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☛ A cheaper way to talk 8-18-17

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 5 comments

A CHEAPER WAY TO TALK!

 

ALL CELL PHONES ARE NOT THE SAME

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
August 18, 2017

As a businessman, the most important tools of my primary trade are: 1) my vehicle, 2) my computer and 3) my cell phone. The same goes for horse owners and trainers. Over time cell phone communication has evolved from objects that looked like bricks to the phones we use today, which are easily placed in our shirt pockets.

However, along with evolution also evolved the costs of these mobile devices as well as the cost for their service capability with a cell carrier’s ever-increasing costs. Cell phone bills have graduated over time to eliminate cost-per-minute values, roaming charges, including connection fees and opting instead for monthly charges comprised of packages or bundled costs.

Today, cell phones basically are either Android or Apple I-phones. These phones come in different sizes – from small to large – and have enough functions and storage to be considered a handheld computer that can talk. As the old adage goes, “There’s an app for that.”

Then there are the basic models that only allow texting and talking. However, the most advanced models can be used to type and send an email or a complete letter using the correct word processor app.

Whether your using the voice control to find directions to a local eating place or directions for an over-the-country trip, the modern cell phone will do it all.  However, along with modern advances also comes advances in pricing.  The cell phone industry has evolved into a comfortable multi-billion dollar industry.  Today, cell phones are used to talk on, take photographs and video, wake up to, remind us when to go to sleep, keep track of important meetings, conduct business with clients, count our steps, stay in touch with our families, contact emergency facilities in case we need them as well as ordering and purchasing items over the internet.

In fact, “do-it-all” cell phones have virtually replaced our land-line phones, our cameras, our video recorders and in some cases our computers. Technological engineering advances have produced cell phones with state-of-the-art video recording devices and photographic documentation that rivals the best-known cameras. Essentially, cell phones have become indispensable in our daily lives.

THE TECHNOLOGY:

Today, there are four main cell phone carriers operating in the United States: Verizon Wireless, AT&T Communications, Sprint and T-Mobile. The first three companies are American owned with T-Mobile being owned by Deutsche Telekom.

However, the leading cell phone systems in use today are: Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a channel-access method used by various radio communications technologies.  CDMA is an example of multiple access, where several transmitters can send information simultaneously over a single communication channel. This allows several users to share a band of frequencies (bandwidth). To permit this without undue interference between the users, CDMA employs spread-spectrum technology and a special coding scheme, where each transmitter is assigned a code.  CDMA is used as the access method in many mobile phone standards.  IS95 also called “CDMAONE”, and its 3G evolution CDMA2000 are often referred to as CDMA, which is also used to control the speed of data transmission. Verizon Wireless and Sprint use the CDMA cell-phone technology.

Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) is the second technology in use today by cell phone carriers in the United States.  GSM is a digital mobile telephony system that is widely used in Europe and other parts of the world. GSM uses a variation of time division multiple access (TDMA) and is the most widely used of the three digital wireless telephony technologies (TDMA), (GSM), and (CDMA). AT&T and T-Mobile utilize this technology.

In my research I determined that unless you purchase an unlocked version of your favorite phone it will not work on a dual basis, e.g., each specific carrier has the cell phone manufacturer engineers design a phone that works on either the (CDMA) of (GSM) system.

However, unlocked cell phones are generally designed to work on either system which negates having to purchase a new cell phone when you change a carrier for better pricing or reception requirements. A cell phone that I’ve used and is designed to work on either cellular concept, from inception, is Motorola. In fact the cell phone provider advertises their unlocked phones will work on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. I Interviewed representatives from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and determined there were two specific reasons major carries sold cell phones locked and specific to their carrier brand.

1) It provides the carrier with a market base that’s hard to get rid of unless the owner of the cell phone decides to take an enormous loss in trading in or selling their existing cell phone, which guarantees the carrier recurring revenue and 2) the carrier maintains control of the cell phone and its owner if the phone is financed by the carrier for a specific amount of time. Essentially, you’re being punished for moving your service. The main drawback to some cell phone users is: Unlocked cell phones require a cash purchase versus purchasing a cell phone from a major carrier using the locked-and financed-basis, which is essentially signing a contract with the carrier until the phone is paid off.

Recently, I ran into an issue with my cell carrier whom I’ve been with since cell phones were invented and marketed.  After a long debate, I decided to shop my existing phone on the open carrier market. To my surprise, my phone would only work on AT&T and perhaps T-Mobile and Straight Talk Wireless which is sold at Walmart.  I also learned my existing cell phone I purchased on December 4, 2016 for $769 from AT&T was only worth $375 in August 2017.

