NCHA LOSES AN ICON WITH DEATH OF MURLENE MOWERY
Jan. 22, 2017
Murlene Mowery, Millsap, Texas, who was an irreplaceable part of the NCHA, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, following a brief illness.Services will be held Tuesday, January 31. Services will be held at Greenwood Chapel located at 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Murlene’s family wishes donations be made to the Sandy Sokol Memorial Fund.
She knew the sport of cutting, she knew NCHA history, she knew the players and she knew the members. And everyone knew her as the go-to person. Before working at the NCHA, Murlene was secretary of several NCHA affiliates and she and her husband, Bill, hosted the Sun Circuit at the feedlot in Casa Grande from the 1970s through the 1990s. She will be greatly missed.
With a vivid history of the cutting industry Murlene, a long-time secretary, was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2009 for her years of contributions to the association. Her life was steeped in the cutting horse industry as she and her husband, Bill Mowery, who passed away several years ago, had two sons, Rick and Mike Mowery, who are both trainer involved in the cutting industry for many years. Both sons have had huge success in NCHA events and are both AAAA judges.
For a full article on Murlene’s life history, go to www.sallyharrison.com.
HORSE ABUSE, PART 8
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER?
By Rick Dennis
Jan. 14, 2017
As we move into 2017, it has come to my attention that the repugnant business of slaughtering U.S. horses in Mexico and Canada is still an ongoing and viable business trade. Kill buyers still monitor U.S. auction barns seeking new slaughter prospects and the Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants are in full swing.
I recently received a 2013 video, by the Humane Society, illustrating the barbaric killing and dismembering of our beloved horses at a Mexican slaughter plant. The video captures the entire shocking scenario from the stabbing and severing of the animals’ spinal cord with a knife to the final rendering process.
The stark reality of the end-of-life process for our horses can be viewed by clicking on the following link. Caution: This video contains extreme graphics!
Click for Horse Slaughter video>>
2016 SLAUGHTER STATISTICS
Statistical data provided by the USDA Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News through Jan. 5, 2017, revealed a total of 103,717 horses, burros, mules and ponies went to slaughter in 2016. A total of 78,077 U.S. animals were sent to slaughter and were transported from the U.S. to Mexico, via, Las Cruces, N.M. The statistics are arranged by breeding males, breeding females, geldings and burros/mules/ponies.
Live Horse Export figures, from the U.S. to Canada in 2016 revealed 25,640 animals were sent to Canada.
ORIGINS OF THE HORSE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE
Theoretically, the three main components contributing to the horse slaughter pipeline are:
Overpopulation produced by:
Over breeding, which includes intentional breed-specific foals and haphazard or backyard or unintended breeding, e.g.: 1) American Quarter Horse – Performance and Racing, Thoroughbred Association, Paint Horse breed, Appaloosa Horse, Morgan Horse, Arabians.
Cross-bred or unintentional breeding: Unorthodox breeding practices such as Multiple Embryo Transfer or ICSI – (Intra- cytoplasmic Sperm Injection).
These two breeding methodologies are scientific processes whereby a single mare can produce multiple foals in a single year by removal of produced eggs. These methods clearly place the small breeder at a disadvantage to the affluent breeder from a production cost and foal production ratio alone. The average embryo transfer per/foal is $3,500 plus the stud fee. The average cost per ICSI foal using frozen semen is $12,500 plus the stud fee.
Unwanted or abandoned horses produced by economic decline.
Today’s economic decline certainly has taken a toll on American lives that, in turn, has caused a downward spiral in horse ownership and participation in the U.S. The simple law of physics “so-to-speak.” For every action, there’s an opposite and equal reaction.
This downward trend and spiral is well documented in horse ownership, class participation at equine events, as well as significant membership declines with nonprofit horse organizations such as AQHA, NRHA, NCHA, etc.
When the choice arrives between feeding your family or paying a mortgage note to house your family or feeding a horse usually results in getting rid of the horse. This unfortunate circumstance usually explains why a significant number of horses end up at low-end sales that, in turn, provide kill buyers with easy access to healthy horses.
