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☛ NSHA Futurity/Derby 8-24-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos from NSHA
Aug. 24, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips claimed the 3-year-old Open Futurity title.

Duals Lucky Charm, a 2013 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena by Pepcid) owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart, Munday, Texas, and ridden by Kelby Phillips, claimed the 3-Year-Olds Open Futurity title during the National Stock Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held Aug. 16-21 in Paso Robles, Calif. The gelding was bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray, Dallas, Texas, who sold him, as a 2-year-old in February 2015, to William Roden, Ovalo, Texas. Roden sold him to the Stewarts in December 2015.


With 86 entries and a total purse of $86,517.60, the Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm scored a composite of 660 points in the three events, taking home a $16,438.34 paycheck.  Phillips also rode Hickory Holly Time in the World’s Richest event, earning an additional $3,036.000 – giving him a total from the show of $19,474.34. However, Phillips was not the leading money-earning rider of the event; he was the third highest earner.


The highest money-earning Open Rider Justin T. Wright finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light. He also placed second in the Open Derby and won the World’s Richest Open and Intermediate classes.

The highest money-earning Open Rider was Justin T. Wright, who finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light, for $12,112.46; second in the Open Derby riding Lil Bay Hawk for $4,842; and won the Worlds Richest riding Talkin Prize for $3,795 and the Worlds Richest Intermediate for $3,795 – totaling $23,803.46.


Step To The Light, bred and owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, Calif., and ridden by Justin T. Wright to a 658 composite score, taking home $12,112.46. The palomino stallion is sired by CD Lights out of Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark.


Third in the Open Futurity was Nicholas S. Dowers, riding High Stressin Cat for Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif, scoring a 657.50 and earning  $9,949.52. However, that was Dowers’ only paycheck for the show.


Cory Cushing also cashed in with more total money than Phillips , $21,196.82 to be exact , when he placed five horses in the Open Futurity finals: Metallic Train for fourth for $8,651.76, Attracted To Royalty for fifth and $6,488.82; Maliblu Barbie to ninth for $2,595.53, Moonstruck One Time to tenth for $2,595.53 and Metallic Look to 18th for $865.18.



The 56-entry Intermediate Open Division, a class-within-a-class, paying out $18,649.50, was won by Shiney Smart Remedy, owned by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a composite score of 653.50, earning $3,729.90. The amount helped Paul become the fourth leading money-earner in the Open classes, with a total of $17,071.84. Paul finished sixth in the Open Futurity for $5,191.06 and second in the World Richest Intermediate for $2,545.00 riding Shiney Smart Remedy; fifth in the Open Derby riding CD Highlights for $2,421.00; third in the World’s Richest riding Lenaliltothewright for $2,277.00 and third in the Intermediate Open Derby  riding CD Highlights again for $907.88.


The Reserve Intermediate Open title went to Poppys Troubudour, owned by Lois George and Jean Sander, ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, to a 651.50 composite score, taking home $2,564.31. The pair had finished seventh in the Open Futurity, taking home an additional  $3,893.29 for a total of $6,457.60 for the entire show.



The 16-entry Limited Open Division, also a class-within-a class, paying out $8,696.39, was won by My Gun Goes Boom, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, Phoenix, Ariz., and ridden by Tyson Ray Benson to a composite score of 638.50. The pair, who also placed in the Intermediate Open, winning $186.50, collected a $2,608.92 paycheck, for a total of $2,795.42 for the show. The Reserve Limited Open title went to Stylish Tallica, owned and ridden by Billy J. Martin, Aromas, Calif., to a 629 composite score, collecting his only check of $2,087.14.


There was a tie in the 8-entry Level 1 Limited Open Futurity, also a class-within-a-class, paying out $5,466.51, with both top-scoring contestants scoring a 624.50 composite score and taking home $1,913.28.  The champions included Metal Cat, owned by Quinton and Sandy Kersh/Brandon Clark, ridden by Clark and Very Blu, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Nic Howard. Both entries tied for 4th place in the Ltd. Open Futurity, where they also took home $913.12 each. Both Howard and Clark took home a total of $2,826,40 in the Limited Open classes.

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Phillip Ralls rode Metallic Star to the Open Derby title.

The 4-Year-Old Open Derby title, with 27 entries and a total payout of $24,210, went to SJR Metallic Star, a red roan gelding sired Metallic Cat out of Starlights Rhonda by Grays Starlight, owned by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Phillip J. Ralls to a 659 combined score on the three events, earning $6,052.50. The gelding was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and was sold to Phillip Ralls as a yearling in October 2013 and transferred to the trust in December 2013.


