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☛ Reined Cow Horse industry to have 3 major futurities 7-14-17

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

REINED COW HORSE ENTHUSIASTS TO HAVE THREE MAJOR FUTURITIES IN 2015

 

EVENTS TO BE HELD 1,640 MILES APART

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 13, 2017

There’s a new kid on the block that is holding a reined cow horse futurity and sale within the industry’s list of reined cow horse futurities.

 

At first there was one: the National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity in Reno Nev. Then a branch of members broke off and started the National Stock Horse Association, which holds an annual Futurity in Paso Robles, Calif. And now a new group, headed by Smoky Pritchett, has formed the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, which will take place in Reno, Nev., since the NRCHA Futurity that had been held in Reno, has moved to Fort Worth, Texas.

 

THE NEW EVENT – RENO SBF:

This year, the NRCHA announced that they were moving their Reno event over 1,600 miles from Reno to Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, where they would receive state and city money for the event. That left Reno without a Reined Cow Horse Futurity.

 

That didn’t sit well with several California owners and riders of snaffle bit horses. In an open letter on the Internet, Smoky Pritchett wrote, “You are all aware of the move of the Snaffle Bit Futurity from Reno to Texas. California lost the Hackamore Classic along with the Bridle Spectacular several years ago. Now we are losing our largest show and sale (The NRCHA Futurity and Sale).”

 

With the help of Lucas Oil and Save The Harvest, who have been sponsoring a lot of horse events lately, there will now be a new Snaffle Bit Futurity, Horse Show and Sale called the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity & Sale, scheduled to be held Sept. 8-17 in Reno, Nev., taking the place of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The new group advertised that there will be a whole day dedicated to the Amateur riders on Sunday, Sept. 17.

 

They need your support so as not to lose more California cow Horse events, especially in Northern California. We have entry forms available if you cannot download one from their web page: https://www.renosnafflebitfuturity.com.

 

So this year, there will be three snaffle bit futurities, starting with the National Stock Horse Association’s event, scheduled for Aug. 22-27 in Paso Robles, Calif. Next will be the new snaffle bit futurity event in Reno Sept. 8-17, with $200,000 in added money, and the final event will be the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas, with added money of over $606,000..

 

Editor’s Note: A call was made to Shawn Martin of the NSHA regarding the added money for their Futurity; however, my call was not returned. Martin can be reached at 623-217-3879

 

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☛ House Committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants 7-14-17

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

American horses are held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

The same lawmakers who voted July 12 to reopen U.S. horse slaughter plants are blocking a different bill backed by The HSUS that would forbid the transport of horses for slaughter for human consumption to other countries.

Can the bill be amended or defunded before it reaches the President’s desk?

The following is a press release from Wayne Parcelles,the President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

July 12, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., to bar horse slaughter operations in the United States, and 25 who supported it. All but one Democrat on the committee voted to oppose this dreadful idea, while 26 of 30 Republicans favored it.

The vote on the amendment was as unimaginable as the rhetoric from the horse slaughter crowd was hypocritical.

Unimaginable because American horses deserve a better fate than to be gathered up by a disreputable “kill buyer” who outbids a rescuer at an auction, loaded onto an overcrowded truck, and then stunned, hoisted up by a leg, and pulled apart piece by piece – which is exactly what the 27 lawmakers who voted against the Roybal-Allard/Dent amendment are trying to sanction. We don’t do this to dogs or cats when we don’t have homes for them, and it should be unthinkable to do this to the domesticated animal that helped settle the nation. I pity the people who don’t see the majesty of these American icons and who are numb to their suffering.

Hypocritical because the lawmakers who spoke out against the amendment to ban horse slaughter – again, these are the Representatives who want to allow horse slaughter – actually feigned an interest in protecting horses. A couple of them lamented the long-distance transport of American horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption, and said that we might as well slaughter horses here in the United States so they don’t have to be transported.

That logic would make a little sense until you realize that these same lawmakers are blocking a different bill backed by The HSUS that would forbid the transport of horses for slaughter for human consumption to other countries. Only one of the lawmakers who voted to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States is a cosponsor of that broader anti-slaughter bill, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, which is led by four animal welfare champions — Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

How can you lament the long-distance transport of horses for slaughter to Canada or Mexico and then fight the bill that addresses that very thing? You can do so only if you say one thing and do another.

The defeat of the amendment to bar U.S.-based horse slaughter plants from operating is an ugly start for the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J. The newly anointed chairman represents a suburban district in New Jersey, and his constituents favor our position in droves. He defied their wishes on this vote, just as he defied their wishes earlier in the year in voting to overturn a Fish and Wildlife Service rule to stop the aerial tracking, landing, and shooting of grizzly bears, and to stop the shooting of wolves and other predators during their denning seasons on national wildlife refuges.

What kind of person wants to kill grizzly bears on wildlife refuges and slaughter American horses on U.S. soil?

Reps. Robert Aderholdt, R-Ala., Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Mark Amodei, R-Nev. also favored horse slaughter in the debate today. To their credit, Reps. Roybal-Allard, Dent, Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., Barbara Lee, D-Calif, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., spoke in favor of the ban on U.S. horse slaughter.

