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☛ Manion found guilty or NCHA Zero Tolerance Policy 9-7–17

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

MANION FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED NCHA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

RECEIVES SUSPENSION, PROBATION AND $15,000 FINE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 8, 2017

Following a meeting of the NCHA Appeal Grievance Committee, who reviewed evidence regarding a complaint filed against Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas, on Sept. 6, 2017, it was determined that Manion violated NCHA’s Zero Tolerance Policy and Standing Rule 35.a.1 during a cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, held on Saturday, July 15, when he was videoed shooting his horse with a BB gun. There was no evidence he violated rule 35.a.2.

NCHA Rule 35.a.1 & 2

The Committee determined that Manion should be suspended for two years and placed on NCHA membership probation for five years at the end of his suspension. If he is found to violate any NCHA rule during his probation period, he will receive an additional one-year suspension. He was also fined $15,000 for violation of NCHA rules, payable immediately to the NCHA.

The Appeal Grievance Committee appointed by President Lewis Wray included, Bronc Willoughby, Chairman; Ron Pietrafeso; Jack Holt; David Pilcher and Chris Benedict. Manion’s legal counsel Rick Hagan, NCHA attorney Jim Morris and Administrative Assistant Tammy Kimmel were also present at the hearing.

Manion’s legal counsel gave the opening statement that was followed by testimony from Brandon Dufurrena, Sarah Sanderson and Manion.

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☛ Horse with severe injuries photographed at C.T. Bryant training facility 9-1-17

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HORSE IN TRAINING WITH NCHA AAAA JUDGE C. T. BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHED WITH SEVERE INJURIES

 

SECOND CELL-PHONE DISCOVERY OF HORSE ABUSE IN AUGUST

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 1, 2017

For the second time in a month, a prominent NCHA member has been accused of horse abuse – and a cell phone picture has been the compelling evidence.

Last week it was Tommy Manion who shot a tied-up horse with a BB pistol. Last I heard, he has used all his appeals except going to the Appeals Court of NCHA, consisting of five (5) NCHA Executive Committee members and four (4) other members in good standing. He could be suspended from NCHA for life, but that’s probably the least of his problems as he is being investigated by the SPCA and the County District Attorney. Horse abuse is now a federal offense, which includes a severe financial penalty and prison time if found guilty.

Today I received a copy of  four gruesome photos that were on Facebook.The photos were taken by a friend of Marie AuBuchon, Glenrose, Texas, who posted them on Facebook.

Horse in training with C. T. Bryant. He said in an interview that he was trying to get the horse to lower his head. Photo by Marie AuBuchon.

I talked with Marie who said the photos were of “a 3-year-old Futurity colt in training with C. T. Bryant Cutting Horses, Hico, Texas.The grandson of Freckles Playboy belonged to Punk Carter. She said the colt was injured last Friday or Saturday, Aug 25th or 26th, and as of Monday, Aug. 28, no vet has been called .

Marie has a recording of Bryant’s conversation with her, saying he didn’t want to call a vet because he wanted the bicycle chain under the browband sitting right across the top end of the gash as the colt was now trying to escape the chain digging into the wound and  finally keeping his head down.”

Marie’s friend was working at Bryant’s training facility but was fired Monday after she returned from a divorce court hearing and was accused of letting Bryant’s stallion out on Highway 6. Marie said it was impossible for her friend to have let the stallion out as she wasn’t back from the court hearing yet and the timing did not make sense. She was at Bryant’s facility on Monday with her friend when Bryant was talking to her friend.

Bit used on this 3-year-old. Photo by Marie AuBuchon

Marie posted on Facebook that the  second photo was the high-port bit this 3-year-old colt was being ridden in and is still being ridden in. The bicycle chain under the browband sits right across the top end of the gash.

The same colt hanging from the arena fence after he collapsed. C. T. Bryant’s website claims his program emphasizes on highly competitive horses, quality care and attention to customer needs. Is this an oxymoron? Photo by Marie AuBuchon

“The third photo is the same colt hanging from the arena fence after he collapsed after Bryant hammered on him and then beat the colt because he wasn’t performing well,” said Marie.

One response on Facebook was sticking up for Bryant, saying Bryant had told him that  “One of his helpers did that to the horse.”

However, Marie said, “As you can see, there are photos published and additionally I have witnesses to back up what I am stating here.“

Marie said she called Justin Caraway, the Sheriff of Hamilton County who said that he had been out to the Bryant Ranch and said, “There was no ‘probable cause’ for action.”

A call made to SPCA made it clear that SPCA does not work on animal abuse in Hamilton County. AQHA’s Ward Stutz said that Bryant was not a member; however, according to his website, Bryant is standing Royal Caesar Boon and needs to file reports with the AQHA. An E-mail to Director of Judges Russell McCord, President Lewis Wray, Vice President Ron Pietrafeso of the NCHA was answered with a press release that’s on their website:

 

 

NCHA Statement On Horse Abuse

Aug 31, 2017, 17:14 PM by NCHA

In recent days, the NCHA has received reports of horse abuse allegedly occurring on private property, outside the context of NCHA approved or produced shows.

