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☛ Is Equine Drug Testing Fair 7-10-14






By Rick Dennis
July 10, 2014
In my previous Horse Doping segments 1 and 2, concentration and focal points were directed to the horseracing industry primarily due, in part, to the litany of available publications on the subject matter as well as the heightened awareness of the prevalence of drug use in this equine industry by the release of television documentaries, e.g., HBO Real Time Sports, etc.


Unfortunately, the horseracing industry is not the only industry allowing the use of drugs in horses in an acceptable manner.  The performance-horse industry is also inundated with equine drug use both in an approved manner as well as an unapproved manner.  Nonetheless, drugs are being administered to performance horses for training and showing purposes.


This has given rise to various nonprofit performance-horse organizations establishing drug-testing policies and procedures to counter the prevalent use of drugs in performance horses by trainers and others, which is comprised of approved drugs at certain levels as well as prohibited drug categories which allows a particular horse with either a physiological or psychological impairment to remain in the show pen.


From a Risk Analyst’s view point, the approval of any category of drug by a nonprofit may become problematic to the nonprofit and pose a legal liability, especially when a horse in competition causes injury to another while under the influence of an approved drug category by direct result or indirect result, e.g., collapsing in the show arena while in competition causing injury to the rider or others.


Another perceived risk involves drug administration not to exceed certain levels. This may become problematic to the administrator as well as the nonprofit review committee negotiating whether a positive test result is an actual violation. Each horse absorbs drugs at a different rate and also depletes a drug from its system at different rates. Therefore, in lies the problem. This is especially realized when the administrator is a trainer whose knowledge of pharmacology and metabolisms is limited in scope.


On Jan. 3, 2013, I authored and released an article in entitled “Nonprofit Equine Drug Testing Programs.”  The article’s intent was to address the ever-prevalent equine nonprofit drug-testing policies and procedures adoption as well as informing the general horse industry populous of the manner and means of conducting a proper drug test which is fair to the participant and the nonprofit alike.

Click for Nonprofit Equine Drug Testing Programs>>


In my recent review of a myriad of nonprofit equine drug-testing policies and procedures, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) without a doubt has the best. I found their equine drug-testing policy to be fair and it protects the horse, the horse owner and the nonprofit. In fact, on the United States Equestrian Federation’s web site, the following announcement concerning human testing for individuals competing in Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) events is available for review.



When you are competing under (FEI) rules, you (the human athlete) are also subject to drug testing. It is your responsibility to verify if you are taking any medications on the Prohibited Substances List. If you find that you are on a prohibited substance, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) can be submitted with sufficient medical back-up. Please review all of the following reference tools, and if you have any questions please contact Kathleen Richards at 908.326.1152, or via email

Click for FEI Human Drug Testing Policy>>



One of the most interesting aspects of the FEi equine drug testing protocol is the implementation of the split sample collection procedure that allows the owner to challenge a positive drug test. Essentially, the protocol requires the use of sample A and sample B. Unlike other equine performance horse nonprofits, such as the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), that subscribe to the single-sample utilization method, the split-sample technique requires sample A to be analyzed and sample B frozen and untested until a challenge emerges. For additional information on (USEF) drug testing, click on the link below.

Click for USEF Drug-Testing Policy>>


The pitfall when using the single-source method is realized when the sample is contaminated at the laboratory during processing and/or testing, because the same sample will be used for any challenges and predicated by sample volume availability.  Therefore, it’s very predictable: if the first contaminated sample revealed a false positive then the second testing under challenge will also yield a very predictable false-positive result as well.  Any punishments issued thereafter to the owner or others will be done so under false pretenses with no way for the owner or others to exonerate themselves from the false-positive drug test result. 


The single collection method also virtually eliminates any challenges to the laboratories reliability in conducting equine drug tests.  In an abundance of caution, please be advised that sample contamination at the laboratory does occur. I had first-hand experience on this subject when one of my submitted samples became the subject of laboratory contamination, resulting in an audit.


Another remarkable aspect of the USEF drug-testing protocol is the use of both urine and blood samples for analysis. It has long been known in private-sector employee drug-testing programs, urine yields better results for drugs of abuse than blood. On the other hand, blood yields better results for alcohol testing.


The most significant deficiency I noted during my review of performance-horse drug testing policies is that a clear and complete laboratory certification standard for accreditation is not fully revealed, except to infer accreditation by “industry standards.”  My question is, exactly what are “industry standards” and how is accreditation monitored?  Equally, it is also unclear exactly what protocols are followed in the collection and chain-of-custody procedures, except the statement, “Samples will be collected by acceptable industry standards.” Again, exactly what “industry standards” are being referred to?


