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☛ Is it “good sportsmanship” to refuse an NCHA buckle?






By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 14, 2018

There was an interesting post on my Facebook page yesterday when NCHA Vice President Ron Pietrafeso posted, “Sportsmanship has been and always will be the honor in which people participate in any type of competition, regardless of their personal opinion. What I along with others witnessed yesterday was not only ‘not good sportsmanship’ but was downright disgusting and disrespectful, to say the least.


There is no room in any sport for this type of action. What type of message does this send to our young members? The person who was responsible knows who he is and he should be ashamed of himself. What he did, watching the video, was deliberate by the mere fact that he could have just not shown up to receive his award but instead, he walked up as if he were there to receive his award and walked away leaving The presenters holding his award and wondering what just happened. You might expect this from some very young, spoiled brat but not from a grown man who supposedly knows better.


Luckily 99.9% of our members would never even think of doing something that is disrespectful but I guess there will always be that 1% who act out their stupidity.”


Since my Facebook page is open to the public for anyone to see and put statements on, I am publishing this situation to my readers.


From what I can gather from the chatter on my Facebook page, is that James Bankston was to receive a buckle for placing in the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and/or Senior Amateur, that was to be presented by former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has decided to become more involved with the NCHA. He, along with his wife, Renda, have been great supporters of the association, donating a lot of saddles. When Bankston came to receive his award, NCHA President Lewis Wray moved in to be a part of the award shot. Posts say that Bankston told Wray to get out of the picture and then walked away from Tillerson, who had his hand out to shake Bankston’s hand, without receiving his buckle. This was all caught on video.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur finals


Responses to Pietrafeso’s post came quick and fast.  Some were on Bankston’s side and others were appalled at what he did. As of today, Saturday, April 14, responses were as follows:

“Whether Mr. Bankston was right or wrong that should really be taken up by the directors of NCHA in a private letter, not on Facebook where everyone that does not like or respect him can take pot shots. He unfriended me too due to political reasons but I am not going to go after him with tar and feathers on Facebook because that is not going to solve the issue or change anything in a positive manner. If we are such “NICE” folks in NCHA, then treat people as such; there is just no need to air this on Facebook, whether you personally like the man or not. No one knows the backstory except for the people that were on that stage. If he was wrong, he was wrong; let him apologize and move on. Don’t persecute him on Facebook for it. Good Grief. “ From Cadace


“He made a choice to make this public at a major NCHA event. What he does in private or on his Facebook page is his choice but this was different. He writes articles in publications, he somewhat represents the NCHA and in my humble opinion what he did is a negative reflection and disrespectful” From June.


“I agree with Candace. This is enough .. let’s move on.” From Homer.


“I agree 100%. We all have our quirks. Bashing on Facebook is a great outlet for people’s rage but totally hypocritical to accuse someone of poor sportsmanship while demonstrating poor sportsmanship about it, as is being done here. Should have been handled differently, Ron, with all due respect.” From Maria.


“There are appropriate means/forums that deal with this situation in a professional manner. Facebook is not one of them.” From Bill.


“He certainly makes Facebook his broadcasting venue, even attacking others for their opinions, so why should he be exempt. He made the choice to make his statement on video in public.” From June.


“Myself, I would make a unilateral apology to Secretary Tillerson. I think Mr. Jimmy is a really nice man! But he is an adult that has really strong liberal views. Cutting is a sport that brings us all together, Democrats and Republicans. In a time that the NCHA needs more participation, there is no place for such behavior. I hope Mr. Jimmy makes his actions right. We all make stupid decisions. I sure hope Mr. Jimmy makes this right. He has unfriended me on Facebook but I still consider him a friend!” From Arthur.


Thanks for speaking out Mrs. Tillerson. Hey Team! Chill out! The situation was directed singularly at Lewis Wray. Not Rex and I. Lewis was a gentleman and the finalist was determined to stand up for his point of view. No foul. Just think about both sides .. to stand and have a smiley face photo op with someone you are having an issue with might be considered hypocritical to most. Both sides made strong statements. Lewis represented his office peacefully and the member voiced his wishes. Sleep well America! This public-service announcement was not approved by the Federal Government! From Tim.


