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☛ Fort Worth Stock Show Tremendous Success – 5-28-16






Press release from Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
May 28, 2016

Membership of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo met April 26 to elect directors and officers as well as review financial and management reports on the 2016 Show. Reports were also provided on planned continued improvements to the Stock Show’s home, the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Nine new directors were elected and five directors were elevated to Honorary Vice President status.


Great offerings and favorable weather helped make the 2016 event a tremendous success according to Stock Show President and General Manager, Bradford S. Barnes. Two new youth contests, a ladies wild steer riding rodeo event, exciting new musical acts and the Rodeo Redline shuttle service were some of the new features in 2016. Notable statistics and facts include:


  • 1,257,900 estimated grounds attendance – an overall attendance record;
  • 29,434 total Stock Show entries;
  • 11,594 junior exhibitor entries representing 238 of Texas’ 254 counties;
  • More than $3.3 million Junior Sale of Champions sale receipts;
  • $221,600 raised by the Agricultural Development Fund for junior exhibitor support;
  • $725,524 provided in scholarships, educational grants and charitable gifts; and
  • Debut of new livestock facilities and plans for additional expansion and renovation


“These are exciting times,” Barnes said. “Between plans for new facilities and improvements in the Stock Show experience there is contagious anticipation of things to come at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.”


New directors elected include: Rebecca Emery; Gilbert “Beto” Gamez III; Sherman Jones; Glenn Beck; David Moore; Gary Griffin; Stormy Mullins; Roland K. Johnson; and Chris Farley.


Elevated to the position of Honorary Vice President were Bob Moorhouse, Alan Schutts, Robert W. Semple, Bert Williams and J. Roger Williams. Officers re-elected include: Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager; Edward P. Bass, chairman of the board; Charlie Geren, vice president; Charlie Moncrief, secretary; Randy Rogers, treasurer; and W.R. “Bob” Watt Jr., president emeritus.



The 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is scheduled for Jan. 13-Feb. 4. Rodeo tickets will be available beginning May 1 both online and by mail order. Everything you need to buy your 2017 Stock Show rodeo tickets can be found at Questions regarding ticket purchases or other Stock Show matters can be answered by calling 817-877-2400. The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo… This Thing Is Legendary®!!!

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☛ Topsails Rien Maker dies at age 17 – 5-30-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 30, 2016 – additional information from May 27 post

Topsails Rien Maker passed away on Tuesday, May 24 at age 17 from kidney failure. The stallion broke all records by winning the World’s Greatest Horseman three times. He is shown with his co-owner Russell Dilday. Darrell Dodds photo.

He was the first ever cow horse to become a Breyer horse model, ridden by his owner, Russell Dilday, he won the World’s Greatest Horseman three times – the only stock horse in history to win the coveted title three times and Dilday was the only rider to do it three times – and together they created a legend. However, on Tuesday, May 24, Dilday lost the stallion, affectionately nicknamed “Slider,” to kidney failure at the age of 17.


The 1999 sorrel stallion, sired by Topsail Cody, one of the greatest reining sires of all times, and out of Jameen Gay, a granddaughter of Gay Bar King out of a daughter of Docs Lynx, was bred by the Stellato Revocable Trust, Redding, Calif. Even though his pedigree was not mainstream cow horse breeding, according to Dilday, “He cuts like a cutter, he reins like a reiner, ropes like a PRCA head horse and his cow work has raised the bar for the entire cow horse industry,” which he certainly proved with his three World’s Greatest Horseman titles.


He was sold to Dana Lynne Roulet, Jackson, Calif., on Nov. 1, 1999, when he was only eight months old. But when he was old enough to be ridden, Dana took him to Dilday to train. When Slider was a 3-year-old in 2002, Dilday rode him to the Reserve Championship of the Limited Open at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity.  The following year, 2003, the pair was third in the NRCHA Open Derby and won the NRCHA Open Hackamore World Championship.