In the private sector, Federal Regulations (49, CFR, Part 40) defines laboratory certification standards for employee drug testing along with the requirements for sample collection, transportation, analysis and storage as well as certifying a Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT).  For additional information pertaining to Federal Drug & Alcohol testing, click on the following link.
Click for Federal Drug & Alcohol testing>>


Federal Regulations require monitoring the laboratory certification by the issuance of Blind Proficiency Sample Testing by drug-testing consortiums. For each number of samples collected and submitted for testing, the consortium must submit samples which either contain known quantities of prohibited drug metabolites or samples that are free of prohibited drug metabolites under the blind-proficiency testing rule.


In the event the laboratory reports a drug test result inconsistent with the known substances in the blind proficiency samples, this will automatically trigger an audit of the testing laboratory.  If these safeguards are built into human drug testing, why shouldn’t the same safeguards be built into nonprofit equine drug-testing policies, especially in lieu of fines and penalties being handed out by the nonprofit for violations?  These types of safeguards offer a program agenda that is fair and balanced to the participants, unlike various equine drug-testing policies that I’ve reviewed and analyzed and that I determined to be lacking or flawed.


From personal experience, I identified one particular flaw in a nonprofit equine drug-testing policy.  A number of years back, I accompanied a client to an AQHA show. He was showing a bridle horse I trained in the Amateur Reining and Cow Horse classes and won both classes.  At the conclusion of the classes, the sample collectors arrived and drew blood samples for drug testing.


When I requested a split sample, the veterinarian informed me he was not required to collect more than one sample. After an extended period of time, the client contacted me and asked about his horse’s drug test.  I promptly contacted AQHA and was referred to their drug-testing laboratory.  After contacting the drug-testing laboratory and inquiring about the drug test result, I was promptly informed, “No news is good news.”


I further learned that unlike the private sector side that issues both positive and negative drug-test results, the equine side (in this particular instance) did not issue negative drug-test results, further informing me that if a positive drug test is identified, it would be reported to AQHA and a representative would contact the owner. This unorthodox behavior was troubling to me since I was the trainer and caretaker of the horse, which meant I was also vulnerable and responsible for the drug-test result, which subjects me to the same penalties as the owner.


Another important aspect of an equine drug-testing program refers to an individual proving his or her innocence when a positive drug test is reported and no one in the care of the horse is responsible for the actual administration of a prohibited drug to a horse. This theory brings to mind an incident some years ago when an owner’s horse failed a drug test at the AQHA World Show, which also adds credibility to the theory.  The end result was the owner was allowed to write an article in the Quarter Horse Journal blaming the mishap on terrorists.


So my question to them is, “Where are the safeguards, checks and balances in the system to ensure a drug test was even conducted, as well as verifying the money collected at the show was even utilized?”  To date, neither a positive or negative drug test has been reported to the participant or myself! Additionally, where is the security at the show grounds to ensure the horses stalled there are not contaminated by a prohibited drug administered by another, outside the realm of authority and control of the horse being tested?


The most ambiguous statement I noted, during my review, pertains to animal welfare, which is perhaps derived from a convoluted thought process at best. Since when did the administering of drugs to horses either during training or to allow them to show have anything to do with animal welfare? So is it really about the welfare of the horse or is it about collecting vast amounts of cash from a drug-testing policy.


At the 2013 AQHA Convention, the AQHA passed out a brochure with their financials. Included in Operating Revenues was Drug Testing revenue totaling $1,358,234 for 2013 and $1,831,878 for 2012. Yet there are no Operating Expenses listed for the cost of drug testing. Could it be included in the over $9.8 million in General and Administrative expenses or in some other general account not listed in the financials  - or were there no expenses for drug testing, meaning they didn’t actually send drug samples to the laboratory to be tested?

Click for AQHA Financials>>


To realize this theory, one must understand the private-sector concept as well as the equine drug-testing concept.


In the private sector, a company generally institutes a drug-testing profile consisting of pre-employment, random, post-accident and probable-cause testing, which means the company only pays for tests emanating from individual sample collections.


In the equine sector, each class participant pays an across-the-board fee for drug tests. The monetary reward is realized in the small quantity of random samples collected, analyzed and paid for versus the amount of collected drug-testing fees that are yielding an enormous amount of cash to the nonprofit in the long run – especially if they didn’t send any samples to the lab to be drug tested.


So is animal welfare really at stake here or is making a lot of money an additional motivating factor?  In my opinion, if animal welfare is the primary motivating factor, then why aren’t drugs banned in the performance-horse industry, except in the normal case of injury or illness for recuperation. If a horse requires drugs to be trained or compete due to a physiological or psychological impairment, shouldn’t it be retired? This brings up another important fact that is included in a nonprofit drug-testing policy pertaining to a level playing field.


Where’s the level playing field when horses using drugs to compete are competing against horses not on drugs?  Another important motivation factor to consider in the scenario is the money made by the show producer, trainers, veterinarians, drug manufacturers and nonprofits that are realized by keeping horses in the show pen.  A nonprofit realizes cash earnings from shows in two categories: 1) a percentage of entry fees and 2) across-the-board drug-testing fees.  Essentially, everyone is making money and the horse is stuck in the equation.


