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Gathered by Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 8, 2018


Showing his versatility, Tommy Houston, current operator and manager of the Houston Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas, , along with two other inductees, was recently inducted into the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame. Most of the cutting horse world knew Houston as a cutting horse owner and rider.

According to a press release from Tarleton State University, on Nov. 3, during the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame ninth annual steak dinner and auction, at the Twisted J in Stephenville, Texas, they inducted Houston, along with two other individuals: Bradley Harter, a saddle bronc rider and 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals rodeo and Kim Todd Hodge, a barrel racer, goat tyer, breakaway and team roper, who competed in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, as well as high school rodeos and the NIRA. 

Houston accepted a rodeo scholarship at Texas Tech, but traveled with members of the Tarleton Rodeo team, including Tooter WaitesRandy MajorsCharles Bitters and Bobby Hungate. Taking honors such as the all-around hand at the West Texas State University rodeo in 1967 and twice winning the Texas Tech calf roping and the Tarleton Rodeo calf roping in 1967, he was no stranger to the winner’s circle. He went on to win the American Quarter Horse Association’s World Calf Roping Title in 1981.


The first major Western horse event to be over by today’s date is the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held in Oklahoma City, Nov. 19-Dec. 1.  The 2018 NRHA Open Futurity paid out the second largest purse in the event’s history, with nearly $1.5 million awarded. Additionally, there was an 8 percent increase in horses entered (399) and a 14 percent increase in total entries (1,124).

The Open Champion of a 70-horse field across four levels, taking home a $142,500 for his owner and $7,500 for his nominator, Karl Hapcic, was A Vintage Smoke, sired by an NRHA Million-dollar Sire, A Sparkling Vintage, out of Lady Smoke Peppy, owned by Diane Mesmer and ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham. 

The Reserve title went to Isnt She Perfect ridden by Kole Price.  She is sired by NRHA Two-Million-Dollar sire Walla Walla Whiz out of Miss Silver Gun and is owned by Amy Meadows. The mare was nominated by Tamarack Ranch LLC. The owner’s share of the purse was $130,352 and the nominator’s share was $6,518.

The NRHA Non-Pro Futurity included historic numbers with entries being up 8 percent , hosting 629 entries compared to last year’s 582, and a record purse of $617,166.  Also, the purse for each level was at a record high.

The winning  Non-Pro title went to Tish Fappani following a three-way runoff for the Championship. Fappani was aboard Icecube, a red dun stallion by SG Frozen Enterprize and out of Taris Designer Genes, nominated by Andrea Fappani and owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani. 


Following a stellar Session I Day Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Western Bloodstock continued its upswing in the Preferred Breeders I Evening Session with a $30,000 average and 82% completed sales.

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion and a leading sire of the earners of $8.6 million, was the high seller of the evening. The 14-year-old son of High Brow Cat, consigned by Grace Ranch, brought $401,000 from Robert S. Collins/Homeplace Horse & Cattle, Blackville, S.C.

Magic Metallic, an 8-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, with an embryo by Hottish, brought the second highest price of the evening. Consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., the full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and World Champion Stallion Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266 sold to Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex., for $370,000. On Monday, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Swanson purchased the Metallic Cat son Tin Man for $500,000.

Money Talks Smart, a 16-year-old mare sired by Smart Mate and consigned by Beechfork Ranch, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., owner of leading sires Metallic Cat and Spots Hot. Money Talks Smart, dam of the earners of $557,103, sold with an embryo by Metallic Rebel and one by Purdy Boy Flash.


If you are at any of the above-mentioned high-dollar events for cowboys and cowgirls, you will surely see Bill Chambers, a published author of a variety of books that he sells at major horse events. Chambers, who grew up with Cerebral Palsy, a debilitating physical disease he was born with and that severely affects his body movements, as well as speaking – but not his mind and ability to write interesting books. 

Rather than simply accepting government assistance, Bill is the author of at least 10 books that he physically markets at major horse events. His latest is called Seven Hill Sides and was inspired by a song written his friend Walt Wilkins. I think it is his best! 

