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☛ Justify wins Triple Crown 6-9-18

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

JUSTIFY REWRITES HISTORY BOOKS BY WINNING TRIPLE CROWN

 

THE STALLION WINS THE 150THBELMONT STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS

 

Reprint from The Paulick Report

June 9, 2018

 

He’s re-writing the history books.

First, he won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Then he overcame a speed duel to just hold on in the Preakness Stakes.

This Saturday, Justify capped off a terrific card at Belmont Park with a front-running 1 3/4-length victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy will now be enshrined as racing’s 13th winner of the Triple Crown, just the second undefeated colt to do so. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who made his career on the New York racing circuit, piloted a perfect race to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” said an emotional Smith. “He’s just brilliant.”

Racing fans had waited 37 years for American Pharoah to win the Triple Crown in 2015, and now Justify has become the second horse to do so in the past 40 years.

“Mike Smith, he deserves something like this,” said Baffert, now one of only two trainers to saddle a pair of Triple Crown winners. “There’s no one more deserving than him. I think all of New York should give him a cheer.”

Racing on the lead throughout, Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify completed the Belmont’s grueling 1 1/2 miles over a fast track in 2:28.18. The 24-1 longshot Gronkowski got up for second, while Hofurg and Vino Rosso completed the superfecta.

 

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☛ NRCHA Derby News and Getting It Right 6-1-18

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NRCHA DERBY, HELD JUNE 10-17 IN PASO ROBLES, CALIF., PROMISES TO BE EXCITING

HOWEVER, SOME CALIFORNIANS FEEL SLIGHTED AS OUT-OF-STATE CONTESTANTS GET INTO STALLS A DAY EARLIER

June 2, 2018

Photo on left is of the 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Champion was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California. He rode Lil Bay Hawk (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun), a gelding owned by Stephen Silva, to the title. Primo Morales photo from NRCHA page.

 

The NRCHA Derby is scheduled for eight days: June 10-17, Paso Robles, Calif. However, several contestants are  not happy with a new rule stating that “out-of-state” contestants will be able to obtain their stalls a day earlier.

According to the NRCHA website, juicy paychecks await 4- and 5-year-old horses at the NRCHA Derby, many of which competed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when they were 3 years old. Horses may be shown in either a snaffle bit or a hackamore. They are judged in three challenging events: herd work, rein work and cow work, with a preliminary round of competition to determine who will return for the clean-slate finals. 

The Derby features nine divisions to suit all levels, from million-dollar riders in the Open, entry-level competitors in the Amateur and Non-Pro Limited, and everyone in between. Another NRCHA Derby highlight is the $50,000 added Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular. The Derby is held in Paso Robles, a charming city on the central California coast, the heart of reined cow horse country.

Limited Age Event Added Money totaling $122,500 includes $90,000 added to the Open and $25,000 added to the Non Pro.

The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular has $25,000 added money. Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular has $5,000 added.

Horse Show Added Money totals $32,750 and includes Open and Non Pro Two Rein Spectaculars, Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular, Non-Pro Limited Spectacular and two Youth Spectaculars. 

However, a note at the end of the stall list has ruffled some feathers of California entrants, saying, “Out-of-state horses can move in Friday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m., while In-state horses can move in Saturday, June 9 at 8 a.m.”

For draws and results, go to www.nrcha.com.

 

 

CORRECTION REGARDING TERMINATION OF CHUCK SMITH AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Earlier today I posted an article about the termination of NCHA Executive Director Chuck Smith. I posted that he was terminated by the Board of Directors. I recently received an e-mail from a South Texas Director saying, “It was the Executive Committee, not the Board of Directors, that let the Executive Director go. I’m sorry for this misunderstanding.

The article on the NCHA website regarding Smith is as follows:

“The NCHA has made some changes in its management, as a result, has terminated Chuck Smith’s contract as Executive Director. The NCHA will honor the terms of that contract and immediately begin its search for a new Executive Director. The Association appreciates Chuck’s service and looks forward to working with Chuck in the future as he continues to serve the NCHA as a past President and Life Director and promotes the NCHA as he has done for many years.

“Effective as of Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the end of his term as President of the NCHA, Lewis Wray will assume the duties of the Executive Director on an interim basis with no pay and no contract. “

 

 

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☛ Wild horses winners “this time around” 5-12-18

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

WILD HORSES WERE THE WINNERS IN A $1.3 TRILLION GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL …

 

THIS TIME AROUND!

 

May 12, 2018
By Glory Ann Kurtz

Karin Brulliard recently wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled, “Negotiators said “nay” to a House proposal to allow the culling of tens of thousands of horses and burros that roam the West or are held in government funded corrals and ranches.”

 

The proponents of the proposal included its sponsor Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah).

 

However, the proposal was vigorously opposed by wild horse advocacy groups, which have resisted efforts to limit the federally protected animals and accuse the Bureau of Land Management of bowing to demands from cattle ranchers who view equine herds as the real competitors on grazing land.

