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☛ Early-bird pricing for NCHA Convention 5-14-18

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

EARLY-BIRD PRICING FOR NCHA CONVENTION

 

NCHA Press Release
May 14, 2018

In order to receive the early bird pricing for members going to the NCHA convention, scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2018 through Sunday, June 3, 2018, 6 AM to 10 AM at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 Hwy 26 East, Grapevine, Terxas 76051, you must register online or we must receive your registration in the office by midnight on May 15, 2018.

  • Convention Registration $125.00    (After the 15th $175.00)  Registration includes the Hall of Fame Gala
  • Hall of Fame Gala  $50.00  (After the 15th $75.00)

Click here to register now and get more information! >>
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If you have any questions, please email convention@nchacutting.com

 

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☛ NCHA planning class restructure 5-11-18

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

NCHA CLASS RESTRUCTURING ON THE AGENDA FOR THE 2018 NCHA CONVENTION

 

COMMMITEES COMPLETE TWO PROPOSALS TO BE DISCUSSED AT JUNE 1-3 NCHA CONVENTION BUT NOT VOTED ON

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 11, 2018

In an effort to boost membership, the NCHA has published an NCHA CLASS RESTRUCTURE on their website from the 2018 Class Restructure Subcommittee.

 

The website explains that the reasons for the restructuring of classes are several, including the fact that NCHA membership has dropped from 20,372 in 2010 to 10,569 as of March 15, 2018. This is a decline of 9,083 or 48 percent.

 

Also show entries have declined 61,716 or 33.3 percent – from 185,511 in 2007 to 123,795 in 2017.

 

Two drafts of a “Class Restructure” will be presented at the 2018 NCHA Convention, scheduled for Friday June 1 – June 3 at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Texas. Two drafts will be presented as proposals to committee members; however, they will be discussed at the convention BUT NOT VOTED ON. The linked proposals will be for discussion purposes only.

 

THE OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the NCHA is to grow the membership base with new members and increase show entries from current members by simplifying rider eligibility and maintaining current payouts

 

THE OBSTACLES:

There are no entry level classes, more than likely due to the exception rules. There is no level playing field. Current members are not showing because they feel like they ARE the added money. Also, rider eligibility rules are confusing and complicated.

 

THE PROPOSALS:

Mandates a protected entry-level class for EACH division. Mandates a level playing field within EACH division. Simplifiesrider eligibility rules and encourages (not requires) competitors to ride up in levels and divisions.

 

DIVISIONS AND LEVELS:

OPEN DIVISION:
Open – $750,000 or more in lifetime earnings;
Intermediate Open$200,001 – $749,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Open$0 – $200,000 in lifetime earnings

 

NON-PRO DIVISION:
Non-Pro$500,000 or more in lifetime earnings
Intermediate Non-Pro– $100,001 – $499,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Non-Pro$0 – $100,000 in lifetime earnings

 

AMATEUR DIVISION:
Amateur– $100,000 or more in lifetime earnings
Intermediate Amateur– $25,001 – $99,999 in lifetime earnings
Limited Amateur– $0 – $25,000 in lifetime earnings

 

A rider can compete in the Open, Non-Pro or Amateur Division based on their eligibility as established within the NCHA Rule book.

 

The Total Lifetime Earnings of a rider determines WHICH LEVEL they are eligible to compete in. In addition to the level that a rider is eligible to compete in, they can also enter, if they chose, higher levels and divisions.

 

LIMITED LEVEL:

Limited Open– $0 – $200,000
Limited Non-Pro– $0 – $100,000
Limited Amateur– $0 – $25,000

This level is deemed to be the entry level for a rider and as such is a “protected” level within each division. NO rider with lifetime earnings in excess of the amount designated can compete in a Limited class. No exceptions!

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

SENIORS:

Once a rider turns 60, the rider is eligible to compete in the senior divisions. (This is currently offered and will not change)

REVOLVING DOOR:

A rider can drop down to the Intermediate level if they have not won a certain amount within a set time frame.  The limits for each division are as follows:

Open:$75,000 in one year

Non-Pro:$50,000 in one year

Amateur:$25,000 in one year

 

LIMITED AGED EVENTS:

The Open, Non-Pro and Amateur classes would run just like they currently do. Each entry would designate what Level or Levelsthat a rider is competing in. Show producers would determine number of go-rounds, number of horses to finals, working finals and non-working finals. Senior, Gelding and Novice classes will not change. These designations will remain a class within its respective division.

 

A graduated entry fee schedule would be implemented whereby the Limited Level entry fee is the lowest and the top level is the highest in each division.

 

To encourage riders to enter in multiple levels and divisions, a discounted fee would be offered if a rider chooses to enter multiple levels.

 

To ensure the top levels pay the highest, added money would be concentrated in the top level. The intermediate can be allocated some added money; however, added money in the limited level is strictly prohibited.

 

There will be limited aged event pilot studies at the 2017 Super Stakes, 2017 Summer Spectacular, 2017 Breeders Invitational, 2018 Augusta Futurity, 2017 West Texas Futurity, 2018 The Ike Futurity, 2018 Arbuckle Futurity, 2017 Brazos Bash and 2017 PCCHA Holy Cow Futurity.

 

WEEKEND SHOW STRUCTURE:

The weekend Show Class Structure will include:

OPEN – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

NON-PRO – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

AMATEUR –  with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.
$25,000 NOVICE HORSE

$25,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$50,000 NON-PRO

$25,000 AMATEUR

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$2,000 LIMITED RIDER

YOUTH

 

For weekend shows, a rider will enter the division that they are eligible to compete in. If they are eligible for the Intermediate or Limited class within that division, they can, if they choose, pay an additional entry fee to enter the Intermediate and/or Limited class. The Intermediate and Limited Class is a class-within-a-class just like the current senior class.

 

Senior classes will not change. If a rider meets the eligibility requirements for the senior class, they can, if they choose, pay an additional fee to enter the Senior class.

 

To ensure the top levels pay the highest, added money would be concentrated in the top level. The intermediate can be allocated some added money; however, added money in the limited level is strictly prohibited.

 

WHY DOES NCHA THINK LEVELING WILL WORK?

