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☛ American Horse Council sues former employee for embezzlement 10-10-18

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE LAWSUITS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL SUES FORMER EMPLOYEE FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

 

ASHLEY FURST ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING CLOSE TO $600,000

 

Oct. 10, 2018

According to an article in the Denver Post, dated Sept. 26, the American Horse Council (AHC) filed a federal civil lawsuit against a former employee, accused of embezzling nearly $600,000 in what they called a carefully planned criminal enterprise.

 

Filed in U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the lawsuit, filed Sept. 25,  says that former employee Ashley Furst stole at least $588,061 and attempted to cover up her actions by hiding information from management by falsifying bank statements and payroll documents, as well as applying for an unauthorized loan intended to replenish stolen funds.

 

The Denver Post stated that Furst and her husband Christopher Furst are co-defendants in the lawsuit that says that Ashley Furst was fired June 25 on suspicion of theft and fraud. The AHC then reported the activity to law enforcement and the FBI has opened a criminal investigation.

 

The lawsuit filing reported that the AHC hired Ashley Furst in January 2010 as an office administrator. She had administrative duties that expanded over time until she was promoted to director of communications. In 2017, she was approved to move to Highlands Ranch, Colo., and telecommute for work.

 

In the lawsuit, AHC alleged that Furst used at least five schemes to steal from the organization from 2013 into this year, including making direct electronic payments from AHC for her personal loans and credit cards; writing checks from the AHC’s operating account to herself by using forged signatures to hide the payments; transferring money from an AHC Pay Pal Account into her own account; directing AHC’s payroll company to increase her salary while falsifying W-2s to hide the increase and applying for a loan in the AHC’s name in an effort that the AHC says was intended to replenish  stolen funds.

 

Since AHC policy requires two signatures for checks, they allege Furst forged signatures to meet that requirement. However, the AHC became aware there was a problem when a check issued to a consultant bounced.  When they met with representatives from the bank, they discovered their bank statements didn’t match those maintained by the bank.

 

Court documents allege that the Fursts used the money to “help purchase or lease two cars valued at $96,050 and purchase a $630,500 home in Highlands Ranch.”

 

According to the American Horse Council, they are a trusted voice for the horse industry to the public and to government authorities. They synthesize and promote consensus-based AHC legislative and regulatory objectives.

 

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☛ 1000 wild horses to be rounded up in California 10-9-18

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

1000 WILD HORSES TO BE ROUNDED UP IN CALIFORNIA

SOME COULD END UP IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

By Daniella Silva, U.S. News


Federal officials were set to begin rounding up about 1,000 wild horses from land in northern California to be put up for adoption and sale on Wednesday — but some could end up in slaughterhouses, animal advocates warned.

The horses will be taken from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in Northern California starting Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the land.

The Forest Service has said the area should have up to about 400 adult wild horses under its management plan, but currently the area has almost 4,000.

Animal rights advocates said the move to sell the horses put them at risk of being sold to “kill buyers” who would ship them abroad to slaughter plants to produce horse meat.

“There’s a risk whenever you sell these horses that you’re selling it to someone with nefarious intentions,” D.J. Schubert, a wildlife biologist with the advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute, said Tuesday. “That is not an appropriate fate for protected wild horses.”

Schubert also criticized the tactic of rounding up horse, saying the process can be “quite brutal” on the animals and was shown to actually increase the reproductive rate of the horses that remain.

“There’s plenty of evidence of horses being severely injured to the point of having to be euthanized as a result of these roundups,” he said.

He said a more humane way of managing horse populations was through the use of immunocontraception technology that would reduce the reproductive rate in the horses and lead to population decline.

The American Wild Horse Campaign also denounced the plans to sell some of the horses, saying in a statement that the Forest Service was “exploiting a legal loophole to sell an estimated 300 wild horses ‘without restriction,’ allowing kill buyers to purchase a truckload of 36 horses once a week until they are gone.”

“It’s a sad irony that the first federally protected wild horses in decades to be purposefully sold by the government for slaughter will come from California — a state where the cruel practice of horse slaughter has been banned since the 1990’s,” Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said in the statement.

The Forest Service has said reducing the adult horse population will allow certain ecological conditions to recover, “while also supporting herd health by reducing competition for limited food, water and habitat.”

Younger horses under 10 years old are more likely to be adopted, the Forest Service said, while horses older than 10 years of age who are not adopted will be put up for sale in November.

The American Wild Horse Campaign said the Forest Service will round up about 700 younger mustangs for adoption, but roughly 300 older horses will be made available for sale after 30 days.

The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages the majority of America’s wild horses and burros, is prohibited from selling the animals for slaughter, the Forest Service is technically not bound by the same condition.

Still, there is nothing requiring the service to make the horses available for sale either, Schubert said.

“The law allows it but it doesn’t require it, they have the direction to do what’s right, to do what’s humane.” he said.

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☛ Dual Pep passes away at age 33

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

DUAL PEP PASSES AWAY PEACEFULLY AT AGE 33

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 27, 2018

If you’ve ever watched an athletic cutting horse win a major event that has the name “Dual” in his name, chances are that the great sire Dual Pep are in his or her pedigree. However, great horses don’t live forever. So is the case with the great sire Dual Pep.

 

Dual Pep, one of the most influential sires in the cutting horse industry, was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the age of 33. According to his co-owner, Dottie Hill, Glenrose, Texas, who purchased the stallion in 2011, “He left the world gracefully.”

