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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 | 6 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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☛ AQHA Amateur Ranch Riding World Champ disqualified for drug violations

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA 2017 AMATEUR RANCH RIDING WORLD CHAMPION SARAH MCKIBBEN DISQUALIFIED FOR DRUG VIOLATION

 

SHE AND HUSBAND MOZAUN MCKIBBEN SUSPENDED AND FINED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS AT AQHA WORLD SHOW

 

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 20, 2018

Mozaun McKibben

Following a recent meeting of the AQHA Executive Committee, it was announced that disciplinary action had been taken against Mozaun McKibben and his wife Sarah, as a result of four horses testing positive for Guanabenz at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show held Nov. 2-18 in Oklahoma City. Guanabenz is a depressant of the cardiovascular system and is a forbidden drug per AQHA Rule VIO401.2. At the World Show, each world champion is drug tested and additional horses are tested based on random drawings that are selected months before each event.

 

Mozaun McKibben, 53, from Cooke County, Texas, was suspended from membership in the AQHA for 18 months, on probation for five years after his suspension, fined $10,000, and evocation of his status as an AQHA Professional Horseman, when four horses he owned, trained and/or exhibited were found positive for drugs during the 2017 AQHA World Show, held Nov. 2-18, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

McKibben’s wife Sarah, who was named the 2017 AQHA Amateur Ranch Riding L3 Champion, was stripped of her title and also suspended from the AQHA for 12 months, fined $3,000 and put on probation for five years following the end of her 12-month suspension.

2-AQHA: AQHA Disciplinary Actions

 

Ironically, the disciplinary action was taken less than a year after Mozaun was booked on June 28, 2017 for Burglary of Habitation, after which he bonded out with a $5,000 bond. Other court records show that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 1998.

3-Mozaun Arrest – Cooke County, TX

4-Click for Penalties for burglary>> 

5-McKibben History

 

THE HORSES INVOLVED:

Samples were taken from the following horses following their classes with positive drug tests being returned on His Royal Cat and Wimpy Tejano, shown in the Jr. Ranch Riding L3 Preliminaries on Nov. 4, with Mozaun McKibben being the responsible party, as the owner, trainer and exhibitor; Wimpys Shining Jac, in the Senior Ranch Riding L3 Finals, Nov. 6, with Mozaun McKibben as trainer and exhibitor and Chex Are Cashin shown Nov. 7 in the Amateur Ranch Riding L3 Finals, with Mozaun McKibben as trainer and Sarah McKibben as the rider.

 

Sarah McKibben was also the responsible party at the time in question for His Royal Cat (as owner), Wimpys Shining Jac (as owner) and Chex Are Cashin (as owner and exhibitor)

 

AQHA RECORDS ADJUSTED:

AQHA has stated they have adjusted its records to reflect the above disqualifications and is notifying those exhibitors whose horses moved up in the placings as a result of such disqualifications. Notification to associations who afford reciprocity to AQHA medication disciplinary has been taken.

 

However, I have been told that within a few days of Chex Are Cashin’s stripped title, he was sold for well over $100,000.

 

DRUG-TESTING PROTOCALS:

While writing this article, I reached out to Rick Dennis, who has done drug testing for many Fortune 500 companies and has lectured before Congressional sub-committee in Washington D.C. on drugs of abuse in the private sector. He has also co-owned a drug-testing company.

 

Rick, who has written many legal as well as interesting horse articles for AllAboutCutting.com, responded to me with an article entitled “Drug Testing Protocols.”

 

Rick’s conclusion to the drug problem is that a company or an association should implement a “Split Sample Collection and Testing” process which is the fairest system ever devised. It not only affords the requiring agency of the assurance that the test results are accurate as well as affording the donor every legal opportunity to challenge the positive test results prior to receiving disciplinary action in lieu of a positive test result. It also insulates the requiring agency against liability and defamation lawsuits due to a positive test result and any disciplinary action imposed thereafter. Following is his article:

BACKGROUND:

The Managing Member of the WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC – Richard E. “Rick” Dennis has been an entrepreneur in the private security sector since January 28, 1984. Rick’s been involved in the private sector employee drug and alcohol testing industry ever since its inception, in 1987.  His expertise in the drug testing field is expansive and includes: Being one of the owners and operators of the first employee drug testing laboratory in Louisiana – “Certified Lab, Inc.”

