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☛ Apply for an AQHA Internship 6-20-18

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

APPLY FOR AN AQHA INTERNSHIP

 

IF YOU’RE A HARD-WORKING, ENTHUSIASTIC COLLGE STUDENT LOOK FOR AN EXCITING INTERNSHIP, APPLY AT AQHA

Press release from AQHA
June 20, 2018

 

AQHA is proud to offer three paid internships for fall 2018. AQHA offers a Communications and Digital Marketing internship, Marketing and Publicity internship and an AQHA Media internship. AQHA’s internships are based in Amarillo and reach into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline. The deadline to apply is July 1.

AQHA Communications and Digital Marketing Internship
Qualified candidates will be challenged to create search-engine-optimized blog posts about a variety of horse topics; create email newsletters; contribute content to websites; manage several social networks; help with AQHA events and functions; and assist with digital marketing campaigns.

AQHA Marketing and Publicity Internship
Qualified candidates will be challenged to write press releases about the American Quarter Horse and related activities; manage several social networks; assist in script writing for events; help with AQHA events and functions; and assist with various promotions, advertising and marketing programs.

AQHA Media Internship
The most-coveted of the AQHA Media internships, the fall intern will contribute to AQHA’s print publications, including The American Quarter Horse JournalAmerica’s Horse, Ranch Horse Journal, Performance Horse Journal and the Quarter Racing Journal. However, the biggest opportunity of this internship is assisting with coverage of two of AQHA’s marquee events: the AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); and the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. Coverage consists of shooting photos of the many finals classes at these shows, as well as opportunities to conduct on-camera interviews with all of the world champions and create videos from those interviews.

 

These experiences are a feather in the cap of any intern, so find out how you can apply for one of these great internship opportunities.

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☛ News from the NRHA 6-15-18

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM THE NRHA

 

June 15, 2018

 

NRHA FEES TO GO UP

Press release from NRHA
Last month, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met in Oklahoma City for their quarterly meeting. Amid the discussion of 2019 rule changes, event dates and other governance topics, the board conducted their annual review of all NRHA fees.

The last major NRHA fees update occurred nearly 12 years ago. Since then, the association has implemented a number of events and programs such as the North American Affiliate Regional Championships, the NRHA European Futurity and Derby, the Nomination Program, the International Affiliate Program, Para-Reining and the Stewards Program. These were necessary additions to provide more opportunities to members and to improve the sport of reining as a whole. The additions resulted in substantial growth in membership numbers, entries and number of horses competing in NRHA events.

The board carefully considered these NRHA events and programs before deciding to update current association fees. They also took into account the new, 12-month membership format that goes into effect January 1, 2019, which will allow members* to receive benefits such as the NRHA Reiner magazine for a true full year. The fees increase will also allow NRHA to maintain the current practice of managing the budget to provide approximately $500 per member for programs and activities. Over 70% of the budget is allocated to member programs, services and affiliate support, significantly more than most of its equine association counterparts.

“Although NRHA is built around one sport, we have a very diverse association with diverse needs. As a board, we strive to provide opportunity and recognition to all walks of our membership from youth reiners and para-reiners to nominators and aged event riders,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “To meet ever-changing and ever-growing needs of our membership, the board has to carefully analyze our budget each year, and that includes fees updates from time to time.”

The following list of updated fees will go into effect January 1, 2019:

Associate Membership – $40.00
General Membership **$115
Youth Membership – $50.00
3-Year Membership – $330.00
Lifetime Membership – $2,400.00
Competition License – $60.00
Non-Pro Declaration – $40.00
Transfer – $60.00
Rush Fees Same Day – $60.00
Rush Fees 3-Day – $40.00
Confirmation – $35.00
Non-Member – 3rdClass Reiner Postage – $75.00
Non-Member – 1stClass Reiner Postage – $150.00
Non-Member- Canadian Reiner Postage – $110.00
Non-Member – International Reiner Postage – $120.00
Youth Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rdClass – $30.00
Associate Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rdClass – $45.00
1stClass (Upgrade from 3rdClass*) – Reiner Postage – $85.00
Canadian Member (Add-on*) – Reiner postage $60.00
International Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $95.00

 

*Current NRHA members (General, Non Pro and Professionals) will continue to receive the NRHA Reiner as a benefit of membership (one per household). There are additional shipping charges for Life, Associate and Youth members, as well as for Canadian, International or 1st Class delivery.

