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☛ Tommy Manion settles with NCHA 10-13-17

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

TOMMY MANION SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH NCHA

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 13, 2017

Due to the fact that I’m in the middle of a move, yesterday I was dreading to go to the Fort Worth Court House to attend the Tommy Manion vs NCHA lawsuit; however, Manion evidently came to his senses and realized he was in the wrong – apologizing to the NCHA in an open letter posted on the NCHA website  to the members, following a meeting with his lawyer and the NCHA on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The case involved him shooting an unruly stallion that he brought to a cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, that he repeatedly shot in the hip with a BB gun concealed under a jacket on his arm. However, a cell-phone video taken of the entire event was sent to the NCHA and circulated among NCHA members. When they sanctioned him for animal abuse and the non-compliance with the association’s recently implemented Zero Animal Abuse policy, Manion filed a lawsuit against the NCHA.

However, it didn’t take long for him to drop the lawsuit and apologize in an open letter to NCHA officials and members that was  published on the NCHA website, realizing the evidence was overwhelming that he had violated the newly created Zero Tolerance Animal Abuse Policy of the NCHA. Besides, that the more than likely “unwinable” lawsuit was becoming very costly.

But Manion didn’t get completely off the hook for his apology, as the the settlement included the following terms of the settlement:

1.    Suspension of NCHA membership for six months beginning August 9, 2017

2.    NCHA Membership Probation for one year thereafter

3.    Fine payable to NCHA to $10,000.00

4.    Letter to the NCHA membership (which was included in yesterday’s post)

The NCHA announced they are pleased with the settlement and remains committed to its Zero Tolerance policy.

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☛ Tommy Manion apologizes – court hearing cancelled 10-12-17

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TOMMY MANION APOLOGIZES – COURT HEARING CANCELLED

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 12, 2017

In a one-page letter, entitled Exhibit A, to the NCHA, Tommy Manion, who had been suspended from the association for horse abuse, for shooting his unruly horse with a BB gun at a Whitesboro, Texas, NCHA-approved show, apologized. Manion said he was sorry that the method he subsequently used for  correcting his unruly horse caused such a controversy.

“I deeply regret that this event took place,” said Manion. “I’m committed to the NCHA and will endeavor to continue to conduct myself in a professional manner for the remainder of my career. We are pleased that this matter is resolved. and look forward to putting it behind us.”

Manion continued, “I join with the Association in continuing to take a strong stance against animal abuse and in protecting the animals we all love so dearly. I appreciate the NCHA’s continued commitment to completely eliminate abuse in our industry,”

As a result, the hearing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at the Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas, was cancelled.To date, the NCHA has not answered Manion’s apology on their website.

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☛ Ed Dufurrena in court again!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

LIGHTNING STRIKES DUFURRENA TWICE

ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD RESURFACE IN FILED COURT DOCUMENTS BY EUGENE AND JANIE VOGEL

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 10, 2017

Ed Dufurrena from his website.

Edward L. Dufurrena, the owner of Dufurrena Cutting Horses LLC, Gainesville, Texas, is headed back to court in yet another civil lawsuit.The latest lawsuit filed against Dufurrena is entitled Donald Eugene Vogel and Janie S. Vogel vs Edward L. Dufurrena (CV17-00588). The lawsuit was filed in The State of Texas, County of Cooke, 235th District Court on Oct. 2, 2017 at 11:58 a.m. by the Vogels’ attorney Lisa C. Bennett of Adams, Bennett, Duncan & Henley, located at 100 East Broadway, Gainesville, Texas. For the record, the Vogels are the Plaintiffs and Edward L. Dufurrena is the Defendant. The Vogels are senior citizens, who were 66 at the time of the agreement.

As you may remember in a previous article regarding Dufurrena, included a seven-day trial held in April of this year, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, in Sherman, Texas, to determine who was guilty for a HERDA positive foal, sired by Auspicious Cat, that was born to Canadians Shawn, Lisa and Lauren Minshall’s mare. The eight-member jury’s determined that Edward and Shona Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas, who headed up the Dos Cats Partners, the owners of Auspicious Cat, were 60 percent responsible for their foal being born with full-blown HERDA, the Minshalls were 30 percent responsible and David Hartman, DVM’s Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, P.A., the veterinarian that collected the semen and shipped it to the Minshalls, was 10 percent responsible.