Due to declining entries in 2011, the NRCHA implemented a leveling system within their Non Pro Division. Since then the Non-Pro entries are up over 40 percent. As a result of this success, in 2013, they created an entry-level Open class (Level 1 Ltd Open) and have seen an increase of 25% in total Open entries.

NCHA Ltd Age Event Class Structure Second Draft

NCHA Proposed Class restrucure 5-18

 

In 2014, I published an article by Rick Dennis, warning about the future of the horse industry. That article received more comments than any other article that I have published, and is even more relevant today. It’s very relevant to what is happening today, if changes were not made.

Click for a copy of that article.

 

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☛ Dear NCHA Executive Board members 4-3-18

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, TO THE EDITOR, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

Dear Executive Board Members,
A short while ago I read an open letter to the NCHA, from a director, on the website allaboutcutting.net, regarding many issues within the NCHA and the dubious decisions that caused them. Ifyou have not read the letter, I would advise you to do so promptly! We are in a state of emergency, and actions must be taken to ensure our longevity. In the letter, I read about several rule violations perpetrated by the Dufurrena family, and possibly the assistance of NCHA Vice-President Phil Rapp in helping to “go easy” on the Dufurrena,as in regard to disciplinary actions by the NCHA.

Upon learning of the verdict of their recent grievance hearing, we see that plan being executed. Everyone who has been guilty of violating the non pro ownership rule has received harsh penalties that were appropriately applied and justified. Now we see a much different set of sanctions that are in no way consistent with other cases regarding the same rule. Every lawyer I’ve talked to has said this can turn into a major legal fiasco for us. I’m imploring the leadership of ourAssociation to seek advice from a competent lawyer before the Appeals Committee hearing is held. Trust me when I say, there is a contingency of past and current members and directors who are adamant about exposing the many deficiencies and lack of common sense that is present within our association. This present matter”smacks” of yet another example of poor judgment if not dealt with in an appropriate and consistent sanction. In the opinion of many, this matter can have very serious legal and financial consequences.

In addition to legal liability from former members who have been suspended for life from the same rule violations, we are also liable to the competitors who were directly damaged by the Dufurrenas’ bad conduct. Right now, we have the luxury of being able to follow the Olympic rules for athletes who break their rules. If athletes are deemed in violation, they are banned from competition, and the awards are presented to the appropriate winners. Why not follow their approach to dealing with contestants who break the rules? Are we not bound to recognize and compensate the rightful champions? Also,the fines that were levied against the Dufurrenas in the grievance hearing are absurd! In the least, the fines should equal the amount of money that was won fraudulently in the various events by the Dufurrenas, and the awards should be given to the rightful winners! I f anything less than the above suggestions are done, it will be regarded as a sham by our Association leaders and produce another example of poor leadership. Now is our opportunity to demonstrate to the general membership and public that our association is trustworthy and will be regarded as the model to which other associations aspire to be. Currently, there is great bewilderment and dismay felt among the people who make up our industry, and feel that our great association has deteriorated to an all-time low, especially within the last several years. These problems have only been exacerbated during the tenure of Chuck Smith’s leadership beginning with his presidency and extending through his time as our Executive Director.

In closing, 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.

Let it be known that many strongly suggest that the present Executive board and Appeals Committee take this opportunity to fulfill it’s fiduciary duties and demonstrate strong leadership that has been lacking in the past.

—-Let the content of this letter concern you, rather than the author

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 4-30-18

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
April 30, 2018

McBride wins first NCFSR

TORRINGTON, Wyo. – After more than 20 years of ProRodeo competition, Will McBride won his first National Circuit Finals Steer Roping April 29.
“It’s the biggest roping I’ve ever won,” McBride said, noting that he’s come close to winning Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up.
McBride has competed in ProRodeo since 1996, having switched from calf roping to steer roping in his early 30s. Now, 22 years after his rookie year, McBride bagged his first NCFSR win.
Although he lives in Ogallala, Neb., the 53-year-old cowboy competes in the Mountain States Circuit since his home is about 12 miles from the Colorado border. The logistics panned out for traveling to competitions, and so did the outcome, as McBride was at the top of the Mountain States Circuit for steer roping in 2017 and won the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo in Grover, Colo., June 17-18.
McBride’s no stranger to success. In 2005, he claimed the average title at the Mountain States Circuit Finals Steer Roping. Two years later, in 2007, he won the year-end steer roping title for the Mountain States and finished 29th in the world standings with $11,291.
The Nebraska cowboy has held on strong and stayed consistent since, finishing 26th in the world standings in 2015.
This year, he made his way to one of steer roping’s biggest competitions for the first time.
McBride placed fourth in the first round with a 12.9-second run, and although he didn’t place high in the following five rounds, he remained within the Top 8 in the average and qualified for the semifinals. Unlike many ProRodeo events, the slate is wiped clean for the semifinals and the finals at the NCFSR.
“I knew I needed to get the first six tied down before you get anything else, and then it’s anyone’s game,” McBride said.
McBride tied with Tuf Cooper for first place in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds to advance to the finals. With only three other cowboys in the finals, tension was high. McBride was the only roper to make a qualified run at 11.2 seconds.
McBride was competing on his 18-year-old American Quarter Horse named 8 Bills – a fitting name considering he was bought at a horse sale for $800 about 13 years ago. McBride’s investment came back more than eight-fold at the NCFSR, as 8 Bills and McBride netted $8,807.
“He’s highly intelligent and extremely athletic, and he’s real honest,” McBride said. “He’s just a freakish athlete, as far as a horse goes.”
Before winning the NCFSR, McBride was 42nd in the 2018 RAM PRCA World Standings with $3,506. Now, his total has more than doubled.
As far as how this win impacts his approach to the rest of the 2018 season, McBride wasn’t sure. For now, he’s focused on taking his nephew, Tate, to a youth rodeo next weekend.

