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☛ Has AQHA done enough to reveal horses’ genetics? 3-31-17







An opinion piece by Glory Ann Kurtz
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March 31, 2017 – Updated 4-1-17

HERDA is a genetic skin disease.

Earlier this month, I spent seven days at a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division in Sherman, Texas, to settle a lawsuit brought by Shawn, Lisa and Lauren Minshall, Hillsburg, Ontario, Canada, against David Hartman DVM, owner of Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, P.A. (HERC), Gainesville, Texas. It is interesting to note that I was the only member of the news industry and the only interested bystander at this trial, which I felt, and many others thought, would be very important to the Quarter Horse industry.

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Following the trial, an eight-member jury decided that the responsibility for the HERDA-infected foal, sired by Auspicious Cat,  was placed 60 percent on the shoulders of Edward and Shona Dufurrena (30 percent to each), who headed up Dos Cats Partners, Gainesville, Texas, the owners of the stallion –  even though they were not named in the lawsuit nor were they present at the trial as Dos Cats Partners and Edward and Shona Dufurrena had settled with the Minshalls prior to the trial.

Dr. Hartman, who collected the semen of Auspicious Cat, a stallion who was later discovered to be a HERDA (Heredity Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia)  carrier, and sent it to the Minshalls to breed their mare Miss Tassa Lena was the last one on the list who they felt had a hand in this disaster, as the result of this breeding was a HERDA-affected offspring nicknamed “Otto.” Otto was born with full-blown HERDA, a genetic skin disease that was discovered when the colt was a 2-year-old and lesions appeared on its body while in training.

The jury was given questions of responsibility, rather than guilt, with all six Defendants being found responsible for “Negligence incurring damage.” All other questions regarding Hartman’s responsibility were answered by a “No” and the jury gave him the smallest amount (10 percent) of the responsibility. The Dufurrenas had also been found responsible for committing fraud and received 30 percent each, for a total of 60 percent (the most), even though they were not present at the trial. Also, 30 percent of the responsibility was laid at the feet of the three Plaintiffs, the Minshall family, at 10 percent each.

The most interesting aspect of the trial was that it focused on FRAUD – mainly false advertising committed by the Dufurrenas concerning Auspicious Cat’s Positive HERDA status and the long-term care of a HERDA-Positive foal resulting from the breeding of Auspicious Cat and Miss Tassa Lena.

It came out in the trial that Ed Dufurrena had previously told both the Minshalls and Dr. Hartman that Auspicious Cat was HERDA-Negative and the Dufurrena’s had placed ads in horse publications advertising that fact with written confirmation. It came out in court testimony that the Dufurrenas had the stallion tested in 2009 and had received a certificate from the AQHA saying that the stallion was HERDA N/H, meaning he could pass on the genetic disease to an offspring, especially if he was bred to another HERDA N/H mare and Miss Tassa Lena was such a mare. The Minshalls had told the the Dufurrenas the reason why the stallion had to be HERDA Negative was because their mare was HERDA H/N and had already had a High Brow Cat foal born with HERDA.

Auspicious Cat is a son of High Brow Cat out of Lena O Lady by Peppy San Badger. Lena O Lady’s dam was Doc O Lady by Doc O’Lena. This puts Doc O’Lena in the third generation of both the sire and dam side of Auspicious Cat’s pedigree, which on paper meant there was a high probability of the stallion being a HERDA carrier. In fact, during the trial David Hartman exposed a stark reality, relating a conversation with Dufurrena regarding Auspicious Cat’s HERDA designation, Dufurrena had assured Hartman that Auspicious Cat was HERDA Negative, and Hartman responded, “Most good sons of High Brow Cat are HERDA carriers.”

Dufurrena’s response was, “Not Aussie,” which was his nickname for Auspicious Cat.

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The jury’s decision, including compensatory damages, included: 1) The difference in the value of Otto now and what it would have been if not HERDA affected – $30,000; 2) Reasonable expenses related to foaling, raising, boarding and training Otto in the past – $28,408; 3) Reasonable vet expenses – $0; 4) Reasonable expenses incurred for caring for Otto in the future – $75,000 and 5) Plaintiffs’ lost profits: $30,000 – for a total of $163,408. (To date, the division of financial responsibility by the jury’s decision have not been available to the press.)

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I checked with the AQHA, asking “if  a stallion owner is found guilty of fraud, is there a rule infraction and if so, what is the penalty?”. The response from Sarah Davisson, AQHA Manager of Publicity and Special Events, was, “While it is possible that a judgment against an AQHA member for fraud may correspond to an AQHA rule infraction and hence possible disciplinary action, such would depend on the facts of the case and whether a final non-appealable judgment has been entered. With respect to the Minshall lawsuit, AQHA to date is unaware of a final judgment being entered in which a party was found guilty of fraud. While AQHA is aware of the Verdict Form in the lawsuit, Davisson said, “It does not constitute a final non-appealable judgment.”


If there was ever a circumstance to prove an article’s legitimacy, this trial certainly was a proving ground for an article AQHA Genetic Pool Shrinks, previously published on Jan. 15, 2015 on and written by my contributor and freelance writer Rick Dennis.

Dennis addressed HERDA and the shrinking genetic pool of the American Quarter Horse, the hazards of inbreeding, various AQHA breeding rules directly affecting the genetic pool shrinkage, the types of performance horses with the most inbreeding (cutting), as well as the HERDA disease itself. In a mere two years, this article’s ominous projection was being fulfilled and played out in a high-stakes Federal courtroom.

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During court testimony, it was surprisingly said by Dr. David Hartman that some owners and trainers breed for HERDA-affected foals as they are winning the most money. This could be due to the fact, which was explained by Nena Winand, a veterinarian and Senior Research Associate at Cornell University regarding HERDA, who testified and had done years of genetic research on HERDA. She said that “In HERDA-affected horses, the collagen is not produced and assembled into fibers that are as strong as those of normal horses. People have extrapolated that observation to HERDA carriers and speculated that subtle changes in their collagen may make them more supple and acrobatic.

However, she cautioned, saying, “There is at present no published peer reviewed science to support this idea and that it is likely that carriers would also be more susceptible to injury (particularly orthopedic injury) if that were the case.”