The suit alleged advertising fraud. Dufurrena, the Defendant, willfully and knowingly advertised his stallion Auspicious Cat, as HERDA negative (HN) when court documents revealed the stallion carried the (HN) designation on his AQHA registration papers, meaning he carried the HERDA gene, which can result in a disease that make a horse lose their skin, leaving huge sores on their body, making them unridable and they usually have to be put down. This court case resulted in out-of-court settlements and assignments of responsibility by a jury trial which I covered in length.  Essentially, the Minshalls bred a mare to Auspicious Cat that produced a HERDA foal.

Click on link below for copy of HERDA trial>>

http://allaboutcutting.net/?p=10092

 

DOS CAT PARTNERS RECENT LAWSUIT
In the most recent lawsuit filed by the Vogels, I reviewed Legal documents that indicate the subject of the lawsuit is a Partnership named Dos Cat Partners (herein after referred to as the  “Partnership”.  The Partnership was formed by written agreement on March 29, 2011 by and between Donald Eugene and Janie Vogel and Edward L. Dufurrena.  The Vogel’s invested $105,000 in the Partnership for a 49 pecent share with 51 percent of the Partnership belonging to Ed Dufurrena, also the defendant in this case.

The purpose of the Partnership was operating a business for profit. The principal business of the Partnership is to promote cutting horses through training, showing, breeding and sales for profit. The partnership was, at all times mentioned in this petition, in operation.

Court documents state that at the beginning, the Partnership owned four horses: Auspicious Cat, Ozzum Man, Ozzum Cat and Whata Sneaky Cat, as well as three embryos: one from Miss Ella Ray sired by Auspicious Cat, one from Miss Ella Ray sired by Metallic Cat and one out of Hickory Wheel sired by Auspicious Cat. Presently the horses remaining in the Partnership are the stallion Auspicious Cat, Crezy Train and Stevie Rey Von, also a stallion.  Stevie is the embryo of Miss Ella Rey sired by Metallic Cat.

2-Stevie Rey Von

3-Auspicious Cat

The terms of the Partnership were as follows: (1) all expenses are shared proportionately by owners according to ownership interest of each partner; (2) all earnings from any source are shared proportionately according to the ownership interests of each partner and (3) Ed Dufurrena, the Defendant, was to manage the horses.

4-copy of new lawsuit

 

2-PARTNERSHIP HORSE VALUES
Stevie Rey Von, considered as a “very valuable horse,” is owned by the Partnership and is an embryo offspring of Miss Ella Rey sired by Metallic Cat as indicated in the Partnership Agreement. In December 2015, Stevie Rey Von, ridden by Dufurrena, won the NCHA Cutting Horse Futurity for 3-year-olds. The winnings were substantial, consisting of $341,570. According to court papers, Dufurrena, the Defendant, collected all of the winnings, never sharing with the Vogels for their 49 percent. However, the win made the horse a substantial asset for the Partnership.

As of June 10, 2017, Stevie Rey Von has a total lifetime NCHA earnings of $341,570. Stevie Rey Von is currently advertised by Dufurrena (Defendant), standing at stud for a breeding fee of $4,000 plus a $650 chute fee.  Auspicious Cat is the second most valuable horse owned by the Partnership and stands at stud for $3,650 per breeding.

FAILURE TO PAY
Filed court documents state, ”After the large winnings, Dufurrena, the Defendant, did not pay the Vogels (Plaintiffs) their proportionate share. The Vogels requested that they be paid according to the partnership agreement; however, Dufurrena responded to the Plaintiff’s) by sending them self-generated invoices. The Vogels examined the invoices containing expense,  questioning the expenses and requesting that the expenses be substantiated. Dufurrena never complied and to date, Dufurrena has not substantiated those questioned expenses.