The 158-page easy-to-read book is about the life of a man, born in an Appalachian mining town, who escaped being a miner, becomes a famous baseball player and marries a beautiful woman. But he loses his only child before it is born. He eventually finds God and becomes a carrier of the gospel. The book takes place during real major events in American history and includes a list of interesting characters who experienced both life and death during those times and reveals what they learned along the way. 

If you haven’t seen Bill at one of the shows, you can order books at P.O. Box 1338, Boyd, Texas 76023. They make great Christmas presents!

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By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 15, 2018

The AQHA has made a statement regarding the Dufurrena  and Vogel situation and the adjusting of AQHA records.


Attached is their statement; however, in the end, the AQHA is saying they “will not take any action to change the status quo of its records unless and until a final outcome or resolution of the litigation has occurred by either the entry of a final Judgment or the execution of a Settlement Agreement between the parties.”


The AQHA also states that the reciprocity agreement with NCHA allows AQHA to reciprocally suspend a member who has been suspended by the NCHA for an offense of using prohibited drugs, unsportsmanlike conduct or inhumane treatment. Since the NCHA suspension of Brandon, Ed and Rieta Dufurrena falls outside of the reciprocity agreement., the AQHA has not suspended them.



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 By Rick Dennis
Information derived from The New York Times and Valuets Journal
Nov. 5, 2018

Quietly secluded in the Russian interior, amid Russia’s wilderness fabric is a seldom heard of but emerging new industry modeled after the United States economy and the cowboy way of life. That new industry is the Russian beef industry.

Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

The firm Miratorg is building an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys. And now we have a story from Russia of a massive effort to import something that’s very, very American. Russia has lots of open land, which is good for grazing cattle, but steak remains something of a foreign idea. So one company is trying to single-handedly build a steak industry from scratch in Russia – importing American cows, importing American grass, saddles, horses, and even importing American cowboys.


Russians Learn the Ways of the Cowboy From American Ranch Hands

 VALUETS, Russia — A visibly tiring but stubborn Aberdeen Angus cow sank all of her four feet in the rich black mud of central Russia, refusing to budge. Try as they might, the two Russians yanking on the rope lassoed around her wide, wet neck could not pull that massive body out of the icy December slush.


The cowboys on this new Russian ranch here still have a few things to learn. And unlearn. In a throwback to the old Soviet way of doing things, while the two were trying to move the recalcitrant cow, four others were standing idly by shouting advice.


Watching the greenhorns from afar was Ashley Chester Corlett, one of 10 American trainers brought in by the ranch’s owner, the Miratorg company. It chose them over Brazilians and Australians in large part because of the similarity between the climate in Wyoming and central Russia, where temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius).

“At first people always want to use pressure to handle the cattle and don’t realize how much like a predator they seem to the cow,” said Mr. Corlett, a thickset fourth-generation cowboy from Riverton, Wyo. “If you want to get the best out of that cow, you have to understand how it thinks. It opens so much understanding.”The aspiring cowboys also have to get used to working long days in harsh conditions, a concept that often seems novel to many of them.


“Working here is hard. Many people cannot stand it, especially the need to stay sober,” said Viktor P. Buivolov, who installed elevators in Moscow before becoming the manager of the ranch. “We even have a Breathalyzer here,” he said, navigating a Russian UAZ Patriot sport utility vehicle through a herd of cattle.


Agriculture all but disappeared from this and many other parts of Russia years ago, after the final screw was turned into scrap metal at the last surviving Soviet collective farms. But as oil prices have collapsed and Russia has imposed retaliatory sanctions against Western food products, reviving the economy with import substitution has become a priority for the Kremlin. President Vladimir V. Putin has said Russia has the potential to become a world leader in food production, and has set a goal of self-sufficiency by 2020.


Russian Cowboys Learn To Wrangle A Brand New Beef Industry

 As far as rodeos go, everything resembles an American rodeo, but the proceedings were just a little different. No swords here, but plenty of horses. And tons of people who came to watch. They brought signs and applauded their teams as they struggled to rope steers in the arena.