Also, it came out in court that some individuals are breeding affected mares on purpose. Winand feels that one should not be able to register foals with the AQHA out of affected mares and those affected mares should also be ineligible for breeding leases.

Winand also said that the Australian Quarter Horse Association has made genetic results available on their website, which could be an example of what the AQHA could do. Click below is an example of their searchable online database:

Access page:

She entered TR Dual Rey, who shuttles for breeding from the US:

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“Anyone, not members only, can access this information on the Australian Quarter Horse Association Studbook Website,” said Winand. “It’s public access at no cost. This system has been in place since 2007 or 2008. It was set up for HYPP historically (from my memory) and they handled HERDA results with the same level of transparency. At that time Cornell was their testing laboratory but once a patent was issued in Australia, we licensed to the University of Queensland, which is an excellent and well-established provider of equine genetic testing.

“I am not suggesting AQHA would find this format palatable, but they most certainly do have the capacity to track HERDA and any other test result and make it available to members just as they do for pedigree, horse ownership, performance results, etc.  Ideally all horses should be DNA typed (PV’d if necessary) and 5-Panel tested for registration. That is what we should be doing in this day and age.”



Over the past few years, AQHA has required a 5-Panel test for breeding stallions (at a cost to the stallion owner of $85 or $105, including DNA testing), which reveals genetic diseases in stallions, including HERDA. It started out being only for stallions with a high number of mares being bred; however, effective with the 2015 year, every AQHA-registered breeding stallion had to have this 5-panel genetic test prior to the registration of foals. The test also genetic types horses for GBED (glycogen branching enzyme deficiency), HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis), MH (malignant hyperthermia) and PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy).

According to Davisson in her response from the AQHA, they were the first equine breed association to offer the genetic panel testing to inform the AQHA’s breeders of those animals that are carriers of genetic abnormalities. HERDA test results are reported by UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to AQHA as follows:

NN = Normal – horse does not have the HERDA gene.

N/HRD = Carrier – horse caries one copy of the HERDA gene.

HRD/HRD = Affected – horse has two copies of the HERDA gene.


See the following AQHA link for genetic disease results and descriptions:


See the following AQHA link regarding genetic testing:


Also, when individuals contact AQHA pertaining to results of the genetic panel tests, they can request a copy of the UC Davis lab results from AQHA.


“AQHA constantly continues to research these genetic diseases and potential new threats to the breed through various research projects,” said Davisson. “The AQHA Foundation has awarded a total of more than $11 million to research programs, some of which are specifically dedicated to genetic diseases. Specifically, the breakdown of the amount funded to each of the diseases is as follows (as of Feb. 27, 2017): GBED – $228,132; HERDA – $277,553, HYPP – $277,651, MH – $232,274, PSSM1 – $268,983.50 and Other – $515,243. Other includes genetic research that has been performed on other disorders, such as immunes-mediated and inflammatory myopathies, anhidrosis and equine metabolic syndrome.”

However, according to Davisson, although there are no current rules passed by AQHA members and the AQHA Board of Directors to require genetic testing of breeding mares, the Association strongly recommends that breeders test their mares. “Since Jan. 1, 2012, 41,740 American Quarter Horses have had the five-panel test done. Of those horses, 25,853 were stallions, 15,387 were mares and 500 were geldings,” said Davisson.

However, for a genetic test that costs the members $85 each – that equals close to $3.6 million for the AQHA for the 41,740 horses they say have been done. If you dump in the reported $3 million they made on drug testing, that is a total of $6.6 million – which should be enough to finish the computer program and get them on the AQHA website.


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However, today, on the Horse Ownership Summary of each AQHA-registered stallion on AQHA’s website under “Additional Information,” it states, among other things, whether the stallion has been genetic typed, but does not give HERDA results. The only genetic disease results listed that I could find were the results of the HYPP test. (HYPP is an inherited disease of the muscle which is caused by a genetic defect. This genetic defect has been identified in descendants of the AQHA sire, Impressive, so it does not usually affect cutting horses, as Impressive was a well-known halter horse.)

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I have also heard from stallion owners regarding individuals wanting to breed their mares who have not been tested for HYYP. The stallion owners feel that if they don’t know the mare’s HYPP status, they could be continuing the breeding of HYPP-positive offspring. This gives rise to the question, “Do mares also need to be genetically tested for HYPP and HERDA?”

Even though 15,387 mares have been genetically tested by the AQHA, if stallion or mare owners want it to be a rule to have mares genetically tested, I’ve been told by the AQHA office that those individuals need to send in a rule change request. For those interested in doing that, the AQHA has provided a link to a press release that breaks down the Association’s rule-change process, starting from when an AQHA member submits a rule change to when new rules become approved.

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A video of the rule-change process can also be found on You Tube:

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But my question here is, “Why are the results of the HERDA test not currently being reported?” I reached out to the AQHA with that very question. Their response was, “The results of these genetic panel tests are disclosed to the public as a permanent record of the horse and are prominently exhibited on the backside of the horse’s registration paper. All genetic test results will be available on horses’ records when AQHA’s new computer system is launched. In the meantime, individuals can contact AQHA via phone or email and get the genetic panel test results on any registered American Quarter Horse. Individuals can contact the Association by calling AQHA’s customer service at 806-376-4811 or using their contact form.

As an interesting sidebar, Davisson revealed that at the 2017 AQHA Convention, there were two member requests regarding AQHA’s recording and/or dissemination of five-panel test results were on the Studbook and Registration Committee agenda. They were: 1) Display five-panel test results on the front-as opposed to the back of the registration certificate to increase public awareness and 2) Discontinue any dissemination of five panel test results to non-owners.

The first request was modified from a statement being printed on the front of the registration certificate informing individuals that identification for the horse, including genetic panel tests, are included on the back of a horse’s registration papers. AQHA members and the Board of Directors approved this modification.

The second request to discontinue disclosure of the five panel test, was summarily denied by the Studbook and Registration Committee and was not recommended to AQHA members and Board of Directors. After reviewing the requests,  the Board of Directors also denied this recommendation.

