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☛ AQHA to raise rates 11-1-17

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

AQHA TO RAISE RATES

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 1, 2017

Got some horses to register or a stallion breeding report to send to the AQHA. You better hurry! A bevy of increases have been made by the American Quarter Horse Association taking effect on Jan. 1, 2018. They include membership fees, registration fees, genetic testing, stallion breeding report, duplicate certificates, embryo transfer enrollment, breeding permits, leases, rushes and show approvals.

The AQHA  has delivered the information on their website, saying, “To deliver the best service to our members and horse lovers around the world, it is necessary for AQHA to review the Association’s budget and make changes to maintain a strong financial position to support the future of our great Association.

“As the largest single-breed equine association in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association strives for excellence as a breed registry and to provide outstanding customer services as an Association.

“Every year, internal staff develops a tentative budget prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, which is approved by the AQHA Executive Committee prior to October 1, and a final budget, which is approved by the Executive Committee at its April meeting, after the AQHA convention. The AQHA treasurer and chief operating officer presents the Association’s audited financial statements every year at convention, and the financial statements are also published on AQHA.com.

“When developing and updating the Association’s budget, we evaluate all of AQHA’s programs and focus on the pillars of excellence from our strategic plan, which include animal welfare, customer satisfaction, culture and communication. We also evaluate the multiple business areas that support the pillars: technology, business development, growth of the American Quarter Horse Foundation, youth development and operational efficiency. All of these, plus several other factors come into play when evaluating the budget.

“AQHA has supplemented its income for years with investment earnings to keep fees as low as possible for AQHA members. We have arrived at a point where the Association’s fees need to reflect the Association’s services provided to our members, and we must continue to be a financially healthy Association with at least a half of a year to a full year budget in reserves.

“With that being said, the Executive Committee reviewed the tentative budget during its September meeting and recently approved multiple fee increases that will go into effect January 1, 2018.

“Membership fees are included in the fees that will increase on January 1, 2018. Membership fees support the services and programs that are provided by AQHA. Members receive 10 issues of the members-only America’s Horse, an official AQHA membership ID card, access to AQHA programs and direct access to members-only discounts, provided by Ford, SmartPak, John Deere and more.

“Other fees affected are:

•Registration fees (Members can log-in to Member Services to save $5 by using the online registration form. Submitting the form online will also reduce the processing time for this request.)

•Genetic testing fees

•Stallion breeding report fees

•Certificate fees

•Embryo transfer enrollment fees

•Breeding permit fees

•Lease fees

•Rush fees

Show approval fees

View a list of the increased fees; this list only includes fees that will change as of January 1, 2018, and the show approval fees, which are effective immediately for 2018 shows. All fees can also be found in the 2018 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations, which will be available soon.

While we know the fee increases will affect our members, like you, I can assure you that we kept the fees as low as possible in order to be cost effective for our members, provide members with the best services available and help our great Association stay financially strong, not only for today, but for years to come.”

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☛ Drug suspensions by AQHA getting severe 11-1–17

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

SUSPENSIONS BY AQHA FOR DRUGGING  HORSES HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SEVERE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 1, 2017

Showing that the American Quarter Horse Association  is serious about getting tough on the doping of horses, the reigning racing champion of the AQHA has just been suspended for 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas. The article in the Paulick Report came after five of trainer Judd Kearl’s horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the1980s.

Kearl will not be eligible for reinstatement until July 30, 2036. He was suspended one year and fined $10,000 for the first violation, three years and $25,000 for the second and five years and $25,000 for each subsequent violation.

Two other trainers were sanctioned at the same time after the horses they had in training tested positive for the medication. They included Brian Stroud, who received a one-year suspension and a $10,000 fine for one nomifensine positive and Jose Sanchez, who was suspended four years and fined $35,000 for two positives.

Kearl’s violations occurred over several weeks beginning on May 22, Kearl’s horses testing positive at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston and continuing at Retama Park in San Antonio for the other seven. The drug was detected and identified by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab and the “split samples” were confirmed by the Pennsylvania Toxicology and Research Laboratory.

Testing by the “split sample” method has recently been adopted by the AQHA. Split specimen urine drug testing is used extensively by businesses and  is only slightly different from regular testing. In this process, the urine sample is split into two vials and sent to a certified lab for urine testing. One of the vials is tested and the other is stored. If the first vial is tested as positive for any reason, the person who submitted the sample can request that the other vial be tested. If this happens the second vial is then tested by another lab.

According to the rulings, all three trainers used the same veterinarian – Dr. Justin Robinson (who did not testify at the hearing) and from the evidence it was logical that he was responsible for the administration of the drug to all of the horses in question. The trainers claimed the drug was given to the  horses without their knowledge; however, the ruling stated that ignorance does not relieve them of responsibility.

Nomifensine was withdrawn from the market in the 1980s and its FDA approval was revoked in 1992. Any appeal will be heard by an administrative law judge appointed by the state of administrative hearings.