Dilday went with him and continued to train Slider when he became partners with the famed Ward Ranch, Tulare, Calif., when the stallion was a 4-year-old in April of 2003. Slider soon gained a reputation as being a top reined cow horse and a great bridle horse. He said he has to credit Greg Ward for teaching him his horsemanship, his winning training methods to handle cattle and just being a good cowboy on any kind of a horse – but mostly for me to try to be a good person.”  He also gave credit for his success to Don Murphy, who helped him 6-7 years ago, Ronnie Richards and his aunt and uncle Ronnie and Darlene Dilday.


Standing only 14.2 when full-grown, the little stallion sold again, this time with Russell’s half ownership going to cattle rancher Kevin Cantrelle, Raymond, Calif., who also has a cattle ranch near Alamosa, Colorado, a friend of Russell’s wife Tanna, on Nov. 15, 2003. That year Russell and the stallion were Reserve as NRCHA Open Hackamore National Champion. The following year the pair was Champions of the NRCHA World Champion Open Hackamore horse and the stallion also obtained his AQHA Performance Register of Merit and qualified for the Junior Working Cow Horse at the AQHA World Show – guided by Dilday.


Then in 2008, the pair won their first World’s Greatest Horseman title, along with a $30,000 paycheck. The following year, they repeated the title and again won the prestigious event in 2011 … a record that has yet to be broken.


In 2009, Dilday qualified Slider for the AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse at the World Show, a feat they also accomplished in 2011. He continued showing the stallion through 2013.


But best of all, according to Equi-stat, Slider won a total of $371,472, with $366,311 of that being with Dilday in the saddle.  According to the National Reined Cow Horse Association, $335,611.93 was won in the National Reined Cow Horse competition through Dec. 31, 2015. According to the National Stock Horse web site, Slider’s $371,472 in earnings makes him the highest money-earning cow horse in history.


Dilday said that he always believed that “Slider” was the one. He called him “The little engine who could: small in stature but huge in heart. What he lacks in size he makes up for in grit!” He had that “never quit” attitude that has taken them to the top, and according to Tanna, “Slider never met a cow he thought he couldn’t catch, hold or drag (in an arena, on a hill or in the desert) and neither has Russell.”


Dilday was raised in the San Joaquin Valley, the grandson of legendary cattle trader Phil Stadtler, and spent his childhood working cattle ranches in the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, California and even the outback of Australia. His parents “Hoss” Russell and Carolyn Dilday instilled not only an iron will in their son but a work ethic that few can touch and a love for family and friends. It’s been said that Russell would drive half way across the U.S. if you were stranded to help you.


Today Russell stays close to home, holding clinics, riding a few outside horses and taking care of his cattle. His father had cancer some years ago, “but he beat it,” said Russell. “But Ken and I leased his ranch from him and are currently in the process of buying it.”


Slider and Ace Dilday shown chasing a calf on the ranch without a bridle or a halter. Dilday said that one day he looked up and Ace was riding him in the snow with a heavy blanket on him. Dilday calls Slider the little horse who did.” He cuts like a cutter, reins like a reiner, ropes like a PRCA head horse and his cow work has raised the bar for the entire cow horse industry,”  said Dilday. Photo by Darrell Dodds.

He and Tanna have two sons: Colt 13 and Ace 12. It is not uncommon to see Ace chasing cattle riding Slider in the pasture without a bridle or halter.  The photo on this page of Ace riding Slider was taken by top horse photographer Darrell Dodds.


Today, the Dildays have a new stallion, Sinful Cat, a 2008 sorrel stallion sired by WR This Cats Smart out of Sinful Playgirl by Freckles Playboy. According to AQHA records, the stallion, bred by Jerry and Melinda Black, has $2,925.64 in NCHA earnings and $102,258.05 in National Reined Cow Horse (NRCHA) competition.  In AQHA competition, he earned his Performance Register of Merit and finished 12th in the Junior Working Cow Horse at the World Show. In 2013, he qualified for the Junior Working Cow Horse World Show and in 2015 qualified for Senior Working Cow Horse, Level 2. He has 11 wins in Cowhorse during 26 AQHA shows and one reining point.


