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☛ Starving horses ate aluminum siding off of house 3-20-18

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

STARVING HORSES ATE ALUMINUM SIDING OFF OF HOUSE

 By Glory Ann Kurtz
Taken from article published by Daily Times
March 20, 2018

On March 17, I published an article about 25 dead horses that were found in a rural property in West County, Maryland. Now a new article has come out that has made that discovery even more gruesome.

According to a March 17 article by Susan Parker of The Daily Times, “The horses had eaten the aluminum siding off the house and the fiberglass insulation had been pulled out. The horses were so hungry they had broken the glass sliding doors on the back of the house, trying to get in and find something to eat.”

Maryland property records show that the 2.13-acre property is owned by Clayton P. and Barbara L. Pilchard. A neighbor, Marjie Cancil, said she never really got to know Barbara Pilchard and was unaware of any possible neglect of the horses. She said that sometimes the horses had gotten out and raised concerns but she had never seen an emaciated horse, never any indication of anything wrong. In fact, she said she believed hay had been regularly delivered to the farm every 10 days or so.”

Currently it is still not determined how many live horses remain on the farm; however, those horses now have three stacks of hay following a midnight call from Cancil to Aaron Balsamo, executive director of the Humane Society of Wicomico County.

According to the article, Barbara Pilchard was cooperating with the sheriff and county officials in their efforts to rescue the remaining horses. She said that the Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said that all the live horses will be seized, starting with the mares and foals and all of them will to taken to an undisclosed location. He continued saying that they would try to keep them all together if possible.

More than 5,000 pounds of grain had been delivered to the farm Saturday morning that was donated from Bryan & Brittingham, a farm supply store in Delmar. Another donor delivered 25 bales of hay.

Horses came out of the woods and fields to push their way close enough to grab a few bites of hay. They remained and continued eating for several hours Saturday afternoon. Lewis said most of the horses had been living in the back of the property, too far to be seen from the road andß no one knew how many were there.

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☛ At least 25 horses found dead on Maryland property 3-17-18

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

AT LEAST 25 DEAD HORSES FOUND ON MARYLAND PROPERTY

Published by WBOC16, Hebron, Md.
March 17, 2018

Authorities are investigating after at least 25 dead horses were found on on a rural property in West County, Md. Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said that at around 11 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Wicomico County Animal Control, began an investigation into the report of the presence of deceased horses on the property located in the 6000 block of Cherrywalk Road outside of Hebron.

 

Robinson said when they arrived on the scene, investigators located the dead horses. At this time the investigation is ongoing into what caused the deaths of these horses and how long they have been there, according to Robinson.

The observed remains were in various states of decay, Robinson noted.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC on Friday that his deputies had been called to this house on numerous occasions in the past, but never for a call or complaint this extreme.

“Not a few times. Not a dozen times.  But dozens of times over the years.  And these horses have gotten our dozens of times and they have trampled people’s flower beds and trampled their yards.  There have been several near accidents with the horses in the roadway,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Lewis added that he does not recall any calls related to the horses being malnourished or not being properly cared for.  The calls and complaints have always been about the horses getting out, according to the Sheriff.  But now that authorities have seen the condition of the horses, including the more than two dozen dead horses on the property, its possible that this investigation leads to charges.

“Absolutely.  Well certainly animal neglect, but it could be animal cruelty based on what our investigation finds out and what it concludes,” Lewis added.”

Investigators and members from animal control are expected to be at the Hebron property over the weekend.  The next step in the investigation will be removing several of the dead horses so a cause of death can be determined.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891.

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☛ Economic Impact of U.S. Horse Industry

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE U.S. HORSE INDUSTRY

Courtesy of theAmerican Horse Council Foundation
March 17, 2018

(Washington, DC)- While the equine industry as a whole generates approximately $122 billion in total economic value, it’s commonly thought that the “big three” that are the primary economic drivers: Recreation, Racing, and Competition. However, the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) felt it was also important to bring in a new sector of the industry’s economic impact: Working Horses.

 

“Traditional working horses remain an important part of the industry, and not just on American ranches,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “In cities like New York and even here in Washington, DC, it’s not uncommon to have horses patrolling the streets, allowing individuals access to horses that they may not have otherwise had. Horses can also be found pulling carriages and adding charm to America’s cities and historic destinations.”

The Working Horse sector consists of equines used in segments such as mounted police units, carriage operations, equine assisted therapy programs, and lesson programs, which accounts for 8% of the equine population. The Working Horse sector supports more than 42,000 direct jobs and adds $1.9 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts drive a further $2.7 billion in added value to the economy and create more than 28,000 jobs from indirect and induced effects.

The Recreation sector supports more than 162,000 direct jobs and adds $7.5 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. Those direct impact drive a further $10.5 billion in added value to the economy, and create more than 110,00 jobs from both indirect and induced effects. Additionally, nearly 13 million households have participated in trail riding, with the vast majority of trail riders- 87%- utilizing public lands to ride on.

