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☛ AQHA is on the right track 10-15-18

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 8 comments

AQHA IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
October 15, 2018

 

On August 6, 2014, I authored and released an article for publication on allaboutcutting.net entitled “MECHANICAL HORSE, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs.”  At first glance this article suggests to the reader an apparatus resembling a horse traveling on rails making a series of stops and turns and acting much like the mechanical cow we see in the training arena.  However, this article is about the horse that performs, whether on the racetrack or in the performance arena, under the influence of illegal or prohibited drugs.

 

The article was authored due to the heightened awareness of horse doping bestowed on us by the main stream media and other news outlets, as well as by legislative action in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. More specifically, the bill introduced by Senators addresses the horse-doping fiasco in the United States, e.g., “The Chronic Abuse of race horses with pain killers and other drugs are dangerous and just plain wrong,” Udall said. US Senator Tom Udall, D – New Mexico is a cosponsor of the bill.

 

Essentially, the bill addresses the horse-doping epidemic in the United States by establishing a federal regulatory commission empowered to design a uniform, federally controlled enforced and prohibited drug policy for the welfare of the horse.  This bill mimics the federally mandated drug and alcohol – testing programs established in the 1980’s by the (49 CFR, Part 40) rules and regulations for federally mandated workplace drug and alcohol testing.

 

In response to the bill’s introduction, a group of racehorse trainers came out in support of the bill stating, “We believe it’s time to take a proactive position regarding the administration of race-day medication.  American racing has always been a global leader and it’s time to restore confidence in our game, and in our international standing” said D Wayne Lucas, a Hall of Famer who is one of the trainers supporting this proposal.  Todd A. Fletcher, another leading trainer is also on the list.

 

In my opinion, this is the industry’s attempt to police itself rather than have a government mandated equine drug-testing federal rule to do it for them, as is the case today with the Federal Mandate of certain positions under federal control.  For the record, I was in on the ground floor of this federal takeover of an industry, as well as the author of a litany of Fortune 500 companies’ drug and alcohol testing policies, including their implementation and maintenance, e.g., Exxon Company USA, Kerr McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, Mobile Oil Company, and Gulf Oil Company – to name a few.

 

My background in Drugs of Abuse spans from 1970 to the present and began as a Drug Enforcement Agent, to being a contributing writer for the original Federally Mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing program, to providing a dissertation to members of the U.S. Congress and Admiral Malloy of the US Navy for the integration of private sector drug and alcohol prevention programs for use with the US Military and the  Department of Defense, operating my own drug testing laboratory, and private sector enforcement and maintenance of Corporate Drug and Alcohol testing policies.

 

Click for “Mechanical Horse, A Horse Under the Influence of Drugs”

 

Today, the majority – if not all – of the major nonprofit horse organizations including the Thoroughbred Race Horse Association and USEF have some type of rules and drugs-of-abuse prevention policies in place to prohibit the use of drugs or other prohibitive items and substances from being introduced into a horse’s system on the racetrack or in the performance arena. One of the outstanding associations taking the abuse of horses with drugs on a very serious proactive basis is the American Quarter Horse Association. The stand-out traits of this organization’s equine drug testing rules are: The frequency of the testing and the suspension and fining of the violators“across-the-board,” without discrimination of whether the violator is a horse trainer or a regular member.  Equal treatment for all.  A very admirable trait.

 

It’s long been my experience that equine trainers, for some unknown reasons, are considered by some in the industry as GODS, therefore they are untouchable or receive reduced penalties for rule violations. However, this is not the case with the American Quarter Horse Association.  A recent review of the 2017 and 2018 suspensions and fined lists include trainers for animal abuse as well as drug violations.  It also includes expulsion from the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman’s listing for those trainers who have committed rule violations as well as their names being included in the Quarter Horse Journal, along with identifying the committed infraction and fine amount.