BLM management of wild horses and mustangs. This category is included due to the fact BLM-branded animals have been documented being sent to a Mexican slaughter in the past, even though BLM vehemently denies this exists. However, and for the record, statistics state BLM captured and corralled horses that cost the U.S. taxpayer $50 million annually.
The attached video, taken by www.animalsangels.org, documents the unloading process at a Mexican horse slaughter plant in Mexico. An article entitled, U. S. Government selling horses to known kill buyer, is attached hereto.
Click for Animals Angels Video>>
Click for BLM article>>
LARGEST CONSUMERS OF HORSEMEAT:
According to an article in the Huffington Post dated Feb. 17, 2013 there are nine countries that love horsemeat, including: France, China, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland and Scotland.
These are the markets U.S. horses are generally destined for.
Click for EU horse meat trade>>
ECONOMICS OF HORSE/FOAL PRODUCTION
All horse/foal production, except for unintended or backyard breedings, are primarily regulated and driven by MONEY. As the old cliche’ goes, “Money Is The Root Of All Evil.” So it is with horse/foal production. Affluent investors seek to make a profit in horse/foal production, 501(3) c nonprofit equine organizations seek to make money on breeding reports, foal registrations, horse ownership/transfer registrations, as well as horse show and/or racing participation. Racing owners seek profits on the racetrack. Stud owners seek to make money on breedings and top mare owners seek to make money on egg or embryo sales.
Furthermore, equine Veterinarians, trainers, farriers, feed organizations, tack suppliers, show producers, arena owners, Pro Rodeo organizations and participants, video production companies, magazines, book authors and supplement manufacturers all enjoy a profit from the horse – myself included.
THE BIG GAMBLE
Each year thousands of horses are produced in the U.S. in hopes of fulfilling a profit derived from the horse. Many foals are produced but many are also washed out, due in part to genetics, age development limitations, debilitating accidents during training or raising, as well as bad trainers, performance or racing accidents and illegal drug use. In many cases these washouts become prime candidates for the horse slaughter pipeline before they are 5 years old. In today’s equine market, horses have essentially become throwaway commodities for many.
I believe this is a dangerous mindset for the beloved horse. A callous, greedy and unyielding mindset will only further fill the slaughter pipeline with an endless supply of unsuspecting and innocent horses. Their only guilt is being of no further financial benefit to their owner. It seems the horse is no longer revered by society as it was in days past. Money has replaced compassion, as well as responsible horse ownership.
Over the years, horse-related nonprofit rescues have emerged in our society under the guise of being a viable alternative to horse slaughter. However, in truth and reality, a lot of these groups have fallen by the wayside in their commitment to the noble horse. Commonplace news articles clearly define the abuse horses are subjected to by being starved. The owners are arrested and prosecuted and the remaining horses are seized by the state for reassignment with other agencies.
The valuable lesson to learn here is to perform a diligent background check on the alleged nonprofit. The best place to start is www.Guidestar.org, a governmental website that lists the 990 tax returns for all nonprofits in the United States.
The main focus of your research is to ascertain whether or not the 501(c) 3, or other designation, is current on their 990 tax filings. In some instances these same rescues sell your horse for a profit and in many cases individuals posing as horse rescues sell your donated horse to kill buyers. If your selected rescue is not current on its 990 filings, abandon that rescue and find a more suitable one.
DETERRING AN OVERPOPULATION OF HORSES
There are many avenues available to the responsible equine breeder to limit the annual foal production, one of which is limiting foal production. I have adopted this responsible breeding practice by limiting annual breedings to a specific number each year. Other practices include: 1) Unwanted stallions and stallions unsuited for breeding purposes should be gelded as soon as possible
2) Equine nonprofits advocating Multiple Embryo Transfers should be lobbied to stop this unorthodox breeding practice that only adds to the overpopulation of horses
3) Lobby the BLM to return to the original ideology of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Essentially, the BLM has upset the balance of nature by removing the predators on our rangelands that would normally cull sick, old, dying and young horses by natural attrition. Essentially, individuals like Forrest Lucas and his company Protect The Harvest have lobbied for years for increased cattle production on our rangelands while demanding the removal of our wild horses and burros as well as predators. (For the record, Lucas has become highly publicized as the benefactor of major equine sporting events. Don’t be fooled by the narrative.)
