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☛ NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman & Celebration of Champions 2-19-18

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NRCHA WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN EVENT PACKS FORT WORTH’S JOHN JUSTIN ARENA

CHAMPIONS HICKORY HOLLY TIME/ KELBY PHILLIPS WIN $40,000; PHILLIPS ALSO WINS CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS FOR TOTAL WEEKEND EARNINGS OF $64,845.19.

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 19, 2018

The World’s Greatest Crowd. Photo by Rick Dennis

The spectators at the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman event not only packed the seats of the John Justin Arena, in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, the night of Saturday, Feb. 17, but the crowd was also four-deep standing behind the seats. They swarmed the event consisting of the top10 of the 50 entries vying to become the “World’s Greatest Horseman” and take home the Finals first-place $40,000 paycheck of the $150,500 total purse.

Counting the go-round payouts, the event paid out a total of $162,000. The event was held the final day of the annual NRCHA Celebration of Champions that took place in the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin arena for nine days – Feb. 9-17.

After the 10 bridle horses, including six stallions and four geldings, had competed in four events, including herd work, rein work, steer stopping and cow work, in front of a full-house of screaming cow-horse lovers, Hickory Holly Time, an 8-year-old stallion, ridden by Kelby Phillips, Scottsdale, Ariz., and owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., took home the coveted title. Ironically, the pair had finished 8th out of the top 10 going to the finals, with an 863.5.

Hickory Holly Time shown at the South Point. Primo Photo

Hickory Holly Time, who was the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion and Open Stakes Reserve Champion as well as the  2014 Open Derby Champion and 2013 Intermediate Open Futurity Champion, had just increased his earnings to $231,025. The pair competed in last year’s event; however, they didn’t make the finals.

But this must have been Kelby’s lucky day as the pair also won the Open Composite of the 102-entry NRCHA Celebration of Champions held at the Will Rogers Coliseum during the week. Phillips rode Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena) owned by Mike and Robyn Stewart to a whopping 444.5 total score, taking home $22,638.69 in the composite. He also won the Rein work for $1,323.90, finished 4th in the Herd Work for $661.95, tied for 4th in the Cow work for $220.65, giving Kelby’s total paychecks for his horses for the week of in the Celebration of Champions was $24,845.19. Add that to his $40,000 win in the Worlds Greatest Horseman, gives Kelby a $64,845.19.

Hickory Holly Time is sired by One Time Pepto, the sire with the most finalists at three, and out of Hickorys Holly Cee by Doc’s Hickory. On his dam’s side, Hickory Holly Cee is out of Miss Cee Nita by Peponita.

The pair scored a total of 890.5 points, including a second for a 220 in the Herd Work, that was won by Cal Me Mitch, a Metallic Cat stallion ridden by Philip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., and owned by Estelle Roitblat, Templeton, Calif.; a  second with a 222.5 score in the Rein work, that was won by LenaLilToTheWright, a gelding by Lena Wright On ridden by Randy Paul and owned by Linda Katz, Agoura Hills, Calif.; the winner in the Steer Work with a 224.5 and finishing in a tie for second and third in the Cow Work with a 223.5. That division was won by Call Me Mitch, who was the runner-up to the event’s champion with a total score of 888.

Call Me Mitch won a total of  $28,250, receiving $25,00 for second in the finals, $1,500 for winning the Herd Work and $750 for second in the Rein work and $1,000 for second in the steer work. The pair won the preliminaries of the competition with a total score of 887.5. His paycheck brought him close to the $1 million mark in total lifetime earnings with the NRCHA.

Third place went to Lena Buddy Nic, a loud-colored tobiano, crowd-pleasing Paint gelding sired by Nic It In The Bud out of Dual Lena, owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, Ross, Calif., and ridden by Jake Telford. The pair took home $18,000 for third place.

The fourth-place horse, Blind Sided, a stallion by Peptoboonsmal out of Lil Miss Shiney Chex, owned by the Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, ridden by Jay McLaughlin, took home a total of $16,250, that included $15,000 for fourth place, $500 for third in the Herd work and 4750 for third in the rein work.

