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Counterfeit bills circulating in Parker & Palo Pinto county areas in Texas

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HEALTH AND WEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHAT, WHERE, WHO, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

COUNTERFEIT BILLS CIRCULATING IN PARKER & PALO PINTO COUNTY AREAS IN TEXAS

 

Reprint from Parker County News
April 29, 2019

 

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a public service announcement regarding counterfeit bills circulating in the Parker and Palo Pinto County areas of Texas.

.Sheriff Larry Fowler said business owners should alert their employees about people attempting to pass counterfeit bills during the course of daily business.

“Residents should also stay alert to the possibility of counterfeit money when conducting business transactions as well,” said Sheriff Fowler.

Some of the bills collected recently include advertising notes that appear to look like $5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 bills. The note(s) clearly state they are for “Motion Picture Purposes,” but employees are not paying close enough attention to the markings. The counterfeit bills otherwise look genuine.

Sheriff’s investigators are currently working with local banking institutions to be aware of counterfeit funds before transactions are made.

“Be aware, those attempting to pass counterfeit bills will frequently use the fake bills at a range of stores and businesses including department stores, convenience stores, specialty stores and gas stations,” said Sheriff Fowler. “Investing in counterfeit detection markers would be a wise decision. They are inexpensive and may be an effective tool in loss prevention.”

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TODAY’S. NEWS FROM REINING, CUTTING AND. HORSE RACING

Posted by on Apr 23, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TODAY’S NEWS FROM REINING, CUTTING AND HORSE RACING

April 23, 2019

NEWS FROM THE REINING INDUSTRY:

Carol Trimmer, Crescent, Okla., NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and staff member, passed away on Tuesday, April 16. The dedicated and knowledgeable horse lover worked with horses and horse people over the years, claiming it was “not work” as she loved her job and was passionate about helping promote the industry in whatever capacity she could. 

Before going to work for the NRHA, Trimmer spent 15 years in the press room at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, one of the largest horse shows in the world. At the NRHA she filled many positions, including her appointment in 2003 as the NRHA Senior Director of Publications. She was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Trimmer’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, at First Baptist Church, 220 South Grand, Crescent, Okla.

NEWS FROM THE CUTTING HORSE INDUSTRY:

Billy Ray Rosewell, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and World Champion, passed away on Monday Feb. 18, 2019. 

Rosewell, who was raised near Mt. Pleasant, Texas, began training cutting horses in 1967 and won three Appaloosa World titles before he rode Show Biz Sandy, owned by Starkey Smith, in 1992, when the daughter of Son Of A Doc was 5.

The pair were one of the top three contenders for the 1993 NCHA Open World Champion Show and won the event, earning $42,812. That was the year that Kenny Patterson was Reserve Champion riding Commandicate, earning $42,385 and Kobie Wood rode Red White and Boon, placing third for $42,314. Rosewell had NCHA career earnings of $576,013, primarily showing in weekend competition.

His survivors include three sons: Billy Rosewell, Jr., Cookville, David and Maria Rosewell, Kilgore, Texas and Tommy Joe Rosewell, Mt Pleasant; one daughter-in-law, Tammy and John of Reno, Nevada; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Katy Rosewell of Cookville; one sister Betty Ann Phillips, Mt. Pleasant; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 22  at the Harrison Funeral Home, Naples, Texas, and  interment was at the Omaha Cemetery in Omaha, Texas. 

 

NEWS FROM THE RACE HORSE INDUSTRY:

With the Kentucky Derby coming up, there’s no slowdown in what owner/trainers are giving their horses to make them run faster and die sooner. According to the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN), Strychnine, the active agreement in rat poison, has been detected in post-race drug testing of three horses from the same owner/trainer at Phoenix, Arizona’s Turf Paradise, Alex Torres-Casas, who also owned and trained a fourth horse that tested positive for caffeine alone.