“Be reminded of the “Code of the West.” Very simply put “You ride for and are loyal to ‘the brand,’ or you go elsewhere. Carol.


“Mr. Tillerson, who seems like a gracious man, probably ‘grinned and bared it,’ when posing with politicians he did not like. As my momma always said, “There is a time and place for everything.” I think we’ve all been in situations where the hypocrisy of that situation is almost unbearable. It’s the  ‘grown-up’ world. Children behave with their true feelings. I’m not saying this is right or wrong but head scratching from a grown-up’s perspective.

From Kathleen.


“Just don’t show up for the award; I mean getting there by marking a 213 isn’t exactly earth shaking. Does doing the “He’s not my President” remind you of anyone?

From William.




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☛ Letter from NCHA Director outlines problems with NCHA 3-25-18





By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 25, 2018

Recently I received a very revealing, “name-withheld” letter regarding the NCHA from a person claiming he (or she) is an NCHA Director. He (or she) said in the cover letter that he (or she) sent with this letter that he (or she) was “in hopes of addressing and correcting several problems within the Association that I hold dear to my heart.” The letter writer claims he (or she) is exposing issues within the association “for the betterment of the industry as a whole.”


He (or she) said he was in total shock when he read the article that I published on my site regarding Dennie Dunn, NCHA Past President and Grievance Board Chairman, who was charged with 10 felonies following two years of court cases. Dunn pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2017 to “Attempted Communications Fraud,” a third-degree felony. Dunn plea bargained following a sentence of “an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah prison system and was placed on Court Probation for 12 months, meaning he could violate no laws and must complete 80 hours of community service at the rate of 10 hours a month beginning on Jan 1, 2018. The court also ordered Dunn to pay restitution in the amount of $95,047 to be paid at the rate of $150 a month beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.

The letter writer said, “I would have thought that by being a Director, I would have been informed of important association matters such as this. Unfortunately this is not the case.”

One incorrect statement:

However, there is one statement in this person’s letter (a link to the letter is below) that is not correct but it happened 10 years ago (Nov. 7, 2007) so he (or she) probably wasn’t a Director or even a member at that time. At the bottom of page 2 in the paragraph beginning “Another flagrant example of poor leadership … the writer says, “I may be wrong, but I don’t recall the NCHA EVER prevailing in ANY lawsuit that has been litigated.”

There actually was one lawsuit that the NCHA won after Bob Bouget and Millie Kay Walker sued them and the court granted a Plaintiffs Motion for Non-Suit. Court documents that I previously published show that the NCHA filed a judgment against them and put liens against the Bouget property that are still in effect today, as well as expelling Bouget from the NCHA.

Bouget Exhibit 1


Attached is the letter from the letter writer that, among other things, says, “I’m sending you an open letter to the NCHA, my fellow directors and our membership in hopes of informing as many people as possible about the deteriorating conditions of the NCHA. Not knowing any other avenue to get this posted, I chose you! I’m not a doomsdayer, but I am one of many directors who are concerned and alarmed by the leadership and decisions being made regarding the association that I love.  These poor decisions and lack of transparency is causing great harm to our industry. While I don’t always agree with you, I believe your intentions are noble. I hope you see fit to help inform others of our plight in seeing our association become prosperous again.”

Following is the letter from “Name Withheld” that was e-mailed to me regarding the NCHA to the NCHA Directors and members who are readers of In the original attachment the sentences on the top of pages 3 and 4 were only half printed when I received the copy. This  new copy makes it possible for you to read all the pages.

New letter from name withheld 3-29-18


NCHA Super Stakes Sale cancelled:

One unusual thing that has happened within the NCHA lately is that the NCHA Super Stakes Sale that is usually included within the NCHA Super Stakes, which is scheduled to begin this Thursday (March 29), is not on the Super Stakes schedule. It is customary for Jeremy Barwick to hold his Western Bloodstock Super Stakes Sale during the event. I have been told that this sale has been cancelled. I checked the Super Stakes schedule and the sale is nowhere on the schedule, where it usually is. Also, there is no list of consignments on Western Bloodstock’s website.