The 7th place in the finals was Smooth N Cash, ,a gelding by by Smooth As A Cat out of Dox Gavash, owned by the Roloff Ranch, Temecula, Calif. The program and results show the rider as Jake D. Gorrell; however, it was announced that Gorrell had gotten hurt earlier and Russell Dilday did the riding duties in the Worlds Greatest Horseman Finals.

Unfortunately, One Fine Vintage, a stallion by One Time Pepto, ridden by Corey Cushing and owned by the Robertson Ranches, Plymouth, Calif., who finished second in the preliminaries with an 886 total score, including a win in the Rein Work with a 222.5 and a win in the Steer work with a 226.5 and tied for 6th in the Cow Work with a 219.5, finished last in the Finals, after receiving zeros in the cow and steer work.

The judges for the Worlds Greatest Horseman were Ron Emmons, Smokey Pritchett, Doug Ingersoll, Tom Buckingham, Bobby Hunt.  Bill Enk was Director of Judges..

WorldsGreatestHorsemanResults2018

CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS:

With 102 entries, the Celebration of Champions Open Division had three events: Herd, Rein and Cow. Kelby Phillips won the event riding Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena) owned by Mike and Robyn Stewart.

The pair scored  a 147, good enough for 4th in the Herd work, earning an additional $661.95. They won the Rein Work with a 149.5 score and a $1,323.90 paycheck and tied for 4th place (5 ways) with a 148 in the Cow Work, taking  home $220.65 for a grand total of $24,845.19. That paycheck, along with his $40,000 from the Worlds Greatest Horseman, gave him $64,845.19 from the show.

The Reserve Champion of the Celebration of Champions was Justin Wright riding Shiners Diamond Cat, taking home $16,681.14 plus $1,323.90 for winning the Herd Work and $992.93 for tying for second in the cow work, for a total of $18,997.97.

For full results, go to http://www.nrcha.com

 

THE BUSIEST TRAINER AT THE SHOW:

Clayton Edsell must have been the busiest man entered in the Celebration of Champions and in the ballpark with the highest money earners of the entire show, with total earnings on four horses in the Open, Intermediate Open and Novice Horse divisions of $53,953.50.

In the Open Division, Edsell rode Bet He Sparks to third place, taking home $13,702.36 in composite, $772.28 for 2/4 in the reined work and $992.93 for 2/3 in the cow work, for a total of $15,467.57.

He also rode Metallic Train in the Open to a 4/5 split in the composite , earning $10,425.71 plus $1,323.90 for winning the cow work for a total of $11,749.61. He also finished in a tie for 9/10 riding Shining CD Light for an additional $3,574.53. Also, in the go-rounds, he split 5/6 in the Herd Work riding Malibu Barbie for $220.65 – totaling $31,012.36 in the Open Division.

In the Intermediate Open, Edsell won a total of $19,882.40. Riding Bet He Sparks, he won the composite, taking home $7,281.45, split first place split fin reined work for $370.82 and finished second in the cow work for $337.10 – totaling $7,989.37.

He also rode Metallic Train to second in the composite for a $5,461.09, 3rd in the Reined work for $269.68 and won the cow work for $404.53 – for a total of $6,135.30.

Aboard Shining CD Light, he finished 4th in the composite for $3,640.72 and tied for 4th in the Herd work for $84.28 for a $3,725 total. He also rode Malibu Barbie to 7/8 split in the Intermediate Open composite for $1,729.34 plus a tie for second in the herd work for $303.39, totaling $2,032.73.

In the Novice Horse class, he won an additional $3,058.74 riding Shining CD Light to a first-place tie, 4th in rein work, 3rd in the Herd work and 4th in the cow work.

 

 

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☛ Farm Bureau asks court to block WOTUS Rule 2-19-18

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the Texas Farm Bureau and other members
of a broad industry and agricultural coalition have asked a federal district court in
Texas to issue a nationwide stay blocking the Obama administration’s illegal 2015
“Waters of the U.S.” rule from taking effect on farms and ranches across the nation.
The race to the courthouse follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision
that the U.S. Court of Appeals lacked jurisdiction over legal challenges to the 2015
rule, resulting in the imminent lifting of a nationwide court order that has blocked
the rule since October 2015.