The NCHA wants to make clear that it is strongly committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of the horse.  To that end, the NCHA has a long established Zero Tolerance Policy which prohibits mistreatment of a horse on the show grounds of any show approved or produced by the NCHA.  The NCHA has in the past, and will continue in the future, to strictly enforce this policy at all NCHA approved or produced shows.  The NCHA urges you to report any kind of horse abuse occurring on the show grounds of an NCHA approved or produced show to the NCHA Executive Director.

The NCHA does not have authority under its rules to police any kind of alleged horse abuse that occurs on private property and not within the context of an NCHA approved or produced show.  However, the NCHA is ardently opposed to mistreatment of a horse in any venue.  Each state has laws that prohibit mistreatment of animals.  Therefore, if you have knowledge of any conduct abusive to a horse that is occurring outside of an NCHA show, the NCHA encourages you to report such conduct to local law enforcement agencies for investigation.

 

Bryant is a AAAA NCHA judge and according to his website has been a horseman his entire life and has been involved with such legends as Matlock Rose, John Carter, Don Dodge, Sonny Rice, Stanley Bush and Pat Patterson. He has judged such major events such as the NCHA Futurity in 2014, NCHA Super Stakes, NCHA Derby, Western Nationals, Pacific Coast,  Augusta Futurity, Reno, Las Vegas, Memphis, Arizona and the Southern Futurity.

 

 

 

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☛ Comparing cell phone plans 8-30-17

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

COMPARING CELL PHONE PLANS

 

CARRIERS, CONTRACTS, PREPAID, CUSTOMER SERVICE

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Aug. 30, 2017

 Traversing the maze of cell phones and plans seeking the best deal can become an arduous affair, especially when a litany of cell phones and cell phone plans occupy the open market. Every major cell phone carrier, including Verizon, ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile, offer an array of plans with each plan strategically designed to lure shoppers in and make them spend their money. Smaller or sub-companies such as Boost Mobile, US Cellular, Walmart Straight Talk, Virgin Wireless also offer their own cell plans with the same philosophy in mind: making money. Cell phone plans are basically of two variety types: prepaid and postpaid.

 

Prepaid cell phone plans are paid in advance with the consumer picking the types of services he or she is willing to pay for.

 

Postpaid plans are paid after the service is provided. Each plan type offers a myriad of services to the consumer and the pricing structure is made in advance of the purchase. There are services that include talk only, talk and text, up to the more advances services that include talk, text and data. Further, there are national plans and international plans. Each service provider or (cell phone carrier) advertises a myriad of plans and are generally in line with the number of gigabytes (GB) of data you require. Data plans generally start with one (GB) of data and top out with the unlimited GB variety. However, there are some differences between prepaid and postpaid plans so thoroughly research each plan carefully.

 

SMALLER CARRIERS VERSUS LARGE CARRIERS

Lately the cell phone market has been inundated with enough cell-phone plans to make your head swim. However, the major differences among cell phone plans are the plans offered by the major carrier versus the smaller carriers. Generally speaking, the smaller carriers purchase data time from the major carriers at wholesale pricing, allowing the smaller carrier to sell cell phone plans at a reduced rate.

 

In theory, the only differences between major versus minor cell phone carriers are the types of phones sold and the abilities of these lower-end market phones to reliably pick up signals provided by each one’s cell-phone towers, enabling the phones to function smoothly.

 

However, while researching the Internet, I did determine there were a lot of complaints from customers about reception with the lower-end priced phones. Today, the smaller cell-phone carriers generally dealing in lower-end priced phones are providing their customers with a combination of low-end priced phones as well as the higher or state-of-the-art phones such as the Apple iPhones. These are the same type of cell phones provided by the major carriers. Theoretically, this should offer the small cell-phone carrier customers with the ability to have the same reception as the major carriers. Time will tell.

 

CELL PHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE COMPLAINTS

My research was conclusive in one specific category and that is customer service complaints. The customer-service ratings of the major carriers, as well as smaller carriers, are very poor. In an article by Consumer Reports entitled, “Best Cell-Phone Companies: Is a Big Carrier or a Small Provider Right for You?” by Mike Gikas, the author offers a comparison of providers: Find out how Consumer Cellular, Ting, and other smaller companies compare with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in Consumer Reports’ exclusive new survey. In the article, Mr. Gikas offers a compelling analogy of all carriers.
Click for carrier article>>

 In still another article entitled, “Five Reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile,” written by Nate Swanner, he offers his own analogy of the pros and cons of prepaid versus postpaid wireless service. In his report, Mr. Swanner states, “As new prepaid plans become more and more ambitious, customers are starting to wonder if they should think about what life might be like on the other side of a contract. Prepaid has a hollow ring for many, as readers tend to see it as a second-rung alternative to a ‘proper’ plan and service. If that’s your thinking, we’ve got a few reasons why you should reconsider prepaid for your next smart phone. You never know, reading this article might actually save you some money!

 

PREPAID SERVICE

Some customers tend to think that they’ll get worse service with a prepaid plan. That’s a fair assumption, but not always correct.