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☛ From the Editor 3-12-18



By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 12, 2018

Recently I received and included in a previous article, court documents that revealed Denton “Denny” Dunn had been arrested for 10 felonies, along with his wife. Open court records also revealed he pleaded guilty to one felony account. As a result of his felony plea, his five-year prison sentence was reduced to one year of active probation and restitution repayment of $95,047. Further, court records provided evidence of two previously filed bankruptcies.

As a result, NCHA President Lewis Wray recently sent out a communication to NCHA Directors as follows: “Dear Directors. The Executive Committee wishes to inform you that Dennie Dunn has resigned as a member of all NCHA Standing Committees. Additionally, Dennie Dunn has accepted a suspension of his status of an NCHA Life Director. Dunn has  not been a member of the Grievance Committee since approximately Jan. 1, 2018. We will update you if there are any changes in this matter.”

My question is, “Why is Denny Dunn still allowed to be a member of the NCHA after pleading guilty to a felony, being ordered to restitution of $95,047 and filing two bankruptcies – while the Ray and Lainie Whitmire are still suspended to this day after spending approximately $1.5 million in court costs and legal fees to win their case against the NCHA, which they did through the court … and they’re still under suspension! Her only  crime was that she was a barrel racer and they tried to prove that she was a trainer of barrel horses. Also, it was proven in court that there was never a filed written complaint for which the Whitmires were suspended under.

Ironically, guess who was on the Executive Committee and who the Chairman of the Grievance Committee was at that time: You guessed it – Dennie Dunn.

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☛ Dennie Dunn pleads guilty to a felony 3-6-18



By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 6, 2018

Denton (Dennie) Dunn, Salt Lake City, Utah and Peaster, Texas, a long-time member of the NCHA, who was previously an NCHA Director from Utah and head of the NCHA Grievance Committee, pleaded guilty to Attempted Communications Fraud, a 3rd degree felony, in a Salt Lake City, Utah, courtroom on Oct. 10, 2017.

Click for guilty plea>>

On July 15, 2015, Dunn had been charged with 10 felonies, including Communications Fraud (4), Theft (4), Attempted Communications Fraud and a Pattern of Unlawful Activity; however, after two years of court cases, he pleaded guilty to Attempted Communications Fraud, a 3rd degree felony.

Dunn originally was sentenced to “an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison; however, the prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for 12 months. The probation is to be supervised by “good behavior” probation. Any early termination of probation will require notification to the prosecutor. Dunn was placed on Court Probation, meaning he could violate no laws and must complete 80 hours of community service at the rate of 10 hours a month beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. A Restitution hearing was scheduled for Nov. 13, 2017.

 2-criminal sentence

However, the Restitution Hearing was held earlier, on Oct. 16, 2017, when the court ordered Dunn to restitution in the amount of $95,047, to be paid at the rate of $150 a month beginning on Jan. 1, 2018



According to Salt Lake City court documents that are open to members of the public, commencing on or about March 3, 2014, Dunn and his wife Barbara devised a scheme or artifice to defraud Brad Hall And Associates or to obtain from them money, property or anything of value by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions. Dunn communicated directly or indirectly with him with the purpose of executing or concealing the schemer artifice, and the total value of the property, money or thing obtained or sought to be obtained by the scheme or artificer was more than $5,000 in violation of Utah law. This violation is a second-degree felony under Utah law.

The state requested bail of $50,000 for each defendant as they engaged in a clear pattern to defraud. They misrepresented the financial condition of Dunn Oil to Stan and Blake Parrish. They pushed the Parrishes to make a large financial contribution to a company that was struggling financially. They also deliberately ran up a large bill with Brad Hall And Associates, disregarding payment requirements put in place by Brad Hall because Dunn Oil already was indebted to Brad Hall for a substantial sum.

They did this in full knowledge they were going to declare bankruptcy (which they did – twice) and leave Brad Hall without recourse once their malfeasance was discovered. Their financial fraud cost Brad Hall in excess of $100,000.