The most puzzling concept I encountered during my analysis was the use of the word “presumed” relative to equine drug-sample collection and test results. In simple terminology, a positive drug test is similar to being pregnant. Either you are or you’re not! The same applies to a positive drug test.  Either it is or it isn’t!  The definition of presumed is: 1) simply suppose that something is probably the case and 2) take for granted.  Where’s the certifying scientist in this matter?


Notwithstanding, what I have reviewed in various nonprofit drug policies simply is inviting a lawsuit in the way they’re structured and enforced. Law firms are actively engaged in advertising on the Internet, the representation of individuals whose horses have positive drug-test results that could lead to a costly legal battle. My suggestion would be for a nonprofit to consult with a professional in the field of drug analysis instead of either trying to go it alone or by plagiarizing another’s policy.  Remember – when you copy another’s work, you also copy and accept responsibility for any flaws!

Copyright 2014 – All rights reserved.


Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridles!

(Rick Dennis has combined law enforcement, drug enforcement and private-sector drug testing experience and expertise spanning 44 years, He is certified in Federal and State court in drugs of abuse. He is a certified Federal breath alcohol technician and specimen collector as well as a former owner of Certified Lab Inc., one of the first employee drug-testing laboratories in Louisiana – 1987.)


Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500
Web Site:
Wind River Security, Consultation and Risk Analysis
Wind River Drug, Alcohol and DNA Testing
Wind River Ranch – Reined Cow Horse Breeding, Training, Exhibition and Sales





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☛ Horse Doping – Segment 2 – 7-3-14




By Rick Dennis
July 3, 2014
In a recent news release – Patti Schofler – Dark Horse Media Biz and Molly Gasiewicz – Cavalor Communications Manager released an email stating: “As a step toward catching up with the FEI’s drug free policy, USEF made revisions in its drug and medications rules that include the addition to ‘prohibited practices’ three popular drugs which now cannot be administered any sooner than (12) hours prior to equine competition.” They include:

1)         Dexamethasone.

2)         Ketoprofen, and

3)         Methocarbamol.


In order to fully educate the reader with this class of drugs the following definitions have been added for clarification:


Dexamethasone, is a potent synthetic member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid drugs that has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant effects. It is 25 times more potent than cortisol in its glucocorticoid effect, while having minimal mineralocorticoid effect.


Ketoprofen, is one of the propionic acid class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) with analgesic and antipyretic effects.  It acts by inhibiting the body’s production of prostaglandin.


Methocarbamol is a central muscle relaxant used to treat skeletal muscle spasms. Under the trade name Robaxin.


The article continues with an interview with founder and chief nutritionist of Cavalor Feed, Supplements and Care Products, Peter Bollen, how herbal and natural products fit into this picture.
Click for Cavalor article and interview>>


Another drug – Lasix, is a popular drug class that according to the HBO/Real Time Sports presentation pertaining to Horse Doping in the Race Horse Industry that is a prevalent and popular drug administered to race horses.


To fully understand Lasix and the effects realized after administration the following drug definition will enlighten the reader:


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Furosemide is a potent diuretic (water pill) that is used to eliminate water and salt from the body. In the kidneys, salt (composed of sodium and chloride), water, and other small molecules normally are filtered out of the blood and into the tubules of the kidney. The filtered fluid ultimately becomes urine. Most of the sodium, chloride and water that is filtered out of the blood is reabsorbed into the blood before the filtered fluid becomes urine and is eliminated from the body. Furosemide works by blocking the absorption of sodium, chloride, and water from the filtered fluid in the kidney tubules, causing a profound increase in the output of urine (diuresis).


Adverse Effects:  Although disputed,it is considered ototoxic: “usually with large parenteral doses and rapid administration and in renal impairment”. In human adminstration Furosemide also can lead to gout caused by hyperuricemia. Hyperglycemia or low blood sugar is also a common side effect.


The tendency, as for all loop diuretics, to cause low potassium levels (hypokalemia) has given rise to combination products, either with potassium itself (e.g. Lasix-K) or with the potassium-sparing diuretic amiloride (Co-amilofruse).


Administration of Lasix in race horses is alleged to increase the speed of the horse by reducing body weight from a loss of body fluids.  Unfortunately, this drug class also depletes necessary vitamins and minerals in the body along with the fluid flush  which could become problematic to normal body function whether in human or animals.  In humans, Lasix is readily prescribed for a host of illnesses including, but not limited to, treating high blood pressure, congestive heart failure as well as other medical conditions.


Notwithstanding, the problems associated with the use of drugs in equine training becomes even more problematic when more than one type of drug class is administered to the horse.  This essentially causes a compounding effect in the horse which can lead to unpredictable and undesirable results and can lead to the death of the horse after administration.


