi “horse-pitality”
                          NEWS....
                                                                 draws finalists to Jackson
                          $3,000 Novice 1st go
                          heads 12-day schedule                     925 entries ready for showdown

                                                                 J
                          Corky Sokol, winner of last year’s          ackson in the spring has be-
                          $3,000 Novice Eastern Finals                 come an annual pilgrimage for                2000
                          aboard Colonel Flip Dox, is                  cutters from coast-to-coast.
                                                                                                           CHEVY TRUCKS NCHA
                          mounted on Lots Of Handle, owned       This marks the 21st year the city
                                                                                                         EASTERN NATIONAL FINALS
                          by Peter Deleeuw of Tomball, TX,       has hosted the National Finals and
                          in the fifth bunch. Sokol was also     entries include contestants from 30
                          the 1996 Open Eastern Finals cham-     states, as well as Germany and
                          pion riding Handle Bar Jane.           Canada.
                               Robert Rust, last year’s $3,000        Jim Reno, former NCHA presi-               SCHEDULE
                          Novice reserve champion on Miss        dent, remembers when the event
                                                                                                             Tuesday, March 13
                          Freckles Boon, rides in the fourth     was held for several years in Albu-
                          and seventh bunches. He is             querque, NM, in the late 1960s, and             1st go-round
                          mounted on Little Hickory Jane         was limited to the top horse from              $3,000 Novice
                          for Susan Stoval of Cuero, TX, as      each area. “We only had eight or            Beginning at 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                                           95 entries • 7 sets of cattle
                          the last rider in the fourth bunch,    nine horse,” said Reno. “So we
                          and has drawn in the middle of the     changed the format in 1976 and
                                                                                                           Wednesday, March 14
                          seventh and last bunch on Huggs        took the top ten horses in each
                          Olena for Shannon Rust of New          area.”                                         1st go-round
                          Ulm, TX.                                    The 1976 event was held in               $10,000 Novice
                               Last year’s Open reserve cham-    Waco, TX and for the first time,            Beginning at 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                                           95 entries • 7 sets of cattle
                          pion, Bryant Slaughter (Mr             instituted the five-judge system.
                          Hickory Smoke) rides Star G Bob        Also for the first time, an added
                                                                                                            Thursday, March 15
                          Acre for Hubert Gentry of Indus-       purse was available, to be divided
                                                                                                             Beginning at 8:00 a.m.
                          try, TX, in the sixth bunch.           equally between open and non-pro
                               Also watch for Gil Porter on      divisions.                               FINALS $10,000 Novice
                          Miss Magic Molly in the sixth               “I got Diagnostic Data, who          FINALS $3,000 Novice
                          bunch. Porter, a non-pro who hails     produced Drive supplement, to put             1st go-round
                          from Silver Spring, MD, has missed     up $20,000,” said Reno. “They were       $10,000 Novice/Non-Pro
                                                                                                           28 entries • 2 sets of cattle
                          riding in just two National Finals     the first ever NCHA sponsor. Some
                          since 1976. Among many accom-          of the trainers wanted it (added
                                                                                                           TASTE of MISSISSIPPI
                          plishments, Porter was 1986 Open       money) in the Derby, but I always
                                                                                                         & Chevy Truck Giveaway
                          National Finals champion with War      felt that we needed to promote the                 8:00 p.m.
                          China, the same horse he rode as       area workoff. That is our grass roots        Mississippi Trade Mart
                          Non-Pro champion in 1982, and for      and where it all began.”                 Adjacent to State Fair Grounds
                          reserve champion titles in the non-         In 1987, the format was
                                                                                                         Schedule resumes Friday, March
                          pro division in 1983 and 1988.         changed once more to include af-          16 at 8:00 a.m. & continues
                               Mark Mills, former National Fi-   filiates and the top ten horses from      through Saturday, March 25
                          nals Open champion and reserve         each class. Reno was president at
                          champion (1995, Oakanitos Last,        the time and recalled, “When we               HOSPITALITY ROOM
                          1998, Dox Time And Again, respec-      changed the rule to where the af-         Daily 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                         Second floor, south end of arena
                          tively, rides Vibrant Docogold in
                          the fifth bunch for Bethel Steward.    Continued on page 2
                                                  A Horse of a
                                                 Different Color
                                                D
                                                         onna Canada, of Yukon, OK, hopes
                                                         to make a “splash” at this year’s
                                                         Chevy Trucks NCHA Eastern Na-
                                                tional Championship. Canada is an Appal-
                                                oosa breeder who has been riding cutting
                                                horses for about a year. Last year she made
                                                her debut in the Eastern National Champi-
                                                onships, after having shown just 10 times.