What many people do not know is that Dilday currently owns the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA)  and is also in the process of creating a Charitable 501 (c) 3 division. He also has a couple of new partners in the venture, Jake Gorrell and his wife and Mark and Sheri Lius. I will soon include an article on this website about the new direction this association is taking.



As a sire, Topsails Rien Maker has sired 190 foals, with 42 of them being performers earning $96,179.15 according to AQHA records. The list of his offspring’s winnings was as diversified as his own career, earning money, points and titles in AQHA competition (cow horse classes ranch riding, hackamore, barrel racing, pole bending, stake racing), the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) and even in the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT). His offspring were owned and ridden by professionals, amateurs and youth to the winners’ circle.


Slider’s leading money-earning offspring, according to AQHA with $25,578.35 in earnings and $29,734 according to Equi-Stat, is Miss Prize Maker, a 2011 mare out of Miss Colonels Prize by Smokums Prize. Ridden by Tammy Hays, the 3-year-old mare won the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro and last year placed in the Junior Working Cow Horse at the World Show.


His second high-money earner was Mister Rein Maker, a 2004 sorrel gelding out of Miss Dual Kiss by Mister Dual Pep, with $21,348.78 earned in the 2004 NRCHA Snafffle Bit Futurity Open and Intermediate Open Finals, while ridden by Russell.




The following was found on Russell’s Facebook page:

“Good bye Great One…

It has been an incredible honor and an extraordinary privilege to have something this magical be a part of our lives.


What you didn’t have in size you made up for with heart. You were the little horse who did. You never met a cow you couldn’t catch, you gave everything you had every time you trotted in the gate, you left it all in the arena. NO regrets, the epitome of true grit, a fierce competitor with a heart of gold. You could win the World’s Greatest, come home and stand by the fence until Ace could climb on and head out with a halter bareback. That reflection in you big kind eye was pure goodness. You will always be the absolute greatest to us.


Thank you Slider for so many treasured memories, you will be cherished in our hearts forever….”


Some of the above information was taken from Dilday, Dilday’s web site and Facebook page. Monies and titles earned came from AQHA and Equi-Stat.












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Today’s News 5-22-16



 May 22, 2016



Need an excuse to go to Las Vegas? Here’s a good one!

The Core Balance PCCHA Derby Classic/Challenge will be held at the South Point Hotel & Equestrian Center on June 10-19, 2016. With $185,000 in total added money, the event will also include the Mercuria World Series of Cutting and the Metallic Cat Incentive.

A total of $50,000 will be added to the Open Derby as well as the Non-Pro Unlimited Amateur and the Classic/Challenge Open, Non-Pro Unlimited Amateur & $50,000 Amateur. The Metallic Cat incentive will pay out up to $45,000. (See PCCHA website at for full details). For more information call the PCCHA at 209-727-5779.





With Oklahoma facing a $1.5 billion budget deficit, partially due to the downturn in the oil and gas industry, the Governor Mary Fallin has turned to levying a sales tax on horse sales.


However, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Executive Director Debbie Schauf points out that imposing a sales tax of 8.357 percent would only raise $1.3 to $1.4 million, while the unintended consequence could see the state’s horse sales bringing in an estimated $3.6 billion into the state, leaving the state.

Some of the larger Oklahoma sales include the AQHA World Show Sale, that sell close 100 horses each year at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, as well as the National Reining Horse Association Futurity sale, where over 200 head are sold annually. Also the Heritage Place Sales, featuring Thoroughbred and racing Quarter Horses, sells over 900 horses a year during four major sales, bringing in an estimated $20-$25 million of horses a year, and the Marketplace Sale held at Ardmore average 140-150 head two or three times a year.

Knowing that an 8.357 percent sales tax would add $836 to the purchase of a $10,000 horse and discourage horse buyers to come to the sale, it is possible that the sale companies would simply hold their sales out of state, with next-door Texas having several good venues for horse sales and no sale tax on the sale of horses.

Schauf also said that the tax would take not only sales but jobs and horse shows out of state.


