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☛ Dos Cats Partners – Legal Fact or Creative Writing 7-16-18







July 16, 2018
By Glory Ann Kurtz


On, July 1, 2018, I released an article on entitled “Dos Cats Partners” – Legal Fact or Creative Writing?” The first paragraph specifically states, “The Dos Cats Partners name is identified, referenced to and provable as a Dufurrena operated “business entity” by Dufurrena, in Texas, and is identified in a myriad of provable and “identifiable locations”, (i.e.)


  1. In legally filed, open-record court documents in the Minshall Versus Dufurrena and “Dos Cats Partners” lawsuit.


  1. In legally filed, open-record court documents in the Vogel’s Versus Dufurrena lawsuit and “Dos Cats Partners” Receivership Appointment Request.


  1. In Dufurrena’s June 14, 2018 letter to the Officers and Directors of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA).


  1. In the March 25, 2011 “Dos Cats Partners” agreement by and between Eugene and Janie Vogel and Edward L. Dufurrena and Shona Dufurrena, that is included in Dufurrena’s June 14, 2018 letter to the Officers and Directors of the NCHA.


Since the release of the first article, my investigation “has-confirmed” the use of the “Dos Cats Partners” name is also included in an AQHA transfer and registration registry for “Auspicious Cat.” As you may remember, Dufurrena states in his June 14, 2018 letter to the NCHA that this stallion is owned by Dufurrena.  Notwithstanding, this stallion was also the central focus of the Minshall Versus Dufurrena and “Dos Cats Partners” lawsuit for fraudulent advertising due to falsely advertising the stallion as HERDA NEGATIVE, when AQHA registry records “unequivocally verify”  that Auspicious Cat is HERDA POSITIVE.


  1. AQHA registry records for “Auspicious Cat”.


Furthermore, Dufurrena’s June 14, 2018 letter to the NCHA, reflects Dufurrena’s own  self-admission” of his use and ownership of the “Dos Cats Partners” moniker. Additionally, Dufurrena’s June 14, 2018 letter to the NCHA, along with other areas of identification, also proves that Dufurrena has used “Dos Cats Partners”, as a (dba) or an assumed nameidentifier. For the record, the use of the acronym (dba) or “doing business as” moniker, is identified under Texas Law as “an assumed name.”  Therefore, this acronym is a word formed from the initial or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term. For example:


Evidence of such use and “self-admitted ownership”, by Dufurrena, is reflected in his June 14, 2018 letter to the NCHA, whereby he states as follows:  “On January 1, 2016, I purchased the Vogel’s share of “Auspicious Cat” –  Exhibit 14. At that time, the co-ownership agreement was over as there were no horses remaining. Auspicious Cat was owned by me before the Vogel’s acquired (49) percent of him. The horse was originally part of “Dos Cats Partners” that was, at one time, a partnership. I ultimately bought out the other partners and kept the name. The partnership ceased to be such an entity when there were no other partners. I used it like an assumed name,” or “dba”. Once the Vogel’s no longer owned (49) percent, I kept the horse under the same name.”


In the Dufurrena/Vogel – March 25, 2011 hand-written “agreement”, Dufurrena refers to this agreement as being: “also known as Dos Cats Partners.


Acting on the foregoing information and facts, I furthered my investigation as an investigative journalist, and discovered that a (dba) or “an assumed nameused in Texas for business purposes. is subject to filing requirements by law, with the Texas Secretary of State, as well as with the county clerk the business is operating in?


My Dufurrena  “Dos Cats Partners investigation” revealed: 1) “Dos Cats Partners” doesn’t have a record of “ever being registered” with the Texas Secretary of State and 2) the “Dos Cats Partners” doesn’t have a record of ever being registered with the Cooke County, Texas Clerks Office. Both of which are required by Texas Law.