4) Lobby the Congress and The Senate for the passage of the S.A.F.E. Act. Since introduction, the bill has languished in passage. Passing the S.A.F.E. Act will eliminate U.S. horses from going to slaughter.
5) Stop selling your horses on Craig’s List or low-end auctions where kill buyers abound.
6) Do diligent research on a chosen equine rescue before donating.
7) Only own the number of horses you can adequately take care of and afford to own.
However, the most important mindset to change is the American public and being a responsible horse owner. Stopping horse slaughter begins with us.
“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Office/Mobile: (985) 630- 3500
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NATIONAL STOCK HORSE ASSOCIATION HOLDS STALLION AUCTION
Press release from NSHA
Jan. 9, 2017
Bidding will begin on Jan. 15, 2017 for the National Stock Horse Association Stallion Auction. With 25 stallions already subscribed to the auction, bidding will begin on Jan 15, 2017. To bid, go to http://nshastallionauction.com/. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the 2017 NSHA show purse.
The bid price covers the breeding fee only. Bidders will be responsible for all additional fees, including chute fees and shipped semen, which needs to be paid to the stallion owner or breeding facility. Prior to bidding, prospective bidders are advised to check with the breeder for information on all fees.
If you are a stallion owner and would like to donate a breeding, please request a Stallion Service Contract by calling the NSHA at 559-789-7007 or fax 866-868-0967.
Stallions subscribed so far include Blue One Time, owned by the Victor Cattle Company; Brother Jackson, owned by Dan Perez; Busy Winning Chex, owned by Hilldale Farm; CD Diamond, owned by the San Juan Ranch; Desires Little Rex, owned by Victor Cattle Company; Fletch That Cat, owned by Don and Teresa Martin; Gunner On Ice, owned by Hilldale Farm; Hen Magnet, owned by 7J Consulting; Hickory Holly Time, owned by DT Horses LLC; Judge Boon, owned by Red Tail Ranch; Lil Cataloo, owned by Gene and Michelle Morris; Matt Dillon Dun It, owned by Victor Cattle Company; Nic It In The Rey, owned by Wayne Hanson; Lena Oak, owned by LaDona Emmons/Nicole Scott; One Fine Vintage, owned by Robertson Ranches; One Time Pepto, owned by Matthew Cutting Horses; One Time Royalty, owned by SDM Quarter Horses; Pepto Cee Lena, owned by Hy Performance Horses; Sinful Cat, owned by Russell and Tanna Dilday; Smart Boons, owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn; Spin It N Whiz It, owned by Sovereign Performance Horses, TheCrowdLovesMe, owned by Yellow Creek Ranch; Time For A Diamond, owned by Triple D Ranches; Tom Cat Chex, owned by Amazing Grace Ranch and Travelin Jonz, owned by Chris Dawson.
For further information, go to www.nationalstockhorse.com, or call 559-789-7007.
THE DARK WORLD OF HORSE SLAUGHTER
By Robin Fowler
Jan. 7, 2017
A shipment of 40 Appaloosas of all ages kept Grenwood Stables and Equine rescue in Kansas busy in November; however, all found new homes in a week’s time. Many were registered horses.
It was the truckload of foundation-bred Appaloosa horses that sent Kansas horse slaughter rescuers into a panic during one week in November. Some 40 Appaloosas, many of them registered, had been trucked to a Peabody, Kansas, kill pen near Greenwood Stables and Equine Rescue.
There, and at other kill lots across the country, horses may have only a few days – in some cases only a few hours — to appeal to potential rescuers and be saved. Those who can’t find homes will be packed into another truck and sent to Mexico to their deaths, their carcasses butchered for dinner tables overseas.
Amazingly, all of these Appaloosas were adopted. That week, for the first time, the slaughter trucks from Peabody were canceled.