2. Ketscher wins hometown Clovis Rodeo

CLOVIS, Calif. – Jordan Ketscher is a confident cowboy right now. And that’s because of a horse named Mouse.
Ketscher and his 14-year-old American Quarter Horse teamed up for a hometown victory, winning the tie-down roping average at the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, April 27-29, in 38.2 seconds on four head.
Ketscher, 28, had plenty of family on hand throughout the weekend, including aunts and uncles and grandparents. They didn’t have far to go to get to the rodeo. Ketscher lives about 30 miles from Clovis and graduated from Fresno State University, which is basically next door to the rodeo.
“It’s pretty special,” said Ketscher, who took home $6,465. “Going there during high school, going up to the rodeo and watching the guys who’ve won before, knowing how big of a rodeo it is, to show up a few years later to get the win was pretty cool.”
Ketscher, who entered Clovis 19th in the 2018 RAM PRCA World Standings with $17,180, started the rodeo off right with a 9.1-second run in the first round to take second. His second run ended in 10.1 seconds. He finished sixth in the third round in 9.4 and third in the finals in 9.6, finishing in 38.2 seconds on four head, two-tenths of a second faster than Clint Robinson. Ketscher moved up to 13th in the April 30 RAM PRCA World Standings with $25,296.
Ketscher redirected most of his success to Mouse, whom he bought last year.
“Clovis is kind of a big arena,” Ketscher said. “You dang sure have to run them down. He (Mouse) has a lot of speed. He makes my job easy. The majority of it is him because he works so well. He makes roping easy.”
Mouse has helped Ketscher get into a good position this season.
“Just being comfortable with my horse and knowing what I’m going to have when I back in the box every time,” Ketscher said about his success. “… Mostly I feel like it’s my horse and how he’s working. It’s everything to me. If you don’t back in with that feeling, things can head south in a hurry. You’ve just got to back in there and knowing he’s doing his job, you’ve got to focus on doing your job.”
By winning nearly $6,500, Ketscher earned more than a third of what he’d already raked in for the 2018 season.
Not only did he take in a good haul in cash, he netted some valuable points in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour.
“With the Tour system, you know that they’ve got points and you don’t try to think about it, you try to put it in the back of your mind but it’s there,” Ketscher said. “You want to get those points. It’s fortunate for me to pick a lot of those up today and set it up for the rest of the season.”
Last year, Ketscher finished 39th in the world standings. The year before he finished 34th. With Sunday’s win and his previous earnings in 2018 (including more than $11,000 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo), Ketscher is expecting to rodeo hard this summer in hope of qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I think I’ve got enough won,” he said, “to keep going and see if I can keep on a roll, hopefully end up at the Finals.”
Other winners at the $287,417 rodeo were bareback rider Steven Dent (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Paradise Moon); steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (18.7 seconds on four head); team ropers J.B. James Jr./Cesar de la Cruz (28.1 seconds on four head); saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (87 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic From Hell); barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (50.79 seconds on three runs); and bull rider Koby Radley (89.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Hou’s Bad News).

3. Crawley captures Rodeo Corpus Christi with record ride

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The stars aligned at Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) – with former Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Jacobs Crawley matching up with Frontier Rodeo’s Maple Leaf.
Neither disappointed.
Crawley had a 92-point ride on Maple Leaf to win while setting the rodeo record at Rodeo Corpus Christi.
“That horse is a really strong horse and you watch her, and you don’t really respect her power until you are on her,” said Crawley, who made his ride April 28, the day before the rodeo ended. “As far as the ride, it was just one of those where I was trying to beat her to the ground each jump because I didn’t want her to catch me in the middle. I was afraid if I didn’t try and get to the front end the power would hit me and that would be all.”
Two saddle bronc riders shared the rodeo record of 91 points. Bradley Harter set the score in 2009 and Rusty Wright matched him in 2016.
Now, it is Crawley’s.
“To me, it’s all about the moment,” Crawley said about his record ride. “Any kind of record is made to be broken, but in that moment is where it’s all about. That environment and adrenaline and everything going on, that high, and 30 minutes afterwards when you’re still on Cloud 9, that’s what it’s about. The record is cool, but it’s the moment that makes it the best.”
The performance by Maple Leaf is not surprising. Maple Leaf shared the 2013 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year honors with Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting.
Brody Cress had the top saddle bronc ride of the 2018 season before this weekend with a 90.5-point ride on Maple Leaf to win the Southeastern Livestock Exposition in Montgomery, Ala., March 17.
“I had ridden Maple Leaf one other time, in Dodge City (Kan.) like three or four years ago, and I had an 89-point ride and I was second,” Crawley said. “The size, the power, the drop and the timing are what makes her a good horse. She has all the factors to be a difficult horse to ride with the power, but at the same time, she has the timing down to where if you do your job it is actually pretty smooth.”
Crawley earned $5,612 for his performance and remains atop the April 30 RAM PRCA World Standings with $91,225.
Rodeo Corpus Christi is part of the new Wrangler ProRodeo Tour. The Tour will feature 23 rodeos – it began with Logandale, Nev., (April 11-15) and concludes with the Justin Finale, Sept. 6-9 in Puyallup, Wash.
“The (Wrangler ProRodeo Tour) is an opportunity for more cowboys and an opportunity at every rodeo,” Crawley said. “Those are still the two ideas that are at the forefront of this deal, and hopefully it pans out like we think, and everybody really appreciates it.”
Other winners at the $263,860 rodeo were all-around cowboy Landon McClaugherty ($7,256, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider J.R. Vezain (89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage), steer wrestler Cody Devers (15.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Bubba Buckaloo/Clint Summers (17.0 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (29.3 seconds on three head), barrel racer Ericka Nelson (31.35 seconds on two runs), steer roper Chet Herren (49.1 seconds on four head) and bull rider Tyler McVay (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s After All).
Devers’ 15.0-second time on three head also was a rodeo record, breaking the old mark of 15.3 second on three head set by Cole Edge in 2017. Buckaloo/Summers also put their names atop the rodeo record books as they surpassed the old record held by Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith of 19.0 seconds on three head, set last year.
Watch Rodeo Corpus Christi livestream on demand at ProRodeoTV.com.

