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☛ Have the Dufurrenas already broken their suspensions? 7-30 -18

HAVE ED AND BRANDON DUFURRENA ALREADY BROKEN THEIR NCHA SUSPENSION RULES?

 

IS THE NCHA AIDING THEM DURING DERBY?

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 30, 2018

It’s only been 11 days since NCHA Executive Director Lewis Wray sent out an e-mail to the membership of the NCHA saying “Ed Dufurrena and his son, Brandon, and daughter Rieta, have each been suspended from the NCHA for 150 days and fined due to their improprieties within the association. Ed Dufurrena was also fined $10,000 for aiding and abetting Rieta in violating NCHA non-professional rules and an additional fine of $10,000 for aiding and abetting Brandon Dufurrena in violating NCHA non-professional rules. He will be on membership probation for a period of three years following the end of his membership suspension. Pursuant to the NCHA rules, those results will be published in the Chatter. “

 

A look at the 2018 NCHA RULE BOOK regarding a member being suspended:

 

  1. Any person who has been suspended by the NCHA will not be allowed to participate in any way (as owner or agent of a horse, contestant, or as a helper mounted or on foot) in an NCHA- approved or sponsored cutting horse contest.A suspended person may only attend an NCHA approved or sponsored cutting horse contest as a spectator seated in the stands.Any horse that is owned in whole or part by a suspended person or that has a suspended person as its agent will not be allowed to enter or compete in an NCHA approved or sponsored cutting horse contest. In the event a suspended person violates this rule, an additional six (6) months will be added to his suspension.The rider of any horse which is ineligible to enter or compete in an NCHA approved or sponsored cutting horse contest under this rule will be subject to a six (6) month suspension.

I received numerous e-mails from individuals watching the event, saying that Dufurrena was allowed on the arena floor during the NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby being held at the Will Rogers Coliseum, and was helping turn back and they had a video!  After checking into it, I was told the video was posted on Facebook. Since I am not a Facebook follower, I personally did not see that and have no evidence of that. Announcer Tom Holt later told me that he had watched carefully and had never seen Dufurrena turn back. However, I was also told that Dufurrena was in the practice pen on horseback helping a client, when he was removed by a policeman.  When he was removed NCHA President Phil Rapp took his place helping the client. However, the rule says “a suspended person may only attend an NCHA approved or sponsored cutting horse contest as a spectator seated in the stands.

 

Horse Ownership:

Also, since the above rule says, “Any horse that is owned in whole or part by a suspended person or that has a suspended person as its agent will not be allowed to enter or compete in an NCHA approved or sponsored cutting horse contest. In the event a suspended person violates this rule, an additional six (6) months will be added to his suspension.”

 

In order for this collusion to work for the Duffurenas to not conflict with this NCHA rule, Ed and Shona Dufurrena would have to get a divorce. Example, by virtue of the fact that Texas law marital law states a 50-50 property ownership between husband and wife; therefore by placing these horses in Shona Duffurena’a name, Ed, who is suspended, is in violation of this rule, as is Shona. Also, the NCHA is in violation of its own rule by allowing it to happen in the first place.

According to the draw sheet, Shona Dufurrena had three horses entered in the Open Division of the Derby. However, upon checking AQHA ownership records, I found that all three of these horses were actually owned by Brandon Dufurrena, who is under suspension, rather than Shona.

 

Those three horses include Draw No. 82, Mizpah Cat, shown on the drawn sheet as being owned by Shona but but according to the AQHA Ownership Summary was owned by Brandon and ridden by Tom Dvorak in the first go-round. The pair scored a 216, advancing to the second go-round.

Mizpah Cat ownership

 

Cherry Chapstick, Draw No. 158, shown owned by Shona on draw sheet, yet AQHA Ownership Summary says owned by Brandon.

Cherry Chapstik

 

Razzbery Beret, Draw No. 210, shows owned by Shona on draw sheet; AQHA Ownership Summary says owned by Brandon.

Razzbery Beret

 

I don’t understand why the NCHA Derby show management doesn’t escort Ed Dufurrena out of the show ring when he is turning back for someone and refuse to allow Mizpah Cat, Cherry Chapstick and Razzbery Beret to show!

 

Will Ed and Brandon both get an additional six months added to their suspensions as the NCHA Rules state???

 

Only time will tell if the NCHA or show management is brave enough to enforce their rules.  If not, I’m afraid their membership numbers will continue to suffer – even at a faster pace than it has in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. I’m not always a fan of yours, but when you’re right, you’re right! This is an absolute joke!!! First, the Ncha lets them off easy, when there has been lifetime suspensions in the past with less evidence, now the Ncha enables them?!?! GIVE US A BREAK!!! Never has there been a better case for lifetime suspensions for vulgar rule infractions…not to mention conduct unbecoming of an Ncha member!! This is offensive and repugnant!!