Essentially, open-record court documents, as well as Dufurrena’s “self-admission” statement included in his June 14, 2018 letter to the NCHA, proves Dufurrena’s use of the “Dos Cats Partners” moniker, a (dba) or “an assumed name,” through three separate instances, i.e., 1) in the Vogel’s Versus Dufurrena lawsuit, 2)in the Minshall’s Versus Dufurrena lawsuit and 3) in the Dufurrena 2006 AQHA registry, which includes “Auspicious Cat.” This is evidenced by:

1.   The Minshall Versus Dufurrena and “Dos Cats Partners” lawsuit.

2.     The Vogel’s versus Dufurrena lawsuit.

3.    AQHA “Auspicious Cat” registry records.


I also discovered that Texas Law dictates written signatures of all participants in the partnership are required upon filing. Pursuant to the original article filing, my expanded investigation concerning the filing requirements of a “dba” or “an assumed name” in Texas, revealed the following facts.




Texas Business and Commerce Code.

Title 5: Regulation of Businesses and Services, Subtitle (A). General Practices.

Chapter 71.001. Assumed Business or Professional Name.

Subchapter A. General Provisions.

Sec.71.001. Short Title. This chapter may be cited as the “Assumed Business or Professional Name Act.


Sec. 71.051. Certificate for certain unincorporated persons. A person must file a certificate under this subchapter if the person regularly conducts business or renders a professional service in this state under an assumed name other than a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company or a foreign filing entity.


Sec 71.052. Contents of Certificate. The certificate must state:

      (1)     The assumed name under which the business is, or is to be, conducted or the professional service is or is to be rendered


(2)     If the registrant is:

(A)     An individual, the individual’s full name and residence address

(B) a partnership:

(i)      The venture or partnership name,

(ii)     The venture or partnership office address,

(iii)    The full name of each joint venture venturer or general partner and

(iv)    each joint venturer’s or general partner’s residence address if the venturer or partner is an individual.


Sec. 71.053. Execution of Certificate.

 (a)     The certificate must be executed and acknowledged:

(1)     by each individual whose name is required to be stated in the certificate or the individual’s representative or attorney-in-fact.


Sec. 71.054. Place of Filing.

A person shall file the certificate in the office of the county clerk in each county in which the person:

(1)     has or will maintain business or professional premises, or

(2)     conducts business or renders a professional service, if the person does not or will not maintain business or professional premises in any county.


Subchapter D. General Provisions Regarding Assumed Name Certificate.Sec. 71.151. Duration and Renewal of Certificate.


(a)     A certificate is effective for a term not to exceed 10 years from the date the certificate is filed.


Subchapter E. Penalties.

Sec 71.201. Civil Action; Sanction.

 (a)     A person’s failure to comply with this chapter does not impair the validity of any contract or act by the person or prevent the person from defending any action or proceeding in any court of this state, but the person may not maintain in a court of this state an action or proceeding arising out of a contract or act in which an assumed name was used until an original, new or renewed certificate has been filed as required by this chapter.


(b)     In an action or proceeding brought against a person who has not complied with this chapter, the court may award the plaintiff or other party bringing the action or proceeding expenses incurred, including attorney’s fees, in locating and effecting service of process on the defendant.


Sec 71.202. Criminal Penalty: General Violation.


 (a)     A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)     Conducts business or renders a professional service in this state under an assumed name and (2) intentionally              violates this chapter.


(b)     An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.


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Class A Misdemeanor – Definition:


“Criminal Offenses in Texas are divided into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. A Class A Misdemeanor carries punishments of a fine of up to $4,000.00 and/or imprisonment of up to one year in a county jail.”


Therefore, my investigation has concluded with backup documents as usual: Dufurrena’s “Dos Cats Partners” – (dba) or “an assumed name”, hasn’t been in compliance with Texas business law through two lawsuits, i.e., Minshall’s and Vogel’s.  This is evidenced by my records check with the Texas Secretary of State and the Cooke County Clerks Office.


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☛ Vic Clark passes away suddenly 7-10-18





 July 10, 2018
Press release from OQHA

Philip “Vic” Clark, 65, of Shelby, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 8, 2018, at OhioHealth Riverside Hospital in Columbus. His sudden passing has sent shock waves throughout his family and the horse world, but one of his friends believed Jesus needed his taxes done. He was born November 9, 1952, in Hebron, Ohio to Phil and Betty (Holtsberry) Clark.