4. Harris wins Del Rio XBulls Division 1 event

DEL RIO, Texas – J.W. Harris knows what it takes to be a PRCA world champion.
The Goldthwaite, Texas, cowboy has won four world titles – 2008-10 and 2013 – and he wants to capture No. 5.
To reach that goal, Harris plans on making a push starting now – and he gave his plight a jolt at the 41st George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event.
Harris won the average at the two-day event – April 27-28 – with 179.5 points on two head.
“I did what I could do, and I was happy to see it hold up,” Harris said. “It was really cool to win this event.”
The event is held in honor of ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull rider George Paul. Paul, who was inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1979, once made qualified rides on 79 bulls in a row. In 1968, he won the world bull riding championship. A pilot who owned an airplane, Paul was killed while flying between rodeos in Colorado and Wyoming on July 30, 1970, cutting short his brilliant career. Bobby Paul, George’s brother, is the event producer.
Harris made both his rides April 27 – he started with a superb, 89-point ride on 4L & Diamond S’s Floating Fury and then clinched the victory with a 90.5-point ride on Rafter G’s J Lazy in the short round.
“My first bull was a young bull that didn’t have a whole lot of outs at rodeos and the flankman Scott Pickens told me he was good, and he sure was good,” Harris said. “He bucked, and he was a lot of fun to ride. My short round bull had been to the NFR. I had never been on him before, but he was like he always is. He went out there and bucked the best he could, and he gave me a shot at it. It felt really good to get those two scores.”
Garrett Smith won Round 2 at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with an 87-point ride on J Lazy.
Harris was sitting 32nd in the RAM PRCA World Standings with $14,731 but moved up to 17th place in the April 30 world standings with $29,752 after earning $15,020 in Del Rio. He is seventh in the latest XBulls standings.
“I feel good and I’m riding good,” Harris said. “We’re getting into the summer, so it is time to start rockin’ and rollin.'”
Harris has competed on a limited schedule during PRCA’s winter run so he could focus on his family.
“My kids (daughter and son) have been playing softball and T-Ball, and I have been trying to make sure I’m home for them because we are coaching both of their teams,” Harris said. “For the most part I’ve been sticking close to home and they each only have one game left, so now it will be rodeo time.”
Harris’ daughter, Aubrey, is 7 and his son, Dillon, is 5. J.W. and his wife, Jackie, share coaching duties with their children’s softball and baseball squads.
“That was a big reason why I came back to rodeoing, because I could make my own schedule and not miss anything that my kids are doing, and it has been good,” said Harris, 31. “I’m shooting to win a world championship. If that’s not what you’re shooting for, I don’t know why you would do it. You just need to get there (to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo). I feel like every time I show up I have a chance and that’s the approach I’m going to take at it.”
Watch the George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event on May 4-5 exclusively at ProRodeoTV.com.

5. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The PRCA has announced that RAM is now the exclusive title sponsor of the RAM PRCA World Standings … The George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event will be shown on tape delay on ProRodeoTV.com at 7 p.m. MT on May 4-5. The listing of the broadcast can be found in “In The Chute” section of ProRodeoTV.com. To subscribe to ProRodeoTV.com visit this link www.prorodeo.com/prorodeotv-subscribeSteve Kenyon and ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. (CT), May 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and May 6 at 2 p.m. … Teigen Finnerty, a PRCA steer wrestler, tie-down roper and team roper, passed away April 28 as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Wheatland, Wyo. He was 21. A funeral service for Finnerty will be held at 11 a.m. (MT), May 4, at the Doug Branscom Memorial Show Ring at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Wheatland with Pastor James Wakefield officiating. A vigil for the deceased will be held at 7 p.m., (May 3) at the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wheatland with Father Tom Kadera. Finnerty was born Aug. 9, 1996, in Wheatland; the son of Dean Patrick Finnerty and Dawn Marie (Williams) FinnertyCarmichael. A memorial scholarship fund has been established at the Wyoming Community Foundation, 1472 North Fifth Street, Suite 201, Laramie, Wyo., 82072, specify “Teigen Finnerty Memorial Fund” in the memo line of the check, or contribute at www.wycf.org. … The lives of the Wright family, from Bill and Evelyn Wright to their 13 children (former saddle bronc riding World Champion Cody is the oldest) to many more grandchildren, is chronicled in a new book, “The Last Cowboys,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Branch of the New York Times. “The Last Cowboys,” scheduled for a May 15 release from publisher W.W. Norton & Company, is the result of more than three years’ worth of Branch’s thorough reporting. Readers not only get an inside look at the grind of professional rodeo, they’re also immersed into the world of cattle raising. For 150 years, the Wright family has run cattle at their ranch on Smith Mesa in southern Utah outside Zion National Park … The Franklin (Tenn.) Rodeo has awarded a scholarship to a student at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Jonny Walker, of Parkers Crossroads, Tenn., is the designee for the 2018 scholarship award. Walker, a bareback rider, is in his first year of studies at UT-M. He graduated from Ranger (Texas) College last May, before transferring. He competed in the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association, winning the bareback riding reserve title in his event in 2012-13 and competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo the same years. He is studying ag business and will graduate in May 2019. He is ranked second in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region and competed at the Franklin Rodeo last year, where he made a qualified ride. The Franklin Rodeo takes place May 17-19.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “We’ve created an atmosphere with quality animals, a $300,000 purse to get those cowboys here, and then we work hard to keep the tickets reasonable.”
– Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo Director Chuck Rigsbee to ABC 30 Action News KFSN-TV Fresno about the success of the Clovis Rodeo, which concluded its 104th annual rodeo on April 29.

6. Next Up

May 3              Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo begins
May 4              Stampede Days Rodeo, Bakersfield, Calif., begins
May 4              Panola County Cattlemen’s Rodeo, Carthage, Texas, begins
May 4              Haysville (Kan.) Saddle Club Rodeo begins
May 4              Drayton Valley (Alberta) ProRodeo begins
May 4              Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo begins
May 5              Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo begins
May 6              Riverdale (Calif.) Rodeo begins

7. 2018 RAM PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through April 30, 2018
AA:
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$95,714
BB:
Caleb Bennett, Trementon, Utah
$68,149
SW:
Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.
$48,178
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$51,240
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$51,240
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$91,225
TD:
Tyson Durfey, Decatur, Texas
$57,034
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$122,041
SR:
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
$43,577