 

The attached article published in the Washington Post describe the ongoing battle over what to do with the nation’s wild horses, including the some 46,000 wild horses and burros in corrals that cost the BLM nearly $50 million to maintain each year and 73,000 others that run free in western states. They claim the number is three times the 27,000 animals the bureau says the land can sustain.

Wild horses escape chopping block 5-18

 

However, if you want the “real story” about what’s going on with the wild horses, go back to the article “Horse slaughter – Facts and Fiction, written by Risk Analyst Rick Dennis and published on July 23, 2015 on this very subject on this website.

 

In the article, Rick separates “Facts” from “Fiction” of this problem, giving the real figures and facts so you can make your own decisions on who the guilty parties are.

☛Horse Slaughter – Fact & Fiction 7-23-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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☛ NCHA planning class restructure 5-11-18

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 7 comments

NCHA CLASS RESTRUCTURING ON THE AGENDA FOR THE 2018 NCHA CONVENTION

 

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

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 11, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE OBJECTIVE:

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

 

THE OBSTACLES:

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

 

THE PROPOSALS:

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

 

DIVISIONS AND LEVELS:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LIMITED LEVEL:

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

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

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

SENIORS:

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

REVOLVING DOOR:

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

Open:$75,000 in one year

Non-Pro:$50,000 in one year

Amateur:$25,000 in one year

 

LIMITED AGED EVENTS:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WEEKEND SHOW STRUCTURE:

The weekend Show Class Structure will include:

OPEN – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

NON-PRO – with INTERMEDIATE & LIMITED options.

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

$25,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$50,000 NON-PRO

$25,000 AMATEUR

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE

$5,000 NOVICE HORSE NON-PRO

$2,000 LIMITED RIDER

YOUTH

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHY DOES NCHA THINK LEVELING WILL WORK?

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

NCHA Ltd Age Event Class Structure Second Draft

NCHA Proposed Class restrucure 5-18

 

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

Click for a copy of that article.

 

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☛ Judge rules Oregon rancher trespassed on federal land 4-3–18

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

Judge rules Oregon rancher trespassed on federal land

A federal judge has found that a rancher grazed cattle on Wallowa-Whitman National Forest land without authorization.

Reprint from Capital Press.com
A judge has ruled Oregon rancher Tyler Smith unlawfully trespassed by allowing cattle to graze on public land. The case now moves to trial to determine whether damages and an injunction are warranted.

An Oregon rancher unlawfully trespassed on public land by grazing cattle without government authorization in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, according to a federal judge.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman has ruled in favor of the U.S. government in a lawsuit accusing Tyler Smith of Wallowa County of repeatedly trespassing in the national forest.

The ruling upholds the earlier findings and recommendations of U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan, who rejected several of Smith’s arguments against the government’s trespass claims.

The case will now to proceed to trial to determine whether Smith should be subject to an injunction and required to compensate the federal government for damages.

In its complaint, the U.S. sought to prohibit Smith from using these and other public lands without permission and to recover the cost of restoring the government’s property in an unspecified amount.

Forest Service officials saw cattle with Smith’s “lazy 7p” brand grazing on allotments in the forest multiple times without authorization, even after Smith received warnings from the government, according to the U.S.

The rancher has shown no evidence the grazing was accidental or that cattle escaped onto federal land, while the “government’s undisputed evidence gives rise to an inference of intentional grazing,” Sullivan said.

Smith offered several reasons his cattle were allowed to graze on federal land, but the judge said “none of these legal theories has any legal validity” or factual support, according to the ruling.

The rancher claimed that a “quitclaim deed” from his grandfather allowed for cattle grazing in the area, but Sullivan said the deed didn’t encompass a grazing permit that had been revoked years earlier due to violations.

The judge also rejected Smith’s argument that under a “split estate,” he owned grazing rights to the land while the government owned the timber and mineral rights.

“The Court is unaware of any doctrine of property law whereby ownership of land is divided into split estates in the way defendant alleges, and has not been presented with any legal authority for such a theory,” Sullivan said.

Although the rancher disputed the authenticity of photographs showing his cattle grazing on public land, these pictures were “supplemental illustration” to the testimony of Forest Service officials, which provided sufficient evidence in the case, the judge said.

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☛ NRBC/NCHA hold major events

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TWO MAJOR VENUES AND EVENTS HOLD FINALS 

 

NCHA SUPER STAKES AND NATIONAL REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC CROWN CHAMPIONS

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 23, 2018

Duane Latimer

Two major performance events culminated on Sunday, April 22, with the finalists lining their pockets with cash.

 

Duane Latimer cashed in for the most dough by winning the Level 4 Open Finals and the Open Prime Time Finals in the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) held April 15-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Latimer won a total of $76,950 from the event after winning the Level 4 Open for $75,000 with a 228 score as well as taking the Prime Time title riding Modern Gun (Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac), owned by MS Stables.

Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, took home $69,076 for the championship of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Super Stakes held March 29 through April 22 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Riding Cool N Hot (Hottish x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat) owned by his wife Paula, the pair scored a whopping 227 points.

 

 

NATIONAL REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC:

This year’s win for Latimer was a first NRBC Classic Open title since 2000 when he won the title on Conquistador Whiz. Latimer had trained Modern Gun, nicknamed “Mickey” since he was a 2-year-old.

