IS AQHA IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
THEY ARE ENCOURAGING MORE BREEDING WHILE ASKING MEMBERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO A PAC DESIGNED TO KEEP HORSE SLAUGHTER ALIVE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 25 2015
Slaughtered horses hanging in a Mexican slaughter plant.
In 2005, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Political Action Committee founded a PAC (AQHPAC) to make an impact in Washington D.C. The separate entity from the association relied on individual contributions for funding. It was a way for AQHA members to pool money to make a greater financial impact with political candidates with the PAC making contributions to political candidates who support horse industry issues … with one of the main issues being legalizing horse slaughter in the United States. Letters were sent out to AQHA affiliate associations, asking for donations.
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Since then, even though the AQHA was losing money in the millions of dollars, the AQHPAC has, through 2014, contributed close $331,000, “to increase their presence in Washington D.C., “which includes donations from those members contributing over $200. Many more members more than likely contributed under $200 at a time.
Leading the list is Peter Confrancesco, a horse owner and competitor and Past President of the AQHA, contributing $15,100, followed by Anne Marion, owner of the 6666s Ranch, $14,000; Johnny Trotter, the immediate Past President of the AQHA, $13,500; Angelo and Suzette Bizzaro, Barnesville, Md., $12,750 and Ralph Seekins, Fairbanks, Alaska, a member of the AQHA Executive Committee in line to be President, $11,000. There are those involved in the breeding of horses such as Jerry Black, Colorado State University, $8,250; Vaughn Cook, Ft. Collins, Colo., $6,267 and Dr. Charles Graham, Elgin, Texas, $5,000.
FEC list of AQHA donors>>
In defense of some of the smaller donators, they were probably not aware that they were assisting in horse slaughter when they donated to the AQHPAC as the letter mentioned above did not mention horse slaughter, but rather disaster relief for horse owners, veterinary care and medication topics, proactive animal welfare. The only indication of an additional agenda was the statement “fighting malicious agendas of misguided groups like the Humane Society of the United States.”
HORSE SLAUGHTER TIMELINE AND STATISTICS
Starting in 1998 when California voters passed Proposition 6 which banned the slaughter of horses, donkeys and mules and sale of horse meat for human consumption, there has been a fight in the United States over the slaughter of horses, which ultimately ended the funding of horse meat inspections, making it impossible to have horse slaughter plants in the United States.
According to statistics from the Animal Welfare Institute, a total of 3,420,359 horses from the United States have been slaughtered from 1989 through April 2014.
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However, innovative horse traders in the United States began shipping horses to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada, which created a worse environment for horses that were destined to be slaughtered as they were shipped hundreds of miles by truck without humane treatment. We’ve all heard the horror stories.
THE EUROPEAN CONNECTION:
The meat from the slaughtered horses is then sent to Europe, where there is a demand for horsemeat; however, horsemeat isn’t farmed so the horses’ history can’t be traced, including what drugs they have in their systems, such as common ones like “bute,” which has been proven to be cancer-causing. The horsemeat scandal has been restricted to European countries but has raised important questions around the world about the integrity of the food-supply chain. The following link is an infographic from the Australian Institute of Food Safety, giving an overview of the scandal and the modern horsemeat industry.
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With an estimated 80 percent of Americans opposing slaughter, on March 13, 2013 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act that would ban horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as shipping horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption. If passed and signed into law, the slaughter ban would not expire and would be a more permanent solution than the previously defacto ban that existed from 2006-2011 based on the agriculture appropriations that had to be renewed annually.
On Dec. 8, 2014, it was reported by major media that the horse slaughter industry had been dealt the biggest blow since The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) led the fight in Congress, the states, and federal courts to shut down the three operating horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007. The game-changing news: the European Commission had suspended the import of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union (EU) due to food safety concerns.
Mexico not only kills thousands of its horses for export to the EU, but accepts tens of thousands of American horses for slaughter and shipment to Europe. This announcement could prove to be an earthquake for the North American horse slaughter industry, since Belgium, France, Italy, and other EU nations are major consumers.