** The $50 NRHA Professionals fee will not increase. Renewing an NRHA Professionals membership = $50 Professionals membership + $115 General membership.

 

 

NRHA DERBY BREAKING RECORDS

According to the NRHA, entries for the 38thannual NRHA Derby for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses is breaking records. Scheduled for June 22-July 1 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Okla., horses and riders will be competing for $850,00 in added money for Open and Non-Pro Derby Championships. It is the richest added-money Derby in North America and with its “tradition and deep competition,” it is the top reining event each year.

 

There is still time to enter and forms can be found at www.nrhaderby.com/forms. Entries received from June 15 to one day prior to the start of the show will pay a $500 late fee. Contact NRHA at 405-946-7400 or events@nrha.com.

NRHA Derby 2018 Schedule

 

AUSTRIANRHA FUTURITY & NRHA SHOW FEATURES $80,000 ADDED MONEY

The $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity and NRHA Ancillary Show, are scheduled to be held Aug. 22-25 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The first deadline is July 2, 2018; however, horses can be held after that date for additional fees. Horses can be entered online on www.showmanager.info.

 

 

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old, as well as the 4-year-old horses. There are four levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non-Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. The NRHA Ancillary classes are also ARHA Circuit qualifiers. For further information contact Gerda Langer +43-2238-8484, cell +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545, or e-mail the office at office@nrha.at, www.rha.ator www.futurity.at. You can obtain forms at westernstar.at/futurity/forms.shtml.

 

 

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☛ Chuck Smith ousted as NCHA Executive Director 6-1-18

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 5 comments

CHUCK SMITH OUSTED AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DURING NCHA CONVENTION

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 1, 2017

On June 10, 2018, Jim Bret Campbell’s five-year million-dollar  contract with the NCHA would have been completed; however, on Aug. 25, 2016, the NCHA announced that Jim Bret Campbell was no longer serving as the Executive Director of the association.

Click for Jim Bret Campbell article>> 

At that time, Chuck Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio, was moved into the interim Executive Director position from the Presidency and later was named the permanent Executive Director.

Click for NCHA notice>>

Smith’s job as NCHA Executive Director ended today with a surprise announcement during the NCHA Convention, being held June 1-3 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, that Smith was removed from the leadership of the NCHA. 

Prior to this year’s convention, Lewis Wray was the President of the association, while Phil Rapp was President Elect and Ron Pietrafeso is Vice President. All of these individuals will be moving up during the convention, with Rapp becoming the new President and Ron Pietrafeso the President Elect. The new Executive Director has not yet been announced.

Recently I received a letter from a member of the Board and in the letter, there was a paragraph regarding Chuck Smith as the Executive Director as follows:

“I want to bring to your attention just how many of us are opposed to the choice of Chuck Smith as our Executive director. We, the body of Directors, were never consulted prior to his hiring, thus making it apparent that he was hired out of mere convenience, rather than conducting a rigorously due diligent effort to find the right candidate for the position. Not only does he lack experience running any association whatsoever, he is also completely in over his head, and lacks the intestinal fortitude of true leadership, all the while being paid a ridiculously high salary usually reserved for someone in upper management in a corporate setting. This is just another example of why our association is currently facing the dire economic conditions we find ourselves in.”

My guess is that a majority of NCHA Directors must have felt the same way.

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☛ News from NCHA and NRHA

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM NCHA

The NCHA convention starts tomorrow and runs through June 3 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Texas 76051.

For the schedule, speakers and other information, go to nchacutting.com.