The Racing sector continues to have the largest economic impact: supporting more than 241,000 direct jobs and adding $15.6 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts add $21 billion in value to the economy, and in total create more than 231,000 jobs from both indirect and induced effects. At Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks, approximately $11 billion in wagering occurred in 2016, and tracks had $1.2 billion in total purses. Harness racetracks also had significant wagering of $1.45 billion, with $423 million in total purses.

 

Finally, the Competition sector supports more than 241,000 direct jobs, and adds $11.8 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts drive a further $16.5 billion in added value to the economy, and create more than 175,000 jobs from indirect and induced effects. Additionally, USEF, AQHA, NRHA and UPHA licensed approximately 6,313 competitions throughout 2016, utilizing 1,654 competition managers.

“While the Racing sector is still the number one performing segment of the industry in economic impact, the Recreation industry continues to be the largest based on horse population, as well as creating new enthusiasts by providing easy access to equine activities such as trail riding and lessons,” said Ms. Broadway. “It’s also important to note how every segment of the equine industry has created 38 million households with equine enthusiasts in the United States!”

For more information, and to purchase a copy of the complete National Economic Impact Study, please visit the AHC website at http://www.horsecouncil.org/horsecouncil-publications/.

☛ Economic Impact of the U.S. Horse Industry 3-17-18

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☛ Johnson & Norris run for NCHA VP 3-13-18

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

JIM JOHNSON AND STEVE NORRIS TO RUN FOR NCHA VICE PRESIDENT

Article contains information and/or photos from the NCHA and Cutting Horse Central
March 13, 2018

The NCHA Officer Nominating Committee has selected Jim Johnson, Lewisburg, W.V., and Steve Norris, Colorado Springs, Colo. to run for Vice President during their 2018 election.

Jim Johnson and  his family have been avid members in the NCHA since he bought his first cutting horse in 1983.

He has served on multiple committees as well as being a director for Region 4, Area 17. According to an article in Cutting Horse Central, Johnson feels he can bring diversification to the association, since he lives outside of Fort Worth and will be representing cutters in the East and the West

Johnson  has been involved in the industry since the early 1980’s and in 1988 he started producing cuttings at his farm in Lewisburg and have held them there for 30 years this May. He believes it is the longest continuous cutting at the same location, having been in existence for longer than 30 years.

Steve Norris, who has had numerous successes in establishing his own cattle company outside of Colorado Springs, where beside horses he has a cow/calf operation,  has been competing in the NCHA for 45 years and served as a director from Colorado in Region 1. He and  his family have supported the sport of cutting through sponsorship of awards and the NCHA Golf tournament.

Norris’ showing experience has been 95 percent at weekend shows, going up and down the road to mostly $200 and $300-added cuttings. He has three Novice Non-Pro World titles ad is an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member.

Norris has been a Region 1 Director, serving on various committees. He has also been a real estate broker and retired as a reserve deputy sheriff with the El Paso county sheriff’s Office after 15 years of service. He feels it is important for NCHA to provide Amateurs and Non-Pro cutters a class structure.

 

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☛ From the Editor 3-12-18

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

FROM THE EDITOR

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 12, 2018

Recently I received and included in a previous article, court documents that revealed Denton “Denny” Dunn had been arrested for 10 felonies, along with his wife. Open court records also revealed he pleaded guilty to one felony account. As a result of his felony plea, his five-year prison sentence was reduced to one year of active probation and restitution repayment of $95,047. Further, court records provided evidence of two previously filed bankruptcies.

As a result, NCHA President Lewis Wray recently sent out a communication to NCHA Directors as follows: “Dear Directors. The Executive Committee wishes to inform you that Dennie Dunn has resigned as a member of all NCHA Standing Committees. Additionally, Dennie Dunn has accepted a suspension of his status of an NCHA Life Director. Dunn has  not been a member of the Grievance Committee since approximately Jan. 1, 2018. We will update you if there are any changes in this matter.”

My question is, “Why is Denny Dunn still allowed to be a member of the NCHA after pleading guilty to a felony, being ordered to restitution of $95,047 and filing two bankruptcies – while the Ray and Lainie Whitmire are still suspended to this day after spending approximately $1.5 million in court costs and legal fees to win their case against the NCHA, which they did through the court … and they’re still under suspension! Her only  crime was that she was a barrel racer and they tried to prove that she was a trainer of barrel horses. Also, it was proven in court that there was never a filed written complaint for which the Whitmires were suspended under.

Ironically, guess who was on the Executive Committee and who the Chairman of the Grievance Committee was at that time: You guessed it – Dennie Dunn.

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☛ Vet student leaves horse owners victims 3-8-18

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Vet student in Alabama leaves horse victims in her wake across multiple states

Monday, March 8, 2018
Press release from NetPosse.com

A 3rd year veterinary student at Tuskegee University in the State of Alabama has left many horse victims in her wake across multiple states. Reports have been received by Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com from horse owners in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Their owners all had circumstances change in their lives and their horses were all given in good faith to one woman in Alabama. This young Tuskegee University vet student promised they’d be in retirement homes, companion animals for her barrel horse or she would train them and use them for her personal trail horses. She lied. Not once did she tell anyone that she was going to sell them or take them to horse auctions. If she had none of the owners would have let her have their horses.