Ralls was the eighth leading Open rider in the show, winning a total of $8,852.46. He also finished 16th in the Open Futurity riding Bens the Boss, $1,018.00 riding One Fine Vintage for fifth in the World Richest Intermediate and eighth riding Pepe Le Wright for $484.20 in the Open Derby.


Reserve went to Lil Bay Hawk, a bay gelding owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and shown by the show’s leading Open rider Justin T. Wright to a 658.50 score, winning $4,842. The gelding, sired by Catty Hawk out of Little Gray Freckles by Playgun, was bred by the Cowan Ranch Inc., Ardmore, Okla., and sold to Silva in December 2014.



Clayton Edsall rode Shiners Lil Nickle to the Intermediate Open Derby.

The 20-entry Intermediate Open Derby was a class-within-in class, with the title taken by Shiners Lil Nickle, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Texas, and ridden by Clayton M. Edsall to a 652.50 composite score, taking home $1,513,13 of the $5,043.76 total purse.  The pair also captured third place in the Open Derby on Shiners Lil Nickle, earning $3,631.50; 13th in the Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,730.35; fifth in the Intermediate Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,243.30;,Short N Catt to fifth in the Intermediate Open Derby for $453.94 and 13th in the Intermediate Futurity riding Lidem Up, earning $372.99.


The Reserve title, with a 652 composite score, went to One Time Merada, owned by Debbie J. Proctor, Ravensdale, Wash., ridden by Lance B. Johnson, taking home $1,210.50. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby, for an additional $2,905.20. for total take-home pay of $4,115.70.


With six showing in the Limited Open Derby (a class-within-a-class), and a total purse of $2,690, MI Smart Ichi Girl, owned by Mary F. Hobbs, Novato, Calif., took the top spot and $1,345 first-place paycheck ridden by Daniel Sanchez, with a 627.50 composite score. Reserve went to Gunna Smokum Alittle, owned by Linda Tayne and also ridden by Sanchez, to a 614 total score, collecting $807.


The same two horses and riders won the Level 1, Limited Open Derby with 4 entries paying out a total of $1,681.55 for the class within a class. Mi Smart Ichi Girl took home $1,008.75 in this division, while Gunna Smokum Alittle won $672.50 – giving Sanchez a total of $3,833.25 for the show.

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Sam, an unregistered horse, owned and ridden by Shannon M. McCarty, took the Non-Pro Futurity title.

Nine entries were vying for a part of the $8,442.50 total purse in the Non-Pro Futurity, with an AQHA unregistered horse named “Sam” coming out on top, owned and shown by Shannon M. McCarty, Solvang, Calif. The pair scored a 624.50 composite score, taking home the first-place paycheck of $3,377.


The Reserve title went to Genuinely Roo, a bay mare sired by Gallo Del Cielo out of Genuinely Nu, bred by Kathryn H. and Tim T. Murphy, Arroyo Grande, Calif. , and shown by Shawn B. Renshaw, Pismo Beach, Calif.. The couple sold the mare to Shawn and his wife Kimberly  in May of 2016. The pair was one point under the championship, scoring a 623.50 and taking home $2,532,75.


Genuinely Roo and Shawn B. Renshaw were Reserve Champions in the Non-Pro Futurity, making Renshaw the highest money-earning non-pro.

Genuinely Roo picked up an additional $1,681.25 for winning the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro, a class-within-a-class that hosted a $3,362.50 total purse, giving Renshaw a total of $4,214.00, and the title of the highest Non-Pro money earner.


The Reserve title of the Non-Pro Futurity went to Ill Be A Super Cat, owned and shown by Carol D. Roberts, Ojai, Calif, scoring a 615.50 for a $1,008.75 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro composite for $1,688.50 for total take-home pay of $2,697.25.


The two-entry Novice Non-Pro Futurity (a class-within-a class) was won by Smart N Shiney Cat, owned by Randy and Celia Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and ridden by Randy to a 596 composite score, taking home the $1,445 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity, for an additional $672.50, giving him show earnings of $2,117,50.


Austin L. Miller won the Amateur Futurity riding Cats Genuine Shiner.

The Amateur Futurity, with six entries, was won by Cats Genuine Shiner, owned and ridden by Austin L. Miller, Catheys Valley, Calif. The pair took home $1,770 of the $3,540 total purse. Reserve went to Tangly Lil Time, owned and ridden by Murray G. Thompson, Atwater, Calif., with a 595 score, taking home $1,062.


The six-entry Non-Pro Limited Futurity, with a $3,540 total purse, showed there was a tie between SH Powder Cat, owned and ridden by Jessica D. Wright, Oakdale, Calif., and Slicker Than Nic, owned and ridden by Claire E. Hanssen, Solvang, Calif., with both receiving a 618 composite score. (Note: Results showed Jessica Wright taking first for a $1,770 paycheck and Hanssen finishing second for a $1,062.00 paycheck).

