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☛ From The Editor 5-26-15




By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 26, 2015

There’s an interesting new website called that someone sent me and that NCHA members need to click on and read; Lizzys Gotta Player dies at 20 years of age, event managers turning to innovation for added money;  Fort Worth Stock Show breaks records, Federal Legislation proposed to stop horse slaughter… again and an address for Bill Chambers in rehab in Whitesboro, Texas.

Be careful what you wish for – it may come true. With all of us Texans praying for rain, we now say “enuf.” Above is a group of horses in Gainesville, Texas, in their pasture that has turned into a lake.
Photo by Performance Horse Alley



According to an article on the NCHA website, Lizzys Gotta Player, 2004 NCHA World Champion Stallion and sire of 61 NCHA money earners of $2 million, died May 12 following colic surgery. He was bred by the Oxbow Ranch and owned all his life by his breeder, Charles Drummond’s Drummond Land & Cattle Company and buried on their ranch near Pawhuska, Okla.


The 20-year-old stallion was sired by Freckles Playboy and out of Lizzielena by Doc O’Lena. Lizzielena was purchased by Charles Drummond from the Oxbow Ranch in 1997 while she was carrying Lizzys Gotta Player. He was a full brother in blood to Freckles Merada, whose offspring included Meradas Little Sue, at one time the sport’s all-time leading female money earner.


Lizzys Gotta Player was trained by Terry Riddle, who also trained and showed Freckles Merada. He was an open finalist in five major 4-year-old events in 1999, including the Bonanza Futurity, winning the Open title under Riddle. Tim Drummond, the son of Charles, also showed Lizzys Gotta Player in 1991 to win the Kansas Futurity Non-Pro finals. In 2000, Kathy Daughn showed him as an open finalist in three major events and in 2004, Robert Rust campaigned him to earn the NCHA World Champion Stallion title.


Some of his 61 money-earning offspring include 38 produced out of Docs Stylish Oak daughters, also owned by the Drummond Ranch, including My Lizzie Babe, $154,689; Sir Stylish Lizzy, $142,514; Card Trick $142,514 and Lizzys got Style $103,252. Lizzys Gotta Player stood his entire public breeding career at jo Ellard’s EE Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.

Click for NCHA article>>



With the horse economy slowing down, event managers are turning to unusual efforts to help them add money to the horse events.


The Ranch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) is one of the groups who have turned to horse trainers to sponsor their 2015 RSNC Futurity and Maturity. If you purchase a horse from those trainers, you become eligible for the $30,000 added cash in the RSNC Futurity and Maturity.


But other groups are also being targeted, including stallion owners, individuals selling horses and sales companies. According to the RSNC, due to the help of these individuals, it is guaranteed that the event will be “big.”


The RSNC advertises that any sale, breeder or trainer is welcome to contact them about sponsoring the Futurity/Maturity to make horses of their customers eligible. For more information, contact Don Goddard at 970-420-3440.




According to a press release from the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, held in Fort Worth, Texas, their annual meeting was recently held, which encompassed annual reports and addressed business matters pertaining to the 2015 Show. The annual meeting also allowed for the election of officers, six new directors, the elevation of three honorary vice presidents and the promotion of three full-time staff members.


Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager, summarized the highlights of the 2015 Show, attributing the record-breaking year to the hard work of partners, volunteers, loyal fans, committee members, staff and mostly-favorable weather from Jan. 16 – Feb. 7.


Barnes noted the new features showcased in 2015 included new center-hung rodeo big screens, new and improved Stock Show merchandise, Nolan Ryan Beef as the official beef of the Show and the Women’s Invitational Breakaway Roping, just to name a few.


Other 2015 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Highlights:

  • Estimated grounds attendance  was a record 1,248,500 – a 10% increase
  • Record 29,461 total Show entries – exhibitors represented 41 states
  • 11,254 Junior exhibitor entries – hosting youth exhibitors from 237 Texas counties
  • Junior Sale of Champions sets a new record for total sales receipts of $3.7 million
  • Total of $498,000 awarded through scholarships to 142 students
  • Educational grants and contributions totaled approximately $350,000


It was also reported that the Stock Show committed over $6 million (for fiscal year 2015) toward improvements to Cattle Barn 2, milking parlor and the new Tower Promenade. All permanent improvements made to the Will Rogers Memorial facility are to the benefit of and transferred to the City of Fort Worth.  Since moving to the facility in 1944, the organization has made improvements, when calculated in today’s current dollar amount, totaling over $60 million. These improvements are for everyone in the community to enjoy all year long and to help attract major equine shows to the City.


Newly elected directors include: Rose Alvarez, Becky Renfro Borbolla, Robert Herod, John Menzies, Jamie Morgan and Scott Prince.  Elevated to the position of honorary vice president was Wayne C. Jordan, elected to the board in 1982; Arvil J. Lewis and Charles R. Rollins, both elected to the board in 1989.  All other directors and officers were re-elected including Bradford S. Barnes – president and general manager; Edward P. Bass – chairman of the board; Charlie Geren – vice president; Charlie Moncrief – secretary; Randy Rogers – treasurer and W. R. “Bob” Watt, Jr. – president emeritus. Full-time staff changes include Bruce M. McCarty, promoted to executive vice president; Lauren Lovelace, promoted to horse show manager and Cal White promoted to assistant operations manager.


The 2016 Stock Show will run Jan. 15 – Feb. 6. Rodeo tickets will be available to order via mail order through the Stock Show office and online beginning May 1. For more information call 817-877-2420 or visit




PR Newswire

On April 22, 2015, federal lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses and donkeys for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).


Last year, more than 140,000 American horses, donkeys and mules were slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. According to the Representatives that introduced the legislation, “The animals often suffer long journeys to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico without adequate food, water or rest.


The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from dangerous American equine meat, which can be toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses. Because horses and donkeys are not raised for food, they are routinely given toxic drugs and chemical treatments over their lifetimes that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption. Those drugs, although safe for horses, are potentially toxic to humans if consumed.


In December 2014, the European Union announced its suspension of imports of horsemeat from Mexico after a scathing audit of EU-certified Mexican horse slaughter plants, which kill tens of thousands of American horses each year. Additionally, the discovery of horsemeat in beef products in Europe shocked consumers and raised concerns about the potential impact on American food industries.



