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☛ News from the NRHA 6-15-18

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM THE NRHA

 

June 15, 2018

 

NRHA FEES TO GO UP

Press release from NRHA
Last month, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met in Oklahoma City for their quarterly meeting. Amid the discussion of 2019 rule changes, event dates and other governance topics, the board conducted their annual review of all NRHA fees.

The last major NRHA fees update occurred nearly 12 years ago. Since then, the association has implemented a number of events and programs such as the North American Affiliate Regional Championships, the NRHA European Futurity and Derby, the Nomination Program, the International Affiliate Program, Para-Reining and the Stewards Program. These were necessary additions to provide more opportunities to members and to improve the sport of reining as a whole. The additions resulted in substantial growth in membership numbers, entries and number of horses competing in NRHA events.

The board carefully considered these NRHA events and programs before deciding to update current association fees. They also took into account the new, 12-month membership format that goes into effect January 1, 2019, which will allow members* to receive benefits such as the NRHA Reiner magazine for a true full year. The fees increase will also allow NRHA to maintain the current practice of managing the budget to provide approximately $500 per member for programs and activities. Over 70% of the budget is allocated to member programs, services and affiliate support, significantly more than most of its equine association counterparts.

“Although NRHA is built around one sport, we have a very diverse association with diverse needs. As a board, we strive to provide opportunity and recognition to all walks of our membership from youth reiners and para-reiners to nominators and aged event riders,” said NRHA President Mike Deer. “To meet ever-changing and ever-growing needs of our membership, the board has to carefully analyze our budget each year, and that includes fees updates from time to time.”

The following list of updated fees will go into effect January 1, 2019:

Associate Membership – $40.00
General Membership **$115
Youth Membership – $50.00
3-Year Membership – $330.00
Lifetime Membership – $2,400.00
Competition License – $60.00
Non-Pro Declaration – $40.00
Transfer – $60.00
Rush Fees Same Day – $60.00
Rush Fees 3-Day – $40.00
Confirmation – $35.00
Non-Member – 3rdClass Reiner Postage – $75.00
Non-Member – 1stClass Reiner Postage – $150.00
Non-Member- Canadian Reiner Postage – $110.00
Non-Member – International Reiner Postage – $120.00
Youth Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rdClass – $30.00
Associate Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage 3rdClass – $45.00
1stClass (Upgrade from 3rdClass*) – Reiner Postage – $85.00
Canadian Member (Add-on*) – Reiner postage $60.00
International Member (Add-on*) – Reiner Postage – $95.00

 

*Current NRHA members (General, Non Pro and Professionals) will continue to receive the NRHA Reiner as a benefit of membership (one per household). There are additional shipping charges for Life, Associate and Youth members, as well as for Canadian, International or 1st Class delivery.

** The $50 NRHA Professionals fee will not increase. Renewing an NRHA Professionals membership = $50 Professionals membership + $115 General membership.

 

 

NRHA DERBY BREAKING RECORDS

According to the NRHA, entries for the 38thannual NRHA Derby for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses is breaking records. Scheduled for June 22-July 1 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Okla., horses and riders will be competing for $850,00 in added money for Open and Non-Pro Derby Championships. It is the richest added-money Derby in North America and with its “tradition and deep competition,” it is the top reining event each year.

 

There is still time to enter and forms can be found at www.nrhaderby.com/forms. Entries received from June 15 to one day prior to the start of the show will pay a $500 late fee. Contact NRHA at 405-946-7400 or events@nrha.com.

NRHA Derby 2018 Schedule

 

AUSTRIANRHA FUTURITY & NRHA SHOW FEATURES $80,000 ADDED MONEY

The $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity and NRHA Ancillary Show, are scheduled to be held Aug. 22-25 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The first deadline is July 2, 2018; however, horses can be held after that date for additional fees. Horses can be entered online on www.showmanager.info.

