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☛ Wild Horses escape chopping block 5-16-18

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Wild Horses Escape The Chopping Block

In Ombinus Spending Bill

 

By Richard E. Dennis
May 16, 2018

 

Wild Horses are as symbolic of the American West as:  Cactus, Mountains, Prairies, Buffalo, and Native Americans. For centuries Wild Horses have embodied the American Spirit, roamed the mountains and plains of America, and engaged daily in a never ending struggle for survival.  Today, Wild Horses and Burros are confronted with an even greater predator threat to their survival besides Mother Nature and predators, (e.g. The Bureau of Land Management and Domestic Cattle and Sheep producers grazing on public grasslands).  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Domestic Livestock producers are constantly engaging in FALSE propaganda narratives claiming the Wild Mustang and Burros are eating themselves out of “House and Home” from over population.

 

However, this man made False Narrativeis filled with half truths which only depicts one sided narratives, derived from their interpretation and doesn’t take into account the actual facts and causative factors involved in the Wild Mustang and Burros plight.  Statistical data has proven over and over, the actual cause of the Wild Horses and Burros plight is directly due to one of mans oldest sins – GREED. Instead of proposing a reduction in livestock, Bureaucrats and Ranchers propose a reduction in wildlife including Wild Mustangs, Burros, and predators. Of course these individuals don’t correctly inform the public the overgrazing and sustainable water reductions are directly contributed to overstocking Domestic Livestock populations.

 

Our public grasslands and parks were set aside for the wild life and Citizens of the United States of America and not for the exclusive use of domestic livestock ranchers.  The dichotomy of the ranching philosophy is that it embodies two ideological concepts: 1) They feel it is their right to make a living off the American public from a reduction in grazing fees and government tax payer provided subsidies, and 2) their rights as livestock producers take precedent over the rights of wildlife living in our parks and on our public grasslands. Thus, this dichotomy makes cohabitation unrealistic.

 

These two ambiguous philosophies directly contribute to diametrical conclusions for our public grasslands, wildlife, as well as the past, present, and future of our heritage.  In a recent article by the Washington Post entitled “Wild horses escape the chopping block in spending bill”, by By Karin Brulliard March 22, 2018, the author states: Among the winners in a $1.3 trillion spending bill congressional leaders agreed to Thursday: wild horses. Negotiators said nay to a House proposal to allow the culling of tens of thousands of horses and burros that roam the West or are held in government-funded corrals and ranches. Proponents of the idea, including its sponsor, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), described “humane euthanization” as a last-ditch tool for controlling an escalating equine population that is degrading public land and causing horses to starve.

 

But the proposal was vigorously opposed by wild horse advocacy groups, which have long resisted efforts to limit the federally protected animals that have become symbols of the American West. The groups accuse the Bureau of Land Management, which manages the wild horse and burro populations, of bowing to demands from cattle ranchers who view equine herds as competitors on grazing land.

 

“We are thrilled that Congress has rejected this sick horse slaughter plan,” Marilyn Kroplick, president of the animal rights group In Defense of Animals, said in a statement that claimed horse lovers had “jammed Congressional phone lines with calls and sent tens of thousands of emails” to make their case. The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act gave the animals federal protections, and it also permitted the interior secretary to sell or euthanize older and unadoptable animals. But for much of the past three decades, Congress has used annual appropriations bill riders to prohibit the killing of healthy animals and any “sale that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.”

 

In July, however, the House Appropriations Committee voted to remove Interior Department budget language banning culls. Stewart said at the time that the proposal would not permit horse sales for commercial processing — including for meat. The last U.S. horse slaughterhouse closed in 2007, but meat-processing plants in Mexico and Canada slaughter tens of thousands of domestic American horses each year for export to Europe and Asia. A Senate proposal retained the protections.

 

Although the spending bill negotiated this week keeps horses off the chopping block, it does not put forward solutions to what people on all sides of this heated issue agree is a problem. About 46,000 wild horses and burros are in corrals that cost the BLM nearly $50 million to maintain each year, and 73,000 others run free in western states. That’s nearly three times the 27,000 animals the bureau says the land can sustain. Horse advocacy groups say that reducing the free-roaming herds to that figure would risk their extinction.

 

Adoptions, which have been the bureau’s primary tool for shrinking the population, totaled just 3,517 in 2017. Among other proposals, horse activists have called for wider use of contraception, which skeptics say would be impractical for large-scale reductions.