 

She and her husband, Bobby, owned the stallion that died during the Brazos Bash Futurity, one of the most successful cutting-horse aged events of the summer, held Sept. 19-30 in Weatherford, Texas.  Ironically Dual Pep’s daughter Tears From Heaven won the Brazos Bash Futurity Open title, ridden by Michael Cooper, making Dual Pep the oldest living sire ever to have a major cutting futurity champion. In addition Stunner Cat and CDs Kual Gun, whose maternal granddams were sired by Dual Pep, placed second and third in the same event.

 

But that wasn’t out of the ordinary for Dual Pep, who was bred by Nic-A-Lode Farms, that according to the NCHA is in Boise, Idaho, while Equi-Stat says the farms are located in Cody, Wyo. (They are not included in the latest NCHA membership guide.) His breeding was the best as he was sired by Peppy San Badger out of Miss Dual Doc by Doc’s Remedy.

 

At age 6, at the end of his cutting career, Dual Pep had earned $302,054 in earnings, according to NCHA (Equi-Stat says  $307,384) in the cutting pen, including the Open Reserve title of the 1989 Memphis Futurity for then owner, Reidy Land and Cattle company. His next owner was Bobby Pidgeon, who owned a beverage distributing company in Memphis, Tenn., and who bought Dual Pep for his own non-pro mount. In 1991, Pidgeon started up the now well-known Bar H Ranche in Weatherford, Texas and hired Winston Hansma as manager and trainer. Later Winston’s brother Paul Hansma also joined the Bar H Ranche as a trainer. Dual Pep was also shown successfully by Pat Earnheart.

 

However, the sign of a great sire is in his offspring – and Dual Pep got an “A” for that. His offspring earned $24,031,926 according to NCHA ($25.8 million according to Equi-Stat), Dual Pep ranks fifth on the roster of all-time leading sires and is the only stallion among the top five with a son on the list with offspring earning $36,790,588. That was Dual Rey, who also died earlier this year.

 

According to Equi-Stat, Dual Pep’s highest money-earning offspring was Dual Rey Me, foaled in 1999 and shown by Jeremy Barwick, out of Miss Smart Rey Jay x Smart Little Lena ($818,177 according to Equi-stat and $812,942 according to NCHA); Dually Lena, $395,616 earnings, out of Bingos Lena by Doc O’Lena; Olena Dually, $302,342, out of Miss Sabrina Lena by Doc O’Lena; Tapt Twice, $285,226 out of Tap O Lena by Doc O’Lena and Playboy McCrae ($269,583, out of Playboys Madera x Freckles Playboy.

 

Being a broodmare sire is also important and Dual Pep also got an “A” for that. He was a stellar broodmare sire, siring dams of earners of $32.6 million, according to Equi-Stat, including Sister CD (CD Olena x Little Baby Sister x Dual Pep,with earnings of $852,612 and Dont Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice by Dual Pep) winner of $850,628.

 

During his later years, Dual Pep, who will always be remembered as one of the greatest cutting horses, sires and broodmare sires, stood at Dr. Baker’s breeding facility.

 

 

 

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☛ A letter from a concerned Youth Parent

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

 

A LETTER FROM A CONCERNED NCHA YOUTH PARENT

Date Received: Sept. 26, 2018

The following letter was received from a concerned Youth parent regarding the NCHA Scholarship Selection Committee’s action regarding both chairs of the committee having a “conflict of interest.”

 

From Youth Parent

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☛ A letter to Ron Pietrafeso from a past Executive Board member

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

A LETTER TO RON PIETRAFESO FROM A PAST EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Sept. 26, 2018

Today I received a letter from a past Executive Board member saying, “I am sending this letter to you in hopes that you will publish it on your website. Hopefully I can bring a few things to light and hope that some questions get answered by those in charge of our association. Sorry for not sending this through email but to tell the truth I’m not very good at email and social media. Thank you.

Dufurrena letter

 

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☛ NCHA has received $5.2 million from State in past two years 9-26-18

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

NCHA HAS ACTUALLY RECEIVED OVER $5.2 MILLION FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS IN PAST TWO YEARS

 

A TOTAL OF $530,300 HAS ALSO BEEN RECEIVED THIS YEAR

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 26, 2018
On Sept. 24,  I sent out a newsletter regarding the money NCHA was receiving from the State of Texas. The last two paragraphs of the article were wrong and for that I apologize. THE NCHA HAS BEEN GETTING MONEY FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

 

For several years, I haven’t looked up State of Texas funds that repay associations for their events that bring people into the city of Fort Worth and State of Texas. I didn’t realize that they had renamed the METF to the MERP (Major Event Repayment Program) and it is no longer on the same document that most of the other non-profits are located. A couple of my readers realized what had happened and directed me to the MERP page published by the State.  I really appreciate their help.

 

Before I published the article, I called the Governor’s office yesterday to find out the reason why the NCHA wasn’t listed on the METF list; however, to date, they still haven’t returned my call. I also placed a call to Lewis Wray, but he also has ignored my request for a call.

 

THE MERP AND NCHA:

According to the MERP charts, over the past three years, the NCHA has received over $5.2 million from the MERP program of the State of Texas for their three major events: The NCHA Futurity that is held with the NCHA World Finals, the NCHA Summer Spectacular and the NCHA Super Stakes.

 

During 2016, they received $2,562,928 for the 2015 NCHA Summer Spectacular and NCHA Futurity, as well as the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular and NCHA Super Stakes.

 

In 2017, they received a total of $2,169,640 for the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes ($725,650) and $1,383,989 for the 2016 Futurity and World Show.

 

So far in 2018, they have received $530,300 for the 2017 NCHA Summer Spectacular. In total for the past three years, they have received $5,262,868 from the MERP program from the State of Texas.

MERP money 2017-2018

 

 

 

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