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☛ Chubby Turner endorses Lewis Wray for NCHA VP 3-13-15

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, TO THE EDITOR, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


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 !!!!!!!!!
Chubby Turner
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Open letter to Dennie Dunn 5-17-14

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, TO THE EDITOR, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 3 comments

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.


David Hughes


Utah Cutting Horse Association


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☛ Letter from Gang of 21 – 1-12-13

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in TO THE EDITOR | 6 comments


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.


Click here for copy of letter>>

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☛ An NCHA history lesson 1-7-13

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in TO THE EDITOR | 9 comments



Jan. 7, 2013

Glory Ann,

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


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☛ Pot sweetened for aged events?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in TO THE EDITOR | 0 comments


Dear Editor,

June 15, 2012

Just a thought….as I read the ‘adopted’ recommendations from the convention, they now take 50 horses to the semi’s. I believe it was 40 before, or paid thru 40 places. Another 10 places paid at $4000 each – WOW another $40,000 out to one NCHA produced event. I think a reasonable amount might be your entry fee back, but seriously, that’s better odds than at a weekend show (most classes 1 money for every 4 horses, but lower percentages to lower end) The 2012 Summer Spect. was better percentage than that in the NP, paying the 40 places.

Some weekend affiliates are struggling to break even on shows, with paid (mandatory certified) secretary, paid (mandatory certified) videographer, 8% to NCHA, $2 per cut to Nat’l Finals fee ( that now goes to Reno again???) I’m not sure some weekend cutters realize just how many places get paid at those major events. I feel NCHA (Executive Board) is trying to sweeten the pot more for the aged event group, and forgot the weekend cutter.

But of course, in case of repercussions, I prefer to remain anonymous ~

Thanks~ vg

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☛ Description of a “Set Precedent”

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in BREAKING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, TO THE EDITOR | 0 comments



 Sept. 4, 2012

Glory Ann,

Since the release of your news article I have received myriad inquires asking for an analysis that provides further information on my last article, as well as a expanded information process.  More specifically, SET PRECEDENT and Trainer-issued earnings checks.

Therefore please accept the following:  (First):  When a corporation or organization establishes a normal manner in conducting business on a regular basis thus A SET PRECEDENT is established. It does not matter, in this instance for clarification purposes, whether such business manner is legal or not it’s still establishes A SET PRECEDENT or an established way of conducting business by a corporation.

Differentiation between the two is critical when such actions are identified as unorthodox or defined as illegal business practices. Its under this veil, a corporation subjects itself to a host of criminal and civil liability factors due to this SET PRECEDENT business practices thus placing same on a path of self destruction; and

(Second):  As this addendum relates to horse earnings checks being made payable to Horse Trainers I offer the following:  A Horse Owner is the (ONLY) rightful and lawful recipient and payee of all horse earning checks issued by the Horse Organization or (Payer/Issuer),except when such horse owner specifically and legally appoints a (nominee/middleman) recipient as an Agent by executed legal doctrine.

At no time, with specificity, does a Horse Organization or a Horse Trainer have the authority or binding legal power to supersede the lawful rights of an owner by arbitrarily appointing a (nominee/middleman) as the recipient of horse earnings checks or funds won during an equine competition that actually belong to another. With this over reach of authority such horse organization subjects its self to liability by using this unorthodox SET PRECEDENT business practice.

It’s imperative to note, all IRS 1099 reporting doctrine must be followed during and exchange of earned income by the Issuer and the Payee or recipient. Period.

Submitted with respect

Rick Dennis
Wind River Company LLC

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