After counseling with several cell phone retailers and wholesalers, I learned the cell phone is one of the fastest depreciating electronic devices you can purchase.  My (I-Phone 7) 128 GB (gigabyte) phone actually depreciated $53 per month to date. Therefore, in order to leave my carrier I would take a huge loss on my cell phone and perhaps the coverages at T-Mobile and Straight Talk which is exclusive to Walmart and utilizes the TracFone System that wouldn’t provide me with adequate coverage since I’m a national and international traveler.

ON THE HUNT FOR A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE

So off to Walmart I went in search of a cheaper alternative.  Upon arrival I was enlightened by the vast array of cell phones carried by this marketing giant.

In the electronics department was a vast assortment of cell phones, represented by a myriad of cell phone carriers.  One item in particular brought my attention.  Walmart has joined forces with Verizon in their pre-paid division. A pre-paid phone is one whereby the monthly bill is paid in advance using either a pre-paid card or a direct withdrawal from your bank account.

I needed some phones and services to experiment with so I purchased an I-Phone 5S 16 GB on the Walmart-Verizon Network and an LG Model on the Straight Talk Network. The curious nature of this affair is that I learned the Walmart Straight Talk System buys air time from all of the major carriers and sells it to the consumer at a reduced cost, along with matching phones.

A number of newer unlocked phones, such as the Moto G (4th Gen) are universal and; therefore, compatible with all major U.S. carriers in addition to most overseas carriers. You can choose almost any carrier or plan and all you need is a SIM card. Common U.S. carriers include: Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, AT&T Go-Phone and TracFone

THE EXPERIMENT BEGINS

After arriving home, I began the process of installing each phone’s SIM (Subscriber Identity Module)  card and charging the phone. Once the phone was completely charged I followed the activation directions and acquired my telephone numbers. The I-Phone 5S cost me $49.95 and the LG Model cost $79.00.  Afterwards, I carried both cell phones in addition to my $769 I-Phone on the AT&T Network.

For the record, the I-Phone 5S was on the Verizon-Walmart circuit or the (CDMA) system and the LG was on the AT&T-Walmart System or the (GSM).  For three weeks now I’ve been carrying the phones to compare how well they functioned against each other. The following is the outcome of the cell phone trials.

1) The Verizon Walmart I-Phone 5S functioned flawlessly.  If my AT&T I-Phone 7 had one bar of coverage, my I-Phone 5S had three (3) to four (4) bars. The camera is excellent in this little phone. The video worked excellent. Reception was outstanding with no dead zones and data speeds were lighting fast.  If I kept this phone it would cost me $40 per month for a 3 + 1 GB of data, exclusively at Walmart.  In some cases this phone had service when the AT&T I-Phone didn’t.  All of the individuals I spoke with on this phone said the sound was excellent.

2) The Walmart LG Straight Talk phone functioned flawlessly.  It’s comparable to the AT&T I-Phone 7, except when the former didn’t have coverage the LG did.  This little phone’s camera and video functioned flawlessly and there were no dead zones during testing.  If I kept this phone my cell bill would be $45 per month for unlimited talk, text and data.

FINAL ANALYSIS

In the end, if you’re not looking for the latest cell phone, there are cheaper alternatives out there besides the ones mentioned in this article. If you’re like me and you use your cell phone for your business, one of these models may suit you perfectly. That way, if you break it or lose it, you won’t be out a month’s mortgage payment on your house.

Along with this analysis, I also performed an analysis of my insurance for my phone through AT&T.  I was very unhappy to discover the replacement cost would be a $225 out-of-pocket deductible expense.  For that amount I can buy 5 I-Phone 5S’s from Walmart.  As with all I-Phones, this little model comes with fully functioning I-Cloud storage.  The same picture storage is available for either phone free of charge from Google Photos.

In my final analysis, I learned that cell coverage is predicated on cell-tower availability. I also learned the main cause of malfunctions with cell carriers is horrible customer service.

So if you’re in the horse business and you constantly are in need of a replaced, broken or wore-out phone, there are cheaper alternatives out there that function fine.

