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☛ QHN parent company selling 11 newspapers-8-15-17

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

QUARTER HORSE NEWS PARENT COMPANY SELLING 11 PAPERS TO GATEHOUSE MEDIA

 

QUARTER HORSE NEWS NOT LISTED AS SELLING

Press release from Morris Communications
Aug. 15, 2017

In a press release dated Aug. 9, 2017, Morris Communications, the parent company of Quarter Horse News, announced they were selling 11 of its daily and non-daily newspaper holdings including its Lubbock, Texas-based commercial printing operation (West Texas Printing) and other related publications to GateHouse Media, Inc. The sale is expected to be finalized on Oct. 2, 2017. The company will focus on lifestyle and niche publications, broadband operations, property development and new business. Quarter Horse News is not listed as a publication they will be selling.

The daily newspapers they are offerings theFlorida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla.; the St.Augustine (Fla.) Record; The Savanah (Ga.) Morning News; TheAugusta (Ga.) Chronicle; The Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald; Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal; Amarillo (Texas Globe-News; the Topeka (Kan.) Capital Journal; Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, Ark.); Juneau (Alaska) Empire Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, Alaska) and Homer (Alaska) News.

William S. “Billy” Morris III,Chairman of Morris Communications, will remain as publisher of the Augusta Chronicle and will oversee editorial-page policy for the three Morris newspapers in Georgia.

Morris said, “Every newspaper company in America is battling trends and redirected advertising dollars necessary for newspapers to be part of a large newspaper group to build and maintain the necessary resources to compete.”

William S.Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications said, “As the company transitions to the third generation of leadership, we are enthusiastic about our plans to diversify our business holdings with print and digital communications, broadband and real estate development.

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☛ Metallic Cat big winner at NCHA Summer Spectacular 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AUSTIN SHEPARD RIDES SIR LONG LEGS LAST TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE NCHA SUMMER SPECTACULAR DERBY 

 

PAULA WOOD TAKES NON PRO AND METALLIC CAT IS LEADING SIRE OF BOTH OPEN AND NON-PRO

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 7, 2017

As the last cutter to show in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby finals, Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., rode Sir Long Legs, the only offspring of High Brow Cat in the finals, out of Lil Lena Long Legs, to a whopping 229 to take the Open Championship.  The pair earned an estimated check of $41,097 for owner Lew Hall, Lakeland, Fla., at the finals held Sunday, Aug. 7.

The Non Pro finals was won by Paula Wood, Stephenville, Texas, riding Suen Too Be Black (BoonToo Suen x Chinas Blue Boon), owned by her husband Kobie. The pair scored a 219.5 for an estimated $18,545 paycheck.

However, the big story of this year’s event was the complete domination Metallic Cat as the leading sire of finalists – even though neither the Open nor Non-Pro champions were sired by High Brow Cat. Metallic Cat sired nine (9) Open finalists, winning 41 percent of the Open purse – $165,348 to be exact – or 46 percent of the Open purse of $359,205. Only one other sire had more than one finalist and that was Spots Hot with two (2.)

In fact, in the Open, of the first 10 horses that placed, five, or 50 percent of those horses were sired by Metallic Cat.

Other stallions represented in the Open finals included Spots Hot with two finalists, and Highbrow Cat, Hickorys Indian Pep,Dual Smart Rey, Dual Rey, OneTIme Pepto, Woody Be Tuff, Smooth As A Cat, Hydrive Cat, High Brow CD and Bet Hesa Cat, each siring one.

In the Non-Pro competition, Metallic Cat had six finalists earning $61,521 of the $186,472 total purse, or 33 percent. Two other sires had more than one finalist and they included Dual Rey with 4 earning $34,670 and Smooth As A Cat with 3 earning $18,186. Other sires represented in the Non-Pro finals included High Brow CD, Dual Smart Rey, Hydrive Cat,  Thomas E Hughes, WR This Cats Smart, CD Royal and Jazarell Cat.