For those of you interested in sending Bill Chambers a note, flowers or a check or an order for a book, he is in the Whitesboro Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1204 Sherman Dr., Whitesboro, TX 76273. Room 201. Their phone number is 903-564-7900. Chambers was hurt a couple of weeks ago when he left a roping in Granbury and was hit by an automobile going the wrong way, thrown out of his SUV and it rolled over on him, breaking ribs, rupturing his spleen, crushing his pelvis, rupturing discs in his spine etc.


And if you’re curious, don’t forget:

There’s an interesting new website called that someone sent me and that NCHA members should click on and read.


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☛ AQHA makes animal abuse changes 5-22-15






By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 22, 2015
Maybe it was Carol Harris’ “Protect Them 2015” campaign to create or change AQHA rules regarding horse abuse by horse owners and trainers, it could have been the media such as’s publication of hundreds of horse abuse cases, or it could be that the AQHA’s rules were contrary to their Mission Statement as pointed out by Rick Dennis and recently published on in a series of Horse Abuse articles.


Or could it have been that on March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the final state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty, due to the work of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). Also on Sept. 17, 2014, the FBI announced that they would report animal cruelty crimes as an “offender” category rather than a catch-all “Other” category, classifying it as distinct Group A offenses, joining other major crimes such as arson, assault and homicide and will require the reporting of both incidents and arrests. The reported crimes will be categorized as simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse and animal sexual abuse. The new reporting will take place Jan. 1, 2016.

Click for FBI article>>


April 24, 2015:

The AQHA didn’t waste any time posting an article following the Convention called Continuing To Put The Horse Firstwith a subtitle “AQHA Executive Committee continues its commitment to putting the horse first with new welfare-related rules.”


For whatever reason, AQHA jumped on the bandwagon and following the 2015 AQHA Convention held March 6-9 in Fort Worth, the new Executive Committee met in May in Amarillo to address a myriad of animal welfare issues, bent on following their mission statement: “The American Quarter Horse shall be treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.”


They created stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators and putting them in categories labeled Level 1-3 by severity; enacted significant penalties for positive drug tests involving detection of Clenbuterol in show horses beginning Nov. 1, 2015, modified penalties in horse racing, beginning May 1, 2015; barred the use of lip chains in show horses beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and updated the AQHA Rule on tails which makes tying a tail to restrict its movement a minimum Level 1 offense and any appliance that restricts circulation a Level 3 offense and several other actions.


In the press releases, the AQHA announced that the Association is taking a firmer stand on animal welfare for protection of the horse and the future of the breed.


To view all committee and council recommendations with the Executive Committee’s actions, go to


May 1, 2015:

“It is our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our horse – the American Quarter Horse,” said the new AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines in a press release dated May 1, 2015, AQHA Continues to Promote Animal Welfare. Huffines, who took Don Treadway’s place in April, also seems to be spearheading change in other areas.


In addition to the approved recommendations, AQHA also developed a new Animal Welfare Page on its website, that contained lists of violations and suspensions, along with the newly approved fines and penalties. It also discussed additional animal welfare initiatives including the AQHA Stewards Program, owner responsibility and more. Their goal suddenly has become “to educate both members and non-members on the issue of animal welfare.”


May 8, 2015:

The Executive Committee also approved the AQHA Animal Welfare Grievance Committee recommendations that will periodically be published in news releases on their website entitled Violation of Animal Welfare, Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Medication Rules,” with the names of people who have broken AQHA rules pertaining to inhumane treatment and unsportsmanlike conduct – as well as other recommendations approved by the Executive Committee.

Click for list of recent Violators>>

Click for Fines & Penalties>>


Also published was AQHA’s Statement of Position on Animal Welfare that will be posted at all of the AQHA-approved shows, listing the violation and the Rule Book number. Also published was AQHA Multiple Medication Violation System (MMVS), that sets forth penalties for trainers, owners and horses who are subjects of positive drug tests, designed to assess penalties to those who are subjects of multiple positive drug tests. This system is for AQHA’s use only and is not intended to be a substitute for the current penalty system used by racing jurisdictions.


Frozen Semen and Oocytes rule update:

The AQHA Stud Book & Registration Committee also met during the Convention, changing the Frozen Semen and Oocytes rule stating that for stallions and mares foaled in 2015 or after, the semen of the stallion or oocytes of the mares cannot be used following two calendar years of their deaths.


Current high-profile animal abuse cases:

The highest-profile animal-abuse case taking place is the Sherri Brunzell, Colorado Springs, Colo., case where she was cited for cruelty to animals, including a number of deceased horses while others were judicially seized in Black Forest, Colo., that were under Brunzell’s care. One such horse was the well-known AQHA-registered cutting stallion Dual Peppy, and a Facebook page was immediately put up called “Justice For Dual Peppy.”


On Oct. 9, 2014,Brunzell was ordered to pay $5,400 per month for the horses’ care. Her jury trial was moved from Feb. 24, 2015 to May 26, 2015 – which is next week and is expected to take several days.


As a result AQHA automatically fully suspended Brunzell and denied  her any and all privileges set forth in Rule VIO 650, including privileges associated with registration related to transactions and participation in any AQHA events, as well as denying her access or presence on show grounds of AQHA-approved shows and denied her all AQHA privileges, including restrictions for AQHA IDs associated with her, her spouse and children.


The second case is the Mark Arballo case, a reining horse trainer who left a Paint reining mare alone saddled and bitted up with a long-shank bit and tied around to the saddle rings in his round pen at his training facility in California, where she hurt herself so bad, she had to be euthanized. Arballo, who currently lives in North Carolina, pleaded guilty in a California courtroom on March 26, 2015 to felony animal cruelty. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18 and faces up to three years in prison.


Even though the mare was not an AQHA-registered horse, AQHA’s Statement of Position on Animal Welfare, VIO200 – Inhumane Treatment rule states “No person shall treat any horse in an inhumane manner. This prohibition against inhumane treatment applies to AQHA members and non-members. Inhumane treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the prohibited conduct specified below. Inhumane treatment to horses other than AQHA horses and other animals used in competition is included in this prohibition as it indicates a general course of dealing with horses which is unacceptable to AQHA.”


Therefore, Mark Arballo is also on AQHA’s Suspension list, even though he is not a member and the victim was a paint horse.