 

Neither the BLM nor Stewart’s office responded to requests for comment on the spending bill. In a New York Times column in December, the lawmaker described himself as a horse lover but lamented the funding for corralled horses, saying it would total $1 billion over the animals’ lifetimes.

 

“That’s $1 billion we could otherwise spend on defense, education, job training or any other worthy cause,” Stewart said. “But the alternative for these horses is starving in the wild.”  The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget calls for doing away with the usual rider that prevents their sale or killing in favor of allowing the bureau to use a “full suite of tools” to manage the herds.

 

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobil: (985) 630-3500

Email: richarde.dennis@yahoo.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ Wild horses winners “this time around” 5-12-18

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

WILD HORSES WERE THE WINNERS IN A $1.3 TRILLION GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL …

 

THIS TIME AROUND!

 

May 12, 2018
By Glory Ann Kurtz

Karin Brulliard recently wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled, “Negotiators said “nay” to a House proposal to allow the culling of tens of thousands of horses and burros that roam the West or are held in government funded corrals and ranches.”

 

The proponents of the proposal included its sponsor Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah).

 

However, the proposal was vigorously opposed by wild horse advocacy groups, which have resisted efforts to limit the federally protected animals and accuse the Bureau of Land Management of bowing to demands from cattle ranchers who view equine herds as the real competitors on grazing land.

 

The attached article published in the Washington Post describe the ongoing battle over what to do with the nation’s wild horses, including the some 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals that cost the BLM nearly $50 million to maintain each year and 73,000 others that run free in western states. They claim the number is three times the 27,000 animals the bureau says the land can sustain.

Wild horses escape chopping block 5-18

 

However, if you want the “real story” about what’s going on with the wild horses, go back to the article “Horse slaughter – Facts and Fiction, written by Risk Analyst Rick Dennis and published on July 23, 2015 on this very subject on this website.

 

In the article, Rick separates “Facts” from “Fiction” of this problem, giving the real figures and facts so you can make your own decisions on who the guilty parties are.

☛Horse Slaughter – Fact & Fiction 7-23-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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☛ NCHA planning class restructure 5-11-18

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

NCHA CLASS RESTRUCTURING ON THE AGENDA FOR THE 2018 NCHA CONVENTION

 

COMMMITEES COMPLETE TWO PROPOSALS TO BE DISCUSSED AT JUNE 1-3 NCHA CONVENTION BUT NOT VOTED ON

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 11, 2018

In an effort to boost membership, the NCHA has published an NCHA CLASS RESTRUCTURE on their website from the 2018 Class Restructure Subcommittee.

 

The website explains that the reasons for the restructuring of classes are several, including the fact that NCHA membership has dropped from 20,372 in 2010 to 10,569 as of March 15, 2018. This is a decline of 9,083 or 48 percent.

 

Also show entries have declined 61,716 or 33.3 percent – from 185,511 in 2007 to 123,795 in 2017.

 

Two drafts of a “Class Restructure” will be presented at the 2018 NCHA Convention, scheduled for Friday June 1 – June 3 at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Texas. Two drafts will be presented as proposals to committee members; however, they will be discussed at the convention BUT NOT VOTED ON. The linked proposals will be for discussion purposes only.

 

THE OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the NCHA is to grow the membership base with new members and increase show entries from current members by simplifying rider eligibility and maintaining current payouts

 

THE OBSTACLES:

There are no entry level classes, more than likely due to the exception rules. There is no level playing field. Current members are not showing because they feel like they ARE the added money. Also, rider eligibility rules are confusing and complicated.

 

THE PROPOSALS:

Mandates a protected entry-level class for EACH division. Mandates a level playing field within EACH division. Simplifiesrider eligibility rules and encourages (not requires) competitors to ride up in levels and divisions.

 

DIVISIONS AND LEVELS:

OPEN DIVISION:
Open – $750,000 or more in lifetime earnings;
Intermediate Open$200,001 – $749,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Open$0 – $200,000 in lifetime earnings

 

NON-PRO DIVISION:
Non-Pro$500,000 or more in lifetime earnings
Intermediate Non-Pro– $100,001 – $499,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Non-Pro$0 – $100,000 in lifetime earnings

 

AMATEUR DIVISION:
Amateur– $100,000 or more in lifetime earnings
Intermediate Amateur– $25,001 – $99,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Amateur– $0 – $25,000 in lifetime earnings

 

A rider can compete in the Open, Non-Pro or Amateur Division based on their eligibility as established within the NCHA Rule book.