 

Also, Rick’s written drug and alcohol testing policies for Fortune 500 Companies such as: Exxon Company, USA, Mobile Oil Company, Campbell Soup, Kerr McGee Corporation, Dupont, Marathon Oil Company, and Atlantic Richfield to name a few. Further, Rick’s lectured before a Congressional sub-committee in Washington D.C. on drugs of abuse in the private sector.

 

According to Rick, in 1987 the Federal Government initiated designing drug and alcohol testing protocols for Federal Workplace Drug testing of specific Department of Transportation worker categories, (e.g. – Department of Aviation, Federal Highway Administration, Oil & Gas Transmission Pipelines, and the Marine Industry, etc.  Hearings were held on the design and implementation of the new Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations and each specific category was published in the Federal Register.

 

SPECIMEN COLLECTION PROTOCOLS – DRUGS OF ABUSE: Urine Specimens were initially selected for drugs of abuse testing, due to the fact urine samples were determined to be a better conductor for drug testing results versus blood samples.  However, this protocol was expanded to include blood, saliva, and hair testing. Essentially, the protocols included a format for the collection of the specimen, the design of a chain of custody form to track the collection, shipping, transportation, testing, and storage of the collected specimen.

 

LABORATORY TESTING PROTOCOLS: 

 The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) designed the laboratory certification and testing standards for testing and confirmation of submitted samples, as well as initial and confirmation testing levels, classifications of drugs tested for, testing procedures, and requirements.  Two positive laboratory tests are required in order to report a specimen sample as being positive for prohibitive drug(s), (e.g. an initial positive test result has to be confirmed by a positive confirmation test result).

 

SPLIT-SAMPLE COLLECTION: 

 In order for the testing procedures and subsequent results thereafter to be certified and authenticated, NIDA designed and implemented the “Split Sample Collection and Analysis Process” whereby two samples were made using one specimen collection.  Sample (A) and Sample (B) couldn’t be made using two separate collections.  Sample (A) would be the primary sample for initial analysis and confirmation, and sample (B) would be frozen and used in the event of a donor challenge to the positive result of Sample (A).

 

In the event of a donor challenge to the positive test result of Sample (A), the donor is afforded the opportunity to challenge the positive test result of Sample (A) at another testing laboratory by testing Sample (B). However, the NIDA retesting protocols specifically states the second testing laboratory must meet “the same laboratory testing standards and certifications as the initial testing laboratory”. 

 

Further, a “Chain-Of-Custody” log must be completed relative to the transportation, analysis, storage, and certification of Sample (B).  In the event the two sample results are positive, then the sample is deemed positive.  In the event there are two conflicting sample results, (e.g., one positive and one negative), a negative test result is afforded to the benefit of the donor due to conflicting results.

 

MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER:

 Federal 49,CFR, Part 40 requirements include a Medical Review Officer as a liaison between the testing laboratory and the donor.  The duty of the Medical Review Officer is to certify that all sample collection, transportation, storage, testing, and test result communications have been adhered to.  The Medical Review Officers other duties includes monitoring and ordering the testing of Sample (B) in the event of a donor challenge.

 

CONCLUSION:

 It’s Rick’s opinion, that the Split-Sample Collection and Testing process is the fairest system ever devised.  It affords the requiring agency of the assurance that the test results are accurate, as well as affording the donor every legal opportunity to challenge the positive test results prior to receiving disciplinary action in lieu of a positive test result.  Also, the split sample specimen collection and analysis procedure insulates the requiring agency against liability and defamation lawsuits due to a positive test result and any disciplinary action imposed thereafter.