How did this band of Appaloosas get into this predicament? It was through no fault of their own. Their breeder had moved to a retirement home and his horses were sent to a kill buyer. Amy Bayes, founder of the Greenwood nonprofit, says that kind of thing happens more often than one would think.
Horse slaughter is illegal in the United States but horses can be transported from the United States. to slaughter in other countries, usually Canada or Mexico. Horses must be able to bear weight on four limbs and walk unassisted. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they cannot be blind in both eyes, under six months of age or pregnant and likely to foal during the trip. But rules can be open to interpretation. For example, some mares are so emaciated by former owners that kill buyers can say, truthfully, that they didn’t know the horse was pregnant.
In late December 2014, the European Union banned the importation of horse meat and meat products from Mexico, in part because of inhumane treatment of slaughter-bound horses during the trip from kill pens in the United States to slaughterhouses in Mexico. Yet the demand for horsemeat continues, and prices per pound remain high.
This Wyoming weanling filly’s wobbly legs may have been the reason she ended up in a Kansas kill pen, but a veterinarian determined that a good diet and regular trims could do wonders for this well-traveled baby. she found a home in Texas with three young children.
Pure and simple, the mission of Greenwood Stables and Equine Rescue, and others like it, is to intercept horses bound for slaughter. Bayes endeavors to save 10 to 20 of the 60 to 120 horses in the Peabody kill pens every week with the help of a few volunteers and the 13,500 friends of her Facebook page.
The price of an average-sized slaughter-bound horse at Greenwood is $650, approximately what the kill buyer would receive for the horse at the slaughter facilities in Mexico. Average price paid at slaughter is 65 cents per pound, according to Bayes. Young, healthy horses can bring more, older injured or sick horses less.
The kill buyer comes out ahead on horses that Bayes sells because he doesn’t have to pay transport to Mexico. Some kill buyers elsewhere charge more: $850-$950 on Facebook pages operated by rescue groups around the country. Prices set by kill buyers usually are not negotiable.
“I have the worst job in the world,” Bayes recently wrote in a Facebook post. “I have to go to the kill pens and decide who lives and who dies.”
It is a mission that is heartrending on a daily basis but Bayes must choose the horses most likely to capture the attention of potential adopters willing to pay their “bail” and take them home. Less likely to find homes are unhandled youngsters and horses that are old, sick, injured or underweight. Stallions are less likely to find new homes than mares, and all horses have a better chance to be saved if broke to ride or registered with a breed association, according to Bayes. Most horses that wind up in kill pens come directly from auctions where bids are low.
Bayes claims that recipient mares are among those at risk. Young mares often initially escape slaughter because they are in demand as recipient mares destined to carry the foals of high-dollar show mares and stallions. It’s a job that prolongs their lives for a few years, but as they age and become reproductively challenged, many eventually are shipped to slaughter as early as age 12.
Greenwood helps its supporters buy horses from a local kill buyer and allows them to make donations toward the bail of slaughter-bound horses that they can’t adopt personally. If the donation campaign is successful, the horse is given to the rescue if space is available and is offered for adoption. But Greenwood does not give free horses to would-be adopters.
“We have found that if a person doesn’t have ‘skin in the game,’ they are more likely not to care for the horse,” Bayes says. “No one wants to see the horses return to a kill pen.”
“None deserves its fate,” Bayes says of horses that do not attract a new owner and are loaded into the Mexico-bound trucks for slaughter.
Some horses simply slip through the cracks. In mid-December, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred stallion that had been donated by its elderly owner to Texas A&M University – Commerce (TAMUC) was discovered at the small Red River Horse Sale north of Bonham, Texas. Luckily for Tricky Prospect, Texas rescuers had learned the stallion would be in the sale and outbid kill buyers to pay the meager purchase price of $385. As if the winning bid wasn’t a clue, TAMUC, that is known for its equestrian program, said through a spokesman that it had been unaware kill buyers might be among bidders.
