By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 2, 2017
Black Little Lena put down at age 28; NCHA looking for an Executive Director and Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more.
BLACK LITTLE LENA PUT DOWN AT AGE 28
A TOP CUTTING HORSE THAT SIRED VERSATILE OFFSPRING
Black Little Lena put down at age 28
Black Little Lena, a beautiful 1988 black son of Smart Little Lena out of a foundation-bred mare Missy Dry by Dry Doc out of Silver Creek Til by Cutting Hoss, was put down for Dec. 29, 2016, following complications of old age. The loss was a great one for owner Phyllis Vincent, Terrell, Texas, who had owned the stallion for the past three years.
Bred by Benny J. and Rebecca Martinez, Bakersfield, Calif., he was sold as a yearling during the 1989 NCHA Futurity to the Reidy Land & Cattle Company, Houston, Texas. They sold the stallion as a 3-year-old to Stephen or Phyllis Ward, Terrell, Texas, where he competed in and won most of his money in NCHA aged-event competition.
With lifetime earnings of $93,000, several aged-event finals and and an NCHA Certificate of Ability, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards from the NCHA, the stallion was also in the Top 10 of the Open Division of the NCHA in 1995. Some of his titles included being a semifinalist in the 1991 NCHA Open Futurity, ridden by John Wold. The pair went on to be a finalist in the 1992 Montgomery Open Futurity Classic for 4-year-olds, also ridden by Wold. In the 1992 Gold Coast Winter Championship Derby, John Ward rode the stallion to the finals, while Wold continued to ride him to the finals of the NCHA Derby, 1994 Augusta Classic, Georgia National for 5-and 6-year olds, 1995 Augusta 7-Up class and 1995 NCHA Super Stakes 7-Up class. Following the aged events, the stallion continued winning at NCHA weekend shows and was the NCHA Fort Worth Open Stock Show Champion.
His offspring were very diversified. According to NCHA records, as a sire, Black Little Lena sired 189 AQHA-registered foals in 22 crops with 33 of them performing in NCHA; AQHA in Open, Amateur and Youth competition, with several receiving Register of Merit titles in various divisions; NRHA; NRCHA and United States Penning Association competition. Several offspring also excelled in roping competition, both in AQHA and other roping associations. His highest number of foals came in 1995 through 2002.
NCHA SEARCHES FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The NCHA is searching for a new Executive Director, following the exit of Jim Bret Campbell. According to the NCHA website, the Executive Director is the chief administrative executive officer of NCHA and reports to and is responsible to the chief elected officer (President – currently Phil Rapp) of the Association and the Executive Committee. He provides leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the Association will effectively increase member satisfaction, grow members, purses, service, revenue and programs. He will direct all aspects of the Association and is responsible for the staff and the financial assets of NCHA. He is also responsible for promoting and marketing the Association and the sport of cutting, as well as implementing and being responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of the Association. Click below for full NCHA press release.
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WESTERN BLOODSTOCK CLAIMS A DAZZLING WEEK OF SALES DURING NCHA FUTURITY
Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more. The high-selling horse was Lot 5145, Sly Playgirl, a 2007 mare by That Sly Cat, bringing $800,000; followed by the popular stallion Spots Hot, a 2001 stallion by Chula Dual, bringing $550,000. Another top stallion, Third Cutting, a 2005 stallion by Boonlight Dancer, also brought $285,000. Allaboutcutting.com will be publishing of breakdown of these sales during the next few weeks. Go to the Western Bloodstock website (www.westernbloodstock.com) to see all the sale results and go to the NCHA website at www.nchacutting.com for a press release from Western Bloodstock about the sales.
SAN ANTONIO RANCH GELDING STAKES AND SALE RETURNS TO SOUTH TEXAS
Nov. 22, 2016
Ring side scene of the horse sales at the 2016 San Antonio Livestock Exposition. The horse
sales are the most highly attended horse event each year at the San Antonio Stock Show.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale is both a judged competition and auction of working ranch horses. This year’s event will see 68 horses consigned by owners from eight states. On February 19 these working geldings will be judged on their ability to perform certain routine ranch jobs associated with everyday cattle ranching work. Judged competition begins at 7:00 a.m. in the climate-controlled Horse Exposition Center located on the grounds of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. A champion working horse will be chosen from this judged event along with six top ranking horses. Awards include an estimated $20,000 in cash and prizes to owners of the top six horses. Following the judging, the auction begins and will include all 68 horses entered in the event, including the champion and top placing six horses.