 

 

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old, as well as the 4-year-old horses. There are four levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non-Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. The NRHA Ancillary classes are also ARHA Circuit qualifiers. For further information contact Gerda Langer +43-2238-8484, cell +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545, or e-mail the office at office@nrha.at, www.rha.ator www.futurity.at. You can obtain forms at westernstar.at/futurity/forms.shtml.

 

 

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☛ NCHA’s New Executive Committee – 6-10 -18

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

NCHA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2018

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 10, 2018

 

Following the NCHA Convention, Phil Rapp, is now the new President of the NCHA.  President-Elect is Ron Pietrafeso, while the newly elected Vice President is Steve Norris.

 

At Large members include Tom Neal, Tatum Rice and Lachlan Perks.

 

The balance of the Executive Committee include:

Kristen York, Region 1 which includes Alaska, Canada (West-Central), Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming;

Rock Hedlund, Region 2, including Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada;

Ernie Beutenmiller, Region 3, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin;

David Pilcher, Region 4, including Canada (East), Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia;

Jay Klamon, Region 5, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ronnie Smith, Region 6, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississipi and East Texas.

Skip Jones, Region 7, including New Mexico and West and South Texas, and

Matt Miller, Region 8, which includes Oklahoma and North Texas.

 

These individuals have a big job ahead of them, keeping the association on a solid foundation financially. Regaining and encouraging new major sponsors and members is also on their list of “to do’s”.

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☛ Justify wins Triple Crown 6-9-18

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

JUSTIFY REWRITES HISTORY BOOKS BY WINNING TRIPLE CROWN

 

THE STALLION WINS THE 150THBELMONT STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS

 

Reprint from The Paulick Report

June 9, 2018

 

He’s re-writing the history books.

First, he won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Then he overcame a speed duel to just hold on in the Preakness Stakes.

This Saturday, Justify capped off a terrific card at Belmont Park with a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy will now be enshrined as racing’s 13th winner of the Triple Crown, just the second undefeated colt to do so. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who made his career on the New York racing circuit, piloted a perfect race to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” said an emotional Smith. “He’s just brilliant.”

Racing fans had waited 37 years for American Pharoah to win the Triple Crown in 2015, and now Justify has become the second horse to do so in the past 40 years.

“Mike Smith, he deserves something like this,” said Baffert, now one of only two trainers to saddle a pair of Triple Crown winners. “There’s no one more deserving than him. I think all of New York should give him a cheer.”

Racing on the lead throughout, Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify completed the Belmont’s grueling 1 1/2 miles over a fast track in 2:28.18. The 24-1 longshot Gronkowski got up for second, while Hofurg and Vino Rosso completed the superfecta.

 

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☛ NRCHA Derby News and Getting It Right 6-1-18

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NRCHA DERBY, HELD JUNE 10-17 IN PASO ROBLES, CALIF., PROMISES TO BE EXCITING

HOWEVER, SOME CALIFORNIANS FEEL SLIGHTED AS OUT-OF-STATE CONTESTANTS GET INTO STALLS A DAY EARLIER

June 2, 2018

Photo on left is of the 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Champion was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California. He rode Lil Bay Hawk (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun), a gelding owned by Stephen Silva, to the title. Primo Morales photo from NRCHA page.

 

The NRCHA Derby is scheduled for eight days: June 10-17, Paso Robles, Calif. However, several contestants are  not happy with a new rule stating that “out-of-state” contestants will be able to obtain their stalls a day earlier.

According to the NRCHA website, juicy paychecks await 4- and 5-year-old horses at the NRCHA Derby, many of which competed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when they were 3 years old. Horses may be shown in either a snaffle bit or a hackamore. They are judged in three challenging events: herd work, rein work and cow work, with a preliminary round of competition to determine who will return for the clean-slate finals. 

The Derby features nine divisions to suit all levels, from million-dollar riders in the Open, entry-level competitors in the Amateur and Non-Pro Limited, and everyone in between. Another NRCHA Derby highlight is the $50,000 added Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular. The Derby is held in Paso Robles, a charming city on the central California coast, the heart of reined cow horse country.