AFBF’s filing also follows Tuesday’s publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ “applicability date” rule, which delays
application of the 2015 WOTUS rule for two years while the agencies consider its
possible repeal or revision. Eager to have the 2015rule go into effect, a handful of
states and environmental organizations have already challenged the applicability date
rule and vowed to seek immediate court orders allowing the 2015 rule to go into effect.

“Every move by the agencies triggers new lawsuits to resurrect this hopelessly vague
and dangerous rule,” AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen said. “If those lawsuits bring
the 2015 rule into effect, even for short periods of time, dry ditches, drains and low
spots on farm fields will be ‘dry land’ one day and a ‘water’ the next.

AFBF filed the request for a preliminary injunction to avoid widespread uncertainty
and legal risk for farmers and ranchers while the agencies move forward with possible
permanent changes. Farm Bureau made its request in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Texas, the same court in which AFBF filed its original legal challenge to
the 2015 rule.

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Contact: Will Rodger, Director, Policy Communications, (202) 406-3642
willr@fb.org
or
Kari Barbic, AFBF Media Specialist, (202) 406-3672
karib@fb.org

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☛ Marty Richter dies at age 64 – 2-18-18

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

MARTY LOUIS RICHTER JR. GONE AT AGE 64 ON VALENTINE’S DAY

CELEBRATION OF LIFE TO BE HELD MONDAY, 2 P.M. AT WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL CENTER AUDITORIUM

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 18, 2018 

Martin “Marty” Richter Jr., was a giver whose name was synonymous with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble and the Windy Ryan Memorial Roping scholarship. However, the cowboy and horseman’s life ended on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the age of 64.

If you were part of the horse industry for the past 30 years or so, you knew, loved and respected the Marty Richter, who was handsome with a huge smile, as he was part of the Fort Worth Western atmosphere and way of life.

Marty was born Aug. 4, 1953 in Fort Worth and was a cowboy and a horseman from the beginning. As a child, he spent his summers with his uncle, starting racehorses. Later he worked as an order buyer at cattle auctions across Texas.

But Marty’s passion was always rodeo. He was a bareback bronc rider in the PRCA, earning a Gold Card membership. He also worked for Billy Minick and his rodeo stock-contracting company.  He volunteered for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for years. He was instrumental in starting the Stock Show’s Calf Scramble, an event his son, Martin, now co-chairs. He was the President of the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping for more than 30 years, raising funds for 4-H and FFA scholarships.

In 1978, Marty quit rodeoing and married Mary Martha Edwards and he was the proud father of three children: two daughters: Mary Margaret and Meredith and a son, Martin.

Marty is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mary Richter. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Meredith Davis and her husband Jeff, Mary Margaret Richter, Martin Richter and his wife Erin, his sister Tonya Mershon and her husband James, as well as two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Marty will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, in the Auditorium at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth. Complimentary parking will be provided in the West lot.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Calf Scramble scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 150, Fort Worth, TX 76101-0150.

 

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☛ Houston Astrodome making a comeback 2-16-18

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HOUSTON ASTRODOME MAKING A COMEBACK

Reprint from Station KHOU-11
Feb. 16, 2018

Houston’s KHOU, Channel 11, is reporting that the Houston Astrodome is making a comeback and could be open for business again by 2020. The announcement came after Harris County Commissioners unanimously approved a $105 million revitalization plan on Tuesday.

 

The historic building has been the focus of a heated debate as it has sat vacant since 2009. The question was do we blow it up or renovate it? This new plan for the Astrodome continues the controversy, especially after Hurricane Harvey.

 

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called Tuesday morning’s vote a “routine next step” after commissioners approved spending the first $10 million of the project on design and engineering in September of 2016. The plan calls for raising the Astrodome floor to ground level and building 1,400 parking spaces. County officials say it would also create nine acres of event space and open more than half a million square feet for redevelopment.

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AQHA could amend genetic diseases rule at Convention

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

 

AQHA CONVENTION SLATED FOR MARCH 2-5 IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA

 

STUD BOOK & REGISTRATION COMMITTEE COULD AMEND GENETIC DISEASES RULE; AQHA PARTNERS WITH NRSHA

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 14, 2018

Members can lead the charge toward changes that could make the AQHA and the equine industry better at this year’s AQHA Convention.