Horses donated to church camps also can find themselves in dire straits. Many camps acquire horses every spring and then send them to kill pens in the fall so they don’t have to feed horses over the winter. The practice happens so often that entire rescue groups are devoted solely to saving camp horses – some of which are donated by owners who have no idea what is about to happen to their longtime equine companions.
Bayes, a fulltime professional librarian, and her daughter Saje operate Greenwood with the help of a few volunteers and equine professionals, including vets, farriers and haulers who provide services at a discount. She also has support from her community residents who donate hay and used equipment. Bayes has reservations about working alongside kill buyers but realizes she can save more horses if she does. Her disdain, though, mainly is targeted toward horse owners who sell to kill buyers.
But Bayes can’t afford to ruminate long on week-to-week successes and failures, because there’s always another truckload on the way. Little more than a week after she found new owners for the 40 Appaloosas, a truckload of trained kid-proof horses arrived from a church camp. There’s no word as to what the church tells its children when asked about the whereabouts of last summer’s missing favorites.
Robin Fowler is a freelance writer in Weatherford, TX, whose personal herd ranges from a BLM Mustang to an AQHA World Champion. She recently acquired two weanling fillies that did time in kill pens before they were saved.
The Need for Equine Rescue
Kill pens have no monopoly on rescue issues when it comes to horses but needs wax and wane over the years. An example is the plight of the Premarin mares.
At its peak more than a decade ago, some 400 farms in the United States and Canada utilized more than 50,000 horses in the manufacture of the Pfizer drug Premarin that is derived from the urine of pregnant mares and used in human hormone therapy. The mares were kept constantly pregnant and made to stand for six months at a time in small stalls where they could move only a few inches in any direction. They and their foals often were sent to slaughter once their usefulness to Pfizer ended.
Since then the manufacture of Premarin primarily has moved overseas to China and other countries where animal welfare laws are lax. When many of the Premarin ranches in North America lost their contracts, rescue groups geared up to find homes for the mares and their foals. Many of those rescuers found the demise of Premarin farms bittersweet when they were replaced by farms on another continent.
There still are about 3,500 Premarin mares on ranches in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, says Jennifer Kunz, director of operations at Duchess Sanctuary south of Eugene, Ore., founded in 2008. The 1,120-acre sanctuary, operated by The Fund for Animals affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States, is home to about 75 Premarin mares and 40 offspring of mares who arrived in foal, as well as mustangs and other horses rescued from slaughter. The sanctuary’s horses have arrived at their “forever home” and are not available for adoption, Kunz says.
But even though the number of Premarin mares has been greatly reduced in North America, there are always other issues to take their place. Among them:
* Nurse mare foals: Last Chance Corral is a rescue organization in Athens, OH, devoted to nurse mare foals whose dams were bred to provide nourishment to Thoroughbred race prospects. Of the foals actually born to nurse mares, fillies sometimes are raised to become future nurse mares, but abandoned colts may be left to die of malnourishment. Last Chance Corral rescues 150 to 200 foals a year.
* Abuse: Blaze’s Tribute Equine in Jones, Okla., is a nonprofit devoted to neglected, starved and abused horses, with a primary focus on animal cruelty cases. Rescue personnel often are called to help with cases handled by the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare staff. More than 1,300 horses have been rescued by Blaze’s Tribute since 2002 and most have been returned to health and rehomed.
Tips for Potential Buyers
Saje Bayes hugs a kill-penhorse with a ssevere leg injury that could not be repaired by veterinarians. Greenwood Stables and equine Rescue bought the mare and humanely euthanized her so she did not have to make the 30-hour trip to a Mexican slaughterhouse.
Disposing of unwanted horses is an old problem that needs new solutions, says Cie Sadeghy at Oklahoma’s Caring and Sharing rescue group.
“It’s done in an old-fashioned way. Somebody needs to figure out a new way,” she says.
For those considering horse rescue, these are among tips recommended by rescue groups and equine professionals.
- “Please do not spend your grocery or bill money to save these horses. Just use your Starbucks funds,” advises Sadeghy, whose rescue group was among the first to target kill pen horses. Although not a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, Sadeghy’s Facebook group commands more than 22,500 supporters.