Europe suspends horse meat shipments from Mexico>>
THE SAFE ACT:
With over 140,000 American horses being slaughtered last year, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act was re-introduced on April 22, 2015. The SAFE Act of 2015 would prohibit the sale or transport of horses and other equines for the purpose of consumption. It would establish congressional recognition that equines are not domesticated for human consumption. It also would recognize that United States-bred horses are treated with unsafe chemicals and that therefore the consumption of equines raised in the United States is dangerous to human health. Proponents of the bill say that so long as there is no procedure to ensure equines are not treated with chemicals hazardous to human consumption it is necessary to ban the consumption of equine meat. The bill has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
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The Animal Welfare Institute publishes a list of organizations and individuals who are opposed to horse slaughter, as well as a list of rescue organizations by state. A quick perusal of this list did not find the AQHA or any of its officers or directors on this list.
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CHRIS DAWSON CLAIMS NRCHA DERBY ABOARD REYS A SHINE
Press Release from NRCHA
June 22, 2015
Reys A Shine shown by Chris Dawson for owner Carol Rose was the 2015 NRCHA Derby Open Champion.
Chris Dawson, Burneyville,Okla., never expected Reys A Shine (Dual Rey Lil Miss Shiny (Dual Rey x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) to win a Premier Event Championship in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).
“I’m a little bit awestruck! The first time I showed this horse was at the Sun Circuit in Arizona in January. If you’d have told me then that we would be standing here, doing this interview now, I’d have called you a bald-faced liar,” Dawson said, shaking his head and laughing.
The NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby held June 15-20 in Paso Robles, California, was only the third time the 2011 stallion had been shown, according to his breeder/owner, NRCHA Hall of Fame horsewoman and industry icon, Carol Rose. While “Razor” has talent and pedigree power to spare, circumstances put him far behind his peers in training.
“For 15 months, this horse was tied up in litigation. If it wasn’t for Don Murphy, and a boy I have at home named Guillermo Perez, this championship wouldn’t have happened. Don coached Gio to get him broke. He rode him at least 5 or 6 days a week. I chose Chris to continue his training, and thank him so much for the outstanding job,” Rose said.
Although she has raised, ridden and owned countless champions, the victory in Paso Robles thrilled Rose almost beyond words.
“I’m breathless, I’m speechless, and that’s impossible for me! This is amazing. I’m so proud of Chris, and [his wife] Sarah, and all the help Chris has at home,” she said, adding that another very special person, Gabriel Gonzales, also contributed to her horse’s success. Gonzales, who had worked for Rose for nearly three decades, took some time off from his current job to accompany her to Paso Robles and be part of her support team.
“I asked him to put his ‘special touch’ on this horse, and he said, ‘Yes, ma’am!’,” Rose said.
Reys A Shine’s dam, Lil Miss Shiney Chex, was the horse who carried Dawson to his first NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals in 2005. Dawson sees many similarities in mother and son.
“He’s just gotten better every time I showed him. He’s just like his momma like that. It doesn’t matter what he does outside, or how he feels, he’s all business in the show pen,” Dawson said.
He thanked his herd help – Boyd Rice, Kelby Phillips, Phillip Ralls and Ron Ralls – and particularly appreciated his wife, Sarah.
Their 666.5 composite score (219.5 herd/223.5 rein/223.5 cow) earned a $31,408 check, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Gist buckle from the NRCHA; a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes; and gift certificates from Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch.
Intermediate Open Champion/Open Reserve Champion
Sonita Lena Rey and Nicolas Barthelemy.
National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Sire Dual Rey was well represented in the Derby Open divisions, as another one of his offspring, Sonita Lena Rey (Dual Rey x Sonita Lena Chick x Smart Chic Olena) captured the Intermediate Open Championship and Open Reserve Championship with Ramona, California, horseman Nicolas Barthelemy in the saddle. The 2011 stallion scored a 644.5 composite, including the high score of the finals herd work, a 223, and the high score of the finals cow work, a 225. His dual paychecks for owner Sheri Jamieson totaled $29,685.