Kearl was named AQHA champion trainer after horses he trained won 129 races from 474 starts in 2016 for earnings of $4.6 million. Stroud and Sanchez also have won major Quarter Horse races during their careers.

For the full article in The Paulick Report, click on the following link:

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/aqha-champion-trainer-kearl-suspended-19-years-stroud-sanchez-also-sanctioned/

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 10-26-17

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

News from PRCA
Oct. 26, 2017

Contract personnel announced for WNFR

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The contract personnel for the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER have been announced, and the lists feature some familiar names.
For the fifth straight year, the trio of announcers for the WNFR remains the same. Boyd Polhamus of Brenham, Texas, Randy Corley of Silverdale, Wash., and Wayne Brooks of Lampasas, Texas, will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas. It marks the 19th consecutive year Polhamus will announce the WNFR and his 22nd overall. It’s Corley’s 17th WNFR appearance, and the seventh of Brooks’ career.
Livestock superintendent John Barnes of Sutherland, Iowa, makes his 12th consecutive WNFR appearance and is joined by chute bosses Tony Amaral of Marysville, Calif. (timed event) and Tom Neuens of Powell, Wyo. (roughstock). Benje Bendele of Dublin, Texas, is the music director.
Sunni Deb Backstrom of Congress, Ariz., is the WNFR secretary, which marks the 12th year in a row she has been selected and the 15th overall. Dollie Riddle of Vernon, Texas, is the assistant secretary.
Timer Jayme Pemberton of Terrell, Texas, is making her second WNFR trip and is joined by Amy Muller of Agar, S.D., who’s making her third trip in a row, and Kim Sutton of Onida, S.D., who is making her third trip to the WNFR.
Bullfighters Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster return for the fifth straight year together and will be joined by Nathan Jestes, who’s making his second consecutive WNFR trip. It’s the ninth consecutive trip for Tuckness and the fifth for Webster.
Cody Sosebee makes his first trip as a barrelman. Chase Cervi makes his fourth consecutive appearance as a pickup man, and fifth overall. He’s joined by Matt Twitchell, who is making his third WNFR trip. Jason Bottoms of Corsicana, Texas, is the alternate pickup man.

2. Contract personnel named for NFSR

COLORADO SPRINGS – The official contract personnel for the Nov. 10-11 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping have been announced.
At the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Charlie Throckmorton of Grandview, Texas, and Scott Grover of Camden Point, Mo., will handle the announcing duties.
Throckmorton has announced the NFSR 17 times in a row (tying legendary rodeo announcer McSpadden), and 18 times overall. McSpadden announced at the NFSR a record 19 times. Grover is making his NFSR debut.
Chute boss John Gwatney of Marquez, Texas, is back for his eighth consecutive trip, while arena usher Josh Edwards of Forney, Texas, is making his first appearance, and secretary Sandy Gwatney, John’s wife, is making her fourth appearance. Sandy Gwatney’s appearances at the NFSR have come the last four years in a row.
Timer Mary Brunner of Bergheim, Texas, makes her sixth trip and second in a row, and is joined by Shelly Baumann of Maypearl, Texas, who is making her inaugural appearance at the NFSR. Jill Franzen Loden of Weatherford, Texas, is back as the music director for the third time. James Phifer is the official NFSR photographer.

3. Pendleton Whisky “Let ‘er Buck” Stock of the Year awards unveiled

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Last year’s top roughstock from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER made a big impression on the 2017 Top Stock of the Year awards.
The 2017 Pendleton Whisky “Let ‘er Buck” Stock of the Year awards go to Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Wound Up for the Saddle Bronc of the Year, C5 Rodeo’s Virgil for the Bareback of the Year, and D&H Cattle’s SweetPro Bruiser for the Bull of the Year. Wound Up was the 2016 top WNFR saddle bronc horse, while both Virgil and Bruiser were runner-up for the 2016 WNFR Top Stock Awards.
SweetPro Bruiser was also the 2015 WNFR top bull. The 6-year-old, 1,900-pound bull never saw a cowboy stay on for less than 90 points in 2017 – and only two pulled that off. Roscoe Jarboe scored 91 on him in San Antonio in February, while Cole Melancon scored 90 on him in Caldwell, Idaho, in August.
“This doesn’t happen very often,” said Dillon Page, who raised Bruiser and also trained Powder River Rodeo’s Shepherd Hills Tested to the same award in 2013. “We only have one bull that gets to be bull of the year. I’ve been fortunate, I guess. I’ve had two (winners) in the PRCA.”
Page pointed out that Bruiser has bloodlines tied to Bodacious (a two-time Bull of the Year and a ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull). So, it’s no surprise Bruiser bucks with so much tenacity.
Jarboe’s 91 on Bruiser tied for the third highest score of 2017 on a bull.
Wound Up was also a runner-up for top WNFR saddle bronc in 2015.
“It felt good,” Rusty Wright said about scoring 88 points on Wound Up in Austin, Texas, in March. “That horse really bucks and makes you do stuff right.
“I think it (the award) was well deserved. That horse is awesome. I can’t think of another horse as good as that one this year.”
Wound Up’s win snapped a three-year saddle bronc streak for Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman.
In addition to being a top WNFR bareback runner-up, Virgil was second place for the 2016 Top Bareback of the Year.
Jake Vold’s 90.75 on him at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede in July was the fourth-highest bareback score of 2017.
Austin Foss scored 88 on Virgil to win at Lynden, Wash., in August.
“He’s a horse that bucks every time,” Foss said. “If a guy is doing his job you’re going to win on him every time. That combo makes him obviously the riders’ choice.”
Here are the full results:
Bareback Riding
1. Virgil, C5 Rodeo, 25 Points
2. Craig at Midnight, Powder River Rodeo, 16 Points
3. (Tie) Top Flight, Pickett Pro Rodeo, 14 Points
    Street Dance, Kesler Rodeo, 14 Points
    Onion Ring, Korkow Rodeo, 14 Points
Saddle Bronc Riding
1. Wound Up, Beutler & Son Rodeo, 53 Points
2. Spring Planting, Flying Five Rodeo, 21 Points
3. Medicine Woman, Frontier Rodeo, 12 Points
Bull Riding
1. SweetPro Bruiser, D&H Cattle, 31 Points
2. Spotted Demon, Big Stone Rodeo Inc, 25 Points
3. Hot & Ready, Smith, Harper & Morgan, 7 Points

