C. T. BABCOCK CELEBRATION OF LIFE SCHEDULED
March 24, 2017
The family and friends of Clayton Thomas (CT) Babcock is inviting everyone to attend a Celebration of Life. A memorial has been set for 2:30 pm Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Sanger, TX at the Babcock Ranch, located at 2300 S. Stemmons (on W. side of I-35 between the school and ball park).
In lieu of flowers a trust account has been set up for C.T.’s three children: daughters, Riley Evelyn (17), Ryan Lane (15) of Aubrey, Texas and son, Jaxon Burdette (4) of Gainesville, Texas at the First State Bank of Gainesville. The account is listed as C.T. Babcock Benefit Account, FBO Riley Evelyn, Ryan Lane, and Jaxon Burdette Babcock.
There have been many items donated also for a benefit auction for C.T.’s children as well. They are hoping to be able to coordinated the auction with the Memorial. Please join them for a time of sharing cherished memories from his many treasured friends. There will be further postings regarding any additional auction information.
C. T. BABCOCK’S DEATH STILL UNDETERMINED
By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 18, 2017
C. T. Babcock and El Senor Red
Since Feb. 24, 2017, when Clayton Thomas (C. T.) Babcock, Gainesville, Texas, was found shot to death in his back yard, there has been no official conclusion about who pulled the trigger.
The 41-year-old son of Jim Babcock, Sanger, Texas, and Sharon Butler, Gainesville, Texas, was raised in the horse industry and rode and showed many of the industry’s best horses.
According to his obituary, published in the Denton Record Chronicle, C. T., graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Texas, in 1993 and was voted student body president and played offensive tackle for the Gainesville, High School. He attended East Texas State and the University of North Texas. At the time of his death, he was employed by Bill Utter Ford. He also enjoyed working with computers and excelled at anything electronically related.
C. T. was born on Oct. 9, 1975 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. His grandfather, Ross Clayton Babcock still lives in Alymer, Ontario, Canada. His grandmother, Anna Jean Babcock predeceased him. His other grandmother Marian Elaine Williamson lives in Skippack, Pa., while his other grandfather Thomas Robert Williamson of Skippack is deceased.
He also has three children: daughters Riley Evelyn Babcock and Ryan Lane Babcock of Aubrey, Texas, and a son, Jaxon Burdette Babcock of Gainesville. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in law Troy and Jaime Babcock of Wheelock, Texas, and a step-sister Lydia Butler of Gainesville, Texas, as well as nieces Skylar Renee and Lexy Lena Babcock of Wheelock, Texas and Maddison Jane VanHoose of Gainesville, Texas.
The family is planning a memorial Celebration of Life on the tentative date of April 2. In lieu of flowers there has been a trust fund set up for C. T.’s three children at First State Bank, Gainesville, Texas (C.T. Babcock Benefit Account, FBO Riley, Ryan and Jaxon Babcock).
HERDA STATUS OF AUSPICIOUS CAT GOES ON TRIAL
JURY LAYS MOST OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY OF OFFSPRING ON EDWARD AND SHONA DUFURRENA
By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 11, 2017
Following a seven-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, an eight-member jury (six women and two men) finalized responsibility of a HERDA-infected foal sired by Auspicious Cat, owned by Dos Cats Partners (headed up by Edward and Shona Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas), on the Dufurrenas.
The lawsuit was filed by Shawn, Lisa Victoria and Lauren Victoria Minshall, Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, the owners of one of Canada’s top Thoroughbred and cutting horse breeding and training operations, vs Dr. David Hartman’s Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, P.A. (HERC), Gainesville, Texas, who sent the semen of Auspicious Cat to the Minshalls to breed to Miss Tassa Lena.
WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE?
According to the jury, the Dufurrenas received 60 percent of the responsibility, with each receiving 30 percent of responsibility that caused or contributed to cause the occurrence or injury of a foal sired by Auspicious Cat out of the Minshall’s mare, Miss Tassa Lena. He was nicknamed “Otto,” and he was born with full-blown HERDA, a genetic skin disease. The disease was discovered when the colt was a 2-year-old and lesions appeared on its body while in training.