The event is highly popular throughout the multi-million dollar ranching industry of South Texas and has become to be known as “America’s Premier Ranch Gelding Sale”. The South Texas cattle ranching industry is the perfect setting for such an event which showcases the western style working horse. During the past three years the auction has seen working horses sell to new owners from 34 states in the nation. Sale results from the 2016 sales saw the Ranch Gelding Sale on Sunday average $10,000 overall on completed sales. Honors for the high selling gelding that day was a tie, going to two geldings at $20,000 for each. One of these geldings was a 9-year old red roan sired by Peptoboonsmal while the other was a 5-year old buckskin sired by Nu Cash Cow.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale contributes to the scholarship fund of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. As of 2016, and holding true to its mission statement of being a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition has committed $171.4 million to education, with $11.3 million committed in 2016 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to youth. Awards and scholarships for this year will add more than 300 new scholars to the program. With over 1,300 active scholarship recipients, S.A.L.E. represents students in 67 colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas. The success of the event, positive impact on the community, world class rodeo action and entertainment and ability to provide financial support to Texas youth is the result of many hours of hard work by committed S.A.L.E. volunteers.
S.A.L.E. has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community, agriculture industry and youth of Texas. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past and continual dedication from over 6,000 volunteers, S.A.L.E. will continue to provide wholesome family entertainment and be a pillar of strength and support to the youth of Texas.
The management firm of Segraves and Associates, a 40-year-old equine management and consulting company specializing in the production of events such as the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale, manages the event in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
On the day prior to the ranch gelding sale is the 30th Annual San Antonio Select Performance Horse Sale. This year’s sale will be on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the exact same location as the Ranch Gelding Show and Sale that is on Sunday. This is the traditional sale at the San Antonio Stock Show and features horses from all genders and performance horse disciplines, especially the cow horse events and ranch backgrounds. This sale is known for its high concentration of color such as grays, red roans, buckskins, blue roans, palominos, etc. Many people come to the sale every year looking for a colored performance horse or ranch horse. This year’s sale finished with a sale average of $5,004 on the top 50% of the consignments. The high selling horse went for $34,500, a 4-year-old buckskin stallion sired by Smart And Shiney and out of a granddaughter of Peppy San Badger. The stallion was a RHAA and SRCHA money earner.
Consignments are currently being accepted for both sales at the San Antonio Stock Show. Persons interested in consigning in either sale should contact the management firm of Segraves and Associates soon as possible to consign and obtain further information. Contact information is P.O. Box 224, Midlothian, TX 76065, (972)775 2880 office, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ddsegraves.com. Both sales will close when filled.
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NOODLES BROWN TOPS NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR SALE AT $34,000
WITH 130 CONSIGNED, 109 SOLD AVERAGING $8,851
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 16, 2016
The NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, produced by Jeremy Barwick’s Western Bloodstock, held Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Complex, featured 130 consignments, with 109 selling for $964,800, averaging $8,851 for an $8,000 median (Median is halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse). This is down from the 2015 sale, which had 171 consignments and 135 selling for $1,359,350, averaging $10,069. The high-selling horse in the 2015 sale, Miss Aristolcrat, brought $85,000.
This year the high-selling horse, brought a $34,000 final bid. Noodles Brown, a 3-year-old red roan mare sired by Metallic Cat out of Jitters Brown by Smart Little Lena, bred by David Brown, Gainesville, Texas, and sold by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. Noodles Brown had been sold by David Brown as a yearling to Jody Galyean, who six months later resold the mare in December 2014 to Guinn.
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Showing the results from a poor economy this year, last year, six head brought over $30,000, while this year only the top two sellers brought $30,000 or more. The second high seller, bringing $30,000, was Lil Pepto Memory, a yearling sorrel stallion consigned by the Shrontz Family Ltd. Partnership, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto out of NCHA Futurity Champion, Some Kinda Memories by Smart Little Lena.
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Although one 6-year-old gelding brought $21,000, a 3-year-old stallion and a 7-year-old gelding brought $20,000, a weanling mare brought $19,500 and an 8-year-old gelding brought $15,000, leading the average of multiples by the age of the horses, were six 4-year-old geldings averaging $14,617, nine 3-year-old mares averaging $14,367 and two 3-year-old geldings averaging $14,250.