“It’s awesome! Are you kidding me? My horses were awesome. I had a blast today,” the exuberant Barthelemy said, flashing his trademark thousand-watt grin. He rode another Jamieson-owned entry, All That Boon (Peptoboonsmal x All That N Cat x High Brow Cat), to a top 15 finish in the Derby Open and top 10 in the Intermediate.
Sonita Lena Rey excels in all phases of NRCHA competition, and particularly shines when a cow is involved, Barthelemy said.
“He has always been a natural in the herd. He has that look and presence in front of a cow. In the herd, it’s just a matter of getting a good cut and making him look even better. In the reining, I wish I could have shown him better, because I know there is more horse there,” he said. “In the fence work, he got hooked up right away. I was feeling pretty confident we could get something done. It was just a home run. He never let the cow get away from him. I’m really proud of him.”
Barthelemy became smitten with Sonita Lena Rey at first sight when the stallion was a yearling. He spotted him when he and Jamieson were shopping the Cottonwood Springs Ranch dispersal sale in 2012.
“I saw him and I went and tapped her on the shoulder and said, “That’s the one. That’s the one we want.’ And we were right. The way he moved, and could stop and get through himself, and with such presence,” Barthelemy said.
Barthelemy is a native of New Caledonia, a French island territory in the South Pacific, approximately 750 miles from Australia. He came to the U.S. after meeting the late reining horse professional, Yvon Mathieu, at a clinic. Mathieu was training for Jamieson at the time, and became Barthelemy’s mentor. He passed away in 2011, a few months after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. At that time, Jamieson asked Barthelemy to take the helm as her trainer.
“Sheri is such a wonderful client. She’s been supportive from the time I was just an assistant to Yvon. When Yvon passed away, she could have gone a million directions, but she chose to stick with me. She had my back. Today, I give some of that back. Doing this for her, today, is just a drop in the bucket. She is phenomenal and she deserves so much more,” Barthelemy said.
He credited his wife, Stacy Hanson, also a champion reined cow horse trainer, for his success.
“She worked so hard all week, just like she does all the time at home. She deserves a lot of credit for how good the horses look and how well they work. I am so grateful to have her in my life,” he said.
The Intermediate Open Reserve Champion was Smokin Little Ringo (Smart Little Pepinic x Smoking Sabrina x Mister Dual Pep), a 2011 gelding shown by Monica Caetano for owner John Pascoe.
Limited Open Champion
Bugs Boony and Richard Winters.
Reined cow horse competitors often refer to the connections they develop within the sport as being as close as family.
That was literally true in Paso Robles, as Open Champion Chris Dawson’s father-in-law, Richard Winters, won the Derby Limited Open title on his gelding, Bugs Boony (Peptoboonsmal x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark). Winters’s daughter, Sarah, married Chris last November, and Richard bought Bugs Boony from his now son-in-law.
Dawson was arena-side for all of Winters’s runs on Bugs Boony, and admitted the coach’s role was tougher than the competitor’s role.
“I get more nervous for him than I do for me!” he said.
Winters rode the 2010 gelding to a composite 647.5 score, earning $5,510. The Reno, Nevada, horseman, an established trainer and clinician, has been successful in the NRCHA arena in recent years.
“To come here and get a piece of it in the limited open is very exciting. I want to thank Chris and Sarah for everything they do for me with that horse. They’ve been coaching me with that horse since I’ve had him. the tables have been turned!” Winters said.
The dynamic sorrel gelding has motor to spare, and Winters said the biggest challenge has been keeping him mentally focused. Bugs Boony was on his game in Paso Robles, scoring a 210 in the herd work, a 218 in the rein work and a 219.5 down the fence.
“He is a pistol. He’s a pocket rocket, wired into 220 all the time. It’s taken me a year to get to know him and learn how to manage him. There’s no cow that will beat him down the fence. He’s got plenty of speed, but to keep him quiet and calm during the rein work can be a little tricky. Today, he just went out there and did it,” Winters said.
The Limited Open Reserve Champion was Over A Barrell (Nic It In The Bud x Katie Gun x John Gun), shown by Darrel Norcutt for owner Joyce Diegel.
Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro Champion
Elizabeth Kania and Uno What Time It Flo
Hillsboro, Oregon, competitor Elizabeth Kania piloted Uno What Time It Flo (Uno What Time It Is x Dew It Flo x Mr Peponita Flo) to a trio of championships in the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Novice Non Pro divisions.
They scored a 645.5 (214.5 herd/217 rein/214 cow), for combined checks totaling $12,451. Kania also took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle and multiple prizes from Rios of Mercedes, Platinum Performance and San Juan Ranch.
Kania had doubts about even making it into the finals, much less winning multiple championships.
“I was a 187 out of the herd in the prelims. My second cow was on everyone’s cards. They thought it was going to be a really good cow. I got it cut out fine, and then went to go work it, and it just kept trying to come around me and trying to come around me. It took me to the back fence once, and I went back with it, and tried to get off it, but it wouldn’t let me off it, so it took me to the back fence again. When It couldn’t get around me, it tried coming through me. It was a little exciting,” she said.
Kania battled back with a 220.5 in the preliminary fence work.
“I just eeked in, in the last spot. I’m lucky to have even made the finals, considering that horrific herd work!”
In the finals, the picture was much brighter, leaving Kania satisfied with her last reined cow horse event for a few years. She is returning to college at Pacific University in Oregon, for a 3-year physical therapy doctorate program.
“This is a good way to finish. It’s fun, too, because last year I didn’t make the finals here because I lost a cow in the herd. When I had that tragedy in the herd this week, it was like, oh, no, a repeat of last year! But it turned out well,” Kania said, smiling.
The Non Pro Reserve Champion was Tammy Jo Hays, Nocona, Texas, who rode CR Wood Be N Caicos (Woody Be Tuff x Dees Cat Meow x High Brow Cat) to a 632.5 composite, earning $5,839. Hays also rode SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey) to 5th place in the Non Pro. That placing paid $2,919.
The Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Champion was Kathy Wilson, riding Sanalea Chex (Tomcat Chex x Smart Little Sanalea). They scored a 637 for a $2,744 payday.
The Novice Non Pro Reserve Champion was Michelle Strickland, aboard Spooky Little Cat (Cats Merada x Spooks Lena), with a 624.5. The placing paid $1,247.
“CROSS TRAINING 101, REINING, CUTTING, COWHORSE” OFFICIAL BOOK OF NRCHA
BOOK BRINGS READER THROUGH NECESSARY STEPS IN TRAINING THE REINED COW HORSE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 16, 2015
Cross Training 101, Reining, Cutting, Cowhorse, a just-published book written by reined cow horse trainer Rick Dennis, has just been officially named the official book of the National Reined Cow Horse Association.
Recently Rick received a call from Jay Winborn saying, “Congratulations! As the Executive Director of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, I’m pleased to inform you, your book CROSS TRAINING 101, Reining, Cutting, Cowhorse has been adopted as the official book of the NRCHA.”
The 156-page, pocket-size book is the second book in a training series authored by Rick Dennis, who is a professional reined cow horse trainer with over 20 years experience in the stock horse industry and an avid teacher of cross training reining, cutting and cow horses. His training methods teach a student and a horse to perform in these three separate equestrian disciplines, enabling the equestrian team to compete in the prestigious reined cowhorse show arena.
The book brings the reader step by step through the steps in training the multiple–event performer from colt breaking and starting under saddle to the finished cowhorse in all disciplines such as snaffle bit, bosal, two-rein and bridle. The continuous training represents years in a horse’s life for each accomplished training discipline and spans approximately five years.
With the proper training, the reined cow horse at seven years of age is a finished bridle horse: finely tuned, light in the face and responding to the ever-so-soft gentle cues, whispers and direction of the rider. Also included in the book is the history of the reined cowhorse.
The book has already been sold to readers in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, and United Kingdom as well as the United States. So far, everyone who has received a book has given it a five-star rating.
Selling for $29.95 including postage in the United States, the book is dedicated to the Vaquero (Spanish) cowboy, the stock horse or reined cow horse traditional Vaquero training methods: snaffle bit, bosal, two-rein and bridle, as well as men, women and associations that have devoted years to carry on and continue this remarkable legacy as well as this binding tradition in our American history.
