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☛ Today’s News 5-4-17


May 4, 2017

Rick and Shelly Mowery

According to Ron Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., who is running for NCHA President, Rick Mowery had a real bad horse accident this afternoon. A 3-year-old went over on top of him. An update says Rick has two broken vertebrae, a fractured neck and 19 staples in the back of his head, from the horse trying to get up and kicking him with her front feet. However, one good thing is that his arms and legs are working. Needless to say, his wife Shelly is very shaken up and can use all the support we can give. Please say as many prayers as you can and keep praying. All of us praying have helped numerous others who needed help.Please, Lord, help our friend Rick to recover as soon as possible, keep him in your prayers, we pray this to you our Father!!!!

You can send your get-well wishes to Rick and Shelly at 1141 Harmony Rd., Weatherford, TX 76087


Walter Hellyer

industry’s most famous horses, including Doc O’Lena and Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy).

Hellyer, Waterford, Ontario, Canadian, an NCHA Hall of Fame member and past president of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, passed away on May 3 at the age of 93 at The Norfolk General Hospital. He was born May 26, 1923.

Hellyer grew up on a farm and loved working horses. He was a member of both the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Cutting Horse Association and became associated with pioneer cutting horse trainers Buster Welch and Shorty Freeman. He was soon shipping many of his well-bred broodmares to Texas, where they were trained and shown by Shorty Freeman and his son-in-law Terry Riddle.

According to the NCHA, he purchased half interest in the 1970 NCHA Futurity Champion Doc O’Lena from Freeman, who had shown him. Doc O’Lena is one of cuttings foundation sires, being sired by Doc Bar and out of the great cutting mare Poco Lena. Some of the horses Hellyer bred included Lena Jewel Bars, sire of earners of $4.7 million and Playboys Madera, with lifetime earnings of $409,761 and the dam of Playboy McCrae, the 1988 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Hellyer is survived by his wife of 71 years, Doreen; their children Pam Hellyer; Brenda (and Murray) Wivell; Warren (and Diana) Hellyer; Victoria Hellyer (and Dave Pavey) and Margaret Kotsch “special daughter.”. He was a loving grandfather to Dylan (and Carrie) Wivell, Kate Wivell, Vanessa (and Derek) Taylor, Tausha Hellyer (and Blair Dunbar), Melissa (and Sam) Daffron, Shane Hellyer (and Lita O’Halloran), Shauna (and Mike) Murtland, and also great grandfather to Isaac and Audrey Wivell, Connor and Cameron Taylor.

He will also be sadly missed by his sister Editha (and Telford) Hammond, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Russel and Lillian, sisters Shirley (and John) Carlisle, Mildred (and Ted) Woodley, sons Graham and baby Jeffery and great grandson baby Mason Murtland.

As a long time farmer in Townsend Centre, Walter enjoyed working the land, outdoor activities like fishing and hunting in his younger years, while developing new skills in woodworking in his retirement.

Friends may be received at Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford Friday May 5, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A celebration of Walter’s life will be held in the chapel Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11am. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Waterford Camp Trillium or charity of choice.


Ernest Beutenmiller Sr.

Ernest Beutenmiller, Sr., a member of the NCHA for over 50 years, passed away on April 28, 2017, at the age of 86. Beutenmiller was the father of the past NCHA President Ernest Beutenmiller Jr. (Tina), Robert Beutenmiler, Gregory (Angela) Beutenmiller, Thomas (Jennifer) Beutenmiller, Terese (Byron) Sykma, a grandfather of seven and brother of Marlis Thum.

Beutenmiller was an NCHA judge for over 30 years and was also a President of the Eastern Missouri Cutting Horse Association for many years. He was instrumental in the production and development of the All American Cutting Horse Amateur Tournament. In 2006 he was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. at the St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 5567 Gildehaus Rd., Villa Ridge, MO 63089. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.



Lindsey Harrel was to find out her trial date last week; however, it will now be held at the Cooke County Court House in Gainesville, Texas at 1:30 Aug. 10, 2017. Her trial for theft is temporary scheduled for Aug. 14, 2017.

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