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Eric Freitas and Maverick Rey won the Non-Pro Derby.

With nine entries in the Non-Pro Derby and a $5,085.50 purse. Maverick Rey, owned and shown by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., to a 642, the pair took home a $2,034.20 paycheck. Maverick Rey is a 2011 chestnut stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Shiners Goldielocks by Shing Spark. He was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and sold as a yearling to Mark Broeckel, Chico, Calif, who sold him as a 2-year-old to Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Freitas purchased the stallion in July 2014.


Reserve Champion was Shadyrools, a 2012 sorrel gelding sired by Shady Lil Starlight out of Sheza Roo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and ridden by Dave A. Ferguson to second in the composite with a 634.50. The pair took home a $1525.65 paycheck.



Maverick Rey also won the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro Derby (a class within a class) with Freitas in the saddle. With a total purse of $2,017.50, the pair took home an additional $1,008.75, giving the pair a total of $3,042.95 for the show.


The Reserve Champion of the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby was Shining Mirabelle, owned and shown by Dylan Sponseller, Alturas, Calif. The pair picked up $605.25, plus $1,017.10 for third in the Non Pro Derby composite, $460.20 for winning the Novice Non-Pro Derby and $1,425 for the Championship of the Amateur Derby. The Novice Non-Pro Derby had 4 entries and the Amateur Derby had 5 shown. Sponseller earned a total of $3,507.55 for the four clases.


Cash For Diamonds, owned and ridden by Vanessa Lawrence, Paso Robles, Calif., took Reserve in both the Novice Non-Pro Derby for $306.80 and Amateur Derby for $855.00, as well as third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby for $403.50 – taking home a total of $1,565.30. The pair also finished sixth in the Non-Pro; however, that was out of the money.

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Justin T. Wright, the event’s richest rider, rode Talkin Prize to the World’s Richest Horse title.

The World’s Richest horse in the Open Horse Show, with 17 shown and $5,000 added money and a $12,650 purse, was Talkin Prize, owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and ridden by the leading money earner of the show – Justin T. Wright – with a 439 total score and a $3,795 paycheck. The Reserve went to Hickory Holly time, owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., ridden by Kelby Phillips. For their 437.50 composite score, the pair won $3,036.


Talking Prize also picked up an additional $3,054 in the $5,000 added, 14-entry Intermediate Horse Division of the Worlds Richest, for the class-within-a-class event. Talkin Prize won a total of $6,849 for Wright in the two Worlds Richest classes.


Third in the Open and second in the Intermediate Horse Division of the World’s Richest was LenaLilToTheWright, owned by Linda S. Katz, Bell Canyon, Calif., and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a 436 in the Open for $2,277 and $2,545.00 in the Intermediate.


The World’s Richest Non-Pro class-within-a-class, with three entries and $5,000 added, was taken by Very Smart Rico, owned and ridden by Hope Miller to a 410.50. The pair took home $3,324.00 of the $5,540 total purse. Second, with a 204, was TF Cats Lilypad, owned and shown by Molly Russell, Creston, Calif., taking home a $2,216 paycheck.

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There were also several NRCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, as well as a NSHA Greener Than Grass and Youth classes. A Performance Horse Sale was also held on Aug. 20.


Click for full results of the show>> 

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The National Stock Horse Association was founded in 2004 with the goal of producing premier stock horse competitions, while promoting the sport, their Western heritage and the rich history of the stock horse and its origination from the Spanish Vaquero tradition.


In 2016, the NSHA strove to grow the stock horse industry through the production of added programs, events and competitions. Programs such as the newly developing year-end awards program will benefit all levels of riders from professional and non-professionals to beginning youth and adults. This awards program will allow members to earn more points toward year-end awards through other year-end awards through other local, regional and national clubs and organizations. To increase participation in these competitions, the NSHA says they will continue to increase the pay-out purses for their events. Also, they say their Board of Directors is dedicated to continually pursuing new ways to increase exposure for their industry and sponsors.


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☛ Today’s News 8-19-16




Aug. 19, 2016




LIVINGSTON PARISH, LOUISIANA, August 19, 2016 —American Humane’s renowned animal rescue team is rushing to the Baton Rouge area to help animal victims of the historic flooding, supported by two of the organization’s 50-foot rescue vehicles, which are traveling a combined 2,000 miles to the stricken area.

The deployment of the giant emergency vehicles, a team of seven trained emergency responders, and a veterinarian comes at the request of the Humane Society of Louisiana, which is assisting the government of hard-hit Livingston Parish, where 75 percent of the homes are reported to be destroyed.