The Russian Rodeo embodied more than entertainment. It was a cacophonous celebration of a fledgling beef industry clawing its way into the Russian countryside. It was also part of a larger national goal to gain self-sufficiency with food production.


By copying the structure of Western beef operations, Miratorg skipped more steps. Miratorg is single-handedly trying to create an American-style beef industry, but in a very condensed time period. It now has about 400,000 cows, the largest herd in the world. The company has had to build fences in a country without any, to train veterinarians, and to also import everything from horses and grass seed to tractors. But the hardest part of managing this immense operation is not the science or the planning.


It’s finding workers. Cowboys. So the company imported some of them, too. One of them, Shawn Weekes, has been in Russia for two years. He’s a fourth-generation, Montana-born cowboy with a great, big mustache, Western boots, a hat, and a tucked in button up shirt. “I grew up doing this,” he said. “A rope was actually my first toy.


“He’s worked on ranches all over the U.S. but the growth of Miratorg, from zero to the largest herd in the world, stood apart. “I’ve never seen anything grow this fast. Ever. And sometimes it kind of set me back a little bit, like, whoa, let’s slow this train down a little bit. But this is their program and this is what they want, so I just try to help them,” Weekes said.


His job is teaching locals to cowboy. The new hires, mostly young men from nearby villages, have no experience. Most of them have only seen cowboys in black and white movies. Miratorg now employs 1,000 Russian cowboys, though they call them ‘operators. “The difference is they’re starting out from scratch, there’s only a handful of us here to teach all these people how to do this,” he said.


Which ever way the Russian beef industry turns out, I’m sure the American beef industry and entrepreneurs supporting this industry will have a boost in their sales economy.



Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500

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☛ Over $1 million paid out in NRCHA Snaffle Bit futurity 10-29-18






By Glory Kurtz
Oct. 29, 2018


The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) took over the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, for two weeks, Oct. 7-20, holding their annual Snaffle Bit Futurity for 3-year-old horses, plus a Hackamore Classic, for the second year in a row.


The two-week event paid out over $1 million, which included added money raised by NRCHA owners who were motivated to move the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Texas in 2017.


Although it’s too early to determine exactly where all the horses entered came from, the NRCHA estimated that 75 percent of the horses came from out of the state of Texas.


“While this is our second year for the Futurity in Fort Worth, it is our eighth show, when you include our Celebration of Champions held in February that we have hosted at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Each show, we see continued  improvements to the facility,” said Jay Winborn, the Executive Director of the association.


“With multiple show arenas, barns and riding areas, combined with the tunnel system, we were able to run numerous classes and have a fantastic schedule this year, despite the rainy weather.


“We had a great spectator attendance that came to support our prelims as well as the finals. The Rope Horse Futurity and Cowdog Rodear had a good crowd as well. Our sale was fantastic this year, resulting in over 90 percent of the horses sold. Overall the move of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth has proved positive and it continues to drive the enthusiasm of the reined cow horse and growth of the NRCHA.”


Cheering spectators filled the stands of both the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin Arena to watch the stars of the reined cow horse event, including the star of the show, Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding four horses to the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finals, winning a total of $205,500 for the horses’ owners. The second high-money-earning rider was Justin Wright, a cow horse reining and cutting trainer from Santa Maria, Calif., who also rode four head in the finals and earned $130,000.



Cushing’s win was no surprise as the reined cow horse trainer has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times and also crossed the $2 million-dollar mark in earnings during this year’s Futurity. He won the popular event amid a full-house cheering crowd of spectators riding a beautiful bay stallion named SJR Diamond Mist (CD Diamond x Cat Mist by High Brow Cat), bred and owned by John and Brenda Stephenson of the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, to a total score of the three events (Herd work, Rein work and Cow work) of 658.5 for a $125,000 check. They won the Rein work with a whopping 223 score.


Bred in the purple for a performance horse, SJR Diamond Mist, is sired by CD Diamond, a 2009 son of CD Olena by Doc O’Lena out of Shiners Diamond Girl by Shining Spark. Showing how cutting horse pedigrees have been accepted by the reined cow horse industry, the stallion is out of Cat Mist by High Brow Cat out of Little Mist Smart by Smart Little Lena, a mare that is out of Lew and Sue Stevens’ great cutting mare Oak Mist.