At the Wind River Ranch training facility I have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY to the use of any type of drug or drugs during training or showing, except joint lubricants such as ADEQUAN or Legends.  I have a commitment to training and showing horses which are drug free!


In recent times the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA)  have taken special interest in scrutinizing compounders in the U.S.  The link below will provide one such instance of auditing a Texas compounding facility as reported by BLOODHORSE.COM.

Click for Texas Compounder Draws Industry Scrutiny>>


The horse as with each human anatomy absorbs and metabolizes drugs differently and at different rates therefore the results in each metabolism are different and can produce adverse results. In my opinion the main concern with combining drug use in an equine training regiment is 1) the safety of the horse and rider and 2) your not seeing the horse performing in its natural state and at its individual best which becomes problematic to breeders who are basing their Stallion selection due, in part, on performance results either in the show arena or on the track.  Another factor affecting the horse racing industry as a result of horse doping is a decline in betting on horse races by gamblers.


“Stop Doping Horses” in the Baltimore Sun, is an article that addresses some common problems associated with horse doping in the race horse industry.

Click for Baltimore Sun article>>


In an article entitled – “Routine On U.S. Racetracks, Horse Doping Is Banned In Europe: NPR”, this article discusses at length the effects horse doping is having on the horse as well as the horse industry in the U.S.

Click for “Horse Doping Banned in Europe”>>


“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridles!”


Copyright 2014, all rights reserved.


Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Managing Member

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☛ Carol Rose/Aaron Ranch lawsuit – 6-28-14






By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 29, 2014
An Oct. 3, 2013 lawsuit by Carol Rose and Carol Rose, Inc.,, Gainesville, Texas,  vs Lori and Philip Aaron and the Aaron Ranch,  Commerce, Texas, started to play out in the 235th Judicial District

Carol Rose rides Lil Miss Shiney Chex at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show. The mare is the broodmare Carol planned to keep out of her August dispersal sale. (AQHA Journal photo)

Court in Cooke County, Gainesville, Texas, and provided those in the Western performance horse industry fodder for gossip.


Rose is the AQHA All-Time Leading Breeder of Performance Horses and the owner of a 253-acre showplace horse ranch just off of Highway 35.  Since 1984, Rose had managed the horse training, breeding and boarding business. She owned a famous palomino stallion named Shining Spark, currently sterile, but she bred him to performance horses, with his offspring and grandbabies winning national honors in cow horse and reining competitions for herself and others, all the while, she was  selling them at six-figure prices.


Carol had been married to the legendary Matlock Rose, a legend in the cutting horse industry as a trainer, breeder, teacher and judge, who passed away on Jan. 5, 2008. The couple were divorced in 1983 and in 2013, she decided to lessen her involvement in the equine industry by having a sale of her horses, and possibly leasing or selling her ranch.


Lori and Philip Aaron of the Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, who were one of the largest landowners in Hunt County, Texas, have been in the cattle business for decades, as well as breeding and raising working cow horses. They had an affinity for “horses of color,” namely blue and red roans, and were breeding, raising and training ranch-type horses of Blue Valentine bloodlines.


In June 2013, Rose was introduced to the Aarons who expressed an interest in becoming involved with Western performance horses, and started negotiations regarding a lease of Rose’s property, purchase of certain horses and even an agreement for Rose to provide consulting services to them, as they had limited experience in conducting a performance horse business.


A lease with a purchase option for the ranch was written up and they also had an agreement to purchase certain horses at Rose’s Dispersal Sale that was held on Aug. 16, where the Aarons purchased approximately 48 head of horses for close to $5.2 million, according to results provided by Rose and published by Quarter Horse News.


The sale featured 141 horses with 137 marked as sold. They netted $7,416,750, averaged $54,137 and held a $25,000 median (halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse.  The Aarons had purchased 48 or 35 percent of all the horses sold, including the high-selling horse A Shiner Named Sioux, that sold for a reported $850,000 to the Aarons. They purchased the first through fourth high-selling horses, in fact, by day’s end, they had purchased 26 of the top 30-selling horses in the sale.


However, according to court documents, and as often happens in sales, most of the horses the Aarons purchased and the prices they brought were agreed on prior to the sale.  However, 10 of the horses that were purchased for a total of $935,555 were not paid for when the sale was over. And that’s when a major dispute began, including Rose’s ranch, her trainer Jay McLaughlin and the horses sold.


Rather than writing a lengthy article regarding the ins and outs of the lawsuits, I have chosen to publish several of the actual court documents that I thought summarized the lawsuit, ranging from 1) Rose’s Original Petition, 2) the Aaron’s Counter Claim, 3) Rose’s Protective Order, 4) Rose’s Answer to Counter Claim, 5) the Court’s Temporary Injunction, and 6) a Memorandum and Judgment where the Court granted Rose’s Motion to Dismiss her Appeal. That way, you, as a reader, can make your own decisions.