These figures more than likely show that buyers are currently looking for young, trained cutting horses they can show and have fun with, with 14 money earners (that were not broodmares) averaging $14,879 for a $14,000 median. Money-earning broodmares averaged $8,786 on seven head.
Probably thinking the economy would be better in two or three more years, three weanlings sold, averaging $15,000; however, 36 yearling mares averaged a disappointing $6,803 and 20 yearling stallions averaging $6,360. One yearling gelding only brought $2,200.
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The leading sire of horses, with 2 or more sold) was High Brow Cat, with three head selling for an $18,667 average. Catish, a 2012 gelding brought $23,000, Cats Reyvenge, a 2013 stallion brought $20,000 and Drs Starlight, a 2012 gelding brought $13,000, for a total of $56,000 and $18,667 average.
The second leading sire was Once In A Blue Boon, with two head averaging $18,250. They included two unnamed weanlings bringing $19,500 and $17,000, for an $18,250 average. Third was Smooth As A Cat, with two head averaging $15,500, followed by Metallic Cat with nine head averaging $15,222.
Woody Be Tuff had the most offspring selling, with 17 head averaging $9,788. All of his offspring were sold by Center Ranch, the owner of Woody Be Tuff, with the high-selling offspring, CR Purrty Tuff, a yearling filly bringing $25,000, followed by CR Tuff Telecatster and CR Della Wood, both yearling fillies bringing $20,000 each.
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No buyers were provided by the sale company.
NRCHA CHOOSES FORT WORTH FOR THEIR SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY
BONUS ADDED TO PAYOUT; CHAMPION’S PAYCHECK RAISED TO $125,000
Press Release from NRCHA
June 2, 2016
After months of deliberation, the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Board of Directors has announced the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, one of the largest and most prestigious events in the Western performance horse industry, will be held at the historic Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning in 2017. The NRCHA has committed to hold the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth for the next three years, through 2019.
In December 2015, the NRCHA announced it was seeking a community partner to host the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2017 and beyond. More than a dozen facilities made initial contact after the public request for proposal. Four facilities – located in Denver, Fort Worth, Reno, and Scottsdale – submitted complete written bids detailing suitability and interest. The NRCHA outlined specific selection criteria, including facility location and amenities; availability of incentive and sponsorship money; and reasonable access to cattle.
“The Board took its time with this decision. All the proposals we received were attractive, with Fort Worth providing the most appealing package overall. The Will Rogers facility was much more affordable than the other locations, as far as what it is charging the NRCHA to hold the Futurity there. The amenities, cattle supply, and the central location in a great city like Fort Worth, convinced the Board that it would be the ideal home for the Snaffle Bit Futurity,” said NRCHA President Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Oregon.
Further adding to Fort Worth’s appeal was a substantial Futurity added money offer from a group of reined cow horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and professionals, representing all regions of the U.S.. This coalition supported the Fort Worth location by pledging a large bonus to the payout for three years if the Futurity moved there. The bonus added money currently stands at six figures and growing, as more supporters join the effort.
“This additional money means we will be awarding the 2017 through 2019 Futurity Open Champion a check for $125,000, as compared to our traditional $100,000 payout,” said NRCHA Vice-President Paul Bailey, Sparta, Tennessee. “Furthermore, it is our hope that this funding will allow us to award all the Futurity Open finalists a check for at least $10,000, as well as increase the payout for the Futurity Non-Pro divisions.”
Besides the venue change, the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity will also come with a date change, tentatively scheduled for October 1 – 14. Exhibitors can also look forward to a more forgiving show schedule, because the NRCHA will have access to the entire Will Rogers Equestrian Center complex, including all show, warmup and sale arenas, barns, and exhibit space. This will permit the association to streamline the schedule to better accommodate participants and spectators, while continuing to offer an exciting lineup of Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sales and a vibrant shopping experience at the popular Best of the West Trade Show.
“We anticipate growth across the board at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2017 and beyond,” Bergen said. “Moving to Fort Worth puts our biggest event in the middle of the country, within easier reach for participants, and we are expecting growth in entries. As if the Futurity didn’t give a reined cow horse fan enough reason to come to Fort Worth in early October, that time of year usually means wonderful weather, not to mention all the recreational and cultural opportunities outside the show arena.”