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☛ NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman & Celebration of Champions 2-19-18

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NRCHA WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN EVENT PACKS FORT WORTH’S JOHN JUSTIN ARENA

CHAMPIONS HICKORY HOLLY TIME/ KELBY PHILLIPS WIN $40,000; PHILLIPS ALSO WINS CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS FOR TOTAL WEEKEND EARNINGS OF $64,845.19.

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 19, 2018

The World’s Greatest Crowd. Photo by Rick Dennis

The spectators at the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) World’s Greatest Horseman event not only packed the seats of the John Justin Arena, in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, the night of Saturday, Feb. 17, but the crowd was also four-deep standing behind the seats. They swarmed the event consisting of the top10 of the 50 entries vying to become the “World’s Greatest Horseman” and take home the Finals first-place $40,000 paycheck of the $150,500 total purse.

Counting the go-round payouts, the event paid out a total of $162,000. The event was held the final day of the annual NRCHA Celebration of Champions that took place in the Will Rogers Coliseum and the John Justin arena for nine days – Feb. 9-17.

After the 10 bridle horses, including six stallions and four geldings, had competed in four events, including herd work, rein work, steer stopping and cow work, in front of a full-house of screaming cow-horse lovers, Hickory Holly Time, an 8-year-old stallion, ridden by Kelby Phillips, Scottsdale, Ariz., and owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., took home the coveted title. Ironically, the pair had finished 8th out of the top 10 going to the finals, with an 863.5.

Hickory Holly Time shown at the South Point. Primo Photo

Hickory Holly Time, who was the 2015 NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion and Open Stakes Reserve Champion as well as the  2014 Open Derby Champion and 2013 Intermediate Open Futurity Champion, had just increased his earnings to $231,025. The pair competed in last year’s event; however, they didn’t make the finals.

But this must have been Kelby’s lucky day as the pair also won the Open Composite of the 102-entry NRCHA Celebration of Champions held at the Will Rogers Coliseum during the week. Phillips rode Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena) owned by Mike and Robyn Stewart to a whopping 444.5 total score, taking home $22,638.69 in the composite. He also won the Rein work for $1,323.90, finished 4th in the Herd Work for $661.95, tied for 4th in the Cow work for $220.65, giving Kelby’s total paychecks for his horses for the week of in the Celebration of Champions was $24,845.19. Add that to his $40,000 win in the Worlds Greatest Horseman, gives Kelby a $64,845.19.

Hickory Holly Time is sired by One Time Pepto, the sire with the most finalists at three, and out of Hickorys Holly Cee by Doc’s Hickory. On his dam’s side, Hickory Holly Cee is out of Miss Cee Nita by Peponita.

The pair scored a total of 890.5 points, including a second for a 220 in the Herd Work, that was won by Cal Me Mitch, a Metallic Cat stallion ridden by Philip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., and owned by Estelle Roitblat, Templeton, Calif.; a  second with a 222.5 score in the Rein work, that was won by LenaLilToTheWright, a gelding by Lena Wright On ridden by Randy Paul and owned by Linda Katz, Agoura Hills, Calif.; the winner in the Steer Work with a 224.5 and finishing in a tie for second and third in the Cow Work with a 223.5. That division was won by Call Me Mitch, who was the runner-up to the event’s champion with a total score of 888.

Call Me Mitch won a total of  $28,250, receiving $25,00 for second in the finals, $1,500 for winning the Herd Work and $750 for second in the Rein work and $1,000 for second in the steer work. The pair won the preliminaries of the competition with a total score of 887.5. His paycheck brought him close to the $1 million mark in total lifetime earnings with the NRCHA.

Third place went to Lena Buddy Nic, a loud-colored tobiano, crowd-pleasing Paint gelding sired by Nic It In The Bud out of Dual Lena, owned by Bitterroot Springs Ranch, Ross, Calif., and ridden by Jake Telford. The pair took home $18,000 for third place.