 

If you were to go through a carrier that doesn’t have its own network (they are referred to as an MVNO), you would technically be piggybacking onto a network. Boost, for instance, works on the Sprint network. They don’t have their own towers. Spectrum “rents” space from Sprint.

 

That doesn’t make them any less a carrier, but it’s something to consider. If you were to go prepaid from a carrier like T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon, you’d get the same service and coverage as you would from a subsidized plan. Although it’s not fair to consider an MVNO “lesser-than,” it’s a consideration to make.

 

FREEDOM

Prepaid plans can bring some freedoms you might not utilize at every turn but they’re nice to have. For instance, you can switch plans any time you like. If you find a different plan that works better for you, just switch! There’s no fuss. You can just choose a different plan, even with a different carrier!

 

This is especially handy when traveling. If you’re going away for a period of time and you find coverage in the area you’re going to isn’t what you want with the carrier you have (we suggest “Open Signal” for this), just get a new SIM card from a carrier that might work better. For a few days or weeks, you use that SIM card, and life goes on relatively uninterrupted.

 

You might have a new phone number with the new SIM card, but that’s a small price to pay for reliable coverage when you need it. It won’t work across the board, as Verizon and Sprint use different technology than T-Mobile and AT&T do, but it’s definitely a nice option. The complete article by Mr. Swanner follows:

Click for Swanner’s article>>

 

 CONTRACT VERSUS NO CONTRACT

More specifically, previous cell-phone plans with all major carriers required a contract for a specific amount of time. Today, they’d like you to think there are no contracts but that’s not exactly true. Essentially, each major carrier operates on a specific band referred to as (CDMA) and (GSM). Each carrier orders phones from cell phone manufacturers to their specification and locked to a specific carrier’s band, which essentially are in a locked position, thus restricting it to that band. Verizon phones and Sprint phones work off of the (CDMA). ATT and T-Mobile work off of the (GSM) band.

 

Each band was explained in a previous article. Also, the smaller carriers who purchase services from the major carriers and in-turn sell it to their consumers, also carry the specific cell-phone types that work on their band. Further, each major carrier offers a deal for buying their phones, such as the ATT’s Next Plan, which offers pricing for the phone for an extended period of time – or in this case three years. Also, it’s a little known fact that these cell phones are being sold at the manufacturer’s full retail price.

 

Therefore, by the time you pay off your phone, it’s virtually worthless considering the rapid depreciation of the cell phone in today’s market. Thus the major carrier financing the cell phone is in the virtual moneymaking market with each new sale. Further, cell-phone manufacturers are consistently redesigning cell phones with new characteristics and updated advances in updated models, specifically designed to attract new purchasers with each annual product release.

 

The irony of advertisement stipulating service without contract is essentially a half-hearted truth, simply because cheaper financing sounds good but your locked into the carrier for the specific time of the pricing/payment agreement, essentially placing you on contract. Sure you can pay your phone off if you want to but you’re only able to move to a carrier that your phone is adaptable to. The unlocked cell phone is more appealing at this point but requires paying full price for the phone up front at purchase. Before purchasing an unlocked phone make sure the unlocked version of your favorite phone will work on all carrier systems after purchase.

 

CELL PHONE CARRIER COMPARISONS

A little research will provide you with all of the comparative studies on the market today as well as the pricing advantage or disadvantage of each before you sign up. In order to help you along, I’ve provided one in this article. Just click on the following links and they will provide the reader with an assortment of answers, including which carrier has the best or worst coverage or customer service. One thing I learned from this research is that Walmart’s Straight Talk advertises “working on all major carrier bands” and is the only one with such specifications.

Click for Who Has The Best Coverage>> 

Click for Verizon versus ATT>>

 

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

 

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Managing Member

Office.Mobile: (985) 630-3500

Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com

 

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☛ Rodeo News from the PRCA 8-28-17

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS FROM THE PRCA

Courtesy Of PRCA
Aug. 28, 2017

Heith DeMoss snares Kennewick victory

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Another day at the office resulted in a new line on Heith DeMoss’ impressive résumé.

The veteran saddle bronc rider won the Horse Heaven Round-Up for the first time in his career Aug. 26.

DeMoss captured the average title with 168.5 points on two head at the Lithia RAM Arena.

“I’ve always been real close to winning this thing,” said DeMoss, 32. “It was good to finally go ahead and break through, I reckon. I’ve always wanted to win this rodeo and it has been on my bucket list. They bring the best horses in the world and the best guys in the world, and to win at a place like this is really a notch on the old belt.”

In the first round, DeMoss put himself in position to win the rodeo with his 84-point ride. When DeMoss settled in for his ride in the finals with Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry, he got all he could handle.

“I think my horse got most of the points, I was just lucky enough to stay on top of him until the whistle blew,” DeMoss said. “I had never been on that horse. I had seen him with Zeke Thurston and Cort Scheer, and some other top hands. You dang sure have the tiger by the tail when you put your saddle on that horse. He’s a bad cat, that’s the only way I know how to explain it.”

DeMoss acknowledged he just made it to the whistle with Wild Cherry.