8. 2018 RAM PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through April 30, 2018
All-around
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$95,714
2
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  51,947
3
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
  50,722
4
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
  37,894
5
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  31,112
6
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
  29,948
7
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  29,923
8
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
  26,779
9
Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.
  21,375
10
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  19,184
11
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
  19,059
12
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  17,834
13
Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
  13,453
14
McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla.
  13,391
15
Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas
  12,544
16
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
  11,264
17
Zack Jongbloed, Iowa, La.
  11,171
18
Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas
   9,986
19
Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta
   9,272
Bareback Riding
1
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
$68,149
2
Mason Clements, Springville, Utah
  64,771
3
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
  50,589
4
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
  45,285
5
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
  43,894
6
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
  41,360
7
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
  40,995
8
Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas
  40,680
9
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
  39,487
10
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
  33,889
11
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
  29,791
12
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
  28,918
13
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
  28,293
14
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
  27,557
15
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
  27,171
16
Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta
  23,741
17
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
  23,328
18
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
  21,952
19
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
  21,605
20
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
  20,732
Steer Wrestling
1
Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.
$48,178
2
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
  41,867
3
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
  40,229
4
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
  39,019
5
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
  38,906
6
Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont.
  38,878
7
Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
  35,860
8
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
  35,196
9
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
  31,595
10
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
  30,525
11
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
  28,037
12
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
  27,431
13
Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan.
  24,697
14
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
  23,914
15
Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta
  23,735
16
Will Lummus, West Point, Miss.
  22,651
17
Jacob Shofner, Huntsville, Texas
  22,367
18
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
  22,181
19
Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla.
  22,141
20
Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif.
  21,970
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$51,240
2
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
  43,325
3
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
  41,495
4
Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.
  39,703
5
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
  35,322
6
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
  35,095
7
Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.
  29,101
8
Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.
  24,434
9
Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala.
  24,214
10
Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C.
  24,128
11
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
  23,255
12
Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif.
  23,092
13
Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga.
  22,825
14
Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla.
  21,810
15
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
  20,060
16
Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.
  19,838
17
Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas
  19,712
18
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
  18,861
19
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
  18,580
20
Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.
  18,465
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$51,240
2
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
41,495
3
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
37,483
4
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
36,252
5
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
36,014
6
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
35,095
7
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
29,771
8
Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.
29,101
9
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
25,749
10
Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla.
24,449
11
Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas
24,434
12
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
23,255
13
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
22,825
14
Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.
22,004
15
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla.
21,810
16
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
21,532
17
Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas
19,683
18
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
19,424
19
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
18,861
20
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
18,852
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$91,225
2
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
  62,425
3
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
  54,526
4
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
  53,304
5
Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah
  43,085
6
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
  37,201
7
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
  36,614
8
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
  36,332
9
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
  33,905
10
Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La.
  32,409
11
Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
  29,601
12
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
  27,509
13
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
  26,299
14
Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla.
  24,963
15
Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.
  23,155
16
Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah
  21,770
17
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
  21,137
18
Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
  20,464
19
Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.
  19,147
20
Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.
  18,789
Tie-down Roping
1
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
$57,034
2
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
  54,763
3
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
  45,810
4
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
  43,735
5
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
  41,949
6
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
  41,795
7
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
  39,900
8
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
  38,629
9
Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas
  37,386
10
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
  31,627
11
Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas
  30,870
12
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
  26,029
13
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
  25,296
14
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
  24,708
15
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
  24,579
16
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
  23,172
17
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
  22,922
18
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
  21,424
19
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  21,288
20
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
  20,603
Steer Roping
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$43,577
2
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
  41,766
3
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
  32,748
4
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
  26,770
5
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
  25,243
6
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
  24,935
7
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  21,890
8
Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas
  20,506
9
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
  18,732
10
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
  15,883
11
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
  15,430
12
Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla.
  15,281
13
J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas
  14,623
14
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
  14,091
15
Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.
  13,335
16
Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.
  12,373
17
Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas
  10,995
18
Jim Locke, Miami, Texas
  10,661
19
Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas
  10,274
20
Chad Mathis, Morristown, Ariz.
  10,256
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$122,041
2
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
  85,058
3
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
  63,564
4
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
  57,241
5
Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La.
  54,607
6
Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.
  50,574
7
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
  47,626
8
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
  45,764
9
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
  44,587
10
Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho
  37,079
11
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
  36,516
12
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
  33,597
13
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
  33,246
14
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
  32,211
15
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
  31,757
16
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
  30,980
17
J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas
  29,752
18
Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas
  28,332
19
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
  27,767
20
Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.
  25,325
*2018 Barrel Racing (April 30, 2018)
Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.
1
Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas
$94,143
2
Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.
  71,666
3
Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.
  71,186
4
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
  68,657
5
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
  55,834
6
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
  45,323
7
Tiana Schuster, Krum, Texas
  44,550
8
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
  43,120
9
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
  41,879
10
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas
  41,561
11
Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo.
  35,231
12
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
  33,899
13
Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn.
  32,392
14
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
  29,350
15
Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho
  28,949
16
Shelly Anzick, Shepard, Mont.
  28,372
17
Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas
  27,335
18
Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, British Columbia
  24,822
19
Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas
  23,650
20
Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
  23,647
9. 2018 Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Standings
Unofficial through April 30, 2018
Bareback Riding
1
Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas
245.00
2
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
205.00
3
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
175.00
4
Zack Brown, Red Bluff, Calif.
130.00
5
Mason Clements, Springville, Utah
116.00
6
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
105.00
7
Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta
95.00
8
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
90.00
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
90.00
10
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
80.00
Jamie Howlett, Weatherford, Texas
80.00
12
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
75.00
13
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
70.00
Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.
70.00
15
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
60.00
16
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
56.00
17
Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz.
51.00
18
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
45.00
19
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
35.00
Wyatt Bloom, Bozeman, Mont.
35.00
21
Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo.
30.00
22
Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho
20.00
Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev.
20.00
24
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
16.00
25
Logan Corbett, Las Cruces, N.M.
10.00
Steer Wrestling
1
Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont.
335.00
2
Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo.
295.00
3
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
172.50
4
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
170.00
Chase Black, Coalville, Utah
170.00
6
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
160.00
Kody Dollery, Caldwell, Texas
160.00
8
Newt Novich, Twin Bridges, Mont.
150.00
9
Jesse Brown, Baker City, Ore.
145.00
10
Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
140.00
11
Don Payne, Stephenville, Texas
135.00
12
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
125.00
13
Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.
115.00
Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho
115.00
15
Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta
110.00
16
Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas
100.00
Cody Devers, Alva, Okla.
100.00
18
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
90.00
19
Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif.
85.00
20
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
80.00
J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn.
80.00
22
John Franzen, Riverton, Wyo.
75.00
23
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
70.00
Michael Bates Jr., Mexican Springs, N.M.
70.00
25
John Green, La Grande, Ore.
60.00
Austin Courmier, Oakwood, Texas
60.00
Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan.
60.00
Team Roping-Header
1
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
330.00
2
J.B. James Jr., Bennett, Colo.
310.00
3
Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga.
235.00
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
235.00
5
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
230.00
6
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
225.00
7
Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.
205.00
8
Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.
185.00
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
185.00
10
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
175.00
11
Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta
165.00
12
Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah
160.00
13
Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.
150.00
Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif.
150.00
15
Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore.
120.00
16
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
115.00
Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho
115.00
18
Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
110.00
19
Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C.
105.00
Aaron Macy, Post, Texas
105.00
21
Shane Philipp, Washington, Texas
100.00
22
Laramie Allen, Llano, Texas
95.00
23
Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta
85.00
24
Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.
80.00
C.J. DeForest Jr., Wheatland, Calif.
80.00
Team Roping-Heeler
1
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
330.00
2
Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.
310.00
3
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
235.00
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
235.00
5
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
230.00
6
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
225.00
7
Cody Cowden, Atwater, Calif.
205.00
8
Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.
185.00
Bronc Boehnlein, Riverside, Calif.
185.00
10
Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla.
175.00
11
Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas
165.00
12
Coleby Payne, Lipan, Texas
160.00
13
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
150.00
14
Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas
135.00
15
Daniel Braman IV, Victoria, Texas
120.00
16
Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas
115.00
Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
115.00
18
Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
110.00
Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.
110.00
20
Caleb Anderson, Mocksville, N.C.
105.00
Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
105.00
22
Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas
100.00
23
Ross Ashford, Lott, Texas
95.00
25
Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta
85.00
25
Andy Holcomb, San Juan Batista, Calif.
80.00
James Arnold, Midway, Texas
80.00
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah
210.00
2
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
205.00
3
Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
190.00
4
Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas
178.33
5
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
128.33
6
Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah
120.00
7
Tyrel Larsen, Weatherford, Okla.
90.00
8
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
83.33
9
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
80.00
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
80.00
11
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
70.00
12
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
65.00
Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev.
65.00
14
Tyrell Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont.
60.00
15
Cody Wright, Milford, Utah
50.00
Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D.
50.00
Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla.
50.00
18
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
45.00
19
Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.
40.00
20
Alex Wright, Milford, Utah
25.00
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
25.00
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
25.00
Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.
25.00
24
Tim Ditrich, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
20.00
Louie Brunson, New Underwood, S.D.
20.00
Tie Down Roping
1
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
225.00
2
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
220.00
3
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
205.00
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
205.00
5
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
180.00
Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.
180.00
7
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
170.00
8
Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas
165.00
9
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
150.00
10
Justin Macha, Needville, Texas
140.00
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
140.00
12
Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas
130.00
13
Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah
125.00
Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas
125.00
Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas
125.00
Taylor Santos, Creston, Calif.
125.00
17
Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah
120.00
18
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
100.00
19
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
90.00
Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas
90.00
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
90.00
22
Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas
85.00
Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas
85.00
24
Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla.
80.00
25
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
75.00
Roy Branco, Chowchilla, Calif.
75.00
Bull Riding
1
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
390.00
2
Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho
150.00
3
Chris Roundy, Panguitch, Utah
130.00
4
Shad Heiner, Morgan, Utah
100.00
Jesse Petri, Athens, Texas
100.00
6
Tyler McVay, Tucson, Ariz.
80.00
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
80.00
8
Jordan Hansen, Ponoka, Alberta
75.00
Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.
75.00
10
Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah
70.00
Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas
70.00
12
J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas
60.00
Joseph McConnel, Bloomfield, N.M.
60.00
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
60.00
15
Daylon Swearingen, Rochelle, Ga.
50.00
Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah
50.00
Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.
50.00
Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas
50.00
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
50.00
Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas
50.00
21
Garrett Jones, Devers, Texas
40.00
22
Parker McCown, Montgomery, Texas
30.00
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
30.00
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
30.00
25
Rylan Wright, Midway, Utah
20.00
Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D.
20.00
Silvano Alves, Decatur, Texas
20.00
10. 2018 Xtreme Bulls standings
Unofficial through April 30, 2018
 