The American Humane team’s mission will be to assist and conduct field rescue of animals, provide much-needed care and medical attention, take animals to the established emergency shelter, and relieve overworked staff at the Humane Society of Louisiana. Conditions are expected to be dire. Reports indicate that while the floodwaters are receding, a number of roads remain closed, and there are limited water and food options. Living conditions will be arduous, working in both water and ground environments, and the rescue team will be living in the trailers on bunks and cots.

The giant, 30,000-pound rescue trucks, which left their bases in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, will be arriving today and tomorrow. Each carries supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals.


“Our hearts go out to the people and animals of Louisiana,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Fortunately, our animal rescue team is well-trained and well-qualified to handle this kind of emergency. Help is on the way!”

Operations will be based at 13525 Florida Blvd, Livingston, LA 70754.



About American Humane and its animal rescue program  

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. Its animal rescue program was created in 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War to rescue war horses on the battlefields of World War I Europe.  Since then, it has been rescuing animals of every kind and have been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Japanese and Haitian earthquakes, and Supestorm Sandy. For more information or to support rescuing animals in need, please visit





$10,000 TOWARD $50,000 GOAL TO GELD 500 HORSES


(Washington, DC) - The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has awarded the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) a grant of $10,000 to support expansion of the Operation Gelding program.


Operation Gelding provides funds and materials to help groups nationwide organize low-and no-cost clinics for owners who might not otherwise be able to afford to have their stallions castrated by a certified veterinarian.


“By gelding a stallion, the UHC aims to prevent unintentional and overbreeding, thereby reducing the number of unwanted foals,” says Dr. Doug Corey, UHC Chairman. “Castration will produce a calmer horse that is more ridable, trainable, salable, and adoptable, which means he will have a better chance of living a long life as a ‘wanted’ horse in a second or third career.”


The UHC approved an expansion of the program this past June, which will increase funding from $50 to $100 per horse gelded and offer a voucher option to help those with transportation or other issues. These changes will go into effect January 1, 2017; however, funding is still available for clinics in 2016.


“Not only do we plan to offer double funding to hosts clinics, but we want to double the number of horses gelded last year; a lofty goal indeed,” shares UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell. “Funding for Operation Gelding comes solely from donations and grants like this one from the AAEP Foundation. We are grateful for AAEP’s continued support of the UHC’s programs. They were one of the founding members of the Coalition eleven years ago, and remain actively involved today.”


Since its inception in 2010, Operation Gelding has supported 107 clinics in 29 states, resulting in the castration of 1348 stallions, and the reduction of many more unwanted foals.


To help the UHC prevent horses from becoming unwanted, consider supporting the Operation Gelding program by hosting a clinic in your area or sending a tax-deductible contribution to the American Horse Council Foundation. Contact Jennifer Purcell at or visit the UHC website ( to learn more.


The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse industry about the unwanted horse issue.







(Washington, DC)- The American Horse Council Foundation is seeking to update the Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in 2017.


The 2005 Economic Impact Study documented the economic effects of the racing, showing, recreation and other segments of the horse industry. It established that the horse industry in all its segments, including racing, showing, and recreation, had a $39 billion effect on the US economy, involved more than 4 million Americans and 9.2 million horses, and supported 1.4 million full-time jobs.  The study also provided invaluable demographic data and insights into professions and other industries that are impacted by the equine ownership.


The study has proven to be extremely helpful to the industry’s efforts in Congress and state legislatures and in documenting its size and diversity to the public, press and media.


The 2017 Study will include expanded demographic information to include the impact that youth involvement has on the industry, as well as a more in-depth of analysis of all segments of the industry—such as rescues and sanctuaries, and therapeutic riding centers.


“The 1996 and 2005 studies gave insight to an industry that operates in every corner of the country and contributes greatly to the American economy and culture,” said Julie Broadway, President of the AHC. “We are looking forward to updating this information to continue to be able to educate not only Congress and state legislatures, but also the industry itself as well.”


If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the update of the national study, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the American Horse Council Foundation.  Please email or call the AHC at 202-296-4031 with any questions.






By Jacob Holzma and Colby Burdick for The Eye

A push to expand horse racing in Massachusetts was all but put out to pasture. In a unanimous vote, the five-member state gaming commission rejected a proposal from the newly formed Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to use $1.1 million of the state’s Race Horse Development Fund to repair and operate a Brockton track that has been closed since 2001.


“We have agonized over this, but we have a responsibility to use taxpayer money wisely,” commissioner Gayle Cameron said.

The vote came after commissioners questioned whether they had legal standing to grant funds to refurbish and operate the old track. Chris Carney, whose family operates the track at the Brockton Fairgrounds, said the vote meant there would be no races this year.


“I think we’re going down in flames,” Carney said.


