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Will Bushaw claims Reserve Champion at Eastern Nationals

Nine-year-old Will Bushaw, fourth on Saturday in the Junior Youth Finals, scored 217 points to claim the $2,000 Limited Rider reserve championship on Smooth As A Twist, while Doug Wallace, riding WH Wild Hair Sunrise, placed third with 216 points.   Will Bushaw, whose family owns Crown Ranch in Weatherford, Tex., earned his first buckle as a Junior Youth at the 2016 NCHA Western Nationals riding Metallic Jones. Will’s father, NCHA Hall of Fame Non-Pro rider Chad...

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A Winning Cowboy

The rich heritage and history of the cowboy is a story told time and time again, but for Weatherford native, Charles Russell Bushaw, this story comes from his ancestry and led to his hobby and eventual national championships. Charles Russell has grown up on the family’s ranch, which began over 111 years ago in White Earth, North Dakota. His father, Chad, christened their Weatherford, Texas, location with the same name and brand. He rides and...

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Passing of the Crown

Charles Russell Bushaw proved to be a Non-Pro to contend with heading into the 2016 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity semifinals. The eldest son of Non-Pro Hall of Famer Chad Bushaw, twelve-year-old Charles Russell is the youngest to ever reach a Non-Pro semifinal at the Futurity which is NCHA’s most prestigious event (since publishing this article we learned this accomplishment tied Cade Shepard who was also 12 years old – see NOTE: below). Riding Bella’s Cat (sired...

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Bushaw claims Rookie of the Year title

Congratulations to Charles Russell Bushaw, an incoming 7th grader at Weatherford Christian School! Charles was recently awarded one of the top honors within the cutting horse industry, the National Youth Cutting Horse Association Rookie of the Year. This award is given each year during the annual National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular.   He was also a NYCHA World Finalist and Scholarship Cutting Finalist. Charles Russell consistently earned enough points showing throughout the year to earn...

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NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale breaks all records

Western Bloodstock Ltd. launched its 2014 NCHA Futurity Sales with an all-time record Two-Year-Old Sale on Monday, December 8 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Tex., where 122 horses sold for an average of $32,580 with total sales of just under $4 million.   Eight Mile, by Metallic Cat, was the high seller at $400,000, followed by Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi, at $300,000, and Moses Man, by Metallic Cat, at $210,000.   The top five...

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Equi-Stat Non-Pro Rider Award Winner Chad Bushaw

Heading into December’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity finals in Fort Worth, Texas, Chad Bushaw ranked just behind cutting’s all-time leading Non-Pro earner, Mary Ann Rapp, and just ahead of Dustin Adams, second on the all-time list, with one show to go in their race to finish as 2012’s top-earning rider.   Not too surprisingly, the year’s last and biggest event decided another tight three-way race between the Non-Pro division’s dominant trio. Thanks to seventh and...

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Pippis Longstocking steps up with 219 points

It was a little nerve-wracking, the first day and with two horses in the same bunch,” said Tom Dvorak, who scored 219 points on Pippis Longstocking, as the first rider in the third set of cattle, and came back as the fourth rider to mark 217 points on Summer Stays Here.   The 219-point score topped the day, while 217 tied two others to rank fourth.   “Getting her through this first round was big,” said Dvorak of Pippi...

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Bushaw’s Bet On A Cat pays off

Chad Bushaw and iron horse Bet On A Cat won the NCHA Derby Non-Pro with 222 points, in the last hole of the first set of the finals.   One set later, Bet On A Cat scored 219 points under Tom Dvorak to place fifth in one of the toughest Derby Open finals in recent memory. It was the gelding’s eleventh performance during the 20-day show and his fifth finals run.   “He keeps getting stronger and smarter, but...

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Chad Bushaw, Bet On A Cat Top Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro

Chad Bushaw rounded out his collection of Fort Worth bronzes when he won his first Derby Non-Pro Championship with a 222 on Bet On A Cat Saturday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular limited-age cutting to earn $22,196.   Bet On A Cat (High Brow Cat x Bet On Houston x Peptoboonsmal) also made the Derby Open finals and scored a 219 Saturday with Tom Dvorak to earn fifth and another $23,234.   The horse also competed in John Deere...

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Dvorak and Bet On A Cat!

Bet On A Cat lived up to his name with a 224-point win under Tom Dvorak, as last to work in the 16-horse John Deere Division of the Open Super Stakes, on Saturday.   “We cut the three cows we wanted to cut and it worked out great,” said Dvorak, who showed the High Brow Cat son for his trainer, Non-Pro Hall of Fame competitor Chad Bushaw.   “My first cow was tough and the horse was reading it...

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