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☛ NEWS FROM THE NCHA 11-9-18

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM THE NCHA

 

NCHA SUSPENSION RULE CHANGED

Apparently something has transpired within the NCHA organization, which prompted them to assign a new rule change. Previously, while being suspended, an individual was allowed to sit in the stands by NCHA permission at an approved NCHA show. Today, the NCHA suspension Rule has been changed for any suspension issued after August 31, 2018.  This suspension would obviously follow that date.

An anonymous source has informed me that at the Disciplinary Committee hearing, they dismissed a complaint filed by Shona Dufurrena against individuals who filed a complaint against Ed and Brandon Dufurrena at a show in Whitesboro, Texas. The eight people were represented by Lew Stevens, Attorney at Law. The complaint filed by Shona Dufurrena alleged unsportsmanlike conduct against the eight individuals who filed the original complaint against Ed Dufurrena at the Whitesboro show while Ed was on suspension.

The new rule prohibits a suspended person from being anywhere near the show and be prohibited from the arena, loping pens, parking lot, exhibit hall or any other property that can be called “show grounds”.

The result on whether Dufurrena will be suspended for a violation of his existing suspension has not yet been released and I’m awaiting the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee on the outcome of any further attachments in Ed and Brandon’s Dufurrena’s existing suspensions.

 

$100,000 BONUS MONEY PAYOUT CONTINUES AT 2018 NCHA FUTURITY

According to an NCHA press release, the $100,000 bonus money payout continuing at the 2018 NCHA Futurity. The North Texas Chevrolet Dealers and the Great American Insurance Group, will continue the bonus money payout for the 2018 NCHA’s World Championship Futurity.

This year the Amateur competitors will receive $40,000 to be divided between the Rios of Mercedes Boots Amateur Class and the McAlister Assets Unlimited Amateur Class; the Non-Pro Division will receive $16,000; the Limited Non-Pro will receive $4,000 and the Open will receive $40,000.

The bonus money will be distributed between the champions and reserve champions in each of the divisions.

This will be the 51styear for the NCHA Futurity to be held at the Will Rogers Coliseum. It will be held Nov. 15, 2018 and conclude on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

 

MERCURIA WORLD FINALS & SALES:

The Mercuria NCHA World Finals will be held in conjunction with the Futurity and will feature the sport’s top older horses in 10 division scheduled from Nov. 23-Dec. 1. World Championship titles are on the line!

Also, the Western Bloodstock sales, held Dec. 3-8, will include close to 1,000 head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock.

 

 

 

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☛ YIPPIE KA-YAY, THE RUSSIAN WAY-11-5-18

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

YIPPIE KA-YAY, THE RUSSIAN WAY

 By Rick Dennis
Information derived from The New York Times and Valuets Journal
Nov. 5, 2018

Quietly secluded in the Russian interior, amid Russia’s wilderness fabric is a seldom heard of but emerging new industry modeled after the United States economy and the cowboy way of life. That new industry is the Russian beef industry.

Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

The firm Miratorg is building an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys. And now we have a story from Russia of a massive effort to import something that’s very, very American. Russia has lots of open land, which is good for grazing cattle, but steak remains something of a foreign idea. So one company is trying to single-handedly build a steak industry from scratch in Russia – importing American cows, importing American grass, saddles, horses, and even importing American cowboys.

 

Russians Learn the Ways of the Cowboy From American Ranch Hands

 VALUETS, Russia — A visibly tiring but stubborn Aberdeen Angus cow sank all of her four feet in the rich black mud of central Russia, refusing to budge. Try as they might, the two Russians yanking on the rope lassoed around her wide, wet neck could not pull that massive body out of the icy December slush.

 

The cowboys on this new Russian ranch here still have a few things to learn. And unlearn. In a throwback to the old Soviet way of doing things, while the two were trying to move the recalcitrant cow, four others were standing idly by shouting advice.

 

Watching the greenhorns from afar was Ashley Chester Corlett, one of 10 American trainers brought in by the ranch’s owner, the Miratorg company. It chose them over Brazilians and Australians in large part because of the similarity between the climate in Wyoming and central Russia, where temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius).

