AUSTIN BLAKE from Texas has been riding cutting horses and doing most of his own training since his mid-teens. “I’ve had some help with them all the time, but I’ve pretty much trained them all since I started, which might be why it’s taken me so long to win anything, I guess!” Blake said.
LTE: $271,843.99 You be the judge . . . Sunday, October 30, 2011 Page 7 Hall of Fame Local Vines Jack Adams and Tom DeRegt Inducted just yesterday in the PCCHA Hall of Fame, Jack Adams and Tom DeRegt have dedicated many years to supporting and advancing the sport of cutting.
JACK ADAMS has been active in the cutting horse industry since the early ‘60s, serving on the PCCHA Board of Directors from 1975-90.
He traces his roots back to Nevada where, as a young boy, he and his dad started broncos and cowboyed all around the Elko desert.
He was with horses from sun up to sundown.
His Buckaroo experience and affection for horses that no trainer or textbook could impart are what brought Jack to a lifetime of devotion and dedication to raising, breeding, and training some of the Pacific Coast’s finest horses.
In his late twenties, Jack set up his first training operation in Smith Valley, NV.
He then moved to California in the early 1960s to manage and train at the Dos Rios Ranch.
There he built one of the most successful breeding and training programs on the west coast.
In 1977 he and his wife, Judy, purchased their own ranch the Sliding J Ranch in Acampo.
For the next 30 years they were lucky enough to build a lifetime of fabulous memories.
Amazing stallions stood at Sliding J.
Riding and training some of their offspring along with other great horses helped Jack to the finals and winners circle in many PCCHA major events.
Since retiring in 2004 to their new ranch in Clements the Adams ranch – jack is still offering his knowledge and experience giving lessons and fine tuning a horse as time and health allow.
His most cherished award, the “Dave McGregor Award”, given from his fellow trainers, best sums up who Jack Adams is.
It reads as follows: “In honor of a career that has stretched from the cow camps of Nevada to Will Rogers Coliseum.
You have been a major force in the training, showing, and breeding many of the Pacific Coast’s finest horses.
While opening your home, you shared your knowledge and skills, helping to guide some of the finest young people in our industry.
Thank you from the trainers of the PCCHA.” TOM DEREGT began riding horses as a Youth Competitor in AQHA, Pacific Coast and in the early years of the California Reined Cow Horse Association.
After not riding a horse for 20 years, Tom purchased his first cutting horse in 1996 because Judy felt he needed a “hobby.” His hobby soon became a very active part of Tom’s life.
Tom is a past member of the PCCHA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and a Past Director of the NCHA.
He was instrumental in the development of the crucial PCCHA Strategic planning Committee, created in 2007.
He is a current member of the Finance Committee.
He and his wife, Judy have been Platinum Club members as well as award sponsors and Youth Fund contributors.
Tom was born in San Francisco and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula.
He is a graduate of the Business School at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he met his wife, Judy.
Judy and Tom live in Carmel Valley, California; have 3 children, Chris, Bryan and Taylor.
Chris and Bryan are both graduates of Cal Poly and Taylor is a third year student at Cal Poly. Tom DeRegt (l) and Jack Adams (r) Daily Cutter Editors Charlotte Gorton, writer Rose O’Sullivan, graphics firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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