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☛ Think animal abuse law is really a felony? 6-18–17




June 18, 2017

If you think that the Animal Abuse law passed in 2014, making animal abuse a felony, doesn’t have teeth in it, think again – especially if you live in Alabama.

According to WSFA of Alex City, Ala., Nick Patterson, a 30-year-old from Alex City was sentenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges,

Patterson, in a plea deal, pled guilty to nine counts of animal abuse plus three counts of financial transaction card fraud.

After finding 14 living but malnourished dogs in outdoor enclosures where Patterson lived last June, with only dirty water to drink, fed sporadically and neglected for months, police also found the remains of six other collies on the property. Patterson was sentenced to 10 years on each of the nine animal cruelty and abuse counts and three years on each fraud charge. All sentences will run concurrently.

Patterson also tried to flee from police, all the while fraudulently using credit cards and stolen checks. He turned himself in to authorities in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 24.


He may be eligible for parole after he serves a  minimum of 18 years and is not allowed to ever own an animal again.

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☛ NRCHA Derby Preliminaries 6-15-16

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



Press releasse from NRCHA
June 15, 2016


Smooth Bellingrath, shown by Nick Dowers for owner Triple D Ranches, LLC

The second day of preliminaries at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby wrapped up Tuesday, June 14, at the Paso Robles Event Center. The rein work prelims for the Open divisions are now complete, and Non Pro competitors have shown in two events, the rein work and herd work.


Some Kinda Merada, shown by Todd Bergen for owner Cable Creek Ranch, LLC

In the Open rein work, two horses earned 224 scores to share the lead in the go-round. On Monday, Some Kinda Merada (Cats Merada x Ima Fern Believer x Peptoboonsmal), a 2011 mare shown by NRCHA 2 Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen for owner Cable Creek Ranch LLC, scored a 224 to top the leader board. On Tuesday, the second 224 score came from Smooth Bellingrath (Smooth As A Cat x Very Special Peppy x Peppy San Badger), a 2011 stallion shown by Nick Dowers for his family’s Triple D Ranches LLC.


Click here for video of the top runs of the day.


Click here for complete NRCHA Derby scores, schedule, and live webcast.


Intermediate Open Rein Work

Shine Smarter and Sarah Dawson, Gainesville, Texas

The high score in the Intermediate Open rein work prelims, a 221.5, belongs to Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), a 2012 mare shown by Sarah Dawson, Gainesville, Texas, and owned by Sarah’s parents, Richard and Cheryl Winters.



Limited Open Rein Work

Roosters Pistolena and Lee Deacon, Gainesville, Texas

There was also a tie at the top of the Limited Open rein work preliminaries. Roosters Pistolena (Gallo Del Cielo x Mss Boomerchex x Mr Boomerjac), a 2012 mare shown by Lee Deacon, Gainesville, Texas, and owned by Two Broke Guys, earned one of the high 218 scores. The other 218 belonged to Magicat (Metallic Cat x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend), shown by Ryan Thomas, King Hill, Idaho, and owned by Joyce Pearson.


Magicat and Ryan Thomas, King Hill, Idaho








Showmethe Cat shown by Brendon Clark, Hollister, Calif.

Level 1 Limited Open

The high score in the Level 1 Limited Open rein work, a 213, belongs to Showmethe Cat (Cat T Masterson x Say Showmethe Money x Nu Cash), a 2012 stallion owned and shown by Brendon Clark, Hollister, California.





Laurie Richards, Buellton, Calif., and Kiss Me A Lot

Non Pro Herd Work

Laurie Richards, Buellton, California, rode Kiss Me A Lot (Master Getta x Kiss Me A Little x Smart Little Pepinic), her 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Champion mare, to a 221, the high score of the Non Pro herd work prelims. Richards and Kiss Me A Lot are currently second in the Non Pro composite with a 433.5 (221 herd/212.5 rein).



Intermediate Non Pro & Novice Non Pro Herd Work 

Hope Miller, Brush Prairie, Wash., riding Cashs Catmando

Brush Prairie, Washington, competitor Hope Miller won the herd work prelims in the Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions, scoring a 220 aboard Cashs Catmando (Metallic Cat x Shesa Lota Cash x Nu Cash). Miller and her 2011 gelding also lead the composite in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro with a 434 (220 herd/214 rein).


Amateur Herd Work 

Sonya DiStefano, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Reys Stylish Bell.