Another case is that of Shamus Haws, an Erda, Utah, rancher, trainer and an AQHA Professional Horseman. In July 2014, 10 of his horses died from dehydration and Haws was charged with 11 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. It is possible he could face felony charges; however, it was the feeling of the prosecutor that the horses’ deaths were a case of negligence rather than “intentional harm.” Haws claimed there was a “kink in the horse” used to fill the tanks to water a group of horses, and they went without water for up to five days with temperatures at the time climbing close to 100 degrees. Ten horses died with an 11th found dehydrated, but he did survive.


Through counsel, Shamus filed a Motion to Dismiss in February 2015, based on “a standard of care in the community.” However, in April, Utah Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson, heard oral arguments from the prosecution and the defense before she ruled the case will go to a jury trial, which is scheduled for June 18. If convicted, Haws faces a maximum of six months in jail and a fine of up to $11,000.


In a  call to Ward Stutz, AQHA senior director of animal welfare and breed integrity, he stated in a phone interview that they are monitoring the outcome of the trial before they will be able to determine if he will be suspended as suspension calls for a conviction or confiscation of the horses.


The latest high-profile case is the Kountz Arena in Bozeman, Mont., where in late March a Paint stallion was discovered missing part of his leg. The owner, Dayle Harris Kountz, was recently charged with felony animal cruelty when Kountz allegedly kept the horse alive for semen collection, but failed to provide the animal with veterinary treatment – a charge he denies. Kountz later shot the stallion along with a calf that had been injured and was lying in a stall for some time, unable to move.


Due to a the above circumstances and a previous conviction of animal cruelty in 1999, on May 18, Erin R. Murphy Deputy County Attorney for Gallatin County, charged Doyle Kountz  with three Felony offenses: one Aggravated Animal Cruelty, second of subsequent offense and two Cruelty to Animals, second or subsequent Offense.


A call to Stutz revealed that he just recently heard about the case through a Montana director and they have not yet determined if any suspensions will be appropriate as he had not yet seen the above-mentioned court documents.

Click for Kountz Affidavit of Probable Cause>>


Complete articles on the above cases, along with legal documents, can be found on


Although the AQHA has a long way to go regarding rules, especially their judging rules that have been the subject of much criticism and debate. Hopefully that will be a mountain that will be tackled next.

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☛ Horse Abuse, Part 4 – 5-15-15

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 16 comments





In today’s society, telephone cameras can be used to photograph a trainer’s methods.

By Rick Dennis
May 15, 2015
One of the most if not the most controversial article written about the horse industry is horse abuse by trainers. In the horse industry, I consider this a grey area even in lieu of a rash of publicized animal abuse cases being broadcast by HBO specials, magazine articles and social media as well as those individuals being prosecuted in a court of law for animal cruelty or abuse. First and foremost, not all horse trainers in our industry are bad or abusive. In fact, we have an abundance of very good and devoted trainers. However, unfortunately we do have our share of abusive trainers in our industry that I consider a minority and when identified, they should be removed, period. It’s these individuals that attach a bad stigma to the industry.


As my previous horse abuse articles, i.e., “Horse Abuse, Parts 1,2 and 3,” I have clearly and unequivocally depicted horse abuse is not relegated to one instance of the horse industry but by documentation has been proven to inhabit a broad spectrum of activities to include: the horse racing industry, performance horse industry, private owners, horse rescue operations, riding academies as well as a myriad of horse-training disciplines, etc.  Perhaps the most insidious culprit inhabiting the horse-training industry is PUBLIC PERCEPTION.


How an individual perceives and processes a viewed horse-training activity can spell the difference between being reported to law enforcement on an alleged animal-abuse charge or for the same individual to understand the observance as a normal phase of training in a horse’s life, or the nature of the beast so-to-speak. The main component absent in the equation of distinction is PUBLIC EDUCATION. Over the years there’s been a lot of articles written on horse training and the proper use of horse-training equipment as well as the acceptable applications of each. Unfortunately, the majority of the individuals reading these very fine publications are those of us in the horse industry and not the general public.


For political correctness, the majority of spectators at horse shows are comprised of those in the industry such as owners, equine enthusiasts, exhibitors and trainers in between classes, equine vendors, etc. However, a portion of the mixed-bag spectator crowd is comprised of the general public who either has absolutely no knowledge of the horse industry at all or in some instances they’re very knowledgeable individuals who are also animal rights activists. Never before has our industry been more inundated with animal rights activists and anti-animal abuse coalitions scrutinizing our industry!  Basically, all spectators collectively have one binding factor in common: they all love horses.


Another binding concept distinguishable among spectator masses are the animal rights activists and anti-animal abuse coalitions, is their willingness to expose instances of animal abuse, via, social media and Internet postings. Individuals who are either under investigation, been criminally charged or cited with animal cruelty or abuse crimes are adamantly opposed to having this information disseminated on social media or the Internet citing this information as being improper, unconstitutional or in some manner a violation of constitutional rights. However, the dissemination of a public information document such as an arrest record is perfectly legal. Moreover, the final outcome of criminal charges are determined in a court of law.


We should all be reminded that cell phones with very fine cameras and video recording devices are ever present in our industry. Further, it only takes a few seconds for the knowledgeable operator to upload a video recording of someone correcting or abusing their horse in an unorthodox manner and posting it on You Tube. Likewise, it only takes a few seconds to post a photograph on social media. Therefore, we all should be cognizant of our surroundings and actions while in the general public’s eye, even on our own training facility, for that matter. For the record I am not an advocate of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or the Humane Society of the United States.  Both organizations have their pros and cons but both are limited in scope of legal authority. However, their undercover operations have been very effective in initiating criminal investigations into animal abuse.


A perfect example of the effectiveness of cell phone cameras and video recording devices can be found in the following links with both examples resulting in investigations for alleged animal abuse as reported by The video of the training incident at the Cumberland Riding Academy was taken on a cell phone by a child. This clearly establishes the effectiveness of cell phone video-recording devices and their ease of operation. Caution: the photos and video recordings may be disturbing to some viewers.

Click for Kountz Arena investigation>>


Click for Cumberland Riding Academy Investigation>>

An aerial  drone.

Another interesting tool being considered by law enforcement is the use of aerial drones to check on livestock for indications of animal abuse. I recently learned one state has begun testing drones for aerial video recordings and photography applications in this area.