Bergen emphasized the gravity of the Board’s decision to re-locate the Futurity from its historic home on the West coast. Reno has been home to the majority of Snaffle Bit Futurities since the first event in 1970.
“There is an emotional attachment to the Snaffle Bit Futurity being a West coast event, and I believe all of us on the Board acknowledge the history with Reno. The Board labored long and hard over this decision. We were very engaged in the process of trying to ensure that we chose what was in the best interest of the NRCHA for its future growth. We look to the future with optimism, feeling as if we have taken a positive step for the entire association,” Bergen said.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
NCHA SUPER STAKES SALE HIGHER AVERAGE AND HIGH-SELLING HORSE FROM 2015
HOWEVER NO OF CONSIGNMENTS DOWN 76% AND SUNRISE RANCH CARRIES SALE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 20, 2016
Six of the top seven horses in the NCHA Super Stakes Sale were consigned by the Sunrise Ranch – topped by Miss Reycine, selling with an embryo by Metallic Cat.
If I were writing a press release for the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Sale, held Saturday, April 16, in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Finals night of the NCHA Open and Non-Pro Super Stakes, it would be upbeat! As it was last year, the sale was produced by Jeremy and Candace Barwick’s Western Bloodstock Sale Co., and auctioneered by Steve Friskup.
According to the sale results published on Western Bloodstock’s web site, the sale average this year was up from 2015: $10,551 to $19,584 this year. The median price of the horses was also up from $9,250 in 2015 to $11,750 this year. The high-selling horse was up from Metallic Flo, a 2012 daughter of Metallic Cat, consigned by Alan Chappell, being the higher-selling horse bringing $60,000 in 2015. This year, the high-selling horse, Miss Reycine, brought a whopping $170,000! (No buyers were reported last year or this year following the sale; however, a check with AQHA shows that Metallic Flo sold on sale day, April 18, 2015, to W. Cody Erwin, Vancouver, Wash. On Sept. 16, 2015, she resold to Diane P. Rubino Ferrara, San Jose, Calif., and according to NCHA records, currently has $46,499.61 in NCHA dollars.)
This year John Walker’s Sunrise Ranch, Fayetteville, Ark., consigned eight top-bred cutting horses to the sale and it was announced prior to the sale, they would all change hands. When the sale was over, the eight head netted $379,000 for a whopping $47,375 average and a $31,500 median.
Six of the top seven horses in the sale were consigned by the Sunrise Ranch – topped by Miss Reycine, a 2002 daughter of Dual Rey out of Smart Pudden by Smart Little Lena, with $134,894 in lifetime earnings. She was the NCHA No. 2 Leading Producer in 2013 and currently has offspring earning $412,000, including the NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, Reyzin, the earner of $359,542. She sold with an embryo conceived June 13, 2015 by Metallic Cat. The remaining two consignments by Sunrise Ranch were yearlings, bringing $9,000 and $7,000.
One Super Cat was the highest-selling horse NOT consigned by the Sunrise Ranch. The 2012 red roan gelding by One Time Pepto, consigned by John and Hope Mitchell that was in the Non-Pro Finals that evening, brought a final bid of $48,000. He was not demonstrated on cattle during the sale and is shown by Gary Bellenfant.
The highest-selling horse not consigned by Sunrise Ranch was One Super Cat, a 2012 red roan gelding by One Time Pepto out of Sarahs Super Cat by High Brow Cat, consigned by John and Hope Mitchell. The pretty gelding did not work cattle in the sale as he was showing in that evening’s Non-Pro Finals with Hope in the saddle, and it was announced that ownership of the horse would not take place until after the Finals. The gelding brought a final bid of $48,000.
With 76 of the 105 head selling last year, there was a net of 72 percent of the horses selling. With 38 of the 48 horses selling this year, the percentage of horses selling was up to 79 percent.
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THE BAD … AND THE UGLY:
Consistent with the current downturn of the nation’s economy, taking with it the horse sale industry, the number of horses consigned, going through the sale ring and being sold this year, was down drastically from 2015. A total of 218 horses were consigned in 2015, while only 53 were consigned in 2016 – down 76 percent. A total of 48 went through the sale ring this year, compared to 105 in 2015 – down 54 percent from last year.