Since then I have returned to Walmart and purchased their Verizon-Walmart I-Phone 32 GB SE to use as a spare phone until I can sell my AT&T I-Phone 7.  Porting your existing cell number is easy – except if your phone is locked due to owing the carrier money.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Managing Member

 

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☛ QHN parent company selling 11 newspapers-8-15-17

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

QUARTER HORSE NEWS PARENT COMPANY SELLING 11 PAPERS TO GATEHOUSE MEDIA

 

QUARTER HORSE NEWS NOT LISTED AS SELLING

Press release from Morris Communications
Aug. 15, 2017

In a press release dated Aug. 9, 2017, Morris Communications, the parent company of Quarter Horse News, announced they were selling 11 of its daily and non-daily newspaper holdings including its Lubbock, Texas-based commercial printing operation (West Texas Printing) and other related publications to GateHouse Media, Inc. The sale is expected to be finalized on Oct. 2, 2017. The company will focus on lifestyle and niche publications, broadband operations, property development and new business. Quarter Horse News is not listed as a publication they will be selling.

The daily newspapers they are offerings theFlorida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla.; the St.Augustine (Fla.) Record; The Savanah (Ga.) Morning News; TheAugusta (Ga.) Chronicle; The Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald; Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal; Amarillo (Texas Globe-News; the Topeka (Kan.) Capital Journal; Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, Ark.); Juneau (Alaska) Empire Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, Alaska) and Homer (Alaska) News.

William S. “Billy” Morris III,Chairman of Morris Communications, will remain as publisher of the Augusta Chronicle and will oversee editorial-page policy for the three Morris newspapers in Georgia.

Morris said, “Every newspaper company in America is battling trends and redirected advertising dollars necessary for newspapers to be part of a large newspaper group to build and maintain the necessary resources to compete.”

William S.Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications said, “As the company transitions to the third generation of leadership, we are enthusiastic about our plans to diversify our business holdings with print and digital communications, broadband and real estate development.

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☛ Metallic Cat big winner at NCHA Summer Spectacular 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AUSTIN SHEPARD RIDES SIR LONG LEGS LAST TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR DERBY 

 

PAULA WOOD TAKES NON PRO AND METALLIC CAT IS LEADING SIRE OF BOTH OPEN AND NON-PRO

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 7, 2017

As the last cutter to show in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby finals, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., rode Sir Long Legs, the only offspring of High Brow Cat in the finals, out of Lil Lena Long Legs, to a whopping 229 to take the Open Championship.  The pair earned an estimated check of $41,097 for owner Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., at the finals held Sunday, Aug. 7.

The Non Pro finals was won by Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas, riding Suen Too Be Black (BoonToo Suen x Chinas Blue Boon), owned by her husband Kobie. The pair scored a 219.5 for an estimated $18,545 paycheck.

However, the big story of this year’s event was the complete domination Metallic Cat as the leading sire of finalists – even though neither the Open nor Non-Pro champions were sired by High Brow Cat. Metallic Cat sired nine (9) Open finalists, winning 41 percent of the Open purse – $165,348 to be exact – or 46 percent of the Open purse of $359,205. Only one other sire had more than one finalist and that was Spots Hot with two (2.)

In fact, in the Open, of the first 10 horses that placed, five, or 50 percent of those horses were sired by Metallic Cat.

Other stallions represented in the Open finals included Spots Hot with two finalists, and Highbrow Cat, Hickorys Indian Pep,Dual Smart Rey, Dual Rey, OneTIme Pepto, Woody Be Tuff, Smooth As A Cat, Hydrive Cat, High Brow CD and Bet Hesa Cat, each siring one.

In the Non-Pro competition, Metallic Cat had six finalists earning $61,521 of the $186,472 total purse, or 33 percent. Two other sires had more than one finalist and they included Dual Rey with 4 earning $34,670 and Smooth As A Cat with 3 earning $18,186. Other sires represented in the Non-Pro finals included High Brow CD, Dual Smart Rey, Hydrive Cat,  Thomas E Hughes, WR This Cats Smart, CD Royal and Jazarell Cat.

Of the top 10 Non-Pro horses that showed, four were sired by Metallic Cat.

Altogether, Metallic Cat had 15 finalists in the Open and Non-Pro, taking home $226,869, or 42 percent of the total purse of $545,677 paid out in the two finals.

The leading money-earning rider was Matt Miller, who finished as Reserve Champion in the Open riding Metallic Smart Cat for $36,227 and sixth on Lou Lou Louise, earning $23,388 – for a total of $59,615. Second was Shepard, with his $41,097 for the championship riding Sir Long Legs and Tap This, finishing in a tie for 12th, taking home an additional $12,073 for a total of $53,170.

NCHA Summer spec Open results

Non-Pro Derby results

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☛ New Congress to introduce new SAFE Act, banning horse slaughter 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEW CONGRESS TO INTRODUCE NEW SAFE ACT TO BAN HORSE SLAUGHTER IN 2017

Aug. 6, 2017

The NEW Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would prevent the horse slaughter industry from establishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses for slaughter abroad, was introduced in the Senate on Aug. 2, 2017. These House’s version of the bill was introduced earlier this year.