Sonya DiStefano, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won the Amateur rein work prelims on Monday, and she continued her high scoring ways on Tuesday, scoring a 217 aboard Reys Stylish Bell (Dual Rey x Blues Stylish Bell x Docs Stylish Oak) to top the herd work in the Amateur division. DiStefano and the 2011 gelding also lead the Amateur composite with a 432.5 (217 herd/215.5 rein).


Non Pro Limited Herd Work 

In the Non Pro Limited division, Linda Wood, Rolling Hills Estates, California, guided This Cats Royal (WR This Cats Smart x Da Royal Pepto x Peptoboonsmal), to a 216 to top the Non Pro Limited herd work go-round.


The composite lead in the Non Pro Limited is shared between Anne Albert, riding White Knight Time, and Erin Mendes, riding Recklessly Abandoned. Both competitors have a 424.5 score after two events.


Derby Non-Pro::

Shannon McCarty riding Chicaroos Cat.

In the Derby Non Pro, presented by Pony Tail Sportswear, Shannon McCarty jumped out to an early lead when she earned the high score of the rein work prelims, a 218, riding Chicaroos Cat (Hick Chicaroo x Kat Five x High Brow Cat). McCarty, of Solvang, California, and her 4-year-old mare already have a 2016 NRCHA Premier Event championship on their resume, after winning the Stallion Stakes Non Pro title in April.


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☛ Favorable horse provisions in Bill passed 12-21-15

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



Press Release from American Horse Council
Dec. 21, 2015 

Congress has passed a tax extender bill called the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 that includes several provisions important to the horse industry and supported by the American Horse Council.At the end of 2014, a number of favorable tax provisions for horse owners, breeders and businesses expired. In all, over sixty tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of race horses. All of the provisions extended are retroactive for all of 2015.Importantly, the bill would reinstate 3-year-depreciation for all race horses for two more years. From 2009 through 2014, race horses could be depreciated over three years, regardless of when they were placed in service. This change, which eliminated the 7-year depreciation period for race horses and made all race horses eligible for three-year depreciation, expired at the end of 2014. The just passed extender bill would reinstate 3-year-depreciation for race horses placed in service after December 31, 2014 through 2016.

The bill would also increase the so-called Section 179 business expense deduction back to $500,000 and make this provision permanent. It is currently set at $25,000. This would allow anyone in the horse business to immediately depreciate up to $500,000 of the cost of any investment in business assets, including horses, purchased and placed in service. The deduction would be reduced dollar-for-dollar once investment in all one’s business activities hit $2 million.

The bill would restore bonus depreciation for qualifying new property, including assets used in the horse business, such as horses and other equipment, purchased and placed in service during 2015 through 2019. The bonus depreciation percentage is 50 percent for property placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017 and phases down to 40 percent in 2018, and 30 percent in 2019. The first use of the horse or equipment must begin with the taxpayer.

The extender bill would also restore and make permanent favorable tax treatment for land donated for conservation purposes, particularly land donated by farmers and ranchers.

The AHC supported the tax extender bill and originally achieved the 3-year-depreciation of race horses provision in the 2008 Farm Bill and supported its inclusion in subsequent tax extension bills, including this one.


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☛ San Antonio Stock Show Horse Sale 5-12-15

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Knot My Cash, the 2015 San Antonio Select high-selling stallion at $25,000. Pictured from left to right: Dave Schaffner, Sandy Schaffner and George Birck.





May 12, 2015
By Kay Easterwood
Photos by Don Trout

Each year when the third weekend of February rolls around at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, the atmosphere comes alive with people who have a strong attraction to the western performance-bred horse.  For the past 28 years, this weekend has become home to two of the most highly respected auctions of all-around western performance horses—the San Antonio Select Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.  During this time frame the sale management firm of Segraves and Associates, owned by Dale and Donna Segraves, of Midlothian, Texas, have constantly fine tuned the auctions to meet the ever changing needs of the horse industry and stay abreast of the trends that come and go and drive market conditions.  The quality of service and a friendly attitude toward both sellers and buyers are corner stone elements of the sale management process.


Boom Boom Banjo, the San Antonio Select Sale second high-selling horse, bringing $17,500.