Winning seems to run in the family as SJR Diamond Mist’s sire, CD Diamond, was the NRCHA No. 1 Open All Ages/All Divisions Horse of the Year in 2012 with earnings of $153,320. He was also the 2012 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion and placed third in the 2013 NRCHA Open Derby and 4thin 2014.


SJR Diamond Mist will stand the 2019 breeding season at the Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, with a $3,500 breeding fee.


Cushing, who has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times, also placed third for $57,000 riding Hott Rod, sired by the popular young stallion Hottish and out of Sugars Smart Kitty, owned by Lynne W. Wurzer, Tacoma, Wash. The pair scored a total of 655.5 points, winning the Herd work with a 220 score, and the Rein work with a 218. They placed ninth in the finals of the Cow Work, scoring a 217.5. The Cow Work was won by Roan Olena Oak (Olena Oak x Starlight Sailor), owned by Connie L. Buckley, Mead, Colo., and ridden by Matt J. Koch, Ault, Colo., scoring a 227.


Cushing’s other two money earners were One Shiney Metallic (Metallic Cat x One Shiney Rey), owned by Jeremy Barwick, Stephenville, Texas, placing 13thplace, earning $13,500 for their 641.5 score and Metallic River (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) owned by Sheri L. Jamieson, LaJolla, Calif., earning $10,000 for 7thplace, with a 636.5 score. It was reported to me that Barwick’s horse, One Shiney Metallic, was the high-seller of the Performance Horse Sale, selling for $64,000 prior to the Futurity finals. The buyer was not revealed.


Justin Wright also won money on four horses including the Reserve Futurity title riding Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes), owned by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., taking home $87,000 for a score of 656.5. Metallic Flame (Metallic Cat x Scooby Dooby Dual) owned by Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., and Wright scored a 650 for 7thplace. He also rode One Sparking Time (One Time Pepto x Sparking Train) owned by Mark and Kimberly Rauch, Arlington, Wash., to 22ndplace with a 628, earning $10,000 and Remys Merada (Cats Merada x Chicks Sassy Nic), owned by Lucava Farms Inc., that is owned by Leslie Wallace, Langley, B.C., Canada, earning $10,000 for 27thplace with a 435.0 score.

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results



Taking home $30,000 of the $151,452.75 Intermediate Open purse was Clay Volmer, Millsap, Texas, riding SDP Hy Rey Bound (TR Dual Rey x SDP Hydrivenhickapoo) owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The pair scored a total of 660, tying for first in the Finals Herd Work with a 216 and winning the Finals Cow Work with a 226 and finishing fifth in the Rein Work.


The Reserve title and $20,000 paycheck went to Jordan Williams, Rhome, Texas, riding Angel in Blue Jeanz (Metallic Cat x Heavens little Angel), owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. The pair scored a total of 652 points, tying for first place in the Finals of the herd Work, tying for third in the Rein Work and tying for third in the finals of the Cow Work with a 217.5 score.




The Non-Pro finals was won by Hope A. Miller, Brush Prairie, Wash., riding Seven S Prettysmart (Dual Smart Rey x Lena Pretty Playboy) scoring a total of 641.5 and taking home $21,856.40. The pair split the championship of the Finals Herd Work, tied for 4thin the Rein Work, scoring a 213.5 and tied for second in the Cow Work.


The Reserve title and $16,392.30 paycheck went to Jayson Fisher, Nipomo, Calif., riding Hes A Little Smart (Sophisticated Catt x Shes A Little Smart). The pair finished 11thin the finals of the Herd Work, scoring a 207; 8thin the Rein Work, scoring 210.5 and won the Cow Work, scoring a 215.5.




Metallic Cat, the sire that gained his great popularity in the cutting horse industry, was the leading sire of this year’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, with nine (9), or 33 percent of the Open finalists being sired by him, earning close to $120,000.