According to KOC0 Channel 5, some lawmakers have promised to stand up against the horse sales tax proposal but with the deadline looming, it’s hard to say what will be decided.


“There’s a state revenue problem that needs to be fixed, but not on the back of the horse industry,” said Schauf. “You can’t tax the industries that are generating more tax revenue than you’re proposing.”




According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Homebodykris, a 9-year-old gelding who ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby collapsed after winning the first race and having his picture taken in the winner’s circle on a dreary day at Pimlico Downs prior to the Preakness. Track officials believe he suffered a cardiovascular collapse.   In the fourth race, Pramedya, a 4-year-old filly, collapsed on the turf during the final turn with a fracture in the left front leg. She was euthanized on the track. Jockey Daniel Centeno, who was thrown to the turf, fractured his right clavicle and was taken to Sinai Hospital.


The filly was owned by Roy and Gretchen who ironically also owned Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby Champion, that shattered his leg in the Preakness and was eventually euthanized.   The deaths were the first of Pimlico’s spring meet, which began May 1. Thirty-one horses died of injuries at Pimlico between 2009-2015, with 24 of them being 4 and older. The year after Barbaro’s injury, a 4-year-old Mending Fences broke his right ankle and was euthanized.

Click for article in the Baltimore Sun>>


Oregon authorities placed eight farms under quarantine from an outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), according to the Paulick Report. Four horses have now demonstrated neurological signs. Five additional horses have developed fevers but are not neurologic.


The infected horses had attended recent events off the farm, potentially exposing other horses to the disease. Agriculture officials were working to notify owners of potentially exposed horses and Oregon State Veterinarian Brad LeaMaster recommended that all horses that attended the April 16-18 Oregon High School Equestrian Team Willamette distric gathering impose a self quarantine and frefrain from leaving from their home farm for the next 28 days.

Click for article in the Paulick Report>>




The American Quarter Horse Association is soliciting host-site bids for the 2016 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and John Deere AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships, to be held in spring 2017. The inaugural Zoetis VRH World was held in 2008 in Denver, during the National Western Stock Show and then relocated in 2011 to Houston, during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.


Interested organizations or facilities must complete the form to submit their bid. Please be sure to include information you would like the AQHA Executive Committee to consider when reviewing the proposal.


The qualifying period for the Zoetis VRH and John Deere CMS worlds is from January 1 to December 31 each year, and the show traditionally has been held in mid-March for the past three years. The event typically lasts four days, but AQHA would like to expand to a minimum of five days. It is AQHA’s preference that the Zoetis VRH and John Deere CMS worlds keep these same qualifying dates, with the event dates as close to the current event as possible. AQHA is also looking into the addition of events to this show’s existing format. More details will be released at a later date. For information on the Zoetis VRH and John Deere CMS worlds, visit


Please return bids to AQHA by May 16. Completed bids can be mailed to AQHA, c/o Pete Kyle and Valerie Smith, 1600 Quarter Horse Drive, Amarillo, TX 79104, or emailed to and copy




According to an article in “The Horse,” Quarter Horse Associations in Switzerland and Germany have resolved to prohibit 3-year-old horses from being ridden in competitions and futurities as of March 2016.

Click for article in The Horse>>

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☛ Are AQHA & NCHA really trying to change? 5-19-16








By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 17, 2016

With alarming drops in membership numbers and as a result finances, could it be possible that horse organizations are changing their course by trying to get members back who have left, woo new members and increase their dwindling youth participation and they are trying to figure out how to do it?


Two major associations in particular have made major changes to their rules, regulations and have published efforts to change or have renewed focus on their members and what they want. The major one is the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) who just held their convention in Las Vegas, Nev., and announced many changes. The other is the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), whose Convention is on tap for June 24-26 in Grapevine, Texas.



The AQHA recently published a release from their new Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines, sharing some of their highlights from the AQHA Executive Committee meeting held April 26-28. Huffhines said, “Ensuring the humane treatment of the American Quarter Horse remains a priority for this Executive Committee, and much discussion occurred this week on continuing to improve upon monitoring at competition and the enforcement of an effective violation system. Another item included supporting and the advancement of their ranch programs and youth development.”