 

This suggests that AQHA’s punishments for rule violators are handed out evenly “across-the-board.”  AQHA should be commended for their fair and unbiased treatment of rule violators as well as their devotion to protecting the American Quarter Horse breed and living up to their mission statement.  If more organizations would use AQHA as their role model, it would restore member confidence that some have lost simply due to the bias some associations have exhibited toward specific members and trainers in the industry. I’d say this is money well spent to prevent horse abuse, a business philosophy worth adopting.

 

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☛ Does NCHA enforce their own rules? 10-14-18

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 11 comments

NEW NCHA MEMBER WONDERING IF THE ASSOCIATION ENFORCES THEIR RULES

ED DUFURRENA HAS 4 ENTRIES IN AQHA WORLD SHOW JUNIOR CUTTING

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 14, 2018

Yesterday I received a call from a new member of the NCHA who is also new to the sport of cutting, which is just the kind of person the NCHA is looking for. He is considering entering the Junior Cutting at the AQHA World Show; however, when he called the AQHA to enter, he found out that Ed Dufurrena has 4 entries in his class  – the Junior Cutting – with Dufurrena’s wife owning three of the  horses and a customer owning the other. The new member has read about the Ed Dufurrena debacle with the NCHA and  wondered if the NCHA and AQHA didn’t have a reciprocal agreement between the two associations regarding suspension of members. However, I have been told that the only reciprocal agreement the NCHA has with the AQHA is for “horse abuse” or “failing a drug test.” Also, I sent an e-mail to Catherine Cheugh of the NCHA and asked if Dufurrena had paid his fine on time or paid it at all and also I asked if he was still under suspension by the NCHA. I  gave her my e-mail and phone number; however, I received no response. (I guess I’m on the do-not-call list)

 

However, the new member said he had called the NCHA and was told that Dufurrena had not paid the fine that was assessed him by the NCHA. So even though Ed and Brandon Dufurrena have broken their suspension rules by not paying the fines assessed them, they were at an NCHA approved cutting on Saturday Sept. 15th, in Whitesboro, Texas. Both Ed and Brandon were videoed hanging over the fence hollering, coaching and screaming instructions to their customers who were showing.  I heard multiple individuals sent complaints and videos to the NCHA, whose rules say that a suspended person may only be a spectator in the seating area.  I was told they worked the horses that were being shown (not on show grounds) and some horses being shown belonged to them, and others being owned and shown by customers. These actions were allegedly video taped by some ladies at the show and to make matters worse, when Ed caught them video taping him and Brandon, they both began screaming expletives at the ladies, trying to intimidate them.  This caused a HUGE scene resulting in Ed having to be dragged off by a customer of his.

 

I don’t know if the NCHA has made a decision on Ed Dufurrena’s two (2) post-suspension alleged rule violations (rules state if you break one rule, you get six month’s suspension, if you break it twice, you get a life suspension.) Also, if you don’t pay the fine, the NCHA can sue you to collect the money if the violations  have been reported to the NCHA under two separate filed complaints, with each complainant filing separate and specific rule violation complaints and each complaint is accompanied by a fee and video documentation of Dufurrena’s actions. But we’ll wait and see.
At a time when the NCHA is losing memberships and is in dire need of new members, it’s going to be interesting to see what disciplinary action the NCHA will hand out to the Dufurrenas, especially in lieu of the newly adopted rules on August 21, 2018, which say if you break a rule, you get six month’s suspension; however, if you break the rules again, you get suspended.
How can the NCHA expect to attract and keep new members when it appears disciplinary action for specific rule violations are handed out on the “who-you-know basis” instead of on the “set precedence” that the NCHA has established on previous rule violations of the type Ed, Brandon and Rieta Dufurrena were suspended for in the first place. The post alleged rule violations by Ed and Brandon are just an insult to every current NCHA member, as well as those previously suspended for the same rule violations and who have received life suspensions.
As it currently stands, it appears the tail is wagging the dog instead of vice versa.