“He was dialed in really, really good today. I was really happy,” said Latimer following the beautiful palomino’s winning run.

The Reserve title was split between Andrea Fappani, riding Epic Titan (Colonels Smoking Gun x Princess In Diamonds) owned by Clinton Anderson, and Pedro Baiao, riding Smokesgottachicolena (Spooks Gotta  Gun x Braz Us), owned by Michael Garnett, with each marking a 225.5. Each went home with a $41,000 paycheck.

 

Fappani also finished ninth, scoring a 222 on Ifwhizwereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars) owned by Rancho Oso Rio, collecting an additional $15,000 for a grand total of $56,000.

 

Pedro Baiao and Spookesgottachicolena also won the Level 3 finals, taking home an additional $20,782.26, for a total of $61,782.86. Baio’s finals score of 225.5 was the highest of his career.

 

The Level 2 Championship was won by Ricky Nicolazzi riding Spooks Show Time (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena x Shining Spark) to a 219 score and an $8,128 paycheck. The 5-year-old gelding is also owned by Rancho Oso Rio.

 

There was a three-way tie in the Level 1 Open shared by Benny Maddox, Chris Dawson and Gabril Borges, with each scoring a 218 to earn $2,103.  Maddox’s win on Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl x Lean With Me) owned by Bill Coburn, it was his first major championship.

 

Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda x Dual Rey) owned by Michelle Canon. He previously took the 6-year-old stallion to the 2017 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship.

 

Borges rode Checksworth (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star x Shining Spark) to the 2017 tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 2 Open Co-Championship The 4-year-old mare is owned by Terry Leffew. For full results go to NRBC.com.

NRBC Open Classic Finals Results

 

NCHA SUPER STAKES:

Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Texas, is a five-time NCHA Open World Champion; however, he was experiencing his first NCHA Triple Crown (Futurity, Super Stakes,  Summer Spectacular) win when he scored 227 points in the finals of the Open Super Stakes riding Cool N Hot by Hottish, one of the hottest new sire in the cutting horse industry, out of Donas Cool Cat sired by High Brow Cat. Owned and also shown by Kobie’s wife, Paula, Cool N Hot picked up $69,076 for their Open win at the Super Stakes; however, Paula and Cool N Hot were also finalists in the Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, winning an additional $13,337 for total earnings of $82,413 for the show. Donas Cool Cat currently has lifetime earnings of $189,284.

 

Kobie is also, an NCHA Horse of the Year rider and 1993 NCHA Hall of Fame Rider inductee. He earned his first Triple Crown championship in the 1988 NCHA Classic aboard Cash Quixote Rio, a horse that Wood also showed to two NCHA Open World Championship wins.

 

The Reserve title in the Super Stakes and $60,476 paycheck went to Rollz Royce (Dual Smart Rey x Show Biz Kitty), owned by Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Beau Galyean to a 222.5. Prior to the Super Stakes, the pair won $51,975 in aged events. Beau has lifetime earnings of close to $3.4 million.
NCHA Super Stakes Open finals

 

But the Open Division of the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic were very profitable to the Galyean family, as Beau also rode Stevie Rey Von (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey) owned by the Fults Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, to the Open title in the Super Stakes Classic for a $26,216 paycheck.

 

In the Super Stakes, Beau’s brother Wesley tied for 4/5 riding Duramax Dually with a 219, taking home $44,381 and his father, Jody, also took home $14,642 riding Desiresomemettalic, owned by Beau and his wife Ashley. In fact, the Galyean family and had total winnings of $119,499 from the Open Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finals

The Non-Pro Division of the Super Stakes was split between Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, riding Bittersweet (Metallic Cat x Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey) and Megan Miller, Poolville, Texas, riding Carolena Reyn (Dual Smart Rey x Carolena Moon), with both winning $36,319 for their 222 score.

 

This is the second time Bushaw has shared the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro title. In 2008, he rode Cats Ruby to a 222-point tie for the championship with Paula Wood on Cash My Boon. He also won the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat. Bushaw ranks third among all-time top NCHA Non-Pro money earners, also won the 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro aboard Jerryoes, the 2008 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cats Ruby and the 2012 NCHA Derby on Bet On A Cat.

 

Megan Miller, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Inductee and the earner of $1,021,452 won the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Itawtathenapuddycat and the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro on Travs Scooter. She also finished fourth in this year’s Non-Pro Super Stakes with a 216 score riding Hey Boo Boo (Dual Smart Rey x Travs Scooter), taking home a total of $62,581.

NCHA Super Stakes NP finals

The NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Champion was Steve Anderson, Victoria, Texas, riding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Justa Swinging Gal) to a 224, collecting a $16,999 paycheck. The Reserve title went to Alexa Stent, Gardnerville, Nev., riding Bowmerang (High Brow Cat x Bowmans Little Jewel), to a 223.5 and collecting $15,480.

NCHA Super Stakes Classic NP Finals

For full results go to nchacutting.com

 

 

 

 

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