Torres-Casas was fined $2,625 and suspended 80 days on Feb. 27 for the offenses according to Arizona Department of Racing (ADR). However, according to the public information officer for the Arizona Department of Gaming, Torres-Casas appealed the ruling the same day it was issued. .

Strychnine is listed as a Class 1 Penalty/Category, a substance on the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification of Substances list, which is the most-dangerous level. Caffeine is listed as 2/B. The ARCI’s recommended penalty for 1/A violations is a minimum one-year suspension and a minimum fine of $10,000.

However, this was not the first offense for Torres-Casa as on May 30, 2017, ADR ruled he was also fined $2,650 and suspended 180 days for a cocaine positive in a horse he raced at Turf Paradise in February of that year. The ARCI guidelines for a trainer’s second Lifetime Penalty Category. Although his suspension was not available at press time, an offense in any jurisdiction calls for a minimum three-year suspension and a minimum fine of $25,000. However, according to the article, neither Torres-Casas nor a Turf Paradise employee could not be reached for comment.

According to the TDN article, if the case is overturned in the appeals process, all of the above-mentioned horses will be disqualified from purse money and placed on the steward’s list for 60 days. They then would have to be retested and be proven to be clear from foreign substances prior to being allowed to race.

Although strychnine would seem like an unlikely performance-enhancer given its widespread use as a rodenticide, over a century ago, it was one of the first substances to cause a major sports doping scandal in America

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HIGHWAY ROBBERY WITHOUT A GUN!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HIGHWAY ROBBERY, WITHOUT A GUN

 

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE – A MUCH-NEEDED LAW-ENFORCEMENT TOOL

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz 
March 27, 2019

What does Civil Asset Forfeiture have to do with Allaboutcutting.net, you might ask?  The primary reason is that Allaboutcutting.net specializes in news concerning the horse industry and if you’re in the horse industry and you carry a lot of cash, as most do while traveling, this article may impact you in a significant way. The impact may come in the form of a stop on the highway by law enforcement due to a minor moving-vehicle infraction.  Once stopped, the law enforcement officer may ask to search your vehicle, simply due to the fact that he or she suspects you fit the profile of a drug dealer.

If you consent to the search or inspection of yourself, as most law abiding citizens would do, your stash of cash may be discovered and seized by law enforcement, due in part simply because the law enforcement agent thinks you are in possession of the cash due to illegal criminal activity of some type.  Simply stated: Civil – Asset forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, the property owner doesn’t have to be charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime to permanently lose his property.

States like Minnesota and others have recently passed laws limiting the use of civil forfeiture; however, legislators left in place a provision allowing local law enforcement to work with federal officials to bypass the tougher state law. Once federal prosecutors forfeit the property, they give 80 percent back to the local officials. Do you agree that state law enforcement officials should be allowed to participate in and benefit from forfeitures that are not permitted under state law?

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)

State:  Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.

Forfeiture was originally presented as a way to cripple large-scale criminal enterprises by diverting their resources. But today, aided by deeply flawed federal and state laws, many police departments use forfeiture to benefit their bottom lines, making seizures motivated by profit rather than crime-fighting. For people whose property has been seized through civil asset forfeiture, legally regaining such property is notoriously difficult and expensive, with costs sometimes exceeding the value of the property. With the total value of property seized increasing every year, calls for reform are growing louder, and CLRP is at the forefront of organizations seeking to rein in the practice.

ROOTS OF CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

While its roots in the common law are deep, modern civil forfeiture is justified primarily on the grounds that it allows law enforcement to seize the assets and ill-gotten gains of these criminals, using the property and proceeds to fight against other alleged criminals. Unfortunately, civil asset forfeiture is also used by law enforcement as a way to generate revenue and many of its targets are innocent members of the public. 

WHO’S TARGETED?

Don’t police target only criminals?