“He’s an advanced-rider-only horse,” he said. “I just barely made it. I think the whistle blew and I bucked off at 8.1 seconds. I was on top there when I heard the whistle, but it wasn’t long before I hit the ground.”

The performance at Kennewick earned DeMoss $5,805, which moved him into 10th place in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $79,897.

“This is how I make my living, and to win is dang sure a blessing,” DeMoss said. “I just got done building a house, so I can use the money.”

DeMoss joined the PRCA in 2004 and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo eight times (2007, 2009-11, 2013-16).

“The thrill of the fight is why I still love to do this so much,” DeMoss said. “When (a horse) gives it all he has got, and you give it all you have got, it’s something cool that happens that can’t be replaced by anything else.”

Other winners at the $280,099 rodeo were all-around champion Ryle Smith ($3,861 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Tim O’Connell (171 points on two head), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrott (11.8 seconds on three head), team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz (15.5 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (25.1 seconds on three head), barrel racer Sydni Blanchard (34.67 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Chase Dougherty (171.5 points on two head).

  • Cooper sets regular-season record: Tuf Cooper established a regular-season money record in tie-down roping with his $166,097 total in the Aug. 28 the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Cooper, who is leading the standings by $33,513 over second-place Caleb Smidt, broke the regular-season tie-down roping money record of $165,460 set by Cody Ohl in 2006. Cooper joins steer wrestler Ty Erickson as new holders of the regular season money record holders in their events. Erickson has $151,912 as of Aug. 28 and broke the mark of $133,685 set by Wade Sumpter in 2008 as of Aug. 1. With 33 days left in the PRCA regular season, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley needs to earn $4,987 to break the regular season money mark in his event and break his mark of $172,304 he set in 2016. Bull rider Sage Kimzey needs to earn $7,897 to set the new regular season money mark in his event. Bull rider Matt Austin set that record when he won $228,386 in 2005.
  • Leaderboard change: Trevor Brazile recorded an 8.4-second steer roping time to win the second round at the Range Days Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D., last week, which tied him with Bryce Davis for the fastest time during the 2017 regular season. Brazile also has the second-fastest time of the regular season of 8.5 seconds.

2. Tim Bingham caps strong stretch with title

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – This time of year seems to be a good one for bull rider Tim Bingham.

After winning three times in July, Bingham took two more this weekend, capped off by winning Aug. 27 when he rode the Cervi Brothers’ Hammer Time for 88 points at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.

Bingham, who entered the weekend in seventh place in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, moved up to third place after picking up another $7,924 at the rodeo in San Juan Capistrano.

“I had an almost identical week to last year,” he said. “… I don’t know what’s going on. It seems to be the last couple, few years, I have a lot of luck this week. I’m not complaining, I like it.”

A night earlier, Bingham won the Golden Spike Rodeo in Tremonton, Utah, with a 91.5-point ride. And earlier in the week he took second in the average at the Gem State Stampede Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.

The stretch picked him up after a slow month. This weekend, compounded with July, has him plenty confident and riding without stress because he’s entrenched in the middle of the Top 15.

That wasn’t the case a year ago.

When he headed to the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in 2016, Bingham was on the bubble and battling to stay in the hunt for a berth in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. The 2016 win at San Juan Capistrano helped him qualify for his second WNFR.

This year, there’s a lot less stress for him. He knows he can’t catch world leader Sage Kimzey (who took second place on Aug. 27), but he also knows that after this weekend took him to $102,212 for the year he’s all but guaranteed to head back to Las Vegas in December.

“For me right now there’s, I’d say, close to zero pressure, because I know with the time that’s left I can’t catch Sage (in the regular season) who’s winning the world,” said Bingham, who finished 12th in the world standings in 2016. “I’m not in a tight spot trying to go into the NFR and sit No. 1 because it’s just impossible with the amount of rodeos left and the time frame; I can’t catch him. There’s no stress there going to the top. … I know on the bottom end I’m going to make the Finals no matter what.”

Bingham didn’t know much about Hammer Time. He’d only seen him once (in Casper, Wyo.) but got a good ride from him in San Juan Capistrano.

“He was pretty sweet,” he said. “He turned out to be a good one.”

Not only was this a good week, but on Labor Day the Utah resident will turn 26. He’s planning on taking the next several days to relax and recuperate by dunking in some hot springs and doing some mountain biking before hitting a few more rodeos over the holiday weekend.

“Recuperate, get all my sores soaked,” he said, “and get ready to go into the week feeling as fresh as you possibly can.”

Other winners at the $218,454 rodeo were all-around champion Ryle Smith ($2,782 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Jake Vold (86.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Baby Face), steer wrestler Justin Shaffer (3.5 seconds), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (4.8 seconds), saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott (87 points on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Blue Feather), and tie-down roper Tyson Durfey (8.0 seconds).

3. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Wrangler Network will livestream the Ellensburg (Wash.) PRCA Xtreme Bulls Division 1 Tour Finale at 8 p.m. (PT) Sept. 2 and the Ellensburg PRCA Rodeo Sept. 3-4, beginning at 11:45 a.m. each day … ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast Frontier Days in Walla Walla, Wash., Sept. 1-3 at 7 p.m. (PT) each day and the Ellensburg PRCA Rodeo at 11:45 a.m., Sept. 4 … The following people have been nominated as the Top 5 candidates for the PRCA Pickup Man of the Year: Gary Rempel, Jeremy Willis, Shandon Stalls, Shawn Calhoun, and Will O’Connell. The final online voting process will take place Oct. 1-15. Winners will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet in Las Vegas in December … PRCA bullfighter Cody Emerson conducted the inaugural “So you wanna be a bullfighter” day clinic on Aug. 19, for children ages 5 to 15 during the Blanco County Fair and Rodeo in Johnson City, Texas. There were seven children who signed up for the clinic. They each got their own pair of Wrangler denim baggies with patches from California Rodeo Salinas, a custom T-shirt and got to pick grease paint ideas from ProRodeo bullfighters. “I love kids and it’s always nice to give back to your community and to pass rodeo on to the next generation,” Emerson told the ProRodeo Sports News … ProRodeo Hall of Fame Saddle Bronc Rider Winston Bruce passed away July 10. He was 79. A service in memoriam of his recent passing will be held at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds at 5 p.m. (MT) on Sept. 19. His influence and relationships were the gold standard in the rodeo industry, and since the facility is so large, his family would like to invite everyone to his celebration of life. Bruce was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989, becoming the first Canadian competitor to receive that honor. He also was inducted in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in 1998. Bruce’s PRCA career was highlighted by winning the 1961 world championship. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 10 consecutive times from 1959-68, and was the reserve world champion in 1959 and 1965 … Over 16 years, Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo has raised more than $1.9 million for local charities. The proceeds from the Aug. 26-27 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will benefit the Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Kennewick was a really great rodeo and the short round was phenomenal. I had to be 88 (points on Calgary Stampede’s Yipee Kibitz) to win the short round. That’s how good that rodeo was.”

– Reigning PRCA Bareback Riding World Champion Tim O’Connell told the ProRodeo Sports News about his performance at the Horse Heaven Round-Up, which concluded Aug. 26.

4. Next Up

Aug. 28           Colorado State Fair & Rodeo, Pueblo, Colo., continues

Aug. 30           Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Aug. 30           IPE & Stampede, Armstrong, British Columbia, begins

Aug. 31           Magic Valley Stampede, Filer, Idaho, begins

Sept. 1             Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Sept. 1             Quad County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, Columbia, Miss., begins

Sept. 1             Longford (Kan.) Rodeo begins

Sept. 1             Daggett County Centennial Rodeo, Manila, Utah, begins

Sept. 1             Ocala (Fla.) Shrine Rodeo begins

Sept. 1             Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, Plains, Mont., begins

Sept. 1             Socorro (N.M.) County Fair & PRCA Rodeo begins

Sept. 1             Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions begins

Sept. 1             Pioneer City Rodeo, Palestine, Ill., begins

Sept. 1             Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days begins

Sept. 1             Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo begins

Sept. 1             Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo begins

Sept. 2             Labor Day Rodeo, Cedar Vale, Kan.

Sept. 2             Xtreme Bulls Division 1 Tour Finale, Ellensburg, Wash.

Sept. 2             Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Sept. 2             Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series

Sept. 2             Iron County Fair and PRCA Rodeo, Parowan, Utah, begins

Sept. 2             Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.

Sept. 2             Montana’s Biggest Weekend, Dillon, Mont., begins

Sept. 2             Nicola Valley ProRodeo, Merritt, British Columbia, begins

Sept. 2             Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo begins

Sept. 2             Evanston (Wyo.) Cowboy Days begins

Sept. 3             Rodeo de Zootecnia, Chihuahua, Mexico

Sept. 3             Lake County Round-Up, Lakeview, Ore., begins

Sept. 3             White Sulphur Springs (Mont.) Labor Day Rodeo begins

Sept. 4             Gem State Classic ProRodeo, Blackfoot, Idaho, begins

5. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Aug. 28, 2017

AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $186, 929
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $188,260
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $151,913
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $121,248
TR-2: Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $121,248
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $167,318
TD: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $166,097
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Texas $220,490
SR: Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas $79,212

6. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Aug. 28, 2017

 

