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☛ Horse abuse still ongoing 11-19 -16

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By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 19, 2016

On Nov. 18, the Miami Herald reported that a suspected horse slaughterhouse operation in rural Miami-Dade was raided by police, where they arrested  a man accused of selling undercover cops illegal horse meat for $7 a pound.


Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle called the case “the first successful infiltratration … into the extremely close-knit and secretive world” of horse meat sales. There are no facilities in the United States that are regulated to slaughter horses for human consumption and a handful of previous arrests in Miami-Dade have been only for possession of illegal horse flesh, which is a misdemeanor.


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In another article released by CBS News 11, 50 horses were rescued from a horse rescue located in Hill County, Texas, just south of Fort Worth.


The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT), along with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office took the animals from the Thunderfoot Equine and Rescue, where they found 50 horses emaciated, injured and several near death. One horse had to be euthanized.


“It was a concentration camp,” said Sandy Shelby, the Executive Director of the HSNT. The horses were taken to a ranch in Joshua, where veterinarians and volunteers will work to try to nurse them back to health. The HSNT is looking for volunteers and donations to help treat the horses.


The Hill County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the woman running the horse rescue could face multiple felony charges of animal cruelty. She is scheduled to appear before a civil court next Monday, Nov. 21.


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☛ AQHA-PRCA name top rodeo horses 11-18 -16




Press release from PRCA
Nov. 18, 2016


Clayton Hass used steer wrestling winner Landrys Cadillac as his primary mount in 2016. “Cadillac” is the lone repeat horse of the year winner, while six first-time winners were chosen as AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year. (Dan Hubbell photo)

Six first-time winners were chosen as the American Quarter Horse Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Horses of the Year.


Honorees were named in each of the six timed-event categories (there was a tie in the steer roping), with the lone repeat champion being steer wrestling horse Landrys Cadillac, aka “Cadillac.”

The bulldogging mount, who also won Horse of the Year in 2014 and was second in last year’s voting, is owned by Sterling Wallace of Justin, Texas. Three of the top five cowboys in the steer wrestling WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings rode Cadillac this season.


Ty Erickson, who ended the regular season in the top spot, rode the horse at times in 2016, including picking up a win in Livingston, Montana. Tyler Waguespack, third in the world standings, and Clayton Hass, fifth, each used Cadillac as their primary mount this season. Waguespack won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo on the horse, and Hass was tops at the Cody (Wyoming) Stampede.


“He’s the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” Tyler says of Cadillac. “He stands in the box and doesn’t move, and gives guys an opportunity to score on him. He gives you a great pattern out in the field, and it makes it really easy to win something when you have a horse that good underneath you.”


Timber Moore’s tie-down roping horse, MFO Harvey, aka “Colonel,” was second in the Horse of the Year voting last year and takes over the top spot in 2016.


Moore has owned the horse since 2012, and credits Colonel for helping him reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past three seasons. The two combined for a huge win in Greeley, Colorado, this season.


“We’ve clicked together really well, and he has given me a chance to win every time I’ve nodded my head,” Moore said. “I’ve had other guys ride him, and they’ve also had some success, so it has been neat to see that. To have him honored as Horse of the Year means a lot, and it’s well-deserved.”


Both winners in the team roping are first-timers.

Header Kolton Schmidt, 22, rode Tuffys Badger Chex, aka “Badger” – a horse owned by his father, Ronald Schmidt – and qualified for the first NFR of his young career. Schmidt and partner Shay Carroll won Wainwright, Alberta, and Schmidt enters Las Vegas fourth in the world standings.


Aboard Zans Colonel Shine, aka “Colonel,” heeler Jake Long enters his sixth NFR third in the world standings. Long owns the horse with his wife, Tasha, and won rodeos in Sheridan and Cody, Wyoming, with partner Luke Brown in 2016.


The steer roping featured a tie at the top spot, with Cody Lee’s At War Leo, aka “Punchy” splitting the honors with Chris Glover’s Tonk Champ, aka “Champ.”


Lee enters the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping fifth in the world, and Glover checks in at No. 12.


