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☛ American Horse Council report shows growth in horse industry 3-1-18

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AHCF ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF 2017 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

 

Courtesy America Horse Council Foundation
March 1, 2018

(Washington, DC)- The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce the results of its anticipated 2017 Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Horse Industry. The AHCF would like to thank The Innovation Group for their work on this important study.

The equine industry in the U.S. generates approximately $122 billion in total economic impact, an increase from $102 billion in the 2005 Economic Impact Study. The industry also provides a total employment impact of 1.74 million, and generates $79 billion in total salaries, wages, and benefits. The current number of horses in the United States also stands at 7.2 million. Texas, California, and Florida continue to be the top three states with the highest population of horses.

“Those involved in the equine industry already know how important it is to the U.S. economy. Having these updated numbers is critical not only to the AHC’s efforts up on Capitol Hill, but also for the industry to demonstrate to the general public how much of a role the equine has in American households,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “While the number of horses in the US has decreased, this was not entirely unexpected due to the decline in breed registration trends over the last few years.”

Another bright spot for the industry: 38 million, or 30.5%, of U.S. households contain a horse enthusiast, and 38% of participants are under the age of 18. Additionally, approximately 80 million acres of land is reserved for horse-related activities.

“For this update of the study we wanted to get a better picture of the number of youth in the pipeline, which is a number that we have not previously included in our economic impact studies. Additionally, being able to put a number of the amount of land use for equine-related activities is essential to ensuring that we are able to continue to protect and preserve that land for its intended use,” said Ms. Broadway.

The National Economic Impact Study is available for purchase through the AHC website here: http://www.horsecouncil.org/horsecouncil-publications/. Additionally, the 15 state breakouts will be available for purchase by the beginning of April. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org.

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☛ The American pays out $2 million 2-27-18

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

“THE AMERICAN” PAYS OUT $2 MILLION DURING RFD-TV’s ACTION-PACKED FINALS EVENT AT AT&T STADIUM 

THREE QUALIFIERS SPLIT THE MILLION-DOLLAR FINALS PURSE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos by Andy Watson/Bullstock Media

Feb. 27, 2018

The American Champions! Photo by Andy Watson

The world’s best cowboys and cowgirls worked all year to qualify or be invited to the world’s richest one-day rodeo, The American, with the outstanding Finals being held Saturday, Feb. 25 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

Following an outstanding, patriotic pre-show, which included veterans coming down ropes from the ceiling, three champions each took home $433,333 paychecks, as well as the $100,000 checks they earned for winning their division in the semi-finals. They included four-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild, who rode C5 Rodeo Company’s “Virgil,” the reigning bareback horse of the year to a 90.75;  six-time NFR Steer Wrestling qualifier Matt Reeves, who wrestled his steer down in 3/73 seconds, and ERA Bronc Rider of the Year Champion Cort Scheer, who came through the ranks of the qualifiers for riding Frontier’s Medicine Women, the four-time saddle bronc of the year, to a whooping 89 point ride.

After over seven hours of televised competition between top invited athletes from the PRCA, PBR and WPRA, as well as “qualifiers” who had to earn their spot on the program by rodeoing and winning throughout the year and advancing from a semifinals held prior to The American. The event made the “American Dream” come true to those who advanced out of the semifinals in each division to split the million-dollar purse.

Invitee’s Taci Bettis (Barrel Racing), Junior Nogueira and Kaleb Driggers (Team Roping) the reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood and reigning The American Tie-Down Roping Champion Marty Yates earned $100,000 each.

In a heart-warming interview, Nogueira told the press he missed out on his late father’s Brazilian Hall of Fame induction ceremony for a chance to win The American dream. His father had passed away doing what he loved most – roping!

During the award’s ceremony, Feild was asked what he planned to do with his newly signed check. Feild responded, “When I retire from rodeoing, I don’t have to go get a 9-5. I can stay home with my kids and see them off to school and pick them up at  home when they get off the school bus.”

HOW IT HAPPENS:

The American invited the top rodeo athletes in seven events from the PRCA, WPRA and PBR to compete for a $2 million purse at AT&T stadium. Anyone could qualify via the semifinals, which paid $500,000 and any contestant who advances to The American and outrides or outraces the sport’s super stars is eligible for an additional $1 million bonus at the Finals.

There were three ways to qualify for competition in The American. The top contestants in the world received invitations and were called “invitees.” Additionally, a handful of exemptions are offered to the brightest stars in the sport. Also hopeful contestants could pay an entry fee to compete as “qualifiers” held throughout the year sanctioned by Better Barrel Races, Professional Bull Riders, Ultimate Calf Roping and the World’s Toughest Rodeo.

During the past year nearly 4,000 entries competed at 70 qualifying events to make The American semifinals, where nearly 600 athletes from around the world battled for 38 byes into The American.

One of the more exciting events was the barrel race. A 10-year-old barrel racing qualifier, London Gorham, who was awarded a check totaling $40,681 for winning Thursday’s barrel racing semifinals with a 13.74. The win made London the youngest competitor to advance the furthest in The American semifinals. Although she missed making the semifinals, she was presented with the “Up and Comer Award” and received an additional check of $5,000 for competing in the semifinals. Both the winnings and award made an almost $50,000 day for the 10-year-old.

However, even though she is only 10, London is no newcomer to rodeo. Her dad, Shorty Gorham, is also a PBR bullfighter and was at work at The American. Her Grandpa is Phil Lyne, a legendary rodeo cowboy who competed professionally in five events and won five PRCA world titles in three different events. Also, she was competing against her uncle, PBR World Champion bull rider J. B. Mauney who finished fourth overall in the bull riding.