All-around
1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $186,929
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 143,632
3 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 136,127
4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 134,007
5 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 127,925
6 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 116,849
7 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 109,600
8 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 105,470
9 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 98,802
10 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 97,022
11 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 83,786
12 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 77,056
13 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 75,671
14 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 70,595
15 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 54,763
16 Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta 54,641
17 Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 52,360
18 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 49,167
19 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 48,258
20 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 48,142
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $188,260
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 127,682
3 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 109,353
4 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 104,661
5 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 100,530
6 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 94,411
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 89,775
8 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 88,337
9 Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta 84,826
10 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 82,729
11 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 79,112
12 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 72,736
13 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 72,637
14 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 71,616
15 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 71,023
16 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 69,378
17 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 67,182
18 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 58,494
19 Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 57,523
20 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 55,499
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $151,913
2 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 105,770
3 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 100,556
4 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 98,025
5 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 91,619
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 88,060
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 84,928
8 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 77,831
9 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 74,632
10 Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta 71,325
11 Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 65,301
12 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 64,646
13 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 63,679
14 J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn. 63,365
15 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 60,669
16 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 59,859
17 Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La. 58,006
18 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 57,314
19 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 54,581
20 Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 54,145
Team Roping (header)
1 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $121,248
2 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 113,652
3 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 103,031
4 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 94,320
5 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 86,053
6 Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 80,330
7 Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D. 77,016
8 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 75,752
9 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 72,523
10 Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. 71,207
11 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 69,903
12 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 68,759
13 Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. 65,573
14 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 63,851
15 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. 59,964
16 Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn. 58,746
17 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 58,295
18 Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore. 55,312
19 Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas 53,236
20 Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz. 52,383
Team Roping (heeler)
1 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $121,248
2 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. 113,652
3 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 108,020
4 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 96,620
5 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 96,002
6 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 85,791
7 Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 80,330
8 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 77,238
9 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 76,747
10 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 72,523
11 Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 69,814
12 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 67,437
13 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 67,118
14 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 64,251
15 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta 63,851
16 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 59,964
17 Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif. 51,947
18 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 48,217
19 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 47,955
20 Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif. 47,187
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $167,318
2 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 155,540
3 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 109,233
4 Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta 104,252
5 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 90,218
6 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 88,657
7 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 84,999
8 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 84,179
9 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 81,935
10 Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La. 79,897
11 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 75,388
12 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 70,811
13 Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo. 70,204
14 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 67,320
15 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 65,766
16 Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. 58,879
17 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 55,985
18 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 54,771
19 Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 50,325
20 Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 49,718
Tie-down Roping
1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $166,097
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 132,584
3 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 104,086
4 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 102,421
5 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 95,306
6 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 89,624
7 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 85,297
8 Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 81,031
9 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 80,052
10 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 77,138
11 Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla. 76,055
12 Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas 75,641
13 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 75,133
14 Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas 74,293
15 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 73,000
16 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 69,195
17 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 68,508
18 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 67,833
19 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 66,690
20 Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas 61,018
Steer Roping
1 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas $79,212
2 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 75,159
3 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 71,243
4 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas 67,184
5 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 50,677
6 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 47,827
7 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 46,993
8 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 45,432
9 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 43,394
10 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 42,111
11 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 40,287
12 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 39,959
13 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 39,314
14 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 37,781
15 J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. 36,456
16 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 36,275
17 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 33,245
18 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 31,754
19 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 31,171
20 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 26,520
Bull Riding
1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $220,490
2 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 173,443
3 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 131,451
4 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 102,212
5 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 97,124
6 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 96,808
7 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 95,033
8 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 88,488
9 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 87,388
10 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 86,257
11 Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 84,267
12 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 81,408
13 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 77,386
14 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 75,089
15 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 74,627
16 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 68,965
17 Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 66,318
18 Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla. 63,276
19 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 60,230
20 Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 59,835

*2017 Barrel Racing (Aug. 28, 2017)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

1 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $246,482
2 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 169,440
3 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 116,518
4 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 115,832
5 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 115,201
6 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 110,669
7 Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas 94,279
8 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 91,142
9 Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas 90,030
10 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas 82,763
11 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 79,803
12 Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M. 78,029
13 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 73,892
14 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas 69,960
15 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 63,074
16 Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas 60,599
17 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Texas 60,040
18 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 58,213
19 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 56,173
20 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 55,235

7. 2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through Aug. 28, 2017

 

1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $58,660
2 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 40,596
3 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 31,170
4 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 26,855
5 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 24,166
6 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 22,353
7 Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla. 20,609
8 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 19,858
9 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 19,279
10 Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas 18,231
11 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 17,539
12 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 16,997
13 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 16,992
14 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 16,567
15 Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla. 16,269
16 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 14,142
17 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 13,433
18 Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah 12,820
19 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 12,194
20 Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas 11,734
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☛ Manion appealing to NCHA Appeal Board 8-28-17

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TOMMY MANION APPEALING HIS ANIMAL-ABUSE CASE TO NCHA APPEAL BOARD

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 28, 2017

For all of you wondering what is happening in the Tommy Manion animal-abuse case within the NCHA, the Executive Committee evidently found him guilty as, according to a Facebook posting by NCHA Vice President Ron Pietrafeso, Manion then appealed to the Grievance Committee.

After the Grievance Committee heard the case, they obviously also found him guilty as now Manion is appealing that decision to an Appeal Board which is included in the 2017 NCHA Rule Book.That Board is appointed by the NCHA President and will have a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of nine (9) members. Each member must be in good standing of the NCHA. A majority Of the committee members shall constitute a quorum for hearing purposes.

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Background of the case:

For those of you who don’t know the background on this animal-abuse case, I previously wrote an article stating that on Saturday July 15, Tommy Manion, a top Non-Pro, shot a tied-up unruly stallion multiple times with a BB pistol at an NCHA cutting at Whitesboro, Texas. A member took a video of the event and called NCHA’s Director of Judges Russell McCord, who told him, “to do whatever it took to stop it and and make the person shooting the horse leave,” which the caller did.