Unfortunately, no. There are many stories of innocent people having their property seized. For example, between 2006 and 2008, law enforcement agents in Tenaha, Texas, engaged in a systematic practice of seizing cash and property from innocent drivers with absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing. In Philadelphia, police seized the home of two sisters whose brother, who did not live there, showed up while trying to evade the cops. In Detroit, cops seized over a hundred cars owned by patrons of an art institute event because the institute had failed to get a liquor license. You can be totally innocent and still be unable to stop the government from seizing your property.

Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property

Following is an article published in the New York Times written by Adam Liptak and Shaila Dewan

Feb. 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Constitution places limits on the ability of states and localities to take and keep cash, cars, houses and other private property used to commit crimes.

The practice, known as civil forfeiture, is a popular way to raise revenue and is easily abused and it has been the subject of widespread criticism across the political spectrum. The court’s decision will open the door to new legal arguments when the value of the property seized was out of proportion to the crimes involved.

In this case, the court sided with Tyson Timbs, a small-time drug offender in Indiana who pleaded guilty to selling $225 of heroin to undercover police officers. He was sentenced to one year of house arrest, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay $1,200 in fees and fines.

State officials also seized Mr. Timbs’s $42,000 Land Rover, which he had bought with the proceeds of his father’s life insurance policy, saying he had used it to commit crimes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment, which bars “excessive fines,” limits the ability of the federal government to seize property. On Wednesday, in a 9-to-0  decision that united justices on the left and right, the court ruled that the clause also applies to the states under the 14th Amendment, one of the post-Civil War amendments.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for eight justices, said the question before the court was an easy one. “The historical and logical case for concluding that the 14th Amendment incorporates the Excessive Fines Clause is overwhelming,” she wrote.  For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties,” she wrote. “Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies.”

Quoting from an earlier decision, she wrote that even absent a political motive, “fines may be employed ‘in a measure out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence,’ for ‘fines are a source of revenue,’ while other forms of punishment “cost a state money.”

 

THE WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC & RICHARD E. “RICK” DENNIS

Rick Dennis is a former drug-enforcement agent and law-enforcement professional, who is currently the Managing Member of Wind River Company LLC, a Louisiana-organized Limited Liability Company specializing in a myriad of private-sector security services.  Rick is also a freelance author, writer and a contributing writer to all Allaboutcutting.net.  When I asked him about his opinion on Civil – Asset forfeiture, Rick stated:  “Back in the day, when I was in drug enforcement, we had to have probable cause and a conviction to seize assets derived from criminal activity. Today, in my opinion, the expansion of Civil – Asset forfeiture by Jeff Sessions, was enacted, with perhaps good intentions to fight crime but has evolved into depriving citizens of personal assets without due process. In other words, today all that a law-enforcement officer has to have is a “suspicion” that an individual is involved in a criminal activity to seize an individual’s life work – all absent of a conviction of criminal wrong doing.  A suspicion of illegal activity can be as simple as an individual with a pocket full of cash going on vacation with his family, who can’t readily account for how he or she legally came in possession of the cash, simply because the bank withdrawal slip, necessary to prove legality, is back home.  

“In my opinion, a misguided thought process doesn’t take precedent over the “Rule of Law,” established probable cause, the judicial system and “Due Process.”  Further, and in my opinion, what Jeff Sessions has done is create a “Cash Cow” for law enforcement to expand their operating budgets, while trampling on the ‘civil liberties’ of American citizens and others entering the country for business or pleasure.  In its current form, it’s a bad law and should be repealed. I’ve devoted my life’s work to law enforcement and the Rule of Law and there’s no reward or exception for Bad Police Work.   

“Currently, as a Risk Analyst, I’m involved in a Michigan case where my client’s assets were seized absent of a conviction. The case is currently before the Michigan Supreme Court.  Mr. Donald Barnes is my client and Mr. David Mofitt is his criminal defense attorney. After performing an extensive review and Risk Analysis of the case, and being limited to details for discussion, it’s my opinion that this is just another case of “Bad Police Work” that’s working its way through the judicial system at a high cost to my client.  However, Mr. Barnes is legally represented by a very competent attorney at law.  Mr. Mofitt and I are diligently working, in unison, to bring a favorable resolution for Mr. Barnes in this nightmarish episode in his life.”