One can take a casual walk down any of the sale stall aisles on sale weekend and readily see this.  Buyers and sellers are conversing with each other, they are going out to dinner together having never seen each other before, they are enthusiastically introducing their families to each other, but one of the most noticeable traits among these people is the fact that they are all smiling.  They are having a good time and that is what it is all about.  Mix that in with an excellent dose of an upswing in market conditions and you have an atmosphere where good things are going to happen.  For nearly three decades now the Segraves management team coupled with that of the Stock Show’s Horse Department team have continued to fine tune on these elements so that the level of professional service is unmatched in the field of selling western performance horses at public auction.  This is why it has come to be widely known in the industry as “The San Antonio Weekend”.


The two horse auctions and the ranch gelding judging are all held each year during one of the nation’s largest winter stock shows, the 66th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of Texas youth.  It is an event known for its highly respected livestock shows and in 2014 was voted for the tenth straight year the nation’s Number One PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo.  Sellers and buyers in town for the two big horse sales are able to also enjoy the PRCA Rodeo, along with other attractions such as family entertainment, live music, gourmet food eateries, shopping and a very impressive Texas Wildlife Exhibit, just to name a few.  All of these attractions are well within walking distance of the horse sales stall area, Expo Center Arena and Auction Sale facility.  It is quite an impressive and exciting atmosphere that horse sale patrons love and keep coming back to.  As of 2014 and since its inception, the stock show has contributed a total $147.9 million in scholarships and grants toward the education of Texas youth.  In 2014 the annual contribution was $11.8 million alone.


Spanish Attration, the 2015 San Antonio Select Sale third high-selling horse, bringing $15,000,

2015 Select Sale Results:  The weekend began with the San Antonio Select Sale, held on Saturday, Feb. 21.  This is the traditional sale in San Antonio, selling stallions, mares, yearlings, two year olds and working horses with heavy emphasis on cutting, reining, roping and working cow horse pedigrees.  The sale also has the reputation of containing a wide variety of color such as grays, red roans, blue roans, buckskins, blacks and palominos, all of which are highly popular throughout South Texas and Mexico.  This year’s Select Sale included 172 consignments from consignors traveling from seven states.


At the end of the first day, the high-selling horse and high-selling stallion was KNOT MY CASH, a 2008 AQHA palomino stallion, selling for $25,000.  The stallion was sired by Sensation Cash, and out of a daughter of Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by George Birck, Round Mountain, Texas / Dave Schaffner, Agent, and purchased by Eduardo Campos Villarreal, Mexico.


The second high-selling horse in the Select Sale was BOOM BOOM BANJO, a 2010 AQHA bay stallion, selling for $17,500.  The stallion was sired by Banjo Whiz, by Topsail Whiz, and out of a daughter of Boomernic.  The stallion was consigned by Dave and Stacy Sehl, Cooper, Texas, and purchased by Becky Warncke (TX).


Snowphisticated Catt was the San Antonio Select Sale 6th high-selling horse, bringing $12,000. Shown are Joe and Holly Heim.

The third high selling horse in the Select Sale was SPANISH ATTRACTION, a 2011 buckskin stallion, selling for $15,000.  The stallion was sired by Playin Attraction; and out of a daughter of Seven S Keota, by Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by Jim and Kathleen Hill, H Ranch/Klay Waters, agent, Channing, Texas, and sold to Alvin King, Jr. (TX).


The top ten head in the Select Sale averaged a sale price of $13,740.  The top twenty head sale average was $11,345, and the top fifty head averaged $8,389.  Percentage of completed sales was 82%.  A total of 33 head were purchased by buyers from Mexico.


Klay Waters, selling agent for the third high selling horse in the Select Sale, when asked about the popularity of the San Antonio sales said, “We come here every year to sell our best ones.  The sales are very fortunate to be located in San Antonio, which is not only a great city to visit, but also very accessible to buyers from throughout Texas and Mexico.  The sales have been built to focus on quality stock-type performance horses with lots of color, and that’s what the buyers know they’ll find here every year.  Plus, the volunteers here in the San Antonio area who work tirelessly to help put these sales on have done an incredible job of focusing on hospitality for both U.S. and international guests.  People know they’ll have a great weekend and the opportunity to buy the best horses in San Antonio.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the Ranch Gelding Champion and high-selling gelding. Pictured (l to r) D.J. & Susan Storey Rubio, Thomas Bray (rider), Liz Bray, Julie & Fred Bray, Chase Ferrell of D&D Texas Outfitters, Kevin Ferrell of D&D, Lew Thompson of Espuela de Plata, Donna & Dale Segraves.