- Kill pens are riddled with diseases. Purchasers should expect horses that have been housed in kill pens to get sick and budget appropriately for veterinary care, says Amy Bayes with Greenwood Stables and Equine Rescue in Kansas, a charity whose 501(c)3 designation allows it to accept tax-deductible contributions. Rescue organizations often can offer advice as to reasonably priced quarantine facilities or provide quarantine themselves.
- Rescue groups also may be able to recommend vets, farriers and haulers who offer discounts to buyers of their horses. Because of the high incidence of illness in the kill pens, make sure the hauler disinfects his rig between trips and won’t be hauling dirty.
- If you adopt directly from a rescue organization rather than a kill buyer, your new horse is more likely already quarantined, vetted and current on shots and may even cost less. Some rescue contracts require adopters to return the horse rather than resell it if they can no longer keep it. That clause is designed to make sure the horse never again ends up in a kill pen regardless of its owner’s circumstances, according to Bayes. However, buying directly from a kill buyer carries with it no-strings ownership and the immediacy of saving a life otherwise destined to end in Mexico.
- Your rescue horse is unlikely to be accompanied by Coggins results or a health certificate and you will be responsible for arranging for necessary paperwork before you transport the horse.
- If the ability to make tax-deductable donations is important to you, make sure the rescue organization you are dealing with is an accredited 501(c)3 charity and has a track record.
- If you want to help but can’t afford to adopt a horse or don’t have a place to keep one, consider making donations toward the purchase price of specific horses that you would rescue if you could. Even small donations that lower the price may make it easier for someone else to adopt the horse and save its life.
- Be prepared for special needs. Some rescue horses are painfully thin, for example. For persons rescuing underweight horses, Sadeghy recommends senior feeds and warns that worming emaciated horses can lead to colic. Instead, wait for a 50- to 100-pound weight gain, she suggests.
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 2, 2017
Black Little Lena put down at age 28; NCHA looking for an Executive Director and Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more.
BLACK LITTLE LENA PUT DOWN AT AGE 28
A TOP CUTTING HORSE THAT SIRED VERSATILE OFFSPRING
Black Little Lena put down at age 28
Black Little Lena, a beautiful 1988 black son of Smart Little Lena out of a foundation-bred mare Missy Dry by Dry Doc out of Silver Creek Til by Cutting Hoss, was put down for Dec. 29, 2016, following complications of old age. The loss was a great one for owner Phyllis Vincent, Terrell, Texas, who had owned the stallion for the past three years.
Bred by Benny J. and Rebecca Martinez, Bakersfield, Calif., he was sold as a yearling during the 1989 NCHA Futurity to the Reidy Land & Cattle Company, Houston, Texas. They sold the stallion as a 3-year-old to Stephen or Phyllis Ward, Terrell, Texas, where he competed in and won most of his money in NCHA aged-event competition.
With lifetime earnings of $93,000, several aged-event finals and and an NCHA Certificate of Ability, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards from the NCHA, the stallion was also in the Top 10 of the Open Division of the NCHA in 1995. Some of his titles included being a semifinalist in the 1991 NCHA Open Futurity, ridden by John Wold. The pair went on to be a finalist in the 1992 Montgomery Open Futurity Classic for 4-year-olds, also ridden by Wold. In the 1992 Gold Coast Winter Championship Derby, John Ward rode the stallion to the finals, while Wold continued to ride him to the finals of the NCHA Derby, 1994 Augusta Classic, Georgia National for 5-and 6-year olds, 1995 Augusta 7-Up class and 1995 NCHA Super Stakes 7-Up class. Following the aged events, the stallion continued winning at NCHA weekend shows and was the NCHA Fort Worth Open Stock Show Champion.
His offspring were very diversified. According to NCHA records, as a sire, Black Little Lena sired 189 AQHA-registered foals in 22 crops with 33 of them performing in NCHA; AQHA in Open, Amateur and Youth competition, with several receiving Register of Merit titles in various divisions; NRHA; NRCHA and United States Penning Association competition. Several offspring also excelled in roping competition, both in AQHA and other roping associations. His highest number of foals came in 1995 through 2002.