Other genetic diseases have since been brought up to me; however, the AQHA hasn’t taken it upon themselves to monitor these, saying there are not genetic tests for them. One such genetic defect is the deaf horse, which is not a genetic disease that is tested by the AQHA. The great reining stallion, Colonels Smoking Gun, nicknamed “Gunner,” was born deaf and passes that genetic defect on to his offspring. I recently heard from an owner of a deaf offspring who didn’t know Gunner was born deaf, yet was a champion in the performance arena and a great sire but passed deafness on to his offspring. Currently, Gunner has sired a deaf offspring with the owner considering a lawsuit against the owner of the stallion.

According to Davisson, “To our knowledge there is not a genetic test for deafness and therefore it is not recorded by AQHA ‘at this point in time’. Researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis reported that certain coat patterns and blue eyes appear to be at risk for deafness… There are several tests for the variations of the splash white gene which are available through a color panel test offered by AQHA. However, according to research, not all splashed white horses are deaf and a deaf horses can produce hearing horses.”



It is wonderful that the AQHA is posting some genetic-disease information in the future and that you can now e-mail or call them for that information; however, it has been problematic to the cutting horse breeder (the owner of the mare) prior to this year’s AQHA Convention held in February, as the results of the HERDA test were not released or made available to AQHA members for scrutiny prior to selecting a stallion for breeding their mare or mares until now. Since the results of the 5-panel test were not released, the HERDA test results were concealed from members and breeders and were not included on the Horse Ownership Summary at the time the Minshalls were looking for a stallion to be bred to their HERDA N/H mare Miss Tessa Lena.  In fact, it was only after the Minshalls filed a lawsuit on Oct. 30, 2015 and inquiries were later made by their lawyers to the AQHA, that the subject was put on the AQHA Convention agenda for the 2017 Convention. I feel they were afraid of culpable liability in this case. (Culpable is a term in criminal law that refers to the blameworthiness of the accused. An accused is culpable when he or she is sufficiently responsible for criminal acts or negligence to be at fault and liable for the conduct. Culpability often implies some knowledge of the wrongfulness of one’s actions.)

As this pertains to the AQHA, culpable liability means that unless the this data was released to the general public, it was impossible for the breeder or the veterinarian to determine whether the stallion was a HERDA carrier. The Dufurrenas advertised Auspicious Cat as being HERDA Negative, when in fact, his genetic test, that was in the hands of the AQHA, had concluded he was a HERDA carrier. But no one knew that and they were forced to just believe the Dufurrena’s and their advertising.

In my opinion, and in the opinion of many cutting horse breeders, if the AQHA really wants to live up to its Mission Statement of “preserving the integrity of the Quarter Horse Breed,” the association would make this vital information available as soon as possible to AQHA members and breeders since they already have it and they have been paid for by the stallion owners who paid for the tests. That money should be used to make this information public asap. As far as waiting for the upcoming new computer program, from what I’ve heard, the new computer program has already taken far too many years and has cost way too much money.

While these rules were not in effect at the time of the Minshall’s breeding Miss Tassa Lena to Auspicious Cat, they are now available for this year’s breeding program. The only problem is since they are not yet available on the Horse Ownership Summary, one must either e-mail or call the AQHA to find out the stallion’s status.

If the AQHA doesn’t list this information online and members don’t know that they have to e-mail or call the AQHA for test results on a stallion they wish to breed their mare to, what good are the 5-Panel tests, other than a way to make more money from the stallion owners, who were forced to purchase the tests which don’t help the members if they don’t know how to obtain them.

As far as I know, they have not advertised or sent out notices to breeders that this information is available by e-mailing or calling the AQHA. I am an AQHA member, I subscribe to the Quarter Horse Journal and I own a stallion but I have not heard a word about being able to e-mail or call the association for genetic-testing results. Unfortunately, to me, this resembles the drug-testing rules, which seems to be just a money-maker. Horse owners are mandated to pay a drug-testing fee on each horse entered in an AQHA event, yet only a small percentage are ever drug checked.

Furthermore, if the AQHA is interested in cleaning up and preserving the integrity of the American Quarter Horse breed, it should make these test results available on line as soon as they can, and not wait for a new computer program that could be years down the road, so not only the owners of breeding mares but all AQHA members and even veterinarians can find this information immediately. That way, any stallion owner, mare owner or vet would immediately know the genetic-disease status of the stallion and the mare they are breeding.

It has been suggested to me that being able to immediately find out the results of a 5-Panel test only could be a separate report that could be a source of income for the AQHA, with fees of $5 or more for each, rather than the $1 currently being charged for the Horse Ownership Summary.

Also, if stallion owners are found guilty of, or responsible for, fraud by a jury in Federal Court, including false advertising, I feel the AQHA should include that infraction in their AQHA Handbook, along with the penalties that go along with it. The AQHA’s statement, “While it is possible that a judgment against an AQHA member for fraud may correspond to an AQHA rule infraction and hence possible disciplinary action, such would depend on the facts of the case and whether a final non-appealable judgment has been entered. With respect to the Minshall lawsuit, AQHA to date is unaware of a final judgment being entered in which a party was found guilty of fraud. While AQHA is aware of the Verdict Form in the lawsuit, Davisson said, “It does not constitute a final non-appealable judgment.”

Dufurrena’s ad in Performance Horse Journal

I realize that all of these answers from the AQHA, did not originate with Davisson, as she is the AQHA Manager of Publicity and Special Events. She worked hard to find answers for me. However, could it be that the statement given to me as the answer to the question I asked the AQHA regarding the Dufurrena’s actions being rule infractions and penalties for such, included a hint of favoritism since the Dufurrenas are currently major advertisers in every issue of the AQHA’s new publication, Performance Horse Journal?

One must remember, it was proven at trial that the Dufferena’s advertised Auspicious Cat as HERDA N/N when in fact he was HERDA Positive, which they knew from prior genetic testing. Court documents and the jury identified this revelation as FRAUD!

If the AQHA wants to live up to their Mission Statement of “preserving the integrity of the Quarter Horse breed,” they need to do it by informing the breeding public of results from all genetic tests as quickly as possible, so mistakes like the Minshalls made won’t show up in Federal Court in the future. Also, those responsible will suffer the consequences and it won’t be a veterinarian’s responsibility if he collects a stallion and ships semen from a HERDA-carrier stallion to a HERDA-carrier mare. If the stallion owner won’t give him a copy of the stallion’s HERDA status, he can simply go to the AQHA site and get one – for both the stallion and the mare being bred.