The Convention will be held March 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville, Fla. The Convention is a chance for members to review member-submitted rule-change proposals and appoint new directors, induct new members into the AQHA Hall of Fame and elect the AQHA Executive Committee. You can register online at membership/convention/pages/register-for-convention/ For questions contact AQHA at utilities/contact/aqha/

The horses to be inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame for 2018 include Maroon (TB), Otoe, Runaway Winner, Smart Chic Olena and The Ole Man. The four men and two women are Abigail Kawananakoa, Nuevo Calif.; Dr. Tom Lenz, Louisburg, Kansas; the late AQHA Past President Gene Graves, Grand Island, Neb.; Georga and the late Raymond Sutton, Gettysburg, S.D. and the late Robert Sutherland, Kansas City, Mo.

You will be able to attend many AQHA Standing Committee meetings, including Amateur, Equine Research, International, Judges, Market & Membership, Nominations & Credentials, Public Policy, Racing, Ranching, Recreational Activities, Show, Professional Horseman and Youth Activities.

The Stud Book & Registration Committee will have an interesting agenda, including the Jockey Club’s new rule to have Electronic Registration Certificates for the horses.

GENETIC DISEASE RULE:

If you’re a breeder, you would probably be interested in a suggested Genetic Disease Rule that will be discussed in the Stud  Book & Registration Committee, I’m sure – behind closed doors. There is a suggestion to amend REG108 (member) to

  1. require all breeding stallions and mares to have a genetic panel test done, and
  2. foals resulting from a breeding involving a parent that has tested positive for any of the diseases covered by the genetic disease panel are ineligible for registration.

AQHA PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL RANCH AND STOCK HORSE ALLIANCE

The AQHA has also announced that they have partnered with the National Ranch Stock  Horse Alliance, formed to preserve and perpetuate ranching traditions and ranching heritage through ranch and stock horse events.

There will be dual-approved Versatility Ranch Horse shows with other NRSHA events and the AQHA will host a National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Show in conjunction with the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships June 13-17 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

The NRSHA will work toward preserving and protecting the ranching heritage by helping these events stay true to their ranching roots, record major achievements of the ranch and stock horses competing in these associations and offer educational platforms with respected horse industry trainers and through AQHA Judges Seminars.

Other associations included in the NRSHA are the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA), Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX), Western States Versatility Ranch Horse Association (WSVRHA), Oklahoma Stock Horse Association (OkSHA) and the East Coast Stock Horse Association (ECSHA).

For an association to become a member, they must have at least 100 members, an association show must have at least one judged cattle class and must be a non-profit. Major event placings and money earned will be made available to AQHA for inclusion on horses’ achievement records, which will also be available through AQHA’s Robin Glenn Pedigrees. Each alliance association member is eligible to compete in the NRSHA National Show held each year.

For more information, go to www.AQHA.com/ranching_(http://www.AQHA.com/ranching).

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☛ The pros and cons of background checks 2-13-18

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

THE PROS & CONS OF BACKGROUND CHECKS

By Rick Dennis
Feb. 13, 2018

Arguably, the most often debated subject in the private sector business arena is the necessity of conducting background checks.  Most often proponents argue, “it’s a sound business principle” while opponents opt for the age ole excuse “it’s a violation of privacy.”

These two concepts have been debated through time and memorial. Each are viewed as ideologies, with only one being a clear winner in the common sense arena.  Background checks have the advantage over the “violation of privacy issue” simply due to the fact that we live in a litigation (lawsuit) and security world.

For the record, and due in-part to my law enforcement and military resume’, my life has been constantly subjected to background checks for: security clearances, law enforcement hiring, military and private security services. My typical background check includes: an annual criminal and civil records check, fingerprint evaluations, peer association including  references, education and work history verification, medical history evaluation, as well as a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle) a driving records check. On occasion and depending on a Personal Detail Application (PDA) – Personal Protection engagement, I’ve been required to undergo a polygraph examination, i.e., “lie detector test.” Therefore, background checks and I are old friends – “so-to-speak.”