The San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was held Sunday, February 22nd.  In its twenty-third year, this is one of the first and one of the premier ranch gelding show and sales in the nation, with a reputation of attracting some of the finest working geldings available.  Only geldings are accepted.  The judged competition of the event is held throughout the morning, with the sale immediately following.  During the judged competition, each gelding is given seven minutes to perform a series of required maneuvers commonly found in ranch work.  Spectators often comment about the exciting nature of the fence work and roping, which is meant to challenge even the most experienced ranch horse.  This is due in part to the choice of cattle selected for the event each year—a South Texas style 600-weight straight F-1 tiger striped heifer.  This makes for a challenging competition and a true test of each ranch horse’s ability.


This year’s ranch gelding competition and sale included 74 geldings consigned by consignors from six states.  A total of $15,200.00 in cash prizes and awards were presented to the top placing geldings in the judged competition.  Competition results were as follows:


Bad Freckles, 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding reserve Champion and third high-selling ranch gelding. Pictured Wes Housler.

Champion Ranch Gelding.  PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto; and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D.J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas, and was trained and ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas.  The gelding scored a 174 out of a possible 200 to earn the Championship.  Awards for winning the championship included a check for $5,000 cash, trophy saddle, champion belt buckle, engraved breast collar, and a monogrammed vest

Reserve Champion Ranch Gelding.  BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding, sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  The gelding was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and was ridden by Wes Housler.  The gelding scored a 165 out of a possible 200 to earn the Reserve Championship.  Awards for winning the reserve championship included a check for $1,725 cash, an engraved breast collar, reserve champion belt buckle, and a monogrammed vest.

Third Place.  LENAS OLENA STAR, a 2003 sorrel gelding, sired by Lenas Jewel bars; and out of a daughter of Doc O’Lena.  The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Fourth Place.  MR SAN BO, a 2000 sorrel gelding, sired by Little Bo Badger, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Doc’s Solano, by Doc Bar.  The gelding was consigned by Larry and Beverley Jacobs, Pollok, Texas and ridden by Shawn Holden.

Fifth/ Sixth Place Tie.  HOT WATER SIX, a 2005 gray gelding, sired by Powder River Playboy, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Lucky Bottom Silver.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.

Fifth/Sixth Place Tie.  ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.   The gelding was consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas, and ridden by Kelsey Mosby.

Seventh Place.  DELIGHTFULLY SMART, a 2009 sorrel gelding, sired by Very Smart Remedy, by Smart Little Lena; and out of a daughter of Colonel De Boon, by Colonel Freckles.    The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Eighth Place.  SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding, sired by Shiners Lena Doc; and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.


Judges for the ranch gelding competition were Chance O’Neal, Guthrie, Texas; and George Chappell of Terrell, Texas.


Fred Bray, owner of two of the top placing eight geldings said, “The continued success of the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale here at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo really shows that horses continue to be an important part of western lifestyle.  There’s just no substitute for a high-quality ranch horse, and people know this is the place to find their next working gelding and competition level performance horse.  My son, Thomas, has competed every year here in this event since its inception and we are extremely glad that San Antonio has become known for the quality of this sale, and to be a part of that living, breathing connection to the western lifestyle.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding high-selling gelding at $18,000. Rider Thomas Bray.

2015 Ranch Gelding Sale Results.  Following the judged competition, the crowd moved to the auction arena, where the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was dedicated to Mark Colaw, former Chairman of the stock show’s Horse Committee and long time supporter of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo.  Members of Mark Colaw’s family along with numerous close friends were on hand at his side as Colaw received the award presented in the sale ring by Cody Davenport, Vice President of S.A.L.E.  Colaw, a life-time member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, became a Director of the stock show in 1996.  His tenure as Chairman of the Horse Committee ran from 1997 through 2005.  During those years as Horse Show Chairman, Colaw was known for his dynamic and innovative leadership style.  He developed strategies and leadership positions that are still in place today.  Perhaps his greatest contributions were in cultivating other volunteers who became leaders in their own right.  Many of these people have gone on to manage areas and hold leadership positions themselves.  Colaw’s path at S.A.L.E. led him to become the first Assistant Vice President in 2005, and in 2011 he was named a Lifetime Assistant Vice President.  His leadership at S.A.L.E. greatly influenced the development of the San Antonio Select Horse Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


Following the dedication ceremonies the gelding sale was kicked off featuring all of the geldings that had competed in the judged competition earlier that day.  At the end of the day, the top selling gelding was PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding that had been chosen the Champion Ranch Gelding earlier that day, ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas. He was sired by Sweet Lil Pepto, and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D. J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas; and purchased by Terry McKinley of Yoakum, Texas, for a bid of $18,000.


