The NU Cash Legacy

This athletic stallion built the career of trainer Ted Robinson, sired a line of legendary performers and rejuvenated the reined cow horse industry.


Destiny can be an unpredictable visitor. She has a way of showing up unannounced and can lurk in the shadows, unspotted for years, until someone finally realizes she's done something that deserves credit. Such is the case with a Quarter Horse colt born on April Fool's Day, 1984. Bred and raised by Doug and Betty Erbes of Windsor, California, the blaze-faced sorrel registered as NU Cash grew up to become a champion and put life back into a fading sport. He founded a line of winning cutters, reiners and working cow horses-while building a ranch along the way-and launched his trainer's career into the "statusphere."

But first, the colt had to be discovered, and that's where Destiny made her entrance. She led Ted Robinson into NU Cash's pasture when the horse was a pot-bellied yearling chowing down on grass and inspired the trainer to take over from there.

This is the story of how it all happened, and of how one horse, pointed into the right hands, can change many lives.

To read the rest of this story, pick up the December 2006 issue of Western Horseman.