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☛ NRBC/NCHA hold major events

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TWO MAJOR VENUES AND EVENTS HOLD FINALS 

 

NCHA SUPER STAKES AND NATIONAL REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC CROWN CHAMPIONS

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 23, 2018

Duane Latimer

Two major performance events culminated on Sunday, April 22, with the finalists lining their pockets with cash.

 

Duane Latimer cashed in for the most dough by winning the Level 4 Open Finals and the Open Prime Time Finals in the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) held April 15-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Latimer won a total of $76,950 from the event after winning the Level 4 Open for $75,000 with a 228 score as well as taking the Prime Time title riding Modern Gun (Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac), owned by MS Stables.

Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, took home $69,076 for the championship of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Super Stakes held March 29 through April 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Riding Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat) owned by his wife Paula, the pair scored a whopping 227 points.

 

 

NATIONAL REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC:

This year’s win for Latimer was a first NRBC Classic Open title since 2000 when he won the title on Conquistador Whiz. Latimer had trained Modern Gun, nicknamed “Mickey” since he was a 2-year-old.

“He was dialed in really, really good today. I was really happy,” said Latimer following the beautiful palomino’s winning run.

The Reserve title was split between Andrea Fappani, riding Epic Titan (Colonels Smoking Gun x Princess In Diamonds) owned by Clinton Anderson, and Pedro Baiao, riding Smokesgottachicolena (Spooks Gotta  Gun x Braz Us), owned by Michael Garnett, with each marking a 225.5. Each went home with a $41,000 paycheck.

 

Fappani also finished ninth, scoring a 222 on Ifwhizwereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars) owned by Rancho Oso Rio, collecting an additional $15,000 for a grand total of $56,000.

 

Pedro Baiao and Spookesgottachicolena also won the Level 3 finals, taking home an additional $20,782.26, for a total of $61,782.86. Baio’s finals score of 225.5 was the highest of his career.

 

The Level 2 Championship was won by Ricky Nicolazzi riding Spooks Show Time (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena x Shining Spark) to a 219 score and an $8,128 paycheck. The 5-year-old gelding is also owned by Rancho Oso Rio.

 

There was a three-way tie in the Level 1 Open shared by Benny Maddox, Chris Dawson and Gabril Borges, with each scoring a 218 to earn $2,103.  Maddox’s win on Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl x Lean With Me) owned by Bill Coburn, it was his first major championship.

 

Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey) owned by Michelle Canon. He previously took the 6-year-old stallion to the 2017 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship.

 

Borges rode Checksworth (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star x Shining Spark) to the 2017 tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 2 Open Co-Championship The 4-year-old mare is owned by Terry Leffew. For full results go to NRBC.com.

NRBC Open Classic Finals Results

 

NCHA SUPER STAKES:

Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, is a five-time NCHA Open World Champion; however, he was experiencing his first NCHA Triple Crown (Futurity, Super Stakes,  Summer Spectacular) win when he scored 227 points in the finals of the Open Super Stakes riding Cool N Hot by Hottish, one of the hottest new sire in the cutting horse industry, out of Donas Cool Cat sired by High Brow Cat. Owned and also shown by Kobie’s wife, Paula, Cool N Hot picked up $69,076 for their Open win at the Super Stakes; however, Paula and Cool N Hot were also finalists in the Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, winning an additional $13,337 for total earnings of $82,413 for the show. Donas Cool Cat currently has lifetime earnings of $189,284.

 

Kobie is also, an NCHA Horse of the Year rider and 1993 NCHA Hall of Fame Rider inductee. He earned his first Triple Crown championship in the 1988 NCHA Classic aboard Cash Quixote Rio, a horse that Wood also showed to two NCHA Open World Championship wins.

 

The Reserve title in the Super Stakes and $60,476 paycheck went to Rollz Royce (Dual Smart Rey x Show Biz Kitty), owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Beau Galyean to a 222.5. Prior to the Super Stakes, the pair won $51,975 in aged events. Beau has lifetime earnings of close to $3.4 million.
NCHA Super Stakes Open finals

 

But the Open Division of the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic were very profitable to the Galyean family, as Beau also rode Stevie Rey Von (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey) owned by the Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, to the Open title in the Super Stakes Classic for a $26,216 paycheck.