Dunn’s next step was a meeting in court with the State of Utah Assistant Attorney General Brian Williams, on Oct. 10, 2017. Dunn’s wife, Barbara, was no longer included in the case, which had been reduced to a single charge: Attempted Communications Fraud, a 3rd Degree Felony, to which Dunn pleaded Guilty through his attorney Loni F. Deland.

The Court advised Dunn of his rights and penalties;  however, he waived the reading of the information as well as the time for sentence. He was convicted of Attempted Communications Fraud and sentenced to an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison; however, the prison term was suspended.

He was then placed on probation for 12  months, supervised by “good behavior probation,” with early termination of probation requiring notification to the prosecutor and placed on court probation.  He could violate no laws and complete 80 hours of community service at the rate of 10 hours a month, beginning on Jan.1, 2018. The restitution hearing was scheduled for Nov. 13, 2017.

However, the Restitution Hearing was actually held on Oct. 16, 2017, when the court ordered restitution to Hall in the amount of $95,047 to be paid at the rate of $150 a month, beginning 1/1/2018.

3-Minutes Restitution 

In the process of all of the Dunn’s financial problems, he and his wife filed, not one but two, bankruptcies: Chapter 13 on Aug. 11, 2014 and Chapter 7 on Sept. 25, 2015 in the Northern District of Texas.

First National Bank-Bankruptcy


See articles on background checks



As the owner and editor of, I don’t go out of my way to find NCHA’s or other horse organization’s officers, directors or members who have committed crimes. Most of my information comes from members or interested parties of the problem created, and the above article is one of those.

I received a letter by mail from “A Concerned Member” regarding Dennie Dunn. The sender listed several statements about Dunn that I could not publish without further investigation to make sure the statements were true. Unfortunately, after my investigation, I found they were very true!

Dennie Dunn letter


I did not know, and still don’t know, if the NCHA officers, directors or management know about the legal and criminal charges or bankruptcies of Dennie Dunn. However, the current Membership Directory of the NCHA shows that Dunn lives in Peaster, Texas, located northwest of Fort Worth where the home office of the NCHA is located. However, last night I received a telephone call saying he was in St. George, Utah, where his wife is working for a car dealership.

But I do think that it would be wise to all horse and/or non-profit organizations should do background checks on their officers, directors and employees. A prime example is that today most major companies do this on a regular basis.

Glory Ann Kurtz


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☛ Tragedy at the AQHA World Show 11-17 -17





A news and opinion piece by Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 17, 2017

AQHA photo.

After winning the first go-round of the Junior Barrel Race at the AQHA World Show, barrel racer Sharin Hall, of Winning Edge Stables, Harrah, Okla., and her top barrel mare Dreaming Of Foose (Foose x Hawks Dream Glrl), nicknamed Cali, were giving it their all in the final go-round on Nov. 15. While turning the second barrel, the mare fell and broke her pelvis and lacerated an artery which caused internal bleeding so bad that she passed away before they could get her to a veterinarian.

According to a report from the AQHA, “The mare became acutely lame during her barrel racing run and was provided emergency medical care. It was quickly determined to be in the horse’s best interest to be transported to a referral hospital. She was loaded into a trailer following medication administration to ease the pain and help control inflammation, but passed away enroute,” said Dr.Dave Frisbie of Equine Sports Medicine.”

Sharin is originally from Sunbury, Ohio. She was born to love, train and ride  horses as her father, Jackson Hall, was an accomplished horseman and a barrel horse trainer. Her mother is also into horses.

Sharin is a well-known trainer and competitor in barrel racing circles, having won and placed at many major barrel racing events, including “The American. Cali, a 2013 mare, was the 2017 Summer Shootout 1D Champion, Reserve Champion at Parker Wood Memorial Slot Race. She was also the Ultimate Isabella Quarter Horse Slot Race and Futurity Champion.


However, from all the responses on Facebook, many barrel racers felt the death of this great mare was preventable. According to her friend Lainie Whitmire, who is also an accomplished barrel racer, the ground was the culprit.