Since the Department of Justice has entered the animal abuse foray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has established new guidelines, effective January 2016, to track instances of animal abuse or animal cruelty in the same context as other felonious crimes.  Eventually, these law enforcement statistics will be used to strengthen and expand arrest classifications and punishments for those arrested and convicted of these crimes. More than ever, we’ve witnessed individuals who have been convicted of animal abuse crimes being sentenced to prison.


Click for FBI article on adding animal cruelty>>




A survey of nonprofit horse organizations, including the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association, revealed each one has some criteria for addressing horse abuse. Equally, each one addresses other areas of potentials for abuse such as drugs, prohibitive training equipment and tactics.


The American Quarter Horse Association outlines specific training equipment, i.e., bits, draw reins, wire cavesons, metal bosals, bumper bits, prong bits, etc., that are prohibited at approved AQHA shows. These new rules were ushered in Nov. 1, 2012 by the newly appointed AQHA Animal Welfare Commission which is dedicated to putting the American Quarter Horse first to ensure the welfare of the horse. For further information, click on the following link and refer to the AQHA rule book for additional information:


Click for 2015 AQHA Hand Book>>


Another example of a non-profit addressing prohibitive training equipment is the National Reined Cow Horse Association. The following NRCHA rule addresses this subject with specificity:


14.2.3 – Humane Treatment
No person shall exhibit any horse which appears to be sullen, dull, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or overly tired. No person on show grounds, including, but not limited to, barns, stalls, practice area and show arena, may treat a horse in an inhumane manner, which includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Placing an object in a horse’s mouth so as to cause undue discomfort or distress.

(2) Tying a horse up or around in a stall or when lounging or riding in a manner as to cause undue discomfort or distress. In addition, leaving a bit in a horse’s mouth for extended periods of time.

(3) Use of inhumane training techniques or methods; poling or striking horses legs or body with objects, excessive spurring and/or excessive jerking of reins.

(4) Use of inhumane equipment, including, but not limited to, saw tooth bits, hock hobbles, tack collars or tack hackamores.

(5) Any item or appliance that restricts movement or circulation of the tail.

(6) Inhumane treatment which results in any bleeding.


Click for NRCHA 2015 Rule Book>>


The National Cutting Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association also have similar rules in place addressing animal abuse and equipment.  For additional information please refer to each ones rule book.

Click for NCHA Rule Book>>


The drawback of nonprofit rules and guidelines is that they only address specific instances of rule violations on approved show grounds and don’t have any affect whatsoever outside this realm of authority. The problem with the performance horse industry is horse trainers occupy a niche in an unregulated industry and the only enforcement of reported instances of horse abuse violations outside an approved show ground is delegated to the law enforcement community and the judicial system.


Perhaps it would be advantageous for the horse community if equine nonprofits would establish guidelines for the ethical treatment of horses by trainers outside the approved show areas by implementing association rules and guidelines to promote the ethical treatment of horses during training. Equally, in my opinion it would also be advantageous for equine nonprofit’s to establish a committee to address specific reports of alleged animal abuse among members that would include penalties and ramifications for violators.



Judges at equine non-profit events are the second line of defense in detecting and contributing to the ethical treatment of horses. During an association-approved event, it’s the judges’ duty to not only judge the competitors but to also remove lethargic or crippled horses. Judges are also empowered to enforce association rules. A judge’s role becomes problematic when an association rule changes to eliminate how a horse travels, such as the recent AQHA rule change for Western Pleasure horses and the judge continues to judge a horse exhibiting the old rule, dictating how a horse travels during a class, in a positive fashion.


Another example to illustrate a problematic area is exemplified in head collection. When a horse enters the showing arena with its head on the ground and is judged in a positive fashion, this promotes other trainers to follow its lead. For political correctness, very few horses travel in this manner in a natural state. Instead of rewarding the exhibitor in a positive manner, the exhibitor should be penalized for an unorthodox way of traveling by his horse. Other than a natural state, the only way a horse travels with its nose on the ground is through the bitting-up technique where the horse’s head is repeatedly restrained down and between its legs during training. Perhaps it’s best for an equine nonprofit to address this issue with a rule adoption.



Horse trainers also occupy a specific niche in the equine profession where training techniques are usually passed on from generation to generation. If the apprentice is learning horse-training techniques from someone who has augmented their training program with gimmicks, abusive practices, abusive training equipment, or developed short cuts including the use of drugs in their training program, then the apprentice will more than likely do the same.


The truth of the matter is there are no shortcuts in training a horse – only lazy trainers!  To properly train a horse requires hard work, hours-upon-hours of saddle time, wet saddle blankets and devotion to the job at-hand. I know this truth to be self evident, as I’m a judicially certified professional multiple-event reined cow horse trainer. The antiquated abusive training techniques developed over the years by unethical self-professed horse trainers should be prohibited and removed from the industry, along with the trainers practicing these unorthodox and abusive training practices. At my training facility, horses are ridden into submission, not beaten into submission, and trained the right way.


I was very fortunate in having learned the art of training a reined cow horse from a legendary West Coast training facility. For three years I was in and out of the West Coast or California horse-training facilities, observing various training styles and techniques and I can state with authority, “I never viewed one instance of horse abuse, period.” However, I did see a lot of very fine horses being trained the right way and with precision by some of the most remarkable practitioners I’ve ever met. However, I can’t state the same is true of other training facilities that I’ve been to in other parts of the country. However, one aspect is clear: present-day society demands the ethical treatment of horses at any level.


Some examples of antiquated and abusive training techniques include:

1) the use of barbed wire or wire cavesons to set a horses head,

2) tying a horse’s head around to the D-Ring of the saddle or its tail with a bit in its mouth to promote flexion and leaving it unattended and struggling against the constraint,

3) bitting a horse up or a technique whereby the horse is fully tacked up and a rein from each side of the bit is attached to the rear D-ring on each side of the saddle and tightened in a fashion as to promote head collection, and being left unattended,

4) tacking a horse up and leaving it in the sun all day without water to take the edge off of it,

5) tying a horse’s head up in the air for extended periods of time to promote head lowering when released,

6) tack collars whereby tacks are inserted through a leather strap with the sharp ends exposed.  The collar is then placed around the horse’s neck with the tack ends exposed to promote stopping when pulled on,

7) using a wooden dowel to tap a horse on the top of its head while riding to promote head lowering,

8) The use of kick chains to encourage a horse to stop kicking. This device is comprised of a leather collar with a chain attached and placed on the rear legs of the horse. Each time the horse kicks, the chains strike the horse on the legs which can cause injury or crippling,

9) beating a horse on the head with a set of bridle reins as a reprimand or to promote head lowering, or

10) the use of harmful supplements, i.e., Rumesin or drugs for injured, disadvantaged or crippled horses to promote training or showing.