Vic was born on Nov. 9, 1952. He graduated from Lakewood High School, attended Oberlin College, and received his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University. He had a very analytical mind that he utilized in every aspect of his life. He was a CPA and partner at Campbell-Rose and Company and valued the relationship of his partner, Mike, who had also been his friend for 42 years. Vic was a fierce advocate for his clients throughout the world and considered each one a friend. Always ready with a smile, he gave the greatest hugs. He was a member of Ontario United Methodist Church, which benefited from his passion and gusto. In his free time, he enjoyed hitting the golf course.

Vic was the master of horse pedigrees and had a genuine love for good horses. He has served on the OQHA Board of Directors for 36 years and served as its Congress Tri-Chairman from 1991-1996; the association’s President in 1997-98; as Tri-Chairman from 1999-2002, and again in 2007. Vic was inducted into the All American Quarter Horse Congress Hall of Fame in 2014.


He was a lifetime member of NSBA, President in 2001, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Vic was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NSBA in 2015. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and chairman of the membership committee; member of the National Reining Horse Association, Chairman of the Sale Committee. Vic judged reining competitions internationally and was highly respected for his vast knowledge. He participated in numerous auctions and sales over the years. His passion for horses included mentoring others in the aspects of horse husbandry. Vic’s contribution to the Quarter Horse community will be greatly missed.


“We are so sad to hear of the passing of Ohio Quarter Horse Association Past President and Congress Super Sale Committee Chair Vic Clark,” said a member of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association.

“Vic was a great man with a wealth of knowledge not only pertaining to OQHA and the Congress, but to all horses in general. He was the master of horse pedigrees and had a genuine love for good horses.

We cannot begin to imagine not having Vic at our OQHA events and board meetings or the All American Quarter Horse Congress Super Sale.

Our thoughts and prayers will remain with his devoted wife Libby and all of Vic’s friends and family as they navigate this heartbreaking journey without him


He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Elizabeth “Libby” (Starcher) Clark; sister, Dania (Jacques) Lempers; niece and nephews, Dr. Angela (Brendan) Campbell, Adam (Debbie) Abeyta, and Justin Starcher; aunt, Diana Ours; cousins, Kevin Ours, Greg Ours and David Gregory, and brother-in-law, Blaine (Denise) Starcher. He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio. The funeral service will be held Monday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Quarter Horse Association or Ontario United Methodist Church. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family.

Visit for visitation/service information and directions.


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☛ Letter to NCHA from the Vogels 7-5-18


July 6, 2018

Officers and Directors
National Cutting Horse Association 260 Bailey Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Re: Correspondence from Ed Dufurrena Dated June 14, 2018

Post Office Box 610 Saint Jo, Texas 76265


Dear Members of the Executive Committee:

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to the letter from Ed Dufurrena dated June 14, 2018. Janie and I have been encouraged by a number of people to respond to the personal attacks and insults Mr. Dufurrena has directed towards us. I am writing this letter on behalf of Janie and me due to Janie’s temporary difficulties with recent surgeries and a new medication which has temporarily affected her memory. Janie asked me to author this letter.

Mr. Dufurrena has appointed himself as the sole arbiter of facts. His baseless and pejorative attacks on Glory Ann Kurtz and us are based on a twisted interpretation of events. Essentially, Mr. Dufurrena’s actions regarding our agreement sometimes labelled Dos Cats Partners deliberately created confusion as will be detailed below. Mr. Dufurrena has used the confusion he created not only as a shield to defend his position, but also as a sword to attack us. I will address major contentions of Mr. Dufurrena.

Exhibit 1 to Mr. Dufurrena’s letter purports to be a Statement of Ownership History (the “Statement,” Vogel Exh. 1) of horses that were involved in an agreement between us and Mr. Dufurrena. His allegation is that the Statement of Ownership History proves we never had an interest in any of the horses listed on the Statement. The Statement proves nothing of the kind. First, the Statement was carefully worded to indicate we did not dispute what the AQHA records showed regarding ownership history. We did not affirm that the AQHA records were complete nor did we affirm that we never had an interest in the horses listed.