 

In the Super Stakes, Beau’s brother Wesley tied for 4/5 riding Duramax Dually with a 219, taking home $44,381 and his father, Jody, also took home $14,642 riding Desiresomemettalic, owned by Beau and his wife Ashley. In fact, the Galyean family and had total winnings of $119,499 from the Open Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finals

The Non-Pro Division of the Super Stakes was split between Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, riding Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey) and Megan Miller, Poolville, Texas, riding Carolena Reyn (Dual Smart Rey x Carolena Moon), with both winning $36,319 for their 222 score.

 

This is the second time Bushaw has shared the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro title. In 2008, he rode Cats Ruby to a 222-point tie for the championship with Paula Wood on Cash My Boon. He also won the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat. Bushaw ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners, also won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Jerryoes, the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cats Ruby and the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat.

 

Megan Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Inductee and the earner of $1,021,452 won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Itawtathenapuddycat and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter. She also finished fourth in this year’s Non-Pro Super Stakes with a 216 score riding Hey Boo Boo (Dual Smart Rey x Travs Scooter), taking home a total of $62,581.

NCHA Super Stakes NP finals

The NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Champion was Steve Anderson, Victoria, Texas, riding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal) to a 224, collecting a $16,999 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Alexa Stent, Gardnerville, Nev., riding Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowmans Little Jewel), to a 223.5 and collecting $15,480.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic NP Finals

For full results go to nchacutting.com

 

 

 

 

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☛ AQHA Amateur Ranch Riding World Champ disqualified for drug violations

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA 2017 AMATEUR RANCH RIDING WORLD CHAMPION SARAH MCKIBBEN DISQUALIFIED FOR DRUG VIOLATION

 

SHE AND HUSBAND MOZAUN MCKIBBEN SUSPENDED AND FINED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS AT AQHA WORLD SHOW

 

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 20, 2018

Mozaun McKibben

Following a recent meeting of the AQHA Executive Committee, it was announced that disciplinary action had been taken against Mozaun McKibben and his wife Sarah, as a result of four horses testing positive for Guanabenz at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show held Nov. 2-18 in Oklahoma City. Guanabenz is a depressant of the cardiovascular system and is a forbidden drug per AQHA Rule VIO401.2. At the World Show, each world champion is drug tested and additional horses are tested based on random drawings that are selected months before each event.

 

Mozaun McKibben, 53, from Cooke County, Texas, was suspended from membership in the AQHA for 18 months, on probation for five years after his suspension, fined $10,000, and evocation of his status as an AQHA Professional Horseman, when four horses he owned, trained and/or exhibited were found positive for drugs during the 2017 AQHA World Show, held Nov. 2-18, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

McKibben’s wife Sarah, who was named the 2017 AQHA Amateur Ranch Riding L3 Champion, was stripped of her title and also suspended from the AQHA for 12 months, fined $3,000 and put on probation for five years following the end of her 12-month suspension.

2-AQHA: AQHA Disciplinary Actions

 

Ironically, the disciplinary action was taken less than a year after Mozaun was booked on June 28, 2017 for Burglary of Habitation, after which he bonded out with a $5,000 bond. Other court records show that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 1998.

3-Mozaun Arrest – Cooke County, TX

4-Click for Penalties for burglary>> 

5-McKibben History

 

THE HORSES INVOLVED:

Samples were taken from the following horses following their classes with positive drug tests being returned on His Royal Cat and Wimpy Tejano, shown in the Jr. Ranch Riding L3 Preliminaries on Nov. 4, with Mozaun McKibben being the responsible party, as the owner, trainer and exhibitor; Wimpys Shining Jac, in the Senior Ranch Riding L3 Finals, Nov. 6, with Mozaun McKibben as trainer and exhibitor and Chex Are Cashin shown Nov. 7 in the Amateur Ranch Riding L3 Finals, with Mozaun McKibben as trainer and Sarah McKibben as the rider.

 

Sarah McKibben was also the responsible party at the time in question for His Royal Cat (as owner), Wimpys Shining Jac (as owner) and Chex Are Cashin (as owner and exhibitor)

 

AQHA RECORDS ADJUSTED:

AQHA has stated they have adjusted its records to reflect the above disqualifications and is notifying those exhibitors whose horses moved up in the placings as a result of such disqualifications. Notification to associations who afford reciprocity to AQHA medication disciplinary has been taken.