4. Quaney maintains wave of success at Prairie Circuit Finals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2017 season proved to be the best year yet for tie-down roper Cody Quaney. It’s still early, but it isn’t too bold to say he’s carried that same momentum into 2018.
On the strength of a three-head score of 26.3 seconds, Quaney walked away from the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo as champion, and for the 27-year-old, it was a win he had to have.
“It’s exciting,” Quaney said. “It’s my first average win. I’ve won the year-end a couple times and was able to go to (the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo), but I knew I wouldn’t be able to win the year-end this year, so I knew I had to win the average. It’s really exciting, it worked out good.”
Following Quaney in the final tie-down roping scores were Tyler Milligan (26.5 seconds) and L.D. Meier (26.9 seconds), as the Cheney, Kan., cowboy’s $5,404 earned at the RPCFR was swayed in the blink of an eye. Quaney thought his 9.4-second, final-round score wouldn’t be strong enough to hold his eventual winning time.
“I didn’t have the ideal run on my third go,” Quaney explained. “I took a little longer than I was hoping to. It turned out that Tyler (Milligan) had a little trouble, he kind of fell down and got kicked, so I was able to get the win.”
Quaney, who was ranked 17th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA tie-down roping standings at the conclusion of the 2017 season, couldn’t pinpoint one reason as to how he crafted such an important win, but he did give credit to his cavalry.
“(Spook) really takes care of me,” Quaney said. “He’s probably the reason I was able to win the average over here. I’ve had him for about five years now and he’s just been solid.”
A veteran quarter horse, Spook has become a trustworthy asset for Quaney.
“He does the same thing every time,” Quaney said. “There’s no surprises with him. Same thing every time.”
Narrowly missing his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualification by approximately $8,000, Quaney believes that his recent season finish and claim as RPCFR champion are testaments to his maturity as a cowboy. Quaney is also pondering what a quality win will do for a 2018 season that now includes an invitation to Kissimmee, Fla.
“It really helps,” Quaney said. “I’ve had some bad winters in the past, and so when you’re able to rack up quite a bit here first, it really takes off some pressure.”
Other winners at the $181,425 rodeo were bareback rider Steven Dent (237 points on three head), steer wrestler Stockton Graves (13.6 seconds on three head), team ropers Jesse Stipes/Jake Smith (18.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden (244.5 points on three head), barrel racer Carley Richardson (47.67 seconds on three head), steer roper Dee Kyler Jr. (38.2 seconds on three head) and bull rider Guthrie Murray (222.5 points on three head).

5. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

David Maurice Hebbert, a lifelong rancher who worked for Cervi Championship Rodeo, passed away Oct. 16. He was 67. Hebbert was born July 18, 1950, in Alliance, Neb., to R.M. ‘Mose’ and Merla (Rex) Hebbert. He graduated from Hyannis High School in 1968 and attended junior college in North Platte before transferring to Casper (Wyo.) College where he graduated in 1971. While at Casper, he was a member of the rodeo team and also attended Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo on a rodeo scholarship. Online condolences may be sent to webmaster@drauckerfh.com or by signing the GuestBook at http://www.drauckerfh.comRoy Gene Reger, a PRCA Gold Card member, of Markleville, Ind., passed away Oct. 8 after a short battle with ALS. He was 74. Reger, known by many as “Ropin’ Roy Reger,” started his rodeo career after high school. Reger placed in some of history’s top rodeos, including splitting the tie-down roping event win at the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo in 1978. He and Jeff Copenhaver tied for the average victory each clocking 32.7-second times on three head. Roy owned, trained and finished several great calf-roping horses over the years: “Booger,” “Trigger,” and many in between. He continued to train horses throughout his life. In later years, he became a PRCA Rodeo Judge, judging Great Lakes Circuit rodeos … James “Jim” Walker, a PRCA Gold Card member, team roper and PRCA judge, passed away on Sept. 24 in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. He was 76. Walker worked on ranches and feedlots, sold recreational vehicles, ran a milk route and supported his family by roping before taking a job as a Veterinary Liaison Specialist, selling cattle vaccine in eastern Colorado, Kansas and northern Oklahoma. He and his family moved to Dodge City, Kan., in 1976 where Walker was instrumental in the regeneration of Dodge City Days and was a regular face at Beef Empire Days.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “I’m going to try and not make the NFR such a big deal. The NFR is every cowboy’s dream, but I think I’ve got so hyped up about it being the Finals and being so big that it has taken away from my bulldogging.
– Steer wrestler Ty Erickson told the ProRodeo Sports News about his mindset for the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Erickson will arrive in Las Vegas Dec. 7-16 as the season leader for the second year in a row. He finished seventh in the world standings last year.

