SAN ANTONIO RANCH GELDING STAKES AND SALE RETURNS TO SOUTH TEXAS
Nov. 22, 2016
Ring side scene of the horse sales at the 2016 San Antonio Livestock Exposition. The horse
sales are the most highly attended horse event each year at the San Antonio Stock Show.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale is both a judged competition and auction of working ranch horses. This year’s event will see 68 horses consigned by owners from eight states. On February 19 these working geldings will be judged on their ability to perform certain routine ranch jobs associated with everyday cattle ranching work. Judged competition begins at 7:00 a.m. in the climate-controlled Horse Exposition Center located on the grounds of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. A champion working horse will be chosen from this judged event along with six top ranking horses. Awards include an estimated $20,000 in cash and prizes to owners of the top six horses. Following the judging, the auction begins and will include all 68 horses entered in the event, including the champion and top placing six horses.
The event is highly popular throughout the multi-million dollar ranching industry of South Texas and has become to be known as “America’s Premier Ranch Gelding Sale”. The South Texas cattle ranching industry is the perfect setting for such an event which showcases the western style working horse. During the past three years the auction has seen working horses sell to new owners from 34 states in the nation. Sale results from the 2016 sales saw the Ranch Gelding Sale on Sunday average $10,000 overall on completed sales. Honors for the high selling gelding that day was a tie, going to two geldings at $20,000 for each. One of these geldings was a 9-year old red roan sired by Peptoboonsmal while the other was a 5-year old buckskin sired by Nu Cash Cow.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale contributes to the scholarship fund of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. As of 2016, and holding true to its mission statement of being a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition has committed $171.4 million to education, with $11.3 million committed in 2016 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to youth. Awards and scholarships for this year will add more than 300 new scholars to the program. With over 1,300 active scholarship recipients, S.A.L.E. represents students in 67 colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas. The success of the event, positive impact on the community, world class rodeo action and entertainment and ability to provide financial support to Texas youth is the result of many hours of hard work by committed S.A.L.E. volunteers.
S.A.L.E. has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community, agriculture industry and youth of Texas. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past and continual dedication from over 6,000 volunteers, S.A.L.E. will continue to provide wholesome family entertainment and be a pillar of strength and support to the youth of Texas.
The management firm of Segraves and Associates, a 40-year-old equine management and consulting company specializing in the production of events such as the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale, manages the event in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
On the day prior to the ranch gelding sale is the 30th Annual San Antonio Select Performance Horse Sale. This year’s sale will be on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the exact same location as the Ranch Gelding Show and Sale that is on Sunday. This is the traditional sale at the San Antonio Stock Show and features horses from all genders and performance horse disciplines, especially the cow horse events and ranch backgrounds. This sale is known for its high concentration of color such as grays, red roans, buckskins, blue roans, palominos, etc. Many people come to the sale every year looking for a colored performance horse or ranch horse. This year’s sale finished with a sale average of $5,004 on the top 50% of the consignments. The high selling horse went for $34,500, a 4-year-old buckskin stallion sired by Smart And Shiney and out of a granddaughter of Peppy San Badger. The stallion was a RHAA and SRCHA money earner.
Consignments are currently being accepted for both sales at the San Antonio Stock Show. Persons interested in consigning in either sale should contact the management firm of Segraves and Associates soon as possible to consign and obtain further information. Contact information is P.O. Box 224, Midlothian, TX 76065, (972)775 2880 office, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ddsegraves.com. Both sales will close when filled.
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NCHA FUTURITY ENTRIES INCREASE
TRIPLE CROWN TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS PAYOUTS
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 17, 2016
The NCHA Futurity starts today with the first of six bunches of horses in Open competition. The event will continue for the next three weeks, ending on Saturday, Dec. 10 with the Open Finals. The Open semifinals will be held Friday, Dec. 9. The event is being held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center complex in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to the NCHA, the Open Finals has been assisted by companies contributing $100,000 in bonus dollars to the top six Open finalists, who are projected to take home checks of more than $100,000, with the winner receiving $200,000. The companies are Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group.
The NCHA recently published a statement saying that the Open Futurity entries have increased 12.2 % over last year, more than likely due to the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.
The Non-Pro Finals and unlimited Amateur Finals will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, while the Amateur Finals will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6.
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The NCHA recently published the Triple Crown Task Force Recommendations for the Purse Payout Rules for the 2016 Futurity and beyond.
The Non-Pro is estimated to pay out a total of $661,371, with the champion taking home over $49,000. The Limited Non-Pro will pay out $172,811, with the champion going home with $10,023. The Amateur will pay out $237,752, with the champion taking home close to $10,000 and the Unlimited Amateur will pay out $250,555, with the champion taking home close to $10,800.