                                                     “I was scared to death,” Canada said of
                                                her first ride in Jackson. “I was so fright-
                                                ened about the big pen. I was eighth or ninth
                                                out of 107 in the go-round, then I went brain
Renowned sculptor and former NCHA               dead in the finals. I’m hoping to do better      Appaloosa mare Lily Olena, pictured with
president, Jim Reno, had a hand in              this year.”                                      Glynn Whitman, is an area champion and
developing the National Finals format.               While Canada is still learning the ropes,   Appaloosa Futurity champion.
                                                her mare, Lily Olena, knows her way around       Larry Williams photo
Continued from page 1                           a cutting pen, no matter the size. The Ima
filiates could participate, we had the big-     Doc Olena (ApHA) daughter has earned                  “He has a big blanket,” says Canada of
gest cutting we had ever had up until that      nearly $16,000 in NCHA competition and           flashy Ima Red Ryder, reserve champion of
time -- more than 700 entries. That was a       $10,000 as the winner of the Appaloosa           the Appaloosa Breeders’ Futurity.
real milestone.                                 Breeder’s Futurity.                                   Canada raised both Ima Red Ryder and
      “It helped the weekend cutters and gave        “People are always startled to find out     Lily Olena, whose dam died last year at 29,
people that for whatever reason couldn’t        that she’s an Appaloosa,” says Canada of         just one week after Canada’s six-year-old
haul a horse for the Top Ten, a showcase.       Lily Olena, whose markings are subtle. “She      grandson won his first belt buckle with her
It’s a fantastic show. Jackson loves it and     has some color, but most people don’t be-        at the local county fair.
they’ve done a great job.”                      lieve she’s an App. She kind of looks like a          A televised segment of the Calgary
      The late Carl Crawford, of Indianola,     mustang with a long mane and tail. People        Stampede featuring cutting in slow motion
MS, was instrumental in bringing the “Area      have teased me about her having a BLM            and set to classical music, attracted Canada
Workoffs” to Jackson. Crawford was an avid      (Bureau of Land Management) brand.”              to the sport. “I thought it was the most beau-
non-pro competitor who qualified for the             Ridden by Glynn Whitman, of El Reno,        tiful thing you could do on horseback,” she
NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame riding just one       OK, nine-year-old Lily Olena was last year’s     said.
horse -- Chickasha Marie, by Chickasha          Area 8 and Oklahoma CHA champion                      While Canada is taking one day at a
Danny.                                          $10,000 novice horse, and Southwest Okla-        time with her own riding career, she has
      For the past five years, Lamar Thaggard   homa CHA reserve $10,000 novice horse.           definite plans for her horses. “My personal
M.D., of Madden, MS, has played a major         Canada also rode her to earn amateur cham-       goal is to make (cutting) people like Appal-
role in coordinating the event with NCHA,       pions at the Spring Fling and the Non-Pro.       oosas,” she said. “They don’t now, but
the City of Jackson, and the State of Mis-           In addition to Lily Olena, Whitman will     eventually, if enough good ones show up,
sissippi. Lee Garner, of Batesville, MS, and    ride Ima Red Ryder, a six-year-old Ima Doc       they’re going to have to like them.
Johnny Sanders, of Canton, MS, have also        Olena son, for Canada’s husband, Ronnie,              “Lily Olena is an outstanding mare and
devoted countless hours to assure that the      who rides the gelding in the $2,000 limited      people love her. That’s neat when you can
Eastern National Championship maintains         rider division.                                  change their minds just a little bit.”
its reputation as the weekend cutter’s fa-
vorite springtime destination.
      Said Garner, “ Dr. Thaggard makes sure
                                                                 VIP & Media Cutting
that the Hospitality Room is open and that      On Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., cutters       be present to win.
we feed everybody lunch every day. NCHA         and area-residents won’t want to miss the             A separate drawing will be made for
has taken that on and done really well with     NCHA VIP & Media Cutting and John                those who cannot attend the NCHA VIP &
it. And the hospitality in Jackson is fantas-   Deere Lawn Mower Giveaway. Just a                Media Cutting and John Deere Lawn
tic.”                                           $5.00 donation to the University of              Mower Giveaway, but who would like to
      “We’re happy that everyone came to        Mississippi Medical Center, MS Health            make a $5.00 donation. The winner of this
see us this year,” said Dr. Thaggard. “Any-     Science Campus, entitles the purchaser to        drawing will receive a lifetime NCHA
thing we can do to make their stay better,      a ticket to the event and a chance to win a      membership (including a lifetime subscrip-
we hope they will just let us know.”            brand new John Deere riding lawn mower.          tion to the Cutting Horse Chatter), along
                                                A drawing will be made immediately               with a leather and wool NCHA jacket
                                                following the cutting; ticket holder must        valued at $250.