To order, go to: http:/www.windrivercompanyllc.com and go to Ranch News or call (985) 630-3500.
ONE YEAR OLDER AND WISER
2016 FUTURITY PLANNED FOR 4-YEAR-OLD REINING HORSES
June 16, 2015
A limited-age event designed to provide the gift of time to young reining horses will debut next May in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wild Card Reining Challenge, scheduled over the long Memorial Day weekend, is a new futurity devoted to 4-year-old reining horses that need more time to mature.
“The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a huge step outside the box for the reining industry, focusing on a new train of thought — the 4-year-old reining futurity horse,” said Amanda Brumley, whose Arizona company, Brumley Management Group, will produce the show. “Everything about this new event challenges people to open their minds to new ideas and learn where our industry is now and where it needs to be for a positive outcome going forward.”
Primary purpose of the event is to preserve the mental and physical health of young reining horses, said Pamela Schroeck, co-administrator of a 950-member Facebook group that supports tweaking the futurity concept originally designed for 3-year-olds.
“It offers an opportunity for 4-year-olds to earn significant checks without having to compete at traditional futurities for which they are not ready, or at derbies against horses that already have extensive show experience,” said Schroeck, a nonpro reiner in Poolville, Texas.
Purse for the show, planned May 25-29 at South Point Arena, is estimated to include $60,000 to $100,000 in added money. In addition, entry fees will be reasonable, currently estimated at $400 to $600 for Level 4, for example, with 60 percent going into the purse, Schroeck said. Participation will not require nominations or enrollments.
“I think that it’s great that we are really going to have a place to showcase our 4-year-olds,” said trainer Andrea Fappani, National Reining Horse Association money-earner of more than $4 million. “Not every horse will peak in his 3-year-old year, and this event will give us the flexibility to go show our reiners when they are truly ready to compete at a high level,” he said of the new futurity.
Horses entered in the Wild Card Reining Challenge cannot have competed in prior aged events (including futurities and derbies), or in any class with a purse of more than $1,000 added. As long as they meet entry guidelines, crossover entries from other disciplines, such as the National Reined Cow Horse Association, are expected and welcome. All horses must have an NRHA competition license.
The event will offer an additional opportunity for owners to justify their substantial investments in reining prospects and has the potential to expand the market for aged-event reining horses in general, Schroeck said.
The futurity will be the highlight of show events that also will include ancillary reining classes, pre-futurities for Arabian and half-Arabian horses, and a World Para Reining Challenge for riders with physical handicaps and discharged military with post-traumatic stress disorder. Free educational seminars will focus on such topics as judging, shoeing, sports medicine, training, breeding and nutrition conducted by such experts as trainers Bob Avila, Fappani and NRHA Judges Committee Chairman Jody Brainard.
“I encourage everyone with the same passion I have for reining to attend this event with or without horses,” said Brumley, whose management group also produces the prestigious annual High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Reining By the Bay in Woodside, Calif.
A package of sponsorship benefits for the Wild Card Reining Challenge includes naming rights, vendor space, advertising, participation in ceremonies and more. For additional information, contact Brumley at 602-677-3774 or Schroeck at 817-319-3785, or visit the Wild Card Reining Challenge page on Facebook.
ROSE SPONSORS NRCHA/NHSRA ALLIANCE
Press release from NRCHAJune 9, 2015
Leading NRCHA Breeder/Owner Carol Rose and NRCHA $3.7 Million Sire Shining Spark.
She has achieved nearly every major accolade in the Western performance horse industry, and now, legendary horsewoman and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame member Carol Rose has become the official sponsor of the NRCHA’s alliance with the National High School Rodeo Association.
Rose, whose Gainesville, Texas, breeding operation is the home of champion Quarter Horses including NRCHA $3.7 Million Sire Shining Spark (Genuine Doc x Diamonds Sparkle x Mr Diamond Dude), has announced a five-year commitment to fund the implementation of NHSRA Cow Horse, newly added to the High School Rodeo event lineup in 2014. The first NHSRA Cow Horse Champion will be crowned at the upcoming 2015 National High School Rodeo Finals, July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Rose’s late mother, Elizabeth McCabe, was deeply committed to youth horsemanship, and co-founded the 4-H horse program in the early 1950s. Rose shares her mother’s passion, and the NRCHA Youth program has been a priority throughout her long history with the association.