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NCHA FUTURITY SALES:
The Western Bloodstock Sales will be held for six days: Tuesday, Dec. 5, through Sat., Dec. 10 in the Justin sale Arena and the and Roundup Inn. There are nearly 1,000 head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock available to purchase. Go to www.westernbloodstock.com to get a copy of the catalog and/or a list of horses selling. To download the catalog go to Westernbloodstock.com, click on NCHA Futurity Sales, then on download catalog.
The Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale will be held following the semifinals on Wednesday Dec..7.
NCHA WORLD FINALS:
The NCHA Mercuria World finals is also held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity Nov. 25-Dec. 3. The event, held in the Watt arena, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions with World Championship titles and year-end places at stake.
There will also be a trade show going on during the event in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall.
NCHA Show Photography RFP
NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.” Details for the bids are outlined here.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to photoRFP@NCHAcutting.com.
PAT HALL, PAST NCHA FUTURITY PHOTOGRAPHER, PASSES AT 67
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 15, 2016
Pat Hall, known by many old timers as the NCHA Futurity photographer, unexpectedly passed away at her home in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the age of 67. Her death, as reported by her friends, was due to heart failure.
This is a great personal loss for me, as she was my friend and mentor throughout the years. She took some of the best photographs in the industry during the NCHA Futurity . At the time, I was editor of Quarter Horse News and we worked together closely – and continued to have a close relationship throughout the years. She loved cutting horses – and all animals for that matter – all of her life.
Pat was the most versatile, intelligent and determined person I have known. During her life, she was not only a horse enthusiast but a farm hand; a veterinary assistant; an orchid enthusiast, being active in the Fort Worth Club for many years, as well as an artist of stained-glass.
Whatever Pat set her goals on, she not only did but she excelled in. Throughout most of her life, she had trouble with her weight, and when she discontinued taking those wonderful cutting horse shots, she went back to school and became a chiropractor – using some of the latest techniques at that time for her patients. Again, I followed her, with both Bob and I becoming her patients.
When the rigors of standing over patients and working on them became too much for her body to handle, she did the unimaginable – she started a cattery, importing rare cats from as far away as Russia and selling them to cat lovers. Even though she was by then in a wheelchair, she showed them at cat shows and won many honors with her Sunsmoke Folds (named as their ears are folded down) and British Shorthair cats. She was instrumental in getting the Scottish Straights accepted into showing.
She quickly gained knowledge of the cat industry, selling them throughout the United States, placing her kittens to great pet homes. She loved talking with her fellow cat enthusiasts about cats and loved to share her knowledge with other breeders. She was always willing to help new people get into showing and breeding cats.
According to her son Jason Hall, “One thing that really stands out about mom is the very rich life she led. Looking over her history, it is easy to see that she experienced a lot in life and never let anything get in the way of anything she wanted to do. She was one of the most brilliant women I knew, which is obvious when you look at all the things she was able to become an expert on during her lifetime.
“Mom was a bit of a rolling stone. One never knew what she would be into the next time you spoke with her and it made her an exciting and interesting person to be around. Now that it’s time to lay her to rest, we can do so knowing that she truly lived her life and leaves no regrets behind.”
Survivors also include a daughter Dana Rudzitis and a brother Ken Mathis.
Pat was born in Hawaii and asked for her cremated remains to become a permanent part of the planet as living coral. This will be performed by Eternal Reefs; however, a group of her friends are trying to make her wishes possible by setting up a GoFundMe account saying, “This is an opportunity to honor the memory of a kind, loving, and brilliant woman and to make our planet just a little bit better at the same time.” To contribute to this GoFundMe account, go to GoFundMe.com/pat-halls-funeral-expenses.
Nov. 11, 2016
ROSS AND MADGE LLOYD LOSE THEIR DAUGHTER
Nov. 11, 2016
The daughter of Ross and Madge Lloyd, who own 3 Bar L Transport died completely unexpectedly and they are struggling to get a grip on it.
According to Madge, ”she was found in a comma, then a stroke followed. She had an aneurysm, Never regained consciousness after surgery.
“She was so full of life and had so much to look forward to. Her first grandchild is due and she was so excited.”
The Lloyds are set up along the row with the insurance agents at every NCHA Sale and have been for years and years. She always has cookies out! They have the huge semi rig that Ross customized.
The Lloyds live in Mineral Wells but used to live in California years ago. They are very active in the Cowboys for Christ, giving out bibles at their booth.
“It’s quite a shock to a mom’s spirit,” said Madge. “Please pray for me. I feel so low, heavy and tired. I know it’s just stress but I just can’t get over it. Maybe the funeral will finalize things. I pray.”