But the sale company made the best of a bad situation by getting the Sunrise Ranch horses consigned. Without the eight Sunrise Ranch horses, the net sales this year would have totaled $365,200, for an average of $12,173, rather than the $19,584 that it was. And the median would have only been $10,600, rather than the $11,750 that it was.
BROODMARES AND MONEY-EARNING HORSES BRING TOP DOLLARS:
Mainly due to the sale of Miss Reycine for $170,000, broodmares topped the average, with 8 head averaging $40,963, placing second in the median with $13,600. (Median is halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse.) In fact four of the top-selling broodmares were consigned by Sunrise Ranch and besides Miss Reycine included Cats Ruby, $55,000; Playin Tag, $50,000 and Genuine Gold Cat, $25,000.
The largest section of horses selling were “money-earning” horses and the 16 that sold, placed second in the average with $16,413, but first in the $13,850 median. The high-selling money-earning horse was One Super Cat, a 4-year-old red roan gelding by One Time Pepto out of Sarahs Super Cat by High Brow Cat, consigned by John and Hope Mitchell and bringing a $48,000 final bid. The gelding was not shown on cattle, as he had advanced to the Non-Pro Finals of the Super Stakes that evening.
Third in the average and fourth in the median were two yearlings and an embryo, with all three consigned by the Sunrise Ranch. The three averaged $14,000 for a $9,000 median. The embryo, sired by Metallic Cat out of Miss Reycine by Dual Rey, was selling without return to Metallic Cat if something should happen to the colt.
Fourth in the average and third in the median were 3- and 4-year olds without earnings, with eight selling for an $11,625 average and $11,250 median. The high-selling 3 year old was Stylena Cat, a red roan daughter of Metallic Cat out of Smart Stylena by Docs Stylish Oak. The filly, sold by Clay Johnson, brought a final bid of $20,000.
The high-selling 4-year-old was Nurse Smoothie, a sorrel daughter of Smooth As A Cat out of Nurse Nellie by Dual Pep, consigned by Linda and Lloyd Wolf Sr. She brought a final bid of $15,000.
Finishing fifth in both the average and the median were three 2-year-olds, with Bingabang Bingaboon, a daughter of Boon A Little out of Sweat Wood by Doctor Wood, consigned by Gina Stopher bringing $6,200. The three averaged $5,467 for a $5,200 median.
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WHO IS THE SUNRISE RANCH LLC?
While the sale was going on, I had several individuals ask who the Sunrise Ranch was … and these weren’t newcomers to the industry. The Sunrise Ranch LLC of Fayetteville, Ark., has been around for years. It was originally owned by Willard and Pat Walker who were involved in the cutting horse and cattle industry years ago. Their son, John Walker now runs the ranch, including cattle and horses, with the help of Chad Vanlandingham, who keeps his ear to the health of the industry.
According to an article written by Jan Cottingham of the Arkansas Business in July 2, 2012, Willard Walker was the first manager of Sam Walton’s Five & Dime Store in Fayetteville and later managed a Wal-Mart Store in Springdale. Then, when the company went public in 1970, Walker had great faith in his friend Sam Walton’s business acumen and took out bank loans to buy as much stock as he could. As a result, he retired from Wal-Mart as a very wealthy man.
Three Wal-Mart stores were incorporated in the 1960s. Wal-Mart Inc. was incorporated on May 14, 1962 and opened for business in July 1962. Directors included Sam M. Walton, Bentonville, Ark., President; James L. Walton, Versailles, Mo.; Helen R. Walton, Bentonville, Ark., and Don Whitaker, Rogers, Ark.
On April 23, 1964, Wal-Mart of Springdale, Inc. opened for business In October 1964. Directors included Sam M. Walton, President; James L. Walton, Helen R. Walton, Robert L. Bogle, Bentonville, Ark., and it was then that Willard Walker, Springdale, Ark., entered the picture as a Director. As a stockholder, he owned 40 shares or 6 percent of the company.
Wal-Mart of Harrison, Inc., incorporated on June 11, 1964 and opened for business in August 1964. Directors included Sam Walton, President; Helen Walton, James L. Walton, C. C. Baum, Fayetteville, Ark., Robert L. Bogle, Bentonville, Ark., Don Whitaker, Rogers, Ark., and Willard Walker, who owned 50 shares or 8.3 percent of that Wal-Mart.