 

However, I have been told that within a few days of Chex Are Cashin’s stripped title, he was sold for well over $100,000.

 

DRUG-TESTING PROTOCALS:

While writing this article, I reached out to Rick Dennis, who has done drug testing for many Fortune 500 companies and has lectured before Congressional sub-committee in Washington D.C. on drugs of abuse in the private sector. He has also co-owned a drug-testing company.

 

Rick, who has written many legal as well as interesting horse articles for AllAboutCutting.com, responded to me with an article entitled “Drug Testing Protocols.”

 

Rick’s conclusion to the drug problem is that a company or an association should implement a “Split Sample Collection and Testing” process which is the fairest system ever devised. It not only affords the requiring agency of the assurance that the test results are accurate as well as affording the donor every legal opportunity to challenge the positive test results prior to receiving disciplinary action in lieu of a positive test result. It also insulates the requiring agency against liability and defamation lawsuits due to a positive test result and any disciplinary action imposed thereafter. Following is his article:

BACKGROUND:

The Managing Member of the WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC – Richard E. “Rick” Dennis has been an entrepreneur in the private security sector since January 28, 1984. Rick’s been involved in the private sector employee drug and alcohol testing industry ever since its inception, in 1987.  His expertise in the drug testing field is expansive and includes: Being one of the owners and operators of the first employee drug testing laboratory in Louisiana – “Certified Lab, Inc.”

 

Also, Rick’s written drug and alcohol testing policies for Fortune 500 Companies such as: Exxon Company, USA, Mobile Oil Company, Campbell Soup, Kerr McGee Corporation, Dupont, Marathon Oil Company, and Atlantic Richfield to name a few. Further, Rick’s lectured before a Congressional sub-committee in Washington D.C. on drugs of abuse in the private sector.

 

According to Rick, in 1987 the Federal Government initiated designing drug and alcohol testing protocols for Federal Workplace Drug testing of specific Department of Transportation worker categories, (e.g. – Department of Aviation, Federal Highway Administration, Oil & Gas Transmission Pipelines, and the Marine Industry, etc.  Hearings were held on the design and implementation of the new Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations and each specific category was published in the Federal Register.

 

SPECIMEN COLLECTION PROTOCOLS – DRUGS OF ABUSE: Urine Specimens were initially selected for drugs of abuse testing, due to the fact urine samples were determined to be a better conductor for drug testing results versus blood samples.  However, this protocol was expanded to include blood, saliva, and hair testing. Essentially, the protocols included a format for the collection of the specimen, the design of a chain of custody form to track the collection, shipping, transportation, testing, and storage of the collected specimen.

 

LABORATORY TESTING PROTOCOLS: 

 The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) designed the laboratory certification and testing standards for testing and confirmation of submitted samples, as well as initial and confirmation testing levels, classifications of drugs tested for, testing procedures, and requirements.  Two positive laboratory tests are required in order to report a specimen sample as being positive for prohibitive drug(s), (e.g. an initial positive test result has to be confirmed by a positive confirmation test result).

 

SPLIT-SAMPLE COLLECTION: 

 In order for the testing procedures and subsequent results thereafter to be certified and authenticated, NIDA designed and implemented the “Split Sample Collection and Analysis Process” whereby two samples were made using one specimen collection.  Sample (A) and Sample (B) couldn’t be made using two separate collections.  Sample (A) would be the primary sample for initial analysis and confirmation, and sample (B) would be frozen and used in the event of a donor challenge to the positive result of Sample (A).

 

In the event of a donor challenge to the positive test result of Sample (A), the donor is afforded the opportunity to challenge the positive test result of Sample (A) at another testing laboratory by testing Sample (B). However, the NIDA retesting protocols specifically states the second testing laboratory must meet “the same laboratory testing standards and certifications as the initial testing laboratory”. 

 

Further, a “Chain-Of-Custody” log must be completed relative to the transportation, analysis, storage, and certification of Sample (B).  In the event the two sample results are positive, then the sample is deemed positive.  In the event there are two conflicting sample results, (e.g., one positive and one negative), a negative test result is afforded to the benefit of the donor due to conflicting results.

