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☛ Response to Ed Dufurrena letter 6-21-18

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 9 comments

Glory Ann Kurtz
9301 fm 2258
Grandview, Texas 76050
Glory.kurtz@gmail.com

 

 

To Whom it May Concern:

 

The following is my rebuttal to a letter from Ed Dufurrena to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) that openly, fraudulently, egregiously and maliciously falsely accused my website www.allaboutcutting.netor www.allaboutcutting.com, as a “tabloid” and a “rumor mill”. For the record, Dufurrena’s letter was sent to me by a third party, explaining that the letter herein was sent to the (NCHA) in advance of his July 9, 2018. @ 10:00 a.m. hearing, as part of his defense.

 

 On June 19, 2018, I received a copy of an open letter to the National Cutting Horse Association dated June 14, 2018: referencing accusations against Ed, Brandon, and Rieta Dufurrena.  The author of the letter is identified as Ed Dufurrena, and  addressed to the Officers and Directors of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA); 260 Bailey Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas. Ed Dufurrena’s letter is five pages in length and allegedly describes a time line – more specifically “Dufurrena’s version of a time line – of transpiring events emanating from his business associations with Eugene and Janie Vogel.”  The letter can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

 

1-Ed Dufurrena Ltr to NCHA Board 06.14.18

2-Ed Dufurrena Ltr Exhibits 06.14.18

 

Mr. Dufurrena’s first paragraph proves the legitimacy of the title of this rebuttal when he states, “The Dufurrena family has been falsely accused and prejudged in the tabloid media website of Glory Ann Kurtz. The false information scattered from the rapidly grinding rumor mill has skewed the facts beyond recognition. I challenge every member of the National Cutting Horse Association’s governing body to become educated with the facts and make fair and just decisions based on the evidence.  I challenge you to stop this attack that is forcing us to defend ourselves against frivolous accusations that will escalate and expand outside of our own governance.”

 

Ed Dufurrena, for the record, your pitiful description of my online magazine allaboutcutting.com or allaboutcutting.netas a tabloid, is abhorrent.  Equally and for the record, I’m an investigative journalist, not a tabloid writer. The articles crafted by me are inclusive of linked relevant documented facts, unlike your letter to the NCHA which is lacking in truthful chronological reporting as it is derived from your “selective inclusion” process. As such, your rendition is absent of a litany of relevant facts in this matter.

 

Clearly, your letter is well crafted to induce a quickly scribed “response document” to defend myself against Mr. Dufurrena’s unfounded, inaccurate, inconsistent and injurious allegations included in this letter to the NCHA, as well as attempting to bolster a capricious defense for use in his upcoming hearing with the NCHA by deflecting blame, from himself to me.

 

However, and after careful examination and consideration to determine Dufurrena’s willful and knowing intent in this matter, I was able to conduct a thorough research of my previously covered lawsuits involving Ed Dufurrena, as well as the legal outcomes of each, which are duly recorded in legal court documents.  Pursuant to reviewing the records of my online magazine allaboutcutting.com I confirmed that I had written and produced three articles involving Ed and Shona Dufurrena, more specifically:

 

  1. An article entitled, “Lawsuit against stallion owners, vet regarding HERDA, 8-4-16.Shawn, Lisa, and Lauren Minshall sue for fraud regarding HERDA designation of Auspicious Cat.”

a. THE LAWSUIT:  Federal Court filings in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, lists a lawsuit entitled Shawn and Lisa Victoria Minshall and Lauren Victoria Minshall vs. Ed Dufurrena, Ed Dufurrena Cutting Horses, Anthony and Dufurrena, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC), and Dos Cats Partners dated Oct. 30, 2015.

b. The filed public court records allege the Plaintiffs suffered specific damages arising from the material fact that the Plaintiffs bred their mare to Auspicious Cat, a stallion owned by the Defendants, and the produced foal owned by the Plaintiffs suffers from HERDA. The court filings continue to state the Defendants specifically misrepresented the HERDA designation on Auspicious Cat in an advertisement, prior to the breeding, stating the sire was HERDA negative or HERDA N/N. A copy of this advertisement is provided in court documents therein.