                                                         DEFENDING CHAMPIONS (1999)
                                              Open – ALOTTA MERADA, owned by Anthony Caporina, Washington, TX; Kenny Pugh
                                                Res. – Mr Smoke Hickory, owned by Marcus and Rosanne Haggard, League City, TX;
                                                  Bryant Slaughter
                                              Non-Pro – LEE GARNER, Batesville, MS, riding Peponitas Acre
                                                Res. – Tennessee Walker, Tehuacana, TX, riding High N Fancy
                                              $20,000 Non-Pro – WAYLON OVERSTREET, Kenansville, FL, riding Bouncer Solano
                                                Res. - Kelle Earnheart, Hernando, MS, riding Peppys Bo Diddley
                                              $10,000 Amateur - LINDSAY MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit
                                                Res. – Barbara Brooks, Brentwood, TN, riding SC Sprat
This horse won the NCHA Futurity, but
was Reserve Open Champion of the 1996         $50,000 Amateur – TIFFANY STERNFELS, Plattenville, LA, riding Gods Little Acre
National Finals with Terry Riddle. Can you
name the horse and the rider in the photo?
                                                Res. - Lindsay Moore, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit
Answer in next issue. Dalco photo             $3,000 Novice – COLONEL FLIP DOX, owned by Kelly Stanford, Victoria, TX; Corky Sokol
                                                Res. – Miss Freckles Boon, Lonnie & Barbara Allsup, Clovis, NM; Robert Rust
     Good Taste                               $10,000 Novice – WIDOWS FRECKLES, owned by Robert and Debbie Middleton, Summit,

    & Giveaways                                 MS; Robert Rust
                                                Res. - Last Little Lena, Punk Carter, Celina, TX; Punk Carter
     On Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.,
the Mississippi Division of Tourism             Res. - Little Blue Lynx, Joy Smith, Livingston, MT; Mike Chrustawka
presents the Taste of Mississippi. The        $10,000 Novice Horse/Non-Pro Rider – RBS TWISTER, Wade Rust, New Ulm, TX
much anticipated event is hosted for
cutters by Jackson-area restaurants at          Res. - Dances With Dually, Gayle Allen, Leola, AR
the Mississippi Trade Mart, located next      $2,000 Limit Rider – MALINDA MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Squall N Chex
to the Mississippi State Fair Grounds
Equine Center. In a drawing following           Res. - Tamra Gilbert, Leander, TX, riding Fancy Little Peppy
dinner, one lucky competitor will receive     Senior Youth – LINDSAY MOORE, Onsted, MI, riding Playboys Habit
a brand new Chevy Duramax Diesel
Truck, courtesy of Chevy Trucks, the            Res. - Nikki Sokol, New Smyrna Beach, FL, riding Lucky Bottom Roy
official truck of NCHA.                       Junior Youth – ANDREW HESTAD, Jackson, GA, riding Aprils March
     Every cutting competitor will be
                                                Res. - Jamie Sokol, New Smyrna Beach, FL, riding Peppy Sandalena
hoping for the “luck of the Irish,” on
Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at
the Catfish Fry and Sooner Trailers
                                              Can you match the horses entered in the 1976 and 1977 National Finals with
Giveaway. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., 400
                                              their riders? Look for the answers in the next issue of the Jackson Chatter.
pounds of catfish, donated by Jimmy
Sandifer of Isola, MS, will be served to         1.   Miss Cocoa Jay                           a. Kobie Wood
cutters by the Mississippi Department of         2.   Doc’s Dulce Bar                          b. Jim Milner
Agriculture. Following dinner, a drawing         3.   Golden Wonder                            c. Gil Porter
will be held for competitors. The lucky          4.   Mr San Peppy                             d. Edd Bottom
winner will receive the use of a beautiful,      5.   Gun Smoke’s Dream                        e. Mike Mowery
new three-horse gooseneck trailer for a          6.   Doc’s Haida                              f. Shorty Freeman
full year, courtesy of Sooner Trailers, the      7.   Doc’s Starlight                          g. Buster Welch
official trailer of NCHA.                        8.   Hollywood Gracie                         h. Pat Patterson
                                                 9.   Rey Jay’s Pete                           i. Helen Groves
     Daily Chatter                              10.   Ward’s Star Bar                          j. Dale Wilkinson
     Editor: Sally Harrison                     11.   Chickasha Gay                            k. Norman Bruce
     Contributers: Carolyn Crist                12.   Sport Model James                        l. Matlock Rose
                                                13.   Doc’s Wimpy                              m. Billy Baker
     Contributions, comments, and
                                                14.   Peponita                                 n. John Carter
     suggestions are welcome. Call
                                                15.   War China                                o. Spencer Harden
     Sally Harrison at (817) 460-1325
                                                16.   Lucky Bottom 79                          p. George Bunn
     or sallyharrison@juno.com
                          Where do they come from?
      Home states and countries of this year’s Chevy Trucks NCHA Eastern National Finals entries.
                                                        Canada




Germany

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                                                                         Cartoonist Jerry McAdams, “that cow art
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                                                                         view and a nationally recognized artist
                                                                         whose favorite subjects are horses and
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