THE WILLARD AND PAT WALKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION:
After the Walkers began reaping the financial benefits of investing in Wal-Mart, they decided to give back by establishing the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation in 1986, investing in human lives by philanthropically providing for healthcare and education.
That year they gave $100,000 to a $5 million capital campaign for the Arkansas Cancer Research Center at the University of Arkansas (UA) for Medical Sciences. In April 1999, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation gave $4 million to John Brown University in Siloam Springs for a community center and classrooms. The center was to house the Donald G. Soderquist Center for Business Leadership & Ethics. In October 2000, the Walker Charitable Foundation gave $7 million to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville for a building to house teachers’ education and communications program.
In July 2001, the Walker Foundation gave $3 million for a cardiovascular center at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and in August, it gave $3 million to the UA for a new health center. They also donated $1.1 million to UAMs to endow a chair in orthopedic surgery.
In May 2002, the Walkers pledged $6 million to the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye INSTITUTE AT THE university of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. UAMS announced that it would rename the Arkansas Center for Eye Research within the Institute, the Pat & Willard Walker Eye Research Center.
In April 2003, two months after Willard Walker’s death, the Walker family donated $8 million for a graduate school building at the UA’s business college and the building became the Willard J. Walker Hall. In 2004, the Foundation announced a $21.5 million donation to UAMS to go toward its eye institute, Alzheimer’s disease research and the school’s psychiatry program. Much of the money, $15 million, paid for a five-floor expansion of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute and the expansion was called the Pat Walker Tower. The Foundation also gave $2 million to build the Circle of Life Hospice and Palliative Care Complex at Har-Ber Meadows in Springdale and it became the Willard and Pat Walker Family Center.
In 2012, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation gave $1.5 million for a student education center at the UAMS’ Northwest Arkansas campus, bringing to at least $48 million in donations that the Walkers gave to UAMs.
THE WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION:
All the while, the Walton family was also busy donating millions of dollars. Sam Walton started the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville with $1,000. In 2007, the year that Sam Walton’s widow, Helen, died, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported: “Since 1998, the Walton family has contributed more than $359 million to the state’s flagship university through the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and private family gifts.
The Walton family had started the Wal-Mart Foundation and by 2012, Wal-Mart money stood behind at least five of the 25 largest nonprofit organizations in the state – $2.2 billion in assets and a billion-dollar-plus art museum. According to the Foundation Center of New York, The Walton Family Foundation, Arkansas’ largest nonprofit by asset size, was No. 50 on the center’s ranking of largest U.S. foundations by asset size, only behind Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, when ranked by total giving. Over the years, they have donated billions, including large amounts donated to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Alice Walton, well known in the cutting horse industry, is the only daughter of Sam and Helen Walton, who in 1994-1995, and along with her family helped raise $15 million to begin work on the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. The Walton family pledged the purchase of $5 million in bonds. The $109 million, 2,185-acre airport opened in 1998 and the terminal was named the Alice L. Walton Terminal Building.
In May 2005, Alice paid an estimated $35 million for Asher B. Durand’s painting “Kindred Spirits,” and the Walton Family Foundation announced that the piece would be displayed in an art museum planned for Bentonville. A few weeks later, Walton officially announced plans for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, described as a $5 million project projected to open in 2009. The value of the building and its artwork eventually soared past the $1.2 billion mark and Crystal Bridges opened in November 2011. Unfortunately, last year, Alice sold her cutting horses, saying she needed to spend more time with the Museum.
JOHN WALKER PURCHASES SPOTS HOT:
In 2012, John Walker purchased Spots Hot, the winner of the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity, from Wesley Galyean, Claremore, Okla. The 2001 stallion sired by Chula Dual out of Sweet Shorty Lena by Shorty Lena, had $529,435 in lifetime earnings and was trained and shown by Wesley. By the time the stallion retired he had seven major event championships, six major event reserve championships and was a finalist 22 times, earning $529,471.
In his first few years of siring offspring, he had an NCHA Open Futurity finalist in all three of his first foal crops. His offspring have won more than $2.8 million, including Hottish, earning $301,843. Spots Hot currently stands at ESMS On the Brazos, Weatherford, Texas.
Those that know John, say he is a wonderful, humble and friendly man … and obviously, also very charitable. With that being said, we now know why John Walker and the Sunrise Ranch LLC have such well-bred cutting horses that sell for such high dollars! The ranch is definitely the “Good,” in “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.”