In barrel racing, it was Kelly and Ivy Conrado’s homebred Cfour Tibbie Stinson who took top honors, edging out Mary Burger’s Sadiefamouslastwords and Kimmie Wall’s TKW Bullysfamous Fox.





1. Landrys Cadillac (Skip Me Dandy-Bayou Peppy Gal by Bayou Sugar Bar), owned by Sterling Wallace and bred by Jared N. Dirickson

2. Say Rey Doc (Tivito Sonny Rey-Say Easy Bug by Easy Gigolo), owned by Tom Duvall and bred by Emmit J. Duvall

3. Derecho Wood (Whiskey Ike HK-Quick And Direct by Eagles Flight), owned by Jule and Heidi Hazen and bred by Cinco and Kincaid Light


1. Tuffys Badger Chex (Tuf Country Chex-Chili Jody Page by Oregon San Badger) owned by Ronald Schmidt and bred by Doug and Kelly Wilkinson

2. RK Tuff Trinket (Tuffys OO Buck-Tall Pine Wickett by Knock My Sox Off), owned by Riley Minor and bred by Rod and Kristine Chumley

3. My Frosty Cocoa (Skid Frost-Sissy Truck by Texas Truck), owned by Dustin Bird and bred by Jim Welsh


1. Zans Colonel Shine (Zans Diamond Shine-Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger), owned by Jake and Tasha Long and bred by Dennis Schroeder

2. Circle Back Jack (Nu Circle N Cash-Shiners Reylena by Shining Spark), owned by Dugan and Brittany Kelly and bred by Danny L. and Joanna Berry

3. Rey Shines On Top (Shiners Lena Rey-Kings Sly Sugar by Kings Zantanon), owned by Brady Minor and bred by Margie Denton


1. MFO Harvey (Mr Freckles Olena-Miss Pebble Lady by San Peppys Pebble), owned by Timber Moore and bred by Gary Green

2. Sort Of Popular (Popular Resortfigure-RR Quick Bernice by Quick Emotion), owned by Fred Werneck and Marcos Costa and bred by Mike Denney

3. Smokin Reata (Jereminah Lena-Henrietta Daniel by Johnny Nance), owned by Shane Hanchey and bred by O.L. “Buck” Daniel


1. (Tie) At War Leo (Tamuleo-Arrowhead Dance by Arrowhead Badger), owned by Cody Lee and bred by J Slash Cattle Co.


1. (Tie) Tonk Champ (Hunkey Tonk-Miss Cody B Doc by Smokin B Neville), owned by Chris Glover and bred by Debra Hulm

3. Zans Roany Jae Bar (Zan Parr Roany-Jae Bar Sonita by Jae Bar Milo), owned by Shay Good and bred by Cecil W. Jones


1. Cfour Tibbie Stinson (Eddie Stinson-Little Fancy Granny by Del Puerto Bill), bred and owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado

2. Sadiefamouslastwords (Sadies Frosty Drift-Porky And Bess by Dash Ta Fame), owned by Kerry and Mary Burger and bred by Jeff and Kristie Thorstenson

3. TKW Bullysfamous Fox (Bully Bullion-Gateway Ta Love by Dash Ta Fame) bred and owned by Travis and Kimmie Wall


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☛ NCHA Futurity begins 11-17-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 17, 2016

The NCHA Futurity starts today with the first of six bunches of horses in Open competition. The event will continue for the next three weeks, ending on Saturday, Dec. 10 with the Open Finals. The Open semifinals will be held Friday, Dec. 9. The event is being held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center complex in Fort Worth, Texas.


According to the NCHA, the Open Finals has been assisted by companies contributing $100,000 in bonus dollars to the top six Open finalists, who are projected to take home checks of more than $100,000, with the winner receiving $200,000. The companies are Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group.



The NCHA recently published a statement saying that the Open Futurity entries have increased 12.2 % over last year, more than likely due to the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.


The Non-Pro Finals and unlimited Amateur Finals will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, while the Amateur Finals will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Click for NCHA Futurity schedule>>



The NCHA recently published the Triple Crown Task Force Recommendations for the Purse Payout Rules for the 2016 Futurity and beyond.