“At first people always want to use pressure to handle the cattle and don’t realize how much like a predator they seem to the cow,” said Mr. Corlett, a thickset fourth-generation cowboy from Riverton, Wyo. “If you want to get the best out of that cow, you have to understand how it thinks. It opens so much understanding.”The aspiring cowboys also have to get used to working long days in harsh conditions, a concept that often seems novel to many of them.

 

“Working here is hard. Many people cannot stand it, especially the need to stay sober,” said Viktor P. Buivolov, who installed elevators in Moscow before becoming the manager of the ranch. “We even have a Breathalyzer here,” he said, navigating a Russian UAZ Patriot sport utility vehicle through a herd of cattle.

 

Agriculture all but disappeared from this and many other parts of Russia years ago, after the final screw was turned into scrap metal at the last surviving Soviet collective farms. But as oil prices have collapsed and Russia has imposed retaliatory sanctions against Western food products, reviving the economy with import substitution has become a priority for the Kremlin. President Vladimir V. Putin has said Russia has the potential to become a world leader in food production, and has set a goal of self-sufficiency by 2020.

 

Russian Cowboys Learn To Wrangle A Brand New Beef Industry

 As far as rodeos go, everything resembles an American rodeo, but the proceedings were just a little different. No swords here, but plenty of horses. And tons of people who came to watch. They brought signs and applauded their teams as they struggled to rope steers in the arena.

 

The Russian Rodeo embodied more than entertainment. It was a cacophonous celebration of a fledgling beef industry clawing its way into the Russian countryside. It was also part of a larger national goal to gain self-sufficiency with food production.

 

By copying the structure of Western beef operations, Miratorg skipped more steps. Miratorg is single-handedly trying to create an American-style beef industry, but in a very condensed time period. It now has about 400,000 cows, the largest herd in the world. The company has had to build fences in a country without any, to train veterinarians, and to also import everything from horses and grass seed to tractors. But the hardest part of managing this immense operation is not the science or the planning.

 

It’s finding workers. Cowboys. So the company imported some of them, too. One of them, Shawn Weekes, has been in Russia for two years. He’s a fourth-generation, Montana-born cowboy with a great, big mustache, Western boots, a hat, and a tucked in button up shirt. “I grew up doing this,” he said. “A rope was actually my first toy.

 

“He’s worked on ranches all over the U.S. but the growth of Miratorg, from zero to the largest herd in the world, stood apart. “I’ve never seen anything grow this fast. Ever. And sometimes it kind of set me back a little bit, like, whoa, let’s slow this train down a little bit. But this is their program and this is what they want, so I just try to help them,” Weekes said.

 

His job is teaching locals to cowboy. The new hires, mostly young men from nearby villages, have no experience. Most of them have only seen cowboys in black and white movies. Miratorg now employs 1,000 Russian cowboys, though they call them ‘operators. “The difference is they’re starting out from scratch, there’s only a handful of us here to teach all these people how to do this,” he said.

 

Which ever way the Russian beef industry turns out, I’m sure the American beef industry and entrepreneurs supporting this industry will have a boost in their sales economy.

 

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Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
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☛ Correction in NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity article 10-31-18

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CORRECTION IN NRCHA SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY ARTICLE

By Glory Ann Kurtz

On Thursday, Oct. 29, I posted an article about the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity and the winners: SJR Diamond Mist, ridden by Corey Cushing. In the article, a paragraph said SJR Diamond Mist, bred and owned by John and Brenda Stephenson of the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, would stand the 2019 breeding season at the Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, with a $3,500 breeding fee. Actually CD Diamond, the sire of SJR Diamond Mist will be standing at Oswood Stallion Station for a $3,500 breeding fee. I’m sorry for this error.

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☛ NCHA accepting applications for Director of Judges 10-31-18

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NCHA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DIRECTOR OF JUDGES

 

Press release from NCHA
Oct. 31, 2018

With Russell McCord leaving the end of the year as the Director of Judges, the NCHA has put out a notice that this position is open and applications will be taken until Dec. 31.