What I got out of this lengthy and costly seven-day jury trial in a Federal Court is that if you are a stallion owner and standing your stallion to the public, that stallion and breeding mare’s genetic information should be available on the AQHA website immediately, whether or not it’s a stand-alone document or included under the Horse Ownership Summary. It would eliminate a lot of heartache, lawsuits and lawyer bills.

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☛ Horse trainer gets 5 years for torturing horses 3-31-17




March 31, 2017

Almost two years  after Robert Dimitt, 57, a horse trainer from Sallisaw, Okla., was arrested, the hoof-carving horse trainer was sentenced to five years in prison on March 23 for the mutilation deaths of multiple horses. With the new year, comes new laws about animal abuse, which changes their penalties to a felony.

Dimitt will also spend 10 years on parole after he is released and he is prohibited from being around any horses during that time. If he breaks any of these rules, he will be returned to prison.

A month ago, Dimitt modified his plea from to guilty to no contest, which allowed the judge to decide his fate rather than a jury. Dimitt’s attorney had sought probation.

According to an article in the Sequoyah County Times, the sentencing followed a lengthy investigation following a tip from Charlotte Northam. She said she went to pick up three horses and instead of three healthy horses, she found one dead and two starved with mutilated feet. The owners of one of the horses had turned down $500,000 for her as she had won in excess of $355,000 in 15 months. The only horse alive was Gold Digging Ashley, with the mare spending a long time at the Oakridge Veterinarian Clinic in Edmond.

Agent Larry Bailey said that a number of horses taken from Dimitt’s care showed signs of being beaten or tortured.

“The horses had considerable damage to their back feet. We were told that Dimitt was bleeding their back feet to let the demons out,” said Bailey. Sheriff Ron Lockhart said that investigators found several horse carcasses on the ranch and the veterinarians had to check on the other horses that were still alive. The sheriff’s office had contacted the owners of the animals and many were surprised to find out the horses they thought were being taken care of Dimitt was released on $25,000 bond.

Northam, a agent for Kentucky racehorse owner Edward D. Leslie, MD, said “Dimitt cut the frogs out of the horses’ hooves to “make them run faster.” Northam says she hopes this case will make horse owners more aware of what can happen when you don’t check on your horses in training. “People need to make more physical well-being checks and be very careful of what trainer they use.”

Information for this article was taken from the Sequoyah County Times and Rate My Horse Pro articles.

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☛ ProRodeo Hall of Fame 3-29-17

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ProRodeo Hall of Fame announces 2017 class

Press release from PRCA
March 29, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Randy Corley, an 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, joins five world champions to headline the 12-member 2017 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday.

Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), will be enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events.

Also, voted in by the selection committee were four-time bareback horse of the year, Christensen Bros.’ Smith & Velvet, and the committee for the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days.

For the first time in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) will be amongst the class of inductees. Their inaugural class will be Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee – Star Plaudit “Red.” The class will be inducted Aug. 5 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“It’s something that’s pretty awesome beyond anything I can say,” Corley said. “Right now, I’m kind of in shock. This is quite an honor, and I do not take this lightly – I can tell you that. Nothing can be any better than reaching this pinnacle, other than taking care of every rodeo that I will continue to do. They are all the reasons I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

Corley has been selected PRCA Announcer of the Year 11 times (1984, 1990-96, 1998, 2003 and 2011). He has also been an announcer at the National Finals Rodeo 15 times (1985-86, 1992, 1994-96, 2007-08, 2010-16).

Puryear qualified for the NFR nine times, eight of which were consecutive, from 1971-78, and then in 1983. The Texas bulldogger also won the gold buckle in 1974 and the NFR average title in 1976.

“It’s really got me kind of speechless, and I’m normally not totally speechless,” Puryear said. “I can’t believe it – I know several of those people (the other 2017 inductees), and knew them well. I even knew the bucking horse well, too, and it’s kind of a coincidence Ogden is there because it’s one of my favorite rodeos – it’s set up well and fit me well.”

Puryear first joined the PRCA in 1970, and now, 47 years later, he’s being recognized as one of the best steer wrestlers in PRCA history.

“Most of those guys down there (in the Hall of Fame) were my heroes – people I’d read about,” Puryear said. “The first rodeo I went to, I was too bashful to even say hi to them – it was unbelievable being around them.”

Rutherford was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame more than half a century after he was topping the world standings across four events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and bull riding.

The Oklahoma cowboy was in the Top 5 for the world standings 11 times between 1949-57, and was the 1954 all-around world champion and the first cowboy to ever win more than $40,000 in a single year (approximately $362,235 in 2017 dollars according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Although he never won an individual event championship, he placed second in the bareback riding standings the same year he won the all-around title.

Rutherford twice finished third in the bull riding world standings (1951 and 1954).

Shortly after the 1952 season closed, Rutherford was in a serious car wreck and suffered a life-threatening skull fracture and was unconscious for 15 days. After several months of hospitalization, Rutherford recovered and returned to rodeo to win the all-around title.

His rodeo earnings fell flat after a bad spill slipped a disk in his back in November 1958. He then retired from rodeo and resumed ranching in his hometown until his death at 58 years old on April 28, 1988.

Walker, who won both the 1960 saddle bronc riding world championship and NFR average title, took to the skies in his ascent to ProRodeo fame – qualifying for 10 NFRs during his 20-year tenure with the Rodeo Cowboys Association.

In 1960, the 28-year-old cowboy had been knocking on the door of a gold buckle for years, placing third in 1957, second in 1958 and third again in 1959.

Walker entered the 1960 season with a plan for earning the gold buckle that literally took flight. He teamed up with Paul Templeton, who flew him from one rodeo to the next when his rodeo road trips got too hectic.

Walker arrived at the NFR in Dallas, Texas, leading the pack with $20,832 earned that season by placing 126 times at 56 rodeos and winning 21 rodeos throughout 1960, including Salinas, Calif., and Fort Worth, Texas.