Limited Age Event Added Money totaling $122,500 includes $90,000 added to the Open and $25,000 added to the Non Pro.

The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular has $25,000 added money. Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular has $5,000 added.

Horse Show Added Money totals $32,750 and includes Open and Non Pro Two Rein Spectaculars, Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular, Non-Pro Limited Spectacular and two Youth Spectaculars. 

However, a note at the end of the stall list has ruffled some feathers of California entrants, saying, “Out-of-state horses can move in Friday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m., while In-state horses can move in Saturday, June 9 at 8 a.m.”

For draws and results, go to www.nrcha.com.

 

 

CORRECTION REGARDING TERMINATION OF CHUCK SMITH AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Earlier today I posted an article about the termination of NCHA Executive Director Chuck Smith. I posted that he was terminated by the Board of Directors. I recently received an e-mail from a South Texas Director saying, “It was the Executive Committee, not the Board of Directors, that let the Executive Director go. I’m sorry for this misunderstanding.

The article on the NCHA website regarding Smith is as follows:

“The NCHA has made some changes in its management, as a result, has terminated Chuck Smith’s contract as Executive Director. The NCHA will honor the terms of that contract and immediately begin its search for a new Executive Director. The Association appreciates Chuck’s service and looks forward to working with Chuck in the future as he continues to serve the NCHA as a past President and Life Director and promotes the NCHA as he has done for many years.

“Effective as of Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the end of his term as President of the NCHA, Lewis Wray will assume the duties of the Executive Director on an interim basis with no pay and no contract. “

 

 

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☛ Chuck Smith ousted as NCHA Executive Director 6-1-18

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 5 comments

CHUCK SMITH OUSTED AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DURING NCHA CONVENTION

By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 1, 2017

On June 10, 2018, Jim Bret Campbell’s five-year million-dollar  contract with the NCHA would have been completed; however, on Aug. 25, 2016, the NCHA announced that Jim Bret Campbell was no longer serving as the Executive Director of the association.

Click for Jim Bret Campbell article>> 

At that time, Chuck Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio, was moved into the interim Executive Director position from the Presidency and later was named the permanent Executive Director.

Click for NCHA notice>>

Smith’s job as NCHA Executive Director ended today with a surprise announcement during the NCHA Convention, being held June 1-3 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, that Smith was removed from the leadership of the NCHA. 

Prior to this year’s convention, Lewis Wray was the President of the association, while Phil Rapp was President Elect and Ron Pietrafeso is Vice President. All of these individuals will be moving up during the convention, with Rapp becoming the new President and Ron Pietrafeso the President Elect. The new Executive Director has not yet been announced.

Recently I received a letter from a member of the Board and in the letter, there was a paragraph regarding Chuck Smith as the Executive Director as follows:

“I want to bring to your attention just how many of us are opposed to the choice of Chuck Smith as our Executive director. We, the body of Directors, were never consulted prior to his hiring, thus making it apparent that he was hired out of mere convenience, rather than conducting a rigorously due diligent effort to find the right candidate for the position. Not only does he lack experience running any association whatsoever, he is also completely in over his head, and lacks the intestinal fortitude of true leadership, all the while being paid a ridiculously high salary usually reserved for someone in upper management in a corporate setting. This is just another example of why our association is currently facing the dire economic conditions we find ourselves in.”

My guess is that a majority of NCHA Directors must have felt the same way.

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Who would want to eat a horse? 5-31-18

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

WHO WOULD WANT TO EAT A HORSE???

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
May 31, 2018

 

‘Inside the Issues’: Eating horses has been taboo for most of America’s history, but recently Congress has considered altering U.S. laws to revive the American horse slaughter industry. On FOX News’ “Tucker Carlson,” Tucker interviews Dave Duquette, representing Protect The Harvest, as well as himself as a promoter of horse slaughter during the interview.

Click for a complete view of the FOX News interview with Duquette>>

 

In an article entitled, “Hermiston doesn’t want a horse slaughter plant on its doorstep” by Richard Cockle in The Oregonian, dated and updated Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm and posted Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm.

