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☛ AMERICANA to be held in Augsburg, Germany Sept. 4-9, 2019 – 8-27-18

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AMERICANA TO BE HELD IN AUGSBURG, GERMANY SEPT. 4-9, 2019

 

EVENT TO HAVE $150,000 TOTAL PURSE

 

Augsburg, Germany
August 27, 2018

Want to see the best in Western events in Europe? Make plans now to attend Europe’s Premier Western Event, AMERICANA, scheduled for Sept. 4-9, 2019 in Augsburg, Germany. With a total purse of about $150,000, it is one of the best endowed shows of Europe and is called THE meeting point for Western horse fans from all over the world.

During 2017, AMERICANA celebrated the Western horse and 98 per cent of the 51,300 visitors said they would return the next time. The 331 exhibitors were enthusiastic and 72 percent spoke of excellent or good sales. Nowhere else in Europe will the Western horse fan find such a variety of everything concerning horses and riding as well as lifestyle.

 

Events will include World Cup cutting and the Bronze Trophy Reining. Both offer a huge purse and have gained worldwide fame.  The ERCHA Open Cow Horse Futurity finals will also be held as well as  numerous fine show acts.

 

For further information on this event contact: AFAG Messen und Ausstellngen GmbH, Winfried Forster, phone +49 (0) 821-5 89 82 – 143 / fax +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82-243 or winfred.forster@afag.de / www.americana.de. Ticket sales start at the beginning of November 2018.

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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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