The history reflected in the Statement was provided by counsel for Mr. Dufurrena. We subsequently obtained copies of the AQHA ownership records. The actual AQHA records we obtained and a corrected version of the Schedule are attached as Vogel Exh. 1. It is evident that the AQHA records on their face incorrectly omit our ownership interest. This omission is despite the fact that the handwritten owners agreement prepared by Mr. Dufurrena and dated March 25, 2011 (the “Owners Agreement”) provides for a 49% ownership interest in the listed horses and embryos (Dufurrena Exh. 2). Mr. Dufurrena never complied with the Owners Agreement; he never

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put any of the listed horses and embryos in the name of Dos Cats Partners, nor did he add our name to the ownership records as the attached AQHA records attest. It is readily apparent that the information provided by Mr. Dufurrena’s counsel and reflected on the Statement is incorrect.

I would like to review the five horses listed in the Statement, one by one, beginning with Stevie Rey Von.

You may be aware that Janie Vogel appeared before the Non-Pro Committee on June 4, 2018. Janie’s testimony regarding Stevie Rey Von begins at page 21. I will paraphrase that testimony and include copies of the cited transcript excerpts as Vogel Exh. 2. (All citations to transcripts are in Vogel Exh. 2.)

When we signed the handwritten Owners Agreement, Janie believed the embryo by Metallic Cat out of Miss Ella Rey, 6th on the list, had already been flushed and placed in a recipient mare (Vogel Exh. 2, Tr. p. 21, line 4 through p. 22, line 8). The embryo Mr. Dufurrena now asserts was on the Owners Agreement was not even conceived until over a month after the Owners Agreement was signed (Dufurrena Exh. 5).

Mr. Dufurrena’s allegation that the Owners Agreement embryo was the one spontaneously aborted is contradicted by the following: in early of 2012, Shona Dufurrena called Janie to come and see the foal that resulted from the embryo transfer (Vogel Exh. 2, Tr. p. 23 lines 3 through 14). That foal was Stevie Rey Von. The other recipient mare slipped the foal at the end of January 2012 (Dufurrena Exh. 5). We received charges for Stevie Rey Von (named Red Solo Cup on Invoice 1852) dating from January 4, 2012 and continuing thereafter through the Futurity in 2015 (Vogel Exh. 2, Tr. p. 22, lines 17 through 24; and Vogel Exh. 3). (Copies of all invoices cited are included in Vogel Exh. 3.) The charges for Stevie Rey Von included the practice pen in December 2015 as well as meal expenses, show stalling expenses, training for the month of November 2015, and other charges.

One example of the Dufurrenas’ effort to create confusion is reflected in the horse names for Stevie Rey Von on the invoices. Beginning with Invoice 1852, Stevie Rey Von was first identified in January 2012 as “Red Solo Cup.” Invoice 2983 for December 2015 identified him as “S Roanie.” (Invoices in Vogel Exh. 3.) Note, this December 2015 invoice is dated after Stevie Rey Von’s win at the 2015 Futurity, but still uses an incorrect name. Mr. Dufurrena claims we did not assert an ownership interest of 49% in Stevie Rey Von until 2017. This statement is very curious as we had been receiving invoices for our 49% interest since the time of his birth in January 2012.

Next, I would like to address Auspicious Cat. The Owner’s Agreement lists Auspicious Cat as the first horse and places our investment at $49,000 for 49% (Dufurrena Exh. 2). Mr. Dufurrena asserts at page 3 of his letter, paragraph 7, that he purchased our interest in Auspicious Cat on January 1, 2016. As proof, Mr. Dufurrena attaches Invoice No. 2390 which shows a credit of $20,000 for that so-called purchase (Dufurrena Exh. 14). The very first time we saw that invoice was when it was included as an exhibit to Mr. Dufurrena’s letter. We NEVER received that invoice in the ordinary course. While Mr. Dufurrena’s claim is he purchased Auspicious Cat in January of 2016, he still

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prepared invoices for Auspicious Cat for the entire year of 2016 (Vogel Exh. 3, Invoice 3249 dated December 31, 2016). We were also distressed to see the price purportedly paid by Mr. Dufurrena was $20,000, which would mean we took a loss of $29,000 based on our investment of $49,000. We were never even asked if we agreed to the transaction.