CAVENDERS BUYS LUSKEY’S RYONS IN FORT WORTH
Press release from Luskey’s Ryon’s
Luskey’s, the popular western clothing store that has been a part of Fort Worth for nearly a century, has been sold to a larger competitor, Cavender’s.
The Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Store at 2601 N. Main St. in the Stockyards will be closed Monday for renovations and then reopen a day or two later under the Cavender’s name. The remodeling likely will be ongoing for several weeks.
“It was a family decision, and we have been working with them for a long time,” Alan Luskey, who co-owns the store with his cousin Mike Luskey and other relatives, said Friday. He said the family approached Cavender’s about a possible merger months ago, and negotiations have taken place since February.
AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION TO RELOCATE TO FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS
CURRENT PLANS ARE TO RENT OUT THE SPACE IN THE BUILDING THEY CURRENTLY OWN
According to a June 24-26 article in the Fort Worth Business Journal, The American Paint Horse Association plans to relocate the Fort Worth Stockyards’ Horse & Mule Bars at East Exchange Avenue.
Officials from the APHA said they plan to relocate their headquarters, 45-member staff and retail store in the winter of 2017 and 2018 from the organization’s home since 1999 – the Mercantile Center Business/Industrial park in Northeast Fort Worth.
Although the final lease agreement is still being negotiated, Billy Smith, the executive director of the 50,000-member association, said they were retooling their whole business model to become leaner and meaner by cost cutting, enhancing member services and expanding equestrian competition accessibility, affordability and variety to reboot their membership and horse ownership. They have cut headquarter staff from 150 people in 2004-2007 down to 45.
Smith claims they don’t need the 40,000-square-foot home space in its own 1999 contracted new building and they are planning on leasing the current headquarters and the plan is that their income from the building will cover most if not all of the Stockyards site’s leasing costs.
USDA ANNOUNCES VET MEDICINE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM AWRD IN TEXAS
Press release from the Texas Animal Health Commission
AUSTIN, TX – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 48 American veterinarians the VMLRP award to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources.
One Texas veterinarian was awarded the VMLRP award this year and will be fulfilling the shortage of public practice (Type III) needs in Brazos County. Type III awards are limited to 10 percent of total nominations and available funds.
While the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) does not administer the VMLRP loan, each year the TAHC solicits input from a broad range of stakeholders including veterinarians, veterinary educators, livestock producers, and the public to identify which geographic areas of Texas to nominate for the VMLRP. A total of eight shortage areas in Texas were identified in 2016, of which six were Type II and two were Type III.
“The public veterinarian shortage situation in Brazos County comes from difficulty in recruitment and retention, with prolonged searches and even an inability to fill vacancies in the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL),” said Dr. Bruce Akey, TVMDL Director. “The trend has increasingly been to fill positions with non-veterinarians due to an inability to attract qualified or interested veterinarians, resulting in a loss of critical clinical expertise.”
Due to the size of the animal agriculture industries in Texas, this shortage poses a risk beyond the state borders, as animals and animal products move across state lines daily, and are traded internationally.
A map of veterinary service shortage areas by state is available online.
In its seventh year of operation, the VMLRP program helps qualified veterinarians repay up to $75,000 of debt they incurred while pursuing their veterinary medicine degrees in return for three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. Participants are required to serve in one of the three types of shortage situations.
• Type I are private practices dedicated to food animal medicine at least 80 percent of the time.
• Type II are private practices in rural areas dedicated to food animal medicine up to 30 percent of the time.
• Type III are dedicated to public practice up to 49 percent of the time.
For more information contact the VMLRP via email at email@example.com. Comments or questions related to the designated shortage areas may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURINA ANIMAL NUTRITION SURPRISES HORSE RESCUE WITH LARGE DONATION
A Colorado horse rescue receives two tons of Purina horse feed to support rehabilitation and education programs.
Press Release from Purina
Nov. 11, 2016
A horse rescue in Fairplay, Colo., received a huge but welcome delivery on Saturday afternoon. Far View Horse Rescue was surprised with a donation of free horse feed from Purina Animal Nutrition.
The gift arrived during a volunteer and rescue appreciation event held at the 40-acre ranch near Breckenridge. Volunteers gathered to share stories of the team’s hard work and remember the countless horses saved and rehomed by Far View. During the event, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who have a longstanding relationship with Purina and are exclusively fed Purina feed, made a surprise visit to help Purina deliver the two tons of horse feed.