In an article entitled “Why Do Background Checks – The Pros and Cons” the author’s first paragraph signals the reading audience as to why “Background Checks Are A Necessity, e.g.,:  A Pre-Employment Background Check has become a matter of necessity. Too many applicants make false claims on their job applications and resumes or attempt to cover up prior criminal activity. About 40% of the background checks processed by “A Matter of Fact” turn up at least one serious discrepancy.

Yet in another “matter-of-fact” statement the author asserts the pros of employee background checks.

Why do background checks? The benefits of comprehensive employment background screening include: increased applicant and new hire quality, reduced workplace violence, reduced negligent hiring liability, reduced losses from employee dishonesty, making the right hire the first time, and avoiding negative publicity. The bottom line is that pre-employment background checks help an organization be more successful. That means greater profits to for-profit organizations and greater impact for nonprofit’s.
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There’s a whole host of relevancy that can be applied to any industry, other than the ones mentioned in my background synopsis, to justify the utilization of background checks – including the horse industry. Whether it’s for an individual applying for a directorship, board of directors/member nominee, a President or other officer, trainer, or sale company owner. In my opinion, and as a matter of fact – “anyone in a position of authority, Hall of Fame members that members and kids look up to, or those who provide clinics – especially for children, or under-age minors. Also included should be anyone in a position of responsibility or acting as a fiduciary whose authority is handling thousands of dollars (in some cases millions of dollars)  should have a background check. After all, trainers and Hall of Fame members are the icons of the horse industry representing both the non-profit horse organization, a specific performance group and also the general public. It’s irresponsible for a non-profit horse organization to elevate such an individual to its highest stature position without knowing all there is to know about that individual and ending up regretting their decision later on.

It’s just plain old good common sense to represent an individual in a factual manner instead of representing an individual as a good guy when, in reality, you may know nothing or very little about that person. I’m an active proponent of implementing a rule adoption requiring any individual included on a horse non-profit’s Trainers Directory, Directorship, or Board Member is only eligible for inclusion after a thorough background check.

My advocacy of performing background checks stems from the fact that after 911, the Patriot Act was enacted whereby individuals setting foot on any dock, offshore vessel or offshore oil and gas-producing platform to collect urine for employee drug and alcohol screening for sobriety has to have a security clearance as ordered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Therefore, if the private sector contractors has to have a background check to set foot on a dock in the United States of America, shouldn’t the same sound business principle be applied to the private sector horse industry, especially for those individuals who have a major contact with the general public either by representing a specific horse nonprofit or a specific performance category during his or her endeavor?  As a Risk Analyst, it’s just good business. The cost: $50 to $500.

WHERE TO HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK PERFORMED:

Normally, a typical background check previously mentioned in the above categories can easily be performed by a private investigator, a law enforcement agency, a private security agency or an individual specializing in background checks. My personal preference is to use an outside individual or agency instead of performing them myself. This relieves me of the bias theory.  Equally, I’m not an advocate of using internet background check systems simply due to the fact the information contained therein might not be accurate or it may be deficient. My own representative of choice is “Christina Robertson Legal Services of Oceano, California. (805) 801-0346 or (805) 903-3695.

Ms. Robertson states that “If you truly want a thorough background check, you must search through Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT). This is where Ms. Robertson excels.

What exactly is OSINT? Open Source Intelligence is the collection and analysis of information that is gathered from public or open sources. OSINT sources can be  media, internet, public government data, professional and academic publications, commercial data and “grey” literature, which could encompass technical reports, patents, business documents, newsletters, etc.

OSINT differs from research, in that it applies the process of intelligence to create knowledge for a specific decision by a specific individual or group.

For the record, if you’re going to have a background check performed on an individual for employment, a training engagement, or any of the criteria included in this article, it’s going to require a signed “Authorization Release Form” from the individual specifically authorizing the background check and release of information, especially if it’s referencing an employment or other work engagement decision.  That’s why you see a “disclaimer” on internet search engines advertising background checks.  A prudent business practice is to have a professional conduct this type of research of information for you.