The third horse is Creyzy Train. At page 3, paragraph 6 of his letter, Mr. Dufurrena claims he purchased our interest in Creyzy Train for $10,000 as reflected on Dufurrena Exh. 13. Once again, we NEVER saw this particular invoice until we saw Mr. Dufurrena’s letter. The invoice was not sent in the ordinary course. The AQHA ownership records do not show a transfer to Mr. Dufurrena at any time. The AQHA record shows the mare registered to Brandon Dufurrena on January 1, 2012, and then no other transfer until the transfer to us in February of 2018 (Vogel Exh. 1). Mr. Dufurrena sent invoices for Creyzy Train through 2016 (Vogel Exh. 3, Invoice 3255 dated December 31, 2016). The horse was variously referred to in invoices as Vella Rey and Creyzy Train thereby adding to the confusion.

Ozzum Man is the fourth horse. Mr. Dufurrena asserts at page 3, paragraph 5 of his letter that Ozzum Man was sold to a third party, and that proportionate payments were made to the co- owners. Mr. Dufurrena attached Invoice 2344 dated October 31, 2013, as proof (Dufurrena Exh. 12). The pattern continues. We NEVER received a copy of that invoice and learned of it when we saw Mr. Dufurrena’s letter. It was never sent in the ordinary course. The Statement represents that the Dufurrenas acquired all rights to Ozzum Man on October 28, 2013. The AQHA record shows no such transfer in 2013, only a transfer in May of 2016 (Vogel Exh. 1). Mr. Dufurrena nevertheless sent invoices for Ozzum Man through 2016 (Vogel Exh. 3, Invoice 2850 dated December 31, 2014; Invoice 2985 dated December 31, 2015; Invoice 3216 dated December 31, 2016).

Finally, I will address What A Sneaky Cat, the fifth horse. At page 3, paragraph 3, Mr. Dufurrena asserts that he purchased our interest on November 29, 2012, as reflected on Invoice 2055 (Dufurrena Exh. 10). Once again, we NEVER received a copy of this invoice in the ordinary course and only saw it when we saw Mr. Dufurrena’s letter. The Statement asserts that Dufurrenas acquired the horse November 12, 2012. The AQHA records show the Dufurrenas’ acquired the horse October 15, 2010 (Vogel Exh. 1). The AQHA records also show that the horse was transferred to Brandon Dufurrena on November 29, 2012, the same day Mr. Dufurrena purportedly purchased our interest. Dufurrena continued sending invoices despite the purported sale (Vogel Exh. 3, Invoice 2357 dated October 31, 2013; Invoice 2850 dated December 31, 2014; Invoice 2985 dated December 31, 2015).

We had been requesting correct invoices from the Dufurrenas from at least the year 2014 forward. Mr. Dufurrena alleges we were behind on payments and the Owners Agreement allowed him to take possession of the horses if the Vogels become 90 days delinquent paying invoices. What Mr. Dufurrena conveniently fails to reveal is that we refused to pay invoices that were blatantly erroneous. Despite our frequent and persistent requests for correct invoices, Mr. Dufurrena did not provide any corrections until we initiated litigation, and even then, the invoices were incorrect. I strongly believe a forensic audit of the invoicing practices of the Dufurrenas is warranted.

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On Sunday, February 5, 2017, we went to Dufurrena’s to pick up the horses remaining at their facility. Mr. Dufurrena demanded a $100,000 deposit against expenses he alleged we owed. Mr. Dufurrena said he would not cash the check until the disagreement regarding expenses was settled. This was February of 2017, and we had just received the invoices for 2015 a few months earlier. The billing for the entire year of 2015 was batched up and delivered at the same time. We were expecting overdue payouts from breedings and purse winnings, so were surprised at the demand for a deposit. We were also still waiting for the 2016 invoices as of February 2017. We gave Mr. Dufurrena a check for $100,000 while we continued efforts to dissolve our relationship with the Dufurrenas. On the advice of our then attorney, we stopped payment on the check four and one- half months later, while still waiting for the 2016 invoices. We then commenced litigation to dissolve that relationship. In a counterclaim, Mr. Dufurrena alleged we tried to cheat him with a bad check. This was yet another bogus allegation.