 

The Total Lifetime Earnings of a rider determines WHICH LEVEL they are eligible to compete in. In addition to the level that a rider is eligible to compete in, they can also enter, if they chose, higher levels and divisions.

 

LIMITED LEVEL:

Limited Open– $0 – $200,000
Limited Non-Pro– $0 – $100,000
Limited Amateur– $0 – $25,000

This level is deemed to be the entry level for a rider and as such is a “protected” level within each division. NO rider with lifetime earnings in excess of the amount designated can compete in a Limited class. No exceptions!

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

SENIORS:

Once a rider turns 60, the rider is eligible to compete in the senior divisions. (This is currently offered and will not change)

REVOLVING DOOR:

A rider can drop down to the Intermediate level if they have not won a certain amount within a set time frame.  The limits for each division are as follows:

Open:$75,000 in one year

Non-Pro:$50,000 in one year

Amateur:$25,000 in one year

 

LIMITED AGED EVENTS:

The Open, Non-Pro and Amateur classes would run just like they currently do. Each entry would designate what Level or Levelsthat a rider is competing in. Show producers would determine number of go-rounds, number of horses to finals, working finals and non-working finals. Senior, Gelding and Novice classes will not change. These designations will remain a class within its respective division.

 

A graduated entry fee schedule would be implemented whereby the Limited Level entry fee is the lowest and the top level is the highest in each division.

 

To encourage riders to enter in multiple levels and divisions, a discounted fee would be offered if a rider chooses to enter multiple levels.

 

To ensure the top levels pay the highest, added money would be concentrated in the top level. The intermediate can be allocated some added money; however, added money in the limited level is strictly prohibited.

 

There will be limited aged event pilot studies at the 2017 Super Stakes, 2017 Summer Spectacular, 2017 Breeders Invitational, 2018 Augusta Futurity, 2017 West Texas Futurity, 2018 The Ike Futurity, 2018 Arbuckle Futurity, 2017 Brazos Bash and 2017 PCCHA Holy Cow Futurity.

 

WEEKEND SHOW STRUCTURE:

The weekend Show Class Structure will include:

OPEN – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

NON-PRO – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

AMATEUR –  with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.
$25,000 NOVICE HORSE

$25,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$50,000 NON-PRO

$25,000 AMATEUR

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$2,000 LIMITED RIDER

YOUTH

 

For weekend shows, a rider will enter the division that they are eligible to compete in. If they are eligible for the Intermediate or Limited class within that division, they can, if they choose, pay an additional entry fee to enter the Intermediate and/or Limited class. The Intermediate and Limited Class is a class-within-a-class just like the current senior class.

 

Senior classes will not change. If a rider meets the eligibility requirements for the senior class, they can, if they choose, pay an additional fee to enter the Senior class.

 

To ensure the top levels pay the highest, added money would be concentrated in the top level. The intermediate can be allocated some added money; however, added money in the limited level is strictly prohibited.

 

WHY DOES NCHA THINK LEVELING WILL WORK?

Due to declining entries in 2011, the NRCHA implemented a leveling system within their Non Pro Division. Since then the Non-Pro entries are up over 40 percent. As a result of this success, in 2013, they created an entry-level Open class (Level 1 Ltd Open) and have seen an increase of 25% in total Open entries.

NCHA Ltd Age Event Class Structure Second Draft

NCHA Proposed Class restrucure 5-18

 

In 2014, I published an article by Rick Dennis, warning about the future of the horse industry. That article received more comments than any other article that I have published, and is even more relevant today. It’s very relevant to what is happening today, if changes were not made.

Click for a copy of that article.

 

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☛ Dual Rey put down at age 24

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

DUAL REY PUT DOWN AT 24 YEARS OF AGE

 

THE NO. 3 ALL-TIME LEADING SIRE OF THE NCHA SIRED OFFFSPRING EARNING CLOSE TO $36 MILLION

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 11, 2018

Bred and owned by Linda Holmes, Longmont, Colo., Dual Rey put his stamp on the cutting horse industry, siring earners of close to $36 million in NCHA competition.  However, his breeding days were over when he was euthanized at the Holmes ranch on Monday, May 7 at the age of 24.

 

Dual Rey was sired by the legendary sire Dual Pep, a 1985 stallion sired by Peppy San Badger out of Miss Dual Doc by Docs Remedy. His dam was Nurse Rey, a 1983 daughter of Wyoming Doc out of Jay Moss by Rey Jay, with earnings of $65,587.