The move is the latest in a two year-long saga over how to spend more than $20 million a year derived from a casino tax that is dedicated to horse racing. The vote likely means that six days of racing, at Suffolk Downs will likely be the only thoroughbred competition in the state this year.


Since Suffolk Downs said it will redevelop its land in Boston and Revere two years ago, various factions have been embroiled in infighting, legal action and mudslinging over bids to establish regular racing again, supported by the special casino tax.


The gaming commission did approve allocating $2.5 million from the racing fund on purses — the money that goes to winning horses – if the new racing actually does take place in Brockton.


Horse breeders hurting

The commission also okayed $400,000 for training and stabling and $262,000 for the new racing group for administration expenses if Brockton racing takes place. But the commission rejected a long list of other funding requests from the group, including the critical money needed to fix up the track. The state gaming commission has said the track would have to pass safety tests before racing would be authorized.


The leader of the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, a longer-established group of horse owners and trainers, said he was befuddled by the commission’s decision.

The commission “never asked who the owners were of this group” or “who the trainers are” or “how many horses were racing,” said Anthony Spadea Jr., president of the New England Horsemen. “How do you give away $3.1 million of state taxpayer money” without asking those questions, he said.


The new thoroughbred group split away from the older group last year.


William Lagorio, president of the new horse association, said the rejection of development funding for Brockton was going to hurt Massachusetts.


“It’s livelihoods, it’s farms, it’s jobs, it’s breeding,” Lagorio said. “People are going broke, losing their houses and losing their farms. This was our savior for them, it was a lifeline for them.”


The Race Horse Development Fund was created in 2011 after being quietly inserted into the state’s gambling expansion bill to help foster and support the state’s horse racing industry. Nineteen other states have similar funds.


The fund has raised $23.7 million so far from casino taxes. However, a recent review of the fund’s work by The Eye and WBUR public radio found few gains in horse breeding or racing days.

Lagorio said that the group is not giving up.


But without the development funding, Carney said that this will be his family’s last time around the bend, and it won’t be won’t be applying for any more racing days.


“Thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts will be extinct,” Carney predicted. He said the commission will likely continue to put more money into less- popular harness racing, where buggies are pulled by standardbred horses. There is one harness racing track in the state, in Plainville.

Beth Daley contributed to this report.







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☛ Dakota Lindsey Harrell indicted for second felony 8-18-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 18, 2016

Dakotah Lindsey Harrell, 28, Whitesboro, Texas, was arrested and indicted by a grand jury for the second time within a four-month period of time, this time for the theft of money, over $1,500 and under $20,000 on March 10-11, 2016, from the bank account of Dale R. Koller, Bethlehem, Pa.  She posted a $5,000 bond on July 22.

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Harrell was also arrested on March 10, 2016, for theft of up to $300,000 on a warrant filed by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. With bond set at $50,000, she was released on March 11 after her bail was posted.

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A hearing on the first felony was scheduled for Aug. 12, 2016; however, it was decided by the court that a hearing will be held on both indictments on Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville, Texas.


Charges on both of Harrell’s arrests included systematically stealing money from Smith’s and Koller’s bank accounts through Internet transactions over the past four years while working for cutting horse trainer Merritt Wilson, Whitesboro, Texas.


The first Indictment for theft of $200,000 or more from Miller Wade Smith was labeled a First Degree Felony, while the second theft of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 is listed as a State Jail Felony.


Smith and his wife, Tresa, are involved in the cutting horse business, with Wade and their son showing as Non-Pros in NCHA competition. Also a vested-interest partner in the horse business is Wade Smith’s mother, Jimmie Miller Smith, also of Geary.


Koller is a partner with Keith Feister of Brightstone Ranch Stallion Services, Gainesville, Texas, in the ownership of Sophisticated Catt and Palo Duro Cat, full brothers by High Brow Cat out of Shania Cee.

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☛ Lawsuit against stallion owners, vet regarding HERDA 8-4-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 4, 2016


Federal Court filings in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, lists a lawsuit entitled Shawn, and Lisa Victoria Minshall, and Lauren Victoria Minshall  vs. Ed Dufurrena, Ed Durfurrena Cutting Horses, Anthony And Dufurrena, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC), and Dos Cats Partners dated Oct. 30, 2015.


The filed public court records allege the Plaintiffs suffered specific damages arising from the material fact that the Plaintiffs bred their mare to Auspicious Cat, a stallion owned by the Defendants, and the produced foal owned by the Plaintiffs suffers from HERDA. The court filings continue to state the Defendants specifically misrepresented the HERDA designation on Auspicious Cat in an advertisement, prior to the breeding, stating the sire was HERDA negative or HERDA N/N.