“As a lifelong Republican, I’m deeply saddened and quite ashamed to see my fellow conservatives go to such great lengths to promote the slaughter of American equines,” said Marty Irby, who heads the HSUS equine campaign. “I hope the members who profess to be fiscal conservatives will reflect upon this vote that would have saved millions of taxpayer dollars annually – and begin to practice what they preach.”

As Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., noted in a public statement, this battle is not over. If House leaders bring the agriculture spending bill to the floor, our congressional allies may be able to offer the amendment there and win when all House lawmakers have a chance to vote on the issue. And if even that doesn’t happen, we expect to win a horse slaughter defund amendment in the Senate, which would give us a chance to prevail when the final bill is negotiated and sent to President Trump.

This is how lawmakers voted on the amendment to protect horses:

YES (25)

Peter Aguilar, D-Calif.-31, Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.-2, Matt Cartwright, D-Pa.-17, Katherine Clark, D-Mass.-5, Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.-3, Charlie Dent, R- Pa.-15, David Joyce, R-Ohio-14, Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio-9, Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.-6, Barbara Lee, D-Calif.-13, Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.-17, Betty McCollum, D-Minn.-4, Grace Meng, D-N.Y.-6, Chellie Pingree, D-Maine-1, Mark Pocan, D-Wis.-2, David Price, D-N.C.-4, Mike Quigley, D-Ill.-5, Tom Rooney, R-Fla.-17, Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.-40, Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.-2, Tim Ryan, D-Ohio-13, José Serrano, D-N.Y.-15, Peter Visclosky, D-Ind.-1, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.-23, and Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.-3

NO (27)

Robert Aderhold, R-Ala.-4, Mark Amodie, R-Nev.-2, Ken Calvert, R-Calif.-42, John Carter, R-Texas-31, Tom Cole, R-Okla.-4, Henry Cuellar, D-Texas-28, John Abney Culberson, R-Texas-7, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.-25, Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.-3, Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nev.-1, Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.-11, Kay Granger, R-Texas-12, Tom Graves, R-Ga.-14, Andy Harris, R-Md.-1, Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.-3, Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va.-3, John Moolenaar, R-Mich.-4, Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.-4, Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.-4, Martha Roby, R-Ala.-2, Harold Rogers, R-Ky.-5, Michael Simpson, R-Idaho-2, Chris Stewart, R-Utah-2, Scott Taylor, R-Va.-2, David Valadao, R-Calif.-21, Steve Womack, R-Ark.-3, and David Young, R-Iowa-3

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☛ Association News 7-13-17

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ASSOCIATION NEWS:

 

July 13, 2017

Kurt Crawford, the former senior sale executive at the National Cutting Horse Association, has joined the AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION (APHA), where he will be director of business development, which includes their sales and sponsorship program.

 

Crawford was also previously the Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, director of operations at M3 Companies, and director of sale and marketing at Rancharrah.

 

Crawford is a native of Pennsylvania; however, he earned two degrees at Western Kentucky University. His history in the performance horse industry included competing in reining, cutting and cow horse events.   You can contact him at (817) 222-6445 or e-mail him at kcrawford@apha.com.

 

The AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION (AQHA) has added to their staff with Tex Ann Kraft becoming the new senior director of business development. Having numerous marketing awards under her belt, she will be responsible for AQHA’s corporate partnerships and will help provide guidance for the association’s publication and digital media assets. She has previously held executive positions with Turn-Key Marketing & Promotions, Sprint, AMC Theaters and Hallmark Cards.

 

Also, Jazlyn Rice was promoted to business development manager and will direct the management of all advertising accounts. She joined the AQHA in 2016 as an account executive coming from being a territory sale manager for Ariat International.

 

The NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION will be holding their Summer Spectacular beginning Monday, July 17, going through Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The NCHA Summer Spectacular, held over 20 days, is the final leg of the NCHA Triple Crown of Cutting and features the NCHA Derby for 4-year-olds, and the NCHA Classic Challenge for 5/6-year-olds and offers a purse of over $2 million.

 

According to the NCHA, as the third jewel in the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Derby has seen just three Open horses, and one Non-Pro horse claim the Triple Crown title.

 

Also, the NYCHA Convention and Scholarship Cutting are held in conjunction with the Spectacular which brings the youth to the forefront of the competition. Go to www.nchacutting.com and click on Triple Crown events for a schedule and results of the show.

 

During the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada, the NCHA held a high-paying Mercuria cutting with David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, taking home the largest paycheck of $13,330 for a 225 score by Clint Allen riding their 9-year-old QB Cat (High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue) in the Open Division. The pair is also ranked fifth in this year’s NCHA World Championship Open Standings. The Reserve title went to Kevin and Sandy Knight’s Eazee E, ridden by Tatum Rice to a close 224, and colleting a $9,553.33 paycheck for the Weatherford, Texas couple.

 

In the Non-Pro division, Shannon Lamb, Boerne, Texas, riding Rue Du Ichi took home the top paycheck of $9,646.67 for a 220.5 score. The Reserve title went to Kaila Stewart, Crossfield, Alberta, Canada, riding Clays Little CD to a 220, taking home 47,352.67.

