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☛ Roger Harris passes at age 67 – 1-5-18

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ROGER HARRIS PASSES AWAY AT AGE 67

Jan. 5, 2018

Roger Harris, 67, passed away at his home in Ben Wheeler, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 4, due to liver failure. Roger had been in hospice at his home for a few days before his death and his wife Jennifer and son Pug with with him when he passed away.

Many cutters knew and loved Roger and is wife Jennifer as they were very active in the NCHA, showing cutting horses and Jennifer being the secretary at many shows.

Besides his wife, Jennifer, Roger leaves behind two grown children: Angie Wood and Nicholas “Pug” Harris.

Funeral services will be held in Ben Wheeler, Texas, at the Heritage Trail Cowboy Church on Monday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. The Church is two miles west of Ben Wheeler on farm road 858.

You can your cards to Jennifer at 2634 FM 1653, Ben Wheeler, Texas 75754.

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☛ Horse slaughter plant in Canada closed due to EU regulations 1-4-18

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANT IN CANADA CLOSED DUE TO EU REGULATIONS

NEW EU RULES SAY HORSES MUST BE HELD AT A FEEDLOT FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS

Jan. 4, 2018

Horse slaughter is a very emotional topic and one only has to read the remarks following each horse slaughter article to see that there are two distinct and emotional sides to the slaughter of horses. While there has been a constant battle to reopen slaughter plants in the United States, forcing dealers to take the horses to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada.

However, the European Union has basically solved the problem for us as far as slaughter plants in Canada are concerned. New European Union regulations have caused the Canadian slaughterhouse, located in Saint Andre-Avelin, Quebec, to temporarily close due to the new rules regarding horse slaughter, which states that before the  horses are slaughtered, they must be held at a feedlot in Canada for at least six months before they can be slaughtered.

As a result, the Canada slaughterhouse has not collapsed but have had to find a solution as fast as they can. The slaughterhouse had to lay off 60 workers and close as it is economically not feasible to feed horses in a feedlot for six months before they are slaughtered.

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☛ Tax reform to benefit farmers and ranchers 1-4-18

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TAX REFORM PACKAGE TO BENEFIT FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Jan. 4, 2018

According to Zippy Duvall, the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, “The tax reform package passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. This tax overhaul includes many changes to the tax code, most notably lower individual tax rates that will benefit farmers and ranchers. Ninety-four percent of farmers and ranchers pay taxes as individuals and those rates are coming down. The bill also maintains all of the important deductions and credits that farmers rely on. So, thanks to a lot of hard work by Congress and the administration, farmers will have both lower rates and all the tools they’ve always had to manage their businesses.

“Starting next year, farmers and ranchers will also be able to take a 20 percent deduction off their business income. That’s new, and it will reduce the taxes farmers owe. The bill also doubles the estate tax exemption to $11 million per person, which will provide relief to the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. We look forward to President Trump signing this bill. Most of the provisions in this tax bill are temporary, lasting for only seven years, so Farm Bureau will now focus our work on making those important tax deductions, lower rates and the estate tax exemption permanent.”

According to Michael Clements of the American Farm Bureau Federation, “Congress is providing farmers and ranchers with a last-minute holiday gift: lower taxes in the future. A tax code overhaul passed by both the House and the Senate this week makes many changes to the tax code that will benefit farmers and ranchers.

New to the tax code, the bill includes a deduction for business income. Also, the estate tax, long opposed by the Farm Bureau, should no longer be a factor for most farmers and ranchers following changes to the estate tax exemption.

American Farm Bureau Federation tax specialist Pat Wolff says the bill includes lower individual tax rates.  “We know that 94 percent of farmers and ranchers pay taxes as individuals and the one tax rates are coming down. The bill also maintains all of the important deductions and credits that farmers rely on. So, farmers have all the tools that they’ve always had to manage their business.

“Starting next year, farmers and ranchers will be able to take a 20 percent deduction of their business income. So if they made $200, they’ll be able to take a $2 deduction. That’s new and will also help reduce the taxes that are owed.

“The bill doubles the estate tax exemption to $11 million per person. At that level, the vast majority of farmers and ranchers won’t have to worry about the estate tax anymore. Most of the provisions are temporary, they only last for seven years. So starting this year, Farm Bureau will be working to make those  important tax deductions the lower rates and the estate tax exemption permanent.”

Also, a recently introduced bill would continue several expired tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers. Offered by the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Uah), the Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S.2256) would extend several tax credits biodiesel, renewable energy and for short line railroads. Most of the credits expired in 2016.

In a recent letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to pass legislation extending these key provisions, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 55 other organizations explained that these expired provisions impact sectors vital to the U.S. economy and support tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.

“Acting to extend these expired tax provisions will allow businesses and individuals to make important planning decisions. Allowing these provisions to remain lapsed creates confusion in the marketplace and effectively increases taxes on entities that create jobs and economic growth,” the groups wrote.