The Non-Pro is estimated to pay out a total of $661,371, with the champion taking home over $49,000. The Limited Non-Pro will pay out $172,811, with the champion going home with $10,023. The Amateur will pay out $237,752, with the champion taking home close to $10,000 and the Unlimited Amateur will pay out $250,555, with the champion taking home close to $10,800.

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The Western Bloodstock Sales will be held for six days: Tuesday, Dec. 5, through Sat., Dec. 10 in the Justin sale Arena and the and Roundup Inn. There are nearly 1,000 head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock available to purchase. Go to to get a copy of the catalog and/or a list of horses selling. To download the catalog go to, click on NCHA Futurity Sales, then on download catalog.


The Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale will be held following the semifinals on Wednesday Dec..7.



The NCHA Mercuria World finals is also held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity Nov. 25-Dec. 3. The event, held in the Watt arena, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions with World Championship titles and year-end places at stake.


There will also be a trade show going on during the event in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall.


 NCHA Show Photography RFP

NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.”  Details for the bids are outlined here.

This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to

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☛ Champions crowned at ERA Finals 11-14–16


Champions Crowned at the Inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship in Dallas

American Airlines Center hosts one of the most incredible all-star rodeo competitions, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, now, 143 World Championships

DALLAS (Nov. 13, 2016) – The world’s premier professional rodeo athletes and animals that represent the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) tour brought the year-long competition to a thrilling end today at the American Airlines Center, crowning 16 final event and overall champions and handing out more than $1,000,000 in cash purse prizes.

“What started out as a fresh idea between a few cowboys on how we could advance and better the sport of rodeo turned into a dream-come-true this weekend in Dallas,” said ERA interim President Bobby Mote. “We couldn’t be happier with how the ERA World Championship turned out over three days at the American Airlines Center.

“Rodeo is a big part of Texas’ great heritage and boy did the ERA deliver to our fans at the event and tuning in worldwide on FOX Sports 2 TV, SiriusXM Rural Radio and”

Saluting the newly-crowned champions of the ERA’s inaugural season, Mote tipped his hat to winners Chandler Bownds (Bull Riding), Bray Armes (Steer Wrestling), Clay Tryan & Jade Corkill (Team Roping), Cort Scheer (Saddle Bronc Riding), Lisa Lockhart (Barrel Racing), Shane Hanchey (Tie-Down Roping) and Steven Dent (Bareback Riding).

Sunday’s Round 3 competition results and overall ERA World Championship results:

Bull Riding
Friday’s bull riding winner Bownds (Lubbock, Texas) put up the best number again on Sunday, posting up perfectly on a right-handed spin by the bull they call “Spotted Canyon,” and rocking a score of 86.5 at the buzzer. Bownds’ second gold belt buckle of the weekend topped Oregon’s Cannon Cravens by two points (84.5).

Said Bownds on his Sunday win and overall title: “It feels great to get this title. I had a tough bull in the second round, Bushwacked, and he bucked me off pretty quick and sored me up a bit. But I came back today got another round win on a bull who was just good right there in the gate and around to the right and lucky enough to get the round win.”

  • Bull Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, Spotted Canyon, 86.5
      • 2nd Cannon Cravens, Porum, OK, Frosty Whiril, 84.5
      • 3rd Neil Holmes, Houston, TX, Ruff Em Up Truck, 80.5
  • Bull Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, 3350
      •  2nd Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, 3025
      • 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2600

Steer Wrestling
Getting out of the gate a bit slow, times in the four-second range and a couple no scores with the steers early on were disrupted by the night’s No. 1 effort  when Louisiana’s Casey Martin shot out to a quick and clean 3.58 second run. Two other ERA athletes put up sub-four second efforts on the floor of the American Airlines Center, the 2nd place of 3.76 coming from the newly crowned ERA Steer Wrestling Champion Armes.

Said Martin: “It feels great, especially since I didn’t place in the first two rounds. So to get it done and get my steer down it feels great to win the round – and run the fastest time of the rodeo. It lets me know I’ve still got it.”