Paddys Irish Moon, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding Sale second high-selling gelding. Pictured Trey Wasserburger.

The second high selling ranch gelding was PADDYS IRISH MOON, a 2008 palomino gelding, sired by Makin Moonshine, by Shining Spark, and out of a daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey.  The gelding was consigned by Trey and Dayna Wasserburger, Vinita, Oklahoma, and purchased by Pamela Tushak, Vista, California, for $17,200.


The third high selling gelding was a 5-way tie, each selling for $15,000.  These horses were as follows:

  • BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  He was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico; and was purchased by Lawrence Merritt, Greeley, Colorado, for a final bid of $15,000.


  • ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.  He had been consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas; and sold to Brian Bichsel, Claude, Texas, for a bid of $15,000.
  • MOON PYE, a 2007 red roan gelding sired by Boonlight Dancer, and out of a daughter of Grays Starlight.  He was consigned by Rod Brents, Aspermont, Texas; and sold to Richard Gingrich, Sinton, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding sired by Shiners Lena Doc, and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  He was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas; and was purchased by Douglas McRae, Kerrville, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • HA GYPSYS NIC, a 2006 palomino gelding sired by Starlights Gypsy, by Grays Starlight; and out of a daughter of Reminic.  He was consigned by Blake Patillo, St. Elmo, Illinois; and was purchased by Kenneth Taylor, Midland, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.


The top ten geldings sold averaged $15,070, the top twenty averaged $12,235, with the overall average at $8,719 on 71% completed sales.


The 2015 San Antonio Select & Ranch Gelding Sale featured a packed house.

Dale Segraves has been managing sales like these in San Antonio since 1977.  When asked about the prices this year in San Antonio he said, “We were blessed this year with a really good set of geldings in the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale on Sunday.  It is hard to get a large group of these good geldings consigned because many of the people who own them do not want to sell them.  The high end of the horses in the Saturday sale was equally as nice, and we had what our repeat buyers from Mexico wanted.  San Antonio and the Stock Show offer sale participants so many fun and historic places to visit making for an unforgettable trip.  Over the years of managing these sales we have developed a lot of wonderful relationships with both buyers and sellers that come here every year.  It is very rewarding to see these people come to the event, have a good time, sell their horse, buy a horse, go to the nation’s number one PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo and drive out the gate having experienced a western life style event that ranks at the top of their list.  Another huge contribution to this “people friendly” environment is the long list of Stock Show volunteers and staff that work tirelessly to make it all happen.  That’s what San Antonio is all about. ”


Auctioneers for both sales were Don Green of Roanoke, Alabama, and Steve Friskup of Muleshoe, Texas.  Pedigree announcers were Wade Cunningham, Jay, Oklahoma, and Ty McClary, Valley View, Texas.  Sale management for the two-day event was Segraves and Associates, Dale and Donna Segraves of Midlothian, Texas.  This marked the 28th year for the Segraves firm to manage the event.


Sponsors of the sales were Don Pedro Mexican Food Restaurants of San Antonio for the Select Sale; and Espuela de Plata (formerly H & H Livestock, LLC), Pearsall, Texas; D & D Ranch Outfitters, Seguin, Texas; and Wrangler Jeans  for the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


The 2016 edition of the San Antonio Select Sale and the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be held next February in conjunction with the 67th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition & Rodeo.  Contact Segraves and Associates at (972)775-2880 or for details on the 2016 sales.

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☛ NRCHA Stakes in Las Vegas 3-31-14

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, Uncategorized | 0 comments



March 31, 2014

Kelby Phillips rode Hickory Holly times to the preliminary Rein Work title during the NRCHA Stakes.

When the first day of competition was complete in the 2014 NRCHA Stakes, held March 30-April 5 for the first time at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., there was a tie between two top Open horses.


With the Rein Work over, Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee), shown by Kelby Phillips, Tonapah, Ariz., owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kans., tied with Magicality (Very Smart Remedy x Magical Lena), shown by Anne Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, owned by her mother Joyce Pearson. Both scored a 222 in the Rein Work, receiving a $1,560.35 paycheck.


