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☛ Albert Rolwing passes at age 63 – 7 12-14-17

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CUTTING  HORSE TRAINER ALBERT EDWARD ROLWING PASSES AT AGE 63

Dec. 14, 2017
By Claudia Rowling from Facebook

Albert Edward Rolwing Jr., 63, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017. Rowling was born on May 17, 1954 in Cairo, Il., to Albert (Bert) and Mary Jo (Walker) Rolwing. He was raised in Charleston and trained cutting horses in Terrell, Teas, over the past 30 years.

Rolwing was a member of the NCHA and over the course of his career won the Masters in Europe, along with other national recognition and many championships. He took great pride in helping mentor and inspire others in the cutting h horse industry.

Rolwing is survived by his mother; his wife, Claudia Jean (Kirkpatrick) rolling of Charleston; a daughter, Amanda (Jason) Todt of Oran; one brother, Larry Rowling of Cape; three sisters: Diane Newomb of Sikeston, Paulete (Todd) Landerman of Sikeston and Cindy (Terry) Cole of Sikeston. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister: Sharon Rolwing Bryant.

Funeral services will be held at St. Henry’s in Charleston, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 from 9:30-11 a.m. with mass at 11. There will be a private family interment. The church address is 308 Court St. Charleston, MO 63834.

Accommodations in Sikeston, Mo. include the Drury Inn & Suites, 2608 E. Malone Ave, Sikeston, Mo 63801.

Claudia’s home address is 3629 State Hwy N., Charleston, MO 63834 and her phone number is 214-532-1066.

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☛ Austin Shepard takes NCHA World Championship and Futurity titles 11-11-17

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AUSTIN SHEPARD TOPS HIS NCHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS NCHA FUTURITY CHAMPIONSHIP RIDING DUAL REYISH

NON-PRO TITLE GOES TO CHAD BUSHAW RIDING BITTERSWEET

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 11, 2017

Only eight days following his NCHA World Championship title in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Alabama., rode Dual Relish, a stallion sired by first-time sire Hottish out of Reylena by Dual Rey, to his second winning title at the cutting industry’s biggest jewel, the NCHA World Championship Futurity. The pair claimed the estimated $192,672 first-place paycheck for first-time cutting horse owner Billy Wolf,  Whitesboro, Texas.  The stallion was bred by first-time winning breeder, Greg Smith, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Shepard, who was the first rider in the herd in the Futurity Open Finals, also placed in a tie for 12th in the 24-horse finals riding CR Dublin Tuff, sired by Woody Be Tuff out of ARC Catty Dual, owned by the Center Ranch Centerville, Texas, and earned an additional estimated $41,988 for his 216 score.

At the NCHA Finals, Shepard was riding Deluxe Checks, owned by Amanda and Rhein Standish, Baton Rouge, La., picking  up a $23,777.50 paycheck, giving him total earnings for the year $146,977.35

Scoring a whopping 228 points, Shepard bested the 23 other finalists in the NCHA Futurity, including the Reserve Champion The Animal (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra), owned by Richard and Beth Carney, Kemp, Texas, and ridden by Lee Francois to a 225.5, winning an estimated $169,404. Third place went to Special Nu Boon (Boon Too Suen x Special Nu Kitty), owned by the Rose Valley Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and ridden by Michael Cooper to a 224, taking home an estimated $126,135.

Boon Too Suen also sired the 4th place finisher, CR Smart Boots, owned by Sarco Creek Ranch, Victoria, Texas and ridden by Ty Brown, with their 223 score taking home an estimated $111,292.

AUSTIN SHEPARD AND HOTTISH, A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!

This was Shepard’s second Futurity Championship. He also won the 2007 NCHA Futurity on High Brow CD and was Reserve Champion in 2016 on Sir Long Legs. For his first World Championship, he rode Bet Hesa Cat.