I talked to several witnesses who all told me that Manion not only shot the stallion with a BB pistol but at one time had the pistol under a jacket draped over his hand, dropped it on the ground and bent over to pick it up – all of which is shown on the video.

The shooting was definitely against the NCHA’s highly advertised ZERO tolerance “horse-cruelty” policy.

After receiving and confirming the reported horse abuse by Manion, I reached out to Rick Dennis, a Threat Assessment/Risk Analyst who is also a former Drug Enforcement Agent, for clarification of penalties resulting from Manion’s actions – for Manion, those who witnessed the event and the NCHA committees that are now determining Manion’s fate.

Essentially, Rick informed me there are two laws in play here, one Federal, the other state, as well as two NCHA rule infractions.

The Federal Law:

There is a little-known Federal Law entitled 18 USC 4 – Misprision Of A Felony, which specifically states:  “Whoever having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” Animal abuse is now a Federal Felony with hefty fines and prison sentences.

The State of Texas law:

Also, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Law, which rates animal abuse as a Felony, states those prosecuted could be punishable by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Therefore, since the NCHA has already been notified of the animal cruelty case, along with being supplied with a video of the act, Manion has placed the association in a precarious spot, as whoever doesn’t report this gross violation to law enforcement in accordance with the provisions set forth in the USC 4 Code -Misprision of a Felony – is in direct violation of the federal law and could be subjected to arrest and prosecution themselves at a later date.

This includes Russell McCord, who received the phone call, as well as the Executive Director and the entire Executive Committee who met after being informed of the incident and who determined their association’s punishment for the offense – and possibly even the lawyer who was informed of the infraction and gave the Executive Committee advice, as well as show management.

Difference of penalties between NCHA and governmental agencies:

The other curious nature of Manion’s act is the two violations in the NCHA Rulebook pertaining to animal abuse and cruelty and how they differ from Federal and State laws.

More specifically, the NCHA Rulebook states “if show management or a judge at any NCHA-approved or sponsored event discovers inhumane treatment or abuse of a horse, they may immediately bar the responsible party and contestant’s horse from further competition in the event and the judge will give a score of zero. The Executive Director must be notified within seven (7) days of the closing date of the show involved and the complaint will be referred to the appropriate NCHA Committee for investigation and consideration. Note: the Federal law says “as soon as possible It must be made known to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States and (the person) is to be fined or  imprisoned for not more than three years.”

While the NCHA disciplines animal cruelty by offense with a fine ($1,000 to $10,000), probation and/or suspension, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Laws say that the perpetrator could be punished by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Also, the NCHA should make sure that the abused animal is made available as soon as possible to a licensed veterinarian for any damage that has been done, especially since the person who described the incident to me said the when the BBs hit the stallion, he crouched and his body shook in fear.

What has been done?

According to a notification on the NCHA website, the NCHA has fulfilled its obligation to satisfy the Misprision of a Felony law by submitting a complete evidence package in this matter to the District Attorney in the county where the animal abuse violation occurred.

The notification further stipulates the District Attorney has provided the evidence to the Sheriff’s Office in this county for investigation as well as referral of criminal charges (where warranted).  Further, I’ve learned the SPCA is also investigating this matter.

Notwithstanding, there are two motivating factors: 1) The ZERO Animal Abuse policy rule violations of the NCHA and 2) Criminal charges (where warranted).  Each entity operates separate and apart from each other. In other words, the NCHA has to make a decision and law enforcement has to make a decision. The incident becomes problematic for the NCHA due to existing membership rules and member opinion.

In my opinion, the NCHA should be commended on the “fast track” this incident has been placed on and a final decision should be determined on prima facia evidence (only) and regardless of Manion’s financial affiliations with the NCHA. After all, a rule violation is a rule violation. Evidence is evidence. A decision should be made on the facts of the case, and the facts alone.

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☛ Avoiding pitfalls of cell-phone fraud 8-27-17

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AVOIDING THE PITFALLS OF CELL-PHONE FRAUD

 

By Rick Dennis
Aug. 27, 2017

INTERNET SALES AND FRAUD
As with any industry, bad actors seem to gravitate to the cell-phone industry, aspiring to make an easy buck off of unsuspecting buyers and sellers on the Internet. Such is the same in the cell-phone market. Recently, I decided to switch carriers and sell my Iphone 7 on the open market, via, Ebay. After registering with this Internet buying-and-selling giant for the first time, I acquired an ID number, listed my sale item and provided the Internet marketer with my PayPal code or PayPal.me/windrivercompanyllc.

 

Once I received my confirmation from Ebay, I started receiving a host of bids on my cell phone. Immediately recognizing a problem, I contacted Ebay customer service and informed them my cell phone wasn’t listed as a bidding item but instead was listed as a fixed-price item. When I went back into my account, I could clearly see my item was listed as a fixed-price item and not a bidding item. I again contacted Ebay and informed them of their computer error. For the record, Ebay assured me this malfunction would be immediately corrected. After a period of time, I decided to explore one of the bidder’s outrageous price offers to see what would happen.