1
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
$34,769
2
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
  32,388
3
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
  27,413
4
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
  21,285
5
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
  21,264
6
Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho
  15,076
7
J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas
  15,020
8
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
  14,510
9
Joseph McConnel, Bloomfield, N.M.
  13,444
10
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
  13,334
11
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
  12,482
12
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
  11,692
13
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
  10,617
14
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
   9,926
15
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
   9,016
16
Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La.
  8,434
17
Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas
  8,422
18
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
  8,389
19
Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas
  8,266
20
Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.
  7,991
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☛ Jean Ligon/Billy Smith fill seats at AHC’s Board of Trustees

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

JEAN LIGON, CHAIR OF THE COALITION OF STATE HORSE COUNCILS, FILLS OTHER SEAT

 

APHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  BILLY SMITH FILLS ONE OF TWO AT-LARGE SEATS AT AHC BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Press Release from American Horse Council
April 26, 2018

 

(Washington, DC)—The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that Jean Ligon, Chair of the Coalition of State Horse Councils (CSHC), and Billy Smith, Executive Director of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), have been selected to the two at-large seats on the AHC’s Board of Trustees. Announced in September 2017, the addition of the two at-large seats came after a review of a task force formed to review the AHC’s overall governance structure and ensure relevancy and best practices.

“We look forward to working with the new additions to the Board of Trustees,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Both of them bring different perspectives to the current makeup of the trustees, and combined with their extensive backgrounds in the equine industry they will be helpful in guiding the AHC through its strategic plan and through industry issues the next two years.”

Filling the first seat is Jean Ligon, the current Chair of the Coalition of State Horse Councils, and President Elect of the Michigan Horse Council.  Elected to the second seat is Billy Smith, the current Executive Director of the APHA – the world’s second largest equine breed association, with more than 50,000 worldwide members.