 

The sign of a highly successful stallion is when his offspring are also highly successful sires. Dual Rey was one of those great stallions, siring TR Dual Rey, earner of $291,111 and the sire of earners of more then $3.7 million. He also sired Dual Smart Rey, who had over $4.3 million in offspring earnings; Reys Dual Badger, $3.3 million and Halreycious with $2.2 million.

 

His highest producing daughter is Miss Ella Rey, dam of nine NCHA money earners of $929,458. The mare out of Huggs Olena by Smart Chic Olena, earned a total of $375,842.

 

Dual Rey’s top money earner was Special Nu Baby, a 2006 daughter of Nu I Wood by Zack T Wood, with $481,197 in lifetime earnings.

 

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☛ Myth & Management of Wild Horse Population 5-8-18

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

LATEST SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS WILD HORSE OVER-POPULATION

 

MYTH AND MANAGEMENT

 

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
May 8, 2018

 

On July 23, 2015, I authored an article, entitled “Horse Slaughter – Facts and Fiction” which was released on allaboutcutting.net. In the article I explained: An existing dichotomy in the American horse industry requiring scrutiny and analyzation is Horse Slaughter. As I previously stated in Horse Abuse, Part 6: Horse Slaughter – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, “Ever since the introduction of the SAFE Act Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 1214) was introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2015, advocates on both sides of the aisle have been organizing in opposition of the bill, as well as promoting its passage.”

 

The article includes the identification of three TOP-TIER-RANKED HORSE SLAUGHTER ADVOCATES:

 

# American Quarter Horse Association

# Protect The Harvest

# Veterinary Advocacy Groups

 

This article also includes sections on:

 

BALANCE OF NATURE:

The balance of nature is a theory that proposes that ecological systems are usually in a stable equilibrium (homeostasis), which is to say that a small change in some particular parameter (for example, the size of a particular population) will be corrected by some negative feedback that will bring the parameter back to its original “point of balance” with the rest of the system. It may apply where populations depend on each other, for example in predator/prey systems, or relationships between herbivores and their food source. It is also sometimes applied to the relationship between the Earth’s ecosystem – the composition of the atmosphere and the world’s weather.

 

FACTS:

First and foremost, neither ideology addresses a myriad of causes addressing each issue on an “apple-to-apple” or an “apple-and-orange” relationship, nor do they offer a specific alternative to rectify the problem – other than horse slaughter.  However, each organization directly appeals to the plight of the horse from an emotional factor in order to sway public opinion to support their biased position on horse slaughter as a means to control horse populations.

 

ECONOMIC FACTS OF PUBLIC LANDS GRAZING:

#  Public lands grazers (cattle and sheep producers) are a minority of livestock producers in the West and throughout the country.

#  Number of livestock producers with federal grazing permits: 27,000.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in the United States: 3 percent.

#  Percentage of livestock producers with federal grazing permits in eleven Western states: 22 percent.

#  Number of livestock producers without federal grazing permits: 880,000.

 

The facts and figures included in this article, as well as the plight of the Wild Mustang, were directly received from the Federal Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C.

 

Now a newly released article in“Horsetalk.Co.NZ” entitled Latest Science Highlights Wild Horse Over-Population – Myth And Management,by William E. Simpson brings his reading audience even closer to facts concerning the Wild Mustang as well as contradicting allegations proposed by the BLM, who are proponents to horse slaughter, and the cattle grazers on Federal grasslands.  For the record, it also confirms my 2015 article on the same subject. William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centurions, proceeds from which go toward supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary.

 

In his article Mr. Simpson explains:The critics of the BLM and their Wild Horse and Burro Program, who number in the thousands (at least), have long held that there were more myths being spun about wild horses than truths.

Click for article>>

 

The Curator of Vertebrates at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History, Professor Ross MacPhee, is just one of that indelible multitude and has made his position on the BLM’s canards very clear as we read here.

 

Now we have further confirmation of those suspicions. Noted wildlife ecologist Craig C. Downer has just completed a lengthy and enlightening study on the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horses in Oregon and their management on publicly owned Wild-horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that were established under Act of Congress in the 1971 Wild Burro and Horse Protection Act.

 

This same report is being provided to the administrative heads of BLM, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Department of the Interior (DOI) in the public interest of proper management of the legendary and majestic American wild horses. A few of the many examples of the myths that have long been promulgated by the BLM and wild horse management officials in other government agencies, including the USFS, are cited as follows:

 

     1. Myth:          Wild horses cannot graze on rough or steep terrain.

 

     1. Truth:        This first myth is manifestly untrue. As someone who lives among wild horses in a naturally operating ecosystem, I regularly observed and documented wild horses browsing on steep rocky (volcanic talus) mountainsides.