 

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☛ NCHA creates Practice Pen Attendants position 10-11-18

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NCHA CREATES A POSITION FOR PRACTICE PEN ATTENDANTS

 

ATTENDANTS WILL MONITOR PRACTICE PENS AT ALL NCHA TRIPLE CROWN EVENTS AND EASTERN/WESTERN NATIONAL SHOWS

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 11, 2018

 

Show secretaries are receiving a new Practice Pen Attendant position that has been created by the NCHA, along with an Independent Contractor Agreement. Both documents outline what will be expected of anyone who is employed by the NCHA to monitor the practice pens at all NCHA Triple Crown events, as well as the Eastern and Western National Shows.

 

According to the NCHA, Practice Pen attendants will report to the Director of Shows, with directions and instructions coming from the Show Department. Funds received by the attendants will be reconciled on a daily basis and deposited by them, along with a report of reconciliation.

 

The Practice Pen attendant will become proficient with the use of Faster Cut software and will use the software at all times for recording of practice-pen activity.  The attendant will comply with all cash-handling processes as outlined by NCHA, including bonding practices.

 

The Practice Pen attendant will also be required to track all pertinent information for each practice pen transaction, including: payment method, payment amount, name of trainer, name of rider, name of horse and date and time.  The attendant will also be required to provide a report after each event, reconciling the report to the amount of cash turned into the Accounting Department.  He or she will also be required to forward to Accounting, all information regarding trainers/riders.

 

The Practice Pen attendant will also be required to scan all practice pen reports or other practice pen documents to be uploaded into NCHA’s approved document management system. They can either bring the scanned document to the NCHA or email it to the NCHA Show Department.

 

The money bag and all deposits from each show will be put into the safe every night.

 

NCHA Independent Contractor agreement18

 

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☛ BLM Roundups include 887 mustangs & took place in Elko County, Nevada 10-10-18

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

MORE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT WILD HORSE ROUNDUPS

 

THE MOST RECENT INCLUDED 887 MUSTANGS IN ELKO COUNTY, NEV.

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 10, 2018

While I recently reported on 1000 wild horses being rounded up in California today, I just received information that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management just completed their second big wild horse roundup in northern Nevada in recent weeks. They removed 887 mustangs from the range in Elko County.

 

The agency reported that horses were gathered Sept. 19-Oct. 2 in the Antelope Valley and Goshute herd management areas where their numbers were supposedly eight times what is considered the appropriate management level.

 

Also, on Oct. 4, the Bureau also completed the removal of 873 horses from the Owhyee complex in Elko and Humboldt counties near the Idaho line.

 

Horse advocates continue to be greatly upset, saying the Bureau of Land Management exaggerates the impact of mustangs while ignoring the impact of livestock, owned by individuals, that greatly outnumber the number of horses grazing on Federal land.

Economic-Facts-of-Public-Lands-Grazing

 

According to an AP article, the recent animals captured were taken to an agency corral in Fallon, where they will be prepared for adoption or public sale, which are certain to include slaughterhouse buyers.

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☛ American Horse Council sues former employee for embezzlement 10-10-18

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE LAWSUITS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL SUES FORMER EMPLOYEE FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

 

ASHLEY FURST ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING CLOSE TO $600,000

 

Oct. 10, 2018

According to an article in the Denver Post, dated Sept. 26, the American Horse Council (AHC) filed a federal civil lawsuit against a former employee, accused of embezzling nearly $600,000 in what they called a carefully planned criminal enterprise.

 

Filed in U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the lawsuit, filed Sept. 25,  says that former employee Ashley Furst stole at least $588,061 and attempted to cover up her actions by hiding information from management by falsifying bank statements and payroll documents, as well as applying for an unauthorized loan intended to replenish stolen funds.

 

The Denver Post stated that Furst and her husband Christopher Furst are co-defendants in the lawsuit that says that Ashley Furst was fired June 25 on suspicion of theft and fraud. The AHC then reported the activity to law enforcement and the FBI has opened a criminal investigation.