6. Next Up

Oct. 26            RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, Loveland, Colo., begins
Oct. 27            Appreciation For Industry ProRodeo, Winnie, Texas, begins

7. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Oct. 23, 2017
AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $214,131
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $201,916
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $163,152
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $133,977
TR-2: Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $134,707
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $183,927
TD: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $190,445
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $237,152
SR: Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas $84,156


8. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings
Unofficial through Oct. 23, 2017
 
All-around
1
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
$214,131
2
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
180,487
3
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
151,990
4
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
140,876
5
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
136,430
6
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
128,764
7
Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.
112,795
8
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
105,470
9
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
104,200
10
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
97,022
11
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
89,284
12
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
89,029
13
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
78,241
14
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
75,671
15
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
74,931
16
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
58,000
17
Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.
56,733
18
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
56,048
19
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
55,618
20
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
54,641
Bareback Riding
1
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$201,916
2
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
136,657
3
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
128,153
4
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
113,312
5
Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.
109,353
6
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
106,677
7
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
103,212
8
Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta
102,161
9
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
101,197
10
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
99,240
11
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
96,039
12
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
93,652
13
R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.
89,261
14
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
89,106
15
Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah
86,114
16
Justin Miller, Billings, Mont.
83,495
17
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
80,762
18
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
66,029
19
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
64,757
20
Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.
62,612
Steer Wrestling
1
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
$163,152
2
Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho
110,951
3
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
109,919
4
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
103,944
5
Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta
99,501
6
Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah
99,340
7
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
93,463
8
Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta
84,073
9
Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
82,968
10
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
80,981
11
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
79,684
12
Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis.
77,340
13
J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.
76,442
14
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
73,558
15
Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
71,192
16
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
71,105
17
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
70,545
18
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
68,915
19
Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.
67,294
20
Will Lummus, West Point, Miss.
66,520
Team Roping (header)
1
Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.
$133,977
2
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
133,633
3
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
113,094
4
Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas
111,551
5
Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.
98,033
6
Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
96,587
7
Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.
85,448
8
Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz.
81,415
9
Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.
81,356
10
Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.
79,236
11
Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.
78,964
12
Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.
78,288
13
Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.
77,437
14
Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.
75,614
15
Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.
74,146
16
Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta
68,006
17
Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz.
61,983
18
Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore.
61,949
19
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
59,915
20
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
57,576
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
$134,707
2
Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.
133,633
3
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
117,212
4
Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.
110,930
5
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
103,022
6
Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.
99,774
7
Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
96,587
8
Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.
92,358
9
Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.
81,356
10
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
81,050
11
Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas
79,374
12
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
78,387
13
Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
75,614
14
Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas
74,652
15
Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta
68,006
16
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
65,136
17
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
61,745
18
John Robertson, Polson, Mont.
52,238
19
Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla.
51,647
20
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
49,836
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$183,927
2
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
170,456
3
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
124,115
4
Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.
119,657
5
Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
110,613
6
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
105,789
7
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
102,774
8
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
99,361
9
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
92,992
10
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
91,745
11
Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
89,332
12
Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.
88,613
13
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
88,402
14
Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah
76,630
15
Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas
75,649
16
Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.
71,822
17
Cody Wright, Milford, Utah
69,693
18
Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
66,258
19
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
61,398
20
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
54,401
Tie-down Roping
1
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
$190,445
2
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
142,194
3
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
124,498
4
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
121,902
5
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
107,423
6
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
101,433
7
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
97,173
8
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
96,056
9
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
93,363
10
J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah
86,299
11
Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas
85,962
12
Randall Carlisle, Athens, La.
85,566
13
Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas
85,460
14
Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.
85,438
15
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
85,210
16
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
78,317
17
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
77,288
18
Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas
76,926
19
Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas
73,367
20
Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas
70,016
Steer Roping
1
Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas
$84,156
2
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
78,934
3
Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.
72,976
4
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
68,084
5
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
64,266
6
J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas
56,868
7
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
50,109
8
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
49,347
9
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
49,309
10
John Bland, Turkey, Texas
48,184
11
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
47,061
12
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
45,082
13
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
44,217
14
Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.
42,848
15
Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas
41,913
16
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
40,615
17
J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.
39,780
18
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
32,565
19
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
32,545
20
Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla.
31,183
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$237,152
2
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
204,239
3
Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.
157,077
4
Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.
131,423
5
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
120,963
6
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
110,471
7
Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
106,188
8
Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas
103,619
9
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
102,855
10
Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa
97,121
11
Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas
94,668
12
Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.
92,991
13
Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta
92,660
14
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
88,063
15
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
87,288
16
Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho
87,014
17
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
85,957
18
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