 

     2. Myth:          Wild horses don’t eat brush or woody plants, only sweet grass and hay.

 

     2. Truth:        Wild horses in fact do browse on a diet that is widely distributed among many plants in the biomes of North America and maintain symbiotic mutualism with the plants eaten by spreading their seeds in many cases. This canard as to diet has been repeated often by BLM wild horse and burro managers who do not have the requisite field experience in wild horse behavioral ecology, so they substitute and impose domestic breed behavioral ecology on wild horses, which is not consistent with fact. Wild horses do in fact eat woody plants as we see in the below short video of a wild mare browsing on some white oak debris that was blown down from a tree top.

                                             

     3. Myth:          Wild horses consume forage needed for rebuilding depleted deer herds

 

     3. Truth:        This myth was spawned into the hunting industry by some individuals who were in and around the BLM and USFS. In the detailed, peer-reviewed study by Hansen, R.M., Clark, R.C., & Lawhorn, W. 1977 entitled ‘Foods of Wild Horses, Deer and Cattle in the Douglas Mountain Area, Colorado‘,we read in the first paragraph that the dietary overlap of deer and wild horses is just 1 percent.

 

     4. Myth:          Livestock should be exclusively used for grazing prodigious ground fuels that are the genesis of catastrophic wildfire.

 

     4. Truth:        The reality is that livestock are useful as wildfire ground-fuel grazers only in and around grazing areas that can be actively managed with mechanical means for soil conditioning and re-seeding. This is because livestock (cattle and sheep) are an invasive species and via their grazing, which does overlap more heavily with deer, will strip native plants and their seeds from any area where they graze.

 

This fact is a function of livestock being ruminants with a very efficient digestive system (complex stomach). The opposite is true for wild horses, which have a monogastric (single stomach) digestive system that passes both humus and undamaged/undigested seed back into the soils, thereby complementing and re-seeding the soils where they graze, which is of particular value in wildfire scars.

     5. Myth: Wild horses damage riparian areas more than livestock.

 

     5. Truth:        Both physics and empirical evidence prove this false. The math/physics proves that the ground-loading in pounds per square inch (PSI) related to cattle is considerably higher in cattle over horses. Furthermore, due to the pointed (pick-like) tips on the bifurcated hooves of cattle, that force is made even more effective, therefore disrupting soils and increasing erosion significantly as compared to the shape of a horse’s virtually round one-piece hoof and lower ground loading in PSI.

 

     6. Myth:          Wild horses have no natural predators.

 

     6. Truth:        Every apex predator (mountain lions, bears, wolves, coyotes) hunts, kills and eats wild horses and I have detailed and documented the depredation of our local wild horses, where the population of adult horses dropped from ca. 67 adults (2014) to ca. 52 adults in 2017. Only 5 percent of foals born alive with mares survive to their first year (1 out of 20 born) due to death by predators alone.

 

     7. Myth:          Wild horses are not native to America.

 

     7. Truth:        As professor Ross MacPhee says: “Wild horses are as American as apple pie” and without doubt originated in North America.

 

To further explain the plight of the wild horse or “Mustang” another article adds credence to the severity of “Over Production Of Stock – Cattle and Sheep”, on our Federal grasslands.  A May 6, 2018 FOX Newsreport entitled “Nearly 200 horses found dead, buried in mud on Navajo land in Arizona,”by Katherine Lam of Fox News.  Nearly 200 horses were found dead in a stock pond on Navajo land in Arizona after widespread drought and famine hit the area, officials said.

 

About 191 wild horses died of natural causes in the pond in Gray Mountain, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said in a news release. Nez and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye went to the scene to assess the incident last Wednesday.

 

“These animals were searching for water to stay alive. In the process, they unfortunately burrowed themselves into the mud and couldn’t escape because they were so weak,” Nez said in the news release. What this article actually depicts is just how fragile our public grasslands are and Mother Nature only provides so much substance for survival to go around. Water is life’s liquid. Livestock definitely play a part in the balance of nature by depleting food and water sources which would ordinarily be consumed by wild horses and wildlife.

 

Click for Navajo Article>>

 

For the record, these three articles clearly provide clear and unequivocal evidence of the fragility of our Federal Grasslands and the importance of a “balance of nature.”  It’s also clear that there’s a rumor factory engulfing the Washington D.C. area which is designed to upend this “balance of nature” by the removal of wild horses and predators, using the overpopulation of wild horses and predators as the “culprits” which must be removed at all cost to insure the reestablishment of the “balance of nature.”  Therefore, who suffers under such a convoluted ideology? The wildlife and the predators!