c. Shawn and Lisa Victoria Minshall reside in Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, and Lauren Victoria Minshall resides in Pine Grove, Ky. Ed Dufurrena and Ed Dufurrena Cutting Horses are in Gainesville, Texas, and according to their website, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC) have two locations in Whitesboro, Texas and Marietta, Okla.

d. Dos Cats Partners is a general partnership and includes the following current members and/or former members, identified by Defendants as being involved at all material times: Ed Dufurrena, Shona Dufurrena, Karen Claycomb, Tom Donaghe, Linda Donaghe, Gary Craighead, Barbra Hanselman, Michael Nolan, Tracy A. Agrall, Butch Redish and Blair Vissar.

i. The significance of this lawsuit is that the members of the Dos Cats Partners listed in the foregoing, doesn’t include the members of the Dos Cats Partners formulated on March 25, 2011 under the same Dos Cats Partners namewhich also includes Ed Dufurrena, but a different set of members, more specifically: the “Vogels,” but it does include the same horse: “Auspicious Cat.

ii. Essentially, according to court records appearing in two separate law suits, (e.g., the“Minshall” lawsuit and the later “Vogel” lawsuit, Ed Dufurrena had two active Dos Cats Partnersat the same time period, with different named investors and both sets of investors owning vested interests in the same horse: “Auspicious Cat.”However, the members of the first “Dos Cats Partners” were sued in the foregoing lawsuit and according to court documents reached an “out-of-court” settlement with the Plaintiffs.  Further, there’s no mention of the“Vogel’s” name appearing in the “Minshall” lawsuit – whatsoever.

 

iii. However and for the record, Ed Dufurrena acknowledges the fact of two separate Dos Cat Partnersin his letter to the NCHA, (e.g., “On January 1, 2016, I purchased the Vogel’s share of Auspicious Cat. (Exhibit 14).  At that time, the co-ownership agreement was over as there were no horses remaining.  Auspicious Cat was owned by me before the Vogels acquired 49 percent of him.

 

“The horse was originally part of “Dos Cats Partners” that was, at one time, a partnership. I ultimately bought out the other partners.  I used it like an assumed name, or “d.b.a.”  Once the Vogels no longer owned 49 percent, I kept the horse under the same name.”

 

Wherefore, and for the record, Dufurrena doesn’t include the date he bought out the first “Dos Cats Partners” as he so readily did in the foregoing paragraph; referencing the “Vogels.”

iv. Also, Dufurrena’s hapless rendition doesn’t explain the correct and factual events pertaining to the “Dos Cats Partners,” recorded in court documents during this same time period and accurately delineated in the foregoing. This court recorded information, contained in two separate lawsuits filed against Dufurrena, i.e., “Minshall” and “Vogel” are absent; as is the “out –of-court settlement” between “Dos Cats Partners,” included in the “Minshall” lawsuit with the “Dos Cats Partners,” which excludes the “Vogels” in the “out-of-court” settlement during the “Minshall” lawsuit.

v. Hypothetically, if the original “Dos Cats Partners” owned a vested interest share in “Auspicious Cat” and the “Vogels” owned a 49 percent vested an interest share in “Auspicious Cat”, with Dufurrena owning a 51 percent share with the “Vogel’s,” how much of a percentage interest share did the original “Dos Cats Partners” members receive?  It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to figure this one out!

 

One way to verify these investors’ percentage information is to have Dufurrena supply the NCHA with any and/or all recorded documents pertaining to the names of the investors in each separate “Dos Cats Partners”, the dates of the open and closing of the partnership, the included horses therein, the ownership percentage of each recorded partner (per horse) and the date each partnership was dissolved. This should keep Dufurrena’s time line accurate.

 

  1. The second article authored, by me, was on October 10, 2017 and is entitled: “Ed Dufurrena In Court Again!!.For more information please click on the following link:

 

3-dufurrena in court again

 

  1. The third article authored by me, was on May 2, 2018 and is entitled: “Would The Real Dos Cats Partners, Please Stand Up.”For more information please click on the following link:

 

4-☛ Would the real Dos Cats Partners Please Stand Up 5

 

As with all my articles referencing litigation, each article is accompanied and supported by authentic court documents, as in this case and not in tabloid fashion as asserted by Dufurrena in his pathetic defense deflection letter to the NCHA.