The Open finalists in the Futurity sired by Metallic Cat were headed up by Metallic Flame, owned by Bill F. Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., ridden by Justin Wright to 7thfor $23,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershead, Cape Girardeau, Mo., ridden by Todd Crawford, Blanchard Okla., to 10th, earning $16,750; Metallic Freckle, owned by Ana Lisa Luna, Ojai, Calif., and ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 12th, earning $14,500.


WR This Cats Smart had three horses in the Open Futurity finals, earning $30,000. Woody Be Tuff had two in the finals earning $47,000 and One Time Pepto had two in the finals earning $30,000. Other sires with finalists in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity include Dual Rey, Olena Oak, Travelin Jonez, Mr Playinstylish, Smooth As A Cat, Cat Man Do, Not Ruf At All and Cats Merada.


In the Intermediate Open Finals, five (25%) of the 20 finalists were sired by Metallic Cat and took home paychecks including the Reserve Champion Angel In Blue Jeanz, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams, Rhome, Texas, who scored a 652 with Jordan Williams in the saddle, for $20,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershed, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, ridden by Todd Crawford, 645, 4th, for $10,500; Smart Lethal Cat, owned by Cowan Select Horses, Havre, Mont., ridden by Robbie Boyce to 638; 7thearning $7,000; Metallics Playboy, 9th, 635.5 owned by Larry and Karen Lommen, Elizabeth, CO, 9thfor $5,500 ridden by Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stylish In Socks, 625, 15thfor $3,500, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Clayton Edsall.



The only Limited Aged Event finals where Metalllic Cat didn’t show up was in the Non-Pro Futurity finals. Two sires, Halreycious and WR This Cats Smart had two each in the Non Pro Finals. They included Hal On Ice, 13th, owned and shown by Tori Simons to a 607.5, earning $2,185.64. The other was Halrey, owned and ridden by Kenneth Schueller to a 603.0, earning $2,185.64.


WR This Cats Smart had two non-pro finalists including Lost Creek Heaven owned and ridden by Myles Brown for 7thplace and $5,474.10 and PRF Exceedingly Smart, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas to a 188 and a $1,639.23 paycheck.


Other sires with money-earning offspring included Dual Smart Rey, Sophisticated Catt, Playboys Buck Fever, Shining Lil Nic, Mr Playinstylish, Cee Mr Hickory, Dual Pep, CD Diamond, Gotta Go Get It, Sweet Lil Pepto, MCC Travalin Cat and Nic It In The Rey.



The Hackamore Classic is a class for 4-and 5-year-old horses that have never been shown in a bridle and down the fence at any judged cow horse event, shown in a traditional hackamore with closed reins in the Rein and Cow work


Metallic Cat was also the sire of five of the top 15 in the Open Hackamore Classic that paid out $79,662,91. While the division was won by High Stressin Cat, sired by WR This Cats Smart with three in the Open Futurity Finals, owned by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, and ridden by Nicholas Dowers, Dyer, Nev., five of the top 16 money earners or 31% were sired by Metallic Cat.


They included the Reserve Champion Moonshineandtwoadvil, owned by C. Randy Massey, ridden by Shawn D. Hayes to a total of 659; 6thplace Metallic Dual Pep, owned by Kenneth Schueller, Scales Mound, Ill., ridden by Luke Jones,, 652.5 for $4,779.72; 7th, Metallic Train, owned by Beverly Vaughn, ridden by Clayton Edsall to 652, earning $3,983.10.


With a total purse of $24,340.26, the 44-entry Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic was won by Quahadi, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned by the Burnett Ranches, Inc. and ridden by Boyd Rice, Weatherford, Texas, with a total score of 657.5, earning $4,868.05. The Reserve went to Metallic Train, sired by Metallic Cat, owned by Beverly Vaughn and ridden by Clayton Edsall, scoring a 652, earning $3,894.44.


The 11-entry Limited Open Hackamore Classic was won by Mr Fletch Cat, sired by Mr Playinstylish owned by Sabrina Thomas, ridden by Will Pennebaker, Wilton, Calif. , to a ,  earning $1,991.48. Actually Bet Shesa Fancy Cat, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned and ridden by Jared Jones, earning $1,659.56.