Another offspring of the first foal crop of Hottish was Just Gettin Started, out of KR Isadora Dual. Finishing fifth in the finals, scoring a 220 for owners Lloyd and Christina Cox, Marietta, Okla., he was ridden by Jody Galyean to a 220, collecting an estimated $100,660.

In the Non Pro Finals, there were two finalists sired by Hottish, including Cool N Hot ridden by Paula Wood to fifth place and Sheza Smoking Hot Gal, owned by Ty Moore, Madill, Okla. to 10th place.

CHAD BUSHAW CLAIMS NON-PRO FUTURITY TITLE RIDING BITTERSWEET; EVENT BECOMES A FAMILY AFFAIR

It was anything but “bittersweet” for Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, when he won the Non Pro Finals of the NCHA Futurity held Friday, Dec. 8 riding Bittersweet, his daughter of Metallic Cat out of Miss Sea Rey by Dual Rey, bred by Marilyn Jo Franz, Stillwater, Okla. Bushaw picked up an estimated $61,162 for his 225 score, which was four points ahead of second-place – teenager Brandon Westfall, Los Olivos, Calif., riding Smooth Lil Cowtown by Smooth As A Cat.

But the icing on Bushaw’s cake when his 14-year-old son, Charles Russell Bushaw, was a finalist in the NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Finals. Riding Snappcat (High Brow Cat x Badgers Playdough), the younger Bush scored a 214, in a three-way tie for seventh pace, earning $9,461.The division was won by Canadian Rocky Davis riding Redneck Creyzy (Dual Rey x Xqizit Cat). The pair scored a 219.5.

This year’s NCHA Futurity was the second winning title for Chad Bushaw, as he won the 2001 Non-Pro Futurity riding Jerryoes and has been a finalist eight other times

The NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner, with over $3 million in earnings, won his first Futurity championship when he was a finalist in the Amateur Division in 1991 when he was only 18.

He also won the NCHA Super Stakes in 2008 riding Cats Ruby and the 2012 NCHA Derby riding Bet On A Cat. He was Reserve  Champion in 2007 riding Mocha Cappuccino.

Reserve Champion Westfall, 17, the son of accomplished cutters Russ and Janet Westfall and the earner of over $300,000 was the reserve Champion, scoring a 221 and earned an estimated $52,105.

Westfall was also a 2016 NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro finalist aboard Big and Reckless by CD Royal, the stallion owned by his mother. who rode him to the Reserve title of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Brandon was also Reserve Non-Pro Champion at the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes and a 2017 NCHA Derby Non Pro finalist riding offspring of CD Royal.

Third place in the Non-Pro went to Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Texas riding Iggy Reyzalea (Dual Smart Rey x Teles Bout This Cat) scoring 220 for a $41,047 paycheck. Hedlund is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, earning over $763,000.

For complete results, go to www.nchacutting.com.

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☛ Weis facility burns in California 12-8-17

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

SCOTT AND MELISSA WEIS’ FACILITY IN OJAI, CALIF., BURNED TO THE GROUND IN CALIFORNIA FIRE

Facebook post from Melissa Weis
Dec. 8, 2017

While Scott and Melissa Weis were at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, their Ojai, Calif., home and horse facility was being destroyed in the California fire. Following is Melissa’s post on my Facebook page that I think everyone should see.

“On  Monday night, Scott got a phone call warning him that a small brush fire was gaining ground toward the direction of our beautiful Ojai, Calif., home. He rushed to DFW, jumped on a plane and rented the only rental car with 4WD. Most roads were closed but he navigated his way up the mountain and pulled in our driveway to be greeted with these eerie images.

“No animals were on the property as many of you know, we have been on the road showing our horses in Texas. the fire is still not completely contained so there is no telling if the devastation is over.

“My heart breaks  for Scott as he sits there sifting through the ashes looking for anything that might have escaped being completely destroyed.