 

MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER:

 Federal 49,CFR, Part 40 requirements include a Medical Review Officer as a liaison between the testing laboratory and the donor.  The duty of the Medical Review Officer is to certify that all sample collection, transportation, storage, testing, and test result communications have been adhered to.  The Medical Review Officers other duties includes monitoring and ordering the testing of Sample (B) in the event of a donor challenge.

 

CONCLUSION:

 It’s Rick’s opinion, that the Split-Sample Collection and Testing process is the fairest system ever devised.  It affords the requiring agency of the assurance that the test results are accurate, as well as affording the donor every legal opportunity to challenge the positive test results prior to receiving disciplinary action in lieu of a positive test result.  Also, the split sample specimen collection and analysis procedure insulates the requiring agency against liability and defamation lawsuits due to a positive test result and any disciplinary action imposed thereafter.

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☛ Congress approves ELD flexibility for equine industry

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Congress Approves ELD Flexibility for Equine Industry

Congress delays ELD enforcement for livestock to Sept 30, 2018

 

 Press release from AQHA
April 20, 2018

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., on Friday, March 23, the United States Congress approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to fund federal government operations through September 30.  The 2,232-page bill includes several regulatory measures that will provide flexibility for the horse industry, most notably H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal, guest workers and a temporary enforcement exemption for the transportation of livestock from the electronic logging device (ELD) rule. The legislation also includes policy “riders” to defund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that will impact the equine sector and broader agriculture economy.

Lawmakers Raise the Ceiling on H-2B Guest-Worker Visas:

Despite opposition from a large number of lawmakers from both political parties, the horse industry and its allies persuaded Congress to effectively raise the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cap on H-2B temporary worker visas from the current cap of 66,000 to 129,500 visas for FY2018.  A provision tying the number of H-2B visas to a number not to exceed the maximum number of participants from the returning worker program in a previous year has effectively doubled the number of visas the agency may issue in 2018. Because of the fast-approaching seasonal labor needs for breeding farms, racetracks and other seasonal employers, AHC and its partners are urging DHS to implement the flexibility measures as quickly as possible to mitigate paperwork bottlenecks during the remainder of the year. Other key H-2B provisions include acceptance of private wage surveys to determine “prevailing wage” requirements, and language that defines “seasonal need” as a 10-month period within the context of the program. The coalition has already begun to focus efforts on creating permanent cap relief in future legislative vehicles. This would decouple the H-2B visa issue from the annual appropriations process and create an environment of investment certainty.

Congress Delays ELD Enforcement for Livestock to September 30:

On the heels of the DOT’s March 13 issuance of an additional 90-day exemption from ELD enforcement requirements for livestock, the bill includes a provision that would defund enforcement to at least September 30, which is the official end of the fiscal year. The delay will provide DOT and industry stakeholders more time to educate livestock haulers on the proper scope of the ELD mandate, which has caused uncertainty since being finalized in late 2015. Furthermore, the industry’s September 2017 request to push back the compliance deadline by a full year is still outstanding, leaving the possibility of another enforcement delay for livestock.

Lawmakers Fully Fund Tax Law Implementation, Defund Horse Slaughter Inspections, EPA Ag Emission and Reporting Rules:

In a rare move to increase resources for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Congress appropriated an additional $320 million through September 2019 for the nation’s tax collectors to help assure a smooth implementation of the 2017 tax law. The omnibus also includes a rider that bans funding of USDA personnel to inspect horses prior to slaughter, a provision which lawmakers have renewed within multiple spending bills during previous years to effectively shut down horse slaughter in the U.S. On the EPA front, the bill also defunds enforcement of rules that would do the following:

  • Mandate the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from decomposing animal waste located on farms;
  • And reporting air emissions from farms resulting from hazardous substances, pursuant to the nation’s Superfund law.

AHC will deliver updates on more details within the 2018 omnibus spending package that impact the horse industry as they emerge. To view a copy of the 2232-page bill, please visit http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20180319/BILLS-115SAHR1625-RCP115-66.pdf.

If you have questions about FY2018 appropriations, please contact Bryan Brendle, director of policy and legislative affairs, at bbrendle@horsecouncil.org.

Additional Resources

The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest news regarding the ELD Mandate. For more press releases and information on this topic, visit www.aqha.com/membership/resources/eld-mandate/.