Shawn and Lisa Victoria Minshall reside in Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, and Lauren Victoria Minshall resides in Pine Grove, Ky. Ed Dufurrena and Ed Dufurrena Cutting Horses are in Gainesville, Texas, and according to their website, Hartman Equine Reproduction Center (HERC) have two locations in Whitesboro, Texas and Marietta, Okla.


Dos Cats Partners is a general partnership and includes the following current members and/or former members, identified by Defendants as being involved at all material times: Ed Dufurrena, Shona Dufurrena, Karen Claycomb, Tom Donaghe, Linda Donaghe, Gary Craighead, Barbra Hanselman, Michael Nolan, Tracy A. Agrall, Butch Redish and Blair Vissar.


Specifically, in the Plaintiff’s Third Amended Complaint, dated April 7, 2016, the Defendants represented to the Plaintiffs that their stallion Auspicious Cat (sired by High Brow Cat who is out of Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena) and out of the mare Lenas O Lady, whose dam Doc O Lady was by Doc O’Lena) – meaning the stallion was double-bred Doc O’Lena) was free of the HERDA gene and not a carrier of the disease.

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HERDA is a genetic skin disease that surfaces usually in the second year after an afflicted horse begins training and results in large painful lesions over large areas of the horse’s body, as well as hyperextensible skin and scarring. There is no cure and the majority of diagnosed horses have to be euthanized. HERDA has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance, which means it could pop up in future generations. HERDA carriers is critical for the selection of mating pairs as breedings of carrier horses (those with at lease one recessive HERDA gene have a 25 percent chance of producing an affected foal.


However, nestled in the court documents, was a copy of a web page ad with Dufurrena riding Auspicious Cat, noting he stood at Pinnacle Equine Veterinary services, with Chelsea Makloski-Cohorn as Principal, with a $2,500 stud fee and marked HERDA N/N – meaning he didn’t have the HERDA gene.

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The Minshalls bred their mare, Miss Tassa Lena, to Auspicious Cat, with the resulting foal, Dr. Ozz, coming up positive for HERDA disease after the Plaintiffs incurred significant costs and expenses based on the Defendant’s misrepresentations and other wrongful conduct by Defendants, for which they are now seeking damages allowed by law.


Miss Tassa Lena was sired by Smart Little Lena by Doc O’Lena and out of Duntay Pistolena, whose dam also went back to Doc O’Lena. This made Dr. Ozz’s pedigree going to Doc O’Lena FOUR TIMES.


According to court documents, Dos Cats Partners is, upon information and belief, a general partnership with its principal place of business in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas. Ed Dufurrena’s wife, Shona Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, is also mentioned “as an individual who may be served also – wherever she may be found.”



Minshall is the owner of a top-class Thoroughbred racing operation, which is ranked and held out as one of the top Canadian breeding and training operations for cutting horses.

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Court documents involve Dr. David Hartman of Hartman Equine Reproduction Center. During a deposition of Dr. Hartman on April 6, 2016, it was learned that Dr. Justin Voge and Dr Hartman performed the extraction of semen from Auspicious Cat for use in artificial insemination and he was responsible for handling the logistics of inseminating the mare with Auspicious Cat’s semen. They Plaintiffs claim that Hartman knew that there was a high likelihood that Auspicious Cat was a HERDA carrier while Auspicious Cat was stationed at his vet clinic. He testified that “most good sons of High Brow Cat were HERDA carriers” and he told Dufurrena such in an effort to encourage him to be responsible and test Auspicious Cat for HERDA in 2011.


The case is being held in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, because the Defendants reside in the Eastern District of Texas. Also, the Stallion Service Contract provided by the Defendants, purports to fix venue in Grayson County Texas, because “all of the terms and provisions of (The Agreement) are performable in Grayson County.



Hartman’s response to the Third Amended Original Complaint filed by the Minshalls, filed April 20, 2016, denied that he engaged in any material misrepresentations and false advertising that resulted in injuries and damages to the plaintiffs related to Auspicious Cat. He denied representing that Auspicious Cat was free of the HERDA gene. He stated he did not have sufficient knowledge of most of the other allegations and although he admitted he was a Texas professional association, he denied that his principal place of business was in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.

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In the middle of the case, Edward L. Dufurrena, Edward Dufurrena Cutting Horses LLC, Anthony and Dufurrena, Inc. and Dos Cats Partners, settled with the Minshalls. Therefore on April 28, an Order Of Dismissal with Prejudice was granted by United States District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, dismissing all parties in the suit except for Defendants Hartman Equine Reproduction  Center, P.A. and Shona Dufurrena. Dismissal with prejudice, means the plaintiff is barred from filing another case on the same claim.