80,183
19
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
72,754
20
Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas
70,593
*2017 Barrel Racing (Oct. 23, 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
$250,378
2
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
185,952
3
Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.
130,537
4
Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.
120,806
5
Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas
115,163
6
Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash.
111,758
7
Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas
98,707
8
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
97,023
9
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
96,454
10
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas
92,930
11
Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M.
91,362
12
Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas
86,020
13
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
83,338
14
Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.
78,181
15
Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Texas
76,294
16
Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.
74,363
17
Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas
72,876
18
Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas
72,692
19
Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas
68,759
20
Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark.
64,894
9. 2018 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings
Unofficial through Oct. 23, 2017
All-around
1
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,944
2
Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.
11,531
3
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
9,058
Bareback Riding
1
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
$18,028
2
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
12,353
3
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
9,544
4
Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.
8,692
5
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
8,510
6
Luke Creasy, Garland, Texas
8,001
7
Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla.
7,733
8
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
7,570
9
Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz.
6,520
10
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
6,306
11
Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev.
6,040
12
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
5,364
13
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
5,192
14
Justin McDaniel, Parkfield, Calif.
5,004
15
Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La.
4,304
16
Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan.
4,279
17
Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont.
4,276
18
Anthony Thomas, Palistine, Texas
3,978
19
Tucker Zingg, Glendive, Mont.
3,821
20
Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev.
3,740
Steer Wrestling
1
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
$12,773
2
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
12,308
3
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
10,866
4
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
7,085
5
Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D.
6,860
6
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
6,840
7
Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla.
6,306
8
Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif.
5,883
9
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5,517
10
Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.
5,499
11
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
5,262
12
Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla.
4,821
13
Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan.
4,720
14
Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho
4,365
15
Brady McFarren, Henryetta, Okla.
4,130
16
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
3,825
17
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
3,771
18
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
3,768
19
Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif.
3,473
20
Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.
3,435
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$14,461
2
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
13,115
3
Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.
8,036
4
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
7,494
5
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
7,055
6
Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz.
5,895
7
Brady Payne, Gilbert, Ariz.
5,442
8
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
9
Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn.
5,021
10
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
4,801
11
Cody Mora, San Miguel, Calif.
4,741
12
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
4,691
13
Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla.
4,298
14
Brett Christensen, Alva, Okla.
3,603
15
Michael Calmelat, Tucson, Ariz.
3,401
16
Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C.
3,379
17
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
3,153
Casey Hicks, Sperry, Okla.
3,153
19
Trey Blackmore, Hillside, Ariz.
3,126
20
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
2,969
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
$15,142
2
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
14,461
3
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
8,177
4
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
7,285
5
Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif.
7,055
6
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
6,665
7
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
5,557
8
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
9
Joseph Shawnego, Oakdale, Calif.
5,118
10
Cody Hogan, Athens, Texas
5,021
11
Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D.
4,822
12
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
4,801
13
Bronc Boehnlein, Riverside, Calif.
4,691
14
Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
4,384
15
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
4,347
16
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
3,689
17
Dawson McMaster, Madison, Kan.
3,603
Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
3,603
19
Braden Harmon, Mustang, Okla.
3,153
20
Brady Norman, Springer, Okla.
3,107
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
$14,463
2
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
13,226
3
Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M.
12,428
4
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
10,644
5
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
8,294
6
Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
7,703
7
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
6,231
8
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
6,151
9
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
6,119
10
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
5,284
11
Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.
5,103
12
Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D.
5,032
13
Nick LaDuke, Livermore, Calif.
4,905
14
Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.
4,628
15
Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas
4,348
16
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
4,172
17
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
4,041
18
Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev.
3,803
19
Dylan Henson, Bloomfield, N.M.
3,735
20
Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
3,715
Tie-down Roping
1
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$16,785
2
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
14,264
3
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
6,378
4
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
5,901
5
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
5,721
6
Jess Woodward, Dupree, S.D.
5,032
7
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
4,863
8
Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas
4,737
9
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
4,729
10
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
4,515
11
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
4,367
12
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
4,337
13
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
4,328
14
L.D. Meier, Texhoma, Okla.
4,054
15
Braxton Laughlin, Westlake, La.
3,951
16
Wes Lockard, Atascadero, Calif.
3,939
17
Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas
3,868
18
Zack Jongbloed, Iowa, La.
3,443
19
Jerrad Hofstetter, Shallowater, Texas
3,401
20
Trey Young, Dupree, S.D.
3,145
Steer Roping
1
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$9,551
2
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
8,403
3
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
5,797
4
Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.
5,610
5
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
5,522
6
Dee Kyler Jr., Pawhuska, Okla.
5,076
7
John E. Bland, Turkey, Texas
4,586
8
Kelton McMillen, Paden, Okla.
4,404
9
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
4,250
10
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
4,230
11
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
4,193
12
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
4,006
13
Leo Campbell, Amarillo, Texas
3,941
14
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
3,488
15
Hank Hollenbeck, Molt, Mont.
3,426
16
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
3,411
17
J.R. Olson, Whitewood, S.D.
3,106
18
Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas
2,991
19
Shorty Garten, Pawhuska, Okla.
2,749
20
Ora Taton, Rapid City, S.D.
2,484
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$21,530
2
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
18,152
3
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
12,806
4
Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas
12,549
5
Joseph Vazquez, Alamogordo, N.M.
8,882
6
Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla.
8,059
7
Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
7,827
8
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
7,807
9
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
7,779
10
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
6,838
11
Preston Preece, Troy, Texas
6,119
12
Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D.
6,010
13
Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.
5,926
14
Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.
5,557
15
Beau Nordahl, Bozeman, Mont.
5,197
16
Christopher Byrd, Compton, Calif.
5,064
17
Michael Hough, Nuevo, Calif.
4,919
18
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
4,778
19
Jeston Mead, Holcomb, Kan.
4,738
20
Dylan Hice Vick, Escalon, Calif.
4,540
2018 Barrel Racing (Oct. 23, 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
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
$14,960
2
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
13,984
3
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
10,879
4
Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
10,746
5
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
8,326
6
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
7,709
7
Kristen Spratt, Huntsville, Texas
7,617
8
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
7,357
9
Alex Lang, Harper, Texas
7,316
10
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
7,156
11
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
6,773
12
Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.
6,557
13
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
5,572
14
Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas
5,412
15
Sami Jo Morisoli, Paso Robles, Calif.
5,321
16
Nicole Riggle, Scottsdale, Ariz.
5,294
17
Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D.
4,822
18
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas
4,681
19
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
4,352
20
Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
4,193
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☛ When barrel racing turns into a lawsuit 10-16-17