 

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☛ Secretary-Treasurer of Idaho Cutting Horse Ass’n found guilty of felony

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

SECRETARY-TREASURER OF IDAHO CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION FOUND GUILTY OF A FELONY.

 

DOLLY MARIE MARTIN ORDERED TO 6 YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION AND TO REPAY ASSOCIATION $29,745.80

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 16, 2018

On April 9, 2018, Dolly Marie Martin, Bellevue, Idaho, the wife of NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Scott Martin, was found guilty of a felony and received a suspended sentence and was ordered to serve Supervised Probation, as well as repaying the Idaho Cutting Horse Association $29,745.80 that she stole from the association while she was Secretary-Treasurer.

 

According to an unnamed source, she was Secretary-Treasurer of the association for only 15 months. The association has two shows a year: a Limited Age Event and a weekend show in the spring and a Limited Age Event and Mercuria cutting in the fall.

 

“She had stolen the money “pretty quick,” said the unnamed source; however, it took almost two years to get her through the judicial system.”

 

Represented by her lawyer, Doug Nelson,Esq, of the Roark Law Firm, LLP, Hailey, Idaho, Dolly entered a plea of guilty of Grand Theft, a felony, on Jan. 12, 2018. She agreed to pay court costs of $245.50 and a fine of $5,000 (that was suspended). She agreed to pay all costs, fees and fines ordered by the court and was sentenced to a minimum period of confinement of 3 years, followed by an indeterminate period of custody for 5 years, with the total sentence not to exceed eight years. (The execution of the prison portion of the sentence was also suspended, although the costs and fine portion were not suspended.)

 

She was then placed on supervised probation for a period of 6 years, beginning April 9, 2018 under the control of the Idaho State Board of Correction, subject to abiding by the General Conditions of Probation.

 

She would be allowed time to pay the fines and restitution, with all of them needing to be paid before the end of her probation. She was allowed to set up a payment plan with her probation officer.

 

She would also serve 180 days in the county jail as a term and condition of probation; however, she would be granted a work release if she otherwise qualifies under the Sheriff’s classification system.

 

She was also ordered to serve up to 60 days of discretionary time at the discretion of her assigned probation officer, as a sanction for violating a term or condition of probation, subject to the requirements of IC.R 33(e). In no event may discretionary time be imposed or served that exceeds three (3) consecutive days.

 

She is also ordered to prepare an apology letter for the victim (Idaho Cutting Horse Association). The letter shall include an explanation of her actions and the ramifications of such actions.

 

The court also ordered a Judgment of Restitution to be entered in the sum of $29,745.80. A separate written Order of Restitution shall also be entered. The amount is payable though the Clerk of the District Court to be disbursed to the victim in the amount of $29,745.80.

 

Martin has 42 days from the date stamped by the Clerk of Court (April 11, 2018) to appeal the judgment. The Court also advised her that if she is unable to pay the costs of an appeal, she can apply for leave to appeal in forma pauperis, meaning the right as an indigent to proceed without liability for court costs and fees and the right to be represented by a court-appointed attorney at no cost to the defendant.

 

Martin must turn herself into the custody of the Sheriff of Blaine County, Idaho, by 5 p.m. on April 16, 2018 for service of the County Jail time ordered herein as a term and condition of probation.

Martin Judgment

Judgment of Conviction Order of Probation

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☛ Is it “good sportsmanship” to refuse an NCHA buckle?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 3 comments

IS IT “GOOD” SPORTSMANSHIP TO REFUSE AN NCHA BUCKLE?

 

FROM THE EDITOR

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 14, 2018

There was an interesting post on my Facebook page yesterday when NCHA Vice President Ron Pietrafeso posted, “Sportsmanship has been and always will be the honor in which people participate in any type of competition, regardless of their personal opinion. What I along with others witnessed yesterday was not only ‘not good sportsmanship’ but was downright disgusting and disrespectful, to say the least.

 

There is no room in any sport for this type of action. What type of message does this send to our young members? The person who was responsible knows who he is and he should be ashamed of himself. What he did, watching the video, was deliberate by the mere fact that he could have just not shown up to receive his award but instead, he walked up as if he were there to receive his award and walked away leaving The presenters holding his award and wondering what just happened. You might expect this from some very young, spoiled brat but not from a grown man who supposedly knows better.