The next step: A hearing set for July 24 at 11 a.m. in the Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville, Texas.

Click for 1) Rose’s Original Petition>>

Click for 2) Aaron’s Counter Claim>>

Click for 3) Rose’s Protective Order>>

Click for Plaintiffs Second Amended Petition>>

Click for 5) Court’s Temporary Injunction>>

Click for 6) Memorandum & Judgment for Rose’s Motion to Dismiss her Appeal>>

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☛ NRCHA Derby 6-17–14

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 16, 2014

Kelby Phillips rode Hickory Holly Time to a 660.5 and the Open Championship of the NRCHA Futurity.

Following a full day of National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby finals on Saturday, June 14, Kelby Phillips, Tonopah, Ariz., rode Hickory Holly Time in the final set of 12 Open horses and riders  to a near-perfect cow work. The pair scored a 222 for a combined score of 660.5, good enough for the top spot in the Open division of one of the NRCHA’s Premier events held June 9-14 in Paso Robles, Calif.  The Finals of the event paid out a total of $393,722.90 with the Open division paying $337,201.90 to the 20 Open finalists.


The stallion, owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, Ashland, Kan., and sired by the event’s leading sire One Time Pepto, out of Hickorys Holly Cee by Doc’s Hickory earned the champion’s paycheck of $33,033 that came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Gist buckle sponsored by TJ and Sandra Neal; boots sponsored by Rios of Mercedes; a gift certificate and cooler bag sponsored by San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health; and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.


It was a breakthrough title for Phillips, a talented, up-and-coming horseman, who has trained Hickory Holly Time from the very beginning.


The pair worked their way to a 214 in the herd work, won the rein work round with a 224.5, and then sealed the championship with a 222 in the cow work.


“I’m not going to say he’s the best horse there ever was, but he’s the best horse I ever rode,” Phillips said following his win. He was the former head trainer for Gardiner Quarter Horses facility of Ashland, Kans., owned and operated by Hickory Holly Time’s owners, before going out on his own last year.


“Garth and Amanda were good enough to leave him with me, because they know how special the horse is to me. He’s not just a horse to me. He’s more like family. There are people who go their whole lifetime and never have a horse like him. I feel blessed that they left him with me after I went out on my own. Garth and Amanda have been supportive the whole time,” Phillips said.


He also thanked his wife, Abbie, and recognized his herd help through both the preliminaries and the finals: Zeph Schulz, Brandon Buttars, Zane Davis, Boyd Rice, and Phillip Ralls. Veterinarian Joe Carter, DVM, played a key role in keeping Hickory Holly Time in performance shape.

Click for video of Hickory Holly Time’s Finals Cow Work>>

The Derby Open Reserve Champion was This One Time, also sired by One Time Pepto out of the great mare Katie Starlight by Grays Starlight, shown by Todd Bergen and owned by Pam Bailey. The pair’s most recent win was the NRCHA Stakes held March 31-April 5 in Las Vegas, picking up $29,107.05.


The pair earned $24,340 with a 659 composite, which included a 221.5 earned while winning the Open Herd work, a 217 in the rein work and a 220.5 in the cow work. (The highest score of 225 in the Herd Work went to Clayton Edsell riding Johnny Isalena, who was a favorite in the 2013 NRCHA Futurity before the pair fell in the finals during the cow work. The pair qualified for the Derby finals in the Intermediate Open).


Bergen was one of three riders with three horses in the finals. Bergen also finished fifth on One Shiney Pistol, a daughter of One Time Pepto out of Shiners Lil Pistol, with a total score of 654, and included the 225 in the cow work – the highest open cow work score in the finals, taking home an additional $12,170.13. (Les Oswald, an Intermediate and Limited Open rider, and Tootsie Rey Time, a gelding by One Time Pepto out of Tootsie Rey, owned by Richard or Rena Whyler, had the highest cow work score of the finals – a 225.5.)


The rider with the most horses in the finals was Zane Davis, with three. He finished third with a combined score of 658.5 riding Rubys Radar, a son of One Time Pepto out of Ruby Bagonia, owned by Billie Filippini. The pair previously were Reserve at the NRCHA Stakes in Las Vegas, collecting $21,447.30.


He also tied for 8th riding Brother Jackson, (6th at Vegas)  a son of Peptoonsmal out of Shes Icing On The Cat, owned by John A. Semanik, with a 650 and 10th riding Dera Cat (Smooth As A Cat x Dera Dually), owned by Harry C. DeHaan, with a 649.


Corey Cushing and Boyd Rice also had two horses in the finals, with Corey finishing fourth on CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl) owned by San Juan Ranch. Rice finished in a tie for sixth riding Royal Smart Fletch (Royal Fletch x Little Smart Ginger) owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, and he scratched BFR Igniting Sparks (Shining Spark x Sliden Wright By) owned by the Beechfork Ranch) from the Cow Work finals.