The horse owners have reached out to their local law enforcement agencies to file reports. An application for an arrest warrant is underway as well as pursuing criminal and federal charges due to multiple states being involved.

Stolen Horse International, a nonprofit organization also known as NetPosse.com, is well known as the “lost and found’ place for horses on the internet for the equine industry. NetPosse.com offers horse theft and equine ID education, assist in search and recovery of stolen or missing horses, as well as other equine equipment.

“I am heart broken. Sick. Disgusted. Infuriated. I thought I was doing right by my horse by giving him to a home that would be able to provide him with the attention and care I felt he deserved. I have had horses in my life for over 20 years now and even as an avid horse lover, I was deceived. Because of my love for horses, I could never fathom this happening but unfortunately, it is a hard life lesson I am currently learning.” says Lindsay Rosentrator, owner of Willie.

One former owner received a fake vet bill, which was part of the story that the student had put Clue down because of a severe case of colic. After further investigation, it was determined that the vet that was listed on this bill is not listed with the licensing board for the State of Alabama.

“Two of these horses, Samson and Rocky, my husband and I raised from birth. The Mustang, Cheyenne, we rescued from a pasture after being abandoned. We loved all three very much. It broke our hearts to have to rehome them, but my husband developed health problems and we really had no choice. We thought we were sending them with someone who would love them and spend the time with them like we had. We were misled by a supposed vet student at Tuskegee University. I have pictures of the girl loading up Rocky and Samson. I shudder to think what she actually did with them. This was a very sad day to learn that she was lying to us. Reliving the painful day all over again. I hope we can get justice for ours and every other horse and owner.”, says owner, Pamela Hughes.

Pamela Reeves, another owner, informed Stolen Horse International that “She said she wanted to breed Blondie to get Cremellos…I gave her Blondie with a contract saying if she ever got rid of her she had to come back to me…She was friends with people I knew and I had seen her at many shows so I thought she was trustworthy.”

This is just a few of the horse owners that fell victim to the deception of their horses being provided a forever home with this student. Some had verbal contracts, some had written contracts regarding the transaction. Messages and texts were also kept discussing the transactions.

On February 28, 2018, Stolen Horse International, Inc. received the first online report on its website, www.NetPosse.com, and within just 5 days, 12 victims had come forward and filed reports for 17 horses. Numerous other individuals have spoken out that they too fell victim to this vet student.

Stolen Horse International, Inc. began distributing the information via their NetPosse Alert (the horse community’s Amber Alert) on the Internet to hundreds of social media groups and private email contacts in an effort to rally the public to help these families.  All had one thing in common, they were misled by a young lady who used her status as a veterinary student to mislead the owners. They believed their horses would be in good hands and have a forever home or be returned to them if she was no longer able to care for them. Indeed, she lied.

You will find the reports filed through NetPosse.com’s webpage with information and a printable flyer in each NetPosse.com listing, which is where any updates or leads will be posted. Anyone interested in helping can visit the website.

For more information, contact: Pamela Miller, Volunteer Reports Manager

Email: pamela.miller@netposse.com

 

The report listings that have been received thus far are as follows:

Bird Man, Report #NR005421: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5421

Willie, Report #NR005422: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5422

Lia & Trouble, Report #NR005427: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5427

Clue, Report #NR005430: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5430

Grey Lady & King, Report #NR005433: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5433

Cocoa & Tibby, Report #NR005434: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5434

Micky, Report #NR005435: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5435

Maddux, Report #NR005436: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5436

Ranger, Report #NR005437: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5437

Cheyenne, Samson & Rocky, Report #NR005439: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5439

Blondie, Report #NR005440: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5440

Georgia, Report #NR005441: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5441

Pen Dragon, Report #NR005442: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5442

Gambler, Report #NR005444: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5444

Dixie, Report #NR005443: https://netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5443

“Circulating the flyers for these horses as well as the NetPosse.com Alert nationwide is imperative, as they could be anywhere by now. These flyers are one tool that brings home many horses and must be posted in as many public places as possible,” says Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International. “And remember, not everyone has internet access. Please post their flyers in public places as well.”

Pictures, flyer, contact information, updates and other information are on the NetPosse webpage to identify this case quickly when calling in a tip. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Stolen Horse International with any information.

© 2018 – Stolen Horse International Public Relations – Pictures are available upon request.

For more information on Stolen Horse International and its programs, visit the website at www.netposse.com. Stolen Horse International is a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to it are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

 

Purchase your microchips from Stolen Horse International and help us continue to help missing horse victims with your purchase. We do not use companies that sell the 900 numbered microchips. All proceeds support our Victim’s Service and Educational Outreach projects.

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