 

Luckily 99.9% of our members would never even think of doing something that is disrespectful but I guess there will always be that 1% who act out their stupidity.”

 

Since my Facebook page is open to the public for anyone to see and put statements on, I am publishing this situation to my readers.

 

From what I can gather from the chatter on my Facebook page, is that James Bankston was to receive a buckle for placing in the finals of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and/or Senior Amateur, that was to be presented by former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has decided to become more involved with the NCHA. He, along with his wife, Renda, have been great supporters of the association, donating a lot of saddles. When Bankston came to receive his award, NCHA President Lewis Wray moved in to be a part of the award shot. Posts say that Bankston told Wray to get out of the picture and then walked away from Tillerson, who had his hand out to shake Bankston’s hand, without receiving his buckle. This was all caught on video.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur finals

 

Responses to Pietrafeso’s post came quick and fast.  Some were on Bankston’s side and others were appalled at what he did. As of today, Saturday, April 14, responses were as follows:

“Whether Mr. Bankston was right or wrong that should really be taken up by the directors of NCHA in a private letter, not on Facebook where everyone that does not like or respect him can take pot shots. He unfriended me too due to political reasons but I am not going to go after him with tar and feathers on Facebook because that is not going to solve the issue or change anything in a positive manner. If we are such “NICE” folks in NCHA, then treat people as such; there is just no need to air this on Facebook, whether you personally like the man or not. No one knows the backstory except for the people that were on that stage. If he was wrong, he was wrong; let him apologize and move on. Don’t persecute him on Facebook for it. Good Grief. “ From Cadace

 

“He made a choice to make this public at a major NCHA event. What he does in private or on his Facebook page is his choice but this was different. He writes articles in publications, he somewhat represents the NCHA and in my humble opinion what he did is a negative reflection and disrespectful” From June.

 

“I agree with Candace. This is enough .. let’s move on.” From Homer.

 

“I agree 100%. We all have our quirks. Bashing on Facebook is a great outlet for people’s rage but totally hypocritical to accuse someone of poor sportsmanship while demonstrating poor sportsmanship about it, as is being done here. Should have been handled differently, Ron, with all due respect.” From Maria.

 

“There are appropriate means/forums that deal with this situation in a professional manner. Facebook is not one of them.” From Bill.

 

“He certainly makes Facebook his broadcasting venue, even attacking others for their opinions, so why should he be exempt. He made the choice to make his statement on video in public.” From June.

 

“Myself, I would make a unilateral apology to Secretary Tillerson. I think Mr. Jimmy is a really nice man! But he is an adult that has really strong liberal views. Cutting is a sport that brings us all together, Democrats and Republicans. In a time that the NCHA needs more participation, there is no place for such behavior. I hope Mr. Jimmy makes his actions right. We all make stupid decisions. I sure hope Mr. Jimmy makes this right. He has unfriended me on Facebook but I still consider him a friend!” From Arthur.

 

Thanks for speaking out Mrs. Tillerson. Hey Team! Chill out! The situation was directed singularly at Lewis Wray. Not Rex and I. Lewis was a gentleman and the finalist was determined to stand up for his point of view. No foul. Just think about both sides .. to stand and have a smiley face photo op with someone you are having an issue with might be considered hypocritical to most. Both sides made strong statements. Lewis represented his office peacefully and the member voiced his wishes. Sleep well America! This public-service announcement was not approved by the Federal Government! From Tim.

 

“Be reminded of the “Code of the West.” Very simply put “You ride for and are loyal to ‘the brand,’ or you go elsewhere. Carol.

 

“Mr. Tillerson, who seems like a gracious man, probably ‘grinned and bared it,’ when posing with politicians he did not like. As my momma always said, “There is a time and place for everything.” I think we’ve all been in situations where the hypocrisy of that situation is almost unbearable. It’s the  ‘grown-up’ world. Children behave with their true feelings. I’m not saying this is right or wrong but head scratching from a grown-up’s perspective.

From Kathleen.

 

“Just don’t show up for the award; I mean getting there by marking a 213 isn’t exactly earth shaking. Does doing the “He’s not my President” remind you of anyone?

From William.