“Multiple horses slipped in the prelims,” said Lainie in a post on Facebook. “Some went completely down and were pulled up. Great horses were unable to keep their footing in order to compete. I feel like the officials should have prepared the arena better before the finals. JMO. It might not have changed the outcome. This is a horse I know very well, owned by a friend, so it’s personal to me”

This was a terrible thing that happened to this young mare but it could have just as easily killed the rider. As a result, many petitions to the AQHA were started on my Facebook page as well as others I am sure, that were signed (including one I started by accident when I just thought I was signing another one) and sent to Pete Kyle, AQHA Executive Director of Shows and Judges,  stating, “There need to be changes made to the ground at the World Show, as well as other AQHA-approved events.”

One, signed by Amanda Earles, said, “After multiple horses going down, having footing problems and even passing away at the AQHA World Show in the barrel racing event held in Oklahoma City, Okla., the third week of November 2017, there need to be changes made to the ground. AQHA needs to bring in people, such as John Jamison, to evaluate and properly prep and work the ground before and during there AQHA World Show and other AQHA-approved events (such as the show during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.)

“The petition is to make AQHA take responsibility for their mismanagement of the round conditions at their shows and to fix this problem and hire outside organizations and/or people that are skilled in this area. This needs to happen now!”


When I was younger and was hauling my daughter to barrel races, I occasionally ran barrels myself, I had a scary experience at the John Justin Arena, located in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth. As I rounded the third barrel, I heard my horse’s shoes hitting the cement under the dirt in the arena . Many of my friends watching said the gelding was leaving sparks as he rounded the barrel for home. Luckily, this was an older, seasoned barrel horse that was raised in Montana and he knew how to handle bad ground.

Since then, Will Rogers and the John Justin arena have done a lot to change the ground, storing different ground for different events, like the NCHA Futurity that’s going on now, with the ground being deeper in front of the chutes where they cut. There are individuals out there who specialize in ground preparation for different events. The All-American Quarter Horse Congress has had problems for years as they also try to run various events in the same arena on the same ground. However, the last time I was there, they had additional buildings where they could run the timed events on different ground from the halter, pleasure and reining horses.

But now is the time for show management of all sizes to make an assessment of the ground for their shows, especially if they have several different classes, including timed events. If they don’t, there could be some big lawsuits in the wings if someone gets hurt badly or even killed.

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☛ From the Editor 9-26–17



By Glory Ann Kurtz

Sept. 26, 2017

I always seem to pick the worst times to be away. The past few months have been crazy. But I have sold my horse facility and I and my animal menagerie of animals including Cougarand, a 31-year-old champagne stallion sired by Peppy San Badger, out of an own daughter of Doc Bar, and my little dog Billie, will be moving into my new home in Grandview, Texas, with my daughter.

After 37 years in one place, it was a huge move, as well as being rather heart-wrenching. My Mother and my husband, Bob, both died in that house and it had many memories of buying and selling hundreds of horses, as well as raising hundreds of babies, as well as a little bit of showing.

Its also stressful to decide what to take and what not to take. And the “what-nots” need to be more things than you ever dreamed of getting rid of. But a statement I heard during my move helped: “If you’re not going to be using it, get rid of it because your kids don’t want it.” Good advice and very true I’m sure!

It seemed my most valuable possessions were horse magazines and horse sale catalogs: the Quarter Horse Journal, The Cutting Horse Chatter and Quarter Hsorse News.  I had some of them back into the 1970s and I finally got the nerve to throw some of them away, most interestingly enough, the more recent ones.

I gave my Chatters to Gala Nettles, as she is doing some historical articles on the National Cutting Horse Association. I advertised that I would give away my Quarter Horse Journals, dating back into the 1970s and had one phone call – a woman who wondered if I had the November 1973 issue of the Quarter House Journal as there was an article about her horse in it, I did have it and sent it to her free of charge. That’’s the only call I got. I guess I should have charged for them and I’d have had more takers! That’s usually the case.

But I realized that the summer was about gone. My daughter and I took a trip to North Dakota for my 60th class reunion, which was a blast.  We have them every five years and I don’t miss them – but they miss Bob as he brought that Pennsylvania home brew that his friend Bobby George made, and he enjoyed them even more than I did and it was my reunion!  I’m sorry to say that Bobby George also passed away a couple of months ago.

