MISS N Buck 2003 Chestnut Gelding. WOW, he is an own son of Miss N Cash! He is a great
tie-cown calf horse. He is bred the best and is an outstanding finished head horse He has a great disposition.
WOW! WOW! WOW! He is a great one! A beautiful, OWN son of Miss N Cash. He is big, fast, scores great.
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The noise still rings in my ears, all these years later.
It was precisely three decades ago at what was then the California Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity. The event was held at the then-much-
smaller Reno-Sparks Convention Center, a building situated in what is now the middle of the city but in 1978 was the outskirts of town. For the show,
organizers pulled out portable aluminum stands and hauled dirt into the convention floor.
As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration, Quarter Horse News takes a look back at the 1978 Snaffle Bit Futurity. That was the year Doc N Missy performed to
glory with Bobby Ingersoll in the saddle. You can read the first-hand account of their memorable finals performance on Page 88 of this issue.
I remember that finals, seeing Ingersoll ride Doc N Missy one-handed in the herd work and then watching as the pair dominated in a cow-work finals that many
believe is still the best there ever was. As Doc N Missy worked the cow tha t day, people in the packed stands started cheering, clapping and stomping their feet â
€“ all of which combined to make one heck of a racket.
If you were there, you remember it well. It was one of those performances not to be forgotten. Those kinds are few and far between, but never outdated.
Doc N Missy is one special horse, even 30 years later. She won the Snaffle Bit Futurity and then went into the cutting pen, where she earned $109,787, a
combination of Open money won by Bob Nelson and Non-Pro earnings with her owner, Dan Lufkin, owner of the Oxbow Ranch. In 1981, Doc N Missy was
NCHA World Champion Mare and also finished second in the Open standings. Four years later, she carried Lufkin to a top five finish in the NCHA Non-Pro
Doc N Missy and Miss N CashDoc N Missy had only four foals. According to Lindy Burch, the mare was taken to Little Peppy to be bred, but developed an
infection that left her barren. Of the few foals she did produce, three were performers. Bred twice to racehorse stallion Dash For Cash, Doc N Missy also had one
foal by Doc Oâ€™Lena and another by Diamond Jiggs. Miss N Cash was, by far, the most successful with $124,662 earned with Lindy Burch riding. They were
seventh at the 1986 NCHA Futurity and captured the Championship at the 1987 NCHA Derby.
If this mare could have lived up to her producing potential, there is no telling what her record might tell. But even with her abbreviated breeding career, Doc N
Missy was a star, a rare individual who successfully crossed the wide line that separates reined cow horse from elite cutting.
â€œIn todayâ€™s competition, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever seen one any better or one that could keep up with her. She has to be one of the all-time greatest
cow horses,â€� Ingersoll said.
Nelson agreed, saying, â€œShe was the greatest horse Iâ€™ve ever rode. Are you kiddin? For a long time after that, I tried to make every horse work like her and
it didnâ€™t work.â€�
Doc N Missy lived out her years with Lindy Burch on Lufkinâ€™s Oxbow Ranch in Texas. She first saw the mare while turning back for Nelson in a Novice
class at a cutting in Elko, Nevada.
â€œI was speechless, in awe, the first time I saw her,â€� Burch recalled. â€œShe is one of my favorite top five horses of all time. Everything about her, she was
fabulous and she was always an overachiever. She was an amazing horse.â€�
Doc N Missy died a little over five years ago, and Burch buried the mare under a pecan tree in the pasture at her 80 Ranch pasture in Weatherford, Texas. â€œShe
was afforded20all the luxury that a champion like her deserved,â€� Burch said.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that itâ€™s been 30 years ago since that day. Time goes by so fast. Horses change. Riders change. Expectations change. But Iâ€™d like
to think the Doc N Missy could come right back and do the very same again. Whether or not she would make a world class reiner is up for debate, but I bet sheâ
€™d still get down and cut in front of a cow with the best of them.
Thatâ€™s one clone Iâ€™d give anything to see.
Admittedly, Iâ€™ve never been a fan of cloning, but I am curious and cannot help but wonder at a second chance for a old mare who could probably hold more
than her own with todayâ€™s modern performers. Now that the NCHA has made official its affirmative stance on the showing of clones, I guess weâ€™ll all get
the chance next year to see if indeed the old-school clones can keep up with the newer generation. Bet Iâ€™m not the only one watching for the clones in 2009.
As for Doc N Missy, sheâ€™ll not have another chance. Her legend must live on in the hearts of those who loved and admired her. Perhaps thatâ€™s best. It
would be hard for another to live up to the incredible original.