  2. Gloria, as you can see on the july 16, 2018 ncha made a rule pertaining to transferring a horse to someone else, you know can go to ncha office and give them the transfer and payment to a horse and they mail it to aqha making that a rule know it has been done the pass but never with this much attention, so if Brandon went in and transferred the horse with ncha that rule made it legal. The ncha has lost all control of rules.
    Ron

  3. If what the comment above is true, the association just makes new rules to protect the guilty. IMO When I read the first post about this issue, it reminded me of rich people with puppy mills. No more excitement, heart break, or integrity in breeding any more.

  4. Ron Pietrafeso response to post by Lois Crain: There are lots of rumors running rampant so let me see if I can clear somethings up. First of all, there were two sperate hearings that were held concerning this incident. Those hearings were conducted by their peers, in other words, members of the NCHA and not any of the leadership. Those hearings took many days and the members listened to hours and hours of testimony and they were able to ask many questions. We all may not agree with the penalty however without being in those hearings and listening to the evidence it is hard to say what is right or wrong. Some of you have suggested that rules need to be changed and I couldn’t agree with you more. That is why we need to discuss these rules at our committee meetings at the convention and why it is so important to attend the convention. If you can’t attend, which I understand completely, you should contact your state director or your regional representative. Your leadership can only make changes that they feel represent the majority of the members. I have posted several items in the past asking for opinions and have received some really good ideas that I promise you some of which I am working on. We need all the suggestions that Y’all feel need attention, we represent you and I along with my other officers and EC members take that very seriously. Last but surely not least try not to pass on rumors unless you know they are the truth. I have read so many things that are just not true regarding these hearings and other things pertaining to this incident. NO ONE that was suspended worked a horse in the practice pen nor did they turn back for anyone. There are lots of people talking about this and other things, to me that is what makes a great organization. Be involved but do it with integrity, Thanks Ron Pietrafeso

    • The only thing missing from this response is the fact that those horses should have never been put in Shona’s name. I don’t know whose idea that was to transfer the horses from Ed and Brandon to Shona, but it’s against Texas law. In Texas, anything owned by a husband is also owned by the wife and vice versa. Click on link below:

      https://statelaws.findlaw.com/texas-law/texas-marital-property-laws.html

      Glory Ann Kurtz

    • Thanks for Ron’s comments concerning the Dufurrena’s . At least somebody came out of the NCHA bushes to address issues. My concerns have to do not so much the penalties assessed the Dufurrena family members, but who got penalized and who didn’t.

      Fines, suspensions, and probations were levied on the Dufurrena’s; ED, BRANDON, & REITA. Whose name is mysteriously absent? Could it be Dufurrena;; SHONA? What gives? She was a signer and owner in the Vogel/Dufurrena Dos Cats Partners agreement (the 2nd one).Since she was co-owner in the horses & the lawbreaking kids, doesn’t she bear some responsibility of wrongdoing? Looks like she came out clean as a whistle.

      Kinda stinks Ron, ya think? Many NCHA members await your reply.

      Thank you

      PS: Note. Shona Dufurrena, along with Ed was named in the previous lawsuits involving the Vogels.

  5. Glory Ann as you see the ncha does not want to upset ed, and Brandon you showed us the law our rules should be also to follow texas lagal law as wellas our rules, this might help from getting sueed. also, thanks to ron for his in put we have had no one in ncha even try to get to the public thanks Mr. Ron

  6. Thanks for Ron Pietrafeso’s comments concerning the Dufurrena’s. At least somebody came out of the NCHA bushes to address issues. My concerns have to do not so much the penalties assessed the Dufurrena family members, but who got penalized and who didn’t. Fines, suspensions and probations were levied on the Dufurrena’s: Ed, Brandon & Reita. Whose name is mysteriously absent? Could it be Dufurrena, SHONA? What gives? She was a signer and owner in the Vogel/Dufurrena Dos Cats Partners agreement (the 2nd one). Since she was co-owner in the horses and the lawbreaking kids, doesn’t she bear some responsibility of wrongdoing? Looks like she came out clean as a whistle.

    Kinda stinks Ron, ya think? Many NCHA members await your reply. Thank you.
    P.S. Note: Shona Dufurrena, along with Ed, was named in the previous lawsuits involving the Vogels.
    Don

  7. Glory Ann. As you see, the NCHA does not want to upset Ed and Brandon. You showed us the law; our rules should be also to follow Texas legal law as well as our rules; this might help us from getting sued. Also, thanks to Ron P. for his input. We have had no one in NCHA even try to get to the public. Thanks.
    Mr. Ron

    • Why would you say that Mr. Ron? Hasn’t this entire family put NCHA into an uproar?

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