In the Intermediate Open, Real Smooth Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Real Plain Jane), a 2009 stallion shown by Ken Wold, Wilton, Calif., and owned by Daniel Perez, had the day’s high rein work with a score of 219.


The Limited Open Division was topped by Red Hot Jade (Smart Little Pepinic x Miss Nica Dual x Mister Dual Pep), a 2009 gelding was shown by Cody McArthur and owned by Bart and Terri Holowath.


In the Level 1 Limited Open, two horses tied for the lead. They included Coloradoboonsmal (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Playboys Josie x Freckles Playboy) shown by Keith Vogel and owned by Ted Swanson – along with Full Throttle Pepnic (Smart Little Pepinic x Peppys Rockin Angel x Hot Peppy Doc) shown by Dan Daponde and owned by John Scheck.



Tammy Jo Hays, Nocona, Texas, scored a 217 riding Two Kitties (Smooth As A Cat x SR Jaguar x Doc O’Lena), to take the lead in the Non-Pro Division with a 217.  Hays owns the 2009 mare in partnership with her father Walter Greeman. The pair is attempting to repeat their NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro Championship from last year.


The top Intermediate Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro was Bubba Petty, Roseburg, Ore., riding Pepinics Lil Outlaw (Smart Little Pepinic x Pand Delight x Grays Starlight) to a 216.5 score. Petty and his wife, Nicole, own the 2010 gelding.


Nicole took the Non-Pro Limited rein work title aboard Tangy Chexinic (Tangys Classy Peppy x Buenos Double Oakie x Bueno Chexinic), a 2010 gelding she owns with her husband Bubba.



Wilder Jones, King Hill, Idaho, claimed the high score of 217.5 in the Amateur division aboard Cat Can Do Magic (High Brow Cat x Magical Lena x Little Lenas Legend), a 2009 mare owned by J. Pearson, Trust, owned by his grandmother Joyce Pearson.


The event will send 20 of the top scorers in the Rein, Herd and Cow work to the Open Finals. Sixteen (16) will qualify for the Intermediate Open Finals and eight (8) will go to the Limited Open Finals.


The NRCHA Stakes features 4- and 5-year-olds by NRCHA Subscribed Stallions competing in snaffle bits and hackamores. The competition includes many of the top Snaffle Bit Futurity horses from the previous year, as well as those who might not have been ready for the Futurity, but who are now able to perform competitively.

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☛ Clarence Scharbauer Jr. dies at 88 – 2-23-14

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



Feb. 23, 2014

Clarence Scharbauer Jr. and his wife Dorothy. Scharbauer died Friday, Feb. 21 at age 88.

Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., a Midland rancher, horseman, philanthropist and a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), died Friday night , Feb. 21 from complications following emergency surgery in Midland. He was 88.


Scharbauer, Jr. was born July 6, 1925 and was known for his generosity to and love for his hometown, his horses and cattle ranching. A patient tower that opened at Midland Memorial Hospital in December 2012 bears his and his wife Dorothy’s names. Scharbauer’s $25 million pledge for Campaign for Tomorrow for the hospital expansion helped ensure that “health care in Midland was forever changed for the better.”


The city’s sports comples and the Midland College student Center are also named after the Scharbauer family. In his final years, he helped create and establish the Scharbauer Foundation. His wife, Dorothy Turner Scharbauer, died at age 73 in February 2005 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.


Scharbauer was also passionate about horse racing and owned Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas.

His family owned Alysheba, the 1987 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Another Scharbauer family-owned horse, Fiftyshadesofgold, won the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Park on Feb. 15. Scharbauer watched the victory via the Internet.


Scharbauer was a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, the Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Golden Spur Award for the national rancher of the year. He was honored with the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s lifetime achievement award. He was also a past president and a member of the Stud Book & Registration Committee of the American Quarter Horse Association.


He is survived by his son Clarence Scharbauer III and wife Kerry Wallace Scharbauer of Midland; son Douglas Scharbauer and wife, Karen Johnson Scharbauer of Midland; son Chris Scharbauer and wife LaVonne King Scharbauer of Amarillo; daughter Pamela Ruth Scharbauer of Palm Springs, Calif., and numerous grandchildren.


Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. Feb. 25 at Midland’s First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m.,Monday at Nallay-Ickle & Welch Funeral Home.


Information and photo for this article came from the Midland Reporter-Telegram, News West and the AQHA web site.

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