Intermediate Open Champion

The Derby Intermediate Open Champion horse, Mister Olena Chic (Mister Dual Pep x April Olena x Smart Chic Olena), scored a total 650 to earn $6,881.61 for owner Day Creek Ranch, Simi Valley, Calif. The 2010 stallion was shown by Randy Paul, Day Creek Ranch’s resident trainer. Mister Olena Chic also collected a Gist buckle sponsored by TJ and Sandra Neal; and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.


The pair was also in the Open Finals, finishing in a tie for 8th for an additional $6,085.06 paycheck, for a total take-home paycheck of $12,966.67.


The Reserve title and $5,070.66 went to High To You (Mr Boonsmal To You x MK Cats Lil Kitty) owned by Katie H. Wilson and ridden by Cayley R. Wilson, to a 645.5 composite score.


Third and $4,165.19 went to Johnny Isalena (Quejanaisalena x Dual Train), owned by Chelsea Barney and ridden by Clayton Edsall to a 645.0.


The Intermediate Open paid out a total of 36,219.02.


Limited-Open Champion

The Derby Limited Open Champion was Tootsie Rey Time (One Time Pepto x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey), shown by Les Oswald and owned by Richard and Rena Whyler. They collected a $5,409.32 paycheck, a Gist buckle sponsored by TJ and Sandra Neal, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.


The pair also finished fourth in the Intermediate Open after scoring the highest Cow Work, in the Finals, earning additional $3,621.90 for a total take-home check of $9,031.22.


The Limited Open division paid out a total of $19,319.01.



One Time Pepto, a 2001 son of Peptoboonsmal out of One Time Soon by Smart Little Lena, owned by Jeff and Sheri Matthews, Weatherford, Texas, was the leading sire of the NRCHA Derby – following his leading sire status of the 2013 NRCHA Futurity.


The stallion sired seven foals competing in the 20 horses in the Open finals, including the first-, second-, third-, fifth, 14th-, 18th- and 19th-place horses, who earned $98,230.35, or 56.5 percent of the Open purse. Nine of One Time Pepto’s foals earned $107,804.86 in the Open, Intermediate Open and Limited Open Finals, or 32 percent of the 46 total open entries.


With only four crops of colts of performance age, One Time Pepto has sired foals with winnings of over $6 million and was recently named the leading Junior Sire by Quarter Horse News in two disciplines: Cutting and Reined Cow Horse. (Junior sires are sires whose offspring have posted no earnings to Equi-tat prior to 2009).


In cutting he had 242 foals win $4,738,651 for a $19,581 average, topped by NCHA Futurity Champion One Time Royalty with $447,383. In Reined Cow Horse, he sired 60 foals with earnings of $1,032,459, topped by Time For The Diamond with $117,978 in lifetime earnings, including the 2013  NRHA Futurity title ridden by Nick Dowers. One Time Rey Jey, with $107,062 in earnings was the 2010 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion with Jake Telford.



Non-Pro Champion

Tammy Jo Hays, Nocona, Texas, claimed the Derby Non-Pro Championship scoring the top composite score of 648.5 aboard her 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity horse, SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey).


The pair topped the cow work with a 219.5, finished third in the Herd work with a 213 and second in the Rein work with a 216 and collected a $6,782.40 paycheck.



The Reserve title went to Amanda Gardiner, Ashland,Kan., riding Wrightin Checks (Hes Wright On x Miss Shiney Cash), owned by Amanda and Garth Gardiner – the owner of the Derby Open Champion horse Hickory Holly Time.  The pair scored a total composite score of 635.0, earning $5,425.92.


Third in the composite, with a 633.5 was Jayson Fisher riding Keg Of Jules (Soula Jule Star x Shes A Hickory Girl) owned by Jayson and his wife Teresa. Their take-home pay was $4,408.56.


A total of $33,912 was paid out in the Non-Pro competition.


Intermediate & Novice Non-Pro Champion

They won the Derby Amateur Championship earlier in the week, and Parke Greeson and Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood) also earned the Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Championships in Paso Robles and finished fourth in the Non-Pro.


Greeson picked up a total of $7,528.16 plus his prizes that included two Gist buckles sponsored by TJ and Sandra Neal; two Platinum Performance gift certificates; and a Cow Trac system sponsored by Cow Trac.


The reserve title in the Intermediate Non-Pro went to Molly Russell riding TF Cats Lilypad (Cats Merada x RM Lily Langtree) owned by Dann and Molly Russell. The pair scored a total of 627.5 in the composite after topping the cow work with a smooth 219. The $3,391.20 check was added to the $2,712.96 they won for fifth in the Non-Pro for a total of $6,104.16.