NCHA SEARCHES FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The NCHA is searching for a new Executive Director, following the exit of Jim Bret Campbell. According to the NCHA website, the Executive Director is the chief administrative executive officer of NCHA and reports to and is responsible to the chief elected officer (President – currently Phil Rapp) of the Association and the Executive Committee. He provides leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the Association will effectively increase member satisfaction, grow members, purses, service, revenue and programs. He will direct all aspects of the Association and is responsible for the staff and the financial assets of NCHA. He is also responsible for promoting and marketing the Association and the sport of cutting, as well as implementing and being responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of the Association. Click below for full NCHA press release.
NCHA Executive Director opening | NCHA News
WESTERN BLOODSTOCK CLAIMS A DAZZLING WEEK OF SALES DURING NCHA FUTURITY
Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more. The high-selling horse was Lot 5145, Sly Playgirl, a 2007 mare by That Sly Cat, bringing $800,000; followed by the popular stallion Spots Hot, a 2001 stallion by Chula Dual, bringing $550,000. Another top stallion, Third Cutting, a 2005 stallion by Boonlight Dancer, also brought $285,000. Allaboutcutting.com will be publishing of breakdown of these sales during the next few weeks. Go to the Western Bloodstock website (www.westernbloodstock.com) to see all the sale results and go to the NCHA website at www.nchacutting.com for a press release from Western Bloodstock about the sales.
NRCHA HALL OF FAMER BENNY GUITRON PASSES AT AGE 68
Dec. 19, 2016
Updated Jan. 5, 2017
Legendary horseman and NRCHA Hall of Fame member Benny Guitron, Merced, Calif., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, following a long battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
According to GoHorseShow.com, Guitron’s cancer had been in remission since 2014; however, he was having complications associated with his cancer treatments and requested to stop all medical care.
A benefit had been held in February 2014 that raised an astounding $130,000 with over 180 items donated to the auction.
Guitron was born Feb. 12, 1948 in Glendale, Ariz., and raised on his family’s farm in Indio, Calif. Since he was raised around famous horsemen such as Jimmy William, Harold Farren, Red Neal, Don Dodge and Tony Amaral, his appreciation and love for the old traditions took hold of him at a young age and he became fascinated by the vaquero customs. Along with that love came his persistent process of working and training horses.
When his father passed away, he felt he needed to pursue training and showing reined cow horses. He worked with his hero Tony Amaral and Bobby Ingersoll before purchasing his own facility in Merced, Calif.
Ironically he also became known as a historian who has worked to preserve the history of the people and horses who make up the reined cow horse – of which he has become a part of. He has long been dedicated to the heritage of the reined cow horse lifestyle and continuation of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).
Guitron was the 1976 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, the 1979 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Champion, the 1980 and 1981 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Champion, a member of the NRCHA Hall of Fame in 2015, 2002 received NRCHA Vaquero Award, 2005 AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year, 2009 Magnificent 7 Champion, 2012 PCQHA Hall of Fame, and multiple Worlds Greatest Horseman finalist. Those accomplishments fulfilled his dream to truly know horses inside and out and be a cowboy, knowing the process fully from start to finish. He also studied bloodlines pedigrees, which enabled his opinion to exceed mere theory.
He had two sons, Tom and Wayne, who rode and showed horses but found happiness and careers outside the horse world. and spent the past 30 years with show clothing designer Paula Duiri, who helped him through his hearth issues. His brother Steve Guitron does high-quality leather work.
Guitron and Al Dunning published videos and books in 2015 through Western Horseman magazine.
Rick Dennis, who writes many articles for AllAboutCutting.com knew Benny well when Rick was working for Greg Ward on the West Coast. “He was a true horseman and a great guy,” said Rick. “He was a class-act in the show pen and could really train a horse.”
A Celebration of Life for Benny Guitron will be held Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. in Minkler, (Fresno) Calif, located at 18181 Kings Canyon Rd.
The above article came from information published on the NRCHA website, GuitronRanch.com and GoHorseShow.com.