He rode all 10 horses at the NFR in Dallas, placing on five of them – winning the NFR and the world title.

Beers, a heeler, won his world championship while roping with header Dee Pickett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2003. Beers qualified for the NFR 23 times in team roping (1980-95, 1997-98, 2000-03, 2007).

“This is like winning the world,” Beers said. “You hear about all these guys like Larry Mahan, Ty Murray, Dee Pickett, Leo Camarillo, Clay O’Brien Cooper and Jake Barnes, and to be put in a category with those guys is a great honor.”

Custer’s eight trips to the NFR and 1992 bull riding world championship win landed him in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“It wasn’t a call I wasn’t waiting on or expecting – it’s one of those deals I thought about it, but you don’t sit on your hands and wait,” Custer said. “I was overwhelmed and a bit emotional, and didn’t have much to say.”

Custer first joined the PRCA in 1985 and went on to qualify for the NFR from 1987-92, and again in 1998-99. He remained an active competitor through 2002.

“I was just a kid from Arizona who had big dreams to do something in rodeo,” Custer said. “Fortunately for me, I had a Cinderella-type career, and in the middle of it you take it for granted – this kind of recognition means a lot to me – as much or more than winning the world title.”

For most of his adult life, Robert (Bob) Reuel Ragsdale has served the sport of rodeo as a competitor and as an ambassador. On Tuesday, the cowboy they call “Rags” added “Hall of Famer” to his one-of-a-kind résumé.

“Well, it really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Ragsdale said with a laugh. “But it’s something anybody that’s ever rodeoed dreams about. You never think that it could really happen.”

Ragsdale, a 22-time NFR qualifier in steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping, recognized he will forever be cemented into history among the legends of the sport he holds so dear.

“To be able to be there with all the world’s champions – I’ve done a lot of different things in the PRCA and RCA – but to be nominated and go into the Hall is unbelievable,” he said.

Ragsdale became the first and only left-handed roper to qualify for the NFR for 15 consecutive years from 1961-75. He also served as both the Vice President and President of the Rodeo Cowboys Association in the early ’70s, and is credited as the one to propose the association include “Professional” to the organization’s formal title.

Bareback horse Smith & Velvet was the definition of a late bloomer.

The horse, which was honored as the PRCA’s top bareback horse four times (1977, as Mr. Smith, and then 1979-80 and 1982, as Smith & Velvet), didn’t become an award-winning bucker until he was into his 20s.

“When I first started bucking him, he would be good for five or six seconds, and then he would spin and stop,” said Bobby Christensen, owner of Smith & Velvet. “A lot of people told me to get rid of him, but instead I turned him out for a few years. I entered him in Oakdale, Calif., and he bucked off World Champion Jack Ward. From then on, I knew I had a good horse, and he took off from there.”

Smith & Velvet died in 1983 in a tragic car accident that killed many of Christensen’s prized NFR horses.

He says the horse was the pride and joy of his rodeo company.

“He went to 25-30 rodeos per year, and was the bread and butter of our company for many years,” Christensen said.

The Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days will celebrate its 83rd year of existence in 2017.

The event has come a long way since its inception in 1934, when Ogden City Mayor Harman W. Peery organized a Western festival to boost the spirits of the locals and entice tourists to visit the city.

“This rodeo was started right after the Great Depression because the community needed it,” said Dave Halverson, the rodeo’s director. “We’ve been in the Top 5 of the best large outdoor rodeo category several times in the past 10 years, and the fans here grab onto that.”

The Ogden Pioneer Days is more than just a rodeo, it’s an event. It includes concerts, parades, farmer’s markets, and, of course, the rodeo at historic Ogden Pioneer Stadium.

“We’re the largest celebration in the state of Utah,” Halverson said. “I know our whole committee and the community will be very excited about being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“You just do what you do, and you hope that someday you get that call. But we don’t do this for notoriety, we do it for the community and the state of Utah.”

This year’s Ogden Pioneer Days will take place July 20-24.

On the WPRA side, Bush was multi-talented, becoming the most decorated cowgirl in the history of the WPRA (formerly the Girls Rodeo Association).

When the GRA first formed in 1948, Bush was one of the first to sign-up. All totaled, she won 32 world titles – nine all-around (1952, 1957-58, 1962-65, 1968-69), two barrel racing (1952-53), two cutting (1966, 1969), one flag race (1969), 11 calf roping (1951-56, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966-67) and seven ribbon roping titles (1951, 1953-54, 1956-59). She finished as reserve world champion in the barrel racing three separate times.

While Bush’s barrel racing world titles came before the NFR began, she qualified seven times (1959-60, 1962-65, and 1974) for the NFR during her career.

“That is awesome and really great. We are really proud she will be honored in this way,” said Shanna Bush, Wanda’s daughter, who qualified for the NFR in 1984. “She would be very honored and humbled. She would be very glad to be a part of the Cowboys Association (PRCA) because she always worked for that to be the case. She always wanted them to get along and to better themselves by being associated with each other. This is a very special honor.”

Bush will be inducted posthumously, having passed away Dec. 29, 2015.

Although she had to wait 22 years to join her legendary horse Scamper in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, James is ecstatic to be a part of this historic class.

“I am thrilled to be going in as part of the inaugural class and what this represents for all barrel racers,” said James, who now makes her home in Boerne, Texas. “To be going in with Wanda is very exciting. Wanda was such a pioneer for our sport. Throughout my entire career her presence and forging through on issues with barrel racing was there and evident, and why we are where we are today.

“Scamper has just been waiting for me and I was fine with that as he really deserved the honor. This news made my entire day.”

James, who grew up in Clayton, N.M., the home of the very first barrel racing National Finals Rodeo in 1959, won the first of 10 consecutive world titles at the youthful age of 14 in 1984.

James was the first WPRA member to wear the coveted No. 1 back number in 1987, and became the first barrel racer to cross the $1 million record in career earnings. In addition to the 10 consecutive world titles (1984-1993), James and Scamper won the NFR average title six times (1984, 1986-87, 1989-90 and 1993). In 1996, Scamper became the first and only barrel horse (until 2017) to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

James would add a cherry on top of her illustrious career returning to the top of the sport aboard Cruiser (Cruisin on Six) in 2002, winning her 11th world title and seventh NFR average title.