 

 

 

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☛ Muscle-wasting QH disorder caused by gene mutation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

MUSCLE WASTING DISORDER IN AQHA REINING AND REINED COW HORSES CAUSED BY NEWLY DISCOVERED GENE MUTATION

 

LIKE HERDA, MYH1 IS THE RESULT OF A DECLINING GENETIC POOL

 

By Rick Dennis
April 13, 2018

Three years ago, I authored an article entitled “AQHA Genetic Pool Shrinks” regarding the shrinking genetic pool of certain equine disciplines e.g. reining, cutting and reined cow horses. The mutation was the result of breeding Quarter Horses within a specific and shrinking gene pool. The equine disease is called HERDA (Heredity equine regional dermal asthenia), a genetic skin disease predominately found in Quarter Horses in the particular lines of cutting horses. HERDA is characterized by hyperextensible skin, scarring and severe lesions along the back and body of affected horses.

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 Today, another result of the shrinking genetic bloodline pool in Quarter Horses, a new gene mutation discovery has been made with Quarter Horses –  specific to the reined cow horse and reining disciplines. This gene was also identified, via, an AQHA-funded research project.One of the researchers is “Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PHD, DACMIM, ACVSMR” of the Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. This new gene classification is identified as MYH1 (Myosin Heavy Chain 1 MYH1) and explained by the following definitions published in “Genetics Home Reference – Your Guide To Understanding Genetic Conditions.”

The DNA sequence of a gene can be altered in a number of ways.Gene mutations have varying effects on health depending on where they occur and whether they alter the function of essential proteins.  The types of mutations include:

     Missense Mutation: This type of mutation is a change in one DNA base pair that results in the substitution of one amino acid for another in the protein made by a gene, and

     Nonsense Mutation: This mutation is also a change in one DNA base pair instead of substituting one amino acid for another; however, the altered DNA sequence prematurely signals the cell to stop building a protein. This type of mutation results in a shortened protein that may function improperly or not at all.

Therefore, a missense mutation in MYH1 is associated with susceptibility to immune-mediated myositis in Quarter Horses.

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WHAT IS MYH1 AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT QUARTER HORSES?

According to an article appearing in “horsetalk.co.nz dated March 7, 2018 – “Gene Mutation Linked To Wasting Disorder In Quarter Horses,” researchers have linked a mutation in the MYH1 gene to a muscle-wasting condition most commonly seen in Quarter Horses. Carrie Finno and her colleagues linked the missense mutation in the gene to immune mediated myositis (IMM), in which the immune system of horses attacks the skeletal muscles, causing rapid wasting of the muscle along the top line. The condition is rare in horses, but is the most common cause of rapid wasting of the top line in Paint and Quarter Horses.

 

The study team, writing in the journal “Skeletal Muscle,” said causes of autoimmune diseases such as IMM (immune-mediated myositis) are not well understood, but environmental stimuli, combined with a genetic predilection, appear to be important factors.

 

Research has shown that IMM is more likely to affect horses under 8 years old, or horses aged 17 and older. Because most horses affected by IMM are of Quarter Horse-related breeds, and since certain stallions appear to be over represented in the genetic lineage of Quarter Horses with the disorder, the researchers hypothesized that there was an underlying genetic variant that causes susceptibility to the conditions. IMM is normally treated with corticosteroids.

 

The study team was comprised of Carrie Finno, Giuliana Gianino, Sudeep Perumbakkam, Zoe Williams, Matthew Biordbari, Keri Gardner, Erin Burns, Sichong Peng, Sian Durward-Akhurst and Stephanie Valberg.  They are variously affiliated with the University of California, Davis; Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota.

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Essentially, the cause of immune-mediated myositis (IMM), characterized by recurrent, rapid-onset muscle atrophy in Quarter Horses, is unknown. The histopathologic hallmark of IMM is lymphocytic infiltration of myofibers. The purpose of this study was to identify putative functional variants associated with equine IMM.

 

However, the study concluded that a mutation in MYH1 is highly associated with susceptibility to the IMM phenotype in Quarter Horse-related breeds. This is the first report of a mutation in MYH1 and the first link between a skeletal muscle myosin mutation and autoimmune disease.