 

“ Once wide open to virtually any industry that promised payrolls and jobs, the eastern Oregon town of Hermiston is taking a stand against the latest business poised to land on its doorstep.

 

“I don’t think the first thing you want to see when you get off the freeway is a horse slaughter plant,” said Mayor Robert E. Severson. “That’s a dramatic reversal for a town whose tallest building is the 73-foot Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed-cleaning elevator and where the Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot stockpiled rockets, bombs and land mines armed with nerve gas and mustard agents outside the city limits until this past spring. But livability is an issue for Hermiston’s 16,745 residents, and a slaughter plant might discourage other enterprises from coming here.

 

“We are the fastest-growing community in eastern Oregon. I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Thank God that you took a stand against the horse slaughter plant.’ The nation’s last three horse slaughter plants in Texas and Illinois closed five years ago, ending the annual killing and processing of roughly 100,000 of the nation’s 9.2 million horses. President Barack Obama signed the federal agricultural appropriations bill last spring, lifting a congressional ban on domestic horse-meat inspections, in effect allowing slaughter to resume.”

 

DUQUETTE ALIGNS WITH SUE WALLIS (AKA) SLAUGHTER SUE

 

Dave Duquette’s name is nothing new to the horse slaughter industry. His early appearances as a promoter in the horse slaughter industry can be traced back to 2012 and earlier, as evidenced in an article “Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state representative, cattle rancher and slaughter advocate, said four equine slaughter/processing facilities will open in Missouri, Iowa and New Mexico within two months. All are former beef or bison plants retrofitted for horses, she said.

 

Industry representatives blame the shutdown of domestic slaughter for triggering steep declines in horse values, causing widespread horse abandonment and overwhelming rescue operations.

 

Meanwhile, a related population explosion among wild herds on reservations is damaging roots, berries and other traditional Native American foods, tribal members say.

 

Duquette met with representatives of 11 tribes last month in Pendleton, some from as far as the Dakotas, to discuss the slaughter issue. He said he expects tribes to underwrite 51 to 65 percent of the Hermiston plant.

 

THE TWO FACES OF DAVE DUQUETTE

 

Dave Duquette, a Hermiston horse trainer who is organizing the slaughter effort, said the City Council is missing a bet on a proposal that would employ 100 workers, slaughter up to 25,000 horses a year and inject $35 million into the local economy.

 

He hopes to have the 20,000-square-foot plant in place by late 2013. Investors have bought 252 acres near the junction of Interstate 84/Interstate 82 for the operation, he said. He also plans a nonprofit horse rehabilitation center managed by the 22,000-member United Horsemen’s Association in conjunction with the plant.

 

“It would rescue, train and find homes for horses salvaged from the slaughter stream,” he said.

 

“We are going to try to reproduce this facility in several places in the United States,” said Duquette, who believes the rescue center could be “a role model for the nation. Horses for slaughter would include old, lame and problem domestic horses as well as unwanted wild horses from herds roaming Indian reservations”.

 

On one hand Duquette wants to slaughter horses by building an elaborate slaughtering facility, as well as duplicating its likeness with other horse-slaughter plant constructions while, on the other hand, Duquette is advocating rescuing some from the horse-slaughter pipeline. Still he thinks it’s good to eat horsemeat.  A dichotomy personification at its finest.

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER – “AN ONGOING BATTLE OF IDEOLOGIES”

 

Proponents “sing the same ole tune.  “It’s necessary for the welfare of the poor horse,” a statement that is merely a smoking mirror to elude relevant facts of the actual causes of over-populated horses in this country directly contributing to the poor-horse moniker. Meanwhile “Advocates Against Slaughter” are the ones bringing scientific studies and relevant facts to the table in the quest for dominance in the truth issue. The proponent philosophy is clearly evidenced in the FOX News, Tucker Carlson interview with Duquette.  Duquette thinks everyone would enjoy eating horsemeat, which is a sad commentary for the poor horse, but not for Duquette who wants to open horse slaughter plants for profit throughout the U.S.A.