They recently published their financial statements that showed a lot of downs, including net assets that decreased from $102,425,786 in 2014 to $96,632,667 in 2015.


An  article by Katie Tims in the May 1, 2015 Quarter Horse News stated that the latest financial statement shows a $5.3 million decrease in the value of the AQHA’s investments. In an interview with Trent Taylor, AQHA Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer, he said about $2 million of that is explained by a dip in the stock market that coincided with the close of the AQHA’s fiscal year.” He continued that in the past decade we have relied heavily on our investments and our earnings from those investments to help offset some of our operational expenses. We have been using those funds to help keep operations going without having to have additional increases in fees or cutting out programs.  It is standard practice for a nonprofit to have one year’s operating budget in reserve, so it’s important that we wean ourselves off of using investment money to cover operations. We need to build those reserves back to stay strong and healthy for the future.”


Taylor continued that the AQHA had spent a great deal of their reserves on the computer database system. “But this investment is absolutely required to move AQHA forward. Right now, we’re using technology that was put into place in 1992. We’re talking about millions and millions of records and they’re all related and they’re all tied back together.”


One big surprise in the financials was the fact that the AQHA has a $600,000 loan with the Amarillo National Bank, with monthly payments of $10,798, interest at 3%, maturing May 1, 2018, secured by Negative Pledge Agreement. Balance $331,281. Also, there is a $1,375,000 loan with Amarillo National Bank, monthly payment of $24,683, interest at 2.85%, maturing May 1, 2019; Unsecured. Balance $1,029,317.

Click for 2014-2015 Consolidated Financial Statements>>


Membership is also down considerably; however, Taylor said they had only a 1 percent decrease in membership this year, which is good news because it’s the smallest decrease we’ve had since 2007. The past three years have been almost level. To me, that’s a positive sign. It’s sure better than having a double-digit decrease.” Also youth membership is down 26% from since 2006. In a Town Hall meeting, AQHA Chief Marketing Officer Lauren Walsh said the youth membership, or lack thereof, is the 800-pound gorilla in Amarillo.

Click for AQHA membership chart>>


AQHA’s attention turns to animal welfare:

However, prior to the AQHA Convention, the AQHA issued a press release on the results of the AQHA Animal Welfare Grievance Committee’s list of violations, which would be forwarded to the Executive Committee. The Committee was established four years ago. It stated that AQHA’s utmost concern is for the health and well-being of the American Quarter Horse. Part of their mission statement says that the “American Quarter Horse shall be treated humanely, with dignity,, respect and compassion at all times.”


According to AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines, “AQHA’s goal is to educate both members and non-members on the issue of animal welfare. It is our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our horse – the American Quarter Horse.”

Click for Animal Welfare violations>>


On May 13, 2016, two press releases from the AQHA went out. “Animal Welfare: A Continuing Effort” reported on the AQHA Executive Committee continuing to make strides for The benefit of the American Quarter Horse at their April meeting in Amarillo. The press release said that “Actions that will take place in 2016 based on the Executive Committee decisions include: 1) AQHA will develop a resource document outlining the steps members can take when they call AQHA with an animal-abuse complaint. 2) AQHA will work collaboratively with the American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation and the American Horse Council to develop biosecurity isolation protocol guidelines to include vaccination guidelines that could be implemented at AQHA-approved shows. 3) AQHA will amend its current rule that prohibits the use of dye or other substances to alter or hide natural markings to also include the prohibition of dye to hide abuse and 4) AQHA will prohibit the use of belly bands at AQHA events starting June 1, 2016.





Also, AQHA will continue to periodically publish news release on its website with the names of people and unsportsmanlike conduct, as well as recommendations approved by the Executive Committee. An article in Horse Talk, calls this the ‘Name And Shame’ policy.