Also receiving responsibility were the Minshalls, with 10 percent going to each: Shawn, Lisa Victoria and their daughter Lauren Victoria, for a total of 30 percent. Receiving the least responsibility was Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, who received 10 percent of the responsibility.
The jury was given questions of guilt, with all six parties being found guilty of “Negligence incurring damage.” The Dufurrena’s were found guilty of committing fraud. All other questions regarding Hartman’s guilt were answered by “No.”
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Compensatory damages included: 1) The difference in the value of Otto now and what it would have been if not HERDA affected: $30,000; 2) Reasonable expenses related to foaling, raising boarding and training Otto in the past: $28,408; 3) Reasonable vet expenses: $0; 4) Reasonable expenses incurred for caring for Otto in the future, $75,000 and Plaintiffs’ lost profits: $30,000 – for a total of $163,408.
At press time it was not available if “who’s responsible?” has any relation to the compensatory damages.
Represented by Aaron J. Burke and Nathan Pearman of Hardline Ducus Barger Drey LLP, Dallas, Texas, the Minshall’s lawyer was asking for $30,000 for the value of Otto, a high of $28,408 for training and boarding, $233,000 in expenses for training, boarding in the future, plus $3 million in Punitive damages and $165,000 in mental anguish, for a total of close to $3.5 million.
David Hartman, the principal of HERC, was represented by Jeffrey W. Ryan and Caleena D. Svalek of the law firm of Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., also of Dallas. William Chamblee was originally scheduled to be Hartman’s lawyer; however, the last minute it was discovered he would be involved in another court case in Dallas and Jeffrey Ryan took over. The firm usually does trial cases for medical cases.
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NEWS FROM THE NCHA
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; NEW RULES
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 27, 2017
Chuck Smith will take the reins of the Executive Director of the NCHA following the June convention.
More than likely the biggest news coming out of the NCHA is the fact that Chuck Smith, the current interim Executive Director, will be named the full-time Executive Director after the Convention held June 2-4 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.
According to an article on the NCHA website, “After reviewing the resumes of numerous applicants for the position, the Executive Committee felt Chuck’s combination of experience in the cutting horse industry, knowledge of the Association and its members and the love for the sport of cutting and the cutting horse uniquely qualify him to lead the Association into the future.
“NCHA staff had the opportunity to work with Chuck as an Interim Executive Director and believes this arrangement provides continuity and fully supports Chuck in this role.
“The Executive Committee is excited Chuck has made this commitment and looks forward to working with him and continuing to grow the Association under his leadership.”
At their Nov. 1, 2016 meeting, the Executive Committee gave the DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine a three-year contract for the Convention. During this time, the hotel room rates will be $134.00, guaranteed for the full three years with free airport shuttle, free parking and plenty of meeting space. The upcoming dates for the Convention will be June 1-3, 2018; May 31-June 1-2, 2019 and June 5-7 in 2020.
Dave Brian reported that total entries in the 2016 NCHA Futurity were up 91 in 2016, compared to 2015’s numbers. Even so, several motions passed that were designed to cut costs to the Association, as they have been losing membership in most regions.
YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP CUTTING:
At the Nov. 1, 2016 Executive Committee meeting, Judy Morris presented the Youth Committee’s recommendation to increase the entry fee of the Scholarship cutting from its current $90 ($75 entry fee, $15 drug) to $150 ($135 entry fee – $15 drug). After discussion, it was moved by Phil Rapp, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to increase the Youth Scholarship cutting entry fee, doubling it to $180.
A motion was made by Lewis Wray, seconded by Jay Klamon and passed to approve the mailing of one Chatter for split joint lifetime memberships. Also ranches and businesses that have life memberships will no longer receive a Chatter but are allowed to vote in director and officer elections.
When a husband and wife both have separate memberships but a horse’s ownership is listed under both of their names, a motion passed that all partnerships are required to purchase a separate membership
Also, Rule 50.d.4, requires that all horse ownership transfers be filed with the breed registry within 30 days of the transfer and certain paperwork must be in place before that horse is shown. The Rule book states a $500 fine can be levied but there is not a procedure listed. Now the individual will receive a letter from NCHA counsel notifying them they have 30 days and after 30 days, the individual will receive a letter from counsel notifying them again and giving them 14 days to comply or a $500 fine will be assessed and the member will be advised of the appeal process.