INSPECT THE PARTNERSHIP RECORDS
The lawsuit went on to say that the Plaintiff’s have requested to see the records of the Partnership. Beginning, January 2016, the Vogels contacted Dufurrena, advising him that they wanted to see the bills. Again, Dufurrena failed to comply. Thereafter, week after week and continuing through 2017, the Vogels said they requested documentation from Dufurrena and he always had a reason for not complying. They state that To date, Dufurrena has not complied.  In the suit, the Vogels also demand they should be allowed to inspect all the records of the Partnership.

GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF MATERIAL FACTS
A. Number of breedings: A number of breedings of Stevie Ray Von were misrepresented by Dufurrena to the Vogels. Dufurrena represented to the Vogels that Stevie Rey Von had 40 breeding’s in 2016 (foals would be born in 2017);however, the Vogels recently learned that Dufurrena had permitted at least 100 breedings to Stevie Rey Von during that period. (This information is not yet available from the AQHA; however, 40 breedings would be worth $160,000, while 100 breedings would be worth $400,000, a different of $240,000.) The Vogels said in the court documents that they anticipate that the same will be true for 2015 and 2017 for Stevie Rey Von, as well as for Auspicious Cat. AQHA does not release the number of breedings by a stallion in given year; however, they do release the number of foals registered from those breedings.
Click for number of foals registered in 2016>>

B. Condition of Auspicious Cat: Dufurrena represented to the Vogels that Auspicious Cat had no physical defects.  However, since then the Plaintiff’s have learned that the horse is a cryptorchid (only has one testicle), a genetic condition which is very serious for a breeding sire and also has the genetic condition HERDA H/N, meaning he carries the HERDA gene and could pass it on. Both of these conditions greatly affect the horse’s value.

C. Expenses and Income: The Vogels claim that Dufurrena has misrepresented the expenses of the Partnership. They claim that Dufurrena has claimed expenses for things that were not incurred, as well as expenses that were inflated. They also claim that Dufurrena has claimed expenses that were not authorized and expenses that were excessive.  The Vogels previously questioned the expenses and requested that the expenses be substantiated; however,  Dufurrena provided little or no substantiation documents for the expenses.

D. Horse Ownership Papers: Court documents state that Dufurrena did not title the Partnership horses in the name of the Partnership nor did he include the name of the Vogels on the ownership papers, with the exception or Auspicious Cat. Dufurrena titled Stevie Rey Von’s ownership papers originally in the name of his son  (who showed the horse and won money in major NCHA events) and then in his name only – never in the name of the partnership. He also titled Crezy Train’s ownership papers in the name of his son and never informed the Vogels of his actions.

E. Representation to the Public: Court papers also state that Dufurrena has misrepresented the ownership of the horses not only to the Vogels, but also the public – namely the National Cutting Horse Association. Unknown to the Vogels at the time, Dufurrena showed Stevie Rey Von at the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and represented himself as the sole owner, which if proven, is a serious violation of the rules and regulations of the National Cutting Horse Association. Also, advertisements for the horse indicated that Ed Dufurrena was the sole owner.

F. Conversion.  If the foregoing facts above are proven to be true,Dufurrena has committed conversion against the Plaintiffs.  Dufurrena has sold Partnership property without the right to do so  and against the benefit of the Plaintiffs.  Dufurrena has sold Partnership property without paying the Vogels their proportionate share or without their permission, including but not limited to: Dufurrena has received money for breedings from Stevie Rey Von, and has not paid to the Partnership or Plaintiff’s proportionate share. Dufurrena has received prize winnings that he has not paid to the Partnership or paid to the Plaintiff’s proportionate share. Dufurrena has invoiced and been paid for expenses that have not been incurred or were not for the benefit of the Partnership property. Those amounts due the Vogels have reached hundreds of thousands of dollars.

G. Fraud.  The Vogels have hired an attorney to assist them in enforcing their rights under the Partnership Agreement.  According to court documents, Dufurrena provided some documentation to the Vogels, through his attorneys and as such, the Vogels have  discovered in the documents that Dufurrena has committed forgeries.  If such action by Dufurrena is true, that would  constitute fraud.