Click for animal welfare release>>


The other release listed added show rules, including SHW 300.2 – AQHA judges have the authority to require the removal or alteration of any piece of equipment or accouterment which is unsafe, or in his opinion would tend to give a horse an unfair advantage or which he believes to be inhumane. AQHA judges will now have the authority to also disqualify exhibitors for any piece of accouterment or attire that would give an exhibitor an unfair advantage.  The amended or new rules will be effective June 1.

Click for AQHa Show Rules Press Release>>


These releases from the AQHA are a step in the right direction; however, the question now is will the AQHA enforce these rules or will they will adhered to by the judges like the movement of the pleasure horse – and be ignored.


An example of this is even though the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is getting involved and plans to take their big step to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, since current regulations are failing to protect horses from a core group of trainers and owners who ignore them. A press release dated April 4, 2016 from the USDA, states that a segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry is showing no willingness to root out the abuse festering in its ranks – soring. The USDA recently revealed that a startling 87.5 percent of horses the agency randomly selected for testing at the 2015 Celebration, the industry’s premier event, were found positive for illegal foreign substances used to sore horses or temporarily numb them to mask their pain during inspection. Also 100 percent of the sampled horses’ leg wrappings tested positive for chemicals banned from use in the show ring by the USDA.

Click for USDA article>>



With the membership and financials of the NCHA going in the same direction as the AQHA’s, they have turned to their members and promised “transparency.” This all started when members and contestants evidently didn’t realize that the association was in a dire financial position as it had not received expected state money from the Major Event Trust Fund (METF) of the state of Texas – and that they may never receive it. (as a side note, I notice the NCHA is still requesting donations on their Triple Crown entry blanks, for the NCHA PAC, which gives donations to congressional members who might have a say on who receives the METF money).


When it came time for the Futurity, members didn’t realize until they received they win checks that the event was simply a “jackpot,” and there had been no money added to the NCHA Futurity purse, the largest event that the NCHA holds annually and is the first of the Triple Crown events.


Contestants, trainers and members were appalled and social media went crazy.  However, Jim Bret Campbell, the new NCHA Executive Director jumped into action and decided that it was time for transparency – something that the Executive Committee had evidently never previously thought was needed.


A Town Hall meeting was immediately held in Fort Worth and since then, three other Town Hall meetings were scheduled at the NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Miss., the NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.  During these meetings, Campbell informed the membership of another problem: they were close to losing all of their records due to their out-dated information technology (IT), and they desperately needed an upgrade, which they are currently in the middle of – and it’s not cheap!


According to an article in the May 15, 2016 Quarter Horse News, Editor Stacy Pigott, interviewed Campbell who said that membership is trending downward and the number of affiliates are shrinking. (Less than 10 years ago, there were 138 affiliates. In 2015 there were 103.) The number of horses that won money and the entries at regional affiliate championship shows are also dropping. He also said that while entries at the NCHA’s Triple Crown shows are up, it is a result of the same people entering more classes, rather than a greater number of people showing. There is also a decline in the entries at the Eastern and Western National Championship shows.

Click for QHN article on NCHA Convention>>


What Campbell didn’t mention is that other cutting associations are springing up and having successful shows, some with a different menu of classes based toward newcomers and those who have not won a lot of money. One association counts aged-event money won by horses as earnings; therefore, those horses that won money at the NCHA Triple Crown and other aged events, can’t enter their Novice Horse classes – making them true Novice Horse classes.


Also, a lot of members have drifted off to less-expensive horse events such as the fast-growing ranch horse competitions. Also, like the AQHA, the NCHA’s youth membership is also shrinking. If the parents leave the AQHA or NCHA, so do their children.


I commend the NCHA and Campbell for holding the Town Hall meetings; however, I think that they should inform ALL of their members about what went on in those meetings and how their Executive Committee has responded – and what changes are being planned. Possibly some of this will be addressed at the NCHA Convention scheduled for June 24-26 at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine, Texas.





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☛ Galyean sweeps BI Open Classic/Challenge 5-16-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 26, 2016

Wesley Galyean, Claremore, Okla., swept the Open Classic Challenge of the Breeders Invitational, earning $32,634.99 on three horses, and taking the largest single paycheck of $23,081.73 riding Button Down Super Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of Dual Rey out of Highbrow Supercat by High Brow Cat, owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, Aspen, Colo., with their final score of 226.  According to the NCHA website statistics, the mare has now won a total of $188,320.69.