Also, the NCHA National Championships, scheduled for June 23-30 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colo., has extended the grace period for entries to May 31. Owners and riders must be current members to compete. You do not have to qualify from the 2017 point year to enter. The schedule has been revised to view the new schedule please click here.

Steve Norris, Colorado Springs, Colo, will be the  new NCHA Vice President, taking office at the Convention. Norris will also  be inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame at this year’s NCHA Convention.

NRHA NEWS

Since the Barrel Futurities of America recently announced plans to move their December event, which followed the NRHA Futurity since the 1980s, from Oklahoma City, Okla., to the Lazy E Arena starting in 2019.  This opened up an opportunity for the NRHA to expand the dates for their Futurity.

According to NRHA President Mike Deer, “Doors like this don’t open very often, so we took a good hard look at how this could help us further solidify the event (the NRHA Futurity) for the future. What could we do to help exhibitor, owners and fans have a better experience? What possibilities could we explore that we can’t do today because we just don’t have enough days or hours in those days?’

The extra days could give the NRHA the opportunity to secure more dates for the NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show, starting in 2019, as well as shift the NRHA Derby up one week in the calendar.

The Mid-Year NRHA Board of Directors meeting was called “successful,” as members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors spent two days at the international headquarters for their mid-year meeting, there was voting on a 2019 rule change proposals, an update on ReinerSuite, the NRHA information technology re-build project, budget and financial overview, fees, approving Southern Australia as an NRHA affiliate, an update on medications testing, changes to stall sponsor guidelines to take effect this year and the approval of dates for the 2018 NRHA Futurity and 2019 NRHA Futurity and Derby.

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☛ Wild Horses escape chopping block 5-16-18

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Wild Horses Escape The Chopping Block

In Ombinus Spending Bill

 

By Richard E. Dennis
May 16, 2018

 

Wild Horses are as symbolic of the American West as:  Cactus, Mountains, Prairies, Buffalo, and Native Americans. For centuries Wild Horses have embodied the American Spirit, roamed the mountains and plains of America, and engaged daily in a never ending struggle for survival.  Today, Wild Horses and Burros are confronted with an even greater predator threat to their survival besides Mother Nature and predators, (e.g. The Bureau of Land Management and Domestic Cattle and Sheep producers grazing on public grasslands).  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Domestic Livestock producers are constantly engaging in FALSE propaganda narratives claiming the Wild Mustang and Burros are eating themselves out of “House and Home” from over population.

 

However, this man made False Narrativeis filled with half truths which only depicts one sided narratives, derived from their interpretation and doesn’t take into account the actual facts and causative factors involved in the Wild Mustang and Burros plight.  Statistical data has proven over and over, the actual cause of the Wild Horses and Burros plight is directly due to one of mans oldest sins – GREED. Instead of proposing a reduction in livestock, Bureaucrats and Ranchers propose a reduction in wildlife including Wild Mustangs, Burros, and predators. Of course these individuals don’t correctly inform the public the overgrazing and sustainable water reductions are directly contributed to overstocking Domestic Livestock populations.

 

Our public grasslands and parks were set aside for the wild life and Citizens of the United States of America and not for the exclusive use of domestic livestock ranchers.  The dichotomy of the ranching philosophy is that it embodies two ideological concepts: 1) They feel it is their right to make a living off the American public from a reduction in grazing fees and government tax payer provided subsidies, and 2) their rights as livestock producers take precedent over the rights of wildlife living in our parks and on our public grasslands. Thus, this dichotomy makes cohabitation unrealistic.

 

These two ambiguous philosophies directly contribute to diametrical conclusions for our public grasslands, wildlife, as well as the past, present, and future of our heritage.  In a recent article by the Washington Post entitled “Wild horses escape the chopping block in spending bill”, by By Karin Brulliard March 22, 2018, the author states: Among the winners in a $1.3 trillion spending bill congressional leaders agreed to Thursday: wild horses. Negotiators said nay to a House proposal to allow the culling of tens of thousands of horses and burros that roam the West or are held in government-funded corrals and ranches. Proponents of the idea, including its sponsor, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), described “humane euthanization” as a last-ditch tool for controlling an escalating equine population that is degrading public land and causing horses to starve.