Reserve in the Novice Non-Pro went to Shannon McCarty riding Hick Olena (Hick Chicaroo x Miss Ann Oleana), with a 626.5 composite score. She also finished fourth on a full sister – Chicaroos Annie – with a 603 composite score, taking home a total of $1,922 on the two horses. Shannon also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro riding Hick Olena, for an additional $2,543.40 –  and sixth in the Non-Pro, taking home a grand total of  $6,839.26.


The Intermediate Non-Pro paid out a total of $16,956 while the Novice Non-Pro paid out a total of $5,653 – for a grand Non-Pro payout of $56,521.

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☛ NRCHA Bridle Spectacular 6-14-14

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy NRCHA
June 14, 2014

In true reined cow horse fashion, the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular was decided in an epic fence work battle to the finish Friday, June 13, at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby in Paso Robles, Calif.

Riding Dom Dualuise (Dual Rey x Smart Little XX x Smart Little Lena), a 2007 gelding he has trained and shown from the beginning, Phillip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., earned the Championship in the herd work, rein work and cow work triathlon. The pair worked their way to a composite 663.5 (217.5 herd/218 rein/228 cow) to win the $14,325 paycheck. Dom Dualuise’s name will also be inscribed on the CD Survivor Memorial Trophy, which resides with the event sponsor, Holy Cow Performance Horses. Dom Dualuise, who is owned by Chris Larson, also earned a C.R. Morrison Trophy and Gist buckle sponsored by Holy Cow; a gift certificate from Platinum Performance; and a gift certificate and cooler from San Juan Ranch/Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Dom Dualuise and another Dual Rey-sired horse, Jans Rey Cuatro, shown by Nicolas Barthelemy for owner Sheri Jamieson, were deadlocked with identical scores going into the fence work. Ralls knew it would take guts and a little luck to tip the Championship in his favor.

“It feels like it’s a World Series every time you go to one of these deals, and to pull it off, and come out on top with all the great riders and great horses – it’s amazing,” Ralls said. “Nicolas was right before me in the fence work, and we were tied going into it. He marked a 224.5, and I knew I was going to have to take some chances if I was going to pull it off. Luckily, I drew the right type of cow that ran hard enough and challenged me hard enough. He boxed really good, he had a lot of feel, and I went with him fairly early. He ran hard, and we had a huge first turn. The cow jumped up in my lap and my horse knocked him back in position and handled it.”

Barthelemy and Jans Rey Cuatro took home the $11,938 Reserve Championship check, after earning the admiration of Ralls and the entire crowd at the Paso Robles Event Center for their brilliant performance. They won the herd work with a 221, and then marked a 214.5 in the rein work and a 224.5 in the cow work to earn a 660 composite.
“These bridle horse events have the cream of the crop. The best horses in the business are there and you never quit until it’s over,” Ralls said.

He thanked sponsor Holy Cow Performance Horses, whose owner, Nancy Crawford- Hall, established the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular to honor her late, beloved stallion CD Survivor (CD Olena x Have A Lil Lena x Peppy San Badger). Ralls appreciated his herd help: Corey Cushing, Todd Bergen, Mark Luis and Boyd Rice. He also thanked Dom Dualuise’s owner, Chris Larson, along with his sponsors, for their support.

Another highlight of the CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Spectacular was the heroic high- scoring cow work by Smooth N Cash (Smooth As A Cat x Dox Gavacash x Miss N Cash), shown by Jake Gorrell for owner Roloff Ranch. They earned a nearly-unheard- of 231 in the cow work on their way to a 648 composite.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby is the largest and richest limited age event for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses, but on Friday, the spotlight shined on some of the NRCHA’s other show divisions. With approximately $45,000 in added money for Bridle, Two Rein, Hackamore, Non Pro Limited and Youth classes, the caliber of competition was top notch.

Doug Granade claimed the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Championship and the Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Championship when he guided Wright On Ned (Lenas Wright On x Smart Sally x Smart Chic Olena) to a total 647.5 (213 herd/218 rein/216.5 cow).

Mikelle Azevedo rode Dirt McGrit (Smart Lil Ricochet x Holly N Zack x Zack T Wood) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a total 429 score (208 rein/221 cow), earning $1,150. She also collected a C.R. Morrison Trophy sponsored by the Adams family, and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance.

Chelsea Barney, Oakdale, Calif., saddled up Clayton Edsall’s powerhouse bridle horse Skeets Oak Peppy (Skeets Peppy x Oak Ill Be x Ill Be Smart) to win the $5,000 Non Pro Limited class with a 291 (144 rein/147 cow). The Championship paid $661.

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Mikelle Azevedo rode Dirt McGrit (Smart Lil Ricochet x Holly N Zack x Zack T Wood) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a total 429 score (208 rein/221 cow), earning $1,150.