Also, I had only spent a couple of weeks in the mountains of Colorado. so I dumped my furniture and boxes, as well as Cougarand, off with my daughter to care for and headed to Colorado for what was left of the summer. Only days later, he got cast in his stall. She got the help of one of her employees, they tipped him over and got him up. When he started chasing the help’s dog, they knew he was OK.

Today, the aspens are all turning red and yellow, the morning and evening clouds are lowering themselves into our valley, it is freezing some at night and there is snow on the mountains. In fact, as I speak, it is raining now after a gorgeous day. I Guess I better think about coming back to Texas for the winter!

I’m still planning on continuing my site: to keep you updated on interesting things going on in the horse industry. I know some of you will love that – while others will hate it; however, guys and gals, that’s life and I’m going to enjoy it to the fullest!

I have to thank Rick Dennis for helping me keep up my site by writing many interesting articles and forwarding news to me. If you haven’t read the articles on cell phones – you need to. It will enlighten you about the item that EVERYONE has to have. The articles give valuable information on the cell phones themselves, as well as the carriers. Also, as a risk analyst, he has written several articles about the horse industry and kept me up to date.

Following are a couple of articles of interest in the horse world:


The latest news in the cutting world, is that Tommy Manion has sued the NCHA for suspending him for two years, putting him on probation, fining him $15,000, and also giving him a five-year probationary period to be served after his suspension, for violating the NCHA’s Zero Tolerance Policy. At an NCHA cutting in July, Manion was videoed when he shot his stallion with a BB gun “to calm him down from his aggressive and anti-social actions.”

The stallion, Smooth Maximus is a full brother to Million Dollar sire Smooth As A Cat. He said he did it because the stallion was “kicking at people and horses, trying to bite people and horses, rearing up and trying to charge at other horses, Manion said he couldn’t approach the stallion safely, so he shot him with a BB gun.” The incident was all filmed on a cell phone and sent to the NCHA,

I reported how the NCHA Executive Committee, as well as Grievance Committee found that he was guilty of the association’s Zero Tolerance Policy.

However, the latest is that in his lawsuit, he is asking that the NCHA’s disciplinary action be voided and that he receive more than $1 million in monetary relief.He has also asked the judge to issue a temporary injunction to block the NCHA from enforcing the action while the civil case is pending.

The NCHA contends that it  has a right to suspend Manion or any other member for the association’s rule violations.

When I get back to Fort Worth (after a quick jaunt to Nebraska to attend a friend’s wedding, who was a former employee of mine at Quarter Horse News), I will make a mad dash to the Tarrant County Courthouse and get the court documents and publish them.

I usually don’t report hear-say; however I did hear that the SPCA checked out the situation and let Manion off the hook if he gelded the stallion, which he did. If they would have charged him, that would have been a felony and he could have faced a severe financial penalty as well as serve some time in jail.  Also, I heard the stallion was owned by a syndicate and that the syndicate members are upset and thinking of suing Manion as they didn’t know anything about the incident or the gelding the stallion. I’ll also check that out when I get home,


On a side note about cruelty to animals, On Tucker Carlson’s TV show, he reported that several jurisdictions may soon consider motions to create registries for animal abuser the same way sex offenders are documented, He said Tennessee is currently the only state that has such a registry but such legislation has been passed in Cook County, Ill, which is home to Chicago. Also Massachusetts and Arizona are also considering legislation to create such lists.

Carlson said that “animals are helpless in the hands of humans and that it is up to us to treat them fairly, Your relationship with them is governed only by empathy and if you hurt an animal, it says a lot about how you treat people.”

That statement has been proven by the FBI, as I previously wrote an article about that.Those kids who torture and kill animals are more likely to do the same to people later in life.

To wrap this up, I had a telephone call from a Senior Editor of the Star Telegram who are covering the Manion incident and he told me it has morphed into an “animal abuse” article. He wanted to interview me about that; however, I had such poor phone coverage that I told him that would be impossible until I get home.

I should be home next week and if I can find my computer and printer, I will continue to try to give you more ”horsey” news!

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