Bringing symbolism to this new chapter in the history of the PRCA and WPRA is best summed up with the induction the horse known as Star Plaudit “Red.”

Star Plaudit holds a very unique record in the world of professional rodeo, one that is not likely to ever be duplicated. The bay gelding won two world championships in the sport in a single year and contributed to a third, at the age of 12.

In 1962, Red, as he was affectionately known, carried his owner Sherry (Combs) Johnson to the GRA world title in the barrel racing. The horse also helped close family friend Tom Nesmith to the RCA world title in the steer wrestling, as well as the RCA all-around championship.

Johnson credits the steer wrestling with teaching Red how to run hard through the pattern.

“Lord, that is a blessing and a dream come true for him and I,” Johnson said of Red being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “He was a horse of a lifetime, and what he accomplished will never be done again. I had the pleasure of riding him and he had such a big heart. This is just such a wonderful honor.”

Red passed away at the age of 22.

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-27-17

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy PRCA
March 27, 2017

 Aus-ome effort captures first Austin title

AUSTIN, Texas – Tanner Aus had come painfully close to his first Rodeo Austin win a few years back. On Saturday night, he made sure that he’d be collecting the coveted branding iron that goes to each champion.

The 26-year-old bareback rider scored the win in the final round with an 89-point trip on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills. He earned $9,400 for that ride, as well as the branding iron, which he was most excited about.

“One year, they told me I had split the win and they had me in the arena with the branding iron, but it turned out I was a point off the win,” Aus said with a smile. “That makes this win even sweeter, because I think about this rodeo all the time.

“This is the cap to the winter season, and Austin is a rodeo that has always seemed to treat me well. I’ve been second here twice, and to finally come out of here with a ‘W’ is great. I got my hands on one of those branding irons, and that’s awesome.”

Aus also won the first round with an 86.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s What Happens, which brought his total winnings in Austin to $12,562.

He admitted the large payday for winning Austin was in the back of his mind.

“When you’re focused on the task at hand, you don’t really think about the money as much, but you know it’s there,” he said.

Aus was third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings entering the weekend, and he moved to second in the standings with $54,836 after his Austin performance.

“I haven’t been paying much attention to the standings, because it’s always a grind this time of year,” he said. “We get on a lot of horses down here in Texas during the winter, and I’m very thankful for the position I’m currently in.

“I drew really well – I got on three Beutler horses. I just snuck into the finals in the eighth and last spot. But I knew I had drawn a horse that would test me and that was good enough to win the short round.”

The Granite Falls, Minn., native has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past two years, finishing sixth and fifth in the world in 2015 and 2016.

He’s been on quite a hot streak the past several months, which included winning three rounds at the 2016 WNFR.

“It’s been a blessing, and I’m very thankful,” Aus said. “It’s mostly attributed to the time I’m not rodeoing – when I’m at home and in the gym. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that people don’t see that leads to being successful in the arena.”

Other winners at the $516,154 rodeo were steer wrestler Tommy Cook (3.9 seconds), team ropers Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor (4.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (89 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane), tie-down roper Marty Yates (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Tammy Fischer (15.41 seconds) and bull rider Tyler Taylor (there were no qualified rides in the finals, and Taylor won by having the best two-head score of any cowboy).

  • Steer wrestler Jacob Talley stopped the clock in 3.2 seconds in the semifinals at Rodeo Austin (Texas) to tie the arena record. Talley now shares the record with Levi Wisness (2007), Matt Reeves (2009) and Casey Martin (2014).
  • There was some movement atop the March 27 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Tuf Cooper overtook Caleb Smidt for the lead in the all-around standings, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley slipped past CoBurn Bradshaw to take the standings lead and tie-down roper Marty Yates jumped ahead of Smidt for the lead in the tie-down roping standings.

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Mahan receives honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Larry Mahan added another honor to his ever-impressive resume.

The eight-time world champion was selected as the Outstanding American awardee from the state of Oregon by the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Mahan, who wrestled in high school in Oregon in Redmond and Salem, will be recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Oregon Chapter’s 23rd annual Honors Banquet, April 22, at the Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square in Tigard, Ore.

“I really feel that wrestling made a great contribution to my rodeoing career, because it is a one-on-one sport,” Mahan said. “It’s one of those sports like rodeo where if you make a mistake you can’t blame it on anybody else but yourself. You have to look in the mirror and start working harder or you’re not going to achieve your goals.”

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, a board member for the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, praised the selection of Mahan.

“Larry is absolutely worthy of receiving this honor,” Johnston said. “He is one of the greatest of all-time in the sport of rodeo and because he has a wrestling tie I think it makes him a good qualified candidate for the Outstanding American award.”

Mahan was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He was born Nov. 21, 1943, in Salem, Ore., and went on to a legendary rodeo career, winning eight world championships (all-around, 1966-70, 1973; bull riding, 1965, 1967). He was named the Legend of ProRodeo in 2010.

Mahan isn’t the only cowboy to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Oregon Chapter.

Most recently, in 2015, steer wrestler Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., a 13-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, was given the Outstanding American award by the Oregon Chapter.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeo Live will broadcast live from the High Desert Stampede March 31-April 1 in Redmond, Ore., 7 p.m. (PT) each night.

A third member of a Texas college rodeo team has died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident while driving to a competition. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports that 20-year-old Jakob Plummer of Petrolia, Texas, died March 26, as a result of injuries he suffered in the March 18 wreck that killed two other members of the Vernon (Texas) College rodeo team. The team was traveling to Brownwood for a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo. Yancie McCuistion, 19, of Sugar City, Colo., died at the scene near Haskell, north of Abilene, Texas. Vinita Trevino, 19, of Petrolia, died a day later. Another teammate was injured. Authorities say McCuistion was the driver of a pickup that drove through a stop sign and was struck by a motor home

The Gerry (N.Y.) Rodeo Committee has been selected by the PRCA to host a free PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp on April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is free to anyone ages 8 and up, both male and female. Its purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo through education and recruitment of young people who may become the next generation of rodeo stars. The event will provide a fun rodeo-related experience through both classroom and arena participation with instruction by professional rodeo cowboys. Pre-registration is required and forms are available at the PRCA website or by visiting the Gerry Rodeo website The registration needs to be completed by April 22, but early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited. Call 716.985.4215 or 716.969.4488 if there are problems with the registration. Additional information is available by email at or by calling Julie Jutten at 719.528.4729. The 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo is set for four performances, Aug. 2-5.