“When I was on the NRCHA Board of Directors, I wanted to do everything we could to make the Youth bigger and better. I thought about it non-stop. When I found out about the new program between the NRCHA and the High School Rodeo Association, I got very excited about it. I knew right away that I wanted to be involved,” she said.
The desire to unite rodeo and reined cow horse is natural for Rose, who appreciates the rough-and-ready qualities of both disciplines.
“Our reined cow horse event fits with rodeo. This event is for serious cowboys. You’ve got to be able to ride. it’s exciting to do and exciting to watch. I have seen those high school rodeo contestants make some fabulous runs down the fence. They don’t have any fear!” she said.
Rose also regards the NRCHA/NHSRA partnership as an opportunity to rejuvenate the versatility of the American Quarter Horse and encourage growth in the NRCHA.
“These sports are so family-friendly and accessible. All you need are a saddle and bridle, a pair of chaps and a hat, and a horse. This program gives us an opportunity to bring back the versatility of the Quarter Horse, and encourage the whole family to get involved by doing multiple events like barrel racing, roping, and cow horse on the same horse. It’s not impossible. it takes a good minded horse, to do it, but that’s what we raise – good minded horses,” she said. “I feel that, by adding the reined cow horse event to High School Rodeo, that we have created the largest opportunity in a long time for the entire cow horse industry to grow.”
To read more about Carol Rose Quarter Horses and the indelible impression Rose has made on the equine industry, visit her web site at www.CarolRose.com.
The National High School Rodeo Association has more than 10,500 members from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. For more information about the NHSRA, visit their web site at
To learn more about the National Reined Cow Horse Association and find High School Rodeo Cow Horse event resources, go to www.NRCHA.com.
FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW FULL-TIME STAFF CHANGES
Press release from FWSSR
June 4, 2015
Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, has announced the promotion of three full-time staff members and the hiring of a new staff member, increasing the number of full-time employees for the legendary event to 20.
Former horse show manager, Bruce E. McCarty, was promoted to the position of executive vice president. The position has remained vacant since 2010 when Bradford S. Barnes was appointed as the Show’s general manager (then later elevated to the office of president and general manager upon the retirement of W. R. Watt, Jr.). McCarty was hired by the Stock Show as the horse show manager in 1995 and is known for his comprehensive knowledge of the industry and proven skills in strategic planning and execution of high profile events. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M.
Former assistant operations manager, Lauren Lovelace, was promoted to the position of horse show manager. Lovelace was hired by the Stock Show as the horse show secretary in April of 2005 and promoted to assistant horse show manager in 2010. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 2003 and an M.S. in Animal Science with a Communications emphasis in 2004 from Texas Tech University. Lovelace is the current 2015-2016 Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club president, co-chair for the Young Guns with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, secretary/treasurer for the Citizens Support Group for the Fort Worth Mounted Patrol and serves on the AQHA Marketing Committee.
Former social media manager, Cal White, was promoted to the position of assistant operations manager. White came to the Stock Show in 2009 from the Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, serving as their Marketing Director. He has successfully built and maintained the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s social media reputation and presence, and has kept the 120 year-old event active in numerous outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to name a few.
White earned a B. S. in General Studies in 2006 and M.A. in Corporate Communications from West Texas A&M. He is the immediate past president of the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club.
Additionally, Jordan Simons has been hired as the Show’s social media manager and will join the team July 1. Simons recently graduated from Tarleton State University with a B.S. in Communications. She has worked as a seasonal employee for the Show since 2012 in various capacities including commercial exhibits, social media, the Stock Show’s Art Contest and “Behind the Chutes” tours for special guests and group sales.
The 2016 Stock Show will run January 15 through February 6. Rodeo tickets are currently available to pre-order via mail order through the Stock Show office and online. For more information call
817-877-2420 or visit www.fwssr.com. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – This thing is legendary®.