Three years ago, the NCHA voted to provide $15,000 as seed funds for the European championships. Also Europe did not have to pay the $2 Championship fee and were allowed their non-pros the opportunity to ride two horses in shows with $199 and less in added money. These and other concessions will no longer be available as it is felt they have had time to develop a self-sustaining program.
REDUCTION IN SHOW CATTLE:
It was moved by Tatum Rice, seconded by Phil Rapp and passed to remove a quarter of a cow from all TRIPLE CROWN classes, beginning with the 2017 Super Stakes. The motion was later amended to NOT remove the quarter cow during the second go rounds and let it remain at four cows. It was also recommended to eliminate the current rewards from the Novice, Gelding and Senior classes at the Triple Crown events, stating this would result in savings of approximately $40,000. It was also determined that some type of award/prize would be given to those winners.
PAYOUT TASK FORCE:
With this meeting being held prior to the 2016 NCHA Futurity, the Payout Task Force proposed that the Futurity Open finals would pay the top six finishers all over $100,000. This was made possible through sponsors bonus money, which would be awarded in addition to the standard NCHA payout and count toward lifetime earnings. However a policy was instituted saying: Bonus Money contribution and distribution plan may be offered by member/sponsor/etc. at their discretion directly to rider(s). NCHA will not take part in the marketing, distribution plan and said Bonus Money will NOT be counted for lifetime rider and horse earnings. NCHA would provide the opportunity for “Bonus Money” to be presented on the arena floor immediately following the NCHA awards.
There was discussion of awarding fewer buckles in the Triple Crown events. It was moved and passed that a re-designed buckle, that will be awarded at the three national championship shows, would be reviewed.
It was moved by Chris Dublin, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to discontinue the Senior Tour in 2017. Reason being was that the NCHA software doesn’t adequately support the entry format at this time and many secretaries will not even offer it in their shows because of the difficulty in tracking entries and results.
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FROM THE EDITOR
A GREAT AMERICAN WEEKEND WITH CONTESTANTS WHO ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS!
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 25, 2017
I seldom write an opinion piece in a Letter From The Editor; however, last weekend I watched two Western events at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with an announced close to 40,000 spectators, and heard about two other major horse events held during the same weekend, including the NRCHA’S World’s Greatest Horseman and Celebration of Champions held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center and the Mercuria cutting held during The Mane Event, a cutting competition held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. After attending and hearing about these four events, I was moved to write how these events affected me and I’m sure a lot of others, due to the obvious patriotism of the contestants as well as the spectators.
I attended the PBR’s “Iron Man” and watched RFD-TV’s “The American” on television that awarded millions of dollars to contestants in the Western industry at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of the Dallas Cowboys.
None of these contestants in any of these events refused to stand and take off their hats during the National Anthem or put their hands over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. No one took the microphone and spewed hatred toward others, regardless of their color, country, age or association affiliation. No contestants took a knee. No protestors stood outside carrying signs and chanting hatred.
From the huge American flag that took up one whole end of the arena in AT&T stadium, held by youth and competitors, while the National Anthem was being sung, to the introduction of a veteran who had lost his legs while doing his duty to protect this country, they brought a huge lump in my throat and a tear to my eyes, as I’m sure it did to many others.
Contestants helped each other and cheered them on – regardless of their color, religion or the city, state or country they came from. Millionaire cowboys competed on a level playing field with dead-broke cowboys and teenagers. There were competitors from most of the United States, Brazilians, Blacks, Mexicans, Indians, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, with many members of various associations across the world – and some were just individuals who loved rodeo. There were World Champions, past World Champions, college students, newcomers, teenagers and even brothers who were all excited to be in the same arena. Obviously, their most prized possessions were the horses they competed on.