H. Breach of Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty.  Based on the foregoing facts, Dufurrena has breached the duty of loyalty owed to the Vogels under the law and under the terms of the Partnership. He has used Partnership property for his own personal gain and to the deprivation of the Plaintiffs. The Vogels  claim Dufurrena has billed expenses to them  wrongfully, including expenses that never existed, were improperly applied or grossly inflated. The Vogels also claim that Dufurrena improperly titled Partnership property in his own name.

I. Dissolution of Property.  The Vogels seek a dissolution of the Partnership, and demand an accounting from Dufurrena. The Plaintiffs are requesting to be paid all monies due to them from Dufurrena. The Plaintiffs also demand that a receiver be appointed for the sale of all Partnership property including, but not limited to, Stevie Rey Von.

J. Fraud.  Based on the foregoing facts set out above, if proven to be true, Dufurrena has committed fraud on the Vogels and according to the court documents, to date, he has continued the fraud against the Vogels.

Risk Assessment
At my request, the following Risk Assessment/Risk Analysis was performed by Richard E. “Rick” Dennis in this matter.  Rick is a former Professional Drug Enforcement Agent and a Law Enforcement Officer.  Since 1986, Rick has been involved in the private security industry as an entrepreneur and currently is the Managing Member of the Wind River Company LLC.

Rick’s company specializes in providing Private Security, Personal Protection, Security Consultation, as well as Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing, and Risk Management Services to the private sector including Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis. Rick has a total of 47 years experience in his fields of representation.

In addition to the above, Rick is the author of two books: THE AMERICAN HORSE INDUSTRY, Avoiding The Pitfalls as well as CROSS TRAINING 101, Reining, Cutting, Cowhorse, a freelance writer and contributing writer to allaboutcutting.com.

In Rick’s opinion, “If all of the allegations included in this petition are proven true, it may produce a domino effect for the Defendants.  It will not only produce a civil lawsuit, as it already has, but it may also invoke a litany of criminal investigations into this matter as well.  These crimes could include: 1) Fraud, 2) Forgery, 3) Theft, 4) Violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices act which pays out three times the damage award if proven true, 5) taking advantage of the elderly, and 6) mail fraud — to name a few. However; as in all cases, each individual is innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, only law enforcement authorities, after a careful review, will be able to determine if criminal actions are warranted in this matter.

However, the Vogels are not the only ones that may be impacted by Dufurrena’s  actions. Again if proven true, the American Quarter Horse Association may be impacted by the misrepresentation of ownership of a specific horse, as well as all of the data in their cumulative records. The National Cutting Horse Association may certainly be impacted by the improper disbursement of horse earnings as well asthe data in the horse and rider earnings that they keep and publish. For example, accompanying a disbursement of funds above $600, the NCHA is required by IRS law to disburse a 1099 to the winner.

If fraud in this matter is proven true, the NCHA earnings checks should have been disbursed to Dos Cat Partners, who in turn should have disbursed a proportionate share of the earnings to the Vogels, along with an appropriate 1099. In this case, the NCHA may have to amend previously filed State or Federal Tax returns which cost money and, in turn, may affect the Vogel’s tax filings in this matter – adding further damages to them by Dufurrena’s actions.

Then there are also rule violations (where warranted) to take into account for either/and/or the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Cutting Horse Association. Overall, this legal filing is going to produce a lot of paper slinging on both sides and a big headache for the AQHA and the NCHA.

Note: a First Amended Petition was filed in court today (Monday, Oct. 9), by the Vogel’s attorney at 3:04 p.m. correcting a statement in the original filed petition which states “Stevie Rey Von won the American Cutting Horse Association Futurity” with a correction stating “Stevie Rey Von won the National Cutting Horse Association 2015 Futurity.”

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☛ From the Editor 9-26–17

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

FROM THE EDITOR

By Glory Ann Kurtz

Sept. 26, 2017

I always seem to pick the worst times to be away. The past few months have been crazy. But I have sold my horse facility and I and my animal menagerie of animals including Cougarand, a 31-year-old champagne stallion sired by Peppy San Badger, out of an own daughter of Doc Bar, and my little dog Billie, will be moving into my new home in Grandview, Texas, with my daughter.