Stallions:

Testing Result Definitions:

  1. Heterozygous – genotypes are represented by a capital letter (representing the dominant allele) and a lowercase letter (representing the recessive), such as “Rr:” or “Ss”.Alternatively, a heterozygote for gene “R” is assumed to be “Rr”.  The capital letter is usually written first. Dr. Valberg has stated that in the horses tested by him, the mutated gene was found more often in the reining and working cow horse disciplines.
  2. 21 percent of the 37 reining stallions tested heterozygous for the mutation; one was homozygous.
  3. 17 percent of the 41 working cow horse stallions tested heterozygous; none were homozygous.
  4. 16 percent of the 50 halter stallions were heterozygous. None were homozygous.

What is the difference between homozygous and heterozygous?

Humans and animals contain two copies of each gene, one from the father and one from the mother, which sometimes are referred to as the alleles of a gene. If a mutation occurs in just one copy of the gene then that individual is considered heterozygous. On the other hand if both copies of a gene are mutated then that individual is homozygous genotype.

Majority of hereditary disorders are harmful if both copies or alleles of a gene are affected, which means protein products from both genes may fail to operate properly. In such cases immediate medical attention is needed so the function of a defected protein can be restored through medication. In heterozygous genotypes one copy of the gene is healthy and can produce fine proteins thus these individuals are usually not affected and are considered just carriers. However in a few hereditary disorders heterozygous individuals may suffer from a milder version of the disease.

Testing designations:

What represented heterozygous? “Heterozygous genotypes are represented by a capital letter (representing the dominant allele) and a lower case letter (representing the recessive allele), such as “Rr” or “Ss”. Alternatively, a heterozygote for gene “R” is assumed to be “Rr”. The capital letter is usually written first.”

 

 

HERDA WAS ALSO THE RESULT OF A DECLINING GENE POOL:

 

In the article I authored three years ago, with specific interest in the shrinking genetic pool of certain equine horse disciplines, (e.g. reining, cutting, reined cow horse, etc.), as well as the resultant genetic mutationsemerging from breeding Quarter Horses within a specific and shrinking gene pool, I talked about equine diseases emerging from a declining gene pool called HERDA or Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia. HERDA is a genetic skin disease predominantly found in the American Quarter Horse. Within the breed, the disease is prevalent in particular lines of cutting horses. HERDA is characterized by hyperextensible skin, scarring and severe lesions along the back of affected horses.

 

Affected foals rarely show symptoms at birth. The condition typically occurs by the age of two, most notably when the horse is first being broke to saddle. There is no cure and the majority of diagnosed horses are euthanized because they are unable to be ridden and are inappropriate for future breeding. HERDA has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance and affects stallions and mares in equal proportions. Research carried out in Dr. Danika Bannasch’s laboratory at the University of California, Davis, has identified the gene and mutation associated with HERDA.

 

The diagnostic DNA test for HERDA that has been developed allows identification of horses that are affected or that carry the specific mutation. Other skin conditions can mimic the symptoms of HERDA. The DNA test will assist veterinarians to make the correct diagnosis. For horse breeders, identification of carriers is critical for the selection of mating pairs. Breedings of carrier horses have a 25 percent chance of producing an affected foal. Breedings between normal and carrier horses will not produce a HERDA foal although 50 percent of the foals are expected to be carriers.

 

As a result of this American Quarter Horse Association’sfunded research, AQHA’s research team developed the 5-panel test.  The following test result designation for the HERDA gene was adopted by AQHA:

Results reported as:

 

N/N            Normal – horse does not have the HERDA gene.

N/HRD       Carrier – horse carries one copy of the HERDA gene.

HRD/HRD   Affected – horse has two copies of the HERDA gene.

 

One interesting fact of this study concluded the HERDA gene is more prevalent in the cutting horse line.In order to increase the odds of successful probability is to breed to a stallion with an N/HRD designation to a breeding mare with the N/N – Normal designation. This will afford the breeder a 50 percent probability of an unaffected foal. However, this isn’t always a certainty due to the recessive gene factor. Therefore, the only way to determine the correct breeding match-up is to 5-panel test your mare through the AQHA before breeding.

 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR AQHA, YOU, YOUR HORSE AND MYH1?

 I’ve learned that Dr. Valberg provided a presentation at the AQHA Convention recently held in Jacksonville, Florida. The AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee referred these findings to the Executive Committee for the commission of a study. It is unclear whether or not the MYH1 mutation will be a part of the 5-panel genetic tests in the future.

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