 

However, Duquette’s meager quest for illogical rationality is overshadowed by Tucker Carlson’s rapier rebuttals of the subject using historical and sound logic to rebuke Duquette’s illogical rambling’s.

 

DIRECT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS ATTRIBUTING TO THE PLIGHT OF AMERICAS HORSE.

 

Research has clearly evidenced each horse population has mitigating factorsdirectly contributing to an overpopulation of horses in America. As such, to clearly identify the overpopulation of horses one must separate the overpopulation into four categories:

 

1) Personally owned, 2) Performance horse industry, 3) Horse racing industry and 4) wild mustangs and burros.

 

Within category (1), (2), and (3), one relevant factor contributes to each respective category, (e.g. an economic decline in American wealth and earnings) that specifically contributes to more unwanted or unaffordable horses in our society.

 

Equally, within category (1), (2), and (3) another relevant factor contributing to the unwanted horse population is the  “over-breeding” of a specific group or type.  Still another relevant factor contributing to the over population of horses in Americas society is the back-yard or (unintentional) breeding of horses.

 

In the performance horse industry, the specific relevant factor contributing to the overpopulation of horses in America is an annual explosion of horses driven by race and/or performance horse breeders trying to ascend to the top of the “Futurity Ladder of Success”.During the process of winning a Futurity, young horses are crippled and are destined for the horse-slaughter pipeline. Therefore, the “Breed More, Kill More” moniker is derived.

 

CASE IN POINT

 

Registrants of specific horse breeds or types make a significant amount of money due to breeding, foal registration, futurity entrance fees and horse transfers.  Therefore, it’s in their best interest for these specific horse breed associations to encourage an annual population of horses, (e.g. American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Thoroughbred Association, etc.).

 

Actually, in the case of some breeders, a rational person can deduce that the breeding philosophy is “Breed 10 and maybe get one champion,” knowing that the slaughter pipeline is a viable outlet for those horses that are either crippled during the process or don’t make it to the Championship ring. Perhaps if the horse-slaughter outlet were closed, even to crossing borders to Mexico and Canada or internationally, perhaps then a breeder would think about reducing the number of horses he or she produces each year.

 

On the other hand, wild mustangs and burros are witnessing a war being waged against them due to:

 

1)         Mismanagement by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and

 

2)         Livestock grazers, grazing cattle and sheep on National Grasslands at a fraction of the cost they would pay for lease use on private land.

 

Livestock grazers on National Grasslands have been dubbed the title of “Welfare ranchers” for a good cause, i.e., when required, they receive government subsidy checks to keep them going. Scientific studies have proven over and over again that certain assertions made by livestock grazers against wild mustangs and burros have often times been proven categorically false. However, what they fail to tell you is that the wild horses, burros, wildlife and predators suffer from the encroachment of privately owned cattle and sheep into their native environment.

 

Another mitigating factor instigated and/or caused by livestock grazers is the reduction and/or killing of predators in these areas that would otherwise contribute to the natural course of nature by killing sick, young and old wild horses and mustangs for survival – The Natural Balance of Nature.

 

Notwithstanding, it’s these same livestock grazers (welfare ranchers), combined with corporations in the cattle and sheep production business, that are the direct contributing factor for the U.S. Government spending millions of dollars annually in the removal and housing of the wild mustangs and burros, as well as for the removal and/or killing of the predators in these areas. This is a very wasteful spending project – all because of livestock producers.

 

In my article “Horse Slaughter – Fact and Fiction”, published on July 23, 2015 on www.allaboutcutting.net, these exact circumstances are delineated and include eye-opening Bureau of Land Management (BLM) statistics.

Click for Horse Slaughter – Fact and Fiction>>

 

 

ECOLOGIST CRAIG DOWNER: An Open Letter to BLM. Re: Cloud Herd

 

Another piece of compelling evidence delineating the mismanagement of the wild mustangs and burros is an open letter to the BLM. Mr. Downer is an ecologist who has extensively studied both the wild horses of the West and the endangered mountain tapirs of the Northern Andes. His authored articles include: Wild Horses, their ecological contribution, their North American evolutionary roots, their great natural and social value and their survival plight.