After 37 years in one place, it was a huge move, as well as being rather heart-wrenching. My Mother and my husband, Bob, both died in that house and it had many memories of buying and selling hundreds of horses, as well as raising hundreds of babies, as well as a little bit of showing.

Its also stressful to decide what to take and what not to take. And the “what-nots” need to be more things than you ever dreamed of getting rid of. But a statement I heard during my move helped: “If you’re not going to be using it, get rid of it because your kids don’t want it.” Good advice and very true I’m sure!

It seemed my most valuable possessions were horse magazines and horse sale catalogs: the Quarter Horse Journal, The Cutting Horse Chatter and Quarter Hsorse News.  I had some of them back into the 1970s and I finally got the nerve to throw some of them away, most interestingly enough, the more recent ones.

I gave my Chatters to Gala Nettles, as she is doing some historical articles on the National Cutting Horse Association. I advertised that I would give away my Quarter Horse Journals, dating back into the 1970s and had one phone call – a woman who wondered if I had the November 1973 issue of the Quarter House Journal as there was an article about her horse in it, I did have it and sent it to her free of charge. That’’s the only call I got. I guess I should have charged for them and I’d have had more takers! That’s usually the case.

But I realized that the summer was about gone. My daughter and I took a trip to North Dakota for my 60th class reunion, which was a blast.  We have them every five years and I don’t miss them – but they miss Bob as he brought that Pennsylvania home brew that his friend Bobby George made, and he enjoyed them even more than I did and it was my reunion!  I’m sorry to say that Bobby George also passed away a couple of months ago.

Also, I had only spent a couple of weeks in the mountains of Colorado. so I dumped my furniture and boxes, as well as Cougarand, off with my daughter to care for and headed to Colorado for what was left of the summer. Only days later, he got cast in his stall. She got the help of one of her employees, they tipped him over and got him up. When he started chasing the help’s dog, they knew he was OK.

Today, the aspens are all turning red and yellow, the morning and evening clouds are lowering themselves into our valley, it is freezing some at night and there is snow on the mountains. In fact, as I speak, it is raining now after a gorgeous day. I Guess I better think about coming back to Texas for the winter!

I’m still planning on continuing my site: www.allaboutcutting.com to keep you updated on interesting things going on in the horse industry. I know some of you will love that – while others will hate it; however, guys and gals, that’s life and I’m going to enjoy it to the fullest!

I have to thank Rick Dennis for helping me keep up my site by writing many interesting articles and forwarding news to me. If you haven’t read the articles on cell phones – you need to. It will enlighten you about the item that EVERYONE has to have. The articles give valuable information on the cell phones themselves, as well as the carriers. Also, as a risk analyst, he has written several articles about the horse industry and kept me up to date.

Following are a couple of articles of interest in the horse world:

TOMMY MANION SUES NCHA FOR SUSPENSION AND FINE

The latest news in the cutting world, is that Tommy Manion has sued the NCHA for suspending him for two years, putting him on probation, fining him $15,000, and also giving him a five-year probationary period to be served after his suspension, for violating the NCHA’s Zero Tolerance Policy. At an NCHA cutting in July, Manion was videoed when he shot his stallion with a BB gun “to calm him down from his aggressive and anti-social actions.”

The stallion, Smooth Maximus is a full brother to Million Dollar sire Smooth As A Cat. He said he did it because the stallion was “kicking at people and horses, trying to bite people and horses, rearing up and trying to charge at other horses, Manion said he couldn’t approach the stallion safely, so he shot him with a BB gun.” The incident was all filmed on a cell phone and sent to the NCHA,

I reported how the NCHA Executive Committee, as well as Grievance Committee found that he was guilty of the association’s Zero Tolerance Policy.

However, the latest is that in his lawsuit, he is asking that the NCHA’s disciplinary action be voided and that he receive more than $1 million in monetary relief.He has also asked the judge to issue a temporary injunction to block the NCHA from enforcing the action while the civil case is pending.

The NCHA contends that it  has a right to suspend Manion or any other member for the association’s rule violations.