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

 

 

WHEN BARREL RACING TURNS INTO A LAWSUIT

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 16, 2017

 

Today, barrel horses bring a lot of money – and that’s because they can win a lot of money. It doesn’t matter if the rider is a boy or a girl, a man or a woman, 10 years old or 60 years old, a newcomer or a professional. However, the important thing is how old the horse is, how well trained it is and most important of all, how sound it is – which means, “How long will he or she last by staying sound?”

 

A court case in Madisonville County, Texas, began on May 22, 2016, in which Savannah Robertson, Los Osmos, Calif., purchased a barrel horse named Crown N Diamonds, a.k.a. “Rosie” and “Cinderella,” from Hope B. Martin, Huntsville, Texas, through her agent/broker Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, a professional in the barrel racing industry. Prior to the purchase, Robertson was told that Cinderella was a sound barrel-racing performance horse, even though the May 13, 2016 contract for the $10,000 sale stated the horse was being sold “as is.”

 

The purchase soon turned into a legal battle with the agent Michelle Alley being the Plaintiff filing a lawsuit against the defendants Hope B. Martin, the owner, and Savannah Robertson, the buyer. The reason was that approximately three days after Robertson took possession of the horse, on May 22, 2016, Cinderella experienced a “patella lockup” or an upper fixation of the left hindquarter stifle ligament. The first patella lockup occurred in the round pen and the second patella lockup occurred while Robertson was riding the mare, causing the horse and rider to go to the ground.

 

Thereafter, the horse was brought to a California veterinarian who identified the locking patella or upper-fixation condition and referred the horse to the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Los Olivos, Calif. Upon evaluation, the veterinary clinic also identified this abnormality and treated the horse for the patella lockup condition.

 

What is a patella lockup?

 Horse-Jumping stifle. … A locking stifle (in vet words, an upward fixation of the patella or UFP, a common problem in horses that is often unrecognized and often misdiagnosed as general hind leg lameness or overlooked altogether. The stifle joint in a horse’s hind leg corresponds anatomically to the knee joint in the human leg. However, instead of appearing halfway down the limb like the human knee, the horse’s stifle doesn’t even look like a joint because it is hidden within the structure of the horse’s upper hind leg. If you put your hand on the front of the horse’s hind leg where it ties into the flank, you can feel the patella, a small bone that is the anatomic equal of the human kneecap. The patella sits just above the stifle joint where the horse’s femur (upper leg bone that ties into the hip) and the tibia (long bone above the hock) meet.