One of the most spectacular exhibits of patriotism was held just prior to the NCHA Mercuria cutting Finals held that same weekend during The Mane Event aged events held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Although I was not able to be there, I heard it was above spectacular, so I called Paula Gaughan and asked her to tell me what went on there. I was truly impressed by her response:
“We emptied the main arena and loping end for an hour after the regular show ended. After we got all our opening props in the arena, we opened the doors and people were let into a dark house with very minimal lighting.
After all were seated, the voice of Tom Holt came out of the dark. He opened with a prayer and asked everyone to direct their attention to the loping area. He began with, “I was born in 1777 and went on to describe the places he had been and the battles he had seen, the children he saw every day in their classrooms and the soldiers he had buried and honored. The arena is still dark and at the end of his monologue, he says, “I am your American Flag!”
At that precise moment, a 50-foot flag that had been concealed in the rafters in a piece of equipment, dropped in all its glory, with glitter coming out of it and was lit up with tons of lights – all on the flag!! There was amazement and pride on all the faces of those in attendance. Then another set of lights lit up a 20-foot tall red, white and blue cowboy boot in the cutting pen. Music played with the voice of Tom Holt describing the role of the cowboy boot in the American tradition of the American cowboy – its history and the history of the American Cowboy, who were American heroes.
Then a military version of the National Anthem played and a girl came out of the back of the boot with a huge American flag on a big black-and-white Paint horse and took a lap in the arena. She and the horse had been concealed in the boot during the entire seating,
Holt then introduced the Mercuria finalists who walked out to a red carpet in front of the boot with spotlights on them. To cap it off, we then introduced Brigadier General David Hicks (nicknamed Trashman) who was the Air Force Commander General in Kabul, Afghanistan. He carried the Crown Royal Whiskey bag with the numbers in it for the draw and shook hands with every contestant as he went to each one and they drew their number. It was all very moving and special!
Now, even though that was all very cool, there was a minor problem in the hydraulics had happened with the girl on the horse. As the National Anthem was playing, they were supposed to slowly rise up out of the boot. You would have first seen the tip of the flag peeking out until the entire flag, girl and horse were atop the boot , where they would revolve through the end of the National Anthem. Even though it didn’t happen that way, no one knew the difference, and it was still spectacular!
The whole opening was possible because of Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company. His son, Reno, and granddaughter Lindsay, who was the girl on the Paint in the boot, have performed this thousands of times and I have had the privilege of seeing it and asked him if he could bring it to us.
But honestly 90 percent of the people there did not have a clue it did not go as it was supposed to. It was meant to be a salute to America – our great country – and honor things we hold dear. I really think we accomplished that. Paula continued, saying that the patriotic show was also to showcase the amazing horses and riders that made the finals of the Mercuria event, especially since there had been eight sets of horses in the go-rounds.
Now, the next problem. How the heck do we top that next year??? It’s back to the drawing board.”
This was the horse world I grew up in; however, when I and my children competed in playdays and rodeos, it was for hundreds of dollars and trophies – not millions of dollars, ruby-studded belt buckles, 100-pound trophies, television cameras, sky cams, monster screens and an audience of thousands of spectators who paid hundreds of dollars to attend and park at the event. But our love of the event and resolve to win in this wonderful country was the same.
For a short time I was back in a world of competitors who had love and respect for their peers, their animals and their country. Although competition and winning was the object, they were all friends and helped each other – and honored our country during the rodeos by the cowboys taking off their hats and cowgirls putting their hand over their hearts while standing and singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. God Bless America!!!
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SAFE ACT TO BE REINTRODUCED IN CONGRESS – AGAIN
Feb. 22, 2017
According to an article by Pat Raia in The Horse, a bipartisan group of Congressmen has reintroduced legislation that would declare horsemeat unfit for human consumption and ban the transport of American horses to foreign processing plants. The bill is the latest attempt to outlaw the purchase and transport of U. S. horses for slaughter.
In recent years, federal lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prevent the transport of horses to foreign process plants and would have prevented equine processing plants from ever opening in the United States and would have banned the transport of horses to foreign plants for processing. This legislation would also have protected consumers from horseman derived from animals injected with drugs and other substances; however, the bill died before getting a vote on the congressional floor.
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, where it remains pending.
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