Click for McColley Petition>>


As with all things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to accomplish everything. For example, bitting a horse up to initiate head collection in a round pen is perfectly acceptable as long as it’s performed in gradual steps with an O-ring snaffle bit and the horse is NOT LEFT UNATTENDED.


I use this training technique as it was taught to me and I teach to others. The variables in the equation to promote safety and the ethical treatment of the horse are found in the manner it’s applied. 1) I perform this training only to initiate a proper head collection, with the remainder or final stage of training being performed in the saddle with the horse not fully restrained. 2) I leave a slip knot on the inside rein constraint in case the horse gets in trouble, and 3) this training technique is performed in my presence in the round pen, and the horse is never is left unattended.


An example of the wrong application can be illustrated in the Mark Arbollo case. Arbollo was a reining trainer from California. During a training exercise, the horse was bitted up and tied off to promote flexion and left unattended. The end result was the horse died. Arbollo plead guilty to animal abuse and is facing a three-year prison sentence in June 2015.


Click for Mark Arballo Case>>




Perhaps the most misunderstood topic in the horse-training profession is found in the use of bits and spurs. If properly used, spurs are a wonderful training tool to aid the horse trainer in the training and finishing a horse. On the other hand, if these items are misused they can become implements of fear for the horse and promote injury and abuse.


One of the most disgusting things I see in the horse training world is a trainer losing his or her temper and hanging a high port correction bit in a horse’s mouth with a series of violent upward jerks of the bridle reins as a corrective measure for losing a cow or to promote a stop. This technique can become problematic, especially when damage is done to the bars and tongue of the horse. Each bit is designed for a specific function to promote ethical training. Never on a specific bit design have I ever read the inscription describing the function to also include its use as a REPRIMAND OR PUNISHMENT TOOL.


The same applies to spurs.  If used properly, spurs are a wonderful tool. If used wrong, they become an instrument of abuse for the horse, which usually results in a dead-sided horse with no more effect after repeated pounding sessions. One way for an owner to determine if his or her horse is being excessively spurred is to just look on each side of the horse’s rib cage area as well as the front shoulder. If tiny bumps are present that look like hematomas, then I would discuss the aspect and expectation of ethical training techniques with the trainer. The same applies to bits. Just open your horse’s mouth and examine the bars, tongues and roof area.  A horse’s mouth tells it all.


The final aspects of horse training which require insertion in this article are that:

1) sometimes  “extraordinary horse cases, require extraordinary horse-training techniques.”  This is especially true with horses that have developed bad habits from abusive or unskilled trainers. Sometimes it takes something as simple as whipping a horse on the butt to promote forward motion with a sullen horse.

2) Other extraordinary training measures include tying a horse’s front leg up to the saddle horn and lounging in a round pen to instill authority and promote good behavior or laying a horse down on the ground to illustrate who’s master. If done properly, these are totally acceptable training techniques to bring an unruly or dangerous horse into submission. This is clearly evident when the same technique taught by the Vaquero or Old Style (Spanish) training technique was used in the movie, “The Horse Whisperer.”


One fact is clear!  Times have changed and horse abuse is no longer acceptable in our society and those in the industry have to understand these changing times and change with them or a set of handcuffs, criminal charges, a prosecuting attorney, a court of law and possible jail time may be the determining factor and end result.


“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!


Copyright © 2015 – Richard E. “Rick” Dennis, all rights reserved.



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☛ San Antonio Stock Show Horse Sale 5-12-15

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Knot My Cash, the 2015 San Antonio Select high-selling stallion at $25,000. Pictured from left to right: Dave Schaffner, Sandy Schaffner and George Birck.





May 12, 2015
By Kay Easterwood
Photos by Don Trout

Each year when the third weekend of February rolls around at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, the atmosphere comes alive with people who have a strong attraction to the western performance-bred horse.  For the past 28 years, this weekend has become home to two of the most highly respected auctions of all-around western performance horses—the San Antonio Select Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.  During this time frame the sale management firm of Segraves and Associates, owned by Dale and Donna Segraves, of Midlothian, Texas, have constantly fine tuned the auctions to meet the ever changing needs of the horse industry and stay abreast of the trends that come and go and drive market conditions.  The quality of service and a friendly attitude toward both sellers and buyers are corner stone elements of the sale management process.


Boom Boom Banjo, the San Antonio Select Sale second high-selling horse, bringing $17,500.

One can take a casual walk down any of the sale stall aisles on sale weekend and readily see this.  Buyers and sellers are conversing with each other, they are going out to dinner together having never seen each other before, they are enthusiastically introducing their families to each other, but one of the most noticeable traits among these people is the fact that they are all smiling.  They are having a good time and that is what it is all about.  Mix that in with an excellent dose of an upswing in market conditions and you have an atmosphere where good things are going to happen.  For nearly three decades now the Segraves management team coupled with that of the Stock Show’s Horse Department team have continued to fine tune on these elements so that the level of professional service is unmatched in the field of selling western performance horses at public auction.  This is why it has come to be widely known in the industry as “The San Antonio Weekend”.


The two horse auctions and the ranch gelding judging are all held each year during one of the nation’s largest winter stock shows, the 66th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of Texas youth.  It is an event known for its highly respected livestock shows and in 2014 was voted for the tenth straight year the nation’s Number One PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo.  Sellers and buyers in town for the two big horse sales are able to also enjoy the PRCA Rodeo, along with other attractions such as family entertainment, live music, gourmet food eateries, shopping and a very impressive Texas Wildlife Exhibit, just to name a few.  All of these attractions are well within walking distance of the horse sales stall area, Expo Center Arena and Auction Sale facility.  It is quite an impressive and exciting atmosphere that horse sale patrons love and keep coming back to.  As of 2014 and since its inception, the stock show has contributed a total $147.9 million in scholarships and grants toward the education of Texas youth.  In 2014 the annual contribution was $11.8 million alone.