The 12-entry Level One Limited Hackamore Classic Open winner was Peptos all About Me, owned and ridden by Liam A. MacNeill, earning $1,957.20.



The Open Novice Horse was Metallic Malice, owned by John and Melanie Lowrence and ridden by Brad Lund to a 645.5, earning $1,714.20. The top four of the money earners in this class were sired by Metallic Cat while the No. 5 horse was sired by One Time Pepto.

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Other events at the show included the AHFA World Champion Rope Horse Futurity that included Open and Non-Pro Heading and Heeling, as well as the AQHA Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges, Cowdog Rodear Fall Bash Finals, NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the Western Bloodstock NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, consisting of performance horses, 2-year-olds, and two sessions of yearlings and broodmares.

NRCHA Futurity Sale Results-2018

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results





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☛ Larcombe takes SWRHA Open Championship 10-26-18

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Press Release from SWRHA
Oct. 26, 2018

Shawna Larcombe riding Designed With Shine earns Open Championship

Designed With Shine enjoyed a well deserved break after her performance at the World Equestrian Games last month. Her trainer, Shauna Larcombe of Pilot Point, Texas chose the SWRHA Futurity and Show as the venue to bring her back into competition. Owned by Rosanne Sternberg, the 7-year-old palomino mare proved that she was ready for more after the duo scored a 73 and took the win as the second to last draw. She is by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes.
Larcombe said, “She has had a week off because I have been here, and we just brought her up yesterday. I wasn’t really sure how tuned in she would be, but I just wanted a nice, neat run because she is going to the [AQHA] World Show. She was good for me.” Shauna will have two 3-year-olds to compete on in the Billingsley Open Futurity on Saturday, and will school a couple of other horses on Sunday in preparation for the World Show. Larcombe earned $1,165.
There was a tie for the Open Reserve championship when both Eduardo Salgado and Thiago Boechat scored 72.5s. Salgado rode The Best Gunner, a 5-year-old owned by Francisco E. Quagliato Filho. He is by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Shiney Enterprise. Boechat was mounted on Ruf Lil Magnum. Owned by Silver Spurs Equine, Ruf Lil Magnum is a 6-year-old sorrel by Magnum Chic Dream out of Dunit A Lil Ruf. Each earned $722 for the tie.
In the Intermediate Open, Gloria Spiaggi and Nick Valentine both scored a 71.5 to share the championship each earning $513. Gloria rode Reign Realty LLC’s 5-year-old mare Mizzen You. “Missy” is by Jacs Electric Spark out of West Coast Mizzen.
Spiaggi, who lives in Aubrey, Texas, was very pleased as she said, “My mare was really, really good. She was always with me. She was sweet; she was listening. I am happy with her!” Gloria plans to show the mare again in the second slate of Open classes on Sunday.
Whitesboro, Texas resident Nick Valentine was in the saddle of Gunners Dazey. The 6-year-old mare owned by Daniel Pike is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Hagandaz. The score also earned Valentine an additional $298 for the Limited Open Championship.
Valentine said, “I schooled her in Tulsa, and in a few other classes. I just wanted to actually lean on her a little bit this time and see how she handled it. She was really good.” Nick will be busy with his Rookies tomorrow, and will be prepping another horse that he is training for the AQHA World Show.
Native to Italy, but now residing in Aubrey, Texas, Giorgia Codeluppi placed 3
rd in the Intermediate Open, and tied for reserve in the Limited Open and in the Rookie Professional Championship. She was riding a 4-year-old mare by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Shining Survivor. Smoking Angel, owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, scored a 71 and $619 for her rider.
Codeluppi said, “My daughter started riding her, so that is a big success too! I foaled her out; she was the first baby that I foaled out at Cardinal Ranch, so it was from the start until the end. I really love her. She is very nice. She is very talented. She is a little bit green yet because she is not ready – this is her first time out and I’m happy with what she did.”
Hailing from Purcell, Okla., Doug Millholland shared the tie for reserve in the Limited Open with Giorgia. He was riding his own Ima Blond Chic. The 4-year-old mare is by Magnum Chic Dream out of Im Not Blonde. Millholland pocketed $208 .
Codeluppi shared the tie for the Rookie Professional win with German native Mandy Faust. The young trainer, now residing in Aubrey, Texas, was holding the reins of Barn 66 LLC’s 9-year-old mare, Highlanders Scandal. Highlanders Scandal is by Conquistador Whiz out of HR Short Wheel Base.
Faust said, “She is really easy to get ready. Sally (her owner) had a pretty good run this morning, but she had a little steering trouble so we tried to smooth that out. That was the only plan for this run, and she did pretty good.” Mandy increased her earnings by $118 for this win, while she looks forward to showing “Tater” again in the Rookie Pro on Sunday and a Futurity Horse on Saturday this week in Ardmore, Okla.