Added Armes on his overall championship: “Unbelievable. It’s been a dream all year long. I’ve just worked hard at it and thanks to everybody that has always supported me. I feel very blessed.”

  • Steer Wrestling Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Casey Martin, Sulpher, LA, 3.58
      • 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3.76
      • 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.92
  • Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3850
      • 2nd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3675
      • 3rd Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3087.5
Team Roping
Disrupting the overall team roping champions’ potential sweep of the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Turtle Powell (Stephenville, Texas) and Jhett Johnson (Casper, Wyo.) teamed up to head & heel the night’s only sub-four second time, clocking a lightning quick 3.6 seconds for the double gold ERA belt buckles. In the 2016 ERA World Championship season the largest margin of victory in the roping events – 800 points – came courtesy of the team of Tryan (Montana) and Corkill (Nevada) as the two grabbed two of three wins in Dallas to secure the overall title.Said Powell: “Well it felt good. We struggled the first two rounds and I struggled and didn’t rope very well. We were talking about it earlier and we always win something, so it was nice to win tonight … nice to win one of those buckles.”Added Corkhill on the overall title: It’s really cool because there are certain things that only happen once and getting to be the first one, you only have one shot at that so to get it done is something that will be special to us forever.”

  • Team Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Powell/Johnson, Stephenville, TX/Casper, WY, 3.6
      •   2nd Tsinigine/Motes, Fort McDowell, AZ/Weatherford, TX, 4.38
      •   3rd Proctor/Long, Pryor, OK/Coffeyville, KS, 4.4
  •         Team Roping Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 4650
      •   2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 3850
      •   3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 3175
Saddle Bronc Riding
Two big scores in saddle bronc highlighted the season’s final event in the popular, high flying discipline. And in the end the overall champ (Scheer) was edged out by Iowa’s Wade Sundell, 87-point ride. Sundell, riding the horse they call “Out West,” would secure his 2nd place overall position in the ERA season standing with the win, though was still well back of Scheer for the overall title (1,000 points). Canada’s Zeke Thurston would place 3rd overall in the standings, the only Canadian to make the ERA’s overall podium in in the opening season.
Said Sundell: “It’s a good three days here it’s exciting to come out on top the last day and just ride against all these great guys. And it’s been an honor to beat them all (he said with a laugh).”
Scheer on his overall championship: “Unbelievable, you know? You watch all of your idols walk around with gold buckles all the time so it’ll be pretty cool to finally get to wear one.”
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      •   1st Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Out West, 87
      •   2nd Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Bitter Robin, 86
      •   3rd Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, TX, Lunatic From Hell, 84.5
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 4862.5
      •   2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 3875
      •   3rd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3337.
Barrel Racing
If there was a surprise underdog story of the 2016 ERA World Championship it had to be Texan and ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry’s 1st/1st/1stsweep of the three barrel racing events. Mowry was unstoppable, topping everything from numerous legends in the sport to a couple young girls that weigh about half as much as the senior competitors. Mowry and Sunday’srunner up, Ashley Schafer (Yoder, Wyo.), both rode their horses to sub-13 second times – Mowry’s 12.793 topping Schafer’s 12.994 by a mere two tenths of a second.
Said Mowry: “I am just beyond ecstatic. I really had no idea that he (Mowry’s horse “Firewatermakehappy”) would come out like he did – I just thought this would be a really good learning experience. I am just thrilled that he is taking it in and getting stronger even at the end … just thrilled.”
Added Lockhart on her overall title: “Oh it is amazing, and it is a sigh of relief. I knew it was going to be close. We were just too long today and I really worried about it, but I thought it is what it is and if we are, great, and if not kudos to whoever did.”
  • Barrel Racing Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 12.793
      • 2nd Ashley Schafer, Yoder, WY, 12.994
      • 3rd Callie Duperier, Boerne, TX, 13
  • Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 4025
      • 2nd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 3562.5
      • 3rd Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 2992
Tie-Down Roping
Bit of poetic justice for the overall champ Hanchey on Sunday as the Louisianan stepped ‘er up and topped the field, putting an exclamation point on his title with a 1st place event finish on Sunday. Saving the best for last, Hanchey would top on of the sport’s all-time greats, Cody Ohl (3rd) and runner-up Cooper Martin with a time of 7.05 seconds.
Said Hanchey on both is Sunday win and overall title: “Well, I came into this round kind of behind the eight-ball. I knew I needed to win first or second in the round after the way it kind of unfolded. I was lucky enough to go last so I knew what I needed to do and it all kind of just fell into place, both the event win today and the overall ERA tie-down (roping) championship.”
  • Tie-Down Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 7.05
      • 2nd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.21
      • 3rd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.38*
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX 7.38*
  • Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 3650
      • 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 3425
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 3325
Bareback Riding
Like the grand finale of a fireworks display, Sunday’s bareback riding competition didn’t disappoint as the fans were brought to their feet not only by the podium trio of Dent (1st), Oregon’s Bobby Mote (2nd) Utah’s Kaycee Feild (3rd), but also by the final retirement run of longtime great rodeo star Ryan Gray. Dent’s 86-point run on the bucking horse they dubbed “Smack Daddy” was the weekend’s second-highest score, and easily the day’s top scoring bareback ride.Said Dent on both his event win and overall title: “I was just trying to stay calm and get a good seat before I nodded, things just worked out well after that. And on the title, it feels great. Just competing against the best guys in the world everyday just makes you better, and I’m humbled and feel blessed to be able to beat those guys. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Smack Daddy, 86
      • 2nd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, Rodeo Beyond, 84
      • 3rd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, Painted Brush, 83.5
  • Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 4337.5
      • 2nd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, 3837.5
      • 3rd Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, 3300