POSITIVE FACTORS RELATED TO PERFORMING BACKGROUND CHECKS:

Increase Applicant And New Hire Quality:

The first benefit of background checks that most clients see is an increase in applicant quality. We often hear from our new customers that they saw an almost immediate improvement in the quality of applicants once the word got out that they were conducting thorough background checks. A complete employee screening process results in fewer applications with serious discrepancies such as criminal records or a registered sex offender status. A background check requirement also discourages applicants who are trying to hide something, increases applications from applicants who want to work in a safe environment and increases the quality of new hires due to an improved applicant pool and improved selection process

Reduce Workplace Violence:

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the staggering cost of violence in the workplace includes the fact that 1.75 million days of work are lost each year by victims of workplace violence. The cost in lost wages account for about $55 million per year. When less direct, but further-reaching costs are considered, such as lost productivity, legal expenses and diminished public image, the annual cost of workplace violence could measure in the billions.

An Employer’s Imperative:

Employers have a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe work environment. Therefore, knowing whether a potential employee has been involved in criminal activity such as sex crimes, drug or other substance abuse, reckless behavior, dishonesty, theft or dangerous and violent behaviors, allows the employer to determine if an applicant is appropriate for the job and work environment. It also helps the employer determine if the applicant poses a potential threat to other employees.

 

How Do Background Checks Help?

Prior history is a good predictor of future performance. Background checks are used by employers to identify applicants prone to unacceptable workplace behavior. Background check tools such as criminal-record checks including instances of animal abuse reports, registered sex offenders, incarceration for violent offenses,  prior employment verifications, education verification, license verifications and other research tools can reveal potential problem areas.

 

Protect Against Negligent Hiring Liability:
“What is Negligent Hiring Liability?” Negligent-hiring liability holds employers responsible both for what they do know and what they should have known about their employees, agents, assigns or representatives. It can even hold employers responsible for employees’ actions off the job. Courts have repeatedly affirmed that employers have a duty to exercise reasonable care in hiring individuals who, because of the nature of their employment, may pose a threat to the public.

Cost of Employee Dishonesty:

The typical organization loses 5 percent of its annual revenue to occupational fraud. The median loss caused by occupational fraud was $140,000. More than one-fifth of fraud cases caused losses of at least $1 million. Small organizations are disproportionately victimized by occupational fraud. See, ACFE: 2012 Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Employee theft and dishonesty can also reduce production, damage public confidence, destroy employer reputation and negatively affect employee morale.

A particular case I was involved in the horse industry was litigated by criminal charges in the Gainesville, Texas, courts whereby an assistant trainer and exercise rider, “Dakota Lindsey Harrell”  was indicted and accused of accessing a client’s bank account numbers from client-provided checks paid to the trainer for services rendered. This individual was alleged to have embezzled over $500,000 over a period of years from the client’s personal bank account. The incident was resolved by the Texas Criminal Justice System. However, this is just one instance where a background check in the horse industry may have been favorable to the trainer and the client in preventing this gross theft of funds.

I performed a Risk Analysis of the incident and initiated a series of counter measures for a recovery of assets, as well as changing the client’s entire banking process to prevent a future occurrence.

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Prevalence of Employee Dishonesty:

Theft and fraud is something that employers are aware but perhaps a bit complacent. The true prevalence of these crimes is pervasive and not well known. Approximately 30 percent of employees admit to stealing from their employers. The perpetrators are not those one would expect: 41.2 percent are managers, 39 percent are employees and 19.3 percent are owners or executives.

Therefore, it’s incumbent for anyone, whether a 50(c)3 non-profit horse organization, or any other support group of the horse industry, to do all it can to protect itself from unscrupulous individuals in our society. Remember, “failing to act” after knowing something about an individual could result in a “negligence” jury verdict for the individual or company later on, due to a mishap involving that individual.

 

AMERICAN HORSE INDUSTRY, AVOIDING THE PITFALLS:

In my book I cover a myriad of security aspects applicable to the horse industry, including implementing drug testing and background checks for employers and trainer selection.  A copy can be ordered either off the internet or from my website: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com. It’s a five-star rated book.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500
Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com
Web Site: windrivercompanyllc.com

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