Matt & Baby’s 2-2-9 Paid in Vegas!

If you have been keeping up the NCHA this summer, you won’t be surprised that Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby have added yet another title to their resume. Marking a 229, the team won the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Finals championship this past weekend in Las Vegas at the South Point Equestrian Center.

Special Nu Baby is owned by Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, OK. She is a nine year old mare out of Dual Rey and Nu I Wood. Her lifetime earnings surpass $415,000 and has over $70,000 won in just 2015 and has double the earnings of second place in the NCHA Open standings. Marking a 229 isn’t out of the ordinary for “Baby”, she and Matt marked a 230 this Spring at the San Antonio Stock Show to get the win.

Baby is a “once in a lifetime” horse and I cherish every day I get to walk to the herd on her.

Matt and Baby’s partnership is somewhat nostalgic because he rode her dam, Nu I Wood, to 6 NCHA Championships and earning over $400,000. When talking about Baby, Matt said, “Baby is a “once in a lifetime” horse and I cherish every day I get to walk to the herd on her. This team has had an exceptional year and it will be exciting to see how it all concludes.

Jayci Byler and Nicks Zephyr Win 2015 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship


If you recognize the name Jayci Byler, it’s probably because this cowgirl and her teammate “Bubba” have been taking the barrel racing world by storm. Coming off a recent win at Waco at the Elite Youth Extravaganza barrel race, this team took the championship at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show in Oklahoma City this past weekend.

Nicks Zephyr aka “Bubba” is a 15 year old Dr. Nick Bar gelding and is just a few years older than Jayci. The duo resides in Beeville, TX and is a strong force to be reckoned with.“>

A New Hybrid Boot at a Great Price | CrossFit


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