The event is being held May 12-28 at the Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. The Open Division of the Classic Challenge featured 110 entries, with 25 entries qualifying for the finals, which paid out $164,509.99.


Wesley Galyean shown riding Button Down Super Cat to the championship of the Breeders Invitational Open Classic Challenge. Photo by Dawn Baxstrom.

Galyean also tied for seventh riding Fancy Rey, also sired by Dual Rey and out of Poosmal by Peptoboonsmal, and owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga., for $6,153.26 (total earnings according to NCHA statts currently totaling $77,903.65), and Cowcat511, sired by Metallic Cat out of Cowstruck by Smart Little Lena, also owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, for an additional $3,400.


A close second in total money won was Morgan Cromer, Templeton, Calif., also taking three horses to the finals and winning $30,500.41. She finished third with a 225 riding a 5-year-old mare, TF High Chex CD by High Brow CD out of Tawny B Chex by Rum Squall, owned by Travelers Farm, Santa Ynez, Calif., taking home $14,671.55, giving the mare NCHA earnings of $104,674.


Morgan also finished fourth, with a 221.5 score riding Maid of Metal, the 5-year-old daughter of Metallic Cat out of Pretty Smart Kitty by Smart Lil Ricochet, owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, Stevensville, Mont., that she recently rode to win the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic/Challenge, where she picked up $63,553. The mare added  $10,655.08 to her NCHA lifetime earnings for a total of close to $122,000. Her third horse was Little Dirty Deeds, a 6 year-old daughter of High Brow CD out of Little Dirty Dancer by Dual Pep, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif. The pair finished 11th with a 214.5 score, taking home $5,173.78.


The third high-money earner was Matt Miller, Poolville, Texas, riding two horses in the finals and taking home a total of $22,465.26. He finished second on Sweet Lil Amanda, sired by High Brow CD out of Amanda Stargun by Playgun and owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark. The pair scored a 225.5, earning $19,065.26. Matt also rode Spoonful Of Stella, sired by Hes A Peptospoonful and owned by Wrigley Ranches LLC, Weatherford, Texas, to a 208, good enough for 22nd place, adding $3,400 to his total earnings.


Lloyd Cox, Marietta, Oka., was the fourth high money earner, taking home $13,987.88 on two horses. He rode Catti Chex , sired by High Brow Cat, owned by Dottie St Claire Hill, Glen Rose, Texas,  to a 219 and tied for fifth place for $7,834.62. He also piloted G Puddys Boonsmal by Peptoboonsmal, owned by Rocking L CH LLC, Boca Raton, Fla., to a 218 and a tie for seventh, earning $6,153.26.


Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., took home $12,217.92, the fifth largest total paycheck, riding three head. He rode Paradox Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., to a 215 and 10th place in the finals for $5,417.92. He also rode Gini One Time, sired by One Time Pepto for Gary Dellinger, Catawba, N.C., to a 209, tying 20th, worth $3,500. He was also a finalist on Countin On Stella by Im Countin Checks owned by Amanda Standish, Baton Rouge, La., taking home an additional $3,400.


The three-entry Limited Open Division was won by Cass Tatum, Granbury, Texas, riding Cat Stevens, sired by High Brow Cat out of Shes A Stylish Babe by Docs Stylish Oakand owned by Emmie Garza-Meaux, Boerne, Texas, to a 435 total score, taking home a total paycheck of $5,740: $2,340 for the Limited Open win and $3,400 for finishing in 19th place in the Open for an additional $3,400.


The reserve title went to Zeb Corvin, Canyon, Texas, riding Mamas Rosie Rey by Dual Rey for Dwight & Mary Ellen Brandt, for a total score of 424 and a $1,404.00 paycheck Third went to Clark Kaupke, Weatherford, Texas, riding Ima Little Stylish by Peptos Stylish Oak, owned by John E. Smith, scoring a 194 and earning $936.