“Hey, I’ll take the win – it was a tough pen in the finals. This is one of the biggest rodeos of the year, and to win here is a blessing. I’m really starting to believe in myself, and think that I could be a world champion one day.””

– Bull rider Tyler Taylor talking about winning Rodeo Austin thanks to his two-head score before the final round, in which there were no qualified rides.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 27, 2017

AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford,Texas $53,062
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $74,985
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $46,209
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $46,209
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $55,968
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $50,404
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $54,009
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $41,752

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through March 27, 2017

1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $53,062
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 50,328
3 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 44,618
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 41,852
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 24,232
8 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,877
9 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 19,627
10 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,612
11 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
12 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 14,205
13 McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla. 12,187
14 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 12,086
15 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
16 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
17 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
18 Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 8,517
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 54,836
3 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 42,716
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 36,745
6 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 36,692
7 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 35,718
8 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 28,439
10 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 25,150
11 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 24,105
12 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 24,092
13 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 17,635
14 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
15 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
16 Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta 16,748
17 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 15,661
18 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 14,792
19 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 14,420
20 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 14,329
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $74,985
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 49,280
3 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 34,063
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 30,199
5 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 29,272
6 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
7 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 25,785
8 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 22,608
9 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 20,902
10 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
11 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 18,133
12 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 17,974
13 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,676
14 Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii 16,447
15 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 16,116
16 Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas 16,007
17 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 15,904
18 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 15,535
19 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 15,409
20 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 14,441
Team Roping (header)
1 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $46,209
2 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 39,368
3 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 39,365
4 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 36,378
5 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 31,761
6 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 31,608
7 Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 24,076
8 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 22,166
9 Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 21,335
10 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 19,494
11 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 19,239
12 Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. 19,136
13 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 16,068
14 Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. 14,779
15 Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif. 14,628
16 John Alley, Adams, Tenn. 13,446
17 Cody Tew, Belgrade, Mont. 13,055
18 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 12,936
19 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 12,345
20 Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont. 11,943
Team Roping (heeler)
1 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. $46,209
2 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 39,368
3 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 36,378
4 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 35,580
5 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 31,608
6 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 29,407
7 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 28,633
8 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 23,587
9 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 21,882
10 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 19,494
11 Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 19,136
12 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 17,723
13 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 17,540
14 B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas 15,861
15 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 15,856
16 Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif. 13,974
17 Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn. 13,446
18 York Gill, Stephenville, Texas 13,023
19 Trace Porter, Leesville, La. 12,779
20 Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D. 12,578
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $55,968
2 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 55,940
3 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 46,039
4 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 39,832
5 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 36,277
6 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 27,265
7 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 26,206
8 Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand 22,267
9 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 22,065
10 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 21,860
11 Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla. 18,552
12 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 17,735
13 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 17,593
14 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 17,133
15 Tyrell J Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 17,084
16 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 16,846
17 Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 16,515
18 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 16,125
19 Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico, Ariz. 15,571
20 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 14,466
Tie-down Roping
1 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $50,404
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 42,584
3 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 42,285
4 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 37,840
5 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 35,204
6 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 34,788
7 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 32,360
8 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 31,835
9 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 27,995
10 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 24,032
11 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 21,428
12 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 21,148
13 Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 20,160
14 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 17,941
15 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 17,771
16 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 17,089
17 Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas 16,904
18 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 16,657
19 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 15,851
20 Michael Otero, Krum, Texas 15,382
Steer Roping
1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $41,752
2 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 26,683
3 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 25,469
4 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 22,482
5 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 20,168
6 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 19,905
7 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 18,330
8 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 17,321
9 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 16,416
10 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 16,323
11 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 12,572
12 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 11,340
13 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 10,306
14 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 10,285
15 Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla. 9,773
16 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 8,914
17 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 8,810
18 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 8,287
19 Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla. 7,790
20 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 7,714
Bull Riding
1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $54,009
2 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 49,314
3 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 45,090
4 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 44,669
5 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 39,950
6 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 37,054
7 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 34,770
8 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 32,182
9 Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M. 31,047
10 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 27,815
11 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 27,789
12 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 26,129
13 Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M. 25,872
14 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 23,944
15 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 22,440
16 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 21,479
17 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 20,921
18 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 20,653
19 Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas 19,749
20 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 19,588

*2017 Barrel Racing (March 27, 2017)

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 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $89,487
2 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 80,297
3 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 73,501
4 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 58,705
5 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 40,135
6 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 36,112
7 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 30,829
8 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 28,525
9 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 26,439
10 Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo. 23,614
11 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 23,177
12 Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis. 22,843
13 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 22,660
14 Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas 21,375
15 Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla. 21,252
16 Brooke Rix, Skidmore, Texas 21,197
17 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 20,421
18 Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont. 20,119
19 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 20,052
20 Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla. 19,189
2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through March 27, 2017


1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $25,884
2 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 22,263
3 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 20,680
4 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 20,453
5 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 15,995
6 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 14,134
7 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 11,892
8 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 10,332
9 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 10,313
10 Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La. 9,281
11 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 8,146
12 Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas 7,580
13 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 7,402
14 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 7,078
15 Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas 6,639
16 Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. 6,561
17 Christopher Byrd, Compton, Calif. 6,486
18 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 6,357
19 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 6,338
20 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 6,266
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☛ C. T. Babcock Celebration of Life scheduled 3-24-17



March 24, 2017

The family and friends of Clayton Thomas (CT) Babcock is inviting everyone to attend a Celebration of Life. A memorial has been set for 2:30 pm Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Sanger, TX at the Babcock Ranch, located at 2300 S. Stemmons (on W. side of I-35 between the school and ball park).

In lieu of flowers a trust account has been set up for C.T.’s three children: daughters, Riley Evelyn (17), Ryan Lane (15) of Aubrey, Texas and son, Jaxon Burdette (4) of Gainesville, Texas at the First State Bank of Gainesville. The account is listed as C.T. Babcock Benefit Account, FBO Riley Evelyn, Ryan Lane, and Jaxon Burdette Babcock.