 

NCHA Career Opportunities 10-31-18

 

 

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☛ Over $1 million paid out in NRCHA Snaffle Bit futurity 10-29-18

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

OVER $1 MILLION PAID OUT AT NRCHA SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY

 

COREY CUSHING IS THE STAR RIDER OF THE SHOW; SJR DIAMOND MIST IS THE STAR OF REINED COW HORSES

 

By Glory Kurtz
Oct. 29, 2018

 

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) took over the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, for two weeks, Oct. 7-20, holding their annual Snaffle Bit Futurity for 3-year-old horses, plus a Hackamore Classic, for the second year in a row.

 

The two-week event paid out over $1 million, which included added money raised by NRCHA owners who were motivated to move the Snaffle Bit Futurity to Texas in 2017.

 

Although it’s too early to determine exactly where all the horses entered came from, the NRCHA estimated that 75 percent of the horses came from out of the state of Texas.

 

“While this is our second year for the Futurity in Fort Worth, it is our eighth show, when you include our Celebration of Champions held in February that we have hosted at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Each show, we see continued  improvements to the facility,” said Jay Winborn, the Executive Director of the association.

 

“With multiple show arenas, barns and riding areas, combined with the tunnel system, we were able to run numerous classes and have a fantastic schedule this year, despite the rainy weather.

 

“We had a great spectator attendance that came to support our prelims as well as the finals. The Rope Horse Futurity and Cowdog Rodear had a good crowd as well. Our sale was fantastic this year, resulting in over 90 percent of the horses sold. Overall the move of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity to Fort Worth has proved positive and it continues to drive the enthusiasm of the reined cow horse and growth of the NRCHA.”

 

Cheering spectators filled the stands of both the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin Arena to watch the stars of the reined cow horse event, including the star of the show, Corey Cushing, Scottsdale, Ariz., riding four horses to the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity finals, winning a total of $205,500 for the horses’ owners. The second high-money-earning rider was Justin Wright, a cow horse reining and cutting trainer from Santa Maria, Calif., who also rode four head in the finals and earned $130,000.

 

ABOUT THE WINNING HORSE AND HIS RIDER:

Cushing’s win was no surprise as the reined cow horse trainer has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times and also crossed the $2 million-dollar mark in earnings during this year’s Futurity. He won the popular event amid a full-house cheering crowd of spectators riding a beautiful bay stallion named SJR Diamond Mist (CD Diamond x Cat Mist by High Brow Cat), bred and owned by John and Brenda Stephenson of the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, to a total score of the three events (Herd work, Rein work and Cow work) of 658.5 for a $125,000 check. They won the Rein work with a whopping 223 score.

 

Bred in the purple for a performance horse, SJR Diamond Mist, is sired by CD Diamond, a 2009 son of CD Olena by Doc O’Lena out of Shiners Diamond Girl by Shining Spark. Showing how cutting horse pedigrees have been accepted by the reined cow horse industry, the stallion is out of Cat Mist by High Brow Cat out of Little Mist Smart by Smart Little Lena, a mare that is out of Lew and Sue Stevens’ great cutting mare Oak Mist.

 

Winning seems to run in the family as SJR Diamond Mist’s sire, CD Diamond, was the NRCHA No. 1 Open All Ages/All Divisions Horse of the Year in 2012 with earnings of $153,320. He was also the 2012 NRCHA Open Futurity Champion and placed third in the 2013 NRCHA Open Derby and 4thin 2014.

 

SJR Diamond Mist will stand the 2019 breeding season at the Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, with a $3,500 breeding fee.

 

Cushing, who has now won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity three times, also placed third for $57,000 riding Hott Rod, sired by the popular young stallion Hottish and out of Sugars Smart Kitty, owned by Lynne W. Wurzer, Tacoma, Wash. The pair scored a total of 655.5 points, winning the Herd work with a 220 score, and the Rein work with a 218. They placed ninth in the finals of the Cow Work, scoring a 217.5. The Cow Work was won by Roan Olena Oak (Olena Oak x Starlight Sailor), owned by Connie L. Buckley, Mead, Colo., and ridden by Matt J. Koch, Ault, Colo., scoring a 227.