Rick went on to say, “Under the current form, the Civil Asset-Forfeiture Law could ensnare me as well as anybody else who carries cash while traveling.  I normally carry upwards of a thousand or more dollars in my pocket in case an emergency arises.  Therefore, I make it a habit while traveling to have on my person my business and personal check book as well as bank supplied deposit and withdrawal slips to prove the legality of my cash-on-hand” in the event I’m ever stopped, by law enforcement.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/jeff-sessions-and-the-resurgence-of-civil-asset-forfeiture

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/us/politics/civil-asset-forfeiture-supreme-court.html

https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news/local/legislation-moving-in-lansing-could-change-local-law-enforcement-handling/article_d1d71558-4b1c-11e9-93f4-b3a8efe36921.html

 

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KIRK SLAUGHTER ACCEPTS JOB OF NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

KIRK SLAUGHTER ACCEPTS JOB OF NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 24, 2019

According to a posting on Facebook by NCHA President-Elect Ron Pietrafeso, Kirk Slaughter has been hired as the new Executive Director of the NCHA. Up until now, Lewis Wray has been the Interim Executive Director. Slaughter will begin his role as Executive Director on May 1.

An NCHA posting says “Kirk is presently employed by the city of Fort Worth and has been for near 24 years. He is the person in charge of Will Rogers and their Convention Center. Kirk has been involved with the NCHA through 21 Triple Crown events. He is extremely excited to begin this new chapter of his professional career.

“As soon as he gets settled in, his plan is to visit as many of the cuttings all across the United States and Canada. When you get an opportunity to meet Kirk please welcome him to our great NCHA family,” says Pietrafeso.

According to the NCHA, Kirk is married and has two children. His wife is Senior Director of APHA events at the American Paint Horse Association. His son, Jake, is currently in college and his daughter, Jaden, will begin college in the fall of 2019.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Kirk Slaughter to the NCHA team,” said Wray. “His vast knowledge in event production and project development will be vital resources. But the leadership that he brings to NCHA will propel this association into the future in the most positive way!”

Also, according to the NCHA website, Phil Rapp, NCHA President, said he is proud of the Executive Committee and their decision to offer the position to Slaughter. 

“After a tedious process led by our Search Committee, we feel the best candidate has risen to the top and was unanimously selected by the EC,” said Rapp. “We know Kirk will be a driving force for NCHA and the integrity he brings to the office will help the association prosper.

Slaughter’s ties to the Fort Worth community run deep and his passion for the equine industry is strong. Since 1998, Slaughter and a very talented team, have led the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Office of Outdoor Events, the Fort Worth Sports Authority and various other related services.

Slaughter has a BBA degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University. His background includes leading first-class equestrian, livestock and agricultural facilities and major convention centers. Kirk believes in delivering outstanding customer service and having a passion for high-quality, cost effective service delivery with accountability for results within the private and public sectors.

Slaughter’s background includes leading first-class equestrian, livestock and agricultural facilities and major convention centers. He believes in delivering outstanding customer service and having a passion for high-quality, cost effective service delivery with accountability for results within the private and public sectors.

Also, another change in the employees of the NCHA include the new NCHA Director of Shows, Shinanne Megel, who is taking Dave Brian’s place.

The Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) client list includes many prestigious equestrian and agriculture-related organizations besides the National Cutting Horse Association, including the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), the Appaloosa Horse Club, and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

In fact, the AQHA recently released a statement stating they are planning to move their headquarters to Fort Worth from Amarillo, Texas, which more than likely will bring even more major events to the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

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NCHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NCHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 28, 2018

The NCHA Executive Committee has posted their minutes on their website for meetings held Nov. 7, 2018, Dec. 20, 2018 and Jan. 22-23, 2019.

