AN ENDORSEMENT FOR RON PIETRAFESO FOR NCHA VICE PRESIDENT
April 30, 2016
Dear Ms. Kurtz,
I am supporting Ron Pietrafeso for Vice President of the NCHA. I have written an endorsement statement and am including it with a letter from Ron to the members of NCHA. We would be very appreciative if you would include this in your next publication. Thank you.
My name is Ken Akins and I’m supporting Ron Pietrafeso for Vice President of the NCHA. I’m retired from the Texas DPS Narcotics Service. I first met Ron Pietrafeso in 1977 when I was stationed in Alpine. Ron who was the Agent-In-Charge of the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, and his team, came to the Big Bend area where we successfully investigated a major international heroin smuggling organization. It was during this time that I discovered what an exceptional individual Ron is; his professionalism, his organizational expertise, and the respect his team had for him was a testament to his leadership.
Now nearly forty years later, the members of the NCHA have the opportunity to elect Ron Pietrafeso as Vice President. The NCHA needs a person who can lead us, a business man and a horseman who possesses the attributes and resolve to transform our NCHA into the Association where all levels of participation will thrive and the attendance of all events will grow to full capacity. I hope all of you will join me and the members who support Ron in electing the right man as Vice President of the NCHA.
The following is a letter to NCHA members from Ron Pietrafeso:
I am a Colorado native and have been around horses almost my entire life. I am a retired law enforcement officer spending over twenty years in that job that I thoroughly enjoyed; spending four years as a regular patrol officer and then being promoted to detective. During my next sixteen years I worked undercover narcotics and organized crime. I was assigned to the Colorado Attorney General\'s office and became the Agent-In-Charge of investigations. I worked all over the United States investigating major drug smuggling operations and organized crime. I was given numerous commendations for my work including the Denver Police Department\'s Medal of Honor, the highest award that is given.
After leaving the police department I became involved in the automobile business working for three major new car chain dealers, eventually I became a dealer representing Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge. While working for the chain dealers I was responsible, at times, for over three hundred employees. Currently I manage our family business which is J.M. Auto Service and Collision, Johns Towing, Apollo Motor Home Rentals and Chambers Road RV and Boat Storage.
My wife Adrienne and I became involved in the cutting industry over twenty-two years ago. We bought our first cutting horse at the NCHA Futurity Select Sale. Lloyd Cox was recommended to us at that time and we have done business with him off and on ever since. We currently have several horses with Nate Miller who has trained for us for over fifteen years. Our three daughters are all cutters. We enjoy traveling all over the country showing our horses. We live on a 400 acre ranch just south of Denver. We raise twelve to fifteen babies every year most of which are by our stud Rap Cat a son of High Brow Cat.
I have been an officer for Western States Cutting Horse Association and served on their board for over twelve years. I have been very fortunate to be elected as an NCHA director from Colorado for the last twelve years. I was selected by past president Barbara Brooks to serve as a member of the newly created Governance Task Force and I am a member of the NCHA youth committee.
In 2013 I formed a group of people to help get the Western Nationals to Denver for 2014. We raised over $130,000.00 for NCHA and successfully had the Western Nationals in Denver. We will host them again this year.
I have all the respect in the world for my opponent, Phil Rapp. So everyone just make sure you VOTE!
Missing Creek Ranch
From the Editor:
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to send them to me and I will make sure that Ron Pietrafeso gets them.
September 29, 2015
Gentlemen and Ladies
I am an amateur rider holding an Amateur/Non-pro card. There is an issue of real importance to me and other amateurs that I would like my NCHA to address. My total lifetime earnings are a bit in excess of $22,000. Consequently the classes open to me to ride in are of course the $50,000 Am and the Non-pro classes. Currently I own 2 horses eligible for weekend classes and 1 three year old now being shown in the futurity class by my trainer.