Click to read the Craig Downer letter>>

 

LETTER FROM” PAULA BACON, MAYOR OF KAUFMAN, TEXAS (2003-2007).

 

According to Dave Duquette, eating horsemeat may be his choice of meat preferences but neither he nor Forrest Lucas’ PROTECT THE HARVEST explains in their dialogue exactly what the ramifications are in opening a horse-slaughter plant in the U.S.A. The following letter explaining the adverse effects of such a plant is reduced to script by Mrs. Paula Bacon, the mayor of Kaufman, Texas, and derived from her first-hand witness, knowledge and experience.

 

“I am 5th generation in Kaufman, TX, a community that spent many difficult years

trying to deal with a horse-slaughter plant. As a resident, business owner (P.G.

Bacon Lumber Co. “Friendly Service Since 1896”), taxpayer and one who has

served four terms on the City Council, with two as mayor, I believe a horse-slaughter plant is among thevery least desirable things a community would want.

 

A horse-slaughter plant ranks with a lead-smelter plant and sexually oriented businesses, the dead opposite of economic development. A horse-slaughter plant created expensive environmental problems for taxpayers, profoundly affected our crime rate and stigmatizes the community as ‘that place where they slaughter horses’ — and good development goes elsewhere.

 

Knowing what such a plant does to a community, people want to do everything

they can to keep a horse-slaughter plant from moving in. A horse-slaughter plant

creates long-term m&o expenses, dominates what people think of your community

and getting rid of them is almost impossible. A horse-slaughter plant is a classic

example of how a bad decision leads to multiple bad outcomes”.

To read the full letter click here>>

 

PROTECT THE HARVEST

 

One of the “so-called” protectors of our way of life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit started by billionaire Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Fame, called “PROTECT THE HARVEST.”  Lucas wants to protect American Society from everything including abolishment from hunting, fishing, rodeo, horse shows, etc.  However, what Mr. Lucas doesn’t tell you is that he is also in the cattle business.  “Therefore, Lucas has some skin in the game” regarding the BLM issue.

 

PROTECT THE HARVEST MISSION STATEMENT:

 

1)         PROTECT THE HARVEST IS WORKING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS TO HUNT, FISH, FARM, EAT MEAT, AND OWN PETS.

 

For the record, one of the narrator’s of a video, “Horses In Crisis”, that is on the front of PROTECT THE HARVEST’S website, clearly admits all predator control has been implemented by the livestock industry. Coincidentally, in my opinion this is a propaganda film at it’s finest. On one hand the narrator provides a dire image of a suffering horse, while at the same time elevating themselves as the protector of the realm, as well as, at the same time, taking “no responsibility whatsoever” for the imbalance of grazing animals on National Grasslands that ultimately affects the plight of the wild horses, burros, wildlife and predators in these areas.

 

In order to advance Lucas’s agenda, he has been infusing the Performance Horse industry with hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions for which he’s using to establish booths at major events to promote his self-serving agenda. In fact, Lucas Oil is the prefix preceding the name of the major events Lucas is sponsoring with nonprofits such as the NRCHA, NCHA, AQHA, etc..

 

However, I would like to inform Mr. Lucas and Duquette that I’m not one inclined to buy into their propaganda machine as others have. I’m sure the cowboys and cowgirls, as well as the associations, like his cash infusion but like anything else, I’d take his rhetoric with a grain of salt.All in all, my opinion of what’s happening in the plight of domestic and wild horses and burros has two dominate contributing factors as the root cause: Greed and Money!  This is evidenced in the Tucker Carlson/Duquette interview where Duquette asserts, “eating horse meat is good, but fails to tell the audience that his ulterior motive is promoting horse slaughter to enrich himself in hopes of opening horse slaughter plants. 

 

As usual, just smoking mirrors!

 

Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle !

 

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500.

Email: richarde.dennis@yahoo.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

 

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