Mote would wrap up the much talked about 2016 ERA tour and highly successful World Championship in Dallas by saying, “This wasn’t just the end of our first ever ERA season, but the beginning of something bigger in the sport of professional rodeo. Ten or 20 years from now we’ll be looking back at this moment realizing this is where it all started.”

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, including the announcement of the upcoming 2017 tour dates, please visit

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☛ Today’s News 11-11–16




Nov. 11, 2016



Nov. 11, 2016

The daughter of Ross and Madge Lloyd, who own 3 Bar L Transport died completely unexpectedly and they are struggling to get a grip on it.

According to Madge, ”she was found in a comma, then a stroke followed. She had an aneurysm, Never regained consciousness after surgery.

“She was so full of life and had so much to look forward to. Her first grandchild is due and she was so excited.”

The Lloyds are set up along the row with the insurance agents at every NCHA Sale and have been for years and years. She always has cookies out! They have the huge semi rig that Ross customized.


The Lloyds live in Mineral Wells but used to live in California years ago. They are very active in the Cowboys for Christ, giving out bibles at their booth.


“It’s quite a shock to a mom’s spirit,” said Madge. “Please pray for me. I feel so low, heavy and tired. I know it’s just stress but I just can’t get over it. Maybe the funeral will finalize things. I pray.”




Press release from Luskey’s Ryon’s

Luskey’s, the popular western clothing store that has been a part of Fort Worth for nearly a century, has been sold to a larger competitor, Cavender’s.

The Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Store at 2601 N. Main St. in the Stockyards will be closed Monday for renovations and then reopen a day or two later under the Cavender’s name. The remodeling likely will be ongoing for several weeks.

“It was a family decision, and we have been working with them for a long time,” Alan Luskey, who co-owns the store with his cousin Mike Luskey and other relatives, said Friday. He said the family approached Cavender’s about a possible merger months ago, and negotiations have taken place since February.






According to a June 24-26 article in the Fort Worth Business Journal, The American Paint Horse Association plans to relocate the Fort Worth Stockyards’ Horse & Mule Bars at East Exchange Avenue.


Officials from the APHA said they plan to relocate their headquarters, 45-member staff and retail store in the winter of 2017 and 2018 from the organization’s home since 1999 – the Mercantile Center Business/Industrial park in Northeast Fort Worth.