For full results, go to “The American.com”

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☛ US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is an NCHA member 2-23-18

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NCHA MEMBER, REX TILLERSON, USES THE “CODE OF THE WEST” AS THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 23, 2018

Rex Tillerson (center) with ranch hands on his ranch.

Recently, our current Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, sat down with 60 Minutes about his life and how being a Boy Scout and following the “Code of the West” has affected his past, future and decisions in life.

In fact Rex Wayne Tillerson, 65, who was born on March 23, 1952 in Wichita Falls, Texas,  was named after Rex Allen and John Wayne, two Hollywood actors famous for playing cowboys. Showing that he still has “cowboy” his blood, today, he and his wife, the former Renda St. Clair, own two ranches in Texas, where they raise cutting horses.  Both Rex and Renda are lifetime Amateur/Non-Pro members of the National Cutting Horse Association.

The Tillerson Ranch

Although neither Rex nor Renda compete in cutting horse competitions, they own and raise cutting horses on their ranch and have them trained and shown in NCHA competition. Although Rex usually doesn’t have the time to spend at the NCHA events that their horses are entered in, Renda can be seen in the stands cheering on their cutting horses on a regular basis.

 

TILLERSON’S PAST:

 

Rex Tillerson, The United States Secretary of State

Tillerson began his career as an engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. According to those who know him best, Tillerson is a fiercely private person who started his career in 1975 at the bottom of the ladder with Exxon Company USA as a roustabout in the Oil & Gas Division in the Gulf of Mexico. He achieved a degree in civill engineering and worked his way up through the managerial rank and file of two companies: Exxon Company USA and the resulting company after the merger with Mobil Oil company, ExxonMobil. He rose to serve as chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil from 2006 to 2017. Tillerson’s final destination with ExxonMobil was retiring as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. When he left Exxon to become Secretary of State, he was four months away from retirement, at which time he would have been entitled to a $180 million retirement package. According to Wikipedia, he is worth approximately $300 million.

A past employee said, “I found Tillerson to be a no-nonsense type of guy with one objective: efficiency. He had a unique knack of promoting his theory of “doing more with less.” Many a day I sat across from the desk of Mr. Tillerson, who was dressed in his usual attire: a pair of blue coveralls and steel-toed boots with a hard hat sitting on his desk.

“Over the years, I discovered that Tillerson had the driest humor I’ve ever heard, a duty of loyalty without equal (his theory is he always ‘rides for the brand’ and expects you to do the same – the Cowboy Way) rock-solid personal, business and work ethics, as well as one of the sharpest business minds I’ve ever encountered.”

But one of the most treasured pastime accomplishments for Tillerson was being a long-time volunteer with the Boy  Scouts of America. His father was an executive of Boys Scouts of America and Rex earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was national president of the Boy Scouts and was inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame of the Greater New York Councils. At the end of his presidency of the Boy Scouts, he remained on the organization’s National Executive Board.

THE CODE OF THE WEST: HOW REX HAS LIVED HIS LIFE:

When Margaret Brennan of 60 Minutes on CBS News asked Rex what “Code of the West” meant, Tillerson responded: “Well you know, the Code of the West is (when) the West was unfolding, there wasn’t a lot of law enforcement and people basically relied upon each other’s word and ‘My Word is my Bond.’ I’ve used that throughout my life, as well, even at Exxon Mobil. I would sit down with the head of state for that country or the CEO of that company and we’’d look each other in the eye and I’d say, ‘All I need to know is that you’re gonna live up to your side of the deal. And I give you my word I’ll live up to my side of this deal.’ And then a lot of the Code of the West people were very loyal to their organizations. And the phrase, ‘Riding for the Brand’ is a phrase that’s always stuck with me. When a cowboy signed on to a ranch or to that organization, he was committed to that organization.”

Asked what the brand meant for Tillerson today, he said, “The State Department of the United States government. The American people are my brand.”

HOW REX BECAME SECRETARY OF STATE:

Although Tillerson had never met President Donald Trump before he became the United States Secretary of State, he was invited to Trump Tower.

“He (President Trump) just began by asking me, you know, ‘I want you to just kinda talk about how you see the world.’ We walked around the world for about an hour and then he kinda went into a little bit of a sales pitch with me and said, ‘I want you to be my Secretary of State.’ And I was stunned.”

Tillerson didn’t have any idea that he was having a job interview. “I thought it was just – I was going up just to talk to him and share with him, which I’ve done with previous presidents. I did with President Obama, I did with President Bush. So I really thought that’s all it was.”

However when he was asked if he had any sense of what he was getting into, Tillerson responded, “By and large – I did.”

Tillerson’s final statement in the article was, “I hope with this little bit of exchange we’ve had, you understand the man better. That’s why I’m still here. Those things don’t bother me. I’m here to serve my country I committed to this President. My God is my bond. I ride for this brand. That’s why I’m here. And nothin’ anybody else says is gonna change that.”

Tillerson said that his recommendation to the President was said to have come from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who have a consulting firm that works with Exxon.

RENDA TILLERSON:

Rex and Renda Tillerson

Tillerson said that it was  his wife who told him to take the role of Secretary of State. Renda is the co-owner of the Bar RR Ranches LLC in Bartonville, Texas, located northwest of Dallas, which is also where she was born.  On her suggestion, the Tillersons purchased the ranch in 2009 which specializes in the breeding, training and showing of cutting horses. It was previously owned by the late Charles Wyly and called the Stargate Sport Horse Farm. The Tillersons changed the name to Bar RR Ranches for Rex and Renda.

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” said Tillerson in another publication, regarding being the United States Secretary of State . “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

He continued that his 60-year-old wife shook her finger at him and said, “I told you God’s not through with you.”

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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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