 

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☛ Horse Rescue Founder guilty of mail and tax fraud 6-24-17

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN!

HORSE RESCUE FOUNDER GUILTY OF MAIL AND TAX FRAUD

June 24, 2017

Unfortunately it’s getting to be an old story: “Horse Rescue Founder Found Guilty of Mail and Tax Fraud.”

The latest story is of Pamela Vivirito, 46, formerly of Valencia, Pa., who founded a West Deer, Pa., horse rescue called “Equine Angels Rescue.” Vivirito recently pleaded guilty to two federal charges including mail fraud and tax evasion.

 

The guilty plea came after an investigation into Vivirito’s handling of Equine Angles Rescue’s finances and taxes.

 

Initially prosecutors filed an interference with commerce by extortion charge against Vivirito in 2015 after the FBI investigated Vivirito’s affair with an undentified local businessman, who she used to extort donations from him in exchange for keeping the affair a secret from his wife. However, prosecutors indicated they will move to dismiss that charge at sentencing as part of her plea deal.

 

She also pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent non-profit tax return with the IRS for her non-profit Equine Angels Rescue. According to various articles in publications regarding Vivirito, prosecutors found that she used nonprofit resources, including cash to pay for personal bills and items and she also filed a fraudulent 990 form with the IRS in 2013, which is the latest filing available.

 

Vivirito listed her personal compensation as $46,877 when in reality it was approximately $93,000.

 

However, this isn’t Vivirito’s first rodeo as only two years after filing her nonprofit in 2013, she was sued by five people for blackmailing them into signing over their horses. The lawsuit stated that she would sneak onto people’s property, take photos, and threaten to expose them to the media if they didn’t sign the horses over to her.

Sentencing has been set for July 20 by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

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☛ Horseback riding can help stroke victims 6-18–17

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HORSEBACK RIDING CAN HELP STROKE VICTIMS RECOVER FASTER

 

A SWEDISH STUDY PUBLISHED BY REUTERS SAID HORSEBACK RIDING AND MUSIC THERAPY CAN MAKE VICTIMS FEEL LIKE THEY’RE RECOVERING FASTER

June 18, 2017

According to an article on Newsmax.com Health published June 16, 2017 and originally published by Thomson/Reuters, a small Swedish study of stroke patients finds that activities such as horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapy can hep them feel like they are recovering faster, even if their stroke occurred years earlier.

Co-author Dr. Michael Nilsson told Reuters Health by phone that the results counter the attitude that stroke patients can’t improve if a year has passed since their brain damage occurred.

The study included 12 weeks of twice-weekly lessons, 56 percent in the riding group and 38 percent in the music group said they had experienced meaningful recovery compared to 17 percent who were not given any extra activity. The self-reported benefit persisted six months after the lessons stopped.

Nilsson, who directs the Hunter Medical Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia, says, “For a big big, big, big group of stroke survivors, it’s highly unethical to say nothing can be done after 12 months. That attitude can kill the motivation for further rehabilitation.

On average, the 123 Swedish volunteers started the study nearly three years after suffering their stoke. The Nilsson team speculated that the physical and social aspects of riding or moving to the music were responsible for the improvements. However, it did not compare them to patients who were given other types of extra attention, such as twice=weekly group outings

The interventions were done on patients who were moderately debilitated. All could walk, use transportation services for the disabled and use the toilet without assistance.

Horseback riding sessions, which lasted four hours and included special exercise, grooming, equipping the therapy horse and 30 minutes of sitting on the horse as it was being led, produced an immediate jump in perceived improvement.

Horseback riding produced immediate and significant improvements in gait and balance in all three tests used by the researchers but by the sixth month of follow-up, only one of the three tests was still showing better performance.

Although limited, the data might help doctors tease out the best types of activities for retraining the brain.

For further information, go to http://nws.mx/2roYqu9

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☛ Think animal abuse law is really a felony? 6-18–17

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

THINK THE ANIMAL ABUSE LAW IS REALLY A FELONY?

30-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO 99 YEARS

June 18, 2017

If you think that the Animal Abuse law passed in 2014, making animal abuse a felony, doesn’t have teeth in it, think again – especially if you live in Alabama.

According to WSFA of Alex City, Ala., Nick Patterson, a 30-year-old from Alex City was sentenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges,

Patterson, in a plea deal, pled guilty to nine counts of animal abuse plus three counts of financial transaction card fraud.

After finding 14 living but malnourished dogs in outdoor enclosures where Patterson lived last June, with only dirty water to drink, fed sporadically and neglected for months, police also found the remains of six other collies on the property. Patterson was sentenced to 10 years on each of the nine animal cruelty and abuse counts and three years on each fraud charge. All sentences will run concurrently.

Patterson also tried to flee from police, all the while fraudulently using credit cards and stolen checks. He turned himself in to authorities in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 24.

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He may be eligible for parole after he serves a  minimum of 18 years and is not allowed to ever own an animal again.

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