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Following the dismissal of the case, the Plaintiffs’ lawyer, Aaron J. Burke of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP, Dallas, Texas, put out a press release on July 11, 2016, regarding the settlement of the case, stating “the owners of a nationally ranked stallion have paid $60,000 to settle claims that they made false and material misrepresentations and failed to disclose the status of their stallion as a carrier of HERDA.”


Burke said that he learned through discovery that the defendants’ stallion had indeed tested positive for HERDA years before and those results had never been revealed. He also said that “sometimes stallion owners, incentivized by large breeding fees, have been known to intentionally misrepresent a stallion’s status, claiming the stallion is not a carrier of HERDA or hiding test results.”


He also claimed his clients “had offered to settle prior to litigation for the approximate cost of raising and training the foal to that point, the defendants rejected the offer and the mare owners had no choice but to seek the court’s help in adjudicating their claims.”

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According to AQHA, Auspicious Cat has 138 foals, with 2 foaled in 2010, 10 in 2011, 12 in 2012, 45 in 2013, 45 in 2014, and 24 in 2015. He has sired 10 performing foals in 2016. A total of 14 of his foals have been performers.



Causes of Action in the lawsuit include 1) Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against all Defendants state they indirectly engaged in false, misleading and deceptive acts and practices declared to be unlawful to the DTPA, Tex. Bus & Comm. Code 17.46(a) and (b); 2) Breach of Contract against all defendants for breaching contract dated April 15, 2012; 3) Negligent Misrepresentation and Negligence against all defendants by representing that Auspicious Cat was not a carrier of the HERDA gene; 4) Fraud against all defendants; 5) Fraudulent Concealment/Fraud by Nondisclosure against all defendants; 6) Joint Enterprise against defendants, Mr. Dufurrena, Dos Cats and HERC for obtaining profits from marketing, sales and promotion of Auspicious Cat’s semen by breed it with mares; 7)Civil Conspiracy against Defendants, Mr. Dufurrena, Dos Cats and HERC, incorporating all the previous allegations and 8) Aiding and Abetting Liability (against HERC), for assisting, encouraging and participation in Mr. Dufurrena’s negligent, tortuous and/or fraudulent conduct.



The Plaintiffs are asking for 1) a trial by jury on all issues triable to a jury; 2) an award of up to three times Plaintiffs’ actual damages and mental-anguish damages, based on Defendants’ willful and intentional violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, 3) Plaintiffs’ actual damages and benefit-of-the-bargain damages; 4) an award of exemplary damages based on Plaintiffs’ fraud by nondisclosure claim based on a showing by clear and convincing evidence; 5) Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees, pursuant to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Texas Business and Commerce Code and other provisions of the law; 6) an award of court costs, prejudgment interest and post judgment interest and 7) any and all additional relief to which Plaintiffs show themselves to be entitled.


The Plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial which is currently tentatively set for sometime in January.



The latest item on the case in the court docket is that a Mediation Session was held on July 28, 2016 by John B. Shipp, the assigned mediator; however, the mediation did not result in a settlement.  “I will continue to work with the parties to try to bring this matter to resolution,” said Shipp in the Mediator’s Report.

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☛ Dakotah Lindsey Harrell arrested for second felony 7-28-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 28, 2016


Dakotah Lindsey Harrell, 28, Whitesboro, Texas, was booked into the Cooke County, Texas, jail on March 10, 2016, and arrested for theft of up to $300,000 on a warrant filed by Miller Wade Smith, Geary, Okla. With bond set at $50,000, she was released on March 11 after bail was posted.


On Friday, July 22, Harrell was again arrested, this time for theft of property in the amount of $50,000 on March 10-11 from another cutting horse owner Dale R. Koller, Bethlehem, Pa.  At the time of the theft, Harrell was working for Wilson. She posted a $5,000 bond the day of her arrest.


Charges on both Harrell’s arrests included systematically stealing money from Smith’s and Koller’s bank accounts through Internet transactions over the past four years while she was working for cutting horse trainer Merritt Wilson, Whitesboro, Texas. Harrell’s Facebook page shows she was an assistant trainer at Wilson’s training facility.


Following the first theft, Harrell was charged with Texas Statute 31.03(7) a felony of the first degree if the value of the property stolen is $300,000/$200,000 or more. The second theft was theft for property up to $300,000, also a felony. Harrell has now been charged with two felonies within four months.


The first arrest required a grand jury indictment, which was originally scheduled for May 11, 2016, with Assistant District Attorney Lisa Decker. However, for reasons unknown, the grand jury hearing was put off until Friday, June 24. At that time, an arraignment hearing, where Harrell will be allowed to plead guilty or not guilty, was set for Aug. 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.  No date has yet been set for Harrell’s indictment on this latest theft case.