House and Senate tax writing committees are expected to work on tax extenders in January.

  • The Tax Extenders Act of 2017 would continue the following Farm Bureau-supported tax provisions, most of which expired in 2016, for 2017 and 2018:
  • The $1.01-per-gallon income tax credit for cellulosic biofuel
    The $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credits for biodiesel and blending biodiesel
  • The 10-cents-per-gallon Small Agri-Biodiesel Producer Credit
  • The $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel excise tax credit that can be taken against fuel taxes The 30-percent investment tax credit for installing alternative vehicle refueling property
  • The 2.3 cents-per-kilowatt hour Production Tax Credit for energy from closed-loop biomass and the 1.2 cent-per-kilowatt- hour credit for closed-loop biomass
  • The option of taking an investment tax credit in lieu of Production Tax Credit (Currently, it’s 24 percent for 2017, 18 percent for 2018, 12 percent for 2019 and expires in 2020.)
  • The investment tax credit for installation costs of facilities that produce electricity from wind (Currently, it’s 24 percent for 2017, 18 percent for 2018, 12 percent for 2019 and expires in 2020.)
  • The Distributed Wind Investment Tax Credit for electricity production facilities The 50-percent Railroad Track Maintenance Credit for short line railroads
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☛ 24 horses perish in fire on Connecticut farm 12-29-17

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TWO DOZEN HORSES PERISH IN FIRE AT SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT

Dec. 29, 2017
Reprint from Hartford Courant
By Matthew Ormseth and Christine Dempsey

Two dozen horses died in an early morning blaze at Folly Farm in Simsbury Thursday, one of the deadliest barn fires nationally in recent years and a staggering blow to the family-owned farm.

All 24 horses housed in the farm’s largest barn died of smoke inhalation, according to James Baldis, chief of Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department. On Facebook, the farm’s manager, Alison Patricelli, said the 19 horses housed in other barns on the property were unharmed.

The fire’s grim toll is among the worst in recent years, exceeded only by a 2016 Kentucky barn fire — apparently sparked by lightning — that killed 27 horses, and a 2014 fire in suburban Chicago that left 32 horses dead.

Fire officials have yet to determine what sparked the blaze, which was first reported at 6:50 a.m. and knocked down by 7 a.m. The barn’s doorways appeared blackened, though no structural damage was visible Thursday morning as investigators worked in biting temperatures to determine what started the fire.

Though officials had not yet determined what started the fire as of Thursday night, Simsbury Fire Marshal Kevin Kowalski said they believe the fire was accidental, that it started in the middle of the stall area and that it had likely been smoldering for hours.

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There was minimal structural damage to the arena barn, but two dozen horses died in an early morning fire at Folly Farm in Simsbury Thursday, the farm said. (John Woike / Hartford Courant)

Patricelli wrote on Facebook that most of the horses killed were part of the farm’s riding and polo schools, though three of the dead were privately owned.

“These gentle souls taught hundreds of children and adults how to ride, to play polo, and to love through the years,” Patricelli wrote on Facebook. “They were the heart and soul of Folly Farm and of our lives.”

Folly Farm, a sprawling 175-acre property at the base of Talcott Mountain in Simsbury, boards both privately owned horses and the farm’s own stock. The farm offers polo and equestrian lessons, and its grounds include the Simsbury Polo Club. The farm also hosts weddings and other celebrations.

Doug Norrdin, Alison Patricelli’s son, roamed the grounds Thursday morning. Doug, 13, said his mother was in California but is returning immediately to Connecticut. “Some of my mom’s special horses were in there, and I think they’re all gone,” he said. “My mom texted me this morning saying she’s pretty sad.”

Doug’s grandfather, Robert E. Patricelli, bought the 100-year-old farm when it was in foreclosure in 1981. A dairy and show cow farm under its previous owners, the Patricellis brought polo to its grounds in 2016 with the creation of the Simsbury Polo Club and a year-round polo school.

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☛ A message from PBR CEO 12-21-17

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

A MESSAGE FROM THE PBR CEO SEAN GLEASON

ASSOCIATION TO CREATE A DIGITAL PLATFORM CALLED RIDEPASS

 

Press Release from PBR
Dec. 21, 2017 

Dear PBR Fans,

As the PBR gears up to bust out of the chutes and start a fresh new season at Madison Square Garden in New York City (January 5-7), we want to share some exciting news with you.

It was a quarter century ago when 20 cowboys put it all on the line, broke away from rodeo and pursued their dream of a professional bull riding organization that would provide a future for those who followed.  At the end of the 2018 season, PBR will crown the 25th PBR World Champion and once again award millions of dollars to the most deserving professional athletes in all of sports.