Victoria Lambert Takes the Non Pro Championship on Chics Love Affair

The weather was damp, but spirits were not at the close of the first slate of Non Pro classes. Amidst the cheers of her friends, and through her own happy tears, Victoria Lambert emerged victorious as the Non Pro Champion of the day. Lambert rode her own Chics Love Affair to a 73.5. Victoria’s mother, who passed away earlier this year, loved the 5-year-old mare by Shine Chic Shine. Plus she is their last offspring out of Memorable Affair, a beloved mare they no longer own. As a result, the win was extra special to her.
Victoria said, “My little mare was just perfect once again. She rode really great, and she is just super fun. We’ve not had the opportunity to show her very much, but I think we’ll have a really great year next year. This has been a lot of fun to show her.” Victoria was also very grateful for the work her trainer puts into the mare as she commented, “[Colin Fitzpatrick] always has them perfectly prepared, so I really don’t have to do much. I pick out the shirt and make sure I know what the pattern is. And show my horse the pattern book to be sure she knows what the pattern is. Then I just have to come in and do my thing! He had her perfectly prepared. She was relaxed, quiet, and calm. We turned a little, loped around a little, and that was it!” Victoria pocketed $860 for the win.
Taking reserve in the Non Pro and winning the Intermediate Non Pro Championship with a 73 was Madill, Okla. resident Jessicah Keller on Snip O Satellite. The 8-year-old chestnut mare is by Nu Chex To Cash out of Snip O Gun. The titles brought Keller’s take to $1,369.
Keller remarked, “That mare has been getting better all year. When we started out, she was a solid 71 to 72 horse, but the past few horse shows, she’s been a 73 every time so I couldn’t ask for a better horse!” Keller thanked her trainer, Trent Harvey, under whose program, ‘Snippy’ continues to improve. She also thanked her mom, her boyfriend, Will, and everyone taking care of things at home so that she can be away showing horses. This week at Southwest, she looks forward to showing again on Sunday and watching her sister, Sarah Locker, show Snippy’s daughter in the Futurity on Friday.
Sharing the Intermediate Non Pro championship with Jessicah is McKinnon Larcombe of Whitesboro, Texas. Larcombe was riding her trusted and proven performer, Taris Dreamer which she calls “Bobby.” Taris Dreamer is an 11-year-old gelding by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter.
McKinnon explained the things she and Bobby have been working on leading up to the show, “The biggest thing for us is just having a nice, smooth rundown. He’s been shown a lot and hard every time so just getting a nice smooth rundown has been a bit of a challenge for me. At home, we worked on it [a lot]. We’ve had a bit of a game plan coming in for what we needed to do, and I wanted to see if we could play it out and he was really good so I was happy.” McKinnon and Bobby were also the Limited Non Pro Champions which brought her earnings up to $638.
Sliding into the Limited Non Pro reserve spot was Julia Kraetschmar on Gun Smoke Dennis. Gun Smoke Dennis is a 13-year-old gelding by Lil Dry Peppy out of Gun Smoke Denise. The horse and rider team scored a 72 to gain the title.
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☛ AQHA is on the right track 10-15-18




By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
October 15, 2018


On August 6, 2014, I authored and released an article for publication on entitled “MECHANICAL HORSE, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs.”  At first glance this article suggests to the reader an apparatus resembling a horse traveling on rails making a series of stops and turns and acting much like the mechanical cow we see in the training arena.  However, this article is about the horse that performs, whether on the racetrack or in the performance arena, under the influence of illegal or prohibited drugs.