 

The lawsuit filing reported that the AHC hired Ashley Furst in January 2010 as an office administrator. She had administrative duties that expanded over time until she was promoted to director of communications. In 2017, she was approved to move to Highlands Ranch, Colo., and telecommute for work.

 

In the lawsuit, AHC alleged that Furst used at least five schemes to steal from the organization from 2013 into this year, including making direct electronic payments from AHC for her personal loans and credit cards; writing checks from the AHC’s operating account to herself by using forged signatures to hide the payments; transferring money from an AHC Pay Pal Account into her own account; directing AHC’s payroll company to increase her salary while falsifying W-2s to hide the increase and applying for a loan in the AHC’s name in an effort that the AHC says was intended to replenish  stolen funds.

 

Since AHC policy requires two signatures for checks, they allege Furst forged signatures to meet that requirement. However, the AHC became aware there was a problem when a check issued to a consultant bounced.  When they met with representatives from the bank, they discovered their bank statements didn’t match those maintained by the bank.

 

Court documents allege that the Fursts used the money to “help purchase or lease two cars valued at $96,050 and purchase a $630,500 home in Highlands Ranch.”

 

According to the American Horse Council, they are a trusted voice for the horse industry to the public and to government authorities. They synthesize and promote consensus-based AHC legislative and regulatory objectives.

 

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☛ 1000 wild horses to be rounded up in California 10-9-18

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

1000 WILD HORSES TO BE ROUNDED UP IN CALIFORNIA

SOME COULD END UP IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

By Daniella Silva, U.S. News


Federal officials were set to begin rounding up about 1,000 wild horses from land in northern California to be put up for adoption and sale on Wednesday — but some could end up in slaughterhouses, animal advocates warned.

The horses will be taken from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in Northern California starting Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the land.

The Forest Service has said the area should have up to about 400 adult wild horses under its management plan, but currently the area has almost 4,000.

Animal rights advocates said the move to sell the horses put them at risk of being sold to “kill buyers” who would ship them abroad to slaughter plants to produce horse meat.

“There’s a risk whenever you sell these horses that you’re selling it to someone with nefarious intentions,” D.J. Schubert, a wildlife biologist with the advocacy group Animal Welfare Institute, said Tuesday. “That is not an appropriate fate for protected wild horses.”

Schubert also criticized the tactic of rounding up horse, saying the process can be “quite brutal” on the animals and was shown to actually increase the reproductive rate of the horses that remain.

“There’s plenty of evidence of horses being severely injured to the point of having to be euthanized as a result of these roundups,” he said.

He said a more humane way of managing horse populations was through the use of immunocontraception technology that would reduce the reproductive rate in the horses and lead to population decline.

The American Wild Horse Campaign also denounced the plans to sell some of the horses, saying in a statement that the Forest Service was “exploiting a legal loophole to sell an estimated 300 wild horses ‘without restriction,’ allowing kill buyers to purchase a truckload of 36 horses once a week until they are gone.”

“It’s a sad irony that the first federally protected wild horses in decades to be purposefully sold by the government for slaughter will come from California — a state where the cruel practice of horse slaughter has been banned since the 1990’s,” Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said in the statement.

The Forest Service has said reducing the adult horse population will allow certain ecological conditions to recover, “while also supporting herd health by reducing competition for limited food, water and habitat.”

Younger horses under 10 years old are more likely to be adopted, the Forest Service said, while horses older than 10 years of age who are not adopted will be put up for sale in November.

The American Wild Horse Campaign said the Forest Service will round up about 700 younger mustangs for adoption, but roughly 300 older horses will be made available for sale after 30 days.

The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages the majority of America’s wild horses and burros, is prohibited from selling the animals for slaughter, the Forest Service is technically not bound by the same condition.

Still, there is nothing requiring the service to make the horses available for sale either, Schubert said.

“The law allows it but it doesn’t require it, they have the direction to do what’s right, to do what’s humane.” he said.

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