Spanish Attration, the 2015 San Antonio Select Sale third high-selling horse, bringing $15,000,

2015 Select Sale Results:  The weekend began with the San Antonio Select Sale, held on Saturday, Feb. 21.  This is the traditional sale in San Antonio, selling stallions, mares, yearlings, two year olds and working horses with heavy emphasis on cutting, reining, roping and working cow horse pedigrees.  The sale also has the reputation of containing a wide variety of color such as grays, red roans, blue roans, buckskins, blacks and palominos, all of which are highly popular throughout South Texas and Mexico.  This year’s Select Sale included 172 consignments from consignors traveling from seven states.


At the end of the first day, the high-selling horse and high-selling stallion was KNOT MY CASH, a 2008 AQHA palomino stallion, selling for $25,000.  The stallion was sired by Sensation Cash, and out of a daughter of Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by George Birck, Round Mountain, Texas / Dave Schaffner, Agent, and purchased by Eduardo Campos Villarreal, Mexico.


The second high-selling horse in the Select Sale was BOOM BOOM BANJO, a 2010 AQHA bay stallion, selling for $17,500.  The stallion was sired by Banjo Whiz, by Topsail Whiz, and out of a daughter of Boomernic.  The stallion was consigned by Dave and Stacy Sehl, Cooper, Texas, and purchased by Becky Warncke (TX).


Snowphisticated Catt was the San Antonio Select Sale 6th high-selling horse, bringing $12,000. Shown are Joe and Holly Heim.

The third high selling horse in the Select Sale was SPANISH ATTRACTION, a 2011 buckskin stallion, selling for $15,000.  The stallion was sired by Playin Attraction; and out of a daughter of Seven S Keota, by Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by Jim and Kathleen Hill, H Ranch/Klay Waters, agent, Channing, Texas, and sold to Alvin King, Jr. (TX).


The top ten head in the Select Sale averaged a sale price of $13,740.  The top twenty head sale average was $11,345, and the top fifty head averaged $8,389.  Percentage of completed sales was 82%.  A total of 33 head were purchased by buyers from Mexico.


Klay Waters, selling agent for the third high selling horse in the Select Sale, when asked about the popularity of the San Antonio sales said, “We come here every year to sell our best ones.  The sales are very fortunate to be located in San Antonio, which is not only a great city to visit, but also very accessible to buyers from throughout Texas and Mexico.  The sales have been built to focus on quality stock-type performance horses with lots of color, and that’s what the buyers know they’ll find here every year.  Plus, the volunteers here in the San Antonio area who work tirelessly to help put these sales on have done an incredible job of focusing on hospitality for both U.S. and international guests.  People know they’ll have a great weekend and the opportunity to buy the best horses in San Antonio.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the Ranch Gelding Champion and high-selling gelding. Pictured (l to r) D.J. & Susan Storey Rubio, Thomas Bray (rider), Liz Bray, Julie & Fred Bray, Chase Ferrell of D&D Texas Outfitters, Kevin Ferrell of D&D, Lew Thompson of Espuela de Plata, Donna & Dale Segraves.

The San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was held Sunday, February 22nd.  In its twenty-third year, this is one of the first and one of the premier ranch gelding show and sales in the nation, with a reputation of attracting some of the finest working geldings available.  Only geldings are accepted.  The judged competition of the event is held throughout the morning, with the sale immediately following.  During the judged competition, each gelding is given seven minutes to perform a series of required maneuvers commonly found in ranch work.  Spectators often comment about the exciting nature of the fence work and roping, which is meant to challenge even the most experienced ranch horse.  This is due in part to the choice of cattle selected for the event each year—a South Texas style 600-weight straight F-1 tiger striped heifer.  This makes for a challenging competition and a true test of each ranch horse’s ability.


This year’s ranch gelding competition and sale included 74 geldings consigned by consignors from six states.  A total of $15,200.00 in cash prizes and awards were presented to the top placing geldings in the judged competition.  Competition results were as follows:


Bad Freckles, 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding reserve Champion and third high-selling ranch gelding. Pictured Wes Housler.

Champion Ranch Gelding.  PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto; and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D.J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas, and was trained and ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas.  The gelding scored a 174 out of a possible 200 to earn the Championship.  Awards for winning the championship included a check for $5,000 cash, trophy saddle, champion belt buckle, engraved breast collar, and a monogrammed vest

Reserve Champion Ranch Gelding.  BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding, sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  The gelding was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and was ridden by Wes Housler.  The gelding scored a 165 out of a possible 200 to earn the Reserve Championship.  Awards for winning the reserve championship included a check for $1,725 cash, an engraved breast collar, reserve champion belt buckle, and a monogrammed vest.

Third Place.  LENAS OLENA STAR, a 2003 sorrel gelding, sired by Lenas Jewel bars; and out of a daughter of Doc O’Lena.  The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Fourth Place.  MR SAN BO, a 2000 sorrel gelding, sired by Little Bo Badger, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Doc’s Solano, by Doc Bar.  The gelding was consigned by Larry and Beverley Jacobs, Pollok, Texas and ridden by Shawn Holden.

Fifth/ Sixth Place Tie.  HOT WATER SIX, a 2005 gray gelding, sired by Powder River Playboy, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Lucky Bottom Silver.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.

Fifth/Sixth Place Tie.  ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.   The gelding was consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas, and ridden by Kelsey Mosby.

Seventh Place.  DELIGHTFULLY SMART, a 2009 sorrel gelding, sired by Very Smart Remedy, by Smart Little Lena; and out of a daughter of Colonel De Boon, by Colonel Freckles.    The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Eighth Place.  SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding, sired by Shiners Lena Doc; and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.


Judges for the ranch gelding competition were Chance O’Neal, Guthrie, Texas; and George Chappell of Terrell, Texas.


Fred Bray, owner of two of the top placing eight geldings said, “The continued success of the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale here at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo really shows that horses continue to be an important part of western lifestyle.  There’s just no substitute for a high-quality ranch horse, and people know this is the place to find their next working gelding and competition level performance horse.  My son, Thomas, has competed every year here in this event since its inception and we are extremely glad that San Antonio has become known for the quality of this sale, and to be a part of that living, breathing connection to the western lifestyle.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding high-selling gelding at $18,000. Rider Thomas Bray.