When I get back to Fort Worth (after a quick jaunt to Nebraska to attend a friend’s wedding, who was a former employee of mine at Quarter Horse News), I will make a mad dash to the Tarrant County Courthouse and get the court documents and publish them.

I usually don’t report hear-say; however I did hear that the SPCA checked out the situation and let Manion off the hook if he gelded the stallion, which he did. If they would have charged him, that would have been a felony and he could have faced a severe financial penalty as well as serve some time in jail.  Also, I heard the stallion was owned by a syndicate and that the syndicate members are upset and thinking of suing Manion as they didn’t know anything about the incident or the gelding the stallion. I’ll also check that out when I get home,

ANIMAL ABUSERS COULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

On a side note about cruelty to animals, On Tucker Carlson’s TV show, he reported that several jurisdictions may soon consider motions to create registries for animal abuser the same way sex offenders are documented, He said Tennessee is currently the only state that has such a registry but such legislation has been passed in Cook County, Ill, which is home to Chicago. Also Massachusetts and Arizona are also considering legislation to create such lists.

Carlson said that “animals are helpless in the hands of humans and that it is up to us to treat them fairly, Your relationship with them is governed only by empathy and if you hurt an animal, it says a lot about how you treat people.”

That statement has been proven by the FBI, as I previously wrote an article about that.Those kids who torture and kill animals are more likely to do the same to people later in life.

To wrap this up, I had a telephone call from a Senior Editor of the Star Telegram who are covering the Manion incident and he told me it has morphed into an “animal abuse” article. He wanted to interview me about that; however, I had such poor phone coverage that I told him that would be impossible until I get home.

I should be home next week and if I can find my computer and printer, I will continue to try to give you more ”horsey” news!

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☛ Manion found guilty or NCHA Zero Tolerance Policy 9-7–17

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

MANION FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED NCHA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

RECEIVES SUSPENSION, PROBATION AND $15,000 FINE

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 8, 2017

Following a meeting of the NCHA Appeal Grievance Committee, who reviewed evidence regarding a complaint filed against Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas, on Sept. 6, 2017, it was determined that Manion violated NCHA’s Zero Tolerance Policy and Standing Rule 35.a.1 during a cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, held on Saturday, July 15, when he was videoed shooting his horse with a BB gun. There was no evidence he violated rule 35.a.2.

NCHA Rule 35.a.1 & 2

The Committee determined that Manion should be suspended for two years and placed on NCHA membership probation for five years at the end of his suspension. If he is found to violate any NCHA rule during his probation period, he will receive an additional one-year suspension. He was also fined $15,000 for violation of NCHA rules, payable immediately to the NCHA.

The Appeal Grievance Committee appointed by President Lewis Wray included, Bronc Willoughby, Chairman; Ron Pietrafeso; Jack Holt; David Pilcher and Chris Benedict. Manion’s legal counsel Rick Hagan, NCHA attorney Jim Morris and Administrative Assistant Tammy Kimmel were also present at the hearing.

Manion’s legal counsel gave the opening statement that was followed by testimony from Brandon Dufurrena, Sarah Sanderson and Manion.

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☛ Horse with severe injuries photographed at C.T. Bryant training facility 9-1-17

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

HORSE IN TRAINING WITH NCHA AAAA JUDGE C. T. BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHED WITH SEVERE INJURIES

 

SECOND CELL-PHONE DISCOVERY OF HORSE ABUSE IN AUGUST

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 1, 2017

For the second time in a month, a prominent NCHA member has been accused of horse abuse – and a cell phone picture has been the compelling evidence.

Last week it was Tommy Manion who shot a tied-up horse with a BB pistol. Last I heard, he has used all his appeals except going to the Appeals Court of NCHA, consisting of five (5) NCHA Executive Committee members and four (4) other members in good standing. He could be suspended from NCHA for life, but that’s probably the least of his problems as he is being investigated by the SPCA and the County District Attorney. Horse abuse is now a federal offense, which includes a severe financial penalty and prison time if found guilty.

Today I received a copy of  four gruesome photos that were on Facebook.The photos were taken by a friend of Marie AuBuchon, Glenrose, Texas, who posted them on Facebook.