The NCHA is the governing body determining divisions and class structure. If I want to show both my weekend horses at any given show then all that is available to me is the 50 Am and a Non-pro class either the 35NP or 15 Novice NP or the Non-pro class itself. If I want to show both horses on fresh cattle that eliminates the 35NP most of the time. The primary problem is being able to show in a class of only Amateur riders and a relatively level playing field. We all are aware that the Non-pro class, 35NP or Non-pro itself is also composed of trainer’s wives and family. This in itself makes the playing field extremely difficult especially to an Amateur rider relatively fresh out of the 15Am class and wanting to show more than once at an event. Furthermore, having to show in the Non-pro class itself is not reasonable as in the division and classes there are riders with earnings in excess of 100’s of thousands of dollars. Again, the playing field is unfairly skewed. I am aware that on any given day it is possible to do better than the more seasoned rider and it is possible for this seasoned rider to do poorly. However, to continue to “donate” to these “professional” Non-pros or compete against trainers family members that have unlimited access to professional training and open level horses is not what the sport is about. Furthermore, the group that has become known as the “professional Non-pros” need to compete against each other. If these riders are in the sport to make money, not just for the love of the sport and the horse, they need become open riders.
The solutions to the problems are rather simple. Add another Amateur class with all the parameters and rules related to the designation of Amateur. As an example of what many of we amateurs would like is the following: 15 Am with re-run cattle, a 30 or 35 Am with fresh cattle and a 70 or 75 Am class with fresh cattle. I do not pretend to know exactly what the earning denominations should be, only that we Amateurs need another class to ride with fresh cattle that keeps us from having to ride in the Non-pro classes until we are really ready and competent enough to compete with Non-pros irrespective of earnings or trainer’s family members. It is the level playing field we are seeking, nothing more.
AN ENDORSEMENT LETTER FROM CHUBBY TURNER
The two candidates running for NCHA Vice President are very good friends of mine and both very qualified.
I am endorsing Lewis Wray.
I met Lewis 12 years ago in Ft Smith Arkansas where he was producing a Cutting Circuit. Lewis had obtained TV News coverage, sponsorship from local vendors, and great cattle, needles to say it was a very successful Event!!!
A few years later I helped with a Grass Roots Clinic in Arkansas that Lewis Spearheaded. Again he had news coverage, local vender support even Political support from the Mayor and Governor.
Lewis currently serves on the Executive Board, Amateur Committee, Open Show Committee, Limited Age Committee, and his son Scott is a Cutting Horse Trainer. Lewis has his hands on what is happening in the NCHA!!
Being a retired Football Coach, Lewis is a great Motivator, and Organizer.
He is in love with Cutting and He is just what we need to lead us into the Future!!!
Vote for Lewis Wray for your next NCHA Vice President !!!!!!!!!
May 17, 2014
Dear Dennie Dunn,
Seeing how the NCHA Convention is coming up here soon in Salt Lake City, I wonder if that would be a good time to bring up the smear campaign you threw at the Utah and Idaho Affiliates and how strong Steve’s new ideas for a new Affiliate and the growth of members would be! Why are we losing a director? If what you had said were true, we would be adding more directors – not losing them.
Why would you include the Mormon Church in your smear campaign? If you have forgotten, I still have the E-Mails. I do not hold anything against Steve. I know why he did what he did but you are supposed to represent the area and you DO NOT.
We could just as well have an Executive Board member from Alaska as you. They would know as much about cutting in Utah as you do. You have no idea about our fees, which you said were too high comparing them to anywhere else.
You have not been to one of our shows or meetings for a long, long time. You spend most of your time in Texas so why don’t you become a Director at large for them. You drive more people from cutting than you get and they are people that would spend money at cuttings.
Or better yet, you could drop out altogether like you were asked to.
Utah Cutting Horse Association
THE GANG OF 21 SEND LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dec. 12, 2013
Following is a link to an unsigned letter that I received today, Dec. 12, from the unidentified “The Gang of Twenty-One. The letter was mailed from a Phoenix, Ariz., post office. A copy of the envelope is also attached.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Jan. 7, 2013
I am sending this to you not knowing if you will pass it on to the general NCHA membership through your website or not. I would like to remain anonymous. AS you’ve pointed out and I’ve seen, retaliation is alive and well in the NCHA.