2015 Ranch Gelding Sale Results.  Following the judged competition, the crowd moved to the auction arena, where the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was dedicated to Mark Colaw, former Chairman of the stock show’s Horse Committee and long time supporter of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo.  Members of Mark Colaw’s family along with numerous close friends were on hand at his side as Colaw received the award presented in the sale ring by Cody Davenport, Vice President of S.A.L.E.  Colaw, a life-time member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, became a Director of the stock show in 1996.  His tenure as Chairman of the Horse Committee ran from 1997 through 2005.  During those years as Horse Show Chairman, Colaw was known for his dynamic and innovative leadership style.  He developed strategies and leadership positions that are still in place today.  Perhaps his greatest contributions were in cultivating other volunteers who became leaders in their own right.  Many of these people have gone on to manage areas and hold leadership positions themselves.  Colaw’s path at S.A.L.E. led him to become the first Assistant Vice President in 2005, and in 2011 he was named a Lifetime Assistant Vice President.  His leadership at S.A.L.E. greatly influenced the development of the San Antonio Select Horse Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


Following the dedication ceremonies the gelding sale was kicked off featuring all of the geldings that had competed in the judged competition earlier that day.  At the end of the day, the top selling gelding was PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding that had been chosen the Champion Ranch Gelding earlier that day, ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas. He was sired by Sweet Lil Pepto, and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D. J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas; and purchased by Terry McKinley of Yoakum, Texas, for a bid of $18,000.


Paddys Irish Moon, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding Sale second high-selling gelding. Pictured Trey Wasserburger.

The second high selling ranch gelding was PADDYS IRISH MOON, a 2008 palomino gelding, sired by Makin Moonshine, by Shining Spark, and out of a daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey.  The gelding was consigned by Trey and Dayna Wasserburger, Vinita, Oklahoma, and purchased by Pamela Tushak, Vista, California, for $17,200.


The third high selling gelding was a 5-way tie, each selling for $15,000.  These horses were as follows:

  • BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  He was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico; and was purchased by Lawrence Merritt, Greeley, Colorado, for a final bid of $15,000.


  • ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.  He had been consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas; and sold to Brian Bichsel, Claude, Texas, for a bid of $15,000.
  • MOON PYE, a 2007 red roan gelding sired by Boonlight Dancer, and out of a daughter of Grays Starlight.  He was consigned by Rod Brents, Aspermont, Texas; and sold to Richard Gingrich, Sinton, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding sired by Shiners Lena Doc, and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  He was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas; and was purchased by Douglas McRae, Kerrville, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • HA GYPSYS NIC, a 2006 palomino gelding sired by Starlights Gypsy, by Grays Starlight; and out of a daughter of Reminic.  He was consigned by Blake Patillo, St. Elmo, Illinois; and was purchased by Kenneth Taylor, Midland, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.


The top ten geldings sold averaged $15,070, the top twenty averaged $12,235, with the overall average at $8,719 on 71% completed sales.


The 2015 San Antonio Select & Ranch Gelding Sale featured a packed house.

Dale Segraves has been managing sales like these in San Antonio since 1977.  When asked about the prices this year in San Antonio he said, “We were blessed this year with a really good set of geldings in the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale on Sunday.  It is hard to get a large group of these good geldings consigned because many of the people who own them do not want to sell them.  The high end of the horses in the Saturday sale was equally as nice, and we had what our repeat buyers from Mexico wanted.  San Antonio and the Stock Show offer sale participants so many fun and historic places to visit making for an unforgettable trip.  Over the years of managing these sales we have developed a lot of wonderful relationships with both buyers and sellers that come here every year.  It is very rewarding to see these people come to the event, have a good time, sell their horse, buy a horse, go to the nation’s number one PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo and drive out the gate having experienced a western life style event that ranks at the top of their list.  Another huge contribution to this “people friendly” environment is the long list of Stock Show volunteers and staff that work tirelessly to make it all happen.  That’s what San Antonio is all about. ”


Auctioneers for both sales were Don Green of Roanoke, Alabama, and Steve Friskup of Muleshoe, Texas.  Pedigree announcers were Wade Cunningham, Jay, Oklahoma, and Ty McClary, Valley View, Texas.  Sale management for the two-day event was Segraves and Associates, Dale and Donna Segraves of Midlothian, Texas.  This marked the 28th year for the Segraves firm to manage the event.


Sponsors of the sales were Don Pedro Mexican Food Restaurants of San Antonio for the Select Sale; and Espuela de Plata (formerly H & H Livestock, LLC), Pearsall, Texas; D & D Ranch Outfitters, Seguin, Texas; and Wrangler Jeans  for the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


The 2016 edition of the San Antonio Select Sale and the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be held next February in conjunction with the 67th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition & Rodeo.  Contact Segraves and Associates at (972)775-2880 or for details on the 2016 sales.

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☛ NRCHA Hackamore Classic 5-5-15

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



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May 5, 2015

Shawn Hays, Nocona, Texas, rode Red River Rivalry to the NRCHA Hackamore Classic and Intermediate Open titles. Photo by Stephanie Duquette

Shawn Hays, Nocona, Texas, won the largest limited age event of his career when he captured the 2015 Hackamore Classic Open and Intermediate Open titles riding Red River Rivalry, sired by Soula Jule Star out of Shiners Miss Lena by Shining Spark, with a total score of 582. The 2011 stallion is owned in partnership between Hays’ wife Tammy Jo Hays and father-in-law Walter Greeman. The event was held in Pueblo, Colo., April 29-May 3, and featured over $96,000 in added money.


Hays collected $10,157 for the Hackamore Classic Championship and $2,645 for the Intermediate Open Championship. He and Red River Rivalry also won the concurrent Open Hackamore class, which paid $2,850; the Pueblo Derby Open for $3,723 and the Pueblo Derby Intermediate Open for $1,163. The five championship checks totaled more than $20,500, plus he also took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, three Gist buckles, gift certificates from Santa Cruz Animal Health and Farnam and custom sheets from Classic Equine.


The Limited Open Champion was Wade Meador riding Truly Screyumptious, a 2011 mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Meleena Olena by Smart Chic Olena, owned by the Flag Ranch, Scottsbluff, Neb., with a 435.5 composite score, collecting $1,692.90.