It is the Silver Anniversary season for a sport that has awarded a lot of gold buckles.  And we are excited and honored to share this great milestone with PBR fans as we look back and forward throughout the entire season, acknowledging those who paved the way and the bright young stars who represent the future of the sport.

We are proud to announce that the 2018 season will be known as the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour, an acknowledgment of our visionary founders, the great PBR athletes, stock contractors and hard-working men and women who bring fans more than 200 PBR events around the world each year.

We could not have introduced and embraced the celebratory PBR 25th Anniversary Tour opportunity without the understanding and support of our partners at Ford and the Built Ford Tough brand.  PBR and Built Ford Tough enjoy one of the most authentic and natural partnerships in sports, and Ford remains the Official Vehicle of the PBR as we march toward our 20th anniversary with them!  We can’t thank Ford enough for almost two decades of partnership and all that they have done for our sport – including this opportunity to celebrate PBR’s 25th Anniversary with a new name for our premier tour.

We are also excited to announce that our partners at CBS Sports will be expanding coverage in 2018, bringing the total to 52 telecasts from the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour that will be aired on either CBS or CBS Sports Network.  The coverage will include a special weekend in April that will feature telecasts of every round of the 3-day event in Billings, MT, including a 15/15 round on CBS – making it the ultimate PBR TV weekend.

Complementing our great TV offering on CBS and CBS Sports Network, we are excited to announce that our new digital streaming service, RidePass, will launch in February 2018.

We have been working diligently to create a robust digital platform that will provide fans with more live bull riding action, spanning multiple PBR tours, as well as original programming exclusive to RidePassRidePass will also bring other live western lifestyle sports and original content to members. Look for several major announcements in early 2018.

RidePass is just one of many ways we continue to invest to ensure that PBR – and now other complementary western lifestyle sports – are accessible to our fans.  While the first few events of the year will not be broadcast digitally as we prepare for the February launch, I am confident that you will be pleased with RidePass as a comprehensive experience for the most passionate fans in sports.

In the meantime, on behalf of all of us at PBR we wish you and your families a safe and joyful holiday season.

See you at the Garden in January!

Sean Gleason, CEO

PBR

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☛ NCHA 2YO-S1 Sale up from 2016 – 12-19-17

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AVERAGE AND MEDIAN OF NCHA 2-YEAR-OLD SESSION 1 SALE UP FROM 2016

 

AVERAGE UP $2,649; MEDIAN UP $3,500; HIGH SELLER $350,000 COMPARED TO  $100,000 in 2016

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 19, 2017

It was good news for the cutting horse industry following the first sale held during the NCHA Futurity. With seven sales being held during the 2017 NCHA Futurity, the first sale – the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session 1, started with a bang on Tuesday, Dec 5 in the Watt Arena.

With most of the 130 consignments working on cattle, according to results published by Jeremy and Candace Barwick’s Western Bloodstock Ltd., the sale company for all seven sales, they grossed $3,194,400 for a $25,572 average. However, 71 (or 55 percent) actually were marked “sold” by the auctioneer, bringing a net total of $1,904,900. The average was a whopping $26,830 and a median of $19,000 (median is halfway between the high-selling horse and the lowest-selling horse).

These figures top the 2016 net of $1,789,400 and an average of $24,181 and a  median of $15,500. To top it off, Metallic Quintan 114, the high seller in 2016 brought $100,000, while the top seller this year, CR Tuff Tizzy (Woody Be Tuff x ARC Catty Dual, by Dual Pep, with earnings of $168,762 and 8 money earners of $245,333), brought $350,000 from Bobby Patton of Rocking P Ranch. The filly, who looked like she was ready for the 2018 Futurity, was consigned by Hunter Meinzer of Meinzer Livestock LLC, Weatherford, Texas.

Patton, of Fort Worth, is the owner of the Rocking P Ranch and is a fairly newcomer to the cutting horse industry. He’s known outside the industry as the one who, along with four other men, including former Lakers great Magic Johnson and four insurance companies, own the Los Angeles Dodgers for which they paid a record $2.15 billion for the franchise According to reports, three of those five owners wrote nine-figure checks, including Patton.

The second high seller in 2016 was Combackcat, ending the bid at $98,000. The second high seller this year was Badboonarising, a beautiful coal-black stallion, sired by Once In A Blu Moon out of Show Biz Kitty by High Brow Cat, brought six figures: $150,000 to be exact. Consigned by Royce Stallcup, Seymour, Texas, the stallion was purchased by Buster Quirk, Plantation Farms in Denham Springs, La. Once In A Blu Boon, a 2008 stallion by Peptoboonsmal out of the great mare Autumn Boon, has $319,002 in earnings. Show Biz Kitty has three  money earners of $226,892.

  • 2016 sale results were taken from Quarter Horse News Sale results published on Aug. 15, 2017.

 

2-2YO Futurity Sale 2017 1001-1130

3-Comparison NCHA 2YO Sale-S1 2016-2017

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