Smith and his wife, Tresa, are involved in the cutting horse business, with Smith showing as a Non-Pro in NCHA competition. Also a vested-interest partner in the business is Wade Smith’s mother, Jimmie Miller Smith, also of Geary.


Koller is a partner with Keith Feister of Brightstone Ranch Stallion Services, Gainesville, Texas, in the ownership of Sophisticated Catt and Palo Duro Cat, full brothers by High Brow Cat out of Shania Cee.


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☛ How to make safe banking transactions online 7-26-16




By Rick Dennis
July 26, 2016


In my last article Keeping Your Finances Secure When Paying Horse Training Facilities, dated July 11, 2016, I discussed the steps necessary to practice secure and safe banking practices when issuing checks for services rendered. In this article, I will expand on safe-banking practices by providing a tutorial on conducting safe-banking business on the Internet.


As a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), my job is to provide my customers with an overview of their existing banking practices as well as providing necessary upgrades when deficiencies are found during a Risk Analysis. Internet banking is becoming a commonplace practice that provides enhanced banking opportunities for those living a busy lifestyle. If performed correctly, it’s a welcome addition to our busy lifestyles, but if performed incorrectly, it can be hazardous to your finances.


I, for one, am an avid user of Internet banking practices, which I find indispensable in running the daily financial needs of a busy company as well as the needs of a busy executive. Instead of having to go to the bank to deposit checks, I can deposit them anywhere in the U.S. with the aid of a cell phone. Instead of having to go to the bank to make account transfers, I can simply use my smart phone and my banks app to move money from account to account. A bank’s ATM’s make access for deposits and withdrawals. I can use my bank’s app to regularly check on my bank accounts or receive alerts from the bank signaling suspicious activity on either a bank account or my credit card.




Prior to using the Internet for banking practices, use common sense guidelines to steer you correctly such as:


1.         Check with your bank and ascertain whether or not the bank even offers internet banking practices.


2.         If your bank offers safe Internet banking practices, ask whether or not their system is encrypted. In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption does not in itself prevent interception but denies the message content to the interceptor. In an encryption scheme, the intended communication information or message, referred to as plain text, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted.


3.         Whether you’re using a home computer, laptop or smart phone, the first step is to download anti-virus protection for all devices. If you’re connecting to the Internet at home using wifi or cable networks, via a modem or on the road, using your smart phone via wifi hot spots download security programs for your computers or an app for your smart phone that will provide you with a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) experience.


4.         Once you’ve installed the necessary safety programs for your computers and app for your smart phone or tablet, go online and set up your Internet banking account using a user name and password. Safeguard this information at all times and never allow your computer to remember them to prevent unwanted access to your bank account. The same applies to your banks ATM access codes.


The final step is to download the bank’s app for your smart phone, android or Apple device.  If you’re using a tablet, you must perform the same safety precautions you’ve used for your smart phone.  After all, a tablet is considered a phone with its own telephone number.


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Another good recommendation is to use the features included in modern security suites that can run your browser in a safe box that’s isolated from the rest of the operating system and make it harder to intercept what you are doing. Some security products also encrypt the traffic that goes through that safe box, thus making it harder for others to intercept your web traffic.


Many people also use a mobile Internet modem to connect when they are on the road. Using this connection is much safer than using some free wifi you know nothing about. If you can choose between the two, always make financial transactions via the Internet modem.


6.         If your using your smart phone or tablet to conduct internet banking, NEVER initiate or perform these services using the built-in 4G/LTE phone browser.  Always use the bank’s designed app that comes fully encrypted. This provides a much safer banking experience. Pay attention to your phone’s browser alerts which notifies you of any unwanted intrusions or hacking attempts of your system.




One of the safest solutions to issuing checks to pay reoccurring bills is to allow the bank to do it for you. One of the best conveniences of Internet banking is to simply set up a check payment plan with the bank. By setting up this system, the bank writes and sends the checks and in turn sends you an alert that the check is in the mail. Normally this type of checking convenience is free of charge. Check with your bank for any costs you’ll be charged for using this secure banking practice.




Whether you’re using a wifi service, a modem at home for Internet connection using an Internet Service Provider (ISP), your smart phones LG/LTE service or a dish service, it’s imperative for you to maintain and install security updates for each system when required.


Normally your smart phone apps are automatically updated; however, some security suites for computers require you to either manually update or set your computer to automatic updates. Either way, your security system is only as good as the updates allow it to be, which is accomplished by supplying it with the latest spyware and malware security information. Hackers are designing new infiltration programs on a daily basis. Stay abreast of these attacks with a secure and up-to-date security system and enjoy safe internet banking practices.


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


Richard E. “Rick” Dennis (CPP)

Managing Member

Wind River Company LLC

Office/Mobile – (985) 630-3500


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