The fourth-place horse, Blind Sided, a stallion by Peptoboonsmal out of Lil Miss Shiney Chex, owned by the Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, ridden by Jay McLaughlin, took home a total of $16,250, that included $15,000 for fourth place, $500 for third in the Herd work and 4750 for third in the rein work.

The 7th place in the finals was Smooth N Cash, ,a gelding by by Smooth As A Cat out of Dox Gavash, owned by the Roloff Ranch, Temecula, Calif. The program and results show the rider as Jake D. Gorrell; however, it was announced that Gorrell had gotten hurt earlier and Russell Dilday did the riding duties in the Worlds Greatest Horseman Finals.

Unfortunately, One Fine Vintage, a stallion by One Time Pepto, ridden by Corey Cushing and owned by the Robertson Ranches, Plymouth, Calif., who finished second in the preliminaries with an 886 total score, including a win in the Rein Work with a 222.5 and a win in the Steer work with a 226.5 and tied for 6th in the Cow Work with a 219.5, finished last in the Finals, after receiving zeros in the cow and steer work.

The judges for the Worlds Greatest Horseman were Ron Emmons, Smokey Pritchett, Doug Ingersoll, Tom Buckingham, Bobby Hunt.  Bill Enk was Director of Judges..

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CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS:

With 102 entries, the Celebration of Champions Open Division had three events: Herd, Rein and Cow. Kelby Phillips won the event riding Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena) owned by Mike and Robyn Stewart.

The pair scored  a 147, good enough for 4th in the Herd work, earning an additional $661.95. They won the Rein Work with a 149.5 score and a $1,323.90 paycheck and tied for 4th place (5 ways) with a 148 in the Cow Work, taking  home $220.65 for a grand total of $24,845.19. That paycheck, along with his $40,000 from the Worlds Greatest Horseman, gave him $64,845.19 from the show.

The Reserve Champion of the Celebration of Champions was Justin Wright riding Shiners Diamond Cat, taking home $16,681.14 plus $1,323.90 for winning the Herd Work and $992.93 for tying for second in the cow work, for a total of $18,997.97.

For full results, go to http://www.nrcha.com

 

THE BUSIEST TRAINER AT THE SHOW:

Clayton Edsell must have been the busiest man entered in the Celebration of Champions and in the ballpark with the highest money earners of the entire show, with total earnings on four horses in the Open, Intermediate Open and Novice Horse divisions of $53,953.50.

In the Open Division, Edsell rode Bet He Sparks to third place, taking home $13,702.36 in composite, $772.28 for 2/4 in the reined work and $992.93 for 2/3 in the cow work, for a total of $15,467.57.

He also rode Metallic Train in the Open to a 4/5 split in the composite , earning $10,425.71 plus $1,323.90 for winning the cow work for a total of $11,749.61. He also finished in a tie for 9/10 riding Shining CD Light for an additional $3,574.53. Also, in the go-rounds, he split 5/6 in the Herd Work riding Malibu Barbie for $220.65 – totaling $31,012.36 in the Open Division.

In the Intermediate Open, Edsell won a total of $19,882.40. Riding Bet He Sparks, he won the composite, taking home $7,281.45, split first place split fin reined work for $370.82 and finished second in the cow work for $337.10 – totaling $7,989.37.

He also rode Metallic Train to second in the composite for a $5,461.09, 3rd in the Reined work for $269.68 and won the cow work for $404.53 – for a total of $6,135.30.

Aboard Shining CD Light, he finished 4th in the composite for $3,640.72 and tied for 4th in the Herd work for $84.28 for a $3,725 total. He also rode Malibu Barbie to 7/8 split in the Intermediate Open composite for $1,729.34 plus a tie for second in the herd work for $303.39, totaling $2,032.73.

In the Novice Horse class, he won an additional $3,058.74 riding Shining CD Light to a first-place tie, 4th in rein work, 3rd in the Herd work and 4th in the cow work.

 

 

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