 

My cell phone was listed for a fixed price and the bidder was offering me twice the fixed-price amount. In fact, the bidder’s price was more than the price of a new Iphone 7 of the same type and kind. The curious nature of the affair is that the bidder immediately asked me to “private message” her at a specific telephone number. Once contacted, the bidder requested me to provide her with my PayPal payment email address instead of using my direct link I previously provided to Ebay.

 

Finding this odd, I provided the bidder with my current PayPal email address that would link directly into my PayPal account. For the record, I use my PayPal account for a myriad of selling options to include, but not limited to, book sales, used horse training equipment sales, etc. Therefore, I’m perfectly familiar with the ins and outs of how PayPal operates, including transferring funds directly into my business bank account.

 

After providing this bidder with the payment information, I received an authentic-looking email from what I thought was Ebay/PayPal,, stating the bidder had actually deposited funds into my PayPal account, except the alleged email stated “a hold was on my funds until after receiving shipment confirmation.” The email even contained a link to contact the bidder and provide the tracking number of my Iphone.

 

As a professional Risk Analyst and Risk Manager, there are several factors in this saga which brought my suspicion to the point that this was a fraudulent sale, such as:

 

1)         The bidders offering price for the cell phone was more than I paid for it and more than the bidder could purchase a new one for.

 

2)         In all of the sales I performed through PayPal, I’ve never had any of my funds restricted.

 

3)         The “bidder/payee’s name” and “ship to/recipient’s name” were different, as well as being located in two different states.

 

4)         The payee’s shipping instructions were immediate or the same morning of the email contact.

 

To verify my suspicions, I contacted PayPal Corporate Security and informed them of the facts of the impending sale along with furnishing them a copy of the email, which contained the exact authentic information and logos PayPal uses. After a period of time, PayPal contacted me and informed me the email was bogus or a fraud and it had been generated from a fraudulent web site. PayPal thanked me for providing them with this information. Afterwards, I contacted Ebay and informed them of my findings; however, the customer service representative wasn’t as respectful or cooperative.

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Essentially, after checking my Ebay page, she informed me that I would be responsible for the listed-price payout percentage as well as the percentage associated with the final value price of the item sold. In fact, the fraudulent bidder had marked my item “sold,” when in reality the item wasn’t sold. Afterwards, an exchange of philosophy transpired between Ebay and myself. For the record, I informed Ebay of the built-in flaws of their system in protecting unsuspecting sellers of this lurking fraud.

 

I also explained to Ebay that “in my opinion,” Ebay was subject to culpable liability in this matter simply due to the manner in which their system was set up, allowing buyer and seller to have mutual contact through the Ebay site; thereby, enabling an individual to perpetuate a fraud. Also, “in my opinion,” Ebay should have a system setup whereby the entire sale – from initiation and conclusion – should be controlled by Ebay. The irony of this entire situation is:

 

1)         I received an email from Ebay informing me my sale item was sold when in fact it wasn’t, including the price paid being beyond my asking price.

 

2)         After the fact, another email from Ebay informed me not to do business with a certain individual and my account may have been compromised.

 

3)         Still another email from Ebay, informed me the proposed buyer is suspect, hasn’t registered with Ebay and will no longer be allowed to buy items on Ebay. Imagine that.

 

To top it off, I received a computer-generated bill from Ebay detailing my costs for the sale of my Iphone – which never transpired. All in all, I never suspected I would be performing a Risk Analysis on Internet selling as well as the inherent risks involved in selling items on the Internet. Lesson learned: Again, “in my opinion,” the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should open investigations on “Crimes Against Persons,” involving the massive fraud obviously inherent in Internet selling.

 

In conclusion, an Internet-selling company found with inadequate security should be prosecuted and fined. One can only imagine the amount of property and funds that are stolen each year by individuals making a living trolling Internet selling sites, looking for quick deals from unsuspecting sellers. I would bet the amount of stolen property would mount in the millions of dollars. The fact is, it’s very easy for an individual operating in another country, or perhaps living in a tent in the desert, to initiate a scam operation.

 

Therefore, educate yourself before you engage in Internet selling. One noted fact is: “The safety and security of Internet selling begins with companies such as Ebay and Amazon, period.”

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INTERNET SELLING PRECAUTIONS
If your intent is to sell items on the Internet, familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the Internet-selling provider. If an individual tries to isolate you off of the Internet selling site – don’t do it. And don’t provide any information to an individual who is not listed on the seller’s site. Check with seller. If an individual posing as a buyer attempts to isolate you and requests personal or other information, immediately contact the seller site’s customer service department.

 

In this matter, it ended on a somewhat happy note: I still have my Iphone; however, I did lose a sale due to an attempted fraudulent transaction. On a good note, I acquired enough information to hopefully enlighten and educate the reading audience of www.allaboutcutting.com, with information that will prevent an individual from being a victim and losing their property.

 

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

 

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Managing Member

Office/Mopbile: (985) 630-3500

Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com

Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com

 

 

 

 

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