Timeless horseman Doug Williamson, Bakersfield, Calif., won the Open Hackamore Championship aboard High Brow Shiner (Shining Lil Nic x High Brow Meow x High Brow Cat), scoring a combined 294.5 (145.5 rein/149 cow). The win paid $3,072. The Limited Open Hackamore Champion horse was Coco Before Chanel (Smart Little Pepinic x Montanas Fox x Montana Doc), shown by Chris Krieg for owner Cassandra Biller. Their $1,650 check.

Oregon horsewoman Elizabeth Kania won the Non Pro Hackamore Championship aboard Uno What Time It Flo (Uno What Time It Is x Dew It Flo x Mr Peponita Flo), scoring a 284.5 (143.5 rein/141 cow). Kania’s winning paycheck was $1,192,

Encino, Calif., professional Dan Daponde said it was a last-minute decision to show Pinchin Chics (Nic It In The Bud x Smart Hippie Chic x Smart Chic Olena) in the Open Two Rein, but it paid off when he won the Championship with a 289.5 score (143.5 rein/146 cow).

Mary Tamme, La Jolla, Calif., piloted Im Bratman (Im Chairman x Brata Tat Tat x Paid By Chic) to the Non Pro Two Rein Championship with a 283.5 (138.5 rein/145 cow). She added $1,092 to her NRCHA earnings.

Waylon Widler, Weatherford, Texas, topped the results sheet in the Youth Bridle class, riding Heza Especially Foru (Little Peppy Special x Jabos Chocolate x Jab O Lena) to a score of 280.5 (140.5 rein/140 cow). He claimed $606.

In the Youth Limited, Hanna Self, Exeter, Calif., earned the high score, a 287 (142 rein/145 cow), aboard Dandys Red Pepper (Smart Peppy Doc x Master Lady Bar x Master Remedy). She received a $275 paycheck.

Non Pro Limited
Mattie Neal, Pilot Point, Texas, guided her steady performer Instantee (Tejons Peppy Doc x Suddenly Shiney x Shining Spark) to the Non Pro Limited Championship with a combined 295.5 (147.5 rein/148 cow). She collected a $1,265 check.


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☛ NRCHA Derby finalists 6-13-14

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy of NRCHA
June 13, 2014
With the preliminary rounds being completed at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby in Paso Robles, Calif, the herd, rein and cow work have determined who will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday, June 14. They also will decide the champions in the Open Novice Horse, Level 1 Limited Open, Amateur and Non-Pro Limited Divisions.

Twenty-one Open competitors will return for a shot at the Derby Championship; it took a 648 composite to qualify. In the Intermediate Open, 19 riders with scores of 638.5 and above advance to the finals. Seven Limited Open competitors will vie for the title; the bubble score in that division was 636.

The high score in the Open prelims, a 666.5 (219.5 herd/220 rein/227 cow), belonged to the Reserve Champion of the NRCHA Futurity, Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark), shown by Jay McLaughlin and owned by Aaron Ranch.

In the Non Pro, 11 riders qualified for the finals, with a minimum score of 631. The Intermediate Non Pro bubble score was also 631, and eight riders advance. The Novice Non Pro competitors needed at least a 625.5, and seven will compete for the Championship on Saturday.

Mister OMG (One Time Pepto x Sallie B Badge x Playboys Badge), shown by Million-Dollar rider Corey Cushing won the Open Novice Horse Championship, with the Derby being his first major event due to hoof problems prior to the Futurity. The pair also claimed a spot in the Open Derby Finals.

Full Throttle Pepnic (Smart Little Pepnic x Peppys Rockin Angel x Peppy San Badger) and Dan Daponde, Encino, Calif., claimed the Level 1 Limited Open Championship. The gelding, owned by John Scheck, also gained a spot in the Derby Limited Open Finals.

Nicole Petty, Roseburg, Ore., won the Derby Non-Pro Limited Championship on Tangy Chexinic (Tangys Classy Peppy x Buenos double Oakie x Bueno Chexinic), that she owns with her husband Bubba.

Parke Greeson, Wolfforth, Texas, rode Checkn Out The Ladys (Im Countin Checks x No Lady Wood x Zack T Wood) to the Derby Amateur title . The pair also squeaked into the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro finals.

The NRCHA Derby is for 4- and 5-year-old horses, many of which competed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when they were 3. Horses may be shown in either a snaffle bit or a hackamore. They are judged in three challenging event: herd work, rein work and cow work with a preliminary round of competition to determine who will return for the clean-slate finals.

The Derby features nine divisions to suit all levels, from million-dollar riders in the open, entry-level competitors in the Amateur and Non-Pro Limited and everyone in between,.

Another NRCHA Derby highlight is the $50,000-added Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular. The Derby is held in Paso Robles, a charming city on the central California coast, the heart of reined cow horse country.

Limited Age Event added money totaling $130,000 includes $100,000 added to the Open and $25,000 added to the Non-Pro. The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular has $25,000 added money. Horse Show added money totals $19,500 and includes a $5,000 added Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular.

Finals will be held Saturday June 14.
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