Although the final lease agreement is still being negotiated, Billy Smith, the executive director of the 50,000-member association, said they were retooling their whole business model to become leaner and meaner by cost cutting, enhancing member services and expanding equestrian competition accessibility, affordability and variety to reboot their membership and horse ownership. They have cut headquarter staff from 150 people in 2004-2007 down to 45.


Smith claims they don’t need the 40,000-square-foot home space in its own 1999 contracted new building and they are planning on leasing the current headquarters and the plan is that their income from the building will cover most if not all of the Stockyards site’s leasing costs.






Press release from the Texas Animal Health Commission


AUSTIN, TX –  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 48 American veterinarians the VMLRP award to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources.


One Texas veterinarian was awarded the VMLRP award this year and will be fulfilling the shortage of public practice (Type III) needs in Brazos County. Type III awards are limited to 10 percent of total nominations and available funds.


While the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) does not administer the VMLRP loan, each year the TAHC solicits input from a broad range of stakeholders including veterinarians, veterinary educators, livestock producers, and the public to identify which geographic areas of Texas to nominate for the VMLRP. A total of eight shortage areas in Texas were identified in 2016, of which six were Type II and two were Type III.


“The public veterinarian shortage situation in Brazos County comes from difficulty in recruitment and retention, with prolonged searches and even an inability to fill vacancies in the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL),” said Dr. Bruce Akey, TVMDL Director. “The trend has increasingly been to fill positions with non-veterinarians due to an inability to attract qualified or interested veterinarians, resulting in a loss of critical clinical expertise.”


Due to the size of the animal agriculture industries in Texas, this shortage poses a risk beyond the state borders, as animals and animal products move across state lines daily, and are traded internationally.


A map of veterinary service shortage areas by state is available online.


In its seventh year of operation, the VMLRP program helps qualified veterinarians repay up to $75,000 of debt they incurred while pursuing their veterinary medicine degrees in return for three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. Participants are required to serve in one of the three types of shortage situations.


• Type I are private practices dedicated to food animal medicine at least 80 percent of the time.

• Type II are private practices in rural areas dedicated to food animal medicine up to 30 percent of the time.

• Type III are dedicated to public practice up to 49 percent of the time.

For more information contact the VMLRP via email at Comments or questions related to the designated shortage areas may be directed to




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☛ Purina surprises horse rescue with feed gift 11-11–16



A Colorado horse rescue receives two tons of Purina horse feed to support rehabilitation and education programs.


Press Release from Purina
Nov. 11, 2016

A horse rescue in Fairplay, Colo., received a huge but welcome delivery on Saturday afternoon. Far View Horse Rescue was surprised with a donation of free horse feed from Purina Animal Nutrition.


The gift arrived during a volunteer and rescue appreciation event held at the 40-acre ranch near Breckenridge. Volunteers gathered to share stories of the team’s hard work and remember the countless horses saved and rehomed by Far View. During the event, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who have a longstanding relationship with Purina and are exclusively fed Purina feed, made a surprise visit to help Purina deliver the two tons of horse feed.


“To date, we have donated more than 800 tons of horse feed to help rehabilitate horses across the country through our sponsorship of A Home for Every Horse,” explains Purina Animal Nutrition Director of Lifestyle Marketing James Kinnear.  “We are pleased to offer this gift to Far View Horse Rescue and hope it helps the organization continue to make such a positive impact on the horses and volunteers involved.


Representatives from A Home for Every Horse were also in attendance. The A Home For Every Horse program helps connect rescue organizations to resources and people available to help. Far View Horse Rescue is one of more than 600 horse rescues across the United States impacted by the partnership between Purina and A Home for Every Horse.


“Every horse deserves a good home. When we can find new homes for rescued horses, it makes everything worthwhile,” says Page Van Meter, lead volunteer of Far View Horse Rescue.

“We couldn’t do all of this without the help of our youth and adult volunteers and the support of programs such as A Home for Every Horse and Purina Horse Feed.”


To learn more about feeding rescue horses, connect with Purina Animal Nutrition and A Home for Every Horse at, or Purina Horse Feed on Facebook and Twitter.


Purina Animal Nutrition LLC ( is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.


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