commentating and giving highlights on the
industry's major aged events:
West Texas Futurity
yearly path resembles a road map, much like the route he has
taken to becoming one of the most recognizable voices behind
a microphone in the cutting horse industry.
skills, especially his love for kids, probably were bred
into him. His appreciation for the incredible horses that
control testy, uncooperative cattle is a different matter.
That love affair literally has grown from the ground up as
he cleaned stalls, groomed horses, drove a tractor to
prepare arena dirt and worked in show offices.
lives in Weatherford, Texas, with his wife of 25 years,
Colleen, and his mother-in-law, Margaret Weber.
His shows range from
week-long events to NCHA major events that occupy over three
weeks. He acknowledges that his total miles pale in
comparison to those traveled by weekend haulers, but his
30,000-mile-plus year is “seldom stop” once it begins with
the Abilene (Texas) Spectacular in January. “When I left
Augusta [the Augusta Futurity and Classic], I actually was
leaving for Paso [Paso Robles, Calif., and the Pacific Coast
CHA Spring Roundup],” Holt said.
voice frequently belts out the national anthem at cutting
horse events. Once, when a number of Canadians qualified for
the finals, Tad Free sang the U.S. national anthem and Holt
was asked to sing the Canadian national anthem. “I love
singing, just like I love announcing,” he said. “I hope
everybody enjoys my singing and announcing. I’ve been
fortunate to sing the anthem at the big [NCHA] Futurity, the
Super Stakes and the Summer Spectacular.” Modine Smith has
been an invaluable friend as she worked at elbow’s length at
the PCCHA scoring table.
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