“To further expand on why this is especially sad – that barn was by no means fancy but it was hand built by Scott’s father. Every nail was pounded by him. Scott only put  his favorite horses in it and the hundreds of bridles, bits and spurs that trained countless winning cutting horses were all housed there.

“There probably aren’t many cutting horses here today that Scott Weis hadn’t trained or showed a mother of, a grandmother of, or father of. He has won a major event in the Will rogers Coliseum every decade, NCHA Rider Hall of Fame, only Californian to be Equistat Rider of the Year in the Aged Events and in weekend earnings, LTE of $4 million dollars. And to have to go home, in the middle of the Futurity, to sift through ashes of all those precious memories makes me sick!”

I couldn’t reproduce the photos she posted, but if you want to see them, go to my Facebook page.

In other news from California, dozens of Thoroughbred race  horses had to be turned loose and died in the California wildfire. It’s unfathomable to think about this. The Thoroughbred facility had 500 horses and not enough time to load them all into trailers so they had to turn them loose.

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☛ American Horse Council addresses ELD Mandate 12-4-17

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

American Horse Council Efforts to Address ELD Mandate

Press Release from American Horse Council
Dec. 4, 2017
Over the past months the American Horse Council (AHC) has reached out to the equine community to determine the potential impact of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device mandate. Based on the information received, the AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, we requested that the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The welfare, safety, and health of the animals in transit, together with the safety of other drivers on the road, are top priorities for the equine industry and its enthusiasts.The livestock sector has consistently been one of the safest of the commercial hauling sectors. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, showed that of 1,123 accidents involving trucks hauling cargo, only five involved the transportation of livestock. Similarly, the report titled Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents Fact-book 2005, conducted by the Transportation Research Institute, shows that livestock transporters accounted for just 0.7 percent of fatal accidents. The ELD mandate itself, which is the subject of this petition, does nothing to improve that record of safety over paper logs.While this figure is not irrelevant, and any safety improvements should be considered, the trajectory of this rule’s implementation has left much to be desired.  Despite its being issued nearly two years ago, awareness of this rule among livestock haulers and the equine industry is nearly non-existent. For instance, FMCSA’s recent change to include livestock in its interpretation of the 150-air mile exemption for agricultural commodities, a change that the industry strongly supports and appreciates, has raised many additional questions from livestock haulers who are unsure about the mechanics of the new exemption and even if it means they are exempt from the ELD mandate altogether. More time is needed to reach out to the horse industry, and ensure that industry outreach can address ELD compliance and ELD impact.

Many horse operations and competitions are in rural areas, routinely requiring long, and repeated, trips. These animals, when loaded onto trailers, are vulnerable to changes in temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Horse haulers are accustomed to managing these changing conditions through planning, log books and notations in those books. These planning techniques have adapted and evolved over decades as technology has improved. Unfortunately, the quick transition to ELDs does not allow for the natural trial and error process to adequately meet the needs of the horse industry.

The equine industry and the millions of horse fans who attend equine events rely on safe and effective methods of transportation from every corner of the United States. Domestic transit of our competition and breeding animals is critical to the business continuity of our industry and largely relies on the use of large commercial haulers. These individuals have expressed their concern with the implications of this rule in regards to the negative impacts to standards in welfare, biosecurity and cost.

We are disappointed that the FMCSA did not feel the need to reach out to the larger livestock industry stakeholders prior to finalizing this rule, but specifically for not reaching out to the equine industry considering the constant and repeated travel inherent to the competitive, coast to coast nature of our industry. While horse haulers are able to provide more accommodating shipping conditions compared to other livestock sectors, the issues we have with immediate implementation of the rule mirror those of the larger animal agriculture community.

The American Horse Council will continue to petition for an enforcement delay, to be followed by a waiver and/or limited exemptions from compliance with the final rule on ELDs, and specifically the expected Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally we will continue to take advantage of any opportunity to collaborate with FMCSA and the DOT during this delay to better meet the needs of the animal agriculture community on future regulatory efforts.