The Intermediate Novice Non-Pro and Novice Non-Pro champion was Bill Tointon riding Shinee Hot Wheels (Shining Lil Nic x Paymethemoney x Lena My Way). He also swept all three Non-Pro divisions of the concurrent Pueblo Derby, along with the Non-Pro Hackamore class. He collected seven paychecks for $7,100.


Lori Boaz, Prescott, Ariz., rode Boom Tang to the Championship of the Shining Lil Nic Non Pro Bridle Spectacular. Photo by Stephanie Duquette.

Lori Boaz, Prescott, Ariz., rode Boom Tang (Boomernicker x Tang N Annie x Tang N Pep) to the Non-Pro Championship of the Shining Lil Nic Non Pro Bridle Spectacular, taking home $2,010 for the 417.5 score.


The Novice Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular Champion was NRCHA Hall of Fame member Carol Rose, Gainesville, Texas, riding Guapo Lena (Shiners Lena Doc x Annies Nu Lena x Nu Cash). The 415.5 score gave win paid $1,440 plus she picked up another $1,340 for third place in the Non-Pro Division.


Carol Rose, Gainesville, Texas, rode Guapo Lena Shiners to the Shining Lil Nic Novice Non-Pro Bride Spectacular championship. Photo by Stephanie Duquette.

The Non-Pro Limited Spectacular Champion was Kristy Miiller riding Glamors Bling Bling (Shiners Diamond Sun x CD Glamorous Girl x CD Olena) to a 428.5, earning $900.Kristy also won the Non Pro Limited horse show class for an additional $630.


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☛ Today’s News 4-23-15




By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 23, 2015

Voting starts today for NCHA Vice President; Kenny Emigh parts ways with World Cutting Horse Association; State Fair of Texas to hold NCHA Cuttings; silent auction to be held for Julie Mankin; AQHA announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees and NCHA to award Hall Of Fame Members during 2015 Convention.



If you are an NCHA member, your vote counts for the upcoming election of a new Vice President. One, Lewis Wray, is touting that it is a “Time for Change,” the other, Jerry Louie, says he is a three-term member of the Executive Committee. Whomever you chose to vote for, if you are an NCHA member, you need to vote.  Your votes are due in the NCHA office by midnight June 8, and the results will be announced on June 9. Don’t put it off; vote today. If you haven’t received a notice to vote online or received a ballot, contact the NCHA.



Following a court hearing in Johnson County, Texas, Kenny Emigh, a partner in the World Cutting Horse Association, announced on the Internet today that he is “no longer any part of the operations or management of the World Cutting Horse Association LLC and Ray and Lainie Whitmire will be the contact for any business that pertains to the association.”



Following years of not holding cuttings at the State Fair of Texas, there will be a rebirth of NCHA cutting horse competition at the State Fair of Texas. Daryl E. Real Vice President of Livestock and Agriculture, along with Vicki Hoggett with the State Fair of Texas, have teamed up with the show management team Western Sports Production Associates (WSPA) from Sulphur Springs, Texas, to produce NCHA-sanctioned events in September 2015. Charlie Ashcraft and Christina Fairbanks of WSPA will serve as show production managers for the cuttings, which will include NCHA limited-age and weekend class divisions. The cuttings will have great awards and prize money for the contestants.  Look for details about the event via the National Cutting Horse Association and State Fair of Texas websites and publications during the summer of 2015.



A silent auction will be held at the Nothin’ But Try Steer Wrestling event in Coleman, Okla., May 9 with the proceeds going to help Julie Mankin, a rodeo publicist and writer who worked at the PRCA from 1998-2001 as public relations coordinator. Mankin, who also did all of the publicity for The American, a high-paying rodeo event held at the AT&T stadium this month, was involved in a serious car accident March 24 near her home in Fairfield, Texas. She underwent surgery to repair facial lacerations on March 25, and had another surgery March 27 to fuse three fractured vertebrae in her neck. She is expected to make a full recovery. To donate items for Mankin, contact Susan Kanode at 817.307.6336.



Six horses and four men have been selected for the induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2016 during their convention in March at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The horses include stallions Mr Gun Smoke, Parker’s Trouble and Zantanon; geldings  Van Decka and Vandy’s Flash and a Thoroughbred mare Woven Web. The men include AQHA Past President Johannes Orgeldinger of Germany, the late Paul Curtner, Jacksboro, Texas, Sunny Jim Orr, Pueblo Colorado and Ben Hudson, Morgan Mill, Texas.



Twelve Open Riders, five Non-Professionals, three horses, three members and three AQHA Breeders will become Hall of Fame Inductees during the NCHA 2015 Convention held June 19-21 at the Hilton DFW Lakes, Grapevine, Texas.


The Open Riders include: Clay Johnson, Weatherford, Texas; Ed Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas; Randy Chartier, Weatherford, Texas; Grant Setnicka, Grandview, Texas; Charlie Ashcraft, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Sonny Rice, Sealy, Texas; Billy Ray Rosewell, Cookville, Texas; Milt Bennett; Jim Calhoun; Jim Gideon, Montgomery, Ala.; Roy Huffaker, Rocksprings, Texas and Greg Ward, Kingsburg, Calif.


The Non-Professionals include: Kristen Galyean, Claremore, Oka.; Carol Anderson Ward, Rancho Murieta, Calif.; Alexis Carissa Stephas, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kelsey Conn, Hemstead, Texas and Constance Jaeggi, Weatherford, Texas.


The Horses include: Auspicious Cat, owned by Dos Cats Partners, Ed Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas; One time Choice, J Five Horse Ranch, Weatherford, Texas and SL Jaybird, R. L. and Mica Chartier, Weatherford, Texas.


The three members include: James Hooper, Decatur, Ala.; Sam Shepard, Verbena, Ala. And Chubby Turner, Weatherford, Texas.


The three Breeders Awards include: Darren Blanton, Dallas, Texas, owner of High Brow Cat, the Leading Sire; Bill Cowan, Ardmore, Okla., owner of Catty Hawk, Freshman Sire and Karen Freeman, Clarksville, Tenn., Autumn Boon, Leading Dam.


For a Schedule of Meetings and to register for the Convention, go to the main page of the NCHA site at You can also click on NCHA Rule Change Proposal Form if you would like to add a new rule, delete an existing rule or change an existing rule.

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