 

The medial patellar ligament has the important function of hooking over a notch in the end of the femur when the horse is standing still. This stabilizes the stifle and allows the standing or snoozing horse to bear weight on the hind leg without muscular effort. Normally, the ligament slides out of the notch when the horse swings its leg forward as it begins to walk. If the ligament gets hung up and doesn’t slip into an unlocked position, the hind leg can’t be flexed forward and the horse has to drag the stiffened limb forward for a few steps before the ligament releases. This is commonly known as a locking or sticking stifle. While veterinarians term the condition “upward fixation of the patella,” old-time horsemen have a simpler descriptive phrase: “That horse is stifled.” They might add, “Back him up a few steps to get it to release,” and this trick often works. The following image depicts a horse with a locked stifle. The situation becomes problematic for the horse and rider when the stifle inadvertently locks while the equestrian team is in full performance mode. A locked stifle in the performance arena or while under saddle in generally utility riding can cause serious injury to the rider and horse or in the worst case scenario – death or permanent paralysis, if the horse goes down.


 

It wasn’t long before a demand letter from Savannah Robertson’s attorney, Robert Wagstaff, McMahon, Surovik, Suttle PC of Abilene, Texas was forwarded to the seller Hope B. Martin and her agent Michelle Alley on Sept. 30, 2016 stating damages and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, especially – Section 17.46 of the Texas Business Commerce Code. More specifically, “Deceptive Trade Practices.” Unlawful – (a) False, misleading, or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce are hereby declared unlawful and are subject to action by the consumer protection division under 17.47, 17.58, 17.60 and 17.61 of this code.

 

However, upon receipt of the demand letter for payment of damages, court documents indicate the agent Michelle Alley hired attorney David Hammitt of Madisonville, Texas, to represent her in this matter by filing a lawsuit in her behalf against the buyer Savannah Robertson and the seller Hope B. Martin. Alley, the agent, had sued the buyer, Savannah Robertson, for breach of contract for desiring a rescission of the sale contract and a refund of funds. Thereafter, Robertson’s attorney countersued Alley, alleging violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DPTA) as previously stated, along with a realignment of Plaintiff and Defendants. More specifically, aligning Savannah Robertson as the Plaintiff and the agent Michelle Alley and the seller Hope B. Martin as the Defendants.

 

Further, Robertson’s lawsuit states the cause of action is “preexisting but undisclosed medical condition of the horse prior to the sale, that disqualifies Crown N Diamonds (Cinderella) as useful for the purpose identified by Robertson, i.e. a barrel-racing performance horse.” Therefore, disqualifying Crown N Diamonds (Cinderella) as a performance prospect for Robertson.

 

The lawsuit also stated that if these preexisting conditions would have been known prior to sale, it would have greatly affected Robertson’s opinion and she would have not bought the horse. The lawsuit further states this non-disclosure of disqualifying preexisting medical conditions was used to induce Robertson to buy the horse.

Link to the lawsuit>>

 

Then comes a strange twist:

 

Afterwards, Robertson’s attorney issued a series of subpoenas in this matter and the results are revealing and alarming to say the least. First, it was disclosed that while under the care, ownership and control of Michelle Gilbert of Bryan, Texas, the horse did in fact exhibit a series of medical treatments, (i.e.) locking patella, blistering the soft tissue surrounding the stifle ligament, hock injections, stifle injections, neck injections, colic treatment and treatment for a lameness of the right front hoof and proof of preexisting medical conditions. The treatments had been performed by Dr. Cameron Stoudt of the Texas Equine Hospital, Bryan, Texas who is also a contributor to “Barrel Horse News.”,

Medical Records

 

Other evidence contributing to a preexisting medical condition for the horse is included on the Facebook social media page of Gilbert where Gilbert openly admits the horse suffered from a locking patella as well as other injuries during training. A review of Stoudt’s medical records indicate after the last medical treatment, the owner (Gilbert) was selling the horse. A recovered advertisement by Gilbert states the horse is being sold as a “broodmare-sound-only horse, but may be runable in the future.”

 

Court documents report that the horse was sold by Gilbert to Hope B. Martin for $4,500, as a broodmare-sound-only mare. In Martin’s deposition, she states she was made aware of the preexisting medical conditions for the horse but “thought it was no big deal.” A scrutiny of the deposition transcripts didn’t reveal a challenge to Martin’s statement by Robertson’s attorney as to her veterinary knowledge that is sufficient for Martin to make such a medical evaluation of soundness.

 

Subpoenaed medical records also indicate Martin, by referral of Cameron Stoudt DVM, had the horse evaluated and treated at Texas A&M Medical University for the right front hoof injury and the records indicate the horse was also suffering from a degenerating navicular bone. For the record, Dr. Stoudt injected the horse’s right front navicular bursa on March 18, 2015. Also, for the record, court documents indicate none of these pre-existing medical conditions and treatments for the horse were ever conveyed to Savannah Robertson prior to the sale of the horse by Hope B. Martin and her agent Michelle Alley.

 

Another curious impact to this lawsuit indicates there are four individuals involved with this horse: Michelle Gilbert, Hope B. Martin, Michelle Alley and Cameron Stoudt DVM. It should be noted that Dr. Cameron Stoudt is the veterinarian of record for all three owners: Michelle Gilbert, Hope B. Martin and Savannah Robertson. It should also be noted that Dr. Stoudt treated the horse for Michelle Gilbert and Hope B. Martin as well as being the veterinarian of record who conducted the pre-purchase exams for Martin and Robertson. Dr. Stout passed the horse as sound on each pre-purchase veterinary exam.