 

Notwithstanding, another omission by Dufurrena in his letter to the NCHA concerns his not having a crystal ball when is comes to picking horses. For the record, Dufurrena fails to include in his letter to the NCHA that AQHA records show Stevie Rey Von was sold to him by his son Brandon Dufurrena during the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Since Ed Dufurrena was the rider of the horse at the Futurity, did he find a crystal ball? Or did he have a mystical premonition that he was winning money at the NCHA Futurity; Dufurrena was in the Futurity finals on Stevie Rey Von.

 

Stevie Rey Von

 

A forensic audit of the books of the complete Dufurrena operation, including an analysis of tax returns and bank accounts should establish whether or not this was a legitimate sale (as stated on the AQHA transfer documents) by a transfer of funds from Ed Dufurrena to Brandon Dufurrena. It would also establish legitimacy of the two separate “Dos Cats Partners”, as self-confessed by Dufurrena in his letter to the NCHA.

 

Either way the cookie crumbles in this matter, I’m just an investigative journalist who has developed a knack over my many years in the industry of reporting the truth, backed up by documentation without “cherry picking,”as Dufurrena has done in this matter. A review of any issued checks, by either party, to include front and back banking information should clear up any discrepancies an individual may have as to the legitimacy of any financial transactions occurring during a specific time period, and evidenced as a “SALE” on the AQHA transfer documents.

 

Lastly, Ed Dufurrena asserts that the rumor mill –  a specific reference about allaboutcutting.com and myself – implicated Dufurrena in the sale of Stevie Rey Von to Alvin Fults. Once again, the truth escapes Ed Dufurrena in his allegation.

 

Mr. Dufurrena, one word of advice. A person should always take responsibility for their own actions; not falsely accuse someone else in the process.

 

At no time has this type of information ever been disseminated by either my online magazine or myself. Good try Dufurrena, but no cigar!  The court documents in each article speak for themselves!

 

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Glory Ann Kurtz, Editor and Owner

Allaboutcutting.net and Allaboutcutting.com

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☛ NCHA’s New Executive Committee – 6-10 -18

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

NCHA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2018

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 10, 2018

 

Following the NCHA Convention, Phil Rapp, is now the new President of the NCHA.  President-Elect is Ron Pietrafeso, while the newly elected Vice President is Steve Norris.

 

At Large members include Tom Neal, Tatum Rice and Lachlan Perks.

 

The balance of the Executive Committee include:

Kristen York, Region 1 which includes Alaska, Canada (West-Central), Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming;

Rock Hedlund, Region 2, including Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada;

Ernie Beutenmiller, Region 3, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin;

David Pilcher, Region 4, including Canada (East), Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia;

Jay Klamon, Region 5, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ronnie Smith, Region 6, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississipi and East Texas.

Skip Jones, Region 7, including New Mexico and West and South Texas, and

Matt Miller, Region 8, which includes Oklahoma and North Texas.

 

These individuals have a big job ahead of them, keeping the association on a solid foundation financially. Regaining and encouraging new major sponsors and members is also on their list of “to do’s”.

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

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 3 comments

IS IT “GOOD” SPORTSMANSHIP TO REFUSE AN NCHA BUCKLE?

 

FROM THE EDITOR

 

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

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, TO THE EDITOR, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 15 comments

FROM THE EDITOR

 

A LETTER FROM NCHA DIRECTOR OUTLINES NCHA PROBLEMS

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.

http://allaboutcutting.net/?p=11031

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 Allaboutcutting.net. 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

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

FROM THE EDITOR

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

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

DENTON (DENNIE) DUNN, FORMERLY HEAD OF THE NCHA GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE, PLEADS GUILTY TO A FELONY

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.

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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

 

THE FRAUD:

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

 

FROM THE EDITOR:

As the owner and editor of www.allaboutcutting.com, 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
allaboutcutting.com

940-393-1865

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