There have been many items donated also for a benefit auction for C.T.’s children as well. They are hoping to be able to coordinated the auction with the Memorial. Please join them for a time of sharing cherished memories from his many treasured friends. There will be  further postings regarding any additional auction information.

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☛ 5 horses/horsemen inducted into AQHA Hall of Fame 3-23-17

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



Press release from AQHA

March 22, 2017

“Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is the highest honor possible in our Association, and we welcome these deserving individuals into the Hall of Fame,” said Craig Huffhines, executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association.

The horses inducted into the Hall of Fame are the stallions Strawfly Special and Zips Chocolate Chip; the gelding Majestic Scotch; and the mares Casey’s Ladylove and Dashing Phoebe.

The horsemen are AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III of Sparta, New Jersey; AQHA executive committee member, the late Dick Monahan of Walla Walla, Washington; Bobby D. Cox of Fort Worth, Texas; the late Marvin Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma; and trainer and horsewoman Sandra Vaughn of Hernando, Florida.

Casey’s Ladylove
The 1961 mare Casey’s Ladylove was the foundation of a barrel racing dynasty. James and Frances Loiseau of Flandreau, South Dakota, bought the mare as a 2-year-old for $720, looking for a horse their children could ride. Later, they started breeding her, selling the colts and keeping the fillies for their broodmare band that led to such barrel racing and rodeo champions as French Flash Hawk, known to barrel racers as “Bozo,” and Frenchmans Guy, a leading sire of barrel-racing horses.

Dashing Phoebe
Dashing Phoebe was a fast runner and the mother of fast runners. The 1983 sorrel mare by Dash For Cash won or placed in 15 of 20 career starts, earning $609,553 on the racetrack. She was a two-time AQHA racing champion filly, earning that honor in 1985 and 1986. She earned her AQHA Supreme Racehorse title in 1987. In 2008, she was named an AQHA Dam of Distinction after producing 15 winners, five stakes winners and the earners of nearly $2.4 million. She was bred by San Jose Cattle Co. of Rockport, Texas. She was euthanized in 2013 and buried on owner Kirk Goodfellow’s Dreams Come True Ranch near Nacogdoches, Texas.

Majestic Scotch
Majestic Scotch was born to lope in a show ring. The 1994 sorrel gelding won 10 world championships in western riding and western pleasure and seven reserve world championships in those classes plus showmanship. Majestic Scotch was bred by Donald and Jean Bangasser of Ackley, Iowa, and was owned by Sharnai Thompson of Pilot Point, Texas. He was shown in classes from halter to hunt seat equitation to trail. He earned a youth AQHA Supreme Champion award and 13 Superiors. He retired from competition in 2012. He was euthanized in 2013, the same year he was inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame.

Strawfly Special
Racing stallion Strawfly Special sired two winners of the All American Futurity, Streakin Flyer and Ausual Suspect. The 1987 stallion by Special Effort was bred by Dan and Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas, and was owned by Double Bar S Ranch of Moreno Valley, California. Strawfly Special’s offspring earned more than $25 million on the racetrack, and his gelded son, Tailor Fit, was racing world champion in 1999 and 2001. Strawfly Special died in 2004.

Zips Chocolate Chip
Zips Chocolate Chip was a leading sire of award-winning western pleasure horses. The 1985 bay stallion was by Zippo Pine Bar and out of the Custus Jaguar mare Fancy Blue Chip. After a short career in the show ring, earning $18,000 in western pleasure futurities, Zips Chocolate Chip moved to the breeding barn. He was a sire of AQHA and National Snaffle Bit Association champions. He was a model for a Breyer horse. After his breeding career was over, he retired to owner-breeder Ann Myers’ farm. He was euthanized in 2015 due to complications of old age.

Marvin Barnes
The late Marvin Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma, was the owner and trainer of Mr Master Bug, a Supreme racehorse and winner of the All American Futurity, and FL Lady Bug, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee. The 50-year cumulative breeder and his late wife, Lela, were fixtures in Oklahoma Quarter Horse racing for more than 50 years. Marvin bred the earners of more than $3.9 million on the track and two world champion horses who earned seven world championships.

Peter J. Cofrancesco III 
Peter J. Cofrancesco III of Sparta, New Jersey, was the first president of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association to become president of AQHA. Cofrancesco grew up showing horses with his family in many aspects of AQHA competition, later specializing in halter. He was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 2008 and served as president in 2011-12, focusing on youth involvement.

Bobby D. Cox
An owner and 30-year breeder of American Quarter Horse racehorses, Bobby D. Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, bought his first racehorse in 1976. His homebred mare, All About Ease, won the Ruidoso Futurity in 2004, the same year his homebred stallion, Brimmerton, won the Rainbow Derby and the All American Derby. In 2007, Cox’s homebred Dont Let Down won the All American Derby. In all, horses Cox bred have earned $20 million on the track. Horses Cox has owned have earned $16 million on the racetrack.

Dick Monahan
Racehorse owner and breeder Dick Monahan of Walla Walla, Washington, bought his first race-bred yearlings in 1969. He and his wife, Brenda, raised and raced American Quarter Horses for more than 30 years. He was elected as an AQHA director in 1985. At the time of his death in 2009, Monahan was serving on the AQHA Executive Committee.

Sandra Vaughn
Judge, breeder and AQHA Professional Horsewoman Sandra Vaughn of Hernando, Florida, became a professional trainer at age 19. She has trained horses to multiple champion titles and has ridden horses to seven world championships and 11 reserve world championships. In 2003, she was part of the team that helped Movin Artfully become the Farnam Superhorse. In 1995, the first year the award was given, Vaughn was named the Professional Horsewoman of the Year. She served as an AQHA director from 2006 to 2013.

About the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum beautifully showcases the hundreds of horses and people who have earned the distinction of becoming part of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. To be a part of the Hall of Fame, horses and people must have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories. Inductees are those who have brought exceptional visibility and/or contribution to the American Quarter Horse. Hall of Fame inductees are chosen each year by a selection committee and honored at the annual AQHA Convention.

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