The bill already has bipartisan support; however, it’s vital that past co-sponsors sign on again. Also new members of the House and Senate need to be educated about the issue of horse slaughter and the importance of finally banning horse slaughter once and for all.

The fight to ban horse slaughter through a federal bill is now a decade old and each year that passes without a ban sees more than 100,000 American horses shipped over our borders to be butchered for human consumption.

Advocates are asking that you email your U.S. Representatives and Senators, urging them to cosponsor and support the SAFE Act.

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☛ AQHA Terminates Incentive Fund 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA TERMINATES INCENTIVE FUND PROGRAM

Published by AQHA
Aug. 6, 2017

As a means to conclude the program, the American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund   will not accept foal nominations past 2018 and, effective immediately, will no longer accept stallion nominations.

“The AQHA Incentive Fund was a landmark program for the equine industry, having paid out more than $80 million in its lifetime,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “The fund was so successful that it became a model for many others. However, multiple factors in the past decade contributed to the Incentive Fund’s decline.”

Ultimately, a lack of participation led the AQHA Executive Committee, at its July 2017 meeting, to approve the incentive program’s termination. The conclusion of the program will allow time and resources to move to the research and development of new potential incentive programs for competitors and breeders.

With no new stallion nominations coming in, the Incentive Fund should conclude in a few years.

“For owners and nominators wondering when the last payout will be made, we are looking closely at the financial reports for the Incentive Fund and will make a decision about that very soon,” said AQHA Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer Trent Taylor. “Preliminary examination indicates it will likely pay through the 2020 show season.”

Depending on the breeding and foaling year, stallion and foal nominators can apply for a nomination refund as follows:

  • Stallion nominators for 2017 breeding season – option of refund or nominator may opt to remain in the Incentive Fund as it winds down
  • 2017 foal nominators – option of refund if the nominator is still the recorded owner of the foal or the nominator may opt to remain in the Incentive Fund as it winds down
  • Nomination payments for stallions or foals made prior to 2017 are non-refundable, as such payments have already been allocated/distributed for payout years

Refunds must be applied for by September 30, 2017.

As stated above, 2018 foals may be nominated but only if the sire was nominated for the 2017 breeding season and such stallion nominator does not request a refund.

“To anyone who has ever nominated a foal or stallion, owned or shown an Incentive Fund horse, thank you for supporting the program,” Kyle said. “It was your support that made this the greatest incentive fund program in the equine industry.”

For questions regarding the Incentive Fund and its termination, read the AQHA Incentive Fund Q&A and Incentive Fund timeline.

To request a refund, contact Brianna Charles at 806-378-4535 or bcharles@aqha.org.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHAnews on Twitter and visit www.aqha.com/news.

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☛ Modine Smith passes at age 94 7-24-17

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

MODINE SMITH, A GREAT LOSS TO THE CUTTING HORSE INDUSTRY

 

MATRIARCH OF THE SPORT PASSES AWAY AT AGE 94

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 24, 2017

Modine Smith, an Icon in the cutting horse industry, passed away on July 22 at the age of 94. NCHA photo

She promoted cutting through the NCHA for five decades serving on the Executive Committee of both the NCHA and PCCHA, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both organizations and had the Modine Smith Humanitarian Award named in her honor. Modine Smith, Grass Valley, Calif, was 94 when she passed away on July 22, 2017. She will be missed by many. Ironically she died during one of the NCHA Triple Crown Events  – the NCHA Summer Spectacular, which was going on in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

 

According to an article by Elaina Ross on the NCHA website, Modine, along with her late husband Ed Smith, held PCCHA shows at their ranch in Escalon, Calif., where Ed mentored many riders. After Ed passed away in 1979, Modine continued to champion cutting on the local and national level. She was also a recipient of the PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award. and created   She also helped create some of the standards cutting, that we take advantage of today, including the dedicated practice pen, adjusted monitor system for judges, pre-settling of cattle and the PCCHA Gelding Incentive program.

She had a very optimistic attitude and everyone was soon drawn to her.

Modine is survived by her children: John Michael Biggs, Patricia (Biggs) Leach and Laura (Smith) Vaughn; sons-in-law Steve Leach and Frank Vaughn, as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Celebrations of Modine’s life are being planned for the PCCHA Futurity held Oct. 6-13 in LasVegas, Nev. and the NCHA Futurity, Nov. 15-Dec 10 in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations on Modine’s behalf go to the PCCHA Youth Scholarship Program or the NCHA Foundation.

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