 

But the proposal was vigorously opposed by wild horse advocacy groups, which have long resisted efforts to limit the federally protected animals that have become symbols of the American West. The groups accuse the Bureau of Land Management, which manages the wild horse and burro populations, of bowing to demands from cattle ranchers who view equine herds as competitors on grazing land.

 

“We are thrilled that Congress has rejected this sick horse slaughter plan,” Marilyn Kroplick, president of the animal rights group In Defense of Animals, said in a statement that claimed horse lovers had “jammed Congressional phone lines with calls and sent tens of thousands of emails” to make their case. The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act gave the animals federal protections, and it also permitted the interior secretary to sell or euthanize older and unadoptable animals. But for much of the past three decades, Congress has used annual appropriations bill riders to prohibit the killing of healthy animals and any “sale that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.”

 

In July, however, the House Appropriations Committee voted to remove Interior Department budget language banning culls. Stewart said at the time that the proposal would not permit horse sales for commercial processing — including for meat. The last U.S. horse slaughterhouse closed in 2007, but meat-processing plants in Mexico and Canada slaughter tens of thousands of domestic American horses each year for export to Europe and Asia. A Senate proposal retained the protections.

 

Although the spending bill negotiated this week keeps horses off the chopping block, it does not put forward solutions to what people on all sides of this heated issue agree is a problem. About 46,000 wild horses and burros are in corrals that cost the BLM nearly $50 million to maintain each year, and 73,000 others run free in western states. That’s nearly three times the 27,000 animals the bureau says the land can sustain. Horse advocacy groups say that reducing the free-roaming herds to that figure would risk their extinction.

 

Adoptions, which have been the bureau’s primary tool for shrinking the population, totaled just 3,517 in 2017. Among other proposals, horse activists have called for wider use of contraception, which skeptics say would be impractical for large-scale reductions.

 

Neither the BLM nor Stewart’s office responded to requests for comment on the spending bill. In a New York Times column in December, the lawmaker described himself as a horse lover but lamented the funding for corralled horses, saying it would total $1 billion over the animals’ lifetimes.

 

“That’s $1 billion we could otherwise spend on defense, education, job training or any other worthy cause,” Stewart said. “But the alternative for these horses is starving in the wild.”  The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget calls for doing away with the usual rider that prevents their sale or killing in favor of allowing the bureau to use a “full suite of tools” to manage the herds.

 

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobil: (985) 630-3500

Email: richarde.dennis@yahoo.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ Wild horses winners “this time around” 5-12-18

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

WILD HORSES WERE THE WINNERS IN A $1.3 TRILLION GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL …

 

THIS TIME AROUND!

 

May 12, 2018
By Glory Ann Kurtz

Karin Brulliard recently wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled, “Negotiators said “nay” to a House proposal to allow the culling of tens of thousands of horses and burros that roam the West or are held in government funded corrals and ranches.”

 

The proponents of the proposal included its sponsor Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah).

 

However, the proposal was vigorously opposed by wild horse advocacy groups, which have resisted efforts to limit the federally protected animals and accuse the Bureau of Land Management of bowing to demands from cattle ranchers who view equine herds as the real competitors on grazing land.

 

The attached article published in the Washington Post describe the ongoing battle over what to do with the nation’s wild horses, including the some 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals that cost the BLM nearly $50 million to maintain each year and 73,000 others that run free in western states. They claim the number is three times the 27,000 animals the bureau says the land can sustain.

Wild horses escape chopping block 5-18

 

However, if you want the “real story” about what’s going on with the wild horses, go back to the article “Horse slaughter – Facts and Fiction, written by Risk Analyst Rick Dennis and published on July 23, 2015 on this very subject on this website.

 

In the article, Rick separates “Facts” from “Fiction” of this problem, giving the real figures and facts so you can make your own decisions on who the guilty parties are.

☛Horse Slaughter – Fact & Fiction 7-23-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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