Dual Rey was the leading sire of the Open Classic/Challenge finals, with five horses sired by him earning $41,697.05, topped by the champion Button Down Super Cat ridden by Wesley Galyean. The second leading sire of the finals was High Brow CD with three horses sired by him earning $38,910.59. Topping his list of money-earning offspring was Sweet Lil Amanda, ridden by Matt Miller to second. Metallic Cat, third with five offspring earning $30,894.51, topped by Maid Of Metal ridden by Morgan Cromer to 4th place and earning $10,655.08. Fourth was High Brow Cat with six offspring earning $25,047, topped by Catti Chex ridden by Lloyd Cox to fifth place, earning $7,834.62.


The next finals are scheduled for Thursday, May 19, with the Classic/Challenge Non-Pro, Amateur, Non-Pro Ltd. Rider and Unlimited Amateur Finals. The Derby starts on Friday May 20, with the $10,000 Open and Senior Finals being held Thursday, May 26. The balance of the Derby finals will be held Saturday, May 28.

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☛ FW’s Will Rogers land purchase finalized 5-13-16






May 13, 2016

The Fort Worth City Council recently agreed to spend $7 million to buy the remaining 2.567 acres on Montgomery Street that is needed for the planned $450 million arena project at Will Rogers Memorial Center. They are purchasing the land from Bodycote, a U.K. thermal processing services company and is the second tract the city is buying from them. In December, they paid $692,500 to buy 0.263 acres at Bryce Avenue and Montgomery. The new arena and parking garage will sit on 22.3 acres.


According to an April 13 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, under the terms of the deal, Bodycote will be allowed to stay on the property until Dec. 31 and the city will incur the cost of moving Bodycote from the property and setting up equipment at the company’s new site – which is not yet determined.


Under the terms, the city accepts all environmental responsibility for the property, which does have some contaminated soil, as for many years the property had been used as heat-treating facilities and hazardous chemicals are used during that process. As a result, the city knew there was a chance the soil would have some contamination. The land has been an industrial site for 80 years and the environmental study shows elevated levels of arsenic, barium and lead in an estimated 2,000-cubic yards of soil at three specified locations on the site that officials hope can be remedied with soil work; however, concentrations weren’t high enough to be a major concern beyond that. Costs for removal of the contaminated soil are estimated at $101,000. The city also paid $15,768 to the Dallas office of Oklahoma City-based Enercon to conduct the environment assessment of the property.


The city has set aside $12.2 million in seed money for the arena project from the Culture & Tourism Capital Projects Fund and it’s expected to be completed for the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The city’s involvement is capped at $250 million, mostly coming from special use taxes. The remaining $250 million is being paid by Event Facilities Fort Worth, a nonprofit group created in 2000 that supports the Fort Worth Stock Show and rodeo at Will Rogers.

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Will Rogers Memorial Center will now be on the National Register of Historic places:

With the plans for the new $450 million project at Will Rogers Memorial Center, many horse lovers were lamenting about the possible loss of the historical Will Rogers Memorial Center where they had shown over the years. But have no fear.


On May 10, 2016, it was announced in the Fort Worth Star Telegram that the iconic Will Rogers Memorial Center, home of the Stock Show since 1937, is now on the National Register of Historic Places, which will help secure funding and add a level of protection.


Also, being added to the national registry adds another level of review before changes to the property can be made, said Liz Casso, Fort Worth historic preservation officer. Additionally, any city-owned property that is over 50 years old has special protections that allow review through the historical preservation office before projects begin, Casso said.


According to Randle Harwood, Fort Worth planning and development director, the move will help the city qualify for future grant funding and provides national recognition for the facility and recognizes what an important architectural landmark the Will Rogers Memorial Center is.


The center has 120 acres of multipurpose event facilities and exhibit halls, including more than 2,500 horse stalls and 2,250 cattle ties. The equestrian facilities include an underground tunnel system and three climate-controlled show arenas, including the coliseum.

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