 

Cushing’s other two money earners were One Shiney Metallic (Metallic Cat x One Shiney Rey), owned by Jeremy Barwick, Stephenville, Texas, placing 13thplace, earning $13,500 for their 641.5 score and Metallic River (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey) owned by Sheri L. Jamieson, LaJolla, Calif., earning $10,000 for 7thplace, with a 636.5 score. It was reported to me that Barwick’s horse, One Shiney Metallic, was the high-seller of the Performance Horse Sale, selling for $64,000 prior to the Futurity finals. The buyer was not revealed.

 

Justin Wright also won money on four horses including the Reserve Futurity title riding Scooter Kat (Kit Kat Sugar x Scooters Daisy Dukes), owned by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., taking home $87,000 for a score of 656.5. Metallic Flame (Metallic Cat x Scooby Dooby Dual) owned by Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., and Wright scored a 650 for 7thplace. He also rode One Sparking Time (One Time Pepto x Sparking Train) owned by Mark and Kimberly Rauch, Arlington, Wash., to 22ndplace with a 628, earning $10,000 and Remys Merada (Cats Merada x Chicks Sassy Nic), owned by Lucava Farms Inc., that is owned by Leslie Wallace, Langley, B.C., Canada, earning $10,000 for 27thplace with a 435.0 score.

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results

 

INTERMEDIATE FINALS:  

Taking home $30,000 of the $151,452.75 Intermediate Open purse was Clay Volmer, Millsap, Texas, riding SDP Hy Rey Bound (TR Dual Rey x SDP Hydrivenhickapoo) owned by SDP Buffalo Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas. The pair scored a total of 660, tying for first in the Finals Herd Work with a 216 and winning the Finals Cow Work with a 226 and finishing fifth in the Rein Work.

 

The Reserve title and $20,000 paycheck went to Jordan Williams, Rhome, Texas, riding Angel in Blue Jeanz (Metallic Cat x Heavens little Angel), owned by Wes and Sarah Williams. The pair scored a total of 652 points, tying for first place in the Finals of the herd Work, tying for third in the Rein Work and tying for third in the finals of the Cow Work with a 217.5 score.

 

 

NON-PRO FINALS:

The Non-Pro finals was won by Hope A. Miller, Brush Prairie, Wash., riding Seven S Prettysmart (Dual Smart Rey x Lena Pretty Playboy) scoring a total of 641.5 and taking home $21,856.40. The pair split the championship of the Finals Herd Work, tied for 4thin the Rein Work, scoring a 213.5 and tied for second in the Cow Work.

 

The Reserve title and $16,392.30 paycheck went to Jayson Fisher, Nipomo, Calif., riding Hes A Little Smart (Sophisticated Catt x Shes A Little Smart). The pair finished 11thin the finals of the Herd Work, scoring a 207; 8thin the Rein Work, scoring 210.5 and won the Cow Work, scoring a 215.5.

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METALLIC CAT TAKES SIRE ACCOLADES:

Metallic Cat, the sire that gained his great popularity in the cutting horse industry, was the leading sire of this year’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, with nine (9), or 33 percent of the Open finalists being sired by him, earning close to $120,000.

 

The Open finalists in the Futurity sired by Metallic Cat were headed up by Metallic Flame, owned by Bill F. Stevenson, Buellton, Calif., ridden by Justin Wright to 7thfor $23,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershead, Cape Girardeau, Mo., ridden by Todd Crawford, Blanchard Okla., to 10th, earning $16,750; Metallic Freckle, owned by Ana Lisa Luna, Ojai, Calif., and ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 12th, earning $14,500.

 

WR This Cats Smart had three horses in the Open Futurity finals, earning $30,000. Woody Be Tuff had two in the finals earning $47,000 and One Time Pepto had two in the finals earning $30,000. Other sires with finalists in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity include Dual Rey, Olena Oak, Travelin Jonez, Mr Playinstylish, Smooth As A Cat, Cat Man Do, Not Ruf At All and Cats Merada.

 

In the Intermediate Open Finals, five (25%) of the 20 finalists were sired by Metallic Cat and took home paychecks including the Reserve Champion Angel In Blue Jeanz, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams, Rhome, Texas, who scored a 652 with Jordan Williams in the saddle, for $20,000; Oh Cay MC, owned by Russ Mothershed, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, ridden by Todd Crawford, 645, 4th, for $10,500; Smart Lethal Cat, owned by Cowan Select Horses, Havre, Mont., ridden by Robbie Boyce to 638; 7thearning $7,000; Metallics Playboy, 9th, 635.5 owned by Larry and Karen Lommen, Elizabeth, CO, 9thfor $5,500 ridden by Brad Barkemeyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stylish In Socks, 625, 15thfor $3,500, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Clayton Edsall.