The article was authored due to the heightened awareness of horse doping bestowed on us by the main stream media and other news outlets, as well as by legislative action in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. More specifically, the bill introduced by Senators addresses the horse-doping fiasco in the United States, e.g., “The Chronic Abuse of race horses with pain killers and other drugs are dangerous and just plain wrong,” Udall said. US Senator Tom Udall, D – New Mexico is a cosponsor of the bill.


Essentially, the bill addresses the horse-doping epidemic in the United States by establishing a federal regulatory commission empowered to design a uniform, federally controlled enforced and prohibited drug policy for the welfare of the horse.  This bill mimics the federally mandated drug and alcohol – testing programs established in the 1980’s by the (49 CFR, Part 40) rules and regulations for federally mandated workplace drug and alcohol testing.


In response to the bill’s introduction, a group of racehorse trainers came out in support of the bill stating, “We believe it’s time to take a proactive position regarding the administration of race-day medication.  American racing has always been a global leader and it’s time to restore confidence in our game, and in our international standing” said D Wayne Lucas, a Hall of Famer who is one of the trainers supporting this proposal.  Todd A. Fletcher, another leading trainer is also on the list.


In my opinion, this is the industry’s attempt to police itself rather than have a government mandated equine drug-testing federal rule to do it for them, as is the case today with the Federal Mandate of certain positions under federal control.  For the record, I was in on the ground floor of this federal takeover of an industry, as well as the author of a litany of Fortune 500 companies’ drug and alcohol testing policies, including their implementation and maintenance, e.g., Exxon Company USA, Kerr McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, Mobile Oil Company, and Gulf Oil Company – to name a few.


My background in Drugs of Abuse spans from 1970 to the present and began as a Drug Enforcement Agent, to being a contributing writer for the original Federally Mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing program, to providing a dissertation to members of the U.S. Congress and Admiral Malloy of the US Navy for the integration of private sector drug and alcohol prevention programs for use with the US Military and the  Department of Defense, operating my own drug testing laboratory, and private sector enforcement and maintenance of Corporate Drug and Alcohol testing policies.


Click for “Mechanical Horse, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs”


Today, the majority – if not all – of the major nonprofit horse organizations including the Thoroughbred Race Horse Association and USEF have some type of rules and drugs-of-abuse prevention policies in place to prohibit the use of drugs or other prohibitive items and substances from being introduced into a horse’s system on the racetrack or in the performance arena. One of the outstanding associations taking the abuse of horses with drugs on a very serious proactive basis is the American Quarter Horse Association. The stand-out traits of this organization’s equine drug testing rules are: The frequency of the testing and the suspension and fining of the violators“across-the-board,” without discrimination of whether the violator is a horse trainer or a regular member.  Equal treatment for all.  A very admirable trait.


It’s long been my experience that equine trainers, for some unknown reasons, are considered by some in the industry as GODS, therefore they are untouchable or receive reduced penalties for rule violations. However, this is not the case with the American Quarter Horse Association.  A recent review of the 2017 and 2018 suspensions and fined lists include trainers for animal abuse as well as drug violations.  It also includes expulsion from the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman’s listing for those trainers who have committed rule violations as well as their names being included in the Quarter Horse Journal, along with identifying the committed infraction and fine amount.


This suggests that AQHA’s punishments for rule violators are handed out evenly “across-the-board.”  AQHA should be commended for their fair and unbiased treatment of rule violators as well as their devotion to protecting the American Quarter Horse breed and living up to their mission statement.  If more organizations would use AQHA as their role model, it would restore member confidence that some have lost simply due to the bias some associations have exhibited toward specific members and trainers in the industry. I’d say this is money well spent to prevent horse abuse, a business philosophy worth adopting.


Richard E. Dennis
Managing Member
Free Lance Writer and Author
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