 

Jean Ligon:

Jean Ligon

“The American Horse Council is instrumental to the health and well-being of the equine industry, not only on the national stage, but on the state and local level as well,” said Ms. Ligon.  “I am honored to serve as CSHC’s representative on the AHC Board of Trustees.  I hope I can provide a valuable viewpoint on the issues that come before it and serve as a strong channel for the Board to reach and improve the horse industry at the state and grassroots levels.”

Ms. Ligon has been an avid lifelong equestrian and was an Arabian horse breeder for more than 25 years. Since returning to school in 1988 to earn her law degree, she has limited her equestrian activities to keeping a few pleasure horses at home for recreational riding on Michigan’s horse trails. This soon led her to become an advocate of equestrian interests in zoning and land use, which she remains to this day.  She has served on her township’s planning commission since 2003, and is currently its secretary, a post she has held for a number of years. During her tenure, in 2005, her township developed the first Master Plan in Michigan that openly acknowledged the economic and other benefits a strong equestrian presence in the Township brought to the local community. Ligon has also been a featured speaker at seminars on various legal topics and has authored numerous articles in legal publications and the general press on land use and zoning issues, especially as related to preservation of open spaces, recreational trails, suburban horsekeeping, and other equestrian issues.

Billy Smith

Billy Smith

Mr. Smith graduated in 1984 from the University of North Texas with degrees in business and journalism, and in 1989 with a master’s degree from Texas Tech University in public relations and advertising and completed a doctorate in education in 1999. He spent 8 years as a practicing journalist covering medical and scientific subjects as well as a stint covering the closing of wars in both El Salvador and Nicaragua. He taught journalism for 10 years at West Texas A&M University and led a small market research firm, Strategic Media Research, before joining the American Quarter Horse Association where he served as executive director of information technology and various marketing roles for 13 years. His is married to Melinda Kay Moreland, a 1984 graduate of Baylor University and has two children, Lauren, an attorney in New York City and a graduate of Baylor University and Hunter, a member of the United States Marine Corp.

“I’m grateful for all of the support APHA has received in the past from its association with the American Horse Council,” said Mr. Smith. “In being elected to the Board, I’m hopeful to give something back as we work to address challenges facing the industry as a whole.”

Information about the Governance structure of the AHC can be found on the AHC’s website here: http://www.horsecouncil.org/governance/. Please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org for any further questions.

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☛ AQHA Standing Committee Recommendations approved 4-25-18

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS APPROVED DURING  2018 CONVENTION

 

Press Release from AQHA
April 25, 2018

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee met April 3-5 in Amarillo to review the standing-committee recommendations approved at the 2018 AQHA Convention by the AQHA Board of Directors, with the exception of those related to bylaw changes and rules of registration, for which final approval lies with the board of directors. Even though some agenda items were not approved, careful consideration, discussion and debate were devoted to each item. Below are the highlights of approved agenda items from the 2018 standing-committee reports. Read the full committee reports at www.aqha.com/convention

AQHA Amateur Committee

The Executive Committee approved:

  • A task force to amend rule SHW225.3.1 by making an exception to the remuneration rule that would allow an amateur to have received remuneration through an approved apprentice program and a task force to review SHW225.3.1, SHW225.3.4, SHW225.5 and SHW227 related to an amateur holding a judge’s card.
  • Modify SHW245.3.1 to specify that at the time of application for Level 1, an individual may not have earned a superior award within the past 10 years in a particular class in any equine organization or association with a membership of more than 7,500 members (including AQHA).
  • Add new rule, SHW245.3.6, to read, “When an exhibitor reaches 70 years of age or older (i.e. Super-Select), they may return to Level 1 if they meet the eligibility requirements as listed in SHW245.3, SHW245.3.1, SHW245.3.3, SHW245.3.4 and SHW245.3.5.

2018-19 AQHA Amateur Committee Chairwoman: Cheryllee Sargent

AQHA Equine Research Committee

The Executive Committee approved the American Quarter Horse Foundation funding $251,399.46 in research projects:

  • Clinical and Biochemical Effects of Intra-Articular Autologous Conditioned Serum and Triamcinolone in an Equine Model of Synovitis, Auburn University
  • Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of Ethylphenidate in Horses, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
  • Effects of Aquatic Conditioning on Cartilage and Bone Metabolism in Young Horses, Texas A&M University
  • The Effect of Horseshoe Length and Hoof Growth that Could Lead to the Underrun Heel Hoof Conformation Associated with Development of Injuries in Quarter Horses, University of California-Davis
  • Platelet Lysate Modulates Systematic Inflammatory Responses in Horses, University of Georgia
  • Proteomic Profiles of Stallions with Superb and Poor Semen Cryopreservation, University of Illinois
  • Elucidation of the Mechanism of Suppression of Type-I IFN Response by Equine Herpesvirus-1, University of Kentucky
  • Simplified Genetic Tests for Equine Embryos during a Standard Embryo Transfer, University of Kentucky

2018-19 AQHA Research Committee Chairman: Dr. Bob Coleman

AQHA International Committee

  • The AQHA International Committee reviewed the reports from the following task forces: Educational Exchange Task Force, which dissolved after the 2018 convention; Affiliate Structure Task Force, which also dissolved after the 2018 convention; and International Championship Event Task Force, which is reinstated through the 2019 convention.
  • The Executive Committee approved the formation of a task force to examine the requirements and process for establishing new international affiliates and a task force to develop and discuss an international steward program.
  • The Board of Directors approved the modification to Article III Section1.(f) of the Bylaws by changing “Oceana and others” to “Australasia-Africa.”
  • The Executive Committee approved the recommendation that Ecuador be granted provisional affiliate status until the 2019 AQHA Convention when the country’s application will be reviewed for full affiliate status.

The International Committee also recommended items to be placed on the AQHA Nominations and Credentials Committee 2019 convention agenda; that the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee implement a digital registration certificate system; the development of a 2019 post-convention educational seminar; the inclusion of the youth best practices document as an addendum to the international affiliate agreement. The committee also challenged AQHA staff to review and modify internal processes to allow email copies of registration certificates, DNA kits, DNA results, membership cards and correspondence.