I’ve been a member of the NCHA for over 40 years and I believe some of us need to remember a few things and the newer folks could use a small history lesson.
Mr. Dunn has stated that the Whitmires could be denied membership due to their “integrity.” Mr. Dunn, I believe, was also passing a veiled threat to anyone that would buck the system or not meet certain standards in his eyes. A short history lesson: “Mr. Dunn in the early ‘80s was appointed to the EC due to one EC member quitting the board over not agreeing with their actions. Dan Lufkin was one of the power players on the board at that time, as he had certain controls over other board members due to some personal and business interests. He got Dunn appointed to the board; this was the first board member ever appointed, NOT elected.
That is also about the time the NCHA went from 5% to 6% (all done in the middle of the year). This 1% increase was used to offset a $300,000 cost of an overall broad-span review of the NCHA and projection survey. This was performed by a group out of West Texas. There were also some attorney fees needing to be covered and a payout to a North Texas NCHA judge as he had taken the NCHA to court for their wrongfully taking away an A rating on his AAA card over a proposed rule infraction.
In that time period, EC members Jim Milner and Dennie Dunn started rewriting the old NCHA By-laws. This rewrite took certain general membership powers away and also took some governing rules from the director pool.
But now back to Mr. Dunn’s integrity. In the ‘80s, Mr. Dunn left two different trainers’ barns owing them money, had an ongoing lawsuit with his family members and business partner in Utah, filed for divorce from Sue Dunn, which became Jack Waggoner’s girlfriend for a while, later
marrying her current husband Mr. Stevens.
Point being, everyone has history, good and bad. Now a small history about Mr. Eldridge Goins or as he’s known in East Texas: the Big L. Many people think this nickname refers to “loser.” His horse trainer is Punk Carter, EC member and the guy that is very involved in the Celebrity Cutting, also a past NCHA President. The Big L has had a couple of wives, one of them being Susan West, which is now Bob McBride’s wife.
The NCHA has been good for the Big L; the membership needs to remember he has been cashing checks from us for a while now. He helped keep the Robert/Wade Rust problem going on forever. The general membership spent over $250,000 in the early ‘90s on that one, and for what? Next you get him leading the charge on the Millie Kay, Bob Bouget mess. That one took a man’s living away from him; they never proved anything, just got them both on a Rule 40, owing attorney fees. By the way, Dunn was also on that committee that went forward with the charges against the Bougets and virtually got them banned for life.
As a forty-year member, I feel that many, many things are not treated fairly. The EC doesn’t govern impartially or with openness and never has. Members forget or never know some of the things that have happened, if you’re not in the loop. If you don’t conform, sooner or later the NCHA will give you a wedgie. What new members don’t realize is that some of the things that we go through now are because of what has happened 20 years ago.
There are many things in the past years that are hidden in Jimmy’s woodpile. Strong feelings from me about why I wish to stay anonymous.
But some of these little secrets and left out facts need to be known. In the future I will pass those on but I sure don’t want the NCHA coming after me, I don’t need the problem.
What I pass on can be checked I’ve got no problem with that. The only way the NCHA is going to be cleaned up is to let all the facts be known to everyone about everything. The general membership needs to know but the general membership need to have some guts and band together and take control.
Now this is just a personal observation and opinion. Kenny Emigh should have had a chance to bid on the futurity coverage; Shelly Burmeister Gaylord Mowery should have had a chance if she wanted to. Anyone that was qualified should have had the chance, but the general membership didn’t
know this was coming up. Ride-TV really sucked. Craig with his little potbelly hanging out was pretty comical with this trusty side kick that couldn’t pronounce names. It was a lot like watching Laurel and Hardy when the picture did come in.
But what I cannot understand is why has the EC not run Morris off? You have a member threatening another member in writing; then you add in there that this clown is an EC member. Rule 35 and 39 clearly covers these actions. Morris would probably beat up on a horse or a woman, but I don’t believe you could melt him and pour him on a man in a fair fight. But I’m not saying Emigh is much of a man either.
Name Withheld by request