On page four, in the third full paragraph, Mr. Dufurrena asserts that Janie improperly obtained breedings to Stevie Rey Von on the pretext she had lifetime breeding rights. Mr. Dufurrena attached Exhibits 18 and 19, each with a handwritten notation “Lifetime Breeder Janie Vogel.” As a 49% owner of Stevie Rey Von, Janie certainly had every right to expect she would obtain breedings to Stevie Rey Von without paying the stallion fee. Mr. Dufurrena attached, as Exhibit 20, portions of a transcript from Janie’s deposition. Janie did testify that the two stallion contracts were not true copies of the contracts that she signed and that they had been altered. Janie was referring to the notation “Lifetime Breeder Janie Vogel.” That handwriting is certainly not Janie’s; her handwriting is shaky due to her Parkinson’s symptoms. Janie does not know who placed that notation on the contracts. We certainly do not contend, nor do we want to imply, that EE Ranches or whomever placed that notation on the two contracts did anything wrong or inappropriate; it is just not Janie’s handwriting.

Mr. Dufurrena alleges, at page 2 in the third full paragraph that he offered, and Janie accepted, a foal out of a mare named Nievas as a substitute for the embryo that the recipient mare slipped. Janie did not accept that substitution but did accept the foal. Note that the so-called substitute Nievas foal was born a full year after Stevie Rey Von. I also want to note that Janie should have had a rebreed right to Metallic Cat if the embryo she owned had been slipped by the recipient mare. Mr. Dufurrena never made that known nor did Janie get a rebreed. We believe Brandon Dufurrena got the rebreed.

Mr. Dufurrena attached an affidavit from Sharon Baker attesting to the honesty and integrity of the Dufurrenas. I suggest Mr. Dufurrena frame this document as it is surely as rare as a Rembrandt or a collector’s coin. Janie vehemently denies and disagrees with the statements in Ms. Baker’s affidavit, particularly the statements in paragraphs six and eight.

Finally, I want to note that in our settlement of the litigation with Mr. Dufurrena, the basis for the money we paid was buying out Mr. Dufurrena’s 51% interest. Janie gave her own appraisal of the value of Stevie Rey Von, Auspicious Cat and Creyzy Train. Mr. Burg asked if she would be willing to pay 51% of that amount and Janie said yes. The 51%, based on Janie’s values, was $994,000

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(Janie Vogel Deposition taken January 24, 2018, p. 50, line 9 through p. 51, line 13, Vogel Exh. 2). A full settlement required $156,000 money on top of that. We understood we were buying out Mr. Dufurrena’s 51% interest and calculated our settlement on that basis.

Janie strongly disagrees with the bulk of the assertions in Mr. Dufurrena’s letter. We had elected to keep a low profile regarding the allegations surrounding our lawsuit and Stevie Rey Von. Sadly, the outrageous allegations in Mr. Dufurrena’s letter require us to respond; we will no longer remain quiet.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,

Don Vogel (Jul 6, 2018)

Don Vogel Enclosures


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☛ Letter to the Editor 7-8-18


Hi Glory Ann!
It’s been some time since our last communication, but I’ve certainly kept up with your investigation into the Dufurrena fiasco.  I must commend you on your tenacity in helping expose the truth!  Now, on the eve before the Dufurrena appeal hearing, I wanted to share the following thoughts with you.  I, along with so many others, are sick to death of legal issues and lawsuits involving the NCHA! The ship needs to be righted, and wrongs need to be accounted for, so our association can garner the respect it once had.  In doing so, the rules need to be enforced evenly and fairly!
There is NO DOUBT the Dufurrenas cheated the Vogels, and broke NCHA ownership rules!  The rules clearly state that a competitor or family member MUST own their horse to show in the non pro! It does not say, “You can think you own the horse you are showing”.  The simple dismissal by Phil Rapp (NCHA President…Who received Stevie Rey Von breedings from the Dufurrenas) saying the “Kids”(who are really adults) didn’t know anything about ownership issues WILL NOT WORK as an excuse to go easy on the Dufurrena family.  If Brandon and Rieta truly didn’t know (Which is HIGHLY UNLIKELY) that the Vogels owned a percentage of the horses they were showing, Ed and Shona are worse than what we all thought!  And if this is the case, they need to look to their parents for recourse, not the NCHA!  If the Dufurrena family is not punished like those who have committed the same offenses, We will all know the fix is in, and the NCHA WILL be sued and WILL lose!!  I’m not sure how astute the appeals board members are, but they, along with the Association members need to know! All I’m advocating is to treat people fairly!
Please use this as you see fit! And if you choose to use it, time is of the essence as their hearing is tomorrow morning! Thank you for your tireless effort to rid our great sport of bad apples!!
Name withheld
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☛ Modernizing agricultural acts would provide some fixes for horse transportation 7-7-18