2018-19 AQHA International Committee Chairwoman: Lori Bucholz

AQHA Judges Committee


The Executive Committee approved amendments to the following rules:

  • SHW434.2 riding without contact of bottom of boot securely on pad of stirrup, at all gaits, including back up, as a major fault
  • SHW520.5 by removing “breaking the barrier”
  • SHW534.3 by removing “failure to stop on hindquarters and hold position through the completion of the run”

The Executive Committee also approved the Scoring Task Force recommendations for showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation.

  • Scoring range of 0 to infinity and average of 70
  • Maneuver scoring range of +3 to -3
  • Patterns to have 6 to 10 maneuvers for scoring
  • OF&P be renamed Rider Form and Effectiveness
  • Rider form and effectiveness range from 0-5
  • Penalty range 3 for minor, 5 for major, 10 for severe

2018-19 AQHA Judging Committee Chairman: John Pipkin

AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee


The AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee challenged AQHA staff to explore an introductory membership program. The committee also discussed a variety of other marketing and membership initiatives, including directing the various subcommittees to explore how to engage members and potential new members and report back to the committee.

2018-19 AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee Chairwoman: Gale Little

 

AQHA Nominations and Credentials Committee

Four bylaw changes were considered by the Nominations and Credentials Committee at the 2018. The committee’s recommendations were approved by the AQHA Board of Directors at convention. Read more about the bylaw changes.

2018-19 Nominations and Credentials Committee Chairwoman: Georgianna Renouard

AQHA Public Policy Committee

The Executive Committee approved:

  • Continue to support Foreign Market Development and Market Access Program funding in the USDA appropriations bill, and the ongoing farm bill reauthorization at current or increased levels;
  • Continue to support language in the Tax Extender Act of 2017;
  • Continue to support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act;
  • Continue to support the Horse Protection Act Amendment draft final rule and encourage the administration to publish in the Federal Register;
  • Continue to support the National Equine Health Plan;
  • Continue to support the youth public policy program; and an AQHA public policy congressional fellowship program;
  • Continue to oppose funding restrictions on USDA domestic processing facilities and the Safeguard American Food Exports Act;
  • Appoint a task force to continue to advance the ¼ of 1 percent public policy fundraising effort at horse sales;
  • Adopt the public policy strategic plan as presented by the task force;
  • Develop an ambitious plan for educating AQHA members, legislators and other stakeholders about AQHA public policy initiative, concerns, impacts and successes.

The Public Policy Committee also recommended mandatory microchipping of all horses.

2018-19 AQHA Public Policy Committee Chairman: Dr. Calvin White

AQHA Racing Committee

The Executive Committee approved an updated policy concerning awards and publicity of horses and/or trainers with racing medication positives. Read more about the policy.

The Executive Committee also approved to modify the South American Racing Champion criteria to the same as Canada and Mexico champion categories, which reads:

“The top-10 money-earning Canada-foaled and Mexico-foaled racing American Quarter Horses that competed primarily in Canada or Mexico, respectively, will be placed on the ballot.”

South American horses are required to be registered with AQHA in order to be considered on the ballot.

The Racing Committee supported maintaining the traditional Racing Challenge program format and discussed ways to improve financial structure of the program moving forward.

2018-19 AQHA Racing Committee Chairman: Mark Brown

AQHA Ranching Committee

The Executive Committee approved several modifications and new rules related to ranch classes. View all the rules that were affected in the AQHA Ranching Committee report at www.aqha.com/conventionRule-changes will also be shared on www.aqha.com/ranching

2018-19 AQHA Ranching Committee Chairman: Jim Hunt

AQHA Recreational Activities Committee

The AQHA Recreational Activities Committee challenged AQHA staff to explore pricing structure of the AQHA Horseback Riding Program and report back to the committee. The Executive Committee approved the recommendation to restructure the subcommittees with specific objectives and measurable goals: recreational activities outreach and youth involvement.

The committee also discussed reviewing and updating recreational riding programs, including Stewards for Trail, Education and Partnerships (STEP) and the Horseback Riding Program.

2018-19 AQHA Recreational Activities Committee Chairman: Bill Horton

AQHA Show Committee

The Executive Committee approved modifications to several show rules. More details on these rule changes are available in the AQHA Show Committee Report at www.aqha.com/convention and will also be released on www.aqha.com/showing

2018-19 Show Committee Chairman: Tom McBeath 

AQHA Studbook and Registration Committee

Modifications to registration-related items were approved by AQHA members and the AQHA Board of Directors at the convention. Read more about the registration changes.

2018-2019 Studbook and Registration Committee Chairman: Jimmy Eller

AQHA Youth Activities Committee

The Executive Committee approved announcing regional director election results on the second day of the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar; to allow officer candidates 30 seconds of preparation before responding with an impromptu speech during the election process; and to evaluate past performance as an officer or director in the cumulative score for American Quarter Horse Youth Association national officer candidates.

The Executive Committee also approved a task force to explore and develop youth alumni and young adult involvement with members of the Amateur, Marketing and Membership and Youth Activities committees and the creation of a grassroots-focused horsemanship outreach program.

Additional discussion topics included technologies in youth programs, an overview of AQHYA programs, 2018 AQHYA theme, YES and the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, plus a variety of ideas to grow AQHYA membership and encourage involvement from current youth members.

2018-19 AQHA Youth Activities Committee Chairwoman: Jennifer Horton

About the AQHA Convention and Rule Changes

AQHA is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds a convention to review AQHA rules and policies. During the convention, member-submitted rule changes and suggestions are also reviewed. AQHA wants to hear any suggestions you have to make AQHA membership, programs and services to reach their fullest potential.

Even though members have until December 31, 2018, to submit items for the 2019 AQHA Convention, the Association encourages members to submit items as early as possible to give Association staff, committees and councils more time to prepare materials and communicate potential changes before the convention March 8-11, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Read more about AQHA’s rule-change process or watch this video on AQHA’s YouTube channel. Log in to the AQHA Member Services area for a list of the standing committees.

For guidelines on writing proposed rule changes, visit www.aqha.com/handbook.

If you have any questions on the 2018 committee reports or about submitting a rule change, contact us!

For more information on the AQHA convention, visit www.aqha.com/convention.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHAnews on Twitter and visit www.aqha.com/news.

 

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