 

THE OTHER NRCHA FUTURITY SIRES:

The only Limited Aged Event finals where Metalllic Cat didn’t show up was in the Non-Pro Futurity finals. Two sires, Halreycious and WR This Cats Smart had two each in the Non Pro Finals. They included Hal On Ice, 13th, owned and shown by Tori Simons to a 607.5, earning $2,185.64. The other was Halrey, owned and ridden by Kenneth Schueller to a 603.0, earning $2,185.64.

 

WR This Cats Smart had two non-pro finalists including Lost Creek Heaven owned and ridden by Myles Brown for 7thplace and $5,474.10 and PRF Exceedingly Smart, owned and ridden by Eric Freitas to a 188 and a $1,639.23 paycheck.

 

Other sires with money-earning offspring included Dual Smart Rey, Sophisticated Catt, Playboys Buck Fever, Shining Lil Nic, Mr Playinstylish, Cee Mr Hickory, Dual Pep, CD Diamond, Gotta Go Get It, Sweet Lil Pepto, MCC Travalin Cat and Nic It In The Rey.

 

HACKAMORE CLASSIC:

The Hackamore Classic is a class for 4-and 5-year-old horses that have never been shown in a bridle and down the fence at any judged cow horse event, shown in a traditional hackamore with closed reins in the Rein and Cow work

 

Metallic Cat was also the sire of five of the top 15 in the Open Hackamore Classic that paid out $79,662,91. While the division was won by High Stressin Cat, sired by WR This Cats Smart with three in the Open Futurity Finals, owned by Clinton Marshall, Rathdrum, Idaho, and ridden by Nicholas Dowers, Dyer, Nev., five of the top 16 money earners or 31% were sired by Metallic Cat.

 

They included the Reserve Champion Moonshineandtwoadvil, owned by C. Randy Massey, ridden by Shawn D. Hayes to a total of 659; 6thplace Metallic Dual Pep, owned by Kenneth Schueller, Scales Mound, Ill., ridden by Luke Jones,, 652.5 for $4,779.72; 7th, Metallic Train, owned by Beverly Vaughn, ridden by Clayton Edsall to 652, earning $3,983.10.

 

With a total purse of $24,340.26, the 44-entry Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic was won by Quahadi, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned by the Burnett Ranches, Inc. and ridden by Boyd Rice, Weatherford, Texas, with a total score of 657.5, earning $4,868.05. The Reserve went to Metallic Train, sired by Metallic Cat, owned by Beverly Vaughn and ridden by Clayton Edsall, scoring a 652, earning $3,894.44.

 

The 11-entry Limited Open Hackamore Classic was won by Mr Fletch Cat, sired by Mr Playinstylish owned by Sabrina Thomas, ridden by Will Pennebaker, Wilton, Calif. , to a ,  earning $1,991.48. Actually Bet Shesa Fancy Cat, sired by Bet Hesa Cat, owned and ridden by Jared Jones, earning $1,659.56.

 

The 12-entry Level One Limited Hackamore Classic Open winner was Peptos all About Me, owned and ridden by Liam A. MacNeill, earning $1,957.20.

 

 

The Open Novice Horse was Metallic Malice, owned by John and Melanie Lowrence and ridden by Brad Lund to a 645.5, earning $1,714.20. The top four of the money earners in this class were sired by Metallic Cat while the No. 5 horse was sired by One Time Pepto.

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OTHER EVENTS:

Other events at the show included the AHFA World Champion Rope Horse Futurity that included Open and Non-Pro Heading and Heeling, as well as the AQHA Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges, Cowdog Rodear Fall Bash Finals, NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the Western Bloodstock NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, consisting of performance horses, 2-year-olds, and two sessions of yearlings and broodmares.