 

When the depositions and other documents were scrutinized, it was learned that the agent Michelle Alley and the owner, Hope B. Martin, were advertising the horse as “Sound and Sane,” without mentioning any preexisting medical conditions and that the horse was in training with Michelle Alley to make her a “super star.” However, while under deposition scrutiny, each one denied having any alleged videos in their possession riding, exhibiting or showing the horse due to the fact that each of their cell phones had either been lost or collapsed prior to the depositions, which required replacement phones and a total loss of data.

 

But it was determined in Michelle Alley’s deposition that she is a “professional horsewoman” who makes a living training and exhibiting barrel horses as well as boarding, brokering, buying and selling horses. Another curiosity is in Alley’s lawsuit, where her attorney refers to Alley in this matter as a “consumer” rather than an “agent or broker” for the sale of Crown and Diamonds (Cinderella). For clarification, a “consumer” is one who buys a product. An Agent is one who represents an individual in the sale of a product or sells it in their behalf. Further scrutiny revealed professionals in the business are held to a higher standard than an individual just selling a personal horse.

 

On Sept. 11, 2017, an agreed-to “Order of Dismissal with Prejudice of Certain Claims” was filed jointly by the attorneys for Alley and Robertson, which essentially states Alley is dismissing her claims against Hope Martin and Savannah Robertson “with prejudice,” and Savannah Robertson dismissed her claim against Alley “with prejudice,” which essentially means the action can’t be filed in this court or any other court after dismissal.

 

However Robertson’s claim against Hope B. Martin remains intact and the lawsuit has been realigned as Savannah Robertson (as Plaintiff) vs Hope B. Martin (as Defendant).

 

 

Is the Seller a professional?

As Equine Legal Solutions explains: “Is the seller someone who sells horses as part of their business, such as a trainer or breeder, or are they an individual horse owner who sells a horse only occasionally?  If the seller is a professional, the sale may be subject to the Uniform Commercial Code, which provides that a “warranty of merchantability” is implied in every sale by a “merchant.”  In laymen’s terms, this means when a breeder or trainer sells a riding horse, there is an implied term that the horse is sound enough to be used as a riding horse. No warranties are implied in sales by individuals. The implied warranty of merchantability can be overcome by a specific statement in the sale contract disclaiming this warranty. Note, however, that contract statements such as “As Is,” “no warranties,” or “seller disclaims all warranties” are insufficient to successfully disclaim the warranty of merchantability – the word “merchantability” must be specifically mentioned in the contract disclaimer.

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☛ Tommy Manion case covered by FW Star Telegram 10-13-17

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

MANION BB GUN SHOOTING OF HORSE COVERED BY FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM

Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 13, 2017

Friday the 13th only happened twice this year, and today was Tommy Manion’s unlucky day! Not only the NCHA, Allaboutcutting.com and Quarterhorsenews.com have covered the fact that he shot his stallion with a BB gun at an NCHA-approved show and when he was suspended by the NCHA for not following their new Zero Animal Abuse policy, he sued the NCHA. But now he has  announced he has dropped all charges and accepts his penalty. The prestigious Fort Worth Star Telegram and Senior Editor Max Baker have now gotten involved, not only covering the story but publishing the video!

Click on the following link for the article and video:

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/-article178681691.html

 

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☛ Tommy Manion settles with NCHA 10-13-17

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TOMMY MANION SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH NCHA

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 13, 2017

Due to the fact that I’m in the middle of a move, yesterday I was dreading to go to the Fort Worth Court House to attend the Tommy Manion vs NCHA lawsuit; however, Manion evidently came to his senses and realized he was in the wrong – apologizing to the NCHA in an open letter posted on the NCHA website  to the members, following a meeting with his lawyer and the NCHA on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The case involved him shooting an unruly stallion that he brought to a cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, that he repeatedly shot in the hip with a BB gun concealed under a jacket on his arm. However, a cell-phone video taken of the entire event was sent to the NCHA and circulated among NCHA members. When they sanctioned him for animal abuse and the non-compliance with the association’s recently implemented Zero Animal Abuse policy, Manion filed a lawsuit against the NCHA.

However, it didn’t take long for him to drop the lawsuit and apologize in an open letter to NCHA officials and members that was  published on the NCHA website, realizing the evidence was overwhelming that he had violated the newly created Zero Tolerance Animal Abuse Policy of the NCHA. Besides, that the more than likely “unwinable” lawsuit was becoming very costly.

But Manion didn’t get completely off the hook for his apology, as the the settlement included the following terms of the settlement:

1.    Suspension of NCHA membership for six months beginning August 9, 2017

2.    NCHA Membership Probation for one year thereafter

3.    Fine payable to NCHA to $10,000.00

4.    Letter to the NCHA membership (which was included in yesterday’s post)

The NCHA announced they are pleased with the settlement and remains committed to its Zero Tolerance policy.

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