Of the top 10 Non-Pro horses that showed, four were sired by Metallic Cat.

Altogether, Metallic Cat had 15 finalists in the Open and Non-Pro, taking home $226,869, or 42 percent of the total purse of $545,677 paid out in the two finals.

The leading money-earning rider was Matt Miller, who finished as Reserve Champion in the Open riding Metallic Smart Cat for $36,227 and sixth on Lou Lou Louise, earning $23,388 – for a total of $59,615. Second was Shepard, with his $41,097 for the championship riding Sir Long Legs and Tap This, finishing in a tie for 12th, taking home an additional $12,073 for a total of $53,170.

NCHA Summer spec Open results

Non-Pro Derby results

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☛ New Congress to introduce new SAFE Act, banning horse slaughter 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEW CONGRESS TO INTRODUCE NEW SAFE ACT TO BAN HORSE SLAUGHTER IN 2017

Aug. 6, 2017

The NEW Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would prevent the horse slaughter industry from establishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses for slaughter abroad, was introduced in the Senate on Aug. 2, 2017. These House’s version of the bill was introduced earlier this year.

The bill already has bipartisan support; however, it’s vital that past co-sponsors sign on again. Also new members of the House and Senate need to be educated about the issue of horse slaughter and the importance of finally banning horse slaughter once and for all.

The fight to ban horse slaughter through a federal bill is now a decade old and each year that passes without a ban sees more than 100,000 American horses shipped over our borders to be butchered for human consumption.

Advocates are asking that you email your U.S. Representatives and Senators, urging them to cosponsor and support the SAFE Act.

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☛ AQHA Terminates Incentive Fund 8-7-17

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA TERMINATES INCENTIVE FUND PROGRAM

Published by AQHA
Aug. 6, 2017

As a means to conclude the program, the American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund   will not accept foal nominations past 2018 and, effective immediately, will no longer accept stallion nominations.

“The AQHA Incentive Fund was a landmark program for the equine industry, having paid out more than $80 million in its lifetime,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “The fund was so successful that it became a model for many others. However, multiple factors in the past decade contributed to the Incentive Fund’s decline.”

Ultimately, a lack of participation led the AQHA Executive Committee, at its July 2017 meeting, to approve the incentive program’s termination. The conclusion of the program will allow time and resources to move to the research and development of new potential incentive programs for competitors and breeders.

With no new stallion nominations coming in, the Incentive Fund should conclude in a few years.

“For owners and nominators wondering when the last payout will be made, we are looking closely at the financial reports for the Incentive Fund and will make a decision about that very soon,” said AQHA Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer Trent Taylor. “Preliminary examination indicates it will likely pay through the 2020 show season.”

Depending on the breeding and foaling year, stallion and foal nominators can apply for a nomination refund as follows:

  • Stallion nominators for 2017 breeding season – option of refund or nominator may opt to remain in the Incentive Fund as it winds down
  • 2017 foal nominators – option of refund if the nominator is still the recorded owner of the foal or the nominator may opt to remain in the Incentive Fund as it winds down
  • Nomination payments for stallions or foals made prior to 2017 are non-refundable, as such payments have already been allocated/distributed for payout years

Refunds must be applied for by September 30, 2017.

As stated above, 2018 foals may be nominated but only if the sire was nominated for the 2017 breeding season and such stallion nominator does not request a refund.

“To anyone who has ever nominated a foal or stallion, owned or shown an Incentive Fund horse, thank you for supporting the program,” Kyle said. “It was your support that made this the greatest incentive fund program in the equine industry.”

For questions regarding the Incentive Fund and its termination, read the AQHA Incentive Fund Q&A and Incentive Fund timeline.

To request a refund, contact Brianna Charles at 806-378-4535 or bcharles@aqha.org.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHAnews on Twitter and visit www.aqha.com/news.