The Nov. 7 minutes include the steps to be taken for the selection of the Vice-President Nominating Committee as well as a restructuring proposal for the NCHA Leveling classes, weekend show prorated added money and entry fees, a request from NCHA Europe to support their national show and awards, a request for creation of a Perpetual NCHA Inspiration Award, the Todd Drummond Award, a report from the Finance committee, communication regarding Chain of Command for the NCHA Office Staff, a Presidential update and a Parking Tag proposal for major aged events.

Nov. 7, 2018 meeting

 

The Dec. 20, 2018 Executive Committee telephonic Meeting included discussion regarding negative comments and concerns from members regarding the recent changes to Standing Rule 14 (no entry fee-jackpot). It was decided to rescind the action taken during the Nov. 7, 2018 EC meeting and lastly, information on the filling of the Director of Judges position regarding the retirement of Russell McCord in June 2019.

Dec 20, 2018 telephonic-meeting

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2019 was held Jan. 22-23 welcoming Sharon Overstreet who took over the position vacated by Jay Klamon. Competition Committee Chairman Frank Merrill distributed a list of activities of the Competition Committee and subcommittee on leveling and restructuring. 

NCHA lobbyist Jim Short addressed the members on the status of the PAC actions, updating the Executive Committee of the MERP funds from the state and how it was originated; Andy Adams was introduced as the new Director of Judges, a Finance Committee update, a discussion on how best to provide a report to the Directors regarding financial and other updates to the Directors, besides the posting of Executive minutes on the NCHA website and sending out information to Directors in an email blast. Phil Rapp noted he will include that item on the March Executive Committee meeting agenda.

The Executive Committee discussed a previous agreement with Dennie Dunn whereby Dunn was told that should his felony conviction be reduced to a misdemeanor, NCHA would consider reinstating his lifetime Director At Large Status. It was reported that such a reduction in category from a felony to misdemeanor has occurred and a motion was made by Ron Pietrafeso and seconded by Ernie Beutenmiller to reinstate Dunn to a Lifetime Director at Large and the motion passed unanimously; the EC accepted Gail Holmes resignation as Chair of the Stallion Breeders Group;  an update from the Long-Range Planning Committee that included the potential reduction in the size of the Executive Committee; potentially electing an NCHA President from a member of the Executive Committee; potentially changing the term of the President from 1 to 2 years; potential reduction in the number of standing committees and a potential change in the reporting structure of the NCHA Treasurer from the Executive Committee to the NCHA Executive Director; a discussion of the European Challenge proposal with agreement in principal that the idea is a good one but concern on how to promote its and an update on Box Seat sponsorship sales and Reserved Seating Status.

At the Jan. 23 Executive Committee meeting, two candidates were selected for the office of Vice President; an update on NCHA Marketing Department efforts presented; discussion regarding the NCHA official photographer as well as issues with the Cutting Horse Chatter; the reduction of sponsorship from Protect the Harvest; the withdrawal from the American Horse Council; Stallion Breeders Group loan status and committee update; the Super Stakes scheduled Summer Spectacular schedule, IT issues and feedback from the Finance Committee; a Team penning event plan and a Challenger series questions. 

EC meeting 1-22-23-2019

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I’M BACK!!!!!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FEATURE ARTICLES, FROM THE EDITOR, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE LAWSUITS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, TO THE EDITOR, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

I’M BACK!!!!!

Dear Readers,

Following over a month of being offline, www.allaboutcutting.net is back!!!

Following a change by the website creators, a change in Word Press and a visit to the Apple store, today is the first time that I have been able to get into my site within the last two months. I hope you will continue returning to this site for the latest news in the horse industry. I need you to keep sending me your news. My gmail address is glory.kurtz@gmail.com.

Since this is the first time that I have been able to get into my site, my news is a little scarce – but in the coming days, I assure you that will change. The fleecing of innocent people in the cutting horse industry hasn’t gone down just because www.allaboutcutting.net went down.

 

 

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