NRCHA Futurity Sale Results-2018

2018 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Results

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☛ AQHA is on the right track 10-15-18

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 8 comments

AQHA IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
October 15, 2018

 

On August 6, 2014, I authored and released an article for publication on allaboutcutting.net entitled “MECHANICAL HORSE, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs.”  At first glance this article suggests to the reader an apparatus resembling a horse traveling on rails making a series of stops and turns and acting much like the mechanical cow we see in the training arena.  However, this article is about the horse that performs, whether on the racetrack or in the performance arena, under the influence of illegal or prohibited drugs.

 

The article was authored due to the heightened awareness of horse doping bestowed on us by the main stream media and other news outlets, as well as by legislative action in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. More specifically, the bill introduced by Senators addresses the horse-doping fiasco in the United States, e.g., “The Chronic Abuse of race horses with pain killers and other drugs are dangerous and just plain wrong,” Udall said. US Senator Tom Udall, D – New Mexico is a cosponsor of the bill.

 

Essentially, the bill addresses the horse-doping epidemic in the United States by establishing a federal regulatory commission empowered to design a uniform, federally controlled enforced and prohibited drug policy for the welfare of the horse.  This bill mimics the federally mandated drug and alcohol – testing programs established in the 1980’s by the (49 CFR, Part 40) rules and regulations for federally mandated workplace drug and alcohol testing.

 

In response to the bill’s introduction, a group of racehorse trainers came out in support of the bill stating, “We believe it’s time to take a proactive position regarding the administration of race-day medication.  American racing has always been a global leader and it’s time to restore confidence in our game, and in our international standing” said D Wayne Lucas, a Hall of Famer who is one of the trainers supporting this proposal.  Todd A. Fletcher, another leading trainer is also on the list.

 

In my opinion, this is the industry’s attempt to police itself rather than have a government mandated equine drug-testing federal rule to do it for them, as is the case today with the Federal Mandate of certain positions under federal control.  For the record, I was in on the ground floor of this federal takeover of an industry, as well as the author of a litany of Fortune 500 companies’ drug and alcohol testing policies, including their implementation and maintenance, e.g., Exxon Company USA, Kerr McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, Mobile Oil Company, and Gulf Oil Company – to name a few.

 

My background in Drugs of Abuse spans from 1970 to the present and began as a Drug Enforcement Agent, to being a contributing writer for the original Federally Mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing program, to providing a dissertation to members of the U.S. Congress and Admiral Malloy of the US Navy for the integration of private sector drug and alcohol prevention programs for use with the US Military and the  Department of Defense, operating my own drug testing laboratory, and private sector enforcement and maintenance of Corporate Drug and Alcohol testing policies.

 

Click for “Mechanical Horse, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs”

 

Today, the majority – if not all – of the major nonprofit horse organizations including the Thoroughbred Race Horse Association and USEF have some type of rules and drugs-of-abuse prevention policies in place to prohibit the use of drugs or other prohibitive items and substances from being introduced into a horse’s system on the racetrack or in the performance arena. One of the outstanding associations taking the abuse of horses with drugs on a very serious proactive basis is the American Quarter Horse Association. The stand-out traits of this organization’s equine drug testing rules are: The frequency of the testing and the suspension and fining of the violators“across-the-board,” without discrimination of whether the violator is a horse trainer or a regular member.  Equal treatment for all.  A very admirable trait.

 

It’s long been my experience that equine trainers, for some unknown reasons, are considered by some in the industry as GODS, therefore they are untouchable or receive reduced penalties for rule violations. However, this is not the case with the American Quarter Horse Association.  A recent review of the 2017 and 2018 suspensions and fined lists include trainers for animal abuse as well as drug violations.  It also includes expulsion from the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman’s listing for those trainers who have committed rule violations as well as their names being included in the Quarter Horse Journal, along with identifying the committed infraction and fine amount.

 

This suggests that AQHA’s punishments for rule violators are handed out evenly “across-the-board.”  AQHA should be commended for their fair and unbiased treatment of rule violators as well as their devotion to protecting the American Quarter Horse breed and living up to their mission statement.  If more organizations would use AQHA as their role model, it would restore member confidence that some have lost simply due to the bias some associations have exhibited toward specific members and trainers in the industry. I’d say this is money well spent to prevent horse abuse, a business philosophy worth adopting.

 

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Richard E. Dennis
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