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☛ Peter J Cofrancesco III passes at age 45 – 8-5-17

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AQHA HALL OF FAMER AND PAST PRESIDENT PETER J. CONFRANCESCO III DIES AT AGE 45

Aug. 5, 2017

Peter J. Confrancesco III passes at age 45

AQHA lost a staunch supporter with the death of Peter J Cofrancesco III, 45, Sparta, N.J.≤ when he passed away  after falling ill on Tuesday, Aug. 1. His death came only days after a case displaying his memorabilia was unveiled July 26 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.  He had been inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in March.

The son of another AQHA Icon, Peter Confrancesco Jr., Peter was raised with Quarter Horses and became the President of the (AJQHA) American Junior Quarter Horse Association on his way to becoming the President of the AQHA, an office he served from 2011-2012. In 2008, Peter was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee.

Peter and his family competed in 4-H with horses and purebred Hereford cattle, but switched their focus almost exclusively to horses as Peter moved into Amateur competition, showing halter horses. It was while competing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress that he met his wife Carmen and they were married in 1999. The couple have three children: Ireland, Peter IV and Emma.

When his father died in 2001, Peter and his siblings assumed leadership of The Grinnell Group of Companies, the family’s manufacturing, waste and recycling company. Peter also took his father’s place on the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission and, with his mother, developed a popular horse charity in Sussex County.

Peter was also influential in forming the World Conformation Horse Association, an AQHA alliance partner that holds an annual futurity, as well as classes at major shows including the AQHA World Championship Show.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen, their three children, all at home; his mother, Peggy Confrancesco; two brothers: Jason and Jarrod; a sister Darla and many friends and family.

Viewing will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Sparta Township on Monday, Aug. 7 from 2-8 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Our Lady of the Lake at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately followed by interment in the St. Thomas of Aquin RC Cemetery, #53 Kennedy Ave., Ogdensburg, N.J.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peter’s memory may be made to Pope John Angel’s Fund, #18 Andover Rd., Sparta, NJ 07871.

An account has also been established as a college scholarship for Peter’s three children called the Peter J. Confrancesco III Scholarship Foundation. Contribution can be mailed in that name to 320 N. Church Rd., Sparta, NJ 06871.

Information for the above article came from the AQHA as well as other sources.

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☛ Modine Smith passes at age 94 7-24-17

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

MODINE SMITH, A GREAT LOSS TO THE CUTTING HORSE INDUSTRY

 

MATRIARCH OF THE SPORT PASSES AWAY AT AGE 94

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 24, 2017

Modine Smith, an Icon in the cutting horse industry, passed away on July 22 at the age of 94. NCHA photo

She promoted cutting through the NCHA for five decades serving on the Executive Committee of both the NCHA and PCCHA, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both organizations and had the Modine Smith Humanitarian Award named in her honor. Modine Smith, Grass Valley, Calif, was 94 when she passed away on July 22, 2017. She will be missed by many. Ironically she died during one of the NCHA Triple Crown Events  – the NCHA Summer Spectacular, which was going on in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

 

According to an article by Elaina Ross on the NCHA website, Modine, along with her late husband Ed Smith, held PCCHA shows at their ranch in Escalon, Calif., where Ed mentored many riders. After Ed passed away in 1979, Modine continued to champion cutting on the local and national level. She was also a recipient of the PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award. and created   She also helped create some of the standards cutting, that we take advantage of today, including the dedicated practice pen, adjusted monitor system for judges, pre-settling of cattle and the PCCHA Gelding Incentive program.

She had a very optimistic attitude and everyone was soon drawn to her.

Modine is survived by her children: John Michael Biggs, Patricia (Biggs) Leach and Laura (Smith) Vaughn; sons-in-law Steve Leach and Frank Vaughn, as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Celebrations of Modine’s life are being planned for the PCCHA Futurity held Oct. 6-13 in LasVegas, Nev. and the NCHA Futurity, Nov. 15-Dec 10 in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations on Modine’s behalf go to the PCCHA Youth Scholarship Program or the NCHA Foundation.

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