Please contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council with questions or comments at 202-296-4031 or at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org .

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☛ House to take up Farm Bureau- supported tax bill 12-3-17

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HOUSE POISED TO TAKE UP FARM BUREAU-SUPPORTED TAX BILL

Press release from Farm Bureau Federation
Dec. 3, 2017

The lower individual tax rates and the new business tax rate contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), set for a House vote on Thursday, hold the potential to reduce income taxes for farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The measure would also preserve many critical tax provisions farmers and ranchers need to manage tight margins and unpredictable income.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would expand and increase expensing limits for Sec. 179 small business expensing and allow for unlimited immediate expensing. In addition, the bill would let farmers and ranchers continue to deduct customary business expenses including, but not limited to, feed, seed and other inputs. The deduction for state and local taxes is another tool that would continue to be available under the bill.

“A tax system that is fair to small business must allow for the deduction of all legitimate business expenses,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote in a letter to House members in support of the measure.

Cash accounting and like-kind exchanges for buildings and land would continue under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, though not permanently, as farmers had hoped. These provisions are critical to people who operate low-margin businesses with unpredictable income streams.

 

“We look forward to working with Congress to make expensing provisions permanent so that farmers and ranchers will have the certainty they need to manage their farm and ranch businesses,” Duvall said.

The bill’s provision to increase the estate tax exemption and permanently repeal the tax in 2024 was cheered by farm and ranch families.

“While we would prefer immediate repeal, the doubling of the estate tax exemption indexed for inflation with a continuation of the spousal transfer is a positive intermediate step that will ease the burden for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers,” Duvall wrote.

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☛ DOT Federal Mandate on logging device temporarily waived 12-3-17

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TEMPORARILY WAIVES LOGGING DEVICE MANDATE FOR AGRICULTURE

 

Press Release from Department of Transportation
Dec. 3, 2017

The Department of Transportation has granted a 90-day waiver from the requirement that agricultural and livestock haulers install electronic logging devices in their vehicles. Over those 90 days the department plans to look closely at agriculture’s request for an exemption while developing additional guidance for agricultural haulers.

Most farmers and ranchers should be exempt from the ELD mandate because they can claim covered farm vehicle status, but drivers who haul livestock, live fish and insects are likely to fall under the requirements.

In September, the American Farm Bureau Federation and seven livestock organizations petitioned DOT for a waiver and exemption from the Dec. 18 ELD implementation deadline. In their request, the groups explained their two biggest concerns about the requirement: livestock haulers’ readiness to comply and 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.

In their petition, the groups pointed out livestock haulers’ strong commitment to ensuring the safety of both the animals they’re transporting and the drivers they share the road with.  In addition, livestock haulers often receive specialized training beyond that required for their counterparts driving conventional commercial motor vehicles. The pork industry’s Transport Quality Assurance Program and the beef industry’s Master Cattle Transporter program provide detailed instruction on proper animal handling and transportation methods.

“As reflected in the [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s] data, the emphasis these programs place on animal welfare benefits driver safety as it encourages livestock haulers to slow down, be more aware of their surroundings and road conditions, and avoid rough-road situations that could result in animal injury,” the groups noted.

Another major roadblock to implementation for livestock haulers is their lack of awareness of the rule. Because the livestock hauling industry is small compared to the overall trucking industry, it isn’t strongly engaged by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As a result, livestock drivers who are aware of the program have had difficulty researching the ELD marketplace and identifying cost-effective solutions that are compatible with livestock hauling and current agricultural hours of service exemptions.

In their petition, the groups also asked DOT to address the incompatibilities between the FMCSA’s hours of service rules and the structure and realities of the U.S. livestock sector.

“For many drivers, there is concern that there are those, with no understanding of or concern for animal welfare or livestock hauling, who will arbitrarily penalize them for choosing the proper care of animals over stopping in excessive heat or cold because of an arbitrary HOS cutoff,” the groups said.

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