 

When in “truth and fact,” the BLM never provides the real reason for the removal of these animals, except a myriad of hypothetical propaganda-produced algorithms,  due in-part to: The whining of cattle and sheep producers and the “wanna be ” Ogliarch’s in Washington D.C. who are dictating the plight of the American wild horses and predators simply due to greed (money) that is made from cattle and sheep production on public grasslands. However, what’s not being told is the amount of money being made by corporations and individual ranchers by taxpayer induced government subsidies totaling in the millions of dollars annually.

 

Along with government provided subsidies, it costs the American taxpayer millions of dollars annually for predator removal and the housing, care and maintenance of the wild horses, which are removed and held in holding pens. Are all of these millions of dollars being spent wisely for the preservation of our wild horses, wildlife, and Federal grasslands or is it for the benefit of someone’s pocketbook and bank account? After all, the BLM report states Federal land grazers that actually pay for their grazing permits – minority. You decide !!!

 

“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobile Number: (985) 630-3500

Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ Dear NCHA Executive Board members 4-3-18

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, TO THE EDITOR, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

Dear Executive Board Members,
A short while ago I read an open letter to the NCHA, from a director, on the website allaboutcutting.net, regarding many issues within the NCHA and the dubious decisions that caused them. Ifyou have not read the letter, I would advise you to do so promptly! We are in a state of emergency, and actions must be taken to ensure our longevity. In the letter, I read about several rule violations perpetrated by the Dufurrena family, and possibly the assistance of NCHA Vice-President Phil Rapp in helping to “go easy” on the Dufurrena,as in regard to disciplinary actions by the NCHA.

Upon learning of the verdict of their recent grievance hearing, we see that plan being executed. Everyone who has been guilty of violating the non pro ownership rule has received harsh penalties that were appropriately applied and justified. Now we see a much different set of sanctions that are in no way consistent with other cases regarding the same rule. Every lawyer I’ve talked to has said this can turn into a major legal fiasco for us. I’m imploring the leadership of ourAssociation to seek advice from a competent lawyer before the Appeals Committee hearing is held. Trust me when I say, there is a contingency of past and current members and directors who are adamant about exposing the many deficiencies and lack of common sense that is present within our association. This present matter”smacks” of yet another example of poor judgment if not dealt with in an appropriate and consistent sanction. In the opinion of many, this matter can have very serious legal and financial consequences.

In addition to legal liability from former members who have been suspended for life from the same rule violations, we are also liable to the competitors who were directly damaged by the Dufurrenas’ bad conduct. Right now, we have the luxury of being able to follow the Olympic rules for athletes who break their rules. If athletes are deemed in violation, they are banned from competition, and the awards are presented to the appropriate winners. Why not follow their approach to dealing with contestants who break the rules? Are we not bound to recognize and compensate the rightful champions? Also,the fines that were levied against the Dufurrenas in the grievance hearing are absurd! In the least, the fines should equal the amount of money that was won fraudulently in the various events by the Dufurrenas, and the awards should be given to the rightful winners! I f anything less than the above suggestions are done, it will be regarded as a sham by our Association leaders and produce another example of poor leadership. Now is our opportunity to demonstrate to the general membership and public that our association is trustworthy and will be regarded as the model to which other associations aspire to be. Currently, there is great bewilderment and dismay felt among the people who make up our industry, and feel that our great association has deteriorated to an all-time low, especially within the last several years. These problems have only been exacerbated during the tenure of Chuck Smith’s leadership beginning with his presidency and extending through his time as our Executive Director.

In closing, I want to bring to your attention just how many of us are opposed to the choice of Chuck Smith as our Executive director. We, the body of Directors,were never consulted prior to his hiring, thus making it apparent that he was hired out of mere convenience, rather than conducting a rigorously due diligent effort to find the right candidate for the position. Not only does he lack experience running any association whatsoever, he is also completely in over his head, and lacks the intestinal fortitude of true leadership, all the while being paid a ridiculously high salary usually reserved for someone in upper management in a corporate setting. This is just another example of why our association is currently facing the dire economic conditions we find ourselves in.

Let it be known that many strongly suggest that the present Executive board and Appeals Committee take this opportunity to fulfill it’s fiduciary duties and demonstrate strong leadership that has been lacking in the past.

—-Let the content of this letter concern you, rather than the author

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