“To date, we have donated more than 800 tons of horse feed to help rehabilitate horses across the country through our sponsorship of A Home for Every Horse,” explains Purina Animal Nutrition Director of Lifestyle Marketing James Kinnear. “We are pleased to offer this gift to Far View Horse Rescue and hope it helps the organization continue to make such a positive impact on the horses and volunteers involved.
Representatives from A Home for Every Horse were also in attendance. The A Home For Every Horse program helps connect rescue organizations to resources and people available to help. Far View Horse Rescue is one of more than 600 horse rescues across the United States impacted by the partnership between Purina and A Home for Every Horse.
“Every horse deserves a good home. When we can find new homes for rescued horses, it makes everything worthwhile,” says Page Van Meter, lead volunteer of Far View Horse Rescue.
“We couldn’t do all of this without the help of our youth and adult volunteers and the support of programs such as A Home for Every Horse and Purina Horse Feed.”
To learn more about feeding rescue horses, connect with Purina Animal Nutrition and A Home for Every Horse at www.purinamills.com/horse-feed, or Purina Horse Feed on Facebook and Twitter.
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
LIFETIME MEMBER OF NRHA SUES FOR REVOKING HIS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
KIT COSPER CLAIMS NRHA HAS NOT GIVEN HIM A REASON WHY HIS MEMBERSHIP WAS REVOKED
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 30, 2016
On Oct. 17, 2016, James Kitchen (Kit) Cosper, Brunswick County, N.C., filed a lawsut against the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) for revoking his lifetime membership.
According to the six-page lawsuit filed in District Court of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, demanding a jury trial.
ABOUT KIT COSPER:
Cosper, the son of Monica Watson of Double Run Farm, who breed the famous reining sire Wimpys Little Step, has been a life member of the NRHA since 1999, has served the NRHA in several different significant capacities, including but not limited to: (a) member of the NRHA’s Executive Committee, (b) Vice President of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation and (c) a member of the NRHA Bylaw committee.
ABOUT WIMPYS LITTLE STEP:
Wimpys Little Step, a 1999 palomino Quarter Horse Stallion, bred by Hilldale Farm, was shown by Shawn Flarida only three times and placed second in The Tradition Futurity, held in Lexington, Va., first in the Futurity at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio, and in December 2002 won the NRHA Futurity Champion in Oklahoma City, scoring a 223. He is also in the NRHA Hall of Fame and has lifetime earnings of $185,757. Also in 2008 he became the youngest $8 million sire.
According to a Nov. 17, 2010 article in Quarter Horse News, “A major and controlling share of Wimpys Little Step, owned by Mark Schols, Ocala, Fla., sold to Xtra Quarter Horses LLC., owned in partnership by Thiago Boechat and Lorenzo Vargas, Purcell, Okla./Cancun, Mexico.
Cosper claims he received a letter dated May 25, 2016 from Terry Weins, the General Counsel for the NRHA stating that his membership had been revoked at the discretion of the Executive Committee pursuant to Article 2, Section 1 of the NRHA Bylaws.
According to the lawsuit, the letter did not state any reasons or allege any misconduct as the basis for his membership revocation. Cosper asked Mr. Weins for the reasoning for the actions of the Executive Committee; however, Mr. Weins has refused or failed to provide the answer to that question.
Cosper claims the revocation of his membership and involvement with the NRHA has had a negative and harmful impact on Mr. Cosper’s reputation,and his ongoing and future business interests in the reining horse industry. According to sources, Cosper has been vocal about the governance changes within the NRHA and hosts a forum called “Take NRHA Back.”
Cosper claims that by revoking his membership, the NRHA has failed to comply with its own Disciplinary Procedures as laid out in Section D of the NRHA’s 2012 General Rules and Regulations. Article II of the NRHA bylaws say, “members are to be admitted and retained in accordance with the rules and regulations of the NRHA.”
The suit claimed the NRAHA failed to comply with Section 1 of the Rules and Regulations related to disciplinary procedure, as it says “membership can be revoked or suspended for good cause.” Section 4 and 5 of the Rules and Regulations exempts the Executive Committee’s action against Cosper from the requirements of Section D (disciplinary Procedures) of the General Rules and Regulations. Likewise nothing within Section D exempts the Executive Committee’s action against Mr. Cosper from the Section’s coverage.
Cosper is petitioning the court to enter a declaratory judgment addressing the NRHA’s conduct and to determine and declare that his membership was revoked by the Executive Committee without good cause as the revocation of his membership was not in compliance with the 2016 NRHA handbook: Bylaws, Rules and Regulations; Judges’ Guide and that the his membership be reinstated in full. No financial relief is requested.
Cosper is represented by his lawyer Kevin R. Donelson of Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C. of Oklahoma City, Okla.
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