Press release from the Farm Bureau
July 7, 2018

Recently introduced bills address some of the unique challenges of transporting agricultural products and livestock. Both the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act and the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act would provide some fixes for hours of service regulations and the electronic logging device mandate.


Farm Bureau and several other agricultural groups’ primary concern with the HOS rules and the ELD requirement is the effect on the transported animals’ well-being.


Drivers who have to use ELDs would be limited to current hours of service rules, which restrict a driver to only 14 “on duty” hours, with no more than 11 active driving hours. Once a driver hits those maximum hour allotments, he must stop and rest for 10 consecutive hours, which would be problematic when transporting livestock and other live animals.


The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act (S. 3051) would require the secretary of transportation to establish a working group to identify obstacles to the “safe, humane, and market-efficient transport of livestock, insects, and other perishable agricultural commodities” and develop guidelines and recommend regulatory or legislative action to improve the transportation of these commodities.


The working group would have to consult various stakeholders and consider certain issues, including challenges and concerns caused by the HOS and ELD rules. The group is charged with submitting a report of its findings to the secretary, who would then use the report as a basis for proposing changes to the HOS regulations and the ELD mandate.


The measure would also suspend the ELD mandate for commercial motor vehicles hauling livestock, insects or perishable agricultural commodities until the secretary proposes regulatory changes.


The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (H.R. 6079, S. 2938) would modify the HOS requirements for the hauling of livestock and fish in a few ways. Under the measure, HOS and ELD requirements would be inapplicable until after a driver travels more than 300 air-miles from the driver’s source.


In addition, the HOS on-duty time maximum hour requirement would be extended from 11 hours to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 18 hours of on-duty time.


The bill would also exempt loading and unloading times from the HOS calculation of driving time; grant flexibility for drivers to rest at any point during their trip without counting it against HOS time; allow drivers to complete their trip – regardless of hours of service requirements – if they come within 150 air-miles of their delivery point; and require the driver to take a break for a period that is five hours less than the maximum on-duty time, after he completes his delivery and the truck is unloaded.


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☛ Mercuria leaving NCHA – new sponsor search ongoing 7-7-18




Press release
July 7, 2018

According to an article in Quarter Horse News, officials from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) are seeking new sponsors for the World Finals and World Series of Cutting. They say the current sponsor, Mercuria Global Energy, will not return in 2019.

“Mercuria has been with us and done a great job for many years and been one of the highlights of the cutting season and the cutting horse industry,” said Interim NCHA Executive Director Lewis Wray. “They just feel like at this time they’re going to go in a different direction, but we’re going to continue to make sure that our World Finals are state-of-the-art and they bring a lot of people into Fort Worth.”

The global energy group is the current title sponsor of both the NCHA World Finals, which is held in December in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, and the eight-stop World Series of Cutting that offers $25,000-added classes for open and non-pro riders.

Although officials are seeking another entity to replace Mercuria in a sole sponsorship role for the World Finals, NCHA President Phil Rapp said they also are exploring the possibility of instead having a group of individuals or businesses join forces to sponsor the annual championship event. Both avenues will be pursued, he said.

Rapp added that the NCHA appreciated Mercuria’s long-running sponsorship.

“We’re grateful for what the Jaeggi family has done and the Mercuria company has done for us over these past, going-on, 10 years. They have contributed immensely to the success of the cutting horse industry, and we thank them for that,” he said. “And, we understand with most things with sponsorships, they have a start date and an end date, and we found that end date in 2018.”



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