Horse in training with C. T. Bryant. He said in an interview that he was trying to get the horse to lower his head. Photo by Marie AuBuchon.

I talked with Marie who said the photos were of “a 3-year-old Futurity colt in training with C. T. Bryant Cutting Horses, Hico, Texas.The grandson of Freckles Playboy belonged to Punk Carter. She said the colt was injured last Friday or Saturday, Aug 25th or 26th, and as of Monday, Aug. 28, no vet has been called .

Marie has a recording of Bryant’s conversation with her, saying he didn’t want to call a vet because he wanted the bicycle chain under the browband sitting right across the top end of the gash as the colt was now trying to escape the chain digging into the wound and  finally keeping his head down.”

Marie’s friend was working at Bryant’s training facility but was fired Monday after she returned from a divorce court hearing and was accused of letting Bryant’s stallion out on Highway 6. Marie said it was impossible for her friend to have let the stallion out as she wasn’t back from the court hearing yet and the timing did not make sense. She was at Bryant’s facility on Monday with her friend when Bryant was talking to her friend.

Bit used on this 3-year-old. Photo by Marie AuBuchon

Marie posted on Facebook that the  second photo was the high-port bit this 3-year-old colt was being ridden in and is still being ridden in. The bicycle chain under the browband sits right across the top end of the gash.

The same colt hanging from the arena fence after he collapsed. C. T. Bryant’s website claims his program emphasizes on highly competitive horses, quality care and attention to customer needs. Is this an oxymoron? Photo by Marie AuBuchon

“The third photo is the same colt hanging from the arena fence after he collapsed after Bryant hammered on him and then beat the colt because he wasn’t performing well,” said Marie.

One response on Facebook was sticking up for Bryant, saying Bryant had told him that  “One of his helpers did that to the horse.”

However, Marie said, “As you can see, there are photos published and additionally I have witnesses to back up what I am stating here.“

Marie said she called Justin Caraway, the Sheriff of Hamilton County who said that he had been out to the Bryant Ranch and said, “There was no ‘probable cause’ for action.”

A call made to SPCA made it clear that SPCA does not work on animal abuse in Hamilton County. AQHA’s Ward Stutz said that Bryant was not a member; however, according to his website, Bryant is standing Royal Caesar Boon and needs to file reports with the AQHA. An E-mail to Director of Judges Russell McCord, President Lewis Wray, Vice President Ron Pietrafeso of the NCHA was answered with a press release that’s on their website:

 

 

NCHA Statement On Horse Abuse

Aug 31, 2017, 17:14 PM by NCHA

In recent days, the NCHA has received reports of horse abuse allegedly occurring on private property, outside the context of NCHA approved or produced shows.

The NCHA wants to make clear that it is strongly committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of the horse.  To that end, the NCHA has a long established Zero Tolerance Policy which prohibits mistreatment of a horse on the show grounds of any show approved or produced by the NCHA.  The NCHA has in the past, and will continue in the future, to strictly enforce this policy at all NCHA approved or produced shows.  The NCHA urges you to report any kind of horse abuse occurring on the show grounds of an NCHA approved or produced show to the NCHA Executive Director.

The NCHA does not have authority under its rules to police any kind of alleged horse abuse that occurs on private property and not within the context of an NCHA approved or produced show.  However, the NCHA is ardently opposed to mistreatment of a horse in any venue.  Each state has laws that prohibit mistreatment of animals.  Therefore, if you have knowledge of any conduct abusive to a horse that is occurring outside of an NCHA show, the NCHA encourages you to report such conduct to local law enforcement agencies for investigation.

 

Bryant is a AAAA NCHA judge and according to his website has been a horseman his entire life and has been involved with such legends as Matlock Rose, John Carter, Don Dodge, Sonny Rice, Stanley Bush and Pat Patterson. He has judged such major events such as the NCHA Futurity in 2014, NCHA Super Stakes, NCHA Derby, Western Nationals, Pacific Coast,  Augusta Futurity, Reno, Las Vegas, Memphis, Arizona and the Southern Futurity.

 

 

 

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